Timeline 2017 April - June
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2017        Apr 1, An executive order by the former Obama administration came into effect banning the box declaration of criminal history for all federal jobs.
    (SFC, 9/25/17 p.25)
2017        Apr 1, In Alaska workers of Hilcorp Alaska LLC discovered an oil sheen and bubbling from under the company’s Anna platform on the west side of Cook Inlet. It was not clear how much oil had spilled into the inlet southwest of Anchorage.
    (SFC, 4/3/17, p.A4)
2017        Apr 1, Acclaimed Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko (b.1932) died in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1961 he gained international acclaim with the poem “Babi Yar," that told of the Nazi slaughter of almost 34,000 Jews and denounced the anti-Semitism that had spread throughout the Soviet Union.
    (SSFC, 4/2/17, p.C11)(Econ, 4/22/17, p.82)
2017        Apr 1, In Afghanistan at least nine civilians were killed late today after an army commando unit detonated a cache of ordinance found in southern Helmand province. The explosions caused the roof of their house to collapse.
    (AP, 4/2/17)
2017        Apr 1, Tens of thousands of Australians were stranded by floodwaters after the remnants of Cyclone Debbie swept along the country's east coast, cutting roads, destroying bridges. The storm left three people dead.
    (Reuters, 4/1/17)(Reuters, 4/2/17)
2017        Apr 1, China announced that it is going to establish a special economic area in a province neighboring Beijing as part of a plan to integrate the capital with its surrounding areas. China revealed plans for the 100-square km. Xiongan New Area, a “new first-class international city" in Hebei province.
    (AP, 4/1/17)(Econ, 4/8/17, p.38)
2017        Apr 1, In northern China an explosion in a residential building Shanxi province this evening killed at least nine and injured six. The blast was believed to have been caused by illegally stored explosives.
    (Reuters, 4/2/17)
2017        Apr 1, France announced a billion euros ($1.07 billion) aid for strike-hit French Guiana, as representatives of the Guianese told visiting ministers the South American territory should be given "special status".
    (AFP, 4/1/17)
2017        Apr 1, Hungary launched an anti-EU campaign that asked households in a survey their advice on how to deal with Brussels policies that it says threaten Hungarians' independence.
    (AFP, 4/1/17)
2017        Apr 1, In India a mob of Hindus stopped trucks carrying dairy cows in Behror town, Rajasthan state. Muslim men en route to Haryana state were pulled from the trucks and beaten with sticks and iron rods. Pehlu Kahn died of his wounds on April 4.
    (SFC, 4/6/17, p.A4)
2017        Apr 1, In Indonesia rescuers searched for more than three dozen people who were missing after a rain-triggered landslide struck a village on the main island of Java. Three were found over the next few days. 28-38 villagers remained missing.
    (AP, 4/1/17)(SSFC, 4/2/17, p.A4)(AP, 4/3/17)
2017        Apr 1, Indonesian authorities destroyed 81 foreign ships after seizing the vessels for fishing illegally in the country's waters. Most of the vessels were from Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand.
    (AP, 4/2/17)
2017        Apr 1, Iraqi state TV said Ayad al-Jumaili, the man believed to be the deputy of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been killed in an air strike. A government statement said Iraqi fighter jets have carried out airstrikes on Islamic State targets outside Mosul, killing more than 100 militants in Baaj.
    (Reuters, 4/1/17)(AP, 4/1/17)
2017        Apr 1, In Mexico a group of 28 German tourists were robbed by men who stopped their bus on a rural road in the southern state of Chiapas.
    (AP, 4/4/17)
2017        Apr 1, Myanmar held by-elections. Nine of the contested seats were in the Lower House, three in the Upper House and the rest in state and regional assemblies in ethnic minority areas. Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) won nine out of 19 seats in the national and regional parliaments.
    (AP, 4/1/17)(Reuters, 4/2/17)
2017        Apr 1, Norway kicked off its annual six-month whale hunt season with a quota of 999 minke whales, up from 880 animals in 2016.
    (AP, 4/1/17)
2017        Apr 1, A Palestinian from the occupied West Bank stabbed and wounded three Israelis in Jerusalem's Old City before being shot dead by border guards.
    (AFP, 4/1/17)
2017        Apr 1, In Paraguay opposition activist Rodrigo Quintana (25) was killed after violent clashes overnight sparked by a secret Senate vote for a constitutional amendment that would allow President Horacio Cartes to run for re-election. Police arrested 211 people.
    (Reuters, 4/1/17)(Econ, 4/8/17, p.30)
2017        Apr 1, Russian investigators opened a criminal case against unidentified internet users calling for what authorities say is an illegal anti-government protest in central Moscow on April 2.
    (Reuters, 4/1/17)
2017        Apr 1, A leading Russian opposition newspaper confirmed a story that Chechen authorities were arresting and killing gay men.
    (SSFC, 4/2/17, p.A3)
2017        Apr 1, Malusi Gigaba, South Africa's new finance minister said, he is aware of the "climate of sharp disagreement and mutual suspicion" as his predecessor's firing deepens a split in the country's ruling party, and he promised to "radically transform" the economy to reach out to people long marginalized.
    (AP, 4/1/17)
2017        Apr 1, In South Africa robbers, travelling in a BMW and a Mercedes-Benz, shot out the tires of an armored truck as it traveled toward Johannesburg's international airport shortly before noon. They escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.
    (AP, 4/2/17)
2017        Apr 1, Spanish police said they have arrested 38 people and dismantled a criminal organization dealing in credit card fraud on an international scale. The victimized banks were mainly based in Italy, Britain, the United States, Australia and Germany.
    (AP, 4/1/17)
2017        Apr 1, In Sweden Bob Dylan (75) received his Nobel literature diploma in a small afternoon ceremony in Stockholm before performing a concert in the evening.
    (SSFC, 4/2/17, p.A4)
2017        Apr 1, Turkey's foreign minister said tens of thousands of displaced Syrians and refugees have returned to an area controlled by Turkey and Turkish-backed opposition fighters in northern Syria. US-backed Kurdish-led fighters pressed their offensive in the north near a town held by the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 4/1/17)
2017        Apr 1, Ukraine complained of "unprecedented and unacceptable" calls from the Eurovision Song Contest's organizers for it to lift an entry ban on Russia's contestant. Ukraine has barred Russia's 27-year-old singer Yulia Samoilova over illegally entering Moscow-annexed Crimea for a 2015 performance.
    (AFP, 4/1/17)
2017        Apr 1, Venezuela's pro-government Supreme Court revoked its controversial annulment of the opposition-led Congress amid international condemnation and protests against socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
    (Reuters, 4/1/17)

2017        Apr 2, The Federal Emergency management Agency (FEMA) said disaster relief will be made available for 42 California counties to help repair hundreds of millions of dollars in damage incurred by February’s flooding, storms and mudslides.
    (SFC, 4/3/17, p.C3)
2017        Apr 2, It was reported that an investigation by the NY Times found five women who have received payouts from either Bill O’Reilly or Fox News that totaled about $13 million.
    (SSFC, 4/2/17, p.A5)
2017        Apr 2, In Louisiana a tornado demolished a mobile home killing a woman and her daughter (3) in Breaux Bridge.
    (SFC, 4/3/17, p.A4)
2017        Apr 2, In Afghanistan at least four provincial intelligence service agents were killed in an attack by Taliban insurgents in eastern Ghazni province.
    (AP, 4/3/17)
2017        Apr 2, Armenia held legislative polls for the first time since the 2015 adoption of constitutional reforms. Opposition parties denounced electoral violations. The pro-Russian ruling Republican Party beat the main opposition coalition, led by wealthy politician Gagik Tsarukyan, by 49.15 percent to 27.37 percent. On April 3 European observers said there was "credible information" that the parliamentary elections were marred by "vote-buying" and pressure on voters.
    (AFP, 4/2/17)(AP, 4/3/17)
2017        Apr 2, Ecuador held presidential elections. Business-friendly former bank boss Guillermo Lasso (b.1955) faced leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno (b.1953). Lenin Moreno won the presidential election 51% to 49%, but his conservative challenger demanded a recount as supporters took to the streets in protest.
    (Reuters, 4/2/17)(Reuters, 4/3/17)(Econ 5/20/17, p.30)
2017        Apr 2, An Egyptian court ruled that a judicial decision to block the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia is void, potentially reviving a deal that triggered protests. The decision by the Court of Urgent Matters was subject to appeal and any final deal must be approved by parliament.
    (Reuters, 4/2/17)
2017        Apr 2, In Germany a Ghanaian man (31) reportedly raped a camper at knife-point in front of her boyfriend days after being denied asylum, while the couple was camping near Bonn. He was arrested five days later after DNA evidence linked him to the crime.
    (AP, 9/25/17)
2017        Apr 2, Indian PM Narendra Modi inaugurated an 11-km (7-mile) tunnel through the Himalayan terrain to help ease travel on a highway linking the troubled Kashmir Valley with the rest of India. Separatist leaders fighting for the region's independence from India or its merger with neighboring Pakistan shut businesses and public transport in the region and said the construction of tunnels and roads would not succeed in appeasing them.
    (AP, 4/2/17)
2017        Apr 2, In southern India a German tourist was raped in the beach town of Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu state. Police searched for two men suspected in the rape.
    (AP, 4/3/17)
2017        Apr 2, In Nigeria three suicide bombers blew themselves up attempting to get into the northeastern city of Maiduguri. A dog grappled with a suicide bomber at a wedding in Belbelo village near Maiduguri until her explosives detonated, killing the animal as well.
    (AP, 4/2/17)(SFC, 4/6/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 2, In Pakistan 20 people were tortured and then murdered with clubs and knives at a Sufi shrine, in an attack purportedly carried out by Abdul Waheed, the shrine's custodian, and several accomplices at the edge of Sargodha, Punjab province.
    (Reuters, 4/2/17)
2017        Apr 2, Philippine soldiers killed "more than 10" Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf militants in an attempt to free 6 Vietnamese captives held on a remote southern island. 32 soldiers were also wounded in the assault in Talipao town. There was no word on the fate of the captives.
    (Reuters, 4/3/17)
2017        Apr 2, In Russia police detained more than 20 anti-corruption protesters who took to the streets of Moscow in a follow-up of last week's large-scale demonstrations.
    (Reuters, 4/2/17)
2017        Apr 2, Serbia held presidential elections. Conservative PM Aleksandar Vucic (47) was the runaway favorite despite opposition warnings about the extent of his domination. Vucic won the presidency in the first round, enabling him to push forward with his plan to lead the Balkan country into the European Union.
    (Reuters, 4/2/17)(AFP, 4/3/17)
2017        Apr 2, In central Sweden a bus carrying high school students to a ski resort crashed  south of Sveg, killing three people and injuring 20 others — seven of them seriously.
    (AP, 4/2/17)
2017        Apr 2, In Syria US backed forces repelled a major counter-attack by Islamic State militants holding out at the country's largest dam and in the nearby town of Tabqa. Dozens of their fighters were reported killed. Hundreds of families with their cattle, property, motor bikes and vans continued to flee from villages under Islamic State control.
    (Reuters, 4/2/17)
2017        Apr 2, In Syria rebels said jets believed to be Russian hit a northwestern outpost run by moderate rebel forces, killing at least one fighter and wounding several people. War jets also believed to be Russian also struck Urum al Kubra town in rebel-held western Aleppo countryside where five civilians were killed.
    (Reuters, 4/2/17)

2017        Apr 3, Pres. Donald Trump donated $78,333.32, his presidential salary to date, to the National Park Service. Trump had promised to forego his presidential salary, but by law must be paid.
    (SFC, 4/4/17, p.A4)
2017        Apr 3, Pres. Donald Trump signed into law legislation HJ69, undoing Obama-era rules that restricted the hunting of bear in Alaska. This soon led to an increase in orphan bear cubs in the state.
    (SFC, 8/12/17, p.A9)
2017        Apr 3, President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner visited Iraq with the top US military officer to meet Iraqi leaders and review the fight against the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 4/3/17)
2017        Apr 3, In St, Louis, Mo., three people were killed when an explosion launched a boiler through the roof of the Loy-Lange Box Company. A fourth person died of his wounds on April 5.
    (SFC, 4/4/17, p.A4)(SFC, 4/7/17, p.A7)
2017        Apr 3, In Texas William Kenny (64) shot and killed Deputy Clinton Greenwood, a Houston area constable, outside a courthouse. Kenny shot and killed himself the next day outside a Houston hospital.
    (SFC, 4/11/17, p.A4)
2017        Apr 3, Australia’s PM Malcom Turnbull and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani signed an aid agreement at the Australian Parliament House worth 320 million Australian dollars ($240 million) over four years. Hundreds of protesters demanded a better deal for the Hazara ethnic minority.
    (AP, 4/3/17)
2017        Apr 3, Bahrain's King Hamad approved a constitutional amendment granting military courts the right to try civilians, raising concerns among rights groups for activists in the Gulf kingdom.
    (AFP, 4/3/17)
2017        Apr 3, Bahrain's highest court overturned a nine-year-prison sentence imposed last year on Ali Salman, the leader of Bahrain's banned main opposition party, and restored his original sentence of four years in jail.
    (Reuters, 4/3/17)
2017        Apr 3, Dubai media reported that local police have arrested African hackers who targeted five senior White House officials in a blackmail email scam. Those arrested were between 24 and 26 years of age and had a list of "5 million bank accounts," as well as hacking software and millions of dollars in assets.
    (AP, 4/3/17)
2017        Apr 3, A German court handed lengthy prison sentences to four Islamic extremists over plots to bomb a train station in December 2012 and kill a far-right politician in March 2013.
    (AP, 4/3/17)
2017        Apr 3, Polish prosecutors said they would press charges against two Russian air traffic controllers of deliberately contributing to a 2010 plane crash that killed Poland's president and 95 other people.
    (Reuters, 4/3/17)
2017        Apr 3, In Russia an explosion ripped through a subway train in St. Petersburg, killing 14 people and injuring 50 others. The blast came as Russian President Vladimir Putin was visiting the city, his hometown. Within two hours authorities found and deactivated another bomb at a separate busy St. Petersburg subway station, Vosstaniya Square by the Moscow railway station. Kyrgyz officials soon identified the suspected suicide bomber as Akbarzhon Jalilov (Akbarjon Djalilov), born in the city of Osh in 1995. One of the injured people died on April 21, raising the death toll to 15. On May 11 suspects Bakhram Ergashev, Ibragimzhon Ermatov and Makhamadyusuf Mirzaalimov were charged with involvement in a "terrorist act" and with having illegally used explosives. Seven other suspects awaited charges.
    (AP, 4/3/17)(Reuters, 4/4/17)(AFP, 4/21/17)(AFP, 5/11/17)
2017        Apr 3, In Rwanda inmates protesting living conditions at Gasabo prison in Kigali hurled stones over the prison's walls, damaging nearby houses and disrupting traffic. Rioting began on Mar 31 when the prison, which houses at least 5,000 inmates, caught fire, according to residents living near the prison.
    (Reuters, 4/3/17)
2017        Apr 3, Singapore said it would repatriate Nalla Mohamed Abdul Jameel Abdul Malik (46), the chief cleric of a Muslim mosque, for offensive remarks targeting Christians and Jews, a decision that aimed to "repudiate divisive speech". During prayers on Jan. 6, the cleric made use of the phrase, "Grant us help against the Jews and the Christians."
    (Reuters, 4/3/17)
2017        Apr 3, Slovakia's Pres. Andrej Kiska signed a constitutional amendment that makes it possible for lawmakers to annul pardons granted by former PM Vladimir Meciar that barred an investigation into the kidnapping of the son of late Pres. Michal Kovac.
    (AP, 4/3/17)
2017        Apr 3, Syrian government forces intensified their bombardment of opposition-held areas around Damascus and the central city of Hama, as they pushed to erase battlefield advances made by insurgents in March.
    (AP, 4/3/17)
2017        Apr 3, In southern Thailand gunmen with grenade launchers and other heavy weapons attacked a police checkpoint, injuring six officers, in what appeared to be the latest violence by Muslim separatists who have been fighting for more than a decade.
    (AP, 4/3/17)
2017        Apr 3, Venezuelan authorities said they've arrested six officials for taking bribes to issue identification documents to Syrians.
    (AP, 4/4/17)

2017        Apr 4, The US State Department said the UN Population Fund will lose $32.5 million in funding from the 2017 budget, with funds shifted to similar programs at the US Agency for International Development. The Trump administration accused the agency, through its work with China's government, of supporting population control programs in China that include coercive abortion.
    (AP, 4/4/17)
2017        Apr 4, Former US President George W. Bush touted PEPFAR, his 2003 signature aid project for Africa, during a visit to Botswana, saying he hoped Washington would recognize its importance in saving lives threatened by AIDS.
    (Reuters, 4/4/17)
2017        Apr 4, In Florida a felony arrest warrant was issued for Kathleen Marie Mecca (70), founder of the Mount Tamalpais School in Mill Valley, Ca. She was charged with grand theft and embezzlement in connection with the diversion of $1,054, 042 in school funds from 2008-2015. Mecca had founded the school in 1976.
    (SFC, 4/6/17, p.D4)
2017        Apr 4, Albanian police seized 1.7 metric tons (1.87 tons) of dried cannabis hidden in bushes at the western Karaburun Peninsula.
    (AP, 4/5/17)
2017        Apr 4, British PM Theresa May has arrived in Saudi Arabia on a trip aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and increasing trade with the largest Arab economy.
    (AP, 4/4/17)
2017        Apr 4, Britain said it has allocated 1 billion pounds ($1.24 billion), including 160 million pounds of new money, to help Syrian refugees displaced by six years of civil war and countries that host them.
    (Reuters, 4/4/17)
2017        Apr 4, A lawmaker said Britain will get 60 million euros (51.3 million pounds) from the European Union to repair damage caused by the floods last year.
    (Reuters, 4/4/17)
2017        Apr 4, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said drivers of the most polluting cars will be charged to travel into the center of the city from 2019, describing his city's air as "lethal".
    (AFP, 4/4/17)
2017        Apr 4, Thousands of elderly Greeks protested peacefully against more pension cuts, as cash-strapped Greece remained locked in talks with lenders on further austerity and unpopular labor reforms.
    (Reuters, 4/4/17)
2017        Apr 4, In Hong Kong a giant diamond named the "Pink Star" broke the world record for a gemstone sold at auction when it fetched $71.2 million.
    (AFP, 4/4/17)
2017        Apr 4, Hungary approved a new law on that could force the Central European University (CEU), founded by financier George Soros, out of the country despite protests against the plan in Budapest and condemnation abroad. CEU, founded in Budapest in 1991, has 1,400 students.
    (Reuters, 4/4/17)
2017        Apr 4, Indonesian police saved a young sun bear, a clouded leopard and a baby orangutan from the wildlife trade after a tip from conservationists who tracked the illegal activities through Instagram. Abdul Malik was arrested in a raid on his southern Jakarta house where the animals were found caged.
    (AP, 4/4/17)
2017        Apr 4, Iraqi air strikes resumed on Islamic State positions Mosul. The United Nations said it was expanding camps for people fleeing the city.
    (Reuters, 4/4/17)
2017        Apr 4, In northern Iraq at least 31 people were killed late today, including 14 police officers, and more than 40 wounded in attacks overnight by Islamic State militants in Tikrit. Five suicide bombers were among the dead.
    (Reuters, 4/5/17)(SFC, 4/6/17, p.A4)
2017        Apr 4, A Dutchman convicted of cyberbullying lost his appeal against being extradited to Canada to face charges linked to the 2012 suicide of Amanda Todd (15), who suffered online harassment. Aydin C. was sentenced last month to almost 11 years in jail, after being found guilty of 72 charges including computer sex crimes.
    (AFP, 4/4/17)
2017        Apr 4, In Russia two suspects shot two traffic police officers dead at point-blank range and seized their weapons in the city of Astrakhan.
    (AP, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 4, Serbia initiated a program to provide direct funds to Serbian Holocaust survivors all over the world.
    (SFC, 4/5/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 4, South Africa's powerful trade union federation Cosatu, a key coalition partner of the ruling ANC, called for embattled President Jacob Zuma to resign following a deeply unpopular cabinet reshuffle.
    (AFP, 4/4/17)
2017        Apr 4, Spanish police investigating a money laundering case involving former Syrian vice president Rifaat Assad, the exiled uncle of Syria's current leader, raided properties and blocked dozens of bank accounts belonging or linked to him and his relatives. Over 500 properties were ordered seized. Most of the properties are located in Puerto Banus, a luxury marina in Costa del Sol. The property stock, valued at 691 million euros ($735 million), includes a 33-square km (12.7 sq. mile) estate valued at 60 million euros.
    (AP, 4/4/17)
2017        Apr 4, A suspected Syrian government chemical attack killed 87 people, including 20 children the town of town of Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib province. A Syrian military source denied the army had used any such weapons. 92 people were later identified as victims of exposure to sarin. The UN later said the Syria government had used nerve agents in four chemical weapons attacks since December. It was later reported that Russians had warning of the attack and then bombed the hospital to which victims had been sent to destroy evidence.
    (AFP, 4/4/17)(AFP, 4/5/17)(SSFC, 4/9/17, p.A5)(AFP, 4/26/17)(SFC, 5/2/17, p.A3)(Econ, 4/15/17, p.21)
2017        Apr 4, The Vatican announced a measure allowing priests of the schismatic Society of St. Pius X, founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1969, to celebrate marriages that will be recognized by Rome.
    (SFC, 4/5/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 4, Venezuelan lawmakers were impeded from reaching the National Assembly. Chaos and violence in Caracas left 18 people arrested and 20 injured.
    (Reuters, 4/5/17)

2017        Apr 5, US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said parents and children caught crossing the Mexican border illegally won't be separated unless the "situation at the time requires it."
    (AP, 4/5/17)
2017        Apr 5, Basque political parties said they hoped a pledge by militant separatist group ETA to disarm this weekend would draw a line under a decades-long campaign that killed more than 800 people across Spain.
    (Reuters, 4/5/17)
2017        Apr 5, Britain said it would help Saudi Arabia to diversify its oil-dependent economy as PM Theresa May visited the Gulf kingdom.
    (AFP, 4/5/17)
2017        Apr 5, London police on behalf of the Kuwaiti authorities arrested Fahad al-Rajaan (68), the former head of Kuwait's social security fund convicted in his home country of corruption and embezzling public money.
    (Reuters, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 5, China and Finland will increase cooperation under the China-European Union framework, President Xi Jinping said after arriving in Finland for his first visit as head of state.
    (Reuters, 4/5/17)
2017        Apr 5, European Union lawmakers adopted a resolution setting their red lines for the two-year divorce talks with Britain and rejected attempts by British MEPs to recognize Gibraltar's pro-EU stance in the Brexit referendum.
    (Reuters, 4/5/17)
2017        Apr 5, German conglomerate JAB, owner of Krispy Cream and other food brands, announced that it was taking over the St. Louis-based Panera Bread bakery chain for $7.5 billion.
    (Econ, 4/15/17, p.26)
2017        Apr 5, Kuwait said it has signed a new a multi-billion-dollar deal to supply Egypt with crude oil and petroleum products for the next three years.
    (AFP, 4/5/17)
2017        Apr 5, North Korea conducted another ballistic missile test in defiance of UN sanctions. The projectile went about 37 miles into the East Sea.
    (SFC, 4/5/17, p.A4)
2017        Apr 5, Norway said it plans to build a 5,610-foot tunnel for ships. The Stad Ship Tunnel was expected to open in 2023 at a cost of $314 million.
    (SFC, 4/7/17, p.A6)
2017        Apr 5, In Poland opposition lawmakers called for the dismissal of Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz, saying he is undermining the nation's armed forces with dismissals and demotions of high-ranking officers who aren't his allies.
    (AP, 4/5/17)
2017        Apr 5, In Somalia a massive car bomb blast at a restaurant in Mogadishu killed at least seven people.
    (AP, 4/5/17)
2017        Apr 5, Hundreds of South Sudanese refugees fled into Uganda for a second day, bearing further grim testimony of an attack by government forces on the border town of Pajok in which at least 17 people were killed.
    (Reuters, 4/5/17)
2017        Apr 5, In Switzerland Geneva's regional council voted to modify a 1929 ordinance that banned women from swimming topless in the city's main natural waterways. The change doesn't apply to public swimming pools or swimming totally naked.
    (AP, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 5, In Syria US-backed fighters laid siege to the northern town of Tabqa, an Islamic State stronghold. IS militants killed 33 young men in eastern Syria, close to the border with Iraq, according to Syrian opposition activists.
    (AP, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 5, Venezuela's opposition's lawmakers gathered from dawn, some carrying injuries from protests, to seek the dismissal of Supreme Court judges whom they accuse of propping up a dictatorship.
    (Reuters, 4/5/17)

2017        Apr 6, Pres. Trump announced a missile barrage late today on an air base in Syria in retaliation against Syrian President Bashar Assad for a chemical weapons attack against civilians caught up in his country's long civil war. US officials informed Russian forces ahead of the strikes.
    (AP, 4/7/17)(Reuters, 4/7/17)
2017        Apr 6, Chinese President Xi Jinping urged cooperation with the United States on trade and investment, inviting President Donald Trump to visit China in a cordial start to their first meeting likely to broach sensitive security and commercial issues.
    (Reuters, 4/7/17)
2017        Apr 6, Republicans in the US Senate changed Senate rules to overcome a Democrat filibuster of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. This allowed confirmation for Gorsuch to proceed on a simple majority vote.
    (SFC, 4/8/17, p.A7)
2017        Apr 6, US Rep. and House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes recused himself from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Russian influence in last November’s elections.
    (SFC, 4/7/17, p.A10)
2017        Apr 6, The 23andMe genetics testing company said it has received FDA approval to sell tests that indicate people’s risk of developing 10 diseases including Alzheimer’s, celiac and some blood clotting disorders.
    (SFC, 4/7/17, p.C1)
2017        Apr 6, Don Rickles (b.1926), American comedian, died at his home in Los Angeles.
    (SFC, 4/7/17, p.A8)
2017        Apr 6, Protesters in Argentina clashed with police during marches over government austerity measures as labor unions challenged President Mauricio Macri in the first general strike since he took office 16 months ago.
    (Reuters, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, The former head of Brazilian aquatics confederation was arrested in a fraud probe that allegedly involved sports officials embezzling public funds. Federal police arrested five people for the alleged embezzlement of up to 40 million reais ($13 million) in public funds to benefit the country's water sports association.
    (AP, 4/6/17)(Reuters, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Brazilian prosecutors said a federal court has suspended the operating license of the massive Belo Monte hydroelectric dam on environmental grounds. They said operators must complete basic sanitation works in the city of Altamira before filling the dam's reservoir.
    (Reuters, 4/7/17)
2017        Apr 6, A real estate agent said China's Peking University is buying a 19th-century manor house near Oxford in southern England to use as a campus in a multimillion-dollar deal. Foxcombe Hall is to become a branch of Peking University's HSBC Business School.
    (AP, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Croatia's parliament adopted an emergency law to protect the economy from large company failures after the country's biggest private-owned firm accumulated huge debts.
    (AP, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, The European Commission imposed anti-dumping duties on steel products from China to stop them flooding Europe's struggling steel market.
    (AP, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, The European Union expanded sanctions against North Korea over the country's nuclear tests and launches of ballistic missiles. The new sanctions are aimed at the country's metalworking, aerospace and arms-related industries, and services in computing, mining, chemicals and refining.
    (Reuters, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, European lawmakers voted 521 to 75 to grant Ukrainians holding biometric passports the right to visit for up to 90 days for tourism, business or visiting relatives and friends.
    (Reuters, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, France's foreign minister called for the prosecution of President Bashar Assad's government amid growing international outrage over the April 4 assault that activists say killed 86 people.
    (AP, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, French Bishop Herve Gaschignard (57) resigned at the behest of the Vatican over "inappropriate behavior" towards youths, just weeks after complaints came to the attention of his diocese.
    (AFP, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Gambians voted in the first election since longtime leader Yahya Jammeh left power, with opposition parties set to gain seats after being left in the cold for years during what was tantamount to one-party rule. Pres. Adama Barrow’s United Democratic Party (UDP) won 31 of the 53 available elected seats in the country's National Assembly. Jammeh's Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) shrank from 43 elected seats to five.
    (AFP, 4/6/17)(AFP, 4/7/17)
2017        Apr 6, Hungary said it will cooperate with Iran on setting up a small nuclear reactor for scientific-educational purposes.
    (Reuters, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, In northeastern India the Dalai Lama consecrated a Buddhist monastery in Arunachal Pradesh state, amid Chinese warnings that the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader's visit to a disputed border region would damage bilateral relations with India.
    (AP, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, The Islamic State group shot down an Iraqi helicopter operating over Mosul. Two pilots were killed. Security forces announced they recaptured another neighborhood in their nearly six-month-old offensive against the jihadist stronghold.
    (AP, 4/6/17)(Reuters, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Four suspected migrant smugglers were killed in an exchange of fire with the Libyan coastguard off western Libya.
    (Reuters, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Dutch public broadcaster NOS reported that as many as 100 Dutch citizens of Turkish descent are being prevented from leaving Turkey. NOS said those affected, many of whom had been to Turkey on holiday or to see their families, had all been publicly critical of President Tayyip Erdogan.
    (Reuters, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Retired Pakistani Lt. Col. Mohammad Habib went missing after arriving in Nepal. Pakistani officials later said he was seized by Indian intelligence and that the abduction was aimed at pressuring Pakistan to release Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian naval officer convicted of espionage who was sentenced to death on April 10.
    (AP, 4/18/17)
2017        Apr 6, A Palestinian man carried out a car-ramming next to a bus stop near a settlement in the occupied West Bank, killing an Israeli soldier and wounding another.
    (AFP, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Gaza's Hamas rulers hanged three Palestinian men they convicted of collaborating with Israel, fulfilling vows of revenge for the mysterious killing of one of their commanders last month.
    (AFP, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the occupation of uninhabited islands and shoals it claims in the disputed South China Sea, asserting Philippine sovereignty in an apparent change of tack.
    (Reuters, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Russian security agents arrested three people suspected of links to a suicide bomber accused of attacking the St. Petersburg subway on April 3 and deactivated an explosive device in the apartment where the suspects lived.
    (AP, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, In Russia the National Guard in the city of Astrakhan found suspects, who had killed two traffic police on April 4. They refused to surrender and fired back at officers. In the ensuing gunbattle, all four gunmen were killed and three National Guard officers were wounded.
    (AP, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed replaced his security chiefs and called on al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgents to surrender within 60 days in return for education and jobs.
    (Reuters, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, In South Africa three cabinet ministers removed by President Jacob Zuma in a reshuffle last week quit as lawmakers of his African National Congress party ahead of a vote of no-confidence in the president which the ANC has vowed to defeat.
    (Reuters, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn signed a military-backed constitution into law, an essential step toward an election the junta has promised will restore democracy after the 12th successful coup in little over 80 years.
    (Reuters, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Turkey said that autopsies of Syrian victims from the April 4 assault in Syria's Idlib province show they were subjected to chemical weapons. Russia's Defense Ministry said the toxic agents were released when a Syrian airstrike hit a rebel chemical weapons arsenal and munitions factory on the town's eastern outskirts.
    (AP, 4/6/17)
2017        Apr 6, Seven protests against Venezuela's socialist government were held in Caracas, one for each of the Supreme Court judges who passed a ruling last week taking control of the country's opposition-led congress in what demonstrators said was a lurch toward dictatorship. Jairo Ortiz (19) was shot and killed in a Caracas suburb by security forces that were breaking up a protest there.
    (Reuters, 4/6/17)(Reuters, 4/7/17)

2017        Apr 7, President Donald Trump pressed Chinese President Xi Jinping to do more to curb North Korea's nuclear program and help reduce the gaping US trade deficit with Beijing in talks as he toned down the strident anti-China rhetoric of his election campaign.
    (Reuters, 4/8/17)
2017        Apr 7, The US Senate voted 54 to 45 to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court following a rules change a day earlier.
    (SFC, 4/8/17, p.A7)
2017        Apr 7, The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced 173 fellowships, each valued at about $50,000, to artists, writers and academics from the US and Canada.
    (SFC, 4/7/17, p.D3)
2017        Apr 7, Arizona’s Rep. Gov. Doug Ducey signed a major school voucher expansion bill that will extend eligibility to all 1.1 million state schoolchildren.
    (SFC, 4/8/17, p.A6)
2017        Apr 7, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown declared an officials end to the state’s drought.
    (SFC, 4/8/17, p.A1)
2017        Apr 7, In Maryland a federal judge approved an agreement between Baltimore and the US Dept. of Justice to overhaul the city’s police department.
    (SFC, 4/8/17, p.A5)
2017        Apr 7, In Oregon a small plane crashed near Harrisburg as it approached the Eugene Airport under high winds. Four people were killed.
    (SSFC, 4/9/17, p.A6)
2017        Apr 7, In South Carolina four inmates were found dead at Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia. Two convicts serving life sentences were soon charged with the murders.
    (SFC, 4/8/17, p.A5)(SSFC, 4/9/17, p.A12)
2017        Apr 7, In Texas a woman fatally shot her stepfather, critically injured her mother and killed two other people in the Houston area before killing herself.
    (SSFC, 4/9/17, p.A6)
2017        Apr 7, The Basque separatist group ETA, which has promised to give up all its remaining arms by April 8, said it has handed over the weapons to members of "civil society" in France. Analysts estimated ETA's arsenal at 130 handguns and two tons of explosives.
    (AFP, 4/7/17)
2017        Apr 7, In Brazil six inmates died at the Unidade Prisional do Puraquequara in Manaus where riots killed dozens of prisoners earlier this year. The circumstances of the deaths were unclear.
    (AP, 4/8/17)
2017        Apr 7, In Cambodia Tan Saravuth, a Cambodian-American man, was arrested in Phnom Penh for procuring children for prostitution, a crime punishable by seven to 15 years in prison.
    (AP, 4/11/17)
2017        Apr 7, The European Commission cleared the multi-billion dollar buy-out bid for European pay-TV giant Sky by 21st Century Fox without conditions as the tie-up does not undercut competition.
    (AFP, 4/7/17)
2017        Apr 7, The German government announced steps to choke off state campaign finance for the far-right NPD party, after a failed court bid to outlaw the xenophobic fringe group. The group numbered around 6,000 members.
    (AFP, 4/7/17)
2017        Apr 7, Doctors Without Borders said they have begun a measles vaccination program in Guinea after 14 deaths and 3,400 cases were confirmed this year.
    (SFC, 4/8/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 7, Indonesian counter-terrorism police arrested three suspected militants who were planning to attack a police station in East Java.
    (AP, 4/8/17)
2017        Apr 7, Kosovo President Hashim Thaci bowed to pressure from traditional allies the United States and NATO by putting off plans to establish an army strongly opposed by the country's minority Serbs.
    (Reuters, 4/7/17)
2017        Apr 7, In Myanmar a ferry boat carrying wedding guests capsized after colliding with a boat carrying gravel in the Ngawun river of the Ayeyarwaddy delta, killing at least 20 people and leaving more than a dozen missing.
    (AFP, 4/8/17)
2017        Apr 7, Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev complained that US cruise missile strikes on a Syrian airbase were one step away from clashing with the Russian military. Russia the US-led coalition of its intent to suspend a communication channel for avoiding air accidents in the crowded airspace over Syria.
    (Reuters, 4/7/17)
2017        Apr 7, Tens of thousands of South Africans demonstrated peacefully in a national outpouring of anger at scandal-tainted Pres. Jacob Zuma. A second agency lowered the country's credit rating to junk status a week after the firing of the respected finance minister.
    (AP, 4/7/17)
2017        Apr 7, In Spain Russian computer programmer, Pyotr Levashov, was arrested in the city of Barcelona. Levashov was suspected of being involved in hacking attacks linked to alleged interference in last year's US election.
    (Reuters, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 7, In Sweden a truck slammed into a crowd of people outside a busy department store in central Stockholm, killing two Swedes, a British man and a Belgian woman. PM Stefan Lofven described it as a "terror attack". Police soon detained suspect Rakhmat Akilov (39), a native of Uzbekistan, who had been denied asylum last year. Uzbekistan’s foreign minister later said Akilov had been recruited by the Islamic State and had encouraged fellow nationals to fight for the IS in Syria. A 5th victim died three weeks later of her injuries.
    (AFP, 4/7/17)(AP, 4/8/17)(Reuters, 4/11/17)(SFC, 4/15/17, p.A3)(AP, 4/28/17)
2017        Apr 7, In Syria opposition fighters fired shells at a government-controlled neighborhood of the capital Damascus killing one person and wounding 20.
    (AP, 4/7/17)
2017        Apr 7, The US blasted Syria’s Shayrat air base early today (local time) with a barrage of cruise missiles in fiery retaliation for this week's gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians. 58 of 59 missiles struck their intended targets. Seven people were reported killed.
    (AP, 4/7/17)
2017        Apr 7, In southern Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents set off dozens of bombs, bringing down power lines and setting tires on fire to block roads.
    (AP, 4/7/17)
2017        Apr 7, Ugandan police detained an academic who has been critical online of what she calls "despotic family rule" in this East African country. Stella Nyanzi, a research fellow at Uganda's Makerere University, was arrested for violating a law against misusing computers. On May 10 Nyanzi was freed on bail.
    (AP, 4/9/17)(AP, 5/10/17)
2017        Apr 7, The UN Security Council called an emergency meeting to discuss the developments in Syria.
    (AP, 4/7/17)
2017        Apr 7, Venezuelan authorities banned Henrique Capriles, a top opposition leader, from public office for 15 years. Capriles rejected the move and insisted he would retain his post as governor, branding Maduro a dictator.
    (AFP, 4/8/17)

2017        Apr 8, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed nine security forces in Balkh province. Five insurgents were killed. In Jawzjan province Islamic State militants attacked the Darzab district headquarters killing four Afghan soldiers.
    (SFC, 4/10/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 8, Basque militant group ETA effectively ended an armed separatist campaign after almost half a century, leading French authorities to the sites where it says its caches of weapons, explosives and ammunition are hidden.
    (Reuters, 4/8/17)
2017        Apr 8, In Canada five hikers were killed in mountains north of Vancouver when unsupported snow collapsed on Mount Harvey.
    (SFC, 4/10/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 8, In Colombia a soldier was killed late today by an explosive device attributed to a dissident wing of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The 1st Front of the FARC is heavily involved in drug trafficking and illegal mining and has opposed a peace accord reached last year with the FARC.
    (AP, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 8, In eastern France Hani Ramadan, a Swiss Islamic preacher with extremist views, was arrested in Colmar as he was taking part in a conference. Police escorted him to the Swiss border.
    (AP, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 8, In Germany police found 384 kg (847 pounds) of cocaine in hundreds of one-kilogram packages hidden in 26 cases of bananas shipped from Ecuador.
    (AP, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 8, In Germany police officers found human remains believed to be those of the 58-year-old woman at her home in the eastern village of Borkheide, southwest of Berlin. Her son (17) was detained at the scene.
    (AP, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 8, In Greece Documenta 14, one of the world's premier art events opened in Athens, bringing a much-needed spotlight, artistic inspiration and visitor boost to crisis-hit Greece's run-down capital. The contemporary art exhibition is held every five years in Kassel, Germany. The opening in Germany was set for June.
    (AFP, 4/8/17)(Econ, 4/8/17, p.76)
2017        Apr 8, India offered a $4.5 billion line of credit to neighboring Bangladesh to help it implement projects in priority areas such as the energy sector, and a separate $500 million credit line to support defense related procurements.
    (Reuters, 4/8/17)
2017        Apr 8, Indian police arrested Sagar Thakkar (24), aka Shaggy, the suspected mastermind behind a call center scam run out of a Mumbai suburb that targeted thousands of Americans and netted more than $300 million.
    (Reuters, 4/8/17)
2017        Apr 8, Indonesian police killed six suspected Islamic militants in a gun battle that followed a failed attack in East Java.
    (AP, 4/8/17)
2017        Apr 8, In southern Lebanon Palestinian factions battled an extremist group in a refugee camp in a second day of clashes left two people dead.
    (AFP, 4/8/17)
2017        Apr 8, Prosecutors said 17 people have been detained in Moldova and Ukraine on suspicion of planning to kill Vladimir Plahotniuc, head of Moldova’s Democratic Party.
    (SSFC, 4/9/17, p.A4)
2017        Apr 8, In southern Nepal a rare one-horned rhinoceros was found killed and horn cut off by poachers in the Chitwan National Forest.
    (AP, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 8, Norway's police found an explosive device late today near a busy subway station in Oslo. The device was neutralize and a suspect was soon arrested.
    (AP, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 8, Pakistani police killed 10 militants in a shootout after coming under attack in the eastern city of Lahore. The slain men included Anwarul Haq, a key facilitator of the Feb 13 suicide attack in which 13 people were killed in the city.
    (AP, 4/8/17)
2017        Apr 8, Fresh protests against civil service pay cuts broke out in Gaza, amid pressure on Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to act. The decision this week by the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority to impose pay cuts on its civil servants in the Gaza Strip has sparked anger among the employees.
    (AFP, 4/8/17)
2017        Apr 8, In southwestern Poland an apartment house collapsed in Swiebodzice, leaving six people dead and four injured. A gas explosion was suspected.
    (AP, 4/8/17)(AP, 4/11/17)
2017        Apr 8, Russia said cosmonaut Georgy Grechko (85) has died. He made three trips into space (1975 – 1985), spending a total of 134 days off the Earth. His longest was a stay of more than three months aboard the Salyut-6 space station in 1977-78.
    (AP, 4/8/17)
2017        Apr 8, Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region executed five people it said were Islamist militants responsible for killing three senior government officials last year.
    (Reuters, 4/8/17)
2017        Apr 8, A journalists' rights group said court in the breakaway region of Somaliland has sentenced reporter Abdimalik Muse Oldon to two years in jail for what it said was endangering peace and security.
    (Reuters, 4/8/17)
2017        Apr 8, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an air strike believed to have been carried out by the US-led coalition against Islamic State killed 15 people including four children in a village west of the jihadists' stronghold of Raqqa.
    (Reuters, 4/8/17)
2017        Apr 8, Syrian or Russian warplanes dropped incendiary bombs on areas of Idlib and Hama provinces just days after a deadly gas attack in the region.
    (Reuters, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 8, In Venezuela protesters hurling rocks clashed with police firing tear gas in a fourth demonstration in a week against President Nicolas Maduro and his government.
    (AFP, 4/9/17)

2017        Apr 9, In southern California an SUV slammed into a group of pedestrians as they were leaving the East Sarang Community Church, killing two people and injuring several others in Chino.
    (SFC, 4/11/17, p.A4)   
2017        Apr 9, Dr. David Dao (69) was yanked out of Flight 3411 at Chicago O'Hare Int’l. Airport by airport security to make way for United employees. Dao lost two front teeth and suffered a broken nose and a concussion. Video of the incident went viral. Worldwide backlash hit the airline's share price and prompted an apology from the company chief executive.
    (Reuters, 4/12/17)(SFC, 4/14/17, p.A6)
2017        Apr 9, In Egypt at least 45 people were killed in two bomb attacks on two Coptic churches on Palm Sunday. The first bombing, in Tanta killed at least 27 people. The second in Alexandria hit Saint Mark's Cathedral, the historic seat of the Coptic Pope, killing 16 people. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.
    (Reuters, 4/9/17)(AP, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 9, The French government published a decree for closing the country's oldest nuclear plant at Fessenheim, fulfilling a campaign-trail pledge made by President Francois Hollande who is now in the final weeks of office.
    (AFP, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 9, In the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir six people were killed and more than 100 injured when police clashed with protesters during a by-election in Srinagar.
    (Reuters, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 9, The navies of India and China carried out a joint operation to rescue the bulk carrier, OS 35, a merchant ship hijacked the previous evening by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. The pirates had fled overnight.
    (AFP, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 9, In Italy Tomas Yarrington, a former governor of Mexico’s northern state of Tamaulipas (1999-2005), was arrested for alleged involvement in laundering drug money after a five-year manhunt. He was also being sought by the United States for alleged drug money laundering.
    (AFP, 4/9/17)(Econ, 4/22/17, p.30)
2017        Apr 9, In Lebanon Palestinian residents fled the Ein el-Hilweh refugee camp in the port city of Sidon as clashes between security forces and radical Islamists intensified for the third day. The camp's radical groups have regularly fallen afoul of Palestinian security forces for hiding fugitives from the Lebanese law. A member of the Fatah faction was killed in the clashes. The clashes have left at least four people dead.
    (AP, 4/9/17)(Reuters, 4/9/17)(SFC, 4/10/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 9, Mexican police found an unusual indoor operation for opium poppy cultivation at a warehouse in the northern border state of Chihuahua.
    (AP, 4/11/17)
2017        Apr 9, In Nigeria gunmen shot dead four policemen, an army captain and a civilian in an attack on a community outside Lagos.
    (AFP, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 9, In southeastern Nigeria two Turkish were kidnapped from a hotel room in the town of Eket, Akwa Ibom state.
    (Reuters, 4/11/17)
2017        Apr 9, In Somalia a car bomb targeting senior officials leaving a military base in Mogadishu killed at least 15 people and destroyed a minibus carrying civilians, in an attack claim by Islamist al Shabaab militants.
    (Reuters, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 9, South Ossetia held presidential elections. Anatoly Bibilov, speaker of the local legislature, won nearly 58 percent of the presidential vote while the incumbent got 30 percent after more than 90 percent of the ballots were counted.
    (AP, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 9, In Syria Islamic State militants launched two suicide attacks overnight on US-backed Syrian rebels near the near the joint Syria-Iraq-Jordan al Tanf border crossing, leaving at least 12 dead in the fighting and many wounded.
    (Reuters, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 9, Syrian or Russian warplanes dropped more incendiary bombs on areas of Idlib and Hama provinces.
    (Reuters, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 9, Italian Gabriele Del Grande (34) was clapped in cuffs by Turkish police during interviews with people who had fled Syria for a book he is writing on the conflict and the birth of the Islamic State (IS) group. Grande was released after two weeks and returned home on April 24.
    (AFP, 4/19/17)(AP, 4/24/17)
2017        Apr 9, In central Turkey a hot air balloon hit a high-voltage transmission line and crashed in Cappadocia, killing a French tourist and injuring at least seven people.
    (AP, 4/9/17)

2017        Apr 10, The new US administration of Donald Trump scuppered efforts by the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized countries in Rome to reach a common stance on energy when it asked for more time to work out its policies on climate change.
    (Reuters, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 10, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (74) resigned rather than face impeachment and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor campaign violations that arose during an investigation of his alleged affair with a top aide. Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey was hastily sworn in as his successor.
    (SFC, 4/11/17, p.A12)(Econ, 4/15/17, p.27)
2017        Apr 10, In southern California a Cedric Anderson (53) fired on his wife, Elaine Smith, in a San Bernadino classroom killing her and Jonathan Martinez (8), a child close by, and then himself at North Park School. Another child was critically injured.
    (SFC, 4/11/17, p.A5)(SFC, 4/24/17, p.A4)
2017        Apr 10, Cook County Associate Circuit Court Judge Raymond Myles (66) was shot to death outside his home on the South Side of Chicago. A female acquaintance was also shot but survived. Joshua Smith (32) was soon arrested and charged with murder for his role in the killing.
    (SFC, 4/11/17, p.A4)(SFC, 4/13/17, p.A5)
2017        Apr 10, In South Carolina Dylann Roof pleaded guilty to state murder charges and was given nine consecutive life sentences for the June 2015 shooting that left nine people dead at the black Emanuel AME Church.
    (SFC, 4/11/17, p.A5)
2017        Apr 10, An investigation into sales practices at Wells Fargo released today has blamed the bank's top management for creating an "aggressive sales culture" that led to a scandal involving millions of unauthorized accounts being opened. The bank's board of directors clawed back another $75 million in pay from two former executives, CEO John Stumpf and community bank executive Carrie Tolstedt.
    (AP, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 10, The first-ever freight train from Britain to China started its 18-day, 12,000-km (7,500-mile) journey along a modern-day "Silk Road" trade route as Britain eyes new opportunities after it leaves the European Union. The first train from China to Britain arrived on January 18, filled with clothes and other retail goods.
    (AP, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 10, China and South Korea agreed to slap tougher sanctions on North Korea if it carries out nuclear or long-range missile tests, as a US Navy strike group headed to the region in a show of force.
    (Reuters, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 10, China's capital stepped up a campaign against foreign espionage, offering rewards ranging from $1,500 to $73,000 to citizens who blow the whistle on suspected spies.
    (Reuters, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 10, Opposition calls for mass protests against Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila fell flat when only a handful of people showed up, undermining efforts to oust him after his refusal to quit on expiry of his mandate last year.
    (AP, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 10, Hungary’s Pres. Janos Ader signed amendments to the country’s higher education law that could force the Central European Univ., founded by George Soros, to close or move. A day earlier some 70,000 people rallied to support CEU.
    (SFC, 4/11/17, p.A3)
2017        Apr 10, Israel closed its Taba border crossing to the Sinai peninsula following warnings by its anti-terrorism office of an "imminent" militant attack there and urged its citizens to leave Egypt hours before the start of the Passover holiday, when Sinai is a popular destination for many secular Israelis.
    (AP, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 10, In Kashmir four suspected rebels were killed overnight in fighting with the Indian army, as businesses and schools shut in the disputed region in response to a separatists' call to protest the killing of eight civilians by government forces during a weekend by-election.
    (AP, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 10, In Kazakhstan NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and Russia's Sergei Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko touched down after spending 173 days in space.
    (AP, 4/9/17)
2016        Apr 10, In Macedonia the vault manager of NLB Tutunska Banka reported the theft of about 3 million euros ($3.1 million) from its headquarters. The administrator of the bank surreptitiously removed the money, in euros and Swiss francs, over five days without being noticed by security staff. A suspect identified as B.S. was soon arrested, but the missing cash was not yet recovered.
    (AP, 4/11/17)(AP, 4/12/17)
2017        Apr 10, In Mexico a parking garage under construction collapsed in Mexico City. At least seven people were killed and 10 other construction workers were being treated for injuries.
    (AP, 4/11/17)
2017        Apr 10, Pakistan's military sentenced an Indian naval officer to death on charges of espionage and sabotage. Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested in March 2016, had been convicted by a military tribunal. Jadhav was kidnapped last year from Iran and his subsequent presence in Pakistan was never explained credibly.
    (AP, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 10, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny walked free after spending 15 days in jail over a rally he led against alleged massive corruption by PM Dmitry Medvedev.
    (AFP, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 10, In Somalia a suicide bomber wearing army uniform killed at least nine soldiers at a camp outside Mogadishu. A government official was killed by a bomb planted in his car in Mogadishu.
    (Reuters, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 10, In Somalia regional security forces rescued the Indian cargo dhow Al Kausar. Pirates who seized it on March 31 escaped with nine crew members as bargaining chips. Somali forces the next day secured the surrender of 10 members of the band and enlisted the parents of three others to persuade them to give up.
    (Reuters, 4/11/17)
2017        Apr 10, In South Sudan at least 16 civilians were killed in the town of Wau, as ethnic militias went house to house searching for people from other groups. Witnesses said the militias were aligned with the government's side in the ethnically-charged civil war. The dead included three men contracted to work as porters for the World Food Program. The fighting came to Wau after government soldiers were killed in an ambush a day earlier south of the town.
    (Reuters, 4/9/17)(AP, 4/14/17)(SFC, 6/1/17, p.A4)
2017        Apr 10, Spain's police arrested 25 suspected members of a Chinese criminal gang and freed 22 Chinese women who had been forced to work as prostitutes for it in and around Barcelona.
    (AP, 4/19/17)
2017        Apr 10, In northern Syria US-backed Syrian fighters pushed ahead in their offensive against members of the Islamic State group under the cover of US-led coalition airstrikes getting closer to Tabqa, a strategic town that is home to the country's largest dam. 36 IS fighters were reported killed in the fighting over the last 24 hours.
    (AP, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 10, Ukraine's central bank governor, Valeria Gontareva, resigned, depriving the country of a tough reformer capable of taking on vested interests at a time when the economy is just recovering from a steep recession.
    (AP, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 10, The UN said European countries must stop returning asylum seekers to Hungary due to deteriorating conditions there for new arrivals including children, and allegations of abuse.
    (AFP, 4/9/17)
2017        Apr 10, In Venezuela thousands of protesters demanding new elections faced off with security forces who launched tear gas and blocked roadways in Caracas. Daniel Queliz (20) died after being shot in the neck during protests in Valencia.
    (SFC, 4/11/17, p.A2)(SFC, 4/12/17, p.A2)

2017        Apr 11, Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency as wildfires burned more than 23,800 acres across the state.
    (SFC, 4/12/17, p.A4)
2017        Apr 11, Musician John Warren Geils Jr. (71), founder of the J. Geils Band, died at his home in Massachusetts. The band’s biggest hits included “Must of Got Lost" (1975), “Love Stinks" (1980) and “Centerfold" (1981).
    (SFC, 4/12/17, p.A7)
2017        Apr 11, Brazil’s Supreme Court said that it had opened probes into some 100 politicians as part of a corruption scandal that has already unveiled billions of dollars in kickbacks and bribes by companies including construction giant Odebrecht.
    (SFC, 4/13/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 11, Talks aimed at reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus restarted with rival leaders hoping to claw back diminished trust and lost momentum after a two-month halt.
    (AP, 4/11/17)
2017        Apr 11, Egypt's parliament unanimously approved a three-month state of emergency, broadening the power of authorities to crack down on what it called enemies of the state days after two church bombings killed at least 45.
    (Reuters, 4/11/17)
2017        Apr 11, The European Union extended until April 2018 sanctions against Iran for "serious human rights violations", a narrower measure than restrictions the bloc had already lifted after an international accord on Tehran's nuclear program.
    (AP, 4/11/17)
2017        Apr 11, Several EU and NATO countries signed up to establish a center in Helsinki to research how to tackle tactics such as cyber-attacks, propaganda and disinformation. The United States, Britain, France, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Finland, Latvia and Lithuania signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the membership. More countries were due to come on board in July.
    (Reuters, 4/11/17)
2017        Apr 11, In France a huge fire overnight gutted Grande-Synthe facility, one of the country’s biggest migrant camps housing 1,500 people. It started after a brawl involving hundreds of Afghans and Kurds. At least 10 people were injured.
    (AFP, 4/11/17)
2017        Apr 11, German prosecutors said an unidentified suspect had been emptying parking machines in Hildesheim for more than two years. The 48-year-old was caught last week loading 1,000 euros ($1,060) in ill-gotten coins into his car. Damage to the city in this year's first three months alone totaled 21,000 euros.
    (AP, 4/11/17)
2017        Apr 11, In Germany roadside blasts left Dortmund's Spanish international Marc Bartra and a policeman injured. The bombs "containing metal pieces" detonated minutes after the team bus set off to a planned Champions League game against Monaco.
    (AFP, 4/12/17)
2017        Apr 11, G7 industrialized nations meeting in Rome urged Russia to pressure the Syrian government to end the six-year civil war, but rejected a British call to impose new sanctions on Moscow over its support of President Bashar Assad.
    (AP, 4/11/17)
2017        Apr 11, In the Philippines Abu Sayyaf group commander Moammar Askali and five other Abu Sayyaf gunmen, three soldiers and a policeman were killed in clashes on Bohol Island, a popular resort destination.
    (AFP, 4/11/17)(AP, 4/12/17)
2017        Apr 11, In Puerto Rico federal law enforcement broke up a $4 million drug-trafficking ring. Most of the 26 indicted suspects were arrested before dawn at the Luis Munoz Marin airport in San Juan.
    (SFC, 4/12/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 11, The Russian Defence Ministry said on that two of its soldiers had been killed in a mortar attack in Syria and a third was fighting for his life.
    (Reuters, 4/11/17)
2017        Apr 11, Three migrants from sub-Saharan Africa were killed when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean but the Spanish navy managed to rescue another 30 people in the group.
    (Reuters, 4/12/17)
2017        Apr 11, Syrian government warplanes dropped barrel bombs on rebel-held areas of Hama province, a day after the United States said their use could lead to further US strikes in Syria.
    (Reuters, 4/11/17)
2017        Apr 11, Hundreds of Syrian students gathered outside the United Nations headquarters in Damascus to protest last week's US strike on a government air base.
    (AFP, 4/11/17)
2017        Apr 11, In northern Syria a coalition air strike accidentally killed 18 members of a US-backed Arab-Kurdish alliance fighting the Islamic State group near Tabqa, a key city next to a dam and military airport and close to the IS stronghold of Raqa.
    (AFP, 4/13/17)
2017        Apr 11, Tunisia's journalists Union said violations against journalists are on the rise as authorities try to control local media, warning this threatened press freedom and the country's young democracy.
    (Reuters, 4/11/17)
2017        Apr 11, Turkey said that tests proved the deadly nerve agent sarin was used in a suspected chemical attack in northwestern Syria which killed 87 people on April 4.
    (AFP, 4/11/17)
2017        Apr 11, In Turkey a police officer and two civilian employees were killed in an attack at a police station in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir. Authorities said it was carried out with a ton of explosives planted inside a tunnel. A day later Kurdish rebels claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 4/12/17)
2017        Apr 11, In Venezuela Miguel Colmenares (36) was shot at a protest in the central city of Barquisimeto. Gruseny Calderon (32) was also killed during the same protest. The protests have also claimed the lives of two college students and a 13 year-old.
    (AP, 4/13/17)
2017        Apr 11, Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was detained and questioned by police for committing "treason" by obstructing the president’s motorcade. Hichilema, a wealthy economist known as "HH", was defeated by President Edgar Lungu in an election last August, which he described as fraudulent.
    (Reuters, 4/11/17)

2017        Apr 12, President Donald Trump declared that US relations with Russia "may be at an all-time low." His top diplomat offered a similarly grim assessment from the other side of the globe after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
    (AP, 4/13/17)
2017        Apr 12, Pres. Donald Trump said he won’t label China a currency manipulator and voice confidence that Chinese Pres. Xi Jinping will help him deal with North Korea’s mounting threat.
    (SFC, 4/13/17, p.A4)
2017        Apr 12, The US federal government hiring freeze implemented by Pres. Trump was lifted, but budget director Mick Mulvaney said many jobs will remain unfilled as the White House embarks on a government-wide workforce reduction.
    (SFC, 4/13/17, p.A5)
2017        Apr 12, In Washington, DC, Sharafat Ali Khan (32), a Pakistani national former resident of Brazil, pleaded guilty to helping smuggle dozens of people from Pakistan and Afghanistan into the US through Brazil and Latin America from 2014-2016.
    (SFC, 4/13/17, p.A5)
2017        Apr 12, In San Francisco prosecutors said two local police detectives will not face criminal charges for shooting and killing Amilcar Perez-Lopez (21) a Guatemalan immigrant armed with a knife on Feb 26, 2015.
    (AP, 4/13/17)
2017        Apr 12, In Florida Gustavo Falcon (55), indicted in 1991 as part of a major cocaine smuggling operation, was arrested in Kissimmee.
    (SFC, 6/10/17, p.A6)
2017        Apr 12, In Afghanistan a suicide bomb attack near the Afghan Defence Ministry in Kabul killed at least five people. Islamic State militants claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 4/12/17)
2017        Apr 12, In Brazil Marcio Faria, a former Odebrecht executive, testified in a plea bargain that construction giant Odebrecht paid $40 million to President Michel Temer's party and another party in 2010 to ensure a contract with the state oil company.
    (AP, 4/13/17)
2017        Apr 12, In Brazil Supreme Court Justice  Edson Fachin authorized prosecutors to investigate eight government ministers, 24 senators, 30 lower house deputies and three governors in a corruption probe centered on state-controlled oil company Petrobras.
    (Econ, 4/22/17, p.29)
2017        Apr 12, Britain's Daily Mail newspaper apologized to US First Lady Melania Trump and agreed to pay her damages over an article that included allegations that she worked as an escort in the 1990s. Damages were not disclosed but were believed to be under $3 million (2.8 million euros).
    (AFP, 4/12/17)
2017        Apr 12, German investigators detained an Islamist suspect over three explosions that rocked Borussia Dortmund's team bus a day earlier, confirming the probe was examining a possible "terrorist link".
    (AFP, 4/12/17)
2017        Apr 12, Hungary’s Education Secretary Laszlo Palkovics the Central European Univ. (CEU) could issue diplomas if it extended a license agreement with its Hungarian sister school to teach its courses. A recent law stipulated that the CEU, viewed as a bastion of independent thinking in eastern Europe, must open a branch in its home state of New York alongside its campus in Budapest and secure a bilateral agreement of support from the US government.
    (Reuters, 4/12/17)
2017        Apr 12, Lithuania said it will keep increasing military spending after hitting NATO's recommended level of 2 percent of economic output in the next two years, as Russia builds up capabilities on the borders of its Baltic neighbors.
    (Reuters, 4/12/17)
2017        Apr 12, Mexican authorities arrested Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, a suspect in the 2010 death of US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry (40). Terry’s killing uncovered the “Fast and Furious" operation in which US agents allowed criminals to buy guns with the intention of tracking them to criminal organizations.
    (SFC, 4/14/17, p.A8)
2017        Apr 12, Nigeria's military destroyed 13 illegal refineries in the restive Niger Delta oil hub, in an operation in which two soldiers died in clashes with "sea robbers".
    (AP, 4/13/17)
2017        Apr 12, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow as the two countries traded sharp accusations about a chemical weapons attack in Syria. Putin used the meeting to give his views on why US-Russian relations had reached such a low point.
    (AP, 4/12/17)(Reuters, 4/13/17)
2017        Apr 12, Russia banned the use on its territory of US-based Zello, a smartphone app widely used like a walkie-talkie to organize demonstrations and other gatherings. A Russian law demands that Internet services store copies in Russia of all messages sent via them for six months and make them available to authorities on demand.
    (AP, 4/13/17)
2017        Apr 12, A Saudi woman claiming she sought asylum in Australia was stopped on a layover in the Philippines and returned to Riyadh. Dina Ali Lasloom said in self-recorded videos the Philippine authorities had held her at the Manila airport and confiscated her passport.
    (Reuters, 4/12/17)
2017        Apr 12, In Senegal a fire tore through makeshift straw shelters at a Muslim religious retreat near the town of Medina Gounass in the southeastern region of Tambacounda, killing 25 people and triggering a stampede.
    (AFP, 4/13/17)(AFP, 4/14/17)
2017        Apr 12, Somali security forces clashed with pirates early today and freed nine seamen kidnapped on the Indian Al Kausar cargo ship earlier this month.
    (Reuters, 4/12/17)
2017        Apr 12, In South Africa tens of thousands marked the 75th birthday of President Jacob Zuma with a protest against him, pushing for his resignation because of scandals and his dismissal of a widely respected finance minister.
    (AP, 4/12/17)
2017        Apr 12, A Tanzanian court approved the extradition to the US of Ali Khatib Haji Hassan, the alleged leader of a global drug trafficking ring.
    (SFC, 4/13/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 12, In Yemen Intensified confrontations between government forces and Huthi rebels on the southwestern coast killed 18 fighters in the past 24 hours.
    (AFP, 4/12/17)
2017        Apr 12, In Yemen a court operated by Houthi rebels sentenced Yehia al-Gebeihy, a prominent journalist, to death on espionage charges, accusing him of collaborating with a Saudi-led coalition that is battling the group.
    (AP, 4/13/17)

