Timeline 2016 January - March
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2016        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.
    (AFP, 1/1/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/2/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/1/16)
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 easily.
    (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 June.
    (AP, 1/1/16)   
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.
    (AFP, 1/1/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/2/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/1/16)
2016        Jan 1, The Netherlands took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union.
    (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.
    (AFP, 1/2/16)
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, p.53)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/1/16)    
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.
    (AFP, 1/1/16)
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 province.
    (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 and Syria.
    (Reuters, 1/3/16)
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 province.
    (Reuters, 1/2/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/2/16)
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, 1/9/16, p.34)
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 Israel.
    (AFP, 1/2/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/22/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/2/16)
2016        Jan 2, Somali police said a suicide bomber killed himself and one civilian in a bombing of a restaurant in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 1/2/16)
2016        Jan 2, In Syria 16 jihadists were reported killed and 19 wounded in clashes with Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near Ain Issa.
    (AFP, 1/2/16)
2016        Jan 2, Tonga was raked by Category-2 Cyclone Ula with widespread damage.
    (http://tinyurl.com/hoj775m)(SSFC, 1/10/16, p.C18)
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.
    (AFP, 1/2/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/2/16)

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.
    (AP, 1/3/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/3/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/3/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/3/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/3/16)
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 organized crime.
    (AP, 1/3/16)
2016        Jan 3, Saudi Arabia announced it was cutting diplomatic ties with Iran.
    (Reuters, 1/4/16)
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, p.50)
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 intensifying conflict.
    (AP, 1/3/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/3/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/4/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/4/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/12/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/4/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/4/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/4/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/4/16)
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 state.
    (AFP, 1/4/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/4/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/7/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/4/16)
2016        Jan 4, A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli woman in Jerusalem before being shot and wounded.
    (AP, 1/4/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/4/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/4/16)
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 diplomatic relations.
    (Reuters, 1/4/16)
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 secure stores.
    (AFP, 1/4/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/4/16)

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.
    (AFP, 1/5/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/5/16)
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 Chinese economy.
    (AFP, 1/5/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/5/16)
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 fighting.
    (Reuters, 1/5/16)   
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.
    (AP, 1/7/16)
2016        Jan 5, A Palestinian stabbed and wounded a soldier in the southern West Bank before being shot dead.
    (AFP, 1/5/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/5/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/6/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/5/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/5/16)
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 international waters.
    (AP, 1/6/16)
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 government.
    (AFP, 1/14/16)
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 others.
    (AP, 1/5/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/5/16)

2016        Jan 6, The United States and its allies staged 36 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 1/7/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/7/16)
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 extremists.
    (AP, 1/8/16)
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 with Iran.
    (Reuters, 1/6/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/6/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/6/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/6/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/6/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/6/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/6/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/6/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/6/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/6/16)

2016        Jan 7, The US government released its 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. For the first time it set specific limits on sugar intake.
    (AP, 1/8/16)
2016        Jan 7, The US-led coalition launched 23 air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and three in Syria.
    (Reuters, 1/8/16)
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 northeast.
    (AP, 1/7/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/8/16)
2016        Jan 7, Burkina Faso's Pres. Faso Roch Marc Christian Kabore named economist Paul Kaba Thieba (56) as prime minister.
    (Reuters, 1/7/16)
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 Jan 8.
    (AFP, 1/7/16)
2016        Jan 7, Chinese authorities said 11 workers trapped underground in a coal mine collapse have died in Shaanxi province.
    (AP, 1/7/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/7/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/7/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/7/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/7/16)
2016        Jan 7, Indonesia signed a $1.3 billion deal with South Korea to jointly develop Seoul's next-generation fighter jets.
    (AFP, 1/7/16)
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 Iranian products.
    (Reuters, 1/7/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/7/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/16)
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 Zliten.
    (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 place.
    (AP, 1/7/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/16)
2016        Jan 7, In Saudi Arabia 3 civilians including a child were killed by shelling in the Jazan region from Yemen.
    (AFP, 1/8/16)
2016        Jan 7, Somalia cut diplomatic ties with Iran and ordered all Iranian diplomats and embassy staff out of the country within 72 hours.
    (AP, 1/7/16)
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 maize.
    (Reuters, 1/7/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/7/16)
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 feared dead.
    (AP, 1/8/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/7/16)

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.
    (AP, 1/8/16)
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 elsewhere.
    (Reuters, 1/8/16)
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 in Chinatown.
    (AP, 1/9/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/16)
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 terrorism offences.
    (Reuters, 1/8/16)
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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/hmdubfp)(AP, 1/11/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/9/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/8/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/8/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/16)
2016        Jan 8, Israeli police killed in a shootout an Arab citizen wanted for a January 1 gun rampage in Tel Aviv.
    (Reuters, 1/8/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/8/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/8/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/8/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/8/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/8/16)
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 offices.
    (Reuters, 1/8/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/9/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/9/16)

2016        Jan 9, The US-led coalition conducted 11 air strikes against Islamic State forces in Syria and 15 in Iraq.
    (Reuters, 1/10/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/9/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/9/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/9/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/9/16)
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 coordinates.
    (Reuters, 1/10/16)
2016        Jan 9, Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinian men at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank. Details of the incident were disputed.
    (Reuters, 1/9/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/10/16)(AP, 1/14/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/9/16)
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 Quetta.
    (AP, 1/9/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/9/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/10/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/9/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/11/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/10/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/10/16)
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 days.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/10/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/10/16)
2016        Jan 10, German police said two Pakistanis and a Syrian man were injured in attacks by gangs of people in Cologne.
    (Reuters, 1/11/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/10/16)
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 year.
    (AFP, 1/10/16)
2016        Jan 10, In Sudan protests took place in western Darfur. 14 people were later reported killed in the protests.
    (AP, 1/16/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/10/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/10/16)
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 region.
    (AFP, 1/10/16)
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 months.
    (AFP, 1/10/16)

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.
    (AP, 1/11/16)
2016        Jan 11, The United States and its allies conducted 23 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 1/12/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/11/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/12/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/11/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/11/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/11/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/11/16)
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 smashing windows.
    (AFP, 1/12/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/12/16)
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, 1/13/16, p.A2)
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 Caliente.
    (AP, 1/12/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/8/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/11/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/11/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/13/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/11/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/11/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/11/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/11/16)
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 values.
    (Reuters, 1/13/16)
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.
    (CSM, 1/13/16)
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 years.
    (AFP, 1/12/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/12/16)
2016        Jan 12, In Cambodia two trucks transporting garment workers to their factory crashed, killing 5 of the workers and injuring 65 others.
    (AP, 1/12/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/12/16) 
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 takeover.
    (AFP, 1/12/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/12/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/12/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/13/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/12/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/12/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/12/16)
2016        Jan 12, An Iranian Phantom fighter jet crashed close to the Pakistan border, killing two pilots.
    (AP, 1/12/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/12/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/12/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/12/16)
2016        Jan 12, In the Netherlands five sperm whales beached on Texel Island. All 5 died before anyone could attempt a rescue operation.
    (AP, 1/13/16)
2016        Jan 12, A 21-year-old Palestinian was shot dead after hurling stones at Israeli troops in the West Bank.
    (AP, 1/12/16)
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 military camps.
    (AP, 1/12/16)
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 constitution.
    (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.
    (AFP, 1/12/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/12/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/12/16)

2016        Jan 13, The US-led coalition conducted 20 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 1/14/16)
2016        Jan 13, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh celebrated General Electric's decision to relocate their world headquarters to Boston.
    (http://tinyurl.com/z7wx9mt)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/13/16)
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 political headwinds.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/13/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/13/16)
2016        Jan 13, FIFA fined Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay for anti-gay chants by their national team's fans.
    (AP, 1/13/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/14/16)
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 unveiled.
    (AFP, 1/13/16)
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 government.
    (AP, 1/13/16)
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 Haram Islamists.
    (AFP, 1/13/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/13/16)
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 away.
    (AP, 1/13/16)
2016        Jan 13, In China an explosion at a machinery factory killed four workers in the eastern city of Shanghai.
    (AP, 1/14/16)
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 Guatemala.
    (AP, 1/13/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/13/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/13/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/14/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/14/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/13/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/15/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/13/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/13/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/13/16)
2016        Jan 13, Latvia’s President Raimonds Vejonis nominated Maris Kucinskis from the agrarian Greens and Famers Union as the next prime minister.
    (AP, 1/13/16)
2016        Jan 13, Niger said twelve soldiers and a civilian have been arrested so far in connection with last month's failed coup.
    (AFP, 1/13/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/13/16)
2016        Jan 13, A military court in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip sentenced four Palestinians to death on charges of spying for Israel.
    (AFP, 1/13/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/13/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/13/16)

