Timeline 2017 July - September
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2017        Jul 1, In Arkansas gunfire rang out inside the Power Ultra Lounge in downtown Little Rock around 2:30 am. Seventeen people were wounded in the nightclub shootup. Police suspected the shooting was gang related.
    (AFP, 7/1/17)(SSFC, 7/2/17, p.A9)
2017        Jul 1, Nevada became the 5th US state to let marijuana shops sell recreational pot.
    (SSFC, 7/2/17, p.C1)
2017        Jul 1, In northern Wisconsin a Cessna airplane crashed near the city of Philips killing all six people aboard.
    (SFC, 7/3/17, p.A4)
2017        Jul 1, In Afghanistan at least 13 militants, including five Islamic State fighters, were killed overnight after Afghan warplanes targeted their hideouts in eastern Paktika, northern Sar-e Pul and Jawzjan provinces.
    (AP, 7/1/17)
2017        Jul 1, Brazilian police in Mato Grosso captured Luiz Carlos da Rocha, a major drug lord known as "White Head," who used plastic surgeries to help him evade authorities for nearly three decades. Police also seized approximately $10 million worth of the drug lord's assets, including planes, properties and luxury cars.
    (AP, 7/2/17)
2017        Jul 1, Thousands of people marched through London protesting over austerity and demanding PM Theresa May's government resign after its disastrous showing in last month's election.
    (AFP, 7/1/17)
2017        Jul 1, In northern Cameroon one civilian was killed and two others injured when four female bombers blew themselves up in Mora, an area regularly targeted by Boko Haram jihadists.
    (AFP, 7/1/17)
2017        Jul 1, Chinese President Xi Jinping swore in Hong Kong's new leader with a stark warning that Beijing won't tolerate any challenge to its authority in the divided city as it marked the 20th anniversary of its return from Britain to China. In the afternoon, tens of thousands gathered in sweltering heat in a sprawling park named after Britain's Queen Victoria, demanding Xi allow universal suffrage.
    (Reuters, 7/1/17)
2017        Jul 1, In Costa Rica a 5-hour power blackout affected some five million people. The power outage plunged millions of people across Central America into darkness, as authorities from Panama to Costa Rica to El Salvador scrambled to restore electrical service. Authorities pinned blame for the power outages on a downed Panamanian transmission line that adversely affected the power supply for much of the region.
    (AFP, 7/1/17)
2017        Jul 1, In Germany the 104th edition of the Tour de France got underway in rainy conditions in Duesseldorf. The three-week Tour concludes in Paris on July 23.
    (AP, 7/1/17)
2017        Jul 1, India launched its biggest ever fiscal reform with the government promising that a new nationwide tax would make the economy stronger and less corrupt. The new goods and services tax (GST) replaces more than a dozen levies imposed nationally and by the 29 states.
    (AFP, 7/1/17)
2017        Jul 1, Indian security forces shot dead Bashir Ahmad, alias Bashir Lashkari, a top Islamist militant during a seven-hour gun battle in Dialgam, in the disputed Kashmir region. He was accused of killing six police officers last month. Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant Azad Malik was also killed as well as a woman caught in the crossfire. A young man was killed and several other people injured during anti-India protests that followed.
    (Reuters, 7/1/17)
2017        Jul 1, Iraqi Interior ministry forces in Mosul recaptured the Ibn Sina Teaching Hospital along with other medical facilities including a blood bank and a clinic.
    (AFP, 7/2/17)
2017        Jul 1, In northwestern Pakistan a health worker, who had been immunizing children against polio, was shot dead as he returned to his base from an outreach campaign.
    (AFP, 7/2/17)
2017        Jul 1, Philippine authorities estimated that around 100 to 120 fighters, some of them as young as 16 years, remain holed up in the commercial district of Marawi, down from around 500 at the beginning of the siege.
    (Reuters, 7/1/17)
2017        Jul 1, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, head of Poland’s ruling party Law and Justice (PiS), said Poland has a moral right to say 'no' to refugees.
    (Reuters, 7/1/17)
2017        Jul 1, Thousands of Singaporeans dressed in pink packed a city park for a gay-rights rally under tight security after the government banned foreign participants. The country’s Pink Dot rally started in 2009.
    (AFP, 7/1/17)
2017        Jul 1, In Somalia a roadside bomb struck a minibus north of Mogadishu late today, killing two people and injuring six others.
    (Reuters, 7/2/17)
2017        Jul 1, In southern Sweden the Bravalla festival in Norrkoping was called off for next year after a rape was reported a day earlier. Swedish police say they so far have 11 cases of sexual abuse and one rape at the July 28-July 1 festival.
    (AP, 7/1/17)
2017        Jul 1, In Turkey militants killed Aydin Ahi, deputy head of the AKP in the Ozalp district of Van province. Turkey blamed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants. An airstrike by the Turkish military killed five PKK militants preparing an attack on an army base in Mardin province. In separate air strikes the army also five PKK fighters in southeast Bingol province and another four militants in the Metina region of northern Iraq.  Another three PKK militants were killed in clashes in the southeastern provinces of Diyarbakir, Hakkari and Sirnak.
    (Reuters, 7/2/17)
2017        Jul 1, Pope Francis replaced Catholicism's top theologian, a conservative German cardinal who has been at odds with the pontiff's vision of a more inclusive Church. Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller (69), who was appointed by former Pope Benedict in 2012, will be succeeded by the department's number two, Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer (73).
    (Reuters, 7/1/17)
2017        Jul 1, The World Health Organization (WHO) said the rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has claimed 1500 lives since April and is suspected of sickening 246,000 people.
    (AP, 7/1/17)
2017        Jul 1, In Yemen two suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in a drone strike while traveling on a motorbike late today.
    (Reuters, 7/2/17)

2017        Jul 2, Texas authorities said they have found the bodies of a man and a girl inside a Dallas home. Shavon Randall (13) was abducted June 28 in Lancaster. Agents a day earlier arrested Devontae Owens (24) and Laquon Wilkerson (30) and charged them with aggravated kidnapping.
    (SFC, 7/3/17, p.A4)
2017        Jul 2, Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, became the first city to be exempt from a US ban on laptop computers being in airplane cabins.
    (AP, 7/2/17)
2017        Jul 2, In Afghanistan Taliban insurgents ambushed a local militia group in northern Balkh province, killing 13 pro-government fighters. Taliban insurgents launched attacks on the city of Kunduz from two different directions in the country's northeast.
    (AP, 7/2/17)
2017        Jul 2, Australian former schoolteacher Jeff Horn (29) stunned world champion Manny Pacquiao (38) of the Philippines to win the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown with a controversial unanimous points decision in Brisbane.
    (AFP, 7/2/17)
2017        Jul 2, Britain’s government announced it will trigger the two-year process of leaving the London Fisheries Convention, which allows vessels from France, Belgium, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands to fish between six and 12 nautical miles off the UK coastline.
    (AP, 7/2/17)
2017        Jul 2, In southwest China at least eight people died and another 35 were injured in a natural gas pipeline explosion in Guizhou Province.
    (Reuters, 7/2/17)
2017        Jul 2, A Chinese rocket launch failed this evening due to abnormality during the flight following what appeared to be a successful liftoff of the Long March-5 Y2.
    (AP, 7/2/17)
2017        Jul 2, An Egyptian court sentenced 20 people to death for their part in the August 2013 massacre of more than a dozen policemen in Kerdassah, a village west of Cairo.  The court also sentenced 80 to life imprisonment, 34 to 15 years in prison, and a minor to 10 years. 20 were acquitted, while four others were referred back to prosecutors.
    (AP, 7/2/17)
2017        Jul 2, In Germany some 4,000 people took part in the first major protest in Hamburg before the July 7-8 Group of 20 meeting.
    (AP, 7/2/17)
2017        Jul 2, In western Ghana an illegal goldmine collapsed, trapping at least 17 miners underground in Prestea-Nsuta.
    (AFP, 7/4/17)
2017        Jul 2, In Indonesia a helicopter carrying crashed while on the way to help with evacuations near a volcano that erupted on the main island of Java. All eight people aboard were killed.
    (AP, 7/2/17)(SFC, 7/3/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 2, Iraqi forces said hundreds of civilians were fleeing Mosul as airstrikes pound the last pockets of territory held by the Islamic State group. In Anbar province a suicide bomber dressed in a woman's all-covering robe killed 14 people this evening.
    (AP, 7/2/17)(AP, 7/3/17)
2017        Jul 2, Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert (71) left prison after winning early release from a parole board, capping an ignominious chapter of Israeli history that transformed the once-powerful leader into the first premier ever to be placed behind bars.
    (AP, 7/2/17)
2017        Jul 2, Israeli authorities re-arrested Khalida Jarrar (54), a prominent Palestinian lawmaker, in an overnight raid in the Ramallah area over her leadership in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which Israel considers a terrorist organization.
    (AFP, 7/2/17)
2017        Jul 2, Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party suffered an historic defeat in an election in Tokyo. Populist Gov. Yuriko Koike's Tomin First no Kai (Tokyoites First party) won a thumping victory over the scandal-laden ruling party in a closely watched assembly election that could alter national politics.
    (Reuters, 7/2/17)(AP, 7/2/17)
2017        Jul 2, In Lebanon a fire broke out in a Syrian refugee settlement in the Bekaa Valley, killing at least one person. The fire burned down over 100 tents near Qab Elias.
    (AP, 7/2/17)
2017        Jul 2, In Mali French Pres. Emmanuel Macron met with leaders from the five regional countries. He said France will provide military support for operations as well as 70 tactical vehicles and communications, operations and protective equipment to support a new multinational military force against extremists in the vast Sahel region.
    (AP, 7/2/17)
2017        Jul 2, In Russia fourteen people died, two of them children, were killed when a long-haul passenger bus collided with a truck 900 km (550 miles) east of Moscow. In southern Russia a passenger car span out of control and collided with a tree and a parked vehicle, killing five people inside.
    (AFP, 7/2/17)
2017        Jul 2, Sudanese doctors and aid workers urged the government to declare a state of emergency over a cholera outbreak and delay the start of the school year, which began today, although authorities say the situation is under control. Some 22,000 cases of acute watery diarrhea have led to at least 700 fatalities since May 20.
    (AP, 7/2/17)
2017        Jul 2, In Syria a suicide car bomb killed 20 people and wounded dozens more in a rare attack in the heart of Damascus. Authorities said they foiled a wider assault by intercepting two other explosives-laden vehicles.
    (AP, 7/2/17)(Reuters, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 2, Turkish police chased away a small group of transgender activist who tried to march to Istanbul’s main square despite an official ban on the event. Seven people were detained.
    (SFC, 7/3/17, p.A2)

2017        Jul 3, In California Danny Pham (27) was found dead at the Orange County Central Jail Complex while serving 180 days for car theft. He was reportedly killed by a cellmate who was in jail on two murder charges.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ybpewluq)(SFC, 7/24/17, p.A5)
2017        Jul 3, Oregon enacted a rule change allowing people who do not identify with their gender to instead mark “X" on their driver’s licenses of state ID cards.
    (SFC, 8/12/17, p.A6)
2017        Jul 3, In Afghanistan an American soldier (19) died in Helmand province from wounds received in an attack.
    (Reuters, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 3, Arab nations isolating Qatar extended a deadline for the energy rich country to respond to their demands by another 48 hours, allowing its top diplomat to carry a handwritten response to Kuwait's ruler in an effort to end the diplomatic crisis.
    (AP, 7/3/17)
2017        Jul 3, In Bangladesh a boiler explosion late today at a garment plant near the city of Dhaka killed 10 people and injured dozens, the latest industrial tragedy to hit one of the world's biggest garment producers.
    (Reuters, 7/4/17)
2017        Jul 3, In Belarus about 100 people protested, calling for the former Soviet republic to reduce its military dependence on Russia and seek closer ties with Europe.
    (AP, 7/3/17)
2017        Jul 3, In Bahrain female rights activist Ebtisam al-Sayegh (48) was taken into custody by masked, armed police shortly before midnight. Al-Sayegh has alleged that she was tortured and sexually assaulted during a previous detention in May.
    (AP, 7/4/17)
2017        Jul 3, In Brazil the billionaire Batista family's 10.3 billion-real ($3.1 billion) leniency deal sparked anger over what many saw as lax penalties and a lack of transparency. Many Brazilians questioned Prosecutor-General Rodrigo Janot's plea deal by which he decided not to jail brothers Joesley and Wesley Batista - who admitted to bribing nearly 2,000 politicians.
    (Reuters, 7/4/17)
2017        Jul 3,  British authorities said they have seized 79 handguns at a border check on the French side of the Channel Tunnel in the largest such haul on record.
    (Reuters, 7/3/17)
2017        Jul 3, In Congo DRC Banro Corp said fighting between the Congolese army and a local militia in the east has forced its Namoya gold mine to suspend all operations and temporarily evacuate its staff. Ten militiamen and two army soldiers have in fighting over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 7/3/17)
2017        Jul 3, Djibouti said it has asked the African Union to deploy observers along its disputed border with Eritrea after Qatar withdrew its peace-keeping troops on June 14.
    (Reuters, 7/3/17)
2017        Jul 3, In Ethiopia Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe handed over $1 million (880,000 euros) at the start of the AU's bi-annual summit in Addis Ababa, after auctioning off 300 of his own cattle, as well as those belonging to some of his supporters to help make the AU self-supporting.
    (AFP, 7/2/17)
2017        Jul 3, The European Union urged Myanmar to protect journalists from "intimidation, arrest or prosecution" after several cases of reporters running into trouble with the law, including three detained by the army last week.
    (Reuters, 7/3/17)
2017        Jul 3, French energy giant Total signed a $4.9 billion agreement to develop an Iranian offshore gas field, in the biggest foreign deal since sanctions on Iran were eased.
    (AFP, 7/3/17)
2017        Jul 3, France, Germany and the European Union pledged more money for Libya's coast guard and more support for Italy to cope with a surge of migrant arrivals from Africa.
    (AP, 7/3/17)
2017        Jul 3, In Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives promised more police, more homes and full employment within eight years when they presented their program for an election in which she will seek a fourth term in office.
    (Reuters, 7/3/17)
2017        Jul 3, In Germany eighteen people were killed when a tour bus carrying mostly pensioners smashed into a trailer truck and burst into flames on the A9 motorway near the small Bavarian town of Stammbach.
    (AFP, 7/3/17)
2017        Jul 3, Iranians opened a "Trumpism" cartoon contest in which hundreds of participants were invited to submit artwork mocking the US leader. Hadi Asadi won first prize and a $1,500 award. His cartoon shows Trump wearing a jacket made of dollar notes while drooling on books, a reference to cultural material. "I wanted to show Trump while trampling symbols of culture," said Asadi.
    (AP, 7/3/17)
2017        Jul 3, In Iraq Islamic State fighters battled to hold on to the last few streets under their control in the Old City of Mosul, making a doomed last stand in their former Iraqi stronghold. Seven female suicide bombers blew themselves up in Mosul. At least one Iraqi soldier was killed in two separate suicide attacks.
    (Reuters, 7/3/17)(AP, 7/3/17)(SFC, 7/4/17, p.A3)
2017        Jul 3, In central Mexico nine people were killed in a series of shootings involving disputes between suspected fuel thieves in Puebla state.
    (AP, 7/4/17)
2017        Jul 3, Mexican artist Luis Cuevas (b.1934) died in Mexico City. He had worked mainly in ink drawings depicting the wretched of the earth in an unblinking expressionist manner.
    (SSFC, 7/9/17, p.C11)
2017        Jul 3, In the Philippines a Senate committee said it will investigate police actions after a Reuters report detailed how officers have used hospitals to cover up executions in President Rodrigo Duterte's year-old war on drugs.
    (Reuters, 7/3/17)
2017        Jul 3, The Syrian army unilaterally announced a halt to fighting in the country's south that would coincide with a new round of peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana.
    (AFP, 7/3/17)
2017        Jul 3, Thailand immigration officials said tens of thousands of migrant workers, most of them from Myanmar, have fled from Thailand in fear after new labor regulations adopted by the military government. About 60,000 workers left between June 23 and June 28, and the number has risen since.
    (Reuters, 7/3/17)
2017        Jul 3, Ukraine said it is investigating the country’s M.E. Doc software company, accused of being patient zero in the June 28 global cyberepidemic. The company’s eponymous software is widely used by businesses across the country.
    (SFC, 7/4/17, p.A2)

2017        Jul 4, In NYC Joey Chestnut ate a record 72 hotdogs for his 10th title at the annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island.
    (SFC, 7/5/17, p.A10)
2017        Jul 4, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a deal to end the state’s budget impasse that has shuttered state parks and beaches for three days.
    (SFC, 7/5/17, p.A5)
2017        Jul 4, An Azeri woman and a child were reportedly killed and another civilian wounded from shelling by Armenian-backed rebels near the boundary with the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region.
    (Reuters, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 4, China said it would allow medical experts from the United States and Germany to help treat dissident Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo (61) for late-stage liver cancer, in a softening of its stance ahead of this week's G20 summit in Germany.
    (Reuters, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 4, China's Ministry of Civil Affairs said at least 56 people have been killed and another 22 reported missing as heavy rains continue to pummel southern China, flooding towns, cutting off power and halting traffic.
    (AP, 7/4/17)
2017        Jul 4, Egypt's parliament approved President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's decision to extend a nationwide state of emergency for an additional three months. A police officer and two conscripts were killed by a roadside bomb in the Sinai.
    (Reuters, 7/4/17)
2017        Jul 4, EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker called European lawmakers "ridiculous" for failing to turn up to an address by Malta's PM Joseph Muscat, saying they should show more respect for smaller members of the bloc. Malta had has just completed a stint running the bloc's presidency.
    (Reuters, 7/4/17)
2017        Jul 4, German car giant Volkswagen said it was returning to the Iranian market for the first time in 17 years due to the lifting of economic sanctions.
    (AFP, 7/4/17)
2017        Jul 4, Hong Kong customs officials seized more than $9 million worth of ivory in a shipment from Malaysia that had been labeled as frozen fish. Three people at a trading company in Hong Kong were arrested in connection with the shipment.
    (AP, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 4, India’s PM Narendra Modi arrived in Israel for the first ever visit by an Indian premier, amid growing ties between the two countries including billions of dollars in defence deals.
    (AFP, 7/4/17)
2017        Jul 4, In Lebanon a fire caused by an electrical malfunction killed a girl at a Syrian refugee camp in the Bekaa Valley overnight, in the second lethal blaze in a camp in the area in three days.
    (Reuters, 7/4/17)
2017        Jul 4, In Libya five people including at least one child were killed late today when a shell landed on a beach near Mitiga airport in Tripoli.
    (Reuters, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 4, In Myanmar one Rohingya Muslim man was killed and six wounded when they were attacked by a mob of Rakhine Buddhists in Sittwe, the capital of troubled northwestern Rakhine state. More than a dozen masked men abducted Abdu Sulwon. His body was found in a ravine near his village on July 15. Officials later said Rohingya insurgents are behind this and a slew of killings in the area that has been racked by violence in recent months.
    (Reuters, 7/4/17)(Reuters, 7/20/17)
2017        Jul 4, North Korea claimed it successfully test-launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile, a potential game-changing development in what may be the world's most dangerous nuclear standoff. The missile reached an altitude of 1,500 miles and covered about 580 miles.
    (AP, 7/4/17)(SFC, 7/5/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 4, It was reported that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has dismissed more than 6,000 of his employees in the Gaza Strip, in a new move aimed at pressuring the territory's Hamas rulers.
    (AP, 7/4/17)
2017        Jul 4, The Philippine Supreme Court upheld the president's declaration of martial law in the south in a legal boost to a military offensive that the defense chief said may soon succeed in quelling an uprising by Islamic State group-linked militants.
    (AP, 7/4/17)
2017        Jul 4, Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) said it expects the in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronics on direct flights to the United States to be lifted by July 19.
    (Reuters, 7/4/17)
2017        Jul 4, In Saudi Arabia a rocket-propelled grenade attack in al-Musawara, the old part of al-Awamiya, killed a soldier and wounded three others. Saudi authorities have been bulldozing al-Musawara to make way for a new project.
    (Reuters, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 4, Spain's maritime rescue service said it has rescued three migrants from a deflated rubber boat that is believed to have set sail from Morocco with 52 people aboard.
    (AP, 7/4/17)
2017        Jul 4, Sri Lanka’s government deployed 400 soldiers and police to clear away potential mosquito breeding grounds in the wake of a dengue outbreak that has killed 225 people this year.
    (SFC, 7/5/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 4, In Syria the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) waged fierce battles with Islamic State militants in the Old City of Raqqa after the US-led coalition opened two small openings in its historic walls.
    (Reuters, 7/4/17)
2017        Jul 4, Tanzanian authorities ordered the detention of Halima Mdee, a female lawmaker from the main opposition CHADEMA party, for insulting President John Magufuli, days after the president ordered officials to take action against 'incitement'.
    (Reuters, 7/4/17)
2017        Jul 4, Thailand's junta delayed parts of a new labor law aimed at regulating the foreign workforce after the decree sparked panic and prompted more than 60,000 foreign workers to flee from the country.
    (Reuters, 7/4/17)
2017        Jul 4, Turkish Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said the United States is set to lift a ban on carrying large electronic devices, such as laptops, in the cabin of US-bound flights from Turkey's main international airport.
    (AFP, 7/4/17)
2017        Jul 4, In Vietnam officials in the traffic-choked capital of Hanoi vowed to banish motorbikes by 2030 to ease environment and congestion woes, a decision that swiftly divided a city where two-wheelers are the main means of transportation.
    (AFP, 7/4/17)
2017        Jul 4, In Zambia a fire gutted part of the biggest market in Lusaka in what the government suspected was an act of arson as tensions rise following the April 11 arrest of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema.
    (Reuters, 7/4/17)

2017        Jul 5, US President Donald Trump denounced China's trade with North Korea and cast doubt on whether Beijing is working with Washington to counter the North Korean nuclear threat.
    (Reuters, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 5, In NYC police Officer Miosotis Familia (48) was shot and killed inside a mobile command post in the Bronx by ex-convict Alexander Bonds (34). Police said Bonds was soon gunned down after pulling a revolver.
    (SFC, 7/6/17, p.A6)
2017        Jul 5, In South Carolina the Post and Courier of Charleston reported that Eugen Wright (49) has sued the city’s police department and four officers for a shoddy investigation that put him in jail for 25 months on charges that he had thrown his daughter (1) to the floor in 2014 killing her. A cell phone proved his alibi and the child’s babysitter was now charged with the crime.
    (SFC, 7/6/17, p.A5)
2017        Jul 5, Airbus said it has won a major order from China of 140 planes for $22.8 billion, during a visit by President Xi Jinping to Berlin.
    (AP, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 5, Britain's foreign secretary backed a decision by UK courts to refuse to allow 11-month-old Charlie Garda, a terminally ill child, to travel abroad for treatment for a rare genetic condition. A succession of judges has backed specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London who say the treatment won't help Charlie and may cause him to suffer.
    (AP, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 5, Worldpay, Britain's largest payment processing company, said it has agreed to a 7.7 billion pound ($9.9 billion) get taken over by US rival Vantiv.
    (AP, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 5, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported that work has begun on a second $47 billion, 1,060 mile railway line to Tibet.
    (SFC, 7/6/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 5, Croatia rejected a European Commission call for the implementation of an international arbitration ruling in a longstanding border dispute with Slovenia that has caused tensions between the EU neighbors.
    (AP, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 5, In Egypt a "terrorist" opened fire on a toll booth south of Cairo, killing two retired officers and an active duty soldier.
    (AP, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 5, Egyptian police detained scores of Uighur students, including 20 from Cairo's Al-Azhar University who were stopped in the city of Alexandria on their way out of the country late today and told they would be deported to China. An activist said overseas groups had managed to move 60 Uighur students out of Egypt to safety in Turkey this week but 20 were held while trying to fly to Dubai.
    (AP, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 5, The European Parliament overwhelmingly approved a first-ever cooperation deal between the EU and Cuba, despite lingering concerns about human rights violations in the communist-ruled country.
    (AFP, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 5, The EU said it has agreed "in principle" on a free trade deal with Japan that will affect an overwhelming majority of commerce between the two economic giants and will be officially endorsed at a summit of their leaders July 6.
    (AP, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 5, In Germany China’s President Xi Jinping and Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to work together more closely on a range of issues, two days ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg.
    (Reuters, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 5, Indian authorities said heavy rains since the start of the monsoon season have triggered floods and landslides in parts of the remote northeastern region, causing at least 20 deaths in Assam state.
    (AP, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 5, In Indonesia a Pilatus Porter PC-6 from PT Associated Mission Aviation went missing on a short flight from Wamena. Five people aboard a plane were killed.
    (AP, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 5, A senior Iraqi commander said some 300 Islamic State fighters remained in a small patch of territory still controlled by the group in Mosul’s Old City.
    (SFC, 7/6/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 5, Israel and India signed several agreements on cooperation in the fields of technology, water and agriculture on the second day of a landmark visit by the Indian PM Narendra Modi to the Jewish state.
    (AP, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 5, Italian Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said the government is taking control of bank Monte dei Paschi under a relaunch plan agreed by European officials that includes the disposal of a massive 28.6 billion euros ($32.5 billion) in bad loans.
    (AP, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 5, Italian authorities arrested Eli Bombataliev (38) of Chechnya on terror charges. He was accused of fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria and participating in a deadly attack on foreign and Russian journalists in Chechnya.
    (AP, 7/8/17)
2017        Jul 5, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK said heavy rain and overflowing rivers have forced the evacuation of almost 400,000 people in southern Japan.
    (Reuters, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 5, In Kenya Somali al Shabaab militants killed three police officers during a raid on the northeastern town of Pandanguo that sparked a day-long gunbattle. Several militants were reported killed.
    (Reuters, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 5, In northern Mexico a gunfight between the La Linea gang and a faction of the Sinaloa cartel left at least 26 people dead in Las Varas, Chihuahua state.
    (SFC, 7/6/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 5, Niger soldiers killed 14 unarmed civilians after mistaking them for Boko Haram militants during a patrol in the southeast around Abadam village.
    (Reuters, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 5, Philippine security forces arrested Monaliza Romato, alias Monay, the main financier and logistics supporter of the pro-Islamic State militants who have for weeks been battling government troops for control of a southern town.
    (Reuters, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 5, The head of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said that Turkish military deployments near Kurdish-held areas of northwestern Syria amounted to "a declaration of war", signaling the risk of a major confrontation.
    (Reuters, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 5, In South Africa thieves broke into the headquarters of the elite 'Hawks' police unit in Pretoria, making off with hard drives and other computer equipment.
    (Reuters, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 5, In South Africa a fire broke out in a building in downtown Johannesburg in which squatters were living illegally, killing seven people.
    (AP, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 5, In Syria Russian strategic bombers struck the Islamic State group with cruise missiles along the boundary between Hama and Homs provinces. A two-day round of Syria cease-fire talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, ended without conclusive results.
    (AP, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 5, Turkish police detained six suspected members of the Islamic State extremist group planning a bomb attack on an opposition protest march.
    (AFP, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 5, Turkish and Emirates Airlines said the United States has lifted the in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronic devices on US-bound flights from Dubai and Istanbul.
    (Reuters, 7/5/17)

2017        Jul 6, US President Donald Trump arrived in Warsaw and pledged his backing for NATO at the start of a high-stakes visit to Europe. Around 10,000 people turned out to see him, many arriving on free buses laid on by Poland's conservative ruling party.
    (AFP, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 6, US authorities accused Giovanni Pamio (60), a former Audi executive, of giving the orders to program diesel engines to cheat on emissions tests. He became the eighth former Volkswagen employee charged in the case that is being investigated by the FBI and the Environmental Protection Agency's criminal unit.
    (AP, 7/7/17)
2017        Jul 6, In Georgia four children and their father were found stabbed to death in a home in Loganville outside Atlanta. A 5th girl (9) survived and was hospitalized. Police charged the mother Isabel Martinez with five counts of murder and six counts of aggravated assault.
    (SFC, 7/7/17, p.A4)(SFC, 7/8/17, p.A5)
2017        Jul 6, The Illinois House voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of a budget package, giving the state its first spending blueprint in more than two years.
    (SFC, 7/7/17, p.A4)
2017        Jul 6, In New Jersey fans of the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort took home pieces of the the former casino, built at a cost of $1.2 billion, before it is gutted to make way for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Hard Rock bought the shuttered casino for $50 million last March.
    (SFC, 7/7/17, p.A4)
2017        Jul 6, Federal prosecutors said Oklahoma-based craft store chain Hobby Lobby has agreed to pay a $3 million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi religious artifacts smuggled from the Middle East.
    (SFC, 7/7/17, p.A7)
2017        Jul 6, Virginia executed William Morva (35). He had killed a security guard and sheriff’s deputy after escaping from custody in 2006.
    (SFC, 7/7/17, p.A4)
2017        Jul 6, Physicists at the Large Hadron Collider beneath the Swiss-French border, announced the fleeting discovery of a long theorized but never-before-seen type of baryon called Xi cc.
    (AP, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 6, In Central African Republic more than 78 people were killed after a truck overturned in an accident in the city of Bambari. The victims were mostly traders who piled into the truck to go to the weekly market in Maloum.
    (AP, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 6, Egypt raised electricity prices by more than 40 percent, its latest move on the road to lifting all subsidies and complying with demands by the International Monetary Fund for a $12 billion bailout loan. The rise came a week after the government raised gasoline prices by up to 55 percent and doubled the price of the household staple butane canisters, used for cooking.
    (AP, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 6, The European Parliament called for Turkey's European Union accession talks to be suspended if Ankara fully implements plans to expand President Tayyip Erdogan's powers, in a vote which Turkey dismissed as flawed and wrong.
    (Reuters, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 6, French Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot said France aims to end the sale of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040 and become carbon neutral 10 years later.
    (Reuters, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 6, French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot said France will take measures to restrict the use of palm oil in the production of biofuels with the aim of reducing indirect deforestation.
    (Reuters, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 6, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said France is confiscating weapons from roughly 100 people on a watchlist of potential Islamist militants, two weeks after state prosecutors said an assailant inspired by Islamic State had been a gun-club member.
    (Reuters, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 6, In Germany thousands of protesters from around Europe poured into the port city of Hamburg to join anti-capitalist demonstrations for the July 7-8 G20 summit. Hamburg reminded residents and visitors over Twitter that during the Group of 20 summit all recreational aircraft will be banned from flying.
    (Reuters, 7/6/17)(AP, 7/6/17)   
2017        Jul 6, Iraqi commanders said female Islamic State militants are firing on their forces and using children as human shields as the extremist group defends its last sliver of Mosul's Old City.
    (AP, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 6, Iraq's Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani said that there was no turning back on a bid to achieve an independent Kurdish state, but he would pursue it through dialogue with Baghdad and regional powers to avoid conflict.
    (Reuters, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 6, In Japan torrential rains battered the southwest for a second day, killing three people, with 100,000 ordered to evacuate their homes and while thousands of rescuers, some in helicopters, searched for survivors.
    (Reuters, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 6, In Malawi a crowd stampeded at the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe during independence day celebrations, killing eight people and injuring more than 40 others, most of them children.
    (AP, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 6, In Mexico fighting between rival gangs in a prison in Acapulco left 28 inmates dead.
    (SFC, 7/7/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 6, In Pakistan gunmen shot and killed Malik Naveed (38), a regional political party leader, and his guard in Quetta, Baluchistan province. Naveed was one of the leaders of the opposition Baluchistan National Party.
    (Reuters, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 6, In the central Philippines a magnitude 6.5 shallow earthquake left at least two people dead and injured more than 100, including several in a collapsed building where others were trapped in Kananga town, Leyte province.
    (AP, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 6, Qatar Airways said passengers traveling to the United States can now carry their laptops and other large electronics on board, ending a three month in-cabin ban on devices for the Doha-based airline.
    (Reuters, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 6, Russian investigators raided the Moscow election headquarters of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and police entered a warehouse, where activists said they confiscated pre-election pamphlets.
    (Reuters, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 6, In Russia a Moscow court sentenced Vladimir Anikeyev on a conviction of hacking the accounts of several prominent Russians, including the spokeswoman for PM Dmitry Medvedev. He was arrested last November, but the arrest became known only after Russian news media reported that two officials of the Federal Security Service's cybercrime unit had been arrested on treason charges.
    (AP, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 6, In eastern Saudi Arabia a special forces officer was killed and three others injured while on duty in al-Awamiya, al-Qatif province.
    (Reuters, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 6, In Syria a suicide bomber in Hama killed two people and injured nine others, in the second such attack in a government-held city this week.
    (Reuters, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 6, The UN Security Council added the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, to a list of organizations and individuals subject to freezing of assets, a travel ban and an arms embargo.
    (AP, 7/7/17)
2017        Jul 6, Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu said he has invoked emergency powers for seven days to deal with "acts of sabotage" by the opposition, after fire gutted the country's biggest market.
    (Reuters, 7/6/17)

2017        Jul 7, President Donald Trump, on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, said the United States is making very good progress on trade issues with Mexico, after a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, but he also repeated a pledge to make the southern neighbor pay for a border wall
    (Reuters, 7/7/17)
2017        Jul 7, In Georgia, police shot and killed Brian Easley (33), said to be homeless Marine Corps veteran inside a bank in Marietta following an hours-long standoff. Easley had claimed to have a bomb.
    (SFC, 7/8/17, p.A5)
2017        Jul 7, In Pennsylvania three young men went missing in suburban Philadelphia. A 4th had gone missing two days earlier. Links between the men were being investigated.
    (SFC, 7/11/17, p.A6)
2017        Jul 7, In Virginia Kevin Mallory (60), a former covert CIA case officer, was ordered held without bond after being caught earlier this year with $16,500 in undeclared cash on a flight from Shanghai. He was charged with violating the Espionage Act.
    (SFC, 7/10/17, p.A4)
2017        Jul 7, Western Canada's British Columbia declared its first state of emergency in 14 years late today as dozens of wildfires spread throughout the rural interior of the province, forcing thousands to evacuate their homes. CBS News said 138 new fires were started in the province.
    (Reuters, 7/8/17)
2017        Jul 7, In Egypt Islamic militants launched their latest attack on the military, unleashing a suicide car bomb and machine gun fire on two checkpoints in northeastern Sinai that killed at least 23 security troops. Family members said three Egyptians who worked at a building site in the Western Desert were killed earlier this week by an airstrike from a military aircraft in what appears to have been an accident.
    (AP, 7/7/17)(AP, 7/8/17)
2017        Jul 7, In Egypt Capt. Ibrahim Azazi was gunned down while heading to a mosque in the Nile Delta province of Qalyoubiya, part of Greater Cairo. The Hasm militant group claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 7/8/17)
2017        Jul 7, Paris police moved out nearly 2,771 migrants who had been living rough in the north of the city, in the latest operation to ease strains caused by a human influx to Europe. They were taken mainly to school gymnasiums that have become available during the summer holidays.
    (AFP, 7/7/17)
2017        Jul 7, In Germany far-left protesters wrought chaos in Hamburg ahead of US President Donald Trump's first face-to-face talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin at a G20 summit facing divisions among Western nations and tensions over North Korea.
    (AFP, 7/7/17)
2017        Jul 7, German prosecutors said they have arrested a former employee of the Volkswagen unit Audi in connection with the company's diesel scandal.
    (AP, 7/7/17)
2017        Jul 7, In Greece Bakari Henderson of Austin, Texas, was killed early today on the island of Zakynthos following a fight at a bar in the rowdy tourist district of Lagana.
    (AP, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 7, In India Tashi Bhutia (31), a supporter of Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), was killed during a protest. Violence followed and two people were killed in the protests over    Bhutia’s killing.
    (Reuters, 7/9/17)
2017        Jul 7, In Iraq Islamic State militants attacked the village of Imam Gharbi south of Mosul, killing several people including two journalists. A major Islamic State group counterattack along the northern edge of Mosul's Old City neighborhood pushed Iraqi Army forces back some 75 meters (82 yards) and threatened recent gains in other Old City fronts.
    (Reuters, 7/7/17)(AP, 7/7/17)
2017        Jul 7, Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, the head of the ruling Democratic Party, said Italy should allow only a "fixed number" of migrants into the country as it grapples with a wave of people arriving by sea from North Africa.
    (AFP, 7/7/17)
2017        Jul 7, In Italy part of a four-storey apartment block in Torre Annunziata, near the port city of Naples, collapsed. Over the next 24 hours eight bodies were pulled from the rubble.
    (Reuters, 7/7/17)(AP, 7/8/17)
2017        Jul 7, Japanese rescuers searched for victims of freak rains that have killed at least 11 people and left hundreds cut off from the outside world by landslides. Public broadcaster NHK said 14 people were still unaccounted for.
    (Reuters, 7/7/17)
2017        Jul 7, Mongolia held its runoff presidential election. Voter data the next day from the General Election Commission said Khaltmaa Battulga, populist former martial arts star and businessman, won the presidential run-off election with 50.6% of the vote.
    (Reuters, 7/8/17)
2017        Jul 7, A spokesman for Pakistan's oil and gas regulatory body said the agency has ordered a local subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell to pay about 250 million rupees ($2.4 million) in compensation and damages for the June 25 fuel truck fire that killed 215 people.
    (AP, 7/7/17)
2017        Jul 7, Russian President Vladimir Putin told US President Donald Trump that Moscow had not meddled in the US elections, and Trump accepted it, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Trump and Putin engaged in a conversation during a G20 dinner.
    (Reuters, 7/8/17)(SFC, 7/19/17, p.A4)
2017        Jul 7, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was released from jail after serving 25 days for organizing a wave of protests.
    (AP, 7/7/17)
2017        Jul 7, In Spain Two Americans and a Spaniard were gored during the first running of the bulls of this year's San Fermin festival at Pamplona.
    (AP, 7/7/17)
2017        Jul 7, In Sweden three men with ties to the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement were sentenced to up to eight and a half years in prison for bomb attacks in western Sweden over the past year.
    (Reuters, 7/7/17)
2017        Jul 7, Syrian government forces carried out heavy bombardment of a rebel-held district on the eastern edge of Damascus in support of advancing troops. At least 11 regime fighters and 19 rebels have been killed in Ain Terma and Jobar since the army began escalating operations there on June 20.
    (AFP, 7/7/17)
2017        Jul 7, A separate truce for southern Syria, effective as of July 9, was brokered by the US and Russia. It was meant to help allay growing concerns by neighboring Jordan and Israel about Iranian military ambitions in the area.
    (AP, 7/8/17)
2017        Jul 7, In Syria Islamic State militants fought to repel the advance of US-backed Syrian forces, days after they inched closer to the heart of the extremist group's de facto capital of Raqqa.
    (AP, 7/7/17)
2017        Jul 7, Turkey's main opposition leader said his three-week "justice march" from Ankara to Istanbul had helped Turks "cast off a shirt of fear" under emergency rule, and vowed to stiffen his party's challenge to the government once the protest ends.
    (Reuters, 7/7/17)
2017        Jul 7, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency said police detained overnight 29 suspected Islamic State militants in Istanbul, 22 of them foreign nationals, believed to be preparing to travel to Syria.
    (Reuters, 7/7/17)
2017        Jul 7, At the UN 122 nations approved a treaty to outlaw nuclear weapons. The meeting was boycotted by all NATO members, except the Netherlands and all nine nuclear-armed nations. The Netherlands was opposed and Singapore abstained.
    (SFC, 7/8/17, p.A4)
2017        Jul 7, A week of UN-mediated talks in the Swiss Alps to end the partition of Cyprus collapsed in acrimony, throwing the prospect of any reunification between Greek and Turkish Cypriots into disarray.
    (Reuters, 7/7/17)
2017        Jul 7, UNESCO, the UN cultural agency, described Hebron's Old City as a "Palestinian heritage site," prompting a walkout by Israel's ambassador to the organization.
    (AP, 7/7/17)
2017        Jul 7, In Vietnam the mother of Tran Hoang Phuc (23) said she was informed last week that her son was arrested in Hanoi for storing material and using the internet to spread propaganda videos against the government.
    (Reuters, 7/7/17)

2017        Jul 8, US President Donald Trump promised $639 million in funding for humanitarian programs, including $331 million to help feed starving people in four famine-hit countries - Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen. Trump's pledge came during a working session of the G20 summit of world leaders in Hamburg.
    (AP, 7/8/17)
2017        Jul 8, The World Bank launched a public-private loan program, conceived by Ivanka Trump, to support women entrepreneurs in developing countries. Initial funding of $325 million for the project included large donations from Germany, the United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
    (Reuters, 7/8/17)(SSFC, 7/9/17, p.A4)
2017        Jul 8, A federal judge in San Francisco gave preliminary approval for a $142 million settlement by Wells Fargo in a class-action fraud suit over unauthorized accounts.
    (SFC, 7/10/17, p.A4)
2017        Jul 8, In Hawaii Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang was arrested after he pledged loyalty to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. A court appointed defense attorney later said Kang may be suffering from service-related mental health issues.
    (SFC, 7/12/17, p.A5)
2017        Jul 8, In Ohio two men opened fire on a party in Colerain Township where a pregnant woman was to reveal her child’s gender. One woman was killed and eight people wounded. One pregnant woman said she lost her baby after being shot in the leg, but police later reported that she was not pregnant.
    (SFC, 7/10/17, p.A4)(SFC, 7/18/17, p.A5)
2017        Jul 8, In South Dakota four children and an adult were killed in a traffic crash on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
    (SFC, 7/11/17, p.A6)
2017        Jul 8, In San Antonio, Texas, Jorge Gonzalez found his son Isaiah (15) hanging from the closet. A propped up cell phone next to him had broadcast the suicide, believed to be tied to an online spectacle known as the Blue Whale Challenge. On July 10 CNN reported that a girl (16) in Atlanta had also taken her life while participating in the challenge.
    (SFC, 7/12/17, p.A11)
2017        Jul 8, Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed to US President Donald Trump China's adherence to resolving the North Korean nuclear issue via talks according to state news agency Xinhua.
    (Reuters, 7/9/17)
2017        Jul 8, Egyptian state news said security forces have killed two men, members of a newly emerged militant group called Hasm, in an exchange of gunfire in Giza.
    (Reuters, 7/8/17)
2017        Jul 8, In Egypt an explosive device struck a police vehicle late today in the northern Sinai town of al-Arish, killing two conscripts and wounding nine others.
    (AP, 7/9/17)
2017        Jul 8, Eritrean officials claimed "victory" after the UN cultural agency unanimously decided to put the African nation's capital city of Asmara on the UNESCO World Heritage list — the result of years of lobbying by one of the world's most reclusive governments.
    (AP, 7/8/17)
2017        Jul 8, In Germany a final statement agreed by the leaders of the Group of 20 economic powers exposed a divide between the United States and other G20 members on the Paris climate accord aimed at combating climate change. The leaders of the other G20 members stated that the Paris Agreement is irreversible.
    (Reuters, 7/8/17)
2017        Jul 8, In Germany anti-globalization activists rioted violently for a second night as Hamburg hosted G20 leaders, setting up street barricades, looting supermarkets and attacking police with slingshots and firebombs.
    (AP, 7/8/17)
2017        Jul 8, Iraqi military commanders said they would take full control of the city from the insurgents at any moment. Islamic State militants vowed to “fight to the death".
    (AP, 7/8/17)
2017        Jul 8, In southwestern Japan the death toll from several days of freak weather rose to 16 as rescue crews took advantage of a break in the weather on Saturday to search for survivors. At least 14 others remained missing.
    (Reuters, 7/8/17)(SSFC, 7/9/17, p.A4)
2017        Jul 8, In Kashmir seven people were killed in cross-border shelling by both Pakistan and India as hundreds of militants and political activists took to the streets in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir to commemorate the death of Burhan Wani.
    (Reuters, 7/8/17)
2017        Jul 8, In Kenya at least nine people were shot and hacked to death in coastal Lamu County early today. Police sources said Shabaab militants were believed to be behind the killings.
    (AFP, 7/8/17)
2017        Jul 8, Kenya's interior minister and a retired general, died in a Nairobi hospital a month before the East African country's presidential election. Joseph Nkaissery was 68.
    (AFP, 7/8/17)
2017        Jul 8, Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar met with UAE leaders for talks on military cooperation, days after announcing the retaking of second city Benghazi from jihadists.
    (AFP, 7/9/17)
2017        Jul 8, In Libya the bodies of 19 migrants, believed to be Egyptians, were found in the eastern desert south of Tobruk.
    (Reuters, 7/9/17)
2017        Jul 8, The Libyan coastguard said thirty-five migrants, including seven children, were feared drowned after their inflatable boat sank off the Libyan coast.
    (AFP, 7/8/17)
2017        Jul 8, In the southern Philippines a hostage was killed during a gunbattle between his militant captors and government troops that also left four militants and a soldier dead in mountainous Patikul town, Sulu province. The victim was one of six Vietnamese crewmen abducted by the militants in an attack on their cargo ship in February.
    (AP, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 8, Venezuela's best-known jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was back home and hugging his family after being granted house arrest following three years in jail for leading anti-government protests.
    (Reuters, 7/8/17)

2017        Jul 9, US President Donald Trump pledged to work "constructively" with Russia but ruled out an immediate easing of sanctions while the countries remain at odds over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.
    (AFP, 7/9/17)
2017        Jul 9, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Russia that it must take the first steps to reduce tensions in eastern Ukraine and that American and European sanctions would remain in place until Moscow reversed course in the region.
    (AP, 7/9/17)
2017        Jul 9, California the Wall Fire in butte County burned 5,00 acres. In Santa Barbara County the Whittier Fire burned 7,800 acres. At least 14 large fires propelled some 5,00 firefighters statewide under record breaking heat conditions.
    (SFC, 7/10/17, p.A5)
2017        Jul 9, In Ohio Ryan Probst (29) shot a police officer responding to a domestic violence call in Uniontown. Probst was killed when another officer returned fire. Sgt. David White was shot four times and underwent surgery. Police said he faced a long recovery.
    (SFC, 7/11/17, p.A6)
2017        Jul 9, In Oklahoma hundreds of prisoners began rioting late today at the federal Great Plains Correctional Facility in Hinton. Authorities gained control the next morning after about eight hours.
    (SFC, 7/11/17, p.A7)
2017        Jul 9, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, the parents of a terminally-ill British baby boy, delivered a petition of over 350,000 signatures demanding they be allowed to take him to the US for treatment for a rare form of mitochondrial disease.
    (AFP, 7/9/17)
2017        Jul 9, In Burundi a grenade attack late today killed eight people and wounded 50 others in a village in northern Kayanza province.
    (Reuters, 7/10/17)
2017        Jul 9, Two foreign specialists who visited Liu Xiaobo said that the cancer-stricken Nobel Peace Prize laureate can safely travel abroad for treatment, apparently contradicting statements by Chinese experts who say a medical evacuation would be unsafe for China's best-known political prisoner.
    (AP, 7/9/17)
2017        Jul 9, Egypt’s Pres. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas met in Cairo amid signs of a rapprochement between Cairo and the Islamic militant Hamas group. Abbas had requested the meeting to seek clarifications on what appears to be an emerging power-sharing agreement between Gaza's Hamas rulers and an exiled Abbas rival, former Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan.
    (AP, 7/9/17)
2017        Jul 9, A storm lashed Paris late today with the highest rainfall ever recorded in the French capital, while other areas of France's center-west saw as much rain as would normally fall in the entire month of July.
    (Reuters, 7/10/17)
2017        Jul 9, In Germany anti-globalization activists rioted for a third consecutive night in Hamburg early today even after Group of 20 leaders had already left the city. Germans expressed anger over violence that hit the G20 world leaders' July 7-8 summit, raising awkward questions for Chancellor Angela Merkel less than three months before an election. Police said they had arrested 186 people and took 225 into custody.
    (AP, 7/9/17)(Reuters, 7/9/17)
2017        Jul 9, Germany began to pull its troops out of Turkey’s Incirlik air base where they have supported international operations against Islamic State following a row with Ankara over access.
    (Reuters, 7/9/17)
2017        Jul 9, Iraq's PM Haider al-Abadi celebrated with troops after they drove Islamic State militants from some of their last strongholds in Mosul, even as heavy fighting continued in a small portion of the Old City neighborhood.   
    (AP, 7/9/17)
2017        Jul 9, Iraq’s oil minister said drilling has started at the first well in the Huwaiza oil field near the Iranian border, which may contain one billion barrels in reserves.
    (Reuters, 7/9/17)
2017        Jul 9, It was reported that Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has compiled a blacklist of overseas rabbis whose authority they refuse to recognize when it comes to certifying the Jewishness of someone who wants to get married in Israel.
    (AP, 7/9/17)
2017        Jul 9, Israel's ambassador to Hungary issued a statement denouncing Hungary’s campaign against US billionaire George Soros, saying it "evokes sad memories but also sows hatred and fear." Hours later Israel's foreign ministry issued a statement denouncing Soros, a move that appeared designed to align Israel more closely with Hungary ahead of a visit to Budapest next week by PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
    (Reuters, 7/10/17)
2017        Jul 9, Japan’s tiny landmass of Okinoshima, where women are banned and male visitors must bathe naked in the sea before visiting its shrine, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y8y735of)(AP, 7/15/17)
2017        Jul 9, Jordan’s national airline joined other Middle Eastern countries in lifting a ban on laptops in airplane cabins after complying with US security guidelines.
    (AP, 7/9/17)
2017        Jul 9, In Libya armed groups opposed to the UN-backed government in Tripoli tried to approach the capital and met resistance from rival groups that have aligned themselves with the government.
    (Reuters, 7/10/17)
2017        Jul 9, In Mali two soldiers escaped and eight went missing after clashes with terrorists near Menak. On July 17 the bodies of the missing soldiers were found killed by bullets in Inkadogotane, 60 km from Menak.
    (AFP, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 9, Qatar's government said it is forming a committee to pursue compensation for damages stemming from its isolation by four Arab countries.
    (AP, 7/9/17)
2017        Jul 9, Pakistan summoned India's deputy high commissioner in Islamabad after five civilians were killed by "unprovoked" Indian fire across the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region. In a separate 'goodwill gesture' it also released scores of Indian fishermen held for illegal fishing in its territorial waters.
    (AP, 7/9/17)
2017        Jul 9, Portugal’s PM Antonio Costa said he has accepted the resignations of three officials: his secretaries of state for tax affairs, industry and business internationalization, who accepted trips from energy company Galp to watch Portugal's national soccer team play at last year's European Championship in France.
    (AP, 7/10/17)
2017        Jul 9, The leaders of Sweden and Japan demanded that North Korea halts missile tests, and pledged increased cooperation in the UN as PM Shinzo Abe met with PM Stefan Lofven in Helsinki.
    (AP, 7/9/17)
2017        Jul 9, In Syria a US-Russian brokered ceasefire for southwest Syria was holding hours after it took effect.
    (Reuters, 7/9/17)
2017        Jul 9, In Turkey hundreds of thousands of people rallied in Istanbul at the culmination of 25-day march that has grown into the biggest protest against a government crackdown following last July's failed military coup.
    (Reuters, 7/9/17)
2017        Jul 9, The United Nations' cultural agency added to its list of World Heritage sites six caves in west Germany with art dating back to the Ice Age and old silver ore mines in southern Poland.
    (AP, 7/9/17)
2017        Jul 9, UNESCO added Mbanza Kongo in northwest Angola as a world heritage site. It was the capital of the Kongo kingdom, a largely independent state between the 14th and 19th centuries.
    (AP, 7/10/17)
2017        Jul 9, UNESCO added the Khomani cultural landscape at South Africa's border with Botswana and Namibia saying it testifies to the way of life of the once-nomadic San people that influenced the area over thousands of years.
    (AP, 7/10/17)
2017        Jul 9, In Yemen a court in Sanaa sentenced to death four Saudis convicted of belonging to al Qaeda and beheading 14 Yemeni soldiers in a 2014 attack.
    (Reuters, 7/10/17)

2017        Jul 10, After four and a half years as YouTube's most seen video, "Gangnam Style" slipped late today to number two, replaced by "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth. The song was a tribute to Paul Walker, an actor in "The Fast and Furious" film franchise who died in a car wreck.
    (AP, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 10, Pres. Donald Trump’s commission on election fraud told states to hold off on providing detailed voter information until a judge rules on a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington.
    (SFC, 7/12/17, p.A4)
2017        Jul 10, A US military KC-130 air tanker crashed in rural Mississippi killing at least 15 Marines and a navy sailor.
    (SFC, 7/11/17, p.A9)(SFC, 7/12/17, p.A5)
2017        Jul 10, In northern New York Staff Sgt. Justin Walters (32) shot to death state Trooper Joel Davis (36), who was responding to reports of gunfire near Fort Drum. Walters’ wife was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds. Walters was arrested and charged with murder.
    (SFC, 7/11/17, p.A8)
2017        Jul 10, In Texas Dr. Howard Gregg Diamond (56) was arrested on charges that included conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Federal prosecutors said he wrote prescriptions that contributed to the overdose deaths of at least seven people over a four year period.
    (SFC, 7/13/17, p.A4)
2017        Jul 10, Britain's High Court ruled that UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia are not unlawful, after campaigners argued the weapons were used to violate international humanitarian law in bombing Yemen.
    (AFP, 7/10/17)
2017        Jul 10, Cambodia’s National Assembly passed a bill barring political parties from having links with convicted criminals.
    (SFC, 7/11/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 10, Denmark said that Apple has decided to build a data center in the southwestern town Aabenraa, near Viborg, where it has another one already under construction.
    (AP, 7/10/17)
2017        Jul 10, Egyptian police killed six militants who allegedly adhered to the Islamic State group's beliefs when a gunfight erupted during a raid on their Nile valley hideout.
    (AFP, 7/10/17)
2017        Jul 10, In Finland Japanese PM Shinzo Abe pledged to increase cooperation with Finland in Arctic issues and on furthering Russian relations, after talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.
    (AP, 7/10/17)
2017        Jul 10, In Kashmir gunmen sprayed bullets on a passenger bus as it returned Hindu pilgrims from the Amarnath cave shrine in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Seven Hindu pilgrims were killed and 19 wounded.
    (AP, 7/12/17)(SFC, 7/12/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 10, Iranian cancer researcher Mohsen Dehnavi was detained at Boston's Logan International Airport along with his wife and three young children upon arrival. They were sent back to Iran the following day despite holding a J-1 visa for visiting scholars. He was expecting to take up work at Boston Children's Hospital. It was later reported that Dehnavi had previously headed a student branch of a volunteer paramilitary militia.
    (AP, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 10, Iraqi forces still battled Islamic State militants in a small area of Mosul, a day after the prime minister visited to congratulate the troops on retaking nearly all of Iraq's second largest city. PM Haider al-Abadi came to Mosul for the second day in a row to declare "total victory".
    (AP, 7/10/17)    (AP, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 10, Israel troops shot dead a Palestinian driver who tried to run down and then stab Israeli soldiers near a settlement in the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 7/10/17)
2017        Jul 10, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz made a rare appearance in the occupied West Bank and signed an agreement on electricity with Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah. They announced a boost in electricity supply in the area that comes with a payment guarantee from the Palestinians and unveiled a new substation.
    (AFP, 7/10/17)
2017        Jul 10, In Libya clashes between rival factions east of Tripoli extended into a second day, keeping the coastal road shut and preventing residents from returning to their homes.
    (Reuters, 7/10/17)
2017        Jul 10, Mongolia’s populist business tycoon and ex-judo champion Khaltmaa Battulga was inaugurated as the new president. He pledged to provide greater benefits for the county's 3 million people from their vast mineral wealth despite a slump in commodity prices that has battered the landlocked Asian nation's economy.
    (AP, 7/10/17)
2017        Jul 10, In Pakistan a new report said an official investigation into corruption allegations against PM Nawaz Sharif and his family has found a "significant disparity" between their declared wealth and known sources of income.
    (AP, 7/10/17)
2017        Jul 10, In Peru a double-decker bus went out of control on a sight-seeing tour in the hills of Lima killing nine people and injuring 40.
    (SFC, 7/11/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 10, State-owned Qatar Petroleum and French energy giant Total said they will formally launch a 25-year joint venture to develop the Al Shaheen oil field this week.
    (AFP, 7/10/17)
2017        Jul 10, Russia confirmed that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin had discussed forming a joint Russian-US group on cyber security, an idea that has provoked uproar in Washington, but said it was only a tentative proposal.
    (Reuters, 7/10/17)
2017        Jul 10, Russia’s PM Dmitry Medvedev signed a package of anti-doping measures including orders for the Russian Sports Ministry and national sports federations to develop a scheme for "confiscating income and property from athletes, coaches, doctors and other specialists" involved in doping cases.
    (AP, 7/10/17)
2017        Jul 10, In South Africa thieves broke into the state prosecutors' offices early today and made off with two laptop computers.
    (Reuters, 7/10/17)
2017        Jul 10, In South Sudan Adil Faris Mayat, the head of state television, was arrested by security officials for failing to broadcast Pres. Kiir's speech live.
    (Reuters, 7/15/17)
2017        Jul 10, Spain's Iberia airline said it has decided to scrap a pregnancy test for new employees after it was fined 25,000 euros ($29,000) by a regional government for discrimination.
    (AP, 7/10/17)
2017        Jul 10, Syrian troops and Iranian-backed militias launched an assault on Bedouin villages in the southeast desert to consolidate control of eastern Sweida, a swathe of desert stretching to the Iraqi border.
    (Reuters, 7/10/17)
2017        Jul 10, In southern Thailand a group of gunmen barged into the home of Worayuth Sanglhung, a village headman in Krabi province, and killed eight members of his family, including three children, by shooting them in the head. On July 16 police said local businessman Surikfad Bannopwongsakul, who had a dispute with Sanglhung, has been arrested along with seven others.
    (AP, 7/11/17)(AP, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 10, Turkey’s state media reported that the government has detained 42 staff of two Istanbul universities including a prominent academic as part of an investigation into the group blamed for last year's failed coup. Anadolu news agency also said authorities have issued a total of 72 arrest warrants for people suspected of links to the group of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.
    (AFP, 7/10/17)
2017        Jul 10, The UN's envoy for Syria opened a new round of indirect talks in Geneva, the seventh so far, between Syrian government representatives and opposition leaders to try to wind down the battered country's civil war.
    (AP, 7/10/17)
2017        Jul 10, The Red Cross said a cholera outbreak in Yemen has now surpassed 300,000 suspected cases with more than 1,600 deaths.
    (AFP, 7/10/17)

2017        Jul 11, The United States said it shot down a simulated, incoming intermediate-range ballistic missile similar the ones being developed by countries like North Korea, in a new test of the nation's defenses.
    (Reuters, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 11, The United States and Qatar signed an agreement on combatting terrorism and its financing during a visit to Doha by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
    (Reuters, 7/11/17)(SFC, 7/12/17, p.A3)
2017        Jul 11, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation that would subject doctors and parents involved in female genital mutilation up to 15 years in prison.
    (SFC, 7/12/17, p.A4)
2017        Jul 11, In NYC the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia Univ. sued Pres. Donald Trump saying some of his critics have been unconstitutionally blocked from following him on Twitter.
    (SFC, 7/12/17, p.A4)
2017        Jul 11, In Afghanistan a US drone strike in Kunar province killed Abu Sayed, a leader of the local Islamic State.
    (SFC, 7/15/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 11, China dispatched members of its People's Liberation Army to the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti to man the rising Asian giant's first overseas military base, a key part of a wide-ranging expansion of the role of China's armed forces.
    (AP, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 11, The UN said about 80,000 people have fled fighting between the Democratic Republic of Congo army and a new rebel coalition, joining the millions already uprooted in Africa's worst displacement crisis.
    (Reuters, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 11, In Egypt a member of a violent group suspected of links to the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood was killed in a shootout with security forces in Fayoum province. Two others, belonging to the Brotherhood's breakaway faction Hasm (decisiveness), escaped.
    (AP, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 11, The EU formally approved a landmark cooperation accord with Ukraine meant to counter a hostile Russia ahead of a high-profile summit in Kiev.
    (AFP, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 11, Retired French judge Jean-Michel Lambert (65) was found dead at his home with his head in a plastic bag. Lambert had been the first magistrate in charge of the investigation into the 1984 killing of four-year-old Gregory Villemin. The case has haunted France for three decades.
    (Reuters, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 11, Germany’s dpa news agency reported that a Bavarian court has convicted Hans D. (62), a Buddhist monk, of more than 25 counts of sexually abusing children and sentenced him to seven years and nine months in prison.
    (AP, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 11, Greek police arrested a 33-year old Serb over the murder of a young American tourist on the Greek island of Zakynthos last week, bringing the number of people detained in the case to nine. Six Serbs, one Greek and a British national were arrested last week and have been charged with murder.
    (Reuters, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 11, India's Supreme Court suspended a government ban on the trade of cattle for slaughter, a boost for the multi-billion dollar beef and leather industries mostly run by members of the Muslim minority.
    (Reuters, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 11, In India at least 14 people were killed after a mudslide swept through a village Arunachal Pradesh. Since mid-June flooding in Assam state has left some 45 people dead.
    (SFC, 7/14/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 11, Iran Railways said it has signed a preliminary agreement with Italy's state railway to construct two high-speed links in Iran. Four memoranda of understanding were signed worth some $1.36 billion.
    (AP, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 11, In Iraq sporadic clashes erupted in Mosul, a day after Iraq's prime minister declared "total victory" over the Islamic State group, with several airstrikes hitting the Old City neighborhood that was the scene of the fierce battle's final days.
    (AP, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 11, Amnesty Int’l. released a report accusing the US-led coalition in Iraq of violating int’l. law during the fight against the Islamic State in Mosul. It said some 5,805 civilians may have been killed by coalition attacks in the fight for western Mosul.
    (SFC, 7/13/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 11, In Italy Chloe Ayling (20) was reportedly abducted after coming to Milan for a photo shoot, apparently a phony setup. She was drugged by her abductor and held in a small town in the northwestern Piedmont region. The suspect dropped her off near the British Consulate in Milan on July 17. On July 18 Lukasz Pawel Herba, a Polish citizen living in Britain, was arrested in the kidnapping of the British model.
    (AP, 8/5/17)(AP, 8/8/17)(SFC, 8/8/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 11, The Lebanese army killed a suspected Islamic State-linked militant accused of carrying out several bomb attacks in Ras Baalbek near the Syrian border. A Lebanese national suspected of weapons smuggling was also arrested in the raid.
    (AP, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 11, Major NATO exercises in Eastern Europe began in Bulgaria involving 25,000 military personnel from more than 20 allied and partner countries as the US seeks to reassure NATO's European allies.
    (AP, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 11, In the Netherlands an appeals judge confirmed that a 12-year-old boy does not have to undergo chemotherapy if he does not want it.
    (AP, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 11, In Nigeria a graphic video seen by AFP showed Boko Haram publicly executing eight villagers in the northeast Nigeria who opposed the enforcement of its hardline form of Islam.
    (AFP, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 11, In northeastern Nigeria four Boko Haram suicide bombers killed 19 people late today and injured 23 in Maiduguri.
    (AP, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 11, Pakistani opposition parties urged the country's PM Nawaz Sharif to step down after a Supreme Court probe into corruption allegations against his family members found "significant disparity" between their declared wealth and known sources of income.
    (AP, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 11, A Pakistani subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell agreed to pay a fine of about 257 million rupees ($2.4 million) in compensation for a tanker truck explosion that killed more than 200 people on June 25.
    (Reuters, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 11, Prosecutors in Peru sought the arrest of former Pres. Ollanta Humala (2011-2016) and his wife on money laundering and conspiracy charges related a corruption scandal involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.
    (SFC, 7/12/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 11, Saudi Arabia said its public schools will begin offering physical education for girls in the coming academic year, a long-awaited step toward social reform in the Islamic kingdom.
    (Reuters, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 11, Human rights groups in Senegal criticized what it said is an ineffectual crackdown on child begging driven by Koranic schools, saying a year-long push to remove 50,000 children from the streets is failing.
    (AFP, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 11, In northern Syria a US-backed, Kurdish-led militia captured al-Ukayrshi, where extremists had once run a training camp named for Osama Bin Laden.
    (AP, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 11, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that it had "confirmed information" that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed. Rebel groups shot down a Syrian government warplane near a ceasefire zone in the country's south.
    (Reuters, 7/10/17)(AFP, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 11, The UN said up to 50,000 civilians remain trapped in the Syrian jihadist stronghold of Raqa, warning that supplies of water and other essentials were fast running out.
    (AFP, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 11, Turkish authorities issued detention warrants for 105 information technology experts suspected of aiding last year's failed coup. Turkey kicked off a week of events commemorating the July 15 anniversary of the thwarted coup and remembering about 250 people who were killed. Officers launched raids against IS across 29 different provinces, detaining 233 suspects.
    (AP, 7/11/17)(AP, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 11, The World Health Organization said measles has killed 35 children in Europe in the last year. The most recent death was a 6-year-old boy in Italy, where there have been more than 3,300 cases and two deaths since last June.
    (AP, 7/11/17)
2017        Jul 11, Pope Francis added a fourth pathway to possible sainthood: people who lived a good Catholic life and who freely accepted a certain and premature death for the good of others. Under the new category, a miracle must be attributed to the candidate's intercession prior to beatification.
    (AP, 7/11/17)

2017        Jul 12, In Alabama three people were shot to death in a mobile home park in Gardendale, a suburb of Birmingham. Kenneth Dion Lever (52), wanted for killing his ex-wife and two others, killed himself in the Florida Panhandle after being spotted by police.
    (SFC, 7/13/17, p.A4)
2017        Jul 12, American Airlines notified Qatar Airways and Abu Dhabi's Etihad of its decision to no longer share flights with them over what it described as "illegal subsidies".
    (AFP, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 12, Apple said it has set up its first data center in China as part of a $1 billion investment there. The center in Guizhou province will be operated with a local data management company.
    (SFC, 7/13/17, p.C2)
2017        Jul 12, Afghanistan's all girl robotics team will be allowed entry into the US to compete in a competition after President Donald Trump personally intervened to reverse a decision twice denying them enter into the country.
    (AP, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 12, Scientists said an iceberg the size of Delaware was set adrift after snapping off a West Antarctic ice shelf that is now at increased risk of collapse. They said Larsen C may eventually follow the example of its neighbor, Larsen B, which disintegrated in 2002 following a similar rift-induced calving event in 1995 when Larsen A collapsed.
    (AP, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 12, In Brazil former Pres. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was found guilty of corruption and money laundering and sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison.
    (SFC, 7/13/17, p.A3)
2017        Jul 12, In northern Cameroon at least 15 people were killed after two female suicide bombers carried out a suicide attack in Waza. Some young women who escaped Boko Haram have said girls are drugged and forced to carry out suicide missions.
    (AP, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 12, The EU Commission proposed to end the so-called "excessive deficit procedure" on Greece following a sharp improvement in the country's finances after years of spending cuts and tax increases and a recession that wiped out a quarter of the economy and caused unemployment and poverty to swell.
    (AP, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 12, PM Edouard Philippe said France will cut processing time for asylum requests and boost housing for refugees while "systematically" deporting illegal economic migrants.
    (AFP, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 12, A French court annulled Google’s $1.27 billion bill for back taxes saying that the way the firm operates in France allows it to be exempt from most taxes.
    (SFC, 7/13/17, p.C3)
2017        Jul 12, German police arrested four suspects they linked to an Arabic criminal clan over the spectacular theft of a giant 100-kilogram (220-pound) gold coin from a Berlin museum early this year, but found no sign of the loot.
    (AFP, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 12, Hungary said that it would end a public information poster campaign attacking George Soros that the US billionaire and others said smacked of anti-Semitism.  The campaign would end July 15, three days before a visit by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
    (AP, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 12, Iraqi forces clashed with Islamic State militants holding out in Mosul's Old City, more than 36 hours after Baghdad declared victory over the jihadists in what they had declared the de facto Iraqi capital of their "caliphate".
    (Reuters, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 12, In Kashmir government forces fired shotgun pellets and tear gas in Srinagar as residents carried the body of a young rebel killed with two other militants during a gunbattle with Indian troops in the disputed region. A gunbattle lasted through the night and the three rebels were killed.
    (AP, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 12, The Malaysian state of Kelantan amended its Islamic laws to allow public canings, sparking criticism that the change was unconstitutional and could infringe on the rights of religious minorities. Kelantan, where nightclubs and cinemas are banned, is governed by a conservative Islamist party, PAS.
    (Reuters, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 12, Malta legalized same-sex marriages, joining much of Western Europe by replacing the traditional "you are now husband and wife" declaration in civil ceremonies with "you are now spouses," despite church protests.
    (AP, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 12, A consortium of Mexican and foreign private companies says a well drilled in shallow water has found between 1.4 and 2 billion barrels of crude oil equivalent in the Gulf of Mexico.
    (AP, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 12, Myanmar pledged "no restrictions" on journalists visiting the troubled state of Rakhine this week, in the first official trip to include foreign reporters to mostly Rohingya Muslim villages affected by violence since October.
    (Reuters, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 12, Pakistani police said Mohammad Shahzad shot dead his sister and her daughter in a so-called "honor killing" in the eastern city of Lahore.
    (AP, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 12, The Addameer rights NGO said Prominent Palestinian politician and rights campaigner Khalida Jarrar (54) has been ordered detained for six months without trial by Israeli authorities.
    (AP, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 12, Paraguay’s Pres. Horacio Cartes and his delegation began a 3-day visit commemorating 60 years of ties between Taiwan and the landlocked nation, the island's only diplomatic ally in South America.
    (AP, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 12, A Philippine air force fighter jet missed its target in an airstrike against Islamic State group-aligned militants in southern Marawi city, killing two soldiers who were hit by debris from a building where they were taking cover.
    (AP, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 12, A jury in Puerto Rico found five people guilty in the killing of a government official and two of his daughters during a mistaken drive-by shooting in 2004.
    (AP, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 12, Qatar received its first herd of boycott-busting cows to boost milk supplies five weeks after neighboring Gulf states cut links with the emirate. Several dozen Holsteins were flown in from Budapest, the first of 4,000 to be imported by August.
    (AFP, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 12, Romanian supreme court prosecutors closed a case against former PM Victor Ponta, saying the charges of suspected money-laundering and being an accessory to tax evasion did not stand up.
    (Reuters, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 12, A Moscow court convicted one of Russia's most flamboyant tycoons, Sergei Polonsky (44), of fraud. The property developer, who symbolized the excess of the oil-fueled boom times, walked away a free man after the judge said too much time had elapsed since his crime for the sentence to have legal force.
    (AP, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 12, It was reported that the Russian city of Vladivostok has embraced cheap North Korean painters. Human rights groups said most of the laborer’s earnings are confiscated by the state.
    (SFC, 7/12/17, p.A3)
2017        Jul 12, In Saudi Arabia a fire broke out in the southwestern city of Najran. 11 workers from India and Bangladesh were killed in the building where they lived.
    (AP, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 12, The Royal Bank of Scotland said it has reached a $5.5 billion settlement in the United States over the mis-selling of mortgage-backed securities before the financial crisis. The bank must still resolve outstanding civil and criminal claims with the Department of Justice.
    (AP, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 12, Serbia's Special Court sentenced a former minister to three-and- a-half years in jail over graft and the abuse of office related to an infrastructure development deal in 2009. Oliver Dulic, a member of the now-opposition Democratic Party and the former minister for planning and the environment, was tried along with two of his associates, who received sentences of one and three years.
    (Reuters, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 12, A Singapore court jailed Yeo Jiawei (34), a former wealth manager of Swiss bank BSI, for four and a half years for money laundering and cheating in a case linked to investigations into the siphoning off of billions of dollars from Malaysian sovereign fund 1MDB. Jiawei pleaded guilty to money laundering and cheating.
    (Reuters, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 12, South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa criticized the corruption that has damaged the ruling party under President Jacob Zuma, opening a divide in the African National Congress months ahead of a leadership contest.
    (Reuters, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 12, It was reported that archaeologists excavating a mass grave from Spain's 1936 to 1939 Civil War have found the naturally preserved brains of 45 people eight decades after they were shot and buried on a hillside in the northern province of Burgos.
    (Reuters, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 12, In Thailand Alexandre Cazes (25), the Canadian founder of dark web marketplace AlphaBay, died in a Bangkok jail.
    (SFC, 7/21/17, p.C1)(Reuters, 7/24/17)
2017        Jul 12, Turkish police killed five suspected Islamic State jihadists in the central province of Konya.
    (AFP, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 12, The UN said it has identified an additional 38 probable mass graves in Democratic Republic of Congo's central Kasai region, bringing the total to at least 80 since the outbreak of an insurrection last August.
    (Reuters, 7/12/17)
2017        Jul 12, Yemeni female security forces descended on a small women's rally in the southern port city of Aden, beating the women and dispersing the gathering. The women were mothers and sisters protesting against disappearances of detainees.
    (AP, 7/12/17)

