Timeline 2018 January - March
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2018        Jan 1, US President Donald Trump lashed out at Pakistan in his first tweet of 2018, threatening to cut off aid over what he said were its "lies and deceit" in offering "safe haven to terrorists."
    (AP, 1/1/18)0
2018        Jan 1, Some 300 prominent women announced an initiative called “Time's Up" in an effort to fight sexual harassment.
    (SFC, 1/2/18, p.A7)
2018        Jan 1, In Afghanistan a district police chief was killed in a Taliban ambush as he rushed to a checkpoint that was under attack in western Farah province. Airstrikes in the northern Jawzjan province killed at least 26 Islamic State fighters. In Nangarhar province, at least one civilian was killed and 14 others were wounded during a battle between Afghan security forces and Islamic State fighters.
    (AP, 1/2/18)
2018        Jan 1, British police said four young men were stabbed to death in unrelated incidents in London on New Year's Eve, while a fifth is in a critical condition in hospital.
    (AFP, 1/1/18)
2018        Jan 1, Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country, assumed the six-month, rotating presidency of the bloc for the first time since it joined the EU in 2007.
    (Reuters, 1/2/18)
2018        Jan 1, In China seven people were killed when a minibus fell into the sea in Qidong a city north of Shanghai.
    (AP, 1/1/18)
2018        Jan 1, French power grid company Enedis said winter storm Carmen has cut power to about 65,000 households in western France and is moving south.
    (Reuters, 1/1/18)
2018        Jan 1, German police said that a man (35) died after igniting fireworks, and a 19-year-old suffered fatal head injuries after he set off a homemade device in the Brandenburg region outside Berlin. Police in Cologne said there were seven cases of sexual harassment, while Berlin police reported 13.
    (AP, 1/1/18)
2018        Jan 1, In Hong Kong thousands marched through the streets on New Year's Day to warn China not to meddle further in the city's affairs and undermine its autonomy.
    (AP, 1/1/18)
2018        Jan 1, In Iceland a new law took effect requiring all companies to prove that their wage practices don't discriminate against women, in what is thought to be a global first in the effort to reduce gender pay gaps.
    (AP, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 1, In India celebrations by Dalits in Pune, 150 km (95 miles) from Mumbai, of the 200th anniversary of a battle they won, fighting alongside British colonial forces, against an upper caste ruler, were marred by clashes with right-wing Hindu groups. The clashes resulted in the death of one man (28).
    (Reuters, 1/2/18)
2018        Jan 1, In Indonesia a speedboat carrying 51 people capsized off of Borneo island, killing at least eight in North Kalimantan province. Rescuers found 42 survivors and searched for one man still missing.
    (AP, 1/1/18)(AP, 1/2/18)
2018        Jan 1, Iran's state TV said nationwide protests saw their most violent night as "armed protesters" tried to overrun military bases and police stations before security forces repelled them, bringing the death toll in the unrest to at least 12. Fresh protests broke out as night fell in Tehran. Nine Iranians were killed in Isfahan province during anti-government protests this evening as security forces struggled to contain the boldest challenge to the clerical leadership since unrest in 2009. A gunman reportedly killed one policeman and wounded three other officers during a protest gathering in Najafabad.
    (AP, 1/1/18)(AFP, 1/1/18)(Reuters, 1/2/18)(AP, 1/2/18)
2018        Jan 1, It was reported that in Iraq some 133 mass graves, left behind by defeated extremists, contained an estimated 11,000 to 13,000 graves.
    (SFC, 1/1/18, p.A3)
2018        Jan 1, In Lithuania a new liquor law increased the legal drinking age from 18 to 20, banned alcohol advertising, and drastically curtailed opening hours for liquor stores.
    (AP, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 1, In Malaysia an unidentified driver died from injuries inflicted by a faulty Takata air bag inflator, raising the worldwide death toll to 22.
    (AP, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 1, Qatar's two state-owned firms, Qatargas and RasGas, running the country's natural gas business, announced a merger to form a new Qatargas in a move aimed at cutting costs and creating a global energy giant.
    (AFP, 1/3/18)
2018        Jan 1, In South Africa two climbers were killed while scaling Cape Town's Table Mountain, with hundreds of tourists stranded on the summit for hours during the rescue effort. A female Japanese climber injured in the fall was rescued. Authorities in Hong Kong later said one climber who died was from the southern Chinese city.
    (AFP, 1/2/18)(AP, 1/3/18)
2018        Jan 1, Syria's President Bashar Assad reshuffled his government replacing the ministers of defense, information and industry.
    (AP, 1/1/18)
2018        Jan 1, In Ukraine Iryna Nozdrovska's body was found in a river. Media reports said the 38-year-old lawyer had been stabbed repeatedly. On Jan. 8 a suspect was reported arrested in the case.
    (AP, 1/8/18)
2018        Jan 1, At the Vatican Francis reminded some 40,000 people who gathered in St. Peter's Square that he had chosen the plight of migrants and refugees as the theme for the Roman Catholic Church's World Day of Peace, which is celebrated every Jan. 1.
    (AP, 1/1/18)
2018        Jan 1, In Yemen Saudi-led coalition strikes killed at least 23 people in the port city of Hodeida.
    (SFC, 1/2/18, p.A2)

2018        Jan 2, The United States accused Pakistan of playing a "double game" on fighting terrorism and warned Islamabad it would have to do more if it wanted to maintain US aid.
    (Reuters, 1/2/18)
2018        Jan 2, A record-shattering Arctic freeze kept its grip on much of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains and was blamed for the deaths of at least four people.
    (Reuters, 1/2/18)
2018        Jan 2, A court in eastern Bangladesh issued an arrest warrant for former prime minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia involving an arson attack during an anti-government protest two years ago.
    (AP, 1/2/18)
2018        Jan 2, British energy major BP said that it expected to take a $1.5-billion (1.2-billion-euro) hit from US President Donald Trump's tax reforms.
    (AFP, 1/2/18)
2018        Jan 2, Bulgaria's President Rumen Radev vetoed anti-graft legislation passed by the parliament, saying the bill failed to offer the means to effectively investigate corruption networks.
    (Reuters, 1/2/18)
2018        Jan 2, Ant Financial, an affiliate of Chinese internet titan Alibaba, said it has been forced to abandon a $1.2 billion deal to buy US remittances firm MoneyGram after failing to get approval from regulators in Washington.
    (AFP, 1/3/18)
2018        Jan 2, Egypt executed four alleged Islamic militants following their conviction by a military tribunal in the killing of three military academy students in a 2015 bomb attack.
    (AP, 1/2/18)
2018        Jan 2, In England 13 Patas monkeys died in a fire at Woburn Safari Park, marking the second major fire at an animal attraction in the last two weeks.
    (AP, 1/2/18)
2018        Jan 2, India's defense ministry announced it is to buy 131 surface-to-air missiles from Israel in a $70 million deal, ahead of a visit by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. An Israeli arms company said India has cancelled a $500 million deal ahead of a visit by pm Benjamin Netanyahu. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. said in a statement the Indian Defense Ministry cancelled the Spike missile deal.
    (AFP, 1/2/18)(AP, 1/3/18)
2018        Jan 2, In India thousands of Dalits, who rank at the lower end of the country's ancient caste hierarchy, disrupted traffic and threw stones at buses in Mumbai as they protested against violence in Pune in which one man was killed.
    (Reuters, 1/2/18)
2018        Jan 2, In India some 200,000 Hindu pilgrims arrived at Allahabad, where the Yamuna river meets the Ganges as well as the mythical Saraswati river, on the first major bathing day of a 45-day annual ritual known as the Magh Mela.
    (AP, 1/2/18)
2018        Jan 2, Iran's supreme leader blamed the country's "enemies" for days of unrest that have seen 21 killed and hundreds arrested in the biggest test for the Islamic regime in years.
    (AFP, 1/2/18)
2018        Jan 2, Iran re-opened two crossings with the Iraqi Kurdistan region that it had closed after a referendum in favor of independence in the Kurdish area.
    (Reuters, 1/2/18)
2018        Jan 2, Israel's parliament passed an amendment that would make it harder for it to cede control over parts of Jerusalem in any peace deal with the Palestinians, who condemned the move as undermining any chance to revive talks on statehood.
    (Reuters, 1/2/18)
2018        Jan 2, Moldovan Pres. Igor Dodon rejected a decision by the country's constitutional court to suspend his powers temporarily due to a wrangle between him and the pro-Western government over ministerial appointments.
    (Reuters, 1/2/18)
2018        Jan 2, Nigeria's Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video message claiming a series of attacks in the northeast during the festive season.
    (AFP, 1/2/18)
2018        Jan 2, Nigeria's electricity grid was shut down late today by a fire on a gas pipeline, the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System near Okada in the southern state of Edo.
    (Reuters, 1/3/18)
2018        Jan 2, In Peru at least 48 people were killed when a bus collided with a truck and careened off a cliff along a sharply curving highway north of the capital Lima.
    (Reuters, 1/3/18)
2018        Jan 2, In Somalia a US military drone strike killed two al-Shabab extremists and destroyed a vehicle carrying explosives to Mogadishu.
    (AP, 1/3/18)
2018        Jan 2, South Korea proposed high-level talks with Pyongyang on January 9, after the North's leader Kim Jong-Un called for better relations and said his country might attend the Winter Olympics in the South.
    (AFP, 1/2/18)
2018        Jan 2, UN human rights experts called on Saudi Arabia to end "repression" of rights activists and release dozens detained since September for peacefully exercising their civil and political rights.
    (Reuters, 1/2/18)
2018        Jan 2, A rebel-controlled Yemeni court sentenced Hamid bin Haydara, a local Baha'i man detained since December 2013, to death on charges of disseminating the beliefs of his faith and spying for Israel.
    (AP, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 2, Zambian foreign affairs minister Harry Kalaba resigned citing "swelling" corruption in government and criticizing President Edgar Lungu.
    (AFP, 1/3/18)

2018        Jan 3, US Pres. Donald Trump signed an executive order disbanding his voter fraud commission.
    (SFC, 1/4/18, p.A4)
2018        Jan 3, A winter storm dumped snow in Tallahassee, Florida, for the first time in nearly three decades.
    (SFC, 1/4/18, p.A5)
2018        Jan 3, In NYC Mehmet Hakan Atilla (47), a deputy general manager of Turkey's state-run Halkbank, was found guilty of five counts including bank fraud. Atilla was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the US. He was acquitted of a money laundering charge.
    (AP, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 3, A agreement was proposed to tie up loose ends from two failed nuclear reactors in South Carolina. The deal could mean $1.3 billion in refunds for utility customers affected by the failed project. South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. had abandoned construction reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station. Thousands were left jobless in the wake of the $9 billion failure.
    (AP, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 3, Brazil's oil giant Petrobras said it has agreed to pay $2.95 billion to settle a class action suit in New York brought on behalf investors harmed by a huge corruption scandal.
    (AFP, 1/3/18)
2018        Jan 3, In Congo DRC 44 people perished overnight in Kinshasa as shanty homes were swept away by killer floods and landslips.
    (AFP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 3, In Egypt Laila Amer, a little-known female singer, was arrested for a racy video posted online. She was charged with violating public decency and inciting debauchery in the video, titled "Bos Omak," or "Look at Your Mother" a pun on a popular Arabic profanity.
    (AP, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 3, Ethiopia's PM Hailemariam Desalegn announced plans to drop charges against political prisoners and close a notorious prison camp in what he called an effort to "widen the democratic space for all."
    (AP, 1/3/18)
2018        Jan 3, Winter storm Eleanor packing winds up to 100 mph (160 kph) battered parts of western Europe, derailing trains, toppling trees, halting flights and leaving hundreds of thousands of homes across France, Switzerland, Britain and Ireland without power.
    (AP, 1/3/18)
2018        Jan 3, In Germany a government study said violent crime rose by about 10 percent in 2015 and 2016. It attributed more than 90 percent of that to young male refugees.
    (Reuters, 1/3/18)
2018        Jan 3, The prime ministers of Hungary and Poland said their countries' anti-immigration policies are gaining strength within the 28-nation European Union.
    (AP, 1/3/18)
2018        Jan 3, In India demonstrators from the lowest caste blocked roads and railways across Mumbai in protest against violence involving Hindu nationalist groups at an event commemorating a 200-year-old battle.
    (AFP, 1/3/18)
2018        Jan 3, Thousands of Iranians took part in pro-government rallies in several cities as the elite Revolutionary Guards deployed forces to three provinces to put down an eruption of anti-government unrest. Six days of protests have left 21 people dead.
    (Reuters, 1/3/18)
2018        Jan 3, In Ireland an Egyptian man (18) was arrested as a suspect after a Japanese man (24) was stabbed to death and two others were injured in the town of Dundalk. Three attacks had taken place at three separate locations within 40 minutes of each other.
    (AP, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 3, Israel said it would pay thousands of African migrants living illegally in the country to leave, threatening them with jail if they are caught after the end of March.
    (AP, 1/3/18)
2018        Jan 3, Israel's internal security agency said it has busted an Iranian espionage ring operating in the West Bank and arrested Mohammed Maharmeh (29) its Palestinian leader. Maharmeh was allegedly tasked with enlisting suicide bombers and gunmen for attacks against Israelis.
    (AP, 1/3/18)
2018        Jan 3, In Italy surveillance footage of a theft at the Doge's Palace in Venice showed one of the thieves calmly opening a showcase window, putting the jewels in his pocket and sauntering off. The Al Thani Collection hasn't revealed the pieces' value, but news reports estimate they are worth millions of euros.
    (AP, 1/5/18)
2018        Jan 3, Four Kosovo opposition lawmakers were handed suspended jail terms of between 15 and 18 months for obstructing parliamentary work by releasing tear gas in the chamber.
    (Reuters, 1/3/18)
2018        Jan 3, It was reported that group of Kuwaitis, imprisoned for taking part in anti-government protests, have announced the formation of a new political bloc in defiance of their detention and charges related to their political activism. Kuwait's Democratic Party was launched this week by four Kuwaitis sentenced to prison in late November.
    (AP, 1/3/18)
2018        Jan 3, In Mexico at least eight young people used social media to organize two days of collective looting of stores in several northern suburbs of Mexico City, leading to clashes with police and more than 100 arrests. As of Jan. 5 authorities detained 113 people, including 30 teenagers.
    (AP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 3, In northern Nigeria a suicide bomber entered a mosque in and detonated his explosives, killing 14 people during early morning prayers in Gamboru Ngala town, Borno state.
    (AP, 1/3/18)
2018        Jan 3, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reopened a key cross-border communication channel with South Korea for the first time in nearly two years as the rivals explored the possibility of sitting down and talking after months of acrimony and fears of war.
    (AP, 1/3/18)
2018        Jan 3, Norway said it has suspended exports of munitions and arms to the United Arab Emirates as a "precautionary line," based on its assessment of the situation in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition including the UAE has been fighting Shiite rebels for nearly three years.
    (AP, 1/3/18)
2018        Jan 3, Palestinian Musab Tamemi (17) was killed in clashes with the Israeli army, which says troops fired at an armed protester.
    (AP, 1/3/18)
2018        Jan 3, In the southern Philippines eight people were killed when a rusty mortar round they thought was an iron canister with gold inside exploded as they tried to pry it open with a hammer in Sirawai town, Zamboanga del Norte province.
    (AP, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 3, In Poland a protest by thousands of doctors, who refuse to work overtime, disrupted services at some hospitals, including children's wards. The Health Ministry said that some 3,500 of about 88,000 hospital doctors have refused to sign up to contracts allowing for work weeks of more than 48 hours.
    (AP, 1/3/18)
2018        Jan 3, In Saudi Arabia Saleh al-Shehi, a columnist for Arabic-language daily al-Watan, was detained over various articles and television appearances, including one in which he accused the royal court of corruption in distributing land. On Jan. 5 the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called for his release.
    (Reuters, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 3, Singapore banned a film festival from screening the documentary "Radiance of Resistance" later this week that features a teenage Palestinian female activist Ahed Tamimi, whose arrest last month has made her a symbol of resistance to Israeli military occupation in the West Bank.
    (Reuters, 1/3/18)

2018        Jan 4, Pres. Donald Trump's legal team demanded that author Michael Wolff  and his publisher halt the release of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House." They demanded that Wolff apologize of face a possible lawsuit. Henry Hold & Co. said it would make the book available January 5 instead of the original January 9 release date.
    (SFC, 1/5/18, p.A4)
2018        Jan 4, The US State Department said it has placed Pakistan on a special watch list for "severe violations of religious freedom". The United States said it was suspending at least $900 million in security assistance to Pakistan until it takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network militant groups.
    (AP, 1/4/18)(Reuters, 1/5/18)
2018        Jan 4, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions urged federal prosecutors to override state marijuana laws and file criminal charges in those that have legalized sale and use of the drug.
    (SFC, 1/5/18, p.A1)
2018        Jan 4, High winds and heavy snow barreled into the US Northeast, closing schools and government offices and disrupting travel as work crews scrambled to clear roads before plummeting temperatures turn snow into treacherous ice. The cold has been blamed for at least nine deaths over the past few days. Utilities along the East Coast said about 65,000 homes and businesses were without power from the massive snow and ice storm battering Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states.
    (Reuters, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 4, Four people were reported killed in North Carolina and South Carolina after their vehicles ran off snow-covered roads. More than 5,000 flights were reported cancelled across the US.
    (SFC, 1/5/18, p.A5)
2018        Jan 4, The state of Oregon sued Monsanto over pervasive pollution from PCBs and sought $100 million to mitigate pollution , particularly along a 10-mile stretch of the Willamette River. Federal authorities in 2016 announced a $1 billion cleanup in the area.
    (SFC, 1/5/18, p.A4)
2018        Jan 4, In Virginia incumbent Republican David Yancey won a tied state House of Delegates race, over challenger Shelley Simonds, when his name was pulled from a ceramic bowl.
    (SFC, 1/5/18, p.A5)
2018        Jan 4, Brookfield Business Partners LP acquired Westinghouse Electric, the US nuclear unit of embattled Japanese electronics giant Toshiba, in a deal valued at about out $4.6 billion.
    (AP, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 4, In Afghanistan the Taliban shot and killed three members of the Afghan security forces in western Farah province. The attack unfolded when a group of Taliban fighters stopped a bus travelling in the Bala Buluk district.
    (AP, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 4, Britain's PM Theresa May apologized to tens of thousands of patients whose operations were canceled to free up staff and beds to deal with emergency patients. A flu outbreak, colder weather and high levels of respiratory illnesses have put hospitals in England under strain with many operating at or near full capacity.
    (Reuters, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 4, France's interior ministry said a second person has died in the country as a result of the violent storm battering northern Europe. Storm Eleanor swept through Europe. The body of a man was pulled from the Breda River. He was soon identified the missing firefighter who was swept away just after saving a family. The death brought to four the number of people killed in France this week as winter storms battered western Europe. At least two other people have disappeared in other eastern France regions.
    (AP, 1/4/18)(AFP, 1/4/18)(AP, 1/5/18)
2018        Jan 4, Germany's highest civil and criminal court ruled that a transsexual woman, who used sperm she had banked prior to her sex change to have a baby with her female partner, cannot be legally registered as the child's mother.
    (Reuters, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 4, India began investigating a report that access to its database of the identity details of more than 1 billion citizens was being sold for just $8 on social media, in what could be one of the giant program's biggest security breaches.
    (Reuters, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 4, A New Delhi court declared India's flamboyant tycoon Vijay Mallya a "proclaimed offender" for failing to appear to answer allegations of money laundering by flouting foreign currency laws. The order paved the way for the government to take over Mallya's businesses and real estate holdings.
    (AP, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 4, Iran's army chief declared that police had already quelled anti-government unrest that has killed 21 people but that his troops were ready to intervene if needed, as Tehran staged more pro-government rallies.
    (Reuters, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 4, Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld (b.1932), a Holocaust survivor who became one of the foremost contemporary Hebrew-language writers, died near Tel Aviv. He published the first of 46 novels and collections of poetry in 1962 and won several awards throughout his career.
    (AFP, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 4, Mexico's acting attorney general said prosecutors were already working to improve investigations and cooperation with other countries following an international report that blasted the country for failing to punish money launderers.
    (Reuters, 1/5/18)
2018        Jan 4, In Mexico the dismembered bodies of two young men were found inside plastic bags outside the beach resort of Acapulco. The young men had been arrested by Chilpancingo police on December 30 after a brawl at a Christmas fair and officers were suspected of later murdering them.
    (Reuters, 1/5/18)
2018        Jan 4, The Nigerian military said it had rescued Salomi Pogu, one of more than 270 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from the town of Chibok in 2014.
    (Reuters, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 4, A court in Norway said that the government can hand out oil drilling licenses in the Arctic, dealing a blow to two environmental groups that had filed a lawsuit against further drilling in the Barents Sea. The court also said Nature and Youth and Greenpeace Nordic should pay legal expenses worth 580,000 kroner ($71,435).
    (AP, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 4, It was reported that Poland has created a new, state-owned aviation company, the Polish Aviation Group, based on the national airline, LOT, that aims to capitalize on a planned major airport and on the region's growing air travel market.
    (AP, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 4, Pres. Vladimir Putin authorized the resumption of regular Russian airline flights to Cairo, according to a document published on the Moscow government's website. It said the clearance for flights to resume was effective from Jan. 2.
    (Reuters, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 4, In Russia at least 10 people were killed in a warehouse fire in Chernoretsky village, Siberia. The dead were believed to be workers from China and Kyrgyzstan.
    (AP, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 4, In South Africa more at least 18 people were killed and hundreds were feared injured after a train struck a lorry, derailed and burst into flames as it traveled between Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg.
    (Reuters, 1/4/18)(SFC, 1/5/18, p.A2)
2018        Jan 4, South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co. said it will begin selling its first self-driving vehicles by 2021 in partnership with US based self-driving technology startup Aurora Innovation Inc. Hyundai and Volkswagen each said they're partnering with Aurora Innovation, a US autonomous vehicle tech firm led by former executives from Google, Tesla and Uber.
    (AP, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 4, In South Sudan new fighting erupted between government and opposition forces less than 20 km (12 miles) outside Juba.
    (AP, 1/5/18)
2018        Jan 4, In Syria at least 30 civilians were killed when Russian jets dropped bombs on the Eastern Ghouta residential area, a besieged rebel enclave east of Damascus.
    (Reuters, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 4, It was reported that Turkey's broadcasting watchdog has fined a TV station nearly one million lira ($266,000) over footage of young girls dancing in shorts in a talent competition after viewers complained of "child abuse".
    (Reuters, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 4, Fugitive Vietnamese property tycoon Phan Van Anh Vu (42), accused of spilling state secrets, was arrested in Hanoi after Singapore deported him, despite appeals that his life could be in danger in Vietnam.
    (Reuters, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 4, A Zimbabwean court freed "for now" Martha O'Donovan, an American woman charged with subversion for allegedly describing the former president on Twitter as a "sick man".
    (AP, 1/4/18)

2018        Jan 5, The US imposed sanctions against five Iranian firms alleged to have been working on an illegal ballistic missile program, linking the move to the protests, and called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting.
    (AP, 1/5/18)
2018        Jan 5, The United States imposed sanctions on four current or former Venezuelan government officials, including a former food minister accused by the opposition of corruptly managing food imports.
    (Reuters, 1/5/18)
2018        Jan 5, A severe winter storm in the US Northeast brought plunging temperatures, driving regional natural gas prices to all-time highs, disrupting refinery operations and causing electrical outages.
    (Reuters, 1/5/18)
2018        Jan 5, The Mega Millions $450 million grand prize winning ticket was sold at a store in Port Richey, Florida. On Jan 12 Shane Missler (20) of Port Richey claimed the prize and chose to get $282 million at once.
    (SSFC, 1/7/18, p.A7)(SFC, 1/13/18, p.A6)
2018        Jan 5, In Louisiana a house fire in Baton Rouge killed a woman and two children. Another young woman and a boy (5) were hospitalized in critical condition.
    (SFC, 1/6/18, p.A6)
2018        Jan 5, Astronaut John Young (b.1930) died at his home in Houston. He commanded the Apollo 16 lunar voyage and walked on the moon in April, 1972.
    (SSFC, 1/7/18, p.C11)
2018        Jan 5, Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority said Crown-of-thorns starfish are feasting on parts of the reef system, which is already threatened by rising ocean temperatures.
    (SFC, 1/6/18, p.A2)
2018        Jan 5, Large parts of eastern Canada grappled with extreme weather as temperatures plunged to record lows in Toronto, while heavy winds downed power lines, contributing to power outages affecting more than 85,000 customers in Nova Scotia.
    (Reuters, 1/5/18)
2018        Jan 5, China tightened limits on critically important energy supplies to North Korea and stepped up other trade restrictions under intensified UN nuclear sanctions.
    (AP, 1/5/18)
2018        Jan 5, In Egypt a hot air balloon crash near Luxor killed a South African tourist and injured several others. High winds and sandstorms swept the country, clouding the skies at Cairo's main airport and forcing the closure of a number of Red Sea ports.
    (Reuters, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 5, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Hess Corp. reported another significant oil discovery in an area known as the Stabroek Block in deep Atlantic Ocean waters off Guyana.
    (AP, 1/5/18)
2018        Jan 5, In France protests over press freedom and the deteriorating state of human rights in Turkey greeted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he arrived in Paris for talks with President Emmanuel Macron.
    (AP, 1/5/18)
2018        Jan 5, A Georgian court sentenced former leader Mikheil Saakashvili in absentia to three years in prison for seeking to cover up evidence about the murder of a Georgian banker when he was president - a verdict which he denounced as illegal.
    (Reuters, 1/5/18)
2018        Jan 5, A Greek court ruled that two Macedonian men arrested on an international warrant issued by their country on charges related to a wiretapping scandal should be extradited.
    (AP, 1/5/18)
2018        Jan 5, Iran's state TV reported that tens of thousands of government supporters rallied across the country, swearing allegiance to the clerical establishment and accusing the US of instigating the largest anti-government protests in nearly a decade.
    (Reuters, 1/5/18)
2018        Jan 5, In Kashmir 13 people were swept away by three near-simultaneous avalanches at three places in a stretch of about 10 km (6 miles) on a mountainous road in Kupawara district. Two people were rescued. 11 bodies were recovered the next day.
    (AP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 5, In Mexico five decapitated human heads were found on the hood of a taxi in the drug violence-plagued state of Veracruz. Thirty people were killed and seven more suffered gunshot wounds over the last two days of drug trafficking-fueled violence in the northern state of Chihuahua.
    (AFP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 5, In Moldova a court temporarily suspended the powers of President Igor Dodon, paving the way for parliament to bypass his veto and enact a law that would restrict Russian TV broadcasts as foreign propaganda.
    (Reuters, 1/5/18)
2018        Jan 5, In Myanmar six soldiers were injured in an insurgent attack in northern Rakhine state. The military said the attackers were from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, the militant group blamed for attacks on police posts.
    (AP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 5, In Nigeria Julius Ayuk Tabe, the Nigeria-based chairman of the Governing Council of Ambazonia, a Cameroon separatist movement, was taken into custody in Abuja along with six aides.
    (Reuters, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 5, North Korea agreed to hold official talks with the South next week, the first in more than two years, hours after the United States and South Korea delayed a military exercise amid a standoff over the North's nuclear and missile programs.
    (Reuters, 1/5/18)
2018        Jan 5, A senior Pakistani senator expressed disappointment at the US decision to suspend military aid, saying it will be detrimental to bilateral relations.
    (AP, 1/5/18)
2018        Jan 5, In Papua New Guinea the Kadovar Island volcano, thought to be dormant, began spewing ash into the air, forcing the evacuation of more than 500 residents.
    (Reuters, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 5, In the Philippines Joel Reyes, the ex-governor of the western island of Palawan, was released from jail after a court voided the case against him. He was arrested in 2015 for the killing of Gerry Ortega, a prominent campaigner and radio host who frequently accused Reyes of massive corruption.
    (AFP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 5, Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile over the kingdom's south near the border with Yemen, hours after Yemeni rebels said they had launched an attack.
    (AFP, 1/5/18)
2018        Jan 5, Angry Sudanese queued outside bakeries in Khartoum as bread prices doubled overnight, with bakers blaming a government decision to stop importing wheat.
    (AFP, 1/5/18)
2018        Jan 5, Sudan closed the border with Eritrea a week after Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir announced a six-month state of emergency in the regions of Kassala and North Kurdufan. Sudanese police fired teargas to disperse some 400 demonstrators who marched through the city of Sennar to protest against a hike in bread prices.
    (Reuters, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 5, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the shutdown of all air and maritime traffic with the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire for the next 72 hours. He accused island leaders of being complicit in the illegal trafficking of goods and resources.
    (AP, 1/5/18)
2018        Jan 5, In Yemen Brigadier General Taher al-Aqeeli, chief of staff of the Yemeni army, suffered minor injuries in a land mine explosion, while he was inspecting government positions in Khub wa al-Sha'af, the largest district in al-Jouf province.
    (AP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 5, In Zimbabwe former foreign minister Walter Mzembi and ex-energy minister Samuel Undenge were charged with "criminal abuse of office." They both denied wrongdoing. Both granted bail the next day.
    (Reuters, 1/6/18)

2018        Jan 6, US President Donald Trump praised himself as "a very stable genius," following the release of a bombshell book that calls into doubt his mental health. Top Republican lawmakers and Cabinet members gathered at the Camp David presidential retreat to discuss party priorities ahead of the crucial 2018 midterm elections.
    (AFP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, It was reported that the Trump administration has proposed spending $18 billion over 10 years to significantly extend the border wall with Mexico. The proposal by Customs and Border Protection calls for 316 miles (505 km) of additional barrier by September 2027, bringing total coverage to 970 miles (1,552 km). It also calls for 407 miles (651 km) of replacement or secondary fencing.
    (AP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, The US Navy said it has located the C-2A "Greyhound" aircraft, which was traveling to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, when it crashed the day before Thanksgiving in the Philippine Sea. It was found at a depth of about 18,500 feet (5,640 meters) on the Pacific Ocean floor.
    (AP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, Legal sales of recreational cannabis began in San Francisco.
    (SSFC, 1/7/18, p.C1)
2018        Jan 6, In Australia bushfires destroyed buildings and threatened lives as a heatwave in three states brought temperatures strong enough to melt the bitumen on a highway.
    (Reuters, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, In Brazil the state government Rio Grande do Norte declared a "state of calamity" for public security due to a police strike that has lasted nearly 20 days. Civilian and military police officers walked off the job Dec. 19 demanding back pay and better working conditions.
    (AP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, China's government said fruit and vegetable prices in major cities in central and northern China have surged after severe winter weather cut off highways and damaged crops.
    (Reuters, 1/7/18)
2018        Jan 6, The Sanchi tanker carrying Iranian oil and run by the country's top oil shipping firm was ablaze and spewing cargo into the East China Sea after colliding with the Chinese CF Crystal freight ship, leaving the tanker's 32 crew members missing. The Panama-registered tanker was sailing from Iran to South Korea, carrying 136,000 tons of condensate, an ultra light crude, equivalent to just under 1 million barrels.
    (Reuters, 1/7/18)
2018        Jan 6, Ecuador's lawmakers selected Maria Alejandra Vicuna (40) as vice-president to replace Jorge Glas, who was sentenced to 6 years in jail for his role in a bribery scheme involving Brazil's Odebrecht company.
    (AP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, In Egypt tens of thousands of soldiers and police were deployed across the country to beef up security for minority Christians and their churches on the eve of Orthodox Christmas.
    (AP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, Egypt's official news agency said dozens of protesters have attacked a Cairo police station over reports that a detainee died in custody.
    (AP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, In France thousands of Kurds marched in Paris to demand "truth and justice" five years after the slayings of three Kurdish activists on Jan. 9, 2013, in Paris.
    (AP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, Germany and Turkey's foreign ministers agreed to pull out all the stops to improve ties that have soured due to disputes over Ankara's post-coup crackdown and the arrests of German citizens in Turkey, but they stressed differences remain.
    (Reuters, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, In Honduras thousands of demonstrators led by opposition leader Salvador Nasralla gathered in San Pedro Sula to protest the re-election of President Juan Orlando Hernandez in a vote they say was fraudulent.
    (AP, 1/7/18)
2018        Jan 6, An Indian court sentenced a powerful regional politician to 3 1/2 years in prison on a second conviction of embezzling state government funds as a top elected official two decades ago. The court found Laloo Prasad Yadav and 15 others guilty of conspiracy to defraud the Bihar state government of 8.45 million rupees ($130,000).
    (AP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, In Iran thousands of government supporters staged rallies for a fourth day, in a backlash against widespread protests that the clerical establishment has blamed on the country's enemies.
    (Reuters, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, A senior education official said Iran has banned the teaching of English in primary schools, after the country's Supreme Leader said early learning of the language opened the way to a Western "cultural invasion".
    (Reuters, 1/7/18)
2018        Jan 6, An official in the Fatemiyoun Brigade of Afghan "volunteer" recruits told Iranian media that more than 2,000 Afghans deployed by Iran have been killed fighting in Syria on the side of President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
    (AFP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, The Italian coast guard said at least eight migrants died and 86 were rescued from a smugglers' foundering rubber dinghy in the waters off Libya. An aid group said dozens of migrants could still be missing. A Libyan navy spokesman said at least 25 migrants had drowned. The boat had been carrying 150 migrants with many of the dead vanishing beneath the waves.
    (Reuters, 1/8/18)(AP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, Jordan said the Arab League would seek international recognition of the Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital after Washington recognized the Holy City as Israel's capital.
    (AFP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, In Kashmir four police officers were killed when rebels fighting against Indian rule detonated a bomb on a street the officers were patrolling.
    (AP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, Kosovo police said Moshe Harel, Israeli ringleader of a global gang of organ traffickers, has been arrested in Cyprus. He was suspected of organizing dozens of illegal kidney transplants at the Medicus clinic in the capital Pristina in 2008.
    (AFP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, It was reported that Kuwaiti human rights activist Sulaiman Binjassem, sentenced to seven years in prison for taking part in a protest in 2011, has announced a hunger strike to protest his imprisonment.
    (AP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, Tropical cyclone Ava passed through eastern Madagascar over the last 24 hours. Authorities later said the cyclone killed at least six people and injured three others while two people were reported missing.
    (Reuters, 1/8/18)
2018        Jan 6, Malaysia's government said that it has approved a new attempt to find the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The US-based company Ocean Infinity dispatched a search vessel this past week to look in the southern Indian Ocean for debris from the plane, which disappeared March 8, 2014.
    (AP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, In northern Mali three members of an armed pro-government group were killed by suspected jihadists.
    (AFP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, In Morocco more than 300 people stormed the heavily fortified border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave Melilla in what authorities called a mass "violent crossing." Some 209 migrants succeeded in reaching Spain.
    (Reuters, 1/7/18)
2018        Jan 6, Norway's justice minister said that Najmaddin Faraj Ahmad (aka Mullah Krekar), an Iraqi-born cleric suspected of enticing recruits to fight in Iraq and Syria, will be extradited if a court in Italy convicts him. Italian prosecutors allege that Krekar is behind Rawti Shax, a European network aimed at violently overthrowing the government in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and replacing it with a radical caliphate.
    (AP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, Palestinian Christians pummeled the car of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem during a visit to the occupied West Bank in protest against the church's decision to sell land to Jewish groups.
    (Reuters, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, Russia's Supreme Court turned down an appeal by opposition politician Alexei Navalny to overturn a controversial ruling barring him from running in the March presidential election against Vladimir Putin.
    (AFP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, Saudi Arabia announced it had boosted stipends and benefits for citizens to cushion the impact of economic reforms including the kingdom's first ever taxes after an oil price slump.
    (AFP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, A state-linked Saudi news website said 11 princes have been arrested and will be tried for staging a protest at one of the king's palaces and refusing orders to leave.
    (AP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, In Senegal gunmen ordered youths to lie on the ground deep in the forest of Casamance before summarily executing 13 of them. President Macky Sall condemned the "armed attack of rare barbarity," summoned his national security council and ordered a ministerial delegation to the scene.
    (AFP, 1/7/18)
2018        Jan 6, It was reported that Serbia's government has picked France's Vinci Airports for a 25-year concession to run the main Belgrade airport, the biggest in western Balkans.
    (AP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, Syrian regime and Russian air strikes on Eastern Ghouta, a rebel-held enclave near Damascus, killed at least 17 civilians. In western Syria militants used 13 drones to attack Russia's Hmeimim air base and Tartus naval base.
    (AFP, 1/6/18)(Reuters, 1/8/18)

2018        Jan 7, The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The film "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" won the Golden Globe Award for best film drama.
    (AP, 1/8/18)
2018        Jan 7, SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket with the classified Zuma satellite from Cape Canaveral. The satellite was reported lost after it failed to separate from a 2nd-stage rocket.
    (SFC, 1/10/18, p.C5)
2018        Jan 7, In Washington state sheriff's Deputy Daniel McCartney was fatally shot in Frederickson following a foot chase after a home invasion. One suspect was found dead at the scene. A day later suspect Frank William Pawul (32) was arrested.
    (SFC, 1/9/18, p.A5)
2018        Jan 7, Thousands of Cambodian survivors of the Khmer Rouge marked 39 years since the fall of the brutal regime that killed an estimated 1.7 million people.
    (Reuters, 1/7/18)
2018        Jan 7, In Cyprus Turkish Cypriots voted in a snap parliamentary election overshadowed by last year's failure to reach a peace deal for the divided island in UN-backed talks. The conservative National Unity Party (UBP) of PM Huseyin Ozgurgun came out on top with 36 percent of the vote and 21 seats, short of the 26 seats needed for a majority in the 50-member house.
    (AFP, 1/7/18)    (AFP, 1/8/18)
2018        Jan 7, Iran's Revolutionary Guard said that the nation and its security forces have ended the wave of unrest linked to anti-government protests that erupted last month.
    (AP, 1/7/18)
2018        Jan 7, Irish national Peter Sutherland (71), the WTO's first director general and former chairman of energy giant BP, died after a long illness.
    (AFP, 1/8/18)
2018        Jan 7, It was reported that Iraqi security forces are forcibly returning civilians from refugee camps to unsafe areas in the predominantly Sunni Anbar province, exposing them to death from booby-traps or acts of vigilantism.
    (Reuters, 1/7/18)
2018        Jan 7, Israel published a list of 20 organizations from around the globe whose members are banned from entering the country for advocating boycotts of Israel over its treatment of Palestinians.
    (AP, 1/7/18)
2018        Jan 7, Malaysia's opposition alliance named former premier Mahathir Mohamad (92) as its prime ministerial candidate for a general election this year. The authoritarian who ran the country for two decades faced an uphill task.
    (Reuters, 1/7/18)
2018        Jan 7, Forty-eight people from Mali lost their lives in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe. 69 people escaped with their lives.
    (AFP, 1/11/18)
2018        Jan 7, Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim insurgents said they have no option but to fight what they called state-sponsored terrorism to defend the Rohingya community, and they demanded that the Rohingya be consulted on all decisions affecting their future.
    (Reuters, 1/7/18)
2018        Jan 7, Human Rights Watch said Saudi authorities are holding a prominent Saudi cleric Salman al-Awda without charge and have imposed arbitrary travel bans on 17 of his relatives without showing "the slightest evidence or accusation of wrongdoing on their part." The cleric was among dozens arrested since mid-September.
    (AP, 1/7/18)
2018        Jan 7, In Sweden a man died of his wounds after he picked up an object from the ground outside the Varby Gard subway station in Stockholm that detonated in his hand. A second person was injured in the explosion.
    (AP, 1/7/18)
2018        Jan 7, The Syrian military recaptured Sinjar, a strategically important town in the northwestern province of Idlib. Government forces and allied militiamen advanced on the largest remaining rebel-held territory in Idlib province, forcing thousands of civilians to flee toward the border with Turkey in freezing winter temperatures.
    (AP, 1/7/18)
2018        Jan 7, In Syria the death toll from a massive car bombing this evening killed at least 25 in the northwestern city of Idlib. Nearly 100 people were wounded.
    (AP, 1/8/18)
2018        Jan 7, The party of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh named Sadeq Amin Abou Rass, a former agriculture minister, to succeeded Saleh.
    (Reuters, 1/7/18)

2018        Jan 8, US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced that the US has determined that the effects of 2001 earthquakes in El Salvador are no longer a hurdle to returning home, ending the temporary protected status for nearly 200,000 Salvadorans in the US. They would have to leave by Sept. 9, 2019, unless Congress came up with a solution allowing them to stay.
    (AP, 1/10/18)(SFC, 1/10/18, p.A3)
2018        Jan 8, A federal judge in Nevada dismissed charges against Cliven Bundy and his sons. They had been accused of leading an armed standoff against federal land managers at the Bundy ranch in 2014.
    (SFC, 1/9/18, p.A10)
2018        Jan 8, In Pennsylvania the Pi Delta Psi national fraternity was banned from the state for ten years and ordered to pay a fine of more than $110,000 as it was sentenced for its role in the 2013 death of Baruch College freshman Chun Deng (19). Four former fraternity members were also sentenced from time served up to 24 months.
    (SFC, 1/9/18, p.A10)
2018        Jan 8, In Texas a man, a woman and their two young sons were shot to death in Galveston in an apparent murder-suicide.
    (SFC, 1/9/18, p.A5)
2018        Jan 8, It was reported that Bahrain has lifted some subsidies on gasoline, raising prices a week after introducing a tax on cigarettes and soft drinks as state revenues continue to face pressure from lower oil prices.
    (AP, 1/8/18)
2018        Jan 8, In Bulgaria Petar Hristov (49), a wealthy businessman, was shot to death outside his company's office in the capital, Sofia.
    (AP, 1/8/18)
2018        Jan 8, The defence and foreign ministers of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, the G5 Sahel, pledged to pool military efforts to fight terrorism have set up a fiduciary fund to oversee donations for their campaign.
    (AP, 1/9/18)
2018        Jan 8, A Chinese court sentenced Huang Dingfang and Cai Keyi to life in prison for fraud in a 15.6 billion-yuan ($2.39 billion) pyramid scheme that sucked in more than 200,000 people. Nineteen others involved were given sentences of up to 12 years.
    (Reuters, 1/9/18)
2018        Jan 8, Finnish researchers said they were to launch a study to see if gambling addiction can be treated with a fast-working nasal spray.
    (AFP, 1/8/18)
2018        Jan 8, Germany's powerful metalworkers' union launched mass strikes over pay and working hours that could impact a key industry and the shape of labor nationwide. IG Metall demanded that all workers have the option to temporarily switch to a 28-hour week in the pursuit of better work-life balance.
    (AFP, 1/8/18)
2018        Jan 8, A bid by International Airlines Group, the parent of British Airways and Iberia, to acquire much of bankrupt Air Berlin's Niki division hit a legal stumbling block with an appeals court ruling. The Berlin state court decided that a Berlin administrative court did not have the jurisdiction to handle the insolvency of Austria-based Niki and that it's up to an Austrian court to decide.
    (AP, 1/8/18)
2018        Jan 8, Greece won a temporary injunction suspending the asylum status granted to a Turkish soldier who fled with seven others to the country after a botched coup attempt against Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in 2016.
    (Reuters, 1/8/18)
2018        Jan 8, It was reported that Hungary's State Audit Office (ASZ) has fined the main, nationalist opposition party Jobbik 331.66 million forints ($1.29 million) for an anti-government billboard campaign funded by a wealthy adversary of PM Viktor Orban.
    (Reuters, 1/8/18)
2018        Jan 8, In India a fire in a restaurant early today killed five workers who were sleeping inside the building in the southern city of Bangalore.
    (AP, 1/8/18)
2018        Jan 8, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani went all-in with a push for greater civil liberties in the wake of the deadly unrest that rocked Iran in recent days.
    (AFP, 1/8/18)
2018        Jan 8, In Iran a judiciary official announced that a detainee had committed suicide in Tehran's Evin prison.
    (Reuters, 1/9/18)
2018        Jan 8, Nigerian government and police officials said at least 83 people have been killed in communal violence since Dec. 31, much of it involving clashes between Muslim cattle herders and Christian farmers. Terve Akase, chief press secretary to the governor of Benue, attributed 71 of the deaths from Dec. 31 to Jan. 6 in the state to killings by the Fulani. In neighboring Taraba state at least 12 people were killed in similar, ethnically-charged attacks in the Lau region on Jan. 5 and Jan. 7.
    (Reuters, 1/8/18)
2018        Jan 8, The rival Koreas took steps toward reducing their bitter animosity during rare talks, as North Korea agreed to send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, hold talks on lowering tension along their border and reopen a military hotline.
    (AP, 1/9/18)(SFC, 1/9/ 18, p.A4)
2018        Jan 8, Pakistan released 147 Indians, detained for fishing illegally, from prison and handed over to Indian authorities.
    (AP, 1/8/18)
2018        Jan 8, In Saudi Arabia conjoined twin girls born in the blockaded Palestinian enclave of the Gaza Strip were separated in "successful" surgery in Riyadh.
    (AP, 1/8/18)
2018        Jan 8, The South Sudanese government declared army chief of staff General Paul Malong a rebel and accused him of being behind a series of attacks last week.
    (Reuters, 1/8/18)
2018        Jan 8, The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Sudan to stop its crackdown on local newspapers reporting on protests over bread price hikes.
    (AP, 1/9/18)
2018        Jan 8, Syrian government forces captured 14 villages as they advance on the largest rebel-held enclave in the country's north amid a wave of airstrikes. Government forces reached troops trapped for more than a week in a military base surrounded by insurgents near the Damascus suburb of Harasta. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 159 rebels and government soldiers have been killed in fighting over the base since Dec. 29.
    (AP, 1/8/18)
2018        Jan 8, In Tunisia demonstrations against austerity measures broke out. Dozens of people were arrested and one man died in unclear circumstances amid anger over rising prices.
    (Reuters, 1/9/18)(AFP, 1/9/18)
 2018        Jan 8, Turkey said it will extend a state of emergency imposed after the July 2016 coup attempt for another three months.
    (Reuters, 1/8/18)
2018        Jan 8, Vietnam announced the creation of a cyberspace operations command to protect its sovereignty on the Internet, with prime minister citing risks related to the disputed South China Sea and complex regional and global situations.
    (Reuters, 1/8/18)

2018        Jan 9, US Pres. Trump urged Congress to pass “a bill of love"  to provide legal status to the young immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as children but were raised as Americans.
    (SFC, 1/10/18, p.A1)
2018        Jan 9, The United States hit Canada with yet another round of punitive import tariffs, this time for as much as 10 percent on paper used to print newspapers and books. The US Commerce Department said that the tariffs on uncoated groundwood paper came after an investigation launched in August found Canadian producers receive subsidies giving them an unfair advantage in the US market.
    (AFP, 1/10/18)
2018        Jan 9, US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said President Donald Trump's administration will not allow drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Florida after urging from the state's governor.
    (Reuters, 1/10/18)   
2018        Jan 9, US District Judge William Alsup late today granted a request by California and other plaintiffs to prevent Pres. Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program while their lawsuits play out in court.
    (AP, 1/10/18)
2018        Jan 9, In San Francisco eight people connected to the racketeering and murder case of Raymond “Shrimp Boy" Chow were sentenced to prison terms of 12 to 84 months.
    (SFC, 1/10/18, p.A7)
2018        Jan 9, In southern California massive mud slides slammed into homes, turned highways into raging rivers and swept away vehicles after heavy rains. At least 21 people were left dead in the coastal community of Santa Barbara. The mudslides destroyed about 100 homes, injured 28 people and eight remained missing. US Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County was closed down until January 21.
    (Reuters, 1/10/18)(Reuters, 1/11/18)(SFC, 1/22/18, p.A4)
2018        Jan 9, US federal judges ruled that North Carolina's congressional district map, drawn by legislative Republicans, is illegally gerrymandered and must be redone.
    (SFC, 1/11/18, p.A5)
2018        Jan 9, Bosnian Serbs celebrated a banned "statehood" holiday in stubborn defiance of the west and their non-Serb compatriots, but with tacit backing from Russia.
    (AP, 1/9/18)
2018        Jan 9, In China paramilitary People's Armed Police forces used excavators and dynamite to destroy the Golden Lampstand Church, a well-known Christian mega-church in the city of Linfen, Shanxi province. Local authorities planted explosives in an underground worship hall to demolish the building, which was built with nearly $3 million in contributions from local worshippers in one of China's poorest regions. The church, with a congregation of more than 50,000, has long clashed with the government.
    (AP, 1/11/18)
2018        Jan 9, The presidents of China and France promised closer cooperation on climate, counter-terrorism and other issues as their governments try to gain influence in a shifting global political landscape.
    (AP, 1/9/18)
2018        Jan 9, The tanker Sanchi, run by Iran's top oil shipping operator, National Iranian Tanker Co, continued burning for a 3rd day in the East China Sea. The body of one of 32 crew members was found a day earlier in the water near the tanker.
    (Reuters, 1/9/18)
2018        Jan 9, Egypt said security forces have killed eight suspected militants in a shootout in el-Arish city in the northern Sinai Peninsula.
    (AP, 1/9/18)
2018        Jan 9, An Egyptian court jailed 262 people from three years to life for security-related offences during a 2013 sit-in protest against the ousting of former president Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood.
    (Reuters, 1/9/18)
2018        Jan 9, German prosecutors said they had arrested Milorad Obradovic (51), a Bosnian Serb man. He was suspected of taking part in the illegal detention of around 120 Bosnian Muslim civilians in the village of Miska Glava, near the northwestern town of Prijedor, in July 1992, and their summary execution in nearby Ljubija.
    (AP, 1/9/18)
2018        Jan 9, In Germany and Italy 169 people, including mayors, businessmen and local administrators, were arrested in a large anti-mafia blitz against clan members who controlled restaurants, garbage collection and funeral services.
    (Reuters, 1/9/18)
2018        Jan 9, An Iranian lawmaker said security forces arrested some 3,700 people during widespread protests and unrest over the past two weeks. A judiciary official announced that a detainee in Arak, a town approximately 200 km south of Tehran, had died after committing suicide.
    (AP, 1/9/18)
2018        Jan 9, Israeli jets and ground-to-ground missiles struck Syria as PM Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated he would do what was needed to stop Hezbollah gaining "game-changing" Iranian weapons.
    (AP, 1/9/18)
2018        Jan 9, Israeli settler Raziel Shevah (35) died after being hit multiple times in a drive-by shooting by suspected Palestinian gunmen near the unauthorized Havat Gilad settlement near Nablus.
    (AP, 1/10/18)
2018        Jan 9, Ivory Coast soldiers in Bouake began looting weapons from the base of a rival elite military unit before setting it on fire late today.
    (Israel, 1/10/18)
2018        Jan 9, In Kashmir a young man was killed, and two others wounded when government forces fired at anti-India protesters following a gunbattle that killed one militant.
    (AP, 1/9/18)
2018        Jan 9, The Libyan navy rescued some 279 migrants off the Libyan coast. Some 100 migrants were missing at sea and feared dead.
    (SFC, 1/11/18, p.A2)
2018        Jan 9, Nigeria's military said troops from Nigeria and neighboring countries have launched major offensives against the two Boko Haram factions and their leaders. Soldiers from Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria were targeting Abubakar Shekau in the Sambisa Forest, and Mamman Nur, on and around Lake Chad, both in Borno state.
    (AFP, 1/9/18)
2018        Jan 9, A Pakistani court ordered the release of a radical anti-US cleric who went to Afghanistan with thousands of volunteers to help the Taliban fight against Americans after the 2001 US-led invasion. Sufi Mohammad is also known as the father-in-law of Mullah Fazlullah, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban.
    (AP, 1/9/18)
2018        Jan 9, In Pakistan a bomb targeting a police truck killed 7 people and wounded 23 in the city of Quetta. Four of those killed and most of the wounded, were policemen.
    (Reuters, 1/9/18)
2018        Jan 9, In Pakistan the body of Zainab Ansari (8) was found in a garbage bin in Kasur city, Punjab province. Police said she had been abducted last week, raped and murdered. DNA testing later linked the killing to at least five other cases of child abuse and murder in Kasur. eight suspects were soon detained.
    (AP, 1/10/18)(SSFC, 1/14/18, p.A4)
2018        Jan 9, Authorities in the Paraguayan border town of Ciudad del Este temporarily closed a shop accused of selling transgender dolls. The city attorney Christian said the shop also was closed for failing to pay this year's commercial tax and was selling toys when it's only authorized to sell electronic goods.
    (AP, 1/10/18)
2018        Jan 9, It was reported that a South African tribal leader has agreed to a more transparent structure for a 175 million rand ($14 million) community trust funded by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), a move that aims to curb unrest around the firm's most profitable mine.
    (Reuters, 1/9/18)
2018        Jan 9, In Switzerland heavy snowfall has trapped some 13,000 tourists at Zermatt, one of the country's most popular ski stations.
    (AFP, 1/9/18)
2018        Jan 9, In Syria air strikes and artillery fire killed at least 15 civilians in the besieged rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus. Four people were reported killed by rebel bombardment on two neighborhoods in Damascus.
    (AP, 1/9/18)
2018        Jan 9, Venezuelan officials extended the ban on air and maritime ties with Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire, three nearby Dutch Caribbean islands, citing smuggling claims.
    (AP, 1/9/18)
2018        Jan 9, A boat carrying roughly 30 migrants left Venezuela for Curacao. Early the next day four bodies washed up on the shore of Curacao. Venezuelan authorities later confirmed 16 survivors from the shipwreck with ten people still missing.
    (AP, 1/12/18)

2018        Jan 10, US President Donald Trump told his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in he is open to talking with North Korea as the two leaders spoke by telephone.
    (Israel, 1/10/18)
2018        Jan 10, President Donald Trump lashed out at the federal court that temporarily blocked his administration from ending a program protecting nearly 800,000 young immigrants from deportation.
    (AP, 1/10/18)
2018        Jan 10, A new report by US Senate Democrats warned of deepening Russian interference throughout Europe and concludes that even as some Western democracies have responded with aggressive countermeasures, President Donald Trump has offered no strategic plan to bolster their efforts or safeguard the US from again falling victim to the Kremlin's systematic meddling.
    (AP, 1/10/18)
2018        Jan 10, US Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers targeted 7-Eleven convenience stores nationwide and arrested 21 individuals.
    (SFC, 1/11/18, p.D2)
2018        Jan 10, California's Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a $132 billion sate budget and said the state should create a public college entirely online to help millions of working adults gain the skills they need to work in the new economy and raise their pay.
    (SFC, 1/11/18, p.A1)
2018        Jan 10, In Florida Gabriella Green (12) killed herself in Panama City. Two 12-year-olds were later charged with cyberstalking in connection with Green's death.
    (SFC, 1/24/18, p.A6)
2018        Jan 10, Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitans acknowledged being unfaithful in his marriage but denied allegations that he blackmailed a woman to stay quiet, following a bombshell news report that overshadowed his annual report to the Legislature.
    (SFC, 1/12/18, p.A16)
2018        Jan 10, Vermont's state Senate gave final approval to a bill that would allow the recreational use of marijuana, putting he state on course to become the first US state to legalize pot by an act of the legislature rather than through a citizen referendum.
    (SFC, 1/11/18, p.A7)
2018        Jan 10, Bulgaria said it will join Poland in its appeal against a European Commission's decision to impose stricter limits on toxic pollutants coal-fired plants emit. Coal-fired power plants produce about 40 percent of Bulgaria's electricity.
    (Reuters, 1/10/18)
2018        Jan 10, Cambodian PM Hun Sen and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang were joined by leaders from Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar over development in the Mekong subregion. The leaders agreed in a joint statement to enhance connectivity between their countries to accelerate industrialization, urbanization, trade and financial integration. They also called for greater cooperation in managing and utilizing water resources.
    (AP, 1/10/18)
2018        Jan 10, Colombia's Marxist ELN rebels resumed attacks on oil installations and the armed forces, just hours after the expiration of a ceasefire with the government that had reduced the intensity of the conflict. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced that he had suspended peace talks with National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels in response to what he said were guerrilla attacks earlier today.
    (Reuters, 1/10/18)(AFP, 1/10/18)
2018        Jan 10, Rescue crews were forced to retreat from the stricken Sanchi, an Iranian oil tanker in the East China Sea, following an explosion on the ship as a fire raged for a fourth day after a dramatic collision.
    (Israel, 1/10/18)
2018        Jan 10, The new Czech minority government led by populist billionaire Andrej Babis agreed with a proposal to tax the compensation that the country's churches receive for property seized by the former Communist regime.
    (AP, 1/10/18)
2018        Jan 10, Ethiopian lawmakers approved a ban on foreign adoptions.
    (SFC, 1/11/18, p.A2)
2018        Jan 10, Germany's Central Council of Jews said new migrants to Germany must visit Nazi concentration camp memorials to help tackle a perceived rise in anti-Semitism, supporting a proposal by a Palestinian-German politician.
    (Reuters, 1/10/18)
2018        Jan 10, Iran's pro-reform Shargh newspaper and other dailies reported that Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani, the head of the judiciary, has ordered officials to "quickly" review cases and implement new regulations that will prevent thousands of convicted drug smugglers from being executed.
    (AP, 1/10/18)
2018        Jan 10, The Iranian naval destroyer Damavand crashed into a breakwater during a storm, killing two crew members. It sank in the Caspian Sea following the crash.
    (AP, 1/28/18)
2018        Jan 10, Israel approved more than 1,100 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, the latest in a raft of such moves by PM Benjamin Netanyahu's government. 352 homes received final approval, while the others were an earlier stage in the process.
    (AFP, 1/11/18)
2018        Jan 10, Myanmar's military said its soldiers had murdered 10 captured Muslim "terrorists" during insurgent attacks on September 2, after local Buddhist villagers had forced the captured men into a grave they had dug.
    (Reuters, 1/10/18)
2018        Jan 10, The Myanmar army chief's office confirmed that security forces took part in killing "Bengali terrorists" on September 2 in the village of Inn Din in Rakhine state, after local Buddhist villagers had forced the captured men into a grave they had dug. The next day Rohingya Muslims who fled the village said the victims were all civilians, not fighters as asserted by the army.
    (AFP, 1/11/18)(AFP, 1/10/18)
2018        Jan 10, In Pakistan a mob angered over the recent rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl attacked a police station and a nearby government building in eastern Punjab province, triggering clashes that left at least two people dead and several injured.
    (AP, 1/10/18)
2018        Jan 10, Poland's lawmakers approved a controversial electoral law that critics say will give the ruling party influence over the voting procedure and will allow more room for vote rigging. The bill still needs the approval of President Andrzej Duda.
    (AP, 1/11/18)
2018        Jan 10, Saudi press reported that Prince Abdullah bin Saud bin Mohammed, who purportedly made an audio recording criticizing the government, has been sacked as head of the kingdom's Maritime Sports Federation and replaced by a military officer. In the nearly six-minute-long audio that was posted online and published on Arabic media websites this week the prince said the government's publicly stated reasons for arresting 11 princes are "false" and "illogical". The 11 were arrested for staging a sit-in outside a palace and protesting a royal order to halt utility payments for royals.
    (AP, 1/10/18)
2018        Jan 10, Switzerland banned the common culinary practice of throwing fresh lobsters into boiling water as part of an overhaul of its animal protection rules, which take effect in March.
    (Reuters, 1/10/18)
2018        Jan 10, In Switzerland an 83-year-old man apparently shot and killed his wife in her hospital bed near Zurich early today, then killed himself.
    (AP, 1/10/18)
2018        Jan 10, Thailand police arrested Shigeharu Shirai (74) in a province north of Bangkok where he has been hiding for over 10 years to evade murder charges in Japan in connection with the death of a rival gang member. The fugitive was recognized when photos of his full-body tattoos were circulated online.
    (AP, 1/11/18)
2018        Jan 10, Tunisian police arrested 328 people and fired tear gas as protesters hurled rocks and burned tires during further nationwide demonstrations over price rises.
    (AP, 1/11/18)
2018        Jan 10, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said Syrian government forces and their allies have killed at least 85 civilians since Dec. 31 in stepped-up attacks against the besieged rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta.
    (AP, 1/10/18)
2018        Jan 10, The Vatican took over Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, a Peru-based Catholic movement, whose founder was accused of sexual and psychological abuse, just days before Pope Francis starts a trip to Chile and Peru where the sexual abuse scandal is expected to play out on the sidelines.
    (AP, 1/10/18)

2018        Jan 11, US Pres. Donald Trump questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa rather than places like Norway in rejecting a bipartisan immigration deal. The next day he denied using that language.
    (AP, 1/12/18)
2018        Jan 11, Alabama landed a coveted $1.6 billion joint venture plant by Japanese car giants Toyota and Mazda that will eventually employ 4,000 people.
    (AP, 1/11/18)
2018        Jan 11, California state utility regulators said the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant will close in 2025.
    (SFC, 1/12/18, p.A1)
2018        Jan 11, A US Federal Election Commission document was filed listing Chelsea Elizabeth Manning of North Bethesda, Maryland, as a Democratic candidate for US the Senate. Manning (30), who is transgender and was then known as Bradley Manning, was an army intelligence analyst sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 for leaking more than 700,000 classified documents related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    (AFP, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 11, Facebook said that it would prioritize what friends and family share and comment on while de-emphasizing content from publishers and brands.
    (SFC, 1/12/18, p.C1)
2018        Jan 11, Brazilian scientists said the cetacean morbillivirus is the main cause for the death of close to 200 gray dolphins since late November on the coast of Rio de Janeiro state.
    (AP, 1/11/18)
2018        Jan 11, Leading Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage suggested that Britain hold a second referendum on EU membership which he claims would silence those who are against leaving the bloc, but the proposed new vote is getting support from pro-EU politicians.
    (AFP, 1/11/18)
2018        Jan 11, Britain said it has denied a request by Ecuador to issue diplomatic status to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living in the country's London embassy since 2012.
    (AP, 1/11/18)
2018        Jan 11, Campaigners criticized British PM Theresa May's plan to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste within 25 years, calling it a "missed opportunity" that lacked the necessary urgency.
    (AFP, 1/11/18)
2018        Jan 11, Beijing's Beihang University released a statement on its official Weibo account, saying that an investigation found that Professor Chen Xiaowu had engaged in “sexual harassment behavior" that seriously violated the school's code of conduct as well as professional ethics.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yby3pvww)(SFC, 1/13/18, p.A2)
2018        Jan 11, Denmark and its autonomous Arctic island of Greenland signed an agreement to clean up US military installations that were left to rust in the pristine landscape after the Cold War.
    (AP, 1/11/18)
2018        Jan 11, Egypt's highest appeals court overturned the conviction on corruption charges of former President Hosni Mubarak's longtime security chief.
    (AP, 1/11/18)
2018        Jan 11, In France three thieves were arrested at the Paris Ritz Hotel following their theft of jewels. The suspects threw bags of goods to at least two accomplices outside who escaped in a car and scooter. All the merchandise, valued at $5.4 million, was recovered.
    (SFC, 1/12/18, p.A6)(SSFC, 1/14/18, p.A4)
2018        Jan 11, German authorities said they have arrested eight suspected members of an online pedophile network in what they describe as one of the most serious child sexual abuse cases they ever investigated. All the arrests occurred last fall.
    (AP, 1/11/18)
2018        Jan 11, A German federal court overturned the acquittal of seven men who posed as a self-styled "Sharia police" in Wuppertal, ordering a retrial on charges that they violated rules on wearing uniforms.
    (AP, 1/11/18)
2018        Jan 11, In Kuwait 14 imprisoned activists ended a hunger strike, saying they succeeded in exposing the government's support for anti-government protests in Iran while barring them at home.
    (AP, 1/11/18)
2018        Jan 11, A Luxembourg court overturned a verdict against a former accounting firm employee who leaked thousands of secret documents to a journalist investigating sweetheart tax deals the government granted to big foreign companies. The Court of Cassation ruled that Antoine Deltour should have been recognized as a whistleblower.
    (AP, 1/11/18)
2018        Jan 11, Macedonian lawmakers passed a law making Albanian the country's second official language, in a parliamentary vote boycotted by the main opposition party. It still required approval by the country's president before coming into effect.
    (AP, 1/11/18)
2018        Jan 11, Macedonia and Greece agreed to form working groups led by foreign ministers to hold talks on a solution to the 25-year dispute over the name of the ex-Yugoslav Republic.
    (Reuters, 1/12/18)
2018        Jan 11, In South Africa one person was killed and part of the Royal Bafokeng Platinum's (RBPlat) conveyor belt was burnt during overnight protests at one of its shafts in the country's North West Province.
    (Reuters, 1/11/18)
2018        Jan 11, South Korea's justice minister said that South Korea plans to ban crypto currency trading, but the presidential office said later that a ban is under review, though no policy changes have been made. Bitcoin slid 8 percent, to $13,698, according to Coindesk. Etherium, another popular digital currency, fell 2.1 percent, to $1,222.
    (AP, 1/11/18)
2018        Jan 11, In Syria rebels launched a counter attack against government forces and their allies in Idlib province, seeking to roll back an advance that is fuelling tension with neighboring Turkey.
    (Reuters, 1/11/18)
2018        Jan 11, Tunisian authorities, following a third night of unrest, said more than 600 people have been arrested this week as anger at austerity measures boiled over.
    (AFP, 1/11/18)
2018        Jan 11, Turkey's Constitutional Court ordered the release of journalists Mehmet Altan and Sahin Alpay, ruling their rights had been violated. The two, in prison for more than year, have been accused of links to terrorist groups and attempting to overthrow the government, charges they deny.
    (Reuters, 1/11/18)
2018        Jan 11, President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will not extradite any suspects to the United States if Washington does not hand over the cleric Ankara blames for orchestrating a failed 2016 military coup.
    (Reuters, 1/11/18)
2018        Jan 11, In eastern Ukraine almost two million people lost their mobile phone access after Vodafone, the last major provider in the devastated region, suffered a fiber optic line cut. The outage meant families living on different sides of the front have lost the ability to communicate.
    (AFP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 11, The United Nations refugee agency and Nigerian government officials said more than 15,000 Cameroonian refugees have fled to Nigeria amid a crackdown on Anglophone separatists.
    (Reuters, 1/11/18)

2018        Jan 12, The Wall Street Journal reported that Michael Cohen, Pres. Donald Trump's personal lawyer, had arranged a $130,000 payment in October 2016 to adult film star Stormy Daniels, aka Stephanie Clifford, to keep her from discussing an alleged sexual encounter dating back to 2006 during the 2016 presidential campaign.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yclhfnuy)(SFC, 2/1/18, p.A6)
2018        Jan 12, Algerian Berbers marked their New Year as a public holiday with feasts, dancing and horse parades, a first for the North Africa region where indigenous peoples have long suffered marginalization. On December 27 veteran President Abdelaziz Bouteflika had decreed that Yennayer would become an official holiday for the first time "to strengthen national unity".
    (AFP, 1/12/18)
2018        Jan 12,  An Argentine court freed former Vice President Amado Boudou from prison where he had been held since early November after being arrested on corruption charges. He remained under investigation for alleged money laundering and illicit association.
    (AP, 1/12/18)
2018        Jan 12, In Azerbaijan investigative journalist Afgan Mukhtarli was sentenced to six years in prison on charges of smuggling, illegal border crossing and violently resisting arrest. Human rights advocates called the charges trumped-up and demanded his immediate release.
    (AP, 1/12/18)
2018        Jan 12, Authorities in southern Brazil said two people have died amid heavy rains that have forced more than 1,700 to flee their homes. Two more people were missing after two days of downpour unleashed flooding and landslides.
    (AP, 1/12/18)
2018        Jan 12, British surgeon Simon Bramhall (53), who burned his initials into patients' livers during transplant operations, was fined 10,000 pounds ($13,600), and ordered to perform community service.
    (AP, 1/12/18)
2018        Jan 12, Bulgarian lawmakers voted to leave a contentious anti-corruption bill unchanged even after the President Rumen Radev refused to sign it into law. Under the constitution, Radev now has no choice but to approve the bill.
    (AFP, 1/12/18)
2018        Jan 12, In Chile three Catholic churches were firebombed in Santiago, days before the start of a visit to the country by Pope Francis.
    (AFP, 1/12/18)
2018        Jan 12, The Czech Rep. began two days of presidential elections. President Milos Zeman (73) sought another five-year term in the largely ceremonial post and was the favorite to win the election's first-round vote.
    (AP, 1/12/18)
2018        Jan 12, Congolese police fired teargas to disperse dozens of churchgoers who had gathered in the capital Kinshasa to mourn seven people killed in protests against President Joseph Kabila two weeks ago.
    (Reuters, 1/12/18)
2018        Jan 12, In the Czech Rep. three people died after a bus collided with a car near Prague.
    (AP, 1/13/18)
2018        Jan 12, In Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel and Social Democrat (SPD) reached a deal that paves the way for a coalition government, saying its provisional terms were good for Europe.
    (Reuters, 1/12/18)
2018        Jan 12, In Greece police fired tear gas in brief clashes with protesters and strikes halted ferries and disrupted public transport, as unions stepped up protests against a new austerity bill that will limit the right to strike and speed up property foreclosures.
    (AP, 1/12/18)
2018        Jan 12, Haitians reacted with outrage to reports that President Donald Trump used a vulgar remark to describe the country on the eve of the anniversary of the 2010 earthquake, one of the deadliest disasters in modern history.
    (AP, 1/12/18)
2018        Jan 12, In Honduras protests against the re-election of President Juan Orlando Hernandez turned violent with security forces firing tear gas and some marchers breaking windows and setting fires.
    (AP, 1/13/18)
2018        Jan 12, In Indonesia some 200 protesters organized by the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) marched in Jakarta to protest Facebook's blocking of accounts belonging to their group. The group has a long record of vandalizing nightspots, hurling stones at Western embassies and attacking rival religious groups.
    (AP, 1/12/18)
2018        Jan 12, Japan's PM Shinzo Abe arrive in Estonia kicking off a five-day European tour that will also take him to Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania — becoming the first-ever head of the Asian nation to visit these countries.
    (AP, 1/12/18)   
2018        Jan 12, Northern Iraq's Yazidi community, that suffered so terribly under Islamic State group persecution, celebrated as it inaugurated the temple at Bashiqa to the sound of traditional drums and flutes. This was one of 68 Yazidi temples destroyed by IS, and one of the last of 23 in the region to be restored.
    (AFP, 1/12/18)
2018        Jan 12, Nigeria's army said that militant leader Peregbakumo Oyawerikumo was killed in a gun battle after his gang members ambushed a military unit that was transporting him following his arrest a day earlier in Delta state.
    (SFC, 1/13/18, p.A2)
2018        Jan 12, Hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli soldiers in the Gaza Strip and occupied West Bank in what they said was a protest against US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    (Reuters, 1/12/18)
2018        Jan 12, Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello slammed the federal government's response to Hurricane Maria, saying residents of the island, who are U.S. citizens, are being treated like "second-class citizens."
    (AP, 1/12/18)
2018        Jan 12, The Russian military said it has eliminated a group of rebels that had attacked Russia's air base in Syria, and destroyed a rebel facility for assembling drones in Idlib.
    (AP, 1/12/18)
2018        Jan 12, Saudi women for the first time were allowed to enter a sports stadium to watch a soccer match between two local teams. They were segregated from the male-only crowd with designated seating in the so-called "family section".
    (AP, 1/12/18)
2018        Jan 12, The Spanish government dismissed outright the possibility of former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont ruling the region from self-imposed exile in Brussels, and said Madrid would contest any attempt to do so in the courts.
    (Reuters, 1/12/18)
2018        Jan 12, Tunisian authorities arrested another 150 people including local opposition leaders, bringing the total detained close to 800 in response to demonstrations this week against price and tax rises.
    (Reuters, 1/12/18)
2018        Jan 12, The Vatican said Chinese Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, who was removed from his diocese and held by authorities in detention for seven months, has been freed.
    (AP, 1/12/18)
2018        Jan 12, It was reported that two days of protests and looting in western Venezuela over food shortages have left at least three people dead and 16 more injured.
    (AP, 1/12/18)

