Timeline 2017 April - June Return to home2017 Apr 1, An
executive order by the former Obama administration came into effect
banning the box declaration of criminal history for all federal
(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
(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.
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
(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.
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".
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'
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
(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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
2017 Apr 3, Venezuelan
authorities said they've arrested six officials for taking bribes to
issue identification documents to Syrians.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
2017 Apr 5, Britain said it
would help Saudi Arabia to diversify its oil-dependent economy as PM
Theresa May visited the Gulf kingdom.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
2017 Apr 5, In Somalia a
massive car bomb blast at a restaurant in Mogadishu killed at least
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
2017 Apr 6, The European
Commission imposed anti-dumping duties on steel products from China
to stop them flooding Europe's struggling steel market.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2017 Apr 8, Indonesian police
killed six suspected Islamic militants in a gun battle that followed
a failed attack in East Java.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
2017 Apr 9, In Nigeria gunmen
shot dead four policemen, an army captain and a civilian in an
attack on a community outside Lagos.
2017 Apr 9, In southeastern
Nigeria two Turkish were kidnapped from a hotel room in the town of
Eket, Akwa Ibom state.
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.
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.
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
2017 Apr 9, Syrian or Russian
warplanes dropped more incendiary bombs on areas of Idlib and Hama
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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".
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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
(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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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
(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.
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.
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
(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.
2017 Apr 14, North Korea staged
a massive rally and military parade to mark the 105th anniversary of
its national founder, Kim Il Sung.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Apr 15, In northern Italy
Emma Morano (117), the oldest person in the world, died at her home
(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.
2017 Apr 15, In Panama
international soccer player Amilcar Henriquez (33) was shot and
killed in Colon province. Another two people were wounded.
2017 Apr 15, In South Sudan
army troops reportedly attacked Raga killing 14 civilians. The army
denied the rebel charges.
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
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.
2017 Apr 16, In Afghanistan
Taliban militants stoned a man and a woman accused of adultery to
death in Logar province.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Apr 16, At least 20
migrants trying to reach Europe drowned in the Mediterranean off the
coast of Libya.
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
2017 Apr 16, Somali security
forces shot dead two Islamic extremist fighters who were involved in
a mortar attack in Mogadishu early today.
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.
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%
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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
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
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
(AP, 4/18/17)(SFC, 4/19/17,
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2017 Apr 18, In Yemen a Saudi
military Black Hawk helicopter crashed, killing at least 12 military
2017 Apr 19, In Pennsylvania
the new Museum of the American Revolution opened in Philadelphia.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
2017 Apr 20, US Pres. Donald
Trump met with Italy’s PM Paolo Gentiloni for talks on trade and
(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."
2017 Apr 20, In northern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb planted by the Taliban killed two
soldiers and a civilian in Badakhshan province.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2017 Apr 20, In Jamaica Olympic
medal-winning track and field athlete Germaine Mason (34) died in a
motorcycle crash outside the capital.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Apr 20, NATO member
Romania said it plans to buy Patriot missiles from US company
Raytheon to help protect its airspace.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Apr 21, Kenyan troops
killed 52 al Shabaab fighters in an attack on the militants' camp in
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.
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.
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.
2017 Apr 21, Magdalena
Abakanowicz (86), Poland's leading visual artist, renowned sculptor
and fiber artist, died.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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).
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2017 Apr 23, In NYC a fire
surged through a home in Queens killing five people including three
(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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
2017 Apr 23, In the southern
Philippines a soldier kidnapped last week by Abu Sayyaf militants
was found beheaded in Patikul town, Sulu province.
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.
2017 Apr 23, The Syrian army
and allied forces advanced against rebels near Hama city, building
on recent strategic gains in the area.
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
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
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.
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
2017 Apr 24, In Dagestan at
least one person was killed and 11 injured in a live grenade
accident at a high school.
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.
2017 Apr 24, In central India
Maoist guerrillas ambushed a paramilitary patrol, killing at least
24 policemen and wounding six in Chhattisgarh state.