2017        Jul 13, US Pres. Donald Trump arrived in France for a brief 24-hour trip to Paris coinciding with the July 14 Bastille Day celebrations.
    (AFP, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 13, US congressional Democrats and Republicans reached initial agreement to expand college aid for military veterans by removing a 15-year time limit to tap into benefits.
    (SFC, 7/14/17, p.A6)
2017        Jul 13, US Attorney Gen’l. Jeff Sessions announced that more than 400 people have been charged with taking part in health care fraud and opioid scams that totaled $1.3 billion in false billing.
    (SFC, 7/14/17, p.A12)   
2017        Jul 13, US federal Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii weakened the terms of the Trump administration's controversial travel ban on visitors from six majority-Muslim countries, dealing another legal setback to the government.
    (AFP, 7/14/17)
2017        Jul 13, CBS News and the BBC announced a new editorial and newsgathering partnership that aims to boost their global strength against rivals such as CNN.
    (AFP, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 13, Charles Bachman (b.1924), a pioneer in database management systems, died at his home in Lexington, Mass. His road map, created with a GE team in the early 1960s, was known as the Integrated Data Store (IDS), and became widely considered as the world’s first DBS. In 1973 Bachman was awarded the A.M. Turing Award.
    (SFC, 7/27/17, p.D6)
2017        Jul 13, In Pennsylvania drug dealer Cosmo DiNardo (20) confessed to killing four men separately after selling them marijuana and then burning their bodies on his family’s farm.
    (SFC, 7/14/17, p.A6)
2017        Jul 13, In Australia an unidentified man (58) became the 18th death worldwide due to exploding Takata air bag inflators. The man died in a crash in a Sydney suburb after he was hit in the neck by a metal fragment after air bags deployed in a crash.
    (AP, 7/22/17)
2017        Jul 13, Botswana police said a Chinese man, alleged to be involved in illegal donkey skin trade, has been arrested after being found with 500 animals suffering in dire conditions.
    (AFP, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 13, In Brazil a congressional committee rejected a recommendation to try Pres. Michel Temer for corruption.
    (SFC, 7/14/17, p.A5)
2017        Jul 13, Britain published legislation to sever political, financial and legal ties with the European Union, an important step toward Brexit but one which the opposition said it would challenge.
    (Reuters, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 13, Britain's Queen Elizabeth opened the new headquarters of London's police in a ceremony that was delayed by nearly four months due to a militant attack which took place on nearby Westminster Bridge.
    (Reuters, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 13, In London two men on a moped tossed a noxious substance into the face of a moped driver (32) late today, then jumped on his vehicle and drove away. The pattern was repeated across a swath of east London. Five victims were attacked while riding mopeds. At least one, a man in his 20s, was left with life-changing injuries. A boy (15) and boy (16) were arrested on suspicion of robbery and grievous bodily harm.
    (AP, 7/14/17)
2017        Jul 13, Bulgarian prosecutors charged Veselin Mareshki, the deputy speaker of parliament, with extortion. They said he threatened seven pharmacy owners between 2012 and 2015 with damage to their outlets if they did not transfer part of their business to him or halt operations.
    (Reuters, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 13, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo (61), China's most prominent political prisoner, died advanced liver cancer at a hospital in the country's northeast.
    (AP, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 13, China turned over to Cambodia 100 buses to be used to expand public transportation in its capital, Phnom Penh.
    (AP, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 13, The European Union launched legal action against Hungary because of new rules governing civic groups which receive funds from abroad. The European Commission said that the law approved by Hungary's parliament in June could prevent nongovernmental organizations "from raising funds and would restrict their ability to carry out their work."
    (AP, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 13, European Union leaders pushed Ukraine to step up its battle against corruption after the 28-nation bloc agreed to ratify a landmark cooperation deal.
    (AFP, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 13, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have opened the 19th annual summit between the two European countries, centered on security, defense and boosting the European project in a time of doubt.
    (AP, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 13, France and Germany agreed to develop a European fighter jet to replace their existing fleets, part of a raft of measures to tighten defense and security cooperation, according to a document issued after a Franco-German cabinet meeting in Paris.
    (Reuters, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 13, French power giant EDF said that it has acquired 11 wind farm projects in Britain as part of its drive to double renewable energy capacity by 2030.
    (AFP, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 13, In Iraq the US-led coalition backing the Iraqi military campaign conducted two air strikes in the Mosul area, destroying 22 fighting positions and a tunnel.
    (Reuters, 7/14/17)
2017        Jul 13, Israel and the Palestinians said they have reached a water-sharing deal to bring relief to parched Palestinian communities, a modest but promising breakthrough announced during the latest visit by US Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt.
    (AP, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 13, Japanese officials said the death toll from heavy rains and flooding in the south has risen to 30, while rescue workers continued their efforts to find survivors.
    (AFP, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 13, Lithuanian aviation officials said that hundreds of thousands of airline passengers will be diverted for more than a month as the country's main airport near the capital will be shut for a major renovation as of August 17.
    (AP, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 13, In western Niger local authorities said at least 27 hippos have been slaughtered in a touristy zone by villagers who blame them for destroying crops and harming livestock.
    (AFP, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 13, Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif for the first time explicitly dismissed a report from a corruption investigation that raised questions about the source of his family's wealth, rejecting it as slander.
    (Reuters, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 13, In Pakistan Islamist gunmen killed Superintendent of Police Mubarak Shah (56) and three other policemen guarding him in Quetta.
    (Reuters, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 13, A Peruvian judge ordered ex-president Ollanta Humala and his wife Nadine Heredia held in pre-trial detention for allegedly accepting illegal campaign donations from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. Humala and Heredia surrendered to the judge one hour after the ruling.
    (AFP, 7/14/17)
2017        Jul 13, A Russian court sentenced Zaur Dadayev, convicted of murdering opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in 2015, to 20 years in jail. Four other Chechen men convicted of being his accomplices received jail sentences ranging from 11 to 19 years.
    (Reuters, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 13, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report on extrajudicial killings in Rwanda. It said a wave of documented extrajudicial killings took place between July 2016 and March 2017 in western Rwanda and appeared to be part of an official strategy. HRW alleged that Rwandan security forces executed at least 37 suspected petty offenders instead of prosecuting them.
    (AFP, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 13, In eastern Saudi Arabia attackers killed a border guard soldier late today and wounded another in Qatif province, heavily populated by the kingdom's minority Shiites.
    (AP, 7/14/17)
2017        Jul 13, Social workers in Serbia announced a strike to demand better treatment of domestic abuse victims and an official say "we must sound the highest alarm" following the killing of two women and a child at social care centers in Belgrade this month.
    (AP, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 13, Turkish police detained Ali Avci, the producer of a film on the life of President Tayyip Erdogan, accusing him of ties to the Muslim cleric Ankara says orchestrated last year's attempted coup. Anti-terror police seized Avci at his Istanbul home and also seized another man identified as a fugitive sought for being a user of ByLock, an encrypted messaging app.
    (Reuters, 7/13/17)
2017        Jul 13, The Vatican said a Holy See tribunal has indicted two former top officials of a children's hospital on charges of diverting nearly half a million dollars to renovate the apartment of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who was not indicted.
    (Reuters, 7/13/17)

2017        Jul 14, In San Jose, Ca., Robert Farmer (26) was sentenced to a maximum of 16 years in prison. Last October he had pleaded guilty to 21 counts of animal cruelty. Farmer had killed at least 16 cats though only four bodies were recovered.
    (SSFC, 7/16/17, p.C10)
2017        Jul 14, In Florida a sinkhole swallowed a boat and two homes in Tampa. Ten other homes were deemed unsafe. By August 5 the hole had widened to 260 feet across.
    (SFC, 7/15/17, p.A5)(SSFC, 7/16/17, p.A12)(SSFC, 8/6/17, p.A6)
2017        Jul 14, In Hawaii at least three people were killed and two suffered smoke inhalation as a fire consumed several floors of a 36-story condominium tower in Honolulu.
    (AP, 7/14/17)   
2017        Jul 14, Albanian police seized at least 15 metric tons (16.5 tons) of marijuana hidden in a southwestern village. Nine people were arrested in Llakatund included two police officers and the head of the commune.
    (AP, 7/14/17)
2017        Jul 14, London-based budget airline easyJet said it is opening a base in Vienna, Austria, to prepare for the potential effects of Brexit.
    (AP, 7/14/17)
2017        Jul 14, Winchester Crown Court jurors convicted Douglas Innes, the director of a British yachting management company, of a safety violation over the 2014 capsizing of the Cheeki Rafiki in the North Atlantic. All four crew members on the oceangoing vessel were killed.
    (AP, 7/14/17)
2017        Jul 14, Retired British television producer David Harris (68) was sentenced to 17 years in prison for trying to hire hit men to kill his partner — a plot he claimed was merely research for a thriller.
    (AP, 7/14/17)
2017        Jul 14, In northeastern Congo DRC a security station was attacked by Mai Mai militia. Six Congolese rangers were found alive the next day in a large forest reserve, but American journalist Lisa Dupuy and at least three other security guards remained missing. Dupuy was found safe and sound on July 16. Four wardens and a civilian who was working as a tracker were killed in clashes along with a number of bandits.
    (AP, 7/15/17)(AP, 7/16/17)
2017        Jul 14, In central Ecuador fourteen people were killed late today and 26 injured when a bus drove off the highway, flipped and caught fire.
    (AFP, 7/15/17)
2017        Jul 14, In Egypt five policemen were shot to death in Cairo's twin city of Giza when suspected Islamic militants opened fire on their vehicle. Abdel Rahman Shaban Abokorah (29) killed two German women and wounded four other tourists at the popular Red Sea resort of Hurghada. A Czech woman later died of her injuries. Abokorah was chased down and arrested. Security sources later said Abokorah had tried to join Islamic State.
    (AP, 7/14/17)(Reuters, 7/15/17)(SSFC, 7/16/17, p.A5)(Reuters, 7/30/17)
2017        Jul 14, France’s President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump watched US and French soldiers march together through the Paris sunshine in a double celebration marking 100 years since the United States entered World War One and France's annual Bastille Day holiday.
    (Reuters, 7/14/17)
2017        Jul 14, Hong Kong activists accused Beijing of crippling the parliament after four pro-democracy lawmakers were disqualified.
    (AFP, 7/14/17)
2017        Jul 14, Iraqi forces hit further pockets of resistance from Islamic State militants in Mosul's Old City, four days after the prime minister declared victory. The group still controlled areas south and west of Mosul inhabited by tens of thousands of people.
    (Reuters, 7/14/17)
2017        Jul 14, Three attackers opened fire near the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City, killing two Israeli officers. Police immediately shot them dead. Security forces locked down the area and the Al-Aqsa mosque was closed to Friday prayers. Israeli security forces detained Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, grand mufti of Jerusalem.
    (AFP, 7/14/17)
2017        Jul 14, Malaysian authorities arrested a Vietnamese man and seized a stash of elephant ivory worth almost $70,000.
    (AFP, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 14, Singapore executed Prabagaran Srivijayan (22). He had been convicted of trafficking 22.4 grams of heroin.
    (AP, 9/9/17)
2017        Jul 14, In Syria airstrikes on the outskirts of Damascus killed at least two people. At least one other person was killed and several people were wounded in the strikes on Ein Terma, a contested suburb on the northeast edge of Damascus.
    (AP, 7/14/17)
2017        Jul 14, In Syria clashes broke out between the ultraconservative Ahrar al-Sham and the al-Qaida-linked Hay'at Tahrir al Sham, two of the most powerful insurgent groups in the northwest, raising fears of widespread violence in rebel-held Idlib province.
    (AP, 7/15/17)
2017        Jul 14, UN officials said more than 52,000 Venezuelans have applied for asylum this year, nearly twice the number in all of 2016. The UN human rights office noted figures from the Venezuelan Attorney General's office indicating 92 people have died in connection with protests since April 1.
    (AP, 7/14/17)

2017        Jul 15, American actor Martin Landau (b.1928) died at UCLA Medical Center. He starred in the Mission Impossible TV series for three seasons from its debut in 1966. He won an Oscar for his portrayal of aging horror movie star Bela Lugosi in “Ed Wood" (1994).
    (SFC, 7/17/17, p.A6)
2017        Jul 15, Maryam Mirzakhani (40), an Iranian-born mathematician and a professor at Stanford University, died after a battle with cancer. She was the first woman to win the coveted Fields Medal (2014).
    (AFP, 7/15/17)
2017        Jul 15, In Chicago community activist William Cooper (58) was fatally shot on the South Side by someone in a passing car.
    (SFC, 7/17/17, p.A5)
2017        Jul 15, In Minnesota Justine Damond, an Australian woman who called 911 to report what she believed to be an active sexual assault, was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police Officer Mohamed Noor in a case that left many relatives and neighbors searching for answers. The case was later handed to prosecutors for possible charges.
    (AP, 7/18/17)(SFC, 9/13/17 p.A6)
2017        Jul 15, China named rising political star Chen Miner as Communist Party boss in southwestern Chongqing, cementing his reputation as a favorite of President Xi Jinping ahead of a leadership reshuffle at a key party congress in the autumn.
    (Reuters, 7/15/17)
2017        Jul 15, Chinese legal activist Xu Zhiyong was released from prison at the end of a four-year sentence. He had helped found the New Citizens Movement, which at the time organized monthly dinners to discuss China's constitution and other legal issues.
    (AP, 7/15/17)
2017        Jul 15, In France the Energy Observer, a boat that fuels itself, set off around the world from Paris on a six-year journey that its designers hope will serve as a model for emissions-free energy networks of the future. The boat was originally designed in 1983 and enjoyed a successful career in open-sea sailing races before skippers Frederic Dahirel and Victorien Erussard and a French research institute converted it into the Energy Observer project.
    (AP, 7/15/17)
2017        Jul 15, Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said that it was preparing for the total closure of the Telegram app in Indonesia, where it has several million users, if it didn't develop procedures to block unlawful content.
    (AP, 7/16/17)
2017        Jul 15, In Iran police shot dead a man who attacked a clergyman and other people with a knife at a metro station in Tehran.
    (Reuters, 7/15/17)
2017        Jul 15, Israeli security forces locked down parts of Jerusalem's Old City and an ultra-sensitive holy site remained closed after an attack that killed two police officers and heightened Israeli-Palestinian tensions.
    (AFP, 7/15/17)
2017        Jul 15, In Ivory Coast gunmen attacked military bases in Abidjan and the northern city of Korhogo early today, but were repulsed. Three assailants and three soldiers were reported killed. A police station in Abobo was also attacked. The attackers were said to be demobilized fighters from former rebels who controlled the north during the 2002 to 2011 crisis.
    (Reuters, 7/15/17)(AFP, 7/15/17)
2017        Jul 15, Libya’s Benina international airport officially reopened for commercial flights amid a heavy security presence after a three-year closure due to fighting in Benghazi.
    (Reuters, 7/15/17)
2017        Jul 15, Thousands of Malians took to the streets to protest against a planned referendum on constitutional changes that would give extra powers to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, create new regions and recognize the Tuareg's ethnic homeland.
    (Reuters, 7/15/17)
2017        Jul 15, In Myanmar Rohingya Muslim women lined up to tell reporters of missing husbands, mothers and sons as international media were escorted for the first time to a village in northern Rakhine state affected by violence since October.
    (Reuters, 7/15/17)
2017        Jul 15, A Pakistan official said that laboratory testing shows that water from Lake Rawal is "fit for human consumption" after tons of dead fish were found in the water body on Islamabad's outskirts. The Lake Rawal reservoir is used as the main source of water for the garrison city of Rawalpindi.
    (AP, 7/15/17)
2017        Jul 15, Hamas described the closure of the site in a statement as a "religious war" and spokesman Fawzi Barhoum called on the Palestinian "uprising" to target the Israeli army and West Bank settlers.
    (AP, 7/15/17)
2017        Jul 15, In Senegal a wall collapsed in a Dakar stadium during extra time at the League Cup final between Stade de Mbour and US Ouakam killing eight people. The match was marred by clashes between rival fans. In August ten football fans were arrested in connection with the stampede.
    (AFP, 7/16/17)(AFP, 8/8/17)
2017        Jul 15, In Singapore around 400 protesters gathered at Speakers' Corner on calling for an independent inquiry into whether PM Lee Hsien Loong abused his power in a battle with his siblings over what to do with their late father's house.
    (Reuters, 7/15/17)
2017        Jul 15, In South Korea thousands of people celebrated gay rights with song, dance and a march in Seoul, amid rain and boisterous protests by conservative Christians.
(AFP, 7/15/17)
2017        Jul 15, In Turkey thousands of people marched from several Istanbul neighborhoods to converge at the iconic July 15 Martyrs' Bridge in a "national unity march" to commemorate the one year anniversary of Turkey's failed coup attempt.
    (AP, 7/15/17)

2017        Jul 16, Pres. Donald Trump faced a declining approval rating dropping from 42 percent in April to 36 percent, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll of 1,001 adults. Similarly, his disapproval rating has jumped five points to 58 percent.
    (AFP, 7/16/17)
2017        Jul 16, American-Canadian filmmaker George Romero (b.1940) died in Toronto. His classic “Night of the Living Dead" (1968) was made for about $100,000 and set the standard for zombie movies.
    (SFC, 7/17/17, p.C4)
2017        Jul 16, A Cameroon military vessel sank off the country’s Atlantic coast. Three soldiers were rescued and 34 people declared missing.
    (SFC, 7/18/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 16, China’s Ministry of Agriculture approved two more genetically modified (GMO) crops for import, the second such move in the past month to expand access to biotech seeds as part of Beijing's 100-day trade talks with Washington. Syngenta's 5307 insect-resistant corn sold under the Agrisure Duracade brand and Monsanto's 87427 glyphosate-resistant corn, sold under the Roundup Ready brand were approved for a period of three years.
    (Reuters, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 16, In eastern China at least 22 people were killed when a two-storey residential building in Changshu, Jiangsu province, caught fire. Authorities apprehended a man suspected of setting fire.
    (Reuters, 7/16/17)(AP, 7/16/17)
2017        Jul 16, Police in central China arrested American college student Guthrie McLean on charges of intentional injury following a June 10 altercation with a taxi driver. McLean was trying to protect his hearing-impaired mother from a local taxi driver in a dispute.
    (AP, 7/20/17)
2017        Jul 16, Republic of Congo voters went to the polls in legislative elections in the oil-rich African country, the first since violence-marred presidential polls last year which returned Denis Sassou Nguesso to power.
    (AFP, 7/16/17)
2017        Jul 16, Egyptian police clashed with residents on al-Waraq Nile River island in Cairo while attempting to clear residents using state land without permission. One person was killed and ten residents were arrested.
    (SFC, 7/17/17, p.A4)
2017        Jul 16, Europol said 66 people have been arrested for trading horsemeat unfit for human consumption and it had seized bank accounts, properties and luxury cars following an investigation into a food scandal. Europol said 65 people were arrested in Spain, and the main suspect, a Dutch citizen, was arrested in Belgium.
    (Reuters, 7/16/17)
2017        Jul 16, In Indian Kashmir at least 16 Hindu pilgrims were killed and 27 injured after a bus they were traveling in skidded off a mountain road and fell into a gorge.
    (Reuters, 7/16/17)
2017        Jul 16, The encrypted messaging app Telegram said it is forming a team of moderators who are familiar with Indonesian culture and language so it can remove "terrorist-related content" faster, after Indonesia limited access to the app and threatened a total ban. Pavel Durov and his brother Nikolai founded the app in 2013.
    (AP, 7/16/17)
2017        Jul 16, Iran’s judiciary said that the brother of President Hassan Rouhani has been detained. Hossein Fereidoun was taken into custody over allegations of financial impropriety.
    (Reuters, 7/16/17)
2017        Jul 16, An Iranian judiciary spokesman said a local court has sentenced a US dual national, to 10 years in jail on spying charges. The man was later identified as Xiyue Wang (37), a Chinese-American graduate student. Wang was arrested on Aug. 8, 2016 while conducting research on the 1794-1925 Qajar dynasty for his doctorate in late 19th and early 20th century Eurasian history.
    (AP, 7/16/17)(AP, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 16, Israeli soldiers and police on an arrest mission in the town of Nabi Salah in the occupied West Bank shot dead a Palestinian early today. The man was suspected of carrying out two shooting attacks in the West Bank a day earlier and opened fire at soldiers and policemen who had tracked him down. The man was identified as Amar Tirawi (34) from Kafr Ein.
    (AFP, 7/16/17)(Reuters, 7/16/17)
2017        Jul 16, Israel reopened Jerusalem's Noble Sanctuary-Temple Mount compound, drawing a protest by Muslim religious authorities over the installation of metal detectors at entrances two days after a deadly shooting.
    (Reuters, 7/16/17)
2017        Jul 16, In Nigeria violence erupted between herders and farmers in Kajuru village, 50 km (30 miles) outside the city of Kaduna. Two days of violence left at least 33 pople dead.
    (AFP, 7/20/17)
2017        Jul 16, Pakistan said it has launched a new military operation near the Afghan border to combat militants in the Rajgal Valley of the Khyber tribal region.
    (AP, 7/16/17)
2017        Jul 16, The prime minister of Papua New Guinea (PNG), Peter O'Neill, reportedly won a fourth term in Parliament. Final results not expected until month-end. Despite its mineral wealth, which includes Exxon Mobil's $20 billion LNG plant, most of the nearly 8 million population lived at subsistence level.
    (Reuters, 7/16/17)
2017        Jul 16, In the Philippines 14 inmates, including suspected Abu Sayyaf fighters and drug dealers, escaped early today from a jail in a new building that also houses the police headquarters in a government compound in Sulu's main town of Jolo. Three of those who escaped were gunned down by police and another was shot and captured.
    (AP, 7/16/17)
2017        Jul 16, In the southern Philippines suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen abducted four workers at a school in Patikul town, Sulu province.
    (SFC, 7/17/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 16, In Syria a bomb exploded near a hospital in the rebel-held northwestern city of Idlib wounding five people. Hours later two shells hit the Russian embassy in Damascus causing material damage.
    (AP, 7/16/17)
2017        Jul 16, In Syria David Taylor, a former US Marine, was killed while fighting for a Kurdish militia battling the Islamic State.
    (SFC, 7/26/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 16, In Venezuela the opposition held an unofficial vote to let Venezuelans have their say about unpopular President Nicolas Maduro's plan to elect a new legislative body with powers to rewrite the constitution and supersede other institutions. Venezuelan expatriates began voting in hundreds of cities worldwide in the unofficial plebiscite. The Democratic Unity coalition brought millions onto the streets for the informal referendum.  More than 7 million Venezuelans cast symbolic votes rejecting Maduro’s plan to retool the constitution.
    (Reuters, 7/16/17)(Reuters, 7/17/17)(AP, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 16, Five Yemeni soldiers were killed and three wounded when gunmen suspected of ties to Al-Qaeda opened fire on a military checkpoint in the northeast of Shabwa province.
    (AFP, 7/16/17)
2017        Jul 16, In Zambia a baboon plunged a tourist town into darkness after tampering with equipment at a hydro-electric power station in Livingstone.
    (Reuters, 7/17/17)

2017        Jul 17, A US Republican drive in the Senate to come up with a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act fell apart when two more Republican senators came out against their party's legislation.
    (AFP, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 17, The US Transportation Security Administration said it was lifting a ban on passengers on Saudi Arabian Airlines carrying large electronics like laptops onboard US-bound flights, the last carrier under the restrictions.
    (Reuters, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, The US Justice Department said a Portuguese engineer pleaded guilty to conspiring to help an Iranian firm illegally obtain sophisticated US optical lenses and inertial guidance systems that have both commercial and military uses.
    (Reuters, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, Former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert was released from prison in Minnesota and transferred to a re-entry facility in Chicago. His release date was set for August 16.
    (SFC, 7/19/17, p.A4)
2017        Jul 17, Authorities searched for a missing man after a flash flood crashed down an Arizona canyon, reportedly killing his wife and eight other family members at a popular swimming spot north of Phoenix. The body of Hector Miguel Garnica (27) was found on July 19.
    (Reuters, 7/17/17)(SFC, 7/27/17, p.A6)
2017        Jul 17, California's legislature passed a package of bills that extends the state's signature plan to address climate change by a decade, sending Governor Jerry Brown a cap-and-trade plan that uses market forces to cuts greenhouse gas emissions.
    (Reuters, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 17, Afghan officials said security forces backed by US air strikes have retaken Nawa district from the Taliban as part of a drive to weaken the insurgents' hold on Helmand province and push them back from around its capital, Lashkar Gah. More than 50 fighters were reported killed and vehicles and equipment were destroyed.
    (Reuters, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, A private jet, which Afghan officials suspected was bringing back embattled Vice President Rashid Dostum from Turkey, was turned away when it tried to land in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. The plane diverted to Turkmenistan.
    (Reuters, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 17, Almost 40,000 Canadians fled their homes under threat of huge wild fires, with British Columbia facing its largest emergency evacuation ever.
    (AFP, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, A spasm of violence in Rio claimed another life as a policeman was shot dead, a day after a gun battle sparked panic on the road to the airport and prompted some drivers to seek shelter in the trunks of their cars. Officers were fired on during the morning shift change in a favela called Mangueira.
    (AFP, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, Chinese state media said flooding in in the northeast has left 18 dead and 18 missing. Xinhua News Agency said the government had sent over 32,000 rescue workers to central and eastern parts of Jilin province.
    (AP, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, The South China Morning Post reported that Sun Zhengcai (53), once considered a potential future leader, is being investigated by the party's anti-graft arm. The Central Commission of Discipline Inspection has not formally announced any probe of Sun. On July 24 the Chinese Communist Party announced that Sun Zhengcai was under investigation for graft.
    (AP, 7/17/17)(SFC, 7/25/17, p.A3)
2017        Jul 17, Congo DRC’s Pres. Joseph Kabila named Dieudonne Amuli Bahigwa to replace Charles Bisengimana as chief of the national police.
    (Reuters, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 17, Gunmen in restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo kidnapped two Catholic priests in an area at the center of over two years of massacres by unknown assailants, the country's conference of bishops said on Monday.
    (Reuters, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, Croatian firefighters battled for a second day to try and control a raging forest fire along the Adriatic coast that has destroyed or damaged several buildings in villages located around the city of Split. At least 100 tourists have been forced to evacuate from a coastal area in Montenegro due to the fires.
    (Reuters, 7/17/17)(AP, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, Denmark’s Defense Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen said Danish troops will get training in how to deal with Russian misinformation before being sent to join a NATO military build-up in Estonia in January.
    (Reuters, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, In Egypt suspected Islamic militants attacked police in el-Arish, northern Sinai Peninsula, killing five of them and wounding another five.
    (AP, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry said it will end visa-free entry for Qatari nationals with some exceptions, the latest measure taken against Doha which Cairo and three Gulf governments are boycotting.
    (Reuters, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, In Ethiopia retail business owners in some towns of the Oromiya region went on strike over the imposition of a revised tax law, the latest unrest to plague a province that was shaken by violence for months in 2015 and 2016.
    (AP, 7/19/17)
2017        Jul 17, EU foreign ministers agreed to allow member countries to restrict sales of inflatable boats and outboard motors to Libya in an effort to stop dangerous migrant smuggling across the Mediterranean.
    (AP, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, The European Union imposed sanctions on 16 Syrian scientists and military officials for their suspected involvement in a chemical attack in northern Syria in April which killed scores of civilians.
    (Reuters, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, Lawmakers voted to choose India's next president. Hindu nationalist Ram Nath Kovind (71), a little-known member of a political group closely allied to India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, was elected by the Parliament and state legislatures as the country’s new president, a largely ceremonial position.
    (AP, 7/17/17)(AP, 7/20/17)
2017        Jul 17, Indonesia's anti-graft agency named speaker of Parliament Setya Novanto as a suspect in a corruption scandal in which officials allegedly pocketed more than $170 million in government money.
    (AP, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, An Iranian serviceman shot dead three fellow soldiers at a barracks and wounded six others before killing himself in the town of Abyek, some 40 km (25 miles) northwest of Tehran.
    (Reuters 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, A Jordanian court sentenced Maarik al-Tawaiha (39) to life imprisonment over the killing of three American military trainers outside an army base on Nov 4, 2016. The court also demoted from sergeant to 2nd private and threw him out of military service.
    (AP, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, Islamic leaders called on Muslims to boycott a Jerusalem holy site at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a gesture of protest after Israel set up metal detectors at the site's entrance gates following a deadly Arab attack there last week.
    (AP, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, In Kashmir four Pakistani soldiers, one Indian soldier and a child were killed as Indian and Pakistani troops traded fire across a cease-fire line dividing the troubled region between the two countries.
    (AP, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, A court in Vilnius ruled that a Lithuanian accused of swindling Facebook and Google out of more than $100 million through an email fraud scheme must be extradited to the United States to stand trial. Evaldas Rimasauskas denied the allegations and will appeal against the decision to a higher court.
    (Reuters, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, Mexican ex-governor Javier Duarte was extradited from Guatemala to face corruption and racketeering charges back home. Duarte left the once-wealthy state of Veracruz on the verge of bankruptcy during his governorship (2010-2016), allegedly stealing hundreds of millions of dollars in public funds to buy luxury properties, Miami vacation homes and thoroughbred horses.
    (AFP, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, In northeastern Nigeria eight people were killed when a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives at a mosque in Maiduguri. Two others were killed shortly before midnight while the third was intercepted shortly after.
    (AFP, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, Pakistani opposition parties called on the Supreme Court to remove PM Nawaz Sharif from office after an investigation found that he and his family possess wealth exceeding their known sources of income.
    (SFC, 7/18/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 17, Qatar said it believed a media report citing US officials had revealed the responsibility of the United Arab Emirates in an alleged hack on its state news agency in late May which helped spark a diplomatic rift between Doha and its neighbors. UAE officials denied their country’s involvement.
    (Reuters, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck off Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula.
    (Reuters, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, South Korea proposed military talks with North Korea, the first formal overture to Pyongyang by the government of President Moon Jae-in, to discuss ways to avoid hostile acts near the heavily militarized border.
    (Reuters, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, In Syria US-backed fighters fought Islamic State militants in the heart of Raqqa, as scores of civilians fled areas controlled by the group. US-backed forces captured a new neighborhood from entrenched jihadists. The Syrian army supported by Iranian backed militias seized new oil fields in the desert in the southwest of Raqqa province in new advances against retreating Islamic state militants.
    (AP, 7/17/17)    (Reuters, 7/17/17)(AFP, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, In Thailand a law became effective that placed the Crown Property Bureau, essentially a holding company for the royal palace's assets, under King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun's direct control. This was the world's richest royal fortune, estimated to be worth more than $30 billion.
    (AP, 7/17/17)
2017        Jul 17, Turkish-backed rebels clashed with Kurdish fighters from a US-backed alliance in northwestern Syria in escalating violence between the two sides.
    (Reuters, 7/17/17)

2017        Jul 18, In Washington, DC, six teens from Burundi went missing while competing in an int’l. robotics competition. Two of them were seen crossing into Canada and foul play was not suspected.
    (SFC, 7/22/17, p.A6)
2017        Jul 18, In Afghanistan five policemen were killed and another six were wounded in a fierce battle with the Taliban after the insurgents launched a three-pronged push in the northern Baghlan province. Roadside mines killed three children and two soldiers in two separate incidents in the country's western province of Herat.
    (AP, 7/18/17)(AP, 7/19/17)
2017        Jul 18, Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority, which plays a big role in regulating the industry, said it would take a harder line against adverts that feature common sexist stereotypes or which mock people who do not adopt typical gender roles.
    (Reuters, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 18, British prosecutors said a police helicopter crew filmed people having sex and sunbathing naked. One police officer, Adrian Pogmore (50), has pleaded guilty to misconduct. Four other men deny the charges.
    (AP, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 18, Britain's National Cyber Security Center said it had never certified products from Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab.
    (Reuters, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 18, China notified the World Trade Organization that by the end of this year it will ban imports of 24 types of rubbish, as part of a campaign against "foreign garbage" and environmental pollution.
    (Reuters, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 18, Users of WhatsApp in China and security researchers reported widespread service disruptions amid fears that the popular messaging service may be at least partially blocked by authorities in the world's most populous country.
    (AP, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 18, In Germany a report released today said at least 547 members of the Domspatzen boys’ choir in Regensburg choir were physically or sexually abused between 1945 and 1992. It counted 500 cases of physical violence and 67 of sexual violence, committed by a total of 49 perpetrators. The choir was led from 1964 to 1994 by Benedict's brother, the Rev. Georg Ratzinger.
    (AP, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 18, Hungary's PM Viktor Orban told visiting Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu that his country stood firmly against anti-Semitism today after the "crime" of failing to protect its Jewish citizens during World War Two. Netanyahu's visit is the first to Hungary by a serving Israeli prime minister since the fall of communism. He will also meet the Polish, Czech and Slovak leaders in Budapest on July 19.
    (Reuters, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 18, In Indonesia conservative Islamic groups protested in Jakarta denouncing President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's attempt to ban radical organizations.
    (AP, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 18, Muslims boycotted a Jerusalem holy site for the third day running after Israeli authorities installed metal detectors and cameras at entrances to the sensitive compound following an attack that killed two policemen.
    (AFP, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 18, In Pakistan a dilapidated, three-story building in a poorer neighborhood of Karachi collapsed before dawn, killing at least five people and injuring 14.
    (AP, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 18, A Palestinian carried out a car-ramming attack near the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, lightly wounding two Israeli soldiers before being shot dead.
    (AFP, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 18, A Romanian court in Bucharest ruled that Dan Voiculescu (70), ex-owner of Antena TV, could be released after serving over one-third of his 2014 sentence. The media mogul was serving a 10-year sentence for money laundering and fraudulently privatizing an agricultural institute.
    (AP, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 18, An international tribunal ordered Russia to pay damages and costs of nearly 5.4 million euros ($6.2 million) to the Netherlands for unlawfully seizing a Greenpeace ship protesting at an oil platform in Arctic waters. The Arctic Sunrise, sailing under a Dutch flag, was seized by Russian authorities in September 2013 during a protest against an offshore oil platform.
    (AP, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 18, Saudi police arrested and questioned a woman who appeared in an online video over the weekend in a miniskirt and crop top walking through a historic site in the ultraconservative kingdom.
    (AFP, 7/18/17)(SFC, 7/19/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 18, In Serbia several hundred striking workers from Fiat's factory in Kragujevac marched to demand higher wages.
    (AP, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 18, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir declared a three-month state of emergency in Gogrial, his home state, where clashes have raged for months between clan-based militias.
    (Reuters, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 18, Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar, FIFA's senior vice president and a long-time player in world soccer, was arrested along with his son and two more federation executives in an anti-corruption investigation.
    (AP, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 18, More than a dozen Syrian rebels died in hit-and-run clashes with a US-backed alliance dominated by Kurdish forces in the country's north. The Turkish-backed rebels were locked in a second day of fighting with units from the Syrian Democratic Forces around the village of Ain Daqna.
    (AFP, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 18, Thai police said Wirapol Sukphol (aka Luang Pu Nenkham), a former Buddhist monk wanted on child sex charges, will be sent home from the United States to face trial.
    (Reuters, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 18, Turkey announced a new school curriculum that excluded Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, feeding opposition fears President Tayyip Erdogan is subverting the republic's secular foundations.
    (Reuters, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 18, A Turkish court jailed Amnesty International's Turkey director Idil Eser and five other human rights activists pending trial for allegedly aiding an armed terror group.
    (AP, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 18, In Turkey people had to swim to safety in the flooded streets of Istanbul after heavy rain and storms brought chaos to the city and caused shipping traffic on oil and grain routes through the Bosporus Strait to be suspended for some hours.
    (Reuters, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 18, The presidents of Ukraine and Georgia agreed to work together to further their ambitions to join NATO and the European Union, in defiance of threats from former master Russia.
    (AFP, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 18, Separatists in eastern Ukraine proclaimed a new state, Malorossiya (Little Russia), that aspires to include not only the areas they control but also the rest of the country. But Russia, their chief backer, sought to play down the announcement, saying it was merely part of public discussion.
    (AP, 7/18/17)
2017        Jul 18, In Yemen a Saudi-led coalition airstrike on fleeing civilians in the province of Taiz killed at least 20 people.
    (AP, 7/19/17)

2017        Jul 19, It was reported that Maryland-based spice maker McCormick & Company has bought New Jersey-based Reckitt Benckiser's food business in a $4.2 billion cash deal.
    (AP, 7/19/17)
2017        Jul 19, Britain’s publicly funded BBC was forced to publish the names and salaries of its highest-earning actors and presenters, unleashing a national debate about fame, gender, race and the use of taxpayers' money. The list showed that the BBC pays 96 on-air personalities at least 150,000 pounds ($195,000) a year, more than Britain's PM.
    (AP, 7/19/17)
2017        Jul 19, British Columbia Premier John Horgan said he is extending a state of emergency for two more weeks as wildfires continued to sweep across the province.
    (SFC, 7/27/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 19, In China 30 to 50 people entered the Shanghai office of Sydney-headquartered brokerage, Union Standard Group Forex (USGFX), and prevented 20 staff members from leaving in protest against losses made on currency trades. Those being held were released on July 24.
    (Reuters, 7/21/17)(Reuters, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 19, Activists from China's Uighur community said scores of students from the ethnic minority detained by police in Egypt are being moved to a massive prison complex in Cairo for interrogation by Chinese officials.
    (AP, 7/19/17)
2017        Jul 19, Gen. Pierre de Villiers, France’s armed forces chief, resigned in a dispute with Pres. Emmanuel Macron over defense budget cuts. Gen. Francois Lecointre, a career military officer, was nominated as the new military chief.
    (Reuters, 7/19/17)(AP, 7/19/17)
2017        Jul 19, In Hungary Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu met with leaders of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia at a regional summit. He was caught by a live microphone railing against the European Union's "crazy" insistence on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a precondition for closer ties with the 28-state bloc, and trumpeting Israel as essential to its prosperity and survival.
    (AP, 7/19/17)
2017        Jul 19, The Indonesian government banned Hizbut Tahrir, an Islamic organization that wants to establish a global caliphate, under a new presidential decree criticized as draconian by rights groups.
    (AP, 7/19/17)
2017        Jul 19, In Ivory Coast gunmen, some of them in military uniforms, attacked the base of an elite security unit in Abidjan latetoday, and stole stocks of weapons as part of a series of overnight clashes.
    {Ivory Coast}
    (Reuters, 7/20/17)
2017        Jul 19, Kenya’s health minister said a cholera outbreak in Nairobi has killed four people since May and the government has shut down a three-star hotel and a popular restaurant there to control its spread.
    (Reuters, 7/19/17)
2017        Jul 19, A report by a Seoul-based non-government group said North Korea carries out public executions on river banks and at school grounds and marketplaces for charges such as stealing copper from factory machines, distributing media from South Korea and prostitution.
    (Reuters, 7/19/17)
2017        Jul 19, In southwestern Pakistan gunmen shot dead four members of the Hazara Shi'ite Muslim minority in Baluchistan province, in what police suspect was a sectarian attack.
    (Reuters, 7/19/17)
2017        Jul 19, The Philippine government scrapped preliminary peace talks with communist rebel leaders in Europe due to continuing guerrilla attacks, including new violence that killed a government militiaman and wounded at least four presidential guards in the country's south.
    (AP, 7/19/17)
2017        Jul 19, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered the arrest and interrogation of arrest of Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz, a day after short video clips were published on YouTube and shared on Twitter showing what appears to be a rifle pointed toward a man who is bleeding from the head and pleading.
    (AP, 7/20/17)
2017        Jul 19, Saudi Arabia's national carrier said a US ban on laptops and tablets in the cabins of its US-bound planes has been lifted.
    (AFP, 7/19/17)
2017        Jul 19, The Straits Times newspaper reported that Singapore has annulled a couple's marriage after the husband changed sex, prompting an outcry from a group that campaigns for the rights of gay and transgender people.
    (Reuters, 7/19/17)
2017        Jul 19, Spanish banker Miguel Blesa, former head of the ill-fated Madrid-based savings bank Caja Madrid, was found dead on a country estate. His brushes with the law and extravagant hunting trips came to symbolize the excesses of the country's economic boom.
    (AFP, 7/19/17)
2017        Jul 19, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said infighting between two of the most powerful factions in opposition-held Idlib province has killed at least 14 people in the past o24 hours. Fierce clashes between Syrian rebels and al-Qaida-linked militants spread through northwest, as the two sides jostled for control over the important border town of Sarmada.
    (AFP, 7/19/17)(AP, 7/19/17)
2017        Jul 19, Thai army Lt. Gen. Manas Kongpaen was one of dozens of people found guilty in a major human trafficking trial that included 103 defendants accused of involvement in a modern-day slavery trade. Kongpan (61) was condemned to 27 years in prison for profiting from huma trafficking, an extraordinarily rare conviction of a senior member of an army that dominates the kingdom.
    (AP, 7/19/17)(AFP, 7/22/17)
2017        Jul 19, Ukrainian President Petru Poroshenko said Ukraine and Georgia will coordinate their efforts to reclaim areas captured by pro-Russian separatists. Fresh clashes in east Ukraine left two soldiers dead in a spike in fighting as a key rebel leader announced he planned to create a new "state".
    (AP, 7/19/17)(AFP, 7/19/17)
2017        Jul 19, In Uruguay marijuana went on sale at 16 pharmacies, the final step in applying a 2013 law that made the South American nation the first to legalize a pot market covering the entire chain from plants to purchase. The marijuana was produced by ICC and Symbiosis, the only two firms licensed by the government to grow cannabis for recreational use. Initial sales were in 5 gram packets priced at $1.30 a gram.
    (Econ 5/6/17, p.32)(AP, 7/19/17)
2017        Jul 19, Vietnam planned to rescue more than 1,000 bears from illegal farms across the country, in a move to end the traditional medicine trade in the creatures' bile.
    (AFP, 7/19/17)

2017        Jul 20, The US Treasury Dept. hit Exxon Mobil Corp. with a $2 million fine for violating Russia sanctions while Sec. of State Rex Tillerson served as CEO. Exxon-Mobil said it would sue to stop the fine.
    (SFC, 7/21/17, p.A7)
2017        Jul 20, US Dept. of Homeland Security confirmed that passengers flying into the US from airports in 10 Muslim-majority countries affected by a ban on laptops may now take their laptops and other large electronic devices into plane cabins with them.
    (SFC, 7/21/17, p.A14)
2017        Jul 20, In central California more than 3,000 firefighters battled a raging wildfire that has destroyed 29 structures and forced thousands to flee their homes as it threatened a picturesque gold rush town outside Yosemite National Park.
    (Reuters, 7/20/17)
2017        Jul 20, Chester Bennington (41), the lead singer of Linkin Park, was found dead in his home in Palos Verdes Estates, Los Angeles County, in an apparent suicide.
    (SFC, 7/21/17, p.D5)
2017        Jul 20, In Nevada O.J. Simpson (70) was granted parole after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel-room heist, successfully making his case for freedom in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America's enduring fascination with the former football star. Simpson was due to be freed on October 1.
    (AP, 7/21/17)(SFC, 7/21/17, p.D1)
2017        Jul 20, In southern Afghanistan Abdur Rahman (23), the son of Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundz died carrying out a suicide attack in Helmand province. Taliban fighters drove three captured Humvee vehicles into checkpoints during heavy fighting around Gereshk.
    (Reuters, 7/22/17)
2017        Jul 20, Amnesty said it had unearthed 101 cases of secret detention and documented at least 24 different types of torture at more than 20 different sites in Cameroon between 2013 and 2017.
    (AFP, 7/20/17)
2017        Jul 20, In Egypt gunmen attacked a three-car police convoy on the main Cairo-to-Fayoum road killing one policeman and injuring three others.
    (AP, 7/21/17)
2017        Jul 20, European and US authorities said they had shut down AlphaBay and Hansa Market and arrested their operators. AlphaBay, the largest so-called darknet market, was taken down in early July at the same time that authorities arrested Alexandre Cazes (25), a Canadian man living in Bangkok. Dutch police said they had taken control of Hansa market in June. Two men accused of operating Hansa were arrested in Germany.
    (SFC, 7/21/17, p.C1)
2017        Jul 20, Germany's president signed legislation legalizing gay marriage, paving the way for it to take effect this fall.
    (AP, 7/21/17)
2017        Jul 20, German customs authorities said they've seized over 3.8 tons of cocaine that arrived in Hamburg in shipping containers from South America in three operations between March and May.
    (AP, 7/20/17)
2017        Jul 20, In northern India an inter-city bus plunged into a deep gorge, killing 28 people and injuring 10 others in Rampur Bushahar, Himachal Pradesh state.
    (AP, 7/20/17)
2017        Jul 20, In Iran elite Revolutionary Guard forces killed three terrorists and wounded four others in a clash in a border area in the country's northwest.
    (AP, 7/21/17)
2017        Jul 20, The Israeli military shot and killed a Palestinian attacker (26) who tried to stab soldiers at a West Bank checkpoint near Hebron.
    (AP, 7/20/17)
2017        Jul 20, In Italy a Rome court convicted dozens of defendants in a wide-ranging corruption trial that revealed a system of kickbacks and intimidation to gain control of city contracts, but acquitted all of the defendants on key charges of mafia-style association. Massimo Carminati (59) was sentenced to 20 years in prison. His right-hand man and fellow defendant Salvatore Buzzi (61) was handed a 19-year jail term.
    (AP, 7/20/17)(AFP, 7/20/17)
2017        Jul 20, Kuwait state news agency KUNA said the government has ordered Iran to reduce its embassy staff from 19 to 4 and close down its technical offices in the Gulf Arab state following a court case last year which implicated "Iranian parties" of involvement in a spy cell.
    (Reuters, 7/20/17)
2017        Jul 20, Mexican Marines killed eight alleged drug traffickers in a rare Mexico City gun battle. Presumed gang members retaliated by burning vehicles in unprecedented unrest in the country's safest city.
    (AFP, 7/21/17)
2017        Jul 20, Moldova lawmakers voted to overhaul the electoral system, as thousands of opposition activists massed outside saying the changes favored the two largest parties.
    (Reuters, 7/20/17)
2017        Jul 20, In northern Morocco protester Imad Atabi was in a coma after being struck on the head during clashes between demonstrators and security forces in Al-Hoceima. On August 8 he died of his injuries.
    (AFP, 7/21/17)(AFP, 8/8/17)
2017        Jul 20, In Syria rebels killed at least 28 members of government and allied forces east of the capital Damascus.
    (Reuters, 7/20/17)
2017        Jul 20, Tanzanian opposition number two Tundu Lissu was arrested, three days after having called President John Magufuli a "dictator".
    (AFP, 7/21/17)
2017        Jul 20, Many Venezuelan streets were deserted and barricaded for a strike called by foes of President Nicolas Maduro to demand a presidential election and the abandonment of a plan for a new congress they fear would institute a dictatorship. Two people were killed in clashes during the nationwide strike.
    (Reuters, 7/20/17)(AFP, 7/21/17)

2017        Jul 21, US President Donald Trump warned that Iran would face "new and serious consequences" unless all unjustly detained American citizens were released and returned.
    (Reuters, 7/21/17)
2017        Jul 21, The US government said it will bar Americans from traveling to North Korea due to the risk of "long-term detention" in the country, where a US student was jailed while on a tour last year and later died.
    (AP, 7/21/17)
2017        Jul 21, White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned in protest at a major shake-up of Donald Trump's scandal-tainted administration, as pressure mounted from a broadening investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia.
    (AFP, 7/22/17)
2017        Jul 21, Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier, began his job as Pres. Donald Trump’s new communications chief. The next day he cleared up his Twitter trail of remarks in which he differs from Trump on illegal immigration, climate change, Islam and even gun control.
    (AFP, 7/23/17)
2017        Jul 21, It was announced that the US Pentagon is withholding hundreds of millions of dollars meant to reimburse Pakistan for its fight against terrorist groups, citing Islamabad’s failure to take sufficient action Against the Haqqani network, an offshoot of the Taliban in Pakistan.
    (SFC, 7/22/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 21, Residents of a historic gold-mining town in central California began returning home as evacuation orders prompted by a massive wildfire were lifted, but some 1,500 structures remained threatened by the flames.
    (Reuters, 7/21/17)
2017        Jul 21, American actor John Heard (b.1946) died of heart disease in Palo Alto, Ca. His films included “Awakening" (1990), “Big" (1988), "Cutter’s Way" (1981) and “Home Alone" (1990).
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Heard_(actor))(SFC, 8/1617, p.D5)
2017        Jul 21, Hawaii became the first US state to prepare the public for the possibility of a ballistic missile strike from North Korea. The state's Emergency Management Agency announced a public education campaign about what to do.
    (AP, 7/21/17)
2017        Jul 21, A federal judge ordered Kentucky taxpayers to pay more than $220,000 in attorneys’ fees from a 2016 legal dispute when elected Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
    (SFC, 7/22/17, p.A7)
2017        Jul 21, Minneapolis police Chief Janee Harteau resigned at the request of the mayor, who said she lost confidence in the chief after last weekend's fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman who had called 911.
    (AFP, 7/22/17)
2017        Jul 21, A US federal judge in St. Louis, Mo., approved an $11.2 million settlement between the marital infidelity website Ashley Madison and users who sued after hackers released personal information.
    (SFC, 7/22/17, p.D1)
2017        Jul 21, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation requiring the state to give guidance to public schools about policies for transgender students.
    (SSFC, 7/23/17, p.A6)
2017        Jul 21, In Texas Ivan Velasquez-Caballero of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, was sentenced by a federal judge in Laredo to serve 30 years in a US prison and forfeit $10 million for his drug-related crimes. Velasquez-Caballero (47) was expected to face deportation following his release from prison.
    (AP, 7/22/17)
2017        Jul 21, Young Pioneer Tours said the United States will bar Americans from travelling to North Korea as of July 27, a month after a US tourist, student Otto Warmbier, died following his imprisonment by Pyongyang. Warmbier (22) died after being medically evacuated to the United States suffering from severe brain damage. He had spent 18 months in captivity in North Korea.
    (AFP, 7/21/17)
2017        Jul 21, In Afghanistan 70 people were abducted from their village along the main road in the south and seven of them were found dead the following day alongside the highway, from the city of Kandahar to Tarinkot in Uruzgan province.
    (AFP, 7/23/17)
2017        Jul 21, In Afghanistan an insurgent attack overnight in western Ghor province killed four police officers and wounded another seven police. A US airstrike killed 16 Afghan police and wounded two others in the Gereshk district of Helmand province.
    (AP, 7/21/17)(AP, 7/22/17)(AFP, 7/22/17)
2017        Jul 21, In Afghanistan 70 people were abducted from their village along the main road in the south and seven of them were found dead the following day alongside the highway, from the city of Kandahar to Tarinkot in Uruzgan province.
    (AFP, 7/23/17)
2017        Jul 21, Australia said it plans to allow fishing across 80% of tis protected maritime sanctuaries. The plan required approval by Parliament.
    (SFC, 7/22/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 21, In China an explosion at a restaurant on a busy street in eastern city of Hangzhou killed two people and injured 45.
    (Reuters, 7/21/17)
2017        Jul 21, Shanghai registered its hottest day since records began in 1872. The new record of 106 degrees broke the previous record of 105 set in 2013.
    (SSFC, 7/30/17, p.C14)
2017        Jul 21, An appeals court in the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao upheld the sentence of a former prime minister found guilty of corruption. Gerrit Schotte was appointed prime minister in 2010 and was ousted in August 2012 after his governing coalition lost its majority.
    (AP, 7/22/17)
2017        Jul 21, A magnitude 6.7 earthquake killed two people on the Greek holiday island of Kos, also causing disruption in the Turkish tourist hub of Bodrum, where 80 people were injured. A Turkish and a Swedish tourist, aged 39 and 22 years, died when the roof of a popular bar collapsed.
    (Reuters, 7/21/17)(AFP, 7/21/17)
2017        Jul 21, Indian soldiers fired at worshippers outside a mosque in disputed Kashmir, killing one man and wounding another after some threw rocks. Residents said only a few rocks were thrown and none hit any soldier.
    (AP, 7/22/17)
2017        Jul 21, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo instructed law enforcement officers to shoot drug traffickers to deal with a narcotics emergency facing the country.
    (AP, 7/22/17)
2017        Jul 21, Iran decided for the second time since January not to upset its nuclear pact with six world powers, despite public statements by Tehran accusing the United States of violating the deal.
    (Reuters, 7/21/17)
2017        Jul 21, Israeli police clashed with Palestinians in Jerusalem after Muslim prayers were held in protest outside a major shrine. Israeli police said they were barring men under 50 from entering Jerusalem's Old City for Friday Muslim prayers.
    (AP, 7/21/17)(AP, 7/21/17)
2017        Jul 21, Lebanon's Hezbollah and the Syrian army launched an offensive to drive insurgents from their last foothold at the Syrian-Lebanese border.
    (Reuters, 7/21/17)
2017        Jul 21, Mexico's spiraling violence reached new heights with 2,234 murders in June, the country's deadliest month in at least 20 years, according to government data.
    (AP, 7/21/17)
2017        Jul 21, The largest city on New Zealand's south island declared a state of emergency amid a severe storm which has already seen hundreds of homes evacuated across the Pacific island nation, highways cut and soldiers called in to help provide emergency services.
    (Reuters, 7/22/17)
2017        Jul 21, The chairman of Pakistan's financial regulator was arrested, accused of forging documents in a corruption case against PM Nawaz Sharif. Zafar Hijazi was accused by investigators of doctoring the records of a sugar mill owned by the Sharif family.
    (AFP, 7/21/17)
2017        Jul 21, A Palestinian broke into a home in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank and stabbed four Israelis, killing three of them.
    (AFP, 7/21/17)
2017        Jul 21, Peru’s Labor Ministry said striking mining workers in have agreed to return to work by July 24 after the government of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski promised to name a task force to discuss labor laws with them.
    (Reuters, 7/22/17)
2017        Jul 21, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he will never visit the United States while he is in office, and adds that he has "seen America and it's lousy."
    (AP, 7/21/17)   
2017        Jul 21, Poland's upper house of parliament passed a bill allowing parliament to appoint Supreme Court judges, defying massed opposition protesters and the European Union, which has threatened sanctions.
    (Reuters, 7/21/17)
2017        Jul 21, The Syrian army and members of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group launched a major ground offensive aimed at ending the years-long presence of hundreds of militants in a border area between the two countries.
    (AP, 7/21/17)
2017        Jul 21, Clashes in Syria's Idlib province between a powerful jihadist group and a key rebel faction intensified overnight, spreading to a border crossing with Turkey. The running battles between the jihadist Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), led by a former Al-Qaeda affiliate, and the Ahrar al-Sham rebel group have so far killed at least 65 people, including 15 civilians.
    (AFP, 7/21/17)
2017        Jul 21, In eastern Ukraine health activist Natalia Gurova struggled to manage a project in her insurgent-controlled home city of Lugansk handing out clean syringes and condoms to drug-users and sex workers who are most at risk from HIV and hepatitis.   
    (AFP, 7/21/17)
2017        Jul 21, The UN reported that North Korea is suffering its worst drought in 16 years.
    (SFC, 7/22/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 21, Venezuela’s opposition-controlled congress named a slate of new judges to replace the government-stacked Supreme Court, which wasted no time in rejecting the move as an ongoing power struggle heats up between Pres. Nicolas Maduro and his foes.
    (AP, 7/22/17)

2017        Jul 22, Pres. Donald Trump asserted that has complete power to pardon in an apparent allusion to the probe into his campaign contracts with Russian officials.
    (SSFC, 7/23/17, p.A6)
2017        Jul 22, Pres. Donald Trump helped commission the $12.9 billion Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier in Norfolk, Va.
    (SSFC, 7/23/17, p.A7)
2017        Jul 22, A Minnesota mink farm said 15,000 mink have died after unknown culprits released them from cages last week. Some 38,000 mink were released and 14,000 were unaccounted for.
    (SSFC, 7/23/17, p.A6)
2017        Jul 22, In southern California Clarence Francis Matthews (b.1906), believed to be the oldest man in the US, died at his home in Indian Wells.
    (SFC, 7/25/17, p.C4)
2017        Jul 22, In Afghanistan two police were killed late today when Taliban using the cover of darkness to attack the district headquarters, setting fire to the police headquarters buildings in northern Faryab province's Lawlash district.
    (AP, 7/23/17)
2017        Jul 22, British officials announced plans to regulate drone use in a bid to prevent accidents and threats to commercial aviation.
    (SSFC, 7/23/17, p.A3)
2017        Jul 22, It was reported that nearly one young person a week has been stabbed to death in London so far this year. Figures from London city hall twenty-seven people under the age of 25 have been stabbed to death in London since the start of 2017.
    (AFP, 7/22/17)
2017        Jul 22, In southern China a crane at a construction site collapsed in Guangzhou city killing seven people. Authorities the next day suspended all construction projects in the city pending inspection.
    (Reuters, 7/23/17)
2017        Jul 22, In Egypt a Cairo criminal court sentenced to death 28 people over the 2015 killing of Hisham Barakat, Egypt's top prosecutor, and handed 15 others jail sentences of 25 years each.
    (Reuters, 7/22/17)(SSFC, 7/23/17, p.A3)
2017        Jul 22, Egypt’s military said security forces have killed 30 extremists during several days of security operations in the Sinai Peninsula involving the army, air force and police.
    (AFP, 7/22/17)
2017        Jul 22, Lebanon's Shi'ite militia Hezbollah and the Syrian army advanced against Sunni militants, the second day of an assault to drive them from their last foothold along the Syria-Lebanon border, pro-Damascus media reported.
    (Reuters, 7/22/17)
2017        Jul 22, Two Palestinians died in clashes with Israeli forces as the army moved in to seal off an attacker's home after violence over security measures at an ultra-sensitive holy site.
    (AFP, 7/23/17)
2017        Jul 22, The Philippine Congress overwhelmingly approved the president's appeal for martial law on Mindanao Island to be extended to the end of the year, granting greater powers to security forces to go after extremists with a reach that goes far beyond Marawi.
    (AP, 7/22/17)(Reuters, 7/23/17)
2017        Jul 22, Poland's Senate approved a contentious law that gives politicians substantial influence over the Supreme Court, in defiance of EU criticism. The bill proposed by the populist ruling party only needs the signature of President Andrzej Duda to become binding. Outrage over plans by the governing party to put the judicial system under its political control sparked another day of nationwide protests, with some people gathering outside the home of ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski and accusing him of being a dictator.
    (AP, 7/22/17)
2017        Jul 22, Russia's Defense Ministry said an agreement has been reached with the Syrian opposition on the boundaries for a de-escalation zone for the East Ghouta area near the Syrian capital Damascus.
    (AP, 7/22/17)
2017        Jul 22, Syrian warplanes carried out air strikes against Islamic State in an area of countryside east of Raqqa and close to where US-backed forces operate.
    (Reuters, 7/22/17)
2017        Jul 22, The Syrian army announced a halt in fighting for parts of Eastern Ghouta, a rebel-held region on the outskirts of the capital that has been ravaged in the six-year conflict.
    (AFP, 7/23/17)
2017        Jul 22, Voters in East Timor queued up to cast their vote in the country's fourth parliamentary elections since independence in a ballot where campaigning has focused on development and jobs in Asia's youngest democracy.
    (Reuters, 7/22/17)
2017        Jul 22, In Venezuela another day of violent clashes took place as security forces blocked protesters with armored cars and riot shields. The injured included Violinist Wuilly Arteaga, famous for his musical protests. The opposition called for a fresh 48-hour general strike against President Nicolas Maduro's plans to have the constitution rewritten giving him broader powers.
    (AP, 7/23/17)(AFP, 7/23/17)
2017        Jul 22, In Zimbabwe a bull elephant, that gave tourist rides in the town of Victoria Falls, trampled to death Enock Kufandanda (50), his professional handler. Parks and wildlife authority rangers shot and killed the elephant, reported to be about 30 years old.
    (AFP, 7/25/17)

2017        Jul 23, Donald Trump's son-in-law and top White House advisor Jared Kushner denied colluding with Moscow to sway the 2016 election, insisting a string of undisclosed meetings with Russian officials were "proper."
    (AFP, 7/24/17)
2017        Jul 23, In Missouri almost 100,000 people woke up without power after severe storms swept through the Kansas City area overnight.
    (SFC, 7/24/17, p.A5)
2017        Jul 23, In Nevada Scott Blumstein (25) of New Jersey won the series' marquee no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event early today in Las Vegas. He was more than $8.1 million richer after eliminating Pennsylvania's Daniel Ott on the 246th hand of the final table.
    (AP, 7/23/17)
2017        Jul 23, A woman who was accused of intentionally drowning her fiancé in the Hudson River by tampering with his kayak as part of a murderous plot to collect on his life insurance pleaded guilty to a lesser charge that could minimize the amount of additional time she spends in jail.
    (AP, 7/24/17)
2017        Jul 23, In Texas 8 people were found dead after emergency crews pulled dozens of smuggled migrants from a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Walmart in the midsummer heat. A ninth victim died at the hospital. Adan Lara Vega (27) had been told the $5,500 he was being charged to be smuggled into the United States would include an air-conditioned truck ride. Instead, the Mexican laborer climbed with his friends into a pitch-black, metal tractor-trailer compartment that lacked ventilation -- a deadly oven that would claim 10 lives.    Driver James Bradley Jr. (60) was later charged under a federal law against knowingly transporting people who are in the country illegally.
    (AP, 7/24/17)(SFC, 7/25/17, p.A1)
2017        Jul 23, A federal judge in Seattle said that nonprofit legal groups around the country can keep assisting immigrants facing deportation, after a Justice Department decision threatened to curtail much of that work.
    (AP,7/24/17)
2017        Jul 23, In Afghanistan Taliban fighters overran a second district headquarters in as many days, this one in western Ghor province. At least eight police were killed in separate battles.
    (AP, 7/23/17)(SFC, 7/24/17, p.A4)
2017        Jul 23, Christian militias in Central African Republic killed a Moroccan peacekeeper as the Moroccan contingent escorted water trucks filling up in a river in order to meet the humanitarian needs of Bangassou. Recent incidents prompted 14 humanitarian workers from six organizations to suspend their activities in the town.
    (Reuters, 7/24/17)
2017        Jul 23, Preliminary results from East Timor's parliamentary election showed the Fretilin party has won the most votes while its partner in the national unity government suffered a slump in support.
    (AP, 7/23/17)
2017        Jul 23, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said his government would keep up a blockade of Qatar by four Arab states over charges it supports terrorism, in defiance of international efforts to end the crisis.
    (Reuters, 7/24/17)
2017        Jul 23, In Germany former Vietnamese oil executive Trinh Xuan Thanh was taken from the Tiergarten, a large forested park in central Berlin, by armed men.
    (Reuters, 8/2/17)
2017        Jul 23, In Japan tens of thousands of people in the northeast were told to evacuate their homes as heavy rain caused major flooding and cut some rail links.
    (Reuters, 7/23/17)
2017        Jul 23, Israel installed metal detectors at the Haram al-Sharif mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount after a weekend of violence left eight people dead, with fears more unrest could follow.
    (AFP, 7/23/17)
2017        Jul 23, In Jordan an Israeli security guard shot and killed two Jordanians after being attacked by one of them with a screwdriver in Amman. Mohammed Jawawdeh (16) was killed after he argued with an Israeli guard during a furniture delivery next to the Israeli Embassy. A bystander was also killed in the altercation.
    (AP, 7/24/17)(AP, 7/25/17)(SFC, 10/5/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 23, In northeastern Nigeria female suicide bombers attacked two camps for those displaced by the Boko Haram conflict outside Maiduguri. At least 8 people were killed and another 15 wounded.
    (AP, 7/24/17)
2017        Jul 23, In Pakistan at least 150 people were killed when an overturned fuel tanker truck exploded as they collected spilled fuel.
    (SFC, 7/26/17, p.A3)
2017        Jul 23, A chainsaw-wielding loner who mostly lived in the woods stormed into an insurance office in a Swiss town, wounding two members of staff and three other people before fleeing.
    (Reuters, 7/24/17)
2017        Jul 23, Syria's regime carried out air raids on one of the last rebel strongholds near Damascus, a day after it declared a ceasefire in parts of the besieged enclave.
    (AFP, 7/23/17)
2017        Jul 23, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko demanded Russia's Vladimir Putin halt arms supplies to rebels as the leaders of France and Germany tried to revive a peace plan.
    (Reuters, 7/24/17)
2017        Jul 23, Vatican authorities began to turn off some 100 fountains, including two Baroque masterpieces in St. Peter's Square, due to a prolonged drought affecting the tiny city state and the city of Rome which surrounds it.
    (Reuters, 7/24/17)

