Timeline 2018 April - June
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2018        Apr 1, Hudson's Bay Co. announced that personal information of customers who shopped at Saks Fifth Ave., Saks Off Fifth and Lord & Taylor has been compromised. A hacking group called JokerStash announced last week that it had put up for sale more than 5 million stolen credit and debit cards from the Hudson's Bay companies.
    (SFC, 4/2/18, p.A5)
2018        Apr 1, Emmy-winning television writer and producer Steven Bochco (b.1943) died of cancer in Pacific Palisades, Calif. He had produced "Hill Street Blues" (1981) and "L.A. Law" for NBC and "NYPD Blue" (1993) for ABC.
    (SFC, 4/2/18, p.C2)
2018        Apr 1, Botswana's new president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, used his inauguration speech to vow to tackle youth unemployment in one of Africa's most stable countries.
    (AFP, 4/1/18)
2018        Apr 1, China announced new measures this weekend to limit Bible sales by online retailers.
    (SFC, 4/6/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 1, Costa Rica held presidential elections. Evangelical pastor Fabricio Alvarado, who has capitalized on opposition to same-sex marriage, was in a tight presidential race against novelist and former cabinet minister Carlos Alvarado of the governing Citizen Action Part, who has openly backed allowing gays to wed. Voters gave a resounding no to the evangelical pastor who rose to political prominence by campaigning against same-sex marriage, allowing the governing party to win an easy presidential victory.
    (AP, 4/1/18)(AP, 4/2/18)
2018        Apr 1, Egypt's military said two soldiers were killed in the last week in the northern Sinai Peninsula. Another two soldiers were reported wounded, and six militants killed.
    (AP, 4/1/18)
2018        Apr 1, In Germany hundreds of Catalan independence supporters marched in Berlin to demand the release of ex-regional president Carles Puigdemont, who was arrested in Germany last week and faces extradition to Spain on rebellion charges.
    (AFP, 4/1/18)
2018        Apr 1, Efrain Rios Montt (b.1926), former dictator of Guatemala (1982-1983), died in Guatemala City.
    (SFC, 4/5/18, p.D5)
2018        Apr 1, In Indonesia one solider was killed in an ongoing clash between security forces and Papuan independence fighters near the US-owned Grasberg copper mine in the country's east.
    (AP, 4/2/18)
2018        Apr 1, In Kashmir at least four civilians were killed and dozens injured after massive anti-India protests erupted in several parts of the Indian-controlled territory amid fierce fighting between rebels and government forces that left at least 12 militants and three army soldiers dead.
    (AP, 4/1/18)
2018        Apr 1, A Kuwaiti court sentenced in absentia a Lebanese man and his Syrian wife to death by hanging over the murder of Filipina maid Joanna Demafelis. The Lebanese-Syrian couple was arrested in February in the Syrian capital Damascus following an Interpol manhunt.
    (AFP, 4/1/18)
2018        Apr 1, In Kuwait a bus collision killed 15 workers of the Kuwait Oil Company near Burgan oil field in the southeastern desert.
    (AP, 4/2/18)
2018        Apr 1, In Mexico seven people died, including six police officers, from smoke inhalation after prisoners started a fire while resisting a transfer effort at the la Toma prison in Veracruz state.
    (SFC, 4/2/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 1, In Nigeria Boko Haram tried to enter Maiduguri but were repelled by army soldiers. Six insurgents and seven suicide bombers were killed.
    (SFC, 4/3/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 1, Puerto Rico's Gov. Ricardo Rossello defied the federal control board overseeing the island's troubled finances. Rossello said he will submit a fiscal plan to the board on April 5 that will not contain any layoffs, reductions in pensions or a labor reform.
    (AP, 4/2/18)
2018        Apr 1, Qatar World Cup organizers said migrant workers building stadiums will receive more than $5 million in compensation after recruitment fees were demanded to secure employment in the Gulf nation.
    (AP, 4/1/18)
2018        Apr 1, In Russia Aman Tuleyev (73), the longtime governor of the Kemerovo region, where a huge mall inferno killed dozens of people, most of them children, resigned after bitter criticism over his response to the tragedy.
    (AFP, 4/1/18)
2018        Apr 1, In Somalia Al Shabaab militants attacked the African Union (AU) peacekeepers' base in the town Bulamarer, 130 km southwest of the capital Mogadishu. There was an unknown number of casualties.
    (Reuters, 4/1/18)
2018        Apr 1, In Somalia a US air strike against Al-Shabaab militants killed five "terrorists." This was the seventh time this year that the US has struck Shabaab. Separately, heavily armed Shabaab militants attacked an AMISON military camp outside Mogadishu, killing four Ugandan peacekeepers.
    (AFP, 4/2/18)
2018        Apr 1, Syria's state news agency SANA reported that a deal, brokered by government ally Russia, has been reached for rebel fighters in Douma to head to rebel-controlled town of Jarabulus in the northern province of Aleppo.
    (AFP, 4/1/18)
2018        Apr 1, At the Vatican Pope Francis on Easter Sunday called for peace in a world marked by war and conflict.
    (AP, 4/1/18)

2018        Apr 2, The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that car dealerships' service advisers, like car salesmen and mechanics, are exempt under federal law from overtime pay requirements.
    (SFC, 4/3/18, p.D3)
2018        Apr 2, The US Dept. of Justice said it is filing a suit against California over a law that gives the state power to veto sales of federal lands to private interests. A 2017 state law gave state officials the right to purchase any federal land in California that the government tries to sell to private ownership.
    (SFC, 4/3/18, p.A12)
2018        Apr 2, The West Hollywood-based gay dating app Grindr was under fire for sharing information about users' HIV status or locations with two companies enlisted to optimize its software. A day later the company announced a policy change to stop sharing users' HIV statuses
    (AP, 4/3/18)(SFC, 4/4/18, p.C5)
2018        Apr 2, In Kentucky teachers filled the state Capitol protesting pension changes and demanding generous school funding.
    (SFC, 4/3/18, p.A6)
2018        Apr 2, Thousands of Oklahoma teachers walked out of classrooms in a campaign for higher pay. State Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation last week granting teachers pay raises of 15-18 percent, but some educators said that wasn't good enough.
    (SFC, 4/3/18, p.A6)
2018        Apr 2, A cyberattack hobbled the electronic communication system used by Energy Transfer Partners LP, a major US pipeline network. The EDI platform, provided by Energy Services Group, was shut down, but there was no effect on the flow of natural gas.
    (SFC, 4/3/18, p.D2)
2018        Apr 2, An Afghan airstrike on a Taliban training camp killed at least five civilians, 35 insurgents and wounded many more in Kunduz province. The Taliban claimed the strike hit a madrassa, or a religious school, during a graduation ceremony, killing dozens of civilians. The UN later said a total of 36 people were killed in the attack in the Dashti Archi district of Kunduz province.
    (AFP, 4/2/18)(AP, 4/3/18)(AP, 4/11/18)
2018        Apr 2, In Afghanistan a total of 36 people were killed in the attack, which the UN said targeted a religious ceremony attended by hundreds of men and boys in the Dashti Archi district of the northern Kunduz province.
    (AP, 5/7/18)
2018        Apr 2, Bangladesh officials said Myanmar authorities have lured dozens of mainly Buddhist Bangladeshi tribal families to cross the border and resettle on land abandoned by fleeing Muslim Rohingya.
    (AFP, 4/2/18)
2018        Apr 2, A rights group said farmers from Cambodia have filed a lawsuit in a Thai civil court against Mitr Phol, Asia's largest sugar producer, accusing it of rights abuses after it allegedly kicked farmers off their land.
    (Reuters, 4/2/18)
2018        Apr 2, Five Cameroonian soldiers were killed in an attack on a military post in the village of Sagme in the far north of the country. Security forces freed 18 hostages, including 12 European tourists, who had been seized by separatists fighting for the independence of English-speaking regions. Six municipal counsellors in the northwest also were freed.
    (AFP, 4/3/18)(AP, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 2, China raised import duties on a $3 billion list of US pork, apples and other products in an escalating dispute with Washington over trade and industrial policy.
    (AP, 4/2/18)
2018        Apr 2, China's defunct Tiangong 1 space station mostly burned up on re-entry into the atmosphere over the central South Pacific.
    (AP, 4/2/18)
2018        Apr 2, Official results showed that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was re-elected with 97 percent of votes, the same proportion that the former military commander secured four years ago for his first term. Turnout was lower at 41 percent. Some 1.76 million invalid ballots were cast, about 7.2% of the total.
    (Reuters, 4/2/18)(SFC, 4/4/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 2, Ethiopia's new PM Abiye Ahmed promised to push through democratic reforms in an effort to end three years of unrest that first erupted in the province of Oromiya from where he hails.
    (Reuters, 4/2/18)
2018        Apr 2, A Fiji disaster management official said weekend floods caused by Cyclone Josie have killed four people, with another presumed drowned.
    (Reuters, 4/2/18)
2018        Apr 2, French emergency doctor and mountain guide Emmanuel Cauchy (58), whose high-altitude work earned him the nickname "Doctor Vertical," was killed in an avalanche in the Alps. He was among a group of off-piste skiers caught up in the avalanche in the Aiguilles Rouges area around the resort of Chamonix.
    (AFP, 4/2/18)
2018        Apr 2, In India low-caste Dalits fought street battles with police that left at least six dead as protests against a Supreme Court rights ruling swept across large swathes of the country.
    (AFP, 4/2/18)
2018        Apr 2, A security clampdown and a strike sponsored by separatists fighting against Indian rule shut down most of Indian-administered Kashmir.
    (AP, 4/2/18)
2018        Apr 2, An Iraqi court in Baghdad sentenced six Turkish women to death and a seventh to life in prison for membership of the Islamic State jihadist group. Iraq in February condemned another 15 Turkish women to death on the same charge.
    (AFP, 4/2/18)
2018        Apr 2, Israel announced it had reached a deal with the UN refugee agency to cancel a controversial plan to deport African migrants and replace it with a new one that will see thousands sent to Western countries. PM Benjamin Netanyahu said that Canada, Italy and Germany will take in some of Israel's African migrants under an agreement Israel reached with the UN refugee agency.
    (AfP, 4/2/18)(Reuters, 4/2/18)
2018        Apr 2, Malaysia approved a law against "fake news" that would allow for prison of up to six years for offenders, shrugging off critics who say it was aimed at curbing dissent and free speech ahead of a general election.
    (Reuters, 4/2/18)
018        Apr 2, In Nigeria Boko Haram extremists attacked two villages on the outskirts of Maiduguri, killing at least 15 people and wounded 83, in the biggest strike since the government said it was in talks with the Islamist militant group.
    (Reuters, 4/2/18)(SFC, 4/3/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 2, Pakistan's army chief confirmed death sentences for 10 convicted militants, including the killer of well-known Sufi singer Amjad Sabri in 2016.
    (AP, 4/2/18)
2018        Apr 2, The Palestinian death toll in last week's mass protest on the Gaza-Israel border rose to 18 after a 29-year-old man died today of his injuries.
    (AP, 4/2/18)
2018        Apr 2, Russia's foreign ministry said a diplomat from Montenegro will be expelled, after Montenegro expelled a Russian diplomat over a nerve agent attack in England that the British government has blamed on Russia.
    (Reuters, 4/2/18)
2018        Apr 2, Spying on your spouse's phone in Saudi Arabia now carries a hefty fine and up to a year in prison, under a new law that aims to "protect morals of individuals and society and protect privacy".
    (Reuters, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 2, In South Africa six miners were burnt to death when the bus taking them to work at the Modikwa platinum mine was set alight by a petrol bomb thrown by unknown attackers near the town of Burgersfort in northern Limpopo province.
    (Reuters, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 2, In South Africa anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (81), wife to Nelson Mandela during his decades of imprisonment, died in a Johannesburg hospital after a long illness.
    (AFP, 4/2/18)
2018        Apr 2, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir vowed to launch a "war on corruption" in a bid to revive the ailing economy and curb food price rises.
    (AFP, 4/2/18)
2018        Apr 2, The last Syrian rebel group in eastern Ghouta near Damascus began withdrawing from Douma under an agreement with the government. A military source said a group of insurgents were still rejecting the deal.
    (Reuters, 4/2/18)
2018        Apr 2, Police in Thailand confiscated an estimated $54 million worth of methamphetamine in one of their biggest-ever drug seizures and arrested 11 people in recent days as illegal drug cases surge in the country.
    (AP, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 2, Turkey's Haberturk newspaper said the government has ordered the arrest of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen and seven others over the 2016 assassination of the Russian envoy to Turkey, a day before Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin visits the country.
    (Reuters, 4/2/18)
2018        Apr 2, In Yemen an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition, killed 16 people near the port of Hodeida in a building where Huthi rebels were gathering. There were conflicting reports on the number of rebels versus civilians killed.
    (AP, 4/2/18)(AFP, 4/2/18)

2018        Apr 3, The Trump administration escalated its aggressive actions on trade by proposing 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports to protest .
    (AP, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 3, President Donald Trump said he wants American troops to "get out" of Syria, even as top US officials stressed the need to stay for the long term.
    (AP, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 3, Pres. Donald Trump said that he planned to order the military to guard parts of the southern border until he can build a wall and tighten immigration restrictions.
    (SFC, 4/4/18, p.A4)
2018        Apr 3, The United States said it has placed a Pakistani political group called the Milli Muslim League (MML), controlled by Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed, on its list of foreign terrorist organizations, saying it was merely an alias for a militant group blamed for a bloody 2008 attack in India.
    (Reuters, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 3, It was reported that Timothy J. Cislo, a former US Federal Aviation Administration safety inspector, pleaded guilty in Guam last week to three counts of honest services wire fraud. Cislo was accused of issuing certificates to Hansen Helicopters Inc. without inspecting the helicopters in exchange for an airplane for his personal use.
    (AP, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 3, In the SF Bay Area a woman identified as Nasim Najafi Aghdam (39) of Riverside County shot and wounded three people at the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno before fatally shooting herself. She was a prolific YouTube user and had complained of that several of her accounts had been heavily censored by the company.
    (SFC, 4/4/18, p.A1)
2018        Apr 3, In southern California four US Marines were killed when theur helicopter crashed in a remote desert outside of El Centro.
    (SFC, 4/5/18, p.A6)
2018        Apr 3, Facebook said that it had found and removed more than 270 accounts and pages controlled by Russia's Internet Research Agency, the troll agency that became notorious for posting fraudulent and divisive material on the service ahead of the 2016 US presidential election.
    (SFC, 4/4/18, p.A4)
2018        Apr 3, Bosnia's top court scrapped court fines issued to rape victims and other survivors of the Bosnian 1990s war after they had reparation claims rejected.
    (Reuters, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 3, Britain said it will ban the sale of ivory, no matter how old, to help protect the world's elephant population.
    (AP, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 3, The British defence laboratory at Porton Down analyzing the nerve agent revealed that it could not say whether the substance came from Russia.
    (AP, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 3, Chinese President Xi Jinping told President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe that they should work towards a new chapter in ties, during the African leader's first state visit to China since he seized power last year.
    (Reuters, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 3, A Chinese official said restricting the Vatican's control over the appointment of bishops in China does not infringe on religious freedom, amid historic negotiations between Beijing and the Holy See aimed at healing divisions.
    (AP, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 3, The Cyprus government deposited 2.5 billion euros ($3.1 billion) into the island-nation's troubled Cooperative Bank in an attempt to dispel any uncertainty over its future.
    (AP, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 3, In Egypt a bus crashed into a truck leaving seven people dead and 11 others injured on a desert road connecting the capital Cairo and the city of Suez.
    (AP, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 3, French rail workers launched the first in a series of nationwide strikes, threatening disruption over several months in the sternest challenge yet to President Emmanuel Macron's resolve to modernize Europe's second biggest economy.
    (Reuters, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 3, The Essen food bank in western Germany reversed a three-month old decision to prevent more foreigners from accessing its services, a move that drew criticism from aid groups and politicians.
    (AP, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 3, India withdrew rules to control "fake news" less than 24 hours after announcing them, following an outcry that the regulations could be used by the government to curb press freedom.
    (Reuters, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 3, Indonesian police said a group of people have been arrested after a video emerged of them skinning and cooking four sun bears that they had slaughtered. The sun bear population is in decline in Indonesia because of rapid deforestation, which has led to habitat loss.
    (AFP, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 3, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said he was cancelling an agreement with the UN refugee agency to relocate thousands of African migrants, bowing to right-wing pressure to scrap the deal. The fact that thousands of migrants would be allowed to stay raised an outcry from right-wing politicians and on social media from Netanyahu's nationalist voter base.
    (Reuters, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 3, In Libya a court of appeals in Tripoli acquitted Saadi Kadhafi, a son of former Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi, of murdering a football coach in 2005. Kadhafi is also being tried, among others, for alleged involvement in the deadly crackdown on the revolt that toppled his father's regime in 2011. The case has repeatedly been postponed.
    (AFP, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 3, Malaysian authorities intercepted a boat carrying 56 people believed to be Muslim Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar, and brought the vessel and its passengers to shore.
    (AP, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 3, Amnesty Int'l. reported that 65 people had been killed in Mali by improvised explosives used by armed groups since the start of the year, raising concerns about the government's ability to conduct presidential elections planned on July 29.
    (Reuters, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 3, A Palestinian man (25) was killed east of Bureij where he was throwing stones toward Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 3, The Philippine Supreme Court ordered police to hand over full records of thousands of deadly encounters in the country's war on drugs, thwarting a government bid to keep operational details of the bloody crackdown secret.
    (Reuters, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 3, In Russia regional lawmakers, despite protests, voted to cancel direct elections in Yekaterinburg, the country's fourth-largest city, in a blow to opposition Mayor Yevgeny Roizman as the Kremlin intensifies a crackdown on dissent. The new mayor will be elected by city lawmakers.
    (AFP, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 3, South Africa's drought-stricken Cape Town pushed back its estimate for "Day Zero," when taps in the city run dry and people start queuing for water, to 2019 from August of this year, and data show dam levels rising elsewhere in the country.
    (Reuters, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 3, Sweden-based Spotify made its NYSE market debut in a "direct listing" that allows investors to sell shares directly, but does not raise money for the company.
    (AP, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 3, In Switzerland the United Nations raised more than $2 billion to help civilians in Yemen. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates drew praise for offering hundreds of millions of dollars in aid for Yemen, where their air campaign against Houthi rebels has killed thousands of civilians and their crippling blockade has hindered aid delivery.
    (AFP, 4/3/18)(AP, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 3, A new group of Syrian rebels and their family members left their stronghold in Douma, heading to the rebel-held north as part of an agreement with the Syrian government and its Russian backers. A rebel group in eastern Qalamoun, a besieged area northeast of Damascus, said they have been told they must accept state rule or leave.
    (AP, 4/3/18)(Reuters, 4/3/18)
2018        Apr 3, In Turkey Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan remotely gave the go-ahead for the construction of the $20 billion Russian-built Akkuyu nuclear plant on the Mediterranean coast at Akkuyu.
    (AP, 4/3/18)

2018        Apr 4, US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said the United States has reached a decision on a possible withdrawal of troops from Syria, adding that an announcement was imminent.
    (AP, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, Iowa lawmakers approved a bill that bans so-called sanctuary cities by withholding state funds from local governments that don't comply with immigration laws. Gov. Kim Reynolds has indicated she'll sign it into law.
    (SFC, 4/6/18, p.A5)
2018        Apr 4, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined a multiyear campaign to fight election interference by foreign governments and Internet trolls.
    (SFC, 4/5/18, p.A1)
2018        Apr 4, Maryland lawmakers voted to prohibit health professionals from practicing "gay conversion therapy" on minors. Gov. Larry Hogan supported the measure.
    (SFC, 4/5/18, p.A5)
2018        Apr 4, In Nevada a US Air Force pilot was killed in the crash of his F-16 Fighting Falcon jet during training near Nellis Air Force Base.
    (SFC, 4/6/18, p.A5)
2018        Apr 4, Austria's right-wing government announced plans to ban girls from wearing headscarves in kindergarten and primary schools to combat what it sees as a threat to Austrian mainstream culture from some Muslims.
    (Reuters, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, Bahrain denied entry to a Danish lawmaker and a European rights activist who were attempting to enter the country to visit detained Bahraini-Danish citizen Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, co-founder of the Gulf Center for Human Rights.
    (AP, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, British police arrested a pensioner (78) on suspicion of murder after a suspected burglar (38) was fatally stabbed to death at his home in southeast London. A second suspected burglar fled the scene prior to officers arriving.
    (AP, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, In England a girl's body was discovered by a dog walker in in Heywood, near Manchester. She was named Pearl by the investigating detectives. In July a man (48) and a woman (33) were arrested on suspicion of murdering the infant, concealing a birth and preventing a burial.
    (AP, 7/25/18)
2018        Apr 4, China vowed to impose measures of the "same strength" in response to a proposed US tariff hike on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods in a spiraling technology dispute that has fueled fears it might set back the global economic recovery.
    (AP, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, Peking University Third Hospital, one of the largest sperm banks in Beijing, launched a sperm donation drive and set loyalty to the Communist Party as a prerequisite for donors, in a sign that China's increasing emphasis on ideological training is being extended to the womb.
    (AFP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 4, The troubled Chinese insurer that owns New York City's Waldorf Hotel said it is receiving a $9.6 billion bailout from a government-run fund. Regulators seized control of Anbang Insurance Group in February after a global asset-buying spree raised questions about its stability.
    (AP, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, Egypt sentenced 35 alleged Muslim Brotherhood members to life in prison for allegedly forming "terrorist cells" to attack security forces and state institutions.
    (AP, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, Egypt's most popular daily sacked its chief editor, Mohammed el-Sayyed Saleh, amid a crisis over the paper's coverage of last month's presidential election, which critics have dubbed undemocratic, in the latest blow to freedom of the press in Egypt.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 4, It was reported that France has flagged more than 78,000 people as security threats in a database intended to let European police share information on the continent's most dangerous residents - more than all other European countries put together.
    (AP, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, In France millions of commuters suffered a second consecutive day of travel chaos as striking rail workers locked horns with President Emmanuel Macron's government in a dispute over reforming the state-owned SNCF railways.
    (Reuters, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, A Berlin court convicted two Romanian men (29) of killing an Angora goat at the Hasenheide petting zoo in February, following a trial in which the defendants testified that they had been hungry.
    (AP, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, Greece's defense minister described Turkey as an "enemy that continues to provoke us" and announced that he has ordered additional military personnel to move to islands in the eastern Aegean Sea.
    (AP, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, In Indonesia hardline Islamic groups filed a blasphemy complaint against Sukmawati Sukarnoputri, a daughter of Indonesia's first president, accusing her of reciting a poem insulting Islam and prompting fresh concerns over intolerance in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.
    (Reuters, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, Islamic State militants restated their loyalty to the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in what is believed to be their first public pledge of allegiance to him since his "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq collapsed last year. He was believed to be hiding in the vast desert area that straddles the Syria-Iraq border.
    (Reuters, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, Israel's Shin Bet security service said it has arrested 10 Palestinians suspected of planning an attack against a navy ship off the Gaza coast.
    (AP, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, Israeli human rights group B'tselem called on Israeli soldiers to refuse orders to open fire on Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, Kosovo formally complained to Albania over tariffs at a main road linking the two countries.
    (AP, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, Macedonia confirmed that it has formally apologized to German citizen Khaled El-Masri, who was unlawfully seized, tortured, and handed to US authorities 14 years ago as part of the CIA's secret rendition program.
    (AP, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, In Mali unidentified gunmen killed one person and wounded at least two others in an attack on a hotel in the central town of Bandiagara regularly frequented by UN staff and humanitarian agency workers.
    (Reuters, 4/7/18)
2018        Apr 4, The Mexican government began handing out transit or humanitarian visas to people in a caravan of Central American migrants, and said the procession of 1,000 or so migrants that drew criticism from President Donald Trump had begun to disperse.
    (AP, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, At The Hague Britain and Russia accused each other of duplicity and untrustworthiness. London slammed as "perverse" a Russian proposal for a joint probe into the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia at the start of a meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
    (AFP, 4/4/18)(AFP, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, In Pakistan about a thousand supporters of radical cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi staged a sit-in in Lahore after a court declared him a fugitive over violent rallies in Islamabad last year, in which five people were killed.
    (AP, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approved the closure of the tourist destination of Boracay for up to six months after saying the waters off its famed white-sand beaches had become a "cesspool" due to overcrowding and development.
    (AP, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 4, Polish activists and lawmakers, who are combatting what they call a "restitution mafia," invited US senators to tour sites in Warsaw that were transferred to people unrelated to the original owners.
    (AP, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, Russia's foreign ministry said it was expelling one Hungarian diplomat in response to Budapest's decision to expel a Russian diplomat.
    (Reuters, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, Russia began testing missiles with live munitions in the Baltic Sea, alarming Latvia, a member of NATO, which says the drills have forced it to partly shut down Baltic commercial airspace.
    (Reuters, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, In Russia a fire at a shopping center in an eastern Moscow district killed an employee and left six firefighters injured.
    (AP, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, In Serbia a Belgrade court convicted seven Serbian Muslims for financing and recruiting people to help Islamic State in Syria, sentencing them to prison terms ranging from seven and a half to 11 years. Three of the seven men were sentenced in absentia.
    (Reuters, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, South Africa signed long-delayed renewable energy contracts worth $4.7 billion with independent power producers, in the first major investment deal under President Cyril Ramaphosa.
    (Reuters, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, South African police said that five people had been arrested in connection with a petrol bomb attack on a bus that killed six workers on their way to the Modikwa platinum mine earlier this week.
    (Reuters, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, Sri Lanka's Parliament debated a no-confidence motion against PM Ranil Wickremesinghe. The PM needed 113 votes in the 225-member Parliament to defeat the motion.
    (AP, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, Turkey, Iran and Russia pledged to accelerate efforts to bring stability to Syria, following a summit meeting in Ankara.
    (Reuters, 4/4/18)
2018        Apr 4, The United Nations said that it has conducted its first humanitarian mission to Raqa since the Syrian city was liberated from the Islamic State group, warning that returning civilians face enormous risks. Jan Egeland, the head of the UN's Syria humanitarian taskforce, said the city is littered with unexploded devices, homes are still full of bombs (and) grenades and children are still being maimed and killed.
    (AFP, 4/4/18)

2018        Apr 5, The Trump administration told Congress that it plans to approve the sale of more than $1.3 billion in artillery to Saudi Arabia.
    (SFC, 4/6/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 5, California's Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education ordered San Jose-based Silicon Valley Univ. to provide a closure plan. The school, founded in 1997 by husband and wife team Feng-Min Shiao and Mei Hsin Cheng, had lost its accreditation last December 7. It was seen as a vias mill and cited with 15 violations.
    (SSFC, 4/22/18, p.A14)
2018        Apr 5, In southern California police in Barstow fired what sounded like more than 30 bullets at a packed car in a shopping store parking lot, killing Diante Yarber, a black father of three, and injuring a young woman in the latest US law enforcement shooting to spark backlash.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y6uenu4o)(SFC, 4/25/18, p.A4)
2018        Apr 5, In NYC Ultimate fighting star Conor McGregor threw a hand truck at a bus full of fighters after a news conference for UFC 223 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. McGregor faced criminal charges after the backstage melee injured two fighters and forced the removal of three bouts on April 6 from UFC's biggest card this year.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 5, A US federal immigration raid took 97 people into custody at a Tennessee meat processing plant, as part of an employment crackdown under President Donald Trump's administration. Eleven people were arrested on criminal charges and 86 were detained for being in the country illegally.
    (AP, 4/7/18)
2018        Apr 5, An Afghan air strike in Jawzjan province killed Qari Hekmat, an important Islamic State (IS) commander, one year after he defected from the Taliban and established a new Islamic State foothold in the country. Mawlavi Habib Ur Rahman was soon appointed as his IS successor in the north of the country.
    (Reuters, 4/7/18)
2018        Apr 5, Albania's opposition blocked the country's main highway junctions in an anti-government protest, accusing officials of links to organized crime and of increasing both taxes and poverty.
    (AP, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, In Antarctica German scientists said they have harvested their first crop of vegetables grown without earth, daylight or pesticides as part of a project designed to help astronauts cultivate fresh food on other planets.
    (AP, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, An Australian judge ruled that Frenchman Smail Ayad will not be tried for killing two British backpackers at a hostel in Home Hill, Queensland state, in August, 2016, because of mental illness.
    (AP, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, Brazil's Supreme Court rejected former Pres. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's plea to remain free until he exhausts all his appeals clearing the way for his imprisonment.
    (Reuters, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 5, Britain opened its first permanent military base in the Middle East in more than four decades in the Persian Gulf country of Bahrain.
    (AP, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, Forty-three Cambodians deported by the United States arrived in Phnom Penh, the largest batch yet under a controversial deal that enables America to expel legal residents with criminal records. More than 600 US-based Cambodian convicts have been forcibly returned to the Southeast Asian country since 2002.
    (AFP, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, Cyprus said it will lodge protests over the construction of Turkey's first nuclear power plant a few dozen kilometers from the island nation. One worry raised is that the Akkuyu area, where the plant is to be built, is earthquake-prone.
    (AP, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, In France PM Edouard Philippe said the government would not back down in a shake-up of the state-owned SNCF railways, prompting accusations of arrogance from unions who said further strikes would go ahead as planned.
    (Reuters, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled a long-awaited, 300 million-euro autism plan for a country that is shockingly behind the curve on providing basic education and care for people on the autism spectrum.
    (AP, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, In India Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was convicted of poaching rare deer in a wildlife preserve two decades ago and sentenced to five years in prison.
    (AP, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, In India Subhabrata Majumdar (46) was arrested after his mother's body was found in the large freezer during a police raid on their home in the city of Kolkata. He allegedly kept his mother's body in the freezer for almost three years while collecting her monthly pension payments, about $460.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 5, In India a girl (11) was sexually assaulted and murdered in the western Gujarat city of Surat. Her body was found the next day. The case was made public on April 15.
    (Reuters, 4/15/18)
2018        Apr 5, An Indonesian energy ministry official said a coal ship that dropped anchor off the coast of the port city of Balikpapan on Borneo island was likely to blame for an oil spill, after dragging a pipeline more than 100 meters and causing it to crack. The spill and fire killed five fishermen.
    (Reuters, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, An Israeli airstrike in northern Gaza killed a Palestinian, while a second man died from wounds sustained in last week's mass protest along the Gaza-Israel border.
    (AP, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe announced a 35 billion yen ($330 million) loan for irrigation projects in Iraq during talks with PM Haider al-Abadi and pledged Japan's continuing support.
    (AP, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, Students protesting Indian rule in disputed Kashmir clashed with government forces after authorities reopened schools following the killings of 13 rebels and five civilians. Government forces fired tear gas to stop students from marching at several colleges in Indian-controlled Kashmir's main city of Srinagar.
    (AP, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, A Kenyan court sentenced a policeman to 15 years in prison, after he was found guilty of killing a man in 2013 he suspected of stealing a mobile phone. Titus Musila was last month convicted of murder for shooting Kenneth Mwangi three times in the head instead of arresting him.
    (Reuters, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, Kenya started marking rhinos and aimed to tag and identify 22 of them in two weeks at a cost of $600,000, as part of conserving their dwindling numbers.
    (Reuters, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, Malaysian authorities ordered former PM Mahathir Mohamad's political party to temporarily disband in a blow to the opposition ahead of expected general elections.
    (AP, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, In Mali two Chadian peacekeepers were killed and at least 10 others were wounded when a UN camp came under mortar fire in the northern Kidal region. The French army said that French and Malian troops had killed about 30 Islamist insurgents during a gun battle near the border with Niger.
    (Reuters, 4/7/18)
2018        Apr 5, Nigerian officials said at least 1,200 of the more than 100,000 people displaced by Boko Haram violence in the northeastern town of Bama have returned after the town was partly re-built.
    (AFP, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) said Lassa fever has killed 142 people in Nigeria since the start of the year, reporting a rise of 32 fatalities in a month.
    (AFP, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, In Poland Law and Justice leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said politicians' salaries will be reduced and bonuses recently paid to government ministers will go to charity, following a public outcry.
    (AP, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, Russian gulag historian Yury Dmitriyev, who has exhumed Stalin-era mass graves, was found not guilty of child pornography charges and released following a trial that supporters have denounced as a sham.
    (AFP, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, A Saudi soldier was killed during a raid against suspected militants in the town of al-Awamiya in the kingdom's eastern Qatif province.
    (Reuters, 4/8/18)
2018        Apr 5, In Slovakia nearly 50,000 people marched through the capital Bratislava and other cities in a fresh sign of anger over a cozy political system many say turns a blind eye to graft.
    (Reuters, 4/8/18)
2018        Apr 5, In Somalia the US military killed three militants after launching an air strike near the town of Jilib against al Shabaab, a militant Islamist group allied with al Qaeda.
    (Reuters, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 5, A South Korean pilot was killed when his F-15K fighter jet crashed into a mountain in the country's rural south. The co-pilot remained missing and was also presumed dead.
    (AP, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, Spain's High Court released Swiss bank whistleblower Herve Falciani from custody but ordered him to remain in Spain while it considers an extradition request from Switzerland which wants to jail him for industrial sabotage. In 2008 Falciani, a French citizen who worked for HSBC's Swiss private bank, leaked details of thousands of clients many of whom he suspected were using their accounts to evade tax at home.
    (Reuters, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, In Syria evacuations from the rebel-held town of Douma near Damascus were suspended, days after hundreds of opposition fighters and their relatives left for areas of the country's north as part of a surrender deal following a massive government offensive. State news agency SANA said the suspension was the result of disagreements within the Army of Islam rebel group.
    (AP, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, In Turkey a gunman shot dead four academics at their university whom he saw as supporters of a Muslim cleric accused by the government of being behind a failed coup in 2016.
    (Reuters, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, A top Turkish official said the country's intelligence agency has snatched around 80 Turkish citizens who the government wanted for alleged links to the country's 2016 failed coup in covert operations in 18 countries.
    (AP, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, Shares in Turkey's majority state-owned Halkbank rose as much as 18 percent after US prosecutors sought a 20 year jail term for a Halkbank executive convicted of helping Iran evade US sanctions.
    (Reuters, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, The United Nations said it is beefing up its inspections of ships bringing humanitarian aid to Yemen to ensure that no military items are being smuggled and to speed delivery of desperately-needed relief supplies.
    (Reuters, 4/5/18)
2018        Apr 5, Vietnamese human rights lawyer and activist Nguyen Van Dai was (48) jailed for 15 years, along with five other activists who were given prison terms of 7-12 years. Dai was charged in a Hanoi court with activities "aimed at overthrowing the people's administration".
    (Reuters, 4/5/18)

