Timeline 2017 October - December
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2017        Oct 1, President Donald Trump scoffed at "politically motivated ingrates" who had questioned his administration's commitment to rebuilding Puerto Rico after a pulverizing hurricane and said the federal government had done "a great job with the almost impossible situation."
    (AP, 10/1/17)
2017        Oct 1, US President Donald Trump said that he told Sec. of State Rex Tillerson not to waste his time trying to negotiate with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
    (AP, 10/1/17)
2017        Oct 1, The US Environmental Agency failed a deadline to designate what parts of the country were an and out of compliance with smog standards adopted during the Obama administration. On March 12, 2018, a federal judge ruled that the EPA had failed to meet the deadline and ordered it to complete the designations by the end of April, 2018.
    (SFC, 3/13/18, p.A6)
2017        Oct 1, Dr. Arthur Janov, American psychologist who created, practiced and preached primal therapy, died at his home in Malibu, Ca.
    (SSFC, 10/8/17, p.C10)
2017        Oct 1, In Louisiana Lafayette police Officer Michael Paul Middlebrook was fatally shot after responding to a call about a shooting that left two other people injured. Suspect Ian Paul Howard (28) was detained.
    (SFC, 10/3/17, p.A4)
2017        Oct 1, S.I. Newhouse Jr. (b.1927), co-owner of NYC-based Advance Publications, died at his home in NYC. Advance Publications owned Conde Nast, daily newspapers in about 20 cities and a cable television company
    (SFC, 10/2/17, p.A5)
2017        Oct 1, In Nevada Stephen Craig Paddock (64) opened fire from inside the 32-floor Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino unleashing a hail of bullets on the outdoor Route 91 Harvest Festival below. 58 people were killed in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. Paddock had at least 23 guns in his hotel suite and investigators found at least 19 additional firearms at his home in Mesquite. Paddock had stockpiled 47 guns since 1982. His father Benjamin Hoskins Paddock (d.1998) had tried to run down an FBI agent in 1960 and escaped from federal prison in Texas in 1968. Investigators found him in 1978 after he attracted publicity for opening Oregon’s first licensed bingo parlor.
    (AP, 10/2/17)(SFC, 10/2/17, p.A6)(SFC, 10/3/17, p.A6)(SFC, 10/5/17, p.A9)   
2017        Oct 1, In Afghanistan at least 10 security forces were killed after the Afghan Air Force mistakenly dropped bombs on their checkpoint in southern Helmand province.
    (AP, 10/1/17)
2017        Oct 1, In Austria law prohibiting any kind of full-face covering, known popularly as the "Burqa Ban," took effect. Parties campaigning on an anti-migrant message are poised to win on Oct. 15 and to form a coalition government.
    (AP, 9/30/17)
2017        Oct 1, The World Food Program (WFP) appealed for 75 million dollars in emergency aid over the next six months to help alleviate the suffering of Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar.
    (Reuters, 10/1/17)
2017        Oct 1, Cameroonian soldiers killed six people and wounded six others in the town of Kumbo during protests by activists of the Ambazonia separatist movement calling for independence for English-speaking regions. The dead included five prisoners who were shot after a fire broke out at the town's jail. At least a dozen people were killed in the English-speaking northwest and southwest regions, some shot by military helicopters, while at least 40 others were arrested
    (Reuters, 10/1/17)(AP, 10/2/17)
2017        Oct 1, In Canada a car and knife attack on a police officer was followed by a high-speed chase that injured four people in Edmonton. A suspect (30) from Somalia, who had applied for refugee status, was arrested.
    (SFC, 10/2/17, p.A3)
2017        Oct 1, A Chinese law went into effect prohibiting disrespect of the national anthem, barring the song’s use in commercials and parodies, and outlining punishments for people who do not stand with respect and maintain a dignified bearing when it is played.
    (SFC, 10/12/17, p.A4)
2017        Oct 1, Chinese authorities said Honda will recall more than 245,000 vehicles in China over concerns about airbags made by troubled Japanese giant Takata.
    (AP, 10/1/17)
2017        Oct 1, Colombia and the Marxist ELN rebels began a ceasefire aimed at generating goodwill during complicated talks to end a half-century war that has killed hundreds of thousands.
    (Reuters, 10/1/17)
2017        Oct 1, An Ethiopian religious festival transformed into a rare moment of open defiance to the government one year after a stampede started by police killed at least 50 people at the annual Oromos Irreecha festival. This had followed months of protest that resulted in 22,000 arrests and at least 940 deaths, according to the government-linked human rights commission.
    (AFP, 10/1/17)
2017        Oct 1, In France two women were stabbed to death and their assailant shot dead by soldiers in the southern port city of Marseille in what police sources described as a "likely terrorist act". The man who fatally stabbed the two young women had been arrested and released the day before the attack. A Tunisian passport later identified the attacker as Ahmed H.
    (Reuters, 10/1/17)(AP, 10/2/17)(AP, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 1, Parisians and tourists were encouraged to stroll through the City of Light as officials banned cars from its streets for a day. Only emergency vehicles, buses and taxis were allowed on the streets from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
    (AP, 10/1/17)
2017        Oct 1, In Germany same-sex couples married for the first time, with several dozen couples tying the knot at civil registry offices that opened specially to mark the coming into force of a law passed by parliament in June.
    (Reuters, 10/1/17)
2017        Oct 1, In Hong Kong thousands of pro-democracy supporters took to the streets of to protest against what they say is the Beijing-backed government's use of the courts to pursue its opponents, on the same day as a national holiday marking the founding of the People's Republic of China.
    (AP, 10/1/17)
2017        Oct 1, In Iraq hundreds of thousands of Shiite Muslim pilgrims gathered in Karbala for ceremonies marking the year 680 killing of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Mohammed's grandson.
    (AP, 10/1/17)
2017        Oct 1, In Iraq a US service member from the coalition fighting Islamic State was killed and another injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) struck their vehicle.
    (Reuters, 10/2/17)
2017        Oct 1, Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said North Korea's ambassador to Italy will be expelled from the country in protest over Pyongyang's recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests. Italy, however, would not sever its diplomatic relations with North Korea because he said it was useful to maintain a channel of communication.
    (Reuters, 10/1/17)
2017        Oct 1, President Muhammadu Buhari railed against separatists seeking Nigeria's "dismemberment" as it marked its 1960 independence from Britain and said corruption remained the African oil giant's "number one enemy".
    (AP, 10/1/17)
2017        Oct 1, North Korea opened a second internet connection with the outside world, this time via Russia, a move which cyber security experts said could give Pyongyang greater capability to conduct cyber attacks. Dyn Research, which monitors international internet traffic flows, said it had seen Russian telecommunications company TransTeleCom routing North Korean traffic since about 0908 GMT today.
    (Reuters, 10/2/17)
2017        Oct 1, Hamas freed five prisoners belonging to the rival Fatah party and Egypt sent a delegation to the Gaza Strip to oversee the Islamist group's planned handover of administrative control of the Palestinian enclave to a unity government.
    (Reuters, 10/1/17)
2017        Oct 1, Qatar Airways said it has completed the acquisition of a 49 percent stake in Italy's AQA Holding, the new parent company of Italy's second largest carrier Meridiana.
    (AP, 10/1/17)
2017        Oct 1, The Saudi government announced that Virgin airlines founder Richard Branson will invest in a Red Sea project that aims to turn 50 Saudi Arabian islands into luxury tourism destinations.
    (AFP, 10/1/17)
2017        Oct 1, Spanish riot police fired rubber bullets and forced their way into activist-held polling stations in Catalonia as thousands turned out to vote in an independence referendum banned by Madrid. Catalan regional leader Carles Puigdemont accused Spanish authorities of using "unjustified, disproportionate and irresponsible" violence in a crackdown on the independence referendum.
    (AFP, 10/1/17)(Reuters, 10/1/17)
2017        Oct 1, In central Syria the Islamic State group seized the town of Al-Qaryatain, Homs province, known as a symbol of religious coexistence in a surprise attack against regime forces.
    (AFP, 10/1/17)
2017        Oct 1, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said Syria's war killed at least 3,000 people including 955 civilians in September, in the deadliest month of the conflict this year.
    (AP, 10/1/17)
2017        Oct 1, Yemen's Houthi-controlled state news agency SABA reported that Houthi forces have shot down a US surveillance drone in the capital Sanaa.
    (Reuters, 10/1/17)

2017        Oct 2, Jeffrey Hall (72) won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with fellow Americans Michael Rosbash (73) and Michael W. Young for their discoveries about the body's daily rhythms.
    (AP, 10/2/17)
2017        Oct 2, Paul S. Otellini (b.1950), former CEO of Intel, died in his sleep in Sonoma County, Ca.
    (SFC, 10/4/17, p.C6)
2017        Oct 2, American rock icon Tom Petty (b.1950) died in Santa Monica, Ca., after suffering cardiac arrest.
    (SFC, 10/3/17, p.A1)
2017        Oct 2, British authorities scrambled to bring home 110,000 travelers after Monarch Airlines collapsed, cancelling all flights by what had been Britain's fifth biggest carrier with 2,100 employees. Monarch Chief Executive Andrew Swaffield said the airline's troubles stemmed from recent terror attacks in Egypt and Tunisia and the "decimation" of the tourist trade in Turkey.
    (AP, 10/2/17)
2017        Oct 2, Environment Secretary Michael Gove said Britain will work with industry to launch a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles in a bid to clamp down on the huge waste that litters the land and sea every year. The government says Britain recycled only 57 percent of the bottles that were sold in 2016.
    (Reuters, 10/2/17)
2017        Oct 2, In Ecuador authorities ordered Vice Pres. Jorge Glas (48) held in pretrial detention in Quito and froze his assets. This was associated accusation of bribery related to Brazil’s Odebrecht construction company.
    (SFC, 10/4/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 2, Egypt’s police killed three suspected militant members of Hasm, a breakaway faction of the Muslim Brotherhood group in a shootout in a southern Cairo suburb.
    (AP, 10/2/17)
2017        Oct 2, The EU executive urged Spain to talk to Catalan separatists, condemning violence but also calling for unity, a day after Spanish police beat people trying to vote in an independence referendum in Catalonia.
    (Reuters, 10/2/17)
2017        Oct 2, Iranian university academic Mohammad Reza Jalaipour said seven reformists, including himself and a brother of ex-president Mohammad Khatami, have been given one-year jail terms and banned from all political and media activity for two years. The seven were leaders of the Islamic Iran Participation Front which authorities dissolved in 2010 following a wave of unprecedented protests against the re-election the previous year of hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
    (AFP, 10/2/17)
2017        Oct 2, A Kurdish official said Iranian and Iraqi forces staged joint military exercises near the border with Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region.
    (AFP, 10/2/17)
2017        Oct 2, Iraqi forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries captured the Rashad air base from Islamic State, gaining a strategic foothold in the north of the country as they push toward the town of Hawija.
    (Reuters, 10/2/17)
2017        Oct 2, In Kashmir Indian and Pakistani troops fired at each other, killing a boy (10) and a girl (15) and injuring 12 other civilians on the Indian side.
    (AP, 10/2/17)
2017        Oct 2, In Kenya police fired teargas at opposition supporters who rallied in Nairobi calling for the sacking of election board officials they blame for August's botched presidential vote.
    (Reuters, 10/2/17)
2017        Oct 2, A Myanmar minister proposed taking back hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh following a military crackdown, as UN representatives were given their first access to Rakhine since the trouble erupted on August 25.
    (AFP, 10/2/17)
2017        Oct 2, Pakistani activist Ahmed Zeb, hunted by the Taliban, narrowly escaped a car blast that killed his father and a passenger. Zeb vowed the next day to keep up his struggle against militancy in the northern Swat Valley. The attack was claimed by a spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban.
    (Reuters, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 2, West Bank-based Palestinian PM Rami al-Hamdallah crossed into the Gaza Strip in a move toward reconciliation between the mainstream Fatah party and Hamas, a decade after the Islamist group seized the territory in a civil war.
    (Reuters, 10/2/17)
2017        Oct 2, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the president of Turkmenistan on a rare visit to the gas-rich Central Asian nation.
    (AP, 10/2/17)
2017        Oct 2, A Russian court sentenced opposition leader Alexei Navalny for 20 days for calling for an unsanctioned protest.
    (SFC, 10/3/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 2, Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund announced plans to set up two investment companies to develop infrastructure in Mecca and Medina, Islam's two holiest cities.
    (AFP, 10/2/17)
2017        Oct 2, In Syria a double suicide bomb attack hit a police station in Damascus, killing at least 17 people. In eastern Syria a drone strike killed at least ten Hezbollah fighters, where pro-government forces engaged in a grinding battle against the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 10/2/17)(AP, 10/2/17)(SFC, 10/3/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 2, Shares worth over $500 million in Thailand's Siam Commercial Bank were transferred on behalf of King Maha Vajiralongkorn from the Crown Property Bureau, which manages palace assets. The ultimate beneficiary of the shares was not identified.
    (Reuters, 10/6/17)
2017        Oct 2, In Zimbabwe NewsDay reported that a ruling Zanu-PF lawmaker, Esau Mupfumi, had over the weekend handed out clothes saying they were donated by First Lady Grace Mugabe. NewsDay journalist Kenneth Nyangani was arrested for allegedly writing and publishing the story over the donation of some used undergarments by Mugabe’s wife.
    (AFP, 10/3/17)

2017        Oct 3, President Donald Trump flew to Puerto Rico to view the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Maria and meet residents, many of whom are frustrated and resentful that they are still struggling with basic necessities two weeks after the storm.
    (Reuters, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, The Trump administration told Cuba to withdraw 60 percent of its diplomats from Washington, a direct consequence of last week's US move to cut its own embassy staff in Havana by a similar proportion.
    (AP, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, Stephen Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley (62), who was in the Philippines at the time of the Oct 1 Las Vegas shooting, was met by FBI agents at the Los Angeles airport after a weekslong trip abroad. Investigators sought to question her for clues to what drove Paddock to slaughter 59 people from his high-rise hotel suite.
    (AP, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 3, Rainer Weiss of MIT, Kip Thorne of CalTech and Barry Barish, also of CalTech, won this year's Nobel Physics Prize for their discoveries in gravitational waves.
    (AP, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, Fiat Chrysler said it is recalling nearly 710,000 Jeep and Dodge SUVs in North America, effective Nov 7, because an improperly installed brake shield could let water leak in and limit braking ability.
    (AP, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, Belgium’s Immigration Minister Theo Francken revoked the residency permit of Abdelhadi Sewif, the imam of the Saudi-financed Grand Mosque, near the EU headquarters in Brussels because he posed a "national security" threat.
    (AFP, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, Britain’s interior minister Amber Rudd said Britain will limit sales of sulphuric acid and outlaw the sale of such corrosive substances to children after a spate of assaults and its possible use to make bombs.
    (Reuters, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, In London Indian businessman Vijay Mallya (61), who India wants to extradite from Britain on fraud charges, faced further accusations of money-laundering with some funds allegedly going to his Force India Formula One motor racing team.
    (Reuters, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, London-based DeepMind, the Google sibling focusing on artificial intelligence, announced the launch of an "ethics and society" unit to study the impact of new technologies on society.
    (AP, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 3, Mu Sochua (63), an outspoken deputy of Cambodia's detained opposition leader fled the country, saying she feared for her safety after Prime Minister Hun Sen threatened further arrests of opposition politicians.
    (Reuters, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, Security officials said Egypt has stepped up a crackdown on people suspected of homosexuality, arresting a total of 27 in a little more than a week.
    (AP, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, Egyptian police arrested seven Nubians who were protesting outside a courthouse in Aswan against a judge's decision to extend the detention of relatives and friends who were also detained for protesting. A judge had extended by 15 days the detention of 25 Nubians arrested in September for staging a peaceful protest to demand that they be allowed to return to their ancestral land around the man-made lake behind the Aswan High Dam.
    (AP, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 3, France's parliament adopted an anti-terrorism bill that will bolster police surveillance powers and make it easier to close mosques suspected of preaching hatred, but rights groups said it would lead to civil freedoms being infringed.
    (Reuters, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, In Germany specialists defused a 250-kg (550-pound) bomb successfully in the Tempelhof-Schoeneberg district of Berlin after some 10,000 people were evacuated from their homes. It had been found during construction work near a freight depot and was described by police as a German bomb with a Russian detonator.
    (AP, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region said it is calling presidential and parliamentary elections for Nov. 1, as the Kurdish leadership cements its case for independence. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would impose further sanctions on northern Iraq over the vote.
    (Reuters, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, Iraq's parliament voted on "a formula to halt financial transactions" with the Kurdistan region, in retaliation for last week's independence referendum, without specifying if the vote was binding on the government. Kurdish lawmakers did not show up for the session.
    (Reuters, 10/3/17)(AP, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, Iraqi security forces pushed to recapture Hawija. The UN said up to 78,000 people could be trapped in the northern Islamic State-held city.
    (Reuters, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, Iraqi Kurdish leader and ex-Iraqi president Jalal Talabani (b.1933) died in Germany, a week after Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region held a referendum on independence.
    (Reuters, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to build "thousands" of new homes in a major West Bank settlement east of Jerusalem, insisting it would one day be part of Israel.
    (AFP, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, In Kashmir Indian police killed three suspected militants in army uniforms after they infiltrated a security camp beside the main airport in the disputed region. One Indian security official was killed and three wounded in a gun fight that followed. Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammad took responsibility for the attack.
    (Reuters, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, In Kenya administrators closed the Univ. of Nairobi, citing fears for students' safety in a planned protest over police beatings at a campus demonstration last week.
    (Reuters, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, In the Netherlands a former spokesman for Geert Wilders was convicted of buying cocaine, alcohol and clothes and funding personal travel with money embezzled from the Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker's party. He was sentenced to 14 months in prison.
    (AP, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3,     PM Rami al-Hamdallah chaired the first meeting of the Palestinian cabinet in the Gaza Strip for three years, in a move toward reconciliation between the mainstream Fatah party and Islamist group Hamas.
    (Reuters, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, In Qatar Iran's foreign minister held talks with the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani aimed at strengthening "co-operation," nearly four months into a Saudi-led blockade against the Gulf emirate.
    (AP, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, In Spain thousands of people demonstrated in Barcelona, as labor unions and grassroots pro-independence groups urged workers to hold strikes in protest at what they say was police brutality during a referendum on Catalonia's secession from Spain.
    (AP, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, Spain's National Court decided to extradite Pyotr Levashov (37) of Russia, known as one of the world's most notorious hackers, to the United States.
    (AP, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, In Syria a US-led coalition air strike killed at least 18 civilians in the Islamic State group's former stronghold of Raqa. Coalition planes targeted water wells where a group of civilians were gathered.
    (AFP, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, Islamic State released a video that it said showed two Russian soldiers captured by its fighters in the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor, where Russia has been backing the Syrian military against militants.
    (Reuters, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, In Uganda grenades were thrown overnight at the homes of two legislators opposed to scrapping the presidential age limit and thereby extending President Yoweri Museveni's more than 31 years in power. One of the legislators, Robert Kyagulanyi, was later arrested by police.
    (Reuters, 10/3/17)
2017        Oct 3, The Vatican's secretary of state headlined a four-day international conference on protecting children from online sexual abuse and exploitation, weeks after he recalled one of his diplomats who was caught up in a US-Canadian-Vatican investigation into child porn.
    (AP, 10/2/17)

2017        Oct 4, Washington’s top diplomat Secretary of State Rex Tillerson came under new pressure after a report claimed he had branded President Donald Trump a "moron" during a Pentagon meeting.
    (AFP, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, US Senate leaders said that the US needs to keep products made by North Koreans out of the United States and get China to refuse to hire North Korean workers.
    (AP, 10/5/17)
2017        Oct 4, Republican congressman Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania announced that he will not run for a 9th term, amid tawdry revelations of an extramarital affair in which the antiabortion lawmaker urged his mistress Shannon Edwards to get an abortion when he thought she was pregnant.
    (SFC, 10/5/17, p.A5)
2017        Oct 4, Three researchers based in the US, UK and Switzerland won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing a way to create exquisitely detailed images of the molecules driving life. The prize was shared by Switzerland's Jacques Dubochet of the University of Lausanne, German-born US citizen Joachim Frank at New York's Columbia University and Briton Richard Henderson of MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England.
    (AP, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, In California billionaire landowner Vinod Khosla opened the a gate to Martin’s Beach in Half Moon Bay as litigation over access to the beach continued.
    (SFC, 10/5/17, p.A7)
2017        Oct 4, In Brazil Cesare Battisti (62), an Italian fugitive and former leftist guerrilla convicted of murder in his own country was detained him at the Bolivian border. On Oct 6. a judge ordered him released. Battisti was convicted of being a member of an armed gang in his homeland in 1979, then escaped from prison near Rome in 1981.
    (AFP, 10/7/17)
2017        Oct 4, It was reported that City of Oxford has stripped Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of a human rights award, citing deep concerns over the treatment of Rohingya Muslims under her watch. She had been an undergraduate at Oxford.
    (Reuters, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, The EU said it was "time to talk" to resolve the escalating political crisis in Catalonia, as senior European politicians warned Catalan leaders against declaring independence from Spain unilaterally. Catalonia said it will move on Oct. 9 to declare independence from Spain following Oct. 1's banned referendum.
    (AFP, 10/4/17)(Reuters, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, The European Union ordered Amazon to pay $295 million in back taxes to Luxembourg, in its latest attempt to tighten the screws on multinationals it says are avoiding taxes through sweetheart deals with individual EU states.
    (AP, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, A Greek court ruled to extradite Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik to the US, where he is wanted in connection with a $4 billion bitcoin fraud case.
    (AP, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, The presidents of Iran and Turkey vowed during talks in Tehran to work closely together to prevent the disintegration of Iraq and Syria and to oppose the Iraqi Kurds' drive for independence.
    (Reuters, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, An Iranian a semiofficial news agency reported that Abdolrasoul Ddorri Esfahani, a dual Iranian-Canadian national, has been sentenced to to five years in prison for espionage. Esfahani was a member of Iran’s team nuclear negotiators that struck a 2015 deal with world powers.
    (SFC, 10/5/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 4, Iraqi forces pushed into the Islamic State group stronghold of Hawija and seized some territory, stepping up their assault against one of the jihadists' last enclaves in the country.
    (AFP, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, Italian police said they have seized 11 million euros ($13 million) in assets and arrested 37 people, including two Carabinieri officers, accused in a Sicilian Mafia extortion racket involving fruit, fish and drugs.
    (AP, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, The International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo organizing committee wrapped up a two-day project review vowing to cut costs for the 2020 Games and address concerns over water pollution in Tokyo Bay.
    (AP, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, More than 50 Jordanian and international companies advertised hundreds of jobs in textiles, construction and agriculture at a job fair for Syrian refugees, part of an EU-sponsored effort to help the displaced become more self-reliant during what could be years of exile.
    (AP, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, In Libya at least four people were killed in an Islamic State group suicide bombing at the main court building in Misrata.
    (AFP, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, Mexico said it plans to send to Puerto Rico some 30 tons of bottled water, mosquito repellent and specialists in power generation, transmission and distribution from the state power utility.
    (Reuters, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, Mexican officials said the last body known to be trapped in rubble following the Sept. 19 magnitude 7.1 earthquake has been recovered, and they raised the overall death toll from the quake to 369.
    (AP, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, In Mozambique Mahamudo Amurane (44), the mayor of Nampula, was fatally shot after giving a speech about peace efforts on the 25th anniversary of the signing of an accord that ended the country's civil war.
    (AP, 10/5/17)
2017        Oct 4, In southwestern Niger an attack killed three US Army Special Forces members in a region where insurgents are active. Four Nigerien troops were also killed. A 4th US soldier, Sgt. La David Johnson, was found dead two days after the ambush. Islamist Adnan Abu Waleed al-Sahrawi, the leader of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, later claimed responsibility for the attack. Three IS leaders were later identified as planning and directing the attack. In 2018 US Special Forces killed two of the leaders, but Doundoun Cheffou was believed to be still alive.
    (Reuters, 10/5/17)(SFC, 10/7/17, p.A2)(SFC, 10/24/17, p.A8)(Reuters, 1/13/18)(SFC, 5/30/18, p.A3)
2017        Oct 4, Nigeria's financial crimes agency brushed off allegations by the wife of the country's former president that it had conducted a "witch-hunt" against her. Last year, the EFCC froze four US dollar bank accounts that the ex-president's wife said she owned. Her spokesman said in September 2016 that the accounts in total contained around $10 million - a third of the sum reported in the Nigerian press.
    (Reuters, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned that the Supreme Court chief justice and the head of a key anti-graft agency face impeachment complaints, in an emerging faceoff with the officials.
    (AP, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, Thousands of Romanians protested against planned hikes in social security contributions that critics say will wipe out generous salary hikes for public sector workers.
    (AFP, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, In Russia jailed government critic Alexei Navalny called on his supporters to hold street protests this weekend across Russia, in defiance of an official ban, to demand that Navalny be allowed to run in next year's presidential election.
    (Reuters, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, Russia said it will retaliate tit-for-tat over a new Canadian law that will impose sanctions on officials from Russia and other nations considered guilty of human rights violations.
    (Reuters, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, In Moscow Venezuelan Pres. Nicolas Maduro met with Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin and thanked him for his political and diplomatic support in difficult times. Putin said Russia would continue its economic cooperation with Venezuela, including on major projects.
    (Reuters, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, Saudi Arabia announced the consolidation of development funds under a unified body led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, cementing the powerful prince's position in the Gulf kingdom's affairs.
    (AFP, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, It was reported that Renate Langer (61), a former German actress, has told Swiss authorities that film director Roman Polanski raped her at a house in Gstaad in February 1972, when she was 15.
    (SFC, 10/4/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 4, Syrian troops and allied militiamen advanced to about six miles of the eastern city of Mayadeen. Rockets and barrel bombs in the area killed at least 20 people. Tens of thousands have fled the region in the past week.
    (SFC, 10/5/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 4, It was reported that an examination by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) found that samples from an attack by Syrian forces last March 30 on the opposition-held town of Latamneh tested positive for the banned nerve agent sarin.
    (Reuters, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, An official document issued by the Russian consulate in Damascus showed that at least 131 Russian citizens died in Syria in the first nine months of this year.
    (Reuters, 10/27/17)
2017        Oct 4, In Togo thousands of people protested in the next phase of a campaign to force out President Faure Gnassingbe, whose dynasty has ruled the West African state for more than 50 years.
    (AFP, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, A Turkish court found 42 former soldiers guilty of trying to kill President Tayyip Erdogan during last year's failed coup, and handed most of them life sentences in the highest profile case related to the attempted putsch so far.
    (Reuters, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, The UN Peace Keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) said that it regrets a decision by Turkish Cypriot authorities to start imposing taxes and fees on humanitarian goods delivered to Greek Cypriots in the breakaway north of the ethnically split island.
    (AP, 10/4/17)
2017        Oct 4, In northern Yemen an air strike killed at least seven people, including four children, in a rebel-held district in Saada province. The Huthi-run news site Saba reported 12 dead. The rebels' Al-Masirah television blamed the attack on a Saudi-led coalition.
    (AFP, 10/4/17)

2017        Oct 5, US Attorney General Jeff sessions said federal civil rights law does not protect transgender people from discrimination at work.
    (SFC, 10/6/17, p.A6)
2017        Oct 5, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to create a statewide sanctuary policy. He also signed 10 other immigration related bills that limit the growth of detention centers, expand education services for immigrants, and extend tenant and workplace protections for undocumented people.
    (SFC, 10/6/17, p.A1)
2017        Oct 5, Florida executed Michael Lambrix (57) for the killing of two people after a night of drinking in 1983.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yc7dhh85)(SFC, 10/6/17, p.A11)
2017        Oct 5, Sally Ann Johnson of south Florida (41), a purported psychic, pleaded guilty to evading taxes. She had charged an elderly Massachusetts woman more than $3.5 million for exorcisms and spiritual cleansing between 2007 and 2014, but didn’t report the income.
    (SFC, 10/7/17, p.A6)
2017        Oct 5, American novelist Nora Johnson (84) died in Dallas. Her books included “The World of Henry Orient" (1958), which was made into a movie in 1964.
    (SFC, 10/11/17, p.D6)
2017        Oct 5, The Nobel Literature Prize went to Japanese-born British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro (62). His most well-known novel is "The Remains of the Day," which was turned into a popular movie of the same title.
    (AP, 10/5/17)
2017        Oct 5, The president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, Carlos Nuzman, was arrested amid an investigation into a vote-buying scheme to bring last year's Olympics to Rio de Janeiro. According to investigators Nuzman's net worth increased 457 percent in the last 10 years as Brazilian Olympic Committee president.
    (AP, 10/5/17)
2017        Oct 5, Three British judges turned down Noel Conway's request for assisted suicide. Conway (67) has motor neuron disease and has been given less than six months to live. He had applied to the court in July, asking for a declaration that Britain's outlawing of suicide is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.
    (AP, 10/5/17)
2017        Oct 5, Cambodia's government agreed to raise the minimum wage for workers in the garment and footwear industry, a move likely aimed at winning their support ahead of a general election next year. The minimum wage will be raised by 11.11 percent to $170 a month, with $165 to be paid by the employers and $5 to be paid by the government, effective next year.
    (AP, 10/5/17)
2017        Oct 5, Pipeline company TransCanada said it's cancelling a 2013 plan to build a pipeline that would ship 1.1 million barrels of oil per day from Western Canada to the Atlantic coast.
    (AP, 10/5/17)
2017        Oct 5, Tropical Storm Nate was blamed for at least 22 deaths in Central America as it dumped rain across the region. The death toll soon climbed to at least 16 in Nicaragua, 10 in Costa Rica, two in Honduras and two in El Salvador.
    (SFC, 10/6/17, p.A4)(AFP, 10/7/17)(Reuters, 10/8/17)
2017        Oct 5, FIFA expelled Equatorial Guinea from the 2019 Women's World Cup for using fake documents and selecting at least 10 ineligible players in its Olympic team.
    (AP, 10/5/17)
2017        Oct 5, France offered to mediate in a political crisis pitting Iraq's government against Kurdish regional authorities, and promised to maintain a military presence there until Islamic State was defeated.
    (Reuters, 10/5/17)
2017        Oct 5, French writer and actress Anne Wiazemsky (70), who famously wrote a best-selling account of her short marriage to New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard, died of cancer in Paris. She made her screen debut as an elfin 19-year-old in "Au Hasard Balthazar", Robert Bresson's classic 1966 film about a mistreated Christ-like donkey.
    (AFP, 10/5/17)
2017        Oct 5, German prosecutors said they have closed an investigation into suspected mass phone tapping of German citizens by British and US spies after finding no concrete indication of any criminal activity.
    (Reuters, 10/5/17)
2017        Oct 5, Iraqi forces announced they had captured Hawija and the surrounding areas, the Islamic State's last stronghold in northern Iraq, leaving the militant group holed up near the Syrian border as its self-proclaimed "caliphate" shrinks further. Hundreds of suspected Islamic State militants surrendered to Kurdish authorities after the jihadist group was driven out of Hawija.
    (Reuters, 10/5/17)(Reuters, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 5, Mitsubishi said it is recalling 66,000 cars for a second time to replace faulty Takata front passenger air bag inflators.
    (AP, 10/5/17)
2017        Oct 5, Defense ministers from Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine authorized their two-year-old joint brigade to take part in international missions for the region's security.
    (AP, 10/5/17)
2017        Oct 5, In the Netherlands thousands of primary school teachers went on a one-day strike to back demands for better pay and conditions.
    (AP, 10/5/17)
2017        Oct 5, In the Netherlands Eberhaard van der Laan (62), the popular mayor of Amsterdam who ran the city with both a firm hand and compassionate touch, died after a long battle with lung cancer.
    (AP, 10/6/17)
2017        Oct 5, Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen said Norway will study ways to make its economy greener and reduce dependence on oil and gas reserves that are likely to lose value amid efforts to slow climate change.
    (Reuters, 10/5/17)
2017        Oct 5, In southwestern Pakistan a suicide bomber struck a Shiite shrine packed with worshippers in the remote village of Jhal Masgi, Baluchistan province, killing 16 people and wounding 30 in an apparent sectarian attack. The death toll soon increased to 24 after four victims died at a hospital.
    (AP, 10/5/17)(AP, 10/7/17)
2017        Oct 5, The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas named Saleh al-Arouri as its new deputy chief. He is a former Turkey-based commander whom Israel has accused of orchestrating a lethal triple kidnapping that helped trigger the 2014 Gaza war.
    (Reuters, 10/5/17)
2017        Oct 5, The Russian Defense Ministry said its submarines have fired 10 cruise missiles at Islamic State positions outside the eastern Syrian town of Mayadeen, one of the last major IS strongholds in the country.
    (AP, 10/5/17)
2017        Oct 5, Saudi Arabia signed preliminary agreements to buy S-400 air defence systems and receive "cutting edge technologies" from Russia during King Salman's landmark visit to Moscow.
    (AFP, 10/5/17)
2017        Oct 5, Saudi security forces foiled an attack around the Al-Salam palace that left an attacker and at least two Saudi guards killed.
    (AFP, 10/7/17)
2017        Oct 5, The International Monetary Fund said it is advising Saudi Arabia to slow down some of its sensitive cutbacks as economic growth remains stagnant this year and unemployment rises.
    (AP, 10/5/17)
2017        Oct 5, Spain’s constitutional court suspended a session of the Catalan regional parliament to preempt separatist lawmakers from approving a unilateral declaration of independence.
    (SFC, 10/6/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 5, In Togo thousands of protestors turned out in the West African state for the second day running, in a campaign aimed at forcing out President Faure Gnassingbe.
    (AFP, 10/5/17)
2017        Oct 5, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that Turkey would "soon" close its border crossing with Iraqi Kurdistan and airspace after the disputed referendum on independence. Turkey's state-run news agency said security forces have killed five suspected Kurdish militants in an operation close to a tourist resort near the Mediterranean coast. Two militants escaped.
    (AFP, 10/5/17)(AP, 10/5/17)
2017        Oct 5, The UN said Somali refugees are fleeing war, cholera and hunger in Yemen, with 10,000 expected to return home to a country they escaped over conflict and poverty.
    (AFP, 10/5/17)
2017        Oct 5, Zimbabwe vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa said he had been hospitalized in August because he had been poisoned, raising the political temperature in the fight to succeed 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe.
    (Reuters, 10/6/17)

2017        Oct 6, In South Carolina two army privates were killed when a military vehicle struck a formation of soldiers at the Fort Jackson training base.
    (SSFC, 10/8/17, p.A8)
2017        Oct 6, The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Geneva-based International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a group of mostly young activists pushing for a global treaty to ban the cataclysmic bombs.
    (AP, 10/6/17)
2017        Oct 6, More Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar streamed toward the border, despite government assurances that it was stopping the massive exodus of refugees to Bangladesh.
    (AP, 10/6/17)
2017        Oct 6, Brazilian Olympic Committee president Carlos Nuzman (75) was suspended by the IOC, a day after being arrested in Rio de Janeiro and accused of storing gold bars in Switzerland.
    (AP, 10/6/17)
2017        Oct 6, A British border guard was one of 12 people arrested in France and Britain as part of an operation against arms and drugs smuggling across the English Channel.
    (Reuters, 10/9/17)
2017        Oct 6, Lawyers said Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper company has agreed to pay damages to Ian Hurst, a former intelligence officer, whose computer was hacked in 2006 by detectives working for Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World tabloid.
    (AP, 10/7/17)
2017        Oct 6, Cambodia's government took initial legal steps to dissolve the Cambodia National Rescue Party, the country's main opposition party, the latest in a series of moves to gain an advantage ahead of next year's general election.
    (AP, 10/6/17)
2017        Oct 6, In eastern Congo DRC militia fighters attacked a UN peacekeeping base, triggering clashes that left two of the fighters dead and two peacekeepers slightly wounded. Thirty-four rebels from a Mai-Mai militia have been killed in fighting with Congo's army in the past week.
    (Reuters, 10/6/17)
2017        Oct 6, Czech airline Travel Service said it has acquired a majority stake in the national carrier, Czech Airlines, known as CSA. Travel Service reached a deal with the Czech state and Korean Air to buy their CSA stakes.
    (AP, 10/6/17)
2017        Oct 6, Danish navy divers found the head and the legs of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who died in mysterious circumstances on an inventor's homemade submarine.
    (Reuters, 10/7/17)
2017        Oct 6, The European Union and India agreed to step up cooperation in countering violent extremism and radicalization, particularly online, and in enhancing maritime security in the Indian Ocean and beyond in a joint declaration issued at the end of the 14th EU-India Summit.
    (AP, 10/6/17)
2017        Oct 6, In Indonesia dozens of men, including several foreigners, were arrested in a raid of a gay sauna in Jakarta, as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people faced increased hostility in the world's most-populous Muslim nation.
    (AP, 10/7/17)
2017        Oct 6, Iranian news website Tabnak said authorities have arrested Mahdi Jahangiri, the brother of the country's senior vice president, Eshaq Jahangiri, apparently over finance-related matters.
    (AP, 10/6/17)
2017        Oct 6, Japan-based automotive supplier Denso announced plans to invest $1 billion and create more than 1,000 new jobs in its main Tennessee facility to meet growing demand for electric vehicle parts.
    (AP, 10/6/17)
2017        Oct 6, Kenyan police fired tear gas at opposition protesters in Nairobi who were demanding that officials involved in August's canceled presidential election be sacked. Crowds had gathered in Nairobi, the port of Mombasa and Kisumu, the western stronghold of the opposition, for the second time this week.
    (Reuters, 10/6/17)
2017        Oct 6, A Libyan armed group claimed victory over Italian-backed militias paid to staunch the flow of migrants to Europe from the coastal city of Sabratha. The Anti-ISIS Operations Room, created last year to clear Sabratha of Islamic State militants, said in a statement that they have taken control of the city from the Martyr Anas al-Dabashi and Brigade 48 militias after a weeks-long battle.
    (AP, 10/6/17)
2017        Oct 6, The Our Ocean conference concluded in the Maltese capital of Valletta. The global conference organized by the European Union aimed at better protecting marine life raised more than $7 billion.
    (AP, 10/6/17)
2017        Oct 6, In northern Mexico a federal intelligence agent and his mother were killed when assailants opened fire on their car in Chihuahua state. The attack came hours after Stalin Sanchez Gonzalez, the mayor of Paracho, Michoacan state, was gunned down outside his home.
    (AP, 10/7/17)
2017        Oct 6, In northern Mozambique suspected Islamists attacked a string of police stations in the small town of Mocimboa de Praia over the last 24 hours killing two policemen. 14 of the gunmen were slain. was believed to be the first jihadist attack on the country.
    (AFP, 10/7/17)(AFP, 6/7/18)
2017        Oct 6, Polish officials say that a heavy storm that ravaged parts of western Poland has killed two people and injured 39. Tens of thousands of households were also without electricity after falling trees broke power lines when the storm hit overnight.
    (AP, 10/6/17)
2017        Oct 6, In Russia more than 130 fake bomb calls prompted the evacuation of some 100,000 people in the Moscow area.
    (SFC, 10/7/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 6, In Russia at least 16 people were killed when a train slammed into a bus that had broken down on a level crossing near the town of Pokrov, east of Moscow.
    (AFP, 10/6/17)
2017        Oct 6, Spain's government passed a law to make it easier for companies to move their operations around the country just as some businesses consider leaving the region of Catalonia amid a rising conflict over a plan for independence.
    (Reuters, 10/6/17)
2017        Oct 6, In Sudan a Swiss humanitarian worker disappeared outside her home in the troubled Darfur region. Authorities believed a criminal gang was looking for a ransom.
    (AP, 10/9/17)
2017        Oct 6, Syria's army and its allies neared al-Mayadin, pushing an advance on an eastern city seen as Islamic State's main remaining base in the country. Al-Qaida-linked fighters attacked Abu Dali in central Hama province, a key central Syrian village at the crossroads between areas under government control and those controlled by insurgents.
    (Reuters, 10/6/17)(AP, 10/6/17)
2017        Oct 6, In Turkey Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met with Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks on bilateral relations and international issues.
    (AP, 10/6/17)
2017        Oct 6, The Ukrainian parliament passed hotly-disputed bills regarding the rebel-controlled eastern territories following debates interrupted by scuffles.
    (AP, 10/6/17)
2017        Oct 6, Pope Francis denounced the proliferation of adult and child pornography on the internet and demanded better protections for children online — even as the Vatican confronts its own cross-border child porn investigation involving a top papal envoy.
    (AP, 10/6/17)
2017        Oct 6, The Legionaries of Christ, a Catholic religious order which fell into disgrace after the discovery that its founder was a sexual abuser with a secret family, was hit by fresh scandal with revelations that the head of its Rome seminary fathered two children. A statement said that Father Oscar Turrion would leave the priesthood.
    (Reuters, 10/7/17)
 2017        Oct 6, Vietnam’s government said that the party's elite Central Committee has dismissed Nguyen Xuan Anh (39) as city party secretary and removed him from the Central Committee for serious violations of party rules and failing to set an example as a senior party official.
    (AP, 10/6/17)

2017        Oct 7, Major shipping ports across the central US Gulf Coast were closed to inbound and outbound traffic as Hurricane Nate intensified and storm surges of up to 11 feet (3.74 meters) were expected.
    (AP, 10/7/17)
2017        Oct 7, In Afghanistan at least seven Taliban insurgents were killed during an airstrike by Afghan security forces in northern Sari Pul province.
    (AP, 10/8/17)
2017        Oct 7, Senior Afghan and American officials welcomed the arrival of new US-made military helicopters, beginning a process that will radically transform the young Afghan air force.
    (Reuters, 10/7/17)
2017        Oct 7, British police detained a man near London's Natural History Museum after a vehicle apparently drove into pedestrians at a busy tourist spot, injuring a number of people. After several hours of urgent investigation police said it was a road traffic collision not related to terrorism. The driver (47) was released the next day.
    (AFP, 10/7/17)(AP, 10/8/17)
2017        Oct 7, In northeastern Congo DRC militants ambushed a group of about 30 civilians and killed many of them before fighting a fierce battle with the army. The militants were said to belong to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan Islamist group active near the border between Congo and Uganda.
    (Reuters, 10/8/17)
2017        Oct 7, In Ghana at least seven people were killed when a tanker truck carrying natural gas caught fire in the capital, Accra, triggering explosions.
    (AP, 10/8/17)
2017        Oct 7, Iran’s semi-official ILNA news agency reported that the country's authorities have banned former reformist President Mohammad Khatami from appearing at public ceremonies for three months.
    (AP, 10/7/17)
2017        Oct 7, In Italy Anis Hanachi (25) was arrested on an international warrant issued by France while riding a bicycle in the center of the northern city of Ferrara. He is believed responsible for radicalizing his elder brother Ahmed Hanachi, who stabbed two women to death on Oct 1 in Marseille.
    (AP, 10/9/17)
2017        Oct 7, Malaysian police said four foreigners and four Malaysians have been arrested in the states of Sabah, Selangor and Perak between Sept. 27 and Oct. 6. for suspected involvement in terrorist activities linked to Abu Sayyaf, the Islamic State and Jemaah Islamiah.
    (Reuters, 10/7/17)
2017        Oct 7, In northern Mexico a transport helicopter crashed in Durango state killing seven army personnel.
    (SSFC, 10/8/17, p.A4)
2017        Oct 7, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un promoted his sister to a senior ruling party post, and praised the country's nuclear weapons program which has sparked international alarm.
    (AFP, 10/8/17)
2017        Oct 7, Hamas police detained suspected jihadist leader Nour Issa (27) along with others in Gaza, the latest in a series of arrests of those accused of Islamic State group ideology.
    (AFP, 10/7/17)
2017        Oct 7, Thousands of Polish Catholics formed human chains on the country's borders, begging God "to save Poland and the world" in an event many viewed as a spiritual weapon against the "Islamisation" of Europe.
    (AFP, 10/7/17)
2017        Oct 7, In Russia supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny rallied across the country, heeding his call to pressure authorities into letting him enter the presidential race with a wave of demonstrations on President Vladimir Putin's 65th birthday. Riot police detained at least 10 opposition protesters in central St Petersburg.
    (AP, 10/7/17)(Reuters, 10/7/17)
2017        Oct 7, Russia’s defence ministry said some 120 Islamic State fighters and 60 foreign mercenaries were killed in a series of Russian air strikes in Syria over the past 24 hours. The ministry also said three senior IS commanders including Omar al-Shishani had been confirmed dead as a result of an earlier Russian strike. The Pentagon said in 2016 the notorious fighter had been killed by American troops in Iraq.
    (AFP, 10/7/17)
2017        Oct 7, Tens of thousands of people gathered in Madrid and Barcelona as Catalonia prepared to declare independence, many dressed in white and calling for talks to defuse Spain's worst political crisis for decades.
    (AP, 10/7/17)
2017        Oct 7, In Switzerland a refugee from Sri Lanka (38) was shot and killed by Swiss police after he charged at two other asylum seekers with knives at a refugee center in the canton of Ticino.
    (Reuters, 10/7/17)
2017        Oct 7, In northwestern Syria two waves of air strikes on the jihadist-held town of Khan Sheikhun, Idlib province, killed at least 13 civilians over the past 24 hours. The strikes were believed to have been carried out by the Syrian air force.
    (AP, 10/7/17)
 2017        Oct 7, Turkey's president announced that the country has launched a "serious" operation in Syria's northwestern Idlib province with Turkey-backed Syrian opposition forces, following international efforts for de-escalation in the war-torn country.
    (AP, 10/7/17)
2017        Oct 7, In Turkey a tourist bus tipped over after hitting a palm tree on a traffic island in the southern Antalya province, killing three German tourists.
    (AP, 10/7/17)

2017        Oct 8, Tropical Storm Nate rapidly weakened to become a tropical depression over Alabama, although the fast-moving former hurricane left roads and buildings flooded in Mississippi after coming ashore there. Nate killed at least 30 people in Central America before entering the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
    (AFP, 10/8/17)
2017        Oct 8, In North Carolina a boy (4) accidentally shot and killed his grandfather, Danny Patrick (57), as they were shooting a rifle in Pasquotank County.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y8hmvwo9)(SFC, 10/12/17, p.A5)
2017        Oct 8, In Afghanistan two police officers were reported killed after militants attacked their check point in northern Baghlan province.
    (AP, 10/8/17)
2017        Oct 8, It was reported that Australia’s pet and feral cats are killing more than 1 million birds every day.
    (SSFC, 10/8/17, p.C14)
2017        Oct 8, A boat with more than 30 people fleeing Myanmar capsized off Bangladesh. Twenty-five people drowned, 13 of them children.
    (Reuters, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 8, China's anti-graft watchdog said roughly 1.34 million lower-ranking officials have been punished since 2013 under President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive.
    (Reuters, 10/8/17)
2017        Oct 8, Israel's domestic security agency said it has arrested two Palestinians suspected of killing Israeli Reuven Shmerling found dead last week.
    (AP, 10/8/17)
2017        Oct 8, Thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women trekked through a biblical desert landscape, converging on the shores of the Jordan River in a march for peace.
    (Reuters, 10/8/17)
2017        Oct 8, In Latvia civilian helicopter has crashed in Latvia during a local car rally, killing one person and injuring three.
    (AP, 10/8/17)
2017        Oct 8, Libyan officials said thousands of migrants have been found trapped in camps the past days after they were caught amid the fighting over the northwestern city of Sabratha.
    (AP, 10/8/17)
2017        Oct 8, Hundreds of people from around Morocco protested in the nation's economic capital, Casablanca, to demand freedom for activists jailed for their roles in a protest movement that took off a year ago in a neglected northern city.
    (AP, 10/8/17)
2017        Oct 8, In the Philippines the Social Weather Stations said that Pres. Duterte's satisfaction rating dropped by 18 points to 48, a level classified as "good," compared from its last nationwide survey in June when he got a "very good" 66-point rating.
    (AP, 10/8/17)
2017        Oct 8, In Spain hundreds of thousands of people rallied in downtown Barcelona to protest against the plans of Catalonia's regional government to secede.
    (AP, 10/8/17)
2017        Oct 8, In northwestern Syria at least 11 civilians including two children were killed in suspected regime air strikes on a market in Idlib province's Maaret al-Numan. In the east Syria's army and its allies encircled Islamic State in the city of al-Mayadin, southeast of Deir al-Zor.
    (AFP, 10/8/17)(Reuters, 10/8/17)
2017        Oct 8, Eight Tunisian migrants died and a further 20 are believed to be missing after a Tunisian naval ship collided with a wooden boat packed with migrants.
    (AP, 10/9/17)
2017        Oct 8, Turkish forces shelled areas along its border with Syria's northwestern province, an area dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants. President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey was implementing a deal agreed with Russia and Iran to reduce violence in Syria's northern province of Idlib, in cooperation with Free Syrian Army rebel fighters.
    (AP, 10/8/17)(Reuters, 10/8/17)
2017        Oct 8, The Istanbul prosecutor's office charged Amnesty International's Turkey chief and 10 others for allegedly belonging to and aiding terror groups with the completion of an indictment.
    (AP, 10/8/17)
2017        Oct 8, The US embassy in Turkey said it was suspending visa services while it assessed Turkey's commitment to the safety of its missions and its staff after the arrest of Metin Topuz, a Turkish US consulate worker over allegations that he had links to US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.
    (Reuters, 10/10/17)(SFC, 10/10/17, p.A3)
2017        Oct 8, In Yemen a suspected US drone strike killed five alleged al-Qaida fighters in the country's central Marib province.
    (AP, 10/8/17)

2017        Oct 9, The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics was awarded to Richard Thaler of the Univ. of Chicago’s Booth School of Business for incorporating a more realistic understanding of human behavior into economic theory.
    (SFC, 10/10/17, p.A6)
2017        Oct 9, Buildings in California's Napa and Sonoma counties were being evacuated after multiple, fast-spreading wildfires engulfed the area with thick smoke and large flames. The "Atlas Fire" was burning in the hills above Napa County and had damaged several buildings.
    (Reuters, 10/9/17)
2017        Oct 9, In southern California a wildfire destroyed at least a half dozen homes in the affluent Anaheim Hills neighborhood, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents.
    (Reuters, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 9, In Half Moon Bay, Ca., Joel Holland won the 44th World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off with a gourd that registered 2,363 pounds. This was Holland’s 7th win and the heaviest pumpkin recorded at the event.
    (SFC, 10/11/17, p.D2)
2017        Oct 9, In Florida Benjamin Mitchell (22) was shot and killed in the Tampa area.
      (SFC, 11/30/17, p.A6)
2017        Oct 9, Texas Tech. Univ. police Officer Floyd East was killed while booking student Hollis Daniels III (19). Daniels fled the scene but was soon recaptured and confessed to killing East.
    (SFC, 10/11/17, p.A7)
2017        Oct 9, It was reported that Google has discovered Russian operatives spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads on its YouTube, Gmail and Google Search products in an effort to meddle in the 2016 US presidential election.
    (Reuters, 10/9/17)
2017        Oct 9, Thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar fled to Bangladesh in a new surge of refugees driven by fears of starvation and violence the United Nations has denounced as ethnic cleansing.
    (Reuters, 10/9/17)
2017        Oct 9, In Bangladesh eight leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, including party chief Maqbul Ahmad and secretary general Shaniqua Rahman, were detained in Dhaka in a crackdown against the opposition that the government blames for inciting militancy.
    (Reuters, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 9, In Bosnia a Sarajevo court acquitted Naser Oric, a commander revered by many as the defender of Muslims during Bosnia's 1990s conflict but viewed as a butcher by Serbs, of war crimes charges.
    (AFP, 10/9/17)
2017        Oct 9, Britain and its European Union partners clashed over which side should make the next move to unblock Brexit talks, despite concerns they will miss a deadline for a divorce deal and that London is heading for a chaotic departure.
    (Reuters, 10/9/17)
2017        Oct 9, Zahid Hussain (29), a British man who tried to build a bomb from a pressure cooker and Christmas tree lights after becoming radicalized online, was sentenced to at least 15 years in prison.
    (AP, 10/9/17)
2017        Oct 9, In eastern Congo DRC a UN peacekeeper was killed and 12 others injured after an attack near a UN base in Mamundioma by Ugandan rebels belonging to the group known as ADF. At least 22 people were reported missing.
    (AP, 10/9/17)(SFC, 10/10/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 9, Andrej Babis, the frontrunner to become Czech prime minister after this month's election, said he had been formally charged with fraud in a case involving a 2 million euro EU subsidy a decade ago.
    (Reuters, 10/9/17)
2017        Oct 9, Egypt’s military began a new phase in clearing a buffer zone along the Gaza Strip border, 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) wide and 10 km (6 miles) long. At least 140 homes and more than 200 acres were bulldozed.
    (AP, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 9, French farmers trucked hundreds of sheep into a central square in Lyon in protest against the government's protection of wolves, which they blame for livestock deaths and heavy financial losses. The president of the National Sheep Federation, said wolves were costing livestock producers 26 million euros a year compared with 1.5 million euros in 2004.
    (Reuters, 10/9/17)
2017        Oct 9, In Germany burglars broke into Berlin’s immigration office and stole blank identification documents, stamps and seals.
    (AP, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 9, Indian officials said twenty farmers have died since August and hundreds of others are in hospital after inhaling poisonous pesticides while spraying crops. The farmers in the western state of Maharashtra died after using the dangerous pesticides without wearing protective gear.
    (AFP, 10/9/17)
2017        Oct 9, Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi warned there could be a "civil war" over the Kurdish-administered city of Kirkuk if talks over Kurdish independence are left unresolved. Iraq's central government ordered the Kurdish-based cellular network operators to relocate their headquarters Baghdad.
    (AP, 10/9/17)
2017        Oct 9, Kenyan police fired teargas and shots in the air as hundreds of demonstrators marched through the capital Nairobi to protest against proposed legal changes that would make it harder for the Supreme Court to annul an election.
    (Reuters, 10/9/17)
2017        Oct 9, Kenya's military said it had gunned down five suspected al-Shabab militants in the Bodhei area of Lamu County.
    (AP, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 9, Kosovo’s Pres. Hashim Thaci accused the international community of not keeping its end of the bargain after the country created an unpopular war crimes court to prosecute ethnic Albanians in cases linked to Kosovo's war.
    (AP, 10/9/17)
2017        Oct 9, Namibia’s environment minister said over 100 hippos have died in a remote national park in the past week, warning that anthrax could be to blame.
    (AFP, 10/9/17)
2017        Oct 9, In Pakistan gunmen ambushed a car with minority Shiite Muslims in the southwestern city of Quetta, killing four of them and a passer-by. A Taliban attack on a military vehicle in northwestern Pakistan left three soldiers dead.
    (AP, 10/9/17)
2017        Oct 9, In South Africa three vessels were grounded, containers were blown into the bay and mooring lines were broken in the channel in Port Durban when a severe storm lashed the coastal region resulting in at least eight deaths in the province.
    (Reuters, 10/11/17)
2017        Oct 9, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy warned anew that Spain will not be divided by a declaration of independence from Catalonia and said the government is ready to respond to any such attempt.
    (AP, 10/9/17)
2017        Oct 9, In Turkey an appeals court annulled the 25-year prison sentence of opposition lawmaker Enis Berberoglu, but he will remain in custody and face a retrial.
    (Reuters, 10/9/17)
2017        Oct 9, Ukraine's chief prosecutor blamed Vladimir Tyurin, a Russian crime lord linked to Russia's security agency, for ordering the killing of renegade Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov last March.
    (AP, 10/9/17)
2017        Oct 9, The UN atomic agency chief affirmed Iran's commitment to a 2015 nuclear deal, in a statement that came as US President Donald Trump said Tehran was not living up to the "spirit" of the agreement.
    (AFP, 10/9/17)
2017        Oct 9, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (93) reshuffled his Cabinet and stripped the justice ministry from Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, accused of harboring presidential ambitions.
    (AP, 10/10/17)

2017        Oct 10, In California firefighters battling 15 wildfires that have killed at least 11 people and destroyed hundreds of buildings in the Napa and Sonoma wine region welcomed a drop in winds and an expected layer of cool, moist fog. About 1,500 homes and commercial buildings were destroyed as tens of thousands of acres had gone up in flames since the weekend.
    (Reuters, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 10, Allegations poured out against Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in on-the-record reports that detailed claims of sexual abuse from 13 women between 1990 and 2015. Weinstein’s wife announced she was leaving her husband. The next day Britain’s film academy said it has suspended Weinstein over the multiple accusations. On Oct 14 the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences expelled Weinstein.
    (SFC, 10/11/17, p.A5)(SFC, 10/12/17, p.A2)(SSFC, 10/15/17, p.A6)
2017        Oct 10, Utah police Officer Jeff Payne was fired after being seen on video roughly handcuffing Nurse Alex Wubbels and dragging her from a hospital because she refused to allow a blood draw per hospital policy. Nurse Wubbels later reached a $500,000 settlement with Salt Lake City and the university that runs the hospital.
    (SFC, 10/11/17, p.A7)(SFC, 11/1/17, p.A5)
2017        Oct 10, In Brazil some 500 soldiers, some in armored vehicles, swept into Rio de Janeiro's Rocinha favela to support a police raid after gun fights broke out between rival drug gangs.
    (AFP, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 10, British defense company BAE Systems said it is cutting almost 2,000 jobs in its military, maritime and intelligence services amid a slowdown in orders for its Typhoon fighter jets.
    (AP, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 10, European Union lawmakers gave broad support to a law that could end the City of London's global dominance in clearing euro-denominated financial contracts after Brexit.
    (Reuters, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 10, In France more than 100,000 public sector workers angered by Pres. Emmanuel Macron's plans to freeze their pay and eliminate jobs went on strike, amplifying opposition to the president's cost-cutting, pro-business agenda.
    (AFP, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 10, The Greek parliament passed a law to make it easier for people to change their legally recognized gender, a move that angered the Church but was welcomed as long-overdue by human rights groups.
    (Reuters, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 10, Iraq's Oil Ministry ordered the restoration of an oil pipeline from the city of Kirkuk to Turkey that would bypass the country's northern Kurdish region in the wake of the area's pro-independence referendum.
    (AP, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 10, In Kenya gunmen killed two female employees of a university in Ukunda, near Mombasa on Kenya's Indian Ocean coast in a suspected extremist attack. Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga shocked the country by withdrawing his candidacy for the Oct 26 presidential election ordered by the Supreme Court, saying the election commission has not made changes to avoid the "irregularities and illegalities" cited in the nullified August vote.
    (AP, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 10, In Kosovo about 300 people marched through Pristina at the first gay pride parade in the strongly conservative country which has a large Muslim majority.
    (AFP, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 10, Liberia held presidential elections. 2.18 million registered voters chose from a crowded field of 20 presidential candidates. Voters will also elect 73 seats in the lower chamber, the House of Representatives.
    (AFP, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 10, Myanmar launched its first bid to improve relations between Buddhists and Muslims since an eruption of deadly violence in August inflamed communal tension and triggered an exodus of some 520,000 Muslims to Bangladesh. Inter-faith prayers were held at a stadium in Yangon, with Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Christians and others.
    (Reuters, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 10, The Netherlands' new center-right, four-party coalition led by PM Mark Rutte published its policy blueprint for the coming four years, including everything from a raft of tax cuts to an experiment with state-sanctioned cannabis plantations. It included plans to shut all coal-fired power plants by the year 2030.
    (AP, 10/10/17)(Reuters, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 10, Philippine troops recovered 22 bodies of suspected Muslim extremists and dozens of homemade bombs from two buildings that were retaken in one of the final government assaults to end an Islamic State group-inspired siege in Marawi city. The discovery brought the death toll in the siege, which was launched May 23, to more than a thousand people, including 802 militants.
    (AP, 10/11/17)
2017        Oct 10, Russia said it had dropped accusations against CNN International of violating Russian media law and the US channel could continue broadcasting in Russia.
    (Reuters, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 10, Catalan separatists signed what they called a declaration of independence from Spain. Regional leader Carles Puigdemont said he would delay implementing it for several weeks to give dialogue a chance.
    (SFC, 10/11/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 10, In Syria a Russian military jet crashed while taking off from the Hmeymim air base in an incident that killed its two-man crew.
    (Reuters, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 10, Thai authorities arrested two Chinese citizens suspected of smuggling rhinoceros horns worth about $300,000 through Bangkok's main airport.
    (AP, 10/11/17)
2017        Oct 10, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks with Serbia's president as Ankara stepped up efforts to increase its clout in the Balkans.
    (AP, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 10, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed that Turkish officials would boycott the US ambassador to Ankara, stepping up one of the worst rows in decades between the two NATO allies.
    (AP, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 10, Turkey’s police launched operations in seven provinces to catch 70 active duty officers, from the air force, navy, army, and gendarmerie, over suspected links to cleric Fethullah Gulen's movement. Police in Ankara used tear gas to disperse crowds hoping to commemorate the second anniversary of a terror attack that killed 102 people.
    (AP, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 10, Vietnam's flag carrier and Air France signed an agreement to deepen their cooperation to tap the growing travel market between Vietnam and Europe.
    (AP, 10/10/17)

2017        Oct 11, In California firefighters battling wildfires in the wine country faced the prospect of new outbreaks as winds were forecast to return. Blazes have killed at least 17 people and destroyed 2,000 homes and businesses.
    (Reuters, 10/11/17)
2017        Oct 11, The Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced the 24 fellows and recipients of the so-called genius grants. They will each receive $625,000 over five years to spend any way they choose.
    (AP, 10/11/17)
2017        Oct 11, In Florida Monica Hoffa (32) was shot and killed in the Tampa area.
      (SFC, 11/30/17, p.A6)
2017        Oct 11, In southern Ohio authorities found three adults dead in a trailer home. Soon after the body of Devin Holston (7) was also found. On Oct 13 police arrested suspect Arron Lawson (23) near Ironton, 12 miles south of the trailer home.
    (SFC, 10/14/17, p.A6)
2017        Oct 11, Fatima Goss Graves, president of the Washington-based National Women’s Law Center, announced the formation of the Legal Network of Gender Equity.
    (SFC, 10/12/17, p.A5)
2017        Oct 11, The Boy Scouts of America announced plans to admit girls into the cub scouts starting next year and to establish a new program for older girls using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts.
    (SFC, 10/12/17, p.A6)
2017        Oct 11, Albania's president turned down a request from his Kosovo counterpart Hashim Thaci to issue Albanian passports for citizens in neighboring Kosovo, the only nation in Europe excluded from a visa-free European travel zone.
    (AP, 10/11/17)
2017        Oct 11, Congo DRC’s electoral commission said an election to replace President Joseph Kabila cannot take place before April 2019, a delay that the opposition said would cause an impatient population to "take matters into its own hands".
    (Reuters, 10/11/17)
2017        Oct 11, In Ethiopia six people were left dead in the Oromia region following antigovernment protests.
    (SFC, 10/13/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 11, The European Union said it will not transfer a final tranche of loans worth 28 million euros ($33 million) to support Moldovan justice reforms as authorities have showed insufficient commitment to reforming the justice sector.
    (Reuters, 10/11/17)
2017        Oct 11, A Paris judge handed down jail terms of up to seven years to protesters who attacked and torched a police car with two officers inside. Swiss national Joachim Landwehr, who is on the run and was tried in absentia, was sentenced to seven years for throwing a smoke bomb into the car during the attack in May 2016. Six others were also convicted for their part in the attack.
    (AFP, 10/11/17)
2017        Oct 11, Hong Kong barred British human rights activist Benedict Rogers, who is deputy chairman of the Conservative Party's human rights commission, from visiting the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Rogers has criticized the jailing of democracy campaigners in Hong Kong.
    (AFP, 10/11/17)
2017        Oct 11, India’s Supreme Court ruled that having sexual intercourse with a wife younger than 18 is rape. A 2011 government census indicated that the percentage of below-18 marriages in India was as high as 47%.
    (SFC, 10/13/17, p.A3)
2017        Oct 11, An Iraqi court ordered the arrest of senior Kurdish officials responsible for organizing an independence referendum. A court in east Baghdad issued warrants against the chairman of the vote's organizing commission Hendren Saleh and two other members.
    (AP, 10/11/17)
2017        Oct 11, The Italian government won the first of three confidence votes on a fiercely contested electoral law that would allow the formation of multi-party coalitions before the ballot, a factor likely to hurt 5-Star Movement.
    (Reuters, 10/11/17)
2017        Oct 11, In Kashmir two Indian air force commandos and two rebels were killed in a fierce gunbattle following an anti-militant operation in northern Hajin town.
    (AP, 10/11/17)
2017        Oct 11, In Kenya police used tear gas to disperse thousands of opposition protesters who regrouped outside the election commission's offices in Nairobi and demanded reforms. A judge ruled that a minor opposition candidate can run for president in this month's election. Lawmakers approved amendments to the electoral law that have been criticized by the opposition and Western diplomats.
    (AP, 10/11/17)
017        Oct 11, In Myanmar Rohingya Muslim villagers cut off from food and threatened by Buddhist neighbors in Rakhine state received their first substantial food supplies in months after international pressure on the government to help.
    (Reuters, 10/11/17)
2017        Oct 11, Pakistan's electoral commission barred from contesting elections the Milli Muslim League (MML), a new political party backed by Islamist Hafiz Saeed, who has a $10 million US bounty on his head.
    (Reuters, 10/11/17)
2017        Oct 11, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced that Russia would donate defense hardware to support the military's fight against pro-Islamic State militants.
    (AP, 10/11/17)
2017        Oct 11, In the Philippines police killed three men in a poor Manila neighborhood in what they said was self-defense during a legitimate anti-drug operation. Security camera footage and eyewitness testimony published by Reuters Nov. 27 contradicted the police report and suggested they may have executed the three men.
    (Reuters, 11/28/17)
2017        Oct 11, Portugal said it has charged former socialist prime minister Jose Socrates following a three-year corruption probe, which revealed he may have taken bribes of wine worth millions of euros. Socrates was indicted on 31 bribery charges and other crimes, including money laundering, tax fraud and falsification of documents.
    (AFP, 10/11/17)
2017        Oct 11, Russia’s domestic security agency said it has detained six people in Crimea accused of involvement in an extremist organization, a move described by one of the suspects' lawyer as part of Moscow's crackdown on the Crimean Tatars.
    (AP, 10/11/17)
2017        Oct 11, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy threatened to impose direct rule on Catalonia following its disputed independence referendum. Rajoy took the first step toward suspending Catalonia's political autonomy and ruling the region directly to thwart a push for independence. He demanded that the regional government clarify whether it now considered itself independent following a speech by Catalan president Carles Puigdemont the previous evening.
    (AFP, 10/11/17)(AP, 10/11/17)
2017        Oct 11, In Syria three men blew themselves up near the police headquarters in central Damascus. The blasts killed two people and injured six others.
    (Reuters, 10/11/17)
2017        Oct 11, In Syria the US-led coalition battling the Islamic State group said that it won't accept a negotiated withdrawal for hundreds of IS militants holed up in Raqqa. An estimated 4,000 civilians remained trapped in the city.
    (AP, 10/11/17)
2017        Oct 11, In Turkey an explosion in a storage tank at the Tupras refinery killed four people in the western province of Izmir. Authorities the next day detained seven people over the blast, of which four have been formally arrested and three released on probation.
    (Reuters, 10/13/17)
2017        Oct 11, Ukraine's anti-corruption bureau said it had detained a deputy defense minister and another top military official for allegedly embezzling millions in state funding through an illegal oil-purchase scheme.
    (AFP, 10/11/17)
2017        Oct 11, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Hubertus Leteng (58) of Indonesia's Ruteng diocese. Leteng resigned following reports that he had a mistress and siphoned off more than $100,000 in church funds.
    (AP, 10/11/17)
2017        Oct 11, Yemeni police arrested 10 members of a local Muslim Brotherhood affiliate in the southern city of Aden, following a roadside bombing that killed a cleric with ties to the United Arab Emirates.
    (AFP, 10/11/17)

2017        Oct 12, Pres. Donald Trump signed an executive order directing government agencies to design insurance plans that would offer lower premiums outside the requirements of Pres. Obama’s Affordable Care Act. It was also reported that Trump plans to halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law.
    (SFC, 10/13/17, p.A6)
2017        Oct 12, The US State Dept. said the US is pulling out of UNESCO, effective Dec. 31, because of what Washington sees as its anti-Israel bias and a need for "fundamental reform" of the UN cultural agency. The US stopped funding UNESCO after it voted to include Palestine as a member in 2011. The US now owes about $550 million in back payments. Washington did the same thing in the 1980s because it viewed the agency as mismanaged, corrupt and used to advance Soviet interests. The US rejoined in 2003.
    (Reuters, 10/12/17)(AP, 10/12/17)
2017        Oct 12, In California winds up to 45 mph (72 kph) were expected to pummel areas north of San Francisco where at least 23 people have died and at least 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed. Officials voiced concern that the 22 separate blazes would merge into larger infernos.
    (AP, 10/12/17)
2017        Oct 12, Santos Portillo Andrade (33), a Boston area leader of the violent Central American street gang MS-13, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for a racketeering conspiracy involving assault, drug and firearms charges. He was one of more than 60 members of the gang indicted last year and is the 19th to be sentenced.
    (AP, 10/13/17)
2017        Oct 12, In North Carolina an attempted breakout from the Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City left two employees dead.
    (SFC, 10/14/17, p.A6)
2017        Oct 12, Texas inmate Robert Pruett (38) was executed for the 1999 death of corrections officer Daniel Nagle.
    (SFC, 10/13/17, p.A8)
2017        Oct 12, Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said the company was fully committed to helping US congressional investigators publicly release Russia-backed political ads that ran during the 2016 US election.
    (Reuters, 10/12/17)
2017        Oct 12, In Afghanistan a US drone strike killed 14 Islamic State militants in a remote area in eastern Kunar province.
    (AP, 10/14/17)
2017        Oct 12, Britain’s university city of Oxford unveiled plans to ban petrol and diesel cars from its center from 2020 as part of the most radical set of proposals so far in Britain to curb pollution.
    (Reuters, 10/12/17)
2017        Oct 12, Cambodia deported 74 Chinese citizens accused of extorting money from women in mainland China with threats to circulate naked images of them online.
    (SFC, 10/13/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 12, Egypt extended its state of emergency for yet another three months, according to a decision from President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
    (AP, 10/12/17)
2017        Oct 12, In Ethiopia more than 15,000 people rallied in Wolisso, Oromia state, against the country’s ruling elite.
    (SFC, 10/13/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 12, French President Emmanuel Macron launched round two of his ambitious domestic reform program. This included major changes to the generous unemployment benefits system, as well as large increases in state-funded training aimed at helping the unemployed back into the workplace.
    (AFP, 10/12/17)
2017        Oct 12, In France eight Greenpeace activists broke into a nuclear power station and set off fireworks to urge better protection for nuclear waste and protest France's dependence on atomic energy.
    (AP, 10/12/17)
2017        Oct 12, In Germany Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said that the airline will sign an agreement to buy large parts of the bankrupt carrier Air Berlin.
    (AP, 10/12/17)
2017        Oct 12, The Italian government won the last of three confidence votes it had called on a contested electoral law that is likely to penalize the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement in next year's election.
    (Reuters, 10/12/17)
2017        Oct 12, Kenya's opposition vowed to pursue a campaign of protest for electoral reform, defying a ban on rallies in main city centers announced today by the government.
    (AFP, 10/12/17)
2017        Oct 12, Liberia’s National Election Commission data showed former international soccer star George Weah ahead in 11 of 15 counties. Fewer than 30 percent of the votes have been counted in the majority of counties.
    (AP, 10/13/17)
2017        Oct 12, Thousands of Rohingya left Myanmar, aiming to reach Bangladesh by boat, citing a shortage of food and fear of repression.
    (Reuters, 10/12/17)
2017        Oct 12, In southern Nigeria Italian priest Maurizio Pallu (63) was snatched in broad daylight by armed men just outside of Benin City. He was travelling with a group of four other people when they were attacked and robbed by armed men who took Pallu but let the others go.
    (AFP, 10/14/17)
2017        Oct 12, Pakistan's army said it has rescued a kidnapped US-Canadian couple and their three children after receiving intelligence from the United States. The family was abducted in 2012 while traveling in Afghanistan and held by the militant Haqqani network. They were identified as Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their children.
    (Reuters, 10/12/17)(AP, 10/12/17)
2017        Oct 12, The Pakistani Taliban reportedly killed Haroon Khan, a local journalist, in the country's volatile northwest. The Taliban accused him of secretly working for Pakistani intelligence.
    (AP, 10/13/17)
2017        Oct 12, Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal after Hamas agreed to hand over administrative control of Gaza, including the key Rafah border crossing, a decade after seizing the enclave in a civil war. The Rafah border crossing in Gaza will be handed over to the unity government on Nov. 1.
    (Reuters, 10/12/17)
2017        Oct 12, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte read a memorandum that removes police from the drugs war and places the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in charge, then launched a curse-laden tirade at foreign critics of a campaign that has killed thousands of Filipinos.
    (Reuters, 10/12/17)   
2017        Oct 12, A group of senior officers from the general staff of the Russian armed forces could not attend the joint briefing with the Chinese military at the UN in NYC because they were not issued US visas.
    (AP, 10/13/17)
2017        Oct 12, Slovakia's Constitutional Court ordered a lower court to look again at claims that Andrej Babis, the man who hopes to be the Czech Republic's next prime minister, collaborated with the Czechoslovak communist-era secret police.
    (AP, 10/12/17)
2017        Oct 12, South African police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to break up crowds hurling insults at a group of men accused of cannibalism in eastern Kwa-Zulu Natal province.
    (AP, 10/12/17)
2017        Oct 12, A South Africa court said anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol, who died in 1971, was tortured and killed by South African police, a landmark decision that raised hopes that dozens of similar cases would be investigated. Timol was one of 73 political detainees who died in police custody in South Africa between 1963 and 1990.
    (AP, 10/12/17)
2017        Oct 12, A Spanish Eurofighter jet crashed after taking part in a military display in Madrid for Spain's national day, killing its pilot.
    (AP, 10/12/17)
2017        Oct 12, In Syria dozens of desperate civilians streamed out of battlefront districts of Raqa after a ferocious resumption in bombardment against Islamic State group holdouts in the city.
    (AFP, 10/12/17)
2017        Oct 12, Three Syrian opposition factions agreed to cease fire in southern Damascus under an agreement brokered by Egypt and Russia that was not signed by the Syrian government.
    (AP, 10/12/17)
2017        Oct 12, The United Arab Emirates said it was ending the mission of North Korea's non-resident ambassador and terminating its own envoy's services in Pyongyang. The UAE will also stop issuing new visas or company licenses to North Korean citizens.
    (Reuters, 10/12/17)
2017        Oct 12, The United Nations migration agency said West African migrants trying to reach Europe are dying in far greater numbers in the Sahara than in the Mediterranean but efforts to dissuade them may cause new routes to open up.
    (AP, 10/12/17)
2017        Oct 12, Vietnam officials said recent heavy rain in northern and central Vietnam have triggered floods and landslides that killed 46 people and left 33 people missing in the worst such disaster in years.
    (Reuters, 10/12/17)