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
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.
2017 Apr 24, In northeast
Nigeria four people were killed in two separate suicide attacks
blamed on Boko Haram Islamists.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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
(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
(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.
2017 Apr 25, China offered to
help tackle a diplomatic row between Bangladesh and Myanmar over the
flight of minority Rohingyas.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
2017 Apr 25, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb targeting a minivan in the northwestern Kurram tribal
area killed 14 people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Apr 25, South Korean
presidential frontrunner, Moon Jae-in, outraged persecuted sexual
minority groups by saying during a TV debate that he opposes
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Apr 26, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone strike killed several Pakistani Taliban militants
in North Waziristan.
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.
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.
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
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
2017 Apr 26, Turkish warplanes
hit Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq and killed six
militants, in a second day of cross-border raids.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2017 Apr 27, Moldovan
anti-corruption prosecutors detained the transport minister and a
senior road management official on suspicion of embezzling European
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.
2017 Apr 27, In Pakistan the
Islamic State killed Maulvi Daud, a senior Afghan Taliban official,
in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
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.
2017 Apr 27, Palestinians
across the West Bank observed a general strike in support of
hundreds of hunger-striking prisoners held by Israel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Apr 27, Two Saudi soldiers
were killed in a rocket attack near the border with war-torn Yemen.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Apr 27, Syria's state
media reported that Israel has attacked a military installation near
the Damascus International Airport.
2017 Apr 27, In Syria Mustafa
Gunes, an Islamic State operative from Turkey, was killed in a US
coalition air strike in Mayadin.
2017 Apr 27, In southern
Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents killed four paramilitary army
rangers in an ambush in Narathiwat province.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2017 Apr 28, Macedonia's
interior minister offered his resignation a day after protesters
stormed the country's parliament.
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.
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.
2017 Apr 28, In Myanmar
ultra-nationalist Buddhist monks and their supporters have forced
the closing of two Muslim schools in Yangon.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2017 Apr 29, A Cuban military
plane crashed into a hillside in the western province of Artemisa,
killing eight troops on board.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
2017 Apr 29, Turkey's military
reportedly killed 14 members of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party
(PKK) in air strikes in northern Iraq.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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
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.
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
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.
2017 Apr 30, Italians voted for
a new Democratic Party chief. The primary was expected to return
Matteo Renzi to its leadership.
2017 Apr 30, Lebanon launched a
bike-sharing program in Beirut, hoping to cut down on the congested
city's notorious traffic and pollution.
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.
2017 Apr 30, In northwest
Pakistan a minibus plunged into a ravine in the mountainous in Upper
Dir district, killing 11 people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
2017 Apr, In Colombia two FARC
guerrillas and five relatives of FARC members were murdered in four
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
(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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2017 May 2, It was reported
that Sweden will end temporary border controls introduced in 2015 to
stem a large influx of asylum seekers.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2017 May 3, Puerto Rico’s
governor announced a historic restructuring of $70B debt through
courts after talks with bondholders fail.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
2017 May 4, Buckingham Palace
announced that Prince Philip (95), also known as the Duke of
Edinburgh, will retire from public life.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2017 May 4, Pakistani
authorities executed three Pakistani Taliban militants after they
were convicted by military courts over links to acts of terrorism.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
2017 May 5, An Afghan truck
driver was killed after a rocket fired from across the border hit
him in Nangarhar province.
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.
2017 May 5, In northern Chad
Boko Haram militants killed nine soldiers in an attack on a military
camp. 28 militants were reported killed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 May 5, Somali forces
killed al Shabaab chief, Moalim Osman Abdi Badil, and three fighters
in fighting in the Lower Shabelle region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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
2017 May 6, The French
electoral commission said media should not republish information
hacked from the campaign team of centrist presidential candidate
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.
2017 May 6, Japan and China
agreed to bolster economic and financial cooperation.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
2017 May 7, In central Vietnam
a truck collided with a passenger bus, killing 12 people and
injuring 33 in Gia Lai province.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 May 8, In Iraq armed men
kidnapped seven young anti-corruption activists in central Baghdad.