2017        Apr 13, US President Donald Trump said "things will work out fine" between the United States and Russia, a day after he said US-Russian relations may be at an all-time low.
    (Reuters, 4/13/17)
2017        Apr 13, Pres. Donald Trump signed legislation that lets states deny federal family planning money to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.
    (SFC, 4/14/17, p.A6)
2017        Apr 13, Robert W. Taylor (85), developer of the Arpanet, died at his home in Woodside, Ca. He began working at the Pentagon for the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) in 1966 and quickly called for the agency’s three computers to be able to intercommunicate. His Arpanet was the forerunner of the Internet.
    (SSFC, 4/16/17, p.C10)
2017        Apr 13, In Atlanta, Ga., Zachariah Hunnicutt was shot and killed on a Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit train. Three other people were wounded. A suspect was detained.
    (SFC, 4/15/17, p.A6)
2017        Apr 13, Two Georgia police officers were fired after being videotaped beating motorist Demetrius Hollins (21) in Lawrenceville. Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni and Master Police Officer Robert McDonald faced a criminal investigation.
    (SSFC, 4/16/17, p.A7)
2017        Apr 13, In Michigan Dr. Jumana Nagarwala was charged with genital mutilation. She was arrested after two girls (7) from Minnesota identified her as the person who performed the procedure on them in February at a clinic in suburban Detroit.
    (SFC, 4/14/17, p.A6)
2017        Apr 13, In Afghanistan a mine triggered by a civilian car exploded, killing three people and wounding two in Paktia province.
    (AP, 4/13/17)
2017        Apr 13, In Afghanistan an attack on a tunnel complex in eastern Nangarhar province with the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the US military left at least 36 Islamic State militants dead and no civilian casualties. The bomb, known officially as a GBU-43B, or massive ordnance air blast weapon, unleashed 11 tons of explosives. Afghan authorities soon raised the number of fatalities to 94 Islamic State fighters dead.
    (AP, 4/14/17)(AP, 4/15/17)
2017        Apr 13, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Palestinians must be allowed to build an independent state, after meeting Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, who pushed Beijing to do more in the Middle East peace process.
    (Reuters, 4/13/17)
2017        Apr 13, Ecuador's electoral council late today approved a partial recount of votes in the April 2 disputed presidential election, in a bid to highlight what it says was a fair process after the losing conservative candidate said there was fraud.
    (Reuters, 4/14/17)
2017        Apr 13, Ethiopia's government said 10 rebels who attacked vehicles headed to a massive dam project and killed nine people have been sentenced from nine years to life in prison. The rebels were arrested in March.
    (AP, 4/13/17)
2017        Apr 13, The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Russia failed to adequately protect victims of a 2004 school siege in the city of Beslan that left more than 330 people dead. Moscow said it would appeal.
    (AP, 4/13/17)
2017        Apr 13, Facebook said it has targeted 30,000 fake accounts linked to France ahead of the country's two-round April 23-May 7 presidential election, as part of a worldwide effort against misinformation.
    (AP, 4/14/17)   
2017        Apr 13, In Italy the takeover of AC Milan was completed, with Silvio Berlusconi selling the club to a Chinese consortium, after 31 years in charge. The deal valued Milan at 740 million euros (about $800 million) and required the investors, led by businessman Yonghong Li, to spend 350 million euros ($372 million) over three years on improvements.
    (AP, 4/13/17)
2017        Apr 13, A court in Ivory Coast handed a former top general 18 years behind bars in connection with the April 4, 2011, abduction and murder of four foreigners from the Novotel hotel in Abidjan.
    (AFP, 4/14/17)
2017        Apr 13, The Libyan coast guard rescued 23 migrants around 6 miles (10 km) off the Libyan coast following a distress call. At least 97 African migrants were missing and believed drowned after their Europe-bound boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea.
    (AP, 4/13/17)
2017        Apr 13, In Mexico Hugo Castro, a member of the migrant defence group Border Angels, sent a chilling Facebook live message saying he was stranded and people were trying to kill him. On April 19 an official said Castro was found and taken to a hospital for treatment after an anonymous caller tipped police he was in Tlalnepantla, just north of Mexico City.
    (AP, 4/19/17)
2017        Apr 13, Montenegro's special prosecutor indicted two Russians and 12 other people for allegedly plotting a coup last October that included plans to kill the country's former prime minister. The Russians, identified as Eduard Shishmakov and Vladimir Popov, allegedly coordinated the operation from neighboring Serbia.
    (AP, 4/13/17)
2017        Apr 13, In northwestern Pakistan Mashal Khan (23), a student at Wali Khan University, was beaten to death by fellow students after a dormitory debate was followed by accusations of blasphemy being spread across a university campus in Maradan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. On April 15 eight Pakistanis involved in the mob lynching of Khan over his liberal views were charged with murder and terrorism. Police later said Khan was targeted by students who saw him as a political rival.
    (AFP, 4/14/17)(AP, 4/16/17)(AP, 6/4/17)(Econ, 4/22/17, p.34)
2017        Apr 13, Russian police stormed into the home of nationalist leader Vyacheslav Maltsev and taken him to Moscow for questioning. Maltsev was being questioned in connection with an investigation into an attack on a policeman at an opposition rally in Moscow last month.
    (AP, 4/13/17)
2017        Apr 13, A Russian court said billionaire Alisher Usmanov has launched legal action against opposition leader Alexei Navalny over an accusation of bribery in his report into alleged corruption by PM Dmitry Medvedev.
    (AFP, 4/13/17)
2017        Apr 13, Russia's state-run Channel One said it would not broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest, after rejecting proposals for contestant Yulia Samoilova to take part via video link or be replaced, after Ukraine slapped her with an entry ban over a concert she gave in annexed Crimea.
    (AFP, 4/14/17)
2017        Apr 13, Saudi Arabia said it has raised $9 billion in its first global Islamic bond issue, a move analysts say could ease pressure on foreign reserves.
    (AFP, 4/13/17)
2017        Apr 13, Human Rights Watch called on Saudi Arabia to investigate the death of a Pakistani transgender woman who had been detained by police in the capital, Riyadh, following a February raid on a private gathering. A family member has claimed the transgender woman was tortured in custody.
    (AP, 4/13/17)
2017        Apr 13, The highest Swiss court ruled that two executives of Switzerland's biggest political party violated laws against racism with a campaign advertisement suggesting people from Kosovo are violent criminals. The Federal Supreme Court in Lausanne upheld the convictions of former SVP Secretary General Martin Baltisser and his deputy, Silvia Baer, on charges of racial discrimination.
    (Reuters, 4/13/17)
2017        Apr 13, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the April 4 alleged poison gas attack blamed on his government in Idlib province was "100 percent fabrication" used to justify a US air strike.
    (Reuters, 4/13/17)
2017        Apr 13, The Security Council voted unanimously to end the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti in mid-October after more than 20 years. The resolution also creates a follow-on peacekeeping mission for an initial period of six months comprising 1,275 police who will continue training the national police force.
    (AP, 4/13/17)
2017        Apr 13, A panel of United Nations human rights experts condemned Turkey for violating the right to work and education through blanket dismissals of civil servants and school teachers under a state of emergency.
    (AP, 4/13/17)
2017        Apr 13, The UN demanded that Chechnya halt the abduction, detention and killing of gay and bisexual men. Russia’s Novaya Gazeta had recently published a series of reports saying recent waves of crackdowns in Chechnya have seen more than 100 men arrested and at least three killed.
    (SFC, 4/14/17, p.A2)(Econ, 4/8/17, p.44)
2017        Apr 13, The UN said cholera and acute diarrhea have killed more than 500 people and left tens of thousands of others sick in drought-hit parts of Somalia since January.
    (AFP, 4/13/17)
2017        Apr 13, Thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets of Caracas to support a growing protest movement. Officials confirmed earlier today that a fifth person had died in recent protests.
    (SFC, 4/14/17, p.A2)

2017        Apr 14, The Trump administration cited privacy and national security to keep secret the lists of visitors to the White House.
    (SSFC, 4/16/17, p.A9)
2017        Apr 14, The US Africa Command said it is sending about 40 US troops to Somalia for logistics training of Somalia’s army.
    (SFC, 4/15/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 14, The US Justice Dept. said it is dismissing a federal lawsuit against North Carolina over the state’s 2016 “bathroom bill," which required transgender people to use public restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates.
    (SFC, 4/15/17, p.A7)
2017        Apr 14, Arkansas's plans to execute eight prisoners in just 10 days faced new setbacks, after a judge blocked use of a key lethal injection drug and one of the inmates got a top court reprieve.
    (AFP, 4/14/17)
2017        Apr 14, In California two teenagers shot at a car in Fresno that crashed killing the driver. The next day police shot and wounded one of two brothers (16) suspected in the car shooting.
    (SFC, 4/17/17, p.A5)
2017        Apr 14, Henry Hillman (b.1918), Pittsburgh-based billionaire, died. He had steered his family’s coal and coke fortune into real estate, venture capital and private equity. In 1972 his $4 million investment provided half the startup money for the Menlo Park, Ca., Kleiner Perkins venture capital firm.
    (SSFC, 4/16/17, p.C10)
2017        Apr 14, In Wisconsin Joseph Allen Jakubowski (32), accused of stealing an arsenal of weapons and sending an antigovernment manifesto to the White House, was arrested near Readstown.
    (SFC, 4/15/17, p.A7)
2017        Apr 14, A report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Development Program (UNDP) said smoking-related diseases will claim 200 million lives in China this century and plunge tens of millions into poverty.
    (AFP, 4/14/17)
2017        Apr 14, In Iraq Islamic State militants reportedly launched a gas attack in a newly-liberated area in western Mosul. Seven soldiers suffered breathing problems and were treated in a nearby field clinic.
    (AP, 4/15/17)
2017        Apr 14, In Mexico police beat reporter Maximino Rodriguez (73) was shot and killed in La Paz on the Baja California peninsula. The attack was the sixth in 1½ months against journalists in Mexico and the fourth that resulted in death.
    (AP, 4/15/17)(SSFC, 5/21/17, p.E7)
2017        Apr 14, Dutch prosecutors said they have arrested eight people suspected of involvement in robbing or extorting money from tourists by forcing them to pay extreme prices for journeys from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport into the popular Dutch city.
    (AP, 4/14/17)
2017        Apr 14, North Korea staged a massive rally and military parade to mark the 105th anniversary of its national founder, Kim Il Sung.
    (AP, 4/15/17)
2017        Apr 14, In central Pakistan security forces raided a militant hideout in the Dera Ghazi Khan district, triggering an intense shootout in which three soldiers and 10 militants were killed.
    (AP, 4/14/17)
2017        Apr 14, Pakistan's military late today captured a woman identified as Noreen Leghari, a would-be Islamic State female suicide bomber, in Lahore before she could carry out an attack on the Christian community during Easter celebrations.
    (Reuters, 4/17/17)
2017        Apr 14, A Palestinian man fatally stabbed Hannah Bladon (20), a British woman, on Jerusalem's transit network, as Christians marked Good Friday and Muslims held prayers at respective holy sites nearby. Police officers restrained Jamil Tamimi (57) and carried him away. Tamimi was convicted in 2011 for sexually assaulting his daughter. On May 11 Tamimi was charged with premeditated murder.
    (Reuters, 4/14/17)(AFP, 5/11/17)
2017        Apr 14, In Papua New Guinea drunk soldiers "went on a rampage" and fired shots in the air at the Australian asylum-seeker Manus Island facility. The incident was sparked by an altercation at a football game played by asylum-seekers at a navy base outside the compound during which a soldier was allegedly assaulted by an asylum-seeker.
    (AP, 4/16/17)
2017        Apr 14, Catholics in the Philippines re-enacted the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in a gory display of devotion on Good Friday. Nine Filipinos were nailed to crosses in three villages in the province of Pampanga.
    (Reuters, 4/14/17)
2017        Apr 14, Serbian police took Sebastian Ghita, a fugitive Romanian businessman and former lawmaker indicted on wide-ranging corruption charges, into custody overnight in Belgrade.
    (AP, 4/14/17)
2017        Apr 14, In Sri Lanka a massive mound of garbage collapsed late today, killing at least 29 people, injuring 13 and forcing more than 600 others to flee their homes during festivities to mark the local new year. Dozens more were believed to be trapped under the rubble.
    (AP, 4/15/17)(AP, 4/16/17)(AP, 4/17/17)
2017        Apr 14, The Syrian government and rebels evacuated more than 7,000 people from four besieged towns. Over 2,350 people were bussed out of the twin towns of Madaya and Zabadani near Damascus. Another 5,000 people were evacuated on 75 buses from northern rebel-besieged towns of Foua and Kfraya.
    (AP, 4/14/17)
2017        Apr 14, In Thailand hordes of revellers armed with plastic water guns poured onto streets for a 2nd day of watery warfare to ring in Songkran, its traditional new year.
    (AFP, 4/14/17)
2017        Apr 14, In Thailand a 1936 plaque marking the country's 1932 transition to democracy was discovered missing and replaced in Royal Plaza. It was replaced by one celebrating the monarchy. Srisuwan Janya, a veteran social activist, was detained by soldiers when he tried to submit a letter to PM Prayuth Chan-ocha asking that the act of vandalism be investigated.
    (AP, 4/18/17)

2017        Apr 15, Thousands of people marched in cities across the US in a Tax March demanding that Pres. Trump release his tax returns.
    (SSFC, 4/16/17, p.A8)
2017        Apr 15, In Arizona a woman and her step grandson (14) went missing while on a hike in the Tapeats Creek area of the Grand Canyon. The boy’s body was found April 28.
    (SSFC, 4/30/17, p.A6)
2017        Apr 15, In Berkeley, Ca., opponents and supports of Pres. Trump clashed during a Trump rally. At least 20 people were arrested.
    (SSFC, 4/16/17, p.A8)
2017        Apr 15, In western China a Tibetan Buddhist monk set himself on fire in Kardze in apparent protest against Beijing's rule over the restive region. A witness said the man was burned beyond recognition and it was unclear if he survived.
    (AP, 4/17/17)
2017        Apr 15, A, Egyptian court sentenced Habib al-Adly, Hosni Mubarak's last minister of interior, to seven years in prison for embezzlement of public funds. 12 other former ministry officials were also sentenced for the embezzlement of over LE2 billion ($110.3 million) of the ministry's funds.
    (AP, 4/15/17)
2017        Apr 15, In Egypt one person was killed and 17 were injured when the driver of a vehicle used in sewage system maintenance in a Cairo suburb accidentally struck a main gas pipeline, causing an explosion.
    (AP, 4/15/17)
2017        Apr 15, Guatemala detained Javier Duarte (43), the former governor of Mexico's Veracruz state (2010-2016), after six months as a fugitive. He was accused of running a corruption ring that allegedly pilfered millions of dollars from state coffers.
    (AP, 4/16/17)
2017        Apr 15, Iran state TV reported that death toll in flash floods triggered by heavy rains in the northwest province of eastern Azarbaijan rose to 30 with seven people missing in the cities of Ajab Shir and Azarshahr.
    (AP, 4/15/17)
2017        Apr 15, In northern Italy Emma Morano (117), the oldest person in the world, died at her home in Verbania.
    (SSFC, 4/16/17, p.A3)(Econ, 4/29/17, p.74)
2017        Apr 15, Pakistan's military said security forces foiled a "major terrorist attack" on minority Christians overnight when they killed a militant and detained his associate in the eastern city of Lahore.
    (AP, 4/15/17)
2017        Apr 15, In Panama international soccer player Amilcar Henriquez (33) was shot and killed in Colon province. Another two people were wounded.
    (AP, 4/15/17)
2017        Apr 15, In South Sudan army troops reportedly attacked Raga killing 14 civilians. The army denied the rebel charges.
    (AP, 4/16/17)
2017        Apr 15, In Syria a bomb blast hit a bus convoy waiting to enter Aleppo, killing and wounding dozens of people after an evacuation deal between Syria's warring sides halted and stranded thousands at two transit points on the city outskirts. Pro-Damascus media outlets said a suicide attacker had detonated a car bomb and killed at least 22 people. At least 68 children were among the 126 people killed in the attack.
    (Reuters, 4/15/17)(AFP, 4/16/17)

2017        Apr 16, US Vice President Mike Pence began a 10-day, four-nation tour of the Asia-Pacific, arriving in South Korea hours after the North conducted a failed missile launch.
    (AP, 4/16/17)
2017        Apr 16, In Ohio suspect Steve Stephens (37) shot and killed Robert Godwin Sr. (74) on Facebook Live in a seemingly random Easter Sunday attack in Cleveland, and then vowed to continue killing. "I killed 13, so I'm working on 14 as we speak," Stephens said in a second video clip.
    (AFP, 4/17/17)
2017        Apr 16, In Afghanistan Taliban militants stoned a man and a woman accused of adultery to death in Logar province.
    (AP, 4/17/17)
2017        Apr 16, China's Tianjin Port Co Ltd said it will impose measures to curb the trucking and storage of coal months earlier than expected. The port said by April 19 it will stop receiving coal by truck and by the end of the month it will clear its storage warehouses of the fuel as it complies with government orders in its war on smog.
    (Reuters, 4/17/17)
2017        Apr 16, In Egypt a Cairo court acquitted Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American woman, and seven others who worked with street children and had been detained for nearly three years on human trafficking charges. She and her husband Mohamed Hassanein had founded Belady, an NGO that promotes a better life for street children.
    (Reuters, 4/16/17)
2017        Apr 16, Iraqi forces launched a new attack on Islamic State in Mosul's Old City, trying to break the stalemate in attempts to seize the militants' last stronghold. Some 400,000 people were trapped in the Old City.
    (Reuters, 4/16/17)
2017        Apr 16, At least 20 migrants trying to reach Europe drowned in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya.
    (Reuters, 4/16/17)
2017        Apr 16, A North Korean medium-range missile exploded seconds after it was launched and hours before the arrival of US Vice President Mike Pence in South Korea.
    (AP, 4/16/17)
2017        Apr 16, Somali security forces shot dead two Islamic extremist fighters who were involved in a mortar attack in Mogadishu early today.
    (AP, 4/16/17)
2017        Apr 16, A Somali official said foreign naval forces in international waters off Somalia's coast shot dead two pirates and wounded another when the bandits attempted to hijack a ship. Six other pirates survived the attack and escaped. Residents found two dead bodies left by the pirates near the coast.
    (AP, 4/16/17)
2017        Apr 16, Turkey held a bitterly-contested referendum on whether to give Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expanded powers. Final results later showed 51.41 percent of voters had backed the referendum with an 87.45% turnout.
    (AFP, 4/16/17)(AP, 4/17/17)(SFC, 4/28/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 16, In southeastern Turkey Kurdish militants killed a guard in an overnight attack on a vehicle carrying a district official from the ruling AK Party.
    (Reuters, 4/16/17)
2017        Apr 16, Pope Francis denounced "oppressive regimes" in his Easter message, but in an apparent call for restraint urged world leaders to prevent the spread of conflicts, as tensions rose in North Korea and Syria.
    (Reuters, 4/16/17)

2017        Apr 17, US President Donald Trump congratulated Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on his referendum campaign in a phone call and vowed close cooperation on Syria, Iraq and the fight against Kurdish militants.
    (Reuters, 4/18/17)
2017        Apr 17, In Maryland a US Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed onto the Breton Bay Golf and Country Club during a training flight, killing one crew member.
    (SFC, 4/18/17, p.A5)
2017        Apr 17, In Pennsylvania Cuban national Yoandy Perez Llanes pleaded guilty to his role in an international conspiracy to file 900 phony federal tax returns seeking $2.2 million in refunds by using employee information stolen from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Sentencing was set for August 18.
    (AP, 4/17/17)
2017        Apr 17, In Afghanistan Ahmad Zia Massoud, a former vice president, was sacked with little explanation. He had been serving as Pres. Ashraf Ghani's representative on good governance and reform. Massoud, from Afghanistan's Tajik community, framed his firing as a move by Ghani, a Pashtun from the country's largest ethnic group, to push others away.
    (Reuters, 4/18/17)
2017        Apr 17, Afghan officials said Taliban militants killed three women and a young boy who were accused of spying in northern Sari Pul province.
    (AP, 4/17/17)
2017        Apr 17, Albania's prosecutor's office said 10 police officers and eight customs officials have been arrested for organizing illegal drugs traffic to nearby Italy.
    (AP, 4/17/17)
2017        Apr 17, In Australia surfer Laeticia Brouwer (17) died following a shark attack off Esperance, Western Australia state. She was the 3rd such fatality this year.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y7trnozf)(Econ 5/20/17, p.33)
2017        Apr 17, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported that Xiang Junbo (60), the country’s top insurance regulator, has been removed from his position for suspected serious disciplinary violations.
    (Reuters, 4/17/17)
2017        Apr 17, China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said that Li Shiqiao, suspected of corruption, had been "persuaded to return" and surrender after almost a decade on the run in Canada. He had been a manager at a real estate company in the city of Ningbo and fled to Canada in April 2009.
    (Reuters, 4/17/17)
2017        Apr 17, It was reported that Congolese pastor Joseph Mukungubila Mutombo, wanted in his homeland for alleged involvement in violence more than three years ago, has obtained asylum in South Africa.
    (AFP, 4/17/17)
2017        Apr 17, Hundreds of Druze on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights marched for Syrian independence day, carrying portraits of President Bashar al-Assad and chanting anti-Israel slogans.
    (AFP, 4/17/17)
2017        Apr 17, Japan started withdrawing its 350 troops from a UN mission in war battered South Sudan, a move coinciding with escalating violence in a conflict where killings have been described as genocide.
    (Reuters, 4/17/17)
2017        Apr 17, In Kashmir at least 100 students were injured in anti-India protests and clashes with government forces in Srinagar. The students took to the streets to protest a police raid in a college in southern Pulwama town April 15, in which at least 50 students were injured.
    (AP, 4/17/17)
2017        Apr 17, Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails began a hunger strike in response to a call by prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti, widely seen as a possible future Palestinian president. Palestinians termed the open-ended strike a protest against poor conditions and an Israeli policy of detention without trial that has been applied against thousands since the 1980s.
    (Reuters, 4/17/17)
2017        Apr 17, In Portugal a small plane crashed beside a supermarket near Lisbon, killing four people on board the aircraft and one on the ground. The dead included the Swiss pilot, three French passengers on the plane and a Portuguese truck driver.
    (AP, 4/17/17)
2017        Apr 17, Russian officials announced an agreement with Google to settle a two-year-old case against Google for requiring the pre-installation of some of its apps on mobile devices using the Android system. Google is to pay 439 million roubles ($7.8 million) in fines and will not limit the pre-installation of third-party apps.
    (AP, 4/17/17)
2017        Apr 17, South Korean prosecutors charged ousted president Park Geun-hye and Lotte Group chairman Shin Dong-bin with bribery in the latest twist to a corruption scandal that rocked the country for months.
    (Reuters, 4/17/17)
2017        Apr 17, Syrian government forces and their allies advanced in the central province of Hama under the cover of intense airstrikes, approaching the outskirts of Tibet al-Imam, a rebel-held town, a day after capturing the strategic town of Soran from opposition fighters and militants.
    (AP, 4/17/17)
2017        Apr 17, In Syria an airstrike late today likely carried out by the US-led coalition struck the eastern town of Boukamal, held by the Islamic State group, killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens. Another airstrike, this one during the day, hit a rebel-held village in the northwest, killing a woman and nine children.
    (AP, 4/18/17)
2017        Apr 17, Turkey's government extended the state of emergency to July 19. The main opposition party urged the country's electoral board to cancel the results of a landmark referendum that granted sweeping new powers to the nation's president, citing what it called substantial voting irregularities. A mission of observers from the 47-member Council of Europe said Turkey’s April 16 referendum was an uneven contest.
    (AP, 4/17/17)(Reuters, 4/17/17)(Econ, 4/22/17, p.44)
2017        Apr 17, Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition said that the number of unstamped ballots counted as valid in the April 16 referendum had been enough to swing the outcome of the vote and decried what it described as a "coup" by electoral authorities.
    (Reuters, 4/17/17)
2017        Apr 17, The UN said the six-month-old operation to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State group has forced around half a million people to flee their homes.
    (AFP, 4/17/17)
2017        Apr 17, In Vietnam villagers in Hanoi held more than 30 people, most of them policemen, over a land dispute. The standoff began over the weekend in My Duc, a district of Hanoi, when police clashed with villagers who allege their land was illegally seized for sale by a military-run telecommunications firm.
    (AP, 4/17/17)

2017        Apr 18, President Donald Trump visited Wisconsin and signed an order, dubbed "Buy American, Hire American," aimed at curbing abuses in the H-1B visa program used by technology companies that rely on high-skilled foreign workers.
    (AP, 4/18/17)(SFC, 4/19/17, p.A1)   
2017        Apr 18, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the Dept. of Justice will crack down on MS-13, a notoriously brutal Central American street gang blamed for a recent series of killings in suburban New York, and accused Obama-era border policies of allowing its ranks to flourish.
    (AP, 4/19/17)(SFC, 4/19/17, p.A5)
2017        Apr 18, In Marin County, Ca., Morrison Haze Lampley (24) was sentenced to 100 years in prison for the 2015 killing of Audrey Carey in Golden Gate Park and Steve Carter in Marin County. Lampley’s girlfriend Lila Scott Alligood (19) was sentenced 50 years to life. Co-defendant Sean Michael Angold (25) was given 15 years to life for 2nd-degree murder.
    (SFC, 4/19/17, p.A1)
2017        Apr 18, UC Berkeley regents released settlement details of a sex harassment suit in which UC regents will pay $1.7 million over ten years to Tyann Sorell plus two lump sum payments to Sorell and her lawyer in their 2016 suit against Sujit Choudry, the dean of UC Berkeley Law School.
    (SFC, 4/19/17, p.D1)
2017        Apr 18, In Florida an Atlas rocket carried the S.S. John Glenn cargo ship toward the Int’l. Space Station.
    (SFC, 4/19/17, p.A12)
2017        Apr 18, In NYC Pedro Hernandez was sentenced to at least 25 years in prison for the 1979 murder of first-grader Etan Patz.
    (SFC, 4/19/17, p.A12)
2017        Apr 18, Ohio murder suspect Steve Stephens (37) shot himself in the head following a police chase in Pennsylvania.
    (SFC, 4/19/17, p.A8)
2017        Apr 18, Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, published a Form 10-K on the American government on the new website USAfacts.org. 2.6 million page views were received on the first day.
    (Econ, 4/29/17, p.55)
2017        Apr 18, In northern Afghanistan at least 14 Taliban fighters, including the shadow governor of Baghlan province, were killed in heavy fighting late today with Afghan forces. In the south a roadside bomb killed a district police chief and his driver in Zabul province.
    (AP, 4/19/17)
2017        Apr 18, Australia’s PM Malcolm Turnbull announced plans to replace the 457 visa for temporary foreign workers in particular occupations with two new temporary visas requiring better English-language and work skills.
    (SFC, 4/19/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 18, British Prime Minister Theresa May called for an early general election to be held June 8.
    (AP, 4/18/17)
2017        Apr 18, British police arrested Indian business tycoon Vijay Mallya in London on behalf of authorities in India, where he is wanted on charges of money laundering and bank demands that he pay back more than a billion dollars in loans extended to his now-defunct airline.
    (AP, 4/18/17)
2017        Apr 18, A court in northern China jailed Pan Yiyang for 20 years. The former senior provincial government official had bribed a now disgraced former aide to retired president Hu Jintao.
    (AP, 4/18/17)
2017        Apr 18, In Egypt militants attacked a checkpoint near the famed St. Catherine's Monastery in south Sinai. The attack was claimed by IS. One militant was killed.
    (AP, 4/20/17)
2017        Apr 18, In Egypt charity worker Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American woman, was released from prison after nearly three years of detention. Hijazi and her husband had established a foundation to aid street children, but were arrested along with six others in 2014. It was not immediately clear whether her co-defendants were also released.
    (AP, 4/19/17)
2017        Apr 18, The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said months of violence, that sparked a current state of emergency, have left at least 669 people dead in the restive Oromia and other regions.
    (SFC, 4/19/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 18, French police arrested two men in Marseille on suspicion of planning an attack just days before the first round of a presidential election, with bomb-making materials and guns found in searches.
    (AFP, 4/18/17)
2017        Apr 18, Iraqi's army opened a new pontoon bridge over the Tigris river south of Mosul, after flooding had blocked all crossing points, opening an escape route for families fleeing fighting between government forces and Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 4/18/17)
2017        Apr 18, Israel vowed not to negotiate with hundreds of Palestinian detainees on the second day of a hunger strike led by prominent prisoner and popular leader Marwan Barghouti.
    (AFP, 4/18/17)
2017        Apr 18, Malaysia said 296 North Koreans had surrendered to authorities over the last week, as it enforces new visa requirements following a dispute over the murder of the half-brother of North Korea's leader.
    (Reuters, 4/18/17)
2017        Apr 18, Reuters reported that two Philippine police officers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said PNP officers received cash for killing suspects in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, planted evidence at crime scenes and carried out most of the killings they have long blamed on vigilantes.
    (Reuters, 4/19/17)
2017        Apr 18, In the northern Philippines a bus plunged into a deep ravine, leaving at least 29 people dead in Carranglan town, Nueva Ecija province.
    (AP, 4/18/17)
2017        Apr 18, Spanish officials said an international law enforcement crackdown on a network that allegedly distributed child pornography via the popular online chat application WhatsApp resulted in the arrests of more than three dozen people in 10 countries. The network operated some 100 chat groups with 135 identified users in Europe, Central America and South America.
    (AP, 4/18/17)
2017        Apr 18, In northern Syria, an airstrike on the village of Maaret Harmeh killed a woman and nine children and wounded several others. The United States accused the Syrian government of being behind the attack and fired missiles at a Syrian army base. Syria denied the charges.
    (AP, 4/18/17)(SFC, 4/19/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 18, Turkey's main opposition began a battle to annul a referendum handing Pres. Erdogan sweeping new powers, while the bar association and an international monitor said an illegal move by electoral authorities may have swung the vote.
    (Reuters, 4/18/17)
2017        Apr 18, In Turkey a police helicopter carrying officers, a judge and a soldier crashed due to bad weather in a mountainous southeastern region, killing all 12 people on board.
    (AP, 4/18/17)
2017        Apr 18, The UN rights chief condemned the feared youth wing of Burundi's ruling party for repeatedly calling for the rape and murder of opposition supporters. Human Rights Watch has accused the Imbonerakure of being involved in assaults on opposition members, gang-rapes of women and torture. The UN regularly refers to them as a militia.
    (AFP, 4/18/17)
2017        Apr 18, In Yemen a Saudi military Black Hawk helicopter crashed, killing at least 12 military personnel.
    (Reuters, 4/18/17)

2017        Apr 19, In Pennsylvania the new Museum of the American Revolution opened in Philadelphia.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museum_of_the_American_Revolution)(Econ, 4/29/17, p.69)
2017        Apr 19, 21st Century Fox, the parent of Fox News Channel, fired Bill O’Reilly following an investigation into harassment allegations. In 2015 his show had generated $178 million in advertising revenue.
    (SFC, 4/20/17, p.A8)
2017        Apr 19, Scientists reported the discovery of another planet, LHS 1140b, that may be just right for life. Astronomers have now identified 52 potentially habitable planets.
    (SFC, 4/20/17, p.A9)
2017        Apr 19, Algerian armed forces foiled an attempted suicide bomb attack in the northeastern city of Constantine, with one attacker killed and a second arrested.
    (Reuters, 4/20/17)
2017        Apr 19, Chinese state media said President Xi Jinping has announced a military restructure of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to transform it into a leaner fighting force with improved joint operations capability.
    (Reuters, 4/19/17)
2017        Apr 19, China's foreign ministry said that Interpol has issued a "red notice" seeking the arrest of Guo Wengui (aka Miles Kwok), a Chinese billionaire who has threatened to expose corruption at the highest levels of the ruling Communist Party at a critical juncture. The South China Morning Post reported that Guo is suspected of giving $8.8 million in bribes to Ma Jian, a former deputy head of China's intelligence service who was charged with corruption in February. His VofA interview came to an abrupt end 80 minutes into the program, well before the scheduled three hours was up.
    (AP, 4/19/17)(Econ, 4/29/17, p.33)
2017        Apr 19, China and the EU held their first high-level talks since US Pres. Donald Trump took office in January. Top diplomats pledged closer cooperation, highlighting their common interests in peace and security and pushing a message of free trade and open engagement in contrast to fears that the US is turning inward.
    (AP, 4/19/17)
2017        Apr 19, In Colombia at least 11 people were killed after intense overnight rains provoked several landslides in Manizales. About 20 people remained missing in the mountainous, coffee-growing region.
    (AP, 4/19/17)
2017        Apr 19, A Danish court upheld a decision by the public prosecutor in Copenhagen to allow the extradition of Chung Yoo-ra (20), the daughter of Choi Soon-sil, the former confidante of South Korea's ousted president, to face prosecution in her home country.
    (AP, 4/19/17)
2017        Apr 19, The Dubai government-owned Emirates airline slashed its flights to the United States by 20%, blaming a drop in demand on tougher US security measures a Trump administration attempts to ban travelers from some Muslim majority nations.
    (SFC, 4/20/17, p.C3)
2017        Apr 19, German utility E.ON said it has launched a combined solar panel and battery storage product for British customers which could cut rising electricity bills by 50 percent.
    (Reuters, 4/19/17)
2017        Apr 19, In northern India a bus swerved off a mountain road and plunged into a deep ravine, killing at least 44 people in Himachal Pradesh state.
    (AFP, 4/19/17)
2017        Apr 19, Former Indonesian education minister Anies Baswedan won the race for Jakarta governor after a polarising campaign. Baswedan won with 58% of the votes versus 42% for Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known by his Chinese nickname as "Ahok", based on 100 percent of the votes in an unofficial "quick count" by Indikator Politik.
    (Reuters, 4/19/17)
2017        Apr 19, In Mexico leftist politician Demetrio Saldivar was killed by gunmen in Chilpancingo. He was the state general secretary of the PRD party in Guerrero state.
    (SFC, 4/21/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 19, Moroccan police arrested a young Ferrari driver who triggered a scandal by posting video footage of himself apparently drunk in front of his crashed car and ridiculing officers.
    (AP, 4/20/17)
2017        Apr 19, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari ordered an investigation into corruption allegations against a senior civil servant related to the use of funds intended for handling a humanitarian crisis in the northeast of the country. Buhari suspended two key aides over an alleged contract scam and for keeping an unauthorised stash of cash in a private home.
    (Reuters, 4/19/17)(AFP, 4/19/17)
2017        Apr 19, A Palestinian assailant rammed his car into a West Bank bus stop, wounding an Israeli man, before Israeli troops shot and killed the driver.
    (AP, 4/19/17)
2017        Apr 19, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte offered a bounty for the capture of Muslim extremists behind a foiled attack on a central resort island, and said he ordered the navy to bomb militants who travel by boat in search of kidnap victims.
    (AP, 4/19/17)
2017        Apr 19, Russian counterintelligence agency FSB said two suspects, both from Central Asia, were killed in a shootout when they resisted arrest in a home in the Vladimir region east of Moscow.
    (AP, 4/19/17)
2017        Apr 19, Russian journalist Nikolai Andrushchenko (73) died of his injuries six weeks after being attacked in St. Petersburg. His assault was linked to articles in the newspaper about corruption in St. Petersburg.
    (AP, 4/19/17)
2017        Apr 19, Syria’s state television reported that a bomb has killed six people and wounded more than 30 in Aleppo, without giving the reason for the blast. A large convoy of buses carrying evacuees from the government-held towns of Fuaa and Kafraya reached the edge of the rebel-held transit point.
    (AFP, 4/19/17)
2017        Apr 19, Turkey's electoral board rejected petitions by opposition parties to annul the outcome of a recent referendum on expanding presidential powers because of voting irregularities. Some 38 members of the political opposition were arrested in dawn raids.
    (AP, 4/19/17)(AFP, 4/19/17)(SFC, 4/20/17, p.A2)(Econ, 4/22/17, p.44)
2017        Apr 19, The Ugandan army said it has neutralised the Lord's Resistance Army, as troops began withdrawing from the Central African Republic where they had been hunting the group's feared leader Joseph Kony. The army said that Kony now commands fewer than 100 fighters.
    (AFP, 4/19/17)
2017        Apr 19, In Uganda years of growing animosity at Chinese traders turned into a protest by hundreds in Kampala against what local businesses called unfair competition. Mayor Erias Lukwago, who supported the protest, said the government must protect local traders to prevent the protests from escalating into attacks against foreign traders.
    (AP, 4/19/17)
2017        Apr 19, The UN human rights office said that investigators have confirmed another 17 mass graves in central Congo, bringing the number to 40 discovered since clashes between soldiers and a local militia intensified in August. Congolese soldiers reportedly dug the 17 newly discovered mass graves after fighting with suspected militia members in late March and killing at least 74 people, including 30 children.
    (AP, 4/19/17)
2017        Apr 19, Judges at the UN's highest court rejected a Ukrainian interim request to order Russia to stop supporting troops in the east of the country, saying its request did not meet legal requirements under an international terrorism treaty. The court ordered Russia to halt discrimination of ethnic Crimean Tartars.
    (Reuters, 4/19/17)
2017        Apr 19, UNESCO awarded its prestigious Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize to migrant rescue association SOS Mediterranee and Lampedusa Mayor Giuseppina Nicolini, whose tiny Italian island is on the frontline of the refugee crisis.
    (AFP, 4/19/17)
2017        Apr 19, Venezuela's opposition staged the "mother of all marches," accusing President Nicolas Maduro of resorting to dictatorial measures to quash popular outrage over a deepening economic crisis. Two students were killed in the demonstrations. A National Guard officer soon died from gunfire injuries.
    (Reuters, 4/19/17)(Reuters, 4/20/17)
2017        Apr 19, Venezuelan authorities took control of GM’s only factory there in what GM called an illegal judicial seizure of its assets.
    (AP, 4/20/17)

2017        Apr 20, US Pres. Donald Trump met with Italy’s PM Paolo Gentiloni for talks on trade and security.
    (SFC, 4/21/17, p.A5)
2017        Apr 20, Arkansas executed its first inmate since 2005. Ledell Lee (51) was executed for the 1993 death of his neighbor Debra Reese, whom he struck 36 times with a tire tool.
    (SFC, 4/21/17, p.A7)
2017        Apr 20, In northern California Tad Cummins (50), a Tennessee teacher, surrendered in Cecilville more than a month after kidnapping a student. The girl was rescued unharmed.
    (SFC, 4/21/17, p.A5)
2017        Apr 20, Singer Cuba Gooding Sr. was found dead in a car in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles. He sang the 1972 hit “Everybody Plays the Fool" with the rhythm-and-blues group Main Ingredient.   
    (SSFC, 4/23/17, p.C10)
2017        Apr 20, The Cherokee Nation sued distributors and retailers of opioid medications for contributing to an epidemic of opioid abuse in the 14 Oklahoma counties that comprise the Cherokee Nation.
    (SFC, 4/21/17, p.A5)
2017        Apr 20, In Missouri Clinton Willis killed two Laclede Gas utility workers in St. Louis before killing himself.
    (SFC, 4/22/17, p.A5)       
2017        Apr 20, A US federal court found that a Republican drawn map setting the boundaries of Texas statehouse districts violates the US Constitution by intentionally discriminating against minority voters.
    (SFC, 4/21/17, p.A5)
2017        Apr 20, General Motors said it was shuttering operations in Venezuela a day after authorities seized its factory in the country. The neglected factory has not produced cars since 2015, but the company still had 79 dealers employing 3,900 people.
    (SFC, 4/21/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 20, Wells Fargo filed documents agreeing to boost its payout in a class-action settlement over unauthorized accounts to 142 million, up from 110 million it had announced three weeks earlier.
    (SFC, 4/22/17, p.D1)
2017        Apr 20, The head of US armed forces in Africa says the force is ending its mission against Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army because the senior leadership of the rebel group has been "taken off the battlefield."
    (AP, 4/20/17)
2017        Apr 20, In northern Afghanistan a roadside bomb planted by the Taliban killed two soldiers and a civilian in Badakhshan province.
    (AP, 4/20/17)
2017        Apr 20, A Chinese court jailed Gong Qinggai, a former deputy head of the country's Taiwan Affairs Office, for 15 years for taking bribes and abusing his position.
    (Reuters, 4/20/17)
2017        Apr 20, China launched its first unmanned cargo spacecraft on a mission to dock with the country's space station, marking further progress in the ambitious Chinese space program.
    (AP, 4/20/17)
2017        Apr 20, Egypt and Sudan said they will not harbour or support opposition groups fighting their respective governments, as top diplomats of the two countries vowed to boost bilateral ties.
    (AFP, 4/20/17)
2017        Apr 20, Egypt’s military said its forces killed 21 extremists, at least 19 of them in an airstrike, including three senior figures of the Islamic State group's affiliate in the restive Sinai Peninsula.
    (AP, 4/20/17)
2017        Apr 20, In France a gunman shot and killed a policeman and wounded two others in Paris late today, an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Frenchman Karim Cheurfi (39) pulled out an automatic weapon and opened fire on a police van just a few hundred meters from the iconic Arc de Triomphe.
    (AFP, 4/21/17)
2017        Apr 20, Lilium, a German startup, completed a successful test over Bavaria of a small electric plane capable of flying up to 300 km per hr.
    (Econ, 4/29/17, p.51)
2017        Apr 20, India’s government blocked the Public Health Foundation of India from accepting money from foreign donors. Under PM Narendra Modi over 11,000 NGOs have lost their licenses to accept foreign financing.
    (SFC, 4/21/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 20, Iraqi forces retook two more neighborhoods in west Mosul, tightening the noose around jihadists holed up in the Old City.
    (AFP, 4/20/17)
2017        Apr 20, Several dozen Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli forces outside the Ofer Prison where detainees were on a hunger strike. A group of Israeli hardliners nearby taunted prisoners by barbecuing.
    (AFP, 4/20/17)
2017        Apr 20, In Jamaica Olympic medal-winning track and field athlete Germaine Mason (34) died in a motorcycle crash outside the capital.
    (AP, 4/20/17)
2017        Apr 20, Pakistan's Supreme Court ruled there was insufficient evidence to order PM Nawaz Sharif's removal from office over corruption allegations levelled by the opposition, but it ordered further investigations.
    (Reuters, 4/20/17)
2017        Apr 20, Pakistani police said three women dressed in burqas killed a man who had been accused of blasphemy in 2004 in a northeastern, the second brutal killing over alleged insults to Islam in a week.
    (Reuters, 4/20/17)
2017        Apr 20, In the Philippines David Timothy Deakin (53) was arrested as he streamed illicit content through the Tor network, which disguised his identity, in a case of webcam sex tourism.
    (AP, 5/9/17)
2017        Apr 20, NATO member Romania said it plans to buy Patriot missiles from US company Raytheon to help protect its airspace.
    (Reuters, 4/20/17)
2017        Apr 20, Russia’s Supreme Court declared Jehovah’s Witnesses an extremist organization, banning the group from operating on Russian territory and putting more than 170,000 worshippers in the same category as Islamic State militants.
    (SFC, 4/21/17, p.A4)
2017        Apr 20, In Rwanda Bernard Munyagishari, who headed a government-allied militia known as the Interahamwe in Rwanda's west, was convicted of crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity.
    (Reuters, 4/20/17)
2017        Apr 20, Saudi Arabia’s labor ministry said foreigners will no longer be allowed to work in the country’s numerous shopping malls, in the latest measure to boost employment of Saudis.
    (AFP, 4/20/17)
2017        Apr 20, Spanish novelist Eduardo Mendoza (74) was presented with the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor. Mendoza is best known for his 1975 novel, "La verdad sobre el caso Savolta" (The Truth about the Savolta Case) and "La ciudad de los prodigios" (City of Marvels) of 1986.
    (AP, 4/20/17)
2017        Apr 20, The Syrian army advanced into the town of Taybet al Imam in Hama province, expanding its territory along the strategic western highway between Damascus and Aleppo. The army was also joined by Iranian-backed militias in the push into Taybet al Imam. Dozens of aerial strikes also hit the nearby towns of Halfaya and Latamneh. A rebel commander said Russian jets had escalated their bombing campaign in the area in the past few days, deploying a "scorched earth" strategy using incendiary and phosphorous bombs.
    (Reuters, 4/20/17)
2017        Apr 20, It was reported that authorities in Bangkok are banishing its world-famous street-food vendors as part of a clean-up drive by Thailand’s military government, outraging foodies and threatening the livelihoods of the road-side cooks.
    (Reuters, 4/20/17)
2017        Apr 20, In Turkey American Kary Paul Kleman and Briton Stefan Aristidou, allegedly members of the Islamic State group, arrived at Oncupinar border crossing in Kilis province. Both men were arrested four days later after turning themselves in to authorities. Two Egyptians and four more children were also traveling with the group. All were to be deported to their home countries.
    (AP, 4/28/17)

2017        Apr 21, A federal judge in Detroit sentenced Volkswagen AG to three years' probation over the German automaker's diesel emissions scandal as part of a $4.3 billion settlement announced in January. US District Judge Sean Cox ordered Volkswagen to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty for cheating on diesel emissions tests.
    (Reuters, 4/21/17)(SFC, 4/22/17, p.D1)
2017        Apr 21, A US federal judge in Seattle handed down the longest sentence ever imposed in the US for a cybercrime case to the son of a member of the Russian Parliament convicted of hacking into more than 500 US businesses and stealing millions of credit card numbers, which he then sold on special websites. Roman Seleznev was sentenced to 27 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $170 million in restitution. Seleznev's parents divorced when he was 2; his alcoholic mother died when he was 17; he suffered a severe head injury in a terrorist bombing in Morocco in 2011; and his wife divorced him while he was in a coma.
    (AP, 4/22/17)
2017        Apr 21, The new Samsung Galaxy S8 phone started shipping for about $750 — $100 more than the iPhone 7 and last year's Galaxy S7 when it launched. A larger sibling, the S8 Plus, goes for about $850.
    (AP, 4/18/17)
2017        Apr 21, It was reported that a fungus that causes “vomitoxin" has been found in some US corn harvested last year, forcing poultry and pork farmers to test their grain, and giving headaches to grain growers already wrestling with massive supplies and low prices.
    (Reuters, 4/21/17)
2017        Apr 21, In northern Afghanistan at least eight army soldiers were killed and several wounded when 10 Taliban gunmen, dressed as Afghan soldiers, attacked a military headquarters in Mazar-i-Sharif, Balkh province. The toll soon rose to some 170 recruits killed and at least 80 others wounded.
    (AP, 4/21/17)(AP, 4/22/17)(CSM, 4/26/17)
2017        Apr 21, In Albania the Tirana Court of Serious Crimes sentenced Mark Frroku (44) to 7½ years in prison for money laundry, illegal construction and hiding property. The court rejected a murder charge against Frroku related to a 1999 killing in Belgium.
    (AP, 4/21/17)
2017        Apr 21, In Cambodia Evrard Nicolas Sarot (53) of the Netherlands was formally charged for taking nude photos of boys and possessing at least 1,300 pornographic pictures. Sarot was arrested April 18 while photographing naked boys aged 11-15.
    (AP, 4/21/17)
2017        Apr 21, Police in Ontario, Canada, said more than 100 men have been arrested for allegedly trying to buy sex from underage girls following an investigation and sting operation that took place over four years.
    (SFC, 4/22/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 21, In China a woman, surnamed Ma, died in a traffic accident in the city of Zhumadian. Two drivers who hit her were held under investigation. A video later emerged showing a speeding taxi knocking the pedestrian off her feet and sending her hurtling through the air. Dozens of people stand gawking or walk past. A full minute passes, and another speeding vehicle, this time an SUV, trampled the prone woman.
    (AP, 6/11/17)
2017        Apr 21, German police arrested a man suspected of detonating three bombs that targeted the Borussia Dortmund soccer team bus on April 11. The dual German and Russian national identified as Sergei V., had bought options on Borussia Dortmund's stock before the attack.
    (Reuters, 4/21/17)
2017        Apr 21, In southern India at least 20 people were killed and several others seriously injured after a truck driver lost control and plowed into a group of protesting farmers. The farmers were gathered outside the main police station in the town of Yerpedu protesting against illegal sand mining in their area.
    (AP, 4/21/17)
2017        Apr 21, Iraq released 26 hostages, including members of Qatar's ruling family. The group was kidnapped December 16, 2015, from a desert camp for falcon hunters in southern Iraq. They apparently had permits to hunt in that area inside Muthanna province. Qatar paid tens of millions of dollars to Shiite groups, and to the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee and Ahrar al-Sham, which are involved in the evacuation and transfer of detainees.
    (AP, 4/21/17)
2017        Apr 21, Italy handed the Libyan coast guard the first two of 10 boats to rescue migrants from foundering smugglers' boats, as part of a strategy Rome hopes will reduce the huge numbers of the rescued from reaching Italian shores.
    (AP, 4/21/17)
2017        Apr 21, A Japanese government panel endorsed Emperor Akihito's apparent desire to abdicate as an exception, but avoided a key question of succession amid a declining royal population.
    (AP, 4/21/17)
2017        Apr 21, Kenyan troops killed 52 al Shabaab fighters in an attack on the militants' camp in southern Somalia.
    (Reuters, 4/21/17)
2017        Apr 21, Kuwait's most prominent opposition figure, Musallam al-Barrak (61), was released after serving a two-year prison sentence for insulting the ruler in a speech critical of the country's sheikh.
    (AP, 4/21/17)
2017        Apr 21, Dutch timber trader Guus Kouwenhoven (74) was convicted as an accessory to war crimes for selling weapons to Liberia's then-President Charles Taylor between 2000 and 2003 in violation of a UN embargo. He was sentenced to 19 years in prison. Kouwenhoven was initially sentenced to eight years by the Dutch district court for Den Bosch in 2008 on weapons smuggling charges, but was acquitted on appeal.
    (Reuters, 4/21/17)
2017        Apr 21, In North Korea car users in Pyongyang scrambled to fill up their tanks as gas stations began limiting services or even closing amid concerns of a spreading shortage. Beijing has reportedly been tightening its enforcement of international sanctions aimed at getting Pyongyang to abandon its development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.
    (AP, 4/21/17)
2017        Apr 21, Magdalena Abakanowicz (86), Poland's leading visual artist, renowned sculptor and fiber artist, died.
    (AP, 4/21/17)
2017        Apr 21, PEN, a Norwegian press advocacy group, finally gave an award to Edward Snowden in Moscow after several failed attempts to win a legal guarantee in Norway that the former National Security Agency contractor could travel freely without risk of being extradited to the United States.
    (AP, 5/3/17)
2017        Apr 21, In far eastern Russia an armed man killed two people and injured another before he was shot dead at the office of the FSB intelligence agency in Khabarovsk.
    (AP, 4/21/17)   
2017        Apr 21, In Russia the leader of an Islamic State "sleeper cell" and one of the cell's members was killed late today in a shootout with police in the Stavropol region.
    (AP, 4/22/17)
2017        Apr 21, In South Africa a driver and 19 school children were killed when the minibus they were travelling in collided with a truck and exploded in a ball of fire in Mpumalanga province.
    (Reuters, 4/21/17)
2017        Apr 21, The  Military Human Rights Center for Korea said South Korea's army is hunting down and prosecuting gay servicemen after a video of two male soldiers having sex was posted on the internet earlier this year.
    (AP, 4/21/17)
2017        Apr 21, Turkey’s main opposition party took its petition to annul the referendum on boosting the president's powers to the nation's highest administrative court.
    (AP, 4/21/17)
2017        Apr 21, Two Turkish soldiers died and two more were wounded in a clash with Kurdish militants in a rural area of southeast Turkey near the Iraqi border. The military said six militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) had been "neutralized" in the ensuing operation in Sirnak province.
    (Reuters, 4/21/17)
2017        Apr 21, Ukrainian authorities detained former lawmaker Mykola Martynenko and Sergiy Pereloma, the deputy chief of state energy firm Naftogaz, in a case related to the embezzlement of $17.3 million through selling uranium concentrate at inflated prices.
    (Reuters, 4/21/17)
2017        Apr 21, Venezuela was rocked by a night of fresh violence during anti-government protests. A man was shot and killed during one protest. The death toll in three weeks of violence at anti-government protests jumped to 20 people after a night of clashes and pillaging left 12 people dead in Caracas.
    (AFP, 4/21/17)

2017        Apr 22, US scientists staged an unprecedented protest in Washington, DC. The March for Science was provoked by steep cuts President Donald Trump has proposed for science and research budgets, and growing disregard for evidence-based knowledge. Similar events took place around the world.
    (Reuters, 4/22/17)
2017        Apr 22, US actress Erin Moran (56) died in Corydon, Indiana. She played the mischievous kid sister Joanie on the sitcom "Happy Days" (1974-1984) and its spin-off "Joanie Loves Chachi" (1982-1983).
    (AFP, 4/23/17)
2017        Apr 22, In Australia US Vice President Mike Pence and PM Malcolm Turnbull swept aside any lingering tensions over an Obama era agreement on the resettlement of refugees, joining forces to urge China to take a greater role in pressuring North Korea to scuttle its nuclear weapons and missile program.
    (AP, 4/22/17)
2017        Apr 22, British police late today arrested Arthur Collins, the boyfriend of a reality TV performer, sought in connection to an acid attack at an east London nightclub. The assault left two people seriously injured and many others suffering from burns inflicted at the Mangle nightclub on April 17.
    (AP, 4/23/17)
2017        Apr 22, Emergency teams in the Canary Islands raced to contain a three-kilometer oil slick caused by a ferry crashing into underwater fuel pipes.
    (Reuters, 4/22/17)
2017        Apr 22, Polling stations opened in France's far-flung overseas territories — one day earlier than on the mainland — for the country's unpredictable presidential election as the 11 candidates in the race observed a ban on campaigning.
    (AP, 4/22/17)
2017        Apr 22, In Germany two police officers were injured and a police car was set ablaze during protests in Cologne, as some 600 delegates of the deeply divided anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party met to discuss policy for September's national elections.
    (Reuters, 4/22/17)
2017        Apr 22, In Iraq hundreds of people fled Mosul after government forces retook two more districts in the west of the city from Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 4/22/17)
2017        Apr 22, Veteran Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi (37) was killed after colliding with a van while out training on his bike, plunging the cycling world into mourning.
    (AFP, 4/22/17)
2017        Apr 22, Lebanon’s army said Hassan al-Malees, a Syrian Islamic militant wanted for his role in attacking Lebanese army posts in cross border operations, was killed during a raid to arrest infiltrators from Syria. 10 other militants were arrested.
    (AP, 4/22/17)
2017        Apr 22, Lebanese activists ramped up their campaign to scrap Article 522, a controversial law allowing rapists who marry their victims to go free.
    (AFP, 4/22/17)
2017        Apr 22, In Mexico the remains of at least six bodies were found in a ditch on just outside the seaside resort of Acapulco, Guerrero state. A prosecutor said the bodies had been buried between 5 and 20 days ago. Two top drug traffickers were killed in pre-dawn shootouts with federal forces in the northern border state of Tamaulipas.
    (AP, 4/23/17)
2017        Apr 22, Police in Nicaragua blocked thousands of farmers and rural residents from holding a march against a government plan to build a canal across the country, potentially carving up their land.
    (AFP, 4/22/17)
2017        Apr 22, North Korea detained Tony Kim (aka Kim Sang Dok), a US citizen, bringing to three the number of Americans now being held there. Kim (58) had taught accounting at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology for about a month. On May 3 the state-run KCNA news agency said he was arrested for committing "hostile criminal acts with an aim to subvert the country".
    (AP, 4/23/17)(Reuters, 5/3/17)
2017        Apr 22, Philippine forces killed Joselito Melloria, a suspected Muslim militant, in new fighting near Clarin town, Bohol province, where troops foiled possible kidnapping and bombing plots by extremists earlier this month. Melloria's companions fled and three of them were later killed by troops.
    (AP, 4/22/17)(AP, 4/23/17)
2017        Apr 22, In western Romania two teenagers died in an avalanche after the country was hit by a blast of wintry weather.
    (AP, 4/22/17)
2017        Apr 22, Saudi Arabia's King Salman restored cuts to financial allowances for civil servants and military personnel after a seven month cutback. The move was seen as helping the kingdom avoid recession this year while smoothing the path toward economic reforms.
    (Reuters, 4/23/17)
2017        Apr 22, In Vietnam Hanoi Mayor Nguyen Duc Chung met with representatives from a village on the outskirts of the city and secured the release of 19 policemen and officials who had been held hostage by villagers over a land dispute.
    (AP, 4/22/17)

2017        Apr 23, In NYC a fire surged through a home in Queens killing five people including three children.
    (SFC, 4/24/17, p.A4)
2017        Apr 23, China's foreign minister called for the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula amid rising tension over North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.
    (AFP, 4/23/17)
2017        Apr 23, Egyptian Pres. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi received a royal welcome from King Salman as he landed in Saudi Arabia for a visit to boost ties after months of tension.
    (AFP, 4/23/17)
2017        Apr 23, French voters flocked to the polls under heavy security in the first round of a highly unpredictable presidential election seen as vital for the future of the ailing European Union. Centrist Emmanuel Macron won 23.74 percent of votes while far-right leader Marine Le Pen won 21.53 and will face off in the all-important second round on May 7.
    (AFP, 4/23/17)(Reuters, 4/24/17)
2017        Apr 23, In Iraq three policemen were killed in a suicide attack south of Mosul. Heavy two-way traffic of carts carrying children, clothes, and the elderly crowded the main Baghdad-Mosul road as hundreds of Iraqis fled heavy fighting or made their way back to areas seized back from Islamic State. Militants ambushed a convoy of off-duty soldiers near the town of Rutba in the country's sprawling western desert, killing at least 10 and wounding 20.
    (Reuters, 4/23/17)(AP, 4/24/17)
2017        Apr 23, In Iraq hundreds of thousands of Shiite faithful thronged the mausoleum of Imam Kadhim in Baghdad for the climax of a week-long pilgrimage that saw millions converge on the capital. Kadhim, the seventh of 12 revered imams in Shiite Islam, died in 799 AD.
    (AP, 4/23/17)
2017        Apr 23, An Israeli attack against a military base for the Syrian pro-government National Defence Forces in southern Syria killed three NDF members.
    (Reuters, 4/23/17)
2017        Apr 23, Israel said it has signed a deal with China to bring Chinese construction workers to Israel, but the workers will reportedly be barred from building in West Bank settlements at China's insistence.
    (AP, 4/23/17)
2017        Apr 23, In Israel a Palestinian stabbed and slightly wounded four people along Tel Aviv's beachfront. Police arrested him and described the attack as terrorism-related.
    (Reuters, 4/23/17)
2017        Apr 23, In northern Kenya gunmen wounded Italian-born conservationist Kuki Gallmann (73) at her conservation park, in the latest of a string of attacks during land invasions in the drought-stricken area. Gallmann is known for her bestselling book “I Dream of Africa." Two suspects were killed by security agencies following the shooting of Gallmann. Other suspects were taken into custody.
    (Reuters, 4/23/17)(AP, 4/24/17)(SFC, 4/24/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 23, In the Maldives Yameen Rasheed, prominent blogger and human rights advocate, was found with multiple stab wounds in a house in the capital, Male. He died at a hospital.
    (AP, 4/23/17)
2017        Apr 23, In the southern Philippines a soldier kidnapped last week by Abu Sayyaf militants was found beheaded in Patikul town, Sulu province.
    (Reuters, 4/23/17)
2017        Apr 23, In Somalia's semiautonomous state of Puntland a roadside bomb in the remote town of Galgala killed eight soldiers and injured three others.
    (AP, 4/23/17)
2017        Apr 23, The Syrian army and allied forces advanced against rebels near Hama city, building on recent strategic gains in the area.
    (Reuters, 4/23/17)   
2017        Apr 23, In eastern Ukraine an American member of the OSCE's arms monitoring mission died and two others were wounded after their vehicle was blown up by a mine in the separatist Luhansk region.
    (AP, 4/23/17)(SFC, 4/24/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 23, Three Yemeni civilians were killed when a suspected US drone attacked four suspected al Qaeda militants traveling in a vehicle in Shabwa province.
    (Reuters, 4/24/17)

2017        Apr 24, Top US military officials said the United States must confront Russia for providing weapons to the Taliban for use against US-backed forces in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 4/24/17)
2017        Apr 24, Astronaut Peggy Whitson broke the US record for most time in space at 534 days. The world record of 879 days is held by Russian Gennady Padalka.
    (SFC, 4/25/17, p.A5)
2017        Apr 28, In California Pavel Tveretinov (51), a suburban Sacramento beekeeper, was arrested for stealing thousands of bee hives from almond orchards. He was released on $10,000 bail.
    (SFC, 5/18/17, p.D8)
2017        Apr 24, Nicholas Sand b.1941), a self-taught chemist, died at his home in Lagunitas, Ca. He and Tim Scully created the version of LSD known as “Orange Sunshine" that hit the streets of San Francisco in 1967.
    (SFC, 5/18/17, p.D6)
2017        Apr 24, In Savannah, Ga., a shooting in a home involving gang members left three people dead. A person of interest in the case was arrested.
    (SFC, 4/25/17, p.A5)
2017        Apr 24, In New Orleans the 35-foot Liberty Place obelisk, a monument to a white-supremacist uprising in 1874, was removed early today under cover of darkness as the city moved to take down symbols of the Confederacy and Jim Crow South. The obelisk had been erected in 1891 to honor members of the Crescent City White League who had fought in the Reconstruction era Battle of Liberty Place against the racially integrated New Orleans police and state militia.
    (SFC, 4/25/17, p.A5)(SFC, 5/11/17, p.A8)
2017        Apr 24, A jury in Las Vegas found Gregory Burleson of Arizona guilty of eight charges related to the armed standoff near Clive Bundy’s Nevada ranch in 2014. Todd Engel of Idaho was found guilty of obstruction and extortion. The jury deadlocked on charges against four other men.
    (SFC, 4/25/17, p.A6)
2017        Apr 24, Robert Pirsig (b.1928), author of “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" (1974) died at his home in Maine.
    (SFC, 4/25/17, p.A7)
2017        Apr 24, In Texas a man fatally shot his female supervisor and then killed himself in a Dallas office building.
    (SFC, 4/25/17, p.A5)
2017        Apr 24, Six people were awarded the annual Goldman Environmental Prize. They included Mark Lopez of southern California for work focusing on contamination from a battery recycling plant; Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo of Congo DRC for efforts to protect the Virunga National Park from oil extraction; Prafulla Samantara of India for efforts to halt an open-pit bauxite mine in Odisha state; Uros Maceri of Slovenia for efforts to halt pollution by the Lafarge Cement Co.; Wendy Bowman of Australia for her efforts to halt coal mining and pollution in the Hunter Valley; and Rodrigo Tot of Guatemala for efforts to halt evictions and government corruption related to nickel mining in El Estor and Agua Caliente.
    (SFC, 4/24/17, p.A10)
2017        Apr 24, Abu Dhabi and Malaysian officials said they reached a deal to resolve a legal dispute over the indebted and troubled Malaysian investment fund 1MDB, with the Abu Dhabi set to receive $1.2 billion over this year.
    (AP, 4/24/17)(Econ, 4/29/17, p.30)
2017        Apr 24, Afghanistan's army chief and defense minister resigned, following a Taliban attack over the weekend that struck a northern army base, killing more than 100 military and other personnel. Suspected Taliban insurgents attacked Camp Chapman, a US-operated base in the eastern province of Khost. The Taliban overran three security checkpoints in northern Takhar province, killing eight policemen and cutting off a key road and two of the region's districts.
    (AP, 4/24/17)(Reuters, 4/24/17)(AP, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 24, Supporters of Albania's opposition Democratic Party blocked several main roads for one hour, escalating their two-month-old protest for a caretaker government to oversee the June 18 general elections.
    (Reuters, 4/24/17)
2017        Apr 24, Britain's anti-EU U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) said it will promote social unity by banning face-covering veils and barring the opening of new Islamic schools.
    (AP, 4/24/17)
2017        Apr 24, In Dagestan at least one person was killed and 11 injured in a live grenade accident at a high school.
    (AP, 4/24/17)
2017        Apr 24, An Egyptian court upheld death sentences against 20 suspected Islamists convicted of murder in the deaths of 15 people, including 11 police, during an attack on a police station in 2013. A final verdict will be delivered on June 2.
    (AP, 4/24/17)
2017        Apr 24, In central India Maoist guerrillas ambushed a paramilitary patrol, killing at least 24 policemen and wounding six in Chhattisgarh state.
    (Reuters, 4/24/17)
2017        Apr 24, In Italy some two-thirds of Alitalia employees in a referendum nixed the industrial plan the government had linked to the airline’s survival. Alitalia has been losing 2 million euros ($2.2 million) daily and faced bankruptcy.
    (AP, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 24, In Kashmir anti-India protests triggered clashes between students and government forces, as authorities reopened schools after a weeklong suspension of classes.
    (AP, 4/24/17)
2017        Apr 24, In northeast Nigeria four people were killed in two separate suicide attacks blamed on Boko Haram Islamists.
    (AFP, 4/24/17)
2017        Apr 24, Philippine troops, backed by airstrikes, captured a jungle camp belonging to an extremist band allied with the Islamic State group and killed several militants in Lanao del Sur province.
    (AP, 4/24/17)
2017        Apr 24, A Philippine lawyer filed a complaint at the International Criminal Court in The Hague against President Rodrigo Duterte, alleging his war on drugs has caused some 8,000 deaths.
    (AP, 4/24/17)
2017        Apr 24, In Senegal at least 20 people, almost all women, were killed late today when a wooden boat capsized off its central coast. 51 people were rescued and one person remained missing.
    (AFP, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 24, Serbia’s interior ministry said police have detained 16 customs officers and one company director on suspicion of tax evasion and dereliction of duty.
    (Reuters, 4/24/17)
2017        Apr 24, A military court in Somalia executed four men it said were al Shabaab militants who were behind a 2016 attack that killed 80 people.
    (Reuters, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 24, In Sri Lanka long lines formed at gasoline stations across the country as workers at a state-run petroleum company went on strike to protest a government plan to lease out oil tanks to neighboring India.
    (AP, 4/24/17)
2017        Apr 24, In Thailand Wuttisan Wongtalay (20),  a man upset with his wife, hanged their 11-month-old daughter on Facebook Live and then killed himself.
    (AP, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 24, A migrant boat from Turkey sank in the eastern Aegean Sea and left at least 16 people dead, including two children. Two people were rescued.
    (AP, 4/24/17)
2017        Apr 24, The World Health Organization announced that Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will begin piloting the world’s first injectable malaria vaccine next year with hundreds of thousands of young children, who have been at highest risk of death.
    (AP, 4/24/17)   
2017        Apr 24, In Venezuela small groups of protesters held "sit-ins" around the country barricading roads with trash and even bathtubs in an effort to maintain momentum as anti-government unrest entered a fourth week. Three people were killed in another day of nationwide protests against leftist president Nicolas Maduro, raising the death toll to 24 in weeks of anti-government demonstrations.
    (Reuters, 4/24/17)(AP, 4/24/17)(AFP, 4/25/17)