2018        Jan 13, In Hawaii a false alarm about an incoming ballistic missile caused panic in the Pacific archipelago already on edge over fears of a North Korean attack. It took nearly 40 minutes for a corrected message to be issued.
    (AFP, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 13, In northern Albania a TNT explosion injured a building's owner as he was entering his vehicle and seven passers-by in Shkodra.
    (AP, 1/13/18)
2018        Jan 13, Foreign-based members of Cambodia's dissolved opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), launched a movement to demand the release of its detained leader and to call for free and fair elections and possibly protests.
    (Reuters, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 13, A Chinese salvage team recovered two bodies from the stricken Sanchi Iranian oil tanker, still blazing a week after it caught fire and was left adrift following a collision in the East China Sea. 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis remained missing.
    (Reuters, 1/13/18)
2018        Jan 13, Catholics in the Democratic Republic of Congo called for a fresh rally against "the dictatorship" as they step up pressure on President Joseph Kabila.
    (AFP, 1/13/18)
2018        Jan 13, In the Czech Rep. nearly complete results showed that incumbent east-looking Milos Zeman won the first round of the presidential election, but runner up Jiri Drahos may pose a strong challenge in the second round in two weeks.
    (Reuters, 1/13/18)
2018        Jan 13, In Egypt gunmen shot dead Bassem Attallah (35), a Christian man, in the turbulent north of the Sinai Peninsula, the latest attack to target members of the country's Christian minority.
    (AP, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 13, Left-wing German Social Democrats lobbied party members against joining Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives in a re-run of their 2013-2017 alliance, a week before delegates are asked to back a coalition blueprint.
    (Reuters, 1/13/18)
2018        Jan 13, In India a helicopter carrying employees of the state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Commission to an off-shore rig in the Arabian Sea crashed, killing five people and leaving another two missing.
    (AP, 1/13/18)
2018        Jan 13, In India a ferry boat carrying mostly teenage schoolchildren sank in the Arabian Sea off the western coast, killing three students.
    (AP, 1/13/18)
2018        Jan 13, In Iraq a suicide bombing in Baghdad targeting a police checkpoint killed eight and wounded at least 10 others.
    (AP, 1/13/18)
2018        Jan 13, The rival Koreas agreed that their talks next week will address a North Korean art troupe's visit to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, rather than the participation of the nation's athletes.
    (AP, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 13, Latvia's PM Maris Kucinskis met with Japan's PM Shinzo Abe. It was reported that Japan has entered into a pact with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to boost economic and political ties.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yc79za6p)
2018        Jan 13, Liberia's ruling Unity Party expelled the country's outgoing president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is accused by party leaders of meddling in last year's presidential elections in which its candidate suffered a bruising defeat.
    (Reuters, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 13, In western Mexico the remains of at least 30 people were found in three clustered graves in the municipality of Xalisco, Nayarit state.
    (AP, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 13, Mexican journalist Carlos Dominguez (77) was stabbed 21 times after being dragged from his car while waiting at a traffic light with his three grandchildren in Nuevo Laredo. In March prosecutors said six suspects have been arrested in the case.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y7luvohl)(SFC, 2/7/18, p.A4)(SFC, 3/29/18, p.A2)
2018        Jan 13, In Pakistan police in the port city of Karachi killed Naqeeb Ullah (27), claiming he was linked to Taliban insurgents. Ullah's relatives denied he was a Taliban member and demanded justice.
    (AP, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 13, Palestinian authorities said Gaza fisherman Abdullah Zidan (33) has died, a day after Egyptian naval forces shot him in Palestinian waters off Rafah.
    (AP, 1/13/18)
2018        Jan 13, Police in the Philippines said dozens of Chinese and Taiwanese nationals have been arrested on suspicion of extortion of money from people in China via a telecoms scam.
    (Reuters, 1/13/18)
2018        Jan 13, Fire ripped through a local community center in northern Portugal where dozens of people were watching a weekend football match, killing eight and injuring another 38.
    (AFP, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 13, Russia deployed a new division of S-400 surface-to-air missiles in Crimea, in an escalation of military tensions on the Crimean peninsula.
    (AP, 1/13/18)
2018        Jan 13, South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) celebrated its 106th anniversary and new leader Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to crack down on the corruption that has weakened the party.
    (SSFC, 1/14/18, p.A6)
2018        Jan 13, Members of a South African opposition party stormed into some H&M stores across the country to protest a promotional image of a black child wearing a sweatshirt with the words "Coolest monkey in the jungle." The Swedish clothing retailer has apologized after an outcry in other countries.
    (AP, 1/13/18)
2018        Jan 13, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi held talks with political parties, unions and employers to discuss means to overcome a week of unrest triggered by austerity measures.
    (AFP, 1/13/18)
2018        Jan 13, Turkey's Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will oust Kurdish militants from Afrin, northern Syria, as the military shelled the area from across the border.
    (AP, 1/13/18)
2018        Jan 13, In northern Turkey a plane with 168 people aboard skidded off a runway onto a seaside cliff after landing at the Trabzon airport late today, but no one was injured in what one passenger called a "miracle".
    (AFP, 1/14/18)

2018        Jan 14, The search for survivors of the deadly mudslides in parts of California's Santa Barbara County continued even as hopes dwindled to find anyone alive. The death toll rose to 20 with four people still missing.
    (Reuters, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 14, In southern California dozens of people were arrested at an El Cahon city park  for feeding homeless people.
    (SFC, 1/14/18, p.A6)
2018        Jan 14, In southern California 13 siblings, ages 2 to 29, were rescued in Riverside County from the home of David and Louise Turpin, who were arrested for child abuse, torture and other charges.
    (SFC, 1/25/18, p.A8)
2018        Jan 14, A federal judge in Detroit dismissed one of several charges against two doctors in connection with a female genital mutilation case. US District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled that Dr. Jumana Nagarwala and Dr. Fakhruddin Attar didn't commit conspiracy to transport a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
    (AP, 1/15/18)
2018        Jan 14, China's Education Ministry revoked the prestigious academic title of university Prof. Chen Xiaowu, accused of sexually harassing students, in a case that has sparked national media coverage and a nascent #MeToo movement in the country.
    (Reuters, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 14, Chinese state media said the Sanchi, an Iranian oil tanker, has sunk after burning for more than a week following a collision on Jan. 6 in the East China Sea, adding that a large amount of oil was burning in the surrounding waters.
    (Reuters, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 14, In Congo DRC suspected militia fighters killed four Congolese soldiers in a hit-and-run attack on a military post in Kananga, Kasai-Central province's capital.
    (Reuters, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 14, The head of French dairy company Lactalis said that a recall of baby milk products because of a salmonella scare has been extended to 83 countries.
    (AP, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 14, Germany's defense minister says her country is delivering millions of dollars' worth of equipment to Jordan's military to improve the kingdom's border surveillance.
    (AP, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 14, Hong Kong police arrested a South Korean man on suspicion of murder after his wife and seven-year-old son were found dead in a room at the five star Ritz-Carlton hotel.
    (Reuters, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 14, Iranian officials said that hundreds of people detained in recent weeks during anti-government protests have been released and acknowledged that at least 25 people were killed during the unrest. Iran lifted restrictions imposed during recent protests on the country's most popular social media app Telegram.
    (AP, 1/14/18)(AFP, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 14, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu arrived for his first visit to India to expand defense, trade and energy ties. During his six-day stay the two countries are expected to sign agreements on cybersecurity, energy and space cooperation and film production.
    (AP, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 14, The Israeli military destroyed an attack tunnel built by the Hamas militant group that stretched from the Gaza Strip, through Israel and into Egypt, and that ran past Israeli military posts as well as gas and fuel pipelines. This marked the third such tunnel Israel has destroyed over the past two months.
    (AP, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 14, In Lebanon a bomb blast wounded a member of the Palestinian group Hamas in the city of Sidon, destroying his car as he was about to get in. Hamas suggested Israel was behind the bombing.
    (Reuters, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 14, In Lithuania Japan's PM Shinzo Abe visited a memorial in Kaunas to Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, who saved 6,000 European Jews from the Holocaust by issuing visas from war-torn Lithuania, in defiance of Tokyo.
    (AFP, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 14, Norway's PM Erna Solberg said the Conservative-led government has agreed to include the small centrist Liberal Party in the cabinet, expanding it to three parties from two. The three parties together still hold only 80 seats in Norway's 169-seat assembly and need support from the Christian Democrats to pass legislation.
    (Reuters, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 14, In Pakistan the body of an abducted five-year-old girl was found in a field near the northwestern city of Mardan. Provincial police later said that an autopsy indicated sexual abuse.
    (AP, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 14, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sharply escalated his rhetoric, lashing out at the US, Israel, Britain and even other Arab leaders, whom he told to "go to hell" for criticizing him. He pronounced the peace process dead, and accused Israel of killing it.
    (AP, 1/15/18)
2018        Jan 14, In southwestern Peru a magnitude 7.3 earthquake caused at least two deaths and 65 injuries.
    (AFP, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 14, Mount Mayon, the Philippines' most active volcano, rumbled back to life with lava rising to its crater in a gentle eruption that has prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers.  Mayon's most destructive eruption was in February 1814, when lava buried a town and killed 1,200 people.
    (AP, 1/14/18)(Reuters, 1/15/18)
2018        Jan 14, Authorities in Senegal arrested 22 people following a massacre in the country's southern Casamance region where the suspects had been looking for firewood in the forest.
    (AP, 1/15/18)
2018        Jan 14, In Switzerland a team of experienced journalists launched Republic, a new online magazine, after reportedly collecting more than 7.7 million Swiss francs ($8 million) with the help of a crowdfunding campaign.
    (AFP, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 14, Syrian regime forces over the last 24 hours took at least 79 villages in the southern parts of Aleppo province, an area near the Abu Duhur military airport. Russia-backed regime troops aimed to reach the Abu Duhur base as part of a weeks-long assault against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), dominated by Al-Qaeda's former Syria affiliate.
    (AP, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 14, The US-led coalition in Syria said is working with its Syrian militia allies to set up a new border force of 30,000 personnel, a move that has added to Turkish anger over US support for Kurdish-dominated forces in Syria.
    (Reuters, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 14, Tunisians marked seven years since the uprising that launched the Arab Spring, with fresh protests after days of unrest over persisting poverty and unemployment.
    (AFP, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 14, Turkey's Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the country will launch a military assault on a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria "in the coming days" and urged the US to support its efforts.
    (AP, 1/14/18)
2018        Jan 14, Pope Francis called or hospitality towards migrants, calling it a "sin" to give in to fear of the other as he marked the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.
    (AFP, 1/14/18)

2018        Jan 15, Edwin Hawkins (b.1943), pianist, choir leader and composer, died at his home in Pleasanton, Ca. In 1968 his Northern California Youth Choir recorded “Oh Happy Day," a gospel tune that sold 7 million copies in 1969 and earned him a Grammy.
    (SFC, 1/14/18, p.A7)
2018        Jan 15, Carillion, which has a variety of private and public service contracts in Britain and employs 43,000 staff worldwide, announced its immediate liquidation after the heavily-indebted company failed to secure a last-ditch financial rescue from the government and banks. The British government issued a line of credit to Carillion's receivers that enabled them to operate the company's public sector contracts.
    (AFP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 15, The Cranberries lead Irish singer Dolores O'Riordan (b.1971) was found dead at a London hotel.
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 15, Ethiopia's Attorney General Getachew Ambaye told journalists that 528 people had so far been selected for clemency, including Merera Gudina - leader of the opposition group Oromo Federalist Congress who was arrested in late 2015. Ambaye said all 528 will be released within two months.
    (AP, 1/15/18)
2018        Jan 15, French President Emmanuel Macron ordered an overhaul of the country's overcrowded penitentiary system, as prison staff burned tires and set barricades in protests over violent working conditions.
    (AP, 1/15/18)
2018        Jan 15, French magistrates dismissed a case brought against a group of French soldiers accused of sexually abusing children while on deployment in the Central African Republic in 2013-2014.
    (Reuters, 1/15/18)
2018        Jan 15, Ghana's police arrested three men after they were found with explosives. A local newspaper, the Daily Graphic, said the suspects are Malian and Libyan citizens.
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 15, Greek labor unions went on strike to protest further creditor-demanded austerity measures due to be voted on in Parliament. Strikes shut down all public transport in Athens.
    (AP, 1/15/18)
2018        Jan 15, In Indonesia the mezzanine floor inside the Jakarta Stock Exchange tower collapsed, injuring nearly 80 people and forcing a chaotic evacuation.
    (AP, 1/15/18)
2018        Jan 15, In Indonesia a Bornean orangutan, a critically endangered species, was been found stabbed to death in Central Kalimantan province. The World Wildlife Fund estimates there are 104,700 Bornean orangutans left in the world. A necropsy carried out by police and the Center for Orangutan Protection found 17 air rifle bullets in the male orangutan corpse. It had died three days earlier from air rifle wounds before it was decapitated.
    (Reuters, 1/16/18)(Reuters, 1/20/18)
2018        Jan 15, In Iraq a twin suicide bombing killed at least 31 people in Baghdad in the second such attack in three days. PM Haider al-Abadi called for the elimination of jihadist "sleeper cells".
    (AP, 1/15/18)
2018        Jan 15, It was reported that Japan's Softbank is investing 460 million euros ($558 million) in German used car trading platform AUTO1. The Berlin-based company was launched in 2012 and operates in over 30 countries, selling more than 40,000 cars a month on its associated sites.
    (AP, 1/15/18)
2018        Jan 15, Police in Jordan shut down a large factory making an illegal amphetamine-based drug said to be popular in the Middle East, including among Syrian militants.
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 15, In Kashmir four Pakistani soldiers were reported killed in shelling by Indian forces in the disputed region. Pakistan said its forces responded, killing three Indian soldiers and wounding several others. India's military said that Pakistani forces fired first and no casualties were recorded on the Indian side. India said its forces killed five members of a pro-Pakistan militant group trying to slip into Indian Kashmir.
    (Reuters, 1/15/18)
2018        Jan 15, Kenyan police arrested Roman Catholic priest in Muranga County for allegedly engaging sexual relations with a man (18).
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 15, The two Koreas met for the second time in a week as they try to hammer out details for the North's participation in next month's Games. The two sides agreed that North Korea's delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea will include a 140-member art troupe, while discussions continued over fielding a joint women's hockey team.
    (AP, 1/15/18)
2018        Jan 15, In Libya heavy clashes broke out in the capital Tripoli, leaving at least 20 people dead and shutting the airport, where several planes were damaged, during what the government said was an attempt to spring militants from a nearby prison.
    (Reuters, 1/15/18)(AFP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 15, Macedonia's parliament ratified a landmark friendship pact with Balkan neighbor Bulgaria designed to dampen a historic rivalry in a region beset by old ethnic and territorial disputes.
    (AP, 1/15/18)
2018        Jan 15, In Nigeria a video released by Boko Haram Islamic extremists purportedly showed some of the young women kidnapped from a school nearly four years ago who vow never to return home.
    (AP, 1/15/18)
2018        Jan 15, Nigeria's army released 244 Boko Haram suspects who have denounced their membership in the deadly extremist group. The public release at the Maiduguri military barracks was done to mark Nigeria's Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 15, In Pakistan militants opened fire on a paramilitary convoy in the country's southwest, killing at least six troops and wounding four others.
    (AP, 1/15/18)
2018        Jan 15, In Pakistan a delegation approved by the Taliban's supreme leader visited the Islamabad this week for exploratory talks on restarting peace negotiations to end Afghanistan's 16-year war.
    (Reuters, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 15, The Philippine securities commission revoked the registration of Rappler, an online news outfit known for its critical reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte, a move media watchdogs said is an act to muzzle the free press.
    (AP, 1/15/18)
2018        Jan 15, Romania's Premier Mihai Tudose, who took office in June 2017, quit late today after the left-wing Social Democratic Party withdrew its support for him amid a power struggle with powerful party chairman Liviu Dragnea.
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 15, Spanish officials found the bodies of seven migrants, believed to be from sub-Saharan African countries, close to the Canary Islands.
    (AP, 1/15/18)
2018        Jan 15, Sri Lanka reimposed a decades-old law banning the selling of alcohol to women and preventing women from working in liquor stores, just days after it was lifted.
    (Reuters, 1/15/18)
2018        Jan 15, Sri Lanka destroyed $108 million worth of cocaine in public, seized by authorities in the port of Colombo. The largest cocaine haul in Asia was found in a container of timber on a Colombian ship bound for India in December 2016, and represented part of more than 1,700 kg of drugs seized in the past three years.
    (Reuters, 1/15/18)
2018        Jan 15, It was reported that the US-led coalition, that has been fighting Islamic State in Syria since 2014, is building a new 30,000-strong border force with its Syrian militia allies in the north. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said the US was trying to create a "terror army" and pledged to crush the new force before it came into existence.
    (Reuters, 1/15/18)
2018        Jan 15, Turkey announced the route for a planned canal that would reduce shipping traffic on the busy Bosphorus Strait and transform the European half of Istanbul into an island.
    (Reuters, 1/15/18)
2018        Jan 15, Venezuelan officials exchanged fire with fugitive police officer Oscar Perez, who led a high-profile attack in Caracas last year from a stolen helicopter. Perez was among seven who died fighting against police and soldiers in a small mountain community outside Caracas.
    (AP, 1/15/18)(SFC, 1/17/18, p.A3)
2018        Jan 15, A court in Vietnam upheld a five-year prison sentence for Nguyen Van Oai (36), a dissident convicted of anti-state activities who violated the terms of his probation, the latest ruling in a series against activists.
    (Reuters, 1/15/18)
2018        Jan 15, Yemen's Houthi rebels released Hisham al-Omeisy, a prominent activist nearly six months after detaining him. Al-Omeisy has used social media to document the conflict and its toll on civilians.
    (AP, 1/15/18)

2018        Jan 16, The United States and Canada co-hosted the day-long meeting in Vancouver to discuss ways to increase pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Twenty nations agreed to consider tougher sanctions to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Pyongyang it could trigger a military response if it did not choose negotiations. China was not invited to the 20-nation conclave in Vancouver.
    (Reuters, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 16, In New Jersey Phil Murphy (60), a former Wall Street executive and Obama administration diplomat, was sworn in as governor.
    (SFC, 1/17/18, p.A4)
2018        Jan 16, In Utah the Mormon church appointed Russell Nelson (93), a former heart surgeon, as its new president.
    (SFC, 1/17/18, p.A4)
2018        Jan 16, Citigroup reported an $18.3 billion loss in the fourth quarter — effectively wiping out the company's full-year 2017 profit — as the financial conglomerate had to take more than $20 billion in accounting write-downs related to the new tax law.
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, Broadway and film actor Bradford Dillman (b.1930) died in Santa Barbara, Ca. He played Edmund Tyrone in the original Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's “Long Day's Journey into Night" (1956) and starred with Orson Welles in the film “Compulsion" (1959).
    (SFC, 1/31/18, p.D5)
2018        Jan 16, Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to complete within two years the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who had fled an army crackdown last year in Myanmar.
    (Reuters, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, The World Health Organization announced that it now considers all of Brazil's Sao Paulo state at risk for yellow fever, recommending that all international visitors to the state be vaccinated.
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, Britain's business secretary called for a fast-tracked investigation into the collapse of construction giant and state contractor Carillion, expanding the remit of the probe to include the behavior of executives both past and present.
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, BP said it would take a new charge over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill after again raising estimates for outstanding claims, lifting total costs to around $65 billion.
    (Reuters, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, The new US embassy in London opened with little fanfare after US President Donald Trump refused to attend the inauguration because of its price tag and less-than-central location.
    (AFP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, In Chile Pope Francis expressed "pain and shame" over a sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in Chile, seeking forgiveness for a crisis that has scarred its credibility and left many faithful skeptical of reform.
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, The leaders of Cyprus, Greece and Jordan pledged a new partnership with tighter cooperation on fighting terrorism, and rallied international support for countries hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the war in Syria.
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, Czech PM Andrej Babis's minority government lost a confidence vote, forcing him to try to build a coalition with opposition parties as he battles allegations of subsidy fraud.
    (Reuters, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, The European Union's legislature called for a ban on electric pulse fishing, seen by some as a cruel way to kill fish. It was unclear whether such a ban can be enacted because member states also need to approve it.
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, French President Emmanuel Macron promised to stem the flow of migrants through the port of Calais, saying there would be no return to the "jungle" migrant camp, and said he understood the region's concerns about the threat from Brexit.
    (Reuters, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, In northern France a person was crushed to death by a Eurostar train. Train traffic between London and Paris was halted after the apparent suicide.
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, In eastern Guinea a Saudi Arabian Islamic preacher was killed after proselytizing to hunting communities in a remote region near the Mali border.
    (Reuters, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 16, In northern Kosovo leading Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic (64) was gunned down, an attack that raised ethnic tensions in the Balkans and prompted the suspension of EU-mediated talks between Kosovo and Serbia. The assailants escaped in a car that was later found burned out.
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf rejected her expulsion from the governing party as illegal, saying she will appeal the decision.
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, Myanmar police opened fire at hundreds of protesters angry about a ban on a local festival in Rakhine state, killing seven people.
    (AP, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 16, In Nigeria kidnappers abducted one American and one Canadian in the northern state of Kaduna, killing two police officers.
    (Reuters, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 16, Philippine lower house lawmakers voted to convene the chamber as a constitutional assembly, looking to amend the 30-year-old charter and shift to a system of federal government, allowing the president up to two terms in office.
    (Reuters, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, The central Philippine Albay province declared a state of calamity as the Mount Mayon volcano spewed lava that reached the limits of a six-km radius no-go zone and spread ash on nearby farming villages.
    (Reuters, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, Romania's Pres. Klaus Iohannis appointed Defense Minister Mihai Fifor as interim prime minister after Premier Mihai Tudose unexpectedly resigned. Romania's ruling Social Democrat party (PSD) chose to nominate European MP Viorica Dancila (54) as the new PM in a unanimous vote. Japan's PM Shinzo Abe arrived in Romania at the end a six-country European tour and met for talks with Pres. Klaus Iohannis.
    (AP, 1/16/18)(Reuters, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, South African prosecutors said they are seeking $130 million from global consultancy McKinsey and a local firm linked to a graft scandal that has engulfed President Jacob Zuma.
    (AFP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, South Sudan government and opposition forces have committed multiple violations since the cease-fire began on Dec. 24, according to four separate investigations released by the Cease-fire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism, an independent body.
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, In Sudan anti-riot police fired tear gas and beat protesters with batons as hundreds of people demonstrated against soaring bread prices near a presidential palace in Khartoum.
    (AFP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, In Ukraine several hundred people rallied outside the Supreme Rada in Kiev to protest a new law governing the areas in the country's east under separatist control. they criticized the new law as being too lenient on separatist leaders.
    (AP, 1/16/18)

2018        Jan 17, The US Border Patrol arrested Arizona State Univ. faculty associate Scott Warren (35), a volunteer with aid group No More Deaths on charges of felony alien smuggling. Immigrant advocates later said the charge was in retaliation for a report and videos by the aid group alleging Border patrol agents destroyed supplies left for migrants.
    (SFC, 1/29/18, p.A10)
2018        Jan 17, Chen Xiaoping, a New York-based editor at Chinese-language Mirror Media Group, told The Associated Press that a new video that surfaced this week of his wife denouncing his work was filmed under duress and proves that she is being held by the government in an effort to pressure him.
    (AP, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 17, Central Indiana health network Hancock Health said it has paid $55,000 ransom to hackers to regain access to hospital computer systems.
    (SFC, 1/18/18, p.A5)
2018        Jan 17, In Michigan Desmond Ricks, a Detroit man who served 25 years in prison for murder before proving he was the victim of police misconduct, was awarded $1 million under a state program that compensates the wrongly convicted.
    (SFC, 1/18/18, p.A5)
2018        Jan 17, In New Mexico Roy Bennett and his wife, who pushed for political change in Zimbabwe, died in a fiery helicopter crash in a remote area of the state along with an adventurous Texas investor and a pair of decorated pilots.
    (AP, 1/19/18)(SFC, 1/20/18, p.A3)
2018        Jan 17, Authorities in Chile investigated yet another burning of a Roman Catholic Church as Pope Francis visited the nation. Pope Francis urged the indigenous Mapuche people to shun violence, saying unity was the best weapon against "the deforestation of hope," as they struggle to defend their culture and reclaim ancestral lands.
    (AP, 1/17/18)(Reuters, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 17, The cabinet of Czech PM Andrej Babis resigned, a day after losing a confidence vote on the billionaire politician's first attempt to form a government while battling fraud allegations. The government will stay in office until a new cabinet is put in place, which could take months.
    (Reuters, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 17, Ethiopia's top opposition figure and hundreds of others were released from prison as part of the government's recent pledge to free detained politicians and "widen the democratic space for all" after the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century.
    (AP, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 17, The European Union shelved a 3.6 billion shilling ($35 million) water conservation assistance scheme to Kenya one day after forest guards killed a member of a community indigenous to one of the forests involved in the project. The bloc had told the government it would reconsider financial support if the use of force against innocent locals persisted.
    (Reuters, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 17,  The French government abandoned plans for a new 580 million euro ($710 million) airport in western France in favor of expanding an existing airport in Nantes, a sensitive decision that past governments had shirked for decades.
    (Reuters, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 17, Air France-KLM canceled 228 European flights to and from Amsterdam's Schiphol airport planned for Jan. 18, as a storm is expected to disrupt traffic at the Dutch national airport.
    (Reuters, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 17, Germany and Poland said they would consider setting up a commission to explore Polish calls for reparations for German actions during World War Two.
    (Reuters, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 17, In eastern Guinea a young local man stabbed the chief of the traditional hunters in the village of Kantedou Balandou. Authorities said this was likely a revenge killing in response to the shooting death of a Saudi preacher a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 17, A Hong Kong court sentenced democracy activist Joshua Wong (21) to three months in prison for contempt, his second prison term stemming from his role in the 2014 "Umbrella Movement" protests.
    (AP, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 17, The rival Koreas agreed to form their first unified Olympic team and have their athletes parade together for the first time in 11 years during the opening ceremony of next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea.
    (AP, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 17, A copy of Lithuania's 1918 Independence Act found in German archives was returned to the Baltic country, but only on loan, to be returned in 2023.
    (AP, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 17, It was reported that the Dutch government has told the highest representative of Eritrea in the Netherlands to leave the country as the government saw mounting evidence of Eritrea continuing to force tax payments from people who fled the country.
    (AP, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 17, In Niger suspected Boko Haram fighters killed at least four soldiers and a civilian in an attack on a military post in the southeastern Diffa region.
    (Reuters,  1/18/18)
2018        Jan 17, In northern Nigeria a double suicide bombing at a market in Maiduguri killed at least 12 people and wounded 45 others.
    (SFC, 1/18/18, p.A2)
2018        Jan 17, In Nigeria two Americans and two Canadians were ambushed by unknown gunmen while traveling from the town of Kafanchan in Kaduna state to the capital, Abuja. The four were freed on January 19.
    (Reuters, 1/20/18)
2018        Jan 17, In Russia masked attackers torched the office of the prominent Russian rights group Memorial in the region of Ingushetia, the latest escalation of tensions between the activists and officials in the North Caucasus.
    (AP, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 17, Saudi Arabia's King Salman ordered the transfer of $2 billion to Yemen, a day after Yemen's Saudi-backed prime minister made an urgent appeal on the kingdom and its allies to save the local currency from complete collapse.
    (AP, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 17, Serbian police reported the arrest of three Australian citizens suspected of being part of an international drug-smuggling group. The men were linked to the discovery of 1,280 kg (2,822 pounds) of cocaine that was seized last April on a Chinese boat docked in Sydney, Australia.
    (AP, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 17, Police in Slovenia found 20 migrants from Pakistan in a van that crashed after entering the country illegally from Croatia on a quest to reach Western Europe.
    (AP, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 17, In Spain the new parliament of Catalonia elected a pro-secession speaker, virtually guaranteeing that the push for independence for Spain's northeastern region will continue as its lawmakers prepare to elect a new government.
    (AP, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 17, Syria's dominant Kurdish party called on the UN Security Council to act quickly to ensure the safety of Kurdish-controlled territories in the country's north, including an enclave that Turkey has threatened to attack.
    (AP, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 17, A Turkish Air Force cargo plane crashed in southwest Turkey during a training flight, killing two pilots and a technician on board.
    (AP, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 17, It was reported that a wave of looting by hungry mobs across Venezuela has left streets of shuttered shops in provincial towns and pushed some store owners to arm themselves with guns and machetes, stirring fear that the turmoil could spread to the capital Caracas.
    (AP, 1/17/18)

2018        Jan 18, US safety regulators released models from 14 different automakers that are being recalled to replace potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators.
    (AP,  1/18/18)
2018        Jan 18, Allan 'Gut' Terk (78), psychedelic artist and one of Ken Kesey's Marry Pranksters of the 1960s, died in Nevada.
    (SFC, 2/15/18, p.D3)
2018        Jan 18, Texas carried out the nation's first execution this year. Anthony Allen Shore (55), known as Houston's “Tourniquet Killer" was executed for the 1992 killing of a woman (21), one of four female victims.
    (SFC, 1/19/18, p.A6)
2018        Jan 18, A pair of Australian swimmers became the first people to be rescued in the ocean by a drone when the aerial lifesaver dropped a safety device to distressed teens caught in rough seas.
    (AFP,  1/18/18)
2018        Jan 18, In Brazil a baby was killed and 17 people were injured when a motorist drove into a crowded boardwalk along Copacabana beach. The driver said he had not been drinking but lost control of his car. He also said that he has epilepsy.
    (AP, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 18, The leaders of Britain and France met against a military backdrop British PM Theresa May offered France 44.5 million pounds ($62 million) to bolster security at French border controls.
    (AP,  1/18/18)(Reuters,  1/18/18)
2018        Jan 18, Noel Conway (68), a terminally ill British man, was granted permission to challenge the country's law on assisted dying, after an earlier decision that rejected his case.
    (AP,  1/18/18)
2018        Jan 18, Longtime British television and stage star Peter Wyngarde (90), best known for his role as the detective Jason King in the 1970s, died in London.
    (AP,  1/18/18)
2018        Jan 18, Canadian police arrested Bruce McArthur, a suspected serial killer. The remains of at least six men were later reported found in planters at a property that McArthur used as storage for his landscaping business. Toronto police believed there were more victims. On March 5 Toronto police said they have found a seventh set of remains related to the investigation into alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur.
    (SFC, 2/24/18, p.A2)(AP, 3/5/18)
2018        Jan 18, The Dubai-based Emirates said it struck a deal with Airbus to buy 20 of its A380 double-decker jets, with the option to buy 16 more, in a deal worth $16 billion.
    (AP,  1/18/18)
2018        Jan 18, European Commission diplomats voted to relocate the Galileo Security Monitoring Center's backup site from Swanwick, England, to Spain because of Brexit. Galileo is Europe's answer to the US Global Positioning System, or GPS, which has long been the mainstay of satellite navigation devices in cars, planes and mobile phones.
    (AP, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 18, The Council of Europe's anti-corruption body called on Romania to do more to prevent and combat high-level corruption.
    (AP,  1/18/18)
2018        Jan 18, German railway operator Deutsche Bahn suspended all long-distance rail service across Germany due to a powerful storm blowing across Germany and the Netherlands.
    (Reuters,  1/18/18)
2018        Jan 18, India's Supreme Court cleared the way for the release of the film "Padmaavat," a controversial Bollywood movie based on an epic poem about a 14th-century queen, a day after its producers went to court to fight bans by several states.
    (Reuters,  1/18/18)
2018        Jan 18, India successfully test-fired a long-range nuclear-capable missile from an island in the Bay of Bengal.
    (AP,  1/18/18)
2018        Jan 18, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian gunman and captured another in a clash in Jenin in the occupied West Bank, saying they were part of an Islamist Hamas cell responsible for an ambush in which a Jewish settler was shot dead.
    (Reuters,  1/18/18)
2018        Jan 18, Iraq signed a contract with British energy giant BP aimed at more than doubling production from oil fields in the northern province of Kirkuk that were retaken from the Kurds last year.
    (AFP,  1/18/18)
2018        Jan 18, Italy ordered the arrest of 33 people on suspicion of running a Chinese mafia group involved in gambling, prostitution, and drugs and which dominated the transport of Chinese goods across Europe.
    (Reuters,  1/18/18)
2018        Jan 18, A bus fire in northwestern Kazakhstan killed 52 Uzbek citizens on a route used by migrant workers heading to Russia. Only five people managed to escape the burning vehicle.
    (Reuters, 1/18/18)
2018        Jan 18, Researchers said Lebanon's intelligence service may have turned the smartphones of thousands of targeted individuals into cyber-spying machines, in one of the first known examples of large-scale state hacking of phones rather than computers.
    (Reuters,  1/18/18)
2018        Jan 18, In Libya two brothers were killed by a mine as they returned to their home in the center of Benghazi. Mines planted during more than three years of war in Benghazi were taking a high toll on under-equipped deminers and residents trying to return to districts where protracted battles took place.
    (Reuters, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 18, In Lithuania the commercial television station TV3 was reportedly hacked late today and shortly after that a fake news story appeared on the channel's website accusing Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis of sexually harassing a local radio journalist. The IP address of the hacker was traced to St. Petersburg, Russia.
    (AP, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 18, In Mexico a train derailed in Ecatepec, a densely populated Mexico City suburb, killing at least five people.
    (Reuters,  1/18/18)
2018        Jan 18, In the Netherlands at least 260 flights were scrapped and falling roof tiles led to the closure of airport terminals as powerful winds toppled trees and blew trucks off the road. Three people were killed in the Netherlands, three in Germany and one person in Belgium.
    (Reuters,  1/18/18)(AFP,  1/18/18)(SFC, 1/19/18, p.A5)
2018        Jan 18, In Nigeria five oil workers from local firm Sahara Energy were kidnapped in the southern Niger Delta region.
    (Reuters, 1/20/18)
2018        Jan 18, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said that police were raiding his campaign headquarters in Saint Petersburg as he pressed ahead with a call for a boycott of presidential polls.
    (AFP,  1/18/18)
2018        Jan 18, Senegal President Macky Sall suspended all authorizations for logging and ordered an overhaul of forestry laws after a massacre connected to the illegal trade in timber.
    (AFP,  1/18/18)
2018        Jan 18, The South African city of Cape Town announced new water restrictions to combat drought, saying it was looking more likely that it will have to turn off most taps on "Day Zero," or April 21.
    (AP,  1/18/18)
2018        Jan 18, In northern Syria mortar fire on the town of Azaz, held by Turkish-backed rebels, wounded at least 14 people in a psychiatric hospital. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor of the war, said the mortar rounds were fired by the Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed alliance dominated by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). The fire came after Ankara bombarded the adjacent Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin for five straight days ahead of a threatened invasion.
    (AFP, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 18, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni said he will sign the death warrants of "a few" prisoners to create fear among criminals in the East African country.
    (AP,  1/18/18)
2018        Jan 18, Ukraine's parliament passed a bill to reintegrate the country's eastern territories that are currently controlled by Russia-backed separatists, even supporting taking them back by military force if necessary.
    (AP,  1/18/18)
2018        Jan 18, The United Nations refugee agency said intensified hostilities in Yemen have forced more than 32,000 people to flee their homes in the past two months. Unidentified gunmen abducted an employee at the UN migration agency in Sanaa.
    (AFP, 1/19/18)(AP, 1/20/18)

2018        Jan 19, The US House and Senate failed to break a deadlock over a fourth stopgap spending bill since the fiscal year ran out last fall.
    (SFC, 1/20/18, p.A1)
2018        Jan 19, The Trump administration's Dept. of Health and Human Services spelled out plans to protect medical providers who refuse to perform procedures such as abortions because of moral or religious scruples.
    (SFC, 1/20/18, p.A6)
2018        Jan 19, In Kentucky an explosion rocked a tugboat while it was docked for repairs killing three people and injuring several others outside Calvert City.
    (SSFC, 1/21/18, p.A8)
2018        Jan 19, American film and TV actress Dorothy Malone (b.1925) died in Dallas. She achieved her widest popularity on the TV series “Peyton Place" (1964-1969). Her work in films included “The Big Sleep" (1946) “Written on the Wind" (1956), “Man of a Thousand Faces" (1957), “Too Much Too Soon" (1958), “The Last Sunset" (1961) and “Basic Instinct" (1992).
    (SFC, 1/20/18, p.A7)
2018        Jan 19, It was reported that Rohingya leaders in a Bangladesh refugee camp have drawn up a list of demands they want Myanmar to meet before authorities begin sending back hundreds of thousands in a repatriation process expected to begin next week and last for two years.
    (AP, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 19, Chinese officials said the sunken Iranian oil tanker Sanchi may be leaking heavy bunker fuel as well as light oil off the east coast of China and the best remedy was to recover the vessel.
    (Reuters, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 19, In China Yu Wensheng, a human rights lawyer, was waiting in his car to take his 13 year-old son to school when more than a dozen police officers came and took him into custody.
    (AP, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 19, Czech lawmakers agreed to lift the immunity from prosecution for PM Andrej Babis over alleged fraud involving EU subsidies. The vote allowed police to complete their investigation into Babis' possible involvement in the $2 million fraud.
    (AP, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 19, French President Emmanuel Macron said he will boost defense spending in the coming years to guarantee his country's domestic security and maintain French military engagement abroad, as he repeated his wishes for an increased European military cooperation.
    (AP, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 19, French riot police clashed with striking prison guards who accused the government of doing little to counter spiraling violence and Islamist activism inside the country's overcrowded jails. The scuffles outside Fleury Merogis prison, one of Europe's largest with 3,800 inmates, coincided with news from Borgo prison in Corsica that two security guards were attacked and injured by inmates.
    (Reuters, 1/19/18)(AP, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 19, In France five of six unions at Peugeot maker PSA Group agreed to 1,300 job cuts made possible by new French labor rules imposed by Pres. Emmanuel Macron.
    (AP, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 19, In Germany a man identified only as Philipp K. (33), who sold the pistol used by a teenager in a deadly 2016 shooting rampage in Munich, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and other offenses and was sentenced to seven years in prison.
    (AP, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 19, India's environment ministry placed restrictions on the use of imported petroleum coke in the capital Delhi and its surrounding region, in the latest effort to curb rising air pollution.
    (Reuters, 1/20/18)
2018        Jan 19, In India nearly five thousand troops battled for hours a huge fire emanating from the highly polluted Bellandur Lake., causing panic among thousands of people in the southern city of Bangalore.
    (AP, 1/20/18)
2018        Jan 19, Authorities in Jamaica declared a state of emergency in areas including the popular tourist town of Montego Bay amid a rise in violent crime.
    (AP, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 19, In Kashmir tensions soared along the volatile frontier between India and Pakistan, as rival troops shelled villages and border posts for a third day. Officials in the two countries said 3 civilians and 2 soldiers were killed on both sides in the latest clash.
    (AP, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 19, The Lebanese Army said nine Syrians have frozen to death crossing into Lebanon after an icy storm hit a smuggling route in the mountains near a border post with Syria.
    (Reuters, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 19, In Malawi a dry spell and worsening pest infestation are threatening Malawi's staple maize crop, prompted President Peter Mutharika to call on government officials to lead prayers for rain.
    (Reuters, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 19, A Myanmar military tribunal sentenced six soldiers to 10 years in prison with hard labor for killing three civilians last September in war-torn Kachin state.
    (AP, 1/20/18)
2018        Jan 19, Pakistan's army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, confirmed death sentences by military court rulings for 10 militants over their involvement in a series of attacks against security forces. The men were reportedly involved in the killing of 41 people.
    (AP, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 19, Pakistani authorities closed down the offices of Radio Mashaal, a US government funded radio station, saying that it portrayed the country as a “hub of terrorism" and “a failed state."
    (SFC, 1/20/18, p.A2)
2018        Jan 19, In Pakistan four men in eastern Punjab province reportedly dragged a polio campaign worker into a room, stripped her lower dress off, took pictures of her and attempted to rape her but her screaming attracted others and the suspects got away.
    (AP, 1/20/18)
2018        Jan 19, A Palestinian family killed, one of its members, Ahmed Barhoum, after Gaza's Hamas rulers said he aided Israel in killing three of the militant group's commanders.
    (AP, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 19, In Peru Pope Francis visited the jungle region of Madre de Dios (Mother of God), a region where wildcat gold mining has flourished into a black market trade estimated to be worth billions of dollars a year along with environmental devastation.
    (Reuters, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 19, The Philippines suspended sending workers to Kuwait, a day after President Rodrigo Duterte said abuse by employers there had driven several domestic helpers to suicide.
    (Reuters, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 19, In the Philippines two Indonesian fishermen, identified as La Utu bin Raali and La Hadi bi La Adi, from the Wakatobi islands in Southeast Sulawesi province, were freed in the southern province of Sulu. They were kidnapped November 5, 2016, from different fishing boats in waters off Sabah, Malaysia.
    (AP, 1/20/18)
2018        Jan 19, Somali and US commandos stormed a camp for al-Shabab extremist fighters in an overnight raid, killing at least 4 of the fighters and rescuing child conscripts.
    (AP, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 19, Thailand police arrested Boonchai Bach, a 40-year-old Thai of Vietnamese descent, in the northeastern border province of Nakhon Phanom in connection with the with smuggling of 14 rhino horns worth over $1 million from Africa into Thailand last month. He had allegedly fueled much of Asia's illegal trade for over a decade.
    (AP, 1/20/18)
2018        Jan 19, Turkish artillery fired into Syria's Afrin region in what Ankara said was the start of a military campaign against the Kurdish-controlled area. Turkish newspapers said 20 buses carrying Free Syrian Army rebels crossed from Turkey into a Turkish-controlled part of northern Syria, on Afrin's eastern flank.
    (Reuters, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 19, The United Nations said about half the 2.6 million people displaced in Iraq after a three-year war with Islamic State militants are children and persisting violence hampers efforts to ease their suffering.
    (Reuters, 1/19/18)

2018        Jan 20, Parts of the US federal government shut down early today as the House and Senate failed to break a deadlock over a fourth stopgap spending bill since the fiscal year ran out last fall.
    (SFC, 1/20/18, p.A1)
2018        Jan 20, In southern California a helicopter crash killed two soldiers at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin.
    (SFC, 1/22/18, p.A4)
2018        Jan 20, In Florida police shot and killed Jason Cables (46) when he failed to drop an assault rifle following a domestic violence call in which Cables attacked his wife with mace and a pool cue at his Lake Wales home.
    (SFC, 1/22/18, p.A4)
2018        Jan 20, A New York Times online story reported that US Rep. Patrick Meehan of Pennsylvania used taxpayer money to settle a complaint that stemmed from his hostility toward a former aide who rejected his romantic overtures.
    (SFC, 1/22/18, p.A4)
2018        Jan 20, In Afghanistan gunmen in army uniforms stormed Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel late today and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killing at least 22 people and wounding 12 more. All five attackers were killed. Afghanistan's Kam Air was left reeling after nine personnel including five pilots were killed in the Taliban attack.
    (Reuters, 1/21/18)(AFP, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 20, In Brazil the government of Minas Gerais state declared a state of emergency for its public health system because of an outbreak of yellow fever in 94 of its 853 cities.
    (SSFC, 1/21/18, p.A4)
2018        Jan 20, A team of British soldiers became the first all-female group to cross Antarctica using only muscle power. The team skied a total of 1,700 km (1,056 miles), traveling coast to coast pulling sleds weighing 80 kg (176 pounds) over 62 days.
    (AP, 1/20/18)   
2018        Jan 20, Police in Croatia and Slovenia said they have busted a human trafficking operation and released dozens of mostly Chinese nationals who were forced to work in illegal call centers.
    (AP, 1/20/18)
2018        Jan 20, In the Czech Rep. a fire broke out this evening at the Eurostars David Hotel, situated on a narrow street in Prague a block away from the Vltava River. By the next day at least four deaths were reported.
    (Reuters, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 20, Ethiopia's PM Hailemariam Desalegn rejected arbitration by the World Bank on a disagreement with Egypt over the hydroelectric dam that Ethiopia is building on the Nile River.
    (AP, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 20, In France Paul Bocuse (91), the master chef who defined French cuisine for more than half a century, died at Collonges-au-Mont-d'or.
    (AP, 1/20/18)
2018        Jan 20, Former Guatemalan presidential candidate Manuel Baldizon was detained while trying to enter the United States without a visa and was awaiting deportation. He faced graft charges upon his return home. Guatemala's prosecutor's office carried out 10 raids and arrested three people as part of the Odebrecht investigation.
    (Reuters, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 20, One fisherman was killed and nine others were rescued after their boat was involved in a collision with Vestas 11th Hour Racing some 30 nautical miles off Hong Kong as the yacht was sailing toward the finish line of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race.
    (AP, 1/20/18)
2018        Jan 20, Indian and Pakistani troops traded fire along their volatile frontier in Kashmir, killing at least five civilians and a soldier in the latest escalation of violence in the disputed region.
    (AP, 1/20/18)
2018        Jan 20, In India 17 people died after a fire broke out at a plastic factory in the Bawana industrial area on the outskirts of New Delhi.
    (Reuters, 1/21/18)(SSFC, 1/21/18, p.A4)
2018        Jan 20, Iran's Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami said Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered both the country's regular military and the Revolutionary Guard to get out of businesses not directly affiliated to their work.
    (AP, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 20, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi met with the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region's PM Nechirvan Barzani for the first time since conflict broke out over a Kurdish independence referendum. Abadi renewed his conditions for lifting restrictions imposed on the Kurdistan region after the referendum.
    (Reuters, 1/20/18)
2018        Jan 20, A 17-meter (56 foot) ferry with 50 people on board was reported missing two days after it departed Nonouti Island on a 250 km (155 mile) trip to Betio in Kiribati. On Jan. 28 seven survivors from the ferry were found adrift in a dinghy by a New Zealand search plane.
    (Reuters, 1/28/18)
2018        Jan 20, In Libya the Mitiga airport serving the capital resumed flights following a five-day suspension after deadly clashes around the facility that also damaged planes on the tarmac.
    (AFP, 1/20/18)
2018        Jan 20, The North Korean-flagged tanker "Rye Song Gang 1" - blacklisted by the UN last month for carrying banned cargo - was spotted by a Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force patrol plane with the Dominican-flagged tanker "Yuk Tung" tied up beside it in the East China Sea.
    (Reuters, 1/24/18)
2018        Jan 20, The International Olympic Committee North Korea will send 22 athletes to next month's Winter Games in the South, approving a landmark deal between two nations still officially at war.
    (AFP, 1/20/18)
2018        Jan 20, Philippine troops clashed briefly with pro-Islamic State militants in the volatile south, in their first engagement since the government retook Marawi city in the country's biggest battle since World War Two.
    (Reuters, 1/20/18)
2018        Jan 20, Russia said it has relocated Russian military operational group and military police from Syria's Afrin where Turkey has started its military operation against the Kurds.
    (Reuters, 1/20/18)
2018        Jan 20, Serbia's Pres. Aleksandar Vucic arrived in the Serb-dominated, northern part of Kosovo and pledged to help build a lasting peace days after the killing this week of a moderate Kosovo Serb politician fueled fears of instability in the Balkans.
    (AP, 1/20/18)
2018        Jan 20, Syrian government forces and supporting militias retook Abu Zuhour air base, in Idlib province. The key air base was lost to rebels in 2015. The advance, which began in earnest in late December, has displaced more than 200,000 civilians.
    (AP, 1/20/18)
2018        Jan 20, In Thailand hundreds of police blocked protestors planning to march from Bangkok to Khon Kaen in the northeast of the country in a rare display of public discontent in the junta-ruled country.
    (Reuters, 1/20/18)
2018        Jan 20, The Turkish military launched operation "Olive Branch", its second major incursion into Syrian territory during the seven-year civil war. Turkish jets bombed the Kurdish-controlled city of Afrin in northern Syria. Afrin is now home to at least 800,000 civilians, including many who arrived fleeing the fighting in other parts of Syria.
    (AP, 1/20/18)(AFP, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 20, In Turkey eleven people were killed and 44 injured in Eskisehir province when an intercity bus taking families bound for a half-term skiing trip crashed into trees while travelling on a motorway to Bursa.
    (AP, 1/20/18)(SSFC, 1/21/18, p.A4)
2018        Jan 20, It was reported that Zimbabwe has given illegal vendors and pirate taxis 48 hours to leave Harare's streets, failing which it will forcibly remove them with the military's help, as President Emmerson Mnangagwa seeks to restore order in cities.
    (Reuters, 1/20/18)

2018        Jan 21, The film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" led the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.
    (SFC, 1/22/18, p.A5)
2018        Jan 21, Connie Sawyer (105), known as the oldest working actress in Hollywood, died in Los Angeles. She had appeared in dozens of TV shows and three dozen films.
    (SFC, 2/1/18, p.D2)
2018        Jan 21, Thousands of people turned out in central London despite sleet and snow to show solidarity with women around the world in demanding equality, justice and an end to harassment.
    (AP, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 21, Congolese security forces shot dead at least six people and wounded dozens more as they fired tear gas to disperse a protest organized by the Catholic church in Kinshasa against President Joseph Kabila. 68 people were wounded and 121 arrested. The UN later said it had information about "a number of other killings" in protests elsewhere in the country and that UN monitors were among the targets of violence by Congolese security agents.
    (Reuters, 1/23/18)(Reuters, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 21, France called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council over Syria following a Turkish incursion into northern Syria's Afrin province.
    (Reuters, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 21, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to agree on a new French-German treaty this year to deepen cooperation between the two countries.
    (AP, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 21, Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) voted to begin formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, moving Europe's economic powerhouse one step closer to a stable government after months of political deadlock.
    (Reuters, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 21, Over 100,000 Greeks have gathered in the northern city of Thessaloniki to demand that neighboring country Macedonia change its name because it is also the name of the Greek province of which Thessaloniki is the capital.
    (AP, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 21, An Iraqi court said it had condemned to death by hanging a German woman of Moroccan origin after finding her guilty of belonging to the Islamic State jihadist group. The woman, who was not identified, had 30 days to appeal.
    (AP, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 21, In Lebanon hundreds of protesters rallied in Beirut demanding that Islamist prisoners be part of a discussed general amnesty.
    (AP, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 21, In Macedonia hundreds of people gathered in Skopje to protest a bill that would make Albanian the country's second official language. President Gjorge Ivanov vetoed the bill last week, describing the legislation as unnecessary and unconstitutional.
    (AP, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 21, In Myanmar thousands of Buddhist monks gathered in Mandalay for an event partly organized by a scandal-hit Thai temple whose abbot is wanted for questioning on money-laundering allegations. Mandalay is home to the monk Wirathu, the self-styled "Buddhist bin Laden" famous for his anti-Islamic sermons, but there was no sign that he attended the mass alms-giving.
    (Reuters, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 21, Hyon Song Wol, the head of a hugely popular North Korean girl band, crossed the heavily fortified border into South Korea as part of an official delegation, triggering a media frenzy as she checked potential venues for performances during next month's Winter Olympics.
    (AP, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 21, In Pakistan gunmen shot and killed Fazlur Rehman, a former police officer who was fired over the 2011 killing of five Chechen women in the southwestern city of Quetta. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
    (AP, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 21, In Papua New Guinea a volcano on Kadovar Island erupted again, sending plumes of steam and ash into the air. Flights nearby have been canceled due to the risk posed by ash plumes and ships were warned to stay away from the island.
    (AP, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 21, Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia called for extending cooperation between OPEC and non-OPEC producers beyond 2018, after a deal to cut output succeeded in shoring up prices.
    (AFP, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 21, Spain's maritime rescue service said two migrants died a day earlier after their boat sank while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to European shores.
    (AP, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 21, In Syria a rebel commander said around 25,000 Free Syrian Army rebels are joining the Turkish military operation in northern Syria with the goal of recapturing Arab towns and villages seized by the YPG Kurdish militia almost two years ago.
    (Reuters, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 21, A missile fired across the border from Syria hit the Turkish border town of Reyhanli, killing a Syrian national and wounding 32 people.
    (Reuters, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 21, Turkish warplanes hit 45 targets in northern Syria's Afrin region. Turkish ground forces pushed into Afrin province, after launching artillery and air strikes on a US-backed Kurdish militia it aims to sweep from its border.
    (Reuters, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 21, An avalanche in Turkey's southeastern province of Bitlis killed five soldiers and injured another twelve during a military operation.
    (Reuters, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 21, The United Nations made a record appeal for aid to Yemen, calling for $2.96 billion in humanitarian relief for the war-torn country.
    (AFP, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 21, Pope Francis, in an extremely rare act of self-criticism, apologized to victims of clerical sex abuse, acknowledging he had "wounded many" in comments defending a Chilean bishop who is under scrutiny. His apology came while returning to Rome from a week-long trip to Chile and Peru.
    (Reuters, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 21, Yemen announced its first budget since the country descended into armed conflict in 2014, in a sign the Saudi-backed government seeks to get a handle on a chaotic economy as millions face starvation.
    (Reuters, 1/21/18)

2018        Jan 22, The US three-day government shut down ended as Senate Democrats voted for a stopgap spending bill with a promise by Republican leaders to hold debates on immigration that will provide legal status for the 690,000 Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigrants.
    (SFC, 1/23/18, p.A1)
2018        Jan 22, US Vice President Mike Pence told Israel's parliament that the US Embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of 2019.
    (AP, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 22, US Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke signed a land trade agreement that could lead to construction of a road through Alaska's Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. The road would connect the King Cove fishing community to an all weather airport at Cold Bay.
    (SFC, 1/23/18, p.A6)
2018        Jan 22, America science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin (b.1929) died at her home in Portland, Ore. Her work included 21 novels, more than 10 books of poetry and more than 100 short stories.
    (SFC, 1/24/18, p.D3)
2018        Jan 22, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the boundaries of the state's 18 congressional districts, saying they violate the state constitution. Democratic voters had argued that the districts were gerrymandered to benefit Republicans.
    (SFC, 1/23/18, p.A6)
2018        Jan 22, In Texas a girl (15) was injured in a shooting at her high school cafeteria and a boy (16) was taken into custody in the town of Italy, 45 miles south of Dallas.
    (SFC, 1/23/18, p.A6)
2018        Jan 22, Angola's former vice president Manuel Vicente failed to appear at a Portuguese court where he was scheduled to stand trial for corruption.
    (AP, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 22, The prime ministers of Bulgaria and the Czech Republic called for swift reform of the European Union's asylum system.
    (AP, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 22, In Cyprus dozens of people waving the Turkish flag smashed windows and hurled stones, eggs and other items at the office of Afrika, A left-wing Turkish Cypriot newspaper in Nicosia. Editor Sener Levent said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had incited supporters to attack the publication's office because the paper had criticized Ankara's military offensive in Syria.
    (AP, 1/22/18)   
2018        Jan 22, The EU assured President Mahmoud Abbas it supported his ambition to have East Jerusalem as capital of a Palestinian state, in the bloc's latest rejection of US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    (Reuters, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 22, The EU imposed travel bans and asset freezes on North Koreans accused of helping Pyongyang evade United Nations sanctions linked to the secretive country's nuclear and ballistic missile tests.
    (Reuters, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 22, The EU announced new sanctions on seven senior Venezuelan officials, saying this was an expression of the bloc's concern with the political crisis under President Nicolas Maduro.
    (Reuters, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 22, France's President Emmanuel Macron hosted 140 world business leaders in a bid to convince them to invest and hire in France — and to persuade the French themselves of the merits of his economic policies.
    (AP, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 22, In France protesting guards blocked dozens of the country's 188 prisons as the conflict triggered by attacks on guards entered its second week.
    (AP, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 22, German and French lawmakers stressed the need for closer cooperation between the two nations as they mark the 55th anniversary of the 1963 signing of the Elysee friendship treaty.
    (AP, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 22, German public prosecutors said they had brought new charges against former nurse Niels Hoegel, already serving a life sentence for murdering two patients, accusing him of killing another 97 people with lethal injections.
    (Reuters, 1/22/18)(SFC, 1/23/18, p.A2)
2018        Jan 22, Indian and Pakistani soldiers again targeted each other's posts and villages along their volatile frontier in disputed Kashmir after a day's lull, killing at least one civilian and wounding three others. The recent flare-up has left 13 civilians and nine soldiers dead and dozens injured on the two sides.
    (AP, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 22, Iraq signed a deal with US company Orion Gas Processors to tap natural gas in one of its southern oil fields, a step toward exploiting a natural resource that has been neglected for decades.
    (AP, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 22, In Japan trade officials gathered for two days of talks to try to forge a trade pact that U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned last year. The member countries of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTTP), also known as TPP 11, reached a basic agreement on the pact in November.
    (AP, 1/22/18)   
2018        Jan 22, In Liberia former football star George Weah was sworn in as president.
    (AFP, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 22, Mexican prosecutors said they have found eight badly decomposed bodies in a clandestine burial pit in Chilpancingo, the capital of the southern state of Guerrero.
    (AP, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 22, In Pakistan a student shot and killed a college principal in the northwestern town of Shabqadar after being scolded for regularly showing up late. In Lahore students linked to rival groups clashed for hours at the University of Punjab, with dozens reported wounded. The radical Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba party dominates the university and has a history of clashing with rival groups.
    (AP, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 22, In the Philippines the Mount Mayon volcano ejected a huge column of lava fragments, ash and smoke in a thunderous explosion. The alert level was raised to four on a scale of five, which means an explosive eruption is possible within hours or days.
    (AP, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 22, A Moscow district court ordered the closure of the foundation crucial to the failed election campaign of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
    (AP, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 22, South Africa's ruling party confirmed that discussions were underway on President Jacob Zuma's departure from office, possibly signaling the coming end to his scandal-tainted nine-year reign.
    (AFP, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 22, In Switzerland film star Cate Blanchett, singer-songwriter Elton John and Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan received awards at the World Economic Forum in Davos for their work raising awareness about human rights issues. The Crystal Award is given, by the WEF to artists who make a positive change in society.
    (Reuters, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 22, Syrian state television said 9 civilians were killed by insurgent shelling of the old quarter of Damascus. Rebel factions in the besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta have escalated their shelling of government-controlled areas in and around Damascus since November. At least 21 people, including children, suffered breathing difficulties in a suspected Syrian regime chemical attack on Douma in Eastern Ghouta.
    (Reuters, 1/22/18)(AFP, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 22, The spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia alliance said the death toll from a Turkish offensive in the Afrin region of northwestern Syria stands at 18 civilians, including women and children.
    (Reuters, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 22, Turkey intensified its offensive against Kurdish militia targets in Syria as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed there would be no stepping back in a campaign that has stoked concern among Ankara's allies and neighbors.
    (AFP, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 22, A 2nd Turkish soldier was killed in action in Turkey's military offensive on a Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria. Turkish shelling killed three people in the Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn.
    (AP, 1/23/18)(Reuters, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 22, In the United Arab Emirates a house fire killed seven children near the eastern city of Fujairah.
    (Reuters, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 22, The UN agency for Palestinian refugees launched an "unprecedented" appeal seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in response to funding cuts by the Trump administration.
    (AP, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 22, In Vietnam Trinh Xuan Thanh, an ex-chairman of PetroVietnam's construction arm, was sentenced to life in prison. Former PetroVietnam chairman Dinh La Thang received a 13 year prison term. Thanh was also ordered to pay compensation of $1.5 million and Thang $1.3 million at the end of a major corruption trial. 22 defendants in the case, mostly current or former executives at PetroVietnam, were convicted of mismanagement, embezzlement or both in their tenures at the state energy giant.
    (AP, 1/22/18)
2018        Jan 22, Yemeni security officials said Houthi rebels fired Katyusha rockets on a military parade near the central city of Taiz, killing at least seven people, including a local journalist, in an apparent assassination attempt on the interior minister and his deputy. the pro-Houthi Masirah channel reported that overnight and into the morning, coalition airstrikes around the Houthi stronghold of Saada in the north killed at least seven people, including five children.
    (AP, 1/22/18)

2018        Jan 23, The US Senate approved Pres. Trump's selection of Jerome Powell to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve beginning Feb. 3.
    (SFC, 1/24/18, p.C1)
2018        Jan 23, A magnitude-7.9 earthquake struck in the Gulf of Alaska, sending the state's coastal residents inland to seek shelter from possible tidal waves. Tsunami alerts were soon lifted.
    (Reuters, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to remove Christopher Columbus' name from his commemorative day in October, and instead honor the indigenous people of the state. The 2nd Monday in October will now be know in San Francisco as Indigenous Peoples' Day.
    (SFC, 1/24/18, p.A8)
2018        Jan 23, In San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell was sworn in as mayor. Farrell took an immediate unpaid leave from Thayer Ventures, a company he had co-founded.
    (SFC, 2/7/18, p.A8)
2018        Jan 23, In Kentucky a student (15) killed two classmates and hit a dozen others with gunfire inside a crowded atrium at Marshall County High School in Benton. Police arrested the suspect moments later.
    (SFC, 1/24/18, p.A7)
2018        Jan 23, US-based Kimberly-Clark announced plans to cut more than 5,000 jobs in an attempt to lower costs as consumer demand for some of its core products declined with falling birth rates.
    (SFC, 1/24/18, p.C5)
2018        Jan 23, Britain's PM Theresa May rebuked Foreign Minister Boris Johnson after he demanded more funding for Britain's public health service, telling him any discussion of money saved from Brexit should be kept private.
    (AFP, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, British regulators said that 21st Century Fox's takeover of London-based pay TV company Sky is not in the public interest because it would give Rupert Murdoch too much control over the country's news media. But they offered remedies that may pave the way for the deal go ahead.
    (AP, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, Bulgaria's former intelligence chief Kircho Kirov was sentenced to 15 years in jail for what prosecutors described as the misappropriation of 5.1 million levs ($3.19 million) of public funds between 2007 and 2011.
    (Reuters, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, Nicanor Parra (103), a Chilean physicist, mathematician and self-described "anti-poet", died. His eccentric writings won him a leading place in Latin American literature. He earned international fame in 1954 with "Poemas y Antipoemas" (Poems and Antipoems) and won Chile's prestigious National Literature Prize in 1969 and a Guggenheim fellowship in 1972.
    (AP, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, In Egypt former military chief of staff Lieutenant General Sami Anan, the last challenger seen as a potential threat to the re-election of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, was detained and halted his campaign after the army accused him of breaking the law by running for office without permission.
    (Reuters, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, European Union finance ministers agreed to remove eight jurisdictions from the bloc's blacklist of tax havens, one month after the list was set up. Barbados, Grenada, South Korea, Macao, Mongolia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates joined Panama as jurisdictions delisted following commitments made at a high political level to remedy EU concerns.
    (Reuters, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, The French government said it is freezing assets of companies that help furnish material to a Syrian lab accused of producing chemical weapons.
    (AP, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, Police conducted raids at the French rugby federation headquarters amid an investigation into an alleged conflict of interest involving federation president Bernard Laporte.
    (AP, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, France's state-controlled and influential but troubled nuclear company Areva unveiled its new name, Orano, and logo. Areva was created in 2001 to group together France's nuclear industry manufacturers under one company.
    (AP, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, The Seine River overflowed its banks in Paris, prompting authorities to close several roads and cancel boat cruises.
    (AP, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, In Germany a small aircraft crashed midair with a helicopter northwest of Stuttgart, killing four people.
    (AP, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, India's Supreme Court rejected bids by two states to re-instate a ban on the release of controversial Bollywood film "Padmaavat", saying it stood by its previous ruling clearing the way for the movie to be shown in theaters.
    (Reuters, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, In Indonesia a magnitude 6.0 earthquake shook the island of Java, killing at least one person and damaging hundreds of homes.
    (AP, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, In central Japan 12 people, including eight soldiers, skiing on the slopes of the Mount Kusatsu-Shirane volcano near a famous hot spring resort were injured by flying rocks during a sudden eruption. One soldier later died.
    (AP, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, The Kurdish-led authorities of northeast Syria called for mass mobilization in defense of Syria's Afrin region against a Turkish military offensive.
    (Reuters, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, Lebanon's festering trash crisis came crashing ashore this week, after residents woke up to find a powerful winter storm had laid a mantle of waste at a beach just a few minutes' drive north of the capital, Beirut. Rough waves today carried in even more trash.
    (AP, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, In Libya two blasts hit worshippers leaving the large Bayaat al-Radwan mosque in Benghazi's central Al Salmani district. At least 35 people were killed.
    (Reuters, 1/24/18)
2018        Jan 23, In Pakistan a government spokesman in Punjab province said that a suspect, identified as Mohammed Imran, has been arrested near the city of Kasur where Zainab Ansari (7) was killed earlier this month.
    (AP, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, In the Philippines the Mount Mayon volcano spewed fountains of red-hot lava and massive ash plumes anew in a dazzling but increasingly dangerous eruption that has sent more than 56,000 villagers fleeing to evacuation centers.
    (AP, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, Polish prosecutors said they have arrested and charged three people with propagating fascism after a news program revealed details of neo-Nazi group “Pride and Modernity" that celebrated Adolf Hitler in a ceremony last year.
    (SFC, 1/24/18, p.A2)
2018        Jan 23, Russia's Culture Ministry banned a satirical film about Soviet leader Josef Stalin's death from movie theaters following criticism from communists and others that the British-French production made a mockery of Russia's history. Scottish writer-director Armando Iannucci's "The Death of Stalin" film premiered in Britain in October and was scheduled to open in Russia on January 25.
    (AP, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, In South Africa Cape Town residents were warned that they face losing piped water to their homes on April 12, a whole nine days earlier than predicted, as it suffered its worst drought in a century.
    (AFP, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, Legendary South African jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist Hugh Masekela (78) died in Johannesburg after a decade-long fight with cancer.
    (AP, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, Sweden's radiation safety authority (SSM) and an environmental court issued diverging recommendations to the government on whether to allow the construction of a nuclear waste repository.
    (Reuters, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, In Switzerland India's PM Narendra Modi gave the opening speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos and urged governments not to turn to isolation hours after  Pres. Trump approved new US tariffs on imports.
    (SFC, 1/24/18, p.A5)
2018        Jan 23, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said thousands of people are fleeing fighting and Turkish shelling and bombardment of the Kurdish Afrin region in northwestern Syria.
    (Reuters, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, In Syria air strikes on a village held by Islamic State in the eastern part of Deir al-Zor province killed at least 13 people including seven women. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights later said the US-led coalition against Islamic State had carried out the air strikes.
    (Reuters, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 23, Tanzanian authorities said they arrested five schoolgirls last week, and then released them on bail, so they can help with information on the men who impregnated them.
    (SFC, 1/24/18, p.A2)
2018        Jan 23, Turkey arrested dozens of people overnight for "spreading terrorist propaganda" about its Syrian incursion, raising to nearly 100 the number of such detainees, including politicians, journalists and activists.
    (Reuters, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, Turkey shelled Qamishli and other towns along the Syrian-Turkish border as Turkish forces press into a Syrian Kurdish enclave for the fourth straight day. 24 civilians, 24 Kurdish fighters, and 25 Turkish-backed Syrian militiamen have been killed in the clashes in Afrin since January 20.
    (AP, 1/23/18)
2018        Jan 23, The UN refugee agency said more than 688,000 people were displaced inside the Central African Republic as of the end of 2017, a 60 percent jump from the year before. The population of CAR is estimated at around 4.6 million.
    (AP, 1/23/18)

2018        Jan 24, The United States tightened its economic crackdown on North Korea over its nuclear arms program, imposing sanctions on nine entities, 16 people and six ships it accused of helping Pyongyang develop weapons of mass destruction.
    (Reuters, 1/24/18)
2018        Jan 24, US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty urged Pakistan to allow it to resume operations, saying officials closed its news bureau in Islamabad and accused its radio service of acting against Pakistan's interests.
    (Reuters, 1/24/18)
2018        Jan 24, In Colorado Sheriff's Deputy Heath Gumm (32) was shot and killed after responding to a call in a residential of Denver. One man was soon arrested and police searched for two additional suspects.
    (SFC, 1/26/18, p.A7)
2018        Jan 24, In Michigan former sports Dr. Larry Nassar (54) was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for molesting some of the nation's top gymnasts under the guise of medical treatment. Nassar would first have to serve a 60-year federal sentence for child pornography crimes. On Jan. 30 Nassar faced a third sentencing hearing during which a judge said the number of people abused by Nassar had climbed to 265.
    (SFC, 1/25/18, p.A7)(SFC, 2/1/18, p.A7)
2018        Jan 24, In Afghanistan gunmen stormed an office of the Save the Children aid agency in the eastern city of Jalalabad and battled security forces all day with at least five people killed and 24 wounded before all the attackers were killed.
    (Reuters, 1/24/18)
2018        Jan 24, In Brazil an appellate court unanimously upheld a graft conviction against former Pres. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and increased his prison sentence by more than two years to 12 years and one month.
    (SFC, 1/25/18, p.A4)
2018        Jan 24, London's Financial Times newspaper reported that women hired to entertain businessmen and politicians last week at the men-only Presidents Club charity fundraising gala in London were groped, propositioned and sexually harassed at the secretive event.
    (Reuters, 1/24/18)
2018        Jan 24, In Cyprus some 350 Kurds burned images of the presidents of Turkey and Russia as they marched on the US and Russian embassies in Nicosia to protest Turkey's "invasion" of a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria.
    (AP, 1/24/18)
2018        Jan 24, The new Czech minority government led by populist billionaire Andrej Babis resigned after it failed to win a mandatory confidence vote in Parliament last week. President Milos Zeman immediately asked Babis to try to form a new government again.
    (AP, 1/24/18)
2018        Jan 24, The EU slapped a $1.23 billion fine on US chipmaker Qualcomm for abusing its market dominance in the lucrative sector of components in smartphones and tablets for half a decade. EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said that San Diego-based Qualcomm "illegally shut out rivals from the market" for more than five years by paying key customer Apple to not use chips made by Qualcomm's rivals.
    (AP, 1/24/18)
2018        Jan 24, In France two-thirds of the country's 188 prisons were being disrupted by work stoppages and pickets. The protests began on Jan. 12 after an al Qaeda convict jailed over killings in Tunisia stabbed and injured two wardens with a pair of scissors in northern France.
    (AP, 1/24/18)
2018        Jan 24, In Germany named as Amaechi Fred O. (27), a Nigerian man suspected of being a member of Boko Haram and killing people in Nigeria during attacks on schools and a village, was arrested in Bavaria.
    (Reuters, 1/26/18)
2018        Jan 24, In India right-wing Hindu groups stepped up protests against the release of a controversial Bollywood film, as several states boosted police patrols a day after the Supreme Court refused to allow bans on the movie.
    (AP, 1/24/18)
2018        Jan 24, Iranian media said a fire broke out at a bitumen storage facility in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas, killing three workers.
    (AP, 1/24/18)
2018        Jan 24, An armed group loyal to Libya's national unity government said it had arrested a gang accused of kidnapping and torturing Sudanese migrants near the northern city of Sirte.
    (AFP, 1/24/18)
2018        Jan 24, In southern Mexico prosecutors in Guerrero state said that a young nutritionist (25) died of strangulation before her body was hacked up and partly cooked. Her ex-husband was still at large.
    (AP, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 24, Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson resigned from an advisory panel on the massive Rohingya refugee crisis, calling it a "whitewash and a cheerleading operation" for Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
    (AP, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 24, Pakistani officials said two missiles fired from a US drone struck a home near the border with Afghanistan, killing two militants from the Haqqani network of the Afghan Taliban. They were identified as commander Ahsanullah and Nasir Mehsud. Pakistan condemned the strike.
    (AP, 1/24/18)(Reuters, 1/24/18)
2018        Jan 24, In the Philippines the Mount Mayon volcano belched red-hot lava and clouds of ash and debris at least four times today, prompting the number of displaced villagers to swell to more than 74,000 and causing officials to brace for a humanitarian emergency they fear could last for months.
    (AP, 1/24/18)
2018        Jan 24, Russia's Supreme Court overturned an earlier Moscow court's decision to send Khudoberdy Nurmatov back to Uzbekistan, which has shown little tolerance to dissent. Nurmatov fled the country in 2008 after he was allegedly tortured and coerced into collaborating with security agencies.
    (AP, 1/24/18)   
2018        Jan 24, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny took his battle with President Vladimir Putin back to Europe's top rights court, complaining of his repeated arrests ahead of elections in March.
    (AFP, 1/24/18)
2018        Jan 24, In Slovenia thousands of public sector workers in Ljubljana staged a one-day strike and protest demanding higher wages.
    (AP, 1/24/18)
2018        Jan 24, South Korea-based Hyundai said it is recalling nearly 88,000 cars in the US because an electrical short in the antilock brake system could cause engine compartment fires in certain 2006 Sonatas and 2006 through 2011 Azeras.
    (AP, 1/24/18)
2018        Jan 24, Syria denied carrying out chemical weapons attacks against rebel-held areas, denouncing recent accusations by the United States and France as "lies". 21 people were treated for respiratory problems after rockets were fired on the rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta outside Damascus on Jan. 22, which residents and medical sources said contained chlorine.
    (AFP, 1/24/18)
2018        Jan 24, A US-backed Syrian force caught British Islamic State group fighter Alexanda Amon Kotey near Raqa as he attempted to flee from Syria to Turkey. El Shafee Elsheikh was also captured. Both were part of a four-member IS kidnapping cell dubbed "The Beatles" that was notorious for videotaping beheadings. Ringleader Mohammed Emwazi was killed in an air strike in Syria in 2015. The fourth man, Aine Davis, was imprisoned in Turkey on terrorism charges.
    (AFP, 2/9/18)(SFC, 2/9/18, p.A2)
2018        Jan 24, Two rockets fired from Syria's Afrin region hit a mosque and a home in the Turkish border town of Kilis. At least 13 people were hurt.
    (Reuters, 1/24/18)
2018        Jan 24, Turkey's president vowed to expand its operation against Kurdish forces in northern Syria toward the town of Manbij, which would bring Turkish troops and their Syrian allies closer to US forces supporting the Kurds against the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 1/24/18)
2018        Jan 24, UN sources said that Yemen's Houthi rebels have banned over 35 UN and international agencies and relief groups from working in the territory under their control, allegations denied by a rebel spokesman.
    (AP, 1/24/18)
2018        Jan 24, At least 30 African migrants drowned when their boat capsized off war-torn Yemen with reports of gunfire being used against those on board. At least 152 Somalis and Ethiopians were aboard the overcrowded vessel.
    (AFP, 1/26/18)
2018        Jan 24, Zimbabwe's new President Emmerson Mnangagwa said the country will hold transparent elections by July and he would respect the result if the opposition wins.
    (Reuters, 1/24/18)