2017        Oct 13, US Pres. Donald Trump kicked the fate of the landmark Iran nuclear deal to the US Congress and said he might ultimately terminate the 2015 agreement that lifted sanctions in return for Tehran rolling back technologies with nuclear bomb-making potential.
    (AFP, 10/14/17)(AP, 10/14/17)
2017        Oct 13, The US Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new restrictions on the use of the weed killer dicamba, which has caused widespread crop damage in the Midwest for the past two years.
    (AP, 10/13/17)
2017        Oct 13, US military officers at Guantanamo Bay sentenced Saudi detainee Ahmed Muhammed Ahmed Haza al Darbi to 13 years in prison for his admitted role in a 2002 attack by al-Qaida on a French oil tanker off the Yemeni coast. Darbi received no credit for the nearly 12 years he was in custody before his 2014 guilty plea.
    (SFC, 10/14/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 13, In California 35 confirmed fatalities, with 19 in Sonoma County, marked the greatest loss of life from a single fire event on record in California. 235 people were still missing in Sonoma County alone. 17 major fires had already destroyed an estimated 5,700 homes.
    (Reuters, 10/14/17)
2017        Oct 13, In southern California authorities in Orange County arrested Luke Ferguson (26), suspected of fatally shooting two people.
    (SFC, 10/14/17, p.A6)
2017        Oct 13, A New Orleans police officer was fatally shot during a struggle after he and his patrol team left their cars to investigate something suspicious. Suspected gunman Darren Bridges (30) was taken into custody.
    (SFC, 10/14/17, p.A6)
2017        Oct 13, Police in Ferguson, Mo., arrested five people following the latest round of protests over the acquittal of police Officer Jason Stockley in the 2011 killing of Anthony Lamar Smith.
    (SSFC, 10/15/17, p.A5)
2017        Oct 13, It was reported that a recent report by JPMorgan Chase estimated that just 10% of daily stock trading is done by human stock pickers.
    (SFC, 10/13/17, p.A1)
2017        Oct 13, Austria said it would launch a lawsuit against the European Union's approval of the Russian-financed expansion of a nuclear plant in Hungary. The approval, granted in March, removed the last major obstacle to the 12.5 billion euro ($13.2 billion) expansion of the Paks plant, Hungary's only nuclear facility.
    (AFP, 10/13/17)
2017        Oct 13, A London court ruled that 1,826 Zambians can sue Vedanta Resources in the English courts over alleged pollution of their village after an appeal court threw out the miner's attempt to block their legal action.
    (Reuters, 10/13/17)
2017        Oct 13, Cameroon said it has opened a probe into recent deadly violence linked to a symbolic declaration of independence in the west African nation's English-speaking region. 14 people died in violence ahead of the symbolic October 1 declaration of independence of Ambazonia, the name of the state that separatists want to create. Amnesty International said that "at least 500 people remained detained.
    (AFP, 10/13/17)
2017        Oct 13, American Caitlan Coleman, her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle and their three children, freed in Pakistan this week, returned to Canada where the husband said one of his children had been murdered and his wife had been raped. In early January Boyle was arrested and faced at least a dozen charges including sexual assault.
    (AP, 10/14/17)(SFC, 1/3/18, p.A2)
2017        Oct 13, EU ministers said border controls inside what should normally be Europe's cherished zone of free travel are here to stay for now, citing continued terrorist threats and the need to control migration.
    (Reuters, 10/13/17)
2017        Oct 13, EU environment ministers agreed national emissions-reduction targets in a push to show how the bloc is delivering on its climate goals ahead of United Nations talks next months to fight global warming.
    (Reuters, 10/13/17)
2017        Oct 13, The Iraqi army launched an operation to retake Kurdish-held positions around the disputed oil city of Kirkuk amid a bitter row with the Kurds over a vote for independence last month. Kurdish forces overnight moved back their defensive line around the oil region of Kirkuk by 2 km (1.2 miles) to reduce the possibility of friction with nearby Iraqi forces.
    (AFP, 10/13/17)(Reuters, 10/13/17)
2017        Oct 13, In Japan a scandal over product inspections data faked by materials and machinery giant Kobe Steel expanded to include products shipped to more than 500 customers.
    (AP, 10/13/17)
2017        Oct 13, Police in Kenya shot and killed two opposition protesters who allegedly stormed a police station with farm tools and rocks in the western part of the country, while police used tear gas on rallies in the capital and elsewhere demanding reforms ahead of the new election. Opposition leader Raila Odinga said he's willing to return to the race if the government is "ready to do business and deal" on reforms.
    (AP, 10/13/17)
2017        Oct 13, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said it is deploying its first-ever plague treatment center to Madagascar where dozens have been reported killed by the outbreak.
    (AP, 10/13/17)
2017        Oct 13, In Mexico security cameras recorded fifteen state police officers apparently looting a property. The police were later charged with conducting an unlawful search, robbery and abuse of authority.
    (AP, 10/22/17)
2017        Oct 13, Myanmar said its military has launched an internal probe into the conduct of soldiers during a counteroffensive that has sent more than half a million Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh.
    (Reuters, 10/13/17)
2017        Oct 13, In Nigeria four British missionaries giving free medical services were kidnapped in southern Delta state. After three weeks Ian Squire was reported killed and the other three released.
    (Reuters, 10/18/17)(Reuters, 11/6/17)
2017        Oct 13, The 33,205-ton Emerald Star, a Hong Kong-registered freighter, sank in rough seas off the Philippine coast, leaving 10 crewmembers missing.
    (AP, 10/13/17)
2017        Oct 13, Poland's Pres. Andrzej Duda signed into law a bill on funding for non-governmental organizations that critics fear the conservative government may use to undercut groups with missions that conflict with the ruling party's positions.
    (AP, 10/14/17)
2017        Oct 13, Romania’s foreign minister said Ukraine has pledged not to close Romanian language schools under a new education law that has caused alarm in Romania, Russia and Hungary.
    (AP, 10/13/17)
2017        Oct 13, Russia successfully launched a satellite into orbit that will monitor Europe's atmosphere, helping to study air pollution. The European Space Agency's Sentinel-5P satellite was launched by a Rokot missile from the northwestern Plesetsk launch pad.
    (AP, 10/13/17)
2017        Oct 13, Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic promised to lead the Balkan nation into the EU and said the fact that Russia is arming the Serbian military doesn't threaten that goal.
    (AP, 10/13/17)
2017        Oct 13, The Seychelles government ordered schools to close, after the discovery of two suspected cases of plague thought to have been brought from Madagascar where the disease has killed scores.
    (AFP, 10/13/17)
2017        Oct 13, South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that President Jacob Zuma can face prosecution on almost 800 charges of corruption relating to a 1990s arms deal.
    (AFP, 10/13/17)
2017        Oct 13, South Korea and China agreed to extend their currency swap deal, easing concerns the deal would fall through due to tensions over a US missile defense system. The two Asian countries renewed the deal worth 64 trillion won or 360 billion yuan ($57 billion) for another three years.
    (AP, 10/13/17)
2017        Oct 13, Spain's government says that Turkish-born writer Dogan Akhanly, who has German citizenship, won't be extradited to Turkey for his alleged involvement with an outlawed group.
    (AP, 10/13/17)
2017        Oct 13, The UN human rights office said Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia have all unjustly arrested dozens of people during anti-gay crackdowns in recent weeks, subjecting many to mistreatment in custody.
    (Reuters, 10/13/17)

2017        Oct 14, It was reported that Twitter has handed over to Senate investigators the profile names of “handles," of 201 accounts linked to Russian attempts at influencing the 2016 US presidential election.
    (SFC, 10/14/17, p.A6)
2017        Oct 14, US federal authorities responded to an oil spill off the coast of Louisiana. As much as 9,350 barrels of oil were released from an underwater pipe before the spill was halted.
    (SSFC, 10/15/17, p.A5)
2017        Oct 14, In Port Orchard, Wa., a fire in a two-story home left two adults and two small children dead.
    (SFC, 10/16/17, p.A5)
2017        Oct 14, Afghan police foiled a major bombing in Kabul late today. A suspect, whose truck was loaded with three tons of explosives, ignored orders to stop, was wounded and arrested.
    (AP, 10/15/17)(SFC, 10/16/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 14, In southern Bangladesh wild elephants attacked the new Balukhali camp in Ukhiya town where Rohingya refugees were sleeping, killing a woman and her three children.
    (AP, 10/15/17)
2017        Oct 14, Britain’s Times newspaper, citing an intelligence assessment of the incident, reported that Iran had carried out a cyber attack on British lawmakers last June. The hack was initially blamed on Russia.
    (Reuters, 10/14/17)
2017        Oct 14, A former Chinese justice minister was reported expelled from the ruling Communist Party following an investigation by the anti-corruption watchdog, the first time the government has announced that she was in trouble. Wu Aiying (65) was justice minister from 2005 until February this year.
    (AP, 10/15/17)
2017        Oct 14, In Kashmir a young man was killed during anti-India protests following a gunbattle that killed two rebels. Indian troops had cordoned off southern Litter village on a tip that militants were hiding in a civilian home. Later in the day a police officer was killed and another injured after rebels sprayed gunfire at two police vehicles passing through the southern Kulgam area. The next day Pakistan said Indian fire across the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region had killed two children.
    (AP, 10/14/17)(AP, 10/15/17)
2017        Oct 14, In Kenya gunmen shot dead seven people, including six students, in a raid on Lokichogio Mixed Secondary School that appeared to be a revenge attack by a student who had been suspended for fighting. The suspended student was arrested, but angry members of the public overwhelmed police and killed him. The attackers were thought to be from neighboring South Sudan.
    (AP, 10/14/17)
2017        Oct 14, Mexican police in the city of San Fernando, Tamaulipas state, killed Juan Antonio Alvarado Lopez, one of the men allegedly responsible for the May 10 murder of activist Miriam Rodriguez. Two other men have been arrested for Rodriguez's murder and a third remained a fugitive.
    (AP, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 14, Four Moldovan nationals were killed when a transport plane chartered by the French army crashed off Ivory Coast. Six other people were injured including four French nationals.
    (AFP, 10/14/17)
2017        Oct 14, Moroccan authorities said they had dismantled a cell linked to Islamic State that was active in eight towns and cities and was planning terrorist operations. Eleven people were arrested.
    (Reuters, 10/14/17)
2017        Oct 14, In Poland hundreds of young doctors rallied in front of PM Beata Szydlo’s office to demand pay increases and more money for the country's chronically strapped health care system.
    (AP, 10/14/17)
2017        Oct 14, In Poland an Armenian man suffered the fatal injury while getting into a car in east Warsaw. Police searched for the gunman and questioned witnesses.
    (AP, 10/15/17)
2017        Oct 14, Puerto Rican authorities raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria by 3 to 48 based on a review of medical records.
    (AP, 10/14/17)
2017        Oct 14, An unmanned Russian cargo ship was launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, to take supplies to the six astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
    (AP, 10/14/17)
2017        Oct 14, In Somalia a hotel was largely destroyed when a massive truck bomb exploded in Mogadishu. The death toll soon rose more than 300 in the deadliest ever attack in the Horn of Africa nation. The final death toll in the massive truck bombing was 512 people, according to the committee tasked with looking into the country's worst-ever attack. 62 people remained missing.
    (AP, 10/15/17)(Reuters, 10/16/17)(AP, 12/2/17)
2017        Oct 14, The first commercial flight arrived in St. Helena, a South Atlantic island that until recently was only accessible by boat and where Napoleon Bonaparte spent his last years in exile. The SA Airlink plane conducted 13 flight trials at the St. Helena airport in August. Some charter and medical evacuation flights have used the airport in the past year. The population of more than 4,000 people is now heavily dependent on British government support.
    (AP, 10/14/17)
2017        Oct 14, Syria's army captured the IS stronghold of Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor province. The US-led coalition said around 100 IS fighters in Raqa had surrendered to the SDF in the past 24 hours. A convoy left Raqa under an evacuation deal. More than 3,000 civilians fled Raqa, the Islamic State group's former stronghold Raqa, leaving behind only relatives of foreign IS fighters.
    (AFP, 10/14/17)(AP, 10/15/17)
2017        Oct 14, Turkish authorities issued detention warrants for 100 former police officers and have so far detained 63 of them, as part of a widening crackdown since last year's failed coup attempt. The suspects were believed to be users of ByLock, an encrypted messaging app which the government says was used by the network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.
    (Reuters, 10/14/17)
2017        Oct 14, A Vatican court convicted Giuseppe Profiti, the former president of the pope's children's hospital, of diverting some $500,000 in donations to renovate Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone’s flat and gave Profiti a one-year suspended sentence.
    (AP, 10/14/17)

2017        Oct 15, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that President Donald Trump had instructed him to continue diplomatic efforts to calm rising tensions with North Korea, saying "those diplomatic efforts will continue until the first bomb drops."
    (Reuters, 10/15/17)
2017        Oct 15, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB179 making California the first state in the country to offer a third gender marker on birth certificates for nonbinary people who want their personal documents to match their gender identity. The gender option for driver’s licenses will be effective Jan 1, 2019.
    (SFC, 10/17/17, p.C1)
2017        Oct 15, In northern California firefighters continued to grapple with the deadliest blazes in state history. At least 40 people have been killed and entire neighborhoods reduced to ash.
    (Reuters, 10/15/17)
2017        Oct 15, In Louisiana an oil and gas platform exploded on Lake Pontchartrain. There was no sign of pollution from the accident, but contract worker was missing.
    (SFC, 10/17/17, p.A6)
2017        Oct 15, In Australia hundreds of protesters marched through Sydney to call for detainees, being held in controversial centers for asylum seekers on remote Pacific islands, to be allowed to stay in Australia as a resettlement deadline approaches.
    (Reuters, 10/15/17)
2017        Oct 15, Austria held parliamentary elections. Conservative leader Sebastian Kurz won Austria's election. Kurz (31) was expected to become chancellor on a pledge to take a hard line on refugees and prevent a repeat of Europe's migration crisis.
    (Reuters, 10/15/17)(AP, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 15, In Egypt at least 24 militants and six soldiers were killed in attacks on military outposts in North Sinai.
    (Reuters, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 15, Estonia's ruling Center Party won local elections in a key litmus test for PM Juri Ratas, who has seen his party split into two rivaling factions since he took up the job less than a year ago.
    (AP, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 15, In Iraq nearly 700,000 people from the former jihadist stronghold of Mosul and nearby areas were still displaced despite the city's recapture in July.
    (AFP, 10/15/17)   
2017        Oct 15, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters rejected a warning from an Iraqi paramilitary force to withdraw from a strategic junction south of Kirkuk, which controls the access to some of the region's main oilfields. Kurdish media said the three official border crossings between Iraq's Kurdish region and Iran have been closed. One semi-official crossing remained open. Iran denied the reports.
    (Reuters, 10/15/17)(AP, 10/15/17)
2017        Oct 15, Kyrgyzstan voted in a presidential election with observers predicting no outright winner and a close runoff between two pro-Russian candidates. The main opposition candidate, oil tycoon Omurbek Babanov, has accused the government of attacking his supporters and campaign staff. President Almazbek Atambayev, who backed candidate Sooronbai Jeenbekov, warned he would use any violence as an opportunity to "cleanse" the country.
    (Reuters, 10/15/17)
2017        Oct 15, Macedonia held municipal elections, seen as a strong test for the left-wing government. Opinion polls show a slight advantage for the governing Social Democrats, who hope to unseat the conservative mayor of Skopje.
    (AP, 10/15/17)
2017        Oct 15, In Pakistan a roadside bomb near the Afghan border killed four soldiers and wounded three others in the Kurram tribal region.
    (AP, 10/15/17)
2017        Oct 15, Russia resumed sea trips to isolated North Korea after a two-month break. The ferry line, the only one between the two countries, was opened in May to carry passengers, predominantly Chinese tourists, and cargoes. It stopped operating in August because the port in Vladivostok refused to provide services to the vessel after the company failed to pay for them.
    (Reuters, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 15, Saudi Arabia's Civil Defense said 10 people have died in a fire that broke out overnight at a carpentry workshop in Riyadh.
    (AP, 10/15/17)
2017        Oct 15, In Spain over 125 wildfires raged across Galicia. Three people were reported killed by the fires.
    (AP, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 15, In Syria US-backed fighters launched an operation to retake the last Islamic State-held pocket of the northern city of Raqqa after some 275 militants and their family members surrendered. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Force (SDF) has been on the offensive in Raqqa since early June and now controls about 90 percent of the city.
    (AP, 10/15/17)
2017        Oct 15, Pope Francis declared 35 new saints, nearly all of them martyrs drawn from the bloody history of Catholicism's spread in Latin America. They included 30 martyrs massacred in Brazil in the 17th century; three teens slain in 16th-century Mexico due to their embrace of Catholicism; a priest from Spain who devoted his life to studying therapeutic plants in the 19th century; and an Italian priest who died in the 1700s after spending his life criss-crossing the southern end of his country.
    (AFP, 10/15/17)
2017        Oct 15, Venezuela held gubernatorial elections. The ruling Socialist Party currently controlled 20 of 23 state governorships, but polls showed the opposition Democratic Unity coalition likely to upend that. Socialist contenders swept 18 of the 23 governor offices at stake
    (Reuters, 10/15/17)(AP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 15, Vietnamese officials said the death toll from landslides and heavy rain triggered by a tropical depression has climbed to 68, with another 34 people missing.
    (AP, 10/15/17)
2017        Oct 15, Classrooms in Yemen's capital and rebel-held north remained largely closed to students, the first day of school, as war, hunger and an economic collapse leave millions struggling to survive.
    (AFP, 10/15/17)

2017        Oct 16, US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl (31), accused of endangering fellow soldiers who searched for him after he walked off his combat outpost in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured by the Taliban, pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
    (AP, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 16, Ahmad Khan Rahami (Rahimi), an Afghan-born American suspect (28) jailed in connection with weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey, was convicted on all eight charges related to planting two pressure-cooker bombs on NYC streets in Sept., 2016, that left 30 people injured.
    (SFC, 10/17/17, p.A7)
2017        Oct 16, In California the Bear Fire started in the Santa Cruz mountains and threatened about 150 homes.
    (SFC, 10/18/17, p.A8)
2017        Oct 16, Thousands of new Rohingya refugees crossed the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar. An overcrowded boat carrying refugees capsized in the Bay of Bengal near a Bangladeshi fishing village, killing 12 people, including six children. Up to 65 people were on board, almost half of them children.
    (Reuters, 10/16/17)(AP, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 16, Roy Dotrice (94), a veteran British actor, died at his London home. He was known for his role as Leopold Mozart in the Oscar-winning film "Amadeus" and his many theater and TV roles.
    (AP, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 16, Croatian police arrested six former senior executives Agrokor [AGROK.UL] during a series of police raids in an investigation into alleged financial irregularities at the heavily indebted food and retail conglomerate.
    (Reuters, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 16, It was reported that the average price for newly built apartments in Prague reached some 92,600 koruna ($4,240) per square meter this year, up from 75,600 a year ago, a growth rate that the Czech Rep. central bank says it higher than anywhere else in Europe.
    (AP, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 16, In Egypt three policemen, one security guard and a civilian were killed and a number of other people injured in an attack by militants on a bank branch in Arish in North Sinai province.
    (Reuters, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 16, The EU reaffirmed its support for a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers despite sharp criticism of the accord by President Donald Trump, and it urged US lawmakers not to reimpose sanctions on Tehran.
    (Reuters, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 16, European observers said vote-buying and significant procedural problems marred Kyrgyzstan's presidential vote, though they praised the move towards an orderly transfer of power in the volatile ex-Soviet state. Sooronbai Jeenbekov, a protege of the outgoing president, won the elections with 55 percent, a stronger result than the near tie polls had predicted.
    (Reuters, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 16, A Berlin court sentenced Ursula Haverbeck (88) to six months in prison for denying the Holocaust and for inciting hatred. A court in North Rhine-Westphalia last summer gave her a 10-month prison sentence for the same charges. She avoided going to jail by appealing the verdict.
    (AP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 16, Guam's territorial veterinarian said the island has four animal control officers who field as many as 30 stray dog calls daily. A draft bill crafted by the island's Stray Dog Committee aimed at decreasing Guam's stray dog population by 75 percent over the next 18 months, part of a plan to reduce the island's population of about 25,000 stray dogs, about one stray dog for every seven residents.
    (AP, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 16, Hungary said it will "block and boycott" all attempts to draw Ukraine more deeply into the European Union unless Kiev changes a new education law that rolls back options for schools to teach lessons in languages other than Ukrainian.
    (AP, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 16, Iraqi government forces captured the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk, responding to a Kurdish vote on independence with a bold lightning strike that transforms the balance of power in the country. Several Peshmerga and members of the Iraqi forces were reported killed in an overnight clash south of Kirkuk. At least 25 Kurdish fighters were killed in the clashes. Kirkuk is of the most ethnically and religiously diverse cities in Iraq and located just outside the autonomous Kurdish zone.
    (Reuters, 10/16/17)(AP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 16, Iraqi forces pillaged and torched Kurdish districts in the multi-ethnic town of Tuz Khurmatu following clashes with Kurdish fighters. Locals later said at least 11 civilians were killed in "indiscriminate attacks" as heavy weaponry was used in densely-populated areas of the city.
    (AFP, 10/24/17)
2017        Oct 16, Trading sources said Iraq's Kurdistan has shut down some 350,000 barrels per day (bpd) of production from major fields Bai Hassan and Avana due to security concerns after a flare-up in tensions with the central government. Iraq said it was considering using security forces to prevent Kurdistan from shutting down output from the oil area of Kirkuk.
    (Reuters, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 16, Hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland leaving three people dead, 120,000 homes and businesses without power and every school in the country closed. Ophelia was downgraded to a storm before it hit the Irish coast but nonetheless wrought havoc.
    (AFP, 10/16/17)(AP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 16, Israeli authorities approved permits for 31 settler homes in Hebron in the occupied West Bank, the first such approvals for the flashpoint city since 2002.
    (AFP, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 16, Israel's military carried out an air strike on an anti-aircraft battery in Syria after it fired toward its planes, while vowing it sought no further escalation in the war-torn country.
    (AFP, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 16, Kenya police shot dead a street vendor as opposition supporters held demonstrations calling for electoral reform. Human Rights Watch said as many as 67 people have died across the East African nation after President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election was announced.
    (AP, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 16, Talks between representatives of rival authorities in strife-torn Libya hit a new snag after a parliamentary delegation suspended its participation in the UN-backed discussions hosted by Tunisia.
    (AFP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 16, Maltese journalist Caruana Galizia was killed by a car bomb near her home. Her death came four months after PM Joseph Muscat won a landslide victory in elections that were called early after she accused his wife of taking kickbacks from Azerbaijan's ruling family and hiding the cash in a secret Panama bank account.
    (AFP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 16, Mexican authorities said running series of gunbattles caused at least 11 deaths over the weekend in the northern border state of Tamaulipas.
    (AP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 16, In the Philippines, Isnilon Hapilon and Omarkhayam Maute, two surviving leaders of the siege in Marawi, were killed in a gunbattle as troops retook the last area held by militants.
    (SFC, 10/16/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 16, In Portugal at least 32 people have died in fires which have ravaged forests in the north and center of the country over the past 24 hours.
    (AP, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 16, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed a decree imposing restrictions on North Korea in order to comply with a UN Security Council resolution introduced in response to Pyongyang's missile tests in late 2016.
    (Reuters, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 16, In Somalia The US resumed its fight against extremist group al-Shabab with a drone strike. The United States has about 400 troops in Somalia.
    (AP, 10/20/17)
2017        Oct 16, The Spanish government said Catalan authorities must drop a bid for independence by Oct. 19, moving closer to imposing direct rule over the region after its leader missed an initial deadline to back down.
    (Reuters, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 16, Spain’s PM Mariano Rajoy said that arsonists were to blame for most of the deadly wildfires raging in northwestern Spain.
    (AFP, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 16, In Syria SDF fighters marched toward a hospital and stadium in Raqqa under the cover of airstrikes by the US-led coalition as scores of civilians trickled out of the IS-held part of the city.
    (AP, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 16, Turkey announced that it is closing its airspace to flights to and from Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region and have Baghdad take control of the Iraqi side of its main border crossing.
    (AP, 10/16/17)(Reuters, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 16, Turkey’s interior ministry said security forces detained 1,210 people over the last week for suspected links to militant groups or last year's failed coup.
    (Reuters, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 16, Two Turkish soldiers were killed in the southeastern province of Hakkari after an improvised explosive device detonated.
    (Reuters, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 16, Pope Francis marked the UN’s World Food Day by calling for governments to work together to tackle the problems of hunger, global warming and migration.
    (SFC, 10/17/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 16, Venezuela's opposition refused to recognize a surprise win for the ruling socialists in weekend regional elections. On Oct 18 the National Electoral Council said socialist contenders swept 18 of the 23 governor offices at stake. The opposition had been widely expected to win a majority of the races and contested the results.
    (Reuters, 10/16/17)(AP, 10/17/17)11111111111

2017        Oct 17, A federal judge in Hawaii blocked Pres. Trump’s revised travel order, saying the policy has the same problems as a previous version. A second US judge ordered a freeze on Trump's newest travel ban order, saying it was essentially targeted at Muslims in violation of the US Constitution.
    (AP, 10/17/17)(AFP, 10/18/17)
2017        Oct 17, The US Justice Dept. announced the indictment of Xiaobang Yan (40) and Jian Zhang (38) of China on charges of manufacturing tons of fentanyl and other powerful narcotics that were then peddled in the US. Chances were slim that the men would be brought ot the US to face the charges.
    (SFC, 10/18/17, p.A4)
2017        Oct 17, US and Japanese diplomats agreed to maximize pressure on North Korea to resolve tensions over its nuclear program.
    (AP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 17, Thousands of files from the US Embassy in Jakarta covering 1963-66 were made public after a declassification review that began under the Obama administration. They revealed new details of US government knowledge and support of an Indonesian army extermination campaign that killed several hundred thousand civilians during anti-communist hysteria in the mid-1960s.
    (AP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 17, In South Carolina Timothy Johnson (24) was shot and killed by a boy (3). Albert Davis (31) was soon charged with murder for giving the boy a gun and telling him to chase a man around the yard of a home in Warrenville.
    (SFC, 10/19/17, p.A4)
2017        Oct 17, In Afghanistan the Taliban unleashed a wave of attacks across the country, targeting police compounds and government facilities with suicide bombers in the country's south, east and west, and killing at least 74 people.
    (AP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 17, In Argentina the body of indigenous rights activist Santiago Maldonado (28), last seen on Aug. 1 being detained by paramilitary police, was found entangled in roots in the bed of a river that traverses ancestral lands sold to Italian businessman Luciano Benetton but is claimed by the Mapuche.
    (AFP, 10/28/17)
2017        Oct 17, Britain’s Home Office in London said 80,393 hate crimes were reported during the 12 months to march of this year, an increase of nearly 30% over last year.
    (SFC, 10/18/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 17, Gord Downie (53), who made himself part of Canada's national identity with songs about hockey and small towns as lead singer and songwriter of iconic rock band The Tragically Hip, died after a battle with brain cancer.
    (AP, 10/18/17)
2017        Oct 17, Chinese authorities reportedly released Gui Minhai, a China-born Swedish bookseller. Gui was abducted in Thailand while on holiday in 2015 after publishing books on the personal lives of President Xi Jinping and other Communist Party leaders.
    (AP, 10/24/17)
2017        Oct 17, Officials said an EU-funded project that provides cash assistance to the most vulnerable refugee families in Turkey has reached 1 million beneficiaries a year after its launch.
    (AP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 17, Ghana and Ivory Coast set up a body to implement an international tribunal ruling on their dispute over a border running through multibillion dollar offshore oilfields.
    (Reuters, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 17, The Indian government ordered diesel generators and a power plant in Delhi to be shut down as air quality in the capital deteriorated ahead of the Hindu festival of lights, when a night of firecrackers sends pollution levels rocketing.
    (Reuters, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 17, In Indonesia Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) suspended forestry operations at its pulp and paper subsidiary after the government canceled a long-term work plan citing environmental non-compliance.
    (Reuters, 10/21/17)
2017        Oct 17, The Baghdad government recaptured territory from Kurds across the breadth of northern Iraq, making startlingly rapid gains in a sudden campaign that has shifted the balance of power in the country almost overnight.
    (AP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 17, Israeli authorities advanced plans for 1,292 settler homes in a new push by PM Benjamin Netanyahu's government to expand settlements in the occupied West Bank.
    (AP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 17, A Japanese military helicopter carrying four crewmembers lost radar contact while on a nighttime search and rescue flight training mission in central Japan and is feared to have crashed.
    (AP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 17, Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said he was suspending a protest campaign after three people were shot dead in demonstrations against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
    (AP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 17, The Libyan capital's Mitiga airport was evacuated and civilian flights were repeatedly suspended as rival armed groups clashed nearby.
    (Reuters, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 17, In Nigeria Rev. Maurizio Pallu was released late today, five days after being kidnapped in Benin City.
    (AP, 10/18/17)
2017        Oct 17, Norwegian solar panel maker Saga Energy signed a deal worth 2.5 billion euros ($2.9 billion) with Iran's state-owned company Amin Energy Developers to build solar power plants.
    (AP, 10/18/17)
2017        Oct 17, In Pakistan two suspected US drone strikes killed 11 people on the mountainous Pakistan-Afghanistan border, following a strike a day earlier that killed 20.
    (Reuters, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 17, Philippine soldiers fought to gain control of the last pocket of Marawi controlled by Islamic militants as President Rodrigo Duterte declared the southern city liberated from "terrorist influence".
    (AP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 17, In Warsaw Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with his Polish counterpart, his first official bilateral visit to an EU country since the failed 2016 coup in Turkey. President Andrzej Duda said he hopes Turkey will eventually join the EU. They discussed defense cooperation through NATO, and the issue of energy as both countries count on coal for part of their energy needs.
    (AFP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 17, Overnight rain and calmer winds helped firefighters tame a spate of deadly wildfires that broke out over the weekend, devouring homes and killing 37 people in Portugal and another four in northern Spain.
    (AFP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 17, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered the establishment of an authority to scrutinize uses of the "hadith" - accounts of the sayings, actions or habits of the Prophet that are used by preachers and jurists to support teachings and edicts on all aspects of life. The body would be chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Hassan al-Sheikh, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars, which serves as Saudi Arabia's highest religious body.
    (AP, 10/18/17)
2017        Oct 17, South African President Jacob Zuma sacked a vocal critic from his cabinet, a move set to deepen tensions before the ANC chooses a new party leader in December. Zuma dropped higher education minister Blade Nzimande, a veteran member of the South African Communist Party, a key political ally within the ruling ANC alliance.
    (AFP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 17, Spain's top court officially ruled that Catalonia's disputed independence referendum was illegal because a regional law that backed it was against the constitution. Catalonia refused to bow to the government's demand that it renounce its declaration of independence, setting it on a political collision course with Madrid later this week.
    (AP, 10/17/17)(Reuters, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 17, In Spain an F18 fighter jet crashed on takeoff at a military base near Madrid, killing the pilot. This was the second time a military plane has come down in Spain in a week.
    (AFP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 17, In northern Syria US-backed forces said they have captured Raqqa, once the seat of power for the Islamic State group, after a grueling four-month battle that left the city in ruins.
    (AP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 17, In Togo two teenagers and two soldiers were killed during clashes in Sokode that followed the arrest of a local imam who is close to the opposition Panafrican National Party (PNP).
    (AFP, 10/18/17)
2017        Oct 17, In southern Turkey a bomb exploded as a bus carrying police was passing by in Mersin.
    (AP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 17, In Turkey seven miners were killed and another was missing after part of a coal mine collapsed in the southeastern province of Sirnak.
    (Reuters, 10/17/17)

2017        Oct 18, A number of US allies at the World Trade Organization expressed concerns over a Trump administration executive order that calls on US authorities to "maximize" use of American-made goods, products and materials in government procurement.
    (AP, 10/18/17)
2017        Oct 18, Police in Delaware arrested Radee Prince (37) on suspicion of shooting five people earlier in the day at a kitchen countertop company in Edgewood, Md. Three people were killed.
    (SFC, 10/19/17, p.A4)
2017        Oct 18, David Wright of Everett, Mass., was convicted of plotting to behead conservative American blogger Pamela Geller for organizing a prophet Mohammad cartoon contest.
    (SFC, 10/19/17, p.A4)
2017        Oct 18, In Afghanistan the Taliban killed at least 43 Afghan security forces in an assault that nearly wiped out an army camp in the southern Kandahar province. Ten attackers were killed. A Taliban ambush in the northern Balkh province late today killed six policemen. A Taliban attack on police posts in western Farah province killed nine policemen. 22 insurgents were killed in an ensuing gunbattle.
    (AP, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 18, Royal Dutch Shell opened its first electric vehicle recharging points at three gas stations in Britain, part of the oil giant's efforts to respond to a global push toward zero-emission vehicles.
    (AP, 10/18/17)
2017        Oct 18, In Canada legislators in Quebec passed a religious neutrality bill that will oblige citizens to uncover their faces while giving and receiving state services.
    (SFC, 10/19/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 18, China’s President Xi Jinping (64) opened the twice-a-decade Communist Party Congress.
    (Reuters, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 18, East Timor's new government suffered a defeat in parliament when a coalition of opposition parties vetoed its policy program.
    (AP, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 18, The French parliament adopted a controversial anti-terror bill that gives the authorities permanent new powers to search homes, shut places of worship and restrict freedom of movement.
    (AFP, 10/18/17)
2017        Oct 18, German researchers published a paper that showed a 76 percent decline in bug numbers over a 27-year period. The midsummer loss was up to 82 percent. They speculated that intensive agriculture and pesticide use may be to blame.
    (AP, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 18, German brothers Maxim and Raphael Nitsche sold Cogeon, maker of the app Math 42, to California-based education publisher Chegg Inc. in a deal worth at least 12.5 million euros ($15 million). The Math 42 app was first launched five years ago.
    (AP, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 18, In eastern India flames swept through an illegal firecracker workshop in the state of Odisha, killing at least eight workers.
    (AP, 10/18/17)(SFC, 10/19/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 18, A senior Iraqi commander said Kurdish Peshmerga forces have retreated to positions they held in northern Iraq in June 2014 in response to an Iraqi army advance into the region after a Kurdish independence referendum.
    (Reuters, 10/18/17)
2017        Oct 18, Israeli authorities approved another large set of plans for settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, bringing the total for the week to more than 2,600.
    (AFP, 10/18/17)
2017        Oct 18, Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga called for a mass protest on Oct. 26, the date the country is due to hold a presidential vote that he is boycotting. Roselyn Akombe, one of seven election commissioners, resigned and fled the country saying that the upcoming elections had no chance of being credible and fair.
    (Reuters, 10/18/17)(SFC, 10/19/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 18, Two Macedonian nationals wanted by Interpol were arrested in Greece over their alleged involvement in a wiretap scandal that brought down Macedonia's government.
    (AP, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 18, Police in northern Myanmar opened fire late today on hundreds of villagers who tried to enter a jade mine area, killing at least five and injuring 20 others.
    (AP, 10/20/17)
2017        Oct 18, A report on human trafficking published at least 1,320 underage Dutch girls between the ages of 12 and 17 fall victim to sexual exploitation in the Netherlands each year.
    (Reuters, 10/18/17)
2017        Oct 18, Pakistan's military said that new fencing and guard posts along the border with Afghanistan would help prevent militant attacks in both countries. The military has so far fenced off about 43 km of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and planned to fence up most of the 2,500 km (1,500 mile) frontier despite Kabul's protests that the barrier would divide families and friends along the Pashtun tribal belt.
    (AP, 10/18/17)(Reuters, 10/18/17)
2017        Oct 18, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said that Khalifa Umar Mansoor, the militant commander accused of masterminding a massacre at a school in Peshawar in 2014, has been killed.
    (AP, 10/18/17)
2017        Oct 18, In Pakistan Zeenat Shahzadi (26), abducted in 2015, was recovered from near the Afghan border. her mother later said she under extreme mental pressure and unable to tell much about her ordeal.
    (AP, 10/21/17)
2017        Oct 18, Philippine officials said four Islamic State-allied militants died and 10 government soldiers were injured in fighting that continued in the southern city of Marawi a day after Pres. Duterte declared it liberated from "terrorist influence".
    (AP, 10/18/17)
2017        Oct 18, Portuguese Interior Minister Constanca Urbano de Sousa, in charge of emergency services, resigned after 106 people were killed in unprecedented wildfires this year. Authorities said arsonists are to blame for starting most wildfires in the country.
    (AP, 10/18/17)
2017        Oct 18, Ksenia Sobchak (35), a celebrity Russian TV host, announced her intention to run in the March 2018 election. She is the daughter of Anatoly Sobchak, the reformist St. Petersburg mayor in the early 1990s. President Vladimir Putin once worked as her father's deputy.
    (AP, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 18, Saudi budget carrier flynas made the first commercial flight from Riyadh to Baghdad since 1990, as ties with neighboring Iraq show signs of improvement.
    (AFP, 10/18/17)
2017        Oct 18, South Sudanese rebel groups fought each other over the last 24 hours in Kajo Keji between two groups: one loyal to former army general Thomas Cirillo and one loyal to former vice president Riek Machar. At least three people were killed.
    (Reuters, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 18, In Syria US-backed Syrian forces removed land mines and cleared roads in the northern city of Raqqa, a day after commanders said they had driven the Islamic State group from its de facto capital. 95 percent of the city was under full control as clearing operations continued.
    (AP, 10/18/17)
2017        Oct 18, Veteran Syrian opposition member Mohammed Saleh Abu Ali, who has been campaigning for the release of Syrian detainees, was himself detained at a checkpoint in the central city of Homs.
    (AP, 10/22/17)
2017        Oct 18, In Togo protesters erected makeshift barricades and blocked roads in the two main cities, as soldiers and police launched teargas to prevent the latest protest against Pres. Faure Gnassingbe. At least four people were killed in Lome and the country's second city, Sokode, as protesters clashed with police and soldiers.
    (AFP, 10/18/17)(AFP, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 18, Turkish police detained prominent activist and businessman Osman Kavala at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport.
    (Reuters, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 18, Hundreds of disgruntled Ukrainian activists gathered in a tent camp outside parliament to demand a more forceful fight against government graft.
    (AFP, 10/18/17)
2017        Oct 18, In Uruguay Tedros Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organization's new chief, announced the appointment of Zimbabwe’s leader Robert Mugabe (93) as a "goodwill ambassador" for the WHO.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ybjk5kpb)(AP, 10/21/17)

2017        Oct 19, US EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in the letter that the agency will keep renewable fuel volume mandates for next year at or above proposed levels, reversing a previous move to open the door to cuts.
    (Reuters, 10/20/17)
2017        Oct 19, Alabama executed Torrey Twane McNabb for killing a police officer in 1997.
    (SFC, 10/20/17, p.A5)
2017        Oct 19, In Florida Anthony Naiboa (20) was shot and killed in the Tampa area.
      (SFC, 11/30/17, p.A6)
2017        Oct 19, Former Massachusetts sheriff's deputy Antonio Freitas, convicted of helping a fishing mogul known as the Codfather smuggle the profits of an illegal scheme to evade catch quotas, was sentenced to a year in prison.
    (AP, 10/20/17)
2017        Oct 19, In Ohio baby sitter Summer Shalobi (32) pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for giving a 17-month old baby the antianxiety drug Xanax before leaving to go shop and meet a friend at the movies in December 2015.
    (SFC, 10/21/17, p.A7)
2017        Oct 19, Google began selling its 2nd generation Daydream View, a virtual reality viewer, for $99.
    (SFC, 10/20/17, p.C1)
2017        Oct 19, Egyptian authorities released high-profile Irish detainee Ibrahim Halawa following his acquittal last month of charges including murder, in a four-year mass trial criticized by human rights groups.
    (Reuters, 10/20/17)
2017        Oct 19, Egyptian lawyer Nabih el-Wahsh said on a TV talk show that harassing or raping women wearing ripped jeans is a "national duty." On Nov. 2 Egypt's highest women's rights body said it has filed a complaint to the top prosecutor seeking legal action against El-Wahsh.
    (AP, 11/2/17)
2017        Oct 19, A Baghdad court issued an arrest warrant for Kosrat Rasul, the vice president of Iraqi Kurdistan, on charges of "provocation" against Iraq's armed forces. The UN expressed concern at reports of forced displacement of civilians, mainly Kurds, and the looting and destruction of their houses and businesses in northern Iraq.
    (AFP, 10/19/17)(Reuters, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 19, In Italy a Spanish tourist (52) was struck and killed in one of the aisles at the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence.
    (AP, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 19, Kurdish officials said about 100,000 Kurds have fled the Kirkuk region for fear of persecution since Iraqi armed forces retook disputed territory after a Kurdish independence vote rejected by Baghdad.
    (Reuters, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 19, In Morocco the new Yves Saint Laurent museum opened its doors to the public in Marrakech. The museum was inaugurated Oct. 14 by the wife of Moroccan King Mohammed VI, Lalla Salma, alongside actresses Catherine Deneuve and Marisa Berenson.
    (AP, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 19, The small New Zealand First Party backed the Labor Party putting Jacinda Ardern (37) in line to be New Zealand’s next prime minister.
    (SFC, 10/20/17, p.A4)
2017        Oct 19, A Pakistani anti-corruption court indicted ousted PM Nawaz Sharif and his daughter over allegations linked to ownership of London properties, opening a trial that could see the former leader jailed.
    (Reuters, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 19, Omar Khalid Khorasani, the leader of Pakistani militant group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, died of wounds sustained in a US drone strike in Afghanistan. He had planned some of the deadliest suicide bombings in Pakistan over the last year.
    (Reuters, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 19, Peru's conservative Congress passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana late today with a 68-5 vote in favor of allowing cannabis oil to be produced, imported and commercialized.
    (Reuters, 10/20/17)
2017        Oct 19, Philippine troops battled to defeat a final stand by the last dozens of pro-Islamic State group militants in the southern city of Marawi. Officials said 13 more suspected militants were killed last evening, including one believed to be a top Malaysian terror suspect although his body hasn't been recovered yet.
    (AP, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 19, Poland's government announced plans to significantly increase spending on health care as a hunger protest by young doctors demanding more funds for the sector entered a third week.
    (AP, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 19, Amnesty International released a report alleging that Polish authorities have used surveillance, prosecutions, harassment and excessive force in some cases against peaceful anti-government protesters since 2016.
    (AP, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 19, Serbia's defense minister said former Serb Gen. Vladimir Lazarevic, convicted of war crimes, and two other commanders who took part in a bloody crackdown against Kosovo's Albanians in the 1990s, will be invited to teach at the Balkan country's military academy. Lazarevic was released from prison in 2015 after serving two-thirds of his sentence.
    (AP, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 19, Swedish steel production company SSAB Americas said it is moving its Unites States division headquarters from Lisle, Illinois, to Mobile, Alabama. The move will unfold over the course of next year. The company has operated a mill north of Mobile in Axis since 2001.
    (AP, 10/20/17)
2017        Oct 19, In Syria Iran's military chief met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a visit to Damascus to set out a joint military strategy, a sign of deepening Iranian influence that has alarmed Israel.
    (Reuters, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 19, In Syria US-backed forces who captured Raqa from the Islamic State group prepared to hand the city over to a civilian authority, with some of their fighters already headed to the next battle.
    (AFP, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 19, Tanzanian police said they are holding 12 men, including two South Africans, for questioning over allegations of promoting homosexuality. Homosexuality is criminalized in Tanzania under a colonial-era law.
    (AP, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 19, In Togo gangs of youths and security forces clashed sporadically in Lome before a planned opposition protest that the government has ruled illegal.
    (AFP, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 19, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and visiting Nigerian Pres. Muhammadu Buhari vowed to ramp up security and economic cooperation between Ankara and Africa's most populous nation.
    (AP, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 19, Ukrainian lawmakers voted through a long-delayed overhaul of the health system that the state's Western backers say will raise standards and tackle a culture of bribe-taking in surgeries and hospitals.
    (Reuters, 10/19/17)
2017        Oct 19, Ukrainian lawmakers moved towards meeting one of the demands of anti-corruption protesters who have set up the first tent city in Kiev since the pro-EU revolt of 2014. Lawmakers agreed to push forward for Constitutional Court review a bill stripping parliament members of immunity from prosecution starting in 2020.
    (AFP, 10/19/17)

2017        Oct 20, A Los Angeles judge  tossed out a $417 million jury award to Eva Escherria (d.2017) who said she had developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene. Judge Maren Nelson also granted the company’s request for a new trial.
    (SSFC, 10/22/17, p.A8)
2017        Oct 20, In New Mexico Tom Begaye was sentenced in Albuquerque to life in prison for the 2016 sexual assault and killing of Ashlynne Mike (11) on the Navajo Nation.
    (SSFC, 10/22/17, p.A8)
2017        Oct 20, In Hawaii federal authorities arrested former Honolulu police chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, a deputy city prosecutor, as part of a corruption probe  and allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption within the police force.
    (SFC, 10/21/17, p.A7)
2017        Oct 20, In Afghanistan suicide bombers struck two mosques killing at least 63 people inside a Shiite mosque in Kabul and a Sunni mosque in Ghor province.
    (Reuters, 10/20/17)(SFC, 10/21/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 20, Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel claimed Moroccan banks launder money from hashish trafficking. He also said Morocco's national airline, Royal Air Maroc, "carries something other than passengers." The borders separating the North African countries have been closed since 1994.
    (AP, 10/21/17)
2017        Oct 20, In Cyprus a senior Orthodox Christian cleric announced that couples who marry in civil ceremonies are banned from taking wedding photos outside places of worship, after an uproar over a lewd photo taken in a chapel courtyard. The region is known for hosting destination weddings.
    (AP, 10/20/17)
2017        Oct 20, Voters in the Czech Rep. began a two-day election. Andrej Babis, head of the anti-euro, anti-migrant and anti-corruption ANO (Yes) movement, topped opinion polls. Babis has served as finance minister from 2014 to May this year.
    (AFP, 10/20/17)
2017        Oct 20, In Egypt at least 54 policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, were killed late today when a raid on a militant hideout southwest of Cairo escalated into an all-out firefight. 15 militants were also reported killed or injured.
    (AP, 10/21/17)
2017        Oct 20, In Egypt Islamic militants ambushed police near the Bahariya Oasis, about 135 km (84 miles) southwest of Cairo, killing at least 16 policemen. On Nov. 3 Ansar al-Islam, a previously unknown Egyptian militant group, claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 11/3/17)
2017        Oct 20, EU leaders threw British PM Theresa May a lifeline in Brexit talks, agreeing at a Brussels summit to start preparations for the next stage of negotiations.
    (AFP, 10/20/17)
2017        Oct 20, The European Union said it will cut some of the money earmarked for Turkey to join the bloc, reflecting increasingly sour ties with Ankara but stopping short of killing membership bid of the country it still sees as a strategic partner.
    (Reuters, 10/20/17)
2017        Oct 20, German magazine Der Spiegel reported that Germany will wait for Israeli prosecutors to conclude all investigations in a corruption scandal involving PM Benjamin Netanyahu before delivering three submarines in a $2 billion defense deal.
    (Reuters, 10/20/17)
2017        Oct 20, Iraqi forces shelled Kurdish military positions north and south of Altun Cupric, a town of about 9,000 people just outside the country's autonomous Kurdish region. Organized Kurdish forces responded with rocket fire. Iraqi forces took control of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle.
    (AP, 10/20/17)(Reuters, 10/20/17)
2017        Oct 20, Meeting in Italy G7 countries and tech giants including Google, Facebook and Twitter agreed to work together to block the dissemination of Islamist extremism over the internet.
    (AFP, 10/20/17)
2017        Oct 20, Italian news reports said a Moroccan father and three of his four children have died in an apartment fire in the northern lakeside city of Como. Fire crews found flammable material inside the apartment, suggesting the blaze might have been set intentionally by someone there.
    (AP, 10/20/17)
2017        Oct 20, Kenya’s electoral board chief executive Ezra Chiloba said that he would take three weeks' leave. The opposition has demanded Chiloba resign, and the announcement that he will not participate in running the vote suggests progress in behind-the-scenes negotiations involving Western diplomats and religious and civil society leaders.
    (Reuters, 10/20/17)
2017        Oct 20, The director of the Genocide and Resistance Research Center of Lithuania said Cold War-era espionage files that were handwritten by Lithuanians who spied for the Soviet Union are being made available online thanks to a state-funded research institute. Since 2011 the institute has published online more than 5,500 Lithuanian-language documents about KGB operations, including the names of officers who were active in the 1980s.
    (AP, 10/20/17)
2017        Oct 20, The World Health Organization said an unusually large plague outbreak in Madagascar has taken 94 lives.
    (AP, 10/20/17)
2017        Oct 20, Malawi police said deadly mob attacks that began last month on people suspected to be vampires have killed nine people and led to 140 arrests.
    (SFC, 10/21/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 20, In Poland a man (27) wielding two knives attacked people at the VIVO! mall in the southeastern town of Stalowa Wola. He was detained by shoppers and handed over to police. One person was killed and nine others injured. The man confessed and blamed society for his problems.
    (AP, 10/21/17)
2017        Oct 20, In Puerto Rico a shooting outside a pizza parlor left three dead and three injured in the northern city of Bayamon.
    (AP, 10/21/17)
2017        Oct 20, Russia formally handed over six MiG-29 fighter jets to Serbia, part of an arms delivery that has the potential to accentuate tensions in the war-weary Balkans.
    (AP, 10/20/17)
2017        Oct 20, South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) gave President Jacob Zuma until Nov. 30 to make submissions before it decides whether to reinstate 783 corruption charges filed against Zuma before he became president.
    (Reuters, 10/20/17)
2017        Oct 20, The Spanish government secured opposition support for dissolving Catalonia's parliament and holding new elections there in January in its bid to defuse the regional government's push for independence.
    (Reuters, 10/20/17)
2017        Oct 20, Swiss Re, one of the world's biggest reinsurers, said hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as two recent earthquakes in Mexico will likely cost the insurance industry about $95 billion.
    (AP, 10/20/17)
2017        Oct 20, In Syria the Kurdish-led force that expelled the Islamic State group from Raqa hailed a "historic victory" in the devastated city's stadium and vowed to hand over power to a civilian administration.
    (AFP, 10/20/17)
2017        Oct 20, Uganda said it has expelled North Korean military experts and representatives of North Korean companies, including its top arms dealer, as African nations face growing pressure to comply with UN sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.
    (AP, 10/20/17)
2017        Oct 20, The UN subcommittee on torture prevention suspended a visit to Rwanda, citing obstructions imposed by the government that compromised its fact-finding mission.
    (Reuters, 10/21/17)

2017        Oct 21, US President Donald Trump said he will allow long blocked secret files on the 1963 assassination of John F Kennedy to be opened to the public for the first time. The files were due to be opened in their entirety on Oct. 26.
    (AFP, 10/21/17)
2017        Oct 21, US Customs and Border Protection agency refused entry to Indonesia’s military chief General Gatot Nurmantyo. He was due to attend a conference in Washington at the request of General Joseph F. Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff. Earlier this year Nurmantyo abruptly suspended all military cooperation with Australia in a row over teaching materials, and has been rebuked by members of Widodo's cabinet for making misleading public remarks.
    (AFP, 10/22/17)
2017        Oct 21, Derrick Johnson (49) of Jackson, Miss., was hired as the 19th president and CEO of the NAACP after having served as interim leader since July.
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    (SSFC, 10/22/17, p.A8)
2017        Oct 21, In Chandler, Oklahoma, a crossbow arrow, fired by a 13-year-old, entered the left side of Austin Almanza (10) in the area of his lower torso, kept traveling and stuck in the arm of Austin's brother, Ayden(8). Austin was pronounced dead at the scene. In 2018 prosecutors charged the 13-year-old with first-degree murder.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y79xszmj)(SFC, 1/20/18, p.A6)
2017        Oct 21, In Texas all five of America's living former presidents took the stage at a benefit concert at Texas A&M to raise money for victims of the hurricane-ravaged southern United States and Caribbean.
    (AFP, 10/22/17)
2017        Oct 21, American author Donald Bain (b.1935) died in White Plains, NY. His 125 books included the supposed memoir of two stewardesses “Coffee, Tea or Me" (1967) and 46 “Murder, She Wrote" mysteries, inspired by the TV series of the same name.
    (SFC, 10/27/17, p.D5)
2017        Oct 21, In Afghanistan a suicide attacker detonated a car full of explosives on outside the country’s top military training center in Kabul, killing at 14 cadets.
    (Reuters, 10/21/17)(SSFC, 10/22/17, p.A4)
2017        Oct 21, In Australia thousands of people rallied around the country urging the legalization of same-sex marriage, one week before final ballots can be submitted in a contentious postal survey on the issue that has divided the country.
    (Reuters, 10/21/17)
2017        Oct 21, In Belarus some 200 people rallied in Minsk, calling for the resignation of President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled the former Soviet republic since 1994.
    (AP, 10/21/17)
2017        Oct 21, In the Czech Rep. the populist ANO (YES) party scored a landslide victory in parliamentary elections. The party of billionaire businessman Andrej Babis almost doubled its number of seats, winning 78 in the 200-seat lower house of Parliament.
    (AP, 10/23/17)
2017        Oct 21, India's central bank dismissed media reports that it was not necessary to link national identity card numbers, known as Aadhar numbers, to bank accounts. It said the requirement remained in force under anti-money laundering rules.
    (Reuters, 10/21/17)
2017        Oct 21, In eastern Indonesia gunmen launched attacks near a US-owned gold and copper mine, wounding two policemen and a civilian. Freeport Indonesia is a unit of Phoenix, Arizona-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. The gunmen were said to be from the Free Papua Movement.
    (AP, 10/21/17)
2017        Oct 21, The Israeli army attacked Syrian government artillery after fire across the armistice line hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and warned it would step up such retaliation in the future. Five projectiles from Syria set off air raid sirens in Israeli towns.
    (AFP, 10/21/17)(Reuters, 10/21/17)
2017        Oct 21, In northwestern Malaysia eleven foreign workers were killed in a landslide at a construction site in George Town, Penang Island.
    (Reuters, 10/22/17)
2017        Oct 21, Malta's government offered a 1-million ($1.18 million) reward and full protection for anyone with information on the Oct. 16 car bomb killing of investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia.
    (AP, 10/21/17)
2017        Oct 21, In Niger 13 paramilitary police were killed in a fresh attack in the restive southwest, just weeks after a deadly ambush on a joint US-Niger patrol.
    (AP, 10/21/17)(Reuters, 10/21/17)(SSFC, 10/22/17, p.A4)
2017        Oct 21, Pirates In Nigerian waters attacked the Liberia-flagged container ship MV Demeter. Six crew members were kidnapped. Those kidnapped comprise four Filipinos, one Ukrainian and one Hungarian. On Nov. 12 a German shipping company said pirates have released the six crewmembers who were taken hostage from the vessel.
    (Reuters, 10/24/17)(AP, 11/12/17)
2017        Oct 21, In Pakistan rescue workers recovered the bodies of seven of nine mine workers who were buried under a landslide in the country's southwest.
    (AP, 10/21/17)
2017        Oct 21, In Romania several hundred people rallied in Bucharest to urge that civil partnerships be legally recognized so that unmarried cohabitants can enjoy expanded rights.
    (AP, 10/21/17)
2017        Oct 21, Somalia's president urged troops to prepare for a "state of war" against the al-Shabab extremist group blamed for the country's deadliest attack, as the toll reached 358 with dozens still said to be missing a week after the truck bombing in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 10/21/17)
2017        Oct 21, Spain’s PM Mariano Rajoy stripped Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and his regional executive of their jobs and took over their ministries for holding a banned independence referendum on October 1.
    (AFP, 10/22/17)
2017        Oct 21, Syrian government forces and their allies regained control of Qaryatay, a predominantly Christian central town that sleeper cells of the Islamic State group captured late last month.
    (AP, 10/21/17)
2017        Oct 21, The Tanzanian government said it had suspended the Community Health Education Services and Advocacy center (CHESA). The NGO stands accused of organizing a workshop on Oct 17 for gay couples in a hotel in Dar es Salaam.
    (AFP, 10/21/17)

2017        Oct 22, In California it was reported that the Atlas Fire burned 51,624 acres and left 6 people dead; the Nuns Fire burned 56,216 acres and left two people dead; the Patrick Fire burned 10,000 acres with no fatalities; and the Tubbs Fire burned 36,793 acres with 22 people killed.
    (SSFC, 10/22/17, p.A1)
2017        Oct 22, In Afghanistan a bomb killed former warlord Nazuk Mir and his bodyguard, and wounded eight other people in Takhar province.
    (AP, 10/22/17)
2017        Oct 22, Argentines voted in a mid-term election that could allow business-friendly President Mauricio Macri to sweep the country's "Big Five" voting districts, neutering the opposition and advancing his chances of being re-elected in 2019. Macri's Cambiemos, or "Let's Change," coalition won decisive victories across the country.
    (Reuters, 10/22/17)(AFP, 10/23/17)
2017        Oct 22, Czech President Milos Zeman said he would name Andrej Babis prime minister. ANO won 29.6 percent of the vote at the weekend's polls, nearly three times as much as its closest rival. Many parties expressed reluctance or rejected outright any coalition with it while Babis fights off fraud charges.
    (Reuters, 10/22/17)
2017        Oct 22, Ethiopian officials said eleven people have been killed in clashes in the restive Oromia region as the country continues to experience anti-government protests that at times lead to ethnic violence.
    (AP, 10/22/17)
2017        Oct 22, In Germany several thousand people marched past Berlin's Reichstag building to protest "hate and racism in parliament" as newly elected lawmakers from the nationalist, anti-migration Alternative for Germany party prepared to take their seats.
    (AP, 10/22/17)
2017        Oct 22, A new joint body between Iraq and Saudi Arabia convened an inaugural meeting to coordinate their fight against IS and on rebuilding Iraqi territory wrested from the group.
    (AP, 10/22/17)
2017        Oct 22, Israeli police arrested 15 suspected Jewish extremists overnight following an undercover investigation into a group accused of tracking down and threatening Arab men dating Jewish women. Israeli radio said that among those taken in for questioning was Benzi Gopstein, a prominent leader of the extreme-right group Lehava.
    (AFP, 10/22/17)
2017        Oct 22, Voters in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto voted in referendums on autonomy.
    (AP, 10/22/17)
2017        Oct 22, Japan’s ruling coalition headed to an impressive win in national elections, in at least a partial comeback for PM Shinzo Abe. Parties in favor of amending the US-drafted charter won nearly 80 percent of the seats in a lower house election.
    (AP, 10/22/17)(Reuters, 10/23/17)
2017        Oct 22, Japan's Ryota Murata beat French champion Hassan N'Dam by technical knockout in Tokyo to capture the World Boxing Association middleweight title.
    (AFP, 10/22/17)
2017        Oct 22, Typhoon Lan roared towards Japan's main island on election day, killing at least two people, prompting a warning for tens of thousands to evacuate and the cancellation of hundreds of flights.
    (Reuters, 10/22/17)
2017        Oct 22, Kosovo held municipal elections in a challenging test for its center-right governing coalition, which has focused its efforts on capturing City Hall in Pristina.
    (AP, 10/22/17)
2017        Oct 22, In Myanmar hundreds of hard-line Buddhists protested to urge the government not to repatriate the nearly 600,000 minority Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh since late August to escape violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state.
    (AP, 10/22/17)
2017        Oct 22, In Nigeria three bombers, all of them women, detonated their explosives near the sprawling Muna Garage camp on the outskirts of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri. At least 14 people were killed.
    (AFP, 10/23/17)
2017        Oct 22, Pakistan's paramilitary force killed eight alleged "terrorists" in an overnight shootout in Karachi. Two of the killed gunmen were identified as members of the Ansar al-Shariya militant group.
    (AP, 10/22/17)
2017        Oct 22, Philippine troops battled a final group of about 30 pro-Islamic State group militants who were surrounded in one building with all their hostages gone as a nearly five-month siege neared its end in southern Marawi city.
    (AP, 10/22/17)
2017        Oct 22, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was released from detention after spending around three weeks in jail.
    (Reuters, 10/22/17)
2017        Oct 22, Slovenians voted in a presidential election. It was expected to be an easy re-election for President Borut Pahor, a veteran politician and former model known for his use of social media.
    (AP, 10/22/17)
2017        Oct 22, In Somalia a roadside bomb killed six people, mostly women farmers, in an area outside Mogadishu dominated by Islamist insurgents who have defied public protests to end years of violence.
    (AP, 10/22/17)(SFC, 10/23/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 22, In Syria US-backed militias captured the al-Omar oil field, the largest in the country, pressing their assault against Islamic State in the east of the country.
    (Reuters, 10/22/17)
2017        Oct 22, The World Health Organization (WHO) said Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been removed as a goodwill ambassador, following outrage among Western donors and rights groups at the appointment.
    (Reuters, 10/22/17)

2017        Oct 23, The Hollywood sexual abuse scandal widened after 38 women were reported to have accused US film director James Toback (72) of unwanted sexual encounters over a period of decades. His semi-autobiographical "The Pick-up Artist" was made in 1987.
    (AFP, 10/23/17)
2017        Oct 23, In Pennsylvania a law took effect that allows casino-style gambling on mobile phones and websites. It also put video gaming terminals in big truck stops.
    (CSM, 11/3/17)
2017        Oct 23, Argentina's President Mauricio Macri pledged to press ahead with an austerity drive in Latin America's third-largest economy, following a sweeping victory in mid-term elections.
    (AFP, 10/23/17)
2017        Oct 23, Bangladesh called on Myanmar to allow nearly 1 million Rohingya Muslim refugees to return home under safe conditions, saying that the burden had become "untenable" on its territory. Governments and international donors pledged $234 million to help over 600,000 Rohingya people who have fled violence in Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh over the last two months.
    (Reuters, 10/23/17)(AP, 10/23/17)
2017        Oct 23, A Benin judicial source said wealthy businessman and failed presidential candidate Sebastien Ajavon is under investigation over an allegedly fraudulent export deal. The alleged offences dated back to 2009 and could see him jailed if charged and convicted. In October 2016, he was arrested after 18 kg (40 pounds) of cocaine with a street value of $16 million was found in a container destined for one of his businesses.
    (AP, 10/23/17)
2017        Oct 23, In Brazil police shot and killed Spanish tourist Maria Esperanza Ruiz Jimenez (67) in a Rio de Janeiro slum after the guided tour car she was riding in failed to stop at a police road block. Two military police officers were soon arrested in connection with the shooting death.
    (Reuters, 10/23/17)(AP, 10/24/17)
2017        Oct 23, London brought in a new levy on the oldest and most polluting cars entering the city center, almost doubling how much motorists have to pay in the latest blow to diesel.
    (Reuters, 10/23/17)
2017        Oct 23, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau appointed a special envoy to Myanmar tasked with pressing its leadership to resolve the Rohingya refugee crisis.
    (AFP, 10/23/17)
2017        Oct 23, In Chechnya a Russian National Guard officer killed four other servicemen before he was killed by guards in Shelkovskaya.
    (SFC, 10/24/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 23, The Egyptian military said its air force hit eight four-wheel-drive vehicles carrying arms and explosives at its western border with Libya, killing the militants on board.
    (Reuters, 10/23/17)
2017        Oct 23, An agreement reached by EU member states limited the amount of time workers can be "posted" from one EU country to another, but the agreement did not cover the road transport sector.
    (Reuters, 11/21/17)
2017        Oct 23, The German government said it approved the sale of three Thyssenkrupp submarines to Israel and will provide financial support for the purchase.
    (Reuters, 10/23/17)
2017        Oct 23, In Germany a right-wing extremist member of a group that claims allegiance to Adolf Hitler's World War Two-era German Reich was convicted of murder for shooting and killing a police officer last October and sentenced to life in prison.
    (Reuters, 10/23/17)
2017        Oct 23, Amnesty International said that Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian doctor who studied and taught in Sweden, had been sentenced to death in Iran on espionage charges. Neither Iran nor Amnesty said when the verdict was issued.
    (Reuters, 10/24/17)
2017        Oct 23, In Israel several thousand ultra-Orthodox Jews blocked the main entrance to Jerusalem and protested in other areas as part of a series of demonstrations against serving in the Israeli military.
    (AFP, 10/23/17)
2017        Oct 23, Political leaders in northern Italy claimed an overwhelming mandate to seek greater autonomy from Rome after referendums backed the party's autonomy bid by more than 95 percent in Lombardy and Veneto. In Lombardy less than half of the electorate turned out. The votes were legal, but not binding on Rome.
    (AP, 10/23/17)
2017        Oct 23, Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe, buoyed by a huge election win for lawmakers who favor revising the post-war, pacifist constitution, signaled a push towards his long-held goal but will need to convince a divided public to succeed.
    (Reuters, 10/23/17)
2017        Oct 23, Kenya’s chief prosecutor's office said authorities will arrest and charge Ruth Odinga, the sister of opposition leader Raila Odinga, with incitement to violence after attacks on the election board.
    (Reuters, 10/23/17)
2017        Oct 23, In northern Mali the French military targeted Islamist militants of Ansar Dine near the border with Algeria and took 15 militants "out of action" in an overnight operation.
    (Reuters, 10/26/17)
2017        Oct 23, The Philippine government declared the end to the militant siege of Marawi that lasted five months, left more than 1,100 people dead and sparked fears of the Islamic State group gaining a foothold in Southeast Asia. Combat operations in Marawi ended after troops recovered 42 bodies of the last group of militants. The Islamic State had sent at least $1.5 million to finance the Marawi militants.
    (AP, 10/23/17)(SFC, 10/25/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 23, Poland's President Andrzej Duda signed a law that will eventually increase the country's spending on defense to at least 2.5 percent of GDP, well above the 2 percent required by membership in NATO.
    (AP, 10/23/17)
2017        Oct 23, In Russia Tatyana Felgengauer (32), a presenter for the Echo of Moscow radio station, suffered a knife attack after a suspect entered the radio station's building in central Moscow and blinded the security guard with a spray. The attacker, identified as Boris Grits (48), was caught.
    (AFP, 10/23/17)(AP, 11/8/17)
2017        Oct 23, The Syrian government and activists said the bodies of at least 67 civilians, many summarily killed by the Islamic State group, have been discovered in al-Qaryatayn, a town that government forces retook from the extremists over the weekend. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had documented the killings of at least 128 people in al-Qaryatayn during the last days of IS control of the town. 30 of the 50 militants, who overran the town last month, were originally from the town.
    (AP, 10/23/17)(Reuters, 10/23/17)(SFC, 10/24/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 23, In Syria Jac Holmes (24), a British man who was fighting with US-backed Kurdish forces against the Islamic State group, died while clearing mines in the northern city of Raqqa.
    (AP, 10/25/17)
2017        Oct 23, In Turkey Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek announced that he would step down on Oct. 28 following a meeting with Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Gokcek became the fifth elected mayor to leave office under pressure from Pres. Erdogan.
    (SFC, 10/24/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 23, A Turkish military vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in the southeastern province of Hakkari, killing one soldier.
    (Reuters, 10/23/17)
2017        Oct 23, Ukrainian anti-corruption investigators raided the home and office of Odessa Mayor Gennadiy Trukhanov and his associates at the center of a politically charged embezzlement probe.
    (AFP, 10/23/17)
2017        Oct 23, In southern Yemen suspected al Qaeda militants attacked a military checkpoint in Abyan province, killing four soldiers and wounding 10.
    (Reuters, 10/23/17)
2017        Oct 23, A UN committee said it has added 32 items that have both civilian and military use to a list of prohibited goods and technologies banned from sale or transfer to North Korea.
    (SFC, 10/24/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 23, UNICEF said more than 1,100 children are suffering from acute malnutrition in the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area outside Damascus.
    (AFP, 10/23/17)
2017        Oct 23, The UN's humanitarian coordination agency OCHA said more than 11 million Yemeni children need humanitarian aid as a result of a war raging since March 2015.
    (AFP, 10/23/17)

2017        Oct 24, President Donald Trump's four-month worldwide ban on refugees ended, as his administration prepared to unveil tougher new screening procedures.
    (AP, 10/24/17)
2017        Oct 24,  Arizona’s Republican US Sen. Jeff Flake announced that he will not seek re-election in 2018, saying he “will no longer be complicit or silent" in the face of the president’s “reckless, outrageous and undignified" behavior.
    (SFC, 10/25/17, p.A6)
2017        Oct 24, In Texas the body of Sherin Mathews, who was adopted in 2016 from an orphanage in India, was found in in a culvert in Richardson, a Dallas suburb. She had been missing for two weeks. An autopsy report later said she was a victim of homicide. Wesley Mathews, her father, was charged with felony injury to a child. Sini Mathews, her mother, was charged with child abandonment.
    (AP, 1/3/18)
2017        Oct 24, Delphi Automotive said it would pay $450 million for NuTonomy, a small Boston company that makes software for self-driving cars.
    (SFC, 10/25/17, p.C3)
2017        Oct 24, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) reported a 50 percent increase in third quarter net earnings, with all markets contributing to growth even as sales were flat globally.
    (AP, 10/24/17)
2017        Oct 24, Fats Domino (b.1928), rock’n’roll pioneer, died in New Orleans. His hits included “blueberry Hill" (1956).
    (SFC, 10/26/17, p.A6)
2017        Oct 24, Robert Guillaume (b.1927), American stage and TV star, died at home in Los Angeles. He played the sharp-tongued butler in “Soap" (1977-1979) and “Benson" (1979-1986).
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Guillaume)(SFC, 10/25/17, p.A6)
2017        Oct 24, In Afghanistan the Taliban targeted military posts late today in two western provinces and in the country's south, killing 13 soldiers and setting off hours-long gunbattles with the military.
    (AP, 10/25/17)
2017        Oct 24, Government officials from Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to halt the outflow of Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh and enable the refugees to return home.
    (AP, 10/24/17)
2017        Oct 24, Bulgarian air force pilots refused to fly their Soviet-built MiG-29 jets for planned training on Oct. 25, blaming safety concerns and a lack of flight preparation.
    (AFP, 10/24/17)
2017        Oct 24, Burundi's cabinet backed a constitutional change that would allow its president to stay in office until 2034, widening a political rift that has driven the country progressively deeper into crisis.
    (Reuters, 10/27/17)
2017        Oct 24, China’s ruling Communist Party formally lifted Xi Jinping's status, setting the stage for the authoritarian leader to tighten his grip over the country while pursuing an increasingly muscular foreign policy and military expansion. The move to insert Xi's name and dogma into the party's constitution alongside the party's founders came at the close of a twice-a-decade congress that gathered the country's ruling elite alongside rank-and-file party members.
    (AP, 10/24/17)
2017        Oct 24, The European Commission proposed to renew the license for the weedkiller glyphosate for a shorter than usual five to seven years, as the EU took into account fears it causes cancer. The shift came a day before the EU's 28 member states vote on whether to renew the glyphosate license in Europe and just hours after the European Parliament approved a non-binding resolution calling for the chemical be banned by 2022.
    (AFP, 10/24/17)
2017        Oct 24, In France Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met with President Emmanuel Macron as part of a three-day visit focusing on economic cooperation and the fight against extremism.
    (AP, 10/24/17)
2017        Oct 24, German Broadcaster ZDF reported that employees of a security company that runs several refugee camps in Berlin were luring asylum seekers, some of them minors, into prostitution.
    (Reuters, 10/26/17)
2017        Oct 24, Hong Kong's highest court freed pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law on bail pending an appeal of their prison sentences after they were convicted of sparking massive protests in 2014.
    (AP, 10/24/17)
2017        Oct 24, India’s top court banned the use of petroleum coke, a dirtier alternative to coal, in and around New Delhi in a bid to clean the air in one of the world's most polluted cities. The court also ordered a ban on the sale and use of furnace oil, another dirty refinery by-product, in and around the capital and ordered implementation of strict emission norms by the end of December.
    (Reuters, 10/24/17)
2017        Oct 24, Indonesia’s parliament endorsed a presidential decree that gives officials sweeping powers to ban organizations deemed as threats to national unity. The decree was signed in July by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
    (AP, 10/24/17)
2017        Oct 24, Indonesian government officials said Asia Pacific Resources International Ltd (APRIL) can resume forestry operations at its pulp and paper subsidiary, amid a dispute over environmental rules.
    (Reuters, 10/24/17)
2017        Oct 24, Parliament in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region decided to hold legislative elections in eight months after they were delayed amid tensions with the central government in Baghdad over disputed territories.
    (AFP, 10/24/17)
2017        Oct 24, In Portugal a women's rights group called a rally to protest against an Oct. 11 court ruling that upheld a light sentence for a woman's attackers on the grounds they may have been driven to it by her adultery. In the 2015 attack, one of the men assaulted and held the victim while the other attacked her with a nail-spiked club.
    (AP, 10/24/17)
2017        Oct 24, Russia cast a veto at the UN Security Council preventing the renewal of the mandate to a mission that investigates the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The mission's mandate is due to expire in mid-November.
    (Reuters, 10/24/17)
2017        Oct 24, Powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pledged a "moderate, open" Saudi Arabia, breaking with ultra-conservative clerics in favor of an image catering to foreign investors and Saudi youth.
    (AFP, 10/24/17)
2017        Oct 24, Saudi Arabia opened a major investment conference aimed at shining a spotlight on the country's efforts to overhaul its economy and society after being jolted into action following a plunge in oil prices that threatened the kingdom's main source of revenue and its long-term stability.
    (AP, 10/24/17)
2017        Oct 24, In Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland a wheelbarrow exploded outside a police station in Bossaso, killing the lone man pushing it.
    (Reuters, 10/24/17)
2017        Oct 24, Cyber attacks hit Ukraine's Odessa airport and the metro system in Kiev. The Odessa airport said it had tightened security measures after being hit by a cyber attack, while the metro system in Kiev also reported a hack on its payment system.