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.
    (AP, 1/14/16)
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 built.
    (AP, 1/15/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/14/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/14/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/14/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/15/16)
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 from Raqqa.
    (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 major powers.
    (Reuters, 1/14/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/14/16)
2016        Jan 14, In northern Iraq French warplanes bombed overnight an Islamic State communications hub near Mosul.
    (AFP, 1/14/16)
2016        Jan 14, Israelis troops killed two Palestinians who attacked soldiers with knives in the West Bank.
    (AP, 1/14/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/14/16)
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 $175 million.
    (AFP, 1/14/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/14/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/14/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/14/16)
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 Cinar.
    (Reuters, 1/14/16)
2016        Jan 14, Turkish authorities discovered the bodies of seven would-be migrants to Greece on western Turkish beaches.
    (AFP, 1/14/16)
2016        Jan 14, Ukraine said 25 people have died from swine flu since the start of the flu season.
    (Reuters, 1/14/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/14/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/15/16)
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.
    (CSM, 1/16/16)
2016        Jan 15, US stocks slumped broadly in early trading Friday as the price of crude oil dropped below $30 a barrel.
    (AP, 1/15/16)
2016        Jan 15, Walmart announced that it would close 154 stores in America with the possible loss of 10,000 jobs.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/16/16)
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 country.
    (AFP, 1/15/16)
2016        Jan 15, In Burkina Faso al Qaeda fighters seized the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou. At least 29 people 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)
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 neighboring Niger.
    (AP, 2/7/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/15/16)
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 the crisis.
    (Reuters, 1/15/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/15/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/15/16)
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 others.
    (AP, 1/15/16)
2016        Jan 15, In Iraq unknown gunmen seized three American citizens from a private apartment in the southeastern Dora district of Baghdad.
    (Reuters, 1/18/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/15/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/15/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/15/16)
2016        Jan 15, Moldova’s President Nicolae Timofti nominated Technology Minister Pavel Filip as the next prime minister.
    (AP, 1/16/16)
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 day.
    (AFP, 1/15/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/15/16)
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 11,000 people.
    (AFP, 1/15/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/16/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/15/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/15/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/15/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/15/16)

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 water.
    (Reuters, 1/17/16)
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 third bailout.
    (Reuters, 1/16/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/16/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/16/16)
2016        Jan 16, In Moldova thousands protested in Chisinau against the nominee for prime minister, calling for Parliament to be dissolved and early elections.
    (AP, 1/16/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/16/16)
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 militants.
    (AFP, 1/18/16)
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 territory.
    (Reuters, 1/16/16)
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, 1/17/16)
2016        Jan 16, Taiwan elected its first female president. Independence-leaning opposition 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 independence.
    (Reuters, 1/16/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/16/16)

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.
    (AP, 1/17/16)
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 successfully launched.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/17/16)
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.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rohith_Vemula)
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, 6/11/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/17/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/19/16)
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 Afghan government.
    (AP, 1/18/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/18/16)
2016        Jan 18, In Burundi 3 people were killed late today in a grenade attack on a bar in Bujumbura.
    (Reuters, 1/19/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/18/16)
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 Savoie.
    (Reuters, 1/18/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/18/16)
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 in Tekoa.
    (AFP, 1/18/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/18/16)
2016        Jan 18, In Pakistan a bomb blast targeted paramilitary troops, killing 5 soldiers and wounding three in the southwestern city of Quetta.
    (AP, 1/18/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/19/16)
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 dollar.
    (AP, 1/18/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/18/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/19/16)
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 circumstances.
    (AP, 1/22/16)
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 rich friends.
    (Reuters, 1/18/16)
2016        Jan 18, Zimbabwe's wildlife rangers recovered 22 elephant tusks after a shootout with 11 suspected poachers, all of whom escaped.
    (AP, 1/20/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/20/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/20/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/24/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/19/16)   
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 East.
    (AFP, 1/19/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/20/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/19/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/19/16)
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."
    (Reuters, 1/19/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/19/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/19/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/19/16)
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 neighbors.
    (AP, 1/20/16)

2016        Jan 20, The US-led coalition staged 16 strikes in Iraq and Syria targeting the against Islamic State militant group.
    (Reuters, 1/21/16)
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 Saints.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 1/20/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/20/16)
2016        Jan 20, In China a Tesla car crash killed 23-year-old Gao Yaning. On Sep 14 state broadcaster CCTV aired a report with apparent dash cam footage of the car slamming into a slow-moving orange truck.
    (AP, 9/15/16)(SFC, 9/15/16, p.C5)
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.
    (AFP, 1/21/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/20/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/20/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/20/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/20/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/20/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/20/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/20/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/20/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/20/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/20/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/20/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/20/16)
2016        Jan 20, Serbia said it will deny migrants access to its territory unless they plan to seek asylum in Austria or Germany.
    (Reuters, 1/20/16)
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 of them.
    (Reuters, 1/20/16)
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 revolution."
    (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 2013-2014 battles.
    (AP, 1/20/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/20/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/20/16)
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 nation.
    (AP, 1/20/16)

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.
    (AFP, 1/22/16)
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 with Moscow.
    (Reuters, 1/21/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/21/16)
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 half-century conflict.
    (AFP, 1/21/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/21/16)
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 in Iran.
    (AP, 1/21/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/22/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/21/16)
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 responsibility.
    (AP, 1/22/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/21/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/21/16)
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 with Iran.
    (AFP, 1/21/16)
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 condemnation.
    (Reuters, 1/21/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/21/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/21/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/21/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/21/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/21/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/21/16)
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 prices.
    (AP, 1/21/16)
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 today.
    (Reuters, 1/22/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/21/16)
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 country.
    (AP, 1/21/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/21/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/22/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/23/16)
2016        Jan 22, Technology giant Google said it will pay £130 million ($185.4 million, 172 million euros) in back taxes to Britain following a government inquiry into its tax arrangements.
    (AFP, 1/23/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/22/16)
2016        Jan 22, Argentina's national electrical utility ENRE said a heat wave has led to power cuts in the capital and surrounding areas.
    (AP, 1/22/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/22/16)
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 arrested.
    (Reuters, 1/23/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/23/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/22/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/23/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/22/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/22/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/23/16)
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 10 years.
    (AP, 1/22/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/22/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/22/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/22/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/22/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/23/16)
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 with falcons.
    (Reuters, 1/22/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/22/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/22/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/22/16)
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 mistreatment.
    (Reuters, 1/22/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/23/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/23/16)
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 hospitalized.
    (AP, 1/24/16)
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 at large.
    (AFP, 1/24/16)
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 Nasheed.
    (AFP, 1/23/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/23/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/23/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/23/16)
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 families.
    (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 also seized.
    (AFP, 1/23/16)
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 job prospects.
    (AFP, 1/24/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/23/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/23/16)
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".
    (Reuters, 1/23/16)

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 militant group.
    (Reuters, 1/25/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/24/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/24/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/24/16)
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 and curfews.
    (AFP, 1/24/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/24/16)
2016        Jan 24, In central Laos 2 Chinese citizens were killed and one injured in a suspected bomb attack in Xaysomboun province.
    (AP, 1/25/16)
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 European nation.
    (AFP, 1/24/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/25/16)
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 Syria's opposition.
    (AFP, 1/24/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/24/16)

2016        Jan 25, President Obama announced that US federal prisons will no longer hold juveniles or low-level offenders in solitary confinement.
    (CSM, 1/26/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/26/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/26/16)
2016        Jan 25, Airlines cancelled some 1,600 flights in the aftermath of the weekend blizzard in the eastern US.
    (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 the incident.
    (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 cold.
    (AP, 1/25/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/25/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/25/16)
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 Haram.
    (Reuters, 1/25/16)(AFP, 1/25/16)(SFC, 1/26/16, p.A2)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/26/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/25/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/16)
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 killed.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 1/25/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/26/16)
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 Sea.
    (AP, 1/25/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/25/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/27/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/25/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/25/16)
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 Molndal.
    (AFP, 2/2/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/25/16)
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 process.
    (Reuters, 1/26/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/25/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/25/16)
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 initiative.
    (AP, 1/25/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/25/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 1/26/16)
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 indigenous Canadians.
    (Reuters, 1/26/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/27/16)
2016        Jan 26, Czech airline Travel Service said it has signed deals to buy 16 new Boeing 737 MAX jets.
    (AP, 1/26/16)
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 organizations.
    (Reuters, 1/26/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/26/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/26/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/26/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/26/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/26/16)
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 and 30.
    (AFP, 1/26/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/27/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/26/16)
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 18.
    (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 city.
    (AFP, 1/26/16)
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 weather.
    (Reuters, 1/26/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/26/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/26/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/26/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/27/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/26/16)