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.
2017 May 8, Japan and India
affirmed plans to strengthen their military cooperation amid rising
tension in the Asian region.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 May 8, Hundreds of Syrian
rebels began leaving the besieged Damascus district of Barzeh as
part of an evacuation deal with the government.
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.
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.
2017 May 8, The UN said war and
famine have forced more than 2 million children in South Sudan to
flee their homes.
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.
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.
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
2017 May 9, In Canada the city
of Montreal extended its state of emergency as 171 municipalities
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 May 9, In the French Alps
an avalanche swept away a group of cross-country skiers, killing
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
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.
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
2017 May 9, More than 880
Palestinian prisoners held by Israel remained on a hunger strike,
the 23rd day of their protest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
(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
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.
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.
2017 May 10, In Tunisia Oliver
Potezica (64), Serbia's ambassador to Libya, died some days after a
car crash near Sousse.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2017 May 11, In Syria Abu Asim
al-Jazeri, an Islamic State planner from Algeria, was killed a US
coalition air strike in Mayadin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
2017 May 12, Israeli soldiers
shot dead a Palestinian during stone-throwing clashes in the
occupied West Bank.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
2017 May 13, A Jordanian
citizen (57) stabbed and wounded an Israeli police officer who then
shot him dead in Jerusalem's Old City.
2017 May 13, In Kashmir Indian
and Pakistani troops traded fire, killing two civilians and wounding
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.
2017 May 13, In northeastern
Nigeria Boko Haram jihadists killed six farmers who were working on
their land near Maiduguri.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 May 13, Syrian state TV
reported that the military has recaptured the Qaboun suburb from
rebel fighters on the eastern edge of Damascus.
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.
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.
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
(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
(SFC, 5/22/17, p.C2)
2017 May 14, In eastern
Afghanistan a mortar attack killed five children in Laghman
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 May 14, In Iran a 5.7
magnitude earthquake near the Turkmenistan border killed two people,
injured hundreds and caused widespread damage.
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.
2017 May 14, In Ivory Coast
mutinous soldiers wounded six people in Bouake as fresh tensions
gripped the world's top cocoa grower.
2017 May 14, Millions of
Nepalese voted for representatives in municipal and village councils
for the first time in two decades.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 May 15, Police in Vietnam
arrested prominent dissident Hoang Duc Binh (34),
whom they accused of having abused democracy rights to infringe
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.
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,
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2017 May 16, A Saudi Arabian
police officer was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade in the
Almosara area of Awamiya, a Shiite town.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 May 17, British police
arrested four men on suspicion of preparing terrorism acts in the
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
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
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.
2017 May 17, In Colombia two
explosions at a shipyard in Cartagena killed four people and injured
(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.
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.
2017 May 17, EU lawmakers
called on Hungary to withdraw tough new laws on asylum seekers and
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.
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.
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.
2017 May 17, North Korea
launched a ferry service to the Russian city of Vladivostok to
develop links and boost economic cooperation.
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.
2017 May 17, UNICEF said more
than 300,000 children migrated alone worldwide from 2015 through
(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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
2017 May 18, The EU fined
Facebook 110 million euros ($122 million) for providing misleading
information over its 2014 buyout of mobile messaging service
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
(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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 May 21, Indonesian police
detained 141 men for questioning in a raid this evening on a gay gym
and sauna in north Jakarta.
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.
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".
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.
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,
2017 May 21, North Korea fired
a medium-range missile that flew eastward about 500 km (310 miles)
before landing in the sea.
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
2017 May 21, Gaza's Hamas
rulers sentenced three Palestinians to death for allegedly killing
senior commander Mazen Faqha in March, after collaborating with
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2017 May 22, The US Senate
confirmed Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (70) to be US ambassador to
(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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
2017 May 22, The Czech
government approved a plan to build a rail network for high-speed
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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
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
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
(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
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
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
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.
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.