2017        Oct 25, The United States and its Gulf Arab allies announced a coordinated effort to sanction a number of Yemenis and an entity suspected of financing the Islamic State group and al-Qaida.
    (AP, 10/25/17)   
2017        Oct 25, A US federal judge denied an attempt by California to force the Trump administration to pay billions of dollars to insurance companies to subsidize health plans for low income Americans.
    (SFC, 10/26/17, p.A1)
2017        Oct 25, In Hawaii a law took effect that allows Honolulu police to fine pedestrians up to $35 for viewing their electronic devices while crossing city streets.
    (SFC, 10/25/17, p.A5)
2017        Oct 25, West Virginia inmate Todd Boyes (43) escaped from the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston. His escape was not discovered until Oct 27. Boyes was captured on Oct. 29 as he tried to enter Mexico from Laredo, Texas.
    (SFC, 10/28/17, p.A4)(SFC, 10/30/17, p.A5)
2017        Oct 25, Thousands of pensioners from across Bosnia's Bosniak-Croat Federation, most of whom live on the edge of poverty, took to the streets in Sarajevo to protest for a rise in pensions and better social and health care.
    (Reuters, 10/25/17)
2017        Oct 25, The Brazilian unit of Bayer AG said it has received regulatory approval to sell its FOX Xpro fungicide, potentially boosting its agro-chemical business in one of the world's largest grains-producing nations.
    (Reuters, 10/25/17)
2017        Oct 25, The British Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that American poker star Phil Ivey had used illegitimate means to amass 7.7 million pounds ($10.2 million) in winnings during a stint at the baccarat table in 2012.
    (AP, 10/25/17)
2017        Oct 25, The BBC said it has filed a complaint to the United Nations over Iran freezing the assets of more than 150 people associated with its Persian service, calling the Islamic Republic's actions "a deprivation of human rights."
    (AP, 10/25/17)
2017        Oct 25, Cameroon blasted the International Crisis Group (ICG) as an "agency of destabilization" after the thinktank warned an armed insurgency could erupt in the country's restive anglophone regions.
    (AFP, 10/25/17)
2017        Oct 25, China's ruling Communist Party unveiled its core decision-making body, the Politburo Standing Committee, headed by President Xi Jinping.
    (Reuters, 10/25/17)
2017        Oct 25, Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke to the country about "waves of positive energy" from the ruling Communist Party after its twice-a-decade leadership shuffle. Jinping told foreign journalists to roam the country and report more, even as five global news organizations found themselves without invitations to cover his speech.
    (Reuters, 10/25/17)
2017        Oct 25, Crimean Tatar activists Ilmi Umerov and Ahtem Chiygoz, who opposed to Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region, were released from prison and flown to Turkey. Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko thanked Turkey's president for helping broker the release.
    (AP, 10/25/17)(Reuters, 10/27/17)
2017        Oct 25, An Egyptian court sentenced policeman Samir Hani to seven years in prison for torturing worker Talaat el-Rashidi to death in the Luxor police station after he was arrested in front of a coffee shop for possession of narcotics. The court also handed down three-year sentences to five other policemen involved in the case.
    (AP, 10/25/17)
2017        Oct 25, The European Union minus Britain held its first internal talks on how it envisages future relations with London and what sort of transition period there will be after Brexit in March 2019.
    (Reuters, 10/25/17)
2017        Oct 25, Israeli authorities approved a major expansion of a Jewish settler enclave in the heart of a Palestinian neighborhood of East Jerusalem, issuing building permits for 176 new housing units. The construction was swiftly condemned by the Palestinians as a violation of international law.
    (Reuters, 10/25/17)
2017        Oct 25, It was reported that women in Kashmir over the past month have reported over 100 cases of masked men chopping off their hair.
    (SFC, 10/25/17, p.A4)
2017        Oct 25, Kenya plunged deeper into crisis after a no-show by a majority of Supreme Court judges scuppered an eleventh-hour petition to delay a presidential election and the governor of a volatile opposition region endorsed rebellion against the state.
    (Reuters, 10/25/17)
2017        Oct 25, Kurdish authorities in Iraq offered to put an independence drive on hold, stepping up efforts to resolve a crisis in relations with Baghdad via dialogue.
    (Reuters, 10/25/17)
2017        Oct 25, In northeastern Libya suspected Islamist militants attacked a military checkpoint, killing two soldiers and wounding three.
    (Reuters, 10/25/17)
2017        Oct 25, Buddhists in Myanmar blocked aid workers from visiting a camp for displaced Muslims in the central part of Rakhine State.
    (Reuters, 10/25/17)
2017        Oct 25, The Swiss government said neutral Switzerland's embassies in Riyadh and Tehran have signed agreements to represent Iranian interests in Saudi Arabia and Saudi interests in Iran.
    (Reuters, 10/25/17)
2017        Oct 25, Thailand marked the start of a lavish, five-day funeral for King Bhumibol Adulyadej with a Buddhist religious ceremony attended by senior members of its royal family.
    (Reuters, 10/25/17)
2017        Oct 25, In Turkey Meral Aksener, a former interior minister seen as a potentially strong challenger to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, delivered a defiant speech in Ankara promising a "strong, happy" Turkey at the official launch of the Iyi ("Good") Party.
    (AFP, 10/25/17)
2017        Oct 25, Uganda's opposition leader Kizza Besigye and five others were charged with inciting violence and freed from jail after six nights in detention.
    (AFP, 10/25/17)
2017        Oct 25, In Ukraine Radical Party member Igor Mosiychuk was walking out of its studio after giving an interview when an explosive device went off near a scooter parked on the street. Ukraine soon opened a "terror" probe after the lawmaker was wounded and two people killed in the bombing. His nationalist party called this assassination attempt linked to Russia.
    (AFP, 10/26/17)

2017        Oct 26, President Donald Trump blocked the release of hundreds of records on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, bending to CIA and FBI appeals, while the National Archives came out with a hefty cache of others. Trump placed the blocked files under a six-month review while letting 2,800 others come out.
    (AP, 10/27/17)
2017        Oct 26, US Pres. Donald Trump signed a $36.5 billion emergency aid measure to refill disaster accounts, provide a cash infusion to Puerto Rico and bail out the federal flood insurance program.
    (SFC, 10/27/17, p.A8)
2017        Oct 26, New security screenings for all passengers on US-bound flights began today, with airlines worldwide questioning flyers about their trip and their luggage in the latest Trump administration decision affecting global travel.
    (AP, 10/26/17)
2017        Oct 26, A US Postal Service official said inspectors so far this year have intercepted at least 60 pounds (27 kg) of methamphetamine mailed to Guam.
    (AP, 10/26/17)
2017        Oct 26, A US federal judge blocked Alabama laws that tried to restrict abortion clinics near schools and to ban a common 2nd-trimester procedure.
    (SFC, 10/28/17, p.A4)
2017        Oct 26, A 2nd actress accused former Pres. George H.W. Bush of inappropriate touching. Jordana Grolnick said Bush grabbed her buttocks last year in Maine and quipped that his favorite magician is “David Cop-a-Feel."
    (SFC, 10/27/17, p.A8)
2017        Oct 26, In Boston Hector Ramires (24), a member of the violent Central American street gang MS-13, pleaded guilty to charges connected to a shooting that took the life of an innocent mother of three.
    (AP, 10/27/17)
2017        Oct 26, Twitter Inc accused Russian media outlets Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik of interfering in the 2016 U.S. election and banned them from buying ads on its network, after criticism in the United States that the social network had not done enough to deter international meddling.
    (Reuters, 10/27/17)
2017        Oct 26, The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) said an 85-year-old survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima will jointly accept the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize together with ICAN.
    (Reuters, 10/26/17)
2017        Oct 26, Authorities in Belgium, Britain and Bulgaria arrested some 25 people in overnight raids targeting smugglers who allegedly helped people immigrate illegally.
    (AP, 10/26/17)
2017        Oct 26, Zeljko Kuntos, a former driver for a Bosnian Serb ex-parliament speaker, was arrested in Pale after trying to sell an original document from the 1995 Dayton peace agreement that ended Bosnia's war for 100,000 Bosnian marka ($60,000).
    (Reuters, 11/1/17)
2017        Oct 26, An Egyptian court sentenced Osama Morsi, a son of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, to three years in prison for possession of a knife.
    (AP, 10/26/17)
2017        Oct 26, In Ethiopia at least five people were killed in a town in the restive Oromiya region after police opened fire during a protest. Protesters had blocked the main road in Ambo to demonstrate against sugar shortages, before police arrived to disperse the crowd.
    (Reuters, 10/26/17)
2017        Oct 26, In Finland a train collided with a military vehicle at an unguarded railroad crossing in southern Finland, killing four people and injuring 11 others.
    (AP, 10/26/17)
2017        Oct 26, Paris city hall called an ad linking students with rich men and women "shameful," and said officials will work with police to remove it from the city.
    (AP, 10/26/17)
2017        Oct 26, Germany’s dpa news reported that a Swiss man has confessed to a Frankfurt court that he spied for his country on German tax investigators between July 2011 and February 2015, in a case that has sparked tension between the two nations.
    (AP, 10/26/17)
2017        Oct 26, In Indonesia an explosion and inferno at a fireworks factory in Tangerang, a city in Banten province on the western outskirts of Jakarta, killed at least 47 people, most of them female workers who were apparently locked inside.
    (AP, 10/26/17)
2017        Oct 26, Iraqi forces launched an attack to drive Islamic State from the last territory it holds in Iraq. Approximately 1,500 Islamic State fighters were estimated to be still in the immediate vicinity of al-Qaim. The Syrian army and its allies said they planned to march on Albu Kamal, the jihadist's last Syrian stronghold.
    (Reuters, 10/26/17)
2017        Oct 26, Italy's upper house Senate approved a new electoral system that is expected to handicap the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement at a forthcoming national election and favor mainstream political blocs. The bill has already been approved by the lower house and now only needs a green light from the head of state to become law.
    (Reuters, 10/26/17)
2017        Oct 26, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev ordered his office to prepare for a switch to a Latin-based alphabet from a Cyrillic one, distancing itself, at least graphically, from Russia. Kazakh, a Turkic language, used to be written in Arabic script until the 1920s when the Soviet Union briefly introduced a Latin alphabet for it. This was later replaced by a Cyrillic one in 1940, based on the Russian alphabet.
    (Reuters, 10/26/17)
2017        Oct 26, In Kenya at least three people were shot dead in clashes over an election re-run, prompting officials to delay the vote in four counties to Oct. 28 as the country's worst political crisis in a decade deepened.
    (AFP, 10/26/17)(Reuters, 10/26/17)
2017        Oct 26, The office of Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev ordered that the country stop commemorating marking the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution because "the date is losing its significance." The order said Kyrgyzstan should instead use November 7 to honor the victims of a bloody Tsarist crackdown in the region in 1916. November 8 is set aside to remember the Kyrgyz victims of Stalinist repression.
    (AFP, 10/27/17)
2017        Oct 26, In Libya the bodies of 36 men were found near the town of al-Abyar. On Nov. 29 Human Rights Watch said armed groups loyal to Libya's self-styled national army may have killed the civilian men in the town some 50 km (30 miles) east of Benghazi.
    (AP, 11/29/17)
2017        Oct 26, In Montenegro a key witness in the trial of 14 suspected plotters to topple the government directly implicated an alleged Russian secret service operative in organizing a coup attempt by supplying money and defining goals in order to prevent the small Balkan nation from joining NATO. Aleksandar Sindjelic testified in court that Eduard Shishmakov gave him money to organize about 500 people to trigger disturbances in the capital, Podgorica, on the day of last year's parliamentary election.
    (AP, 10/26/17)
2017        Oct 26, Netherlands PM Mark Rutte presented his third government, a new coalition that is set to move the country further to the right.
    (AP, 10/26/17)
2017        Oct 26, Nordea Bank AB, the Nordic region's largest bank, said it plans to cut at least 6,000 jobs over the next four years to stay competitive as its retail banking operations increasingly become digital and automation hits the financial industry. The cuts will spread across its home markets of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
    (AP, 10/26/17)
2017        Oct 26, Norwegian rescuers searched for a Russian helicopter which went down with eight people on board at sea off the coast of the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. On Oct. 29 Norwegian rescue officials said the wreckage of the Russian helicopter has been located on the seabed east of Cape Heer.
    (Reuters, 10/26/17)(AP, 10/29/17)
2017        Oct 26, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the new army commander to recruit and organize 10 new infantry battalions to crush remnants of pro-Islamic State militants, days after they were defeated in a southern city.
    (Reuters, 10/26/17)
2017        Oct 26, Saudi Arabia announced plans to invest $1 billion in Richard Branson’s portfolio of space companies. Virgin Galactic intends to start flying tourists to the edge of space in the coming months.
    (SFC, 10/27/17, p.A6)
2017        Oct 26, Hundreds of Serbian pensioners rallied in Belgrade to protest austerity measures introduced as part of a 1.2 billion euro ($1.41 billion) loan deal with the IMF.
    (Reuters, 10/26/17)
2017        Oct 26, A Turkish court in Izmir ordered Taner Kilic, the head of Amnesty International in Turkey, to remain in pre-trial detention, after he denied allegations of links to the Muslim cleric Ankara blames for last year's failed coup.
    (AFP, 10/26/17)
2017        Oct 26, Venezuela's democratic opposition was awarded the European Union's human rights award and the European Parliament called for a peaceful transition to democracy in the troubled country.
    (Reuters, 10/26/17)

2017        Oct 27, US Pres. Donald Trump said he is approving the recommendation of Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments in Utah along with Nevada’s Gold Butte and Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou.
    (SFC, 10/28/17, p.A4)
2017        Oct 27, The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website with strong ties to the Republican establishment, confirmed it originally retained the political research firm Fusion GPS to scour then-candidate Trump's background for negative information. the Democratic National Committee continued funding Fusion's work after the original GOP source lost interest.
    (AP, 10/28/17)
2017        Oct 27, In the SF Bay Area seven members of the Broad Day Klap gang were arrested under simultaneous search warrants. Another gang member was arrested in jackson, Miss. Officials later said their investigation is ongoing and expected the arrest of 26 additional suspects.
    (SFC, 12/21/17, p.D2)
2017        Oct 27, It was reported that the New Hampshire College and University Council has reached out to the Chinese University of Hong Kong for more information after it became the winning bidder for the former Daniel Webster College campus for nearly $12 million.
    (AP, 10/27/17)
2017        Oct 27, In Virginia Mohamad Khweis (27 was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted on terrorism charges. He had traveled to Islamic State territory in Iraq and Syria to join militants there, but never took up arms and escaped after a few months.
    (SSFC, 10/29/17, p.A8)
2017        Oct 27, In Afghanistan a US helicopter crashed in Logar province south of Kabul late today. Chief Warrant Officer Jacob Sims (36) died the next day as a result of injuries. Six others were wounded.
    (Reuters, 10/28/17)(SFC, 10/30/17, p.A5)
2017        Oct 27, In Bahrain a roadside bomb has killed a police officer and wounded eight others. Shiite militants applauded the attack and attributed it to the Mukhtar Brigade, a little-known group.
    (AP, 10/28/17)
2017        Oct 27, Burundi became the first country to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. Officials said the court's prosecutor will move ahead with an examination of the East African nation's deadly political turmoil.
    (AP, 10/27/17)
2017        Oct 27, In China Vlada Dzyuba (14), a Russian model, died after working on a photo shoot in Yiwu, about 300 km (186 miles) south of Shanghai. A Chinese modeling agency that hired the girl denied media reports that a "slave contract" contributed to the teen's sudden death.
    (AP, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 27, Crimean Tatar activists Ilmi Umerov and Ahtem Chiygoz, released from Russian custody on Oct. 25, arrived in Ukraine said they would travel back to the annexed peninsula and campaign for the freedom of other political prisoners and the return of Crimea to Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 10/27/17)
2017        Oct 27, Egyptian security forces killed 13 militants in a shootout in the New Valley province in the country's western desert.
    (AP, 10/27/17)
2017        Oct 27, A French court handed Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue (48), the son of Equatorial Guinea's president, a suspended sentence of three years in prison for embezzling millions in public money, in the first of several planned trials in France of foreign figures allegedly thriving on ill-gotten gains.
    (AP, 10/27/17)
2017        Oct 27, Air Berlin, Germany's second-biggest airline, ended operations after 38 years with an evening Munich-to-Berlin flight.
    (AP, 10/28/17)
2017        Oct 27, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi ordered a 24-hour suspension of military operations against Kurdish forces in northern Iraq. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have reached an agreement to stop fighting in northern Iraq, although the status of any ceasefire remained unclear.
    (Reuters, 10/27/17)(Reuters, 10/29/17)
2017        Oct 27, In western Kenya one person was shot dead as opposition supporters protested plans to stage a poll on Oct. 28 in four western counties where voting had been blocked by election-day unrest. A local media tally said President Uhuru Kenyatta has won over 96 percent of the votes counted so far from the re-run election.
    (AFP, 10/27/17)(4, 10/27/17)
2017        Oct 27, In Myanmar two Baptist leaders were sentenced to prison on charges of supporting ethnic minority rebels in the war-torn northeast, in a trial slammed by rights groups as a cover-up for alleged military abuses.
    (AFP, 10/27/17)
2017        Oct 27, In Myanmar reporters Lau Hon Meng from Singapore and Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia were arrested in Naypyidaw for flying a drone over a parliament building while on assignment for Turkish state broadcaster TRT.
    (AFP, 10/28/17)
2017        Oct 27, In Pakistan assailants riding on motorcycles attacked outspoken journalist Ahmad Noorani in Islamabad, leaving him badly hurt with head injuries.
    (AP, 10/27/17)
2017        Oct 27, In Pakistan unidentified kidnappers bundled Mohammad Nabi Ahmadi, the deputy governor of Afghanistan's northwestern province of Kunar, into a car in Peshawar and took him away.
    (Reuters, 10/29/17)
2017        Oct 27, Palestinian Tawfeeq Abu Naeem, Hamas' head of security in Gaza and a strong supporter of the reconciliation deal, was lightly wounded when his car exploded outside a mosque.
    (Reuters, 10/27/17)
2017        Oct 27, The late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was commemorated with a national stamp to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth on September 11, as part of a series of stamps marking presidents' 100th birthdays.
    (AFP, 10/27/17)
2017        Oct 27, In South Africa two white farmers, who were filmed pushing a wailing black man into a coffin, were sentenced to jail for attempted murder, assault and kidnapping. Theo Jackson, sentenced to 14 years, and Willem Oosthuizen, sentenced to 11 years, had pleaded not guilty. They said they had caught Mlotshwa trespassing on their farm in possession of stolen copper cables. The defense then said it would lodge their appeal directly to the Supreme Court of Appeal, saying that the sentence was too harsh, since no one had been killed.
    (Reuters, 10/27/17)
2017        Oct 27, Catalan lawmakers voted to declare independence from Spain. The upper house of Spain's parliament authorized the government of PM Mariano Rajoy to rule Catalonia directly from Madrid, minutes after the region declared independence.
    (AFP, 10/27/17)(Reuters, 10/27/17)
2017        Oct 27, Tanzania deported three South African lawyers arrested last week for "promoting homosexuality". They were amongst a group of 13 people, including a Ugandan and Tanzanians, who were arrested Oct. 24 at the Peacock hotel in Dar es Salaam.
    (AFP, 10/28/17)
2017        Oct 27, UN human rights investigators, after a first mission to Bangladesh, said Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar have testified that a "consistent, methodical pattern" of killings, torture, rape and arson is taking place.
    (Reuters, 10/27/17)
2017        Oct 27, The UN's food assistance agency said Myanmar's government has given the go-ahead for it to resume operations in northern Rakhine state after a two-month hiatus.
    (AP, 10/27/17)
2017        Oct 27, The UN condemned the "deliberate starvation of civilians" as a war tactic following the release of "shocking" images showing severely malnourished children in an area near Damascus besieged by Syria's military.
    (AFP, 10/27/17)

2017        Oct 28, In southern California inmate Jason Kohr (36) was found missing from a prison in Lancaster, Los Angeles County.
    (SFC, 10/31/17, p.A6)
2017        Oct 28, The Los Angeles Times reported that more than 200 people in Los Angeles County have contracted the West Nile virus this year and that 17 have died.
    (SSFC, 10/29/17, p.A6)
2017        Oct 28, In Afghanistan Taliban fighters killed nine policemen and wounded two others stationed at checkpoints in Ghazni, the capital of Ghazni province. Twelve of the militants were killed and four wounded.
    (AFP, 10/29/17)
2017        Oct 28, Britain's ministry of defense has confirmed that nine British sailors assigned to a nuclear submarine have been discharged from the Royal Navy after they tested positive for using cocaine while docked in the US.
    (AFP, 10/28/17)(Reuters, 10/28/17)
2017        Oct 28, British budget airline easyJet said it has reached an agreement with Air Berlin to buy parts of the bankrupt German airline as part of a 40-million euro ($46 million) deal.
    (AP, 10/28/17)
2017        Oct 28, The G5 Sahel force (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger and Mauritania), backed by France and the United States, launched its campaign to counter escalating Islamist insurgencies amid growing unrest.
    (Reuters, 11/2/17)
2017        Oct 28, Cambodia police deported 61 Chinese nationals wanted in China on suspicion of extorting money over the internet and by phone. Taiwan's government said 19 of them were from Taiwan, and that it had lodged a strong protest with China about the deportations.
    (Reuters, 10/28/17)
2017        Oct 28, China appointed Li Xi as the new top official for the southern export powerhouse province of Guangdong. Sources said former leader Hu Chunhua is likely to be promoted to a vice premier.
    (Reuters, 10/28/17)
2017        Oct 28, Tropical Storm Selma made landfall on the coast of El Salvador near the Central American nation's capital, bringing strong winds, heavy rains and dangerous ocean swells.
    (AP, 10/28/17)
2017        Oct 28, Greek police arrested a 29-year-old suspect in a bomb attack last May on Lucas Papademos, one of the country's former prime ministers (2011-2012).
    (AP, 10/28/17)
2017        Oct 28, Icelanders voted for the third time in four years as the nation tried to shake off the latest political crisis on an island roiled by divisions since its economy was ravaged by the global financial crisis. Conservative PM Bjarni Benediktsson (47) won the snap election despite a string of scandals. He was named last year in the "Panama Papers" worldwide tax-evasion leaks. His Independence Party won 16 seats in the 63-seat parliament. The Left Green Movement finished second with 17%.
    (AP, 10/28/17)(AFP, 10/29/17)(SFC, 10/30/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 28, Indonesian police said that the inferno at a firework factory near Jakarta that killed 48 people on Oct. 26 was started by sparks from a welder's torch.
    (AP, 10/28/17)
2017        Oct 28, Kenyans who boycotted a repeat presidential election voiced relief on after authorities indefinitely delayed further attempts to hold the vote in some opposition areas due to the risk of violence. President Uhuru Kenyatta has won more than 97 percent of votes counted so far.
    (Reuters, 10/28/17)
2017        Oct 28, The state-run Global New Light of Myanmar (GNLM) newspaper said it had "incorrectly stated that UN-Habitat had agreed with the Union government to provide technical assistance in building housings for displaced people in northern Rakhine." Union officials said that the issue is still under negotiation.
    (Reuters, 10/28/17)
2017        Oct 28, In Nepal a passenger bus heading toward Kathmandu veered off a key highway early today, killing at least 31 people and injuring 15.
    (AP, 10/28/17)
2017        Oct 28, In Somalia a suspected suicide car bomb exploded outside the Nasa-Hablod hotel in Mogadishu, killing at least two people and wounding more than eight. Gunfire continued at the site.
    (AP, 10/28/17)
2017        Oct 28, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy took drastic measures to quash secession, deposing the Catalonia’s leaders and dissolving its parliament. Rajoy also called December 21 elections for the region. Secessionist leader Carles Puigdemont stood defiant against Madrid's moves to depose him, urging "democratic resistance" to direct rule imposed in a bid to stop the region breaking away from Spain.
    (AFP, 10/28/17)(AFP, 10/29/17)
2017        Oct 28, In Taipei, Taiwan, tens of thousands marched in Asia's largest gay pride parade, the first since Taiwan's top court ruled in favor of gay marriage.
    (AFP, 10/28/17)
2017        Oct 28, Turkey arrested 49 alleged members of the Islamic State group, some of whom were suspected of planning an attack the next day on celebrations for the 94th anniversary of Republic Day.
    (AFP, 10/28/17)
2017        Oct 28, In southern Yemen Sheikh Adel Al Shehri, a Salafist imam, was shot dead by gunmen in Aden, which is dominated by local forces backed by the UAE.
    (Reuters, 10/28/17)\

2017        Oct 29, In central Michigan a collision between a horse-drawn buggy and a pickup truck killed three children and critically injured six other people.
    (SFC, 10/30/17, p.A5)
2017        Oct 29, Dennis Banks, a co-founder of the American Indian Movement, died in Minnesota. Banks was also a leader of the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation.
    (SFC, 10/31/17, p.C3)
2017        Oct 29, In Afghanistan militants wearing night-vision goggles launched a pre-dawn assault on a police post in Khan Abad district in the northern province of Kunduz early today and killed 13 officers. The Taliban attacked a checkpoint late today in the southern Zabul province, igniting clashes in which six police and eight insurgents were killed. In eastern Ghazni province an attack on a checkpoint killed nine police and wounded four others. Seven insurgents were killed and five others were wounded in the battle.
    (AFP, 10/29/17)(AP, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 29, Sir Ninian Stephen (94), former Australian Governor-General (1982-1989), died. He had worked on the Northern Ireland peace talks and served on the International Court of Justice.
    (Reuters, 10/29/17)
2017        Oct 29, In northern Cameroon suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 10 villagers late today. Army and local officials said this was revenge for attacks by Cameroon's army.
    (Reuters, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 29, In Egypt suspected militants targeted a police vehicle in the turbulent northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, killing two conscripts.
    (AP, 10/29/17)
2017        Oct 29, High winds knocked down trees and caused widespread travel chaos across much of Central Europe, leaving five people dead and several injured in the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany and Poland.
    (AP, 10/29/17)
2017        Oct 29, French police detained Francois Compaore, the younger brother of former Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaore, at Charles de Gaulle airport on an int’l arrest warrant related to the 1998 murder of Norbert Zongo, who published Burkina Faso's Independent newspaper. Francois Compaore was released the next day.
    (Reuters, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 29, In Germany the "Green Belt" project, first conceived in the 1970s, was awarded the German Environmental Prize at a ceremony in the northern city of Braunschweig. The 1,400-km long swatch of land marked the former border between East and West Germany is now a refuge for a broad variety of flora and fauna.
    (Reuters, 10/29/17)
2017        Oct 29, India shipped its first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan by sea through Iran's strategic Chahbahar Port, launching a trade route bypassing longtime rival Pakistan.
    (AP, 10/29/17)
2017        Oct 29, In southern Iran a fire broke out at an oil rig, killing at least two workers near the town of Omideih just days after another fire at an oil refinery in Tehran killed seven workers.
    (AP, 10/29/17)
2017        Oct 29, Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters started a second round of talks to resolve a conflict over control of the Kurdistan region's border crossings.
    (Reuters, 10/29/17)
2017        Oct 29, Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani confirmed his intention to step down on Nov. 1 and asked parliament to take measures to fill the presidential power vacuum.
    (Reuters, 10/29/17)
2017        Oct 29, Israel, under pressure from the US, delayed a bill that would connect a number of West Bank settlements to Jerusalem.
    (AP, 10/29/17)
2017        Oct 29, Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga called for calm. He said that the country's repeat presidential election was a sham and that a new vote should be held within 90 days. The body of George Odumbe (64), a Luo laborer, was found in a sugarcane field in rural western Kenya with three arrows in the back and severe head wounds.
    (Reuters, 10/29/17)(AP, 10/29/17)
2017        Oct 29, In Libya US forces seized Syrian Mustafa al-Imam just before midnight in Misrata. He had links to the suspected ringleader of an attack that killed the US Ambassador in Benghazi in 2012. Suspected ringleader Ahmed Abu Khatallah was snatched by US forces in 2014.
    (Reuters, 10/31/17)(SFC, 10/31/17, p.A3)
2017        Oct 29, In Myanmar more than 2,000 people marched in Yangon to show support for the military, which has come under heavy criticism over violence that has driven hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee from Rakhine state to neighboring Bangladesh.
    (AP, 10/29/17)(SFC, 10/30/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 29, In Niger 23 police were hurt and a police station was set on fire in demonstrations against financial reforms late today in the capital of Niamey.
    (AFP, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 29, Pakistan released 68 Indian fishermen held for trespassing into its territorial waters. 380 Indian fishermen remained behind bars in the country.
    (AFP, 10/29/17)
2017        Oct 29, Puerto Rico's governor demanded that the board of the island's power company cancel the $300M contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings amid increased scrutiny of the Montana company's role in Hurricane Maria recovery efforts. Roughly 70 percent of the island remained without power more than a month after Hurricane Maria.
    (AP, 10/29/17)
2017        Oct 29, Hundreds of Russians gathered in central Moscow to honor the victims of Stalin-era purges, with many calling for the release of jailed activist Yury Dmitriyev, who researched mass graves. Dmitriyev (61) was arrested last year and accused of producing pornography, charges he denied.
    (AFP, 10/29/17)
2017        Oct 29, The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported that Saudi Arabia will for the first time allow women to attend sports events, preparing special sections in three selected stadiums from early next year.
    (Reuters, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 29, Somalia's cabinet voted to fire the police and intelligence chiefs in response to a recommendation by Somalia's security minister Mohamed Abukar Islow after two serious extremist attacks in the capital this month.
    (AP, 10/29/17)
2017        Oct 29, Somali security forces brought an end to the siege at the Nasa-Hablod hotel in Mogadishu by five extremist attackers who stormed the building after a suicide car bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the entrance gate a day earlier. Troops killed three attackers and captured two alive. The death toll rose to at least 29 people dead. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 10/29/17)(Reuters, 10/29/17)
2017        Oct 29, Hundreds of thousands of Spaniards rallied in Catalonia's capital Barcelona, waving national and European flags and chanting "Viva Espana!" to denounce regional lawmakers' vote to sever the region from Spain.
    (AFP, 10/29/17)
2017        Oct 29, In Syria heavy clashes in the last 24 hours between the government’s army and the Islamic State group in Deir Ezzor city killed at least 73 fighters, including 23 Syrian soldiers and pro-regime militiamen. At least 11 civilians were killed and a school day violently interrupted amid intensive Syrian government shelling of a rebel-held enclave north of Damascus.
    (AFP, 10/29/17)(AP, 10/29/17)
2017        Oct 29, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency said police have detained 143 people over suspected links to Islamic State in anti-terror operations in eight cities over the weekend.
    (Reuters, 10/29/17)

2017        Oct 30, President Donald Trump and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe agreed by phone to work together on steps to counter North Korea's nuclear and missile development, ahead of the US leader's visit to Asia.
    (Reuters, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 30, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort (68), and a former Manafort business associate, Rick Gates, were indicted on felony charges of conspiracy against the United States, acting as an unregistered foreign agent, and several other financial counts involving tens of millions of dollars routed through offshore accounts. Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced that George Papadopoulos, a former Trump foreign policy advisor, had pleaded guilty on Oct. 5 to lying to FBI agents about the timing and detail of his attempts to line up meetings between Russian government officials and the Trump campaign.
    (AP, 10/30/17)(SFC, 10/31/17, p.A8)
2017        Oct 30, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States has promised $60 million to support the Group of Five Sahel States (G5 Sahel: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger) Joint Force’s counterterrorism efforts.
    (Reuters, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 30, A US federal judge blocked Pres. Trump’s order to exclude transgender people from the armed forces.
    (SFC, 10/31/17, p.A6)
2017        Oct 30, Fierce winds and heavy rain downed trees and knocked out power across the US Northeast, halting trains during the morning commute and leaving neighborhoods from Boston to Washington in the dark.
    (Reuters, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 30, In Utah Chinese student Chen Wei Guo was killed in a fatal carjacking near the Univ. of Utah late today, causing a campus-wide lockdown as police continue to search for suspected gunman Austin Boutain (24).
    (AP, 10/31/17)
2017        Oct 30, NBC News confirmed that it has terminated its contract with political journalist Mark Halperin, who has been accused of sexual harassment by several women when he worked at ABC News more than a decade ago.
    (SFC, 10/31/17, p.A6)
2017        Oct 30, Bahrain called for Qatar's membership of the Gulf Cooperation Council to be suspended until it accepts the demands of its neighbors and said Manama would not attend GCC meetings alongside Doha.
    (AP, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 30, A Bahrain court sentenced three family members of a prominent activist to jail terms on weapons charges. The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) accused authorities of using torture to extract confessions. In a separate case, Bahrain's Public Prosecutor announced that it had sentenced 19 unnamed defendants to prison terms for contacts with a banned party it said is backed by Iran and involved in militant attacks.
    (Reuters, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 30, In Belarus leading opposition figure Mykola Statkevich was stopped by traffic police and detained. He had been due to travel to Ukraine for a conference the next day involving members of the European Parliament.
    (AP, 10/31/17)
2017        Oct 30, In eastern Congo DRC one police officer and one civilian were killed in clashes between security forces and protesters in Goma demanding the departure of President Joseph Kabila.
    (Reuters, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 30, Danish police said inventor Peter Madsen has admitted to dismembering Swedish journalist Kim Wall on board his submarine in August and dumping her body parts in the sea, but he still denies killing her.
    (Reuters, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 30, French President Emmanuel Macron formally signed a sweeping counterterrorism law that replaces a two-year-old state of emergency and is meant to give police more tools to fight violent extremism.
    (AP, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 30, The leaders of India and Italy held talks in New Delhi and signed a slew of agreements that mark a thaw in their relations following the fatal 2012 shootings of two Indian fishermen by Italian marines who mistook them for pirates.
    (AP, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 30, Police in eastern Indonesia killed two suspected militants believed to have been involved in the Sept. 11 shooting of two law enforcement officers who had just taken their children to school in Bima. Nine others were arrested on Nov. 1. The arrested men were said to be members of militant group named Jemaah Anshorut Tauhid, a splinter cell of the Southeast Asian network Jemaah Islamiyah.
    (AP, 11/2/17)
2017        Oct 30, In Indonesia Jakarta city officials said the Alexis Hotel and spa complex, describes it as a “dreamland for men," has been closed down for alleged vice. Islamist groups in the Muslim-majority country had urged Jakarta's governor to act on a campaign pledge to shut the premises.
    (Reuters, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 30, It was reported that Iranian environmentalists have mobilized to protect the world's last Asiatic cheetahs, estimated to number just 50 and faced with the threats of becoming roadkill, a shortage of prey and farmers' dogs.
    (AFP, 10/30/17)   
2017        Oct 30, The Israeli military discovered and detonated a militant tunnel that was dug from Gaza into Israel. Seven militants, including two Hamas members, suffocated in the tunnel trying to rescue five missing Islamic Jihad militants. The remains of the five missing were on the Israeli side of the tunnel.
    (AP, 10/30/17)(AP, 11/3/17)
2017        Oct 30, In Japan Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte won pledges from Japan of help with fighting terrorism and assistance in building the country's crumbling infrastructure, as he met with PM Shinzo Abe during a visit to Tokyo.
    (AP, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 30, Japanese police found nine dismembered bodies hidden in coolers in an apartment in Zama southwest of Tokyo. Takahiro Shiraishi (27) was arrested the next day and confessed to cutting them up and hiding them in cold-storage cases.
    (AP, 10/31/17)(SFC, 11/2/17, p.A3)
2017        Oct 30, The head of Kenya’s election commission said President Uhuru Kenyatta won last week's repeat presidential election with slightly more than 98 percent of the vote. The turnout, boycotted by opposition leader Raila Odinga, was just under 39 percent of the 19.6 million registered voters.
    (Reuters, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 30, Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah ordered his Cabinet be dissolved, heading off a potentially embarrassing no-confidence vote by parliament against one of his ministers as political turmoil continues.
    (AP, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 30, In Libya Egyptian airstrikes on the eastern city of Darna killed dozens of civilians, including an entire family, an operation condemned by the UN due to the high civilian death toll.
    (AP, 10/31/17)(Reuters, 10/31/17)
2017        Oct 30, A Lithuanian court sentenced Yuri Subotin (67) to house arrest for publicly praising Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and the crimes of the Soviet Union against the Baltic nation.
    (AP, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 30, Montenegro’s defense minister said the Greek and Italian air forces will protect the airspace over the newest NATO-member state. Montenegro joined NATO in June as the military alliance's 29th member.
    (AP, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 30, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari sacked the country's most senior civil servant. Babachir Lawal, secretary to the government of the federation, was sacked after a report into corruption allegations recommended his dismissal.
    (Reuters, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 30, Court papers said Nigeria has agreed to pay compensation to victims of the country's civil war, 47 years after it ended, and clear former conflict zones of abandoned bombs and landmines.
    (AP, 10/31/17)
2017        Oct 30, A Norwegian court sentenced a 17-year-old Russian citizen to nine months in jail for making a small explosive device and bringing it to the center of Oslo in April.
    (Reuters, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 30, Russian journalist Ekaterina Gordon (37) became the second woman to enter the country's presidential race, saying she wanted to use the election to campaign for the rights of single mothers and children.
    (Reuters, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 30, Saudi Arabia plans to extract uranium domestically as part of its nuclear power program and sees this as a step towards "self-sufficiency" in producing atomic fuel.
    (Reuters, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 30, Singapore said it has banned two Muslim foreign preachers from entering the city-state because their views bred intolerance and were a risk to its social harmony. They were identified as Ismail Menk of Zimbabwe and Haslin bin Baharim of Malaysia.
    (Reuters, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 30, In South Africa thousands of white farmers snarled traffic on some major roads in what they call the Black Monday protest against the high rate of murders of farmers.
    (AP, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 30, Spain's direct rule over Catalonia took hold smoothly. Spain's top prosecutor filed a lawsuit against ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and other members of his Cabinet, seeking rebellion, sedition and embezzlement charges, which are punishable with lengthy prison time. Puigdemont left the country for Brussels.
    (Reuters, 10/30/17)(AP, 10/30/17)
2017        Oct 30, Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis said it has offered to buy Advanced Accelerator Applications of France for $3.9 billion, to bolster its portfolio of cancer treatments.
    (SFC, 10/31/17, p.D2)
2017        Oct 30, In Turkey Ahmet Edip Ugur, mayor of the northwestern province of Balikesir, announced he had quit his post and left President Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AK Party after pressure and threats "beyond unbearable", becoming the sixth mayor in recent weeks to fall victim of a purge of local government.
    (AP, 10/31/17)
2017        Oct 30, The UN weather agency warned that carbon-dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere increased at record-breaking speed last year.
    (AP, 10/30/17)

2017        Oct 31, The US Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control published an amendment which bans US entities from helping sanctioned Russian oil companies in exploration or production for deepwater, Arctic offshore, or shale projects anywhere in the world.
    (Reuters, 11/2/17)
2017        Oct 31, The US Environmental Protection Agency announced it will bar certain scientists from serving on its independent advisory boards, a move critics say could open the way to more industry-friendly advisors on the panels.
    (Reuters, 10/31/17)
2017        Oct 31, California officials said the northern Tubbs Fire has been contained. The blaze had destroyed 2,900 homes and killed 22 people. A day earlier crews reached full containment on the nuns Fire, which burned 56,556 acres and killed two people. The Pocket Fire was also contained. The state’s northern fires left 43 people dead.
    (SFC, 11/1/17, p.D4)
2017        Oct 31, In NYC Uzbek driver Sayfullo Saipov (29) mowed down pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path in lower Manhattan, near the World Trade Center, killing eight people, including a young Belgian and five Argentines. Police shot Saipov in the abdomen after he crashed into a school bus and exited his rented pickup truck.
    (AP, 11/1/17)
2017        Oct 31, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber struck near the US Embassy in Kabul, killing five people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 10/31/17)
2017        Oct 31, In Argentina a strike by workers of its two largest airlines caused the cancellation of dozens of flights and the grounding of tens of thousands of passengers. Unions representing state-run carrier Aerolineas Argentinas and sister company Austral Lineas Aereas demanded a 26 percent salary hike in line with the inflation rate.
    (AP, 10/31/17)
2017        Oct 31, Austrian police and customs officials found 400,000 ecstasy tablets worth millions of euros in a truck headed to Istanbul from Amsterdam. The driver was taken in custody. An accomplice in Germany was also arrested and a search continued for other suspects.
    (AP, 11/8/17)
2017        Oct 31, A Bahraini court sentenced 10 men to life imprisonment and revoked their citizenship on charges of forming a terrorist cell and plotting attacks.
    (Reuters, 10/31/17)
2017        Oct 31, Four Rohingya Muslims, a man, woman and two children, drowned when a small wooden fishing boat carrying dozens of refugees fleeing ethnic violence in Myanmar capsized off the Bangladesh coast.
    (Reuters, 10/31/17)
2017        Oct 31, In Belgium Catalonia's ousted leader Carles Puigdemont agreed to the Dec. 21 snap election called by Spain's central government when it took control of the region to stop it breaking away, but he said the fight for independence would go on.
    (Reuters, 10/31/17)
2017        Oct 31, Bosnia extradited Mirsad Kandic to the US. The alleged Islamic State group supporter from Kosovo, suspected of supplying the IS with suicide vests as well as weapons, has been sought for years by the US.
    (AP, 10/31/17)
2017        Oct 31, Tangshan, China's top steelmaking city, announced plans to temporarily halve its iron production capacity from mid-November until mid-March as local authorities step up efforts to fight winter smog.
    (Reuters, 10/31/17)
2017        Oct 31, Egyptian military air strikes destroyed three vehicles loaded with weapons, ammunition and explosives, and killed a "large number" of militants in the western desert. Four civilians were reported killed when a mortar shell hit their tractor in el-Arish.
    (AP, 10/31/17)(SFC, 11/1/17, p.A2)
2017        Oct 31, In Eritrea at least 28 people were killed in two days of rare protests in Asmara. More than 100 people were injured in the protests that began a day earlier and escalated today.
    (AP, 11/1/17)
2017        Oct 31, German police arrested a Syrian (19) suspected of planning an Islamist-motivated bomb attack in Germany with the aim of killing as many people as possible. Yamen A. was arrested in the early hours in the northeastern town of Schwerin.
    (Reuters, 10/31/17)
2017        Oct 31, In Indonesia a magnitude-6.3 quake was centered about 32 km (20 miles) west-southwest of Hila, a town on Ambon, the main island in Maluku.
    (AP, 10/31/17)
2017        Oct 31, The head of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has restricted the range of ballistic missiles manufactured in the country to 2,000 km (1,240 miles).
    (AP, 10/31/17)
2017        Oct 31, Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi said a tunnel at North Korea's nuclear test site collapsed after Pyongyang's sixth atomic test on September 3, possibly killing more than 200 people.
    (Reuters, 10/31/17)
2017        Oct 31, Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga harshly criticized an election rerun in which President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner, saying it should be scrapped in favor of yet another vote and that the opposition would continue to protest in the streets.
    (AP, 10/31/17)
2017        Oct 31, A Kenyan court released a man whom police had called the prime suspect in the murder of his estranged Australian wife. Gabrielle Maina was shot dead by armed men riding a motorbike as she walked near her home in Nairobi, earlier this month.
    (AP, 10/31/17)
2017        Oct 31, Norway's Statoil said it aims to sign a power purchase agreement with a US utility to develop an offshore wind power project off New York toward the end of 2018.
    (Reuters, 10/31/17)
2017        Oct 31, In Pakistan Aasia Bibi (21) appeared before a judge on murder charges after she allegedly poisoned her husband’s milk last week. 17 other people were inadvertently when her mother used the tainted milk to make a yogurt-based drink.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y8nrc9h7)(SFC, 11/2/17, p.A4)
2017        Oct 31, In Papua New Guinea hundreds of asylum-seekers refused to leave an Australian detention camp that authorities closed, citing fears for their safety, despite food, water and electricity being cut off on Manus Island.
    (AFP, 10/31/17)
2017        Oct 31, The Russian submarine “Veliky Novgorod" launched three "Kalibr" missiles at Islamic State targets in Syria's Deir al-Zor province.
    (Reuters, 10/31/17)
2017        Oct 31, In Syria at least four schoolchildren were among eight people killed in regime shelling in Eastern Ghouta.
    (AFP, 10/31/17)

2017        Oct, In California the cost to fix the Oroville Dam, following spillway damage last February, was pegged at $660 million. On Jan 27, 2018, the costs were increased to $870 million.
    (SSFC, 1/28/18, p.C1)
2017        Oct, New Jersey contractor James "Jaime" Lawson faced up to 10 years in prison after admitting this month to scamming more than 30 homeowners and employees of about $1.9 million following Superstorm Sandy. He was one of more than 200 people charged in New Jersey with $11 million worth of Sandy-related fraud in a list that continued to grow five years after the storm.
    (AP, 10/28/17)
2017        Oct, In Brazil Sao Paulo health authorities started a huge vaccination program after a dead monkey infected with yellow fever was found in  the city. The virus has been blamed for at least 261 Brazilian deaths since December.
    (SSFC, 10/29/17, p.C14)
2017        Oct, In Namibia the remote town of Oranjemund, which lies in a diamond-mining area called the Sperrgebiet, or "prohibited area" in German, held celebrations this month to declare an end to its isolation from the rest of the country in hopes of boosting tourism and diversifying its economy.
    (AP, 10/22/17)
2017        Oct, Small farmers in southeastern Niger rejoiced after authorities lifted a two-year ban on the growing of red peppers, imposed in their fight against jihadists. Boko Haram Islamist rebels from neighboring Nigeria were suspected of extorting money from the red-pepper trade in the Diffa region to fund their activities, which prompted the government to ban the crop.
    (AFP, 10/18/17)
2017        Oct, Paraguay’s education minister banned classes about sexual diversity in schools and even volunteered to help burn all books related to the subject. The ban was implemented after schools began using a UN Children's Fund guidebook for teachers on avoiding discrimination between girls and boys and achieving gender equality.
    (AP, 12/14/17)
2017        Oct, Filipino authorities arrested Karen Aizha Hamidon (32), the widow of Filipino militant Mohammad Jaafar Maguid, on suspicion of recruiting Muslims to join a deadly siege in Marawi that had dragged on for five months before being crushed by thousands of troops. She also faced allegations of recruiting Indian men to fight in Syria and Iraq.
    (AP, 11/3/17)
2017        Oct, Tanzania seized and auctioned off 1,300 cattle which had wandered across the border from Kenya to graze in a region where herders typically pay little heed to frontiers.
    (AFP, 11/8/17)

2017        Nov 1, US Pres. Donald Trump signed the repeal of a banking rule that would have allowed consumers to join together to sue their bank or credit card company to resolve financial disputes.
    (SFC, 11/2/17, p.C2)
2017        Nov 1, The CIA released nearly 470,000 additional files seized during the 2011 raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. These included a 19-page al-Qaida report in Arabic that appears to bolster US claims that Iran supported the extremist network leading up to the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The released documents also included a 228-page journal apparently handwritten by one of Osama bin Laden’s daughters.
    (AP, 11/3/17)(SFC, 11/3/17, p.A2)
2017        Nov 1, The Houston Astros won game 7 of the baseball World Series (5-1) against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
    (SFC, 11/2/17, p.D2)
2017        Nov 1, Los Angeles Times reported that six women, including actress Olivia Munn, have accused prominent film director Brett Ratner of harassment or misconduct.
    (AP, 11/1/17)
2017        Nov 1, Thieves in San Francisco staked out a UPS truck delivering 300 units of Apple’s new iPhone X.
    (SFC, 11/4/17, p.D1)
2017        Nov 1, In Colorado Scott Ostrem (47) opened fire inside a suburban Denver Walmart killing two men and a woman. He was arrested the next day following a brief chase in Thornton, about 5 miles from the Walmart store.
    (SFC, 11/3/17, p.A7)
2017        Nov 1, Louisiana released some 1,500 inmates as part of the state’s overhaul of its criminal justice system.
    (SFC, 11/1/17, p.A5)
2017        Nov 1, It was reported that US farmers have overwhelmed state governments with thousands of complaints about crop damage linked to new versions of weed killers, threatening future sales by manufacturers Monsanto Co and BASF SE.
    (Reuters, 11/1/17)
2017        Nov 1, In Afghanistan at least one person was killed after a suicide car bomber targeted the car of a local district police commander in northern Balkh province.
    (AP, 11/1/17)
2017        Nov 1, Bahrain's public prosecutor charged two leaders of the country's banned main opposition party of spying for Qatar. Sheikh Ali Salman, secretary general of al-Wefaq party, and Sheikh Hassan Sultan were accused of colluding with Qatar to carry out "hostile acts" in Bahrain and damage its national interests and prestige.
    (Reuters, 11/1/17)
2017        Nov 1, Bangladesh Biman pilot Sabbir Enam (31) was formally arrested a day after being detained for suspected of terrorism offences, including plotting to keep passengers hostage and flying a plane into the houses of top government leaders.
    (Reuters, 11/1/17)
2017        Nov 1, In Bangladesh more than 4,000 Rohingya crossed into Bangladesh as thousands more waited on a beach in Maungdaw to cross the estuary separating the two countries.
    (SFC, 11/3/17, p.A3)
2017        Nov 1, A court in Belarus sentenced opposition leader Vladimir Neklyaev (71) to ten days in jail for calling on supporters to join unsanctioned protests last month.
    (AP, 11/1/17)
2017        Nov 1, The Bank of England predicted that some 10,000 UK financial services jobs could move abroad on the first day of Brexit, after warnings of up to 75,000 relocations in total.
    (AFP, 11/1/17)
2017        Nov 1, Dubai hosted African officials, including four heads of state, and int’l CEOs at the opening of "Next Generation Africa", Dubai's fourth Global Business Forum on Africa.
    (AP, 11/1/17)
2017        Nov 1, France officially ended a two-year state of emergency, replacing it with the introduction of a new security law which critics say undermines civil liberties.
    (Reuters, 11/1/17)
2017        Nov 1, Gabon arrested Abdoulaye Mohamoud Ibrahim, the Chadian head of a major ivory trafficking ring syndicate, and eight accomplices, including his wife, son and daughter-in-law, after a two-year investigation assisted by Interpol and French law enforcement. The ring's "moneyman" was arrested three weeks later. The arrests were only announced in January, 2018, due to continuing investigations.
    (AP, 1/20/18)
2017        Nov 1, In India an explosion at a power plant in Uttar Pradesh state killed at least 16 workers and seriously burned dozens of others. Preliminary findings suggested that ash had collected in the furnace below the boiler, causing the explosion at the coal-fired plant run by the government-owned National Thermal Power Corporation.
    (AFP, 11/1/17)
2017        Nov 1, Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani departed office, leaving his nephew to reconcile with the central government in Baghdad, with regional neighbors and with rival Kurdish parties after a failed referendum on independence.
    (Reuters, 11/1/17)
2017        Nov 1, Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein said that its talks with the pro-British Democratic Unionist Party aimed at re-establishing a power-sharing government in Northern Ireland had failed.
    (Reuters, 11/1/17)
2017        Nov 1, In the Israeli occupied West Bank secretive British street artist Banksy held a special event to apologize for the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration outside his hotel. Banksy opened the Walled-Off Hotel near Bethlehem in March, with all the rooms facing directly onto Israel's separation wall.
    (AFP, 11/1/17)
2017        Nov 1, Japan's parliament re-elected Abe as prime minister after his ruling party's resounding victory in a lower house election last month. Abe pledged to compile a 2 trillion yen ($17.5 billion) package of policy measures in early December to tackle Japan's aging and shrinking population.
    (AP, 11/1/17)
2017        Nov 1, Macedonia said it has fired Mario-Cesar Deus Yela, its honorary consul in Barcelona. Yela (49), a Spanish dentist, is awaiting trial in South Africa over the deaths of his two children during a family holiday in Cape Town in April.
    (AP, 11/1/17)
2017        Nov 1, Myanmar insisted it was ready to set up a repatriation process for Rohingya Muslims even as more risked their lives fleeing the country, but it voiced fears Bangladesh was delaying an accord to first get international aid money.
    (Reuters, 11/1/17)   
2017        Nov 1, Niger said it has asked the United States to start using armed drones against jihadist groups operating on the Mali border, raising the stakes in a counter-insurgency campaign jolted by a deadly ambush of allied US-Nigerien forces.
    (Reuters, 11/1/17)
2017        Nov 1, Hamas handed over control of Gaza's border crossings with Israel and Egypt to the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority.
    (AP, 11/1/17)
2017        Nov 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Iran for trilateral talks with Tehran and Azerbaijan.
    (AP, 11/1/17)
2017        Nov 1, The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that six long-range bombers struck Islamic State positions in Deir al-Zor province.
    (Reuters, 11/1/17)
2017        Nov 1, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir began a two-day visit to Sudan aimed at resolving border disputes and addressing mutual accusations of supporting rebels in each other's territory.
    (AFP, 11/1/17)
2017        Nov 1, In Switzerland the Bern Kunstmuseum showcased a new exhibit of artwork deemed "degenerate art" by the Nazis, drawn from a collection of some 1,500 works found hidden in the homes of German collector Cornelius Gurlitt five years ago.
    (AP, 11/1/17)
2017        Nov 1, In Tunisia suspected Islamist militant Zied Gharbi (25) wounded two policemen with a knife near the parliament in Tunis. He was soon arrested. Commander Riadh Barrouta died the next of the injuries he sustained after being stabbed in the neck by a suspected Islamic extremist.
    (Reuters, 11/1/17)(AP, 11/2/17)
2017        Nov 1, The 78-meter (256-foot) Turkish-flagged Bilal Bal cargo ship, which had 10 crew members aboard, disappeared in the Black Sea after issuing a distress signal. Divers on Nov. 3 located two bodies.
    (AP, 11/3/17)
2017        Nov 1, In northern Yemen a suspected airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels killed at least 29 people, including children. Another airstrike killed three people in a different part of Saada province.
    (AP, 11/1/17)

2017        Nov 2, US Pres. Donald Trump appointed Fed Governor Jerome Powell as the next head of the Federal Reserve.
    (AP, 11/3/17)
2017        Nov 2, The US Treasury excluded the Chinese Bank of Dandong from the American financial system over its alleged ties to North Korea and issued new guidance to international banks' risk and compliance officers to help them spot North Korean attempts to infiltrate world finance.
    (AFP, 11/3/17)
2017        Nov 2, US Republican lawmakers unveiled a sweeping rewrite of the tax code, outlining a $1.5 trillion plan to cut taxes for corporations. The plan reduced the cap on interest rate deductions for home mortgages from $1 million to $500,000.
    (SFC, 11/3/17, p.A1)
2017        Nov 2, Britain’s PM Theresa May named Gavin Williamson as the new defense secretary after his predecessor Michael Fallon was forced to step down over a sexual harassment scandal sweeping parliament.
    (AFP, 11/2/17)
2017        Nov 2, The Bank of England raised interest rates for the first time in a decade to contain an increase in inflation stoked by the Brexit vote, in what is otherwise a moment of high uncertainty for the economy.
    (AP, 11/2/17)
2017        Nov 2, In Britain Kevin Spacey faced fresh allegations of sexual harassment, with an ex-employee accusing his old theater of turning a blind eye to the Hollywood star's misconduct.
    (AP, 11/2/17)
2017        Nov 2, The Czech Republic's central bank raised its key interest rate by a quarter point to 0.50 percent to rein in inflation amid a booming economy.
    (AP, 11/2/17)
2017        Nov 2, Scientists using cosmic-ray imaging reported the discovery of a hidden chamber in Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza, in what would be the first such discovery in the structure since the 19th century and one likely to spark a new surge of interest in the pharaohs. The pyramid is also known as Khufu's Pyramid for its builder, a 4th Dynasty pharaoh.
    (AP, 11/2/17)
2017        Nov 2, The European Court of Human Rights blocked Cypriot authorities from extraditing Egyptian hijacker Seif Eddin Mustafa to his homeland until it can examine the case. Mustafa hijacked a domestic EgyptAir flight in March 2016 using a fake suicide belt and diverted it to Cyprus.
    (AP, 11/2/17)
2017        Nov 2, Volkswagen’s premium carmaker Audi said it would recall 4,997 of its A8 model vehicles with V8 diesel engines in Europe to update software after it found they emitted too much nitrogen oxide.
    (Reuters, 11/2/17)
2017        Nov 2, Researchers said a new species of orangutan has been discovered in the remote jungles of Indonesia, immediately becoming the world's most endangered great ape. The species, called 'Tapanuli orangutan', lives in the Batang Toru forest on Sumatra island, and numbers only about 800 in total.
    (AFP, 11/3/17)
2017        Nov 2, Iraqi forces captured the Akkas gas field from Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 11/2/17)
2017        Nov 2, Iraq's Kurdish region said it has offered a joint Kurdish-Iraqi deployment at a strategic crossing into Turkey with the participation of US-led international forces as part of a compromise with Baghdad. This came hours after Iraqi armed forces threatened to resume military operations against the Kurds, accusing them of delaying the handover of control of borders and taking advantage of negotiations to bolster their defenses.
    (AP, 11/2/17)
2017        Nov 2, A Libyan armed group holding Hashem Abedi, the brother of the assailant in the deadly concert bombing in Manchester, turned down a British police request for his extradition.
    (AFP, 11/2/17)
2017        Nov 2, In Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi visited the Maungdaw region of Rakhine state and met with religious leaders in a daylong visit, saying the government is there to help.
    (SFC, 11/3/17, p.A3)
2017        Nov 2, The Dutch defense minister announced an investigation after soldiers revealed fresh allegations of harassment, abuse, assault and rape in the army.
    (AFP, 11/2/17)
2017        Nov 2, Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in protest across the West Bank marking a century since the Balfour Declaration, Britain's promise to Zionists to create a Jewish home in what is now Israel.
    (AP, 11/2/17)
2017        Nov 2, Romania's President Klaus Iohannis accused the leftist government of PM Mihai Tudose of mishandling the economy, slamming it for overspending and failing to attract investment.
    (AP, 11/2/17)
2017        Nov 2, Russia dismissed a report by a UN-led panel that blamed the Syrian regime for the April 4 sarin gas attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun as "superficial and unprofessional".
    (AFP, 11/2/17)
2017        Nov 2, South Africa's main opposition party walked out of parliament, saying President Jacob Zuma was refusing to answer questions on how much the state had spent on legal fees fighting corruption allegations against him.
    (Reuters, 11/2/17)
2017        Nov 2, A Spanish prosecutor asked a National Court judge to issue an international arrest warrant for Catalonia's ousted regional president and four of his ex-ministers.
    (AP, 11/2/17)
2017        Nov 2, In Syria six Russian Tu-22M3 long-range bombers struck Islamic State targets near the town of Abu Kemal.
    (Reuters, 11/2/17)
2017        Nov 2, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed into law controversial legislation to let state-approved clerics conduct marriage ceremonies, a move critics claim risks undermining Turkey's secular foundations.
    (AFP, 11/3/17)
2017        Nov 2, Turkey’s defense industry executive board said it is planning 22 new defense projects worth a total of $5 billion and spanning the development of air defense missile systems, ammunition and arms systems.
    (Reuters, 11/2/17)
2017        Nov 2, In southeastern Turkey clashes between Turkish security force members and Kurdish militants in three mainly Kurdish provinces killed eight security force members and 31 militants.
    (AP, 11/2/17)

2017        Nov 3, US Pres. Donald Trump embarked on a 12-day tour of Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.
    (Reuters, 11/3/17)
2017        Nov 3, The US military for the first time conducted air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Somalia. The US Africa Command said two drone strikes killed several terrorists in northeastern Somalia.
    (SFC, 11/4/17, p.A2)(SSFC, 11/5/17, p.A4)
2017        Nov 3, San Francisco police commissioners voted 4-3 to equip officers with Taser electroshock weapons in December, 2018.
    (SSFC, 11/5/17, p.C1)
2017        Nov 3, Tommy Zhou of Brooklyn was sentenced in a federal Virginia court to 1 ½ years behind bars for illegally trafficking more than $150,000 worth of baby eels from Virginia. He had pleaded guilty in April.
    (AP, 11/6/17)
2017        Nov 3, Philadelphia officials announced that they will move the statue of former Mayor and Police Commissioner Frank Rizzo from its location in the shadow of City Hall. Rizzo served as mayor form 1973-1980 and his critics argue that he led a corrupt police department that alienated minorities.
    (SFC, 11/4/17, p.A5)
2017        Nov 3, A group of more than 50 US government scientists released a report saying the rapid pace of global climate change is almost certainly driven by human activity, like burning fossil fuels, contradicting assertions by President Donald Trump and members of his administration.
    (Reuters, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 3, A US judge spared Bowe Bergdahl from a prison sentence for endangering his comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan. The judge gave Bergdahl (31) a dishonorable discharge, reduced his rank from sergeant to private and ordered him to forfeit pay equal to $1,000 per month for 10 months.
    (AP, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 3, Philadelphia officials announced that they will move the statue of former Mayor and Police Commissioner Frank Rizzo from its location in the shadow of City Hall. Rizzo served as mayor form 1973-1980 and his critics argue that he led a corrupt police department that alienated minorities.
    (SFC, 11/4/17, p.A5)
2017        Nov 3, Apple’s new iPhone X went on sale for $999.
    (SFC, 11/4/17, p.D1)
2017        Nov 3, The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court said she is seeking an investigation of alleged war crimes committed in the war in Afghanistan, an unprecedented probe that could involve US troops.
    (AP, 11/3/17)
2017        Nov 3, In Argentina Amado Boudou (55), a former economy minister and vice president under President Cristina Fernandez, was arrested on corruption charges, becoming the second major official in her government to face detention. Boudou and an alleged associate, Jose Maria Nunez Carmona, were arrested in an upscale neighborhood of Buenos Aires for racketeering and money laundering.
    (Reuters, 11/3/17)
2017        Nov 3, Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands issued a statement late today critical of Egypt’s detention of Ibrahim Metwaly, who was helping investigate the 2016 murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni. Metwaly was taken by airport security in September while heading to Geneva to attend a UN conference on enforced disappearances.
    (Reuters, 11/5/17)     
2017        Nov 3, Canada banned and froze assets of 30 Russians linked to the case of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in prison after exposing a $230-million tax fraud. Russia quickly reacted to the sanctions by announcing "mirror-image" measures.
    (AFP, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 3, China launched a massive ship, described as a "magic island maker" that is Asia's largest dredging vessel, at a port in eastern Jiangsu province.
    (AFP, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 3, The Greek coast guard rescued 15 people after a boat carrying migrants from Turkey sank off the island of Kalymnos. At least three people died and several more were believed to be missing.
    (AP, 11/3/17)
2017        Nov 3, In Indonesia the corpse of Robert Gilhooad (80) of the Netherlands was found at his rental property in Jimbaran, a resort area in the southern part of Bali. Two suspects were later detained in connection with the crime.
    (AFP, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 3, Iraqi forces entered Al-Qaim, quickly taking several districts, and also recaptured an important border crossing nearby the Syrian border.
    (AFP, 11/3/17)
2017        Nov 3, An Italian court said police have seized 50 million euros worth of Tramadol tablets, a synthetic opiate, destined to be sold by the Islamic State (IS) group in Libya to raise funds for attacks.
    (AFP, 11/3/17)
2017        Nov 3, In Libya hundreds of young people flocked to the opening of Tripoli’s second Comic Con festival. Members from the Deterrence Force, a group of mainly conservative Islamists that acts as the police for the UN-backed government, closed the comic book convention and detained the organizers for an "attack on morals and modesty" in the strife-ridden country.
    (AFP, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 3, A shipwreck off the coast of Libya left 26 women dead. Italian media later said others are believed to have perished and 60 people were rescued.
    (AP, 11/5/17)(AFP, 11/5/17)
2017        Nov 3, A court in Macedonia sentenced Sulejman Osmani, an alleged ethnic Albanian militant gunman, to life in prison over a deadly 2015 gunbattle with police, a day after 33 other suspects also received heavy sentences.
    (AP, 11/3/17)
2017        Nov 3, In northwestern Pakistan a mudslide killed eight children and wounded two others in Gardai village in the Bajur tribal region.
    (AP, 11/3/17)
2017        Nov 3, In the Philippines congestion in the Quezon City jail contributed to a fight between two prison gangs that left one inmate dead. 3,424 inmates were held in the facility built to hold 800 people.
    (AFP, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 3, Russia's top domestic security agency said it has detained a group of suspects accused of planning firebomb attacks on official buildings. It said the suspects belonged to the Artpodgotovka (Artillery Bombardment) group founded by opposition activist Vyacheslav Maltsev, a former regional legislator from Saratov. He unsuccessfully ran for the federal parliament in 2016 and left Russia during the summer. In October he was arrested in absentia on extremism charges.
    (AP, 11/3/17)
2017        Nov 3, The Russian Defense Ministry said that six Tu-22M bombers unloaded bombs on IS targets near Boukamal. Two Russian submarines in the Mediterranean also launched six cruise missiles at IS targets.
    (AP, 11/3/17)
2017        Nov 3, Russia’s FSB, the successor to the Soviet-era KGB, said on its web site that it had arrested all the members of Artpodgotovka, an anti-government movement in the Moscow region, and seized 15 bottles of Molotov cocktail. It said the group had planned extremists actions on Nov. 4-5 Unity Day weekend.
    (Reuters, 11/5/17)
2017        Nov 3, Russian authorities said they were investigating whether 141 Baikal earless seals starved to death after their carcasses began washing up last weekend on the shoreline of Lake Baikal.
    (AP, 11/3/17)
2017        Nov 3, Ousted South Korean president Park Geun-Hye's own political party expelled her as it sought to distance itself from the sprawling corruption scandal that led to her impeachment.
    (AFP, 11/3/17)
2017        Nov 3, Spain issued an arrest warrant on sedition and other charges against Carles Puigdemont, tightening the judicial net around the former Catalan leader who went Brussels after his government was sacked over a declaration of independence.
    (Reuters, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 3, Syrian troops retook Deir Ezzor city, in the oil-rich east of the country, the last major city where the Islamic State group had a presence.
    (AFP, 11/3/17)
2017        Nov 3, Syrian rebel factions launched an attack on government-held territory in Quneitra province, with the aim of connecting two insurgent-held areas. Damascus said Nusra Front rebels exploded a car in Hader, a Druze village in Quneitra, killing at least nine people.
    (Reuters, 11/3/17)
2017        Nov 3, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen arrived on the US Pacific island of Guam on her way back from visiting diplomatic allies in the Pacific. The trip caused strong objections from China, which claims Taiwan as its own. Her trip included two days in Hawaii before she headed on to Tuvalu, the Solomon Islands and the Marshall Islands.
    (Reuters, 11/3/17)
2017        Nov 3, The UN human rights office called on Australia to restore food, water and health services to about 600 interned refugees and asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea, which Canberra cut off three days ago.
    (AP, 11/3/17)
2017        Nov 3, Venezuela's government released two prominent opposition activists it has held for more than a year without trial. Yon Goicoechea and Delson Guarate were freed late today from a Caracas jail, but continue to be bound by restrictions on their movement and speech.
    (AP, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 3, Zimbabwe officers detained Martha O'Donovan, a US citizen, in a dawn raid at her home for allegedly tweeting that President Robert Mugabe is a "goblin whose wife and step-son bought a Rolls-Royce." This came just weeks after Mugabe appointed a cyber security minister charged with policing social media.
    (AFP, 11/3/17)

2017        Nov 4, The US ordered all non-essential employees of its mission in Somalia to leave Mogadishu because of “specific threat information" against them.
    (SSFC, 11/5/17, p.A4)
2017        Nov 4, NASA Scientists reported that the giant hole in Earth’s protective ozone layer has shriveled to its smallest peak since 1988.
    (SSFC, 11/5/17, p.A16)
2017        Nov 4, In eastern Afghanistan US Sgt. Stephen Cribben (33) died from wounds sustained during an operation in Logar province. In the north US military airstrikes in Kunduz province reportedly killed at least 13 civilians. A spokesman for the Afghan commandos denied civilian deaths and said the air strikes killed 25 Taliban fighters.
    (AP, 11/5/17)(SSFC, 11/5/17, p.A8)(SFC, 11/6/17, p.A2)
2017        Nov 4, Peter Pilz (63), an Austrian Green party parliamentarian, said he's giving up his seat in parliament amid allegations of sexual harassment. He was accused in comments published today in the Falter newsweekly of groping a young woman at a 2013 conference.
    (AP, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 4, Speaking in Belgium ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont called for a united political front in the Dec. 21 election to continue the drive for independence from Spain and to protest against the imprisonment of former members of the regional government.
    (Reuters, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 4, Cambodian PM Hun Sen called on lawmakers from the main opposition party to defect ahead of a court ruling on whether to dissolve it, saying they could be banned from politics for five years if they left it too late.
    (Reuters, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 4, China's rubber-stamp legislature made disrespecting the national anthem a criminal offense punishable by up to three years in prison amid rising nationalist appeals from the ruling Communist Party under the leadership of President Xi Jinping.
    (AP, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 4, China’s official Xinhua news agency said parliament has expelled disgraced senior politician Sun Zhengcai, once considered a contender for top leadership, paving the way for formal criminal charges to be laid against him.
    (Reuters, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 4, It was reported that an Egyptian court has convicted female TV presenter Doaa Salah of inciting immorality for offering on-air advice to women last July on how to be single mothers, sentencing her to three years in prison. Her imprisonment was suspended pending an appeal and she remained free.
    (AP, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 4, In Egypt prominent Nubian activist Gamal Sorour, arrested last month for taking part in a peaceful protest, died following a diabetic coma while in detention in Aswan. Sorour was among 25 Nubians arrested in Aswan in early September for staging a peaceful Nile-side protest.
    (AP, 11/5/17)
2017        Nov 4, In Germany some 25 thousand demonstrators marched through Bonn to protest the use of fossil fuels ahead of a global climate conference being held in the western German city next week.
    (AP, 11/4/17)(SSFC, 11/5/17, p.A4)
2017        Nov 4, In India participants from 20 countries took part in the three-day World Food India exhibition in New Delhi.
    (AP, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 4, India’s government said thousands of people have taken refuge in relief camps as torrential monsoon rains flooded parts of southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, killing at least 12 people this week.
    (AP, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 4, In India at least three people were killed and another six injured when a stampede broke out during a Hindu religious ritual on a crowded bank of the Ganges River in Begusarai, Bihar state.
    (AP, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 4, Indonesia's first international gallery of contemporary art, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN), opened, bringing together works by Ai Weiwei, Mark Rothko and Indonesian masters in a freeflowing modern space overlooking the Jakarta skyline. Its nearly 800 paintings and sculptures were mostly acquired by businessman Haryanto Adikoesoemo over the past 25 years.
    (AFP, 11/3/17)
2017        Nov 4, Thousands of Iranians protested in Tehran against President Donald Trump's policies and to mark the anniversary of the 1979 US embassy siege.
    (AFP, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 4, In Japan an artificial intelligence (AI) character, named Shibuya Mirai, was made an official resident of a busy central Tokyo district, with the virtual newcomer resembling a chatty seven-year-old boy.
    (AFP, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 4, Lebanon's PM Saad al-Hariri resigned, saying from Saudi Arabia that he believed there was an assassination plot against him and accusing Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of sowing strife in the Arab world. Lebanese authorities believed Saudi Arabia forced Hariri to resign and is holding him against his will. Saudi Arabia has denied reports Hariri, a long time ally of Riyadh, is being held against his will and coerced into resigning.
    (Reuters, 11/4/17)(Reuters, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 4, Officials said smog has enveloped much of Pakistan and neighboring India, causing highway accidents and respiratory problems, and forcing many residents to stay home.
    (AP, 11/5/17)
2017        Nov 4, Russian riot police detained dozens of people at a nationalist anti-Kremlin march on a public holiday known as the Day of National Unity. Some 200-300 people participated In the march.
    (AFP, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 4, Russian Tu-22M3 long-range bombers struck Islamic State targets near the town of Albu Kamal in Syria.
    (Reuters, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 4, A Russian helicopter was raised from the seabed where it had crashed last month off Norway's Arctic Svalbard archipelago with eight people on board. None of the missing people were inside the helicopter that went down Oct. 26.
    (AP, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 4, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, aka MbS (32), Saudi Arabia's future king, tightened his grip on power through an anti-corruption purge by arresting royals, ministers and investors, including billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal who is one of the kingdom's most prominent businessmen.
    (Reuters, 11/5/17)(SFC, 11/6/17, p.A3)
2017        Nov 4, In Sierra Leone an investigation found that as much as $2 million disappeared as the result of "likely collusion" between Red Cross staff and employees at a Sierra Leonean bank during the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic.
    (AP, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 4, South Sudan's capital Juba was tense as more than 100 soldiers surrounded the residence of powerful former army chief Paul Malong in a bid to disarm his bodyguards. Malong, a general who was sacked by Pres. Salva Kiir in May, is a hardline ethnic nationalist who belongs to the president's majority Dinka tribe.
    (AFP, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 4, In Sri Lanka thousands of motorists waited in long lines near fuel stations across the country to buy gasoline for a second straight day amid a fuel shortage. The distribution of gasoline to pumping stations was reportedly decreased because an imported shipment had to be rejected because it was substandard.
    (AP, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 4, In eastern Syria truck bomb blast near the Conoco gas plant near Deir el-Zour city killed more than a hundred people as locals awaited passage into SDF territory.
    (AP, 11/5/17)
2017        Nov 4, Islamic State militants inside Syria repelled an attack by Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces, the paramilitary group of mostly Shiite fighters within the Iraqi security forces. The attack over the last 24 hours took place near the border town of Boukamal but that the PMF fighters crossed back into Iraq.
    (AP, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 4, Venezuelan opposition lawmaker Freddy Guevara (31) requested Chile's protection after Venezuela's high court announced he would be prosecuted on charges punishable by a decade in prison. He became the sixth Venezuelan to seek protection at the embassy in under three months.
    (AFP, 11/5/17)
2017        Nov 4, Typhoon Damrey slammed into Vietnam's south-central coast, killing at least 15 people and leaving four others missing.
    (AP, 11/4/17)

2017        Nov 5, US President Donald Trump praised Japan as a "crucial ally" and warned adversaries not to test America's resolve as he opened a grueling and consequential first trip to Asia.
    (AP, 11/5/17)
2017        Nov 5, In Illinois policer Jamie Cox (30) was fatally injured in a shooting following a traffic stop. A civilian was found dead in a crashed car two blocks away in Rockford.
    (SFC, 11/6/17, p.A4)
2017        Nov 5, Kentucky’s Republican House Speaker Jeff Hoover resigned his leadership position after acknowledging he had settled sexual harassment claims from one of his staffers last month. Hoover said he will remain in the Legislature.
    (SFC, 11/6/17, p.A4)
2017        Nov 5, In New Mexico a small plane crashed near the Hatch airport killing all four occupants from Texas.
    (SFC, 11/7/17, p.A5)
2017        Nov 5, In Texas Devin Patrick Kelley (26), a man thrown out of the US Air Force for beating his wife and child, shot and killed 26 people using an assault rifle in the First Baptist Church in rural Sutherland Springs, where his in-laws had sometimes worshipped before shooting himself.
    (Reuters, 11/6/17)
2017        Nov 5, Bahrain ordered all its citizens in Lebanon to "leave immediately" after the country's prime minister resigned in a sudden televised address, citing Iranian meddling in Lebanese and regional affairs.
    (AP, 11/5/17)
2017        Nov 5, In Belgium sacked Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont and four associates turned themselves in to local police, following Spain's issuing of an arrest warrant for rebellion and sedition.
    (Reuters, 11/5/17)
2017        Nov 5, In Congo DRC clashes between Congolese troops and supporters of renegade Colonel Abbas Kayonga in the eastern city of Bukavu killed seven people before he surrendered and turned himself in to UN peacekeepers. Kayonga was sacked on Nov. 2 from his post overseeing anti-fraud efforts in local mines.
    (Reuters, 11/5/17)
2017        Nov 5, In Germany more than 2,500 anti-coal demonstrators protested in the western town of Kerpen and at a nearby surface-mining site before an upcoming global climate conference in Bonn.
    (AP, 11/5/17)
2017        Nov 5, In India five boys aged 9-12 and one woman, all from a single extended family, drowned in the Ganges River while on a picnic near Patna. Three other people drowned when their boat capsized in the Sarswati River in the state's Samastipur district.
    (AP, 11/5/17)
2017        Nov 5, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi raised the Iraqi flag at a border crossing with Syria days after Iraqi forces retook it from the Islamic State group. Al-Abadi visited the newly-liberated town of Qaim and the nearby Husaybah border crossing in western Iraq. A twin suicide attack killed at least six people in the center of Iraq's disputed Kirkuk city.
    (AP, 11/5/17)(AFP, 11/5/17)
2017        Nov 5, Palace sources said Lebanon's president will not accept the resignation of PM Saad al-Hariri until he returns to Lebanon, delaying for now politically difficult consultations on his successor.
    (Reuters, 11/5/17)
2017        Nov 5, In Malaysia flash floods caused by hours of torrential rain killed at least five people. Military forces deployed to help rescue thousands of displaced people in the northern state of Penang.
    (Reuters, 11/5/17)
2017        Nov 5, Prosecutors in northern Mexico detained US polygamist Orson William Black, along with four of his wives and about 20 Americans without proper documents. Black was under investigation for possible involvement in the deaths of three Americans on Sept. 10.
    (AP, 11/6/17)
2017        Nov 5, Philippine security forces arrested the Indonesian wife of the slain pro-Islamic State militant leader who planned and led the attack on Marawi City. Police said bomb-making materials were seized from Minhati Madrais, who was with her six children when security forces raided her home in Iligan City.
    (AP, 11/5/17)
2017        Nov 5, In the Philippines Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the country’s Catholic Bishops' Conference, called for Filipinos to choose peace over violence and end a spate of drug-related killings that have divided the nation.
    (Reuters, 11/5/17)
2017        Nov 5, Philippine troops killed at least 11 remaining militants aligned with the Islamic State group in southern Marawi city and attempted to determine whether Amin Baco, a Malaysian who may have taken over the militants' leadership, is still alive.
    (AP, 11/6/17)
2017        Nov 5, Russian security services said they had detained 263 people in the center of Moscow for "breach of public order".
    (Reuters, 11/5/17)
2017        Nov 5, Sicilians cast their ballots in a regional vote seen as a barometer for Italy's general election next year, with the populist Five Star Movement (M5S) challenging a resurgent right as a divided left flounders.
    (AFP, 11/5/17)
2017        Nov 5, Thousands of South Koreans protested against an upcoming visit by Donald Trump and called for peace as the US President begins an Asian tour dominated by North Korea's nuclear program.
    (AFP, 11/5/17)
 2017        Nov 5, Floods inundated swathes of central and southern Vietnam in the wake of a typhoon that left at least 27 dead just days before the region is due to host the APEC summit of Asia-Pacific leaders.
    (Reuters, 11/5/17)
2017        Nov 5, A car bomb attack on Yemen's government bastion of Aden killed at least 15 people, wounded 18 others and sparked a hostage crisis. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.
    (AFP, 11/5/17)(Reuters, 11/5/17)