2018        Jan 25, President Donald Trump arrived in Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum where he will push his "America First" agenda and seek more fair, reciprocal trade between the United States and its allies.
    (Reuters, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 25, President Donald Trump said in Davos, Switzerland, that the Palestinians must return to peace talks to receive US aid money.
    (AP, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 25, The United States called on Russia and Myanmar to reconsider a reported agreement for the supply of six Russian fighter planes and potential further purchases of military hardware.
    (Reuters, 1/26/18)
2018        Jan 25, The US Supreme Court halted the execution of Alabama inmate Vernon Madison (67). Attorneys had argued that Madison suffers from dementia and does not remember killing police Officer Julius Schulte in 1985 or understand his looming execution.
    (SFC, 1/27/18, p.A6)
2018        Jan 25, A New York Times story reported that Pres. Trump had ordered the firing of Russia investigation special prosecutor Robert Mueller last year, but had to back off when the White House counsel Donald McGahn threatened to resign.
    (AFP, 1/26/18)(SFC, 1/26/18, p.A7)
2018        Jan 25, Police at San Francisco Int'l. Airport intercepted 18 pieces of luggage heading to Vietnam that contained more than 300 stolen electronic devices. A search revealed 700 more stolen electronics at the home of Benjamin Pham (44). Eight people were soon arrested under charges that included felony possession of stolen property and conspiracy. Police said the stolen devices were obtained in Bay Area car burglaries.
    (SFC, 2/1/18, p.A11)
2018        Jan 25, It was reported that a Reuters investigation has found that major global technology providers SAP, Symantec and McAfee have allowed Russian authorities to hunt for vulnerabilities in software deeply embedded across the US government.
    (Reuters, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 25, The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists said mounting concerns about the possibility of a nuclear war along with US President Donald Trump's "unpredictability" have pushed the symbolic "Doomsday Clock" to two minutes before midnight.
    (AFP, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 25, In Afghanistan the governor of the western province of Farah resigned after months of mounting insecurity that have fueled protests by residents fearful that the Taliban could threaten the provincial capital. Mohammad Aref Shah Jahan blamed political interference and corruption among security forces in the province.
    (Reuters, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 25, International rights groups said they fear for the health behind bars of Bahrain's most high-profile activist, Nabeel Rajab, condemning the Gulf state over its seven-year crackdown on dissent.
    (AFP, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 25, It was reported that Belarusian authorities have blocked access to charter97.org, a popular opposition website, over alleged legal violations.
    (AP, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 25, British PM Theresa May sought to reaffirm her country's central role in world affairs, when she delivered a speech to the World Economic Forum and met with President Donald Trump to dispel any perceptions of tensions between them.
    (AP, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 25, Britain's government said it is tightening controls on firms hoping to carry out hydraulic fracking in parts of the country by adding a financial health check to the application process.
    (Reuters, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 25, Cambodian police raided a rented villa where the foreigners were taking part in what organizers billed as a pub crawl and found people "dancing pornographically." While almost 90 foreigners were detained, all but 10 were released. On Jan. 28 the ten foreigners were charged with producing pornographic pictures.
    (AP, 1/28/18)
2018        Jan 25, Local aid officials said more than 43,000 Cameroonians have fled as refugees to Nigeria to escape a crackdown by the government on Anglophone separatists.
    (Reuters, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 25, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said his country will not recognize the validity or the result of forthcoming presidential elections in neighboring Venezuela, adding he expected other countries would share the view that the vote is illegitimate.
    (Reuters, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 25, French fishermen blockaded Calais, halting shipping movements at France's busiest passenger port and a major entry point to Europe for British goods, in protest at losses inflicted by the practice of electric pulse fishing.
    (AP, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 25, It was reported that Germany's caretaker government has decided to put on hold any decision on upgrading German-made tanks in Turkey as requested by its NATO ally Ankara.
    (Reuters, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 25, In Indonesia a survey showed that nearly 90 percent of Indonesians who understand the term LGBT feel "threatened" by the community and believe their religion forbids same-sex relations.
    (Reuters, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 25, In Italy at least three people were killed and about 12 seriously injured after a packed Italian commuter train derailed near the northern city of Milan.
    (AFP, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 25, Female hockey players from the rival Koreas were paired up with each other to form their first-ever Olympic squad during next month's Pyeongchang Winter Games.
    (AP, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 25, Malaysia's central bank raised its key interest rate for the first time in four years to 3.25 percent from 3 percent, citing a stronger domestic and global economy ahead of general elections due by August.
    (AP, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 25, In central Mali a landmine explosion blew up a civilian passenger vehicle from Burkina Faso, killing 13 people and wounding several others. The death toll was soon raised to 26 and included six women and four children.
    (Reuters, 1/25/18)(SFC, 1/27/18, p.A2)
2018        Jan 25, Mexico's tourism secretary suggested that legalizing marijuana could help reduce drug violence at big tourist resorts. He also raced to dampen controversy over the statement, saying he wasn't speaking in an official capacity.
    (AP, 1/26/18)
2018        Jan 25, Myanmar said it has decided to dump US diplomat Bill Richardson from an advisory panel on the Rohingya crisis, accusing the veteran politician of a "personal attack" on Aung San Suu Kyi in his stinging resignation letter.
    (AFP, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 25, Nigeria said it will protest to the United States over conditions imposed on its planned $494 million purchase of 12 A-29 Super Tucano fighter planes. The sale of the aircraft, with weapons and service, includes thousands of bombs and rockets.
    (Reuters, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 25, Thousands of Pakistanis rallied in the port city of Karachi to demand the arrest of a police commander charged with killing a 27-year-old aspiring model. Rao Anwar went into hiding after he and other officers killed Naqeeb Ullah earlier this month and then tried to cover it up, saying that Ullah was a Taliban militant killed in a shootout.
    (AP, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 25, In the Philippines a huge plume of ash billowed from the glowing peak of Mount Mayon volcano, as more residents of surrounding areas fled and experts warned of further escalation 12 days after it started to erupt.
    (AP, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 25, Puerto Rico's governor submitted a revised fiscal plan that estimates the US Caribbean territory's economy will shrink by 11 percent and its population drop by nearly 8 percent next year.
    (AP, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 25, Neagu Djuvara (101), Romania's best-known historian, died in Bucharest. He had spent decades in exile before returning home when communism ended. His books included "From Vlad the Impaler to Dracula the Vampire".
    (AP, 1/26/18)
2018        Jan 25, A Saudi court sentenced human rights activists Mohammad al-Otaibi and Abdullah al-Attawi to 14 and seven years in prison respectively.
    (Reuters, 1/26/18)
2018        Jan 25, In Senegal bandits attacked a group of Spanish tourists and raped two women in the southern Casamance region before making off with thousands of euros.
    (Reuters, 1/26/18)
2018        Jan 25, Turkey and Austria vowed to work to improve relations battered by the opposition of the new conservative far-right Austrian government coalition to Ankara ever joining the EU. Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl held talks in Istanbul with Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, in the first high-level contact between the two sides since the new Austrian government came to power.
    (AFP, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 25, In central Ukraine an Mi-8 helicopter on a training mission crashed after hitting a cable supporting a TV tower. All four crew members on board died during the crash near the city of Kremenchuk.
    (AP, 1/26/18)
2018        Jan 25, UN-brokered peace talks with the Syrian government and opposition began in Vienna, days before Syria's close ally Russia was due to host separate negotiations to end the war.
    (AP, 1/25/18)
2018        Jan 25, In Venezuela the pro-Maduro Supreme Court moved late today to exclude the opposition coalition from registering in the vote placed yet another obstacle ahead of the already disparate opposition.
    (AP, 1/26/18)

2018        Jan 26, In  Maryland a US district judge ruled that the family company once run by Jared Kushner, Pres. Trump's son-in-law and advisor, isn't allowed to keep secret the identity of its business partners in several Maryland properties.
    (SSFC, 1/28/18, p.A10)
2018        Jan 26, In Afghanistan as many as six children were killed in fighting near the central city of Ghazni, but there were conflicting accounts of how they died with officials blaming the Taliban and others saying they died in an air strike by Afghan forces.
    (Reuters, 1/26/18)
2018        Jan 26, Algeria's army killed seven armed men, described as "dangerous terrorists," in Khenchela province, 700 km east of the capital Algiers.
    (Reuters, 1/26/18)
2018        Jan 26, China's securities watchdog said it had punished a blogger on WeChat with a 200,000 yuan ($31,000) fine for posting market-moving "misinformation" about meetings between corporations and regulators.
    (AFP, 1/28/18)
2018        Jan 26, Voters in the Czech Republic cast ballots in the second round of the country's presidential election, a runoff between the Russia-friendly President Milos Zeman (73) and Jiri Drahos (68), the former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
    (AP, 1/26/18)
2018        Jan 26, Five independent UN human rights experts said Egypt must stop executions until it has reviewed all death sentences and retry any convictions that are found to rest on unfair trials.
    (Reuters, 1/26/18)
2018        Jan 26, Authorities in Ethiopia's Oromiya province announced the pardon of over 2,000 prisoners jailed for involvement in unrest that gripped the country in 2015-2016.
    (Reuters, 1/26/18)
2018        Jan 26, French prison guards ended a nationwide strike after accepting government proposals over staffing levels and violence which they say is spiraling out of control in overcrowded jails.
    (Reuters, 1/26/18)
2018        Jan 26, In northern India two groups shot guns and attacked each other with rocks in Kasganj, a small town in Uttar Pradesh state. The clash between Hindu and Muslim groups left one person dead and three others injured during India's National Day celebrations.
    (AP, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 26, Lebanon's National News Agency reported that a state prosecutor ordered a lawsuit against talk show host Hicham Haddad for making a joke at the expense of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. He was the second LBC anchor to be sued in two months under laws protecting Lebanese and foreign leaders against defamation.
    (AP, 1/26/18)
2018        Jan 26, The International Criminal Court prosecutor issued a renewed appeal to Libyan authorities to arrest Libyan commander Mahmoud al-Warfalli, wanted by the court for war crimes, after he was linked to a shocking video purported to show brutal killings.
    (AP, 1/26/18)
2018        Jan 26, A Dutch newspaper and television show jointly reported that the Netherlands' spy service in 2014 broke into the computers used by a powerful Russian hacking group, often nicknamed Cozy Bear, and may be sitting on evidence relating to the breach of the US Democratic National Committee.
    (AP, 1/26/18)
2018        Jan 26, Three Western European intelligence sources said North Korea shipped coal to Russia last year which was then delivered to South Korea and Japan in a likely violation of UN sanctions. A US security source also confirmed the coal trade via Russia and said it was continuing.
    (Reuters, 1/26/18)
2018        Jan 26, Romanian PM-designate Viorica Dancila presented her government lineup of 27 ministers and announced the creation of a new ministry to handle European Union funds and nominated as its head lawmaker Rovana Plumb, whom anti-corruption prosecutors have tried to investigate.
    (AP, 1/26/18)(Reuters, 1/26/18)
2018        Jan 26, Russian police officers have shown up at Moscow's Pioner movie theater that screened a satirical film about Soviet leader Josef Stalin in defiance of an official government ban. Showing an unlicensed movie is punishable by a fine.
    (AP, 1/26/18)
2018        Jan 26, South African police raided the offices of the provincial government in the Free State in a case involving a friend of President Jacob Zuma and a top official in the African National Congress (ANC) considered a Zuma ally.
    (Reuters, 1/26/18)
2018        Jan 26, In South Korean flames and toxic smoke swept through a hospital in Miryang city, killing at least 37 people and injuring more than 140. The fire was most likely caused by an electrical fault in the first-floor emergency room.
    (Reuters, 1/26/18)(AP, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 26, The Spanish government declared Venezuela's ambassador in Spain 'persona non grata' following an equivalent move by the Venezuelan government a day earlier. The EU condemned Venezuela for expelling the Spanish ambassador and called for the decision to be reversed and diplomatic relations to remain in place.
    (Reuters, 1/26/18)
2018        Jan 26, In Switzerland US President Donald Trump told the World Economic Forum in Davos that the economic growth taking place in the US under to his "America first" agenda also benefits the rest of the world.
    (AP, 1/26/18)
2018        Jan 26, Turkish teachers Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca ended an almost 11-month hunger strike, vowing legal action to get their jobs back after their appeal against dismissal under the government's state of emergency decree was rejected.
    (Reuters, 1/26/18)
2018        Jan 26, At the Vatican Pope Francis recognized as martyrs 19 people who were slain in Algeria in the 1990s, including a bishop killed by a car bomb and beheaded monks. Francis also approved a decree recognizing the martyrdom of a Romanian woman, Veronica Antal. She was stabbed repeatedly as she resisted being raped in 1958 in her homeland.
    (AP, 1/27/18)   
2018        Jan 26, Yemeni security officials and witnesses said fighting between Shiite rebel forces and others loyal to Yemen's internationally recognized government in the southwestern city of Taiz has killed at least 48 people on both sides.
    (AP, 1/26/18)

2018        Jan 27, Steve Wynn, a prominent billionaire casino mogul, stepped down as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee following accusations of a years-long pattern of sexual misconduct with his casino employees.
    (SSFC, 1/28/18, p.A18)
2018        Jan 27, In San Francisco tens of thousands demonstrators filled Civic Center Plaza for the 14th annual Walk For Life West Coast antiabortion parade and rally.
    (SSFC, 1/28/18, p.A16)
2018        Jan 27, In San Francisco Dennis Peron (b.1946), an activist who helped legalize medical marijuana in California, died in a SF hospital.
    (SSFC, 1/28/18, p.A11)
2018        Jan 27, American comic strip artist Mort Walker (b.1923) died at his home in Stamford, Conn. He created the Beetle Bailey character as a college humor strip in 1950. The character had debuted as Spider in Walker's cartoons published by the Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s. In 1954 Walker and Dik Browne created the spin-off Hi and Lois.
    (SFC, 1/29/18, p.C2)
2018        Jan 27, International Boxing Federation (AIBA) vice president Gafur Rakhimov of Uzbekistan was promoted after the "unexpected resignation" of interim leader Franco Falcinelli. Last month, the US Department of the Treasury linked Rakhimov to "Thieves-in-Law," which it called a "vast criminal organization" allegedly involved in money laundering, extortion, bribery, and robbery.
    (AP, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, In Afghanistan a bomb hidden in an ambulance killed at least 95 people and wounded about 158 in Kabul. An interior ministry spokesman blamed the Haqqani network, a militant group affiliated with the Taliban.
    (Reuters, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, In Albania thousands supporting the opposition took to the streets for an anti-government protest, accusing the Cabinet of links to organized crime and calling for its resignation.
    (AP, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, In northeastern Brazil gunmen barged into a party and shot dead a number of people in Fortaleza. Local press said 18 people were killed with six injured.
    (AP, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, Chinese authorities ordered Sina Weibo, a major social media platform, to curb "harmful content" more effectively as they intensify oversight of online expression -- even taking aim at rap music, crude cartoons, dirty jokes and celebrity gossip.
    (AFP, 1/28/18)
2018        Jan 27, In China police informed the wife of prominent legal activist Yu Wensheng that he has been charged with inciting subversion of state power after writing a letter calling for democratic reforms.
    (AP, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 27, China's official Xinhua news agency reported that northern Hebei province plans to reduce its annual coal consumption by 5 million tons this year by promoting the use of clean and renewable energy.
    (Reuters, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, Heavy snow continued to affect parts of China, closing highways, causing train and flight cancellations, and even interrupting a soccer match between Vietnam and Uzbekistan in a southern Chinese province.
    (Reuters, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, In Colombia at least three police officers were killed and 14 wounded by an early morning bomb attack outside a police station in Barranquilla. Crime gangs were blamed and one person was taken into custody.
    (Reuters, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, Czech President Milos Zeman defeated pro-EU academic Jiri Drahos in presidential elections, a tacit endorsement Zeman's tough stance against immigration and his courtship of Russia and China. Zeman, a former communist, scored 51.36 percent of the vote, edging out Jiri Drahos with 48.63 percent.
    (Reuters, 1/27/18)(AFP, 1/28/18)
2018        Jan 27, Dominican Republic officials announced that they were suspending Pawa Dominicana's operations at the Santo Domingo airport for at least 90 days because the company owes $3 million in taxes and airport fees to the government and $5 million to private contractors. Passengers arriving on other airlines for connections with Pawa soon found themselves without a way to reach their final destinations.   
    (AP, 2/2/18)
2018        Jan 27, Egypt's former top auditor, Hesham Genena, suffered serious injuries to his face and leg during an apparent kidnapping attempt that turned into a brawl outside his suburban Cairo home. Passers-by apprehended the three attackers, but the drivers of the two cars were able to get away before police arrived at the scene. Two lawyers said they suspected the attackers to be repeat criminals retained by the police as thugs.
    (AP, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, In France several thousand people have rallied in Paris to support Turkey's Kurds and protest a Turkish military incursion into a Kurdish-controlled enclave in Syria.
    (AP, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, In France floodwaters were nearing their peak in Paris, with the rain-swollen Seine River engulfing scenic quays and threatening wine cellars and museum basements.
    (AP, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, German police shut down a tense demonstration in Cologne, after around 15,000 Kurds took to the streets to protest Turkey's offensive in northern Syria.
    (AFP, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez was sworn in for an historic second term after prevailing last year in a bitterly disputed election that sparked deadly protests and international condemnation over alleged fraud.
    (Reuters, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, Honduran authorities promised "an exhaustive investigation" into alleged ties between their new national police chief Jose David Aguilar Moran and a cartel kingpin who's now serving a 20-year sentence in a US federal prison. A confidential Honduran government security report said Aguilar helped the narcotrafficker pull off the delivery of nearly a ton of cocaine in 2013.
    (AP, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, The Hong Kong government barred Agnes Chow (21), a pro-democracy activist, from an upcoming election over her party's political platform that it said violates electoral laws, in the latest move by the semiautonomous Chinese city to squelch dissent.
    (AP, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, The leaders of India and Cambodia agreed in New Delhi to work toward a bilateral investment treaty that could see tens of millions of dollars pour into the Southeast Asian nation.
    (AP, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, Indian soldiers opened fire on protesters in the disputed region of Kashmir, killing two young men and wounding several others in southern Shopian.
    (AP, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, India and the Seychelles amended a 2015 pact to build a military base on Assumption Island. The government of the Seychelles said the base will help coastguards to patrol its 1.3 million square km (500,000 square mile) exclusive economic zone for illegal fishing, drug trafficking and piracy.
    (AFP, 3/3/18)
2018        Jan 27, Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrived in Bangladesh on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral issues and visit sprawling refugee camps for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar.
    (AP, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, Iran's Revolutionary Guards clashed with Islamic State militants in the western part of the country.
    (AP, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, In Iraq a coalition air strike mistakenly hit friendly Iraqi forces and civilians in western Anbar province killing at least seven members of the Iraqi security forces and a local official and wounding 11 others in the town of al-Baghdadi.
    (AP, 1/27/18)(Reuters, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, In Lebanon dozens of people protested outside the parliament against violence against women, denouncing inaction by the authorities after eight women have been killed since early December.
    (AFP, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, In northern Mali 14 soldiers were killed and 18 wounded in an attack on their Soumpi camp. Military sources said jihadists were responsible.
    (AFP, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, Pakistan's Supreme Court gave police three days to arrest Rao Anwar, an absconding officer who is involved in killing aspiring model Naqeebullah Mehsud in a fake shootout. Rao Anwar was reportedly involved in at least 192 raids in which 444 people were killed, and that the killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud is just the latest of such incidents.
    (AP, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, Two Pakistani military helicopters began an operation to rescue two stranded climbers, identified as Tomasz Mackiewicz of Poland and Elisabeth Revol of France, on a Himalayan peak.
    (AP, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the kingdom's top international businessmen, was released from detention, more than two months after he was taken into custody in a sweeping crackdown on corruption. Alwaleed was reportedly freed after he reached a financial settlement with the attorney general.
    (Reuters, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, South Sudan said it has temporarily abandoned some of the fees it charges foreign and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in a bid to encourage groups to help with a humanitarian crisis.
    (Reuters, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, In Sweden IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad (91) died at his home in Smaland. He founded the company on the family farm when he was 17 years old.
    (AP, 1/28/18)
2018        Jan 27, In Syria five bombardments targeted eastern Ghouta overnight, including with rocket strikes and artillery shells.
    (AP, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, Turkey said the United States has pledged to stop supplying weapons to a Kurdish militia in Syria, calling on Washington to immediately remove its troops from a Syrian town of Manbij that Turkish forces plan to target.
    (Reuters, 1/27/18)
2018        Jan 27, Yemen's internationally-recognized government said it had banned public gatherings in Aden ahead of a deadline given by southern separatists to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to dismiss the cabinet.
    (Reuters, 1/27/18)

2018        Jan 28, The 60th Grammy Awards returned to New York City for the first time in more than a decade with a nod to the city's rich history of musical theater. Bruno Mars picked up the night's top prizes, including album of the year and record of the year for “24K Magic."
    (AP, 1/29/18)(SFC, 1/29/18, p.E1)
2018        Jan 28, In Pennsylvania four people were shot and killed at a carwash in Saltlick Township. Suspect Tim Smith, driven by apparent jealousy, was on life support with a possibly self-inflicted gunshot wound after the shooting.
    (SFC, 1/29/18, p.A5)
2018        Jan 28, Afghan authorities raised the death toll from the suicide bombing a day earlier in Kabul to 103 with 235 wounded, as hundreds of people gathered for funerals or awaited word of loved ones outside hospitals and morgues. Four people have been arrested in connection with the attack.
    (AP, 1/28/18)
2018        Jan 28, The African Union summit opened in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. UN leaders and the African Union urged stronger international cooperation.
    (AP, 1/28/18)
2018        Jan 28, In Colombia unidentified assailants attacked a police station with explosives in the city of Barranquilla. Four police officers and a civilian were injured in the latest attack.
    (AP, 1/28/18)
2018        Jan 28, Voters in Cyprus headed to the polls for a presidential election. Opinion polls put conservative incumbent Nicos Anastasiades (71) ahead as he pledged to restart negotiations with the Turkish-backed north quickly after the vote. No candidate received an outright majority. Pres. Anastasiades will face Stavros Malas, backed by the communist-rooted AKEL party, in a runoff on Feb. 4.
    (AFP, 1/28/18)(SFC, 1/29/18, p.A2)
2018        Jan 28, Danish lawmakers agreed to allocate an additional 12.8 billion crowns ($2.14 billion) to military spending over the next six years, citing Russia as one of the major threats to its security.
    (Reuters, 1/28/18)
2018        Jan 28, Finland held presidential elections. President Sauli Niinisto (69) was poised to win another six-year term.
    (AFP, 1/28/18)
2018        Jan 28, In France more than 240 towns along the Seine and smaller rivers have suffered damage swollen by weeks of heavy rains. The Seine was expected to reach its peak in Paris over the next 24 hours.
    (AP, 1/28/18)
2018        Jan 28,  Iran's first heavy snowfall of the season forced both international airports in the capital to close. Many welcomed the heavy snow, which comes amid a severe drought.
    (AP, 1/28/18)
2018        Jan 28, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono expressed hopes for improved relations with China during talks in Beijing that also touched on joint efforts to counter North Korea's nuclear program.
    (AP, 1/28/18)
2018        Jan 28, In Indian-controlled Kashmir shops and businesses closed after separatists fighting against Indian rule called for a strike a day after soldiers shot and killed two young men in the disputed region.
    (AP, 1/28/18)
2018        Jan 28, An opposition alliance in the Maldives petitioned the Supreme Court to temporarily remove the president and appoint investigators to look into allegations of corruption and misrule.
    (AP, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 28, A Pakistani official said volunteers were able to rescue French mountaineer Elisabeth Revol from Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest peak in the world, but called off efforts to retrieve Polish climber Tomasz Mackiewicz, who was declared deceased.
    (AP, 1/28/18)
2018        Jan 28, Russian police wrestled opposition leader Alexei Navalny into a patrol wagon moments after he appeared at a rally to urge voters to boycott what he said would be a rigged presidential election in March. Protesters shouting slogans including "Putin is a thief!" gathered briefly around the Russian government's headquarters while marching through central Moscow.
    (Reuters, 1/28/18)(AP, 1/28/18)
2018        Jan 28, In Syria heavy fighting resumed in eastern Ghouta after a short period of relative calm following reports that a ceasefire had been agreed there late on Jan. 26.
    (Reuters, 1/28/18)
2018        Jan 28, In Thailand student activist Chanoknan Ruamsap became the latest political dissident to flee Thailand, explaining on her Facebook page that she made a snap decision to leave after learning she had been charged with insulting the monarchy because she shared a BBC article about the country's new king.
    (AP, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 28, Turkey seized a strategic outpost from Kurdish militia in Syria. Turkish air strikes killed three people in one family early in Afrin. President Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will "clean" its entire border with Syria in a sign that the Turkish offensive on the Syrian Kurdish YPG group in northern Syria's Afrin region could be extended further. The Syrian government said that Turkish shelling of the Kurdish-held Afrin region of Syria had seriously damaged the ancient temple of Ain Dara.
    (AFP, 1/28/18)(Reuters, 1/28/18)
2018        Jan 28, Yemen's government accused southern separatists of an attempted coup after they took over its headquarters amid fierce clashes in the city of Aden. At least 15 people were killed and 30 wounded.
    (AFP, 1/28/18)

2018        Jan 29, Brushing aside opposition from the US Justice Department, Republicans on the House intelligence committee voted to release a classified memo that purports to show improper use of surveillance by the FBI and the Justice Department in the Russia investigation.
    (AP, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 29, The US Treasury Department named top businessmen including the heads of the two of Russia's biggest banks, metals magnates and the boss of the state gas monopoly on a list of oligarchs close to Russian power. Two lists included 114 Russian politicians and 96 oligarchs.
    (Reuters, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, The United States and Qatar inked a deal to resolve a years-old quarrel over alleged airline subsidies, as Qatar's government works to defuse tensions with the Trump administration.
    (AP, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 29, US FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe left his job after enduring attacks from Pres. Trump and other Republicans, pending the effective date of his retirement in March.
    (SFC, 1/30/18, p.A6)
2018        Jan 29, US federal immigration agents (ICE) began raiding businesses in northern California demanding proof that their employees are legally allowed to work in the US. Over the next three days 77 workplaces were targeted.
    (SFC, 2/2/18, p.A1)
2018        Jan 30, In San Francisco a photograph captured a man breaking into a van on Lombard Street. On Feb. 23 suspect Delon Terrance Barker (21) was captured along with Charles Bradshaw (18) and Derriun Riggins (21) following a car break-in in Vacaville. In 2017 there were 30,000 reported car break-ins in San Francisco with a 1.6% arrest rate.
    (SFC, 2/28/18, p.A8)
2018        Jan 29, In Boston MS-13 gang member Daniel Menjivar (22) was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a conspiracy charge involving a brutal stabbing. He was also sentenced to three years of probation and faced deportation upon completion of his sentence.
    (AP, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 29, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order to put the state back into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
    (SFC, 1/30/18, p.A5)
2018        Jan 29, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani welcomed his counterpart from Indonesia, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, as he arrived in Kabul for an official visit.
    (AP, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 29, In Afghanistan Islamic State militants attacked Afghan soldiers guarding a military academy in Kabul, killing at least 11 troops and wounding 16.
    (AP, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 29, The African Union announced it has launched a new aviation deregulation scheme as more than 40 leaders from across the continent meet in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa for their annual summit.
    (AP, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 29, Australia's government announced a strategy to create high-tech jobs and become one of the top 10 defense-industry-exporting countries within a decade through arms sales to liked-minded nations while also keeping those weapons from rogue regimes.
    (AP, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 29, Bulgarian prosecutors said they would investigate wealthy Bulgarians who drive luxury cars or own expensive real estate, part of a drive to demonstrate to the European Union that the country is serious about tackling corruption.
    (Reuters, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 29, Conservation group WWF stepped up pressure on Bulgaria to withdraw a decision to allow more construction of ski runs and lifts in the mountainous 400 sq km Pirin National Park home to bears and wolves, saying the UNESCO World Heritage Site should be preserved.
    (Reuters, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 29, Kris Tompkins, the widow of Doug Tompkins (d.2015), donated a million acres of land in Patagonia, to Chile for the creation of five new national parks.
    (SFC, 1/30/18, p.A3)
2018        Jan 29, Colombia's defense minister said ELN rebels are responsible for three bomb attacks against police stations that killed seven and wounded dozens more over the weekend.
    (Reuters, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 29, Egyptian researchers announced that a dinosaur skeleton from the Cretaceous period has been unearthed in Egypt's Western Desert. The new species of long-necked herbivore, around the size of a city bus, was named Mansourasaurus Shahinae.
    (AP, 2/6/18)
2018        Jan 29, The leaders of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan met in Addis Ababa to discuss contentious issues related to the dam that Ethiopia is building on the Nile River.
    (AP, 1/29/18)   
2018        Jan 29, The European Union approved negotiating guidelines for the transition period after Brexit. The EU denied Britain any vote on EU policy issues during its transition out of the bloc and warned London not to fall behind on outstanding divorce matters.
    (AP, 1/29/18)(Reuters, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 29, In France floodwaters reached a peak in Paris and now threatened towns downstream along the rain-engorged Seine River. Water levels hit a maximum height of 5.84 meters (19 feet, 2 inches) on the Austerlitz scale early today, well below record levels of 8.62 meters in 1910, but still several meters above normal levels of about 1.5 meters on the Austerlitz scale.
    (AP, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 29, The German government dismissed as unjustifiable any auto emissions testing on monkeys or people. German daily Stuttgarter Zeitung reported at the weekend that a research organization funded by German carmakers sponsored scientific experiments testing nitrogen dioxide, a gas found in exhaust fumes, on people.
    (Reuters, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 29, India's annual economic survey was released with statistics indicating that India has 63 million fewer women than it should have, a "missing" population explained by sex-selective abortions and a range of other issues.
    (AP, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 29, In India bus plunged nine meters (30 feet) into the canal in Murshidabad district in West Bengal state. At least 43 people were killed and 4 remained missing.
    (AP, 1/31/18)
2018        Jan 29, Iran oil ministry said it said it is ready to file a case with the International Court of Arbitration (ICA) over the quality and price of gas it receives from Turkmenistan, as a dispute between the two nations over payments escalates.
    (Reuters, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 29, The Iraqi parliament voted to lift sanctions imposed on banks in the Kurdistan region over an independence referendum.
    (Reuters, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 29, Kuwait approved its budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Next year's deficit is estimated at $16.7 billion, or 13.5 percent of the OPEC member's gross domestic product.
    (AFP, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 29, Malaysia's top court said in a landmark decision that both parents must consent to the religious conversion of a minor, ruling unanimously in favor of a Hindu woman whose ex-husband converted their three children to Islam without telling her.
    (AP, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 29, A Pakistani court convicted two Chinese nationals for tampering with an ATM machine, sentencing each of them to a year in prison and a fine of around $400.
    (AP, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 29, Police in the Philippines resumed President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, making visits to the homes of users and dealers to convince them to surrender.
    (Reuters, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 29, In the Philippines a heavy shroud of ash from erupting Mount Mayon halted vehicles in at least two towns due to poor visibility as the volcano blew more lava and columns of ash from its crater.
    (AP, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 29, It was reported that Puerto Rico's governor has signed a law meant to speed and encourage adoptions, partly by allowing unmarried couples to adopt children in the socially conservative US territory.
    (AP, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 29, Romania's parliament confirmed Viorica Dancila as its first female prime minister and the country's third head of government in a year.
    (AP, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 29, In Russia delegates arrived in the Black Sea resort of Sochi for peace talks aimed at ending the Syrian conflict, but hopes of progress were dimmed after the main opposition group and the Kurds said they would boycott the event.
    (AFP, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 29, Russia's Defense Ministry called on the Syrian government to hold talks with the rebels in eastern Ghouta to arrange for the medical evacuation.
    (AP, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 29, South Korea's unification ministry said North Korea has canceled a joint cultural performance with South Korea scheduled for Feb. 4 blaming South Korean media for encouraging "insulting" public sentiment regarding the North. The performance was to be held in the North Korean territory of Mount Kumgang.
    (Reuters, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 29, In Syria air strikes in the rebel-held Idlib province killed at least 33 people over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 29, Turkey's government said more than 300 people have been detained for social media posts criticizing its military offensive in Syria, a day after President Tayyip Erdogan accused doctors who opposed the campaign of betrayal.
    (Reuters, 1/29/18)
2018        Jan 29, Yemen's embattled Pres. Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi said that a "coup" in underway in his government's seat of power in Aden, where separatists allied with the United Arab Emirates were battling his forces for a second day. Four people were killed in a second day of fighting between rival factions seeking control of Aden.
    (AP, 1/29/18)(Reuters, 1/29/18)

2018        Jan 30, US Pres. Donald Trump signed an executive order to keep open the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
    (SFC, 2/1/18, p.A6)
2018        Jan 30, Pres. Donald Trump gave his State of the Union address. Trump put the spotlight on the guests his team had invited to sit in the gallery with first lady Melania Trump and called on Congress to lift budgetary caps and boost spending on the military.
    (AP, 1/31/18)
2018        Jan 30, The US Treasury Department slapped sanctions on a gambling empire hacked from the Laotian jungle which it said was involved in drug, human and wildlife trafficking and child prostitution.
    (Reuters, 1/31/18)
2018        Jan 30, American actor Mark Salling (35) died of an apparent suicide in Los Angeles, weeks after pleading to guilty to possession of child pornography. He played bad-boy Noah “Puck" Puckerman in the musical comedy “Glee."
    (SFC, 1/31/18, p.A5)
2018        Jan 30, In southern California a 4-seat Robinson R44 helicopter crashed in Orange County killed three people.
    (SFC, 1/31/18, p.A7)
2018        Jan 30, In Texas William Rayford (64) of Dallas was executed by lethal injection for the 1999 slaying of his ex-girlfriend while on parole for killing his estranged wife.
    (SFC, 1/31/18, p.A6)
2018        Jan 30, In Afghanistan two US drone strikes hit a building where dozens of Taliban were meeting in southeastern Ghazni province, killing 26 insurgents and wounding 22.
    (AP, 2/1/18)
2018        Jan 30, Australia's military said that a fitness tracking application did not breach security despite revelations that an interactive, online map using its data can show troop locations around the world.
    (AP, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, British PM Theresa May and 50 business leaders flew to China for a three-day visit seeking a key economic partner for post-Brexit Britain.
    (AP, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, A British judge handed a prison sentence to Chris Parker (33), a homeless man, who admitted stealing from victims of the May 22, 2017, Manchester Arena bombing while pretending to help them.
    (AP, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, Cameroonian troops crossed into neighboring Nigeria in pursuit of separatist rebels. More than 43,000 Cameroonians have fled as refugees to Nigeria to escape the government crackdown on the separatists.
    (Reuters, 1/31/18)
2018        Jan 30, A coalition of eight Egyptian opposition parties and some 150 pro-democracy public figures called on voters to boycott the March presidential election.
    (AP, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, In Egypt the Cairo Criminal Court sentenced six alleged Muslim Brotherhood members to life in prison over charges including the attempted murder of soldiers and police. The court sentenced four other defendants to 15 years on similar charges, including belonging to a terrorist group, murder and planning attacks against the state. Another two defendants got five years in prison.
    (AP, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, Three Egyptian security sources said that in recent months up to 30 more captains and lieutenants in the security forces have joined the al Qaeda linked Ansar al-Islam network, which is headed by one of the country's most wanted men, former special forces officer Hisham al-Ashmawy.
    (Reuters, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, An Egyptian court imposed a $22 million fine on Qatari-owned sports broadcaster BeIN Sports and its chief executive for violating anti-trust regulations.
    (AFP, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, In France workers and some residents at nursing homes protested around the country in anger over staff shortages and cost cuts, pressing President Emmanuel Macron's government to rethink care for the elderly.
    (AP, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, Germany's would-be coalition parties reached a compromise on the divisive question of family reunions for migrants, clearing a major hurdle in talks on a ruling alliance, although both sides immediately presented varying interpretations of it.
    (Reuters, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, German police and customs officers searched 140 properties in western Germany and arrested eight people as part of an investigation into organized illegal work in the construction industry.
    (Reuters, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, In Greece Israel's Pres. Reuven Rivlin and Greece's PM Alexis Tsipras attended a foundation ceremony for a Holocaust memorial museum in Thessaloniki, which lost 97 percent of its Jewish community in German World War II death camps.
    (AP, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, Dublin-based Ryanair said it has signed an agreement to recognize the British Airline Pilots Association that reverses its historic hostility towards trade unions.
    (AFP, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, Israel's Yad Vashem memorial awarded a posthumous medal for heroism to three Poles who risked their lives to protect Jewish neighbors during the Nazi Holocaust. Jan Dziadosz, his wife Sabina and their son Aleksandr were honored as "Righteous Among the Nations," for risking their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.
    (AFP, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, The Japan Prize Foundation announced that Emory pediatrician Dr. Max Cooper and Australian Professor Jacques Miller have been awarded the Japan Prize for research in immunology. A third winner was Japanese inventor Akira Yoshino, recognized for work that is the foundation of the lithium ion battery.
    (AP, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, A coalition of aid groups in Jordan said about 8,500 Syrians are still locked up behind barbed wire in Village 5 of the Azraq refugee camp. Some 20% of Jordan's 665,000 registered Syrian refugees lived in three camps, the rest in host communities.
    (SFC, 1/31/18, p.A4)
2018        Jan 30, The Kenyan government declared the opposition's 'National Resistance Movement' a criminal group. Independently owned Citizen TV and Radio, KTN News and NTV were switched off as supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga watched him take a symbolic presidential oath in a Nairobi park in a direct challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
    (Reuters, 1/30/18)(Reuters, 1/31/18)
2018        Jan 30, In Lebanon German Pres. Frank-Walter Steinmeier met with Lebanese PM Saad Hariri in Beirut, where they discussed Berlin's participation in upcoming international conferences aimed at shoring up Lebanon's security forces and boosting its economy. Steinmeier also met with local Christian and Muslim spiritual leaders on the second day of his visit.
    (AP, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, Macedonian customs officers said they have seized more than 300 kg of cannabis in a truck, hidden in pallets loaded with sacks of rice, at a border crossing with Greece.
    (AP, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, Montenegro signed a 30 million euro ($37 million) deal to buy three helicopters made by Bell Helicopter, part of Textron Inc, in a drive by NATO's newest member to bolster its defenses.
    (Reuters, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, Amnesty Int'l. said Nigeria's military has killed at least 35 people in air raids during attempts to combat growing violence between farmers and herdsmen over land in five states.
    (SFC, 1/31/18, p.A2)
2018        Jan 30, In northeastern Nigeria Boko Haram jihadists killed at least five loggers, in the latest attacks against civilians in the violence-hit region.
    (AFP, 2/1/18)
2018        Jan 30, Polish President Andrzej Duda signed into law a bill that largely limits trade on Sundays, saying it will benefit family life. Large Western supermarket chains were the main target of the law.
    (AP, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, Saudi Arabia's attorney general said $107 billion has been recovered so far in a major crackdown on high-level corruption and that 56 suspects were still being investigated.
    (AFP, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, A Syrian peace conference in Russia was marred by discord after the Russian foreign minister was heckled, an opposition delegation refused to leave the airport on arrival, and delegates squabbled over who should preside over the event.
    (Reuters, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, It was reported that Thailand's ruling military junta has filed charges against seven democracy activists for calling for elections and an end to military rule.
    (AP, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, Turkey detained 11 top members of the country's main medical association, including its chief, in a nationwide sweep after they criticized Ankara's offensive against Kurdish militia in Syria.
    (AFP, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) said German-Kurdish player Deniz Naki (28), previously convicted of support for Kurdish separatists in Turkey, has been banned for life and charged 273,000 liras ($72,000) for "separatist and ideological propaganda".
    (AP, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said an estimated 60,000 children face potential starvation in North Korea, where international sanctions are exacerbating the situation by slowing aid deliveries.
    (Reuters, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, The head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees said that Russia, Kuwait and nine European countries have agreed to speed up their contributions to help fill a shortfall left by the Trump administration's decision to greatly reduce crucial US funding.
    (AP, 1/30/18)
2018        Jan 30, The Vatican said that Maltese Bishop Charles Scicluna would travel to Chile to investigate Bishop Juan Barros, accused by victims of covering up for the country's most notorious pedophile pries.
    (SFC, 1/31/18, p.A2)
2018        Jan 30, In Yemen al-Qaida militants attacked a checkpoint in the southern Shabwa province, killing at least 12 soldiers in an area where Yemeni troops had claimed victory against the extremist group. PM Ahmed Obaid Bin Daghar prepared to flee to Saudi Arabia after separatists backed by the United Arab Emirates seized the area around the presidential palace in the southern city of Aden in fierce battles.
    (AP, 1/30/18)

2018        Jan 31, The moon put on a rare cosmic show: a red blue moon, super big and super bright. It's the first time in 35 years a blue moon has synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse, or blood moon because of its red hue.
    (AP, 1/31/18)
2018        Jan 31, The US State Department labeled Egypt's Hasm movement and Liwaa el-Thawra as "Specially Designated Global Terrorist" groups. Egyptian authorities believed they are splinter factions of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist organization that Egypt has outlawed since 2013.
    (AP, 2/2/18)
2018        Jan 31, US federal prosecutors charged Peter Hicks (57) of Worcester, Mass., with accepting money to marry six women, from sub-Saharan African nations, to help them evade immigration laws. Hicks faced a maximum of five years in prison if convicted.
    (SFC, 2/1/18, p.A5)
2018        Jan 31, Afghanistan gave neighboring Pakistan confessions and other proof showing that the militants who carried out a recent series of attacks were trained in Pakistan and that Taliban leaders there are allowed to roam freely.
    (AP, 2/1/18)
2018        Jan 31, A magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit Afghanistan and Pakistan killing a young girl and injuring 15 others.
    (SFC, 2/1/18, p.A2)
2018        Jan 31, Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the government planned to disband a fraternity over its anti-Semitic songbook, amid calls for far-right politician Udo Landbauer to resign for having been the group's deputy leader.
    (AP, 1/31/18)
2018        Jan 31, Bahrain's criminal court sentenced two Shiites to death and 19 others to life imprisonment in a ruling against a cell convicted of terror attacks.
    (AFP, 1/31/18)
2018        Jan 31, Britain's government said it would hand over to parliament what it called an initial analysis of the impact of Brexit, trying to deflect accusations that ministers are badly prepared for leaving the EU.
    (Reuters, 1/31/18)
2018        Jan 31, British lawmakers voted to move out of their aging Parliament building to allow for an estimated six years of repairs at a cost of $5 billion.
    (SFC, 2/1/18, p.A3)
2018        Jan 31, British energy major BP announced oil and gas discoveries in the North Sea, in a boost for the company and local industry.
    (AFP, 1/31/18)
2018        Jan 31, In China British PM Theresa May met with Premier Li Keqiang and called for expanding the "global strategic partnership" between the UK and China.
    (AP, 1/31/18)
2018        Jan 31, Cuba protested the creation of a US task force on increasing internet access on the island — a measure that's part of President Donald Trump's hardening of US policy on Cuba.
    (AP, 2/1/18)
2018        Jan 31, An Egyptian court gave 15 people one-year suspended jail sentences over an attack last Dec. 22 on an unlicensed Coptic Church in a village south of Cairo. The Giza misdemeanor court also fined the owner of the building, a Christian man, 360,000 Egyptian pounds ($20,500) for turning his residency into a church without a license.
    (Reuters, 1/31/18)
2018        Jan 31, In France Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan (55) was arrested following claims by two women that he assaulted them in French hotel rooms in 2009 and 2012. The married father of four has denied the accusations from the two women.
    (AFP, 2/3/18)
2018        Jan 31, In Germany Marcel Hesse (20) was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison for killing a child and a 22-year-old acquaintance last March.
    (AP, 1/31/18)
2018        Jan 31, Hong Kong lawmakers gave final approval to a government proposal banning local ivory trading in the Chinese territory by 2021, with conservation groups hailing it as a major victory in the fight to save elephants.
    (AP, 1/31/18)
2018        Jan 31, Iranian police detained 29 women who removed their obligatory Islamic veils. They were taking part in an antihijab campaign known as “White Wednesdays," advocated by the foreign-based Farsi language satellite TV networks. Women showing their hair in public can be jailed for up to two months or fined $25.
    (SFC, 2/2/18, p.A2)
2018        Jan 31, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman described Lebanon's offshore oil and gas licensing process as "very provocative" and urged international firms not to bid. Lebanon's President Michel Aoun said Israeli comments urging firms not to bid on a Lebanese offshore energy tender were "a threat to Lebanon".
    (Reuters, 1/31/18)
2018        Jan 31, In Italy the dismembered body of Pamela Mastropietro (18) was found in two suitcases near Macerata. The teenager had run away from a drug rehabilitation center on Jan. 29 and met a Nigerian asylum seeker, Innocent Oseghale, the next day. Witnesses said they had earlier seen Oseghale with the suitcases.
    (AP, 2/3/18)
2018        Jan 31, Kosovo's PM Ramush Haradinaj suspended significant pay increases for top government officials amid a wave of criticism.
    (AP, 1/31/18)
2018        Jan 31, In Kosovo hundreds of people staged a protest in Pristina, urging the government to fight extremely high pollution.
    (AP, 1/31/18)
2018        Jan 31, It was reported that low dam levels in the emerald-green highlands of Lesotho are raising alarm bells in South Africa's industrial heartland around Johannesburg, which has so far avoided the shortages hitting other regions.
    (Reuters, 1/31/18)
2018        Jan 31, A Dutch appeals court convicted a man for helping his ailing, 99-year-old stepmother take her own life a decade ago, a case that has become a focal point in the fierce debate in the Netherlands about end-of-life issues. The city court in Den Bosch gave Albert Heringa a suspended six-month sentence.
    (AP, 1/31/18)
2018        Jan 31, In the Philippines Conchita Carpio Morales, the head of a key anti-graft agency, defied an order by President Rodrigo Duterte's office to suspend her deputy for allegedly disclosing confidential information to the media about an investigation into Duterte's alleged undeclared wealth.
    (AP, 1/31/18)
2018        Jan 31, In the Philippines rebel leader Rafael Baylosis (69), a top member of the New People's Army, was arrested in Quezon City. The military estimated that NPA has about 5,000 fighters.
    (SFC, 2/2/18, p.A2)
2018        Jan 31, In Syria the head of the Afrin city hospital supplies are dwindling in the main hospital, which has taken in 48 people killed and 86 wounded in recent Turkish attacks. Kurdish authorities in Afrin district called for Bashar al-Assad's government to send troops to help defend them from a six-day-old Turkish assault. Rockets fired from northern Syria into the Turkish border town of Reyhanli killed a teenage girl and wounded another person. The Kurdish militia accused Turkey of firing Katyusha rockets into Afrin, and reported that at least 12 people were wounded from the shelling that targeted the neighborhood of Ashrafieh.
    (AP, 1/31/18)(Reuters, 1/31/18)
2018        Jan 31, An Istanbul court ordered the release of Taner Kilic, the head of rights group Amnesty International in Turkey, who had been held on terror charges that his supporters long dismissed as "baseless".
    (AFP, 1/31/18)
2018        Jan 31, A Turkish court sentenced two Syrians, Atala el-Hasan el-Mayyup and Fevzi Muhammed Ali, and a Turkish man, Halil Dervis, to multiple life sentences in connection with a bombing that killed 12 German tourists in Istanbul on Jan 12, 2016.
    (Reuters, 1/31/18)
2018        Jan 31, The UN human rights office said that 206 companies — mostly Israeli and American — are facing a review of their business practices involving Israeli settlements, which are considered illegal under international law.
    (AP, 1/31/18)
2018        Jan 31, The UN refugee agency appealed for $157 million (126 million euros) to help over a quarter of a million people affected by the insurgency led by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram. Since 2013, the Boko Haram conflict has internally displaced another 2.4 million people in northeast Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
    (AFP, 1/31/18)

2018        Jan, Pres. Donald Trump extended sanctions waivers on Iran but said he would not do so again when they come up for renewal in May unless his concerns are addressed.
    (AP, 2/5/18)
2018        Jan, San Francisco Armory LLC closed a $65 million deal to be acquired by a Chicago-based affiliate of AJ Capital Partners. In 2006 British pornography entrepreneur Peter Acworth paid 14.5 million for the 200,000 sq. foot structure.
    (SFC, 2/8/18, p.D3)
2018        Jan, In China a regional court ruling upheld charges of "incitement to separatism" against Tashi Wangchuk (32), who has been held for more than two years. The rights activist has promoted the Tibetan language, and called for charges against him to be dropped.
    (AP, 2/21/18)
2018        Jan, The Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that Costa Rica should allow same-sex marriage. Polls showed that just over two-thirds of Costa Ricans opposed the court's ruling.
    (AP, 2/3/18)
2018        Jan, Two amateur archeologists found a silver coin on the German island of Ruegen. The state's archeology office became involved and soon uncovered hundreds of silver coins linked to the 10th century reign of Danish King Harald Gormsson.
    (SFC, 4/17/18, p.A2)
2018        Jan, In Indian-controlled Kashmir Asifa, a Muslim girl (8), was kidnapped. Her raped and mutilated body was found in the woods a week later. Police later said the attack had been planned for over a month as a way to terrify the Bakarwals, a Muslim community of nomadic herders, into leaving the area.
    (AP, 4/13/18)

2018        Feb 1, A bipartisan group of US congressmen announced they had nominated Hong Kong pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, Alex Chow and the entire Umbrella Movement for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.
    (AFP, 2/1/18)
2018        Feb 1, In Florida Gustavo Falcon (56), the so-called last of Miami's "cocaine cowboys," pleaded guilty in Miami federal court to a single cocaine distribution conspiracy charge.
    (AP, 2/1/18)
2018        Feb 1, Florida authorities in Okaloosa County arrested and charge charged Ginny (34) and Robert Long (47) with child abuse and fraud after they lied to their son that he had brain cancer so that they could use his fictitious illness to raise money for non-existent medical expenses.
    (SSFC, 2/4/18, p.A8)
2018        Feb 1, In Texas John David Battaglia was executed by lethal injection for the 2001 killing of his daughter Faith (9) and her sister Liberty (6) during a scheduled visit, while their mother listened helplessly on the phone.
    (SFC, 2/2/18, p.A6)
2018        Feb 1, Australian secret service officers seized hundreds of classified documents from Australian Broadcasting Corp. bureaus in three cities as part of a probe into how top-secret government papers were mistakenly sold along with two discarded filing cabinets through a secondhand furniture shop.
    (AP, 2/1/18)
2018        Feb 1, Brazilian federal police served 100 search-and-seizure warrants as part of an investigation into alleged graft involving a pension fund for post office workers.
    (Reuters, 2/1/18)
2018        Feb 1, In Cameroon attacks by suspected English-speaking separatists killed three gendarmes.
    (Reuters, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 1, In Canada three unidentified people were killed when a helicopter crashed and burst into flames in a snowy field near Drummondville in Quebec province.
    (Reuters, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 1, Chinese President Xi Jinping touted the advantages of his "Belt and Road" mega-plan for trade and infrastructure links across Asia in a meeting with British PM Theresa May, whose government has been slow to endorse the initiative.
    (AP, 2/1/18)
2018        Feb 1, France's President Emmanuel Macron said he would push to double French investment in Tunisia over five years to buttress its faltering economy and transition to democracy.
    (Reuters, 2/1/18)
2018        Feb 1, In France gang rivalries erupted into a brawl that left five migrants suffering serious gunshot injuries in Calais. Eritreans and Afghans fought running battles in broad daylight, some armed with rods and metal poles.
    (Reuters, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 1, German lawmakers approved a measure extending rules limiting migrants' rights to bring close relatives to the country, paving the way for a new migrant plan this summer.
    (AP, 2/1/18)
2018        Feb 1, German police arrested six members of the far right National Democratic Party (NDP), who were handing out tear gas bottles and flyers in the eastern city of Cottbus and said they were stepping up security ahead of an anti-refugee protest there on February 3.
    (Reuters, 2/1/18)
2018        Feb 1, Researchers announced the finding of tens of thousands of previously undetected Mayan houses, buildings, defense works and pyramids in the dense jungle of Guatemala's Peten region, suggesting that millions more people lived there than previously thought. The Mayan culture flourished between roughly 1,000 BC and 900 AD.
    (AP, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 1, Industrial workers in Germany began a second day of 24-hour strikes over pay and working hours, affecting companies including carmakers VW and Ford .
    (Reuters, 2/1/18)
2018        Feb 1, India's finance minister Arun Jaitley announced a federal budget with a string of populist giveaways, from affordable housing to a health plan for millions of the poor, in an attempt to woo voters ahead of national elections next year. Jaitley also announced a 10 percent tax on some long-term capital gains.
    (AP, 2/1/18)
2018        Feb 1, A Kenyan court suspended a government shutdown of three TV channels that was prompted by their coverage of opposition leader Raila Odinga's symbolic presidential inauguration this week, one of the channels reported.
    (Reuters, 2/1/18)
2018        Feb 1, A Kosovar court has sentenced Naser Kelmendi (60), a Balkan drug kingpin, to six years in prison for trafficking 25 kg (55 pounds) of heroin to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2003.
    (AP, 2/1/18)
2018        Feb 1, In Lebanon the political party led by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri called on his supporters to stop protesting in the street, seeking to contain tensions unleashed by a row involving President Michel Aoun. Supporters of Berri and his Amal Movement have been protesting since Jan. 29, after Aoun's son-in-law, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, was caught on camera calling Berri "a thug".
    (Reuters, 2/1/18)
2018        Feb 1, In the Maldives a Supreme Court decision to free nine political prisoners led to unrest in the capital of the Indian Ocean archipelago.
    (AP, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 1, Morocco's interior ministry said authorities have arrested seven suspected Islamic State militants who had been planning attacks.
    (Reuters, 2/1/18)
2018        Feb 1, A mining watchdog advised the Dutch government to significantly reduce the amount of gas extracted from the Groningen region, saying a cut is necessary to lower the risk of damage from subsequent earthquakes.
    (AP, 2/1/18)
2018        Feb 1, New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern expressed support for economic sanctions against North Korea while also urging a "de-escalation" on the Korean Peninsula.
    (AP, 2/1/18)
2018        Feb 1, In Pakistan thousands of people from the country's powerful Mehsud tribe rallied in Islamabad, demanding the arrest of police officer Rao Anwar accused of killing aspiring model Naqeeb Ullah in a Jan. 13 shootout in Karachi.
    (AP, 2/1/18)
2018        Feb 1, Russia's PM Dmitry Medvedev approved the deployment of Russian warplanes on a disputed island near Japan.
    (Reuters, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 1, A court in Moscow convicted former Kirov regional Gov. Nikita Belykh of taking a 400,000-euro ($500,000) bribe and sentenced him to eight years in prison.
    (AP, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 1, Switzerland's market regulator said it has banned the Swiss affiliate of Russia's Gazprombank from taking new private clients over money laundering concerns over a 10-year period that emerged from the Panama Papers leak.
    (AP, 2/1/18)
2018        Feb 1, Syrian government forces pushed into an opposition stronghold in Idlib province, as Turkish troops and allied Syrian fighters battled with Kurdish militants in a nearby area. Syria's government described a Turkish offensive in the Afrin region as an illegal "aggression" and said it would deal with it accordingly.
    (AP, 2/1/18)(Reuters, 2/1/18)
2018        Feb 1, Syria's opposition said it will cooperate with proposals made at a Russia-hosted conference this week to rewrite the country's constitution as long as the process remains under UN auspices.
    (Reuters, 2/1/18)
2018        Feb 1, A Turkish court overturned its decision to release the chairman of the local arm of Amnesty International, in a case that has caused international outrage.
    (Reuters, 2/1/18)
2018        Feb 1, It was reported that Zimbabwe's remaining white farmers will now get 99-year land leases according to a new government policy that marks a dramatic change from widespread evictions of whites from farms.
    (AP, 2/1/18)

2018        Feb 2, President Donald Trump lashed out at the FBI and Justice Department as politically biased as he prepared to clear the release of a classified memo written by Republican lawmakers who say it reveals abusive FBI surveillance tactics. Morning news shows were dominated by reports that the FBI and DOJ had objected strenuously to the memo's release.
    (AP, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, Donald Trump and his Republican allies unleashed a controversial memo accusing the FBI of bias and abuse of power. The four-page congressional document was released contending that the FBI, when it applied for a surveillance warrant on a onetime Trump campaign associate, relied excessively on an ex-British spy whose opposition research was funded by Democrats. At the same time, the memo confirms that the investigation into potential Trump links to Russia actually began several months earlier, and was "triggered" by information involving a different campaign aide.
    (AFP, 2/3/18)(AP, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 2, President Donald Trump sought to increase pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear program by consulting with allies and highlighting the human rights abuses suffered by defectors from North Korea.
    (AP, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 2, The Trump administration announced it will continue much of the Obama administration's nuclear weapons policy, but take a more aggressive stance toward Russia.
    (AP, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 2, The US Treasury Department sanctioned six individuals and seven entities under financial regulations targeting the Lebanon-based Hezbollah militant group. Most of them were linked to Al-Inmaa Engineering and Contracting.
    (Reuters, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, The Trump administration imposed a US arms embargo on civil war-torn South Sudan and urged the United Nations and other countries to do the same. The State Department said the US is restricting all sales of defense equipment and services to all parties to South Sudan's conflict.
    (AP, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, The US Federal Reserve imposed unusually harsh penalties on Wells Fargo Bank barring it from future growth until the bank fixes its problems.
    (SFC, 2/3/18, p.D1)
2018        Feb 2, The California state Senate and Assembly released a cache of documents revealing 20 substantiated complaints of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior against lawmakers or high-level legislative staffers over the past 12 years.
    (SFC, 2/3/18, p.A1)
2018        Feb 2, A new report said the number of monarchs wintering in California has dropped to a five-year low, despite more volunteers counting more sites in search of the orange-and-black insect that is arguably the most admired of North American butterflies.
    (Reuters, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 2, A US federal judge in New Jersey temporarily halted deportation proceedings against some 50 Indonesian Christians who are in the US illegally but seeking to gain legal status.
    (AP, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 2, Oregon's top federal prosecutor said that state has a formidable problem with marijuana overproduction that winds up on the black market.
    (SFC, 2/3/18, p.A7)
2018        Feb 2, US stocks slumped, and the market suffered its worst week in two years, as fears of inflation and disappointing quarterly results from technology and energy giants spooked investors. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped by more than 650 points.
    (AP, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 2, Briton Darren Osborne (48), who deliberately drove a van into a group of worshippers near a London mosque, killing one man last June 19, was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum 43-year term.
    (AFP, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, Toronto-based Yamana Gold said that an accident at its Gualcamayo mine in Argentina resulted in two fatalities.
    (Reuters, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, Cambodia's Cabinet endorsed an amendment to the criminal code making insulting the king a criminal offense punishable by a fine and up to five years in prison.
    (AP, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, The campaign group International Rivers said floodwater released by a recently opened Chinese hydroelectric dam in Cambodia has completely submerged the village of Srekor. Hundreds of families from five villages in the northern province of Stung Treng had moved several months ago to designated project resettlement sites, before the floodwater from the dam submerged the area.
    (AP, 2/4/18)
2018        Feb 2, Chinese regulators ordered microblog operators to set up a mechanism to remove false information after the most popular service was criticized for allowing prohibited material to spread.
    (AP, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, In China the driver of a minivan hauling gas canisters in Shanghai set fire to his vehicle while smoking a cigarette and plowed into pedestrians, leaving 18 people injured in the heart of the financial hub.
    (AP, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, The UN's top court on sided largely with Costa Rica in a decade-old border dispute, ordering Nicaragua to remove a military camp from disputed territory. The International Court of Justice at The Hague laid down definitive maritime boundaries between Costa Rica and Nicaragua in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean and a small land boundary in a remote, disputed wetland.
    (Reuters, 2/2/18)(AP, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, It was reported that the Egyptian army is bulldozing homes and olive groves to build a buffer zone around the airport in its troubled North Sinai Province, where Islamic State group militants targeted the defense and interior ministers in December.
    (AP, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, In Egypt a crash involving several cars killed at least 11 people and wounded 32 others in Minya province, south of Cairo.
    (AP, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, The French government said it will send more police to Calais to crack down on migrant gangs.
    (Reuters, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, Two French military training helicopters collided and crashed in a wooded area of Provence, killing five people aboard.
    (AP, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, Weekly magazine Der Spiegel reported that Germany has granted asylum to four Turkish soldiers, including one Ankara accuses of playing a leading role in the failed military coup of July 2016, in a new setback for relations between the two countries.
    (Reuters, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, In northwest Germany a mosque in the town of Oer-Erkenschwick may no longer broadcast its Friday midday call to prayer by loudspeaker for now after a local court upheld a challenge by a couple who live nearly 1 km (1,000 yards) away.
    (Reuters, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, Car factories across Germany were at a standstill as industrial workers staged a third day of 24-hour strikes, focusing on plants owned by Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi and BMW.
    (Reuters, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, A Greek court ruled against the extradition of a Turkish man wanted by Ankara over links to a banned militant group blamed for suicide bombings in Turkey. The court said Mehmet Dogan (60), although still being held in Greece, had been granted political asylum in France.
    (AP, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, In Indonesia Muslims in the conservative and semiautonomous Aceh province protested an investigation into local police who rounded up and publicly humiliated transgender women. Videos circulated online showed that police had forced 12 transgender women to dress as men, shaved their heads and berated them about not being masculine.
    (AP, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, Kenya's three leading TV stations were off the air for a fourth day as police prevented the delivery of a court order to restore their transmissions after they tried to broadcast opposition leader Raila Odinga swearing himself in as "the people's president".
    (AP, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, An estimated 90 migrants are feared to have drowned off the coast of Libya after a smuggler's boat capsized early today, leaving three known survivors and 10 bodies washed up on shore. Most of the migrants on board were said to be Pakistanis.
    (Reuters, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, Maldives police arrested two opposition supporters as protesters clashed with police for a second night. Mohammed Nasheed, the exiled former president of the Maldives, said he will run again for office.
    (AP, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, The Philippine National Police said nearly 50 people suspected of using and selling drugs were killed by police officers over the last two months.
    (SFC, 2/3/18, p.A2)
2018        Feb 2, The Philippines said the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, made by French drug maker Sanofi, may be connected to three deaths in the country, according to a government-ordered inquiry, and that the drug is not ready for mass immunization.
    (Reuters, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, Spain extradited to the United States Pyotr Levashov (37), a Russian citizen who is suspected of being one the world's most notorious spammers.
    (AP, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, In Syria warplanes, believed to be Russian, hit a convoy of civilians fleeing along a major highway killing at least seven people in northwestern Idlib province.
    (Reuters, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 2, Thailand police arrested Russian national Sergey Medvedev in Bangkok. On Feb. 7 a US indictment accused him of running an online cybercrime marketplace where everything from stolen credit card information to hardware for compromising ATM machines could be purchased. The Infraud Organization's main servers were seized in Paris on February 6.
    (AP, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 2, Turkish authorities detained 13 people for supporting the country's main medical association whose top members are in custody for criticizing Ankara's offensive against a Syrian Kurdish militia.
    (AFP, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, In Turkey two people were killed after rockets were fired at two border towns in Hatay province from the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin across the border.
    (AP, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, A UN humanitarian report said conflict between Myanmar's army and guerrillas of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in northern Myanmar has escalated since Jan. 19, including in Sumprabum, Waingmaw and Tanai townships.
    (Reuters, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, UN experts said North Korea is flouting UN sanctions on oil and gas, engaging in prohibited ballistic missile cooperation with Syria and Myanmar, and illegally exporting commodities that brought in nearly $200 million in just nine months last year.
    (AP, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 2, It was reported that Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, daughter of former Uzbek leader Islam Karimov, has stepped down as Uzbekistan's UNESCO representative, becoming the latest official from her father's administration to depart.
    (Reuters, 2/2/18)

2018        Feb 3, President Donald Trump claimed complete vindication from a congressional memo that alleges the FBI abused its surveillance powers during the investigation into his campaign's possible Russia ties.
    (AP, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 3, Los Angeles police arrested a driver following a traffic stop after discovering 14 packages that were wrapped in foil to resemble burritos, but actually contained methamphetamine.
    (SFC, 2/5/18, p.A6)
2018        Feb 3, It was reported that Global food conglomerate Nestle is in a battle with critics in tiny Osceola Township, Michigan where residents complain the Swiss company's water extraction techniques are ruining the environment. Nestle began pumping water in the region in the early 2000s for its "Ice Mountain" brand of bottled water. Nestle pays just $200 a year to the state of Michigan to pump more than 130 million gallons (590 million liters) of water.
    (AFP, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 3, Afghan and Pakistani officials met for a second round of talks in Kabul about allegations levelled against Islamabad in the wake of recent deadly militant attacks in Kabul that have killed over 200 people.
    (AP, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 3, A Bangladeshi farmer lost both legs when he stepped on a landmine reportedly planted by Myanmar security forces in a buffer zone between the two countries.
    (AFP, 2/4/18)
2018        Feb 3, The British government said it has introduced new powers to seize suspicious assets that it says will help curb London's status as a haven for ill-gotten gains.
    (AP, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 3, In London thousands marched through the city demanding increased funding for Britain's overburdened National Health Service.
    (SSFC, 2/4/18, p.A4)
2018        Feb 3, In eastern China an explosion at a chemical plant killed four people at the Jinshan Chemical Plant Co., in Linshu County, Shandong province.
    (AP, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 3, Colombia's government opened its first shelter for Venezuelans who are pouring across the border in ever-larger numbers to escape their nation's economic crisis.
    (AP, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 3, Congolese security forces grabbed Father Sebastien Yebo outside his church this morning following a mass in Kinshasa, beat him and threw him into a jeep. He was let go in the afternoon after several hours of interrogation over his alleged links with the Kamwina Nsapu militia.
    (AFP, 2/4/18)
2018        Feb 3, Corsica's nationalist leaders demonstrated along with unions and students ahead of a visit next week by French President Emmanuel Macron. Newly elected leaders hoped the march will spur on fresh talks with the French government about demands including equal status for the Corsican language and the release of Corsican prisoners held in mainland prisons.
    (AP, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 3, The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency said North Korea has used its embassy in Berlin to acquire equipment apparently intended for its missile or nuclear programs.
    (AP, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 3, Arab refugees and Germans carrying pro-immigrant and anti-fascism placards marched in Cottbus to denounce what they say are attempts by far-right groups to stoke tension in the eastern city after two knife attacks by Syrian teenagers.
    (Reuters, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 3, In central Italy Luca Traini (28) opened fire on African migrants in the city of Macerata, injuring six people in the racially motivated attack before he was captured.
    (Reuters, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 3, Libyan forces fought suspected Islamic State fighters, killing three of them near an oilfield run by Waha Oil in the southeast of the country. One soldier was killed and five wounded during two days of clashes.
    (Reuters, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 3, Maldives President Abdulla Yameen fired his second police chief in three days and the opposition said it feared violence, as the island nation was pitched deeper into a crisis caused by Yameen's failure to obey a court order to free jailed opponents. The president said he was open to holding an election several months before his term ends next November.
    (Reuters, 2/3/18)(AP, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 3, In New Zealand hundreds of tourists trapped in the remote town of Haast for 48 hours, after a strong storm damaged roads, were freed after authorities cleared a highway.
    (Reuters, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 3, Nigerian court papers showed that Danladi Umar, a top judge handling corruption cases against public officials, has himself been charged with bribery.
    (AFP, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 3, In Pakistan a suicide attack on a military unit killed 11 soldiers and wounded 13 in the Swat Valley. A day later the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.
    (AP, 2/3/18)(AP, 2/4/18)
2018        Feb 3, In Pakistan three gunmen shot and killed a female singer, known only as Sumbul who refused to accompany them to a private party in Mardan.
    (AP, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 3, In Senegal French President Emmanuel Macron got a rousing welcome from tens of thousands as he visited the historic city of Saint-Louis, and announced an aid package of 40 million euros for the UNESCO World Heritage site which is threatened by coastal erosion from the Atlantic Ocean.
    (AFP, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 3, In Senegal donor nations announced $2.3 billion in funding to support education in developing countries, following an international meeting in Dakar.
    (AP, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 3, In Syria rebels shot down a warplane in the country's northwest where government forces and their allies are advancing under the cover of intense airstrikes. A Russian pilot who ejected from his fighter jet was killed by militants after he landed alive on the ground and resisted capture by an al-Qaida-linked group. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported more than 35 airstrikes on Saraqeb over the last 24 hours.
    (AP, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 3, The Turkish military said two of its soldiers have been killed in Syria and a third was killed on the Turkish side of the border in an attack by Syrian Kurdish militiamen. Five more Turkish soldiers were killed in a single attack on a tank.
    (AP, 2/3/18)(AFP, 2/3/18)(SSFC, 2/4/18, p.A4)
2018        Feb 3, Human Rights Watch said Turkish guards at the border with Syria are indiscriminately shooting at and summarily returning asylum seekers attempting to cross into Turkey.
    (Reuters, 2/3/18)