2017 May 23, In China Nobel
Peace Prize laureate and dissident Liu Xiaobo (61) was diagnosed
with late-stage liver cancer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 May 24, Egyptian
prosecutors ordered the release on bail of opposition leader Khaled
Ali, accused of publicly making an obscene finger gesture in
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2017 May 25, Egyptian security
officials said separate attacks in restive northern Sinai peninsula
where Islamic militants are active have left four security personnel
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.
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
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
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.
2017 May 25, An Italian court
opened the way for a class action lawsuit against automaker
Volkswagen over its emissions scandal.
2017 May 25, The last Japanese
troops withdrew from a UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.
2017 May 25, In Kenya five
police officers were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb
in an attack claimed by Shabaab Islamists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(AFP, 5/26/17)(Reuters, 5/27/17)(AP, 5/28/17)(AP,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 May 27, In Turkey an air
strike in the southeastern province of Van late today killed 10 PKK
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
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
(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.
2017 May 28, In Indiana Takuma
Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500.
2017 May 28, In Afghanistan
gunmen killed district governor Ajmal Khan and his son in eastern
2017 May 28, Bangladesh
authorities reinstalled a Lady Justice statue near the country's
Supreme Court, two days after its removal following complaints by
2017 May 28, British police
made another arrest in connection with the Manchester bombing,
bringing the total to 12.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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).
2017 May 28, Turkey's military
killed 13 members of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in
air strikes in northern Iraq.
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,
(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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
2017 May 31, In the Philippines
an air strike error on Islamist rebels holed up in Marawi killed 11
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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
(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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2017 Jun 4, Pakistan said a
two-day military operation has killed 12 militants in the
southwestern province of Baluchistan.
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.
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.
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.
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".
2017 Jun 4, Turkish security
forces killed eight militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers
Party (PKK) in eastern Kars province.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Jun 5, Libya's
eastern-based government, aligned with powerful military commander
Khalifa Haftar, followed regional allies in cutting diplomatic ties
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.
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
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
(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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
(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
(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."
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Jun 7, In Zimbabwe a bus
traveling to Zambia crashed late today, killing 45 people.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Jun 8, The Scottish
Episcopal Church voted in Edinburgh to allow its clerics to marry
(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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
2017 Jun 9, New Austrian
legislation came into force today that will ban the full-face
Islamic veil in public places from October 1.
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.
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).
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
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
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.
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
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.
2017 Jun 9, French photographer
Mathias Depardon was reported freed after a month in custody in
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.
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.
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
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
2017 Jun 9, In Yemen three
siblings and their grandmother were killed after Saudi-led coalition
forces dropped munitions on three houses in Sanaa.
2017 Jun 9, Zimbabwe President
Robert Mugabe fired suspended prosecutor general Mr. Johannes
Tomana, who now faces a misconduct trial.
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.
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.
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
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
2017 Jun 10, Japanese art
collector Yusaku Maezawa (41) announced his purchase of a $110.5
million Basquiat masterpiece, “Untitled" (1982).
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.
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.
2017 Jun 10, In Pakistan
Taimoor Raza (30), minority Shiite Muslim, was sentenced to death
for sharing blasphemous content about Islam on social media.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
2017 Jun 11, In Pakistan a lone
gunman shot and killed a journalist in the northwestern town of
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
2017 Jun 12, French urban
climber Alain Robert scaled a 29-story hotel in Barcelona with his
bare hands and in just 20 minutes.
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
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.
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.
2017 Jun 12, Pakistan confirmed
that two Chinese language teachers, abducted at gunpoint on May 24,
have been killed.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2017 Jun 12, Venezuela's
Supreme Court rejected the chief prosecutor's motion to stop
President Nicolas Maduro's push to rewrite the constitution.
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.
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
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
(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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
2017 Jun 13, Israel's PM
Netanyahu says the diplomatic crisis with New Zealand over a UN
resolution condemning Israeli settlements is over.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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
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.
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.
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.