2017        Nov 6, The United States embassy in Turkey confirmed that it has resumed processing visas at its missions on a "limited basis".
    (Reuters, 11/6/17)
2017        Nov 6, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross denied wrongdoing over business ties to a shipping firm linked to Vladimir Putin's inner circle, detailed in a vast leak of financial documents that also revealed Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's investments in tax havens. The findings emerged as part of the Paradise Papers released by the US-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which was behind the Panama Papers made public last year.
    (AFP, 11/6/17)
2017        Nov 6, In the SF Bay Area Lawrence Janson (17) was gunned down outside Olympic Continuation High School in Concord. Police called it a targeted attack and made five arrests over the next 24 hours. On Nov. 8 four suspects, including Kristhiam Uceda (20), Bryan Sermeno-Chachagua (18) and two juveniles, were charged in the killing. No charges were filed against a fifth juvenile.
    (SFC, 11/8/17, p.D5)(SFC, 11/10/17, p.D7)
2017        Nov 6, Broadcom offered $103 billion offer to buy competitor Qualcomm for $70 per share. Qualcomm jumped $1.77, or 2.9 percent, to $63.59 and Broadcom added $2.10 to $275.73.
    (AP, 11/6/17)
2017        Nov 6, Afghan officials said seven of Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum's bodyguards, convicted of the sexual assault and illegal imprisonment of a political rival, have been sentenced to five years in jail. The seven bodyguards were convicted over the incident on Nov. 1, but were not yet in custody.
    (AFP, 11/6/17)
2017        Nov 6, A British man was convicted of killing his adopted 18-month-old baby after violently shaking her and striking her head. Toddler Elsi Scully-Hicks died in May 2016 after suffering a fractured skull while being violently shaken, two weeks after being formally adopted by defendant Matthew Scully-Hicks and his husband.
    (AFP, 11/6/17)
2017        Nov 6, The EU denounced as "shocking" revelations on the way top companies and dignitaries, including Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, avoid taxes using offshore wealth hubs.
    (AFP, 11/6/17)
2017        Nov 6, In France Eric Vuillard's "L'Ordre du Jour," or "The Agenda," was awarded the Goncourt Prize in a Paris cafe, part of a long-running tradition. The novel portrays the Nazis as the product of big business interests — including businesses that remain major industrial players today.
    (AP, 11/6/17)
2017        Nov 6, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu pledged 200 million shekels ($57 million) to build safe bypass roads for Jewish West Bank settlers, in a move that looks to satisfy a key constituent but anger Palestinians who consider it a further encroachment upon their hoped for future state.
    (AP, 11/6/17)
2017        Nov 6, In Italy G7 health ministers meeting in Milan issued a joint statement that says “climate and environmental-related factors can aggravate existing health risks and create new threats".
    (AP, 11/6/17)
2017        Nov 6, In Japan US Pres. Donald Trump urged Japan to protect itself from nuclear-armed North Korea by buying billions of dollars of US military equipment.
    (SFC, 11/7/17, p.A2)
2017        Nov 6, A Latvian businessman won a court case against the owners of English soccer team Blackpool over the running of the club following its promotion to the Premier League. A judge ruled that the Oyston family had shown unfair prejudice against shareholders by excluding them from key decisions, information and share of profits.
    (AP, 11/6/17)
2017        Nov 6, Liberia's Supreme Court halted the presidential election runoff, which had been scheduled for Nov. 7, until the National Elections Commission investigates allegations of irregularities and fraud in the first round.
    (AP, 11/6/17)
2017        Nov 6, Five migrants died as a German nonprofit organization and the Libyan coast guard tried to rescue them from their foundering boat in the Mediterranean. Each side blamed the other for botching the operation.
    (AP, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 6, In northeastern Nigeria at least two civilians were killed when dozens of Boko Haram fighters tried to storm Gulak town, Adamawa state, but were repelled by troops.
    (AP, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 6, Saudi King Salman swore in new officials to take over from a powerful prince and former minister believed to be detained in a large-scale sweep that has shocked the country and upended longstanding traditions within the ruling family.
    (AP, 11/6/17)
2017        Nov 6, The Saudi-led military coalition said it would close all air, land and sea ports to Yemen to stem the flow of arms to Houthi rebels from Iran. The move was likely to worsen a humanitarian crisis in Yemen that has pushed some seven million to the brink of famine and left more than half a million infected with cholera.
    (Reuters, 11/6/17)
2017        Nov 6, Senegal reported that two buses have collided, killing at least 25 people and injuring at least a dozen, including many who were heading to an annual pilgrimage.
    (AP, 11/6/17)
2017        Nov 6, Somalia's Islamist al Shabaab insurgency shot four men accused of spying in a public execution which underscored the insurgents' control of swathes of the country's southern region even as the government girds up for an offensive against them.
    (Reuters, 11/6/17)
2017        Nov 6, President Tayyip Erdogan announced plans to demolish the Ataturk Culture Center in Istanbul, named after the founder of modern secular Turkey, in a move critics see as another attempt by the Islamist-rooted ruling party to roll back secularism. The AKM has been closed to the public for the past 10 years over disagreements regarding its renovation and infrastructure.
    (Reuters, 11/6/17)
2017        Nov 6, The UN said this year will be among the three hottest on record, as almost 200 countries began talks in Germany to bolster a global climate accord that the United States plans to quit.
    (Reuters, 11/6/17)
2017        Nov 6, Vietnam’s government said the death toll from Typhoon Damrey and ensuing floods has reached 61 and that some reservoirs were dangerously near capacity after persistent rain.
    (Reuters, 11/6/17)
2017        Nov 6, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, as the battle between Mnangagwa and Mugabe's wife Grace to succeed the veteran leader intensified.
    (AFP, 11/6/17)

2017        Nov 7, President Donald Trump, speaking in South Korea, said tougher gun laws would not have prevented a mass shooting at a south Texas church, arguing that more restrictions might have led to more casualties.
    (AP, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, The United States accused Iran of supplying Yemen's Houthi rebels with a missile that was fired into Saudi Arabia in July and called for the UN to hold Tehran accountable for violating two UN Security Council resolutions.
    (Reuters, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, The United States unveiled criminal charges against five people accused of involvement in a bribery scheme to help British defense giant Rolls-Royce win energy-related contracts in Kazakhstan.
    (AFP, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 7, In the SF Bay Area voters in Cotati and Pacifica considered marijuana taxation issues, rent control and school parcel taxes. Voters overwhelmingly approved ballot proposals to levy taxes on gross receipts at cannabis dispensaries.
    (SFC, 11/7/17, p.C1)(SFC, 11/8/17, p.A7)
2017        Nov 7, Debra Chasnoff (60), an Oscar-winning documentary director, died at her home in San Francisco. She won her Oscar in 1992 for “Deadly Deception: General Electric, Nuclear Weapons and Our Environment," an expose of GE’s production of nuclear weapons.
    (SSFC, 11/12/17, p.C1)
2017        Nov 7, Former baseball pitcher Roy Halladay was killed when his Icon A5 airplane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa, Fl. On May 8 an Icon A5 crashed near Lake Berryessa in California killing test pilot Jon Karkow (55) and Icon designer Cagri Sever (41). The 11-year-old company was based in Vacaville, Ca.
    (SFC, 11/8/17, p.C6)
2017        Nov 7, In New Jersey Democrat Phil Murphy defeated Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno to succeed Gov. Chris Christie.
    (SFC, 11/8/17, p.A7)
2017        Nov 7, In Virginia Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie to become governor.
    (SFC, 11/8/17, p.A7)
2017        Nov 7, Seattle voters elected Jenny Durkan as its first woman mayor since the 1920s. She will replace former Mayor Ed Murray, who resigned earlier this year amid accusations of sexual abuse.
    (SFC, 11/9/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 7, In Afghanistan gunmen disguised as police killed at least two security guards and opened fire on staff at a private television station in Kabul. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.
    (Reuters, 11/7/17)(AP, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, The African Union said it has begun its withdrawal from Somalia. The 22,000 force was expected to fully withdraw by 2020.
    (SFC, 11/8/17, p.A2)
2017        Nov 7, The British government said that most European Union citizens currently living in Britain will be allowed to remain in the country after Brexit in 2019.
    (Reuters, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, Britain's University of Oxford said one of its professors, the prominent Swiss Muslim intellectual Tariq Ramadan, had taken a leave of absence from the university, after two women filed complaints against him in France over allegations of rape.
    (Reuters, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, British police in London arrested fugitive Croatian business mogul Ivica Todoric (66) on a European warrant issued by authorities in Zagreb. Todoric, the boss of indebted Balkan food and retail giant Agrokor, is the prime suspect in an ongoing probe into alleged abuse of trust, forging of official documents and failure to keep proper business records at the company.
    (AFP, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, A company working in Central African Republic on a UN contract said it has fired a driver who took bribes to transport Muslim civilians to safer parts of the country amid rising sectarian violence. Dubai-based ECOLOG International said that it has terminated the employee implicated in the matter.
    (AP, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, Sources said Chinese tour operators based in the border city of Dandong have been told to halt trips to the North Korean capital Pyongyang, the day before US President Donald Trump's first official visit to China.
    (Reuters, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, Estonian prosecutors said a Russian citizen was detained over the weekend over suspicions of spying and preparing a computer crime on behalf of Russia's domestic security agency.
    (AP, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, The EU pushed for Europe to draw up a blacklist of tax havens after the "Paradise Papers" revealed loopholes used by Apple and Nike as well as celebrities including Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton.
    (AFP, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, Pollution in the Indian capital hit a dangerous level, putting residents at risk, forcing the closure of schools, and bringing calls from doctors for the city's half marathon to be canceled.
    (Reuters, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, Indonesia's top court overturned a law that denied recognition and legal rights to followers of indigenous faiths in a surprise advance for religious freedom in the world's most populous Muslim nation. It said articles in the 2013 Civil Administration Law were discriminatory and violated the principle of equality before the law.
    (AP, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, Israel’s 2018 Genesis Prize, known as “the Jewish Nobel Prize," was awarded to actress Natalie Portman in recognition of her commitment to social causes.
    (SFC, 11/8/17, p.A2)
2017        Nov 7, In Jordan King Abdullah II and Hungarian President János Áder opened the World Science Forum, a gathering of scientists and policy makers, and called for science as a path to peace.
    (AP, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, In disputed Kashmir three militants and an Indian army soldier were killed in a gunbattle in southern Aglar village following a tip that militants were hiding there.
    (AP, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga said he wants an interim government to run the country for six months while the constitution is reviewed to curb the president's authority.
    (Reuters, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance plans to send around 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan, half of them from the United States, to bolster efforts to train the Afghan army.
    (AP, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, In Romania some 5,000 employees at a Dacia automobile factory in Mioveni protested an unpopular government plan to make employees pay social welfare taxes currently paid by employers, saying it will lead to salary cuts.
    (AP, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, In Russia thousands of Communist party members and supporters marched across downtown Moscow to mark the centennial of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution even as the Russian government ignored the anniversary.
    (AP, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, Saudi Arabia's crown prince said Iran's supply of rockets to militias in Yemen is an act of "direct military aggression" that could be an act of war.
    (Reuters, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, Saudi bankers and lawyers said local banks have frozen more than 1,200 accounts belonging to individuals and companies in the kingdom as part of the government's anti-corruption purge.
    (Reuters, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, Scotland's devolved government issued an apology to men convicted in the past for same-sex activity and passed a new law which will allow them to clear their names.
    (Reuters, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, South Sudanese military commander Lt. Colonel Chan Garang, an ally of former army chief Paul Malong, said he has defected with more than 200 soldiers to the country's largest rebel group, amid a showdown between President Salva Kiir and his former military chief.
    (Reuters, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, In Sri Lanka tens of thousands of motorists formed long lines at gasoline stations, as the country's fuel shortage continued for a fifth day.
    (AP, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, Syria said at UN climate talks in Bonn that it would join the Paris Agreement, leaving the United States as the only nation to say it will remain outside the landmark treaty.
    (AFP, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, A Turkish court rejected an appeals court order to retry Enis Berberoglu, a lawmaker from the main opposition party, upholding his 25-year jail term.
    (Reuters, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) called for all borders with Yemen to be kept open to allow vital food, health and medical supplies to enter the country reeling from war and a major cholera epidemic.
    (Reuters, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, Venezuelan journalist Jesus Medina said he has been released following two days of captivity and torture after photographing criminal gang activities inside a prison. Last week, he published photos taken from a nearby hilltop purportedly showing armed inmates, marijuana plots and satellite dishes inside the prison.
    (AP, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, Vietnam’s government said the death toll from Typhoon Damrey that struck its south-central coast last weekend, causing widespread flooding, has risen to 89 with 18 others still missing. Vietnam released water from seven dangerously full reservoirs to avoid further flooding.
    (AP, 11/7/17)(Reuters, 11/7/17)
2017        Nov 7, Carl Sargeant (49), a Welsh politician who resigned from his post in the Welsh government last week after allegations of misconduct, died suddenly. Sargeant, a member of the Labour Party, was one of a number of political figures caught up in a sexual harassment scandal roiling British politics.
    (AP, 11/7/17)

2017        Nov 8, The United States accused Iran of supplying Yemen's Houthi rebels with advanced weapons, including ballistic missiles, echoing allegations made by Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 8, The Trump administration released a lengthy list of places to avoid in Cuba as part of a new policy aimed at cracking down on the communist-run island's government. US travelers will once again be required to go as part of organized tour groups run by US companies, and a representative of the sponsoring group must accompany the travelers.
    (AP, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 8, President Donald Trump pronounced himself wowed by Beijing's lavish greeting at the start of a two-day visit in which he aims to employ flattery, scolding and cajolery to press the rising Asian power on trade and North Korea. US and Chinese companies signed business deals the two sides valued at $9 billion.
    (AP, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 8, Arkansas identified New York-based Athenex as the maker of the drug midazolam, one of the three drugs used in the state’s lethal injection process. Athenex said it does not accept orders from prison systems for products intended for use in executions and had agreements with its distributors not to sell the drug for that purpose.
    (SFC, 11/9/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 8, In the SF Bay Area Alameda prosecutors charged San Leandro police Officer Marco Becerra (26) with three felony counts of unlawful sex with a girl just under 18. The pair had met in the department’s Explorer program and the relationship was reported as consensual.
    (SFC, 11/28/17, p.C1)
2017        Nov 8, Florida executed Patrick Hannon, convicted of killing two people in 1991.
    (SFC, 11/9/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 8, Texas executed Mexican citizen Ruben Ramirez, for the February 1997 killing of his cousin Mayra Laguna (16).
    (SFC, 11/9/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 8, In northern Wisconsin Jason Pero (14), of the Bad River Band Chippewa reservation, was shot and killed by an Ashland County sheriff’s deputy. Dispatchers had received a call about a male subject walking down a street in Odanah with a knife.
    (SFC, 11/10/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 8, In Cameroon Anglophone secessionists killed at least two gendarmes, signaling an escalation in their protracted dispute with the central government.
    (Reuters, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 8, In central China Wu Yongning (26) plunged to his death from a 62-storey building. Until today he had posted videos of his skyscraper exploits on Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter. Wu, who had more than 60,000 followers of his Weibo account, was looking to win a prize of 100,000 yuan ($15,110) for a filmed stunt atop Huayuan Hua Center in Changsha, capital of Hunan province.
    (Reuters, 12/12/17)
2017        Nov 8, In southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo nine children died and another was missing after a canoe capsized on Lake Tanganyika.
    (AFP, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 8, An Egyptian appeals court upheld a five-year jail term for Alaa Abdel Fattah, a leading dissident in the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak and opponent of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, for holding a protest deemed illegal.
    (AFP, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 8, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Islamic State militants are making their way to his country via Libya after the defeat of the extremist group in Syria and Iraq.
    (AP, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 8, French President Emmanuel Macron joined Arab leaders to inaugurate the new Louvre Abu Dhabi.
    (AP, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 8, France's National Assembly lifted the immunity from prosecution of far-right leader Marine Le Pen for tweeting pictures of Islamic State group atrocities.
    (AP, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 8, Germany's highest court decided that people must be allowed to be entered in official records as neither male nor female, saying in a published ruling that authorities should create a third identity or scrap gender entries altogether.
    (AP, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 8, In India Delhi's government ordered schools shut for the rest of the week as air pollution worsened and criticism mounted over the failure of authorities to tackle the public health crisis.
    (Reuters, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 8, Indonesian authorities detained a Malaysian man (30) at the Bali airport with 3 grams (0.1 ounces) of marijuana and 0.65 grams (0.02 ounces) of cocaine.
    (AP, 12/19/17)
2017        Nov 8, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani criticized Saudi Arabia over what he called "unprecedented" interference in Lebanese affairs, adding his voice to those who suspect the Gulf kingdom forced Lebanon's prime minister to resign.
    (AP, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 8, Iranian state television reported that more than two million Iranian pilgrims have crossed the border into Iraq for the annual Arbaeen Shiite pilgrimage to be celebrated on Nov. 9.
    (AFP, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 8, Kenya's parliament began an unscheduled three-week recess, following a deadlock over the allocation of leadership posts, indicating a protracted political crisis could reverberate beyond the October election.
    (Reuters, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 8, In Macedonia Goran Grujevski, a senior official of the secret police, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for destroying evidence that could have helped identify who was behind a 2015 wiretapping scandal that brought down a previous government.
    (Reuters, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 8, The Mexican government reaffirmed its commitment to human rights after a study found that nearly all cases of alleged abuses against civilians by soldiers fighting the war on drugs go unsolved and unpunished.
    (SFC, 11/9/17, p.A2)
2017        Nov 8, In the Netherlands Iranian political activist Ahmad Mola Nissi (52), who founded an Arab nationalist group seeking an independent state inside Iran, was shot dead at The Hague. A suspect was detained at the scene. Nissi had established the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA), which seeks a separate state in the country's oil-rich southwestern Khuzestan province.
    (Reuters, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 8, Pakistani police said they have arrested Zarina Begum (49) for allegedly plotting with her newly married niece to poison the young woman's husband with tainted milk that would eventually kill him and 17 other relatives in a remote village.
    (AP, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 8, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's administration said it had resumed security coordination with Israel in the occupied West Bank, frozen in July, and sought sole security control of the Gaza Strip, where Hamas Islamist forces dominate.
    (Reuters, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 8, Palestinian national police commander Hazem Atallah cast doubt on whether a reconciliation agreement with the Hamas militant group can be carried out, warning that his forces cannot guarantee law and order unless Hamas disarms in the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 8, Romania's leftist government approved an unpopular measure that means workers will pay social welfare taxes currently paid by employers.
    (AP, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 8, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Moscow opposed a draft UN resolution to extend the mandate of the investigation by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) into chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
    (Reuters, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 8, Moscow's finance minister said Venezuela has agreed to Russia's terms for restructuring its debt. As of 2016 Venezuela's official debt to Moscow stood at $2.8 billion.
    (AFP, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 8, Singapore suspended trade ties with North Korea in the latest move by a country to implement UN sanctions to curb Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.
    (AP, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 8, Spain's Constitutional Court officially annulled the Catalan parliament's Oct. 27 unilateral declaration of independence. Protesters blocked roads and train lines across Catalonia, provoking commuter anger in a strike called by a pro-independence union after separatist leaders were detained in Madrid over their divisive secession drive.
    (Reuters, 11/8/17)(AFP, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 8, Syria's army and its allies began an assault on the largest remaining stronghold of Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, signaling the imminent fall of the militant group's self-proclaimed caliphate.
    (Reuters, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 8, Togo's opposition accused the security forces of "savage repression" after nearly 20 of its supporters were injured a day earlier as they tried to protest against the ruling party. Demonstrators were again out in force.
    (AFP, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 8, A Turkish court ordered the release of opposition newspaper journalist Bekir Gokmen Ulu from the Sozcu daily, accused of links to the group blamed by the government for last year's failed coup.
    (AFP, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 8, A UN report said a militant faction loyal to Islamic State (IS) has increased its following in northern Somalia from a few dozen last year to up to 200 this year.
    (Reuters, 11/8/17)
2017        Nov 8, Vietnam reported 106 people known to have died because of Typhoon Damrey, which struck on Nov. 4, leaving 25 missing and 197 injured.
    (Reuters, 11/8/17)

2017        Nov 9, A coalition of US cities, companies and other groups said that many in the United States remained committed to the 2015 Paris climate agreement despite plans by US President Donald Trump to pull out. The coalition opened a 2,500-square meter tent pavilion outside the COP23 UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn.
    (AP, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, Scientists said a large long-term study on the use of the big-selling weedkiller glyphosate by agricultural workers in the United States has found no firm link between exposure to the pesticide and cancer.
    (Reuters, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, Britain accused Russia of carrying out a "thinly veiled political attack" on the head of the world's chemical weapons watchdog, escalating a row over the agency's investigation into toxic attacks in Syria.
    (Reuters, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, The International Criminal Court (ICC) approved a prosecution request to investigate war crimes allegedly committed in Burundi by the government and government-linked groups against political foes from April 2015 to October 2017.
    (Reuters, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, In China US President Donald Trump pressed China to do more to rein in North Korea and said bilateral trade had been unfair to the United States, but praised President Xi Jinping's pledge that China would be more open to foreign firms.
    (AP, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, Egyptian security officials said police have arrested 10 Nubians for taking part in protests the past two nights over the recent death in detention of a prominent Nubian activist in the southern city of Aswan.
    (AP, 11/9/17)   
2017        Nov 9, In Egypt suspected militants shot dead at least nine truck drivers in the Sinai region late today when they targeted a transport convoy, setting the vehicles on fire.
    (Reuters, 11/10/17)
2017        Nov 9, President Emmanuel Macron said France has sold two Gowind-class corvettes of state-owned shipbuilder Naval Group to the United Arab Emirates.
    (Reuters, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, A report by France's nuclear safety agency said an apparent accident at a Russian facility is suspected of causing a recent spike in radioactivity in the air over much of Europe. It said the release of the isotope Ruthenium-106 posed no health or environmental risks to European countries. The Ruthenium appeared to come from an accident in late September involving nuclear fuel or the production of radioactive material.
    (AP, 11/10/17)
2017        Nov 9, German police detained a 29-year-old man suspected of trading narcotic drugs internationally over the internet through anonymous websites and sending them by mail to customers in Germany. A day earlier, in Ingolstadt in Bavaria, police had arrested a man who had ordered marijuana and amphetamines. In cooperation with Dutch authorities, police soon seized 400,000 euros ($470,840) and 75 kg (165 lb) of ecstasy, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamine and heroin at the apartments of the suspect and at his mother in the Netherlands.
    (Reuters, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 9, In Germany a Swiss man (Daniel M.) was given a 22-month suspended prison sentence for spying on German tax officials between July 2011 and February 2015.
    (AP, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, A political row erupted in Greece after Dimitris Koufontinas (59), a key far-left assassin implicated in deadly attacks on US, British, Turkish and Greek targets, was given a two-day leave from prison.
    (AP, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, Defiant Hong Kong football fans booed the Chinese national anthem at a home match against Bahrain, ahead of the implementation of a law making it illegal to disrespect the song.
    (AFP, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, Indonesian police said that gunmen have occupied two villages in easternmost Papua province near a US-owned gold and copper mine in a possible escalation of a separatist conflict in the region.
    (AP, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, It was reported that Iran's Revolutionary Guards have arrested at least 30 dual nationals during the past two years, mostly on spying charges, according to lawyers, diplomats and relatives, twice as many as earlier reported by local or international media.
    (Reuters, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, Israeli police questioned PM Benjamin Netanyahu for the fifth time over suspicions of corruption.
    (Reuters, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, A Moroccan court sentenced two members of a northern protest movement to 20 years in prison each for torching a police building earlier this year. They were accused of having torched a building that housed policemen in March, in the city of Imzouren near Al-Hoceima.
    (AFP, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, Three generations of Romania's royal family were embroiled in a very public row as disinherited prince Nicholas Medforth-Mills’ attempts to see his ailing grandfather, former King Michael, led his own mother to renounce him.
    (AP, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, In Russia at least three people were killed when a corner section of a nine-storey residential building collapsed due to a suspected gas explosion in the provincial city of Izhevsk.
    (AP, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, Four more Russian cross-country skiers were found guilty of doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, including three-time silver medalist Maxim Vylegzhanin, and were banned from all future Olympics. President Vladimir Putin disputed the bans, saying that United States interests were trying to use doping scandals to discredit his government and influence the country's presidential election in March.
    (AP, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, Saudi Arabia advised its citizens against traveling to Lebanon and asked those who in the country to leave as soon as possible.
    (Reuters, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, Saudi Arabia announced it has detained 201 people as part of a sweeping probe, estimating that at least $100 billion has been misused through embezzlement and corruption in past decades.
    (AP, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, Saudi state news reported that King Salman has appointed or promoted 56 judges, a step coinciding with an anti-corruption crackdown in the kingdom.
    (Reuters, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, A spokesman said South Africa's State Security Agency (SSA) has made a criminal complaint against the author of a book critical of President Jacob Zuma. "The President's Keepers - Those keeping Zuma in power and out of prison" by journalist Jacques Pauw alleges millions of dollars in taxpayers' money flowed into the bank accounts of spies and members of Zuma's government.
    (Reuters, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, South Africa said it has managed to control an outbreak of fall armyworm pests, which were first detected in January and mainly threatened maize crops.
    (Reuters, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, A Spanish judge agreed to jail Catalan parliament Speaker Carme Forcadell without bail.
    (SFC, 11/10/17, p.A2)
2017        Nov 9, Sri Lanka said it will investigate allegations by more than 50 ethnic Tamils that they were abducted and tortured by police or army soldiers long after the end of the island nation's civil war. A day earlier detailed testimony was published from 20 men, seeking political asylum in Europe, along with photographs of injuries they said were sustained when they were raped, branded or beaten repeatedly in custody.
    (AP, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, Syria’s army declared victory over Islamic State. Syrian troops and allied militiamen expelled Islamic State group fighters from Albu Kamal (Boukamal), the last significant town the jihadists still held in their disintegrating "caliphate". A large number of militants and leaders were reported killed.
    (Reuters, 11/9/17)(AFP, 11/9/17)(SFC, 11/10/17, p.A4)
2017        Nov 9, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the main opposition party of moving away from the country's moral values after a small opposition-run municipality installed a quota for LGBTI candidates running for a neighborhood committee.
    (AP, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, Turkish media reported that police have detained 165 people over suspected links to Islamic State in Ankara and have arrest warrants for a total of 245 suspects in the capital and surrounding province.
    (Reuters, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, UN humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said the 400,000 civilians besieged in the Syrian enclave of Eastern Ghouta face "complete catastrophe" because aid deliveries are blocked, and hundreds of people need urgent medical evacuation.
    (Reuters, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, The United Nations and more than 20 aid groups said that the Saudi-led coalition's tightening of a blockade on war-torn Yemen could bring millions of people closer to "starvation and death".
    (AP, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe attended a ceremony re-naming Harare Airport in his honor.
    (AFP, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 9, A high court judge in Zimbabwe said the state's case against US citizen Martha O'Donovan, charged with trying to subvert President Robert Mugabe's government, lacked facts and ordered that she be granted bail. O'Donovan worked for Magamba TV, which describes itself as Zimbabwe's leading producer of political satire.
    (Reuters, 11/9/17)

2017        Nov 10, The Wall Street Journal reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was investigating an alleged plot involving former US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and his son to forcibly remove cleric Fethullah Gulen and hand him over to Ankara for as much as $15 million.
    (AP, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 10, American comedian Louis C.K. issued a statement acknowledging accounts of him masturbating in front of colleagues and expressed remorse for wielding his influence irresponsibly.
    (SFC, 11/11/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 10, In North Carolina a military jury sentenced former Marine Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix guilty of maltreatment for terrorizing three Muslim recruits at the Marine boot camp in Paris Island. Recruit Raheel Siddiqui died last year when he fell 40 feet onto a concrete stairwell following abuse by the drill sergeant.
    (SFC, 11/11/17, p.A7)
2017        Nov 10, Albania's Defense Ministry says the army has finished destroying tons of ammunition and thousands of weapons that were rendered obsolete when Albania joined NATO. The process that started eight years ago will be wrapped up by year's end when some 600,000 detonating capsules are demolished.
    (AP, 11/10/17)
2017        Nov 10, In Bahrain an explosion late today caused a fire at its main oil pipeline. The government said it was caused by "terrorist" sabotage, linking the unprecedented attack to its arch-foe Iran, which denies any role in the Gulf island kingdom's unrest.
    (Reuters, 11/11/17)
2017        Nov 10, Around 750 Rohingya Muslims made their escape from Myanmar to reach Bangladesh, where the greatest danger is malnutrition and disease in teeming refugee camps. Over 613,000 Rohingya have already taken refuge in the camps since a Myanmar military clearance operation forced them to abandon their villages in northern Rakhine State.
    (Reuters, 11/10/17)
2017        Nov 10, In Brazil hundreds of people marched through Sao Paulo to protest the implementation of new labor rules and express their opposition to proposed changes to the social security system. The labor law goes into effect Nov. 11.
    (AP, 11/10/17)
2017        Nov 10, In London US ride-hailing company Uber lost its appeal against a landmark court ruling that would give British drivers the right to paid holidays and the national minimum wage. The case was expected to go to the Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court.
    (AFP, 11/10/17)
2017        Nov 10, The European Union unveiled plans to make it easier to move troops and military equipment around the bloc, in a bid to boost defence in the face of the growing threat posed by Russia.
    (AFP, 11/10/17)   
2017        Nov 10, In France Remi Muzeau, the mayor of Paris suburb Clichy-la-Garenne, led more than 100 demonstrators in a show of force to dissuade Muslims from praying on the town's market square.
    (AP, 11/10/17)
2017        Nov 10, Officials said India plans to spray water over its capital, New Delhi, to combat toxic smog that has triggered a pollution emergency, with conditions expected to worsen over the weekend.
    (Reuters, 11/10/17)
2017        Nov 10, Indonesia's speaker of parliament, Setya Novanto, was named for a second time as a suspect in a huge embezzlement case involving electronic identity cards that caused state losses of more than $170 million.
    (AP, 11/10/17)
2017        Nov 10, In Iraq hundreds of thousands of Shi'ite Muslims from around the world gathered in the city of Kerbala for one of the most sacred rituals in their religious calendar.
    (Reuters, 11/10/17)
2017        Nov 10, The Italian government said the country will phase out the use of coal for national electricity needs by 2025 as part of developing a sustainable and competitive energy strategy.
    (AP, 11/10/17)
2017        Nov 10, Sources said Japan will build four coast guard radar stations on islands in the Sulu Celebes Seas separating the Philippines and Indonesia to help Manila counter a surge in piracy by Islamic insurgents.
    (Reuters, 11/10/17)
2017        Nov 10, In Latvia about 30 people gathered outside the Spanish Embassy in Riga over the Catalonia political crisis "to tell authorities there that they must respect the rights of those who want independence." The rally was organized by the Latvian Russian Union, a small left-leaning party chiefly backed by ethnic Russians and Russian-speaking minorities.
    (AP, 11/10/17)
2017        Nov 10, Norway received the first three of the 40 F-35 fighter jets it ordered from Lockheed-Martin as part of efforts to beef up its air force.
    (Reuters, 11/10/17)
2017        Nov 10, In Pakistan more than 3,000 Islamists camped out on the edge of Islamabad, demanding the removal of the country's law minister over a recently omitted reference to the Prophet Muhammad in a constitutional bill. The rally drew criticism from residents and rights activists when an infant died a day earlier on the way to a hospital due to the road blockades.
    (AP, 11/10/17)
2017        Nov 10, Philippine troops rescued three of 17 Vietnamese sailors abducted by a group of Islamist militants last February in dangerous southern waters near the Malaysian border. Four Vietnamese sailors were found on a remote island in Tawi-tawi, but one was already dead from illness. 10 were rescued in earlier operations and two were killed by the militants while attempting to escape. Militants still held 16 captives on Jolo island.
    (Reuters, 11/10/17)
2017        Nov 10, In Somalia the United States military carried out a new drone strike late today against the al-Shabab extremist group, killing "several" militants. This was the 23rd strike this year by the US military against the al-Shabab and the Islamic State group in Somalia.
    (AP, 11/11/17)(SSFC, 11/12/17, p.A3)
2017        Nov 10, In Sweden some listeners to commercial radio station Mix Megapol heard 30 minutes of an Islamic State propaganda song after hackers took over the station's frequency.
    (Reuters, 11/10/17)
2017        Nov 10, In Thailand Distorn Vajarodaya, a senior official in the Royal Household Bureau, was sacked for "evil acts" including having an extramarital affair and forcing his alleged mistress to get an abortion.
    (AFP, 11/11/17)
2017        Nov 10, Turkey's official news agency said police have detained at least 100 people suspected of links to the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 11/10/17)
2017        Nov 10, In Turkey six women in a jail in the eastern province of Elazig went on hunger strike to protest against a rule obliging them to wear an ID while outside their living quarters. Four more women joined them on Dec. 10. On Dec. 30 The Diyarbakir Bar said the prisoners were losing weight and starting to have serious health problems.
    (Reuters, 12/30/17)
2017        Nov 10, UNESCO member states overwhelmingly approved the nomination of France's former culture minister Audrey Azoulay to head the embattled cultural agency.
    (AFP, 11/10/17)
2017        Nov 10, At the Vatican Pope Francis spoke at the start of a disarmament conference that brought together 11 Nobel Peace Prize winners. He said countries should not stockpile nuclear weapons even for the purpose of deterrence.
    (Reuters, 11/10/17)
2017        Nov 10, In Vietnam efforts to revive the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal foundered when Canadian PM Justin Trudeau failed to show up for a meeting to agree a path forward without the United States.
    (Reuters, 11/10/17)
2017        Nov 10, In Vietnam on the sidelines of the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit President Donald Trump used a speech to denounce multi-nation agreements embraced by the region and deliver what appeared to be a rebuke to China, railing against trade practices he says have put Americans out of work. Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin shook hands at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit dinner. Chinese President Xi Jinping said nations need to stay committed to economic openness or risk being left behind.
    (AP, 11/10/17)(Reuters, 11/10/17)
2017        Nov 10, In Vietnam Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte thanked Moscow for its "timely assistance" in defeating pro-Islamic State militants who took over a southern city for months, expressing his willingness to buy Russian weapons on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Duterte also defended his country’s brutal crackdown on drugs and said that at age 16 he had killed a person.
    (Reuters, 11/10/17)(SFC, 11/11/17, p.A2)
2017        Nov 10, In Zimbabwe Martha O'Donovan, the US woman charged with subversion over allegedly insulting President Robert Mugabe on Twitter was freed on $1,000 bail.
    (AP, 11/10/17)
2017        Nov 10, A Zimbabwe court released on $50 bail each four people facing charges of undermining the authority of President Robert Mugabe after his powerful wife was jeered at a Nov. 4 rally.
    (AP, 11/10/17)

2017        Nov 11, US President Donald Trump said he believed President Vladimir Putin when he denied accusations that Russia meddled in last year's US election after the two met briefly at the APEC summit in Vietnam and agreed a statement on Syria.
    (AP, 11/11/17)
2017        Nov 11, In California the Orange County Health Care Agency said two cooling towers at the Disneyland theme park have been shut down following a dozen cases of legionnaires’ disease.
    (SSFC, 11/12/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 11, The Elders, a group of world figures who work for international peace, called on Saudi Arabia and its partners in a coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen to lift their blockade of the war-ravaged nation to avert a humanitarian disaster. The group is chaired by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
    (AP, 11/11/17)
2017        Nov 11, In Australia lawmaker John Alexander (67) announced his resignation over a constitutional ban on dual citizens sitting in Parliament, triggering a second by-election that could cost the government its fragile grip on power.
    (AP, 11/11/17)
2017        Nov 11, The Louvre Abu Dhabi opened to the public for the first time, ending a decade-long wait for a project plagued by questions over laborers' conditions.
    (AP, 11/11/17)
2017        Nov 11, In Belgium celebrations in Brussels to mark Morocco's return to soccer's World Cup finals for the first time in two decades turned violent late today, when crowds clashed with police, setting cars on fire and injuring 22 police officers. More than 100,000 people of Moroccan origin live in Brussels.
    (Reuters, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 11, Brazilian authorities said a prison uprising in the southern state of Parana has ended. Two inmates were left dead and six others injured in the 43-hour-long riot at the Cascavel penitentiary. Inmates had reportedly demanded better food and the transfer of three guards to other facilities.
    (AP, 11/11/17)
2017        Nov 11, Cameroon’s government said separatists from the Anglophone region have killed four security forces in several attacks over the past few days.
    (Reuters, 11/11/17)
2017        Nov 11, In Central African Rep. four people were killed and over 20 wounded when grenades were thrown into a cafe in Bangui where singer Ozaguin, dubbed the king of Central African rumba, had come to perform. Revenge attacks later in the night left another three people dead.
    (AFP, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 11, Chinese online shoppers spent a record $25 billion on this year's "Singles Day" promotion run by e-commerce giant Alibaba, up nearly 40 percent from last year.
    (AFP, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 11, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe hailed a "fresh start" to the relationship between the countries after a meeting that saw them agree to work more closely on North Korea on the sidelines of APEC in Vietnam.
    (AP, 11/11/17)
2017        Nov 11, China’s President Xi Jinping, speaking in Vietnam in a meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on the sidelines of APEC, said China will work with Southeast Asian countries to safeguard peace in the South China Sea. Duterte pledged to handle issues with Beijing in those waters bilaterally.
    (Reuters, 11/11/17)
2017        Nov 11, The leaders of China and South Korea agreed on the need to manage the security situation on the Korean peninsula in a stable way and to resolve North Korea-related tensions peacefully after the APEC summit meeting in Vietnam.
    (Reuters, 11/11/17)
2017        Nov 11, Egyptian military said jets have destroyed 10 vehicles carrying weapons, ammunition and smuggled goods near the country's western desert border with Libya.
    (Reuters, 11/11/17)
2017        Nov 11, Iraq's PM Haider al-Abadi said Iraqi forces are launching an operation to push Islamic State group fighters out of a patch of territory on the western edge of the country near the border with Syria.
    (AP, 11/11/17)
2017        Nov 11, The Israeli military shot down an unmanned aircraft that tried to infiltrate its airspace from neighboring Syria. The military said it intercepted the drone above the Golan Heights using a Patriot missile.
    (AP, 11/11/17)
2017        Nov 11, Lebanon’s president called on Saudi Arabia to clarify why Lebanese PM Saad al-Hariri could not leave the kingdom and return home. Riyadh says Hariri is free and had decided to resign because Iran's Lebanese ally, Hezbollah, was calling the shots in his coalition government.
    (Reuters, 11/11/17)
2017        Nov 11, A group of Mexicans who served with the US military in Vietnam and Iraq only to be deported held a Veterans Day protest in the border city Ciudad Juarez. Local officials estimated there are about 300 deportees.
    (AFP, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 11, North Korea lashed out at Donald Trump's "warmonger's" tour of Asia as the US president landed in Hanoi on the latest leg of a five-nation regional visit to drum up support against Pyongyang's nuclear weapons build-up.
    (AFP, 11/11/17)
2017        Nov 11, Tens of thousands of Gaza Palestinians marked the 13th anniversary of the President Yasser Arafat's death for the first time since the Islamic Hamas group seized the territory a decade ago.
    (AP, 11/11/17)
2017        Nov 11, Poles celebrated their country's 1918 Independence Day. Thousands of nationalists marched in a demonstration organized by far-right groups in Warsaw.
    (AP, 11/11/17)
2017        Nov 11, Somalia's Information Minister Abdirahman Osman said 81 al-Shabab fighters were killed in an operation by Somali security forces in Jilib district, with the extremists' camp there destroyed.
    (AP, 11/11/17)
2017        Nov 11, In Spain tens of thousands of Catalans gathered to demand the release of regional officials who were jailed for their push for independence from Spain, which has left the country mired in a political crisis.
    (AFP, 11/11/17)
2017        Nov 11, Swedish police detained 16 people in connection with an unlawful demonstration of about 65 members of a right-wing group in Goteborg.
    (AP, 11/11/17)
2017        Nov 11, The UN evacuated 25 vulnerable refugees, who had been stuck in war-ravaged Libya, to Niger. The group evacuated was made up of 15 women, six men and four children of Eritrean, Ethiopian and Sudanese nationalities.
    (AFP, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 11, Pope Francis met with a delegation of Pacific leaders and told them he shares their concerns about rising sea levels and increasingly intense weather systems that are threatening their small islands. He blasted "shortsighted human activity" for global warming and rising sea levels and urged leaders at climate talks in Germany to take a global outlook as they negotiate ways to curb heat-trapping emissions.
    (AP, 11/11/17)
2017        Nov 11, In Vietnam leaders of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum said that they had recommitted to fighting protectionism and "all unfair trade practices." They also expressed support for multi-country institutions and regional as well as country-to-country trade agreements. Trade ministers from 11 of the Pacific Rim countries announced an agreement on pushing ahead with a free-trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, whose destiny had been cast into doubt after Trump pulled the US.
    (AP, 11/11/17)
2017        Nov 11, A Yemeni government minister said the Saudi-led military coalition fighting against Yemen's Houthi movement will allow the resumption of international commercial flights to the country.
    (Reuters, 11/11/17)

2017        Nov 12, US President Donald Trump arrived in Manila to attend an annual gathering of leaders from East and Southeast Asian countries. ASEAN leaders joined US President Donald Trump at an extravagant gala dinner in Manila, a show of amity in a region fraught with tensions that have lurked behind his marathon tour of the continent.
    (Reuters, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 12, US President Donald Trump said in a tweet that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had insulted him by calling him "old" and said he would never call Kim "short and fat".
    (Reuters, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 12, In Kentucky four people were killed when their small plane went down in Barren County.
    (SFC, 11/14/17, p.A5)
2017        Nov 12, In Hawaii Randall Saito, acquitted of a 1979 murder by reason of insanity, escaped from a psychiatric hospital in Honolulu, flew to Maui on a chartered plane, and then boarded another plane for San Jose, Ca.
    (SFC, 11/15/17, p.A5)
2017        Nov 12, In Minnesota brothers Alexander Sanchez (19) and John Sanchez (25) were knifed while shopping at the Mall of America. Both suffered serious injuries. In January Mahad Abdirahman (20), a Somali refugee, pleaded guilty to the attack saying he was inspired by the Islamic State group.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y7f9zr47)(AP, 2/17/18)
2017        Nov 12, Orbital ATK launched its Cygnus cargo capsule aboard an unmanned Antares rocket with supplies for the Int’l. Space Station (ISS).
    (SFC, 11/13/17, p.A5)
2017        Nov 12, In Belgium several hundred people rallied in Brussels to back the independence push in Catalonia, slam the EU and demand Spain release jailed regional officials.
    (AFP, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 12, MTV Europe Music Awards returned to London for the first time since 1996. Canadian teen singer Shawn Mendes (19) won best artist and best song at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA).
    (AFP, 11/13/17)
2017        Nov 12, In Congo DRC about 30 people were killed and more than two dozen injured when a train derailed then caught fire near the town of Buyofwe.
    (Reuters, 11/13/17)
2017        Nov 12, A magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook Costa Rica. Two serious injuries were reported.
    (SFC, 11/13/17, p.A4)
2017        Nov 12, Long-haul carrier Emirates purchased 40 American-made Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners at the start of the biennial Dubai Air Show, a $15.1 billion deal.
    (AP, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 12, Voting began in Equatorial Guinea under tight security, with the opposition hoping to make gains in a parliamentary poll though the ruling party was widely expected to maintain its firm grip over the tiny oil-rich country. The ruling party maintained a firm grip on power after sweeping to another landslide victory in elections widely criticized by the opposition as fraudulent.
    (AFP, 11/12/17)(AP, 11/18/17)
2017        Nov 12, In India hundreds of gay rights activists and supporters, marched through New Delhi in celebration but also defiance in a nation that continues to outlaw homosexual acts. This was New Delhi's 10th annual Queer Pride march.
    (AP, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 12, In India at least 11 people died when a tourist boat capsized in the Krishna River in southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
    (Reuters, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 12, The Indonesian unit of Freeport-McMoRan Inc said it has temporarily shut the main supply route to its Papua mine after a shooting incident. A string of shootings since Aug. 17 have killed one police officer and wounded six.
    (Reuters, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 12, Indonesian police fatally shot two men suspected of burning down a remote police station on Sumatra island. The fire had totally destroyed the main building of the Dharmasraya police station.
    (AP, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 12, In Iran a Russian-made Mi-17 helicopter crashed in the central Wasit province, killing all three crew members on board.
    (AP, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 12, A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake late today near the Iraq-Iran border killed over 530 people across both countries. Iran's western Kermanshah province bore the brunt of the temblor. In Iraq, nine people were killed and 550 were injured, all in the country's northern Kurdish region.
    (AP, 11/13/17)(Reuters, 11/14/17)(AFP, 11/26/17)(AP, 1/11/18)
2017        Nov 12, Thousands of Lebanese taking part in the country's annual marathon used the event to call on PM Saad Hariri to return home after he resigned Nov. 4 under mysterious circumstances during a visit to Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 12, Myanmar police arrested an ultra-nationalist Buddhist monk who has a history of stoking sentiment against Rohingya Muslims, the country's beleaguered minority. Parmaukkha was held under an arrest warrant for his role in an unauthorized protest outside the US embassy in Yangon last year.
    (AP, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 12, In Saudi Arabia Lebanon’s resigned PM Saad Hariri (47) pledged during a television interview that he would be home within days.
    (AFP, 11/13/17)
2017        Nov 12, Voters in Slovenia cast ballots in a presidential runoff, with President Borut Pahor's bid for re-election facing a tough challenge from ex-comedian Marjan Sarec. Anti-establishment candidate Marjan Sarec (39) narrowly lost to President Borut Pahor in the election runoff.
    (AP, 11/12/17)(Reuters, 11/13/17)
2017        Nov 12, South Africa's main opposition party said it had asked the High Court to force President Jacob Zuma to disclose how much the state has spent on legal fees to fight corruption allegations against him.
    (Reuters, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 12, Turkey dismissed as "ludicrous and groundless" a report that Turkish officials may have discussed kidnapping US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen in exchange for millions of dollars.
    (AP, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 12, Turkey said its purchase of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missiles has been completed. Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said Ankara is still discussing a further deal with a European consortium to help it develop its own missile defense system.
    (Reuters, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 12, Vietnam gave Chinese President Xi Jinping the red carpet treatment at the start of a state visit. Chinese President Xi Jinping met Vietnam's General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong. China's Xinhua news agency said China and Vietnam had agreed to properly handle maritime issues and strive to maintain peace and stability.
    (AP, 11/12/17)(Reuters, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 12, Vietnam and the United States signed a raft of energy and aviation deals Sunday during a visit to Hanoi by US president Donald Trump. who railed against Washington's yawning trade deficit with the fast-growing nation. A joint statement by US President Donald Trump and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang underscored the importance of free and open access to South China Sea.
    (AFP, 11/12/17)(Reuters, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 12, In Vietnam Donald Trump said he backed the US intelligence agencies who concluded that Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, but slammed "fools" who oppose better ties with Moscow.
    (AFP, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 12, Yemen's national airline said it still lacks the security permits needed to resume commercial flights, a day after the transport minister said some flights would be allowed as a nationwide blockade is eased.
    (Reuters, 11/12/17)

2017        Nov 13, US President Donald Trump said he had a "great relationship" with his Philippine counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, while a White House official said human rights got only a brief mention when the two met on the sidelines of an Asian summit.
    (Reuters, 11/13/17)
2017        Nov 13, US regulators approved the first drug with a sensor that can track whether patients have taken their medicine. The Abilify pill was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2002 to treat schizophrenia, and the sensor technology was approved for marketing in 2012. Abilify MyCite was developed by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. and the sensor was created by Proteus Digital Health.
    (AP, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 13, Scientists for the first time tried editing a gene inside a patient’s body in an attempt to permanently change their DNA to cure a disease. In Oakland, Ca., Brian Madeux  (44) received billions of copies of a corrective gene a nd a genetic tool to cut his DNA in a precise spot to treat a metabolic disease called Hunter syndrome.
    (SFC, 11/16/17, p.C1)
2017        Nov 13, In Pennsylvania Yinyan Wang (25), a Chinese citizen, was arrested on visa and passport fraud charges. She had reportedly taken the GRE graduate school entry exam for other people.
    (AP, 11/15/17)
2017        Nov 13, In Texas Matt Ellis (20), a Texas State Univ. fraternity pledge, was found unresponsive at an off-campus apartment after attending an initiation ritual with Phi Kappa Psi fraternity members.
    (SFC, 11/18/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 13, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed off on a bill that eliminates the state’s minimum age for hunting.
    (SFC, 11/14/17, p.A5)
2017        Nov 13, In Afghanistan Taliban insurgents using night-vision goggles killed eight Afghan police officers early today near the western city of Farah.
    (SFC, 11/14/17, p.A2)
2017        Nov 13, British-owned multinational chemical firm INEOS said it has agreed to buy Swiss soccer club Lausanne-Sport.
    (AP, 11/13/17)
2017        Nov 13, EU countries officially launched a new era in defense cooperation with a program of joint military investment and project development aimed at helping the EU confront its security challenges. Twenty-three of the EU's 28 member nations signed up to the process, known as permanent structured cooperation, or PESCO. Those who didn't sign up can join later.
    (AP, 11/13/17)
2017        Nov 13, The European Union banned arms sales to Venezuela and set up a system to slap asset freezes and travel restrictions on Venezuelan officials as it sought to ramp up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro.
    (AP, 11/13/17)
2017        Nov 13, European and African ministers agreed to try to improve conditions for migrants in Libya and seek paths such as scholarships for Africans to reach Europe legally, to cut the death toll from smuggling across the Sahara and Mediterranean.
    (Reuters, 11/13/17)
2017        Nov 13, Georgian PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili announced a cabinet reshuffle and merger of several ministries in a bid to reduce red tape and the cost of running the government.
    (AFP, 11/13/17)
2017        Nov 13, German police published videos showing three former members of the Red Army Faction (RAF) militant group taking part in a 2016 armed robbery in northern Germany, and called for public help to track them down.
    (Reuters, 11/13/17)
2017        Nov 13, In Greece hundreds of four-wheel motorbike owners, most from Greek holiday resorts, blocked traffic outside the country's Transport Ministry in Athens to protest a proposed ATV vehicle ban.
    (AP, 11/13/17)
2017        Nov 13, Myanmar's army released a report denying all allegations of rape and killings by security forces, having days earlier replaced the general in charge of the operation that drove more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh.
    (Reuters, 11/13/17)
2017        Nov 13, In the Netherlands Laura Hansen (22), who had traveled to Syria and Iraq to support her family while her husband fought with the Islamic State group, was convicted of supporting terrorist acts and sentenced to two years' imprisonment. Judges suspended 13 months of Hansen's sentence, meaning she won't have to go to prison following the conviction since she spent a year in pretrial detention.
    (AP, 11/13/17)
2017        Nov 13, The Pakistani military said militants have crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan and killed a Pakistani army officer and a soldier.
    (Reuters, 11/13/17)
2017        Nov 13, In the Philippines leaders of Southeast Asian countries (ASEAN) and China agreed to begin negotiations on a "code of conduct" aimed at controlling aggressive actions in the disputed South China Sea.
    (AP, 11/13/17)
2017        Nov 13, Puerto Rico asked the US federal government for $94.4 billion in aid as it recovers from Hurricane Maria.
    (SFC, 11/14/17, p.A7)
2017        Nov 13, Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors opened an investigation into the leader of the ruling Social Democrat Party, Liviu Dragnea, on suspicion of forming a "criminal group" to siphon off cash from state projects, some of them EU-funded.
    (Reuters, 11/13/17)
2017        Nov 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks focusing on the situation in Syria.
    (AP, 11/13/17)
2017        Nov 13, Saudi oil giant Aramco said it had resumed operations at its Bahrain pipeline, days after it was shut down over a fire which Manama called a "terrorist" act.
    (AFP, 11/13/17)
2017        Nov 13, People in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Somaliland voted to elect their fifth president as the ruling party faces a strong challenge from opposition candidates. This election was the first in Africa to use iris-scan biometric technology to prevent anyone from voting more than once. No country has so far recognized it as an independent state.
    (AP, 11/13/17)
2017        Nov 13, Spain's defense and foreign ministers said they had evidence that state and private-sector Russian groups, as well as groups in Venezuela, used Twitter, Facebook and other Internet sites to massively publicize the separatist cause and swing public opinion behind it in the run-up to the Oct. 1 referendum.
    (Reuters, 11/13/17)
2017        Nov 13, In northern Syria an airstrike on a market in the rebel-held town of Atareb killed at least 61 people. Atareb has been subject to Russian and Syrian government airstrikes since 2015.
    (AP, 11/13/17)(AP, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 13, Venezuela opened talks with creditors to renegotiate a crippling debt that has left citizens sifting through garbage for food, as the once-prosperous OPEC nation seeks to avert a default that would plunge its economy into deeper crisis.
    (Reuters, 11/13/17)
2017        Nov 13, A senior Yemeni security official said a group of 133 detainees was transferred to the newly-renovated Central Prison in Mukalla from the Riyan airport. The airport was one of 18 secret prisons that an Associated Press investigation revealed as run by the United Arab Emirates or its allies.
    (AP, 11/13/17)
2017        Nov 13, Yemenis from all walks of life took to the streets to protest a Saudi-led blockade that has left thousands struggling to survive.
    (AFP, 11/13/17)
2017        Nov 13, Zimbabwe's top military general called for an immediate end to purges against former liberation war fighters in President Robert Mugabe's ruling party, after Emmerson Mnangagwa was stripped of his vice president's post.
    (Reuters, 11/13/17)

2017        Nov 14, Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting were on a plane back to Los Angeles. Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were detained in Hangzhou last week for questioning following allegations of shoplifting.
    (AP, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, In northern California Kevin Janson Neal (44) killed four people and wounded ten others in Tehama County. Neal had killed his wife the night before. Sheriff’s officials later concluded that Neal died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound during a shootout with police.
    (SFC, 11/15/17, p.A1)(SFC, 11/18/17, p.C4)(SSFC, 12/10/17, p.C4)
2017        Nov 14, Florida police searched for a possible serial killer after a fourth person was shot dead in the Seminole heights neighborhood of Tampa. A 10-day spree last month left three people dead.
    (SFC, 11/15/17, p.A5)
2017        Nov 14, A Miami judge sentenced Michael Hegarty of Ireland to 18 months in US prison for the international smuggling of a cup carved from the horn of an endangered rhinoceros.
    (AP, 11/15/17)
2017        Nov 14, In NYC former Argentine marketing executive Alejandro Burzaco told a jury that soccer official Julio Grondona (d.2014) claimed in several conversations that he was owed millions of dollars for his 2010 vote as a member of FIFA's executive committee that helped Qatar land the soccer's most prestigious tournament.
    (AP, 11/15/17)
2017        Nov 14, New York state said more than 160 of its utility workers and nearly 100 utility vehicles have arrived in Puerto Rico to help the US territory restore its power grid in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
    (AP, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, In Afghanistan as many as 70 police officers and five soldiers were killed in a series of attacks overnight by Taliban who reportedly used night vision technology on at least 15 police posts in Kandahar province near the Helmand province border.
    (SFC, 11/15/17, p.A3)
2017        Nov 14, Brazil's statistics agency said there were 2.79 million births in 2016, a 5 percent decrease from the year prior. The birth rate has fallen by its fastest rate in nearly three decades after the Zika and microcephaly crisis of 2016.
    (AP, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, Brazil’s government said Germany and Britain will provide a combined $153 million to expand programs to fight climate change and deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.
    (Reuters, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, Britain's competition regulator said it has given the green light to supermarket giant Tesco's £3.7-billion takeover of wholesaler Booker.
    (AFP, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, French prosecutors said HSBC Private Bank, a Swiss unit of banking giant HSBC, has agreed to pay 300 million euros ($352 million) to avoid going to trial in France for enabling tax fraud.
    (AFP, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, Airbnb said hosts in central Paris can now only rent out their homes for up to 120 nights a year, a new cap introduced to comply with city regulations.
    (AP, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, Greece declared a state of emergency on the island of Symi after a sudden downpour swept cars into the sea, damaged homes and cut off electricity and water supplies.
    (Reuters, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, Hundreds of Hong Kong soccer fans booed and jeered the Chinese national anthem at an Asia Cup qualifier match in defiance of Communist Party rulers in Beijing.
    (Reuters, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, Iranian officials called off rescue operations, saying there was little chance of finding more survivors from the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that shook parts of western Iran on Nov 12, killing at least 530 people.
    (Reuters, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, The Italian diocese of Como defended its decision to ordain a seminarian accused in a book and an investigative TV report of having engaged in gay sex with a fellow teenager while both studied at the Vatican's youth seminary.
    (AP, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, In Kuwait Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks with Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, as a crisis that has split Qatar from its Gulf neighbors entered its sixth month.
    (AFP, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, In the Netherlands Human rights lawyers presented evidence to International Criminal Court prosecutors alleging that forces loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, a key player in Libya's ongoing power struggle, are responsible for crimes including murder, torture and persecution.
    (AP, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, A Pakistani anti-corruption court issued an arrest warrant for Finance Minister Ishaq Dar after the veteran politician failed to turn up for several court hearings.
    (Reuters, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, Pakistani police arrested dozens of members of a hard-line Islamist party that has blocked a main entrance to Islamabad since last week, in the latest confrontation between religious activists and authorities. Supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan party blame minister Zahid Hamid for changes to an electoral oath that it says amounts to blasphemy.
    (Reuters, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, It was reported that Pakistan’s white-backed vulture is facing extinction. Its population has been devastated by the use of industrial drugs to breed the cattle whose carcasses they traditionally feed on. Diclofenac, used as a painkiller by livestock breeders, was banned in neighboring India in 2006 after it was also blamed for destroying the vulture population there.
    (AP, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela departed on his first official visit to China after establishing diplomatic ties with the country five months ago.
    (AP, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte attacked Canada's Justin Trudeau at the end of a summit of Asian and Western nations for raising questions about his war on drugs, a topic skirted by other leaders, including US President Donald Trump.
    (Reuters, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, Russia's top domestic security agency detained 69 suspected members of an outlawed Islamic group during a raid near Moscow.
    (AP, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, Human Rights Watch said Russian authorities have intensified a crackdown on Crimean Tatars in an apparent bid to silence dissent on the Black Sea Peninsula.
    (SFC, 11/16/17, p.A2)
2017        Nov 14, A Serbian court issued suspended prison sentences for four suspects and acquitted three others who were tried in the 2008 torching of the US embassy in Belgrade after a rally against Kosovo's declaration of independence.
    (AP, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, In Somalia the United States military carried out an air strike against al Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgency that wants to topple the U.N.-backed government. Several militants were reported killed.
    (Reuters, 11/15/17)
2017        Nov 14, A judge of South Sudan's Supreme Court resigned, saying a lack of independence from the executive had turned the judiciary into a "mockery" and complaining of poor working conditions. All of South Sudan's judges went on a five-month strike in May over poor pay.
    (Reuters, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, Tanzania offered a reward of 10 million shillings ($4,500) for the arrest of a former chief accountant of its anti-graft watchdog, part of a new drive to root out corruption. Former chief accountant, Godfrey Gugai, was on the run after his assets were frozen in May as part of a graft investigation.
    (AP, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, At the Vatican the scandal-marred Legion of Christ Roman Catholic religious order admitted it had offshore companies in Caribbean tax havens, but said none was used for illegal activities. The Legion said it closed and liquidated all offshore corporations, and currently doesn't have any money deposited offshore.
    (AP, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, Rebel authorities in Yemen said that a Saudi-led air strike had destroyed a navigation station at Sanaa international airport, which is critical to receiving already limited aid shipments.
    (AFP, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, Zimbabwe was on edge as armored personnel carriers were seen outside the capital a day after the army commander threatened to "step in" to calm political tensions over the president's firing of his deputy.
    (AP, 11/14/17)

2017        Nov 15, A 500-year-old painting believed to be by Leonardo da Vinci sold for $450.3 million in New York, blazing a new world record for the most expensive work of art sold at auction.
    (AFP, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 15, The Trump administration told 29 local and state governments with “sanctuary" policies to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement or forfeit some federal grants, despite court rulings that such demands are unenforceable.
    (SFC, 11/16/17, p.A8)
2017        Nov 15, US President Donald Trump exhorted three suspended UCLA basketball players to thank him for their freedom following a shoplifting incident while they were in China. The trio apologized later in the day and publicly thanked Trump.
    (AP, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 15, US President Donald Trump told reporters that China had agreed with the US that North Korea must unilaterally cease its nuclear weapons program before negotiations can begin.
    (AP, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 15, In Louisiana Wilbert Jones (65) was freed after his life sentence, issued in 1974, was overturned. He had been convicted of raping a nurse on Oct, 2, 1971. The nurse (d.2008) had picked him out of a police lineup more than three months after the rape. She had also said the rapist was taller and had a rougher voice than Jones had.
    (SFC, 11/16/17, p.A8)
2017        Nov 15, In Maryland Detective Sean Suiter was shot and killed in Baltimore with his own gun during a violent confrontation with a man in a vacant lot.
    (SFC, 11/30/17, p.A7)
2017        Nov 15, Ohio officials called off the execution of Alva Campbell (69) after the state’s execution team failed to find the inmate vein. The execution was rescheduled for June 5, 2019. He had been scheduled to die for killing a teenager during a carjacking two decades earlier.
    (SFC, 11/16/17, p.A7)
2017        Nov 15, Astronomers announced the discovery of an Earth-sized planet around the red star Ross 128 in our corner of the Milky Way. Ross 128 appeared to be at least 5 billion years old.
    (SFC, 11/16/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 15, Argentina lost communications with the submarine ARA San Juan, a German-built diesel-electric vessel with 44 crewmembers aboard.
    (AP, 11/17/17)
2017        Nov 15, China said that it would send a high-level special envoy to North Korea's capital, Pyongyang, amid an extended chill in relations between the neighbors.
    (AP, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 15, In eastern China more than 30 vehicles collided in heavy fog on an expressway, killing at least 18 people and injuring 19 others in Fuyang, Anhui province.
    (AP, 11/15/17)
2017        Nov 15, Colombia’s Senate backed a law to regulate transitional justice under the country's peace deal with Marxist FARC rebels, including special tribunals that will try guerrilla leaders for war crimes.
    (Reuters, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 15, At the Dubai Air Show Airbus signed a $49.5 billion deal to sell 430 airplanes to the Phoenix-based private equity firm that owns Frontier Airlines. Boeing reached an agreement with low-cost carrier FlyDubai to sell 225 Boeing 737 MAX 10 aircraft — a deal valued at $27 billion.
    (AP, 11/15/17)
2017        Nov 15, In Egypt leaders of the local musicians union said Sherine Abdel-Wahab, a famous Arab singer, has been banned from performing in her native Egypt after advising a fan against drinking from the Nile River.
    (AP, 11/15/17)
2017        Nov 15, In Egypt Mohamed Badie, the leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood movement, lost his appeal against a life sentence for his role in violent clashes during political turmoil in 2013. The court also upheld life sentences against seven other people and handed 10-year sentences to 39 and three-year sentences to 19 others.
    (Reuters, 11/15/17)
2017        Nov 15, European lawmakers triggered the first stage of a so-called rule-of-law procedure against the Polish government amid concerns that new laws in Poland undermine judicial independence and the rule of law. Poland's prime minister reacted furiously over the call for the country to face EU sanctions.
    (AP, 11/15/17)(AFP, 11/15/17)
2017        Nov 15, In Greece flash floods killed at least 20 people. Most of the fatalities occurred in Mandra, a working-class district on the western outskirts of Athens. Days later two people remained missing.
    (AP, 11/16/17)(SFC, 11/17/17, p.A2)(AFP, 11/18/17)(AP, 11/20/17)
2017        Nov 15, Hungary's foreign minister accused the United States government of meddling in his country's internal affairs and upcoming election campaign by offering to fund "objective media in Hungary." Practically all major newspapers published outside Budapest are now in the hands of pro-government publishers, some of whom also own television or radio stations.
    (AP, 11/15/17)
2017        Nov 15, An Indonesian police officer was killed and a second wounded, after both were shot in the back in an area near Freeport-McMoRan Inc's giant Grasberg copper mine in the eastern province of Papua.
    (Reuters, 11/15/17)
2017        Nov 15, Mexican authorities seized more than 800 pounds (371 kg) of cocaine being transported toward the US border inside a truck bearing the markings of the country's Social Security Institute.
    (AP, 11/17/17)
2017        Nov 15, In Nigeria four suicide bombers killed 14 people and wounded 29 in Maiduguri, home of the Boko Haram insurgency.
    (SFC, 11/16/17, p.A2)
2017        Nov 15, The Russian Finance Ministry says it has signed a deal to restructure Venezuela's debt.
    (AP, 11/15/17)
2017        Nov 15, Slovakia's government approved plans to build military armored vehicles with the Finnish defense industry company Patria to replace the NATO member's outdated armored personnel carriers.
    (Reuters, 11/15/17)
2017        Nov 15, Syrian rebel officials said a senior commander has defected to Turkey from the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a leading combatant in the fight against Islamic State. Brigadier General Talal Silo handed himself in at dawn to the Free Syrian Army (FSA), an adversary of the SDF, and was escorted to Turkey.
    (Reuters, 11/15/17)
2017        Nov 15, In Syria six Russian long-range bombers struck Islamic State targets near the town of Albu Kamal in Deir al-Zor Province.
    (Reuters, 11/15/17)
2017        Nov 15, Turkish authorities in Ankara banned a German gay film festival the day before it was due to start, citing public safety and terrorism risks.
    (Reuters, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 15, Zimbabwe's military was in control of the country as President Robert Mugabe said he was under house arrest, although generals denied staging a coup. The country, which has an unemployment rate of over 90 percent, is due to hold elections next year with Mugabe pledging to stand for office again.
    (AFP, 11/15/17)

2017        Nov 16, President Donald Trump exhorted three suspended UCLA basketball players to thank Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) for their freedom following a shoplifting incident while they were in China.
    (AP, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, The US federal bribery trial of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez (63) ended in a mistrial with the jury hopelessly deadlocked on all charges against the New Jersey politician and Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen.
    (AP, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, Conservation groups decried US President Donald Trump's decision to allow trophy hunters who kill elephants in Zambia and Zimbabwe to bring home the endangered animals' tusks or other body parts as trophies.
    (Reuters, 11/16/17)(SFC, 11/16/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 16, San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Commission voted 4-2 to strip Justin Herman’s name from the plaza on the Embarcadero that has borne the name for more than four decades. It will be called Embarcadero Plaza until a new name is decided.
    (SFC, 11/17/17, p.A1)
2017        Nov 16, A Chicago judge threw out the convictions of 15 men who said former Sgt. Ronald Watts, a convicted corrupt police sergeant, manufactured evidence that sent them to prison.
    (SFC, 11/17/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 16, Ann Wedgeworth (b.1934), American film, TV and Broadway actress, died in NYC. She was best know for her brief 1979 tenure on the TV sitcom “Three’s Company."
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Wedgeworth)(SFC, 11/20/17, p.C4)
2017        Nov 16, In South Dakota TransCanada Corp. shut down its Keystone pipeline after a drop in pressure was detected from a leak. An estimated 210,000 gallons of oil spilled onto agricultural land.
    (SFC, 11/17/17, p.A6)(SFC, 11/18/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 16, Long Beach-based Virgin Orbit announced that the it has won its first military contract, a demonstration flight that would carry “technology demonstration satellites" for the US Air Force by early 2019.
    (SFC, 11/17/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 16, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed 14 people at a political gathering in Kabul in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Police Lt. Sayed Basam Pacha threw his arms around the bomber just before the bomb detonated saving a number of others from death.
    (AP, 11/16/17)(SFC, 11/17/17, p.A3)
2017        Nov 16, Prosecutors in Brazil said a court has convicted mining tycoon Bernardo Paz of money laundering and sentenced him to more than nine years in prison. A judge issued the conviction earlier this year. Paz founded the Inhotim park in Minas Gerais state, which has become one of the most important art centers in Latin America.
    (AP, 11/18/17)
2017        Nov 16, The London-based International Maritime Organization (IMO) said ships which do not meet cuts to the amount of sulfur they can burn in their engines risk being declared "unseaworthy".
    (Reuters, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, Cambodia's Supreme Court ordered the main opposition party to be dissolved, dealing a crushing blow to democratic aspirations in the increasingly oppressive Southeast Asian state.
    (AP, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, China reiterated its call for an agreement between North Korea and the US under which the North would gain concessions if it freezes its nuclear weapons program, apparently contradicting remarks a day earlier by President Donald Trump.
    (AP, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, Egypt's armed forces said that they have killed three "high-level" suspected militants and arrested 74 others in sweeps in the troubled northern Sinai Peninsula in recent days.
    (AP, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, A fireball lit up the skies of Arctic Finland with a glow of 100 full moons. Experts scrambled to find where the meteorite landed.
    (SSFC, 11/19/17, p.A4)
2017        Nov 16, France said Lebanese PM Saad Hariri has accepted an invitation to come to France after his surprise resignation from Saudi Arabia nearly two weeks ago that stunned Lebanon and rattled the region.
    (AP, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, Alice Zeniter (31) won the Students' Goncourt prize, France's most lucrative book prize for her novel "The Art of Losing," a powerful account of what happened to an Algerian "harki" family who sided with the French during the country's war of independence.
    (AP, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, German police said they have arrested a Dutch man earlier this week accused of running an international narcotics business from his apartment, after seizing drugs with an estimated street value of 3 million euros ($3.5 million).
    (AP, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, In Germany delegates at UN climate talks in Bonn said at least 15 countries have joined an international alliance to phase out coal from power generation before 2030. China and 18 other nations representing half the world's population said they planned to increase the use of wood and other plant matter from sustainable sources to generate energy as part of efforts to limit climate change.
    (Reuters, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, In northern Iraq two Turkish soldiers were killed and one was wounded in northern Iraq's Avasin Basyan region by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants.
    (Reuters, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, In Iraq a KDP lawmaker said Kurdish lawmakers are returning to Baghdad in hopes that their presence in Baghdad will bring the prime minister to the negotiating table.
    (AP, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi won an appeal against paying his ex-wife alimony, as a court told Veronica Lario to repay checks totaling some 60 million euros ($70 million). Berlusconi had insisted Lario was wealthy enough to support herself with her portfolio of 16 million euros, family jewels and publishing house.
    (AFP, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, In Libya Dr. Salem al-Selhab, who worked in the surgical department of the Sabha Medical Center, the biggest hospital in southern Libya, was kidnapped by an unknown group.
    (Reuters, 11/20/17)
2017        Nov 16, Mexico’s Pres. Enrique Pena Nieto signed a law aimed at addressing the disappearances of some 30,000 people. The law would create a National Search System with local branches in the states.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y75kswbx)(SSFC, 11/19/17, p.A4)
2017        Nov 16, In Nigeria police broke up a sit-in protest in Lagos, dispersing hundreds of former slum-dwellers demanding compensation after being evicted from their waterfront homes. Earlier this week, Amnesty International published a report calling the evictions "unlawful" and demanded an investigation into the violence.
    (AFP, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, Pakistan army said troops had killed a Baluch separatist commander involved in the slaying of 15 men from Punjab in Baluchistan, where separatist groups have waged a low-level insurgency.
    (AP, 11/18/17)
2017        Nov 16, The Palestinian Authority received a letter from the US State Department saying that the Secretary of State had not found enough reasons to keep the office open. This was the first refusal since the 1980s.
    (AFP, 11/18/17)
2017        Nov 16, President Vladimir Putin signed a decree which said Russia's armed forces numbered just over 1.9 million people, including over 1 million military servicemen.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)
2017        Nov 16, Russia named nine US government-sponsored news outlets likely to be labeled "foreign agents" under a new law that is being rushed through parliament in response to what Moscow says is unacceptable US pressure on Russian media.
    (Reuters, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, In central Russia at least 14 people were killed in a collision involving a bus and a logging truck in the Mariy El region.
    (AP, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, Spain’s Education and Culture Minister Inigo Mendez de Vigo announced that Nicaraguan author and former politician Sergio Ramirez Mercado has won the 2017 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor.
    (AP, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, In Syria at least six people were killed and 45 others were wounded in rocket and mortar fire on several parts of Damascus. State news agency SANA said the attacks originated from the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region outside the capital. Activists said government shelling and airstrikes have killed nearly two dozen civilians in three days of fighting in the suburbs of Damascus.
    (AFP, 11/16/17)(AP, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, In Syria Kheyrollah Samadi, a commander in Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, was killed fighting the Islamic State in the Albu Kamal region.
    (AP, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 16, Turkey detained 136 people, including former police, teachers and soldiers, in four separate operations over suspected links to last year's attempted military coup.
    (Reuters, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, In Turkey four militants were killed in the southeastern province of Tunceli.
    (Reuters, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, Venezuela's ousted chief prosecutor asked the International Criminal Court to open an investigation into President Nicolas Maduro and four other senior officials for alleged crimes against humanity.
    (AP, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, A United Nations General Assembly committee called on Myanmar to end military operations that have "led to the systematic violation and abuse of human rights" of Rohingya Muslims in the country's Rakhine state.
    (Reuters, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, The heads of three UN agencies said thousands of civilians will die, including many children, unless a Saudi-led coalition fully lifts a blockade that has "choked off" aid supplies to Yemen.
    (AFP, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, The World Bank agreed to grant war-torn Yemen $150 million to help some of its hardest-hit cities restore basic services and fight a cholera epidemic.
    (Reuters, 11/16/17)
2017        Nov 16, Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said President Robert Mugabe should resign in the interest of the country after the military seized power.
    (Reuters, 11/16/17)