2018        Apr 6, The United States imposed sanctions against 24 Russian businessmen, companies and government officials, in one of Washington's most aggressive moves to punish Moscow for a range of activities, including alleged meddling in the 2016 US election and other "malign activity".
    (Reuters, 4/6/18)(Reuters, 4/7/18)
2018        Apr 6, The US states of Texas and Arizona announced plans to send National Guard troops to the southern border with Mexico after President Donald Trump ordered a thousands-strong deployment to combat drug trafficking and illegal immigration.
    (AFP, 4/7/18)
2018        Apr 6, In San Francisco ten men were indicted on racketeering, assault, firearms, murder and other charges for hunting down and killing rival members between 2006 and 2013. They were all members of the 19th Street Surenos and the 16th Street Surenos, violent offshoots of the Mexican Mafia prison gang that has battled its rival Nortenos in the city's Mission District.
    (SFC, 4/7/18, p.C1)
2018        Apr 6, In Alameda, Ca., Cindy Le, the owner of two East Bay restaurants, died after her head was slammed against the pavement during an attempted purse-snatching outside her Pho Anh Dao restaurant. Murder charges were later filed against Donte Holloway (39) and Paul Prudencio Paez (38).
    (SFC, 8/24/18, p.D1)
2018        Apr 6, In Hawaii former Democratic Sen. Daniel Akaka (b.1924) died in Honolulu. He had represented Hawaii for 36 years in Congress (1976-2012).
    (SSFC, 4/8/18, p.C11)
2018        Apr 6, Two US soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash at Fort Campbell, which straddles the Kentucky-Tennessee border.
    (SSFC, 4/8/18, p.A7)
2018        Apr 6, In northern Afghanistan a US airstrike killed Qari Hikmatullah, a senior Islamic State commander. The former leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan was killed in the northern Faryab province along with a bodyguard.
    (AP, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 6, In Bosnia the landmark Sarajevo cable car, opened in 1959 and destroyed early in Bosnia's 1990s war, resumed services up Mount Trebevic above the capital.
    (Reuters, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, A British health official said ex-spy Sergei Skripal is improving rapidly and is no longer in critical condition, a month after he and his daughter were poisoned with a rare nerve agent that triggered a diplomatic crisis between Russia and the West.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, London police called an emergency meeting of community leaders after six stabbings in a matter of hours, as they tried to stem a wave of knife crime that threatens to dominate the city's politics ahead of local elections in May.
    (Reuters, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, In Canada fourteen people were killed when a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior ice hockey team collided with a truck in Saskatchewan province.
    (Reuters, 4/7/18)
2018        Apr 6, China's government vowed to "counterattack with great strength" if President Donald Trump goes ahead with plans to raise US tariffs on an additional $100 billion worth of Chinese goods and said negotiations were impossible under current conditions.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, China called on the EU to take a joint stand against US protectionism as Trump warned that he could slap another $100 billion (86 billion euros) of extra tariffs on China's imports.
    (AFP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, The European Union said that Facebook has told it that up to 2.7 million people in the 28-nation bloc may have been victim of improper data sharing involving political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, In France international donors pledged billions of dollars in aid and loans for Lebanon at a conference in Paris, hoping to stave off an economic crisis in a country hard hit by the fallout from the Syrian war. Saudi Arabia said it will grant the country a $1-billion (800 million-euro) development loan.
    (AFP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, In Germany former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont walked out of a prison after posting 75,000 euros ($92,000) bail, demanding that Spanish authorities release fellow Catalan separatists and open a dialogue on his region's future.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, An Indonesian fishing boat rescued a group of five Muslim Rohingya found in weak condition off westernmost Aceh province after a 20-day voyage that killed five other people.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, Indonesia's navy seized a fishing boat carrying 20 crewmembers, including 14 Indonesians believed to be trafficking victims who were forced to work for years without pay. The boat was carrying six Russians, including the captain, and 14 Indonesians.
    (AP, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 6, Malaysia's scandal-tainted PM Najib Razak announced that Parliament will be dissolved to pave the way for general elections, expected to be held next month.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, Mali's army killed 14 jihadist suspects, arrested a day earlier in Dioura, who were trying to escape detention in its central region. The suspects were later said to be Fulani civilians. A UN peacekeeper from Niger was killed when two armed men in the northern city of Gao opened fire on his vehicle.
    (Reuters, 4/7/18)(AFP, 4/7/18)(AP, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 6, Pakistan's PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi arrived in Afghanistan for a day-long visit many see as an effort to ease strained relations between the two neighbors and revive a push for peace talks with the Taliban.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, In Pakistan hundreds rallied across the country to denounce the recent killing of 18 people by Indian forces in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, Thousands of Palestinians protested along Gaza's sealed border with Israel. Israeli troops opened fire from across the border, killing at least nine Palestinians and wounding 491 others raising the death toll to 31 since clashes began on March 30.
    (Reuters, 4/6/18)(AP, 4/6/18)(SFC, 4/7/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 6, A South Korean court jailed former President Park Geun-hye for 24 years and fined her 18 billion won ($16.9 million) after finding her guilty of charges including bribery, abuse of power and coercion in a scandal that exposed webs of corruption between political leaders and the country's conglomerates.
    (Reuters, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, Spain's Civil Guard said it has brought down a criminal network making lucrative profits by smuggling glass eels to Asia, a burgeoning illicit traffic that is worrying both law enforcement agencies and scientists. Europol coordinated the operation involving Spanish and Portuguese investigators.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, Meeting in Sudan the foreign ministers of Sudan, Egypt, and Ethiopia failed to reach an agreement in the lingering dispute over Ethiopia's massive dam on the Blue Nile. The Renaissance Dam is now 63 percent finished.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, In Syria warplanes, believed to be Russian, struck the rebel-held town of Douma in eastern Ghouta near Damascus, shattering days of calm as mediated talks between the sides appeared to have collapsed. Opposition activists reported 40 people were killed in Douma. State media said four were killed in government-held Damascus.
    (Reuters, 4/6/18)(AFP, 4/6/18)(AP, 4/7/18)
2018        Apr 6, Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security said a second senior police official, Lieutenant General Phan Van Vinh (62), accused of involvement in an illicit online gambling ring, has been arrested amid a sweeping crackdown on graft.
    (AFP, 4/6/18)
2018        Apr 6, It was reported that a spate of deadly drive-by shootings has targeted Muslim clerics and preachers in Yemen's southern port city of Aden. Many of the slain clerics belonged to the Islah party, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and a top ally of Pres. Mansour Hadi, self-exiled in Saudi Arabia. UAE-trained militiamen have engaged in deadly clashes with Hadi's forces.
    (SFC, 4/6/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 6, Dozens of Sudanese soldiers were reportedly killed by Huthi rebels in northern Yemen in an ambush. Sudan began deploying hundreds of soldiers in 2015 as part of an Arab coalition fighting on the side of the Yemeni government.
    (AFP, 4/7/18)(AFP, 4/12/18)

2018        Apr 7, In Illinois three passengers on a private bus were fatally shot. Rockford police identified passenger Raheem King as the shooter and he remained at large.
    (SFC, 4/9/18, p.A4)
2018        Apr 7, In NYC an apartment fire on the 50th floor of Trump Tower left one person dead.
    (SSFC, 4/8/18, p.A9)
2018        Apr 7, Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (72) turned himself in to police to begin a 12-year sentence for money laundering and corruption.
    (AP, 4/8/18)
2018        Apr 7, British police said they are deploying 300 more officers on the streets of London this weekend to confront a spike in stabbing and shootings that has sparked fears about rising crime.
    (AP, 4/7/18)
2018        Apr 7, Air France cancelled hundreds of its flights as pilots, cabin crew and ground staff pursued a fifth day of strikes aimed at securing higher pay.
    (AFP, 4/7/18)
2018        Apr 7, In Germany Jens Ruether (48) drove a camper van into a group of people sitting outside a restaurant in Muenster, killing two people. He then shot himself dead. Authorities later said Ruether acted alone and appears to have had mental health problems. A third person died three weeks later from injuries sustained in the crash.
    (Reuters, 4/8/18)(AP, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 7, India agreed to construct a rail link to Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, and to open up inland waterways in the landlocked Himalayan nation. Analysts said the latest Indian move was spurred by China's expansive infrastructure projects in Nepal as both Asian giants jostle for influence.
    (Reuters, 4/7/18)
2018        Apr 7, In India a court in Jodhpur granted bail to Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, who will be allowed to remain free while he appeals his conviction on charges of poaching rare deer in a wildlife preserve two decades ago.
    (AP, 4/7/18)
2018        Apr 7, In western Iraq a suicide attack targeting the Al-Hal political party headquarters in Hit, Anbar province, killed four people and injured seven others, including a candidate in polls set for May.
    (AFP, 4/8/18)
2018        Apr 7, Japan activated its first marine unit since World War Two trained to counter invaders occupying Japanese islands along the edge of the East China Sea that Tokyo fears are vulnerable to attack by China.
    (Reuters, 4/7/18)
2018        Apr 7, In western Japan Yoshitane Yamasaki (73), a father who allegedly confined his mentally ill son, now 42, in a small cage for more than two decades, was arrested.
    (AFP, 4/7/18)
2018        Apr 7, North and South Korea held talks over establishing a telephone hotline between their leaders and other communication issues ahead of a rare summit between the rivals later this month.
    (AP, 4/7/18)
2018        Apr 7, Pakistan's PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Afghanistan has accepted his offer to revive stalled peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
    (AP, 4/7/18)
2018        Apr 7, A Pakistani government official says Indian troops have fired across the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region, killing a woman and wounding six others.
    (AP, 4/7/18)
2018        Apr 7, In Pakistan a car carrying American diplomat Col. Joseph Emanuel Hall accidently hit a Pakistani motorcyclist in Islamabad, killing him on the spot. Pakistani TV stations soon aired footage showing a white vehicle running a red light and striking a motorcyclist. The family of the motorcyclist, identified by police as Ateeq Baig (22), lodged charges against the US. Police soon requested a travel ban on Hall.
    (AP, 4/7/18)(AP, 4/8/18)(AP, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 7, Palestinian Yaser Murtaja (30), a cameraman for Palestinian Ain Media, died after being wounded by Israeli fire a day earlier while covering deadly protests along the Israel-Gaza border.
    (Reuters, 4/7/18)
2018        Apr 7, In South Sudan armed men fired at the vehicle marked with logos of the Catholic Organization for Relief and Development Aid as it travelled on a road near the town of Bentiu and one of the workers died. A local worker with the UNIDO organization was killed near Leer town in Unity state.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ya6c24je)(SFC, 4/11/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 7, In Switzerland Karl-Erivan Haub (58), heir to the German Tengelmann retail empire, disappeared in Zermatt while training for a ski mountaineering race on the famous Matterhorn peak.  A search for him was officially called off after six months.
    (AP, 4/11/18)(AP, 10/11/18)
2018        Apr 7, Syrian government forces pressed their offensive against the last rebel-held town in eastern Ghouta near Damascus under the cover of airstrikes as shelling of civilian areas on both sides claimed more lives. the Britain-based Observatory said another eight civilians were killed as more bombing raids slammed into Douma. The Army of Islam said its fighters repelled all government attacks that began a day earlier, adding that 17 Syrian soldiers were killed. An alleged chlorine gas attack killed at least 40 people in Douma. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 80 people were killed in Douma.
    (AP, 4/7/18)(AFP, 4/7/18)(AP, 4/8/18)
2018        Apr 7, Taiwan's Central News Agency said that Taiwan's Ministry of National Defence confirmed the US Department of State had agreed to grant the license needed to sell the technology to Taiwan, so the self-ruled island could build its own submarines.
    (Reuters, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 7, Turkey's interior ministry said authorities will deport close to 600 illegal Afghan migrants in eastern Turkey back to Kabul this weekend.
    (Reuters, 4/7/18)
2018        Apr 7, Turkey's military said some 108 Kurdish militants have been "neutralized" in operations targeting southeast Turkey and northern Iraq over the past week.
    (AP, 4/7/18)
2018        Apr 7, The Vatican police force arrested Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella, who once worked at its US embassy and was recalled last year after the US State Department said the priest may have violated child pornography laws.
    (Reuters, 4/7/18)

2018        Apr 8, US Forces said US Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) and Afghan forces have conducted strikes on 11 Taliban drug production facilities in the western provinces of Farah and Nimroz this week aimed to reduce the Taliban's main revenue flow. The drug lab campaign began in November and has now included 75 strikes.
    (Reuters, 4/8/18)
2018        Apr 8, In Bangladesh violence erupted at Dhaka Univ. and police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at students fighting what they complain are discriminatory quotas for government jobs in favor of special groups.
    (AFP, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 8, In Cambodia Japan signed a grant and loan agreement with Cambodia totaling over $90 million, despite concerns from the international community over PM Hun Sen's crackdown on government critics ahead of a July general election.
    (Reuters, 4/8/18)
2018        Apr 8, In the Central African Republic unidentified gunmen opened fire on a UN base in the Muslim PK5 neighborhood of Bangui late today, capping a day that saw at least one civilian killed and dozens of people injured.
    (Reuters, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 8, China banned exports to North Korea of electronics and other goods that can be used in making weapons, tightening UN sanctions imposed over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development.
    (AP, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 8, In France travelers grappled with another crippling wave of transport strikes, as train workers protested President Emmanuel Macron's economic reforms and a stand-off between the government and rail unions hardened.
    (Reuters, 4/8/18)
2018        Apr 8, German police raided the homes of suspected members of a far-right group in Berlin and in the states of Brandenburg and Thueringia, searching for weapons. The investigators believed the suspects are members of the Reichsbuerger (Citizens of the Reich) group, who do not recognize modern-day Germany as a legitimate state.
    (Reuters, 4/8/18)
2018        Apr 8, Hungarians voted in an election that is being keenly watched across Europe, with firebrand nationalist PM Viktor Orban tipped to win a third consecutive term and press ahead with his anti-immigration agenda. Orban's Fidesz party won a two-thirds majority for the third time straight time in the election, meaning he again has the powers to change constitutional laws - potentially paving the way for further friction with the EU.
    (AFP, 4/8/18)(Reuters, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 8, In Indonesia eleven people died and several others were critically ill after drinking bootleg liquor in West Java province, days after the death of 24 others from illicit alcohol in Jakarta.
    (AFP, 4/8/18)
2018        Apr 8, In Pakistan an estimated 15,000 people attended a rally in Peshawar, organized by the Movement for Protection of Pashtuns group, demanding the release of scores of suspects being held by authorities on alleged links to militants.
    (AP, 4/8/18)
2018        Apr 8, Russia's Foreign Ministry said reports of a gas attack in Syria were bogus.
    (Reuters, 4/8/18)
2018        Apr 8, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Paris at the start of a European tour after three weeks in the United States, where he pitched for investments and support against arch-rival Iran.
    (Reuters, 4/8/18)
2018        Apr 8, Somali security staff took about $9.6 million in cash from a civilian plane that landed in Mogadishu from the UAE. The UAE said it was sending the money to the Somali army to support its operations against Islamist militants. The plane was allowed to depart several hours later.
    (Reuters, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 8, Syrian state television reported that an agreement has been reached to release all prisoners held by rebels controlling the eastern Ghouta city of Douma in return for the fighters' leaving the city within 48 hours. New regime air strikes hit the last rebel pocket Eastern Ghouta, despite reports the fighters had struck a ceasefire deal with regime ally Russia.
    (Reuters, 4/8/18)(AFP, 4/8/18)
2018        Apr 8, In Syria a missile attack on the central T-4, air base near Homs reportedly killed 14 people, including four Iranians. Syria blamed Israel.
    (AP, 4/9/18)(Reuters, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 8, Pope Francis told worshippers in St Peter's Square that he hoped Roma Day could foster greater understanding of Roma culture through the "goodwill of getting to know one another" and "mutual respect". Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy's far-right League, urged them to "steal less".
    (AFP, 4/8/18)

2018        Apr 9, The US Congressional Budget Office reported that Pres. Trump's tax cuts and last month's spending bill will push the deficit to $804 billion this year and just under $1 trillion for the upcoming year.
    (SFC, 4/10/18, p.D2)
2018        Apr 9, US federal agents raided the office of President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen, seizing records on topics that include a $130,000 payment made to porn actress Stormy Daniels, who says she had sex with Trump.
    (AP, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 9, The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals court ruled that employers can't set different pay levels for women and men doing the same job by relying, even in part, on their salary at a previous job.
    (SFC, 4/10/18, p.C1)
2018        Apr 9, The Arizona Supreme Court ruled that young immigrants in the program started by former Pres. Barack Obama are not eligible for lower in-state college tuition.
    (AP, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 9, Arizona's GOP Gov. Doug Ducey sent 225 members of its National Guard to the Mexican border and pledged to deploy another 113 the following day to support Pres. Trump's plan to use the military to help fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking. The Republican governors of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas have committed 1,600 Guard members to the border.
    (SFC, 4/10/18, p.A5)(SFC, 4/11/18, p.A4)
2018        Apr 9, San Francisco police said ten suspects of a serial burglary crew have been arrested in the past 90 days. They were responsible for some 60 home burglaries over the last three months that netted $3 million worth of goods. The suspects, all Bay Area residents, included nine men and one woman. Four other arrests were pending.
    (SFC, 4/10/18, p.C1)
2018        Apr 9, In western Afghanistan a blast from explosives placed on a motorbike killed at least six people, including four children, and wounded nine other children in Herat province.
    (Reuters, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 9, Armenia's new President Armen Sarkisian (64) was sworn in but power is expected to remain with his predecessor, who will likely become premier as the ex-Soviet republic shifts to a parliamentary form of government.
    (AFP, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 9, In Bangladesh thousands of students across the country staged protests and sit-ins after clashes at the country's top university left at least 100 people injured.
    (AP, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 9, London police shot and killed a man after he reportedly claimed he had a weapon.
    (AP, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 9, China said that it opposed the United States selling weapons to Taiwan.
    (Reuters, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 9, China's state media reported that four popular Chinese news apps have been temporarily removed from the Android store in China following an order from regulators to tighten control over the spread of information.
    (AP, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 9, In Congo DRC six rangers were killed in an ambush in the Virunga National Park, the country's famed haven for gorillas and other endangered species.
    (AFP, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 9, France's rail operator said that the rolling strikes against plans to overhaul the debt-laden company had already cost it around 100 million euros ($123 million) as the standoff between unions and the government dragged on.
    (AFP, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 9, In Germany six men detained over concerns about a possible attack on Berlin's half-marathon were released after investigators found no concrete evidence to back their initial suspicions.
    (AP, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 9, In southern Germany an employee at an airfield died after being hit by flying debris when the rotor blades of a military helicopter collided with the facility's control tower at the Hassfurt-Schweinfurt airfield.
    (AP, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 9, In India at least 27 children were killed when their school bus skidded off a mountain road into a gorge in Himachal Pradesh state in the foothills of the Himalayas.
    (AP, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 9, In Indonesia Kiki Muhamad Iqbal (38), the convicted mastermind of a deadly twin bombing in Jakarta in May, 2017, claimed by the Islamic State group, was sentenced to nine years in prison.
    (AFP, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 9, Indonesian officials said more than 50 people have died in little more than a week after drinking bootleg liquor in western Indonesia, including in the capital, Jakarta.
    (AP, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 9, In Japan a magnitude 6.1 quake struck 12 km (7 miles) underground near Ohda city, about 800 km (480 miles) west of Tokyo. Five people sustained injuries, but most of them were minor and not life-threatening.
    (AP, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 9, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari departed for Britain for talks with PM Theresa May after announcing that he would seek re-election in 2019.
    (Reuters, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 9, Pakistani authorities launched a new polio vaccination drive, aiming to reach 38.7 million children under the age of 5.
    (AP, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 9, South Korean prosecutors formally charged jailed ex-President Lee Myung-bak with a range of corruption charges, making him the country's fourth leader to face a criminal trial in about two decades.
    (AP, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 9, Sri Lankan police arrested two army corporals for their suspected involvement in anti-Muslim riots in the central highlands district of Kandy last month.
    (Reuters, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 9, Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Novartis said it has agreed to buy the US-based gene therapy company AveXis Inc. for $8.7 billion, part of its goal to become a leader in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.
    (AP, 4/9/18)
2018        Apr 9, In Yemen a Saudi-led coalition airstrike killed at least 15 people, including children, in the southwestern city of Taiz.
    (AP, 4/9/18)

2018        Apr 10, President Donald Trump canceled plans to travel to South America later this week, choosing to stay in the United States to manage the US response to Syria's apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians.
    (AP, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 10, President Donald Trump hosted the ruling emir of Qatar for a White House meeting, welcoming a leader whose tiny gas-rich nation he once accused of funding terrorism at a "high level".
    (AP, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 10, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said his company would step up efforts to block hate messages in Myanmar as he faced questioning by the US Congress about electoral interference and hate speech on the platform.
    (Reuters, 4/11/18)
2018        Apr 10, In Arizona all six people aboard a small plane were killed when it crashed after takeoff on a golf course in Scottsdale.
    (SFC, 4/11/18, p.A4)
2018        Apr 10, Oklahoma's two largest school districts cancelled classes for the seventh consecutive school day extending the second week of a statewide teacher walkout.
    (SFC, 4/10/18, p.A5)
2018        Apr 10, The Newport Arctic Scholars Initiative convened in Newport, Rhode Island, with representatives from the Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and the US.
    (AP, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 10, In Afghanistan the Taliban attacked two security posts in the central Ghazni province, killing four policemen.
    (AP, 4/11/18)
2018        Apr 10, In northern Brazil gunmen attacked the Santa Izabel prison in Para state trying to stage a mass escape of prisoners. 20 people were killed in a gunbattle with police including 19 prisoners and one guard.
    (SFC, 4/12/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 10, In the Central African Republic 19 people, including a UN soldier, were killed and more than 100 wounded in clashes between peacekeepers and militias in a flashpoint Muslim enclave of Bangui. Two inmates were killed and a third was injured after the violence erupted in Bangui's Ngaragba central prison. UN forces helped prevent a prison breakout.
    (AFP, 4/11/18)(AP, 4/11/18)(AFP, 4/12/18)
2018        Apr 10, Speaking at a business conference, China's Pres. Xi Jinping promised changes in areas that the US has identified as priorities. In addition to intellectual property protections and auto tariffs, he discussed opening China's banking industry and increasing its imports.
    (AP, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 10, The EU's top court dealt another blow to US ridesharing giant Uber by backing the right of France and other member states to ban an illegal taxi service without notifying Brussels regulators.
    (AFP, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 10, In western France activists clashed with riot police for the second consecutive day as authorities continued evacuating a protest camp in Notre-Dame-des-Landes erected nearly a decade ago to block construction of an airport.
    (AP, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 10, In France air traffic was severely disrupted as the country's biggest airline Air France was forced to cancel one in four flights, in the sixth round of strikes launched by its employees since February.
    (AFP, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 10, In Germany tens of thousands of air passengers were stranded as workers at airlines Lufthansa staged strikes that crippled traffic.
    (AFP, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 10, One of Hungary's two national opposition dailies said it will shut down due to financial problems. Magyar Nemzet, owned by Lajos Simicska's media holdings, once highly profitable, incurred heavy losses after Simicska fell out with Pres. Orban and his publications were deprived of government advertising.
    (Reuters, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 10, Indonesian authorities said at least two dozen people have died in the past day from drinking toxic bootleg liquor, raising the toll to 82 this month and highlighting how attempts to curb legal alcohol have tragically backfired. The homemade alcohol had been tainted with ingredients such as mosquito repellent.
    (AP, 4/10/18)(Reuters, 9/19/18)
2018        Apr 10, Iran moved to enforce a single exchange rate to the dollar, banning all unregulated trading after the rial hit an all-time low. As of today the official rate will be 42,000 rials to the dollar.
    (AP, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 10, Italian authorities said they have arrested 13 suspects in a high-speed migrant trafficking ring operating between Tunisia and Sicily whose members espoused radical jihadist views.
    (AP, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 10, In Japan Masazo Nonaka was certified as the world's oldest living man, at age 112 years, 259 days. Nonaka received the certificate from Guinness World Records in a ceremony at his home in Ashoro, on the northern main island of Hokkaido.
    (AP, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 10, It was reported that Mexico's vaquita marina, the world's smalest porpose, has been virtually wiped out by totoaba fishing, because it gets stuck in the same kind of net. Totoaba swim bladders sell for up to $20,000 in China, where it is reputed to rejuvenate the skin and heal a host of ailments, from arthritis pain to discomfort during pregnancy.
    (AFP, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 10, Pakistan fired nearly 200 rockets across the border into Afghanistan's northeastern Kunar province, killing one person and forcing nearly 300 residents to flee.
    (AP, 4/11/18)
2018        Apr 10, In Pakistan local performer Samina Sindhu was fatally shot at a party held by a wealthy landlord to celebrate his son's birth. One of the guests drunkenly ordered Sindhu, who was pregnant, to dance before shooting her. The shooter was soon arrested. The singer had to perform due to poverty and her husband was reportedly under pressure to drop charges.
    (AP, 4/12/18)
2018        Apr 10, Romanian prosecutors said authorities have detained nine Romanian men and a Pakistani man suspected of illegally trafficking more than 100 migrants.
    (AP, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 10, Romanian public health officials said they have destroyed 1,100 kg (2,425 pounds) of Egyptian potatoes after tests showed they had brown rot disease.
    (AP, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 10, Russia warned that any US missiles fired at Syria over the deadly assault on a rebel enclave would be shot down and the launch sites targeted.
    (Reuters, 4/11/18)
2018        Apr 10, The ruble plunged for the second day in a row following fresh US sanctions against Russia.
    (AP, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 10, Saudi national company Aramco and French oil giant Total announced that they have signed an agreement to build a $9 billion petrochemical complex in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 10, Swiss food giant Nestle said wants to make all of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, becoming the latest food company to vow to reduce plastic waste.
    (Reuters, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 10, Pres. Bashar al-Assad's government invited international inspectors to send a team to Syria to investigate an alleged chemical attack in the town of Douma in a move apparently aimed at averting possible Western military action over the incident. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said a fact-finding mission was preparing to deploy to Douma where the April 7 suspected attack took place.
    (Reuters, 4/10/18)(SFC, 4/11/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 10, Thailand police shot and killed two suspected Muslim insurgents who ambushed a police unit in the southern province of Pattani, a day after bombs in a neighboring province injured 12 people.
    (AP, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 10, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said sanctions will be imposed on Russian oligarchs including Oleg Deripaska, following the lead of penalties ordered by the United States.
    (Reuters, 4/10/18)
 2018        Apr 10, The United Nations said Libyan militias, including some affiliated with authorities, are holding thousands of prisoners in prolonged arbitrary and unlawful detention that includes torture.
    (AP, 4/10/18)
2018        Apr 10, In northern Vietnam a court sentenced dissident Nguyen Van Tuc (54) to 13 years in prison after finding him guilty of attempting to overthrow the government. Van Tuc was convicted of affiliating with an outlawed group named Brotherhood for Democracy in a half-day trial at the People's Court in Thai Binh province.
    (AP, 4/10/18)

2018        Apr 11, US President Donald Trump warned Russia of imminent military action in Syria over a suspected poison gas attack, declaring that missiles "will be coming" and lambasting Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Trump offered to help boost Russia's economy and sought an end to what he called an "arms race," in an apparent diplomatic overture less than one hour after warning Moscow about pending missile strikes in Syria.
    (Reuters, 4/11/18)
2018        Apr 11, US media reported that House Speaker Paul Ryan, the top Republican in the US Congress, will not seek re-election following this year's mid-term elections.
    (AFP, 4/11/18)
2018        Apr 11, In Afghanistan a sticky bomb destroyed an oil tanker late today outside the Bagram military base north of Kabul.
    (AP, 4/12/18)
2018        Apr 11, In Algeria a military plane crashed in a field near Boufarik airport southwest of Algiers, killing 257 people. A number of survivors were being treated at an army hospital following the crash of the Russian Ilyushin Il-76 transport plane.
    (Reuters, 4/11/18)
2018        Apr 11, Azerbaijanis voted in a snap presidential election boycotted by the main opposition parties and set to extend the autocratic rule of President Ilham Aliyev. Pres. Aliyev (56) won with more than 86 percent of the vote. The next day International monitors for the OSCE said the presidential election lacked genuine competition and was held in an environment of curtailed rights and freedoms.
    (AFP, 4/11/18)(Reuters, 4/12/18)
2018        Apr 11, In Bangladesh tens of thousands of university students marched in cities across the country in one of the biggest protests faced by PM Sheikh Hasina in her decade in power. The students were fighting against a controversial policy that sets aside government jobs for special groups.
    (AFP, 4/11/18)
2018        Apr 11, Cambodia deported nearly 100 Chinese citizens accused of defrauding people in China in an internet scam. They were arrested last month after a police investigation.
    (AP, 4/11/18)   
2018        Apr 11, In the Central African Republic the corpses of 17 civilians, killed a day earlier, were laid out in front of the UN peacekeeping offices in Bangui in a furious protest against a new operation against armed groups that has targeted a largely Muslim neighborhood. The Red Cross quickly removed the bodies. The protest came as UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix visited the impoverished nation.
    (AFP, 4/11/18)(AP, 4/11/18)
2018        Apr 11, Striking Air France pilots and cabin staff insisted they weren't backing down, as their latest walkout forced the cancellation of some 30 percent of the airline's flights worldwide.
    (AP, 4/11/18)
2018        Apr 11, In Germany trade unions piled more pressure on public sector employers with a second day of nationwide wage strikes, as more than 25,000 workers staged walkouts at hospitals, childcare centers and waste depots.
    (Reuters, 4/11/18)
2018        Apr 11, An Indonesian court sentenced Australian accountant Isaac Emmanuel Roberts (35) to 15 months of rehabilitation for drug offenses on the tourist island of Bali. Roberts was arrested at Ngurah Rai airport on Dec. 4 after arriving from Bangkok with 14.3 grams (0.5 ounce) of crystal methamphetamine and 14 ecstasy tablets.
    (AP, 4/11/18)
2018        Apr 11, In Kashmir at least four men were killed when government forces fired on anti-India protesters who thronged Khudwani village where soldiers battled a group of militants. One soldier was also killed.
    (AP, 4/11/18)
2018        Apr 11, Myanmar civil society groups welcomed a commitment by Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg to increase efforts to curb messages inciting violence, but urged the social media giant to deploy more resources in the Southeast Asian country.
    (Reuters, 4/11/18)
2018        Apr 11, The Russian ruble fell sharply again as US sanctions imposed last week continued to bite and President Donald Trump threatened a missile strike on Syria. By late afternoon, the ruble traded at around 64.5 to the dollar, the most since 2016.
    (AP, 4/11/18)
2018        Apr 11, Saudi Arabia's air defence forces intercepted a ballistic missile over Riyadh. At least three blasts were heard and three clouds of smoke were seen in the sky above the capital. Saudi Arabia's military brought down a Houthi drone at an international airport in the southern city of Abha.
    (Reuters, 4/11/18)
2018        Apr 11, Saudi Aramco announced a $44-billion deal to build a giant refinery complex in India with three Indian firms that will become a crucial new outlet for the world's biggest supplier.
    (AFP, 4/11/18)
2018        Apr 11, Somalia said it has disbanded a United Arab Emirates program to train some of its troops in a fresh sign that a dispute in the Gulf involving Qatar is spilling into the volatile country in the Horn of Africa.
    (Reuters, 4/11/18)
2018        Apr 11, In Somalia the US carried out an air strike and destroyed "an al-Shabaab vehicle-born improvised explosive device" near Jana Cabdalle in the Lower Jubba region.
    (Reuters, 4/13/18)
2018        Apr 11, Syria called US threats to attack it "reckless" and said they display a lack of "wisdom and logic" and endanger international peace and security. Pro-government forces emptied main airports and military air bases over possible US strikes.
    (AP, 4/11/18)(Reuters, 4/11/18)
2018        Apr 11, Police in Thailand confirmed that new charges have been filed against a self-described Russian sex guru and a woman who claims to have evidence of Russian ties to President Donald Trump's election campaign. Anastasia Vashukevich, also known as Nastya Rybka, has attracted widespread attention for claiming to have recordings of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a crony of President Vladimir Putin, discussing interference in the US election.
    (AP, 4/11/18)
2018        Apr 11, A UN war crimes court sentenced Serbian ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj to ten years in prison, partially overturning his acquittal over crimes against humanity and other charges dating to the Balkan wars in the 1990s. He was acquitted in 2016 of nine war crimes and crimes against humanity charges because of insufficient evidence.
    (AP, 4/11/18)
2018        Apr 11, Pope Francis, in the letter to the Chilean hierarchy, admitted he had made "grave errors" in evaluating the case of a bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse. He invited the victims to Rome so he could personally apologize.
    (AP, 4/12/18)

2018        Apr 12, President Donald Trump asked trade officials to explore the possibility of the United States rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, a free trade deal he pulled out of during his first days in office as part of his "America first" agenda.
    (AP, 4/13/18)
2018        Apr 12, In California Carl Ferrer, the CEO of Backpage.com pleaded guilty to state and federal chargesincluding conspiracy and money laundering and agreed to testify in ongoing prosecutions against others at the website that authorities have dubbed a lucrative nationwide "online brothel".
    (SFC, 4/14/18, p.D2)
2018        Apr 12, In Berkeley, Ca., the hyper-local news site Berkeleyside reported that it has raised $1 million in a direct public offering (DPO) with nearly 400 of its readers. The site has received a $60,000 grant from the Lenfest Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on finding business models to sustain local journalism.
    (SFC, 4/13/18, p.C1)
2018        Apr 12, In Texas a federal jury convicted Steve Stockman, a former state Congressman arrested in March 2017, on fraud and conspiracy charges for misusing charitable donations to pay for personal and political expenses.
    (SFC, 4/13/18, p.A5)
2018        Apr 12, In central Afghanistan the Taliban stormed a government compound, triggering an hours-long gunbattle that killed 15, including three top local officials in the Khuja Omari district of Ghazni province.
    (AP, 4/12/18)
2018        Apr 12, Canada's PM Justin Trudeau cut short a visit to Peru to try defuse a threatened constitutional crisis over expanding a 1,150-km (715-mile) pipeline to move 890,000 barrels of oil per day from landlocked Alberta's oil sands to the Pacific coast.
    (AFP, 4/15/18)
2018        Apr 12, China's commerce ministry said trade negotiations with the United States would be impossible as Washington's attempts at dialogue were not sincere, and vowed to retaliate should U.S. President Donald Trump escalate current tensions.
    (Reuters, 4/12/18)
2018        Apr 12, In China Sun Zhengcai, former party leader of the western megacity of Chongqing, pleaded guilty to bribery in court and expressed repentance.
    (AP, 4/12/18)
2018        Apr 12, Egypt and Russia resumed direct flights, more than two-and-a-half years after they were suspended in the wake of a bombing that brought down a Russian passenger plane over the Sinai Peninsula.
    (AP, 4/12/18)
2018        Apr 12, The Council of the European Union extended the sanctions put on Iran over human rights violations by a year until April 2019.
    (Reuters, 4/12/18)
2018        Apr 12, French President Emmanuel Macron vowed that he would not back down on his plans to overhaul the state rail operator, urging workers to call off three months of strikes and pursue the reforms "together".
    (AP, 4/12/18)
2018        Apr 12, President Emmanuel Macron said France has proof the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack last week and will decide whether to strike back when all the necessary information has been gathered.
    (Reuters, 4/12/18)
2018        Apr 12, In France Palestinian, Israeli, Jordanian, US and EU delegations along with representatives of UNESCO leadership negotiated a compromise resolution on "Occupied Palestine". Diplomats agreed to move the most controversial language to a non-binding annex and avoided a contentious vote.
    (AP, 4/13/18)
2018        Apr 12, In Germany a woman (34) and her 1-year-old daughter died after being stabbed at a busy subway station in central Hamburg. The suspected assailant (33), the woman's ex-husband from Niger, was arrested.
    (AP, 4/12/18)
2018        Apr 12, In Germany Herbert Diess (59) was named as the new boss of VW, replacing longtime insider Matthias Mueller.
    (AP, 4/13/18)
2018        Apr 12, A Greek Mirage 2000-5 air force fighter jet crashed into the Aegean Sea after returning from a patrol, killing the pilot.
    (AP, 4/12/18)
2018        Apr 12, The governor of Indonesia's conservative Aceh province said canings will no longer be allowed to be carried out in public for violations of Shariah law. Caning will only take place inside prisons or other places of detention. Adults can still witness the punishment but recording won't be allowed.
    (AP, 4/12/18)
2018        Apr 12, It was reported that Hassan al-Kontar, a Syrian man, said he has been stranded at the main airport serving the Malaysian capital for over a month after being denied entry to several countries, and begged for help to escape.
    (AFP, 4/12/18)
2018        Apr 12, New Zealand said it will stop issuing permits for offshore oil and gas exploration as it moves to combat climate change.
    (SFC, 4/13/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 12, In northern Nigeria gunmen killed 26 people in Zamfara state, in the latest in a series of attacks blamed on cattle thieves. The victims were miners from Kuru-Kuru that were attacked and residents of Jarkuka village who had come to help their neighbors.
    (AP, 4/13/18)
2018        Apr 12, Poland's PM Mateusz Morawiecki said his government plans to spend up to $8.8 billion by 2028 on cleaner heating as part of its efforts to fight smog.
    (AP, 4/12/18)
2018        Apr 12, In southern Somalia a bomb killed up to five spectators at a football match in the port town of Barawe, the first time an explosion has targeted a stadium.
    (Reuters, 4/13/18)
2018        Apr 12, Spain signed a framework deal to sell Saudi Arabia five small warships worth around 1.8 billion euros ($2.2 billion). Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was in Madrid on a state visit.
    (Reuters, 4/12/18)
2018        Apr 12, Swedish authorities said they have charged Dorjee Gyantsan (49), a Tibetan man, with spying for China, on suspicion that he gathered information on Tibetans who had fled to Sweden.
    (AP, 4/12/18)
2018        Apr 12, A court in Trinidad and Tobago ruled that colonial-era laws banning same-sex intimacy between consenting adults are unconstitutional.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ybcmwp9k)(SSFC, 4/15/18, p.A4)