2017        Jul 24, In Afghanistan at least 26 people were killed and 42 wounded after a Taliban-claimed car bomb struck a bus carrying government employees through a Shiite neighborhood in Kabul. A presidential spokesman said the Taliban also killed at least 35 civilians in an attack on a hospital in central Ghor province over the weekend.
    (AFP, 7/24/17)(SFC, 7/25/17, p.A3)
2017        Jul 24, In Egypt seven civilians, including two young children, were killed by a car bomb that exploded at a security checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula.
    (Reuters, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 24, Israel struck a position of Islamist group Hamas in Gaza, hours after a missile was fired across the border from the Palestinian enclave.
    (AP, 7/24/17)
2017        Jul 24, Lebanon-based Hezbollah said its battle with Nusra Front jihadists at the Syria-Lebanon border was almost over and urged remaining insurgents in the area to give up, pressing its campaign to take their last foothold at the frontier.
    (Reuters, 7/24/17)
2017        Jul 24, The Maldivian opposition said that the military has locked down parliament on the orders of President Yameen Abdul Gayoom in a bid to prevent lawmakers from taking part in a vote to impeach the parliamentary speaker.
    (AP, 7/24/17)
2017        Jul 24, Myanmar state media said flooding across large parts of the country has displaced more than 100,000 people, causing two deaths.
    (Reuters, 7/24/17)
2017        Jul 24, In Pakistan a Taliban suicide bombing killed 26 people in the eastern city of Lahore.
    (AP, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 24, A Palestinian assailant (21) stabbed an Arab citizen (32) of Israel in the neck in central Israel, apparently mistaking him for a Jew.
    (AP, 7/24/17)
2017        Jul 24, In Paraguay a shooting at a nightclub left four Brazilians dead and ten people wounded at a launch party for the After Office club in Pedro Juan Caballero. Two unknow assailants fled.
    (SFC, 7/25/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 24, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his second state of the nation speech to a joint session of Congress, vowing to continue his bloody war on illegal drugs despite international and domestic criticism. Duterte said he wanted to stop exporting mineral resources and might close the mining sector completely and tax miners "to death" if damage to the environment persisted.
    (Reuters, 7/24/17)(AP, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 24, Poland's Pres. Andrzej Duda announced that he will veto two contentious bills which were widely seen as assaults on the independence of the judicial system by the ruling party and that sparked days of nationwide protests. This marked the first time Duda has broken openly with Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the powerful leader of the ruling Law and Justice party. Duda said he would sign a third bill that reorganizes the functioning of the lower courts.
    (AP, 7/24/17)
2017        Jul 24, Saudi state news reported that Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have added 9 charity and media organizations and 9 individuals to their individual ban lists because of alleged links to Qatar over terrorism.
    (Reuters, 7/24/17)(AFP, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 24, Researchers said Swaziland, which bears the world's heaviest HIV burden, has halved the rate of new infections in five years by boosting access to virus-suppressing drugs.
    (AFP, 7/24/17)
2017        Jul 24, In Syria an air strike late today killed eight civilians, half of them children, and wounded dozens more in Eastern Ghouta, a rebel-held region near Damascus where a fragile truce was declared at the weekend. Russia denied involvement.
    (AFP, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 24, Thai police said they have arrested a gang of 44 people from China and Taiwan for running an elaborate phone scam that conned $3 million from scores of victims mainly in China.
    (AFP, 7/24/17)
2017        Jul 24, Thailand's military government began freeze the assets of former PM Yingluck Shinawatra in relation to a $1-billion fine it imposed in 2016 over her government's 2012-2013 rice buying scheme.
    (Reuters, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 24, Thai police said they have seized nearly $21 million worth of assets, from cars to cryptocurrency, belonging to Alexandre Cazes (5), the late founder of dark web marketplace AlphaBay, who died in a Bangkok jail on July 12.
    (Reuters, 7/24/17)
2017        Jul 24, Turkey's president has arrived in Qatar on the final leg of a Gulf tour aimed at forging a resolution to the diplomatic standoff gripping the nation and four fellow Arab countries.
    (AP, 7/24/17)

2017        Jul 25, US President Donald Trump again attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions, calling him "VERY weak" in pursuing intelligence leaks and failure to go after former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton over her emails.
    (AFP, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 25, US health officials said consumers should avoid a variety of papaya from Mexico linked to a salmonella outbreak that has been blamed for the death of a person in New York City and for sickening 46 others in 12 states.
    (AP, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 25, In Arkansas police officers fatally shot Aries Clark (16) as he held a black BB gun, outside the East Arkansas Youth Services emergency shelter in Marion. A prosecutor later said the officers were justified in using lethal force.
    (SFC, 7/27/17, p.A6)(SFC, 8/10/17, p.A5)
2017        Jul 25, Neuroscientist Marian Cleeves Diamond (b.1926), famed for her studies of developing brains, died in Oakland, Ca. Her research demonstrated the impact of environmental enrichment on human brain development.
    (SFC, 8/4/17, p.D4)
2017        Jul 25, In Pennsylvania the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of Joseph Maurizio (71), accused of sexually abusing orphans during missionary trips to Honduras, and denied his request for a new trial. The suspended priest has maintained his innocence. Maurizio was incarcerated at a low-security federal prison in Ohio with a projected release date of April 2029.
    (AP, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 25, In El Paso, Texas, the bodies of three Guatemalan nationals were recovered after they drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande from Mexico.
    (SFC, 7/26/17, p.A5)
2017        Jul 25, It was reported that American fashion brand Michael Kors is buying luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo in a deal worth $1.35 billion (896 million pounds).
    (AP, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 25, A Sydney lawyer announced a class action lawsuit against Toyota, Honda and Mazda seeking refunds for cars fitted with faulty air bags from Takata that have been linked to 18 deaths around the world.
    (AP, 7/25/17)   
2017        Jul 25, In London Marvyn Iheanacho (39) was sentenced to life imprisonment for beating his girlfriend’s five-year-old son to death in a park because the child had lost a shoe on Nov 20, 2016. The boy died two days later.
    (Reuters, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 25, The EU and Egypt pledged to work together to develop the country's economy, promote stability, counter extremism and manage migrant flows.
    (AP, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 25, Europe’s top court rejected a 2014 decision by Portuguese judges who had reduced damages to woman who could not have sex after a botched 1995 operation saying sex is not as important as in younger years. The woman was 50 at the time of the operation.
    (SFC, 7/26/17, p.A4)
2017        Jul 25, French firefighters battled wind-whipped infernos along the French Riviera coast as the flames torched vegetation on hills overlooking glitzy Mediterranean resorts thronged by summer holidaymakers.
    (AP, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 25, Greece returned to the debt markets for the first time in three years, with reports saying it was on track to raise funds at a lower cost, marking a symbolic victory for the beleaguered eurozone nation.
    (AFP, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 25, In Guyana a plane carrying fuel to mining camps crashed in the remote jungle, killing pilot Colin Martin (39).
    (AP, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 25, Hong Kong announced a controversial plan to allow mainland officials to enforce Chinese laws inside a Hong Kong train station set to open next year. Critics said the immigration set-up will encroach on the city's autonomy and endanger existing freedoms.
    (Reuters, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 25, In Hungary two Romanian women and a man were killed when a minibus crashed into the back of a truck that had stopped on the shoulder on a highway while traveling to Romania.
    (AP, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 25, In India Ram Nath Kovind (71) was sworn in as the country’s 14th president, becoming the first member of a powerful Hindu nationalist movement to assume the highest public office in the world's largest democracy. His elevation boosted the representation of his Dalit community, which ranks at the lower end of India's ancient caste hierarchy.
    (Reuters, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 25, In India a five-story building came crashing down in Mumbai killing 17 people and injuring nine others. The next day police arrested the owner of several apartments in the four-storey building.
    (AP, 7/25/17)(Reuters, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 25, Indian officials said least 16 people have been killed this week in heavy monsoon rains that have lashed western India, including the desert state of Rajasthan, with more than 24,000 villagers evacuated to higher ground.
    (AP, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 25, In Indonesia a speed boat capsized off Borneo island, killing at least 10 people with several others believed missing.
    (Reuters, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 25, Israel removed metal detectors from entrances to the Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City in favor of CCTV cameras, hoping to calm days of bloodshed. Palestinians said the modified security measures were still unacceptable.
    (Reuters, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 25, Ivory Coast officials said they have arrested five people, including three soldiers, over a July 19 attack and arms theft at the base of an elite security unit.
    (AP, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 25, Japanese lawmakers questioned PM Shinzo Abe in parliament for a second day about a cronyism scandal, with some opposition members accusing him of testifying falsely a day earlier when he denied using his influence to help a friend.
    (AP, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 25, Japanese authorities said a local woman has died from SFTS, or severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome, a tick-borne virus after being bitten by a stray cat in what is possibly the world's first animal-to-human transmission of the disease.
    (AFP, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 25, Libya's UN-backed PM Fayez al-Sarraj and military strongman rival Khalifa Haftar met near Paris for talks aimed at easing tensions in their violence-wracked country.
    (AFP, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 25, In Nigeria eight people were killed when a four-storey building collapsed after heavy rains in Lagos.
    (AFP, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 25, In northeastern Nigeria at least 69 people died in a Boko Haram ambush of an oil exploration team in the Magumeri area of Borno state.
    (AFP, 7/29/17)
2017        Jul 25, Sri Lanka's cabinet cleared a revised agreement for its Chinese-built southern port of Hambantota. Terms of the first pact had sparked widespread public anger. State-run China Merchants Port Holdings had built the port for $1.5 billion and signed an agreement taking an 80 percent stake.
    (Reuters, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 25, Swiss police arrested Franz Wroutsis (51) and charged him with attacking health insurance employees last week with a chain saw.
    (SFC, 7/27/17, p.A4)
2017        Jul 25, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged all Muslims to visit and protect Jerusalem after violence broke out over metal detectors that Israel installed and later removed from the Temple Mount, a sensitive holy site in the city.
    (AFP, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 25, A Vietnamese court sentenced activist Tran Thi Nga (40) to nine years in prison on charges of producing videos that defamed the country's leadership. Nga campaigned against environmental pollution, police brutality and illegal land confiscation, and called for a tougher stance toward China's assertive territorial claims in the South China Sea. The court also imposed five years of house arrest following her prison term,
    (AP, 7/25/17)

2017        Jul 26, President Donald Trump announced that transgender people may not serve "in any capacity" in the US military, citing the "tremendous medical costs and disruption" their presence would cause.
    (AFP, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 26, The Trump administration imposed sanctions on 13 senior officials of Venezuela's government, military and state oil company PDVSA.
    (Reuters, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 26, At the Ohio State Fair the swinging and spinning Fire Ball amusement park ride malfunctioned killing at least one person and injuring seven others. All Fire Ball rides, made by KMG, were soon closed worldwide.
    (SFC, 7/27/17, p.A6)(SFC, 7/28/17, p.D3)
2017        Jul 26, An invitation to President Donald Trump's afternoon news conference with Wisconsin officials said electronics giant Foxconn will build a liquid-crystal display panel plant in Wisconsin.
    (AP, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 26, The FBI searched the Virginia home of Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for Pres. Donald Trump, seeking tax documents and banking records.
    (SFC, 8/10/17, p.A6)
2017        Jul 26, It was reported that US scientists have edited the genes of human embryos, a controversial step toward someday helping babies avoid inherited diseases. Officials at Oregon Health & Science University confirmed that the work took place there and said results would be published in a journal soon.
    (AP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 26, American actress June Foray (b.1917), the voice of Rocky and Natasha on the Bullwinkle show (1959-1964), died. She voiced numerous animated characters on television and film. 
    (SSFC, 7/30/17, p.C12)
2017        Jul 26, In southern Afghanistan Taliban fighters killed 30 soldiers and wounded 13 others in an overnight attack on an army base in Kandahar province.
    (Reuters, 7/26/17)(Reuters, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 26, US stocks continue to reach record highs in midday trading. Boeing and AT&T rose sharply after posting strong second-quarter results.
    (AP, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 26, Australian police fatally shot a man in Sydney's main train station who was suspected of attempting to rob a florist. The man was armed with a pair of scissors. The man was armed with a pair of scissors.
    (AP, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 26, Britain said it has lifted an advisory against travel to Tunisia, paving the way for tourists to return to the country's Mediterranean beaches two years after a deadly attack.
    (AP, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 26, It was reported that Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 in an attempt to reduce air pollution that could herald the end of over a century of reliance on the internal combustion engine.
    (Reuters, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 26, In Congo DRC one the most notorious warlords, Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka, wanted for alleged crimes against humanity, surrendered to UN peacekeepers.
    (Reuters, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 26, The UN said Congo DRC military elements were responsible for digging at least 42 mass graves in three Kasai provinces after clashes with alleged militia members in recent months. Experts were appointed to look into the growing crisis.
    (SFC, 7/27/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 26, Authorities in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus said they have lifted restrictions on Maronite Christians reclaiming homes and property in villages that have been under Turkish military control since 1974.
    (AP, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 26, Egypt's president announced the formation of a new body to confront terrorism and extremism that includes the country's top officials. The National Council to Confront Terrorism and Extremism will be comprised of 10 Egyptian government ministers, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, the Coptic Pope, Egypt's former Grand Mufti and parliament's speaker. It will be chaired by el-Sissi.
    (AP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 26, Egypt's Interior Ministry said security forces have killed four suspects who were behind the killing of five policemen on July 14 in an attack near Cairo.
    (AP, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 26, The European Commission said it would start legal action against Poland over an overhaul of the judiciary that it says undermines the independence of judges and so breaks EU rules.
    (Reuters, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 26, One of Germany's most notorious Islamist preachers, Sven Lau (36), was sentenced to five and a half years in jail for helping to recruit for Jaish al-Muhajiroun wal-Ansar (JMA) or Army of Emigrants and Supporters.
    (AFP, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 26, In Greece a Russian man (38) wanted in the United States on suspicion of masterminding a money laundering operation involving at least $4 billion through bitcoin transactions was ordered held in custody until a US extradition request can be examined.
    (AP, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 26, In India Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar state and once seen as a potential challenger to PM Narendra Modi, quit in a move that could shake up national politics.
    (Reuters, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 26, Indian officials said at least 48 people have been killed as large swaths of Gujarat and Rajasthan states were lashed by heavy monsoon rains and flooding over the last week.
    (AP, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 26, Indonesian officials said five provinces have declared states of emergency as peatlands burn in Aceh and the risk of fires spreading elsewhere increases during the annual dry season.
    (AP, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 26, In northern Mali a German military helicopter working with the UN peacekeeping mission crashed in the desert of the Gao region.
    (Reuters, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 26, Nepal's prime minister added 19 new ministers to the Cabinet, giving some stability to his coalition government nearly two months after assuming office.
    (AP, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 26, The Netherlands' highest court told the government it must fund an Islamic school in Amsterdam that authorities had tried to ban, tapping into a divisive debate about the role of Muslim culture in Dutch society.
    (Reuters, 7/26/17)   
2017        Jul 26, Pakistani police said they have arrested 20 members of a village council over instructing a man to rape a girl (17) to avenge the rape of his sister (13). The girl is the sister of the man who is suspected in the rape of the other girl earlier this month.
    (AP, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 26, Romania's defense minister confirmed that the country intends to buy Patriot missiles worth $3.9 billion dollars from the United States.
    (AP, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 26, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed a law ratifying a deal with the Syrian government allowing Russia to keep its air base in Syria for almost half a century, official documents show.
    (Reuters, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 26, Sri Lanka deployed its military to help distribute fuel after tens of thousands of employees of the state-run firm that controls the bulk of supplies in the island nation went on strike.
    (Reuters, 7/26/17)
2017        Jul 26, The family of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews during World War II before disappearing under Soviet rule, sued Russia's security service for access to its files.
    (AFP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 26, Ukraine’s migration service said President Petro Poroshenko has stripped one-time ally Mikheil Saakashvili of his Ukrainian citizenship, spelling the likely end of the former Georgian president's political aspirations in Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 26, Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez (46) called on Venezuelans to support a 48-hour general strike in protest of government plans to rewrite the constitution, in his first direct public message since being released from prison to house arrest. Three people were killed in clashes between security forces and protesters on the first day of the opposition-led strike.
    (AP, 7/26/17)(Reuters, 7/27/17)

2017        Jul 27, Attorney General Jeff Sessions flew to El Salvador seeking ways to stamp out the brutal street gang MS-13. This trip was planned before Pres. Trump's broadsides against his attorney general, and it remained to be seen whether his work in El Salvador will help mend their fractured relationship.
    (AP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, The California Air Resources Board approved the first phase of Volkswagen’s plan to invest $800 million to support zero-emission vehicle use in the state over ten years.
    (SFC, 7/28/17, p.C1)
2017        Jul 27, In Chicago Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau (26) was found dead in the apartment of Wyndham Lathem (42), a professor at Northwestern University. He had been stabbed several times in an attack so brutal that police said the knife broke. On August 4 suspects Wyndham Lathem surrendered at the Oakland, Ca., federal building at around the same time that Andrew Warren (56), a Univ. of Oxford staffer, turned himself in to police in San Francisco.
    (AP, 8/5/17)
2017        Jul 27, In Indiana police Officer Aaron Allen was shot and killed while responding to a traffic crash on the south side of Indianapolis. Other officers returned fire striking a person inside the vehicle.
    (SFC, 7/28/17, p.A6)
2017        Jul 27, D.L. Menard (85), Cajun singer and songwriter, died in Scott, La. His songs included “The Back Door" sung in French.
    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf0he709d1k)(SFC, 8/2/17, p.D5)
2017        Jul 27, Sam Shepard (b.1943), American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and film star, died at his home in Kentucky. His films included “The Right Stuff" in which he played test pilot Chuck Yeager.
    (SFC, 8/1/17, p.A1)(SFC, 8/2/17, p.E1)
2017        Jul 27, Texas executed TaiChin Preyor (46) for the 2004 slaying of Jami Tackett (24), identified by court records as his drug supplier in San Antonio.
    (SFC, 7/28/17, p.A6)
2017        Jul 27, Amazon announced express delivery to Singapore in its first direct effort to tap into surging online shopping in fast-growing Southeast Asia.
    (AP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, Martin Sklar (b.1934), a pioneering Disney “Imagineer," died. He was known for having distilled Walt Disney’s wisdom into a creed known as “Mickey’s Ten Commandments".
    (SFC, 7/22/17, p.A6)
2017        Jul 27, Afghan officials said security forces backed by air strikes have been fighting to retake a district in the western province of Ghor since it fell to the Taliban earlier this week. A joint US and Afghan military operation in eastern Paktika province killed two al-Qaida linked leaders, identified as Asad Mehsud and Gul Wali Mehsud, and led to the capture of Jamal Mehsud.
    (Reuters, 7/27/17)(AP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, Brazilian federal police arrested former Petrobras Chief Executive Officer Aldemir Bendine on suspicion he received large bribes from construction conglomerate Odebrecht.
    (Reuters, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, The European Commission ordered France and Belgium to end tax breaks for ports, saying they distort competition in the 28-nation European Union.
    (AP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, The European Commission announced a new emergency support package for Greece to help it deal with the refugee crisis that has seen tens of thousands of migrants and refugees stuck in the country.
    (AP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, French politicians will no longer be allowed to employ their spouses or children as parliamentary assistants under rules adopted in response to a scandal involving former PM Francois Fillon and his wife.
    (Reuters, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, Germany's transport minister announced plans for a fund to help cities modernize their transport systems and reduce pollution, but said it was too soon to bury the internal combustion engine.
    (Reuters, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, Haiti announced a slight minimum wage increase for garment workers that fell well short of their demands, prompting union calls for a strike.
    (AP, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 27, Iran successfully launched a satellite-carrying rocket into space. The launch involved a "Simorgh" rocket capable of carrying a satellite weighing 250 kg (550 pounds).
    (AP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, Human Rights Watch said an Iraqi army division trained by American forces summarily executed prisoners in west Mosul.
    (AFP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, An al-Qaida-linked propaganda network said Kashmiri militant Zakit Musa will head Ansar Ghawzat-ul-Hind to challenge India’s rule over Kashmir.
    (SFC, 7/28/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 27, A ceasefire took effect in a mountainous area of the Lebanese-Syrian border where Lebanon's Hezbollah says it is on the verge of defeating Nusra Front militants in their last foothold at the frontier.
    (Reuters, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, In Mali Stephen McGown (42) of South Africa was freed after being held hostage by Al-Qaida's North Africa branch for six years.
    (AP, 8/3/17)
2017        Jul 27, In Mexico nine bodies, including five women and four men, were found in a bloody pile in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, across from Laredo, Texas. Nuevo Laredo has long been dominated by the Zetas cartel, which has splintered into factions following the arrest or killing of top leaders.
    (AP, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 27, Myanmar health authorities said they have asked the UN's health agency for help to combat a deadly outbreak of swine flu that has sparked alarm in Yangon. At least six people have died and 30 more have been infected over the past week, most of them in Yangon.
    (AFP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, In northeastern Nigeria three young female suicide bombers were killed when their explosives detonated prematurely in Bama.
    (AFP, 7/29/17)
2017        Jul 27, Pakistani police arrested the head of the Raja Pur village council for allegedly sanctioning the rape of a teenage girl. Council chief Saeed Patwari allegedly gave Mohammad Ashfaq permission to rape a 17-year-old girl to avenge the July 16 rape of his 13-year-old sister by another man, Omar Wadda. 23 councilmen were already arrested in the case.
    (AP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas backed calls for worshippers to return to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque after Israeli authorities removed controversial new security measures from the entrance to the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount.
    (AFP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, In the Philippines officials announced the six winners of this year's Ramon Magsaysay Awards, regarded as Asia's version of the Nobel Prize. Winners included Japanese historian Yoshiaki Ishizawa (79), who helped Cambodians preserve the Angkor temples, and Sri Lankan teacher Gethsie Shanmugam (82) who counseled war widows and orphans to overcome their nightmares. The other recipients included Abdon Nababan, an Indonesian working for the return of large tracts of forest land to indigenous communities; Tony Tay, a Singaporean who leads the cooking of 6,000 meals a day for the destitute; the Philippine Educational Theater Association, a Philippine theater group which stood up to a dictatorship, and Lilia de Lima, a Filipino who oversaw the opening of job-generating export processing zones.
    (AP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, Saudi local media said the Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences of 14 men convicted of armed attacks, all of them from the Sunni-ruled kingdom's Shi'ite Muslim minority. The Okaz newspaper also reported that another appeals court upheld the death sentences of 15 people convicted of spying for Iran.
    (Reuters, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, Slovakia’s PM Robert Fico took a fight about the quality of food on his country's supermarket shelves to the European Commission, calling for action to stop companies selling lower-quality products in Central and Eastern Europe than elsewhere in the continent.
    (AP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, A South Korean court convicted Kim Ki-choon, a former presidential chief of staff, and Kim Jong-deok, the former culture minister, for blacklisting thousands of artists and denying them state support because they were believed to be unfriendly to ousted Pres. Park Geun-hye. Jong-deok was sentenced to three years in prison and Jong-deok to two years.
    (SFC, 7/28/17, p.A5)
2017        Jul 27, Swedish PM Stefan Lofven replaced two ministers in a scandal over the leaking of sensitive data, trying to contain the damage and stave off an early election. The scandal involved the handling of data under a 2015 outsourcing deal between the Swedish Transport Agency and IBM Sweden. Lofven admitted on July 24 that his country and its citizens had been exposed to risks by potential leaks of sensitive information.
    (Reuters, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, It was reported that US-backed Syrian fighters have captured almost half of the Islamic State group's de facto capital of Raqqa. The push into the city has slowed due to stiff resistance and large amounts of explosives planted by the extremists.
    (AP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, In Syria Islamic State militants carried out a deadly attack on US-backed forces near Raqqa, killing and wounding many fighters and civilians. The attack killed 53 SDF members and damaged two armored vehicles.
    (AP, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 27, Turkey's parliament stripped two pro-Kurdish lawmakers of their parliamentary status, further reducing the presence of the HDP, the second-largest opposition party in the general assembly.
    (Reuters, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, In Vietnam Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman spoke at a joint briefing with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh at a joint commission meeting on economic and technological cooperation. Minh said the two countries have agreed to expand cooperation on defense and security to include counterterrorism, fighting pirates and transnational crimes.
    (AP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, Twenty Yemeni soldiers were killed in a rebel strike on the Khaled base in Taiz province, around 40 km (25 miles) east of Mokha.
    (AFP, 7/30/17)

2017        Jul 28, Pres. Donald Trump replaced chief-of-staff Reince Priebus with Homeland Security Sec. John Kelly, a retired Marine four-star general.
    (SFC, 7/22/17, p.A5)
2017        Jul 28, US Senate Republicans rejected the Health Care Freedom Act early today in a 51-49 vote.
    (SFC, 7/28/17, p.A1)
2017        Jul 28, The US Senate approved a new package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea and sent it to President Donald Trump to sign. Russia's Foreign Ministry ordered a reduction in the number of US diplomats in Russia and said it was closing down a US recreation retreat in response to fresh sanctions against Russia.
    (AP, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 28, In Arkansas a federal judge blocked the state from enforcing four new abortion restrictions, three of which were set to take effect on August 1.
    (SSFC, 7/30/17, p.A10)
2017        Jul 28, In Hawaii a plane left Honolulu for a sunset flight and never returned. The bodies of four people were recovered then next day in mountains on Oahu.
    (SFC, 7/31/17, p.A5)
2017        Jul 28, It was reported that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan will contribute $10 million to UCSF to help fund an effort to merge data on 15 million patients across five UC medical campuses into one database.
    (SFC, 7/28/17, p.C1)
2017        Jul 28, In Austria the trial Salzburg mayor Heinz Schaden ended. He was found guilty of allowing transactions related to interest rate swap trades to be made free of charge from the city of Salzburg to Salzburg province in 2007. He was handed a three-year jail sentence for his part in a wider scandal in which local officials lost 340 million euros ($400 million) of public money in risky stock and debt trades.
    (Reuters, 7/31/17)
2017        Jul 28, In Brazil thousands of soldiers began patrolling Rio de Janeiro amid a spike in violence. The deployment aimed at fighting organized crime gangs, which control many of the city's hundreds of slums.
    (AP, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 28, Britain lifted a ban on passengers carrying electronic devices in the cabin on some flights to the UK from Turkey after new security measures were introduced, saying other restrictions would be looked at on a case by case basis.
    (Reuters, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 28, In China Yang Xiuzhu, a former deputy mayor of Wenzhou in the booming eastern province of Zhejiang, confessed at her trial to corruption and bribery charges. She had fled China in 2003 and was on the run for more than 13 years.
    (Reuters, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 28, A court in southwest China said it has sentenced to death Yang Qingpei (27) for killing 19 people, including his parents and several other relatives, in a bloody rampage with a pickaxe last September 28.
    (AP, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 28, In central Colombia six people were killed after an explosion at an illegal gold mine in the Buritica municipality, Antioquia province.
    (Reuters, 7/29/17)
2017        Jul 28, In Congo DRC at least one person was killed and an estimated 20 inmates escaped in a prison break in the eastern city of Bukavu.
    (Reuters, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 28, Hundreds of Croatian taxi drivers protested against Uber services, disrupting traffic at the height of the tourist season in the Adriatic country.
    (AP, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 28, The European Union's top court ordered Poland to immediately halt large-scale logging in an ancient protected forest, one of many cases that has pitted Brussels against the right-wing eurosceptic government in Warsaw.
    (Reuters, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 28, In Germany a Palestinian man (26) stabbed one person to death and wounded six others in Hamburg. He was known to authorities as a suspected Islamic radical but also was psychologically unstable.
    (AP, 7/29/17)
2017        Jul 28, In Greece Tassos Mantelis (72) was found guilty of money laundering over contracts between the Greek unit of Siemens and then state-controlled telecoms group OTE. Mantelis, who was alleged to have committed the offense while he was transport minister from 1996-2000, was found guilty of money laundering and handed an eight-year suspended sentence.
    (Reuters, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 28, High-ranking Iraqi security officials said up to 7,000 Islamic State group affiliates remain in Iraq after the fall of Mosul. They also said there are up to another 7,000 IS militants and 5,000 supporters in Syria.
    (AP, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 28, Israel barred men under 50 from Friday prayers at the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, after two weeks of tensions and deadly unrest. Thousands of Palestinians held mass prayers outside. Violence flared in the West Bank, where a Palestinian was killed after he attacked soldiers.
    (AFP, 7/28/17)(AP, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 28, Italy approved sending Italian naval ships to help the Libyan coast guard combat migrant trafficking following a request by the North African nation.
    (AP, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 28, Italy's parliament gave final approval to a new program making a slate of childhood vaccinations mandatory for school children up to age 16.
    (AP, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 28, Japan said it will freeze the assets of five organizations and nine individuals linked to North Korea, including two Chinese entities.
    (Reuters, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 28, Japan’s Defense Minister Tomomi Inada resigned saying she accepted responsibility for a cover-up in which her ministry concealed records of the dangers faced by Japanese UN in South Sudan.
    (SFC, 7/22/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 28, In northeastern Nigeria two suicide bombers struck a camp for displaced people in Dikwa, 90 km (56 miles) east of Maiduguri, killing five people.
    (AFP, 7/29/17)
2017        Jul 28, North Korea launched another intercontinental ballistic missile. The Hwasong-14 missile reached a maximum height of 3,725 km (2,314 miles) and traveled 998 km (620 miles) before accurately landing in waters off Japan.
    (AP, 7/29/17)
2017        Jul 28, Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif stepped down, hours after the country's Supreme Court disqualified him from office in dramatic developments that have plunged the nuclear-armed nation into another major crisis. The Supreme Court employed little-used Article 62 of the Constitution, which calls for the dismissal of any lawmaker deemed dishonest, to dismiss Sharif.
    (AP, 7/28/17)(Reuters, 7/30/17)
2017        Jul 28, The Philippine military said only about 60 pro-Islamic State group militants are still fighting in a two-month siege of southern Marawi city that has left 630 people dead and swaths of the Islamic region in ruins. Officials said troops have seized 59 suspected militants trying to reinforce Islamist gunmen holed up in Marawi.
    (AP, 7/28/17)(AFP, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 28, Romania's Orthodox Church said it has voted to defrock Cristian Pomohaci, a priest who is suspected of trying to sexually corrupt a 17-year-old boy.
    (AP, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 28, South Sudan's government said it had taken the last town before the main rebel base of Pagak, where thousands of civilians have fled to escape fighting near the border with Ethiopia.
    (Reuters, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 28, Spain’s PM Mariano Rajoy said his government has lodged a legal bid to stop Catalonia holding an independence referendum, asking the Constitutional Court to veto moves by the regional assembly.
    (Reuters, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 28, Turkish authorities detained former national team soccer player Bekir Irtegun (33) as part of the sweeping crackdown following last year's failed coup attempt.
    (Reuters, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 28, Turkish authorities arrested British citizen Joe Robinson (24) while he was holidaying on the country's western coast on charges of working with a Kurdish militia.  Robinson had served with British forces in Afghanistan in 2012 and travelled to Syria in 2015 to work as a combat medic in the YPG.
    (AFP, 7/29/17)
2017        Jul 28, Uzbekistan said it has jailed the eldest daughter of late President Islam Karimov, Gulnara Karimova -- once a prominent socialite, fashion designer and singer -- after charging her with massive fraud and money laundering.
    (AFP, 7/28/17)

2017        Jul 29, In Virginia Kariem Ali Muhammad Moore (43) was arrested during a welfare check. Moore was accused of holding a woman and her two children captive for at least two years.
    (SFC, 8/4/17, p.A4)
2017        Jul 29, In Afghanistan two civilians were killed in Shahjoy District, when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. Militants laid siege to police outposts in Helmand province killing at least 12 officers. The Taliban said 25 officers were killed.
    (AP, 7/30/17)(SSFC, 7/30/17, p.A4)
2017        Jul 29, Australian police foiled "Islamic-inspired" plans for a bomb attack on an aircraft during counter-terrorism raids in which two Lebanese-Australian fathers and their sons were arrested in several Sydney suburbs. Police later said one man sent his unsuspecting brother to Sydney airport to catch an Etihad Airways flight carrying a home-made bomb disguised as a meat-mincer built at the direction of a senior Islamic State commander. On August 8 Khaled Merhi (39) one of the four arrested men, was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon and granted bail.
    (AP, 7/29/17)(Reuters, 7/30/17)(SFC, 8/1/17, p.A2)(Reuters, 8/4/17)(AP, 8/6/17)
2017        Jul 29, China’s graft watchdog said Ren Biao, one of China's most wanted fugitives accused of forgery and fraudulently obtaining loans, has returned to the country and handed himself over to the police. A major shareholder of an energy supply company in eastern China's Jiangsu province, Ren fled to the Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis in January 2014.
    (Reuters, 7/29/17)
2017        Jul 29, An Egyptian criminal court sentenced eight people to death over charges of murder during an attack on a police station in a Cairo suburb in 2013.
    (AP, 7/29/17)
2017        Jul 29,  The European Commission launched legal action against what it sees as Polish government attempts to undermine the independence of judges.
    (Reuters, 7/29/17)
2017        Jul 29, The Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica set a new record for the earliest transit of the fabled Northwest Passage after 24 days at sea and a journey spanning more than 10,000 km (6,214 miles).
    (AP, 7/29/17)
2017        Jul 29, India's navy seized a ship carrying about 1,500 kg of heroin worth 35 billion rupees ($545 million) in what it said was its biggest ever drugs haul.
    (Reuters, 7/30/17)(AP, 7/31/17)
2017        Jul 29, In Indonesia a six-nation summit co-hosted by Indonesia and Australia agreed to set up a forum to strengthen cooperation between intelligence services to counter extremist threats in Southeast Asia. Security ministers and officials from Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and New Zealand held a one-day meeting in Manado.
    (AP, 7/29/17)
2017        Jul 29, Iran vowed to press ahead with its missile program and condemned new US sanctions.
    (AFP, 7/29/17)
2017        Jul 29, In Kenya an intruder killed a police guard at the home of  Deputy President William Ruto and armed himself with a rifle before he was shot dead more than 18 hours later.
    (AP, 7/30/17)
2017        Jul 29, A Lesotho official said authorities are investigating a security breach after wire-tapping gadgets were discovered in the office of the new prime minister earlier this week.
    (AFP, 7/29/17)
2017        Jul 29, In Libya a pro-Haftar fighter died as he took part in a mission to try and rescue a pilot whose plane had crashed in the same area. The pilot who died in the crash, had been carrying out a raid against jihadist positions when his fighter jet was hit by a missile.
    (AFP, 7/30/17)
2017        Jul 29, In Mexico 178 Central Americans being smuggled to the United States were rescued from an abandoned truck in the town of Tantima, Veracruz state.
    (AFP, 7/29/17)
2017        Jul 29, Morocco's King Mohammed VI  granted early releases and reduced sentences to 1,178 inmates and other convicts, including an undisclosed number of protesters detained during unauthorized demonstrations in the El Hoceima region and other parts of the country. Mohammed VI criticized some officials for displaying an "unacceptable attitude" during the protests that have turned into a major grassroots movement.
    (AP, 7/30/17)
2017        Jul 29, Dutch police arrested five Romanian men suspected of stealing iPhones worth 500,000 euros ($590,000) in a dangerous heist on a moving truck.
    (AP, 7/31/17)
2017        Jul 29, Pakistan's ruling party appointed Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (58) as interim prime minister after the ouster of Nawaz Sharif, while Sharif's brother, Shahbaz Sharif (65), was chosen as his long-term successor.
    (AP, 7/29/17)(SSFC, 7/30/17, p.A5)
2017        Jul 29, In Pakistan a roadside bomb struck a vehicle carrying villagers in Panjgur, a southwestern border town near Iran, killing four people and wounding five others.
    (AP, 7/29/17)
2017        Jul 29, Qatar accused the Saudis of politicizing Hajj and addressed the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion on Saturday, expressing concern about obstacles facing Qataris who want to attend hajj this year.
    (Reuters, 7/30/17)
2017        Jul 29, In Somalia a US drone strike killed a member of the al-Shabab extremist group. A Somali intelligence official later said an al-Shabab leader was targeted but it was not clear whether he had been killed.
    (AP, 7/31/17)   
2017        Jul 29, Sri Lanka's government signed a long-delayed agreement to sell a 70 percent stake in a $1.5 billion port to China in a bid to recover from the heavy burden of repaying a Chinese loan obtained to build the facility.
    (AP, 7/29/17)
2017        Jul 29, Syria's army and its allies reached the edge of al-Sukhna, the last town held by Islamic State in Homs province and a key step in their multi-pronged offensive against the militants.
    (Reuters, 7/29/17)
2017        Jul 29, In Turkey seven staff from the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet walked free from jail after over eight months behind bars, expressing hope four colleagues still in prison would be released soon. Those freed were released under judicial control, meaning they will have to report regularly to the authorities and remain charged.
    (AFP, 7/29/17)
2017        Jul 29, Hundreds of Turkish women marched in Istanbul to protest against the violence and animosity they face from men demanding they dress more conservatively.
    (Reuters, 7/30/17)
2017        Jul 29, In Vietnam a fire broke out at a small cake factory in Hanoi, killing eight workers and seriously injuring two others.
    (AP, 7/29/17)

2017        Jul 30, The United States flew two supersonic B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force after Pyongyang's recent tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).
    (Reuters, 7/30/17)
2017        Jul 30, In Alabama 12 inmates escaped from jail in Jasper. Six were captured shortly after and five more were captured the next day. The last remaining escapee was arrested on August 1 in Florida.
    (SFC, 8/1/17, p.A5)(SFC, 8/3/17, p.A5)
2017        Jul 30, In Afghanistan Taliban attackers stormed a security outpost in eastern Ghazni province killing 2 police and wounding 6 others.
    (AP, 7/30/17)
2017        Jul 30, In Germany a shooting in a discotheque claimed two lives in Konstanz, including that of the gunman, and wounded four people, three of them seriously. Police identified the gunman as an Iraqi citizen (37).
    (AP, 7/30/17)
2017        Jul 30, An Israeli military appeal court upheld a manslaughter conviction and 18-month jail sentence for Elor Azaria, a former army conscript who killed an incapacitated Palestinian assailant in the occupied West Bank in March 2015.
    (Reuters, 7/30/17)
2017        Jul 30,  Israeli police arrested five antiquities dealers from east Jerusalem for large-scale tax offenses.
    (AP, 7/30/17)
2017        Jul 30, Jordan’s lower house of parliament closed a legal loophole that gave judges the discretion to impose light sentences for so-called "honor crimes." The amendment still needs approval from the upper house, widely seen as a formality.
    (AP, 7/30/17)
2017        Jul 30, Hezbollah and a Syrian affiliate to Al-Qaida began exchanging the bodies of dead fighters along the Lebanese-Syrian border in the first stage of a settlement to restore order to a contested frontier zone.
    (AP, 7/30/17)
2017        Jul 30, In Libya jihadists killed five members of a force led by military strongman Khalifa Haftar in the country's east.
    (AFP, 7/30/17)
2017        Jul 30, Police in the southern Philippines fatally shot 15 people, including  Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., who was among the politicians President Rodrigo Duterte publicly linked to illegal drugs.
    (AP, 7/30/17)
2017        Jul 30, In the Philippines the beheaded bodies of seven local loggers, kidnapped last week, were found in a mountainous village on the island of Basilan. The killings were blamed on a faction of the Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group based there.
    (AFP, 7/31/17)
2017        Jul 30, Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin said that the US diplomatic missions in Moscow and elsewhere in the country will have to reduce their staffs by 755 people in response to American sanctions over the Kremlin’s intervention in the 2016 US presidential elections.
    (SFC, 7/31/17, p.A4)
2017        Jul 30, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain met to discuss the diplomatic crisis with Qatar. They said the bloc will continue to keep current measures against Qatar in place, but are open to dialogue with the Gulf state if it shows a willingness to change course and complies with their demands.
    (AP, 7/30/17)
2017        Jul 30, Senegalese voters cast ballots to elect a new parliament, a test run for President Macky Sall ahead of a 2019 presidential election and following a campaign marred by violence and tensions. President Macky Sall's ruling coalition took 125 seats in the 165-seat National Assembly after winning nearly 50 percent of the vote. Opposition leaders said the election was tainted by fraud.
    (AFP, 7/30/17)(AFP, 7/31/17)(Reuters, 8/5/17)
2017        Jul 30, In Somalia a US drone strike killed Ali Mohamed Hussein (aka Ali Jabal), a high-level commander of the al-Shabab extremist group.
    (SFC, 8/5/17, p.A5)
2017        Jul 30, In Somalia al Shabaab insurgents clashed with troops from the African Union peacekeeping mission killing at least eight soldiers. Al Shabaab said it killed 39 soldiers. Hours earlier at least five people were killed and ten wounded in Mogadishu when a car bomb detonated on a busy road.
    (Reuters, 7/30/17)(AFP, 7/30/17)(SFC, 7/31/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 30, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro asked for global acceptance as he cast an unusual pre-dawn vote for an all-powerful constitutional assembly that his opponents fear he'll use to replace his country's democracy with a single-party authoritarian system. The opposition boycotted the vote. A candidate to the all-powerful assembly being elected was shot dead in his home and troops fired weapons to clear protesters in Caracas. At least 10 people were killed in protests against Maduro. The government reported turnout to be 41.53 percent, or 8,809,320 people.
    (AP, 7/30/17)(AFP, 7/30/17)(Reuters, 7/31/17)
2017        Jul 30, Yemeni officials said sixteen Huthis and seven soldiers were killed in overnight clashes and air raids outside Mokha.
    (AFP, 7/30/17)

2017        Jul 31,  US Vice President Mike Pence met with the presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the Estonian capital of Tallinn and strongly pledged America's commitment to protecting NATO allies against attacks.
    (AP, 7/31/17)
2017        Jul 31, Pres. Donald Trump’s drug commission called on him to deal with the country’s opioid drug epidemic saying some 142 deaths occur each day from drug overdoses.
    (SFC, 8/1/17, p.A5)
2017        Jul 31, Pres. Donald Trump’s new chief of staff John F. Kelly began his first day by firing communications director Anthony Scaramucci ten days after he was hired.
    (SFC, 8/1/17, p.A5)
2017        Jul 31, Wikileaks published a cache of more than 70,000 emails related to the recent campaign of French Pres. Emmanuel Macron going back to 2009. There were no immediate bombshell disclosures.
    (SFC, 8/1/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 31, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber blew himself up at the main gate of the Iraqi embassy in Kabul, allowing gunmen to enter the building and battle security forces. Four attackers were killed along with two embassy workers.
    (Reuters, 7/31/17)
2017        Jul 31, Algerian troops killed six armed Islamist militants west of Algiers, where security forces last week broke up an Islamic State cell.
    (Reuters, 7/31/17)
2017        Jul 31, A British judge sentenced former Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell (31) to 18 years in prison for a series of terrorism-related offenses. Maxwell had lived a double life as a member of the military and as a bombmaker for dissident Irish republicans. He pleaded guilty to preparation of terrorist acts between January 2011 and August 2016, possessing images of bank cards for fraud and possessing marijuana.
    (AP, 7/31/17)
2017        Jul 31, A British man, David Turner (72), was convicted of importing a lifelike child sex doll from China in what police said was a landmark case in the fight against a new form of sex crime against children.
    (Reuters, 7/31/17)
2017        Jul 31, One of China’s "most-wanted" overseas fugitives turned herself in after spending 19 years in the United States. Huang Hong (50) was a Beijing-based accountant for a state-owned firm from the neighboring province of Hebei accused of misappropriating public funds. She had fled to the US in 1998.
    (Reuters, 7/31/17)
2017        Jul 31, The European Union condemned what it said was excessive use of force by state troops in Venezuela and said it was unlikely to recognize results of elections a day earlier that were marred by deadly clashes.
    (Reuters, 7/31/17)
2017        Jul 31, French actress Jeanne Moreau (b.1928) died at her home in Paris. She lit up the screen in "Jules et Jim" (1962). Her other films included “Elevator to the Gallows" (1957) and “The Bride Wore Black" (1968).
    (AFP, 7/31/17)(SFC, 9/14/17 p.E8)
2017        Jul 31, Indonesian police said they have detained 148 Chinese nationals and some Indonesians over the weekend accused of carrying out a sophisticated scam that netted around $450 million by tricking their compatriots into paying to make legal cases go away.
    (Reuters, 7/31/17)   
2017        Jul 31, A Jerusalem court upheld controversial real estate deals involving Israeli pro-settlement organization Ateret Cohanim and the Greek Orthodox church for two hotel properties in a mainly Palestinian area of occupied and annexed east Jerusalem near the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City.
    (AFP, 8/13/17)
2017        Jul 31, Japan said the United States had returned a sliver of land at a controversial US air base on the southern island of Okinawa which has sparked a lengthy and fierce dispute.
    (AFP, 7/31/17)
2017        Jul 31, A senior Kenyan official was found murdered three days after he went missing. Chris Msando, the election board's head of information, communication and technology, was tortured before he died.
    (Reuters, 7/31/17)
2017        Jul 31, Scores of buses and ambulances arrived at the Lebanon-Syria border for the second phase of an exchange between Lebanon's Hezbollah group and Syria's al-Qaida affiliate that would lead to the resettlement of thousands of refugees in Syria.
    (AP, 7/31/17)
2017        Jul 31, Myanmar police detained Swe Win, the editor of the nonprofit online news outlet Myanmar Now, accusing him of attempting to flee the country shortly before his trial on defamation charges brought by a follower of a Buddhist monk who has stirred up anti-Muslim hatred.
    (AP, 7/31/17)
2017        Jul 31, Poland said it would press on with logging the country's primeval Bialowieza forest in defiance of a ruling by the European Union's top court, saying it needed to cut down trees to defeat insect pests.
    (Reuters, 7/31/17)
2017        Jul 31, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro celebrated the election of a new legislative superbody that is expected to give the ruling Socialist Party sweeping powers and mocked US criticism that the vote was an affront to democracy.
    (Reuters, 7/31/17)
2017        Jul 31, A former Vietnamese oil executive surrendered to police after a year on the run amid a crackdown on corruption by the country's communist authorities. Trinh Xuan Thanh (51) disappeared in July last year after he was accused of mismanagement at a subsidiary of national oil and gas giant PetroVietnam, resulting in losses of some $150 million.
    (AP, 8/1/17)
2017        Jul 31, In Yemen a man convicted of raping and murdering a three-year-old girl was executed in Sanaa in front of hundreds of onlookers. A policeman fired five bullets from an assault rifle into Muhammad al-Maghrabi (41) as he lay with his hands handcuffed behind his back on a blanket on the ground in Tahrir Square.
    (Reuters, 7/31/17)

2017        Jul, Arkansas and Missouri temporarily banned the use the herbicide known as dicamba after farmers reported the agricultural chemical was drifting into neighboring fields and damaging crops unable to resist. It has long been employed in the United States to kill weeds before fields were planted, but its use spiked after regulators last year approved a new formulation that allowed farmers to apply it to growing plants.
    (Reuters, 8/2/17)
2017        Jul, In Indonesia a brightly-painted statue of Guan Yu, a former general who is worshipped by some Chinese, was inaugurated in a temple complex in the fishing town of Tuban and is claimed to be Southeast Asia's tallest such representation of the deity. In August Muslim and nationalist protesters called for the 30-meter-tall (100-ft) statue in the East Java town to be torn down.
    (Reuters, 8/11/17)
2017        Jul, In Turkey a heavily-pregnant Syrian refugee was raped and bludgeoned to death by rock-wielding attackers at her home, just days before she was due to give birth. Her 10-month-old baby boy was strangled to death in a brutal double murder that sparked shock and outrage.
    (AFP, 9/22/17)
2017        Jul, Drilling by the Deepsea Metro I ship was suspended in Vietnam's Block 136/3 after pressure from China, which said the concession operated by Spain's Repsol overlaps the vast majority of the waterway that it claims as its own. Co-owners of the block included Vietnam's state oil firm and Mubadala Development Co of the UAE.
    (Reuters, 8/14/17)

2017        Aug 1, US Vice President Mike Pence pledged support for the former Soviet republic of Georgia, his second stop on a European trip backing nations that feel threatened by Russian aggression.
    (AP, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, The US Senate confirmed Christopher Wray as the next FBI director.
    (SFC, 8/2/17, p.A5)
2017        Aug 1, American sailor Lieutenant Steven D. Hopkins, assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem, went missing during a joint drill in the South China Sea with Japan.
    (AFP, 8/5/17)
2017        Aug 1, In California a gunman was found dead inside a rural home at Yuba Trees Church north of Sacramento after he shot and wounded two deputies responding to reports of someone pulling up marijuana plants on a farm that supplies pot to a Rastafarian church.
    (SFC, 8/2/17, p.A5)
2017        Aug 1, Rod Wheeler, an investigator who worked on the Seth Rich case, sued Fox News for defamation claiming that Fox fabricated quotes implicating the murdered Democratic national Committee staffer in the WikiLeaks scandal and coordinated with the Trump administration as it worked on the story.
    (SFC, 8/2/17, p.A10)
2017        Aug 1, Global Witness said American consumers may be fuelling logging linked to illegal land grabs in Papua New Guinea, which have devastated local communities and the world's third largest tropical rain forest.
    (AFP, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, In western Afghanistan a suicide bomb attack killed 33 people at a Shiite mosque in Herat. The Islamic State claimed responsibility. Among the dead was Asif Qaderian, the father of one of the girls of Afghan’s robotics team.
    (AFP, 8/2/17)(AP, 8/3/17)
2017        Aug 1, In Argentina activist Santiago Maldonado went missing when security forces were evicting a group of Mapuche Indians from lands in Patagonia owned by Italian clothing company Benetton in Chubut province.
    (AP, 8/8/17)
2017        Aug 1, Bank of England employees began a three-day strike, the central bank's first in over 50 years, as they stood outside the institution demanding better pay. The central bank noted that the number of strikers is small and said it will continue to operate as normal during this period.
    (AP, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, Cambodia's PM Hun Sen ordered the ouster of Agape International Mission, an American-led Christian organization that seeks to rescue and rehabilitate women working in the sex trade, saying its comments in a TV report last week demeaned the country.
    (AP, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, China's Ministry of Agriculture said the Inner Mongolia region has culled 66,500 chickens following an outbreak of bird flu that has affected 35,000 birds.
    (Reuters, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, German sources said the government will not force the car industry to make costly changes to engines to cut diesel emissions but will settle for software updates for around 2 million vehicles.
    (Reuters, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, A high court in Greece convicted Andreas Georgiou (57), the country's former statistics chief, to two years in prison for breach of duty, after finding him guilty of breaching regulations of the National Statistical Authority by failing to inform its governing board about the release of budget deficit data in 2010.
    (AP, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, India released data this week data showing that about one person has been killed every day for the past three years by roaming tigers or rampaging elephants.
    (AP, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, Indian forces killed Abu Dujana, a top militant commander in Kashmir, triggering clashes in which one protester was killed and dozens injured. Large anti-India protests and clashes spearheaded mostly by students erupted in disputed Kashmir after government forces killed two senior militants in a gunbattle and fatally shot a protester during an ensuing demonstration demanding an end to Indian rule.
    (AFP, 8/1/17)(AP, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, Indonesia and encrypted messaging service Telegram said they have agreed to establish better procedures to stamp out distribution of terrorist propaganda on the platform. Indonesian authorities blocked access to some Telegram channels last month, saying it had several forums that were "full of radical and terrorist propaganda".
    (Reuters, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, Indonesian police opened fire on indigenous Papuan villagers, killing one person and wounding several others, including two children, during a confrontation that erupted after workers at a company in the remote area refused to take a dying villager to a hospital.
    (AP, 8/2/17)
2017        Aug 1, Jordan's lower house of parliament scrapped a provision in the kingdom's penal code that allowed a rapist to escape punishment if he married his victim.
    (AP, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, A Kurdish official said the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are on the verge of seizing full control of the southern neighborhoods of Raqqa.
    (Reuters, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev and Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borissov signed a friendship treaty in Skopje in a move designed to end years of diplomatic wrangling and boost Macedonia's European integration. Bulgaria still does not recognize the Macedonian language, which it views as a dialect of Bulgarian.
    (Reuters, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, In Malaysia activists and authors reacted with outrage after authorities banned "Breaking The Silence: Voices Of Moderation -- Islam In A Constitutional Democracy", a book aimed at promoting moderate Islam, as concerns mounted about growing conservatism.
    (AFP, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, Around 70 sub-Saharan African migrants crossed the razor-wire-topped fence separating northern Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, leaving 14 people hospitalized.
    (Reuters, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, It was reported that the number of North Koreans slipping illegally into Thailand has surged in recent months. An immigration official said an average of 20 to 30 North Koreans arrive each week now in northern Thailand alone.
    (Reuters, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1,  Pakistan's parliament elected ruling party loyalist Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as prime minister, days after Nawaz Sharif was ousted by the Supreme Court after a corruption probe.
    (AFP, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, A report by the UN and the government showed the Philippines has the fastest growing number of HIV infections in Asia.
    (AFP, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, Romania's top defense body approved a 9.8 billion-euro ($11.3 billion) spending plan for the next decade and pledged to spend 2 percent of its GDP on defense as NATO requests of its members.
    (AP, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, In Russia three people were killed and four injured in a shootout at a courthouse in a Moscow suburb. Prosecutors said the gang members were placing spikes on roads in 2014, forcing the motorists out of their vehicles and shooting them dead.
    (AP, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, Spain's National Court recommended the extradition to the United States of Russian computer programmer Stanislav Lisov (31), accused by US prosecutors of developing malicious software that stole information from financial institutions and caused losses of $855,000.
    (AP, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, The Spanish government said it's closing the Santa Maria de Garona power plant, the country's oldest nuclear power station, because of lack of support among political parties and companies involved to keep it open.
    (AP, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, Syria's government said Saudi authorities continue to place restrictions on Syrian citizens looking to take part in this year's hajj, accusing the kingdom of "politicizing" the annual Muslim pilgrimage.
    (AP, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, The emirate’s sovereign wealth fund said Malaysia's scandal-hit state investment fund 1MDB has missed a payment to Abu Dhabi of over $600 million that it was supposed to make by the end of July to settle debts.
    (AFP, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, A Turkish military vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in southeast Diyarbakir province, killing two soldiers. Separately three PKK militants were killed in the southeastern province of Tunceli after being identified by a drone.
    (Reuters, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, In Venezuela leading opposition figures Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma were removed from their homes early today after "official intelligence sources" determined there was a "escape plan" involving both men.
    (AP, 8/1/17)
2017        Aug 1, In Zimbabwe about a hundred uniformed soldiers wielding batons and whips charged into a bus terminus and beat up police officers, leaving many prostrate on the ground. The violence was reportedly triggered by police using spikes to deflate the tires of a military vehicle after an alleged traffic offence.
    (AFP, 8/4/17)

2017        Aug 2, US President Donald Trump reluctantly approved sanctions against Moscow calling the legislation "significantly flawed" and adding that some of its provisions were unconstitutional.
    (AFP, 8/3/17)
2017        Aug 2, The US Environmental Protection Agency reversed a decision to delay an Obama-era rule requiring states to curb smog-causing emissions, one day after 15 states sued the agency over the move.
    (Reuters, 8/3/17)
2017        Aug 2, US VP Mike Pence spoke in Montenegro at the opening of a US-backed summit of top Balkan officials. He pledged Washington's commitment to the area that Russia also considers a zone of interest. Kosovo's president said Pence pledged to help eliminate the obstacles to Kosovo becoming a full NATO member.
    (AP, 8/2/17)
2017        Aug 2, In Minnesota a 2nd body was found in the rubble of an explosion at the Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis.
    (SFC, 8/3/17, p.A5)
2017        Aug 2, Marcus Hutchins (23), a British cybersecurity researcher, was arrested at McCarran Int’l. Airport in Las Vegas as he prepared to fly home following a cybersecurity convention. On August 14 he faced charges in Wisconsin for committing computer fraud. Four months earlier he had identified a “kill switch" to slow the outbreak of the WannaCry virus that crippled computer worldwide.
    (SFC, 8/1517, p.A7)
2017        Aug 2, In Pennsylvania 32 CSX freight cars derailed in Hyndman and caused a propane fire that burned itself out by August 4. Smaller sulfur fires continued to burn.
    (SFC, 8/5/17, p.A6)
2017        Aug 2, In southern Afghanistan a suicide bomber struck a NATO convoy near Kandahar city killing two US soldiers and wounding another four. The Taliban took responsibility for the attack.
    (AP, 8/2/17)(AP, 8/4/17)
2017        Aug 2, Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri posted an audio message online in which he said a man he identifies as Zuhair al-Maghribi (aka Said Bahaji) who worked for As-Sahab, the terror network's media arm, is a "martyr." The German man is believed to have provided logistical support to the Hamburg-based Sept. 11 hijackers.
    (AP, 8/8/17)
2017        Aug 2, Three British men, who dubbed themselves the "Three Musketeers," were convicted of plotting a bomb attack on troops or police inspired by Islamic extremism. Jurors at London's Central Criminal Court found Naweed Ali (29), Khobaib Hussain (25) and Mohibur Rahman (33) guilty of preparing terrorist acts. The next day they were sentenced to at least 20 years in prison. Accomplice Tahir Aziz received a minimum 15-year-term.
    (AP, 8/2/17)(AP, 8/3/17)
2017        Aug 2, Cambodian officials arrested 175 Chinese citizens after a tipoff from Chinese police about their suspected involvement in an internet phone scam.
    (AP, 8/4/17)
2017        Aug 2, Chile's Congress approved a bill late today that legalizes abortion in certain cases, though it will still need to win the approval of the nation's courts to go into effect.
    (Reuters, 8/3/17)
2017        Aug 2, German automakers offered to help cut inner-city pollution by updating the software of 5 million diesel cars in an attempt to avert vehicle bans and repair their reputation.
    (Reuters, 8/2/17)
2017        Aug 2, Germany accused Vietnam of kidnapping a former Vietnamese oil executive who was seeking asylum in Berlin and taking him home to face accusations of corruption. Trinh Xuan Thanh was accused of causing around $150 million in losses at a Vietnamese state firm.
    (AP, 8/2/17)
2017        Aug 2, German prosecutors said Oskar Groening (96), a  former Auschwitz death camp guard, is fit to go to prison. He was convicted in 2015 as an accessory to murder. His lawyer said he will contest their decision.
    (AP, 8/2/17)
2017        Aug 2, An Indonesian court on Borneo island jailed a man for eight months after he grew medicinal marijuana to help ease the suffering of his cancer-stricken wife, who died shortly after his arrest.
    (Reuters, 8/2/17)
2017        Aug 2, The Italian parliament gave the go-ahead to a naval mission aimed at boosting the Libyan coastguard in its fight against human traffickers and further reducing the number of migrant arrivals on Italy's coasts.
    (AFP, 8/2/17)
2017        Aug 2, Italian authorities impounded a German NGO's migrant rescue boat on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration. The Iuventa was operated by the Jugend Rettet organization.
    (AFP, 8/2/17)
2017        Aug 2, In Kashmir a fresh strike called by anti-India separatists to protest the killings of two top rebels and a civilian shut down the disputed region while Akeel Ahmed Bhat, a teenage boy, died a day after he was wounded by government forces.
    (AP, 8/2/17)
2017        Aug 2, Some 113 buses carrying Syrian militants and refugees left a Lebanese border area bound for a rebel-held part of Syria, under a deal made after Shi'ite Hezbollah routed Sunni Islamist Nusra Front insurgents in their last foothold at the frontier.
    (Reuters, 8/2/17)
2017        Aug 2, Mexico's surveillance scandal widened to encompass a pair of prominent human rights attorneys probing a multiple homicide case. The internet watchdog Citizen Lab said Karla Micheel Salas and David Pena were targeted in 2015, weeks after they questioned prosecutors' handling of the killings of activist Nadia Vera, journalist Ruben Espinosa and three other women in a Mexico City apartment in July that year. The victims were tortured and shot to death.
    (AP, 8/2/17)
2017        Aug 2, Moldova declared Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin persona non grata in the wake of a diplomatic spat that saw his plane barred from flying over Romania. Rogozin is under an EU travel ban over Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region in 2014.
    (AFP, 8/2/17)
2017        Aug 2, Niger's Pres. Mahamadou Issoufou sounded the alarm over his country's world-leading birth rate, labelling the average of over seven children per household a "handicap" to development in the impoverished west African nation.
    (AFP, 8/3/17)
2017        Aug 2, Palestinian Ismail Ibrahim Abu Aram (19) stabbed an Israeli (42) in Yavne near Tel Aviv. Aram was apprehended at the scene, and the victim taken to hospital.
    (AFP, 8/2/17)
2017        Aug 2, In Portugal a light plane made an emergency landing on a packed beach near Lisbon, killing a man and an 8-year-old girl who were sunbathing.
    (AP, 8/3/17)
2017        Aug 2, Qatar said it has concluded a 5 billion euro deal with Italy for seven navy vessels, part of a military cooperation agreement between the two countries.
    (Reuters, 8/2/17)
2017        Aug 2, Russia’s Novaya Gazeta reported that a Russian court has ordered Russia-born reporter Khudoberdy Nurmatov to be deported to his native Uzbekistan where he might face torture. Nurmatov, aka Ali Feruz, is openly gay, a human rights activist and a correspondent for the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper. On August 4 it was reported that the European Court of Human Rights has halted the impending deportation of Nurmatov.
    (AP, 8/2/17)(AP, 8/4/17)
2017        Aug 2, A Saudi man was shot dead helping evacuate residents the town of Awamiya, where fighting between security forces and armed Shi'ite Muslims have displaced thousands of people.
    (Reuters, 8/3/17)
2017        Aug 2, South African poultry producer Astral Foods confirmed a second outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu at one of its farms.
    (Reuters, 8/2/17)
2017        Aug 2, Spanish police arrested Yyacheslav Gulevich (57) a Russian gang boss who headed up the Kemerovo organization which dealt in drugs, weapons and human trafficking, as well as prostitution in Estonia. Three other group leaders were also detained in the Estonian capital Tallinn.
    (AFP, 8/8/17)
2017        Aug 2, A Thai court acquitted two former prime ministers of abuse of power in a case involving the deadly dispersal of an anti-government protest in 2008.
    (AP, 8/2/17)
2017        Aug 2, Turkey's top military body replaced the land, air and naval commanders of the military at a critical meeting just over a year after the failed coup bid.
    (AP, 8/2/17)
2017        Aug 2, The president of Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly said the legislature will call for an investigation into claims that the official turnout figure in the July 30 election was inflated by at least 1 million votes.
    (AP, 8/2/17)

2017        Aug 3, USAID said the Trump administration has given $169 million to feed people starving in Ethiopia and Kenya.
    (Reuters, 8/3/17)
2017        Aug 3, In Texas Peter Zuccarelli (62) of Plano pleaded guilty to federal charges that he smuggled circuits abroad for use by space programs in China and Russia.
    (AP, 8/4/17)
2017        Aug 3, It was reported that Anchor Brewing, San Francisco’s 121-year-old brewery, is being sold to Japan’s Sapporo Holdings Ltd.
    (SFC, 8/3/17, p.A1)
2017        Aug 3, It was reported that Maryland state attorneys are dismissing dozens of cases in Baltimore after reviewing a video that appears to show a police officer planting evidence at a crime scene as two other officers look on.
    (SFC, 8/3/17, p.A5)
2017        Aug 3, In Afghanistan a Taliban suicide bomber disguised as a woman rammed his motorcycle into an international convoy, killing a NATO soldier and two Afghan civilians in an attack north of Kabul.
    (AP, 8/4/17)
2017        Aug 3, Australian police charged two men with planning a terrorist act, over their role in a foiled "Islamic-inspired" plot to bring down an airplane.
    (Reuters, 8/3/17)
2017        Aug 3, In Brazil federal police and labor investigators raided a Word of Faith Fellowship church and school in Franco da Rocha. The South Carolina-based church was accused of physical and psychological abuse of students and funneling students from Brazil to to the US to work for little or no pay at church associated businesses.
    (SFC, 10/11/17, p.A3)
2017        Aug 3, British character Robert Hardy (b,1925) died. He played in the British series “All Creatures Great and Small" (1978-1990), but was best known for his roles as Winston Churchill in British television movies.
    (SSFC, 8/6/17, p.C12)
2017        Aug 3, Cambodian police detained Nhek Bun Chhay, a former ally of PM Hun Sen, in connection with allegations of illegal drug production from 2012.
    (AP, 8/3/17)
2017        Aug 3, In southeastern Central African Republic six Red Cross volunteers were killed in an attack on a health center.
    (Reuters, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 3, China's Foreign Ministry said India has been building up troops and repairing roads along its side of the border amid an increasingly tense stand-off in a remote frontier region beside the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.
    (Reuters, 8/3/17)
2017        Aug 3, In China Turkey's top diplomat vowed to root out militants plotting against China, signaling closer cooperation against suspected Uighur militants hailing from China's far west who have long been a sore point in bilateral relations.
    (AP, 8/3/17)
2017        Aug 3, In China two vessels collided in the Pearl River estuary. Some 1,000 tons of palm oil spilled into the water after the vessels collided, out of a total of 9,000 tons and soon began to settle on the beaches of Hong Kong.
    (Reuters, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 3, Indonesia sent 143 suspects to either the Chinese cities of Chengdu or Tianjin. Taiwan protested to Indonesia for sending more than 100 telecoms fraud suspects, including 22 Taiwan nationals, to China.
    (Reuters, 8/3/17)
2017        Aug 3, In Kashmir a pair of ambushes by Indian government forces and Kashmiri rebels killed two soldiers and two militants in the disputed Himalayan region.
    (AP, 8/3/17)
2017        Aug 3, In Kenya Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels killed a Kenyan policeman when they attacked a police station in northern Mandera County, raising security concerns over next week's national elections.
    (AP, 8/3/17)
2017        Aug 3, Malawi celebrated the successful conclusion of a two-year project moving 520 sedated elephants by truck to a reserve where the animals had been nearly wiped out by poaching.
    (AFP, 8/3/17)
2017        Aug 3, In western Myanmar suspected insurgents killed at least six members of the of the Mro Buddhist ethnic minority.
    (AP, 8/4/17)
2017        Aug 3, Researchers said euthanasia has become a common way to die in the Netherlands, accounting for 4.5 percent of deaths, and that requests are increasing from people who aren't terminally ill.
    (AP, 8/3/17)
2017        Aug 3, Nigeria’s state-run oil firm said it has signed financing deals with oil majors Shell and Chevron to develop projects that would boost reserves and revenue.
    (AFP, 8/3/17)
2017        Aug 3, Romanian police listed Gabriel Popoviciu (58) as a wanted person after they were unable to locate him following sentencing a day earlier. He was not barred from leaving Romania during his trial. Prosecutors said he had obtained land in north Bucharest from a state university from 2000 to 2004 at a vastly undervalued price where he built the capital's best-known mall.
    (AP, 8/3/17)
2017        Aug 3, Russia's Defense Ministry announced a cease-fire for a third safe zone in war-torn Syria, paving the way for the delivery of sorely needed humanitarian relief to rebel-held areas north of the city of Homs.
    (AP, 8/3/17)
2017        Aug 3, Senegalese singer Amy Colle Dieng (39) was arrested for "offending the head of state and broadcasting fake news," after audio of her lashing out at President Macky Sall went viral.
    (AFP, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 3, Spain’s police said 101 people, mostly Iranians and Spaniards, have been arrested in a year-long operation coordinated with British and police and Europol. The criminal network had smuggled Iranian nationals with false documents into Britain.
    (AP, 8/3/17)
2017        Aug 3, Spanish police arrested Hamza Yalcin, a Turkish-Swedish reporter and writer in Barcelona, on an international arrest order from Turkey for alleged terrorism.
    (AP, 8/8/17)
2017        Aug 3, In Syria the Islamic State called on all men between 20 and 30 who are able to fight to head to mobilization offices within a week in Deir el-Zour province.
    (AP, 8/3/17)
2017        Aug 3, Thailand’s interior ministry said floods have killed at least 23 people in the northeastern farming region.
    (Reuters, 8/3/17)
 2017        Aug 3, The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said Islamic State is still committing genocide against the Yazidi minority in Iraq after three years but the world is failing in its duty to punish the crime.
    (Reuters, 8/3/17)
2017        Aug 3, A Vietnamese official said flash floods triggered by heavy rains have killed seven people and left 27 others missing in northern Vietnam. Rescuers over the next few days recovered 16 more bodies, bringing the death toll from floods in four northern provinces to 23.
    (AP, 8/3/17)(AP, 8/6/17)
2017        Aug 3, In Yemen al Qaeda militants withdrew to the mountains without a fight as armored vehicles from the government army and a new force known as the Elite Shabwa Forces rolled into the provincial capital Ataq, and other towns and cities. The advance was backed by the United States and the UAE (United Arab Emirates).
    (Reuters, 8/4/17)