2018        Feb 4, Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and an Uber driver were struck early today and killed by a pickup truck driven by an illegal immigrant, who was arrested shortly after the fatal crash. Manuel Orrego-Savala (37), who is from Guatemala and has twice been deported from the US, was later charged with causing death while driving intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.
    (AP, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 4, Philadelphia Eagles fans celebrated their first NFL title since 1960 as the Eagles defeating the favored New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl 52. Quarterback Nick Foles led a late-game comeback to cap a season that began as a backup and ended as Super Bowl MVP.
    (AP, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 4, In South Carolina an Amtrak passenger train slammed into a parked CSX freight train in Cayce. Two Amtrak crew members were killed and more than 110 people injured. Human error and a switch in the wrong position was were later identified as the cause of the collision.
    (SFC, 2/5/18, p.A6)(SFC, 2/16/18, p.A7)
2018        Feb 4, Albania said heavy rains all over the Adriatic country have flooded riverbanks and led to the death of an energy worker.
    (AP, 2/4/18)
2018        Feb 4, Australia's South Australia state government said some 50,000 homes will receive solar panels and Tesla batteries, in a landmark plan to turn houses into a giant, interconnected power plant.
    (AFP, 2/4/18)
2018        Feb 4, China criticized a US government report that cast Beijing as a potential nuclear adversary and called on Washington to reduce its own much larger arsenal and join in promoting regional stability.
    (AP, 2/4/18)
2018        Feb 4, Costa Ricans went to the polls to choose a new president in a race upended by a debate over same-sex marriage. Conservative Christian singer and TV anchor Fabricio Alvarado skyrocketed to the top of the 13-person field after denouncing a January ruling by the region's top human rights court that called on Costa Rica to give equal civil marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples. Religious conservatives helped Alvarado finish first and put him in the pole position for an April 1 runoff against a candidate of Pres. Luis Guillermo Solis' party.
    (Reuters, 2/4/18)(AP, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 4, Voters in Cyprus cast ballots in a presidential run-off, with incumbent Nicos Anastasiades and his leftist challenger sparring over who is best placed to reunify the island and boost a fragile economic recovery. Anastasiades defeated Stavros Malas 565 to 44%.
    (AFP, 2/4/18)(SFC, 2/5/18, p.A5)
2018        Feb 4, Ecuadoreans voted almost 2-1 in a referendum to prevent unlimited presidential re-election and blocked former leftist President Rafael Correa from returning to power.
    (Reuters, 2/4/18)(SFC, 2/5/18, p.A5)
2018        Feb 4, In Egypt a roadside bomb targeted a pickup truck carrying members of the security forces in the turbulent north of the Sinai Peninsula, killing two.
    (AP, 2/4/18)
2018        Feb 4, In Germany US soldier 1st Sgt. Nicholas S. Amsberry (34), who was deployed to Europe as part of a mission to reassure eastern European allies, was found dead near a train station in the town of Parsberg.
    (AP, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 4, In Greece well over 100,000 protesters from across the country converged on Athens' main square to protest a potential Greek compromise in a dispute with neighboring Macedonia over the former Yugoslav republic's official name.
    (AP, 2/4/18)
2018        Feb 4, Guinea held its first local elections since the end of the era of military dictatorship, as voting gets underway to elect municipal councils following eight years of delays.
    (AFP, 2/3/18)
2018        Feb 4, In Indonesia villagers spotted a wounded orangutan in a lake in the Kutai Timur district, East Kalimantan province. The male orangutan had been shot at least 130 times with an air gun and was apparently stabbed and clubbed. He died in a hospital on Feb 6 in the second known killing of a critically endangered orangutan this year. Police later arrested four farmers and a 13-year-old boy who admitted they stabbed, clubbed and shot the orangutan to protect their pineapple crop.
    (AP, 2/7/18)(AP, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 4, Iran's prosecutor-general said a court has sentenced a suspect to six years in prison for relaying information on the country's nuclear program to a US intelligence agent and a European country.
    (AP, 2/4/18)
2018        Feb 4, Iraqi security services published the names of 60 people wanted on suspicion of belonging to the Islamic State group, Al-Qaeda or the Baath Party of late dictator Saddam Hussein.
    (AFP, 2/4/18)
2018        Feb 4, Israel said it plans to legalize Havat Gilad, an isolated West Bank outpost, in response to the murder of one of its residents in a shooting attack last month.
    (AP, 2/4/18)
2018        Feb 4, Israeli authorities began distributing deportation notices to thousands of African migrants. The migrants have 60 days to accept the offer to leave the country for an unnamed African destination in exchange for $3,500 and a plane ticket. Those who don't by Apr. 1 will be incarcerated indefinitely.
    (AP, 2/4/18)
2018        Feb 4, In Kenya Esmond Bradley Martin, a leading American investigator into the illegal ivory and rhino horn trade, was found stabbed to death in his Nairobi home.
    (AP, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 4, The Maldives Supreme Court said there should be "no legal barrier" preventing the enforcement of its ruling earlier this week to release nine opposition leaders and re-try them in court, in an indication it expected its ruling to be enforced.
    (Reuters, 2/4/18)
2018        Feb 4, Malian Defence Minister Tieman Hubert Coulibaly said a 5,000 man G5 force to fight jihadism will be operational by the end of March.
    (AFP, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 4, In northeastern Nigeria Boko Haram fighters stormed a village and murdered two civilians, while six people were killed in an attack in northern Cameroon.
    (AFP, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 4, In Romania protesters calling themselves Christian Orthodox burst into a movie theater during the French AIDS drama "120 Beats Per Minute" by French director Robin Campillo. Days later, protesters disrupted another movie featuring a relationship with a Romanian man and an ex-convict from the nation's oppressed Roma, or Gypsy, minority titled "Soldiers: A Story from Ferentari."
    (AP, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 4, In Russia heavy snow and freezing rain over the last 24 hours knocked down thousands of trees in Moscow and one person was reported killed.
    (AP, 2/4/18)
2018        Feb 4, It was reported that child abductions have risen during South Sudan's civil war as desperate people try to make a living. One child, no matter the age, is said to sell for 20 cows, worth about $7,000.
    (AP, 2/4/18)
2018        Feb 4, Spanish authorities said an unspecified number of migrants have been found dead in waters near the coast of Morocco. Moroccan rescue services said they have recovered the bodies of around 20 migrants in the Mediterranean.
    (AP, 2/4/18)(AFP, 2/4/18)
2018        Feb 4, Thai police arrested construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta and three others for poaching in a protected wildlife sanctuary. Photos of hunting equipment and animal carcasses including a black leopard soon circulated on social media.
    (AFP, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 4, Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe, chairman of West Africa's regional bloc ECOWAS, slapped sanctions on 19 lawmakers and associates of the president in Guinea-Bissau, including his son, over the continued failure to end a political impasse. The ECOWAS bloc hit Guinea-Bissau President Jose Mario Vaz's political and business allies with sanctions including travel bans and asset freezes.
    (AFP, 2/6/18)(Reuters, 4/16/18)
2018        Feb 4, In Ukraine thousands of demonstrators, led by Mikheil Saakashvili, marched in Kiev to demand the resignation of President Petro Poroshenko.
    (AP, 2/4/18)
2018        Feb 4, It was reported that Yemeni Nobel Prize winner Tawakkol Karman has been suspended from an Islamist party allied with President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after she accused the Saudi-led coalition that backs him in the country's civil war of acting as occupiers.
    (Reuters, 2/4/18)

2018        Feb 5, US Pres. Donald Trump attacked Britain's National Health Service. The tweet came after thousands of people marched through central London on Feb. 3 in support of the NHS, which is straining under the weight of winter demand. British officials reacted angrily to President Donald Trump's stark criticism of the NHS.
    (AFP, 2/5/18)(AP, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, In California Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe ruled that the owner of a Bakersfield bakery had a free-speech right to turn away a lesbian couple who wanted a cake to celebrate their marriage.
    (SFC, 2/8/18, p.D2)
2018        Feb 5, In Michigan former sports Dr. Larry Nassar was sentenced to a third prison term of 40 to 125 years for molesting young athletes at an elite Michigan training center.
    (SFC, 2/6/18, p.A7)
2018        Feb 5, Software maker NVIDIA and German auto parts supplier Continental said they are teaming to build a self-driving vehicle system that will hit the market in 2021.
    (AP, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, It was reported that British convenience store operator EG Group is buying Cincinnati -based Kroger's convenience store unit for $2.15 billion as it expands into the US. The acquisition includes 66 locations in 18 states employing 11,000 workers.
    (AP, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, Alleged British computer hacker Lauri Love (32) won his appeal against extradition to the United States. US officials had requested Love's extradition on cyber-hacking charges for allegedly compromising government networks between October 2012 and October 2013 and stealing data. Love has Asperger's syndrome and a depressive illness. His lawyers said it would be "unjust and oppressive" to send him to the US to face trial.
    (AP, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, China released a further list of goods banned for export to North Korea, saying the items could be used to build weapons of mass destruction.
    (Reuters, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, In southern China gas leaking from a pipeline at a steel mill in Guangdong province killed eight people and injured ten others.
    (SFC, 2/6/18, p.A2)
2018        Feb 5, In Congo DRC militia Chief Kalamba Dilondo, accused of waging a weeks-long terror campaign in the Kasai region, surrendered to authorities.
    (AFP, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 5, An Ethiopian court sentenced Bekele Gerba, secretary general of the opposition group Oromo Federalist Congress, to six months in jail for contempt of court because he raised his hand when addressed by the judge rather than standing.
    (Reuters, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, In southwestern Germany a family of four was found dead in Esslingen. Police said their house had elevated carbon monoxide levels.
    (AP, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, In Guinea a young man died in confrontations with security forces in the city of Kindia.
    (Reuters, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 5, In India survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM) called on the government to ban female genital mutilation, an age-old ritual practiced by the small Dawoodi Bohra Muslim sect in the country.
    (AFP, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, In Iran a man (35) wielding a machete was shot and arrested after trying to break into the presidential office building in Tehran.
    (AP, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, An Iraqi government spokesman said US forces have begun reducing their numbers in Iraq after Iraqi authorities declared "victory" over Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, A Japanese military helicopter crashed in southwestern Japan, killing one of its two crewmembers and ripping the top floor off a house and setting it on fire.
    (AP, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, Two Kenyan television channels shut down by the government over their coverage of the political opposition resumed partial broadcasting, although a third channel remained off the air. Police teargassed demonstrators demanding the stations reopen as they tried to march on government offices.
    (Reuters, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, In Lebanon hundreds of Kurds protested against Turkey's military offensive in Syria's Kurdish enclave of Afrin.
    (AFP, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, Libya's UN-backed government in Tripoli condemned attacks against hundreds of displaced black Libyans known as Tawergha, who were still stranded in a camp after militiamen prevented them from returning home a day earlier.
    (AP, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, Maldives declared a state of emergency for 15 days after the government defied a Supreme Court ruling to release nine jailed opposition leaders.
    (Reuters, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, In Mexico two prosecution agents were kidnapped and forced to appear on a video by a drug gang. Their bodies were later found in in a car in Xalisco, a town in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit, which known for trafficking heroin to the USA.
    (AP, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 5, In Nepal a visiting UN rights official said Nepal's restrictions on woman migrating for work are discriminatory and inconsistent with international law. Nepal last year introduced a ban on women working as domestic helpers in the Gulf.
    (AFP, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, A 23-member advance team of North Koreans arrived in South Korea to prepare for the North's participation in the Pyeongchang Olympics.
    (AP, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, In Norway environmental groups launched an appeal after an Oslo court rejected their arguments that Norway's oil and gas exploration in the Arctic violates citizens' right to a clean environment.
    (Reuters, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, In southwestern Pakistan a bomb was planted near a garbage bin at a crowded intersection in the town of Panjgur and detonated remotely. Eight passers-by were wounded and one soon died.
    (AP, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, In Pakistan a Chinese man, Chen Zhu (45), working with a shipping company was shot dead in what police described as a targeted attack in Karachi.
    (Reuters, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli man to death at a bus stop near a West Bank settlement before fleeing the scene.
    (AP, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered an end to all foreign scientific research missions in a vast expanse of waters off the country's northeast and called on the military to "chase out" unauthorized vessels.
    (AP, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 5, Vladimir Shamanov, head of the Russian lower house of parliament's defense committee, said that Russia has deployed advanced nuclear-capable Iskander missiles to its Kaliningrad exclave on the Baltic Sea.
    (Reuters, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, The Agora rights group presented a report in Moscow on "the creeping criminalization of the internet," in which it registered 115,706 cases of restrictions on internet freedom last year. Agora warned that the country is slowly criminalizing internet use as the security service tightens its grip.
    (AP, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, In South Africa Cape Town city officials pushed back "Day Zero" – the day taps could run dry – by a month to May 11 from April 16, as farmers in the water intensive agriculture sector cut back consumption amid tight restrictions.
    (Reuters, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 5, In South Korea Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong was freed after an appeals court gave him a 2 ½-year suspended jail sentence for corruption in connection with a scandal that toppled the country's president.
    (AP, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, In Syria rebels under siege on the outskirts of Damascus pounded Damascus with rockets and mortar shells, a barrage that state media said has killed one person and wounded 13. Regime air strikes killed 30 civilians in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta suburb near Damascus.
    (AP, 2/5/18)(AFP, 2/5/18)(Reuters, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 5, In northwestern Syria a Turkish soldier was killed in a rocket and mortar attack as Turkish forces were setting up a military post in Idlib province, the largest remaining stronghold of opposition to Pres. Bashar al-Assad.
    (Reuters, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 5, Thailand's former national police Commissioner Somyot Pumpanmuang acknowledged he borrowed $9.5 million from brothel owner Kampol Wirathepsuporn, who is wanted on human trafficking charges.
    (AP, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 5, Turkey's government said 573 people have been detained so far for social media posts and protests criticizing its military offensive in Syria.
    (Reuters, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, Turkey's army said it has set up a military post southwest of the Syrian city of Aleppo, the deepest position they have established so far inside northwest Syria under a deal with Russia and Iran aimed at reducing violence there.
    (Reuters, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, Ukrainian opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili said an appeals court has rejected his appeal for protection against possible extradition in a decision he said was politically motivated.
    (Reuters, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, At the Vatican Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Pope Francis to discuss the status of Jerusalem, human rights and refugees while Kurdish and Italian protesters clashed with police a short distance from Vatican City.
    (AP, 2/5/18)
2018        Feb 5, A court in Vietnam gave a second life prison sentence to Trinh Xuan Thanh, a former executive at Vietnam's state oil giant, accused of corruption and who Germany said was kidnapped from there by Vietnamese agents last year.
    (AP, 2/5/18)

2018        Feb 6, The White House confirmed Pres. Donald Trump's order for a large-scale military parade with soldiers marching and tanks rolling. Critics said it would be a waste of money and was akin to events organized by authoritarian regimes.
    (AP, 2/7/18)(SFC, 2/7/18, p.A5)
2018        Feb 6, The US House of Representatives passed a resolution prohibiting members from engaging in sexual relationships with staff.
    (AP, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 6, US Ambassador Matthew Tueller to Yemen wrote to workers saying new US State Department regulations about suspended embassies meant he could no longer keep them on. 360 local staff were laid off three years the closing of the embassy as civil war spread in the impoverished country.
    (Reuters, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 6, In Missouri Democrats picked up a House seat as Mike Revis of Fenton defeated Republican David Linton to win a suburban St. Louis seat vacated last September by Jon McCaherty.
    (SFC, 2/8/18, p.A5)
2018        Feb 6, In Nevada the board of directors of Wynn Resorts accepted the resignation of billionaire casino mogul Steve Wynn. The announcement came less than two weeks after the Wall Street Journal reported that a number of women said Wynn harassed or assaulted them and that one case led to a $7.5 million settlement.
    (AP, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 6, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, blasted off from Cape Canaveral on its highly anticipated maiden test flight, carrying CEO Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster toward an orbit near Mars.
    (AFP, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 6, Boeing announced more than $900 million in orders at the Singapore Airshow from companies in the region and beyond.
    (AP, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 6, Belgium's foreign ministry said the Democratic Republic of Congo has ordered Belgium to close a consulate and cut flights by Brussels Airlines, in a further deterioration of relations between Belgium and its former colony.
    (Reuters, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 6, In Brazil a section of a busy roadway overpass collapsed in the center of Brasilia, plunging slabs of concrete on top of parked cars and an outdoor restaurant. No casualties were reported.
    (Reuters, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 6, A British court rejected an attempt by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to have a warrant for his arrest quashed, dashing his hopes of an exit from the Ecuadorean embassy in London where he has been holed up for over five years.
    (Reuters, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 6, British police made 21 arrests during a series of raids against a suspected people smuggling network that is accused of bringing hundreds of migrants across the English Channel.
    (AP, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 6, China confirmed that it had detained Swedish citizen and Hong Kong-based bookseller Gui Minhai, after his daughter said Chinese police had seized him from a train last month.
    (Reuters, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 6, The Danish government proposed a ban on Islamic full-face veils such as the niqab and burqa in public spaces, making it likely to become the next European country to restrict the wearing of the religious garment.
    (AFP, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 6, The EU warned Balkan countries hoping to join the bloc that none will be invited until they have resolved all disputes with their neighbors. This applied to Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and its former territory of Kosovo.
    (AP, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 6, French President Emmanuel Macron traveled to Corsica to confront demands for greater autonomy for the restive Mediterranean island by nationalists buoyed by unprecedented political strength.
    (Reuters, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 6, French authorities said they have detained more than two dozen people during a police raid at a forest camp sheltering Vietnamese migrants hoping to get to Britain.
    (AP, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 6, It was reported that a French public hospital has suspended a Rwandan doctor who was convicted on genocide charges back home, after a protest by a Rwandan government commission. Rwanda found Dr. Charles Twagira guilty in absentia in 2009 of crimes related to the 1994 genocide and sentenced him to life.
    (AP, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 6, Germany's biggest industrial union and employers reached a wage deal that gives workers the equivalent of 3.5 percent annual raises over 27 months and the chance to work a 28-hour week for up to two years.
    (AP, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 6, In central Guinea at least five small children died in a fire linked to post-election riots in a town in Dinguiraye.
    (AP, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 6, Hong Kong's highest court overturned prison sentences for three young pro-democracy activists (Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow) convicted for their roles in kicking off the 2014 “Umbrella Movement" protests.
    (SFC, 2/7/18, p.A2)
2018        Feb 6, It was reported that India is seeking the help of the navies of Benin and Nigeria to find the Marine Express oil tanker that has gone missing in the Gulf of Guinea with 22 Indian crew members.
    (SFC, 2/6/18, p.A2)
2018        Feb 6, An Indonesian court sentenced an Islamic militant to 10 years in prison after finding him guilty of procuring weapons for his network to use in attacks. Suryadi Mas'ud (45) was arrested in March along with three other suspected militants who according to police were trying to establish a jihadist training camp in eastern Indonesia.
    (AP, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 6, Israeli security forces shot and killed Ahmad Jarrar, the Palestinian suspected of being behind the January killing of West Bank settler Rabbi Raziel Shevah.
    (SFC, 2/7/18, p.A2)
2018        Feb 6, Italian financial police raided the offices of Massimo Mantovani, a member of the Eni management and the group's former legal director. Fifteen people were arrested ion suspicion of having "adjusted" lawsuits in favor of energy giant Eni.
    (AFP, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 6, A Kenyan opposition politician was charged with treason over the symbolic presidential "swearing in" of opposition leader Raila Odinga, reigniting street protests in which one person was killed.
    (Reuters, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 6, The Maldives' top judge was arrested as security forces stormed the Supreme Court at dawn, after President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency in the honeymoon islands. Three Supreme Court judges annulled their own order to free a group of imprisoned opposition politicians after two of the court's judges were arrested.
    (AFP, 2/6/18)(SFC, 2/7/18, p.A2)
2018        Feb 6, In Niger five Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) made a pitch for further funds for a joint force to fight jihadism in their fragile region.
    (AFP, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 6, A North Korean ferry arrived in South Korea on Tuesday carrying a 140-strong orchestra to perform during the Winter Olympics, taking advantage of a rare sanctions exemption from Seoul 16 years after its previous visit but greeted by angry protests.
    (Reuters, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 6, In northwestern Pakistan an enraged crowd of thousands of Wazir tribesmen torched the house and office of the commander of a pro-government militia. The tribesmen were angry over the death of a young man from the tribe in the town of Dera Ismail Khan.
    (AP, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 6, In the Philippines bulldozers and backhoes pounded more than two dozen seized luxury cars, including Porsches, Mercedes, Jaguars and Corvettes, in a dramatic demolition showcasing the no-nonsense leader's crackdown on crime and corruption. Government data showed that the Bureau of Customs seized $2.93 million worth of smuggled vehicles last year, part of the $866 million in seized goods.
    (Reuters, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 6, Poland's Pres. Andrzej Duda said he would sign into law a bill that imposes jail terms for suggesting the country was complicit in the Holocaust, defying criticism from Israel, the United States and activists.
    (Reuters, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 6, A Somali military court sentenced to death Hasan Aden Isak, convicted of driving a truck bomb as part of a deadly attack that killed more than 500 people in Mogadishu last October 14. A second driver, Abdullahi Hassan Absuge, was sentenced to life imprisonment.
    (Reuters, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 6, South Korean authorities deployed 900 military personnel at the Pyeongchang Olympics after the security force was depleted by an outbreak of norovirus.
    (AP, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 6, In South Sudan hundreds of protesters massed outside the US embassy and UN headquarters in Juba, chanting slogans against an arms embargo imposed by Washington, before some attacked journalists at the scene.
    (Reuters, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 6, In Syria shells hit a camp for internally displaced Syrians near the Syrian-Turkey border in Idlib province, killing at least one person. The Kurdish YPG said in a statement posted on its social media networks that Turkey was behind the attack and that accusations that the YPG had carried it out were lies.
    (Reuters, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 6, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said bombardment of Eastern Ghouta today had killed 60. The UN called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.
    (Reuters, 2/6/18)(AP, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 6, A magnitude 6.4 earthquake late today near Taiwan's east coast caused several buildings to cave in and tilt dangerously. At least ten people were killed and 58 remained missing.
    (Reuters, 2/7/18)(SFC, 2/7/18, p.A2)(AP, 2/8/18)(SFC, 2/8/18, p.A3)
2018        Feb 6, It was reported that four prominent Venezuelan journalists have fled their country after being sued by a politically connected businessman over an article alleging irregularities in food sales to President Nicolas Maduro's socialist administration.
    (AP, 2/6/18)
2018        Feb 6, Yemeni officials said forces loyal to the country's internationally recognized government have recaptured Hays, a key crossroads town, in the southwestern Hodeidah province in an effort to cut off supply lines to the Shiite rebels.
    (AP, 2/6/18)

2018        Feb 7, The US Justice Department announced indictments against 36 people accused of being active in the Infraud Organization — founded in 2010 and operated under the slogan "In Fraud We Trust" — which was an anonymous online forum that the department described as a "one-stop shop for cybercriminals." The US indictment described Russian national Sergey Medvedev (31) as the group's co-founder.
    (AP, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 7, Rob Porter, Pres. Donald Trump's staff secretary, resigned following allegations of domestic abuse by two of his ex-wives.
    (SFC, 2/8/18, p.A6)
2018        Feb 7, US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi mounted a one-woman filibuster on the House floor demanding that Republicans allow an open debate on legislation to protect young immigrants and potentially derailing GOP efforts to pass a bipartisan deal on spending. She held the floor for more than eight hours.
    (SFC, 2/8/18, p.A1)
2018        Feb 7, California officials sent a formal letter to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management demanding that the Pacific coast be removed from a program to vastly increase offshore oil drilling in the United States.
    (AP, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 7, Los Angeles biotech entrepreneur Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong (65) agreed to buy the L.A. Times from Chicago-based Tronc Inc. for $500 million.
    (SFC, 2/8/18, p.A7)
2018        Feb 7, Bermuda's UK-appointed governor, John Rankin, signed into law legislation replacing same-sex marriage with domestic partnerships passed in December by the Senate and House of Assembly. The decision reversed a 2017 court ruling legalizing gay marriage.
    (AP, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 7, London-based Aon Securities said the World Bank has launched a $1.4 billion catastrophe bond covering Latin American earthquakes, the largest earthquake catastrophe bond on record. The multi-tranche bond would provide earthquake relief for Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.
    (Reuters, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 7, In Brazil police and military forces said they have arrested 23 people in a series of raids over the last two days in violence-plagued parts of Rio de Janeiro two days before the city's famed Carnival celebrations.
    (AP, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 7, Brazil's Health Ministry confirmed more than 350 cases of yellow fever as infections pick up steam in the state at the center of the last outbreak.
    (AP, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 7, British supermarket chain Tesco faced legal claims that it is paying women less than men for work of equal value, in a case that lawyers estimate could ultimately cost it as much as 4 billion pounds ($5.6 billion) in compensation payments.
    (AP, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 7, Jon Venables, one of Britain's most notorious killers, admitted to having more than a thousand indecent images of children. In 1993 he murdered two-year-old James Bulger when he was only 10 himself.
    (AFP, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 7, A court in Cambodia allowed the release on bail of seven Westerners who were arrested last month for allegedly posting photos on social media of themselves engaged in sexually suggestive dancing. Three other people remained in detention.
    (AP, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 7, Colombia's ELN rebel group said it would hold a three-day national blockade beginning over the weekend to protest the government's suspension of peace negotiations, and urged Colombians to avoid travel.
    (Reuters, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 7, Egyptian officials opened the border with the Gaza Strip for the first time this year. Officials said the Rafah crossing point would operate for three days on a humanitarian basis.
    (AP, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 7, A feasibility study by Estonia and Finland said the world's longest undersea rail tunnel (103 kms) between the two countries could cost up to 20 billion euros ($24.7 billion) and be opened for traffic by 2040.
    (AP, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 7, European Union lawmakers rejected a proposal for pan-EU lists of candidates for seats in the European Parliament, but French President Emmanuel Macron said he would continue to press for such transnational lists.
    (Reuters, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 7, The European Parliament voted to dismiss one of its vice presidents, Ryszard Czarnecki of Poland, after he compared a rival Polish parliament member to a Nazi collaborator.
    (AP, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 7, France said the Syrian government likely used chlorine gas in its latest attacks on rebel-held areas.   
    (SFC, 2/8/18, p.A2)
2018        Feb 7, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives made major concessions to the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) to agree a coalition deal that should give Europe's powerhouse a new government after four months of uncertainty. Merkel handed her Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners control of the finance ministry, giving them license to spend a record budget surplus, and embracing their demands for European reform.
    (Reuters, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 7, In Israel thousands of African asylum seekers protested outside the Rwandan Embassy, calling on the African country not to cooperate with an Israeli plan to deport them.
    (AP, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 7, Kenyan authorities overnight deported lawyer Miguna Miguna, charged with treason for attending the symbolic presidential inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga, prompting a rare rebuke from the Chief Justice who accused the government of defying court orders.
    (Reuters, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 7, A Kenyan court convicted a policeman of murdering a suspected thief in 2013 in a rare victory for the independent police watchdog that brought the case. The judge ruled that policeman Titus Musila should have arrested Kenneth Mwangi, whom he believed had stolen a mobile phone, instead of shooting him three times in the head.
    (Reuters, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 7, Lebanon's Higher Defence Council gave orders to prevent Israel from building a border wall on Lebanese land, amid rising tensions over land and maritime boundaries.
    (Reuters, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 7, In Libya a military source said that Libyan commander Mahmoud al-Werfalli, sought by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the alleged summary execution of dozens of people, has handed himself in to the military police in eastern Libya.
    (Reuters, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 7, In Libya an embassy official said about 20 people, including eight Pakistanis, feared to have drowned on a boat that sank off Libya on Feb. 2 were brought back to shore by smugglers and were being held at an unknown location.
    (Reuters, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 7, Embattled Maldives Pres. Abdulla Yameen sent envoys to friendly nations such as China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to brief them on a political crisis in the Indian Ocean nation that spurred the imposition of a state of emergency.
    (Reuters, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 7, Mexican authorities arrested Jose Maria Guizar Valencia, the alleged leader of the zetas drug cartel. Guizar Valencia, a dual US-Mexican citizen, was arrested in Mexico City.
    (SFC, 2/10/18, p.A4)
2018        Feb 7, A Pakistani court sentenced a man to death and convicted 30 others over the lynching of a 23-year-old university student who was falsely accused of blasphemy. Mohammad Mashal Khan was killed by a mob on his university campus in April 2016 over rumors, which later proved to be unfounded.
    (AP, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 7, Police in Pakistan said they have arrested two teenagers suspected in the murder of a four-year-old girl last month.
    (AP, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 7, In South Africa two workers were killed after a section of Sibanye-Stillwater's Kloof gold mine collapsed.
    (Reuters, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 7, In South Korea a 229-member strong, all-female cheering section arrived from North Korea for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
    (AP, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 7, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said new airstrikes launched by Russian and Syrian government forces on a besieged rebel-held region east of Damascus killed 23 civilians including five children.
    (AP, 2/7/18)(Reuters, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 7, In Syria about 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm were either killed or injured near Deir al-Zor as US-led coalition forces attacked forces aligned with Moscow's ally. Russia later acknowledged that at least five of its citizens may have been killed.
    (Reuters, 2/16/18)(SFC, 2/16/18, p.A2) 
2018        Feb 7, A Turkish court sentenced 64 military academy officers and trainees to life in prison for involvement in a failed military coup in 2016. Another 100 defendants were acquitted.
    (Reuters, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 7, A senior Turkish official said that the country has fulfilled all 72 requirements set by the EU to secure visa-free travel for Turkish citizens to the 28-nation bloc.
    (AP, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 7, The United Nations top human rights official called on the Maldives government to immediately lift the state of emergency imposed two days ago, calling it to "an all-out assault on democracy".
    (Reuters, 2/7/18)

2018        Feb 8, US stocks plunged and for the 2nd time in four days the Dow Jones industrial average sank more than 1,000 points.
    (SFC, 2/9/18, p.C1)
2018        Feb 8, The SF-based Helen Diller Foundation announced a $500 million donation for a new hospital at the USCF campus in Parnassus Heights.
    (SFC, 2/8/18, p.A1)
2018        Feb 8, In Boston Cleber Rene Rizerio Rocha (28) of Brazil was sentenced after pleading guilty in October to money laundering charges. $20 million was found in Westborough in January 2017 during an investigation into TelexFree Inc., a defunct internet telecom company that prosecutors say was actually a billion-dollar pyramid scheme. Authorities say Rocha was a courier for a fugitive TelexFree executive who came to retrieve the money move it out of the US.
    (AP, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 8, In Ohio Arnold Perry (34) was sentenced to 27 years in prison on rape and sexual battery charges. Authorities said he had impregnated 14-year-old twins and their sister (12) while living in their home in 2015-2016.
    (SFC, 2/10/18, p.A5)
2018        Feb 8, In Texas one man died after he and three others were stabbed during a church service at a private home in Corpus Christi. Suspect Marco Antonio Moreno immediately surrendered.
    (SFC, 2/9/18, p.A6)
2018        Feb 8, A US-led coalition statement said joint US and Afghan air raids targeted the Islamic State group in Afghanistan's northern Jowzjan province. In northeastern Badakshan province US fighter jets pounded Taliban camps that were providing support to militant Turkic Muslim Uighurs who seek independence from China. A Chinese and three Uzbek militants were reported killed in the joint air strikes in Jowzjan province. Missiles fired from US drone slammed into a vehicle in eastern Paktia province, killing four militants.
    (AP, 2/8/18)(AP, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 8, In Afghanistan Khalid Mehsood, deputy leader of the umbrella Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), died after a pre-dawn US drone strike in North Waziristan. Group leaders soon nominated Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud to take his place.
    (AFP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 8, Bangladesh opposition leader and former prime minister Khaleda Zia (72) was jailed for corruption but plans to appeal her five-year term. Khaleda, her son and aides were convicted of stealing 21 million taka ($253,000) in foreign donations received by an orphanage trust set up when she was last prime minister, from 2001 to 2006.
    (Reuters, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 8, Brazil's federal police arrested Congressman Joao Rodrigues on corruption charges at Sao Paulo's international airport, saying they feared he could try to escape to Paraguay.
    (AP, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 8, Freemasons published advertisements in British newspapers to say their members are being unfairly stigmatized, after reports of secret lodges for lawmakers and journalists.
    (AP, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 8, China dismissed accusations from the former leader of the Maldives that it is attempting to effectively buy up the Indian Ocean island state. China is already the Maldives' primary source of tourists and is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in an airport expansion, housing development and other projects.
    (AP, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 8, Cyprus' energy minister said that exploratory drilling off the southern shore has shown indications of a potentially sizeable gas deposit that raises hopes for more discoveries.
    (AP, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 8, Egyptian prosecutors ordered the detention for 15 days of Mohamed el-Kassas, a prominent opposition activist pending investigations into charges that include joining a terrorist group and disseminating fake news.
    (AP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 8, Ethiopia's attorney general's office said 746 more prisoners will be released, including a journalist and a senior opposition official who were jailed for conspiracy to commit terrorist acts. The names have been forwarded to President Mulatu Teshome, who has the power to grant their freedom.
    (Reuters, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 8, The French defense minister presented a bill foreseeing 295 billion euros ($364 billion) in overall defense spending from 2019 to 2025. That includes 1.7 billion euros in additional spending each year through 2022, particularly to modernize equipment and improve intelligence.
    (AP, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 8, French custom's officers seized nearly 500 weapons, more than 100 kg (220 pounds) of ammunition and myriad grenades in the northern region of Picardy. Officials found "an arsenal of long guns" in a car nearby including "weapons of war" and machine guns that were arranged on racks.
    (AP, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 8, The Gambia was readmitted to the Commonwealth, welcomed back following the democratic election of President Adama Barrow, who reversed the shock pullout of 2013.
    (AFP, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 8, The Christian Social Union (CSU), the smallest partner in Germany's prospective new government, signed off on the coalition deal giving Chancellor Angela Merkel a stable government for her fourth term.
    (AP, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 8, Greece launched a seven-year bond auction with a starting rate of 3.75 percent, in the first major step this year toward a return to financing itself on international markets.
    (AP, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 8, In Kenya Citizen TV, the last of three television stations shut down by the government last week, resumed transmission.
    (Reuters, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 8, In eastern Libya Commander Mahmoud al-Werfalli, wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over a series of summary executions, was released, a day after handing himself in to military authorities.
    (Reuters, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 8, Moldova's parliament adopted a declaration condemning alleged Russian attacks on cybersecurity and accusing the Russian secret services of financing Moldovan political parties.
    (AP, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 8, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presided over an extravagant military parade in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of its military.
    (AP, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 8, It was reported that Pakistan's media regulatory authority, acting on a court order, has instructed all news channels, radio stations and print media to refrain from promoting Valentine's Day.
    (AP, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 8, In Pakistan a US drone strike killed seven militants in the border village of Gorwak, North Waziristan.
    (AP, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 8, It was reported that International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutors have opened a preliminary examination into Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte's "war on drugs", which has led to the death of thousands since it began in July 2016.
    (Reuters, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 8, In Poland protesting doctors and health authorities signed a deal that will significantly increase spending on health care, including doctors' pay.
    (AP, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 8, A Romanian court sentenced Darius Valcov, a former finance minister and one of the architects of the ruling Social Democrats' governing program, to eight-years in prison  for corruption and money-laundering. He denied wrongdoing and can appeal.
    (AP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 8, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny published an investigation alleging that a Russian Cabinet member received lavish hospitality from billionaire Oleg Deripaska, a tycoon who has been linked to US President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
    (AP, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 8, A spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said North Korean workers can stay in Russia until Dec. 2019, in line with a United Nations' resolution.
    (Reuters, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 8, Saudi state media reported that a criminal court has sentenced a columnist to five years in prison for insulting the royal court. Saleh al-Shehi was detained after his Dec. 8 appearance on the privately owned Rotana Channel after saying that any Saudi citizen who has a contact within the royal court automatically has an advantage in buying strategically located land unavailable to the public.
    (AP, 2/8/18)   
2018        Feb 8, Syrian rescue workers and activists said the death toll from ongoing government strikes on the opposition-held region near the capital Damascus has risen to at least 35. At least 169 civilians have been killed since Feb. 5.
    (AP, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 8, In Syria the US-led coalition and its local allies struck pro-government forces with deadly air and artillery fire overnight to repel "an unprovoked attack" near the Euphrates. The US-led coalition said it killed at least 100 pro-regime fighters to fend off an attack on its allies. It was later reported that at least four Russian private military contractors were killed in the strike.
    (Reuters, 2/8/18)(AFP, 2/8/18)(SFC, 2/14/18, p.A2)
2018        Feb 8, Tajikistan's interior minister said amnesty has been granted to 111 of its nationals following their return home from Syria and Iraq, where they had joined radical Islamist groups. He also said some 250 citizens of Tajikistan, a majority-Muslim country, had died fighting for radical groups in Iraq and Syria, mostly the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 8, Thailand's Pollution Control Department said that concentrations in Bangkok of tiny particles known as PM 2.5, a benchmark measure of air quality, were almost double the levels considered safe.
    (AP, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 8, Nearly three dozen Thai democracy activists turned themselves in to police after being summoned in connection with a protest calling for the ruling military government to step down and relinquish power through elections. All were released the same day.
    (AP, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 8, The UN said a military offensive launched last month by Congolese troops against Ugandan militants in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is likely to force nearly 370,000 people from their homes.
    (Reuters, 2/8/18)
2018        Feb 8, In Yemen people in the last of four boats carrying migrants were forced to swim to shore as they approached Shabwa province from Somalia. About 600 Ethiopian migrants, men and women, were aboard the boats and 25 were missing.
    (AP, 2/9/18)

2018        Feb 9, US President Donald Trump signed a crucial spending bill, reopening the US government after a brief shutdown, the second in three weeks, and a night of high drama in Congress. The bipartisan package extended funding until March 23.
    (AP, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 9, US President Donald Trump told Israel that it too would need to make "significant compromises" for peace with the Palestinians, even as they accused one of his Middle East envoys of bogging down diplomacy with what they see as pro-Israel bias.
    (AP, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 9, The White House formally notified the House intelligence committee that Pres. Trump is unable to declassify a memo drafted by Democrats that counters GOP allegations about abuse of government surveillance powers in the FBI's Russia probe.
    (SFC, 2/10/18, p.A7)
2018        Feb 9, The United States said it had imposed sanctions on three people and three companies in the Philippines, Turkey and Somalia that supported the Islamic State militant group, including a business that procured parts for unmanned aircraft.
    (Reuters, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 9, Reg E. Cathey (b.1958), American TV and film actor, died in NYC. He was known for his work on the TV shows “House of Cards" and “The Wire."
    (SSFC, 2/11/18, p.C9)
2018        Feb 9, A major winter storm pounded the US Midwest and forced cancellation of hundreds of flights as heavy snow and plummeting temperatures threatened to bring travel to a standstill across the region. Winter weather this week killed several people in accidents in the Midwest, including six in Iowa, two in Missouri and one in Montana.
    (Reuters, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 9, In Afghanistan two remote-controlled explosions went off during local cricket matches in two different districts of eastern Nangarhar province, killing three players and wounding another six people, including spectators. At least six local police were killed in a Taliban attack on their checkpoints in southern Helmand province.
    (AP, 2/9/18)(AP, 2/10/18)
2018        Feb 9, Brazilian President Michel Temer criticized the leftist government of neighboring Venezuela for leading that country into a crisis that is causing an exodus of refugees into northern Brazil.
    (AP, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 9, Trinity Mirror, the publisher of Britain's left-wing Daily Mirror newspaper, struck a £126.7 million deal to buy a series of titles including the right-wing Daily Express in a bid to stem a decline in advertising revenues and sales.
    (AP, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 9, The Times of London reported that misconduct allegations against seven former Oxfam staff in Haiti included the use of prostitutes — some of whom may have been under 18 — and downloading pornography following the 2010 earthquake.
    (AP, 2/10/18)
2018        Feb 9, Cambodia arrested a woman, Sam Sokha, after she was repatriated from Thailand, where the UN refugee agency reportedly had formally recognized her as a refugee. She had thrown a shoe at a billboard depicting PM Hun Sen.
    (AP, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 9, It was reported that former Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy has filed a legal case in the United States to get Facebook to release information on PM Hun Sen's use of the social media platform.
    (Reuters, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 9, In China detained book publisher Gui Minhai surfaced nearly three weeks after disappearing into police custody, confessing in a video of wrongdoing and accusing his adopted country Sweden of manipulating him like a "chess piece." The video of his confession shows him flanked by two police officers.
    (AFP, 2/10/18)
2018        Feb 9, Colombia's former FARC rebel group, now a political party, temporarily suspended its presidential and legislative election campaigns due to security concerns after angry protests disrupted their campaign stops. Official figures showed that 51 FARC members have been killed since the peace deal was signed in late 2016.
    (Reuters, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 9, The Egyptian army announced the launch of a major operation against jihadists across swathes of territory including the Sinai Peninsula, heart of a persistent Islamic State group insurgency. The military destroyed dozens of targets, killed 16 militants and detained over 30 suspects as part of its latest operation against Islamic militants.
    (AFP, 2/9/18)(AP, 2/11/18)(SFC, 2/12/18, p.A3)
2018        Feb 9, Hungary's PM Viktor Orban said a forthcoming deal to import natural gas from neighboring Romania means that the "age of the Russian gas monopoly in Hungary is ending."
    (AP, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 9, Indonesia's navy seized more than a ton of crystal methamphetamine and arrested four Taiwanese crew members in a major drug bust. The boat crew told the military they planned to bring the drugs to Australia.
    (AFP, 2/10/18)
2018        Feb 9, Iranian authorities called the wife of Seyed-Emami to say her husband had committed suicide in Tehran's Evin prison. The environmental activist, a dual national of Canada and sociology professor at Iran's Imam Sadegh University, had been arrested on January 24 with at least nine other staff members and executives of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation.
    (AP, 2/11/18)     
2018        Feb 9, Human Rights Watch said in report that the Kurdish Asayish police force in Iraq last year executed dozens of Islamic State fighters in their custody and disposed of their bodies in a mass grave northwest of Mosul.
    (Reuters, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 9, In eastern Libya two people were killed and 55 wounded in a twin bombing inside a mosque in Benghazi.
    (Reuters, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 9, In the Maldives privately owned television station Rajje TV, which highlights the views of the political opposition, said it has gone off the air because of threats during the country's current state of emergency.
    (AP, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 9, In central Mali five civilians were killed and another 18 wounded when their passenger vehicle struck a landmine in the Mopti region.
    (Reuters, 2/10/18)
2018        Feb 9, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister took her place among dignitaries from around the world, including US Vice President Mike Pence, at the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in an unprecedented visit to South Korea.
    (AP, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 9, Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte ordered the cancellation of a $233 million dollar deal to buy 16 helicopters from Canada and said purchases of US arms should also be stopped because of too many imposed conditions, although he said he still supports President Donald Trump.
    (AP, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 9, President Rodrigo Duterte said he will ask its private airlines to evacuate its nationals from Kuwait within 72 hours after the discovery of a Filipino migrant worker dead in a freezer.
    (Reuters, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 9, The Russian Federal Nuclear Center confirmed the arrest of two employees of its top nuclear research institute in Sarov for using the facility's supercomputer for crypto-currency mining.
    (AP, 2/10/18)
2018        Feb 9, In Saudi Arabia a senior member of the top Muslim clerical body said Saudi women need not wear the abaya - the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of religious faith, another indication of the Kingdom's efforts towards modernization.
    (Reuters, 2/10/18)
2018        Feb 9, In South Africa a pride of lions killed a suspected poacher at the Umbabat Private Nature Reserve. Human tracks found nearby suggested the alleged poacher had companions who escaped.
    (AP, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 9, In Syria fresh air strikes hit the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta, the fifth straight day of a bombing campaign that has killed more than 230 civilians.
    (AFP, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 9, A Thai court issued arrest warrants for four pro-democracy activists for staging a public protest amid growing pressure on the junta to hold elections as promised.
    (Reuters, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 9, It was reported that Turkey has launched a domestic messaging app to rival Facebook's popular WhatsApp Messenger service, raising concerns among government critics that Ankara could use the new platform to tighten surveillance and bolster an 18-month-old crackdown.
    (Reuters, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 9, Turkish warplanes bombarded Kurdish militia targets in Syria's Afrin region. A monitor said the strikes killed seven fighters and two civilians. A Kurdish official and top member of Afrin's civil administration, Hevi Mustafa, said the Turkish offensive had killed 160 people so far.
    (Reuters, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 9, Turkish warships stopped a rig belonging to the Italian energy firm ENI as it headed toward an area southeast of Cyprus.
    (AP, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 9, The UN's World Food Program (WFP) said poor rains and crop infestations in southern Africa are threatening deeper hunger across the region, with millions of people, particularly children, at risk.
    (Reuters, 2/9/18)
2018        Feb 9, The UN said that surging violence across Yemen had pushed some 85,000 people from their homes in the past 10 weeks, with hundreds continuing to flee each day.
    (AFP, 2/9/18)

2018        Feb 10, In Arizona three British people died in a helicopter crash at the Grand Canyon. They were in the American Southwest to celebrate one of their birthdays, a trip they had been looking forward to for a long time. They were identified on Feb. 12 as veterinary receptionist Becky Dobson (27), her boyfriend, Stuart Hill (30), and his brother Jason Hill (32). Four others were critically injured in the crash of Papillon's EC-130 helicopter
    (AP, 2/12/18)    (AP, 2/13/18)
2018        Feb 10, In Kentucky Joseph Nickell shot and killed his parents, his girlfriend and his girlfriend's mother before killing himself in Paintsville.
    (SFC, 2/12/18, p.A5)
2018        Feb 10, Ohio police officers Eric Joering (39) and Anthony Morelli (54), responding to a 911 call were shot and killed in a Columbus suburb. Suspect Quentin Lamar Smith (30) was taken into custody.
    (SSFC, 2/11/18, p.A10)
2018        Feb 10, In Afghanistan gunmen killed a district judge in western Herat province. An attack late today in southern Helmand province killed 16 pro-government militiamen.
    (AP, 2/10/18)(AP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 10, In Bolivia eight people died from the explosion of a gas canister at a Carnival parade in Oruro. The toll of injured included at least 40.
    (AP, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 10, Brazilians let off steam during the first full day of Carnival, a holiday long considered a safety valve for social and political tensions.
    (AP, 2/10/18)
2018        Feb 10, Brazilian police arrested Gordon Fowler (42), a homeless man from Guyana, accused of attacking Venezuelan migrants in Boa Vista, a city in northeastern Brazil that's coping with a wave of migrants from the struggling neighboring nation.
    (AP, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 10, Speaking in Dubai IMF chief Christine Lagarde urged Arab countries to slash public wages and subsidies in order to rein in spending, achieve sustainable growth and create jobs.
    (AFP, 2/10/18)
2018        Feb 10, Estonia and Russia exchanged two men convicted of espionage at a border crossing between the two countries. Raivo Susi, an Estonian found guilty of espionage and sentenced to 12 years in prison in Russia, was exchanged for Artern Zintsenko, who had been given five years by Estonia for spying for Russia in May.
    (AP, 2/10/18)
2018        Feb 10, In Hong Kong a double-decker bus crashed in a suburb, killing 18 people and injuring dozens more.
    (AP, 2/10/18)
2018        Feb 10, In Indonesia a bus plunged from a hill and killed at least 27 people on the island of Java.
    (SSFC, 2/11/18, p.A4)
2018        Feb 10, In Indian-    controlled Kashmir two soldiers were killed and three others wounded as soldiers traded fire with armed militants who were holed up inside an army camp on the outskirts of the city of Jammu. Two militants were also killed.
    (AP, 2/10/18)(Reuters, 2/10/18)
2018        Feb 10, Israel said an Iranian drone infiltrated its airspace from Syria. Israeli planes struck 12 targets including three aerial defense batteries and four Iranian targets that were part of Iran's military establishment in Syria. An Israeli F-16 was shot down. One pilot was evacuated to a hospital for medical treatment. A second pilot was lightly wounded.
    (AP, 2/10/18)
2018        Feb 10, In Pakistan thousands of Mehsud tribesmen ended their dayslong sit-in in Islamabad after assurances that the police officer accused of killing a 27-year-old aspiring model will be arrested and their other demands also met.
    (AP, 2/10/18)
2018        Feb 10, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told visiting Indian PM Narendra Modi that he is counting on India's support for a multi-country sponsorship of any future Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
    (AP, 2/10/18)
2018        Feb 10, Russia's National Anti-terrorism Committee said two militants have been killed in a gun battle in Ingushetia, one of whom was being sought for having fought with the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 2/10/18)
2018        Feb 10, In South Korea the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said a summit between her brother and South Korean President Moon Jae-in would pave the way for a fast improvement in ties that would make "yesterday seem like a long time ago." The Koreans suffered an 8-0 shutout by Switzerland in Pyeongchang as around 200 of North Korea's famed "army of beauties" charmed a crowd of 3,600 besotted locals with nostalgic oldies -- and even broke out a Mexican wave. Lim Hyo-jun won the men's 1,500-meter final, giving South Korea its first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Games.
    (AP, 2/10/18)(AFP, 2/10/18)   
2018        Feb 10, Spanish police said they have confiscated 310 kilos (683 pounds) of young eels over the past week that were about to be smuggled out of the country and shipped to Hong Kong and Vietnam. The confiscated eels were released in rivers.
    (AP, 2/10/18)
2018        Feb 10 In Sri Lanka the Rajapaksa-backed Sri Lanka People's Front, won more than 230 local councils out of the 341 that were up for grabs.
    (AP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 10, In Syria 11 Turkish soldiers were killed. Two of them were aboard a Turkish attack helicopter that crashed while on a mission over Afrin.
    (AP, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 10, In Taiwan search and rescue workers found the bodies of two people believed to be members of a Chinese family trapped in a partially collapsed hotel, bringing the death toll from the Feb. 6 earthquake to 14. Three people remained missing.
    (AP, 2/10/18)
2018        Feb 10, Tanzania laid waste to eight hectares of cannabis at the Meru forest reserve in Arusha province following another six acres earlier in the week in an operation overseen by Interior Minister Mwigulu Nchemba.
    (AFP, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 10, In Thailand around four hundred people gathered at a monument to democracy in Bangkok to urge the military government not to delay a national election planned later this year, in one of the biggest anti-junta demonstrations since the military took power in 2014.
    (AP, 2/10/18)
2018        Feb 10, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said Turkish police have detained 48 suspected Islamic State members who were preparing to launch an attack.
    (Reuters, 2/10/18)
2018        Feb 10, A Turkish military helicopter was "downed" and two soldiers killed in northern Syria during Ankara's offensive on Syrian Kurdish militia there. Kurdish fighters downed the chopper in Raju, northwest Afrin.
    (AP, 2/10/18)
2018        Feb 10, In southern Venezuela violence broke out at the illegal Cucapra gold mine in Bolivar state leaving at least 18 people killed as soldiers confronted an armed gang that threatened wildcat miners.
    (SFC, 2/12/18, p.A2)

2018        Feb 11, In southern California a small plane crashed in a remote area near Agua Dulce, Los Angeles County. Four people were killed in the crash.
    (SFC, 2/12/18, p.A5)
2018        Feb 11, American singer Vic Damone (b.1928) died in Miami Beach. He had recorded some 2,500 songs over 54 years.
    (SFC, 2/13/18, p.C3)
2018        Feb 11, In Abu Dhabi Indian PM Narendra Modi started the second day of his visit to the United Arab Emirates by unveiling a model of the first Hindu temple that will be built in the UAE capital.
    (AP, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 11, In China a man with a personal grievance attacked 13 people with a knife in a busy shopping mall in Beijing, killing one woman. Police provided only the alleged assailant's surname, Zhu (35), and said he confessed to the authorities that he carried out the attack at the Joy City mall to "vent his personal discontent."    
    (AP, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 11, Gulf metropolis Dubai announced the opening of the "world's new tallest hotel," pipping another towering landmark in the city for the title. The gleaming gold 75-storey Gevora Hotel stands 356 meters, or nearly a quarter of a mile, tall.
    (AFP, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 11, In Dubai Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the Emirates chairman and CEO of Emirates, and Mikhail Houari, president of Airbus Middle East signed a $16 billion purchase of the Airbus A380 superjumbo commercial airliner.
    (AFP, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 11, At Dubai's World Government Summit Hollywood star Robert De Niro took aim at the Trump administration's stance on climate change, telling a packed audience in the Middle East that he was visiting from a "backward" country suffering from "temporary insanity".
    (AP, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 11, In Egypt 33 supporters of the banned Muslim Brotherhood were sentenced to prison terms ranging from seven years to life over violent clashes that broke out at a protest in Cairo in 2014. Fifteen other people were acquitted in the same case.
    (Reuters, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 11, France's PM Edouard Philippe promised lower taxes and a business-friendly France at a global summit in Dubai, seeking investment from the oil-rich Gulf region.
    (AFP, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 11, A French appeal court sentenced Cecile Bourgeon (30) and her ex-partner Berkane Makhlouf (36) to 20 years for the brutal murder of her five-year-old daughter whose disappearance in 2013 shocked the country.
    (AFP, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 11, Greek firefighters found a Macedonian man and woman frozen to death at the summit of Mount Kaimaktsalan. The man (35) and the woman (28) went missing a day earlier. They had reportedly set off again for the summit a 2nd time, believing, apparently erroneously, that one of their group was missing.
    (AP, 2/11/18)   
2018        Feb 11, Police in Indonesia shot and wounded a sword-wielding man (22) who attacked a church congregation during Sunday Mass in Yogyakarta, injuring four people, including a German priest.
    (AP, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 11, Hundreds of thousands of Iranians rallied on the streets to mark the 39th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, just weeks after anti-government protests rocked cities across the country.
    (AP, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 11, Kashmir officials said shooting between soldiers and militants holed up inside an army camp has left five soldiers and a civilian killed, as well as three militants, in a 2nd day of fighting in Jammu.
    (Reuters, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 11, A Myanmar government spokesman said action will be taken against 10 members of Myanmar's security forces in connection with the killing of captured Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.
    (Reuters, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 11, Asma Jehangir (66), one of Pakistan's most prominent right activists and lawyers, died of a heart attack in the eastern city of Lahore.
    (AP, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 11, The Philippine labor minister said more than 2,200 Filipinos are ready to take up Pres. Rodrigo Duterte's offer to repatriate workers from Kuwait due to reports of abuse.
    (Reuters, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 11, A blackout hit northern Puerto Rico late today after an explosion at a main power substation.
    (SFC, 2/12/18, p.A5)
2018        Feb 11, Russia scrubbed the planned launch of an unmanned cargo spacecraft that was to have delivered tons of supplies to the International Space Station.
    (AP, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 11, A Russian Saratov Airlines passenger plane crashed near Moscow after take-off on and the Kremlin said all 71 people on board were feared dead. Investigators later said that the plane's pilots failed to turn on the heating unit for measuring equipment, resulting in flawed speed data.
    (AP, 2/11/18)(SFC, 2/14/18, p.A2)
2018        Feb 11, In Sri Lanka results from local polls showed that a political party backed by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa looked set for a landslide victory, potentially undermining the island nation's unity government and its reform agenda.
    (Reuters, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 11, In Syria at least six civilians were killed in overnight government airstrikes and shelling on in Eastern Ghouta, opposition-held area outside Damascus.
    (AFP, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 11, Tanzania's Catholic church accused the government of President John Magufuli of violating democratic norms by limiting freedom of expression.
    (AFP, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 11, Turkey continued its operations in northern Syria, targeting YPG areas with air and artillery strikes. Turkey's military announced the death of another soldier in its operation against a Syrian Kurdish militia. The announcement brought to 31 the number of Turkish soldiers killed since the operation started on Jan. 20.
    (AP, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 11, Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party elected two new leaders, one of whom replaced its charismatic jailed co-chief Selahattin Demirtas, ahead of elections in 2019. Former MP Sezai Temelli (54) was voted by party delegates to replace Demirtas while Pervin Buldan (50) was elected co-chair as well.
    (AFP, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 11, The United Nation's children agency said one in four Iraqi children are in poverty and four million are in need of assistance as a result of the country's war with Islamic State militants.
    (Reuters, 2/11/18)

2018        Feb 12, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that department employees must step in and intervene if they witness sexual harassment, one day after US President Donald Trump expressed sympathy for those accused of harassment and not given due process.
    (Reuters, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, The United States and Egypt reaffirmed their commitment to battle Islamic militants in the Middle East as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held talks with Egyptian officials in Cairo at the start of his week-long trip to the region.
    (AP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, A dispute between Turkey and the United States over control of the northern Syrian town of Manbij has put the NATO allies on opposing sides of the conflict's front line, deepening a diplomatic rift ahead of a visit to Turkey by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
    (Reuters, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, Research published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences said melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are speeding up the pace of sea level rise, and that at the current rate the world's oceans will be at least two feet higher by the end of the century.
    (SFC, 2/13/18, p.A12)
2018        Feb 12, In Livermore, Ca., Lizette Cuesta was found stabbed multiple times on the side of a rural road. She survived long enough to identify Daniel Gross (19) and Melissa Leonardo (25) as her killers. Gross and Leonardo were arrested hours later in Modesto.
    (SFC, 2/15/18, p.D2)
2018        Feb 12, The US National Weather Service continued flood warnings posted for areas in Kentucky and Tennessee after heavy weekend rains caused floods and mudslides in parts of Appalachia.
    (SFC, 2/13/18, p.A5)
2018        Feb 12, In Atlanta, Georgia, Timothy Cunningham (35), an epidemic intelligence officer working for the Centers of disease Control and Prevention, went missing. His body was found seven weeks later in water and mud on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in northwest Atlanta.
    (SFC, 2/26/18, p.A4)(SFC, 4/7/18, p.A6)
2018        Feb 12, In  Maryland Baltimore detectives Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor were convicted of robbery, racketeering and conspiracy as part of a federal investigation into corruption among rogue members of the city's police force.
    (SFC, 2/13/18, p.A5)
2018        Feb 12, In eastern Belgium a private plane crashed, killing the two people on board outside Hasselt. It was not clear what caused the accident.
    (Reuters, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, Penny Lawrence, Oxfam's deputy chief executive resigned, saying she took "full responsibility" for failing to act immediately in the sexual misconduct scandal involving the charity's workers in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.
    (AP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, In central Austria two passenger trains crashed killing one person and injuring 22 others.
    (AP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, In Cambodia a Dutch man and a Norwegian man, arrested for allegedly posting photos on social media of sexually suggestive dancing, were released on bail and ordered deported. One British man still incarcerated out of the 10 originally detained.
    (AP, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 12, Croatia and Serbia vowed to intensify work on minority rights, border issues and searches for missing persons from their 1990s war, in an effort to improve ties that remain sour decades after the collapse of Yugoslavia.
    (Reuters, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, China said that Gui Minhai, a Hong Kong-based Swedish man who sold gossipy books about Chinese leaders, is under detention on suspicion of leaking state secrets, and rebuked Stockholm for demanding his release.
    (AP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, The European Union and Albania reached a deal to allow European police to deploy on Albanian territory to handle immigration issues, which Brussels hopes can be a model for other countries in the Western Balkans.
    (Reuters, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, In Germany millions of dressed-up revelers and schoolchildren took to the streets across the country to celebrate Carnival with elaborate costumes and fervor.
    (AP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, Germany's dpa news agency reported that a local court has ruled that Facebook's insistence that users provide their real names violates the country's data protection laws.
    (AP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, In Germany several people died after a truck struck two cars on the A5 Autobahn, pushing the smaller vehicles under another tractor-trailer near Walldorf.
    (AP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, India's defense minister said gunmen belonging to the Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed were behind a weekend attack on an army camp in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
    (AP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, In Indian-controlled Kashmir at least one paramilitary soldier was killed when two gunmen opened fire near a camp in Srinagar.
    (AP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, An Iraqi interior ministry official said the Islamic State group's head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (b.1971) is alive and being treated at a field hospital in Syria after being wounded in an air strike.
    (AFP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, Iraqi officials said their country needs nearly $90 billion to rebuild after three years of war with the Islamic State group. Large parts of the country remained in ruins and tens of thousands left homeless.
    (AFP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, Israel's Education Ministry announced that celebrated Israeli author David Grossman (64) has been awarded the country's highest literary accolade, the Israel Prize for Literature, for this year. Grossman also won the 2017 Man Booker International Prize for his novel "A Horse Walks Into a Bar." It was the Israel Prize winner for 2018.
    (AP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, Israel arrested an Australian woman accused of sex crimes against children in her home country. Australia wants Malka Leifer (54) extradited for sexually abusing children while she was a teacher at a local school. An Israeli court had previously stopped extradition proceedings against Leifer after determining she was not fit to stand trial.
    (AP, 2/13/18)
2018        Feb 12, Malaysian police said three members of a Malaysian family have been detained in the death of their Indonesian maid, who suffered injuries and was forced to sleep outside on a porch with the family's dog. Adelina Lisao (26) had died a day earlier. The alleged maid abuse prompted calls by activists and lawmakers for better laws to safeguard migrant workers.
    (AP, 2/12/18)   
2018        Feb 12, Mexican police said a chilling video apparently shows two kneeling, bound Mexican intelligence agents confessing supposed rights violations while surrounded by five masked gunmen pointing machine pistols and assault rifles at them. Police said they are apparently the two agents of the federal Attorney General's Office who went missing Feb. 5 in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit.
    (AP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, A group of Palestinians attacked Israeli two soldiers who mistakenly drove an army vehicle into the West Bank city of Jenin. A female soldier was wounded and later evacuated to hospital. The vehicle was extracted from the city with the cooperation of Palestinian security forces.
    (AP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, Officials with Puerto Rico's power company said that they have restored power to most customers who were hit by a blackout overnight after a fire at a substation, a setback that added to the US territory's struggle to recover from Hurricane Maria and years of deteriorating infrastructure.
    (AP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, Romania's PM Viorica Dancila said she won't fire key adviser Darius Valcov, who was handed an eight-year prison sentence for corruption and money-laundering.
    (AP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, The Saudi public prosecutor's office said it will recruit women as investigators for the first time, as the kingdom seeks to boost female employment under a reform plan for a post-oil era.
    (AFP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, Slovenian police officers began a strike and nurses staged a two-hour walkout a day later. Last month about 30,000 public sector employees took to the streets calling for higher wages. Slovenia imposed restrictions on public sector wage hikes during a financial crisis in 2012. Not all of these have been lifted.
    (Reuters, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 12, In South Africa two British nationals were kidnapped in Vryheid, eastern KwaZulu-Natal province, but local police said they had no evidence militants were behind the incident. Two suspects were later arrested in connection with the kidnapping.
    (Reuters, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 12, In South Sudan a spokesman for rebel leader Riek Machar was sentenced to death on charges of treason and incitement against the government.
    (Reuters, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, Sri Lanka's former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa called for snap parliamentary elections after the party he fielded as a proxy swept local elections in a major blow to the reformist government elected just three years ago.
    (AP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, Cyclone Gita it hit Tonga's main island late today just south of the capital, Nuku'alofa. The cyclone destroyed homes, churches and even the nation's historic Parliament House.
    (AP, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 12, A spokesman for Ukraine's border service said opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili has been deported to Poland.
    (AP, 2/12/18)

2018        Feb 13, In California the Berkeley City Council declared itself a sanctuary city for legal adult use marijuana. The City Council also cut the tax rate on recreational cannabis in half to 5 percent.
    (SFC, 2/14/18, p.A6)(SFC, 2/15/18, p.D2)
2018        Feb 13, In Chicago off-duty police Cmdr. Paul Bauer (53) was shot and killed in a confrontation with an armed suspect he spotted following a radio description of the man.     Police captured the suspect a short time later.
    (SFC, 2/14/18, p.A4)
2018        Feb 13, In New Orleans a man was fatally shot after a fight broke out near the city's traditional parade route. Investigators soon obtained an arrest warrant for Eddie Dingle (21) on a second-degree murder charge. A total of three people were killed and five others were wounded in three separate shootings in New Orleans on Mardi Gras.
    (AP, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 13, In NYC Ahmad Khan Rahimi was sentenced to multiple terms of life in prison for a bomb he detonated in September, 2016, that injured 30 people in the Chelsea district of Manhattan.
    (SFC, 2/14/18, p.A5)
2018        Feb 13, In Texas Mohommad Ali (57) was sentenced to one year in prison and his wife, Sumaiya Ali (49), received 30 months for lying about the Islamic State group activities of their two sons in the Middle East. The whereabouts of the brothers was unclear.
    (AP, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 13, Afghan officials said President Ashraf Ghani plans to retire more than 2,000 army generals and other senior officers, aiming to bring new blood into the military's top ranks to battle a resilient Taliban insurgency.
    (Reuters, 2/13/18)
2018        Feb 13, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange lost his legal battle to overturn a British arrest warrant against him, and with it his hopes of freely leaving Ecuador's London embassy where he has been holed up since 2012.
    (AP, 2/13/18)
2018        Feb 13, Six Congolese soldiers were killed in a clash with Rwandan forces inside Congo's Virunga National Park. The two countries disputed which side of the poorly demarcated border the clash took place on, each accusing the other's forces of violating the frontier.
    (Reuters, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 13, Denmark's Prince Henrik (83) died, taking to the grave his resentment at playing second fiddle to his wife, Queen Margrethe. In 2016, he renounced the title of prince consort and spent much of his time at a chateau on a vineyard in southwestern France, although he remained married to the queen and officially still lived with her.
    (Reuters, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 13, Egyptian police took Hisham Genena, a former anti-corruption chief, to the military prosecutor's office. Genena had run the short-lived election campaign of former military chief of staff Sami Anan, who was detained last month and accused by the army of running for office without permission. Genein was detained for two weeks after he suggested a sidelined presidential candidate possessed damning material against leading officials.
    (Reuters, 2/13/18)(AFP, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 13, Ethiopia released Bekele Gerba, a senior opposition leader, more than two years after he was detained during mass protests over land rights. Demonstrators blocked roads in towns around Addis Ababa on the second day of a strike called to protest against Ethiopia's continued incarceration of opposition politicians.
    (Reuters, 2/13/18)
2018        Feb 13, In Guatemala former President Alvaro Colom (2008-2012) and Juan Alberto Fuentes, a former finance minister who is now chairman of Oxfam International, were arrested along with eight others as part of a local corruption investigation.
    (Reuters, 2/13/18)
2018        Feb 13, Israeli police recommended that PM Benjamin Netanyahu (68) be indicted for bribery, fraud and breach of public trust in two corruption investigations.
    (AFP, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 13, Kuwait's foreign minister condemned what he called an "escalation" by Manila after the Philippines expanded a ban on its nationals working in Kuwait.
    (AFP, 2/13/18)
2018        Feb 13, Mexico's Interior Department acknowledged that federal intelligence agency sent a plainclothes agent to tail an opposition presidential candidate, even though the candidate never asked for and apparently did not want a tail.
    (AP, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 13, Myanmar's imprisoned journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, arrested on Dec. 12, won a major press freedom award. They had been working on an account of the extrajudicial killing last year of 10 men from Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority.
    (AP, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 13, In Myanmar two ethnic rebel groups joined a long-delayed peace process. The signings of the Nationwide Cease-fire Agreement in Naypyitaw by the New Mon State Party and the Lahu Democratic Union were the first since the original eight groups joined in 2015 under the previous military government.
    (AP, 2/13/18)
2018        Feb 13, The head of prisoners' affairs for the Palestinian Authority said Palestinians held without trial under a controversial Israeli policy are to begin a boycott of the country's military courts. Israel currently holds around 500 Palestinians under its administrative detention policy.
    (AFP, 2/13/18)
2018        Feb 13, Poland's PM Mateusz Morawiecki's declared $10 million to help Lebanon build housing for 1,000 refugees from Syria during a two-day visit there.
    (AP, 2/13/18)
2018        Feb 13, South Africa's the ruling ANC party ordered President Jacob Zuma to step down as head of state, but set no date for him to do so.
    (AFP, 2/13/18)
2018        Feb 13, South Africa declared a "national disaster" over a drought that has ravaged parts of the country and threatened to leave homes in Cape Town without running water.
    (AFP, 2/13/18)
2018        Feb 13, In South Korea Choi Soon-sil, a confidante accused of collaborating with former President Park Geun-hye for personal gain, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for bribery and other crimes. The Seoul Central District Court also sentenced Shin Dong-bin, the chairman of the Lotte Group (South Korea's fifth-largest conglomerate), to 2 ½ years in prison for bribery in the same case.
    (AP, 2/13/18)   
2018        Feb 13, In northwestern Syria the Islamic State group was ousted from Idlib province after a final group of the jihadists surrendered to hardline rebels in Al-Khowein.
    (AFP, 2/13/18)
2018        Feb 13, Shells hit the center of a Syrian Kurdish enclave where Turkey is carrying out an offensive, landing near the area's only hospital and killing one person.
    (AP, 2/13/18)
2018        Feb 13, In Thailand garbage collectors found four fetuses in the trash in Hua Hin, a popular resort town.
    (AP, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 13, The Pacific nation of Tonga began cleaning up damage from Cyclone Gita that destroyed its Parliament House, as well as homes and churches, and was intensifying as it headed toward nearby Fiji.
    (AP, 2/13/18)
2018        Feb 13, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a warning to neighboring Greece, Cyprus and international companies exploring for gas in the eastern Mediterranean not to "step out of line" and encroach on Turkey's rights.
    (AP, 2/13/18)
2018        Feb 13, Turkey's anti-terrorism police detained Serpil Kemalbay, a former leader of the country's pro-Kurdish party, for opposing Ankara's military offensive in Syria. This came days after prosecutors issued detention warrants for her and 16 other activists.
    (AP, 2/13/18)
2018        Feb 13, In northwestern Turkey three people died and four were missing after a refugee boat carrying eight people capsized in the Maritsa river that flows between Turkey and Greece.
    (AP, 2/13/18)
2018        Feb 13, Ukrainian opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili said he would continue rallying people against the nation's authorities from abroad, following his deportation to Poland.
    (AP, 2/13/18)
2018        Feb 13, The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said over 22,000 people fled Congo to Uganda last week following a surge of ethnic violence in the northeast, raising the total number of arrivals to about 34,000 since the start of the year.
    (Reuters, 2/13/18)

2018        Feb 14, The US Trump administration announced it would boost aid to Jordan by more than $1 billion over the next five years.
    (AP, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 14, The US House of Representatives unanimously passed the Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act. The bill says Hamas routinely instructs Palestinians not to flee from Israeli airstrikes, forcing them to act as "human shields." The bill would not add any additional sanctions on the group.
    (AP, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 14, Michael Cohen, Pres. Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, said he paid $130,000 of his own money in 2016 to porn star Stephanie Clifford, who has not publicly denied having an affair with Trump.
    (SFC, 2/15/18, p.A7)
2018        Feb 14, In Florida Nikolas Cruz (19) barged into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and opened fire with a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle. At least 17 people were left dead as he fired well over 100 shots.
    (SFC, 2/15/18, p.A1)(SFC, 2/16/18, p.A13)
2018        Feb 14, The Taliban said they want to end Afghanistan's war through dialogue but warned that their willingness to find peace did not mean they were exhausted and that their armed campaign would be sustained no matter how powerful the US opposition.
    (Reuters, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 14, In Afghanistan a Taliban attack in western Farah province killed seven policemen late today. The Taliban hit a police post in Bala Buluk district and the hours-long fighting also killed three insurgent before the Taliban were pushed back. In northern Faryab province a Taliban attack killed three policemen in Qaysar district. Ten Taliban insurgents were also killed in the ensuing gunbattle. A land mine explosion in western Herat province killed two children of a local Taliban figure.
    (AP, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 14, Australia's deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce was under mounting pressure to resign as his party's leader over revelations of a relationship with a former staffer.
    (AP, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 14, In Bahrain dozens of Shiite protesters took to the streets to mark the seventh anniversary of an Arab Spring-inspired uprising. Reports followed of clashes between demonstrators and police.
    (AFP, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 14, Bolivia's defense minister said an explosive was used in a blast that killed at least four people during Carnival celebrations.
    (AP, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 14, Britain's film industry announced a plan to tackle bullying and sexual harassment, backed by stars including Emma Watson, Gemma Arterton and James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli.
    (AP, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 14, The British government said it has frozen 580,000 pounds ($802,894) in assets held by several dozen militia leaders, army officers and private organizations with ties to Democratic Republic of Congo. The freezes were mandated by the European Union as part of a sanctions regime imposed by the United Nations.
    (AP, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 14, The Court of Appeal in London ruled that two Nigerian communities cannot pursue Royal Dutch Shell in English courts over oil spills in Nigeria's Delta region.
    (Reuters, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 14, Two airport vehicles collided on the airfield at London's Heathrow Airport, killing a British Airways engineer and injuring another man.
    (AP, 2/14/18)   
2018        Feb 14, Bulgaria's ruling GERB party withdrew from parliament a European treaty designed to combat violence against women after language around gender roles triggered uproar in the European Union's poorest country.
    (Reuters, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 14, Cambodian lawmakers unanimously approved changes to the criminal code and the constitution making lese majeste — insulting the monarchy — a criminal offense punishable by a fine and up to five years in prison.
    (AP, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 14, A government source said Canada will create a legal framework to guarantee the rights of indigenous people in a bid to head off court battles over treaty rights with aboriginals.
    (Reuters, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 14, In France advisers for Pres. Emmanuel Macron announced that journalists will be moved to a new site out of the presidential Elysee Palace with less access to presidential activity. Macron's office has increasingly used Facebook and YouTube to spread his message instead of publicly answering media questions.
    (AP, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 14, Human rights group Amnesty International slammed Hungary's new anti-migration bill, saying it would allow the government to target any non-governmental organization working with migrants if it becomes law.
    (AP, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 14, Some Iranian youth celebrated Valentine's Day even though authorities have banned the celebrations as part of "decadent Western culture."
    (AP, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 14, Iraq received promises worth $30 billion dollars, mostly in credit facilities and investment pledges, from allies but has so far fallen short of the amount the government says is needed to recover from three years of war.
    (Reuters, 2/14/18)(AP, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 14, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jafari said 18,000 people had been killed and 36,000 wounded in the war with the Islamic State militant group since 2014.
    (Reuters, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 14, An Israeli court ordered Malka Leifer (54), an Australian woman accused of sex crimes in Australia, be placed under psychiatric evaluation until further notice.
    (AP, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 14, Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili vowed to press on with his fight, as the stateless politician arrived in the Netherlands to join his family after being expelled from Ukraine.
    (AFP, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 14, Mexican federal police said they have found and destroyed about 1,190 acres (482 hectares) of opium poppies in raids in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero.
    (AP, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 14, In north-central Mexico a train hit a bus carrying factory workers, and at least seven people were killed in San Luis Potosi.
    (AP, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 14, In the Netherlands former prime minister Ruud Lubbers (b.1939), died in Rotterdam. He had governed the country from 1982 to 1994.
    (SSFC, 2/18/18, p.C12)
2018        Feb 14, Pakistan began seizing assets and funds belonging to Islamic charities Jamaat-ud-Dawa organization and the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation, linked to a radical cleric wanted by the US. It was the first step against Hafiz Saeed since he was freed by Pakistani authorities in November on a court order.
    (AP, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 14, Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte offered a nearly $500 bounty for each communist rebel killed by government forces. Earlier this week he said troops should shoot female communist guerrillas in  the genitals to render them useless.
    (SFC, 2/16/18, p.A5)
2018        Feb 14, Most schools in Slovenia closed as some 40,000 teachers held a one-day strike, the latest in a week of protests by public sector workers demanding more pay amid stronger economic growth.
    (Reuters, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 14, South Africa's Pres. Jacob Zuma raged against a resignation order from his own party ahead of a vote in parliament set to throw him out of office. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) unveiled plans to sack Zuma via a parliamentary no-confidence vote, hours after armed police raided the luxury home of his friends, the Gupta brothers, as part of an anti-corruption investigation.
    (AFP, 2/14/18)(Reuters, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 14, In Sri Lanka a building collapsed in a busy part of Colombo's Grandpass district, killing at least seven people.
    (AP, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 14, In Syria an aid convoy of nine trucks carrying food, health and other supplies for 7,200 people reached the besieged rebel-held Damascus enclave of Eastern Ghouta. The convoy was the first since November 28 to enter Eastern Ghouta, where almost 400,000 civilians are under siege.
    (Reuters, 2/14/18)
2018        Feb 15, Venezuela's Pres. Nicolas Maduro said he has ordered the reopening of the country's consulate in Miami, home to a sizeable anti-government community, before presidential elections on April 22, reversing a move by his predecessor Hugo Chavez.
    (Reuters, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 14, Morgan Tsvangirai (65), Zimbabwe's opposition leader, died in South Africa after a long battle with cancer. The party's National Council announced that its vice president, Nelson Chamisa, was taking the role of acting president following Tsvangirai's death.
    (Reuters, 2/15/18)