2017        Apr 25, US oversight lawmakers from both parties said Michael Flynn, Pres. Trump’s first national security advisor, may have violated federal law by not fully disclosing his business dealings with Russia. Flynn received more than $45,000 from the Russian government for giving a speech in Moscow in 2015 and accepted payments from companies linked to Russia without first getting required approval from the Pentagon and US State Dept.
    (SFC, 4/26/17, p.A4)
2017        Apr 25, A US District Judge William Orrick III of San Francisco ruled that Pres. Trump cannot coerce sanctuary cities to cooperate with immigration officials by threatening to withdraw crucial funding.
    (SFC, 4/26/17, p.A1)
2017        Apr 25, A report by California’s state Auditor Elaine Howle said the Univ. of California hid $175 million from the public in secret funds while administrators demanded more money from the state from 2012 to 2016.
    (SFC, 4/26/17, p.A1)
2017        Apr 25, The US Justice Dept. and health care officials announced that Pacific Pulmonary Services, based in Novato, Ca., has agreed to pay $11.4 million to settle accusations that it profiteered by filing false reimbursement claims and arranging kickbacks with sleep-testing clinics starting in 2004.
    (SFC, 4/27/17, p.C3)
2017        Apr 25, In Afghanistan Islamic State militants attacked the Taliban in the northern Jawzjan province, igniting heavy clashes. 76 Taliban fighters were killed as well as 15 from the IS affiliate, which is largely made up of disgruntled former Taliban fighters. The IS militants seized two districts from the Taliban.
    (AP, 4/26/17)
2017        Apr 25, China offered to help tackle a diplomatic row between Bangladesh and Myanmar over the flight of minority Rohingyas.
    (Reuters, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 25, A Chinese court sentenced a US citizen to three-years and six-months in prison for espionage but then ordered her deported. Sandy Phan-Gillis, who has Chinese ancestry and is a naturalized US citizen, was arrested in March 2015 while about to leave mainland China for the Chinese-ruled, former Portuguese colony of Macau, and had been held without charges since then.
    (Reuters, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 25, The 47-member Council of Europe put Turkey on a watchlist over the crackdown on dissent since last year's coup attempt, rights violations and concerns about President Tayyip Erdogan's increased grip on power.
    (Reuters, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 25, In Croatia a municipal boat heading to an island in the southern Adriatic on a medical emergency struck a rubber boat carrying nine people late today near the medieval walled city of Dubrovnik. Three people were killed.
    (AP, 4/26/17)
2017        Apr 25, In Egypt an Islamic State suicide bomber attacked a tribal checkpoint in northern Sinai and killed four members of the Tarabeen tribe. Members of the local tribe burned alive a suspected Islamic State militant.
    (AP, 4/26/17)
2017        Apr 25, A Greek court ruled against the extradition of three of eight Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece last July following a failed coup attempt against the Ankara government.
    (Reuters, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 25, In Hungary activists broke up a meeting of the parliament's justice committee, in a protest against plans to increase scrutiny over civil organizations.
    (Reuters, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 25, Prosecutors in Hungary said they have indicted Roland Mengyi, a lawmaker from the ruling Fidesz party, and six accomplices for attempting to embezzle public funds.
    (AP, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 25, Japan-based Trend Micro, a cybersecurity research group, said French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron's political campaign was targeted by a group of Russian hackers last month.
    (AFP, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 25, Iraqi forces launched a fresh push southwest of Mosul to retake the Hatra area, which includes a UN-listed World Heritage site. Iraqi forces retook full control of the Tenek neighborhood of west Mosul from the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 25, Israel appointed its first female judge in its Muslim sharia court system. Hana Khatib, an attorney from the northern town of Tamra, was selected by an Israeli justice committee alongside three men to become a religious judge.
    (AFP, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 25, Kenyan police fired teargas to disperse hundreds of people who took to the streets to protest the outcome of a regional party primary in the west of the country.
    (Reuters, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 25, In Kenya 27 people were killed in a collision between a passenger bus and a trailer truck on a road linking Nairobi and Mombasa.
    (SFC, 4/26/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 25, In Libya an air strike on a prison killed five people in a desert town where armed factions have been fighting along a strategic route from the southern border region to the capital Tripoli. No one claimed responsibility for the strike in Sabha.
    (Reuters, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 25, In Pakistan a roadside bomb targeting a minivan in the northwestern Kurram tribal area killed 14 people.
    (AP, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 25, Russia's justice ministry restored public access to the financial reports of charities linked to the prime minister after taking them off its website following claims of corruption.
    (AP, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 25, Russian officials announced they will begin supplying electricity to separatist-controlled areas in eastern Ukraine after the Ukrainian government cut off the power because of millions in unpaid bills.
    (AP, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 25, Saudi forces foiled an attempt to blow up an Aramco fuel terminal in southern Saudi Arabia using a high-speed boat laden with explosives. Yemen's Houthi group was accused of being behind the attempt.
    (Reuters, 4/26/17)
2017        Apr 25, A military court in Somalia executed a policeman who was accused of killing a civilian and wounding the victim's two sons. Ali Buubo Mohamed was sentenced to death last November.
    (Reuters, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 25, South Korean presidential frontrunner, Moon Jae-in, outraged persecuted sexual minority groups by saying during a TV debate that he opposes homosexuality.
    (SFC, 4/27/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 25, A Swedish court sentenced three men aged 18-24 for participating in a gang rape that was streamed live on a closed Facebook group. The men were arrested last Jan 22.
    (AP, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 25, Thailand's top defense official said the government has approved the purchase of its first submarine in more than half a century, calling the $393 million deal with China necessary and a bargain. Thailand decommissioned its last one in 1951.
    (AP, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 25, In Thailand a Brazilian woman (22) arrived at Don Muang airport from Malaysia and had asked to be driven to central Bangkok. Instead she was driven to an area outside Bangkok, where the driver is accused of beating and raping her before leaving her by the side of the road. Police the next day arrested the driver on charges of rape, illegal detention, and theft with violence.
    (AP, 4/26/17)
2017        Apr 25, Turkish warplanes killed more than 20 Kurdish fighters in strikes in Syria and Iraq, where the Kurds are key players in the battle against the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 25, Ukraine cut electricity to parts of an eastern region controlled by pro-Russian separatists, citing unpaid debt - a step the Kremlin said amounted to a rejection by Kiev of breakaway territories.
    (Reuters, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 25, The UN said int’l. donors have pledged $1.1 billion to avert famine in Yemen and appealed to the fighting sides to allow humanitarian access.
    (SFC, 4/26/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 25, In Venezuela a man (23) was shot dead at a political demonstration in the western state of Lara, bringing to at least 25 the number of deaths in unrest this month.
    (Reuters, 4/25/17)(AFP, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 25, A top Venezuelan prison official said six inmates died and another 11 have been wounded in a brawl among prisoners at the Puente Ayala penitentiary in Anzoategui state.
    (AP, 4/26/17)

2017        Apr 26, The Trump administration released a plan for massive business and personal tax cuts, but only vague indications of how to pay for them.
    (SFC, 4/27/17, p.A1)
2017        Apr 26, The Trump administration told lawmakers it will apply economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.
    (AP, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 26, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to identify national monuments that can be rescinded or resized - part of a push to open up more federal lands to drilling, mining and other development.
    (Reuters, 4/26/17)
2017        Apr 26, It was reported that water contamination has been found near 27 former or current US military installations in 16 states where firefighting foam was used containing toxic chemicals.
    (SFC, 4/26/17, p.A6)
2017        Apr 26, Jonathan Demme (73), Oscar-winning filmmaker, died in NYC. His films included “Melvin and Howard" (1980), “The Silence of the Lambs" (1991) and Philadelphia" (1993).
    (SFC, 4/27/17, p.A7)
2017        Apr 26, Reporters Without Borders presented its annual rankings on press freedom and ranked the United States 43rd out of 180 nations.
    (SFC, 4/28/17, p.A6)
2017        Apr 26, Harold F. Weaver, UC Berkeley pioneer of radio astronomy, died at his East Bay home in Kensington. His work included the discovery of the first interstellar molecules known as hydroxyl radicals.
    (http://tinyurl.com/kylx52e)(SSFC, 5/7/17, p.C10)
2017        Apr 26, In eastern Afghanistan two US service members were killed late today during an operation against Islamic State militants in Nangarhar province. Dozens of IS fighters were also reported killed, but because of the remoteness of the region it was impossible to independently confirm the deaths. On April 28 the Pentagon said the two US special operations forces soldiers killed may have been struck by friendly fire in an operation targeting the emir of Islamic State militants in Afghanistan.
    (Reuters, 4/27/17)(AP, 4/28/17)(Reuters, 4/29/17)
2017        Apr 26, Farmers in Argentina gave away truckloads of vegetables in central Buenos Aires for a 2nd time this week in a protest over low prices for their produce that also highlighted the growing ranks of poor in the country.
    (AFP, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 26, British scientists said inhaled nanoparticles like those pumped out in vehicle exhausts can work their way through the lungs and into the bloodstream where they can raise the risk of heart attack and stroke.
    (Reuters, 4/26/17)
2017        Apr 26, French intelligence services said they have scientific proof that the Syrian regime was responsible for the April 4 suspected chemical attack that killed 87 people.
    (AFP, 4/26/17)
2017        Apr 26, In Guatemala students were protesting a shortage of teachers at their school when a car plowed into them and then fled. One of the victims, a 15-year-old girl, soon died from her injuries. The alleged driver, a US citizen (25) and the son of an evangelical pastor, was later taken into custody.
    (AP, 4/29/17)
2017        Apr 26, Iraqi paramilitary forces said that they have captured Hatra, a 2,000-year-old historical site near the northern city of Mosul.
    (AP, 4/26/17)
2017        Apr 26, In Kenya one person was reported killed and another injured in hotly contested primary elections in the capital Nairobi, as the country heads toward general elections in August.
    (AP, 4/26/17)
2017        Apr 26, Pakistan's military released a video in which Liaquat Ali, better known by his nom de guerre, Ehsanullah Ehsan, said Afghan and Indian intelligence agencies gave funds and other assistance to Pakistani Taliban militants to fight Islamabad. Ehsan, the group's former spokesman, surrendered last week.
    (Reuters, 4/26/17)
2017        Apr 26, In Pakistan a suspected US drone strike killed several Pakistani Taliban militants in North Waziristan.
    (Reuters, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 26, In Romania hundreds of taxi and bus drivers protested outside government offices in Bucharest to demand that Uber and other online ride services be outlawed.
    (AP, 4/26/17)
2017        Apr 26, South African Airways cancelled nearly three dozen flights, most of them domestic, because of a strike by some cabin crew. A labor court ruled that the strike was not allowed under terms of the crewmembers' contracts.
    (AP, 4/26/17)(AP, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 26, South Sudan’s government launched a new offensive. Some 50,000 people in Kodok in Upper Nile state, many of whom fled fighting six weeks ago in the town of Wau Shilluk, were at risk from the violence.
    (AFP, 4/29/17)
2017        Apr 26, Turkish police launched simultaneous operations across the country, detaining more than 1,000 people with suspected links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Warrants were issued for the detention of some 2,200 other suspects.
    (AP, 4/26/17)
2017        Apr 26, Turkey's main opposition party said it would challenge the outcome of the country's April 16 referendum on expanding the president's powers at the European Court of Human Rights a day after a high court rejected its appeal.
    (AP, 4/26/17)
2017        Apr 26, Turkish warplanes hit Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq and killed six militants, in a second day of cross-border raids.
    (Reuters, 4/26/17)
2017        Apr 26, Three Ukrainian troops were killed and four wounded in eastern Ukraine in an apparent flare-up of fighting between government troops and Russia-backed separatists.
    (AP, 4/26/17)
2017        Apr 26, Venezuela said that it would begin withdrawing for the Organization of American States to counter an attempt by the OAS and conservative regional governments to topple Pres. Maduro.
    (SFC, 4/27/17, p.A2)

2017        Apr 27, President Donald Trump said the leaders of Canada and Mexico called him asking the United States to remain a partner in the North American Free Trade Agreement and that he agreed.
    (AP, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, The United States blacklisted Mubarak Mohammed A Alotaibi (31), a Saudi man, who it said was the Syria-based deputy leader of Islamic State's affiliate in Saudi Arabia.
    (Reuters, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, Arkansas executed its 4th inmate in eight days. Kenneth Williams (38) was executed for killing Cecil Breen, former deputy warden, after escaping from prison in 1999. During the execution Williams briefly experienced coughing, convulsing, lurching and jerking as the state began to administer midazolam, the first of its three lethal injection drugs. Williams was less than three weeks into a life term for the 1998 killing of college cheerleader Dominique Hurd, when he escaped in a barrel of hog slop.   
    (SFC, 4/28/17, p.A6)(SFC, 4/29/17, p.A4)
2017        Apr 27, Texas lawmakers approved SB4, a bill that penalizes local officials who fail to cooperate with federal immigration authorities by allowing police to inquire into the legal status of people who are merely detained rather than arrested.
    (Econ, 5/6/17, p.26)
2017        Apr 27, United Airlines said it will raise the payment limit to customers who give up seats on oversold flights to $10,000. Lawyers said United has reached a settlement with passenger David Dao (69), who was injured when he was yanked from a United flight on April 9.
    (SFC, 4/28/17, p.C1)
2017        Apr 27, NASA said its unmanned Cassini spacecraft has survived its plunge between the rings of Saturn and, after briefly going dark for the flyby, is communicating again with Earth.
    (AP, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, In Afghanistan a military raid killed Abdul Haseeb Logari, the IS chief in Nangarhar. Two US Army Rangers died in the raid. The Pentagon later said they may have been killed as the result of friendly fire in the opening minutes of the three-hour battle.
    (AP, 5/8/17)
2017        Apr 27, Britain’s Criminal Finances Act took effect, a significant step towards exposing dirty money in the London property market. The law allowed the seizure of homes from foreigners who cannot explain how they paid for them.
    (AFP, 4/29/17)
2017        Apr 27, London police arrested a 27-year-old man near parliament on suspicion of terrorism offences and possession of knives. Hours later, armed police raided a property in north London as part of an unrelated counter-terrorism investigation, firing CS gas as they entered and shooting a woman in her 20s. Six people were arrested.
    (AFP, 4/28/17)
2017        Apr 27, Haroon Syed, a British teenager arrested last September 8 and accused of planning a bombing in London, pleaded guilty to preparing terrorist acts.
    (AP, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, China's top anti-graft watchdog released new information on 22 fugitives who are hiding out abroad down to the street names where they may live, as China ramps up pressure on corruption suspects who have fled overseas.
    (Reuters, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, China passed a revised mapping law to bolster understanding of its territorial claims and to create hefty new penalties to "intimidate" foreigners who carry out surveying work without permission.
    (Reuters, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, Uighur activists reported that authorities in China’s Xinjiang region are prohibiting parents from giving children at least 29 Islamic names, including Muhammad, Jihad and Islam.
    (SFC, 4/28/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 27, Google activated a line of caching servers in Cuba, becoming the first foreign company with the ability to provide online content in the country.
    (CSM, 4/28/17)
2017        Apr 27, In Cyprus a Cypriot-Norwegian child was kidnapped from outside a nursery school in the capital Nicosia. The next day four men were remanded in custody over the kidnapping. The Norwegian father emailed the mother to say the girl was with him somewhere in Cyprus.
    (AP, 4/28/17)
2017        Apr 27, Egypt’s Pres. El-Sissi ratified much-contested legal amendments that effectively give him power over the country's courts, as he will be the one appointing heads of judicial bodies.
    (AP, 4/28/17)
2017        Apr 27, The European Commission stepped up its legal action against Poland over the logging of the protected primeval Bialowieza forest in the north east of the country, warning that the next step would be a lawsuit in the EU's top court.
    (Reuters, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, French riot police clashed with youths in central Paris when a demonstration against far right leader presidential candidate Marine Le Pen and her centrist rival Emmanuel Macron turned violent.
    (Reuters, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl was awarded 1 million euros ($1.1 million) in damages after the Cologne state court found his one-time ghostwriter had violated his privacy rights.
    (AP, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, Hong Kong authorities expanded their crackdown on the Chinese-controlled territory's opposition with a fresh round of arrests of pro-democracy activists. Police detained up to nine activists for their apparent involvement in an anti-China protest last year.
    (AP, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, In Indonesia female Islamic clerics declared a series of fatwas, including one to tackle child marriage, a rare example of women taking a leading religious role in the Muslim-majority country.
    (AFP, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, Iraqi forces retook the town of Hatra, southwest of Mosul, on the third day of an operation that saw them wrest back a nearby UNESCO-listed ancient city.
    (AP, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, In Kashmir a 70-year-old civilian was killed and seven people were injured during an anti-India protest that erupted following a gunbattle that killed three Indian soldiers and two suspected rebels. Authorities have banned 22 social media sites in an effort to calm tensions in the disputed region after videos depicting the alleged abuse of Kashmiris by Indian forces fueled protests. But the sites remained online as the local telecom company struggled to block them.
    (AP, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, In Macedonia more than 100 people were injured this evening including protestors, policemen and lawmakers, after protesters broke through a police cordon and entered the parliament to protest against the election of an ethnic Albanian Talat Xhaferi as new speaker.
    (AP, 4/28/17)
2017        Apr 27, Moldovan anti-corruption prosecutors detained the transport minister and a senior road management official on suspicion of embezzling European Union funds.
    (AP, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, Montenegro's PM Dusko Markovic said Russia has banned the import of its best-known wine because of the Balkan country's decision to become a member of NATO. Markovic said Russian authorities reported finding pesticides and plastic in wine and other products made by the Plantaze company.
    (AP, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, In Pakistan the Islamic State killed Maulvi Daud, a senior Afghan Taliban official, in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
    (Reuters, 4/29/17)
2017        Apr 27, Pres. Mahmoud Abbas's Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) told Israel it would no longer pay for the electricity Israel supplies to Gaza, a move that could lead to a complete power shutdown in the territory, whose 2 million people already endure blackouts for much of the day.
    (Reuters, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, Palestinians across the West Bank observed a general strike in support of hundreds of hunger-striking prisoners held by Israel.
    (AP, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, Officials said Poland has signed its first deal to purchase liquefied natural gas from a US supplier, a step that will help the country's efforts to cut its dependence on deliveries from Russia.
    (AP, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to discuss a dispute over four islands that has kept the two countries from signing a peace treaty ending World War II.
    (AP, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, The Kremlin said that an opposition protest planned for April 29 was illegal and police would deal with anyone who showed up accordingly. Russian police raided the Moscow office of Open Russia, an organization founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a top foe of President Vladimir Putin. Open Russia, which helps opposition candidates and political prisoners, called for the protest.
    (Reuters, 4/27/17)(AP, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, In Russia unknown attackers doused opposition leader Alexei Navalny with green antiseptic, burning one of his eyes.
    (AP, 4/28/17)
2017        Apr 27, The Russian naval intelligence ship Liman sank off Turkey's Black Sea coast after colliding with the Togo-flagged Youzarsif H carrying livestock. All 78 personnel on board were evacuated.
    (Reuters, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, Two Saudi soldiers were killed in a rocket attack near the border with war-torn Yemen.
    (AFP, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, An appeals court in Senegal upheld the life sentence of former Chad dictator Hissene Habre on war crimes and crimes against humanity charges, bringing to an end a landmark trial pursued by victims for more than 16 years.
    (AP, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, In Sri Lanka shops, offices and schools were closed and public transport was halted in the country’s former civil war region in support of families who are demanding information from the government about loved ones listed as having disappeared during the conflict.
    (AP, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, Syrian activists said airstrikes across the opposition-held Idlib province have killed at least 19 people, with some targeting ambulances and medical centers. The activists believed Russia or the Syrian government launched the raids.
    (AP, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, Syria's state media reported that Israel has attacked a military installation near the Damascus International Airport.
    (AP, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, In Syria Mustafa Gunes, an Islamic State operative from Turkey, was killed in a US coalition air strike in Mayadin.
    (AP, 5/26/17)
2017        Apr 27, In southern Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents killed four paramilitary army rangers in an ambush in Narathiwat province.
    (AP, 4/27/17)
2017        Apr 27, The UN refugee agency chose Yusra Mardini as a goodwill ambassador. The Syrian teenage girl helped save a boat carrying fellow refugees and swam on the first Refugee Olympic team in Rio last year.
    (AP, 4/27/17)

2017        Apr 28, Pres. Donald Trump signed an executive order seeking to expand offshore oil and gas drilling in areas that Pres. Obama put off-limits.
    (SFC, 4/29/17, p.A1)
2017        Apr 28, The US urged the UN Security Council to increase economic pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program and to lean on China to turn the screws on its wayward ally.
    (AP, 4/28/17)
2017        Apr 28, US Congress approved a short-term spending bill preventing a partial federal shutdown. The bill keeps the government functioning through May 5.
    (SFC, 4/29/17, p.A4)
2017        Apr 28, US officials said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is proposing to eliminate 2,300 jobs as part of a plan to cut more than a quarter of the State Department's budget for the next fiscal year.
    (AP, 4/28/17)
2017        Apr 28, US citizen Sandy Phan-Gillis, arrested in March 2015 while about to leave mainland China for Macau, arrived in Los Angeles. She had been convicted of espionage and was held without trial for two years. She was deported after being sentenced this week to three-and-a-half years in prison for espionage.
    (Reuters, 4/29/17)
2017        Apr 28, The Taliban announced they will launch their spring offensive April 30, signaling plans to step up attacks as the weather warms across Afghanistan. This year's offensive was dubbed "Operation Mansouri," named for the Taliban leader killed last year in a US drone strike.
    (AP, 4/28/17)
2017        Apr 28, In Brazil nationwide strikes led by unions to protest President Michel Temer's austerity measures crippled public transport in several major cities across the nation, while factories, businesses and schools closed.
    (Reuters, 4/28/17)
2017        Apr 28, The Nottingham Crown Court jury found surgeon Ian Paterson (59) guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and three counts of unlawful wounding. Victims had accused him of playing God with their lives. He faced a life sentence after a jury convicted him of carrying out unnecessary operations that maimed some of his victims for life.
    (AP, 4/28/17)
2017        Apr 28, Pope Francis arrived in Cairo and urged Egypt's leading imams to teach their students to reject violence in God's name and preach messages of peace and tolerance instead.
    (AP, 4/28/17)
2017        Apr 28, German authorities arrested a 54-year-old Swiss citizen on suspicion of spying. Prosecutors said Daniel M. is "suspected of working for the intelligence agency of a foreign power since the start of 2012." The next day the Welt newspaper reported that man had been sent to Germany by Switzerland's NDB intelligence agency to identify German tax investigators involved in the purchase of confidential Swiss bank client data.
    (AP, 4/28/17)(AP, 4/30/17)
2017        Apr 28, Haitian officials said flooding in the southwest has wiped out as much as 80 percent of the spring harvest in a beleaguered region that is nearly completely dependent on farming.
    (AP, 4/28/17)
2017        Apr 28, Hungary said it has completed a second anti-migrant fence on the Serbian border, a "smart" barrier with night cameras, heat and movement sensors and speakers blaring warnings in five languages.
    (AFP, 4/28/17)     
2017        Apr 28, The Israeli military said about 2000 Palestinians "participated in violent riots" at several places in the West Bank. Palestinian health officials said dozens of protesters were wounded at West Bank demonstrations in support of hunger-striking prisoners held by Israel. Some 6.500 Palestinians were currently in Israeli lockups.
    (AP, 4/28/17)(SFC, 4/29/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 28, Israel’s Housing Ministry said it intends to build 15,000 new settlement homes in East Jerusalem, despite US President Donald Trump's request to "hold back" on settlements as part of a possible new push for Israeli-Palestinian peace.
    (Reuters, 4/28/17)
2017        Apr 28, Libya seized two foreign-flagged oil tankers and detained their crews for allegedly smuggling fuel after an hours-long gunbattle off the west coast.
    (AFP, 4/30/17)
2017        Apr 28, Macedonia's interior minister offered his resignation a day after protesters stormed the country's parliament.
    (AP, 4/28/17)
2017        Apr 28, Mali's National Assembly voted to extend a state of emergency by six months in a bid to quell an upsurge in attacks by Islamist militants based in the desert north of the West African country.
    (Reuters, 4/29/17)
2017        Apr 28, Montenegro’s parliament ratified the country's membership agreement with NATO, taking the tiny former Yugoslav republic one step closer to becoming the 29th member of the Atlantic alliance.
    (Reuters, 4/28/17)
2017        Apr 28, In Myanmar ultra-nationalist Buddhist monks and their supporters have forced the closing of two Muslim schools in Yangon.
    (AP, 4/29/17)
2017        Apr 28, In Manila the leaders of Indonesia and the Philippines pledged to boost bilateral ties and launch maritime patrols of their sea border to prevent kidnappings.
    (AP, 4/28/17)
2017        Apr 28, Philippine marines killed Alhabsy Misaya, an Abu Sayyaf extremist commander and a notorious kidnapper, in Sulu province. He had sailed across the sea border into Malaysia to snatch tourists and sailors for ransom.
    (AP, 4/29/17)
2017        Apr 28, In Russia Nataliya Fyodorova, an activist of the liberal opposition Yabloko party, suffered burns to her face and partial loss of her sight as a result of an attack near the entrance to her apartment building. Fyodorova has actively protested city development plans, including plans to build a shopping center in her Moscow neighborhood.
    (AP, 4/28/17)
2017        Apr 28, In Syria US-backed forces fighting Islamic State took several neighborhoods from the militant group in the town of Tabqa, part of a campaign to oust Islamic State from its stronghold in Raqqa city.
    (Reuters, 4/28/17)
2017        Apr 28, Tanzanian President John Magufuli ordered the immediate dismissal of more than 9,900 civil servants after a nationwide verification of academic credentials uncovered workers with forged school and college certificates.
    (Reuters, 4/28/17)
2017        Apr 28, In Thailand a Bangkok court approved an arrest warrant for an heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune accused of a deadly hit-and-run accident, moving the case forward after almost five years without charges being pressed. Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya is accused of fleeing the scene of a 2012 crash in his Ferrari after allegedly fatally hitting a police officer on motorcycle patrol.
    (AP, 4/28/17)
2017        Apr 28, Turkey's military said that one of its outposts in the southeastern town of Ceylanpinar bordering Syria came under rocket attack early today from Syrian territory held by the Kurdish militia YPG. The army returned fire killing 11 YPG militants.
    (AP, 4/28/17)   
2017        Apr 28, United Nations officials said at least 11 people have died from a mysterious illness in Liberia, and tests have been negative for the Ebola virus. Those who fell sick this week all had attended a relative's funeral.
    (AP, 4/28/17)
2017        Apr 28, The United Nations Security Council unanimously backed attempts to restart talks between Morocco and the Polisario independence movement over the Western Sahara conflict and extended its peacekeeping mission for another year.
    (Reuters, 4/29/17)

2017        Apr 29, Tens of thousands of protesters turned out in Washington, DC, to voice concern over climate change in a mass demonstration dubbed the “Peoples Climate March" and also marking the 100th day of Donald Trump's presidency.
    (Reuters, 4/29/17)
2017        Apr 29, Multiple tornadoes ripped through Canton, a town in eastern Texas late today, killing at least four people and injuring dozens of others. Authorities warned the number of casualties could rise.
    (Reuters, 4/30/17)
2017        Apr 29, In Texas Jordan Edwards (15), a black youth, was killed by police fire as he and other teenagers were driving away from a party in a Dallas suburb. Police Officer Roy Oliver (37), who fired into the car full of teens, turned himself in on May 5 after being charged with murder. He was released after posting a $300,000 bond.
    (SFC, 5/2/17, p.A5)(AFP, 5/6/17)
2017        Apr 29, In Texas three people were killed when an air ambulance crashed in Amarillo.
    (SSFC, 4/30/17, p.A6)
2017        Apr 29, In Afghanistan US Marines returned to the volatile Helmand province, where American troops faced heated fighting until NATO's combat mission ended in 2014, as embattled Afghan security forces struggle to beat back the resurgent Taliban.
    (AFP, 4/29/17)
2017        Apr 29, Belarus police informed the wife of leading opposition figure Nikolai Statkevich that he had been arrested and jailed for five days. An unusually widespread wave of protests broke out in Belarus this year and another has been called for May 1 in the capital.
    (AP, 4/30/17)
2017        Apr 29, In Congo DRC three days of rioting began when protesters angered by a string of unsolved murders threw up roadblocks and mobbed government offices in the restive gold-rich Ituri region.
    (AFP, 5/1/17)
2017        Apr 29, A Cuban military plane crashed into a hillside in the western province of Artemisa, killing eight troops on board.
    (AP, 4/30/17)
2017        Apr 29, European Union leaders approved guidelines for their chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, setting priorities that the Union of 27 governments staying in the bloc wants to achieve in talks on Britain's withdrawal.
    (AP, 4/29/17)
2017        Apr 29, In Germany a gold-and-platinum tiara adorned with 367 diamonds was discovered missing from the Badisches Landesmuesum in Karlsruhe. It was valued at $1.31 million and once belonged to Grand Duchess Hilda von Baden (1864-1952).
    (AP, 5/8/17)
2017        Apr 29, In Indonesia torrential rain triggered flooding in the villages in the Central Java district of Magelang. Thirteen people died in flash floods that inundated five villages on Java island.
    (AP, 5/2/17)
2017        Apr 29, In Iraq a US service member was killed by an explosive device outside Mosul.
    (SSFC, 4/30/17, p.A3)
2017        Apr 29, A North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed shortly after launch. The third test-fire flop just this month was a clear message of defiance as a U.S. supercarrier conducts drills in nearby waters.
    (AP, 4/29/17)
2017        Apr 29, Several hundred Russians lined up in central Moscow under the gaze of riot police to hand over handwritten appeals for President Vladimir Putin to quit, as similar protests took place in other cities. Police detained dozens of activists in Saint Petersburg.
    (Reuters, 4/29/17)(AFP, 4/29/17)
2017        Apr 29, The South African president’s office said Jacob Zuma has signed the anti-money laundering bill FICA, which allows increased scrutiny of the bank accounts of "prominent individuals", including himself, into law.
    (Reuters, 4/29/17)
2017        Apr 29, Syria's military said its troops and allied fighters have repelled an attack by the Islamic State group on a government-held area south of Aleppo province. IS-affiliated Aamaq news agency claimed IS fighters killed 30 government soldiers in the attack on Um Mayal village east of Khanaser. Fighting between rebel groups in the biggest insurgent stronghold near Damascus entered a second day. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had documented the deaths of at least 38 fighters in the first 24 hours of fighting between rebel groups. It also reported civilian casualties.
    (AP, 4/29/17)(Reuters, 4/29/17)
2017        Apr 29, In Syria air strikes killed eight White Helmet rescuers in the rebel-held area of Kfar Zeita.
    (SSFC, 4/30/17, p.A3)
2017        Apr 29, Thai authorities arrested Prawet Prapanukul (57), an activist lawyer, and five other people. On May 3 they were charged with defaming the monarchy, pushing the tally of people charged with lese majeste to more than 100 since the military seized power in 2014.
    (AP, 5/4/17)
2017        Apr 29, Turkey's military reportedly killed 14 members of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in air strikes in northern Iraq.
    (Reuters, 4/29/17)
2017        Apr 29, Turkey Blocks, an internet censorship monitor, said users in Turkey have been unable to access all language editions of Wikipedia since 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) today. Access to Wikipedia was blocked in Turkey for content presenting the country as supporting terror.
    (AP, 4/29/17)
2017        Apr 29, In Turkey the head of an Iranian satellite television network was shot dead in Istanbul together with a business partner. GEM TV founder Saeed Karimian was sentenced last year in absentia to six years in prison by a Tehran court. Karimian and an associate were driving in Istanbul's Maslak neighborhood after 8 p.m. (1.00 p.m. ET) when their car was blocked by a jeep and shots were fired.
    (Reuters, 4/30/17)
2017        Apr 29, The United Nations called for a halt to fighting in South Sudan after the government launched a new offensive earlier this week.
    (AFP, 4/29/17)

2017        Apr 30, US lawmakers reached agreement on a $1 trillion-plus spending bill that will fund government operations through September.
    (SFC, 5/1/17, p.A4)
2017        Apr 30, Tornados and flooding in the South and Midwest US killed another 10 people including five in Arkansas, two in Missouri, two in Mississippi and one in Tennessee. The death toll from the weekend of storms claimed at least 16 lives.
    (SFC, 5/1/17, p.A4)(SFC, 5/2/17, p.A5)   
2017        Apr 30, In southern California Peter Selis (49), holding a gun in one hand and a bottle of beer in the other, opened fire on people around a swimming pool in a San Diego apartment complex, killing one and injuring others before police shot him dead. Selis was reportedly despondent over a recent breakup with his girlfriend.
    (Reuters, 5/1/17)(SFC, 5/2/17, p.A6)
2017        Apr 30, Howard Hart, former CIA operative, died at his home in Dyke, Va. He helped plan the doomed 1980 Special Operations mission to rescue American hostages in Iran.
    (SSFC, 5/21/17, p.C12)
2017        Apr 30, In Afghanistan at least three people, including a small child, were killed when Islamic State group militants attacked Taliban insurgents in eastern Nangarhar province. 21 Taliban fighters and seven IS fighters were killed in the gun battle in Chaparhar district.
    (AP, 5/1/17)
2017        Apr 30, In Brazil Eike Batista, the mining and oil magnate who was once Brazil's richest man, left prison for house arrest ahead of a trial on corruption charges.
    (Reuters, 4/30/17)
2017        Apr 30, An Egyptian court has sentenced a hard-line cleric to death in absentia on charges of establishing a "terror group" after the 2013 overthrow of an elected Islamist president. Wagdi Ghoneim, who currently lives in Turkey and is an outspoken supporter of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, dismissed the ruling, saying he had not been in Egypt since 2001.
    (AP, 4/30/17)
2017        Apr 30, German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Saudi Arabia to press royals on a number of sensitive issues, including taking in refugees, while also boosting important business ties in her first visit to the country in seven years.
    (AP, 4/30/17)
2017        Apr 30, In northeastern India two Muslim teenagers were beaten to death by a mob over allegations of cow theft in Assam state. This was the third cow-related death in the country in the past month.
    (AP, 5/1/17)(SFC, 5/2/17, p.A2)
2017        Apr 30, In Indonesia a multiple car collision involving a tour bus killed at least 11 people on Java island.
    (AP, 4/30/17)
2017        Apr 30, Italians voted for a new Democratic Party chief. The primary was expected to return Matteo Renzi to its leadership.
    (AP, 4/30/17)
2017        Apr 30, Lebanon launched a bike-sharing program in Beirut, hoping to cut down on the congested city's notorious traffic and pollution.
    (AFP, 4/30/17)
2017        Apr 30, In Nepal experienced Swiss climber Ueli Steck (40) died after he fell in the Everest region during preparations to climb the world's highest mountain, the first to perish in the current climbing season.
    (Reuters, 4/30/17)(Econ 5/13/17, p.82)
2017        Apr 30, Pakistani  authorities uncovered an illegal organ trade ring, arresting two doctors and their three associates in Lahore.
    (AP, 5/1/17)
2017        Apr 30, In northwest Pakistan a minibus plunged into a ravine in the mountainous in Upper Dir district, killing 11 people.
    (AP, 4/30/17)
2017        Apr 30, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hosted a daylong meeting in Manila of leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Duterte followed up the summit by releasing a final communique that removed mention of international concerns over China's "militarization" of newly built islands in the disputed South China Sea in a major concession to Beijing.
    (AP, 4/30/17)
2017        Apr 30, Saudi Arabia said it had arrested 46 members of a militant cell responsible for a deadly suicide bombing attack on the Prophet's Mosque in the holy city of Medina last summer widely blamed on Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 4/30/17)
2017        Apr 30, Spanish police arrested 30 drug smugglers in raids carried out in cooperation with Morocco to bust a ring that introduced hashish across the Strait of Gibraltar. The gang, called “Las Castanas" (The Chestnuts), was made up of Spaniards and Moroccans and used small inflatable boats with powerful motors to smuggle the drugs into Spain from Morocco.
    (AP, 4/30/17)
2017        Apr 30, In northern Syria a US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance advanced against the Islamic State group in the key town of Tabqa near the jihadist bastion of Raqa.
    (AP, 4/30/17)
2017        Apr 30, Venezuela’s Pres. Maduro said the minimum wage will rise 60% starting May 1. This was the third wage increase this year as triple-digit inflation eroded workers’ savings.
    (SFC, 5/1/17, p.A2)

2017        Apr, In waters off Bermuda a robot called Guardian LF1, Made by IRobot, caught 15 venomous lionfish during two days of testing.
    (SFC, 4/29/17, p.A6)
2017        Apr, In Colombia Arsen Voskanyan, a Russian-Armenian citizen held hostage for six months by the ELN, was killed while trying to escape. The admission was made public in September and risked throwing current peace talks with the government into jeopardy.
    (Reuters, 9/3/17)
2017        Apr, In Colombia two FARC guerrillas and five relatives of FARC members were murdered in four separate incidents.
    (Econ 5/20/17, p.28)
2017        Apr, India’s Supreme Court upheld an earlier decision to deny licenses to sell alcohol within 500 meters of a state or national highway and extended from retail outlets to embrace any place serving alcohol.
    (Econ, 4/8/17, p.35)
2017        Apr, In the southern Netherlands police searching a barn discovered a large quantity of a synthetic drug that is popular in the Arab world. The pills with captagon logos contained amphetamines and caffeine. They also uncovered laboratory equipment, a pill making machine and some 80 kilograms (176 pounds) of amphetamines and MDMA, also known as ecstasy.
    (AP, 5/10/17)
2017        Apr, North Korea's global coal exports sunk to zero this month, as China choked off imports from Pyongyang to ramp up pressure on its nuclear-armed neighbor.
    (AFP, 6/9/17)
2017        Apr, The population of South Korea was about 50 million.
    (Econ, 4/15/17, p.34)

2017        May 1, President Donald Trump opened the door to a future meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, offering unusual praise for the globally ostracized leader at a time of surging nuclear tensions.
    (AP, 5/2/17)
2017        May 1, The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that cities have grounds to sue when banks make predatory loans to racial minorities.
    (Econ, 5/6/17, p.28)
2017        May 1, The US Supreme Court ruled against Oklahoma-based Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Company that claimed Venezuela unlawfully seized 11 drilling rigs in 2010. The justices ruled 8-0 to throw out a 2015 decision by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that allowed one of the claims to move forward.
    (Reuters, 5/1/17)
2017        May 1, Univ. of Texas student Kendrex White (21) stabbed at least four people, killing one and wounding the others, before surrendering to police in Austin.
    (SFC, 5/2/17, p.A6)
2017        May 1, Mike Lowry (78), the 20th governor of Washington state (1993-1997), died in Olympia following complications from a stroke.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Lowry)(SFC, 5/3/17, p.D4)
2017        May 1, A court in Azerbaijan began considering a government demand to block access to the websites of several independent and opposition news organizations, including the local service of the US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
    (AP, 5/1/17)
2017        May 1, Bangladesh police arrested the IT chief of a banned militant Islamist group that has been blamed for the killing of several secular bloggers and gay rights activists. The suspected militant, identified as Ashfaqur Rahman, worked as the IT head of the al Qaeda-inspired militant group Ansarullah Bangla Team.
    (Reuters, 5/2/17)
2017        May 1, British police arrested three women on suspicion of planning attacks, as part of an ongoing counterterrorism investigation.
    (SFC, 5/2/17, p.A2)
2017        May 1, In Egypt militants killed three policemen and injured five others in a shooting in Cairo late today.
    (Reuters, 5/2/17)
2017        May 1, In France one police officer was seriously burnt and two others injured in clashes at a May Day demonstration in Paris in which protesters threw Molotov cocktails and other missiles.
    (Reuters, 5/1/17)
2017        May 1, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel offered diplomatic help to try to end the war in Yemen, as she ended a two-nation Gulf tour taking in the Arab world's largest economies with a stop in the United Arab Emirates.
    (AP, 5/1/17)
2017        May 1, Greek trade unions marked May Day with a 24-hour nationwide strike and protests against looming new cuts demanded by the country's creditors in return for bailout cash.
    (AFP, 5/1/17)
2017        May 1, In Kashmir militants fighting Indian rule ambushed a van carrying cash for the state-run Jammu and Kashmir Bank, killing five policemen and two bank officials. India's army accused Pakistani troops of killing two of its soldiers paroling the de facto border in the disputed Kashmir region before mutilating their bodies, and vowed to exact revenge. Pakistan's military denied the allegations.
    (Reuters, 5/1/17)
2017        May 1, In Nepal Sushila Karki, the country’s first female Supreme Court chief justice, was suspended after an impeachment motion was filed in parliament accusing her of bias and interfering with executive powers.
    (AP, 5/1/17)
2017        May 1, The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas dropped its long-standing call for Israel's destruction as well as its association with the Muslim Brotherhood in a new policy document issued today. This amended the founding charter of 1988.
    (Reuters, 5/1/17)(Econ 5/6/17, p.45)
2017        May 1, In Puerto Rico hundreds of protesters blocked roads in San Juan as May Day demonstrators angered by a decade-long economic crisis marched against looming austerity measures and demanded an audit to identify those responsible for running up a $70 billion public debt load.
    (AP, 5/1/17)
2017        May 1, Russian police detained 17 young activists protesting against the persecution of gay men in Chechnya at a May Day parade in Saint Petersburg.
    (AP, 5/1/17)
2017        May 1, In central Somalia Islamist militants publicly stoned one man to death and shot dead another after both were accused of raping a girl.
    (Reuters, 5/1/17)
2017        May 1, South African President Jacob Zuma was jeered by labor unionists and his speech was cancelled after scuffles broke out between his supporters and workers chanting for him to step down at a May Day rally.
    (AP, 5/1/17)
2017        May 1, In South Korea six people died and more than 20 were injured when a crane collapsed at a Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard.
    (Reuters, 5/1/17)
2017        May 1, In northern Syria US-backed fighters cornered the Islamic State group in a last part of Tabqa, after tearing down a huge jihadist flag that had fluttered over the city. A total of 35 IS fighters were killed in 24 hours of clashes and air strikes in Tabqa.
    (AFP, 5/1/17)
2017        May 1, In Thailand the Protection of Media Rights and Freedom, Ethics and Professional Standards Act was passed by the National Reform Steering Assembly, a 200-member body appointed by the military after it took power in a 2014 coup.
    (AP, 5/3/17)
2017        May 1, Turkish police fired tear gas and plastic bullets at protesters seeking to march to Istanbul's Taksim Square to celebrate May Day, in defiance of an official ban.
    (AFP, 5/1/17)
2017        May 1, The UN said an advance party of peacekeepers with a bolstered mandate to use force have arrived in South Sudan, the first blue helmets with a greater authority to protect civilians in the troubled East African nation.
    (AP, 5/1/17)
2017        May 1, Venezuela’s Pres. Maduro called for a new constitution as an intensifying protest movement entered a second month.
    (SFC, 5/2/17, p.A2)

2017        May 2, Former San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer (b.1936) died at a senior care facility in San Rafael. In 2008 led the battle to pass Prop. 8 that banned same-sex marriage in California. The ban remained on the books until a federal court overturned it in 2010.
    (SFC, 5/3/17, p.A9)
2017        May 2, In Brazil several public buses were torched in Rio de Janeiro. Police said ski-masked bandits were suspected, possibly in retaliation for a police operation.
    (SFC, 5/3/17, p.A2)
2017        May 2, Britain jailed Islamic State jihadist Samata Ullah (34) to eight years in prison. The IT expert had hid extremist material on a computer memory stick disguised as cufflinks and created an online "library for terrorists".
    (AFP, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said armed groups in Central African Republic have killed at least 45 civilians in apparent reprisal strikes over the past three months.
    (Reuters, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, China announced it is tightening rules for online news as censors try to control a flood of information spread through instant-messaging apps, blogs and other media sources that are proliferating across the country. The rules take effect June 1.
    (AP, 5/3/17)
2017        May 2, Greenpeace said authorities in West Africa have detained eight Chinese vessels for fishing illegally and the boat owners could be subject to millions of dollars in fines. Inspectors from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau boarded the ships off their respective coasts. They found them to be violating regulations on catching protected fish and using nets with small holes to facilitate bigger hauls.
    (Reuters, 5/3/17)
2017        May 2, Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka unexpectedly announced that his government will resign over unexplained business dealings of his rival Andrej Babis, the country's finance minister.
    (AP, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, Denmark banned five Islamic clerics and an American evangelical Christian pastor from entering the country, calling them "hate preachers" who posed threats to public order.
    (Reuters, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, In Egypt the powerful Tarabeen tribe in the Sinai Peninsula said it has killed eight suspected Islamic State fighters in battle and captured three more.
    (AP, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, Heinz Kessler (97), former East German defense minister, died in Berlin. As the country's last defense minister (1985 to 1989) he was responsible for a shoot-to-kill policy aimed at stopping people escaping to the West. He was sentenced to prison in 1991 for his role in the killing of people trying to flee the Communist state.
    (Reuters, 5/4/17)
2017        May 2, Greece struck a deal with rescue creditors toward getting the bailout cash it needs to avoid another brush with bankruptcy this summer, though it leaves long-suffering Greeks facing years more austerity.
    (AP, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, In India Ghulam Mohammad, a Muslim man, was beaten to death in Uttar Pradesh state's Bulandshahar district for helping an interfaith couple elope. Police soon detained three members of Yuva Vahini, a Hindu militia, for suspected involvement in the killing.
    (AP, 5/3/17)
2017        May 2, A prosecutor based in Sicily told Italian senators his office has found no links or contacts between migrant smugglers and humanitarian organizations operating rescue boats in the Mediterranean.
    (AP, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, PM Fayez Serraj of Libya's UN-backed government and powerful rival Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter met in the United Arab Emirates in the latest effort to resolve the country's long-running conflict.
    (AP, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, Mexican prosecutors said they have captured  Damaso Lopez, one of the Sinaloa cartel leaders, who launched a struggle for control of the gang following the re-arrest of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Lopez was captured in Mexico City.
    (AP, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, In central Mexico eight assailants stopped the family's vehicle before dawn on the highway. A toddler was killed when they forced open the door and a mother and daughter were raped. Victims had to walk about a mile to a toll booth after the assault. On May 16 a man identified only as "Orlando N." (37) was arrested.
    (AP, 5/17/17)
2017        May 2, Bondholders filed to sue Puerto Rico in the first legal challenges to hit the US territory after a freeze on litigation that protected it from lawsuits expired amid a deep economic crisis.
    (AP, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, In Russia the mayor’s office of Moscow published a list of 4,566 buildings, home to some 1 million people, that will be up for demolition. It was part of Mayor Sergei Sobyanin’s plan for an urban makeover. May residents were furious.
    (Econ 5/6/17, p.50)   
2017        May 2, Judges in South Sudan went on strike over poor pay and living conditions, raising the risk of impunity in a country already convulsed by criminality and war.
    (Reuters, 5/3/17)
2017        May 2, It was reported that Sweden will end temporary border controls introduced in 2015 to stem a large influx of asylum seekers.
    (Reuters, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, In Syria a jihadist assault led by suicide bombers killed dozens at a camp for the displaced near the border with Iraq. The violence left at least 38 people dead and came as another surprise IS attack killed 10 soldiers in Iraq.
    (AFP, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, Turkey's Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejoined the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) he co-founded in a step on his path toward solidifying his grip on power, following his narrow victory in last month's referendum.
    (AP, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, UNICEF said about 1.4 million children in Somalia are projected to suffer acute malnutrition this year due to drought, 50 percent more than estimated in January.
    (Reuters, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, Uruguay announced the launch of a registry of people who want to legally buy marijuana at pharmacies as part of the world's first government-regulated national marketplace for pot. Marijuana will cost about $1.30 per gram. Companies that won the government bid to grow it will charge about $.90. The rest will be split between pharmacies and the government.
    (AP, 5/2/17)
2017        May 2, Venezuela's opposition blocked streets in Caracas to denounce a decision by unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro to create a new super-body known as a "constituent assembly," a move critics say is a veiled attempt to cling to power by avoiding elections.
    (Reuters, 5/2/17)

2017        May 3, President Donald Trump met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas said the meeting left him hopeful, but he did not appear to have come away with any achievements that move the needle on Israeli-Palestinian peace. Trump struck an optimistic note, saying he believes an Israeli-Palestinian deal can be reached.
    (AP, 5/4/17)
2017        May 3, Ten environmental and Alaskan Native groups filed suit to maintain the ban on oil and gas exploration, a key part of former Pres. Obama’s environmental legacy.
    (SFC, 5/4/17, p.C4)
2017        May 3, In Afghanistan at least eight civilians were killed and three US soldiers wounded when a suicide bomber attacked a US military convoy in Kabul.
    (SFC, 5/4/17, p.A2)
2017        May 3, A London jury found university student Damon Smith (20) guilty of planting a home-made bomb on a busy London subway train last October.
    (AP, 5/3/17)
2017        May 3, In Colombia UN official Arley Lopez, a member of a team working on a project to substitute illegal crops with legal ones, was kidnapped by dissident former FARC rebels who have rejected the peace process. On July 5 the government announced that Lopez has been released.
    (Reuters, 5/4/17)(Reuters, 7/5/17)
2017        May 3, In Germany the state legislature of Baden-Wuerttemberg approved plans to introduce tuition fees for students from outside the European Union, starting with this year's winter semester.
    (AP, 5/3/17)
2017        May 3, In northern Iran more than 50 miners were trapped after a huge explosion in a coal mine, and some were feared to have died in the Zemestanyurt coal mine in Golestan province. At least 35 people were killed.
    (Reuters, 5/3/17)(AP, 5/4/17)
2017        May 3, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said he will withhold $1 million in payments to the United Nations following a resolution adopted by its cultural agency that he says diminishes Jewish ties to Jerusalem.
    (AP, 5/3/17)
2017        May 3, Italian health authorities announced they would recall up to 7,000 children in northern Italy to be re-vaccinated after determining that some children didn't receive the necessary doses. A nurse, identified by authorities only as P.E., is accused of having botched thousands of vaccinations from 2009-2015, intentionally or not.
    (AP, 5/3/17)
2017        May 3, In Mexico two army soldiers were shot to death and a third wounded when troops investigating a pipeline fuel theft came under fire from gunmen using townspeople as a human shield in Palmarito, Puebla state. A video appeared to show a soldier shooting a wounded man in the head as gunmen defended their fuel theft operations. The day’s combat left four soldiers and six civilians dead.
    (AP, 5/4/17)(AP, 5/6/17)(SSFC, 5/14/17, p.A5)
2017        May 3, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (74) missed his weekly cabinet meeting for the third straight time as concerns mounted about his health.
    (AP, 5/3/17)
2017        May 3, Pakistan and Iran reached an agreement to strengthen security along their shared border after last week's incident when gunmen killed 10 Iranian border guards.
    (AP, 5/3/17)
2017        May 3, Puerto Rico’s governor announced a historic restructuring of $70B debt through courts after talks with bondholders fail.
    (AP, 5/3/17)
2017        May 3, Puerto Rico’s governor announced a historic restructuring of $70 billion debt through courts after talks with bondholders fail. Public sector debts totaled almost $74 billion.
    (AP, 5/3/17)(Econ 5/6/17, p.68)
2017        May 3, Swiss authorities extended the detention of Ousman Sonko, Gambia's former interior minister, for another three months amid an investigation into accusations he committed crimes against humanity while serving in the African country's government.
    (Reuters, 5/3/17)
2017        May 3, The Syrian armed opposition said it has suspended its participation in the 4th round of peace talks being held in Astana, Kazakhstan, and demanded an end to government bombing of areas under its control. Kazakhstan said it expects the Syrian armed opposition to return to the table on May 4.
    (Reuters, 5/3/17)(AP, 5/3/17)
2017        May 3, A large explosion shook a rebel-held Syrian town along the border with Turkey, killing at least five people and wounding others.
    (AP, 5/3/17)
2017        May 3, Thai media organizations called on the military government to withdraw a bill that would set up an appointed council to regulate print and online media and require journalists to be licensed or risk jail.
    (AP, 5/3/17)

2017        May 4, Pres. Trump marked the National Day of Prayer by signing an executive order asking the IRS to use “maximum enforcement discretion" on the Johnson Amendment, which barred churches and tax-exempt groups from endorsing political candidates.
    (SFC, 5/5/17, p.A6)
2017        May 4, US House Representatives voted 217-213 to gut the Affordable Care Act. The legislation moved to the Senate.
    (SFC, 5/5/17, p.A1)
2017        May 4, A US House panel approved legislation that would gut much of the Dodd-Frank law enacted after the 2008 economic meltdown.
    (SFC, 5/5/17, p.A6)
2017        May 4, US Navy Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin agreed to plead guilty to mishandling classified information, communicating national defense information, failing to report foreign contacts and lying about his whereabouts while on leave during his court martial in Norfolk, Va.
    (SFC, 5/5/17, p.A6)
2017        May 4, In San Francisco plans were unveiled for an ever-changing LED light sculpture, by SF artist Jim Campbell, for the top nine stories of the new Salesforce Tower.
    (SFC, 5/5/17, p.C1)
2017        May 4, In NYC a man punched and sexually assaulted a German tourist (31) early today as she walked backed to her Airbnb rental in Harlem.
    (SFC, 5/6/17, p.A5)
2017        May 4, William Baumol (b.1922), one of the great economists of the 20th century, died in NYC. His more than 500 papers included a description of “cost disease," on the rising costs associated with service industries.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Baumol)(Econ 5/13/17, p.69)
2017        May 4, In Texas office workers found nearly 400 migratory birds of brilliant plumage killed after they smashed into an office tower in Galveston while flying in a storm. More than 20 species were represented among the 395 birds that died.
    (Reuters, 5/6/17)
2017        May 4, Former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar returned to Kabul on after two decades in hiding, calling for peace with Taliban insurgents and criticizing the Western-backed government, which he said was not working.
    (Reuters, 5/4/17)
2017        May 4, Albania’s Serious Crime Court sentenced in absentia Almir Daci, a former Muslim imam, to 15 years in prison on terrorism charges including recruiting and sending men to fight with rebel groups in Syria.
    (AP, 5/4/17)
2017        May 4, Algerians voted in parliamentary elections. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's party and its coalition ally won a clear majority in parliamentary elections in a vote marred by low turnout.
    (AP, 5/4/17)(AFP, 5/5/17)
2017        May 4, Electoral contests were held for local councils in Scotland, Wales and many parts of England, as well as mayoral competitions in several cities. PM Theresa May's Conservatives scored big gains in the local elections.
    (AP, 5/5/17)
2017        May 4, Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Philip (95), also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, will retire from public life.
    (AP, 5/4/17)
2017        May 4, China said it wants to be good neighbors with North Korea, after the isolated country's state news agency published a rare criticism of Chinese state media commentaries calling for tougher sanctions over the North's nuclear program.
    (Reuters, 5/4/17)   
2017        May 4, Finland's government held its weekly cabinet meeting in front of the glare of a live audience for the first time, part of celebrations for the Nordic country's first hundred years of independence.
    (Reuters, 5/4/17)
2017        May 4, It was reported that France has granted political asylum to Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky (33), who once memorably nailed his scrotum to Red Square to denounce state power.
    (AFP, 5/4/17)
2017        May 4, The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency accused Russian rivals of gathering large amounts of political data in cyber-attacks and said it was up to the Kremlin to decide whether it wanted to put it to use ahead of Germany's September elections.
    (Reuters, 5/4/17)
2017        May 4, Thousands of Indian government forces cordoned off at least two dozen villages in southern Kashmir while they hunted for separatist militants believed to be hiding in the area, but called off the operation after about 10 hours without finding any.
    (AP, 5/4/17)   
2017        May 4, Iran, Russia and Turkey signed an agreement calling for the setting up of four "de-escalation zones" in war-torn Syria at the cease-fire talks in Kazakhstan and said that President Bashar Assad's air force would halt flights over the designated areas in the country's north, center and south. Members of the Syrian opposition delegation shouted in protest and walked out of the conference room in Astana. The opposition said it could not accept creating safe zones in Syria because it threatens the country's territorial integrity and said it would also not recognize Iran as a guarantor of the peace plan.
    (AP, 5/4/17)(Reuters, 5/4/17)
2017        May 4, Iraqi forces rescued 1,000 families as they pushed into Mosul from the north.
    (Reuters, 5/5/17)
2017        May 4, Rescuers picked up 560 migrants from unsafe boats off the coast of Libya, including the body of a Gambian teenager who the migrants said had been shot by smugglers on the beach for his baseball cap.
    (Reuters, 5/5/17)
2017        May 4, The leader of Mozambique's Renamo opposition party and rebel movement said he was extending a ceasefire indefinitely, part of an agreement reached in talks with the government to end violence since a disputed 2014 election.
    (Reuters, 5/4/17)
2017        May 4, In the Netherlands an asylum-seeker (33) from Eritrea was sentenced to 12 years in prison for raping a 17-year-old woman last September after attempting to strangle and drown her.
    (AP, 5/4/17)
2017        May 4, Pakistani authorities executed three Pakistani Taliban militants after they were convicted by military courts over links to acts of terrorism.
    (AP, 5/4/17)
2017        May 4, Russia blocked access to Chinese social media app WeChat, developed by Tencent Holdings, for failing to give its contact details to Roskomnadzor, the Russian communications watchdog.
    (Reuters, 5/6/17)
2017        May 4, In Somalia US Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken (38) was killed and two were wounded in a clash with al Shabaab militants, in what appeared to be the first American casualties in the country since the 1993 "Black Hawk Down" disaster.
    (Reuters, 5/5/17)(Reuters, 5/7/17)(SSFC, 5/7/17, p.A10)
2017        May 4, South Africa's High Court ordered President Jacob Zuma to provide reasons for his decision last month to fire finance minister Pravin Gordhan in a cabinet reshuffle that led to sovereign debt downgrades.
    (Reuters, 5/4/17)
2017        May 4, Thai police said Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya (32), a fugitive heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune, had left Singapore after abandoning his private jet and disappeared.
    (AP, 5/4/17)(AP, 5/5/17)
2017        May 4, The Vatican and Myanmar announced an agreement to establish diplomatic relations as Pope Francis met with Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's top civilian leader.
    (AP, 5/4/17)
2017        May 4, Thousands of southern Yemenis who support the secession of their region rallied in Aden against the sacking of the city's governor. President Abed Rabbo Mansour last week fired Aden's governor, Aidarous al-Zubaidi, along with a Cabinet minister.
    (AP, 5/4/17)

2017        May 5, The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dismissed at least five members of a major scientific review board. Critics called it part of a campaign to shrink the agency’s reach by reducing the role of academic research.
    (SFC, 5/8/17, p.A5)
2017        May 5, In Boston police exchanged fire and wounded Bampumim Teixeira (30) at the door of a penthouse condo late today. Dr. Lina Bolanos and Dr. Richard Field were found dead inside.
    (SSFC, 5/7/17, p.A10)(SFC, 5/8/17, p.A4)
2017        May 5, In West Virginia a small cargo plane went off the runway and over a steep hillside at Yaeger Airport in Charleston killing the pilot and co-pilot.
    (SFC, 5/6/17, p.A5)
2017        May 5, Afghan security forces fired across the border on Pakistani census workers and troops escorting them, killing nine and drawing a response from the military. On the Afghan side, officials reported six killed in the incident. Gen. Abdul Raziq, the police chief in Kandahar province, blamed Pakistan for initiating the gunbattle. He accused Islamabad of using the census as a mask to conceal the crossing of militants from Pakistan into Afghanistan.
    (AP, 5/5/17)
2017        May 5, An Afghan truck driver was killed after a rocket fired from across the border hit him in Nangarhar province.
    (AP, 5/6/17)
2017        May 5, In Austria a Viennese appeals court ruled that Facebook must remove the postings against Greens leader Eva Glawischnig as well as any verbatim repostings, and said merely blocking them in Austria without deleting them for users abroad was not sufficient.
    (Reuters, 5/8/17)
2017        May 5, In northern Chad Boko Haram militants killed nine soldiers in an attack on a military camp. 28 militants were reported killed.
    (Reuters, 5/6/17)
2017        May 5, The first large Chinese-made passenger jetliner, the single-aisle C919, completed its maiden test flight, a milestone in China's long-term goal to break into the Western-dominated market. The plane can be configured for 155-175 passengers.
    (AP, 5/5/17)
2017        May 5, In northern China dust storms continued for a 2nd day reducing visibility in cities such as Beijing and threatening the health of millions of people. The storms have become increasingly common as China’s deserts expand by gobbling up some 1,300 square miles a year.
    (SFC, 5/6/17, p.A2)
2017        May 5, In Cuba three transgender pastors held a Mass for the first time, highlighting how much the island nation has changed since both religious believers and homosexuals went to "correctional" labor camps in the early years after the 1959 revolution. The pastors in Matanzas had flown in from Brazil, Canada and the USA.
    (Reuters, 5/7/17)
2017        May 5, Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka abruptly changed tack in his battle to remove Finance Minister Andrej Babis, taking back a pledge to resign and instead seeking only the dismissal of his main political rival.
    (Reuters, 5/5/17)
2017        May 5, French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron's campaign said it had been the target of a "massive" computer hack that dumped its campaign emails online 1-1/2 days before voters choose between the centrist and far-right rival, Marine Le Pen.
    (Reuters, 5/6/17)
2017        May 5, In France the Cartooning for Peace group, founded by French cartoonist Plantu, said cartoonists were increasingly becoming the victims of repressive crackdowns on free speech. Ten countries including Russia, Turkey and India were condemned for censoring, locking up or threatening cartoonists in a new report published by the group.
    (AP, 5/5/17)
2017        May 5, In Indonesia scores of prisoners escaped after they were let out of their cells to take part in Friday prayers and overwhelmed the six guards on duty on Sumatra island. Police estimated the number of prisoners who escaped at 200 to 250, of whom 130 had been recaptured.
    (AP, 5/5/17)
2017        May 5, Iraqi forces pushed further into Mosul from the north on the second day of a new push to speed up the nearly seven-month attempt to dislodge Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 5/5/17)
2017        May 5, The Libyan coast guard rescued 129 migrants after gunmen mugged them on a rubber dinghy headed for Europe and also stole the craft's engine, abandoning them off the Libyan coast.
    (AFP, 5/6/17)
2017        May 5, In Mexico Five people were killed in two gunbattles in the border city of Reynosa. Another seven people were killed earlier in the violence that began May 3. Five people were killed in the Mexico City suburb of Nezahualcoyotl at a building where a political party was holding a morning training session ahead of upcoming elections in the State of Mexico.
    (AP, 5/6/17)
2017        May 5, North Korea accused the US Central Intelligence Agency and South Korea's intelligence service of a plot to attack its "supreme leadership" with a bio-chemical weapon and said such a "pipe-dream" could never succeed.
    (Reuters, 5/5/17)
2017        May 5, The Norwegian central bank said Norway's wealth fund has excluded Bharat Heavy Electricals from its investment portfolio because of concerns over the environmental impact of a plant the Indian company is building. BHEL was building a coal-fired power plant close to the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest, in Bangladesh.
    (Reuters, 5/5/17)
2017        May 5, In Pakistan an International New York Times opinion piece criticizing the powerful Pakistani army was censored by its local publisher, replaced by a blank space in a country where it can be dangerous to speak out against the military establishment.
    (AFP, 5/5/17)
2017        May 5, In the Philippines Agnes Callamard, the UN's special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, condemned the use of violence to combat illegal drugs, as she made an unofficial visit to Manila that angered President Rodrigo Duterte.
    (AP, 5/5/17)
2017        May 5, Puerto Rican officials said 184 public schools will be closing in a move expected to save millions of dollars amid a deep economic crisis that has sparked an exodus to the US mainland in the past decade. An estimated 27,000 students will be moved elsewhere when their schools close at the end of May. Puerto Rico currently has a total of 1,292 public schools that serve 365,000 students.
    (AP, 5/5/17)
2017        May 5, Romanian Kitsch Museum opened in Bucharest. It showcasing national kitsch items, ranging from a life-size Dracula to communist-era glass fish.
    (AP, 5/5/17)
2017        May 5, Russian President Vladimir Putin backed an official check into reported brutal attacks on gay men in Chechnya in his first public comment after German Chancellor Angela Merkel confronted him on the issue.
    (AFP, 5/5/17)
2017        May 5, Russia’s Defense Ministry said the agreement on safe zones in Syria will come into force from midnight tonight, but that its air force will continue striking Islamic State elsewhere in the country.
    (Reuters, 5/5/17)
2017        May 5, Saudi Arabia media reported that Saudi women no longer need a man's consent to carry out certain activities, but activists said the royal order does not go far enough. A royal decree issued by King Salman ordered that women are no longer required to obtain a guardian's consent for official services "unless there is a legal basis for this request" under Islamic law.
    (AFP, 5/5/17)
2017        May 5, Somali forces killed al Shabaab chief, Moalim Osman Abdi Badil, and three fighters in fighting in the Lower Shabelle region.
    (Reuters, 5/7/17)
2017        May 5, Three former South African presidents for the first time issued a joint call for action to end the nation's "worsening" political crisis, the latest campaign targeting President Jacob Zuma.
    (AFP, 5/5/17)
2017        May 5, In South Sudan a commercial vehicle coming from Juba was attacked at a checkpoint in Jamaza and the other at Sudan Safar. At least 21 people were killed and 25 injured.
    (Reuters, 5/8/17)
2017        May 5, Zurich's public safety office recommended towns in Switzerland's most populous canton ban a campaign that hands out Korans in public spaces, describing it as a front for incitement of radical activities including jihadist involvement.
    (Reuters, 5/5/17)
2017        May 5, Thai authorities revoked the passport of Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya (32), a fugitive heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune, who is wanted on deadly hit-and-run charges. Thailand began the process of having Interpol issue a Blue Notice advising officials in 190 countries that Vorayuth is wanted.
    (AP, 5/4/17)(AP, 5/5/17)
2017        May 5, Thai police found 35 migrants from Myanmar abandoned and wandering in a southern forest, raising fears that smuggling and trafficking routes are flourishing despite a crackdown by authorities.
    (Reuters, 5/5/17)
2017        May 5, Turkish televisions reported that the government has dismissed 107 judges and prosecutors over alleged links to a failed coup in July last year, further widening a purge during which it dismissed around 145,000 civil servants, security personnel and academics. Detention warrants were issued for the dismissed judges and prosecutors.
    (Reuters, 5/5/17)
2017        May 5, The UN’s human rights office denounced China's "ongoing crackdown" and detention of lawyers and activists and called on authorities to release all those being held for exercising what it called fundamental freedoms.
    (Reuters, 5/5/17)
2017        May 5, The executive board of the UN's cultural agency ratified a resolution that identifies Israel as "the occupying power" in Jerusalem and calls on it to rescind any move changing the city's "character and status."
    (AFP, 5/5/17)