2017        Aug 4, Dozens of Yemenis and Iranians who won the chance to immigrate to the United States sued the US State Department for not processing their visa applications after President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban was reinstated.
    (Reuters, 8/5/17)
2017        Aug 4, In Michigan Volkswagen AG executive Oliver Schmidt pleaded guilty in US District Court in Detroit in connection with a massive diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $25 billion. Schmidt faced up to seven years in prison and a fine of between $40,000 and $400,000.
    (Reuters, 8/4/17)
2017        Aug 4, Martin Shkreli, accused of defrauding his hedge fund investors and a pharmaceutical company, was convicted in New York on three of eight counts. He faced up to 20 years in prison.
    (SFC, 8/5/17, p.D1)
2017        Aug 4, Afghan security forces retook a district center in the eastern province of Paktia, following a sequence of fighting with Taliban insurgents that has seen control over a series of strongpoints change hands in recent days.
    (Reuters, 8/4/17)
2017        Aug 4, A British judge refused to extradite a London-based Russian businessman who is accused of organizing the killing of a retail tycoon in his homeland, saying there was little solid evidence against him. Russian officials say Georgy Shuppe (46) arranged the January 2014 murder of Alexander Mineev, who was shot 22 times with a Kalashnikov rifle on the outskirts of Moscow.
    (AP, 8/4/17)
2017        Aug 4, Britain lifted a ban on personal electronic devices for flights from Amman's Queen Alia International Airport to the United Kingdom.
    (AFP, 8/4/17)
2017        Aug 4, In eastern Congo DRC a group of Twa pygmies attacked the Luba, a Bantu ethnic group, near Kalemi, in Tanganyika province. More than 50 people were killed in clashes between the ethnic groups.
    (Reuters, 8/6/17)
2017        Aug 4, Ethiopia arrested Alemayehu Gujo, its state minister for finance, on suspicion of corruption. This was part of an anti-graft drive that the government says has led to dozens of arrests in the last two weeks. Zayed Woldegabriel, the Director General of the Ethiopian Roads Authority. was also detained.
    (Reuters, 8/4/17)
2017        Aug 4, A district in central Indonesia said it has invited the army, police and local hunters to help battle bands of wild long-tailed macaque monkeys, which were raiding plantations and attacking villagers in Boyolali district in central Java.
    (AP, 8/4/17)
2017        Aug 4, Iraqi officials said troops have found a mass grave in the western city of Ramadi containing the bodies of 40 men believed to have been executed by the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 8/4/17)
2017        Aug 4, In southeastern Ivory Coast about 20 gunmen in military uniforms attacked a police station early today, temporarily shutting officers inside and stealing weapons.
    (Reuters, 8/4/17)
2017        Aug 4, Japanese automakers Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. said they plan to spend $1.6 billion to jointly build auto manufacturing plant in the US, a move that will create up to 4,000 jobs.
    (AP, 8/4/17)
2017        Aug 4, In Kenya John Aristotle Phillips, the CEO of US-based campaign data company Aristotle, Inc, was detained and faced deportation along with Canadian staffer Andreas Katsouris. The two men were assisting opposition candidate Raila Odinga with issues including strategy and data analysis and had chosen to get involved in the Kenyan election because they thought it had the potential for irregularities.
    (AP, 8/5/17)
2017        Aug 4, Popular Kenyan televangelist Gilbert Deya was extradited from Britain to face charges of child trafficking amid accusations that he stole children, including newborn babies, to prove miracles.
    (AP, 8/4/17)
2017        Aug 4, Myanmar security forces fired warning shots to disperse some 600 Muslim villagers while they were arresting four suspected insurgents in a western region where government troops have been accused of human rights violations against Rohingya minority.
    (AP, 8/5/17)
2017        Aug 4, Romania's Social Democrat-led government said it would cap special pensions for the military and secret services to keep spending in check.
    (Reuters, 8/4/17)
2017        Aug 4, A Russian court extended probation for opposition leader Alexei Navalny by one year, a sentence that should bar him from running for office until at least 2021.
    (AP, 8/4/17)
2017        Aug 4, In eastern Russia rescuers at Alrosa’s Mir diamond mine in the Sakha region searched for 9 miners still unaccounted for after water leaked into an underground shaft with more than 100 workers inside. One of nine missing was rescued the next day. On Aug 26 Alrosa said it has called off the search for the missing miners.
    (AFP, 8/4/17)(AP, 8/5/17)(AP, 8/26/17)
2017        Aug 4, Rwanda held presidential elections. Incumbent leader Paul Kagame (59) swept to a landslide victory.
    (AP, 8/4/17)(Reuters, 8/5/17)
2017        Aug 4, Singapore said it had canceled the permanent residence status of Huang Jing, a professor at a prominent postgraduate school, whom it identified as a US citizen and accused him of being an agent of influence for a foreign country. The ruling also applied to Huang's wife, Shirley Yang Xiuping, and meant that if the couple leave Singapore they will not be able to re-enter.
    (Reuters, 8/4/17)
2017        Aug 4, In Spain holidaymakers faced delays and long queues at Barcelona's El Prat airport, the first day of strikes by security staff that may be stepped up in coming weeks.
    (Reuters, 8/4/17)
2017        Aug 4, In Sri Lanka thousands of students from state-run universities finished a five-day march across the country, demanding the government shut down the private South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine, the only private university training medical students. Doctors and students say privatizing education could jeopardize the country's tradition of state-funded education.
    (AP, 8/4/17)
2017        Aug 4, In northern Sweden an employee at Orsa Rovdjurspark, one of Europe's largest predator parks, died of bite wounds after being attacked by a bear. The 2-year-old bear was euthanized after the attack.
    (AP, 8/4/17)
2017        Aug 4, In northern Syria the heaviest fighting and shelling for months hit Hama province, but there were diverging accounts of how the battle started.
    (Reuters, 8/4/17)
2017        Aug 4, In Syria Russian military police deployed north of the central city of Homs, setting up checkpoints and observation points as part of a cease-fire in a third safe zone, but opposition activists said the truce was violated by government forces.
    (AP, 8/4/17)
2017        Aug 4, In Switzerland a Piper PA28 plane crash at a summer camp killed two 14-year-old campers and the pilot, while leaving a third teenager seriously injured.
    (AFP, 8/4/17)
2017        Aug 4, Venezuela returned opposition leader Antonio Ledezma from prison to his home. Venezuela’s government inaugurated a new legislative superbody authorized to expand the powers of leftist President Nicolas Maduro. Chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz said it was fraudulently elected.
    (Reuters, 8/4/17)(Reuters, 8/5/17)
2017        Aug 4, Residents said Yemeni troops and armor have pushed al Qaeda militants out of main cities in Shabwa, regaining government control over the southern province for the first time in years. 12 civilians were reported killed in two airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition in Saada province.
    (Reuters, 8/4/17)(AP, 8/4/17)

2017        Aug 5, Three US Marines were missing after their Osprey aircraft crashed into the sea off the east coast of Australia while trying to land. 23 others were rescued.
    (AP, 8/5/17)
2017        Aug 5, In Afghanistan Taliban and Islamic State insurgents launched coordinated attacks form three different directions on Sayad district in northern Sari Pul province killing at least seven security forces. More than 50 people including women and children were killed by insurgents in northern Sari Pul province. Romanian soldiers from the NATO-led Resolute Support mission killed an Afghan policeman who was trying to carry out an insider attack after a training session in the southern province of Kandahar.
    (AP, 8/5/17)(Reuters, 8/5/17)(AP, 8/6/17)(AFP, 8/7/17)
2017        Aug 5, Afghan security forces seized a truck in Kabul carrying 16.5 tons of ammonium nitrate hidden in chicken feed and intended to be used for making explosives.
    (Reuters, 8/6/17)
2017        Aug 5, Belgian officials admitted they knew in early June there was a potential problem over insecticide-contaminated eggs but kept it secret because of an ongoing fraud investigation. Eggs from 59 farms contained high enough levels of the insecticide, fipronil, for the food authority to warn against any children eating them.
    (AFP, 8/5/17)
2017        Aug 5, In Brazil thousands of army troops raided Rio de Janeiro slums in a pre-dawn crackdown on crime gangs, leaving parts of the city looking like a war zone on the first anniversary of the opening of the Olympic Games.
    (AFP, 8/5/17)
2017        Aug 5, In northern Cameroon a suicide bomb attack killed eight people at the village of Ouro-Kessoum, two km from the Nigerian border.
    (AFP, 8/6/17)
2017        Aug 5, China's anti-graft watchdog said Yao Zhongmin, the former head of the supervisory board at China Development Bank, the country's largest policy lender, has been jailed for 14 years and fined 3.5 million yuan ($520,276) for receiving bribes.
    (Reuters, 8/5/17)
2017        Aug 5, China repatriated seventy seven fraud suspects from Fiji, as it battled an explosion of scamming over the telephone that has cost victims billions of dollars.
    (Reuters, 8/6/17)
2017        Aug 5, Communist Party official Zhang Jinbiao, the party secretary for Hotan who oversaw a portion of China's restive northwestern Muslim region of Xinjiang, was dismissed on charges including that he failed to do enough to fight extremism.
    (AP, 8/6/17)
2017        Aug 5, In southern France hundreds of farmers, shepherds and politicians rallied in Aveyron calling for action to halt the slaughter of livestock by packs of wolves.
    (AFP, 8/5/17)
2017        Aug 5, In southern India four Spanish nationals and their Indian driver were killed in a collision between their bus and a trailer truck on a highway.
    (AP, 8/5/17)
2017        Aug 5, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was sworn-in for a second term. He accused the United States of trying to undermine Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers, telling President Donald Trump that it will be his political suicide.
    (Reuters, 8/5/17)
2017        Aug 5, In Italy Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi (b.1934), once seen as a possible contender to become pope, died. A prolific writer, Tettamanzi helped Pope John Paul draft some of his encyclicals and was seen by some Vatican watchers as a potential candidate to replace the Polish pontiff when he died in 2005.
    (Reuters, 8/5/17)
2017        Aug 5, In Kashmir a gunbattle between Indian troops and Kashmiri rebels killed three insurgents in the disputed Himalayan region and triggered a new round of anti-India protests and clashes.
    (AP, 8/5/17)
2017        Aug 5, Macedonia declared a 30-day state of emergency in its southwestern mountainous region due to fear that a heat wave could spread multiple wildfires that have been raging in the country's southwest region.
    (AP, 8/6/17)
2017        Aug 5, Mauritania held a contentious referendum to alter the constitution amid widespread opposition claims that the vote is a ploy to increase presidential power.
    (Reuters, 8/5/17)
2017        Aug 5, In the Philippines some 2,000 mothers breastfed their babies in public in a gathering in Manila aimed at cutting infant deaths and dispelling taboos over the practice.
    (AFP, 8/5/17)
2017        Aug 5, The WHO said Saudi Arabia has pledged $33.7 million to help the World Health Organization eradicate cholera in war-wracked Yemen, where the disease has killed nearly 2,000 people.
    (AFP, 8/6/17)
2017        Aug 5, Southeast Asian foreign ministers (ASEAN) failed to release a customary communique at the end of a high-level meeting in the Philippines after what diplomats said was a lack of consensus about how to refer to disputes in the South China Sea.
    (Reuters, 8/5/17)
2017        Aug 5, The South American trade bloc Mercosur, meeting in San Paulo, decided to suspend Venezuela for failing to follow democratic norms.
    (AP, 8/5/17) 
2017        Aug 5, The UN Security Council unanimously approved the sanctions on North Korea, including banning coal and other exports worth over $1 billion. The US-drafted measure, negotiated with China, aimed at increasing economic pressure on Pyongyang to return to negotiations on its nuclear and missile programs.
    (AP, 8/6/17)
2017        Aug 5, The United Nations said it was investigating mass graves found in a northern Mali town along with a slew of human rights abuses committed by armed groups vying for control of the area.
    (AFP, 8/6/17)
2017        Aug 5, Venezuelan security forces surrounded the entrance to the chief prosecutor's office. The newly installed constitutional assembly voted unanimously to remove chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega, replaced her with a government loyalist and ordered her to stand trial, confirming opposition fears that it would use its powers to root out critics of the government.
    (AP, 8/5/17)(Reuters, 8/6/17)

2017        Aug 6, It was reported that pollution from illegal marijuana farms deep in California's national forests is far worse than previously thought, and has turned thousands of acres into waste dumps so toxic that simply touching plants has landed law enforcement officers in the hospital.
    (Reuters, 8/6/17)
2017        Aug 6, In Atlanta, Georgia, rapper Yung Mazi, aka Jabril Abdur-Rahman (31), was shot and killed outside a pizza shop. A suspect ran from the scene.
    (SFC, 8/8/17, p.A6)
2017        Aug 6, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, on the sidelines of the ASEAN meeting in Manila, urged his North Korean counterpart to abide by UN resolutions and stop provoking "the international community's goodwill" with missile launches and nuclear tests.
    (AP, 8/6/17)
2017        Aug 6, An Iranian soldier opened fire on his colleagues, killing three and wounding 12 of them at a military air base in south Tehran. The assailant was killed in a shootout with other soldiers. Iranian media reported that the Revolutionary Guards had killed two people in clashes with a group of militants in the northwest of the country.
    (AP, 8/6/17)(Reuters, 8/7/17)
2017        Aug 6, Israel said it plans to ban Qatar's flagship Al-Jazeera news network from operating in the country over allegations it incites violence, joining Arab nations that have shut down the broadcaster amid a separate political dispute.
    (AP, 8/6/17)
2017        Aug 6, Israel offered asylum to Neda Amin, a Turkey-based Iranian blogger, who it said faced forcible deportation to Iran, where she would be at risk given her work for an Israeli news site.
    (Reuters, 8/6/17)
2017        Aug 6, Lebanese state media said the army has captured a number of strategic hilltops from Islamic State group militants in the east of the country.
    (AP, 8/6/17)
2017        Aug 6, In Mexico gunmen attacked a group at the Playa Palmilla in San Jose del Cabo, killing three men and wounding two others.
    (SFC, 8/7/17, p.A2)
2017        Aug 6, In southeastern Nigeria gunmen killed 11 people and wounded 18 others in St. Philip Catholic Church in an attack arising from a feud between members of the local community in  in Ozubulu, Anambra state.
    (AP, 8/6/17)(Reuters, 8/7/17)
2017        Aug 6, The US territory of Puerto Rico made it a crime to smoke inside a vehicle if one of the passengers is younger than 18. Violators will face a $250 penalty.
    (AP, 8/7/17)
2017        Aug 6, Southeast Asian foreign ministers (ASEAN) meeting in the Manila ended an impasse on over how to address disputes in the South China Sea, issuing a communique that called for militarization to be avoided and noting concern about island-building. The joint communique was carefully worded to avoid angering China.
    (Reuters, 8/6/17)(AFP, 8/6/17)
2017        Aug 6, In Spain workers handling carry-on luggage checks at Barcelona's airport staged a second day of partial strikes, causing long lines for passengers at one of Europe's most popular airports.
    (AP, 8/6/17)
2017        Aug 6, In central Syria pro-government forces captured the Islamic State group's last stronghold in the energy-rich Homs province, paving the way to advance on the besieged eastern city of Deir el-Zour.
    (AP, 8/6/17)
2017        Aug 6, Venezuelan authorities suppressed a small military rebellion near the central city of Valencia, days after President Nicolas Maduro formed a legislative superbody internationally condemned as a power grab.
    (Reuters, 8/6/17)

2017        Aug 7, Chantek (39), a male orangutan, died at Zoo Atlanta. He was among the first apes to learn sign language, could clean his room and memorized the way to a fast-food restaurant.
    (Reuters, 8/8/17)
2017        Aug 7, China’s state news agency Xinhua said thunderstorms have battered northeastern Liaoning province for several days, killing three people and prompting the evacuation of almost 190,000.
    (Reuters, 8/7/17)
2017        Aug 7, Congolese security forces killed at least 14 members of separatist sect Bundu dia Kongo (BDK) during clashes in the capital Kinshasa and southwestern city of Matadi in which at least one police officer also died.
    (Reuters, 8/7/17)
2017        Aug 7, In Germany some 2,600 pigs and piglets died in a fire at a farm southwest of Berlin that caused an estimated 800,000 euros ($950,000) in damage in the area of Frankenfoerde.
    (AP, 8/8/17)
2017        Aug 7, Indonesia said that it will barter coffee, palm oil and other commodities for 11 Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets, calling US and European sanctions against Russia an opportunity to boost the Southeast Asian nation's trade.
    (AP, 8/7/17)
2017        Aug 7, Iranian state news agency IRNA reported that security forces have broken up a group linked to Islamic State which was planning attacks in religious centers in the country and trying to hide weapons in home appliances. 27 militants were detained.
    (Reuters, 8/7/17)
2017        Aug 7, Iran signed the country's biggest-ever car deal o build tens of thousands of cars annually under a joint venture with French automobile manufacturer Groupe Renault, buoying its manufacturing industry in defiance of the Trump administration's moves to isolate the country.
    (AP, 8/7/17)
2017        Aug 7, Malaysia's deputy minister in charge of religious affairs said he is investigating an international atheist organization after a picture of the group's local chapter went viral, sparking claims that Muslim apostates were involved. The Kuala Lumpur chapter of Atheist Republic, a Canada-based organization, posted a picture of the group's members attending a gathering last week, sparking uproar among some Muslims and leading to threats of death and violence against the group on social media.
    (Reuters, 8/7/17)
2017        Aug 7, In Morocco dozens of sub-Saharan migrants crossed into Spain in the early hours today after running through a border gate into the enclave of Ceuta.
    (Reuters, 8/7/17)
2017        Aug 7, Nigerian protesters demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari, receiving treatment in London for an undisclosed ailment for more than three months, either return or resign.
    (AFP, 8/7/17)
2017        Aug 7, In Pakistan the JuD charity said it has entered politics by forming a new party. The new Milli Muslim League party will follow the ideology of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), which the US says is a front for banned militant group Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) and is run by Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 attacks that killed 166 people.
    (Reuters, 8/7/17)
2017        Aug 7, Pakistani security forces killed four Taliban militants in the eastern city of Lahore hours after a truck bomb killed one person and wounded 22.
    (Reuters, 8/8/17)
2017        Aug 7, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah II met for about two hours, after a red-carpet welcome for the monarch at the Palestinian government compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
    (AP, 8/7/17)
2017        Aug 7, Russia said it will speed up work on reducing dependency on US payment systems and the dollar as a settling currency in response to the new sanctions.
    (Reuters, 8/7/17)
2017        Aug 7, In Russia two members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot were detained after a protest outside the prison colony in Siberia's Yakutia where Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is being held.
    (AP, 8/7/17)
2017        Aug 7, In Sicily 15 firefighters were arrested on suspicion of deliberately setting fires or having friends or family call in false alarms so they could be called to work and earn money, announcing the arrest of the alleged ringleader.
    (AP, 8/7/17)(AFP, 8/11/17)
2017        Aug 7, In Slovakia a junior partner in the ruling coalition, the Slovak National Party (SNS), surprised its partners by pulling out of an agreement underpinning the government and calling for a new deal.
    (Reuters, 8/7/17)
2017        Aug 7, South Sudan's government forces overtook the rebel-held stronghold and opposition headquarters of Pagak, along the Ethiopian border. Opposition IO rebels still held territory in Panyijiar County in Unity state as well rural areas of Jonglei state and Akobo state, traditionally areas where South Sudan's Nuer people live.
    (AP, 8/7/17)
2017        Aug 7, In Syria government warplanes bombed Ein Tarma, a suburb of Damascus and an area controlled by the Failaq al-Rahman rebel group, which does not recognize a recent truce.
    (AP, 8/7/17)
2017        Aug 7, An attack near the Syrian border reportedly killed 36 members of an Iraqi Shi'ite militia and seven of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards. The US-led coalition fighting Islamic State denied responsibility. Islamic State claimed it was responsible for the attack near At Tanf.
    (Reuters, 8/8/17)

2017        Aug 8, Pres. Donald Trump issued his strongest warning yet for North Korea in comments to reporters in New Jersey, saying that "North Korea best not make any more threats to the US. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen".
    (AP, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 8, The NY Times published a draft report of the fourth National Climate Assessment. It predicted that US temperatures will rise at least 2.5 degrees over the next few decades.
    (SFC, 8/9/17, p.A1)
2017        Aug 8, The US Centers for Disease Control said an increasing number of people have been sickened by eating salmonella infected papaya traced to a farm in southern Mexico. 109 people in 16 states were now sickened. One death in NYC was reported.
    (SFC, 8/9/17, p.A6)
2017        Aug 8, US Border Patrol agents in San Diego arrested Jorge Edwin Rivera (25) as he used a drone to smuggle methamphetamine from Mexico. Rivera said he had used drones five or six times since march to smuggle drugs.
    (SSFC, 8/20/17, p.A14)
2017        Aug 8, In Chicago several gunmen opened fire on a group of people on a sidewalk killing one man and wounding six other people in the Bronzeville neighborhood.
    (SFC, 8/10/17, p.A5)
2017        Aug 8, Glen Campbell (81), American country music legend, died in Nashville. His songs included “Rhinestone Cowboy" (1975) and “Wichita Lineman" (1968).  The TV show “Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" ran from 1969 to 1972 on CBS.
    (SFC, 8/9/17, p.A6)
2017        Aug 8, McDonald's said it will nearly double the number of restaurants in China in the next five years, eventually surpassing Japan as the hamburger chain's second-biggest market outside the US. The announcement came a week after it completed a previously announced deal to sell most of its operations in China.
    (AP, 8/8/17)
2017        Aug 8, Former British police Officer Adrian Pogmore (51) was jailed for a year for using a police helicopter to film a couple having sex and other people sunbathing nude.
    (AFP, 8/8/17)
2017        Aug 8, In China a 7.0-magnitude earthquake late today struck a remote, mountainous part of southwestern province of Sichuan, killing at least 19 people, including eight tourists, and injuring 247. The death toll rose to 23 as more bodies were recovered.
    (Reuters, 8/9/17)(AFP, 8/11/17)
2017        Aug 8, In Congo DRC opposition campaigners launched a two-day general strike to pressure President Joseph Kabila to set an election date -- a day after 12 people were shot dead in an anti-government rampage in the capital.
    (AFP, 8/8/17)
2017        Aug 8, Two Egyptian policemen were killed and one wounded when a group of wanted criminals opened fire on security forces in a village north of Cairo.
    (Reuters, 8/8/17)
2017        Aug 8, In France a BMW rammed into a group of soldiers in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret. Six soldiers were injured in the attack. Police the next day arrested the chief suspect in the attack. The man was wounded in a gunfight during his capture.
    (AP, 8/9/17)(SFC, 8/10/17, p.A4)
2017        Aug 8, Germany’s wind power group Siemens Gamesa said it has installed Asia's tallest wind turbines, with a total height of 210 meters (230 yards), in Thailand.
    (Reuters, 8/8/17)
2017        Aug 8, Iranian authorities detained 64 “half naked" youths at a pool party in central Isfahan province. A report said the youngsters were dancing and drinking alcoholic beverages.
    (AP, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 8, In Ivory Coast twenty people escaped custody after assaulting police officers at the courthouse in Abidjan.
    (Reuters, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 8, Kenya held elections. The presidential vote pitted President Uhuru Kenyatta (55), the businessman son of Kenya's founding president, against Raila Odinga (72), a former political prisoner and son of Kenya's first vice-president.
    (Reuters, 8/8/17)
2017        Aug 8, In Nepal a parliamentary report released today said immigration officials at its international airport are colluding with traffickers to illegally send Nepali women to the Gulf where they are often exploited and abused.
    (AFP, 8/8/17)
2017        Aug 8, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia and assured it of Moscow's military support, an act of defiance to Western governments that have condemned Russia's backing for the separatists.
    (Reuters, 8/8/17)
2017        Aug 8, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny launched a new YouTube attack against President Vladimir Putin's close associates. The video described the assets of billionaire brothers Arkady and Boris Rotenberg and their sons. Navalny's video charged that they won lucrative government orders unfairly and included footage of their palatial mansions.
    (AP, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 8, Lawmakers in South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) pledged to back President Jacob Zuma in a no-confidence motion in parliament, aiming to thwart opposition efforts to force him out. Zuma survived the no-confidence vote.
    (Reuters, 8/8/17)(SFC, 8/9/17, p.A2)
2017        Aug 8, In South Africa thieves broke into the offices of the Competition Commission, making off with laptop computers. The Competition Commission is responsible for investigating issues including cartel conduct and mergers and acquisitions, before bringing them to the Competition Tribunal for adjudication.
    (Reuters, 8/12/17)
2017        Aug 8, The head of South Sudan's UN mission announced the long-awaited arrival of troops from a regional force meant to patrol roads and quell violence in the war-ravaged country. About 150 troops from Rwanda arrived at the weekend for the regional protection force (RPF).
    (AFP, 8/8/17)
2017        Aug 8, In Syria pro-government forces intensified their assault on the rebel-held suburbs of Damascus, a day after the Faylaq al-Rahman rebel faction beat back an attempted government advance, killing several soldiers.
    (AP, 8/8/17)
2017        Aug 8, In Syria airstrikes on parts of the northern city of Raqqa that are controlled by the Islamic State group killed 29 civilians, including nine women and 12 children.
    (AP, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 8, In Thailand journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk was charged with sedition and violation of the country’s computer law for online postings concerning politics.
    (SFC, 8/9/17, p.A2)
2017        Aug 8, A Turkish media report said Turkey has begun construction of a wall along the country's frontier with Iran, mimicking the Turkish barrier along the Syrian border.
    (AP, 8/8/17)
2017        Aug 8, Venezuela's Supreme Court sentenced Caracas district mayor Ramon Muchacho to 15 months in jail for defying orders to keep transit moving in an area routinely blocked and barricaded by anti-government demonstrations.
    (Reuters, 8/8/17)
2017        Aug 8, Venezuela’s new constitutional assembly assumed even more power by declaring itself as the superior body to all other governmental institutions, including the opposition-controlled congress.
    (AP, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 8, In southern Yemen four soldiers and six suspected al Qaeda attackers were killed and 10 soldiers wounded when a suicide bomber and gunmen tried to storm an army camp.
    (Reuters, 8/8/17)

2017        Aug 9, Washington imposed sanctions on eight Venezuelan officials for their role in creating an all-powerful legislative body loyal to President Nicolas Maduro, while a mayor-turned-fugitive called for more anti-government protests. Ramon Muchacho, mayor of the wealthy Chacao district of capital city Caracas, appeared in a video shot from a secret location after a court removed him from office and sentenced him to 15 months in prison a day earlier for failing to halt anti-government protests in his district.
    (Reuters, 8/10/17)
2017        Aug 9, In the SF Bay Area musician Dave Deporis (40) was killed after being dragged underneath a getaway car when a man stole his laptop, filled with his recorded music, outside a café in Oakland.
    (SFC, 9/11/17 p.D4)
2017        Aug 9, It was reported that Cincinnati based payments processor Vantiv has agreed to buy British rival WorldPay in an 8 billion pound ($10.4 billion) deal that will create a giant in the sector.
    (AP, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 9, New York City prosecutors dismissed about 644,000 warrants for minor charges dating back 10 years to ease the effects of years of aggressive enforcement against offenses like public drinking.
    (SFC, 8/10/17, p.A5)
2017        Aug 9, Afghan officials said the Taliban have released 235 villagers held since the insurgents seized control of an area in northern Sari Pul province five days ago. The insurgents still held an unknown number of civilians.
    (AP, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 9, Cambodia said it is recruiting hundreds of maids to work in Hong Kong. The minimum monthly wage for maids in Hong Kong was $550.
    (AFP, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 9, China and Malaysia broke ground on a $13 billion rail project linking peninsular Malaysia's east and west, the largest such project in the country and a major part of Beijing's Belt and Road infrastructure push.
    (Reuters, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 9, Egypt curtailed access to ration cards used by three-quarters of the country's 93 million people to buy subsidized food items, the latest move in the government's economic reform plan. The decree doesn't affect current card holders.
    (AP, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 9, Four Egyptian policemen were killed in el-Arish, in the northern Sinai peninsula. The Islamic State group soon claimed responsibility for the attack.
    (AP, 8/10/17)
2017        Aug 9, Hong Kong stepped up efforts to clean up a massive palm oil spill, with authorities scooping up more than 90 tons of foul-smelling, styrofoam-like clumps six days after two vessels collided in the Pearl River estuary.
    (AP, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 9, In India at least half a million protesters brought Mumbai to a standstill as they pressed their demands for reserved quotas in government jobs and college places amid a slumping rural economy.
    (Reuters, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 9, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appointed two female vice presidents but continued to take flak from reformists for nominating no women ministers.
    (AFP, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 9, In southern Italy four men were shot dead in an apparent gangland killing. Mario Luciano Romito, a well-known local crime boss, and his brother-in-law Matteo De Palma were traveling together when a car drew alongside and fired at them. Police said two other victims, believed to be farmers, were targeted because they had witnessed the attack in the Puglia region.
    (Reuters, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 9, In Kashmir a teenage boy was killed during anti-India protests following a gunbattle that killed three rebels near Tral town.
    (AP, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 9, In Kenya protests broke out after opposition leader Raila Odinga alleged that election results had been hacked into and manipulated. Two people were reported shot dead in Nairobi during protests over provisional election results showing President Uhuru Kenyatta leading opposition leader Raila Odinga.
    (AP, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 9, Metiria Turei, the co-leader of New Zealand's Green Party, resigned three weeks after confessing she committed welfare fraud as a struggling young mother more than 20 years ago.
    (AP, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 9, North Korea said it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike Guam, which is home to about 163,000 people and a US military base that includes a submarine squadron, an airbase and a Coast Guard group.
    (Reuters, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 9, North Korea freed Hyeon Soo Lim, a Canadian pastor serving a life sentence there, on humanitarian grounds, just hours after the United States warned it would counter any threat from the North with "fire and fury".
    (Reuters, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 9, Pakistan's deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif began two days of rallies aimed at demonstrating his political strength, ignoring security threats and drawing thousands of supporters.
    (AP, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 9, In Pakistan a shootout with militants killed an army major and three other officers. One attacker was shot dead and another blew himself up in a raid on a home in the Dir tribal region.
    (SFC, 8/10/17, p.A2)
2017        Aug 9, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced "dead-or-alive" bounties worth $40,000 each for policemen he accused of helping an accused narco-politician, and said he preferred they be killed.
    (AFP, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 9, Philippine elections Chairman Andres Bautista filed criminal complaints against his estranged wife, who has publicly accused him of amassing unexplained wealth and receiving commissions from a law firm whose clients include a company that provided vote-counting machines in last year's presidential polls.
    (AP, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 9, Qatar, isolated by its neighbors in a diplomatic crisis, introduced a visa-free entry program for 80 nationalities to stimulate air transport and tourism.
    (AFP, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 9, Tajikistan accused Iran of sending assassins and saboteurs into the former Soviet republic in the 1990s, when it was embroiled in a 1992-1997 civil war against an Islamist-led rebel force.
    (AP, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 9, A Thai military court sentenced a man named Tara to 20 years in prison in the country's latest conviction on charges of insulting the monarchy.
    (AP, 8/9/17)
2017        Aug 9, In Thailand reporter Nattaporn Weeranont of the Isra News Agency, who was looking into the assets of a brother of one of the top members of the country's military government, was arrested for trespassing.
    (AP, 8/11/17)
2017        Aug 9, The UN migration agency said  up to 50 migrants from Ethiopia and Somalia were "deliberately drowned" by a smuggler in a separate boat off Yemen.
    (AP, 8/10/17)
2017        Aug 9, Venezuela’s supreme court ordered David Smolansky, mayor of the eastern Caracas district of El Hatillo, imprisoned for 15 months for not obeying orders to shut down protests.
    (AP, 8/10/17)

2017        Aug 10, An analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that mixed signals from Pres. Donald Trump have created uncertainty and led insurers to seek higher premium increases for 2018 than would otherwise have been the case.
    (SFC, 8/11/17, p.A5)
2017        Aug 10, The annual State of the Climate report was published by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It confirmed that 2016 set a new mark for heat and broke records for sea-level rise and the level of heat-trapping pollutants in the air.
    (SFC, 8/11/17, p.A1)
2017        Aug 10, In Los Angeles Yohanes Marliem died in West Hollywood after a standoff with police involving several hostages. He was a witness in a graft investigation implicating dozens of politicians in Indonesia.
    (Reuters, 8/12/17)
2017        Aug 10, In New Jersey retired police Officer Jon Campbell (48) pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $100,000 from the police union to buy time shares in Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean and to make other purchases.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y7nlbok5)(SFC, 8/14/17, p.A4)
2017        Aug 10, In eastern Afghanistan 16 civilians were killed when vehicles they were traveling in were hit by US air strikes believed to be targeting Islamic State militants in Nangarhar province.
    (SFC, 8/12/17, p.A4)
2017        Aug 10, In Afghanistan several senior members of Islamic State's central Asian affiliate were killed in a US air strike Kunar province. They included Abdul Rahman, identified by the US military as the Kunar provincial emir for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan, and three other senior ISIS-K members.
    (Reuters, 8/13/17)
2017        Aug 10, In northwestern China at least 36 people were killed and 13 others injured in a crash on an expressway in Shanxi province.
    (SFC, 8/11/17, p.A2)
2017        Aug 10, Croatia revoked a decision to drastically raise import fees for fruit and vegetables, avoiding a looming trade war with its Balkan neighbors.
    (AP, 8/10/17)
2017        Aug 10, The Danish environmental protection agency (DEPA) said it had reported Maersk Oil, the oil unit of A.P. Moller-Maersk, to the police for discharging chemicals into the North Sea in connection with oil production.
    (Reuters, 8/10/17)
2017        Aug 10, In Egypt a supervising engineer on a hotel building site died after becoming involved in a brawl when he warned Italian tourist Ivan Pascal Moro not to enter a restricted area at the Red Sea resort of Marsa Alam.
    (Reuters, 8/12/17)
2017        Aug 10, The European Union said it has added nine people and four entities to its North Korea sanctions list, as part of new United Nations measures in the wake of Pyongyang's latest missile tests.
    (Reuters, 8/10/17)
2017        Aug 10, Scientists in Germany said they have identified a new type of pox virus that's sickening young red squirrels in Berlin.
    (AP, 8/10/17)
2017        Aug 10, Iran executed  Alireza Tajiki. He had been arrested six years earlier at age 15 for murder and sodomy.
    (AP, 8/10/17)
2017        Aug 10, The Israeli military said it has identified two residential buildings in the northern Gaza Strip as potential military targets after discovering Hamas militant tunnels underneath them.
    (AP, 8/10/17)
2017        Aug 10, Sources said Japan's army will give thousands of helicopter parts to keep Philippine military choppers airborne, helping Tokyo gain clout with Manila in a contest with China to secure influence over the strategic South China Sea nation.
    (Reuters, 8/10/17)
2017        Aug 10, A Kenyan official said violence has broken out in the county of Garissa, where opposition supporters are demonstrating against the announcement of a ruling party candidate as the winner of a gubernatorial race. An opposition official claimed that election commission data shows opposition leader Raila Odinga won the August 8 election and that he should be declared president. Provisional results released by the election commission on its website showed Kenyatta leading by a big margin with almost all polling stations counted.
    (AP, 8/10/17)
2017        Aug 10, Kuwait said it will continue to grant visas to North Korean laborers whose wages allegedly aid Pyongyang in evading international sanctions.
    (AP, 8/10/17)
2017        Aug 10, Dutch investigators detained two men suspected of being involved in the illegal use of pesticide at poultry farms that sparked a food safety scare in several European countries.
    (AP, 8/10/17)
2017        Aug 10, North Korea dismissed warnings by US President Donald Trump that it would face "fire and fury" if it threatened the United States and outlined detailed plans on for a missile strike near the US Pacific territory of Guam.
    (Reuters, 8/10/17)
2017        Aug 10, In Pakistan Ruth Pfau (87), a German physician and nun who devoted her life to the eradication of leprosy in Pakistan, died in Karachi.
    (AP, 8/11/17)
2017        Aug 10, Russian opposition politician Sergei Udaltsov (40), freed this week after completing a four-and-a-half-year prison term, urged a boycott of next year's presidential elections, calling them "dishonest".
    (AFP, 8/10/17)
2017        Aug 10, A Moscow court jailed Russian journalist Alexander Sokolov (29) after finding him guilty of organizing an extremist group and attempting to overthrow the authorities in a trial denounced by human rights groups as politically motivated.
    (Reuters, 8/10/17)
2017        Aug 10, Temperatures in Serbia, Romania, Hungary and Croatia were expected to reach 39 degrees Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) again today following a few days of less oppressive heat. Evidence continued to up that this year's hoy summer in central and southeastern Europe has decimated crops, drained rivers and hurt the animal world.
    (AP, 8/10/17)
2017        Aug 10, Sri Lanka's foreign minister Ravi Karunanayake resigned over corruption charges in an investigation of alleged irregularities in government bond sales, maintaining that he was not guilty of wrongdoing.
    (Reuters, 8/10/17)
2017        Aug 10, The Syrian army and its allies seized control of at least 30 km (19 miles) of Syria's border with Jordan from rebels in an attack.
    (Reuters, 8/10/17)
2017        Aug 10, Turkish police said authorities have detained Renad Bakiev, a Russian national, and suspected Islamic State group militant for allegedly planning a drone attack on US aircraft at Turkey's Incirlik air base.
    (AP, 8/10/17)
2017        Aug 10, The UN migration agency said five migrants are dead and more than 50 are missing after smugglers forced them from a boat off the coast of Yemen in the second such drowning in two days.
    (AP, 8/10/17)   

2017        Aug 11, US Pres. Donald Trump said a military option was not out of the question for dealing with the Venezuelan government's crackdown on the opposition and deepening social crisis.
    (Reuters, 8/13/17)
2017        Aug 11, It was reported that federal and local authorities arrested more than 75 people in the SF Bay Area in recent months as part of the sweeping Operation Cold Day against suspects linked to a variety of gun and drug charges.
    (SFC, 8/11/17, p.D8)
2017        Aug 11, In southern California Pierre Romain (53) was convicted of first degree murder for a botched car jacking in June, 1987. DNA evidence was used to relate him to the murder of Jade Clark, who shot Romain in the arm.
    (SFC, 8/12/17, p.A6)
2017        Aug 11, Chaoyi Le (28), of Mississauga, Ontario, was taken into custody in Los Angeles after getting off a flight from Shanghai for attempting to ship live snakes to China through the mail.
    (AP, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 11, In Afghanistan at least 13 civilians, including women and children, were killed after their house was hit by mortars during a battle in northern Faryab province.
    (AP, 8/12/17)
2017        Aug 11, Cambodia's PM Hun Sen issued a six-day ultimatum to Laos to pull back troops who have allegedly trespassed into a border area or face a military response.
    (AFP, 8/11/17)
2017        Aug 11, China’s Cyberspace Administration said it has launched probes into three of its largest social networking platforms over the suspected dissemination of violence and obscenity.
    (AP, 8/11/17)
2017        Aug 11, Denmark arrested Peter Madsen on preliminary manslaughter charges after his 40-ton, nearly 18-meter-long (60-foot-long) submarine sank off the country’s eastern coast. He has denied responsibility for the fate of Kim Wall (30), saying she had disembarked before his vessel went down. Madsen later said Wall died in an accident on board the vessel, and that he dumped her body in the sea on August 10. On August 21 a headless torso of a woman was found on the south coast of the isle of Amager, near Copenhagen. On Aug 23 police confirmed that DNA tests of the torso matched Wall. Madsen later told a pre-trial custody hearing that she died after she was accidentally hit by a heavy hatch in the submarine's tower. An autopsy revealed that Wall had been stabbed more than 14 times and that her limbs had been removed with a saw.
    (AP, 8/12/17)(AFP, 8/21/17)(AP, 8/22/17)(AP, 8/23/17)(AP, 9/5/17)(SFC, 10/5/17, p.A4)
2017        Aug 11, In Egypt a train collision near the coastal city of Alexandria killed at least 43 people and injured 80 others.
    (AP, 8/11/17)(SFC, 8/12/17, p.A2)
2017        Aug 11, A German court sentenced three Syrian men for running a smuggling ring from Turkey to Europe over the deaths of 13 migrants in the Mediterranean in September 2015. The main suspect was sentenced to four years in prison and the man who piloted the dinghy two and a half years in prison. A third man, who liaised with the refugees' family members in Germany, was given two years on probation.
    (Reuters, 8/11/17)
2017        Aug 11, In Germany a 26-ton garbage truck tipped over on a road, crushing a car and killing five people, including at least four members of the same family in the Baden-Wuerttemberg town of Nagold.
    (AP, 8/11/17)
2017        Aug 11, Greek authorities seized roughly two tons of Albania-grown marijuana on an Italian-flagged yacht destined for the Aegean Sea islands.
    (AP, 8/11/17)
2017        Aug 11, Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Howard Lam said he was briefly abducted and tortured by suspected mainland Chinese security agents who stapled his legs as a warning against sending a signed photo of soccer star Lionel Messi to the widow of dissident Liu Xiaobo. Before Liu's death of cancer on July 13, Lam had written to FC Barcelona to ask for a signed photo of the Argentine player that he could forward to Liu because he thought it would cheer him up. On August 15 Hong Kong police arrested Lam on suspicion of providing false information.
    (AP, 8/11/17)(AP, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 11, In India an elephant blamed for killing more than a dozen people in the eastern states of Jharkhand and Bihar was shot dead, after an elaborate hunt that involved dozens of forest officials and a sharpshooter.
    (Reuters, 8/12/17)
2017        Aug 11, In Iran flash floods triggered by heavy rains killed 12 people. 38 people remained missing in Khorasan Razavi province.
    (AP, 8/12/17)
2017        Aug 11, Israel Kristal, the world's oldest man, passed away in Israel just a month short of his 114th birthday. He had lived through both World Wars and survived the Auschwitz concentration camp.
    (AP, 8/12/17)
2017        Aug 11, Police in southeastern Italy arrested four suspects late today and seized weapons to head off more gangland-style murders in a region popular with vacation-goers where four people were killed.
    (AP, 8/12/17)
2017        Aug 11, Kenya's opposition coalition called on the election commission to give it access to its computer servers and said it would accept the results on Tuesday's vote based on the figures recorded there. Provisional results show President Uhuru Kenyatta with a lead of 1.4 million votes. Unrest erupted moments after the election commission announced late today that Kenyatta (55) had secured a second five-year term in office, despite opposition allegations that the tally was a fraud.
    (Reuters, 8/11/17)(Reuters, 8/12/17)
2017        Aug 11, Kuwait discovered a crude oil spill in its southern waters near the Ras al-Zour area.
    (AP, 8/16/17)
2017        Aug 11, Lithuania's top appeals court upheld a decision to extradite Evaldas Rimasauskas to the United States. He was accused of defrauding Facebook and Google out of more than $100 million from 2013-2015.
    (AP, 8/11/17)
2017        Aug 11, Myanmar military sources said hundreds of soldiers have been sent to beef up security in northwestern Rakhine state after a recent spate of killings, fuelling fears of yet more violence and instability in the troubled region.
    (Reuters, 8/11/17)
2017        Aug 11, In Nepal seven South Asian and Southeast Asian nations (Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal) agreed to conclude early a free trade accord, implement the Paris agreement on climate change and step up cooperation among their security agencies to combat terrorism.
    (AP, 8/11/17)
2017        Aug 11, In Nigeria hundreds of protesters stormed a crude oil flow station owned by Shell in the restive Niger Delta demanding jobs and infrastructure development.
    (Reuters, 8/11/17)
2017        Aug 11, In southern Pakistan gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire on a vehicle carrying a senior police officer in Karachi, killing him and his guard before fleeing the scene. Hours later, a powerful bomb struck in a remote northwestern tribal region, killing three people and wounding 25.
    (AP, 8/11/17)
2017        Aug 11, Philippine officials said they will cull at least 200,000 birds after confirming its first H5 avian flu outbreak in Papanga province.
    (SFC, 8/12/17, p.A2)
2017        Aug 11, In Somalia a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of a mosque in the center of Mogadishu. A soldier, who intercepted the attacker before he entered the mosque, was also killed.
    (Reuters, 8/11/17)
2017        Aug 11, In South Sudan heavy fighting erupted in the town of Pagak near the border with Ethiopia when rebels launched an offensive against government forces.
    (Reuters, 8/11/17)
2017        Aug 11, In northern Spain liquid egg products tainted by fipronil were discovered at a food company in the Basque Country. Fipronil, which can harm human health, has been discovered in eggs in 16 European countries since the scandal came to light on August 1 and has even been found as far afield as Hong Kong.
    (AFP, 8/12/17)
2017        Aug 11, In northern Syria US-backed Syrian fighters advancing on the Islamic State group from the eastern and western parts of Raqqa have linked up for the first time since launching their offensive on IS' de facto capital.
    (AP, 8/11/17)
2017        Aug 11, Turkish police detained Muaz El Ahsin while he was trying to cross into the country illegally. A court soon charged Ahsin with murder for allegedly slitting the throats of Syrian journalists Ibrahim Abdul-Qadir and Fares Hamadi on October 29, 2015.
    (AP, 8/14/17)

2017        Aug 12, US Pres. Donald Trump signed an emergency spending bill that will pump more than $2 billion into a program that allows veterans to receive private medical care at government expense.
    (SSFC, 8/13/17, p.A8)
2017        Aug 12, US federal officials arrested Jerry Drake Varnell (23) of Sayre, Okla., in connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb in an alley adjacent to BancFirst in downtown Oklahoma City.
    (SFC, 8/1517, p.A5)
2017        Aug 12, In Virginia a car plowed into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville killing Heather Heyer (32) and injuring a dozen others. The driver was identified as James Alex Fields Jr. (20) of Ohio. The US Dept. of Justice opened a federal civil rights investigation into the attack. A state police helicopter assisting in public safety crashed in a wooded area killing Lt. H. Jay Cullen (48) and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates.
    (SSFC, 8/13/17, p.A1,12)(SFC, 8/23/17, p.A5)
2017        Aug 12, Cambodian PM Hun Sen, who threatened a day earlier to use force over a border crisis with neighboring Laos, announced that the situation had been peacefully resolved after he made a lightning trip for face-to-face talks with his Laotian counterpart.
    (AP, 8/12/17)
2017        Aug 12, Scorching temperatures and high winds fuelled huge wildfires on the French island of Corsica, forcing holidaymakers to flee, and in Portugal where firefighters have brought two major blazes under control.
    (AFP, 8/12/17)
2017        Aug 12, In Egypt two policemen were killed and six were injured late today after their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in the town of el-Arish in the northern Sinai Peninsula.
    (AP, 8/13/17)
2017        Aug 12, Indian officials said at least 64 children have died over six days at the government run Baba Raghav Das Hospital in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh state, as it suffered oxygen shortages. State health minister Sidharth Nath Singh denied that any of the deaths were linked to the oxygen shortage.
    (AFP, 8/12/17)
2017        Aug 12, In Iraq an Islamic State suicide car bomb late today on Iraqi troops outside Karbala left one person dead.
    (AP, 8/13/17)
2017        Aug 12, Kenyan police killed at least 11 people in a crackdown on protests as anger at the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta erupted in the western city of Kisumu and slums surrounding the capital. The opposition accused the security forces of killing more than 100 people.
    (Reuters, 8/12/17)
2017        Aug 12, Kuwait said it has arrested 12 people sentenced in the so-called Abdali cell. They had been convicted in absentia of spying for Iran and Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah.
    (Reuters, 8/12/17)
2017        Aug 12, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said it was suspending its migrant rescues in the Mediterranean because it felt threatened by the Libyan coastguard and the Italian government's policies have made its job harder.
    (Reuters, 8/12/17)
2017        Aug 12, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto endorsed a change to the Institutional Revolutionary Party's (PRI) rules that allows outsiders to run for president, a move that gives the embattled leader greater power to anoint his successor.
    (Reuters, 8/12/17)
2017        Aug 12, Nepalese authorities said flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains have left more than 30 people dead in the past 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 8/12/17)
2017        Aug 12, In southwestern Pakistan a suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a military truck  in Quetta killing eight soldiers and seven civilians.
    (SSFC, 8/13/17, p.A4)
2017        Aug 12, A Palestinian woman stabbed and wounded an Israeli man next to the Old City's Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem, before she was arrested.
    (AFP, 8/12/17)
2017        Aug 12, In Poland five people, including two teenage girl scouts, died and more than 30 were injured as a result of falling trees in a series of severe overnight storms.
    (Reuters, 8/12/17)
2017        Aug 12, In Romania Tudor Postelnicu (86), head of the Securitate secret police from 1978 to 1987, died. He suppressed dissent and was a top aide of former Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu.
    (AP, 8/13/17)
2017        Aug 12, South Sudan's rebels said they had wrested control of Pagak, their stronghold town near the country's border with Ethiopia, from government forces, a day after launching an offensive to drive them out.
    (Reuters, 8/12/17)
2017        Aug 12, In Spain around a hundred Barcelona residents gathered along the city's beach to protest the unchecked growth of mass tourism to the popular vacation destination.
    (AP, 8/12/17)
2017        Aug 12, In Switzerland "Mrs. Fang", Chinese director Wang Bing's documentary about a family waiting to say goodbye to their elderly Alzheimer's-stricken mother, scooped the top prize at the Locarno film festival.
    (AFP, 8/12/17)
2017        Aug 12, In northwestern Syria gunmen stormed an office of a paramedic group that is active in opposition-controlled areas, killing seven of its members and stealing two vehicles and other equipment in Sarmin. A suicide attack in the south of the country killed at least 23 rebels.
    (AP, 8/12/17)
2017        Aug 12, In central Syria a commando operation backed by Russian warplanes and helicopters killed 25 members of the Islamic State jihadist group. Six members of the regime forces were also killed in the northeast of Homs province.
    (AFP, 8/13/17)

2017        Aug 13, Police in Texas acting on a tip found 17 immigrants locked inside a tractor-trailer parked at a gas station about 20 miles (30 km) from Mexican border.
    (AP, 8/14/17)
2017        Aug 13, In southeastern Wisconsin three men from Illinois, believed to be gang members, were shot to death at close range during a drag racing event at the Great Lakes Dragaway in the town of Paris.
    (SFC, 8/1517, p.A5)
2017        Aug 13, In Burkina Faso suspected Islamic extremists opened fire at a Turkish restaurant in Ouagadougou late today, killing at least 18 people in the second such attack on a restaurant popular with foreigners in the last two years. Security forces neutralized two terrorists.
    (AP, 8/14/17)
2017        Aug 13, In Egypt two suspected militants were killed in an exchange of fire with the police in a province outside the capital Cairo.
    (AP, 8/13/17)
2017        Aug 13, In India two packed buses were swept into a gorge overnight by a landslide so powerful it destroyed an entire stretch of highway in Himachal Pradesh state. 17 bodies were recovered from the site, but dozens remained missing.
    (AFP, 8/13/17)
2017        Aug 13, Iran's parliament voted unanimously to increase spending on its ballistic missile program and the foreign operations of its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, part of a sanctions bill mirroring a new US law targeting the country.
    (AP, 8/13/17)
2017        Aug 13, Iran's parliament passed a long-awaited amendment to its drug trafficking laws, raising the thresholds that can trigger capital punishment and potentially saving the lives of many on death row.
    (AFP, 8/13/17)
2017        Aug 13, In northern Iraq two American soldiers were killed during combat operations, but their deaths were not caused by enemy contact.
    (SFC, 8/14/17, p.A2)
2017        Aug 13, The Italian government welcomed Libya's decision to bar foreign vessels from a stretch of water off its coast. Libya's navy last week ordered foreign vessels to stay out of a coastal "search and rescue zone" for migrants headed for Europe, saying the measure was aimed at non-governmental organizations it accuses of facilitating illegal migration.
    (AFP, 8/13/17)
2017        Aug 13, In south Kashmir two Indian soldiers and three militants were killed in a 12-hour overnight gunfight in the Shopian district.
    (Reuters, 8/13/17)
2017        Aug 13, Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga called for a strike to support his claim to the presidency and accused the ruling party of "spilling the blood of innocent people", despite growing pressure on him to concede election defeat. 24 people have been killed since the election.
    (Reuters, 8/13/17)(AP, 8/13/17)
2017        Aug 13, Kuwait said it will finish cleaning up a crude oil spill in its southern waters near the Ras al-Zour area this week. The spill began days ago and activists informed authorities about it on August 10. Kuwaiti media quoted local oil experts as saying the spill originated from an old 50-km (31-mile) pipeline from Al-Khafji. On August 16 an analysis of satellite imagery by a US-based nonprofit organization suggested at least 34,000 gallons of oil have leaked out during a spill off the coast of Kuwait.
    (Reuters, 8/13/17)(AFP, 8/13/17)(AP, 8/16/17)
2017        Aug 13, Libya's former prime minister Ali Zeidan (Zidan) was kidnapped by an armed group in war-torn Tripoli. The gunmen were from the GNA-linked Tripoli Revolutionary Brigade, a militia of former rebels from the NATO-backed 2011 uprising that led to the overthrow and killing of longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi.
    (AP, 8/14/17)(AFP, 8/22/17)
2017        Aug 13, In Malaysia a town hall meeting with former PM Mahathir Mohamad (92), who now heads an opposition coalition, was marred by violence, with several people hurling flares, chairs and shoes at the stage.
    (AP, 8/13/17)
2017        Aug 13, In western Myanmar hundreds of Buddhists took to the streets to protest against aid organizations they accuse of giving support to Muslim Rohingya militants.
    (Reuters, 8/13/17)
2017        Aug 13, Nepalese authorities upgraded the death toll from flash flooding across the country to 49 as the water kept rising, forcing thousands to flee for higher ground. Another 17 remained missing.
    (AFP, 8/13/17)
2017        Aug 13, In Portugal more than 3,000 firemen struggled to put out forest fires across the country, after the country requested assistance from Europe to fight blazes that threaten to spread with more hot weather in the coming days.
    (Reuters, 8/13/17)
2017        Aug 13, In Somalia Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur, a deputy director of al-Shabab, was flown to Mogadishu from Hudur following his surrender to the government.
    (AP, 8/13/17)(Reuters, 8/13/17)
2017        Aug 13, The Syrian Failaq al-Rahman rebel faction said it has killed 20 army soldiers in a tunnel blast as the battle for Damascus's northeastern suburbs shows no signs of letting up.
    (AP, 8/13/17)
2017        Aug 13, In Turkey police Officer Sinan Acar (24) was stabbed to death by a suspected member of the Islamic State (IS) group, who had been arrested for allegedly planning a suicide attack. The suspected IS member was shot dead on the spot by other police officers.
    (AFP, 8/14/17)
2017        Aug 13, Yemen's Central Bank said the Saudi-led coalition is "strangling" the economy by preventing planes from flying in newly-minted cash.
    (AP, 8/14/17)

2017        Aug 14, US Pres. Donald Trump named and condemned “repugnant" hate groups and declared that “racism is evil" in a forceful statement following the weekend clashes in Charlottesville, Va. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the weekend attack meets the legal definition of an act of domestic terrorism.
    (SFC, 8/1517, p.A5)
2017        Aug 14, Simone Askew (20) became the first black woman to captain the 4,400 member Corps of Cadets at West Point.
    (SFC, 8/1517, p.A5)
2017        Aug 14, A SpaceX capsule rocketed to the Int’l. Space Station from Cape Canaveral, Fl.
    (SFC, 8/15/17, p.A6)
2017        Aug 14, In central Afghanistan three Afghan aid workers employed by Catholic Relief Services were gunned down and killed in Ghor province.
    (Reuters, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 14, Austria's food safety agency says it has found the first instances of eggs contaminated with Fipronil in the country. The traces in Austria were 10 times lower than the highest concentration found in Belgium.
    (AP, 8/14/17)
2017        Aug 14, Austria's Social Democratic Party announced that it is severing business relations with an Israeli political consultant after Israeli authorities arrested him on suspicion of money laundering, obstruction of justice, bribery and related crimes. Tal Silberstein was one of four suspects arrested in Israel following a joint investigation with Swiss and American authorities.
    (AP, 8/14/17)
2017        Aug 14, Officials said heavy monsoon rains have unleashed landslides and floods that killed at least 173 people in recent days and displaced millions more across Bangladesh, northern India and southern Nepal.
    (AP, 8/14/17)
2017        Aug 14, China's Commerce Ministry issued a ban effective Aug 15 on several imports from North Korea, including coal, iron ore, lead concentrates and ore, lead and seafood, a move that is in line with UN sanctions announced this month.
    (Reuters, 8/14/17)
2017        Aug 14, A Chinese court said human rights activist Wu Gan, best known as "Super Vulgar Butcher," has admitted in a closed-door trial that his actions "violated the law." He rose to prominence by harnessing social media to draw attention to causes ranging from wrongful imprisonment to freedom of speech.
    (Reuters, 8/14/17)     
2017        Aug 14, In France a driver (32) rammed his car into a pizzeria near Paris, killing a girl and injuring 13 people. Officials the next day said he had consumed large quantities of medication and had severe mental health problems.
    (AFP, 8/15/17)(SFC, 8/1617, p.A2)
2017        Aug 14, In Germany the court in the town of Krefeld said Hartmut Hopp (73) must serve in Germany the five-year sentence given to him by a Chilean court in 2011 for 16 counts of aiding in the sexual abuse of children.
    (AP, 8/14/17)
2017        Aug 14, In Greece firefighters battled to contain a wildfire near Athens after it spread overnight to three towns some 45 km (30 miles) northeast of the capital and damaged dozens of homes.
    (Reuters, 8/14/17)
2017        Aug 14, Iraq's Integrity Commission issued a statement asking the foreign ministry in Baghdad to ask Iran to repatriate Majid al-Nasrawi, the governor of the oil city of Basra. He has stepped down and gone to Iran after Iraq's anti-corruption body began investigating graft allegations against him.
    (Reuters, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 14, Israeli police detained diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz and four others as part of an international money laundering investigation.
    (AFP, 8/14/17)
2017        Aug 14, In Italy Maurizio Diotallevi (62) confessed to authorities to killing his sister, Nicoletta Diotallevi (59), whose hacked-off legs were accidentally found in a Rome trash bin while her head and remaining body parts were later discovered in a garbage container on another street.
    (AP, 8/16/17)
2017        Aug 14, Kenyans largely ignored an opposition call to go on strike, re-opening shops and returning to work as they shrugged off demands for demonstrations against President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election and against the killing of protesters.
    (Reuters, 8/14/17)
2017        Aug 14, Shekue Kahale, a Kenya politician who campaigned for election to parliament in last week's election, survived as eleven other people drowned when the boat they were traveling in capsized in waters in the Indian Ocean off Kenya.
    (Reuters, 8/14/17)
2017        Aug 14, In central Mali gunmen attacked a UN base, wounding a UN peacekeeper and a Malian soldier. Malian troops repulsed the attackers, who lost two of their own men in the raid. Unidentified gunmen attacked the headquarters of the UN peacekeeping force in Timbuktu killing seven people and injuring seven others.
    (AFP, 8/14/17)(SFC, 8/1517, p.A2)
2017        Aug 14, In Norway’s Conservative PM Erna Solberg pledged on to cut taxes to boost growth and job creation if she was reelected with four weeks to go before an election that is too close to call.
    (Reuters, 8/14/17)
2017        Aug 14, In Pakistan a roadside bomb killed eight soldiers in a remote district in the southwestern province of Baluchistan, the second attack within days in the troubled region.
    (Reuters, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 14, The Philippine defense minister said China has assured the Philippines it will not occupy new features or territory in the South China Sea, under a new "status quo" brokered by Manila as both sides try to strengthen their relations.
    (Reuters, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 14, Russia's FSB security service said that it had captured a gang planning major attacks on Moscow transport networks and shopping centers, directed by members of the Islamic State jihadist group from Syria.
    (AFP, 8/14/17)
2017        Aug 14, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov welcomed Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, the head of Libya's eastern military forces, as part of efforts to boost its influence in the chaotic country. Hifter is a rival to the internationally recognized government in Tripoli led by Faez Sarraj.
    (AP, 8/14/17)
2017        Aug 14, The Saudi cabinet decided to establish a joint trade commission with Iraq.
    (Reuters, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 14, In Sierra Leone hundreds of people were believed killed when a mudslide struck the outskirts of Freetown.
    (Reuters, 8/14/17)
2017        Aug 14, Hundreds of Syrian rebels and civilians started leaving the Lebanon-Syria border area after a deal was reached for their departure following days of delay.
    (AP, 8/14/17)
2017        Aug 14, UN food agencies said nearly eight million people face acute hunger in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a result of conflict, especially in the central Kasai region.
    (AFP, 8/14/17)
2017        Aug 14, In southern Yemen a roadside bomb killed 12 civilians and wounded four when a blast targeting a military car hit their vehicle instead. Two other people, including a soldier, were killed in separate attacks also in the south, where the army has launched an offensive against Al-Qaeda.
    (AFP, 8/14/17)

2017        Aug 15, A UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter with five soldiers went down off the coast of Hawaii during a night training mission.
    (SFC, 8/17/17, p.A6)
2017        Aug 15, In Maryland Mohamed Elshinawy (32) pleaded guilty in Baltimore to conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State. He had pledged allegiance to the IS and received $8,700 to carry out an attack on the United States.
    (SFC, 8/1617, p.A5)
2017        Aug 15, Gunnar Birkerts (92), Latvia-born modernist architect, died at his home in Needham, Mass. His work included the national library in Latvia, the country’s symbolic Castle of Light.
    (SFC, 8/21/17, p.C3)
2017        Aug 15, In New York Syracuse resident Cameron Isaac was found guilty of first-degree murder in the drug deal shooting of Yuan Xiaopeng (23) last September 30 .
    (AP, 8/16/17)
2017        Aug 15, It was reported that Mazda is recalling nearly 80,000 cars and SUVs, some for a second time, to replace dangerous Takata air bag inflators.
    (AP, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, In northeastern Afghanistan a Taliban suicide bomber detonated his explosives-packed vehicle near an Afghan military checkpoint in Kunduz province, killing at least one person.
    (AP, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, In Bangladesh a suspected Islamist militant was killed in an explosion inside a hotel in Dhaka during a raid on an alleged hideout. Police identified the man as Saiful Islam, a college student.
    (AP, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, Officials said the death toll in flooding and landslides that devastated parts of Bangladesh, northern India and southern Nepal over the past few days has risen to 245, while millions of others have been displaced.
    (AP, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, In Brazil Judge Nancy Andrighi ordered Congressman Jair Bolsonaro to pay Congresswoman Maria do Rosario 10,000 reals ($3,125) for saying in a December 2014 newspaper interview that she is not "worth raping; she is very ugly."
    (AP, 8/16/17)
2017        Aug 15, The BBC said an Iranian court order has frozen the local assets of over 150 people associated with the BBC's Farsi-language service, the latest effort by Tehran to crack down on the service's popular newscasts.
    (AP, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, China criticized President Donald Trump's order for a possible US trade investigation of Beijing's technology policies as a violation of global rules and said it will "resolutely safeguard" Chinese interests.
    (AP, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, The IMF warned that China's massive debt is on a "dangerous" path, raising the risk of a sharp slowdown in growth, and urged Beijing to speed up structural reforms.
    (AFP, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, In Germany new licenses were awarded that will increase onshore wind energy capacity by more than 1 gigawatt, equal to that of a nuclear plant.
    (Reuters, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, German efforts to overcome a diesel scandal were dealt a blow after prosecutors widened a Volkswagen probe and a key environmental group said steps proposed by automakers to cut pollution remained inadequate.
    (Reuters, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, Germany's second largest airline, Air Berlin, filed for bankruptcy protection after its main shareholder, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad, said it would make no more financing available following years of unsuccessful turnaround attempts.
    (AP, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, Greek firefighters struggled to control blazes for a third successive day, as flames fanned by high winds forced people to flee homes near the capital.
    (AFP, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, In Guam Grammy Award-winning singer Yvonne Elliman-Alexander (65) and her husband were arrested and charged with illegal drug possession after dogs sniffed out methamphetamine and marijuana as they arrived on the island for a benefit concert at a school.
    (AP, 8/17/17)
2017        Aug 15, Indonesian police arrested five suspected Islamist militants and seized chemicals near Jakarta, that they said were being used to make bombs for attacks on the presidential palace at the end of August.
    (Reuters, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, In Iraq a spokesman for the Supreme Judicial Council said Samir Kubba, the director general of Iraqi Airways, has been arrested and referred to trial on graft charges.
    (Reuters, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, Iraq's air force commander said Iraqi and coalition planes have stepped up airstrikes on Islamic State targets in the town of Tal Afar ahead of a planned offensive there.
    (AP, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Mahmoud al-Werfalli, a commander in the Special Forces of Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA), for allegedly executing dozens of prisoners earlier this year in the city of Benghazi. Victims' bodies were found in garbage dumps with bound hands and gunshots to the head.
    (Reuters, 8/16/17)(AP, 9/13/17)
2017        Aug 15, Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz approved a newly drafted law abolishing the senate, the most controversial measure in a package of reforms passed by referendum this month.
    (AFP, 8/16/17)
2017        Aug 15, In Mexico two people were killed and one person was injured when a home holding a clandestine fireworks workshop exploded.
    (AP, 8/16/17)
2017        Aug 15, In northeastern Nigeria suicide bombers attacked a camp for internally displaced people and a market killing at least 20 people.
    (SFC, 8/1617, p.A2)
2017        Aug 15, North Korean state media said leader Kim Jong Un has delayed a decision on firing missiles towards Guam while he waits to see what the United States does next, as South Korea's president said Seoul would seek to prevent war by all means. North Korea's military presented Kim Jong Un with plans to launch missiles into waters near Guam and "wring the windpipes of the Yankees," even as both Koreas and the United States signaled their willingness to avert a deepening crisis.
    (Reuters, 8/15/17)(AP, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, Ousted Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif sought a review of a Supreme Court decision that disqualified him from office over undeclared assets.
    (Reuters, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, Philippine police killed 32 people in dozens of anti-drug operations in a province north of the capital, Manila, over the last 24 hours. About 109 petty criminals, including street-level drug peddlers were arrested and dozens of guns seized in police operations across Bulacan province.
    (Reuters, 8/16/17)
2017        Aug 15, In Portugal around 3,000 firefighters struggled to put out more than 150 wildfires raging across the country, as persistent hot and dry weather stoked the flames.
    (AP, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, Portuguese media reported that several people have died when they were crushed by a falling tree on the island of Madeira.
    (AP, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, Saudi media said Saudi Arabia and Iraq plan to open the Arar border crossing for trade for the first time since 1990, when it was closed after the countries cut ties following Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait.
    (Reuters, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, Sierra Leone's Pres. Ernest Bai Koroma appealed for urgent help for the flood-hit capital of Freetown where more than 300 people have died, as rescue workers resumed the grim search for bodies. The Red Cross estimated that 600 people were still missing.
    (AFP, 8/15/17)(AP, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, Sri Lanka appointed Tilak Marapana as its new foreign minister following the resignation of his predecessor, who was accused of having links to a businessman investigated for shady treasury bond transactions.
    (AP, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, Thai student activist Jatupat Boonpattaraksa, also known as Pai, was jailed for two and a half years for posting on Facebook a BBC article deemed offensive to Thailand's king.
    (Reuters, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro traveled to Cuba to pay homage to deceased leader Fidel Castro, in a surprise visit days after US President Donald Trump warned of possible military action against Venezuela.
    (Reuters, 8/16/17)
2017        Aug 15, Venezuelan violinist Wuilly Arteaga (23) was released after spending 19 days in police custody. He has became a beloved fixture at anti-government protests.
    (AFP, 8/16/17)

2017        Aug 16, The United States said it had sanctioned Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest of the anti-Indian Kashmiri militant groups fighting in the Himalayan territory divided between Pakistan and India.
    (Reuters, 8/16/17)
2017        Aug 16, The Trump administration formally terminated the 2014 Obama CAM parole program that granted Central American minors temporary legal residence.
    (SFC, 8/17/17, p.A6)
2017        Aug 16, The US National Parks Service announced that it will no longer allow parks to ban the sale of plastic water bottles, an option that was part of the 2011 Green Parks Plan adopted under former Pres. Obama.
    (SFC, 8/17/17, p.D1)
2017        Aug 16, In San Jose, Ca., a fire at the Golden Wheel Mobile Home Park killed three people, including two young girls.
    (SFC, 8/17/17, p.D1)
2017        Aug 16, Fiat-Chrysler said it will cooperate with BMW to develop self-driving cars.
    (SFC, 8/17/17, p.C2)
2017        Aug 16, In eastern Afghanistan an American soldier was killed and several others were wounded in a battle with Islamic State militants in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province. A suicide car bomber killed three civilians while trying to attack an Afghan army base in the southern Helmand province late today. In southern Kandahar province, Taliban fighters stormed police checkpoints in two districts late today, killing seven policemen and wounding nine. In southern Zabul province the Taliban attacked a police base, killing eight policemen.
    (AP, 8/17/17)
2017        Aug 16, Belgium's Agriculture Minister Denis Ducarme said the government will join in legal action against those responsible for the egg contamination scandal, which has hit at least 17 countries.
    (AP, 8/16/17)   
2017        Aug 16, British police arrested Michal Konrad Herba (36), the brother of Lukasz Pawel Herba, a man accused of the recent abduction of British model Chloe Ayling in Italy, following a request from the Italian authorities.
    (AFP, 8/16/17)
2017        Aug 16, Cambodian tax authorities denied there is a political motive for a crackdown on delinquent taxpayers that prominently targets media and civil society organizations critical of the government.
    (AP, 8/16/17)
2017        Aug 16, In eastern Congo DRC at least 200 people were believed killed in a landslide in Tora village, Ituri province. 48 houses were destroyed. 140 bodies were soon recovered and over 100 were believed still buried.
    (Reuters, 8/17/17)(SSFC, 8/20/17, p.A4)(AFP, 8/21/17)
2017        Aug 16, Deutsche Post DHL Group and US automaker Ford unveiled a jointly manufactured electric delivery van amid growing demand for emission-free utility vehicles.
    (AP, 8/16/17)
2017        Aug 16, In Guatemala at least two people were killed and five arrested when alleged gang members shot up one of the country's largest hospitals to free a prisoner.
    (AP, 8/16/17)
2017        Aug 16, Mehdi Karroubi (80), a detained Iranian opposition leader, started a hunger strike. He wanted to be out on trial rather than remain under house arrest where he has been held since 2011. Karroubi ended his hunger strike after one day after officials promised that the 12 guards watching over him would no longer be permanently stationed in his house.
    (Reuters, 8/16/17)(SFC, 8/18/17, p.A2)
2017        Aug 16, In Iraq Islamic State group suicide bombers killed seven members of the security forces in an attack on police and army base in Baiji.
    (AFP, 8/16/17)
2017        Aug 16, Israel said it is revoking the press credentials of an Al-Jazeera reporter Elias Karram after he told another TV station that the work of Palestinian journalists is part of the "resistance."
    (AP, 8/16/17)
2017        Aug 16, Israeli forces demolished the home of Palestinian Omar al-Abed (19), who fatally stabbed three Israelis in a nearby Jewish settlement last July 21 at a time when tensions soared over Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound.
    (AP, 8/16/17)
2017        Aug 16, A Kenyan government watchdog said it will investigate whether police killed a baby and a young girl during a crackdown on post-election demonstrations. The parents of six-month-old Samantha Pendo said she was asleep in her mother's arms when she was teargassed and clubbed by police who invaded their home in the western city of Kisumu looking for protesters. Stephanie Moraa (8) was shot by a stray bullet as police fired to disperse protesters in the Nairobi slum of Mathare.
    (Reuters, 8/16/17)
2017        Aug 16, Lebanon's parliament abolished a law, in place since the 1940s, that allowed rapists to avoid prison by marrying their victims.
    (AP, 8/16/17)
2017        Aug 16, Lebanese troops attacked IS positions on the other side of border with Syria, tightening the siege on them. Syrian warplanes bombarded mountainous areas controlled by the Islamic State group near the border with Lebanon.
    (AP, 8/16/17)   
2017        Aug 16, A short video that circulated online showing a hand holding a revolver firing at a target with an image of Mexico’s El Universal columnist Hector De Mauleon's face. De Mauleon has received previous threats after penning columns about organized crime in Mexico City.
    (AP, 8/17/17)
2017        Aug 16, In the Philippines police, later identified as identified as Arnel Oares, Jeremias Pereda and Jerwin Cruz, reportedly shot Kian Loyd delos Santos (17) in the head and left his body next to a pigsty. Police said they shot delos Santos in self-defense after he opened fire on officers during an anti-drugs operation. But there was outrage when the CCTV footage emerged showing two officers marching a figure, subdued and apparently unarmed, toward the spot where the youth's body was later found.
    (Reuters, 8/25/17)
2017        Aug 16, In Spain imam Abdelbaki Es Satty (40) died in an accidental explosion in Alcanar. He was later identified as the ideological leader of a cell planning an attack in Barcelona.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Barcelona_attack#Abdelbaki_Es_Satty)
2017        Aug 16, In Thailand at least eight people, first arrested in May, were re-arrested and charged with insulting the monarchy for allegedly burning portraits of members of the royal family.
    (AP, 8/17/17)
2017        Aug 16, Venezuela’s government-stacked Supreme Court announced it was ordering the capture of German Ferrer, the ousted chief prosecutor's husband, and referring the case to the new, all-powerful constitutional assembly. Ferrer was accused of running a $6 million extortion ring.
    (AP, 8/17/17)(SFC, 8/18/17, p.A4)
2017        Aug 16, In southern Venezuela at least 37 people were killed overnight during clashes between armed inmates and security forces at a prison in Puerto Ayacucho, Amazonas state. Inmates had seized control of the prison several weeks earlier.
    (SFC, 8/17/17, p.A2)
2017        Aug 16, Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema walked free from prison after treason charges against him were dropped, averting a trial that threatened turmoil in the southern African nation.
    (AFP, 8/16/17)
2017        Aug 16, Zimbabwe police said first lady Grace Mugabe has claimed diplomatic immunity after being accused of assaulting a 20-year-old model, in an incident that could test cross-border relations. She is accused of attacking Gabriella Engels with an electrical extension cord on August 13 at a Johannesburg hotel where her two sons were staying.
    (AFP, 8/16/17)