2018        Apr 13, US Pres. Donald Trump issued a full pardon to I. Lewis Libby, who was convicted of lying to investigators and obstruction of justice following the 2003 leak of the covert identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame. Libby at the time was serving as the chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney. Pres. G.W. Bush later commuted Libby's 30-month prison sentence, but did not issue a pardon.
    (SFC, 4/14/18, p.A6)
2018        Apr 13, US Pres. Donald Trump instructed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to more quickly revue states' smog reduction plans, make it easier for businesses to get air quality- related permits and to evaluate health-based smog and soot standards to determine whether they should be revised or rescinded.
    (SFC, 4/14/18, p.A7)
2018        Apr 13, In San Francisco inspectors of the city's Public Works Dept. swept in and impounded about 66 scooters following complaints that they were blocking sidewalks. This came just weeks after three firms (Lime, Bird and Spin) deposited hundreds of electric scooters throughout the city. All three companies vowed to cooperate with the city to find solutions.
    (SFC, 4/14/18, p.A1)
2018        Apr 13, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency in 55 of the state's 77 counties following wildfires that have forced the evacuation of some 1,400 people in three towns.
    (SFC, 4/14/18, p.A6)
2018        Apr 13, In Afghanistan Taliban attacks overnight killed at least 13 policemen and wounded several others. At least four young children were killed after a rocket fired by an insurgent hit their house late today in southern Helmand province. At least two police officers were killed after insurgents attacked their check point in western Farah province.
    (AP, 4/13/18)(AP, 4/14/18)
2018        Apr 13, In Bulgaria a passenger bus flipped over on a highway near Sofia, killing at least six people and leaving 22 others injured, including one child.
    (Reuters, 4/13/18)
2018        Apr 13, It was reported that the US embassy in Cambodia has fired 32 people after they were allegedly caught sharing pornographic material in a non-official chat group. There were no diplomats among those fired.
    (Reuters, 4/13/18)
2018        Apr 13, China's industry ministry said it has ordered 12 steel mills to come back into compliance following breaches of environmental, safety and other regulations, while it has removed another 19 companies from a qualified enterprises list.
    (Reuters, 4/13/18)
2018        Apr 13, China's Sina Weibo said in a statement it had begun a "clean-up campaign" to remove "illegal" content, including "manga and videos with pornographic implications, promoting violence or (related to) homosexuality".
    (AFP, 4/14/18)
2018        Apr 13, Congo took the extraordinary step of boycotting an international conference that reaped hundreds of millions of dollars to help its people, saying the Central African country's humanitarian crisis has been exaggerated. UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said he expected $530 million in pledges by the end of the day.
    (AP, 4/13/18)
2018        Apr 13, Croatia's parliament ratified the Council of Europe's so-called Istanbul Convention, a treaty safeguarding women, despite opposition from conservatives and the powerful Catholic Church.
    (AFP, 4/13/18)
2018        Apr 13, French riot police clashed with protesters for a fifth day as their operation to clear squatters from an abandoned airport site evolved into a violent standoff that looked like it could go on for some time.
    (Reuters, 4/13/18)
2018        Apr 13, In Germany police in the central city of Fulda shot dead a young Afghan refugee (19) who went on a violent rampage in a bakery.
    (AFP, 4/13/18)
2018        Apr 13, In India lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar from the ruling Hindu nationalist party was arrested after being accused of abducting and raping a teenage girl last year. Sengar was arrested after being questioned by authorities in Lucknow, the capital of northern Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 4/14/18)
2018        Apr 13, Thousands of Palestinians staged a mass protest along Gaza's sealed border with Israel, some burning large Israeli flags and torching tires while soldiers fired tear gas and live bullets from across the border fence. Gaza health officials said 363 people were wounded by Israeli fire or treated for tear gas inhalation.
    (AP, 4/13/18)
2018        Apr 13, In Peru the Summit of the Americas began a two-day meeting in Lima. US Vice President Mike Pence stood in for Pres. Donald Trump at the summit, whose theme this year is corruption.
    (Reuters, 4/13/18)
2018        Apr 13, A Russian court ordered that a popular messaging app, Telegram, be blocked after the company rejected to share encryption data with authorities.
    (AP, 4/13/18)
2018        Apr 13, The Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Literature Prize, appointed a new head as a sexual harassment scandal rocked the prestigious institution. Anders Olsson, a writer and professor of literature, was appointed to the post on a temporary basis. The scandal centered on allegations by 18 women that they had been subject to harassment and physical abuse by Jean-Claude Arnault, the French husband of Academy member Katarina Frostenson.
    (AFP, 4/13/18)
2018        Apr 13, In Syria a new group of Islamist rebels and other civilians left Douma, paving the way for the government to declare full control over the onetime opposition enclave.
    (AFP, 4/13/18)
2018        Apr 13, A Turkish court sentenced 21 people to life sentences in prison over the so-called "post-modern" coup that in 1997 toppled Turkey's first Islamist-led government. Among those who were handed life sentences were Gen. Ismail Hakki Karadayi, who was chief of general staff between 1994 and 1998, and his deputy at the time, Gen. Cevik Bir.
    (Reuters, 4/13/18)
2018        Apr 13, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said prosecutors have ordered the detention of 140 people including serving army officers over alleged links to the US-based preacher accused of orchestrating an attempted coup in 2016.
    (Reuters, 4/13/18)
2018        Apr 13, In Uganda a wildlife official said a pride of 11 lions have been killed by suspected poisoning in Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of the country's major protected areas.
    (AP, 4/13/18)
2018        Apr 13, Ukraine's hard-line nationalists in Kiev vandalized a monument to Nikolai Vatutin, a Soviet Army general killed during WW II, and engaged in scuffles with army veterans and other opponents.
    (AP, 4/13/18)
2018        Apr 13, A new UN report put Myanmar's armed forces on a UN blacklist of government and rebel groups "credibly suspected" of carrying out rapes and other acts of sexual violence in conflict for the first time.
    (AP, 4/14/18)

2018        Apr 14, US, British and French forces pounded Syria early today with more than 100 missiles in response to a poison gas attack that killed dozens of people last week. 105 precision-guided missile strikes were aimed at three Syrian chemical weapons targets. The Barza Research and Development Center in the greater Damascus area took the brunt of the fire, with 57 Tomahawk cruise missiles and 19 Joint Air to Surface Stand-off missiles. Four Royal Air Force Tornado jets from the Akrotiri base in Cyprus fired Storm Shadow missiles at a military facility near Homs. The French military fired 12 missiles during its air strikes.
    (Reuters, 4/14/18)
2018        Apr 14, Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues, Dire Straits, the Cars, Nina Simone (d.2003) and Sister Rosetta Tharpe (d.1973 joined music royalty as they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
    (AFP, 4/15/18)
2018        Apr 14, In Colorado Dave Krieger, the editor of The Daily Camera in Boulder, published a critical editorial about Alden Capital Group, the newspaper's hedge fund owners. On April 26 Krieger tweeted that he has been fired.
    (SFC, 4/27/18, p.A5)
2018        Apr 14, In NYC the charred remains of David Buckel (60), a nationally known gay rights advocate, were foun d in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. He left a suicide note saying he hoped his act would bring attention to the need to protect the environment.
    (SFC, 4/16/18, p.A4)
2018        Apr 14, US poet Sam Hamill (b.1943) died in Anacortes, Wa. The former Marine-turned-pacifist helped founmd the Copper Canyon Press in 1972.
    (SSFC, 4/29/18, p.C9)
2018        Apr 14, In northern Afghanistan at least 11 paramilitary forces were killed when the Taliban attacked their checkpoint late today in Sari Pul province. Three insurgents were killed, including a local commander, and four others were wounded.
    (AP, 4/15/18)
2018        Apr 14, Armenia's ruling Republican party nominated former President Serzh Sarksyan as its candidate for prime minister. Dozens of opposition demonstrators briefly seized the headquarters of the country's public radio to protest the former president's shift into the prime minister's seat. They tried to get on the air but failed and retreated shortly afterward.
    (Reuters, 4/14/18)(AP, 4/14/18)
2018        Apr 14, Britain's Martin Sorrell resigned as chief executive of WPP, the world's largest advertising agency, following allegations of personal misconduct. Sorrell, who built WPP into a global brand during his 33 years at the helm, had been accused of misusing company assets.
    (AP, 4/15/18)
2018        Apr 14, In China a storm of online protests under the hashtag "I am gay" followed a Sina Weibo statement a day earlier that it would remove "homosexual" content from the popular microblogging platform.
    (AFP, 4/14/18)
2018        Apr 14, Czech filmmaker Milos Forman (86), died in Connecticut. His American movies "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975) and "Amadeus" (1984) won a deluge of Academy Awards, including best director Oscars.
    (AP, 4/14/18)
2018        Apr 14, Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi extended a state of emergency for another three months.
    (AP, 4/14/18)
2018        Apr 14, In Egypt militants wearing explosive belts blew themselves up as they tried to infiltrate a military base in central Sinai, killing eight soldiers and wounding 15 others. The clashes at dawn left 14 militants dead. The Islamic State group soon claimed responsibility for the attack.
    (AP, 4/14/18)(AP, 4/15/18)
2018        Apr 14, An Egyptian court upheld a life sentence against Mohamed Badie, the leader of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, over 2013 violence.
    (Reuters, 4/14/18)
2018        Apr 14, A declassified French intelligence report concluded that after analyzing "reliable intelligence" and open sources that a chemical attack on Douma on April 7 was carried out by Syrian government forces.
    (Reuters, 4/14/18)
2018        Apr 14, Thousands of Greeks turned up at a rally and march in central Athens organized by the Communist Party to protest the US-led airstrikes against Syria.
    (AP, 4/15/18)
2018        Apr 14, In Mali A rocket and car-bomb attack struck French and UN bases in Timbuktu killing a UN peacekeeper and wounding seven French soldiers. The al-Qaida branch in Mali later claimed responsibility.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yau7uy8d)(SFC, 4/21/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 14, A Myanmar government statement said that five members of a family returned to western Rakhine state from the border area.
    (AP, 4/15/18)
2018        Apr 14, Four Palestinian Islamic Jihad members were reported killed in the Rafah area of the Gaza Strip in an apparent accidental blast.
    (Reuters, 4/14/18)
2018        Apr 14, Romanian caricaturist Mihai Stanescu (78), censored for mocking the Communist regime of Nicolae Ceausescu, died in Bucharest.
    (AP, 4/14/18)
2018        Apr 14, Russia called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council as Moscow said it would consider supplying S-300 missile systems to Syria following US-led strikes. Russia said Syria's air defence system, which mostly consists of systems made in the Soviet Union, has intercepted 71 of the missiles fired by the US, British and French forces. Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White warned that Russia was actively attempting to sow confusion about the attack.
    (Reuters, 4/14/18)
2018        Apr 14, In Syria experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) continued their mission to probe an alleged gas attack in Douma despite Western air strikes. Both Syria and its ally Russia have said they would guarantee the safety and security of the OPCW mission.
    (AP, 4/14/18)
2018        Apr 14, Syria's state media said internal security forces have entered Douma, and that the final rebel holdout on the edge of Damascus would be secured within "hours".
    (AFP, 4/14/18)

2018        Apr 15, In San Francisco Quang Truong (49), a homeless man, was found dead in Chinatown covered in blood from a massive head wound. Police later linked Samuel Youmtoub (59) to the killing. On May 24 a video showed Youmtoub kicking another homeless man in the face. Youmtoub was arrested on June 17.
    (SFC, 12/15/18, p.C1)
2018        Apr 15, In upstate New York Joao Souza, an engineering student at Binghamton Univ., was fatally stabbed in a residence suite. The suspected attacker was taken into custody.
    (SFC, 4/17/18, p.A5)
2018        Apr 15, In Nevada Anthony Wrobel (42), opened fire on a picnic for employees of the Las Vegas Venetian resort killing a woman and critically injuring a man. Wrobel fled the scene and his vehicle was found at a local airport.
    (SFC, 4/17/18, p.A8)
2018        Apr 15, In South Carolina seven inmates were killed and 17 others injured in a riot at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville. The maximum security facility was built in 1993 to house violent offenders and inmates who exhibit behavioral problems.
    (AFP, 4/16/18)
2018        Apr 15, Deadly spring storms that spawned tornadoes in the US South and blizzards in the Plains and Midwest continued to blast across the region. About 70,000 homes and businesses were without power across Michigan, New York, Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.
    (Reuters, 4/15/18)
2018        Apr 15, In Afghanistan four attacks across the country killed at least 26 government security officers over the last 24 hours.
    (SFC, 4/16/18, p.A3)
2018        Apr 15, Guatemalan voters were called out to decide whether the International Court of Justice (ICJ) should rule on a border dispute with neighboring Belize that goes back more than 200 years.
    (AFP, 4/15/18)
2018        Apr 15, In India thousands of people protested across the country to seek an end to sexual violence against women.
    (AP, 4/15/18)
2018        Apr 15, Israel said it will release 207 jailed African migrants in the absence of a final deal to deport them and thousands more Eritrean and Sudanese men who entered the country illegally. Authorities have identified close to 8,000 Eritrean and Sudanese migrants it would potentially deport under compulsory expulsion.
    (Reuters, 4/15/18)(AFP, 4/15/18)
2018        Apr 15, Israel's army said it had destroyed a Hamas tunnel crossing from the Gaza Strip into its territory. It was the longest and deepest Gazan tunnel discovered by Israel.
    (AP, 4/15/18)
2018        Apr 15, Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Taro Kono and his Chinese counterpart pledged in Tokyo to improve ties between their nations and affirmed a commitment to stick with UN resolutions aimed at forcing North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons.
    (AP, 4/15/18)
2018        Apr 15, The people of Montenegro began voting in polls expected to see pro-Western six-time former prime minister Milo Djukanovic elected as president of the tiny Balkan nation that is aspiring to join the EU. Djukanovic won the presidential election to extend his dominance over the country's politics.
    (AFP, 4/15/18)(Reuters, 4/16/18)
2018        Apr 15, In North Korea the unfinished 105-story Ryugyong Hotel became the backdrop of a massive light show in which more than 100,000 LEDs flash images of famous statues and monuments, bursts of fireworks, party symbols and political slogans to mark the birthday of the country's "eternal president," Kim Il Sung.
    (AP, 12/30/18)
2018        Apr 15, Two Pakistani soldiers were killed in cross-border fire from Afghanistan while working on a fence intended to cover nearly all of the disputed 2,500 km border separating the countries.
    (Reuters, 4/15/18)
2018        Apr 15, In Russia journalist Maxim Borodin died in a hospital, three days after reportedly falling from his fifth-floor balcony in Yekaterinburg. Borodin had written about the deaths of Russian mercenaries in Syria.
    (AP, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 15, Saudi Arabia's King Salman opened the 29th summit of the 22-member Arab League in Dhahran. King Salman named it the Jerusalem Summit and announced a $150-million (120 million euro) donation for the maintenance of Islamic heritage in East Jerusalem. He also announced a $50 million donation to UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees. King Salman slammed Iran's "blatant interference" in regional affairs as Arab leaders met in the kingdom for an annual gathering.
    (AFP, 4/15/18)
2018        Apr 15, In Spain some 350,000 Catalan independence supporters flooded the streets of Barcelona calling for the release of jailed separatist leaders after a supreme court ruling frustrated their latest attempt to elect a regional leader.
    (Reuters, 4/15/18)
2018        Apr 15, In Syria inspectors from the OPCW chemical watchdog began their investigation at the site of the alleged April 7 chemical attack near Damascus. Syria and Russia stalled access to Douma by international OPCW experts seeking to probe an alleged poison gas attack there, citing security concerns.
    (AFP, 4/15/18)(AP, 4/16/18)
2018        Apr 15, The United Arab Emirates said it will end its military training mission to Somalia after an incident that saw its soldiers assaulted and $9.6 million seized at an airport in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 4/16/18)

2018        Apr 16, A US study showed that China is slightly ahead of South Korea and the United States in the race to develop fifth generation wireless networks, or 5G.
    (AFP, 4/16/18)
2018        Apr 16, The US Government Accounting Office said the EPA violated federal spending laws by purchasing a $43,000 soundproof privacy booth for Administrator Scott Pruitt to make private phone calls in his office.
    (SFC, 4/17/18, p.A5)
2018        Apr 16, At the request of Speaker Paul Ryan, House Chaplain Rev.Patrick Conroy resigned, with May 24 being his last day in office. US Republicans later said Ryan fired Rev. Patrick Conroy (b.1950) because he didn't do a very good job, and not because of Conroy's political leanings.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_J._Conroy)(SFC, 4/28/18, p.A5)
2018        Apr 16, Oklahoma officials said wildfires have killed two people and burned over 625 square miles in the western part of the state.
    (SFC, 4/17/18, p.A5)
2018        Apr 16, Afghan tribesmen returned a Pakistani soldier they captured a day earlier in a deadly skirmish along the countries' border, as well as the bodies of five soldiers.
    (Reuters, 4/16/18)
2018        Apr 16, In Armenia an opposition leader and several dozen other protesters were injured as thousands of people rallied against a move by ex-president Serzh Sarkisian to maintain a chokehold on power. The pro-Moscow politician ended his second and final presidential term last week but has been nominated by the ruling party for the post of prime minister.
    (AFP, 4/16/18)
2018        Apr 16, Weibo.com, one of China's top social networking sites, announced that it will no longer be censoring content related to gay issues after the plan triggered a loud public outcry.
    (AP, 4/16/18)
2018        Apr 16, Guinea-Bissau's President Jose Mario Vaz appointed veteran politician Aristides Gomes as new prime minister.
    (Reuters, 4/16/18)
2018        Apr 16, Hong Kong authorities said that a South Korean businessman accused of murdering his wife and son in a five-star hotel killed himself while in pre-trial custody. Media identified the man as Kim Min-ho (43), the chief executive officer of the South Korean franchise of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Police had arrested Kim in January for allegedly killing his wife and son at Hong Kong's Ritz-Carlton hotel.
    (AP, 4/16/18)
2018        Apr 16, Japan and China took another step toward mending their troubled relations, resuming high-level economic talks in Tokyo for the first time in nearly eight years. Foreign Minister Wang Yi led the Chinese delegation, becoming the first foreign minister to visit Japan for bilateral talks since 2009.
    (AP, 4/16/18)
2018        Apr 16, In Kenya three commissioners from the electoral commission said they've resigned over the suspension of the chief executive officer who was sent on compulsory leave to pave way for wider investigations into the conduct of the commission in last year's elections.
    (AP, 4/16/18)
2018        Apr 16, The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan issued a report card saying people continue to disappear, sometimes because they criticize the military or advocate better relations with neighboring India.
    (AP, 4/16/18)
2018        Apr 16, In Romania health workers protested pay cuts following government promises to hike salaries in the health care sector amid a general tax and wage overhaul.
    (AP, 4/16/18)
2018        Apr 16, Russia's communications watchdog said it has begun enforcing a nationwide ban for the popular messaging app Telegram. Entrepreneur and app developer Pavel Durov said last week the latest version would have "built-in" features that would be able to circumvent the ban.
    (AP, 4/16/18)
2018        Apr 16, Slovak new Interior Minister Tomas Drucker resigned after resisting public demand to sack the chief of police following an investigative journalist's murder.
    (AFP, 4/16/18)
2018        Apr 16, South African police raided the compound of former president Jacob Zuma's allies the Guptas, who were accused two years ago in a report by a corruption watchdog of using their influence to gain control of state companies and contracts.
    (Reuters, 4/16/18)
2018        Apr 16, In South Korea Korean Air Lines said it has suspended Cho Hyun-min, aka Emily Cho, one of its chairman's daughters from her marketing work after she threw a tantrum at a business meeting last month, triggering public outrage and a police investigation. She is the younger sister of another Korean Air executive whose onboard "nut rage" outburst delayed a flight in 2014.
    (AP, 4/16/18)
2018        Apr 16, Tanzanian authorities reported that at least nine people have died in Dar es Salaam after three days of heavy rains flooded homes and roads.
    (Reuters, 4/16/18)
2018        Apr 16, Tanzania briefly detained two musicians, including one of the country's most popular singers, after they posted video clips deemed obscene by the authorities, in the latest crackdown on social media users.
    (Reuters, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 16, Supporters of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) staged sit-in demonstrations across all of the country's 81 provinces to protest the state of emergency that was declared after a coup attempt in 2016.
    (AP, 4/16/18)
2018        Apr 16, The United Nations said it has provided the "necessary clearances" for a fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to investigate a suspected chemical attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma.
    (AP, 4/16/18)

2018        Apr 17, A report by the US-based research group C4ADS said China's massive "Belt and Road Initiative," that Beijing says is aimed at promoting global trade and economic growth, is actually intended to expand the country's political influence and military presence.
    (AP, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 17, Government sources said that CIA Director Mike Pompeo secretly met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over the Easter weekend.
    (AP, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 17, The US Supreme Court struck down a 1996 federal immigration law that required deportation of any noncitizen convicted of a felony that posed a "substantial risk of violence." The court said it was unconstitutional because the wording is so vague that it sets no clear standard for either judges or immigrants on which crimes it covers.
    (SFC, 4/17/18, p.A1)
2018        Apr 17, California-based Chevron Corp. said that two of its Venezuela-based employees were arrested by local authorities, in what appeared to be the first such detentions of a private oil company's workers amid a growing anti-corruption purge.
    (AP, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 17, Carl Kasell (84), long time NPR news personality died in Potomac, Md. From 1998 to 2014 he worked as the "offical judge and scorekeeper" on the satirical quiz show "Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me."
    (SFC, 4/19/18, p.D2)
2018        Apr 17, A Southwest Airlines Co. jet landed in Philadelphia after an engine blew up in mid air, killing a passenger in the first deadly US commercial airline accident in nine years. The engine explosion occurred about 20 minutes after the Dallas-bound Southwest Flight 1380 with 149 on board took off from New York's LaGuardia Airport.
    (Reuters, 4/18/18)(SFC, 4/17/18, p.A7)
2018        Apr 17, Barbara Bush (92), the wife of former US President George H.W. Bush, died at her home in Houston.
    (AP, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 17, A Wisconsin jury convicted Cullen M. Osburn of Minneapolis of battery in the death of a student from Saudi Arabia, but acquitted him on a more serious murder charge. Osburn, angry that his girlfriend wasn't answering his phone calls, reportedly punched a stranger, Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, in the face outside a Menomonie pizzeria on Oct. 30, 2016. Alnahdi died the next day at a hospital.
    (AP, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 17, In Afghanistan at least six civilians were shot and killed by gunmen in western Ghor province. The victims were all ethnic Hazaras, a Shiite minority that is frequently targeted by Sunni extremists in different parts of the country.
    (AP, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 17, Armenia's former president Serzh Sarkisian was elected prime minister in a move the opposition says is designed to extend his chokehold on power despite protests. Lawmakers backed the candidacy of the Kremlin-supported veteran politician with 77 to 17 votes.
    (AFP, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 17, Britain's PM Theresa May apologized to 12 Caribbean nations for immigration officials' harsh treatment of people from those countries who migrated to Britain as children after World War Two. The "Windrush generation" were invited to Britain to plug labor shortfalls between 1948 and 1971, but some of their descendants have been caught up in a tightening of immigration rules overseen by May in 2012 when she was interior minister.
    (Reuters, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 17, Human Rights Watch accused Burundi's government of killing, beating and intimidating suspected opponents of a constitutional referendum next month that could see long serving President Pierre Nkurunziza in power until 2034.
    (AFP, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 17, China announced plans to allow full foreign ownership of automakers in five years, ending restrictions that helped to fuel its trade dispute with US President Donald Trump as it promotes electric car development.
    (AP, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 17, In Congo DRC FIFA Council member Constant Omari was arrested in Kinshasa on suspicion of corruption and was being held in a public prosecutor's office and questioned for alleged involvement in embezzling money.
    (AP, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 17, Ecuadorean authorities said that a dissident rebel group has kidnapped two more people in the same conflictive border area where three press workers taken hostage by the group were killed last week.
    (AP, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 17, A European high court on ruled that migrants reaching the Greek islands who apply for asylum will be allowed to travel to the mainland while their applications are being processed.
    (AP, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 17, The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said that Poland broke environmental laws with large-scale logging in an ancient forest, a ruling that comes as its nationalist government seeks to ease tensions with the bloc.
    (Reuters, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 17, In France Justin Trudeau has become the first Canadian prime minister in history to address the French parliament, wrapping up his trip to Paris before he heads to London to meet British PM Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II.
    (AP, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 17, Iraq sentenced Djamila Boutoutaou (29), a French woman of Algerian origin, to life in prison for belonging to the Islamic State group, raising to more than 180 the number of such convictions of foreign women since the country's defeat of IS. Two women from Russia, both holding children in their arms, were also sentenced to life in prison at the same hearing, while five from Azerbaijan were condemned to death along with a woman from Trinidad.
    (AFP, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 17, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe headed to US President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort for two days of talks.
    (AP, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 17, In southern Mexico a total of sixteen people, six police officers and 10 suspects, were killed in two confrontations in Coacuyul, Guerrero state. The state has become one of the main opium poppy growing areas in Mexico, and a large number of splintered gangs fight for control of the drug and extortion trade.
    (AP, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 17, Myanmar announced that President Win Myint has granted amnesty to more than 8,500 prisoners, reportedly including at least three dozen political prisoners.
    (AP, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 17, Nigeria's upper chamber of parliament said it would invite the central bank governor and the ministers of finance and defence to explain the release of $462 million to buy helicopters.
    (Reuters, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 17, Nigerian police fired teargas for a second day at protesters in Abuja demanding the release of Shiite leader Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been in jail without charge since December 2015.
    (AFP, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 17, In Pakistan clashes broke out in Karachi between police and protesters angered by the killing of a seven-year-old girl earlier this week, in violence that left one protester dead with a gunshot to the head. The girl went missing two days ago. Her body was found a day earlier, and initial forensics report suggested she was raped before being strangled.
    (AP, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 17, A Pakistani high court convicted a former judge and his wife of torturing a child (10) working as a servant at their home and sentenced them to a year in prison. Former deputy district judge Raja Khurram and his wife Maheen were also fined the sum of 100,000 Pakistani rupees, about $900. The case of the girl, Tayyaba, first made headlines when police rescued her in 2016 from the judge's residence in Islamabad.
    (AP, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 17, Several thousand people protested in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip to mark an annual day in support of Palestinians jailed by Israel.
    (AFP, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 17, Romanian prosecutors formally indicted former President Ion Iliescu (88) for crimes against humanity over his role in deaths that occurred during the anti-communist revolution.
    (AP, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 17, Slovakia's PM Peter Pellegrini said Tibor Gaspar, the national police chief, will resign on May 31 following street protests against him as the nation struggles with a political crisis triggered by the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee.
    (AP, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 17, In Sweden Indian PM Narendra Modi and Swedish PM Stefan Lofven held talks that focused on trade, growth, global security and climate. Later in the day Modi met with the five Nordic prime ministers for the first India-Nordic Summit.
    (AP, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 17, Syrian state media reported that rebels from the Jaish al-Islam faction would quit Dumayr, a town east of Damascus, just days after evacuating their main bastion outside the capital.
    (AFP, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 17, In Syria OPCW chemical weapons inspectors finally reached Douma, the town where a suspected poison gas attack took place, days after the United States, Britain and France launched missile strikes to punish Damascus for it.
    (Reuters, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 17, In Thailand a Russian sex guru and his followers, one of whom claims to have evidence of Moscow's interference in the 2016 US presidential election, were acquitted by a court on charges of violating labor laws. They still faced more serious charges that could land them in prison for more than 10 years.
    (AP, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 17, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani agreed in a telephone call to maintain the cooperation between Turkey, Iran and Russia for a political solution to the conflict in Syria.
    (Reuters, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 17, Police in Vietnam arrested Phan Huu Tuan, a former senior police official, and Tran Van Minh, a former head of the central city of Danang, and placed four others under house arrest as the government widened a crackdown on corruption.
    (Reuters, 4/17/18)
2018        Apr 17, Zimbabwe's government sacked the majority of 15,000 nurses who started industrial action this week shortly after doctors ended their month-long strike.
    (AFP, 4/19/18)

2018        Apr 18, President Donald Trump denied having fired FBI director James Comey a year ago over the investigation into links between his election campaign and Russia. Officially, Comey was fired based on the recommendation of Trump-appointed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
    (AFP, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 18, Pres. Donald Trump and Japan's PM Shinzo Abe agreed to start talks on a new trade deal at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, but failed to reach a deal that would exempt Japan from US steel and aluminum tariffs.
    (SFC, 4/19/18, p.A3)
2018        Apr 18, In Kansas a federal jury convicted three men of plotting to bomb an apartment complex in Garden City where Somali immigrants lived and worshipped.
    (SFC, 4/19/18, p.A5)
2018        Apr 18, In NYC a former US Army sniper and two other ex-American soldiers were convicted in the 2012 contract killing of a real estate agent in the Philippines for an international crime boss who thought the woman had cheated him on a land deal.
    (AP, 4/19/18)
2018        Apr 18, A Bahrain court sentenced 24 Shiite citizens to prison and stripped them of their nationality after finding them guilty of forming a "terrorist group".
    (AFP, 4/19/18)
2018        Apr 18, Britain's Costa Coffee chain pledged to recycle as many disposable cups as it sells by 2020, trying to appease public anxiety over the increasing levels of waste in the world's oceans.
    (AP, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 18, In London Indian PM Narendra Modi signed 1 billion pound ($1.42 billion, 1.14 billion euros) of investment deals with Britain during a visit, where he was met by hundreds of religious protesters. Modi also confirmed the new India-UK Trade Partnership, to improve the accessibility of trade for businesses in both countries.
    (AFP, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 18, A Croatian parliamentary delegation cut short a visit to neighboring Serbia after Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj, a far-right leader convicted of war crimes, reportedly stamped on the Croatian national flag and shouted insults.
    (AP, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 18, Cuba selected First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez (57) as sole candidate to succeed Raul Castro as president of Cuba. Raul Castro (86) will remain head of Cuba's Communist Party.
    (AP, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 18, Striking French rail staff halted train services for the seventh day this month in protest over a major shake-up of the state-owned railway company, but President Emmanuel Macron said he would not be cowed into retreat.
    (Reuters, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 18, Greek police said they have caught the suspected head of a European organized crime ring specializing in burglaries, robberies and extortion in France and Greece. Another 17 suspected members of the crime ring were arrested in France for burglaries in Brittany and Normandy.
    (AP, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 18, Greek ferries remained docked at the country's ports as seamen, marine engineers and ship cooks walked off the job for 24 hours to protest against planned government reforms which they say will further hurt their labor rights. The Panhellenic Seamen's Federation, announced in the afternoon it would extend the strike for a further 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 4/18/18)(AP, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 18, Indonesia's new anti-narcotics chief Heru Winarko called for an expansion of rehabilitation centers across the country, flagging a new approach in contrast to the blood-soaked war on drugs underway in its neighbor, the Philippines.
    (Reuters, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 18, In Indonesia a shallow 4.4 magnitude earthquake in central Java killed three people dead and damaged more than 300 homes.
    (SFC, 4/20/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 18, Iran's state media said the presidency has banned all government bodies from using foreign-based messaging apps to communicate with citizens, after economic protests organized through such apps shook the country earlier this year.
    (AP, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 18, In Libya a car bomb outside Benghazi hit a convoy of Abdel-Razeq Nathouri, the chief of staff of the eastern Libyan military run by Khalifa Haftar. One person was killed and at least two were wounded.
    (Reuters, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 18, In Mexico Rev. Ruben Alcantara Diaz (50) was stabbed to death in his church on the outskirts of Mexico City. Local media reported the priest had argued with his killer prior to the stabbing, and that the attacker fled.
    (AP, 4/19/18)
2018        Apr 18, In Myanmar community leaders from the Christian ethnic Kachin community called for urgent medical attention for about 2,000 civilians, including pregnant women and the elderly, trapped in the jungle where they fled to escape clashes between the Myanmar's army and the Kachin guerrillas in the country's north.
    (AP, 4/19/18)
2018        Apr 18, In Nigeria three men burst into the Senate and snatched the legislature's ceremonial mace. The body's spokesman blamed lawmaker Ovie Omo-Agege, who had been suspended.
    (Reuters, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 18, Norway's national transport regulator said high school graduates should refrain from running naked across bridges and having sex on roundabouts lest they give drivers "too much of a surprise".
    (Reuters, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 18, In Norway Stefan Ranstrand, the Chief Executive Tomra, the world's top maker of machines that collect plastic bottles and repay a deposit, said his company is seeking to expand in China as governments worldwide work to limit waste.
    (Reuters, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 18, In Pakistan a Shiite shopkeeper was killed in a drive-by shooting the southwestern city of Quetta. The shopkeeper was from the Shiite Hazara community and police said that it appeared to have been a targeted killing.
    (AP, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 18, In Saudi Arabia the Hollywood film "Black Panther" premiered at a private screening, the first commercial film to be shown in the country after mote than 35 years.
    (SFC, 4/19/18, p.A3)
2018        Apr 18, The first South African convicted for racist slurs will serve her full three-year prison sentence after a court rejected her application to appeal. Former realtor Vicki Momberg (49) was last month convicted for repeatedly hurling racist insults including the word "kaffir" at a black policeman who was trying to assist her following a break-in of her car in 2016.
    (AFP, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 18, In South Africa crowds took to the streets in and around Mahikeng, the capital of North West province, calling for the resignation of the territory's premier Supra Mahumapeloa over allegations of corruption in the award of state tenders.
    (Reuters, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 18, In South Sudan more than 200 child soldiers were released by armed groups, part of a series of releases that will see almost 1000 children freed in the coming months.
    (SFC, 4/19/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 18, Spain's Supreme Court confirmed 535-year prison sentences for two ETA militants, just weeks before the Basque separatist group is expected to announce its dissolution after decades of violence. Liher Aretxabaleta Rodriguez (38) and Alaitz Aramendi Jaunarena (40) were handed the sentence last year by Spain's National Court, which deals with terror cases, but they appealed it.
    (AFP, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 18, Sweden's king said he wants to change the rules of the Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Literature Prize each year, to allow board members to resign even though they are appointed for life.
    (AP, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 18, In Syria a UN security team came under fire while doing reconnaissance for OPCW inspectors to visit sites of a suspected chemical weapons attack, and officials said it was no longer clear when the inspectors would be able to go in. The Syrian "White Helmets" rescue organization has pinpointed for international inspectors the places where the victims of the suspected chemical weapons attack on April 7 are buried.
    (Reuters, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 18, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen visited the tiny African kingdom of Swaziland, marking 50 years of official ties between the two countries, the king's 50th birthday and a half-century of Swaziland's independence.
    (AP, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 18, Turkish parliament approved the extension for another three months of the state of emergency. The main opposition party called for an immediate end to a state of emergency imposed in the wake of a 2016 coup attempt, after President Tayyip Erdogan declared presidential and parliamentary elections would be brought forward by more than a year.
    (Reuters, 4/18/18)
2018        Apr 18, Turkey's Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said authorities have identified 3,000 people within the armed forces believed to be linked to the cleric Ankara blames for a 2016 failed coup, adding the individuals would be dismissed in the coming days.
    (Reuters, 4/18/18)