2017        Nov 17, US President Donald Trump said in a tweet he is putting a decision to allow imports of big game trophies on hold until he can "review all conservation facts."
    (Reuters, 11/18/17)
2017        Nov 17, The United States announced it was ending funding for Cambodian election, and promised more "concrete steps", after the Supreme Court dissolved the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) at the request of the government, on the grounds it was plotting to seize power.
    (Reuters, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 17, In Pennsylvania rookie police Officer Brian Shaw (25) died after being shot following a traffic stop that led him to chase someone on foot in New Kensington. On Nov. 21 suspect Rahmael Sal Holt (29) was arrested in Pittsburgh following a 4-day manhunt.
    (SSFC, 11/19/17, p.A8)(SFC, 11/20/17, p.A5)(SFC, 11/22/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 17, Britain named Sarah Clarke as the first female "Black Rod". Tasked with banging on the House of Commons door to summon MPs to the Queen's Speech, Black Rod plays a key role in the opening of British parliament following an election.
    (AFP, 11/17/17)
2017        Nov 17, In Britain an aircraft and helicopter collided in mid-air northwest of London and a "number of casualties" were reported.
    (AP, 11/17/17)
2017        Nov 17, In central Bulgaria nine people were killed and 19 others were injured when a minibus crashed into a truck on a highway near the village of Mikre.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)
2017        Nov 17, Burkina Faso government and security officials said suspected jihadists have staged an attack in the northern Soum province, killing at least six people.
    (AP, 11/18/17)
2017        Nov 17, Colombian authorities said Venezuelan opposition leader Antonio Ledezma (62), who was detained in 2015 on allegations of coup-plotting but had been under house arrest in Caracas, has fled over the border to Colombia.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)
2017        Nov 17, Egypt’s public prosecutor ordered that Abdelrahim Mohamed al-Mesmari, a suspected Libyan militant, and 14 others be held for 15 days pending an investigation of their role in a deadly attack in Egypt's western desert last month.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)
2017        Nov 17, European Union leaders proclaimed a set of 20 "social rights" in an attempt to make the EU more appealing to voters and counter rising eurosceptic sentiment across the bloc.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)
2017        Nov 17, Paris region authorities said 1,142 clients of prostitutes have been fined in the French capital since a law that bans buying sex entered into effect in April 2016.
    (AP, 11/17/17)
2017        Nov 17, In Germany global talks on curbing climate change wrapped up, with delegates and observers claiming progress on several key details of the 2015 Paris accord.
    (AP, 11/17/17)
2017        Nov 17, In Greece more than 10,000 protesters marched to the US Embassy in Athens to mark the anniversary of the 1973 crackdown on a student uprising against the military dictatorship then ruling the country. Police clashed with hooded youths in Athens after thousands marched to mark a bloody 1973 student uprising.
    (AP, 11/17/17)(Reuters, 11/18/17)
2017        Nov 17, Iranian ambassador Hamid Baeedinejad said Britain will soon repay a debt of over 400 million pounds ($527 million) to Iran. Britain owes the money after Iran's Shah paid up front for 1,750 Chieftain tanks and other vehicles, almost none of which were eventually delivered after the Islamic Revolution of 1979 toppled the US-backed leader.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)
2017        Nov 17, Iraqi forces captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic State control, signaling the collapse of the group's self-proclaimed caliphate.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)
2017        Nov 17, In Italy Mafia boss Salvatore "Toto" Riina (87) died in a hospital in Milan while serving 26 life sentences as the mastermind of a bloody strategy to assassinate Italian prosecutors and law enforcement trying to bring down the Cosa Nostra.
    (AP, 11/17/17)
2017        Nov 17, In Kenya at least five people were killed as police tried to disperse supporters cheering a convoy carrying opposition leader Raila Odinga from the airport to central Nairobi. The interior ministry spokesman accused the opposition supporters of blocking roads, burning vehicles and looting businesses along the route.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)(SFC, 11/18/17, p.A4)
2017        Nov 17, Kosovo opposition lawmaker Frasher Krasniqi and three other supporters were convicted of terror charges and sentenced to prison for the Aug. 4, 2016, rocket-propelled grenade attack that damaged the parliament building's exterior but caused no casualties. Krasniqi was sentenced to eight years in prison.
    (AP, 11/17/17)
2017        Nov 17, Lebanon's national carrier Middle East Airlines (MEA) lifted restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on planes traveling from Beirut to London.
    (AP, 11/17/17)
2017        Nov 17, A Philippine court convicted Ikram Indama for the daring Nov. 13, 2007, motorcycle bombing that killed Rep. Wahab Akbar, a Muslim rebel-turned-congressman, and three other people and wounded 10, including two legislators. Indama was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
    (AP, 11/18/17)
2017        Nov 17, Russia cast a second veto in as many days at the United Nations Security Council to block the renewal of a probe to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
    (AFP, 11/17/17)
2017        Nov 17, Sources said Saudi authorities are striking agreements with some of those detained in an anti-corruption crackdown, asking them to hand over assets and cash in return for their freedom.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)
2017        Nov 17, Sri Lankan police arrested 19 people after a clash between "extremists" from the majority Buddhist and minority Muslim communities in which four people were injured.
    (Reuters, 11/18/17)
2017        Nov 17, Swedish utility Vattenfall said it will invest 900 million kronor ($107 million) to update two reactors at Sweden's largest nuclear plant, saying the Ringhals facility will continue to supply electricity into the 2040s.
    (AP, 11/17/17)
2017        Nov 17, In Syria at least five children and two rescue workers were killed in a Damascus suburb during a government bombing campaign amid escalating violence in and around the capital despite a truce.
    (AP, 11/17/17)   
2017        Nov 17, In Syria six Russian long-range bombers struck Islamic State targets near the town of Albu Kamal in Deir al-Zor province.
    (AP, 11/17/17)
2017        Nov 17, President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey is pulling 40 soldiers out of a NATO exercise in Norway, after his name appeared in a list of enemies on a poster at the drill, an incident that drew an apology from both the military alliance and Oslo.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)
2017        Nov 17, The Vatican said it had opened an investigation into reports that a former teenage altar boy, who allegedly repeatedly forced a dormitory mate to have sex with him, went on to become a priest.
    (Reuters, 11/18/17)
2017        Nov 17, In Yemen Abdulaziz al-Muflehi, the governor of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's interim capital Aden, resigned citing what he said was government corruption that had undermined his efforts to restore basic services to the city.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)
2017        Nov 17, The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said three cities in Yemen have run out of clean water because a blockade by a Saudi-led coalition has cut imports of fuel needed for pumping and sanitation.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)
2017        Nov 17, Zimbabwe's Pres. Robert Mugabe (93) opened a graduation ceremony at Zimbabwe Open University in Harare, as the ruling party made plans to force him to step down after more than three decades in power.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)

2017        Nov 18, In California the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base. It was the first of four next-generation spacecraft for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
    (SSFC, 11/19/17, p.A8)
2017        Nov 18, In Michigan Father Solanus (d.1957), as he was known, was beatified at a Mass attended by 65,000 people at a stadium in Detroit where he spent much of his ministry. Pope Francis said he met the requirements to earn the title of "blessed," especially after a woman from Panama was instantly cured of a chronic skin disease while she prayed at his tomb in 2012.
    (AP, 11/18/17)
2017        Nov 18, In Texas US Border patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez (36) was killed and his partner seriously injured late today while on patrol in Culberson County. They were apparently bludgeoned with rocks and a possible ambush was cited.
    (SFC, 11/20/17, p.A5)(SFC, 11/21/17, p.A8)
2017        Nov 18, In Afghanistan the Taliban attacked three checkpoints in the western Farah province late today, killing six police officers. Eight insurgents were killed and at least five others were wounded in the battle. In northern Kunduz province seven insurgents were killed and two others wounded when a bomb exploded prematurely.
    (AP, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 18, Rock band AC/DC announced that Australia-based Malcolm Young (64), guitarist and co-founder of the band, has died after suffering from dementia for several years.
    (AFP, 11/19/17)(SSFC, 11/19/17, p.C10)
2017        Nov 18, British sailor Simon Speirs (60), a retired lawyer, was washed overboard into the Southern Ocean during gale force winds while sailing for Great Britain in the Clipper Round the World Race.
    (AP, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 18, In China an Indian medical student was crowned Miss World at a glitzy event Hainan Island, making her country the joint-most successful in the beauty pageant's history. Her win brings India level with Venezuela as the countries with most victories in the history of the pageant, now in its 67th edition.
    (AFP, 11/18/17)
2017        Nov 18, A senior Chinese envoy discussed regional concerns with officials in Pyongyang, as the US pressed China to help ease the standoff over the North's nuclear weapons.
    (AFP, 11/18/17)
2017        Nov 18, In China a fire in a low-income Beijing housing block killed 19 people. The next day workers evacuated hundreds from nearby apartments and demolished other buildings in Xinjian village. Residents said many of the densely clustered properties were built illegally and had been slated for demolition for months.
    (AP, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 18, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, for the second time in as many days, delivered a stern warning to Ethiopia over a dam it is building after the two countries along with Sudan failed to approve a study on its potential effects.
    (AP, 11/18/17)
2017        Nov 18, Egypt opened its largely sealed border with Gaza after a reconciliation agreement with Hamas gave the Palestinian Authority control over the crossing for the first time since 2007.
    (AFP, 11/18/17)
2017        Nov 18, In France a police officer (31) shot three people dead before turning his gun on himself, in a killing spree sparked by a row with his girlfriend in Sarcelles.
    (AFP, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 18, In France Saad al-Hariri arrived in Paris, where he met French President Emmanuel Macron. Hariri has said he will return to Lebanon by Nov. 22 for its Independence Day celebrations.
    (Reuters, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 18, French-Tunisian fashion designer Azzedine Alaia (b.1935) died in Paris after winning a worldwide following.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azzedine_Ala%C3%AFa)(SSFC, 11/19/17, p.C10)
2017        Nov 18, In Germany hundreds of people formed a human chain between the United States and North Korean embassies in downtown Berlin during a protest of the rising tensions and harsh words between the two nations.
    (AP, 11/18/17)
2017        Nov 18, Haiti's President Jovenel Moise heralded the re-establishment of the country's military after 22 years, a divisive issue in the impoverished Caribbean nation which has a history of bloody coups and political instability.
    (Reuters, 11/18/17)
2017        Nov 18, In disputed Kashmir at least five suspected militants and an Indian air force commando were killed in a fierce gunbattle in northern Hajin village. Thousands of residents in Srinagar participated in the funeral of a local militant who police said was killed overnight in a shootout with troops.
    (AP, 11/18/17)
2017        Nov 18, In Northern Ireland Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams announced that he was stepping down as leader next year after heading the party for over 30 years.
    (SSFC, 11/19/17, p.A4)
2017        Nov 18, Pakistani authorities found the bodies of five more Pakistanis who were apparently planning to cross into Iran on their way to Europe to seek work as migrant laborers. The men were apparently part of a group that included 15 men from the Punjab province who were killed earlier this week by a separatist group.
    (AP, 11/18/17)
2017        Nov 18, Thousands of Spanish police officers packed a central square in Madrid to demand higher salaries and better working conditions. The National Police and Civil Guard members asked for the same pay received by the regional police forces that are exclusive to the regions of Catalonia and the Basque country.
    (AP, 11/18/17)
2017        Nov 18, Syrian troops and allied fighters advanced to capture most of Albu Kamal, in a tug-of-war over the Islamic State group's last urban stronghold in the country.
    (AFP, 11/18/17)
2017        Nov 18, In eastern Syria Iranian fighter Mehdi Movahednia was killed in clashes with Islamic State in the town of Mayadin.
    (Reuters, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 18, The Turkish capital Ankara banned the public showing of films and exhibitions related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.
    (Reuters, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 18, Turkish prosecutors launched an investigation into two US prosecutors involved in trying a Turkish-Iranian businessman for violating US sanctions against Iran. Gold trader Reza Zarrab (34) is charged in the US for evading sanctions on Iran.
    (AP, 11/18/17)
2017        Nov 18, Naim Suleymanoglu (50), a Bulgarian-born Turkish weightlifter who won three Olympic gold medals and was known as "Pocket Hercules," died following a liver transplant last month. He won three straight Olympic gold medals for Turkey between 1988 and 1996.
    (AP, 11/18/17)
2017        Nov 18, International aid group Doctors Without Borders said it has not been able to deliver live-saving medical and humanitarian assistance to the people in dire need in the Yemeni capital because of a blockade by a Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels.
    (AP, 11/18/17)

2017        Nov 19, American aircraft targeted drug producing facilities in Afghanistan for the first time under a new strategy aimed at cutting off Taliban funding.
    (AP, 11/20/17)
2017        Nov 19, In Arkansas a medical helicopter went down near De Witt, killing all three people on board.
    (SFC, 11/21/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 19, Charles Manson (b.1934), hippie cult leader, died in southern California at a kern County hospital of natural causes after 48 years behind bars. He had orchestrated the 1969 slayings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other people, butchered at two homes on successive August nights by intruders who scrawled "Pigs" and "Helter Skelter" in the victims' blood.
    (AP, 11/20/17)(SFC, 11/20/17, p.A1)
2017        Nov 19, American country singer Mel Tillis (85), died in Ocala, Florida. He recorded more than 60 albums and wrote hit songs for other country singers.
    (SFC, 11/20/17, p.C4)
2017        Nov 19, Afghan and foreign special forces raided a Taliban prison in southern Helmand province and rescued at least 30 people.
    (Reuters, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 19, Cambodian PM Hun Sen challenged the United States to cut all aid after it announced it was ending funding for a general election next year in response to the dissolution of the main opposition party.
    (Reuters, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 19, Chileans went to the polls in the first round of the country's presidential election, with former leader Sebastian Pinera (67) hoping to capitalize on his front-runner status to succeed Socialist leader Michelle Bachelet. Pinera failed to get over 50% of the vote and faced Sen. Alejandro Guillier for a Dec. 17 runoff.
    (AFP, 11/19/17)(SFC, 11/20/17, p.A4)
2017        Nov 19, China's military launched a website inviting the public to report leaks and fake news, as well as illegal online activities by military personnel, the latest step in a push to ensure Communist Party control over the internet.
    (Reuters, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 19, In Egypt Saudi Arabia and other Arab foreign ministers held an emergency meeting in Cairo to discuss ways to confront Iran and its Lebanese Shi'ite ally Hezbollah, who the Arab allies say are interfering in their internal affairs.
    (Reuters, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 19, French authorities said they will stop Muslims from praying in a street north of Paris, after a series of protests by lawmakers and locals over what they view as an unacceptable use of public space.
    (AFP, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 19, In Germany coalition talks to form a new government failed late today.
    (Reuters, 11/20/17)   
2017        Nov 19, A member of India's Hindu nationalist ruling party offered a 100 million rupee ($1.5 million) reward to anyone who beheads lead actress Deepika Padukone and filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali of the yet-to-be released Bollywood film "Padmavati" over its alleged handling of the relationship between a Hindu queen and a Muslim ruler. The film is based on a 16th century Sufi epic poem, "Padmavat," a fictional account of a brave and beautiful Rajput queen who chose to kill herself rather than be captured by the Muslim sultan of Delhi, Allaudin Khilji.
    (AP, 11/20/17)
2017        Nov 19, In northeastern India two endangered Asian elephants were hit and killed by a passenger train near the city of Gauhati.
    (AP, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 19, Israeli police officers questioned PM Benjamin Netanyahu for the sixth time in a corruption probe.
    (AP, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 19, In Japan a fatal traffic accident occurred when a truck driven by a US Marine collided with a small truck at an intersection, killing Japanese driver Hidemasa Taira (61) in Naha, Okinawa. US serviceman Nicholas James-McLean (21) was arrested for the fatal accident and driving under the influence of alcohol.
    (AP, 11/19/17)(Reuters, 11/20/17)(SFC, 11/21/17, p.A2)
2017        Nov 19, In Kenya clashes erupted in a Nairobi slum after four bodies were found in the streets, hiking tensions on the eve of a Supreme Court ruling on the validity of last month's divisive election re-run. Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga called for "international intervention" in the country's election crisis, saying at least 31 supporters have been killed by police and militia since his return from an overseas trip on Nov 17.
    (AFP, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 19, Libya’s internationally recognized government announced that it will investigate alleged slave trading in the country, following the release of video footage appearing to show migrants being auctioned off.
    (AP, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 19, In western Morocco at least 15 people were killed and five injured in a crush as food aid was distributed near the coastal tourist town of Essaouira.
    (AFP, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 19, An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck in the Pacific Ocean 42 miles (67 km) east-northeast of Tadine in New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands.
    (Reuters, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 19, A Pakistani investigator says federal agents in Quetta have arrested Mohammad Sadiq, a "human smuggler" linked to the recent deaths of 20 people near the border with Iran.
    (AP, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 19, Pakistani police said a car carrying a family has fallen off a mountainous road into a deep gorge killing five and wounding one in the country's northwest.
    (AP, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 19, Syrian state media said pro-government forces have defeated the Islamic State group in Boukamal (Albu Kamal), its last major stronghold, leaving the militants to defend just strips of desert territory in the country and a besieged pocket outside Damascus. More than 80 fighters were killed in the three days of ferocious push to retake the town, including 31 pro-regime forces and at least 50 IS jihadists.
    (AP, 11/19/17)(AFP, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 19, In Turkey top diplomats from Iran, Russia and Turkey met in Antalya to discuss the civil war in Syria ahead of a three-way summit in the Russian city of Sochi Nov. 22.
    (AFP, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 19, At the Vatican Pope Francis marked its first World Day of the Poor, an event created by Francis to draw attention to those living on the margins of society.
    (AP, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 19, Zimbabwe’s ZANU-PF party sacked Robert Mugabe as its leader and told him to resign as head of state. He was replaced by former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, Grace Mugabe's chief rival. The party added that it would impeach Mugabe if he did not resign by Nov. 20, that Mnangagwa would be its candidate in 2018 elections, and that Grace was expelled from the ZANU-PF ranks. Mugabe defied expectations he would quit in a televised address late today, pitching the country into a second week of political crisis after the army took power.
    (AFP, 11/19/17)(AFP, 11/20/17)

2017        Nov 20, The Trump administration said it is ending a temporary residency permit program that allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the US following a 2010 powerful earthquake. Advocates and members of Congress asked for an 18-month extension of the program, known as Temporary Protected Status.
    (SFC, 11/21/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 20, US Pres. Donald Trump officially designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.
    (SFC, 11/21/17, p.A4)
2017        Nov 20, The United States charged former top Hong Kong government official Chi Ping Patrick Ho (68) with links to a Chinese energy conglomerate and former Senegalese foreign minister Cheikh Gadio (61) with bribing high-level officials in Chad and Uganda in exchange for contracts for the mainland company.
    (Reuters, 11/21/17)
2017        Nov 20, US Gen. John Nicholson said there are 13 major drug trafficking organizations in Afghanistan, of which seven are in Helmand. Nicholson said the insurgents generate an estimated $200 million a year from poppy cultivation and opium production.
    (AP, 11/20/17)
2017        Nov 20, US District Judge William Orrick II of San Francisco issued a final ruling saying Pres. Trump acted unconstitutionally when he threatened to strip billions of dollars in federal funding from sanctuary cities and counties.
    (SFC, 11/21/17, p.A1)
2017        Nov 20, In Delaware Terminix was sentenced more than $9 million in criminal fines after admitting to using a pesticide called methyl bromide at 14 locations, including the St. John resort in the US Virgin Islands where the Esmond family of Delaware was vacationing in 2015. Three of the family members sustained neurological damage.
    (AP, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 20, US financier George Soros (86) denounced a Hungarian government campaign against him as "distortions and lies" designed to create a false external enemy.
    (Reuters, 11/20/17)
2017        Nov 20, Nebraska regulators approved a Keystone XL oil pipeline route through the state, but chose an alternate pathway to the one preferred by the pipeline operator. More time could be required to study the changes in the delayed $8 billion project.
    (SFC, 11/21/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 20, In NYC Kenneth Branagh won the International Emmy for Best Actor, while Anna Friel won the Best Actress trophy at the 2017 International Emmy Awards gala.
    (AP, 11/21/17)
2017        Nov 20, In New York state two explosions at the Verla Int’l. cosmetics factory left one person dead and 35 injured in New Windsor.
    (SFC, 11/21/17, p.A8)
2017        Nov 20, In Oklahoma Tulsa police officer Shannon Kepler (54) was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the 2014 slaying of Jeremey Lake (19), his daughter’s black boyfriend.
    (SFC, 11/21/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 20, It was reported that Albania's PM Edi Rama has sent a letter asking European Union countries for support in cracking down on criminal gangs that profit from drug sales, prostitution, human trafficking and other illicit activities.
    (AP, 11/20/17)
2017        Nov 20, Belarus's KGB state security service said it had uncovered a spy ring working for the Ukrainian defence ministry that had been set up by a detained Ukrainian radio correspondent. Minsk-based journalist Pavlo Sharoyko was arrested in October and charged with being an undercover intelligence officer. The Ukrainian defence ministry denied the allegations against Sharoyko who it said had worked as a spokesman for the ministry before switching to journalism in 2009.
    (Reuters, 11/20/17)
2017        Nov 20, China's foreign ministry said Myanmar and Bangladesh have endorsed its three-stage solution for a negotiated resolution of the Rohingya refugee crisis.
    (AP, 11/20/17)
2017        Nov 20, A high-level Chinese envoy wrapped up a four-day trip to North Korea after meeting with top officials and discussing the tense state of affairs on the Korean Peninsula and other issues.
    (AP, 11/20/17)
2017        Nov 20, French police arrested Suleiman Kerimov (51), a Russian businessman and lawmaker, at Nice airport in connection with a French tax evasion case. Kerimov built his multi-billion natural resources business through a combination of debt, an appetite for risk, and political connections.
    (Reuters, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 20, Iran called on Saudi Arabia to stop its "barbaric attacks" on Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been at war with Tehran-backed rebels since March 2015. Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi also called on Saudi Arabia to drop its boycott of the Gulf Arab nation of Qatar, which has warm ties with Iran.
    (AP, 11/20/17)
2017        Nov 20, Iraq's Supreme Federal Court ruled that the Sept. 25 Kurdish independence referendum was unconstitutional and the results void. Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government called on the international community to intervene and help lift sanctions imposed by the central government in Baghdad in retaliation for a September referendum on Kurdish independence.
    (Reuters, 11/20/17)   
2017        Nov 20, Kenya's Supreme Court upheld the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta in last month's repeat presidential vote, paving the way for him to be sworn in next week.
    (Reuters, 11/20/17)
2017        Nov 20, Medical staff in the southern Libyan city of Sabha said they were suspending work for 10 days in protest over poor security after a doctor was kidnapped.
    (Reuters, 11/20/17)
2017        Nov 20, North Korea’s foreign minister arrived in Cuba, in search of support amid unprecedented pressure from the United States and the international community to cease its nuclear weapons and missile programs.
    (Reuters, 11/20/17)
2017        Nov 20, A Pakistani court granted the government three more days to find a way to clear an Islamist rally near Islamabad.
    (AP, 11/20/17)
2017        Nov 20, Romania's defense minister says the country will purchase Patriot missiles worth $3.9 billion from the United States in the first half of 2019.
    (AP, 11/20/17)
2017        Nov 20, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad for three hours of talks to lay the groundwork for a new push by Moscow to end Syria's conflict now that Islamic State's territorial caliphate is overrun.
    (Reuters, 11/21/17)
2017        Nov 20, South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers that North Korea has punished two of its top military officers, including one widely seen as its second-most powerful official, during a highly unusual inspection of the military's powerful political bureau.
    (AP, 11/20/17)
2017        Nov 20, Turkish authorities issued arrest warrants for 107 teachers for suspected ties to the US-based cleric Ankara blames for orchestrating last year's coup.
    (Reuters, 11/20/17)
2017        Nov 20, Turkey said Syrian Kurdish fighters have attacked a Turkish observation post in the northern Syrian province of Idlib with mortar rounds. There were no casualties.
    (AP, 11/20/17)
2017        Nov 20, In Ukraine Mikhail Saakashvili, former Georgian President, raised the pressure on Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, saying the country needs a new Cabinet and he's ready to lead it.
    (AP, 11/20/17)
2017        Nov 20, A UN human rights panel said on North Korean women are deprived of education and job opportunities and are often subjected to violence at home and sexual assault in the workplace.
    (Reuters, 11/20/17)
2017        Nov 20, Zimbabwe’s Pres. Robert Mugabe ignored a midday deadline by the party's Central Committee to resign. Several hundred Zimbabwean students added their voices for Pres. Mugabe to quit. Classes at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare were cancelled and examinations postponed as students raged over Mugabe's insistence on staying in office.
    (AP, 11/20/17)(AFP, 11/20/17)

2017        Nov 21, The Trump administration announced new sanctions on North Korea, after declaring it a state sponsor of terrorism.
    (AP, 11/21/17)
2017        Nov 21, Members of the US Congress said operations carried out against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar had "all the hallmarks" of ethnic cleansing, while the country's leader Aung San Suu Kyi expressed doubts about allegations of rights abuses.
    (Reuters, 11/21/17)
2017        Nov 21, The US military's Africa Command (Africom) said it had killed more than 100 al Qaeda-linked insurgents in the strike on a camp in Somalia 125 miles (200 km) northwest of Mogadishu. Somalia's government said the next day it had requested the air strike.
    (Reuters, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 21, In Michigan the Flint City Council approved a 30-year agreement to get drinking water from the Great Lakes Water Authority, which ahs been providing water to the city in short-term deals since Fall, 2015.
    (SFC, 11/23/17, p.A7)
2017        Nov 21, In Manhattan a federal indictment was unsealed accusing Behsad Mesri, a member of an Iran hacking group, of hacking into the HBO computer system in New York and stealing unaired episodes and scripts of hit shows and then attempting to extort HBO out of $6 million. Mesri was believed to be overseas and not in custody.
    (SFC, 11/22/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 21, CBS News and PBS cut ties to media figure Charlie Rose less than 24 hours after several women who worked with him on his PBS interview show alleged a pattern of sexual misconduct.
    (SFC, 11/22/17, p.A6) 17,
2017        Nov 21, Uber acknowledged that it covered up a year-old hacking attack that stole personal information about more than 57 million of the ride-hailing service's customers and drivers. Uber also acknowledged paying the hackers $100,000 to destroy the stolen information.
    (AP, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 21, David Cassidy (b.1950), lead singer on the TV sitcom “The Partridge Family," died in Fort Lauderdale, Fl.
    (SFC, 11/22/17, p.A8)
2017        Nov 21, Wayne Cochran (b.1939), American rhythm-and blues singer, died at his home in Miramar, Fl. His song “Last Kiss" became hit in 1964 for J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers and again in 199 for Pearl Jam. The 1970 B-movie “C.C. and Company with Joe Namath contained a glimpse of his live act. At age 40 Cochran largely abandoned his music career and turned to preaching.
    (SFC, 11/27/17, p.C3)
2017        Nov 21, Joseph L. White (b.1932), known among colleagues as the “father of black psychology," died of a heart attack while on a flight to St. Louis to see his daughter.
    (SSFC, 12/3/17, p.C10)
2017        Nov 21, British police said as many as 10,000 criminal cases may have been affected by alleged data manipulation at forensics laboratory Randox Testing Services, a company that tests samples for police. Two people were reported arrested by police investigating claims of tampering with results.
    (AP, 11/21/17)
2017        Nov 21, A Chinese court jailed prominent rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong (46) for two years, saying he incited subversion of state power, the most recent such verdict in a sweeping crackdown on activism.
    (Reuters, 11/21/17)
2017        Nov 21, China’s state-owned airline Air China suspended flights between Beijing and North Korea due to a lack of demand.
    (AP, 11/24/17)
 2017        Nov 21, Croat border guards refused to allow the family with six children to file an asylum claim and forced them back into Serbia down railway tracks in pitch darkness. A girl (6) was hit and killed by a train minutes later. On Dec. 19 the family of the Afghan migrant girl filed charges against Croatian police for putting them in danger by forcing them back over the frontier.
    (AP, 12/19/17)
2017        Nov 21, The leaders of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece met in Cyprus and pledged closer cooperation on migration. They also sought to get the European Union more actively engaged in efforts to get a grip on migration, much of which stems from war-torn Syria and Libya.
    (AP, 11/21/17)
2017        Nov 21, Copenhagen police found an arm in the sea south of the Danish capital that was held down "with plastic strips and pieces of pipes," like those found on the legs of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who disappeared after a trip on Peter Madsen’s private submarine in August.
    (AP, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 21, Human Rights Watch urged Egypt and the United Arab Emirates to reveal the whereabouts of an Egyptian prisoner who has disappeared, apparently after serving his prison sentence in the Emirati capital. Abdel Aziz was arrested in 2014 in Abu Dhabi and sentenced to three years on charges of joining the Islah Party and the Muslim Brotherhood. He was to be released on Oct. 20 but, his family was told he was deported to Egypt.
    (AP, 11/21/17)
2017        Nov 21, French truck drivers blocked traffic at border crossings with Spain, Italy and Belgium in protest over cut-price competition in the road-freight industry. French truckers faced being priced out by drivers from other EU member states, who are willing to do fixed-term work for lower pay than French drivers might normally receive.
    (Reuters, 11/21/17)
2017        Nov 21, German police displayed around 100 recovered items that belonged to late Beatles star John Lennon that were stolen in 2006 from his widow in New York. Police a day earlier arrested a suspect and raided his Berlin home and cars. A second suspect, who is living in Turkey, was currently not available.
    (AP, 11/21/17)
2017        Nov 21, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi said the Islamic State had been defeated from a military perspective but he would only declare final victory after IS militants were routed in the desert. A suicide bomber detonated a pickup truck loaded with explosive killing 32 people at a marketplace in Tuz Khormato, a contested town claimed by Baghdad and the Kurdish region.
    (Reuters, 11/21/17)(AP, 11/21/17)(SFC, 11/22/17, p.A2)
2017        Nov 21, Iraqi authorities said they have moved hundreds of foreign wives and children of suspected Islamic State militants from a northern detention center to Baghdad, citing security concerns and the difficulties of keeping them in a remote location. Around 700 more were still being held at the facility in the northern town of Tal Keif.
    (Reuters, 11/21/17)
2017        Nov 21, Jamaica's PM Andrew Holness said the government will protect nearly 75,000 hectares (185,000 acres) in the area known as Cockpit Country, a northwest region dotted by mines that features forests, rivers and cultural sites.
    (AP, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 21, In Kashmir at least three suspected rebels and an army commando were killed in two separate gunbattles in the northwestern area of Handwara and in the neighboring Kupwara area.
    (AP, 11/21/17)
2017        Nov 21, Libya’s barely functioning parliament voted in favor of a new UN action plan, which is designed to pave the way for future parliamentary and presidential elections and a vote on a new constitution.
    (AP, 11/21/17)
2017        Nov 21, In northeastern Nigeria a teenage suicide bomber attacked a mosque and killed at least 50 people in Mubi, Adamawa state.
    (AP, 11/21/17)(Reuters, 11/21/17)
2017        Nov 21, A Norwegian court granted a reprieve to seven wolves near Oslo caught in the middle of a battle between environmental activists and sheep farmers. It issued an injunction temporarily stopping the hunt of 12 wolves in the Oslo region -- five of which have already been killed -- pending a final decision on the matter.
    (AFP, 11/21/17)
2017        Nov 21, Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte threatened to shut down any mine that supports Maoist rebels waging a protracted guerrilla war to overthrow the government.
    (Reuters, 11/21/17)
2017        Nov 21, The Philippine government filed complaints with an anti-graft office accusing many Cabinet officials in the previous administration of corruption in a maintenance contract for Manila’s Metro Rail Transit 3 Line hounded by near-daily breakdowns.
    (AP, 11/21/17)
2017        Nov 21, The Russian Meteorological Service said in a statement that it recorded the release of Ruthenium-106 in the southern Urals in late September and classified it as "extremely high contamination." Rosatom's Mayak plant nuclear fuel processing plant, denied it was the source of contamination.
    (AP, 11/21/17)
2017        Nov 21, Saudi authorities closed schools and universities after flooding in the kingdom's second-largest city, Jiddah, and the country's Red Sea coastal regions.
    (AP, 11/21/17)
2017        Nov 21, Sweden said it was stopping new aid for Cambodia, except in education and research, and would no longer support a reform program after the main opposition party was outlawed by the Supreme Court at the government's request.
    (Reuters, 11/21/17)
2017        Nov 21, A Syrian Kurdish militia accused Turkish forces of "aggression and escalation" in the Afrin region, which it controls, on Syria's northwestern border with Turkey.
    (Reuters, 11/21/17)
2017        Nov 21, Ugandan police raided the office of a local newspaper, detaining staff and confiscating equipment on allegations it had published an inaccurate story. The day before the raid Red Pepper, Uganda's leading tabloid, published a story alleging that Rwanda believed President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda was plotting to oust President Paul Kagame. The article cited unnamed sources.
    (AP, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 21, Zimbabwe’s Pres. Robert Mugabe resigned, shortly after parliament began an impeachment process to end his nearly four decades of rule. Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former security chief known as The Crocodile, was expected to take over as president.
    (Reuters, 11/21/17)
 
2017        Nov 22, President Donald Trump resumed his taunts of LaVar Ball, the father of UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball detained for shoplifting in China, calling him an "ungrateful fool."
    (AP, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 22, The United States declared the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar to be "ethnic cleansing," threatening penalties for military officials engaged in a brutal crackdown that has sent more than 600,000 refugees flooding over the border to Bangladesh.
    (AP, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 22, The United States opened a $2 million tender to help clear unexploded bombs in Cambodia weeks after the government's mine clearance agency said its US funding had been stopped.
    (Reuters, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 22, A US Navy C-2 "Greyhound" transport plane crashed while on its way to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier in the Philippine Sea. Eight people were recovered from the crash, but three remained missing.
    (AP, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 22, California’s Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned inmate Craig Richard Coley (70) after DNA tests showed he was wrongfully convicted nearly four decades ago of killing his ex-girlfriend and her son (4) in 1978.
    (SFC, 11/22/17, p.A7)
2017        Nov 22, Florida officials in Jacksonville began looking for a boy (15) and his grandmother after they failed to pick up his father at the airport. The body of the grandmother was soon found in a shallow grave. The boy was later arrested in Buffalo, NY, while trying to enter Canada.
    (SSFC, 11/26/17, p.A9)
2017        Nov 22, A US federal judge blocked a new Texas law seeking to ban a commonly used abortion method, extending a temporary ban previously issued before the law was to take effect on Sept. 1.
    (SFC, 11/22/17, p.A7)
2017        Nov 22, Britain substantially hiked its funds for Brexit preparations, as it slashed growth forecasts over a five-year period in a key annual budget update. The government will put aside another £3.0 billion ($4.0 billion, 3.4 billion euros) ahead of its exit from the European Union.
    (AP, 11/22/17)   
2017        Nov 22, BP, Italy's Eni, Exxon, Spain's Repsol, Shell, Norway's Statoil, Total and Wintershall said they have “committed to further reduce methane emissions from the natural gas assets".
    (Reuters, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 22, China’s state news agency Xinhua reported that police in Shaoguan, Guangdong province, have detained seven people in connection with an underground banking scheme involving more than 20 billion yuan ($3 billion).
    (Reuters, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 22, A senior Chinese general told the visiting head of Myanmar’s army that China wants closer ties with Myanmar's military to help protect regional peace and security.
    (Reuters, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 22, Czech court found the former mistress of the country's ex-prime minister Petr Necas (53) guilty of illegally deploying military intelligence officers to spy on his then wife, in a scandal that saw Necas resign in 2013. The Prague tribunal handed a two-year suspended jail term to Jana Nagyova-Necasova.
    (AFP, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 22, In Egypt the 13 largest Palestinian political parties agreed to a three-page document that offered little substantive change, with no steps agreed on key points of difference. It called for Pres. Abbas to organize elections by the end of 2018 and backed the October 12 Fatah-Hamas agreement.
    (AP, 11/23/17)
2017        Nov 22, French far-right leader Marine Le Pen accused two banks of launching a "banking fatwa" to silence her National Front party by closing bank accounts of hers and her party's.
    (Reuters, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 22, A young Israeli succumbed to her wounds, six years after being seriously wounded in a bomb attack. Hodaya Asulin, then 14, was seriously injured on March 23, 2011 when a bomb hidden in a bag exploded near the bus stop where she was standing in Jerusalem.
    (AFP, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 22, Lebanon’s PM Saad Hariri announced that he was putting his resignation on hold to give way for more consultations, nearly three weeks after he unexpectedly announced he was stepping down.
    (AP, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 22, In Mexico a 12-year-old girl died after an assailant attacked her and raped her two young sisters (10 and 11) in their home in the border city of Ciudad Juarez.
    (AP, 11/25/17)
2017        Nov 22, North Korea denounced US President Donald Trump's decision to relist it as a state sponsor of terrorism, calling it a "serious provocation and violent infringement."
    (Reuters, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 22, A Pakistani court ordered the release of one of the alleged masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai attacks which killed more than 160 people. Firebrand cleric Hafiz Saeed, who heads the UN-listed terrorist group Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and has a $10 million US bounty on his head, will be freed Nov. 23 after less than a year in detention.
    (AFP, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 22, Vladimir Putin called for "concessions and compromise" from all parties in Syria's six-year conflict as he kicked off a key summit in Sochi with the leaders of Turkey and Iran aimed at reviving stuttering peace negotiations.
    (AFP, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 22, Two more Russian athletes were stripped of their Olympic medals from the 2014 Sochi Games, leaving the United States as the country with the most medals.
    (AP, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 22, The Saudi-led military coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen announced it will reopen the war-torn country's main international airport in the capital of Sanaa and a vital Red Sea port to give access to humanitarian aid.
    (AP, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 22, In Saudi Arabia the UN envoy for Syria urged disparate Syrian opposition groups at a meeting in Riyadh to come up with a united front ahead of another round of Syrian peace talks in Geneva later this month.
    (AP, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 22, A UN tribunal at the Hague convicted former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic (74) of genocide and crimes against humanity for orchestrating massacres and ethnic cleansing during Bosnia's war and sentenced him to life in prison. Mladic was indicted along with Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic in 1995, shortly after the Srebrenica killings, but evaded capture until 2011.
    (Reuters, 11/22/17)   
2017        Nov 22, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that Venezuelan-American executives at refiner Citgo who were arrested in a corruption sweep this week would be tried as "corrupt, thieving traitors" despite a request by the United States to free them. Maduro named Asdrubal Chavez -- a cousin of late leader Hugo Chavez -- to lead Citgo, the state oil company's US affiliate.
    (Reuters, 11/23/17)(AFP, 11/23/17)
2017        Nov 22, Doctors in Yemen said three people have died of suspected diphtheria, as the World Health Organization and International Committee of the Red Cross warned the disease was spreading.
    (AFP, 11/22/17)
2017        Nov 22, Zimbabwe's incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa emerged from hiding, departing from neighboring South Africa to return home in preparation to take power after Robert Mugabe's stunning resignation.
    (AP, 11/22/17)

2017        Nov 23, Texas state Trooper Damen Allen (41) was shot and killed during a traffic stop near Fairfield, 90 miles south of Dallas. Suspect Dabrett Black (32) was arrested hours later in Hempstead, 110 miles from the scene of the shooting.
    (SFC, 11/25/17, p.A5)
2017        Nov 23, Afghan security forces in Wardak province reportedly launched an operation to clear the Jalreiz district of Taliban, killing 24 Taliban.
    (AP, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 23, Algerians trickled to the polls to vote in local elections after a low-key campaign that has brought no expectation of change in the North African state.
    (AFP, 11/23/17)
2017        Nov 23, Armenia's foreign-language film submission to the Academy Awards for this year, “Yeva" directed by Anahid Abad, premiered in Tehran. Her film is a joint production between the National Cinema Center of Armenia and the Iranian Farabi Cinema Foundation.
    (AP, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 23, Australia warned against American disengagement from Asia at a time of rising Chinese power as Canberra outlined its approach to the "Indo-Pacific" region in a 136-page document.
    (AP, 11/23/17)
2017        Nov 23, Cambodia reallocated parliamentary seats held by the recently banned opposition party to smaller parties that had failed to win any seats in the last election. The 55 seats the CNRP won in the 2013 election were being shared among five other political parties.
    (Reuters, 11/23/17)
2017        Nov 23, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Djibouti's visiting leader Omar Ismail Guelleh, whose African nation is hosting China's first overseas military base, agreed to elevate their nations' diplomatic relations.
    (AFP, 11/23/17)
2017        Nov 23, China’s Xinhua news agency said that police were checking allegations that some teachers and staff at the kindergarten had abused children, who were "reportedly sexually molested, pierced by needles and given unidentified pills" at a Beijing kindergarten run by RYB Education Inc. Shares in RYB plunged 38 percent on the New York Stock Exchange early the next day, almost wiping out most of the 44 percent rise in the Chinese company's stock since its IPO in September.
    (Reuters, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 23, In China Zhang Yang hanged himself at his home, to which he had been confined during the investigation. Zhang had formerly headed the Political Work Department under the dual government and ruling Communist Party's Central Military Commissions that oversee the People's Liberation Army. He had been placed under investigation in late August on suspicion of bribery.
    (AP, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 23, France-based Interpol said 40 suspected human traffickers have been arrested and nearly 500 of their victims freed in a vast police operation in five African countries. The operation earlier this month was carried out in Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.
    (AP, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 23, The Indonesian basketball league said eight Indonesian pro-basketball players and a team official have been banned for life over match fixing, reportedly to help their cash-strapped squad pay salaries.
    (AFP, 11/23/17)
2017        Nov 23, Iraqi forces launched a sweep through the western desert to flush out remaining Islamic State group fighters.
    (AFP, 11/23/17)
2017        Nov 23, Ivory Coast got its first 100-percent digital car insurance with the launch of an online service seeking to make headway in a country where only 20 to 30 percent of drivers are insured. Baloon, the subsidiary of a French startup, offered drivers coverage via their mobile phones or through the internet "in three minutes".
    (AFP, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 23, Eight men were found on Japan's northern coast who said they are from North Korea and washed ashore after their boat broke down. Investigators believed the men are not defectors and wished to return home.
    (AP, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 23, Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a deal in Naypyidaw paving the way for the possible repatriation of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Rakhine state.
    (AFP, 11/23/17)
2017        Nov 23, Papua New Guinea police raided a shuttered Australian detention camp, removing dozens of refugees in an effort to end a stand-off that has drawn global attention to Canberra's tough asylum-seeker policies.
    (AFP, 11/23/17)
2017        Nov 23, Meeting in Russia Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide and war crimes, asked Russia's Vladimir Putin to protect his country from the United States. Bashir also said he wanted to ramp up military ties and praised Moscow's military campaign in Syria.
    (AFP, 11/23/17)
2017        Nov 23, Meeting in Saudi Arabia Syria's fragmented opposition doubled down on attempts to unify their ranks, the second day of a Saudi-sponsored meeting ahead of next week's UN-brokered peace talks.
    (AFP, 11/23/17)

2017        Nov 24, US President Donald Trump said that he had informed Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a call that Washington is adjusting military support to partners on the ground in Syria.
    (Reuters, 11/25/17)
2017        Nov 24, In Ohio Abdel latif Bashiti (12) was killed and five others, ages 12-16, wounded in a shooting in Cleveland.
    (SSFC, 11/26/17, p.A9)
2017        Nov 24, An Afghan airstrike killed Taliban commander Dilawar Khan and two women and three children from his family in the northeastern Kapisa province. Khan's brother, who apparently escaped during the strike, was firing shots at Afghan helicopters from his home before the airstrike.
    (AP, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 24, In Argentina a judge said indigenous rights activist Santiago Maldonado (27), found dead October 17 in an Argentinian river 78 days after he went missing on August 1, died by drowning.
    (AP, 11/25/17)
2017        Nov 24, Argentina authorized the use of genetically modified soybean seeds resistant to herbicides other than glyphosate, as the European Union (EU) debates whether to extend the license of weed-killers containing the ingredient.
    (Reuters, 11/25/17)
2017        Nov 24, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Myanmar's top military general in Beijing and discussed China's support amid international criticism over its treatment of the Rohingya minority.
    (Reuters, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 24, China said it is temporarily closing its main road connection with North Korea. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the China-North Korea Friendship Bridge across the Yalu River at the Chinese city of Dandong will be closed while North Korea repairs the approach road on its side.
    (AP, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 24, A Danish girl (17), who offered to fight for Islamic State, was found guilty in Copenhagen of planning bomb attacks at two schools, one of them Jewish.
    (Reuters, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 24, In Egypt armed attackers killed at least 235 worshippers in a bomb and gun assault on the packed Rawda mosque, frequented by Sufis, in the North Sinai province. The death toll soon rose to 305, including 27 children, and 128 people injured.
    (AFP, 11/24/17)(Reuters, 11/25/17)
2017        Nov 24, The EU pledged to deepen ties with six former Soviet states (Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus), as part of efforts to counter Russian influence, but warned them they had no chance of joining the bloc any time soon.
    (AP, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 24, A French court halted sales of two pesticides made by US chemicals giant Dow after an environmental group raised fears that the substances could be harmful to bees.
    (AFP, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 24, In Georgia a fire at a luxury hotel in the Black Sea resort city of Batumi left 11 people dead and 21 others hurt.
    (AP, 11/25/17)
2017        Nov 24, Iraqi forces said that Islamic State group fighters are withdrawing deep into the desert to escape an offensive aimed at a final defeat of the jihadists.
    (AFP, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 24, Ireland's minority government looked set to collapse after the party propping it up submitted a motion of no confidence in the deputy prime minister, weeks before a summit on Britain's plans to leave the European Union.
    (Reuters, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 24, Italian police launched a campaign to reduce the murder rate against women on the eve of the UN-backed International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Femicides now account for 37 percent of the total compared to 24 percent a decade ago.
    (AFP, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 24, Japan expressed strong regret over San Francisco's decision to give city property status to a statue commemorating Asian women who worked in military brothels for Japanese troops during World War II, with Osaka declaring it will terminate its 60-year sister-city ties.
    (AP, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 24, Kosovo police arrested three lawmakers, including the popular main opposition leader whom they handcuffed in the street, after the three failed to appear in court on charges of releasing tear gas in parliament in 2015 and 2016.
    (Reuters, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 24, In northeastern Mali four UN peacekeepers and one Malian soldier were killed and several others were wounded in an attack by unidentified assailants.
    (Reuters, 11/24/17)(SSFC, 11/26/17, p.A8)
2017        Nov 24, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto designated the Revillagigedo Archipelago, located some 390 km (242 miles) southeast of the Baja California peninsula, as a national park.
    (Reuters, 11/25/17)
2017        Nov 24, In Mexico the mayor of Ixhuatlan de Madero and his wife were killed by gunmen.
    (AP, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 24, Dutch Saint Martin's PM William Marlin announced his resignation after a spat with The Netherlands over aid following a devastating hurricane that hit the Caribbean island.
    (AFP, 11/25/17)
2017        Nov 24, Pakistani authorities acting on a court order released Hafiz Saeed, a US-wanted militant, who allegedly founded a banned group linked to the 2008 Mumbai, India attack that killed 168 people.
    (AP, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 24, In Papua New Guinea the last asylum seekers abandoned a closed immigration camp, ending a three-week standoff between police and hundreds of men who had been prepared to suffer squalid conditions without power or running water rather than move to other residences where they feared violence.
    (AP, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 24, Peru's attorney general's office said it was investigating former President Alejandro Toledo for allegedly taking millions of dollars in bribes from the Brazilian company Camargo Correa in exchange for a highway construction contract.
    (AP, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 24, Poland’s lawmakers approved a law that will phase out Sunday shopping by the year 2020 despite criticism that it may eliminate thousands of jobs. The bill still needed approval from the Senate and from President Andrzej Duda.
    (AP, 11/25/17)
2017        Nov 24, Russia's Defense Ministry said six TU-22M3 long-range bombers had carried out air strikes on Islamic State targets on the western bank of the Euphrates river in Syria.
    (Reuters, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 24, South Africa's Supreme Court more than doubled Oscar Pistorius' murder sentence, accepting prosecutors' argument that the original jail term of six years for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was "shockingly lenient". A new sentence of 13 years and five months was handed down.
    (Reuters, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 24, The organization behind the "Alternative Nobel" said that a 2017 prize winner from Azerbaijan would not be able to attend the Dec. 1 award ceremony in Stockholm because of a travel ban linked to a suspended sentence she is serving. Azeri investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova claimed in a statement issued by the Right Livelihood Award that she is under the travel ban "because I criticize the government when it steals the people's money."
    (AP, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 24, Turkey said that US President Donald Trump told President Tayyip Erdogan he had issued instructions that weapons should not be provided to Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria, and that the Turkish government hoped to see that order carried out.
    (Reuters, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 24, In Turkey an Istanbul district authority banned a one-day festival that had been set to showcase short films on gay issues the next day, claiming the event posed a threat to public order.
    (AFP, 11/25/17)
2017        Nov 24, Ukraine said five of its soldiers had died during fighting in the east over the last 24 hours, as it accused Russia of ramping up its military presence in the region amid squabbles among warring rebel factions. Eight rebels were reported killed and another nine wounded.
    (AFP, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 24, In eastern Ukraine the region's news agency said Igor Plotnitsky, the leader of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic, has resigned following a week of tensions between rival factions.
    (AP, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 24, A UN official said the Saudi-led coalition has authorized the resumption of UN flights to the Yemeni capital starting Nov. 25.
    (AP, 11/24/17)
2017        Nov 24, Zimbabwe inaugurated new President Emmerson Mnangagwa. He laid out a grand vision to revitalize the country’s ravaged economy and vowed to rule on behalf of all the country's citizens.
    (AFP, 11/24/17)(Reuters, 11/24/17)

2017        Nov 25, In the SF Bay Area a collision left four people dead in a collision on I-80 in San Pablo. Fred Lowe (47) fled the scene but was soon caught and later charged with four counts of murder for driving under the influence and causing great bodily harm within 10 years of two other driving under the influence offenses.
    (SFC, 11/30/17, p.D2)
2017        Nov 25, In Britain a stolen car smashed into a tree in Leeds, killing five. The victims included a 12-year-old, two 15-year-olds, and two men aged 24 and 28. Two 15-year-old boys were held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
    (AP, 11/26/17)
2017        Nov 25, Authorities in China detained a woman suspected of abusing children at a Beijing kindergarten run by RYB Education, a US-listed company, in a case that has caused nationwide anger.
    (AP, 11/25/17)
2017        Nov 25, France’s President Emmanuel Macron announced an initiative to address violence and harassment against women in France marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. His plans aimed at erasing the sense of shame that breeds silence among victims and changing what he said is France's sexist culture.
    (AP, 11/25/17)
2017        Nov 25, Indonesia’s Mount Agung volcano on island of Bali erupted for a second time in less than a week, sending a grey-black plume of ash and steam at least 1,500 meters into the sky and leading several airlines to change flight plans.
    (Reuters, 11/25/17)
2017        Nov 25, Iraqi forces thrust north from the Euphrates Valley into the desert, opening up a new front in the drive to flush out fugitive Islamic State group fighters.
    (AFP, 11/25/17)
2017        Nov 25, At least 31 migrants died after their boat sank off Libya's western coast and some 200 others were picked up by the coastguard to be brought back to port in Tripoli.
    (Reuters, 11/25/17)
2017        Nov 25, Nigeria's military repelled an attempt by suspected Boko Haram militants to seize the northeastern town of Magumeri. At least three soldiers were killed and six others wounded in the fighting.
    (Reuters, 11/26/17)
2017        Nov 25, Pakistani police launched an operation to clear Islamist protesters from an intersection linking the Islamabad with the garrison city of Rawalpindi, sparking other demonstrators across the country to take to the streets in solidarity and bringing major cities to a virtual standstill. The clashes in Islamabad left six dead and dozens wounded after security forces failed to disperse supporters of the Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah party.
    (AP, 11/25/17)(AP, 11/26/17)
2017        Nov 25, Pakistani police said a suicide bomber detonated his explosives vest in the southwestern city of Quetta, killing at least four people and wounding 19 others.
    (AP, 11/25/17)
2017        Nov 25, Russia’s RIA news agency reported that President Vladimir Putin has signed a law which will allow authorities to list foreign media operating in Russia as "foreign agents".
    (Reuters, 11/25/17)
2017        Nov 25, Russian Defense Ministry said Russian long-range bombers hit Islamic State targets in the northeast of Syria.
    (Reuters, 11/25/17)
2017        Nov 25, Senegal's national assembly lifted the parliamentary immunity of Dakar mayor Khalifa Sall, a leading opponent of President Macky Sall, opening the way for his trial on graft charges.
    (AFP, 11/26/17)
2017        Nov 25, Hundreds of white South African farmers took to the streets of Pretoria, demanding government action over a wave of murders targeting their communities in rural areas. At least 72 white farmers have been murdered so far this year.
    (AFP, 11/25/17)
2017        Nov 25, A UN plane carrying desperately needed vaccines landed in the rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa after a three-week Saudi-led aid blockade that had sparked warnings thousands could die.
    (AFP, 11/25/17)
2017        Nov 25, Former Zimbabwe finance minister Ignatius Chombo, among those detained by the military when it seized power before Robert Mugabe resigned, was charged with three counts of corruption in offences that allegedly in 2004.
    (Reuters, 11/25/17)

2017        Nov 26, US Rep. John Conyers (88), D-Mich., stepped aside as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee amid sexual harassment allegations. Conyers said he would not resign from Congress and would fight the allegations.
    (SFC, 11/27/17, p.A5)
2017        Nov 26, In Louisiana fatally shot three people at a home in Slaughter and a 4th person at a nearby gas station in Zachary. Suspect Taurus Ike Hamilton (36) was arrested the next day in Alabama.
    (SFC, 11/28/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 26, The Meredith Corp., owner of magazines such as Family Circle and Better Homes and Gardens, agreed to purchase Time Inc. in an all cash transaction valued at nearly $3 billion. The deal was made possible in large part by an infusion of $650 million from billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.
    (SFC, 11/27/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 26, Cigarette companies began advertising in US newspapers about the health effects of smoking following a federal court order.
    (SSFC, 11/26/17, p.A5)
2017        Nov 26, In China a powerful explosion killed two people and injured over 30 in the port city of Ningbo, toppling several disused buildings. Local authorities said two people died and two were seriously injured.
    (AFP, 11/26/17)
2017        Nov 26, In China Tibetan monk Tenga (63) set himself alight in Sichuan province's Kardze county while shouting "We want freedom in Tibet." Security forces put out the flames and carried Tenga away.
    (AP, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 26, In Cuba Armando Hart (87), a confidant of Fidel Castro and the first education minister of Communist Cuba, died in Havana. His ministry nearly wiped out illiteracy on the island.
    (SSFC, 12/3/17, p.C10)
2017        Nov 26, Hondurans went to the polls with President Juan Orlando Hernandez seeking a second mandate despite a constitutional one-term limit, sparking fears that his bid could usher a crisis in the poverty and crime-wracked country.
    (AFP, 11/26/17)
2017        Nov 26, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said that China and 16 European countries would sign 23 cooperation agreements as China's Premier Le Keqiang arrived in Hungary to participate in a summit with countries from central and eastern Europe.
    (AP, 11/26/17)
2017        Nov 26, Indonesian and regional authorities heightened flight warnings around Bali's Mount Agung as the volcano's eruptions sent a plume of volcanic ash and steam more than 6,000 meters into the skies above the popular holiday island.
    (Reuters, 11/26/17)
2017        Nov 26, Iraq’s oil ministry said Iraq is to build a new pipeline to allow oil exports to resume from the northern province of Kirkuk to neighboring Turkey.
    (AFP, 11/26/17)
2017        Nov 26, Israel's health minister Yaakov Litzman, who heads a powerful ultra-Orthodox political party in Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition, resigned saying he opposed continued maintenance work on the country's railways on the Sabbath, when all labor is strictly prohibited by Jewish law. Netanyahu met with his ultra-Orthodox party allies and agreed to a series of measures to limit labor on the Jewish Sabbath and preserve the religious status quo in exchange for their continued allegiance.
    (AP, 11/26/17)(AP, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 26, In Nepal residents of mountain villages and foothill towns voted in the country’s first provincial polls, with the hope of bringing government closer to the Himalayan nation's rural and remote areas.
    (AP, 11/26/17)
2017        Nov 26, A Nepali government official said a state-owned power company will develop the Himalayan country's biggest hydroelectric plant after the government scrapped a deal with a Chinese company.
    (Reuters, 11/26/17)
2017        Nov 26, In Pakistan Islamist party activists clashed with security forces for a second day outside Islamabad, burning vehicles before withdrawing into an uneasy stand-off at a protest camp they have occupied for two weeks.
    (Reuters, 11/26/17)
2017        Nov 26, Pakistani police arrested ten people for killing a newly-wed couple who entered into a free-will marriage in the southern port city of Karachi. Abdul Hadi (24) and Hasina Bibi (19) were killed by relatives last week for marrying without permission from their elders earlier this month.
    (AP, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 26, In Saudi Arabia officials from 40 Muslim countries gathered in Riyadh in the first meeting of an Islamic counter-terrorism alliance. Prince Mohammed bin Salman vowed to "pursue terrorists until they are wiped from the face of the earth." The meeting excluded Saudi Arabia's arch-rival, Shiite-dominated Iran, as well as Syria and Iraq, whose leaders have close ties to Tehran.
    (AFP, 11/26/17)
2017        Nov 26, A Sudanese general and nine soldiers were killed in clashes in the war-damaged region of Darfur after their vehicles were ambushed by militants. Prominent Darfur militia leader Musa Hilal was arrested and the situation in Darfur stabilized.
    (Reuters, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 26, Syrian government airstrikes and shelling outside Damascus killed at least 23 civilians. Six Russian Tu-22M3 long-range bombers hit Islamic State targets in Deir al-Zor province. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes on Al-Shaafa, an Islamic State-held village, killed 34 civilians, including 15 children.
    (AP, 11/26/17)(Reuters, 11/26/17)(AFP, 11/26/17)
2017        Nov 26, The United Nations children's fund warned that more than 11 million children in war-torn Yemen are in desperate need of humanitarian aid.
    (AFP, 11/26/17)

2017        Nov 27, In North Carolina Kristy Woods reported that her daughter, Mariah Woods (3), was missing. The child’s body was found on Dec. 2 in a creek in Pender County, one day after Earl Kimrey (32), the mother’s boyfriend, was charged with hiding the body after knowing she did not die of natural causes.
    (SFC, 12/4/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 27, The British government unveiled an industrial strategy focused on research and innovation, in an effort to boost poor productivity and to shield the economy from Brexit.
    (AFP, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 27, Britain’s Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle, his American fiancée, announced their engagement. Markle, the daughter of a block mother and white father, will be the first woman of color in modern history to join the British royal family.
    (SFC, 12/2/17, p.A2)(SSFC, 12/3/17, p.A4)
2017        Nov 27, A Chinese cargo ship sank after colliding with another vessel in the mouth of the Pearl River near the southern city of Guangzhou. 12 sailors were missing.
    (AP, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 27, In Denmark a girl (17) who offered to fight for Islamic State was sentenced to eight years in prison by the Danish high court for planning bomb attacks on two schools, one of them Jewish.
    (Reuters, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 27, Ethiopia’s state-controlled broadcaster reported that a renewed bout of clashes between two of the country’s largest ethnic groups killed more than 20 people last week.
    (AFP, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 27, The EU approved a five-year extension of the use of the weed killer glyphosate in a move that failed to satisfy both environmentalists and farmers.
    (AP, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 27, Teachers at many of France's international schools, a symbol of French soft power around the world, went on strike over planned cuts to budgets and staffing. Paris has 492 schools in 137 foreign countries, catering to some 350,000 students including the children of elite business leaders and diplomats.
    (AFP, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 27, Greek authorities raised to 23 the death toll from the Nov. 15 heavy flooding near Athens, after one more body was found and an injured woman died in hospital.
    (AP, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 27, Amnesty Int’l. urged Greece's government to halt the sale of thousands of artillery shells to Saudi Arabia, saying the weapons could be used against civilians in the ongoing war in Yemen. Greek PM Alexis Tsipras strongly defended deal.
    (AP, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 27, In Honduras initial election results were released and showed opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla leading President Juan Orlando Hernandez, after a tense evening that saw both men declare themselves the winner before official numbers were announced.
    (AFP, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 27, Four Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers, who were ousted from the legislature this year, condemned as "political persecution" a demand that they pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses.
    (Reuters, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 27, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, host of the "16+1" summit, said the region was in need of external technological and financial resources, including from China, to grow. China’s Premier Li Keqiang outlined his hope that his country's closer cooperation with central and eastern Europe will help foster prosperity in the region.
    (AP, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 27, An Indian appeals court acquitted 35 crewmembers and security guards of the private US ship MV Seaman Guard Ohio, including six former British soldiers and 10 Indians, who were sentenced last year to five years in prison on charges of illegally transporting weapons and ammunition in Indian waters in October, 2013.
    (AP, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 27, In India police in Assam state used elephants and tear gas in an attempt to evict hundreds of people living illegally in the Amchang forest, an elephant habitat threatened by unauthorized settlements.
    (SFC, 11/28/17, p.A2)
2017        Nov 27, In Indonesia nearly two dozen villages were emptied of their inhabitants, including farmers reluctant to leave precious livestock behind as so-called cold lava flows appeared on Bali’s Mount Agung.
    (AP, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 27, In northern Iraq more than 80 militants were killed in an air strike, where Turkish jets have frequently targeted PKK fighters.
    (AP, 11/29/17)
2017        Nov 27, An Israeli court blocked Uber's ride-sharing services in a victory for the country's traditional taxi operators, saying the US firm's private drivers lacked proper insurance.
    (AFP, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 27, In Japan eight bodies, which had been reduced partly to skeletons, were found on in a small wooden ship that washed up on a beach in the sea of Japan. The bodies of two males, similarly partly skeletonized, were also found at the weekend on the western shore of the Sea of Japan island of Sado.
    (Reuters, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 27, In Kuwait leading opposition figure Musallam al-Barrack, three serving lawmakers and dozens of others were sentenced to prison over protesters storming parliament in 2011, with one lawyer saying police had already begun rounding up those convicted to take them to prison. A lower court had initially acquitted the 70-odd defendants involved in the 2013 case.
    (AP, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 27, In Mexico Yendi Guadalupe Torres Castellanos (35), a sex crimes prosecutor, was shot and killed in front of her office in in the municipality of Panuco, northern Veracruz state.
    (AP, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 27, Myanmar's army chief Min Aung Hlaing said he told Pope Francis his country had "no religious discrimination" after the pair met in Yangon, in a papal visit framed by the exodus of the Rohingya Muslim minority.
    (AFP, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 27, Pakistan's law minister Zahid Hamid resigned after the embattled government bowed to demands from a small Islamist group, striking a deal with the help of the military to end a weeks-long anti-blasphemy protest.
    (AFP, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 27, Johannesburg-based organization Civicus announced that Egyptian rights campaigner Khaled el-Balsh has won the Nelson Mandela award for individual activism for 2017. Civicus, which operates in 145 countries around the world, began granting the awards named after Nelson Mandela and his wife Graça Machel in 2005.
    (AP, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 27, In Syria renewed army bombardment of rebel-held Eastern Ghouta outside Damascus reportedly killed 14 people, despite a ceasefire deal for the region.
    (AFP, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 27, Turkish and Sudanese intelligence agencies returned to Turkey Memduh Cikmaz, a man believed to be a financier for the US-based cleric accused of orchestrating a failed coup in Turkey, following his capture in Sudan.
    (Reuters, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 27, In Vietnam a court in Ha Tinh province sentenced activist Nguyen Van Hoa (22) to seven years in prison for producing online videos and interviews related to the toxins dumped in the ocean last year by Taiwanese-owned Formosa Plastics Group’s steel complex in ha Tinh province.
    (SFC, 11/28/17, p.A4)

2017        Nov 28, A US prosecutor says Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab has pleaded guilty to charges and will reveal at a New York trial how he helped Iran evade US sanctions in an "economic jihad".
    (AP, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 28, The SF board of Supervisors approved new regulations for cannabis dispensaries. The rules included a 600-foot school buffer zone.
    (SFC, 11/29/17, p.A7)
2017        Nov 28, In San Francisco Karim Baratov (22) of Canada pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a massive breach at Yahoo. Officials said he was a “hacker-for-hire" paid by members of the Russian Federal Security Service. On May 29, 2018, Baratov was sentenced to five years in prison.
    (SFC, 11/29/17, p.A4)(SFC, 5/30/18, p.C6)
2017        Nov 28, In Florida Howell Emanuel Donaldson (24) was arrested for the recent shooting deaths of four people in the Tampa area.
    (SFC, 11/30/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 28, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb planted by the Taliban killed at least eight civilians including three women and a child in Kandahar province.
    (Reuters, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 28, Bangladesh approved a $280 million project to develop an isolated and flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal to temporarily house 100,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar.
    (Reuters, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 28, In Bangladesh three alleged Islamist extremists were killed in a raid by police as security was stepped up before Pope Francis's landmark visit to the Muslim-majority nation.
    (AFP, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 28, Bolivia's Constitutional Court allowed Pres. Evo Morales to run for another re-election. The court decision was final and cannot be appealed.
    (Reuters, 11/29/17)
2017        Nov 28, Britain’s University of Oxford said it will issue its first ever bond in an effort to raise £250 million ($332 million, 279 million euros) on financial markets.
    (AFP, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 28, In Burkina Faso French Pres. Emmanuel Macron kicked off his maiden African tour by vowing to declassify secret French files on Burkina Faso's assassinated leader, Thomas Sankara, hailed as a revolutionary hero in many parts of the continent.
    (AFP, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 28, In Cameroon militants seeking independence for English-speaking regions carried out a raid late in the town of Mamfe, near the border with Nigeria in the Southwest Region, in which four soldiers were killed.
    (Reuters, 12/1/17)
2017        Nov 28, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) accused four cities in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang of increasing air pollution due to administrative failures. The cities of Harbin, Jiamusi, Shuangyashan and Hegang were covered in a blanket of chocking smog on Oct.18-20, with concentrations of hazardous particles, known as PM2.5, reaching over 400 micrograms.
    (Reuters, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 28, China sentenced Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che (42) to five years in prison for holding online political lectures and helping the families of jailed dissidents. Lee's co-defendant, Peng Yuhua, from mainland China, was sentenced to seven years in prison.
    (AP, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 28, Egypt’s interior ministry said security forces have killed 11 suspected "terrorist elements" during a raid on a hideout for militants providing support for jihadists in the northern Sinai.
    (AFP, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 28, Ethiopia said more than 1,300 citizens have been expelled from Saudi Arabia in "recent days" after a warning for undocumented migrants to voluntarily leave the Gulf nation expired.
    (AP, 11/29/17)
2017        Nov 28, Airbus, Siemens and Rolls-Royce said they are teaming up to develop a hybrid passenger plane that would use a single electric turbofan along with three conventional jet engines running on aviation fuel.
    (AP, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 28, Greek police found bomb-making equipment and detonators in raids in Athens and were questioning nine people over suspected links to a banned militant group in Turkey ahead of an expected visit by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan next week.
    (Reuters, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 28, Guinean officials said a two-day skirmish between Guinean and Malian villagers over control of a gold mine that straddles the countries' joint border killed at least 17 people. Five dead were reported on the Guinean side and 12 on the Malian side.
    (Reuters, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 28, In India Ivanka Trump described the hurdles faced by women during a speech at a business conference in Hyderabad. The city had cleared away beggars and filled potholes ahead of her visit.
    (AP, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 28, In Indonesia Mount Agung continued to erupt on Bali, spitting ash 4,000 meters (2 ½ miles) high and stranding tens of thousands of tourists for a second day.
    (AP, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 28, Ireland's scandal-hit deputy PM Frances Fitzgerald resigned, averting a government collapse and potential snap election that had threatened to complicate Brexit talks next month between Britain and the European Union. Opposition parties had demanded she step down after the release of fresh documents about her disputed handling of a police whistleblower who alleged corruption in the force.
    (Reuters, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 28, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term, shortly before riot police teargassed the convoy of opposition leader Raila Odinga, who promised supporters he would be sworn in himself on Dec. 12. A boy (7) was killed by a stray bullet as Kenyan police chase opposition supporters during the swearing-in ceremony. At least two people other were shot dead in clashes with the police.
    (Reuters, 11/28/17)(AP, 11/28/17)(AFP, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 28, Libyan authorities attempted to negotiate with a group that has cut water supplies to Tripoli for the second time in two months to press for the release of Mabrouk Ehnaish, a militia leader detained last month by Tripoli's Special Deterrence Force (SDF).
    (Reuters, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 28, Macedonian police arrested about 30 people, including two opposition MPs, former senior police officials and an ex-minister, over an April attack on parliament in which scores of people were injured.
    (AFP, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 28, Mauritania flew a new national flag for the first time, the country's independence day, following a contested constitutional referendum that prompted a senator's arrest and hunger strike.
    (AFP, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 28, In western Mexico two heads and a threatening note were left in a foam cooler outside the Guadalajara offices of television network Televisa.
    (AP, 11/29/17)
2017        Nov 28, In Myanmar Pope Francis urged the leaders of the majority-Buddhist country to commit themselves to justice, human rights and respect for "each ethnic group and its identity." The pope avoided a diplomatic backlash by not using the highly charged term "Rohingya" in his addresses to officials, including leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
    (Reuters, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 28, North Korea launched its most powerful weapon yet, claiming a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile, called the Hwasong-15, that some observers believe could reach Washington and the entire eastern US seaboard.
    (AP, 11/29/17)(SFC, 11/29/17, p.A3)
2017        Nov 28, Russian weather satellite Meteor M 2-1 and nearly 20 micro-satellites from various nations failed to enter their designated orbits following the launch from Russia's new Vostochny launch pad in the Far East. It wasn't immediately clear if they fell into the ocean or were stranded in low orbit.
    (AP, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 28, Officials in Serbia inaugurated the reconstruction of the railway line between Serbia and Hungary, a project financed mostly by China and its "new Silk Road" initiative to expand commercial ties with Europe, Asia and Africa.
    (AP, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 28, In South Sudan a tribal militia killed at least 43 people in Jonglei state, extending a spate of tit-for-tat revenge killings. Raiders from the Murle ethnic group killed 20 men, 22 women and one child, and injured 19 people in the village of Duk Payel.
    (Reuters, 11/29/17)
2017        Nov 28, Syria's government agreed to a ceasefire in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, following days of heavy bombardment. Shelling killed three people in Eastern Ghouta shortly before the ceasefire.
    (AFP, 11/28/17)(Reuters, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 28, The Venezuelan Soccer Federation fired Kenneth Zseremeta, the coach of its under-20 women's national soccer team, after he claimed that his players were suffering from malnutrition.
    (AP, 11/29/17)
2017        Nov 28, The World Health Organization said about 11 percent of medicines in developing countries are counterfeit and likely responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of children from diseases like malaria and pneumonia every year.
    (AP, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov 28, Zimbabwe's new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa announced a three-month amnesty window for the return of public funds illegally stashed abroad by individuals and companies.
    (Reuters, 11/28/17)

2017        Nov 29, President Donald Trump threatened new sanctions on North Korea after its most powerful missile test yet and urged China's leader "to use all available levers" to convince its wayward ally to "return to the path of denuclearization." Trump called on Chinese President Xi Jinping to exert Beijing's pressure on North Korea.
    (AP, 11/29/17)(Reuters, 11/29/17)
2017        Nov 29, Washington urged tough action at an emergency meeting of the Security Council held today to respond to North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). US Ambassador Nikki Haley’s call for nations to "cut off all ties with North Korea" was rejected by Moscow.
    (AFP, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 29, US President Donald Trump posted anti-Islam videos on Twitter that had originally been posted by a leader of a far-right British party convicted earlier this month of abusing a Muslim woman.
    (Reuters, 11/29/17)
2017        Nov 29, In NYC Turkish-Iranian mogul Reza Zarrab (34) admitted he bribed former Turkish economy minister Zafer Caglayan in order to facilitate illegal gold transactions with Iran. His testimony implied that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan knew how he and defendant Mehmet Hakan Atilla, deputy chief executive of Turkish lender Halkbank, circumvented sanctions on Iran and laundered money from Iranian petroleum sales.
    (AFP, 12/1/17)
2017        Nov 29, John Eastman of Connecticut (50) was sentenced to 17 years in prison for pretending to be a pop star and enticing young girls into performing sexual acts during video chats. Eastman was  also sentenced to a lifetime of probation.
    (SFC, 11/30/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 29, NBC fired Matt Lauer, the co-host of the “Today," program over allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior. Lauer had  $25 million a year salary.
    (SFC, 11/30/17, p.A8)
2017        Nov 29, An Argentine court sentenced 48 former military personnel to prison for involvement in so-called "death flights" and other crimes committed at a notorious torture center when a junta ruled the country (1976-1983).
    (AP, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 29, British PM Theresa May paid a surprise visit to Baghdad where she met her Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi and praised the country's efforts to battle the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 11/29/17)
2017        Nov 29, In Cameroon two police officers were killed by militants seeking independence for English-speaking regions in the town of Out in the Southwest Region.
    {Cameroon}
    (Reuters, 12/1/17)
2017        Nov 29, The Czech center-left government of PM Bohuslav Sobotka stepped down, making way for billionaire Andrej Babis, who won an election last month, to take power in time for an EU summit in December.
    (Reuters, 11/29/17)
2017        Nov 29, Greek police used tear gas to hold back dozens of protesters trying to disrupt foreclosed property auctions that resumed after a hiatus of several months.
    (AP, 11/29/17)
2017        Nov 29, In Iceland over 400 women political leaders from around the world met for an annual summit, sponsored by the Women Political Leaders Global Forum, aimed at promoting gender equality inside and outside of the political sphere.
    (AP, 11/29/17)
2017        Nov 29, It was reported that 66,000 people out of Iran's 80 million people have HIV, though about 30,000 of them have no idea they have the virus. The report cited government statistics.
    (AP, 11/29/17)
2017        Nov 29, Israel launched a new shuttle service for Gazans who need to travel to the US Consulate in Jerusalem — briefly easing one of the many restrictions it places on Palestinians who want to exit the blockaded territory.
    (AP, 11/29/17)
2017        Nov 29, An Israeli court sentenced three Palestinians to life in prison over a gun attack that left four people dead at a popular Tel Aviv nightspot in June, 2016.
    (AP, 11/29/17)
2017        Nov 29, In Myanmar Pope Francis urged religious leaders and ordinary faithful to help the country heal its old wounds, preaching a message of forgiveness and tolerance as the country emerges from military dictatorship and seeks to make peace with its many ethnic minorities after decades of conflict.
    (AP, 11/29/17)
2017        Nov 29, At The Hague appeals judges at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal upheld the convictions of six Bosnian Croats found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the 1990s.
    (Reuters, 11/29/17)
2017        Nov 29, At The Hague Slobodan Praljak (72), a convicted Bosnian Croat war criminal, died after drinking from a small bottle in court. Praljak drank from a bottle shortly after judges at the tribunal upheld his sentence for involvement in a campaign to drive Muslims out of a would-be Bosnian Croat mini-state in Bosnia in the early 1990s. A toxicological test revealed potassium cyanide in Praljak’s blood.
    (AP, 11/29/17)(SSFC, 12/3/17, p.A7)
2017        Nov 29, A Norwegian train smashed into a herd of reindeer in the country's Arctic region, killing 17 animals. Reindeer have been hit eight times between Nov. 22 and 25, resulting in the death of 110 animals.
    (AP, 11/29/17)
2017        Nov 29, It was reported that generations of native Sami people living in remote northern Norway have been victims of rape and child sex abuse that has gone largely unreported and uninvestigated. A police report covering the period from 1953 to August 2017 documented at least 151 sexual assaults, including 43 rapes, in the Arctic municipality of Tysfjord, which has a population of less than 2,000.
    (AP, 11/29/17)
2017        Nov 29, In Pakistan gunmen opened fire at the main gate of a Shiite mosque in Islamabad killing a worshipper and wounding three others.
    (AP, 11/29/17)
2017        Nov 29, Kremlin-backed RT published a letter from the Executive Committee of the Congressional Radio And Television Correspondents Gallery saying the channel's Congressional press credentials had been withdrawn due to its registration as a foreign agent in the United States.
    (Reuters, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 29, Inocente Orlando Montano Morales (76) arrived in Madrid following extradition from the US to face charges that he helped plot the 1989 massacre of six Jesuit priests and two others in El Salvador.
    (SFC, 11/30/17, p.A2)
2017        Nov 29, In Sri Lanka powerful winds and torrential rain battered much of the island late today, toppling trees and damaging buildings. Seven people were killed with five others left missing.
    (AFP, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 29, In Thailand Surin Pitsuwan (68), former Association of Southeast Asian Nations Secretary-General (2008-2012), died in Bangkok of a heart attack.
    (AP, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 29, Turkish police staged an operation to detained 360 people, including 333 soldiers, as part of a probe into the Gulen network in the armed forces.
    (AFP, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 29, Human Rights Watch said Venezuelan state security forces systematically abused opposition protesters detained earlier this year during months of deadly political unrest.
    (SFC, 11/30/17, p.A2)
2017        Nov 29, In Vietnam Uber Technologies Inc. signed a deal with MoMo, Vietnam's leading financial technology firm, enabling Uber riders to pay for trips using MoMo's e-wallets in a country where most transactions are done in cash.
    (AP, 11/29/17)
2017        Nov 29, In Yemen clashes erupted late today near the capital's Saleh mosque, killed nine Huthi rebels and five supporters of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
    (AFP, 11/30/17)