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 concrete progress.
    (Reuters, 1/27/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/27/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/27/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/27/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/27/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/27/16)
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 defects.
    (AFP, 1/27/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/27/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/27/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/27/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/27/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/27/16)
2016        Jan 27, In eastern India suspected Maoist rebels detonated a land mine, killing seven policemen and injuring six others.
    (AP, 1/28/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/27/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/27/16)
2016        Jan 27, A helicopter crashed in Kazakhstan, killing all 5 aboard, including an infant being taken to a hospital.
    (Reuters, 1/28/16)
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 rights groups.
    (AP, 1/30/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/27/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/27/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/27/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/27/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/27/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/28/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/27/16)
2016        Jan 27, The UN launched an appeal for $393 million in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan to help millions of vulnerable people this year.
    (AP, 1/27/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/27/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/27/16)

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.
    (AFP, 1/29/16)
2016        Jan 28, In northern Cameroon 2 suicide bombers died when they targeted a school in the town of Kerawa.
    (Reuters, 1/28/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/28/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/28/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/28/16)

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 the US.
    (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 charges.
    (AP, 1/29/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/17/16)
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 last year.
    (Reuters, 1/29/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/29/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/31/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/30/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/29/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/29/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/29/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/29/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/29/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/29/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/29/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/1/16)
2016        Jan 29, The Dutch government said it plans to join the US-led coalition targeting the Islamic State group in Syria with airstrikes.
    (AP, 1/29/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/29/16)
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 companies.
    (Reuters, 1/30/16)
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 a statement.
    (Reuters, 1/29/16)
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 murder charges.
    (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.
    (AFP, 1/29/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/29/16)

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 opposition.
    (AFP, 1/30/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/30/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/31/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/30/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/30/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/30/16)
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 province.
    (AP, 1/30/16)
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 Karachi.
    (Reuters, 1/30/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/30/16)
2016        Jan 30, Sri Lanka's police arrested Yoshitha Rajapaksa, a son of the country's former strongman leader, over an alleged financial offense.
    (AP, 1/30/16)
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 December.
    (AFP, 1/30/16)
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 rights.
    (Reuters, 1/30/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/30/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/30/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/30/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/30/16)

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.
    (AP, 1/31/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 1/31/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/31/16)
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 Chinese history.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/31/16)
2016        Jan 31, Two Egyptian policemen and two soldiers were killed in two bombing attacks in the country's restive Sinai Peninsula.
    (AFP, 1/31/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/31/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/1/16)
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.
    (AP, 1/31/16)
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.
    (AFP, 1/31/16)
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 located.
    (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.
    (AFP, 1/31/16)
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 displacement.
    (AFP, 1/31/16)

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.
    (Econ, 1/30/16, p.24)
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, In Afghanistan the Taliban fighting strength was estimated to be between 40,000and 60,000.
    (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, 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, In Equatorial Guinea two members of opposition party Convergence for Social Democracy were arrested for the crime of handing out leaflets announcing a future meeting.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/9/16)
2016        Jan, A UN report said Israeli surveillance equipment was being used by South Sudanese intelligence, allowing it to intercept communications in a "significantly enhanced" crackdown on government opponents.
    (AP, 9/9/16)

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 order police.
    (Reuters, 2/1/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/1/16)
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 home.
    (AFP, 2/1/16)
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 forces.
    (AP, 2/1/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/1/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/1/16)
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 country.
    (AFP, 2/1/16)
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 years.
    (AP, 2/1/16)
2016        Feb 1, A Palestinian was shot dead after trying to stab Israeli soldiers near a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank.
    (AFP, 2/1/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/1/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/1/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/1/16)
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 Samui.
    (AP, 2/2/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/1/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/2/16)
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 Milan.
    (AP, 2/3/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/2/16)
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. 19, 1971.
    (AP, 2/2/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/2/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/2/16) 
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.
    (AP, 2/2/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/2/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/3/16)
2016        Feb 2, Pakistani security forces reportedly opened fire on an anti-privatization rally in the port city of Karachi, killing two employees.
    (AP, 2/2/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/4/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/2/16)

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.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_State_Project)(Econ, 2/13/16, p.25)
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 Oregon.
    (Reuters, 2/3/16)
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 Nauru.
    (Reuters, 2/3/16)
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 Aquatics Centre.
    (AFP, 2/3/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/3/16)
2016        Feb 3, Egyptian security forces killed two suspected Islamist militants during clashes in the upscale Cairo district of Maadi.
    (Reuters, 2/3/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/3/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/3/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/3/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/3/16)
2016        Feb 3, Most flights by Pakistan's ailing national airline were grounded, as striking employees disrupted operations to protest against a government privatization plan.
    (Reuters, 2/3/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/3/16) 
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.
    (AFP, 2/3/16)
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).
    (Reuters, 2/3/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/4/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/3/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/3/16)

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.
    (AFP, 2/4/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/4/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/4/16)
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, 5/31/16, p.D2)
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.
    (AP, 2/5/16)
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 year alone.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/13/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/4/16)
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 Athens.
    (Reuters, 2/4/16)
2016        Feb 4, In Iraq a string of roadside bombs and a shooting left 9 people dead and 33 wounded across Baghdad.
    (AP, 2/4/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/4/16)
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 booming China.
    (AFP, 2/4/16)
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."
    (AP, 2/4/16)
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 aerial bombardment.
    (Reuters, 2/4/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/4/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/4/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/4/16)   
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.
    (Reuters, 2/5/16)

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.
    (AP, 2/6/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/5/16)
2016        Feb 5, The Albanian Environment Ministry said Parliament has passed a 10-year moratorium on chopping down trees for industry or export purposes.
    (AP, 2/5/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/6/16)
2016        Feb 5, Bhutan’s King Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema announced the birth of their first child.
    (http://mashable.com/2016/03/14/bhutan-prince-trees/#kFMb.our1SqO)
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.
    (AFP, 2/5/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/5/16)
2016        Feb 5, A controversial Danish law allowing police to seize valuables from refugees came into force.
    (AFP, 2/5/16)
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 land deal.
    (AP, 2/5/16)
2016        Feb 5, The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency (BfV) said Islamic State militants have slipped into Europe disguised as refugees.
    (Reuters, 2/5/16)
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 party.
    (AFP, 2/6/16)
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 political crisis.
    (AP, 2/5/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/5/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/5/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/5/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/5/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/5/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/5/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/5/16)
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 having it.
    (AP, 2/5/16)
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 to compensation."
    (AFP, 2/5/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/5/16)
2016        Feb 5, In southern Yemen al-Qaida leader Jalal Baliedy was killed along with 3 others in a US drone strike.
    (AP, 2/8/16)

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.
    (AP, 2/6/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/7/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/7/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/6/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/6/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/6/16)
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 virus.
    (AFP, 2/6/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/6/16)
2016        Feb 6, In southern Pakistan a fire killed all 10 members of a fisherman's family on Kharo Chan island, Sindh province.
    (AP, 2/7/16)
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 foreign resident.
    (AFP, 2/7/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/6/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/6/16)
2016        Feb 6, Turkmenistan state television said Pres. Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has sacked his administration chief, complaining of corruption and mismanagement.
    (AFP, 2/6/16)

2016        Feb 7, The United States and its allies conducted ten strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 2/8/16)
2016        Feb 7, The SF Bay Area hosted the 50th edition of the Super Bowl. The Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10.
    (AFP, 2/7/16)(http://tinyurl.com/j86x5ye)
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.
    (AP, 2/7/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/7/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/7/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/7/16)
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 requesting one.
    (AP, 2/8/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/7/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/7/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/7/16)
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 Damascus.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/7/16)
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 nine wounded.
    (AP, 2/8/16)