2017        May 6, Two San Diego police officers shot a killed a boy (15) who pointed a handgun at them in front of Torrey Pines High School early today. The gun was found to be a BB air pistol.
    (SSFC, 5/7/17, p.A10)
2017        May 6, In northeastern Afghanistan Taliban insurgents overran a district police headquarters in Kunduz province after two days of intense fighting that left scores of casualties on both sides.
    (AP, 5/6/17)
2017        May 6, In China Nicole Meyer, the sister of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, made a pitch to attract $150 million in financing for a Jersey City housing development to more than 100 Chinese investors in Beijing. The pitch offered them the chance to get US immigrant visas if they put money in the real estate project. The controversial EB-5 program allows wealthy foreigners to, in effect, buy US immigration visas for themselves and families by investing at least $500,000 in certain development projects.
    (Reuters, 5/7/17)(SSFC, 5/7/17, p.A5)
2017        May 6, China's most recent nod for a Trump trademark, covering clothing, came today, bringing to 40 the number of marks China has granted or provisionally granted to the president and a related company, DTTM Operations LLC, since his inauguration.
    (AP, 5/31/17)   
2017        May 6, In Denmark suspected reckless driving by jet skiers in a Copenhagen harbor caused them to crash into a small boat, killing two people.
    (AP, 5/7/17)
2017        May 6, In Egypt the decapitated bodies of a father and his two sons recently kidnapped by Islamic militants were found lying in the street in the northern Sinai town of Rafah. The mother of the two siblings was killed last week by militants from the Islamic State group when they raided the family home in the village of Yamit, west of Rafah, and kidnapped the three men. The Interior Minsitry said two armed men suspected of making bombs were killed in a shoot-out with security forces in an area north of Cairo.
    (AP, 5/6/17)(Reuters, 5/6/17)
2017        May 6, In Egypt official media reported that Ahmed Hosny, the head of Egypt's Al-Azhar university, has been replaced after describing a leading Islamic researcher as an apostate. Al-Azhar university is the 1,000-year-old seat of Sunni Muslim learning.
    (Reuters, 5/6/17)
2017        May 6, In Egypt gunmen late today shot dead Nabil Saber Ayoub (50), a Christian man, inside a barbershop in northern Sinai. The killing in the coastal city of el-Arish came one day after IS warned it would escalate attacks against Christians.
    (AP, 5/7/17)
2017        May 6, The French electoral commission said media should not republish information hacked from the campaign team of centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron.
    (Reuters, 5/6/17)
2017        May 6, Japan’s Finance Minister Taro Aso said Japan will provide $40 million to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to promote high-level technology as part of efforts to boost quality infrastructure in Asia.
    (Reuters, 5/6/17)
2017        May 6, Japan and China agreed to bolster economic and financial cooperation.
    (Reuters, 5/6/17)
2017        May 6, In the Indian portion of Kashmir rebels attacked a police squad late today, triggering a gunbattle that left three civilians, one officer and an assailant dead.
    (AP, 5/7/17)
2017        May 6, In Nepal a local man (85) attempting to become the oldest to climb Mount Everest died at the base camp, the second climber to die in a week while preparing to climb the world's highest mountain.
    (Reuters, 5/6/17)
2017        May 6, Nigeria secured the release of 82 of some 270 girls, kidnapped in Chibok in 2014, in exchange for five Boko Haram leaders.
    (Reuters, 5/7/17)(AP, 5/7/17)
2017        May 6, North Korea detained Kim Hak Song, an American citizen employed at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, over unspecified hostile acts against the country.
    (AP, 5/7/17)
2017        May 6, The Palestinian movement Hamas elected Ismail Haniyeh to head its political office, a leadership change that comes as the Islamist group looks to reconcile with Palestinian rivals.
    (Reuters, 5/6/17)
2017        May 6, In the Philippines two explosions in Manila killed two people and injured six others late today, just over a week after another blast in the same area. Police said the bombings were the result of a personal feud. The Islamic State said its fighters were responsible.
    (AFP, 5/6/17)(SFC, 5/8/17, p.A3)
2017        May 6, Thousands ofPoles marched through Warsaw to protest the policies of the populist ruling party under Jaroslaw Kaczynski, describing them as attacks on the country's democracy.
    (AP, 5/6/17)
2017        May 6, Russia's Defense Ministry said its military chief of staff and the chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff have confirmed their readiness to restore a communications channel aimed at preventing midair incidents between Russian and US warplanes over Syria.
    (AP, 5/6/17)
2017        May 6, In Syria government shelling of a suburb of the capital Damascus killed four insurgents and wounded one child south of the country as a “de-escalation" plan went into effect at midnight.
    (AP, 5/6/17)
2017        May 6, The Syrian government pushed opposition fighters out of the village of Zalaqiyat, Hama province, following days of fighting that killed at least 14 rebels. 11 pro-government fighters were reported killed in the Zalaqiyat advance.
    (AP, 5/7/17)
2017        May 6, Taiwan detained two Mainland Chinese fishermen after the island's coastguard fired rubber bullets at them and wounding them in the legs. China demanded their immediate release.
    (Reuters, 5/6/17)
2017        May 6, In northern Tanzania 35 people were killed, most of them young children, after a bus carrying students lost control and crashed near the Mlera river in Meatu district.
    (AP, 5/6/17)(AP, 5/7/17)
2017        May 6, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency said warrants were issued for 17 judges and six prosecutors for "membership in an armed terror organization." They are suspected of being followers of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen who the government says is behind the July 15 coup attempt.
    (AP, 5/6/17)
2017        May 6, At the Vatican forty new Swiss Guards were sworn in, the latest halberd-clutching soldiers of the pope to serve a tradition stretching back 500 years. Applicants have to be a practicing Roman Catholic, Swiss, single, between 19 and 30 years old and at least 1.74 meters tall.
    (AFP, 5/6/17)
2017        May 6, In Venezuela thousands of women dressed in white marched in Caracas to keep pressure on President Nicolas Maduro, whose authority is being increasingly challenged by protests and deadly unrest.
    (AFP, 5/6/17)

2017        May 7, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law focusing on sanctuary cities that lets police ask about a person’s immigration status and threatens sheriffs with jail if they do not cooperate with federal authorities.
    (SFC, 5/8/17, p.A4)
2017        May 7, It was reported that the Tipping Point Community, a 12-year-old  charitable organization founded by Daniel Lurie, is pledging $100 million to try to cut the San Francisco homeless population in half over five years.
    (SSFC, 5/7/17, p.A1)
2017        May 7, It was reported that more than 40 humpback whales have died since January along the Eastern Seaboard of the Unite States.
    (SSFC, 5/7/17, p.C14)
2017        May 7, In western Bangladesh two suspected militants blew themselves up on when counter-terrorism police stormed a house in a village in Jhenidah district. Police said they were members of a faction of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh group, known as New JMB.
    (Reuters, 5/7/17)
2017        May 7, It was reported that Brazilian officials are urging residents to stop killing wild monkeys in an attempt to halt an expanding yellow fever outbreak.
    (SSFC, 5/7/17, p.C14)
2017        May 7, Egypt passed an investment law designed to lure foreign investors. Administrative details were expected to take months to iron out.
    (Econ 5/13/17, p.41)
2017        May 7, France held presidential elections. Opinion polls predicted that the former economy minister Emmanuel Macron (39) would win the five-year presidency, seeing off the National Front's Marine Le Pen after an election campaign full of scandal and upsets. Macron beat far-right leader Marine Le Pen by 66 percent to 34.
    (Reuters, 5/7/17)(Reuters, 5/8/17)
2017        May 7, Thierry Frezier, an employee of a French mining company operating in Chad, arrived in the Sudanese capital Khartoum after being rescued in a raid organized by France, Chad and Sudan. He was kidnapped in Chad in March and taken to the Darfur area of Sudan. Five kidnappers were arrested in the raid.
    (Reuters, 5/7/17)
2017        May 7, In Greece hundreds of people gathered in central Athens to protest against plans to increase Sunday trading hours in a rally organized by unions and communist groups. Shops in Greece are currently compelled to open on the first Sunday of every month in a step imposed three years ago by the country's creditors.
    (AFP, 5/7/17)
2017        May 7, In India anti-corruption crusader Arvind Kejriwal's government in New Delhi plunged into a crisis as a minister he fired over the weekend accused him of accepting 20 million rupees ($300,000) in cash as a bribe. His Aam Admi Party spokesman, Kumar Viswas, rejected the allegation by party lawmaker Kapil Mishra, describing it as an attack by rivals.
    (AP, 5/7/17)
2017        May 7, In Iran angry coal miners besieged a car carrying President Hassan Rouhani after he visited the site of a deadly mine explosion, a rare protest targeting the nation's top elected official as he campaigns for re-election.
    (AP, 5/7/17)
2017        May 7, In northern Iraq at least two people were killed and six injured when multiple Islamic State suicide bombers attacked a base in the Kirkuk area where US military advisers are stationed. Two of the militants died when they detonated their vests at the entrance to the K1 base overnight, and three more were killed by Kurdish peshmerga forces.   
    (Reuters, 5/7/17)
2017        May 7, Two groups of survivors told the Italian and Libyan coastguards that hundreds drowned when their rubber boats began to deflate before rescuers arrived. At least two boats sank over the weekend. As many as 245 migrants were feared to have died in the Mediterranean.
    (Reuters, 5/8/17)(AP, 5/9/17)
2017        May 7, Pakistan said its forces killed at least 50 Afghan troops and destroyed five checkpoints in clashes along the disputed border two days earlier, while Afghanistan dismissed the account, saying only two border police and a civilian were killed.
    (AP, 5/7/17)
2017        May 7, More than 880 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel remained on a hunger strike, the 21st day of their protest as Israel released a video, purporting to show Marwan Barghouti snacking in his cell. Supporters of Barghouti said the video is a fabrication intended to break the prisoners' morale.
    (AP, 5/9/17)
2017        May 7, In central Vietnam a truck collided with a passenger bus, killing 12 people and injuring 33 in Gia Lai province.
    (AP, 5/7/17)

2017        May 8, Former US acting Attorney General Sally Yates told Congress that she bluntly warned the Trump White House in January that new National Security Adviser Michael Flynn “could be blackmailed" by the Russians because he had apparently lied to his bosses about his contacts with Moscow’s ambassador in Washington.
    (SFC, 5/9/17, p.A1)
2017        May 8, In Arizona Aaron Juan Saucedo (23) was arrested for a string of nine killings that rattled a Phoenix neighborhood last year.
    (SFC, 5/9/17, p.A5)
2017        May 8, The California Supreme Court ruled that state workers can be required to work more than six consecutive days without overtime as long as they don’t work more than six days in a single week.
    (SFC, 5/10/17, p.D3)
2017        May 8, Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest US owner of US TV stations (173), announced that it will pay about $3.9 billion for Tribune Media and its 42 TV stations. This will make Sinclair the America’s dominant owner of local TV stations.
    (SFC, 5/9/17, p.D4)(Econ 5/13/17, p.58)
2017        May 8, The Afghan Interior Ministry said airstrikes have killed at least 34 IS fighters over the past 24 hours and destroyed an insurgent-controlled radio station in Nangarhar province.
    (AP, 5/8/17)
2017        May 8, The British-based Environmental Investigation Agency accused the Vietnamese government and military officials of taking payoffs to ignore vast smuggling of lucrative lumber from neighboring Cambodia.
    (AP, 5/8/17)
2017        May 8, A Cambodian official said authorities said they have confiscated nearly 70 tons of counterfeit cosmetics and raw materials for making them in raids during march and April, The major haul included imitations of South Korean, Thai, Japanese, Chinese and US brands. Six people were arrested — four Chinese, a Vietnamese-Cambodian dual national and a Cambodian — for illegal production of cosmetics.
    (AP, 5/8/17)
2017        May 8, Attackers in Central African Republic ambushed a convoy of UN peacekeepers from Cambodia and Morocco, killing one Cambodian soldier and wounding 8 others. Eight fighters from the anti-Balaka rebel group were also killed in the battle. Three Cambodian soldiers and a Moroccan peacekeeper were reported missing and possibly kidnapped. The three Cambodian soldiers were found dead the next day.
    (AP, 5/9/17)(AP, 5/21/17)
2017        May 8, Chinese human rights lawyer Xie Yang pleaded guilty to charges of incitement to subversion and disturbing legal proceedings and asked the court to grant him a lenient sentence based on his repentance. His wife, who has fled to the US, called the entire trial a sham.
    (AP, 5/8/17)
2017        May 8, In China the Syrian ambassador to China said up to 5,000 ethnic Uighurs from China's far western region of Xinjiang are fighting in various militant groups in Syria adding that Beijing should be extremely concerned about it.
    (AP, 5/8/17)
2017        May 8, An Egyptian court sentenced the Muslim Brotherhood's supreme guide Mohamed Badie to life in prison for "planning violent attacks" in a retrial.
    (AFP, 5/8/17)
2017        May 8, French police said a hundred and forty-one people were arrested in Paris after trouble flared overnight following Emmanuel Macron's victory. The demonstrators were protesting both against Macron and his defeated far-right rival, Marine Le Pen.
    (Reuters, 5/8/17)
2017        May 8, Top Indonesian security minister Wiranto said President Joko Widodo has ordered the dissolution of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), a hard-line Islamic group that seeks a global caliphate for Muslim nations and was behind massive blasphemy protests in Jakarta.
    (AP, 5/8/17)
2017        May 8, In Iraq armed men kidnapped seven young anti-corruption activists in central Baghdad.
    (AFP, 5/9/17)
2017        May 8, In Ivory Coast demobilized rebel fighters seized control of main roads leading into Bouake, demanding the payment of bonuses and their integration into the army and state institutions. The protesters represented some 6,800 former fighters who were demobilized after Ivory Coast's civil war in 2011.
    (Reuters, 5/8/17)
2017        May 8, Japan and India affirmed plans to strengthen their military cooperation amid rising tension in the Asian region.
    (AP, 5/8/17)
2017        May 8, Forces loyal to Libya's military strongman Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive to oust jihadist from their last two strongholds in second city Benghazi.
    (AFP, 5/8/17)
2017        May 8, In Malaysia the wife of a Turkish businessman detained in Malaysia last week for alleged terrorism offences made a tearful appeal to the government to release him. Ihsan Aslan was arrested together with another Turkish national, Turgay Karaman, last week under a security law which allows detention without trial for 28 days. Two days later Turkish academic Ismet Ozcelik was also detained. Rights groups feared Malaysia may be responding to pressure from Turkey.
    (AFP, 5/8/17)
2017        May 8, In central Mexico at least 14 people were killed, including five children, and scores more were injured in an explosion late today at a house where fireworks were stored in in San Isidro, Chilchotla, Puebla state.
    (Reuters, 5/9/17)
2017        May 8, New Hamas leader Ismail Haniya pledged support for hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails in his first comments since being elected as head of the movement that runs the Gaza Strip.
    (AFP, 5/8/17)
2017        May 8, At least three Somali soldiers on a ordnance-clearing mission were killed by a roadside bomb just 90 km (60 miles) north Mogadishu, from where Islamists militants were routed six years ago.
    (Reuters, 5/8/17)
2017        May 8, Hundreds of Syrian rebels began leaving the besieged Damascus district of Barzeh as part of an evacuation deal with the government.
    (Reuters, 5/8/17)
2017        May 8, The Islamic State group released a video showing the beheading of an alleged Russian agent who it said had infiltrated its ranks as a fighter to spy on the militant group. Moscow denied the claim.
    (AP, 5/9/17)
2017        May 8, Istanbul-based French freelance journalist Mathias Depardon was taken into custody by police in Batman province. He was held at a deportation center in the border province of Gaziantep and on May 24 began a hunger strike to protest his detention.
    (Reuters, 5/24/17)
2017        May 8, The UN said war and famine have forced more than 2 million children in South Sudan to flee their homes.
    (Reuters, 5/8/17)

2017        May 9, President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. The abrupt firing threw into question the future of the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign's possible connections to Russia and immediately raised suspicions of an underhanded effort to stymie a probe that has shadowed the administration from the outset.
    (AP, 5/10/17)
2017        May 9, The Trump administration said it will arm Syria’s Kurdish fighters “as necessary" to recapture the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa.
    (SFC, 5/10/17, p.A2)
2017        May 9, The US Embassy in Kenya said it has suspended approximately $21 million in assistance to Kenya's ministry of health because of concerns about corruption. Kenya is ranked 145 out of 176 countries in Transparency International's index of the world's most corrupt countries.
    (AP, 5/9/17)
2017        May 9, In Florida Spirit Airlines cancelled nine flights blaming the decision on pilots’ failure to show up at Fort Lauderdale.
    (SFC, 5/10/17, p.A5)
2017        May 9, In Washington state an underground tunnel containing radioactive waste collapsed at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Officials detected no release of radiation and no workers were injured.
    (SFC, 5/11/17, p.A5)
2017        May 9, Bulgarian prosecutors charged former Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov with mismanagement that led to state losses of about 500 million levs ($278 million) related to signing contracts in breach of public procurement rules. Mitov said he was surprised with the charges and noted that Bulgarian ministries have been using similar practices for years.
    (Reuters, 5/9/17)
2017        May 9, In Canada the city of Montreal extended its state of emergency as 171 municipalities fought flooding.
    (Reuters, 5/9/17)
2017        May 9, China released prominent human rights lawyers Xie Yang and Li Heping. Both were detained nearly two years ago and released after they allegedly confessed in court to collaborating with foreign organizations and media to smear and subvert Communist Party rule.
    (AP, 5/10/17)
2017        May 9, Qian Qichen (90), former Chinese vice premier and top diplomat, died in Beijing. He oversaw the 1997 handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China.
    (AP, 5/10/17)
2017        May 9, In eastern China eleven young children, five South Korean and six Chinese, were killed along with their driver when their bus crashed and burst in to flames in a tunnel in Shandong province.
    (Reuters, 5/9/17)
2017        May 9, Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila named a new transitional government, defying opponents who rejected the cabinet, saying it violated a previous agreement.
    (Reuters, 5/9/17)
2017        May 9, In the French Alps an avalanche swept away a group of cross-country skiers, killing three people.
    (Reuters, 5/9/17)
2017        May 9, In Indonesia Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, Jakarta's Christian governor, was sentenced to two years in jail for blasphemy, a harsher-than-expected ruling critics fear will embolden hardline Islamist forces to challenge secularism in Indonesia.
    (Reuters, 5/9/17)
2017        May 9, In Iraq corpses of Islamic State militants (IS) littered the streets of a district in Mosul as US-backed Iraqi forces chipped away at the last remaining handful of districts under the jihadists' control. A spokesman for the Emergency Response Division said 250 Islamic State members had been killed in Harmat district over the past 5 days.
    (Reuters, 5/9/17)
2017        May 9, Kashmiri militants kidnapped an Indian army officer (23) who was visiting home in the disputed Himalayan region. His bullet-riddled body was recovered the next morning.
    (AP, 5/10/17)
2017        May 9, More than 880 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel remained on a hunger strike, the 23rd day of their protest.
    (AP, 5/9/17)
2017        May 9, In Libya forces loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter said they have lost 17 fighters in their two-day push to clear central parts of Benghazi from Islamists and their allies.
    (AP, 5/9/17)
2017        May 9, A Dutch appeals court ruled that Russian authorities knowingly plunged oil giant Yukos into bankruptcy in 2006 by ordering it to pay huge tax bills, the latest ruling in a long-running battle over the assets of a Dutch Yukos subsidiary.
    (AP, 5/9/17)
2017        May 9, Norway’s second-largest supermarket chain, Coop Norway, said it has launched reverse vending machines that give customers discount coupons for new batteries when they deposit old ones for recycling.
    (SFC, 5/10/17, p.A2)
2017        May 9, In South Africa violent protests have erupted in Johannesburg for a second day, with police firing rubber bullets at demonstrators, who blocked roads and burned tires, demanded housing and other government services.
    (AP, 5/9/17)
2017        May 9, South Koreans elected left-leaning former human rights lawyer Moon Jae-In in a presidential election held after a scandal led to the impeachment of the country's previous leader.
    (AFP, 5/9/17)
2017        May 9, Spanish officials said about 300 migrants tried to scramble across the 6-meter (20-foot) border fence separating the North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco, with many throwing stones and other objects at police.
    (AP, 5/9/17)
2017        May 9, In Switzerland Europe’s top physics lab CERN launched Linac 4, its newest particle accelerator, billed as a key step towards future experiments that could unlock the universe's greatest mysteries.
    (AFP, 5/9/17)
2017        May 9, Syrian government forces and US-backed opposition fighters clashed in a remote desert area near the borders with Iraq and Jordan. About 7,400 troops from more than 20 nations were said to be participating. Syrian government warplanes struck rebel outposts near the Jordanian border.
    (AP, 5/9/17)(Reuters, 5/9/17)
2017        May 9, In Syria warplanes late today, thought to belong to the US-led military coalition against Islamic State, killed at least 11 people, including four children, in al-Salihiya village north of Raqqa.
    (Reuters, 5/10/17)
2017        May 9, In southern Thailand Muslim militants fighting for a separate state were suspected of carrying out a car-bomb attack outside a supermarket in the city of Pattani that wounded 60 people.
    (Reuters, 5/9/17)
2017        May 9, The World Health Organization (WHO) said thirty-four people have died in Yemen of cholera-related causes and more than 2,000 have been taken ill, and warned that the outbreak could spiral out of control.
    (AFP, 5/9/17)

2017        May 10, President Donald Trump welcomed Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Vladimir to the White House marking his highest level face-to-face contact with a Russian government official since taking office. Before that session, Lavrov stopped at the State Department to see Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
    (AP, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, It was reported that the administrators at three Univ. of California campuses changed their responses to a state auditor’s survey to reflect more favorably on UC Pres. Janet Napolitano’s office after her staff directed them to make changes.
    (SFC, 5/10/17, p.A1)
2017        May 10, The Trans Adriatic Pipeline company said work on building a massive gas pipeline through southeastern Europe has been suspended after the discovery of an ancient settlement in the village of Turan in eastern Albania. The findings are believed to date to the early Iron Age in the 10th and 9th centuries B.C., and to the late Roman period in the 4th and 6th centuries.
    (AP, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, In Argentina the coalition government of Pres. Mauricio Macri joined with the opposition to pass a law stating that the country’s two-for-one law should not apply to crimes against humanity. Argentina’s two-for-one law said the time a person spends in prison before a conviction should count double toward the sentencing total.
    (Econ 5/13/17, p.32)
2017        May 10, Reinhold Mitterlehner, Austria's vice chancellor and economy minister, announced his resignation amid persistent infighting in his center-right People's Party, saying that he is also stepping down as its leader. Mitterlehner said he would quit all his posts May 15. Chancellor Christian Kern urged the conservative party in his coalition government to keep working with his Social Democrats rather than force a snap election.
    (AP, 5/10/17)(Reuters, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, In western China a moderate earthquake killed eight people in the Xinjiang region.
    (SFC, 5/11/17, p.A2)
2017        May 10, The Czech government approved a Defense Ministry plan to deploy up to 290 troops in the Baltics as part of NATO forces for just over a year from the start of 2018. They will join NATO forces in Latvia and Lithuania. The deployment still needed approved by Parliament.
    (AP, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, In Egypt Islamic extremists ambushed local tribesmen manning a checkpoint south of Rafah in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula. 12 members of the Tarabeen tribe were reported killed.
    (SFC, 5/11/17, p.A2)(Reuters, 5/14/17)
2017        May 10, French carmaker Peugeot said shareholders of parent company PSA Group have agreed to the financial plans for buying General Motors' European operations, including the Opel and Vauxhall brands.
    (AP, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, In western India a building wall collapsed onto guests at a wedding, killing at least 24 people and injuring others in Rajasthan state.
    (AP, 5/11/17)
2017        May 10, Italian police said they have found indirect links between Islamic militants and a Somali-run migrant trafficking and money transfer ring that was busted in overnight raids in southern Italy.
    (AP, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, In Italy three sisters, ages 4, 8 and 20, died after their camper burst into flames as they slept, in what news reports said might have been an intentional attack aimed at Roma, also known as Gypsies.
    (AP, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, Ivory Coast announced a 54 billion CFA budget cut in response to a fall in the price of cocoa, which accounted for more than 40% of exports.
    (Econ 5/20/17, p.41)
2017        May 10, Kosovo President Hashim Thaci issued a decree dissolving the parliament just hours after the government lost a no-confidence vote 78-34.
    (AP, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, In Mexico Miriam Rodriguez Martinez (50), a campaigner against drug gangs, was killed by a band of Zetas in front of her house in San Fernando, Tamaulipas state.
    (http://tinyurl.com/l5uw9yt)(Econ 5/20/17, p.82)
2017        May 10, The Philippine navy welcomed a second Indonesian-made amphibious landing dock as part of the military's modernization program.
    (AP, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, Saudi security forces entered the old quarter of Awamiya, where authorities said Shi'ite militants are hiding. At least two people were confirmed killed in the dawn raid. Bulldozers began demolishing the historic district of al-Awamiya with plans to tear down several hundred homes. Officials said the area has become a hideout for local militants.
    (Reuters, 5/10/17)(SFC, 6/28/17, p.A2)
2017        May 10, South Korea's new liberal President Moon Jae-in was sworn in and vowed to immediately tackle the difficult tasks of addressing North Korea's advancing nuclear ambitions and soothing tensions with the United States and China.
    (Reuters, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, Switzerland's government said it will temporarily limit the number of workers from European Union member states Bulgaria and Romania who can access Swiss jobs, after an influx from the countries in recent months.
    (AP, 5/10/17)   
2017        May 10, The Syrian air force pounded the remaining Islamic State-held villages in Aleppo province, killing 13 people near al-Maskaneh town. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces expelled Islamic State militants from the Tabqa Dam and the nearby town of Tabqa.
    (Reuters, 5/10/17)(SFC, 5/11/17, p.A2)
2017        May 10, Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi ordered the army to protect phosphate, gas and oil production facilities after protests aimed at disrupting output broke out in the south of the country.
    (Reuters, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, In Tunisia Oliver Potezica (64), Serbia's ambassador to Libya, died some days after a car crash near Sousse.
    (AP, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, Turkey said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Pakistan for the sale of four Turkish made corvette warships and 52 Pakistan-made training planes for Ankara's armed forces.
    (Reuters, 5/10/17)
2017        May 10, Turkey warned the United States that a decision to arm Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State in Syria could end up hurting Washington, and accused its NATO ally of siding with terrorists.
    (Reuters, 5/10/17)

2017        May 11, Pres. Donald Trump said that he had planned to fire FBI Director James Comey regardless of whether top Justice Dept. officials recommended the decision.
    (SFC, 5/11/17, p.A6)
2017        May 11, Pres. Donald Trump signed an executive order establishing a commission to review alleged voter fraud and voter suppression, building on his unsubstantiated claims that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election.
    (SFC, 5/11/17, p.A6)
2017        May 11, Pres. Donald Trump signed an executive order for federal agencies to review how vulnerable they might be to cyberattacks and how they can limit the dangers.
    (SFC, 5/11/17, p.C1)
2017        May 11, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, while under questioning at a Senate hearing, agreed to refrain from updating the White House about an investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election.
    (AP, 5/11/17)
2017        May 11, US environmental regulators cleared the path for a stalled copper and gold mine in Alaska by agreeing to settle current lawsuits and other issues over the project, which had drawn environmental concerns over its potential impact on the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery.
    (Reuters, 5/12/17)(SFC, 5/13/17, p.A6)
2017        May 11, In Arkansas James Arthur Bowden (42) surrendered at a house near Dardanelle. He was suspected in the killing of Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Mainhart (46) and two female victims. Bowden released one female hostage before giving himself up.
    (SFC, 5/13/17, p.A5)
2017        May 11, In Florida former US Rep. Corrine Brown (70) was found guilty of taking money from a charity. She was convicted of 18 of 22 charges against her.
    (SFC, 5/11/17, p.A5)
2017        May 11, Atlanta’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the heroin epidemic is driving up hepatitis C infections. New infections had tripled in five years to about 2,400 in 2015.
    (SFC, 5/11/17, p.A5)
2017        May 11, In Bangladesh five militants and a firefighter were killed in a police raid on a house during a crackdown on radical groups in the northwestern region.
    (AP, 5/11/17)
2017        May 11, German industrial conglomerate Siemens AG said it is cutting or outsourcing 2,700 jobs as part of efforts to modernize its IT operations and increase efficiency elsewhere.
    (AP, 5/11/17)
2017        May 11, Indian PM Narendra Modi arrived in Sri Lanka o attend a UN celebration of Buddha's birth and hold talks with leaders of the island nation.
    (AP, 5/11/17)
2017        May 11, Six protesters were wounded by Israeli fire at a West Bank demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, now in its 25th day.
    (AP, 5/11/17)
2017        May 11, In Kashmir two civilians were killed and three others injured when Indian and Pakistani soldiers traded gunfire and shelled each other's border posts in the disputed region.
    (AP, 5/11/17)
2017        May 11, After a week of rigorous tests ranging from blind tastings to expertly pairing wines with sumptuous meals, Raimonds Tomsons (36) of Latvia beat out 37 rivals to become Europe's top-rated sommelier.
    (AFP, 5/12/17)
2017        May 11, The US Center for Disease Control said more than 1,000 people have died in an outbreak of meningitis in Nigeria, but added that the spread of the disease is slowing. A new strain of meningitis C was first reported in Zamfara last November.
    (AFP, 5/11/17)
2017        May 11, In Portugal thousands of angry passengers who were stranded in Lisbon's international airport by a refueling system failure a day earlier and had to sleep on the floor and luggage belts were finally able to travel.
    (Reuters, 5/11/17)
2017        May 11, In South Africa there was a gas explosion at the Eland shaft near the town of Welkom. 11 miners survived. Police later recovered 25 bodies believed to be those of illegal miners, from the disused Harmony Gold mine shaft.
    (Reuters, 5/17/17)
2017        May 11, Spanish lawmakers approved a motion calling for the remains of General Francisco Franco to be removed from a controversial mausoleum near Madrid that was built by prisoners during his dictatorship. Approval of the motion is symbolic since it does not place any obligation on the government to act.
    (AFP, 5/11/17)
2017        May 11, In Syria Abu Asim al-Jazeri, an Islamic State planner from Algeria, was killed a US coalition air strike in Mayadin.
    (AP, 5/26/17)
2017        May 11, In Uganda pictures began circulating online and in local media of Geoffrey Byamukama, mayor of a small town in western Uganda, lying on a hospital bed with gaping wounds on his swollen knees and ankles, and bruises elsewhere on his body inflicted by security personnel. Byamukama was arrested on April 5 on suspicion he had participated in the murder of police official, Andrew Felix Kaweesi on March 17.
    (Reuters, 5/12/17)
2017        May 11, The United Nations confirmed 58 cases of cholera and 47 cholera-associated deaths across war-torn Yemen in the past two weeks, the second such outbreak in a year.
    (AFP, 5/11/17)
2017        May 11, In Yemen Aidaroos al-Zubaidi, the former governor of the area's main city Aden, said senior tribal, military and political leaders have formed a new council seeking the secession of southern Yemen.
    (Reuters, 5/11/17)

2017        May 12, President Donald Trump shot a sharp warning at his ousted FBI director about possible "tapes" of their disputed private conversations, raising the provocative possibility that recording devices have been installed in the White House.
    (AP, 5/12/17)
2017        May 12, Lawyers for President Donald Trump said that a review of his last 10 years of tax returns did not reflect "any income of any type from Russian sources," but their letter included exceptions related to previously cited income generated from a beauty pageant and sale of a Florida estate.
    (AP, 5/13/17)
2017        May 12, In southern California former Los Angeles sheriff Lee Baca (74) was sentenced to three years in prison for obstructing an FBI investigation into abuses at the jails he ran.
    (SFC, 5/13/17, p.A6)
2017        May 12, Federal prosecutors in New York announced late today a surprise settlement between the US government and Russian businessman Denis Katsyv, the owner of Prevezon Holdings. The Russian-owned group of companies agreed to pay nearly $6 million to settle US civil allegations that the firms laundered proceeds of a $230 million tax fraud, ending a politically charged case days before it was set to go to trial.
    (Reuters, 5/12/17)
2017        May 12, Washington and Beijing announced an agreement giving US beef, natural gas and certain financial services access to China's massive market in a deal highlighting the warm ties nurtured by their presidents. The US in exchange will allow cooked Chinese poultry to enter US markets.
    (AFP, 5/12/17)
2017        May 12, A federal jury in Minneapolis awarded a Twin Cities woman nearly $1 million in her civil lawsuit against a Minnesota man she says sexually assaulted her when she was 14 and living in Laos.
    (AP, 5/12/17)
2017        May 12, In Ohio gunman Thomas Hartless (43) was found dead after shooting Steven Eric Disario (36), the police chief of Kirkersville, and nursing home employees Marlina Medrano and Cindy Krantz. Medrano had obtained civil protection orders against Hartless.
    (SFC, 5/13/17, p.A5)(SSFC, 5/14/17, p.A8)
2017        May 12, In northern Afghanistan Taliban fighters launched the attack early today in the Burka district, Baghlan province. Four security forces were reported killed as well as 15 Taliban fighters. 10 insurgents including a Taliban-appointed deputy governor and district chief were killed in northern Samangan province.
    (AP, 5/12/17)(AP, 5/13/17)(SFC, 5/13/17, p.A2)
2017        May 12, In Azerbaijan the local court in the Baku upheld action by the country's communications ministry to block the access to the Azeri-language website of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty as well as several key independent news websites. The websites have been unavailable since late March when the ministry shut down the access following a prosecutor's petition decrying "threats to legitimate interests of the government and society."
    (AP, 5/12/17)
2017        May 12, Security companies noticed that a piece of malicious software  known as WannaCry was spreading across the Internet, first in Britain and Spain and then around the world. In 48 hours it reached 230,000 computers.
    (Econ 5/20/17, p.69)
2017        May 12, Britain's National Health Service said hospitals across England have been hit by an apparent "ransomware" attack, but there was no immediate evidence that patient data had been accessed. The cyberattack crippled computer systems at hospitals across England, with appointments canceled, phone lines down and patients turned away.
    (AP, 5/12/17)
2017        May 12, A global cyber-attack infected computers at businesses, healthcare facilities and other organizations in dozens of countries, disrupting operations at some facilities. Spain said several Spanish companies had been targeted in ransomware cyberattack that affected the Windows operating system of employees' computers. Kaspersky Lab, a Russian cybersecurity firm, said it had recorded at least 45,000 attacks in as many as 74 countries. Code for exploiting the Microsoft bug, which is known as "Eternal Blue," was released on the internet in March by a hacking group known as the Shadow Brokers. The group claimed it was stolen from a repository of National Security Agency hacking tools.
    (AP, 5/12/17)(Reuters, 5/13/17)(SFC, 5/13/17, p.A2)(Reuters, 5/14/17)
2017        May 12, Congo DRC’s health minister said one person has been confirmed dead from Ebola in an outbreak in a remote corner of northern Congo as health authorities look into a total of nine suspected cases. The outbreak emerged April 22 in Bas-Uele province. The WHO said at least three people have died in the last three weeks.
    (AP, 5/12/17)(SFC, 5/13/17, p.A2)
2017        May 12, In India the Allahabad High Court ruled that the state should start re-issuing licenses to the abattoirs in Uttar Pradesh, allowing them to re-open. The chief minister of Uttar Pradesh state had ordered the closure of unlicensed slaughter houses after he was appointed by PM Narendra Modi in March.
    (Reuters, 5/12/17)
2017        May 12, The western Indian city of Ahmadabad, a city of more than 7 million people, launched its first air quality monitoring system that will be used to send out pollution alerts.
    (AP, 5/12/17)
2017        May 12, Iraq's Shi'ite paramilitaries launched an offensive to drive Islamic State from a desert region near the border with Syria as security forces fought the militants in the city of Mosul.
    (Reuters, 5/12/17)
2017        May 12, Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian during stone-throwing clashes in the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 5/12/17)
2017        May 12, In Italy G7 finance ministers began two days of talks on the global economy, taxation and terrorist financing in the southern city of Bari. Officials raised concerns about risks to global growth from the Trump administration's policy proposals including tax reform.
    (Reuters, 5/12/17)
2017        May 12, Ivory Coast's national security council held an emergency meeting as soldiers left their barracks and blocked streets in several towns and cities across the country, including the commercial capital, firing gunshots into the air as their protest over a pay dispute gathered momentum.
    (Reuters, 5/12/17)(AP, 5/12/17)
2017        May 12, Malaysia said it had deported three Turkish men to Ankara over suspected links to a group blamed by Turkey for a failed coup last year. Authorities had detained school principal Turgay Karaman (43), businessman Ihsan Aslan (39) and academic Ismet Ozcelik (58) last week, saying they posed a threat to national security.
    (Reuters, 5/12/17)
2017        May 12, Myanmar police said they have arrested two radical Buddhist nationalists and are seeking several more after they clashed with Muslims in the country's commercial capital Yangon, underscoring a growing concern over rising religious tensions.
    (Reuters, 5/12/17)
2017        May 12, North Korea sent a rare letter of protest to the US House of Representatives warning that a new package of tougher sanctions would only spur its development of nuclear weapons.
    (Reuters, 5/12/17)
2017        May 12, Pakistan’s army said Pakistan and Afghanistan military officials have agreed to increase the number of bilateral interactions through various command and staff channels to foster an environment of mutual respect, trust and cooperation.
    (AP, 5/12/17)
2017        May 12, In Pakistan a bomb exploded next to a convoy of the deputy chairman of the Pakistan Senate in Baluchistan province, killing at least 25 people. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombing.
    (Reuters, 5/12/17)
2017        May 12, Pope Francis arrived in Portugal where he is to visit the shrine at Fatima, one of the world's most popular Catholic pilgrimage sites.
    (AP, 5/12/17)
2017        May 12, South Korea ordered Hyundai and Kia to recall 240,000 vehicles to repair five defects initially raised by a whistleblower, in the country's first compulsory recall for a domestic carmaker.
    (AP, 5/12/17)
2017        May 12, In Syria more than 1,200 people including rebels left two opposition-held districts of Damascus under an agreement that will bring Syria's government closer to exerting full control over the capital.
    (AFP, 5/12/17)
2017        May 12, Turkish police detained Oguz Guven, the editor of pro-secular Cumhuriyet newspaper's online edition, for a news article on the death of prosecutor Mustafa Alper in a traffic accident on May 10. Alper, chief prosecutor of Denizli province in southwest Turkey, had filed the first indictment against the network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen following last summer's coup attempt.
    (AP, 5/12/17)
2017        May 12, In Turkey the domed Zeynel Bey Tomb, weighing 1,100 tons, was moved in one piece in four hours, traveling two km (more than a mile) on a large wheeled platform to make way for a hydroelectric dam on the Tigris river. The monument, around 550 years old, was located in the ancient settlement of Hasankeyf, where the majority of villages and historic sites are at risk of being submerged in water when the Ilisu Dam is completed.
    (AP, 5/12/17)
2017        May 12, The UN called for an investigation into crimes against sexual minorities following an uptick in deadly violence against transgender women in El Salvador.
    (Reuters, 5/12/17)

2017        May 13, In Afghanistan at least three civilians were killed in the capital Kabul after their vehicle was attacked with a sticky bomb. An explosion in the western Herat province killed six people and wounded another 16.
    (AP, 5/13/17)(AP, 5/14/17)
2017        May 13, In Central African Republic a Moroccan peacekeeper was killed in an attack by some 700 anti-Balaka rebels who targeted Bangassou's Muslim district of Tokoyo and the nearby UN base.
    (AP, 5/15/17)
2017        May 13, Chinese government officials said provinces are gearing up for more investment in railways and ports at home to expand international trade in response to President Xi Jinping's ambitious Belt and Road initiative.
    (Reuters, 5/13/17)
2017        May 13, Chinese President Xi Jinping offered visiting Greek PM Alexis Tsipras strong support, saying the two countries should expand cooperation in infrastructure, energy and telecommunications.
    (Reuters, 5/13/17)
2017        May 13, It was reported that hundreds of people from Democratic Republic of Congo's central Kasai region have been pouring into neighboring Angola every day for more than a month to escape violence plaguing their homes.
    (AFP, 5/13/17)
2017        May 13, Denmark's government said it will ban cash in the country's largest prisons and require inmates to pay electronically, to make it "easier to follow the money flow in and out."
    (AP, 5/13/17)   
2017        May 13, Judges from one of the Egyptian judiciary's three main branches voted to defy a newly adopted and widely disputed law giving the president a degree of control over the judiciary, nominating as head of their branch a judge who ruled against a government decision to surrender two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 5/14/17)
2017        May 13, In northern Greece four people were killed and 10 more were injured when a train derailed and ripped through a house late today.
    (Reuters, 5/14/17)(SSFC, 5/14/17, p.A4)
2017        May 13, In Bari, Italy, G7 financial leaders pledged stronger cooperation against cyber-crime and not to use foreign exchange to gain competitive advantage, but stuck to their cautious wording on trade, their final communique showed.
    (Reuters, 5/13/17)
2017        May 13, Italian rescuers saved 484 migrants from boats in the Mediterranean and found the bodies of seven men who had died in the attempt to get to Europe.
    (Reuters, 5/14/17)
2017        May 13, In Ivory Coast mutinous soldiers shot and wounded two residents of the northern city of Korhogo, as an army revolt over demands for bonus payments extended into a second day.
    (Reuters, 5/13/17)
2017        May 13, A Jordanian citizen (57) stabbed and wounded an Israeli police officer who then shot him dead in Jerusalem's Old City.
    (Reuters, 5/13/17)
2017        May 13, In Kashmir Indian and Pakistani troops traded fire, killing two civilians and wounding six others.
    (AP, 5/13/17)
2017        May 13, In Kosovo prominent journalist Arbana Xharra, who this week joined the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), a political party she had long criticized, was beaten up in a car park close to her apartment.
    (Reuters, 5/13/17)
2017        May 13, In northeastern Nigeria Boko Haram jihadists killed six farmers who were working on their land near Maiduguri.
    (AFP, 5/15/17)
2017        May 13, In southwestern Pakistan ten laborers were gunned down while working on link roads in Baluchistan province to connect outlying towns to the country's $57-billion Chinese "Belt and Road" initiative.
    (Reuters, 5/13/17)
2017        May 13, Palestinians held municipal elections in the occupied West Bank, a first democratic exercise in years, but one that has also raised tensions between the rival Fatah and Hamas movements.
    (Reuters, 5/13/17)
2017        May 13, In Portugal Pope Francis gave the Catholic Church two of its youngest saints, canonizing shepherd siblings believed to have seen the Madonna 100 years ago in Fatima, now a major pilgrimage site. Francisco and Jacinta Marto died at the ages of 10 and 9 years old, within three years of the 1917 apparitions. Their cousin Lucia Dos Santos became a nun and died in 2005 at the age of 97.
    (Reuters, 5/13/17)
2017        May 13, Portugal's Salvador Sobral sang his Amar Pelos Dois (Love For Both) accompanied by quiet strings and a piano in the 62nd Eurovision extravaganza. His romantic ballad challenged the decades-long reputation for cheesy, glittery, unbridled excess and won easily.
    (AP, 5/14/17)
2017        May 13, Romanian carmaker Dacia, owned by France's Renault, said some of its production had been hit by yesterday’s global ransomware cyber-attack that has infected computers in nearly 100 countries. Renault stopped production at several sites.
    (Reuters, 5/13/17)
2017        May 13, Russia's central bank said it had detected "massive" cyber-attacks on domestic banks, which successfully thwarted them. State-owned Russian Railways also successfully defended itself from a cyber-attack.
    (Reuters, 5/13/17)
2017        May 13, South Africa said it plans to sign new, more transparent nuclear power agreements with five foreign countries after a high court blocked a deal with Russia due to a lack of oversight.
    (Reuters, 5/13/17)
2017        May 13, Syrian state TV reported that the military has recaptured the Qaboun suburb from rebel fighters on the eastern edge of Damascus.
    (AP, 5/13/17)
2017        May 13, In Syria Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by US-led coalition airstrikes, clashed with the militants in a multi-pronged offensive northeast and northwest of Raqqa bringing the SDF 4 km (2.5 miles) from the city.
    (AP, 5/13/17)
2017        May 13, In Tunisia thousands of people marched through Tunis to protest an “economic reconciliation" bill that would give amnesty to businessmen and officials accused of graft during the rule of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. The bill would allow ill-gotten to be secretly declared and repaid to the state, which hoped to use the funds to plug a 5.9% of GDP budget deficit this year.
    (Econ 5/20/17, p.42)
2017        May 13, In Turkey at least 23 people died and 11 others were in critical condition after a tour bus tipped over, fell 15 meters (50 feet) down a cliff and then hit a car on a serpentine mountain road in Mugla province.
    (AP, 5/13/17)

2017        May 14, A Las Vegas police Officer Kenneth Lopera used a stun gun seven times and an unapproved neck hold on Toshii Brown (40), an unarmed black man in a deadly foot chase. The officer reported that Toshii was trying to carjack a pickup truck.
    (SFC, 5/18/17, p.A4)(SFC, 5/19/17, p.A5)
2017        May 14, Film and TV actor Powers Boothe, known for playing dark characters, died at his home in Los Angeles. His films included “Red Dawn" (1984), “Nixon" (1995) and “Marvel’s The Avengers" (2012).
    (SFC, 5/16/17, p.C4)
2017        May 14, Jean Fritz, author of almost 50 books for children, died at her home in Sleepy Hollow, NY. Many of her books personalized historical figures to teach children.
    (SFC, 5/22/17, p.C2)
2017        May 14, In eastern Afghanistan a mortar attack killed five children in Laghman province.
    (AP, 5/14/17)
2017        May 14, Militia fighters from Central African Republic's (CAR) Christian minority attacked a UN base overnight for the second consecutive night, after a week of violence that has killed six peacekeepers at the southeastern border.
    (Reuters, 5/14/17)
2017        May 14, In China leaders from 29 countries attended the Belt and Road forum, as well as the heads of the UN, IMF and World Bank at the opening of a two-day gathering in Beijing. President Xi Jinping pledged $124 billion for his new Silk Road plan to forge a path of peace, inclusiveness and free trade, and called for the abandonment of old models based on rivalry and diplomatic power games.
    (Reuters, 5/14/17)
2017        May 14, The head of the European Union police agency said the recent cyber assault hit 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries and that number will grow when people return to work on May 15.
    (Reuters, 5/14/17)
2017        May 14, In Egypt a military colonel was killed and three recruits injured when their armored vehicle was hit by an explosion in the Sinai peninsula.
    (Reuters, 5/14/17)
2017        May 14, Emmanuel Macron (39) took power as president of France, vowing to restore the country's status in Europe and the world and heal divisions in society -- a nod to the bitter campaign the pro-EU centrist fought to defeat a far-right leader.
    (Reuters, 5/14/17)
2017        May 14, In Iran a 5.7 magnitude earthquake near the Turkmenistan border killed two people, injured hundreds and caused widespread damage.
    (AFP, 5/14/17)
2017        May 14, US-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into the last pocket of Mosul controlled by Islamic State militants as the battle for the city approached an end after seven months of gruelling urban combat.
    (Reuters, 5/14/17)
2017        May 14, In Ivory Coast mutinous soldiers wounded six people in Bouake as fresh tensions gripped the world's top cocoa grower.
    (AFP, 5/14/17)
2017        May 14, Millions of Nepalese voted for representatives in municipal and village councils for the first time in two decades.
    (AP, 5/14/17)
2017        May 14, North Korea launched another ballistic missile that flew for 30 minutes before dropping into the sea between North Korea's east coast and Japan.
    (Reuters, 5/14/17)
2017        May 14, Qatar hosted a humanitarian conference in Doha. The appearance of Sudan’s Pres. Omar Hassan al-Bashir on a list of speakers prompted the US, Canadian and Australian ambassadors to boycott the event. Bashir has continued to travel abroad since the ICC charged him with genocide and crimes against humanity in 2008. Qatar, which has brokered peace agreements in Sudan, is not a signatory to the Rome Statute that established the ICC.
    (Reuters, 5/14/17)
2017        May 14, In Russia thousands of protesters took to the streets of Moscow to rally against a bill to tear down Soviet-era low-rise apartment building.
    (AP, 5/14/17)
2017        May 14, In Syria 22 women were killed and eight wounded in a drone strike on a bus in Akayrshi, about 16 km (10 miles) from Raqqa according to the IS-run Aamaq news agency. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 12 women were killed in the strikes on Akayrshi.
    (AP, 5/15/17)
2017        May 14, The International Committee of the Red Cross said a cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen has killed 115 people and left 8,500 ill as hospitals struggle to cope with an influx of patients.
    (AFP, 5/14/17)

2017        May 15, It was reported that Pres. Donald Trump disclosed classified information about an Islamic State terror threat involving laptop computers on aircraft. Trump shared the threat in a meeting with Russia's foreign minister and US ambassador in the Oval Office last week.
    (AP, 5/16/17)
2017        May 15, The US State Department said that it believes about 50 detainees are being hanged each day at the Saydnaya military prison, a 45-minute drive north of Damascus.
    (AP, 5/16/17)
2017        May 15, US air traffic control in Miami lost radar and radio contact with a small plane carrying Nathan Ulrich and Jennifer Blumin of New York, along with her 4-year-old and 10-year-old sons. It was en route from Puerto Rico and never made it to its destination of Titusville, along the northeastern coast of Florida.
    (AP, 5/16/17)
2017        May 15, Massachusetts-based Thermo Fisher said it will pay $35 for each share of Patheon NV, based in the Netherlands, a 35 percent premium to the company's last closing price of $26. The $5.2 billion deal will give the scientific instrument maker more access to the contract development and manufacturing organization market.
    (AP, 5/15/17)
2017        May 15, In Mississippi Joshua Vallum (29) was sentenced to 49 years in prison for the 2015 killing of Mercedes Williamson, a transgender woman, in the first case prosecuted under the federal Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
    (SFC, 5/16/17, p.A5)
2017        May 15, In New Jersey a Learjet 35 crashed into a building near Teterboro Airport killing two crew members.
    (SFC, 5/16/17, p.A5)
2017        May 15, In Ohio seven people, including five children, died in a house fire in Akron.
    (SFC, 5/16/17, p.A5)
2017        May 15, Albanian authorities said they have blocked 26 metric tons of poultry imported from Brazil because it was found to contain high levels of salmonella. The poultry had arrived at the Durres port some days ago.
    (AP, 5/15/17)
2017        May 15, In Central African Republic hundreds of armed rebels agreed to withdraw from the city of Bangassou which they attacked over the weekend, killing a peacekeeper at a nearby UN base and displacing hundreds.
    (AP, 5/15/17)
2017        May 15, The WannaCry "ransomware" cyber-attack hobbled Chinese traffic police and schools as it rolled into Asia for the new work week, while authorities in Europe said they were trying to prevent hackers from spreading new versions of the virus.
    (Reuters, 5/15/17)
2017        May 15, Newly-inaugurated French President Emmanuel Macron appointed Edouard Philippe (46), the center-right mayor of Le Havre, as prime minister in a move to broaden his political appeal and weaken his opponents before legislative elections in June.
    (Reuters, 5/15/17)(Econ 5/20/17, p.46)
2017        May 15, Hungarian police arrested Horst Mahler, a notorious German neo-Nazi, in the northwestern city of Sopron. He had been seeking asylum after fleeing to avoid serving a prison sentence for Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic incitement.
    (AP, 5/15/17)   
2017        May 15, India reported three cases of Zika virus to the WHO. They were detected through routine blood surveillance in a hospital in Ahmadabad. Two cases were detected in February and November last year, while a third case was detected in January this year.
    (AP, 5/28/17)
2017        May 15, An Israeli patrol boat fired at Palestinian fishermen accused of breaching the blockade off the northern Gaza Strip, leaving Mohammed Majed Bakr (25) dead. Four other crewmen were arrested and two more arrests were made when the military boarded another Gaza boat overnight.
    (AFP, 5/15/17)
2017        May 15, Italian police arrested 68 people, including a priest and the head of a Catholic volunteer group called "Mercy," accusing them of being in cahoots with a major mafia clan that skimmed millions in public funds destined for one of Italy's biggest migrant welcome centers.
    (AP, 5/15/17)
2017        May 15, Ivory Coast authorities said they will maintain a "firm line" faced with a four-day nationwide army mutiny, as the revolt spread, paralyzing much of the West African cocoa grower.
    (Reuters, 5/15/17)
2017        May 15, In northeast Kenya gunmen from Somalia's al Shabaab militant group burst into a government official's house and shot Dekow Abbey Sirat dead late today. A number of his bodyguards also died in the attack.
    (Reuters, 5/16/17)
2017        May 15, In Mexico journalist Javier Valdez Cardenas (50) was pulled from a car and shot and killed in Culiacan, Sinaloa state.
    (SSFC, 5/21/17, p.E7)
2017        May 15, In northeastern Nigeria three female suicide bombers killed two people and injured six others in an attack late today on a village Borno state.
    (Reuters, 5/16/17)
2017        May 15, In Romania some 20,000 finance workers from the public sector went on strike to protest a move to cut their salaries.
    (AP, 5/15/17)
2017        May 15, Spanish police said they stopped a ship carrying 2.5 metric tons of cocaine in a joint operation with the US Drug Enforcement Agency, Britain's National Crime Agency, and police in neighboring Portugal. Officials said Spanish authorities cooperated with Ecuadorean police to intercept a ship off that Latin American country bringing more than 5.5 metric tons of cocaine to Spain.
    (AP, 5/15/17)
2017        May 15, In Syria an agreement between the government and rebels to evacuate an opposition-held district of Damascus was completed as more insurgents left the Qaboun area.
    (Reuters, 5/15/17)
2017        May 15, Unidentified fighter jets struck a mosque and surrounding houses in Boukamal (Albu Kamal) on the Syria-Iraq border. The airstrikes destroyed 15 homes and killed 62 people, including 42 civilians who had fled from other areas in Iraq and Syria. On May 16 the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group said it did not conduct strikes in the eastern Syrian town of Albu Kamal.
    (AP, 5/15/17)(AFP, 5/17/17)
2017        May 15, In Turkey Oguz Guven, the editor of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper's online edition, was formally arrested after being detained on May 12.
    (AP, 5/16/17)
2017        May 15, US-based Human Rights Watch said Ugandan soldiers sexually abused at least 13 girls and women in the Central African Republic since 2015 while the troops were helping to hunt for warlord Joseph Kony.
    (Reuters, 5/15/17)
2017        May 15, In Venezuela opposition supporters blocked roads in various parts of the country to try to keep pressure on socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
    (Reuters, 5/15/17)
2017        May 15, Police in Vietnam     arrested prominent dissident Hoang Duc Binh (34), whom they accused of having abused democracy rights to infringe state interests.
    (Reuters, 5/15/17)
2017        May 15, Cyber security company FireEye said hackers either working for the Vietnamese government or on their behalf have broken into the computers of multinationals operating in the country as part of an increasingly sophisticated cyber espionage campaign. FireEye said the attacks were unrelated to the WannaCry ransomware worm.
    (Reuters, 5/15/17)
2017        May 15, The UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen said the local cholera outbreak has killed 124 people over the past two weeks.
    (SFC, 5/16/17, p.A2)

2017        May 16, Pres. Donald Trump defended his decision to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russia, saying in a pair of tweets he has "an absolute right" as president to do so. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer urged the White House to immediately release transcripts of Trump's May 10 meeting with Russian officials to the relevant lawmakers probing alleged interference by Russia in the 2016 US election.
    (AP, 5/16/17)(Reuters, 5/16/17)
2017        May 16, President Donald Trump held his first face-to-face meeting with Turkey's president amid accusations that Trump gave Russian officials classified intelligence from a foreign ally. Trump and Erdogan vowed to repair the a relationship battered by years of disputes over Syria’s civil war and its various fighting groups. Elsewhere in DC Turkish security guards beat Armenian and Kurdish protesters.
    (AP, 5/16/17)(SFC, 5/17/17, p.A2)(Econ 5/20/17, p.45)
2017        May 16, The Pentagon said the United States and the United Arab Emirates have signed a new, updated defense cooperation agreement that dictated "the magnitude and conditions" of the US military presence inside the Emirates.
    (Reuters, 5/16/17)
2017        May 16, Cybersecurity researchers said they have found evidence that could link North Korea with the WannaCry cyber-attack that has infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide, as global authorities scrambled to prevent hackers from spreading new versions of the virus.
    (Reuters, 5/16/17)
2017        May 16, In the central US storms that stretched from Texas to the Great Lakes spawned 29 twisters that killed two people in Oklahoma and Wisconsin.
    (SFC, 5/18/17, p.A4)
2017        May 16, In Afghanistan a rocket attack on a market in Asad Abad, the capital of Kunar province, killed two civil servants. In the Laghman province, a Taliban mortar round struck a house, killing two women and wounding three children.
    (AP, 5/16/17)
2017        May 16, It was reported that researchers have found an estimated 100-1200 tons of plastic floating in the Arctic Ocean.
    (SFC, 5/16/17, p.A12)
2017        May 16, Austria’s parliament approved new legislation banning the wearing of full facial veils in public places to become effective in October. Violators would face fines of about $167.
    (SFC, 5/18/17, p.A3)
2017        May 16, Britain's Labour Party made its case for voters to back its move to the left and throw out the Conservatives at next month's election, promising renationalization of some services, measures to curb corporate excess and end healthcare cuts.
    (Reuters, 5/16/17)
2017        May 16, In Congo DRC President Joseph Kabila named eight senior police officers as "national heroes". Former police chief John Numbi, believed by regime critics to be prime suspect in the murder of a key rights activist, was one of the eight.
    (AFP, 6/6/17)
2017        May 16, The World Health Organization said a second case of Ebola has been confirmed by laboratory testing amid an outbreak in a remote corner of northern Congo.
    (AP, 5/16/17)
2017        May 16, A Danish court convicted a teenage girl (17), arrested on Jan. 13, 2016, of attempted terrorism for planning bomb attacks against two schools.
    (AP, 5/16/17)
2017        May 16, In Ethiopia a judge in Addis Ababa found former opposition spokesman Yonatan Tesfaye guilty of encouraging terrorism with a series of anti-government Facebook posts in 2015.
    (AFP, 5/16/17)
2017        May 16, The EU announced it is restoring a preferential tax concession for goods imported from Sri Lanka that it withdrew seven years ago over alleged human rights abuses.
    (AP, 5/16/17)
2017        May 16, Germany’s dpa news agency said a German court has convicted an Iraqi man (32) of raping two Chinese college students in the western city of Bochum. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
    (AP, 5/16/17)   
2017        May 16, An Indian court in New Delhi ruled that doctors were free to carry out an abortion on a girl (10) who was raped and impregnated by her stepfather.
    (SFC, 5/17/17, p.A2)
2017        May 16, Iran's reformist first vice president, Eshaq Jahangiri, pulled out of this week's presidential election and endorsed the incumbent, Hassan Rouhani.
    (AFP, 5/16/17)
2017        May 16, Ivory Coast rebel soldiers agreed to end a four-day mutiny which drew in troops from across the country after reaching agreement with the government over a wages dispute. The government reportedly agreed to give them an immediate payment of 5.0 million CFA francs each with the remaining 2.0 million to be paid next month.
    (AFP, 5/16/17)
2017        May 16, In northeast Mali an unmarried couple were stoned to death in public by Islamists in Taghlit, the first such known occurrence since 2012.
    (AP, 5/17/17)
2017        May 16, Mexican federal and state authorities detained 60 people and disarmed local police infiltrated by organized crime in the Pacific coast tourist destination of Zihuatanejo, Guerrero state.
    (AP, 5/17/17)
2017        May 16, Boyan Slat, a 22-year-old Dutchman, said it would be possible to reduce by half the millions of tons of plastic garbage in the Pacific by deploying floating barriers.
    (Reuters, 5/16/17)
2017        May 16, A Saudi Arabian police officer was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade in the Almosara area of Awamiya, a Shiite town.
    (AFP, 5/16/17)
2017        May 16, The Syrian government "categorically" denied US accusations of mass killings at a prison near Damascus, including the alleged execution of political opponents and burning the victims in a crematorium at the site.
    (AP, 5/16/17)
2017        May 16, Thailand backed off a threat to block Facebook, instead providing the social media site with court orders to remove content that the government deems illegal.
    (AP, 5/16/17)
2017        May 16, Ukraine imposed sanctions on Russia's largest internet group Yandex and other popular online firms, saying it wanted to guard against cyber-attacks, and the Kremlin threatened retaliation.
    (Reuters, 5/16/17)
2017        May 16, In Venezuela Yeison Mora (17) died after he was shot in the head during a protest the day before, taking the death toll from six weeks of anti-government unrest to at least 40.
    (Reuters, 5/16/17)(SFC, 5/17/17, p.A4)