2017        Aug 17, Spacewalking cosmonauts set free the world’s first satellite made almost entirely with a 3-D printer.
    (SFC, 8/18/17, p.A7)
2017        Aug 17, Covered California, the health insurance exchange created under the Affordable Care Act, approved a proposal to allow insurers to raise premiums more than normal between 2019 and 2021 if they lose more money than expected in 2018 due to federal policy changes.
    (SFC, 8/18/17, p.C1)
2017        Aug 17, A US appeals court in New York ruled in favor of Uber Technologies Inc in a lawsuit over whether passengers gave up their right to sue the company when they registered for its taxi-hailing service.
    (AP, 8/17/17)
2017        Aug 17, A third Australian government minister revealed she might have been unlawfully elected to Parliament because of a constitutional ban on dual citizens that has snared six lawmakers since July in an unprecedented political crisis. Fiona Nash, deputy leader of the Nationals junior coalition party, told the Senate she had been advised that she may be British because of her Scottish father.
    (AP, 8/17/17)
2017        Aug 17, In northern Burkina Faso a roadside bomb killed three soldiers and wounded two.
    (Reuters, 8/18/17)
2017        Aug 17, In Burundi grenade attacks on two bars killed at least three people and wounded 27 others in Bujumbura.
    (Reuters, 8/18/17)
2017        Aug 17, Chile said it is rejecting a US request to break off all diplomatic and commercial ties with North Korea that was made by Vice President Mike Pence during a visit to the South American nation. Commercial trade between Chile and North Korea is just $27 million a year, about $25 million of which is Chilean imports.
    (AP, 8/17/17)
2017        Aug 17, Congo Republic's PM Clement Mouamba and his cabinet resigned amid a growing economic crisis. The announcement came days after Pres. Denis Sassou Nguesso said he wanted to form a new government to help alleviate the country's economic problems which have been exacerbated by the steep drop in oil prices.
    (Reuters, 8/17/17)
2017        Aug 17, El Salvador and Guatemala passed legislation that would outlaw marriage with minor even in cases of parental consent or pregnancy.
    (AP, 8/18/17)(SFC, 8/19/17, p.A2)
2017        Aug 17, Fadwa Suleiman (44), Syrian actress-turned-activist died in Paris overnight of cancer. She had fled to France after taking part in the 2011 uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. She had warned against the conflict turning into sectarian war, tried unsuccessfully to persuade residents of the predominantly Alawite cities of Latakia and Tartus to join the uprising.
    (AFP, 8/17/17)
2017        Aug 17, Joshua Wong and two other young leaders of Hong Kong's huge Umbrella Movement rallies were jailed for their role in the 2014 pro-democracy protests, dealing a fresh blow to the campaign for political reform.
    (AFP, 8/17/17)
2017        Aug 17, In India a girl (10), raped by an uncle, gave birth to a 5-pound girl by cesarean section in Chandigarh. She had lost a legal battle to have an abortion.
    (SFC, 8/18/17, p.A2)
2017        Aug 17, An Israeli court extended the detention of Arab Israeli Raed Salah accused of inciting violence in connection with deadly tensions last month over a sensitive Jerusalem holy site. The firebrand Islamic cleric was arrested a day earlier.
    (AFP, 8/17/17)
2017        Aug 17, Israel's Supreme Court froze implementation of a law legalizing dozens of Jewish settlements built on private Palestinian land, which the UN labelled a "thick red line".
    (AFP, 8/18/17)
2017        Aug 17, ICC war crimes judges said that a Malian jihadist was liable for 2.7 million euros in personal damages for destroying Timbuktu's fabled shrines in 2012, as they ordered reparations in a landmark ruling.
    (AFP, 8/17/17)
2017        Aug 17, The Belfast High Court ruled that Northern Ireland's refusal to recognize same-sex marriage does not violate the rights of couples affected, in a blow to campaigners in the only part of the United Kingdom that bans gay marriage.
    (Reuters, 8/17/17)
2017        Aug 17, Pakistan launched a registration drive to document the estimated 1 million Afghan nationals who have been living in the country illegally since fleeing war and unrest in the 1980s.
    (AP, 8/17/17)
2017        Aug 17, A Palestinian politician said the United Arab Emirates will provide $15 million a month to Gaza, as Hamas moves closer to a UAE-based rival to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.
    (AFP, 8/17/17)
2017        Aug 17, Gaza suicide bomber Jamal Kallab (20) killed Hamas guard Nidal al-Jaafari (28) on the border with Egypt, in a rare Islamist attack against the Palestinian group that has run the impoverished enclave for a decade.
    (AFP, 8/17/17)
2017        Aug 17, Philippine police killed at least 26 more drug and crime suspects in overnight gunbattles in Manila, bringing to 58 the death toll in a renewed bloody crackdown in the last three days that received praises from the president.
    (AP, 8/17/17)
2017        Aug 17, In the Philippines high-school student Kian Loyd Delos Santos (17) became one of at least 80 people shot dead this week in an escalation of President Rodrigo Duterte's ruthless war on drugs. Witnesses said that the teenager did not have a firearm and police officers at the scene handed him a gun, asked him to fire the weapon and run.  CCTV footage that showed Santos being carried by two men to the place where his body was later found.
    (Reuters, 8/18/17)
2017        Aug 17, The Holy Synod of Romania's Orthodox Church met to discuss what action to take against a bishop who was seen on video engaging in sexual acts with a male student. The Bishop of Husi, Corneliu Barladeanu (51) was currently suspended and claimed the 18-minute film is doctored.
    (AP, 8/17/17)
2017        Aug 17, Saudi Arabia announced that it is reopening its border with Qatar to allow Qataris to attend the hajj, despite a months-long rift between Doha and four Arab countries led by Riyadh that prompted both sides to trade accusations of politicizing the pilgrimage.
    (AP, 8/17/17)
2017        Aug 17, In Somalia three US air strikes over the last 24 hours killed seven al Shabaab fighters in an operation conducted in cooperation with Somali forces.
    (Reuters, 8/17/17)
2017        Aug 17, In South Africa John Hume, the owner of the world's biggest private rhino herd, took court action to force the government to allow its first online sale of rhino horn, which he aims to hold next week.
    (AP, 8/17/17)
2017        Aug 17, In South Africa lawyers for the young model who claims Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe assaulted her in a Johannesburg hotel said that her family has been approached with an offer of money to drop the allegation. Police said a "red alert" had been issued to prevent Grace Mugabe from leaving the country after Zimbabwe's government requested diplomatic immunity.
    (AP, 8/17/17)
2017        Aug 17, South Korea-based Hyundai Motor said it plans to launch early next year a second-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that will travel more than 580 km (360 miles) between fill-ups under Korean standards.
    (AP, 8/17/17)
2017        Aug 17, In Spain thirteen people were killed in a van attack at the Las Ramblas promenade in Barcelona. The driver of the van escaped, hijacked a car and killed its occupant. Eight hours after the Barcelona attack, a car struck pedestrians in the seaside town of Cambrils, killing a woman and injuring others. Police fatally shot five of the Cambrils attackers. On August 27 a German woman (51) died of her injuries bringing the total death toll from the twin assaults to 16.
    (AP, 8/18/17)(AFP, 8/18/17)(Reuters, 8/21/17)(AP, 8/27/17)
2017        Aug 17, A Swiss federal court ruled that Eritrean asylum-seekers who completed military service in the East African country can legally be sent home if their asylum cases are rejected. The ruling could have sweeping implications for thousands of Eritreans who make up Switzerland's largest pool of asylum-seekers by nationality. In June, a special investigator for the UN said Eritreans continue to suffer arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearances and a national system of military service that amounts to enslavement.
    (AP, 8/31/17)
2017        Aug 17, Thai law enforcement officials arrested Kim South Korean Hyoung-joon, suspected of involvement in trafficking of Thai women into South Korea's sex industry.
    (AP, 8/18/17)

2017        Aug 18, US White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon (63), the chief strategist and key campaign ally of US president Donald Trump, agreed that this would be Bannon’s last day in the Trump administration.
    (AFP, 8/19/17)(SFC, 8/19/17, p.A1)
2017        Aug 18, Carl Icahn said in a letter to Trump released today said that he is stepping down to prevent "partisan bickering" about his unofficial role that Democrats suggested could benefit him financially.
    (AP, 8/19/17)
2017        Aug 18, In California Nery Israel Estrada Margos (38) entered the lobby of police headquarters in Santa Rosa and said he had assaulted his girlfriend, Veronica Cabrera Ramirez, and thought that she might be dead. Margos had been jailed earlier on suspicion of felony domestic violence, but was released on bail on Aug 3. Margos was subject to deportation to his native Guatemala.
    (SFC, 8/31/17, p.A3)
2017        Aug 18, In Florida Everett Miller (45) shot and killed police Officer Matthew Baxter (27) during a scuffle in the downtown area of Kissimmee. Officer Sam Howard (36) was wounded and died of his wounds the next day. Another two officers were shot and wounded in Jacksonville.
    (SFC, 8/19/17, p.A6)(SSFC, 8/20/17, p.A9)
2017        Aug 18, In Maryland three young girls were found stabbed to death inside a home in Clinton. Suspect Antonio Williams (24) confessed and faced murder charges.
    (SSFC, 8/20/17, p.A9)
2017        Aug 18, Texas authorities said a monthlong sting operation in Houston has led to the arrest of more than 250 sex buyers and traffickers.
    (SFC, 8/19/17, p.A5)
2017        Aug 18, NASA launched the 13th and last of its Tracking and Data Relay Satellite network from Cape Canaveral.
    (SFC, 8/19/17, p.A5)
2017        Aug 18, The expedition crew of Research Vessel Petrel, owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, located the wreckage of the Indianapolis on the floor of the North Pacific Ocean, more than 18,000 feet (5,500 meters) below the surface. The World War II heavy cruiser played a critical role in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima before being struck by Japanese torpedoes in 1945.
    (AP, 8/20/17)
2017        Aug 18, In Afghanistan Taliban insurgents attacked a police checkpoint in the southern Helmand province late today, killing five Afghan police.
    (AP, 8/19/17)
2017        Aug 18, Australia's widening citizenship crisis entangled a seventh politician, a key independent senator whose support is critical for PM Malcolm Turnbull to pass legislation through a hostile Senate. Senator Nick Xenophon said he may hold dual citizenship, Australian and British, which would make him ineligible to sit in parliament.
    (Reuters, 8/18/17)
2017        Aug 18, In northwestern Austria an intense storm ripped through a beer tent, killing two people and injuring at least 40 more.
    (Reuters, 8/19/17)
2017        Aug 18, The Turan agency, Azerbaijan’s only independent news agency, said the government has frozen its bank accounts, in a step that could shutter the outlet. Director Mehman Aliyev said the move was part of a criminal probe into an alleged $22,000 (19,000 euros) in unpaid taxes, a charge he said was false.
    (AFP, 8/18/17)
2017        Aug 18, Brazilian authorities announced two new phases of their Car Wash operation, ensnaring US asphalt maker Sargeant Marine, six Greek shipping companies and a former Brazilian congressman in the wide-ranging graft probe.
    (Reuters, 8/18/17)
2017        Aug 18, Cambridge University Press, one of Britain's most respected academic publishers, said it has blocked online access in China to hundreds of scholarly articles and book reviews on Chinese affairs after coming under pressure from Beijing. On Aug 21 The China Quarterly said the publisher has agreed to restore more than 300 politically sensitive articles that had been removed.
    (Reuters, 8/18/17)(SFC, 8/22/17, p.A4)
2017        Aug 18, China launched its first "cyber court" to settle online disputes, as the legal system attempts to keep up with the explosion of mobile payment and e-commerce.
    (AFP, 8/18/17)
2017        Aug 18, China's State Council released a document saying the government is moving to curb domestic companies' investments abroad in property, sports, entertainment and other fields, following a series of high-profile, multibillion-dollar acquisitions by Chinese firms.
    (AP, 8/18/17)
2017        Aug 18, Furious Chinese businesspeople said that Beijing's decision to enforce UN sanctions on North Korean seafood imports would hobble the economy of the entire northeastern city of Hunchun, sparking a rare public protest earlier this week after the surprise move suddenly choked off border trade.
    (AP, 8/18/17)
2017        Aug 18, Police in Finland shot a Moroccan asylum-seeker in the leg after he was suspected of stabbing several people in the western city of Turku. Two women were killed and seven other people wounded. Police over the next hours arrested five people in a Turku apartment overnight in their investigation into the stabbings. The attacker was later identified as Abderrahman Mechkah (18).
    (AP, 8/18/17)(AP, 8/19/17)(AFP, 8/19/17)(AP, 8/21/17)
2017        Aug 18, French police evicted thousands of migrants living on sidewalks in an area of northern Paris. Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the latest action proved the system for handling migrants is "dysfunctional".
    (Reuters, 8/18/17)
2017        Aug 18, The Iraqi military said its forces have moved into positions around the city of Tal Afar, their next objective in the US-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants.
    (Reuters, 8/18/17)
2017        Aug 18, In Kenya suspected members of Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group beheaded at least three men overnight in an attack at Maleli village in Lamu county.
    (Reuters, 8/18/17)
2017        Aug 18, The forces of Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar said they had detained senior commander Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf al-Werfalli two weeks before the International Criminal Court issued a warrant for his arrest over unlawful killings in the flashpoint city of Benghazi.
    (AFP, 8/18/17)
2017        Aug 18, Former Malian Islamist police chief Aliou Mahamane Toure, who cut off people's hands as part of a harsh form of Islamic law during an occupation of the north in 2012-13 by jihadi rebels, was handed a 10-year jail term.
    (Reuters, 8/19/17)
2017        Aug 18, Nigeria’s government said more than 100 girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in the town of Chibok in 2014 are ready to return to normal life after being released and receiving psychological and medical treatment.
    (Reuters, 8/18/17)
2017        Aug 18, In Romania Corneliu Barladeanu (51), the Bishop of Husi, stepped down at the end of a two-day Holy Synod where a sex scandal was discussed for the first time in its 92-year history. Barladeanu was seen on video engaging in sexual acts with a male student, but maintained his innocence.
    (AP, 8/18/17)
2017        Aug 18, Rwandan President Paul Kagame (59) was sworn for a third term in office after a crushing election win that rights groups criticized over irregularities and voter intimidation.
    (AFP, 8/18/17)
2017        Aug 18, In Sierra Leone aid workers warned of a humanitarian crisis as the official death toll passed 400, with more than a hundred children among the victims -- and a similar number orphaned.
    (AFP, 8/18/17)   
2017        Aug 18, South Africa moved to halt an online auction of rhino horn starting next week, as outraged conservationists said the sale would undermine the global ban on rhino trade. The Pretoria High Court was expected to make a decision on Aug 20.
    (AFP, 8/18/17)
2017        Aug 18, A South African government source said South Africa is planning to grant diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe, allowing her to return to Harare and avoid prosecution for the alleged assault of a 20-year-old model.
    (Reuters, 8/18/17)
2017        Aug 18, South Africa grounded an Air Zimbabwe flight at Johannesburg's main international airport after South African authorities concluded it was not in compliance with civil aviation rules.
    (AP, 8/19/17)
2017        Aug 18, In South Africa a man walked into a police station, saying he was tired of eating human flesh and produced part of a human leg and a hand. Five people were soon arrested on charges related to cannibalism, including murder and possession of human body parts in KwaZulu-Natal province.
    (AP, 8/23/17)(AFP, 9/28/17)
2017        Aug 18, Syria’s state media, a Hezbollah military media unit and a war monitor said the Syrian army and its allies have encircled an Islamic State (IS) pocket in central Syria after a series of advances in the desert region.
    (Reuters, 8/18/17)
2017        Aug 18, Venezuela’s newly-created constituent assembly, elected in late July to re-write the crisis-hit country's constitution, said it would supersede congress and pass laws on its own. A group of 12 regional nations plus the United States rejected Venezuela's new government-allied legislative superbody, saying they would continue to regard the opposition-controlled congress as the country's only legitimate law maker.
    (Reuters, 8/19/17)
2017        Aug 18, Venezuela's ousted chief prosecutor and her husband, two of President Nicolas Maduro's most outspoken critics, fled the country and landed in Colombia.
    (AP, 8/18/17)
2017        Aug 18, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health said 10,000 new infections of dengue fever have been reported over the past week. 24 deaths have been recorded in the latest outbreak that has infected over 90 thousand people.
    (SFC, 8/19/17, p.A2)
2017        Aug 18, In Vietnam six people, including four children in a family, were killed when a Vietnam War-era mortar shell they were sawing for scrap metal exploded.
    (AP, 8/18/17)

2017        Aug 19, Los Angeles prosecutors said six people have been charged with selling millions of dollars worth of drugs over the last four years on the dark Web from a home in Altadena.   
    (SSFC, 8/20/17, p.A9)
2017        Aug 19, In Boston, Mass., some 40,000 demonstrators gathered to denounced racism, white supremacy and Nazism. Similar rallies in other cities across the US drew large crowds.
    (SSFC, 8/20/17, p.A12)
2017        Aug 19, In Texas a park ranger in Houston arrested Andrew Schneck (25) as he tried to plant explosives on the statue of Confederate Lt. Richard Dowling.
    (SFC, 8/22/17, p.A6)
2017        Aug 19, Dick Gregory (b.1932), pioneering black satirist, died in Washington, DC.
    (SSFC, 8/20/17, p.A6)
2017        Aug 19, China boycotted the opening ceremony of the World University Games hosted by Taiwan in the latest reflection of deteriorating relations between the two sides.
    (AFP, 8/19/17)
2017        Aug 19, In Germany anti-fascist activists gathered in the Berlin suburb of Spandau to protest against a vigil by some 500 neo-Nazis commemorating the 30th anniversary of the death of Nazi convict Rudolf Hess. Berlin police detained 39 people in connection with the march. 35 of those detained belonged to the far-right march, while four were taking part in the counter-protest.
    (Reuters, 8/19/17)(AP, 8/20/17)
2017        Aug 19, In northern India a crowded train went off the tracks, killing 23 people and injuring more than 80 others in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 8/20/17)
2017        Aug 19, In India park director Satyendra Singh said rising floodwaters have inundated large parts of Kaziranga National Park in Assam state, killing more than 225 animals and forcing hundreds of other animals to flee.
    (AP, 8/19/17)
2017        Aug 19, The Al-Misbar, a diving support ship owned by Iraq's ports authority, sank after a collision with another vessel. Eleven sailors were rescued and the bodies of 20 sailors were recovered over the next few days.
    (Reuters, 8/24/17)
2017        Aug 19, The Lebanese army launched an offensive against an Islamic State enclave on the northeastern border with Syria. The Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah announced an assault on the militants from the Syrian side of the frontier.
    (Reuters, 8/19/17)
2017        Aug 19, Soldiers in northern Mexico seized over 140 pounds of the powerful opioid fentanyl from a truck near the US border. Soldiers also found three bags containing almost 30,000 pills, apparently also containing fentanyl. The driver and a youth accompanying him were detained. Another truck was found further west along the border carrying 60.6 pounds (27.5 kg) of heroin.
    (AP, 8/22/17)
2017        Aug 19, In northwestern Pakistan gunmen on a motorcycle killed Attaullah Shah, a local leader of the pro-Taliban Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam party in Dera Ismail Khan, in an apparent assassination before fleeing.
    (AP, 8/19/17)
2017        Aug 19, Police in the Philippines said the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has launched a deadly offensive against a splinter faction that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. Six fighters from the original group were reported killed over the last 24 hours.
    (AFP, 8/19/17)
2017        Aug 19, Philippine troops raided an Abu Sayyaf camp on Mataja island and rescued Do Trung Huige (33), a Vietnamese sailor held captive for nine months.
    (AP, 8/21/17)
2017        Aug 19, In Russia seven to eight people were wounded in a knife attack in the Siberian city of Surgut. The attacker (b.1994) was shot dead by police. The militant Islamic State group said one of its fighters had carried out the attack.
    (Reuters, 8/19/17)
2017        Aug 19, South Africa’s president's office said a deputy minister, charged with allegedly assaulting a woman in a nightclub, has resigned. Footage apparently showing deputy higher education minister Mduduzi Manana assaulting a woman earlier this month sparked outrage from civil society and opposition parties and prompted Manana to offer a public apology.
    (Reuters, 8/19/17)
2017        Aug 19, Spanish police in Granada arrested German-Turkish author Dogan Akhanli after Turkey issued an Interpol warrant for the writer, a critic of the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Akhanli was conditionally released the next day following a court hearing, but ordered to stay in Madrid while Turkey's extradition request is considered.
    (Reuters, 8/19/17)(AP, 8/20/17)
2017        Aug 19, In Sri Lanka the Southeast Asian Games opened in a glittering ceremony in Kuala Lumpur.
    (AFP, 8/19/17)
2017        Aug 19, In Syria a car bomb killed two people at a checkpoint in the coastal city of Latakia, a stronghold of President Bashar Assad's government.
    (AP, 8/19/17)
2017        Aug 19, In Turkmenistan merchants at several stores said that authorities had ordered alcohol sales be halted until October, after the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games conclude. The competition in Ashgabat, the capital, takes place Sept. 17-27.
    (AP, 8/19/17)
2017        Aug 19, Zimbabwe blocked flights by South Africa's government-owned airline amid tensions over allegations that Zimbabwe's first lady assaulted a young model at a luxury hotel in Johannesburg.
    (AP, 8/19/17)

2017        Aug 20, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said President Donald Trump has made a decision on the United States' strategy for Afghanistan after a "sufficiently rigorous" review process.
    (Reuters, 8/20/17)
2017        Aug 20, Jerry Lewis (b.1926), American actor and comedian born as Joseph Levitch, died in Las Vegas. His many films included “The Nutty Professor" (1963) and “The King of Comedy" (1982). For years he hosted telethons for muscular dystrophy.
    (SFC, 8/21/17, p.A1)
2017        Aug 20, A Bangladesh court sentenced ten Islamist militants to death over a failed 2000 plot to assassinate PM Sheikh Hasina by detonating a huge bomb at one of her rallies.
    (AFP, 8/20/17)
2017        Aug 20, In Egypt a soldier and a policeman were killed in separate attacks by suspected Islamic militants in the turbulent north of the Sinai Peninsula.
    (AP, 8/21/17)
2017        Aug 20, In Hong Kong Thousands of supporters of three jailed young democracy activists took to the streets in Hong Kong Sunday to protest their sentences.
    (AFP, 8/20/17)
2017        Aug 20, In Kenya the bodies of a Caucasian couple thought to be between 60 and 70 years old were found dumped by a rural road in the coastal city of Mombasa.
    (Reuters, 8/20/17)
2017        Aug 20, Iraqi forces pounded the Islamic State group in Tal Afar, one of its last bastions in the country.
    (AFP, 8/20/17)
2017        Aug 20, Lebanese Armed Forces pressed their offensive in a mountainous region bordering Syria, capturing new hills from IS. A bomb struck one of the advancing armored vehicles, killing the three soldiers.
    (AP, 8/20/17)
2017        Aug 20, Norway’s director of the  University Museum of Bergen said some 400 Viking objects were stolen at some time over the weekend of August 11-13, describing the loss as "immeasurable".
    (AFP, 8/20/17)
2017        Aug 20, In Pakistan bandits abducted seven policemen from a forested area of southern Punjab. The gang called for several of its members who are behind bars to be freed.
    (AP, 8/20/17)
2017        Aug 20, In northern Portugal a light helicopter that was taking part in firefighting efforts crashed and exploded, killing its pilot and further raising the death toll from the country's deadliest summer of wildfires.
    (Reuters, 8/20/17)
2017        Aug 20, It was reported that a Moscow court has rejected a request by Siemens to seize its gas turbines, which have turned up in Crimea contrary to EU sanctions, and to ban their installation ahead of preliminary hearings next month.
    (Reuters, 8/20/17)
2017        Aug 20, Saudi Arabia media said Qatar has blocked Saudi planes from transporting hajj pilgrims, after Riyadh reopened the border despite a major diplomatic crisis roiling the Gulf.
    (AFP, 8/20/17)
2017        Aug 20, A South African court ordered the government to allow John Hume, the owner of the world's biggest private rhino herd, to hold an online sale of rhino horn, which he aims to hold this week.
    (Reuters, 8/20/17)
2017        Aug 20, Police put up scores of roadblocks across northeast Spain in hopes of capturing a fugitive suspect from the 12-member Islamic extremist cell that staged two vehicle attacks and plotted much deadlier carnage using explosives favored by Islamic State militants.
    (AP, 8/20/17)
2017        Aug 20, Syrian President Bashar Assad refused any security cooperation with Western nations or the reopening of their embassies, until they cut ties with opposition and insurgent groups. Five people were reported dead when a rocket hit near an international trade fair in Damascus being held for the first time in five years. The fair opened on August 17 at the capital's Exhibition City and was scheduled to last 10 days.
    (AP, 8/20/17)(AFP, 8/20/17)
2017        Aug 20, In Syria US-led coalition strikes killed 27 civilians in part of Raqa city held by the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 8/21/17)
2017        Aug 20, Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe returned home from South Africa, pursued by demands she face prosecution over an alleged assault of a 20-year-old model in an upmarket Johannesburg hotel room.
    (Reuters, 8/20/17)

2017        Aug 21, US Pres. Donald Trump offered few specifics in a televised address about Afghanistan, but promised a stepped-up military campaign against Taliban insurgents who have gained ground against US-backed Afghan government forces.
    (Reuters, 8/22/17)
2017        Aug 21, The United States began to scale back its visa services in Russia, drawing an angry reaction from Moscow three weeks after President Vladimir Putin ordered Washington to more than halve its embassy and consular staff.
    (Reuters, 8/21/17)
2017        Aug 21, An early morning collision off Singapore between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker, the merchant vessel Alnic MC, left 10 US sailors missing. Singapore and Malaysia both said the incident took place in their territorial waters. Divers soon found the remains of two of the 10 sailors in sealed compartments of the ship.
    (AP, 8/21/17)(Reuters, 8/21/17)(AFP, 8/22/17)(AP, 8/25/17)
2017        Aug 21, In Ohio Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzesse Jr. (65) was shot and wounded outside a courthouse in Steubenville. Gunman Nathaniel Richmond (51) was killed by a probation officer. Richmond was the father of a local high school football player who was convicted of rape in 2013. Richmond had filed a wrongful death lawsuit in April against the county housing authority.
    (SFC, 8/22/17, p.A6)
2017        Aug 21, In the US a total eclipse of the sun spread across the United States for the first time in 99 years casting a 70-mile-wide path through fourteen states.
    (SFC, 8/22/17, p.A1)
2017        Aug 21, Brazil's army went into action again to support police in raids on some of Rio de Janeiro's most violent favelas. A soldier (19) was arrested on suspicion of having tipped off gangs several hours before the operation took place.
    (AFP, 8/21/17)
2017        Aug 21, London's Big Ben bell fell silent for four years of repair work that will keep it quiet on all but a few special occasions.
    (AP, 8/21/17)
2017        Aug 21, The Chilean government rejected a controversial $2.5-billion copper and iron project proposed by privately-held Andes Iron after a prolonged evaluation period that conservatives alleged was tainted by political decision-making.
    (Reuters, 8/21/17)
2017        Aug 21, In France at least one person was killed and another injured in Marseille when a van crashed into two bus shelters in different parts of the city, in an incident not being treated as terrorism at this stage. The driver, a 35-year-old man being treated for psychological problems, was arrested.
    (Reuters, 8/21/17)(SFC, 8/22/17, p.A2)
2017        Aug 21, French oil company Total agreed to buy Danish conglomerate AP Moller-Maersk's oil business for $7.45 billion, in a deal to strengthen its position in the North Sea.
    (AP, 8/21/17)
2017        Aug 21, The Iraqi military said its forces have made significant progress as they closed in on the Islamic State-held town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul.
    (AP, 8/21/17)
2017        Aug 21, Italy’s health ministry said two of 114 tested egg samples have shown traces of the insecticide fipronil, making the country the latest to become embroiled in a Europe-wide scandal.
    (AFP, 8/21/17)
2017        Aug 21, In Italy an earthquake hit the tourist-packed holiday island of Ischia this evening, killing two people, injuring dozens and trapping three young brothers who survived for up to 16 hours before being rescued.
    (Reuters, 8/22/17)
2017        Aug 21, Lebanon's President Michel Aoun signed off on public sector pay rises and tax hikes, a move that has triggered business concerns but could help politicians shore up support ahead of a legislative election next year.
    (Reuters, 8/21/17)
2017        Aug 21, Lebanon's Hezbollah said it used drones to strike Islamic State in Syria close to the border with Lebanon, their first public declaration that they had used such a weapon.
    (Reuters, 8/21/17)
2017        Aug 21, A confidential UN report, seen by Reuters today, found North Korea evaded UN sanctions by "deliberately using indirect channels" to export banned commodities and had generated $270 million since February.
    (Reuters, 8/21/17)
2017        Aug 21, Pakistan's military claimed success in a month-long operation against militants in a troubled Khyber tribal region. Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor said that ground troops backed by the air force killed 52 terrorists since July 15.
    (AP, 8/21/17)
2017        Aug 21, In the southern Philippines Abu Sayyaf militants killed nine people and wounded 16 others in an early morning attack on Tubigan village in Maluso town on Basilan island, which may have been in retaliation for a series of battle setbacks.
    (AP, 8/21/17)
2017        Aug 21, Poland's Defense Ministry started a new program to boost the nation's defenses by offering military training to university student volunteers.
    (AP, 8/22/17)
2017        Aug 21, Russia said it has intensified its air campaign in Syria to help Pres. Bashar Assad’s forces drive Islamic State militants from Deir el-Zour, killing an estimated 800 militants across the country this month alone.
    (SFC, 8/22/17, p.A2)
2017        Aug 21, Serbia recalled its embassy staff from Macedonia in protest at "offensive actions" which coincided with reports that Skopje was joining diplomatic efforts to secure Kosovo membership of the UN cultural agency UNESCO.
    (Reuters, 8/21/17)
2017        Aug 21, South Korean and US forces began computer-simulated military exercises amid tension over North Korea's weapons programs.
    (Reuters, 8/21/17)
2017        Aug 21, The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross warned that South Sudan's inability to pay civil servants risked worsening a humanitarian crisis and urged donors to step in.
    (AFP, 8/21/17)
2017        Aug 21, Police in Spain shot and killed Younes Abouyaaqoub (22), the driver of the van that killed 13 people in Barcelona on August 17. He was found in a vineyard just outside Barcelona.
    (SFC, 8/22/17, p.A2)
2017        Aug 21, In Syria US-led air strikes killed at least 42 civilians in Raqa in several neighborhoods under IS control. 19 children and 12 women were among the dead.
    (AFP, 8/22/17)
2017        Aug 21, In southeastern Turkey a US  MQ-1 Predator drone crashed. The cause of the crash was being investigated.
    (Reuters, 8/21/17)
2017        Aug 21, The United Arab Emirates approved a new law that imposes taxes on tobacco products, energy drinks and soft drinks to boost revenue and help offset the impact of lower oil prices. Tobacco and energy drinks will be taxed at 100 percent and soft drinks at 50 percent.
    (AP, 8/21/17)

2017        Aug 22, President Donald Trump opened his political rally in Phoenix with calls for unity and an assertion that "our movement is about love." Then he erupted in anger and blamed the media for the widespread condemnation of his response to violence at a Charlottesville, Virginia, protest organized by white supremacists.
    (AP, 8/23/17)
2017        Aug 22, US Treasury officials said the United States is imposing sanctions on Chinese and Russian companies and individuals for supporting North Korean weapons programs, including those dealing in Pyongyang's energy trade and helping North Korean entities gain access to the US and international finance system.
    (Reuters, 8/22/17)
2017        Aug 22, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens halted the scheduled execution of Marcellus Williams after DNA testing raised questions about whether he actually killed Lisha Gayle during a robbery in 1998. Williams maintained his innocence and said the case against him is based entirely on the word of a former girlfriend and a former cellmate who he insists were only looking for a piece of the $10,000 reward offered in the case.
    (SFC, 8/23/17, p.A7)
2017        Aug 22, The NYC Village Voice, founded in 1955, announced that it will end print publication and concentrate on other forms to reach its audience every day.
    (SFC, 8/23/17, p.C6)
2017        Aug 22, The City Council of Charlottesville, Va., decided to shroud the statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson in black following the chaos at the white nationalist rally last week.
    (SFC, 8/23/17, p.A5)
2017        Aug 22, Austria's Transport Minister Joerg Leichtfried said he had agreed with carmakers to update the software of 600,000 diesel cars to reduce pollution following a similar deal struck in Germany after a large-scale emissions scandal.
    (Reuters, 8/22/17)
2017        Aug 22, Three Bahraini human rights groups accused the Gulf Arab monarchy's National Security Agency of systematic use of torture, and a security official said it would investigate their allegations.
    (Reuters, 8/22/17)
2017        Aug 22, A Bangladesh court upheld death sentences on Nur Hossain, a leading politician, and 14 members of an elite military force, including a senior officer, for the abduction and murder of seven people in 2014.
    (Reuters, 8/22/17)
2017        Aug 22, In western Bosnia Zdravko Mamic (58), the former boss of Croatian football club Dinamo Zagreb and one of country's richest men, was shot and wounded in the leg by two attackers. Mamic, a powerful figure in Croatian football, was currently on trial for tax evasion.
    (Reuters, 8/22/17)
2017        Aug 22, In northern Brazil a boat carrying 70 people sank late today on the Xingu River in Para state. 15 people made it to shore and 10 bodies were recovered.
    (SFC, 8/24/17, p.A2)
2017        Aug 22, Cambodia's PM Hun Sen said he has rescinded his decision to expel Agape International Missions, an American-led Christian organization that seeks to rescue and rehabilitate women working in the sex trade, accepting its apology and explanation that it did not intend to demean Cambodians.
    (AP, 8/22/17)
2017        Aug 22, Cambodian PM Hun Sen denounced the media, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the United States, amid growing government impatience with criticism ahead of a general election next year. Hun Sen directed much of his anger at the English-language Cambodia Daily newspaper, saying it had to pay taxes accrued over the past 10 years by Sept. 4 or face closure.
    (Reuters, 8/22/17)
2017        Aug 22, Chile said it has granted diplomatic asylum to five Venezuelans who took refuge in its embassy in Caracas, amid political turmoil as President Nicolas Maduro moves to consolidate power.
    (AFP, 8/22/17)
2017        Aug 22, Dubai’s state-owned Al-Bayan newspaper said a man has been charged with trying to smuggle 5.7 million amphetamine pills into the sheikdom hidden inside sheep intestines.
    (SFC, 8/23/17, p.A2)
2017        Aug 22, India's Supreme Court struck down the Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce their wives as unconstitutional.
    (AP, 8/22/17)
2017        Aug 22, McDonald's India announced it will close nearly 170 McDonald's outlets in northern and eastern India after the American fast food giant decided to terminate a franchise agreement with its Indian partner.
    (AP, 8/22/17)
2017        Aug 22, Iraqi forces breached the city limits of Tal Afar, an Islamic State stronghold west of Mosul.
    (Reuters, 8/22/17)
2017        Aug 22, In Romania about 200 disabled people, some in wheelchairs, others with crutches, protested outside the labor ministry against a measure they say could leave them jobless. A government emergency decree, effective September 1, means companies with more than 50 employees no longer have to hire a certain number of disabled people or use a department that hires special-needs personnel.
    (AP, 8/22/17)
2017        Aug 22, Russia detained and charged the theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov (47) with fraud in a move that critics denounced as the latest sign of increasing censorship of the arts. In recent years Serebrennikov has fallen out of favor with the authorities and has criticized a government clampdown on artistic works, warning last year that "everything is returning to the most pathetic Soviet practices".
    (AFP, 8/22/17)
2017        Aug 22, In Spain suspects Houli Chemlal (21) and Driss Oukabir (28) identified imam Abdelbaki Es Satty, who died on August 16, as the ideological leader of a 12-man cell responsible for the attacks in Barcelona that killed 15 people. Oukabir and two others denied being part of the cell.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y7dlropq)(SFC, 8/23/17, p.A3)

2017        Aug 23, A US Energy Department report called for incentives to boost coal-fired and nuclear power plants following a slew of closures that it said undermined reliable sources of electricity.
    (Reuters, 8/24/17)
2017        Aug 23, The US Navy dismissed Adm. Scott Swift, the commander of the Asia-based 7th Fleet, after a series of warship accidents raised questions about its operations in the Pacific.
    (AP, 8/23/17)
2017        Aug 23, UC Berkeley energy Professor Daniel Kammen resigned from his envoy position with the Trump administration, citing the president’s “hate-filled-rally" in Phoenix the night before. Kammen used the first letter in each of seven paragraphs in his resignation letter to spell out I-M-P-E-A-C-H.
    (SFC, 8/24/17, p.D1)
2017        Aug 23, The Univ. of San Francisco (USF) announced that philanthropist Gordon Getty will give it $15 million to establish a college, to be called the Honors College, for top students to study the arts, sciences and humanities.
    (SFC, 8/24/17, p.D3)
2017        Aug 23, In the SF Bay Area San Leandro-based Memphis Meats announced that it has raised $17 million in funding to create slaughter-free meat. The new round of investment was led by venture capital firm DFJ and included agribusiness giant Cargill.
    (SFC, 8/24/17, p.C12)
2017        Aug 23, In Iowa computer programmer Eddie Tipton was sentenced to up to 25 years in prison for rigging computers to make lottery numbers predictable. Tipton gave the numbers to Robert Rhodes of Texas and others who won $2.2 million in four state jackpots. On Aug 25 Rhodes pleaded guilty to fraud in Iowa and a computer crime in Wisconsin and was sentenced to years of probation and six months of home confinement.
    (SFC, 8/26/17, p.A5)
2017        Aug 23, Two Harvard University researchers in a study published today said they had collected scientific data proving Exxon Mobil Corp made "explicit factual misrepresentations" in newspaper ads it purchased to convey its views on the oil industry and climate science.
    (Reuters, 8/23/17)
2017        Aug 23, In Afghanistan a Taliban suicide bomber targeting Afghan policemen and soldiers collecting their pay killed at least seven people and wounded more than 40 in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province.
    (Reuters, 8/23/17)
2017        Aug 23, Angolans voted in an election marking the end of Pres. Jose Eduardo dos Santos's 38-year reign, with his MPLA party set to retain power despite an economic crisis. Joao Lourenco (63), a ruling-party loyalist and former general who endured several years out of favor, was poised to win.
    (AFP, 8/23/17)
2017        Aug 23, Britain outlined several escape routes from the "direct jurisdiction" of the European Court of Justice after Brexit, one of PM Theresa May's key aims in talks to unstitch 40 years of EU membership.
    (Reuters, 8/23/17)
2017        Aug 23, Two independent Cambodian radio stations that allowed rare criticism of the government said they are being forced to shut down, further limiting opportunities for political activity and expression ahead of next year's general election. The closures were announced the same day the foreign ministry ordered foreign staff members of the Washington-based National Democratic Institute to leave the country within a week and halt operations.
    (AP, 8/23/17)
2017        Aug 23, Chad's government says it is closing Qatar's embassy there and accuses the Gulf nation of trying to destabilize the Central African country via neighboring Libya.
    (AP, 8/23/17)
2017        Aug 23, Iraqi forces recaptured several districts and advanced towards the center of Tal Afar, one of the Islamic State group's last strongholds in the country.
    (AFP, 8/23/17)
2017        Aug 23, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu visited Russia to voice concern about Iran's efforts to expand its foothold in Syria.
    (AP, 8/23/17)
2017        Aug 23, In Jamaica Sean O’Callaghan (62), former IRA assassin and police informant, drowned in a pool while visiting his daughter. His popular memoir “The Informer" was published in 1998.
    (SSFC, 8/27/17, p.C9)
2017        Aug 23, In Lebanon two members of the Palestinian group Fatah were killed in worsening clashes with Islamist groups in the Ain el-Hilweh camp Palestinian refugee camp, bringing the number of dead to six in nearly a week of fighting.
    (Reuters, 8/23/17)
2017        Aug 23, In Libya at least 11 people were beheaded after an attack on a checkpoint controlled by military strongman Khalifa Haftar south of Tripoli.
    (AFP, 8/23/17)
2017        Aug 23, Typhoon Hato left five dead in the gambling hub of Macau as it brought chaos and destruction to the enclave after sweeping through neighboring Hong Kong, where one man also died. Thousands of cockroaches appeared to flee the typhoon by marching along a seawall.
    (AFP, 8/23/17)(http://tinyurl.com/y9uvksqv)
2017        Aug 23, Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic spoke on the phone and agreed to work to improve bilateral relations.
    (AP, 8/23/17)
2017        Aug 23, A Dutch court sentenced a 47-year-old woman to 40 hours of community service for threatening the country's prime minister in a Facebook post. The woman from Leiden posted an image of PM Mark Rutte with a noose around his neck.
    (AP, 8/23/17)
2017        Aug 23, In Nigeria Boko Haram fighters entered villages in the Nganzai area, slitting throats and using guns to kill at least 15 people while injuring two others. Suspected Boko Haram fighters also attacked in the Guzamala local council area, killing 12 people and injuring at least four.
    (AP, 8/26/17)
2017        Aug 23, Poland’s defense ministry said an additional 200 billion zlotys ($55 billion) will be allocated on defense over the next 15 years to modernize the army amid signs of growing aggression from Russia.
    (Reuters, 8/23/17)
2017        Aug 23, A Moscow court put revered theater director Kirill Serebrennikov (47) under house arrest on charges of embezzling $1.1 million, the latest step in a case widely seen as part of a crackdown on freedom of expression in Russia.
    (AP, 8/23/17)
2017        Aug 23, South Africa's first legal auction of rhino horns opened for bids and 264 horns went on sale after the owner of the world's biggest private rhino herd won a court case against the government.
    (Reuters, 8/23/17)
2017        Aug 23, In Switzerland up to 14 people including Germans, Austrians and Swiss went missing after a landslide struck the eastern canton of Grisons near the Italian border.
    (Reuters, 8/24/17)
2017        Aug 23, Venezuela's fugitive former top prosecutor Luisa Ortega (59) resurfaced in Brazil claiming to possess "a lot" of proof of President Nicolas Maduro's corruption and to warn that her life remains in danger.
    (AFP, 8/23/17)
2017        Aug 23, In Yemen at least 41 people, including civilians, were reported killed in air raids on the outskirts of Sanaa, where a Saudi-led coalition has been bombing Iran-backed Huthi rebels.
    (AP, 8/23/17)

2017        Aug 24, The US Navy suspended search and rescue efforts for eight missing USS John S. McCain sailors in an approximately 2,100-square mile area east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.
    (AP, 8/24/17)
2017        Aug 24, The Earth-observation Formosat-5 satellite for Taiwan's National Space Organization was launched into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
    (AP, 8/25/17)
2017        Aug 24, Florida executed Mark Asay (53) using a three drug injection that included etomidate, criticized by some as being unproven in an execution. Asay was the first white man executed in Florida for killing a black man.
    (SFC, 8/25/17, p.A5)
2017        Aug 24, In Minnesota Lili Huang (36) was sentenced to 12 months and one day in jail. She was accused of beating and starving a woman she brought from China to work as a nanny will be deported after she spends a year in jail. Her 58-year-old nanny was found wandering in the street in July 2016, battered and malnourished.
    (AP, 8/25/17)
2017        Aug 24, In North Carolina the Durham Public Schools’ board voted unanimously to revise its dress code to prohibit the Confederate flag, Ku Klux Klan symbols and swastikas.
    (SFC, 8/26/17, p.A5)
2017        Aug 24, In South Carolina fired dishwasher Thomas Demetrius Burns (53) fatally shot a chef and held a small number of people hostage before he was shot by police at Virginia’s restaurant in Charleston.
    (SFC, 8/25/17, p.A5)(SFC, 8/26/17, p.A5)
2017        Aug 24, Pete Kuykendall (b.1938), musician and co-founder of the publication “Bluegrass Unlimited" (1966), died in Warrenton, Va.
    (SSFC, 9/3/17, p.C9)
2017        Aug 24, Angola’s UNITA party said it has 40 percent of two million votes in its count, compared to 47 percent for the ruling MPLA party. It said another opposition group, CASA-CE, has 9 percent in the partial count from the Aug 23 election. The MPLA claimed it won a majority with five million votes counted in its own tally.
    (AP, 8/24/17)
2017        Aug 24, Azeri police in Baku detained Mehman Aliyev, the head of independent Turan news agency, on suspicion of tax evasion and illegal business activities. Turan suspended its operations from Sept. 1. Mehman Aliyev was released on Sept. 11, but an investigation of the allegations continued.
    (AP, 9/11/17)
2017        Aug 24, Bahraini authorities said they have arrested seven of ten people allegedly linked to a Shiite militant group. The Ministry of Interior said the cell is led by Hussain Ali Ahmed Dawood, who is believed to be in Iran and who is a leader in the Ashtar Brigade, which has claimed past bombings and attacks in the tiny Gulf nation.
    (AP, 8/24/17)
2017        Aug 24, Officials said more than 950 people have been killed in floods triggered by seasonal monsoon rains in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.
    (SFC, 8/25/17, p.A4)
2017        Aug 24, In Brazil a commuter boat carrying more than 100 passengers flipped and sank on the Bay of All Saints off the coast of Salvador city. At least 18 people were killed and dozens left missing.
    (SFC, 8/25/17, p.A2)
2017        Aug 24, Canadian authorities arraigned Laos-born Katay-Khaophone Sychanta (35) on charges of drug possession, obstructing the work of police and false documents. The alleged drug smuggler was on the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement list of its 10 most wanted criminals.
    (AP, 8/29/17)
2017        Aug 24, Colombia’s Caracol Television said President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government has pulled its channel from Venezuela's airwaves, slamming the move as a crackdown on media. The signal for RCN was also pulled.
    (Reuters, 8/24/17)(SSFC, 8/27/17, p.A5)
2017        Aug 24, Egypt's Interior Ministry said security forces have killed two members of a group with suspected links to the Muslim Brotherhood in a shootout at their hideout northwest of Cairo. It said the suspects were among the "most prominent cadres" of the Hasm movement.
    (AP, 8/24/17)
2017        Aug 24, India's Supreme Court ruled that citizens have a constitutional right to privacy, a landmark decision that could jeopardize Aadhaar, a government program holding biometric data on over a billion people.
    (AFP, 8/24/17)
2017        Aug 24, Indonesian police said three people were arrested this week on suspicion of being part of a syndicate being paid to spread incendiary material online through social media. The material involved religious and ethnic issues and posts defamatory to government officials.
    (Reuters, 8/24/17)
2017        Aug 24, In Italy migrants in a Rome piazza threw rocks, bottles and gas cans at police in riot gear who were using water jets to clear out about 100 mostly Ethiopian and Eritrean asylum-seekers as part of a security operation criticized by humanitarian groups.
    (AP, 8/24/17)
2017        Aug 24, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta rebuked newly elected members of parliament for resisting modest cuts to their salaries and perks, worth more than $10,000 a month, and said citizens were angry with extravagance in the government.
    (Reuters, 8/24/17)
2017        Aug 24, The head of Macau's observatory stepped down after chaos and confusion followed one of the strongest typhoons on record. Typhoon Hato left at least 22 dead in southern China.
    (Reuters, 8/24/17)(AP, 8/27/17)
2017        Aug 24, President Rodrigo Duterte traveled to the main battle zone in southern Marawi after Philippine troops finally recaptured a main mosque where Islamic State-linked militants had taken cover with their hostages in a three-month siege. More than 760 people, including 595 militants, have died in the Marawi fighting.
    (AP, 8/24/17)
2017        Aug 24, Qatar restored full diplomatic relations with Iran and promised to send its ambassador back to Tehran, a move counter to the demands of Arab nations trying to isolate Doha as part of a regional dispute.
    (AP, 8/24/17)
2017        Aug 24, The Syrian military advanced south from southern areas of Raqqa province, joining up with their forces north of the town of al-Sukhna in Homs province and in so doing closing the circle around the pocket of IS insurgents.
    (Reuters, 8/24/17)
2017        Aug 24, The United Nations called for a humanitarian pause to allow an estimated 20,000 trapped civilians to escape from the Syrian city of Raqqa, and urged the US-led coalition to rein in air strikes that have caused casualties.
    (Reuters, 8/24/17)
2017        Aug 24, Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis descended on Sanaa in a major show of force for ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, whose alliance with the country's Shiite Huthi rebels has been shaken by mutual distrust.
    (AFP, 8/24/17)

2017        Aug 25, US President Donald Trump, in his first act of presidential clemency, pardoned controversial former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted last month of criminal contempt for illegally targeting Hispanic immigrants.
    (AFP, 8/26/17)
2017        Aug 25, President Donald Trump directed the Pentagon to extend a ban on transgender individuals joining the military but gave the Pentagon the authority to decide the future of openly transgender people already serving. Trump appeared to leave open the possibility of allowing some transgender people who already are in uniform.
    (AP, 8/26/17)
2017        Aug 25, A senior Trump administration official said Sebastian Gorka (46), an advisor to Pres. Donald Trump and a former editor at Breitbart News, is no longer working at the White House.
    (SFC, 8/26/17, p.A6)
2017        Aug 25, The Trump administration slapped sweeping financial sanctions on Venezuela, barring banks from any new financial deals with the government or state-run oil giant PDVSA.
    (SFC, 8/26/17, p.A2)
2017        Aug 25, Category 4 hurricane Harvey struck coastal Texas this evening, the most powerful storm to hit the US mainland in more than a decade.
    (Reuters, 8/25/17)
2017        Aug 25, Network Solutions blocked the Stormfront.org website, the oldest white supremacist site founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader Don Black. The domain name was revoked following complaints that it promotes hatred and is linked to dozens of murders.
    (SFC, 8/29/17, p.A5)
2017        Aug 25, In Afghanistan two assailants blew themselves up and another two were shot dead by Afghan security forces at the entrance to a Shi'ite Muslim mosque in Kabul. At least 28 people were killed including worshippers gathering for prayers.
    (Reuters, 8/25/17)(AP, 8/25/17)(AP, 8/26/17)
2017        Aug 25, Angola’s electoral commission said the ruling MPLA party convincingly won the Aug 23 general election citing provisional results, but the main opposition rejected the outcome. Results showed the MPLA took 61.1 percent of the votes counted compared with the opposition UNITA party’s 26.7 percent.
    (Reuters, 8/25/17)
2017        Aug 25, In Belgium a Somali-born man (30) shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) as he stabbed soldiers, one of whom shot him twice.
    (Reuters, 8/26/17)
2017        Aug 25, In northern Cameroon suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 11 people and kidnapped eight others in an overnight raid on Gakara village near the Nigerian border.
    (Reuters, 8/25/17)
2017        Aug 25, French President Emmanuel Macron triggered a furious reaction from Poland after he attacked Warsaw for rejecting tough proposals to overhaul a controversial EU rule on cheap labor.
    (AFP, 8/25/17)
2017        Aug 25, Guatemala’s chief prosecutor Thelma Aldana asked a court to strip Pres. Jimmy Morales of his immunity so an investigation of alleged campaign finance violations may proceed.
    (SSFC, 8/27/17, p.A3)
2017        Aug 25, Hungary said it is recalling its ambassador to the Netherlands and suspending high-level diplomatic ties in response to critical remarks by the Dutch ambassador about Hungary. Scheltema was critical of Hungary's unwillingness to participate in a European Union plan to relocate asylum-seekers from Greece and Italy. He also criticized the Hungarian government's campaign against billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros and drew parallels between the government's efforts to "create enemies" and those of the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 8/25/17)
2017        Aug 25, In India violent protests erupted, leaving at least 38 people dead, after a court convicted self-styled "godman" Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insaan of raping two women, angering thousands of his supporters who said he was innocent. Singh, the head of a social welfare and spiritual group, was found guilty of raping two followers in a case dating back to 2002 at the headquarters of his Dera Sacha Sauda group in the northern town of Sirsa.
    (Reuters, 8/25/17)(AP, 8/25/17)(AP, 8/26/17)(AP, 8/27/17)
2017        Aug 25, Iraqi government forces broke through Islamic State's lines inside Tal Afar, and reached the old city center and the neighborhood around the Ottoman-era citadel.
    (Reuters, 8/25/17)
2017        Aug 25, A Maldives court jailed opposition politician Qasim Ibrahim for just over 38 months on a charge of bribery in connection with a bid to undermine the government. Opposition colleagues said the conviction was a politically motivated bid to strip Ibrahim of his parliamentary seat.
    (Reuters, 8/25/17)
2017        Aug 25, In western Myanmar ethnic Rohingya militants launched overnight attacks on more than two dozen police and border outposts, leaving 89 people dead. 77 of the dead were Rohingya and 12 were security officials. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army took responsibility for the attacks. Responding soldiers in Maungdaw township burned homes and property, and shot dead at least 10 people.
    (AP, 8/25/17)(AP, 8/26/17)
2017        Aug 25, In southern Russia at least 14 people died after a bus carrying construction workers veered off a pier and plunged into the Black Sea on the Taman peninsula.
    (AP, 8/25/17)
2017        Aug 25, In southern Somalia ten civilians, including three children, were killed in a raid by foreign and Somali forces on a farm in Barire village. The US Africa Command supported an operation by the Somali army in the area. On Aug 31 government officials said that blood money will be paid to the families of the victims.
    (AP, 8/25/17)(AP, 8/26/17)(Reuters, 8/31/17)
2017        Aug 25, Two white South Africans, who were filmed forcing a wailing black man into a coffin, were found guilty of kidnap, assault and attempted murder. They had caught Victor Mlotshwa trespassing on their farm in possession of stolen copper cables. Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen, were yet to be sentenced and had the right to appeal.
    (Reuters, 8/25/17)
2017        Aug 25, South Africa's first online auction of rhino horn concluded amid outrage from conservationists, but no details of the sale were immediately available.
    (AFP, 8/25/17)
2017        Aug 25, In South Africa two miners at a gold mine owned by Harmony Gold died after they were trapped underground following an earth tremor. Three miners remained missing after the incident at the Kusasalethu mine near Cartonville. On August 31 the bodies of the last two miners unaccounted for at the Harmony Gold mine were recovered, bringing the death toll to five.
    (Reuters, 8/27/17)(Reuters, 8/31/17)
2017        Aug 25, A South Korean court sentenced Lee Jae-yong (49), the billionaire chief of Samsung, to five years in prison for crimes that helped topple the country's president.
    (AP, 8/25/17)
2017        Aug 25, In Syria Islamic State group militants pushed back government forces advancing on Maadan, one of the last towns still in IS hands in Raqqa province, killing over two dozen soldiers and seizing vehicles.
    (AP, 8/25/17)
2017        Aug 25, Taiwan's China-friendly former president, Ma Ying-jeou, was found not guilty of leaking classified information about a senior opposition legislator, ending a yearlong legal process that had threatened to undermine faith in the office.
    (AP, 8/25/17)
2017        Aug 25, Thailand's military ruler said authorities are searching for Yingluck Shinawatra, the prime minister whose government he ousted in a coup three years ago, after she failed to appear for a verdict in a criminal case that could send her to prison for 10 years.
    (AP, 8/25/17)
2017        Aug 25, In Turkey an emergency decree published today said over 900 public sector officials have been dismissed in the latest wave of the purge that followed last year's failed coup. A second decree said the National Intelligence Organization (MIT), which was previously under the prime minister, would now report to the president, expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers over public institutions.
    (AFP, 8/25/17)
2017        Aug 25, The UN nuclear watchdog (IAEA) said in an annual report that North Korea has increased its efforts to produce parts for a new nuclear reactor it is building while continuing to operate the main existing one that provides fuel for its atom bombs.
    (Reuters, 8/25/17)
2017        Aug 25, Venezuela’s National Communications Commission did not renew permits for two radio stations that aired critical coverage of Pres. Nicholas Maduro’s government and ordered them to cease transmitting.
    (SSFC, 8/27/17, p.A5)
2017        Aug 25, In Yemen an air raid struck a building in Saana, killing at 16 civilians including six children, when an adjacent apartment block collapsed in the Faj Attan neighborhood. People at the scene said the warplanes were from a Saudi-led Arab coalition. On September 22 Amnesty International said a US-made bomb was used in the Saudi-led strike.
    (Reuters, 8/25/17)(SFC, 8/26/17, p.A2)(AFP, 9/22/17)
2017        Aug 25, A US serviceman went missing after Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the coast of Yemen.
    (SSFC, 8/27/17, p.A3)

2017        Aug 26, US border patrol agents discovered a smuggling tunnel near San Diego’s Otay Mesa border crossing that allowed dozens of people from Mexico into California. Agents detained 23 Chinese nationals and seven Mexican citizens they believe crossed into the US illegally.
    (SFC, 8/28/17, p.A3)
2017        Aug 26, In San Francisco thousands of counter-protesters gathered at Crissy Field and found themselves with no one to protest against when a planned right-wing rally failed to materialize.
    (SSFC, 8/27/17, p.A1)
2017        Aug 26, In Las Vegas Conor McGregor lost his match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. as referee Robert Byrd stopped the bout in the 10th round. Mayweather secured his place in boxing history to head into retirement with a record 50th straight victory.
    (AP, 8/27/17)(AFP, 8/27/17)
2017        Aug 26,  A second person was killed as Harvey, the most powerful storm to hit Texas in more than 50 years, roared inland, knocking out power to more than 230,000 people and threatening catastrophic flooding.
    (Reuters, 8/27/17)
2017        Aug 26, In Albania prime ministers from Western Balkans countries agreed on a road map to deepen their regional economic cooperation as part of the process for joining the European Union. Albanian PM Edi Rama hosted his counterparts from Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro.
    (AP, 8/26/17)
2017        Aug 26, In Australia thousands of people rallied for marriage equality in Melbourne ahead of a postal survey on same-sex marriage which could lead to its legalization.
    (Reuters, 8/26/17)
2017        Aug 26, Belarusian opposition figure Nikolai Statkevich was sent to jail for 15 days after being seized by police in Minsk. He had been sentenced in absentia about two weeks ago on charges of organizing a demonstration in July against the massive military exercises that are planned for next month with Russia.
    (AP, 8/26/17)
2017        Aug 26, In England eight people died and four were injured early today after a collision on the southbound carriageway of the M1 motorway involving two lorries and a minibus.
    (AFP, 8/26/17)
2017        Aug 26, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France is to grant a 430-million euro loan to Iraq and will help reconstruction and reconciliation efforts as it emerges from the war against Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 8/26/17)(AFP, 8/26/17)
2017        Aug 26, Iranians were joined by a minister in protest after Apple recently removed popular apps from its store, which the American company says has been done to comply with US sanctions.
    (AFP, 8/26/17)(SFC, 8/26/17, p.D1)
2017        Aug 26, Iraqi forces announced the ouster of Islamic State group jihadists from central Tal Afar and its historic citadel, leaving them poised to fully recapture one of the last IS urban strongholds in the country.
    (AFP, 8/26/17)
2017        Aug 26, A Japanese SH-60J anti-submarine warfare helicopter lost contact around 90 km (56 miles) off the coast of Aomori Prefecture. One crew member was soon rescued, but three remained missing.
    (Reuters, 8/27/17)
2017        Aug 26, In Kashmir four police officials, four paramilitary soldiers and two suspected militants were killed after anti-India rebels stormed a heavily guarded police camp in the disputed Himalayan region, triggering daylong fighting.
    (AP, 8/26/17)
2017        Aug 26, In western Myanmar thousands of ethnic Rohingya Muslims tried to cross into Bangladesh, following an attack by Rohingya militants that left 89 people dead in a dramatic escalation of communal violence that has plagued the region.
    (AP, 8/26/17)
2017        Aug 26, North Korea fired several rockets into the sea in the continuation of its rapid nuclear and missile expansion, prompting South Korea to press ahead with military drills involving U.S. troops that have angered Pyongyang.
    (AP, 8/26/17)
2017        Aug 26, Qatar said that Turkey has arrested five people in connection with the alleged hack of Doha's state news agency, an incident which sparked the current Gulf political crisis. The alleged hack of the QNA website took place on May 24, attributing explosive political remarks to Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.
    (AFP, 8/26/17)
2017        Aug 26, In South Korea thousands of supporters of ousted President Park Geun-hye marched in Seoul to protest a court ruling that appeared to support key corruption charges against her.
    (AP, 8/26/17)
2017        Aug 26, In South Sudan American freelance journalist Christopher Allen was killed while covering clashes between government and rebel forces in Kaya. The fighting also killed 18 others.
    (AFP, 8/27/17)
2017        Aug 26, In Spain hundreds of thousands marched in Barcelona in a show of unity amid chants of 'I am not afraid' after two Islamist militant attacks in the Spanish region of Catalonia last week.
    (Reuters, 8/27/17)
2017        Aug 26, Venezuela kicked off two days of military drills in response to US President Donald Trump's threat of military action and newly announced sanctions on the crisis-stricken nation.
    (AFP, 8/26/17)
2017        Aug 26, Yemeni Colonel Khaled al-Rida, loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and two Huthi rebels, were killed late today in Sanaa in clashes between supporters of Saleh and Abdul Malik al-Huthi.
    (AFP, 8/27/17)

2017        Aug 27, In Berkeley, Ca., some 400 law enforcement officers backed off and allowed hundreds of black-masked agitators to pass barriers and confront conservative demonstrators in Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park. 13 people were arrested at the officially canceled “No to Marxism in Berkeley" rally.
    (SFC, 8/28/17, p.A7)
2017        Aug 27, In southern California Aurelio Teran (38) was arrested after fatally stabbing his wife Viridiana multiple times in front of their son (12) in Los Angeles.
    (SFC, 8/29/17, p.A5)
2017        Aug 27, US film director Tobe Hooper (74) died in Los Angeles. His work included “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" (1974) and “Poltergeist" (1982).
    (SFC, 8/28/17, p.C3)
2017        Aug 27, In North Dakota the body of Savanna Greywind (22) was found in the Red River in Fargo. She was eight months pregnant when last seen on August 19. On August 24 police found a newborn baby and arrested suspects Brooke Crews (38) and William Hoehn (32) for kidnapping.
    (SFC, 8/29/17, p.A5)
2017        Aug 27, Tropical Storm Harvey unleashed catastrophic flooding in Houston, turning streets in Texas' largest city into raging rivers as trapped residents climbed to higher floors and the death toll rose.
    (AFP, 8/27/17)
2017        Aug 27, In Abu Dhabi a Singaporean man and his transgender friend facing jail for dressing in a "feminine" way had their sentences reduced to a fine and deportation. Singaporean fashion photographer Muhammad Fadli bin Abdul Rahman and his transgender friend Noor Vitriya Kistina Ibrahim were arrested earlier this month at an Abu Dhabi shopping mall.
    (AFP, 8/28/17)
2017        Aug 27, In Afghanistan two police officers, including a district police chief, were reported killed when their convoy was attacked by militants in western Nimroz province.
    (AP, 8/27/17)
2017        Aug 27, Albania's PM Edi Rama named a restructured Cabinet with a goal of increasing the country's economic growth from 3.8 to 5 percent in four years.
    (AP, 8/27/17)
2017        Aug 27, Five mountain climbers died in the Austrian Alps in Wildgerlostal on Mount Gabler, east of Innsbruck. Two Italian mountain climbers died after falling into a crevasse in the Italian Alps. A day earlier Another Italian climber died after being hit by boulders in the Valtellina Alpine area.
    (AP, 8/27/17)
2017        Aug 27, Bangladesh police said they have detained and forcibly returned 90 Rohingya migrants to Myanmar, just hours after Myanmar troops on the other side of the border had opened fire on people fleeing the country.
    (AFP, 8/27/17)
2017        Aug 27, In England a gas cloud appeared on the beach and cliffs of Birling Gap, 60 miles south of London. A local hospital treated more than 130 people for minor injuries. Neither the gas nor its source were yet identified.
    (SFC, 8/29/17, p.A2)
2017        Aug 27, China’s ruling Communist Party's anti-corruption watchdog said Mo Jiancheng, the head of the anti-graft committee for the Ministry of Finance, has been put under investigation himself for suspected graft.
    (Reuters, 8/27/17)
2017        Aug 27, Severe Tropical Storm Pakhar made landfall west of the Chinese casino hub of Macau in the early morning, packing maximum sustained winds of 90 km (55 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 106 kph (65 mph).
    (AP, 8/27/17)
2017        Aug 27, Colombia's leftist FARC rebel group debuted its political party at a conference, a key step in its transition into a civilian organization after more than 50 years of war. A six-day meeting in Bogota of FARC members is expected to conclude September 1 with a platform that the party, still officially un-named, will campaign on in elections next year.
    (Reuters, 8/27/17)
2017        Aug 27, In southeastern France a girl (9) disappeared from a wedding party in Pont-de-Beauvoisin, 85 kilometers (53 miles) from Lyon. Police dogs found the girl's trace but lost it in the village hall's car park, suggesting she may have got into a car. On Sep 3 a local man (34), who was among the guests, was remanded in custody on charges of "kidnapping, illegal confinement or arbitrary detention" after her DNA was found in his car.
    (AP, 8/31/17)(AP, 9/4/17)
2017        Aug 27, In France Mireille Darc (79), a star of French cinema in the 1970s, died in Paris. She caused a sensation in a plunging backless gown in "The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe" (1972).
    (AFP, 8/28/17)
2017        Aug 27, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced he is expelling the head of a UN anti-corruption commission that is investigating the president's campaign financing. He also announced he was firing Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales for failure to carry out the expulsion.
    (AP, 8/27/17)
2017        Aug 27, The Iraqi military says it has "fully liberated" Tal Afar's town center from the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 8/27/17)
2017        Aug 27, Israel’s defence ministry said it has finalized a deal to purchase 17 more Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighters in addition to 33 of the ultra-high-tech jets already ordered.
    (AFP, 8/27/17)
2017        Aug 27, Lebanon began to dig out the bodies of six soldiers kidnapped by Islamic State militants three years ago. Two more bodies were believed buried there and a search for a ninth soldier continued.
    (AP, 8/27/17)
2017        Aug 27, Cease-fires took effect in the border area between Syria and Lebanon, halting separate but simultaneous weeklong offensives against the Islamic State group by the Lebanese army on one side and Hezbollah and Syrian troops on the other.
    (AP, 8/27/17)
2017        Aug 27, The Libyan navy seized an oil tanker near the maritime border with Tunisia and detained the 20-member Filipino crew on suspicion of fuel smuggling.
    (AFP, 8/28/17)
2017        Aug 27, Myanmar's government and advocates for the country's Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority traded charges of killing civilians, burning down buildings and planting land mines, as clashes that began last week when insurgents launched attacks against police posts continued. The death toll from the violence that started August 24 had reached 96, mostly alleged Rohingya attackers but also 12 security personnel.
    (AP, 8/27/17)
2017        Aug 27, Pakistani police used tear gas and batons to disperse anti-US protesters in the southern port city of Karachi. Police took action when a group of Shiite students tried to march toward the US consulate and an officer was injured in the process.
    (AP, 8/27/17)
2017        Aug 27, In South Africa a gunman opened fire in a packed theater in Johannesburg after his cellphone went missing in the audience, killing one person and injuring eight.
    (AFP, 8/28/17)
2017        Aug 27, Ebrahim Yazdi (85), a dissident Iranian politician and a former foreign minister (1979), died at the age of 85 in Izmir, Turkey, where he was being treated for complications from cancer after being denied a US visa for follow-up treatment in Houston.
    (AP, 8/31/17)
2017        Aug 27, The UN World Food Program (WFP) says it has reduced food rations for 320,000 refugees living in northwest Tanzania as a result of funding shortfalls.
    (AP, 8/27/17)