2016        Feb 8, The zodiac calendar entered the Year of the Monkey — the ninth of 12 animal signs.
    (AP, 2/6/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/9/16)
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 female hostages.
    (AP, 2/8/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/8/16)
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 Hague.
    (AFP, 2/12/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/8/16)
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 nation homeland.
    (AFP, 3/22/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/8/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/8/16)
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 conflict.
    (AFP, 2/8/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/8/16)
2016        Feb 8, At a conference in Dubai world leaders called on governments to be responsive to and inclusive of their citizens.
    (AP, 2/8/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/9/16)
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 festivities.
    (AP, 2/8/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/9/16)
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, 2/13/16)   
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.
    (AP, 2/9/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/8/16)
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 attacks.
    (Reuters, 2/8/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/8/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/8/16)
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 public.
    (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.
    (AFP, 2/8/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/8/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/18/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/9/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/8/16)
2016        Feb 8, Twenty-four migrants, including 11 children, drowned in the Aegean Sea as they tried to cross from Turkey to Greece.
    (AFP, 2/8/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/8/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/9/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/9/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/19/16)
2016        Feb 9, In Germany 10 people were killed and dozens injured when 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.
    (Reuters, 2/9/16)(AP, 2/10/16)(AFP, 7/18/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/9/16)
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 Iraq.
    (Reuters, 2/9/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/9/16)
2016        Feb 9, In Mali 3 soldiers were killed after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in the central Mopti region.
    (AP, 2/10/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/9/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/9/16)8
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 train service.
    (AP, 2/9/16)  
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.
    (AP, 2/9/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/10/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/9/16)

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 monopoly fears.
    (AP, 2/10/16)
2016        Feb 10, Four Afghan policemen were killed and another seven wounded when one of their colleagues opened fire on them in Kandahar province.
    (AP, 2/11/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/10/16)
2016        Feb 10, Thousands of junior doctors throughout England wet on strike after the failure of contract negotiations.
    (AP, 2/10/16)
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 Nguetchewe.
    (Reuters, 2/10/16)
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 enrichment.
    (AP, 2/10/16)   
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.
    (Reuters, 2/10/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/10/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/10/16)
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 bribery.
    (AFP, 2/10/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/10/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/10/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/10/16)
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 capital Naypyitaw.
    (AP, 2/10/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/10/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/10/16)
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 programs.
    (AP, 2/10/16)
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 February.
    (Reuters, 2/10/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/10/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/10/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/10/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/10/16)

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.
    (AFP, 2/11/16)
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 1995.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LIGO)(Econ, 2/13/16, p.77)
2016        Feb 11, Thousands of junior doctors at English hospitals continued a second strike against proposed new conditions and pay rates for working unsociable hours.
    (AFP, 2/11/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/12/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/12/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/11/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/11/16)
2016        Feb 11, Three Greek navy personnel were killed after their helicopter crashed into a small islet in the Aegean Sea during an exercise.
    (AFP, 2/12/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/11/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/12/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/11/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/12/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/11/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/11/16)
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 of war".
    (Reuters, 2/11/16)
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 the area.
    (Reuters, 2/11/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/11/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/12/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/11/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/11/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/12/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/11/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/12/16)
2016        Feb 12, Britain's competition watchdog fined drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline £37.6 million ($54.5, 48.1 million euros) for entering into deals which delayed generic cheaper versions of its anti-depressant Seroxat.
    (AFP, 2/12/16)
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 Mexico.
    (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 hospital.
    (AP, 2/12/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/12/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/12/16)
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 Russian bombing.
    (Reuters, 2/12/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/12/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/12/16) 
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.
    (AP, 2/12/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/12/16)
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 of Benghazi.
    (AFP, 2/12/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/12/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/13/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/12/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/12/16)

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 people dead.
    (Reuters, 2/13/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/13/16)
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 Myanmar.
    (AP, 2/13/16)
2016        Feb 13, In central Burundi two people loyal to the ruling party were "executed" overnight in Gacimbirigongo.
    (AFP, 2/13/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/14/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/14/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/13/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/13/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/13/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/14/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/13/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/13/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/13/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/14/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/13/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/13/16)

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 stronghold.
    (AP, 2/16/16)
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 Michel Martelly.
    (AP, 2/14/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/15/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/14/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/15/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/14/16)
2016        Feb 14, A Saudi Arabian soldier died when a cross-border shell landed near him in Jazan, a southern province bordering Yemen.
    (AP, 2/15/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/14/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/14/16)
2016        Feb 14, The Turkish army shelled positions held by Kurdish-backed militia in northern Syria for a second day, killing two fighters.
    (Reuters, 2/14/16)
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 Africa.
    (AP, 2/15/16)

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.
    (AFP, 2/16/16)
2016        Feb 15, Pres. Obama opened a two-day meeting with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at Sunnylands, a California resort.
    (Reuters, 2/15/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/15/16)
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 considered.
    (Reuters, 2/15/16)
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 £80,000 (103,000 euros, $116,000) per year.
    (AFP, 2/15/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/15/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/15/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/15/16)
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 Parliament.
    (AP, 2/15/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/15/16)
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 rule.
    (AP, 2/15/16)
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 methamphetamine.
    (AP, 2/15/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/15/16)
2016        Feb 15, A South Korean military helicopter crashed in an eastern province, killing three of the four soldiers on board.
    (AP, 2/15/16)
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 morning.
    (Reuters, 2/15/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/15/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/15/16)
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 shortages.
    (AFP, 2/15/16)

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 them.
    (AP, 2/16/16)
2016        Feb 16, The United States signed a bilateral agreement authorizing up to 110 scheduled daily flights to Cuba.
    (AFP, 2/16/16)
2016        Feb 16, US authorities seized 154 pounds of cocaine valued at $2 million at Port Everglades in Florida.
    (AP, 2/25/16)
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 Syria.
    (AFP, 2/16/16)
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 position.
    (AP, 2/18/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/16/16)
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).
    (AP, 2/18/16)
2016        Feb 16, Greece’s Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said four of five new migrant registration centers are "ready to function and welcome refugees".
    (AFP, 2/16/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/16/16)
2016        Feb 16, An Iraqi army helicopter crashed due to a technical malfunction during a routine flight, killing all 9 crew members.
    (Reuters, 2/16/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/16/16)
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, Maguindanao province.
    (AP, 2/17/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/16/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/16/16)
2016        Feb 16, In Syria 15 civilians were killed in US-led strikes on the town of Al-Shadadi.
    (AFP, 2/18/16)
2016        Feb 16, In Ukraine PM Arseny Yatseniuk survived a no confidence motion, but the majority of Pres. Poroshenko's lawmakers voted against him.
    (AP, 2/17/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/16/16)
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 the bill.
    (AFP, 2/16/16)

2016        Feb 17, The United States and its allies conducted 19 air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 2/18/16)
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 called "ransomware."
    (AP, 2/18/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/19/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/17/16)
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 laundering.
    (Reuters, 2/18/16)
2016        Feb 17, In Ghana at least 53 people died when a government-operated passenger bus collided with a truck carrying tomatoes.
    (AP, 2/18/16)
2016        Feb 17, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, on a visit to Moscow, called for better relations between Russia and Europe.
    (Reuters, 2/17/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/17/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/17/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/17/16)
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 levels.
    (AP, 2/17/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/28/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/17/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/18/16)
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 prison.
    (AP, 2/17/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/17/16)
2016        Feb 17, At the Singapore Airshow Airbus and Boeing announced modest aircraft orders that indicated a lull in demand for the big manufacturers.
    (AP, 2/17/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/18/16)
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 Sea.
    (Reuters, 2/17/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/17/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/17/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/17/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/17/16)

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.
    (AP, 2/19/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/18/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/18/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/18/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/18/16)
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."
    (AFP, 2/18/16)
2016        Feb 18, In Britain Muslim cleric Jalal Uddin (71) was bludgeoned to death in a children's playground in Rochdale. In September prosecutors said Mohammed Syeedy (21) did not carry out the attack, but helped conduct surveillance of Uddin and acted as getaway driver for the killer, Mohammed Kadir (24), who fled Britain after the killing.
    (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-37385655)(AP, 9/16/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/18/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/19/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/18/16)
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 life imprisonment.
    (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 Sinai.
    (AFP, 2/19/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/18/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/18/16)
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 Tikrit.
    (AFP, 2/18/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/18/16)
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 attack.
    (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 Latakia.
    (Reuters, 2/18/16)
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 province.
    (AFP, 2/18/16)
2016        Feb 18, Six Turkish security force members were killed and one soldier was seriously wounded in a blast in the mainly Kurdish southeast.
    (Reuters, 2/18/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/18/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/18/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/19/16)
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 area.
    (AFP, 2/18/16)