2018        Apr 19, Alabama executed Wallace Leroy Moody Jr. (83). He had been convicted of the mail-bomb slaying of a federal judge in 1989.
    (SFC, 4/20/18, p.A5)
2018        Apr 19, Arizona teachers voted to walk off the job in their first ever state wide strike set for April 26 in a move for higher pay.
    (SFC, 4/20/18, p.A5)
2018        Apr 19, A California state appeals court backed the state's listing of the herbicide glyphosate as a possible cause of cancer and the state's prohibition against discharging it into public waterways. The chemical is the main ingredient in Monasanto's Roundup weed killer.
    (SFC, 4/20/18, p.D8)
2018        Apr 19, San Francisco-based Lyft Inc. said it is launching a program to offset emissions from the 1.4 million cars that drive for the US ride-hailing service by investing in projects to reduce other sources of greenhouse gas.
    (AP, 4/19/18)
2018        Apr 19, In Florida John Hubert Highnote (58) went into a restaurant in Trenton and killed two Gilchrist County sheriff's deputies, then returned to his car and killed himself.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y8pekguz)(SFC, 4/21/18, p.A6)
2018        Apr 19, In Afghanistan two police officers were killed and their weapons taken late today by unknown gunman at a registration center in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province.
    (AP, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 19, Armenian police in Yerevan detained dozens of anti-government demonstrators -- the seventh day of large-scale protests against ex-president Serzh Sarkisian's election as prime minister.
    (AFP, 4/19/18)
2018        Apr 19, The Belarus parliament passed a measure prohibiting internet users from commenting on forums without authorization and requiring online publications to register with the government as mass media.
    (AP, 4/19/18)
2018        Apr 19, Burundi police arrested eight people for planning attacks to disrupt a constitutional referendum next month that could keep President Pierre Nkurunziza in power until 2034.
    (AFP, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 19, It was reported that Chinese traders are preparing to export alumina to reap the profits from record prices for spot cargoes after the United States imposed sanctions on Russia's United Company Rusal, among the biggest producers of the aluminum raw material.
    (Reuters, 4/19/18)
2018        Apr 19, Cuban Communist Party stalwart Miguel Diaz-Canel replaced Raul Castro as president, a new chapter for the island after nearly sixty years of rule by the Castro brothers but a change that is aimed at preserving Cuban socialism.
    (AP, 4/19/18)
2018        Apr 19, The European Union imposed travel bans and asset freezes on four people suspected of "deceptive financial practices" to benefit North Korea's arms program. The EU did not name the four.
    (Reuters, 4/19/18)
2018        Apr 19, The European Union decided to ban meat imports from 20 Brazilian plants amid concerns about sanitary controls.
    (AP, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 19, In France thousands of people marched across the country to protest President Emmanuel Macron's labor law changes, as rail strikes and student protests continued to shake the country.
    (AP, 4/19/18)
2018        Apr 19, Greece's highest court approved the release from custody of one of eight Turkish servicemen who have applied for asylum in Greece after fleeing Turkey following a failed 2016 coup in the neighboring country.
    (AP, 4/19/18)
2018        Apr 19, Guinea Bissau's parliament met for the first time in nearly two years after the appointment of a consensus prime minister to end a dragging political crisis. Earlier this week President Jose Mario Vaz appointed Aristide Gomes as premier, whom he described as a "consensus" candidate.
    (AFP, 4/19/18)
2018        Apr 19, Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency reported that Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli has requested an investigation after a video surfaced showing police pushing and pulling a young woman who was resisting arrest for not adhering to the Islamic dress code.
    (AP, 4/19/18)
2018        Apr 19, Iran arrested a senior official after a video posted online showed young boys and girls dancing in public in the northeastern holy city of Mashhad.
    (AFP, 4/19/18)
2018        Apr 19, Iraq carried out air strikes on Islamic State positions in Syria a week after PM Haider al-Abadi said his country would defend itself from militant threats across the border. 36 Islamic State militants were killed in airstrikes by Iraq's air force in an area along the border. Six IS leaders were among the dead.
    (Reuters, 4/19/18)(AP, 4/22/18)
2018        Apr 19, Italian police claimed progress in closing in on Italy's most-wanted Mafia fugitive, Matteo Messina Denaro, arresting 21 suspected associates in western Sicily, including family members to whom he had given leadership roles in the clan.
    (AP, 4/19/18)
2018        Apr 19, In southern Japan the Mount Io volcano erupted for the first time in 250 years, spewing steam and ash hundreds of meters into the air, as authorities warned locals not to approach the mountain.
    (AFP, 4/19/18)
2018        Apr 19, In Nicaragua a police officer, protester, and pro-government activist were killed in clashes over a planned social security reform. The protests started after the government increased payroll taxes and changed pensions to try to shore up Nicaragua's troubled social security system. The government ordered five independent TV channels that have been covering the unrest off the air.
    (AP, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 19, Pakistan said Afghan authorities have returned the bodies of five Pakistani soldiers killed during a weekend clash along a disputed segment of the two countries' border, and also released a sixth soldier captured by the Afghans.
    (AP, 4/19/18)
2018        Apr 19, Puerto Rico's power company said that it has restored electricity to more than 80 percent of customers affected by an island-wide blackout that was caused by an excavator hitting a transmission line a day earlier, but tens of thousands of families still remain without normal service seven months after hurricanes Maria and Irma.
    (AP, 4/19/18)
2018        Apr 19, The WTO web site posted a filing from Russia joining the European Union, India and China in demanding compensation from the United States for its tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum.
    (AP, 4/19/18)
2018        Apr 19, The head of the consular section of the US Embassy in Moscow told Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper that it was having difficulties issuing urgent visas to Russian pilots because of a shortage of staff.
    (Reuters, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 19, In Saudi Arabia four policemen were killed after gunmen attacked a security checkpoint in the southwestern province of Asir. Two of the three gunmen were arrested following the attack. The 3rd gunman was killed.
    (AP, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 19, Senegal police fired tear gas to break up a protest in Dakar and arrested several people, including former premier Idrissa Seck (2002-2004), protesting against a move to raise the bar for presidential candidates.
    (AFP, 4/19/18)
2018        Apr 19, In South Sudan government forces and opposition forces loyal to former military chief Malong clashed in the town of Luri about 12 miles (19 km) outside Juba. The opposition said one of its fighter was killed and about 15 government soldiers lay dead beside a "destroyed tank".
    (AP, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 19, Sudanese state news reported that President Omar al-Bashir has fired foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour. A day earlier Ghandour remarked about how the diplomatic corps has not been paid for the past seven months.
    (AP, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 19, Swaziland King Mswati III, one of the world's few absolute monarchs, declared a name change at celebrations marking 50 years since independence from British colonial rule. The new official name would now be "eSwatini," meaning place of the Swazi. According the World Food Program 63 percent of the 1.3 million population live below the national poverty line.
    (AFP, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 19, The Syrian government stepped up its efforts to retake the opposition's last besieged enclaves. Hundreds of Syrian rebels in Dumayr, a town northeast of Damascus handed in their weapons and boarded buses to leave under an evacuation deal. Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were still not able to reach the scene, 12 days after the suspected attack.
    (Reuters, 4/19/18)(AP, 4/19/18)
2018        Apr 19, In Syria 36 Islamic State militants were killed in airstrikes by Iraq's air force in an area along the border. Six IS leaders were among the dead.
    (AP, 4/22/18)
2018        Apr 19, In Thailand Jack Ma, the founder of China-based Alibaba, met with PM Prayuth Chan-ocha, and later signed several agreements, including one to help set up a "smart digital hub" in a showcase project called the Eastern Economic Corridor, to facilitate trade between Thailand, China, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam.
    (AP, 4/19/18)
2018        Apr 19, Turkey's parliament said it had stripped two lawmakers from the pro-Kurdish opposition HDP of their parliamentary status, further reducing the party's strength in the assembly two months ahead of elections.
    (Reuters, 4/19/18)
2018        Apr 19, In Yemen forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh battled their former Houthi allies over control of a key outpost, marking the first such battle between the two sides since the veteran leader was killed last year. The forces included a new unit set up by Saleh's nephew, Brigadier-General Tareq Mohammed Saleh.
    (Reuters, 4/19/18)
2018        Apr 19, In Yemen Saudi-led coalition air strikes killed Saleh al-Samad, the top civilian leader in the armed Houthi movement. The strikes also killed six others in his retinue in the coastal province of Hodeida.
    (Reuters, 4/24/18)(AP, 4/28/18)

2018        Apr 20, The Democratic National Committee filed suit accusing Trump's 2016 campaign, his son, his son-in-law, the Russian Federation and WikiLeaks of a conspiracy to undercut Democrats in the 2016 election.
    (AP, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 20, It was reported that Wells Fargo has agreed to pay the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency one billion dollars for a series of unethical deeds that are also illegal.
    (SFC, 4/21/18, p.D1)
2018        Apr 20, It was reported that Heitz Wine Cellars of Napa Valley, Ca., has been sold to Gaylon Lawrence Jr., whose family owns the Arkansas-based Lawrence Group, one of the country's largest agricultural businesses.
    (SFC, 4/20/18, p.C1)
2018        Apr 20, In Afghanistan five rockets were fired by militants on a voter registration center in the provincial capital Qalay-i-Now, Badghis province, killing one officer and wounding two others. An explosion struck a vehicle in the Aska Mina district of Nangarhar province, killing the five and wounding 14 civilians. At least six local police were killed when a group of Taliban fighters attacked and overran their checkpoint in northern Sari Pul province.
    (AP, 4/20/18)(AP, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 20, In Armenia dozens were arrested as hundreds of opposition supporters staged sit-ins and attempted to block road traffic in Yerevan to protest ex-president Serzh Sarkisian's election as prime minister.
    (AFP, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 20, Belgium said it will double the area of its North Sea waters made available to offshore wind parks after 2020, as part of its exit strategy from nuclear power.
    (Reuters, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 20, Bolivian Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni said that Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru had decided to temporarily leave the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), given differences over choosing the secretary general of the group. UNASUR was promoted by late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana, Surinam, Uruguay and Venezuela remained in the bloc.
    (AP, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 20, Britain's Prince Charles was approved as the next head of the Commonwealth of the U.K. and its former colonies.
    (AP, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 20, British teenager Kane Gamble was sentenced in London to two years in jail for compromising the email and phone accounts in 2015-16 of senior US government officials.
    (AP, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 20, A court in El Salvador absolved the late President Francisco Flores of civil responsibility in a case in which he was accused of diverting more than $15 million in earthquake relief funds donated by Taiwan. Investigators had found that $10 million of the money, intended to help the victims of two powerful 2001 quakes, had in fact gone to Flores' Arena party, while the rest benefited him personally.
    (AP, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 20, France deported Algeria-born El Hadi Doudi (63), an influential Islamic preacher, back to Algeria. His mosque in the southern city of Marseille was shut down last year over accusations of hate speech.
    (AFP, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 20, French police removed students from a Paris university building that had been occupied for a month to protest admission changes that also caused turmoil at other campuses.
    (AP, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 20, In eastern Germany several hundred neo-Nazis gathered for a far-right rock festival in Ostritz on Adolf Hitler's birthday. Many local residents took a stance against them by attending a festival for peace.
    (Reuters, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 20, In India Leaders of the opposition Congress party and six other parties presented a notice to the chairman of Parliament's upper house seeking an inquiry into Chief Justice Deepak Misra's conduct, to be followed by a vote on impeachment. They also accused Misra of providing false information when he bought land before becoming chief justice.
    (AP, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 20, A Indian court overturned the conviction of Maya Kodnani, a former state minister from PM Narendra Modi's party, for involvement in riots in Gujarat state 16 years ago, citing lack of consistency in witness testimonies.
    (Reuters, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 20, Indonesia's deeply conservative Aceh province caned several unmarried couples for showing affection in public and two women for prostitution before an enthusiastic audience of hundreds.
    (AP, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 20, Iraq resumed paying Kuwait compensation for the destruction of Kuwaiti oil fields and facilities during the 1990-91 Gulf War.
    (Reuters, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 20, In Italy Alagie Touray (21), an immigrant from Gambia, was arrested as he was leaving a mosque in Licola, near the southern city of Naples, after local authorities received a tip off from Spanish intelligence. He was suspected of planning an attack on behalf of the Islamic State (IS) militant group.
    (Reuters, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 20, Kyrgyzstan's parliament named Mukhammedkaliy Abylgaziyev as prime minister after his nomination by the Social Democratic party which leads the ruling coalition. He replaced Sapar Isakov whose cabinet lost a no-confidence vote this week.
    (Reuters, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 20, Human Rights Watch said it has documented evictions in 13 Lebanese towns and villages putting more than 3,600 Syrians on the streets since 2017. It said another 7,000 Syrians were forced to abandon a camp near a military base during that time. HRW called on national authorities to step in and stop the evictions.
    (AP, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 20, A Myanmar police officer testified that he and several colleagues were ordered to entrap two reporters working for the Reuters news agency, dealing a major blow to the government's case against the journalists under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act.
    (AP, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 20, Nicaragua's government said violent protests against a proposed change to the pension system have left at least 10 people dead over two days.
    (AFP, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 20, North and South Korea installed a direct phone line between their leaders as they prepare for the first summit since 2007.
    (Reuters, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 20, North Korea's Kim Jong Un laid out a new strategy at a meeting of his ruling party's Central Committee that suspends underground nuclear tests and test-launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
    (AP, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 20, It was reported that Palestinians protesting along the Gaza border have begun attaching Molotov cocktails to kites to fly over the fence into Israel in a new tactic as demonstrations entered their fourth week. Thousands protested along the Gaza Strip's border with Israel. Israeli soldiers firing from across a border fence killed four Palestinians. Mohammad Ayoub (14) was killed by an Israeli bullet to the head. His death brought to 35 the number of Palestinians killed since border clashes intensified on March 30 in an ongoing protest known as "The Great March of Return" - evoking a longtime call for refugees to regain ancestral homes in what is now Israel.
    (AFP, 4/20/18)(Reuters, 4/20/18)(AP, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 20, In Peru at least two German tourists were killed and another 10 injured when their minibus went off the road and fell into a ravine in the Andes Mountains.
    (AP, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 20, In Puerto Rico a 17-year-old boy died early today after someone started shooting in front of a business where several people were gathered in the western coastal town of Mayaguez. Ten others were injured.
    (AP, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 20, Saudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh said the global market has the capacity to absorb higher oil prices, drawing a swift reaction from US President Donald Trump who accused OPEC of inflating prices.
    (AFP, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 20, Saudi Arabia hosted its first public film screening in over 35 years, two days after US movie giant AMC unveiled the kingdom's debut theater in Riyadh.
    (AFP, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 20, Saudi sports authorities shut down a female fitness center in Riyadh over a contentious promotional video that appeared to show a woman in figure-hugging workout attire.
    (AFP, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 20, South Africa's new president Cyril Ramaphosa flew into the northern city of Mahikeng to try and quell an outbreak of violent protests that had forced him to cut short a visit to a Commonwealth summit.
    (Reuters, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 20, South Sudan's military chief, Gen. James Ajongo Mawut, died during a visit to Egypt and after a "short illness".
    (Reuters 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 20, In Spain Basque separatist group ETA asked forgiveness from its victims for the first time for the "pain" caused by its decades-long campaign of violence, in a penultimate step towards disbandment.
    (AFP, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 20, Swedish DJ Tim Bergling (28), aka Avicii, died in Oman. He was one of the world's most successful DJs who helped usher in the global boom in electronic music but struggled to cope with the hard-partying lifestyle.
    (AFP, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 20, Syrian state media said Islamic State militants have agreed to give up their last pocket in Damascus, as the government seeks to retake the entire Syrian capital and its surrounding areas for the first time since 2011.
    (AP, 4/20/18)
2018        Apr 20, In southwestern Yemen 20 people were killed in an air strike by a Saudi-led military coalition. The attack hit a car transporting passengers south of Taiz province.
    (Reuters, 4/21/18)

2018        Apr 21, In Armenia thousands of demonstrators closed off streets in Yerevan during a march pressing demands for the prime minister to resign. At least 70 demonstrators were detained, including two people suspected of building bombs.
    (AP, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 21, The Azeri parliament appointed Novruz Mamedov as the country's new prime minister. He has been a foreign policy assistant to Pres. Ilham Aliyev since last year.
    (Reuters, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 21, China's state news agency Xinhua cited comments from President Xi Jinping underlining a hardening attitude towards online content in comments made at a cyber security conference in Beijing.
    (Reuters, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 21, In southern China five people were killed and multiple others were missing after two dragon boats capsized, causing 60 people to fall into Taohua River in the city of Guilin.
    (AP, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 21, In El Salvador the body of journalist Karla Lisseth Turcios (33) was found on a highway northeast of San Salvador. Her domestic partner Mario Huezo Portillo was soon arrested for the killing. Cameras had traced Portillo when he went to dump the woman's body.
    (AP, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 21, The EU agreed to a sweeping new trade deal with Mexico. The preliminary deal, to be finalized later this year, removes tariffs on cheese, chocolate, pasta and other foods. It updates and expands a two-decade-old agreement to include financial services and online commerce, among other sectors.
    (AP, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 21, India's government prescribed the death penalty for people convicted of raping children under 12 to help combat an increase in violent crime against women. The ordinance will require the approval of Parliament within six months in order to become law. In the meantime, suspects can be prosecuted using the ordinance.
    (AP, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 21, It was reported that Ireland-based Smyths Toys has reached a deal to take over more than 90 Toys R Us stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
    (AP, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 21, In southern Japan Nabi Tajima (117), the world's oldest person, died in the town of Kikai.
    (AP, 4/22/18)
2018        Apr 21, Libya's foreign ministry said Tunisia has reopened its consulate, the latest mission to return to Tripoli.
    (Reuters, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 21, In Libya three airstrikes by the self-styled Libyan National Army targeted an al-Qaida-linked group and destroyed dozens of weapons and vehicles in the town of Sadada, some 76 km (47 miles) east of Misrata.
    (AP, 4/22/18)
2018        Apr 21, In Madagascar at least 16 were wounded after clashes between thousands of opposition activists and security forces in a public square in Antananarivo. Police fired teargas at an opposition demonstration held in protest against new electoral laws, where one person died. A 2nd person died the next day from injuries during the unrest. Demonstrators claimed new electoral laws could stop some candidates from standing in upcoming presidential elections.
    (AFP, 4/22/18)(Reuters, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 21, In Malaysia two unidentified men shot dead a Palestinian man in Kuala Lumpur. The victim was soon identified as Palestinian engineer Fadi al-Batsh (35), a "loyal" member and a "scientist of Palestine's youth scholars" and a member of Hamas.
    (Reuters, 4/21/18)(AP, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 21, Myanmar police evicted the family of a police officer who had testified a day earlier that he and others were ordered to entrap two Reuters news agency reporters facing charges that could get them up to 14 years in prison.
    (AP, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 21, In Nicaragua two university student protesters were killed in clashes over a social security reform pushed by President Daniel Ortega's government. Journalist Angel Gahona was shot dead while filming a confrontation between demonstrators and the police, amid a wave of protests against the government which have left at least 25 people dead over the last four days.
    (AP, 4/21/18)(AFP, 4/22/18)(AP, 4/22/18)
2018        Apr 21, North Korea said it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site.
    (AP, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 21, In Poland several thousand teachers rallied in Warsaw demanding wage hikes a week after the right-wing government announced a raft of generous spending measures in other sectors ahead of local elections this fall.
    (AFP, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 21, Russia said the United States was trying to fence off Russians with a "visa wall" after two Bolshoi ballet dancers were refused visas to perform in New York.
    (Reuters, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 21, In Syria International experts from the global agency for the monitoring of chemical weapons (OPCW) set off to the site in Douma of a suspected April 7 gas attack.
    (AP, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 21, In Syria heavy regime bombardment pounded a southern district of Damascus. The Islamic State still held large parts of the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk and the adjacent Hajar al-Aswad and Tadamun districts on the southern edge of Damascus. A family of three was killed late today in a wave of regime shelling on Yarmuk. Rebels began evacuating three towns in the eastern Qalamoun region in the Damascus countryside.
    (AFP, 4/21/18)(AP, 4/21/18)(AFP, 4/22/18)
2018        Apr 21, In Yemen Hanna Lahoud of Lebanon was killed in the southwestern province of Taiz when gunmen shot at a vehicle carrying ICRC staff members.
    (AP, 4/21/18)
2018        Apr 21, In Yemen the Saudi-led coalition reportedly detained without charge Mohsen Saleh Saadoun Al-Karbi of Qatar as he visited relatives. Yemeni security sources said Yemen's own forces arrested the Qatari man on the border with Oman, on suspicion he was an intelligence officer working with the Houthis.
    (Reuters, 5/3/18)

2018        Apr 22, Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he is donating $4.5 million to the United Nations body that oversees climate change negotiations.
    (AP, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 22, In Tennessee a nearly nude gunman killed four people at a Waffle House restaurant near Nashville. James Shaw Jr. (29) managed to disarm Travis Reinking (29) of Morton, IL., who fled and was arrested the next day.
    (SFC, 4/24/18, p.A7)
2018        Apr 22, In Afghanistan an Islamic State suicide bomber killed at least 57 people including women and children and wounded 119 outside a voter registration center in Kabul. Another 119 people were wounded. Another six people were killed when a vehicle struck a roadside bomb near a voter registration center in Baghlan province.
    (AP, 4/22/18)(SFC, 4/23/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 22, Armenian police detained three opposition leaders including Nikola Pashinian, leader of the protests, and detained at least 230 protesters during the latest demonstrations against the appointment of the former President Serzh Sarksyan as prime minister.
    (Reuters, 4/22/18)(SFC, 4/23/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 22, The hottest-ever London Marathon featured a Kenyan double as Eliud Kipchoge (33) swept to a third victory in front of Buckingham Palace joining Vivian Cheruiyot who won the women's race.
    (AP, 4/22/18)
2018        Apr 22, In Canada the foreign ministers of the Group of Seven industrialized nations met in Toronto seeking a common front against what they see as aggression from Vladimir Putin's Russia.
    (AFP, 4/22/18)
2018        Apr 22, Egypt's parliament passed a law banning the cultivation of crops in some areas that require a large amount of water, amid fears that a massive Ethiopian dam being built upstream could cut into the country's share of the Nile.
    (AP, 4/23/18)(AP, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 22, France's National Assembly adopted a controversial immigration bill that speeds up the asylum process and accelerates deportations after a fierce debate that exposed divisions in President Emmanuel Macron's party.
    (AFP, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 22, Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) elected Andrea Nahles (47) as their first ever female leader, hoping she can reinvigorate the country's oldest party after it suffered heavy losses in September's election.
    (Reuters, 4/22/18)
2018        Apr 22, In western India government forces killed at least 14 Maoist rebels during a raid on their hideout in a forested area of Gadchilori district, Maharashtra state.
    (AP, 4/22/18)
2018        Apr 22, Iran's state media reported that the judiciary has arrested former Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi. He was sentenced to two years in prison in late 2017 for complicity in the 2009 death of a man arrested after the pro-reform protests but had gone missing.
    (Reuters, 4/22/18)
2018        Apr 22, The Israeli military said it has arrested 15 Hamas operatives in an overnight West Bank raid. Those captured were suspected of collaborating with a well-known Hamas operative from Gaza to spread its activities to the West Bank.
    (AP, 4/22/18)
2018        Apr 22, Kuwaiti authorities said police have arrested two Filipinos for allegedly convincing housemaids to run away from their employers' homes. The arrests came after the Philippines' ambassador faced questions for comments about his embassy's work in aiding abused workers.
    (AP, 4/22/18)
2018        Apr 22, Nicaragua's Pres. Daniel Ortega sought to placate popular fury, announcing he was revoking the pension reform plan that would have increased both employer and employee contributions and reduced benefits, in an IMF-backed bid to cap a rising $76 million deficit at the Nicaraguan Social Security Institute (INSS).
    (AFP, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 22, In North Korea a bus plunged from a bridge killing 32 Chinese tourists and four North Koreans late today in North Hwanghae province.
    (AFP, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 22, In Pakistan gunmen killed two members of the local Shiite Hazara community and wounded a third in Quetta. This was the fifth attack in recent months targeting Shiites in Quetta.
    (Reuters, 4/22/18)
2018        Apr 22, In Pakistan Asma Yaqub died at a hospital in the city of Lahore. A Muslim man had hurled gasoline at her outside her home in the city of Sialkot last week before setting her on fire and fleeing the scene. The Christian woman had refused his marriage offer. Police soon arrested Rizwan Gujar, who confessed to the attack.
    (AP, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 22, Paraguay held presidential elections. Mario Abdo Benitez of the ruling conservative Colorado party won over his centrist opponent, Efrain Alegre.
    (Reuters, 4/22/18)(AFP, 4/22/18)(SFC, 4/23/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 22, Russia's communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said that it is adding some Google IP addresses to the state registrar of banned sites, as a dispute intensified over Telegram, a banned messaging app.
    (SFC, 4/23/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 22, In Syria air strikes pounded the jihadist-held al-Hajar al-Aswad area near Damascus, as the government stepped up efforts to wipe out the insurgency's last foothold near the capital. UNRWA, the UN agency that cares for Palestinians, said two Palestinian refugee civilians - a father and son - had been killed in their home in the adjacent Palestinian camp of Yarmouk.
    (Reuters, 4/22/18)
2018        Apr 22, More than a dozen Turkish opposition lawmakers switched parties in a show of solidarity as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's rivals scramble to challenge him in a surprise snap election that could solidify his rule. The snap presidential and parliamentary elections called for June 24 last week caught Turkey off guard.
    (AP, 4/22/18)
2018        Apr 22, In Yemen dozens were killed and wounded in an air raid on a wedding party in the Huthi-controlled Bani Qais area of Hajjah province. Huthi rebels blaming a Saudi-led military coalition.
    (AFP, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 22, Zimbabwean nurses called off a strike against poor working conditions. a nurses union said they will return to work on April 23.
    (Reuters, 4/22/18)

2018        Apr 23, The United States ordered relatives of government employees out of Nicaragua and curtailed services at its embassy, citing civil unrest including violent protests, rioting and looting.
    (Reuters, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 23, The Goldman Environmental Prize was awarded to eight recipients at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House. The honors went to: LeeAnne Walter for exposing the 2015 water crisis in Flint, Mich.; Manny Calonzo of the Philippines for helping to persuade the government to ban lead paint; Makoma Lekalakala and Liz McDaid of South Africa for exposing a secret government deal with Russia that would have increased their country's nuclear power production; Francia Marquez of Colombia whose work helped end water pollution form illegal gold mining in her hometown; Claire Nouvian of France for her public awareness campaign against a supermarket chain that relied on deep-sea bottom trawling for catching fish; and Khanh Nguy Thi of Vietnam for her work to stop the expansion of coal-fired power plants and helping her country chart a plan for sustainable energy independence.
    (SFC, 4/23/18, p.C3)
2018        Apr 23, Florida-based Silver Airways said it has bought Puerto Rico-based Seaborne Airlines, the Caribbean's largest regional airline.
    (AP, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 23, Officials said Afghanistan faces the threat of serious drought this year after recording the lowest snowfall and rain in years over the winter, with at least 20 of 34 provinces already suffering badly.
    (Reuters, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 23, In western Afghanistan Taliban attacks killed 14 soldiers and policemen in Badghis province.
    (AP, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 23, Angolan President Joao Lourenco sacked the chief of staff of the armed forces and the head of the foreign intelligence agency, his latest moves against officials tainted by graft allegations or links to his predecessor, Jose Eduardo dos Santos.
    (Reuters, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 23, Armenian PM Serzh Sarksyan (63) said he was resigning to help safeguard civic peace following almost two weeks of mass street protests that have plunged the impoverished ex-Soviet republic into political crisis. Former PM Karen Karapetian was asked to step back into the job he held before Sargsyan's appointment last week.
    (Reuters, 4/23/18)(AP, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 23, A Belgian court sentenced the sole surviving suspect in the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam (28), to 20 years in prison on terror charges over a bloody gun battle with police in Brussels days before his capture in 2016.
    (AFP, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 23, A London court ruled to extradite Ivica Todoric, the founder of indebted Croatia-based food and retail company Agrokor. Croatia has accused him of mismanaging Agrokor and embezzling millions in the process.
    (AP, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 23, A ban on pro-life protests outside an abortion clinic in London came into force in a first that pro-choice campaigners hope will set a precedent for the country.
    (AFP, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 23, In Canada a driver plowed a rented van along a crowded sidewalk in Toronto, killing 10 people and injuring 15. Suspect Alek Minassian (25) was detained on 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 of attempted murder. The officer who apprehended Minassian was praised for making a peaceful arrest eve as the suspect shouted "Kill me" and claimed to have a gun.
    (AP, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 23, Chinese police announced the arrest of twin brothers Chen Zhiyu and Chen Zhiheng, alleged to have forged government documents on behalf of Guo Wengui, a billionaire fugitive who has made explosive corruption accusations against his country's politicians.
    (AFP, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 23, The Czech and Iraqi defense ministers vowed to further boost the military cooperation between their states as Iraqi Defense Minister Erfan al-Hayali began a three-day visit to Prague with further deals to be announced.
    (AP, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 23, Jailed Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid won the 2018 Press Freedom Prize awarded by the UN cultural agency UNESCO, a choice that drew criticism from the Egyptian authorities.
    (Reuters, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 23, The European Court of Human Rights rejected a case from a British mother and father who want to take their terminally ill toddler, 23-month-old Alfie Evans, to Italy for treatment instead of allowing a hospital to remove him from life support. Justices in Britain previously upheld a lower court's conclusion that it would be pointless to fly the boy to Rome for treatment as he is in a "semi-vegetative state" that is irreversible.
    (AP, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 23, French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Washington for a state visit likely to be dominated by differences over trade and the nuclear accord with Iran.
    (Reuters, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 23, Greek police cleared the square at the main port of Mytilene early today following a nightlong standoff during which far-right protesters hurled flares and firecrackers at the migrants and set fire to trash bins.
    (AP, 4/23/18)(AFP, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 23, India's VP M. Venkaiah Naidu rejected a move by a group of opposition parties to impeach the country's top judge on grounds of misusing his office and bowing to government pressure.
    (AP, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 23, The Italian city of Turin announced that has moved to fill a legal loophole by registering three babies born to gay parents who conceived abroad via artificial insemination.
    (AP, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 23, In Madagascar thousands marched in protest against the government in Antananarivo after the president denounced unrest in which two people were killed as a "coup" intended to divide the country's people.
    (Reuters, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 23, In Somalia rival army forces shot at each other in Mogadishu, with one group trying to storm a former United Arab Emirates-run training center. UAE-trained troops fled with as many weapons as they could, before a rival group took over the facility. After 90 minutes of sporadic gunfire, the training facility was secured by presidential palace guards. About 600 to 700 AK-47 and (other) guns were looted.
    (Reuters, 4/23/18)(AP, 4/25/18)
2018        Apr 23, In South Africa a police officer shot dead a teenager during anti-corruption protests in Taung, North West province. The province has been a hotbed of unrest due to frustration over lack of housing, health services and jobs. Provincial premier Supra Mahumapelo has been accused of involvement in graft scandals that have engulfed the ruling African National Congress party.
    (AFP, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 23, South Korea halted anti-North Korea propaganda broadcasts across their tense border as officials from the two Koreas met again to work out details of their leaders' upcoming talks, expected to focus on the North's nuclear program.
    (AP, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 23, South Korea-based Korean Air Lines said that two daughters of its chairman will resign from their executive positions amid mounting public criticism over the women's behavior and allegations that the family engaged in smuggling.
    (AP, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 23, In Syria government forces pounded the Hajar al-Aswad area of southern Damascus with artillery and airstrikes. The UN said that since the fighting began last week, most of the 6,000 civilians in Yarmouk camp have been forcibly displaced to the neighboring suburb of Yalda.
    (AP, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 23, US Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp said all of the territory's main roads will be rebuilt to federal standards following the damage inflicted by hurricanes Irma and Maria.
    (AP, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 23, In Yemen five pro-government soldiers were killed and 19 wounded in clashes with jihadists in the southern city of Taez after the killing of an aid worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross.
    (AFP, 4/23/18)
2018        Apr 23, Zimbabwe police said special courts have been established to deal with cases of political violence, part of the government's drive to curtail unrest and intimidation ahead of the first post-Robert Mugabe elections set for July.
    (Reuters, 4/23/18)