2017        Nov 30, US President Donald Trump sparked outrage in Britain with a sharp rebuke of PM Theresa May on Twitter after she criticized him for retweeting British far-right anti-Islam videos.
    (Reuters, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, The New York Times reported that the White House has a plan to force out Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA chief Mike Pompeo within weeks.
    (AFP, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, The US-led coalition in Syria said over 400 US Marines involved in battling the Islamic State group are being withdrawn as part of a cut in forces after the capture of jihadist "capital" Raqa.
    (AFP, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, A US coalition report said at least 800 civilians have been killed in strikes in Iraq and Syria by the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State since the campaign began in 2014.
    (Reuters, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, The US Food and Drug Administration announced the approval of Foundation Medicine’s test for patients with advanced or widely spread cancers and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed coverage. The FoundationOne CDx test can be used for any solid tumor and surveys 324 genes plus other features that can help predict success with treatments that enlist the immune system.
    (SFC, 12/2/17, p.D1)
2017        Nov 30, A San Francisco jury acquitted Jose Ines Garcia Zarate (45) of murder and manslaughter charges in the July 1, 2015, waterfront killing of Kate Steinle. Zarate was convicted of gun possession. A shot from the gun had ricocheted off concrete before striking Steinle in the heart.
    (SFC, 11/30/17, p.A1)
2017        Nov 30, San Francisco-based non-profit Pacific News Service, founded in Berkeley in 1969, ceased operations along with its subsidiary New America Media.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y7579x83)(SFC, 11/27/17, p.A10)
2017        Nov 30, Maryland officials said 26 people including correctional officer Sgt. Antoine Fordham have been indicted after a nearly yearlong investigation into gang activity and corruption in the state’s prisons. Fordham was described as a high-ranking member in Baltimore’s 8-Trey Crips street gang.
    (SFC, 11/30/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 30, US Rep. Congressman Joe Barton of Texas announced his retirement following new reports that he had carried on multiple extramarital relationships before his 2015 divorce.
    (SFC, 11/30/17, p.A6)
2017        Nov 30, The Australian government bowed to growing pressure by announcing a high-level inquiry into misbehavior in Australia's financial sector.
    (AP, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, In Bangladesh Pope Francis called for "decisive measures" to resolve the political crisis causing mostly Muslim refugees from neighboring Myanmar to flee to Bangladesh. Francis did not use the word Rohingya, which is contested by the Yangon government and military.
    (Reuters, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, British PM Theresa May repeated her condemnation of US President Donald Trump's retweets of anti-Muslim videos posted by a British far-right leader but said US-UK relations would survive the row.
    (AP, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, Cambodian officials said the diplomatic passports of some opposition members have been cancelled weeks after a Supreme Court ruling dissolved their political party.
    (Reuters, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, Congo DRC police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators in several cities and arrested two opposition leaders in a clampdown on protests against President Joseph Kabila.
    (AFP, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, Denmark passed a law that could allow it to ban Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from going through its waters on grounds of security or foreign policy.
    (Reuters, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, A Finnish court banned neo-Nazi group the Nordic Resistance Movement (PVL), saying there was an "urgent social need" to shut down the group which it said spread hate speech and incited violence.
    (Reuters, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, Honduran protesters set up barricades and clashed with police near a vote-counting center, following a widely criticized presidential election that produced no clear result in four days and which the opposition says was fraudulent.
    (Reuters, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, Top Hong Kong hurdler Lui Lai-yiu accused her former coach of sexually assaulting her when she was a schoolgirl, prompting the city's leader Carrie Lam to ask police to look into the matter.
    (AFP, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, Officials in Indian-administered Kashmir said five suspected rebels were shot dead by government forces.
    (AFP, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, Indonesian authorities detained an American citizen as he was picking up a package containing 336.6 grams (12 ounces) of marijuana at a post office.
    (AP, 12/19/17)
2017        Nov 30, Israeli aircraft and tanks struck a number of militant targets in the Gaza Strip in response to a volley of mortar fire from the Palestinian territory.
    (SFC, 11/30/17, p.A4)
2017        Nov 30, An Israeli settler shot and killed a Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank, in what the Israeli army said was a response to an attack by Palestinians throwing rocks, which Palestinians denied.
    (Reuters, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, Israeli soldier Ron Yitzhak Kokia (20), was stabbed to death late today in the southern city of Arad and his weapon was stolen. His assailants fled the scene. On Dec. 4 the internal security service said it has arrested two residents of southern Israel suspected in the stabbing death.
    (AP, 12/4/17)
2017        Nov 30, Lebanese PM Saad Hariri charged that the Syrian regime which he blames for his father's assassination also wants him killed, in an interview published today in French magazine Paris Match.
    (AFP, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, Macedonian police seized half a million tablets of synthetic drugs from a laboratory in the west of the country, and arrested six people, Macedonian and Serbian nationals, suspected of drug production and trafficking.
    (AP, 12/1/17)
2017        Nov 30, In Malaysia an inquiry into huge losses by Malaysia's central bank recommended Mahathir Mohamad face a criminal investigation, ahead of polls at which the former premier wants to oust the current government. The final report by the official Royal Commission of Inquiry into the scandal in the 1990s during Mahathir's tenure also recommended Anwar Ibrahim -- finance minister at the time and now a leading opposition figure languishing in jail -- face a criminal probe.
    (AFP, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, At least 3 migrants, two of them women, died when their boat sank off Morocco late today. Another 28 people who were on their boat were missing.
    (Reuters, 12/1/17)
2017        Nov 30, Russia's government published a draft agreement between Russia and Egypt allowing both countries to use each other's air space and air bases for their military planes. The draft was set out in a decree, signed by PM Dmitry Medvedev on Nov. 28.
    (Reuters, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, Russian Security Council secretary Nikolai Patrushev said Moscow was already preparing to withdraw its military contingent from Syria.
    (Reuters, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, Amnesty International said the Syrian government has used internationally banned Soviet-made cluster munitions in attacks on the besieged rebel-held suburb of Damascus.
    (AP, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, Turkey’s parliament, dominated by ruling party members, rejected an opposition motion for an inquiry into allegations that Pres. Erdogan’s family members have evaded taxes by transferring millions of dollars to offshore accounts.
    (SFC, 11/30/17, p.A2)
2017        Nov 30, Turkish police detained 50 people including soldiers and air force pilots in raids in 11 cities against those accused of links to the group blamed for last year's failed coup.
    (AFP, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, Turkish lender Aktif Bank said it had not violated any US or international sanctions, after it was mentioned in the US case regarding Iran sanctions violations.
    (Reuters, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, The Kiev-based Ukrainian Orthodox Church released a November 16 letter to Patriarch Kirill after Russian media said Ukraine’s head Patriarch Filaret had asked Moscow for "forgiveness," a claim it denied.
    (AFP, 12/1/17)
2017        Nov 30, Venezuelan authorities said they have detained two once-powerful officials who had run the oil ministry and state energy company PDVSA. Engineer Eulogio Del Pino was thought to have participated in a $500 million corruption and sabotage scheme at the Petrozamora joint venture, while chemist Martinez was suspected of allowing a poor refinancing deal for US-based refiner Citgo Petroleum Corp, which he used to lead, to go ahead without government approval.
    (Reuters, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, The UN called on world powers to help arrange the medical evacuation of 500 people, including 167 children, from eastern Ghouta. In the past two months, UN convoys have delivered supplies to only 68,000 of the 400,000 trapped civilians.
    (Reuters, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, A Vietnamese court upheld a 10-year jail sentence for prominent blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (37), convicted of publishing propaganda against the state.
    (Reuters, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, Yemenis in the tens of thousands packed Sanaa's Sabaeen Square they gathered to mark the Prophet Muhammed's birthday, heeding a call from rebel leader Abdul Malik al-Huthi for supporters to attend. The rally came after late-night mediation attempts between Saleh and the rebels failed to reconcile both sides.
    (AFP, 11/30/17)
2017        Nov 30, Yemeni witnesses said a US drone fired missiles at houses in the central province of Bayda in a village called Ghashm Sarar, killing three suspected militants. Sadek al-Jouf, once a chief mediator between militants and tribes and a resident of a nearby town, said 11 people were killed and none was a member of al-Qaida. He also said missiles hit an ambulance carrying the injured.
    (AP, 11/30/17)

2017        Nov, Angola’s Pres. Joao Lourenco removed the former president's daughter, Isabel dos Santos, as chair of the national oil company, Sonangol. She is said to be Africa's richest woman. Two-thirds of Angolans lived in poverty on less than $2 a day. Isabel’s husband Sindika Dokolo was a Congolese businessman and noted collector of Congolese art.
    (AP, 11/22/17)(Econ, 9/16/17, p.44)
2017        Nov, Argentina began experiencing a serious drought. In 2018 grain exports were expected to be cut by up to $3.4 billion.
    (SFC, 4/4/18, p.A2)
2017        Nov, Brazil ended a widower's pension that tended to reward men who murdered their wives.
    (SFC, 3/14/18, p.A4)
2017        Nov, In Cambodia the 400-megawatt Lower Sesan 2 Dam, a joint venture between China's Hydrolancang International Energy Company and Cambodia's Royal Group, began operations.
    (Reuters, 2/4/18)
2017        Nov, Nio, a Chinese automotive company, presented its first car, the EP9, at the Saatchi gallery in London. The company was founded three years earlier by serial entrepreneur Li Bin, who made a fortune through BitAuto, an online platform for buying and selling cars.
    (Econ, 9/23/17, p.21)
2017        Nov, A Chinese video emerged showing students at a female morality school at the northeastern Fushun Traditional Culture School being told to “shut your mouths and do more housework" and “Don’t fight back when beaten."
    (SSFC, 2/4/18, p.A7)
2017        Nov, Egyptian police raided a tiny alternative film venue in Cairo to prevent the screening of a thriller critical of law enforcement that has been banned. The officers prevented "The Nile Hilton Incident" from being played in a makeshift, 25-seat theater because it was a downloaded copy that didn't have government permission to be shown.
    (AP, 11/29/17)
2017        Nov, In Georgia ethnic Chechen Akhmed Chatayev, a former Islamic State warlord suspected of masterminding a deadly attack on Istanbul airport in 2016, was believed to have been killed during a special operation in Tbilisi. One Georgian special forces serviceman and three members of the armed group, which was suspected of terrorism, were killed in the operation.
    (Reuters, 11/28/17)
2017        Nov, Indonesian officials in Bali declared a "garbage emergency" across a six-km (3.7-mile) stretch of coast that included popular beaches Jimbaran, Kuta and Seminyak.
    (AFP, 12/28/17)
2017        Nov, In Morocco El Mortada Iamrachen (31), a member of a protest movement in the neglected northern Rif region, was convicted of "defending terrorism" and incitement.
    (AFP, 2/6/18)

2017        Dec 1, The Trump administration asked the US Supreme Court to block a federal judge's order requiring it to disclose all emails, letters and other documents it considered in its decision to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.
    (AP, 12/2/17)
2017        Dec 1, A GOP tax bill, known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," was approved by 51 Republican senators. The 479-page bill received no hearings and major changes were being made earlier the same day. An analysis by the Joint Committee on Taxation found that growth fueled by the bill’s tax cuts would be minimal and that the bill would add $1 trillion to the federal deficit over the next decade.
    (SFC, 12/2/17, p.A7)
2017        Dec 1, Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia in Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between President Donald Trump and Russia. The plea revealed a new layer of lies unearthed by the far-reaching probe and put heightened scrutiny on the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
    (AP, 12/2/17)
2017        Dec 1, The US House Ethics Committee requested records detailing taxpayer financed payments made over the years to settle claims of sexual harassment, discrimination and other prohibited behavior by members of Congress.
    (SFC, 12/2/17, p.A4)
2017        Dec 1, US Navy Cmdr. Bobby Pitts (48) of Chesapeake, Virginia, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in a fraud and bribery scheme that cost the government about $35 million. Cmdr. Pitts was the latest person to be sentenced in connection with a decade-long scam linked to Singapore defense contractor "Fat Leonard" Francis.
    (AP, 12/2/17)
2017        Dec 1, San Francisco police shot a killed Keita "Iggy" O'Neil (42) after he carjacked a minivan from a state lottery worker following a chase through the Bayview. Rookie Officer Christopher Samayoa was later identified as the shooting officerand was fired in March, 2018.
    (SFC, 12/8/17, p.A8)(SFC, 12/14/17, p.D3)(SFC, 3/14/18, p.A1)
2017        Dec 1, Shervin Pishevar, one of Silicon Valley's most powerful venture capitalists, denied claims by several women of sexual harassment, saying he is the victim of an "organized smear campaign".
    (AFP, 12/2/17)
2017        Dec 1, In Missouri Benjamin Byers (45) of Kansas City was charged with 2nd degree murder in the death of his wife, one day after their daughter told a school counselor that she had seen lots of blood and glimpsed a body in the basement.
    (SFC, 12/2/17, p.A4)
2017        Dec 1, An Associated Press investigation found that US oil refineries that are unable to sell a dirty fuel waste product at home are exporting vast quantities of it to India instead.
    (AP, 12/1/17)
2017        Dec 1, In Afghanistan unknown gunmen shot and killed two people including a tribal elder in eastern Logar province.
    (AP, 12/2/17)
2017        Dec 1, In Albania at least one person died during heavy rainfall overnight that flooded many parts of the country, paralyzing its ports and causing flights from its only international airport to be suspended. The heavy rainfall flooded 40,000 acres of agricultural land and damaged thousands of homes, schools and bridges.
    (AP, 12/1/17)(AP, 2/4/18)
2017        Dec 1, In Australia Tesla Inc switched on the world's biggest lithium ion battery in time to feed the country’s shaky power grid for the first day of summer, meeting a promise by Elon Musk to build it in 100 days or give it free.
    (Reuters, 12/3/17)
2017        Dec 1, In Bangladesh Pope Francis asked for forgiveness from Muslim refugees for all the hurt and persecution they have endured, demanded their rights be recognized and pronounced the word he had so assiduously avoided only days earlier in Myanmar: "Rohingya."
    (AP, 12/1/17)
2017        Dec 1, Three senior Brazilian law enforcement officials, including the former prosecutor general, said new leaders of the federal police and prosecutors' offices are curbing an anti-corruption drive that challenged centuries of impunity in Latin America's biggest country.
    (Reuters, 12/1/17)
2017        Dec 1, A Canadian judge suspended part of a Quebec law banning people from wearing full-face veils when giving or receiving public services, handing a provisional victory to civil liberties groups who argued that the law is unconstitutional and discriminates against Muslim women.
    (Reuters, 12/1/17)
2017        Dec 1, In China a blaze killed 10 and injured five early today in the northern port city of Tianjin. It was caused by renovation materials catching fire on the 38th floor of a serviced apartment building. 11 people were soon detained in connection with the fire.
    (Reuters, 12/3/17)
2017        Dec 1, Speaking in Beijing Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, facing growing international criticism over her country's persecution of Rohingya Muslims, said her government has made progress in creating a peaceful society but acknowledged that "much still remains to be done".
    (AP, 12/1/17)
2017        Dec 1, Georgian security services confirmed that one-armed, Chechen double-amputee Akhmed Chatayev, suspected of organizing the June 28, 2016, blasts at Istanbul's airport, was killed during a counter-terror operation in Tbilisi last week.
    (AFP, 12/1/17)
2017        Dec 1, In Honduras at least one protester died, over 20 people were injured and more than 100 others were arrested for looting after a delayed and disputed presidential vote count sparked unrest amid opposition accusations of electoral fraud. The government declared a state of emergency late today and imposed a 10-day curfew in an attempt to stop violent demonstrations across the country triggered by claims of presidential election fraud.
    (Reuters, 12/1/17)(AFP, 12/2/17)
2017        Dec 1, Hungarian-American financier and philanthropist George Soros (87) said that oppression of the opposition by PM Viktor Orban's government is greater than when Hungary was under Soviet domination.
    {Hungary, USA}
    (AP, 12/1/17)
2017        Dec 1, In India former President Barack Obama spoke to a leadership forum in New Delhi at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, as part of a three-country tour Obama is undertaking in one of his first global outings as a private citizen.
    (AP, 12/1/17)
2017        Dec 1, Iranian state television aired a new video about imprisoned British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, accusing her of taking part in covert activities against the country financed by Britain and the United States.
    (AFP, 12/1/17)
2017        Dec 1, A Japanese court convicted Kenneth Shinzato, a US military contractor, of murder and rape charges in the May death of an Okinawa woman (20) and sentenced him to life in prison.
    (AP, 12/1/17)
2017        Dec 1, Macedonian deputies voted to lift the immunity of six opposition MPs to allow their prosecution over the April 27 attack on parliament, in which scores of people were injured.
    (AFP, 12/1/17)
2017        Dec 1, Dutch authorities said two men suspected of having fought for an al Qaeda-linked group in Syria were among four Syrian migrants arrested in the Netherlands.
    (Reuters, 12/1/17)
2017        Dec 1, Pakistani Taliban gunmen disguised in all-enveloping burqas stormed the campus of an agricultural college, killing 12 people and wounding 35. Police and army troops summoned to the scene killed all three of the attackers at the Agriculture Training Institute in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
    (Reuters, 12/1/17)(AP, 12/1/17)
2017        Dec 1, The Palestinians accused the organizers of the Giro d'Italia cycle race of being "complicit in Israel's military occupation" by starting the 2018 race from Jerusalem.
    (AFP, 12/1/17)
2017        Dec 1, The Philippines put on hold its dengue immunization program, the world's first, after new findings by the vaccine manufacturer that severe cases of dengue can occur in the longer term among those vaccinated without prior infection. Dengvaxia, the first licensed dengue vaccine, is manufactured by France-based Sanofi Pasteur.
    (AP, 12/1/17)
2017        Dec 1, In Romania thousands of troops staged a military parade to celebrate national day. Coalition leaders Liviu Dragnea and Calin Popescu Tariceanu, subjects of corruption-related prosecutions, didn't show up to the military parade and an air show, which drew a crowd of thousands.
    (AP, 12/1/17)
2017        Dec 1, In Russia Leonid Volkov, the campaign chief of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, was jailed for 30 days over an unauthorized Sept. 29 rally. Volkov has already served four days of his sentence and is set to be released on December 26.
    (AFP, 12/1/17)
2017        Dec 1, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that a US threat to destroy North Korea in the event of a war was "a bloodthirsty tirade" and that military action against Pyongyang would be a big mistake.
    (Reuters, 12/1/17)
2017        Dec 1, Russia’s Defense Ministry said six Russian long-range bombers have hit Islamic State targets in Syria's Deir al-Zor province.
    (Reuters, 12/1/17)
2017        Dec 1, Syrian insurgents brought down an army helicopter in government territory southwest of Damascus, near the Israel-occupied Golan Heights. Two Syrian army officers from the helicopter's crew died.
    (Reuters, 12/1/17)
2017        Dec 1, In northern Syria Kurdish-led authorities held local elections in areas they control, pushing ahead with autonomy plans opposed by both the government of President Bashar al-Assad and by Turkey.
    (Reuters, 12/1/17)
2017        Dec 1, Turkish media reported that Istanbul police have detained 62 foreigners suspected of having links to the Islamic State group in overnight raids.
    (AFP, 12/1/17)
2017        Dec 1, Turkey's official Anadolu Agency said that Istanbul prosecutors have demanded the seizure of the assets of gold trader Reza Zarrab and 22 others as they investigate claims of "espionage for a foreign country" and an "attempt to smuggle assets."
    (AP, 12/2/17)
2017        Dec 1, Turkey’s Hurriyet daily said authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Graham Fuller, a former officer of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), over suspected links to last year's failed coup. Hurriyet also said prosecutors had also issued an arrest warrant for Henri Barkey, a prominent Turkey scholar based in the United States, on suspicion of involvement in planning the coup.
    (Reuters, 12/1/17)   
2017        Dec 1, Turkish academic Nuriye Gulmen, on hunger strike for nearly nine months to protest her dismissal after last year's failed coup, was released from jail. She had been sentenced to six years and three months in prison for "membership in an armed terror group," referring to a left-wing militant group.
    (AP, 12/2/17)
2017        Dec 1, Ukraine head Patriarch Filaret said the Ukrainian Orthodox Church will never return to Russia's fold, accusing Moscow of "lying."
    (AFP, 12/1/17)
2017        Dec 1, The UN launched a record appeal for $22.5 billion to help some 136 million people across the world in need of humanitarian aid.
    (SFC, 12/2/17, p.A2)
2017        Dec 1, Venezuela’s state prosecutor said Diego Salazar, a relative of former oil czar Rafael Ramirez, has been arrested as part of an investigation into a 2011-2012 money laundering scandal in Andorra.
    (Reuters, 12/2/17)
2017        Dec 1, Yemeni rebel factions held new talks aimed at ending infighting that left at least three more people dead overnight and raised fears of a new front in the country's devastating three-year war.
    (AFP, 12/1/17)
2017        Dec 1, Zimbabwe's new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, came under fire for unveiling a debut cabinet that named two military allies to top positions, reappointed figures from Robert Mugabe's discredited era and sidelined the opposition.
    (AFP, 12/1/17)

2017        Dec 2, Caltrans employee Si Si Han (46) was killed when Daniel Berk (32) crashed into a Bay Bridge toll booth in a rented box truck. Berk was badly hurt and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
    (SSFC, 12/3/17, p.A8)
2017        Dec 2, In Afghanistan at least two security forces were killed and 10 others, including both soldiers and civilians, were wounded in an attack by Islamic State group militants in eastern Nangarhar province.
    (AP, 12/2/17)
2017        Dec 2, In Australia Geoffrey Rush announced he's stepping down as president of the country’s screen industry academy, days after a theater company revealed it had received a complaint against the Oscar-winning actor of "inappropriate behavior."
    (AP, 12/2/17)
2017        Dec 2, In Bangladesh Pope Francis urged local priests and nuns to resist the "terrorism of gossip" that can tear religious communities apart, delivering one of his trademark, zinger-filled spontaneous speeches to the country's Catholic leadership at the close of an otherwise tense and diplomatically fraught Asian tour.
    (AP, 12/2/17)
2017        Dec 2, A set of ancient Angkorian gold jewelry was returned to Cambodia from Britain with an elaborate procession through the capital, decades after the precious pieces were looted from a famed jungle temple.
    (AFP, 12/2/17)
2017        Dec 2, Former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafik, who last week announced his intention of running for the presidency in 2018, was taken from his home in the United Arab Emirates and deported to Egypt.
    (Reuters, 12/2/17)
2017        Dec 2, French President Emmanuel Macron with Nechirvan Barzani, the prime minister of Iraq's Kurdish region. Macron says France will "do everything" to help preserve Iraq's unity and the recognition of the rights of Iraq's Kurds through new negotiations.
    (AP, 12/2/17)
2017        Dec 2, Greek police arrested a Serbo-Croatian man (33) suspected of being involved in an international smuggling ring importing drugs from Latin America to Europe, after seizing 136 kg (300 pounds) of cocaine from his Athens apartment. Authorities were also seeking a 35-year-old Serb man believed to be an accomplice.
    (AP, 12/4/17)
2017        Dec 2, In southern India a strong cyclone over the southeast Arabian Sea triggered heavy rains and strong winds, damaging hundreds of huts, power lines and trees and killing at least 12 people.
    (AP, 12/2/17)
2017        Dec 2, Airlines canceled more flights departing the Indonesian holiday island of Bali, citing forecasts of deteriorating flying conditions due to a risk of volcanic ash from the erupting Mount Agung volcano.
    (Reuters, 12/2/17)
2017        Dec 2, Iraqi paramilitary forces said they have uncovered two more mass graves containing the bodies of 140 civilians, including women and children, in an area home to the Yazidi religious minority.
    (AFP, 12/2/17)
2017        Dec 2, In Israel tens of thousands poured into the streets of Tel Aviv for an anti-corruption rally calling on PM Benjamin Netanyahu to resign. It was one of the largest demonstrations yet against Netanyahu's lengthy rule.
    (AP, 12/3/17)
2017        Dec 2, In northeastern Nigeria a female suicide bomber pretending to wait in line for food handouts detonated her explosives, killing at least 13 people at a crowded market in the town of Biu, Borno state.
    (AP, 12/2/17)
2017        Dec 2, Romanian protesters briefly clashed with riot police when they stopped construction workers from building a Christmas fair at the site of anti-corruption demonstrations in Bucharest.
    (Reuters, 12/2/17)
2017        Dec 2, Syrian state news said Israel has fired several surface-to-surface missiles at a military post near Damascus early today, causing material damage but no casualties. The report also said that Syrian air defenses shot down two of the Israeli missiles.
    (AP, 12/2/17)
2017        Dec 2, Tanzania police confirmed that they have arrested a woman in Geita after a video clip showing her kissing and embracing another woman at a party was widely shared online. Homosexuality is a criminal offense in Tanzania. Three more people were soon arrested over the video clip.
    (Reuters, 12/2/17)(SFC, 12/9/17, p.A2)
2017        Dec 2, In Vietnam global burger behemoth McDonald's opened its first branch in the historic heart of communist Hanoi.
    (AFP, 12/2/17)
2017        Dec 2, Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said he was ready for a "new page" in relations with the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen if it stopped attacks on his country. Huthi rebels accused ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh of staging a "coup" against their fragile alliance. Violent clashes between rival factions in the rebel-held capital continued for the fourth straight day as forces loyal to a former president and Iran-backed Shiite rebels known as Houthis faced off in the streets of Sanaa.
    (AP, 12/2/17)(AFP, 12/2/17)
2017        Dec 2, In Zimbabwe at least 21 people died this evening in a northwestern province after a truck carrying 69 people overturned.
    (AP, 12/3/17)

2017        Dec 3, In the SF Bay Area the Breakthrough Prizes, founded six years ago by tech billionaires, were awarded to 12 men and women at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View.
    (SFC, 12/4/17, p.C1)
2017        Dec 3, The Metropolitan Opera in NYC announced that it is suspending its relationship with James Levine (74), its music director emeritus because of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
    (SFC, 12/4/17, p.A7)
2017        Dec 3, It was announced that US-based pharmacy giant CVS Health has agreed to buy health insurer Aetna in a $69 billion acquisition.
    (SFC, 12/4/17, p.D1)
2017        Dec 3, John Anderson (b.1922), former Rep. congressman from Illinois, died in Washington DC. In 1980 he gave up his House seat and ran as an independent presidential candidate against Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.
    (SFC, 12/8/17, p.D2)
2017        Dec 3, Afghanistan's main intelligence agency said Mullah Shah Wali, also known as Mullah Naser, the commander of the Taliban's "special forces" branch, known as the "Red Unit," was killed last week in Helmand province by Afghan forces.
    (Reuters, 12/3/17)
2017        Dec 3, In eastern Afghanistan a suicide bomber riding on a motorcycle struck following a pro-government political rally outside a soccer stadium in Jalalabad, killing at least six people and wounding 13.
    (AFP, 12/3/17)(SFC, 12/4/17, p.A2)
2017        Dec 3, All four members of the British government's Social Mobility Commission quit accusing PM Theresa May of being too fixated on Brexit to improve the prospects of those from poor backgrounds.
    (Reuters, 12/3/17)
2017        Dec 3, Voters on the French island of Corsica island cast ballots in the first round of a territorial assembly election. The election will establish a single assembly with 63 seats to represent the whole island, instead of the three that do now. The second round of voting is scheduled for Dec. 10. The governing Pe a Corsica (For Corsica) alliance, which groups the pro-autonomy Femu a Corsica (Let's Make Corsica) and pro-independence Corsica Libera (Free Corsica), won 45.36 percent of the vote in elections to the regional assembly.
    (AFP, 12/4/17)(AP, 12/3/17)
2017        Dec 3, In northeastern Ethiopia a German national was killed in an attack near a volcanic lake at Erta Ale.
    (AP, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 3, In western Germany a fire in a multi-story apartment building killed at least four people and left 23 others injured so far in the city of Saarbruecken.
    (AP, 12/3/17)
2017        Dec 3, Iran awarded its biennial $500,000 Mustafa Prize to two computer science experts, Iranian Amin Shokrollahi and Turkish-French national Sami Erol Gelenbe, for their achievements in systems assessment in model-making and computer coding.
    (AP, 12/3/17)
2017        Dec 3, Iraqi Kurdish officials said around half of the Yazidis kidnapped by the Islamic State group three years ago are still missing. Some 6,417 Yazidis were abducted by the jihadists from August 3, 2014.
    (AFP, 12/3/17)
2017        Dec 3, It was reported that Nigeria's government plans to house displaced people in the northwest in fortified garrison towns, ringed by farms, with the rest of the countryside effectively left to fend for itself.
    (Reuters, 12/3/17)
2017        Dec 3, In eastern Pakistan Raza Mehmood Khan (40), a member of Aghaz-i-Dosti (Start of Friendship), a group that works on peace building between arch-rivals Pakistan and India, went missing he left home in Lahore.
    (Reuters, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 3, Palestinian leaders sought to rally diplomatic support to persuade US President Donald Trump not to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital after suggestions that he planned to do so.
    (AFP, 12/3/17)
2017        Dec 3, South African President Jacob Zuma said in a newspaper interview published today that South Africa and Morocco will resume diplomatic ties more than a decade after Morocco withdrew its ambassador from Pretoria. Morocco recalled its ambassador from South Africa in 2004 after former South African president Thabo Mbeki recognized a breakaway region in the Western Sahara which Morocco claims as part of its territory.
    (Reuters, 12/3/17)
2017        Dec 3, A South Korean fishing boat collided with a refueling vessel and capsized, leaving at least 13 people dead and two missing in waters off the port city of Incheon.
    (AP, 12/3/17)
2017        Dec 3, It was reported that militia chief Musa Hilal, a former aide to Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, was arrested last week by counter-insurgency forces near his hometown of Mustariaha in North Darfur state after fierce clashes that left several dead.
    (AFP, 12/3/17)
2017        Dec 3, Syria's main Kurdish forces declared that they have successfully cleared areas east of the Euphrates river of Islamic State militants, with help from the US-led coalition and Russian forces.
    (AP, 12/3/17)
2017        Dec 3, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said businessmen who attempted to move assets abroad were "traitors", and called on his cabinet to block any such moves.
    (Reuters, 12/3/17)
2017        Dec 3, In Ukraine anti-corruption campaigner Mikheil Saakashvili urged Ukrainians to set up a protest camp in Kiev's main square if parliament fails to adopt a law on presidential impeachment within a week.
    (AP, 12/3/17)
2017        Dec 3, The UAE celebrated its 46th National Day with public sector holiday that began Nov. 30 with a commemoration of the country's fallen soldiers.
    (AP, 12/3/17)
2017        Dec 3, In Yemen fresh gun battles forced shops and schools to close in Sanaa as residents warned a three-year rebel alliance was collapsing into a "street war". Security sources said clashes had already left some 60 dead across the capital and at its international airport. The Saudi-led coalition carried out dawn air raids against Huthi positions in the hills south of Sanaa.
    (AFP, 12/3/17)
2017        Dec 3, Yemeni Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, said they fired a missile at an under-construction nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi. The United Arab Emirates' state-run news agency denied the claim.
    (AP, 12/3/17)

2017        Dec 4, US President Donald Trump visited Utah to announce big cuts to the state's sprawling wilderness national monuments. Bears Ears National Monument will shrink to 220,000 acres from 1.35 million, and Grand Staircase Escalante will be cut to about half its current size. The move triggered legal challenges from tribes and environmental groups.
    (Reuters, 12/4/17)(SFC, 12/5/17, p.A6)
2017        Dec 4, US President Donald Trump endorsed Roy Moore, Alabama’s candidate for the US Senate. Moore has been accused of making unwanted sexual advances on teenage girls. Beverly Young Nelson, one of the women who accused Moore of groping her when she was sixteen, later admitted to adding notes to her yearbook beneath Moore’s inscription to remind herself of where and when Moore signed her yearbook. She was one of nine women who claimed Moore had made unwanted advances when they were teenagers.
    (SFC, 12/5/17, p.A5)(SFC, 12/9/17, p.A6)
2017        Dec 4, The US Supreme Court ruled that Pres. Trump may put his full travel ban into effect while legal appeals are being weighed in lower courts. The ban blocks visitors and immigrants from Chad, Iran, Libya Somalia, Syria, Yemen and North Korea.
    (SFC, 12/5/17, p.A6)
2017        Dec 4, A US federal judge ordered Energy Transfer Partners LP to coordinate with local tribes and the Army Corps of Engineers to create an oil-spill response plan for the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline by next April, a decision he said will allow oil to keep flowing and prevent spills.
    (AP, 12/4/17)
2017        Dec 4, In southern California a 31,000-acre wildfire, known as the Thomas Fire, erupted this evening. Some 27,000 people in Ventura County, about 70 miles (115 km) northwest of Los Angeles, were told to leave. One motorist was killed fleeing the blaze.
    (Reuters, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 4, In Florida former US Rep. Corrine Brown (71) was sentenced to five years in prison followed by three years of probation for fraud and other charges related to a purported charity that she used as a personal slush fund.
    (SFC, 12/5/17, p.A5)
2017        Dec 4, Fugitive Kentucky lawyer Eric Conn, who disappeared six months ago before facing a prison sentence for his central role in a massive Social Security fraud case, was captured in Honduras and will be returned to the US.
    (AP, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 4, Ride-hailing app Uber said it was joining the International Association of Public Transportation (UITP), a global public transport association, to improve mobility in the cities it operates in and to connect more people to public transport.
    (Reuters, 12/4/17)
2017        Dec 4, In London Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya (61) insisted he was innocent of money-laundering accusations after the evacuation of a London court building forced him to face a swarm of journalists he had sought to avoid.
    (AP, 12/4/17)
2017        Dec 4, Christine Keeler (b.1942), the British model involved in the 1963 Profumo scandal, died in southern England.
    (SFC, 12/7/17, p.A4)
2017        Dec 4, In Cambodia Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina met with her counterpart, Hun Sen, during an official visit to the Southeast Asian country. Several agreements on trade, economic and technical cooperation were signed by officials. Hasina said she asked for Hun Sen's support in helping to find a durable solution to the Rohingya refugee crisis.
    (AP, 12/4/17)
2017        Dec 4, Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau began a 4-day visit to China.
    (SFC, 12/5/17, p.A2)
2017        Dec 4, Corsican nationalists seeking greater autonomy from France ruled out an imminent independence bid but demanded greater freedoms for the island after winning the first round of regional elections.
    (AFP, 12/4/17)
2017        Dec 4, Ragia Omran, a prominent Egyptian human rights lawyer, was among 15 rights defenders from around the world to receive the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law, for her work representing political prisoners and torture victims as well as advocating for women's rights.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y9acyam7)(AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 4, The Eurozone elected Portuguese Finance Minister Mario Centeno to become the top official of the 19-country group. He will succeed Dutchman Jeroen Dijsselbloem.
    (SFC, 12/5/17, p.A2)
2017        Dec 4, A Greek court ordered the detention of nine Turkish citizens pending trial for terrorism-related offences, including links to a banned militant group behind a series of suicide bombings in Turkey.
    (AP, 12/4/17)
2017        Dec 4, In Honduras Pres. Juan Orlando Hernandez held on to a lead of more than 52,000 votes in the disputed presidential race as the long-delayed count wrapped up. The Supreme Electoral Tribunal said the final ballot count showed Hernandez with 42.98 percent of the vote, barely ahead of Nasralla with 41.39 percent. But it declined to name an election winner, saying appeals could yet be lodged. The political crisis deepened after hundreds of police revolted against an order to impose a curfew.
    (AP, 12/4/17)(AFP, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 4, Irish government sources said Britain has agreed to keep Northern Ireland in "regulatory alignment" with the EU after Brexit, raising hopes PM Theresa May can strike a deal in Brussels to start free trade talks. The Northern Irish party that props up PM Theresa May told the British government that its Brexit terms were unacceptable.
    (Reuters, 12/4/17)(Reuters, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 4, In Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez held on to a lead of more than 52,000 votes in the hotly-disputed presidential race as the long-delayed count wrapped up.
    (AP, 12/4/17)
2017        Dec 4, In India Shashi Kapoor (79), a leading Bollywood actor and producer from the 1970s and '80s, died after a long illness. Kapoor acted in more than 100 Hindi films and was also a key theater personality.
    (AP, 12/4/17)
2017        Dec 4, Indonesian authorities detained Australian Isaac Emmanuel Roberts (35) at Bali's airport for carrying 19.9 grams (0.7 ounces) of methamphetamine and 6.2 grams (0.2 ounces) of the party drug ecstasy.
    (AP, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 4, In northern Japan three bodies of people believed to be North Koreans were recovered, two days after authorities found a dilapidated empty boat.
    (AP, 12/4/17)
2017        Dec 4, In Jordan a state security court sentenced one Syrian militant to death and handed life sentences to three others for their role in a suicide bombing attack on a Jordanian military border post that killed seven guards last year.
    (Reuters, 12/4/17)
2017        Dec 4, Ten Maltese suspects were arrested over the Oct. 16 car bomb murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
    (AP, 12/4/17)
2017        Dec 4, A Spanish judge decided that Catalonia's sacked vice president Oriol Junqueras and three other separatist leaders will remain in prison during a probe over their role in the region's independence drive. Six other former ministers, who were also remanded in custody last month, will be released on bail of 100,000 euros ($119,000).
    (AFP, 12/4/17)
2017        Dec 4, Switzerland released a national plan to prevent violent extremism, including training teachers and coaches to recognize warning signs and re-integrating people who have already been radicalized.
    (Reuters, 12/4/17)
2017        Dec 4, In Syria jets believed to be Syrian and Russian struck heavily crowded residential areas in Hamoriya, a besieged rebel enclave near Damascus, killing at least 17 people and injuring dozens in the third week of a stepped-up assault. Four other civilians were killed in the town of Arbin and 6 others from strikes on Misraba and Harasta.
    (Reuters, 12/4/17)
2017        Dec 4, The UN voiced alarm over the spread of HIV in Egypt, where new cases were growing by up to 40% a years. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.
    (SFC, 12/5/17, p.A3)
2017        Dec 4, The Vatican said Pope Francis has donated 25,000 euros ($30,000) to help feed the South Sudan’s most vulnerable citizens ahead of the upcoming dry season. The money was given to the United Nations' agricultural arm.
    (AP, 12/4/17)
2017        Dec 4, In Yemen Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck at Houthi militia positions in Sanaa for a second day in support of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Fighting in Sanaa intensified, with the known toll from three hospitals reaching at least 125 killed and 238 wounded in the past six days.
    (Reuters, 12/4/17)
2017        Dec 4, In Yemen former president and party leader Ali Abdullah Saleh was reported killed outside Sanaa, in what sources in the Houthi group said was an RPG and gun attack. Saleh was killed south Sanaa along with the assistant secretary-general of the GPC, Yasser al-Awadi.
    (Reuters, 12/4/17)

2017        Dec 5, US Army Colonel Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the United States-led international coalition fighting Islamic State, estimated that fewer than 3,000 fighters belonging to the hardline Sunni militant group remain in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, In the SF Bay Area unionized city workers of Oakland went on strike to push for better pay, less use of part-time workers and other demands. On Dec. 11 workers agreed to return to work as negotiations continued.
    (SFC, 12/6/17, p.A1)(SFC, 12/12/17, p.A1)
2017        Dec 5, In California an overnight fire, known as the Creek Fire, consumed at least 2,500 acres in the foothills of Angeles National Forest north, forcing residents of some nearby San Fernando Valley communities north of Los Angeles to flee. Four fires in southern California levelled at least 180 structures and forced thousands to flee their homes. The Thomas fire in Ventura County remained out of control.
    (Reuters, 12/5/17)(SFC, 12/6/17, p.A1)
2017        Dec 5, US Democratic Rep. John Conyers (88) of Michigan, the longest-serving member of the House, resigned following a number of sexual misconduct allegations in recent weeks.
    (SFC, 12/6/17, p.A5)
2017        Dec 5, It was reported that an Argentine judge has ordered the arrest of Paraguay midfielder Jonathan Fabbro for alleged sexual assault of an underage girl.
    (AP, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, Australia’s PM Malcolm Turnbull said that foreign interference in politics would be outlawed under updated treason and espionage laws.
    (AP, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, Austria’s Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples will be allowed to marry in Austria from 2019, and said a law to the contrary violated the principle of non-discrimination.
    (Reuters, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, British PM Theresa May scrambled to salvage a deal over the post-Brexit border in Ireland after it was rejected by her DUP allies. A day earlier Northern Ireland's small Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which keeps her Conservative minority government in office, blocked an agreement on a major issue holding up Brexit talks.
    (AFP, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, The European Union put 17 non-EU countries on a blacklist of those it deems guilty of unfairly offering tax avoidance schemes. They Included: American Samoa, Bahrain, Barbados, Grenada, Guam, South Korea, Macau, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Namibia, Palau, Panama, St. Lucia, Samoa, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates. Over 40 more were put on a "grey list" to be monitored until they are fully committed to reforms.
    (AP, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, Greek demonstrators in Athens broke into the Labor Ministry and clashed with riot police outside the prime minister's office, in protest against a new agreement between the country and bailout creditors that includes limiting the right to strike.
    (AP, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, Mayors and residents of Greece's Aegean islands, which are sheltering more than 15,000 refugees and migrants, called for the government to relocate people from overcrowded camps into centers on the mainland.
    (AFP, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, Honduras Pres. Juan Orlando Hernandez called late today for the Supreme Electoral Tribunal to re-examine all the votes scrutinized from the Nov. 26 election. He said he would be OK with that "because the people deserve respect." Police officers returned to duty after Pres. Hernandez paid Christmas bonuses, promised salary increases and offered to build apartments for officers.
    (AP, 12/6/17)(SFC, 12/6/17, p.A4)
2017        Dec 5, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Iraqi federal and Kurdish regional judiciaries are violating the rights of Islamic State suspects with flawed trials, arbitrary detentions under harsh conditions and broad prosecutions.
    (Reuters, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, Lebanese PM Saad Hariri said that he had withdrawn his resignation, a month after his shock announcement that he was quitting sparked political upheaval.
    (AFP, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, A Macedonian court ordered three opposition MPs be held in judicial custody for a month while another three were placed under house arrest over an April attack on parliament.
    (AFP, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, In Pakistan a roadside bomb killed six people and wounded eight others in Khaddi, a village in the North Waziristan tribal region.
    (AP, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said US President Donald Trump informed Abbas that he intends to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
    (Reuters, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the national police to rejoin anti-drug operations, the second time he has overturned previous decisions to remove the law enforcers from the brutal crackdown amid growing alarm over the deaths of thousands of suspects.
    (AP, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, In the Philippines American cameraman and filmmaker Jesse Phinney (42) died in a jail on the island of Cebu. It was later reported that he had suffered blunt-force trauma, and his body had markings inconsistent with the official account by Philippine authorities that he hanged himself. The day before he was found dead, Phinney had been arrested on suspicion of violating human trafficking and child abuse laws.
    (Reuters, 4/5/18)
2017        Dec 5, Former Romanian King Michael I (96), who was forced to abdicate by the communists in the aftermath of World War II, died in his residence in Aubonne, Switzerland.
    (AP, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, Russia named Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and seven affiliated news services as foreign agents. The Russian parliament prepared to ban the organizations from attending its sessions in response to similar US actions against English-language Russian network RT.
    (SFC, 12/6/17, p.A2)
2017        Dec 5, Russia arrested Norwayian pensioner Frode Berg, a former guard working on the Norwegian-Russian border. FSB security service later said it caught the Norwegian taking secret documents about the Russian Navy from a Russian citizen.
    (Reuters, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 5, Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor said most of the people detained in a sweeping anti-corruption campaign launched last month have agreed to settlements to avoid prosecution.
    (Reuters, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, Police in the Sicilian capital of Palermo scooped up 25 suspected mobsters on an array of charges, including Maria Angela Di Trapani (49) accused of filling in as boss for her imprisoned husband.
    (AP, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, South Korean prosecutors formally charged former spy chiefs Nam Jae-joon and Lee Byung-kee, who were arrested last month over suspicions they used their agency's funds to make illegal payments to former President Park Geun-hye.
    (AP, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, Spain's Supreme Court withdrew an international arrest warrant for Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia's former leader, now in self-imposed exile in Belgium after an illegal independence referendum, in a move to bring his case back solely into Spanish jurisdiction.
    (Reuters, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, In Syria an explosion ripped through a van in Akarma, near the central city of Homs, killing at least eight people. State news said Syrian air defense units have shot down three Israeli missiles that were targeting a military post near Damascus.
    (AP, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, In eastern Syria airstrikes killed at least 12 civilians in al-Jarthi, a village held by the Islamic State group. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Russia carried out the strikes, in support of US-backed, Kurdish-led forces driving to capture IS territory on the Euphrates River. The Observatory said 21 people were killed in the strikes.
    (AP, 12/6/17)(Reuters, 12/6/17)
2017        Dec 5, Turkey’s state media said 17 suspects have been detained in an investigation into Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian gold trader who was once a close ally of the government but is now testifying against officials as a star witness in a high profile US case. Pres. Erdogan said that the case was a "plot" aimed at hurting Turkey.
    (AFP, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, Turkish prosecutors launched an investigation following media reports that 11 members of a Turkish folk dancing group were seeking asylum in Hungary.
    (AP, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, Ukrainian authorities accused former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili of plotting a coup sponsored by Russia and attempted to arrest him. Supporters of Saakashvili freed him from a police van after his detention on suspicion of assisting a criminal organization led to clashes with police in Kiev. He then led protesters towards parliament, where he called defiantly for President Petro Poroshenko to be removed from office.
    (AFP, 12/5/17)(Reuters, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, The United Arab Emirates announced a new partnership with Saudi Arabia, separate from the Gulf Cooperation Council. announcement came just hours ahead of a GCC meeting in Kuwait, to which only Kuwait and Qatar sent their heads of state.
    (AP, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, The UN warned of a ticking time bomb of drug-resistant germs brewing in the natural environment, aided by humans dumping antibiotics and chemicals into the water and soil.
    (AFP, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, A senior UN official arrived in Pyongyang for a rare, four-day visit at the invitation of the North Korean government.
    (AP, 12/5/17)
2017        Dec 5, In Yemen thousands of Huthi supporters rallied in Sanaa as the rebels cemented their grip on the Yemeni capital after killing their former ally ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Exiled Ahmed Ali Saleh, the powerful exiled son of slain ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, vowed to lead a campaign against the Houthi movement that killed his father after he switched sides in the civil war.
    (AFP, 12/5/17)(Reuters, 12/5/17)

2017        Dec 6, US President Donald Trump reversed decades of US policy and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
    (Reuters, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 6, The Trump administration announced it will restrict visas for Cambodians "undermining democracy" in the Southeast Asian nation following the dissolution of the main opposition party and a crackdown on independent media.
    (AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 6, California state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said claims from the October fires in the wine country have jumped to $9 billion.
    (SFC, 12/7/17, p.A9)
2017        Dec 6, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed regulations that will limit companies to three robots each and limit the city to nine robots total. The robots would also be confined to industrial areas.
    (SFC, 12/7/17, p.C1)
2017        Dec 6, Time Magazine named “The Silence Breakers" as its 2017 Person of the Year, recognizing the women  (and some men) who have come forward with stories of sexual harassment and assault.
    (SFC, 12/7/17, p.A5)
2017        Dec 6, US health insurer United Health Group said its Optum unit is buying Da Vita Medical Group, the physician group of Da Vita dialysis centers.
    (SFC, 12/7/17, p.C6)
2017        Dec 6, Brazilian police and soldiers captured Rogerio Avelino da Silva, aka Rogerio 157, one of Rio de Janeiro's most wanted alleged drug trafficking bosses.
    (AFP, 12/6/17)
2017        Dec 6, British think tank Chatham House released a report saying hundreds of thousands of people are estimated to be illegally detained every year by hospitals in poor countries worldwide for nonpayment of bills.
    (SFC, 12/7/17, p.A3)
2017        Dec 6, Czech billionaire businessman Andrej Babis was appointed prime minister after his ANO party came first in an October election, and he must now focus on securing parliamentary backing for a minority administration.
    (Reuters, 12/6/17)
2017        Dec 6, French President Emmanuel Macron made his first official visit to Algeria, announcing that he came as a "friend" despite France's historically prickly relationship with its former colony.
    (AFP, 12/6/17)
2017        Dec 6, French rock star Johnny Hallyday (b.1943) died in Paris. His power ballads and colorful personal life made him a national treasure, loved by everyone from rebellious teens in the 1960s to modern-day presidents.
    (AP, 12/6/17)
2017        Dec 6, Greek police fired teargas at youths marching in Athens to mark the ninth anniversary of the killing of a teenager by police, an incident that sparked Greece's worst riots for decades. Alexandros Grigoropoulos (15) was shot dead in 2008.
    (Reuters, 12/6/17)
2017        Dec 6, Bela Kovacs, a Hungarian member of the European Parliament and a member of the nationalist opposition Jobbik party, was indicted for allegedly spying on the European Union. Charges also included fraud totaling 21,076 euros ($24,900) stemming from the fictitious employment of interns in the EU parliament in 2012 to 2013.
    (AP, 12/6/17)
2017        Dec 6, In Italy Mattia Del Zotto (27) was arrested on suspicion he poisoned his entire family with a chemical once used to kill rodents, leading to the deaths of his grandparents and an aunt, and the hospitalization of five others.
    (AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 6, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin announced he would seek re-election in March 2018, a contest opinion polls show he will win comfortably.
    (Reuters, 12/6/17)
2017        Dec 6, Russian President Vladimir Putin said his government will allow Russians to compete as neutral athletes at the upcoming games in South Korea. The International Olympic Committee has banned the Russian team from games as punishment for doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
    (AP, 12/6/17)
2017        Dec 6, Employees at Slovenia's state intelligence agency went on strike, demanding higher wages and better working conditions.
    (AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 6, The Swiss parliament elected Alain Berset (45) to become the country’s president next year, succeeding Pres. Doris Leuthard.
    (SFC, 12/7/17, p.A2)
2017        Dec 6, Taiwan lawmakers approved a law requiring the removal of public statues honoring Chiang Kai-shek, a dictator who governed from the late 1940s until his death in 1975. In addition, Chiang’s name will be replaced on many schools and roads.
    (CSM, 12/8/17)
2017        Dec 6, Two Ugandan musicians were released on bail after being charged with disturbing the peace of veteran President Yoweri Museveni for a song suggesting he should retire.
    (AFP, 12/6/17)
2017        Dec 6, In Ukraine sixteen people were injured in clashes in central Kiev as police sought to arrest ex-Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili, a staunch foe of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
    (AFP, 12/6/17)
2017        Dec 6, A UN study said the area under opium poppy cultivation in Myanmar has shrunk by a quarter in the last two years, as demand for opiates eases and methamphetamine use surges.
    (AFP, 12/6/17)
2017        Dec 6, In Yemen a Saudi-led coalition stepped up air strikes on the Houthis as the Iran-allied armed movement tightened its grip on Sanaa a day after the son of slain former president Ali Abdullah Saleh vowed revenge for his father's death. Local fighters captured an area on the Red Sea coast from Houthi rebels.
    (Reuters, 12/6/17)(Reuters, 12/7/17)

2017        Dec 7, US Rep. Trent Franks, R.- Arizona, said he will resign next month after revealing that he discussed surrogacy with two female staff members. Trent resigned on Dec. 8 bowing to an ultimatum from Speaker Paul Ryan.
    (SFC, 12/8/17, p.A4)(SFC, 12/9/17, p.A5)
2017        Dec 7, US Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced that he would resign in the coming weeks following charges of sexual harassment and indiscretions. On Dec. 13 Lt. Gov. Tina Smith was appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to fill Franken’s seat.
    (SFC, 12/8/17, p.A4)(SFC, 12/14/17, p.A6)
2017        Dec 7, A flight to Somalia from Louisiana reached Dakar, Senegal before sitting on the runway for 23 hours and returning to the US because the relief crew was not rested enough. Ninety-two Somalis sat bound and shackled on an airplane for nearly two days, some urinating on themselves, during the botched US deportation attempt. This was according to a lawsuit later filed in US District Court in Miami.
    (AP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 7, California joined 13 other states to sue the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for ignoring an October 1 deadline to update the nation’s map of areas with unhealthy smog levels.
    (SFC, 12/8/17, p.D8)
2017        Dec 7, In southern California hundreds of Los Angeles area schools shut their doors as raging wildfires wreaked havoc, forcing about 200,000 people to flee and destroying hundreds of houses. Officials closed US 101 for more than a dozen miles along the coast, cutting off a major route between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for several hours as fire charred heavy brush along lanes.
    (Reuters, 12/7/17)(AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 7, San Francisco-based Dignity Health and Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives announced plans to merge in a deal that create one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health systems.
    (SFC, 12/8/17, p.C1)
2017        Dec 7, Gilead Sciences of Foster City, Ca., announced plans to acquire startup Cell Design Labs for up to $587 million.
    (SFC, 12/8/17, p.C2)
2017        Dec 7, In Hawaii the body of Telma Boinville (51), who moved to Hawaii from Brazil in the 1990s, was found downstairs in a house on Oahu's North Shore, where she reportedly was a house cleaner for the vacation property. Her 8-year-old daughter was found upstairs uninjured and tied up. Stephen Brown (23) and Hailey Kai Dandurand (20) were soon arrested on suspicion of murder.
    (AP, 12/9/17)
2017        Dec 7, The NYC-based Morgan Stanley financial services firm said Harold Ford Jr., a former 5-term member of Congress representing Tennessee, has been fired for conduct inconsistent with company values  and in violation of company policies.
    (SFC, 12/8/17, p.A4)
2017        Dec 7, The NYC Ballet confirmed that its leader Peter Martins (71) had requested and was granted a temporary leave following accusations of past sexual harassment.
    (SFC, 12/9/17, p.A5)
2017        Dec 7, Bitcoin surged past $17,000 as the frenzy surrounding the virtual currency escalated just days before it starts trading on major US exchanges. Bitcoin has gained more than $5,000 in just the past two days. NiceHash, a company that mines bitcoins on behalf of customers, said it is investigating a breach that may have resulted in the theft of about $70 million worth of bitcoin.
    (AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 7, Arabs and Muslims across the Middle East condemned the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital as an incendiary move in a volatile region and Palestinians said Washington was abandoning its leading role as a peace mediator. The European Union and United Nations also voiced alarm at President Donald Trump's decision to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
    (Reuters, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 7, Australia's Parliament voted to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter debate settled by a much-criticized government survey of voters that strongly endorsed change.
    (AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 7, British illustrator Quentin Blake presented the 33 first editions of classic books, with jackets specially created by leading artists, which will be auctioned to benefit London's House of Illustration museum, which he founded.
    (AFP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 7, Queen Elizabeth II formally commissioned into the British navy the UK's newest and biggest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, at a ceremony in Portsmouth.
    (AFP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 7, In Congo DRC an attack in North Kivu province targeted a base of the UN's MONUSCO force, killing at least 14 UN peacekeepers from Tanzania. Five Congolese soldiers and a further 53 personnel were also injured in the worst single attack against a UN mission in recent history.
    (AP, 12/7/17)(AFP, 12/9/17)(AFP, 12/15/17)
2017        Dec 7, The European Union announced that it is taking the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to court for failing to accommodate their fair share of refugees under a plan agreed to by the 28-country bloc two years ago.
    (AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 7, EU negotiators agreed new rules that give Brussels the power to check up on national car approval authorities and set targets for emission checks in the aftermath of the Volkswagen emissions scandal.
    (Reuters, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 7, In southwestern Iran eight climbers died in an avalanche and a ninth was missing on Oshtorankouh mountain in the Zagros range.
    (AP, 12/9/17)
2017        Dec 7, It was reported that Iraqi historian, scholar and blogger Omar Mohammed (31) has unveiled himself as Mosul Eye. Since 2014 Mosul Eye told the world what was happening in occupied Mosul. If caught, he too would be killed.
    (AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 7, Israeli army gunfire and rubber bullets wounded at least 31 people in Palestinian protests in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip after the United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    (Reuters, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 7, In Japan Nagako Tomioka (58), the head priests of the Tomioka Hachimangu shrine in Tokyo, was ambushed and killed with a samurai sword as she got out of her car, apparently by her brother, who then took his own life.
    (SFC, 12/9/17, p.A2)
2017        Dec 7, In southern Nepal millions of people voted in the final phase of mostly peaceful elections for members of national and provincial assemblies.
    (AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 7, Pakistani officials said a boat carrying dozens of pilgrims has capsized near an island in the Arabian Sea, killing 14 people. Over 30 people were missing after the boat sank near Thatta, 100 km (60 miles) east of Karachi.
    (AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 7, Qatar's ruling emir and French Pres. Emmanuel Macron signed 12 billion euros ($14 billion) in deals during Macron's visit to Doha, including the purchase of 12 French-made Dassault Rafale fighter jets with the option of buying 36 more.
    (AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 7, A Thai court issued arrest warrants against five people over the discovery of a cache of weapons, including figures with links to the "Red Shirt" followers of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Police believed the weapons were hidden during the instability that led up to a coup in 2014.
    (Reuters, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 7, In Turkey Selahattin Demirtas, the jailed co-leader of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), was remanded in prison for at least two more months at the opening of his trial on terrorism-related charges.
    (Reuters, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 7, Jan Egeland, a top UN humanitarian adviser for Syria, said 12 people have died awaiting evacuation from government-besieged suburbs of Damascus. Egeland said the government has refused to approve evacuations on the UN list, which has now reached 494 names.
    (AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 7, In northern Yemen Saudi-led coalition airstrikes killed at least 23 civilians, including women and children in Saada.
    (AP, 12/7/17)   

2017        Dec 8, US film director Bryan Singer denied lawsuit accusations of assaulting Cesar Sanchez-Guzman (17) at a party in 2003.
    (SFC, 12/9/17, p.A5)
2017        Dec 8, In southern California firefighters in Ventura tried to corral the Thomas Fire, largest and most destructive fire in the state, which has destroyed 430 buildings. A new fire in San Diego area broke out a day earlier and became the latest front in the state’s wildfire fight.
    (AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 8, California state Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, a Democrat from Los Angeles County, announced his resignation effective Jan. 1, days after three women accused him of sexual misconduct.
    (SFC, 12/9/17, p.C1)
2017        Dec 8, In central Florida a small plane crashed into Lake Harney killing all three men on board.
    (SSFC, 12/10/17, p.A9)
2017        Dec 8, In Maryland FBI Agent Carlos Wolff (36) and Fire Marshall Sander Cohen (33) were killed late today while standing on the shoulder of I-270 at the scene of a traffic crash in Rockville.
    (SSFC, 12/10/17, p.A9)
2017        Dec 8, It was reported that Natalia Rollins (25), a mother of two, informed NYC this week of her intent to sue and filed a separate lawsuit in Brooklyn’s Kings County Supreme Court against her landlord and property managers, filings show. The claims say her son Noah, 2, was exposed to lead paint in a hazardous Coney Island apartment.
    (Reuters, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 8, Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Arab and Muslim countries across the world to protest against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. At least one Palestinian was killed in clashes with Israeli troops.
    (AFP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 8, Gay marriage in Australia became a law as PM Malcolm Turnbull gained a final signature on a bill hours after it was overwhelming endorsed by Parliament.
    (AP, 12/9/17)
2017        Dec 8, An Australian judge sentenced Adrian Attwater to at least 14 years in prison for the slaying of Lynette Daley, an Aboriginal woman, who bled to death from a violent sexual assault on a remote beach, closing a six-year battle for justice by the woman's family in a case that exposed Australia's deep racial divide. His co-defendant, Paul Maris, was sentenced to nine years in prison.
    (AP, 12/9/17)
2017        Dec 8, Britain's Theresa May won a temporary reprieve from rival factions within her own party by striking a overnight agreement with the European Union that some business leaders hope will increase prospects of an orderly exit from the bloc.
    (Reuters, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 8, Britain, France, Germany, Sweden and Italy called on the United States to put forward detailed proposals for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and described as "unhelpful" a decision by President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    (Reuters, 12/8/17)
2017        Dec 8, Cameroon officials said seven people died overnight during a botched raid by presumed separatists on a police station in a restive a restive English-speaking region.
    (AFP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 8, China's official Xinhua news agency reported that far western Xinjiang region has suspended mining in one of its big nature reserves, amid rising environmental concerns.
    (Reuters, 12/8/17)
2017        Dec 8, In Paris Lebanon's PM Saad Hariri appealed for support for his country from world powers at a summit convened by France to bolster Lebanon's institutions as it emerges from a bizarre political crisis.
    (AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 8, In Germany French President Emmanuel Macron was awarded Aachen’s prestigious International Charlemagne Prize for contributions to European unity in recognition of his "vision of a new Europe."
    (AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 8, Honduras' two main opposition parties presented formal requests to annul the results of the still-unresolved presidential election. Salvador Nasralla, the challenger in Honduras' still unresolved presidential election, filed a last minute challenge to the Nov. 26 contest that seeks to annul the results and requests a recount. The Honduran electoral court's original tally put President Juan Orlando Hernandez ahead by more than 52,000 votes or 1.6 percent.
    (Reuters, 12/9/17)(AP, 12/9/17)
2017        Dec 8, Israeli troops shot dead two protesters in skirmishes along Gaza's border.
    (AP, 12/10/17)
2017        Dec 8, The Dutch government ordered the country's farmers to keep all poultry indoors after H5 bird flu was discovered at a duck farm.
    (AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 8, The family of Pakistani human rights activist Raza Mahmood, who has campaigned for friendly ties with India, said he went missing earlier this week in the eastern city of Lahore.
    (AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 8, Poland's Pres. Andrzej Duda formally designated Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, a former international banker, to be the country's next prime minister. Lawmakers voted to complete an overhaul of the justice system, defying warnings from elsewhere in Europe that the changes sought by Law and Justice are un-democratic. The legislation would give lawmakers the right to choose 15 out of the council's 25 judges. The judicial body's members currently all are selected by fellow judges.
    (AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 8, Russian authorities denied that a radioactivity spike in the air over Europe this fall resulted from a nuclear fuel processing plant leak in the Ural mountains, saying their probe has found no release of radioactivity there.
    (AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 8, A South African court overturned President Jacob Zuma's appointment of the head of public prosecutions, dealing a sharp reprimand to the scandal-tainted leader. Shaun Abrahams, who was in 2015 named by Zuma as director of public prosecutions, has often been criticized for allegedly protecting Zuma and his associates.
    (AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 8, South Sudan officials said at least 60 people have been killed and dozens wounded in battles over livestock.
    (AFP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 8, Swedish music streaming service Spotify and Chinese internet company Tencent said they will acquire new shares representing minority equity stakes in each other for cash.
    (AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 8, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with members of Greece's Muslim minority, ending a landmark visit to Greece that sharply divided opinion in the country and saw tensions in relations resurface.
    (AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 8, In Ukraine opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili was arrested. He quickly called on supporters to rally for the impeachment of the president and has declared a hunger strike.
    (AP, 12/9/17)
 2017        Dec 8, The UN migration agency called on social media giants to make it harder for people smugglers to use their platforms to lure West African migrants to Libya where they can face detention, torture, slavery or death.
    (Reuters, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 8, In Vietnam Dinh La Thang (57), a former member of the country’s communist politburo, was arrested. He was accused of financial mismanagement during his stewardship of the country's oil and gas giant PetroVietnam.
    (AFP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 8, In Vietnam more than 10,000 people filled up a stadium in a rare Christian evangelistic event led by the Rev. Franklin Graham, who said he wants the communist government to consider Christians its best citizens.
    (AP, 12/9/17)
2017        Dec 8, In Yemen Saudi-led airstrikes outside a rebel-run TV station in Sanaa killed at least four people.
    (AP, 12/9/17)

2017        Dec 9, Some 8,700 firefighters in southern California fought to contain six raging wildfires, which have destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced tens of thousands of people to flee.
    (AP, 12/9/17)
2017        Dec 9, In southern California a small plane skidded into a home while trying to land in a field in San Diego killing at least two passengers. The pilot and another passenger were treated for burns.
    (SFC, 12/11/17, p.A6)
2017        Dec 9, Mississippi’s new Civil Rights Museum opened in Jackson. A visit by Pres. Donald Trump generated boycotts from some civil rights leaders.
    (SSFC, 12/10/17, p.A10)
2017        Dec 9, In Afghanistan Taliban insurgents killed three Afghan soldiers in an attack on a checkpoint early today. In Kabul unknown gunmen shot dead 10 members of the same family in what appeared to be a private dispute.
    (AP, 12/9/17)
2017        Dec 9, It was reported that Algerian fighters and French, some arriving from Syria, have joined the ranks of the Islamic State group in northern Afghanistan where the militants have established new bases.
    (AFP, 12/10/17)
2017        Dec 9, Finnish Border Guards said two people have been found dead inside a pilot boat that capsized and sank off southern Finland.
    (AP, 12/9/17)
2017        Dec 9, In Germany the Swedish comedy "The Square" swept this year's European Film Awards in Berlin, winning six prizes, including for best film, director and screenwriter. This year's best actress award went to Alexandra Borbely of Slovakia for her role in "On Body and Soul."
    (AP, 12/10/17)
2017        Dec 9, Indian PM Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat went to the polls, in a key electoral test of his popularity after a series of controversial economic reforms.
    (AFP, 12/9/17)
2017        Dec 9, Iran said Mahmoud Reza Khavari, the former head of Iran's largest state-owned bank, has been given a 20-year prison sentence and $6 million fine in absentia over a record-breaking $2.6 billion embezzlement scandal. Khavari fled to Canada after the scandal broke in 2011. Canada does not have an extradition agreement with Iran.
    (AFP, 12/9/17)
2017        Dec 9, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi said that Iraqi forces had driven the last remnants of Islamic State from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq's territory.
    (Reuters, 12/9/17)
2017        Dec 9, Israeli air strikes in Gaza killed two Palestinian gunmen after rockets were fired from the enclave, in violence that erupted over President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    (Reuters, 12/9/17)
2017        Dec 9, Italy's governing Democrats led a rally in Como to warn about fascism making a comeback in the nation that once suffered under fascist dictator Benito Mussolini and which is now seeing a rash of right-wing protests against migrants.
    (AP, 12/9/17)
2017        Dec 9, Japanese police arrested three crew of a North Korean boat for stealing a generator from a hut on an uninhabited island.
    (AP, 12/9/17)
2017        Dec 9, Lecturers in Kenya's public universities ended a strike after reaching agreement with the government over pay and other issues, according to a statement from their union.
    (Reuters, 12/9/17)
2017        Dec 9, Lebanon's PM Saad Hariri criticized a visit six days earlier by Iraqi Shiite militia leader Qais al-Khazali, the founder and leader of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia, to Lebanon's ceasefire line with Israel, saying it violated local law.
    (AFP, 12/9/17)
2017        Dec 9, Libya said it will set up a joint commission with Italy in a bid to fight back against people traffickers and tackle the problem of illegal migration following talks in Tripoli between Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti and Libya's PM Fayez al-Sarraj.
    (AFP, 12/9/17)
2017        Dec 9, Meeting in Oslo, Norway, representatives of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), called on the US and North Korea to reduce tensions and end the "urgent threat" posed by weapons of mass destruction.
    (AP, 12/9/17)
2017        Dec 9, In Pakistan some 313 militants from three separatist movements handed over weapons in Quetta to Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, the Chief Minister of Baluchistan province. Government officials say about 2,000 militants have surrendered over the past 18 months.
    (Reuters, 12/10/17)
2017        Dec 9, Russia said it was fully committed to a Cold War-era pact with the United States banning intermediate-range cruise missiles, a day after Washington accused Moscow of violating the treaty.
    (Reuters, 12/9/17)
2017        Dec 9, Vietnam’s government website said two more former officials at the scandal-hit state energy firm PetroVietnam, Phung Dinh Thuc and Do Van Hau, will be prosecuted over financial losses incurred while they were in office.
    (Reuters, 12/9/17)

2017        Dec 10, California’s largest wildfire, the Thomas Fire, advanced on coastal towns near Santa Barbara, stoked by the gusty winds and dry conditions that have fueled destructive blazes across the state's southern region. The blaze has already blackened 155,000 acres (62,726 hectares) and consumed hundreds of structures.
    (Reuters, 12/10/17)
2017        Dec 10, Lillybell Dorothea “Bunny" Gillespie (b.1926), co-founder of the History Guild of Daly City/Colma, died in South San Francisco.
    (SSFC, 12/17/17, p.C7)
2017        Dec 10, Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo demanded that the United States rescind President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, calling it a "grave" development that puts Washington on the same side as "occupation" and the violation of international law.
    (AP, 12/10/17)
2017        Dec 10, The heaviest snowfall to hit Britain in four years caused widespread disruption, with roads becoming hazardous and flights grounded following runway closures.
    (AFP, 12/10/17)
2017        Dec 10, Disgraced British celebrity publicist Max Clifford (74), a confidant to the stars who fell from grace amid Britain's investigation of past sexual abuse, died after collapsing at Littlehey Prison in Cambridgeshire.
    (AP, 12/10/17)
2017        Dec 10, Voters in the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, with a population of 320,000 people, voted to elect a new regional assembly — with victory expected for Corsican nationalists.
    (AP, 12/10/17)
2017        Dec 10, The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency said the number of Islamic radicals is growing and becoming increasingly difficult to keep under surveillance as recruiting efforts move underground. He warned that China allegedly is using social networks to try to cultivate lawmakers and other officials as sources.
    (AP, 12/10/17)(AP, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 10, In Indonesia thousands protested outside the US Embassy in Jakarta against US Pres. Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    (AP, 12/10/17)
2017        Dec 10, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani promised high economic growth as he laid out next year's budget. Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson met with Rouhani, wrapping up a visit in which they discussed a full range of regional and bilateral issues. A key focus of Johnson's visit was the case of British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is serving five years for taking part in mass protests in 2009, which she denies.
    (AFP, 12/10/17)
2017        Dec 10, The Israeli military said it has destroyed a tunnel built by the Hamas militant group that stretched from the Gaza Strip several hundred meters (yards) into Israeli territory.
    (AP, 12/10/17)
2017        Dec 10, In Israel a Palestinian man (24) from the occupied West Bank stabbed a security guard after approaching a metal detector at an entrance to the Jerusalem’s central bus station. The guard was in critical condition and the assailant was taken into custody after a passer-by tackled him.
    (Reuters, 12/10/17)
2017        Dec 10, In Kashmir French freelance journalist Paul Comiti was arrested in Srinagar. Police said Comiti held an Indian business visa which did not permit him to make a documentary on political or security-related issues.
    (Reuters, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 10, Kuwait announced new picks for Cabinet, with five out of 16 members hailing from the royal family, including the ruler's son, Nasser Sabah Al Sabah, who has been chosen to head the Defense Ministry.
    (AP, 12/10/17)
2017        Dec 10, Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water cannons at demonstrators near the US embassy as they protested Washington's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
    (AFP, 12/10/17)
2017        Dec 10, In Morocco tens of thousands of protesters rallied in Rabat as demonstrations against US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital continued to spread.
    (AFP, 12/10/17)
2017        Dec 10, Former Nepali prime minister K.P. Oli looked set for a return to power after winning his seat in parliament and his Communist UML party and Maoist allies on course to win a majority. Final election results were expected to take about a week.
    (Reuters, 12/10/17)
2017        Dec 10, In Nigeria two soldiers were killed after their vehicle hit a homemade explosive planted by Boko Haram insurgents along the Maiduguri-Damboa highway.
    (SFC, 12/13/17, p.A2)
2017        Dec 10, South Korean media reported that the government will impose new unilateral sanctions against nuclear-armed Pyongyang.
    (AFP, 12/10/17)
2017        Dec 10, In Sweden three people were arrested early today after an attempted arson attack at a synagogue in the city of Gothenburg.
    (Reuters, 12/10/17)
2017        Dec 10, The Syrian government's delegation returned to Geneva for the resumption of talks with United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura after more than a week's absence.
    (Reuters, 12/10/17)
2017        Dec 10, In Syria US-backed militias agreed to form a joint military center with the Iraqi army to protect their common border region after ousting Islamic State militants.
    (Reuters, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 10, In Ukraine several thousand people marched through central Kiev to protest against the detention of opposition figure Mikheil Saakashvili and call for the impeachment of President Petro Poroshenko.
    (Reuters, 12/10/17)
2017        Dec 10, Venezuelans voted in mayoral races, boycotted by the major opposition parties. The ruling Socialist Party as predicted dominated mayoral polls with the help of a partial boycott by a crumbling opposition.
    (AP, 12/10/17)(Reuters, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 10, Yemen's official news agency reported that Saudi-backed forces were advancing toward the Red Sea port of Hodeida, which provides a lifeline to the Shiite rebels known as Houthis.
    (AP, 12/10/17)

2017        Dec 11, Three women who have previously accused Pres. Trump of sexual harassment shared their stories on NBC’s “Megan Kelly Today" and later called for a congressional investigation into Trump’s alleged behavior.
    (SFC, 12/12/17, p.A4)
2017        Dec 11, The Fairy tale romance "The Shape of Water" led the Golden Globe nominations with seven as Hollywood launched an awards season expected to be overshadowed by the sexual misconduct scandal engulfing the movie industry.
    (AFP, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 11, In California the 4,100-acre (1,660 hectare) Lilac Fire north of San Diego was 90 percent contained after destroying 151 structures.
    (Reuters, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 11, Louisiana investigator Jordan Hamlett (32) pleaded guilty to misusing Donald Trump’s Social Security number in repeated attempts to access the president’s federal tax information.
    (SFC, 12/12/17, p.A4)
2017        Dec 11, In NYC there was an explosion in an underground passageway connecting two of Manhattan's busiest stations. Akayed Ullah (27) of Bangladesh had strapped on a crude pipe bomb with Velcro and plastic ties, slipped unnoticed into the nation's busiest subway system and set off the device. He was the only person seriously wounded and was hospitalized with burns to his hands and stomach and held on state terrorism charges.
    (AP, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 11, A futures Bitcoin contract that expires in January surged $2,730 to $18,190 on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Trading began a day earlier, and the price rose as high as $18,850, according to data from the CBOE.
    (AP, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 11, Bulgaria said it has asked Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG to overhaul and maintain its 15 aged MiG-29 fighter jets in a four-year deal worth up to 81.3 million levs ($49 million).
    (Reuters, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 11, China failed to stop the fourth annual UN Security Council meeting on human rights abuses in North Korea, saying it was not the right forum to discuss the issue and warning that it could further escalate tensions in the region.
    (Reuters, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 11, Cuba told senior US officials during talks on migration in Havana that the US decision to suspend visa processing at its embassy on the island was "seriously hampering" family relations and other people exchanges.
    (Reuters, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 11, Egypt and Russia signed a final contract for the building of Egypt's first nuclear power plant, during a visit to Cairo by President Vladimir Putin.
    (AFP, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 11, The European Union said it will resume political contact "at all levels" with Thailand, after putting relations on hold following a 2014 coup by the Thai military.
    (Reuters, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 11, High winds and heavy snow in Europe stranded thousands of travelers, kept schoolchildren at home and even played havoc with international diplomacy. A second day of snowfall closed schools and disrupted travel across parts of Britain and the Netherlands.
    (AFP, 12/11/17)(Reuters, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 11, French Pres. Emmanuel Macron awarded 18 scientists from the US and elsewhere million of euros to relocate to France for climate research for the rest of Donald Trump’s presidential term.
    (SFC, 12/12/17, p.A3)
2017        Dec 11, French baby milk maker Lactalis and French authorities ordered a global recall of millions of products over fears of salmonella bacteria contamination. The company said it was warned by health authorities in France that 26 infants have become sick since December 1.
    (AP, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 11, India's main opposition Congress party named Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the country's Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty, as party president.
    (AP, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 11, Two Indonesian assembly members said The speaker of parliament, who is being investigated for his suspected involvement in a $170 million graft scandal, has tendered his resignation. Setya Novanto was arrested last month over his suspected role in the scandal linked to a national electronic identity card scheme.
    (Reuters, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 11, Indonesian activists burned US and Israeli flags in front of the American embassy in Jakarta in a fourth day of protests in Indonesia against President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    (AP, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 11, Indonesian police searched for American citizen Chrishan Beasley (32), who escaped from an overcrowded and understaffed prison on the resort island of Bali. He was arrested in August at a post office in the Kuta tourist area of Bali with a package containing 5.7 grams of hashish.
    (AP, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 11, It was reported that Indonesia is immunizing millions of children and teenagers against diphtheria after the disease killed 38 people, mostly children, since January.
    (AP, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 11, In Israel the Nazareth District Court sentenced Yinon Reuveni (22) over his involvement in the 2015 attack on the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish. Reuveni was also ordered to pay $14,000 to the church in compensation.
    (AP, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 11, Ivory Coast documents showed that the country will pay thousands of soldiers 15 million CFA francs ($25,782) each as part of buy-outs aimed at reducing the size of its unruly and mutiny-prone military.
    (Reuters, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 11, The International Criminal Court (ICC) said it would refer Jordan to the UN Security Council for failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he visited Amman in March.
    (Reuters, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 11, Kuwait replaced its oil, finance and defense ministers in a cabinet reshuffle.
    (Reuters, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 11, In Lebanon tens of thousands of supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah demonstrated in Beirut, chanting "Death to America!" and "Death to Israel!" in protest over the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    (AFP, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 11, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin flew into Syria and ordered "a significant part" of Moscow's military contingent there to start withdrawing, declaring their work largely done. Putin added that Russia would keep the Hmeymim air base in Syria's Latakia Province and its naval facility in the port of Tartous.
    (Reuters, 12/11/17)(Reuters, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 11, Saudi Arabia lifted a 35-year-old ban on cinemas, prompting celebrations from film fans, directors and movie chains eyeing the last untapped mass market in the Middle East. In a nod to conservatives, the government said the films would be censored.
    (Reuters, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 11, South Korea added 20 North Korean groups, several banks and 12 individuals to its sanctions list in a largely symbolic move that is part of efforts to cut off funding for the North's weapons programs.
    (AP, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 11, Spanish police escorted two trucks loaded with pieces of medieval religious art from a museum in the city of Lleida amid protests after a court ordered Catalan authorities to hand them over to the neighboring regional government of Aragon. The 44 pieces were originally housed in Aragon's Sijena monastery, but were bought by Catalonia from nuns in 1983. In 2015 a court ruled the sale illegal and ordered the works returned.
    (AP, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 11, Turkey's armed forces said its warplanes hit Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq and killed 17 of the group's militants.
    (Reuters, 12/11/17)
2017        Dec 11, The United Nations appealed to countries worldwide to take in 1,300 mainly African refugees stranded in Libya, many of them mistreated while kept in appalling conditions in detention.
    (Reuters, 12/11/17)
 2017        Dec 11, Yemen's official news agency said the Shiite rebels have killed at least 20 people and detained dozens across the country's north since killing their top ally, former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The agency also reported that the Houthis have arrested 49 people in Mahwet, a northern province.
    (AP, 12/11/17)