2017 Jun 14, The European
Commission launched legal action against the Czech Republic, Hungary
and Poland for failing their commitment to take in refugees.
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Jun 14, Tunisia announced
that it has extended for another four months a state of emergency in
place since a 2015 jihadist attack.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
2017 Jun 15, Burundi denied UN
allegations that said its security forces and government-allied
militia are continuing to torture and kill opponents.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
2017 Jun 15, Malaysian customs
officials seized nearly 400 kg (880 pounds) of pangolin scales worth
5 million ringgit ($1.2 million) from Ghana.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
2017 Jun 16, Iran condemned new
sanctions adopted by the US Senate and vowed to respond with
"reciprocal and adequate measures".
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.
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.
2017 Jun 16, In northern Kenya
an improvised explosive device killed four people in a passenger
vehicle in a suspected extremist attack.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Jun 17, Four Armenian
soldiers in Nagorno-Karabakh were reported killed in fighting with
Azerbaijan over the last 24 hours.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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,
2017 Jun 18, In Egypt a
roadside bomb killed a policeman and wounded four others on a
highway on the southern outskirts of Cairo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Jun 18, In Puerto Rico
boat capsized off the southern coastal town of Salinas. Three people
drowned and eight others were rescued.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2017 Jun 19, The European Union
discouraged Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region from holding an
independence referendum in September.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Jun 19, In Indonesia four
foreign inmates escaped early today from a prison on the resort
island of Bali.
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
(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.
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.
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
2017 Jun 19, In northeastern
Nigeria 12 people were killed after suicide bombing attacks by five
female bombers in Kofa, not far from Maiduguri.
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
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.
2017 Jun 19, In southern
Thailand a bomb planted in a dirt road killed six soldiers.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Jun 20, Pakistan's army
says construction will begin soon on a fence across the border with
Afghanistan in order to improve security.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2017 Jun 21, The Ghanaian
Supreme Court ruled that the 2016 transfer of two former Guantanamo
Bay detainees to live in Ghana was unconstitutional.
2017 Jun 21, Iran began
exporting gas to neighboring Iraq through a pipeline straight to
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Jun 21, Syrian government
forces recaptured territory on Damascus' eastern outskirts from
rebels after stepping up attacks in that area.
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.
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
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
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.
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
(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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
2017 Jun 22, The EU began a
two-day summit in Brussels.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2017 Jun 23, Pres. Donald Trump
signed a bill to make it easier to fire Department of Veteran
(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
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.
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.
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
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.
2017 Jun 23, Colombia's FARC
rebels completed their historic disarmament.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
2017 Jun 25, Russian security
forces said they have killed two suspected militants during a gun
battle in the volatile Dagestan region.
2017 Jun 25, The Spanish navy
rescued 229 migrants adrift in two dinghies off the Libyan coast.
Two people were found dead.
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
2017 Jun 26, Mongolians voted
in a presidential election dominated by allegations of graft and
concerns about financial upheaval in the landlocked country.
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.
2017 Jun 26, Federal
authorities in Puerto Rico seized $4 million worth of cocaine and
arrested three people.
2017 Jun 26, Romania's leftist
Social Democratic Party nominated Mihai Tudose (50), a former
economy minister, to be the next prime minister.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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
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
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
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Jun 27, In Ukraine
military intelligence Colonel Maksim Shapoval was killed by a car
bomb in central Kiev.
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.
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).
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
(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
(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.
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.
2017 Jun 28, The European Union
officially extended economic sanctions against Russia by six months
for destabilizing Ukraine.
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.
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.
2017 Jun 28, In India thousands
of people gathered in several cities to protest recent violent
attacks across the country targeting minority Muslims.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2017 Jun 29, Canada said it is
extending its military mission against the Islamic State group in
Iraq for another two years.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
2017 Jun 29, In Venezuela 29
students in Caracas were detained after participating in
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Jun 30, Thai customs
officials they have seized 15 of 42 luxury cars that British
authorities said were stolen and sent to Thailand.
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)
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.
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.
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.