2018        Apr 24, US President Donald Trump treated French President Emmanuel Macron to a colorful welcome ceremony at the White House during a state visit that threatened to expose differences on Iran, trade and Syria between two close allies.
    (AP, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 24, The US Supreme Court said that foreign businesses cannot be sued in US courts by foreign victims of human rights abuses and extremist attacks. Israeli victims had tried to use the 18th-century Alien Tort Statute to hold the Jordan-based Arab Bank accountable for its role in attacks in the West Bank and Gaza.
    (AP, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 24, A US federal judge ruled that the Trump administration must resume the DACA program that has shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. The government has 90 days to restate its arguments before the order takes effect.
    (AP, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 24, In Texas two officers and a security employee were wounded at a shooting at a Dallas Home Depot store. Officer Rogilio Santander died of his wounds the next day. Suspect Armando Louis Juarez (29) was apprehended following a police chase.
    (SFC, 4/26/18, p.A4)
2018        Apr 24, In Afghanistan a new wave of Taliban attacks killed at least 11 Afghan soldiers and policemen across the country. This included least five soldiers killed when their checkpoint was attacked by the Taliban in western Farah province. Six Taliban fighters were also killed and three others were wounded in the attack.
    (AP, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 24, Tens of thousands of Armenians, led by opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan, marched to honor 1.5 million of their kin killed by Ottoman forces in 1915.
    (AFP, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 24, Cambodian journalist Aun Pheap (54), charged with "incitement to commit a felony" over his election coverage, said that he fled his country and arrived in the US fearing arrest and has been given refugee asylum status by the UN refugee agency.
    (Reuters, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 24, Police in a southern Chinese city caught a man suspected of setting a fire at a three-story building that killed 18 people and injured five others. Liu Chunlu (32) was arrested in Yingde, Guangdong province.
    (AP, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 24, An Egyptian military court sentenced a former anti-corruption chief, Hisham Genena (Geneina), to five years in jail after he said a presidential candidate had secret documents allegedly damaging to the army.
    (AFP, 4/24/18)(SFC, 4/25/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 24, The European Union and the UN appealed for swift political talks to end the long war in Syria, saying the latest territorial gains by Damascus and its allies had not brought peace any closer.
    (Reuters, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 24, In France billionaire tycoon Vincent Bollore (66) was detained as part of a corruption investigation into activities of his Bollore Group about how the group obtained contracts to run Lome port in Togo and Conakry port in Guinea. The group's director general, Gilles Alix, and a senior executive from its communications subsidiary Havas, Jean-Philippe Dorent, were also taken into custody.
    (AFP, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 24, Germany-based Audi said it is recalling about 1.2 million cars and SUVs worldwide because the electric coolant pumps can overeat and possibly cause a fire.
    (AP, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 24, Voters in Greenland went to the polls for a parliamentary election that has featured discussion on what the sparsely populated Arctic island needs to do to become independent from Denmark. The population numbered about 56,000 inhabitants.
    (AP, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 24, Police in western India said at least 37 Maoist rebels were killed in two gunbattles between troops and insurgents over the last three days.
    (AP, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 24, An Indonesian court sentenced politician Setya Novanto, the former speaker of Indonesia's parliament and former chairman of the Golkar party, to 15 years in prison for his role in the theft of $170 million of public money. Novanto has been praised by President Donald Trump.
    (AP, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 24, The Israeli government said it was abandoning a plan to forcibly deport African migrants who had entered the country illegally.
    (Reuters, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 24, Israeli forces demolished the West Bank house of Ahmed Qunba, a Palestinian accused of involvement in the killing of a settler in January.
    (AFP, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 24, Lebanon's police said they detained a Syrian citizen earlier this month who was a military commander with the Islamic State group in Syria's province of Homs.
    (AP, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 24, In Madagascar hundreds of opposition activists called for the president to step down on a fourth straight day of anti-government protests in which at least two people have died.
    (AFP, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 24, In Pakistan three suicide bombers blew themselves up near a police vehicle and a security checkpoint in separate incidents in the southwestern city of Quetta, killing six police and wounding 15 members of the security forces.
    (Reuters, 4/24/18)(AP, 4/24/18)(AP, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 24, Pakistani police arrested a father and uncle in Gujrat, Punjab province, charged with the killing of Sana Cheema (25), an Italian citizen. They were suspected in an "honor" killing of Cheema, who died on April 18 under mysterious circumstances.
    (AP, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 24, Syria state news agency said five civilians were killed today when a mortar shell crashed into a market area of Damascus. At least 18 pro-Syrian regime combatants were killed over the last 24 hours of fighting in southern Damascus against the Islamic State group. Fighting today focused on the Joura area in Hajar al-Aswad. An estimated 1,000 IS fighters remained inside the rebel enclave in the southern neighborhoods of Damascus, which included Yarmuk, the adjacent districts of Hajar al-Aswad and Qadam.
    (AFP, 4/24/18)(AP, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 24, The United Nations called on Nicaragua to investigate a crackdown on protests that have left at least 27 dead.
    (AFP, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 24, Juan Carlos Cruz, the key whistleblower in Chile's clerical sex abuse scandal, arrived in Rome for his audience with Pope Francis and said he will urge the pope to get rid of the "toxic" bishops and cardinals who have defamed and discredited abuse survivors around the world.
    (AP, 4/24/18)
2018        Apr 24, Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security's online newspaper said police have arrested five people suspected of using battery chemicals to dye waste coffee beans, apparently passing the mixture off as black pepper.
    (Reuters, 4/24/18)

2018        Apr 25, In Washington, DC, French President Emmanuel Macron drew on the "shared bond" of US-French relations to call for a rejection of isolationism and instead for the countries to bond together anew for a 21st century security.
    (AP, 4/25/18)
2018        Apr 25, California police booked Joseph James DeAngelo (72), a one time cop, into the Sacramento Cpounty Jail on suspicion of two counts of murder. He was accused of shooting a young couple to death near their Rancho Cordoba home in 1978. Authorities using DNA linked him to the serial killer know as the "East Area Rapist" responsible for at least 12 slayings anf 45 rapes in communties across the state from 1976 to 1986.
    (SFC, 4/26/18, p.A1)
2018        Apr 25, San Francisco-based Twitter reported earnings of $61 million in the first three months of the year, boosted by strong growth in advertising revenue and modest gains in users.
    (AFP, 4/25/18)
2018        Apr 25, In Florida a federal judge sentenced Gustavo Falcon (56), dubbed the last of Miami's "cocaine cowboys," to 11 years in prison for a drug trafficking conviction.
    (AP, 4/25/18)
2018        Apr 25, In Maine police Cpl. Eugene Cole (62) was fatally shot. On April 28 police announced the arrest of suspect John Williams (29).
    (SSFC, 4/29/18, p.A12)
2018        Apr 25, The Detroit-based Ford Motor co. announced that it would stop producing its Taurus sedan, a car that was once America's top seller. The Taurus had debuted in 1985 for the 1986 model year.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Taurus)(SFC, 4/28/18, p.D1)
2018        Apr 25, In South Carolina fourteen corrections employees faced federal charges related to bribery and bringing contraband into the state's institutions.
    (SFC, 4/26/18, p.A4)
2018        Apr 25, Texas executed Erick Davila by lethal injection for killing a girl (5) and her grandmother in a gang-related shooting at a child's birthday party in 2008.
    (SFC, 4/26/18, p.A4)
2018        Apr 25, In Afghanistan Islamist Taliban militants announced the start of their annual spring offensive. Twin explosions in the center of Kabul wounded at least three people. In eastern Afghanistan Taliban ambushed a government convoy in Logar province, killing the deputy provincial governor and his two bodyguards. In the north a Taliban attack late today on an army security post in Kunduz province killed at least seven soldiers. 15 Taliban fighters were also killed and 13 were wounded. A local hospital chief gave a higher casualty toll for the military, saying bodies of 13 soldiers and nine wounded in the attack were brought to his hospital in Thakhar province.
    (Reuters, 4/25/18)(AP, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 25, In Armenia several thousand protesters took to the streets of Yerevan after talks between the opposition and the acting prime minister were called off.
    (AP, 4/25/18)
2018        Apr 25, In Belgium international donors raised $4.4 billion in emergency aid for Syria and its neighbors, but the total fell well short of the UN target for 2018 after the United States failed to submit a pledge.
    (Reuters, 4/25/18)
2018        Apr 25, China's civil aviation administration sent letters requesting airlines remove references on their websites or in other material that suggests Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are part of countries independent from China. Airlines were given 30 days to comply.
    (AP, 5/25/18)
2018        Apr 25, It was reported that Chinese seismologists have concluded that North Korea's underground nuclear test site has partially collapsed following a massive bomb blast last year, making it unusable. A blast last September 3 triggering a 6.3-magnitude earthquake that was felt across the northern border with China. The North claimed it tested a hydrogen bomb.
    (AP, 4/25/18)
2018        Apr 25, Danish submarine builder Peter Madsen (47), a self-taught engineer, was sentenced to life in prison after a Copenhagen court found him guilty of the premeditated murder and sexual assault of Swedish journalist Kim Wall onboard his homemade submarine last year.
    (AFP, 4/25/18)
2018        Apr 25, European law enforcement agencies said a British and Dutch-led operation brought down webstresser.org, a website linked to more than four million cyberattacks around the world, with banking giants among the victims. Authorities in five countries including the Netherlands, Serbia, Croatia and Canada, with support from Police Scotland and Europol, targeted six members of the crime group.
    (AFP, 4/25/18)
2018        Apr 25, An eagerly-anticipated catalogue was published compiled from data that Europe's Gaia satellite gathered on some 1.7 billion stars from its unique vantage point in space, about 1.5 million km (930,000 miles) from Earth. The Gaia satellite produced a 3-D map, hailed as revolutionary, of more than a billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy.
    (AFP, 4/25/18)
2018        Apr 25, Finland said the Nordic country's trailblazing basic income experiment is going ahead as planned, denying media reports that the trial has fallen flat.
    (AP, 4/25/18)
2018        Apr 25, Abbas Attar (b.1944), Iranian-born photographer, died in Paris. His book "Iran Diary 1971-2002" was published in 2002.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbas_(photographer))(SFC, 5/2/18, p.D7)
2018        Apr 25, Germans of various faiths donned kippas, Jewish skullcaps, and took to the streets in several cities to protest an anti-Semitic attack in Berlin and express fears about growing hatred of Jews in the country.
    (AP, 4/25/18)
2018        Apr 25, In Greece thousands of protesters took to the streets in Athens and other cities, vowing to challenge ongoing bailout-related austerity measures after the rescue program ends in a few months.
    (AP, 4/25/18)
2018        Apr 25, An Indian court jailed a self-styled religious preacher (77) for life for raping a teenage girl, the latest sexual abuse case against a so-called "godman." Asumal Harpalani, commonly known as Asaram Bapu, has been held since September 2013.
    (Reuters, 4/25/18)
2018        Apr 25, In western Indonesia a newly drilled unregulated oil well exploded into flames, burning 18 people to death and injuring dozens of others in Pasir Putih village, eastern Aceh province. The death toll rose the next day to 22 following the deaths of four more victims.
    (AP, 4/25/18)(AP, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 25, Kuwait expelled the Philippines ambassador and recalled its own from Manila over a growing diplomatic dispute regarding the abuse of Filipina housemaids and workers in the country.
    (AP, 4/25/18)
2018        Apr 25, In Mexico hundreds of Central American migrants from a caravan reunited in Tijuana and planned to cross into the United States together this weekend, in defiance of threats by President Donald Trump to repel them.
    (Reuters, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 25, Palestinian journalist Abu Hussein (24), who was shot by Israeli troops on April 13 while covering a demonstration on the Gaza-Israel border, died of his wounds.
    (AP, 4/25/18)   
2018        Apr 25, Peru's production minister announced his resignation after a local TV channel revealed he had offered to fire his deputy minister to avert a strike by fishermen, marking the first scandal to roil President Martin Vizcarra's Cabinet.
    (Reuters, 4/25/18)
2018        Apr 25, Russia's Supreme Court upheld a criminal conviction against opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his brother. The 2014 conviction gave Navalny a suspended sentence and sent his brother to prison for 3˝ years.
    (AP, 4/25/18)
2018        Apr 25, Russia's military indicated that it will soon supply the Syrian government with a sophisticated air defense system.
    (SFC, 4/26/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 25, Slovakia's government said it has approved a plan to deploy 152 troops in the Baltics as part of NATO forces amid growing tensions between Russia and the West. The soldiers will join NATO forces in Latvia, starting in the second half of 2018.
    (AP, 4/25/18)
2018        Apr 25, Somali weapons dealers said at least 600 guns were stolen in the past week from a former United Arab Emirates-run training center in Mogadishu and are for sale in the city.
    (AP, 4/25/18)
2018        Apr 25, In South Africa several thousand South African union members marched in Johannesburg to protest a proposed national minimum wage of $1.60 per hour they called inadequate, accusing the government of being hostile to labor.
    (Reuters, 4/25/18)(AP, 4/25/18)
2018        Apr 25, In South Sudan ten aid workers went missing in the town of Yei.
    (Reuters, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 25, In Spain Madrid's conservative leader Cristina Cifuentes (53) resigned after revelations she allegedly shoplifted 40 euros worth of cosmetics in 2011.
    (AP, 4/25/18)
2018        Apr 25, Syria's regime moved to tighten its grip on the capital as it retook Eastern Qalamun outside Damascus from rebels. Regime air strikes and rocket fire pounded southern areas of the capital held by the Islamic State jihadist group after government raids there killed six civilians overnight.
    (AFP, 4/25/18)   
2018        Apr 25, In Syria OPCW chemical weapons inspectors collected samples from a new location in Douma, their second visit to the area that was hit by a suspected gas attack on April 7. Russia has even said the attack was staged and Russian diplomats said they plan to bring evidence of this to the OPCW.
    (AP, 4/25/18)
2018        Apr 25, Taiwanese military veterans scuffled with police as they tried to storm parliament in the latest of a series of protests against planned pension cuts.
    (AFP, 4/25/18)
2018        Apr 25, Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet's chairman Akin Atalay was released after serving over 500 days in prison. The following day he joined a protest for free press and justice outside an Istanbul court.
    (AFP, 4/26/18)

2018        Apr 26, US President Donald Trump's doctor Ronny Jackson withdrew his nomination to head the Department of Veterans Affairs following allegations he improperly handed out drugs and was drunk at work.
    (AFP, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 26, Mike Pompeo took over as America's top diplomat after being confirmed by the US Senate. The following day he hit the ground running with a series of meetings at NATO headquarters in Brussels.
    (AP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 26, Teachers in Arizona and Colorado kicked off widespread walkouts that shut down public schools in a bid for better pay and education funding.
    (SFC, 4/27/18, p.A5)
2018        Apr 26, California utility regulators penalized Pacific Gas & Electric Co. $97.5 million over improper back-channel communications with their own agency following the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline blast.
    (SFC, 4/27/18, p.C1)
2018        Apr 26, In the SF Bay Area the Silicon Valley Community Foundation said it has placed CEO Emmet Carson on paid administrative leave as an investigation continues into a workplace culture that former employees said allowed bullying and sexual harassment.
    (SFC, 4/27/18, p.A1)
2018        Apr 26, In Pennsylvania TV star Bill Cosby (80) was convicted of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand in 2004.
    (SFC, 4/27/18, p.A5)
2018        Apr 26, In northern Wisconsin the crash of a medical helicopter crash left three crew members dead.
    (SFC, 4/28/18, p.A5)
2018        Apr 26, Bahrain state news reported that King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa has commuted death sentences handed down to four men by a military court to life in prison.
    (Reuters, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 26, Bosnia's central government said it would step up border controls to prevent a further influx of migrants and try to accommodate those already in Bosnia in the face of criticism that it is failing to adequately protect their rights.
    (Reuters, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 26, In Brazil as many as 2,000 indigenous people marched through Brasilia to protest what they say is an unprecedented governmental assault on their rights and lands.
    (AP, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 26, The European Union extended its arms embargo against Myanmar, following human rights violations in the country, and was preparing sanctions against individual army officials.
    (Reuters, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 26, In France ministers from more than 70 countries discussed ways to combat financing for the Islamic State group and Al-Qaida at an international conference in Paris.
    (AP, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 26, Georgia's PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili said former prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, the country's richest man, is making a political comeback and will chair the ruling Georgian Dream party.
    (Reuters, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 26, German and French officials signed four documents in Berlin that they said underscored their determination to work together to jointly develop new weapons systems, including a maritime airborne warfare aircraft and a new fighter jet.
    (Reuters, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 26, In India thirteen children were killed when a train hit their school van at an unmanned crossing in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (Reuters, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 26, Iranian media confirmed that Abbas Edalat, a British-Iranian scientist and peace campaigner, has been arrested for his alleged role in an "infiltration network." Edalat was reportedly detained on April 15.
    (AFP, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 26, In southern Israel nine girls and a boy were killed after they were swept away by a flash flood in the Zafit river bed in the Negev Desert.
    (Reuters, 4/26/18)(Reuters, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 26, Authorities in southern Mexico found a body they believe is that of Polish cyclist Krzysztof Chmielewski, as well as a bicycle and a shoe belonging to missing German cyclist Holger Franz Hagenbusch at the bottom of a 600-foot (200-meter) drop off the side of a rural highway. The two were apparently biking together on the narrow road in Chiapas state. Forensics tests later revealed a bullet wound to the German's head.
    (AP, 5/4/18)(AP, 5/11/18)
2018        Apr 26, In the Netherlands Russian officials brought purported Syrian witnesses for a briefing at The Hague headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Moscow says they were filmed in "staged videos" in the aftermath of the April 7 reported chemical weapons attack in Douma. Britain and France denounced this as a stunt and an "obscene masquerade".
    (AP, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 26, In Nigeria at least four people were killed when Boko Haram suicide bombers attacked Maiduguri. Five suicide bombers also died trying to detonate their explosives while trying to reach the city's Giwa Barracks, where suspected militants are held. At least one member of the security forces was killed when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a military vehicle. Air strikes killed an unspecified number of jihadists as they fled. It was also announced that 22 soldiers from a regional force have been killed in fighting this month.
    (AFP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 26, A Pakistani court disqualified Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif from parliament, striking another blow to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party ahead of a general election due in a few months. The court ruled Asif did not fully disclose his status as an employee of a UAE company and therefore was "not qualified" to be in parliament.
    (Reuters, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 26, Peru's Constitutional Court said ex-president Ollanta Humala and his wife can remain free while they await their corruption trial. Bureaucratic delays held up the release.
    (AFP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 26, In Romania thousands of health care workers protested wage cuts outside the government offices in Bucharest.
    (AP, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 26, Romania's environment ministry said that the country had between 6,050 to 6,640 brown bears in 2016 and that 4,000 bears was an optimum figure from an "ecological, social and economic point of view."
    (AP, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 26, Rwanda reported the discovery of mass graves the could contain more than 2,000 bodies in the Gasabo district dating back to the 1994 killings that left more than 800,000 people killed.
    (SFC, 4/27/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 26, Serbia barred Croatia's deputy prime minister and defense minister Damir Krsticevic from entering the country until further notice, in a tit-for-tat move following a similar action by Zagreb last weekend.
    (Reuters, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 26, Slovak President Andrej Kiska named Denisa Sakova, a leading ruling party figure, as the new interior minister despite his reservations amid public calls for an independent to guarantee a fair inquiry into the murder of an investigative journalist.
    (Reuters, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 26, In Spain women's rights groups protested after a court in northern Spain sentenced five men to nine years each in prison for the lesser crime of sexual abuse in what activists saw as a gang rape during the 2016 running of the bulls festival in Pamplona.
    (AP, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 26, Syria's state news agency said that dozens of IS fighters were killed in battles in the southern Damascus neighborhood of Hajar al-Aswad during which ground forces closely coordinated with the air force in bombarding the area.
    (AP, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 26, Tanzanians largely ignored a call by US-based activist Mange Kimambi to stage nationwide protests against President John Magufuli's government. Nine demonstrators marched in Dar es Salaam and were quickly arrested. The main opposition party, CHADEMA, said several of its leaders were arrested by the police in various parts of the country on allegations of inciting Tanzanians to take to the streets.
    (Reuters, 4/26/18)

2018        Apr 27, US Pres. Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel aired differences over trade and NATO at a White House meeting where they tried to put on a show of warmth and friendship. Merkel faced an uphill struggle to save the Iran nuclear deal, avoid a trade war and make her relationship with the US president functional again.
    (AFP, 4/27/18)(Reuters, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 27, A declassified US congressional panel report released today on its investigation into Moscow's suspected interference in the 2016 US election said Russia has aggressively engaged in information warfare against the West for a decade.
    (Reuters, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 27, The Republican-led House intelligence committee released a lengthy report concluding it found no evidence that Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential campaign, drawing praise from the president and rebuttals from Democrats.
    (AP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 27, Volunteer US lawyers gave legal workshops just across the border in Mexico to Central American asylum seekers who traveled in a "caravan" that has been harshly criticized by President Donald Trump.
    (AP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 27, In Arizona a wildfire began near the town of Clints Well. By April 30 it had swelled to more than 13 square miles.
    (SFC, 5/1/18, p.A5)
2018        Apr 27, Philadelphia mob boss Joseph Merlino pleaded guilty to an illegal gambling charge as part of a deal allowing him to avoid a retrial in in a NYC racketeering case.
    (SFC, 4/28/18, p.A5)
2018        Apr 27, In eastern Afghanistan a rocket fired by Taliban fighters late today hit a house in the Hoodi area of Goshta district, Nangarhar province. Five civilians were killed and three were injured.
    (Reuters, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 27, Armenia's acting head of government Karen Karapetyan rebuffed talks proposed by opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan, further escalating tensions after two weeks of protests.
    (AFP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 27, A two-day operation led by Belgian prosecutors seized servers and data from Islamic State propaganda outlets in a multi-country effort aimed at tracking down radicals and crimping the group's ability to spread its violent message. The operation involved authorities in the US, Canada, Britain, France, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Romania.
    (AP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 27, Bosnian police detained former Bosnian army commander Atif Dudakovic (64) and 12 other people on suspicion of war crimes against Serb and Bosnian civilians and prisoners during the country's deadly 1992-95 war.
    (AP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 27, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for stepped-up cooperation with India during an informal summit with PM Narendra Modi, amid tensions along their contested border and a rivalry for influence with their smaller neighbors that could determine dominance in Asia.
    (AP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 27, China introduced a law making it potentially criminal to defame or deny the deeds and spirit of the country's historic martyrs, state media said, the latest move to protect symbols of state.
    (Reuters, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 27, In northwestern China an assailant killed seven middle school students who were on their way home from classes in Mizhi county, Shaanxi province. The suspected attacker was caught. The death toll soon rose to nine the stabbing attack carried out by a former pupil (28) seeking revenge for having been bullied.
    (Reuters, 4/27/18)(AP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 27, The European Union made a key breakthrough to completely ban pesticides that harm bees and their crop pollination. The ban on the three prevalent neonicotinoid pesticides will take effect at the end of the year.
    (AP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 27, Football's world governing body FIFA said it had banned the head of the Brazilian football federation, Marco Polo Del Nero, for life following a graft probe.
    (AFP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 27, The German government said a Syrian presidential decree on real estate registration is a "cynical plan" designed to confiscate refugees' property. The decree, which ran in state-run media this month, gives property owners in certain parts of Syria one month to provide ownership deeds or face having their property confiscated.
    (AP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 27, Former Guatemalan Pres. Alvaro Arzu (72) died in Guatemala City. He served as president from 1996 to 2000 and signed the 1996 peace accord ending the country's civil war. He later became mayor of the capital.
    (AP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 27, A Kenyan movie due to become the first in the country's history to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival was banned by the Kenya Film Classification Board for seeking to "promote lesbianism." The story by Ugandan writer Monica Arac Nyeko won the 2007 Caine Prize, which is awarded to African writers of a short story published in English.
    (AFP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 27, Israeli soldiers fired bullets and tear gas at thousands of Palestinian protesters at the Gaza-Israel border, hours after the United Nations human rights chief criticized Israel for using "excessive force". Three Palestinians were killed and 200 were wounded by gunfire.
    (Reuters, 4/27/18)(Reuters, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 27, In Mali 44 Fulanis were reported killed by Tuaregs along the Mali-Niger border. Extremists reportedly killed at least 47 Tuaregs over the last two days.
    (SFC, 5/4/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 27, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in set aside a year that saw them seemingly on the verge of war, grasped hands and strode together across the cracked concrete marking the Koreas' border. Kim became the first North Korean leader to visit South Korean territory. The leaders pledged in a joint statement to rid their peninsula of nuclear weapons.
    (AP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 27, In Pakistan gunmen late today fatally shot three local tourists and their driver in the South Waziristan tribal region along the Afghanistan border.
    (AP, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 27, In Poland parents of disabled children held a 10th day of protests to voice frustration over what they consider inadequate state support, one of several political challenges confronting the country's conservative leadership.
    (AP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 27, Romania's President Klaus Iohannis called on PM Viorica Dancila to resign, saying that she is unfit for the job, signaling a fresh round of political tensions between the centrist president and left-wing government.
    (AP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 27, Russia's main intelligence agency said it has detained four men from a Siberian oil town who are linked to the Islamic State group and are suspected of plotting terror attacks in Moscow.
    (AP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 27, In Singapore foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met to affirm a common vision amid happenings beyond their 10-member group.
    (AP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 27, Four vessels carrying 20 crew members from Suriname and neighboring Guyana were attacked by assailants carrying guns and cutlasses. Five survivors were later rescued or found their way to shore. Three dead bodies have been recovered, but the fate of a dozen remained unclear.
    (AFP, 5/4/18)
2018        Apr 27, Sweden's legendary disco group ABBA announced that they have reunited to record two new songs, 35 years after their last single, sparking joy and surprise among fans.
    (AFP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 27, In Switzerland Erwin Sperisen, Guatemala's former police chief, was slapped with a 15-year prison sentence after being reconvicted for the deaths of seven inmates in Pavon jail (Guatemala) in September 2006. Sperisen held dual Swiss and Guatemalan citizenship and local rules allowed Swiss citizens to be tried at home for crimes committed abroad.
    (AFP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 27, Fighting between Syrian troops and Islamic State group fighters in southern neighborhoods of Damascus left dozens of people dead or wounded. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government bombardment killed 17 people, including seven children and two women in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk mostly controlled by IS.
    (AP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 27, Thailand deported Sam Serey, the leader of a Cambodian anti-government group. He was at risk of being extradited to his homeland for imprisonment but said he is safely back in Denmark, where he has had political asylum for seven years.
    (AP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 27, In Yemen an airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition in Sanaa killed two Shiite rebel leaders and dozens of their militiamen.   
    (AP, 4/28/18)

2018        Apr 28, Larry Harvey (70) the founder and guiding light behind the Burning Man art exhibition, died in San Francisco.
    (SSFC, 4/29/18, p.A8)
2018        Apr 28, New York City hosted one of the biggest tributes to Sikh culture in America, a parade down Madison Avenue capped by a sea of turbans.
    (AP, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 28, In northern Afghanistan Taliban fighters seized a district center in Kunduz province. A bomb at an army base in the southern province of Helmand killed four civilians and two soldiers. A bombing in Jalalabad wounded 12 people, including two traffic police.
    (Reuters, 4/28/18)(AP, 4/28/18)(AP, 4/29/18)
2018        Apr 28, Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan called for more demonstrations against the country's ruling elite, days before the South Caucasus nation's parliament is due to pick a new prime minister.
    (Reuters, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 28, The Australian Olympic Committee awarded a posthumous Order of Merit to Peter Norman, a record-holding sprinter who supported two Americans in their famous Black Power salute at the 1968 Mexico Olympics.
    (AP, 4/27/18)
2018        Apr 28, A UN Security Council delegation arrived in Bangladesh to get a firsthand look at the plight of some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar to escape military-led violence.
    (AP, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 28, Terminally-ill British toddler Alfie Evans died after doctors withdrew life support, following a long legal battle and a campaign by the parents that drew support from Pope Francis.
    (AFP, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 28, Burkina Faso authorities said they have arrested around 100 people and seized explosives in operations from April 19 to 27 in eastern and northern regions near the Malian border where jihadists are active.
    (AFP, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 28, The leaders of China and India stressed the importance of close ties in talks, against the background of their rivalry for leadership in Asia and the potential for cooperation on economic and security matters.
    (AP, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 28, India's government electrified all of its villages 12 days ahead of a deadline set by PM Narendra Modi.
    (Reuters, 4/29/18)
2018        Apr 28, In Madagascar more than 1,000 opposition activists rallied in Antananarivo demanding the resignation of the president on the eighth straight day of anti-government protests in which at least two people have died.
    (AFP, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 28, Former Malawi president Joyce Banda returned home to a rousing welcome by supporters and vowed to prove her innocence after more than three years in self-imposed exile amid graft allegations.
    (Reuters, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 28, Firefighters in Myanmar scrambled to put out a fire in a massive garbage dump on the edge of its largest city, Yangon, as foul-smelling smoke from the burning trash that injured dozens extended into its second week. Some 600 firefighters and members of security forces have been fighting the blaze since April 21.
    (Reuters, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 28, Thousands of Nicaraguans marched peacefully through the capital Managua in a mass demonstration to demand justice following the violent suppression of a wave of protests that left 43 people dead.
    (AFP, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 28, In Oman activist Hassan al-Basham passed away in Samail Central Prison after a sharp drop in his blood sugar levels. Rights groups later said his deteriorating health was known to the courts, and that a request by his lawyers for a medical examination was ignored by an appellate court.
    (AP, 5/2/18)
2018        Apr 28, Pakistan's disenfranchised Ahmadi community released an annual report that detailed growing hostilities against the minority sect, including indiscriminate arrests and impediments blocking them from voting in general elections.
    (Reuters, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 28, In southwestern Pakistan gunmen attacked an electronics shop and fatally shot two shopkeepers, both of them minority Hazara Shiites.
    (AP, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 28, Palestinian youth Azzam Aweida (15) died after being shot the previous day by Israeli troops during protests along the Gaza border.
    (Reuters, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 28, In Moscow Russian, Iranian and Turkish foreign ministers talked up their successes in brokering a political solution to the Syrian conflict.
    (AFP, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 28, A floating nuclear power plant built in Russia embarked on its first sea voyage so its reactors can be loaded with fuel. The Lomonosov is to be put into service in 2019 in the Arctic off the coast of Chukotka in the far east, providing power for a port town and for oil rigs.
    (AP, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 28, Saudi Arabia intercepted four ballistic missiles fired by Yemeni rebels. One person was reported killed by "shrapnel" from the ballistic missile attack.
    (AFP, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 28, Saudi Arabia's King Salman launched construction of an "entertainment city" near Riyadh, part of a series of multi-billion dollar projects aimed at helping the oil-dependent kingdom diversify its economy.
    (AFP, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 28, Singapore's PM Lee Hsien Loong said that Southeast Asian countries will work more closely with new powers China and India to counter the pressure of protectionism and ensure continued growth. ASEAN leaders affirmed the need for peace in the South China Sea.
    (AP, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 28, In Somalia a suicide bomber blew himself up in a military camp in the town of Galkayo, killing four officers. The attack was claimed by the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group.
    (Reuters, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 28, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said authorities have detained 63 people suspected of links to a network accused of orchestrating a failed coup and were hunting for 40 others.
    (Reuters, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 28, In southern Yemen Saleh Nasr Fadl al-Bakhsh, a top Islamic State group leader, was killed and three others arrested in a government raid on an IS hideout in government-held territory.
    (AFP, 4/28/18)
2018        Apr 28, It was reported that Zimbabwe has legalized the production of marijuana for medicinal and scientific purposes, making it the rare African country to turn the drug into a source of revenue. Recreational use remained illegal.
    (AP, 4/28/18)

2018        Apr 29, US border authorities said some people associated with a caravan of asylum seekers from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador were caught trying to slip through the border fence in Tijuana, and encouraged the rest to hand themselves in to authorities. About 50 people from a Central American migrant caravan including women, children and transgender individuals tried to seek US asylum but were not allowed to cross the Mexico border because officials said the facility was full.
    (Reuters, 4/29/18)(Reuters, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 29, Sprint and T-Mobile announced that they had reached a deal to merge. Deutsche Telekom would own roughly 43 percent of the combined businesses.
    (SFC, 4/30/18, p.A7)
2018        Apr 29, In eastern Afghanistan a group of children set off an unexploded mortar round in a residential area, causing a blast that killed a woman and two children in Nangarhar province.
    (AP, 4/29/18)
2018        Apr 29, In Albania Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (71) celebrated mass in Tirana, the highlight of his first visit to the mainly Muslim country.
    (AFP, 4/29/18)
2018        Apr 29, In Armenia supporters of protest leader Nikol Pashinyan rallied in Yerevan, hoping that a massive show of force two days ahead of a key election will help propel the opposition leader to power.
    (AFP, 4/29/18)
2018        Apr 29, Australia pledged     half a billion dollars to restore and protect the Great Barrier Reef in what it said would be a game-changer for the embattled natural wonder, but conservationists were not convinced.
    (AFP, 4/29/18)
2018        Apr 29, Austria's OMV signed a deal worth $1.5 billion for a 20 percent stake in two offshore concessions in the United Arab Emirates' capital, Abu Dhabi.
    (AP, 4/29/18)
2018        Apr 29, In Bangladesh Rohingya refugees made emotional pleas to the UN Security Council for help to return safely to their homes in neighboring Myanmar and for justice over the reason they fled - accusations of killings, rapes and arson.
    (Reuters, 4/29/18)
2018        Apr 29, Luis Garcia Meza Tejada (b.1929), former Bolivian dictator (1980-1981) died at a military hospital in La Paz, where he was serving the remainder of a 30-year prison term.
    (SFC, 5/4/18, p.D6)
2018        Apr 29, In India bridegroom Sunil Verma (25) was hit in the chest late today as he performed Hindu wedding rituals. Indian police on May 1 arrested a man accused of killing Verma when he marked his friend's wedding with gunfire.
    (AFP, 5/1/18)
2018        Apr 29, At least 15 African migrants died when their boat, which had departed from Morocco, capsized off the Algerian coast while trying to reach Europe.
    (Reuters, 4/29/18)
2018        Apr 29, Iraq sentenced 19 Russian women to life in prison for joining the Islamic State group. Six women from Azerbaijan and four from Tajikistan were also condemned to life in prison on the same charge.
    (AFP, 4/29/18)
2018        Apr 29, Kuwait said it stands ready to cooperate with the Philippines to address labor issues facing Filipino workers, but would also "act decisively" against attempts to breach its sovereignty.
    (AP, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 29, A Libyan transport plane crashed at an airfield at El Sharara oilfield, killing three people.
    (Reuters, 4/29/18)
2018        Apr 29, A Myanmar police spokesman said the police officer who testified that police framed two Reuters reporters has been sentenced to an undisclosed prison term for violating Myanmar's Police Disciplinary Act. Captain Moe Yan Naing had told the court on April 20 that a senior officer had ordered police to "trap" one of the two journalists arrested in December. During that hearing, Moe Yan Naing told the court he had been under arrest since the night of Dec. 12, the date the Reuters reporters were arrested.
    (Reuters, 4/29/18)
2018        Apr 29, Pakistani lawyer Jalila Haider began a hunger strike to bring attention to the killing of Shiites in the city of Quetta. She planned to continue the strike until the army chief visits the city and details concrete steps to bring the killers to justice and protect the religious minority.
    (AP, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 29, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said that a ban on Filipino workers from heading to Kuwait that's been in effect since February would now be permanent.
    (AP, 4/29/18)
2018        Apr 29, Saudi national oil giant Aramco said that five new members had been appointed to its board of directors, including the first woman in the firm's history. Lynn Laverty Elsenhans (60) is the former head of US oil company Sunoco Inc. and has been director of oil services company Baker Hughes since July last year.
    (AFP, 4/29/18)
2018        Apr 29, Syrian government forces captured four villages east of the Euphrates River in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour after rare clashes with US-backed Kurdish-led fighters. Six SDF fighters were reported killed. Syrian troops tightened the noose around a major Palestinian refugee camp held by Islamic State militants in southern Damascus where hundreds of civilians face an uncertain future. State media said the government and rebels have reached a deal to evacuate opposition fighters from an area of southern Damascus near the site of a regime offensive against jihadists.
    (AP, 4/29/18)(Reuters, 4/29/18)(AFP, 4/29/18)
2018        Apr 29, In central Syria missile strikes late today killed 26 pro-regime fighters, most of them Iranians, in a raid that bore the hallmarks of Tehran's archfoe Israel. The missile strikes hit two military targets in Aleppo and Hama provinces.
    (AFP, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 29, In Thailand over a thousand people gathered in the northern city of Chiang Mai to protest against the building of a government luxury housing project on forested land, in one of the largest demonstrations under military rule.
    (Reuters, 4/29/18)
2018        Apr 29, In Tunisia police and military personnel voted in the country's local elections for the first time.
    (AP, 4/29/18)
2018        Apr 29, Zimbabwe held primary elections. The voting was extended to May 1 in some constituencies due to disagreements over who should vote, late ballot deliveries and accusations of bribery and cheating by some candidates. Seven government ministers and several allies of President Emmerson Mnangagwa were defeated in the primary elections for parliament.
    (Reuters, 5/3/18)