2018        Feb 15, In Oakland, Ca., fans turned out in style for the first local screening of Ryan Coogler's “Black Panther" movie at the Grand Lake Theater.
    (SFC, 2/17/18, p.C1)
2018        Feb 15, Pennsylvania's Attorney General said seven guards have been charged with sexually abusing inmates at the Lackawanna County Prison in Scranton.
    (SFC, 2/17/18, p.A4)
2018        Feb 15, Australia's PM Malcolm Turnbull banned government employees from having sex with staff as deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce battled for his political survival following revelations of a relationship with a former staffer.
    (SFC, 2/16/18, p.A2)
2018        Feb 15, In central-western Brazil a truck collided with a bus carrying 43 passengers, and at least seven people were killed.
    (AP, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 15, In Brazil overnight heavy rain and high winds in Rio de Janeiro left four people dead in the Alemao slum complex of Sao Paulo.
    (AP, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 15, In London Barry Bennell (64) was convicted of 43 counts of child sex abuse during his time working for northwest clubs Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra, among others, from 1979 to 1990. The scandal broke in late 2016 when former Liverpool and Tottenham star Paul Stewart broke his 40-year silence and revealed how he was abused as a teenager. Bennel was arrested in the USA in 1994.
    (AFP, 2/15/18)(AP, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 15, A Chilean industry group said a growing outbreak of "red tide" has put salmon farms on alert in fish-rich southern Chile, though its impact is still far less extensive than in 2016, when a much larger outbreak decimated fish farms.
    (Reuters, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 15, In China a CCTV comedy sketch featured a Chinese woman in blackface was broadcast on the state television's Lunar New Year variety show. The show quickly drew accusations of racism, although some people in Beijing were left wondering why it would be considered offensive.
    (AP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 15, In southwestern China an explosion late today at a stall selling fireworks killed four people and injured four others in Yunnan province on the eve of the Lunar New Year holiday.
    (AP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 15, In Dagestan a Russian special forces officer was killed in a shootout with a militant that also left the fighter dead.
    (AP, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 15, An Egyptian military spokesman said that military and police forces have killed a total of 53 Islamist militants and arrested 680 suspects in a week-long offensive to crush insurgents that is focused on the Sinai Peninsula.
    (Reuters, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 15, Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn resigned after long-running political turmoil, an unprecedented move in the vast East African country. He will remain in power until parliament and the full council of the ruling coalition party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), confirm his resignation.
    (AFP, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 15, In the French Pyrenees the bodies of the three men were found, a day after an avalanche struck on an off-piste sector at the Cauterets ski resort, close to the Spanish border.
    (AP, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 15, In southern India a five-story building under construction collapsed, killing at least three workers and trapping several others.
    (AP, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 15, An Indian air force helicopter crashed in the remote northeast, killing both crewmembers on board.
    (AP, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 15, Moldovan Purcari Wineries listed its shares on Romania's stock exchange, an example of the country's investors concentrating on European markets following a Russian embargo. The company raised 186.2 million lei ($50 million) after selling 49 percent of its shares ahead of the launch on the stock exchange.
    (AP, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 15, Pakistan's army accused neighboring Indian soldiers of targeting a school van from across the frontier in Kashmir, killing the driver, leaving the students "severely traumatized" and forcing local residents to flee to safety.
    (AP, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 15, A Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Moscow has tangible evidence of "the destructive interference of some Western countries" in Russia's domestic affairs ahead of a presidential election next month.
    (Reuters, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 15, Russia's communications providers blocked access to the website of opposition leader Alexei Navalny on orders of the state communications watchdog.
    (AP, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 15, Saudi Arabia announced a policy change allowing women to open their own businesses without the consent of a husband or male relative.
    (AFP, 2/18/18)
2018        Feb 15, In South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa (65) was elected president in a parliamentary vote. He pledged to tackle endemic corruption after scandal-ridden Jacob Zuma resigned on orders from the ruling African National Congress.
    (Reuters, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 15, South Africa's chief prosecutor declared Ajay Gupta, one of the three Gupta brothers accused of corrupt links to ousted president Jacob Zuma, a "fugitive from justice" after he failed to hand himself in to police.
    (Reuters, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 15, South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu stepped down as an ambassador for Oxfam, citing disappointment at the British aid agency's embroilment in a sex scandal involving staff in Haiti after a massive 2010 earthquake.
    (Reuters, 2/15/18)

2018        Feb 16, US Special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians, and three Russian organizations, with meddling in the 2016 US election.
    (AP, 2/17/18)
2018        Feb 16, The New Yorker magazine published an article with details of Donald Trump's 2006 alleged sexual affair with Karen McDougal, Playboy's 1998 Playmate of the year. The article cited a $150,000 payment to McDougal from American Media Inc., publisher of the National Enquirer, which never printed the story, to keep quiet about the alleged affair.
    (SFC, 2/17/18, p.A6)
2018        Feb 16, The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency said 212 people were arrested last week during a five day sweep in the Los Angeles area for violating immigration laws. Numerous businesses were told they would be audited. ICE said 88 percent of those arrested were convicted criminals.
    (SFC, 2/17/18, p.A4)
2018        Feb 16, The FBI acknowledged that it had received a tip last month that Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz had a “desire to kill" and access to guns, but agents failed to investigate.
    (SFC, 2/17/18, p.A1)
2018        Feb 16, The Arizona Dept. of Transportation confirmed that Waymo has received a permit to operate as a transportation network company, making it the first US commercial ride-hailing service to operate without human drivers.
    (SFC, 2/17/18, p.D1)
2018        Feb 16, In southern California a cement truck smashed through a guardian rail into oncoming traffic on I-10 in Rialto, San Bernadino County. Five people were killed.
    (SSFC, 2/18/18, p.A6)
2018        Feb 16, The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the birth mother of an 18-month-old girl, paid as a surrogate to have the baby, is not legally the child's parent.
    (SFC, 2/17/18, p.A4)
2018        Feb 16, In Minnesota Mahad Abdirahman (20) was sentenced after pleading guilty earlier to two counts of first-degree assault for the November knife attack on two brothers at the Bloomington Mall of America.
    (AP, 2/17/18)
2018        Feb 16, A new US study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and US Davis reported that fragrances from shampoos, moisturizers and colognes cause just as much smog as the exhaust spewing out of car and truck engines.
    (SFC, 2/16/18, p.D5)
2018        Feb 16, Brazil's federal government issued a decree to put the military in charge of Rio de Janeiro's local police amid a spike in violence.
    (AP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, Canada announced targeted sanctions against a Myanmar general who led an army crackdown that forced almost 700,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees to flee to Bangladesh.
    (AFP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, In southern Chile arsonists burned at least 25 tractor trailer trucks and other heavy machinery early today in the country's heavily forested Araucania region. Indigenous communities of south-central Chile have long accused the state and private companies of taking their ancestral land.
    (Reuters, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, In China Ye Jianming, chairman of CEFC China Energy, was detained on the orders of Chinese President Xi Jinping. The oil tycoon was buying a stake in Russia's biggest oil producer.
    (AP, 3/1/18)
2018        Feb 16, This year marks the year of the dog, one of the 12 animals in the Chinese astrological chart. People in Asia and around the world celebrated the Lunar New Year with festivals, parades and temple visits to ask for blessings.
    (AP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, In southern China nine people died in a fire at a waste processing facility that is suspected of being sparked by fireworks residue in Qingyuan city, Guangdong province.
    (Reuters, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, Ethiopia imposed in a state of emergency one day after PM Hailemariam Desalegn announced his surprise resignation. Authorities a day later said it will last for six months.
    (Reuters, 2/17/18)
2018        Feb 16, The European Commission approved a Belgian scheme of certificates for renewable energy and high-efficiency cogeneration plant as in line with the bloc's climate goals.
    (Reuters, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, French sources said Pres. Emmanuel Macron has placed an army general who led UN operations in Mali in charge of rolling out mandatory national service, a sign of the French president's desire to stamp the military's mark on the exercise.
    (Reuters, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, French customs officers found an impressionist painting by Edgar Degas stowed on a bus, more than eight years after it was reported stolen. Degas' "Les Choristes" ("The Chorus Singers"), which depicts a scene from the opera "Don Juan," was taken from a Marseille museum in 2009 while on loan from Paris' Musee d'Orsay.
    (AP, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 16, In southern Germany dozens of world leaders, top defense officials and diplomats gathered for the Munich Security Conference amid growing strains between the US and other NATO nations and Russia over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.
    (AP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, At the Munich Security Conference the defense ministers of Germany and France pledged to redouble their military and foreign policy cooperation efforts, inviting other European countries to participate if they felt ready to do so.
    (Reuters, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, India said it had suspended the passports of a billionaire jeweler and a diamond merchant accused of defrauding a state-run bank after reports they had left the country. India's financial crimes agency is investigating allegations that Nirav Modi and his business partner Mehul Choksi were involved in defrauding the Punjab National Bank (PNB) of almost $1.8 billion.
    (AFP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, Indian investigators arrested three people who allegedly helped billionaire jeweler Nirav Modi obtain fake documents for overseas loans in one of the country's biggest bank scams.
    (AFP, 2/17/18)
2018        Feb 16, In southern India seven workers died of suffocation while cleaning an underground drainage pit at a poultry farm in Morem village, Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, Israeli demonstrators gathered in Tel Aviv to urge PM Benjamin Netanyahu to resign after police recommended he be charged with bribery in two corruption cases.
    (Reuters, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, Italian police clashed with hundreds of anti-fascist demonstrators in Bologna who were trying to disrupt a planned campaign appearance by the head of the neo-fascist Forza Nuova.
    (AP, 2/17/18)
2018        Feb 16, In Kenya two non-Muslim teachers were killed in an al-Shabab attack in Wajir County. This prompted the Teacher's Service Commission to transfer 329 teachers elsewhere and many other to leave on their own. At least 224 primary schools and 42 secondary schools were no longer able to function.
    (SFC, 5/4/18, p.A3)
2018        Feb 16, Kosovo and Montenegro announced they had reached a deal on a 2015 border agreement between the two countries, a step toward Kosovo gaining visa-free travel to the European Union.
    (Reuters, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, European leaders and royals gathered in Lithuania, which is celebrating the centenary of its independence declaration with festivities and church bells tolling across the small Baltic nation.
    (AP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, In the Maldives dozens of pro-opposition supporters were injured and many were arrested after police broke up countrywide protests demanding the resignation of Pres. Yameen Abdul Gayoom and the release of his political opponents from prison.
    (AP, 2/17/18)
2018        Feb 16, A prolonged 7.2 magnitude quake rocked Mexico and left nearly a million homes and businesses without power in the capital and south. Thirteen people were killed when a minister's UH-60 Black Hawk military helicopter crash-landed in Santiago Jamiltepec, Oaxaca state, on its way to the epicenter of the earthquake.
    (Reuters, 2/17/18)(AFP, 2/17/18)(AFP, 2/18/18)
2018        Feb 16, In northern Nigeria a trio of suicide bombers detonated at a crowded fish market late today in Konduga, Borno state, killing at least 20 people.
    (AP, 2/17/18)
2018        Feb 16, Nigeria's justice ministry ordered 475 Boko Haram suspects to be freed following a series of mass trials in which most cases were dropped for lack of evidence. The court imposed a second 15-year sentence on Haruna Yahaya (35), who was involved in the 2014 kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok.
    (AFP, 2/18/18)
2018        Feb 16, A federal control board urgently sought a $300 million loan for Puerto Rico's power company after a judge rejected a previous $1 billion loan request despite warnings the US territory would have to start rationing electricity.
    (AP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, The Spanish media group Mediapro said Chinese investment fund Orient Hontai Capital has taken control of Mediapro, best known for owning television rights to the Spanish and Italian football leagues.
    (AFP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, It was reported that Swiss-based Roche Holding will buy Flatiron Health and its cancer-focused medical records for $1.9 billion.
    (SFC, 2/19/18, p.D4)
2018        Feb 16, In northern Syria Abu Ayman al-Masri, a top commander of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), was killed by the rival Nureddine al-Zinki hardline group in the village of Al-Huta.
    (AFP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, In Syria six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation after an attack launched by Turkey on the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin.
    (AP, 2/17/18)
2018        Feb 16, In Tanzania a first-year university student killed by a bullet while on a bus the day before a fiercely contested parliamentary by-election in the Kinondoni constituency of Dar es Salaam. Witnesses said police used tear gas and fired live ammunition in an attempt to stop hundreds of Chadema party members from marching towards a local Electoral Commission office.
    (AP, 2/17/18)
2018        Feb 16, Thailand awarded Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Myanmar's army chief, a royal decoration amid allegations of crimes by Myanmar security forces against Rohingya Muslims that have prompted international condemnation.
    (Reuters, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, In Turkey US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced the creation of new "mechanisms" to improve relationships, starting with the question of American support for Kurdish rebels in northern Syria.
    (AP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, A Turkish court sentenced six journalists, including two prominent brothers, to life in jail for aiding plotters of a 2016 failed coup, a sharp turnaround after the country's highest court ordered one of the men released. Mehmet Altan, an economics professor and journalist, and his brother Ahmet, also a journalist, were accused of giving coded messages on a television talk show a day before the abortive military putsch. Nazli Ilicak, another well known journalist, was also among the sentenced.
    (Reuters, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, A Turkish court freed German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel pending trial after indicting him for alleged security offences.
    (Reuters, 2/16/18)

2018        Feb 17, In Kansas Emily Glass (27) reported that her stepson Lucas Hernandez (5) was missing from their Wichita home. On May 24 she led a private investigator to the boy's decaying remains. 20 miles north of Wichita. On June 8 Glass was found dead with three suicide notes and a rifle at her feet.
    (SFC, 6/9/18, p.A7)
2018        Feb 17, Australia accepted the family of a murdered Cambodian political activist as refugees. Kem Ley's wife and five children arrived in Melbourne, from Thailand. Kem Ley was shot dead in a convenience store in Phnom Penh, in July 2016, and his family escaped to a Thai refugee camp. Australia continues to pay Cambodia to accept refugees that Australia holds in the Pacific island nation of Nauru.
    (AP, 2/20/18)
2018        Feb 17, Brazilian President Michel Temer announced the creation of a public security ministry after giving the military full control over security in crime-plagued Rio de Janeiro.
    (AFP, 2/18/18)
2018        Feb 17, The KFC food chain apologized for chicken shortages in some 900 outlets in Britain and Ireland. This followed a change in delivery services with new partner DHL.
    (SFC, 2/20/18, p.A2)
2018        Feb 17, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau arrived in India for a weeklong visit aimed at enhancing business ties between the two countries.
    (AP, 2/17/18)
2018        Feb 17, An Egyptian court sentenced 65 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood to jail late today over alleged incitement against Egypt. Eight people were acquitted.
    (SFC, 2/19/18, p.A2)
2018        Feb 17, India and Iran said that they would step up cooperation in combatting extremism, terrorism and drug trafficking in Afghanistan in an effort to restore peace and stability to the war-wracked country. India and Iran also signed agreements including Tehran leasing to New Delhi operational control of part of the Iranian east coast port of Chabahar for 18 months.
    (AP, 2/17/18)(Reuters, 2/17/18)
2018        Feb 17, An Israeli military tank struck an observation post in the southern Gaza Strip in response to the detonation of an explosive device along its border. Palestinian teenagers Salam Sabah and Abdullah Abu Sheikha, both 17, were killed east of Rafah in the south of the enclave. Palestinian officials said the target belonged to the Islamic Jihad militant group and there were no casualties.
    (AP, 2/17/18)(AFP, 2/18/18)
2018        Feb 17, It was reported that authorities in ex-Soviet Kazakhstan have arrested a lawmaker from neighbouring Kyrgyzstan over contraband. Damirbek Asylbek uulu, an MP with the ruling coalition, was arrested along with three other Kyrgyz citizens.
    (AFP, 2/18/18)
2018        Feb 17, Kosovo began celebrating 10 years of independence from Serbia in two-day festivities that started today around the country.
    (AP, 2/17/18)
2018        Feb 17, Latvia's top central banker, Ilmars Rimsevics, was detained following questions from the national anti-corruption agency.
    (AP, 2/18/18)
2018        Feb 17, In Morocco a freight train and a personnel transport vehicle collided near the northern city of Tangier killing six people.
    (AP, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 17, A Pakistani court sentenced serial killer Mohammad Imran (24) to death after finding him guilty of killing eight children, including a 7-year-old girl whose rape and murder drew nationwide condemnation and triggered violent protests.
    (AP, 2/17/18)
2018        Feb 17, The Swedish foreign ministry confirmed that it had granted citizenship to Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian academic with Swedish residency. He was arrested in Tehran in April 2016 and later convicted of espionage, accused of providing information to Israel to help it assassinate Iranian nuclear scientists.
    (Reuters, 2/20/18)
2018        Feb 17, Pope Francis renewed a commission on clergy sexual abuse, confirming US Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston as its head. The Vatican promised to give victims a greater say in its work.
    (Reuters, 2/17/18)

2018        Feb 18, Tropical Cyclone Kelvin hit the resource-rich north coast of Western Australia, lashing it with strong winds and causing floods that could cut the main highway for up to two weeks.
    (Reuters, 2/18/18)
2018        Feb 18, In Brazil eight guards and 10 inmates were taken hostage during a riot in an overcrowded Rio de Janeiro prison. All the hostages were freed early the next day.
    (Reuters, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 18, Almost 200 British female entertainment stars called for an international movement to end sexual misconduct across society in a letter published ahead of today's British Academy Film Awards.
    (AP, 2/18/18)
2018        Feb 18, The ferocious female-led tragi-comedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was the big winner at the British Academy Film Awards in London.
    (AP, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 18, The National Union of Burkina Faso Filmmakers announced the death of prolific filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo (64) from an undisclosed illness. He produced more than 40 films including "Tilai," which won the Grand Prix at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.
    (AP, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 18, In Dagestan a gunman (22) opened fire on people leaving a church service in the town of Kizlyar, killing at least five people. The manm was later killed by security forces.
    (AP, 2/18/18)(SFC, 2/19/18, p.A4)
2018        Feb 18, Gambia's Pres. Adama Barrow declared a moratorium on the death penalty, calling it a "first step toward abolition," while addressing a large crowd gathered for the country's independence anniversary.
    (AP, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 18, In southern Iran a commercial ATR-72 airplane brought back into service only months ago after being grounded for seven years crashed into Mount Dena. All 65 people on board Iran's Aseman Airlines Flight No. EP3704 were killed.
    (AP, 2/18/18)
2018        Feb 18, In Iraq IS members disguised as soldiers attacked a Hashed al-Shaabi unit in the Hawija region about 300 km (185 miles) north of Baghdad, killing 27 members of a paramilitary group.
    (AFP, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 18, Israel's security agency Shin Bet said that six Palestinians have been arrested suspected of planning attacks targeting Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman and other Israelis in the occupied West Bank.
    (AFP, 2/18/18)
2018        Feb 18, Israeli authorities arrested Bezeq CEO Stella Handler in connection with an Israel Securities Authority (ISA) investigation of Bezeq over possible fraud and financial reporting offences. Investigators were looking into allegations that Bezeq, Israel's largest telecom provider, received benefits in return for enabling favorable media coverage of PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
    (Reuters, 2/21/18)
2018        Feb 18, In Jordan a job center opened in the country's 2nd largest refugee camp for Syrian refugees in an effort to improve their lives and discourage them from migrating onward.
    (SFC, 2/19/18, p.A4)
2018        Feb 18, A judge in Kuwait ordered 44 politicians, activists and others imprisoned over protesters storming parliament in 2011 to be freed on bail pending their appeal before the country's highest court. The next hearing in the case was set for March 4.
    (AP, 2/18/18)
2018        Feb 18, A senior Syrian Kurdish official said Kurdish forces and the Syrian government had reached a deal for the Syrian army to enter Afrin, and that it could be implemented within two days.
    (Reuters, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 18, The UN Commission on Human Rights and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said violence by criminal gangs battling over drug trafficking areas has displaced more than 800 people in northwestern Colombia.
    (Reuters, 2/19/18)

2018        Feb 19, A US federal judge approved a $300 million loan for Puerto Rico's power company to keep the agency working until late March.
    (SFC, 2/20/18, p.A5)
2018        Feb 19, Pennsylvania's high court issued a new congressional district map for the state's 2018 elections. Republicans had held seats in bizzarely contorted districts.
    (SFC, 2/20/18, p.A5)
2018        Feb 19, In Rhode Island a grand jury indictment was unsealed accusing Republican Sen. Nicholas Kettle of extorting sex from a male page.
    (SFC, 2/20/18, p.A9)
2018        Feb 19, In Texas a US Postal Service worker was found fatally shot inside a mail truck along a highway in Dallas.
    (SFC, 2/20/18, p.A5)   
2018        Feb 19, An Afghan official said that bodies of nine civilians abducted by militants early last year in Kot have been found in the country's eastern province of Nangarhar.
    (AP, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 19, Brazil's lower house approved a decree to put the military in charge of Rio de Janeiro's security forces amid a spike in violence. The Senate was scheduled to debate it the next day.
    (AP, 2/20/18)
2018        Feb 19, Renew, a new British party inspired by French President Emmanuel Macron's movement, launched a campaign to thwart Brexit by convincing lawmakers to block any EU withdrawal deal PM Theresa May can strike.
    (Reuters, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 19, A British judge sentenced a prolific pedophile to 32 years in prison. Geophysicist Matthew Falder (29) admitted to 137 offenses, including blackmail, voyeurism and encouraging the rape of a child.
    (AP, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 19, Former English youth soccer coach Barry Bennell was jailed for 30 years for abusing 12 young footballers. Bennell has already served three jail terms, totaling 15 years, for similar offenses involving 16 other victims in England and the United States.
    (AP, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 19, Authorities in eastern Congo said two workers with a French aid group have been killed by armed gunmen in a village North Kivu province while a third has been taken hostage.
    (AP, 2/20/18)
2018        Feb 19, Egypt's military said three troops, including an officer, have been killed in restive Sinai in fighting with militants. Four militants were also reported killed.
    (AP, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 19, In Greece seventeen Turkish nationals landed on a beach on an island close to Turkey. Greek media said they had asked for political asylum.
    (Reuters, 2/20/18)
2018        Feb 19, Indonesia's Mount Sinabung on the island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes.
    (AP, 2/19/18)

2018        Feb 19, In Iran Sufis rallied in front of a police station in Tehran demanding the release of a detainee. Sufi follower Mohammad Salas rammed a bus into a group of police officers, killing three of them before being arrested. Two members of the Basij forces also were killed in a stabbing and another car-ramming attack, which also injured 30. Police arrested over 300 Sufi followers, including the drivers of both vehicles. Salas was convicted in march and sentenced to death.
    (AP, 2/20/18)(AP, 3/19/18)
2018        Feb 19, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu announced a "historic" $15 billion contract for sales of natural gas to Egypt.
    (AFP, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 19, In Kuwait Sheikh Athbi Al Sabah, a nephew of the ruling emir and former head of Kuwait's National Security Office, and Sheikh Khalifa Al Sabah, the publisher of the now-shuttered Al Watan newspaper, were among six people sentenced for insulting the country's National Assembly speaker. They received five-year prison sentences and 5,000 Kuwaiti dinar ($16,700) fines.
    (AP, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 19, Latvia's anti-corruption agency said it suspects the nation's central bank chief Ilmars Rimsevics of demanding and receiving bribes of at least 100,000 euros ($125,000) and has started a criminal investigation against him.
    (AP, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 19, Maldives Pres. Yameen Abdul Gayoom asked Parliament to extend the state of emergency that has helped him reinforce his power. Yameen has had two Supreme Court judges arrested, accusing them of corruption.
    (AP, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 19, In Mozambique heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge mound of garbage at the Hulene dump on the outskirts of Maputo, killing as many as 17 people who were buried by debris.
    (AP, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 19, Philippine police and army troops reported the arrest of an Arab man they believe was a former commander of the Islamic State group along the Syria and Turkey border in a raid on a Manila apartment. Fehmi Lassoued, who is reportedly from Egypt, and his Filipina companion, Anabel Moncera Salipada, were arrested last week based on intelligence provided by foreign counterparts.
    (AP, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 19, Serbian officials said eight foreign citizens, including two Americans and two Ukrainians, have been arrested on suspicion that they tried to photograph and enter military facilities without authorization.
    (AP, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 19, In Somalia a US-led air strike against al Shabaab militants killed three members of the al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgency group. The strike near the town of Jilib was coordinated with Somalia's government.
    (Reuters, 2/21/18)
2018        Feb 19, In South Korea a doping case involving a medal-winning Russian curler rocked the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Alexander Krushelnitsky's failed drug test came to light a week after he won mixed doubles bronze with his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova.
    (AFP, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 19, A Spanish judge allowed leading Catalan separatist Marta Rovira, who faces charges over her region's independence bid, to walk free but ordered her to post bail of 60,000 euros ($75,000).
    (AFP, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 19, Syrian media reported that militias allied to the Syrian government will enter the Afrin region to help Kurdish forces end a Turkish offensive.
    (Reuters, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 19, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said Syrian government air strikes and artillery killed 71 people in the eastern Ghouta pocket near Damascus over the past 24 hours. Bombardment today killed nearly 100 people including 20 children and 15 women.
    (Reuters, 2/19/18)(SFC, 2/21/18, p.A2)
2018        Feb 19, Long-awaited talks between Togo's government and the opposition began to try to end a six-month political stand-off that has seen thousands take to the streets in almost weekly protests against the ruling party.
    (AFP, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 19, Turkey's foreign minister warned that Turkey's military would confront any Syrian government forces entering the northwest Afrin province to protect Kurdish YPG fighters.
    (Reuters, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 19, A top UN food agency official said about 224 million people are under-nourished in Africa as climate change and conflicts heighten food insecurity across the continent.
    (AFP, 2/19/18)
2018        Feb 19, A Vatican statement said the pope had accepted the resignation of Peter Ebere Okpaleke as bishop of Nigeria's diocese of Ahiara. It said the position had been declared vacant and that a papal administrator would run it for the time being. Rebel priests and faithful had rejected him as an ethnic outsider.
    (Reuters, 2/19/18)

2018        Feb 20, In Washington, DC, attorney Alex van der Zwann (33), a Dutch national, pleaded guilty to lying to the special counsel investigation Russian election interference.
    (SFC, 2/21/18, p.A6)
2018        Feb 20, The US Postal Service unveiled a new Year of the Dog stamp to help celebrate the Lunar New Year.
    (AP, 2/20/18)
2018        Feb 20, In Alabama an hours long standoff ended with both suspect Robert Hollie and police Officer Justin Billa dead. Earlier in the day officers responding a report of domestic violence found Fonda Poellnitz dead and identified her ex-husband as a person of interest.
    (SFC, 2/22/18, p.A4)
2018        Feb 20, San Francisco-based Uber said it is pulling out of Morocco, in a decision linked to the North African country's failure to reform its strict transport rules. For nearly three years, Uber has been operating illegally in Morocco — despite currently having 19,000 users in Morocco and over 300 drivers.
    (AP, 2/20/18)
2018        Feb 20, In Massillon, Ohio, the Jackson Memorial Middle School was on lockdown this morning after a 7th grade student suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
    (Reuters, 2/20/18)
2018        Feb 20, Qualcomm raised its takeover bid for NXP Semiconductors by nearly 16 percent to about $43.22 billion, citing in part NXP's strong results since the companies first announced their merger in October 2016.
    (AP, 2/20/18)
2018        Feb 20, In Afghanistan Abdulkarim Khaddam, the governor of Samangan who had defied President Ashraf Ghani's order to leave office, agreed to step down today, but scores of armed men gathered in front of his compound as a standoff continued over the position of his deputy. In exchange, Khaddam will take a position on the High Peace Council, a body set up to handle reconciliation efforts with the Taliban.
    (Reuters, 2/20/18)
2018        Feb 20, Brazil's Senate overwhelmingly approved the takeover by the army of Rio de Janeiro's security following a breakdown of law and order in drug-ravaged neighborhoods.
    (AFP, 2/21/18)
2018        Feb 20, London-based Oxfam revealed that it was investigating 26 new cases of sexual misconduct since the crisis erupted over its handling of a 2011 prostitution scandal in Haiti.
    (AFP, 2/20/18)
2018        Feb 20, The Czech Republic's army said it is planning to open a new satellite center to serve the country's military intelligence and NATO. The army said SATCEN CR should open on July 1 and become fully operational by the end of 2019.
    (AP, 2/20/18)
2018        Feb 20, An Egyptian court put former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh (67) on a terrorism list, following his arrest for alleged contacts with the banned Muslim Brotherhood. The physician quit the Muslim Brotherhood in 2011 after disagreements over the role of religion in politics and founded the more centrist Strong Egypt party.
    (Reuters, 2/20/18)
2018        Feb 20, It was reported that the European Union is shutting down a border checkpoint scheme with Ukraine. The 6 projects are now in the process of being closed, and the unspent money reimbursed. They foundered after a series of delays, missteps and cost overruns involving local officials and contractors.
    (Reuters, 2/20/18)
2018        Feb 20, A Greek court in the northern city of Thessaloniki convicted Jamal Owda (20), a Palestinian man, of running a major migrant-smuggling ring and sentenced him to 13 years in prison.
    (AP, 2/20/18)
2018        Feb 20, Indonesia seized a record 1.6 tons of crystal methamphetamine from a ship off the northern island of Batam, the second major drug bust this month.
    (Reuters, 2/20/18)
2018        Feb 20, Israeli police revealed they had arrested the controlling shareholder and CEO of the country's biggest telecoms company, as well as two former officials with close ties to PM Benjamin Netanyahu, in a corruption case.
    (AP, 2/20/18)
2018        Feb 20, Israel authorities transferred the first Eritrean detainees, detained at the Holot open detention center, to Saharonim Prison after they refused to leave the country.
    (AFP, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 20, Latvia's central bank chief, Ilmars Rimsevics, was suspended pending an investigation into whether he solicited a bribe. The complaint against Rimsevics was made by small Latvian lender Norvik Bank. Its Russian owner Grigory Guselnikov had not provided evidence of wrongdoing despite being asked. Rimsevics refused to resign.
    (AP, 2/20/18)
2018        Feb 20, Maldives' parliament approved a 30-day extension of a state of emergency declared by the president to strengthen his power after the Supreme Court ordered the release of his imprisoned political opponents.
    (AP, 2/20/18)
2018        Feb 20, Myanmar agreed with Bangladesh to resettle more than 6,000 Rohingya Muslims who have been stranded in a no man's land between the two countries, as plans for the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of others have been delayed over concerns for their safety if they return to Myanmar.
    (AP, 2/20/18)
2018        Feb 20, In northeastern Nigeria more than 90 schoolgirls went missing after Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram attacked Dapchi village in Yobe state.
    (Reuters, 2/21/18)
2018        Feb 20, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte "lost trust" in local news site Rappler and barred it from covering his official events, in the latest blow for an outlet known for its tough scrutiny of his government.
    (Reuters, 2/20/18)
2018        Feb 20, In Syria pro-government forces pounded eastern Ghouta, killing at least 66 people after the enclave's heaviest one-day death toll in three years. The Britain-based Observatory said those killed since the escalation began on Feb. 18 include 54 children. Another 850 people have been injured.
    (Reuters, 2/20/18)
2018        Feb 20, A Thai court granted sole custody of 13 surrogate children to Mitsutoki Shigeta (28) of Japan. He is the son of the founder of Japanese telecom and insurance company Hikari Tsushin and, as a major shareholder, earns millions of dollars a year in dividends.
    (AP, 2/21/18)
2018        Feb 20, Turkey's state-run news agency said pro-Syrian government forces have turned back 10 km (6 miles) from Afrin city following shelling by the Turkish military.
    (AP, 2/20/18)
2018        Feb 20, A Venezuelan opposition official says the largest parties in the broad anti-government coalition have decided to boycott an upcoming presidential election they say won't be free or fair. That brings to four the number of major parties that have decided they won't support any candidate.
    (AP, 2/20/18)
2018        Feb 20, Venezuela became the first country to launch its own version of bitcoin, a move it hopes will provide a much-needed boost to its credit-stricken economy. The so-called petro is backed by Venezuela's crude oil reserves, the largest in the world. The US Treasury Department has thrown a damper on the release, warning US citizens and companies who buy the petro that they could be violating sanctions.
    (AP, 2/20/18)

2018        Feb 21, In Washington, DC, students and parents appealed to Pres. Donald Trump to set politics aside and protect America's school children from gun violence. Trump promised to be strong on background checks and suggested support for teachers and other school employees to carry concealed weapons.
    (SFC, 2/22/18, p.A7)
2018        Feb 21, The US Supreme Court ruled 8-0 to prevent survivors of a 1997 terrorist attack from seizing Persian artifacts at a Chicago museum to help pay a $71.5 million default judgment against Iran.
    (AP, 2/21/18)
2018        Feb 21, In southern California a rape suspect died after poisoning himself during a freeway chase in Ventura County.
    (SFC, 2/22/18, p.A4)
2018        Feb 21, In Florida high school students and thousands of protesters swarmed the state capitol calling for changes to gun laws, a ban on assault-type weapons and improved care for the mentally ill.
    (SFC, 2/22/18, p.A7)
2018        Feb 21, New Jersey's new Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation setting aside about $7.5 million for family planning and women's health.
    (SFC, 2/22/18, p.A4)
2018        Feb 21, Reverend Billy Graham (b.1918) died at his home in North Carolina. The influential Southern preacher had been a spiritual advisor to several US presidents and millions of Americans via their television sets.
    (AFP, 2/21/18)(SFC, 2/22/18, p.A4)
2018        Feb 21, In Afghanistan Taliban fighters attacked a police security post in central Ghazni province late today, killing eight local policemen. Four intelligence officials died in an ambush by insurgents in northern Parwan province.
    (AP, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 21, In Bahrain prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to five years in prison over tweets alleging prison torture in his country and misconduct in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, despite wide international criticism of his trial.
    (AP, 2/21/18)
2018        Feb 21, Britain's Supreme Court ruled that police can be held liable for failing to bring serious criminals to justice — a judgment that could open UK forces to a wave of lawsuits from victims.
    (AP, 2/21/18)
2018        Feb 21, Ethiopia released more than 1,500 prisoners in its eastern Somali region, days after the government declared a state of emergency to try to tamp down unrest in Africa's second most populous nation.
    (Reuters, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 21, In Germany John Ausonius (64), one of Sweden's most notorious criminals, was sentenced to life in prison by a Frankfurt court for a murder he was convicted of having committed in Frankfurt more than 25 years ago.
    (Reuters, 2/21/18)
2018        Feb 21, Scientists in Germany who developed a new way to make a key malaria drug several years ago said they have come up with a technique to make the process even more efficient, which should increase global access and reduce the cost.
    (AP, 2/21/18)
2018        Feb 21, India handed Canada's PM Justin Trudeau a list of nine people in Canada who are suspected of trying to revive a Sikh separatist movement in the Indian state of Punjab.
    (Reuters, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 21, Israeli media reported that Shlomo Filber, a confidant of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, has agreed to turn state's witness in one of several corruption investigations posing a serious threat to the conservative leader's political survival.
    (Reuters, 2/21/18)
2018        Feb 21, Lebanese intelligence arrested a man they believe was a financial official for Islamic State in Syria. The Syrian, arrested in the northern city of Tripoli, was responsible for collecting money for the militant group in Albu Kamal.
    (Reuters, 2/21/18)
2018        Feb 21, Macedonian authorities began replacing road signs on the country's main highway named by the previous government after the ancient warrior king Alexander the Great, in a goodwill gesture toward neighboring Greece.
    (AP, 2/21/18)
2018        Feb 21, Malaysian prosecutors charged a 60-year-old woman with murdering Adelina Lisao (28), an Indonesian domestic helper, who was found with bruises on her face and died from her injuries. M.A. Ambika was charged with murder, while her daughter was charged with hiring a foreigner without valid documents.
    (Reuters, 2/21/18)
2018        Feb 21, In Mali two French soldiers died when their armored vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device. France has a 4,000-strong counterterrorism force in Mali, part of Operation Barkhane, to fight extremist groups in the Sahel region.
    (AP, 2/21/18)
2018        Feb 21, In central Mali an imam and family members of a village chief were among seven civilians reportedly kidnapped and killed during a search and sweep operation by the army.
    (Reuters, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 21, In Mexico a blast aboard a ferry on a ferry that runs between the Caribbean resorts of Playa del Carmen and the island of Cozumel was caused by an explosive device. 19 Mexicans and at least five US citizens were injured.
    (AP, 3/2/18)
2018        Feb 21, In northern Myanmar a bomb exploded in a bank in the city of Lashio, a region where there is fighting between the government and ethnic minority guerrillas, killing two people and injuring 21 others.
    (AP, 2/21/18)
2018        Feb 21, Pakistan's Supreme Court ruled against former PM Nawaz Sharif, declaring that anyone disqualified from holding office cannot serve as head of a political party. The court ruling requires that Sharif's name be removed as president of Pakistan Muslim League-N party.
    (AP, 2/21/18)
2018        Feb 21, In Peru at least 36 people died when a bus hurtled some 100 meters into a ravine in the mountainous south in the country's second major bus crash this year.
    (AP, 2/21/18)
2018        Feb 21, In western Rwanda anti-riot police surrounded at least 3,000 Congolese refugees who had camped at a UN refugee office overnight to protest reduced food rations at their camp. UNHCR said last month it was cutting rations due to funding shortages.
    (Reuters, 2/21/18)
2018        Feb 21, Saudi Arabia freed nine Iranian fishermen detained two years ago. A tenth fisherman was reported killed in the initial incident.
    (Reuters, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 21, The Seychelles gave details on the first 210,000 square km (81,000 square miles) area to be conserved, limiting activities like fishing, oil exploration and large-scale development in the most fragile habitats, while allowing them under certain conditions in the rest of the area. Nature Conservancy has offered to buy up nearly $22 million of Seychelles' outstanding $406 million sovereign debt in return for the country designating a third of its marine area as "protected".
    (Reuters, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 21, Spain's Supreme Court ordered the arrest of former Catalan member of parliament Anna Gabriel after she failed to appear in court to answer charges related to the region's independence campaign.
    (Reuters, 2/21/18)
2018        Feb 21, Madrid's International Contemporary Art Fair yanked a photo exhibition called "Political Prisoners in Contemporary Spain," prompting charges of censorship against the government-funded body which operates the event venue.
    (AP, 2/21/18)
2018        Feb 21, Slovakia's PM Robert Fico said his country will not ratify a European treaty designed to combat violence against women, bowing to opposition from junior coalition partner and religious groups. Fico said that though Slovakia would adopt into law all measures aimed at combating violence against women, it would not ratify the treaty, which he said was a controversial document that could violate the constitution and lead to the introduction of same-sex marriage.
    (Reuters, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 21, In Sri Lanka a grenade exploded on a bus, injuring 19 people, including 12 military personnel. The military ruled out the possibility that the incident was an attack.
    (Reuters, 2/21/18)
2018        Feb 21, The Syrian Civil Defense rescue organization said 10 people have been killed by government airstrikes and shelling on a town in the suburbs of Damascus. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an immediate suspension of "all war activities" in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta.
    (AP, 2/21/18)

2018        Feb 22, US special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional charges against Pres. Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and business associate Rick Gates.
    (SFC, 2/23/18, p.A5)
2018        Feb 22, The US Federal Communications Commission published its final order reversing net neutrality regulations. The repeal was set to go into effect April 23. Political debate in Congress, courts and statehouses was expected to continue.
    (SFC, 2/23/18, p.A1)
2018        Feb 22, The US District Court for the Northern District of California granted the states of California and New Mexico's bid for a preliminary injunction and denied the Trump administration's request to move the trial to another court venue in Wyoming. The court temporarily blocked the Trump administration from delaying or ending an Obama-era rule aimed at preventing oil and gas leaks during production.
    (AP, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 22, California state Sen. Tony Mendoza resigned after a Senate investigation found that he had engaged in unwanted sexual advances toward subordinate female staffers over the past 12 years.
    (SFC, 2/23/18, p.A1)
2018        Feb 22, In San Francisco three men were found dead in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Officials soon reported that they had trace amounts of the lethal opioid fentanyl in their bodies.
    (SFC, 2/24/18, p.C2)
2018        Feb 22, Nanette Fabray (b.1920), American TV and stage star, died at her home in southern California. She won three Emmy Awards for her work on the TV show “Caesar's Hour." Her films included “The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex" (1939) and “The Band Wagon " (1953).
    (SSFC, 2/25/18, p.C9)
2018        Feb 22, Richard Taylor (b.1929), Stanford physicist and Nobel Prize winner (1990), died at his home on the Stanford campus. He shared the prize for his role in the discovery of quarks.
    (SFC, 3/30/18, p.D5)
2018        Feb 22, In Florida Salomon Melgen (63), an eye doctor, received a 17-year sentence for stealing $73 million from Medicare by persuading elderly patients to undergo tests and treatments that they did not need. Melgen was ordered to pay $42.6 million in restitution.
    (SFC, 2/23/18, p.A5)
2018        Feb 22, Florida executed Eric Scott Branch (47) by lethal injection. He had been convicted of raping and killing a college student in 1993 so he could steal her car.
    (SFC, 2/23/18, p.A5)
2018        Feb 22, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott spared the life of convicted killer Thomas Witaker (b.1979) shortly before the man's scheduled execution. Witaker had been convicted of masterminding the Dec. 10, 2003, fatal shooting of his mother and brother.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Bartlett_Whitaker)(SFC, 2/23/18, p.A5)
2018        Feb 22, US companies began dropping co-branding and promotion deals for NRA members as the NRA aggressively resisted calls for stricter gun controls following the Feb. 14 shooting in Florida that left 17 people dead.
    (SFC, 2/24/18, p.A8)
2018        Feb 22, Argentina's security minister announced that 389 kg (856 pounds) of cocaine were discovered in luggage in 2016 and that agents swapped the cocaine for flour. The luggage was tracked in a 2017 shipment to Moscow and three people were arrested there. Two Russian-Argentine citizens were arrested on Feb. 21.
    (AP, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 22, Staunchly anti-nuclear Austria lodged a legal complaint with the European Court of Justice against the EU's March approval of the expansion of a nuclear plant in neighboring Hungary.
    (AFP, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, Bahraini activists said three suspected Bahraini militants wanted on terrorism charges died at sea in unexplained circumstances this month and another is missing. They were said to have fled the country by boat headed for Iran.
    (Reuters, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, Egypt's military said seven troops have been killed so far in a massive security operation launched this month against Islamic militants in the northern Sinai Peninsula and other areas. 71 militants were also reported killed and five arrested.
    (AP, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, An Egyptian court sentenced 21 people to death and seven others to up to life in prison over belonging to a group believed to be affiliated with the extremist Islamic State group. The court handed down life sentences — which in Egypt are equal to 25 years — to four defendants, and 15-year-sentences to three others.
    (AP, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, The European Central Bank said it doesn't have the power to investigate money laundering in individual nations, a thinly veiled hint that it is up to member state Latvia to clear up its ongoing corruption scandal.
    (AP, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, A top EU court said Poland has violated EU law on air quality by continuously exceeding the bloc's pollution limit from 2007 through 2015. It did not impose any fines. In reaction, Poland's government launched a "Stop Smog" program limiting the use of coal for heating in private homes, believed to be the main source of air pollution.
    (AP, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, Germany said it is withdrawing a system of special visa treatment for Cambodian officials, including PM Hun Sen and his family, citing the southeast Asian country's crackdown on the opposition.
    (AP, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, A court in southeastern Germany has sentenced a former Catholic priest to 8½ years in prison for child sex abuse. The court found the defendant guilty of abusing five boys on more than 100 occasions since the mid-1990s. The man was previously imprisoned for sexual offenses from 2003 to 2009. A church court expelled him from the priesthood in 2008.
    (AP, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, The Greek parliament voted to investigate politicians, including former prime ministers, over allegations of bribery by the Swiss drugmaker Novartis.
    (Reuters, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, In Indonesia a landslide on the island of Java engulfed farmers working in their rice paddies leaving at least five people dead and 18 missing.
    (AP, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, In Israel hundreds of African migrants protested outside a prison where at least nine others have been incarcerated under Israel's controversial new policy of expelling or imprisoning them.
    (AFP, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, Japan's Takata Corp. reached a $640 million deal to settle consumer protection claims from 44 US states and the District of Columbia. But only a small fraction will be paid to the air-bag maker's bankruptcy.
    (SFC, 2/23/18, p.C2)
2018        Feb 22, Montenegro police said a Yugoslav army veteran who manned anti-aircraft defenses during the NATO bombing in 1999 tossed a hand grenade into the US embassy compound in Podgorica, around midnight and then blew himself up. Media named him as Dalibor Jaukovic (43), a decorated Yugoslav army veteran.
    (Reuters, 2/22/18)(SFC, 2/23/18, p.A2)
2018        Feb 22, Mozambique's National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) said in its latest update that the southern hemisphere summer rainy season has killed 50 people in Mozambique since October.
    (Reuters, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, Myanmar's parliament approved a budget of about $15 million for the construction of a fence and related projects along the border with Bangladesh in Rakhine state, from which about 700,000 members of its persecuted ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority have fled violence since last August.
    (AP, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 22, Dutch anti-smoking activists vowed to fight after prosecutors rejected their call for a criminal investigation into four major tobacco companies on charges including attempted murder or manslaughter, on the grounds that such a case would be unlikely to lead to a conviction.
    (AP, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, North Korea's 22 athletes wrapped up their competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics without a finish higher than 13th.
    (AP, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, Pakistan's foreign ministry said Indian troops have opened fire in the disputed Kashmir region, killing a laborer on the Pakistani side of the boundary.
    (AP, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, The global Financial Action Task Force (FATF) decided to place Pakistan on a so-called grey list of nations that are not doing enough to combat terrorism financing.
    (Reuters, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 22, A Palestinian man died after a confrontation with Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank that the Palestinian Authority condemned as a "cold-blooded execution." Israeli military said the man was armed with an iron rod and ran toward the soldiers in an attempt to strike them. In security camera footage posted on social media and carried by Israeli news sites, soldiers could be seen kicking and striking the man, identified by Palestinian officials as Yassin Omar Serda, after detaining him in the town of Jericho.
    (Reuters, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte said he has banned a reporter from entering the presidential palace compound to attend news briefings because her online news organization's license to operate was revoked by the government's corporate watchdog.
    (AP, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, A Russian court slapped a $1,700 fine on a Moscow cinema which screened British comedy "The Death of Stalin" in defiance of an official ban, prompting a police raid.
    (AFP, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, Rwandan police fired tear gas to disperse at least 3,000 Congolese refugees who had been protesting for two days at a UN refugee office in western Rwanda against a reduction in food rations at their camp.
    (Reuters, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, In Serbia a four-million-euro mosaic depicting Jesus Christ in the central dome of Belgrade's Saint Sava Orthodox cathedral, the world's second largest Orthodox church, was dedicated. It was financed by Russian energy giant Gazprom. The construction of Saint Sava cathedral, which can accommodate up to 10,000 people, started in 1939, based upon the model of Haghia Sophia in Istanbul.
    (AP, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, A Serbian court ruled that Australians Tristan Waters and Rohan Arnold, arrested over a $390 million cocaine haul, can be extradited to Australia. A case against a third man in the case, Australian David Campbell, was still pending.
    (AP, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, Slovenia's government sacked the army chief of staff after the military's poor performance last week at a NATO combat readiness test.
    (AP, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, In Spain retirees demonstrated across the country, calling for higher pensions and urging authorities to ensure funding for social security.
    (AP, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, In northern Syria hundreds of people gathered in the main square in the town of Afrin celebrating the arrival of hundreds of pro-government fighters into the area. Turkish warplanes could be heard flying overhead making some of those gathering to flee the area.
    (AP, 2/22/18)   
2018        Feb 22, In Syria warplanes pounded the last rebel enclave near Damascus for a fifth day running. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 33 civilians were killed today. At least 403 people, among them 94 children, have been killed since Feb. 18.
    (Reuters, 2/22/18)(AP, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, Turkey said it will not allow Cyprus' government to carry out a "unilateral" gas search off the east Mediterranean island as long as breakaway Turkish Cypriots don't also reap the benefits.
    (AP, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, The Turkish army struck a convoy entering Syria's Kurdish-held Afrin region, which Ankara said carried fighters and weapons, but Kurdish forces said was made up of civilians entering with food and medicine. At least ten people were wounded and one passenger was killed.
    (Reuters, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 22, The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said twenty-six refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo have died in a camp in Uganda from acute diarrhea, and hundreds more cases have been registered.
    (Reuters, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, The UN said journalists and rights activists in South Sudan have been killed or arrested and newspapers closed, often by the government, hampering coverage of one of the world's biggest humanitarian crises.
    (Reuters, 2/22/18)

2018        Feb 23, The Trump administration imposed sanctions on more than 50 vessels, shipping companies and trade businesses in its latest bid to pressure North Korea over its nuclear program. Ivanka Trump told South Korea's president that she will use her visit to the Winter Olympics to advocate maximum pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear program.
    (AP, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 23, A US grand jury indicted Paul Manafort for allegedly paying European politicians in 2012-2013 to lobby on behalf of his client, Ukrainian Pres. Viktor Yanukovych. The politicians worked in coordination with Manafort, his deputy Rick Gates and two Washington lobbying firms — the Podesta Group and Mercury Public Affairs — to lobby US officials and lawmakers without registering as required by US law.
    (AP, 2/24/18)
2018        Feb 23, Rick Gates, a former senior advisor to Pres. Trump's election campaign, pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and false-statement charges, switching from defendant to cooperating witness in the special counsel's probe of Donald Trump's campaign and Russia's election interference.
    (SFC, 2/24/18, p.A6)
2018        Feb 23, High waters in the US Midwest persisted in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio in areas swamped by heavy rains and melting snow.
    (SFC, 2/24/18, p.A6)
2018        Feb 23, In Texas a gas explosion at a newly renovated house in Dallas killed a girl (12) and injured four other members of her family.
    (SFC, 2/26/18, p.A4)
2018        Feb 23, Afghanistan's Pres. Ashraf Ghani and Pakistan's PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi launched a 1,814 km (1,130 mile) gas pipeline that will feed Turkmenistan gas to Afghanistan, as well as Pakistan and eventually to India.
    (AP, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 23, In Afghanistan Taliban militants attacked an Afghan army post overnight, killing 18 government soldiers in Farah province.
    (Reuters, 2/24/18)
2018        Feb 23, Barnaby Jones, Australia's beleaguered deputy prime minister, resigned from the Cabinet over allegations that he sexually harassed a woman, but said he would not resign from parliament.
    (SFC, 2/24/18, p.A2)
2018        Feb 23, In Australia the yacht Finistere was taking part in the 70th Bunbury and Return Ocean Race and had six people aboard when it overturned off Mandurah, south of the state capital Perth just before midnight. Two sailors died.
    (AP, 2/24/18)
2018        Feb 23, The Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) police force detained 11 aid workers with a number of different non-government organizations (NGOs) and handed them over to local police. All of them were freed later after their writing that in future they will not visit any camp or will not come out without a valid passport or visa.
    (Reuters, 2/24/18)
2018        Feb 23, British director Lewis Gilbert (b.1920) died. His films included Sink the Bismarck (1960), Alfie (1966), The Adventurers (1970), Educating Rita (1983) and Shirley Valentine (1989), as well as three James Bond adventures: You Only Live Twice (1967), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979).
    (http://jamesbond.wikia.com/wiki/Lewis_Gilbert)(SFC, 2/28/18, p.D3)
2018        Feb 23, EU leaders and int'l. donors in Brussels pledged 414 million euros ($510 million) to help five countries in West Africa's vast Sahel region (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) set up a new counterterror force as a deadly jihadist threat grows.
    (AP, 2/23/18)(AFP, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 23, The EU called for an immediate ceasefire and access for aid trucks, using a strongly-worded statement to express its anger at bombing of Syria's eastern Ghouta.
    (Reuters, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 23, France's PM Edouard Philippe announced steps including prison isolation zones and more stringent licensing rules for faith-based schools to combat what he called a slow-burning threat from Islamist radicalization. Philippe unveiled a vast new program to counter radicalization, as jihadis return from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq and the watch list of people showing risk signs grows.
    (Reuters, 2/23/18)(AP, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 23, In western Germany a food bank in Essen drew widespread criticism for its decision to stop giving access cards to foreigners, who it says make up a growing percentage of its users. The move was hailed by some far-right groups.
    (AP, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 23, Germany said another of its citizens has been released from jail in Turkey, a week after German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel was freed from detention in a move that helped to ease tensions between the two NATO allies.
    (Reuters, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 23, In India Donald Trump Jr., the US president's eldest son, heaped praise on the local media, and accused American journalists of unfair criticism, as he neared the end of a whirlwind trip across India promoting Trump-brand luxury real estate.
    (AP, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 23, In Iran a video showing a policeman shoving a woman protesting against mandatory headscarves off her makeshift podium in a busy Tehran street sparked criticism on social media.
    (AFP, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 23, An Iranian conservative-linked news website reported that three environmentalists have been detained, the latest in a series of arrests of wildlife campaigners in the Islamic republic.
    (AFP, 2/24/18)
2018        Feb 23, Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) declared force majeure on the 70,000 barrels per day (bpd) El Feel oilfield after a protest by guards closed the field. (Force majeure is a common clause in contracts that essentially frees both parties from liability or obligation when an extraordinary event or circumstance beyond the control of the parties.) El Feel was shut after guards withdrew from the field to push demands over pay and other benefits earlier this week.
    (Reuters, 2/24/18)
2018        Feb 23, Satellite images of Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state showed that dozens of empty villages and hamlets have been completely leveled by authorities in recent weeks — far more than previously reported.
    (AP, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 23, Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, said it will generally shun investments in energy sources such as coal that are unlikely to be needed in a future low-carbon society.
    (Reuters, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 23, Nader Essam Assaf, a Lebanese citizen  was handed over by Syrian authorities to Lebanon. His Syrian wife remained in Syria. Assaf and his wife are suspects in the death of Filipina Joanna Demafelis, whose body was found on Feb. 6 in a freezer in Kuwait City, where it had reportedly been kept for more than a year.
    (AP, 2/23/18)(AP, 2/24/18)
2018        Feb 23, In Somalia a suspected suicide car bomb went off in Mogadishu, followed by a second blast and gunfire near the president's residence. The death toll from twin car bomb blasts rose to 45 from the initially reported 18. Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants claimed responsibility for the attack.
    (Reuters, 2/23/18)(Reuters, 2/24/18)
2018        Feb 23, South Korean lawmakers protested over a visit by top North Korean Gen. Kim Yong Chol for the Pyeongchang Olympics, labelling him a war criminal over the 2010 sinking of a warship and calling for his execution.
    (AFP, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 23, South Sudan's government said it was asking the UN commission for the names of accused senior military officials and will investigate. A new UN report told of gang-rapes, castrations, ethnic violence and other abuses. UN investigators said they had identified more than 40 South Sudanese military officers who may be responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
    (AP, 2/23/18)(Reuters, 2/24/18)
2018        Feb 23, In South Sudan former South African Col. William Endley (55) was sentenced to death for attempting to overthrow the government. Endley, who can appeal the ruling, was also sentenced to nine years and four months in prison for other related crimes, which must be served before his execution.
    (AFP, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 23, Swiss police said two people are dead after a shooting in Zurich. Police described it as a "violent crime" but gave no further details.
    (AP, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 23, In Syria a new wave of bombs struck the eastern Ghouta district. For a sixth straight day, warplanes flown by government forces and their allies pounded the enclave east of the capital. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said least 436 people have been killed and many hundreds injured. The dead included at least 99 children. Syrian state news said that factions in the besieged suburbs fired a rocket and mortars at districts of Damascus, killing one person and injuring 15 others.
    (Reuters, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 23, In Turkey a court in Istanbul ruled that three academics who signed a peace petition committed terror propaganda. The court originally sentenced the three to 15-month prison terms but revised the sentences to five years of probation because of the defendants' good behavior and lack of prior records.
    (AP, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 23, A report by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) said the United Kingdom violates women's rights in Northern Ireland by unduly restricting their access to abortion.
    (Reuters, 2/23/18)
2018        Feb 23, The UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura renewed his urgent call for a ceasefire to stop both the "horrific" bombing of besieged eastern Ghouta and indiscriminate mortar shelling on Damascus.
    (Reuters, 2/23/18)

2018        Feb 24, The US House Intelligence Committee published a partially blacked-out version of a classified Democratic memo aiming to counter a GOP narrative that the FBI and Justice Department conspired against Trump as they investigated his ties to Russia. This came two weeks after President Donald Trump blocked its full release.
    (AP, 2/25/18)
2018        Feb 24, In Los Angeles Thai dynamo Srisaket Sor Rungvisai retained his World Boxing Council title by beating challenger Juan Estrada, holding on in the later rounds to come out with a close majority decision.
    (AFP, 2/24/18)
2018        Feb 24, In Massachusetts Jeffrey Yao (23) approached a woman (22) from behind at a public library in Winchester near Boston and stabbed her repeatedly with a hunting knife. Another man (77) was injured. Yao was charged with murder.
    (SSFC, 2/25/18, p.A5)
2018        Feb 24, In Afghanistan a bomber blew himself up on a road in Kabul near an office of the Afghan intelligence services. A former lawmaker and one of his bodyguards were killed after gunmen opened fire on their vehicle in Kabul. The suicide bomber killed three people and wounded five, and separate attacks in Helmand killed at least three others.
    (Reuters, 2/24/18)(AP, 2/25/18)
2018        Feb 24, Three female Nobel Peace laureates began a weeklong trip to Bangladesh to meet Rohingya Muslim women who were tortured and raped by soldiers in Myanmar before fleeing the country. Iran's Shirin Ebadi, Yemen's Tawakkol Karman and Northern Ireland's Mairead Maguire will assess the violence against the Rohingya women and the refugees' overall situation.
    (AP, 2/24/18)
2018        Feb 24, China state media said senior politician Yang Jing, secretary of the Central Committee, State Councilor and Secretary General of the State Council, has been removed from his administrative positions and is under investigation for suspected "serious disciplinary violations".
    (Reuters, 2/24/18)
2018        Feb 24, China expressed dissatisfaction at Interpol's decision to lift a wanted alert for an exile from its Uighur minority, a man China accuses of being a terrorist. The London-based rights group Fair Trials said Interpol had confirmed it had deleted a wanted alert, known as a red notice, for Dolkun Isa, president of the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress. A red notice is an international alert for a wanted person but is not an international arrest warrant.
    (Reuters, 2/24/18)
2018        Feb 24, Colombia extradited suspected drug chief Washington Edison Prado to the US. Prado has been accused of shipping more than 250 tons of cocaine to the US.
    (SFC, 2/26/18, p.A2)
2018        Feb 24, Czech authorities arrested Saleh Muslim (67), a top Kurdish politician, at the behest of Turkey, where a court has charged him with sedition.
    (Reuters, 2/25/18)
2018        Feb 24, Estonia celebrated 100 years of independence.
    (AP, 2/24/18)
2018        Feb 24, The European Central Bank said it has determined that Latvia's crisis-struck ABLV Bank is failing or likely to fail along with a Luxembourg-based subsidiary, ABLV Bank Luxembourg, and the bank will be wound up under its home country's law. Latvian PM Maris Kucinskis said his government won't put any taxpayer money into rescuing ABLV.
    (AP, 2/24/18)
2018        Feb 24, In eastern India a speeding jeep plowed through a group of schoolchildren crossing a road, killing nine and injuring 10 of them on the outskirts of Muzzafarpur, Bihar state. The jeep driver sped away after the accident.
    (AP, 2/24/18)
2018        Feb 24, Sridevi (54), Bollywood's leading lady of the 1980s and '90s, died in Dubai. She had redefined stardom for actresses in India. Her famous roles included "Mr. India," in which she played a reporter, and "Lamhe," or "Moments," a 1991 film in which she played dual roles of mother and teenage daughter.
    (AP, 2/25/18)
2018        Feb 24, India and Pakistan exchanged artillery fire in the disputed Kashmir region forcing hundreds of people to flee in the Uri area.
    (AP, 2/25/18)
2018        Feb 24, In Israel Shmuel Auerbach (86), leader of a breakaway faction of non-Hasidic ultra-Orthodox Jews of European descent, died. His hard-line wing rejected even registering with the military for the automatic deferrals his followers were granted.
    (AP, 2/25/18)
2018        Feb 24, In Italy students opposing a neo-fascist party scuffled with police in Milan at one of at least a dozen rallies being held across the country on the last weekend for political action before the March 4 national election.
    (AP, 2/24/18)
2018        Feb 24, A Japanese surveillance plane spotted the North Korean-flagged tanker "Chon Ma San", designated by the United States as a sanction target, with the Maldivian-flagged tanker "Xin Yuan 18" some 250 km (156 miles) east of Shanghai in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.
    (Reuters, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 24, In Myanmar one of several bombs targeting government offices and other places in troubled Rakhine state exploded this morning, injuring a police officer. In all, three bombs exploded, and three unexploded devices were seized in Sittwe.
    (AP, 2/24/18)
2018        Feb 24, Pakistan's interior minister said the Islamic nation will expedite steps to curb terror financing and money laundering a day after the country avoided ending up on a terror watch list by a global task force.
    (AP, 2/24/18)
2018        Feb 24, In Pakistan a blasphemy suspect suffered serious injuries after jumping off a federal building. Sajid Masih, was arrested a day earlier for allegedly posting blasphemous material on Facebook. He told local media that officials had tortured him and confiscated his mobile phone.
    (AP, 2/25/18)
2018        Feb 24, A Pakistani court acquitted 12 men of child sex abuse and blackmail charges, the latest verdict in a massive pedophilia scandal that rocked the country in August 2015. Two of the accused were jailed for life in April last year.
    (AFP, 2/24/18)
2018        Feb 24, In the southern Philippines at least 29 detainees escaped from a jail when a guard briefly left his post in Jolo town, but 17 of them were immediately captured when law enforcers fired warning shots. The 12 detainees who managed to escape successfully were mostly facing drug charges and were being hunted by police.
    (AP, 2/24/18)
2018        Feb 24, It was reported that St. Petersburg restaurateur Yevgeny Prigozhin is believed to control more than a dozen news portals in Russia that attract tens of millions of visitors and serve as an important state propaganda weapon as President Vladimir Putin runs for re-election in the March 18 vote. Other Prigozhin assets included a "troll farm," 12 of whose operatives were indicted in the US along with Prigozhin.
    (AP, 2/24/18)
2018        Feb 24, In Syria warplanes pounded the rebel enclave, the seventh day in a row of a fierce escalation by Damascus and its allies. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said raids hit Douma, Zamalka and other towns, killing 31 people. The surge of rocket fire, shelling and air strikes has killed over 500 people since Feb. 18.   
    (Reuters, 2/24/18)
2018        Feb 24, The UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan said it has recalled a Ghanaian police unit working at one of its protection camps while it investigates allegations that some of them were involved in sexual abuse.
    (Reuters, 2/24/18)
2018        Feb 24, The UN Security Council adopted a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria "without delay", to allow for aid deliveries and medical evacuations.
    (AFP, 2/25/18)
 2018        Feb 24, It was reported that Uzbekistan has released activist Isroil Kholdarov, who was jailed for nearly 12 years after a bloody crackdown on protesters in Andijan. He was freed from a jail in the capital Tashkent earlier this week. Kholdarov initially escaped the country but was then brought back from neighboring Kyrgyzstan in 2006 in circumstances his supporters likened to a kidnapping.
    (AFP, 2/24/18)
2018        Feb 24, In Vietnam thousands gathered around a Hanoi lake to watch rowers in colorful costumes as they competed in the city's first traditional dragon boat race in decades.
    (AFP, 2/24/18)

2018        Feb 25, In Nevada a British tourist who was pulled from the wreckage of a fiery helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon died from her injuries, bringing the total number of deaths from the Feb. 10 crash up to five.
    (AP, 2/26/18)
2018        Feb 25, The Jornal do Brasil, an emblematic Rio de Janeiro daily founded in 1896, returned to print after eight years of exclusively digital production.
    (AFP, 2/26/18)
2018        Feb 25, The ruling party of Cambodian PM Hun Sen claimed a sweeping win in today's elections for the country's Senate, a victory that it assured itself by eliminating any serious opposition from the contest.
    (AP, 2/25/18)
2018        Feb 25, In the Central African Republic a UNICEF employee and five other education workers were killed in an attack as the group traveled to the northeastern town of Markounda near the Chadian border.
    (Reuters, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 25, It was reported that China's ruling Communist Party has proposed scrapping term limits for the country's president, appearing to lay the groundwork for party leader Xi Jinping to rule as president beyond 2023.
    (AP, 2/25/18)
2018        Feb 25, In Congo DRC a policeman shot prominent activist Rossy Mukendi of the Collective 2016 citizen's movement in Kinshasa. Mukendi soon died of his wounds and the policeman was arrested.
    (Reuters, 2/25/18)(AFP, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 25, An Iraqi judiciary spokesman said a local court has sentenced 16 Turkish women to death by hanging for joining Islamic State. All the verdicts are subject to appeal.
    (Reuters, 2/25/18)
2018        Feb 25, Church leaders in Jerusalem shut the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in protest at a new Israeli tax policy and a proposed land expropriation law which they called an unprecedented attack on Christians in the Holy Land.
    (Reuters, 2/25/18)
2018        Feb 25, Jordan's King Abdullah II approved a Cabinet reshuffle, replacing ministers in key domestic portfolios such as interior, labor and the economy at a time continued economic downturn.
    (AP, 2/25/18)
2018        Feb 25, In southern Mexico Dulce Rebaja Pedro, a state assembly candidate in Guerrero state, was killed just days after another office-seeker was shot to death in the same city. A state policeman was also killed, and both bodies were found in a truck on a highway outside the city of Chilapa. Rebaja's aunt was also found dead in a well at her son's home.
    (AP, 2/26/18)
2018        Feb 25, North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol, making a rare visit to South Korea, said that his country was willing to open talks with the United States.
    (AP, 2/25/18)
2018        Feb 25, Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak (27) and his girlfriend were found dead at his home in Velka Maca, 65 km (40 miles) east of the capital Bratislava. Kuciak was working on a story about the activities of Italian mafia in Slovakia and their links to people close to PM Robert Fico. On Feb. 28 Kuciak's Aktuality.sk news website published his last, unfinished story.
    (Reuters, 2/26/18)(AP, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 25, In South Korea Russian hockey players won their first hockey gold medal since 1992 with a 4-3 win over Germany.
    (AP, 2/25/18)
2018        Feb 25, In South Korea the overtly political 2018 Winter Olympics closed very much as they began, with humanity's finest athletes marching exuberantly across the world stage.
    (AP, 2/25/18)
2018        Feb 25, In Syria new regime air strikes and heavy clashes shook the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta despite a UN demand for a ceasefire to end one of the most ferocious assaults of Syria's civil war. At least seven civilians were killed in strikes, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, bringing the total number of dead in the week to 527, including 129 children.
    (AFP, 2/25/18)

2018        Feb 26, California gave a green light to allowing robot cars with no drivers on state roads within weeks. The first permits would be possible by April 2.
    (SFC, 2/26/18, p.D1)
2018        Feb 26, In West Virginia a teacher's walkout kept public schools closed for a third day across the state. Gov. Jim Justice has signed pay raises of 2% next year and 1% the following  two years. Teacher pay in the state ranks 48th in the nation and teachers said the raises were too stingy.
    (SFC, 2/26/18, p.A4)
2018        Feb 26, US delivery giant UPS said it is suing the European Union's antitrust regulator for blocking a merger with Dutch firm TNT Express, which later was snapped up by UPS rival FedEx Corp.
    (AP, 2/26/18)
2018        Feb 26, The Taliban urged the United States to begin talks to end almost 17 years of war in Afghanistan, adding to a series of signals that suggest a greater willingness to explore options for dialogue.
    (Reuters, 2/26/18)
2018        Feb 26, Afghan commandos aided by the air force arrested a German man during a raid on a Taliban mine-making center in Gereshk district. Abdul Wadood of Frankfurt was serving as an adviser to Maulavi Nasir, the commander of the Taliban's elite "Red Unit" in Helmand. He is one of the only Europeans found among the militants throughout the 16-year war.
    (AFP, 3/1/18)
2018        Feb 26, Brazilian President Michel Temer signed a decree creating a public security ministry as part of efforts to combat high crime rates, especially in Rio de Janeiro.
    (AP, 2/26/18)
2018        Feb 26, In China Li Baiguang, a well-known lawyer who defended farmers and Christian pastors, died just hours after being admitted to No. 81 People's Liberation Army Hospital in eastern Jiangsu province for a minor stomachache. His work garnered him an award from the Washington-based National Endowment for Democracy in 2008. He had been injured from an alleged beating by plainclothes security agents in October.
    (AP, 2/26/18)
2018        Feb 26, In eastern Congo DRC a local official said inter-ethnic clashes have killed at least 22 people, including 15 civilians, over the past two days.
    (Reuters, 2/26/18)
2018        Feb 26, Two presumed stowaways died in Ecuador after they fell from the landing gear of a New York-bound plane.
    (AP, 2/26/18)
2018        Feb 26, The main opposition party in Equatorial Guinea was dissolved by a court that also jailed 21 of its activists for more than 30 years. The rulings were made during the trial of 147 Citizens for Innovation (CI) activists accused of "rebellion" in the small, oil-rich central African nation.
    (AFP, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 26, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives approved a coalition deal with the Social Democrats (SPD), bringing closer a fourth term for her as well as an end to political limbo in Europe's preeminent power.
    (Reuters, 2/26/18)
2018        Feb 26, An Arctic storm dubbed the "Beast from the East" saw temperatures across much of Europe fall to their lowest level this winter and even brought a rare snowstorm to Rome, paralyzing the city and giving its residents the chance to ski, sled and build snowmen in its famous parks and piazzas.
    (AP, 2/26/18)
2018        Feb 26, Japanese police said they have found parts of a dismembered body believed to be of a missing woman in the mountains of western Japan. Police reportedly arrested a 26-year-old New Yorker as a suspect.
    (AP, 2/26/18)
2018        Feb 26, The government of the northern Mexico state of Chihuahua said it has seized four ranches that allegedly belonged to former governor Cesar Duarte, who faces corruption accusations. Duarte acquired the ranches during his 2010-2016 term, and they were part of about 20 properties totaling almost 100,000 acres that have been seized as part of the investigation against the former governor.
    (AP, 2/26/18)
2018        Feb 26, In Papua New Guinea a magnitude 7.5 earthquake in the remote highlands region cut roads and damaged buildings. At least 55 people were killed and authorities fear the toll could exceed 100. ExxonMobil Corp shut its liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in the wake of the quake.
    (Reuters, 2/26/18)(Reuters, 2/27/18)(AP, 2/28/18)(SSFC, 3/4/18, p.C16)(AP, 3/7/18)
2018        Feb 26, Russia called a daily "humanitarian pause" in Syria's Eastern Ghouta, bowing to pressure to halt the carnage in the rebel-held enclave where bombardments eased late today after hours of deadly raids.
    (AFP, 2/26/18)
2018        Feb 26, In Sri eastern Lanka at least five people were wounded, and several shops and a mosque damaged in a clash between majority Sinhalese Buddhists and minority Muslims in Ampara.
    (Reuters, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 26, Thai police arrested a group of 10 Russians who were running a sex training class for their compatriots in the seaside town of Pattaya, and have charged them with working in Thailand without permission.
    (Reuters, 2/26/18)
2018        Feb 26, In Tunisia Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy and Tunisian counterpart Youssef Chahed signed eight accords in Tunis reviving ties after a decade-long freeze, pledging notably to work together on security and women's right.
    (AP, 2/26/18)
2018        Feb 26, Turkey formally asked for the extradition of one of the most prominent leaders of the Syrian Kurds, who was detained by Czech police at the weekend at Ankara's request.
    (AFP, 2/26/18)
2018        Feb 26, A United Nations spokeswoman said military operations have killed at least 30 people, including women and children, in Syria's besieged eastern Ghouta in the last 48 hours, while shelling on Damascus continued from the rebel-held area.
    (Reuters, 2/26/18)