2017        Aug 28, In New Mexico two women were killed and four people injured when gunfire erupted inside the Clovis-Carter Public Library. Nathaniel Jouett (16) surrendered and was taken into custody by police.
    (SFC, 8/29/17, p.A7)(SFC, 8/30/17, p.A5)
2017        Aug 28, South Carolina indicted former Catholic priest Wayland Brown (74) for molesting two children in Jasper county almost 40 years ago. Pope John Paul II had dismissed Brown from the priesthood in 2004 following convictions in Maryland for abusing two boys.
    (SFC, 8/29/17, p.A5)
2017        Aug 28, In Texas federal engineers released water from Houston area reservoirs in hopes of controlling rushing currents as Tropical Storm Harvey continued to dump more rain on the city. Local officials reported 10 deaths possibly related to the storm.
    (Reuters, 8/28/17)(SFC, 8/29/17, p.A9)
2017        Aug 28, In southern China a landslide buried dozens of homes, killing one person and leaving 37 missing on the outskirts of the city of Bijie, Guizhou province.
    (AP, 8/28/17)
2017        Aug 28, The leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain met in Paris with counterparts from Libya, Niger and Chad to discuss ways to curb illegal migration across the Mediterranean Sea to European shores.
    (AP, 8/28/17)
2017        Aug 28, Germany said it had reached a deal with Egypt to stem the flow of migrants from the Arab country, part of a broader push by Berlin to head off waves of migrants that have stoked domestic political tensions.
    (Reuters, 8/28/17)
2017        Aug 28, German authorities raided the homes and workplaces of a police officer and another suspect on allegations they opposed the country's policy on migrants and were drawing up a "kill list" of left-wingers in the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
    (AP, 8/28/17)
2017        Aug 28, German police said a nurse, identified only as Niels H., convicted in 2015 of two charges of attempted murder and two counts of murder by an Oldenburg court, is suspected of killing at least 84 other people.
    (Reuters, 8/28/17)
2017        Aug 28, The Guyanese Civil Aviation Authority said that officials have found the body of pilot Imran Khan near the Cessna 206 that disappeared over the weekend. No other people were aboard.
    (AP, 8/28/17)
2017        Aug 28, In India the popular and flamboyant Indian spiritual guru, who calls himself Dr. Saint Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim Insan (Insaan), was sentenced by a judge to 20 years in prison on charges dating from 2002 of raping two female followers. His Dera Sacha Sauda sect claims to have about 50 million followers and campaigns for vegetarianism and against drug addiction. It also organizes blood-donation and tree-planting drives.
    (AP, 8/28/17)
2017        Aug 28, India's foreign ministry said India and China have agreed to an "expeditious disengagement" of troops in a disputed border area where their soldiers have been locked in a stand-off for more than two months.
    (Reuters, 8/28/17)
2017        Aug 28, In Iraq a car bomb killed at least 12 people in a crowded vegetable market in a Shi'ite Muslim district of Baghdad, in an attack claimed by Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 8/28/17)(AFP, 8/28/17)(AP, 8/28/17)
2017        Aug 28, Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu vowed never to evacuate Jewish settlement from occupied land.
    (SFC, 8/30/17, p.A2)
2017        Aug 28, Myanmar security forces intensified operations against Rohingya insurgents, following three days of clashes with militants in the worst violence involving Myanmar's Muslim minority in five years.
    (Reuters, 8/28/17)
2017        Aug 28, A Nigerian court seized $21 million from bank accounts linked to Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former oil minister accused of corruption, as investigators continued to claw back her fortune.
    (AFP, 8/28/17)
2017        Aug 28, Yehya al-Sinwar, the Palestinian militant group's new leader in Gaza, said Hamas and Iran have patched up relations, and Tehran is again its biggest backer after years of tension over the civil war in Syria.
    (Reuters, 8/28/17)
2017        Aug 28, Syrian state television cameras showed a convoy of Islamic State fighters and their family members leaving the Lebanon-Syria border zone for an area in eastern Syria held by the jihadist group, under the terms of a truce.
    (Reuters, 8/28/17)
2017        Aug 28, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told police they could kill "idiots" who resist arrest and put their lives in danger, two days after hundreds of people turned the funeral of a slain teenager into a protest against his deadly war on drugs.
    (Reuters, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 28, South Sudan's parliament passed its 2017/2018 budget but, after four years of war, acknowledged it does not know where much of the funding will come from.
    (Reuters, 8/29/17)
2017        Aug 28, Spanish mother Juana Rivas, at the heart of a bruising public custody battle, agreed to hand her sons over to  her Italian ex-partner, Francesco Arcuri, closing a case that has sparked fierce debate in Spain. Rivas accused her ex-partner of domestic violence and after running away last year from Italy where they lived with their boys, aged 11 and three, she refused to let him see them.
    (AFP, 8/28/17)
2017        Aug 28, Uganda's government inaugurated its Pornography Control Committee, a national committee to stem the circulation of pornography.
    (AP, 8/28/17)
2017        Aug 28, The UN refugee agency said more than 3,000 Rohingya refugees had arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar in the past three days.
    (AFP, 8/28/17)
2017        Aug 28, In Yemen leaders of the Houthi group and loyalists of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, allies in the civil war, agreed to ease tensions between them after three people were killed in a clash.
    (Reuters, 8/29/17)

2017        Aug 29, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced that transgender service members will continue to serve pending the results of a Pentagon study.
    (SFC, 8/30/17, p.A6)
2017        Aug 29, The US Treasury Department named Salim Mustafa Muhammad al-Mansur, a finance official for the Islamic militant group, as a "specially designated global terrorist" and said the US and Iraq have banished him from their financial systems. As of early this year, Mansur had moved to Turkey but was still serving as an Islamic State finance official for Mosul.
    (Reuters, 8/29/17)
2017        Aug 29, In northern California the Ponderosa Fire ignited in the Sierra foothills of Butte County about 15 miles east of Lake Oroville.
    (SFC, 9/31/17, p.E6)
2017        Aug 29, Texas officials said Houston reservoirs that have contained heavy rains from Tropical Storm Harvey are starting to overflow, forcing authorities to release more water into the city's swollen drainage system to alleviate pressure on two dams.
    (Reuters, 8/29/17)
2017        Aug 29, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber struck at Nawe Kabul Bank killing five people.
    (AP, 8/29/17)(SFC, 8/30/17, p.A4)
2017        Aug 29, Afghan authorities said the country's air force has killed up to 13 civilians including women and children in airstrikes targeting a Taliban base in the western province of Herat. At least 16 Taliban fighters were also killed.
    (AFP, 8/29/17)
2017        Aug 29, A Bangladesh court jailed the Rana Plaza owner for three years for graft, the first of many charges laid against him after the garment factory complex collapsed in 2013 and killed more than 1,130 people.
    (AFP, 8/29/17)
2017        Aug 29, The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said Germany has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus in three swans in the central state of Saxony-Anhalt.
    (Reuters, 8/29/17)
2017        Aug 29, Hong Kong-based David Tang (63), the flamboyant and outspoken socialite and entrepreneur who founded the Shanghai Tang fashion brand, died in London after a long battle with cancer.
    (AP, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 29, In India heavy monsoon rains brought Mumbai, a city with a population of more than 20 million people, to a halt with authorities struggling to evacuate people with the scheduled high tide adding to the chaos.
    (Reuters, 8/29/17)
2017        Aug 29, Iraq's ethnically-mixed Kirkuk province, long claimed by both the Arab-led central government and the autonomous Kurdish region, voted to take part in a vote on Kurdish independence slated for next month.
    (AP, 8/29/17)
2017        Aug 29, Kazakhstan inaugurated a new internationally-controlled uranium fuel bank seen as potentially important in curbing nuclear proliferation and reducing regional security tensions.
    (AFP, 8/29/17)
2017        Aug 29, North Korea fired a ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload that flew over Japan and splashed into the northern Pacific Ocean.  US President Donald Trump said North Korea had signaled its "contempt for its neighbors" and that "all options are on the table" in terms of a US response. The foreign ministers of Russia and the United Arab Emirates urged North Korea to stop its provocations and obey UN resolutions.
    (AP, 8/29/17)
2017        Aug 29, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (82) has decided to stay in his long-time Ramallah home leaving empty a recently completed $6 million mansion meant to serve as his official residence and guest house.
    (AP, 8/29/17)
2017        Aug 29, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said the family of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos has indicated a willingness to return a still-unspecified amount of money and "a few gold bars" to help ease the government's expected budget deficit.
    (AP, 8/29/17)
2017        Aug 29, In Poland activists climbed trees and blocked felling machines in the primeval Bialowieza Forest n a bid to stop what they say is an illegal logging operation authorized by the government.
    (Reuters, 8/29/17)
2017        Aug 29, The foreign ministers of Romania and Egypt met in Bucharest to discuss ways to manage the flow of migrants, fighting terrorism and resolving conflicts in Syria and Libya. Romania and Egypt signed three agreements to enhance cooperation.
    (AP, 8/29/17)
2017        Aug 29, Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea's largest automaker, said it has halted auto production at its plants in China as tensions between Seoul and Beijing over a US anti-missile system hurt its sales and left it unable to pay a supplier.
    (AP, 8/29/17)
2017        Aug 29, Buses carrying hundreds of Islamic State militants and their families arrived in eastern Syria following a negotiated evacuation from the Lebanon-Syria border. Some 600 militants were allowed to leave as part of a deal, negotiated by Hezbollah, in exchange for identifying the location of the remains of Lebanese soldiers captured by IS in 2014 and later killed.
    (AP, 8/29/17)
2017        Aug 29, In Thailand the political party of former PM Yingluck Shinawatra, who fled into exile last week, said it would overcome the obstacles it faces and was committed to democracy and working for the good of the people.
    (Reuters, 8/29/17)
2017        Aug 29, Ukrainian security said it barred two Spanish journalists last week from the country over their coverage of a conflict with eastern separatists - a move media groups decried as an attack on free speech. The State Security Service (SBU) said the reporters had produced stories alleging Ukrainian troops had shelled civilian areas, an account it said was false.
    (Reuters, 8/29/17)

2017        Aug 30, The United States called for "concerted action" by the international community to pressure North Korea into abandoning its banned nuclear and missile programs by fully enforcing economic sanctions.
    (Reuters, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 30, Northern California fire officials said they have arrested a man they accused of causing the fast-moving Ponderosa wildfire that destroyed 10 homes and forced the evacuation of about 1,500 residents. John Ballenger (29) of Oroville was accused of "recklessly" starting a campfire outside a designated area and allowing it to spread out of control.
    (Reuters, 8/31/17)(SFC, 9/31/17, p.E6)
2017        Aug 30, In California Robert French (52), a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy, was shot dead and two CHP officers were wounded during an investigation at a hotel into a stolen vehicle. Suspect Thomas Daniel Littlecloud (32) of Castro Valley was shot during a chase and arrested. Two women in a stolen car were also arrested. Littlecloud died of his wounds on Sep 2.
    (SFC, 8/31/17, p.A6)(SFC, 9/1/17, p.D1)
2017        Aug 30, Louise Hay (b.1926), popular author of self-help books ,died at her home in San Diego. Her 1984 book “You Can Heal Your Life," followed her recovery from cancer and became a best seller.
    (SSFC, 9/3/17, p.C8)
2017        Aug 30, In Texas a federal judge temporarily blocked most of the state’s tough new “sanctuary cities" law that would have allowed police to inquire about people’s immigration status during routine interactions. The law was to take effect on Sep 1.
    (SFC, 9/31/17, p.A4)
2017        Aug 30, Tropical Storm Harvey bore down on eastern Texas and Louisiana, bringing the catastrophic downpours that paralyzed the US energy hub of Houston with record rainfall and drove tens of thousands of people from their homes.
    (AP, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 30, In Afghanistan at least 11 civilians were killed and 16 wounded when a NATO helicopter attacked a house where Taliban insurgents had taken shelter in Logar province, east of Kabul.
    (Reuters, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 30, In Afghanistan a roadside mine planted by the Taliban killed three police officers in western Farah province.
    (AP, 8/31/17)
2017        Aug 30, In Bangladesh at least three boats carrying an unknown number of Rohingya Muslims sank in the Naf River at Teknaf in Cox's Bazar.  26 bodies of women and children were recovered.
    (AP, 8/31/17)
2017        Aug 30, The International Organization for Migration said at least 18,500 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh since fighting erupted in Myanmar's neighboring Rakhine state six days ago.
    (AFP, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 30, It was reported that Egypt has put the names of more than 350 people, including prominent Muslim Brotherhood figures, on its terrorism list. The designation, announced over two days this week in the official Gazette, bans those on the list from travel, puts them on a watch list and grants authorities the right to freeze their assets.
    (AP, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 30, French police said some 250 to 300 bottles, worth up to 1,000 euros ($1,200) each, were stolen from the cellar in the 6th arrondissement of Paris sometime between July 28 and Aug 28, while the owner was vacationing.
    (AP, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 30, German officials said a Syrian man identified only as Abdullah K. (40), held on suspicion of fighting for an extremist group in his homeland, has hanged himself in a Hamburg jail cell.
    (AP, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 30, Guinea’s government said that the bodies of 19 people thought to have perished in an August 14 mudslide in Sierra Leone have washed up on the shores of Guinea. The mudslide at Freetown's crowded Mount Sugar Loaf killed an estimated 500 people, with hundreds of others still missing.
    (Reuters, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 30, In India police said two toddlers were among 14 people killed in Mumbai after floods caused by heavy monsoon rains destroyed homes and disrupted traffic.
    (Reuters, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 30, Iraq and Jordan reopened their only border crossing after a two-year closure, taking a step toward stabilizing an area devastated by Islamic State extremists and allowing for a resumption of vital trade.
    (AP, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 30, Libya’s state-owned National Oil Company said oil production has been suspended for several days at three oil fields after an armed militia shut off pipelines.
    (AFP, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 30, Malaysian police arrested Hajar Abdul Mubin (aka Abu Asrie), a suspected leader and seven members of the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf Islamist group in Kuala Lumpur.
    (Reuters, 9/3/17)
2017        Aug 30, Malaysian maritime authorities publicly set fire to a foreign fishing boat for the first time in a move to deter illegal fishing.
    (AP, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 30, North Korean state media said Kim Jong Un has called for more weapons launches targeting the Pacific Ocean to advance his country's ability to contain Guam.
    (AP, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 30, Pakistan's lower house of parliament has passed a resolution denouncing US President Donald Trump's claim that the country harbors militants battling US forces in neighboring Afghanistan.
    (AP, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 30, Hundreds of Puerto Ricans took to the streets of San Juan to protest austerity measures as anger builds over an unrelenting economic crisis that has hit the working class especially hard.
    (AP, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 30, In Saudi Arabia hundreds of thousands of Muslims began the annual haj pilgrimage, donning traditional white garments and heading to a tent camp outside Mecca in an itinerary retracing the route Prophet Mohammad took 14 centuries ago.
    (AP, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 30, South Africa’s Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana said South Africa has detected 24 outbreaks of the H5N8 strain of bird flu since June, including 10 at commercial chicken farms and three at ostrich farms.
    (Reuters, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 30, South Korea's Supreme Court said a former worker in a Samsung LCD factory who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis should be recognized as having an occupationally caused disease, overturning lower court verdicts that held a lack of evidence against the worker.
    (AP, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 30, The Geneva-based Cluster Munition Coalition said the number of people killed by outlawed cluster bombs more than doubled in 2016  compared with 2015 with nearly 1,000 people killed or injured.
    (SFC, 9/1/17, p.A2)
2017        Aug 30, In Syria US-led warplanes conducted air strikes to block a convoy of Islamic State fighters and their families from reaching territory the group holds in eastern Syria.
    (Reuters, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 30, Ukraine said Russian propagandist Anna Kurbatova will be forcibly returned to Russia. Kiev accused her of spreading anti-Ukrainian propaganda.
    (Reuters, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 30, UN chief Antonio Guterres called for the blockade of Gaza to be lifted as he visited the Palestinian enclave enduring "one of the most dramatic humanitarian crises" he had seen.
    (AFP, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 30, The UN said Venezuela's security forces had committed extensive and apparently deliberate human rights violations in crushing anti-government protests and that democracy was "barely alive".
    (Reuters, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 30, Yemeni security officials and witnesses said flooding in the city of Taiz has killed at least 18 people and that another 32 have gone missing.
    (AP, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 30, Thousands of Zimbabweans marched through Harare in a show of support for first lady Grace Mugabe who evaded assault allegations in South Africa by claiming diplomatic immunity. The march was organized by President Robert Mugabe's all-powerful ZANU-PF party.
    (AFP, 8/30/17)

2017        Aug 31, The US State Dept. ordered Russia to shutter its San Francisco consulate and close trade offices at its missions in Washington and New York. It gave Moscow 48 hours to comply.
    (AP, 9/1/17)
2017        Aug 31, US aid chief Mark Green said the United States will give a further $91 million in food aid to Ethiopia to avert famine in the southeast, as he urged the government to open up political dialogue to all sides after deadly protests last year.
    (Reuters, 8/31/17)
2017        Aug 31, In northern California officials arrested Chi Meng Yang after he and his sister attempted to bribe Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey with $1 million to turn a blind eye to their marijuana growing operations. Police still sought Gaosheng Laitinen.
    (SFC, 9/2/17, p.A6)
2017        Aug 31, Joe McConaughy (26) reached the peak of Maine’s Mount Katahdin finishing his trek to run the 2,190 mile Appalachian Trail in the record time of 45 days, 12 hours and 15 minutes. He averaged about 48 miles daily.
    (SSFC, 9/3/17, p.A8)
2017        Aug 31, The remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey drenched northern Louisiana as it moved inland. Rescuers searched homes around Houston and in the hard-hit southeastern coast for more survivors and victims as the storm killed at least 35 people.
    (Reuters, 8/31/17)
2017        Aug 31, In Pennsylvania Temple Univ. student Jenna Burleigh (22) was last seen on surveillance tape leaving a bar in Philadelphia with Joshua Hupperterz (29). Her body was found Sep 2 on property belonging to the man’s grandmother. On Sep 3 Hupperterz was charged with murder.
    (SFC, 9/5/17, p.A4)
2017        Aug 31, A federal judge in Austin blocked Texas from banning a common second trimester abortion procedure.
    (SFC, 9/1/17, p.A6)
2017        Aug 31, A Houston-area chemical plant that lost power after Harvey engulfed the area in floods was rocked by fires and two explosions. Local authorities said the resulting smoke presented no danger to the community at all.
    (AP, 8/31/17)
2017        Aug 31, Wells Fargo said that an internal review of its potentially fraudulent bank accounts had uncovered a total of 3.5 million such accounts, some 1.4 million more than it had previously estimated.
    (SFC, 9/1/17, p.C1)
2017        Aug 31, In Algeria a suicide bomber killed two policemen, including one who threw himself on the attacker whose explosives belt then detonated in the Tiaret region.
    (AFP, 8/31/17)
2017        Aug 31, Bangladesh coastguards found the bodies of 17 Rohingya, many of them children, who drowned when their boats capsized as they fled violence in Myanmar that has forced at least 18,500 to seek refuge across the border.
    (AFP, 8/31/17)
2017        Aug 31, Britain and Japan said they would cooperate in countering the threat posed by North Korea, two days after it fired a missile over northern Japan, and will call on China to exert its leverage.
    (Reuters, 8/31/17)
2017        Aug 31, In western Burkina Faso a customs officer was killed by armed men in Djibasso.
    (AP, 9/4/17)
2017        Aug 31, A Cambodian court found Park Youl (63) a Korean man, guilty of child sex offenses and sentenced him to 14 years in prison.  Youl was a pastor of a Christian church in Siem Reap in northwestern Cambodia.
    (AP, 8/31/17)
2017        Aug 31, Colombian security forces killed Roberto Vargas, one of its most-wanted drug fugitives, along with a dozen gunmen as they watched a soccer match. He was the alleged No. 2 leader of the Golf clan, a ruthless criminal network that arose from disbanded right-wing paramilitary groups to become the nation's largest drug-trafficking organization.
    (AP, 9/1/17)
2017        Aug 31, Hungary's PM Viktor Orban asked the European Union to pay for half of the cost of anti-migrant fences it built on its southern borders, or about 440 million euros ($523 million).
    (AP, 9/1/17)
2017        Aug 31, In India torrential rains caused a five-story apartment building to collapse in Mumbai, killing at least 33 people and possibly burying more than a dozen others.
    (Reuters, 8/31/17)(AP, 8/31/17)(AP, 9/1/17)
2017        Aug 31, Iraq declared that its forces had retaken the northern city of Tal Afar and the surrounding region in another major victory over Islamic State group jihadists.
    (AFP, 8/31/17)
2017        Aug 31, In Libya an Islamic State militant drove his explosives-laden car into a checkpoint east of the coastal city of Sirte, killing two policemen.
    (AP, 8/31/17)
2017        Aug 31, Macedonia called on Greece to recognize the "new reality" in the country and support its bid to join the EU and NATO, a move that would require overcoming the row over the country's name. Macedonia’s Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov and Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias told reporters that their governments were committed to working on good relations and regional cooperation.
    (Reuters, 8/31/17)(AP, 8/31/17)
2017        Aug 31, A Pakistani anti-terrorism court declared ex-military leader Pervez Musharraf a fugitive in the murder case of former PM Benazir Bhutto and acquitted five people in the killing. The court sentenced two former police officers to 17 years in prison for failing to protect former Bhutto.
    (Reuters, 8/31/17)(AP, 8/31/17)
2017        Aug 31, Philippine troops fought one of their toughest clashes against militants loyal to Islamic State in the southern town of Marawi. Three soldiers were killed and 52 wounded, many by rebel bombs as they pushed forward.
    (Reuters, 9/1/17)
2017        Aug 31, Catalan regional authorities said Spain received a warning in May that the Islamic State group was planning an attack in Barcelona but decided it lacked credibility.   
    (AFP, 8/31/17)
2017        Aug 31, In Russia unidentified assailants attempted to set fire to a building housing the studios Alexei Uchitel, whose film "Matilda," set for release in October, describes Nicholas II's relationship with ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya.
    (AP, 8/31/17)
2017        Aug 31, In eastern Syria a convoy of Islamic State fighters from the Lebanon border began a new attempt to reach territory held by the militant group after being blocked by US-led airstrikes, despite warnings of more military action.
    (Reuters, 8/31/17)
2017        Aug 31, Venezuela's chief prosecutor said he has launched embezzlement accusations against his predecessor, who fled the country saying the government wanted to kill her after she challenged it over a deadly political crisis. Former chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega is currently in Mexico, the latest stop on a tour of countries where she has been denouncing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
    (AFP, 9/1/17)
2017        Aug 31, Venezuelan authorities discovered some 200 million bolivars in a vehicle belonging to Lilian Tintori, the wife of opposition activist Leopoldo Lopez. That's around $60,000 at the nation's weakest official exchange rate or $10,000 at the black market rate. She has said the cash was to pay for emergencies including the hospitalization of her 100-year-old grandmother. On Sep 2 Tintori said her passport was seized as she tried to board a flight for Europe.
    (AP, 9/1/17)(SSFC, 9/3/17, p.A4)

2017        Aug, In central Bosnia the remains of at least 65 victims were discovered in mass grave. They were believed to belong to some of over 220 non-Serb civilians executed in the area by Bosnian Serb forces on August 21, 1992.
    (AP, 9/19/17)
2017        Aug, India barred state authorities from unilaterally cancelling or modifying solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) after six state governments in last two months pushed developers to lower tariffs, threatening to derail projects worth $7.5 billion.
    (Reuters, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug, In Italy anonymous hackers broke into the 5-Star's web platform, called "Rousseau" after the 18th century Swiss-born philosopher, and obtained secret data on its members and donors.
    (Reuters, 10/5/17)
2017        Aug, In Rwanda seven people were killed this month by crocodiles as they tried to draw water from the diminished Nyabarongo River.
    (SSFC, 9/3/17, p.C14)
2017        Aug, The government of Saudi Arabia announced the end of a three-month campaign to flush out gunmen from the Musawara neighborhood of Awamiya. More than a dozen people were reported killed, including Saudis and foreigners, in addition to five armed militants.
    (AFP, 10/11/17)

2017        Sep 1, US President Donald Trump announced he plans to appoint James Bridenstine, a former navy pilot and Oklahoma Republican congressman, to head the US space agency NASA.
    (AFP, 9/1/17)(SSFC, 9/3/17, p.A8)
2017        Sep 1, US President Donald Trump agreed with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to revise a joint treaty capping the development of the South's ballistic missiles, amid a standoff over North Korea's missile and nuclear tests.
    (Reuters, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, The United States, Mexico and Canada dove into the details of revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) at a second round of talks, amid threats from President Donald Trump to axe the deal.
    (AFP, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, The US-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants said it had confirmed another 61 likely civilian deaths caused by its strikes in Iraq and Syria, raising to 685 the number of civilians it has acknowledged killing since the conflict began.
    (Reuters, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, California Governor Jerry Brown issued an emergency declaration for a wildfire burning in the northern part of the state, the same day the man accused of starting the blaze was charged with arson.
    (Reuters, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, San Francisco recorded a record 106 degrees as the Bay Area sweltered in record heat.
    (SFC, 9/2/17, p.A1)
2017        Sep 1, San Francisco settled a suit with the Pacific Rod and Gun Club for the cleanup of lead shotgun pellets and clay pigeons at Lake Merced. The gun club’s insurers will pay $8.25 million as the city transforms the area into parkland.
    (SFC, 9/2/17, p.A1)
2017        Sep 1, American comedian Shelley Berman died at his home in Los Angeles County. His first album “Inside Shelley Berman" was produced in 1959 and received the first ever Grammy Award for spoken word.
    (SSFC, 9/3/17, p.C8)
2017        Sep 1, In Texas rescuers searched painstakingly through flooded neighborhoods across the southeast for people stranded by Hurricane Harvey's deluge as President Donald Trump asked Congress for $7.85 billion in federal disaster relief. 50 people were feared dead from flooding that paralyzed Houston.
    (Reuters, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, In Texas a raging fire and thick black smoke erupted this evening from Arkema SA's flood-damaged chemical plant, 25 miles (40 km) northeast of Houston, for the second time this week.
    (Reuters, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, In Argentina tens of thousands demonstrated in cities across the country holding photos of missing indigenous rights activist Santiago Maldonado. He was detained by state forces on August 1 after joining in a protest march by the Mapuche indigenous group.
    (AP, 9/2/17)
2017        Sep 1, Brazilian President Michel Temer visited China as his country seeks investments to shore up its flagging economy. Temer met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing ahead of next week's summit of BRICS nations in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen.
    (AP, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, Britain’s RAF started taking applications from women interested in joining its ground-fighting force, a 2,000-strong regiment that protects bases and airfields around the world. It became the country's first military service to open up all roles to women.
    (AP, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, In Cameroon dozens of activists from the English-speaking community were freed from jail as the mainly French-speaking nation's president moved to ease months of tension in its minority regions. On Aug 30 President Paul Biya ordered a military court to drop its prosecution of the detainees, who were arrested following protests launched late last year by anglophones demanding equal treatment.
    (AP, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, China's parliament passed a new nuclear safety law aimed at improving regulation in the nuclear power sector as new projects are built across the country.
    (Reuters, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, In China anyone who mocks the national anthem now faces up to 15 days in police detention after parliament criminalized such acts in a new law that covers Hong Kong and Macau.
    (Reuters, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, In Croatia city authorities in Zagreb voted to change the name of "Marshal Tito Square" to "Republic of Croatia Square".
    (AP, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, Egypt's Ministry of Civil Aviation said British authorities have lifted a ban on carry-on electronic devices on planes arriving from Cairo airport.
    (Reuters, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, In Germany the world's largest X-ray laser wen t online and will help them capture images of structures and processes at an atomic level. Scientists hoped the European XFEL project will open up new areas of research.
    (AP, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, German’s Cologne Zoo said German-born Elizabeth Reichert (93), an American widow of a Holocaust survivor, is leaving it $22 million (18.5 million euros) in her will. Reichert has already started transferring $6,000 per month to the zoo. The entire sum is to be donated upon her death.
    (AP, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, In India at least two people were killed when part of a huge mountain of garbage came crashing down in a landfill on the eastern outskirts of New Delhi. Media reports said about 2,800 tons of garbage are dumped at the site every day. The garbage comes from east Delhi, home to more than 4 million of the capital's 21 million people.
    (AP, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, In Italy Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s documentary "Human Flow," premiered at the Venice Film Festival. He used the film to make viewers see both the scale and the humanity of the migrant crisis.
    (AP, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, Tuna fishing countries reached an agreement to gradually rebuild severely depleted bluefin stocks, while still allowing nations like Japan to catch and consume the fish following a week-long meeting in South Korea.
    (SFC, 9/2/17, p.A4)
2017        Sep 1, Kenya's Supreme Court nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta's election win citing irregularities and ordered a new poll within 60 days, a rare move in Africa where judicial power is often seen as an extension of government.
    (Reuters, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, Tropical Storm Lidia left at least five people dead as it marched up Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, dumping heavy rains on the region.
    (AP, 9/2/17)(SFC, 9/2/17, p.A2)(SSFC, 9/3/17, p.A5)
2017        Sep 1, Myanmar's military dropped criminal charges it had filed against six journalists in cases that drew international criticism for discouraging freedom of expression.
    (AP, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, Myanmar officials said nearly 400 people have died in fighting that has rocked the northwest for a week, making it probably the deadliest bout of violence to engulf the country's Rohingya Muslim minority in decades. All but 29 of 399 dead were said to be insurgents.
    (AFP, 9/1/17)(SFC, 9/2/17, p.A5)
2017        Sep 1, Nigeria's president said more than 100,000 people have been displaced by flooding in the central part of the country. It was not immediately known whether anyone has died in the flooding in Benue state.
    (AP, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, Russian vowed to respond to a US order to shut the Russian Consulate in San Francisco and offices in Washington and New York, but also indicated that Moscow was not inclined to raise the stakes in the diplomatic tit-for-tat between the two countries.
    (AP, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, Muslims around the world are celebrated the Eid al-Adha holiday as some 2 million Muslim pilgrims carry out the final rites of the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia. The pilgrims performed a symbolic stoning of the devil as Saudi Arabia deployed more than 100,000 security forces and medics as well as modern technology including drones and fiber optics to ensure a safe pilgrimage.
    (Reuters, 9/1/17)(AP, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, In Somalia's Puntland region an al Shabaab bomb attack killed 12 people, including five soldiers.
    (Reuters, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, In central Syria a military media unit run by Hezbollah captured Uqairabat, described as Islamic State's stronghold in that region.
    (AP, 9/2/17)
2017        Sep 1, Thailand's government announced $2.2 billion in loans and handouts to help stabilize prices for rice farmers, a politically influential group whose heartland is in regions where opposition to the military junta is strongest.
    (Reuters, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, It was reported that Thailand's prestigious Chulalongkorn University has removed the head of its student council, a vocal critic of military rule, after he was accused of disrupting a royalist initiation ceremony. But Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal (20) and the student council said they refused to accept the university order against him and four other members, and would appeal against the decision.
    (Reuters, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, In Vietnam Ninh Van Quynh (59), the deputy head of the country’s largest oil firm, state-run PetroVietnam, was arrested as part of a massive fraud case involving dozens of bankers and businessmen, according to the government.
    (AFP, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, In Yemen Abdullah al-Khamessi, the founder of Yemen's Red Crescent, died in Ibn Sinaa hospital in Sanaa.
    (AP, 9/2/17)

2017        Sep 2, US Pres. Donald Trump returned to Texas for a 2nd time and visited with some of the victims of Hurricane Harvey. At least 44 deaths were blamed on the storm that damaged at least 156,000 dwellings in Harris County.
    (SSFC, 9/3/17, p.A11)
2017        Sep 2, Astronaut Peggy Whitson (57) returned to Earth late today, wrapping up a record-breaking flight that catapulted her to first place for US space endurance. Her 665 days off the planet, 288 days on this mission alone, exceeds that of any other American and any other woman worldwide.
    (AP, 9/3/17)
2017        Sep 2, A wildfire on the northwest edge of Los Angeles spread rapidly despite light rainfall, a day after it forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents and triggered the closure of a major highway.
    (Reuters, 9/2/17)
2017        Sep 2, San Francisco’s record heat wave continued for a 2nd day with temperatures reaching 102 degrees. Oakland hit a record of 101 degrees and San Jose hit a record at 107. Eleven high temperature records were broken across the Bay Area. Six deaths were later attributed to the heat wave, three in SF, and three in San Mateo County.
    (SSFC, 9/3/17, p.A9)(SFC, 9/8/17 p.A8)
2017        Sep 2, It was reported that Australia and East Timor have reached a breakthrough agreement on a maritime border, ending a decade-old row between the two nations that has stalled a $40 billion offshore gas project.
    (Reuters, 9/2/17)
2017        Sep 2, In Iraq at least three suicide bombers, disguised as workers, struck a state-run power station north of Baghdad early today, killing seven people and forcing the facility to shut down in an attack claimed by Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 9/2/17)(SSFC, 9/3/17, p.A4)
2017        Sep 2, Italian news agency ANSA said that about 800 Algerians had reached Sardinia aboard smugglers' boats directly from their homeland so far this year. Gov. Francesco Pigliaru has asked Italy's government to work with Algerian authorities to stop the flow.
    (AP, 9/2/17)
2017        Sep 2, In Kenya seven teenage schoolgirls died and 10 more were hospitalized after a fire engulfed the Moi Girls School boarding dormitory in Nairobi early today. On Sep 13 a girl (14) was charged with multiple counts of murder for allegedly starting the fire at the Nairobi school dormitory that left nine other schoolgirls dead.
    (Reuters, 9/2/17)(AFP, 9/13/17)
2017        Sep 2, Lebanon's Hezbollah movement accused US-led forces of stranding a convoy of Islamic State fighters and civilians headed for Syria's Deir Ezzor province under an evacuation deal. Dozens of IS group members and their families have crossed into areas controlled by the extremists despite US threats to bomb the convoy.
    (AFP, 9/2/17)    (AP, 9/2/17)
2017        Sep 2, Myanmar’s government said more than 2,600 houses have been burned down in Rohingya-majority areas of the northwest in the last week. The World Food Program (WFP) said it has suspended food aid in the violence-scorched Rakhine state, as the humanitarian situation deteriorates with a surging death toll and tens of thousands Rohingya Muslims and ethnic Buddhists on the move. Nearly 60,000 Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar since last week.
    (Reuters, 9/2/17)(AFP, 9/2/17)
2017        Sep 2, In Pakistan two gunmen targeting an ethnic party lawmaker after Eid prayers instead shot down two others, including a child, in the port city of Karachi.
    (AP, 9/2/17)
2017        Sep 2, In Russia a biplane flying in an airshow just outside Moscow crashed in front of spectators, killing both people aboard.
    (AP, 9/2/17)
2017        Sep 2, Spanish police said they have arrested 14 people, including 12 British nationals, in an operation to bust a drug trafficking ring in a resort town on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca.
    (AP, 9/3/17)
2017        Sep 2, The Syrian army and its allies were fought in Islamic State's last pocket in central Syria.
    (Reuters, 9/2/17)
2017        Sep 2, Vietnam’s government said it has found faults with the central State Bank of Vietnam, including poor supervision of credit organizations and inefficiency in preventing corruption.
    (Reuters, 9/2/17)

2017        Sep 3, It was reported that California’s Dept. of Public health has confirmed three recent deaths from West Nile virus. In all 87 cases from 13 California counties have been recorded this year.
    (SSFC, 9/3/17, p.A8)
2017        Sep 3, Walter Becker (b.1950), guitarist, bassist and co-founder of Steely Dan, died in Hawaii.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Becker)(SFC, 9/5/17, p.E6)
2017        Sep 3, John Ashbery (90), American poet, died at his home in Hudson, NY. In 1976 he became the only writer to win the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award in the same year for his collection “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror."
    (SFC, 9/5/17, p.A5)
2017        Sep 3, In California Aaron Joel Mitchell (41) died at UC Davis after he ran through two layers of security the previous evening and into flames of the Burning Man in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.
    (SFC, 9/4/17, p.A5)
2017        Sep 3, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said damage from Hurricane Harvey would exceed that of epic hurricanes Katrina or Sandy, likely reaching $150 billion to $180 billion.
    (Reuters, 9/3/17)
2017        Sep 3, Relief camps were reaching full capacity as thousands of Rohingya refugees continued to pour into Bangladesh fleeing violence in western Myanmar. Some 73,000 people have crossed the border since violence erupted Aug. 25 in Myanmar's Rakhine state.
    (AP, 9/3/17)
2017        Sep 3, A Belgian army helicopter pilot disappeared in a mysterious midair incident at an airshow. The pilot had fallen from the aircraft after three skydivers had jumped from the helicopter but the co-pilot, alone on board, landed it safely.
    (Reuters, 9/4/17)
2017        Sep 3, The United States embassy in Burkina Faso said the Peace Corps has evacuated 124 volunteers due to security concerns.
    (AP, 9/4/17)
2017        Sep 3, Cambodian authorities overnight arrested Kem Sokha, the leader of the main opposition party, accusing him of conspiring with the United States to topple the government.
    (AP, 9/3/17)
2017        Sep 3, The Cambodia Daily, which is often critical of the government, said its Sep 4 edition would be its last after it was slapped with a multi-million dollar tax bill that its publishers said was politically motivated.
    (AFP, 9/3/17)
2017        Sep 3, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for the world to reject protectionism even as American and European pressure mounts on Beijing to lower market barriers, speaking at the start of a Chinese-led summit of business representatives of the BRICS nations.
    (AP, 9/3/17)
2017        Sep 3, China’s state news agency Xinhua said President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to "appropriately deal with" the latest nuclear test by North Korea. Putin was in China for the summit of business representatives of the BRICS nations.
    (Reuters, 9/3/17)
2017        Sep 3, The leader of the opposition in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, returned to Kinshasa just as police arrested some of his supporters during a demonstration.
    (AFP, 9/3/17)
2017        Sep 3, In Germany a political website of Julia Kloeckner, vice chairman of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), saw some 3,000 attacks before a debate between Merkel and Social Democratic leader Martin Schulz.
    (Reuters, 9/4/17)
2017        Sep 3, German explosives experts started to defuse a massive WW II bomb in Frankfurt after tens of thousands of people evacuated their homes.
    (Reuters, 9/3/17)
2017        Sep 3, Guyanese authorities said they're seeing a significant increase in Venezuelans crossing the border seeking treatment for malaria and other ailments. Guyana's Indigenous Affairs Ministry said Venezuelan soldiers recently crossed the border and stole food, telling locals they hadn't been resupplied for 45 days.
    (AP, 9/3/17)
2017        Sep 3, The Iranian judiciary said a court has re-imposed the death penalty on Mohammad Ali Taheri, founder of Erfan Halgheh which calls itself "Interuniversalism" in English, after the first sentence was struck down by the supreme court. He was sentenced to death by a Revolutionary Court in 2015 for "corruption on earth" but the Supreme Court later quashed the sentence.
    (Reuters, 9/3/17)
2017        Sep 3, In Italy Guerlin Butungu (20), Congolese asylum-hopeful who was rescued at sea and brought to Italy in 2015, was nabbed aboard a train by police as the last of a gang of four young males suspected of raping a Polish tourist on a beach, beating her companion unconscious and raping a Peruvian woman barely an hour later in the resort town of Rimini. Three others were arrested a day earlier.
    (AP, 9/3/17)
2017        Sep 3, In Kenya Raila Odinga, the main rival of President Uhuru Kenyatta, called for the ousting of members of the country's election commission, likening them to "hyenas", while judges slammed "veiled threats" by the president after the shock annulment of his re-election victory.
    (AFP, 9/3/17)
2017        Sep 3, Two Kenyan police officers were killed by gunmen on a motorbike as they were guarding a church near the Indian Ocean, in an attack police believe could be the work of Shabaab militants.
    (AFP, 9/3/17)
2017        Sep 3, East Libyan forces launched air strikes on Islamic State fighters after the militants made incursions south and east of their former coastal stronghold of Sirte.
    (Reuters, 9/4/17)
2017        Sep 3, North Korea released photos of leader Kim Jong Un next to what it described as a H-bomb for an ICBM, then actually detonating a device underground in its sixth and by far most powerful nuclear test to date.
    (AP, 9/3/17)
2017        Sep 3, In Somalia Al Shabaab militants attacked a military base near the southern port city of Kismayu early today. Shabab said 26 Somali soldiers were killed in the incident, but that could not be confirmed by other sources.
    (Reuters, 9/3/17)
2017        Sep 3, Sri Lanka's Pres. Maithripala Sirisen vowed to protect his former ambassador to six South American nations, an ex-army chief accused of crimes in the bloody final phase of the country's civil war. A week earlier rights groups filed criminal lawsuits in South America against Jagath Jayasuriya, who until last week served as the country's envoy to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Suriname.
    (AP, 9/3/17)
2017        Sep 3, Syria's army and its allies advanced towards their enclave in Deir al-Zor, besieged by Islamic State forces, taking al-Kharata oil field. Fierce clashes between the Islamic State group and pro-regime forces in and around the town of Uqayribat in the eastern Hama countryside left over 150 fighters dead over the last 24 hours, mostly jihadists.
    (Reuters, 9/3/17)(AFP, 9/3/17)
2017        Sep 3, In eastern Syria an Islamic State evacuation convoy trying to reach IS territory has split in two, with some buses remaining in the open desert after others turned back into government-held areas. The US-led coalition fighting IS has blocked the convoy from entering Islamic State territory in east Syria, near the border with Iraq, by cratering roads and destroying bridges.
    (Reuters, 9/3/17)
2017        Sep 3, In Uruguay  Rocco Morabito (51), a top crime syndicate boss convicted of drug trafficking and on the run from Italy since 1994, was arrested in Montevideo. He was living in a luxury villa in a seaside resort town under an alias and using a false Brazilian passport.
    (AP, 9/4/17)

2017        Sep 4, Boston police arrested Francisco Carlos Ramires (20) and two other men. He was also wanted in connection with several assaults in Boston, where he used the alias Carlos Campos-Cutone. The suspected member of a violent Central American gang was also wanted in connection with an August 25 homicide in New Jersey.
    (AP, 9/5/17)
2017        Sep 4, Officials said the confirmed death toll in southern Texas from Hurricane Harvey rose to at least 60 across 11 counties. The death toll was soon raised to at least 70 with some 200,000 homes destroyed or damaged.
    (SFC, 9/5/17, p.A4)(SSFC, 9/10/17 p.A13)
2017        Sep 4, In Afghanistan two people were killed and two others wounded when a helicopter appeared to come under fire from guests at a wedding party near Kabul and fired back. Afghan officials said the helicopter came from the NATO-led Resolute Support coalition.
    (Reuters, 9/5/17)
2017        Sep 4, In Brazil more than 800 federal police fanned out in five states and the federal district to serve 190 search and seizure warrants and more than 120 arrest warrants in a crackdown on a drug-trafficking ring.
    (AP, 9/4/17)
2017        Sep 4, The English-language Cambodia's Daily  appeared in newsstands for the last time, the latest victim of a determined push by the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen to silence critics in the run-up to 2018 elections.
    (AP, 9/4/17)
2017        Sep 4, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov brought tens of thousands of people to the streets of the capital Grozny to protest what he called the "genocide of Muslims" in Myanmar.
    (AP, 9/4/17)
2017        Sep 4, China criticized President Donald Trump's threat to cut off US trade with countries that deal with North Korea and rejected pressure to do more to halt the North's nuclear development.
    (AP, 9/4/17)
2017        Sep 4, President Xi Jinping said China will give $80 million in funding for BRICS cooperation plans, while the bloc of five emerging countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) pledged to oppose protectionism. The BRICS group called for reform of the United Nations and tougher measures against terrorist groups, while denouncing North Korea's latest nuclear test.
    (Reuters, 9/4/17)(AP, 9/4/17)
2017        Sep 4, The China’s central bank announced that that firms would no longer be able to issue electronic currency units to raise funds.
    (AFP, 9/19/17)
2017        Sep 4, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed that the government has agreed to a bilateral ceasefire with the ELN rebel group that will last 102 days after months of talks in the Ecuadoran capital Quito.
    (Reuters, 9/4/17)(AFP, 9/4/17)
2017        Sep 4, A Congo DRC officials said at least eight people have died after a bolt of lightning struck a small-scale goldmine in Haut-Uele province.
    (AFP, 9/4/17)
2017        Sep 4, Denmark's energy minister said China will tap Denmark, home to some of the world's largest offshore energy companies, to help it build a wind farm.
    (Reuters, 9/4/17)
2017        Sep 4, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced plans to double to 1 billion euros ($1.19 billion) a fund aimed at cleaning up urban transport, in an effort to avert bans of diesel vehicles in some cities.
    (Reuters, 9/4/17)
2017        Sep 4, In India Murray Dennis Ward, a 54-year-old British man, was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing three blind students at a school in New Delhi.
    (AP, 9/5/17)
2017        Sep 4, A former Indonesian Constitutional Court judge was jailed for eight years for accepting bribes to influence court rulings. Patrialis Akbar, the second constitutional court judge to be convicted of corruption in three years, was also fined 300 million rupiah ($22,500).
    (Reuters, 9/4/17)
2017        Sep 4, In Pakistan a suspect involved in an attack on a lawmaker killed one police officer and wounded another during a raid at his house and he was able to escape from his eastern Karachi neighborhood.  Abdul Karim Siddiqi was the mastermind of an attack on an ethnic lawmaker Sep 2.
    (AP, 9/4/17)
2017        Sep 4, Syria's army battled the Islamic State group on the edges of Deir Ezzor, seeking to break the siege of a government enclave and oust the jihadists from a key stronghold.
    (AFP, 9/4/17)
2017        Sep 4, In Syria the SDF said it holds 65 percent of Raqqa in total. US-backed Syrian militias have taken the historic old city of Raqqa and its ancient mosque as they pressed their offensive to defeat Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 9/4/17)
2017        Sep 4, Taiwan's Premier Lin Chuan tendered his resignation, raising the possibility of changes in the island's troubled relationship with mainland China. The official Central News Agency said Pres. Tsai Ing-wen’s pick will be William Lai, mayor of the southern city of Tainan.
    (AP, 9/4/17)
2017        Sep 4, The UN Security Council held its second emergency meeting in a week about North Korea after a powerful nuclear test explosion added another layer of urgency for diplomats wrestling with what to do about the North's persistent weapons programs.
    (AP, 9/4/17)
2017        Sep 4, UN investigators accused Burundi's government of crimes against humanity, including executions and torture, and urged the International Criminal Court to open a case "as soon as possible". Burundi formally announced it was withdrawing from the court, with the move set to take effect on October 27.
    (AFP, 9/4/17)

2017        Sep 5, US Pres. Donald Trump announced that he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program established by former pres. Barack Obama in 2012, prompting alarm for about 800,000 immigrants who entered the US as children. He gave Congress six months to decide what to do with the so-called Dreamers.
    (AP, 9/5/17)(SFC, 9/6/17, p.A1)
2017        Sep 5, The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria swore in a new commanding general, with the fight against the jihadists now in its fourth year. Lieutenant General Paul Funk assumed command of the Operation Inherent Resolve joint task force at a ceremony on a military base in the region.
    (AFP, 9/5/17)
2017        Sep 5, Yale Univ. in New Haven, Conn., held a dedication ceremony to rename Calhoun College to Grace Hopper College. Former US Pres. John Calhoun (1825-1832) was an ardent slavery supporter.
    (SFC, 9/5/17, p.A4)
2017        Sep 5, Florida businessmen Samer Barrage (39) and Juan Granda (35) admitted in federal court that they imported illegally mined gold from Peru and other South American countries into the United States. They each faced up to 10 years in prison.
    (AP, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 5, Baylor Univ. in Waco, Texas, settled a lawsuit filed by a former student who said she was raped by two football players. Terms were not released.
    (SFC, 9/6/17, p.A4)
2017        Sep 5, Irma strengthened into an "extremely dangerous" Category Five hurricane, meteorologists warned, sparking alarm and flooding alerts as it barreled towards the Caribbean. It was expected to make landfall along the string of French islands including Guadeloupe late today before heading to Haiti and Florida.
    (AFP, 9/5/17)
2017        Sep 5, Bangladesh officials said they plan to go ahead with work to develop an isolated, flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal to temporarily house tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar.
    (Reuters, 9/5/17)
2017        Sep 5, British police arrested four men, including some serving soldiers, on suspicion of belonging to a banned far-right group and planning terrorist acts.
    (Reuters, 9/5/17)
2017        Sep 5, A Cambodian court said opposition leader Kem Sokha has been charged with treason and could face a jail term of 15 to 30 years if convicted.
    (Reuters, 9/5/17)
2017        Sep 5, An EU official said 40 countries now have been affected by a Europe-wide contaminated egg scandal, including 24 EU members and 16 non-members.
    (AP, 9/5/17)
2017        Sep 5, The French defense minister said France is set to arm drones for the first time that are currently used exclusively for surveillance and intelligence.
    (AP, 9/5/17)
2017        Sep 5, A French court ruled that celebrity magazine Closer invaded the privacy of Britain's Prince William's wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, when it published topless photos of her in 2012. The court handed the maximum fine of 45,000 euros ($53,500) to both Laurence Pieau, an editor of Closer's French edition, and Ernesto Mauri, chief executive of Italian publisher Mondadori, the magazine's owner.
    (Reuters, 9/5/17)
2017        Sep 5, Authorities in Germany said they've recovered 15 stolen paintings and drawings by German artist Georg Baselitz worth around 2.5 million euros ($2.9 million). A man (51) was arrested last month for selling the art after returning from a trip abroad.
    (AP, 9/5/17)
2017        Sep 5, In India Gauri Lankesh (55), the editor and publisher of the Kannada-language “Gauri Lankesh Patrike" newspaper, was shot dead by unidentified assailants near her home in the southern city of Bengaluru.
    (Reuters, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 5, Israeli police evicted a Palestinian family from their home in east Jerusalem on Tuesday to make way for new Jewish tenants who claimed ownership. Officials backed by police enforced a court order to remove the six-member Shamasneh family from a home claimed by heirs of a Jewish family forced to abandon it in 1948, when it came under Jordanian control following an Arab-Israeli war.
    (AP, 9/5/17)
2017        Sep 5, Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and religious leaders from Kosovo and Albania were among the hundreds of people in Pristina who attended a consecration ceremony consecrating the Roman Catholic cathedral in Kosovo's capital to the saint formerly known as Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who died 20 years ago today.
    (AP, 9/5/17)
2017        Sep 5, Lesotho's army commander Khoantle Mots'omots'o and two senior officers were shot dead by rival officers at a military barracks, in an apparent assassination set to revive instability in the African kingdom.
    (AFP, 9/5/17)(Reuters, 9/5/17)
2017        Sep 5, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi came under more pressure from countries with Muslim populations to halt violence against Rohingya Muslims that has sent nearly 125,000 of them fleeing over the border to Bangladesh in just over 10 days. The UN refugee agency said a total of 123,000 refugees have fled western Myanmar since August 25.
    (Reuters, 9/5/17)(AP, 9/5/17)
2017        Sep 5, Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte ordered police to let journalists join raids in his crackdown on illegal drugs to disprove growing allegations of extrajudicial killings, but warned reporters they could get shot.
    (AP, 9/5/17)
2017        Sep 5, Romania's finance ministry issued a statement saying there were funds to pay employees at all the country's ministries. The defense minister resigned after suggesting there are insufficient funds to pay the salaries of service members and defense ministry employees.
    (AP, 9/5/17)
2017        Sep 5, President Vladimir Putin said Russia will ask the UN Security Council to send peacekeepers to patrol the front line in eastern Ukraine.
    (AP, 9/5/17)
2017        Sep 5, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland plans to phase out new petrol and diesel cars by 2032, eight years earlier than under proposals set out by the London government.
    (Reuters, 9/5/17)
2017        Sep 5, In Russia a boy (15) walked into a full classroom in the Moscow suburb of Ivanteyevka with an air gun hidden under a raincoat. He attacked a teacher and opened fire. The teacher was hospitalized with a brain injury. A student who jumped out of the window suffered a fracture, while two others who jumped had bruises.
    (AP, 9/5/17)
2017        Sep 5, In central Somalia the US military in conjunction with Somalia's government forces conducted an airstrike targeting al Shabaab fighters and killed three of them.
    (Reuters, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 5, South Korean warships conducted live-fire exercises at sea in a second straight day of military swagger from a nation still rattled by the North's biggest-ever nuclear test.
    (AP, 9/5/17)
2017        Sep 5, Syrian government forces reached troops besieged for years by Islamic State in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor, one of the militants' last major footholds.
    (Reuters, 9/5/17)
2017        Sep 5, The UN Security Council agreed to set up a sanctions regime for Mali to punish those who obstruct a 2015 peace deal as fears grow that the West African country is sliding back into turmoil.
    (AFP, 9/5/17)
2017        Sep 5, Vietnam issued a strong condemnation of Chinese military live-fire exercises in the disputed South China Sea, amid rising tension between the two countries.
    (Reuters, 9/5/17)

2017        Sep 6, President Donald Trump overruled congressional Republicans and his own treasury secretary to cut a deal with Democrats to keep the government operating and raise America's debt limit until mid-December. The immediate goal was ensuring money for hurricane relief, but in the process the president brazenly rolled his own party's leaders.
    (AP, 9/7/17)(SFC, 9/7/17 p.A6)
2017        Sep 6, A senior US commander in Afghanistan apologized for a "highly offensive" leaflet, distributed a day earlier, which contained a passage from the Quran used in the Taliban militants' banner superimposed on to the image of a dog.
    (Reuters, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation named Planned Parenthood as the winner of its public service award. Scientists Douglas Lowy and John Schiller of the US National Cancer Institute shared the medical research award for their work that led to vaccines against human papillomavirus.
    (SFC, 9/7/17 p.A5)
2017        Sep 6, Bangladesh lodged a protest after it said Myanmar had laid landmines near the border between the two countries.
    (Reuters, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, Category Five hurricane Irma slammed into the French Caribbean islands after making landfall in Barbuda, packing ferocious winds and causing major flooding in low-lying areas. After making landfall in Barbuda, part of the twin island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, the hurricane swept on to French-run Saint Barthelemy, also known as St Barts, and Saint Martin, an island divided between France and the Netherlands. In Barbuda, a 2-year-old child was killed as a family tried to escape a damaged home during the storm.
    (AFP, 9/6/17)    (AP, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 6, Cameroon officials said crop-eating armyworms have attacked nearly 37,000 hectares of maize, accentuating an already dire humanitarian crisis provoked by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram's cross-border insurgency.
    (Reuters, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, Pope Francis arrived in Colombia with a message of unity for a nation deeply divided by a peace deal that ended a five-decade war with Marxist FARC rebels but left many victims of the bloodshed wary of the national healing process.
    (Reuters, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, The European Union's highest court ruled that EU states must take in a share of refugees who reach Europe, dismissing complaints by Slovakia and Hungary and reigniting an angry row between east and west.
    (Reuters, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, France's government unveiled a law to ban all production and exploration of oil and natural gas by 2040 on the country's mainland and overseas territories.
    (AP, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, In France two men were detained and the third man a day later linked to an explosives lab found in an apartment in a Paris suburb. They had talked about wanting to target a bank and had made phone calls to unidentified contacts in Syria.
    (AP, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 6, French corporations LVMH and Kering signed a joint charter on working conditions in the fashion models industry aiming to protect the health of models. The agreement will take effect this month, in time for the spring-summer ready-to-wear runway collections.
    (AP, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, Kate Millett (82), activist, artist and educator, died while on a visit in Paris. Her best-selling "Sexual Politics" (1970) was a landmark of cultural criticism and a manifesto for the modern feminist movement.
    (AP, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 6, Greek asylum service employees on short-term contracts launched a two-day strike to protest months-long delays in their salary payments.
    (AP, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, Indian journalists and rights activists protested against the murder a day earlier of Gauri Lankesh, an outspoken publisher of a weekly tabloid, amid growing concerns about freedom of the press at a time of rising nationalism and intolerance of dissent.
    (Reuters, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, India's top court allowed a 13-year-old rape survivor to have a late abortion after lawyers said carrying the baby to full term would cause her trauma and agony.
    (AFP, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, Thousands of Indonesians, led by Islamist groups, held a rally near the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta to protest against the treatment of Rohingya Muslims and demand the snapping of ties between the two countries.
    (Reuters, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, In northern Kenya suspected militants from the Somali group al Shabaab beheaded four men in two different attacks in Lamu County.
    (Reuters, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, Moldova's pro-Russian President Igor Dodon blocked government plans to send troops to Ukraine to participate in military exercises starting this week and which coincide with Russian drills across the border in Belarus.
    (Reuters, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, Myanmar said it is negotiating with China and Russia to ensure they block any UN Security Council censure over the violence that has forced an exodus of nearly 150,000 Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh in less than two weeks.
    (Reuters, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, In Switzerland West Papua separatist leaders marched in Geneva and said would press their case with a petition to the United Nations in New York. They said the people of West Papua are facing a "slow motion genocide" and demand independence from Indonesia.
    (Reuters, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, The Syrian army and its allies fought to secure and expand a precarious corridor to their comrades in Deir al-Zor, a day after they smashed through Islamic State lines to break the jihadist siege.
    (Reuters, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, Togo's government said the cabinet has adopted a draft bill to modify the constitution and reintroduce presidential term limits, as thousands of protesters gathered on the streets of the capital Lome. The draft bill is intended to limit presidential terms to two five-year mandates.
    (Reuters, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, Tunisia's PM Youssef Chahed named a new cabinet, including the newly created post of economic reforms minister, after reaching a deal with political parties following weeks of infighting over posts.
    (Reuters, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will provide 10,000 tons of aid to help Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar.
    (Reuters, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, Turkish police shot dead an Islamic State militant who was set to carry out a suicide bomb attack on a police station in the Mediterranean city of Mersin.
    (Reuters, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, UN-mandated investigators said that Syrian President Bashar Assad's air force conducted a sarin-gas attack last April 4 that killed at least 83 civilians and sparked a retaliatory US strike. Investigators said government forces have used chemical weapons more than two dozen times during Syria's civil war, including the deadly attack on Khan Sheikhoun.
    (AP, 9/6/17)(Reuters, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, UN workers said about 146,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since violence erupted in Myanmar in late August. This has brought to 233,000 the number of Rohingya who have sought refuge in Bangladesh since October 2016.
    (Reuters, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, The Vatican declared Mother Teresa a patron saint of the Archdiocese of Calcutta at a Mass in the city where she dedicated her life to the poorest of the poor.
    (AP, 9/6/17)

2017        Sep 7, US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged President Donald Trump to tweet reassurances to the immigrants who benefit from a program his administration is ending. Trump obliged in the latest instance of Trump doing the bidding of leaders of the opposition.
    (AP, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 7, The US Senate Appropriations Committee passed a spending bill this evening that included $10 million to help fund the UN climate change body that oversees the Paris Climate Agreement, despite Pres. Donald Trump's decision to stop funding it.
    (Reuters, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 7, Equifax, an Atlanta-based credit monitoring company, said it been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information about 143 million Americans. Now the unwitting victims have to worry about the threat of having their identities stolen. Equifax discovered the hack on July 29.
    (AP, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 7, New York state’s Court of Appeals ruled that state lawmakers had a rational reason for passing a ban on assisted suicide and that the ban does not violate the state Constitution.
    (SFC, 9/8/17 p.A6)
2017        Sep 7, In NYC Erdal Kuyumcu, the head of Global Metallurgy LLC, was sentenced to over 4½ years in prison for conspiring to send a steel company in Iran a metallic powder that can be used in missiles.
    (AP, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 7, The lawyer of Chinese real estate tycoon Guo Wengui, one of the ruling Communist Party's most wanted exiles, said Wengui has applied for political asylum in the United States, in a move that could keep him out of Beijing's grasp for at least several more years. Guo was being investigated by Chinese officials in at least 19 major criminal cases that involve bribery, kidnapping, fraud, money laundering and rape. Guo has attracted Beijing's ire by unleashing numerous allegations of high-level corruption within the Communist Party that have rocked Chinese politics.
    (AP, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 7, SpaceX stuck with its long-planned launch of a super-secret Air Force space shuttle and launched an unmanned Falcon rocket from Florida's Kennedy Space Center. It's the fifth flight for one of these crewless mini shuttles, known as the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. Officials would not say what the spacecraft are doing up there.
    (AP, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 7, Britain, France and the Netherlands sent water, emergency rations and rescue teams to their stricken territories in the Caribbean hit by Hurricane Irma.
    (AFP, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 7, Hurricane Irma inflicted "severe and in places critical" damage to the British overseas territory of Anguilla with one death reported. The British Virgin islands also suffered "severe damage.
    (AP, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 7, China's cabinet passed new rules to regulate religion to bolster national security, fight extremism and restrict faith practiced outside organizations approved by the state.
    (Reuters, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 7, In southwestern Denmark some 200,000 liters (52,00 gallons) of diesel fuel spilled into a harbor. The oil spill reportedly came from a tank at the harbor belonging to hydrocarbon storage and shipping company Dan-Balt.
    (AP, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 7, Hurricane Irma flooded parts of the Dominican Republic as it roared by just off the northern coast of the island it shares with Haiti. The hurricane was headed for the Turks and Caicos Islands. Irma has cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving at least 11 dead and thousands homeless.
    (AP, 9/7/17)(Reuters, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 7, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told Franc Info that at least eight people died and another 23 were injured when Hurricane Irma walloped the French Caribbean island territories of St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.
    (AP, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 7, French President Emmanuel Macron kicked off his first official visit to Greece with a call for concerted efforts to tackle climate change.
    (AP, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 7, A study by wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic said weak governance, corruption and shifting trade dynamics are seriously undermining efforts to control ivory trafficking throughout Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Gabon.
    (AFP, 9/7/17)   
2017        Sep 7, In Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj, a former guerrilla fighter who has twice stood trial for war crimes, was chosen to form a new government, ending a political deadlock that has persisted since elections on June 11.
    (Reuters, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 7, An 8.1 earthquake hit off the southern Pacific coast of Mexico late today, killing at least 61 people with 45 dead in Oaxaca state, 12 in Chiapas and 4 in Tabasco. It was the most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in over eight decades sending panicked people into the streets more than 650 miles (1,000 km) away. The death toll later rose to at least 90.
    (AP, 9/8/17)(Reuters, 9/9/17)(AP, 9/9/17)(Reuters, 9/10/17)
2017        Sep 7, The Moldovan government said it has sent 57 servicemen to Ukraine to participate in military exercises starting this week, despite a veto by pro-Russian President Igor Dodon.
    (AP, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 7, Mongolian lawmakers voted to dismiss PM Jargaltulga Erdenebat and his 14-month-old Cabinet for alleged incompetence and corruption related to the signing of government contracts with companies linked to three Cabinet members.
    (AP, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 7, In Myanmar journalists saw new fires burning in a village that had been abandoned by Rohingya Muslims, and pages ripped from Islamic texts that were left on the ground. This intensifies doubts about government claims that members of the persecuted minority have been destroying their own homes.
    (AP, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 7, A Dutch court ordered the government to take immediate action to limit air pollution, as emissions in various parts of the country were in breach of European rules.
    (Reuters, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 7, Niger launched a campaign to destroy mosquito breeding sites in the capital in the wake of heavy rains that have lashed the city since June.
    (AFP, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 7, Hurricane Irma left more than 1 million people in Puerto Rico without power, nearly 70 percent of customers of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority.
    (AP, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 7, Spain’s PM Mariano Rajoy vowed to take legal action to block an independence referendum called for October 1 in Catalonia. Spain’s top court suspended the call for a referendum on Catalonia’s independence after accepting an appeal by central authorities in Madrid.
    (AFP, 9/7/17)(SFC, 9/8/17 p.A2)
2017        Sep 7, Syria's army accused Israeli warplanes of hitting one of its positions, killing two people in an attack that a monitor said targeted a site where the regime allegedly produces chemical weapons. The strike hit a training camp and a branch of the Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), an institution that Washington has accused of helping develop the sarin gas.
    (AFP, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 7, Prominent Syrian opposition leader Riyad Hijab said UN mediation to end the country's six-year conflict has failed and the revolution would continue.
    (Reuters, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 7, In Tanzania opposition lawmaker Tundu Lissu, a fierce critic of President John Magufuli's government, was seriously wounded in a gun attack.
    (Reuters, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 7, In Togo huge crowds turned out in the capital for the second day running to demand political reform, in the largest opposition protests against President Faure Gnassingbe's regime.
    (AFP, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 7, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro invited bondholders to unspecified "negotiations" over its foreign debt in coming days in response to recent US financial sanctions.
    (Reuters, 9/8/17)

2017        Sep 8, The US National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Jose, about 435 miles (700 km) east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands, has gained in strength and intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane.
    (AP, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 8, The Univ. of California sued the US Dept. of Homeland Security to stop the Trump administration from rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. UC Pres. Janet Napolitano had served as secretary of Homeland Security (2009-2013) and created the DACA program.
    (SFC, 9/9/17 p.A1)
2017        Sep 8, A new study by UC Davis showed that the number of deer and other large animals killed or injured by California motorists jumped 20 percent in 2016 in accidents that killed five people, led drivers to put themselves in harm's way trying to save the animals, and cost society about $276 million.
    (Reuters, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 8, In Massachusetts four people were found dead at a home in Groton. Suspect Orion Krause (22) was soon taken into custody and charged with murder.
    (SSFC, 9/10/17 p.A10)
2017        Sep 8, Country singer Troy Gentry (b.1967) of the Montgomery Gentry duo, died in a helicopter crash in Medford, NJ.
    (SSFC, 9/10/17 p.C10)
2017        Sep 8, In North Carolina four people were killed when a medical helicopter crashed near Belvedere.
    (SFC, 9/9/17 p.A5)
2017        Sep 8, In South Carolina Keon Myers (38) shot and killed himself after his 2-year-old son found a gun and accidentally killed himself.
    (SFC, 9/9/17 p.A5)
2017        Sep 8, Country singer Don Williams (b.1939) died in Mobile, Ala. His seventeen No. 1 hits included “Till the Rivers All Run Dry" (1975).
    (http://tinyurl.com/yb9mp6zk)(SSFC, 9/10/17 p.C9)
2017        Sep 8, Australia’s Defense Minister Marise Payne said troops will be sent to assist Philippine forces in the ongoing battle against Islamic State fighters in the southern city of Marawi.
    (Reuters, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 8, In Brazil regional authorities confirmed the alleged massacre of several indigenous people from an uncontacted Amazonian tribe reportedly killed by illegal miners in August in the Sao Paulo municipality of Olivenca on the Vale do Javari indigenous land in Amazonas state. Prosecutors were also investigating another complaint about the alleged killing of indigenous people from the isolated Warikama Djapar tribe in Ma, which has not been confirmed.
    (AFP, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 8, Britain flew additional aid supplies to the Caribbean after Hurricane Irma flattened homes and schools and flooded hospitals, causing the British Virgin Islands to declare a state of emergency.
    (AFP, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 8, Hurricane Irma menaced Cuba and the Bahamas as it drove toward Florida after lashing the Caribbean with devastating winds and torrential rain The death toll from Irma increased to 20 with four more deaths reported in the British Virgin Islands. The other lives lost include nine on the French Caribbean islands of St. Martin and St. Barts, four in the US Virgin Islands, and one each on the islands of Anguilla, Barbuda and the Dutch side of St. Martin.
    (Reuters, 9/8/17)(AP, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 8, Amnesty International reported that civilians in a central province of the strife-torn Central African Republic are enduring "a horrifying surge in torture, pillage and forced displacement".
    (AFP, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 8, French fashion tycoon Pierre Bergé (86), the business brains behind the Yves Saint Laurent empire, died at his home at Saint-Remy-de-Provence.
    (AFP, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 8, Germany dismissed Poland's threat to demand new talks over World War II reparations from Berlin, saying the issue had already been settled in 1953.
    (AFP, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 8, In Italy prosecutors in Florence were investigating allegations by two US students that they were raped by Carabinieri policemen who escorted them home in a patrol car from a nightclub. The women accused the officers of raping them early Sep 7 in their apartment building.
    (AP, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 8, Lebanon said its army will deploy along the country's entire eastern border with Syria and remain stationed there after recently recapturing areas from Islamic State militants.
    (Reuters, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 8, In northwestern Myanmar the villages of Ah Htet Nan Yar and Auk Nan Yar, some 65 km (40 miles) north of Sittwe, capital of Rakhine state, were burned along with four to six other settlements.
    (Reuters, 9/9/17)
2017        Sep 8, In northeastern Nigeria four farmers were shot dead by Boko Haram fighters. Eight more farmers were killed in a series of raids over the next two days.
    (AFP, 9/9/17)
2017        Sep 8, In northeastern Nigeria at least seven people were killed when Boko Haram jihadists attacked a camp in Ngala for people displaced by conflict. The attack came as two people were killed along with two suicide bombers in an explosion outside the Muna Garage camp in Maiduguri.
    (AFP, 9/9/17)
2017        Sep 8, In central Nigeria Fulani herdsmen attacked Ancha village, in the Bassa local government area of Plateau state, early today killing 19 people in Plateau state. The attack was thought to be a reprisal attack after a boy from the community was killed.
    (AP, 9/9/17)
2017        Sep 8, The Philippines' most senior Catholic Church leader denounced thousands of killings linked to President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war and ordered the ringing of church bells each night to honor the dead.
    (AFP, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 8, Turkey's pro-Kurdish political party announced the release from prison of lawmaker Ayhan Bilgen, a former spokesman for the People's Democratic Party (HDP), pending a trial on terror charges.
    (AP, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 8, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told reporters that Venezuela is having problems with fulfilling its obligations on its debt to Russia.
    (Reuters, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 8, In Samoa at the Pacific Island Leaders Forum PM Malcolm Turnbull said Australia will extend its Pacific Islands migrant labor program and fly aerial surveillance missions to protect valuable Pacific fisheries.
    (Reuters, 9/9/17)
2017        Sep 8, Pacific island leaders demanded urgent action from the global community to address climate change, following fresh warnings that the region would be hit harder than anywhere else on Earth. This followed a week-long gathering of the 18-member Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in the Samoan capital Apia.
    (AFP, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 8, A Saudi-led bloc of Arab states hostile to Qatar took aim at Kuwaiti mediation and maintained a tough line even after US President Donald Trump offered to help resolve the crisis.
    (AFP, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 8, In Somalia four civilians were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up  in a restaurant in Baidoa town.
    (SFC, 9/9/17 p.A2)
2017        Sep 8, In South Sudan a Red Cross driver was shot dead when a convoy of their vehicles was ambushed in Western Equatoria State.
    (Reuters, 9/9/17)
2017        Sep 8, Swiss commodities trader Glencore said that it and Qatar Investment Authority, the rich Persian Gulf emirate's sovereign wealth fund, have agreed to jointly sell a 14.16 percent stake in Rosneft to CEFC China Energy Company Ltd.
    (AP, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 8, Several areas of Togo's capital, Lome, remained blocked off after security forces fired tear gas against anti-government protesters.
    (AFP, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 8, The UN refugee agency said an alarming and unprecedented influx of 270,000 Rohingya have sought refuge in Bangladesh over the past two weeks from violence in Myanmar, a dramatic jump in the total as new pockets of people are found.
    (AP, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 8, The UN warned that its staff had witnessed destruction and suffering on "an enormous scale" in the Democratic Republic of Congo's volatile Kasai region.
    (AFP, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 8, The UN said it is preparing to deploy up to 250 Nepalese guards to Libya to protect its base in the capital as part of a plan to return its operations to the country.
    (Reuters, 9/8/17)