2018        Apr 30, President Donald Trump met with Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari, president of Africa's most populous and wealthiest country. Buhari sought support in his battle against Boko Haram, as well as investment in Nigeria's rickety infrastructure.
    (AFP, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 30, The US Supreme Court rejected Constitution Pipeline Co's bid to challenge New York state's refusal to issue a needed water permit for a proposed natural gas pipeline running from Pennsylvania to New York.
    (Reuters, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 30, US Industry sources said the Environmental Protection Agency has granted a financial hardship waiver to an oil refinery owned by billionaire Carl Icahn, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, exempting the Oklahoma facility from requirements under a federal biofuels law.
    (Reuters, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 30, Celebrations erupted late today among dozens of migrants camped near the US border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, after US officials admitted eight women and children, fueling the determination of others to remain until they were admitted.
    (Reuters, 5/1/18)
2018        Apr 30, It was reported that Walmart has agreed to sell its British unit, Asda, to local rival Sainsbury's in a 7.3 billion pound ($10.1 billion) deal as the US giant focuses on online sales in countries with higher growth and less intense competition.
    (AP, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 30, In Afghanistan two Islamic State suicide bombers struck in Kabul, killing 25 people, including nine journalists who had rushed to the scene of the first attack. Four police were among those killed and least 45 people were wounded in the attacks. Afghan BBC reporter Ahmad Shah (29) was reported killed in an attack in the eastern Khost province.
    (AP, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 30, British PM Theresa May appointed Sajid Javid, a former banker of South Asian origin, as interior minister, trying to draw a line under an immigration scandal threatening her authority as she negotiates Brexit.
    (Reuters, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 30, France-based Interpol said a police operation across the Caribbean and South America has freed nearly 350 people from human trafficking networks and led to the arrests of 22 people.
    (AP, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 30, A leading German nationalist politician won a court injunction forcing Facebook to ensure a user's slur against her can't be seen in Germany.
    (AP, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 30, Police in India arrested four teenagers after a video of them allegedly tearing the clothes off a girl in the village of Bharthura, Bihar state, was shared widely on social media.
    (AP, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 30, In India a 16-year-old girl committed suicide after being raped a day earlier by eight men in the Nuh district of the northern state of Haryana.
    (Reuters, 5/3/18)
2018        Apr 30, Iranian TV reported that the state judiciary has banned the popular Telegram instant messaging app to protect national security.
    (Reuters, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 30, Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi said that the last well on fire at Ajil, an oilfield torched by Islamic State north of Baghdad, has been extinguished. IS militants torched the field, located near Tikrit, in 2015.
    (Reuters, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 30, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled what he said was evidence of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program.
    (Reuters, 5/1/18)
2018        Apr 30, The Israeli parliament approved a law empowering the country's prime minister and defense minister to declare war without full Cabinet approval in "extreme circumstances".
    (AP, 5/3/18)
2018        Apr 30, Israeli and Palestinian rights groups went to Israel's Supreme Court in a bid to stop the army's use of lethal force against Palestinians during protests and clashes on the Gaza border.
    (AFP, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 30, Ivory Coast farmers said caterpillars are eating into cocoa crops in the coastal regions, threatening what a promising April-to-September mid-crop.
    (AP, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 30, In Indian-controlled Kashmir a young man was killed and at least 14 others wounded when government forces fired at anti-India protesters who were trying to help rebels escape during a gunbattle. Two rebels were killed.
    (AP, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 30, Kenya's Red Cross estimated that at least 100 have also died in the downpours since early April, and that the disaster needs emergency funding.
    (Reuters, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 30, In Myanmar members of a UN Security Council team probing the country's crisis over its ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority met with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and military commander Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing after visiting Bangladesh.
    (AP, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 30, In Myanmar thousands of people rallied in war-torn Kachin State to demand humanitarian access for villagers trapped by fighting between government forces and ethnic minority insurgents that has displaced more than 5,000 people.
    (Reuters, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 30, In Pakistan the city of Nawabshah recorded a record temperature of 122.4 degrees Fahrenheit, the highest ever reliably recorded, anywhere in the world, for the month of April.
    (SFC, 5/5/18, p.A2)
2018        Apr 30, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a speech to the PLO parliament said it was the Jews' "social function," including money-lending, that caused animosity toward them in Europe, citing what he said were books by Jewish authors. He also portrayed the creation of Israel as a European colonial project. The US ambassador to Israel, as well as Israel's prime minister, soon lashed out at Abbas over his remarks.
    (AP, 5/2/18)
2018        Apr 30, In Russia thousands rallied in Moscow in support of internet freedom after authorities tried to block access to the popular messaging app Telegram in the latest onslaught against dissent under Vladimir Putin.
    (AFP, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 30, Swiss police said four people have died in the Swiss Alps and five others were in a serious conditions after bad weather forced 14 people to spend a night outdoors in the Pigne d’Arolla area. The death toll soon increased to six. The victims were identified as five Italians and a Bulgarian woman.
    (Reuters, 4/30/18)(AP, 5/1/18)
2018        Apr 30, The Swiss-based International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said three quarters of freshwater species endemic to East Africa's Lake Victoria basin face the threat of extinction, warning the biodiversity there was being "decimated." The lake stretches into Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and its catchment also touches Burundi and Rwanda.
    (AFP, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 30, In Switzerland the bodies of two climbers, aged 21 and 22, were found east of Pigne d'Arolla area. Bad weather a day earlier foiled rescue efforts. Two French nationals cross country skiing near the Allalin glacier in Valais canton were swept away by an avalanche and one of them died.
    (AFP, 5/1/18)
2018        Apr 30, The Syrian army unleashed a massive bombardment against on the town of Rastan and surrounding villages in the rebel enclave between the cities of Hama and Homs. The army also prepared for the withdrawal of insurgents from another as President Bashar al-Assad pushed to crush the rebels' last besieged strongholds.
    (Reuters, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 30, In Thailand Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, a labor activist and editor of a political magazine, was released from prison and said he will join public demonstrations to call for elections and an end to military rule. He was detained in 2011 and convicted of insulting Thailand's monarchy.
    (AP, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 30, A court in southern Thailand sentenced six men to death for several bombings in 2016 that killed two people and wounded more than 20.
    (AP, 5/2/18)
2018        Apr 30, The UN said ten aid workers have been released after being abducted in South Sudan almost a week ago.
    (AP, 4/30/18)   

2018        Apr, In Morocco an unprecedented boycott campaign was launched targeting Afriquia service stations, Sidi Ali water and Danone milk -- leaders in their sectors -- and calling for a drop in prices. The campaign revived criticism against links between the country's business and political elite.
    (AFP, 5/27/18)
2018        Apr, Thousands of young people in northern Myanmar staged one of the largest protests in years, successfully urging authorities to rescue civilians caught up in deadly fighting that threatens to unravel the country's fitful peace process.
    (Reuters, 5/11/18)
2018        Apr, In Nepal prominent Canadian aid worker Peter Dalglish (60) was arrested at his mountain villa and charged with sexually abusing children.
    (AP, 5/14/18)
2018        Apr, In Niger US Special Forces ambushed and killed 20 to 25 militants including two leaders of ISIS in the Greater Sahara who were involved in the Oct 4, 2017, ambush that killed 4 US soldiers.
    (SFC, 5/30/18, p.A3)
2018        Apr, In central Nigeria 33 people, including a number of policemen, were killed during a brutal bank robbery in Offa, Kwara state.
    (AFP, 8/10/18)
2018        Apr, The Philippine Supreme Court rejected efforts to claim almost $1 billion in damages from the estate of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his cronies, saying the government had failed to prove alleged graft related major infrastructure projects. The decision was made public on June 19.
    (Reuters, 6/19/18)

2018        May 1, Donald Trump lashed out at the "disgraceful" disclosure of questions Special Counsel Robert Mueller has sought to ask the US president about potential obstruction and other matters as part of his probe into Russian election interference.
    (AP, 5/1/18)
2018        May 1, In San Francisco David Wiegand (b.1947), assisting managing editor of The Chronicle, was found dead in his SF home.
    (SFC, 5/2/18, p.A12)
2018        May 1, Louisiana's Sec. of State Tom Schedler said he will be stepping down on May 8, amid allegations that he sexually harassed one of his employees.
    (SFC, 5/2/18, p.A6)
2018        May 1, Tennessee's Knox County held elections. Investigators later found evidence of a "malicious intrusion" into the county's elections website from a computer in Ukraine during a concerted cyberattack, which likely caused the site to crash just as it was reporting vote totals in this month's primary.
    (AP, 5/11/18)
2018        May 1, In Armenia tens of thousands rallied in Yerevan ahead of a crucial vote to elect a new prime minister as protest leader Nikol Pashinyan warned of a "political tsunami" if lawmakers don't back him to lead the country.
    (AFP, 5/1/18)
2018        May 1, An Australian court ruled that Vatican Treasurer George Pell must face trial on charges of historical sexual offences, making him the most senior Catholic official to be tried on such allegations. He pleaded not guilty.
    (Reuters, 5/1/18)
2018        May 1, Bosnian authorities said chemicals from a soda ash factory near a northern town have polluted the Spreca river, killing fish and damaging surrounding farmland. Authorities declared the area a disaster.
    (Reuters, 5/1/18)
2018        May 1, In Brazil an abandoned high-rise building occupied by squatters in downtown Sao Paulo caught fire and collapsed. Firefighters said at least one person was killed in the collapse and that there could be more. 44 people were soon reported missing after the 24-storey building collapsed.
    (AP, 5/1/18)(AFP, 5/2/18)
2018        May 1, In the Central African Republic at least 24 people were killed in attacks in the capital Bangui targeting a church and a mosque.
    (AFP, 5/3/18)
2018        May 1, French Pres. Emmanuel Macron arrived in Australia on a rare visit, with the two sides expected to agree on greater cooperation in the Pacific to counter a rising China.
    (AFP, 5/1/18)
2018        May 1, In France hundreds of demonstrators marched across Paris as part of May Day protests taking place in French cities to oppose economic policies pursued by President Emmanuel Macron. Some 109 people were taken into custody in Paris suspected of offenses including carrying prohibited weapons and firing projectiles after May Day protests.
    (AP, 5/1/18)(AP, 5/2/18)
2018        May 1, Tens of thousands of workers marched across Germany and Austria rallying for their rights in the face of globalization.
    (AP, 5/1/18)
2018        May 1, Thousands of Greeks are marching through central Athens in at least three separate May Day demonstrations.
    (AP, 5/1/18)
2018        May 1, In northern India a 19-year-old woman was raped by five men, including the driver of an autorickshaw she hailed in near Gurugram town, Haryana state.
    (AP, 5/3/18)
2018        May 1, In Indonesia about 10,000 workers from various labor groups rallied near the presidential palace in Jakarta to voice their demands.
    (AP, 5/1/18)
2018        May 1, Hundreds of Iranians defied a ban on protests to mark International Labor Day, with police detaining at least six people.
    (AP, 5/1/18)
2018        May 1, In Iraq militants in two speeding cars killed eight unarmed civilians in the assault 25 km (15 miles) north of Baghdad. The Islamic State soon claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 5/2/18)(AP, 5/2/18)
2018        May 1, Israel signed a 15-year, $775 million deal with the self-ruling Palestinian Authority to put electricity distribution for Palestinians in the West Bank in PA hands and build four power plants to that end.
    (Reuters, 5/1/18)
2018        May 1, Visiting Japanese PM Shinzo Abe told Jordan's King Abdullah II that his country hopes to upgrade its ties with the kingdom into a strategic partnership.
    (AP, 5/1/18)
2018        May 1, In Indian-controlled Kashmir suspected militants shot and killed three men overnight in the town of Baramulla. Police blamed the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
    (AP, 5/1/18)
2018        May 1, Malaysian police intercepted a tanker with 131 Sri Lankans believed bound for Australia and New Zealand, smashing a large human smuggling ring that has been operating for a year.
    (AP, 5/6/18)
2018        May 1, Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said that his government had proof that the Lebanese Hezbollah group, which is supported by Iran, has been providing training and financial support to Polisario fighters in Western Sahara since 2016.
    (AP, 5/2/18)
2018        May 1, In Myanmar a 15-member UN Security Council delegation visited volatile areas of Rakhine state, from where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled military-led violence, to see firsthand the aftermath of the army's crackdown as well as Myanmar's preparations for taking back the refugees.
    (AP, 5/1/18)
2018        May 1, In northeastern Nigeria explosions in and around a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa state, killed at least 20 people.
    (AP, 5/1/18)
2018        May 1, North and South Korea dismantled huge loudspeakers used to blare Cold War-style propaganda across their tense border, as South Korea's president asked the United Nations to observe the North's planned closing of its nuclear test site.
    (AP, 5/1/18)
2018        May 1, Pakistani PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inaugurated the long-delayed new airport in the capital, Islamabad, replacing the cramped Benazir Bhutto airport often criticized by travelers.
    (Reuters, 5/1/18)
2018        May 1, In Puerto Rico thousands of people marched to protest pension cuts, school closures and slow hurricane recovery efforts.
    (SFC, 5/2/18, p.A6)
2018        May 1, In Russia more than 100,000 people came out on the streets on Moscow to march in the traditional May Day parade.
    (AP, 5/1/18)
2018        May 1, Rwandan police arrested 23 Congolese refugees after senior police officers and government officials were pelted with stones during a visit to refugee camp, authorities said after two days of clashes.
    (Reuters, 5/2/18)
2018        May 1, Scotland became the first country in the world to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol n an effort reduce deaths from alcohol-related illnesses.
    (AP, 5/1/18)
2018        May 1, A female Somali aid worker was shot dead by unknown gunmen in the main market in Mogadishu.
    (Reuters, 5/1/18)
2018        May 1, In South Korea thousands of labor union members rallied in downtown Seoul for a higher minimum wage and other demands.
    (AP, 5/1/18)
2018        May 1, More than 70 cities across Spain held May Day marches calling for gender equality, higher salaries and pensions now that the country's economy is back on track.
    (AP, 5/1/18)
2018        May 1, Syrian state media and a war monitoring group say airstrikes in Islamic State-held territory in the northeast killed at least 23 people. It was not clear if US-led coalition or Iraqi warplanes carried out the attack in the Hassakeh province.
    (AP, 5/1/18)
2018        May 1, In Syria Hayat Tahrir al-Sham fighters and civilians arrived in the northern province of Aleppo ahead of their transfer to the neighboring province of Idlib. Regime war planes pound Yarmuk, once home to the country's largest Palestinian refugee camp, as the battle against IS fighters there continued for a 13th day running.
    (AFP, 5/1/18)
2018        May 1, Taiwan said China offered the Dominican Republic a $3.1 billion package of investments and loans to get them to sever ties with Taiwan, after the Caribbean nation switched allegiance to China in a diplomatic blow to the self-ruled island.
    (Reuters, 5/1/18)
2018        May 1, In Turkey police detained dozens of demonstrators during May Day events around Istanbul, most of them protesters who tried to march toward the city's symbolic main square in defiance of a ban.
    (AP, 5/1/18)

2018        May 2, Rudy Giuliani, Pres. Trump's new lawyer, said Trump repaid $130,000 to his personal attorney Michael Cohen for hush money Cohen had paid to porn star Stormy Daniels, directly contradicting the president's past statements.
    (SFC, 5/3/18, p.A5)
2018        May 2, Ahmed Mohammed al-Darbi (43) became the first detainee to leave the US base in Cuba since President Donald Trump took office. The Pentagon announced his transfer to Saudi Arabia in a brief statement. The agreement to repatriate al-Darbi was made under President Barack Obama.
    (AP, 5/3/18)
2018        May 2, Annie Proulx (b.1935), American novelist, was named the recipient of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. Her books included "The Shipping News" (1993) and "Brokeback Mountain" (1997).
    (SFC, 5/3/18, p.E2)
2018        May 2, The Arkansas Supreme Court said the state can enforce a voter ID law in the May 22 primary election, overruling a Pulaski County judge who had declared the measure unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 5/3/18, p.A4)
2018        May 2, In Connecticut one person was killed and nine police officers injured in an explosion in a barn in North Haven. A woman had called police to report that she had escaped after being held hostage for several days.
    (SFC, 5/4/18, p.A5)
2018        May 2, An aging C-130 Hercules that rescued and resupplied US citizens after last year's hurricanes crashed onto a Georgia highway during what was supposed to be its final flight, killing all nine Puerto Ricans on board.
    (AP, 5/3/18)
2018        May 2, Gibson Brands Inc., maker of Gibson guitars, filed for bankruptcy protection. Nashville-based Gibson was founded in 1894.
    (SFC, 5/3/18, p.C3)
2018        May 2, Texas-based Boy Scouts of America announced a new name: Scouts BSA, to take effect in February.
    (SFC, 5/3/18, p.A4)
2018        May 2, In Armenia protesters blocked roads and railways across the country, responding to a call from opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan for a campaign of civil disobedience to force the ruling elite to relinquish its grip on power.
    (Reuters, 5/2/18)
2018        May 2, The Basque militant group ETA, in a letter date April 16, said it has "completely dissolved all its structures" after a 60-year armed independence campaign. The Spanish government vowed not to abandon the investigation of crimes from the group's violent past.
    (AP, 5/2/18)
2018        May 2, Britain's health minister apologized for what he called a "serious failure" that resulted in 450,000 women in England not being invited to a screening test for breast cancer.
    (AFP, 5/2/18)
2018        May 2, The Chinese state-backed documentary "Amazing China" portrayed the Huajian Group, which manufactured Ivanka Trump shoes, as a beneficent force spreading prosperity — in this case, by hiring thousands of Ethiopians at wages a fraction of what they'd have to pay in China. Huajian workers said they work without safety equipment for pay so low they can barely make ends meet.
    (AP, 5/2/18)
2018        May 2, In China PeppaPig, a cherubic British cartoon character, became an unlikely target of Internet censors as fans used her porcine likeness in rap videos and "gangster" tattoos.
    (AP, 5/2/18)
2018        May 2, The European Union's executive branch proposed a budget to finance new priorities like defense and border control as well as compensating for Britain's departure from the bloc. Dutch PM Mark Rutte says the new seven-year budget is unacceptable because it will mean the Netherlands' EU bill will increase too much.
    (AP, 5/2/18)
2018        May 2, Greek government officials vowed to reduce severe overcrowding at migrant camps on local islands, amid mounting protests that the migrant crisis has hurt the vital local tourism industry for a fourth successive summer.
    (AP, 5/2/18)
2018        May 2, India's southern state of Andhra Pradesh was hammered by more than 41,000 lightning strikes in a matter of hours. At least 14 people were killed.
    (AFP, 5/3/18)
2018        May 2, Residents of Kanpur reacted with dismay after the Indian city was found to have the worst air quality in a global World Health Organization survey that urged the nation to clean up its act. 14 Indian cities feature in the 15 cities with the dirtiest air in the WHO's global list.
    (AP, 5/2/18)
2018        May 2, In Iran a magnitude 5.3 earthquake injured at least 76 people and damaged buildings in the southwestern city of Sisakht.
    (Reuters, 5/2/18)
2018        May 2, In Rome Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto (74), the interim leader of the Order of Malta, the world's oldest chivalric order, was elected as Grand Master for life. The influential mission was founded in Jerusalem and recognized by the pope in 1113.
    (AFP, 5/2/18)
2018        May 2, In Kenya three rhinos were found dead with their horns missing in Rhino Sanctuary in Meru National Park. The country's Ministry of Tourism called it an act of poaching.
    (Reuters, 5/3/18)
2018        May 2, In Libya a suicide bomber and other militants attacked the election commission in Tripoli, killing at least 12 people. The Islamic state claimed responsibility for the twin suicide bombings.
    (AP, 5/2/18)(Reuters, 5/2/18)
2018        May 2, The Public Safety Department in Mexico's central state of Puebla said prosecutors and soldiers have raided a local police force and found that 113 of the 185 officers weren't policemen at all. The 113 faced charges equivalent to impersonating an officer. Some had presumably paid to avoid vetting and registration procedures.
    (AP, 5/3/18)
2018        May 2, In Myanmar the judge in the trial of two Reuters journalists rejected a prosecution request to throw out the testimony of police Capt. Moe Yan Naing, who had told the court that the reporters, facing charges of possessing state secrets, had been set up by the authorities.
    (AP, 5/2/18)
2018        May 2, In northern Nigeria 13 people were killed over the last two days in prolonged clashes between cattle thieves and local civilian militia in Zamfara state.
    (AP, 5/3/18)
2018        May 2, Pakistani lawyer Jalila Haider ended her three-day hunger strike on Wednesday after the country's top general vowed to redouble efforts to protect the Shiite minority.
    (AP, 5/2/18)
2018        May 2, Philippine defense and navy officials said they have completed the purchase of their first-ever ship-borne missile systems, boosting its maritime deterrent as part of a military modernization program. The Israeli-made Spike ER missiles were fitted on locally manufactured gunboats, known as multi-purpose attack craft.
    (Reuters, 5/2/18)
2018        May 2, In Somalia unidentified gunmen late today kidnapped German nurse Sonja Nientiet from the International Committee of the Red Cross in Mogadishu.
    (Reuters, 5/3/18)
2018        May 2, In South Africa news media reported that staff member at Marakele Predator Center in Limpopo province has shot dead the male lion named Shamba after it mauled Michael Hodge, the proprietor of the facility, a day earlier. Hodge suffered neck and jaw injuries and was being treated at a Johannesburg hospital.
    (AP, 5/2/18)
2018        May 2, Turkey lashed out at a debt downgrade by ratings agency S&P as dubiously timed less than two months ahead of elections and based on lackluster analysis.
    (AFP, 5/2/18)

2018        May 3, US House Speaker Paul Ryan reinstated Rev. Patrick J. Conroy as chaplain of the House of Representatives after Conroy sent him a letter intimating that the speaker did not have the authority to fire him..
    (SFC, 5/4/18, p.A5)
2018        May 3, CBS News anchor Charlie rose was fired after more than two dozen women came forward with sexual misconduct allegations.
    (SFC, 5/4/18, p.A5)
2018        May 3, In Los Angeles the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, closed the door on Roman Polanski (84), announcing that it had revoked his nearly 50-year membership, along with that of Bill Cosby. Polanski had been a film academy member for over 40 years since pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor in 1977.
    (AP, 5/4/18)
2018        May 3, In the SF Bay Area a man opened fire in an apartment building on the edge of Mill Valley killing Sabrina Lew (30) and wounding her father (84) following a talk about eviction. The shooter, Victor Aurelino Lugo (71), was soon found dead.
    (SFC, 5/4/18, p.A1)(SFC, 5/5/18, p.A1)
2018        May 3, Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano erupted, belching ash into the sky and spewing fountains of lava in a residential area after a series of earthquakes over the last couple of days. Hundreds of people on the Big Island were ordered to evacuate their homes.
    (Reuters, 5/4/18)
2018        May 3, The Seattle-based Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said it will spend $150 million over the next four years in a new fight against systemic poverty.
    (SFC, 5/4/18, p.A5)
2018        May 3, In Afghanistan a gunman in western Farah province shot and killed Abdul Jalal, a deputy counterterrorism official in the provincial capital, also named Farah. Officials said security forces arrested seven suspected militants who were planning to attack a government-run hospital and an interior ministry office in Kabul.
    (AP, 5/3/18)(Reuters, 5/3/18)
2018        May 3, In Armenia Daniel Danielyan, a senior traffic police officer in Yerevan, shot and killed a security guard and injured two other people - one of whom died of his wounds hours later - when he robbed a branch of the British HSBC bank.
    (Reuters, 5/3/18)
2018        May 3, Basque separatist group ETA formally declared its dissolution, marking the definitive end to western Europe's last armed insurgency after more than four decades of violence.
    (AFP, 5/3/18)
2018        May 3, Beijing reasserted its right to build "defence" facilities in the disputed South China Sea, but declined to confirm reports it had installed new missiles on artificial islands it has built in the region.
    (AFP, 5/3/18)
2018        May 3, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi filed documents with Hong Kong's stock exchange operator for an initial public offering that could be the world's biggest share sale in years.
    (AP, 5/3/18)
2018        May 3, The Czech government said nerve agents of the Novichok type, though not the same as that used to poison a former Russian spy in Britain, have been synthesized in tiny amounts in the Czech Republic to help train the army against chemical warfare.
    (AFP, 5/4/18)
2018        May 3, Hundreds of German police officers raided a refugee shelter in the southern town of Ellwangen, days after an angry mob of migrants prevented authorities from deporting a 23-year-old man from Togo.
    (AP, 5/3/18)
2018        May 3, In India a mob blocked highways and sat on railway tracks near Guntur, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, demanding public punishment for a rickshaw puller accused of raping a girl (9). The accused, said to be around 55, was found hanging in a wood the next day. Police said he had likely committed suicide.
    (Reuters, 5/4/18)
2018        May 3, A powerful dust storm and rain swept parts of north and western India overnight, causing house collapses, toppling trees and leaving at least 134 people dead and more than 160 injured.
    (AP, 5/3/18)(AFP, 5/3/18)(SFC, 5/15/18, p.A4)
2018        May 3, In eastern India a bus caught fire after falling into a ditch along a highway in Bihar state. The Press Trust of India news agency said 20 people were feared dead.
    (AP, 5/3/18)
2018        May 3, An Israeli court convicted Arab poet Dareen Tatour (36) of online incitement to terrorism for using her poem "Resist, My People, Resist" as the soundtrack to images in 2015 of Palestinians in violent confrontations with Israeli troops.
    (Reuters, 5/3/18)
2018        May 3, It was reported that a government taskforce in Kenya has called for the management of the Kenya Forest Service to be sacked and some of its staff investigated for alleged corruption which it said had allowed for illegal logging and significant destruction to forests.
    (Reuters, 5/3/18)
2018        May 3, In Kenya eight people were swept off a bridge in a flashflood outside the capital. 120 people have died over the last two months following weeks of torrential rain. Rwanda officials said 116 people had died and 207 had been injured in flooding and landslides since January. Torrential rains have also hit Tanzania, where 14 people died in April, as well as Uganda where flash floods have destroyed homes and left at least three dead.
    (AFP, 5/4/18)
2018        May 3, Doctors without Borders (MSF) said about 800 migrants in a government-run center in western Libya are being detained in worsening conditions without sufficient food or water.
    (Reuters, 5/4/18)
2018        May 3, Madagascar's High Court ruled that the state's new election laws are unconstitutional.
    (Reuters, 5/4/18)
2018        May 3, In Mali a Tuareg leader said extremists linked to the islamic State killed at least 17 people in the Menaka region.
    (SFC, 5/4/18, p.A2)
2018        May 3, In Mexico a lone gunman in Hidalgo state killed Pacula Mayor Alejandro Gonzalez Ramos.
    (SFC, 5/5/18, p.A2)
2018        May 3, In Mexico nine men were kidnapped in Guerrero state. Their bodies were found two days later in a truck on a highway between Chilpancingo and Tixtla.
    (SFC, 5/7/18, p.A2)
2018        May 3, Moldova handed prison sentences to eight citizens for fighting on the side of pro-Russian rebels in the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 5/3/18)
2018        May 3, Mozambique veteran rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama (65), who had opened talks with the government, died unexpectedly. Local media said he suffered sever diabetes. For 39 years Dhlakama led Renamo, the rebel group which fought a 16-year civil war against the ruling Frelimo party. In December 2016, Dhlakama announced a surprise truce with the government in the major first step towards a formal peace deal.
    (AP, 5/4/18)
2018        May 3, A team of experts from the OPCW returned to the Netherlands from their mission after going to Damascus on April 14. Inspectors for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had completed their work at the site of a suspected gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma.
    (Reuters, 5/4/18)
2018        May 3, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told a visiting Chinese diplomat that he is committed to denuclearization.
    (Reuters, 5/3/18)
2018        May 3, In Pakistan gunmen killed six laborers from Punjab province who were working on a project for the national phone company in the border town of Kharan, Baluchistan province.
    (AP, 5/4/18)
2018        May 3, The Palestinian Authority cut salaries for its staff in Gaza by 20 percent and failed to make up for skipping the previous month's pay, leaving civil servants in the impoverished territory fuming they were pawns in a factional power struggle. PA salaries in the other Palestinian territory, the Israeli-occupied West Bank, were paid in full.
    (Reuters, 5/3/18)
2018        May 3, Palestinian Anas Abu Asr (19) died of wounds sustained during confrontations on April 27 between protesters and Israeli troops along Gaza's border.
    (AP, 5/3/18)
2018        May 3, Doina Cornea (88), a Romanian anti-communist dissident, died at her home in the northwestern city of Cluj. She had been beaten and arrested after criticizing the destruction of Romanian villages and churches during the regime of Nicolae Ceausescu.
    (AP, 5/4/18)
2018        May 3, A Russian Su-30 fighter jet crashed off the coast of Syria, killing both pilots.
    (AP, 5/3/18)
2018        May 3, Saudi Arabia kicked off an initiative to invest 130 billion riyals ($34.7 billion, 29 billion euros) in culture and leisure by 2020. The initiative aims to create 300,000 new jobs and represents a key pillar of the nation's "Vision 2030" reforms.
    (AFP, 5/4/18)
2018        May 3, In South Africa the Legal Resources Center said lawyers for gold miners who got lung diseases while working underground over many decades have reached a compensation agreement in their class action lawsuit against mining companies.
    (AP, 5/3/18)
2018        May 3, In South Africa 13 miners were trapped at the mine located in its Driefontein operations west of Johannesburg after an earthquake caused a cave-in. Seven miners were killed at Sibanye-Stillwater's Masakhane mine. Six others were rescued after being trapped underground for two days.
    (Reuters, 5/5/18)
2018        May 3, Six critically endangered black rhinos were en route from South Africa to Chad in a pioneering project to re-introduce the animals to a country where they were wiped out by poaching nearly 50 years ago.
    (AFP, 5/3/18)
2018        May 3, Syrian rebels began pulling out of an enclave they have surrendered in south Damascus, but a few fighters in another besieged area near Homs shelled government areas after their groups agreed to quit. The enclaves in south Damascus and near Homs were the only two besieged areas still held by rebels.
    (Reuters, 5/3/18)
2018        May 3, It was reported that Tunisia's PM Youssef Chahed has opened a conference on dialogue between religions on the island of Djerba during an annual Jewish pilgrimage that is taking place amid high security.
    (AP, 5/3/18)
2018        May 3, Turkish caricaturist Musa Kart (64) of the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, facing more than three years in jail, won the International Press Drawing Prize, an award given every two years to leading cartoonists, especially those working under authoritarian regimes.
    (Reuters, 5/3/18)