2017        May 17, The US Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the investigation of allegations that the Trump campaign collaborated with Russia to sway the 2016 election. Mueller will have sweeping powers and the authority to prosecute any crimes he uncovers.
    (AP, 5/18/17)
2017        May 17, US officials said the administration of US President Donald Trump, who slammed the Iran nuclear deal as a candidate, will extend sanctions relief for Iran that was called for under the 2015 pact.
    (Reuters, 5/17/17)
2017        May 17, US Navy Adm. Robert Gilbeau was sentenced to 18 months in prison for lying to investigators regarding gifts from Malaysian defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis in exchange for classified information to help Glenn Defense Marine Asia.
    (SFC, 5/18/17, p.A4)
2017        May 17, An indictment filed in San Diego charged a father-son partnership for allegedly smuggling more than $17 million worth of sea cucumbers to the United States and exporting them to Asia. The charges against Blessings Inc. of Tucson, Arizona, shed light on a growing and lucrative illegal cross-border trade.   
    (AP, 5/20/17)
2017        May 17, Chelsea Manning (29) was released from the prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas owing to a commutation of her 35 year sentence by Pres. Barack Obama before he left office. In July 2010, Manning -- then a male soldier known as Bradley -- was arrested over the release of a huge trove of more than 700,000 classified military and diplomatic documents via WikiLeaks.
    (AFP, 5/17/17)(SFC, 5/18/17, p.A9)
2017        May 17, Chris Cornell (b.1964), the front man for the Soundgarden rock group, committed suicide at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.
    (SFC, 5/19/17, p.E1)
2017        May 17, Concert Pharmaceuticals Inc said the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) imposed a clinical hold on a trial testing the company's drug to treat alopecia areata, a type of hair loss.
    (Reuters, 5/17/17)
2017        May 17, Ford said it is cutting 1,400 non-factory jobs in North America and Asia Pacific this year in an effort to boost profits and rescue its sagging stock price. The company faced heavy costs for new technology and slowing US car sales.
    (AP, 5/17/17)
2017        May 17, In Afghanistan a suicide attack on a state television station in Jalalabad killed at least six people as well as the attackers and wounded 24. The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.
    (Reuters, 5/17/17)
2017        May 17, Brazil’s O Globo newspaper reported that Pres. Michel Temer had been caught on tape endorsing the payment of hush money to politician Eduardo Cunha, already convicted of taking bribes.
    (Econ 5/20/17, p.29)
2017        May 17, Britain's centrist Liberal Democrats launched their party manifesto with a promise to hold a Brexit referendum, as they seek to win pro-EU votes in next month's national election.
    (AFP, 5/17/17)
2017        May 17, British police arrested four men on suspicion of preparing terrorism acts in the United Kingdom.
    (Reuters, 5/17/17)
2017        May 17, In Burundi an unidentified man threw a grenade into a house in Bujumbura, killing three people believed to be members of the ruling party's youth wing.
    (Reuters, 5/18/17)
2017        May 17, In the Central African Republic Red Cross workers said they recovered 115 bodies in Bangassou, a diamond mining hub, after several days of fighting there.
    (Reuters, 5/20/17)
2017        May 17, Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted an American military plane over the East China Sea. The US aircraft, a WC-135 Constant Phoenix, was conducting a "routine mission" in international airspace. The WC-135 is a so-called "sniffer plane" designed to scan the atmosphere for signs of nuclear activity.
    (AFP, 5/19/17)
2017        May 17, In Colombia two explosions at a shipyard in Cartagena killed four people and injured 22.
    (SFC, 5/18/17, p.A2)
2017        May 17, In Congo DRC Christian sect members stormed Makala Prison in Kinshasa, freeing Bundu dia Kongo movement leader Ne Mwanda Nsemi and 50 others.
    (AP, 5/17/17)
2017        May 17, Czech PM Bohuslav Sobotka accepted the nomination of former Microsoft executive Ivan Pilny as new finance minister, calming a dispute straining the government months before an election.
    (Reuters, 5/17/17)
2017        May 17, EU lawmakers called on Hungary to withdraw tough new laws on asylum seekers and non-governmental organizations.
    (AP, 5/17/17)
2017        May 17, Four Indonesian soldiers were killed and 8 wounded after they were hit by accidental artillery fire during a rapid response training exercise in the Natuna islands north of Borneo in the South China Sea.
    (Reuters, 5/17/17)
2017        May 17, An Islamic Shariah court in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province sentenced two gay men to public caning for the first time. The court said each would receive 85 lashes for having sexual relations.
    (AP, 5/17/17)
2017        May 17, Myanmar soldiers shot dead four itinerant workers after they tried to enter a mine to search for gems cast aside by its military owners.
    (AFP, 5/17/17)
2017        May 17, North Korea launched a ferry service to the Russian city of Vladivostok to develop links and boost economic cooperation.
    (Reuters, 5/17/17)
2017        May 17, Police in Sri Lanka fired tear gas at thousands of students protesting against a private medical university they say could jeopardize the nation's tradition of state-funded education.
    (AP, 5/17/17)
2017        May 17, UNICEF said more than 300,000 children migrated alone worldwide from 2015 through 2016.
    (SFC, 5/18/17, p.A2)   
2017        May 17, In Yemen a suspected raid by the Saudi-led coalition killed 23 civilians, including women and children, near the southwestern city of Taez.
    (AFP, 5/17/17)

2017        May 18, US officials said Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race.
    (Reuters, 5/18/17)
2017        May 18, In the SF Bay Area Allie Sweitzer (20) was fatally shot following an argument that involved her and at least one male in Richmond. A suspect (15) from El Cerrito was arrested on July 17.    
    (SFC, 7/19/17, p.D7)
2017        May 18, Roger Ailes (b.1940), American media guru, died in Palm Beach, Fl., following a fall at his home on May 10. In 1996 the former GOP operative accepted an offer from Rupert Murdoch to build the Fox News Channel to compete with CNN.
    (SFC, 5/19/17, p.A6)
2017        May 18, Jacque Fresco (b.1916, self-taught industrial designer, died in Sebring, Fl. In 1980 he partner Roxanne Meadows created the Venus Project on 21 acres of rural land in south-central Florida to showcase his ideas for energy efficient cities.
    (SSFC, 5/28/17, p.C10)
2017        May 18, In NYC Richard Rojas (26) slammed his speeding car into pedestrians on the sidewalks of times Square killing one tourist and injuring almost two dozen people. Rojas had been smoking marijuana laced with PCP.
    (SFC, 5/20/17, p.A4)
2017        May 18, The US Coast Guard unloaded 18.5 tons of cocaine in South Florida worth nearly $500 million from 20 separate seizures in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
    (AP, 5/18/17)
2017        May 18, General Motors Co. said it is pulling its Chevrolet brand out of India, South Africa and East Africa by the end of this year. The company will retain its assembly plant in India but will only make vehicles for export. It is selling a plant in South Africa to Isuzu Motors.
    (AP, 5/18/17)
2017        May 18, An Afghan policeman turned his rifle on his colleagues as they slept at an outpost in eastern Nangarhar province late today, killing five. Eight policemen were killed in overnight attacks on three checkpoints in Kandahar province. 22 Taliban fighters were also reported killed.
    (AP, 5/19/17)(SFC, 5/19/17, p.A2)
2017        May 18, Brazilian Pres. Michel Temer resisted calls to resign after allegations surfaced that he condoned the bribery of a potential witness in a graft investigation, raising doubts about the future of austerity measures in Congress and sending markets tumbling.
    (Reuters, 5/18/17)
2017        May 18, China unveiled the Z-19E, an indigenously developed attack helicopter, as it eyed a lucrative export market and ramps up an ambitious modernization program.
    (Reuters, 5/18/17)
2017        May 18, China and Southeast Asian countries agreed to a framework for a long-mooted code of conduct for the disputed South China Sea, as both sides step up efforts to ease tension in the strategic waterway.
    (Reuters, 5/18/17)
2017        May 18, The EU fined Facebook 110 million euros ($122 million) for providing misleading information over its 2014 buyout of mobile messaging service WhatsApp.
    (AP, 5/18/17)
2017        May 18, A French appeals court ruled that tycoon Bernard Tapie (74) must repay the 404 million euros ($449 million) he received in 2008 to settle his long-running dispute with the state over the sale of sports equipment maker Adidas.
    (AFP, 5/18/17)
2017        May 18, A Gambian court issued international arrest warrants late today for former Colonel Kawsu Camara and Major Sanna Manjang. They are suspected of murdering journalist Deyda Hydara in 2004 during the rule of former president Yahya Jammeh, who fled into exile in January after 22 years of power marred by alleged human rights abuses.
    (Reuters, 5/19/17)
2017        May 18, In Greece protesters took to the streets of central Athens for the second day running, hours before lawmakers vote in parliament on measures that will impose additional income losses for many Greeks for another three years.
    (AP, 5/18/17)
2017        May 18, In Iraq Abu Khattab al-Rawi, an Islamic State military leader, was killed in a US coalition air strike in al Qaim.
    (AP, 5/26/17)
2017        May 18, In Italy Ismail Hosni (20) stabbed a policeman and two army officers in Milan after they asked to see his identity papers.
    (Reuters, 5/19/17)
2017        May 18, In Libya a suspected militia attack on an air base in the country's south reportedly killed at least 60 soldiers and civilians and wounded dozens. The death toll from the militia attack soon increased to 141, including two civilians.
    (AP, 5/19/17)(AP, 5/20/17)
2017        May 18, A Dutch court convicted 20 people of insulting or threatening Sylvana Simons, a former dancer and television presenter of Surinamese descent, in a racially charged case that shocked the nation. One person was acquitted.
    (AP, 5/18/17)
2017        May 18, A Palestinian protester was killed during a clash in the northern West Bank, and an Associated Press photographer was shot and wounded while covering the unrest. An Israeli settler had opened fire on a crowd of Palestinian protesters after his car was attacked by demonstrators.
    (AP, 5/18/17)
2017        May 18, Officials said the Philippines will no longer accept new grants from the EU. The bloc had earlier warned that the Philippines risked losing tariff-free exports due to the thousands killed in a war on drugs and moves to revive the death penalty.
    (SFC, 5/19/17, p.A2)
2017        May 18, Somalia's al Shabaab publicly cut off the right hands of two men on after a sharia court convicted them of breaking into a shop and stealing about $500.
    (Reuters, 5/18/17)
2017        May 18, In central Syria the Islamic State group attacked several government-held villages, capturing at least one of them in violence that left 52 people dead including more than two dozen women and children, some of whom were beheaded, as well as Syrian troops in Hama province. Pres. Assad met with Iraq's national security adviser Faleh al-Fayad to discuss steps to improve coordination between their countries' militaries in the anti-terrorism campaign along their shared border.
    (AP, 5/18/17)
2017        May 18, In Syria US-led warplanes carried out two strikes in the east of the country against a convoy of pro-government forces headed towards a remote coalition garrison near the border with Jordan. At least eight people were killed.
    (AFP, 5/19/17)
2017        May 18, The UN International Court of Justice ordered Pakistan not to execute an Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, convicted of espionage and terrorism, in a case that has further strained relations between the Asian neighbors.
    (AP, 5/18/17)

2017        May 19, The US imposed a new round of sanctions on Venezuelan officials targeting eight Supreme Court judges for damaging their nation’s democracy by steadily stripping the opposition controlled congress of any authority.
    (SFC, 5/20/17, p.A2)
2017        May 19, James Comey, the former FBI chief fired by Pres. Donald Trump, agreed to testify publicly about Russian interference in the US elections.
    (AFP, 5/20/17)
2017        May 19, In New Orleans workers took down a towering statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, the last of four Confederate monuments in the city.
    (SFC, 5/20/17, p.A4)
2017        May 19, In New York former US Rep. Anthony Weiner (52) pleaded guilty to a single count of transmitting sexual material to a minor.
    (SFC, 5/20/17, p.A5)
2017        May 19, As many as 37,000 AT&T workers in 36 states began a 3-day strike over wages and job security.
    (SFC, 5/20/17, p.D1)
2017        May 19, An international convention targeting the illicit trade in cultural artifacts took effect today, a move to curb what is regarded as a major source of funding to militant groups in conflict zones. Armenia, Cyprus, Greece, Portugal and San Marino as well as Mexico became the first countries to sign the convention drafted by the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe during a meeting in Nicosia.
    (Reuters, 5/19/17)
2017        May 19, In eastern Afghanistan a suspected roadside bomb killed as many as 11 people from the same family on their way to a wedding in Logar province. Five Afghan policemen were killed in fighting with the Taliban in eastern Kapisa province.
    (Reuters, 5/19/17)(AP, 5/19/17)
2017        May 19, Bangladesh police stormed a community center outside Dhaka and arrested 27 men suspected of being gay.
    (SFC, 5/20/17, p.A2)
2017        May 19, It was reported that Chinese authorities in southwestern Sichuan province have evicted followers and razed hundreds of homes at Larung Gar, one of the world's largest centers of Tibetan Buddhist learning in a months-long operation that has drawn protests from Tibetans in exile.
    (AP, 5/19/17)
2017        May 19, In Congo DRC 68 of 74 prisoners escaped from a jail in Kasangulu, less than 48 hours after rebels attacked Kinshasa's main prison, freeing their leader and 50 others. Ten of the escaped prisoners were quickly recaptured.
    (AFP, 5/19/17)
2017        May 19, In France Stanley Greene (68), an award-winning American photographer of conflict, disasters and humanitarian crises across the globe, died in Paris.
    (AP, 5/19/17)

2017        May 19, In Germany the Munich state court convicted Gabriele P. (32) of killing her boyfriend and severing his head with a circular saw in December 2008. In 2016 police found the body, which she and two friends had allegedly buried several years earlier, in the garden of her Munich home.
    (AP, 5/19/17)
2017        May 19, German authorities arrested an Afghan man, identified as Omaid N. (20). He was accused of being a member of the Taliban and participating in the killing of an Afghan police officer in 2013.
    (AP, 5/23/17)
2017        May 19, In Germany a man (54) died after setting fire to himself in a central square in Munich. The man had scrawled slogans on his car along the lines of "Never again war on German soil" and "Amri is only the tip of the iceberg" — a reference to Anis Amri, the Tunisian who attacked a Christmas market in Berlin.
    (AP, 5/19/17)
2017        May 19, In southern India a woman (24) in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala state, cut off the genitals of a Hindu holy man who tried to rape her and who she alleged has been sexually assaulting her for the past eight years. Gangeshananda Theerthapada (54) was reported to be in stable condition after reconstructive surgery.
    (AP, 5/20/17)
2017        May 19, The Indonesian passenger ferry Mutiara Sentosa 1 ferry that caught fire in the Java Sea, killing at least five people. 193 people were rescued and the number of missing was unclear.
    (AP, 5/20/17)
2017        May 19, Standard & Poor's raised Indonesia's sovereign credit rating to investment grade to “BBB minus" in recognition of a stable governing coalition and improved control over government finances.
    (AP, 5/19/17)
2017        May 19, Iran held presidential elections. President Hassan Rouhani secured a commanding lead of 57 percent in a race that drew more than seven out of every 10 voters to the polls. His nearest rival in the four-man race, hard-liner Ebrahim Raisi, secured 38 percent of the vote. Candidates backing reform of the clerically overseen government swept municipal elections in Tehran, taking all 21 local council seats.
    (AFP, 5/19/17)(AP, 5/20/17)(AP, 5/21/17)
2017        May 19, In Iraq Islamic State group suicide bombings at checkpoints in Baghdad and Basra killed at least 35 people and wounded dozens more.
    (AFP, 5/20/17)
2017        May 19, Italy's government declared a new law making a series of childhood vaccinations a condition of school inscription in a move triggered by a spike in measles cases.
    (AFP, 5/19/17)
2017        May 19, In Libya a car bomb killed a prominent tribal elder allied to eastern security forces and five other people outside a mosque in a town south of Benghazi as they were leaving afternoon prayers.
    (Reuters, 5/19/17)
2017        May 19, Mali’s Pres. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita sat down for talks with visiting French President Emmanuel Macron. Macron visited French troops fighting jihadists and urged faster progress on a peace accord signed in 2015.
    (AFP, 5/19/17)
2017        May 19, Organizations from Netherlands and Qatar said they are joining forces to get 6,000 Syrian refugees into higher education courses, a move aimed at helping them integrate in the countries where they live now and rebuild their own nation if they are able to return.
    (AP, 5/19/17)
2017        May 19, In Pakistan suspected militants gunned down three Pakistani workers building a Chinese-funded "Silk Road" highway in the country's southwest, just days after a similar attack killed 10.
    (Reuters, 5/19/17)
2017        May 19, Romania's parliament approved legislation allowing direct financial support to Holocaust survivors in the former Nazi ally state during World War Two. The law will set a monthly payment of up to 400 lei ($97.98) per month for each year of deportation or detention and will be enforced from July 1.
    (Reuters, 5/19/17)
2017        May 19, Stanislav Petrov (b.1939), a former Soviet military officer known in the West as "the man who saved the world" for his role in averting a nuclear war over a false missile warning at the height of the Cold War, died in Fyazino, a scientific town in Moscow Oblast.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislav_Petrov)(AP, 9/19/17)
2017        May 19, Sweden announced that the investigation of Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has been discontinued. Assange won his battle against extradition to Sweden, which wanted to question him about a rape allegation. He has spent nearly five years inside the Embassy of Ecuador in London to avoid being sent to Sweden.
    (AP, 5/19/17)
2017        May 19, In Switzerland Syria's warring sides entered a final day of UN-backed talks with little sign of progress towards ending the conflict and with negotiations overshadowed by swelling tensions on the ground.
    (AFP, 5/19/17)
2017        May 19, In Turkey detention warrants were issued against the nationalist Sozcu newspaper's owner and three others were for committing crimes on behalf of the network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen without being members.
    (AP, 5/19/17)
2017        May 19, The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised to start delivering several tons of wheat each month after speaking on the phone with President Nicolas Maduro.
    (AP, 5/19/17)
2017        May 19, The WHO said the cholera outbreak in war-ravaged Yemen has killed 242 people, and left nearly 23,500 others sick in the past three weeks alone.
    (AFP, 5/19/17)
2017        May 19, In western Zimbabwe Theunis Botha (51), a professional hunter who specialized in hunting with hounds, was crushed to death when an elephant picked him up and then fell on him after being shot.
    (AFP, 5/22/17)

2017        May 20, US Pres. Donald Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia. President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman signed a series of agreements cementing their countries' military and economic partnerships. The two leaders also signed a joint vision agreement at the Saudi Royal Court and sealed it with a handshake.
    (AFP, 5/20/17)(AP, 5/20/17)
2017        May 20, The New York Times reported that Chinese government "systematically dismantled" CIA spying operations in China starting in late 2010 and killed or imprisoned at least a dozen CIA sources over the next two years.
    (AP, 5/21/17)
2017        May 20, In central California a landslide struck a stretch of oceanfront Highway 1 at Mud Creek on the southern end of Big Sur.
    (SFC, 5/24/17, p.A1)
2017        May 20, In Maryland Richard Collins III (23), a black student a Bowie State Univ., was stabbed to death by Sean Urbanski (22). Police were treating the murder as a possible hate crime.
    (SFC, 5/23/17, p.A5)
2017        May 20, US technology and engineering conglomerate GE said it had signed $15 billion of business deals with Saudi Arabia as part of the kingdom's drive to diversify its economy beyond oil.
    (Reuters, 5/20/17)
2017        May 20, In eastern Afghanistan gunmen stormed a bank in Gardez, Paktia province, and opened fire, killing at least three people and wounding many more before being shot dead by security forces. Taliban fighters launched a three-pronged attack on parts of the central-eastern city of Ghazni overnight, driving a Humvee packed with explosives into the entrance of a district governor's compound during the assault. 25 Taliban fighters were reported killed along with two members of the security forces.
    (AP, 5/20/17)(Reuters, 5/20/17)
2017        May 20, In Afghanistan Taliban fighters launched coordinated attacks on security posts in the Shah Joy district of Zabul province late today killing at least 20 security forces. At least 10 other security forces were wounded. A German aid worker and an Afghan guard were killed and a Finnish woman kidnapped as gunmen stormed an international guest house in central Kabul late today. The Finnish woman was released on Sep 14.
    (AP, 5/21/17)(AFP, 5/21/17)(AP, 9/14/17)
2017        May 20, The CAR United Nations mission said fighting this week between rival Christian and Muslim militias in the town of Bria killed at least 22 people, including 17 civilians, and forced some 10,000 others to flee.
    (Reuters, 5/20/17)
2017        May 20, India finalized a policy that would allow local private companies to work with foreign players to make high-tech defense equipment, in a boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's bid to cut reliance on imports.
    (Reuters, 5/20/17)
2017        May 20, Comic Beppe Grillo, the head of Italy's populist 5-Star Movement, led thousands in a 15-mile march to demand a guaranteed minimum income for citizens.
    (AP, 5/20/17)
2017        May 20, The Italian coast guard said some 2,100 migrants have been rescued at sea to be brought to safety in Italy over the last 24 hours. Some 5,000 migrants bound for Italy were rescued in waters off the coast of Libya over the last 48 hours by Italian and Libyan coastguards.
    (AP, 5/20/17)(AFP, 5/20/17)
2017        May 20, Kenyan police shot dead one person in northern Isiolo county after a political rally attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta at which supporters of rival political candidates for regional government positions clashed.
    (Reuters, 5/21/17)
2017        May 20, Macedonia’s interior ministry said it has suspended 16 police officers over their failure to prevent an invasion of parliament by protesters last month.
    (SSFC, 5/21/17, p.A3)
2017        May 20, Nigerian troops fought Boko Haram in the Lake Chad area, killing 13 of the Islamic extremists and arresting 10 others, including 6 women believed to have helped smuggle supplies to the insurgents.
    (AP, 5/21/17)
2017        May 20, Syrian rebels started leaving the last opposition-held district of Homs city in the final phase of an evacuation deal that will see President Bashar al-Assad's government take back the area.
    (Reuters, 5/20/17)
2017        May 20, Tunisian troops fired shots in the air to disperse protesters who tried to close down a gas pumping in southern Tatatouine province as part of their demands for jobs.
    (Reuters, 5/20/17)
2017        May 20, Turkey’s opposition Sozcu newspaper carried empty columns with writers' names and also left the weather blank in a "May 19 Press Freedom Special Edition".
    (AP, 5/20/17)
2017        May 20, Turkey's pro-Kurdish party elected a new co-leader to replace Figen Yuksekdag, who has been in jail on terrorism charges since November and was stripped of her parliamentary status three months ago. Serpil Kemalbay was chosen as joint leader, alongside Selahattin Demirtas, who is also in prison over terrorism-related charges but remains a member of parliament.
    (Reuters, 5/20/17)
2017        May 20, In western Venezuela a 23-year-old was killed with gunshot wounds to the chest during a protest. His death brings to at least 48 the number of people killed since anti-government unrest began two months ago. Government supporter Orlando Figuera (21) suffered burns to almost all his body when he was doused with gasoline and set on fire at a protest in Caracas.
    (AP, 5/21/17)(AP, 5/25/17)   

2017        May 21, The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closed with a final show at the Nassau County Coliseum in Uniondale, NY.
    (SFC, 5/23/17, p.A7)
2017        May 21, Weather caused power outages, flooding and structural damage at the World Trade Bridge between Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Traffic was suspended pending further notice.
    (AP, 5/21/17)
2017        May 21, A court in Bahrain convicted Ayatollah Isa Qassim, the spiritual leader of the country's Shi'ite Muslims, of collecting funds illegally and money laundering and sentenced him to one year in jail suspended for three years.
    (Reuters, 5/21/17)
2017        May 21, In Brazil unions and leftist groups and parties staged protests throughout the country demanding that Pres. Michel Temer leave office following allegations of corruption.
    (AP, 5/21/17)
2017        May 21, Bulgarian customs agents reported the seizure of some 423 kg (933 pounds) of heroin worth an estimated $34 million at a border checkpoint with Romania in a truck heading for the Netherlands. The drugs were thought to have originated in Iran.
    (AP, 5/21/17)
2017        May 21, Chinese state media reported that the government will shut down poultry markets in certain districts of Binzhou city, Shandong province, and Zigong city, Sichuan province, after H7N9 bird flu infections were detected in two men.
    (Reuters, 5/21/17)
2017        May 21, Egypt referred 48 people to the country's military judiciary for suspected involvement in three deadly church bombings and accused them of joining the militant group Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 5/21/17)
2017        May 21, Indonesian police detained 141 men for questioning in a raid this evening on a gay gym and sauna in north Jakarta.
    (AP, 5/21/17)
2017        May 21, Japan and other members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreed to pursue their trade deal without the United States. On the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific meeting in Hanoi the 11 remaining countries of the TPP agreed to explore how they could move ahead without erstwhile leader the United States.
    (Reuters, 5/21/17)
2017        May 21, Libyan media reported that forces loyal to military strongman Khalifa Haftar have bombed rival forces overnight in retaliation for a deadly attack on an airbase in the south of the country. Human Rights Watch said in a statement forces aligned with the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) "allegedly executed at least 30 captured soldiers".
    (AFP, 5/21/17)
2017        May 21, In southern Mexico at least 16 people were killed and 30 injured in a bus crash in the mountains of Chiapas state near the border with Guatemala.
    (AP, 5/22/17)
2017        May 21, In Nepal American climber Roland Yearwood (50) died on Mount Everest. His death came a day after Indian climber Ravi Kumar (26) fell to his death in the same area during his descent from the peak. Slovak mountaineer Vladimir Strba also died. Australian climber Francesco Enrico Marchetti (54) also died on the Tibet side of the mountain after suffering from altitude sickness.
    (Reuters, 5/21/17)(AP, 5/21/17)(SFC, 5/22/17, p.A2)
2017        May 21, North Korea fired a medium-range missile that flew eastward about 500 km (310 miles) before landing in the sea.
    (AP, 5/22/17)
2017        May 21, In Pakistan gunmen shot and killed four policemen returning to their station from a patrol about 90 km (56 miles) south of Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. A pair of gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on a stationary police van in an upscale neighborhood in the southern port city of Karachi, killing two policemen and wounding two others.
    (AP, 5/21/17)
2017        May 21, Gaza's Hamas rulers sentenced three Palestinians to death for allegedly killing senior commander Mazen Faqha in March, after collaborating with Israel.
    (AP, 5/21/17)
2017        May 21, Saudi Arabia's King Salman accused regional rival Shiite Iran of exporting extremist Islamic movements to the world and vowed to eliminate the Islamic State group. US President Donald Trump called on Middle Eastern leaders to combat a "crisis of Islamic extremism" emanating from the region, casting the fight against terrorism as a "battle between good and evil," not a clash between the West and Islam.
    (AFP, 5/21/17)(AP, 5/21/17)
2017        May 21, Spain's bitterly divided Socialist party voted to choose a new leader, in a poll that may determine if conservative PM Mariano Rajoy's minority government will last. The contest is widely seen as a two-way race between Susana Diaz (42), the president of the southern region of Andalusia, and former party leader Pedro Sanchez (45), who was ousted in a rancorous internal rebellion.
    (AFP, 5/21/17)
2017        May 21, Swiss voters backed the government's plan to provide billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy, ban new nuclear plants and help bail out struggling utilities in a binding referendum.
    (Reuters, 5/21/17)
2017        May 21, In Syria the last buses carrying rebel fighters and their families left a besieged district of Homs, completing a deal to bring the whole city back under government control for the first time since the start of the war. A suicide bomb attack killed at least 14 insurgents at a headquarters for the powerful Islamist Ahrar al-Sham group in Idlib province. The Islamic State was blamed for the attack.
    (Reuters, 5/21/17)
2017        May 21, Tunisian media said protesters demanding jobs and a share in energy wealth have closed down another oil pumping station in defiance of government efforts to protect oil and gas fields with troops and negotiate an end to unrest.
    (Reuters, 5/21/17)
2017        May 21, Turkey’s Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that a state of emergency, introduced as a temporary measure after last year’s failed coup, would continue until the country achieved “welfare and peace."
    (SFC, 5/22/17, p.A2)
2017        May 21, Turkish police in Ankara killed two suspected members of the Islamic State jihadist group believed to have been planning an attack in the capital.
    (AFP, 5/21/17)
2017        May 21, Pope Francis named five new cardinals, for Spain, El Salvador and three countries where Catholics are a tiny minority: Mali, Laos and Sweden. Francis will formally elevate the churchmen to cardinal's rank in a ceremony on June 28.
    (AP, 5/21/17)
2017        May 21, The World Health Organization said the cholera outbreak in war-ravaged Yemen has killed 315 people in under a month. The WHO has recorded another 29,300 suspected cases of cholera in 19 provinces.
    (AFP, 5/21/17)

2017        May 22, US President Donald Trump arrived in Israel and made a historic visit to Jerusalem's Western Wall. Trump held talks separately with PM Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a stopover lasting barely 28 hours.
    (Reuters, 5/22/17)
2017        May 22, The US Senate confirmed Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (70) to be US ambassador to China.
    (SFC, 5/23/17, p.A5)
2017        May 22, Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn refused to comply with a Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
    (SFC, 5/23/17, p.A5)
2017        May 22, American film and TV actress Dina Merrill (93) died. Starting in the 1950s she appeared in more than 100 films and TV programs. Her parents had owned the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach before it was purchased by Donald Trump.
    (SFC, 5/24/17, p.D6)
2017        May 22, In northern Afghanistan insurgents ambushed a security convoy, killing five members of the local police in Faryab province.
    (AP, 5/22/17)
2017        May 22, Shares in Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA tumbled after a May 19 deadline passed for the company to accept an 11.2 billion reais ($3.4 billion) fine prosecutors have proposed to settle charges its controlling shareholders paid extensive bribes to politicians.
    (Reuters, 5/22/17)
2017        May 22, A suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, killing 22 people and sparking a stampede of young concertgoers. A day later the suspected suicide bomber was identified as Salman Abedi.
    (AP, 5/23/17)(Reuters, 5/23/17)
2017        May 22, China confirmed that it is investigating six Japanese citizens, following a Japanese news report that Chinese authorities in March had detained six men possibly for spying.
    (AP, 5/22/17)
2017        May 22, The Czech government approved a plan to build a rail network for high-speed trains.
    (AP, 5/22/17)
2017        May 22, Israeli police shot and killed a Palestinian who ran with a knife at officers near Abu Dis, a Palestinian town on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
    (AP, 5/22/17)
2017        May 22, Nepal destroyed thousands of valuable animal skins and other parts seized from poachers on a giant bonfire in a symbolic gesture against the illegal wildlife trade. The bonfire was timed to coincide with International Day for Biological Diversity.
    (AFP, 5/22/17)
2017        May 22, North Korea said it is ready to start mass-producing a new medium-range missile after a weekend test-launch confirmed its combat readiness.
    (AP, 5/22/17)
2017        May 22, In northwestern Pakistan roadside bomb killed at least five people and wounded several in the Khyber tribal region close to the Afghan border.
    (AP, 5/22/17)
2017        May 22, A security official said Pakistan has begun a crackdown on online criticism of its powerful military, with up to 200 social media accounts under investigation.
    (Reuters, 5/22/17)
2017        May 22, Pakistani authorities found 20 kg (44 lbs.) of heroin on a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight bound for London during a search at Islamabad airport.
    (Reuters, 5/22/17)
2017        May 22, Palestinians observed a general strike in solidarity with prisoners refusing food in Israeli jails for more than a month over their conditions.
    (AFP, 5/22/17)
2017        May 22, In Sicily killers gunned down Mafia boss Giuseppe Dainotti (67) in Palermo as the Cosa Nostra flexed its muscles on the eve of the 25th anniversary of one of its most notorious murders. In 1993 Dainotti turned himself in and became a police collaborator. He was released from prison in 2014 after serving time for murder.
    (AFP, 5/22/17)
2017        May 22, In South Africa Western Cape premier Helen Zille declared the province a disaster area and urged residents to manage their water supplies more efficiently as the region tries to cope with what she described as the "worst drought since 1904".
    (Reuters, 5/22/17)
2017        May 22, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir declared a unilateral ceasefire and promised to release political prisoners, but with no sign of a political deal with rebels it was not clear whether a truce would take hold.
    (Reuters, 5/21/17)
2017        May 22, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy accused Catalonia's President Carles Puigdemont of blackmailing the state following news reports that the powerful northeastern region has prepared a law to secede from Spain immediately if it is not allowed hold an independence referendum.
    (AP, 5/22/17)
2017        May 22, Spanish mountaineer Kilian Jornet set a record for the fastest ascent of Mount Everest without fixed ropes or supplementary oxygen, climbing the world's highest peak from the Tibet side in just 26 hours. On May 27 he made a 2nd ascent and reached the summit in 17 hours, just 15 minutes slower than the record set by Hans Kammerlander in 1996.
    (AFP, 5/23/17)(AP, 6/16/17)
2017        May 22, Swiss specialty chemicals maker Clariant and The Woodlands, Texas-based Huntsman Corp. said they are merging to create a company with a market value of $13.8 billion through an all-stock transaction.
    (AP, 5/22/17)
2017        May 22, The World Health Organization's annual assembly in Geneva refused to even discuss admitting Taiwan to the meeting, under pressure from China. Self-governing Taiwan, which China sees as a renegade province awaiting reunification, has been invited to attend the WHO's main annual meeting as an observer every year since 2009, but this year it did not receive an invitation.
    (AFP, 5/22/17)
2017        May 22, In Syria intense clashes broke out in Daraa between government forces and insurgents with both sides shelling parts of the southern city that has been declared a safe zone under a recent Russia-sponsored deal.
    (AP, 5/21/17)
2017        May 22, In Thailand a bomb exploded at the army-run Phramongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok, the third anniversary of a military coup. More than 20 people were reported wounded. On June 15 police arrested Wattana Pumret (61), a retired electrical engineer, who reportedly confessed to the bombing. Pumret later said he carried out the bombing as a "symbol of defiance" against the military government.
    (AP, 5/22/17)(AP, 6/15/17)(AP, 6/20/17)
2017        May 22, Tunisian security forces firing teargas clashed with protesters after they burned down two police stations following the death of a young man hit by a police vehicle during protests over jobs in the south.
    (Reuters, 5/22/17)
2017        May 22, Turkey and Russia signed a memorandum on lifting trade restrictions against each other, after Ankara and Moscow agreed at a meeting this month to settle trade disputes.
    (Reuters, 5/22/17)
2017        May 22, Turkish police detained overnight literature professor Nuriye Gulmen and primary school teacher Semih Ozakca, who have been on hunger strike for more than two months protesting against a government crackdown in which they lost their jobs following last year's failed coup.
    (Reuters, 5/22/17)
2017        May 22, In Barinas, Venezuela, protesters set the childhood home of late Pres. Hugo Chavez on fire along with several government buildings as they clashed with national guardsmen.
    (SFC, 5/23/17, p.A2)

2017        May 23, US Pres. Donald Trump arrived in Rome following his Middle East visit.
    (AP, 5/23/17)
2017        May 23, President Trump’s $4.1 trillion fiscal 2018 budget plan was released. The budget blueprint, called “A New Foundation for American Greatness," calls for deep cuts in health care for low-income Americans, food stamps, student loans, farm subsidies, and assistance for the disabled, while boosting spending on defense, border security, veterans’ care, and school choice.
    (CSM, 5/24/17)
2017        May 23, The US expelled two Cuban diplomats from their embassy in Washington following reports that American diplomats in Cuba had suffered severe hearing loss attributed to a covert sonic device. Some of the diplomats were later diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) and permanent hearing loss.
    (SFC, 8/11/17, p.A2)(SFC, 9/2/17, p.A2)
2017        May 23, Former CIA Director John Brennan told the House intelligence committee that he personally warned Russia last summer against interfering in the US presidential campaign, telling the Russians that continued meddling would backfire and prevent any warming of relations after the election.
    (AP, 5/23/17)
2017        May 23, The US government filed a civil lawsuit accusing Italy-American Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV of using software to bypass emission controls in diesel vehicles.
    (AP, 5/23/17)
2017        May 23, Sources said US Homeland Security officials have begun "extreme vetting" interviews at Australia's offshore detention centers, as Washington honors a refugee swap that U.S. President Donald Trump had called "a dumb deal".
    (AP, 5/23/17)
2017        May 23, North Carolina’s Charlotte Observer reported that Lavon Williams (38) has been sentenced to 24 years in federal prison. He made at least 11 round trips between San Francisco and Charlotte between October 2014 and February 2015, carrying about 40 pounds of the drug aboard each flight.
    (SFC, 5/23/17, p.A6)
2017        May 23, Target agreed to pay $18.5 million to resolve investigations stemming from the retailer’s 2013 data breach.
    (SFC, 5/24/17, p.C1)
2017        May 23, Bahraini police opened fire on a protest by supporters of a top Shiite cleric, with at least one demonstrator reported dead in the Sunni-ruled Gulf state.
    (AFP, 5/23/17)
2017        May 23, In Bolivia President Evo Morales's ex-girlfriend was sentenced to ten years prison on corruption charges, capping a steamy case that also involved allegations of a hidden love child. Gabriela Zapata, a former manager at the Chinese engineering group CAMC, was accused of using her influence with the president to win $560 million in government contracts.
    (AFP, 5/23/17)
2017        May 23, Brazilian police arrested presidential aide Tadeu Filippelli and two ex-governors as part of an investigation into the 2014 World Cup's most expensive stadium, another black eye for the country's political establishment that adds pressure on President Michel Temer.
    (Reuters, 5/23/17)(SFC, 5/24/17, p.A2)
2017        May 23, Bahraini police opened fire on a protest by supporters of a top Shiite cleric, with at least one demonstrator reported dead in the Sunni-ruled Gulf state. The police raid targeting Diraz village outside Manama killed five demonstrators. 286 people were arrested.
    (AFP, 5/23/17)(Reuters, 5/25/17)
2017        May 23, British police arrested a 23-year-old man, raided a property in southern Manchester and carried out a controlled explosion in another part of the city in a fast-moving investigation into the May 22 suicide bombing at a pop concert.
    (Reuters, 5/23/17)
2017        May 23, British actor Roger Moore (89) died in Switzerland, drawing tributes for his portrayal of the womanizing superspy as well as for his charity work. He had played James Bond over two decades with a suave wit.
    (AFP, 5/23/17)
2017        May 23, In China Google’s AlphaGo computer defeated Ke Jie, China’s national go champion. Censors blocked access to the online broadcast by Google, which organized the game in Wuzhen, a town west of Shanghai, during a forum on artificial intelligence.
    (AP, 5/24/17)
2017        May 23, In China Nobel Peace Prize laureate and dissident Liu Xiaobo (61) was diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer.
    (AP, 6/26/17)
2017        May 23, In Dubai seven people killed and 35 injured when a bus crashed into a truck on one of the sheikhdom's main highways.
    (AP, 5/23/17)
2017        May 23, Hong Kong's anti-graft agency arrested 21 government contractors on suspicion of falsifying test results for the strength of concrete used in a bridge across the Pearl River estuary to southern mainland China.
    (Reuters, 5/23/17)
2017        May 23, India said it had attacked and damaged Pakistani army posts in Kashmir as it sought to prevent militants infiltrating from the Pakistani side of the disputed region, but Pakistan denied the assertion.
    (Reuters, 5/23/17)
2017        May 23, India’s government issued notification regarding changes to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The environment ministry said that animal markets will only be able to trade in cattle meant for agricultural purposes. Animals for slaughter will have to be bought from farmers directly, a big blow to the meat business run mainly by Muslims.
    (AP, 5/27/17)
2017        May 23, In Indonesia two gay men were publicly caned 83 times in Aceh province after a remission for time spent in prison. On May 17 a court said each would receive 85 lashes for having sexual relations. Four heterosexual couples also were caned, receiving a far lesser number of strokes for affection outside marriage.
    (AP, 5/23/17)
2017        May 23, Iraqi military engineers installed a new floating bridge across the Tigris river, reconnecting the two halves of Mosul to facilitate troop deployments ahead of a final assault to dislodge Islamic State.
    (AP, 5/23/17)
2017        May 23, In Ivory Coast three demobilized ex-rebel fighters were killed in Bouake, as they clashed with police attempting to end their protest over bonus payments.
    (Reuters, 5/23/17)
2017        May 23, A Macedonian court convicted nine people of participating in a mob invasion of parliament last month that left more than 100 people injured. The court imposed six-month suspended jail sentences on all nine men, who had pleaded guilty and expressed repentance over the April 27 violence.
    (AP, 5/23/17)
2017        May 23, US Pres. Donald Trump met with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank. Following the meeting he called on Israelis and Palestinians to make compromises for peace as he wrapped up a closely watched visit, but offered no specifics on how he would resolve the decades-old conflict.
    (AFP, 5/23/17)
2017        May 23, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law for 60 days in southern Mindanao province after fighting raged in southern Marawi City between the army and militants linked to Islamic state. Islamic State group-linked Maute rebels swept through Marawi city, beheading a police chief, burning buildings, seizing a Catholic priest and his worshippers and raising the black flag of IS. The Maute group is run by brothers Omar and Abdullah Maute from a well-known family in Marawi.
    (Reuters, 5/23/17)(AP, 5/23/17)(AP, 5/24/17)(Reuters, 6/1/17)(Reuters, 6/3/17)
2017        May 23, The mayor of a Puntland town said Somali pirates hijacked an unlicensed Iranian fishing vessel to use as a base to attack bigger, more valuable ships, part of an upsurge in attacks following years of relative calm.
    (AP, 5/23/17)
2017        May 23, South Korea's military fired warning shots at a suspected drone from North Korea amid tension over Pyongyang's latest missile test which drew international condemnation and a warning from China. A day later South Korea's military said the unidentified object was probably a balloon carrying Pyongyang's propaganda leaflets.
    (AP, 5/23/17)(AP, 5/24/17)
2017        May 23, In Syria an attack by two suicide bombers in the city of Homs killed at least four people and wounded more than two dozen. Syrian forces hit a pickup truck rigged with explosives on the road leading to the Damascus International Airport, killing two militants. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for both attacks.
    (AP, 5/23/17)
2017        May 23, In southern Thailand attackers detonated a bomb and then shot two army rangers as they patrolled a community village on motorcycles.
    (SFC, 5/24/17, p.A2)
2017        May 23, In Yemen seven militants were killed during an intelligence-gathering raid by US Special Forces troops against an al Qaeda compound in the central Marib governorate. Sources in Marib said that five members of their al-Moradi clan, a main tribe in Marib, had died in the operation and six others were wounded, adding that they were all civilians.
    (Reuters, 5/23/17)

2017        May 24, Pope Francis urged US President Donald Trump to be a peacemaker at their first meeting after they exchanged sharp words last year, and Trump promised he would not forget the pontiff's message. Pope Francis presented Trump with a copy of his encyclical on preserving the environment.
    (Reuters, 5/24/17)(SFC, 5/25/17, p.A3)
2017        May 24, US President Donald Trump arrived in Brussels from Rome ahead of meetings with other NATO leaders and the heads of European Union institutions.
    (Reuters, 5/24/17)
2017        May 24, The US Congressional Budget Office said the GOP House health bill would increase the number of people without insurance by 23 million within a decade.
    (SFC, 5/25/17, p.A1)
2017        May 24, Montana Congressional candidate Greg Gianforte assaulted Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs and threw him to the ground in Bozeman on the eve of elections for a House seat. Republican Gianforte was still elected. On June 12 he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 40 hours of community service, 20 hours of anger management ordered to pay $385 in fines and court costs in addition to a 180-day suspended jail sentence.
    (SFC, 6/13/17, p.A8)
2017        May 24, Denis Johnson (67), American fiction writer, poet and playwright, died at his home at Seaside Ranch, Sonoma County, Ca. His books included the Vietnam War novel “Tree of Smoke" (2007). It won the National Book Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
    (SFC, 5/27/17, p.C3)
2017        May 24, Bogdan Mocanu, a Romanian man living in New York City, was sentenced to more than two years in prison for his role in a multi-state bank ATM skimming scheme and ordered in US District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts, to pay nearly $343,000 in restitution. He was part of a group that defrauded banks in Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey by placing devices on automated-teller machines that recorded debit and credit card account numbers.
    (AP, 5/25/17)   
2017        May 24, Johnson & Johnson said it has reached a $33 million settlement with 42 states resolving allegations that it sold nonprescription medicines that did not meet federal quality standards.
    (SFC, 5/25/17, p.C5)
2017        May 24, Researchers published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine that showed medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, had cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy. GW Pharmaceuticals of London, the maker of Epidiolex, is seeking US Food and Drug Administration approval.
    (AP, 5/25/17)   
2017        May 24, Abu Dhabi's government-owned power utility said it has closed a 3.2 billion dirham ($872 million) financing package for what will be the world's largest solar power plant.
    (Reuters, 5/24/17)
2017        May 24, Algerian Pres. Abdelaziz Bouteflika appointed Abdelmadjid Tebboune as prime minister, replacing his confidant Abdelmalek Sellal in the wake of parliamentary elections. Tebboune (71) was the housing minister of the outgoing government.
    (AFP, 5/24/17)
2017        May 24, British police arrested three people in South Manchester, bringing the total number of arrests related to the May 22 concert attack to four.
    (Reuters, 5/24/17)
2017        May 24, The Moody's ratings agency cut China's credit rating due to surging debt, prompting a protest by Beijing and highlighting challenges faced by Communist leaders as they overhaul a slowing economy.
    (AP, 5/24/17)
2017        May 24, Ecuador's incoming President Lenin Moreno was sworn into office. A day earlier he named several people from the private sector to key cabinet posts.
    (AP, 5/24/17)
2017        May 24, Egyptian prosecutors ordered the release on bail of opposition leader Khaled Ali, accused of publicly making an obscene finger gesture in January.
    (AP, 5/24/17)
2017        May 24, Indonesian police in West Java said they have set up a task force to investigate activities by gays in the country's most populous province.
    (AP, 5/24/17)
2017        May 24, In Indonesia twin suicide bombings targeting police killed three officers, in the deadliest attack by suspected militants in Jakarta in a year. On May 26 three suspects were arrested for alleged involvement in the bombings.
    (AP, 5/25/17)    (AP, 5/26/17)
2017        May 24, Iran signed a deal worth $615 million, €550 million, with a Spanish-Iranian consortium under which the group will provide pipes used in Iran's oil industry.
    (AP, 5/24/17)
2017        May 24, Iraq's interior minister ordered an investigation into allegations that members of the security forces had tortured, killed and abused civilians in the campaign to oust Islamic State militants from Mosul.
    (Reuters, 5/24/17)
2017        May 24, In Kenya eight police officers were killed by two roadside bombs during ongoing operation in Liboi. Both attacks were claimed by Shabaab Islamists.
    (AFP, 5/25/17)
2017        May 24, More than 30 migrants, mostly toddlers, drowned when about 200 people without life jackets fell from a boat into the sea off the Libyan coast before they could be hauled into waiting rescue boats. Another 82 were feared dead after falling into the water when their rubber boat deflated.
    (Reuters, 5/24/17)(Reuters, 5/30/17)
2017        May 24, Clashes broke out between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces as Israeli demonstrators march through the Old City of Jerusalem to mark the 50th anniversary of Israel's capture of the city's eastern half.
    (AP, 5/24/17)
2017        May 24, Representatives from Myanmar's ethic rebel groups and the government gathered in Yangon for five days of peace talks aimed at ending decades of ethnic rebellions in the country.
    (AP, 5/24/17)
2017        May 24, Nepal's PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal announced his resignation so Sher Bahadur Deuba, the leader of his coalition partner party, can succeed him in line with an agreement between the two parties.
    (AP, 5/24/17)
2017        May 24, Nepali Sherpas found four climbers dead in their tents on Mount Everest, taking the death toll on the world's highest mountain to 10 in the past month. A day later Nepal said that the bodies were not of mountaineers from this year's climbing season.
    (Reuters, 5/24/17)(Reuters, 5/25/17)
2017        May 24, Pakistani prison authorities executed Atta Ullah and Taj Mohammad, both members of the Pakistani Taliban, over their involvement in a 2014 school attack that killed 150 people, mostly schoolchildren.
    (AP, 5/24/17)
2017        May 24, In Pakistan armed men pretending to be policemen kidnapped Chinese language teachers Lee Zing Yang (24) and Meng Li Si (26) in Quetta. Their deaths were confirmed on June 12.
    (Reuters, 5/24/17)(AP, 6/12/17)
2017        May 24, Qatar authorities blamed hackers for incendiary statements about Iran and Israel posted on Qatar's state-run news agency. The statements sparked a regional dispute, with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia blocking Qatari media including Al-Jazeera.
    (AP, 5/24/17)
2017        May 24, Angry UN staff in Geneva protested against a proposed 7.5 percent cut to their salaries, the equivalent of almost a month's pay, and called for strike action if it is implemented.
    (Reuters, 5/24/17)
2017        May 24, Syrian government forces carried out at least 12 airstrikes and dropped at least nine barrel bombs on rebel-held parts of Daraa as intense clashes with insurgents, including members of the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee, continued in the city's Manshiyeh neighborhood.
    (AP, 5/24/17)
2017        May 24, In Syria At least 16 civilians were killed in bombing raids early today by the US-led coalition on the village of Al-Baruda 10 miles from Raqa. 15 civilians were reportedly killed in coalition raids on Mayadeen.
    (AFP, 5/24/17)(AFP, 5/26/17)
2017        May 24, The Syrian army said it had killed Abu Musab al-Masri, the Islamic State's military commander in Syria, during operations in the north of the country, in operations that got underway on May 10.
    (Reuters, 5/24/17)
2017        May 24, Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, punctuating a years-long campaign by advocates for gay rights. In its majority opinion, the court said a provision in the current civil code barring same-sex marriages violated two articles of the constitution safeguarding human dignity and equality under the law.
    (AP, 5/24/17)
2017        May 24, A court in the United Arab Emirates sentenced businessman Khater Massaad to 15 years in prison over one alleged scam. He was accused of stealing $1.5 billion while working for one of its sheikhdoms. Massaad was arrested in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, in September and still remains there. He maintained his innocence and said that the charges were part of a long-running vendetta against him by the government of Ras al-Khaimah.
    (AP, 5/24/17)
2017        May 24, Angry Venezuelans barricaded streets in parts of Caracas and the opposition geared up for another protest as the announcement of two election dates failed to appease anger against President Nicolas Maduro and an economy in tailspin.
    (Reuters, 5/24/17)
2017        May 24, Pres. Robert Mugabe's daughter Bona Chikore (27) was appointed to the Zimbabwe board of censors, the latest family member to take up an official role.
    (AFP, 5/24/17)

2017        May 25, The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved bipartisan legislation that would authorize the president to levy new penalties on Iran while keeping the landmark nuclear deal in place.
    (AP, 5/25/17)   
2017        May 25, In southern Afghanistan at least 13 soldiers were killed and eight others wounded in overnight fighting with Taliban insurgents at several security checkpoints in Kandahar province.
    (AP, 5/25/17)   

2017        May 25, Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott signed law that will eliminate taxes on feminine hygiene products starting in January. Florida joined 13 other states and the District of Columbia in enacting such legislation.
    (SFC, 5/26/17, p.A5)
2017        May 25, In Virginia the Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that blocks the Republican administration from temporarily suspending new visas for six Muslim majority countries.
    (SFC, 5/26/17, p.A5)
2017        May 25, Meeting in Vienna OPEC and other oil nations extended their production cuts in an effort to shore up prices. US shale producers with crude prices above $50 a barrel from lows of last year were increasingly moving back into the market.
    (AP, 5/25/17)   
2017        May 25, A Bahrain court sentenced 17 men to jail terms ranging from several years to life imprisonment on charges of forming a terrorist cell.
    (Reuters, 5/25/17)   
2017        May 25, US President Donald Trump told fellow NATO leaders in Brussels that the United States would never stop fighting terrorism, calling the May 22 Manchester attacks "savage" and "barbaric," but made no explicit mention of NATO's mutual defense pact. Trump vowed to crack down on leaks that prompted Manchester police to withhold information from the United States about the investigation into this week's bombing. He also chastised NATO leaders for not paying their fair share to protect the long-standing alliance. Trump also criticized Germany as "very bad" on trade at a meeting with EU officials.
    (Reuters, 5/25/17)(AP, 5/25/17)(Reuters, 5/26/17)
2017        May 25, Brazil's Pres. Michael Temer cancelled an order to deploy the military to the streets of the capital after criticism that the move, made a day earlier, was excessive and merely an effort to hold onto power amid increasing calls for his resignation.
    (AP, 5/25/17)   
2017        May 25, It was reported that researchers in Brazil are experimenting with a new treatment for severe burns using the skin of tilapia fish, an unorthodox procedure they say can ease the pain of victims and cut medical costs.
    (Reuters, 5/25/17)   
2017        May 25, British armed police began patrolling trains for the first time, after the terror threat level was raised to critical following the May 22 suicide bombing in Manchester.
    (Reuters, 5/25/17)
2017        May 25, China accused the United States of trespassing after a US warship sailed near a reef claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea, the first such operation by President Donald Trump's administration in the disputed waterway.
    (AFP, 5/25/17)   
2017        May 25, Egyptian security officials said separate attacks in restive northern Sinai peninsula where Islamic militants are active have left four security personnel dead.
    (AP, 5/25/17)   
2017        May 25, Indian police arrested around 150 people protesting against a breakdown in law and order in the eastern city of Kolkata, after street battles broke out during a march to police headquarters and police cars were set ablaze. Regional and national leaders from PM Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) staged the march to protest against a perceived deterioration in security in the state of West Bengal, which is ruled by a rival left-wing party.
    (Reuters, 5/25/17)       
2017        May 25, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency quoted a senior commander of the elite Revolutionary Guard saying Iran has built a third underground ballistic missile production factory and will keep developing its missile program.
    (Reuters, 5/25/17)
2017        May 25, Israel says it will reduce the electricity supply to Gaza after officials in the Palestinian government in the West Bank said payments would be scaled back.
    (AP, 5/25/17)   
2017        May 25, Italy's culture minister promised to fight a court ruling that removed the directors of five museums credited with helping boost revenues after years of poor management. The administrative court for the Lazio region, which surrounds Rome, had ruled that the evaluation process was confused and opaque, and questioned the hiring of foreigners to some of the posts.
    (Reuters, 5/25/17)   
2017        May 25, An Italian court opened the way for a class action lawsuit against automaker Volkswagen over its emissions scandal.
    (AP, 5/25/17)   
2017        May 25, The last Japanese troops withdrew from a UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.
    (Reuters, 5/25/17)
2017        May 25, In Kenya five police officers were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in an attack claimed by Shabaab Islamists.
    (AFP, 5/25/17)
2017        May 25, Forces loyal to the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), led by eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar, said they have taken full control of Tamanhent air base in southern Libya following a long-standing dispute with a rival faction from the western city of Misrata. The air base had previously been controlled by the Third Force.
    (Reuters, 5/25/17)       
2017        May 25, Hamas put to death three men it had accused of the March killing Mazen Faqha, a senior member of the militant Islamic group that rules Gaza. Two men were hanged and one was killed by firing squad.
    (AP, 5/25/17)   
2017        May 25, Philippine security forces bombed residential areas in the southern city of Marawi as they battled Islamist militants who were holding hostages and reported to have murdered at least 11 civilians.
    (AP, 5/25/17)   
2017        May 25, Saudi Arabia's largest telecommunications firm said it will set up a $500-million venture capital fund to invest in start-up companies. The fund will be managed independently of STC.
    (AFP, 5/25/17)
2017        May 25, Slovak prosecutors took steps to ban a far-right party that won its first parliamentary seats last year, saying it posed a threat to the country's democratic system. The People's Party-Our Slovakia, which openly admires Jozef Tiso, leader of a Nazi puppet state that ruled the country during World War Two, won a larger-than-expected 8 percent of the vote in national elections in March 2016.
    (Reuters, 5/25/17)       
2017        May 25, In Sri Lanka flooding and landslides killed at least 200 people and left another 96 missing as the monsoon set in, dumping record rainfalls in many parts of the island. Over 100,000 people displaced in southern and western regions.
    (AFP, 5/26/17)(Reuters, 5/27/17)(AP, 5/28/17)(AP, 5/31/17)
2017        May 25, The Syrian army said it had retaken a swathe of territory from Islamic State in southern Syria in a rapid advance near areas held by US-backed Syrian rebels at the border with Jordan and Iraq.
    (Reuters, 5/25/17)
2017        May 25, In eastern Syria 35 civilians were killed in US coalition raids on Mayadeen late today, including 13 children.
    (AFP, 5/26/17)(AP, 5/27/17)
2017        May 25, Thailand's telecoms regulator said anyone wanting to use or buy a pre-paid SIM card for a mobile phone in the deep south will have to have their fingerprints verified and face scanned to stop insurgents from using them to trigger bombs.
    (Reuters, 5/25/17)   
2017        May 25, Four Turkish soldiers and a village guard were killed in two separate clashes with Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in eastern Turkey. Three PKK militants, believed to be preparing for an attack, were killed in air strikes targeting the Metina region of northern Iraq.
    (Reuters, 5/25/17)         
2017        May 25, Cybersecurity company FireEye said hackers linked with Vietnam's government are likely targeting Philippine state agencies to gather intelligence related to the maritime dispute in the South China Sea.
    (Reuters, 5/25/17)

2017        May 26, A US federal judge tossed out two life sentences for DC sniper lee Boyd Malvo and ordered Virginia courts to hold new sentencing hearings. Malvo was 17 when he was arrested in 2002 for a series of shootings that killed 10 people.
    (SFC, 5/27/17, p.A6)
2017        May 26, US foreign policy expert Zbigniew Brzezinski (b.1928) died. In the 1960s he was an adviser to John F. Kennedy, served in the Johnson administration and advised Hubert Humphrey's presidential campaign. He was the first director of the Trilateral Commission, an international discussion group, serving from 1973 to 1976. He helped Pres. Jimmy Carter bridge wide gaps between the rigid Egyptian and Israeli leaders, Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin, leading to the Camp David accords in September 1978. Three months later, US-China relations were normalized, a priority for Brzezinski. His 1983 book, "Power and Principle," was hailed and reviled as a kiss-and-tell memoir.
    (AP, 5/27/17)
2017        May 26, In Alabama inmate Tommy Arthur (75) was executed for the 1982 murder-for-hire shooting of Troy Wicker. Arthur had escaped seven previous execution dates as a pro bono legal team fought his sentence.
    (SFC, 5/26/17, p.A8)
2017        May 26, A Michigan judge threw out the murder conviction of Desmond Ricks (51), a Detroit man who has been in prison for 25 years. New tests on bullets supported Ricks’ contention that police framed him with bogus evidence in the 1992 murder of Gerry Bennett. On Aug 23 a lawyer for Ricks filed a lawsuit seeking over $100 million.
    (SFC, 5/27/17, p.A6)(SFC, 8/25/17, p.A5)
2017        May 26, In Portland, Oregon, Ricky John Best (53) and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche were killed and another was hurt in a stabbing after a man on a light-rail train yelled racial slurs at two women, one of whom was wearing a hijab. Police arrested a man who ran from the train.
    (SFC, 5/27/17, p.A6)(SFC, 5/30/17, p.A5)
2017        May 26, In South Carolina Todd Kohlhepp pleaded guilty to seven counts of murder over nearly 13 years and other charges. He was arrested when investigators found a woman last November 3 chained inside a shipping container on his property.
    (SFC, 5/27/17, p.A6)
2017        May 26, In Virginia Robert Porter, an ex-National Guard colonel, was sentenced to a year and a half in prison for bribery. For six years he was involved in taking and facilitating bribes for recruiting and marketing contracts.
    (SSFC, 5/28/17, p.A8)
2017        May 26, In Virginia Travis Ball (27) fatally shot Special Agent Michael Walter in a public housing project in Richmond. Walter died the next day and Ball was arrested following an overnight manhunt.
    (SSFC, 5/28/17, p.A8)
2017        May 26, In Afghanistan Taliban fighters attacked an army camp in the southern Kandahar province, killing at least 15 soldiers. More than 20 Taliban fighters were reported killed in the fighting.
    (AP, 5/26/17)(SFC, 5/27/17, p.A2)
2017        May 26, Albania's government declared May 10 as Pelican Day in an effort to protect the habitat of a bird under threat.
    (AP, 5/26/17)
2017        May 26, Bahraini authorities buried the bodies of five men without their families’ permission. They were among a group that attacked security forces during a raid in Diraz and were killed during a security raid last week.
    (Reuters, 5/28/17)
2017        May 26, The Burundi government said unmarried couples have until the end of the year to legalize their relationships, as part of an effort to reform morals in the country.
    (AFP, 5/26/17)
2017        May 26, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and Doctors of the World (MDM) said Croatian police have beaten with sticks and robbed migrants trying to pass through the country.
    (AFP, 5/26/17)
2017        May 26, In Egypt an attack by masked gunmen on a bus carrying Christians to the St. Samuel Monastery in the Minya governorate south of Cairo, killed 28 people, including many children.
    (AP, 5/26/17)
2017        May 26, Egyptian fighter jets carried out six air strikes directed at camps in Libya which Cairo says have been training militants who killed 29 Coptic Christians and wounded 24 in a shooting spree in the Egyptian province of Minya.
    (Reuters, 5/27/17)
2017        May 26, The Estonian foreign ministry said it had expelled two Russian diplomats. A Russian foreign ministry official said the expulsion will not go unanswered.
    (Reuters, 5/26/17)
2017        May 26, An Ethiopian court sentenced journalist Getachew Shiferaw to 18 months in prison on charges of subversion. Shiferaw was arrested in late December 2015 and charged in May last year with involvement in the operations of the outlawed anti-government group Ginbot 7. He was expected to be freed within a week.
    (Reuters, 5/26/17)
2017        May 26, Germany-based BMW said it is recalling more than 45,000 older 7-Series cars in the US because the doors can open unexpectedly while they're being driven.
    (AP, 5/26/17)
2017        May 26, In India rules took effect requiring that cattle traders pledge that any cows or buffalos sold are not intended for slaughter. At least one state government is planning a challenge in court.
    (AP, 5/29/17)
2017        May 26, Iranian Shaaban Nassiri, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), was killed fighting Islamic State near Baaj, west of the Iraqi city of Mosul.
    (Reuters, 5/27/17)(SSFC, 5/28/17, p.A7)
2017        May 26, In Libya heavy clashes between rival factions erupted in Tripoli, with loud explosions and heavy artillery fire. Forces loyal to Libya's unity government lost 52 fighters as they repelled rival militias in fierce clashes in the capital Tripoli.
    (Reuters, 5/26/17)(AFP, 5/27/17)
2017        May 26, Nearly 80 migrants were rescued off Libya's coast after clinging to their sinking boat for two days. The bodies of seven people who did not survive were also recovered.
    (Reuters, 5/26/17)
2017        May 26, In Moldova the Liberals quit the 3-party government coalition in protest at the arrest of Chisinau mayor and Liberal deputy chairman, Dorin Chirtoaca, for alleged abuse of office linked to the distribution of parking contracts in the capital.
    (Reuters, 5/29/17)
2017        May 26, In the Philippines Pres. Duterte said foreigners are among Islamist gunmen battling security forces in Marawi as soldiers tore down black IS flags in retaken districts and the reported death toll climbed to 46.
    (AFP, 5/26/17)
2017        May 26, Philippine officials seized 604 kg (1,332 lbs.) of methamphetamine after being tipped off by their Chinese counterparts. This was the largest such bust since China launched a crackdown on drug-smuggling in cooperation with the Philippines.
    (Reuters, 5/29/17)
2017        May 26, In Sicily leaders from the world's major industrialized nations began two-day talks at a G7 summit. G7 leaders signed a declaration on combating terrorism and violent extremism.
    (AP, 5/26/17)(Reuters, 5/26/17)(SFC, 5/27/17, p.A2)
2017        May 26, In Sicily US President Donald Trump and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe agreed to expand sanctions against North Korea for its continued development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
    (AP, 5/26/17)(Reuters, 5/26/17)
2017        May 26, In Spain 1,036 pigs died late today in a fire that engulfed a roofed feedlot filled with pig pens in the small town of Puerto Lumbreras in the Murcia region.
    (AP, 5/27/17)
2017        May 26, Switzerland said it is transferring 3.5 million euros ($3.9 million) to Tunisia that had been frozen in connection with a close relative of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Tunisian authorities will determine what to do with the assets.
    (AP, 5/26/17)
2017        May 26, In Syria an early morning US-led coalition air strike on the eastern town of Mayadeen killed at least 80 relatives of Islamic State group fighters.
    (AFP, 5/26/17)
2017        May 26, It was reported that hunger is forcing desperate refugees from South Sudan to steal food from poverty-stricken locals in northern Uganda, after a funding crisis compelled the United Nations slash rations in refugee camps by half this month.
    (Reuters, 5/26/17)

2017        May 27, Gregg Allman, Southern Rock singer and organist of the Allman Brothers Band, died at his home in Savannah, Ga.
    (SSFC, 5/28/17, p.C9)
2017        May 27, Jim Bunning (b.1931), Hall of Fame baseball pitcher and former US Senator (1999-2011), died in Fort Thomas, Kentucky.
    (SSFC, 5/28/17, p.C9)
2017        May 27, In Mississippi Willie Corey Godbolt (35) began an argument with his estranged wife over their children. Gunfire erupted after a deputy arrived and eight people ended up dead including Deputy William Durr (36). Godbolt was arrested the next day.
    (SFC, 5/29/17, p.A5)
2017        May 27, In Afghanistan a Taliban car bomber killed 13 people in the first major attack at the start of Ramadan targeting a CIA-funded militia group.
    (AFP, 5/27/17)
2017        May 27, The world's 1.5 billion Muslims began observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan, blighted by conflict and bloodshed in across the Muslim world.
    (AFP, 5/27/17)
2017        May 27, Britain reduced its terrorism threat level a notch, from "critical" to "severe," as police made two more attests, bringing the number of suspects in custody to 11.
    (AP, 5/27/17)
2017        May 27, British Airways canceled all flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports as a global IT failure caused severe disruption for travelers on a busy holiday weekend.
    (AP, 5/27/17)
2017        May 27, Charles Chen Yidan, Chinese tech entrepreneur, announced the launch of the Yidan Prize with the mission to create a better world through education. The first two winners, announced in September, included Carol Dweck of Stanford and Vicky Colbert of the Fundacion Escuela Nueva in Colombia.
    (http://www.yidanprize.org/en/tp-the-founder.php)(SFC, 9/20/17 p.D3)
2017        May 27, Airbus began building its first helicopter assembly plant in China, and the European plane maker planned to produce 18 machines a year there in hopes the country will soon open up its low-altitude airspace.
    (AFP, 5/28/17)
2017        May 27, Iraqi armed forces launched an operation to capture the last Islamic State-held enclave in Mosul. The United Nations expressed "deep concern" for the hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped behind Islamic State lines.
    (Reuters, 5/27/17)
2017        May 27, In Indian-controlled Kashmir one civilian was killed and dozens of others injured after massive anti-India protests and clashes erupted following the killing of a prominent rebel commander and his associate in a gunbattle with government forces. Rebel leader Sabzar Ahmed Bhat and a fellow militant were killed after troops cordoned off the southern Tral area overnight following a tip that rebels were hiding there.
    (AP, 5/27/17)
2017        May 27, Indonesia deported Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby, whose trial and imprisonment on the tourist island of Bali mesmerized her homeland following her arrest in 2004.
    (AP, 5/27/17)
2017        May 27, Libyan Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia, a group linked to Al-Qaeda, said it is formally dissolving itself. The decision came on the back of heavy losses that have wiped out its leadership and decimated its fighters.
    (Reuters, 5/27/17)
2017        May 27, In Myanmar thousands of Buddhist monks, nuns and supporters of the Ma Ba Tha ultranationalist group gathered at an annual conference on the outskirts of Yangon despite being banned by the government.
    (AP, 5/27/17)
2017        May 27, Human rights advocates called on Myanmar to investigate the actions of some of its soldiers after footage of people being treated violently by uniformed men went viral.
    (Reuters, 5/27/17)
2017        May 27, Pakistani authorities reopened the main Chaman border crossing at Afghanistan's request. Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to maintain a ceasefire in the border town.
    (AP, 5/27/17)
2017        May 27, Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails on hunger strike since April 17 ended their mass protest after Israel agreed a deal following weeks of refusing to negotiate.
    (AFP, 5/27/17)
2017        May 27, Philippine government peace negotiators cancelled formal peace talks with Maoist-led rebels in the Netherlands after New People's Army (NPA) guerrillas stepped up offensives in the countryside.
    (Reuters, 5/27/17)
2017        May 27, In Sicily the G7 democracies ended their summit without unanimous agreement on climate change. Six nations in the Group of Seven agreed to stick with their commitment to implement the 2015 Paris deal that aims to slow down global warming. US President Donald Trump said he would decide next week whether the United States would abide by the 2015 Paris agreement on cutting global carbon emissions.
    (AP, 5/27/17)
2017        May 27, In Spain tens of thousands of people rallied in Madrid for a "march of dignity" to demand better wages and job security as Spain's economy improves.
    (AFP, 5/27/17)
2017        May 27, Syria’s government-controlled media and a war monitor said Syrian troops and allied militia have pushed back Islamic State militants and US-backed opposition fighters, gaining control of a large swath of territory in the country's strategic southern desert.
    (AP, 5/27/17)
2017        May 27, Tanzanian police said that they had arrested two morgue employees in Dar es Salaam after they admitted to cutting open a dead man's corpse a week ago and stealing the drugs hidden in his stomach.
    (AFP, 5/27/17)
2017        May 27, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said the European Union had presented Turkey with a new 12-month timetable for renewing their relations. Erdogan said Turkey and the EU had agreed on giving a new impetus to relations and added Turkey's foreign and EU affairs ministries would work towards the timetable.
    (Reuters, 5/27/17)
2017        May 27, In Turkey two journalists from a pro-secular opposition newspaper have been arrested and accused of aiding a terror organization. The nationalist Sozcu newspaper published today’s edition with the headline "A dark day for Turkish media and journalism," protesting the arrests of online editor Mediha Olgun and reporter Gokmen Ulu.
    (AP, 5/27/17)
2017        May 27, In Turkey an air strike in the southeastern province of Van late today killed 10 PKK militants.
    (Reuters, 5/28/17)
2017        May 27, In Venezuela demonstrators clashed with police again as they descended on the offices of the state media regulator, the latest in nearly two months of often-violent protests demanding the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro.
    (AFP, 5/27/17)