2017        Sep 9, In southern California the members of the Polish band Decapitated were arrested early today in Santa Ana, on suspicion of kidnapping a woman after their Aug. 31 concert in Spokane. The band, founded in Poland in 1996, has won critical acclaim for its albums among fans of death metal.
    (AP, 9/9/17)
2017        Sep 9, Thousands gathered in central London to protest Britain's plans to withdraw from the European Union. Organizers called the People's March for Europe is to "unite, rethink and reject" Brexit.
    (AP, 9/9/17)
2017        Sep 9, Hurricane Irma weakened slightly to a Category 4 storm early today after making landfall in Cuba with maximum-strength Category 5 winds. Irma ripped roofs off houses, collapsed buildings and flooded hundreds of miles of coastline as it raked Cuba after cutting a trail of destruction across the Caribbean leaving 22 dead.
    (AFP, 9/9/17)(AP, 9/10/17)
2017        Sep 9, A French public reinsurance body said the cost of Hurricane Irma, described as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, is at least 1.2 billion euros ($1.44 billion) in Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy. 10 people had been reported dead on the two islands.
    (Reuters, 9/9/17)
2017        Sep 9, Gabon's government said opposition leaders, including former African Union chief Jean Ping (74), are free to travel again, nearly a week after being banned from leaving the country.
    (AFP, 9/9/17)
2017        Sep 9, The Iraqi air force and the US-led coalition stepped up a campaign of airstrikes on the Islamic State group-held town of Hawija ahead of a planned ground assault there.
    (AP, 9/9/17)
2017        Sep 9, In northwestern Myanmar several more villages were burned down in an area where many Rohingya Muslims had been sheltering from violence in the ethnically mixed Rathedaung region.
    (Reuters, 9/9/17)
2017        Sep 9, North Korea's state media marked the nation's founding anniversary with calls for a nuclear arms buildup, in defiance of mounting international sanctions.
    (AFP, 9/9/17)
2017        Sep 9, Palestinian Christians protested against the Greek Orthodox patriarch in Jerusalem's Old City, demanding the resignation of Theophilos III for allegedly selling church land to Israelis.
    (AP, 9/9/17)
2017        Sep 9, The Syrian army and its allies reached an air base besieged for years by Islamic State militants on the outskirts of the eastern city of Deir al-Zor and recaptured an oilfield near the city . US-backed Syrian fighters launched an offensive against the IS group in eastern Syria along the border with Iraq, bringing them into a race with government forces marching in the same direction.
    (Reuters, 9/9/17)(AP, 9/9/17)
2017        Sep 9, Turkey said its security forces have killed 99 Kurdish militants, including a high-ranking one, in operations in the southeast over the last two weeks.
    (Reuters, 9/9/17)

2017        Sep 10, In Florida about 1.1 million homes and businesses lost power as Hurricane Irma pummeled the southern part of the state. Keys Energy Services, which serves the Florida Keys, reported 29,000 outages. Irma hit Florida this morning as a Category 4 storm, the second-highest level on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale and then gradually lost strength.
    (Reuters, 9/10/17)(Reuters, 9/11/17)
2017        Sep 10, In Texas seven people were found dead in Plano after police responded to reports of shots being fired inside a residence. Officers killed the suspected shooter.
    (SFC, 9/11/17 p.A4)
2017        Sep 10, In Afghanistan American historian Nancy Hatch Dupree (90), who first came to Afghanistan in 1962 and spent much of her life collecting and documenting historical artifacts, passed away at a Kabul hospital.
    (AP, 9/10/17)
2017        Sep 10, In Australia more than 20,000 people rallied in Sydney urging the legalization of same-sex marriage, days ahead of a contentious postal survey on the issue that has divided the country.
    (Reuters, 9/10/17)
2017        Sep 10, Brazil Supreme Court Justice Edson Fachin ordered the arrest of billionaire Joesley Batista, one of the owners of the world´s largest meatpackers, JBS SA, and one of his executives.
    (Reuters, 9/10/17)
2017        Sep 10, In Colombia Pope Francis wrapped up his visit with a deeply personal final day honoring St. Peter Claver, a 17th century fellow Jesuit, who ministered to thousands of African slaves who passed through Cartagena during Spanish colonial times.
    (AP, 9/10/17)
2017        Sep 10, Cyprus police arrested a 36-year-old man for allegedly driving one of two boats that brought 305 Syrian refugees to the Mediterranean island's northwestern coast.
    (AP, 9/10/17)
2017        Sep 10, Egyptian police raided two adjacent apartments used as hideouts by members of the Hasm splinter faction of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, killing 10 of them in a shootout.
    (AP, 9/10/17)
2017        Sep 10, Egyptian authorities arrested Ibrahim Metwally, a lawyer whose human rights group opposes enforced disappearances and is linked to one such case involving murdered Italian student Giulio Regeni (d.2015). Metwally was remanded in custody for two weeks on suspicion of "dealing with foreign parties" and "spreading false news".
    (AFP, 9/13/17)
2017        Sep 10, In Greece the 45-year-old vessel Agia Zoni II sank near the island of Salamis while under anchor. Oil soon spilled from the sunken tanker and drifted to other parts of the Saronic Gulf in Athens.
    (AP, 9/13/17)
2017        Sep 10, A five-member commission of Guatemalan legislators recommended lifting President Jimmy Morales' immunity from prosecution so he can face possible trial on campaign-finance accusations. Prosecutors allege that about $825,000 in financing for Morales' 2015 campaign was hidden and that other expenditures had no explainable source of funding.
    (AP, 9/11/17)
2017        Sep 10, In eastern India at least one person was killed and several others injured when an under-construction flyover bridge collapsed in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha state.
    (Reuters, 9/10/17)
2017        Sep 10, In Italy torrential rain triggered flooding that killed at least six people in the Tuscan port of Leghorn, including a family of four who were trapped by rising water in a basement. Two persons were reported missing.
    (AP, 9/10/17)
2017        Sep 10, In Mexico government cargo planes flew in supplies and troops began distributing boxes of food to jittery survivors of an earthquake that destroyed a large part of Juchitan and killed at least 37 people here. Officials counted nearly 800 aftershocks of all sizes since the big Sept. 7 quake that claimed at least 90 lives.
    (AP, 9/10/17)(Reuters, 9/10/17)
2017        Sep 10, Myanmar rebuffed a ceasefire declared by Muslim Rohingya insurgents to enable the delivery of aid to thousands of displaced people in the violence-racked state of Rakhine, declaring simply that it did not negotiate with terrorists.
    (Reuters, 9/10/17)
2017        Sep 10, Norwegians began voting in a 2-day parliamentary election whose outcome is too close to call, with opinion polls showing Prime Minister Erna Solberg's center-right government and the opposition center-left bloc running neck and neck.
    (Reuters, 9/10/17)
2017        Sep 10, In Pakistan thousands of supporters of Pakistan's main Islamic Jamaat-e-Islami party gathered in Karachi to protest Myanmar's treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority.
    (AP, 9/11/17)
2017        Sep 10, In Pakistan 10 members of a family who were on their way to a wedding celebration died when their van collided with a long trailer in Punjab province.
    (AP, 9/10/17)
2017        Sep 10, A Palestinian court released on bail prominent activist Issa Amro on $1,400 bail after being held under a recent edict that allows the Palestinian government to crack down on social media critics. Earlier this month Amro (35) had criticized the detention of a local journalist who called for Abbas' resignation.
    (AP, 9/10/17)(AFP, 9/10/17)
2017        Sep 10, Prominent Russian political commentator and writer Yulia Latynina said she has left Russia fearing for her life. Latynina, who works as a columnist at the Novaya Gazeta newspaper, has been critical of the Kremlin's policy in the Chechnya republic in the Caucasus, as well as the local authorities.
    (Reuters, 9/10/17)
2017        Sep 10, Saudi Arabia said it would keep pressuring Qatar until demands by a bloc of Arab states are met. The bloc's 13 demands included Doha ending its alleged support for Islamist extremist groups, closing a Turkish military base in the emirate and downgrading diplomatic ties with Tehran.
    (AFP, 9/10/17)
2017        Sep 10, In central Somalia a suicide bomber blew himself up near a government office in Beledweyne, the provincial capital of Hiran province, killing at least six people.
    (Reuters, 9/10/17)
2017        Sep 10, Syrian government forces and US-backed militias converged on Islamic State in separate offensives against the militants in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor. At least 17 civilians were killed by Russian air strikes in Deir al-Zor.
    (Reuters, 9/10/17)   
2017        Sep 10, Ukrainian authorities blocked a train in Poland carrying stateless former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili as the firebrand politician attempted to return to Ukraine to reclaim his citizenship there, stripped in 2016 by President Petro Poroshenko in a bitter row. Saakashvili lost his Georgian citizenship when he was granted a Ukrainian passport in 2015, as the country bans dual citizenship. Saakashvili decided to dismount the train crossed the border by bus.
    (AFP, 9/10/17)(AP, 9/10/17)(SFC, 9/11/17 p.A3)

2017        Sep 11, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown and state Senate Pres. Pro Tem Kevin de Leon announced a deal to clear the way for a statewide sanctuary policy that would limit law enforcement’s ability to work with federal authorities to deport undocumented immigrants.
    (SFC, 9/12/17 p.A1)
2017        Sep 11, Florida and Georgia state officials and utilities said about 5.8 million homes and businesses have lost power due to Hurricane Irma.
    (Reuters, 9/11/17)
2017        Sep 11, Iowa State Univ. officials said its College of Business will be renamed the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business because of a $50 million donation, the largest ever commitment ot the college, by Alumnus Jerry Ivy, president and CEO of Auto-Chlor System.
    (SFC, 9/12/17 p.D2)
2017        Sep 11, Delta Air Lines Inc said it would cancel about 800 flights as it braced for Tropical Storm Irma at its Atlanta hub.
    (Reuters, 9/11/17)
2017        Sep 11, James Allison, of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Robert Schreiber, of the Washington University School of Medicine, were announced as winners of the 750,000 Swiss-franc ($790,000) Balzan Prize.
    (AP, 9/11/17)
2017        Sep 11, J.P. Donleavy (91), Irish-American author, died in Ireland. His novels included “The Ginger Man" (1955).
    (SSFC, 9/17/17 p.C13)
2017        Sep 11, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber in an explosives-packed vehicle attacked a NATO convoy, wounding "a small number" of foreign troops and at least three civilians. A statement from the Taliban militants said 13 Americans had been killed and 11 wounded and three armored vehicles destroyed. Lorena Enebral Perez (38), a Spanish national physiotherapist working at the International Committee of the Red Cross' rehabilitation center, was shot and killed by a patient in northern Balkh province.
    (Reuters, 9/11/17)
2017        Sep 11, In London Peter Hall (86), a visionary theater director and impresario, died. He founded the Royal Shakespeare Company and helped build Britain's National Theatre into a producing powerhouse.
    (AP, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 11, Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen threatened to dissolve the main opposition party if it gets involved in legal proceedings against its chief, Kem Sokha, who was charged with treason last week.
    (AP, 9/11/17)
2017        Sep 11, In China Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che confessed at his trial to attempting to subvert the Beijing government, according to videos of his hearing released by Chinese authorities. His wife refused to recognize the court's authority. The community college teacher known for his pro-democracy and rights activism, went missing on a trip to mainland China in March.
    (Reuters, 9/11/17)
2017        Sep 11, In Russian-controlled Crimea Tatar leader Ahtem Chiygoz was jailed for eight years in the disputed territory. He was found guilty of stirring up mass disorder by calling street demonstrations in February 2014 against a referendum which later sealed Russia's seizure of the peninsula.
    (Reuters, 9/11/17)
2017        Sep 11, In Croatia a downpour in the central Adriatic city of Zadar suspended school classes and flooded houses and hospitals. A river bridge was destroyed by surging waters. The storm has moved from north to south after triggering havoc in the Istrian peninsula over the weekend.
    (AP, 9/11/17)
2017        Sep 11, Cuba’s civil defense organization said at least 10 people were killed as Hurricane Irma ripped through over the weekend. State-run media reported that Irma seriously damaged its already dilapidated sugar industry and flooded and flattened an extensive area of sugar cane. 40 percent of the country’s mills were also damaged.
    (AFP, 9/11/17)(Reuters, 9/11/17)
2017        Sep 11, In Egypt at least 18 policemen were killed and three injured in an attack claimed by Islamic State on a security convoy in the Sinai Peninsula.
    (Reuters, 9/11/17)
2017        Sep 11, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Berlin had suspended major arms exports due to deteriorating human rights in Turkey and increasingly strained ties between the NATO allies.
    (Reuters, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 11, A group of German women's organizations wrote to Chancellor Angela Merkel demanding more support for their goals of equal participation, equal pay and better monitoring of gender policies after the Sept. 24 election.
    (Reuters, 9/11/17)
2017        Sep 11, Kenyan police detained lawmaker Moses Kuria from the ruling party and former opposition senator Johnson Muthama over allegations of hate speech.
    (Reuters, 9/11/17)
2017        Sep 11, The Dutch government said it will continue contributing to the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali and NATO's force in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 9/11/17)
2017        Sep 11, Norwegians voted in the second and final day of a knife-edge parliamentary election. PM Erna Solberg's center-right bloc wants to cut taxes in a bid to boost growth. The center-left opposition Labor leader Jonas Gahr Stoere wants tax hikes to improve public services such as education and healthcare. PM Erna Solberg clinched a narrow victory in legislative elections. She will start out with a fragile second mandate, given her weaker majority and less conciliatory allies.
    (Reuters, 9/11/17)(AP, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 11, Peru released ballerina Maritza Garrido Lecca (52) after serving a 25 year sentence for terrorism offenses. She had provided refuge for Abimael Guzman and several other leaders of the Shining Path guerrillas.
    (AP, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 11, In the Philippines pro-democracy activists protested Pres. Duterte’s declaration of a provincial holiday marking the birthday of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos (1917-1989).
    (SFC, 9/12/17 p.A2)
2017        Sep 11, Qatar's foreign minister accused the "illegal" blockade against his country for trying to force it into a "state of trusteeship". Qatar has been hit by a land and air embargo imposed by Saudi Arabia and its allies, who cut ties with Doha on June 5 accusing it of backing extremists.
    (AFP, 9/11/17)
2017        Sep 11, In Slovakia the leaders of the three parties that form the governing coalition signed an amendment to their deal to rule together. This ended a crisis that began last month after a junior partner, the ultra-nationalist Slovak National Party, unexpectedly announced it was withdrawing from it.
    (AP, 9/11/17)
2017        Sep 11, In Somalia at least one person was killed and three others injured when a car bomb went off in Mogadishu. Islamic extremist fighters killed four government soldiers and briefly took the southern town of Beled-Hawo.
    (Reuters, 9/11/17)(AP, 9/11/17)
2017        Sep 11, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported that Egypt's defense minister, on a visit to Seoul, announced that his country has cut military ties with North Korea.
    (AP, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 11, In Spain hundreds of thousands of people celebrated Catalonia’s national day in Barcelona.
    (SFC, 9/12/17 p.A2)
2017        Sep 11, In Thailand a group of villagers won a 10-year lawsuit against a mining company for polluting their land and water. Lead Concentrates Co. was ordered to pay 36 million baht ($1.1 million) in compensation by the Supreme Court, but its representatives did not even show up for the court's verdict.
    (AP, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 11, Global Witness accused Zimbabwe’s top security and political leaders of secretly profiting from the trade in the country's diamond reserves while depriving the impoverished nation of much-needed revenue.
    (AFP, 9/11/17)
2017        Sep 11, UAE authorities said an Emirati pilot taking part in the Saudi-led war in Yemen has been killed in a crash. State-run WAM news agency said another soldier died of wounds he earlier suffered in the conflict. Over 100 Emirati troops have been killed in the war.
    (AP, 9/11/17)
2017        Sep 11, The office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said the number of people who have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine has reached 313,000.
    (AP, 9/11/17)
2017        Sep 11, The UN voted on a new resolution for the toughest sanctions ever on North Korea. UN experts have reported that North Korea illegally exported commodities worth at least $270 million to China and other countries over a six-month period ending in August. The council banned textile exports and capped imports of crude oil.
    (SFC, 9/11/17 p.A2)(AP, 9/12/17)

2017        Sep 12, Hillary Clinton’s “What Happened," an account of her 2016 presidential campaign loss to Donald Trump, was published.
    (SFC, 9/21/17 p.A6)
2017        Sep 12, Edith Windsor (b.1929), a key figure in the legalization of same-sex marriage, died in New York City. She was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court of the United States case United States v. Windsor (2013), which successfully overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and was considered a landmark legal victory for the same-sex marriage movement in the United States.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edith_Windsor)(SFC, 9/14/17 p.D2)
2017        Sep 12, British authorities approved plans for a contentious road tunnel under Stonehenge, but altered its route so it won't impede views of the sun during the winter solstice. Critics said the tunnel will disturb the rich archaeological site.
    (AP, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, A British junior minister said over 100 high-risk prisoners had escaped in the British Virgin Islands during Hurricane Irma. He raised the death toll in British territories to nine, with five in the BVI and four in Anguilla.
    (AFP, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, The European Union escalated its case against Poland over what it sees as democratic backsliding, moving a step closer to a possible court case that could result in financial penalties for Warsaw. The EU gave Warsaw one month to address judicial changes which it believes violate the rule of law.
    (AP, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, In France tens of thousands of protesters marched against President Emmanuel Macron's flagship economic reforms in the first major demonstrations against his pro-business agenda. Riot police clashed with hooded youths on the fringe of a protest in central Paris against Macron's reforms to loosen labor regulations.
    (AFP, 9/12/17)(Reuters, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, In Germany carmakers at the Frankfurt auto show unveiled low-emissions vehicles and technology strategies that they hope will let them profit from the sweeping changes expected to hit the auto industry in the next few years.
    (AP, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, Bankrupt German airline Air Berlin said its existence is threatened by an apparent wildcat strike, after 200 pilots called in sick at short notice.
    (AP, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, Iraq's parliament voted to reject a referendum on Kurdish independence planned for Sept. 25, authorizing the prime minister to "take all measures" to preserve Iraq's unity.
    (Reuters, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, Iraq sentenced a Russian Islamic State fighter to death by hanging, a rare conviction of a foreign militant on terrorism charges. The Russian was a member of Daesh operating in Mosul since 2015.
    (Reuters, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, In Israel a Supreme Court decision struck down a law exempting ultra-Orthodox men engaged in religious study from military service.
    (AFP, 9/13/17)
2017        Sep 12, The posthumous memoir "No Room for Small Dreams" by Shimon Peres came out as Israel began marking the anniversary of his passing at the age of 93.
    (AP, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, The private Japan Art Association announced the winners of this year’s Praemium Imperiale arts prizes. Ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov and Senegalese music star Youssou N'Dour were among the winners.
    (AFP, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, The Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah declared victory in the Syrian war while Russia said government forces had driven militants from 85 percent of the country where President Bashar al-Assad's rule seemed in danger two years ago.
    (Reuters, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, A Moroccan appeals court increased the prison sentence of a journalist to one year for inciting an unauthorized protest. Hamid El Mahdaoui, who heads the Badil online news site, was arrested in July at the start of a banned demonstration in the restive northern city of Al-Hoceima.
    (AFP, 9/13/17)
2017        Sep 12, North Korea condemned "vicious" new UN sanctions imposed over its sixth and largest nuclear test, warning it would make the US "suffer the greatest pain" it has ever experienced.
    (AP, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, Philippine lawmakers allied with President Rodrigo Duterte voted to allocate an annual budget of just 1,000 pesos ($20) to the Commission on Human Rights, a public body that has clashed repeatedly with Duterte over his bloody war on drugs. The budget requires another vote, then Senate approval before it becomes final.
    (AP, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, In the Philippines at least four people died and six were missing after a major storm caused flooding in and around Manila, forcing schools, government offices and businesses to shut down.
    (AFP, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, Saudi Arabia urged its people to report subversive comments spotted on social media via a phone app. The move was soon denounced by a human rights watchdog as "Orwellian".
    (Reuters, 9/13/17)
2017        Sep 12, Scotland's devolved government recommended that its parliament at Holyrood withhold consent for legislation to withdraw Britain from the European Union, on the grounds that it could water down their powers.
    (Reuters, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, In Spain a policeman was stabbed to death in Valencia after entering a building during an investigation into the finding of human remains in a suitcase. The attacker was shot dead.
    (Reuters, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, Spanish prosecutors in Catalonia ordered police to seize ballot boxes, election flyers or any item that could be used in a banned independence referendum called by the Spanish region's separatist executive. By law the police have to follow prosecutors' orders but they are also directly dependent on the regional government against which they have been told to act.
    (AFP, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, Syria's government signed a contract with an Iranian company to import five gas-fired power plants to the war-battered city of Aleppo.
    (AP, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, Syrian opposition activists and witnesses said that several thousand Syrians stranded on the border with Jordan have fled the Hadalat camp for the Rukban camp further east, running from shelling and nearby fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces.
    (AP, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes likely to have been carried out by Russian warplanes have killed 69 people since Sep 10 near the Euphrates River in the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zor.
    (Reuters, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, In Togo opposition lawmakers forced the adjournment of parliament on Tuesday in protest at a constitutional reform bill being left off the day's agenda, despite days of anti-government protests.
    (AFP, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, Turkey’s Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a deal to purchase a Russian surface-to-air missile system.
    (SFC, 9/13/17 p.A2)
2017        Sep 12, Turkish authorities detained on "terror" charges at least 15 lawyers from the legal association representing two imprisoned teachers on a hunger strike to protest their sacking in an ongoing purge.
    (AFP, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, Uganda’s ruling party backed plans to remove the presidential age limit, which would allow Pres. Yoweri Museveni (73) to extend his rule.
    (SFC, 9/13/17 p.A2)
2017        Sep 12, The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said Venezuela's Supreme Court has progressively dismantled the rule of law, becoming an instrument of President Nicolas Maduro's government in what amounts to a coup against the constitutional order. It called on the UN Human Rights Council to take action.
    (Reuters, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, The World Health Organization said Hurricane Irma has left about 17,000 people in desperate need of shelter and has devastated hospitals and health clinics across the eastern Caribbean islands. At least 43 were left dead in the Caribbean and at least 11 in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
    (AP, 9/12/17)(Reuters, 9/12/17)

2017        Sep 13, US President Donald Trump threatened to decertify Colombia as a partner in the war against drugs unless the South American nation reverses a record surge in cocaine production.
    (AP, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 13, The US banned federal agencies from using Kaspersky Labs software citing concerns about Kaspersky's ties to Russian intelligence services. The anti-virus company has repeatedly denied the existence of any such ties.
    (AP, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 13, The US federal flood insurance program estimated it will make $11 billion in payments through the government-run program for flooding in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey.
    (Reuters, 9/13/17)
2017        Sep 13, The Phoenix New Times reported that employees at Motel 6 locations in Arizona regularly handed over to the government information that led to its hotel guests being detained and deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.
    (SFC, 9/15/17 p.A8)
2017        Sep 13, In Florida Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said five people have died in a Florida nursing home that had lost power following Hurricane Irma. Within days four more deaths were reported at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. On Sept. 21 a 12th patient from the nursing home died. On Oct. 9 two more deaths were reported linked to nursing home. At least 26 people were left dead in Florida and nearby US states following Irma.
    (AP, 9/13/17)(Reuters, 9/13/17)(SFC, 9/14/17 p.A7)(SFC, 9/20/17 p.A5)(SFC, 9/30/17, p.A7)(SFC, 10/10/17, p.A5)
2017        Sep 13, Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson (37) won Aus$4.5 million ($3.6 million) in damages following a lengthy defamation case against a publisher that portrayed her as a serial liar. Bauer Media argued the allegations made in Woman's Day, Australian Women's Weekly and OK Magazine in 2015 were true and denied they had damaged her reputation.
    (AP, 9/13/17)
2017        Sep 13, In New York City Cornell Tech was dedicated at its new campus on Roosevelt Island in the East River.
    (http://www.cornell.edu/video/cornell-tech-dedication)
2017        Sep 13, In Ohio Gary Otte (45) was executed for killing two people in back to back robberies in suburban Cleveland in 1992.
    (SFC, 9/14/17 p.A6)
2017        Sep 13, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, beset over sex abuse allegations, said he will resign.
    (SFC, 9/14/17 p.A6)
2017        Sep 13, In Washington state a student in Rockford opened fire at Freeman High School killing one student and injuring three others. The suspect was taken into custody.
    (SFC, 9/14/17 p.A12)
2017        Sep 13, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber struck outside a cricket stadium during a match in Kabul, killing at least three people and wounding 12 others.
    (AP, 9/13/17)
2017        Sep 13, Eight Afghans with criminal records arrived in Kabul after their applications for asylum were rejected in Germany.
    (Reuters, 9/13/17)
2017        Sep 13, An Algerian court found Mohamed Fali, the head of the country's tiny Ahmadi community, guilty of "offending Islam" and handed him a six-month suspended sentence. At least 286 of Algeria's roughly 2,000 Ahmadis have been arrested and tried since the start of a government crackdown last year.
    (AFP, 9/13/17)
2017        Sep 13, Police in Bosnia and Montenegro arrested 21 men suspected of smuggling close to 200 Turks to the European Union. They had transferred migrants by plane from Istanbul to Sarajevo and Podgorica.
    (Reuters, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 13, Brazilian police arrested Wesley Batista, the CEO of the world's largest meatpacker, for allegedly using their own plea bargains to gain an advantage in financial markets.
    (AP, 9/13/17)
2017        Sep 13, Cambodia's main opposition party was blocked from holding a memorial ceremony for victims of a 1997 grenade attack on a political rally.
    (Reuters, 9/13/17)
2017        Sep 13, In Egypt two soldiers and six jihadists were killed in a "foiled" suicide bombing in Sinai.
    (AFP, 9/13/17)
2017        Sep 13, Europe's top court ruled that Italy had been wrong to ban cultivation of an EU-approved genetically modified (GMO) maize as it had failed to show there was a serious risk to public health or the environment.
    (Reuters, 9/13/17)
2017        Sep 13, French PM Edouard Philippe shrugged off nationwide protests against planned reforms to France's strict labor regulations, saying he was "listening" but would nonetheless press ahead with the bill.
    (Reuters, 9/13/17)
2017        Sep 13, Israel's PM Netanyahu said his country supports Kurdish independence ahead of a key referendum on the matter.
    (AP, 9/13/17)
2017        Sep 13, Kenyan police in the western city of Kisumu fired tear gas and bullets in the air to disperse young men who broke into a hotel and beat women attending an election meeting.
    (Reuters, 9/13/17)
2017        Sep 13, Netherlands' Justice Minister Stef Blok said he has revoked the Dutch citizenship of four people the government alleges traveled to a foreign conflict zone to join a terrorist organization.
    (AP, 9/13/17)
2017        Sep 13, Pakistani police said they suspect two teenagers were electrocuted to death by their own families last month when they tried to elope. Authorities have exhumed the bodies of the 16-year-old girl and her 18-year-old lover and were conducting tests to determine the cause of death. The male relatives have been arrested.
    (AP, 9/13/17)
2017        Sep 13, In Singapore Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament, was declared elected after nominations closed.
    (Reuters, 9/16/17)
2017        Sep 13, A Dominican dredger collided with an Indonesian oil tanker in Singapore waters. Divers recovered two bodies from the partially submerged dredger. Three people remained missing.
    (AP, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 13, In southern Somalia US air strikes against the al Shabab, an al Qaeda-allied Islamist group, killed six militants.
    (Reuters, 9/13/17)
2017        Sep 13, The Red Cross said it has halted operations across a third of South Sudan after gunmen shot dead a staff member on Sep 8. The UN said this was the biggest such suspension during the country's four-year civil war.
    (Reuters, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 13, Spain's public prosecutor ordered a criminal probe of over 700 Catalan mayors who are cooperating with an October 1 independence referendum deemed illegal by Madrid.
    (AFP, 9/13/17)
2017        Sep 13, In Yemen a Saudi pilot was killed while providing air support for an operation against Al-Qaeda militants.
    (AP, 9/14/17)

2017        Sep 14, Harvard University named convicted US intelligence leaker and transgender activist Chelsea Manning a "visiting fellow", joining 11 others accorded the honor. Awardees attend a number of scholarly events at the university and share their knowledge and experience with students. CIA Director Mike Pompeo accused the university of honoring a "traitor" and cancelled a speaking appearance. Pompeo's move followed former CIA acting director Mike Morrell's announcement that he was stepping down as a senior fellow at The Belfer Center, part of the Kennedy School, for the same reason.
    (AFP, 9/15/17)
2017        Sep 14, In Texas crews removed a statue of Robert E. Lee from the Lee Park in Dallas and put it into storage at an abandoned naval air station.
    (SFC, 9/16/17 p.A4)
2017        Sep 14, Brazil‘s attorney general charged Pres. Michel Temer with obstruction of justice and leading a criminal organization.
    (SFC, 9/15/17 p.A4)
2017        Sep 14, Brazil's federal police conducted a raid and search operation at the house of Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi in Brasilia, related to an ongoing bribery and graft scandal.
    (Reuters, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 14, Cambodian PM Hun Sen said he was suspending cooperation with the United States to find the remains of Americans killed in the Vietnam War in the latest ratcheting up of tensions between the two countries. Hun Sen has accused the United States of plotting treason with opposition leader Kem Sokha.
    (Reuters, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 14, The European Union said it has extended sanctions by a further six months against dozens of Russian citizens and companies deemed to have a role in threatening the stability and independence of Ukraine.
    (AP, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 14, In France the "secret" art collection amassed by Claude Monet, the father of Impressionism, went on display for the first time in Paris, 90 years after the great painter's death.
    (AFP, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 14, The Greek government entered a process of arbitration with a Canadian gold mining company, days after Vancouver-based Eldorado Gold threatened to suspend its investments in the country over what it said were delays in the issuing of permits.
    (AP, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 14, The leaders of India and Japan met in Gujarat state and agreed to deepen defense ties and push for more cooperation with Australia and the United States, as they seek to counter growing Chinese influence across Asia. Abe flew to Gujarat to lay the foundation stone of a $17 billion bullet train project, India's first, that was made possible by a huge Japanese loan.
    (Reuters, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 14, Iraq's parliament voted to remove the governor of Kirkuk, a staunch supporter of Kurdish independence, following a request from PM Haider al-Abadi just days before a referendum on whether to split from Baghdad. Governor Najmaddin Kareem said he was not going anywhere and Kurdish leaders vowed to carry on with the vote planned for Sept. 25.
    (AP, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 14, In Iraq suicide attacks near the southern city of Nassiriya left more than 80 people killed, with wounded dozens more. The area targeted is used by Shiite pilgrims and visitors from neighboring Iran headed for the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala further north. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 9/14/17)(AFP, 9/14/17)(AP, 9/17/17)
2017        Sep 14, In Italy fans of the old Latin Mass descended on Rome for their 10-year anniversary pilgrimage. In 2007 Pope Benedict XVI passed a law allowing greater use of the Latin Mass.
    (AP, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 14, In Luxembourg Ryanair lost an EU court battle in which the airline had sought to continue forcing cabin crew based outside Ireland to take their disputes to Irish courts, in a case with implications across the low-cost airline sector.
    (Reuters, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 14, In Malaysia 24 people, mostly teenagers, died in a fire at a school dormitory outside Kuala Lumpur.
    (SFC, 9/14/17 p.A4)
2017        Sep 14, In Mexico one person was missing and about 200 homes were reported damaged by water or wind in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero after Hurricane Max hit land east of Acapulco.
    (AP, 9/15/17)
2017        Sep 14, In Nigeria Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the secessionist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), went missing following an alleged military raid that left his house in the city of Umuahia riddled with bullet holes, its windows smashed and doors hanging off hinges. Around 20 IPOB members were reportedly shot dead but most of the bodies were taken by soldiers. The army later denied the raid.
    (Reuters, 10/3/17)
2017        Sep 14, A North Korean state agency threatened to use nuclear weapons to "sink" Japan and reduce the United States to "ashes and darkness" for supporting a UN Security Council resolution and sanctions over its latest nuclear test.
    (Reuters, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 14, Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders, said the government of Pakistan has moved to end 14 years of its operation in the Kurram tribal region.
    (AP, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 14, In Romania a car carrying a group of British volunteers slammed into a tree early today, killing one person and injuring three others.
    (AP, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 14, A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said hundreds of bomb threats made by anonymous telephone callers against major public buildings this week amount to "telephone terrorism."
    (AP, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 14, Russia’s Zapad (West) 2017 maneuvers, mainly in Belarus this year, got underway involving thousands of troops, tanks and aircraft. The exercises will last until Sept. 20.
    (AP, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 14, In Sri Lanka Paul Stewart McClean, a reporter for the Financial Times, went missing in a lagoon near the city of Panama. The next day local navy divers found the body of the British journalist, believed to have been attacked by a crocodile while holidaying with friends.
    (AP, 9/15/17)
2017        Sep 14, It was reported that Swiss food giant Nestle paid as much as $500 million for a 68% stake in the SF Bay Area-based Blue Bottle coffee firm.
    (SFC, 9/15/17 p.A1)
2017        Sep 14, In Syria the Russian Navy fired seven cruise missiles at Islamic state targets in the suburbs of Syria's Deir al-Zor at Islamic State targets in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour as pro-government forces closed in on the militants holed up in the eponymous capital.
    (AP, 9/14/17)(Reuters, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 14, In southern Thailand a soldier and a policeman were killed and 26 other people wounded by two bombs believed to have been set off by Muslim separatists in Yala province.
    (AP, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 14, Tunisia said it has abolished a decades-old ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims. The ban dated back to 1973.
    (AFP, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 14, Turkish police detained 24 protesters outside a courthouse where two dismissed public employees, who had launched a hunger strike, are on trial on terror charges. Academic Nuriye Gulmen and teacher Semih Ozakca were detained in May on the 76th day of their hunger strike.
    (AP, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 14, Ukraine welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin's declared openness to deployment of United Nations peacekeepers in separatist-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine, but said Russian troops must not join such an operation.
    (Reuters, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 14, The UN said the number of Rohingya who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh to escape ethnic unrest hit 389,000 and warned of a looming "worst case scenario" with all of the Muslim minority group trying to leave. The UN appealed for massive help.
    (AFP, 9/14/17)(Reuters, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 14, Yemeni forces backed by a Saudi coalition managed to drive Al-Qaeda militants from Abyan's Wadea district, symbolic as the birthplace of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.
    (AFP, 9/14/17)

2017        Sep 15, Harvard University revoked convicted US intelligence leaker and transgender activist Chelsea Manning's visiting fellowship position after sharp criticism from the Central Intelligence Agency. Manning lashed out at Harvard's decision via Twitter, accusing the institution of repressing "marginalized voices."
    (AFP, 9/15/17)
2017        Sep 15, In St. Louis, Missouri, protests with vandalism and violence followed the acquittal of police Officer Jason Stockley who had shot a killed Anthony Lamar Smith (24) following a high speed chase in 2011. Smith was shot five times and prosecutors said Stockley had planted a gun on Smith following the shooting. Peaceful protests continued the next day.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y99b8ua2)(SFC, 9/16/17 p.A4)(SSFC, 9/17/17 p.A7)
2017        Sep 15, The Cleveland Indians had their AL record run stopped at 22 straight games as they were beaten 4-3 by the Kansas City Royals, who became the first team to conquer the defending league champions since Aug. 23.
    (AP, 9/15/17)
2017        Sep 15, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, launched in 1997, burned up in a fiery dive into Saturn, where it had been circling since 2004.
    (SFC, 9/16/17 p.A8)
2017        Sep 15, Harry Dean Stanton (b.1926), acclaimed American actor, died in Los Angeles. His more than 200 movies and TV shows included “Paris, Texas," 1984) and “Repo Man) (1984).
    (SFC, 9/16/17 p.A9)
2017        Sep 15, In southern Afghanistan a car carrying explosives rammed into a convoy of international troops killing Romanian Cpl. Madalin Stoica (41) and wounding two others in Kandahar province.
    (AP, 9/15/17)
2017        Sep 15, In London a home-made bomb on a packed rush-hour commuter train engulfed a carriage in flames and injured 22 people in Britain's fifth major terrorism incident this year, but apparently failed to fully explode. Security services identified a suspect involved in the Parsons Green bombing with the help of surveillance footage. A suspect (18) was arrested the following morning by Kent police in the port of Dover on the English Channel. An unidentified man (21) was detained later in the day in Hounslow, on the western rim of London.
    (AP, 9/15/17)(Reuters, 9/15/17)(AP, 9/16/17)(AP, 9/17/17)
2017        Sep 15, Cambodia's PM Hun Sen escalated his feud with the United States, calling for US Peace Corps volunteers doing development work to be withdrawn.
    (AP, 9/15/17)
2017        Sep 15, Chinese authorities charged nine people from a waste treatment facility with the dumping tens of thousands of tons of toxic waste into a section of the Yangtze River near Shanghai.
    (AP, 9/17/17)
2017        Sep 15, In eastern Congo DRC at least 36 Burundian refugees were killed in clashes with Congolese security forces in the town of Kamanyola over plans to send some of them home. One Congolese officer was killed. Congo's government spokesman Lambert Mende denied that those killed were refugees, saying that the clashes broke out when assailants from an unidentified armed group attacked an office belonging to the national intelligence agency.
    (Reuters, 9/16/17)(SSFC, 9/17/17 p.A3)
2017        Sep 15, French President Emmanuel Macron invited cameras into his Elysee Palace office as he signed into law new legislation, making him the first French president to wield his constitutional power in public view.
    (Reuters, 9/15/17)
2017        Sep 15, France's highest court ruled that a researcher could be denied access to sensitive archives concerning the 1994 genocide in Rwanda even though they were ostensibly opened to the public in 2015.
    (AFP, 9/15/17)
2017        Sep 15, In France two women were injured by an attacker wielding a hammer and shouting Allahu Akbar in the eastern town of Chalon-sur-Saone in Burgundy. The attacker was on the run.
    (Reuters, 9/15/17)
2017        Sep 15, Greek authorities banned swimming along a long line of popular Athens beaches following extensive sea pollution from the sinking of a small oil tanker five days ago, which prompted a large containment and cleanup operation.
    (AP, 9/15/17)
2017        Sep 15, In Guinea unrest over wages and electricity cuts kept the bauxite mining hub of Boke partially blocked after a night of gunfire in which witnesses said youths set up roadblocks and burned tires. A day earlier a boy (17) was shot and killed. On Sep 13 security forces shot dead another man when they intervened to break up riots.
    (Reuters, 9/15/17)
2017        Sep 15, Iceland's nine-month-old, center-right government collapsed after a small coalition member quit over an attempt by the prime minister's father to help clear a convicted pedophile's name.
    (AP, 9/15/17)
2017        Sep 15, Norway's Foreign Minister Boerge Brende said he has resigned from his position to become president of the World Economic Forum.
    (Reuters, 9/15/17)
2017        Sep 15, North Korea conducted its longest-ever test flight of a ballistic missile, sending an intermediate-range weapon 2,300 miles over US ally Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean in a launch that signals both defiance to its rivals and a big technological advance.
    (AP, 9/15/17)(SFC, 9/16/17 p.A3)
2017        Sep 15, In Pakistan a suspected US drone strike killed three people in the tribal area near the Afghanistan border, in what Afghan Taliban sources say was an attack targeting a Haqqani network militant.
    (Reuters, 9/15/17)
2017        Sep 15, A Pakistani judge sentenced a Christian man to death after finding him guilty of insulting Islam's Prophet in the eastern Punjab province.
    (AP, 9/16/17)
2017        Sep 15, Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's entire Cabinet was forced to resign following a no-confidence vote by the opposition-led congress, throwing the country into political turmoil.
    (AP, 9/15/17)
2017        Sep 15, A Philippine official ordered the entire police for of Caloocan off the job after some of its members were suspected in the gruesome killings of three teenagers and others were seen on surveillance cameras robbing a house.
    (SFC, 9/16/17 p.A3)
2017        Sep 15, Slovenia launched legal action against the European Commission for issuing a permit to Croatia last July to use the Teran red wine brand in the bloc.
    (AP, 9/15/17)
2017        Sep 15, Syrian government forces pressed their offensive in the province of Hama in an attack aimed at clearing central Syria of Islamic State group fighters. The violence came as a deal was announced in the Kazakh capital of Astana on de-escalation in the nearby, mostly rebel-held province of Idlib.
    (AP, 9/15/17)
2017        Sep 15, Turkey detained Celal Celik, the main opposition leader's lawyer, for alleged links to the network accused of carrying out last year's failed coup, in a widening government crackdown.
    (Reuters, 9/15/17)
2017        Sep 15, Turkey’s foreign ministry said Russia, Iran and Turkey have agreed to post observers on the edge of a de-escalation zone in northern Syria's Idlib region, which is largely controlled by Islamist militants.
    (Reuters, 9/15/17)
2017        Sep 15, In Ukraine a fire swept through a children's camp in the Black Sea port of Odessa, killing two girls and leaving a third one missing.
    (AFP, 9/16/17)
2017        Sep 15, Vatican and US officials said a high-ranking priest working in the Vatican's embassy in Washington has been recalled after US prosecutors asked for him to be charged there and face trial in a child pornography investigation.
    (AP, 9/15/17)
2017        Sep 15, Typhoon Doksuri slammed into central Vietnam, killing four people and injuring 10 others as heavy rains and strong winds ripped off roofs and knocked over many electricity poles.
    (AP, 9/15/17)   
2017        Sep 15, In Yemen mortar rounds fired by Huthi rebels on residential districts in Taez killed three children and severely wounded nine others.
    (AFP, 9/16/17)

2017        Sep 16, Georgia Tech police shot Scout Shultz (21), the president of the Pride Alliance student group this evening, after he failed to drop a knife. Shultz died of his wounds early the next day at an Atlanta hospital. Three suicide notes were found in Schultz’s dorm room.
    (SFC, 9/18/17 p.A4)(SFC, 9/19/17 p.A6)
2017        Sep 16, In New Mexico Bob Martin, (64), a reporter for Albuquerque KRQE-TV, was killed when the news helicopter he piloted crashed near Ancho.
    (SFC, 9/18/17 p.A4)
2017        Sep 16, Counterterrorism officials and analysts said thousands of Shiite Muslims from Afghanistan and Pakistan are being recruited by Iran to fight with President Bashar al-Assad's forces in Syria, lured by promises of housing, a monthly salary of up to $600 and the possibility of employment in Iran when they return.
    (AP, 9/16/17)
2017        Sep 16, Bangladesh said it will build 14,000 new shelters to house the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees camping on roadsides, in fields and on hills.
    (AFP, 9/16/17)
2017        Sep 16, British police arrested Ahmed Hassan (18) at the port of Dover in relation to the Sep 15 bombing at London’s Parsons Green subway station. On Sep 22 Hassan, accused of planting the bomb, was charged with attempted murder.   
    (SFC, 9/23/17 p.A2)
2017        Sep 16, In western Denmark two race officials died after being hit by a rally car, driven by a male (73) and female (22) co-pilot, which came off the road.
    (AP, 9/16/17)
2017        Sep 16, The Gulf desert emirate of Dubai announced the award of a $3.8-billion contract for the final phase of a solar park aimed at generating 5,000 megawatts of electricity by 2030. The contract went to Chinese conglomerate Shanghai Electric and ACWA Power of Saudi Arabia.
    (AFP, 9/16/17)
2017        Sep 16, An Egyptian court sentenced ousted president Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood to 25 years in prison in a final ruling over a case accusing him of spying for Qatar. Mursi was already serving a 20-year sentence after being convicted for the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012.
    (Reuters, 9/16/17)
2017        Sep 16, An Egyptian court condemned to death seven people for membership of the Islamic State group and over the beheading in Libya of 21 Christians in Feb 2015, all but one of them from Egypt. Of the seven defendants, three were sentenced to death in absentia.
    (AFP, 9/16/17)
2017        Sep 16, In Germany the 184th Oktoberfest opened in Munich.
    (SSFC, 9/17/17 p.A3)
2017        Sep 16, Iceland's Pres. Gudni Th. Johannesson accepted the resignation of PM Bjarni Benediktsson, and said a new election mostly likely will be held on Nov. 4.
    (AP, 9/16/17)
2017        Sep 16, Iran's central bank president said a Chinese state-owned investment firm has provided a $10 billion credit line for Iranian banks. In total, China has agreed to allocate $35 billion in financing and loans for Iran's economy.
    (AFP, 9/16/17)
2017        Sep 16, Iraqi forces captured Akashat, a desert outpost of the Islamic State group near the Syrian border, in preparation for a drive up the Euphrates Valley towards the frontier. Iraqi commanders estimated IS still has more than 1,500 fighters in its Al-Qaim enclave.
    (AFP, 9/16/17)
2017        Sep 16, In Libya a force from the al-Ammu militia clashed with traffickers off shore, thwarting an attempt to move multiple boat-loads of migrants. By Oct. 5 at least 93 people were killed, including eight civilians, and more than 180 wounded in battles that have carved up the city.
    (AP, 10/5/17)
2017        Sep 16, Malaysian police arrested seven suspects over the last 24 hours accused of intentionally starting the Sept. 14 fire that killed 23 children and teachers at an Islamic school in Kuala Lumpur.
    (AFP, 9/16/17)
2017        Sep 16, In Mexico gunmen killed a married couple who were investigators for the state prosecutor's office, as well as a child who was with them in Cancun.
    (AP, 9/18/17)
2017        Sep 16, Philippine troops late today rescued a Roman Catholic priest and another civilian who were among dozens of people abducted in May when hundreds of militants aligned with the Islamic State group laid siege on southern Marawi city.
    (AP, 9/17/17)
2017        Sep 16, Hundreds of Singaporeans, most dressed in black, held a silent protest against an uncontested presidential election this week in which applications from four candidates were rejected.
    (Reuters, 9/16/17)
2017        Sep 16, In Somalia fighting between the military and police backed by intelligence forces killed nine people in Mogadishu. The fighting reportedly occurred because police were wrongly informed that there were armed militias in the area.
    (Reuters, 9/16/17)
2017        Sep 16, In Spain more than 700 mayors from across Catalonia gathered in Barcelona to confirm their support for a planned independence referendum that Madrid has declared illegal.
    (Reuters, 9/16/17)
2017        Sep 16, A military alliance fighting together with the Syrian army said it launched an assault in Deir al-Zor province to drive Islamic State militants from the border with Iraq. A Russian airstrike wounded six fighters of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces  near the city of Deir el-Zour.     
    (Reuters, 9/16/17)(AP, 9/16/17)
2017        Sep 16, Police in Tanzania’s autonomous region of Zanzibar said 20 people have been detained for engaging in gay and lesbian activities. 12 men and 8 women were arrested following a police raid on a hotel where the suspects were attending a workshop.
    (SSFC, 9/17/17 p.A3)
2017        Sep 16, Turkey’s official news reported that police have detained 74 people believed to be members of the Islamic State group in simultaneous operations in 15 locations in Istanbul.
    (SSFC, 9/17/17 p.A3)
2017        Sep 16, In Yemen a young soldier participating in operations against Al-Qaeda in Yemen murdered three jihadist detainees who confessed to killing his colonel father. Twelve civilians including women and children were killed in an air raid by the Saudi-led coalition northeast of the capital Sanaa.
    (AFP, 9/17/17)

2017        Sep 17, Police in Baton Rouge, La., said suspect Kenneth Gleason (23) was being held on drug charges and suspected in the slayings of two black men last Sept. 12 and Sept 14. Police said a racial motivation was being investigated.
    (SFC, 9/18/17 p.A4)
2017        Sep 17, In Mississippi a man wearing a Jason Vorhees mask from the horror movie “Friday the 13th" shot three people in Jackson, killing Kendrick Hughes (30) and injuring two others.
(SFC, 9/19/17 p.A5)
2017        Sep 17, In Oklahoma five teenagers in a pickup were killed when they crashed and plummeted 35 feet into a creek near Tahlequah.
    (SFC, 9/19/17 p.A5)
2017        Sep 17, In Afghanistan a bomb went off in a computer and mobile phone market, killing at least four civilians and wounding 15 others in Khost province. Another two civilians were killed in a separate bombing in the eastern Laghman province.
    (AP, 9/17/17)
2017        Sep 17, China official media said Beijing will suspend construction of major public projects in the city this winter in an effort to improve the capital's notorious air quality.
    (Reuters, 9/17/17)
2017        Sep 17, In France a woman (41) was arrested after she attacked four American women with acid in the Marseille train station.
    (AP, 9/17/17)
2017        Sep 17, India’s PM Narendra Modi inaugurated India's biggest dam, the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river, ignoring warnings from environment groups that hundreds of thousands of people will lose their livelihoods. The foundation stone was laid by PM Jawaharlal Nehru in 1961. Construction of the project began in 1987.
    (Reuters, 9/17/17)
2017        Sep 17, Iraq moved 509 wives of Islamic State group jihadists to a detention center in preparation to deport them after they were captured along with 813 children. Around 300 of the women were Turkish.
    (AP, 9/18/17)
2017        Sep 17, In Iraq eight members of a paramilitary unit died in a booby-trap explosion in a school near the city of Mosul that was retaken from jihadists. 13 others were wounded in the blast at the school that was being used as a training center. Suicide bombers attacked a US-coalition base in northern Iraq, without causing any Iraqi or foreign casualties. All the attackers were killed.
    (AFP, 9/17/17)(AP, 9/17/17)
2017        Sep 17, Kuwait said it has given North Korea's ambassador a month to leave the Gulf state and will downgrade its diplomatic representation with Pyongyang. A source said Kuwait will not renew permits given to North Korean workers to re-enter the country after projects they are currently working on are completed "within one or two years". Kuwait has also decided to stop issuing visas to North Koreans and suspend all trade relations and flight links with Pyongyang.
    (AFP, 9/17/17)
2017        Sep 17, Abdullah al-Thani, the head of Libya's rival government in the east, called on the international community to recognize his administration which he says controls most of the North African country.
    (AFP, 9/17/17)
2017        Sep 17, Macau's mostly pro-democracy opposition made slight gains in legislative elections. The opposition camp won five seats in the 33-seat legislative assembly, one more than at the last election four years ago.
    (Reuters, 9/18/17)
2017        Sep 17, Pakistanis began casting votes for the parliamentary seat vacated by ousted PM Nawaz Sharif, in a by-election seen as a test of support for the Sharif dynasty ahead of the 2018 general election.
    (Reuters, 9/17/17)
2017        Sep 17, In Pakistan a blast struck a vehicle in the Mamund area of Bajaur, killing five security personnel and an official from the civilian administration. The militant Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group said it carried out the attack.
    (AFP, 9/17/17)
2017        Sep 17, Hamas said it has agreed to dismantle the administration that runs Gaza, a major step toward handing control of the Palestinian enclave to a unity government after a decade of bitter rivalry with President Mahmoud Abbas.
    (Reuters, 9/17/17)
2017        Sep 17, The Philippine military said it has captured the command center of Islamic State group supporters who have besieged the southern city of Marawi for nearly four months.
    (AFP, 9/17/17)
2017        Sep 17, In Romania more than 200 towns and villages were affected by a storm that overturned vehicles, downed power lines and left eight people dead.
    (AP, 9/18/17)
2017        Sep 17, Russia and Iraq restored scheduled commercial airline services for the first time since 2004, in what officials hailed as a sign of stability returning to the war-torn country.
    (AFP, 9/17/17)
2017        Sep 17, State-owned Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) announced that it was offering theoretical and practical training to 80 women per year to prepare them for work in the air traffic control sector.
    (Reuters, 9/18/17)
2017        Sep 17, Serbian gay right activists marched with their first openly lesbian prime minister through the streets of Belgrade, protected by police in riot gear as a helicopter flew low overhead.
    (Reuters, 9/17/17)
2017        Sep 17, Spain's paramilitary national police agents confiscated more than 1.3 million posters, flyers and pamphlets promoting the planned independence referendum by Catalonia's regional government.
    (AP, 9/17/17)
2017        Sep 17, Syrian troops seized a suburb of the eastern city of Deir al-Zor, tightening the noose around Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 9/17/17)

2017        Sep 18, President Donald Trump made his debut at the United Nations, using his first moments at the world body to urge the 193-nation organization to reduce bureaucracy and costs while more clearly defining its mission around the world.
    (AP, 9/18/17)
2017        Sep 18, The US Navy dismissed Rear Admiral Charles Williams, commander of Task Force 70, and Captain Jeffrey Bennett, commander of Destroyer Squadron 15, after a series of collisions involving Seventh Fleet warships in Asia, citing a loss of confidence in their ability to command.
    (Reuters, 9/18/17)
2017        Sep 18, The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Hurricane Maria has strengthened into a major hurricane and is expected to intensify further as it moves through the Leeward Islands and the northeastern Caribbean Sea.
    (Reuters, 9/18/17)
2017        Sep 18, New Jersey-based Toys 'R' Us, the toy retailer struggling with $5 billion in debt and intense online competition, said it has filed for bankruptcy protection ahead of the key holiday shopping season. The company said its stores will remain open for business as usual.
    (AP, 9/19/17)
2017        Sep 18, Inmates James Sanders (41) and Ryan Young (21) were discovered missing from Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.
    (SFC, 9/19/17 p.A5)
2017        Sep 18, In New York City a charter bus barreled through an intersection, slammed into a city bus and then plowed onto a sidewalk. Three people were killed in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens.
    (SFC, 9/18/17 p.A5)
2017        Sep 18, Gov. Scott Walker signed into law a $3 billion incentive package for Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group to build a flat-screen plant in southeastern Wisconsin, a deal that he calls a "huge win" for the entire state.
    (AP, 9/18/17)
2017        Sep 18, Video streaming pioneer Roku, based in Los Gatos, Ca., said that it hopes to raise as much as $252 million in an IPO as it tries to expand into more households.
    (SFC, 9/18/17 p.D1)
2017        Sep 18, US defense contractor Northrup Grumman said it plans to acquire Orbital ATK for $7.8 billion in cash and the assumption of $1.4 billion in debt.
    (SFC, 9/18/17 p.D2)
2017        Sep 18, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb in the southern province of Kandahar killed at least six civilians traveling in a car that hit the device.
    (Reuters, 9/18/17)
2017        Sep 18, In Azerbaijan police began arresting dozens of gay and transgender people in Baku. At least 46 people were soon sentenced to between 10 to 30 days in jail for resisting police. Homosexuality was decriminalized in the country in 2000, but animosity toward LGBT people remains strong.
    (AP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 18, More than 10,000 Muslims in Bangladesh marched toward Myanmar's embassy to protest the country's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. The Rohingya fleeing a Myanmar military offensive arrived in Bangladesh with fresh accounts of violence and arson as a rights group called for sanctions and an arms embargo to stop what the United Nations has branded ethnic cleansing. More than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims have been sent fleeing to Bangladesh.
    (AP, 9/18/17)(Reuters, 9/18/17)
2017        Sep 18, A Botswana Power Co. official discovered eight dead elephants that had come into contact with a fallen power line near a water source created by a leaking pipe. A ninth elephant soon died despite efforts to save it.
    (SFC, 9/22/17 p.A2)
2017        Sep 18, A new report by the Congo Research Group (CRG) at New York University said Congolese army commanders orchestrated a wave of massacres that killed hundreds of people between 2014-2016 as they vied for influence with anti-government insurgents in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
    (Reuters, 9/18/17)
2017        Sep 18, Egypt's Finance Minister says the country will face a $10 to $12 billion budget shortfall for the current 2017-18 fiscal year, and plans expanded foreign debt issuance to overcome it.
    (AP, 9/18/17)
2017        Sep 18, Much of Haiti came to a halt because of a transportation strike over new taxes proposed by the government.
    (AP, 9/18/17)
2017        Sep 18, India's government said that it has evidence there are extremists who pose a threat to the country's security among the Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar and settled in many Indian cities.
    (AP, 9/18/17)
2017        Sep 18, Iran released Mahvesh Sabet (64), a member of the Baha'i faith. She and six other leaders of the minority community were arrested in March 2008 and sentenced to 20 years in jail for heresy and espionage for Israel. Her six colleagues remained imprisoned. The Baha'i faith considers Bahaullah, an Iranian born in 1817, to be the latest prophet sent by God, in contrast with Islamic orthodoxy.
    (AP, 9/19/17)
2017        Sep 18, Iraq's supreme court ordered the suspension of a September 25 referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, as legal and political pressure mounted on the Kurds to call off the vote. Clashes erupted in Kirkuk between Kurds and Turkmen amid preparations for the referendum.
    (AFP, 9/18/17)(SFC, 9/20/17 p.A3)
2017        Sep 18, Irish budget airline Ryanair was under pressure to provide more information to travelers after canceling up to 50 flights a day over the next six weeks because it "messed up" its pilots' holiday schedules.
    (AP, 9/18/17)
2017        Sep 18, In northeastern Nigeria suspected suicide bombers killed at least 12 people and injured 26 others in Borno state, epicenter of the Islamist militant Boko Haram insurgency.
    (Reuters, 9/18/17)
2017        Sep 18, A Norwegian court sentenced a former police officer Eirik Jensen to 21 years in prison for severe corruption and being an accomplice in one of Norway's biggest drug-smuggling cases. Jensen was arrested and suspended from duty in February 2014 in connection with an investigation into the drug network.
    (AP, 9/18/17)
2017        Sep 18, Portugal's stock market surged and its government borrowing rates fell after the country recovered its investment-grade rating from Standard & Poor's.
    (AP, 9/18/17)
 2017        Sep 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the weeklong war games with Belarus that have demonstrated the Russian military's resurgent might and made neighboring countries nervous.
    (AP, 9/18/17)
2017        Sep 18, Somalia’s Southwestern state declared its support for Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties with Qatar, in a new challenge to Somalia's efforts to stay neutral in the dispute.
    (AP, 9/18/17)
2017        Sep 18, Syrian government troops came closer to encircling the Islamic State group in a pocket of Deir Ezzor city after crossing the adjacent Euphrates River.
    (AFP, 9/18/17)
2017        Sep 18, The World Health Organization urged Yemen to approve cholera vaccinations it has offered to help contain an epidemic that could affect nearly a million people by year's end.
    (AFP, 9/18/17)
2017        Sep 18, South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance said it will lay a criminal complaint against McKinsey for "fraud, racketeering and collusion" over work the global consultancy did with businessmen friends of President Jacob Zuma.
    (Reuters, 9/18/17)
2017        Sep 18, In South Sudan an outbreak of fighting between government and rebel forces in the oil-producing north left at least 25 people dead.
    (AFP, 9/19/17)

2017        Sep 19, Oil and gas pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners LP said it has received approval from US energy regulators to resume drilling along its $4.2 billion Rover pipeline project. The Rover project from Pennsylvania to Ontario is the biggest gas pipeline under construction in the United States.
    (Reuters, 9/19/17)
2017        Sep 19, Game developer Zynga said it is adding 50,000 pop culture words as part of its largest dictionary update for the Scrabble-esque game “Words with Friends."
    (SFC, 9/20/17 p.C6)
2017        Sep 19, Bernie Casey (78), former football professional player turned painter, poet and actor, died in Los Angeles. His 35 films included “Boxbar Bertha" (1972) and “The Man Who Fell to Earth" (1976).
    (SFC, 9/21/17 p.A7)
2017        Sep 19, Larry Shaw (78), former technical director of the Exploratorium in San Francisco and creator of the Pi Day, died in Petaluma, Ca. In 1998 he came up with the idea to link the mathematical digits of pi with March 14.
    (SFC, 9/20/17 p.D7)
2017        Sep 19, Jake Lamotta (b.1922), former middleweight boxing champion, died in Miami. His 1970 memoir titled “Raging Bull" became the basis for martin Scorsese’s 1980 film of the same title.
    (SFC, 9/21/17 p.A7)   
2017        Sep 19, Hurricane Jose continued to move north over the Atlantic, churning up dangerous surf and rip currents along the East Coast of the United States.
    (AP, 9/19/17)
2017        Sep 19, Belgium authorities said an intact German World War I submarine containing the bodies of 23 people has been found off its coast. This was the 11th such wreck to be found in Belgian waters.
    (AP, 9/19/17)
2017        Sep 19, China’s state media reported that Banking regulators in Beijing and Shanghai have ordered local cryptocurrency exchanges to shut down, in the latest blow to the once flourishing Chinese market for virtual money.
    (AFP, 9/19/17)
2017        Sep 19, China and Singapore sought to put recent difficulties in their relationship over Taiwan and the disputed South China Sea behind them as Singapore's PM Lee Hsien Loong began a trip to Beijing.
    (Reuters, 9/19/17)
2017        Sep 19, A local Congo DRC official said the bodies of 17 civilians apparently fleeing violence in the troubled North Kivu province have been found in Lake Edward.
    (AFP, 9/19/17)
2017        Sep 19, Hurricane Maria regained Category 5 strength, upping its top wind speeds after it had briefly dropped to a Category 4 storm overnight near the island of Dominica. About 25,000 households lost electricity and two small towns were without potable water after Hurricane Maria roared past the French island of Martinique.
    (AP, 9/19/17)   
2017        Sep 19, Egypt said it will host the reorganization of Libya's army, currently an eastern-based force led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter.
    (AP, 9/19/17)
2017        Sep 19, French police encircled a makeshift camp in a forest near Dunkirk to force the evacuation of hundreds of migrants.
    (AP, 9/19/17)
2017        Sep 19, Hurricane Maria left at least one person dead on Guadeloupe.
    (SFC, 9/20/17 p.A4)
2017        Sep 19, Hungary said it is set to launch another state "national consultation" about US financier and philanthropist George Soros (87), six months before expected general elections.
    (AFP, 9/19/17)
2017        Sep 19, In northern Iraq two suicide bombers killed at least three people and wounded 34 in a restaurant frequented by militiamen battling the Islamic State group in Hajaj, Salaheddin province.
    (AP, 9/19/17)
2017        Sep 19, The Israeli military shot down an Iranian-made spy drone operated by the Hezbollah militant group as it approached the Golan Heights, and vowed to take further tough action against any attempts by its archenemies to violate the country's sovereignty.
    (AP, 9/19/17)
2017        Sep 19, Kenyan police fired teargas at supporters of Pres. Uhuru Kenyatta who protested outside the Supreme Court against the invalidation of his Aug. 8 re-election.
    (Reuters, 9/19/17)
2017        Sep 19, In Mexico a magnitude 7.1 earthquake killed at least 245 people, nearly half of them in the capital, 32 years to the day after a devastating 1985 quake. The death toll nationwide later rose to at least 362.
    (Reuters, 9/20/17)(AP, 9/21/17)(AP, 9/25/17)(AP, 9/29/17)(SFC, 10/3/17, p.A2)
2017        Sep 19, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said her government stands ready to accept returnees once procedures are worked out, and to be globally scrutinized by the international community. In Geneva the International Organization for Migration put the total number of Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh at 421,000. UNICEF said more than a quarter of a million of those were children.
    (AP, 9/19/17)
2017        Sep 19, Nigeria intercepted 470 rifles from Turkey, which had been falsely declared as elbow joints for plumbing. That shipment was uncovered barely a week after a 20-foot container-load of 1,100 pump-action rifles was impounded at the same port. According to Nigeria Customs Service a total of 2,671 action pump rifles allegedly imported from Turkey have been seized in Lagos since January.
    (AFP, 9/22/17)
2017        Sep 19, In southern Pakistan an accidental explosion at a cement factory killed at least five people in Rohri.
    (AP, 9/19/17)
2017        Sep 18, In the Philippines a government militiaman was abducted by rebels in Occidental Mindoro province.
    (AP, 9/20/17)
2017        Sep 19, Russia unveiled a statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle that became by some estimates the most lethal weapon ever made and the best known Russian brand abroad.
    (Reuters, 9/19/17)
2017        Sep 19, A large Saudi public university announced it would dismiss employees suspected of ties to the banned Muslim Brotherhood, adding to concerns that the government is clamping down on its critics in academia and beyond.
    (Reuters, 9/20/17)
2017        Sep 19, In Syria Insurgents led by an al-Qaida-linked group launched one of their widest offensives yet against pro-government forces, which responded with heavy airstrikes targeting hospitals and first responders in Idlib province.
    (AP, 9/19/17)

2017        Sep 20, US security firm FireEye said hackers likely linked to Iran's government are behind attacks on Saudi and other Western aerospace and petrochemical firms, signaling a rise in Iranian cyber-spying prowess.
    (Reuters, 9/20/17)
2017        Sep 20, The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced an endangered species designation for the Sonoyta mud turtle, citing threats from climate change to loss of habitat for the southern Arizona animal, whose numbers are believed to have dwindled to as low as 100 turtles.
    (AP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 20, The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit challenging a Maine law that requires abortions be performed solely by physicians.
    (SFC, 9/21/17 p.A6)
2017        Sep 20, Bangladesh's army was ordered to take a bigger role helping hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled violence in Myanmar, amid warnings it could take six months to register the new refugees.
    (AFP, 9/20/17)
2017        Sep 20, British police were called by neighbors who spotted thick smoke coming from a back garden in a well-to-do southwest London neighborhood. A charred body found in there was later identified as French au-pair Sophie Lionnet (21). French nationals Sabrina Kouider (34) and Ouissem Medouni (40), reportedly her employers, were later charged with her murder.
    (AFP, 10/3/17)
2017        Sep 20, Two men were arrested in Newport, Wales, over last week's London Underground terror attack at Parsons Green station in which 30 people were injured. A 25-year-old man was arrested in the same city a day earlier bringing the total number of people in custody to five.
    (AFP, 9/20/17)
2017        Sep 20, Chinese bike-sharing giant Mobike launched in the US capital, bringing its "dockless" system which has swept China and is used in some 180 cities worldwide. Mobike, allows users to unlock the bicycle with a smartphone app and tracks the location of the bikes with GPS.
    (AP, 9/20/17)
2017        Sep 20, A Congo official said that flooding caused by torrential rains overnight has killed at least 12 people and left 92 others missing in North Kivu province.
    (AP, 9/20/17)
2017        Sep 20, Denmark launched “Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030" (P4G), a global alliance for action on climate change. Those joining the New York launch and supporting P4G include China, Indonesia and the C40 network, which connects more than 90 cities representing a quarter of the global economy, of which 12 are American.
    (Reuters, 9/20/17)
2017        Sep 20, An Egyptian court ordered the detention of 24 Nubians for 15 days pending investigation for participating in a protest earlier this month. Nubians are an ethnic minority.
    (AP, 9/20/17)
2017        Sep 20, Liliane Bettencourt (b.1922), heiress of the L’Oreal cosmetics empire, died at her home near Paris.
    (SFC, 9/22/17 p.D8)
2017        Sep 20, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and her ministers expressed their support for a definition of anti-Semitism that includes attacks against religious institutions, the state of Israel and non-Jews who are attacked for anti-Semitic reasons.
    (AP, 9/20/17)
2017        Sep 20, Germany's Thyssenkrupp and Tata Steel of India signed a preliminary deal to merge their European steel operations, a combination that could lead to up to 4,000 job cuts.
    (AP, 9/20/17)
2017        Sep 20, The board of Japan-based Toshiba signed off on selling its computer chip business to a group led by Bain Capital Private Equity. The deal's future remains unclear as Toshiba's US joint venture partner Western Digital opposes it.
    (AP, 9/20/17)
2017        Sep 20, The Libyan coast guard rescued 30 migrants offshore from the western coastal city of Zuwara following a shipwreck. Some 100 migrants were missing.
    (AP, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 20, Buddhist protesters in Myanmar threw petrol bombs to try to block a shipment of aid to Muslims in Rakhine state, where the United Nations has accused the military of ethnic cleansing, before police fired in the air to disperse them.
    (AP, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 20, Palestinian human rights lawyers and activists handed a 700-page dossier to the International Criminal Court alleging that Israeli authorities are responsible for crimes including apartheid and persecution in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
    (AP, 9/20/17)
2017        Sep 20, Philippine troops killed nine New People's Army guerrillas in a clash in northern Carranglan town, Nueva Ecija province.
    (AP, 9/20/17)
2017        Sep 20, Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico, tearing off roofs and sending doors flying from hinges. Maria has already killed at least nine in the Caribbean.
    (AP, 9/20/17)
2017        Sep 20, Russia agreed to accept a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights criticizing its handling of the 2004 Beslan siege which left 330 dead. Russia is required to pay a total of three million euros ($3.2 million) in compensation to 409 surviving hostages and relatives of the deceased.
    (AFP, 9/20/17)
2017        Sep 20, In Russia hundreds of Tajiks protested outside a Moscow shopping center where security guards had severely beaten a Tajik worker. 90 Tajiks were detained.
    (AP, 9/22/17)
2017        Sep 20, A court in Slovenia convicted and sentenced two men to prison terms for fatally beating their friend live on Facebook. In February Ales Olovec (20) and Martin Kovac (29) beat up Andrej Cekuta (26) after an argument and streamed it live on social media for 23 minutes before the video was removed.
    (AP, 9/20/17)
2017        Sep 20, Spanish police seized millions of ballot papers in Catalonia due to be used for an independence referendum which has been banned by Madrid. Police arrested at least 12 people in raids on Catalan government offices.
    (AFP, 9/20/17)(AP, 9/20/17)
2017        Sep 20, In Syria the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said its campaign to capture Raqqa from Islamic State (IS) was in its final stages and its fighters had seized 80 percent of the city.
    (Reuters, 9/20/17)
2017        Sep 20, Thai authorities detained Buddhist monk Apichart Punnajanto for posting online videos that harshly denounce Islam.
    (AP, 9/20/17)
2017        Sep 20, Ugandan lawmakers accused the government of trying to intimidate them by deploying heavy security in the capital and around parliament ahead of a move to change the constitution to extend the president's rule.
    (Reuters, 9/20/17)
2017        Sep 20, At the UN 51 countries lined up to sign a new treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. None of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons -- the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel -- took part in the negotiations. The treaty was adopted by 122 countries at the United Nations in July. The treaty will enter into force when 50 countries have signed and ratified it.
    (AFP, 9/20/17)