2018        May 4, US President Donald Trump shifted his position over possible talks with US Special Counsel Robert Mueller, saying his lawyers have advised him against any talks but that he would submit to questioning if it was "fair".
    (Reuters, 5/4/18)
2018        May 4, US President Donald Trump, in a speech to the National Rifle Association (NRA), suggested looser gun laws could have helped prevent deadly attacks in Paris in 2015 and linked knife crime in London to a handgun ban. His comments caused anger in France and Britain.
    (Reuters, 5/6/18)
2018        May 4, The Trump administration announced that it was ending temporary protected status (TPS) for the 57,000 Hondurans covered under the program. They now have until Jan. 5, 2020, to sort out their affairs before returning home — or try to normalize their migratory status in other ways, such as through marriage or sponsorship.
    (AP, 5/5/18)
2018        May 4, The Pentagon announced the official launch of a new naval command that will bolster the US and NATO presence in the Atlantic Ocean.
    (AP, 5/4/18)
2018        May 4, The last 83 members of a group of 228 Central American migrants who had camped out on the US-Mexican border after crossing Mexico in a caravan entered the United States to request asylum.
    (AFP, 5/5/18)
2018        May 4, The Connecticut Supreme Court vacated Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's 2002 murder conviction for the 1975 bludgeoning death of Martha Moxley and ordered a new trial.
    (SFC, 5/5/18, p.A7)
2018        May 4, The US state of Georgia executed Robert Earl Butts Jr. (40) for the 1996 slaying of off-duty prison guard Donovan Corey Parks. A case against Marion Wilson Jr., also convicted in the slaying, was still pending.
    (SFC, 5/5/18, p.A6)
2018        May 4, In Hawaii magnitude 6.9 temblor rocked the Big Island as the Kilauea volcano continued erupting.
    (AP, 5/6/18)
2018        May 4, In Indiana police Officer Robert Pitts was killed in a shootout as he and other oficers approached an Apartment complex in Terre Haute. The suspect was killed.
    (SSFC, 5/6/18, p.A14)
2018        May 4, Iowa GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a six-week abortion ban into law, marking the strictest abortion regulation in the nation.
    (SFC, 5/5/18, p.A6)
2018        May 4, In Kansas Adam Purinton (52), who shot dead Indian immigrant Srinivas Kuchibhotla (32) while shouting "get out of my country," was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AFP, 5/4/18)
2018        May 4, In Afghanistan two civilians were killed and four were injured when a mortar shell hit a home in the Andar district of Ghazni province. Two militants were killed when explosives went off on a highway in Ghazni.
    (Reuters, 5/5/18)
2018        May 4, Albanian police said Arber Cekaj, owner of the Arbi Garden company, has been arrested near Duesseldorf. His company owned a container with 613 kg (1,350 pounds) of cocaine that was discovered in February.
    (AP, 5/4/18)
2018        May 4, Argentina's central bank hiked its benchmark interest rate to 40 percent to support the peso after it plunged in value the day before.
    (AFP, 5/4/18)
2018        May 4, In Australia Moutia Elzahed (50), the wife of an Islamic State group recruiter, gave the militants' single-finger salute outside a Sydney court after becoming the first person convicted under a new state law criminalizing the refusal to stand for a judge. Her husband Hamdi Alqudsi was sentenced in 2016 to eight years in prison for helping young Australians reach Syria to fight for extremists.
    (AP, 5/4/18)
2018        May 4, Chad President Idriss Deby vowed to crack down on entrenched graft as he signed a decree to create a new republic based on constitutional changes attacked by the opposition.
    (AFP, 5/4/18)
2018        May 4, Online donations to help French rail workers topped one million euros, a month after they began rolling strikes over President Emmanuel Macron's drive to transform the heavily indebted state rail monopoly into a profit-making company.
    (Reuters, 5/4/18)
2018        May 4, A new interim government was installed in Gabon, three days after the former administration resigned over delays in holding legislative elections.
    (AFP, 5/4/18)
2018        May 4, Munich-based Allianz said it will stop insuring coal-fired power plants and coal mines as part of its contribution to combating climate change.
    (AP, 5/4/18)
2018        May 4, Guatemalan authorities said they have arrested three current and former army officers on suspicion of corruption involving the Defense Ministry.
    (AP, 5/4/18)
2018        May 4, In eastern India a girl (17) was raped, doused in kerosene and set alight. Police soon arrested a 19-year-old man who lives in the same neighbourhood as the girl struggled to survive. On the same day another girl (16) was raped and burned to death, both in the state of Jharkhand. Fifteen people were soon detained in the case of the 16-year-old, who was torched to death in the state's Chatra district.
    (AFP, 5/7/18)
2018        May 4, Toyota announced it would invest Can$1.4 billion ($1.09 billion) in two factories in central Canada where the Japanese manufacturer plans to build its largest hybrid hub in North America.
    (AFP, 5/4/18)
2018        May 4, Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci agreed the country's border with Montenegro, a development that takes Kosovo one step nearer to joining Europe's free travel Schengen zone. Montenegro has already approved the deal.
    (AP, 5/4/18)
2018        May 4, In northern Myanmar a landslide of a mound of mining waste killed at least 14 people near the Waikha mine in the jade mining region in Kachin state's Hpakant township.
    (AP, 5/4/18)
2018        May 4, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas apologized over alleged anti-Semitic comments that drew global condemnation.
    (AFP, 5/4/18)
2018        May 4, Thousands of Palestinians staged a sixth weekly protest near Gaza's border with Israel, some throwing stones and burning tires as Israeli soldiers fired live rounds and volleys of tear gas from across the border fence.
    (AP, 5/4/18)
2018        May 4, Hundreds of Korean Air Lines Co. pilots, cabin crew and other workers staged a rally in Seoul saying they can't take any more abuse from the company's founding family.
    (AP, 5/4/18)
2018        May 4, In Spain the Catalan regional parliament approved a law giving members the right to vote for a leader in absentia, a move aimed at allowing former head Carles Puigdemont to be voted leader even though he is in self-imposed exile.
    (Reuters, 5/4/18)
2018        May 4, In Spain police detained Jamie Acourt (41), one of Britain's most wanted fugitives, as he left a gym in Barcelona. Acourt was accused of large scale drug offenses.
    (AP, 5/5/18)
2018        May 4, The Swedish Academy which decides the Nobel Prize for Literature said it would not make the award this year because of a sexual misconduct scandal that has caused turmoil in its ranks and led to a string of board members stepping down.
    (Reuters, 5/4/18)
2018        May 4, In Uganda a leopard snatched and ate the three-year-old son of a female ranger working in the popular Queen Elizabeth National Park.
    (AFP, 5/7/18)
2018        May 4, The chairman of Venezuela's top bank Banesco condemned a 90-day state takeover and arrest of 11 executives as locals thronged cash machines and sped up transfers to other institutions.
    (Reuters, 5/4/18)

2018        May 5, NASA launched its latest Mars lander, called InSight, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The $993 million project was designed to perch on the surface and listen for "Marsquakes" ahead of eventual human missions to explore the Red Planet.
    (AFP, 5/5/18)
2018        May 5, Stanford Prof. Stanley Falkow (b.1934) died at his home in Portola Valley, Ca. He had discovered how antibiotic resistance spreads among bacteria. His awards included the National Medal of Science (2014).
    (SSFC, 5/13/18, p.C11)
2018        May 5, In New York a small plane crashed after taking off from Middletown. Pilot Rabbi Aaron Panken (53), the prsident for a seminary for Reform Judaism, was killed.
    (SFC, 5/7/18, p.A4)
2018        May 5, Afghan officials said least 31 Taliban militants were killed by Afghan security forces backed by US air strikes in central Ghazni province, as the Afghan army battled to protect a key highway. Afghan forces backed by air strikes retook a district in the northern province of Badakhshan that was seized last week by Taliban insurgents. In eastern Afghanistan, a car bomb killed two people late today and wounded another three in Paktia province. The attack targeted Hazart Mohammad Rodwal, a district chief, who was among the wounded.
    (Reuters, 5/5/18)(Reuters, 5/6/18)(AP, 5/6/18)
2018        May 5, British academic Matthew Hedges (31) was arrested Dubai International Airport after a two-week visit conducting field research for his thesis. Five months later he was still being held in solitary confinement in Abu Dhabi without charge.  In October he was accused of spying for the British government and soon released on bail.
    (AP, 10/11/18)(AP, 10/30/18)
2018        May 5, It was reported that Cambodia's English-language daily The Phnom Penh Post was bought by a Malaysian investor, amid concerns that the sale could signal the end of independent media in the country ahead of elections in July. Australian businessman Bill Clough sold the Phnom Penh Post, considered the sole remaining independent media voice in Cambodia, to Sivakumar Ganapathy, a public relations executive in Malaysia.
    (Reuters, 5/5/18)(AP, 5/7/18)
2018        May 5, French President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged the "pain of colonization" during a visit to New Caledonia, as the South Pacific archipelago prepared to vote on whether to break free of French rule.
    (AP, 5/5/18)
2018        May 5, In France the Palais du Tokyo museum opened its doors to nudists for a special visit. It was part of growing efforts by France's tiny nudist community to encourage acceptance of clothes-free activities, after a nudist restaurant and nudist park opened in Paris.
    (AP, 5/6/18)
2018        May 5, In France thousands of demonstrators, angered by government reforms, marched through Paris in a protest called "Party for Macron" organized by the far-left party Defiant France.
    (SSFC, 5/6/18, p.A6)
2018        May 5, In Germany a larger than life statue of Communist philosopher Karl Marx was unveiled on the 200th anniversary of his birth in the western town of Trier. The 4.4-meter (14-foot) bronze statue of Marx was donated by China.
    (AP, 5/5/18)
2018        May 5, Indian police arrested 14 people suspected of kidnapping, raping and burning to death a teenage girl. The girl was raped on May 3 while attending a wedding ceremony in Jharkhand state. Suspects beat up the girl's family members for complaining against them and burned her to death after finding her at home alone on May 4.
    (AP, 5/5/18)
2018        May 5, Indian troops killed three suspected rebels during a gunbattle in Srinagar. Police blamed insurgents for killing three other men during a day of violence and protests in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
    (AP, 5/5/18)
2018        May 5, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the government "does not approve" of the judiciary's recent blockage of the Telegram messaging app.
    (AFP, 5/5/18)
2018        May 5, Japanese bullfighting organizers said they had lifted a long-standing ban on women entering the sport's "sacred" ring, in a bid to modernize the traditional activity for the #Metoo generation.
    (AFP, 5/5/18)
2018        May 5, A Malaysian official said the ruling party has sacked two powerful former ministers after they openly supported the opposition in the run-up to next week's national election.
    (AP, 5/5/18)
2018        May 5, Dutch police shot and arrested a man know for confused behavior after three people were stabbed in the center of The Hague.
    (SSFC, 5/6/18, p.A4)
2018        May 5, North Korea readjusted its time zone to match South Korea's and described the change as an early step toward making the longtime rivals "become one" following a landmark summit.
    (AP, 5/5/18)
2018        May 5, Pakistan's army chief confirmed death sentences for 11 "hardcore terrorists" after military courts found them guilty of carrying out multiple attacks that killed 60 civilians and security forces in recent years.
    (AP, 5/5/18)
2018        May 5, In Pakistan methane gas explosions at tow coal mines in the Marwar coalfields in Baluchistan province killed at least 23 people.
    (Reuters, 5/6/18)(SFC, 5/7/18, p.A2)
2018        May 5, In the Gaza Strip six members of the Hamas military wing were killed in an explosion. Hamas later said the six, including two commanders, were killed "dismantling booby-trapped spying equipment planted by Israel during the past decade in Gaza".
    (AP, 5/6/18)
2018        May 5, The Philippine military said it is checking intelligence reports that Yassir Igasan, a Middle East-educated commander of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group, has died after being wounded in an artillery strike in southern Sulu province.
    (AP, 5/5/18)
2018        May 5, In southern Poland two missing coal miners were found hurt but conscious after an earthquake struck at the Zofiowka coal mine in the Silesian coal basin. One miner was crushed to death and another was trapped, while three remained missing. The bodies of two miners were found after many days of rescue efforts. One other miner remained missing.
    (AP, 5/5/18)(AFP, 5/6/18)(AP, 5/13/18)   
2018        May 5, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained by police during street protests against Vladimir Putin ahead of his inauguration for a fourth term as president. At least 1,575 people, nearly 500 of them in Moscow, were arrested in demonstrations in 26 cities across the country. Navalny was soon released from detention but faced charges of organizing an unauthorized meeting and of resisting police.
    (Reuters, 5/5/18)(AP, 5/6/18)
2018        May 5, Spanish police said they have arrested 14 suspected drug smugglers and confiscated 3,700 kilos of hashish in a drug bust in southern Spain.
    (AP, 5/5/18)
2018        May 5, In Sudan black market fuel prices surged in Khartoum and other towns as petrol and diesel shortages forced residents to queue for hours outside gas stations. An acute shortage of foreign currency has also aggravated the situation.
    (AFP, 5/5/18)
2018        May 5, In Thailand pro-democracy activists protesting in Bangkok said that they will march on the country's seat of power later this month to demand that an election be held this year.
    (AP, 5/5/18)
2018        May 5, In Turkey four opposition parties announced a political alliance ahead of the country's June 24 national election, aiming to mount a meaningful challenge to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party.
    (AP, 5/5/18)
2018        May 5, At the Vatican the Swiss Guards unveiled a new helmet prototype a day before their annual swearing-in ceremony. Their metal helmets will be replaced with plastic PVC ones made with a 3-D printer.
    (AP, 5/5/18)
2018        May 5, A senior Yemeni official said the UAE over the last few days has deployed some 300 soldiers, along with tanks and artillery, to the island of Socotra, recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site, heightening tensions between the two allies.
    (AP, 5/5/18)

2018        May 6, Hawaiian officials said nearly 2,000 people on the Big Island have been evacuated from homes after lava eruptions destroyed five houses and sulfur dioxide gas threatened to harm anyone who stayed in the residential area.
    (Reuters, 5/6/18)
2018        May 6, In eastern Afghanistan a bomb blast inside a Khost city mosque that was being used as a voter registration center killed at least 14 people and wounded 33. A vehicle carrying shopkeepers on their way to a market struck a roadside bomb in northern Faryab province, killing seven of them. At least five police officers were killed in a Taliban attack on their patrol in southern Kandahar province. 15 Taliban fighters were reported killed and 11 others were wounded in the gunbattle.
    (AP, 5/6/18)(AP, 5/7/18)
2018        May 6, In Afghanistan seven Indian engineers and an Afghan national working for a power plant in northern Baghlan province were kidnapped.
    (Reuters, 5/6/18)
2018        May 6, Cambodian health officials said ten villagers have died and 120 others have been sickened after drinking water suspected to be contaminated with insecticide.
    (AP, 5/6/18)
2018        May 6, In Chad six people were killed, including four government officials and a soldier, in an overnight attack by Boko Haram jihadists on an army checkpoint on an island in Lake Chad.
    (AFP, 5/6/18)
2018        May 6, Khaled Mohieddin (b.1922), an Egyptian leftist opposition leader, who helped overthrow the Egyptian monarchy in the 1952 revolution, died at a Cairo hospital. He was the last surviving member of the Revolutionary Command Council, an executive body that ran Egypt till 1956, when Nasser was elected as Egypt's president.
    (AP, 5/6/18)
2018        May 6, In Egypt police arrested Shady Abu Zaid, a young comedian who was working for a popular satirical television program. He was charged with joining an outlawed group and spreading false news and ordered detained for 15 days.
    (AP, 5/9/18)
2018        May 6, A Tehran prosecutor said sixteen women who went to Syria to join Islamic State have been jailed in Iran.
    (Reuters, 5/6/18)
2018        May 6, Israeli troops shot and killed three Palestinians who tried to breach the Gaza border fence. An axe and a wire cutter were found in their possession. Israel struck a facility of the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers overnight, with the Israeli army saying it was reacting to kite-borne fire bombings.
    (AP, 5/6/18)(AFP, 5/6/18)
2018        May 6, Indian soldiers shot dead five Kashmir militants including a rebel university teacher in a gunfight that triggered violent protests in which five civilians were killed. A top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, a key rebel group, was also among the dead.
    (AFP, 5/6/18)
2018        May 6, Iraq carried out an airstrike in neighboring Syria targeting the Islamic State group. The strike targeted a position used by the commanders of the group, south of the town of Deshaisha.
    (Reuters, 5/6/18)
2018        May 6, In Lebanon voters queued at polling stations across the country for the first general election in nine years. Hezbollah and its political allies won just over half the seats in the parliamentary election. PM Saad Hariri's group won 21 seats, 11 fewer than what it had been holding since 2009. A complex new law redrew constituency boundaries and changed the electoral system from winner-takes-all to a proportional one.
    (AP, 5/6/18)(Reuters, 5/7/18)(AP, 5/7/18)
2018        May 5, In northwestern Nigeria as many as 40 people were killed by armed bandits in Gwaska, Kaduna state.
    (SFC, 5/7/18, p.A2)
2018        May 6, North Korea said its intention to denuclearize, unveiled at a historic inter-Korean summit, was not the result of US-led sanctions and pressure, warning the United States not to mislead public opinion.
    (Reuters, 5/6/18)
2018        May 6, Pakistan's interior minister Ahsan Iqbal was shot in the arm in a suspected assassination attempt at a public meeting in Punjab province. Police soon identified the gunman as Abid Hussain. Iqbal was expected to survive. Police later said Abid Hussain (21) is a youth leader of the Islamist Tehreek-e-Labaik party.
    (AFP, 5/6/18)(AP, 5/7/18)(Reuters, 5/8/18)
2018        May 6, In southern Pakistan four people were burned alive late today when a truck collided with the motorized rickshaw they were in near at the famous shrine of Sufi saint Shahbaz Qalander.
    (AP, 5/7/18)
2018        May 6, In Rwanda landslides caused by heavy rains killed at least 18 people in the Northern and Western province, pushing the death toll since January to more than 200.
    (Reuters, 5/7/18)
2018        May 6, Al Arabiya TV reported that Saudi Arabia's King Salman has ordered protection for employees who report financial and administrative corruption, as part of an effort to combat graft that saw dozens of royals and top businessmen detained last year.
    (Reuters, 5/6/18)
2018        May 6, Human Rights Watch said Saudi Arabia has detained thousands of people for years without trial, slamming the country's powerful crown prince for the "arbitrary detentions".
    (AFP, 5/6/18)
2018        May 6, Serbian police prevented ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj (63) from demonstrating in Hrtkovci, a village in the Vojvodina province home to a Croatian minority where his firebrand speeches during the Balkan War earned him a jail term.
    (AFP, 5/6/18)
2018        May 6, Thailand environmental activists in the northern city of Chiang Mai claimed victory after the country's military government agreed in talks not to use forested land to develop luxury property.
    (Reuters, 5/6/18)
2018        May 6, Tunisians voted in their first free municipal elections. The Islamist Ennahda and secular Nidaa Tounis parties, which form a coalition at national level, were expected to dominate the polls for 350 municipalities.
    (Reuters, 5/6/18)
2018        May 6, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised new military operations against Kurdish militants along its border in Syria and Iraq as he presented his election manifesto.
    (AP, 5/6/18)

2018        May 7, President Donald Trump defended Gina Haspel, his nominee to head the CIA, dismissing debate over her involvement in a harsh interrogation program. Haspel has offered to withdraw her nomination, amid concerns that a debate over a harsh interrogation program would tarnish her reputation and that of the CIA.
    (AP, 5/7/18)
2018        May 7, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced new "zero tolerance" border enforcement policy.
    (SFC, 5/8/18, p.A7)
2018        May 7, The US attorney's office announced that Taleb Jawher (40) has admitted to being in possession of a firearm while in the country illegally, which carries up to a 10-year sentence. The St. Louis gas station clerk facing a murder charge in the fatal shooting last September of customer Christopher Simmons (34). Jawher believed Simmons tried to steal candy and has pleaded guilty to a related federal gun charge.
    (AP, 5/8/18)
2018        May 7, In Hawaii emergency authorities battling lava flows and gas erupting from Kilauea volcano warned some residents to "go now" after a new fissure opened and more structures were destroyed.
    (Reuters, 5/7/18)
2018        May 7, In Louisiana LaToya Cantrell became the first woman to serve as mayor of New Orleans.
    (SFC, 5/8/18, p.A5)
2018        May 7, New York state Attorney General Eric Schneidermann announced that he would resigned just hours after the New Yorker published accounts by four women of physical violence during romantic encounters.
    (SFC, 5/8/18, p.A5)
2018        May 7, In South Carolina Amber Stanley (24) of Callahan, Florida, and her two young children died from burns after their car hit a tree and caught fire after hitting the alligator on I-95.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y8qdkt3x)(SFC, 5/9/18, p.A4)
2018        May 7, Andeavor, one of the largest US refining companies, reported saving $100 million over the past two years due to lower compliance costs related to the US Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires refiners to mix biofuels like ethanol into the nation's fuel or purchase credits from rivals that do. The US Environmental Protection Agency had granted the company a financial hardship waiver that freed its smallest refining facilities from the regulation.
    (AP, 5/8/18)
2018        May 7, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber targeting a blood drive for victims of recent attacks blew himself up in Kabul after being spotted by police.
    (AFP, 5/7/18)
2018        May 7, In Cambodia the new owner of a newspaper, considered the sole remaining independent media voice, fired editor Kay Kimsong for publishing a story about the publication's sale and the purchaser's links to the government.
    (AP, 5/7/18)
2018        May 7, A Cambodian health official said 14 villagers whose sudden deaths were thought to have been caused by polluted water actually died from drinking rice wine containing methanol. He said 214 other people from the same area who had fallen ill were sickened by drinking water that was contaminated with human or animal waste or insecticide.
    (AP, 5/7/18)
2018        May 7, In Egypt a criminal court in Cairo sentenced nine suspects to life in prison on terror-related charges. The country's chief prosecutor referred 555 terror suspects to a military court on charges of joining a local affiliate of the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 5/7/18)
2018        May 7, Amnesty Int'l. reported that Egypt is holding prisoners in "prolonged and indefinite solitary confinement" that amounts to "torture".
    (SFC, 5/8/18, p.A2)
2018        May 7, The European Union said it has appointed US prosecutor Jack Smith to head the special prosecutor's office that investigates former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army for crimes against ethnic Serbs in Kosovo's war for independence.
    (AP, 5/7/18)
2018        May 7, France's PM Edouard Philippe said that his government was open to absorbing "a substantial part" of the state-owned SNCF railway company and would discuss the issue further with unions.
    (Reuters, 5/7/18)
2018        May 7, Air France's share price dived after its CEO quit and the French government warned that the country's flagship carrier might collapse. A new strike over wage demands, meanwhile, prompted the cancellation of about 15 percent of Air France flights worldwide as the airline enters its 14th day of walkouts this year.
    (AP, 5/7/18)
2018        May 7, In Germany a crash between a freight train and a passenger train killed two people in Bavaria. A controller (24) was soon detained over the death of a train driver and a female passenger (73).
    (Reuters, 5/8/18)
2018        May 7, India's Supreme Court ordered the trial of eight men accused of the January rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl to be moved from Kashmir to another state after her family and lawyer said they faced death threats.
    (Reuters, 5/7/18)
2018        May 7, Indian officials said 12 children between the ages 5 and 12 have been killed in dog attacks in and around the northern town of Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh state, since November. Roaming packs of feral dogs killed six children in the area last week.
    (AP, 5/7/18)
2018        May 7, Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo hosted China's Premier Li Keqiang and the two oversaw the signing of several memorandums aimed at boosting trade between the nations.
    (AP, 5/7/18)
2018        May 7, In northern Iraq gunmen shot dead Sunni parliamentary candidate Faruq Zarzur al-Juburi (45) at his home in Qayyarah.   
    (AFP, 5/7/18)
2018        May 7, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the northern Chinese port city of in Dalian and pledged his continuing commitment to denuclearization ahead of his expected summit with US.
    (AP, 5/8/18)
2018        May 7, In Pakistan a five-day anti-polio drive was launched to vaccinate millions of children under five years of age against the crippling disease.
    (AP, 5/7/18)
2018        May 7, Romanian health workers staged a two-hour strike to protest a government measure that has led to wage cuts for some employees while some medics saw their salaries doubled.
    (AP, 5/7/18)
2018        May 7, Russia's President Vladimir Putin stuck with his long-serving PM Dmitry Medvedev in his first act after being sworn in for a new 4th term.
    (Reuters, 5/7/18)
2018        May 7, South African police clashed with residents in the township of Soweto who staged a protest after squatters tried to erect shacks in nearby fields.
    (Reuters, 5/7/18)
2018        May 7, Sudan's first Vice President and former opposition chairman Taban Deng Gai said the ruling party has reunited for the first time since civil war broke out in 2013.
    (AP, 5/7/18)
2018        May 7, Swiss-based Nestle announced that Starbucks Corp. will receive $7.15 billion in an up-front cash payment to handle global retail sales of Starbucks's coffee and tea outside of its coffee shops.
    (AP, 5/7/18)
2018        May 7, In Syria more than 30 government troops were reported killed in a southern district of Damascus in a fierce counter-offensive by Islamic State group fighters.
    (AFP, 5/7/18)
2018        May 7, In Syria the first convoy of buses carrying opposition fighters and civilians from besieged, northern areas of Homs province and small parts of Hama province reached a region controlled by Turkish troops and were awaiting permission to enter. Regime forces pressed further in their offensive against members of the Islamic State group in a small area south of Damascus.
    (AP, 5/8/18)
2018        May 7, In Turkey jailed US pastor Andrew Brunson denied terrorism and spying charges in a court and called them "shameful and disgusting".
    (Reuters, 5/7/18)
2018        May 7, An Uzbek court cleared a journalist of charges of conspiracy against the government, released him and ordered investigations into "violations" during his detention. Bobomurod Abdullayev (44) was convicted of a lesser charge of anti-government propaganda but sentenced only to community service.
    (Reuters, 5/7/18)
2018        May 7, In Yemen airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels targeted the presidency building in the heart of Sanaa, leaving at least six people dead and 30 wounded.
    (AP, 5/7/18)

2018        May 8, President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement. Trump says the US will re-impose sanctions on Iran, meaning European companies must stop doing business with the country or run afoul of the US government.
    (AP, 5/9/18)
2018        May 8, George Deukmejian (b.1928), former California governor (1983-1990), died at his home in Long Beach.
    (SFC, 5/9/18, p.A10)
2018        May 8, University of Central Florida student Wenliang Sun was deported to China, He had been in federal custody for about three months after police discovered he legally purchased two high-powered rifles, was not attending classes and exhibited strange behavior.
    (AP, 5/11/18)
2018        May 8, Former US Army Capt. Ernest Medina, a key figure in the 1968 My Lai massacre during the Vietnam war, died in Wisconsin.
    (AP, 5/14/18)
2018        May 8, Facebook announced that it is banning foreign advertisements related to Ireland's abortion referendum amid concerns that North American groups are trying to influence the campaign.
    (AP, 5/8/18)
2018        May 8, Nike Corp. confirmed that five managers are leaving the company following a broad investigation into workplace behavior. Six executives had already left or said they would leave in the connection with the inquiry to be completed this week.
    (SFC, 5/9/18, p.C6)
2018        May 8, In Afghanistan insurgents attacked and captured the compound Tala wa Barfak district in northern Baghlan province.
    (AP, 5/8/18)
2018        May 8, Armenia's parliament elected opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan (42) as prime minister. Tens of thousands of people poured onto the streets of Yerevan to celebrate his election.
    (AFP, 5/8/18)
2018        May 8, Australia's conservative government pledged tax cuts for low and middle earners, cheaper beer, and billions of dollars for new roads and rail lines in a pre-election budget.
    (AFP, 5/8/18)
2018        May 8, A Bangladesh court sentenced two militants to death and jailed three for life after finding them guilty of killing a university professor two years ago. Rezaul Karim Siddiquee (58), an English professor at northwestern Rajshahi University, was hacked to death in April 2016.
    (Reuters, 5/8/18)
2018        May 8, A Chinese court sentenced former political high-flyer Sun Zhengcai to life in prison for taking more than $26 million in bribes.
    (AP, 5/8/18)
2018        May 8, The leaders of Cyprus, Israel and Greece said they're determined to push ahead with plans for a pipeline that would supply east Mediterranean gas to Europe as the continent seeks to diversify its supplies.
    (AP, 5/8/18)
2018        May 8, The EU restated its support for the Iran nuclear deal in last-minute talks with Tehran, just hours before US President Donald Trump announces whether he is pulling out of the accord.
    (AFP, 5/8/18)
2018        May 8, In France the 71st Cannes Film Festival opened with the premiere of Asghar Farhadi's "Everybody Knows".
    (AP, 5/8/18)
2018        May 8, In northern Germany about 800 police officers raided properties overnight and into the morning arresting three men suspected of belonging to a gang of human traffickers with links to a right-wing radical movement.
    (Reuters, 5/8/18)
2018        May 8, German luxury carmaker Audi said it had detected "irregularities" in the emissions controls of recent A6/A7 models, prompting it to halt deliveries in the latest twist in the "dieselgate" scandal dogging parent company Volkswagen.
    (AFP, 5/8/18)
2018        May 8, In Indonesia Islamist militant prisoners killed five members of an elite counter-terrorism force at a high-security jail in Depok and held one of them hostage. The counter-terrorism police force, known as Detachment, or 'Densus', 88, was set up in 2003 and received training and funding from Australia and the United States.
    (Reuters, 5/9/18)
2018        May 8, Israel's interior ministry announced it had terminated the residency permit of Human Rights Watch's Israel and Palestine director Omar Shakir, a US citizen, over accusations that he supported a boycott of Israel. The Jewish state gave him two weeks to leave.
    (AFP, 5/9/18)
2018        May 8, Japanese drugmaker Takeda announced that it has agreed to buy Ireland-based Shire for 46 billion pounds ($62.4 billion) in cash and stock, one of the biggest deals ever in the pharmaceuticals industry.
    (AP, 5/8/18)
2018        May 8, In Kashmir an Indian tourist was killed overnight during a stone-throwing protest. A teenage boy who had been shot by Indian troops May 6 died in a hospital, triggering protests and clashes in his southern village.
    (AP, 5/8/18)
2018        May 8, In eastern Libya a suicide bomber attacked a checkpoint held by militiamen loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, killing at least two people including a civilian.
    (AFP, 5/8/18)
2018        May 8, In Montenegro assailants opened fire and wounded crime and corruption journalist Olivera Lakic, who works for the independent Vijesti daily. She has written about alleged murky businesses involving top state officials and their families.
    (AP, 5/9/18)
2018        May 8, Morocco's phosphate industry giant OCP announced it had recovered a 55,000-tons cargo "for a symbolic one dollar" after a legal dispute with South Africa. This came more than a year after South Africa seized the cargo from Western Sahara while en route to New Zealand.
    (AFP, 5/8/18)
2018        May 8, New Zealand announced that it plans to significantly boost the amount of aid money it spends in the South Pacific, at a time that international concern is rising about China's growing influence in the region.
    (AP, 5/8/18)
2018        May 8, Lawyers said Nigerian migrants, who survived a deadly sea crossing last year, filed a lawsuit last week against Italy for violating their rights by supporting Libya's efforts to return them to North Africa.
    (Reuters, 5/8/18)
2018        May 8, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte accepted the resignation of his tourism secretary, the ninth official to leave his cabinet, after the state audit agency flagged a questionable deal in her department.
    (Reuters, 5/8/18)
2018        May 8, Russia's lower house of parliament confirmed Dmitry Medvedev as prime minister, voting 374 against 56 in favor of him remaining in the job he has held since 2012.
    (Reuters, 5/8/18)
2018        May 8, In South Africa Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille was ousted by her own party after her administration came under fire over mismanagement and alleged corruption. De Lille vowed to legally contest her sacking.
    (AFP, 5/8/18)   
2018        May 8, South African officials said the worst drought in living memory has hit vineyards in the Western Cape hard, reducing grape harvests and adding to pressure on the region's centuries-old wine industry.
    (Reuters, 5/8/18)
2018        May 8, In Syria Israeli missile strikes hit depots and rocket launchers in Kisweh. A day later the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack killed at least 15 people, including eight Iranians.
    (Reuters, 5/9/18)

2018        May 9, It was reported that Michael Cohen, Pres. Trump's personal lawyer and longtime fixer, used the shell company Essential Consultants LLC, for an array of business activities starting shortly before Pres. Trump was elected and continuing to January, 2018. Transactions totaling at least $4.4 million included $130,000 paid to porn star Stephanie Clifford and some $500,000 from Columbus Nova, a New York investment firm controlled by Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg. Novartis said it paid $1.2 million to Essential Consultants. Similar payments were made by AT&T and Korea Aerospace Industries.
    (SFC, 5/9/18, p.A5)(SFC, 5/10/18, p.A6)
2018        May 9, California regulators unanimously approved requiring solar arrays on virtually all new single-family homes built in the state starting in 2020.
    (SFC, 5/10/18, p.C1)
2018        May 9, Delaware Gov. John Carney signed a measure into law making his state the first in the US to ban marriage for anyone under 18.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ybzkl7mx)(SFC, 5/12/18, p.A5)
2018        May 9, Ohio's Rep. Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order authorizing autonomous vehicle research to take place across the state.
    (SFC, 5/10/18, p.A4)
2018        May 9, Google announced that it is suspending all advertising connected to Ireland's abortion referendum as part of moves to protect "election integrity".
    (AP, 5/9/18)
2018        May 9, In Afghanistan suicide bombers struck two police stations in Kabul, killing at least seven people and wounding 17. In the north the Taliban advanced on a compound in the Bilchirgh district of Faryab province. The Taliban also attacked a school being used as a voter registration center, killing eight soldiers in Badghis province in the latest in a series of attacks targeting preparations for elections later this year. In eastern Nangarhar province, a rocket fired by insurgents struck a market, killing two people and wounding 19. Another four other civilians were killed and 15 wounded in a gunbattle in the same district. Two insurgents were killed and seven wounded.
    (AP, 5/9/18)
2018        May 9, Britain's foreign secretary Boris Johnson said the country "has no intention of walking away" from the Iran nuclear agreement despite the United States' decision to pull out.
    (AP, 5/9/18)
2018        May 9, China expressed regret over President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the Iran nuclear deal and said it remains committed to the landmark pact.
    (AP, 5/9/18)
2018        May 9, China's GCL Group signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Egypt's ministry of military production to build a solar panel facility at a cost of up to $2 billion.
    (Reuters, 5/10/18)
2018        May 9, Chinese tech giant, telecommunications equipment and smartphone maker ZTE, said that it's ceasing "major operations" after the US last month banned it from doing business with American suppliers for seven years as a punishment for illegal exports.
    (AP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 9, The Indian Ocean state of Comoros hit back against France for suspending visas for its citizens, a further escalation in a diplomatic row linked to immigration and territorial disputes. The French embassy in Moroni, the capital of Comoros, decided on May 4 to suspend issuing visas to all Comorian nationals. It had earlier suspended visas for officials and services, after the Comorian government refused to receive, in its three islands, Comorians deported from Mayotte. In March 2009, Mayotte's people voted overwhelmingly to become a full-fledged part of France.
    (Reuters, 5/9/18)
2018        May 9, In Dubai the sixth edition of Arab Fashion Week opened with fallen angels, Rococo corsets, cupcake headbands and nary a kaftan in sight.
    (AFP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 9, Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet agreed on rules to allow a limited number of family members to join migrants in Germany, ending a long-standing dispute between the parties in her two-month old right-left coalition.
    (Reuters, 5/9/18)
2018        May 9, Germany's foreign minister vowed to work to preserve the Iran nuclear deal and prevent an "uncontrolled escalation" of tensions in the Middle East. The Federation of German Industries, or BDI, said it rejects "the extraterritorial application of sanctions" and called upon the EU to find a solution to protect European companies from the "unlawful and unilateral" application of US sanctions.
    (AP, 5/9/18)
2018        May 9, In northeastern India a homemade bomb exploded, killing two paramilitary soldiers and wounding two civilians in Manipur state.
    (AP, 5/9/18)
2018        May 9, In northern India a powerful dust and rain storm demolished homes and downed power lines late today, killing at least 14 people in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 9, It was reported that Walmart is breaking into India's massive and growing consumer market with its biggest acquisition yet, spending $16 billion for a controlling stake in the online retailer Flipkart, whose delivery drivers, with their motorcycles and oversized backpacks, have become ubiquitous across the nation of 1.3 billion people.
    (AP, 5/9/18)
2018        May 9, The Iranian rial plunged to a record low against the US dollar in the free market. The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard welcomed President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the 2015 nuclear deal, saying it was clear from the beginning that the Americans were "not trustworthy" and that the move would have no impact.
    (Reuters, 5/9/18)(AP, 5/9/18)
2018        May 9, Iraqi state TV announced the capture of five Islamic State commanders.
    (Reuters, 5/10/18)
2018        May 9, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Moscow to meet with President Vladimir Putin and discuss military coordination amid new strikes in Syria blamed on Israel.
    (AP, 5/9/18)
2018        May 9, In Japan leaders from China, Japan and South Korea held their first three-way summit in more than two years, demonstrating a spirt of cooperation despite continuing differences over North Korea and other issues. Japan and China agreed on to set up a security hotline to defuse any maritime confrontations between the two Asian powers.
    (AP, 5/9/18)(Reuters, 5/9/18)
2018        May 9, In Kenya the Patel Dam, dam burst its banks in the Rift Valley late today, killing at least 45 people and forcing hundreds from their homes. At least 20 of the dead were children. 40 people remained missing.
    (AP, 5/10/18)(Reuters, 5/10/18)(AFP, 5/11/18)
2018        May 9, Malaysians flocked to vote in a fiercely contested election pitting an opposition led by former authoritarian leader Mahathir Mohamad against the ruling coalition of Prime Minister Najib Razak. Mahathir Mohamad (92) led opposition parties to their first election victory in six decades.
    (AP, 5/9/18)(AP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 9, In Montenegro hundreds protested in Podgorica after unknown assailants shot and wounded Olivera Lakic, a prominent crime and corruption reporter a day earlier.
    (AP, 5/9/18)   
2018        May 9, Myanmar police Captain Moe Yan Naing (47), now serving a one year prison sentence, gave more details to a court about how he says two Reuters reporters were framed by police.
    (Reuters, 5/9/18)
2018        May 9, North Korea released three American detainees and handed them over to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, clearing a major obstacle to an unprecedented summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
    (Reuters, 5/9/18)
2018        May 9, Philippine authorities detained Tawanda Chandiwana, a Zimbabwe missionary, as he attended a seminar on the southern island of Mindanao. He had been briefly detained and questioned in February, along with two other missionaries from the United Methodist Church, when they were stopped at a police checkpoint in Mindanao while participating in a human rights fact-finding mission sponsored by a left-wing group.
    (Reuters, 6/26/18)
2018        May 9, Russia celebrated the Soviet Union's World War Two victory over the Nazis. The Moscow parade was one of many which took place across Russia involving a total of 55,000 troops, 1,200 weapons systems and 150 war planes in 28 Russian cities.
    (Reuters, 5/9/18)
2018        May 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a brief meeting in Moscow with Nechirvan Barzani the prime minister of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
    (Reuters, 5/9/18)
2018        May 9, In Scotland Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison (36) was reported missing after leaving a hotel in South Queensferry, near Edinburgh. On May 11 police confirmed that a body discovered at a Scottish marina is that of Scott Hutchison.
    (AP, 5/11/18)
2018        May 9, Serbia banned a Kosovo team from taking part in a karate competition it is hosting, over a political dispute stemming from the former province's declaration of independence.
    (AP, 5/9/18)
2018        May 9, Somalia's al Shabaab insurgents in Sablale town in the Lower Shabelle region stoned to death a woman it accused of having multiple husbands. Shukri Abdullahi Warsame (30) had allegedly married 11 men in a row without seeking a divorce.
    (Reuters, 5/9/18)(SFC, 5/10/18, p.A2)
2018        May 9, In South Africa protesters hurled petrol bombs at three Zambian-registered trucks late today, leaving one of the drivers with life-threatening injuries, the second attack on foreign vehicles there in two weeks.
    (Reuters, 5/10/18)
2018        May 9, Spain's executive said it would block Carles Puigdemont from being re-appointed president of Catalonia, putting pressure on the separatist camp to pick another candidate and form a regional government after months of limbo.
    (AFP, 5/9/18)
2018        May 9, In Syria rocket fire in Damascus killed four people and wounded dozens of others. The attacks came as regime forces battled to oust Islamic State group jihadists from the southern districts of the capital, including Yarmuk and the adjacent Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood.
    (AFP, 5/9/18)
2018        May 9, The UN Security Council urged Myanmar's government to fulfill its commitment to hold perpetrators of violence against Rohingya Muslims accountable and to address the root causes that led about 700,000 members of the ethnic minority to flee to Bangladesh.
    (AP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 9, An international report was released into the situation of the Roma people in the Western Balkans. It showed that up to 93 percent of Roma women are unemployed, with one-third of all Roma families there going to bed hungry. The study covered Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo.
    (AP, 5/9/18)
2018        May 9, Vietnam requested that China withdraw its military equipment from South China Sea outposts, saying its deployment seriously violates Hanoi's sovereignty, increases tension and destabilizes the region.
    (AP, 5/9/18)
2018        May 9, A court in Vietnam convicted and sentenced Facebook user Bui Hieu Vo (56) to 4 ˝ years in jail for posts that the court said distorted the political situation in the country and opposed the ruling Communist Party and the state.
    (AP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 9, Yemen's Houthis fired a salvo of ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia's capital, an attack Saudi authorities said they intercepted in the skies over Riyadh.
    (Reuters, 5/9/18)