2017        May 28, It was reported that Agility Public Warehousing, a Kuwaiti logistics company, accused of inflating prices and defrauding the US government for contracts to feed American troops, has agreed to pay $95 million to settle a 2009 lawsuit over false invoices and statements to a logistics center.
    (SSFC, 5/28/17, p.A4)
2017        May 28, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Goldman Sachs Group has bought $2.8 billion in bonds from Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA at a steeply discounted price. Opposition leaders immediately accused the bank of getting in bed with a deeply unpopular administration, the target of two months of near-daily protests.
    (AP, 5/30/17)   
2017        May 28, In Indiana Takuma Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500.
    (AP, 5/29/17)
2017        May 28, In Afghanistan gunmen killed district governor Ajmal Khan and his son in eastern Paktika province.
    (AP, 5/29/17)
2017        May 28, Bangladesh authorities reinstalled a Lady Justice statue near the country's Supreme Court, two days after its removal following complaints by Islamist hard-liners.
    (AP, 5/28/17)
2017        May 28, British police made another arrest in connection with the Manchester bombing, bringing the total to 12.
    (AP, 5/28/17)
2017        May 28, British Airways resumed some flights from Britain's two biggest airports after a global computer system failure a day earlier created chaos, but hundreds of passengers were still waiting for hours at London Heathrow.
    (Reuters, 5/28/17)
2017        May 28, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported that civil servants will face new restrictions when changing jobs as authorities move to prevent them from using official posts to make personal profit. Those in leadership positions or at the county level and above will not be allowed to work in businesses or for-profit organizations related to their previous administration for three years after resignation.
    (Reuters, 5/28/17)
2017        May 28, In France the Cannes Film Festival awarded the Palme d’Or to Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square." Sofia Coppola became the second woman to win the best director award for her remake of “The Beguiled," Don Siegel’s 1971 Civil War drama.   
    (SFC, 5/29/17, p.A2)
2017        May 28, Government forces enforced a strict curfew in parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir, a day after the killing of a prominent rebel commander by Indian soldiers sparked massive protests in the disputed region.
    (AP, 5/28/17)
2017        May 28, In Iraq the advance of government troops slowed in the last push to drive Islamic State group militants from remaining pockets of Mosul as IS militants deployed snipers, suicide car bombers and suicide attackers on foot.
    (AP, 5/28/17)
2017        May 28, In Pakistan a record high of 53.5 degrees C (128.3 degrees F) was set in the southwestern city of Turbat, the world's hottest-ever temperature recorded for the month of May.
    (AP, 6/8/17)
2017        May 28, The head of Palestinian Islamic courts told judges not to grant divorces over Ramadan, fearing the month-long fast could spark rash words that would be regretted later.
    (AFP, 5/28/17)
2017        May 28, In the Philippines eight bodies of what appeared to be executed civilians were found in a ravine outside the besieged city of Marawi. Some two thousand fearful civilians were trapped inside Marawi, as the death toll from almost a week of fighting neared 100. The military said Islamist militants have killed 19 civilians, bringing the official death toll from nearly a week of fighting to at least 85.
    (Reuters, 5/28/17)(AF, 5/28/17)(AFP, 5/28/17)
2017        May 28, Qatar forcibly deported Mohammed al-Otaibi (49) and his wife to Saudi Arabia while on their way to Norway where he hoped to seek asylum. Otaibi had fled to neighboring Qatar in March after he had faced in Saudi Arabia charges related to his human rights work and was referred to an anti-terrorism court.
    (AP, 5/29/17)
2017        May 28, Spain's minority government cobbled together enough support from opposition parties in Parliament to pass its 2017 budget. Nueva Canarias, a regional party of Spain's Canary Islands, agreed to vote in favor of PM Mariano Rajoy's proposed budget in exchange for increased government subsidies for the transport of residents and goods between the Canary Islands and mainland Spain, among other concessions.
    (AP, 5/28/17)
2017        May 28, A Russian airstrike targeting Islamic State leaders outside Raqqa reportedly killed more than 300 militants. Russia announced the strike on June 16 and said IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may have been among those killed.
    (SFC, 6/17/17, p.A4)
2017        May 28, Tunisian security forces late today killed a leader of the Islamic State group who was plotting attacks during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The suspect was a Tunisian known as Houssem Tlithi (1997).
    (AFP, 5/29/17)
2017        May 28, Turkey's military killed 13 members of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in air strikes in northern Iraq.
    (AP, 5/28/17)

2017        May 29, It was reported that a local rescue group has found dozens of sick and dying pelicans along California’s Ventura and Santa Barbara coasts. Poisoning from domoic acid, a naturally occurring toxin in algae, was suspected.
    (SFC, 5/29/17, p.A4)
2017        May 29, In Chicago at least 46 people were shot over the Memorial Day weekend and five people killed. In 2016 over the same weekend 64 people were shot and seven fatally wounded.
    (SFC, 5/31/17, p.A6)
2017        May 29, In Texas hundreds of protesters opposing the state’s tough new law against sanctuary cities staged a raucous demonstration from the public gallery in the Texas State House prompting lawmakers below to scuffle.
    (SFC, 5/30/17, p.A7)
2017        May 29, In Afghanistan Polish and Afghan special forces, backed by US air power, freed 11 people who had been taken hostage by the Taliban in Helmand province.
    (AP, 5/30/17)   
2017        May 29, In England an encounter between a tiger and a zookeeper at Hamerton Zoo Park, 130 km (80 miles) north of London, claimed the life of Rosa King (34).
    (AP, 5/30/17)   
2017        May 29, The Democratic Republic of Congo said it has approved using an experimental Ebola vaccine to combat an outbreak of the virus in the northeast.
    (AFP, 5/29/17)
2017        May 29, Dominican Republic authorities detained the minister of industry and commerce and seven other top-level officials in an international bribery scandal involving the Brazilian company Odebrecht after Odebrecht told US prosecutors that it paid $92 million in bribes to Dominican officials since 2001 to secure 17 key government contracts.
    (AP, 5/29/17)
2017        May 29, Egypt announced a $2.49 billion package of income tax discounts, bonuses for state employees, increased pension payments and cash subsidies for lower and middle income Egyptians to cope with soaring inflation.
    (AP, 5/29/17)
2017        May 29, Egyptian jets carried out air strikes on the Libyan city of Derna, pressing home attacks against Islamist militants Egypt says were responsible for ambushing and killing Egyptian Christians last week.
    (Reuters, 5/29/17)
2017        May 29, The EU extended it sanctions over the deteriorating situation in Congo, imposing travel bans and asset freezes on nine more senior security officials.
    (AP, 5/29/17)
2017        May 29, The European Union has approved the takeover of the reactor business of Areva by nuclear giant EDF in an all-French transaction, arguing it will not affect healthy competition in the sector.
    (AP, 5/29/17)
2017        May 29, French Pres. Emanuel Macron held talks with Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin at Versailles. Macron pushed for cooperation on Syria and against the Islamic State group and launched an attack on two Russian media outlets he accused of spreading lying propaganda.
    (SFC, 5/30/17, p.A2)
2017        May 29, In Greece Constantine Mitsotakis (98), a former conservative prime minister (1990-93) died. His political career spanned more than half a century.
    (AP, 5/31/17)   
2017        May 29, Iraqi forces pressed forward with an offensive against jihadist-held areas of Mosul as the UN warned of grave danger to civilians in the final stages of the battle.
    (AFP, 5/29/17)
2017        May 29, The Popular Mobilization force, an Iraqi Shi'ite group backed by Iran, said it pushed Islamic State out of several villages on the border with Syria, potentially reopening a supply route to send Iranian weapons to President Bashar al-Assad.
    (AP, 5/29/17)
2017        May 29, In Moldova a minister in the pro-European government and two of his deputies resigned, after their party withdrew from the ruling coalition over the arrest of its deputy chairman on corruption charges.
    (Reuters, 5/29/17)
2017        May 29, Moldova's pro-European Union government expelled five Russian diplomats, a move the ex-Soviet country's Moscow-backed president Igor Dodon says has led to the worst crisis in bilateral relations in 25 years.
    (Reuters, 5/31/17)
2017        May 29, Authorities in Morocco arrested Nasser Zefzafi, leader of Al-Hirak al-Shaabi, or the "Popular Movement." The movement has shaken the country's northern Rif region for months. Zefzafi was "severely" beaten and verbally abused by police during his arrest.
    (AFP, 5/29/17)(AP, 6/22/17)
2017        May 29, North Korea test-fired a suspected Scud-type short-range missile. It flew about 450 km (280 miles) before landing in Japan's maritime economic zone, setting off the usual round of condemnation from Washington and the North's neighbors.
    (AP, 5/29/17)
2017        May 29, In Pakistan two demonstrators were killed in a protest against electricity shortages in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, reportedly when police fired to disperse crowds.
    (Reuters, 5/30/17)
2017        May 29, Manuel Noriega (83), Panama’s de facto ruler from 1983 to 1989, died at home in Panama. He spent all but the last few months of his final years in a Panamanian prison.
    (AP, 5/30/17)   
2017        May 29, In the Philippines the army launched airstrikes and went house-to-house to crush areas of resistance in Marawi. More than 100 people, including 24 civilians, have been killed in six days of fighting.
    (AP, 5/29/17)
2017        May 29, Poland extradited Benjamin F. to Austria. He was suspected of war crimes after he allegedly killed civilians and enemy troops last year who had already surrendered while he was fighting on the side of Ukrainian forces.
    (AP, 5/30/17)   
2017        May 29, In Russia five people were killed in Moscow by falling trees and one person died after being hit by bus stop debris torn off by high winds as thunderstorms and strong winds buffet the city and its surrounding areas. The death toll soon rose to 16 with more than 200 others injured.
    (AP, 5/29/17)(Reuters, 5/30/17)
2017        May 29, Serbia introduced May 18 as a Remembrance Day for women killed by their husbands or partners as part of efforts to curb domestic violence in the conservative Balkan country. The date was chosen because seven women were killed in just three days in May 2015.
    (AP, 5/29/17)
2017        May 29, In Syria more airstrikes and artillery shelling hit the northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group, as US-backed fighters pushed closer to the extremists' stronghold. The activist-operated Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently said that the US-led coalition carried out more than 30 airstrikes on the city over the last 24 hours, killing 35 people and destroying a school on Raqqa's northern outskirts.
    (AP, 5/29/17)
2017        May 29, In Vietnam the Taiwanese-owned Formosa Plastics Group's steel plant restarted after its operations were halted for causing one of the country's worst environmental disasters.
    (Reuters, 5/29/17)

2017        May 30, A group of US Senate Democrats sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting information about a raft of trademark approvals from China this year that they say may violate the US Constitution's ban on gifts from foreign governments.
    (AP, 5/31/17)   
2017        May 30, White House communications director Michael Dubke confirmed he is leaving the White House and says his last day on the job has not been determined.
    (AP, 5/30/17)   
2017        May 30, Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she would cancel the passports of around 20,000 pedophiles on the national child sex offender register under legislation that will be introduced to Parliament soon. Australian pedophiles have been notorious for taking inexpensive vacations to nearby Southeast Asian and Pacific island countries to abuse children there.
    (AP, 5/30/17)   
2017        May 30, Afgan Mukhtarli, an Azeri investigative journalist and a human rights activist, who had been living in ex-Soviet Georgia since 2015, went missing. He was abducted in Tbilisi by a group of unknown men, beaten up and taken to the Azeri-Georgian border, where he was detained by Azeri police.
    (Reuters, 5/31/17)
2017        May 30, Cyclone Mora battered Bangladesh, killing five people, damaging thousands of homes and ripping through a camp housing thousands of Rohingya refugees who had fled violence in Myanmar.
    (AFP, 5/30/17)
2017        May 30, A court in southern India ordered a four-week stay on the federal government's decision to ban the sale of cows and buffaloes for slaughter.
    (AP, 5/30/17)   
2017        May 30, In Iraq two car bombs killed at least 31 people in Baghdad and wounded about 80 others early today, one targeting the late-night crowds typical of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan who shop and eat ahead of the next day's fast. Later in the day, bombings in and around the Iraqi capital killed seven more people.
    (Reuters, 5/30/17)(AP, 5/30/17)
2017        May 30, Kazakhstan's energy ministry said that the Tengizchevroil project has suspended operations at Tengiz oilfield after a toxic substance was released.
    (AP, 5/30/17)   
2017        May 30, Some 200 troops and 60 combat vehicles from Norway arrived in Lithuania, completing a multinational NATO unit of more than 1,000 soldiers in the Baltic nation neighboring Russia.
    (AP, 5/30/17)   
2017        May 30, In northern Morocco thousands staged demonstrations for a fifth night running to demand the release of Nasser Zefzafi, the leader of a months-long protest movement in the neglected Rif region.
    (AFP, 5/31/17)
2017        May 30, Police in northern Myanmar said that they are investigating the deaths of three ethnic Kachin men whose bodies were found in a shallow grave. Locals said they were detained on May 25 by government soldiers.
    (AP, 5/30/17)   
2017        May 30, In southern Pakistan protesters in Karachi set tires ablaze after power cuts disrupted a traditional pre-dawn meal during the holy month of Ramadan.
    (Reuters, 5/30/17)       
2017        May 30, In northwest Pakistan gunmen killed Haji Mohammad Farid, a close aide and relative of Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. Farid’s bullet-riddled body was found was found outside a mosque on the outskirts of the city of Peshawar.
    (Reuters, 5/30/17)(AP, 5/30/17)
2017        May 30, The Philippine Congress approved an amendment to a money laundering law to cover gambling, a move aimed at plugging loopholes that allowed $81 million stolen from Bangladesh to pass through casinos.
    (Reuters, 5/30/17)   
2017        May 30, Romanian air traffic controllers staged a four-hour strike to demand better working conditions, leading to some cancellations and delays. The strike ended after officials struck an agreement with trade unions.
    (AP, 5/30/17)   
2017        May 30, Sudan said its Cabinet has ratified a ban on the import of Egyptian animal and agricultural products, a development that's certain to deepen months of tension between the two neighbors over a long-running border dispute.
    (AP, 5/30/17)   
2017        May 30, The UN said surging violence in Central African Republic has killed hundreds and forced some 88,000 people to flee their homes since the beginning of the month. A new UN report identified hundreds of human rights violations since 2003.
    (AFP, 5/30/17)(SFC, 5/31/17, p.A5)

2017        May 31, Donald Trump castigated Kathy Griffin, a well-known US comedian, after the release a day earlier of a grisly-looking photo showing her holding up a prop depicting the president's bloodied severed head. Griffin apologized for the picture. CC announced that it would not invite Griffin back for the Times Square New year’s Eve special that she has co-hosted since 2007.
    (AFP, 5/31/17)(SFC, 5/31/17, p.A6)(SFC, 6/1/17, p.A6)
2017        May 31, Pres. Donald Trump welcomed Vietnam’s PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc to the White House for talks focusing on the American trade deficit.
    (SFC, 6/1/17, p.A6)
2017        May 31, Federal authorities said 19 people have been indicted in a New York mob investigation in public building projects. Those named included Matthew Madonna, described as the street boss of the Luchese crime family. Most of the defendants were arrested.
    (SFC, 6/1/17, p.A6)
2017        May 31, William Lacy Swing, the head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), said people smugglers make about $35 billion a year worldwide and they are driving the tragedy of migrants who die trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe.
    (Reuters, 5/31/17)   
2017        May 31, In Wisconsin the Didion Milling Plant exploded in Cambria leaving two people dead and at least one person missing at the corn mill.
    (SFC, 6/2/17, p.A4)
2017        May 31, In Afghanistan a powerful bomb hidden in a sewage tanker exploded in the morning rush hour in the center of Kabul, killing at least 90 people, wounding hundreds and damaging embassy buildings in the Afghan capital's unofficial "Green Zone". The death toll was later raised to over 150 with over 300 wounded.
    (Reuters, 5/31/17)(AP, 5/31/17)(AFP, 6/6/17)
2017        May 31, Austrian officials said 17 Afghans have been returned to their homeland, adding to the hundreds this year forced to leave Austria after their requests for asylum were rejected.
    (AP, 5/31/17)   
2017        May 31, A court in Bahrain ordered the country's last main opposition group dissolved and its property confiscated in the latest blow to reformers and dissenting voices in the Middle Eastern island-nation. The political society known as Waad planned to appeal the ruling.
    (AP, 5/31/17)   
2017        May 31, British breast surgeon Ian Paterson (59) was sentenced to 15 years in prison for carrying out unnecessary operations that maimed patients and left some in constant pain. His victims had accused him of playing God.
    (AP, 5/31/17)   
2017        May 31, China Labor Watch executive director Li Qiang said he lost contact with three investigators over the weekend. They were investigating a Chinese company that produces Ivanka Trump-branded shoes in China and were working with a US nonprofit to publish a report next month alleging low pay, excessive overtime and possible misuse of student labor.
    (AP, 5/31/17)   
2017        May 31, Chinese authorities charged rights activist Jiang Tianyong with subversion of state power, six months after he disappeared and lost contact with his family. Jiang previously worked with foreign media and rights groups to publicize the plight of China's human rights lawyers, many of whom were detained in an intense crackdown launched in July 2015.
    (AP, 6/6/17)
2017        May 31, A Chinese court said the former chairman of China's major steel maker Wuhan Iron and Steel (Group) Corp has been sentenced to 15 years in jail for taking bribes. Deng Qilin was also fined 5 million yuan ($734,235.95). Earlier today, a Chinese court jailed for life the former head of the statistics bureau Wang Baoan after finding him guilty of corruption.
    (Reuters, 5/31/17)   
2017        May 31, A smoking ban in Czech bars, restaurants and cafes came into effect today, putting to an end to the Czech Republic's status as one of the last havens for tobacco smokers in Europe.
    (AP, 5/31/17)   
2017        May 31, A senior EU official said the European Union and China will reaffirm their commitment to the Paris climate change accord this week regardless of whether US President Donald Trump pulls out of the pact.
    (AP, 5/31/17)   
2017        May 31, OLAF, the EU's anti-graft watchdog, said it has been "flooded" with alleged fraud cases in the European Parliament and other bodies that have dragged in France's far-right National Front.
    (AFP, 5/31/17)   
2017        May 31, In Germany Nurettin B. (39), whose last name was not released in line with privacy laws, was sentenced in Hannover state court to 14 years in prison for tying up his ex-partner and dragging her behind his car last November.
    (AP, 5/31/17)   
2017        May 31, In Kenya four police officers and a civilian were killed and two more police were missing after their truck hit a landmine on a road along the northern coast.
    (Reuters, 5/31/17)   
2017        May 31, A Kuwaiti appeals court sentenced seven young men (18-23) to death for the abduction and rape of a disabled 13-year-old boy. The court overturned a 10-year jail term handed in April by a lower court against the seven accused.
    (AFP, 5/31/17)
2017        May 31, In northern Morocco thousands of people demonstrated for the sixth straight night as protesters demand the release of the leader of a popular movement in the neglected Rif region.
    (AFP, 6/1/17)
2017        May 31, In the Philippines an air strike error on Islamist rebels holed up in Marawi killed 11 government troops.
    (Reuters, 6/1/17)
2017        May 31, A Russian court ruled against Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in a defamation lawsuit brought by Alisher Usmanov, one of Russia's richest businessmen, ordering the removal of a popular video from the internet, released in March, which details PM Dmitry Medvedev’s alleged secret wealth. Navalny vowed to appeal and refused to comply.   
    (Reuters, 5/31/17)(SFC, 6/1/17, p.A2)
2017        May 31, Russia's Foreign Ministry said it had ordered two Estonian diplomats to leave Russia within five days, a move it said was retaliation for Estonia's expulsion of two Russian diplomats.
    (AP, 5/31/17)   
2017        May 31, The Russian Foreign Ministry said it has ordered five Moldovan diplomats to leave the country within three days, in retaliation for the expulsion of five members of its embassy in Moldova earlier this week.
    (Reuters, 5/31/17)
2017        May 31, The Russian defense ministry said its warships have fire four cruise missiles at Islamic State positions in the area of Palmyra, Syria. There was no information on when the missiles were launched.
    (SFC, 6/1/17, p.A4)
2017        May 31, In Saudi Arabia a teacher killed two staff at a private school owned by a prominent Saudi billionaire in Riyadh.
    (AFP, 5/31/17)   
2017        May 31, Serbia’s conservative politician Aleksandar Vucic was sworn in as president, cheered by thousands of supporters, some of whom briefly clashed with opposition protesters who accuse him of being an autocrat.
    (Reuters, 5/31/17)   
2017        May 31, Chung Yoo-ra (20), extradited from Denmark, returned to South Korea in a hoodie and handcuffs to face questions about the massive corruption scandal centered on her mother and the country's ousted president. She was to be questioned about bribery allegations involving corporate giant Samsung as well as her studies at a prestigious Korean university. Chung Yoo-Ra was freed on June 3.
    (AP, 5/31/17)(AP, 6/3/17)
2017        May 31, Western-backed Syrian rebels said that Russian jets attacked them as they tried to advance against Iran-backed militias in a region of the southeastern desert.
    (Reuters, 5/31/17)   
2017        May 31, In Syria Turki al-Binali, a Bahraini cleric who rose to be one of the group's leading ideologues, was reported killed in a recent airstrike.
    (AP, 6/1/17)
2017        May 31, In eastern Syria Baraa Kadek, the founder of the Islamic State group Aamaq news agency, reportedly died after he and his wife and daughter were wounded in a May 26 airstrike in Mayadeen, Deir el-Zour province.
    (AP, 6/1/17)
2017        May 31, In Turkey three soldiers were killed in clashes with Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir. Earlier in the day, the army said airplanes had killed two PKK militants in the Lice district of Diyarbakir.
    (Reuters, 5/31/17)   
2017        May 31, A Turkish military helicopter crash killed all 13 personnel on board. Kurdish militants soon claimed responsibility.
    (SFC, 6/3/17, p.A2)
2017        May 31, Yemeni security officials said that forces backed by the United Arab Emirates have taken over the airport in the southern city of Aden, further fueling tension between internationally recognized Pres. Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the UAE.
    (AP, 5/31/17)   

2017        May, Missouri’s Republican legislature passed a measure barring local government from enacting minimum wages different from the state, which is $7.70 per hour. On August 8 Kansas City voters decided on whether or not to set the minimum wage to $10 per hour and increase it annually to $15 per hour in 2022.
    (SFC, 8/8/17, p.A6)
2017        May, In Ohio Thomas Knuff (42) stabbed his prison pen-pal, John Mann, and Mann’s girlfriend, Regina Capobianco, to death weeks after being released from prison. The victims decomposed bodies were found in June.
    (SFC, 7/5/17, p.A5)
2017        May, The Brothers of Charity group announced it would allow doctors to perform euthanasia at its 15 psychiatric hospitals in Belgium, one of only two countries — along with the Netherlands — where doctors are legally allowed to kill people with mental health problems, at their request. In August Pope Francis asked the Belgians not to perform euthanasia.
    (AP, 8/10/17)
2017        May, Colombian criminal gangs killed 11 officers this month, mostly in gang-dominated regions. The Gulf Clan has distributed leaflets that call for killing police. Police intelligence officials say the gang members are offering would-be assassins up to $600 per death — nearly triple the nation's monthly minimum wage.
    (AP, 5/27/17)
2017        May, Police in Japan arrested Masaaki Osaka (67) in Hiroshima, the country’s longest sought fugitive. He had killed a police officer nearly 46 years ago, but was arrested on another charge and identified through DNA testing.
    (SFC, 6/9/17, p.A2)
2017        May, Kenya’s government unveiled a 6 billion shilling ($58.14 million) maize (corn) subsidy program to lower the unit cost of flour to 90 shillings, after it soared by a third to around 136 shillings during a regional drought.
    (Reuters, 5/24/17)
2017        May, Mexican marines allegedly held a man and woman at a base for almost 12 hours, stripped them and applied electrical shocks to their genitals and other parts of their bodies, before turning them over to police in San Luis Potosi state.
    (AP, 6/9/17)

2017        Jun 1, US Pres. Donald Trump announced that his administration would immediately stop implementing the 195-nation Paris accord on climate change brokered by Barack Obama in 2015 in tandem with Chinese leaders.
    (AFP, 6/2/17)
2017        Jun 1, US Pres. Donald Trump signed an order keeping the US Embassy in Tel Aviv for at least another six months.
    (SFC, 6/2/17, p.A2)
2017        Jun 1, California Gov. Jerry Brown joined with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee to announce a new alliance of states dedicated to fight global warming and urged other states to join them.
    (SFC, 6/2/17, p.A1)
2017        Jun 1, Samer El Debek (37) of Dearborn, Mi., was arrested in Livonia, Mi., for trying to providing support to Hezbollah’s Islamic Jihad organization. Ali Kourani (32) was arrested in the Bronx on the same charges.
    (SFC, 6/9/17, p.A4)
2017        Jun 1, Scientists said an expanse of ice roughly the size of Delaware is close to breaking off from the warming Antarctic ice shelf to form one of the world's largest-ever icebergs.
    (AFP, 6/1/17)
2017        Jun 1, It was reported that a consortium of entertainment and cannabis veterans, including musician Damian Marley and Colorado pot sellers, have acquired a controlling interest in High Times magazine as at valuation of $70 million.
    (SFC, 6/1/17, p.D1)
2017        Jun 1, Brazilian federal police carried out raids in a probe of suspected corruption in the 2012 mayoral race in Sao Paulo, South America's largest city. Federal police in Rio de Janeiro carried out raids and served one arrest warrant in a probe of suspected fraud in contracts to supply meals to schools and prisons.
    (Reuters, 6/1/17)
2017        Jun 1, In northern Cameroon two young girl suicide bombers detonated their explosives in the village of Djakana, lightly injuring two members of a local civilian self-defense force.
    (Reuters, 6/2/17)
2017        Jun 1, In China rules too effect baring private or foreign companies from directly disseminating news or investing in online news services.
    (SFC, 6/24/17, p.D1)
2017        Jun 1, Germany and China vowed to expand their partnership and pledged to continue fighting climate change as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited Berlin, sending a signal to Washington hours before US President Donald Trump announces if he will quit a global climate deal.
    (Reuters, 6/1/17)
2017        Jun 1, India's troops fired mortars and used small arms to target civilians in border towns in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing a villager. Another four civilians were wounded in the shelling, which the Pakistani military said was in violation of a cease-fire agreement. Pakistani troops returned fire.
    (AP, 6/1/17)
2017        Jun 1, In Iraq at least seven civilians were killed and 23 wounded by Islamic State mortar shells as they tried to flee Mosul's militant-controlled Zanjili district. A resident said IS militants have blocked the area around the highly symbolic al-Nuri mosque in Mosul's Old City where the group's leader made his first and only public appearance in 2014. It was later reported that at least 163 people were shot and killed by the Islamic State group to prevent them from fleeing Mosul.
    (Reuters, 6/1/17)(AP, 6/1/17)(AFP, 6/6/17)
2017        Jun 1, Thousands of troops from NATO and its partner nations began training on land and sea in Poland and Romania, in two major exercises that aim to demonstrate their cooperation and rapid response capabilities at a time when the region feels threatened by Russia.
    (AP, 6/1/17)
2017        Jun 1, In Niger six members of the security forces were killed when heavily-armed attackers ambushed a military position in Abala, near the border with Mali.
    (AFP, 6/1/17)
2017        Jun 1, In Niger local officials in Agadez said at least 44 Libya-bound migrants, including women and babies, died of thirst after their vehicle broke down in the scorching Sahara desert.
    (AFP, 6/1/17)
2017        Jun 1, A Palestinian girl (15) was shot after stabbing an Israeli soldier near a settlement in the West Bank. Nouf Infeat died of her wounds the next day.
    (AP, 6/2/17)
2017        Jun 1, The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) found "part of a tunnel in Gaza that passed under two adjacent agency schools in the Maghazi camp" during construction work while the schools were empty during the summer holiday.
    (AFP, 6/10/17)
2017        Jun 1, In South Africa leaked documents released by the media alleging improper dealings in government contracts opened President Jacob Zuma up to renewed scrutiny. Investigative journalists at AmaBhungane, a non-profit group that has a strong track record of exposing what it says are government corruption scandals, released some of more than 100,000 leaked emails and documents.
    (Reuters, 6/1/17)
2017        Jun 1, A court in northern Tunisia handed one-month jail terms to four men for eating in public during the Muslim dawn-to-dusk fasting month of Ramadan. Tunisia has no specific law banning eating in public during Ramadan, a controversy which resurfaces each year in the North African country.
    (AFP, 6/1/17)
2017        Jun 1, A leaked audio recording posted online voiced Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev harshly criticizing officials in charge of finance and banking. Mirziyoyev berates an official identified by news website Kun.uz as Deputy Central Bank Chairman Saidkamol Khodjaev and criticizing Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Azimov.
    (Reuters, 6/1/17)

2017        Jun 2, In San Francisco  Matthew Bate (33) of Australia got into an argument with two men that turned physical early today outside the Da Vinci Villa hotel in the Russian Hill neighborhood. Bate was pronounced dead at a hospital. One arrest was announced a day later.
    (AP, 6/4/17)
2017        Jun 2, Jack O’Neill (94), a pioneer of the surfing wetsuit, died at his home in Santa Cruz. He had opened his first surf shop along San Francisco’s Great Highway in 1952 and adopted the use of neoprene for surfing suits. Neoprene had already been implemented by the US Navy based on a design by UC physicist Hugh Bradner.
    (SFC, 6/3/17, p.A7)
2017        Jun 2, In Chicago Robert Bibbs (26), who typed out emoji and other text messages to advise his cousin thousands of miles away on how to kill Sheila von Wiese-Mack, a wealthy Chicago woman vacationing in Indonesia, was sentenced to nine years in prison. In 2014 cousin Tommy Schaefer girlfriend Heather Mack had stuffed the 62-year-old's body in a suitcase.
    (AP, 6/2/17)
2017        Jun 2, North Carolina police found two adults dead and a toddler alone in a bedroom in Wilson. Michael Allen Joyner (38) flew to Los Angeles where he was arrested for killing his father and wife with an ax.
    (SFC, 6/4/17, p.A4)
2017        Jun 2, In Texas three police officers were wounded in Laredo in a shootout with Antonio Geraldo Rodriguez (55), a suspect in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend.
    (SSFC, 6/4/17, p.A6)
2017        Jun 2, In Afghanistan protesters demanding the resignation of the Afghan government after this week's devastating truck-bomb in Kabul clashed with riot police in a confrontation that resulted in at least six people dead. Salim Ezadyar, son of a senior Afghan parliamentarian, was among those killed in the clashes.
    (AP, 6/2/17)(Reuters, 6/3/17)(AP, 6/3/17)
2017        Jun 2, British police arrested a new suspect in the May 22 terrorist attack at a pop concert in Manchester, bringing to 11 the number of men in custody.
    (AFP, 6/3/17)
2017        Jun 2, In northern Cameroon two suicide bombers killed nine other people and wounded 30 near a camp in Kolofata housing civilians displaced by Nigeria's Boko Haram militants.
    (AP, 6/2/17)
2017        Jun 2, Premier Li Keqiang said China is opposed to Pyongyang's missile launches and will support any new United Nations sanctions against the country.
    (Reuters, 6/2/17)
2017        Jun 2, A key Chinese regulator issued a notice demanding broadcasters distribute programs that promote "core socialist values", and "forcefully oppose" content that celebrates money worship, hedonism, radical individualism and feudal thought.
    (Reuters, 6/3/17)
2017        Jun 2, The EU said that it would increase cooperation with China to curb climate change after President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Paris accord on climate change, triggering a furious global backlash.
    (AFP, 6/2/17)
2017        Jun 2, German police arrested a Romanian truck driver (40) suspected of raping and killing a woman in southwestern Germany last year and another woman in Austria in 2014. Both women were killed with an iron bar.
    (AP, 6/3/17)
2017        Jun 2, In Guatemala a court sentenced Rolando Antonio Jimenez to 23 years in prison for the 2014 killing of journalist Felipe David Munguia Jimenez.
    (AP, 6/2/17)
2017        Jun 2, Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders unveiled a bottle of Chinese baijiu marking the date June 4, 1989, when communist leaders sent tanks and troops to retake Beijing's Tiananmen Square from student-led protesters. The bottle of forbidden liquor was produced last year by Chinese activists to mark the military crackdown and arrived in Hong Kong after a trip around the world. Four Chinese dissidents were arrested last year for bottling the baijiu in a bid to raise awareness about the crackdown.
    (AP, 6/2/17)
2017        Jun 2, Hungary's PM Viktor Orban said that harsh criticism by billionaire George Soros is a "declaration of war." Soros has accused Orban of running a corrupt "mafia state." Orban alleged that the Hungarian-American investor was paying "agent-like networks" of non-governmental organizations to enforce his policies, including the promotion of migration, in Europe and Hungary.
    (AP, 6/2/17)
2017        Jun 2, In southwestern Mexico five people were killed over the last 24 hours as Tropical Storm Beatriz dumped heavy rain, causing landslides that destroyed homes, damaged roads and uprooted trees.
    (Reuters, 6/2/17)
2017        Jun 2, Moldovan President Igor Dodon said that Moldova was unable to join the European Union in its current form, questioning the benefits of integration with the bloc after Britain voted to quit.
    (Reuters, 6/2/17)
2017        Jun 2, In northern Morocco several thousand people protested in Al-Hoceima to demand the authorities release an activist arrested for leading months of demonstrations against official abuses and corruption.
    (Reuters, 6/3/17)
2017        Jun 2, Police in Myanmar arrested a newspaper's chief editor and a columnist for allegedly defaming the military by publishing an article mocking its role in the country's efforts to reach a peace agreement with fractious minority groups.
    (AP, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 2, The chief executive of Norway's $960 billion sovereign wealth fund said he will ask the banks in which it has invested to disclose how their lending contributes to global emissions of greenhouse gases.
    (Reuters, 6/2/17)
2017        Jun 2, In the Philippines an attack early today at the Resorts World Manila entertainment complex in Pasay City, lasted more than six hours before an unidentified gunman was found dead in a hotel room from an apparent suicide. He had opened fire and starting a blaze that killed 37 people, mostly suffocated in the chaos as guests and staff tried to flee choking smoke in the complex's main gambling area. On June 4 police identified the gunman as Jessie Carlos, a heavily indebted Filipino gambling addict.
    (Reuters, 6/2/17)(AP, 6/4/17)
2017        Jun 2, A Russian Soyuz capsule, carrying astronauts Russia's Oleg Novitsky and Thomas Pesquet of France, landed in Kazakhstan after a half-year aboard the International Space Station. NASA's Peggy Whitson's mission aboard the space station has been extended by three months.
    (AP, 6/2/17)
2017        Jun 2, South Africa's ruling ANC party asked the government to explain leaked emails detailing alleged bribes and corruption, as President Jacob Zuma faced a fresh wave of scandal.
    (AFP, 6/2/17)
2017        Jun 2, South Sudan’s health ministry said fifteen children died in Nachodopele village last month after being administered with contaminated measles vaccines. Local officials failed to follow guidelines, storing the vaccine unrefrigerated for four days and using a single syringe for the entire campaign.
    (AFP, 6/2/17)
2017        Jun 2, Turkish police and coast guards seized more than a ton of heroin in a raid on the Commander Tide ship, a Congo-flagged ship in international waters. Nine crew members were detained.
    (AP, 6/7/17)

2017        Jun 3, The FBI said Eric Conn, an eastern Kentucky disability lawyer, has disappeared. Conn had pleaded guilty in March for defrauding the government of nearly $600 million.
    (SFC, 6/5/17, p.A5)
2017        Jun 3, US federal contractor Reality Leigh Winner (25) was arrested in Augusta, Georgia, following the leak of a classified intelligence report that suggests Russian hackers attacked at least one US voting software supplier days before last year's presidential election. The indictment was filed on June 8 in US District Court charging Winner with a single count of illegally retaining and transmitting national defense information.
    (AP, 6/6/17)(AP, 6/8/17)
2017        Jun 3, SpaceX launched its first recycled cargo ship to the Int’l. Space Station aboard an unmanned Falcon rocket. The first stage booster returned to Cape Canaveral for a successful vertical touchdown.
    (SSFC, 6/4/17, p.A7)
2017        Jun 3, In Afghanistan at least 15 people were killed and 87 wounded when a trio of suicide bombers struck a funeral in Kabul attended by senior government officials.
    (AP, 6/3/17)(AP, 6/4/17)(SSFC, 6/4/17, p.A3)
2017        Jun 3, Hackers allied with Shiite militants in Bahrain seized control of the Twitter account of the island's foreign minister, posting a series of threats to its royal family and promising to "make castles of your skulls."
    (AP, 6/3/17)
2017        Jun 3, Former Brazilian lawmaker Rodrigo Rocha Loures, a close aide and friend of President Michel Temer, was arrested at his home in a corruption investigation that also targeted the president.
    (Reuters, 6/3/17)
2017        Jun 3, In London three attackers drove a van at pedestrians and stabbed others in the London Bridge area. Police killed all three attackers. Police soon arrested 12 people in the nearby area of Barking in relation to the attack which left eight people dead. 48 people were injured, 21 of the critically. On June 5 police identified two of the attackers. Assailant Khuram Shazad Butt (27), a Pakistan-born Briton, was known to the police and MI5 intelligence service. He even featured in a television documentary entitled "The Jihadis Next Door". The second attacker, Rachid Redouane (30), was not known to police or MI5. Assailant Youssef Zaghba (22) was identified on June 6. He known as a potential militant and information on him had been passed on to the British and Moroccan secret services.
    (Reuters, 6/4/17)(AFP, 6/6/17)(AFP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 3, It was reported that China's sovereign wealth fund (CIC) is expanding its presence in Europe by acquiring a warehouse company in a 12.25 billion euro ($13.8 billion) deal. CIC was founded in 2007 to invest a portion of China's foreign reserves. It has more than $810 billion in assets.
    (AP, 6/3/17)
2017        Jun 3, French President Emmanuel Macron and India’s PM Narendra Modi put forth a common front on the need to fight climate change, with the French leader saying he would travel to India before year's end for a summit on promoting solar energy.
    (AP, 6/3/17)
2017        Jun 3, Japan’s Asahi Shimbun reported that Toyota has terminated its tie-up with Tesla and stepped up efforts to develop electric vehicles by itself.
    (AFP, 6/3/17)
2017        Jun 3, Lesotho voted in a national election just two years after the previous one. PM Pakalitha Mosisili, who had been in power since 2015, lost a confidence vote in parliament in March after several defections by ruling coalition lawmakers to the opposition eroded his support. Thomas Thabane's All Basotho Convention party won the snap elections but failed to get an outright majority, leading it to negotiate joint rule with the Alliance of Democrats (AD), Basotho National Party (BNP) and Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL).
    (Reuters, 6/3/17)(AP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 3, Libyan forces loyal to eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar said they had taken the strategic military base of Jufra after rival factions withdrew.
    (Reuters, 6/3/17)
2017        Jun 3, Malaysia's health ministry defended its decision to host a contest on how to "prevent" homosexuality and transgenderism. It said the contest, titled the National Creative Video Competition on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health, was to gather views and enhance knowledge among teens on healthy lifestyle practices.
    (Reuters, 6/3/17)
2017        Jun 3, Mali's military chief said the countries of West Africa's Sahel region are requesting 50 million euros ($56 million) from the European Union to help set up a multinational force to take on Islamist militant groups. the so-called G5 Sahel countries included Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Mauritania.
    (Reuters, 6/3/17)
2017        Jun 3, Malta held elections. PM Joseph Muscat won a second term in office after calling a snap parliamentary election last month to counter allegations of corruption against his wife and some of his political allies. Muscat's Labour Party won 55 percent of votes.
    (AFP, 6/3/17)(Reuters, 6/4/17)
2017        Jun 3, Moroccan authorities stifled a women's protest against official abuses and corruption in the northern town of Al-Hoceima where months of unrest has tested the North African kingdom.
    (Reuters, 6/4/17)
2017        Jun 3, The Pakistani military said its troops had killed five Indian soldiers in retaliation to Indian firing along the Line of Control in disputed Kashmir. The Indian army said two of its soldiers were killed in an ambush by suspected insurgents.
    (Reuters, 6/3/17)(AP, 6/3/17)
2017        Jun 3, It was reported that Pakistan has frozen the accounts of 5,000 suspected militants, taking about $3 million out of their pockets. Pakistan's National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), established in 2013, has begun the painstaking work of devising anti-terror financing policies, freezing bank accounts of known terrorist groups and identifying those that have resurfaced with different names.
    (AP, 6/3/17)
2017        Jun 3, In the Philippines more than 160 civilians walked out of the besieged city of Marawi just after dawn, deceiving Islamist fighters they encountered by hiding the identity of the many Christians among them. Some 250 militants and more than 2,000 civilians remain trapped in Marawi.
    (Reuters, 6/3/17)
2017        Jun 3, In Poland some 5,000 thousand people marched and danced down the streets of central Warsaw to show their support for gay rights in the 17th annual "Equality Parade", calling for stronger defiance of discrimination and greater acceptance for same-sex unions and marriages.
    (AP, 6/3/17)
2017        Jun 3, In Russia a drunken man shot nine people to death after an argument broke out during a festive dinner in Redkino, about 120 km (75 miles) northwest of Moscow.
    (AP, 6/4/17)
2017        Jun 3, South Korea said on it will raise the bird flu alert level to the second highest after small flocks of farm birds tested positive for the H5N8 virus, the first in the country since early April.
    (Reuters, 6/3/17)
2017        Jun 3, The Syrian army said it had seized mountainous territory from Islamic State to the east of the road linking Damascus to Aleppo, helping to secure a critical lifeline for the government that has often come under IS attack.
    (Reuters, 6/3/17)
2017        Jun 3, Three gunmen on motor bikes launched an attack from Syrian soil on Jordanian border positions and were killed in a clash with troops.
    (AP, 6/3/17)
2017        Jun 3, In Turkey Birol Erdem, who currently advises PM Binali Yildirim, was taken into custody in Ankara along with his wife. They are being investigated for their suspected membership in Gulen's movement, which Turkey considers a terror group.
    (AP, 6/3/17)
2017        Jun 3, UNICEF said Yemen was getting an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 new cholera cases every day and that many patients can’t afford to travel to free clinics.
    (SSFC, 6/4/17, p.A3)
2017        Jun 3, Yemeni government forces fought to capture a rebel-held presidential palace in the southwestern province of Taez after clashes over the last 24 hours killed 27 people.
    (AP, 6/3/17)

2017        Jun 4, In Oregon a pro-Trump rally and counter-protest in Portland was marked by multiple arrests and clashes.
    (SFC, 6/4/17, p.A5)
2017        Jun 4, In Afghanistan at least six police officers were killed after two fellow police opened fire on them in southern Kandahar province. Hundreds of people continued to protest in Kabul demanding greater security and the ousting of Pres. Ashraf Ghani.
    (AP, 6/4/17)(SFC, 6/5/17, p.A2)
2017        Jun 4, A stranded Austrian mountain hiker and her would-be rescuer fell to their deaths when a line hoisting them into a police helicopter gave way, sending them and the woman's husband plunging into a gorge below. The husband was critically injured but survived the incident.
    (Reuters, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 4, Bahrain shut down prominent independent newspaper the daily Al-Wasat "until further notice" over an article about unrest in Morocco, the latest move tightening expression in the Gulf nation as authorities wage a crackdown on dissent.
    (AP, 6/4/17)
2017        Jun 4, In southern Bulgaria ten migrants were killed and seven were injured after a minivan transporting them overturned on a highway near the city of Pazardzhik. The Bulgarian driver (16) of the vehicle, who did not hold a driving license, was also killed.
    (Reuters, 6/4/17)
2017        Jun 4, Cambodians voted in local elections. PM Hun Sen's ruling Cambodian People's Party retained its dominance in most regions, obtaining 51 percent of the total popular vote, but lost ground to its opponents.
    (AP, 6/4/17)(AP, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 4, In Iraq Shi'ite paramilitaries captured the town of Baaj from Islamic State, further shrinking the northern region under jihadist control.
    (Reuters, 6/4/17)
2017        Jun 4, In Libya seven of 35 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa were found dead in an abandoned refrigerator truck near the Libyan capital.
    (AFP, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 4, Mexico State held elections. Voters in the states of Coahuila and Nayarit also chose new governors. Polls gave the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) of Pres. Enrique Pena Nieto a slight edge in the Mexico State campaign.
    (AP, 6/4/17)
2017        Jun 4, Spanish novelist Juan Goytisolo (86), known for his experimental novels and political essays, died at his home in Morocco. In 2014 Goytisolo won Spain's most prestigious literary award, the Cervantes Prize.
    (AP, 6/4/17)
2017        Jun 4, Pakistan said a two-day military operation has killed 12 militants in the southwestern province of Baluchistan.
    (AP, 6/4/17)
2017        Jun 4, In the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said that he will not negotiate with militants aligned with the Islamic State group who are holding hostages in Marawi, and that he has ordered troops to kill the gunmen. Thousands of civilians hoping to flee the fighting remained trapped after a four-hour truce to evacuate residents was disrupted by gunfire. Only 134 were freed.
    (AP, 6/4/17)(Reuters, 6/4/17)
2017        Jun 4, In Puerto Rico five inmates escaped from a high-security prison in the US territory's south coast. Four of the inmates had been found guilty of murder and were serving life in prison sentences. A fifth had been found guilty of kidnapping and weapons violations.
    (AP, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 4, South Africa's Sunday Times newspaper reported that several independent sources had told it that the Gupta family had bought Pres. Jacob Zuma a retirement home for 330 million rand ($25 million) in an upmarket suburb of Dubai.
    (Reuters, 6/4/17)
2017        Jun 4, Syrian government forces pounded parts of the southern city of Daraa with air strikes and artillery fire, one day after rebels attacked government positions in the southern city. At least 31 fighters have been killed in the clashes since late June 2. Syria's army seized the key town of Maskana, from the Islamic State group Aleppo province.
    (AP, 6/4/17)(AFP, 6/4/17)
2017        Jun 4, In Syria US-backed militias seized the Baath Dam on the Euphrates river from Islamic State, their latest gain as they push towards Raqqa city.
    (Reuters, 6/4/17)
2017        Jun 4, Turkey's state-run news reported that PM Binali Yildirim said the battle to capture the Islamic State group's Syrian bastion Raqa started late on June 2. He appeared to contradict comments a day earlier from the Kurdish-Arab alliance battling the jihadists that the push into the northern Syrian city would "begin in a few days".
    (AFP, 6/4/17)
2017        Jun 4, Turkish security forces killed eight militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in eastern Kars province.
    (Reuters, 6/4/17)

2017        Jun 5, US Pres. Donald Trump called for separating air traffic control operations from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Opponents worried the plan would give too much power to the airline industries.
    (SFC, 6/6/17, p.A7)
2017        Jun 5, In Florida John Robert Neumann Jr. (45) entered an Orlando awning factory from which he had been fired and killed five people with a semiautomatic pistol. He then took his own life.
    (SFC, 6/6/17, p.A6)
2017        Jun 5, Zachary Bearheels (29) a mentally ill Native American from Oklahoma, died after being shocked 12 times with a Taser, punched and dragged by his hair by two Omaha police officers, both of whom are black. Officer Ryan McClarty was soon ticketed for misdemeanor assault.
    (http://newsok.com/article/5557719)(SFC, 7/29/17, p.A5)
2017        Jun 5, In Australia a shootout left two men dead, three police officers wounded and a female hostage freed in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton. Yacqub Khayre (29), a man of Somali background was killed in the gun battle with police. Khayre had first murdered a Chinese-born Australian man working as a receptionist. In 2010 Khayre was one of two men acquitted of plotting a suicide attack in Sidney.
    (AP, 6/5/17)(AFP, 6/6/17)(SFC, 6/7/17, p.A5)
2017        Jun 5, British actor Peter Sallis (96) died in London. He was the star of the 37-year sitcom “Last of the Summer wine." He was also the voice the Wallace in the “Wallace and Gromit" cartoons for over twenty years.
    (SFC, 6/6/17, p.C3)
2017        Jun 5, In Bulgaria Sofia's Special Criminal Court found John "Ivan" Zahariev (21), a dual Australian-Bulgarian citizen, guilty of training as a terrorist with the intention of carrying out a terrorist act and sentenced him to four years in prison for planning to commit an act of terrorism.
    (AP, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, In eastern China eight people were killed and nine injured in an explosion and fire early today at a chemical plant in eastern Shandong province.
    (AP, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, India successfully launched its most powerful home-produced rocket, another milestone for its indigenous space program which one day hopes to put a human into orbit. The GSLV Mk III rocket carried a satellite weighing more than three tons into a high orbit above Earth.
    (AFP, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, Libya's eastern-based government, aligned with powerful military commander Khalifa Haftar, followed regional allies in cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar.
    (Reuters, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, Lithuania started building a 130km fence on its border with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad in an attempt to curb smuggling and illegal immigration and strengthen the EU's external border.
    (AP, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, Joseph Muscat was sworn in for a second term as Malta's prime minister, pledging to introduce a gay marriage law when Parliament convenes in the next few weeks.
    (AP, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, Montenegro silently celebrated its entry into NATO in a historic turn that has made the Kremlin furious. It became the 29th member of the world's biggest military alliance.
    (AP, 6/5/17)(AP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 5, Moroccan authorities arrested two more leaders of a protest movement, after demonstrators rallied for more than a week against corruption and unemployment.
    (AFP, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, Hundreds of taxi drivers in Poland's four largest cities drove at a crawl blocking rush-hour traffic in a protest to draw the government's attention to the rising number of unlicensed drivers who offer transport services.
    (AP, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, Qatar asked citizens to leave the United Arab Emirates within 14 days to comply with a decision by Abu Dhabi to sever ties with Doha.
    (Reuters, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, Natalya Sharina (59), the head of Russia's only state-run Ukrainian library, was convicted of inciting hatred against Russians in a case that she compared to a Stalin-era political show trial. Masked police arrested her in October 2015, confiscating books that the authorities called illegal anti-Russian propaganda.
    (Reuters, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Yemen, the Maldives and Egypt cut ties with Qatar, the world's top seller of liquefied natural gas (LNG), stoking concern over any supply disruptions to neighboring countries spilling over into global gas markets. They accused Qatar of supporting extremism.
    (Reuters, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, In Somalia a policeman died and several others were injured after a bomb blast in Kismayu. The militant Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, Activity in Spain's ports was intermittent as dockworkers began a three-day strike to protest layoffs stemming from an effort to liberalize the industry in line with European Union rules.
    (AP, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, Syrian rebels shot down a Syrian military plane about 50 km east of Damascus in rebel-held territory near a frontline with government-held land. Rebels hit the aircraft with heavy, anti-aircraft machine guns which had been delivered to them in recent weeks by the United States and its allies.
    (Reuters, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, Turkey said it would strip citizenship from 130 people suspected of militant links, including the US-based cleric it blames for orchestrating last July's failed coup, unless they return to the country within three months.
    (Reuters, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, In Venezuela protesters again took to the streets of Caracas shutting down main roads to demand new presidential elections following the release of a new video expressing support from jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.
    (SFC, 6/6/17, p.A2)

2017        Jun 6, Attorneys general of California and six other states accused federal environmental chief Scott Pruitt of acting illegally and dangerously when he refused to ban the use of chlorpyrifos, a widely used farm pesticide that had been withdrawn from household use after research indicated potential health hazards.
    (SFC, 6/7/17, p.D1)
2017        Jun 6, In Fresno, Ca., three men were killed and one left wounded following a gun battle. Investigators suspected a home invasion robbery or drug deal that went bad.
    (SFC, 6/7/17, p.A12)
2017        Jun 6, In Hawaii retired US Navy commander David Kapaun, charged in a growing corruption scandal, pleaded guilty to lying about his relationship with a Malaysian defense contractor known by the nickname "Fat Leonard."
    (AP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 6, In Pennsylvania Lee Donald Kaplan (52) was convicted of sexually assaulting six girls in the same family and fathering two children by one of them. Authorities alleged that the girls’ parents had “gifted" their oldest daughter to Kaplan because he helped the family out of financial ruin. On July 19 a judge sentenced Daniel Stoltzfus (44) and his wife Savilla (43) up to seven years in prison each for gifting their oldest daughter to Kaplan.
    (SFC, 6/7/17, p.A6)(SFC, 7/27/17, p.A6)
2017        Jun 6, Afghan leaders met officials of two dozen foreign governments and institutions, launching a so-called Kabul Process aiming to set the stage for peace talks and clinch an international pact to end "cross-border terrorism". A bomb planted in a rickshaw killed at least seven people and wounded eight others in Herat province.
    (Reuters, 6/6/17)(AP, 6/6/17)
2017        Jun 6, The British government stood by an invitation for US President Donald Trump to make a state visit to the UK as London Mayor Sadiq Khan -- under attack from the White House -- said the offer should be scrapped.
    (AFP, 6/6/17)
2017        Jun 6, China's government rejected a US State Department call to release three activists detained while investigating a factory that produced shoes for Ivanka Trump and other brands. The men were detained last week after working undercover in a Chinese factory to check into worker abuses. The three men were released on June 28.
    (AP, 6/7/17)(AP, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 6, China and California signed an agreement to work together on reducing emissions, as Gov. Jerry Brown warned that "disaster still looms" without urgent action.
    (AP, 6/6/17)
2017        Jun 6, The EU's drug monitoring body released a report warning that death by drug overdose is on the rise in Europe spurred by more lethal strains of heroin.
    (AFP, 6/6/17)
2017        Jun 6, In France a man wielding a hammer attacked a police patrol in front of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral. Farid Ikken was a former Algerian journalist who was working on a doctoral thesis and had not been suspected of radicalization. Ikken remained hospitalized after being shot by police.
    (AP, 6/7/17)(AP, 6/10/17)
2017        Jun 6, In India five farmers were killed by gunshots at a rally in Madhya Pradesh. Farmers there have protested for several weeks demanding better prices for crops and waivers from the state government for repayment of farm loans.
    (AP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 6, Arundhati Roy's eagerly-awaited second novel, "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness," went on sale, two decades after her prize-winning debut "The God of Small Things" propelled her to global fame and launched her career as an outspoken critic of injustice in her native India. Roy (55) became the first Indian woman to win the prestigious Booker Prize with her 1997 work, which sold around eight million copies and turned the young author into a star of the literary world.
    (AFP, 6/6/17)
2017        Jun 6, Five workers at a Japanese nuclear facility that handles plutonium were exposed to high levels of radiation after a bag containing highly radioactive material apparently broke during an equipment inspection.
    (AP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 6, Japan and Vietnam agreed to bolster their security ties through Japanese-funded projects including the upgrading of Vietnamese coastal patrol capabilities, defense equipment and technology transfer amid concerns about China's increasingly assertive activity in regional seas.
    (AP, 6/6/17)
2017        Jun 6, In northern Mexico a rolling gunbattle at a prison left seven dead and 13 injured before control was established the next morning.
    (SFC, 6/8/17, p.A2)
2017        Jun 6, Mozambique police warned that bald people could be the targets of ritual attacks, after the brutal killing of two men last month in Milange whose body parts were to be used in witchcraft. Two suspects were under arrest.
    (AFP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 6, A local Myanmar official said thousands of rats have descended on villages on Haingyi island in the Irrawaddy Delta, in what some have taken to be an ill omen of impending disaster. More than 4,000 have been killed since the critters scurried into their villages over the weekend.
    (AFP, 6/6/17)
2017        Jun 6, Nepal's parliament elected veteran politician Sher Bahadur Deuba as the country's 10th prime minister in 11 years. Deuba first became the prime minister in 1995 and ruled for two years. His second term was cut short by then King Gyanedra, who sacked him, calling him incompetent. During his third time, Gyanedra seized absolute power and removed him.
    (AP, 6/6/17)
2017        Jun 6, Authorities in Sicily said they have detained 15 people accused of running a high-end migrant smuggling racket that planned to bring to Italy even people sought by Tunisian authorities for alleged links to jihadist groups.
    (AP, 6/6/17)
2017        Jun 6, South Africa's official statistics agency reported that the economy contracted in the first quarter of this year, pushing the continent's largest economy into its first recession since 2009.
    (AFP, 6/6/17)
2017        Jun 6, South Korea raised the national bird flu alert to its highest level, as it ordered more than 180,000 chickens, ducks and other birds be culled. The first case in this outbreak of the virus was confirmed in the southern island of Jeju on June 2, and four more cases have been confirmed in different locations across the country.
    (AFP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 6, The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said it had begun a battle to capture Raqqa, Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria, launching attacks from the east, west and north of the city. Air strikes inside the city killed eight civilians, including three children.
    (Reuters, 6/6/17)(AFP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 6, Turkey detained Amnesty International's local chairman as part of a crackdown against people suspected of links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey accuses of orchestrating last year's failed coup. Taner Kilic, a lawyer, was detained at his home in Izmir along with 22 other lawyers. Both his home and office were searched.
    (AP, 6/7/17)

2017        Jun 7, Pres. Donald Trump tweeted that he has tapped Christopher Wray, a white-collar defense lawyer, to head the FBI.
    (SFC, 6/8/17, p.A6)
2017        Jun 7, Speaking in Cincinnati Pres. Donald Trump promised to create a “first-class" system of roads, bridges and waterways as he pushed his infrastructure plan.
    (SFC, 6/8/17, p.A8)
2017        Jun 7, In Texas dozens of inmates who couldn’t afford bail were released from a Houston jail after a federal appeals court upheld a ruling that the county’s bail system unfairly discriminates against the poor.
    (SFC, 6/8/17, p.A6)
2017        Jun 7, Mazda said it is recalling thousands of older sports cars to fix possible fuel line leaks and problems with the front suspensions. Documents posted by US regulators said that a fuel pump pipe can crack and leak gasoline, possibly causing a fire.
    (AP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 7, In China more than 50 companies began showcasing a new generation of robots at this week's Shanghai CES electronics show, built to serve as companions at home, attendants at shopping malls or just provide entertainment.
    (AP, 6/8/17)
2017        Jun 7, The EU unveiled an unprecedented plan for common defence spending on to help Europe stand alone as a global military power, while urging the United States under Donald Trump to remain on the world stage.
    (AFP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 7, French President Emmanuel Macron held a special meeting to create a new counterterrorism unit to improve intelligence-sharing and elaborate security strategies, one day after a man attacked a police officer in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
    (AP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 7, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet decided to pull German troops and reconnaissance aircraft out of Turkey's Incirlik air base after Turkish officials refused to let lawmakers visit them. The 270 troops and 7 planes participating in the international coalition against the Islamic State group will redeploy to Jordan.
    (AP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 7, Germany's highest court said an extra tax on nuclear fuel is unconstitutional, paving the way for power companies to claim back more than 6 billion euros ($6.75 billion) paid between 2011 through 2016.
    (AP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 7, In Germany a Syrian man stabbed a Red Cross psychologist (30) to death at a counseling center for refugees in the western state of Saarland. The suspect (27) was arrested shortly after the attack.
    (AP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 7, Greek authorities said Colombian organized crime rings were behind a string of heists involving costly medical diagnostic equipment stolen from hospitals in Greece and another 11 European countries. Police said three suspects are being sought in Colombia in connection with four thefts in Greece last month.
    (AP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 7, In Indonesia six Islamic militants accused by police of plotting to fire a rocket at downtown Singapore from a nearby island were sentenced to prison on charges of harboring and training extremists. The six men were arrested last year on Batam island, about 25 km (15 miles) southeast of Singapore.
    (AP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 7, In Iran attacks on the parliament and a shrine to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini killed 17 people and were claimed by the Islamic State group. Four attackers were reported killed. The five Iranians who killed 17 people in the twin attacks were Islamic State group members who had been to its strongholds in Iraq and Syria.
    (AP, 6/7/17)(AFP, 6/8/17)
2017        Jun 7, Authorities in Mexico's Baja California Sur state said that 14 bodies have been found after two days of digging in a clandestine burial pit near the nature reserve of Cabo Pulmo.
    (AP, 6/8/17)
2017        Jun 7, A Myanmar military transport plane with 122 people on board went down on a flight from southern Myanmar to Yangon. The next day fishermen joined navy and air force personnel in recovering bodies and aircraft parts from the sea off Myanmar.
    (AP, 6/7/17)(AP, 6/8/17)
2017        Jun 7, In Nigeria at least 13 people were killed after Boko Haram launched the deadliest attack in months on Maiduguri, the birthplace of the extremist group. The attack came just hours before a visit by Yemi Osinbajo, the country's acting president.
    (AP, 6/8/17)
2017        Jun 7, A major Philippine bank, the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), shut down online transactions and cash machines after money went missing from accounts, triggering fears it had been hacked even as company officials said it was an internal computer error.
    (AFP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 7, Philippine military officials said that they've asked social media companies including Facebook to remove a video of militants smashing icons in a Catholic church in a besieged southern city, saying it may be an attempt to fan hatred and turn the conflict into a religious war.
    (AP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 7, In the Philippines Malaysian Mahmud bin Ahmad reportedly died after being wounded during the fighting in Marawi. He had reportedly channeled more than $600,000 from the Islamic State for the attack on Marawi.
    (SFC, 6/24/17, p.A4)
2017        Jun 7, In South Africa at least eight people were killed in a storm that swept into the Cape Town area, which has been suffering from a severe drought.
    (AP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 7, South Korea said it will set up an environmental review before allowing four more launchers to be added to a contentious US missile defense system meant to cope with North Korean threats.
    (AP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 7, Spain's Banco Santander said it is paying 1 euro to take over troubled rival Banco Popular, in a deal that showcases Europe's new system to rescue failing banks without burdening taxpayers or stressing markets.
    (AP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 7, In Syria US-backed fighters gained ground against the Islamic State group in the streets of Raqa, a day after their months-long offensive finally broke into the jihadists' bastion.
    (AFP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 7, In Ukraine at least one soldier was killed and seven others were injured in an apparent uptick in fighting in the country's east.
    (AP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 7, In Zimbabwe a bus traveling to Zambia crashed late today, killing 45 people.
    (AP, 6/8/17)