2017        Sep 21, President Donald Trump approved a disaster declaration for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria slammed into the US territory. Trump said that Maria "totally obliterated" the US island territory with its electrical grid destroyed.
    (AP, 9/21/17)(Reuters, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 21, President Donald Trump said the United States would be adding more sanctions on North Korea.
    (Reuters, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 21, In Utah Brigham Young Univ., owned by the Mormon church, ended a six-decade ban on caffeinated soft drinks on campus.
    (SFC, 9/22/17 p.A5)
2017        Sep 21, Facebook said it will provide the contents of some 3,000 ads bought by a Russian agency to congressional investigators. FB also said it will make political advertising on its platform more transparent.
    (SFC, 9/22/17 p.C1)
2017        Sep 21, Hewlett Packard Enterprises said it is planning to cut about 10 percent of its staff, or at least 5,000 workers, as part of an effort to pare expenses under mounting competition.
    (SFC, 9/22/17 p.C4)
2017        Sep 21, Africa's leading anti-poaching coalition said the fight against poaching must be treated as a war, as it called for the illicit wildlife trade to be monitored like global conflicts. Enact, an EU-funded anti-poaching analytical taskforce that includes Interpol, called for the expansion of a media tracking system to track poaching incidents similar to established conflict monitoring methods.
    (AP, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 21, In Bangladesh a truck carrying relief supplies for Rohingya Muslim refugees skidded off a hilly road and plunged into a paddy field, killing nine people and injuring 10.
    (Reuters, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 21, Greenpeace activists boarded a ship arriving in Britain to stop the delivery of more than 1,000 Volkswagen cars from Germany while others sought to immobilize vehicles at a port in anti-diesel protests.
    (Reuters, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 21, Category three Hurricane Maria lashed the northeastern Dominican Republic and was expected to pass near the Turks and Caicos later in the day.
    (AP, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 21, A landmark free trade deal linking EU and Canada went into effect despite lingering opposition from activists worried about the pact's consequences on the environment and health.
    (AFP, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 21, French labor unions staged fresh protests against Pres. Emmanuel Macron's contested labor law reforms, a day before he adopts them by executive order.
    (AP, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 21, In Iran an explosion at a guesthouse near the Fatima Masumeh shrine in the city of Qom left four dead and 15 wounded, most of them Iraqi pilgrims.
    (Reuters, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 21, In Indian-controlled Kashmir suspected rebels lobbed a grenade at a motorcade of a local government minister, killing three civilians and wounding 30 others.
    (AP, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 21, Myanmar's army chief called for people internally displaced by violence in Rakhine State to go home and rebuild communities, but he made no mention of 422,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh to escape his force's operations.
    (Reuters, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 21, In the Philippines thousands of protesters marked the anniversary of the 1972 declaration of martial law by late dictator Ferdinand Marcos with an outcry against what they say are the current president's authoritarian tendencies and his bloody crackdown on illegal drugs.
    (AP, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 21, In northern Poland thousands of Polish and other NATO troops launched Dragon-17, a major defensive exercise, amid security concerns raised by war games recently held by neighboring Russia and Belarus.
    (AP, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 21, Russian police said they had detained four men, including the leader of a radical religious group, in connection with an arson attack related to the film “Matilda," by award-winning director Alexei Uchitel. Three of the men were charged with arson, including their alleged role in setting fire to two cars parked outside the office of Uchitel's lawyer.
    (Reuters, 9/23/17)
2017        Sep 21, Russia filed a counter-extradition request with Spanish authorities to stop the extradition of Pyotr Levashov, a notorious spammer, to the US where he is wanted on charges of fraud and unauthorized interception of electronic communications.
    (SFC, 9/23/17 p.A2)
2017        Sep 21, In South Africa  Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, an ex-wife of President Jacob Zuma, was re-appointed a lawmaker in parliament, in what is being seen as her latest step to secure the country's presidency in two years' time.
    (AP, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 21, African National Congress (ANC) MP Makhosi Khoza (47), a strident critic of scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma, quit South Africa's ruling party, labeling Nelson Mandela's 105-year-old liberation movement "alien and corrupt".
    (Reuters, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 21, In Spain Catalan leaders acknowledged on that plans to hold a referendum independence from Spain on Oct. 1 had been undermined by the arrest of senior regional officials and the seizure of campaign material by national police.
    (Reuters, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 21,  Federal prosecutors in Switzerland announced indictments of the leader of a prominent Swiss Islamic group and two other top members over alleged al-Qaida propaganda videos posted on YouTube. The indictments targeted ICCS President Nicolas Blancho, the group's cultural production chief Naim Cherni, who is a German citizen, and spokesman Abdel Azziz Qaasim Illi.
    (AP, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 21, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 22 civilians have been killed in 48 hours of heavy air strikes by Syria's regime and its ally Russia in the provinces of Idlib and Hama.
    (AFP, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 21, In Thailand thirteen activists of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) were ordered to pay a total of $16 million in compensation for shutting down Bangkok's two main international airports during protests in 2008.
    (Reuters, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 21, A Turkish court jailed on terror charges 14 lawyers representing two detained teachers who have been on hunger strike for six months after being sacked in a mass crackdown.
    (AFP, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 21, The foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran and Iraq voiced concerns that a Kurdish referendum on independence would endanger gains Iraq has made against Islamic state, and reiterated worries of potential new conflicts in the region and agreed to consider counter-measures against the planned independence referendum.
    (Reuters, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 21, Ugandan police fired tear gas to disperse protesters and arrested dozens of people opposed to plans to introduce legislation that could allow the longtime president to extend his rule.
    (AP, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 21, The UN Security Council unanimously decided to set up an investigation team to collect evidence on the massacres of Iraq's Yazidi minority and other atrocities committed by the Islamic State group in Iraq.
    (AFP, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 21, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrived in Cuba in a surprise visit to bring a donation of goods after Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on the Caribbean island.
    (Reuters, 9/22/17)

2017        Sep 22, Speaking in Alabama Pres. Donald Trump said National Football League owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem and encouraged spectators to walk out in protest.
    (SFC, 9/23/17 p.A9)
2017        Sep 22, The Trump administration scrapped Obama-era guidance on investigating campus sexual assault and replaced it with new instructions that allow universities to require higher standards of evidence when handling complaints.
    (SFC, 9/23/17 p.A6)
2017        Sep 22, A federal judge blocked Indiana from enforcing provisions of a law banning abortions sought due to fetal genetic abnormalities and requiring that aborted fetuses be buried or cremated.
    (SFC, 9/26/17, p.A5)
2017        Sep 22, In Afghanistan at least four young children were killed in an automobile accident in eastern Nangarhar province. 34 others, including children, women and men were injured when a minibus overturned and went into a ditch late today.
    (AP, 9/23/17)
2017        Sep 22, In Bangladesh two Myanmar photojournalists arrested while covering a massive influx of Rohingya refugees from their country were released on bail, but they can't leave the country because the charges against them have yet to be dropped.
    (AP, 9/23/17)
2017        Sep 22, Britain’s PM Theresa May offered substantial payment to the EU during a two-year transition period immediately after the country’s exit, but did not offer any insight into the type of ties she want Britain to have with the bloc following Brexit.
    (SFC, 9/23/17 p.A4)
2017        Sep 22, Transport for London said hat it would not renew Uber's license when it expires Sept. 30, citing a lack of corporate responsibility.
    (AP, 9/23/17)
2017        Sep 22, China’s commerce ministry said it will limit exports of refined petroleum products to North Korea starting October 1, confirming Beijing's participation in new UN sanctions intended to rein in its rogue neighbor.
    (AP, 9/23/17)
2017        Sep 22, In Egypt audience members waved rainbow flags during a performance by Mashrou’ Leila, a popular Lebanese band whose lead singer is openly gay. Seven people were later arrested on charges of promoting homosexuality.
    (SFC, 9/27/17, p.A2)
2017        Sep 22, French President Emmanuel Macron formally signed five decrees overhauling labor rules, the first major economic reforms since he took power in May.
    (Reuters, 9/22/17)
2017        Sep 22, Germany said it had ordered a second Vietnamese embassy official to leave the country, after the alleged July 23 kidnapping of Trinh Xuan Thanh, a Vietnamese businessman, who had applied for asylum and was facing corruption allegations back home. A day earlier Germany informed the Vietnamese ambassador it was temporarily suspending the strategic relationship between the two countries.
    (Reuters, 9/22/17)
2017        Sep 22, Greece's top administrative court approved the first forced deportation of two Syrian refugees, setting a precedent for hundreds of similar cases.
    (AP, 9/22/17)
2017        Sep 22, In Greece Celia Lois Hollingworth (63) was reported missing by the British embassy. The next day a woman's gnawed body was discovered in a remote hilly area.
    (AP, 9/26/17)
2017        Sep 22, Indian officials said security along the largely porous eastern border with Bangladesh has been stepped up and that "chilli and stun grenades" were being used to block the entry of Rohingya Muslims fleeing from violence in Myanmar.
    (Reuters, 9/22/17)
2017        Sep 22, In Indonesia thousands of residents were evacuated from villages near Mount Agung, an active volcano, on the island of Bali, as the alert status was raised to the highest level, meaning an eruption could be imminent.
    (Reuters, 9/22/17)(SSFC, 9/24/17 p.A2)
2017        Sep 22, A Japanese court ruled that Tokyo Electric Power Co., not the government, should pay compensation to dozens of former residents of Fukushima for losses to their livelihood caused by reactor meltdowns at a nuclear plant after a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
    (AP, 9/22/17)
2017        Sep 22, In northern Lebanon Rayya Chidiac (26) was found dead in a relative's home in Miziar showing signs of bruising, strangling and sexual assault. A Syrian refugee, in his 20s, had worked as the building's caretaker, and confessed to her murder. This led to the expulsion of several hundred other Syrians.
    (Reuters, 10/5/17)
2017        Sep 22, In Libya a half dozen US drone strikes killed 17 militants at an Islamic State training camp about 150 miles southeast of Sirte.
    (SFC, 9/25/17 p.A2)
2017        Sep 22, Satellite images of Myanmar’s Rakhine state showed smoke rising from Rohingya Muslim villages, contradicting Aung San Suu Kyi’s claims that military operations there have ended.
    (SSFC, 9/24/17 p.A5)
2017        Sep 22, North Korea said it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean after President Donald Trump vowed to destroy the reclusive country, with leader Kim Jong Un promising to make Trump pay dearly for his threats.
    (Reuters, 9/22/17)
2017        Sep 22, Pakistan's military said at least six Pakistani villagers were killed and 26 were wounded in an overnight attack by India in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, adding that hundreds of villagers were forced to move to safer places.
    (AP, 9/22/17)
2017        Sep 22, Poland's PM Beata Szydlo and Hungary’s PM Viktor Orban met in Warsaw and insisted that they will stick to their anti-migrant policies in defiance of the European Union and warnings of sanctions.
    (AP, 9/22/17)
2017        Sep 22, Puerto Rican officials said at least six people have died in connection with Hurricane Maria. Hurricane Maria lashed the Turks and Caicos Islands after destroying homes, causing widespread flooding, crippling economies and killing at least 25 people on Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands.
    (AP, 9/22/17)(Reuters, 9/22/17)
2017        Sep 22, In South Africa the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa opened in Cape. It was billed as the world's biggest museum dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora.
    (AP, 9/22/17)
2017        Sep 22, In northern Syria thousands voted in predominantly Kurdish regions to elect heads of local communities as part of the minority Kurds' efforts to move closer to a federal system within Syria.
    (AP, 9/22/17)
2017        Sep 22, In northwestern Syria Al-Qaida-linked militant positions were hit by Russian cruise missiles fired from the Veliky Novgorod submarine in the Mediterranean. A day earlier three Russian troops were wounded after militants encircled Russian  military officers outside Idlib.
    (SFC, 9/23/17 p.A2)
2017        Sep 22, Tunisia’s minister for human rights said Tunisia has committed itself to ban forced anal examinations to determine sexual orientation. Homosexuality is still punishable by three years in jail under Article 230 of Tunisia's criminal code.
    (AFP, 9/22/17)
2017        Sep 22, Turkey reported that veteran Syrian opposition activist Aroubeh Barakat and her journalist daughter Halla Barakat (22) were found stabbed to death at their apartment in Istanbul, in a crime supporters decried as an "assassination" to avenge their work.
    (AFP, 9/22/17)
2017        Sep 22, Miss Turkey organizers dethroned Itir Esen (18), a day after she won the contest and the right to represent Turkey at the Miss World contest in China, over a social media posting that was deemed insulting to the memory of the 250 people killed while opposing last year's failed military coup.
    (AP, 9/22/17)
2017        Sep 22, At least 21 people drowned and 5 others were missing after a fishing boat carrying migrants sunk off Turkey's Black Sea coast. Forty migrants were rescued.
    (AFP, 9/22/17)(SFC, 9/23/17 p.A2)
2017        Sep 22, Uganda's main opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, condemned a police crackdown on opponents of a plan to scrap presidential age limits to allow 73-year-old President Yoweri Museveni to run again.
    (AFP, 9/22/17)
2017        Sep 22, Zambia said it fears a looming humanitarian crisis after more than 6,000 refugees fleeing turmoil in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) entered its territory in one month.
    (Reuters, 9/22/17)

2017        Sep 23, In southern California former court clerk Jose Lopez Jr. of Anaheim was sentenced to 11 years in prison for accepting $420,000 in bribes to fix more than 1,000 minor court cases.
    (SSFC, 9/24/17 p.A6)
2017        Sep 23, In St. Louis, Missouri, a boy (2) accidentally killed his sleeping father, Darion Noble (27), while playing with a gun.
    (SFC, 9/26/17, p.A5)
2017        Sep 23, In France several thousand demonstrators rallied to a call by firebrand leftist politician Jean-Luc Melenchon to join a protest in Paris against President Emmanuel Macron's sweeping reforms of the labor code.
    (AFP, 9/23/17)
2017        Sep 23, The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea drew an ocean boundary that appeared to favor Ghana in a dispute with its neighbor Ivory Coast, ruling that Accra had not violated Ivorian rights in drilling for oil.
    (Reuters, 9/23/17)
2017        Sep 23, Police in western India arrested popular spiritual guru Kaushlendra Prapannacharya Falahari Maharaja (70), the second in the past month, for allegedly raping a 21-year-old woman in Rajashtan state.
    (AP, 9/23/17)
2017        Sep 23, Indian troops, according to Pakistan, fired across the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region, killing a young girl and wounding two other people.
    (AP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 23, Iran said it had successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles) and would keep developing its arsenal, despite US pressure to stop.
    (Reuters, 9/23/17)
2017        Sep 23, Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star movement picked lawmaker Luigi Di Maio (31) to lead the movement.
    (Reuters, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 23, Lithuania’s government lost its majority in parliament after its junior coalition partner quit, saying they have been sidelined over policies ranging from alcohol age limits to subsidies on central heating. The Farmers and Greens Union, the sole party remaining in power, have a block of 57 members in Lithuania's 141-seat parliament.
    (Reuters, 9/23/17)
2017        Sep 23, In Mexico a new magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook southeast of Matias Romero, Oaxaca state, causing new alarm in a country reeling from two still-more-powerful quakes this month that have killed nearly 400 people.
    (AP, 9/23/17)
2017        Sep 23, In Montenegro about 200 people have gathered at an LGBT pride event urging more rights and zero tolerance for violence against gay people in the conservative Balkan country.
    (AP, 9/23/17)
2017        Sep 23, In New Zealand PM Bill English's National Party took 46 percent of votes in a hotly contested election but will still need New Zealand First to form a government. Jacinda Ardern's Labor Party won 36 percent, the New Zealand First Party 8 percent and the Green Party 6 percent. The final count on Oct. 7 showed National had lost two seats compared to the preliminary count on election night, but remained in the lead with 56 seats, compared to the opposition Labour Party's 46.
    (AP, 9/23/17)(Reuters, 10/7/17)
2017        Sep 23, In North Korea tens of thousands of Pyongyang residents gathered in the capital's Kim Il-Sung Square to laud leader Kim Jong-Un's denunciation of US President Donald Trump.
    (AFP, 9/23/17)
2017        Sep 23, In Pakistan attackers across the border in Afghanistan opened fire on a newly built border post in recently cleared Rajgal Valley, killing a young officer.
    (AP, 9/23/17)
2017        Sep 23, A Philippine navy patrol ship spotted six suspected Vietnamese fishing vessels using powerful lights to attract fish more than 30 nautical miles (55 km) from Bolinao town. A night chase followed and a Vietnamese boat hit a Philippine navy ship and prompted its crew to fire shots. Two Vietnamese fishermen were found dead and five others were taken into custody.
    (AP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 23, Puerto Rico's National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for people living along the Guajataca River in the northwest of the island, saying an earthen dam there was in danger of collapsing as the death toll from Hurricane Maria stood at 33 across the Caribbean. Some 3,000 homes were destroyed.
    (AFP, 9/23/17)(SSFC, 9/24/17 p.A7)
2017        Sep 23, Rwandan police arrested Diane Rwigara, a leading critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame and a women's rights activist, for alleged offenses against state security. Rwigara's mother and sister were also detained on tax evasion charges and she was also charged with forgery.
    (AP, 9/24/17)   
2017        Sep 23, Saudi Arabia celebrated the 87th anniversary of its founding with an unprecedented array of concerts and performances, including allowing women into King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh for an evening operetta - a first in the conservative Islamic kingdom.
    (Reuters, 9/23/17)
2017        Sep 23, Singaporean bodybuilder Pradip Subramanian (32) died after a celebrity Muay Thai fight against former Singapore Idol contestant Steven Lim (41) in the city-state.
    (Reuters, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 23, Spain's PM Mariano Rajoy asked Catalan separatist leaders to own up that they can't hold an outlawed independence referendum after a crackdown dealt them a serious blow this week. Spain's Interior Ministry began coordinating all police efforts in Catalonia.
    (AFP, 9/23/17)
2017        Sep 23, In Syria US-backed Syrian fighters captured the country's largest gas field from the Islamic State group in Deir el-Zour province, as they race with government forces to capture the energy-rich region.
    (AP, 9/23/17)   
2017        Sep 23, Syrian government and allied troops seized Maadan, a town north of Deir el-Zour city and south of Raqqa, which has been scene to intense fighting with Islamic State militants. 45 insurgents were killed in Russian airstrikes on a village in northern Idlib. The strikes targeted members of the Faylaq al-Sham rebel group despite their participation in the last round of talks in Astana.
    (AP, 9/24/17)(AFP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 23, Turkey said it would take security and other steps in response to a planned independence referendum in northern Iraq's Kurdish region that it called a "terrible mistake", as a Kurdish delegation was in Baghdad for talks on the crisis.
    (AP, 9/23/17)
2017        Sep 23, Turkey's official news agency said Istanbul police have detained 36 people at 15 different addresses as alleged members of the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 9/23/17)
2017        Sep 23, PM Abdulla Aripov said Uzbekistan will no longer have thousands of students, teachers and healthcare workers pick the cotton harvest, confirming a halt to a practice condemned abroad as forced labor.
    (Reuters, 9/23/17)

2017        Sep 24, President Donald Trump’s ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries expired, 90 days after it went into effect. Trump signed a proclamation imposing strict new restrictions, effective on October 18, on travelers from a handful of countries, including five that were covered by his expiring travel ban.
    (AP, 9/24/17)(AP, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 24, US federal immigration authorities began a national sweep targeting cities that prohibit cooperation between local law enforcement and ICE. Over the next few days 498 people from 42 countries were arrested in eight states and Washington, DC. 
    (SFC, 9/29/17, p.A8)
2017        Sep 24, At UC Berkeley ultraconservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos showed up for about 15 minutes on the steps of Sproul Hall one day after the conservative student group that had invited him withdrew its invitation for him to speak at a planned Free speech Week. The university estimated that police presence cost it some $80,000.
    (SFC, 9/25/17 p.A1)
2017        Sep 24, In California a large riot erupted at the Men’s Colony Prison in San Luis Obispo, leaving one inmate dead and several injured.
    (SFC, 9/25/17 p.C4)
2017        Sep 24, In Tennessee Emmanuel Kidega Samson (25) stormed into a church in Antioch with a gun before he was subdued by church usher Robert Engle (22). Samson killed one woman in the church parking lot before entering the church where he wounded six people.
    (SFC, 9/25/17 p.A5)
2017        Sep 24, In Afghanistan a car bomber attacked a Danish convoy belonging to the NATO-led military mission in Kabul, wounding a number of civilians but leaving international forces unharmed.
    (Reuters, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, In Australia hundreds of people attended rallies in major cities to protest an advertisement the Indian community described as "highly insulting" in its depiction of the Hindu deity Lord Ganesha. The ad featured various religious figures including the Hindu god, considered vegetarian by followers, sitting down to a meal of lamb.
    (AP, 9/24/17)   
2017        Sep 24, Refugees left one of Australia's offshore detention centers for the United States, as part of a swap brokered by former US president Barack Obama last year. About 25 men left the Manus Island detention center in Papua New Guinea.
    (Reuters, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, Bangladesh banned telecommunication companies from selling mobile phone connections to Rohingya refugees, citing security concerns for the latest restrictions. Bangladesh has already prohibited the sale of SIM cards to its own citizens who cannot provide an official identity card, in a bid to frustrate the organizational capacity of homegrown militants.
    (AFP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, Brexit negotiator David Davis dismissed a report that Britain was prepared to pay a £40 billion ($54 billion, 45 billion euros) divorce bill on leaving the EU.
    (AFP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, In London several players from the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars knelt during the playing of the US national anthem, in the first NFL game since President Donald Trump condemned players who are protesting against racial inequality.
    (AFP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, A petition by more than 600,000 people asked London transport authorities to reverse their decision not to renew Uber's license when it expires.
    (AFP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office but faced the prospect of forming a coalition with two disparate new partners. The rightwing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) poached one million votes from Merkel's conservatives, leaving her without an obvious coalition.
    (AP, 9/24/17)(AFP, 9/25/17)(SFC, 9/25/17 p.A3)
2017        Sep 24, Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard launched a military exercise in its northwestern Kurdish region one day ahead of Iraqi Kurds voting in an independence referendum, in a sign of Tehran's concerns over the vote. Iran also closed its airspace to flights taking off from Iraq's Kurdish region following an Iraqi request.
    (AP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, Iraq executed 42 Sunni Muslim militants convicted on terrorism charges ranging from killing members of security forces to detonating car bombs.
    (Reuters, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 24, Kurdish region’s Pres. Masoud Barzani said that while the Sep 25 vote will be the first step in a long process to negotiate independence, the region's "partnership" with the Iraqi central government in Baghdad is over.
    (AP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, In northern Mali three UN soldiers from Bangladesh were killed by an explosive device that detonated as they were escorting a convoy.
    (Reuters, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, In Mexico a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck off the west coast. The epicenter of the quake was 99 km south-southwest of Tonala, in Chiapas state.
    (Reuters, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, In Mexico the search continued in a ruined office building in Mexico City's hip Roma neighborhood and a five-story apartment in historic Tlalpan after the Sep 19 magnitude 7.1 quake toppled dozens of buildings and killed over 300 people. Economic losses were estimated at $4 billion to $8 billion.
    (Reuters, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, The Russian Defence Ministry said that Russian Lieutenant-General Valery Asapov had been killed by Islamic State shelling near Deir al-Zor.
    (Reuters, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 24, In South Africa thieves in a vehicle with police markings robbed 36 Dutch tourists who were traveling in a bus after leaving Johannesburg's main international airport.
    (AP, 9/26/17)   
2017        Sep 24, In Spain demonstrators calling for Catalan independence gathered in hundreds of towns across the region following Madrid's actions last week to try to block a referendum on self rule that it considers illegal. The grassroots groups driving Catalonia's separatist movement defied Spanish authorities by distributing one million ballots for an Oct. 1 independence vote that the central government in Madrid has called illegal and vowed to halt.
    (Reuters, 9/24/17)(AP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, A court in Sudan sentenced university student Asim Omer to death after convicting him of killing a policeman during protests in Khartoum last year. Students at Khartoum University demonstrated several times last year against an alleged plan to sell off buildings belonging to the institution.
    (AFP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, Swiss voters rejected raising women's retirement age to 65 in a referendum on shoring up the wealthy nation's pension system as a wave of Baby Boomers stops working.
    (Reuters, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, In northern Syria US-allied militias announced the formation of a civilian council to govern the oil rich eastern province of Deir al Zor where they are racing with the Syrian army to capture territory held by Islamic State. Warplanes continued to pound Syria's rural Idlib and Hama, where insurgents led by an al-Qaida-linked group began an offensive against government troops in the area.
    (Reuters, 9/24/17)(AP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, The Vatican said it had been forced to oust its former auditor general, who resigned without explanation in June, because he had been spying on senior officials. Libero Milone had accused the Vatican of getting rid of him because his investigations into possible illegal activity had hit too close to home.
    (AFP, 9/24/17)
2017        Sep 24, Zimbabwean activist pastor Evan Mawarire was arrested during a church service after he posted a video bemoaning the country's worsening economic troubles.
    (AFP, 9/24/17)

2017        Sep 25, Anthony Weiner (53), a former New York Democratic congressman, was sentenced to 21 months in jail for illicit online contact with a girl (15).
    (SFC, 9/26/17, p.A5)
2017        Sep 25, PM Malcolm Turnbull announced that Australia will create its own space agency to increase its share of the $330 billion space economy.
    (SFC, 9/26/17, p.A2)
2017        Sep 25, Target Corp. announced that its minimum hourly wage will rise to $11 starting next month and move to $15 by the end of 2020.
    (SFC, 9/26/17, p.D1)
2017        Sep 25, Amazon Web Services announced a deal with the government of Bahrain to open its first Middle East data centers in the Gulf, expected to be ready by 2019. Amazon had acquired Souq.com, the region's biggest online retailer, for $650 million.
    (AFP, 10/2/17)
2017        Sep 25, Britain’s opposition Labour Party set out plans to nationalize billions of pounds of privately-funded infrastructure contracts, cap credit card interest charges, and get extra cash from large corporations.
    (Reuters, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, Liz Dawn 977), the actress who played tart-tongued Vera Duckworth in the British soap opera "Coronation Street" from 1974 to 2008, died. The TV show has charted the goings-on in the fictional northern England community of Weatherfield since 1960 with a blend of dramatic story-lines and down-to-earth humor.
    (AP, 9/26/17)   
2017        Sep 25, China's cyber watchdog handed down maximum penalties to several of the country's top tech firms, including Tencent Holdings Ltd, Baidu Inc and Weibo Corp, for failing to properly censor online content. Under the rules cited in the notice individuals in charge of the platforms and others directly involved face a maximum penalty of 100,000 yuan ($15,110) each.
    (Reuters, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, In eastern Congo DRC a teenager (14) was killed in protests against instability in Bukavu. Locals were protesting against chronic instability, including a spate of armed robberies.
    (AFP, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, In Egypt rights lawyer and opposition activist Khaled Ali was convicted of making an obscene finger gesture outside a Cairo courthouse in January, where he and other lawyers had won a case against the government, blocking its attempt to hand over control of the two islands to Saudi Arabia under a 2016 agreement.
    (AP, 9/26/17)
2017        Sep 25, The French government said it is open to phasing out common weedkiller glyphosate, following complaints from farmers worried about a potential imminent ban.
    (Reuters, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, French truck drivers staged road blockages near fuel depots across the country to protest against President Emmanuel Macron's changes to labor laws.
    (AP, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, A Hong Kong appeals court ruled that a British lesbian whose partner works in the city should be granted a spousal visa, a landmark decision that could lead to expatriate same-sex partners moving to the Chinese-ruled financial hub.
    (Reuters, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, An Indonesian court sentenced Juhanda, an Islamic State group sympathizer, to life imprisonment for an attack last November on a church in Borneo that killed a 2-year-old girl and injured three other children. In a separate trial four co-conspirators (Supriyadi, Ahmad Dani, Rahmad and Joko Sugito) were sentenced to prison terms ranging from six to seven years.
    (AP, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, Iraqi Kurds cast ballots in their autonomous region and in a wide sweep of captured territories on whether to seek independence from Baghdad, a historic vote that has also raised tensions and fears of instability. A 73% turnout approved the referendum by 93%.
    (AP, 9/25/17)(SFC, 9/28/17, p.A3)
2017        Sep 25, Iraq’s parliament demanded that troops be sent to disputed areas in the north controlled by the Kurds since 2003 as the autonomous Kurdish area staged a referendum on independence.
    (AFP, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, The governorate of Kirkuk declared an overnight curfew in the Iraqi oil city as tension simmered following a referendum on independence organized by the local Kurdish authorities but rejected by the central government in Baghdad.
    (Reuters, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said he would dissolve parliament's lower house on Sep 28 for a snap election on Oct 22, seeking a mandate to stick to his tough stance toward a volatile North Korea and rebalance the social security system.
    (AP, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, In Mexico City the death toll from the Sept. 19 earthquake rose to 186, and 324 nationwide. Only 103 of Mexico City's nearly 9,000 schools were cleared to reopen.
    (AP, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, Myanmar government forces found the bodies of 17 more Hindu villagers, taking to 45 the number found over the last 24 hours, who authorities suspect were killed by Muslim insurgents last month, at the beginning of a wave of violence that has sent 436,000 Muslim Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh. Security forces said the bodies are among about 100 Hindus missing since ARSA attacked at least 30 police outposts on August 25.
    (Reuters, 9/25/17)(AP, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, Poland's Andrzej Duda demanded a greater say in nominating judges, despite blocking a similar reform by his own party that the European Union had said was undermining democracy.
    (Reuters, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, Russian police arrested Natalia Baksheeva and her husband Dmitry Baksheev (35) in the city of Krasnodar. They were  suspected of killing a woman in an abandoned house earlier this month after a drunken brawl. Investigators said construction workers found a phone on the scene with the man's photographs posing with body parts. Authorities said the couple may be responsible for the death or disappearance of as many as 30 people.
    (AP, 9/25/17)(SFC, 9/27/17, p.A2)
2017        Sep 25, Sudan vowed to step up efforts to normalize relations with the US after Washington dropped the country from a list of countries facing a US travel ban.
    (AFP, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, In Syria Russia bombed positions of US-backed forces in a major natural gas field they recently captured from Islamic State militants. The SDF said the airstrike killed one of its fighters and wounded two others in the Conoco gas field, in Deir el-Zour province. Russia's Defense Ministry denied the report.
    (AP, 9/25/17)(SFC, 9/26/17, p.A2)
2017        Sep 25, Togo's opposition cancelled its latest wave of planned anti-government street protests and instead called for a nationwide shutdown to protest President Faure Gnassingbe's regime.
    (AFP, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, Turkey took the Kurdish television channel Rudaw off its satellite service TurkSat, in the country's first response to a Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara would close its border with Iraq's Kurdistan region over an independence referendum and threatened the Iraqi Kurds with blocking their key oil exports.
    (Reuters, 9/25/17)(AFP, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, Ukraine's president signed a controversial law on education, causing fury in Hungary which is threatening to block Ukraine's efforts to integrate with the EU. The law restructures Ukraine's education system and specifies that Ukrainian will be the main language used in schools, rolling back the option for lessons to be taught in other languages.
    (AP, 9/26/17)   
2017        Sep 25, The UN human rights office said in a report that Russia is violating international law in Crimea, including by imposing Russian citizenship on its people and deliberately transferring hundreds of prisoners and detainees to prisons in Russia.
    (AP, 9/25/17)
2017        Sep 25, Vietnamese authorities used water cannon and electric rods to end a five-month long protest by villagers blockading a textile plant that serves global fashion brands.
    (Reuters, 9/25/17)

2017        Sep 26, US Pres. Donald Trump publicly accused Pyongyang of abusing the late 22-year-old Otto Warmbier, an allegation likely to heighten tensions between the two nuclear powers. The Trump administration slapped sanctions on eight North Korean banks and 26 bank workers living abroad.
    (AFP, 9/26/17)(SFC, 9/27/17, p.A3)
2017        Sep 26, US Senate Republican leaders officially pulled the plug on their latest plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
    (SFC, 9/27/17, p.A6)
2017        Sep 26, In Alabama jurist Roy Moore won the state Republican primary runoff over Sen. Luther Strange to take the GOP nomination for the seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Strange had been backed by Pres. Trump and deep-pocketed allies of Sen. Mitch McConnell.
    (SFC, 9/27/17, p.A12)
2017        Sep 26, San Francisco became the first city to sue Equifax, accusing the credit reporting agency of putting more that 15 million people in California at risk of identity theft by failing to adequately safeguard their personal information.
    (SFC, 9/27/17, p.A1)
2017        Sep 26, In Afghanistan attacks in two neighboring Herat and Farah provinces killed at least five policemen, while a sixth policeman died in a gunbattle with the Taliban in Takhar province.
    (AP, 9/26/17)
2017        Sep 26, In Angola Joao Lourenco was inaugurated as president at a ceremony in Luanda ending the 38-year reign of Jose Eduardo dos Santos.
    (AFP, 9/26/17)
2017        Sep 26, The Arab League called on Iraqis to renounce their differences and open comprehensive dialogue to avoid clashes following a controversial independence referendum held by the country's Kurds.
    (AP, 9/26/17)
2017        Sep 26, In China nearly 1,000 public security officials and political leaders from 156 countries gathered in Beijing to discuss terrorism, organized crime and cybercrime at the four-day meeting, one of the largest in Interpol's history. President Xi Jinping called for "global security governance" as he addressed the assembly.
    (AFP, 9/26/17)
2017        Sep 26, A Croatian court sentenced Dragan Vasiljkovic (62), a former Serb paramilitary commander and Australian citizen, to 15 years in prison for war crimes including the killing and torture of prisoners during the 1991-95 war when Serbs took up arms against Croatia's secession from Yugoslavia.
    (AP, 9/26/17)
2017        Sep 26, The EU Commission said that it is distributing guidelines to food and consumer authorities so they can act against "dual quality products".
    (AP, 9/26/17)
2017        Sep 26, Indonesia’s country's disaster agency said warnings that the Mount Agung volcano on the island of Bali will erupt have sparked an exodus of more than 75,000 people that is likely to continue to swell.
    (AP, 9/26/17)
2017        Sep 26, Thousands of Iranian Kurds marched in the streets to show their support for an independence referendum staged by Kurdish authorities in neighboring Iraq, defying a show of power by Tehran which flew fighter jets over their areas.
    (AP, 9/26/17)
2017        Sep 26, Italian police arrested the mayor of a city near Milan on corruption charges as part of an investigation into the infiltration of the 'ndrangheta organized crime clan of southern Italy in the north's business and political establishment. Police issued 27 arrest warrants, many accused in the 'ndrangheta's cocaine trafficking operations and hailing from the mob's Calabrian hub in San Luca.
    (AP, 9/26/17)   
2017        Sep 26, Japan's government approved a revision of its 30-to-40-year plan to decommission the Fukushima nuclear plant, delaying by three more years the removal of radioactive fuel rods stored at two of the three reactors damaged in the 2011 disaster.
    (AP, 9/26/17)
2017        Sep 26, Kenyan police used tear gas to disperse opposition protesters outside the headquarters of the election commission a month before a scheduled re-run of the annulled presidential poll.
    (AFP, 9/26/17)
2017        Sep 26, In Mexico the death toll in the Sept. 19 earthquake rose to 333, with 194 of those deaths in Mexico City.
    (AP, 9/26/17)(SFC, 9/27/17, p.A4)
2017        Sep 26, Myanmar government officials said at least 163 people have been killed and 91 others have gone missing over the past year in attacks carried out by Rohingya Muslim militants in Myanmar's restive Rakhine state.
    (AP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 26, Human Rights Watch said Myanmar is committing crimes against humanity in its campaign against Muslim insurgents in Rakhine state and called for the UN Security Council to impose sanctions and an arms embargo.
    (Reuters, 9/26/17)
2017        Sep 26, In the Netherlands the bodies of a couple, reportedly 63 and 62, were discovered in Katlijk, a rural village with some 600 inhabitants that lies 140 km (87 miles) northeast of Amsterdam. Police detained the son (14) the same evening on suspicion of involvement in the deaths. The boy soon confessed to killing his parents with a knife.
    (AP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 26, A Palestinian opened fire at Israeli security personnel at the entrance to a West Bank settlement where he had worked, killing three and wounding another before being shot dead.
    (AFP, 9/26/17)
2017        Sep 26, Russia's communications agency threatened to block access to Facebook if the company refuses to store its data locally. A 2015 Russian law on personal data obliges foreign companies to store it in Russia.
    (AP, 9/26/17)
2017        Sep 26, Saudi Arabia lifted its decades-old ban on women driving. The kingdom will issue driving licenses to women from next June.
    (AP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 26, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Iraqi Kurds would go hungry if his country halts the flow of trucks and oil across the border with northern Iraq and warned that all military and economic measures were on the table against its neighbor.
    (Reuters, 9/26/17)
2017        Sep 26, In Uganda fistfights and chair-throwing broke out in parliament ahead of a debate on whether to grant President Yoweri Museveni (73) another term in office.
    (Reuters, 9/26/17)
2017        Sep 26, The UN drastically increased the estimated number of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar to 480,000 as Bangladesh eased restrictions on aid groups working in refugee camps and sought $250 million to cope with the crisis.
    (AFP, 9/26/17)

2017        Sep 27, The Trump administration outlined its new tax plan, which included a sharp reduction in the taxation of business income, elimination of the estate tax and eliminating the alternative minimum tax.
    (SFC, 9/28/17, p.A4)
2017        Sep 27, The Trump administration defended its decision to sharply curtail the number of refugees allowed into the US to 45,000 next year.
    (SFC, 9/28/17, p.A4)
2017        Sep 27, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to move that state’s primary elections from June to March, to maximize the state’s relevance in presidential primaries.
    (SFC, 9/28/17, p.A1)
2017        Sep 27, In California a large rockfall killed a climber on  the Waterfall Route up El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
    (SFC, 9/28/17, p.A7)
2017        Sep 27, In the SF Bay Area Richmond and Fairfield police shot Demilo Trayvon Hodge (45) of San Leandro after he disobeyed commands to surrender. Hodge was wanted on suspicion of murder in connection with the shooting of William Freeman (68) in Fairfield on Dec 10, 2015. Hodge died of his wounds the next morning.
    (SFC, 9/29/17, p.D1)
2017        Sep 27, Baltimore prosecutors said nearly 300 cases have been dropped due to four allegations of police misconduct and a federal indictment of eight officers on racketeering and fraud charges.
    (SFC, 9/28/17, p.A4)
2017        Sep 27, Hugh Hefner (b.1926), co-founder of Playboy Magazine (1953), died in Los Angeles.
    (SFC, 9/28/17, p.A5)
2017        Sep 27, In Afghanistan one woman was killed and 11 other civilians were wounded when Taliban rockets hit the Kabul airport targeting the plane of US Defense Sec. Jim Mattis.  Afghan special forces killed four attackers. The attack on the airport, claimed by both Islamic State and Taliban insurgents, came just hours after Mattis touched down to pledge support for the government of President Ashraf Ghani.
    (Reuters, 9/27/17)(AP, 9/27/17)(SFC, 9/28/17, p.A2)
2017        Sep 27, Brazil’s Supreme Court voted 6-5 to authorize state schools to promote specific religions. Students however cannot be compelled to attend religious classes.
    (SFC, 9/28/17, p.A2)
2017        Sep 27, British police said they had arrested 11 men, including five on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts, as part of an investigation into the banned far-right group National Action.
    (AFP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, Avocet Mining Plc said unknown attackers in northern Burkina Faso killed two paramilitary police officers and wounded two others in an assault on a convoy carrying fuel to the Inata gold mine.
    (Reuters, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Cameroon has broken international law by forcibly deporting at least 100,000 Nigerians who had fled there to escape Islamist Boko Haram militants. HRW said the expulsions reported since 2015 were one of the largest illegal forced repatriations it had seen in recent years, and were in "flagrant breach" of global and Cameroonian law.
    (Reuters, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, A mining association official said China will cancel about a third of its iron ore mining licenses, mostly belonging to small polluting mines as part of Beijing's efforts to improve air quality.
    (Reuters, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, Meeting in China Interpol voted to admit the State of Palestine as a member over Israeli objections at the international police organization's general assembly in Beijing.
    (Reuters, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, Egyptian courts sentenced 30 people to terms ranging between three years and life in prison on violence-related charges.
    (AP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, The European Union unveiled a new plan to resettle at least 50,000 refugees, the majority of them from northern Africa.
    (AP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, Finnish energy group Fortum offered to buy all the shares in German utility Uniper in an 8.05 billion-euro ($9.5 billion) deal that aims to boost Fortum's gas, hydroelectric and nuclear assets. Fortum offered to buy the 46.65 percent stake that Germany's E.ON holds and the rest of the shares for 22 euros each. E.ON has until early 2018 to decide whether to sell its stake.
    (AP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, French President Emmanuel Macron's business-friendly government unveiled its first annual budget. The government confirmed it plans to cut taxes on high-earning finance sector jobs as part of efforts to make Paris more attractive for firms shifting operations out of London due to Brexit.
    (AFP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, Indian troops exchanged gunfire with separatist guerrillas in a remote northeastern region bordering Myanmar, killing or wounding several of the insurgents.
    (Reuters, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, In Indonesia the exodus from the menacing Mount Agung volcano on Bali neared 100,000 people, as hundreds of tremors from the mountain were recorded daily.
    (AP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, Iran's supreme leader and thousands of others mourned Mohsen Hojaji (25), a Revolutionary Guard soldier beheaded by the Islamic State group. His killing struck a nerve within Iran as its forces continue to suffer casualties in Iraq and Syria.
    (AP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, Baghdad piled pressure on Iraq's Kurds, demanding they cancel their vote for independence while parliament urged the Iraqi central government to send troops to take control of vital oil fields held by Kurdish forces. Final results released today showed nearly 93 percent in favor of independence, and 7.3 percent against.
    (Reuters, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, Irish budget airline Ryanair cancelled another 18,000 flights, deepening its woes over its mismanagement of pilots' holiday schedules.
    (AP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, In northern Mexico gunmen killed 15 people in a mass shooting at a drug rehabilitation center in Chihuahua state in an apparent feud between drug gangs.
    (SFC, 9/28/17, p.A2)
2017        Sep 27, A Myanmar minister said burned land becomes government-managed land. Refugees arriving in Bangladesh have accused the army and Buddhist vigilantes of mounting a campaign of violence and arson aimed at driving Rohingya out of Myanmar. Security forces and local administrators have been collecting livestock left behind and bringing the animals by foot, truck and sometimes boat to Buddhist-controlled areas.
    (Reuters, 9/27/17)(AP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, It was reported that hundreds of vultures in Namibia died after feeding on an elephant carcass that poachers had poisoned. Poachers in Zimbabwe used cyanide to kill dozens of elephants for their ivory tusks. In Mozambique three lions died after eating bait infused with a crop pesticide.
    (AP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, Pakistan's army said Indian troops have fired across the frontier in the disputed region of Kashmir, killing a young man and wounding four people.
    (AP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia was destroying its last chemical weapons, hailing the move as a "historic event" and accusing the United States of not following suit.
    (AFP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, A Russian court found Ilmi Umerov (60), a Crimean dissident opposed to Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea, guilty of separatism and sentenced him to two years in a prison colony. Umerov, who suffers from Parkinson's disease and attacks of high blood pressure, was deputy head of the Crimean Tatars' semi-official Mejlis legislature before it was suspended by Moscow after it took control of the peninsula in 2014.
    (Reuters, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, In South Africa thousands marched in anti-corruption protests, in a rallying cry against scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma and his powerful allies three months before a new ANC leader is chosen.
    (Reuters, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir ordered police to cooperate with a new 4,000-strong United Nations force being deployed in the capital Juba.
    (AFP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, A Thai court sentenced former PM Yingluck Shinawatra, whose government was ousted in a 2014 military coup, in absentia to five years in prison for alleged negligence in a money-losing rice subsidy program.
    (AP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, Turkey said it will suspend flights to the northern Iraqi cities of Erbil and Sulaimaniya starting on 1500 GMT on Sep 29, in response to a Kurdish independence referendum held earlier this week.
    (Reuters, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, In Uganda a government-backed lawmaker introduced a measure to extend the long-time president's rule, following a fight in which opposition lawmakers were forcibly evicted from the legislative chamber. At least five lawmakers received hospital treatment for injuries sustained while being dragged out of the parliament by plain-clothes security guards that opposition MPs said were really soldiers from Pres. Yoweri Museveni's special forces.
    (AP, 9/27/17)(Reuters, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 27, Ukrainian authorities evacuated more than 30,000 people from the central Vinnytsia region after a huge arms depot storing missiles caught fire and exploded in what prosecutors said was a possible act of sabotage.
    (AFP, 9/27/17)
2017        Sep 27, In Uzbekistan Nurulloh Muhammad Raufkhon, the first prominent dissident to return since the death of its long-time leader Islam Karimov, was detained on arrival. Raufkhon had been charged in absentia and put on a wanted list after a criminal investigation launched in May. Raufkhon was in exile in Turkey after publishing in the spring of 2016 a book critical of Karimov who had run the former Soviet republic with an iron fist since 1989.
    (Reuters, 9/28/17)
2017        Sep 27, Vanuatu authorities have declared an emergency on Ambae island, where activity at the Manaro volcano has increased recently, raising fears of a major eruption. More than 7,000 people have fled their homes.
    (AP, 9/27/17)

2017        Sep 28, President Donald Trump temporarily lifted restrictions on foreign shipping from the US mainland to Puerto Rico to help get fuel and supplies quickly to the US territory as it reels from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico's government had sought a waiver of the Jones Act, which limits shipping between US ports to US owned-and-operated vessels. The federal government waived the Jones Act shipping restrictions for Puerto Rico for 10 days in recognition of the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on the US territory.
    (AP, 9/28/17)(Reuters, 9/28/17)
2017        Sep 28, US Health and Human Services Sec. Tom Price said he will write a personal check for $51,887.31 to reimburse taxpayers for his travel on charter flights taken on government business and pledged to fly commercial.
    (SFC, 9/28/17, p.A5)
2017        Sep 28, San Francisco-based Task Rabbit and Sweden-based Ikea confirmed that Ikea will acquire Task Rabbit.
    (SFC, 9/29/17, p.C1)
2017        Sep 28, Shares of Roku, a Los Gatos, Ca., maker of streaming video players, soared from $14 to $23.50 in its IPO raising $219 million.
    (SFC, 9/29/17, p.C1)
2017        Sep 28, Hawaii’s state land board approved the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea. Opponents were expected to appeal.
    (SFC, 9/30/17, p.A6)
2017        Sep 28, The US EPA said an unknown amount of sediments contaminated with dioxins have washed down from a Houston-area Superfund site during flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
    (SSFC, 10/1/17, p.A9)
2017        Sep 28, A new poll in Brazil says embattled President Michel Temer's already dismal approval rating has sunk even further to a new historic low. Just 3 percent of respondents in the Ibope Institute survey approved of Temer's administration, while 77 percent disapprove. The rest rated his performance as average.
    (AP, 9/28/17)
2017        Sep 28, British PM Theresa May warned of growing protectionism in the global economy, slamming plane maker Boeing for its role in the US government proposal to impose a massive tariff that could cost thousands of jobs in Northern Ireland.
    (AP, 9/28/17)
2017        Sep 28, A Cambodian court sentenced British man Toby James Nelhams, suspected of involvement in the Jan 24 gangland-style slaying of Briton Tony Kenway in the Thai resort town of Pattaya, to eight months in prison for fraud. The whereabouts of two other suspects were unknown.
    (AP, 9/28/17)
2017        Sep 28,  An Egyptian court has sentenced 16 people, including the head of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, to life in prison on violence-related charges. The court also sentenced 77 other defendants to 15 years imprisonment on the same charges, which include a 2013 attack on a police vehicle in a city south of Cairo.
    (AP, 9/28/17)
2017        Sep 28, Egypt said its air force has hit 10 four-wheel-drive vehicles carrying arms, ammunition and contraband at its western borders with Libya.
    (AP, 9/28/17)
2017        Sep 28, French screen goddess Brigitte Bardot was honored in the Riviera resort of St Tropez, where a 2.5-meter (eight-foot) statue of the actress was unveiled on her 83rd birthday.
    (AFP, 9/26/17)
2017        Sep 28, German’s police said a man has slipped a potentially lethal poison into food, including baby food, on sale in some supermarkets in an extortion scheme aimed at raising millions of euros. No cases of poisoning had been reported so far.
    (Reuters, 9/28/17)
2017        Sep 28, Munich prosecutors said they have arrested a second suspect in connection with an emissions scandal at carmaker Audi and have widened the number of suspects in their investigation.
    (Reuters, 9/28/17)
2017        Sep 28, Indonesia said it is set to end a moratorium on a $40-billion land reclamation project involving 17 artificial islands off the northern coast of the capital Jakarta. The ban was slapped on the project in April 2016 amid a bribery investigation by the anti-corruption agency and opposition from environmentalists.
    (Reuters, 9/28/17)
2017        Sep 28, In Hong Kong hundreds of protesters demanded full democracy outside government headquarters, speaking out against China's suppression of civil liberties on the third anniversary of a major pro-democracy movement.
    (Reuters, 9/28/17)
2017        Sep 28, Iraqi officials said all foreign flights to and from the Kurdish capital Arbil will be suspended from Sep 29, as Baghdad increases pressure on the Kurds over this week's independence referendum.
    (AFP, 9/28/17)
2017        Sep 28, Kenya's opposition called for demonstrations against the government after the ruling party moved to change the electoral law ahead of next month's re-run presidential poll.
    (AFP, 9/28/17)
2017        Sep 28, Libyan authorities arrested a suspected Islamic State militant they believe was involved in the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya in 2015.
    (AP, 9/28/17)
2017        Sep 28, Madagascar’s health minister said an outbreak of plague has killed 19 people and may have infected 85 others in just two months.
    (AFP, 9/28/17)
2017        Sep 28, A boat carrying 130 Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar capsized off the Bay of Bengal. More than 60 Rohingya Muslim refugees were believed to have drowned. 23 people were confirmed dead and 40 were missing. Seventeen survived.
    (Reuters, 9/28/17)(Reuters, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 28, In Nepal 3-year-old Trishna Shakya became the country's new living goddess, revered by both Hindus and Buddhists in the Himalayan nation.
    (AP, 9/28/17)
2017        Sep 28, Russia’s Pres. Vladimir Putin visited Turkey for talks that focused on Iraq, Syria and bilateral trade.
    (SFC, 9/29/17, p.A2)
2017        Sep 28, The Russian Foreign Ministry told the United States to step back from a confrontation over military observation flights before the two countries became embroiled in another round of tit-for-tat retaliatory measures.
    (AP, 9/28/17)
2017        Sep 28, Saudi Arabia announced it had undertaken another multi-billion dollar bond sale to finance a persistent budget deficit left by low oil prices.
    (AFP, 9/28/17)
2017        Sep 28, In Somalia a car bomb exploded near a bus stop Mogadishu, causing an unknown number of casualties.
    (AP, 9/28/17)
2017        Sep 28, In Syria a Christian legislator was elected speaker of parliament in the predominantly Muslim country for the first time in decades. Hammudeh Sabbagh (58), a Syriac Orthodox Christian graduate in law and member of President Bashar al-Assad's Baath party from Hasakeh province in northeast Syria, won 193 votes out of 252 cast.
    (AP, 9/28/17)
2017        Sep 28, In eastern Syria  Islamic State militants attacked  al-Shola village recently captured by government forces, threatening to cut the main highway linking with the city of Deir el-Zour. The IS fighters appeared to have come from the town of Mayadeen, one of the largest remaining strongholds of the militants in Syria.
    (AP, 9/28/17)
2017        Sep 28, Turkey advised its citizens to leave Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region before flights to the area are suspended. Turkey said it had stopped training peshmerga forces in northern Iraq in response to a Kurdish independence vote there. Turkey also threatened potentially crippling restrictions on oil trading with Iraqi Kurds.
    (AP, 9/28/17)(Reuters, 9/28/17)
2017        Sep 28, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the United States that Turkey could release a jailed American pastor if Washington handed over the Pennsylvania-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen who Ankara blames for last year's failed coup. US pastor Andrew Brunson has been held by Turkish authorities since October 2016 on charges of being a member of Gulen's group.
    (AFP, 9/28/17)
2017        Sep 28, In Ukraine a Kiev court froze four rail assets of billionaire Igor Kolomoyskiy in a long-running corruption case that led to the state's eventual takeover of PrivatBank, Ukraine's largest private bank.
    (AFP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 28, Ukraine's Commander in Chief Viktor Muzhenko said Russia has withdrawn only a few units from Belarus and had lied about how many of its soldiers were there in the first place.
    (Reuters, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 28,  Vietnam's annual water buffalo fighting festival resumed despite calls for an end to the traditional event because of its violence. The tournament was halted temporarily three months ago after a buffalo killed its owner on the fighting field.
    (AP, 9/28/17)

2017        Sep 29, President Donald Trump pledged to spare no effort to help Puerto Ricans recover from Maria's ruinous aftermath even as San Juan's mayor, her voice breaking with rage, accused his administration of "killing us with the inefficiency."
    (AP, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 29, The United States said it is cutting its diplomatic presence in Havana by more than a half and will warn US citizens not to visit Cuba because of targeted attacks that have injured at least 21 US personnel.
    (AP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, US Health and Human Services Sec. Tom Price resigned following his use of private charter aircraft for official trips. His costly travel had triggered investigations and angered Pres. Donald Trump.
    (SFC, 9/28/17, p.A5)
2017        Sep 29, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called on countries to suspend providing weapons to Myanmar over the current violence. Nearly 90 non-governmental organizations have denounced "crimes against humanity" committed by authorities in Myanmar against the Muslim Rohingya minority and called on the international community to take action.
    (Reuters, 9/29/17)(AFP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, In southern California Dr. David Morrow, a cosmetic surgeon, was sentenced in absentia to 20 years in prison for bilking insurers for procedures his patients did not need. Morrow pleaded guilty last year to filing a false tax return and has been on the run with his wife for four months.
    (SSFC, 10/1/17, p.A6)
2017        Sep 29, In Georgia police officer Kristin Hearne (29) was shot and killed and another officer was wounded when they approached a stolen car in Polk County. Two suspects were arrested.
    (SFC, 9/30/17, p.A6)
2017        Sep 29, In Texas Kyriakos Savvas Georghiou (27) surrendered to Houston police after decapitating his mother and wounding his father in a stabbing attack.
    (SFC, 10/3/17, p.A4)
2017        Sep 29, In Afghanistan a suicide bombing near the large Shi'ite Hussainya mosque in Kabul killed at least one person. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Albania agreed to work with international experts in identifying people who went missing during the country's communist past.
    (AP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Antigua and Barbuda asked the United States to settle a decade-old trade dispute to help the Caribbean country pay the $250 million cost of recovery from Hurricane Irma, which "completely decimated" the island of Barbuda. The WTO backed Antigua in 2005 in a dispute with the United States over online gambling rights and authorized it to impose trade sanctions.
    (Reuters, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, A London judge said Polish-born Michal Herba (36), a man accused of being part of a July plot to kidnap a British model in Milan, should be extradited to face charges in Italy. Herba is also the brother of the model's alleged kidnapper.
    (Reuters, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, A deputy Cambodian party leader said around half the opposition members of parliament have left the country in fear of a crackdown by PM Hun Sen’s government. Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has a slim majority in the 123-member parliament, which voted on Sept. 11 to allow the prosecution of Kem Sokha in a vote boycotted by opposition members.
    (Reuters, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 29, China's Communist Party expelled from its ranks Sun Zhengcai, a former contender for a top leadership post, for "serious discipline violations" before a major congress due to consolidate President Xi Jinping's power.
    (AFP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Croatian authorities said a US court has rejected a suit filed by victims of Croatia's pro-Nazi WWII regime and their relatives who were seeking $3.5 billion (2.9 billion euros) in damages. The group wanted compensation from the Croatian government for property seized from ethnic Serbs, Roma and Jews during the war.
    (AFP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, French President Emmanuel Macron said European Union leaders agreed during a summit dinner in Talinn that they should push ahead more quickly with reforms of the bloc. Macron won backing from Angela Merkel for plans to reform the European Union after Brexit.
    (Reuters, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, French automaker Citroen said it is shutting down its car sharing service in Berlin after struggling to compete against rivals BMW and Daimler effective Oct 29.
    (AP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, German police arrested a suspect (55) in the case of an alleged extortionist who attempted to force supermarkets into coughing up tens of millions of euros by slipping a potentially lethal poison into baby food.
    (Reuters, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 29, In India a stampede broke out on a crowded pedestrian bridge connecting two railway stations in Mumbai during the morning rush, killing at least 22 people and injuring 32 others.
    (AP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Indian troops with heavy weapons reportedly targeted civilians from across the frontier in the disputed region of Kashmir, killing two villagers and a Pakistani soldier.
    (AP, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 29, Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency said Iran has banned the transportation of refined crude oil products by Iranian companies to and from Iraq's Kurdistan region, after Tehran vowed to stand by Baghdad following the region's vote for independence.
    (Reuters, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Iraqi forces launched an assault on the northern town of Hawija, one of the last bastions in the country still held by the Islamic State group, which is also under attack in neighboring Syria. A veteran fighter known as "the sheikh of snipers" was killed in a battle to retake Hawija from the IS group. Abu Tahsin al-Salhi (63), who took part in conflicts dating back to the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, had reportedly gunned down at least 320 IS jihadists.
    (AFP, 9/29/17)(AFP, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 29, In Iraq the last international flight left Erbil airport as the Baghdad government imposed an air ban in retaliation for an independence vote by Iraqi Kurds that has drawn widespread opposition from foreign powers.
    (Reuters, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, The Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq refused to relinquish control of its border crossings to the Iraqi government.
    (Reuters, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Mexico’s National Civil Defense chief said the death toll from the Sept. 19 earthquake in central Mexico has jumped by 10 to 355.
    (AP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Norway granted Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu permission to immigrate so he can be united with his Norwegian wife.
    (AP, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 29, The Philippine government denounced 39 mostly Western nations, including the United States, Britain and France, which have urged it to end thousands of killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug crackdown and allow investigations in cooperation with the international community.
    (AP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Russian police took opposition leader Alexei Navalny into custody in Moscow and detained his associates in a city where he was heading for a rally.
    (AP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, A Russian soldier fired his Kalashnikov rifle at his comrades waiting to have target practice at a base outside the town of Belogorsk near the border with China and then fled. The soldier offered resistance to arrest and was shot dead early the next day following a massive manhunt.
    (AP, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 29, Human Rights Watch said Rwanda's authorities have arrested, forcibly disappeared, and threatened political opponents since the August 2017 presidential elections.
    (AP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Serbia's information minister denied media reports that the Balkan nation's government is muzzling journalists through intimidation, threats and financial pressure.
    (AP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, A Hezbollah media unit said the Syrian army and its allies have secured the Palmyra to Deir al-Zor road, a major supply route from government territory to the eastern city, defeating a strong Islamic State attack. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Islamic State attacks had killed at least 73 Syrian government troops and allied fighters over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 9/29/17)(AFP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said a surge in bombing raids has forced hospitals to close in northwestern Syria.  Air strikes in northern Syria killed and wounded dozens.
    (AP, 9/29/17)    (SFC, 9/30/17, p.A2)
2017        Sep 29, The UN Human Rights Council voted to extend the mission of an international probe into atrocities in Burundi, overriding strong pushback from the government accused of crimes against humanity.
    (AFP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, The UN Children's Fund said Boko Haram's ongoing insurgency in northern Nigeria has forced the closure of more than 57 percent of schools in Borno state, leaving about 3 million children without an education as the school year begins.
    (AP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, The UN Human Rights Council deadlocked over whether to send war crimes investigators to Yemen, a move being pushed by some EU states but fiercely resisted by Saudi Arabia.
    (AFP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Zambian police clashed with about 100 anti-corruption protesters outside parliament, prompting arrests on the same day as the finance minister presented the national budget. The demonstration targeted the purchase of 42 firefighting trucks costing $1 million each -- a deal that has fuelled criticism of government spending.
    (AFP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Zimbabwean police in Harare fired teargas to break up protests against the country's worsening economic crisis as rising prices fuel opposition to President Robert Mugabe's regime.
    (AFP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Zimbabwean activist pastor Evan Mawarire (40) was acquitted of inciting public violence, but he remained on trial for allegedly trying to subvert President Robert Mugabe's government.
    (AFP, 9/29/17)

2017        Sep 30, President Donald Trump lashed out at the mayor of San Juan and other officials in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, contemptuous of their claims of a laggard US response to the natural disaster that has imperiled the island's future. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz had accused the Trump administration of "killing us with the inefficiency" after Hurricane Maria.
    (AP, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 30, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson disclosed that the United States was directly communicating with North Korea on its nuclear and missile programs but that Pyongyang had shown no interest in dialogue.
    (Reuters, 10/1/17)
2017        Sep 30, Monty Hall (96), an American TV icon who hosted the long running game show "Let's Make a Deal," died at his home in Beverly Hills. Canadian-born Hall co-created "Let's Make a Deal" in 1963 and hosted it for more than 20 years.
    (AFP, 10/1/17)
2017        Sep 30, In North Carolina a stolen vehicle chased by a sheriff’s deputy ran a red light in Greensboro around midnight and slammed into another car killing five people in both cars.
    (SFC, 10/2/17, p.A4)
2017        Sep 30, In Afghanistan at least two people including a police officer were killed by roadside bombs in western Herat province. A civilian motorcycle hit a roadside bomb, killing one civilian and wounding another in the Shindand district of Herat. At least nine civilians were wounded when a bicycle bomb exploded in a bazaar in Kapisa province. In Kandahar province a woman was killed after a civilian vehicle came under attack by unknown gunmen.
    (AP, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 30, Australia dispatched a naval vessel to Vanuatu to help the South Pacific nation evacuate all 11,000 inhabitants from the northern island of Ambae as an erupting volcano threatens to shower down burning ash and acid rain.
    (Reuters, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 30, An official survey released today said that China's factory activity expanded in September at the fastest pace in five years, as the country's vital manufacturing sector stepped up production to meet strong demand.
    (AP, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 30, In Congo DRC a military cargo plane crashed in Kinshasa, killing its 12 crew members.
    (Reuters, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 30, Egypt said its population stands at nearly 95 million, in addition to an estimated 9.4 million who live abroad, according to the latest census figures.
    (AP, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 30, Amnesty International said six Egyptian men arrested for "promoting sexual deviancy" and "debauchery" on social media will be subjected to anal examinations ahead of their Oct. 1 trial.
    (Reuters, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 30, The fight to host major EU agencies leaving London after Brexit reached a milestone as Brussels gave its assessment of individual bids, though it stopped short of ranking them.
    (AFP, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 30, French police arrested five people, including one on a terror watchlist, after discovering a suspected home-made bomb in one of Paris's most exclusive neighborhoods.
    (AFP, 10/3/17)
2017        Sep 30, Iran's state television reported that Iranian and Iraqi central government forces are to hold joint military exercises near their borders, as part of Tehran's effort to support Baghdad after the Kurdish independence referendum. Media reported that Iran has embargoed exports and imports of fuel products to and from Iraqi Kurdistan in response to the region's controversial independence referendum.
    (Reuters, 9/30/17)(AFP, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 30, In Ireland tens of thousands rallied for abortion rights in Dublin, campaigning on one side of a fierce debate after Ireland announced it will hold a referendum on the issue next year.
    (AFP, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 30, Madagascar’s government banned public meetings in the capital Antananarivo in response to a plague outbreak that has killed 24 people. A day later the World Health Organization said it was boosting its response to a plague outbreak.
    (AFP, 10/1/17)
2017        Sep 30, Thousands of Shiite Muslims rallied across various parts of Pakistan ahead of tomorrow's religious festival of Ashura, or "Day of Remembrance".
    (AP, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 30, Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte said he will not cooperate in an investigation being done by a key anti-graft agency on his alleged undeclared wealth and warned he will personally bring one of its top officials to investigators for illegally disclosing confidential information about him.
    (AP, 10/1/17)
2017        Sep 30, In Romania Iulian Vlad (86), the general who led the feared communist-era Securitate secret police, died. In 1990, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in repressing a 1989 revolt, but was released after four years.
    (AP, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 30, Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor issued an arrest warrant for a Twitter user who called for anyone who supports women driving to be killed, days after a royal decree ended a long-time ban on women taking the wheel.
    (Reuters, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 30, In South Africa eleven people were killed in a series of overnight shootings in a Cape Town township, including four victims shot dead when gunmen opened fire in a bar. On average there are 51 murders per day in South Africa.
    (AFP, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 30, Spanish police monitored schools earmarked as polling stations and occupied the Catalan government's communications hub in an effort to prevent a banned independence referendum which has divided Spain. Police had already sealed over half of the 2,315 polling stations in the region by mid-day to stop an independence referendum from taking place.
    (Reuters, 9/30/17)(AFP, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 30, In Sweden dozens of people were arrested as neo-Nazis and anti-fascists clashed with police during a march by the extreme right-wing Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR) in Gothenburg.
    (AP, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 30, Syrian opposition activists said at least 28 civilians were killed in air strikes overnight on northwestern Syria where a planned safe zone has been overshadowed by a bombing campaign against jihadists. It was not clear if the strikes had been carried out by warplanes of the Syrian government or its ally Russia. Airstrikes on villages and towns held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria killed and wounded dozens. It was not immediately clear if the airstrikes were carried out by Russians or the US-led coalition.
    (AFP, 9/30/17)(AP, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 30, Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said Iraqi Kurdish authorities would pay the price for an independence referendum which was widely opposed by foreign powers.
    (Reuters, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 30, Turkish police arrested a suspect in the killing of a Syrian opposition activist and her journalist daughter in Istanbul. Security cameras led police to a Syrian citizen in the western province of Bursa. The main suspect is allegedly the grandson of Arouba Barakat's uncle. Police also detained the suspect's former roommate, another Syrian. The main suspect travelled from Bursa to Istanbul on Sept. 19 by boat and took public transportation to the district where the victims lived. He returned to Bursa the following day.
    (AP, 9/30/17)
2017        Sep 30, The Turkish government opened a military training base, its largest in Africa, in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
    (AP, 9/30/17)

2017        Sep, Oregon and Washington state authorities said an extensive poaching ring was responsible for slaughtering more than 100 black bears, cougars, bobcats, deer and elk dating back to 2015. Seven people were charged and investigators planned to recommend charges against more people.
    (SSFC, 9/10/17 p.A12)
2017        Sep, Romania moved to kill or relocate 140 bears and 97 wolves after attacks on humans. The World Wildlife Fund denounced the measure and blamed the attacks on deforestation.
    (SSFC, 9/10/17 p.C14)
2017        Sep, In Taiwan record heat was blamed for a major fish kill that caused respiratory problems and stinging eyes for residents as untold numbers of grey mullet littered the Keelung River for several miles.
    (SSFC, 9/10/17 p.C14)
2017        Sep, Tajikistan’s government Committee on Religious Affairs distributed a pamphlet  this month  imposing limits on how citizens can act at funerals, including bans on black clothes and loud wailing. It said hired mourners cannot be used and those grieving must not tear their hair or scratch their faces.
    (AP, 9/28/17)

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