2018        Feb 27, US District Judge Gonzalo Curiel rejected arguments by the state of California and advocacy groups that the administration overreached by waiving laws requiring environmental and other reviews before construction of a border wall with Mexico can begin.
    (AP, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 27, The US said it will suspend or curtail several aid programs to Cambodia, citing setbacks to democracy in the southeast Asian nation.
    (AP, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 27, West Virginia teachers reached a deal with Gov. Jim Justice to end a four-day strike. Under the agreement teachers will receive 5% raises over a year. The state Senate soon cut the raise to 4% and the strike continued.
    (SFC, 2/28/18, p.A5)(SFC, 3/6/18, p.A6)
2018        Feb 27, Jian Cai, a former University of Wyoming professor, was ordered to leave the US and return to China within 90 days. He had pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography last November. A district judge also ordered Cai to pay $6,000 in restitution.
    (AP, 3/1/18)
2018        Feb 27, Comcast made a $31 billion bid to acquire European pay-TV provider Sky. Comcast offered Sky shareholders $17.44 per share. 21st Century Fox still controlled 39% of London-based Sky.
    (SFC, 2/28/18, p.C6)
2018        Feb 27, In southern Afghanistan at least 30 people, including 19 police officers, were kidnapped and six police killed by insurgents late today in separate incidents at the border between Kandahar and Uruzgan provinces.
    (AP, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 27, Human Rights Watch says it has found new evidence that authorities in China's repressive Xinjiang region are sweeping up citizens' personal information in a stark example of how big-data technology can be used to police a population.
    (AP, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 27, A Chinese anti-graft official said a new regulation allowing the detention of corruption suspects for up to six months without charge is "based on rule of law".
    (AP, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 27, At least five Colombian soldiers were killed and more than 10 wounded early in a bomb attack by the Marxist ELN rebels near the border with Venezuela.
    (Reuters, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 27, In Congo DRC a judicial source said a military court has jailed a police officer for life for killing a demonstrator opposed to President Joseph Kabila. Eric Boloko was shot at point-blank range with live ammunition February 25 in Mbandaka.
    (AFP, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 27, A Czech court released prominent Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim, wanted by Turkey on terror charges, prompting outrage in Ankara which said the move showed "support for terrorism".
    (AFP, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 27, The head of the Czech Republic's police oversight body GIBS said he had been asked to resign by PM Andrej Babis and that the government began an inquiry into the agency's use of public funds.
    (Reuters, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 27, Egypt's state media body called on officials and the "elite" to boycott the BBC after it broadcast a report on the repression of dissent under President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi that addressed torture and forced disappearances.
    (AP, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 27, An Egyptian court sentenced pop star Sherine to six months in prison for suggesting drinking from the Nile River leads to illness, although she will remain free pending an appeal.
    (AFP, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 27, In Egypt an officer and two soldiers were killed fighting militants in the Sinai Peninsula. Three other officers and four conscripts were wounded in the fighting that left 11 militants dead.
    (SFC, 2/28/18, p.A2)
2018        Feb 27, The EU's top court said a fisheries agreement the bloc has concluded with Morocco can't include the waters off the disputed territory of Western Sahara.
    (AP, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 27, Gabon accused Veolia of polluting in the country as the government and the French company waged an increasingly bitter dispute in public over the cancellation of a contract for water and electricity distribution. The government cancelled Veolia's concession in Gabon on February 16 and took control of SEEG facilities, the Gabonese firm which is 51-percent owned by Veolia.
    (AFP, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 27, A top German court ruled that cities can impose diesel driving bans to combat air pollution, a landmark decision that plunges millions of drivers into uncertainty.
    (AFP, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 27, Police in northern Greece confiscated 105 kg of marijuana from neighboring Albania and arrested an Albanian national (26) suspected of smuggling the drugs in his car near the Krystallopigi border.
    (AP, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 27, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat suspended tax measures and other actions that led to the rare closure of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, considered as the holiest site in Christianity, which was shut down all week in protest.
    (AFP, 2/27/18)(SFC, 2/28/18, p.A3)
2018        Feb 27, An Israeli court says Malka Leifer (54), an Australian woman accused of sex crimes, will not be extradited for reasons of mental illness.
    (AP, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 27, Rome's Mayor Virginia Raggi announced plans to ban diesel cars from the center by 2024. Rome has no major industries, so nearly all of the air pollution in the Italian capital is caused by motor vehicles.
    (Reuters, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 27, In Kazakhstan a ban on speaking Russian in cabinet meetings took effect - despite many ministers favoring that language over their native Kazakh.
    (Reuters, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 27, Maldives State Health Minister Dunya Maumoon resigned, grieved by the arrest of her father, the island nation's longest-serving leader. She called upon the international community to support the Maldivian people to help overcome the crisis.
    (Reuters, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 27, Six Malian soldiers were killed when their vehicle struck a land mine near the town of Dioura late today, the latest in a series of mine attacks in the central Mopti region.
    (AP, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 27, Lawmakers from New Zealand's main conservative party chose their first indigenous Maori leader as they regrouped after an election loss.
    (AP, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 27, In northeastern Nigeria soldiers killed at least 10 people after attackers struck a village in the Gwamba region of Adamawa state. The region been a flashpoint for communal clashes between farmers and herders.
    (Reuters, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 27, In Pakistan an appellate court suspended the three-year jail terms handed down to 25 suspects over the lynching of a university student who was falsely accused of blasphemy until their appeals are heard. Mohammad Mashal Khan (23) was killed by a mob on his university campus in Mardan in April 2016 over unfounded rumors that he had shared blasphemous content on social media.
    (AP, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 27, In Romania two people were found dead over the last 24 hours as snow and sub-zero temperatures across much of Europe saw flights canceled, road and rail transport disrupted, and schools closed.
    (Reuters, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 27, Russia said it would strive to maintain a "humanitarian corridor" to let aid in and civilians out of Syria's besieged eastern Ghouta region, although the first five-hour truce unilaterally declared by Moscow quickly collapsed.
    (Reuters, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 27, In Russia nine people were killed when a minibus collided with a truck in the Bashkiria region.
    (Reuters, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 27, In South Africa a lion mauled a young woman (22) to death in the Dinokeng Game Reserve. The lion was under the care of Kevin Richardson known as the "lion whisperer" for his close interactions with the predators.
    (AP, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 27, In Syria government warplanes resumed striking the eastern Ghouta region after a brief lull. Moscow and Damascus blamed rebels for the collapse of the truce, saying fighters had shelled a safe route intended for civilians to leave the enclave.
    (Reuters, 2/27/18)

2018        Feb 28, Michael Cohen, Pres. Trump's personal lawyer, obtained a secret retraining order to block porn actress Stormy Daniels from speaking publicly about Donald Trump's alleged extramarital affair with her.
    (SFC, 3/8/18, p.A8)
2018        Feb 28, US White House communications director Hope Hicks, one of Pres. Trump's most trusted and longest-serving aides, announced her resignation.
    (SFC, 3/1/18, p.A6)
2018        Feb 28, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political group as part of a proposed political process that he said could lead to talks aimed at ending more than 16 years of war.
    (Reuters, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 28, Australia issued a compulsory recall for all 2.7 million cars fitted with defective Takata air bags in an effort to lift the auto industry's mixed efforts to fix the fault blamed for at least 23 deaths around the world, including one in Australia.
    (AP, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 28, Austrian police raided the country's domestic intelligence agency (BVT). Armed police confiscated computer data as part of a corruption probe. One reported reason for the raid was the handover of blank North Korean passports to South Korea. Opposition parties later called the raid an attempt by the government to purge political enemies.
    (AP, 3/10/18)
2018        Feb 28, Three Nobel peace laureates visiting Bangladesh urged Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the military to end the "genocide" of Rohingya Muslims now or face prosecution.
    (Reuters, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 28, Former British PM John Major suggested that Britons should be given the chance to vote again on Brexit, warning they were "misled" about its consequences. Major called for a free vote in parliament on whether to reject any deal negotiated with the European Union, warning the current plans are "bad politics" that will damage the economy.
    (Reuters, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 28, Much of Britain and Ireland was blanketed in snow as freezing Siberian weather dubbed "the Beast from the East" disrupted the travel plans of thousands.
    (Reuters, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 28, Egypt authorities arrested free-lance journalists May al-Sabbagh and Ahmed Moustafa as they prepared a report on the historic Alexandria tramway. The two were reportedly working on a report for the Al Bayan newspaper based in the United Arab Emirates. The two Egyptian citizens faced charges including belonging to an outlawed group and possession of visual and audio equipment with the intent to spread false news.
    (AP, 3/3/18)
2018        Feb 28, In northern Egypt a freight train and a passenger collided killing at least 15 people and injuring 15 others at Kom Hamada in Behaira province.
    (AFP, 2/28/18)(AP, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 28, In Ethiopia representatives for thousands of Ethiopian Jews announced they will stage a mass hunger strike if Israel eliminates funding to allow them to join their families in that country.
    (AP, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 28, The European Union laid out how it expected to regulate Northern Ireland's trade if no better solution was found in the rapidly shrinking window before Britain quits the EU, prompting furious reactions in London and Belfast. The EU moved to force Britain's hand in Brexit negotiations by publishing a draft text that distils into legal language what they have, and even what they have not, agreed so far about Britain's departure. British PM Theresa May immediately branded part of the 120-page document unacceptable.
    (Reuters, 2/28/18)(AP, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 28, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker told Bosnia's divided leaders they must overcome their differences and work closely together if they want their country one day to join the European Union.
    (Reuters, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 28, Europe's food safety watchdog said wild bees and honeybees are put at risk by three pesticides from a group known as neonicotinoids, confirming previous concerns that prompted an EU-wide ban on use of the chemicals.
    (Reuters, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 28, A French prosecutor said a man suspected of sexually assaulting dozens of women over more than 20 years has been arrested in northern France. The suspect admitted to raping or sexually assaulting about 40 women.
    (AP, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 28, Germany said security officials were investigating an isolated attack on its government computer networks, but the incident had been brought under control.
    (Reuters, 3/1/18)
2018        Feb 28, The Greek government eased capital controls put in place during the summer of 2015 when the country's future in the euro currency was in the balance.
    (AP, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 28, Honduran military police arrested the wife of former Pres. Porfirio Lobo as part of a corruption probe. Prosecutors said she deposited $600,000 in government funds into her personal bank account five days before Lobo ended his 4-year term in 2018. They also said she has not accounted for at least $6 million in government funds for her office.
    (SFC, 3/1/18, p.A2)
2018        Feb 28, Indonesian authorities seized a luxury yacht sought by US authorities off the tourist island of Bali, with the vessel reportedly linked to a corruption scandal at Malaysia's state investment fund. The Cayman Island-registered vessel Equanimity is reportedly worth some $250 million and is owned by Jho Low, a former unofficial adviser to the Malaysian fund 1MDB.
    (AFP, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 28, Indonesia's anti-terrorism agency held a controversial meeting of 124 former Islamic militants and 51 survivors of a string of attacks in the country, including the deadly Bali bombings.
    (Reuters, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 28, Tourists and pilgrims returned to Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built at the site many see as the holiest in Christianity, as it reopened following a rare three-day closure in protest at Israeli measures.
    (AFP, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 28, In Kazakhstan NASA's Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei, and Russia's Alexander Misurkin returned from the International Space Station to the snowy, bitingly cold flat lands of Central Asia, ending a 5 1/2-month mission. Three astronauts remained behind.
    (AP, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 28, Maldives denied a Japanese foreign ministry statement that said a Maldives-flagged vessel was used to illegally transfer goods from a North Korean-flagged tanker in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.
    (Reuters, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 28, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari's office said security forces have been ordered to defend all schools in "liberated areas" of the country's northeast to avoid further mass abductions from schools by Boko Haram extremists.
    (AP, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 28, The Int'l Olympic Committee (IOC) lifted Russia's ban from the Olympic movement despite two failed doping tests by its athletes at the Pyeongchang winter games.
    (AP, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 28, In Syria the Russia-ordered brief humanitarian pause was in effect for a second day in rebel-held Damascus suburbs but no civilians used the corridor manned by Syrian and Russian forces to leave the enclave. Government forces, meanwhile, tried to push their way into the area, setting off ground battles.
    (AP, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 28, In Thailand Anastasia Vashukevich, a Belarusian woman jailed for offering sex lessons without a work permit, said she has a story to tell involving the Kremlin, Russian billionaires and even the president of the United States.
    (AP, 3/1/18)
2018        Feb 28, Turkish television anchor Ahmet Keser was charged with inciting hatred over comments defending Turkey's Syria operation, saying if the military had wanted to kill civilians it would have started with staunchly-secular areas in Istanbul.
    (AFP, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 28, UN experts said its investigations into Pyongyang's transfer of prohibited ballistic missile, conventional arms and dual use goods found more than 40 previously unreported shipments to Syria between 2012 and 2017. It said an unnamed UN member state also reported evidence of Myanmar's receipt of a range of conventional weapons from North Korea including multiple rocket launchers and surface-to-air missiles in addition to ballistic missile systems.
    (AP, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 28, Venezuela's opposition coalition decried a decision by Henri Falcon (56), a former state governor, to run against President Nicolas Maduro in elections in April, accusing him of undercutting their strategy of boycotting the vote.
    (Reuters, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 28, In Yemen air strikes killed nine civilians and wounded at least 6 in two separate attacks in the north and west by the Saudi-led coalition fighting against the Houthi movement.
    (Reuters, 2/28/18)       

2018        Feb, In Burkina Faso a police station was attacked by about 10 people in the eastern town of Natiaboani, killing one officer and wounding at least two others.
    (AP, 2/18/18)
2018        Feb, Zhang Wenzhong, former chairman of one of China's biggest retail chains, Wumart Stores Inc., was released after serving 12 years in prison on charges that included improperly obtaining technology development subsidies. On May 31 China's supreme court threw out his fraud conviction saying he violated rules in applying for subsidies, but did so unintentionally and his company was eligible to receive them.
    (AP, 5/31/18)
2018        Feb, An Ecuadorian bank and Wells Fargo have reached an out-of-court settlement over a 2015 cyber heist. Banco del Austro had sought to hold Wells responsible for authorizing the fraudulent transfer of $12 million from its account in 2015.
    (Reuters, 4/16/18)
2018        Feb, Egyptian authorities arrested British journalist Bel Trew (33) and expelled her from the country after threatening her with a military trial.
    (AP, 3/24/18)
2018        Feb, In Turkey a man entered a child's house in Adana during a wedding outside the home and reportedly raped a sleeping girl (4). He was beaten as he fled unclothed and relatives of the girl tried to burn his house down. The suspect was arrested. The attack ignited a national discourse about child abuse.
    (SFC, 3/5/18, p.A4)

2018        Mar 1, President Donald Trump announced plans to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. The announcement escalated tensions with trading partners and stocks closed sharply lower on Wall Street.
    (AP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 1, The Trump administration told Congress it plans to sell Ukraine 210 anti-tank missiles to help it defend its territory from Russia.
    (SFC, 3/2/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 1, Police in Atlanta, Georgia, arrested Jesse Randall Davidson (53), a social studies teacher at Dalton High School, after he barricaded himself alone in a classroom and fired a hand gun out a window. No motives were given. Davidson had been hospitalized at least 3 times in recent years as people worried about his state of mind.
    (SFC, 3/2/18, p.A5)(SFC, 3/3/18, p.A6)
2018        Mar 1, The Kroger grocery chain said it is raising the minimum age to buy guns at its Fred Meyer stores in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington states.
    (SFC, 3/2/18, p.A4)
2018        Mar 1, Armenia scrapped a peace agreement it signed with Turkey in 2009 in what turned out to be a failed attempt to normalize relations between the two countries.
    (Reuters, 3/1/18)
2018        Mar 1, Bangladesh's border agency accused Myanmar of deploying additional forces across its border near a no man's land where thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees are living in tents.
    (AP, 3/1/18)
2018        Mar 1, The British government abandoned measures drawn up in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal to punish newspapers that refuse to join a government-approved press regulator.
    (AFP, 3/1/18)
2018        Mar 1, A major British inquiry into child abuse said the government must pay compensation to 2,000 people who were sent overseas as children to countries where many met harsh conditions, neglect and abuse. More than 100,000 poor children were sent to then-British colonies including Australia, New Zealand and Canada starting in the 19th century.
    (AP, 3/1/18)
2018        Mar 1, Canadian outdoor outfitter Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) said it will stop selling outdoor sports items made by brands owned by Utah-based Vista Outdoor that also sells assault-style rifles.
    (AFP, 3/1/18)
2018        Mar 1, China expressed anger after the US Senate passed a bill promoting closer US ties with Taiwan, but the step drew praise from the self-ruled island which pledged to deepen cooperation.
    (Reuters, 3/1/18)
2018        Mar 1, In northeastern Congo DRC at least 34 bodies were found after killings in several villages in Ituri province. The violence has been between members of the Lendu and Hema groups.
    (AP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 1, Egypt's military said two officers have been killed and two others wounded in fighting a part of a massive security operation against Islamic State group militants in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula and other areas. 13 militants were reported killed in an exchange of fire and 86 people arrested. The tally brings the army's death toll to 12 since the operation began on February 9.
    (AP, 3/1/18)
2018        Mar 1, Ethiopia acquired a stake in the Berbera port in the breakaway state of Somaliland, as a legal dispute raged over another major Horn of Africa shipping hub. Dubai-based DP World last week accused Djibouti of illegally seizing a port that is the main transit route to landlocked Ethiopia.
    (AP, 3/1/18)
2018        Mar 1, EU lawmakers supported the European Commission's plans to take unprecedented punitive steps against Poland over reforms of its judiciary and state media that they say threaten the rule of law in the ex-communist country.
    (Reuters, 3/1/18)
2018        Mar 1, Heavy snowfall and deadly blizzards lashed Europe. Exceptional snow and wind forced airports to close in Scotland, Switzerland and France and stranded several hundred drivers in their cars.
    (AFP, 3/1/18)
2018        Mar 1, In Germany a top interior ministry official said security officials allowed hackers "controlled" access to government networks in order to track possible culprits and their methods, as outraged lawmakers complained about being kept in the dark.
    (Reuters, 3/1/18)
2018        Mar 1, In Germany police arrested Russian businessman Andrei Kovalchuk (49), accused of smuggling nearly 400 kg of cocaine from Argentina into Russia.
    (AP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 1, Senior Israeli and Polish diplomats met in Jerusalem in a bid to resolve differences over a controversial Holocaust law passed in Poland that has raised concerns in the Jewish state.
    (AFP, 3/1/18)
2018        Mar 1, Kazakhstan said it will allow cabinet and parliament members to speak Russian, softening the tone of an earlier statement by President Nursultan Nazarbayev who had ordered a switch to Kazakh.
    (Reuters, 3/1/18)
2018        Mar 1, Kenyan conservationists expressed outrage after construction of a railway line began inside Nairobi's famed national park, saying this defied a court order halting the project.
    (AFP, 3/1/18)
2018        Mar 1, Macedonia, in a goodwill gesture to neighboring Greece, removed a prominent statue of the ancient Greek warrior-king Alexander the Great from its main airport terminal.
    (AP, 3/1/18)
2018        Mar 1, An al Qaeda affiliate based in Mali released a video of French aid worker Sophie Petronin (72), who was kidnapped in late 2016.
    (AP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 1, Mexican law enforcement personnel said they have found undetonated explosive devices on a ferry that runs between the Caribbean resorts of Playa del Carmen and the island of Cozumel.
    (AP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 1, In northeastern Nigeria three workers for UN agencies were among 11 people killed in an attack by armed Boko Haram militants on a military base near the border with Cameroon.  Aid agencies soon pulled out of Rann, leaving tens of thousands uprooted by the fighting living again in parlous conditions with little or no international humanitarian support.
    (AP, 3/2/18)(Reuters, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 1, Pakistan said an "unprovoked" Indian attack killed two soldiers and a 70-year-old villager in the disputed Kashmir region.
    (AP, 3/1/18)
2018        Mar 1, A Polish law that makes it a crime to falsely accuse the Polish nation of crimes committed by Nazi Germany took effect, part of a wider effort by nationalist authorities to use history to defend the country's honor and pride.
    (AP, 3/1/18)
2018        Mar 1, A blackout hit Puerto Rico's capital and surrounding areas after two of the US territory's main power plants shut down as officials warn the power company is struggling to remain operational.
    (AP, 3/1/18)
2018        Mar 1, Russia's President Vladimir Putin declared that an array of new strategic nuclear weapons has been tested that can't be intercepted, claiming a technological breakthrough that could dramatically increase Russia's military capability, boost the Kremlin's global position and also raise Western concerns about a potential renewed arms race in the 21st century.
    (AP, 3/1/18)
2018        Mar 1, Slovak police raided houses linked to the alleged members of the Italian 'ndrangheta syndicate in connection with the slaying of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend, Martina Kusnirova. Seven men were detained.
    (AP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 1, In Somalia a mortar attack in Mogadishu, claimed by Islamist group al Shabaab, killed three civilians and injured two others.
    (Reuters, 3/1/18)
2018        Mar 1, In Spain Catalonia's majority separatist parliament denounced Madrid's "shift towards authoritarianism" and defended ousted leader Carles Puigdemont as it approved its first motion since December elections, amid ongoing talks to form a regional government. The motion said Puigdemont -- currently in self-imposed exile in Belgium -- is the "legitimate" candidate for the regional presidency.
    (AFP, 3/1/18)
2018        Mar 1, Syrian aircraft carried out strikes before the 9:00 am start of the daily "truce", killing nine civilians in Eastern Ghouta. Ground battles were also taking place in Al-Shaifuniyah which lies in the enclave's northeastern region and has been extensively destroyed in recent days.
    (AFP, 3/1/18)
2018        Mar 1, In Syria airstrikes took place late today in the village of Jamaa and killed 17 fighters of the force known as the Popular Forces. The Turkish air force hit two positions of pro-government Syrian fighters deployed last week in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, killing and wounding a number of fighters.
    (AP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 1, In Tunisia dozens of judges and lawyers staged a work stoppage outside a court near Tunis over alleged pressure from police in a trial involving their colleagues.
    (AFP, 3/1/18)
2018        Mar 1, Turkey's state broadcaster faced accusations of imposing censorship reminiscent of a military coup after admitting it had banned over 200 songs from being played on air.
    (AFP, 3/1/18)
2018        Mar 1, Venezuelan intelligence agents entered the home of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who is under house arrest for leading protests against President Nicolas Maduro. The arrival of agents of the Sebin came hours after the New York Times published a story in which Lopez described how security forces have sought to prevent him from speaking with reporters.
    (Reuters, 3/1/18)

2018        Mar 2, The northeastern United States felt the brunt of a powerful storm that threatened to flood coasts from Maine to Virginia. Hundreds of flights were canceled at New York's three major airports and Boston's Logan International, extensive school closings were reported throughout the region and the federal government closed offices in Washington, D.C.
    (AFP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, Amtrak canceled all trains between Boston and Washington because of hazardous conditions as storms pounded the US East Coast, and later in the day also said it was canceling all trains southbound from Washington because of downed trees.
    (Reuters, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, James Eric Davis Jr. (19), shot and killed his parents, James and Diva Davis, this morning in a dormitory at Central Michigan Univ. in Mount Pleasant. The suspect, who was taken to a hospital the previous evening for a drug-related health problem, fled the campus. Davis was arrested shortly after midnight.
    (SFC, 3/2/18, p.A7)(SSFC, 3/4/18, p.A12)
2018        Mar 2, In Afghanistan a suicide car bombing in the eastern part of Kabul killed at least one person, a young girl, and wounded 22. the Taliban said that they released five out of a total of 19 people they say they abducted on Feb 27 along the boundary between the southern Kandahar and Uruzgan provinces.
    (AP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, Armenia's parliament voted to make Armen Sarkisian the new president as of April 9. He was prime minister in 1996-97 and served in diplomatic posts, including ambassador to the United Kingdom. Critics said the change will allow current President Serzh Sargsyan to de-facto remain in power as prime minister.
    (AP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, Australian health authorities said three people have died and 12 others have fallen ill in a national listeria outbreak linked to contaminated rockmelons, also called cantaloupes, and that more cases are expected.
    (Reuters, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, In Azerbaijan at least 25 people were killed in a fire at a residential drug treatment center in Baku.
    (AP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, Britain's PM Theresa May called for a wide-ranging free trade deal with the EU after Brexit, but said it was time to face up to "hard facts" about the economic consequences of leaving the bloc. May mixed concessions with a plea for a deal that would keep trade flowing between the world's biggest trade bloc and Britain's $2.7 trillion economy.
    (AP, 3/2/18)(Reuters, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, A British jury at Nottingham Crown Court found Paul Moore (21) guilty of the Sept. 20, 2017, attack which left Zaynab Hussein (47), a Muslim woman, with life-changing injuries in Leicester.
    (AP, 3/2/18)(SFC, 3/3/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 2, In Burkina Faso attackers in Ouagadougou killed eight armed forces personnel and wounded some fifty others in a coordinated assault on the army headquarters and French embassy. A French security source said 12 more were seriously injured. Two people were arrested near the military headquarters. Nine assailants were killed and had seemingly benefited from infiltrating the army.
    (Reuters, 3/2/18)(AP, 3/3/18)(AFP, 3/4/18)
2018        Mar 2, Cameroon banned drivers in one of the restive English-speaking provinces from driving at night for a month, as tensions ran high between government forces and separatists.
    (AFP, 3/3/18)
2018        Mar 2, China warned that US President Donald Trump's vow to impose high tariffs on steel and aluminum would have a "huge impact" on the global trading order and said Beijing would work with other nations to protect its interests.
    (AP, 3/3/18)
2018        Mar 2, The Arab world's largest private broadcaster stopped showing Turkish television programs, as tensions rose between Ankara and some Arab states. Dubai-based MBC Group is which is controlled by Saudi businessman Walid al-Ibrahim and other Saudi investors.
    (Reuters, 3/5/18)
2018        Mar 2, In Egypt Mona Mahmoud Mohammed (aka Oum Zubeida), who angered authorities by accusing the police in a foreign news report of torturing her daughter, was arrested and ordered detained. Ezzat Ghoneim, the human rights lawyer who first publicly mentioned the mother's detention, went missing a day earlier.
    (AP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, Ethiopia's parliament ratified the Feb. 16 state of emergency imposed after the prime minister announced his resignation, though votes against the bill exposed rifts within the ruling coalition.
    (Reuters, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, In France four skiers were killed, one injured and another left missing after an avalanche in a remote area of the Mercantour national park in the southern Alps.
    (AP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, Police in western Germany arrested a leading member of the Italian mafia who is wanted in his home country since 2013.
    (AP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, In Greece more than a dozen youths carrying hammers and iron bars attacked shops in central Athens, damaging several storefronts. This was part of a continuing campaign in support of a jailed bombing suspect accused of last year's wounding of former PM Lucas Papademos.
    (AP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, Museums and archaeological sites in the wider Athens area and on the Greek island of Crete were shut for the day because of a strike by guards over a benefits dispute with the Culture Ministry.
    (AP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, Honduran authorities arrested Roberto David Castillo Mejia, an executive with a dam development company, in the 2016 killing of indigenous and environmental activist Berta Caceres, calling him an intellectual author of a crime that sparked an international outcry.
    (AP, 3/3/18)
2018        Mar 2, It was reported that Indonesia's government is stepping in with the seemingly impossible goal of making the Citarum river's water drinkable by 2025. The World Bank declared it the most-polluted river in the world a decade ago.
    (AFP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, Snowstorms shut most of Ireland and forced Britain to call in the army to help battle some of the worst weather seen for nearly 30 years.
    (Reuters, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, Israeli police questioned PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife for several hours over corruption allegations that threaten the rightwing premier's long tenure.
    (AFP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, In Moldova a one-day security conference was held in the capital, Chisinau. Pro-EU leaders from Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia said that the continued presence of Russian military in their countries was destabilizing.
    (AP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, In Norway two foreign with residency permits men were hit by a train and killed in Oslo.
    (AP, 3/3/18)
2018        Mar 2, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Washington to send him hard evidence that his citizens meddled in US elections, mocking accusations to date as "yelling and hollering in the United States Congress".
    (Reuters, 3/3/18)
2018        Mar 2, Top Spanish conductor Jesus Lopez Cobos (78), who wielded the baton at a clutch of top ensembles including the Spanish National Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO), died of cancer in Berlin.
    (AP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, Muhiddin Kabiri, the Europe-based leader of the banned Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), said Interpol has removed his name from its wanted list, in a setback for the Dushanbe government's efforts to portray its opponents as militants.
    (Reuters, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, Turkey arrested two Greek soldiers for allegedly entering a Turkish military zone and on suspicion of attempted espionage. Greece said the two soldiers on a patrol of the Greek-Turkish border accidentally strayed into Turkey because of bad weather.
    (AP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, Turkey requested that German authorities detain and extradite wanted Syrian Kurdish politician Salih Muslim, the former co-chair of the Democratic Union Party, or PYD.
    (AP, 3/5/18)
2018        Mar 2, The UN suspended aid work helping tens of thousands of people in northeastern Nigeria after an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants a day earlier in the town of Rann, Borno state. The suspected militants killed at least 11 people, including the three aid workers. Three other aid workers were missing.
    (Reuters, 3/3/18)
2018        Mar 2, At the Vatican three nuns lashed out against the menial work they have to do for clergymen, often for no money, in a rare public criticism of the Catholic Church's male hierarchy in the monthly magazine "Women, Church, World" published with the official Vatican daily L'Osservatore Romano.
    (AFP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, Welsh teen Lloyd Gunton (17) was sentenced to at least 11 years in prison after being convicted of plotting an Islamic State-inspired attack on various targets including a Justin Bieber concert last June 17.
    (AP, 3/3/18)

2018        Mar 3, US forecasters said a powerful storm that killed at least seven people moved away from the northeastern US but will continue to lash the coast with damaging winds, hampering power restoration efforts and causing additional flooding.
    (Reuters, 3/3/18)
2018        Mar 3, In southern California police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian (48) was arrested and charged with using his job for buying and illegally selling more than 100 firearms between March 2014 and February 2017.
    (SSFC, 3/4/18, p.A12)
2018        Mar 3, Film and TV actor David Ogden Stiers (75) died at his home in Oregon. He was best known for his portrayal of Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III in 1981-1982 on the “MASH" sitcom.
    (SSFC, 3/4/18, p.A13)
2018        Mar 3, In Washington, DC, a man (26) shot himself to death outside the White House. He was later identified as Cameron Ross Burgess of Maylene, Ala.   
    (SSFC, 3/4/18, p.A12)(SFC, 3/5/18, p.A6)   
2018        Mar 3, In Australia about half a million people lined Sydney's streets to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the first time the annual parade has taken place since Australia legalized same-sex marriage.
    (Reuters, 3/3/18)
2018        Mar 3, Australia's smallest state Tasmania began voting in a local assembly election, with the incumbent conservative Liberal Party stirring controversy by promising softer regulations for gun ownership if it is returned to power.
    (Reuters, 3/3/18)   
2018        Mar 3, Bahrain said that it had arrested 116 people in a sweep targeting alleged Shiite militants in the Sunni-ruled kingdom. They were accused of belonging to a "terror" cell allegedly linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guards.
    (AFP, 3/3/18)(AP, 3/3/18)
2018        Mar 3, Bangladeshi police arrested assailant Faizur Rahman (25) following his knife attack on Zafar Iqbal, a popular author and professor of computer science and engineering.
    (Reuters, 3/4/18)
2018        Mar 3, Sir Roger Bannister (88), the first runner to break the mythical 4-minute barrier in the mile, died peacefully in Oxford. On May 6, 1954, Bannister's time of 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds captured the world's imagination and buoyed the spirits of Britons still suffering through post-war austerity.
    (AP, 3/4/18)
2018        Mar 3, Cambodia's PM Hun Sen accused the US government of being dishonest in its announced suspension of aid to the Southeast Asian nation, saying Cambodia had already stopped receiving aid from Washington in 2016.
    (Reuters, 3/3/18)
2018        Mar 3, In eastern Congo DRC seven people died in a raid by suspected Ugandan Islamist rebels in the village of Eringeti, North Kivu province.
    (AFP, 3/4/18)
2018        Mar 3, Egypt's top court dismissed all outstanding legal challenges to a deal transferring two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, a day before a visit by its crown prince.
    (Reuters, 3/3/18)
2018        Mar 3, In Egypt a car crash left nine people dead and eight others wounded on a desert road connecting the capital Cairo and the city of Ismailia.
    (AP, 3/3/18)
2018        Mar 3, Indian PM Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party ended the 25-year uninterrupted rule of a communist party in a northeastern state and consolidated its position in two other states in key provincial elections.
    (AP, 3/3/18)
2018        Mar 3, Iran's armed forces spokesman said that there can be no talks on the country's missile program without the West's destruction of its nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.
    (AFP, 3/3/18)
2018        Mar 3, It was reported that the Marshall Islands became the first country in the world to recognize a cryptocurrency as its legal tender when it passed a law this past week to create the digital "Sovereign," or SOV. In the nation of 60,000, the cryptocurrency will have equal status with the US dollar as a form of payment.
    (AP, 3/3/18)
2018        Mar 3, Spanish authorities said two female migrants died while trying to swim to the shore of Ceuta, a small Spanish enclave in Morocco.
    (AP, 3/3/18)
2018        Mar 3, Pakistan's ruling party gained control of parliament's upper house in a secret ballot, in a boost for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party ahead of a general election due in summer. Candidates backed by PML-N won 15 of the 52 seats up for grabs, overtaking the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) as the biggest group in the upper house. Krishna Kumari Kohli was elected as first female senator from the lowest Dalit caste. A Taliban-linked cleric was defeated.
    (Reuters, 3/3/18)(AFP, 3/4/18)(AP, 3/4/18)
2018        Mar 3, In Russia tens of thousands of supporters of Pres. Vladimir Putin gathered for a campaign rally at Moscow's sprawling main sports complex.
    (SSFC, 3/4/18, p.A6)
2018        Mar 3, Russia's state natural gas monopoly Gazprom said it is beginning efforts to end its contract to supply gas to Ukraine, raising concerns about downstream gas supply to European countries. The move comes after the Stockholm international arbitration court ruled that Gazprom should pay Ukraine more than $2 billion for failure to deliver the agreed-upon volumes of so-called "transit gas".
    (AP, 3/3/18)
2018        Mar 3, Police in Slovakia released seven Italians who were detained as suspects in the slayings of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend.
    (AP, 3/3/18)
2018        Mar 3, Syrian regime forces advanced inside Eastern Ghouta, as fighting intensified on the ground to retake the battered rebel enclave east of Damascus. Syrian activists and rescuers said at least six civilians have been killed in the ongoing bombing of eastern Ghouta.
    (AFP, 3/3/18)(AP, 3/3/18)
2018        Mar 3, Turkey's PM Binali Yildirim said Turkish troops have captured a strategic village in the Kurdish-held enclave in northwestern Syria, tightening the grip on the area in the sixth week of its offensive on the area. Turkish air strikes killed at least 36 pro-regime fighters backing Kurdish militia in Syria's northwestern Kurdish enclave of Afrin.
    (AP, 3/3/18)(AFP, 3/3/18)
2018        Mar 3, Ukrainian police and demonstrators clashed at a tent camp outside the parliament building in Kiev. Police said more than 100 people were detained and that explosives were found at the camp. Protesters have been demanding the establishment of a national an anti-corruption court and the ouster of Pres. Petro Poroshenko.
    (AP, 3/3/18)
2018        Mar 3, The Institute for Religious Affairs said prosecutors indicted Angelo Caloia, the former president of the Vatican bank, and his lawyer, Gabriele Liuzzo, on embezzlement charges and self laundering between 2001 and 2008 that resulted in real estate losses of more than $62 million.
    (SSFC, 3/4/18, p.A6)
2018        Mar 3, Yemeni officials said more than 55 people died in fighting in the Nihm district over the last 24 hours between Shiite rebels and forces loyal to an internationally recognized government. Fighting also killed at least 25 people on both sides along the country's west coast.
    (SSFC, 3/4/18, p.A6)

2018        Mar 4, In the northeastern US about one million people remained without power two days after a storm left nine people dead.
    (SFC, 3/5/18, p.A12)
2018        Mar 4, The 90th Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. “The Shape of Water" won four awards including best film. Gary Oldman won the best actor Oscar for his role in “Darkest Hour." Frances McDormand won the best actress Oscar for her role in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."
    (SFC, 3/5/18, p.E4)
2018        Mar 4, In San Francisco the Pacific Fertility Clinic suffered a liquid nitrogen failure that damaged a number of frozen eggs and embryos. The exact number of eggs and embryos affected was not disclosed.
    (SFC, 3/12/18, p.C1)
2018        Mar 4, Russ Solomon (b.1925), the founder of Tower Records, died at his home in Sacramento, Ca. From 1941 he built the chain to 170 stores, which then folded in 2006 in the wake of the Internet and music streaming.
    (SFC, 3/7/18, p.D2)
2018        Mar 4, Bangladeshi police arrested three men as they investigate a knife attack on Zafar Iqbal, a popular author and professor of computer science and engineering. Faizur Rahman had targeted Iqbal as "an enemy of Islam".
    (Reuters, 3/4/18)(AFP, 3/4/18)
2018        Mar 4, In England former Russian spy Sergei Skripal (66) and his daughter (33) were in a critical condition after collapsing in unexplained illness in Salisbury. Skripal had been convicted in Russia on charges of spying for Britain and sentenced in 2006 to 13 years in prison. He was freed in 2010 as part of a US-Russian spy swap. Yulia Skripal was discharged from Salisbury district Hospital on April 10 and taken to a secure location. Her father was reported to be recovering more slowly.
    (AP, 3/6/18)(SFC, 4/11/18, p.A3)
2018        Mar 4, In Burkina Faso one man was shot dead after three people attempted to storm a roadblock in the early hours near the presidential compound.
    (AFP, 3/4/18)
2018        Mar 4, Egypt's military said four soldiers and 10 jihadists have been killed in a military operation in Sinai against Islamic State group jihadists.
    (AFP, 3/4/18)
2018        Mar 4, Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) decisively backed another coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, clearing the way for a new government in Europe's largest economy after months of political uncertainty.
    (Reuters, 3/4/18)
2018        Mar 4, Greece's coast guard said it has seized about 1.3 tons of processed cannabis, hidden aboard a foreign flagged fishing vessel intercepted off the southern island of Crete.
    (Reuters, 3/4/18)
2018        Mar 4, Guatemala said it will relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem this May, two days after the United States shifts its mission.
    (AP, 3/5/18)
2018        Mar 4, An Israeli Arab motorist injured three security personnel in a ramming attack near Acre and was shot and wounded. A bystander opened fore and wounded the driver, who was apprehended.
    (Reuters, 3/4/18)(SFC, 3/5/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 4, Italy held national elections. More than half of the electorate backed populist, eurosceptic parties. Partial election results showed 5-Star emerged as by far the biggest party with about 32 percent of the national vote. The center-left coalition took less than 23% of the vote; the center-right coalition took 37%.
    (AP, 3/4/18)(AP, 3/5/18)(Reuters, 3/5/18)(SFC, 3/7/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 4, Nigeria-born Tony Iwobi became Italy's first black senator in the parliamentary vote. Iwobi arrived in Italy with a visa in 1976, and joined the Northern League 24 years ago.
    (AP, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 4, The archdiocese of Naples said it has sent the Vatican a 1,200-page dossier compiled by a male escort identifying 40 actively gay priests and seminarians in Italy.
    (AP, 3/4/18)
2018        Mar 4, A Libyan landlord said he has closed a valve and shut down the giant El Sharara oilfield in protest against pollution near a pipeline crossing his land in the western Zintan area.
    (Reuters, 3/4/18)
2018        Mar 4, Thousands of flag-waving protestors in Skopje chanted "We are Macedonians" at a rally to protest a possible change to the name of the former Yugoslav republic to comply with a demand by Greece.
    (Reuters, 3/4/18)
2018        Mar 4, In Poland an apartment block collapsed in the western city of Poznan, killing four people and injuring 24 others. Teams of firefighters and rescuers with dogs combed the rubble in search of more victims. The body of a fifth victim was recovered the next day. The deadly collapse was caused by a resident who had killed his wife and then tried to kill himself by opening gas valves that caused an explosion.
    (AP, 3/4/18)(AP, 3/5/18)(AP, 3/6/18)
2018        Mar 4, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman landed in Cairo at the start of his first foreign tour as heir to the throne.
    (AFP, 3/4/18)
2018        Mar 4, Slovak President Andrej Kiska called for substantial changes in the country's coalition government or for an early election to resolve the "serious political crisis" the country is facing after the slayings of an investigative reporter and his fiancée.
    (AP, 3/4/18)
2018        Mar 4, Thousands of Spaniards joined a rally in Barcelona in response to a call by a grassroots group that uses humor to mock Catalonia's separatist push.
    (AP, 3/4/18)
2018        Mar 4, Swiss voters handily rejected a proposal brought by free-market advocates to end mandatory fees to finance publicly supported TV and radio programming.
    (AP, 3/4/18)
2018        Mar 4, Syria's Central Military Media said government forces have captured at least six villages and towns along the edge of eastern Ghouta in the advance that began a day earlier. Rebel factions launched a counteroffensive, sending fighters behind government lines in a series of attacks.
    (AP, 3/4/18)

2018        Mar 5, President Donald Trump said that North American neighbors Canada and Mexico will get no relief from his new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports unless a "new and fair" free trade agreement is signed.
    (AP, 3/5/18)
2018        Mar 5, US President Donald Trump and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu held talks that offered a chance to project a common front against Iran.
    (Reuters, 3/5/18)
2018        Mar 5, The Sentry, Washington D.C.-based group, accused South Sudan's government of funneling cash from the state oil company to militias responsible for atrocities and attacks on civilians. South Sudan's government dismissed the accusations.
    (Reuters, 3/5/18)
2018        Mar 5, China's Premier Li Keqiang set a robust growth target and promised more market opening and cuts in a bloated steel industry at the opening of the National People's Congress. China unveiled its largest rise in defense spending in three years, setting a target of 8.1 percent growth for this year.
    (AP, 3/5/18)(Reuters, 3/5/18)
2018        Mar 5, Egypt gave a warm welcome to Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (32), with military fanfare and a trip to the Suez Canal meant to underline a growing strategic partnership.
    (AP, 3/5/18)
2018        Mar 5, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the government is introducing a 90-euro fine ($110) for street harassment and sexist comments.
    (AP, 3/5/18)
2018        Mar 5, Journalists flooded Iran's National Museum for the arrival of more than 50 artworks from the Louvre, the first major show by a Western museum in the country's history.
    (AFP, 3/5/18)
2018        Mar 5, Israeli media reported that Nir Hefetz, a former spokesman for the Netanyahu family, has signed a state witness deal in a corruption probe linked to his former boss.
    (AFP, 3/5/18)
2018        Mar 5, In Italy a man (66) shot an African street vendor to death in Florence, one of Italy's most popular tourist destinations. Police found a suicide note in the suspect's apartment and that checks on social media had shown he had a passion for guns.
    (Reuters, 3/5/18)
2018        Mar 5, In Kashmir tens of thousands of angry protesters poured into the streets of Shopian more than a dozen times, hurling rocks and shouting anti-India slogans after soldiers killed four civilians and two suspected militants. Government forces responded with tear gas.
    (AP, 3/5/18)
2018        Mar 5, Malaysian PM Najib Razak's scandal-haunted government pushed plans for legislation outlawing "fake news" as parliament convened for the last time before an election due by August.
    (Reuters, 3/5/18)
2018        Mar 5, Mexican police said four gunmen burst into a hospital in Cancun and shot to death Alfonso Contreras Espinoza and his female companion. Espinoza purportedly headed the Cancun operations of the Gulf drug cartel. The Jalisco cartel has been moving into the resort.
    (SFC, 3/6/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 5, In Myanmar 200 people marched in Yangon to protest government plans to amend a law governing public demonstrations to make it easier to charge participants with crimes and increase penalties for violations.
    (AP, 3/5/18)
2018        Mar 5, Nigerian police said least 10 people were killed in several days of violence between herdsmen and farmers in a number of remote herding villages in the Mambilla district of Taraba state. Cattle drivers said 19 people have been killed and 23 injured.
    (AFP, 3/5/18)
2018        Mar 5, In Panama City executives of a luxury Trump hotel were ousted after a Panamanian judicial official and police backed Orestes Fintiklis, the hotel's majority owner. Lawyers for the Trump organization held that their management contract was still valid. In 2017 Fintiklis signed an agreement not to challenge Trump's management contract, but changed course arguing mismanagement.
    (SFC, 3/6/18, p.A5)
2018        Mar 5, The Philippine government's legal counsel asked the Supreme Court to expel the chief justice for allegedly not declaring her assets, in a new attempt to remove the nation's judicial leader.
    (AP, 3/5/18)
2018        Mar 5, A South Korean delegation met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after arriving in the North on a visit aimed at encouraging North Korea and the US to talk.
    (Reuters, 3/5/18)
2018        Mar 5, Sri Lanka imposed a curfew in Kandy, a central hill station town popular with tourists, after days of communal unrest that saw a man killed and Muslim businesses set alight.
    (AFP, 3/5/18)
2018        Mar 5, In Syria a 46-truck aid convoy began entering entered the town of Douma in besieged eastern Ghouta, the first such shipment in months. The government did not allow 70 percent of the health supplies to be loaded, and would not allow them to be replaced by other items. Government air strikes, along with shelling, targeted front lines near Harasta, Beit Sawa and Hosh al-Ashari in eastern Ghouta.
    (AP, 3/5/18)(Reuters, 3/5/18)
2018        Mar 5, In northwest Syria at least 13 civilians were killed in Turkish shelling on the town of Jindaris, as Turkish forces try to press their advances on the Kurdish-held Afrin enclave. Another 3 civilians were killed in Turkish shelling near Rajo, also in Afrin.
    (AP, 3/5/18)
2018        Mar 5, Turkish police detained four Iraqi nationals on suspicion of planning an attack on the US Embassy in Ankara, hours after the mission temporarily closed due to a security threat.
    (Reuters, 3/5/18)
2018        Mar 5, A UN report said Iran has arrested activists and political opponents in a clampdown on freedom of expression as use of torture continues despite promises of reform. The report was compiled by Asma Jahangir, a Pakistani lawyer serving as UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, who died suddenly last month.
    (Reuters, 3/5/18)

2018        Mar 6, The Trump administration filed suit accusing California of unconstitutionally interfering with immigration enforcement.
    (SFC, 3/7/18, p.A1)
2018        Mar 6, US White House officials said Gary Cohn, Pres. Trump's top economic adviser, plans to resign.
    (SFC, 3/7/18, p.A4)
2018        Mar 6, The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized 23andMe, based in Mountain View, Ca., to test for a breast cancer genetic mutation directly to consumers.
    (SFC, 3/7/18, p.A1)
2018        Mar 6, In Los Angeles adult film actress Stormy Daniels, aka Stephanie Clifford, filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement that she signed days before the 2016 presidential election, which prevented her from discussing alleged sexual encounters with Donald Trump.
    (SFC, 3/7/18, p.A4)
2018        Mar 6, San Francisco ten police officers fired 99 times into the trunk of a car from where where Jesus Delgado Duarte (19) hid following an armed robbery near 21st and Capp in the Mission district. Delgado fired once from the trunk after failing to surrender and died after being hit 25 times. On March 17 police officials released the names of the officers involved.
    (SFC, 3/13/18, p.C1)(SFC, 3/17/18, p.C4)
2018        Mar 6, Missouri police officers responding to a 911 call were sent to the wrong house in Clinton, where James Waters opened fire killing Officer Christopher Ryan Morton (30) and wounding two others before he died. The man who opened fire on the officers was out on bail for weapons and methamphetamine charges and was under investigation for a rape.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yd8t7wxu)(SFC, 3/9/18, p.A5)
2018        Mar 6, Oregon's Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill prohibiting domestic abusers and people under restraining orders from owning firearms.
    (SFC, 3/7/18, p.A4)
2018        Mar 6, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry (54) resigned after pleading guilty to cheating the city out of thousands of dollars as she carried on an affair with her bodyguard, police Sgt. Robert Forrest.
    (SFC, 3/7/18, p.A10)
2018        Mar 6, West Virginia's lawmakers ceded teachers a 5% pay raise ending a 9-day classroom walkout. The pay hikes were extended to all state workers.
    (SFC, 3/7/18, p.A4)
2018        Mar 6, Australia and East Timor signed a historic treaty drawing their maritime boundary, ending years of bitter wrangling over billions of dollars of oil and gas riches lying beneath the Timor Sea and opening a new chapter in relations.
    (AP, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 6, Bulgaria chose Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (RSK MiG) to overhaul and maintain its 15 aging, Soviet-made MiG-29 fighter jets until 2022. Sofia has said it needs to keep its Soviet-era aircraft operational after plans to buy eight new fighter jets from a fellow NATO state hit a procedural snag.
    (Reuters, 3/14/18)
2018        Mar 6, China's ceremonial legislature said that a broad consensus has been reached on amendments to the constitution, including one to abolish term limits that will allow Xi Jinping to continue as president indefinitely.
    (AP, 3/6/18)
2018        Mar 6, Czech Communist lawmaker Zdenek Ondracek resigned as chair of a parliamentary commission overseeing police internal affairs, after thousands protested the appointment because of his past in a communist-era special unit.
    (Reuters, 3/6/18)
2018        Mar 6, A group of 25 European Union countries agreed to develop their first joint defense projects under a pact that excludes Britain, giving London a taste of life outside the bloc's foreign policy decision-making process.
    (Reuters, 3/6/18)
2018        Mar 6, Leading French advertisers and the country's broadcast watchdog launched a nationwide plan to fight sexist stereotypes in ads - from half-naked women selling vacuum cleaners to violent video games marketed to boys.
    (AP, 3/6/18)
2018        Mar 6, Greece rejected a Turkish extradition request for Naci Ozpolat (48), the second of nine Turkish citizens who were arrested on terror charges in Athens, days before a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
    (AP, 3/6/18)
2018        Mar 6, Greece's anti-terrorism squad arrested five men suspected of participating in a far-right criminal group and of involvement in arson attacks and explosions.
    (Reuters, 3/6/18)
2018        Mar 6, Greek train routes were suspended for the day as railway workers staged a 24-hour strike to protest the privatization of the rolling stock maintenance company and a lack of staff.
    (AP, 3/6/18)
2018        Mar 6, The Maersk Honam container vessel, a unit of Danish shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S built in 2017, caught fire in the Arabian Sea. 23 crew members were safely evacuated from the vessel, but four remained missing.
    (Reuters, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 6, A magnitude 6.7 earthquake shook a remote Papua New Guinea region that was badly damaged by a powerful quake last week. The quake was followed by two others measuring magnitude 5.0 and 5.1.
    (AP, 3/6/18)
2018        Mar 6, South African triathlete Mhlengi Gwala suffered severe injuries when attackers cut his legs with a saw. Gwala, following surgery, said he will focus on recovery so he can run and cycle again.
    (AP, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 6, South Korea's presidential office announced that North Korea and South Korea have agreed to hold a summit next month at a truce village inside the Demilitarized Zone that divides their countries.
    (AP, 3/6/18)
2018        Mar 6, A senior South Korean official, after returning from the North, said North Korean leader Kim Jung Un has expressed a willingness to discuss nuclear disarmament with the US and impose a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests during such talks.
    (AP, 3/6/18)
2018        Mar 6, In South Korean Ahn Hee-jung, the governor of South Chungcheong province, resigned after his secretary publicly accused him of raping her, making him the highest-profile South Korean man taken down by the #MeToo movement. He had been seen as a leading presidential contender.
    (AP, 3/6/18)
2018        Mar 6, Sri Lanka's president declared a state of emergency amid fears that anti-Muslim attacks in several central hill towns could spread.
    (AP, 3/6/18)
2018        Mar 6, Syria's SANA state news agency said troops have captured the village of Muhamadiya at the southeast edge of the eastern Ghouta enclave. Heavy air strikes and clashes shook Eastern Ghouta killing at least 19 civilians. France and Britain called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting on the escalating violence.
    (Reuters, 3/6/18)(AFP, 3/6/18)
2018        Mar 6, In Syria a Russian military transport plane crashed at the Hmeymim air base in Latakia Province, killing all 39 people on board.
    (Reuters, 3/6/18)
2018        Mar 6, In Syria a US-backed alliance of Syrian fighters announced it would redeploy around 1,700 members from front lines against the Islamic State group to the Kurdish enclave in Afrin under Turkish attack.
    (AFP, 3/6/18)
2018        Mar 6, Turkey said it is working to set up camps to settle 170,000 displaced people near the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib and in Turkish-controlled areas to the east of it.
    (Reuters, 3/6/18)

2018        Mar 7, The second winter storm within a week crept into New York and surrounding states. New York's three major airlines reported a total of 1,431 canceled flights, about 40 percent of their normally scheduled flights. The governors of New Jersey and Pennsylvania declared states of emergency.
    (Reuters, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, In Alabama a girl (17) was killed in a shooting at Huffman High School in Birmingham. A male student was also injured. Police the next day said they had one person of interest in custody. On March 9 authorities charged Michael Jerome Barber (17) in the death of Courtlin Arrington.
    (SFC, 3/8/18, p.A8)(SFC, 3/9/18, p.A7)(SFC, 3/10/18, p.A6)
2018        Mar 7, Tom Pritzker of the Chicago-based Hyatt Foundation announced that architect and educator Balkrishna Doshi has been awarded the 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the first Indian to win architecture's highest honor in its 40-year history.
    (AP, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, William Pulte (b.1932), home builder, died in Naples, Fl. He had founded Pulte Homes in Detroit in 1950 and built his first subdivision, Concord Green, in Bloomfield Hills, Mi., in 1959. In 1995 it became the nation's largest home builder.
    (SSFC, 3/11/18, p.C9)
2018        Mar 7, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber in Jalalabad killed three people including Abdul Zahir Haqqani, the local head of the Ministry of Haj and Religious Affairs.
    (AP, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, In Austria an attacker from Afghanistan was detained shortly after the stabbing of a 20-year-old man, also from Afghanistan. Police said the man admitted to stabbing and severely injuring a family of three and a 20-year-old compatriot in Vienna because "he was in a bad, aggressive mood and upset about his life's situation."
    (AP, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 7, British authorities identified said a "very rare" toxic substance was used to poison Sergei Skripal (66) and his daughter, Yulia (33) on March 4.
    (AP, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 7, Queen Elizabeth II welcomed Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as he began a three-day visit to Britain. Britain and Saudi Arabia agreed to strengthen a United Nations inspection regime for ships headed to Yemen in order to ensure that all Yemeni ports remain open to the humanitarian and commercial supplies.
    (AP, 3/7/18)(AP, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 7, In Chechnya at least three people died in a Russian border guard Mi-8 helicopter crash in the North Caucasus mountains.
    (AP, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, The EU's executive branch pointed the finger at Belgium, Cyprus, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta and the Netherlands for "aggressive" tax policies designed to undercut others to attract multinational companies.
    (AP, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, The EU's top court said Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of France's far-right National Front, and a party official must repay nearly 600,000 euros ($744,550) to the European Parliament for wages wrongly paid to alleged parliamentary assistants.
    (AP, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, European police said they have smashed an international weapons-smuggling ring operating in at least four countries. Police said the group traded firearms in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France.
    (AP, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, A German court sentenced seven men and one woman to four to 10 years in jail for founding the far-right terrorist “Freital Group" responsible for attempted murder and bomb attacks on refugee shelters and politicians in the former Communist East.
    (Reuters, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, German prosecutors said they have indicted a Vietnamese man (47) on suspicion of espionage and involvement in the kidnap former Vietnamese oil executive Trinh Xuan Thanh and a woman accompanying him in Berlin last year.
    (AP, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, German and Romanian officials raided homes and hotels in both countries to smash an illegal migrant trafficking ring they said was one of the biggest of its kind in Europe.
    (AP, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, Germany's Cabinet agreed to extend six overseas military missions, including its long-running operation in Afghanistan. It will increase the maximum number of troops deployed as part of the international "Resolute Support" mission by 320 to 1,300.
    (AP, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, Germany deported a group of Egyptians to Cairo over violations of residency requirements, including those whose asylum requests were rejected.
    (AP, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 7, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban announced new pre-election handouts to families and pensioners, saying the government would provide heating subsidies and a one-off voucher for food purchases to pensioners.
    (Reuters, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, India said it has imposed new restrictions on trade with North Korea, in line with UN Security Council sanctions slapped on the reclusive country for its nuclear and missile programs.
    (Reuters, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, Air India said Saudi Arabia has given it permission to fly between New Delhi and Tel Aviv over Saudi airspace, ending a 70-year ban and marking a diplomatic shift.
    (Reuters, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, In Iran Maryam Mombeini, the widow of an Iranian-Canadian university professor who died under disputed circumstances in a Tehran prison, was stopped from traveling abroad.
    (AP, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 7, It was reported that between 10,000 and 30,000 Nigerian prostitutes are estimated to be walking Italian streets, often to pay off the debts they incurred to get there.
    (AP, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, Three more members of Macedonia's state anti-corruption commission stepped down because of an unfolding spending scandal. Two other members, including the head of the commission, stepped down earlier this week. The seven-member body now has only two members left.
    (AP, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, In eastern Nigeria rural communities in Taraba state were put on indefinite lockdown as the authorities tried to contain mounting violence between cattle herders and farmers.
    (AFP, 3/9/18)
2018        Mar 7, Pakistan's said it has approved India's proposals for exchanges of civilian detainees, in a statement believed to also cover some of those held over the Kashmir conflict.
    (AP, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, In Pakistan 21 students were killed in a drone strike on a seminary near the Bajur tribal region. The son of Taliban Mullah Fazlullah was the among 21 killed by missiles fired by a US drone.
    (AP, 3/9/18)
2018        Mar 7, The Philippines' embattled Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno urged Filipinos to stand up against authoritarianism and threats to human rights, in an indirect criticism of the country's volatile leader, who has long called for her removal.
    (AP, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, Poland's parliament voted to approve 15 new members of the judiciary council, all of them proposed by the ruling party and its ally.
    (AP, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 7, Sierra Leone held presidential elections. It was unlikely any one of 16 candidates will receive 55 percent of the vote.
    (AP, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, South Africa's city of Cape Town said that if no rainfall comes then "Day Zero", when the taps are predicted to run dry, would be pushed back to 27 August from July 9, and that the bullet could be dodged completely this year.
    (Reuters, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, In Sri Lanka religious violence flared anew in the central hills despite a state of emergency, with Buddhist mobs sweeping through towns and villages, burning Muslim homes and businesses and leaving victims barricaded inside mosques. Sri Lanka barred social messaging networks including Facebook to stem the violence.
    (AP, 3/7/18)(Reuters, 3/7/18)
 2018        Mar 7, In Syria government forces carried out punishing airstrikes against an opposition-held suburb of Damascus. A Hezbollah-run media unit said the Syrian army had taken full control of Beit Sawa village in the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus.
    (AP, 3/7/18)(Reuters, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani agreed in a phone call to speed up efforts for the implementation of a ceasefire in Syria's eastern Ghouta region.
    (Reuters, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 7, Turkey's police in the southern city of Adana detained 13 Islamic State suspects, including 12 Syrian nationals, who were allegedly plotting attacks on a number of buildings in the city, including the US Consulate.
    (AP, 3/7/18)

2018        Mar 8, US President Donald Trump and third-generation North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un agreed to meet face-to-face for talks about the North's nuclear program.
    (AP, 3/9/18)
2018        Mar 8, US President Donald Trump ordered new tariffs on foreign-made steel and aluminum imports that will take effect in 15 days.
    (AP, 3/9/18)
2018        Mar 8, In Los Angeles Red Granite Pictures Inc., the production company behind "The Wolf of Wall Street," agreed to pay the US government $60 million to settle claims it benefited from a massive $1 billion Malaysian corruption scandal. Money was diverted from the fund to buy properties in New York and California, a $35 million jet, art by Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet, and a $260 million yacht. Proceeds also went to fund movies by Red Granite Pictures, which was co-founded by the stepson of Malaysian PM Najib Razak.
    (AP, 3/10/18)
2018        Mar 8, Mississippi lawmakers passed the nation's most restrictive abortion law, making the procedure illegal in most cases after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
    (SFC, 3/9/18, p.A5)
2018        Mar 8, The second winter storm in a week continued to dump wet, heavy snow on New England, forcing schools to close, leaving more than 1 million customers without power and snarling the morning commute across the region. Boston public schools along with dozens of schools throughout New England canceled classes.
    (Reuters, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 8, In Ohio the Univ. Hospital Fertility Clinic in Cleveland suffered a liquid nitrogen failure that damaged as many as 2,000 of frozen eggs and embryos.
    (SFC, 3/12/18, p.C4)
2018        Mar 8, It was reported that a recent assessment by the National Marine Fisheries Service  and the Pacific Fishery Management Council said the northern Pacific sardine population has plummeted 97% since 2006.
    (SFC, 3/8/18, p.D6)
2018        Mar 8, The stock of Pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts jumped after health insurer Cigna agreed to buy it. Cigna will spend about $52 billion to acquire the nation's biggest pharmacy benefit manager.
    (AP, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 8, Hyundai said it is recalling nearly 155,000 Sonata midsize cars in the US because the air bags may not inflate in a crash. The cars were made between Dec. 11, 2009 and Sept. 29, 2010.
    (AP, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 8, In Bangladesh several hundred opposition supporters staged a protest in Dhaka demanding the release of former PM Khaleda Zia, who is serving a five-year prison sentence in a corruption case.
    (AP, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 8, Belgium's police chief Catherine De Bolle was named as Europol's new executive director.
    (Reuters, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 8, It was reported that Brazil's government estimated that between 500 and 1,200 Venezuelans cross the border into Brazil every day. Brazil has promised to digest all the migration from Venezuela, but little has been done.
    (AFP, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 8, In London Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the head of the Anglican church, promising to promote interfaith dialogue as part of his domestic reforms.
    (Reuters, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 8, In judge in Folkestone Magistrates' Court convicted Paul Golding, the leader of Britain First, of one count of religiously aggravated harassment and sentenced him to 18 weeks in prison. Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader, was convicted of three counts of the same offense and sentenced to 36 weeks in prison.
    (SFC, 3/9/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 8, In northeastern Cambodia at least seven policemen and two protesters were hurt in a clash after villagers in Kratie province blocked a national highway to protest being forced off land they have occupied for at least two years.
    (AP, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 8, In Chile 11 nations signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, dropping tariffs and establishing sweeping new rules in markets representing about a seventh of the world's economy. members included Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.
    (SFC, 3/9/18, p.C5)
2018        Mar 8, In the Czech Rep. Milos Zeman, a leading pro-Russian voice in EU politics, was sworn in for his second term as Czech president.
    (AP, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 8, Egypt's military said 16 troops have been killed and 19 wounded since a wide-scale operation against Islamic militants was launched a month ago. 105 militants were also reported killed and more than 2,800 people arrested, with many later released.
    (AP, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 8, Women across Europe and Asia shouted their demands for equality, respect and empowerment to mark International Women's Day. Protesters in Spain launching a 24-hour strike and crowds of demonstrators filling the streets of Manila, Seoul and New Delhi.
    (AP, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 8, Gabon's cabinet endorsed a request by the defence ministry to pull out the country's 444 troops in MINUSCA, the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic.
    (AFP, 3/10/18)
2018        Mar 8, Germany's the Federal Environmental Agency said some 6,000 early deaths linked to nitrogen oxides (NOx) are recorded each year in the country.
    (AP, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 8, A spokesman said a Baghdad court has convicted the sister of Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the former leader of al-Qaida in Iraq who was killed in 2010, and sentenced her to death on terrorism charges.
    (AP, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 8, In Israel hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews blocked the main entrance to Jerusalem, bringing traffic to a grinding halt during the evening commute to protest the arrest of members of their community for refusing to register for the military draft.
    (AP, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 8, In Morocco Mustapha Dainane, leader of protests that began last December in the northeastern town of Jerada, was arrested early today following a traffic accident.
    (AFP, 3/11/18)
2018        Mar 8, Poland's PM Mateusz Morawiecki met with top European Union officials in Brussels as part of efforts to avert potential unprecedented EU sanctions over a reform of Poland's judiciary.
    (AP, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 8, It was reported that Qatar World Cup monitors have found workers going more than four months without rest on building sites.
    (AP, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 8, Switzerland said it will step up cooperation with Qatar in criminal investigations under a new accord to expedite mutual legal assistance.
    (Reuters, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 8, In Syria the Russian military said fighters in East Ghouta opened fire on a convoy of about 300 families who were trying to flee the besieged Damascus eastern suburbs. A second convoy with desperately needed aid was postponed after government forces split the enclave in two.
    (AP, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 8, It was reported that a new law, published last week, makes criticism of Thailand's Constitutional Court punishable by imprisonment, giving extra protection to a body that in recent years has made controversial rulings altering the shape of governments.
    (AP, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 8, Turkish media reported that the government has asked Sweden to arrest Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim, Ankara's third attempt to get a European state to detain and extradite him in just over a week. A Swedish source said Muslim had been in Stockholm but had already left the country.
    (Reuters, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 8, Turkish troops and allied Syrian opposition forces entered the town of Jinderes, in the southwest of the Afrin enclave, where they were engaged in street clashes with Syrian Kurdish forces.
    (AP, 3/8/18)
2018        Mar 8, In Ukraine Volodymyr Ruban was apprehended at a frontline checkpoint with a collection of weapons, including machine guns and explosives. He had negotiated an exchange of prisoners in the eastern conflict zone. The next day President Petro Poroshenko said Ruban was part of a criminal network that had planned to destabilize Ukraine through violent attacks.
    (Reuters, 3/9/18)

2018        Mar 9, In northern California military veteran Albert Wong (36) shot and killed three women at the Veterans Home campus in Yountville and then killed himself. He had been treated at the Pathway Home on campus for PTSD until asked to leave two weeks earlier by clinic director Jennifer Golick (42). The dead included Golick, Jennifer Gonzales (32), an expert in PTSD, and Christine Loeber (48), the center's executive director. Gonzales was six months pregnant.
    (SFC, 3/10/18, p.A1)(SSFC, 3/11/18, p.A1)
2018        Mar 9, In NYC Martin Shkreli, a disgraced former pharmaceuticals executive, was sentenced to seven years in prison for securities fraud in Brooklyn. It was also revealed that he was the buyer three years ago of the Wu-Tang Clan album "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin."   
    (SFC, 3/10/18, p.D1)
2018        Mar 9, In Afghanistan an Islamic State suicide bomber targeted ethnic Hazaras, blowing himself up at a police checkpoint near a gathering of the minority Shiites in western Kabul, killing nine people and wounding 18. In the north the Taliban assaulted an army outpost overnight in an hours-long firefight, and ambushed policemen sent to help the troops, killing six soldiers and 10 members of the local police.
    (AP, 3/9/18)
2018        Mar 9, Albanian authorities say a large area in the northwest of the country has been flooded after two rivers and a lake exceeded or approached critical levels.
    (AP, 3/9/18)
2018        Mar 9, A Brazilian prosecutor said the leader of Romania's ruling Social Democrats and speaker of its lower house of parliament, Liviu Dragnea, is under investigation in Brazil on suspicion of money laundering. Brazilian authorities were investigating whether Dragnea and others had used ill-gotten funds to buy beach properties in the country through third parties.
    (Reuters, 3/9/18)
2018        Mar 9, Britain agreed to finalize talks with Saudi Arabia on the purchase of 48 Typhoon aircraft from BAE Systems.
    (Reuters, 3/9/18)
2018        Mar 9, India's Supreme Court said individuals have a right to die with dignity, in a landmark verdict that permits the removal of life-support systems for the terminally ill or those in incurable comas. Passive euthanasia, as it is called, will apply only to a terminally ill person with no hope of recovery.
    (Reuters, 3/9/18)
2018        Mar 9, Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man (24) during clashes in Hebron. A military spokesman said the man had been about to throw a fire-bomb at the troops, who were responding to an immediate threat when they shot him.
    (Reuters, 3/9/18)(SFC, 3/10/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 9, Japan's finance ministry confirmed that an official linked to a scandal involving the wife of Japan's prime minister has been found dead. Finance Minister Taro Aso announced the resignation of National Tax Agency chief Nobuhisa Sagawa, who previously headed a ministry department in charge of state property deals. The scandal involves the questionable sale in 2016 of state land to an ultra-nationalist school operator at one-seventh of its appraised price.
    (AP, 3/9/18)
2018        Mar 9, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga promised to unite the country after elections last year in which around 100 people were killed mainly in clashes between opposition supporters and security forces.
    (Reuters, 3/9/18)
2018        Mar 9, In Libya an attack targeted a checkpoint on the outskirts of the town of Ajdabiya manned by the self-styled Libyan National Army, fighters loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter. The car bombing killed at least three militiamen. The Islamic State soon claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 3/9/18)(AP, 3/11/18)
2018        Mar 9, Mauritian PM Pravind Jugnauth said Pres. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim will step down on March 12, after the celebration of the country's 50th anniversary. She was accused of using a credit card issued by Planet Earth Institute to buy clothes and jewelry.
    (AP, 3/9/18)
2018        Mar 9, In the Netherlands trams ground to a halt across Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum was evacuated after workers hit an electricity cable in the Dutch capital, causing a power outage that left 28,000 homes without electricity.
    (AP, 3/9/18)
2018        Mar 9, In central Nigeria gunmen suspected to be herdsmen killed at least five people in Plateau state. The attack happened just as President Muhammadu Buhari was rounding up a tour of Plateau and four other flashpoint states.
    (AFP, 3/10/18)
2018        Mar 9, Pakistani police said they have arrested a key suspect sought for inciting the lynching of a university student who was falsely accused of blasphemy in the country's northwest. Arif Khan had been in hiding since April 2016, after a mob killed 23-year-old Mohammad Mashal Khan at his university campus in the town of Mardan.
    (AP, 3/9/18)
2018        Mar 9, In Pakistan the Islamabad High Court issued a ruling that requires people to declare their religion on all official documents. It also requires that citizens take a religious oath upon joining the civil service, armed forces or judiciary. The oath would require people to testify that the Prophet Muhammad was the last messenger sent by God, the repudiation of a core Ahmadi belief. Protesters said this could lead to the persecution of minorities, particularly adherents of the Ahmadi faith. Pakistan declared Ahmadis non-Muslims in 1974.
    (AP, 3/11/18)
2018        Mar 9, In the Philippines at least 44 pro-Islamic State militants were killed and 26 more were wounded over the last 24 hours when Philippine soldiers shelled positions held by members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in southern Maguindanao province.
    (Reuters, 3/11/18)
2018        Mar 9, Thousands of Slovaks joined the second mass protest in a week over the murder of a journalist that has rocked the country and threatened to wreck PM Robert Fico's coalition government. Tens of thousands rallied in Bratislava and across the country demanding thorough investigations and changes in government.
    (Reuters, 3/9/18)(SFC, 3/10/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 9, In South Korea veteran actor Jo Min-ki (53), who was under investigation for alleged sexual abuse of his students, was found dead in Seoul. Police were investigating multiple claims that Jo sexually abused his students when he was a professor at Cheongju University in central South Korea.
    (AP, 3/9/18)
2018        Mar 9, South Sudan said it is suspending the UN's Radio Miraya station for allegedly refusing to comply with the country's media laws. The government may not be able to take the station off the air because the transmitter is on the UN base in Juba.
    (AP, 3/9/18)
2018        Mar 9, The Swiss foreign ministry said it is ready to facilitate talks between North Korea and the United States.
    (Reuters, 3/9/18)
2018        Mar 9, In Syria an emergency aid convoy crossed front lines into the besieged rebel enclave of eastern Ghouta and delivered its supplies, braving shellfire and air strikes in the area amid a fierce government offensive. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights gave a death toll of 950 civilians thus far in the campaign.
    (Reuters, 3/9/18)
2018        Mar 9, In Syria the second largest rebel group Failaq al-Rahman lost its second-in-command Diaa Shaghoury, who was killed in fighting against government forces in East Ghouta.
    (AP, 3/10/18)
2018        Mar 9, President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey's military and rebel allies have besieged the northern Syrian town of Afrin and were nearing its town center. Turkey now controls five out of seven of the settlements in the northwest Afrin region.
    (Reuters, 3/9/18)
2018        Mar 9, Turkish state news said prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for 243 people, including 92 teachers, in operations targeting suspected followers of the Muslim cleric the government blames for a failed 2016 coup.
    (Reuters, 3/9/18)
2018        Mar 9, Turkey's highest court overruled a five-year jail sentence against prominent journalist Can Dundar, saying he should face up to 20 years in prison on espionage charges. Dundar and his colleague from the Cumhuriyet newspaper, Erdem Gul, were both sentenced in 2016 to five years in prison for publishing a video purporting show Turkey's intelligence agency trucking weapons into Syria. They were later released pending appeal.
    (Reuters, 3/9/18)
2018        Mar 9, Turkish Airlines confirmed plans to buy at least 50 wide-body aircraft from Airbus and Boeing as the flag carrier ramps up its ambitions ahead of a move to a new Istanbul airport.
    (AFP, 3/10/18)
2018        Mar 9, The United Nations warned that more than 2 million children in the Democratic Republic of Congo are estimated to be at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition if they do not get the aid they need.
    (Reuters, 3/9/18)
2018        Mar 9, The Vatican said Pope Francis will visit Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in September in the first papal visit to the Baltic states in 25 years.
    (Reuters, 3/9/18)
2018        Mar 9, Dozens of Zimbabweans protested as Harare-based Western diplomats called on the new government to investigate the abduction three years ago of journalist Itai Dzamara, a rights activist and firebrand critic of ex-ruler Robert Mugabe.
    (AFP, 3/9/18)