2017        Jun 8, Former FBI Director James Comey began his much-anticipated congressional testimony under oath. Comey accused the White House of lies and defamation, beginning explosive testimony against Donald Trump that threatens the future of his young presidency.
    (AP, 6/8/17)(AFP, 6/8/17)
2017        Jun 8, The GOP led House of Representatives approved sweeping legislation to undo much of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, which restricted risky bank practices.
    (SFC, 6/9/17, p.A4)
2017        Jun 8, The US FDA said it has asked Endo Pharmaceuticals to stop selling Opana ER, it reformulated, extended-release, opioid painkiller.
    (SFC, 6/9/17, p.A4)
2017        Jun 8, Marcus Flowers (50) of Enterprise, Alabama, a contracting representative for the US Army, pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to a federal bribery charge involving fraudulent invoices submitted by South Korean contractors.
    (AP, 6/9/17)
2017        Jun 8, Alabama executed Robert Melson (46) by lethal injection. He had been convicted of killing three people during a 1994 robbery of a fast-food restaurant.
    (SFC, 6/9/17, p.A4)
2017        Jun 8, Colorado started using marijuana taxes to fund police efforts to crack down on illegal growing operations.
    (SFC, 6/9/17, p.A5)
2017        Jun 8, Chicago police in the Woodlawn neighborhood found the body of Xavier Joy (23), the son of a political activist, who recently returned from college to work with disadvantaged youths.
    (SSFC, 6/11/17, p.A10)
2017        Jun 8, It was reported that Homo sapiens fossils discovered in Morocco date back some 300,000 years. Up to now the earliest Homo sapiens fossils found in Ethiopia dated back 195,000 years.
    (SFC, 6/8/17, p.A14)
2017        Jun 8, Britons streamed to the polls for the third time in two years after a campaign overshadowed by terror attacks and the uncertainty of Brexit. PM Theresa May had called the vote in April, when opinion poll ratings for her and her center-right Conservative party were sky high. PM Theresa May's decision ended badly, with her center-right party seeing its majority vanish, having to form an alliance with the Democratic Unionist Party.
    (AP, 6/8/17)(AFP, 6/9/17)
2017        Jun 8, In Britain’s general election the separatist Scottish National Party (SNP) lost 21 seats of their 56 parliamentary seats.
    (AFP, 6/9/17)
2017        Jun 8, The European Union announced expanded its sanctions against North Korea adding 14 more people to an asset freeze and travel ban because of the country's continuing work on nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
    (AP, 6/8/17)
2017        Jun 8, European police and naval chiefs called for migrant trafficking of the kind currently taking place in Libya to be declared a crime against humanity.
    (AFP, 6/8/17)
2017        Jun 8, In Germany the Hannover state court sentenced a German citizen, identified only as Saleh S. (18) in line with privacy rules, to eight years in prison for throwing homemade firebombs into the mall in Hannover in February 2016. He is the brother of a 16-year-old girl, Safia S., who was convicted in January of stabbing and wounding a police officer at the behest of the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 6/8/17)
2017        Jun 8, Israel said seven Arabs have been arrested over a plot to kill army officers for Gaza's Islamic militant Hamas rulers to avenge the killing of one its members.
    (AP, 6/8/17)
2017        Jun 8, Montenegro's higher court confirmed prosecution indictments against 14 people, including two Russians charged with masterminding a coup attempt last Oct 16 aimed at preventing Montenegro from joining NATO.
    (AP, 6/8/17)
2017        Jun 8, North Korea launched several suspected surface to ship cruise missiles from the North Korean eastern coastal town of Wonsan. They likely flew about 200 km (125 miles) and landed in waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.
    (AP, 6/8/17)(SFC, 6/9/17, p.A3)
2017        Jun 8, Pakistan’s military said a three-day operation has killed 12 militants in the southwestern province of Baluchistan. The military operation foiled an attempt to set up an organized Islamic State group base. The Taliban-linked Sunni sectarian outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-Almi was working to establish the IS foothold.
    (AP, 6/8/17)
2017        Jun 8, Portugal's public prosecutor brought charges of espionage, disclosing state secrets and corruption against a Portuguese spy and a Russian secret service agent. The two men were arrested in Rome. A statement said the Portuguese spy is in custody in Lisbon but an Italian court refused to extradite the Russian, who was freed.
    (AP, 6/8/17)
2017        Jun 8, A Rwanda official said Hungarian ecologist Krisztian Gyongyi has been killed by a rhinoceros in the Akagera National Park while tracking animals there. He had been instrumental in supporting the reintroduction of black rhinos into the park.
    (AP, 6/8/17)
2017        Jun 8, Officials said heavily armed al-Shabab extremists have stormed a military base in Somalia's semiautonomous state of Puntland, killing close to 70 people and wounding dozens more. Residents said civilians, including women, were beheaded during the rampage.
    (AP, 6/8/17)
2017        Jun 8, Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping hailed close ties between the two nations during their meeting on the sidelines of a summit of an alliance dominated by Moscow and Beijing. The leaders are attending a two-day summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which also includes India, Pakistan and several ex-Soviet Central Asian nations.
    (AP, 6/8/17)
2017        Jun 8, The Scottish Episcopal Church voted in Edinburgh to allow its clerics to marry same-sex couples.
    (SFC, 6/9/17, p.A2)
2017        Jun 8, South Korea's former health minister was convicted of pressuring the country's pension fund to support a controversial Samsung merger, in one of the first rulings on key players in the corruption scandals that ensnared the country's ousted president and Samsung's heir.
    (AP, 6/8/17)
2017        Jun 8, In Syria US-backed fighters battled the Islamic State group as they tried to push further into the jihadists' Syrian bastion Raqa, two days after finally entering the northern city.
    (AFP, 6/8/17)
2017        Jun 8, In southeastern Syria a US aircraft shot down a pro-Syrian government drone after it fired upon a group of US-led coalition forces.
    (SFC, 6/9/17, p.A2)
2017        Jun 8, Thailand arrested a fugitive (38) on an international arrest warrant He was suspected of rapes that took place in several locations in Sweden on May 17-19.
    (AP, 6/8/17)
2017        Jun 8, The UN rights office said it has credible reports that the Islamic State group has killed more than 230 civilians trying to flee western Mosul since May 26.
    (AFP, 6/8/17)
2017        Jun 8, A Yemeni health official said more than 96,000 people have been infected with cholera in an outbreak that has caused at least 746 deaths since late April.
    (AP, 6/8/17)

2017        Jun 9, US Pres. Donald Trump accused fired FBI director James Comey of lying under oath. Trump said he would gladly provide sworn testimony disputing Comey’s charge that the president forced him out because of his handling of the probe into the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia.
    (SFC, 6/10/17, p.A7)
2017        Jun 9, Adam West (b.1928), the American actor who portrayed Batman in the TV series (1966-1968), died in Los Angeles.
    (SSFC, 6/11/17, p.C2)
2017        Jun 9, In Chicago student Yingying Zhang (26), the daughter of a working-class factory driver from China, disappeared from the Urbana campus of the Univ. of Illinois. The FBI later offered up to $10,000 for information that would help locate her. Officials and the family of Zhang soon followed with an additional reward of $40,000 for information that would help locate her. Brendt Allen Christensen (28), a graduate student at the University of Illinois, was later arrested and charged with her kidnapping.
    (SFC, 6/19/17, p.A5)(AP, 6/20/17)(AP, 7/2/17)
2017        Jun 9, In eastern Afghanistan at least three civilians were killed by gunmen inside a mosque late today in Gardez, Paktia province.
    (AP, 6/10/17)
2017        Jun 9, New Austrian legislation came into force today that will ban the full-face Islamic veil in public places from October 1.
    (AFP, 6/9/17)
2017        Jun 9, Brazil’s Superior Electoral Tribunal's 4-3 vote late today to reject allegations of illegal campaign finance gave Pres. Michel Temer a lifeline amid widespread calls that he resign in the face of a corruption scandal.
    (AP, 6/10/17)
2017        Jun 9, British PM Theresa May announced she would seek to form a minority government with the help of a small Northern Irish party, the far-right Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).
    (AFP, 6/10/17)
2017        Jun 9, In Chile an accident took place as two miners were working with heavy machinery following flooding in the Delia II pit of the Cerro Bayo mine, operated by Canadian firm Mandalay Resources. By June 17 the chances of rescuing the two miners looked slim as the mine appeared to be flooded.
    (AFP, 6/18/17)
2017        Jun 9, China and Pakistan said they are investigating the Islamic State group's claim that two Chinese teachers abducted on May 24 in Baluchistan province have been killed, after a video appearing to show the pair was sent to journalists.
    (AP, 6/9/17)
2017        Jun 9, In China chairman Wu Xiaohui of the Anbang insurance company, which bought New York City's Waldorf Hotel, was detained by regulators.
    (AP, 6/13/17)
2017        Jun 9, In Congo DRC unknown gunmen attacked the court office late today, burning several vehicles parked on the premises. One police officer was killed and another wounded in the assault, while three prisoners held there were later found to be missing in the Matete district in the east of Kinshasa.
    (AFP, 6/10/17)
2017        Jun 9, France's Constitutional Court struck down a measure allowing local authorities to bar protesters and others from their territories as part of the country's prolonged state of emergency.
    (AP, 6/9/17)
2017        Jun 9, French photographer Mathias Depardon was reported freed after a month in custody in Turkey.
    (AP, 6/9/17)
2017        Jun 9, In Germany Felix R. (21) was arrested over the killing of two foreign women in Nuremberg. A woman (22) with Romanian and Hungarian citizenship was killed in Nuremberg on May 24. The second victim, a Chinese woman (44), was killed in the city June 5. DNA from the crime scene also corresponded to that of the suspect.
    (AP, 6/12/17)
2017        Jun 9, In northeastern India S.S. Khaplang (77), head of a faction of the separatist National Socialist Council of Nagaland, died of renal failure in Taga region, his outfit's headquarters. Khaplang called off peace talks with India in 2015 after 14 years of futile negotiations and resumed his fight for an independent Naga homeland.
    (AP, 6/10/17)
2017        Jun 9, In Iraq a suicide attacker blew himself up in a market south of Baghdad, killing at least 21 people, while another bomb in a nearby city wounded five others.
    (AP, 6/9/17)
2017        Jun 9, In Israel over 200,000 people celebrated the Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv, where the theme this year is "Bisexuality Visibility".
    (AP, 6/9/17)
2017        Jun 9, Japan's parliament passed a law allowing Emperor Akihito to become the country's first monarch to abdicate in 200 years, but put off a debate over how to tackle the shrinking royal population and whether to allow women to ascend the throne.
    (AP, 6/9/17)
2017        Jun 9, Japanese internet, solar and technology company SoftBank Group Corp. said it is buying robotics pioneer Boston Dynamics from Alphabet Inc., Google's parent. As part of the deal SoftBank is also buying from Alphabet a company called Schaft that develops biped robots. Schaft's roots are in a research lab at the University of Tokyo.
    (AP, 6/9/17)
2017        Jun 9, In Libya Seif al-Islam (44), the second son and heir apparent of the late deposed dictator Moamer Kadhafi, was reportedly freed after more than five years in captivity under an amnesty law promulgated by the parliament based in the country's east during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. He had been held in Zintan since November 2011, just days after his father was killed in a NATO-backed uprising against his decades-long rule.
    (AFP, 6/11/17)
2017        Jun 9, The UN mission in Mali, MINUSMA, said its Kidal camp "had come under heavy rocket/mortar fire" and "a little later a position nearby was attacked" outside their base, killing three peacekeepers and wounding eight more.
    (AFP, 6/9/17)
2017        Jun 9, In Mexico six people were killed by armed men in San Pedro Cacahuatepec on the outskirts of Acapulco. The victims included three women, a 4-month-old baby and a 17-year-old boy.
    (AP, 6/10/17)
2017        Jun 9, It was reported that Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik (38), who is serving a 21-year sentence for killing 77 people in a 2011 bomb-and-shooting rampage in Norway, has legally changed his name to Fjotolf Hansen.
    (AP, 6/9/17)
2017        Jun 9, The Philippine military asked Facebook to close dozens of accounts linked to Islamist militants who attacked Marawi, saying they were being used for propaganda. 13 Philippine marines were killed in Marawi in the biggest single-day loss for government forces. A US Navy aircraft provided surveillance for the local troops in Marawi.
    (AFP, 6/9/17)(AP, 6/10/17)
2017        Jun 9, In the Philippines a motorboat capsized south of Manila, killing five people. The coast guard said all 44 others were rescued.
    (AP, 6/9/17)
2017        Jun 9, The Russian parliament gave preliminary approval to a controversial plan to tear down Soviet-era, low-rise apartment blocks that would relocate 1.6 million people in Moscow, as hundreds of protesters rallied outside. The bill will go up for the third and final reading next week, where it can only be adopted or rejected.
    (AP, 6/9/17)
2017        Jun 9, Saudi Arabia and its allies placed a number of Qataris and Doha-based organizations on a "terror list". As many as 18 individuals were named, including members of Qatar's royal family and a former minister. In all, 59 people and entities were listed.
    (Reuters, 6/9/17)
2017        Jun 9, Scotland's leader Nicola Sturgeon promised to "reflect" on major losses for her Scottish National Party in Britain's general election, admitting the poor performance was in part down to her independence plans.
    (AFP, 6/9/17)
2017        Jun 9, In Somalia at least 14 people, most of them civilians, were killed as soldiers clashed over food aid in the drought-ravaged southwestern city of Baidoa, where tens of thousands of people have streamed in seeking assistance.
    (AP, 6/9/17)
2017        Jun 9, Spain hailed Ignacio Echeverria (39) as a "skateboard hero" after he died trying to defend a woman from one of the assailants in the June 3 London attack. He was awarded the Great Cross of the Order of Civil Merit, which recognizes "extraordinary services" by Spanish and foreign citizens.
    (AFP, 6/9/17)
2017        Jun 9, In Syria US-led coalition forces launched heavy raids overnight in support of Syrian fighters battling to oust the Islamic State group from its bastion of Raqa. 23 civilians were killed in strikes, including 15 who were in an internet cafe in the western suburb of Jazra, just outside the city.
    (AFP, 6/9/17)
2017        Jun 9, A military court in Thailand sentenced a salesman, identified as Wichai, to 35 years in prison for social media posts deemed defamatory to the monarchy, a punishment believed to be the longest ever handed down for the offense of lese majeste. The sentence was halved from 70 years because he had pleaded guilty.
    (AP, 6/9/17)
2017        Jun 9, In southeastern Turkey two suspected Kurdish rebels opened fire on a car belonging to a local mayor, then blew up their vehicle near a military police station. One person was killed and four people were wounded in the attacks and one of the assailants was killed in Batman province.
    (AP, 6/9/17)
2017        Jun 9, The UN children's agency warned that the fight for the Islamic State group's stronghold of Raqqa threatens more than 40,000 children, while overnight airstrikes on the city in northern Syria killed more than a dozen people.
    (AP, 6/9/17)
2017        Jun 9, In Yemen three siblings and their grandmother were killed after Saudi-led coalition forces dropped munitions on three houses in Sanaa.
    (AP, 6/9/17)
2017        Jun 9, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe fired suspended prosecutor general Mr. Johannes Tomana, who now faces a misconduct trial.   
    (AFP, 6/10/17)

2017        Jun 11, In Ohio a mother and her two adult daughters were found slain with gunshot wounds at a home in North Royalton.
    (SFC, 6/13/17, p.A7)
2017        Jun 10, In Texas South Korean Yekwon Sunwoo (28) emerged from 30 competitors to claim the $50,000 award and a gold medal in the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, held every four years in Fort Worth.
    (AP, 6/11/17)
2017        Jun 10, Boeing said Iran's Aseman Airlines has finalized an agreement to buy 30 Boeing 737 MAX jets for $3.0 billion, with an option to buy 30 more.
    (AFP, 6/10/17)
2017        Jun 10, In eastern Afghanistan three US soldiers were killed and one left wounded when an Afghan army solider opened fire on them in Nangarhar province. The Afghan soldier was also killed.
    (AP, 6/10/17)(AP, 6/11/17)
2017        Jun 10, British PM Theresa May was forced to relinquish her two closest aides on as she struggled to reassert her authority following a crushing electoral setback. PM May struck a deal in principle with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party to prop up her Conservative government.
    (AFP, 6/10/17)(SSFC, 6/11/17, p.A6)
2017        Jun 10, In northwestern Greece a lignite mine began collapsing in the village of Anargyroi forcing all 182 inhabitants to leave their homes. The mine was shut down on June 3 for safety reasons. The government had warned six years earlier that the mine poised a threat.
    (SFC, 6/12/17, p.A2)
2017        Jun 10, The Indian army said it has foiled infiltration bids by suspected militants from the Pakistani side along a heavily militarized de facto border dividing Kashmir between the two countries and killed six intruders over the 24 hours.
    (AP, 6/10/17)
2017        Jun 10, Iraq's paramilitary Hashed al-Shaabi forces said that they had retaken all areas west of Mosul from the Islamic State group except the town of Tal Afar.
    (AFP, 6/10/17)
2017        Jun 10, Japanese art collector Yusaku Maezawa (41) announced his purchase of a $110.5 million Basquiat masterpiece, “Untitled" (1982).
    (AFP, 6/10/17)
2017        Jun 10, Libyan officials said at least ten migrants have died after their Europe-bound boats sank off Libya's coast and some 100 people were missing.
    (AFP, 6/11/17)
2017        Jun 10, In Morocco protesters clashed with security forces in Al-Hoceima early today, after more than a week of protests in the northern province.
    (AFP, 6/10/17)
2017        Jun 10, In Pakistan Taimoor Raza (30), minority Shiite Muslim, was sentenced to death for sharing blasphemous content about Islam on social media.
    (AP, 6/10/17)
2017        Jun 10, In Russia Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, one of five men convicted in 2014 for gunning down of Kremlin critic Politkovskaya in 2006, died of liver failure while serving a life term. Gaitukayev was the uncle of Rustam Makhmudov, who was also handed a life term for shooting Politkovskaya outside the block of flats where she lived. Former Moscow policeman Sergei Khadjikurbanov was given a 20-year term for helping to prepare the killing while two of Makhmudov's brothers were handed shorter terms.
    (AFP, 6/13/17)
2017        Jun 10, Syrian pro-government forces said they now hold more than a fifth of the country's strategic desert, after reaching the eastern border with Iraq for the first time since 2015.
    (AFP, 6/10/17)
2017        Jun 10, In Syria US-backed Syrian fighters (SDF) broke into the western part of the Islamic State group's stronghold Raqa, opening up a second front inside the city.
    (AFP, 6/10/17)

2017        Jun 11, Supporters of LGBT rights mobilized in Washington, DC, and other cities across the US for the Equality March for Unity and Pride."
    (SFC, 6/12/17, p.A4)
2017        Jun 11, In NYC tens of thousands of revelers packed Fifth Avenue for the annual Puerto Rican Day parade, despite a controversy over honoring Oscar Lopez Rivera (74), who spent 35 years in prison for his involvement with a group responsible for bombings that killed and maimed dozens in the 1970s and 1980s.
    (AP, 6/11/17)
2017        Jun 11, In NYC the musical “Dear Evan Hansen" took the best new musical trophy at the annual Tony Awards along with five other statuettes. A revival of “Hello Dolly" with Bette Midler, who won as best actress, came away with four Tonys. “Oslo," a mediation on diplomacy was named best play.
    (SFC, 6/12/17, p.A4)
2017        Jun 11, In Ohio a mother and her two adult daughters were found slain with gunshot wounds at a home in North Royalton.
    (SFC, 6/13/17, p.A7)
2017        Jun 11, In Afghanistan  a US convoy was en route to a mission late today when it was struck by a roadside bomb. Troops reacted by opening fire, killing a father and two sons in Nangarhar province.
    (AP, 6/12/17)
2017        Jun 11, Bangladesh security officials in Dhaka arrested late today six members of Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh, a banned militant group, and accused them of planning to kill an outspoken Islamic scholar for his stand against religious extremism.
    (AP, 6/12/17)
2017        Jun 11, In Britain Greater Manchester Police said that all 22 people arrested on suspicion of terrorism offenses, related to the May 22 attack at an Ariana Grande concert, have now been released without charge.
    (AP, 6/11/17)
2017        Jun 11, In eastern Congo DRC armed men attacked a prison in Beni killing at least 11 people and freeing more than 900 prisoners.
    (SFC, 6/12/17, p.A3)
2017        Jun 11, French voters went back to the polls for the first round of parliamentary elections. President Emmanuel Macron's centrist “Republic on the Move" party won 28% of the votes for the National Assembly.
    (AFP, 6/11/17)(SFC, 6/12/17, p.A2)
2017        Jun 11, Israel's security cabinet decided to reduce the daily amount of electricity supplied to Gaza by between 45 and 60 minutes. Gazans currently receive only three or four hours of electricity a day. Israeli authorities said the move was taken after funding cuts by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, who has reportedly been seeking to further pressure his rivals in Islamist movement Hamas.
    (AFP, 6/13/17)
2017        Jun 11, Italy held mayoral elections in some 1,000 towns and small cities across the country. The anti-establishment populist 5-Star Movement (M5S) suffered a big setback after failing to make the runoff vote in almost all the big cities being contested.
    (AP, 6/11/17)(AFP, 6/12/17)
2017        Jun 11, In Italy G7 environment chiefs meet for potentially difficult talks 10 days after Donald Trump sparked a rift with US partners by pulling out of the Paris climate change accord.
    (AFP, 6/11/17)
2017        Jun 11, Jordan said its border guards have killed five suspected infiltrators approaching the kingdom's border from Syria in a pickup truck and two motorcycles.
    (AP, 6/11/17)
2017        Jun 11, Kosovo began voting for a new parliament that will have to navigate tense relations with Serbia, endemic corruption and possible war crimes indictments for some of its leaders. A coalition of ethnic Albanian former leaders of a war of independence against Serbian troops in 1998-1999 led with a third of the vote. The nationalist Movement for Self-determination had about 27 percent, more than a point ahead of a coalition led by former PM Isa Mustafa.
    (AFP, 6/11/17)(AP, 6/12/17)
2017        Jun 11, A Kuwaiti court sentenced Egyptian Ibrahim Suleiman (28), a professed member of the Islamic State group, to life in prison for an attack on US troops in the emirate last October. The supreme court also upheld a 20-year jail term against Fahad Farraj, reportedly the de facto head of IS in Kuwait and the ringleader of an eight-member convicted IS cell and 15- and 10-year jail terms for the other seven members of the cell.
    (AFP, 6/11/17)
2017        Jun 11, Moroccan police detained four people in northern Morocco over the last 24 hours, as protests continued for a second week in the neglected Rif region. Thousands of people demonstrated in Rabat to protest corruption.
    (AFP, 6/11/17)(SFC, 6/12/17, p.A2)
2017        Jun 11, Nigerian soldiers battled Boko Haram extremists in Jarawa village in Borno state. A large number of rebels were reported killed, including Abu Nazir, who was on the military's wanted list. The soldiers also rescued nine abducted children.
    (AP, 6/12/17)
2017        Jun 11, In southwestern Pakistan gunmen shot and killed three officers and wounded another person in a hit-and-run attack on a police post in Quetta. The banned militant group Lashker-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the attack.
    (AP, 6/11/17)
2017        Jun 11, In Pakistan a lone gunman shot and killed a journalist in the northwestern town of Haripur.
    (AP, 6/12/17)
2017        Jun 11, Puerto Ricans voted for statehood and won a non-binding referendum hit by a boycott and low turnout that raised questions about the vote's legitimacy. More than half a million people voted for statehood, followed by nearly 7,800 votes for free association/independence and more than 6,800 votes for the current territorial status. Voter turnout was just 23 percent.
    (AP, 6/12/17)
2017        Jun 11, Qatar moved to avoid an escalation of its feud with Gulf neighbors by telling their citizens they are welcome to stay, while boasting of "business as usual" for vital gas exports. The dispute saw Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain order all Qatari citizens out of their countries within 14 days.
    (AFP, 6/11/17)
2017        Jun 11, In Saudi Arabia the price of a pack of cigarettes doubled for smokers under first-time tax measures to help the kingdom cope with a drop in oil revenues. The cost of energy drinks also doubled and the price of soft drinks rose 50 percent.
    (AFP, 6/11/17)
2017        Jun 11, In Spain several thousand demonstrators including Pep Guardiola, the revered former manager of the city's football club, rallied in Barcelona to support the Catalonia independence referendum called for October 1.
    (AFP, 6/11/17)
2017        Jun 11, In Sri Lanka an elephant attacked a Buddhist monk (25) late today while walking in a procession in the town of Kochchikade. The monk died early the next day.
    (SFC, 6/13/17, p.A4)
2017        Jun 11, In Syria the US-backed SDF opposition force said it has captured a northwestern neighborhood of the Islamic State group's de-facto capital of Raqqa the second district to fall in their hands in days after the group launched a wide offensive to gain control of the extremists' de facto capital.
    (AP, 6/11/17)
2017        Jun 11, Thai police arrested three Chinese men for operating a "click farm," using hundreds of cellphones and several hundred thousand SIM cards to run up "likes" and views on WeChat, a Chinese social media mobile application.
    (AP, 6/13/17)
2017        Jun 11, Ukrainians celebrated the first day of visa-free access to the European Union, with thousands crossing the border as President Petro Poroshenko proclaimed a dramatic "exit" from Moscow's grip.
    (AFP, 6/11/17)

2017        Jun 12, Pres. Donald Trump held a Cabinet meeting and asked for a statement from each member. One by one they paid tribute to Trump, describing how honored they were to serve in his administration.
    (SFC, 6/13/17, p.A16)
2017        Jun 12, The Trump administration threw out a new rule intended to limit the number of endangered whales and sea turtles caught in fishing nets off the West Coast, saying existing protections were already working.
    (SFC, 6/13/17, p.C2)
2017        Jun 12, The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 129 to 120 in game five of the NBA finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Ca.
    (SFC, 6/13/17, p.A1)
2017        Jun 12, Maryland and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit alleging that Pres. Donald Trump’s failure to shed his private businesses has undermined public trust and violated constitutional bans against self-dealing.
    (SFC, 6/13/17, p.A7)
2017        Jun 12, Researchers say they've discovered a worrying breed of power grid-wrecking software, saying the program was likely responsible for a brief blackout that hit Kiev late last year. Slovakia-based computer security company ESET and Maryland-based Dragos, Inc. published a report saying that the malicious software has the ability to control the switches and circuit breakers.
    (AP, 6/12/17)
2017        Jun 12, In southeast Bangladesh heavy rain triggered landslides that killed at least 141 people. Police and soldiers struggled to reach the remote districts with aid. The homes of some 4,500 people were swamped by mud and debris unleashed by the landslides.
    (AP, 6/13/17)(AP, 6/14/17)(AP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 12, It was reported that China has granted provisional approval for four additional Ivanka Trump trademarks since April 20, and her brand has continued to seek more intellectual property protection in China, with at least 14 applications filed around the time she took on an official White House role as advisor to her father on March 29.
    (AP, 6/12/17)
2017        Jun 12, The prime ministers of Croatia and Romania signed agreements to boost trade and protect classified information as Romanian Premier Sorin Grindeanu made a one-day visit to his Croatian counterpart, Andrej Plenkovic.
    (AP, 6/12/17)
2017        Jun 12, Finland's government was brought to the verge of collapse as centrist and conservative parties both said the populist The Finns party cannot stay in the three-member government coalition after it elected an anti-EU and anti-immigration hardliner as its chairman last week.
    (AP, 6/12/17)
2017        Jun 12, French urban climber Alain Robert scaled a 29-story hotel in Barcelona with his bare hands and in just 20 minutes.
    (AP, 6/13/17)
2017        Jun 12, Indian and Pakistani troops traded fire in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing two civilians and wounding three others on the Pakistani side.
    (AP, 6/12/17)
2017        Jun 12, Iraqi forces backed by the US pushed toward a medical complex in western Mosul, trying to dislodge Islamic State militants from two neighborhoods they still partly hold outside the Old City.
    (AP, 6/12/17)
2017        Jun 12, In Italy a two-day meeting of environment chiefs from the Group of Seven club of industrialized democracies ended with the US again disassociating itself from a statement underlining the importance of implementing the 2015 Paris deal on curbing carbon emissions.
    (AFP, 6/12/17)
2017        Jun 12, Pakistan confirmed that two Chinese language teachers, abducted at gunpoint on May 24, have been killed.
    (AP, 6/12/17)
2017        Jun 12, Russian authorities detained opposition politician Alexei Navalny and nearly 1,000 of his supporters. Protest gatherings in cities from Far East Pacific ports to St. Petersburg were spearheaded by Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who has become the Kremlin's most visible opponent. An organization that monitors political repression in Russia tallied 1,750 people who were arrested in nationwide anti-corruption protests and that about 50 of them remained in custody a day later.
    (AFP, 6/12/17)(AP, 6/12/17)(AP, 6/13/17)
2017        Jun 12, In Syria US-backed SDF fighters battling the Islamic State group pushed closer to the Old City in the jihadist stronghold of Raqa.
    (AFP, 6/12/17)
2017        Jun 12, Thai police displayed more than 1 million methamphetamine tablets seized this month, as trade in the illicit drug shows little sign of abating.
    (AP, 6/12/17)
2017        Jun 12, An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 shook western Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos, injuring at least 10 people and damaging buildings.
    (AP, 6/12/17)
2017        Jun 12, UN agencies said at least 279 people have died and thousands sickened in Sudan from suspected acute diarrhea since August, raising health concerns in the country ahead of the rainy season.
    (AFP, 6/12/17)
2017        Jun 12, Ukraine said seven soldiers have been killed in just three days in renewed fighting with pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country. This brought the death toll to 14 since the beginning of June.
    (AFP, 6/12/17)
2017        Jun 12, Venezuela's Supreme Court rejected the chief prosecutor's motion to stop President Nicolas Maduro's push to rewrite the constitution.
    (AP, 6/12/17)
2017        Jun 12, A Yemeni soldier was killed and two others were wounded in an Al-Qaeda attack on a checkpoint in Hadramawt province. Three assailants were left dead.
    (AFP, 6/12/17)

2017        Jun 13, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a close adviser to President Donald Trump during his battle for the presidency, heatedly defended himself before his former Senate colleagues as he denied having an undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador to the United States and rejected any misconduct in the ouster of FBI Director James Comey.
    (AP, 6/14/17)
2017        Jun 13, In Georgia inmates Donnie Russell Rowe (43) and Ricky Dubose (24) escaped after disarming and killing Baldwin State Prison officers Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue on a transport bus. Both inmates were captured on June 15 in Christiana, Tenn.
    (SFC, 6/14/17, p.A5)(SFC, 6/16/17, p.A5)
2017        Jun 13, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer resigned following the company’s $4.5 sale of its Internet properties to Verizon. Mayer left with a $23 million golden parachute.
    (SFC, 6/14/17, p.C1)
2017        Jun 13, Anita Pallenberg (b.1944), model and actress, died in Chichester, England. Sometimes called the muse of the Rolling Stones, she had affairs with three of band’s key members.
    (SSFC, 6/18/17, p.C11)
2017        Jun 13, The European Commission said that Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic have breached their legal obligations to take some refugees as part of the 2015 plan, which is aimed at sharing the burden of 160,000 migrants at camps in Italy and Greece.
    (AP, 6/13/17)
2017        Jun 13, Finland’s PM Juha Sipila said his coalition would carry on with a new populist faction that emerged at the last minute. The Finns Party split in two, with Sipila welcoming the more moderate faction to stay on in his government.
    (AFP, 6/13/17)
2017        Jun 13, A German court convicted six young Syrian and Libyan refugees who tried to set fire to a sleeping homeless man last Christmas in a crime that sparked public outrage.
    (AFP, 6/13/17)
2017        Jun 13, In Germany a man (37) shot a police officer in the head and wounded two bystanders at the Unterfoehring subway station in Munich. The suspect was apprehended after being wounded in an exchange of fire with police.
    (SFC, 6/14/17, p.A2)
2017        Jun 13, Hungary's parliament approved a crackdown on foreign-backed civil society groups despite an international outcry, in a move seen as targeting US billionaire George Soros.
    (AFP, 6/13/17)
2017        Jun 13, In Indonesia dozens of inmates swam to freedom from a flooded jail after one of its walls collapsed. At least 32 inmates escaped in Jambi city on western Sumatra island late today by swimming through the floodwaters after they smashed through the wall. Most were recaptured but about 10 are believed to still be on the run.
    (AFP, 6/14/17)
2017        Jun 13, Iraqi and UN officials said a mass food poisoning at a camp for displaced civilians outside Mosul has left at least two dead and hundreds requiring urgent treatment.
    (AFP, 6/13/17)
2017        Jun 13, Israel's PM Netanyahu says the diplomatic crisis with New Zealand over a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements is over.
    (AP, 6/13/17)
2017        Jun 13, In Kenya at least four people were missing after the collapse of an eight-storey building in Nairobi overnight. Rescuers soon pulled two children and their mother from the building. Two people were thought to be still trapped in the debris.
    (AFP, 6/13/17)(SFC, 6/14/17, p.A2)
2017        Jun 13, North Korea released Otto Warmbier (22), a Univ. of Virginia college student who was serving a 15-year prison term with hard labor for alleged anti-state acts. North Korea announced Warmbier's arrest in late January 2016, saying he committed an anti-state crime with "the tacit connivance of the US government and under its manipulation." The announcement that came as former NBA player Dennis Rodman was paying a return visit to Pyongyang. Wambier returned to his home state of Ohio in a coma suffering a "severe neurological injury," and has been in a coma for more than a year.
    (AP, 6/13/17)(AP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 13, Pakistani intelligence officials said a suspected US missile strike in the northwest has killed a militant commander and his aide in a village some five km south of Thal city.
    (AP, 6/13/17)
2017        Jun 13, South Korean police on Tuesday detained a 25-year-old graduate student for allegedly placing a concealed explosive device that injured a professor today at a university office in Seoul.
    (AP, 6/13/17)
2017        Jun 13, In Syria Islamic State group jihadists waged fierce battles in Raqa in a bid to repel US-backed fighters advancing towards the walls of the Old City.
    (AFP, 6/13/17)
2017        Jun 13, Turkey's PM Binali Yildirim said his country wants to continue membership talks with the European Union, in an effort to ease months of tension.
    (AP, 6/13/17)
2017        Jun 13, Zimbabwe state-owned media reported that the government has banned the import of corn after enjoying a bumper crop that authorities hope will be enough to feed the nation and stimulate home-grown production. The deputy agriculture minister said the government stopped issuing grain import permits about four months ago and no maize imports are allowed at our borders.
    (AFP, 6/13/17)

2017        Jun 14, The US Senate voted to slap new sanctions on key sectors of Russia's economy and individuals over its interference in the 2016 US election campaign and its aggression in Syria and Ukraine. The measures were attached to a bill targeting Iran.
    (AP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 14, A group of almost 200 Democratic lawmakers filed a federal lawsuit challenging profits that Pres. Donald Trump’s global businesses have taken in from foreign entities.
    (SFC, 6/15/17, p.A7)
2017        Jun 14, The US Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate for the third time since December. The short-term ate was raised by a quarter point to a range of 1 to 1.25 percent.
    (AP, 6/15/17)(SFC, 6/15/17, p.C1)
2017        Jun 14, In Washington, DC, Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah met with US Defense Sec. James Mattis and signed a deal for F-15 fighter jets worth some $12 billion.
    (SFC, 6/16/17, p.A4)
2017        Jun 14, San Francisco’s public TV and radio station KQED saw its online radio stream knocked off for more than 12 hours starting late today in an apparent hacking attack.
    (SFC, 6/17/17, p.D1)
2017        Jun 14, In San Francisco Jimmy Lam (38) shot and killed three people at the UPS building on Potrero Hill and then killed himself when confronted by police.
    (SFC, 6/15/17, p.A1)
2017        Jun 14, In Michigan five people including Nick Lyon, the head of the state’s health department, were charged with involuntary manslaughter in an investigation of Flint’s lead-contaminated water, all blamed in the death of an man (85) who had Legionnaires’’ disease.
    (SFC, 6/15/17, p.A5)
2017        Jun 14, Polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs was captured in South Dakota, after being on the run for nearly a year when he escaped confinement in USA pending trial on a multi-million-dollar food stamp fraud scheme.
    (SFC, 6/16/17, p.A5)
2017        Jun 14, In Alexandria, Virginia, several people, including Republican Congressman Steve Scalise, were wounded in a Washington suburb early today when a gunman opened fire as they practiced for an annual baseball game between lawmakers. The gunman was killed and later identified as James T. Hodgkinson  (66) of Belleville, Illinois.
    (AFP, 6/14/17)(AFP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 14, American astrophysicists, whose work led to the ground-breaking detection of cosmic gravitational waves first predicted by Einstein, were awarded Spain's Princess of Asturias 2017 scientific research prize. The award went to American physicians Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne and Barry Barish and to the LIGO Scientific Collaboration group of international astrophysicists.
    (AP, 6/14/17)
2017        Jun 14, In London a fast-moving overnight fire engulfed the 24-story Grenfell Tower, a housing block built in 1974. London police later said 80 people who were in Grenfell Tower were missing and presumed dead. Experts later said the exterior cladding, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly up the outside of the public housing tower. Officials later identified a Hotpoint model FF175BP refrigerator-freezer as the cause of the fire.
    (AP, 6/14/17)(AP, 6/15/17)(AP, 6/16/17)(AP, 6/18/17)(AP, 6/19/17)(AP, 6/23/17)(Reuters, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 14, A British soldier was killed and three other servicemen injured in an incident at Castlemartin Ranges, a UK training ground.
    (AP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 14, The World Health Organization said two separate outbreaks of the polio virus have been confirmed in Congo, the first cases of polio in the vast Central African nation since 2012.
    (AP, 6/14/17)
2017        Jun 14, Egypt's parliament approved a controversial maritime agreement with Saudi Arabia that transfers two Red Sea islands to the kingdom. The deal is still under challenge in court.
    (AFP, 6/14/17)
2017        Jun 14, The European Commission launched legal action against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland for failing their commitment to take in refugees.
    (AP, 6/14/17)
2017        Jun 14, A strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit western Guatemala along the border with Mexico. Five people were killed with power cuts and damage to some buildings.
    (AFP, 6/14/17)(SSFC, 6/18/17, p.C14)
2017        Jun 14, Indonesian authorities said they have arrested two suspected wildlife smugglers after a raid on a port warehouse in Sumatra uncovered more than 200 pangolins, many of them dead from stress and dehydration.
    (AP, 6/14/17)
2017        Jun 14, Iranian forces killed two suspected members of an armed group in a Sunni-majority southeastern region and arrested five others who attacked a barracks in Chabahar, Sistan Baluchistan province.
    (AFP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 14, In Iraq more than 100 Islamic State militants launched a counterattack in Mosul, killing 11 Federal Police and four civilians in clashes that were still underway.
    (AP, 6/14/17)
2017        Jun 14, Leo Varadkar (38) promised a "republic of opportunity" after he became Ireland's youngest prime minister and the first who is openly gay.
    (AFP, 6/14/17)
2017        Jun 14, Japan kicked off a whaling campaign in the northwestern Pacific. Three ships left port on a three-month mission to catch 43 minke whales and 134 sei whales.
    (AFP, 6/14/17)
2017        Jun 14, A Kazakh man died and another was hospitalized after they were caught in a fire on the steppes triggered by falling debris from a Russian space launch. The fire broke out in the "planned fallout zone" for the Soyuz 2.1a rocket, which had blasted off from Baikonur at 0920 GMT (3:20 pm local time).
    (AFP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 14, Lebanon's government announced a new election law after a cabinet session, ending months of tense discussions and paving the way for the first parliamentary elections in nine years. Under the agreement, the current parliament's term will be extended once again, but this time for just 11 months to prepare for elections under the new rules in May 2018.
    (AFP, 6/14/17)
2017        Jun 14, In Lesotho the wife of incoming prime minister Thomas Thabane's Lipolelo (58), was shot dead in Ha Masana village, 35 km (22 miles) south of the capital Maseru where she lives, as she was driving with a friend. Thabane (77) was expected to be sworn in on June 16.
    (AP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 14, The International Criminal Court chief's prosecutor called for the "immediate arrest and surrender" of Moamer Kadhafi's son Seif al-Islam, who was reportedly set free by a militia in Libya. Fatou Bensouda said an arrest warrant issued by the Hague-based ICC against Seif in 2011 remains valid.
    (AFP, 6/14/17)
2017        Jun 14, In Morocco a court sentenced 25 demonstrators and suspected members of Al-Hirak al-Shaabi (Popular Movement) to 18 months in jail each.
    (AFP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 14, The leader of Nigeria's Senate, Bukola Saraki (54), was cleared of corruption charges, ending of one of the most high-profile trials in President Muhammadu Buhari's anti-graft campaign.
    (AP, 6/14/17)
2017        Jun 14, In Pakistan two members of the outlawed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group escaped from the jail in the port city of Karachi. A jail superintendent and 11 other officials were soon arrested in the wake of a jail break.
    (AP, 6/17/17)
2017        Jun 14, Qatar said it has pulled all of its 450 troops from the border of Djibouti and Eritrea, east African nations that have a long-running territorial dispute which Doha had helped mediate. Eritrean forces moved in after the troops departed.
    (AP, 6/14/17)
2017        Jun 14, In Russia Alexander Reimer, the former head of the penitentiary system, was sentenced to eight years in prison for defrauding the state. He was convicted of taking part in selling electronic monitoring bracelets to the prison service at inflated prices. Two other high-ranking prison officials were also found guilty in the case and sentenced to terms of up to six years.
    (AP, 6/14/17)
2017        Jun 14, South Africa's anti-corruption watchdog said it has launched an investigation into several allies of President Jacob Zuma allegedly linked to corruption at three state-owned companies, based on a trove of recently leaked emails.
    (AFP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 14, Tanzania said it has agreed to negotiations with Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold which it accuses of operating illegally and evading taxes.
    (AFP, 6/14/17)
2017        Jun 14, Tunisia announced that it has extended for another four months a state of emergency in place since a 2015 jihadist attack.
    (AFP, 6/14/17)
2017        Jun 14, A Turkish court sentenced a Republican People's Party (CHP) lawmaker to 25 years jail for leaking classified material to the press, the first time a main opposition party deputy has been arrested in an ongoing crackdown. CHP lawmaker Enis Berberoglu was immediately placed under arrest at the Istanbul criminal court.
    (AP, 6/14/17)   
2017        Jun 14, A Turkish court in Ankara sentenced Aydin Sefa Akay, a Turkish national and UN judge, to seven and a half years in prison for "membership in an armed terror group." The conviction drew a rebuke the next day from the UN court he works for.
    (AP, 6/15/17)

2017        Jun 15, A Trump administration official said the Pentagon will send almost 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan, hoping to break a stalemate in a war that has now passed to a third US commander in chief.
    (AP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 15, Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith, a professor of humanities at Princeton Univ., was named the next US poet laureate succeeding Juan Felipe Herrera.
    (SFC, 6/16/17, p.E1)
2017        Jun 15, In New Mexico three people were killed at a home in La Madera in what appeared to be a domestic dispute. Two others were killed later at separate locations in the region. Police soon arrested Damian Herrera (21) and charged him with all five murders, including that of his mother, stepfather and brother.
    (SFC, 6/17/17, p.A5)
2017        Jun 15, Oregon-based Nike announced several changes to its business structure including a  cut of about 1,400 jobs and reduction of the number of sneaker styles it offers by a quarter.
    (AP, 6/15/17)

2017        Jun 15, Bill Dana (b.1924), comedian and comedy writer, died at his home in Nashville. In 1959 he presented his comic character Jose Jimenez for the first time on “The Steve Allen Show." The “Bill Dana Show," on which he played Jose as a hotel bellhop, aired on NBC from 1963-1965.
    (SFC, 6/21/17, p.D8)
2017        Jun 15, Austria and Germany voiced sharp criticism of the latest US sanctions against Moscow, saying they could affect European businesses involved in piping in Russian natural gas.
    (AP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 15, In Bahrain a mass terrorism trial led to 26 defendants losing their citizenship. 18 defendants received life sentences, while the other eight received 15-year sentences. Those sentenced belonged to a group called Diraz Youth.
    (AP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 15, Burundi denied UN allegations that said its security forces and government-allied militia are continuing to torture and kill opponents.
    (AFP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 15, In eastern China eight people were killed and 59 injured in an explosion at the front gate of the Chuangxin Kindergarten in Fengxian, Jiangsu province, as relatives were picking up their children at the end of the school day. Police soon identified a male suicide suspect (22) primarily using security camera footage and DNA collected at the scene of the blast.
    (AP, 6/15/17)(AP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 15, Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels pledged to honor its commitment to completely disarm by June 20 after a UN monitoring mission said it had received fewer weapons than expected.
    (AFP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 15, A senior constitutional panel in Egypt published a report concluding that two courts, which ruled to annul an agreement to transfer control of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, acted within their jurisdiction.
    (AP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 15, The EU announced a support package of nearly $160 million for recovery and reconstruction in Nigeria's Borno state, which has been devastated by attacks from homegrown Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.
    (AP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 15, The 19-country eurozone agreed late today to release a further 8.5 billion euros ($9.5 billion) from its current, third bailout after the Greek government delivered on an array of reforms.
    (AP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 15, In Germany a man stabbed two of his children to death and seriously injured another in the eastern state of Thuringia. The suspect (27) was arrested and hospitalized for treatment of self-inflicted wounds.
    (AP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 15, Guyana said it has issued an operating license and environmental permit to ExxonMobil, which has said it made "significant" oil discoveries off the South American country's coast.
    (AP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 15, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu promised to promote plans for an ambitious Mediterranean undersea natural gas pipeline project, in a bid by his country to become a key European energy supplier. Israel hoped to export much of its newly discovered natural gas to Europe by a proposed 2,200-km (1,350-mile) undersea pipeline to Cyprus and Greece.
    (AP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 15, Japan's ruling coalition pushed a contentious bill through parliament that makes it a crime to plan a crime. The government of PM Shinzo Abe said the new law, which criminalizes the planning of 277 serious crimes, is needed to prevent terrorism.
    (AP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 15, Japan's future king, Crown Prince Naruhito, started a five-day visit to Denmark after the Japanese parliament last week passed a law allowing his father, Emperor Akihito, to become the first monarch to abdicate in 200 years.
    (AP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 15, In Kashmir two police officers were killed in two separate shootings by suspected rebels in Srinagar and in the southern Kulgam area.
    (AP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 15, Lithuania called a nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus a threat to the Baltic republic. Lawmakers voted to declare that the plant in Atsravets, some 50 km (30 miles) south of Vilnius, poses a threat to the environment, living standards and public health.
    (AP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 15, Malaysian customs officials seized nearly 400 kg (880 pounds) of pangolin scales worth 5 million ringgit ($1.2 million) from Ghana.
    (AP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 15, Flamboyant US basketball star Dennis Rodman handed over a copy of Donald Trump's "The Art of the Deal" to a North Korean minister, along with a whole host of other off-the-wall goodies.
    (AFP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 15, Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif denied allegations of corruption and money laundering during a nearly three-hour appearance before a Supreme Court-appointed team investigating his family's offshore companies.
    (AP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 15, In the Philippines about 100 bodies of civilians and Islamic militants remain uncollected in the rubble of Marawi because of continuing fighting between troops and gunmen aligned with the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 15, In Somalia Islamic extremists in Mogadishu killed at least 31 people, many at point-blank range, in an overnight siege of a popular pizza restaurant before they were slain by security forces.
    (AP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 15, South Africa adopted a new mining code requiring companies to have majority black investors to qualify for new prospecting licenses, causing the major miners' stock to tumble.
    (AFP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 15, Syrian government forces marched toward the last town held by the Islamic State group in the central province of Homs in the latest push by President Bashar Assad's troops against the extremists.
    (AP, 6/15/17)
2017        Jun 15, Thailand’s PM Prayuth Chan-ocha, head of the military government, used his special powers to cut through regulations and launch work on a much-delayed 179 billion baht ($5.27 billion) joint Thai-Chinese project for a new railway from Bangkok to the northeast.
    (AP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 15, Turkey's main opposition party set off on a 425-km (265 mile) march from the capital to an Istanbul prison to protest the conviction of one of lawmaker Enis Berberoglu. Thousands began walking from Ankara, with police at the scene.
    (AP, 6/15/17)

2017        Jun 16, Pres. Donald Trump confirmed he was under investigation and appeared to take aim at a senior Justice Department official, in a tweet that seemed to encapsulate his frustration with the ongoing focus on Russia's involvement in the 2016 election.
    (AP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 16, Pres. Donald Trump denounced Cuba’s communist government and portrayed his updated Cuba policy as the fulfillment of a campaign promise to reverse Obama's diplomatic rapprochement with Cuba after decades of estrangement. Trump said his approach is aimed at halting the flow of US cash to the country's military while maintaining diplomatic relations. US airlines and cruise ships would still be allowed to service the island.
    (AP, 6/17/17)
2017        Jun 16, US Border Patrol agents swept into a medical camp in the Arizona desert to capture four immigrants, an operation that volunteers called a "staged military siege" as the US government has vowed a crackdown along the border with Mexico.
    (AP, 6/17/17)
2017        Jun 16, US officials reportedly seized a diplomatic package from the North Korean delegation at John F. Kennedy International Airport as the diplomats were about to fly home. The North Korean delegation was in New York to attend the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
    (AFP, 6/18/17)
2017        Jun 16, In San Diego retired Navy Capt. Michael Brooks (59), a former US Naval attaché to the US embassy in the Philippines, was sentenced to 41 months in prison for illicitly secured diplomatic clearances for a Malaysian defense contractor in exchange for luxury watches and the services of prostitutes.
    (AP, 6/17/17)
2017        Jun 16, Amazon said it will pay $42 a share to acquire Whole Foods. The $13.7 billion deal for Whole Foods sent grocery stores, big retailers, and food makers and distributors plunging.
    (AP, 6/17/17)
2017        Jun 16, A federal minister said Australia will allow gun owners to hand in illegal firearms without penalty from next month in a three-month nationwide amnesty as concerns grow over gun crimes involving such weapons.
    (AP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 16, Djibouti said it has lodged a formal complaint with the African Union after accusing soldiers from neighboring Eritrea of occupying a contested mountainous area after Qatari peacekeepers left the region this week.
    (AP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 16, Former Ecuadorean President Abdala Bucaram returned to the South American nation he fled two decades ago after lawmakers declared him mentally unfit to rule. He arrived in Guayaquil after legal claims alleging he embezzled some $3 million in public funds expired.
    (AP, 6/17/17)
2017        Jun 16, Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl (87) died at his home in Ludwigshafen. The physically imposing chancellor (1982-1998), whose reunification of a nation divided by the Cold War, put Germany at the heart of a united Europe.
    (AP, 6/17/17)
2017        Jun 16, In Indian-controlled Kashmir five police were killed when rebels fighting against Indian rule ambushed a police vehicle. Two civilians were also killed and several others injured in clashes that erupted during a gunbattle between rebels and government forces in the disputed region.
    (AP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 16, Iran condemned new sanctions adopted by the US Senate and vowed to respond with "reciprocal and adequate measures".
    (AFP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 16, Italians and tourists alike struggled to get around as a nationwide transport strike forced the cancellation of Alitalia flights, the closure of subway stations and the suspension of bus service.
    (AP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 16, Ivory Coast rescue workers in Abidjan said the death toll from rains this week has climbed from eight to 11 today, with one person unaccounted for and hundreds affected by landslides and flooding.
    (AFP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 16, In northern Kenya an improvised explosive device killed four people in a passenger vehicle in a suspected extremist attack.
    (AP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 16, Lesotho's new PM Thomas Thabane (78) took office at the head of a coalition government, three years after he was targeted by a putsch and two days after the murder of his estranged wife.
    (AFP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 16, In Mexico three dismembered bodies stuffed in suitcases were found in Cancun, hours after the Mexican resort town was rocked by a shootout and police chase that left one gunman dead.
    (AFP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 16, In Niger 14 people were reported killed after houses collapsed in Niamey with another four missing. Nine children were reported dead there earlier this week.
    (AFP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 16, North Korea lashed out at international sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs, saying they are being used to block everything from frozen chicken to swimming flippers.
    (AP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 16, Two Pakistani officials disappeared as they were traveling by road from the Jalalabad consulate in eastern Afghanistan on their way to Pakistan.
    (AP, 6/18/17)
2017        Jun 16, Three Palestinian militants were killed after stabbing and shooting attacks left dead Israeli female police Staff Sgt. Hadas Malka (23) on duty near Jerusalem's Old City. Hamas and People's Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) soon claimed responsibility denying Islamic State claims for the attack.
    (AP, 6/17/17)
2017        Jun 16, The head of Qatar's human rights committee denounced moves by several Arab states to isolate his country as "collective punishment" and appealed to United Nations experts to investigate the impact of the blockade.
    (AP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 16, Russia announced that the Islamic State group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may have been killed in a Russian airstrike in Syria on May 28.
    (AP, 6/16/17)(SFC, 6/17/17, p.A4)
2017        Jun 16, A Russian court cut Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's jail term by five days after he appealed a one-month sentence handed down this week for calling a protest.
    (AFP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 16, Serbia's Pres. Aleksandar Vucic nominated Ana Brnabic as the conservative country's first openly gay prime minister, a move which infuriated nationalists.
    (AP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 16, Tanzania’s interior ministry said the weekly, Mawio, has been ordered to suspend publication for two years after pointing the finger at two former presidents in connection with huge revenue losses.
    (AFP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 16, Turkey's main opposition leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, accused Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan of staging a "second coup" with the crackdown that followed last July's failed putsch, as he pressed on with a protest march to Istanbul from Ankara.
    (AFP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 16, In Yemen a US drone strike late today killed three suspected members of Al-Qaeda in Shabwa province, a jihadist stronghold in the south.
    (AFP, 6/17/17)

2017        Jun 17, US and Japanese vessels and aircraft searched for seven American sailors who were missing after their Navy destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald, collided before dawn with the ACX Crystal, a container ship four times its size, off the coast of Japan. The search for seven US Navy sailors was called on June 18 off after several bodies were found in the ship's flooded compartments, including sleeping quarters.
    (AP, 6/17/17)(AP, 6/18/17)
2017        Jun 17, In Minnesota 18 people were arrested early today in protests that followed the acquittal of police Officer Jeronimo Yanez in the July 6, 2016, shooting death of Philando Castile.
    (SSFC, 6/18/17, p.A8)
2017        Jun 17, A Pennsylvania judge declared a mistrial as jurors deadlocked on charges that Bill Cosby had drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago. Prosecutors said they would seek a 2nd trial.
    (SSFC, 6/18/17, p.A8)
2017        Jun 17, Afghan army security forces recaptured Tora Bora in eastern Nangarhar province. At least 22 Islamic State group fighters were killed and 10 others were wounded in a clearance operation.
    (AP, 6/17/17)
2017        Jun 17, In Afghanistan an insider attack took place at a camp in Mazar-e Sharif. Soldiers returned fire and killed the attacker. The US military confirmed that at least some of the casualties were American soldiers.
    (AP, 6/17/17)
2017        Jun 17, Four Armenian soldiers in Nagorno-Karabakh were reported killed in fighting with Azerbaijan over the last 24 hours.
    (AP, 6/17/17)
2017        Jun 17, In Colombia a homemade bomb placed rocked a busy mall in Bogota filled with Father's Day shoppers, killing three people, including a French woman (25), and wounding nine others.
    (AP, 6/18/17)
2017        Jun 17, An Egyptian criminal court sentenced to death 31 Islamists for their part in the June 2015 assassination of the country's top prosecutor, Hisham Barakat.
    (AP, 6/17/17)
2017        Jun 17, Iraqi forces captured the al-Waleed border crossing point to Syria from the Islamic State group, increasing pressure on the extremists and getting closer to meeting up with Syrian troops and their allies who reached the border earlier this month for the first time in years.
    (AP, 6/17/17)
2017        Jun 17, Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, vowing to come back again soon, wrapped up a low-key and incident-free visit to the North Korean capital.
    (AP, 6/17/17)
2017        Jun 17, Pakistani security forces in an overnight raid arrested four members of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group and seized weapons and explosives from their hideout in Karachi. The detained men reportedly wanted to target a rally of Shiite Muslims.
    (AP, 6/17/17)
2017        Jun 17, Philippine troops pounded Islamist militants holding parts of southern Marawi city with air strikes and artillery as more soldiers were deployed and the death toll rose to more than 300 after nearly a month of fighting.
    (AFP, 6/17/17)
2017        Jun 17, In Portugal 64 people died in the forest fire north of Lisbon as they tried to flee the inferno in their cars.
    (AP, 6/18/17)(AP, 6/20/17)
2017        Jun 17, Romanian border police detained 32 Iraqis hidden in a truck transporting furniture who told authorities they were trying to reach Italy, a country in Europe's visa-free Schengen travel zone.
    (AP, 6/17/17)
2017        Jun 17, Saudi Arabia's King Salman issued a royal decree that restructures the country's system for prosecutions, essentially stripping the crown prince of longstanding powers overseeing criminal investigations.
    (AP, 6/17/17)
2017        Jun 17, In Syria a convoy delivering aid to a besieged opposition area outside Damascus came under attack late today, seriously wounding a driver of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and thwarting the first such mission to the area in eight months.
    (AP, 6/18/17)
2017        Jun 17, In Turkey 731 soldiers at a western base were sent to the hospital with food poisoning. 21 people from the company that provided the food were soon detained.
    (AP, 6/18/17)
2017        Jun 17, In Uganda about 26 gunmen reportedly attacked Gbari identifying themselves as South Sudanese military and taking 108 cattle. Three days later, a second group attacked and arrested two South Sudanese refugees living in the village.
    (Reuters, 7/3/17)
2017        Jun 17, Vanuatu's widely revered President Baldwin Lonsdale (67) died after suffering a sudden heart attack in the Pacific island nation's capital of Port Vila. Baldwin had served as President since September 2014.
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2017        Jun 18, In San Francisco Carlo Tateo (31), football coach, was shot and killed near 11th and Folsom after he asked a couple of men to stop bothering females in a group he was with. The suspects fled the scene.
    (SFC, 9/21/17 p.D4)
2017        Jun 18, In eastern Afghanistan Taliban attackers stormed a police headquarters after striking it with two suicide car bombs, killing at least five police officers in Gardez, Paktia province.
    (AP, 6/18/17)    (SFC, 6/19/17, p.A2)
2017        Jun 18, In Egypt a roadside bomb killed a policeman and wounded four others on a highway on the southern outskirts of Cairo.
    (AFP, 6/18/17)   
2017        Jun 18, French voters returned to the polls for the second round of a parliamentary election. Emmanuel Macron's Republic on the Move (REM) and its centrist ally MoDem won 350 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly in the runoff vote. The result means REM can if necessary govern without the support of MoDem, which won 42 seats.
    (AFP, 6/18/17)(AP, 6/19/17)
2017        Jun 18, An Iranian ballistic missile strike targeted the Islamic State group in Syria's eastern city of Deir el-Zour. No casualties were reported.
    (AP, 6/19/17)
2017        Jun 18, Iraqi forces launched an assault to retake Mosul's Old City, the last district still held by the Islamic State group. Around 100,000 people remained trapped in Mosul's Old City.
    (AFP, 6/18/17)
2017        Jun 18, Israel revoked the permits of 200,000 Palestinians to enter Israel that were approved for the holy month of Ramadan following two near simultaneous Palestinian attacks on police that killed a young female officer near Jerusalem's Old City two days earlier.
    (AP, 6/18/17)
2017        Jun 18, In Mali Islamic extremists stormed the Campement Kangaba resort area popular with foreigners and killed four people, including a Portuguese soldier who had been serving in the European Union mission to stabilize this West African country.
    (AP, 6/19/17)
2017        Jun 18, NATO completed its first war games focused on defending the Suwalki Gap, a land corridor from Kaliningrad to Belarus between Lithuania and Poland critical to the security of its Baltic allies.
    (AFP, 6/19/17)
2017        Jun 18, In Puerto Rico boat capsized off the southern coastal town of Salinas. Three people drowned and eight others were rescued.
    (AP, 6/19/17)
2017        Jun 18, In Syria the US military shot down a Syrian Su-22 air force jet after it dropped bombs near the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that are fighting the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 6/19/17)
2017        Jun 18, Turkish troops began taking part in joint training exercises in Qatar, as a diplomatic crisis in the Gulf enters its third week.
    (AP, 6/19/17)
2017        Jun 18, In Ukraine more than two thousand people took part in Kiev's gay pride event amid a heavy police presence as nationalist protesters tried to halt the event and burned a rainbow flag.
    (AFP, 6/18/17)
2017        Jun 18, In northern Yemen 24-25 civilians were killed in an air raid on a house in Baqaa village, Saada province, where men had been growing qat. The Saudi-led coalition battling Yemeni rebels was blamed.
    (AFP, 6/18/17)(AP, 6/18/17)

2017        Jun 19, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study that said shootings kill or injure at least 19 US children each day.
    (SFC, 6/20/17, p.A5)
2017        Jul 19, The office of Arizona Sen. John McCain (80) said he has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, a brain tumor.
    (SFC, 7/27/17, p.A7)
2017        Jun 19, In New Mexico a 25-vehicle pileup left six people dead near the Arizona state line. High winds blowing dust had led to limited visibility.
    (SFC, 6/21/17, p.A4)
2017        Jun 19, In Ohio Otto Warmbier (22) died in a Cincinnati hospital following his June 13 release by North Korea.
    (AP, 6/20/17)
2017        Jun 19, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inaugurated the first Afghanistan-India air corridor during a ceremony at the Kabul International Airport — a direct route that bypasses Pakistan and is meant to improve commerce.
    (AP, 6/19/17)
2017        Jun 19, In Afghanistan district chief Aqa Mohammad Fazeli was shot and killed in western Nimroz province by gunmen riding on a motorcycle. Taliban gunmen opened fire on Afghan security guards in the country's northern Parwan province, killing at least eight guards late today.
    (AP, 6/19/17)(AP, 6/20/17)
2017        Jun 19, In London a mob surrounded a man accused of driving a van into a crowd of worshippers near Finsbury Park Mosque in London. Nine people injured in the attack were taken to local hospitals. Makram Ali (51) was already ill and receiving first aid when the van swerved at him and other pedestrians. Ali was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the rented van was later identified as Darren Osborne (47).
    (AP, 6/19/17)(AP, 6/21/17)(SFC, 6/21/17, p.A2)
2017        Jun 19, China said it would ban a designer drug called U-47700 and three others, following US pressure to do more to control synthetic opioids blamed for fast-rising overdose deaths in the United States.
    (AP, 6/19/17)
2017        Jun 19, In Beijing a meeting opened of foreign affairs officials from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, known collectively as the BRICS nations with climate change, trade and terrorism high on the agenda.
    (AP, 6/19/17)
2017        Jun 19, In Croatia some 800 visitors were evacuated from hotels along the central Adriatic coast as firefighters battled wildfires that started over the weekend in the Biakovo national park.
    (SFC, 6/20/17, p.A2)   
2017        Jun 19, Cuba's foreign minister rejected President Donald Trump's new policy toward the island, saying "we will never negotiate under pressure or under threat" and refusing to return US fugitives who have received asylum in Cuba.
    (AP, 6/19/17)
2017        Jun 19, The European Union discouraged Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region from holding an independence referendum in September.
    (AP, 6/19/17)
2017        Jun 19, The European Union's police agency said dozens of suspected human traffickers have been arrested in a weeklong and continent-wide operation last month targeting criminal gangs.
    (AP, 6/19/17)
2017        Jun 19, The European Union approved 377 million euros ($420 million) in state aid from France and Germany for the development of a new Airbus helicopter.
    (AP, 6/19/17)
2017        Jun 19, In France a car exploded as it crashed into a police vehicle on Paris’ Champs Elysees killing only the driver (31), later identified only as Adam D. Police called it a possible terrorist attack.
    (SFC, 6/20/17, p.A2)(SFC, 6/23/17, p.A2)
2017        Jun 19, Greece's PM Alexis Tsipras told visiting Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim that airspace violations over the Aegean must stop as they increase the risk of a military accident in the sea between the two uneasy neighbors and NATO allies.
    (AP, 6/19/17)
2017        Jun 19, In Indonesia four foreign inmates escaped early today from a prison on the resort island of Bali.
    (AP, 6/19/17)
2017        Jun 19, In Iraq French video journalist Stephan Villeneuve (48) and Iraqi Kurdish journalist Bakhtiyar Haddad (41) were killed in a mine blast while covering the operation to root out Islamic State extremists from Mosul. Swiss journalist Veronique Robert (54) was severely wounded and died later this week after being flown back to France for treatment.
    (AP, 6/20/17)(AFP, 6/24/17)
2017        Jun 19, Israel's national electric company cut back its already limited electricity shipments to the Gaza Strip. The step was expected to worsen the power crunch plaguing the Hamas-controlled seaside territory.
    (AP, 6/19/17)
2017        Jun 19, In Italy Carla Fendi (79), one of the five sisters who transformed the family leather goods business into a global luxury fashion house long known for its furs, died following a long illness.
    (AP, 6/20/17)
2017        Jun 19, In Mexico foreign ministers from across the Americas gathered in Cancun for a 3-day meeting of the Organization of America States (OAS).
    (SFC, 6/20/17, p.A2)
2017        Jun 19, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg joined Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis and Canada's Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan to launch the Canadian-led NATO battalion in Latvia at the western Adazi training camp.
    (AFP, 6/19/17)
2017        Jun 19, In northeastern Nigeria 12 people were killed after suicide bombing attacks by five female bombers in Kofa, not far from Maiduguri.
    (AP, 6/19/17)
2017        Jun 19, In Norway participants from 21 countries gathered at a conference in Oslo and called for an end to deforestation in the first international multi-faith, multi-cultural plea to reduce the emissions that fuel climate change.
    (AP, 6/19/17)
2017        Jun 19, The deadline for Qataris to leave neighboring Gulf Arab states came into effect as the diplomatic standoff persisted with no end in sight despite multiple efforts at mediation.
    (AP, 6/19/17)
2017        Jun 19, In southern Thailand a bomb planted in a dirt road killed six soldiers.
    (AP, 6/19/17)
2017        Jun 19, Amnesty International said rich countries have failed in their obligation to help Uganda support thousands of refugees fleeing violence in South Sudan. Over 900,000 refugees from South Sudan were sheltering in Uganda.
    (AP, 6/19/17)