2017        Dec 12, Alabama voters elected Democrat Doug Jones in a narrow victory over Judge Roy Moore in a special election for a US Senate seat. The election cut the Republican margin in the US Senate to 51-49
    (SFC, 12/13/17, p.A1)
2017        Dec 12, In California the Thomas Fire grew by about 2,500 acres overnight. It has burned 234,200 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, about 100 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, and has destroyed almost 900 structures including more than 690 homes.
    (AP, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 12, California and Washington state joined five nations (Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia and Chile) on the Pacific coast of the Americas to agree to step up the use of a price on carbon dioxide emissions as a central economic policy to slow climate change.
    (Reuters, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 12, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Mah Lee (b.1952), in office since 2011, died of a heart attack early today. Supervisor London Breed (43) became the acting mayor.
    (SFC, 12/13/17, p.A1)
2017        Dec 12, Afghan intelligence officials detained one Afghan and three Turkish teachers linked to the Afghan Turk CAG Educational NGO (ATCE), an organization regarded with suspicion by the Turkish government.
    (Reuters, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 12, The annual Arctic Report Card released today warned that an increasingly warm Arctic, where temperatures rise twice as fast as the rest of the planet and ice melts at an alarming pace is the "new normal".
    (AFP, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 12, In eastern Austria a large explosion rocked the Baumgarten facility, one of Europe's main gas pipeline hubs, leaving one person dead and stoking concerns about the continent's winter supplies.
    (AFP, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 12, A Botswana transgender woman won a legal battle against the government to be recognized as female in a landmark victory for the rights of the lesbian, gay and transgender community. The conservative southern African nation of 2 million people has been reluctant to fully acknowledge the rights of the LGBT community.
    (Reuters, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 12, Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture launched a program to ensure farmers comply with anti-corruption, environmental and child labor laws, after a highly publicized meatpacking scandal raised doubts about the country's food products.
    (Reuters, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 12, Official data showed that British inflation has hit its highest level in almost six years, forcing Bank of England governor Mark Carney to explain the rise in an exceptional letter. The Consumer Price Index climbed to 3.1 percent on a 12-month basis in November compared to 3.0 percent in October, overshooting the Bank of England's 2.0-percent target rate by more than one percentage point.
    (AFP, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 12, Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling added another magic moment to her list of achievements as Prince William made her a royal Companion of Honor. The title is limited to 65 people "of distinction".
    (AP, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 12, In Egypt prominent activist and opposition figure Islam Marei was sentenced to three years over his criticism of the government's decision to transfer control over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 12/14/17)
2017        Dec 12, The European Union said it has suspended funding for Cambodia's 2018 general election because the vote cannot be credible after the dissolution of the main opposition party.
    (AP, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 12, French President Emmanuel Macron told dozens of world leaders and company bosses gathered at a climate summit in Paris that "we are losing the battle" against climate change. Major banks and companies vowed to accelerate the move away from Earth-warming fossil fuels as world leaders met in Paris seeking to unlock new cash for the global economy's shift to greener energy.
    (Reuters, 12/12/17)(AFP, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 12, It was reported that the owner of Westfield shopping centers is being bought by French property investor Unibail-Rodamco for $15.7 billion. Westfield, which started off in Sydney in the 1950s, is known for its 35 upscale shopping centers in major metropolitan areas, particularly in the US and Britain.
    (AP, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 12, German lawmakers extended the military's participation in missions against the Islamic State group and in Afghanistan, Mali and Iraq until the spring of 2018.
    (AP, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 12, Germany's KBA automotive watchdog announced a recall of Volkswagen's flagship European sport-utility vehicles (SUV) with 3-litre diesel engines after detecting two illicit emissions control devices in the models.
    (Reuters, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 12, In Israel Rabbi Aaron Yehuda Leib Shteinman (b.1913), considered the leading spiritual authority for ultra-Orthodox Judaism, died. Hundreds of thousands attended his funeral ceremonies.
    (AFP, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 12, Nigeria's court of appeal dismissed 15 charges against Senate president Bukola Saraki related to alleged false declarations of assets, but it upheld three other charges against him.
    (Reuters, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 12, A Nigerian official said two teenage girl suicide bombers attacked the town of Gwoza, Borno state. One girl was shot dead and the other detonated herself killing four others.
    (SFC, 12/13/17, p.A2)
2017        Dec 12, Two members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group were killed in an explosion in the Gaza Strip. The group said the men had mishandled explosives.
    (AP, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 12, Puntland army Colonel Osman Abshir Omar, who also headed the region's bomb disposal unit, was killed after a roadside bomb he was defusing exploded.
    (Reuters, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 12, Russia suspended its diplomatic presence in Yemen and all its staff left the country due to the situation in the capital Sanaa. Russia’s foreign ministry said some diplomatic staff will be working temporarily out of the Saudi capital Riyadh. The Russian defense ministry has said 41 of its troops have died in Syria. The St. Petersburg-based website Fontanka has said 73 private contractors have been killed fighting in Syria.
    (AP, 12/12/17)(SFC, 12/13/17, p.A3)
2017        Dec 12, Saudi Arabia detained Sabih al-Masri, Jordan's most influential businessman and the chairman of its largest lender Arab Bank, for questioning after a business trip to Riyadh.
    (Reuters, 12/16/17)
2017        Dec 12, Singapore launched an electric car-sharing service, the latest transport innovation aimed at encouraging people away from owning vehicles and keeping gridlock at bay in the space-starved city-state.
    (AFP, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 12, In Somalia a US drone strike hit a vehicle carrying explosives some 40 miles southwest of Mogadishu.
    (SFC, 12/13/17, p.A2)
2017        Dec 12, A South Sudan lawmaker said more than 170 people have been killed in fighting between rival cattle herders in central South Sudan in the past week.
    (AFP, 12/12/17)
2017        Dec 12, Yemeni security forces killed at least three suspected militants in a raid early today in the southern port city of Aden. A gunmen shot and killed a Muslim cleric in front of his home in Aden, the seventh killing of a cleric in the past three months.
    (AP, 12/12/17)

2017        Dec 13, The United States announced new assistance to the Lebanese military including helicopters and other advanced military equipment. the package, valued at more than $120 million, includes six new light attack helicopters, six unmanned aerial vehicles and communication and night vision devices.
    (AP, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 13, The US Federal Reserve raised interest rates for a third time this year. Its short term rate was raised by a quarter point to the range of 1.25 to 1.5 percent.
    (SFC, 12/14/17, p.C5)
2017        Dec 13, In California the Thomas Fire, which has destroyed more than 700 homes, displaced more than 94,000 people and is threatening some 18,000 structures, was 25 percent contained. The Lilac Fire, which burned more than 4,000 acres in northern San Diego County and destroyed 157 structures, was 95 percent contained.
    (Reuters, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 13, Kentucky state lawmaker Dan Johnson (57) died of an apparent suicide in a secluded area in Mount Washington. He had denied allegations of sexual assault of a teenage girl in the basement of his home.
    (SFC, 12/14/17, p.A8)
2017        Dec 13, In New York City Igor Krugly, a member of an eastern European organized crime syndicate, was sentenced on a racketeering conviction. He will spend nearly four years in prison for a high-stakes gambling operation linked to violence that stretched to Russia and Israel. 11 other members of the syndicate have been charged in the case.
    (AP, 12/14/17)
2017        Dec 13, Brazilian police raided the offices and homes of two members of Congress in the country's latest corruption probe as the government makes a last-ditch effort to vote on an overhaul of the national pension system.
    (Reuters, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 13, In China five residents of Chaoyang district of Beijing died before dawn after electric bike batteries plugged into a home-rigged charging system caught fire and belched noxious fumes into a three-story apartment building.
    (AP, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 13, Human Right Watch said Chinese authorities have collected DNA and other biometric data from the whole population of the volatile western region of Xinjiang, denouncing the campaign as a gross violation of international norms.
    (Reuters, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 13, In eastern Congo DRC a military court sentenced 12 militia members to life in prison for gang rapes of dozens of children and for murder. Provincial deputy Frederic Batumike was convicted for organizing violence that began in 2013 and continued for years in the village of Kavumu.
    (SFC, 12/14/17, p.A2)
2017        Dec 13, Czech President Milos Zeman swore in a new minority government led by populist billionaire Andrej Babis, whose centrist movement scored a landslide in a parliamentary election almost two months ago.
    (AP, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 13, Egyptian police arrested three members of presidential hopeful Ahmed Shafik's Egyptian National Movement and charged them with spreading false information harmful to national security.
    (Reuters, 12/16/17)
2017        Dec 13, In El Salvador the Second Court of Appeal of San Salvador upheld a 30-year sentence for Teodora Vasquez, who was convicted in 2008 of aggravated homicide in the death of her child the previous year. Prosecutors said Vasquez strangled the baby after birth. Her lawyers said she suffered health complications and the baby was stillborn.
    (Reuters, 12/15/17)
2017        Dec 13, The European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights was awarded to Venezuela's democratic opposition and its political prisoners.
    (AP, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 13, French President Emmanuel Macron hosted a summit for the leaders of the G5 Sahel (composed of the armies of Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad) plus Germany and Italy as well as the Saudi and Emirati ministers. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates committed 130 million euros ($152.75 million) to tackle Islamist militants in the region.
    (Reuters, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 13, France-based L'Oreal said it is launching its first wholly plant-based hair dye as cosmetics companies look to win over customers who are becoming increasingly wary of chemical ingredients.
    (Reuters, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 13, Indonesian prosecutors charged former parliament speaker Setya Novanto in connection with a $170 million graft scandal after he held up proceedings for hours at the opening of his trial, saying he was ill.
    (AP, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 13, An Israeli undercover unit infiltrated a Palestinian protest on the outskirts of Ramallah before dispersing it by firing into the air. Three Palestinians were reported injured during the protests.
    (AFP, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 13, In Italy Ahmed Fdil (64) was burned alive in a car in the town of Zevio, south of Verona. Police later identified a 13-year-old and a 17-year-old as the prime suspects in the fiery killing of the homeless Moroccan man.
    (AP, 1/12/18)
2017        Dec 13, A Japanese court ruled that the Ikata nuclear plant in Ehime prefecture should not operate because it is too close to the active Mount Aso volcano and could be affected by a major eruption.
    (AP, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 13, Myanmar's government said it has arrested two journalists working for the Reuters news agency for possessing "important secret papers" obtained from two policemen who had worked in Rakhine state. Journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo went late the previous evening.
    (AP, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 13, The Dutch government said it is joining Austria's lawsuit against Germany at the European Court of Justice over plans for a road toll for foreign drivers.
    (Reuters, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 13, The Pakistan Humanitarian Forum (PHF), which represents 63 int’l aid groups said Pakistan has told at least 10 foreign-funded aid groups to close, including a charity founded by hedge fund billionaire and philanthropist George Soros.
    (Reuters, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 13, Paraguay police arrested Marcelo Fernando Pinheiro Veiga, one of Brazil's most wanted drug and arms traffickers, in the city of Encarnacion.
    (AP, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 13, The Philippine Congress voted overwhelmingly to approve President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law in the south by a year.
    (AP, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 13, Russia's FSB security service began detaining members of an Islamic State cell who had been planning attacks in public places. Over the next 24 hours seven members of the group were detained in St Petersburg.
    (Reuters, 12/15/17)
2017        Dec 13, A senior executive at the Russian nuclear processing plant suspected of being behind a spike of radioactivity over Europe this fall admitted that the Ruthenium-106 isotope recorded does emerge as part of the plant's production cycle but said its levels are negligible.
    (AP, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 13, Rwanda’s government released an independent report accusing French officials of complicity in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide.
    (SFC, 12/14/17, p.A2)
2017        Dec 13, Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz said his government was determined to confront corruption with "justice and decisiveness", signaling continued support for a crackdown on sleaze involving mass arrests of top Saudis including royals.
    (Reuters, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 13, Police in Serbia arrested 26 people after a massive fan brawl during a soccer match between Belgrade rivals Red Star and Partizan that left at least 20 people injured.
    (AP, 12/14/17)
2017        Dec 13, South Africa's High Court ruled that Pres. Jacob Zuma, under fire for alleged corruption, must set up a judicial inquiry into state influence-peddling within 30 days.
    (Reuters, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 13, In Switzerland the Gotthard road tunnel under the Alps closed for hours after a truck and a passenger car collided, killing two people.
    (AP, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 13, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan convened in Istanbul an emergency summit of the world's main pan-Islamic body, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Islamic leaders urged the world to recognize occupied East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, as Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas warned the United States no longer had any role to play in the peace process.
    (AFP, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 13, The UN announced that South Sudan needs $1.7 billion in aid next year to help 6 million people, half of its population, cope with the effects of war, hunger and economic decline. Aid groups said South Sudan is hiking fees for humanitarians and blocking them from reaching hungry families.
    (Reuters, 12/13/17)(Reuters, 12/14/17)
2017        Dec 13, In Yemen Saudi-led coalition aircraft struck a military police camp in the Houthi-controlled capital of Sanaa, killing at least 39 people and wounding 90 more, including some prisoners.
    (Reuters, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 13, Zimbabwe’s parks agency said it has seized 200 kg (440 pounds) of ivory, worth over $500,000, destined for Malaysia.
    (AP, 12/13/17)

2017        Dec 14, The Republican-controlled US Federal Communications Commission repealed Obama-era rules requiring all web traffic to be treated equally.
    (AP, 12/15/17)
2017        Dec 14, The US National Labor Relations Board overturned a key Obama-era precedent that had given workers significant leverage in challenging companies like fast-food and hotel chains over labor practices. The 3-2 vote along party lines restored a pre-2015 standard.
    (SFC, 12/16/17, p.D4)
2017        Dec 14, Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, which closely tracks developments in the South China Sea, said China has built infrastructure covering 72 acres (28 hectares) in the Spratly and Paracel islands during 2017 to equip its larger outposts to be air and naval bases.
    (AP, 12/15/17)
2017        Dec 14, It was reported that the United States is suspending food and fuel aid for most of Somalia's armed forces over corruption concerns, a blow to the military as African peacekeepers start to withdraw this month.
    (Reuters, 12/14/17)
2017        Dec 14, California issued the first twenty state licenses for retailers to conduct recreational cannabis sales.
    (SFC, 12/15/17, p.A1)
2017        Dec 14, In southern California the Thomas Fire overnight grew to the fourth-largest blaze of its kind on record, at 242,500 acres (98,140 hectares) burned. One firefighter was killed battling the blaze. Cal Fire said the Thomas Fire was 30 percent contained. The fire has destroyed more than 700 homes since it began on Dec. 4 and now threatened 18,000 structures.
    (Reuters, 12/14/17)(SFC, 12/15/17, p.D1)
2017        Dec 14, In the SF Bay Area a Contra Costa jury convicted Fernando Maldonado, a Martinez pastor, of 23 counts of child sexual abuse after he failed to show up at his trail and apparently fled to Mexico with his wife and children. Maldonado had been charged in 2015 with sexual abuse of a girl in his parish. On April 3, 2018, Maldonado was deported from Mexico to face charges in Contra Costa County. On April 13 Maldonado was sentenced to 34 years in prison.
    (SFC, 12/15/17, p.D2)(SFC, 4/5/18, p.D3)(SSFC, 4/15/18, p.C3)
2017        Dec 14, Bridgestone Americas celebrated the grand opening of its new Tennessee headquarters building. Bridgestone first moved its primary operation to Nashville from Akron, Ohio, in 1992, four years after completing its merger with Firestone Tire & Rubber.
    (AP, 12/14/17)
2017        Dec 14, Delta said that it will order 100 Airbus A321neo jets with a sticker price of $12.7 billion and take an option to buy another 100 jets.
    (AP, 12/14/17)
2017        Dec 14, Walt Disney Co. said it had reached a deal with Murdoch to buy 21st Century Fox, including its 39 percent stake in pay-TV giant Sky, for $52.4 billion (44.3 billion euros).
    (AP, 12/14/17)
2017        Dec 14, Argentine police in Buenos Aires clashed with demonstrators protesting reforms to the retirement and pension system.
    (SFC, 12/15/17, p.A2)
2017        Dec 14, The defense ministers of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece agreed to step up cooperation in combating drug, weapons and people trafficking in the east Mediterranean and to share information on countering the threat of terrorism.
    (AP, 12/14/17)
2017        Dec 14, The new prime ministers of the Czech Republic and Poland vowed not to give any ground on the divisive issue of hosting refugees as they arrived in Brussels for their first summit of EU leaders.
    (Reuters, 12/14/17)
2017        Dec 14, The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia announced that they plan to spend around 35 million euros ($41 million) to beef up European Union borders as they come under pressure for refusing to accept refugee quotas.
    (AP, 12/14/17)
2017        Dec 14, EU leaders formally endorsed a pact a pact to fund, develop and deploy armed forces together, known in EU jargon as the Permanent Structured Cooperation, or PESCO. Britain may be able to join in later on, but only on an exceptional basis if it provides funds and expertise.
    (Reuters, 12/14/17)
2017        Dec 14, The EU extended sanctions against Russia because of the stalled peace process in the Ukraine.
    (SFC, 12/15/17, p.A2)
2017        Dec 14, In southern France a regional train sliced open a school bus, killing four children aged 12 or 13 One more student died the next day. 18 other children and the bus driver were injured in the horrific crash at a crossing close to the Spanish border.
    (AP, 12/15/17)
2017        Dec 14, It was reported that the Indonesia Asbestos Ban Network (INA-BAN) estimates at least 4,000 people are directly involved in the manufacturing of asbestos products, but that does not include contract and other non-permanent employees or construction workers.
    (AFP, 12/14/17)
2017        Dec 14, Iraq hanged 38 Sunni jihadists belonging to the Islamic State group or Al-Qaeda for terrorism offences in Nasiriyah prison.
    (AFP, 12/14/17)
2017        Dec 14, Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world's largest generic drugmaker, said it would lay off over a quarter of its workforce as part of a global restructuring meant to salvage its ailing business. The company said 14,000 workers would be let go over the next two years.
    (AP, 12/14/17)
2017        Dec 14, Italy’s Senate gave final approval to a law allowing Italians to write living wills and refuse artificial nutrition and hydration, the latest step in the Roman Catholic nation's long-running and agonizing debate over euthanasia and end-of-life issues.
    (AP, 12/14/17)
2017        Dec 14, Italian police in Sicily searched the homes and businesses of known allies of mobster Matteo Messina Denaro (55), looking for hidden bunkers where the fugitive godfather may be hiding.
    (AFP, 12/14/17)
2017        Dec 14, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said that least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed in the first month of a Myanmar army crackdown on rebels in Rakhine state that began in late August.
    (AFP, 12/14/17)
2017        Dec 14, In the Netherlands a man (37) was arrested late today in a mosque in Maastricht shortly after a man and a woman were killed and two other people were injured.
    (AP, 12/15/17)
2017        Dec 14, Nigerian state governors approved the release of $1 billion from the country's excess oil account to the government to help fight the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency.
    (Reuters, 12/14/17)
2017        Dec 14, In Northern Ireland Paul Golding, the leader of the Britain First, a far-right group, was detained along with his deputy Jayda Fransen. Golding was accompanying Fransen to a court appearance related to an anti-Islam speech last August. Britain First recently gained notoriety after US Pres. Donald Trump recirculated unverified anti-Muslim videos it had posted on social media
    (SFC, 12/15/17, p.A2)
2017        Dec 14, Officials speaking anonymously said Pakistan has ordered 21 foreign aid groups to wrap up their activities and prepare to leave after they failed to re-register under tough regulations introduced two years ago.
    (AP, 12/14/17)
2017        Dec 14, Poland's PM Mateusz Morawiecki said Poland will respect the ruling of the European Union's top court on whether the government can continue logging in the primeval forest of Bialowieza that is under an EU environment protection plan.
    (Reuters, 12/14/17)
2017        Dec 14, Poland's lawmakers approved much-criticized new rules for local elections that opponents say undermine the independence of the electoral bodies and fairness in voting.
    (AP, 12/15/17)
2017        Dec 14, In Somalia an Islamic extremist suicide bomber disguised as a police officer killed at least 18 people at a police academy in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 12/14/17)
2017        Dec 14, South Sudan's president gave top jobs to three generals facing UN sanctions over alleged violations during a four-year-old civil war.
    (Reuters, 12/15/17)
2017        Dec 14, Syria's government team at the UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva said that there will be no dialogue with the opposition as long as it insists on the removal of President Bashar Assad.
    (AP, 12/14/17)
2017        Dec 14, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for urgent efforts to create conditions for talks on North Korea's growing missile and nuclear threat.
    (AP, 12/15/17)

2017        Dec 15, Major US entertainment figures announced the founding of the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace  to be chaired by Anita Hill, the woman who testified in 1991 during the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas.
    (SSFC, 12/17/17, p.A8)
2017        Dec 15, Arkansas lawmakers approved rules expanding where concealed handguns are allowed.
    (SFC, 12/16/17, p.A6)
2017        Dec 15, A federal judge in Philadelphia ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that could significantly reduce women’s access to free birth control.
    (SFC, 12/16/17, p.A6)
2017        Dec 15, In Puerto Rico union leaders representing power company workers slammed local and federal officials for lack of equipment as the territory missed a deadline to restore 95 percent of power as promised by the island’s governor. Current power generation was at 64%, nearly three months after Hurricane Maria.
    (SFC, 12/16/17, p.A6)
2017        Dec 15, SpaceX racked up another first, launching a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on a grocery run for NASA to the Int’l. Space Station. Within 10 minutes of liftoff, the first-stage booster was back at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, standing upright on the giant X at SpaceX's landing zone.
    (AP, 12/16/17)
2017        Dec 15, The Australian government won a crucial by-election that restored its tenuous grip on power that was threatened by a constitutional ban on dual citizens sitting in Parliament.
    (AP, 12/16/17)
2017        Dec 15, An Australian inquiry into child abuse recommended that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional.
    (AP, 12/15/17)
2017        Dec 15, In Canada the bodies of pharmaceuticals billionaire Barry Sherman (75), founder of Apotex Inc, and his wife Honey, were found in their Toronto mansion. On Jan. 26, 2018, police said they believed the couple were murdered.
    (Reuters, 12/16/17)(SFC, 1/27/18, p.A2)
2017        Dec 15, In Denmark an Italian woman (58) who ordered the murder of her boyfriend through a website and paid a hitman in bitcoin digital currency was sentenced to six years in a Danish jail. The murder was never carried out.
    (Reuters, 12/15/17)
2017        Dec 15, Leaders of 27 EU nations gave British PM Theresa May an early Christmas present, declaring that Brexit talks can move on to their next phase: transition and future relations.
    (AP, 12/15/17)
2017        Dec 15, In Honduras thousands of supporters of opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla blocked highways with flaming barricades to protest the disputed presidential election, in which incumbent Juan Orlando Hernandez holds a slim lead according to official results.
    (AP, 12/16/17)
2017        Dec 15, Indian police arrested a Christian priest and were questioning members of a seminary after a hardline Hindu group accused them of trying to convert villagers to Christianity by distributing Bibles and singing carols.
    (Reuters, 12/16/17)
2017        Dec 15, An Indonesian court sentenced 10 men arrested in a raid at a gay club and sauna to between two and three years in prison.
    (AP, 12/15/17)
2017        Dec 15, In Indonesia a magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook Java island, killing two people and severely damaging dozens of homes near the epicenter.
    (AP, 12/16/17)
2017        Dec 15, Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians and wounded 150 others, as protests over US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital entered a second week. Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh (29), who lost both his legs in an Israeli attack a decade ago, was among five Palestinians killed during the protests.
    (Reuters, 12/15/17)(SFC, 12/16/17, p.A4)(AFP, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 15, A video showed two Palestinian cousins, Nour (20) and Ahed Tamimi (16), approaching two Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and telling them to leave their family yard before shoving, kicking and slapping them. Her cousin had just had just been shot in the head at close range by Israeli troops. Surgeons soon after had part of his skull removed. Ahed Tamimi was arrested on Dec. 19 and Nour on Dec. 20. Both were soon indicted by a military court.
    (AP, 1/1/18)(AFP, 1/1/18)(SFC, 2/26/18, p.A2)
2017        Dec 15, Japan froze the assets of 19 companies to step up pressure on North Korea to return Japanese citizens that it abducted in the 1970s and 1980s and to halt its nuclear weapons and missile development.
    (AP, 12/15/17)
2017        Dec 15, Lebanon's Interior Minister Nohad Mashnouk signed a decree to hold a long-overdue parliamentary election on May 6 next year.
    (Reuters, 12/15/17)
2017        Dec 15, In Mexico four dead bodies were discovered with their hands tied in the troubled southern state of Guerrero. A fifth person was hospitalized in grave condition.
    (AP, 12/16/17)
2017        Dec 15, A court in Myanmar sentenced four members of a family to as much as 16 years in prison with hard labor after finding them guilty of enslaving and abusing their two teenage maids.
    (AP, 12/15/17)
2017        Dec 15, In the Netherlands judges at the International Criminal Court ruled that former Congo DRC warlord Thomas Lubanga, convicted in 2012 of using child soldiers, is liable for $10 million in reparations to victims in the African nation.
    (AP, 12/15/17)
2017        Dec 15, In Nigeria four Chinese expatriates were kidnapped while travelling from Lagos to Ondo state in the south. The military received a distress call, freed the victims and captured one of the kidnappers.
    (AP, 12/16/17)
2017        Dec 15, A Papua New Guinea court gave hundreds of asylum-seekers, who were held for years in a controversial Australian detention center, the right to sue the PNG government for compensation.
    (AP, 12/16/17)
2017        Dec 15, Peru’s opposition-controlled Congress voted 93-17 to seek the removal from office of Pres. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski over graft allegations, which he denies. 87 votes will be needed to oust him in a session scheduled for Dec. 21, when he will be asked to defend himself. Brazil’s Odebrecht construction company disclosed this week payments totaling $4.8 million to companies owned by Kuczynski or a close friend.
    (Reuters, 12/16/17)
2017        Dec 15, The Russian Central Bank said it has started bailout proceedings for private lender Promsvyazbank, the country’s ninth-largest lender.
    (AP, 12/15/17)
2017        Dec 15, In Russia former economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev was found guilty of soliciting a $2 million bribe and sentenced to eight years in jail, in a case that has shone a rare light on infighting among the elite ahead of a presidential election.
    (Reuters, 12/15/17)
2017        Dec 15, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said seven suspected followers of the Islamic State have been arrested for allegedly planning to carry out terror attacks in St. Petersburg. The arrests were enabled by information provided by America’s CIA.
    (SFC, 12/18/17, p.A2)
2017        Dec 15, Russia and Egypt signed a deal in Moscow to resume flights between Moscow and Cairo starting from February, after more than a two-year break.
    (AP, 12/15/17)
2017        Dec 15, In Spain Norbert Feher (36) of Serbia killed three people, including two Civil Guards, who were investigating a Dec. 5 shooting that injured two people in Teruel province. Feher was arrested the next day. Italy had already issued a European arrest warrant for Feher for homicides and home invasion robberies.
    (AP, 12/15/17)
2017        Dec 15, A group of UN human rights experts said that Sri Lanka has yet to respect individual rights, with people kept in custody for excessive periods pending investigations, and reliance on confessions that are often extracted under torture or duress.
    (AP, 12/15/17)
2017        Dec 15, In Syria the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee that controls large parts of Idlib issued a religious edict calling for general mobilization to "deter the savage attack of the criminal" government.
    (AP, 12/16/17)
2017        Dec 15, A Venezuelan cash crunch led residents of Caracas to unveil their own currency. The panal, which means honeycomb in Spanish, can be spent in just a few stores. Its circulation is limited to one poor neighborhood. Initially 62,000 bills have been printed.
    (AP, 12/16/17)
2017        Dec 15, Yemeni officials said foreign humanitarian workers with the UN and other international organizations have left the Red Sea port city of Hodeida because of intensified fighting there. Officials said President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s forces have seized several rebel-held areas in the southern province of Shabwa, including the district of Bayhan which has been under Houthi control since 2015. The fighting killed at least 54 on both sides. In the southwestern province of Taiz, suspected Saudi-led coalition airstrikes killed at least eight civilians and wounded 15 others.
    (AP, 12/15/17)

2017        Dec 16, California’s Thomas Fire became the state's third largest blaze on record, with more devastation possible from a resurgence of the harsh winds. It has destroyed more than 1,000 structures, including about 750 homes, in coastal communities in Southern California since erupting on Dec. 4.
    (Reuters, 12/16/17)
2017        Dec 16, In San Francisco United Playaz organized a gun buyback in conjunction with police. 280 firearms were turned in for $100-$200 per gun.
    (SSFC, 12/17/17, p.C1)
2017        Dec 16, Keely Smith (b.1928), torch singer and former wife of bandleader Louis Prima, died in Palm Springs. Her marriage to Prima in 1953 lasted to 1961.
    (SFC, 12/20/17, p.D5)
2017        Dec 16, In southeastern Indiana a single-engine Cessna crashed near Oldenberg killing three people.
    (SFC, 12/18/17, p.A5)
2017        Dec 16, It was reported that Argentina has fired the head of its navy a month after a submarine disappeared in the South Atlantic with 44 crew members onboard. The ARA San Juan submarine has not been located and is thought to have exploded.
    (Reuters, 12/16/17)
2017        Dec 16, Australian police arrested Chan Han Choi (59), accused of working on the black market to sell missile components and coal on behalf of North Korea. Choi had been living in Australia for more than 30 years and was of Korean descent.
    (Reuters, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 16, In Australia two female couples were married in Sydney and Melbourne after being granted permission to waive a 4-week period in the first same-sex weddings under new legislation allowing gay marriages.
    (AP, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 16, Austria's newly formed conservative far-right coalition government said it would be a reliable partner in a European Union it seeks to reform to return more power to national governments.
    (Reuters, 12/16/17)
2017        Dec 16, At a meeting in Beijing Britain and China pledged to promote London as a center for offshore use of Beijing's currency and cooperate in clean energy research and promoting trade as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union.
    (AP, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 16, In southern Chile a mudslide fueled by heavy rains swept over a village, leaving at least five people dead and 15 missing. Rain caused a river to overflow and the side of a hill to collapse, burying 20 of the 200 houses in Villa Santa Lucia in the Los Lagos region.
    (AP, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 16, Egypt reopened an ancient library which holds thousands of centuries-old religious and historical manuscripts at the famed St. Catherine Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in South Sinai.
    (AP, 12/16/17)
2017        Dec 16, Egypt opened its largely sealed border with Gaza for only the second time since the Palestinian Authority took control of the crossing from the territory's Islamist rulers Hamas. The crossing was expected to stay open for four days but, in the Egypt direction, for humanitarian cases only.
    (AFP, 12/16/17)
2017        Dec 16, In Gabon a Niger national (53) stabbed two Danish journalists in Libreville, declaring it was in retaliation for US attacks against Muslims. One reporter was left in serious condition. The attacker was immediately arrested.
    (AP, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 16, In Honduras Hilda Hernandez (51), sister of Pres. Juan Orlando Hernandez, and five other people were killed in a military helicopter crash on a mountain near Tegucigalpa. Hernandez was an agronomy engineer who served as communications minister under her brother.
    (AP, 12/16/17)
2017        Dec 16, In India Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India's most famous political dynasty, took over as president of the main opposition Congress party while facing a stiff challenge from PM Narendra Modi's ruling Hindu nationalists.
    (AP, 12/16/17)
2017        Dec 16, Indonesian authorities recaptured American escapee Christian Beasley (32) in an alley near a beach on Lombok after a five-day manhunt.
    (AP, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 16, A Lebanese Uber driver with a criminal record killed Rebecca Dykes, a British woman, who worked at the British Embassy in Beirut. Dykes' body was found strangled by a main road outside Beirut. The driver was later arrested and confessed.
    (Reuters, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 16, A group of Myanmar journalists said they would begin wearing black T-shirts in protest at the detention of two Reuters reporters accused of violating the country's Official Secrets Act, as pressure builds on Myanmar to release the pair.
    (Reuters, 12/16/17)
2017        Dec 16, Nigerian authorities said soldiers in a two week operation have arrested 167 Boko Haram fighters as well as 67 women and 173 children associated with the extremist group hiding on the islands of Lake Chad.
    (AP, 12/16/17)
2017        Dec 16, In the eastern Philippines at least three people were killed and tens of thousands were driven from their homes by floods as Tropical Storm Kai-Tak pounded the area.
    (AFP, 12/16/17)
2017        Dec 16, South African President Jacob Zuma said allegations of private businesses wielding undue influence in his government will be investigated by a judicial commission of inquiry. Zuma also said South Africa will raise subsidies to universities to 1 percent of gross domestic product over the next five years from nearly 0.7 percent at present as recommended by a commission on higher education funding.
    (Reuters, 12/16/17)   
2017        Dec 16, The government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media said Syrian troops have captured the village of Tal al-Khanazeer on the southeastern edge of Idlib.
    (AP, 12/16/17)

2017        Dec 17, In southern California the Thomas Fire was 40 percent contained despite hot Santa Ana winds that have powered its expansion. The third-largest wildfire in California's history has burned 267,500 acres.
    (Reuters, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 17, A fire caused an 11-hour power outage at Atlanta’s airport in Georgia leading to the cancellation of more than 1,500 flights.
    (SFC, 12/20/17, p.A5)
2017        Dec 17, In Afghanistan Taliban insurgents attacked checkpoints in the southern Helmand province early today, killing 11 police in Lashkar Gah. In southern Kandahar province, a suicide car bomber attacked a convoy of foreign forces, killing an Afghan woman and wounding five other civilian bystanders.
    (AP, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 17, Chile held its 2nd round of presidential elections. Former billionaire President Sebastian Pinera (68), who won 36.6 percent in the first round, faced Sen. Alejandro Guillier (64), a center-left former journalist who got 22.7 percent. With nearly all ballots counted former President Sebastian Pinera won 54.6 percent of the votes to 45.4 percent for former journalist and center-left Sen. Alejandro Guillier.
    (AP, 12/17/17)(AP, 12/18/17)
2017        Dec 17, China announced a five-year plan to convert northern Chinese cities to clean heating during the winter through to 2021, amid a deepening heating crisis.
    (Reuters, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 17, A second prototype of China's home-built C919 passenger jet took off for a test flight in Shanghai, another step forward in the country's ambitions to muscle in to the global jet market.
    (Reuters, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 17, French sailor Francois Gabart broken the record for sailing around the world alone, circumnavigating the planet in just 42 days and 16 hours. This was more than six days faster than last year’s record, set by fellow Frenchman Thomas Coville.
    (AP, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 17, In Indonesia Muslim clerics in Jakarta called for a boycott of American products in the country’s largest protest against President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. An estimated 80,000 people rallied in the capital of the world's largest Muslim nation in the 10th straight day of protests.
    (AP, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 17, Iran shut primary schools in Tehran and other parts of the country due to choking levels of air pollution. In the northwestern cities of Tabriz and Urmia, schools remained closed for the second day straight.
    (AFP, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 17, Israel's national trade union held a half-day nationwide strike to protest generic drugmaker Teva's decision to lay off a quarter of its workforce, snarling traffic and shuttering key services across the country.
    (AP, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 17, Israeli police arrested a Palestinian carrying an explosive device as he approached a military court in the occupied West Bank.
    (AFP, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 17, The remains of Victor Emmanuel III, who reigned as Italy's king through two world wars and died in exile in 1947, were flown back from Egypt for reburial at a family mausoleum near Turin.
    (Reuters, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 17, In Kazakhstan a Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, Japan and the US blasted off for a two-day trip to the Int’l. Space Station. Anton Shkaplerov, Norishige Kanai and Scott Tingle will join Russia's Alexander Misurkin and Joe Acaba and Mark Vandde Hei of NASA, who have been aboard since September.
    (AP, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 17, In Libya Mohamad Eshtewi, the mayor of Misrata, was killed by unidentified assailants who abducted him as he returned from an official trip overseas.
    (AFP, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 17, In Pakistan thousands of Islamists rallied in two major cities to condemn US President Donald Trump for declaring Jerusalem Israel's capital.
    (AP, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 17, In Pakistan two suicide bombers struck a church in the city of Quetta killing nine people and wounding over 50 others. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 12/17/17)(Reuters, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 17, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his support for same-sex unions, after previously declaring his opposition to gay marriage, in an about-face that may displease bishops in the mainly Roman Catholic country.
    (Reuters, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 17, Philippines authorities said at least 26 people have been killed while several residents were missing on Biliran Island after tropical storm Kai-tak brought heavy rains that triggered landslides.
    (Reuters, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 17, Russian security operatives killed three suspected militants in a raid in the village of Gubden, Dagestan province.
    (AP, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 17, Sabih al Masri, a Palestinian billionaire and Jordan's most influential businessman, was released after several days of detention in Saudi Arabia. Masri said that he would be returning to Jordan after finishing business meetings in Riyadh in the next two days. Masri was reportedly freed after reaching a settlement to return an unspecified amount of money.
    (Reuters, 12/17/17)(Reuters, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 17, In South Sudan six aid workers were missing after clashes broke out between government and opposition soldiers near the northwestern town of Raga. An opposition spokesman said four aid workers were found when fighting a government-allied militia, during which they killed 35 militia fighters between the towns of Wau and Raga in Western Bahr el Ghazal state.
    (AP, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 17, In South Sudan President Salva Kiir's troops attacked the town of Lasu in Central Equatoria State, which has served as the headquarters for Riek Machar's SPLA-IO, the country’s main opposition movement.
    (AFP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 17, In Sri Lanka 50 Chinese couples were married at a mass ceremony in Colombo to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries and to promote the island nation as a tourist destination.
    (AP, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 17, Turkey's president slammed a US-backed Syrian Kurdish militant group and said he'll clear his country's border with Syria of "terrorists".
    (AP, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 17, In Ukraine about 5,000 supporters of opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili rallied in Kiev, pushing for the ouster of the nation's president and briefly attempting to seize a public building.
    (AP, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 17, In Yemen an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition struck a wedding procession, killing 10 women as they marched to a village in Maarib province.
    (AP, 12/17/17)

2017        Dec 18, President Donald Trump framed a new national security strategy. It presented China and Russia as competitors that want to realign global power in their interests and removed climate change from the list of worldwide threats menacing the United States.
    (AP, 12/19/17)(SFC, 12/19/17, p.A6)
2017        Dec 18, In the SF Bay Area Antonio Malinao Cacatian (49) a San Francisco police officer and resident of Richmond, killed himself following a traffic stop in the Hilltop Mall parking lot. He was under investigation for child sexual abuse in Las Vegas.
    (SFC, 12/20/17, p.A1)
2017        Dec 18, In Washington state an Amtrak train derailed while making its first-ever run along a faster new route south of Seattle. Eight people were killed and more than 200 injured as cars fell off an overpass over I-5.
    (SFC, 12/19/17, p.A12)(SFC, 12/21/17, p.A6)
2017        Dec 18, In Afghanistan militants stormed an intelligence agency training center in Kabul in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Security forces battled the militants for hours before killing at least two attackers.
    (AFP, 12/18/17)
2017        Dec 18, Albanian police clashed with some 3000 opposition supporters who tried to force their way into parliament to disrupt a vote on the appointment of an interim prosecutor general. The governing legislators managed to hold the vote and elect Arta Marku as acting chief prosecutor with 69 votes from the ruling Socialist party in the 140-seat parliament.
    (AP, 12/18/17)
2017        Dec 18, In Argentina demonstrators gathered in Buenos Aires and the country's main union called a 24-hour general strike to protest a hotly debated pension reform measure.
    (Reuters, 12/18/17)
2017        Dec 18, Sebastian Kurz was sworn in as Austria's new chancellor, making him Europe's youngest leader at age 31, after his Austrian People's Party formed a coalition with the nationalist Freedom Party that is expected to move the country's politics to the right. About 6,000 people protested outside Pres. Alexander Van der Bellen's office.
    (AP, 12/18/17)
2017        Dec 18, In Bangladesh at least 10 people were killed and another 40 injured in a stampede in the port city of Chittagong at a crowded religious ritual for a popular ex-mayor who died last week.
    (AP, 12/18/17)
2017        Dec 18, German government officials said Turkey has released German journalist Mesale Tolu after nearly eight months in prison on the condition that she does not leave the country.
    (AP, 12/18/17)
2017        Dec 18, A court in northern Greece sentenced 23 people to prison terms ranging from eight to 1,489 years for smuggling Iraqi and Syrian refugees into the country from the Turkish border in 2015 and 2016.
    (AP, 12/18/17)
2017        Dec 18, In Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez has been declared the winner of the disputed election, but that did little to quell unrest from weeks of uncertainty as new protests erupted and the Organization of American States (OAS) proposed a re-do of the vote.
    (AP, 12/18/17)
2017        Dec 18, In Indonesia eight people were found dead after being buried in a landslide while excavating a sand pit on the island of Java.
    (AP, 12/18/17)
2017        Dec 18, Protesters in Iraqi Kurdistan torched offices of the main political parties and security services as anger at the authorities boiled over in the wake of a failed independence push. Several thousand people across the region took to the streets to air their ire.
    (AFP, 12/18/17)
2017        Dec 18, Moldova recalled its ambassador to Russia for consultations in response to the harassment and intimidation by Russian authorities of Moldovan politicians and officials. The Chisinau government says its officials are being mistreated partly to derail a Moldovan investigation into an alleged Russian-led money laundering operation.
    (Reuters, 12/18/17)
2017        Dec 18, Myanmar’s military announced that a mass grave containing 10 bodies had been found at the coastal village of Inn Din, Rakhine State, and have launched an investigation. On Jan. 10 the military said its soldiers had murdered 10 captured Muslim "terrorists" during insurgent attacks.
    (Reuters, 12/18/17)(Reuters, 1/10/18)
2017        Dec 18, A major Nigerian oil union said it would suspend a nationwide strike after securing worker demands through dispute resolution with the government and an oil firm.
    (Reuters, 12/18/17)
2017        Dec 18, Hundreds of Romanian judges and prosecutors protested around the country over planned modifications to the legal system they say will hamper prosecutions.
    (AP, 12/18/17)
2017        Dec 18, The Russian foreign ministry said it was recalling officers serving at the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) in Ukraine, accusing the Ukrainian side of obstructing their work and limiting access to the front line.
    (AP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 18, Russian agriculture safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor banned all imports of agricultural products from Sri Lanka starting today, saying it found an insect known as the Khapra beetle in the packaging of a consignment of Sri Lankan tea. The beetle is one of the world's most destructive pests for grain and seed products.
    (AP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 18, Several hundred migrants camped along Serbia's borders, sleeping rough in make-shift shelters from the cold as they look for a chance to cross into neighboring European Union countries.
    (Reuters, 12/18/17)
2017        Dec 18, Somalia’s security ministry said security forces have arrested Abdirahman Abdishakur, a former minister and outspoken government critic, after clashing with his bodyguards during an overnight raid on his home. Five bodyguards were reported killed and Abdishakur lightly injured during the raid.
    (AP, 12/18/17)
2017        Dec 18, South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa was elected to lead the country's ruling ANC party as it grapples with corruption allegations and disunity.
    (AFP, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 18, In South Korea boy band SHINee singer Kim Jong-hyun, better known by the stage name Jonghyun, was found unconscious at a residence hotel in Seoul and was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Police called it a possible suicide.
    (AP, 12/18/17)
2017        Dec 18, South Sudanese rebels accused the government army of attacking one of their bases overnight as a new round of peace talks between the warring sides opened in the Ethiopian capital.
    (Reuters, 12/18/17)
2017        Dec 18, Turkish authorities issued detention warrants for 106 people believed to have worked as matchmakers for a network accused of orchestrating last year's failed military coup.
    (Reuters, 12/18/17)
2017        Dec 18, Six Ugandan opposition lawmakers were suspended from the legislature amid heated debate over a bill to abolish the presidential age limit.
    (AP, 12/18/17)
2017        Dec 18, The UN Security Council scheduled a vote today on a resolution that would require the US to rescind its declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump's declaration to be withdrawn was vetoed by the United States in the 15-member UN Security Council.
    (AP, 12/18/17)(Reuters, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 18, Zimbabwe's army declared an end to the military intervention that ousted Robert Mugabe, promising to shut down their last roadblocks in the capital and hand over to police.
    (Reuters, 12/18/17)

2017        Dec 19, Pres. Donald Trump's administration publicly blamed North Korea for a "careless and reckless" ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide in May and crippled parts of Britain's National Health Service. Britain said North Korea's Lazarus hacking group was behind the 'WannaCry" cyber attack.
    (AP, 12/19/17)(Reuters, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 19, The US House Office of Compliance released statistics showing that taxpayers paid more than $342,000 to settle workplace discrimination disputes at House lawmakers’ offices between 2008 and 2012. This included nearly $175,000 for weight settlements related to sexual harassment and sex discrimination accusations.
    (SFC, 12/20/17, p.A6)
2017        Dec 19, In California firefighters halted the spread of the so-called Thomas fire at 272,000 acres (110,100 hectares) and carved containment lines around 60 percent of its perimeter, up from 55 percent.
    (Reuters, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 19, In Massachusetts David Wright (28) was sentenced by a judge in Boston to 28 years in prison for conspiring with his uncle and a Rhode Island man to kill blogger Pamela Geller on behalf of the Islamic State terror group.
    (SFC, 12/20/17, p.A5)
2017        Dec 19, Argentina's Congress passed a reform to the pension system early today, after days of demonstrations by the bill's opponents and violent clashes between protesters and police gripped the South American country.
    (Reuters, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 19, Bangladesh and Myanmar set up a joint working group to oversee the repatriation of Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in Myanmar, but the start of their return is likely to be delayed.
    (AP, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 19, The Chinese government criticized US President Donald Trump's decision to label Beijing a strategic rival and called on Washington to "abandon a Cold War mentality" and accept China's rise.
    (AP, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 19, China released plans to start a giant market to trade credits for the right to emit planet-warming greenhouse gases. The emissions was hoped to give power companies a financial incentive to operate more cleanly.
    (SFC, 12/20/17, p.C1)
2017        Dec 19, The prime ministers of Croatia and Slovenia failed to break a deadlock over an international arbitration ruling in a long-standing border dispute that has led to tensions between the two neighboring European Union countries.
    (AP, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 19, A political crisis loomed in East Timor after a coalition of opposition parties rejected the new government's policy program for a second time.
    (AP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 19, In Egypt a missile attack targeted the el-Arish airport in the northern Sinai Peninsula during an unpublicized visit to the facility by the defense and interior ministers. An officer was killed and two others were wounded in the attack, which also damaged a helicopter. An Islamic State affiliate soon claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 19, An Egyptian military court sentenced army Col. Ahmed Konsowa (42) to six years in prison after he announced his intention to run against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in next year's elections.
    (AP, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 19, European police said Slovenian and Croatian security have busted an international crime syndicate involved in sports corruption, illegal betting and trying to fix soccer matches in several countries including Serbia, Macedonia and the Czech Republic. 11 people were arrested.
    (AP, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 19, German authorities arrested an Afghan man (21) accused of being a member of the Taliban. Jabar N. told investigators he left Afghanistan via Iran, Turkey and Greece in the summer of 2015.
    (AP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 19, Greece’s Hellenic Food Authority issued an announcement calling on consumers in Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki not to buy 1.5 liter bottles of Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola Light, 1 liter cartons of Delta brand milk and packages of Yfantis processed sausage from Dec. 20-25. This followed a threat by members of a group calling itself "Blackgreen Arsonists" to contaminate certain packaged food products with hydrochloric acid during the Christmas period.
    (AP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 19, Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez declared himself re-elected despite calls by his opponent and the Organization of American States (OAS) for a fresh vote amid allegations of fraud and deadly protests over last month's disputed election. Opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla called on United States not to recognize the election results.
    (Reuters, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 19, Iran sentenced Hamid Baghaei, a former vice president, to 63 years in prison over misuse of public funds while in office. Baghaei was Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's vice president in charge of executive affairs.
    (AP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 19, In Iraq three people were killed and more than 80 wounded as Kurdish protesters, angered by years of austerity and unpaid public sector salaries, took to the streets in a second day of violent unrest amid tensions with Baghdad.
    (Reuters, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 19, Police in southern Italy said they have arrested seven people on charges of trafficking Nigerian women for prostitution.
    (AP, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 19, Japan's Cabinet approved a plan to purchase a set of costly land-based US missile combat systems to increase the country's defense capabilities amid escalating threats from North Korea.
    (AP, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 19, The CEO of Japanese automaker Subaru said he and all other executives would return part of their pay until next March following an inspection scandal at the company.
    (AP, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 19, In Kashmir a woman was killed during anti-India protests following a gunbattle that killed two rebels.
    (AP, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 19, In Mexico Gumaro Perez (34), a reporter and alleged cartel operator, was shot dead while attending a Christmas party at his 6-year-old son's school in Acayucan, purportedly by gunmen from a rival gang.
    (AP, 1/1/18)
2017        Dec 19, In southern Mexico a bus carrying cruise ship passengers to the ruins at Chacchoben flipped on a narrow highway in Quintana Roo state and killed 12 people.
    (SFC, 12/20/17, p.A3)
2017        Dec 19, Pakistan's government detailed plans to seize control of charities and financial assets linked to Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed, who Washington has designated a terrorist. This was not made public until Jan. 1, 2018.
    (AP, 1/1/18)
2017        Dec 19, Pakistan's government detailed plans to seize control of charities and financial assets linked to Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed, who Washington has designated a terrorist. This was not made public until Jan., 2018.
    (AP, 1/1/18)
2017        Dec 19, In Romania dozens of judges and prosecutors staged another protest against lawmakers who are currently passing laws that they say will stymie the legal system. Romanian lawmakers voted to enact judicial changes that critics say will undermine graft investigations by weakening the president's oversight.
    (AP, 12/19/17)(Reuters, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 19, In Saudi Arabia a security officer and one of the kidnappers of Muslim judge Sheikh Mohammed al-Jirani were killed in a clash. A second kidnapper was arrested. Al-Jirani disappeared last December from outside his home in the Qatif region. The judge's body was found in the remote farming district of Awamiya.
    (Reuters, 12/25/17)(AFP, 12/25/17)
2017        Dec 19, The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels said it intercepted a missile fired over southern Riyadh, which the rebels said was targeting a "top leadership" meeting at the royal palace in the kingdom's capital, Riyadh.
    (AP, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 19, In South Africa convicted Dutch arms dealer Guus Kouwenhoven (75), who supplied arms that fuelled Liberia's bloody civil war, was released by a South African court on bail of $78,000.
    (AP, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 19, South Korean Researchers said a series of recent cyber attacks has netted North Korean hackers millions of dollars in virtual currencies like bitcoin, with more attacks expected as international sanctions drive the country to seek new sources of cash. Bitcoin was trading at over $19,104 per bitcoin at one point today, up from less than $1,000 at the beginning of 2017. Youbit, a bitcoin exchange, announced it had suffered another cyber attack that cost it 17 percent of its assets, forcing the exchange to halt operations and file for bankruptcy.
    (Reuters, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 19, Uganda's parliament abruptly adjourned a debate over extending President Yoweri Museveni's decades in power after a lawmaker said soldiers had entered the building and members of parliament scuffled with police.
    (Reuters, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 19, The UN Security Council voted to renew cross-border aid deliveries to Syria's opposition-held areas for one year, but Russia abstained and said the relief operation should wind down.
    (AFP, 12/19/17)
2017        Dec 19, The UN human rights office said it has verified the killings of 136 Yemeni civilians and other non-combatants in airstrikes carried out over 11 days this month by a Saudi-led military coalition batting Yemen's Shiite rebels.
    (AP, 12/19/17)

2017        Dec 20, The US Treasury Dept. said it is slapping five Russians with sanctions under the Magnitsky Act.
    (SFC, 12/21/17, p.A2)
2017        Dec 20, FBI agents in Modesto, Ca., arrested Everitt Aaron Johnson (26) for attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Johnson had planned an attack over the holidays on San Francisco’s Pier 39. His would-be partners were undercover FBI agents. The former high school wrestler had converted to Islam after being discharged from the marines and losing custody of his two children.
    (SFC, 12/23/17, p.A1)
2017        Dec 20, The Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced a $100 million award to New York-based Sesame Workshop and the Int’l. Rescue Committee to help educate millions of Syria refugee children.
    (SFC, 12/21/17, p.A8)
2017        Dec 20, A US judge in Nevada declared a mistrial in the case against Nevada rancher Clive Bundy, accused of leading a 2014 armed standoff with federal agents in a cattle grazing dispute.
    (SFC, 12/21/17, p.A6)
2017        Dec 20, In Bangladesh Turkey's visiting PM Binali Yildirim dubbed the killing of minority Muslim Rohingyas in Myanmar by its security forces "genocide" and urged the international community to ensure their safety back home.
    (Reuters, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 20, British PM Theresa May forced her most senior minister, Damian Green, to resign for lying about whether he knew pornography had been found on computers in his parliamentary office.
    (Reuters, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 20, Chinese leaders promised to increase imports and reduce risks in their financial system amid slowing economic growth and pressure from Washington and Europe to open their markets wider.
    (AP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 20, Egyptian forces clashed with Islamic militants near the el-Arish airport. Five militants and an army captain were killed in the fighting.
    (AP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 20, The latest review by the International Monetary Fund found that Egypt's economic reforms are on track, paving the way for the transfer of another $2 billion loan disbursement, part of a three-year, $12-billion bailout loan to support the country's battered economy.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 20, The European Commission said that it wants a post-Brexit transition period, during which Britain must continue to obey EU rules, to finish at the end of 2020.
    (AFP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 20, The European Union's top court ruled that the bloc's divorce regulations don't cover private agreements, throwing a case back to a Munich court to decide whether to recognize a divorce granted under religious Sharia law to a couple who are both Syrian-German.
    (AP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 20, The European Commission launched the Article 7 procedure against Poland over judicial reforms that Brussels says undermine Polish courts' independence.
    (Reuters, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 20, European Court of Justice struck down Uber's arguments that it is an information services company, ruling that it should be regulated like a transport company within EU member nations.
    (AP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 20, India’s Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar held talks with Myanmar leaders and signed a memorandum of understanding to support development of Rakhine and help create jobs. India will provide Myanmar with $25 million for development projects including prefabricated houses in troubled Rakhine state to enable the return of Rohingya Muslims who have fled the area.
    (Reuters, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 20, The environmental group Greenpeace called for an investigation into the relationship between paper giant Sinarmas and its wood suppliers after The Associated Press found substantial ties between them despite the Indonesian conglomerate's assertions the suppliers are independent.
    (AP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 20, In Iran schools were closed for a fourth straight day in Tehran as dangerous air pollution covered the Iranian capital and traffic restrictions failed to clear the thick smog.
    (AFP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 20, It was reported that Iraqi or coalition forces are responsible for at least 3,200 civilian deaths from airstrikes, artillery fire or mortar rounds between October 2016 and the fall of the Islamic State group in July 2017. AP also obtained a list of 9,606 names of people killed during the operation from Mosul's morgue. Hundreds of dead civilians are believed to still be buried in the rubble.
    (AP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 20, Protests raged for a third day in Iraqi Kurdistan despite a clampdown by security forces after five people were killed as ire exploded at the calamitous fallout from an independence vote. Leading Kurdish opposition movement Gorran withdrew its ministers from Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and its member Yousif Mohamed resigned as parliament speaker. The Kurdistan Islamic Group (Komal), another opposition party with a smaller presence in parliament, also withdrew from the government.
    (AFP, 12/20/17)(Reuters, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 20, In Italy the current and former CEOs of oil giant Eni were ordered to face trial on corruption charges for the alleged payment of bribes over the $1.1 billion sale of one of Africa's richest oil blocks in Nigeria. CEO Claudio Descalzi and his predecessor Paolo Scaroni were among 15 defendants who will face trial in Milan.
    (AP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 20, In Kosovo two men pleaded guilty to planning attacks at a World Cup soccer match in Albania against the visiting Israel team last year.
    (AP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 20, Kosovo's government signed a 1 billion-euro ($1.18 billion) deal with the New York-based power generator ContourGlobal PLC to build a 500 megawatt coal-fired power plant.
    (AP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 20, Myanmar's army said that it had appointed a senior officer to investigate whether any members of the security forces were involved in the killing of 10 people whose bodies have been uncovered in a mass grave in Rakhine State.
    (Reuters, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 20, A court in the Netherlands banned the Dutch branch of the Bandidos motorcycle club, ruling in a civil case that the biker gang is a threat to public order.
    (AP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 20, It was reported that a study this month by the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) said tiny bits of plastic are contaminating mussels from the European Arctic to China in a sign of the global spread of ocean pollution that can end up on people's dinner plates.
    (Reuters, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 20, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared a Christmas truce with communist guerrillas and urged them to reciprocate the goodwill gesture after recently scrapping peace talks with the insurgents and declaring them terrorists.
    (AP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 20, The Philippines' justice department dismissed complaints against several high-profile drugs trade suspects because of weak evidence. Documents to this effect were not made public until March 12, 2018.
    (Reuters, 3/12/18)
2017        Dec 20, In Russia Maria Alekhina, an activist from the punk collective Pussy Riot, and two photographers were detained during a protest outside the headquarters of the FSB, the main intelligence agency in Moscow, after unfurling a placard saying "Happy birthday, butchers!".
    (AP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 20, Serbian police said in a statement that 13 people have been arrested in Serbia and additional four in Croatia as part of a months-long joint operation into the smuggling of migrants across the two nations' border.
    (AP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 20, In South Sudan government and rebel parties signed a ceasefire, effective on Dec. 31, in a four-year war that has already killed tens of thousands of people.
    (Reuters, 12/22/17)
2017        Dec 20, In Syria overnight air strikes killed 19 people in Maar Shureen, a village in the rebel stronghold of northwestern Idlib province.
    (Reuters, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 20, Turkey's state-run news agency said prosecutors are seeking more than four years in prison for NBA player Enes Kanter on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Kanter, who is in the United States, would be tried in absentia.
    (AP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 20, Yanghee Lee, the UN independent investigator into human rights in Myanmar, called for stronger international pressure to be exerted on Myanmar's military commanders after being barred from visiting the country for the rest of her tenure.
    (Reuters, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 20, The Vatican said Cardinal Bernard Law (86), the disgraced former archbishop of Boston who was a central figure in the clergy sex abuse scandal, has died in Rome.
    (AP, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 20, In Yemen the Saudi-led coalition targeted rebel positions near Sanaa with air strikes. The Saudi-led coalition said it would keep Yemen's Houthi-controlled Hodeidah port open for a month, despite a fresh missile attack at Riyadh, but it kept up air strikes that killed at least nine people. The rebel-run Saba press agency said 38 people, including women and children, had been killed or wounded in a series of raids targeting different parts of Yemen.
    (AFP, 12/20/17)(Reuters, 12/20/17)

2017        Dec 21, The US condemned Myanmar’s Gen. Maung Maung Soe to a blacklist of shame for his role in atrocities against Rohingya Muslims.
    (SFC, 12/22/17, p.A2)
2017        Dec 21, The Huffington Post published leaked emails showing Miss America pageant officials ridiculing past Miss Americas, including crass and sometimes vulgar comments about them.
    (SSFC, 12/24/17, p.A9)
2017        Dec 21, In southern California the Thomas Fire, the 2nd largest in state history, was 60% contained. It had destroyed at least 750 homes and burned about 425 square miles.
    (SFC, 12/22/17, p.A4)
2017        Dec 21, California political trailblazer March Fong Eu (b.1922), who served as the state's first female secretary of state and later a US ambassador to Micronesia, died in Irvine, Ca.
    (AP, 12/23/17)(SFC, 12/23/17, p.C1)
2017        Dec 21, NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless (80), the first person to fly freely and untethered in space (1984), died in California.
    (AP, 12/23/17)
2017        Dec 21, Georgia state’s utility regulators allowed construction to continue on two new nuclear reactors despite massive cost overruns. They were approved in 2012 and initially estimated to cost $14 billion.
    (SFC, 12/22/17, p.A4)
2017        Dec 21, Ford and Mazda said they are recalling more than 380,000 older small pickup trucks for a second time to replace Takata air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel. The recalls cover driver and passenger inflators in certain 2004 to 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series trucks made by Ford.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, In Australia a white Suzuki SUV ran a red light in central Melbourne and sped up to slam into pedestrians crossing the road before crashing into a traffic barrier. 19 people were injured. Police said the driver was an Australian citizen (32) of Afghan decent who has a history of drug use and mental health issues.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, The English city of Birmingham was confirmed as the host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games after a troubled bidding process.
    (AFP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, Three opera singers and a classical musician say that world-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit (81) sexually assaulted them. The women accused the artistic director and principal conductor of London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of sexual misconduct on the sidelines of rehearsals and performances in five cities between 1985 and 2010.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, In China a Beijing court convicted 85 people, including 44 from self-ruled Taiwan, of running phone scams in Kenya and Indonesia that targeted Chinese people. Two Taiwanese were sentenced to 15 years in prison. The other 83 defendants were sentenced to up to 14 years in prison and fined.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, The EU approved a deal that will see Lufthansa take over part of defunct Air Berlin, formerly the second-largest carrier in Germany.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, French dairy giant Lactalis recalled millions more products globally because of fears of salmonella contamination.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, Hong Kong woman Law Wan-tung, jailed for six years for starving and beating Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, her Indonesian domestic helper, was ordered by a court to pay more than $100,000 in damages for the "inhumane" abuse.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, In Iran police arrested 140 of the young partygoers late today in a garden on the outskirts of Tehran and 90 in the city's uptown while dancing and drinking alcohol.
    (AP, 12/22/17)
2017        Dec 21, Three Maltese men believed to have triggered a powerful car bomb that killed investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia were ordered to stand trial for murder. Mobile data and DNA results presented during the preliminary hearing were enough to support charges against Alfred and George Degiorgio and Vincent Muscat for the Oct. 16 murder.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, A small reindeer herder from the indigenous Sami community in the Norwegian Arctic lost a much-publicized appeal with Norway's top court over a ruling that he must cull 41 of his 116-strong herd.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, In Peru opposition legislators, who control Congress, fell eight votes short of the two-thirds threshold in the 130-seat chamber needed to oust President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski following a half-day of impassioned debate. He still faced a distracting criminal investigation into his involvement with Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.
    (AP, 12/23/17)
2017        Dec 21, A Philippine inter-island ferry with more than 250 passengers and crew, including Christmas holiday travelers, sank after being battered by fierce winds and big waves off the country's northeast, leaving at least four people dead and at least seven others missing.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, In Poland British PM Theresa May and Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki pledged to deepen their cooperation in fighting Russian disinformation, as well as on matters of defense and security.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, The Russian parliament voted to extend Russia's lease of a naval base in Syria for 49 years, following Vladimir Putin's announcement of a partial pullout of Russian troops from the war-torn country.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, A court in Somalia released without charge Abdirahman Abdishakur, a former minister and government critic, who spent two days in jail after being arrested for alleged treason. His arrest ignited a smoldering political crisis for the fragile government.
    (Reuters, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, South Korean soldiers fired 20 warning machine gun rounds, turning back North Korean soldiers apparently pursuing a comrade who had earlier dashed across the rivals' shared border. It is the fourth time this year a North Korean soldier has defected across the world's most heavily armed border.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, Cho Hyun-ah, the former Korean Air executive, will avoid jail as South Korea's top court upheld her suspended prison term for her onboard "nut rage" tantrum that delayed a flight in 2014.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, In central South Korea a fire broke out at an eight-story building in the city of Jecheon, killing 29 people and injuring 29 others.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, Romania's upper house approved judicial reforms that have sparked street protests and concerns abroad about the EU country's commitment to tackling corruption. Center-right Pres. Klaus Iohannis now has to sign the legislation into law.
    (AFP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, Russia's Rosatom nuclear agency signed an agreement in Khartoum to build a nuclear power plant in Sudan, a month after a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir.
    (AFP, 12/22/17)
2017        Dec 21, Saudi Arabia paid 2 billion riyals ($533 million) in the first monthly installment of a new welfare system for low and middle-income families that make up approximately half of the kingdom's population.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa wrapped up the party conference that elected him ANC leader, with a vow to stamp out corruption in the organization and in government.
    (AFP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, South Africa's ruling ANC decided to downgrade its embassy in Tel Aviv to a liaison office over a US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, ahead of a UN vote today on a resolution urging Washington to drop the move.
    (Reuters, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, South Korean soldiers fired 20 warning machine gun rounds, turning back North Korean soldiers apparently pursuing a comrade who had earlier dashed across the rivals' shared border. It is the fourth time this year a North Korean soldier has defected across the world's most heavily armed border.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, Cho Hyun-ah, the former Korean Air executive, will avoid jail as South Korea's top court upheld her suspended prison term for her onboard "nut rage" tantrum that delayed a flight in 2014.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, In central South Korea a fire broke out at an eight-story building in the city of Jecheon, killing 29 people and injuring 29 others.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, In South Sudan a spokesman for the SPLA-IO rebel group said army forces had attacked a rebel base in Deim Jalab, in the western part of the country. Lam Paul Gabriel said two rebels and five government troops were killed in the fighting.
    (Reuters, 12/22/17)
2017        Dec 21, In Spain voters in a deeply divided Catalonia flocked to the polls with support for its separatist and unionist camps running neck-and-neck. Catalan separatists won the regional vote, thwarting PM Mariano Rajoy’s bid to resolve the country's biggest political crisis in decades.
    (Reuters, 12/21/17)(Reuters, 12/22/17)
2017        Dec 21, Switzerland’s financial market regulator said the Swiss division of J.P. Morgan "seriously breached" anti-money laundering rules relating to the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, Turkish police said they had rescued thousands of artefacts dating back to Anatolian, Greek and Egyptian civilizations in the largest operation to combat smuggling of ancient treasures in the country's history.
    (Reuters, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, The Ukrainian parliament voted to withdraw a law on the creation of an anti-corruption court, paving the way for the submission of a new law more in line with demands from backers, including the International Monetary Fund.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, Yemen's UN ambassador introduced a UN resolution calling the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital "null and void" and urging all "peace-loving countries" to vote in favor of it. US Ambassador Nikki Haley threatened the 193 UN member states and the UN with funding cuts if the UN General Assembly approves a the resolution.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, The UN General Assembly voted 128-9 for a resolution rejecting US President Donald Trump's Dec. 6 Jerusalem declaration. The nine countries voting "no" were the US, Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, the Marshall Islands and Togo. The vote did little to calm Palestinian anger over his reversal of decades-old US policy on the contested holy city.
    (Reuters, 12/22/17)(AP, 12/22/17)
2017        Dec 21, The International Committee of the Red Cross said the number of suspected cholera cases in war-torn Yemen has reached one million.
    (AFP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, In Zimbabwe white farmer Robert Smart, evicted by the government of Robert Mugabe, became the first to get his land back under new Pres. Emmerson Mnangagwa.
    (SFC, 12/23/17, p.A4)

2017        Dec 22, President Donald Trump signed a temporary spending bill to keep the government running, for now. Trump also signed the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul passed by the GOP controlled Congress.
    (AP, 12/22/17)(SFC, 12/23/17, p.A6)
2017        Dec 22, The US State Department said the United States would provide Ukraine with "enhanced defensive capabilities" as Kiev battles Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country.
    (Reuters, 12/23/17)
2017        Dec 22, The US State Department re-designated China, Eritrea, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan as "countries of particular concern" under the International Religious Freedom Act for having engaged in or tolerated egregious violations of religious freedom.
    (AP, 1/4/18)
2017        Dec 22, The San Francisco-based Ninth US circuit court of Appeals ruled that Pres. Trump has acted illegally for the third time in banning US entry of anyone from a group of mostly Muslim nations. The court delayed enforcement of its ruling while the government appeals to the Supreme Court.
    (SFC, 12/23/17, p.A6)
2017        Dec 22, The Trump administration said energy companies and other businesses that accidentally kill migratory birds will no longer be criminally prosecuted, in a decision hailed by industry but denounced by environmental groups.
    (Reuters, 12/23/17)
2017        Dec 22, California officials said the 65% contained Thomas Fire, that has been burning through rugged, drought-parched coastal terrain since Dec. 4, has become the largest on record in the state. It surpassed the previous record of the 2003 Cedar fire in San Diego County that scorched 273,246 acres and killed 15 people.
    (Reuters, 12/23/17)
2017        Dec 22, Dozens of former Miss Americas called on the leaders of the Atlantic City, NJ, pageant organization to step down in the wake of an email scandal in which CEO Sam Haskell and others used crass and vulgar terms to refer to past winners. Pres. Josh Randall, president of the Miss America Organization, and two other officials resigned the next day.
    (SFC, 12/23/17, p.A5)(SSFC, 12/24/17, p.A9)
2017        Dec 22, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed legislation prohibiting doctors from performing abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome.
    (SFC, 12/23/17, p.A5)
2017        Dec 22, A US federal lawsuit was filed in Oklahoma City on behalf of 15 girls who say they were molested by Arnold Cohen (86), a Perry school district teacher’s aide.
    (SFC, 12/26/17, p.A4)
2017        Dec 22, United Health Group Inc. said that it will start an offer next week to buy all outstanding shares of Empresas Banmédica. It planned to spend about $2.8 billion to buy the health care provider and insurer that operates in Chile, Columbia and Peru.
    (AP, 12/22/17)
2017        Dec 22, In Afghanistan a suicide car bombing killed at least six policemen in southern Kandahar province while a motorcycle bomb blast in western Herat province killed four civilians.
    (AP, 12/22/17)(AFP, 12/22/17)
2017        Dec 22, Angola continued to suffer a week of fuel shortages, a bitter irony for one of Africa's leading oil producers, and a hardship that some people blame on opponents of President Joao Lourenco.
    (AFP, 12/22/17)
2017        Dec 22, Cameroonian reporter Ahmed Abba, a correspondent with Radio France International (RFI), was released from jail after 29 months in detention. A military tribunal in April sentenced Abba to 10 years in prison and fined him the equivalent of about 85,000 euros ($100,000) for "laundering the proceeds of terrorist acts" and "failure to denounce acts of terrorism". A day earlier a military court acquitted on the first charge and upheld the second, handing him a 24-month sentence.
    (AP, 12/23/17)
2017        Dec 22, In Egypt hundreds of Muslim demonstrators assaulted an unlicensed church south of Cairo, in the latest assault on members of the country's Coptic minority. The church in Giza, just outside of Cairo, was yet to be sanctioned by the state but has been observing prayers for 15 years. Authorities soon detained 15 people pending an investigation into the attack on the church.
    (AP, 12/23/17)(Reuters, 12/24/17)
2017        Dec 22, Two former French spies were placed under formal investigation to face charges of spying for a foreign power, compromising classified secrets and delivering information detrimental to fundamental national interests.
    (Reuters, 5/25/18)
2017        Dec 22, In Germany a Romanian truck driver was convicted of murder and rape in the killing last year of a woman (27) who was out jogging in a forest in Endingen. Austria sought the man's extradition for a further trial there over the killing in 2014 of a French female student in Kufstein.
    (AP, 12/22/17)
2017        Dec 22, India and China discussed ways to prevent a repeat of a recent face-off between their armed forces at a Himalayan plateau where their borders meet and agreed that resolving their boundary disagreements served the interests of both countries.
    (AP, 12/22/17)
2017        Dec 22, In Indonesia the remains of a pregnant elephant, already dead for about ten days, was found in a palm oil plantation in Aceh on Sumatra island, in what authorities suspect was a deliberate poisoning.
    (AFP, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 22, Israeli troops shot dead at least two Palestinians, as protests intensified against Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    (Reuters, 12/22/17)
2017        Dec 22, Italy organized a first airlift of refugees from Libyan detention centers after coming under international criticism for helping the Libyan coast guard block migrants from leaving by boat.
    (AP, 12/22/17)
2017        Dec 22, Japan-based Toshiba Corp.'s energy systems unit unveiled a long telescopic pipe carrying a pan-tilt camera designed to gather crucial information about the situation inside the reactor chambers at the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant.
    (AP, 12/22/17)
2017        Dec 22, Macedonia's left-wing prime minister said he is ready to renounce his country's claim to the legacy of Alexander the Great to help solve a 26-year-old dispute with neighboring Greece over the country's name.
    (AP, 12/23/17)
2017        Dec 22, Malaysian police said they have arrested 20 suspected militants, including 13 foreigners, adding to a list of hundreds detained in recent years accused of having links to terror groups. The suspects were arrested in a counter-terror operation carried out in four states between Nov. 30 and Dec. 15.
    (AP, 12/22/17)
2017        Dec 22, Mexico’s interior ministry published figures showing that a total of 23,101 murder investigations were opened in the first 11 months of this year, surpassing the 22,409 registered in the whole of 2011. This was the highest Mexican murder total since modern records began.
    (Reuters, 12/24/17)
2017        Dec 22, In the southern Philippines a mudslide triggered by heavy rain buried dozens of houses in a farming community in the Tubod region, Lanao del Norte province. Local officials said seven people had been killed by flooding in Lanao del Sur province.
    (Reuters, 12/22/17)
2017        Dec 22, Communist guerrillas in the Philippines declared a Christmas truce after the government made a similar overture despite a recent breakdown of peace talks. The truce would also mark the 49th founding anniversary on Dec. 26 of the Communist Party of the Philippines.
    (AP, 12/22/17)
2017        Dec 22, The Polish government donated 100 million zlotys ($28 million) to preserve a major Jewish cemetery in Warsaw where many tombstones are dilapidated or covered by vegetation.
    (AP, 12/22/17)
2017        Dec 22, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said a total of 48,000 of Russian troops have taken part in Moscow's military campaign in Syria.
    (AP, 12/22/17)
2017        Dec 22, A group of Russian scientists sounded the alarm over what they said were attempts by Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the security service (FSB), to openly justify Stalin's mass purges, the first such attempt in decades.
    (AFP, 12/23/17)
2017        Dec 22, In Serbia authorities in Belgrade faced outrage over the purchase of a plastic Christmas tree that reportedly cost 83,000 euros ($98,000) and has sparked corruption allegations.
    (AP, 12/22/17)
2017        Dec 22, In South Korea Shin Kyuk-Ho (95), the wheelchair-bound founder of South Korea's embattled Lotte retail conglomerate, was convicted of embezzlement and breach of duty and sentenced to four years in prison.
    (AFP, 12/22/17)
2017        Dec 22, Spain's National Court agreed to extradite 93 Chinese citizens following a crackdown on Spain-based gangs that allegedly swindled people in China out of millions of euros by telephone.
    (AP, 12/22/17)
2017        Dec 22, Uganda's army said it had launched attacks on a shadowy rebel group in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where the militants killed 14 UN peacekeepers earlier this month.
    (AFP, 12/22/17)
2017        Dec 22, The UN Security Council approved a US-drafted resolution ramping up sanctions on North Korea by restricting oil supplies vital for Pyongyang's missile and nuclear programs.
    (AFP, 12/22/17)(AP, 12/23/17)
2017        Dec 22, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres extended for three years the mandate of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which is prosecuting suspects in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
    (AP, 12/23/17)
2017        Dec 22, The Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis had ordered up an investigation into alleged financial and other irregularities in the diocese of one of his top advisers, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga.
    (AP, 12/22/17)
2017        Dec 22, A court in Vietnam upheld a nine-year jail sentence for prominent activist and blogger Tran Thi Nga (40), convicted of spreading propaganda against the state.
    (Reuters, 12/22/17)