2018        Mar 10, US President Donald Trump's trade envoy met with top European Union and Japanese officials who were pushing back against new US steel tariffs that have unleashed fears of a broader trade war.
    (AP, 3/10/18)
2018        Mar 10, The Trumps administration said it has taken the first step in the regulatory process to ban rifle bump stocks, which enable guns to fire like automatic weapons.
    (SSFC, 3/11/18, p.A8)
2018        Mar 10, In southern California Isaias Valencia shot two police officers before being arrested after a 15-hour standoff at an apartment in Pomona. Officer Gregory Casillas (30) was killed. Valencia had fled to the apartment a day earlier after being chased by police for reckless driving.
    (SSFC, 3/11/18, p.A7)
2018        Mar 10, An Afghan official said at least 15 security forces have been killed in an attack by Taliban fighters in western Farah province.
    (AP, 3/10/18)
2018        Mar 10, The Taliban urged Islamic scholars not to take part in a conference due to take place in Indonesia later this month aimed at building agreement and support for possible future peace talks in Afghanistan.
    (Reuters, 3/10/18)
2018        Mar 10, In Canada thousands of demonstrators marched in Burnaby, British Columbia, against a pipeline expansion project that would nearly triple the flow of oil from Alberta's tar sands to the Vancouver area.
    (SSFC, 3/11/18, p.A4)
2018        Mar 10, Chinese President Xi Jinping offered a strong warning against corruption while meeting parliament delegates from scandal-plagued Chongqing city, saying officials should not let "pillow talk" within families help to foster graft.
    (Reuters, 3/10/18)
2018        Mar 10, It was reported that Tianjin, one of China's biggest cities, has imposed curbs on traffic and factories, as of March 11, due to a spike in air pollution and told elderly people and children to stay indoors.
    (AP, 3/10/18)
2018        Mar 10, Democratic Republic of Congo opposition groups rallied behind exiled figure Moise Katumbi at talks in South Africa aimed at forging a united front to fight elections due by the end of the year.
    (AFP, 3/10/18)
2018        Mar 10, In Greece anarchists clashed with riot police after some 2,000 protesters from across the Balkans marched in the northern city of Thessaloniki against nationalism in the region. Far-right activists had burned down an anarchist collective's premises in Thessaloniki in January.
    (AP, 3/10/18)
2018        Mar 10, Indian PM Narendra Modi met with French President Emmanuel Macron in New Delhi. They pledged to work together to ensure freedom of navigation in the Indian Ocean and signed an agreement to expedite construction of a major nuclear power plant in India by a French company. Modi highlighted a solar alliance and cooperation between the two countries in defense, security, technology, space and counterterrorism.
    (AP, 3/10/18)
2018        Mar 10, In Indonesia Yusri Effendi (34), a construction worker, died after he was mauled by a rare Sumatran tiger in the Indragiri Hilir district of Riau province.
    (AP, 3/11/18)
2018        Mar 10, Direct flights between Iran and Serbia resumed when an IranAir jet touched down at Belgrade's Nikola Tesla airport following a gap of 27 years.
    (AFP, 3/10/18)
2018        Mar 10, Myanmar police said they had opened a murder investigation into the killing of two men that residents say appeared to have been shot in the head after they were detained by soldiers in the conflict-torn north of the country. Ethnic Kachin men Hpaugan Yaw (65) and Nhkum Naw San (35) had been missing since they were taken away by the military on January 31. A shallow grave containing two bodies was discovered on March 9 by a civilian search party in a forest near Maing Khawng.
    (AP, 3/10/18)   
2018        Mar 10, In Romania protesters rallied in Bucharest as the ruling Social Democracy party opened a member congress amid criticism of the government and the party chairman's leadership.
    (AP, 3/10/18)
2018        Mar 10, In Rwanda at least 16 people were killed and dozens more injured after lightning struck a Seventh-Day Adventist church in the Nyaruguru district of Southern Province. A similar accident took place a day earlier when lightning struck a group of 18 students, killing one of them.
    (AFP, 3/11/18)
2018        Mar 10, Syrian government forces succeeded in their deepest push yet into the eastern suburbs of Damascus, cutting off a major highway that made it hard to move between three parts of the rebel-held area, and inflicting a major blow to opposition fighters who have vowed not to surrender.
    (AP, 3/10/18)
2018        Mar 10, Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels battling Kurdish militia in northern Syria advanced to less than two km from the flashpoint town of Afrin. Turkey and allied Syrian opposition factions now held 60 percent of the Afrin region.
    (AP, 3/10/18)
2018        Mar 10, In Thailand some 500 hundred pro-democracy supporters rallied in Bangkok to skewer the ruling junta with T-shirts, signs and speeches, as activists grow bolder in their defiance of a ban on protests.
    (AFP, 3/10/18)
2018        Mar 10, In Yemen hundreds of detainees suffered sexual abuse by Emirati officers at Beir Ahmed prison in the southern city of Aden following series of hunger strikes among prisoners. At least five prisons were later identified where security forces used sexual torture to brutalize and break inmates.
    (AP, 6/20/18)

2018        Mar 11, Trump administration officials said there will be no more conditions imposed on North Korea before a first-ever meeting of the two nation's leaders beyond the North's promise not to resume nuclear testing and missile flights or publicly criticize US-South Korean military exercises.
    (AP, 3/11/18)
2018        Mar 11, In NYC a helicopter carrying sightseers crashed into the Est River killing five people. the pilot escaped.
    (SFC, 3/12/18, p.A4)
2018        Mar 11, British authorities reported that trace contamination of a nerve agent was found in both the Mill pub and Zizzi restaurant in Salisbury. Hundreds of people who visited the Zizzi restaurant or the Mill pub in Salisbury were told to wash their clothes.
    (Reuters, 3/11/18)
2018        Mar 11, Colombians went to the polls to elect a new Congress with a resurgent right, bitterly opposed to a peace deal that allows leftist former rebels to participate, expected to poll strongly. Left-wing candidate Gustavo Petro (57) attracted about 40 percent fewer votes than right-wing coalition candidate Ivan Duque (41). While no party came close to winning control of either legislature, the Democratic Center party came out on top in the Senate, with 19 seats and second in the lower house, with 32 seats.
    (AFP, 3/11/18)(Reuters, 3/12/18)
2018        Mar 11, Colombians went to the polls to elect a new Congress with a resurgent right, bitterly opposed to a peace deal that allows leftist former rebels to participate, expected to poll strongly. Left-wing candidate Gustavo Petro (57) attracted about 40 percent fewer votes than right-wing coalition candidate Ivan Duque (41). While no party came close to winning control of either legislature, the Democratic Center party came out on top in the Senate, with 19 seats and second in the lower house, with 32 seats.
    (AFP, 3/11/18)(Reuters, 3/12/18)
2018        Mar 11, China's National People's Congress passed a historic constitutional amendment that abolishes term limits and will enable President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely. The hand-picked delegates voted 2,958 in favor with two opposed, three abstaining and one vote invalidated.
    (AP, 3/11/18)
2018        Mar 11, Colombians went to the polls to elect a new Congress with a resurgent right, bitterly opposed to a peace deal that allows leftist former rebels to participate, expected to poll strongly. Left-wing candidate Gustavo Petro (57) attracted about 40 percent fewer votes than right-wing coalition candidate Ivan Duque (41). While no party came close to winning control of either legislature, the Democratic Center party came out on top in the Senate, with 19 seats and second in the lower house, with 32 seats.
    (AFP, 3/11/18)(Reuters, 3/12/18)
2018        Mar 11, Congo DRC officials said President Joseph Kabila has enacted a law to hike taxes on so-called strategic metals and ordered government consultations with foreign companies worried by the change.
    (AFP, 3/11/18)
2018        Mar 11, Cubans went to the polls in a one-party vote that marks the penultimate step in a political process that will culminate next month with the selection of the Communist-ruled island's first non-Castro leader since the 1959 revolution.
    (Reuters, 3/11/18)
2018        Mar 11, Egypt's military said that 16 jihadists, an officer and a soldier were killed in the past four days during a major military operation against Islamic State group jihadists in Sinai.
    (AFP, 3/11/18)
2018        Mar 11, In Germany a mosque in the Reinickendorf district of Berlin was set ablaze early today, likely by three teenagers. Firebombs were also thrown at a Turkish immigrants' association in the western town of Meschede.
    (AP, 3/11/18)
2018        Mar 11, Cardinal Karl Lehmann (81), the former head of Germany's Catholic Bishops Conference, died at his home in Mainz.
    (AP, 3/11/18)
2018        Mar 11, Hong Kong residents voted in by-elections that gave opposition supporters the chance to recapture lost ground in a contest measuring voters' appetite for democracy in the semiautonomous Chinese city.
    (AP, 3/11/18)
2018        Mar 11, In India French President Emmanuel Macron said his country will commit 700 million euros to the International Solar Alliance (ISA) at the founding conference of the organization, reiterating the European country's commitment to the alliance and clean energy. The treaty-based organization, launched by India's PM Narendra Modi in 2015, aims to promote solar energy in 121 countries.
    (Reuters, 3/11/18)
2018        Mar 11, In Iran four "terrorists" were killed after infiltrating and attacking a military checkpoint in a southeastern border area.
    (AFP, 3/12/18)
2018        Mar 11, In Iran a private Turkish jet carrying a group of young women flying from the United Arab Emirates to Istanbul crashed into a mountain in Shahr-e Kord, killing all eleven people on board.
    (SFC, 3/12/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 11, In Poland a new law banning almost all trade on Sundays took effect, with large supermarkets and most other retailers closed for the first time since liberal shopping laws were introduced in the 1990s after communism's collapse.
    (AP, 3/11/18)
2018        Mar 11, Russia said it has successfully launched the hypersonic Kinzhal missile, which President Vladimir Putin called "an ideal weapon" as he unveiled a new array of next-generation arms earlier this month.
    (AFP, 3/11/18)
2018        Mar 11, Saudi Arabian press announced that the king has established special anti-corruption units of prosecutors to pursue embezzlement cases in the kingdom after a recent crackdown.
    (AP, 3/11/18)
2018        Mar 11, A South African official said proceedings have been launched to strip the permanent residency status of Ajay Gupta, one of the lynchpins of a controversial Indian business family accused of corruption.
    (AFP, 3/11/18)
2018        Mar 11, In Syria pro-government media said government forces have divided the eastern Ghouta enclave outside Damascus into two, dealing a major setback to rebels and threatening to exacerbate an already dire humanitarian situation at the doors of the nation's capital. Russia's military said 52 civilians were able to leave eastern Ghouta for safety in government-held territory outside. The UN has estimated there are 400,000 civilians trapped in the siege.
    (AP, 3/11/18)
2018        Mar 11, Turkish warplanes reportedly destroyed at least 18 targets belonging to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 3/11/18)
2018        Mar 11, In Vietnam senior police official Nguyen Thanh Hoa (60) was arrested on suspicion of involvement in an international gambling ring.
    (Reuters, 3/11/18)

2018        Mar 12, US Pres. Donald Trump issued an executive order blocking Singapore-based Broadcom from acquiring Qualcomm in a $117 billion deal.
    (SFC, 3/13/18, p.D4)
2018        Mar 12, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee completed a draft report concluding there was no collusion or coordination between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia, a finding that pleased the White House but enraged Democrats.
    (AP, 3/13/18)
2018        Mar 12, The Illinois-based Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation said former British PM Tony Blair is the recipient of this year's Lincoln Leadership Prize. He is the first British citizen to receive the Lincoln Leadership Prize.
    (AP, 3/12/18)
2018        Mar 12, In Kansas a $1.5 billion settlement was reached in a class-action lawsuit covering tens of thousands of farmers, grain-handling facilities and ethanol plants that sued Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its introduction of a genetically engineered corn seed. The settlement must be approved by a federal judge in Kansas.
    (AP, 3/13/18)
2018        Mar 12, It was reported that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is launching a new effort to help Puerto Rico rebuild after last year's hurricanes.
    (AP, 3/12/18)
2018        Mar 12, In Texas two package bombs a few miles apart killed a teenager and wounded two women in Austin. On March 2 a package in the city killed Anthony Stephan House (39). All the victims were minorities.
    (SFC, 3/13/18, p.A6)
2018        Mar 12, Afghan forces backed by air strikes battled to recapture a district center in the western province of Farah, after Taliban fighters seized the town in an overnight attack that killed eight policeman. The air strikes reportedly killed 56 insurgent fighters.
    (Reuters, 3/12/18)
2018        Mar 12, Bangladesh's High Court granted bail for four months to opposition leader and former PM Khaleda Zia, who was jailed for five years on a corruption conviction and is awaiting an appeal.
    (AP, 3/12/18)
2018        Mar 12, British teenager Derryck John (17), who sprayed acid into the faces of six motorcyclists during a two-hour robbery spree in London, was jailed for 10-1/2 years.
    (Reuters, 3/12/18)
2018        Mar 12, In London Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov (68), an associate of late tycoon Boris Berezovsky, was found dead. Police said the cause of death was "compression to the neck".
    (http://tinyurl.com/y6wmfl8f)(Reuters, 3/16/18)
2018        Mar 12, Police in Colombia arrested Raul Gutierrez, a Cuban man suspected of plotting to kill American diplomats in the name of the Islamic State.
    (AP, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 12, In northern Ethiopia at least 38 people, mostly students, were killed when a bus plunged into a ravine in the Amhara region. Ten people survived the crash.
    (Reuters, 3/13/18)
2018        Mar 12, The European Union's foreign policy chief said the EU will extend a 1 billion-euro ($1.2 billion) loan to struggling Ukraine.
    (AP, 3/12/18)
2018        Mar 12, The EU said it has prolonged sanctions against senior Russian officials, lawmakers and military officers for a further six months over alleged meddling in Ukraine.
    (SFC, 3/13/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 12, French couturier Hubert de Givenchy (91), a pioneer of ready-to-wear who designed Audrey Hepburn's little black dress in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," died.
    (AP, 3/12/18)
2018        Mar 12, In Guinea unrest sparked by a row over local elections held in February paralyzed much of the capital.
    (Reuters, 3/13/18)
2018        Mar 12, In India tens of thousands of protesting farmers from Maharashtra state marched into the state capital of Mumbai to demand government support to address hardship in a sector that employs the majority of the country's workforce.
    (Reuters, 3/12/18)
2018        Mar 12, Japan's Finance Ministry acknowledged that it doctored documents in a widening scandal linked to PM Shinzo Abe's wife that has rattled his government and caused its support ratings to slide.
    (AP, 3/12/18)
2018        Mar 12, Japan and South Korea agreed that maximum pressure must be maintained on North Korea until it takes concrete action toward addressing concerns about its nuclear weapon and missile programs.
    (Reuters, 3/12/18)
2018        Mar 12, In Kashmir a gunbattle between Indian troops and rebels killed three insurgents and triggered more anti-India protests and clashes.
    (AP, 3/12/18)
2018        Mar 12, The Kenyan Red Cross Society said more than 2,000 Ethiopians have crossed into Kenya seeking refuge, after several civilians were killed in what the Ethiopian military said was a botched security operation targeting militants.
    (Reuters, 3/13/18)
2018        Mar 12, In Nepal a Bombardier Q400 series aircraft carrying 71 people from Bangladesh swerved erratically and flew dangerously low before crashing and erupting in flames as it landed in Kathmandu, killing 49 people. 22 people survived.
    (AP, 3/12/18)(Reuters, 3/13/18)
2018        Mar 12, In western Niger three police were killed in Goube, a village in the border region with Mali that has come under repeated attack from jihadists.
    (AFP, 3/13/18)
2018        Mar 12, Poland's PM Mateusz Morawiecki said the government dismissed 17 of more than 120 deputy ministers in a move designed to improve the Cabinet's work and make it "less political".
    (AP, 3/12/18)
2018        Mar 12, Slovak Interior Minister Robert Kalinak said he would resign, bowing to the demands of a junior coalition partner, as Prime Minister Robert Fico fights to save his government after mass protests following a journalist's murder.
    (Reuters, 3/12/18)
2018        Mar 12, In Syria thousands of people fled the northwestern town of Afrin as Turkish troops and Turkey-backed opposition fighters inch closer to completely besieging it.
    (AP, 3/12/18)
2018        Mar 12, Syrian jets struck rebel-held towns in the country's south. At least eight raids struck the rebel-held towns of Busr al-Harir, Hrak, al-Gharaiya al-Gharbiya and al-Sowara in rural areas in eastern Deraa province. A small group of Syrian civilians left the rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta just outside of Damascus while the area's largest armed rebel group said it agreed with Russian forces to have the wounded evacuated from the besieged territory.
    (Reuters, 3/12/18)(AP, 3/12/18)
2018        Mar 12, Ukraine's intelligence agency said it has found weapons and explosives at the homes of suspected "agents of Russia".
    (AP, 3/12/18)
2018        Mar 12, A UN investigator said that Myanmar's government appears to be pursuing a policy of starvation in Rakhine state to force out the remaining Muslim Rohingya population.
    (Reuters, 3/12/18)

2018        Mar 13, Donald Trump sacked his top diplomat Rex Tillerson and named current CIA chief Mike Pompeo to succeed him as secretary of state.
    (AFP, 3/13/18)
2018        Mar 13, A "sanctuary cities" crackdown took effect in Texas after the Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a divisive law backed y the Trump administration.
    (SFC, 3/14/18, p.A5)
2018        Mar 13, Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists and France-based multinational Orano USA announced they are forming a joint venture to license an interim storage site in West Texas for high-level nuclear waste.
    (AP, 3/16/18)
2018        Mar 13, US passenger rail operator Amtrak said it had temporarily suspended service between New York City and Boston due to inclement weather.
    (Reuters, 3/13/18)
2018        Mar 13, Britain's ambassador in Moscow, Laurie Bristow, said Britain expected an explanation from Russia on how a nerve agent used in an attack on a former double agent came to be in Britain.
    (Reuters, 3/13/18)
2018        Mar 13, British independent regulator Ofcom warned that it could strip Russia Today (RT) of its UK license if the government determined that Moscow was behind the poisoning of a double agent in England this month. Russia in return threatened to expel all British media.
    (Reuters, 3/14/18)
2018        Mar 13, A local leader in Congo DRC said at least 40 people have been killed in the last 48 hours in ethnic violence in northeastern between Hema cattle herders and Lendu farmers.
    (Reuters, 3/13/18)
2018        Mar 13, In Guinea opposition supporters protested and erected barricades in the mining towns of Boke and Kamsar, disrupting some shipments of the aluminum ore bauxite.
    (Reuters, 3/13/18)
2018        Mar 13, Iraqi authorities said they were lifting a nearly six-month air blockade imposed on Iraqi Kurdistan in response to its holding of an independence referendum.
    (AFP, 3/13/18)
2018        Mar 13, In Iraq Brig. Gen. Shareef Ismaeel al-Murshidi, a brigade commander whose forces are tasked with protecting al-Abadi and Baghdad's Green Zone, was shot dead by militia at a checkpoint outside Samarra. Two of al-Murshidi's guards were also killed The militiamen belonged to the so-called Peace Brigades, led by Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.
    (AP, 3/14/18)
2018        Mar 13, Malaysian officials said four heavily armed poachers who targeted wild elephants, have been caught, the second such arrest in less than two years.
    (AFP, 3/13/18)
2018        Mar 13, Nepal's President, Bidhya Devi Bhandari was elected to a second term in voting by national and provincial lawmakers. She was first elected in 2015 as the nation's first female president, a largely ceremonial role.
    (AP, 3/13/18)
2018        Mar 13, Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah survived an assassination attempt in Gaza after an apparent roadside bomb targeted his motorcade. The Palestinian Authority held Hamas responsible for the attack.
    (Reuters, 3/13/18)
2018        Mar 13, The Philippines said it is withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC) due to what President Rodrigo Duterte called "outrageous" attacks by UN officials and violations of due process by the ICC.
    (Reuters, 3/14/18)
2018        Mar 13, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates each extended a concession to an offshore oil field they share to a Japanese consortium despite a diplomatic crisis between the two of them tearing at the region.
    (AP, 3/13/18)
2018        Mar 13, South Africa declared that the drought afflicting Cape Town and other parts of the country is a national disaster.
    (AP, 3/13/18)
2018        Mar 13, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was dealt a political blow, after a last-minute legal challenge by a group loyal to ousted leader Jacob Zuma blocked the signing of $4.7 billion in renewable energy deals. Three solar plants planned by Norway's Scatec Solar were among 27 energy deals blocked by the court.
    (Reuters, 3/13/18)(Reuters, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 13, The Syrian government said the military has seized control of the Qadam district south of after it was evacuated by militants and civilians. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it has recorded the deaths of 353,935 people since the conflict began with anti-government protests in March 2011.
    (AP, 3/13/18)(AFP, 3/13/18)
2018        Mar 13, Thailand's cabinet agreed to draft a law to oversee cryptocurrency trading, seeking to tax the largely unregulated market. The Ministry of Finance also proposed the new regulations to help prevent use of digital currencies in money laundering and fraud.
    (AP, 3/13/18)
2018        Mar 13, Turkey's military said Turkish troops and allied Syrian opposition fighters have begun a siege of the Syrian Kurdish-held town of Afrin.
    (AP, 3/13/18)
2018        Mar 13, Turkey's parliament passed a law revamping electoral regulations, backing legislation the opposition said could open the door to fraud and jeopardize the fairness of 2019 polls, and triggering a brawl on the floor of the chamber.
    (Reuters, 3/13/18)
2018        Mar 13, In central Turkey a passenger bus hit a truck and burst into flames, killing at least 11 people, including a number of children.
    (AP, 3/13/18)
2018        Mar 13, In Yemen seven people were killed in the port city of Aden when a car bomb ripped through a military kitchen used by Yemeni forces trained and backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
    (Reuters, 3/13/18)

2018        Mar 14, Larry Kudlow (70), business news pundit, said he has accepted an offer from Pres. Trump to serve as his top economic aide.
    (SFC, 3/15/18, p.A6)
2018        Mar 14, In Alaska Norwegian musher Joar Ulsom was the first to reach the finish line in Nome after traveling nearly a thousand miles across rugged terrain.
    (AP, 3/14/18)
2018        Mar 14, The San Francisco Police Commission voted to adopt a policy regulating how officers can use Tasers, clearing the way for the rollout of the devices at the end of the year.
    (SFC, 3/15/18, p.A1)
2018        Mar 14, Oklahoma officials said they plan to use nitrogen gas to execute inmates once the state resumes using the death penalty, after trying unsuccessfully for months to obtain lethal injection drugs.
    (SFC, 3/15/18, p.A6)
2018        Mar 14, Facebook said it had taken down Britain First's Facebook page and those of its leaders, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, for repeatedly violating rules designed to stop the incitement of hatred against minority groups.
    (Reuters, 3/14/18)
2018        Mar 14, The SEC announced that Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has agreed to pay $500,000 and relinquish majority control to settle charges that she defrauded investors by misrepresenting the company's blood testing technology.
    (SFC, 3/15/18, p.C1)
2018        Mar 14, The US-based Toys R Us retail chain decided to close or sell its remaining stores, affecting more than 30,000 jobs.
    (SFC, 3/15/18, p.C1)
2018        Mar 14, In Afghanistan Taliban militants stormed a checkpoint manned by police and intelligence officers on the outskirts of Farah, the provincial capital of Farah province, killing seven security forces.
    (AFP, 3/14/18)
2018        Mar 14, A father testified in an Australian court that his son said he was sexually abused by Vatican Cardinal George Pell during a waterskiing outing years ago.
    (AP, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 14, Bosnia's maiden wind farm began producing electricity as part of the country's efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and meet the renewable energy standards of the European Union it aspires to join.
    (Reuters, 3/14/18)
2018        Mar 14, In Brazil Rio de Janeiro city council member Marielle Franco (38) was killed after receiving four shots to her head. Franco was an expert on police violence and often criticized authorities for their handling of public security.  Her driver Anderson Gomes was also killed. On May 9 reports in O Globo and O Dia newspapers quoted an unidentified police informant pointing the finger at councilman Marcello Siciliano and ex-policeman Orlando Oliveira de Araujo, who is behind bars but allegedly remains a militia commander.
    (AP, 3/15/18)(SFC, 3/17/18, p.A2)(SFC, 3/24/18, p.A2)(AFP, 5/9/18)
2018        Mar 14, Britain said it will expel 23 Russian diplomats after Moscow failed to meet a deadline to explain the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a Soviet-made nerve agent on British soil. Russia denies involvement in the attack. PM Theresa May said Britain is looking to find other countries to supply gas as part of steps being taken by London against Russia following the poisoning.
    (Reuters, 3/14/18)(AP, 3/14/18)
2018        Mar 14, In Britain Mariam Mustafa, an 18-year-old engineering student from Egypt, died. She was allegedly attacked on the street by a group in Nottingham on Feb. 20 before dying of her wounds.
    (AP, 3/16/18)
2018        Mar 14, British theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking (b.1942) died at his home in Cambridge. Even though his body was attacked by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, when Hawking was 21, he stunned doctors by living with the normally fatal illness for more than 50 years.
    (AP, 3/14/18)
2018        Mar 14, The International Crisis Group, an independent think tank, said China's military is ramping up its security presence in Tajikistan with troop deployments amid fears that militants based in nearby Afghanistan could strike at western China.
    (AP, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 14, The World Happiness Report ranked Finland at the top of 156 countries in its annual global happiness index; the US was ranked 18th, down from 14th last year.
    (SFC, 3/15/18, p.A5)
2018        Mar 14, German lawmakers voted to re-elect Angela Merkel as chancellor for a fourth term, that may prove her most challenging yet as she takes charge of a fragile coalition with her personal standing diminished.
    (Reuters, 3/14/18)
2018        Mar 14, German industrial group Siemens announced plans to invest a billion euros in Brazil over the next five years.
    (AFP, 3/14/18)
2018        Mar 14, A Greek court rejected a Turkish extradition request for Halaz Secer (21). She was among nine suspected Turkish militants arrested in Athens ahead of an official visit by Turkey's president late last year.
    (AP, 3/14/18)
2018        Mar 14, Greece raised 812.5 million euros ($1 billion) in a 12-month treasury bill auction, the country's latest step toward regaining market access.
    (AP, 3/14/18)
2018        Mar 14, Italian police said they have dismantled a macrobiotic "sect" that denied its followers contact with the outside world. Authorities said that followers in the central Marche and Emilia Romagna regions were manipulated to follow a rigidly controlled diet known as "Ma.Pi." and that the weight of one follower plunged to 35 kilos (77 pounds).
    (AP, 3/14/18)
2018        Mar 14, Lithuanian lawmaker Mindaugas Bastys resigned, a day after surviving an impeachment vote in the Baltic country's parliament for his reported ties to Russia.
    (AP, 3/14/18)
2018        Mar 14, Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim refused to resign, vowing to fight allegations that saw her embroiled in a financial scandal.
    (AP, 3/14/18)
2018        Mar 14, A Mozambique government spokeswoman said pests and disease have destroyed at least a third of the country's agricultural crops over the past 11 months. A day earlier the cabinet approved a 160 million metical ($2.6 million) action plan to combat pests and disease.
    (Reuters, 3/14/18)
2018        Mar 14, Senior officials in Myanmar announced that they have begun talks with UN agencies to see how they could assist with the repatriation of Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh to escape violence against them. Myanmar officials said they have only been able to verify 374 Rohingya Muslim refugees for possible repatriation from Bangladesh. It was unclear whether the 374 people had agreed to return.
    (AP, 3/14/18)(Reuters, 3/14/18)
2018        Mar 14, Slovenia's teachers went on strike for the second time in a month after failing to reach a deal with the government on higher wages.
    (AP, 3/14/18)
2018        Mar 14, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa outlined a plan to parliament to change the constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation to address racial disparities in land ownership that persist more than two decades after apartheid's demise in 1994.
    (Reuters, 3/14/18)
2018        Mar 14, In Syria about 25 civilians in need of medical treatment left the besieged eastern Ghouta enclave for the 2nd straight day under a medical evacuation agreement. Bombardment of Ghouta continued with fresh Russian air strikes. 26 people were killed in Hamouria, eastern Ghouta.
    (Reuters, 3/14/18)(AFP, 3/14/18)(AP, 3/14/18)(AP, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 14, Turkey turned up the heat on Syria's Afrin, launching deadly strikes on Damascus loyalists deployed around the Kurdish enclave and closing in on its main city. Turkish bombing raids killed 10 fighters loyal to the regime.
    (AFP, 3/14/18)
2018        Mar 14, In Turkey Alessandro Fiori (33) of Milan was last spotted on a CCTV camera in Istanbul's busy Beyoglu district. His phone, wallet and other belongings were found later in a hotel trash bin.
    (AP, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 14, The Ukrainian government ordered its athletes not to take part in any competitions held in Russia, which the country accuses of occupying its territory.
    (AP, 3/14/18)

2018        Mar 15, The US Treasury Department said sanctions have been slapped on 19 Russian individuals and five groups, including Moscow's intelligence services, for meddling in the 2016 US election and malicious cyber attacks.
    (Reuters, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 15, The leaders of the United States, France and Germany joined Britain in blaming Russia for poisoning a former spy with a powerful nerve agent.
    (AP, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 15, Alabama executed Michael Wayne Eggers (50) for killing his employer at a traveling carnival in 2000.
    (SFC, 3/16/18, p.A5)
2018        Mar 15, California wildlife officials said Richard Parker (67) had shot and killed more that 130 protected birds of prey in Lassen County. Parker was reported jailed on charges of taking protected birds of prey and migratory non-game birds.
    (SFC, 3/16/18, p.D3)
2018        Mar 15, In Florida at least eight cars were trapped when the 950-ton bridge suddenly gave way in Miami. At least six people were killed.
    (AFP, 3/16/18)
2018        Mar 15, The US state of Georgia executed Carlton Gary (67), known as the "stocking strangler," for raping and killing three elderly women in the 1977-1978. Nine women had been attacked and seven of them died.
    (SFC, 3/16/18, p.A5)
2018        Mar 15, Local media reported that Bosnia has banned leaders of the Russian Night Wolves motorcycle club from entering the country next week because of security concerns. The club is under US sanctions for its role in a pro-Russian separatist insurgency in Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 15, Brazil's troubled national oil company Petrobras posted net losses of 446 million reais ($139.7 million) for 2017, reflecting continued fallout from the "Car Wash" corruption scandal, but sharply improving on the previous year.
    (AFP, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 15, Anglo-Dutch consumer giant Unilever chose The Netherlands over London to host its headquarters, dealing a blow to Britain's efforts to keep multinational companies onside following Brexit.
    (AFP, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 15, In western Cambodia a land mine exploded accidently during clearance training at a military base, killing two people, including an Australian trainer, and injuring three others.
    (AP, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 15, Cameroon's octogenarian President Paul Biya, who has ruled the central African country with an iron grip for decades, held his first cabinet meeting since 2015.
    (Reuters, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 15, Beijing WKW Automotive Parts said it plans to invest about 16 billion yuan ($2.53 billion) in a new energy car project, to cash in on the increasing popularity of environmentally friendly vehicles as part of China's efforts to cut pollution.
    (Reuters, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 15, Members of the Uighur Muslim ethnic group held demonstrations in cities around the world to protest a sweeping Chinese surveillance and security campaign that has sent thousands of their people into detention and political indoctrination centers.
    (AP, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 15, The European Commission published an updated draft text of the treaty that will regulate Britain's exit from the European Union on March 29th, 2019, but some of the key sticking points remain unresolved.
    (Reuters, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 15, French pensioners and retirement home workers staged protests across the country, kicking off a series of strikes against Pres. Emmanuel Macron's reforms.
    (AFP, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 15, Greek police said they have arrested 11 people on suspicion of running a smuggling ring transporting hundreds of refugees and migrants from the Greek-Turkish land border to the cities of Athens and Thessaloniki over the past year.
    (AP, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 15, A Greek court sentenced a university lecturer (46) to two life terms in prison for fatally poisoning his wife and her grandmother with arsenic. The court ruled that the geology lecturer at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki gradually poisoned his 34-year-old wife and her 85-year-old grandmother in August 2013.
    (AP, 3/16/18)
2018        Mar 15, Tens of thousands of supporters of Hungary's right-wing PM Viktor Orban marched in Budapest to back his bid for a third term in office in April elections, many of them hailing his hardline stance on immigration. They were joined by thousands of supporters of Poland's ruling conservative PiS party.
    (Reuters, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 15, In Indonesia the Law on Representative Assemblies, passed last month by the 560-member Parliament, came into force automatically after 30 days despite President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's refusal to sign it because of public opposition. Critics say the law could protect legislators from investigations by the powerful anti-graft commission.
    (AP, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 15, In Iraq a US HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter carrying seven people crashed near al-Qaim, Anbar province, killing all on board.
    (Reuters, 3/16/18)
2018        Mar 15, Malaysia's PM Najib Razak announced cash handouts on top of bonuses already paid to staff of the largest government-linked asset management firm, as he prepared for a general election that must be held by August.
    (Reuters, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 15, In Pakistan a Taliban-linked Pakistani cleric and six of his family members were killed in a powerful explosion at the cleric's home in the remote southwestern town of Qillah Saifullah, Baluchistan province. The explosion apparently occurred when a bomb or an explosive device was being loaded in a vehicle.
    (AP, 3/16/18)
2018        Mar 15, Peru's congress voted by a wide margin to allow impeachment proceedings to begin against Pres. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski over his ties to Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction giant.
    (SFC, 3/16/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 15, Polish prosecutors say American authorities are moving ahead with their request to extradite Michael Karkoc (99) of Minnesota man to be tried on allegations he was involved in a World War II massacre of civilians.
    (AP, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 15, Slovak PM Robert Fico and his government resigned as a way out of the political crisis triggered by the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancée. Pres. Andrej Kiska asked deputy prime minister Peter Pellegrini to form a new government.
    (AP, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 15, A South African court granted bail to six police officers charged with murder and attempted murder in connection with the 2012 killing of striking mine workers at Lonmin’s Marikana mine.
    (Reuters, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 15, In Spain street vendor Mbame Ndiaye (35) of Senegal, who had been running away from police officers, died of cardiorespiratory arrest after he escaped a police crackdown on informal street sales. Subsequent protests by hundreds of African migrants and Spanish residents degenerated into rioting.
    (AP, 3/16/18)
2018        Mar 15, Sri Lanka's government ended a weeklong ban on social media that was imposed because of concerns that it was being used to fan anti-Muslim violence in the country's central region.
    (AP, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 15, Syrian charities and rights groups called on Western leaders to threaten a boycott of the upcoming football World Cup in Russia to protest against Moscow's support for Syria's regime.
    (AFP, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 15, In Syria government and Russian forces blanketed the besieged rebel-held eastern Ghouta region with airstrikes and rocket fire. Regime forces captured Hammuriyeh. More than 12,000 people fled the enclave of Eastern Ghouta. A joint convoy of food supplies for some 26,000 people entered Douma, the largest town in Ghouta and part of a separate rebel-controlled pocket.
    (AP, 3/15/18)(AFP, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 15, In northern Syria hundreds of residents of the Kurdish enclave under Turkish assault trickled out of Afrin's center toward neighboring villages amid an intensifying offensive. Senior Kurdish official Omar Alloush, who played a key role with the United States in implementing its post-Islamic State policy in northern Syria, was found dead in his apartment in northern Syria.
    (AP, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 15, In Syria Anna Campbell (27), a British woman fighting alongside Kurdish forces was killed in Turkish shelling" on frontlines around Afrin city.
    (AFP, 3/19/18)
2018        Mar 15, The UN human rights office said in a report that Mexican authorities had tortured dozens of people in connection with an investigation into the 2014 disappearance of 43 students, and called for a full inquiry.
    (Reuters, 3/15/18)
2018        Mar 15, The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution renewing for a year its peace mission in South Sudan, while also threatening to later impose an arms embargo if necessary.
    (AFP, 3/15/18)

2018        Mar 16, US Pres. Donald Trump signed the new Taiwan Travel Act. It allows unrestricted travel by US officials to meet with members of Taiwan's government and for Taiwanese officials to visit the US under "respectful conditions," during which they are allowed to meet with their counterparts, including those from the departments of state and defense.
    (AP, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 16, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe two days before McCabe's scheduled retirement date. Sessions said he acted on the recommendation of FBI disciplinary officials who said McCabe had not been candid with a watchdog office investigation.
    {USA, FBI}
    (SSFC, 3/18/18, p.A10)
2018        Mar 16, NY Democrat Rep. Louise Slaughter (88) died in Washington, DC, a week after falling in her residence. She was serving her 16th term in the US House of Representatives.
    (SFC, 3/17/18, p.A6)
2018        Mar 16, In Afghanistan the body of a UN driver, who was abducted together with a female UN employee and her child, was found in Kabul, in the same location where the three Afghans were abducted two months ago.
    (AP, 3/16/18)
2018        Mar 16, Albanian prosecutors said that Fran Frrokaj, the mayor of Lezhe in northwestern Albania, and the other 11 officials were charged with abusing their positions and falsifying documents.
    (AP, 3/16/18)
2018        Mar 16, Belgium said it is taking back control of the Grand Mosque of Brussels by terminating Saudi Arabia's 99-year lease of the building with immediate effect over concerns it promotes radicalism. Belgium leased the Grand Mosque to Riyadh in 1969.
    (Reuters, 3/16/18)
2018        Mar 16, In Brazil a one-year-old boy and two adults in Rio de Janeiro were killed by stray bullets during a confrontation between police and gunmen in the Alemao slum complex.
    (AP, 3/17/18)
2018        Mar 16, In Britain Iraqi teenager Ahmed Hassan (18), who had come to Britain as an asylum seeker, was found guilty of attempted murder after detonating a homemade bomb last Sept. 15 on a packed rush-hour London commuter train, injuring 30 people.
    (AP, 3/16/18)
2018        Mar 16, Egypt's national carrier EgyptAir said it would resume direct flights between Cairo and Moscow, three years after they were halted following the bombing of a Russian charter jet over the Sinai.
    (AFP, 3/16/18)
2018        Mar 16, A Greek court dismissed a Turkish demand for the handover of eight Turkish soldiers accused by Ankara of having played a direct role in the abortive coup against President Tayyip Erdogan in 2016.
    (Reuters, 3/16/18)
2018        Mar 16, The world soccer's governing body lifted a soccer ban, allowing Iraqi cities of Basra, Karbala and Irbil to host full international games and competitions for the first time since the 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
    (AP, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 16, In Kashmir Indian government forces killed two militants overnight who tried to snatch a guard's rifle. Protests against Indian rule and clashes erupted as word of the killings spread.
    (AP, 3/16/18)
2018        Mar 16, In Mexico Andrew Dorogi, an Amherst College student who played on the school's football team, died in Mexico City.
    (AP, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 16, Nigerian Senator Shehu Sani's revelation that lawmakers in the upper house of parliament receive about $37,500 each month for personal expenses prompted anger in the country, where most people live on less than $2 a day.
    (Reuters, 3/16/18)
2018        Mar 16, North Korea's foreign minister met briefly with Sweden's prime minister during a surprise trip to Stockholm that has fueled speculation about a possible meeting in the Scandinavian country between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
    (AP, 3/16/18)
2018        Mar 16, A Palestinian killed two Israeli soldiers and badly wounded two others when he rammed his vehicle into them in the West Bank. Israeli forces soon arrested a brother and an uncle of a Palestinian man accused of killing two soldiers.
    (AP, 3/16/18)    (AFP, 3/17/18)
2018        Mar 16, The Philippine labor secretary said a ban on sending Filipinos to work in Kuwait will continue indefinitely after the nations failed to conclude a migrant labor protection pact. Later today a deal was signed in Manila after a meeting between a visiting Kuwaiti delegation and Filipino authorities.
    (AP, 3/16/18)(Reuters, 3/17/18)
2018        Mar 16, A Romanian court has rejected a man's claim that he's alive, after he was officially registered as deceased. Constantin Reliu (63) lost his case in the northeast city of Vasului because he appealed too late. The ruling is final. Reliu went to Turkey in 1992 for work and lost contact with his Romanian family. Hearing no news from her husband, his wife managed to get a death certificate for him in 2016.
    (AP, 3/16/18)
2018        Mar 16, Tens of thousands of Slovaks demanded early elections in protests across the country after PM Robert Fico's resignation failed to quell public anger following the murder of an investigative journalist.
    (Reuters, 3/16/18)
2018        Mar 16, The director of South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority said that former president Jacob Zuma (75) will be prosecuted on 16 charges of corruption. Prosecutors said Zuma is to face corruption charges over a $2.5 billion arms deal.
    (AP, 3/16/18)(Reuters, 3/16/18)
2018        Mar 16, In Syria thousands of civilians fled from besieged enclaves on opposite ends of the country as two major battles in the multi-sided civil war entered decisive phases. Air strikes killed at least 76 people in eastern Ghouta. Turkish and allied Syrian rebel forces shelled the northern Kurdish-held town of Afrin heavily, killing 36 people and forcing 2,500 people to flee. A Turkish bombing raid struck the Afrin's main hospital, killing 16 civilians. Turkey's military denied hitting the hospital.
    (AP, 3/16/18)(AFP, 3/17/18)
2018        Mar 16, Ukraine said Russians living in Ukraine will be unable to vote in Russia's presidential election because access to Moscow's diplomatic missions will be blocked.
    (AFP, 3/16/18)
2018        Mar 16, A Vatican tribunal sacked Guam archbishop Anthony Apuron after finding him "guilty of certain accusations."  He had been accused of sexually abusing minors in the 1970s.
    (Reuters, 3/16/18)

2018        Mar 17, The US government's road safety agency said air bags in some Hyundai and Kia cars failed to inflate in crashes and four people are dead.
    (AP, 3/17/18)
2018        Mar 17, In Florida Cirque du Soleil performer Yann Arnaud died after falling during a show in Tampa.
    (SFC, 3/19/18, p.A4)
2018        Mar 17, In Minnesota a man (53) was arrested for fatally stabbing two men at a Salvation Army apartment building in Rochester.
    (SFC, 3/20/18, p.A6)
2018        Mar 17, In New York a Fly Jamaica Airways crew member Hugh Hall was arrested at JFK airport and agents seized about 9 pounds of cocaine taped to his legs, with a street value of about $160,000.
    (AP, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 17, In Afghanistan a Taliban car bomb killed at least three people and wounded two in Kabul.
    (Reuters, 3/17/18)
2018        Mar 17, Albania police said they have arrested 39 people in a crackdown on crime rings illegally sending about 1,000 Albanians to Britain, the United States and Canada.
    (AP, 3/17/18)
2018        Mar 17, Angola saw its first authorized anti-government protest in decades with about 10 people demonstrating in the capital against an amnesty those who have stashed vast wealth abroad.
    (AFP, 3/17/18)
2018        Mar 17, In Australia Southeast Asian leaders (ASEAN) said they will sign an agreement on regional cooperation against violent extremism as the risk to the region grows due to militants fleeing Islamic State group losses in the Middle East.
    (AP, 3/17/18)
2018        Mar 17, China's Xi Jinping was reappointed as president with no limit on the number of terms he can serve. China's largely rubber-stamp parliament chose former top graft-buster Wang Qishan, a key ally of President Xi Jinping, as vice president.
    (AP, 3/17/18)(Reuters, 3/17/18)
2018        Mar 17, Greek coast guard officials said at least 16 people, including five children, drowned when the small boat they were on capsized off Agathonisi island.
    (Reuters, 3/17/18)(SSFC, 3/18/18, p.A4)
2018        Mar 17, It was reported that more than half of Bangalore's estimated 10 million inhabitants have to rely on borewells and tankers for their water because there isn't enough mains supply to go round. An ecologist with the Indian Institute of Science has predicted the Karnataka state capital could be the first Indian city to follow Cape Town in running out of water.
    (AFP, 3/17/18)
2018        Mar 17, In eastern India a speeding bus plunged into a dry river bed, killing at least 12 people and injuring 35 in Bihar state.
    (AP, 3/17/18)
2018        Mar 17, Indonesia's normally bustling Bali shut down social media, turned away flights and shuttered all shops for a Day of Silence that marks New Year on the predominantly Hindu island.
    (AP, 3/17/18)
2018        Mar 17, Maldivian authorities arrested more than 140 activists who defied a ban on rallies and demonstrated against a state of emergency imposed by Pres. Abdulla Yameen.
    (AFP, 3/17/18)
2018        Mar 17, The president of Mauritius, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, resigned from the ceremonial position, amid accusations of financial impropriety that triggered a dispute between her and the prime minister.
    (Reuters, 3/17/18)
2018        Mar 17, In Pakistan militants ambushed a polio vaccination team in a remote tribal region, killing two of the medical workers and seriously wounding another two. The gunmen also attacked tribal police and the paramilitary Frontier Corps when they responded to the attack.
    (AP, 3/18/18)
2018        Mar 17, Hamas closed the Gaza offices of a major telecommunications firm, accusing it of failing to cooperate in a probe into the apparent assassination attempt against the Palestinian premier.
    (AFP, 3/17/18)
2018        Mar 17, In the Philippines ten people died when a Piper-23 Apache plane crashed into a house north of Manila. The dead included five people in the plane and five people on the ground.
    (Reuters, 3/17/18)(SSFC, 3/18/18, p.A4)
2018        Mar 17, Russia expelled 23 British diplomats. Russia also suspended the British Council, a network of cultural and linguistic institutes, amid escalating tensions over the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England.
    (AFP, 3/17/18)
2018        Mar 17, South African supermarket chain Shoprite said it has withdrawn a third brand of sausages after the world's worst listeria outbreak which has claimed at least 183 lives since January last year.
    (AFP, 3/17/18)
2018        Mar 17, Tens of thousands of Spaniards rallied across the country to demand better pensions as unions accused the government of seeking to privatize retirement benefits.
    (AFP, 3/17/18)
2018        Mar 17, In Switzerland four people were killed after an avalanche hit the ski area of Vallon d'Arbi. Two bodies were soon recovered and rescue workers searched for two missing.
    (AFP, 3/17/18)(SFC, 3/19/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 17, Syria's regime retook two more towns in Eastern Ghouta. Regime air strikes on Eastern Ghouta killed at least 30 civilians. Thousands of civilians streamed out of their towns to escape battles in the north and south.
    (AP, 3/17/18)(Reuters, 3/17/18)(AFP, 3/17/18)
2018        Mar 17, In Turkey prominent journalist Sahin Alpay (74), accused of supporting Turkey's failed coup, was released from prison after a court ruling. The Anadolu news agency said he has been banned from leaving his house and the country.
    (AP, 3/17/18)
2018        Mar 17, Phan Van Khai (84), Vietnam's former prime minister (1997-2006) died in his home district of Cu Chi on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City. He was an architect of Vietnam's economic rise and in 2005 became the country's first prime minister to visit the United States after the end of the war.
    (AP, 3/17/18)
2018        Mar 17, Yemen's president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi assigned Ali Saleh al-Ahmar, the half brother of ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh, as commander of the country's reserve force.
    (AP, 3/17/18)
2018        Mar 17, The World Health Organization said a diphtheria outbreak in war-torn Yemen has spread rapidly nationwide and infected more than 1,300 people.
    (AP, 3/17/18)

2018        Mar 18, Former US President Barack Obama embarked on a weeklong tour of Singapore, New Zealand, Australia and Japan.
    (AP, 3/18/18)
2018        Mar 18, In Arizona an Uber car operating in autonomous mode struck Elaine Herzberg (49) in Tempe, who soon died of her injuries at a local hospital. This was believed to be the first pedestrian fatality involving a self-driving car. Uber soon suspended autonomous testing in Tempe, Pittsburgh, Toronto and San Francisco. Uber later announced plans to end all autonomous-car testing in California.
    (SFC, 3/20/18, p.A1)(SFC, 3/28/18, p.A1)(SFC, 3/30/18, p.C1)
2018        Mar 18, In California police in Sacramento shot and killed a black man who was seen breaking into at least three vehicles and a neighbor's home. Officers fired 20 shots at the man who was holding a cell phone in his hand.
    (SFC, 3/22/18, p.A6)
2018        Mar 18, In Massachusetts three people died in a fire in Springfield. As many as 80 people were displaced by the fire.
    (SFC, 3/19/18, p.A4)
2018        Mar 18, Abu Dhabi state energy company ADNOC said it had awarded French oil giant Total stakes in two offshore oil concessions. Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. said it has signed a deal worth $1.45 billion with French oil giant Total SA granting it stakes in offshore fields.
    (AFP, 3/18/18)(AP, 3/18/18)
2018        Mar 18, In Afghanistan an attacker dressed in a school uniform set off a grenade amid a group of hundreds of university students in Kabul, killing himself and wounding five students.
    (AP, 3/18/18)
2018        Mar 18, Australia's prime minister and Southeast Asian leaders meeting in Sydney called on North Korea to end its nuclear program and urged UN countries to fully implement sanctions against the country.
    (AP, 3/18/18)
2018        Mar 18, In northern Australia about 25,000 homes were without power in the city of Darwin after a tropical cyclone felled trees, canceled flights, closed schools and delayed shipping. Bush and grass fires sweeping across Australia's southeast destroyed homes, killed cattle and forced hundreds to flee as dry, hot winds fanned the flames.
    (Reuters, 3/18/18)
2018        Mar 18, In Australia a fire began in southern New south Wales and over the next 24 hours consumed 69 homes.
    (SFC, 3/20/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 18, A Bangladesh court sentenced seven militants to death after finding them guilty of killing a shrine worker in November, 2015. The convicted men were members of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh group.
    (Reuters, 3/18/18)
2018        Mar 18, In Bermuda Mark Dombroski (19), a US student at Philadelphia's St. Joseph Univ., went missing early today in Hamilton. His body was found the next day. An autopsy later concluded that Dombroski had died from an apparent fall with no signs of foul play.
    (SFC, 3/20/18, p.A2)(SFC, 3/23/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 18, A second day of icy weather led London's Heathrow Airport to cancel more than 100 flights and disrupted the homecoming celebrations of Ireland's all-conquering rugby team.
    (AFP, 3/18/18)
2018        Mar 18, China's ceremonial legislature appointed Premier Li Keqiang, the No. 2 leader of the ruling Communist Party, to a second five-year term. The largely rubber-stamp parliament appointed senior graft-buster Yang Xiaodu as head of the country’s controversial new anti-corruption body, though real power will remain as always with the ruling Communist Party.
    (AP, 3/18/18)(Reuters, 3/18/18)
2018        Mar 18, Croatia declared a state of emergency in its central Kosinj valley after the Lika river flooded, cutting off road access to about 500 people and leaving some villages without electricity.
    (Reuters, 3/18/18)
2018        Mar 18, Israeli forces knocked out a tunnel in the Gaza Strip dug by Hamas militants to mount cross-border attacks.
    (Reuters, 3/18/18)
2018        Mar 18, Israeli authorities Arab Israeli Abed Hakim Assi (b.1998), suspected of having stabbed to death Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal (29) near a settlement in the occupied West Bank on Feb 5, has been arrested.
    (AFP, 3/18/18)
2018        Mar 18, In Kashmir five members of an Indian family were killed and two injured by shelling from Pakistani troops in the Poonch region along the Line of Control, the de facto border between India and Pakistan.
    (Reuters, 3/18/18)(SFC, 3/19/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 18, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte called for other signatories of the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court (ICC) to join his country in withdrawing from the treaty.
    (Reuters, 3/18/18)
2018        Mar 18, In the Philippines a fire at a hotel at the Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino killed five people and injured nearly two dozen.
    (Reuters, 3/18/18)(SFC, 3/19/18, p.A2)(SFC, 3/20/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 18, Russians voted in a presidential election that was expected to give Vladimir Putin an easy victory, but his opponents alleged officials were compelling people to come to the polls so that a low turnout does not tarnish the win. President Vladimir Putin easily won another six-year term with about 76.69 percent of the vote with turnout at 67.7 percent.
    (Reuters, 3/18/18)(Reuters, 3/19/18)
2018        Mar 18, The Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics closed with a dazzling ceremony featuring light shows, dancing and music.
    (AFP, 3/18/18)
2018        Mar 18, Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena said he had lifted a nationwide state of emergency imposed on March 6 after Buddhist-Muslim clashes.
    (Reuters, 3/18/18)
2018        Mar 18, In Syria more than 20,000 people left Eastern Ghouta via the town of Hammouriyeh. The Center for Reconciliation in Syria, a body run by Russia's defense ministry said more than 68,000 people have left the Eastern Ghouta since humanitarian corridors were set up in the area. 13 people were killed late today in air strikes and artillery fire on the battered town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta.
    (Reuters, 3/18/18)(AFP, 3/19/18)
2018        Mar 18, Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies swept into the northwestern Syrian town of Afrin, raising their flags in the town center and declaring full control after an eight-week campaign to drive out Kurdish YPG forces. The Kurdish administration of the Afrin region indicated that Kurdish-dominated forces fighting Turkey-backed groups in the area will shift from direct confrontation to guerrilla tactics.
    (Reuters, 3/18/18)

2018        Mar 19, The US Supreme Court gave the green light to two class-action lawsuits filed by residents of Flint, Michigan who are pursing civil rights claims against local and state officials over lead contamination in the city's water supply.
    (Reuters, 3/19/18)
2018        Mar 19, Facebook Inc. came under intense scrutiny after The New York Times and The Guardian newspaper reported that former Trump campaign consultant Cambridge Analytica used data, including user likes, inappropriately obtained from roughly 50 million Facebook users to try to sway elections.
    (AP, 3/20/18)
2018        Mar 19, In eastern Afghanistan a bomb on a motorcycle exploded near a political rally, killing at least four people and wounding 10 others in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province.
    (AFP, 3/19/18)
2018        Mar 19, An Australian court ruled that food giant Heinz's misled consumers about the health value of Little Kids Shredz products for toddlers, adding that the US firm should have been aware the claims were deceptive. The Shredz products contained over 60 percent sugar, significantly higher than fruit and vegetables.
    (AFP, 3/19/18)
2018        Mar 19, Bolivian President Evo Morales arrived in The Hague to petition the World Court to force Chile to grant his land-locked country direct access to the Pacific Ocean, in a dispute between the Andean neighbors that dates back decades.
    (Reuters, 3/19/18)
2018        Mar 19, Britain and the EU reached a landmark deal on a transition phase that will see London follow the bloc's rules for nearly two years after the Brexit divorce.
    (AFP, 3/19/18)
2018        Mar 19, In northern England Cardinal Keith O'Brien (80), an outspoken critic of gay marriage, died in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The disgraced former head of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland had stepped down in 2013 after a sex scandal.
    (Reuters, 3/19/18)
2018        Mar 19, Canada said it will send helicopters and support troops to join a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali, but officials gave few details on timing or numbers.
    (Reuters, 3/19/18)
2018        Mar 19, China appointed Foreign Minister Wang Yi (64) as one of its five state councilors, giving him the country's top diplomatic post in a vote of confidence for his strong defense of China's interests amid a host of overseas challenges.
    (Reuters, 3/19/18)
2018        Mar 19, Egypt's Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met with Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir in Cairo. Bashir welcomed Sisi's bid for re-election in his first visit to Egypt since 2016. Both leaders agreed to strengthen ties and work together to bolster trade, military and energy cooperation.
    (Reuters, 3/19/18)
2018        Mar 19, The EU sanctioned four senior Syrian officials over the use of chemical weapons against civilians, amid reports President Bashar al-Assad's forces have deployed chlorine gas in the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta.
    (AFP, 3/19/18)
2018        Mar 19, A court in northern Greece convicted a Syrian refugee (33) of having been a fighter with the Islamic State group in Syria and sentenced him to eight years' imprisonment. The man entered Greece as a refugee from Turkey with his wife and two children in 2016.
    (AP, 3/19/18)
2018        Mar 19, Iraq sent money to pay salaries of state employees in the Kurdish region for the first time since 2014, although a dispute over how much it will send the Kurds in future remains unresolved.
    (Reuters, 3/19/18)
2018        Mar 19, Israel's domestic security agency said Romain Franck (23), a French employee of France's Consulate in Jerusalem, is under arrest for allegedly smuggling dozens of weapons from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank. Shin Bet said nine people, including Franck, have been arrested.
    (AP, 3/19/18)
2018        Mar 19, Israel's military parole board approved the release of Elor Azaria, who was convicted of manslaughter for fatally shooting a wounded Palestinian attacker. He is set to go free in May having completed two-thirds of his 14-month sentence.
    (AP, 3/19/18)
2018        Mar 19, Italian authorities impounded a migrant rescue boat operated by a Spanish non-governmental organization Proactiva Open Arms on suspicion it was aiding illegal immigration.
    (AFP, 3/19/18)
2018        Mar 19, In Kenya the world's last male northern white rhino died, leaving only two females of its subspecies alive in the world, although scientists still hope to save it from extinction by in vitro fertilization.
    (AP, 3/20/18)
2018        Mar 19, In Romania well-known journalist Andrei Gheorghe (56) was found dead in his home near Bucharest. Police said he likely died of a heart attack, but more tests were needed. Gheorghe was known for his acerbic and critical comments about current events, politicians and society in general.
    (AP, 3/20/18)
2018        Mar 19, In South Africa a judge ordered the Gauteng provincial government to pay $15 million in damages to families of at least 144 psychiatric patients who he said died of negligence after being moved to unregistered facilities in early 2016.
    (Reuters, 3/19/18)
2018        Mar 19, In Syria seven more people were killed today in air strikes and artillery fire on the battered town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta. Regime troops have captured more than 80 percent of the enclave and split the remaining rebel territory into three pockets.
    (AFP, 3/19/18)
2018        Mar 19, In northern Syria at least nine people were killed in airstrikes targeting a camp for displaced people outside the town of Maarat al-Nouman in the Idlib region. Militants seized the Qadam neighborhood of Damascus late today, a week after Syrian rebels had surrendered the neighborhood to the government. 36 pro-government fighters were killed in clashes, and dozens more wounded or captured.
    (AP, 3/20/18)
2018        Mar 19, In Tunisia a militant blew himself up as government security forces surrounded him and another fighter in a house in Ben Guerdan near the Libyan border.
    (Reuters, 3/19/18)
2018        Mar 19, The Tunisian government said an unidentified armed group in southwestern Cameroon has kidnapped two Tunisians working on a road construction project for a Tunisian company.
    (Reuters, 3/19/18)
2018        Mar 19, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to expand Turkey's Syria campaign to other Kurdish-held areas up to the Iraqi border, a day after ousting Kurdish militia from their former enclave of Afrin.
    (AFP, 3/19/18)
2018        Mar 19, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa named hundreds of mines, Chinese businesses and individuals who had illegally transferred foreign currency abroad during Robert Mugabe's rule and warned they would be prosecuted.
    (AFP, 3/19/18)

2018        Mar 20, Pres. Trump welcomed the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, and promised to help push through a long-stalled arms deal for the desert kingdom.
    (AP, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 20, The United States said it would provide $2.5 million for food and medicine to help Venezuelans fleeing their economically crippled country to neighboring Colombia.
    (Reuters, 3/20/18)
2018        Mar 20, Former Playboy model Karen McDougal sued American Media, the owner of the National Enquirer, to be released from a 2016 legal agreement requiring her silence over a 2006 affair with Donald Trump.
    (SFC, 3/21/18, p.A12)
2018        Mar 20, San Francisco-based Salesforce, a market leader in customer relationship software, said it has agreed to buy Mulesoft Inc. for about $6.5 billion.
    (SFC, 3/21/18, p.C1)
2018        Mar 20, In Maryland student Austin Wyatt Rollins (17) shot Jaelynn Willey (16) with a handgun at Great Mills High School. Rollins was fatally wounded. On March 22 Willey was reported to be brain dead and was removed from life support systems.
    (SFC, 3/21/18, p.A5)(SFC, 3/23/18, p.A5)
2018        Mar 19, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed banning abortion after 15 week's gestation effectively immediately. A federal judge the next day granted a Jackson clinic's request for a temporary restraining order blocking the law.
    (SFC, 3/21/18, p.A5)
2018        Mar 20, In NYC Peter Peterson, a former secretary of commerce (1972-1973) and co-founder of the Blackstone Group, died in Manhattan. In 2008 he donated $1 billion to create the Peter G. Person Foundation, which quickly became a major voice on all budget-related matters.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Peter_G._Peterson_Foundation)(SFC, 3/21/18, p.D2)
2018        Mar 20, A jury in Ohio found Erick Jamal Hendricks (37) of North Carolina guilty of trying to recruit people to conduct terrorist attacks in the name of the Islamic state group.
    (SFC, 3/21/18, p.A5)
2018        Mar 20, In Texas a package exploded early today at a FedEx distribution facility in the town of Schertz, in the San Antonio area, following a series of other blasts in Austin in recent weeks that police had attributed to a serial bomber.
    (AFP, 3/20/18)
2018        Mar 20, The US Department of Interior auctioned off more than 51,000 acres (21,000 hectares) in southeastern Utah for oil and gas development, over objections from conservationists.
    (Reuters, 3/20/18)
2018        Mar 20, McDonald's Corp announced an approved, science based target to cut greenhouse gas emissions and battle climate change, saying it is the first restaurant company to do so.
    (Reuters, 3/20/18)
2018        Mar 20, A legal attempt by anti-Brexit campaigners to establish that Britain could unilaterally reverse Brexit was given a boost by Scotland's top court, which said it wants to examine the case in greater depth.
    (Reuters, 3/20/18)
2018        Mar 20, Ringo Starr received his long-awaited knighthood from Prince William. He used his real name Richard Starkey for the big event.
    (AP, 3/20/18)
2018        Mar 20, Chinese President Xi Jinping told self-ruled Taiwan that it would face the "punishment of history" for any attempt at separatism. The government of Taiwan said it hoped China could "break free" of the old clichés of threats and force.
    (Reuters, 3/20/18)
2018        Mar 20, In Colombia an attack by guerrilla faction once linked to the FARC left three soldiers dead in Esmeraldas province.
    (SFC, 3/22/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 20, In Congo DRC Abbas Kayonga, the former anti-corruption chief fighting fraud in lucrative eastern mines, was jailed for life by a military court on charges of rebellion and murder.
    (AFP, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 20, The European Union said that the right of citizens from poorer member states to work in richer ones on a low salary would be limited to 18 months under a reform of the bloc's labor laws sought by France.
    (Reuters, 3/20/18)
2018        Mar 20, The European Union said international donors have raised 456 million euros ($560 million) to build a desalination plant in the Gaza Strip to provide around 2 million people with safe drinking water.
    (AP, 3/20/18)
2018        Mar 20, French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy (63) was detained for questioning over allegations the late Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi financed his 2007 election campaign, including with suitcases stuffed with cash.
    (AFP, 3/20/18)
2018        Mar 20, India and China agreed to consult each other on regional and international issues, the Indian side said after a phone call between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian PM Narendra Modi.
    (Reuters, 3/20/18)
2018        Mar 20, Iraqi and Indian authorities said they have confirmed that a mass grave outside the village of Badush contained the bodies of 38 Indian construction workers abducted when Islamic State militants overran the northern city of Mosul in 2014.
    (AP, 3/20/18)
2018        Mar 20, In Iraq nine troops from the federal police were kidnapped by militants disguised in government-sanctioned paramilitary forces uniforms. On March 24 the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for abducting and killing 10 policemen between the northern Kirkuk and Salaheddin provinces.
    (AP, 3/25/18)
2018        Mar 20, Direct international flights resumed from Sulaimaniyah airport in Iraqi Kurdistan, a week after Baghdad lifted an almost six-month-long blockade on the region's foreign air links.
    (AFP, 3/20/18)
2018        Mar 20, In Moldova two people were killed in a shop in Chisinau when a grenade brandished by a man seeking to avoid paying for cigarettes exploded.
    (Reuters, 3/20/18)
2018        Mar 20, Pressure built up on Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to resign after several allies were caught in secretly-shot videos allegedly trying to gain the support of a lawmaker, so he would block the leader's impeachment.
    (AP, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 20, In the Philippines a passenger bus careened off a winding dirt road and hurtled down a ravine south of Manila late today, killing 19 people.
    (AP, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 20, Slovenia's parliament formally acknowledged the resignation of Miro Cerar, marking the end of his government's mandate. The government will remain as a caretaker Cabinet until a new one is elected.
    (AP, 3/20/18)
2018        Mar 20, In Syria a barrage of rebel rocket fire on a popular shopping district of Damascus late today killed at least 44 civilians.
    (AFP, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 20, A Thai court handed a life sentence to Laotian drug kingpin Xaysana Keopimpha, who was notorious for a high-flying lifestyle and alleged social connections to celebrities and other VIPs.
    (AP, 3/20/18)
2018        Mar 20, Turkish authorities detained more than 100 suspected Kurdish militants on suspicion of planning illegal demonstrations or plotting attacks for the Newroz spring festival.
    (Reuters, 3/20/18)
2018        Mar 20, Turkey's state-run news agency reported that American pastor Andrew Brunson has been charged in Turkey with engaging in espionage and having links to terror groups, crimes that carry a potential sentence of up to 35 years in prison.
    (AP, 3/20/18)
2018        Mar 20, The UN's anti-corruption commission in Guatemala said the government has removed 11 police investigators working with a panel to uncover graft.
    (SFC, 3/21/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 20, The UN called on Turkey to end its 20-month-old state of emergency and accused Ankara of mass arrests, arbitrary sackings and other abuses.
    (Reuters, 3/20/18)
2018        Mar 20, Wildlife authorities in Zimbabwe shot dead a large crocodile that strayed into the northern town of Hwange and blocked entry to a hospital.
    (AFP, 3/22/18)