2016        Feb 19, The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State militants in Iraq with 16 strikes and nine in Syria.
    (AFP, 2/20/16)
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 nascent industry.
    (AP, 2/19/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/19/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/19/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/19/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/19/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/19/16)
2016        Feb 19, In northern Cameroon two suicide bombers killed at least 19 people and injured 50 others in a market in Meme.
    (Reuters, 2/19/16)
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 investment.
    (AP, 2/19/16)
2016        Feb 19, The Colombian military killed 7 ELN leftist guerrillas and captured an eighth in an operation near the Venezuelan border.
    (AFP, 2/20/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/19/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/19/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/19/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/19/16)
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 tumultuous elections.
    (AP, 2/19/16)
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 Chinese restraint.
    (Reuters, 2/19/16)

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.
    (AFP, 2/21/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/20/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/20/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/20/16)
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 violent turmoil.
    (Reuters, 2/20/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/20/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/20/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/20/16)
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 protesters.
    (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.
    (AFP, 2/20/16)
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 elections.
    (AFP, 2/20/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/20/16)
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 legislation.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 2/20/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/20/16)
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 Villahermosa.
    (AP, 2/22/16)
2016        Feb 20, Pakistani security forces killed 5 "terrorists" in the northwestern Mohmand tribal region near the Afghan border.
    (AP, 2/20/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/1/16)
2016        Feb 20, Russia said it has reinforced its military base in Armenia with fourth-generation fighter jets and a modernized helicopter.
    (Reuters, 2/20/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/20/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/20/16)  
2016        Feb 20, Syria's army and allies, backed by Russian air strikes, recaptured 18 villages from Islamic State fighters in eastern Aleppo province.
    (Reuters, 2/20/16)
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 them.
    (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.
    (AFP, 2/20/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/20/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/20/16)

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 Panchgarh district.
    (AP, 2/21/16)
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 voting "yes."
    (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.
    (Reuters, 2/22/16)
2016        Feb 21, The archipelago of the Comoros held its first round of presidential elections.
    (AFP, 2/24/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/21/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/21/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/21/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/21/16)
2016        Feb 21, In Japan thousands of people surrounded parliament to protest against government plans to relocate a US military base on Okinawa island.
    (Reuters, 2/21/16)
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 in Benghazi.
    (AFP, 2/21/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/21/16)
2016        Feb 21, Niger closed its borders and ramped up security for an 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.
    (Reuters, 2/21/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/21/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/21/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/21/16)

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.
    (AP, 2/22/16)
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 week.
    (Reuters, 2/22/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/22/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/22/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/22/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/22/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/22/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/22/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/23/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/23/16)
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 corruption-fighting commission.
    (AP, 2/22/16)
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, p.29)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/22/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/22/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/22/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/23/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/23/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/22/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/22/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/22/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/22/16)
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 government-held territory.
    (AFP, 2/22/16)
2016        Feb 22, Syria's main opposition umbrella group was meeting in the Saudi capital as Washington and Moscow worked to secure a ceasefire..
    (AFP, 2/22/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/22/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/23/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/22/16)

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.
    (AP, 2/23/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/24/16)
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 year.
    (Reuters, 2/23/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/23/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/23/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/23/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/23/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/24/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/23/16)
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 charges.   
    (AP, 2/23/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/23/16)      
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 case-by-case basis.
    (AFP, 2/23/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/23/16)
2016        Feb 23, A Dutch passenger train derailed after hitting a maintenance crane during rush hour, killing one person and injuring several others.
    (Reuters, 2/23/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/23/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/24/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/23/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/23/16)

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.
    (AP, 2/25/16)
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 surface-to-air missiles.
    (AFP, 2/24/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/24/16)
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 pregnancy.
    (AP, 2/26/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/25/16)
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 Carolina.
    (Reuters, 2/25/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/24/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/24/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/24/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/24/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/24/16)
2016        Feb 24, Hong Kong rolled out a multi-billion dollar package of sweeteners to bolster its economy.
    (Reuters, 2/24/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/24/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/25/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/25/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/24/16)
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 dead.
    (AP, 2/24/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/24/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/24/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/24/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/24/16)
2016        Feb 24, Turkish military helicopters killed 9 Kurdish militants in strikes near the southeastern Idil district of Sirnak province.
    (Reuters, 2/24/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/24/16)

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.
    (AP, 2/25/16)
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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/jybajzv)(SFC, 3/3/16, p.A4)
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.
    (AFP, 2/26/16)
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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/zkyxfjc)
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 crisis.
    (AFP, 2/25/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/26/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/25/16)
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 Yemen.
    (AP, 2/25/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/25/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/25/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/26/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/25/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/25/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/25/16)
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 rescue.
    (Reuters, 2/25/16)
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 rescue workers.
    (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 capital Mogadishu.
    (Reuters, 2/25/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/25/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/25/16)

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.
    (AP, 2/26/16)
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 province.
    (Reuters, 2/28/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/26/16)
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 influence-peddling probe.
    (AFP, 2/26/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/26/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/28/16)
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 days.
    (Reuters, 2/26/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/26/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/16)
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, p.43)
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.
    (AP, 2/26/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/26/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/26/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/26/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/26/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/26/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/26/16)
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 2009.
    (AP, 2/29/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/26/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/26/16)
2016        Feb 26, In central Vietnam 3 British tourists died while climbing waterfalls, and their guide was being questioned by police.
    (AP, 2/26/16)

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 with counter-protesters.
    (AFP, 2/28/16)
2016        Feb 27, Hillary Clinton scored a resounding victory against Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary in South Carolina.
    (AFP, 2/28/16)
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 African leaders.
    (AP, 2/27/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/16)
2016        Feb 27, In Greece Iraqi and Syrian migrants and asylum-seekers protested peacefully on the Greek-Macedonian border since, demanding admission into Macedonia.
    (AP, 2/27/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/28/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/28/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/16)
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 province.
    (Reuters, 2/27/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/27/16)
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 Pattani province.
    (AP, 2/27/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/27/16)
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 ordinary citizens.
    (Reuters, 2/27/16)

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 and Syria.
    (Reuters, 2/29/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/28/16)
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 Communist Party.
    (AP, 2/28/16)
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 politician.
    (Reuters, 2/28/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/29/16)
2016        Feb 28, In Libya aircraft attacked a convoy carrying suspected Islamic State militants near the northwestern town of Bani Walid.
    (Reuters, 2/28/16)
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 general.
    (Reuters, 2/28/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/28/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/28/16)
2016        Feb 28, Switzerland began voting in a referendum on whether foreign criminals should be automatically deported even for minor offences.
    (AFP, 2/28/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/28/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/28/16)
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 with Syria.
    (Reuters, 2/28/16)

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 in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 2/29/16)
2016        Feb 29, The US-led coalition conducted 27 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in its latest round of daily attacks.
    (Reuters, 3/1/16)
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 21.
    (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 missing.
    (AP, 3/1/16)
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 pariah status.
    (AFP, 2/29/16)
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 the 1970s.
    (Reuters, 3/1/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/29/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/29/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/29/16)
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 Chinese rule.
    (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 province.
    (AFP, 2/29/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/29/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/29/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/29/16)
2016        Feb 29, Thousands of Hungarian parents kept their children home from school to protest the government's education policies.
    (AP, 2/29/16)
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 products.
    (Reuters, 2/29/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/29/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/29/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/29/16)
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 shooting.
    (AP, 3/2/16)
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 sedition.
    (Reuters, 2/29/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/29/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/29/16)
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 interests.
    (AP, 2/29/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/2/16)
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."
    (Reuters, 2/29/16)
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 blasphemy law.
    (AFP, 2/29/16)
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.
    (AP, 2/29/16)     
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 Syria.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/29/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/2/16)
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 Erdogan.
    (Reuters, 3/1/16)
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.
    (AFP, 2/29/16)
2016        Feb 29, In southern Yemen a suicide car bombing killed 4 people when it hit a gathering of loyalist forces in Aden.
    (AFP, 2/29/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/3/16)

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.
    (AP, 5/31/16)
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, 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.
    (Reuters, 7/6/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/9/16)
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.
    (AP, 4/24/16)
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.
    (AP, 4/29/16)