2017        Jun 20, The Trump administration announced that it has imposed sanctions on two Russian officials and three dozen other individuals and companies over Russian activities in the Ukraine. Soon after the announcement Pres. Trump met with Ukraine’s Pres. Petro Poroshenko.
    (SFC, 6/21/17, p.A3)
2017        Jun 20, The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a citywide ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products.
    (SFC, 6/21/17, p.A1)
2017        Jun 20, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigned under pressure from five major investors.
    (SFC, 6/21/17, p.A1)
2017        Jun 20, In Georgia Republican Karen Handel won a congressional election with almost 53% of the vote in a race recognized as the most expensive House history with a price tag that might exceed $50 million.
    (SFC, 6/21/17, p.A4)
2017        Jun 20, A federal judge in Ferguson, Mo., approved a settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by a white police officer on August 9, 2014.
    (SFC, 6/21/17, p.A4)
2017        Jun 20, Cisco announced that it has found a way to detect malware hidden in encrypted traffic without decrypting, or cracking the secret code protecting the data being transmitted using its “intent-based" network.
    (SFC, 6/21/17, p.C1)
2017        Jun 20, GE Transportation said it has signed a $575 million deal with Egypt's national railway system to provide 100 locomotives. Most of the company's international locomotives are built in Erie, Pennsylvania.
    (AP, 6/20/17)
2017        Jun 20, In Afghanistan four policemen were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in southern Helmand province. In eastern Nangarhar province a judge died when his vehicle was blown up by a sticky bomb.
    (AP, 6/20/17)
2017        Jun 20, In Belgium a soldier shot dead a Moroccan national (36) attempting an attack on Brussels' Central Station. Oussama Z. carried a suitcase, later found to contain nails and gas bottles, which caught fire and then exploded a second time more violently as the man ran downstairs to the platforms where he was killed.
    (Reuters, 6/21/17)(SFC, 6/23/17, p.A3)
2017        Jun 20, The London-based group World Animal Protection said dried penises of endangered Bengal monitor lizards and yellow monitor lizards look similar to a rare plant root sought by people who believe it brings good luck. Wildlife authorities conducted raids in five Indian states last month and some raids were continuing.
    (AP, 6/20/17)
2017        Jun 20, British regulators charged Barclays bank and four former executives, including then-CEO John Varley, with conspiracy to commit fraud when they asked Qatar for 6.1 billion ($7.7 billion) to avoid a government bailout at the height of the financial crisis in 2008.
    (AP, 6/20/17)
2017        Jun 20, The Catholic church released a document saying more than 3,300 people have been killed in central Congo’s Kasai province since August.
    (SFC, 6/21/17, p.A2)
2017        Jun 20, The European Court for Human Rights ruled that Russia’s law banning dissemination of so-called gay propaganda to minors violates the right to freedom of expression.
    (SFC, 6/21/17, p.A2)
2017        Jun 20, Finland's government survived a no-confidence vote after a coalition partner split in two following a leadership battle.
    (AP, 6/20/17)
2017        Jun 20, French Defence Minister Sylvie Goulard announced her resignation over a fake jobs scandal that has hit her small centrist MoDem party, which has allied itself with President Emmanuel Macron's party.
    (AFP, 6/20/17)
2017        Jun 20, In France a truck driver was killed in a highway accident prompted by a roadblock installed by migrants trying to board trucks traveling across to Britain. Nine Eritrean migrants were detained.
    (AP, 6/20/17)
2017        Jun 20, Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu said ground has been broken in the West Bank for the first new Israeli settlement in two decades to compensate for the Amona outpost demolished earlier this year.
    (AP, 6/20/17)
2017        Jun 20, Tokyo's Gov. Yuriko Koike said the giant Tsukiji fish market, popular with tourists, won't be destroyed, although it will be closed for up to five years while it is modernized and turned into a food theme park.
    (AP, 6/20/17)
2017        Jun 20, A court in Myanmar sentenced a self-styled exorcist to death for killing three children during a ritual he carried out after telling their parents their offspring were possessed by evil spirits. The court sentenced Tun Naing for the deaths of two girls, aged 8 months and 2 years, and a 3-year-old boy. The children suffered fatal injuries last October when Tun Naing punched and kicked them.
    (AP, 6/20/17)
2017        Jun 20, The Dutch Senate approved legislation that obliges all new migrants to sign a declaration pledging to respect "the values and rules of Dutch society" as part of a civic integration test to help them gain citizenship or residency.
    (AP, 6/20/17)
2017        Jun 20, Pakistan's army says construction will begin soon on a fence across the border with Afghanistan in order to improve security.
    (AP, 6/20/17)
2017        Jun 20, In Somalia at least 15 people were killed after a suicide car bomber posing as a milk delivery van detonated at a district headquarters in Mogadishu. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group quickly claimed responsibility for the attack.
    (AP, 6/20/17)
2017        Jun 20, A Vatican statement said auditor general Libero Milone had offered his resignation and Pope Francis had accepted it. A search is underway for a replacement.
    (AP, 6/20/17)
2017        Jun 20, It was reported that the number of Venezuelans seeking asylum in the United States is accelerating as the oil-rich economy crashes and bloody, anti-government protests roil the nation.
    (AP, 6/20/17)

2017        Jun 21, US officials told Congress that Moscow stockpiled stolen information and selectively disseminated it during the 2016 presidential campaign. 21 state elections systems were said to have been targeted.
    (SFC, 6/22/17, p.A6)
2017        Jun 21, Top diplomats and defense chiefs from the United States and China began a day of talks in Washington looking for ways to press North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programs.
    (Reuters, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, In Michigan Amor Ftouhi of Quebec stabbed a police officer in the neck at Flint’s Bishop Int’l. Airport. Ftouhi was immediately taken into custody and authorities were investigating the incident as a possible act of terrorism.
    (SFC, 6/22/17, p.A7)
2017        Jun 21, Missouri’s Attorney General Josh Hawkins said he is suing three large pharmaceutical companies (Endo Pharmaceutical, Purdue Pharma and Janssen Pharmaceutical) for fraud relating to the state's opioid crisis.
(SFC, 6/22/17, p.A6)
2017        Jun 21, Around 13,000 people gathered at Stonehenge to witness the summer solstice sunrise at Britain's most famous prehistoric monument.
    (AFP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, In the Central African Republic the mayor of Bria said as many as 100 people may have been killed in a day of clashes between rival factions.
    (Reuters, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, A notorious Chinese dog meat festival opened in the southern city of Yulin with sellers torching the hair off carcasses, butchers chopping slabs of canines and cooks frying up dishes, dispelling rumors that authorities would ban sales this year.
    (AFP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, Hundreds of Croatian taxi drivers blocked one of the capital's main boulevards with their cars to protest against Uber services in the country. PM Andrej Plenkovic said "we have concluded that transportation via Uber is against the current regulations in the Republic of Croatia." He urged the taxi protesters to stop their action until a solution is worked out.
    (AP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, Egypt began delivering a million liters of fuel to Gaza, temporarily easing a crisis that has left the Palestinian enclave's two million residents with only a few hours of electricity per day.
    (AFP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, Egypt's top court temporarily halted all verdicts on a contested deal to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia until it decides who has jurisdiction.
    (Reuters, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, The European Union received the prestigious Princess of Asturias Award for Concord, seen as the Hispanic world's Nobel Peace Prize, for its achievements over the six decades since its formation.
    (AFP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, The highest court of the European Union ruled that courts can consider whether a vaccination led to someone developing an illness even when there is no scientific proof.
    (AP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, The Ghanaian Supreme Court ruled that the 2016 transfer of two former Guantanamo Bay detainees to live in Ghana was unconstitutional.
    (AP, 6/23/17)
2017        Jun 21, Iran began exporting gas to neighboring Iraq through a pipeline straight to Baghdad.
    (AP, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 21, In Iraq the leaning al-Habda minaret, which has towered over Mosul for 850 years, was demolished by retreating Islamic State militants.
    (Reuters, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 21, In Israel an 83-year-old woman won a lawsuit against the national airline after being asked to move seats on a transatlantic flight because an ultra-Orthodox man did not want to sit next to her.
    (AFP, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 21, Norway said some 330 US Marines will be stationed in Norway until the end of 2018, doubling the length of what was initially billed as a one-year trial period.
    (Reuters, 6/24/17)
2017        Jun 21, In the southern Philippines Muslim rebels fled after freeing dozens of hostages from a school and were being pursued by army troops in Malagakit village, North Cotabato province, as a daylong crisis eased in the volatile region. At least four Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters were killed and two government militiamen were wounded in the fighting.
    (AP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, In Puerto Rico the FBI arrested Ramon Orta, the former secretary of sports and recreation, and six other people accused of misusing public funds.
    (AP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, Romania's PM Sorin Grindeanu and his government were ousted in a no-confidence vote submitted by members of his own party. The governing Social Democratic Party filed the motion to Grindeanu, saying that he had failed to implement the party's political agenda.
    (AP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Brazilian counterpart Michel Temer signed a statement on "strengthening a strategic dialogue on foreign policy issues" following talks at the Kremlin.
    (AP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, In Russia Yuri Drozdov (91), the Soviet spymaster who oversaw a sprawling network of KGB agents abroad, died. In December 1979, Drozdov led an operation to storm the palace of Afghan President Hafizullah Amin that paved the way for the Soviet invasion.
    (AP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, Saudi Arabia's King Salman (81) ousted his nephew as crown prince on and installed his son Mohammed bin Salman, capping a meteoric rise for the 31-year-old that puts him one step from the throne. Ousted crown prince, Mohammed bin Nayef (57) was fired as deputy prime minister and interior minister. Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef, the ousted interior minister's nephew, was named to replace him.
    (AFP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, Syrian government forces recaptured territory on Damascus' eastern outskirts from rebels after stepping up attacks in that area.
    (Reuters, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, In Syria the US-backed SDF militias closed in on Islamic State's stronghold of Raqqa, taking territory on the south bank of the Euphrates River with the aim of encircling the city.
    (AP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, The Ukraine government said it has agreed to a new cease-fire with Russia-backed rebels in the war-torn east.
    (SFC, 6/22/17, p.A2)
2017        Jun 21, The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution that paves the way for the deployment of a five-nation African military force to fight jihadists in the Sahel region. Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger had agreed in March to set up the special joint counterterrorism operation.
    (AFP, 6/21/17)
2017        Jun 21, The Vatican said Pope Francis is offering 460,000 euros (more than $500,000) in aid for South Sudan to help finance two hospitals, a school and farm equipment.
    (AP, 6/21/17)

2017        Jun 22, Pres. Donald Trump ended a month-long guessing game by tweeting that he never made and doesn't have recordings of his private conversations with former FBI Director James Comey.
    (AP, 6/23/17)
2017        Jun 22, US Senate Republicans released their health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. The bill would cut deeply into Medicaid and eliminate most taxes that funded the expansion of health care insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
    (SFC, 6/23/17, p.A1)
2017        Jun 22, California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra added four more US states subject to its state-sponsored travel ban for alleged discrimination against the LGBT community. Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota and Texas joined Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.
    (SFC, 6/23/17, p.D1)
2017        Jun 22, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee named Kim Shuck was named as the city’s 7th poet laureate.
    (SFC, 6/23/17, p.D3)
2017        Jun 22, In San Francisco John R. Quinn (b.1929), the former city archbishop (1977-1995), died at the Jewish Home of San Francisco after a long illness.
    (SFC, 6/23/17, p.D1)
2017        Jun 22, In Louisiana John Floyd (67) was released after spending 36 years in prison. US District Judge Sarah Vance said no reasonable juror would find Floyd guilty of murder based on all the evidence in the 1980 stabbing death of William Hines, a Times-Picayune copy editor.   
    (SFC, 6/23/17, p.A5)
2017        Jun 22, Tropical storm Cindy moved inland near the Louisiana-Texas border, bringing heavy rainfall and life-threatening conditions over the northern Gulf Coast.
    (Reuters, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 22, American Airlines said state-owned Qatar Airways is attempting to buy a 10 percent stake, triggering US antitrust oversight of deals that size.
    (AP, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 22, In Afghanistan a car bomb exploded outside a bank in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, killing at least 34 people and wounding dozens of civilians and members of the security forces waiting to collect their pay.
    (Reuters, 6/22/17)(AFP, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 22, In Benin over a thousand people took to the streets of Benin's economic capital of Cotonou to protest against President Patrice Talon amid growing unease with his government's economic reforms.
    (AFP, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 22, British officials said the government is urgently conducting safety checks on an estimated 600 high-rise buildings in England which have exterior cladding panels after at least 79 people died when fire consumed a London tower block last June 14.
    (Reuters, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 22, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said the Church of England "colluded" with and helped to hide the long-term sexual abuse of young men by Peter Ball (85). The ex-bishop had admitted to abusing 18 young men from the 1970s to 1990s was imprisoned in 2015 and released after serving 16 months.
    (AP, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 22, In northeastern Congo DRC at least 12 people were killed in heavy firefights between the army and militia fighters in and around Beni. Several students sitting exams were wounded in an explosion at a school in the city.
    (Reuters, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 22, East Timor police captured Bulgarian Dimitar Nikolov Iliev and Indian Sayed Mohammed Said, who had escaped from a prison on the Indonesian island of Bali this week by crawling through a tunnel under the walls.
    (Reuters, 6/22/17)   
2017        Jun 22, Egypt Interior Ministry said police have killed seven people in a desert training camp in connection to recent violence against Christians that included three church bombings and a shooting which left around 100 people dead.
    (Reuters, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 22, The EU began a two-day summit in Brussels.
    (AP, 6/23/17)
2017        Jun 22, The EU pledged 85 million euros ($95 million) to Uganda, ahead of a summit to raise twenty times that amount to help it deal with nearly one million refugees from South Sudan.
    (AFP, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 22, Germany's parliament voted 502-57 to cut off parties with anti-constitutional aims from public funding, a move aimed at a far-right party that authorities tried unsuccessfully to ban.
    (AP, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 22, In Ghana US Ambassador Robert Jackson told members of Ghana’s parliament that protocol process for travel to the US had changed. Former presidents, lawmakers and senior government officials in Ghana will no longer have special privileges for private travel to the United States.
    (AP, 6/23/17)
2017        Jun 22, In Greece mounds of rubbish festered in soaring temperatures in Athens as thousands demonstrated in support of refuse collectors demanding the renewal of their contracts.
    (AFP, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 22, A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck off the coast of Guatemala, damaging buildings and downing trees as well as causing powerful tremors in neighboring El Salvador. There were no reports of casualties.
    (Reuters, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 22, Iran media said the country is shipping more than 1,000 tons of fruits and vegetables to Qatar every day after Gulf countries led by Saudi Arabia cut relations with Doha.
    (AFP, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 22, In Kashmir government forces killed three suspected rebels in fighting in the disputed region and fatally shot a rock-throwing protester during an ensuing rally demanding an end to Indian rule.
    (AP, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 22, A Moscow court sentenced Leonid Volkov, an ally of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, to five days in jail for organizing a webcast of massive anti-government protests earlier this month.
    (AP, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 22, In Manila security officials from the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia agreed to closely cooperate to halt the flow of militants, weapons, funds and extremist propaganda across their borders.
    (AP, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 22, It was reported that an average of 14 families lose their homes every day to foreclosure in Puerto Rico, as the island faces a real-estate crash. Local courts oversaw foreclosure on nearly 33,000 homes from 2009-2016.
    (SFC, 6/22/17, p.A6)
2017        Jun 22, In Somalia a car bomb targeting a police station killed at least seven people in Mogadishu. An al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab said it was behind the attack.
    (Reuters, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 22, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirate issued an ultimatum to Qatar. The 13-point list included closing Al Jazeera television, curbing ties with Iran and shutting a Turkish base and pay reparations, demands so far reaching it would appear to be hard for Doha to comply.
    (Reuters, 6/23/17)
2017        Jun 22, Terry Gou, chairman of Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn, said the company may spend more than $10 billion to set up manufacturing in the United States, and will announce investment plans by early August for at least three states.
    (AP, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 22, Thailand's military-installed parliament passed a bill that allows the ruling junta to continue to impose its policies after it holds elections and officially relinquishes power.
    (AP, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 22, Turkish defense ministry sources said the US has told Turkey it will take back weapons supplied to the Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria after the defeat of Islamic State seeking to address Turkish concerns about arming Kurds on its border.
    (Reuters, 6/22/17)
2017        Jun 22, Turkey sent a first ship loaded with aid for its embattled regional ally Qatar, which has been hit by sanctions from Gulf powers led by Saudi Arabia.
    (AFP, 6/22/17)

2017        Jun 23, Pres. Donald Trump signed a bill to make it easier to fire Department of Veteran Affairs employees.
    (SFC, 6/24/17, p.A6)
2017        Jun 23, A Kansas federal jury awarded nearly $218 million to farmers who sued Sygenta, a Swiss agribusiness, over its introduction of a genetically engineered corn seed variety. Sygenta vowed to appeal.
    (SFC, 6/24/17, p.D2)
2017        Jun 23, In Missouri the Ferguson city attorney said the city’s insurance company has paid $1.5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Michael Brown, who was fatally shot dead by a police officer on August 9, 2014.
    (SFC, 6/24/17, p.A6)
2017        Jun 23, Australia agreed to send two surveillance planes to help the Philippines tackle Islamist rebels, as jets and artillery pounded militant positions in a southern town held for more than a month by Islamic State loyalists.
    (Reuters, 6/23/17)
2017        Jun 23, US social media giant Facebook launched a campaign in Britain to counter the spread of online extremism following warnings from PM Theresa May after four terror attacks in three months. The Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI) will act as a forum for charities and other nonprofit organizations to share their experiences of extremism. There are already OCCI schemes in France and Germany.
    (AFP, 6/23/17)
2017        Jun 23, In Belgium eight Emirati princesses were convicted of human trafficking by a and were given suspended jail terms and fines in a case stemming from their treatment of servants at a Brussels luxury hotel nearly 10 years ago. The defendants were acquitted of the more serious charge of inhuman treatment but also ordered to pay a fine of 165,000 euros ($184,000), with half the sum suspended.
    (Reuters, 6/23/17)
2017        Jun 23, British officials said 27 high-rise apartment blocks had failed fire safety checks carried out after the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze. Some 4,000 residents of the Chalcots Estate in Camden, north London, were told to vacate their apartments after the Fire Brigade ruled that their tower blocks were unsafe. Blashford tower was soon deemed safe and residents allowed to return.
    (AP, 6/24/17)(AFP, 6/24/17)
2017        Jun 23, British authorities charged Darren Osborne, an unemployed man from Wales, with murder and attempted murder in connection with the June 19 van attack on a crowd of Muslim worshippers near two north London mosques.
    (AP, 6/23/17)
2017        Jun 23, In the Central African Republic Joachim Ali, a Red Cross volunteer in the diamond-mining town of Bangassou in the southeast of the country, was killed while on duty at the organization's compound.
    (Reuters, 6/26/17)
2017        Jun 23, Colombia's FARC rebels completed their historic disarmament.
    (AFP, 6/23/17)
2017        Jun 23, In central Colombia an explosion at an illegal coal mine killed at least eight people, as rescuers scrambled to find five others still missing.
    (AFP, 6/24/17)
2017        Jun 23, Egyptian state media said President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has pardoned 502 prisoners before the Eid al-Fitr holiday. They included prominent businessman Hesham Talaat Moustafa, who had been sentenced to 15 years in prison for hiring a hitman to kill Lebanese pop star Suzanne Tamim in 2008.
    (AP, 6/23/17)
2017        Jun 23, French President Emmanuel Macron and four eastern European Union leaders (Visegrad-4) sought to turn the page after publicly trading barbs over their differences on issues ranging from jobs to the bloc’s fundamental values. Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic say they should be allowed to compete on lower prices - just as more developed western EU nations compete on quality products and know-how - to catch up after decades of communist stagnation.
    (Reuters, 6/23/17)
2017        Jun 23, Lawmakers from Hungary's governing parties approved legislation on political advertising. The new rules ban billboard owners from giving discounts to most political parties.
    (AP, 6/23/17)
2017        Jun 23, In India a Muslim man was killed following a knife attack on a running train near New Delhi. An arrested man told reporters the next day that he was drunk when he attacked four men on the train after he was told by his friends that they were "beef-eaters."
    (AP, 6/25/17)
2017        Jun 23, Iran marked al-Quds Day and staged anti-Israel rallies across the country, with protesters condemning Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories and chanting "Death to Israel" as the powerful Revolutionary Guard displayed its ballistic missiles, including the type used this week in Syria.
    (AP, 6/23/17)
2017        Jun 23, In Iraq a suicide bomber blew himself up among civilians fleeing the Old City of Mosul, killing at least 12 people. Around 100,000 people are believed to remain trapped in Mosul by the jihadists.
    (AFP, 6/23/17)
2017        Jun 23, A police officer in Indian-controlled Kashmir was been beaten to death early today by a crowd outside the main mosque in Srinagar. Worshippers had spotted the policeman, Mohammed Ayub Pandit, at the mosque in plainclothes, taking photographs of people leaving shortly after midnight.
    (Reuters, 6/23/17)
2017        Jun 23, In Pakistan a suicide car bomber killing at least 14 in the southwestern city of Quetta. Two blasts later killed at least 67 in the northwest town of Parachinar. Gunmen in Karachi attacked police officers at a roadside restaurant and killed four of them before fleeing. Jamaat ur Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack in Quetta. A faction of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi soon claimed responsibility for the attacks in Parachinar.
    (Reuters, 6/23/17)(AP, 6/24/17)(SFC, 6/24/17, p.A2)
2017        Jun 23, Saudi security forces shot dead a man wanted for terrorism and arrested five others in Mecca. Six foreign pilgrims were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque in Mecca, where hundreds of thousands of worshippers had gathered for prayers.
    (Reuters, 6/23/17)(AFP, 6/24/17)
2017        Jun 23, A South Korean court sentenced Choi Soon-sil, a longtime friend of ousted Pres. Park Geun-hye to three years in prison for using her presidential ties to unlawfully get her daughter into the prestigious Ewha Woman’s Univ. Choi owned 36 properties with a personal wealth said to be 23 billion won.
    (SFC, 6/24/17, p.A2)(Econ, 3/18/17, p.36)
2017        Jun 23, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said US-led coalition air strikes on two Syrian provinces targeting jihadists have killed 472 civilians over the past month.
    (AFP, 6/23/17)
2017        Jun 23, Turkey rejected a call from four Arab states to shut down its military base in Qatar, saying the base was a guarantor of security in the Gulf and demands for its closure represented interference in its ties with Doha.
    (Reuters, 6/23/17)
2017        Jun 23, In Vietnam Pham Minh Hoang, a member of the California-based Vietnam Reform Party (Viet Tan), was forcibly taken from his home in southern Ho Chi Minh City and placed on a flight to Paris the next day. Hoang was stripped of Vietnamese citizenship last month.
    (AP, 6/25/17)

2017        Jun 24, In Florida a small plane crashed into an empty day care building in Fort Myers killing one person and injuring another.
    (SSFC, 6/25/17, p.A8)
2017        Jun 24, In Afghanistan the Taliban attacked a security post in Herat province late today, setting off a gunbattle in which five insurgents were killed. At least 10 police officers were killed and another three wounded.
    (AP, 6/25/17)
2017        Jun 24, A new UN report said Angola has expelled more than 8,000 Congolese who entered the southern African country while fleeing deadly violence at home.
    (AP, 6/24/17)
2017        Jun 24, British officials evacuated thousands of residents from 650 London flats due to fire safety fears in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, but dozens refused to leave their homes. Authorities said 34 high-rise blocks across the country had cladding that failed fire safety tests.
    (AP, 6/24/17)(SSFC, 6/25/17, p.A4)
2017        Jun 24, Chinese state media said China and the United States agreed that efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula should be "complete, verifiable and irreversible", reporting the results of high level talks in Washington this week.
    (Reuters, 6/24/17)
2017        Jun 24, In southwest China some 112 villagers were feared dead, 17 hours after a landslide buried their homes. A day of searching by rescuers recovered ten bodies in Xinmo, Sichuan province. A day later 93 remained missing.
    (Reuters, 6/24/17)(Reuters, 6/25/17)
2017        Jun 24, Iraqi forces opened exit routes for hundreds of civilians to flee the Old City of Mosul as they battled to retake the quarter from Islamic State militants mounting a last stand in what was the de facto capital of their self-declared caliphate.
    (AP, 6/24/17)
2017        Jun 24, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral ties and stability with neighboring Afghanistan.
    (AP, 6/24/17)
2017        Jun 24, In Kashmir insurgents attacked a paramilitary patrol vehicle with gunfire on a key highway connecting the Kashmir Valley to the rest of India. They were killed in gunbattles that raged until late the next day.
    (AP, 6/25/17)
2017        Jun 24, Malta's President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca said the new government is pledging to push quickly for the legalization of gay marriage.
    (AP, 6/24/17)
2017        Jun 24, In Mexico eleven people were killed in Veracruz state by criminal gangs, including four children and the head of the state's federal police and two other federal police officers. The 6-member Martinez family was murdered, in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz State, Mexico. Zeta Comandante H, who allegedly order the Martinez killings, was arrested a few days later.
    (Reuters, 6/24/17)(SFC, 7/11/17, p.A3)
2017        Jun 24, In Papua New Guinea a two-week long election to decide who will lead the resource-rich South Pacific nation began, pitting 3,332 candidates from 44 political parties against each other for a place in the 111-seat parliament. Reports of problems at voting booths and allegations of ballot fraud soon soured the mood among some in a country which has a history of electoral violence and corruption.
    (AP, 7/2/17)
2017        Jun 24, The Philippine military declared an eight-hour halt to its air and ground offensive against Islamic militants aligned with the Islamic State group in southern Marawi city to allow residents, most of them displaced by the fighting, to celebrate the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
    (AP, 6/24/17)
2017        Jun 24, Qatar denounced a sweeping list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies in an escalating Gulf diplomatic crisis as unreasonable and an impingement on the emirate's sovereignty.
    (AFP, 6/24/17)
2017        Jun 24, South Korean President Moon Jae-in invited North Korea to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, saying sports could serve as a peace maker.
    (AFP, 6/24/17)
2017        Jun 24, In South Korea thousands of protesters marched near the US embassy in Seoul, accusing President Donald Trump of "forcing" South Korea to deploy the controversial THAAD missile defence system opposed by China.
    (AFP, 6/24/17)
2017        Jun 24, Syria's government released 672 prisoners on the eve of a major Muslim holiday who had promised to accept the state's authority, a move it said was aimed at bolstering a "reconciliation" process.
    (Reuters, 6/24/17)(AP, 6/24/17)
2017        Jun 24, In Syria a civil council expected to rule Raqqa once Islamic State is dislodged from the city pardoned 83 of the jihadist group's low-ranking militants, a goodwill gesture designed to promote stability.
    (Reuters, 6/24/17)
2017        Jun 24, In Syria a car bomb killed 10 people in the town of al-Dana in rebel-held Idlib province. Another bombing in the town a day earlier killed two people.
    (Reuters, 6/25/17)
2017        Jun 24, Istanbul's governor banned a gay and transgender pride march for a second year running, citing security concerns after threats from an ultra-nationalist group. It was due to take place in the city on June 25.
    (Reuters, 6/24/17)
2017        Jun 24, In eastern Ukraine two rebel gunmen were killed in skirmishes with Ukrainian forces. One of the gunmen was a group commander and "professional Russian soldier," named as Captain Alexander Shcherbak. Four rebel militants were captured, including Viktor Ageyev a Russian citizen (22) and resident of the Altai region.
    (AFP, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 24, Yemen's internationally-recognized government ordered the creation of a committee to investigate allegations of human rights violations, following reports that US military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates who are accused of torturing detainees in Yemen.
    (AP, 6/24/17)

2017        Jun 25, In San Francisco hundreds of thousands of revelers descended on Market Street for the 47th annual Pride Parade.
    (SFC, 6/26/17, p.C1)
2017        Jun 25, Albanians held parliamentary elections as Socialist PM Edi Rama (52) sought a second term in office. Rivals from the center-right Democratic Party were led by Lulzim Basha (43), an ardent admirer of US President Donald Trump. The left-wing Socialist Party appeared headed for a new governing mandate based on preliminary election results.
    (AFP, 6/25/17)(AP, 6/26/17)
2017        Jun 25, Australian police fired pepper spray to break up clashes between right-wing nationalists and anti-racism protesters on the streets of Melbourne, the latest protest held by anti-immigration groups in the country.
    (Reuters, 6/25/17)
2017        Jun 25, In Belgium thousands of protesters demanded that Belgium immediately shut down two nuclear reactors because of safety concerns. People from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands formed a human chain across the border triangle of the three countries over the safety of the pressure vessels at the Tihange 2 and Doel 3 reactors in Belgium.
    (AP, 6/25/17)
2017        Jun 25, In Cambodia final results were released from the June 4 local elections confirming the dominance of PM Hun Sen's ruling party, but a strong showing by the opposition saw its prospects boosted for next year's general election. The percentage of the popular vote captured by the CPP declined to just under 51 percent from about 62 percent in 2012 local elections, while the CNRP's share rose to almost 44 percent from 30 percent.
    (AP, 6/25/17)
2017        Jun 25, In north-central Colombia the El Almirante tourist boat sank in the Penol-Guatape reservoir, killing at least nine people.
    (AP, 6/26/17)(SFC, 6/27/17, p.A3)(AP, 6/29/17)
2017        Jun 25, In western Indonesia two suspected militants attacked a provincial police headquarters in Medan, leaving an officer and an assailant dead during Islam's most important holiday, the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
    (AP, 6/25/17)
2017        Jun 25, Israel's government formally suspended plans for a mixed-gender prayer space at Jerusalem's Western Wall, bowing to opposition from Orthodox Jewish politicians to reforms at one of Judaism's holiest sites.
    (Reuters, 6/25/17)
2017        Jun 25, The Israeli military said it attacked a series of Syrian military targets after several projectiles landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights for a 2nd day.
    (SFC, 6/26/17, p.A2)
2017        Jun 25, People in more than 100 Italian towns and cities voted to pick municipal mayors in a run-off ballot.
    (Reuters, 6/25/17)
2017        Jun 25, In Kashmir Indian security forces put an outskirt of Srinagar under security lockdown as they battled two rebels who took shelter in a school building after killing one paramilitary officer and wounding another soldier.
    (AP, 6/25/17)
2017        Jun 25, In the Indian portion of Kashmir four Indian tourists and three local residents died when a cable car came crashing down from a height of at least 30 meters (100 feet) in the tourist town of Gulmarg.
    (AP, 6/25/17)
2017        Jun 25, In Nigeria seven suicide bombers, six of whom were women, targeted the campus of Maiduguri University and residential buildings in a district just northeast of the city. Nine people along with the seven suicide bombers were left dead.
    (AFP, 6/26/17)
2017        Jun 25, In eastern Pakistan an overturned oil tanker burst into flames, killing 157 people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather leaking fuel outside the city of Bahawalpur. The death toll continued to rise in south Punjab as many suffered extensive burns. The death toll later climbed to 215.
    (AP, 6/25/17)(AP, 6/26/17)(AP, 6/30/17)(Reuters, 7/4/17)(AP, 7/7/17)
2017        Jun 25, In northwestern Pakistan six children were killed in a village when they picked up an explosive device that looked like a toy in the South Waziristan region. A day earlier two children were killed in a nearby village when they stepped on a landmine while playing in the fields.
    (Reuters, 6/25/17)
2017        Jun 25, Russian security forces said they have killed two suspected militants during a gun battle in the volatile Dagestan region.
    (AP, 6/25/17)
2017        Jun 25, The Spanish navy rescued 229 migrants adrift in two dinghies off the Libyan coast. Two people were found dead.
    (Reuters, 6/26/17)
2017        Jun 25, In Turkey activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights said they will march for LGBT pride in Istanbul, despite a ban by the governor. Turkish police thwarted the parade attempt. 44 people were detained during the march.
    (AP, 6/25/17)(AFP, 6/25/17)(AP, 6/26/17)

2017        Jun 26, In Washington, DC, US President Donald Trump met for the first time with India's PM Narendra Modi. The two countries pledged to work together to try to end global terrorism.
    (AP, 6/26/17)(AP, 6/27/17)
2017        Jun 26, The Trump administration cleared the way for the construction of two giant tunnels in California that would siphon water from the Sacramento River and send it south to farms and cities.
    (SFC, 6/27/17, p.C1)
2017        Jun 26, The US Supreme Court ruled to partially reinstate President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban. This left the effort to keep some foreigners out of the United States in a murky middle ground, with unanswered questions and possibly more litigation ahead. The justices ruled they would hold a full hearing on the case in October.
    (AP, 6/27/17)
2017        Jun 26, The US Supreme Court ruled that churches have the same right as other charitable groups to seek state money for new playgrounds and pother nonreligious needs.
    (SFC, 6/27/17, p.A7)
2017        Jun 26, The US Conference of Mayors wrapped up in Miami Beach. Leaders from more than 250 cities voted on symbolic resolutions pushing back against Pres. Donald Trump on climate change and immigration.
    (SFC, 6/27/17, p.A5)
2017        Jun 26, In Minnesota a settlement was announced with the city of Minneapolis paying the mother of Philando Castile $2.995 million to avoid a wrongful death suit in the July 6, 2016, traffic stop that led to his death.
    (SFC, 6/27/17, p.A6)
2017        Jun 26, A Brazilian court sentenced former finance minister Antonio Palocci to 12 years in prison for corruption and money laundering in the country's massive corruption probe known as "Operation Car Wash." Brazil’s attorney general formally accused pres. Michel Temer of corruption, making him the first sitting president in Latin America to face criminal charges.
    (Reuters, 6/26/17)(SFC, 6/27/17, p.A2)
2017        Jun 26, Britain’s PM Theresa May struck a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to support her minority government and ensure passage of her legislative agenda later this week.
    (AP, 6/26/17)
2017        Jun 26, A Chinese court sentenced 16 Australian and Chinese employees of a casino company to nine to 10 months in prison after they pleaded guilty to gambling-related charges. This included three Australians from the sales and marketing team of Australia's Crown Resorts Ltd. On July 12 China released 10 employees of Australia's Crown Resorts Ltd., including two Australian citizens, after they completed nine months in prison. This included time served prior to trial.
    (AP, 6/26/17)(AP, 7/12/17)
2017        Jun 26, A gay man in central China successfully sued a mental hospital over forced conversion therapy. Activists hailed the ruling as the first such victory in a country where the LGBT rights movement is gradually emerging from the fringes.
    (AP, 7/4/17)
2017        Jun 26, Congolese authorities have identified 10 more mass graves in a region where the military and militia fighters accuse each other of summary executions and burials. This bring to 52 the total number of such sites found in the Kasai region since the start of an insurrection last August by the Kamuina Nsapu militia.
    (Reuters, 6/26/17)
2017        Jun 26, French billionaire Francois Pinault unveiled his plans for a spectacular new museum in Paris. Pinault will show his $1.4 billion (1.25 billion euro) collection of modern masters in the domed Bourse de Commerce to open in early 2019.
    (AFP, 6/26/17)
2017        Jun 26, Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the US, saying it was the only way it could keep on supplying replacements for faulty air bag inflators linked to the deaths of at least 16 people.
    (AP, 6/26/17)
2017        Jun 26, Indonesian officials said authorities have issued a travel ban against billionaire Hary Tanoesoedibjo, the Indonesian business partner of US President Donald Trump, after he was accused of threatening a deputy attorney general.
    (AP, 6/26/17)
2017        Jun 26, Iraqi forces launched a house-to-house search operation in parts of west Mosul after a surprise attack by Islamic State group jihadists recently expelled from the area.
    (AFP, 6/26/17)
2017        Jun 26, Three migrants died off the Libyan coast this evening, during Italian-led rescue operations in which thousands more were pulled to safety from rickety boats.
    (Reuters, 6/27/17)
2017        Jun 26, Mongolians voted in a presidential election dominated by allegations of graft and concerns about financial upheaval in the landlocked country.
    (AP, 6/26/17)
2017        Jun 26, Myanmar soldiers took journalists Aye Nai, Pyae Phone Aung and Lawi Weng, and three ethnic minority men traveling with them, into custody. The journalists were on their way back from reporting on some illegal drugs being burned by the Ta'ang National Liberation Army, a rebel group fighting the army for greater autonomy.
    (AP, 7/18/17)
2017        Jun 26, Federal authorities in Puerto Rico seized $4 million worth of cocaine and arrested three people.
    (AP, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 26, Romania's leftist Social Democratic Party nominated Mihai Tudose (50), a former economy minister, to be the next prime minister.
    (AP, 6/26/17)
2017        Jun 26, Sweden announced that Al-Qaeda has released Johan Gustafsson (42) in Mali and can return home. Gustafsson was abducted in Timbuktu, northern Mali, in November 2011 along with South African national Stephen McGowan and Dutchman Sjaak Rijke.
    (AFP, 6/26/17)
2017        Jun 26, In eastern Syria 57 people were killed in an air strike believed to have been carried out by the US-led coalition on an Islamic State prison in the town of al-Mayadeen. Syrian Kurdish forces said they seized a new district from the Islamic State in Raqqa.
    (AP, 6/27/17)(SFC, 6/27/17, p.A2)
2017        Jun 26, The UN certified that all FARC individual firearms and weapons, except for a small number needed to safeguard the soon-to-disband camps, have been collected.
    (AP, 6/27/17)

2017        Jun 27, The US State Department placed China on its global list of the worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labor, a step that could aggravate tensions with Beijing that had eased under President Donald Trump.
    (Reuters, 6/27/17)
2017        Jun 27, The United States asserted that Myanmar is no longer one of the world's worst offenders on human trafficking, while removing both Myanmar and Iraq from a list of countries that use child soldiers.
    (AP, 6/27/17)
2017        Jun 27, The Trump administration moved to roll back the 2015 Obama clean water policy that protected more than half the nation’s streams from pollution.
    (SFC, 628/17, p.A5)
2017        Jun 27, The Pentagon said it detected "active preparations" by Syria for a chemical weapons attack, giving weight to a White House statement hours earlier that the Syrian government would "pay a heavy price" if it carried out such an attack.
    (AP, 6/27/17)
2017        Jun 27, It was reported that three CNN journalists have resigned following the retraction of an article that claimed the US Congress was investigating links between members of Donald Trump's administration and a Russian investment fund. The article was posted on CNN's website on June 22 before being pulled on June 23.
    (AFP, 6/27/17)
2017        Jun 27, In Arkansas workers installed a 6-fot-tall Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol grounds in Little Rock. State lawmakers had approved a measure permitting the statue two years earlier. A day later Michael Tate Reed was arrested for ramming the monument with a vehicle and smashing it to pieces.
    (SFC, 6/28/17, p.A5)(SFC, 6/29/17, p.A5)
2017        Jun 27, In California the Los Angeles City Council cleared the way for a $1.5 billion Museum of Narrative Art to be built by “Star Wars" creator George Lucas.
    (SFC, 6/28/17, p.A5)
2017        Jun 27, The partial remains of New Jersey nightclub manager Jennifer Londono (31) were found in the Red Hook Channel in Brooklyn. On July 6 Raphael Lobos, her boyfriend, was arrested after authorities found him using her credit cards.
    (SSFC, 7/9/17, p.A7)
2017        Jun 27, Merck & Co. said a new type of cholesterol drug reduced heart attacks, deaths and other complications of heart disease in a huge, late-stage study.
    (AP, 6/27/17)
2017        Jun 27, In Afghanistan gunmen killed two policewomen in Badakhshan province as the sisters returned to their jobs after Eid holidays. Two policemen were killed late today when their checkpoint came under insurgent attack in Qalat, Zabul province. Two insurgents were also killed in the attack.
    (AP, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 27, Britain’s PM Theresa May promised an investigation into the use of cladding on British high-rise buildings following the deadly Grenfell Tower fire, after safety tests on 95 similar blocks recorded a 100-percent failure rate.
    (AFP, 6/27/17)
2017        Jun 27, Britain's WPP, the world's biggest advertising agency, said it had been hit by a cyber-attack, one of many major corporations to face major disruption.
    (Reuters, 6/27/17)
2017        Jun 27, Egypt said its warplanes struck a convoy of 12 vehicles about to be driven across the border from Libya carrying weapons and ammunition.
    (AFP, 6/27/17)
2017        Jun 27, The EU slapped Google with a record penalty of $2.7 billion for taking advantage of its dominance in online searches to direct customers to its own businesses.
    (SFC, 6/28/17, p.C1)
2017        Jun 27, French construction materials company Saint Gobain said that it had been a victim of a cyberattack, and it had isolated its computer systems in order to protect data. The global cyber-attack also hit the property arm of France's biggest bank BNP Paribas, one of the largest financial institutions known to be affected by an extortion campaign.
    (Reuters, 6/27/17)(Reuters, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 27, Iraqi forces pushed towards the river side of Mosul's Old City, their key target in the eight-month campaign to capture Islamic State's de-facto capital. PM Haider al-Abadi predicted victory very soon.
    (Reuters, 6/27/17)
2017        Jun 27, The third-place finisher in Mongolia's presidential vote cried foul and demanded a recount after electoral authorities declared he was narrowly beaten for a spot in next month's runoff election.
    (AFP, 6/27/17)
2017        Jun 27, A Dutch court ruled that the state was partly to blame for the deaths of hundreds of Muslims in Srebrenica, as the 1995 genocide cast another shadow over the country two decades on.
    (AFP, 6/27/17)
2017        Jun 27, The International Organization for Migration says 51 migrants are presumed dead in the Sahara Desert in Niger after smugglers abandoned them during their journey north to Libya.
    (AP, 6/27/17)
2017        Jun 27, Pakistan strongly criticized the US decision to impose sanctions on Syed Salahuddin, senior leader of the Kashmiri militant group Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.
    (AFP, 6/27/17)
2017        Jun 27, The Philippine army said civilians held hostage by Islamist militants occupying Marawi have been forced to loot homes, take up arms against government troops and serve as sex slaves for rebel fighters.
    (Reuters, 6/27/17)
2017        Jun 27, A major ransomware attack hit computers at Russia's biggest oil company, the country's banks, Ukraine's international airport as well as Danish global shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk. Germany's Metro said its wholesale stores in the Ukraine have been hit by a cyber-attack and the retailer was assessing the impact.
    (Reuters, 6/27/17)
2017        Jun 27, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland's devolved government has shelved its immediate plans to hold a second independence referendum until after the terms of Britain's exit from the United Kingdom are clear.
    (Reuters, 6/27/17)
2017        Jun 27, A Swiss government information technology agency said ransomware known as Petya seems to have re-emerged to affect computer systems across Europe, causing issues primarily in Ukraine, Russia, England and India.
    (Reuters, 6/27/17)
2017        Jun 27, In Ukraine military intelligence Colonel Maksim Shapoval was killed by a car bomb in central Kiev.
    (Reuters, 6/27/17)

2017        Jun 28, Pres. Trump held a $35,000-per-person re-election fundraiser at the Trump Int’l. Hotel in Washington, DC.
    (SFC, 6/29/17, p.A5)
2017        Jun 28, Former CIA agent Sabrina de Sousa said she is returning to Italy this week to serve a three-year sentence for taking part in the kidnapping of a Muslim cleric in Milan 14 years ago.
    (AP, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 28, A cyber-attack wreaked havoc around the globe, crippling thousands of computers, disrupting operations at ports from Mumbai to Los Angeles and halting production at a chocolate factory in Australia. ESET, a Slovakian company that sells products to shield computers from viruses, said 80 percent of the infections detected among its global customer base were in Ukraine, with Italy second hardest hit with about 10 percent. The malware seemed to be a variant of past campaigns, derived from code known as Eternal Blue believed to have been developed by the US National Security Agency (NSA).
    (Reuters, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 28, In Arizona a wildfire around the mountain city of Prescott forced thousands of people from their homes as it charred 32 square miles.
    (SFC, 6/29/17, p.A7)
2017        Jun 28,  Colorado officials announced that a Denver grand jury has indicted 62 people and 12 businesses for involvement in a mammoth marijuana trafficking ring that pretended to be growing weed for sick people but was instead shipping the drug to a half-dozen other states and bilking investors.
    (SFC, 6/30/17, p.A6)
2017        Jun 28, In Pennsylvania Bianca Roberson (18), a recent high school graduate, was shot in the head during a road rage confrontation in West Goshen Township. David Desper (28), who fled the scene, turned himself in on July 2 and was charged with first and third degree murder.
    (SFC, 7/3/17, p.A4)
2017        Jun 28, ABC and South Dakota meat producer Dakota Dunes-based Beef Products Inc. announced a settlement in a $1.9 billion lawsuit dating back to 2012 against the network over its reports on a beef product dubbed “pink slime."
    (SFC, 6/29/17, p.A5)
2017        Jun 28, Private equity firm Sycamore said it is buying the Staples office supply chain for $6.9 billion.
    (SFC, 6/29/17, p.C2)
2017        Jun 28, Botswana's government moved to crack down on the multi-billion dollar trade in donkey skins following a spate of killings of the animals fuelled by soaring demand from China. Botswana became the sixth African country to impose restrictions on donkey exports, following Niger, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Gambia.
    (AFP, 6/29/17)
2017        Jun 28, British prosecutors announced criminal charges against six people including ex-police chiefs over the 1989 Hillsborough soccer stadium crush in which 96 Liverpool fans died.
    (AP, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 28, The European Union officially extended economic sanctions against Russia by six months for destabilizing Ukraine.
    (AP, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 28, The French government said it will follow the advice of an ethics panel in favor of allowing single women and lesbian couples to have children through assisted reproduction.
    (AP, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 28, German carmakers BMW, Audi and truck manufacturer MAN agreed with Bavaria to cut pollution from diesel engines, with manufacturers promising to reduce emissions from older models and the state government planning incentives to spur sales of newer, more efficient cars.
    (Reuters, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 28, In India thousands of people gathered in several cities to protest recent violent attacks across the country targeting minority Muslims.
    (AP, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 28, Iraq's military pushed deeper into Mosul's Old City, taking two more districts from Islamic State and bringing it closer to total control of the city.
    (Reuters, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 28, Hong Kong police arrested pro-democracy protesters, some of whom scrambled up a monument symbolizing the city's handover from British to Chinese rule, a day before Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to arrive for the celebrations. Student pro-democracy campaigner Joshua Wong was among around 30 protesters who had staged a three-hour sit-in at a harbor front statue and were led away into police vans.
    (Reuters, 6/28/17)(AFP, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 28, Millions of people in Nepal voted in the second phase of elections to choose municipal and village councils despite threats from ethnic groups that oppose the polls. Voting took place in three of seven provinces. Three other provinces held elections last month, and another will vote in September. Local elections are being held for the first time in two decades.
    (AP, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 28, In Niger two female suicide bombers killed two people and wounded 11 others late today at a UN-managed camp housing thousands of people who have fled Boko Haram violence in the first suicide attack in the region in a year.
    (Reuters, 6/30/17)
2017        Jun 28, North Korea said it has issued a standing order for the execution of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her spy chief for a plot to assassinate its leader, and it demanded that the South hand the pair over.
    (Reuters, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 28, Pakistan's Shiite Muslims took their protests to Islamabad. Meanwhile in the majority Shiite Kurram tribal region, thousands of residents have been staging daily sit-ins after twin bombings killed more than 70 people in Parachinar.
    (AP, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 28, Pakistani authorities arrested Zafarullah Achakzai, a reporter for the Daily Qudrat newspaper, under a new electronic crime law aimed at combating terrorism and preventing blasphemy but which critics say is used to suppress political dissent.
    (Reuters, 6/30/17) 
2017        Jun 28, The Philippine military said five decapitated civilians were found in a Marawi City, warning the number of residents killed by rebel "atrocities" could rise sharply as troops retake more ground.
    (Reuters, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 28, In Portugal hand grenades, 9 mm ammunition and perhaps other weapons were stolen from a national armory, which had no electronic surveillance and was guarded by military patrols.
    (AP, 6/30/17)
2017        Jun 28, In Romania Liviu Dragnea, chairman of the ruling Social Democratic Party, named a new leftist government. His ally, PM-designate Mihai Tudose, will keep many of the ministers in outgoing Premier Sorin Grindeanu's Cabinet, despite being criticized for alleged underperformance.
    (AP, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 28, South Africa approved the export of some 800 skeletons of captive-bred lions this year, meeting demand for the bones in parts of Asia while alarming critics who believe the policy threatens Africa's wild lions.
    (AP, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 28, In Spain Madrid metro drivers began a five-day strike, threatening to create travel chaos during WorldPride, one of the biggest celebrations of lesbian, gay and transsexual rights.
    (AFP, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 28, In eastern Syria at least 15 people were killed in an unidentified airstrike over Doblan. This was the second attack in three days reported to kill civilians in the Islamic State-held Euphrates River valley.
    (AP, 6/28/17)(SFC, 6/29/17, p.A2)
2017        Jun 28, Turkey’s military said its forces retaliated with an artillery barrage overnight and destroyed Kurdish YPG militia targets after the group's fighters opened fire on Turkey-backed forces in northern Syria.
    (Reuters, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 28, A UN Security Council diplomat said a tentative deal on nearly $600 million in cuts to the UN peacekeeping budget has been reached following weeks of tough negotiations over US demands for a sharp cost reduction.
    (AFP, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 28, Pope Francis led a ceremony at St. Peter's Basilica to give the Catholic church five new cardinals. They were from Mali, Laos, El Salvador, Spain and Sweden. Recent news named Bamako Archbishop Jean Zerbo as one of three Mali prelates holding multi-million euro Swiss bank-accounts.
    (AP, 6/28/17)
2017        Jun 28, A Venezuelan police helicopter strafed the Supreme Court and a government ministry. A government communique said the helicopter was stolen by investigative police pilot Oscar Perez, who declared himself in rebellion against Maduro.
    (Reuters, 6/28/17)

2017        Jun 29, In Washington, DC, South Korea's president held talks with congressional leaders and a White House dinner with President Donald Trump as he looked to reassure Washington that he will coordinate closely on dealing with the threat from North Korea.
    (AP, 6/29/17)
2017        Jun 29, The US State Dept. approved $1.4 billion in arms sales to Taiwan.
    (SFC, 6/30/17, p.A2)
2017        Jun 29, Tighter restrictions on travel to the US from six mostly Muslim nations took effect this evening after the Supreme Court gave its go-ahead for a limited version of President Donald Trump's plans for a ban. Visa applicants from the six countries — and all refugees — will need to show close family or business ties to the United States.
    (AP, 6/29/17)
2017        Jun 29, The US House of Representatives passed “Kate’s Law" (HR3004) named after a young woman killed in San Francisco in 2015. The law, which increases maximum sentences for immigran ts who re-enter the US illegally after a deportation, moved on the Senate for consideration.
    (SFC, 7/5/17, p.A8)
2017        Jun 29, In Kansas a prison riot at the El Dorado Correctional Facility involved 60 to 80 inmates. Two other uprisings had taken place during the week of May 8 and on June 24.
    (SFC, 7/26/17, p.A7)
2017        Jun 29, In Texas Andrew Bice (34) opened fire on two police officers in San Antonio as they proceeded to question him about a vehicle break-in. Officer Miguel Moreno was shot in the head and died the next day. Bice was killed in the shootout.
    (SFC, 7/1/17, p.A6)
2017        Jun 29, In Afghanistan the Taliban stormed an Afghan security post in the western Farah province late today, killing at least six policemen and wounding three.
    (AP, 6/30/17)
2017        Jun 29, Leading global fashion brands and trade unions agreed to continue a safety program involving thousands of garment factories in Bangladesh for another three years. Swiss-based global trade unions — IndustriALL Global Union and UNIGlobal Union — and brand representatives announced the agreement in Paris.
    (AP, 6/29/17)
2017        Jun 29, Britain pledged to fund abortions for Northern Irish women who travel to England after a Belfast court overturned a ruling that Northern Ireland's restrictive abortion laws breach human rights in certain cases.
    (Reuters, 6/29/17)
2017        Jun 29, The British parliament scrapped a requirement for male lawmakers to wear ties, a move greeted with both concern and celebration at Westminster.
    (AFP, 6/29/17)
2017        Jun 29, Canada said it is extending its military mission against the Islamic State group in Iraq for another two years.
    (AP, 6/29/17)
2017        Jun 29, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Hong Kong and said China would work to ensure a "far-reaching future" for Hong Kong's autonomy, but he faces a divided city with protesters angered by Beijing's perceived interference as it marks 20 years of Chinese rule.
    (Reuters, 6/29/17)
2017        Jun 29, Egypt raised the prices of fuel by up to 55 percent, the second such increase since the local currency was floated seven months ago, as the country struggles with an array of economic woes including a double-digit inflation rate.
    (AP, 6/29/17)
2017        Jun 29, Hundreds of striking Greek sanitation workers ended a 10-day strike in Athens over jobs as steaming mountains of garbage piled up across the country and temperatures soared.
    (Reuters, 6/29/17)
2017        Jun 29, Indian PM Narendra Modi condemned a rise in deadly mob attacks on cattle traders, beef eaters and dairy farmers, saying that killing people in the name of protecting cows is unacceptable.
    (AP, 6/29/17)
2017        Jun 29, Iraqi forces said they had retaken control of the iconic mosque in Mosul where IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his only public appearance.
    (AFP, 6/29/17)
2017        Jun 29, Italy's Premier Paolo Gentiloni pressed his European Union allies to take in more migrants, saying the relentless arrival of tens of thousands on Italy's shores is putting his country under enormous strain.
    (AP, 6/29/17)
2017        Jun 29, Mexico's scandal of high-tech spying against journalists and human rights defenders widened with expert confirmation that leading members of a main opposition party were also targeted by Israeli-made spyware sold exclusively to governments.
    (AP, 6/29/17)
2017        Jun 29, Myanmar's government said it will instruct its embassies around the world to bar members of a UN-approved fact-finding mission from entering the country to investigate alleged human rights violations by security forces against the Muslim Rohingya minority and other groups.
    (AP, 6/30/17)
2017        Jun 29, In Pakistan tens of thousands of people protested in Parachinar to demand better security after twin bombings in a market there last week killed 75 people.
    (Reuters, 6/29/17)
2017        Jun 29, Romania's Parliament approved a new leftist government (275-102) after dismissing the last one in a no-confidence vote amid political infighting in the ruling party.
    (AP, 6/29/17)
2017        Jun 29, A Russian court convicted five Chechen men of murdering opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in 2015, but the late politician's allies said the investigation had been a cover-up and that the people who had ordered his killing remained at large.
    (Reuters, 6/29/17)
2017        Jun 29, Serbian lawmakers elected Ana Brnabic as prime minister, making her the country’s first female and first openly gay leader.
    (SFC, 6/30/17, p.A4)
2017        Jun 29, An international arbitration panel granted Slovenia unhindered access to the high seas for the first time since the breakup of the former Yugoslavia as part of a ruling aimed at settling a long-running territorial dispute between Croatia and Slovenia. Croatia walked out of the arbitration in 2015 and does not recognize the panel's findings.
    (AP, 6/29/17)
2017        Jun 29, In Syria the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces sealed off the last route used by the Islamic State group to flee an offensive on its Syrian bastion Raqqa. The IHS Markit analysis firm said the Islamic State group has lost more than 60 percent of its territory and 80 percent of its revenue.
    (AFP, 6/29/17)
2017        Jun 29, In Uganda musician Robert Kyagulanyi (27), a.k.a. Bobi Wine, a.k.a. His Excellency the Ghetto President, won a landslide victory in a Kampala by-election to become the country's newest lawmaker.
    (AFP, 6/30/17)
2017        Jun 29, The UN Security Council extended sanctions on illegal oil exports from Libya to cover refined petroleum products as well, in a bid to stem rampant smuggling of subsidized fuel by sea.
    (Reuters, 6/30/17)
2017        Jun 29, Cardinal George Pell (b.1941), a top adviser to Pope Francis, took a leave of absence as the Vatican's financial chief to fight criminal charges in his native Australia that alleged he committed sexual assault years ago.
    (AP, 6/29/17)
2017        Jun 29, In Venezuela 29 students in Caracas were detained after participating in anti-government protests.
    (AP, 6/30/17)
2017        Jun 29, Prominent Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of distorting government policies and defaming the Communist regime in Facebook posts and in her interviews with foreign media.
    (AP, 6/29/17)
2017        Jun 29, The latest reports of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has exceeded 200,000 people with an estimated 5,000 new cases daily.
    (AP, 6/29/17)

2017        Jun 30, Pres. Donald Trump met at the White House with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Trump says that he will start to reduce the US trade deficit by renegotiating a trade deal with South Korea. Trump called for a determined response to North Korea after talks with Moon Jae-in where he stressed the importance of their alliance but took aim at Seoul over trade and sharing the cost of defense.
    (AP, 6/30/17)(Reuters, 7/1/17)
2017        Jun 30, The Pentagon said Defense Sec. Jin Mattis has delayed a plan approved by the Obama administration last year to begin allowing transgender recruits to join the US military. The Joint Chiefs of Staff had requested a six-month reprieve.
    (SFC, 7/1/17, p.A6)
2017        Jun 30, In Idaho a cabin fire near Donnelly left four people dead.
    (SSFC, 7/2/17, p.A8)
2017        Jun 30, In NYC Dr. Henry Bello (45), angry that his career was derailed, shot and killed a female doctor and wounded six others during a rampage at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital. He then set himself on fire and shot himself in the head.
    (SFC, 7/1/17, p.A7)(SSFC, 7/2/17, p.A9)
2017        Jun 30, The Texas Supreme Court ruled that gay spouses may not be entitled to government-subsidized workplace benefits.
    (SFC, 7/1/17, p.A6)
2017        Jun 30, In Afghanistan a pickup truck hit a roadside bomb in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, killing seven villagers. Mullah Bashir, a Taliban shadow district chief, was killed late today in fighting with security forces in eastern Wardak province.
    (AP, 6/30/17)(AP, 7/1/17)
2017        Jun 30, Brazilian labor unions staged peaceful nationwide demonstrations against scandal-hit President Michel Temer, seeking to stop his unpopular administration from pushing through Congress changes to labor and pension laws.
    (Reuters, 6/30/17)
2017        Jun 30, In southeastern Central African Republic a local journalist said at least 22 people have been killed in three days of fighting in Zemio between rival armed militias.
    (Reuters, 6/30/17)
2017        Jun 30, Chilean scientists said biodiesel made from microalgae could power buses and trucks and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 80 percent, possibly curbing pollution in contaminated cities like Santiago.
    (Reuters, 6/30/17)
2017        Jun 30, China strongly protested a US plan to sell $1.4 billion worth of arms to Taiwan and demanded that the deal be canceled.
    (AP, 6/30/17)
2017        Jun 30, China’s Foreign Minsitry said the joint declaration with Britain over Hong Kong, which laid the blueprint over how the city would be ruled after its return to China in 1997, was a historical document that no longer had any practical significance. Britain said the declaration remained in force and was a legally valid treaty to which it was committed to upholding.
    (Reuters, 6/30/17)
2017        Jun 30, Chinese President Xi Jinping, visiting Hong Kong for the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule, said the city's "one country, two systems" formula faces "new challenges" as pro-democracy campaigners ramped up protests.
    (Reuters, 6/30/17)
2017        Jun 30, In the Czech Rep. the 52nd annual international film festival in the western spa town of Karlovy Vary kicked off with awards for Oscar-nominated actress Uma Thurman, Academy Award winner Casey Affleck and film composer James Newton Howard.
    (AP, 6/30/17)
2017        Jun 30, Finland and Sweden joined a British-led military rapid reaction force that can either operate alone or jointly with the UN, NATO or the EU.
    (AP, 6/30/17)
2017        Jun 30, Simone Veil (b.1927), a survivor of Auschwitz and one of France's most respected politicians, died. As a member of the center-right Union for French Democracy, she was named health minister under president Valery Giscard d'Estaing and led a battle that marked her generation: the legalization of abortion.
    (AP, 6/30/17)
2017        Jun 30, Germany's parliament backed the legalization of same-sex marriage in a historic vote hailed by gay activists and leftist parties but criticized by some in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling conservative bloc and by the Catholic Church.
    (Reuters, 6/30/17)
2017        Jun 30, In Iraq US-backed Iraqi forces attacked Islamic State's remaining redoubt in Mosul's Old City, a day after hailing the end of the insurgents' self-declared caliphate with the capture of an historic mosque that symbolized their power.
    (Reuters, 6/30/17)
2017        Jun 30, An Israeli warplane struck a Syrian army post, hours after stray fire from Syria's civil war hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
    (AFP, 6/30/17)
2017        Jun 30, In Israel large amounts of highly acidic wastewater poured into the Negev desert when a wall of an evaporation pool partially collapsed at the Rotem Amfert facility of Potash and fertilizer producer Israel Chemicals (ICL). Complete rehabilitation was expected to take years.
    (AP, 7/2/17)(Reuters, 7/4/17)
2017        Jun 30, In Lebanon five suicide bombers attacked Lebanese soldiers as they raided two Syrian refugee camps in the Arsal area. A sixth militant threw a hand grenade at a patrol. Seven soldiers were wounded and a girl was killed after one of the suicide bombers blew himself up in the midst of a family of refugees. The army later said four of 355 detained Syrians were transferred to a hospital for medical treatment immediately after their arrest but died before they could be interrogated. Two of their bodies showed heavy bruising on the face and abdomen. A third body was missing the head. An international watchdog called for a quick investigation into the deaths.
    (Reuters, 6/30/17)(AP, 7/5/17)
2017        Jun 30, In Mexico two people were killed in an initial shooting involving "rival groups" of gunmen in the town of Villa Union, Sinaloa state. In a second clash, 15 municipal police officers came under attack on a highway by 19 people riding in pickup trucks. Marines and state police went to the aid of the municipal police, and 17 attackers were killed.
    (AP, 7/1/17)
2017        Jun 30, Mexico banned fishing with gillnets in the northern Gulf of California as part of its pledge to save a critically-endangered species of porpoise.
    (Reuters, 6/30/17)
2017        Jun 30, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin extended Russian counter-sanctions on the European Union until the end of 2018. Russia said it has suspended payments to the Council of Europe for this year, retaliation for its delegation there being stripped of its voting rights after the annexation of Crimea.
    (Reuters, 6/30/17)
2017        Jun 30, Somalia's insurgency suffered a significant split after government officials confirmed that they had sent troops to repel Islamist fighters seeking to capture Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur, one of their own commanders. Robow fell out of favor with the insurgency in 2013 yet remained outwardly loyal. Earlier this month, the US quietly removed him from their list of sponsors of terror after five years.
    (Reuters, 6/30/17)   
2017        Jun 30, South African President Jacob Zuma admitted the ruling ANC party is beset by corruption and divisions that could threaten its uninterrupted hold on power since the end of apartheid.
    (AFP, 6/30/17)
2017        Jun 30, In Syria Islamic State mounted a fierce counter-attack against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance of militias in the city of Raqqa, but there were divergent accounts of its success in regaining ground. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the IS had regained control over most of the industrial area in fierce fighting. The Observatory also said Islamic State militants have withdrawn from the last territory they held in Aleppo province after the Syrian army retook the Ithriya-Rasafa road and areas east of Khanaser.
    (Reuters, 6/30/17)
2017        Jun 30, Thai customs officials they have seized 15 of 42 luxury cars that British authorities said were stolen and sent to Thailand.
    (AP, 6/30/17)
2017        Jun 30, In Turkey Orhan Mercan, the AKP's deputy head in the Lice district of Diyarbakir province, was shot in front of his home this evening and died of his wounds in hospital. Turkey blamed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants.
    (Reuters, 7/2/17)
2017        Jun 30, The United Nations closed its peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast after 13 years during which it ushered the West African nation through a political crisis to elections and played a decisive role in the 2011 civil war.
    (Reuters, 6/30/17)

2017        Jun, The Canadian government negotiated a deal to apologize and give millions of dollars to a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr. He had pleaded guilty to killing a US soldier in Afghanistan when he was 15 and served ten years at Guantanamo. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 2010 that Canadian intelligence officials obtained evidence from Khadr under "oppressive circumstances," and then shared that evidence with US officials.
    (AP, 7/4/17)
2017        Jun, In Turkey a counterterror captured Abdulkerim Cakar (32), the alleged commander of an Adana-based IS cell, and 10 others. Their testimony led to the August arrest of Russian national Renad Bakiev, who planned a drone attack on US aircraft at Turkey's Incirlik air base.
    (AP, 8/10/17)

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