2018        Mar 21, The US announced sanctions on 15 South Sudanese oil operators. They will require companies and government bodies to apply for special licenses to do business in the United States, an action designed to increase pressure on President Salva Kiir to end the conflict and humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.
    (Reuters, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 21, The US Federal Reserve raise interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point and signaled that it is on track to raise rates twice more this year.
    (SFC, 3/22/18, p.C2)
2018        Mar 21, The Association for Computing Machinery announced that John Hennessey, a former president of Stanford and the new chairman of Alphabet, and UC Berkeley Prof. David Patterson are the recipients of the A.M. Turing Award for their work in advancing microprocessor design. The two men had authored "Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach" (1990).
    (SFC, 3/21/18, p.C5)
2018        Mar 21, In the SF Bay Area Hafiz Kazi (51) of Sausalito was pronounced dead after driving through the main gate of Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield. His  minivan was stocked with propane tanks and gas canisters. Kazi had had emigrated from India in 1993 and lived a legal permanent resident in the Bay Area.
    (SFC, 3/26/18, p.C1)
2018        Mar 21, San Francisco police shot and killed Jehad Eid (21) of Suisun City at the Amazon Barber Shop on Geneva Ave. Eid fired nine rounds from a 40-calibre gun. Police fired 26 rounds hitting Eid 18 times.
    (SFC, 3/30/18, p.A10)
2018        Mar 21, Hawaii's state Ethics Commission said Democratic state Rep. Joseph Souki will resign by next week to resolve sexual harassment allegations.
    (SFC, 3/22/18, p.A6)
2018        Mar 21, In Texas a white man suspected of carrying out a series of deadly parcel bombings in Austin blew himself up early today as police closed in. He was identified as Mark Anthony Conditt (23), a college dropout.
    (AFP, 3/21/18)(SFC, 3/22/18, p.A6)
2018        Mar 21, The state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. said it has signed a deal with China's state-run national petroleum company worth $1.18 billion for stakes in two oil and natural gas concessions in the United Arab Emirates' capital of Abu Dhabi.
    (AP, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 21, In Afghanistan an Islamic State group suicide bomber struck on the road to a Shiite shrine in Kabul, killing at least 31 people as Afghans celebrated Nowruz, the Persian new year.
    (AP, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 21, The prime minister of hurricane-ravaged Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, led his ruling party to a landslide victory in snap elections, claiming 15 out of 17 legislative seats.
    (AFP, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 21, In Australia a helicopter carrying American tourists crashed at a coral-viewing site on the Great Barrier Reef, killing two passengers from Hawaii and injuring two others from Colorado.
    (AP, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 21, In northern Burkina Faso a former municipal councilor was abducted late today in Lassa village, bordering Mali.
    (AFP, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 21, An Egyptian court sentenced in absentia nine alleged Muslim Brotherhood members to life imprisonment for forming a "terrorist cell" to plot attacks on security forces and other institutions. The Cairo Criminal Court also sentenced another 13 defendants to 10 years each on similar charges. These suspects were in custody and their sentences can be appealed.
    (AP, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 21, The EU unveiled proposals for a digital tax that targets US tech giants, heaping more problems on Facebook after revelations over misused data of 50 million users shocked the world.
    (AFP, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 21, The European Union approved Bayer's $57 billion buyout of Monsanto in a massive agriculture business deal, but said they will have to shed over $7.4 billion in firms and other remedies to ensure fair competition in the market.
    (AP, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 21, France announced a series of measures against sexual violence, including on-the-spot fines for sexual harassment on the street and extended deadlines for filing rape complaints.
    (Reuters, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 21, German authorities confirmed outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu type at a farm off the German North Sea coast. The virus was found on a farm of with 57 chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese on the island of Hallig Suederoog. All the birds on the farm have been culled.
    (Reuters, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 21, Greece's highest court rejected government-proposed reforms as unconstitutional. The Greek Orthodox church, whose constitutionally recognized role as Greece's prevailing religion, opposed plans it fears could dilute its influence.
    (AP, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 21, Greek authorities arrested a British citizen (38) and seized 11 kg of heroin hidden in his luggage at Athens International Airport.
    (Reuters, 3/23/18)
2018        Mar 21, Israel for the first time admitted that it bombed a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor on Sept. 6, 2007, and said the strike should be a warning to Iran that it would not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons.
    (Reuters, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 21, In Israel Ahed Tamimi (17) was sentenced to eight months in prison for slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers outside her West Bank home last year. She was also fined the equivalent of about $1,400.
    (SFC, 3/22/18, p.A5)
2018        Mar 21, In Kashmir five Indian soldiers and five suspected militants were killed in a gun battle near the de facto border between India and Pakistan.
    (Reuters, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 21, In Kazakhstan two Americans and a Russian cosmonaut blasted off from the Baikonur launch pad on their way to the Int'l. Space Station.
    (SFC, 3/22/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 21, Kosovo's opposition used tear gas to disrupt a parliamentary vote on a border demarcation deal with Montenegro. The opposition used tear gas again when the session resumed.
    (AP, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 21, In Malaysia a sand dredger capsized off the southern coast. Two Chinese sailors were rescued more than 50 hours after the vessel overturned. Three more bodies were also discovered, leaving nine others still missing.
    (AP, 3/24/18)
2018        Mar 21, In Mexico journalist Leobardo Vazquez was found shot dead in Gutierrez Zamora, Veracruz state. He was the third journalist slain  in Mexico this year.
    (SFC, 3/23/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 21, An announcement posted on the Facebook page of the Myanmar President Office said Htin Kyaw (71) would step down because he wished to take a rest.
    (AP, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 21, The Netherlands held municipal elections. Thierry Baudet (35) and his Forum for Democracy won two seats in the March 2017 parliamentary election and was expected to make major gains. Baudet has been called sexist and racist for various remarks, including saying last year that women "generally excel less in many occupations and lack ambition" and that Dutch "people are being homeopathically diluted by mixing them with all the peoples of the world". The Christian Democrats emerged with the most votes — around 13.5 percent — slightly ahead of PM Mark Rutte's center-right Party of Freedom and Democracy. The right-wing populist party of anti-Islam firebrand Geert Wilders gained footholds for the first time in dozens of municipalities.
    (Reuters, 3/21/18)(AP, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 21, In New Zealand former President Barack Obama arrived in Wellington for a three-day visit, where he'll speak with community leaders, meet the prime minister and play golf.
    (AP, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 21, Nigeria's government said 101 of the 110 schoolgirls abducted a month ago by Boko Haram are confirmed freed, and it indicates that the release is not over.
    (AP, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 21, In Pakistan Rao Anwar, senior superintendent of police in the port city of Karachi, surrendered to the Supreme Court after two months on the run. He was suspended on January 20 after four men, including aspiring model Naqibullah Mehsud, were killed in a shoot-out with police.
    (Reuters, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 21, Peru's Pres. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, flanked by his cabinet, announced his decision to resign in a nationally televised address, accusing opponents led by the daughter of former strongman Alberto Fujimori of plotting his overthrow for months and making it impossible to govern.
    (AP, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 21, Philippine police killed 13 drug suspects and arrested more than 100 suspected dealers and criminals in one day of raids in Bulacan province. The violence raised the death toll in President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug crackdown to 4,239 since it was launched in July 2016, with more than 131,500 others arrested.
    (AP, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 21, In Russia a gas poisoning linked to a toxic landfill outside Moscow left dozens hospitalized in Volokolamsk.
    (SFC, 3/22/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 21, In Rwanda Moussa Faki Mahamat, the head of the African Union, said forty-four African countries have signed an agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA). The agreement will still have to be ratified at a national level, and is only due to come into force in 180 days.
    (AFP, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 21, Spanish workers in the largest logistics center in Spain, owned by global e-commerce giant Amazon, began a 2-day strike over wages and overtime benefits.
    (AP, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 21, In northwestern Syria an air raid on a rebel-held area killed 21 people including 16 children fleeing an earlier strike on a school in the village of Kafr Batikh, Idlib province. 15 of the dead were from one family.
    (Reuters, 3/21/18)(SFC, 3/22/18, p.A4)
2018        Mar 21, In Syria opposition sources said fighters from Ahrar al-Sham, which holds Harasta in eastern Ghouta, agreed to lay down arms in return for safe passage to opposition-held territory in the northwest and a government pardon for people who wished to stay.
    (Reuters, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 21, In northeastern Thailand a chartered tour bus lost control on a downhill curve and slid off the side of the road, killing at least 18 people and injuring dozens more.
    (AP, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 21, Turkish lawmakers passed a new law giving the communications watchdog the power to block internet broadcasts, raising fears of a new curb on freedom of expression.
    (AFP, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 21, The United Nations human rights office said armed groups execute and torture civilians in Libya in almost complete impunity seven years after the revolution that toppled Muammar Gaddafi.
    (Reuters, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 21, The UN's International Labour Organization (ILO) launched a commission of inquiry into complaints that Venezuela is violating standards including freedom of association and workers' rights to organize.
    (Reuters, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 21, Pope Francis' communications chief resigned after a scandal over a doctored letter, a public relations fiasco for the Vatican two months after the pope had warned of the dangers of fake news.
    (Reuters, 3/21/18)
2018        Mar 21, Zimbabwe's new Pres. Emmerson Mnangagwa announced that he is commuting death sentences for some prisoners and releasing thousands of people from prison, including most women and everyone under age 18, to ease overcrowded prisons.
    (SFC, 3/22/18, p.A2)

2018        Mar 22, The Trump administration imposed sanctions on Joe Asperman, a French chemical weapons expert, accused of making and using such munitions for the Islamic State group in Syria.
    (AP, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 22, US Pres. Donald Trump authorized initial exemptions for the EU, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, South Korea, Canada and Mexico from looming steel and aluminum tariffs.
    (AP, 3/23/18)
2018        Mar 22, US Pres. Donald Trump decided to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion worth of Chinese imports amid rising concerns of a trade war.
    (AP, 3/23/18)
2018        Mar 22, Donald Trump appointed US Foreign policy hard-liner John Bolton as US national security adviser replacing Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.
    (AP, 3/23/18)(SFC, 3/23/18, p.A6)
2018        Mar 22, An updated US embassy roster for Cuba listed only ten diplomats.
    (SSFC, 4/8/18, p.A6)
2018        Mar 22, H. Wayne Huizinga (80), founder of Waste Management, died at his home in Florida. He had also founded the Blockbuster Video chain and AutoNation and at one time owned the NFL's Miami Dolphins, the Florida Marlins baseball team and NHL Florida Panthers.
    (SFC, 3/24/18, p.C3)
2018        Mar 22, Cambodia's ambassador to the UN's office in Geneva rejected a statement to the UN Human Rights Council endorsed by 45 nations that urges improvements in the Southeast Asia nation's rights situation ahead of a general election this July.
    (AP, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 22, In western Cameroon a government official was killed, and a district administrator wounded in an ambush blamed on anglophone separatists.
    (AFP, 3/23/18)
2018        Mar 22, In the Czech Rep. an explosion killed six people at Unipetrol's plant in Kralupy nad Vltavou during cleaning of the storage tank.
    (Reuters, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 22, EU member states agreed at a summit in Brussels to take further punitive steps against Russia in the coming days for the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, as Moscow accused the bloc of joining a London-driven hate campaign against it.
    (Reuters, 3/23/18)
2018        Mar 22, Europol, the European Union's law enforcement agency, said police have smashed a Nigerian organized crime ring in one of the largest European operations against human trafficking. It says 89 people have been arrested in Britain and Spain and 39 victims rescued. The gang had trafficked victims to Europe through Libya and Italy, forcing women into prostitution to pay for their journey.
    (AP, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 22, In France tens of thousands of nurses, teachers and other public sector workers joined forces to march against President Emmanuel Macron's reforms, causing widespread travel disruption and bringing brief clashes with police in some cities.
    (Reuters, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 22, A German court sentenced Afghan migrant Hussein K. to life in prison for raping and murdering a university student in Freiburg in 2016.
    (Reuters, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 22, India's health minister said $1.54 billion has been allocated for an ambitious health program aimed at providing insurance cover for about half the population, labeling it the largest such scheme in the world.
    (Reuters, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 22, Ivory Coast riot police arrested protestors and fired teargas to prevent an opposition demonstration from going ahead. The opposition coalition Together for Democracy and Sovereignty (EDS) called the march to protest against the electoral commission which it accuses of political bias.
    (AFP, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 22, The World Bank said it will provide Ivory Coast $1 billion for development, in particular to help it get more value out of its agricultural exports.
    (AFP, 3/23/18)
2018        Mar 22, In Kashmir officials said government forces have ended a two-day operation against rebels fighting against Indian rule in which 10 combatants died.
    (AP, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 22, A Kenyan appeals court ruled unlawful the use of forced anal exams to test whether men had gay sex.
    (SFC, 3/23/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 22, Maldives Pres. Yameen Abdul Gayoom lifted a 45-day state of emergency he declared during an unprecedented court-triggered challenge to his political control in the archipelago nation.
    (AP, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 22, A new study from the Netherlands-based Ocean Cleanup Foundation said that the mass of floating plastic between San Francisco and Hawaii contains 1.8 trillion pieces of trash and covers an area nearly four times the size of California. This was sixteen time more than previous thought.
    (SFC, 3/23/18, p.A1)(SSFC, 4/1/18, p.C14)
2018        Mar 22, Hamas security forces in Gaza shot dead Anas Abu Khoussa, the main suspect behind an attempt to assassinate Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah last week. Two members of the Hamas security forces and one accomplice of the suspect also died in the shootout.
    (Reuters, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 22, Qatar said it had placed 28 people and entities on a terrorism list, including several Qatari nationals already blacklisted by rival Arab states who accuse Doha of supporting militants.
    (Reuters, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 22, Top Russian media outlets launched a rare boycott of parliament after it dismissed claims from several journalists that a senior lawmaker had sexually harassed them. Several reporters for Western and Russian independent media have accused Leonid Slutsky, head of the State Duma's foreign affairs committee, of making lewd sexual comments and groping.
    (AFP, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 22, Slovak President Andrej Kiska appointed a new cabinet and said it must work to win back the public's trust, which was shattered by the murder of an investigative journalist that led to mass protests and the resignation of veteran leader Robert Fico.
    (Reuters, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 22, Somali officials said at least 14 people were killed when an explosion followed by gunfire went off near the Weheliye hotel in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 22, A South Korean court approved an arrest warrant for ex-President Lee Myung-bak over a range of corruption allegations, making him the latest in a series of leaders embroiled in scandals and other problems after leaving office.
    (AP, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 22, In Syria rebels fired rockets from eastern Ghouta into Damascus, killing 6 people. Government air strikes pummeled parts of eastern Ghouta, striking Arbin and Zamalka and killing 19 people. Buses drove into the town of Harasta and 600 to 700 fighters were expected to be among about 2,000 people leaving in them in the coming hours for opposition areas in the northwest.
    (AP, 3/22/18)(Reuters, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 22, In northern Syria three Turkish soldiers were killed in an explosion in the town of Afrin during a mission to clear it of explosives believed to have been left behind by retreating Syrian Kurdish fighters.
    (AP, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 22, Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper reported that singer and actress Zuhal Olcay has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for insulting President Tayyip Erdogan during a performance in 2016.
    (Reuters, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 22, Turkish jets attacked suspected Kurdish rebel camps across the border in northern Iraq, in an operation that reportedly "neutralized" nine militants.
    (AP, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 22, The Ukrainian parliament stripped celebrated former military pilot and presidential hopeful Nadiya Savchenko of her immunity as a lawmaker, sanctioning her arrest on charges of plotting an attack on parliament with grenades and automatic weapons. Savchenko said she was aware of being wiretapped, and that she talked about the attacks as a "surrealist political provocation" to mock the government.
    (AP, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 22, The UN Security Council in a unanimous statement said at least 13.1 million Congolese are in need of humanitarian aid, including 7.7 million who are severely food insecure.
    (AFP, 3/24/18)

2018        Mar 23, US President Donald Trump rolled back his blanket ban on transgender people serving in the military. Trump instead sought to shift responsibility to two of his cabinet secretaries. Trump's memorandum said the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, recommended people diagnosed with gender dysphoria be barred from military service.
    (AFP, 3/24/18)
2018        Mar 23, The United States launched a challenge at the World Trade Organization against China over intellectual property breaches. The WTO said it's making a "detailed analysis" of President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion worth of Chinese imports amid rising concerns of a trade war.
    (AFP, 3/23/18)(AP, 3/23/18)
2018        Mar 23, The US Justice Department announced charges against 9 Iranians  and the Mabna Institute, a company US prosecutors characterized as designed to help Iranian research organizations steal information. The DOJ said Iran's government-sponsored hacking scheme had pilfered sensitive information from hundreds of universities, private companies and government agencies.
    (AP, 3/23/18)(Reuters, 3/24/18)
2018        Mar 23, The US Senate early today gave final approval to a $1.3 trillion spending bill in a 65-32 vote. The House had approved the measure, 256-167, a day earlier. Pres. Trump signed the bill later in the day. The Taylor Force Act, named after an American killed in Israel by a Palestinian in 2016, was folded into the spending bill. It suspends some financial aid to the Palestinians over the stipends paid to families of Palestinians killed or jailed in fighting with Israel.
    (SFC, 3/23/18, p.A5)(AP, 3/25/18)
2018        Mar 23, The US military launched vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) F-35Bs from the deck of the USS Wasp amphibious carrier in the waters around Okinawa in its first show of stealth aircraft force at sea.
    (Reuters, 3/23/18)
2018        Mar 23, San Francisco-based Dropbox went public in an IPO with shares closing at $28.48, up 36%.
    (SFC, 3/24/18, p.D2)
2018        Mar 23, Minnesota police found the body of David Reiss (54) at his home in Bloomberg Prairie. He was reportedly killed by his wife, Lois Reiss (56). On April 5 a video showed Reiss talking to Pamela Hutchinson (59) at a bar in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. On April 9 Hutchinson was found dead. Police believed Riess killed Hutchinson to steal her identity, because the two women looked alike. On April 19 Texas police arrested Reiss on South Padre Island.
    (SFC, 4/17/18, p.A5)(SFC, 4/21/18, p.A7)
2018        Mar 23, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said hundreds of people with active state driver's licenses are collecting from a pension fund set up for blind residents.
    (SFC, 3/24/18, p.A6)
2018        Mar 23, In Pennsylvania Jonathan Foster (35) and his wife Grace (34), members of the Faith Tabernacle Congregation, were convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2016 death of their daughter (2). Prosecutors said they declined to seek medical care for the child on religious grounds.
    (SSFC, 3/25/18, p.A10)
2018        Mar 23, In Texas the Iraqi parents of a girl (16) were arrested and charged with attacking her for refusing to wed an older man. The girl had run away from home to avoid the arranged marriage, for which the parents were to receive $20,000.
    (SSFC, 3/25/18, p.A10)
2018        Mar 23, In Afghanistan 14 people were killed and 45 others wounded in a car bombing outside a sports stadium in Helmand province.
    (AP, 3/23/18)(SFC, 3/24/18, p.A3)
2018        Mar 23, In western Australia more than 150 whales were found stranded in Hamelin Bay, and only 15 of them were still alive. The mammals are believed to be short-finned pilot whales. Volunteers managed to rescue only five of 150 short-finned pilot whales.
    (AP, 3/23/18)(AP, 3/24/18)
2018        Mar 23, Heavy snow and flooding wreaked havoc across large parts of the Balkans, forcing road closures, flooding homes and stopping ferries on Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and Romania.
    (AP, 3/23/18)   
2018        Mar 23, British PM Theresa May welcomed the approval by European Union leaders of a transition period to help business adapt after Brexit, telling the bloc to ride the "new dynamic" in upcoming trade talks.
    (Reuters, 3/23/18)
2018        Mar 23, China announced a $3 billion list of US goods for possible retaliation in a tariff dispute with President Donald Trump and girded for a bigger battle over technology policy as financial markets sank on fears of global disruption.
    (AP, 3/23/18)
2018        Mar 23, Self-made Chinese businesswoman Wu Ying, originally handed the death penalty for cheating investors out of millions, had her sentence reduced again to a 25-year jail term. Wu Ying was convicted in 2007 of cheating investors out of 380 million yuan ($60 million) from May 2005 to January 2007 in lending scams.
    (Reuters, 3/24/18)
2018        Mar 23, Meeting in Colombia the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) reported that mankind's voracious consumption of biodiversity has unleashed the first mass species die-off since the demise of the dinosaurs. Scientists issued four regional reports on how well animal and plants are doing in the Americas; Europe and Central Asia; Africa; and the Asia-Pacific area, concluding that Earth is losing plants, animals and clean water at a dramatic rate.
    (AFP, 3/23/18)(AP, 3/23/18)
2018        Mar 23, In southern France Redouane Lakdim (26) opened fire on police officers and took hostages in a supermarket before being shot dead by police in Trebes. Two people were killed during a hostage-taking. Lakdim was known for petty crimes and possession of drugs. Lt-Col. Arnaud Beltrame (45) was fatally shot after offering himself as a hostage to help end the Islamist attack. He died the next day becoming the fourth victim of the shooting spree and supermarket siege.
    (AP, 3/23/18)(Reuters, 3/23/18)(AFP, 3/24/18)
2018        Mar 23, In France Mireille Knoll (85) was killed in her apartment, which was then set on fire. Knoll was stabbed 11 times. Two men were soon jailed in the case and faced preliminary charges of robbery, damaging property, and murder with anti-Semitic motives.
    (AP, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 23, Gabon authorities in Libreville arrested three Turkish nationals, who were directors of schools linked to Gulen. They were soon returned to Turkey in an operation led by the Turkish intelligence agency.
    (AP, 4/10/18)
2018        Mar 23, In Germany the decapitated body of Gerd Michael Straten (59), a homeless former picture framer, was discovered at main cemetery on Koblenz, where he regularly spent the night. Police later offered a 10,000 euro ($12,400) reward for information about the killing.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 23, Ghana's parliament ratified a deal late today granting "unimpeded" access to the United States to deploy troops and military equipment in the West African nation in a vote boycotted by the opposition.
    (Reuters, 3/23/18)
2018        Mar 23, India set a March 31 deadline for London-based political consultancy Cambridge Analytica to respond to a query on whether it was engaged to improperly harvest Facebook data on Indian citizens.
    (Reuters, 3/24/18)
2018        Mar 23, The Kurdish PKK rebel group said it is withdrawing from the town of Sinjar in northern Iraq, a move that follows threats of attack from Turkey.
    (AP, 3/23/18)
2018        Mar 23, Mali's PM Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga and eight ministers arrived in Kidal, the first senior government delegation in three years to visit the city, which has been under the control of Tuareg rebels since 2012.
    (Reuters, 3/23/18)
2018        Mar 23, In Mexico four members of an Iowa family were found dead at the Tao condominium complex in Tulum, Quintana Roo state. Mexican authorities the next day said autopsies indicate an Iowa couple and their two children had been dead for between 36 and 48 hours from inhaling toxic gas at a rented condo, but there was no sign of foul play or suicide. Iowa officials identified the family as Kevin Sharp (41); his wife, Amy Sharp (38), and their children Sterling (12) and Adrianna (7).
    (AP, 3/25/18)
2018        Mar 23, Police in Mexico found the bullet-ridden bodies of 15 men crammed in a pickup truck on a roadside in Aquila, Michoacan state. One of the men was identified as a member of the Knights Templar cartel. Armed vigilantes in the area had risen against the cartel in 2013.
    (SSFC, 3/25/18, p.A4)
2018        Mar 23, Mexico's largest Coca-Cola bottler said that it is indefinitely suspending operations in the southern city of Ciudad Altamirano due to violence.
    (SFC, 3/24/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 23, In Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party used its majority in the lower house to elect Win Myint as the new vice president, joining the two existing vice presidents selected two years ago by the upper house and the military, respectively. One of the vice presidents gets to serve as president.
    (AP, 3/23/18)
2018        Mar 23, Martin Vizcarra (55) was sworn in as Peru's new president. Vizcarra promised to fight corruption "at any cost," after his predecessor was toppled by a sprawling graft scandal and constant clashes with the opposition-run Congress.
    (AFP, 3/24/18)
2018        Mar 23, In Poland crowds gathered in Warsaw for a women's protest against plans backed by the conservative government to further tighten Poland's strict anti-abortion law.
    (AP, 3/23/18)
2018        Mar 23, South Korea arrested and jailed former Pres. Lee Myung-bak (76) over a range of corruption allegations.
    (SFC, 3/23/18, p.A3)
2018        Mar 23, Spain's Supreme Court ruled that twenty-five Catalan leaders will be tried for rebellion, embezzlement or disobeying the state. A Supreme Court judge charged 13 Catalan separatist politicians with rebellion for their attempt to make Catalonia independent of Spain.
    (Reuters, 3/23/18)(SFC, 3/24/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 23, Syrian rebels agreed to surrender a second besieged enclave in eastern Ghouta, as their comrades in another insurgent pocket in the area continued their withdrawal after a month-long assault by the army. Bombs still fell on the most populous rebel-held area in eastern Ghouta. State media reported that rebels in Douma will release 3,500 people they are holding in return for allowing 3,000 "humanitarian cases" to be evacuated from the area. Thousands of fighters and their families departed Harasta by bus after a deal with the government to surrender the town.
    (Reuters, 3/23/18)    (AP, 3/23/18)(Reuters, 3/24/18)
2018        Mar 23, Turkish authorities began rounding up 155 suspected followers of the cleric Fethullah Gulen. The roundup included warrants for 55 employees in 13 provinces of Isik Publications, a publishing company that printed Gulen's books. Warrants were also issued for 38 former police officers in six provinces who were accused of being members of Gulen's purported network. Police also targeted 62 executives of five labor unions in a third operation spread across seven provinces.
    (Reuters, 3/23/18)
2018        Mar 23, Turkey opened its airspace to flights from northern Iraq's Erbil. Flights from Sulaimaniya were not included in the plan.
    (Reuters, 3/23/18)
2018        Mar 23, Ukrainian lawmaker Nadiya Savchenko began a hunger strike to protest her detention on charges of planning a coup against the government, less than two years after being welcomed home as a national hero.
    (Reuters, 3/23/18)
2018        Mar 23, It was reported that Vietnam has halted an oil drilling project in the "Red Emperor" block off its southeastern coast licensed to Spanish energy firm Repsol following pressure from China.
    (Reuters, 3/23/18)
2018        Mar 23, In Vietnam at least 13 people were killed and 28 injured in a fire at a large condominium complex in Ho Chi Minh City.
    (AP, 3/23/18)

2018        Mar 24, The US military launched an airstrike in southwestern Libya, killing two militants. One was later identified as Musa Abu Dawud, a high-ranking official in al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
    (AP, 3/25/18)(SFC, 3/29/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 24, Hundreds of thousands of people in cities across the United States attended "March for Our Lives" rallies, calling on lawmakers to enact legislation to help stop school shootings and reduce gun violence.
    (AP, 3/24/18)
2018        Mar 24, It was reported that a poll conducted by the Associate Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that nearly 7 in 10 adults now favor stricter gun control measures.
    (SFC, 3/24/18, p.A8)
2018        Mar 24, A Louisiana jury convicted Travis Boys (35) of fist-degree murder for the 2015 death of New Orleans police Officer Daryle Holloway. Boys faced a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
    (SSFC, 3/25/18, p.A10)
2018        Mar 24, In countries around the world, at 8:30 p.m., people switched off their lights for Earth Hour, a global call for international unity on the importance of addressing climate change.
    (AP, 3/25/18)
2018        Mar 24, Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei, a prominent Bahraini rights campaigner exiled in Britain, said a Bahraini court had sentenced his wife to two months in jail in absentia this week and that his mother-in-law had begun a hunger strike in jail.
    (Reuters, 3/24/18)
2018        Mar 24, Beijing declared its third major smog alert of 2018, and the second this month, just a day after being named the top performer among 28 Chinese cities that took special measures to rein in pollution.
    (Reuters, 3/25/18)
2018        Mar 24, In Croatia several thousand people marched Zagreb in protest against a European treaty designed to protect women. They argue that under the guise of protecting women the so-called Istanbul Convention promotes what they call a "gender ideology" which would undermine the traditional family.
    (AFP, 3/24/18)
2018        Mar 24, In Egypt a bomb placed under a car exploded in Alexandria, killing two people including a policeman, two days before presidential elections. The bombing targeted Alexandria's security chief, police Major General Mostafa al-Nemr.
    (Reuters, 3/24/18)
2018        Mar 24, Greek authorities found the bodies of two men believed to be migrants in an abandoned building outside the town of Alexandroupolis. They appeared to have been killed in a fight.
    (AP, 3/26/18)
2018        Mar 24, Business technology news website ZDNet reported that India's biometric ID program, Aadhaar, has been hit by another major security lapse, allowing access to private information.
    (Reuters, 3/24/18)
2018        Mar 24, Powerful Indian politician Lalu Prasad Yadav was sentenced to 14 years in prison for embezzling 37 million rupees ($570,000) from Bihar state government's treasury while he was the state's top elected official (1990-1997).
    (AP, 3/24/18)
2018        Mar 24, Ivory Coast held its first senatorial elections. Provisional results the next day showed that members of the ruling coalition will dominate the new senate, tightening President Alassane Ouattara's grip on power.
    (Reuters, 3/25/18)
2018        Mar 24, Italian lawmakers elected the speakers of both chambers of parliament following an inconclusive March 4 election. Forza Italia Sen. Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, a longtime Berlusconi ally, became the first woman to be elected Senate president. The 5-Stars' Roberto Fico was elected president of the lower Chamber of Deputies.
    (AP, 3/24/18)
2018        Mar 24, Kosovo's state telecom company said it has stopped using Serbia's country code for landline phone calls, and instead will use its own new code.
    (Reuters, 3/24/18)
2018        Mar 24, Malaysian authorities said police have arrested seven men with links to the Islamic State militant group who were planning attacks on non-Muslim places of worship and other targets in multiple operations between Feb. 27 and Mar. 15.
    (Reuters, 3/24/18)
2018        Mar 24, Pakistani police say Aniqa Khatoon was depressed when she allegedly strangled her three children in the eastern city of Lahore. Khatoon inflicted several cuts on her forearms with a sharp blade before informing her father and police of the kids' deaths on the outskirts of Lahore.
    (AP, 3/24/18)
2018        Mar 24, In Russia the Urals city of Yekaterinburg blew up its most famous landmark -- a rusty, half-finished Soviet-era television tower. The tower's construction started in 1983 but it was never completed due to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
    (Reuters, 3/24/18)
2018        Mar 24, Sierra Leone's High Court ordered the electoral commission to halt preparations for a March 27 presidential run-off following a legal filing by a lawyer linked to the ruling party.
    (AFP, 3/24/18)
2018        Mar 24, The Syrian army paused its bombardment of Douma, the last rebel bastion near Damascus, after midnight, as insurgents prepared to leave the rest of their former enclave of eastern Ghouta.
    (Reuters, 3/24/18)
2018        Mar 24, In Tanzania a truck and a minibus collided killing at least 26 people in Mkuranga. The dead included 12 women and 7 children.
    (SFC, 3/26/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 24, In Venezuela Jose Antonio Abreu (78), a musician, politician and economist who created a network of more than 1,500 orchestras and choirs for young people in Venezuela, died. His internationally-acclaimed "El Sistema" ("The System") has grown to include more than 900,000 children, taught by 10,000 teachers throughout Venezuela.
    (AFP, 3/25/18)

2018        Mar 25, Linda Brown (75), a key figure in the 1954 school segregation case (Brown vs Bosrd of Education of Topeka), died in Topeka, Kansas. Her father, Oliver Brown (d.1961), had tried to enroll her into an all-white school and became the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that struck down racial segregation in public schools.
    (SFC, 3/28/18, p.D2)
2018        Mar 25, Remington, a company that began making flintlock rifles when there were only 19 United States, filed for bankruptcy protection in Delaware.
    (AP, 3/26/18)(SFC, 3/27/18, p.D2)
2018        Mar 25, In West Virginia two firefighters were killed then their fire truck hit a rock wall while responding to another deadly accident that left three people dead.
    (SFC, 3/26/18, p.A5)
2018        Mar 25, In western Afghanistan a suicide attack near a Shi'ite mosque in the city of Herat killed at least one person and wounded eight others.
    (Reuters, 3/25/18)
2018        Mar 25, Testing of Albania's first ever toll road began and sparked complaints and anger from drivers and from neighboring Kosovo over the cost of using the 110-km (70-mile) highway linking Milot, near the Adriatic coast, to the Morine border.
    (AP, 3/26/18)
2018        Mar 25, In Belarus scores of protesters were arrested in Minsk as supporters of the country's repressed opposition tried to hold a march. President Alexander Lukashenko allowed March 25 to be publicly celebrated this year for the first time in his 24-year rule.
    (AP, 3/25/18)(AFP, 3/25/18)
2018        Mar 25, The maiden flight of a new non-stop regular passenger service between Australia and Britain touched down at London's Heathrow Airport. The new link with Perth, a 14,498-km (9,009-mile) journey, is around three hours quicker than routes that involve stopovers in the Middle East to change planes or refuel.
    (AP, 3/25/18)
2018        Mar 25, Cameroon held senate elections, as tensions continued to soar in the French-majority country's anglophone regions where separatist rebels have been fighting government forces for several months. Some 10,000 municipal councilors voted for 70 members of the upper house for a duration of five years.
    (AP, 3/25/18)
2018        Mar 25, China's new central bank governor, Yi Gang, outlined sweeping plans to rein in rising debt and financial risk, but expressed confidence that Beijing can prevent potential dangers.
    (AP, 3/25/18)
2018        Mar 25, A Dubai court sentenced British journalist Francis Matthew (61) to 10 years in jail followed by deportation for bludgeoning to death his wife with a hammer last summer.
    (Reuters, 3/25/18)
2018        Mar 25, Egyptian authorities said police killed six militants believed to be involved in a weekend bombing in the coastal city of Alexandria that killed two policemen.
    (AP, 3/26/18)
2018        Mar 25, The EU said it was "extremely concerned" about DR Congo after the country announced it would decline a $1.7 billion international aid package. The United Nations has declared the humanitarian crisis in the DR Congo to be a Level 3, the UN's highest-level emergency.
    (AFP, 3/25/18)
2018        Mar 25, Carles Puigdemont, the fugitive ex-leader of Catalonia and ardent separatist, was arrested by German police on an international warrant as he tried to enter the country from Denmark. Puigdemont faces charges in Spain including rebellion that could put him in prison for up to 30 years.
    (AP, 3/25/18)
2018        Mar 25, Israeli jets pounded Hamas positions in Gaza overnight after Palestinians staged a cross-border raid into southern Israel. The planes hit a base of Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, causing damage but no injuries.
    (AFP, 3/25/18)
2018        Mar 25, In Mexico gunfire from a helicopter supporting marines against cartel gunmen killed a female passerby and her two children during a confused series of pre-dawn gun battles in the northern border city of Nuevo Laredo. One marine was also killed and 12 were wounded. Four gunmen also died.
    (AP, 4/7/18)
2018        Mar 25, In southern Mexico a "caravan" of more than 1,200 Central American migrants, organized by the immigrant advocacy group Pueblo Sin Fronteras, began at Tapachula and headed to the US border. Its members were disproportionately from Honduras.
    (Reuters, 4/3/18)
2018        Mar 25, In Moldova the former president of Romania Traian Basescu joined more than 10,000 people in Chisinau to rally in support of reunification between Romania and Moldova. The issue highlighted a divide in Moldova between pro-Western and Moscow-backed political factions ahead of elections in November.
    (Reuters, 3/25/18)
2018        Mar 25, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, his ratings in a slump amid a suspected cronyism scandal and cover-up, apologized again for causing anxiety and loss of confidence in his government.
    (Reuters, 3/25/18)
2018        Mar 25, In central Mali six people were found dead in a mass grave. Villagers later said they had been arrested by the military three days earlier.
    (Reuters, 4/3/18)
2018        Mar 25, In Niger four leading opposition and rights figure were among 23 people arrested after a protest against new taxes degenerated into clashes between demonstrators and police.
    (AFP, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 25, In Russia at least 64 people died in a fire that broke out in a multi-story shopping center in the Siberian city of Kemerovo. Dozens of children were feared to be among the dead.
    (AP, 3/25/18)(Reuters, 3/26/18)
2018        Mar 25, In Somalia a car bomb exploded near parliament headquarters in Mogadishu, killing at least four people along with the driver. A few hours earlier, another car bomb outside the capital killed one person plus the driver.
    (AP, 3/25/18)
2018        Mar 25, Nearly 2,000 Syrian rebels and civilians began leaving a ravaged pocket of Eastern Ghouta, in fresh evacuations that further emptied the former rebel bastion.
    (AFP, 3/25/18)
2018        Mar 25, Turkmenistan held parliamentary elections that included candidates from three parties and some independents, but no real opposition to President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov (60). Serdar Berdymukhamedov (36), the son of the authoritarian president, scored a huge victory in the tightly controlled parliamentary elections. Turkmenistan has no tradition of competitive elections or political opposition.
    (AP, 3/25/18)(AFP, 3/30/18)

2018        Mar 26, The US said it is expelling 60 Russians, including 12 intelligence officers from Russia's mission to UN headquarters in New York and closing the Russian consulate in Seattle. Moscow said it will expel at least 60 staff from US diplomatic missions in Russia.
    (Reuters, 3/26/18)
2018        Mar 26, The Federal Trade Commission confirmed that it is investigating Facebook's privacy practices following a week of privacy scandals including whether the company engaged in "unfair acts" that cause "substantial injury" to consumers.
    (AP, 3/26/18)
2018        Mar 26, In northern California an SUV drove off an embankment on Highway 1 in Mendocino killing five members of a Washington state family. Three children remained missing in the tragedy.
    (SFC, 3/29/18, p.D6)
2018        Mar 26, Pennsylvania environmental regulators issued another notice of violation to Energy Transfer Partners LP's Sunoco Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipeline for releasing drilling fluids into a wetland.
    (Reuters, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 26, In Angola the prosecutor general's office said the son of ex-president, Jose Filomeno dos Santos, has been charged with fraud relating to a $500 million transaction out of an account belonging to the central bank. Prosecutors also charged the head of the Angolan armed forces, Geraldo Sachipengo Nunda, with involvement in a scheme to negotiate a fraudulent international credit line of $50 billion.
    (Reuters, 3/26/18)
2018        Mar 26, British PM Theresa May said 18 countries have announced they are expelling more than 100 Russian intelligence officers in response to the nerve-agent poisoning of a former spy.
    (AP, 3/26/18)
2018        Mar 26, In Burundi Aloys Baricako, president of the opposition ground RANAC (National Gathering for Change) was apprehended this evening in the central town of Gitega where he had traveled to attend a funeral.
    (AP, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 26, Canada said it is expelling four Russians alleged to have worked as spies or interfered in Canadian affairs under diplomatic cover and denied three applications for Russian diplomatic staff.
    (Reuters, 3/26/18)
2018        Mar 26, In Canada Alexandre Bissonnette (26) pleaded guilty in the slaying of six men at a Quebec city mosque on January 29, 2017.
    (SFC, 3/29/18, p.A4)
2018        Mar 26, AsiaNews reported that Chinese Bishop Vincent Guo Xijin and his chancellor were taken away, at the start of Holy Week. AsiaNews noted that Guo had disappeared for several weeks last year around Easter as well.
    (AP, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 26, Democratic Republic of Congo said it would refuse international financing for a long-delayed presidential election and fund the poll itself, saying donors' conditions amounted to "foreign interference".
    (Reuters, 3/26/18)
2018        Mar 26, In Ecuador three journalists working for El Comercio were kidnapped and transported to Colombia by a holdout faction of the FARC. On April 13 Pres. Lenin Moreno confirmed that the three journalists had been killed. On June 21 their bodies were found in a restless border region of Colombia.
    (SFC, 3/28/18, p.A2)(SFC, 4/14/18, p.A2)(AP, 6/23/18)
2018        Mar 26, Egyptians began voting in an election that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is virtually guaranteed to win.
    (AP, 3/26/18)
2018        Mar 26, Several EU countries and Ukraine said they are expelling Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of a former Russian double agent with military-grade nerve agent in the English town of Salisbury.
    (Reuters, 3/26/18)
2018        Mar 26, Clashes in India between supporters of PM Narendra Modi's party and those of an opposition party snowballed into Hindu-Muslim rioting, with three people killed and dozens injured over two days of violence.
    (Reuters, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 26, In India reporter Sandeep Sharma was killed in Madhya Pradesh state's Bhind district. He had been investigating illegal sand mining in the region for a television station.
    (AP, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 26, An Indonesian court sentenced Putu Astawa, a Balinese man, to 15 years in prison for robbing and murdering an elderly Japanese couple last year on Bali.
    (AP, 3/26/18)
2018        Mar 26, The Iranian rial fell to a record low, breaking through the 50,000-to-the-dollar mark for the first time, as analysts blamed uncertainty from Washington.
    (AFP, 3/26/18)
2018        Mar 26, In Kenya opposition figure Miguna Miguna was detained when he returned on a flight from Canada, a month after being deported in a dispute over his dual citizenship. Plainclothes officers tried to hustle him onto an outbound plane, but that failed when he protested. A High Court order the next day called for the his immediate release and a court appearance.
    (Reuters, 3/27/18)(AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 26, Kosovo sent special police units to its volatile northern region to enforce a decision to stop two senior Serbian officials coming in, as relations between the two countries worsen. Senior Serb official Marko Djuric was briefly detained as officers fired tear gas and stun grenades at Serb protesters.
    (Reuters, 3/26/18)(SFC, 3/27/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 26, A special train from North Korea to Beijing and unusually heavy security at a guesthouse where prominent North Koreans have stayed seemed to point to the possibility that Kim Jong Un was making his first visit to China as the North's leader.
    (AP, 3/27/18)   
2018        Mar 26, Pakistani police arrested 12 people, including members of a village council, elders and relatives, for ordering a man to rape a girl in revenge for the rape of his sister.
    (AP, 3/26/18)
2018        Mar 26, It was reported that Sergei Mavrodi (62), an operator of Ponzi schemes and sometime politician, has died in a Moscow hospital. He was a TV personality and was elected a member of parliament in 1994, which gave him immunity from prosecution. He later served a four-year prison term for fraud, but was only ordered to pay back a fraction of the sums invested in his schemes.
    (AP, 3/26/18)
2018        Mar 26, Sierra Leone's High Court canceled an injunction to delay the second round of presidential elections, saying the vote could go ahead as planned.
    (Reuters, 3/26/18)
2018        Mar 26, A Slovak prosecutor said the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee last month, which sparked mass protests and forced PM Robert Fico to resign, was likely to have been a contract killing.
    (Reuters, 3/26/18)
2018        Mar 26, South Korea said it has agreed to further open its auto market to the United States as the two countries prepare to amend their six-year-old trade agreement following complaints by President Donald Trump.
    (AP, 3/26/18)
2018        Mar 26, Spanish authorities said police have captured a cybercrime gang made up of Ukrainians and Russians that allegedly stole more than $1.24 billion from financial institutions worldwide in a 5-year spree. Almost all of Russia's banks were said to have been targeted and about 50 of them had lost money.
    (SFC, 3/27/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 26, In Syria more than 2,500 rebels and civilians prepared to leave Eastern Ghouta after the largest exodus yet from the opposition enclave, as talks stalled over the final pocket of resistance.
    (AFP, 3/26/18)
2018        Mar 26, Syria and its ally Russia threatened to resume bombing the final opposition holdout of Douma in Eastern Ghouta unless rebels there agree to evacuate.
    (AFP, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 26, In Ukraine a Washington-backed body set up to vet judges as part of the battle against corruption quit its role, saying the process to screen a judge fit for office was a sham.
    (Reuters, 3/26/18)
2018        Mar 26, The United Arab Emirates said that one of four nuclear reactors at its debut plant has been completed as it moves closer to becoming the first Arab nation to produce atomic power. Visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed toured the $20-billion Barakah plant constructed by a consortium led by the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO).
    (AFP, 3/26/18)
2018        Mar 26, The Houthi movement that controls northern Yemen vowed to fire more missiles into Saudi Arabia unless it stops bombing the country, after missiles crashed into Riyadh overnight causing casualties in the Saudi capital for the first time. Debris fell on a home in the capital, killing an Egyptian resident and wounding two other Egyptians. Riyadh said it had intercepted seven missiles fired from rebel territory.
    (Reuters, 3/26/18)(AFP, 3/26/18)

2018        Mar 27, It was reported that the 2020 US Census will include a question about citizenship status, a move that brought swift condemnation from Democrats, who said it would intimidate immigrants and discourage them from participating.
    (AP, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 27, In Pennsylvania Taiwanese exchange student An Tso Sun (18) was arrested for threatening to shoot up the Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School, which he attended in Upper Darby.
    (AP, 3/30/18)
2018        Mar 27, Texas executed Rosendo Rodriguez III (29) for the slaying of a Lubbock woman, whose body was stuffed into a new piece of luggage and tossed in the trash. he had also confessed to killing a girl (16) and similarly disposing her body.
    (SFC, 3/28/18, p.A5)
2018        Mar 27, Waymo, formerly known as Google's self-driving car project, announced a partnership with Jaguar Land Rover to build self-driving Jaguar luxury SUVs for the company's autonomous Silicon Valley taxi fleet.
    (SFC, 3/28/18, p.C1)
2018        Mar 27, Algerian doctors expanded a pay strike and teachers resumed one, putting pressure on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his prime minister at a time when resources are limited.
    (Reuters, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 27, Australia and Ireland joined more than 20 other nations in expelling Russian diplomats in response to the nerve agent attack on a former Russian military intelligence officer and his daughter in Britain.
    (AP, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 27, In Belgium hundreds of taxis brought traffic to a standstill in Brussels to protest proposed government reforms said to favor ride-hailing competitors like Uber.
    (AFP, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 27, In Brazil some 3,400 soldiers and 500 police entered the Lins Complex in Rio de Janeiro in a show of force following recent violence.
    (SFC, 3/28/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 27, Bulgaria, which holds the rotating EU presidency, said it has recalled its ambassador from Russia to discuss the nerve agent attack in Britain which London blames on Moscow.
    (Reuters, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 27, Bulgarian prosecutors said they have launched an investigation into the owner of a herd of around 100 horses after they were found starving to death or already dead on snow-bound Mount Osogovo.
    (Reuters, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 27, In China Mindong Bishop Vincenzo Guo Xijin was released after spending a night in detention.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 27, Congo DRC authorities said they are investigating exiled opposition leader Moise Katumbi, who has vowed to stand in December's presidential elections.
    (AFP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 27, In Congo DRC rebels from a Ugandan Islamist group called the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) killed at least 11 civilians during a raid on the city of Beni late today. The next day FIFA opened an investigation less than three months before Russia hosts the World Cup.
    (Reuters, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 27, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades hailed as "unprecedented" the EU's condemnation of Turkey for blocking his government's search for offshore oil and gas.
    (AFP, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 27, In Egypt turnout appeared low citizens voted on the second day of an election that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is virtually certain to win. All serious rivals had been either arrested or intimidated into dropping out.
    (AP, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 27, Ethiopia's ruling coalition named a new chairman late today. A vote to install Abiy Ahmed (42), a leader from the Oromo ethnic group, as prime minster was expected in the coming days in parliament.
    (AP, 3/28/18)(AFP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 27, Europe's bailout fund approved a 6.7 billion euro ($8.32 billion) loan installment to Greece as part of its third international rescue program, with payment of the first 5.7 billion euros expected this week.
    (AP, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 27, France's top appeals court upheld a 30,000-euro fine against former far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen for dismissing the Nazi gas chambers as a "detail" of history.
    (AFP, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 27, Kidnappers in waters off Ghana hijacked a fishing boat and steered it toward the waters of Nigeria before using a speed boat to move three South Koreans working on the boat elsewhere.
    (AP, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 27, An Indonesian court ordered Australian Baker Joshua James to undergo rehabilitation after finding him guilty of possessing a small amount of drugs on the tourist island of Bali.
    (AP, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 27, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi said government armed forces will prevent Kurdish militants based in northern Iraq from staging cross-border attacks against Turkey.
    (AP, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 27, Police in southern Italy detained Mohy Eldin Mostafa Omer Abdel Rahman (59), an Egyptian imam, who ran a cultural center where he allegedly preached extremist and violent interpretations of Islam to children.
    (AP, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 27, In Kenya columnists from the country's top media group resigned en masse a day after police punched and kicked journalists covering the attempted deportation of an opposition politician at Nairobi airport.
    (Reuters, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 27, Kosovo Serbs set up a roadblock in northern Kosovo and their representatives walked out of Kosovo's government a day after the arrest and expulsion of a senior Serbian government official that has refueled tensions between the Balkan foes.
    (AP, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 27, Moldova's foreign ministry ordered three Russian diplomats to leave the former Soviet republic within seven days.
    (AP, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 27, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO has expelled seven diplomats from Russia's mission to the alliance and blocked the appointment of three others over the nerve agent attack in Britain this month.
    (Reuters, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 27, It was reported that Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former head of NATO and a current deputy chairman of Latvian bank Norvik, has asked the prime minister of Latvia to create an international task force to guide the country in cleaning up its banking sector, which has been rocked by accusations of money laundering and bribery.
    (AP, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 27, In the Netherlands an appeals court ruled that Dutch police were liable for the April 9, 2011, mall shooting in which six people were killed as the gunman should never have been granted an gun license.
    (AFP, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 27, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's secretive talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing was confirmed after his return home.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 27, In Pakistan gunmen opened fire on a rickshaw carrying a transgender woman who went by the name Pinky and her male companion. Both later died of their gunshot wounds.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 27, In Russia thousands of angry residents rallied in Kemerovo to demand a full probe following a fire in a shopping mall that killed at least 64 people, many of them children. Russian President Vladimir Putin flew to the city to look at the investigation into the blaze and declared March 28 a day of national mourning.
    (AP, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 27, In Russia monkey chants could be heard from the crowd in St. Petersburg when black French players touched the ball in a friendly against Russia. The abuse was also audible on a TV broadcast after Paul Pogba scored France's second goal in a 3-1 win.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 27, In Spain demonstrators angered by the detention of former leader Carles Puigdemont blocked highways across Catalonia and roads in central Barcelona, as the separatist politician remained in a German jail pending a decision on Spain's extradition request.
    (AP, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 27, In Syria thousands of people departed eastern Ghouta for rebel territory near the Turkish border, the third group to leave under a deal brokered by Russia to surrender the enclave near Damascus to the government.
    (Reuters, 3/27/18)
2018        Mar 27, Tanzania charged six opposition leaders with sedition and incitement to violence, a move branded by critics of the government as an effort to silence dissent.
    (Reuters, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 27, The UN Security Council unanimously backed a resolution that tasks the peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo with helping to prepare elections and avoid deadly violence.
    (AFP, 3/27/18)

2018        Mar 28, Pres. Donald Trump fired David Shulkin, the embattled head of the Department of Veteran Affairs. Chief White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson was named as the next VA secretary. Shulkin later said he was undone by advocates of privatization within the administration.
    (SFC, 3/29/18, p.A7)(SFC, 3/30/18, p.A8)
2018        Mar 28, US Immigration and customs Enforcement officials said they found 34 immigrants at a home in Phoenix and took them into custody for deportation.
    (SFC, 3/29/18, p.A6)
2018        Mar 28, FBI agents arrested Antoin Austin of Euclid, Ohio, after purchasing fentanyl on a hidden website that featured his ads. He was accused of acting as a sort-of middleman between Chinese suppliers of synthetic opioids and users in the US.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yaf8r8uy)(SFC, 4/4/18, p.A6)
2018        Mar 28, Facebook unveiled new privacy settings aiming to give its users more control over how their data is shared, following an outcry over hijacking of personal information at the giant social network.
    (AFP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 28, In Afghanistan at least two people including a district police chief were gunned down when militants opened fire on a crowd gathered at a funeral in eastern Nangarhar province.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 28, In Albania some 150 truck drivers from Kosovo held a peaceful protest against Albania's first planned toll road.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 28, A Bulgarian state commission said renowned psychoanalyst and philosopher Julia Kristeva (76), who has lived in France since 1965, worked as an agent and collaborator with the Balkan country's secret service during the communist era. Foreign Policy magazine has ranked Kristev as one of the 100 greatest thinkers of the 20th century.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 28, Croatia said it will purchase upgraded Israeli F-16 fighter aircraft as it seeks to bolster its defenses amid Russia's arming of neighboring Serbia. They will replace the country's aging MiG-21 fighters, of which only six are believed to be operational.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 28, The government of Ecuador said it has suspended outside communications for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at its London Embassy due to his failure to honor a 2017 written agreement not to send messages involving "interference in relation to other states".
    (SFC, 3/29/18, p.A4)
2018        Mar 28, Egyptian authorities warned people to vote or risk paying a fine, as they looked to boost turnout in a lackluster 3-day election that is virtually guaranteed to hand President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi a second four-year term.
    (AP, 3/28/18)    
2018        Mar 28, German police searched the homes of 10 people suspected of providing support to the far-right extremist "Freital Group" in the states of Saxony, Lower Saxony and Bavaria.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 28, German Automakers Daimler and BMW said they agreed to merge their transportation services businesses, so they can expand offerings in ride-hailing apps, car-sharing, parking, and charging electric cars.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 28, In Ghana some 3,500 people protested in Accra against the expansion of its defense cooperation with the United States, in a rare public display of opposition to the growing foreign military presence in West Africa.
    (Reuters, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 28, The Athens-based Racist Violence Recording Network (RVRN) said attacks by organized groups against migrants, refugees and activists have been creeping up in Greece, and called for zero tolerance towards racist violence.
    (Reuters, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 28, Israeli chief of staff Lieutenant General Gadi Eisenkot warned the army has been given authorization to open fire ahead of mass protests on the Gaza border planned for March 30.
    (AFP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 28, Israel announced it was launching a domestic digital health database that could make it a global medical powerhouse. The move aims to improve public health worldwide, but critics warn it risks compromising personal privacy.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 28, In Japan SoftBank Group Corp. Chief Executive Masayoshi Son announced a $200 billion solar power project in Saudi Arabia, which he described as "the world's biggest solar power generation".
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 28, Malaysia's Parliament approved redrawn electoral boundaries despite protests that the ruling coalition was cheating to ensure victory in the upcoming general election. Embattled PM Najib Razak introduced the new electoral maps, which were approved with 129 lawmakers voting for them and 80 against.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 28, Montenegro decided to expel a Russian diplomat over the poisoning of a former Russian double agent that the British government has blamed on Moscow.
    (Reuters, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 28, Myanmar's parliament elected Win Myint as the country's new president. The longtime loyalist of Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to carry on his predecessor's practice of deferring to her as her nation's de facto leader.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 28, In the southern Philippines Abu Sayyaf leader Nurhassan Jamiri surrendered with 13 of his men Basilan province.
    (SFC, 3/30/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 28, In Romania Bucharest Mayor Gabriela Firea adopted a project that will provide 13,800 lei ($3,700) for women who seek in-vitro fertilization in a bid to increase falling birthrates. Up to 1,000 women will be able to benefit from the aid, to be paid in three installments.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 28, In Russia the head of a human rights office in Dagestan was attacked near his home. Memorial, one of Russia's biggest human rights groups, said the assault was linked to his work.
    (Reuters, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 28, Saudi Arabia's King Salman approved a recommendation made by his son and heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to grant students abroad on government scholarships and those studying at their own expense a $2000 financial boost.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 28, In Scotland former Catalan minister Clara Ponsati, facing extradition to Spain on charges of rebellion, turned herself in to authorities in Edinburgh. Ponsati was granted bail after appearing for an extradition hearing at a Scottish court.
    (AP, 3/28/18)(Reuters, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 28, Singapore invited Human Rights Watch to give evidence at a parliamentary hearing on "fake news" as a dispute grew between the New York-based group and the city state.
    (Reuters, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 28, Slovakia's foreign minister said the government has decided to recall its ambassador to Moscow for consultations over the nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 28, In Spain Catalonia's parliament said it supported detained ex-Catalan president Carles Puigdemont's right to again lead the region while he awaits a German court ruling on extraditing him to Spain for directing a banned independence campaign.
    (Reuters, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 28, Thailand authorities ordered the temporary closing of the beach made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie "The Beach" to halt environmental damage caused by too many tourists. Maya Bay, on Phi Phi Leh island in the Andaman Sea, will be closed to all visitors for four months annually starting this June to allow for the recovery of the island's battered coral reefs and sea life.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 28, In Venezuela a fast-moving fire swept through a station where prisoners were being kept in crowded cells, killing 68 people in one of the worst catastrophes involving the nation's prison system.
    (AP, 3/28/18)

2018        Mar 29, A Los Angeles jury found Mark Eldon Wilson, the owner of a Canadian telemarketing operation, guilty of mail and wire fraud for orchestrating a scheme that prosecutors said defrauded at least 60,000 people out of more that $18 million.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y7me73bn)(SSFC, 4/1/18, p.A8)
2018        Mar 29, In southern California Bani Duarte (27) rear-ended a vehicle with four people in Huntington Beach early today. One passenger escaped before the car burst into flames killing three teenagers. Duarte was arrested for vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
    (SFC, 3/31/18, p.A6)
2018        Mar 29, In Kentucky James Decoursey fatally shot off-duty Hopkinsville police Officer Philip Meacham (38).Decoursey fled the area, but was found and killed the next day by law enforcemewnt officials in Clarksville, Tenn.
    (SFC, 3/31/18, p.A6)
2018        Mar 29, American novelist Anita Shreve (b.1946) died in New Hampshire. her 19 novels included "The Pilot's Wife" (1998) and "the Weight of Water" (1997), which became a 2000 film directed by Kathryn Bigelow.
    (SSFC, 4/1/18, p.C3)
2018        Mar 29, It was reported that Volkswagen AG has paid more than $7.4 billion to buy back about 350,000 US diesel vehicles through mid-February. The German automaker has been storing hundreds of thousands of vehicles around the US for months.
    (Reuters, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 29,  Walmart Inc launched a program to help its Chinese suppliers cut emissions of climate-warming greenhouse gas by 50 million tons by the end of the next decade.
    (Reuters, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 29, In Azerbaijan at least three people working for the HALO Trust landmine clearing charity were killed and two more wounded when an anti-tank mine hit their vehicle in the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region.
    (Reuters, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 29, In Brazil federal police arrested several people in connection with an investigation into whether Pres. Michel Temer accepted bribes for favors to companies operating the country's largest port in Santos. They included Antonio Celso Grecco, head of Rodrimar, the company at the center of the inquiry.
    (SFC, 3/30/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 29, British-Lebanese human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, wife of Hollywood A-lister George, announced she will represent two Reuters journalists detained in Myanmar in a case that has incensed global opinion.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 29, In China government agents arrived in Saiqi and for the second time during Holy Week took Bishop Guo Xijin away for what they described as a "vacation," a euphemistic term in China for an enforced disappearance.
    (AP, 3/30/18)
2018        Mar 29, In Egypt pro-government media reported that the initial results of the presidential election showed a landslide win for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who faced no serious challenge, and a turnout hovering around 40 percent.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 29, German police seized 16 kilos (35.3 pounds) of cocaine with a street value of 678,000 euros ($833,000) during a check on a highway near the Dutch border. They found the drugs hidden in an Italian-registered Volvo being driven along the A61 highway near Moenchengladbach by a 28-year-old Albanian man.
    (AP, 4/4/18)
2018        Mar 29, A Kenyan judge fined the country's interior minister, police chief and permanent secretary for immigration $2,000 each for contempt of court over the deportation of an opposition politician, Miguna Miguna.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 29, Kenyan opposition politician Miguna Miguna alleged he was drugged and deported to Dubai early today after his attempt to enter Kenya led to him being detained in an airport toilet for more than a day.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 29, In Lebanon the world's largest passenger jet, an Airbus A380, landed at Beirut's international airport, bringing with it hope for a revival of Lebanon's vital tourism sector.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 29, In eastern Libya six people were killed when a suicide car bomber struck a checkpoint. The local affiliate of the Islamic State group soon claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 3/30/18)
2018        Mar 29, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai said she was excited to be back in Pakistan for the first time since she was shot in 2012 by Taliban militants. In a brief speech at a ceremony at PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's office she said that that she will continue to campaign for the education of girls and asked Pakistanis to be united on issues like providing better health care and education.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 29, Syrian state TV said the government has given a final, three-day ultimatum to the largest rebel group in the enclave of eastern Ghouta to leave Douma, the last remaining rebel-held town in the area. The 72-hour deadline began last night.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 29, In northern Syria Sergeant Matt Tonroe (33) became the first British soldier killed in combat fighting the IS group. He was embedded with US forces when they were caught by an improvised explosive device in Manbij. Master Sgt. Jonathan J. Dunbar of Austin, Texas, died the next day as a result of injuries.
    (Reuters, 3/30/18)(AFP, 4/1/18)
2018        Mar 29, Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu said that six Turkish nationals arrested in Kosovo over links to schools financed by the Fethullah Gulen movement that Ankara blames for a failed 2016 coup have been extradited to Turkey.
    (Reuters, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 29, Turkish newspaper Haberturk said the body of Alessandro Fiori (33) of Milan has been found washed ashore in Istanbul's Sarayburnu district, two weeks after he went missing. It appeared Fiori had received a blow to the head but that it was not clear if he had been struck or had suffered a fall.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 29, In eastern Turkey a road accident on a highway linking Igdir province with neighboring Kars province killed 17 people, mostly migrants, who had crossed into the country illegally.
    (AP, 3/30/18)

2018        Mar 30, California Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned five ex-convicts facing deportation, including two whose families fled the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia four decades ago. They were among 56 pardoned by Gov. Brown.
    (AP, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 30, In Kentucky hundreds of teachers called in sick to protest last minute changes to their pension system. The state's pension system is at least $41 billion short of the money it needs to pay retirement benefits over the next 30 years.
    (SFC, 3/31/18, p.A6)
2018        Mar 30, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed provincial council member Shahwali Hemat in northeast Kunar province. A second person was also killed in the explosion and another one was wounded. A daylong gun battle in neighboring Badakhshan province left four civilians dead and another eight wounded.
    (AP, 3/30/18)
2018        Mar 30, Bulgaria's PM Boyko Borissov said his country, the current chair of the European Union presidency, will not expel Russian diplomats in response to a nerve agent attack in England that the British government has blamed on Moscow.
    (Reuters, 3/30/18)
2018        Mar 30, A Chinese court sentenced Gao Chengyong (54), dubbed the country's "Jack the Ripper," to death for the rape and murder of 11 women and girls over the course of 14 years (1988-2002).
    (Reuters, 3/30/18)
2018        Mar 30, The Czech Republic said it has extradited Russian citizen Yevgeniy Nikulin (29) to the US where he is accused of hacking social networks including LinkedIn.
    (Reuters, 3/30/18)
2018        Mar 30, Egyptian state media reported that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has won a second term with 96.9 percent of valid votes, raising a previous tally from the preliminary count. An estimate of turnout was raised to 42.08 percent.
    (AFP, 3/30/18)
2018        Mar 30, In southern France a gunman shot and gravely wounded exiled Azeri journalist Rahim Namazov and killed his wife near Toulouse. Namazov was an outspoken critic of the Azeri political leadership and served time in prison before seeking exile in France in 2010.
    (Reuters, 3/30/18)
2018        Mar 30, Air France staff went on strike for the third time in a month, forcing the airline to cancel a quarter of flights. Lawyers were also set to strike nationwide against reforms that they say will over-centralize France's court system.
    (AFP, 3/30/18)
2018        Mar 30, A Greek lawyer representing Maria Efimova, a Russian woman who blew the whistle on alleged wrongdoing at Malta-based Pilatus Bank, said his client fears for her life if she is extradited to Malta. Efimova was identified by slain investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia as one of her sources. Galizia, killed in a car-bomb attack in Oct. 2017, had reported that the Maltese prime minister's wife was the ultimate beneficiary of funds in a secret company in Panama, including funds from Azerbaijan transferred through Pilatus Bank.
    (Reuters, 3/30/18)
2018        Mar 30, In Greece a man (58), his daughter (23) and an unnamed accomplice were arrested late today over the abduction of a man (47) and his sister (48), the older suspect's cousins, beginning July 27 in the city of Serres. The brother and sister, described as "cognitively impaired," were held prisoner for over eight months near Thessaloniki and forced, under threats of violence, to transfer large amounts to their captors' bank accounts.
    (AP, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 30, Irish pubs in Ireland opened on Good Friday for the first time since a 1927 ban.
    (SFC, 3/31/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 30, Japan's SoftBank Group Corp, in a filing to the Shenzhen stock exchange, agreed to launch a $930 million Indian joint solar energy venture with Chinese firm GCL System Integration Technology Co as part of its India solar investment roadmap.
    (Reuters, 4/2/18)
2018        Mar 30, Kosovo's PM Ramush Haradinaj said he has fired his interior minister and the intelligence chief for deporting six Turks without his permission.
    (AP, 3/30/18)
2018        Mar 30, In northeastern Nigeria four teenage girl suicide bombers killed two people in multiple attacks in Maiduguri.
    (AFP, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 30, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach met with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang and said the North Korean leader is committed to having his country participate in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and the Beijing Winter Games in 2022.
    (AP, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 30, Clashes erupted as tens of thousands of Gazans marched near the Israeli border, leaving at least 15 Palestinians dead and many more wounded in one of the worst days of violence in recent years. Protesters were demanding hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees who fled or were expelled during the war surrounding Israel's creation in 1948 be allowed to return. Organizers said the six-week protest would run until the inauguration of the new US embassy in Jerusalem around May 14.
    (AFP, 3/30/18)(Reuters, 3/30/18)(Reuters, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 30, In the Philippines seven Roman Catholic devotees, including a woman, were nailed to wooden crosses in a Good Friday reenactment of Jesus Christ's suffering that was watched by thousands of spectators but frowned upon by church leaders.
    (AP, 3/30/18)
2018        Mar 30, Russia ordered new cuts to the number of British envoys in the country, escalating a dispute with the West over the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain. Scores of foreign ambassadors streamed into the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow to receive the notices given to 23 nations: Albania, Australia, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine.
    (AP, 3/30/18)
2018        Mar 30, In Scotland Drue Heinz (103), widow of the former head of the H.J. Heinz Co. and a longtime patron of the literary arts, died in Lasswade.
    (AP, 3/30/18)
2018        Mar 30, A court in Senegal sentenced opposition leader Khalifa Sall, a former mayor of the capital Dakar, to five years in prison for embezzlement and falsifying documents. Sall was arrested a year ago on suspicion of embezzling 1.8 billion CFA francs ($3.40 million).
    (Reuters, 3/30/18)
2018        Mar 30, In western Thailand a fire on a double-decker bus carrying migrant workers from Myanmar killed 20 people early today in Tak province.
    (AP, 3/30/18)(SFC, 3/31/18, p.A4)
2018        Mar 30, President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey has started preparations to clear northern Syria's Ayn al-Arab, Ras al-Ain and Tel Abyad regions from militants up to the Iraqi border, adding that it would also clear militants from Iraq.
    (Reuters, 3/30/18)
2018        Mar 30, The UN Security Council annnounced a new package of sanctions that targeted smuggling at sea by North Korea. The UN blacklisted 27 ships, 21 shipping companies and one individual accused of helping North Korea evade previous sanctions. The ships included five based in China, 15 North Korean ships and 12 non-North Korean ships.
    (AP, 3/31/18)(SSFC, 4/1/18, p.A4)(Reuters, 4/3/18)

2018        Mar 31, Utah's Mormon church made history and brought diversity to its leadership panel by selecting its first Latin American apostle and first apostle of Asian ancestry to help set church policy and oversee the faith's business interests.
    (SSFC, 4/1/18, p.A8)
2018        Mar 31, Protesters in Albania burned down toll boxes and scuffled with police over the country's first toll road.
    (AP, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 31, Botswana Pres. Ian Khama (65), a retired army general, stepped down, handing the diamond-rich country to his deputy Mokgweetsi Masisi (55) after a decade at the helm.
    (Reuters, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 31, Britain's Anthony Joshua was taken the distance for the first time in his professional career before winning a unanimous points decision in his world heavyweight title unification fight in Cardiff with Joseph Parker of New Zealand.
    (AFP, 4/1/18)
2018        Mar 31, In the Central African Republic UN peacekeepers on patrol exchanged fire with members of an armed group in the Muslim rebel bastion called PK5 in Bangui.
    (AFP, 4/1/18)
2018        Mar 31, China anti-graft watchdog said Feng Xinzhu, a former senior provincial official, will be prosecuted for corruption after an investigation found he illegally accepted gifts and abused his power.
    (Reuters, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 31, China's state news said the government will spend 1.875 billion yuan ($298.92 million) to improve irrigation systems in the heavily ethnic Uighur southern part of the violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang.
    (Reuters, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 31, The Democratic Republic of Congo's main opposition party chose Felix Tshisekedi, the son of its founder and historic opposition figure, as its leader and presidential candidate in long delayed polls due at the end of the year.
    (AFP, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 31, Ethiopia's state media reported that more than 1,100 people have been arrested since the nation declared a state of emergency following the prime minister's resignation last month.
    (AFP, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 31, Workers at France's Carrefour supermarkets began striking to protest planned job cuts. The strike caused disruptions at about 300 Carrefour markets across the country.
    (AP, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 31, In Germany a bus driver was killed and 18 other people were injured when the bus drove into a truck on a Bavarian highway early today.
    (AP, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 31, In northern India Lobsang Sangay, the prime minister of the self-declared Tibetan government-in-exile, urged his compatriots to strengthen efforts to make the return of the Dalai Lama to his native land a reality.
    (AP, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 31, In central India a four-story rickety hotel building collapsed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh state, killing at least 10 people and injuring three. A driver lost control of his vehicle and struck a pillar holding up the near 100-year-old structure.
    (AP, 4/1/18)(AFP, 4/1/18)
2018        Mar 31, In Indonesia four people died after fuel from an oil spill caught fire, filling skies around Balikpapan city on Borneo island with choking black smoke. A cracked underwater pipeline was later said to have caused the oil spill (see April 5).
    (AP, 4/4/18)(Reuters, 4/4/18)
2018        Mar 31, An Iranian news site reported that the country will block the Telegram messenger service for reasons of national security. Officials said the app would be replaced by a similar local system.
    (AP, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 31, Israeli troops fired warning shots toward Palestinian youths gathered at the Gaza-Israel border, wounding 13 people. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared a national day of mourning and a general strike was called across the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 31, Japanese whaling vessels returned to port after catching 333 minke whales in the Antarctic Ocean without facing protests by anti-whaling groups.
    (AFP, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 31, Authorities in Mali handed over jihadist leader Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud to the International Criminal Court for prosecution on war crimes charges committed in Timbuktu while the town was under the control of extremists between April 2012 and January 2013.
    (AP, 4/1/18)
2018        Mar 31, Thousands of Mongolians protested in front of parliament in Ulaanbaatar to demand more action to prevent child abuse, after the widely-reported rape of a male infant shocked the country.
    (Reuters, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 31, Moscow's Tverskoy District Court said on that the co-owner of Russia's Summa group, Ziyavudin Magomedov, and his associates are suspected of embezzling more than 2 billion rubles ($35.01 million), including from the state budget. Magomedov and two of his business partners had been detained.
    (Reuters, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 31, Moscow said it has told Britain it must cut "just over 50" more of its diplomatic and technical staff in Russia in a worsening standoff over the poisoning of a Russian former spy and his daughter in England.
    (Reuters, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 31, In Russia Ziyavudin Magomedov (49), who is worth $1.4 billion according to the Russian Forbes magazine, was arrested along with his brother after a court refused to release him on bail of 2.5 billion rubles ($44 million), the sum police say he embezzled from government infrastructure contracts. He was involved in the construction of one of the stadiums to be used in this summer's World Cup.
    (AP, 4/2/18)
2018        Mar 31, Saudi air defenses intercepted a missile fired by Yemeni rebels at the kingdom's southern city of Najran.
    (AFP, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 31, Sierra Leone voted in a poll delayed by fraud allegations to choose a successor to President Ernest Bai Koroma who leaves a country still struggling after the Ebola epidemic. Opposition candidate Julius Maada Bio won 51.8 percent beating ruling party candidate Samura Kamara, who received 48.2 percent.
    (Reuters, 3/31/18)(SFC, 4/5/18, p.A2)
2018        Mar 31, South Korea said it has deployed a naval vessel from its regional anti-piracy effort to help in the search after a fishing boat was hijacked by pirates off Ghana.
    (Reuters, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 31, Some of South Korea's biggest pop stars flew to North Korea for rare performances that highlight the sudden thaw in inter-Korean ties after years of tensions over the North's nuclear ambitions.
    (AP, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 31, In Switzerland three Spanish skiers died and two were injured when an avalanche swept them down a mountainside in the southwestern canton of Valais.
    (Reuters, 4/1/18)
2018        Mar 31, Syrian state media reported that the last group of opposition fighters and their relatives are getting ready to leave southern parts of eastern Ghouta. Negotiations were still ongoing with the Army of Islam rebel group to leave Douma.
    (AP, 3/31/18)   
2018        Mar 31, Venezuelan authorities said five police commanders have been arrested, suspected of bearing responsibility for a deadly fire in a state police headquarters jail that killed 68 people.
    (AFP, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 31, In Vietnam the leaders of six countries along the Mekong River adopted an ambitious investment plan worth $66 billion over the next five years. The summit included the prime ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as a vice president of Myanmar and the Chinese foreign minister.
    (AP, 3/31/18)
2018        Mar 31, In Yemen a massive fire broke out and engulfed storage facilities belonging to the World Food Program in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida damaging humanitarian aid inside.
    (AP, 3/31/18)
 
2018        Mar, US officials announced settlements with four Chinese construction firms to pay $14 million in back wages and damages to 2,400 affected workers in Saipan. The companies, contracted by Hong Kong's Imperial Pacific International, brought workers on tourist visas, paid them less than required by law and failed to secure proper work authorization by exploiting a visa waiver program that allows Chinese citizens to travel to the Northern Mariana Islands.
    (AP, 3/14/18)
2018        Mar, In Bosnia David Dragicevic (21) disappeared and his body was found a week later in a river in Banja Luka, the biggest town in Republika Srpska. An autopsy report showed that Dragicevic had drowned and had alcohol and drugs in his system. His father later said "there was not a single part of his body that wasn't beaten up," and insisted his son was killed.
    (AP, 5/10/18)
2018        Mar, Estonia started offering residents free genetic profiling in a nationwide experiment aimed at minimizing risks for typical diseases and encouraging a healthier lifestyle through personalized data reports.
    (AP, 4/12/18)
2018        Mar, In Iran Hamid Baghaie, who served as vice president under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2005-2013), was jailed for 15 years for embezzling 3,766,000 euros and $590,000. He soon went on a hunger strike and was in deteriorating health after being imprisoned on what he said were politically motivated charges.
    (AFP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar, Malaysia's Universiti Sains Malaysia's Muslim Students Association held a forum to "convert" lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.
    (Reuters, 4/4/18)
2018        Mar, Marvia Malik (21) made history in Pakistan by becoming the first transgender newscaster in a conservative Muslim country where members of her community are taunted in public, ostracized by family and targeted in violent attacks.
    (AP, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar, Rwanda's Pres. Paul Kagame said he was shocked by the high number of churches in the country with some 700 in Kigali. Thousands of churches and mosques have been ordered closed as the country sought to assert more control makeshift religious operations.
    (SFC, 4/5/18, p.A4)
2018        Mar, Zambia's United Party for National Development (UPND), filed a motion seeking to impeach President Edgar Lungu over accusations of breaching the constitution.
    (Reuters, 4/1/18)

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