2016        Mar 1, The United States and its allies staged 21 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 3/2/16)
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 win.
    (AFP, 3/1/16)
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."
    (AP, 3/1/16)
2016        May, In Utah Flint Harrison and his son Dereck (23) lured a woman and her four teenage daughters to their house in Centerville, tied them up and beat them before fleeing. While on the run they fatally beat train worker Kay Ricks. In July Flint Harrison killed himself in jail. On Sep 12 Dereck pleaded guilty to five counts of aggravated kidnapping but still faced one charge of murder.
    (SFC, 9/13/16, p.A5)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/2/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/1/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/1/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/1/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/1/16)
2016        Mar 1, France razed parts of the "Jungle" migrant camp for a second day while thousands of refugees remained blocked in Greece.
    (AFP, 3/1/16)
2016        Mar 1, Georgian coal miners ended their two-week strike after the coal company agreed to a raise.
    (AP, 3/1/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/1/16)
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 him.
    (AP, 3/2/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/1/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/1/16)
2016        Mar 1, In Iraq separate attacks in and around Baghdad killed at least 13 people and wounded 31 others.
    (AP, 3/1/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/1/16)
2016        Mar 1, Four Kenyan policemen were charged with illegal possession of ivory at a Nairobi court.
    (AFP, 3/1/16)
2016        Mar 1, A mob in southern Malawi burned 7 men to death for allegedly possessing human bones for use in witchcraft in Nsanje.
    (AFP, 3/2/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/1/16)
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 hearings.
    (AFP, 3/1/16)
2016        Mar 1, North Korea said it will boycott the UN Human Rights Council deploring the "politicization" of the body.
    (Reuters, 3/1/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/1/16)
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 drug-eradication mission.
    (Reuters, 3/1/16)
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 province.
    (Reuters, 3/2/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/2/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/1/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/1/16)
2016        Mar 1, In Somalia a roadside bomb set by al Shabaab killed at least 5 soldiers and injured eight others outside Mogadishu.
    (Reuters, 3/1/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/1/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/1/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/1/16)

2016        Mar 2, The US and its allies in Iraq and Syria staged 29 strikes against Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 3/3/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/3/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/2/16)
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 November.
    (Reuters, 3/3/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/2/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/3/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/2/16)   
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.
    (Reuters, 3/2/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/2/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/2/16)
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 University.
    (AP, 3/2/16)
2016        Mar 2, An earthquake of magnitude 7.9 that struck off Indonesia's island of Sumatra killing a number of people.
    (Reuters, 3/2/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/2/16)
2016        Mar 2, Israeli forces demolished dozens of structures including a school in the northern West Bank this week, leaving 10 families homeless.
    (AFP, 3/4/16)
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 dawn.
    (AP, 3/2/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/3/16)
2016        Mar 2, Macedonia allowed some 200 refugees to cross its border with Greece, as 10,000 more were left waiting in miserable conditions.
    (AFP, 3/2/16)
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 business.
    (AP, 3/3/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/2/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/3/16)
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 top commander.
    (AP, 3/2/16)
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).
    (AFP, 3/2/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/3/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/2/16)
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 Beijing.
    (Reuters, 3/2/16)

2016        Mar 3, The United States and its allies conducted 14 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 3/4/16)
2016        Mar 3, The United States gave Jordan eight refurbished helicopters for the battle against Islamic State extremists along the kingdom's borders.
    (AP, 3/3/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/3/16)
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 season.
    (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.
    (AFP, 3/3/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/3/16)
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".
    (AFP, 3/3/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/3/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/3/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/3/16)
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 killing.
    (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 for treatment.
    (AP, 3/4/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/3/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/3/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/4/16)
2016        Mar 3, In Mexico least four people died were when scaffolding collapsed at a cathedral under construction in the southern city of Tuxtepec.
    (AP, 3/4/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/3/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/3/16)
2016        Mar 3, Russia's Defense Ministry said in a statement it had registered 14 ceasefire violations in Syria over the past 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 3/3/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/3/16)
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 (DHKP-C).
    (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.
    (AP, 3/3/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/3/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/3/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/4/16) 
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 Kwekwe.
    (AP, 3/5/16)

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, p.A2)(Reuters, 7/14/16)
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" (1986).
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Conroy)(SSFC, 3/6/16, p.A9)
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.
    (AFP, 3/5/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/4/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/5/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/5/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/4/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/4/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/6/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/4/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/4/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/4/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/4/16)
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 near Tripoli.
    (AFP, 3/4/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/4/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/4/16)
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 political elite.
    (Reuters, 3/4/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/5/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/15/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/4/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/4/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/4/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/4/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/4/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/4/16)
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 regime.
    (AFP, 3/4/16)
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 agreements.
    (Reuters, 3/4/16)
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 today.
    (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.
    (AFP, 3/4/16)
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 migrants.
    (Reuters, 3/4/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/4/16)
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 trade.
    (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 were recovered.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/4/16)(AFP, 3/6/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/4/16)

2016        Mar 5, The United States and its allies conducted 19 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 3/6/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/16)
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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/6s97pv)(SFC, 10/23/96, 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.
    (AFP, 3/6/16)
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.
    (http://mashable.com/2016/03/14/bhutan-prince-trees/#kFMb.our1SqO)
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 Xinjiang.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/5/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/5/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/6/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/5/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/5/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/5/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/5/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/5/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/7/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/5/16)

2016        Mar 6, The United States and its allies conducted 18 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 3/7/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/9/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/6/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/6/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/9/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/6/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/6/16)
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 other charges.
    (AP, 3/6/16)
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 61people 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.
    (AP, 3/6/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/6/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/6/16)
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 children.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/6/16)

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 people.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/10/16)
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 compromised."
    (AP, 3/9/16)
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 of earthquakes.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/7/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/7/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/7/16)
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 Southeast Asia.
    (AP, 3/7/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/7/16)
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 group.
    (AFP, 3/7/16)
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 operations.
    (AP, 3/7/16)
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 disarmament negotiations.
    (AP, 3/7/16)
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 official.
    (AFP, 3/7/16)
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 responsibility.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 3/7/16)
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 payments problem.
    (Reuters, 3/7/16)
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 al-Ais.
    (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 Diyarbakir.
    (Reuters, 3/7/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/7/16)

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.
    (AP, 3/8/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/8/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/9/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/8/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/8/16)
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 year.
    (Reuters, 3/8/16)
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 prison.
    (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.
    (AFP, 3/8/16)
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 Palestinian attacker.
    (AFP, 3/10/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/8/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/8/16)
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 program.
    (AFP, 3/8/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/8/16)
2016        Mar 8, Russia's Defense Ministry said it had registered seven ceasefire violations in Syria over the past 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 3/8/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/8/16)
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.
    (CSM, 3/8/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/8/16)
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 180 days.
    (Reuters, 3/8/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/8/16)
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 resignation.
    (Reuters, 3/8/16)

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.
    (AP, 3/9/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/10/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/9/16)(SFC, 5/31/16, p.D2)
2016        Mar 9, In Brazil prosecutors filed charges against former Pres. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva connected to claims of money laundering and misrepresentation of assets.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/9/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/9/16)
2016        Mar 9, French students and trade unions staged protest marches across the country against far-reaching labor reforms.
    (Reuters, 3/9/16)
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 contamination.
    (AP, 3/10/16)
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.  
    (AFP, 3/10/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/9/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/12/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/9/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/9/16)
2016        Mar 9, Two Palestinians opened fire on a bus and near Jerusalem's Old City, seriously wounding one person.
    (AFP, 3/9/16)
2016        Mar 9, Poland's Constitutional Tribunal ruled that new rules introduced by the new government to regulate how the court functions are unconstitutional.
    (AP, 3/9/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/9/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/9/16)
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 there.
    (AFP, 3/9/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/12/16)
2016        Mar 9, Turkey ended its 3-month military operation against militants in mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir.
    (AP, 3/9/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/9/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/9/16)
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, 2015.
    (AFP, 3/9/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 3/10/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/10/16)
2016        Mar 10, European Union governments extended sanctions on Russians and Ukrainians targeted in 2014 over the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 3/10/16)
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 Euphrates valley.
    (AFP, 3/10/16)
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).
    (AP, 3/10/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/13/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/10/16)
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 its territory.
    (AP, 3/10/16)
2016        Mar 10, Oman media reported that torrential rain in northern Oman and the United Arab Emirates has killed six people this week.
    (AFP, 3/10/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/13/16)
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 months.
    (AFP, 3/10/16)
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 Ukraine's president.
    (AP, 3/10/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/10/16)
2016        Mar 10, In Spain a strike by refuse collectors in the city of Malaga entered its 10th day.
    (Reuters, 3/10/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/10/16)
2016        Mar 10, In southeastern Turkey 7 Kurdish militants were killed in a gun battle in Diyarbakir.
    (Reuters, 3/10/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/10/16)