2017        Dec 23, In Ohio disgruntled mail carrier DeShaune Stewart (24) of Columbus fatally shot his supervisor at a suburban post office and killed a postmaster outside her apartment complex. Police soon arrested Stewart, who was reportedly naked during both slayings, an recovered a handgun as he tried to run away.
    (SSFC, 12/24/17, p.A8)
2017        Dec 23, In Afghanistan Atta Mohammad Noor, governor of northern Balkh province, dismissed an announcement by the presidential palace that his resignation has been accepted. He said no one in the National Unity Government has the right to remove him from his position unless his party, Jamiat-e Islami, makes that decision.
    (AP, 12/23/17)
2017        Dec 23, In Australia Afghan refugee Saeed Noori, accused of deliberately plowing into Christmas shoppers on Dec. 21 on a street in Melbourne, was charged with 18 counts of attempted murder and one count of conduct endangering life.
    (Reuters, 12/23/17)
2017        Dec 23, China’s Xinhua state news agency reported the government has punished 8,123 people for committing fiscal violations after an audit of how the government's 2016 central budget was spent revealed multiple problems.
    (Reuters, 12/23/17)
2017        Dec 23, In Egypt a deadly road accident left 13 people dead and eight others injured when a small bus crashed into a truck on the main road connecting the southern city of Beni Suef to Cairo.
    (AP, 12/23/17)
2017        Dec 23, An Indian court convicted Laloo Prasad Yadav, former Bihar state chief minister, a second time for embezzling state government funds as a top elected official two decades ago. In 2013, another court sentenced him to five years in prison for fraudulently withdrawing 378 million rupees ($5.8 million) from the Bihar state government treasury for fictitious medicines and fodder for cattle over a period of 20 years.
    (AP, 12/23/17)
2017        Dec 23, In western India at least 33 people were killed after a passenger bus veered off a bridge and plunged into the Banas river in Rajasthan state.
    (AP, 12/23/17)
2017        Dec 23, India officials said least four Indian soldiers were killed in Pakistani firing along the highly militarized de facto border that divides the disputed region of Kashmir between the nuclear-armed rivals.
    (AP, 12/23/17)
2017        Dec 23, Thousands of Israelis held a demonstration in Tel Aviv for the fourth week running calling for the resignation of the "corrupt" government and its head.
    (AFP, 12/24/17)
2017        Dec 23, In Japan the body of Airi Kakimoto (33) was found in a state of extreme malnutrition after her parents reported the death. Police soon arrested the couple whose daughter froze to death on Dec 18 in a tiny room where they had confined her for years because they believed she had a form of mental illness that made her violent.
    (Reuters, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 23, Palestinian Sharaf Shalash (28) died after being wounded by Israeli fire on Dec. 17, during a protest on the Gaza border against US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    (AFP, 12/23/17)
2017        Dec 23, Philippine officials said Tropical Storm Tembin unleashed flash floods that swept away people and houses and set off landslides. The death toll in the southern Philippines climbed swiftly to 133, as rescuers pulled dozens of bodies from the swollen Salog river.
    (AP, 12/23/17)(AFP, 12/23/17)
2017        Dec 23, In the southern Philippines a blaze started this morning at the four-storey NCCC Mall in Davao and people were trapped inside.
    (AP, 12/24/17)
2017        Dec 23, President Vladimir Putin presented his vision for modernizing Russia, while some of his challengers in next March's presidential vote were formally nominated for the race. He pledged to offer broader incentives for business, fight corruption and pour extra resources into the underfunded health care and education system.
    (AP, 12/23/17)
2017        Dec 23, In the Turks and Caicos Islands a small plane crash killed two people after taking off from the island of Providenciales.
    (AP, 12/23/17)
2017        Dec 23, In Yemen a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a gathering of tribesmen supporting Shiite rebels, killing at least 10 people and wounded 25 others in Sanaa.
    (SSFC, 12/24/17, p.A3)
2017        Dec 23, Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed retired army boss Constantino Chiwenga and veteran politician Kembo Mohadi as the ruling party's vice presidents.
    (Reuters, 12/23/17)

2017        Dec 24, The US Mission to the UN said that the UN's 2018-2019 budget would be slashed by over $285 million. The mission said reductions would also be made to the UN's management and support functions.
    (AP, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 24, In Seattle US District Judge James Robard granted a nationwide injunction blocking the administration’s restrictions on the process of reuniting refugee families  and partially lifted a ban on refugees from mostly Muslim countries.
    (SFC, 12/25/17, p.A4)
2017        Dec 24, In Florida a small plane headed to key West crashed at Bartow Municipal Airport shortly after takeoff killing the pilot (70) and 4 adult passengers.
    (SFC, 12/25/17, p.A4)
2017        Dec 24, Marcus Raskin (83), a co-founder of the liberal Institute for Policy Studies think tank (1963), died at his home in Washington, DC.
    (SFC, 12/28/17, p.D5)
2017        Dec 24, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed seven civilians in southern Helmand province. A mortar struck a market in the eastern Logar province, killing three civilians during a battle between Afghan security forces and the Taliban.
    (AP, 12/24/17)
2017        Dec 24, Iuliana Tudos (22) was last seen Christmas Eve when she took a bus from Camden, the rowdy north London neighborhood where she worked in a popular bar. Her body was found days later in Finsbury Park. A man (31) was taken into custody on Jan. 1 from an address in east London.
    (AP, 12/29/17)(AP, 1/1/18)
2017        Dec 24, China's domestically developed AG600, the world's largest amphibious aircraft, performed its maiden flight from an airport on the shores of the South China Sea, the latest step in a military modernization program.
    (Reuters, 12/24/17)
2017        Dec 24, Egyptian security forces killed nine suspected militants in a shootout in the Nile Delta province of Sharqiya.
    (Reuters, 12/24/17)
2017        Dec 24, Guatemala's Pres. President Jimmy Morales announced that his country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, becoming the first nation to follow the lead of US Pres. Donald Trump in ordering the change. Guatemala and Israel have long had close ties, especially in security matters and Israeli arms sales to Guatemala.
    (AP, 12/25/17)
2017        Dec 24, A vice president of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) said seven Israeli players have been denied visas to participate in the Dec. 26-30 speed chess championship hosted by Saudi Arabia this week.
    (Reuters, 12/24/17)
2017        Dec 24, Italian PM Paolo Gentiloni said he would propose to parliament transferring some of the country's 1,400 troops stationed in Iraq to Niger to fight people smuggling and terrorism.
    (Reuters, 12/24/17)
2017        Dec 24, In Malaysia a sun bear and tapir were killed in road accidents in the northeast of the country on Christmas Eve, with the tapir skinned by villagers after its carcass was discovered. A second sun bear was killed and cut up, with its parts spotted on the same day sold openly at a market in Sarawak state on Borneo island.
    (AFP, 12/28/17)
2017        Dec 24, Mexican fishermen in the Gulf of California fired 25 shots at a night-vision drone belonging to the environmental group Sea Shepherd, bringing it down. The drone had located four small boats illegally fishing for totoaba, a fish whose swim bladder is prized in China.
    (AP, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 24, North Korea called the latest UN sanctions to target the country "an act of war" that violates its sovereignty, and said it is a "pipe dream" for the United States to think it will give up its nuclear weapons.
    (AP, 12/24/17)
2017        Dec 24, A code for mining cryptocurrency was created and sent any mined coins to a server at a North Korean university, the latest sign that North Korea may be searching for new ways to infuse its economy with cash. The application uses host computers to mine a cryptocurrency called Monero. It then sends any coins to Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang.
    (Reuters, 1/8/18)
2017        Dec 24, In Pakistan a roadside bomb exploded near a team of bomb disposal experts, killing three soldiers in Ghulam Khan in the North Waziristan tribal region.
    (AP, 12/24/17)
2017        Dec 24, In central Pakistan two speeding buses coming from opposite directions collided and crashed into a van on a highway, killing 10 people and injuring 17 others.
    (AP, 12/24/17)
2017        Dec 24, Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski granted a medical pardon to jailed former strongman Alberto Fujimori (79), who was serving a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses, corruption and the sanctioning of death squads.
    (AP, 12/25/17)
2017        Dec 24, Rescuers in the Philippines searched for survivors of a storm that triggered floods and landslides and killed about 200 people, left scores missing and thousands homeless.
    (AP, 12/24/17)
2017        Dec 24, Philippine firefighters recovered one body from a burning shopping mall. An officials said there was "zero" chances of survival for 36 other trapped people inside the four-story building in southern Davao city.
    (AP, 12/24/17)
2017        Dec 24, In Russia more than 15,000 people nationwide endorsed the candidacy of Alexei Navalny (41), seen as the only Russian opposition leader who stands a fighting chance of challenging strongman Vladimir Putin in a March vote.
    (AP, 12/24/17)
2017        Dec 24, In southern Somalia a US military airstrike killed 13 members of the al-Shabab extremist group.
    (AP, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 24, South Korean police arrested the owner and the manager of a building where 29 people died in a fire last week, accusing the pair of multiple safety lapses, including blocked exits and malfunctioning sprinkler systems.
    (Reuters, 12/25/17)
2017        Dec 24, South Sudan's armed opposition accused government troops of violating a cease-fire just hours after it came into effect.
    (AP, 12/24/17)
2017        Dec 24, Tunisia suspended all flights by Emirates to and from Tunis after the Dubai-based airline barred Tunisian women from boarding its flights last week. UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash soon replied on Twitter that the ban was temporary and due to security reasons.
    (Reuters, 12/25/17)(AP, 12/25/17)
2017        Dec 24, Turkey's PM Binali Yildirim said that Turkey would employ an additional 110,000 public servants in 2018 including teachers, medical and religious personnel.
    (Reuters, 12/24/17)
2017        Dec 24, In Turkey two government decrees published in the Official Gazette said 2,756 more people have been fired from the public service sector for alleged links to terror groups. The Gazette also said the government has closed down two local newspapers, 14 associations and one health clinic. At least 115 people who were previously dismissed were reinstated to public sector jobs.
    (AP, 12/24/17)
2017        Dec 24, In Venezuela three dozen opponents of the socialist government were released from prison and reunited with loved ones as part of a wider Christmas release.
    (Reuters, 12/24/17)

2017        Dec 25, In Afghanistan a suicide attack on a compound of the national intelligence agency in Kabul killed at least six people and wounded three. The bomber was on foot and detonated his suicide vest. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 12/25/17)
2017        Dec 25, Bahrain news agency BNA reported the Military High Court has sentenced six men to death, 15 years in prison and revoked their nationality on charges of attempting to assassinate the commander-in-chief of the country's defense force, who oversees the appointment of military judges. The case involved 18 defendants, eight of whom were tried in absentia. The group was charged with a number of crimes, including forming a terrorist cell.
    (Reuters, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 25, Bangladesh police arrested social media activist Asaduzzaman Noor (25), aka Asad Noor, as he tried to leave the country on charges that he defamed Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.
    (AFP, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 25, The union of Egyptian flight attendants angrily responded to criticism by lawmaker Galila Othman over the weight and age of some female attendants employed by the national carrier, saying her comments amounted to discrimination.
    (AP, 12/25/17)
2017        Dec 25, German billionaire Erich Kellerhals (78), co-founder of electronics retail giant Media Markt and a major shareholder in its current owner Ceconomy, died.
    (Reuters, 12/28/17)
2017        Dec 25, India's capital launched a metro train with driverless technology, though officials said it would operate with a driver for at least a year or two.
    (AP, 12/25/17)
2017        Dec 25, The leaders of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan pledged to improve relations, after ties between the two former Soviet republics degenerated into a trade war under the previous Kyrgyz leadership.
    (Reuters, 12/25/17)
2017        Dec 25, In northern Mexico federal police in Sonora state arrested Juan Carlos Moreno Ochoa, alias "El Larry." He was allegedly the "intellectual author" of the March 23 murder of journalist Miroslava Breach. A man alleged to be the gunman in Breach's murder, Ramon Andres Zavala, was assassinated last week in Sonora.
    (Reuters, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 25, In northeastern Nigeria four civilians were killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants on the outskirts of Maiduguri.
    (Reuters, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 25, Three Pakistani soldiers were killed by Indian fire across the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region. Indian soldiers reportedly targeted Pakistani posts after the Pakistani side had targeted their positions.
    (AP, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 25, The Palestinian foreign ministry slammed as "shameful" Guatemala's decision a day earlier to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem after the United States recognized the city as the capital of Israel.
    (AFP, 12/25/17)
2017        Dec 25, Thousands of Peruvians took to the streets to protest the pardon granted to former President Alberto Fujimori, with many calling it part of a backroom deal struck to protect the current president from impeachment on corruption charges.
    (AP, 12/25/17)
2017        Dec 25, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's eldest son quit as vice mayor of the southern city of Davao, citing his being linked to a drug smuggling case by opponents and personal problems from a failed marriage as reasons for the move.
    (AP, 12/25/17)
2017        Dec 25, In the northern Philippines a passenger bus collided with a van carrying pilgrims to Christmas Mass at a church, leaving 20 people dead and more than two dozen injured in La Union province's Agoo town.
    (AP, 12/25/17)
2017        Dec 25, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was barred from running in next year's presidential election after officials ruled he was ineligible to take part due to a suspended prison sentence he says was trumped up. Navalny said he would appeal and called on his supporters to boycott the election and campaign against it being held.
    (Reuters, 12/25/17)
2017        Dec 25, In Russia four people were killed when a Moscow bus ploughed into a pedestrian underpass in the west of the city.
    (AFP, 12/25/17)
2017        Dec 25, Serbia extradited to Turkey a Kurdish political activist, defying a recommendation by the UN Committee against Torture. Cevdet Ayaz had requested asylum in Serbia earlier this year after fleeing Turkey, where he had been sentenced to 15 years in prison over alleged activities against the constitution.
    (Reuters, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 25, Islamic State group posted what is thought to be the first video from IS-affiliated fighters in Somalia. The video called on supporters to "hunt down" nonbelievers and attack churches and markets.
    (AP, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 25, Swiss police said three people have died over the last 48 hours in separate avalanche accidents in the Swiss Alps.
    (Reuters, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 25, Syrian army forces backed by Iranian-backed militias pushed deeper into the Western Ghouta, the last rebel-held enclave near a strategic border area with Israel and Lebanon in a new expansion of Tehran's influence in the war-torn country.
    (Reuters, 12/25/17)
2017        Dec 25, In Turkey two soldiers were killed and another was wounded in an attack by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in the southeastern province of Hakkari. Separately, one soldier was killed and two others were wounded in northern Iraq when a grenade detonated by accident.
    (Reuters, 12/25/17)
2017        Dec 25, A judge ejected Ahmet Sik, one of Turkey's most respected investigative journalists from court, and ruled that he and three other suspects should remain in jail, in the controversial trial of staff from the main opposition newspaper.
    (AFP, 12/25/17)
2017        Dec 25, Typhoon Tembin was expected to slam into Vietnam after it battered the Philippines with floods and landslides that killed at least 240 people. The storm entered Vietnamese water but weakened to a tropical depression and did not cause any casualties.
    (Reuters, 12/25/17)(AFP, 12/25/17)(Reuters, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 25, Separatist leaders and a Ukrainian government representative said in televised comments that they would exchange prisoners on December 27.
    (AP, 12/25/17)
2017        Dec 25, Pope Francis used his Christmas message to call for a negotiated two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after US Pres. Donald Trump stoked regional tensions with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    (Reuters, 12/25/17)
2017        Dec 25, At the Vatican topless activist Alisa Vinogradova from the feminist group Femen tried to snatch the statue of the baby Jesus from the Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square but was stopped by police as she grabbed it.
    (Reuters, 12/25/17)
2017        Dec 25, Yemeni security and medical sources said fresh air strikes and clashes have killed over 60 fighters as Saudi-backed pro-government forces push an offensive against Huthi rebels.
    (AFP, 12/25/17)

2017        Dec 26, A suspected US drone attack along the Pakistani-Afghan border killed an Islamist militant commander from the Taliban-allied Haqqani Network.
    (Reuters, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 26, The US Treasury Department issued sanctions against two officials it describes as "key leaders of North Korea's unlawful weapons programs." The sanctions against Kim Jong Sik and Ri Pyong Chol block them from any property or interests in property within US jurisdiction, and prohibit them from transactions with American citizens.
    (AP, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 26, Police in New York arrested a father (55) and his two sons (22 and 18) who had $25 million worth of counterfeit designer accessories in their possession. The knockoff Chinese merchandise was shipped to Kennedy Airport before being distributed to street vendors.
    (AP, 12/28/17)
2017        Dec 26, In upstate New York two women and two children were found dead in their apartment in Troy. Two men from Schenectady were soon arrested.
    (SSFC, 12/31/17, p.A7)
2017        Dec 26, Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen (43), imprisoned for making a short documentary about Tibetan opposition to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, managed to flee China and arrived in San Francisco.
    (SFC, 12/29/17, p.D1)
2017        Dec 26, In Afghanistan four border police officers were killed after their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Faryab province. Five people were killed in Ghazni province.
    (SFC, 12/27/17, p.A2)
2017        Dec 26, In Afghanistan at least five coal miners were killed in a tunnel collapse in northern Samangan province. One miner remained missing.
    (AP, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 26, Angola’s Russian-built AngoSat 1 satellite successfully entered orbit after launch from the Baikonur pad in Kazakhstan, but experts couldn't immediately establish contact. By Dec. 29 state-run Energia company engineers established communications with the craft and received data indicating that all its systems are operating properly.
    (AP, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 26, China published its first "green development" index, listing regional governments which promote environmentally friendly development, with Beijing coming out top, though it came second-to-last in a survey of public satisfaction.
    (Reuters, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 26, Data from China’s General Administration of Customs showed that China did not export any gasoline, jet fuel, diesel or fuel oil to North Korea last month.
    (Reuters, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 26, Prominent Chinese activist Wu Gan, who called himself the Ultra Vulgar Butcher as he mocked and pressured Chinese officials, was given an eight-year prison sentence for subversion.
    (AP, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 26, The state-run China Youth Daily reported that local officials in northern Shandong province have used fake data to help aluminum and steel producers avoid mandatory production curbs. The report cited a Ministry of Environmental Protection inspection team.
    (Reuters, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 26, Dominican Republic authorities said at least a dozen people have died and 21 more hospitalized after drinking homemade liquor containing methanol.
    (SFC, 12/27/17, p.A2)
2017        Dec 26, Egypt hanged 15 men convicted of attacks that killed security forces in the Sinai Peninsula, in what appeared to be the largest number of executions on a single day since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took office in 2014.
    (Reuters, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 26, Egypt’s state-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported the acquittal of Ismail Serrag el-Din, the founding director of the new Library of Alexandria, overturning a three-and-a-half year sentence on charges of squandering public funds.
    (AP, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 26, An Egyptian court convicted a British woman Laura Plummer (33) of smuggling hundreds of powerful painkillers into the country, sentencing her to three years in prison. She has insisted the Tramadol tablets were for her Egyptian partner, who suffers chronic back pain.
    (AP, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 26, In Kosovo a non-governmental organization has hung hundreds of ties from the fence outside a government building to protest a pay raise for PM Ramush Haradinaj, who has said in TV interviews that he needs the money for new ties and shirts. Last week, Haradinaj's Cabinet decided to double his salary to 2,950 euros ($3,497) a month before taxes. The average salary in the country is 354 euros a month ($420).
    (AP, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 26, Kuwait’s interior ministry said five government employees have been arrested accused of posting a video on social media considered offensive to the Gulf state's crown prince.
    (Reuters, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 26, Liberia held elections in a delayed run-off vote for the country's presidency. Former int’l footballer George Weah (51) and Vice-President Joseph Boakai joined voters in casting their ballots as they went head-to-head for the top office. George Weah easily beat Vice President Joseph Boakai gaining 61.5 percent of the ballot against 38.5 percent for his rival and winning in 14 of Liberia's 15 counties.
    (AFP, 12/26/17)(AFP, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 26, Libyan oil firm Waha Oil stopped pumping crude to the Es Sider terminal after a feeder pipeline was blown up.
    (AP, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 26, Mexico's central bank said it will bolster the peso amid concerns US tax changes could reduce investment flows to Mexico.
    (AP, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 26, Myanmar police said they would drop pending charges against two journalists working for Turkey's state broadcaster, their interpreter and driver, who were jailed in November for violating an aircraft law by filming with a drone.
    (Reuters, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 26, Russia’s defense minister said it has started establishing a permanent military presence at naval and air bases in Syria, as parliament ratified a deal with Damascus to cement Russian presence in the country.
    (Reuters, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 26, Saudi Arabia hosted a world chess tournament for the first time, nearly two years after the country's top cleric issued a religious edict against playing the board game. Players from Israel and Qatar missed the tournament due to regional tensions.
    (AP, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 26, Saudi Arabia’s Okaz newspaper reported that authorities have released 23 of the 200-or-so powerful individuals detained since November on corruption charges after they reached deals with the government.
    (Reuters, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 26, Sudan's foreign minister said Turkey will rebuild the ruined Ottoman port city of Suakin on Sudan's Red Sea coast and construct a naval dock to maintain civilian and military vessels. The restoration was agreed during a visit to the ancient port by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.
    (AP, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 26, Syria's government began to allow the evacuation of nearly 30 critically ill people from a besieged Damascus suburb, where hundreds requiring medical treatment have been prevented from reaching hospitals minutes away. At least five detainees were evacuated from eastern Ghouta late today.
    (AP, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 26, It was reported that over the last year Venezuela's currency has weakened 97.5 per cent against the greenback, meaning $1,000 of local currency purchased then would be worth just $25 now.
    (Reuters, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 26, In Yemen air strikes hit a crowded market in Al Hayma sub-district of Attazziah in Taiz governorate, killing 54 and injuring 32.
    (Reuters, 12/28/17)

2017        Dec 27, The United States-led international coalition fighting ISIS, the hardline Sunni militant group, said fewer than 1,000 Islamic State fighters remain in Iraq and Syria, a third of the estimated figure only three weeks ago.
    (Reuters, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 27, American neuroscientist Ben Barres (63), a brain cell pioneer and advocate for equal opportunity, died at his home in Palo Alto. Bares had transitioned from female to male in 1997.
    (SFC, 1/1/18, p.C2)
2017        Dec 27, In Afghanistan a Taliban car bomb carried out by a suicide bomber went off near a military base in the southern city of Lashkar Gah, wounding 15 people.
    (AP, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 27, In Argentina an explosion at a grains terminal owned by China's COFCO International killed one employee, injured others and affected shipping activities from one of the world's top food suppliers.
    (Reuters, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 27, Bosnia's war crimes court convicted Azra Basic, a former fighter of crimes committed against Bosnian Serb civilians during the country's 1992-95 war. It comes a year after she was extradited from the US, where she had become a naturalized citizen. She was sentenced to 14 years in prison for stabbing a man in the neck.
    (AP, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 27, Cambodian PM Hun Sen vowed to extend his more than 30 years in power by at least another decade, weeks after the highest court dissolved the main opposition party ahead of a 2018 general election.
    (Reuters, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 27, Cameroon arrested 38 heavily-armed men on the border with Equatorial Guinea. On Jan. 3 Equatorial Guinea said it had thwarted "a coup" in late December mounted by mercenaries who sought to attack President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, Africa's longest-serving leader.
    (AFP, 1/3/18)
2017        Dec 27, Cameroon released New York Stony Brook University literature Professor Patrice Nganang (37). He had been held in the Central African nation since early this month for writing an article that criticized the government.
    (AP, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 27, China's parliament said part of a high-speed railway station being built in Hong Kong would be regarded as mainland territory governed by mainland laws, an unprecedented move that critics say further erodes the city's autonomy.
    (Reuters, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 27, China’s Xinhua news agency said the government will bring its paramilitary police force, the People's Armed Police, under the control of the Central Military Commission which controls the country's armed forces from January 1.
    (Reuters, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 27, China’s State Council said it will allow local government to keep all the environment tax revenues raised from polluting firms, in an attempt to encourage local authorities to enforce environmental protection measures.
    (Reuters, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 27, China’s Geely Holding Group, the owner of Sweden's Volvo Cars, said it is buying an 8.2% stake in truck manufacturer AB Volvo from Cevian Capital, a fund manager. Geely will get 15.6 percent of voting rights.
    (AP, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 27, Officials said the Congolese army has stepped up arrests of South Sudanese refugees and tightened the border in a bid to block rebels from seeking sanctuary in its country.
    (AFP, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 27, In Germany an Afghan asylum-seeker (15) fatally stabbed his ex-girlfriend, a German of the same age, in a drugstore in Kandel. The suspect was taken into custody on suspicion of manslaughter.
    (AP, 12/28/17)   
2017        Dec 27, Tehran's police chief said Iranian police are taking a softer approach to breaches of Islamic rules, opting for education over punishment. Police will no longer arrest women for failing to observe the Islamic dress code imposed since 1979. Violators will be made to attend classes.
    (AFP, 12/27/17)(SFC, 12/29/17, p.A2)
2017        Dec 27, A Dutch court said that the government could not be accused of doing too little to improve the quality of the air, although emissions in various parts of the country are in breach of European rules.
    (Reuters, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 27, In Russia opposition leader Alexei Navalny announced a series of rallies across the country in January to press home his call for a boycott of next year's presidential election, a move likely to draw a sharp response from the Kremlin and police.
    (Reuters, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 27, Russia said it will supply Turkey with four batteries of S-400 surface-to-air missiles for $2.5 billion under a deal that is almost complete. The deal has caused concern in the West because Turkey is a member of NATO, but the Russian missile system cannot be integrated into NATO's military architecture.
    (Reuters, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 27, In Russia an explosion injured 18 people in a branch of the Perekrestok supermarket chain. Investigators opened a criminal case into the blast, which they say was caused by a homemade bomb packed with pieces of metal.
    (Reuters, 12/28/17)(SSFC, 12/31/17, p.A4)
2017        Dec 27, In Russia Ilya Averyanov, a factory's former director, opened fire in the Moscow pastry factory, wounding a guard. He reportedly shot in self defence to stop people taking the factory from him. Averyanov fled the scene but was arrested the next day.
    (Reuters, 12/27/17)(Reuters, 12/28/17)
2017        Dec 27, Russia’s RIA news agency reported that Moscow will limit the scope of US military observation flights over Russia from Jan. 1 next year in retaliation for US curbs on similar Russian flights over the United States.
    (Reuters, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 27, In Syria a dozen more patients and their families were evacuated from eastern Ghouta, a besieged rebel-held suburb of Damascus.
    (AP, 12/28/17)
2017        Dec 27, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called Syrian Pres. Bashar al-Assad a terrorist and said it was impossible for Syrian peace efforts to continue with him.
    (Reuters, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 27, Turkish prosecutors said they will review legal cases against 11,480 people after finding they had been re-directed unwittingly to the ByLock messaging app linked to suspects in last year's failed coup.
    (Reuters, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 27, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency said police had arrest warrants for a total of 171 academics and staff from Istanbul's former Fatih University, which was regarded as having close ties to US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen.
    (Reuters, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 27, Uganda’s military said its forces have killed more than 100 rebels in eastern Congo accused of carrying out the Dec. 7 attack on a UN base.
    (SFC, 12/28/17, p.A2)
2017        Dec 27, Ukraine and Russian-backed rebels swapped hundreds of prisoners in the war-torn east of Ukraine, one of the largest such exchanges since the outbreak of an insurgency almost four years ago. The Ukrainian army reported the death of one soldier in the renewed fighting, the first casualty after the latest Christmas ceasefire came in force on December 23.
    (AFP, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 27, Uzbekistan's state news agency UzA reported that the Finance Ministry has sacked 562 employees after President Shavkat Mirziyoyev ordered it to root out inefficiency and get rid of what he had called "rats" tarnishing its reputation.
    (Reuters, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 27, A Vietnamese court sentenced 15 people to multiple years in jail for plotting to bomb the country's biggest airport in the southern city of Ho Chi Minh.
    (Reuters, 12/27/17)
2017        Dec 27, Zimbabwe state media reported that new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed Constantino Chiwenga. the country's former military commander, as one of his two vice presidents.
    (AP, 12/27/17)

2017        Dec 28, President Donald Trump criticized China following reports that Chinese ships transferred oil to North Korean vessels at sea in violation of UN sanctions over the North's nuclear weapons program.
    (AP, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 28, The United States and Turkey lifted all visa restrictions after Washington said Ankara had kept to assurances no further US mission staff would be targeted for performing official duties, following detention of two earlier this year.
    (Reuters, 12/28/17)
2017        Dec 28, US federal prosecutors said a seventh person has been charged with participating in a scheme to smuggle teenagers into the US and force them to work at an egg farm in central Ohio.
    (SFC, 12/29/17, p.A5)
2017        Dec 28, American novelist Sue Grafton (77) died in Santa Barbara, Ca. Her best-selling alphabet series of mystery novels reached “Y Is for Yesterday," published last August.
    (SFC, 12/30/17, p.E1)
2017        Dec 28, In Kansas Andrew Finch (28) was killed by a SWAT team in Wichita following the fake 911 call about a shooting and killing at the victim’s address. Police in southern California arrested Tyler Barriss (25) the next day, suspected of making the hoax call that resulted in the fatal shooting.
    (SSFC, 12/31/17, p.A7)
2017        Dec 28, In NYC a fire in the Bronx left 12 people dead and four more fighting for their lives.
    (SFC, 12/29/17, p.A7)
2017        Dec 28, In Afghanistan suicide attackers struck a Shiite Muslim cultural center in Kabul leaving at least 41 people dead and 84 wounded. A roadside mine exploded in northern Balkh province, killing six children.
    (AP, 12/28/17)
2017        Dec 28, China’s deputy director at the National Environmental Inspection Office said more than 18,000 Chinese officials failed to take any action or performed badly in protecting the environment since 2016, according to a national crackdown that saw Beijing inspectors visit some of the world's most polluted cities.
    (Reuters, 12/28/17)
2017        Dec 28, China blocked a US effort at the United Nations to blacklist six foreign-flagged ships following reports of illicit sales of oil products to North Korea.
    (Reuters, 12/31/17)
2017        Dec 28, In Egypt militants killed two people including a policeman at a bank in the North Sinai region and wounded several others.
    (Reuters, 12/28/17)
2017        Dec 28, In Germany four men used a hammer to break down part of a concrete wall at the Ploetzensee prison before climbing over a barbed-wire fence. On Jan. 2 one of the escapees turned himself in.
    (AP, 12/28/17)(AP, 1/2/18)
2017        Dec 28, India's lower house of parliament passed a bill aimed at prosecuting Muslim men who divorce their wives through the "triple talaq", or instant divorce. The bill moved to the upper house of parliament, where it was likely to be approved.
    (Reuters, 12/28/17)
2017        Dec 28, Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency said people have been detained following protests in the northeastern city of Mashdad over price hikes. The prices of many basic goods, including eggs, have increased by 30-40 percent in recent days.
    (AP, 12/28/17)
2017        Dec 28, Israel's parliament passed legislation curbing a police practice of recommending indictments in high-profile cases before charges are pressed. The bill was pushed by Benjamin Netanyahu's party as he faces corruption allegations and critics said it was designed to shield the long-ruling prime minister.
    (AP, 12/28/17)
2017        Dec 28, Japanese authorities indicted the North Korean captain of a boat that drifted to its coast on charges of stealing a generator, appliances and other equipment from an uninhabited island. The captain and his nine crewmembers on a dilapidated boat were rescued near a tiny island off of Hokkaido, in late November.
    (AP, 12/28/17)
2017        Dec 28, It was reported that Macedonia has taken emergency measures against dense smog enveloping its cities, an annual winter scourge in the Western Balkans blamed on a mix of coal burning, aging industry and high-polluting emissions from older vehicles.
    (Reuters, 12/28/17)
2017        Dec 28, In Mexico a state legislator was shot to death on a highway in the western state of Jalisco. He was the second politician killed in Jalisco in a week.
    (AP, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 28, Nepal’s cabinet endorsed a revision to the Himalayan nation's mountaineering regulations, banning solo climbers from its mountains in a bid to reduce accidents.
    (AFP, 12/30/17)
2017        Dec 28, Ten Philippine police officers mistakenly shot at a vehicle and killed two of its passengers late today. The officers were soon relieved of their duties and Manila's police chief ordered an investigation into the incident.
    (AP, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 28, In Russia Andrei Rudomakha, head of the Environmental Watch on the North Caucasus NGO, and a group of activists were assaulted late today in Krasnodar upon returning from the Black Sea coastal city of Gelendzhik where they were documenting the illegal construction of a mansion for high-ranking officials.
    (AP, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 28, It was reported that a Singapore court rejected this week a gay Singaporean doctor's bid to adopt his biological child because he was born by a surrogate mother in the US through a procedure not available for local unmarried couples.
    (Reuters, 12/28/17)
2017        Dec 28, Singapore detained Phan Van Anh Vu (42), wanted by Vietnam in connection with a corruption crackdown and for revealing state secrets, as he tried to leave for Malaysia.
    (Reuters, 1/2/18)
2017        Dec 28, South Korea said it "humbly accepts" there is no evidence North Korea diverted wages paid to its workers by South Korean firms in a now-closed border industrial park to bankroll its weapons programs as the previous government asserted.
    (Reuters, 12/28/17)
2017        Dec 28, Bitcoin fell more than 11 percent after South Korea said it would ban anonymous trading of virtual currencies and crack down on money laundering activities using them.
    (AFP, 12/28/17)
2017        Dec 28, South Sudanese troops raided the home of exiled former army commander Paul Malong, after his rival was named to command troops in his home region to counter any threats he might pose to the government.
    (Reuters, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 28, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denied that his country is constructing a naval base on Sudan's Red Sea coast, saying Turkey plans to restore Ottoman-era ruins in the area.
    (AP, 12/28/17)
2017        Dec 28, Turkey’s state media said police have detained 120 people with suspected links to Islamic State (IS) in the countdown to New Year's Eve, part of a tightening of security one year after a gunman killed 39 people in an Istanbul night club.
    (Reuters, 12/28/17)
2017        Dec 28, The UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen said Saudi-led airstrikes have killed 109 civilians over the past 10 days.
    (AP, 12/28/17)
2017        Dec 28, Hundreds of Venezuelans took to the streets in poor parts of Caracas overnight to protest a shortage of pork for traditional Christmas meals in the latest symptom of social discontent during a brutal economic crisis.
    (Reuters, 12/28/17)
2017        Dec 28, Zimbabwe state media reported that ousted president Robert Mugabe will get a residence, a car fleet and private air travel as part of a new government-funded retirement package for former leaders.
    (AFP, 12/28/17)

2017        Dec 29, In southern California a man walked into a law firm in Long Beach where he worked and shot two men before turning the gun on himself. On victim drove himself to a hospital. Police arrived to find the gunman and the other victim dead.
    (SFC, 12/30/17, p.A7)
2017        Dec 29, Architect John Portman (b.1924) died in Atlanta. He had revolutionized hotel designs with soaring futuristic atriums. His work included the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco, the Peachtree Center in Atlanta and the Renaissance Center in Detroit. His work also transformed Asian skylines from Shanghai to Mumbai.
    (SSFC, 12/31/17, p.C9)
2017        Dec 29, In Ohio Ming Ming Chen (30), accused of killing her 5-year-old daughter, was sentenced to 22 years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges. Ashley Zhao’s body was found hidden in the family's North Canton restaurant after the child was reported missing last January.
    (AP, 12/30/17)
2017        Dec 29, Brazil's official government gazette said the government has issued a decree backtracking on plans to weaken the definition of slave labor in response to criticism and a court suspension of the original edict. The original mid-October decree, backed by Brazil's powerful farm lobby, narrowed the definition of slave labor to limiting the ability of workers to move freely while disregarding other abuses.
    (Reuters, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 29, British police arrested a fifth man (21) suspected in plotting an extremist attack. Four other men were arrested in the Sheffield area on Dec. 19.
    (AFP, 12/30/17)
2017        Dec 29, British Airways owner IAG announced it will snap up bankrupt Austrian airline Niki, outlining plans to keep on hundreds of the carrier's staff.
    (AP, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 29, A Cambodian court ordered exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy to pay $1 million for defaming PM Hun Sen in a Facebook post.
    (AP, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 29, China denied reports it had been illicitly selling oil products to North Korea in violation of UN sanctions, after US President Donald Trump said he was not happy that China had allowed oil to reach the isolated nation.
    (Reuters, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 29, In Egypt at least 10 people, including eight Coptic Christians, were killed in a shootout outside a church and at a nearby store owned by a Christian in the Cairo suburb of Mar Mina. The assailant and at least one policemen were among the dead.
    (AP, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 29, Germany's constitutional court ruled that Oskar Groening (96) must go to jail over his role in mass murders committed at the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz during World War Two, refusing to overturn a lower court ruling.
    (Reuters, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 29, An association representing Hong Kong barristers said it was "appalled" by the Chinese parliament's move to enforce mainland laws inside a Hong Kong railway station, denouncing it as the most retrograde step since the 1997 handover.
    (Reuters, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 29, In India a fire engulfed an upscale rooftop restaurant in Mumbai, killing 15 people and sending others fleeing for their lives.
    (AP, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 29, Iranians protesting the country's strained economy gathered in Tehran and the western city of Kermanshah, for the second day of spontaneous, unsanctioned demonstrations placing pressure on President Hassan Rouhani's government.
    (AP, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 29, Israel’s military retaliated to rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip with strikes on posts used by the Islamic militant group Hamas that rules the territory. The exchange caused no casualties on either side.
    (AP, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 29, In Mexico a masked gunman assassinated Arturo Gomez Perez, the mayor of the town of Petatlan, Guerrero state. Separately a US citizen was shot and killed in the Pacific resort town of Zihuatanejo, Guerrero state.
    (AP, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 29, In southern Mexico five people visiting from the United States were among 10 people killed in a car crash and fire late today near the tourist hot spot of Acapulco, Guerrero state.
    (Reuters, 12/30/17)(AP, 12/31/17)
2017        Dec 29, Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets of Gaza and the occupied West Bank for the fourth Friday in a row in protests against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    (Reuters, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 29, Myanmar released two journalists and their two local staff from prison, two months after their Oct. 27 arrest for allegedly flying a drone over the parliament.
    (AP, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 29, A Pakistani official said 145 Indian fishermen have been handed over to Indian authorities at a border crossing near the eastern city of Lahore.
    (AP, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 29, Pakistan's supreme court exonerated Mohammad Mansha (58), convicted of blasphemy, after he served nine years of a life sentence in prison. Mansha was arrested in September 2008 after the imam of a mosque in the Bahawalnagar district in Punjab province told authorities that Mansha had desecrated a copy of the Quran.
    (AP, 12/30/17)
2017        Dec 29, Puerto Rico authorities said that nearly half of power customers in the US territory still lacked electricity more than three months after Hurricane Maria.
    (SFC, 12/30/17, p.A10)
2017        Dec 29, A Moscow court sentenced William Browder, the financier who has advocated for a US law targeting Russian officials over human rights abuses, to nine years in prison in absentia over tax evasion and funneling money overseas. The Tverskoy District Court also sentenced Browder's associate Ivan Cherkasov to eight years in prison for avoiding taxes and illegally funneling funds overseas.
    (AP, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 29, Serbia’s government said police and the state security agency have uncovered a massive stockpile of toxic waste and arrested the owner of the company that illegally stored it in the Obrenovac municipality.
    (Reuters, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 29, South Africa's Constitutional Court ruled that parliament had failed to hold President Jacob Zuma to account over a scandal related to state-funded upgrades to his home, and must launch proceedings that could remove him from office.
    (Reuters, 12/29/17)   
2017        Dec 29, South Korea said that it was holding a Hong Kong-flagged ship and its crew members for allegedly violating UN sanctions by transferring oil to a North Korean vessel on October 19.
    (AP, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 29, In Syria intense fighting over the last 24 hours killed 66 people on the edge of Idlib, the last province entirely outside government control, as aid workers completed a series of medical evacuations from another rebel-held area.
    (AFP, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 29, In Syria more than 400 patients on a UN list waiting for evacuations from a siege of the eastern Ghouta suburbs were left behind as the Red Cross said it had finished transferring just 29 people and their families to Damascus for medical care.
    (AP, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 29, Syria's state news agency SANA said some 300 al-Qaida-linked militants and their families would be sent to Daraa and Idlib province.
    (AP, 12/30/17)
2017        Dec 29, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen pledged to step up military spending to defend the self-ruled island's sovereignty in the face of China's growing assertiveness in the region.
    (AP, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 29, Turkey and Russia signed an accord for Moscow to supply Ankara with S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries, finalizing a deal set to deepen military ties between NATO member Turkey and the Kremlin.
    (Reuters, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 29, Turkish police detained 75 suspected Islamic State members in two operations, after arresting about 120 such suspects across Turkey a day earlier, tightening security ahead of the New Year.
    (Reuters, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 29, Turkish media outlets reported that authorities have begun freeing some suspects arrested for involvement in a coup attempt after they found that thousands had been unwittingly re-directed to a messaging app used by the plotters.
    (Reuters, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 29, In Ukraine lawyer Iryna Nozdrovska went missing. Her body was found in a river on Jan. 1. She had mounted a campaign to make sure the man convicted of running down her sister with his car remained in prison. The man is a relative of a prominent Kiev judge.
    (AP, 1/2/18)
2017        Dec 29, It was reported that doctors across Yemen have recorded at least 380 cases of diphtheria over the last four months, a bacterial disease that last appeared here in 1992.
    (Reuters, 12/29/17)
2017        Dec 29, Zambian President Edgar Lungu directed the military to help fight the spread of cholera, which has killed 41 people in the nation's capital and made more than 1,500 others sick since late September.
    (Reuters, 12/29/17)

2017          Dec 30, Connecticut restaurant manager James Goolsby shot and killed cook Norris Jackson inside the Bonchon Chicken restaurant in Manchester during an argument about a negative Yelp review.
    (SFC, 6/15/18, p.A5)
2017        Dec 30, In Las Vegas two security guards were fatally shot Arizona Charlie’ Hotel and Casino on Decatur Blvd. Gunman Christopher Olague fled the seen but was soon found at a residence with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
    (SSFC, 12/31/17, p.A7)
2017        Dec 30, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported that court in southern China has sentenced 36 people to prison terms of up to 25 years for gang crimes including homicide, assault and setting up illegal casinos. Hainan gang leader Huang Tuwang was sentenced to 25 years for gang activity dating back to 2005.
    (Reuters, 12/30/17)
2017        Dec 30, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported that authorities have recouped 730 million yuan ($112.20 million) in misappropriated funds as part of an investigation into the country's national poverty-reduction scheme.
    (Reuters, 12/30/17)
2017        Dec 30, Chinese authorities announced tightened rules on how much cash cardholders can withdraw overseas in a bid to clamp down on money laundering, terrorist financing and tax evasion.
    (AP, 12/31/17)
2017        Dec 30, Colombia said it has shipped around 55 tons of ham to Venezuela after protests broke out over shortages of the traditional holiday staple.
    (AFP, 12/30/17)
2017        Dec 30, Congolese authorities ordered all internet and SMS services cut until further notice as police banned demonstrations saying that all gatherings of more than five people would be dispersed to ensure public order. Catholic activists called for protests against President Joseph Kabila's refusal to step down from office.
    (Reuters, 12/31/17)
2017        Dec 30, An Egyptian court convicted former Islamist Pres. Mohammed Morsi and 19 others of insulting the judiciary, sentencing them to three years in prison in a court session aired on TV. Another court sentenced prominent activist and rights lawyer Mahinour el-Masry (31) to two years in prison over participating in an illegal protest against the government's transfer of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 12/30/17)
2017        Dec 30, Two senior Western European security sources said Russian tankers have supplied fuel to North Korea on at least three occasions in recent months by transferring cargoes at sea. The Russian Foreign Ministry denied claims that UN sanctions against North Korea had been breached by Russian tankers transferring fuel to North Korean tankers at sea.
    (Reuters, 12/30/17)(AP, 12/30/17)
2017        Dec 30, In Iran a wave of spontaneous protests over a weak economy swept into Tehran, with college students and others chanting against the government. The relatively small protest erupted at the University of Tehran but was vastly outnumbered by a pro-regime demonstration. Two demonstrators were shot dead late today in the western town of Dorud.
    (AP, 12/30/17)(AFP, 12/30/17)(Reuters, 12/31/17)
2017        Dec 30, In Iran a Sunni jihadist group claimed to have blown up an oil pipeline in southern Khuzestan province, the scene of other attacks by Arab separatists.
    (AP, 12/30/17)
2017        Dec 30, In Japan Tatsuro Toyoda (88), the former Toyota Motor Corp. president, died. He led the company's climb to become one of the world's top automakers.
    (AP, 1/6/18)
2017        Dec 30, Malaysia’s Terengganu state officials said they plan to run a conversion therapy course aimed at transgender women, sparking alarm among LGBT activists in the conservative Muslim-majority country.
    (AFP, 12/30/17)
2017        Dec 30, Palestinian Jamal Musleh (20), injured in clashes with Israeli forces along the border, succumbed to wounds sustained from a gunshot to the chest a day earlier.
    (AP, 12/30/17)
2017        Dec 30, In Peru 239 writers released a signed open letter denouncing Pres. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's pardon granted to former Pres. Alberto Fujimori.
    (AP, 12/30/17)
2017        Dec 30, Russia's Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny against a decision by the country's central election commission to bar him from taking part in next year's presidential election.
    (Reuters, 12/30/17)
2017        Dec 30, Russia's main domestic security agency said it has arrested a man suspected of setting off the Dec. 27 explosion at a supermarket in St. Petersburg.
    (AP, 12/30/17)
2017        Dec 30, Sudan's SUNA news agency said Pres. Omar al-Bashir has announced a 6-month state of emergency in the states of Kassala and North Kurdufan.
    (Reuters, 12/30/17)
2017        Dec 30, Dozens of Syrian militants and their families departed aboard buses from an area besieged by government forces near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights early today, part of a deal to clear yet another district of insurgents.
    (AP, 12/30/17)
2017        Dec 30, Syrian regime forces advanced against jihadists on the edge of the northwestern province of Idlib, the last outside government control. Since Dec. 28 the clashes have killed 32 soldiers and allied members of paramilitary units, as well as 29 rebels from Islamist groups or from former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham.
    (AFP, 12/30/17)
2017        Dec 30, In Ukraine a man believed to be strapped with explosives took nine adults and two children hostage in a post office in the city of Kharkiv. Police soon freed the remaining hostages, and arrested the hostage taker after an hours-long standoff.
    (Reuters, 12/30/17)

2017        Dec 31, In the SF Bay Area CHP Officer Andrew Camilleri was killed when a driver crashed into his patrol car on I-880. His partner Officer Jonathan Velasquez was injured. Mohammed Abraar Ali (22) of Hayward was arrested and faced five felony accounts including second-degree murder and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
    (SFC, 1/3/18, p.D1)
2017        Dec 31, In Colorado Matthew Riehl (37) fired more than 100 rounds at sheriff’s deputies killing one and injuring four others before being fatally shot himself at Highlands Ranch, a Denver suburb.
    (SFC, 1/1/18, p.A4)
2017        Dec 31, In New Jersey a teenager (16) fatally shot his parents, sister and a family friend just before midnight in Long Branch.
    (SFC, 1/2/18, p.A5)
2017        Dec 31, In eastern Afghanistan a bombing targeted the funeral of a local official, killing at least 18 people in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province.
    (AFP, 12/31/17)
2017        Dec 31, In Australia the chief executive of British catering giant Compass Group Plc and four members of his family were killed when the seaplane they were flying in crashed into the Hawkesbury River in Sydney. All six people on board were killed.
    (AP, 12/31/17)(Reuters, 1/1/18)
2017        Dec 31, In Britain an estimated 1,400 cars were destroyed in a huge fire that raged through a multi-story parking garage in the northern English city of Liverpool.
    (AP, 1/1/18)
2017        Dec 31, It was reported that hundreds of people have fled their villages in northeastern Central African Rep. following fresh violence between armed groups.
    (AFP, 12/31/17)
2017        Dec 31, China's complete ban on ivory trade went into effect, a major step forward in Beijing's efforts to rein in what was once the world's largest market for illegal ivory.
    (AFP, 12/31/17)
2017        Dec 31, Congolese security forces shot dead two man in Kinshasa and injured several others in a bloody crackdown on Catholic worshippers who gathered at churches across the country to demand President Joseph Kabila leave power. Security forces killed at least seven people and at least one policeman died amid violence as more than a thousand people demonstrated in the capital.
    (AFP, 12/31/17)(Reuters, 12/31/17)(AP, 12/31/17)
2017        Dec 31, In Costa Rica a Nature Air's pilot training director died in an air crash near the Punta Islita beach town west of the capital, San Jose. The co-pilot was also killed, along with 10 US citizens including a family of five from New York. On January 12 Costa Rica's civil aviation agency suspended local airline Nature Air.
    (AP, 1/1/18)(Reuters, 1/12/18)
2017        Dec 31, In Egypt a gunman on New Years’ eve killed two Coptic Christian brothers in an attack on a liquor store in Giza province on New Years’ eve.
    (AP, 1/1/18)
2017        Dec 31, French authorities said heavy snow overnight stranded 4,000 travelers heading for resorts in the French Alps and killed one skier in an avalanche.
    (AFP, 12/31/17)
2017        Dec 31, Greece dismissed Turkish anger over its decision to grant asylum to a soldier who Ankara accuses of involvement in the abortive coup against President Tayyip Erdogan in July 2016. The soldier was one of eight who fled after the July 15 coup attempt.
    (Reuters, 12/31/17)
2017        Dec 31, In Greece a homeowner found a young tourist couple dead in the house they were renting on the western island of Kefalonia. Initial indications pointed to a double suicide.
    (AP, 1/2/18)
2017        Dec 31, Five Indian soldiers and three suspected militants were killed after rebels stormed a paramilitary camp in disputed Kashmir, triggering a daylong battle. Separately, Indian and Pakistani soldiers traded gunfire along the highly militarized line dividing Kashmir between the two rivals, killing an Indian soldier.
    (AP, 12/31/17)
2017        Dec 31, India’s movie superstar Rajinikanth said he is entering politics in Tamil Nadu state with a plan to launch his own party, calling it his duty.
    (AP, 12/31/17)
2017        Dec 31, Iran blocked access to Instagram and the popular Telegram messaging app used by activists to organize and publicize the protests now roiling the Islamic Republic. The free Telegram app, created by Russian national Pavel Durov, was used by an estimated 40 million Iranians.
    (AP, 12/31/17)
2017        Dec 31, Iran warned of a tough crackdown against demonstrators who pose one of the most audacious challenges to its clerical leaders since nationwide pro-reform unrest jolted the Islamist theocracy in 2009. In apparent response to the protests The government backed down on plans to raise fuel prices and promised to increase cash handouts to the poor and create more jobs in coming years. 10 people were killed in widespread anti-government protests across the country in cities including Kermanshah, Khorramabad and Shahinshahr.
    (Reuters, 12/31/17)(AFP, 1/1/18)
2017        Dec 31, Israel’s ruling Likud Party's central committee unanimously endorsed a resolution calling for the annexation of Israeli West Bank settlements.
    (AP, 1/1/18)
2017        Dec 31, In central Kenya 36 people were killed and 11 injured early today in a head-on collision between a bus and a lorry on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway.
    (AFP, 12/31/17)
2017        Dec 31, In Nigeria a new report said at least 5,247 Muslims have been killed in Adamawa state over the past four years because of Boko Haram.
    (SFC, 1/1/18, p.A2)
2017        Dec 31, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed a law doubling the penalty for false reports of impending explosions or fire to a possible 10 years in prison.
    (AP, 12/31/17)
2017        Dec 31, South Korean authorities said they have seized a Panama-flagged oil tanker suspected of evading international sanctions by trading with North Korea. The 5,100-ton KOTI was detained two weeks ago at the South's port of Pyeongtaek-Dangjin and its crew were being investigated over the alleged ship-to-ship transfers.
    (AFP, 12/31/17)
2017        Dec 31, In Syria rebels supported by an al-Qaida-linked cell renewed their assault against pro-government forces that have been holding a vast pocket of the Damascus suburbs under siege. A second front between many of the same groups saw fresh fighting in the northwest, along the border between Idlib and Hama provinces. 21 soldiers and 26 rebels and al-Qaida fighters were reported killed in two days of clashes.
    (AP, 12/31/17)
2017        Dec 31, In Syria a Russian Mi-24 helicopter crashed on New Year's Eve killing both pilots following a technical fault.
    (AFP, 1/3/18)
2017        Dec 31, In western Syria two Russian service personnel were killed in a mortar attack on the Hmeimim base.
    (Reuters, 1/8/18)
2017        Dec 31, Turkish authorities, fearing an attack over the New Year, detained 20 suspected IS members in Istanbul, 15 of them foreigners, who are believed to have spent time in Syria or Iraq. Three Syrians, an Iraqi and a Russian Chechen were detained in Ankara.
    (AFP, 12/31/17)
2017        Dec 31, In Venezuela Alexandra Colopoy (18) was reportedly gunned down by National Guard First Sergeant David Rebolledo. The soldier shot and killed the pregnant woman an incident that local media described as a melee over scarce pork. Rebolledo was soon arrested.
    (Reuters, 1/1/18)

2017        Dec, About a dozen US Green Berets were deployed to Saudi Arabia's border with Yemen to help locate and destroy caches of ballistic missiles and launch sites used by Houthi rebels in Yemen.
    (SFC, 5/4/18, p.A3)
2017        Dec, More than 40,000 migrants crossed into the US along the southwest border this month according to a January report by Homeland Security.
    (SFC, 1/11/18, p.A5)
2017        Dec, A Comoros parliamentary report was compiled accusing former presidents Ahmed Abdallah Sambi and Ikililou Dhoinine of involvement in systematic fraud and called for criminal action against the pair. They were suspected of embezzling millions of dollars from a scheme that sold passports to foreigners to finance development in the Indian Ocean island nation.
    (AFP, 4/10/18)
2017        Dec, In Ecuador WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was "naturalized" as a citizen, at his request. This was announced in January, 2018, as Ecuador's foreign minister said she was seeking a "dignified and just" solution to his situation with Britain.
    (Reuters, 1/11/18)
2017        Dec, Iran's Supreme Court upheld a death sentence against Ahmadreza Djalali, a Sweden-based Iranian academic convicted of providing information to Israel to help it assassinate several senior nuclear scientists.
    (Reuters, 2/4/18)
2017        Dec, A Human Rights Watch report said hundreds of unsanitary, makeshift dumps have spread across Lebanon. The US-based group said 150 of them burn rubbish out in the open every week.
    (AP, 2/4/18)

2017        Graham Allison authored “Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’ Trap?"
    (Econ 7/8/17, p.73)
2017        David Armitage authored “Civil Wars: A History of Ideas."
    (Econ, 2/11/17, p.72)
2017        Rosemary Ashton authored “One Hot Summer: Dickens, Darwin, Disraeli and the Great Stink of 1858.
    (Econ 7/22/17, p.67)
2017        Ed Asner, former TV star, authored “The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs."
    (SFC, 10/25/17, p.E1)
2017        Roger Backhouse authored “Founder of Modern Economics: Paul A. Samuelson, Volume 1 – Becoming Samuelson, 1915-1948."
    (Econ, 9/2/17, p.72)
2017        Christopher de Bellaigue authored “The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason."
    (Econ, 2/18/17, p.68)
2017        David Bellos authored “The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Miserables".
    (Econ, 2/25/17, p.72)
2017        David Birch authored “Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin: From Money that
We Understand to Money that Understands Us."
    (Econ 7/1/17, p.74)
2017        Paul Bloom authored “Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion."
    (Econ, 1/28/17, p.73)
2017        Richard Bookstaber authored “The End of Theory: The Financial Crises, the Failure of Economics and the Sweep of Human Interaction."
    (Econ 5/20/17, p.76)
2017        Bianca Bosker authored “Cork Dork," a beginner’s primer on wine.
    (Econ, 4/22/17, p.75)
2017        Alan Burdick authored “Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation."
    (Econ, 2/11/17, p.71)
2017        Ian Campbell authored “The Addis Ababa Massacre: Italy’s National Shame."
    (Econ 7/22/17, p.66)
2017        Jonathan Cape authored “Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World.
    (Econ 5/27/17, p.75)
2017        Douglas Carswell, British MP, authored “Rebel: How to Overthrow the Emerging Oligarchy."
    (Econ, 4/8/17, p.75)
2017        Kathy Chamberlain authored “Jane Walsh Carlyle and Her Victorian World: A Story of Love, Work, Friendship, and Marriage."
    (Econ, 4/15/17, p.71)
2017        Harold Clarke authored “Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union."
    (Econ, 4/29/17, p.68)
2017        Tyler Cowen authored “The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream."
    (Econ, 3/11/17, p.78)
2017        Daniel Dennett authored “From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds."
    (Econ, 3/11/17, p.80)
2017        Tom Dyckhoff authored “The Age of Spectacle: Adventures in architecture and the 21st Century City."
    (Econ 5/6/17, p.76)
2017        Charlie English authored “The Storied City: The Quest for Timbuktu and the Fantastic Mission to Save its Past." In Britain it was published as “The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu."
    (Econ 5/13/17, p.74)   
2017        Edward J. Epstein authored “How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft."
    (Econ, 1/14/17, p.78)
2017        Jack Ewing authored “Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal."
    (Econ 6/3/17, p.76)
2017         Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake authored “Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle."
    (Econ 8/5/17, p.24)
2017        Susanna Forest authored “The Age of the Horse: An Equine Journey Through Human History."
    (Econ 6/3/17, p.75)
2017        Reyvon Fouché authored “Game Changer: The Technoscientific Revolution in Sports.
    (Econ, 9/9/17, p.78)
2017        Franklin Foer authored “World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech."
    (Econ, 9/16/17, p.77)
2017        Julian Gewirtz authored “Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and the making of Global China".
    (Econ, 1/7/17, p.65)
2017        Sujatha Gidla authored “Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India."
    (Econ 7/29/17, p.72)
2017        David Goodhart authored “The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics."
    (Econ, 3/25/17, p.74)
2017        British Labor MP Harriet Harman authored “A Woman’s Work."
    (https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/296722/a-woman-s-work/)
2017        Richard Holmes authored “This Long Pursuit: Reflections of a Romantic Biographer’.
    (Econ, 2/25/17, p.73)
2017        Ian Johnson authored “The Souls of China: The Return of Religion after Mao."
    (Econ, 4/1/17, p.75)
2017        Thomas Dilworth authored “David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet."
    (Econ, 4/1/17, p.77)
2017        Francis FitzGerald authored “The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America.
    (Econ, 4/8/17, p.73)
2017        Kapka Kassabova, Bulgaria-born writer, authored “Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe."
    (Econ, 2/11/17, p.70)
2017        Yaakov Katz authored “The Weapon Wizards: How Israel Became a High-Tech Military Superpower."
    (Econ 7/29/17, p.39)
2017        Lucas Kello authored “The Virtual Weapon and International Order."
    (Econ, 8/26/17, p.68)
2017        Stephen King authored “Grave New World: The End of Globalization, and the Return of History."
    (Econ 5/27/17, p.75)
2017        Gilles Kepel authored “Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West."
    (Econ 6/17/17, p.75)
2017        Joshua Kurlantzick authored “A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA.
    (Econ, 1/21/17, p.69)
2017        Wendy Laser authored “You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn."
    (Econ, 3/25/17, p.75)
2017        British novelist John le Carre authored “A Legacy of Spies," his 24th novel.
    (Econ, 9/9/17, p.77)
2017        Daniel Levitin authored “A Field Guide to Lies and Statistics."
    (Econ, 2/4/17, p.73)
2017        Andrew Lo authored “Adaptive Markets: Financial Evolution at the Speed of Thought."
    (Econ, 4/8/17, p.74)
2017        Edward Luce authored “The Retreat of Western Liberalism."
    (Econ 6/24/17, p.77)
2017        Carlos Magdalena authored “The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World’s Rarest Species.
    (Econ 6/10/17, p.81)
2017        Henry Marsh authored “Admissions: A Life in Brain Surgery."
    (Econ 5/13/17, p.75)
2017        Andrew Martin authored “Night Trains: The Rise and Fall of the Sleeper".
    (Econ, 2/25/17, p.72)
2017        Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson authored “Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing our Digital Future."
    (Econ 7/15/17, p.72)
2017        James McGrath Morris authored “The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War."
    (Econ, 4/22/17, p.75)
2017        Richard McGregor authored “Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan and the Fate of US Power in the Pacific Century."
    (Econ, 9/9/17, p.78)
2017        Jonathan Miles, a British cultural historian, authored “St. Petersburg: Three Centuries of Murderous Desire."
    (Econ 7/29/17, p.72)
2017        Pankaj Mishra authored “Age of Anger: A History of the Present."
    (Econ, 1/28/17, p.71)
2017        Nigerian writer Chibundo Onuzo (25) authored her 2nd novel: “Welcome to Lagos".
    (https://hkrbooks.com/2017/01/25/welcome-to-lagos/)(Econ, 1/7/17, p.65)
2017        John Pfordresher authored “The Secret History of Jane Eyre: How Charlotte Bronte Wrote her masterpiece.
    (Econ, 8/12/17, p.67)
2017        Stephen B. Presser authored “Law Professors: Three Centuries of Shaping American Law."
    (Econ, 2/4/17, p.73)
2017        Richard Reeves authored “Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What To Do About It."
    (Econ 7/1/17, p.73)
2017        Fernando Reinares authored “Al Qaeda’s Revenge: The 2004 Madrid Train Bombings."
    (Econ 5/6/17, p.76)
2017        Richard Rothstein authored “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America."
    (SFC, 1/19/18, p.D2)
2017        Olivier Roy authored “Jihad and Death: The Global Appeal of Islamic State."
    (Econ 5/6/17, p.76)
2017        Angela Saini authored “Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong."
    (Econ 7/1/17, p.75)
2017        Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant authored “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy."
    (Econ, 4/29/17, p.68)
2017        Roger Scruton authored “On Human Nature."
    (Econ, 3/25/17, p.73)
2017        J.C. Sharman authored “The Despot’s Guide to Wealth Management: On the International Campaign against Grand Corruption".
    (Econ, 2/25/17, p.71)
2017        Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach authored “The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone."
    (Econ, 4/8/17, p.75)
2017        Seth Stephens-Davidowitz authored “Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell About Who We Really Are."
    (Econ 5/27/17, p.74)
2017        John Stubbs authored “Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel".
    (Econ, 2/18/17, p.69)
2017        Cass Sunstein authored “#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of social Media."
    (Econ, 3/11/17, p.78)
2017        James Suzman authored “Affluance Without Abundance: The Disappearing World of the Bushmen."
    (Econ 7/22/17, p.66)
2017        Jan Swafford authored “Language of the Spirit: An Introduction to Classical Music."
    (Econ, 4/1/17, p.77)
2017        Jonathan Taplin authored “Move Fast and Break Things."
    (Econ, 9/16/17, p.77)
2017        William Taubman authored “Gorbachev: His Life and Times."
    (Econ, 9/2/17, p.71)
2017        Michael Twitty authored “The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African-American Culinary History in the Old South.
    (Econ 7/29/17, p.71)
2017        Michael Vatikiotis authored “Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia."
    (Econ, 8/26/17, p.68)
2017        Laura Dassow Walls authored “Henry David Thoreau: A Life."
    (Econ, 8/12/17, p.67)
2017        Haider Warraich of Duke Univ. Medical Center authored “Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life."
    (Econ, 4/29/17, p.45)
2017        Geoffrey West authored “Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, abd the Pace of Life, in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies."
    (Econ 5/13/17, p.75)
2017        Richard White authored “The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States During Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896."
    (Econ, 8/26/17, p.67)
2017        Claire Wills authored “Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain."
    (Econ, 8/26/17, p.70)
2017        Tim Winton authored “The Boy Behind the Curtain: Notes from an Australian Life."
    (Econ 5/20/17, p.77)

2017        In California 374 terminally ill people took drugs to end their lives this year, the first full year after a law made the option legal.
    (SSFC, 6/24/18, p.C3)

2017        It was estimated that Louisiana would loose 1,450 square miles of land over the next 50 years due to coastal erosion caused by the building of levees along the Mississippi River.
    (Econ, 8/26/17, p.24)

2017        Baltimore recorded 342 homicides this year, its highest per capita rate and the deadliest among the nation’s 50 largest cities.
    (SFC, 2/21/18, p.A6)

2017        In Nevada the 82-year-old Culinary Workers Union Local 216 included some 57,000 members and represented employees at most of the casinos on the Vegas Strip and downtown.
    (Econ, 8/12/17, p.21)

2017        In the US 23 convicted killers were executed this year, including seven from Texas, more than any other state.
    (SFC, 1/19/18, p.A6)

2017        The fidget spinner swept the world as a toy that everyone could play with. It was originally developed to help calm children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.  Similar devices had been invented as early as 1993.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fidget_spinner)(Econ, 9/9/17, p.60)
2017        The game Toilet Trouble by Hasbro was released and became a big hit.
    (SFC, 12/23/17, p.D4)

2017        It was reported that wax moth caterpillars could eat a milligram of polyethylene plastic in about 12 hours. This compared with the bacterium Nocardia asteroides, which takes about six months to obliterate a film of plastic a half millimeter thick.
    (Econ, 4/29/17, p.66)

2017        Novartis completed the study of that reduced inflammation with the potential of reducing cholesterol and the risk of heart attacks. The company planned to file for approval of canakinumab by the end of this year.
    (SFC, 8/28/17, p.A3)

2017        Globally about 120 million people were infected with lymphatic filariasis, some times known as elephantiasis, an infestation of worm larvae transmitted by mosquitos. China eliminated the disease in the 1950s and 1960s by adding an anti-parasitic drug to table salt.
    (Econ, 4/22/17, p.51)

2017        A sharp accumulation of sea ice around an Antarctic island caused all but two Adelie penguin chicks to starve. The sea ice had forced the adults to venture 60 miles further than usual to find food for their young.
    (SSFC, 12/31/17, p.C12)

2017        The world lost tree cover the size of Italy in 2017 as forests were cleared using fire to make way for farms from the Amazon to the Congo Basin. The 2018 study omitted how far tree plantings or new growth offset the losses.
    (Reuters, 6/27/18)

2017        In Angola every professional football match is staged in one of four, Chinese built, stadiums.
    (Econ, 3/25/17, p.38)
2017        The population of Angola was about 28 million.
    (Econ, 8/19/17, p.41)

2017        Bangladeshi officials said Saudi Arabia has promised $1 billion to build 560 mosques, one in each town.
    (Econ 6/3/17, p.31)

2017        The population of Bhutan was about 800,000.
    (Econ, 8/26/17, p.31)

2017        Canada’s Ontario Province began a new "basic income" program to 4,000 people in three different communities as part of an experiment to evaluate whether providing more money to people on public assistance or low incomes will make a significant difference in their lives.
    (AP, 11/29/17)

2017        In Chile the Minister's Committee, a gathering of high-ranking political officials who decide the fate of controversial projects, approved the construction of a sprawling new industrial waste processing facility in Til Til. The desert-dry community already had more than 30 industrial projects. Among them: several mining waste sites, a pig farm, a cement plant and Lomas Los Colorados, one of Santiago's largest waste dumps.
    (Reuters, 3/26/18)

2017        China’s Da-Jiang Innovations (DJI) dominated the consumer drone industry. Its bestselling Mavic sold for $999.
    (Econ 6/10/17, TQ p.3)
2017        China was reported to be the third largest donor to the UN’s budget, after American and Japan, and the 2nd largest contributor to UN peacekeeping.
    (Econ, 4/1/17, p.36)

2017        In Colombia 84 human rights activists were killed this year. The UN said they were targeted by drug traffickers, right wing death squads and smaller rebel groups following the 2016 peace deal with the Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC).
    (SSFC, 3/18/18, p.A4)

2017        The population of Ecuador was about 16 million.
    (Econ, 2/18/17, p.28)

2017        In Egypt a $7.2 billion set of reclamation mega projects was scheduled for completion. The Toshka land reclamation project aimed to create 540,000 acres of new agricultural land.
    (SFC, 12/25/00, p.A16)
2017        Egypt’s official rate of inflation stood at 33%, and was likely understated.
    (Econ, 9/16/17, p.41)

2017        In Gibraltar online gambling accounted for around 25% of the economy, some 40% of corporate tax revenues and almost 3,000 of its 26,000 jobs.
    (SFC, 5/5/17, p.A5)

2017        The Indian film “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion" became the first Indian film to break through the $156 million mark for worldwide box office takings.
    (Econ 5/20/17, p.59)
2017        India spent about 2.7% of its GDP on education.
    (Econ 6/10/17, p.18)

2017        Ireland completed Galway Wind Park in the hills of Connemara. It generated 169 MW of power, or about 3% of the country’s average needs.
    (Econ, 4/22/17, p.45)

2017        Israel’s PM Netanyahu canceled a meeting with visiting German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel because he insisted on meeting with Breaking the Silence, a group of former fighters who served in the West Bank and now collect testimonies about the damaging impact of the occupation. The group was led by Dean Issacharoff, a former Israeli combat officer turned whistleblower.
    (AP, 11/24/17)

2017        Ivory Coast, the world's biggest cocoa producer, and major chocolate companies from Mars to Hershey to Barry Callebaut pledged to eliminate the production and sourcing of cocoa from protected forests.
    (Reuters, 4/19/18)

2017        Japanese researcher Yu Yanagisaw at the University of Tokyo developed -- by accident-- a new type of glass that can be repaired simply by pressing it back together after it cracks.
    (AP, 12/28/17)
2017        Some 54,000 American servicemen and their families were stationed in Japan. Some 28,500 were stationed in South Korea.
    (Econ, 4/22/17, SR p.10)

2017        Kazakhstan’s population numbered about 18 million.
    (Econ 7/1/17, p.32)

2017        Lesotho became the first in Africa to issue a license for medical marijuana.
    (AP, 4/28/18)
2017        The World Bank put Lesotho jobless rate between 24 and 28 percent.
    (AFP, 7/16/17)

2017        Liberia stood as the world’s fourth poorest country.
    (Econ, 2/25/17, p.42)
2017        Liberia’s population was about 4 million.
    (Econ 7/1/17, p.51)

2017        Plans were underway to develop Macao together with the underdeveloped island of Hengqin, 200 meters away and a part of the Chinese city of Zhuhai.
    (Econ, 4/8/17, SR p.7)
2017        The population of Macau numbered about 600,000.
    (Econ, 9/16/17, p.40)

2017         Madagascar courts handed down unprecedented sentences of life terms with hard labor to 20 people found guilty of the 2015 abduction of two Karana teenagers. In the last 10 years, at least 100 kidnappings have targeted Karanas, reaching a peak in 2017.
    (AFP, 5/20/18)

2017        In Malta online gambling represented 11% of the nation’s gross domestic product and employed 8,000 people.
    (SFC, 5/5/17, p.A5)

2017        The population of Mauritius was about 1.26 million.
    (Econ, 9/2/17, p.51)

2017        In Mexico City the new “Corruptour" twice-a-week bus tour began showing off the capital’s monuments to graft, fraud and mismanagement.
    (Econ, 3/4/17, p.26)
2017        Mexico’s homicides for this year numbered at least 29,168, a 27% increase over 2016 and the highest number since comparable records began in 1997.
    (SFC, 1/23/18, p.A2)
2017        In Mexico fuel thieves drilled 10,363 illegal taps into state-owned pipelines this year according to a 2018 Pemex report. This was about a 50% increase over 2016.
    (SFC, 2/8/18, p.A2)

2017        Mongolia’s population numbered about 3 million.
    (Econ 6/3/17, p.35)

2017        Myanmar’s population was about 54 million.
    (Econ, 8/12/17, p.31)

2017        The population of Namibia was about 2.3 million.
    (Econ 5/13/17, p.43)

2017        Netherlands stood as the world’s fifth largest exporter of goods. A third of its GDP came from exporting goods and services.
    (Econ, 3/11/17, p.72)

2017        The population of New Caledonia was about 269,000.
    (Econ, 4/8/17, p.34)

2017        Pakistan’s latest census put the population at about 207.7 million, making it the world’s fifth most populous country. It also showed that almost 30% of the population lived in poverty.
    (SSFC, 9/10/17 p.A9)(Econ, 8/5/17, p.54)
2017        In Pakistan some 25 million children, half of all those aged five to 16, were out of school.
    (Econ, 1/21/17, p.32)

2017        Nearly two million Palestinians lived in the Gaza Strip and almost 3 million in the autonomous zones of the West Bank.
    (Econ 5/20/17, SR p.5)

2017        Romania's anti-corruption agency investigated a record number of 3,800 cases this year, despite "unprecedented attacks" by political authorities.
    (AP, 2/28/18)

2017        The South Korean documentary film “Our President" covered the early political career of former Pres. Rho Moo-hyun (2002-2009), who committed suicide in 2009.
    (Econ 6/3/17, p.33)

2017        Sri Lanka’s population was about 21 million.
    (Econ, 3/18/17, p.38)

2017        Sweden’s population was about 10 million.
    (Econ 5/20/17, p.47)

2017        About 8% of Ukraine’s land was reported contaminated.
    (Econ 6/10/17, p.24)

2017        The UN Office on Drugs and Crime said the number of psychoactive drugs were expected to reach 700 this year, up from only a handful at the turn of the century.
    (Econ 5/20/17, p.18)

2017        The World Bank said over 5 million people have already offered to work on online marketplaces such as Freelancer.com and UpWork. Micro work sites such as Mechanical Turk, a service operated by Amazon, counted some 500,000 workers.
    (Econ, 8/26/17, p.55)

2017        Nearly 100,000 migrants fled this year to Yemen, itself gripped by war and impending famine, to escape poverty and violence at home.
    (AFP, 5/8/18)

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