2016        Mar 11, US officials said the North Korean regime lost contact with a 70-foot Yono class "midget" submarine earlier this week.
    (http://tinyurl.com/jcpprv2)
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."
    (AFP, 3/11/16)
2016        Mar 11, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump cancelled a campaign event in Chicago after a violent outbreak between protesters and his supporters.
    (AFP, 3/11/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/12/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/11/16)
2016        Mar 11, Belarussian media said security service have detained prominent businessman Yury Chizh on suspicion of large-scale tax evasion.
    (Reuters, 3/13/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/11/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/11/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/12/16)
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 in region.
    (Reuters, 3/11/16)
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 Russia sanctions.
    (AP, 3/11/16)
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 country.
    (AP, 3/11/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/12/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/11/16)
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 Palestinian media.
    (AP, 3/11/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/11/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/11/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/11/16)
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 corruption.
    (Reuters, 3/11/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/11/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/12/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/11/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/11/16)
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 volatile areas.
    (AP, 3/11/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/11/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/11/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 3/13/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/12/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/12/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/13/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/12/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/12/16)
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 anti-corruption reforms.
    (Reuters, 3/12/16)
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 victims.
    (AP, 3/12/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/12/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/13/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/12/16)
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 walls.
    (AP, 3/12/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/12/16)
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 constitutional court.
    (AP, 3/12/16)
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).
    (AP, 3/12/16)
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).
    (AFP, 3/12/16)
2016        Mar 12, The Syrian government ruled out any discussion of presidential elections at peace talks due to start next week.
    (Reuters, 3/12/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/12/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/12/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/13/16)
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 were civilians.
    (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 assault.
    (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.
    (AFP, 3/13/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/14/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/13/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/13/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/13/16)
2016        Mar 13, Some 40,000 Palestinian teachers suspended a three-week-old strike after President Mahmoud Abbas promised to increase their salaries next year.
    (AP, 3/13/16)
2016        Mar 13, Russia accused Turkey of sending its military across the Syrian border to prevent Kurdish groups there from consolidating their positions.
    (AP, 3/13/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/13/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/14/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/14/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/13/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/14/16)


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.
    (Reuters, 3/15/16)
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 kill people.
    (Reuters, 3/15/16)
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 lives.
    (Reuters, 3/14/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/14/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/14/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/14/16)
2016        Mar 14, Around 2,000 migrants from a camp in northern Greece got around a border fence and crossed into Macedonian territory.
    (Reuters, 3/14/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/14/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/15/16)
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 arrested.
    (AP, 3/14/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/14/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/14/16)
2016        Mar 14, Russia's defense ministry said it had recorded 14 ceasefire violations in Syria in the past 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 3/14/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/15/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/14/16)
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 Ondarroa.
    (AP, 3/14/16)
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 the area.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 3/14/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/14/16)
2016        Mar 14, In Yemen 2 Emirati pilots were killed when their fighter jet crashed into a mountain near Aden.
    (AFP, 3/14/16)

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 enemy.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 3/16/16)
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 Sabine River.
    (Reuters, 3/15/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/15/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/15/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/15/16)
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 policy.
    (Reuters, 3/16/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/15/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/16/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/16/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/15/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/15/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/15/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/15/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/15/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/15/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/15/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/17/16)
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 neighbor China.
    (AP, 3/15/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/23/16)
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 canonization.
    (AFP, 3/15/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/15/16)

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 Scalia.
    (AFP, 3/16/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/17/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/17/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/17/16)
2016        Mar 16, Botswana's highest court rejected an attempt by the government to ban a gay rights lobby group.
    (Reuters, 3/16/16)
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 employment.
    (AP, 3/16/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/16/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/16/16)
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 relatives.
    (AFP, 3/18/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/18/16)
2016        Mar 16, An Iraqi army plane crashed during a reconnaissance flight near the city of Kirkuk and its three crew went missing.
    (AFP, 3/16/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/17/16)
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 attacks.
    (AP, 3/18/16)
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 Maiduguri.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/16/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/16/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/16/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/16/16)
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 country.
    (AP, 3/16/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/16/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/16/16)

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.
    (AFP, 3/17/16)
2016        Mar 17, The United States and its allies conducted 20 strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 3/18/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/18/16)
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 Islamic State.
    (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 years.
    (AP, 3/17/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/17/16)
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 rocket tests.
    (Reuters, 3/17/16)
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 others.
    (AP, 3/17/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/17/16)
2016        Mar 17, In France thousands of youths held street protests to reject the government's new labor changes.
    (AP, 3/17/16)
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 green groups.
    (Reuters, 3/18/16)
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).
    (AP, 3/17/16)
2016        Mar 17, In Israel Meir Dagan (71), a former Israeli general and longtime director of the country's spy agency, died.
    (AP, 3/17/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/17/16)
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 levels.
    (AFP, 3/18/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/17/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/17/16)
2016        Mar 17, Two Palestinian assailants stabbed a female Israeli soldier in the northern West Bank before Israeli security forces killed them.
    (AP, 3/17/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/17/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/17/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/17/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/17/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/18/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/18/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/25/16)
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, 5/26/16, p.C5)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/18/16)
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 Rousseff.
    (Reuters, 3/18/16)
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 necessity.
    (AP, 3/19/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/18/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/18/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/19/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/18/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/18/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/18/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/20/16)
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 is headquartered.
    (AP, 3/18/16)
2016        Mar 18, Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man who tried to stab them in the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 3/18/16)
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 continent.
    (Reuters, 3/18/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/16)
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 been insufficient.
    (AFP, 3/18/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/18/16)
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 faction.
    (AP, 3/18/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/18/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/18/16)
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 cut off.
    (Reuters, 3/18/16)

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.
    (AP, 3/19/16)
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 18.
    (AP, 3/19/16)
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 climate change.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/19/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/20/16)
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 economic forum.
    (AP, 3/20/16)
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 standing.
    (AFP, 3/19/16)
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 attack.
    (AFP, 3/20/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/20/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/19/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/19/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/19/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/20/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/20/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/19/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/19/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/19/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/19/16)

2016        Mar 20, The United States and its allies carried out 11 strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 3/21/16)
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 $315,000.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 3/20/16)
2016        Mar 20, President Barack Obama arrived in Cuba for a three-day trip, the first by a US president in 88 years.
    (Reuters, 3/20/16)
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 action.
    (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.
    (AFP, 3/21/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/20/16)
2016        Mar 20, In eastern India three elephants killed 4 people. One elephant in the group, a male, was tranquilized and later died.
    (AP, 3/21/16)
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 Central Sulawesi.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 3/20/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/20/16)
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 Ras Kamboni.
    (AP, 3/20/16)
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 province.
    (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 rebels.
    (AFP, 3/20/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/20/16)(AP, 3/21/16)

2016        Mar 21, The United States and its allies conducted 15 strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 3/22/16)
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 water.
    (Reuters, 3/21/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/21/16)
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 previously managed.
    (AFP, 3/21/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/21/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/21/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/21/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/21/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/21/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/21/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/22/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/21/16)
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 programs.
    (Reuters, 3/21/16)
2016        Mar 21, Russia's state statistical service said the number of people living in poverty last year spiked up by nearly 20 percent.
    (AP, 3/21/16)
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 terror-related.
    (AFP, 3/21/16)
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 base.
    (AFP, 3/21/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/21/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/21/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/22/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/21/16)

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.
    (AP, 3/24/16)
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, 3/25/16)(AFP, 3/28/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/22/16)
2016        Mar 22, In Burundi Maj. Didier Muhimpundu was killed after being shot several times in a bar in Bujumbura.
    (AP, 3/23/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/22/16)
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 March 30.
    (Reuters, 4/13/16)
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 Communist-ruled island.
    (Reuters, 3/22/16)
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 education.
    (AP, 3/22/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/22/16)
2016        Mar 22, Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili stopped his motorcade and jumped to rescue a pregnant woman stuck in an overturned car.
    (AP, 3/23/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/22/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/22/16)
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 Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 3/22/16)
2016        Mar 22, In Singapore 2 maintenance staff working on elevated tracks in the mass transit system were hit and killed by a train.
    (AP, 3/22/16)
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 anti-mining group.
    (AP, 3/28/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/22/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/22/16)
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 safe water.
    (Reuters, 3/16/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/23/16)

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 American country.
    (Reuters, 3/23/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/23/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/23/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 5/11/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/23/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/23/16)
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 be ratified.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 3/23/16)
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 condoms obligatory.
    (AP, 3/23/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/23/16)
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 died.
    (AP, 3/23/16)
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 Purim.
    (AP, 3/23/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/23/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/23/16)
2016        Mar 23, In northeastern Nigeria Boko Haram gunmen abducted 14 women and two girls in a remote area of Adamawa state.
    (AFP, 3/25/16)
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 Brussels.
    (AFP, 3/23/16)
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 political influence.
    (Reuters, 3/23/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/23/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/23/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/25/16)
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 Los Angeles.
    (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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/zlxr6zj)(SFC, 3/25/16, 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.   
    (AP, 3/25/16)
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 released today.
    (Reuters, 3/24/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/16)
2016        Mar 24, Belgian police arrested six people in their probe of the March 22 Islamic State suicide bombings in Brussels.
    (Reuters, 3/25/16)
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 badge stolen.
    (Reuters, 3/26/16)
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 15-year-old fan.
    (AFP, 3/24/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/24/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/25/16)
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, p.44)
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.
    (AP, 3/25/16)
2016        Mar 24, An Indonesian patrol ship fired shots at two Taiwanese vessels suspected of illegal fishing after they ignored repeated warnings to leave Indonesian waters.
    (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 sectarianism.
    (AFP, 4/28/16)
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 years ago.
    (AP, 3/24/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/16)
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 Atta Valley.
    (AP, 3/24/16)
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 country.
    (Reuters, 3/24/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/16)
2016        Mar 24, New Zealand voted to retain its national flag, which includes the Union Jack of its former colonial ruler.
    (Reuters, 3/24/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/24/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/25/16)
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 a soldier who was captured on video shooting an injured Palestinian lying on the ground.
    (AFP, 3/24/16)(AP, 3/24/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/24/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/24/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/24/16)
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).
    (AFP, 3/25/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/24/16)

2016        Mar 25, The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State militants in Iraq with 22 strikes and four in Syria.
    (Reuters, 3/26/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/25/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/25/16)
2016        Mar 25, In the Congo DRC UN helicopter gunships attacked Ugandan rebels active in the volatile east, inflicting casualties.
    (AFP, 3/25/16)
2016        Mar 25, In Cuba Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones performed a free concert for hundreds of thousands in Havana.
    (AFP, 3/26/16)
2016        Mar 25, Egypt's army killed 60 gunmen in clashes in the Sinai Peninsula where it is battling a jihadist insurgency.
    (AFP, 3/25/16)
2016        Mar 25, In western Indonesia rioting prisoners started a fire at the Malabero prison in Bengkulu on Sumatra Island. Five inmates were killed.
    (AP, 3/26/16)
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, 3/26/16)
2016        Mar 25, Iran's official IRNA news agency said that an air ambulance helicopter has crashed in southern Iran, killing all seven onboard.
    (AP, 3/25/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/25/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/25/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/16)
2016        Mar 25, In Myanmar the Yangon Stock Exchange officially opened for business more than three months after it was launched in December 2015.
    (AP, 3/25/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/25/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/25/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/25/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/25/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/25/16)
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 eastern Ukraine.
    (AP, 3/25/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/25/16)
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 this week.
    (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 10 civilians.
    (AFP, 3/26/16)

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 Washington.
    (AFP, 3/27/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/16)
2016        Mar 26, In Afghanistan insurgents in Wardak province killed Mohammad Anwar, the top judge on a Ghazni province appeals court.
    (AP, 3/27/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/27/16)
2016        Mar 26, The final print edition of The Independent newspaper went on sale, ending its 30-year appearance on British newsstands.
    (AFP, 3/26/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/26/16)
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 crewmen.
    (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.
    (AFP, 3/26/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/26/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/26/16)
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 militants.
    (AP, 3/26/16)

2016        Mar 27, In southwestern Alaska the Pavlof Volcano erupted sending ash 20,000 feet into the air.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 3/27/16)
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 region.
    (AFP, 3/27/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/27/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/27/16)
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 terrorist attacks.
    (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.
    (AP, 3/28/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/27/16)
2016        Mar 27, Thousands of Moldovans marched through their capital calling for reunification with Romania, restoring a union which lasted from 1918 to 1940.
    (AP, 3/27/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/28/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/29/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/27/16)
 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.
    (AP, 3/27/16)
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 jihadist strongholds.
    (AFP, 3/27/16)
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.
    (AP, 4/5/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/27/16)
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 captive.
    (AP, 3/28/16)
2016        Mar 27, In southern Yemen US air raids killed 14 men suspected of belonging to al Qaeda.
    (Reuters, 3/28/16)

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.
    (AP, 4/4/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/29/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/29/16)
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 rifle.
    (AP, 3/28/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/28/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/28/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/28/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/28/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/28/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/28/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/28/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/28/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/28/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/28/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/28/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/29/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/16)
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 Bashar al-Assad.
    (Reuters, 3/28/16)
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 ultra-radical militants.
    (Reuters, 3/28/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/28/16)

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" (1963-1966).
    (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 protests.
    (AP, 3/29/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/29/16)
2016        Mar 29, In Japan a new security law took effect. The law loosens 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 down.
    (AP, 3/29/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/29/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/29/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/29/16)
2016        Mar 29, A Russian police convoy hit a bomb in the restive North Caucasus, killing one person and wounding four others.
    (AP, 3/30/16)
2016        Mar 29, Thailand's junta chief gave the military broad new police-like powers to arrest and detain criminal suspects.
    (AP, 3/30/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/30/16)
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 province.
    (AP, 3/29/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/29/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/30/16)

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 Sea.
    (Reuters, 3/30/16)
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 year.
    (AP, 3/30/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/31/16)
2016        Mar 30, Central African Republic's newly elected president Faustin Archange Touadera (58) took the oath of office.
    (AP, 3/30/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/30/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/30/16)
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 2013.
    (AFP, 3/30/16)
2016        Mar 30, President Francois Hollande abandoned plans to strip French nationality from people convicted of terrorism.
    (Reuters, 3/30/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/30/16)
2016        Mar 30, In central India Maoist rebels killed at least 7 paramilitary soldiers by blowing up their armored vehicle in Chhattisgarh state.
    (AP, 3/30/16)
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 crisis-hit industry.
    (AFP, 3/30/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/31/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/30/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/30/16)
2016        Mar 30, Lithuania, in its annual report the State Security Department, said Russia continues to pose a political and military threat.
    (AP, 3/30/16)
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 Mauritanian border.
    (AFP, 3/31/16)
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 corruption.
    (AP, 3/30/16)
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 ministers.
    (AP, 3/30/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/30/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/30/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/30/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/30/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/30/16)
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 based.
    (AFP, 3/30/16)

2016        Mar 31, President Barack Obama hosted a nuclear security summit of world leaders in Washington.
    (AP, 3/31/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/31/16)
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 group.
    (Reuters, 4/1/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/31/16)
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).
    (AP, 4/2/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/31/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/31/16)
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 sworn in.
    (AFP, 3/31/16)
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.
    (AP, 4/1/16)
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.
    (AP, 4/1/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/31/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/31/16)
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.
    (AP, 4/1/16)
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 injured.
    (Reuters, 4/1/16)
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 demanded.
    (AFP, 3/31/16)
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 their support.
    (Reuters, 3/31/16)
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 casinos.
    (AP, 3/31/16)
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.
    (AP, 3/31/16)
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 people.
    (AP, 4/1/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/31/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/31/16)
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.
    (Reuters, 3/31/16)
2016        Mar 31, Syria, airstrikes in the Deir al-Asafir district southeast of Damascus killed 33 people, mostly women and children.
    (Reuters, 4/1/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/31/16)
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.
    (AFP, 3/31/16)
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 legislature.
    (AP, 3/31/16)

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.
    (http://en.alalam.ir/news/1825651)(SFC, 6/6/16, p.A4)

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