2018        May 10, President Donald Trump welcomed three Americans who had been held prisoner in North Korea back home, thanking leader Kim Jong Un for their release and sounding upbeat about a planned US-North Korea summit.
    (Reuters, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, US President Donald Trump signed the Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act that Jewish groups praise as helpful in their efforts to reclaim lost property in Poland but which the Polish government says is discriminatory.
    (AP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, In San Francisco more than 500 people gathered to celebrate the opening of the 803-foot, mixed use building at 181 Fremont St.
    (SFC, 5/12/18, p.C1)
2018        May 10, In southern California a small plane crashed on Volcan Mountain in eastern San Diego County killing three people and sparking a wildfire that burned 12 acres.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yckv35gc)(SFC, 5/15/18, p.A6)
2018        May 10, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian dismissed the heads of the security service and police at the request of newly elected PM Nikol Pashinyan.
    (Reuters, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, Britain apologized to a Libyan former rebel and his wife over the role of British spies in their 2004 rendition to Libya. Britain apologized for contributing to the mistreatment of Abdel Hakim Belhaj, a former Islamist fighter turned politician who was kidnapped and handed over to Libya and subsequently tortured, in an unprecedented admission of culpability.
    (Reuters, 5/10/18)(AFP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, Didi, China's biggest ride-sharing company, apologized over the killing last week of a passenger, apparently by her driver, and said it had to win back the trust of users after the "tragedy".
    (Reuters, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, A Congo DRC hospital director said there are five new suspected cases of Ebola in the northwestern town of Bikoro, where an outbreak of the often deadly hemorrhagic fever was declared this week.
    (AP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, In Germany a gathering of almost 180 nations made slow progress on a "rule book" for a global climate accord at talks ending today and agreed to a new round of negotiations to break a diplomatic logjam before a year-end deadline for a deal.
    (Reuters, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, Guatemala asked both Sweden and Venezuela to remove their ambassadors and accused them of interfering in its internal affairs. A few days earlier Sweden's ambassador Anders Kompass had announced Sweden's financial support for a United Nations-sponsored commission investigating corruption in Guatemala.
    (AP, 5/11/18)
2018        May 10, Hungary's parliament elected PM Viktor Orban to his third consecutive term and forth overall term in office.
    (AP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, In Indonesia dozens of Islamic militant prisoners, who took over a police detention center in Depok and killed five officers, surrendered to police. A suspected Islamic militant (23) fatally stabbed a police officer at the headquarters of the elite Mobile Brigade in Depok before being shot and killed by another officer. A police counter-terrorism squad arrested four suspected militants in Bekasi, just outside Jakarta, after receiving information they planned to attack the Mobile Brigade headquarters to support fellow militants following the clash at the headquarters' prison.
    (AP, 5/10/18)(AP, 5/11/18)
2018        May 10, Overnight Israeli attacks struck several military posts for Syrian troops and Iranian-backed militias near Damascus, in central and southern Syria. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Right said the attacks killed 23 fighters, including five Syrian soldiers. The death toll soon rose from 23 to 27, including at least 11 Iranians and six Syrian soldiers, including three officers. The Israeli military the attacks were in response to an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the occupied Golan Heights. Russia's defense ministry said that Syria had shot down more than half of the missiles fired by Israel.
    (AP, 5/10/18)(Reuters, 5/10/18)(AP, 5/12/18)
2018        May 10, Italian anti-terrorism police dismantled a suspected international network that smuggled migrants across Europe and then funneled some of the proceeds to Islamist militants in Syria.
    (AP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, Mahathir Mohamad was sworn in as Malaysia's 7th prime minister in a ceremony before the Southeast Asian country's king after leading opposition parties to a historic election victory.
    (AP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, A court in the Maldives sentenced two Supreme Court justices to more than 19 months in prison on charges of influencing lower court decisions.
    (AP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, Pakistani police said they have arrested the father and brother of Sana Cheema (25), an Italian woman of Pakistani descent, who was strangled last month in a suspected honor killing.
    (Reuters, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, Polish lawmakers approved divisive legislation paving the way for the construction of what is intended to be one of Europe's largest airports, and China's gateway to the continent.
    (AP, 5/11/18)
2018        May 10, The Russian Foreign Ministry said Russia will maintain close coordination on nuclear issues with Iran despite the US quitting the international agreement.
    (Reuters, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, It was reported that the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has agreed to pay US regulators $4.9 billion in fines to settle litigation over subprime mortgage products it sold before the 2008 financial meltdown.
    (AFP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, In southern Somalia a bomb targeting soldiers killed seven in the town of Wanlaweyn in the Lower Shabelle region. An explosion in the same town a day earlier killed at least five.
    (Reuters, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, In South Africa three attackers entered a mosque in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal province, after midday prayers, stabbed three people and set the place on fire before fleeing. The attackers killed one man by slitting his throat and injured two others.
    (AP, 5/10/18)(AFP, 5/11/18)
2018        May 10, In Sudan a young woman (19), convicted of killing her husband while she claims he was raping her, was sentenced to death. Noura Hussein had been forced into marriage by her parents three years ago and had initially fled her husband, refusing to consummate the marriage. Lawyers appealed the decision by the Criminal court in Omdurman.
    (AP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, In Switzerland David Goodall, a 104-year-old Australian man, cheerily sang a few bars of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony as he told reporters that medically assisted suicide should be more widely available and not only viewed as a last resort for the terminally ill. His death soon followed.
    (AP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, The UN's refugee agency airlifted 132 vulnerable migrants from Libya to Niger, the first group to be flown out after a two-month halt in such evacuations.
    (AP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, The United Nations human rights investigator on North Korea called on for six South Korean nationals in custody there to be freed, voicing concern over conditions of their detention.
    (Reuters, 5/10/18)
2018        May 10, Police in Vietnam arrested the chairman and the chief accountant of Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical Co. Ltd. on suspicion of embezzlement as the communist-led government widens a crackdown on corruption.
    (Reuters, 5/10/18)

2018        May 11, American writer John Greenfield (90) died in Los Angeles. His work included three books about his autistic son: A Child Called Noah" (1972), "A Place for Noah" (1978) and "A Client Called Noah" (1987).
    (SSFC, 6/3/18, p.C4)
2018        May 11, In Baltimore former police Sgt.Thomas Allers was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to nine robberies while on the Gun Trace Task Force.
    (SSFC, 5/13/18, p.A6)
2018        May 11, A New York jury convicted former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of public corruption charges. A previous convicted and 12-year prison sentence in 2015 was tossed out by an appeals court as a result of a Supreme Court ruling that altered the boundaries of what constitutes corruption.
    (SSFC, 5/13/18, p.A14)
2018        May 11, In North Carolina Dr. Jerry Gross (72), and his son, Jason Lee Gross (51), both members of the Word of Faith Fellowship Church in Spindale, were charged with wire fraud in US District Court in Asheville. They were charged in a criminal bill of information, which generally means defendants have agreed to waive indictment and plead guilty.
    (AP, 5/12/18)
2018        May 11, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill that provides legal protections to faith-based agencies that won't place children in LGBT homes because of religious or moral convictions or policies.
    (SFC, 5/12/18, p.A5)
2018        May 11, In Utah a Tesla sedan rear-ended a Fire Dept. truck in South Jordan without breaking before impact. It was unclear if the car's autopilot feature was engaged.
    (SFC, 5/14/18, p.A4)
2018        May 11, In Afghanistan Taliban fighters attacked Afghan bases overnight in the western province of Farah, killing more than 30 police. In Farah city, Taliban fighters killed 11 police and seized a large quantity of weapons and equipment.
    (Reuters, 5/11/18)
2018        May 11, In Australia a family of seven including four children was found dead with gunshot wounds at a rural property in Osmington village, Western Australia state, in what could be the country's worst mass shooting in 22 years. Farmer Peter Miles (61) was suspected of killing his wife, daughter and four grandchildren before turning the gun on himself.
    (AP, 5/11/18)(SFC, 5/15/18, p.A2)
2018        May 11, Britain's Electoral Commission imposed a record-matching 70,000 pound fine on the Leave.EU campaign, one of the main groups that campaigned for Brexit, and said police might have to investigate possible criminal offenses because of unreported campaign spending.
    (Reuters, 5/11/18)
2018        May 11, In Burundi at least 26 people were killed late today and seven others wounded in an attack in the north western province of Cibitoke. Residents said it was likely the attack was to warn against anyone voting in favor of constitutional changes. Burundi was due to hold a referendum on May 17 to decide whether to amend the constitution to extend presidential terms to seven years from five.
    (Reuters, 5/12/18)
2018        May 11, In Congo DRC a park source said some tourists have been kidnapped and a convoy attacked in the Virunga National Park, a famed haven for gorillas and other endangered species. A guard was killed and two British tourists with their driver were abducted.
    (AFP, 5/11/18)(SFC, 5/12/18, p.A2)
2018        May 11, Egypt's transportation authorities more than tripled the standard subway fare from 2 to up to 7 pounds (40 cents) as part of government austerity measures.
    (AP, 5/11/18)
2018        May 11, French police fired tear gas on students blocking an exam site south of Paris, amid ongoing protests over changes to France's public university system.
    (AP, 5/11/18)
2018        May 11, Georgian police in Tbilisi arrested eight people in two popular clubs, Bassiani and Cafe Gallery, on suspicion of drug dealing.
    (Reuters, 5/12/18)
2018        May 11, In Indonesia Muslim scholars from Afghanistan, Indonesia and Pakistan issued an edict saying that violent extremism and terrorism, including suicide attacks, are against Islamic principles, in an effort to convince the Taliban to end its violence.
    (AP, 5/11/18)
2018        May 11, An Italian tribunal lifted a ban on veteran center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi from holding public office, meaning he could run to be prime minister in the next national election.
    (Reuters, 5/12/18)(AP, 5/12/18)
2018        May 11, Kenyan police on the trail of one of the country's most wanted criminals shot dead Arnold Mudanya (17) after mistaking him for suspect Shimoli Junior.
    (Reuters, 5/15/18)
2018        May 11, Kuwait and the Philippines signed a new agreement regarding Filipino laborer rights after the Philippines earlier banned its citizens from working there amid a diplomatic dispute.
    (AFP, 5/11/18)
2018        May 11, Madagascar's president approved a new election law lifting a provision that would have prevented the main opposition candidate from standing for office, which had provoked a political crisis and deadly street demonstrations.
    (Reuters, 5/12/18)
2018        May 11, In Mexico gunmen killed mayoral candidate Remedio Aguirre in central Guanajuato state, the third local candidate in the July 1 national elections murdered in the past week and one of more than a dozen during the entire campaign.
    (AP, 5/12/18)
2018        May 11, It was reported that North Korea has informed a United Nations aviation agency that it will not conduct unannounced missile tests or further intercontinental ballistic missile launches because its nuclear arms program is now complete and it no longer needs to do such testing.
    (AP, 5/11/18)
2018        May 11, Gaza activists burned tires and threw stones near the sealed border with Israel in a seventh weekly protest aimed at shaking off a decade-old blockade of their territory. Dozens of Palestinian demonstrators broke into the Gaza side of the Kerem Shalom border crossing, setting a pipeline that delivers gas from Israel alight and torching a goods conveyor belt. One Palestinian was reported killed and 49 wounded by Israeli army fire.
    (AP, 5/11/18)(Reuters, 5/12/18)
2018        May 11, The Philippine Supreme Court ousted chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, a critic of the country's authoritarian president, in an unprecedented vote by fellow judges that she and hundreds of protesters called unconstitutional and a threat to democracy.
    (AP, 5/11/18)
2018        May 11, In Scotland the five tenants on the Isle of Ulva celebrated after reaching an agreement to buy their home, fending off bids from tycoons. A Community Right to Buy was granted over the bulk of the estate at a price set by an independent valuation ordered by the Scottish Government.
    (AFP, 5/11/18)
2018        May 11, It was reported that a court in Thailand has sentenced Boonchai Bach (41), believed to be a kingpin in the illicit wildlife trade, to 2 ˝ years in prison for smuggling rhinoceros horns.
    (AP, 5/11/18)

2018        May 12, In Hawaii a crack in pasture land on Kilauea's east flank was the 16th recorded since the US volcano, one of the world's most active, erupted on May 3. A 17th fissure opened later in the day.
    (AP, 5/13/18)
2018        May 12, Police in Albania said they have cracked down on an international drug trafficking ring that allegedly smuggled marijuana, heroin and cocaine to European Union member countries.
    (AP, 5/12/18)
2018        May 12, In Cambodia Khieng Navy was arrested in his home for posting comments online that allegedly insulted King Norodom Sihamoni by suggesting he was behind the November court decision to disband the main opposition party to benefit Cambodia's enemies. The school director became the first person to be arrested on charges of insulting the monarchy.
    (AP, 5/13/18)
2018        May 12, East Timorese voted in their second election for parliament in less than a year after the collapse of a minority government. The opposition coalition squeaked across the line with an absolute majority. The three-party Parliamentary Majority Alliance (AMP), led by independence hero Xanana Gusmao, had about 48 percent of the votes.
    (AP, 5/12/18)(AFP, 5/13/18)
2018        May 12, In Egypt at least 22 people were detained by police during "limited and sporadic protests" at several Cairo metro stations by commuters demanding that metro price hikes be reversed.
    (Reuters, 5/13/18)
2018        May 12, In France 82 female film industry professionals protested on the steps of the Palais des Festivals to represent, what they describe as pervasive gender inequality in the film industry, at the 71st international film festival, Cannes.
    (AP, 5/13/18)
2018        May 12, A Frenchman (21) born in Russia's Chechnya region killed one man in a knife attack in Paris. He fatally knifed a 29-year-old man and wounded four others, among them a Chinese and a Luxembourg citizen, before police shot him dead. The government later said Khamzat Azimov had been flagged previously as a potential security risk.
    (AP, 5/13/18)(SFC, 5/15/18, p.A2)
2018        May 12, Hundreds gathered in the center of Georgia's capital Tbilisi to protest armed police raids on two nightclubs and to demand the resignation of the prime minister and interior minister.
    (Reuters, 5/12/18)
2018        May 12, Iraq voted in its first election since declaring victory over the Islamic State group, but widespread disillusionment appeared to dampen hope for the future. The official turnout for the elections was 44.5 percent. Shiite cleric al-Sadr took an early lead in partial returns. A political bloc led by populist Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr won the country's parliamentary election.
    (AFP, 5/12/18)(AFP, 5/13/18)(SFC, 5/14/18, p.A3)(AP, 5/19/18)
2018        May 12, Israel closed the Kerem Shalom border crossing with the Gaza Strip, a day after the terminal was damaged during protests by Palestinians that turned violent.
    (Reuters, 5/12/18)
2018        May 12, Kuwait deported Nawaf al-Rasheed, a Saudi man with dual Qatari nationality, to Saudi Arabia at the kingdom's request.
    (Reuters, 6/13/18)
2018        May 12, Malaysia's new leader, Mahathir Mohamad, said that defeated scandal-tainted PM Najib Razak and his wife have been barred from leaving the country to prevent them from fleeing from possible prosecution over a massive corruption scandal.
    (AP, 5/12/18)
2018        May 12, In Myanmar the Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) rebel group fighting the government launched an attack against the country's military in the town of Muse, Shan state, leaving at least 15 people dead and 20 injured, including civilians. The group attacked a casino run by militiamen and a Myanmar army post on the outskirts of Muse. Riot police in Yangon used batons to break up a protest in support of victims of fighting in the northern state of Kachin, arresting 17 organizers for disturbing the public and holding a protest without permission.
    (AP, 5/12/18)(Reuters, 5/12/18)(Reuters, 5/30/18)
2018        May 12, In Nicaragua protesters opposed to President Daniel Ortega's government clashed with riot police and Sandinista Youth groups in cities across the country, with demonstrators burning tires and setting up barricades in violence that left two people dead and dozens injured. Nicaragua's army called for an end to violence in the country and distanced itself from President Daniel Ortega, saying it was not repressing anyone for taking part in anti-government protests.
    (AP, 5/13/18)(AFP, 5/13/18)
2018        May 12, North Korea said that it will dismantle its nuclear test site on May 23-25, in a dramatic event that would set up leader Kim Jong Un's summit with President Donald Trump next month.
    (AP, 5/12/18)
2018        May 12, In Poland thousands marched through Warsaw demanding free courts and respect for the constitution and denouncing a populist government that they accuse of eroding democracy.
    (AP, 5/12/18)
2018        May 12, Portugal hosted the final night of the Eurovision Song Contest. Israel's Netta Barzilai (25) was announced the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in Portugal with her techno dance tune "Toy".
    (AP, 5/12/18)(AP, 5/13/18)
2018        May 12, The Syrian regime continued to pound the Yarmuk area with air strikes and artillery fire. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 203 pro-government fighters have been killed along with 159 IS jihadists since April 19.   
    (AFP, 5/12/18)
2018        May 12, Yemeni officials said fighting over two days in western Yemen has killed at least 115 people on both sides of the conflict pitting forces loyal to a Saudi-led coalition against Iran-backed Shiite rebels.
    (AP, 5/12/18)

2018        May 13, President Donald Trump said he would help ZTE, a Chinese telecommunications company, get "back into business," saying too many jobs in China are at stake after the US government cut off access to its American suppliers.
    (AP, 5/14/18)(SFC, 5/14/18, p.D4)
2018        May 13, The United States threatened to impose sanctions on European companies that do business with Iran, as the remaining participants in the Iran nuclear accord stiffened their resolve to keep that agreement operational.
    (Reuters, 5/14/18)
2018        May 13, American composer Glenn Branca died in Manhattan. He blended classical, rock and avant-garde elements in his compositions that included Symphony No. 16 (Orgasm) in 2016.
    (SFC, 5/18/18, p.D8)
2018        May 13, Margot Kidder (b.1948), the Canadian actress who starred as Lois Lane opposite Steve Reeves in four Superman films, died at her home in Livingston, Mont.
    (SFC, 5/15/18, p.A7)
2018        May 13, Afghan security forces battled a group of attackers who stormed a government building in the eastern city of Jalalabad for hours after a coordinated assault that killed at least nine people and wounded dozens. The clash ended with all the gunmen killed.
    (Reuters, 5/13/18)
2018        May 13, In Afghanistan Mohammad Gulab Mangal, the provincial governor of Nangarhar province, was dismissed as part of an administrative shakeup in a region where security has sharply deteriorated amid allegations of widespread corruption among officials.
    (Reuters, 5/14/18)
2018        May 13, Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson said that the two Britons held hostage in Democratic Republic of Congo have been released.
    (Reuters, 5/13/18)
2018        May 13, China's first entirely home-built aircraft carrier began sea trials in a sign of the growing sophistication of the country's domestic arms industry.
    (AP, 5/13/18)
2018        May 13, An Egyptian court acquitted two police officers who were previously convicted and sentenced to five years over the killing of a detained lawyer. They were accused of beating lawyer Karim Hamdi to death in February 2015.
    (AP, 5/13/18)
2018        May 13, In Indonesia a family of six launched suicide attacks on Christians attending Sunday services at three churches in Surabaya, killing at least 13 people and wounding 40. Police blamed the bombings on the Islamic State-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).
    (Reuters, 5/13/18)
2018        May 13, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that, if its interests were protected, Tehran would remain committed to its 2015 nuclear deal, which his foreign minister hoped could be redesigned without Washington.
    (Reuters, 5/13/18)
2018        May 13, Iranian media said eight alleged members of the Islamic State group have been sentenced to death in connection with deadly twin attacks in Tehran last June.
    (AFP, 5/13/18)
2018        May 13, In Pakistani-administered Kashmir an old wooden bridge over a fast-moving river in the Neelum Valley collapsed as dozens of students were taking pictures on it, leading to at least five deaths. Eleven students remained missing.
    (AP, 5/13/18)
2018        May 13, In Pakistan violent overnight rainstorms in the northwest caused at least 15 deaths and injured dozens.
    (AP, 5/13/18)
2018        May 13, South Africa's National Council of Provinces (NCOP) said the national government is taking over the running of the troubled North West province.
    (Reuters, 5/13/18)
2018        May 13 Thailand's anti-government People's Movement for a Just Society (P-Move), vowed to resume its protests unless the ruling junta keeps the promises it made in return for the group agreeing to end more than a week of demonstrations ahead of a coup anniversary later this month.
    (Reuters, 5/13/18)

2018        May 14, American writer Tom Wolfe (b.1930) died in Manhattan. His books included "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" (1968), "The Right Stuff" (1979) and "Bonfire of the Vanities" (1987).
    (SFC, 5/16/18, p.A1)
2018        May 14, New Armenian premier Nikol Pashinyan (42) assured Russia's Vladimir Putin that Yerevan's ties with Moscow will remain close following his rise to power on the back of mass anti-government protests.
    (AFP, 5/14/18)
2018        May 14, Australian Steve Plain (36) became the fastest climber to scale the highest peaks in seven continents, taking 117 days for a feat popularly called the "Seven Summits", after he scaled Mount Everest.
    (Reuters, 5/15/18)
2018        May 14, The World Health Organization said it has been given the go-ahead by officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo to import and use an experimental Ebola vaccine in the country. The vaccine, developed by Merck in 2016, has proven safe and effective in human trials, but it is still experimental as it does not yet have a license. The Congo DRC had reported 39 suspected, probable or confirmed cases of Ebola between April 4 and May 13, including 19 deaths.
    (Reuters, 5/14/18)
2018        May 14, Croatian Deputy Prime Minister Martina Dalic resigned after her private email exchanges were published showing an alleged conflict of interest during the restructuring of the country's largest private company.
    (AP, 5/14/18)
2018        May 14, Egyptian police detained Shady el-Ghazaly Harb, an activist known for his harsh criticism of the government, on charges including insulting President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi.
    (AP, 5/15/18)
2018        May 14, The European Commission gave Poland until late June to settle a dispute with the EU over the independence of its courts that threatens Warsaw's future access to funding from the bloc.
    (Reuters, 5/14/18)
2018        May 14, In France hundreds of students saw their end-of-term exams suspended as protesters blocked access to two universities, the latest in months of demonstrations against the government's plans to introduce more selective admission requirements.
    (AFP, 5/14/18)
2018        May 14, In France the leaders of the Cannes Film Festival signed a gender equality pledge promising to make their selection process more transparent and to push their executive boards toward gender parity.
    (AP, 5/14/18)
2018        May 14, Guinea's opposition resumed protests over disputed local elections in February, with a strike crippling parts of the seaside capital Conakry.
    (AFP, 5/14/18)
2018        May 14, Officials in India said powerful winds and rainstorms that have swept across a crowded swath of northern India left 43 people dead. 42 were killed in Uttar Pradesh state and at least one person in New Delhi.
    (AP, 5/14/18)(SFC, 5/15/18, p.A4)
2018        May 14, An Indonesian family brought its 8-year-old daughter to a suicide bomb attack it launched on the police headquarters in Surabaya. The girl, who was with two of the attackers on a motorcycle, survived being thrown by the blast at the police headquarters. The attack killed the four perpetrators.
    (AP, 5/14/18)
2018        May 14, Israel's air force hit a Hamas base in the Gaza Strip, as bloody clashes between protesters and soldiers raged along the strip's border with Israel killed 60 Palestinians. In addition, more than 2,700 people were hurt, among them 1,360 by gunshots. The surge in violence came as a White House delegation and Israeli officials gathered for the contentious inauguration of a US embassy in Jerusalem. The next day Israel's military said at least 24 of the Palestinians killed in the mass march at the Gaza border were militants.
    (AFP, 5/14/18)(Reuters, 5/14/18)(AP, 5/15/18)(Reuters, 5/16/18)
2018        May 14, Japanese electronics maker Sony Corp. said that it is buying a stake in Peanuts Holdings, the company behind Snoopy and Charlie Brown. Sony Music Entertainment signed a deal with DHX Media, based in Nova Scotia, Canada, to acquire 49 percent of the 80 percent stake DHX holds in Peanuts.
    (AP, 5/14/18)
2018        May 14, Palestinian Wissam Hijazi (30) was shot during a day of huge protests against the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem in clashes along the Israel-Gaza border. On Aug 13 the health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said he died while being treated in Egypt. His death brought the Palestinian death toll from the May 14 protests and clashes to 63.
    (AFP, 8/13/18)
2018        May 14, Russia's Pres. Vladimir Putin opened the Eurasian Economic Summit in Sochi.
    (AFP, 5/14/18)
2018        May 14, The Catalan parliament voted in Quim Torra, a hard-line separatist, as leader, heralding an end to seven months of direct rule from Madrid but also more political uncertainty in a region that retains a mandate to seek a split from Spain.
    (Reuters, 5/14/18)
2018        May 14, The UN appealed for a major increase in funding to aid Sudan with hundreds of thousands of people set to join millions in need of relief amid worsening economic and humanitarian crises.
    (AFP, 5/15/18)
 2018        May 14, The UN World Health Organization said eliminating trans fats is critical to preventing deaths worldwide as it released a plan to help countries wipe out trans fats from the global food supply in the next five years.
    (AP, 5/14/18)
 2018        May 14, Zimbabwe's central bank warned against trading in cryptocurrencies, saying virtual currencies such as bitcoin were not regulated in the country.
    (AFP, 5/14/18)

2018        May 15, It was reported that the Trump administration is designating Valiollah Seif, the head of Iran's central bank, as a terrorist and hitting him with sanctions intended to further isolate Iran from the global financial system.
    (AP, 5/15/18)
2018        May 15, US Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt must scale back the use of biofuels waivers for small refineries, or else he will join other lawmakers calling for Pruitt's resignation.
    (Reuters, 5/15/18)
2018        May 15, US Sec. of State Mike Pompeo lifted a hiring freeze at the State Dept. that had been enacted by former Sec. of State Rex Tillerson.
    (SFC, 5/16/18, p.A4)
2018        May 15, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia ordered a halt to California's right-to-die law, in effect since June 2016, for terminally ill patients. On May 30 the judge reaffirmed his ruling.
    (SFC, 5/16/18, p.A1)(SFC, 5/31/18, p.D2)
2018        May 15, In southern California an explosion at a medical office building killed Ildiko Krajnya (48), the owner of a day spa, and seriously injuring two people in Aliso Viejo, Orange County. Federal officials found remnants of an explosive device inside the day spa. On May 17 Stephen Beal, who had recently broken up with Krajnya, was charged with possessing an unregistered destructuve device.
    (SFC, 5/16/18, p.A5)(SFC, 5/17/18, p.A9)(SFC, 5/18/18, p.A5)
2018        May 15, A violent spring storm left at least five people dead in the northeastern United States. The next morning more than 370,000 residents were without power in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, down from more than 600,000.
    (AP, 5/16/18)
2018        May 15, Facebook said it pulled or slapped warnings on nearly 30 million posts containing sexual or violent images, terrorist propaganda or hate speech in the first three months of 2018.
    (AFP, 5/15/18)
2018        May 15, In western Afghanistan the Taliban launched attacks from multiple directions on Farah, killing and wounding at least six security forces US and Afghan aircraft bombed Taliban positions in Farah after the insurgents launched a major attempt to capture the provincial capital. Farah is a poppy-growing province.
    (AFP, 5/15/18)
2018        May 15, Bahrain's public prosecutor said a court has revoked the citizenship of 115 people and given 53 of them life sentences on terrorism charges.
    (Reuters, 5/15/18)
2018        May 15, In Bangladesh arrests and killings related to illegal drugs began a day after Bangladesh underwent a regular review at the UN Human Rights Council, where it pledged to investigate extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and other serious violations.
    (Reuters, 6/6/18)
2018        May 15, Authorities in Comoros questioned former president Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi over his role in a scheme to sell citizenship that investigators say was riddled with corrupt practice.
    (Reuters, 5/15/18)
2018        May 15, Ethiopian authorities released Fikru Maru, an Ethiopian-born Swedish cardiologist, who has been in jail since 2013 on corruption and terrorism charges.
    (Reuters, 5/15/18)
2018        May 15, A French appeals court upheld a tax fraud conviction against former budget minister Jerome Cahuzac, whose hidden overseas accounts became one of the most embarrassing episodes of Francois Hollande's Socialist presidency.
    (AFP, 5/15/18)
2018        May 15, A source close to the French government said the United States will re-establish sanctions against Iran progressively, kicking off with the automobile and civil aviation sectors. August 6 will see the re-introduction of auto and civil aviation sanctions. Sanctions in the energy sector, covering oil, gas and petro-chemicals, will follow on November 4.
    (AFP, 5/15/18)
2018        May 15, Germany's police raided 20 flats in Berlin and Brandenburg and arrested three men suspected of being members of a gang smuggling Vietnamese people into the country.
    (Reuters, 5/15/18)
2018        May 15, The Open Society Foundations of billionaire philanthropist, George Soros, said it is relocating its headquarters to Berlin from Budapest in the wake of an "increasingly repressive" environment in Hungary.
    (AP, 5/15/18)
2018        May 15, In northern India a highway overpass being built collapsed in Varanasi. Disaster officials said at least 16 people were killed when an immense concrete slab slammed down onto the road below. More people were feared trapped beneath the slab.
    (AP, 5/15/18)
2018        May 15, In southern India a ferry capsized on the Godavari River leaving at least 40 people missing in Andhra Pradesh state.. 20 people swam to safety.
    (SFC, 5/16/18, p.A3)
2018        May 15, Indonesian police fatally shot a militant and arrested 13 others suspected of links to suicide bombings carried out by two families in Surabaya.
    (AP, 5/15/18)
2018        May 15, The Iraqi election commission said that initial results from Kirkuk indicated a win for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), a historic Iraqi Kurdish party.
    (Reuters, 5/16/18)
2018        May 15, Israel faced a growing backlash and new charges of using excessive force, a day after Israeli troops firing from across a border fence killed 60 Palestinians and wounded more than 2,700 at a mass protest in Gaza.
    (AP, 5/15/18)(Reuters, 5/16/18)
2018        May 15, In Kazakhstan talks on Syria spearheaded by Russia in Astana failed to edge the seven-year conflict closer to a political settlement, and cast the future of diplomatic efforts to end the crisis into uncertainty.
    (AFP, 5/15/18)
2018        May 15, In Libya forces of commander Khalifa Haftar attacked opposition targets in the eastern city of Derna using aircraft and artillery, taking a wheat silo and villages on the outskirts. Derna is controlled by a coalition of Islamists and rebel veterans known as the Derna Mujahideen Shura Council (DMSC).
    (Reuters, 5/15/18)
2018        May 15, North Korea abruptly canceled a high-level meeting with South Korea to protest US-South Korean military exercises that the North has long claimed are an invasion rehearsal.
    (AP, 5/16/18)
2018        May 15, Norway's fisheries minister told industry executives fish that the farming industry must cut mortality rates to improve animal welfare and protect their reputation and profits. While the survival of salmon in cages can vary greatly between individual farming sites, some 15-20 percent of the fish dies every year.
    (Reuters, 5/15/18)
2018        May 15, Palestinians clashed with Israeli troops in the West Bank a day after deadly clashes killed dozens in the Gaza Strip. Arabs marked the 70th anniversary of what Palestinians call their "nakba," or catastrophe, the uprooting of hundreds of thousands in the Mideast war over Israel's 1948 creation. Two Palestinians were shot dead during demonstrations along the 51 km (32 mile) border.
    (AP, 5/15/18)(Reuters, 5/15/18)(Reuters, 5/16/18)
2018        May 15, In the Philippines legal groups called on legislators to defend their constitutional power to impeach officials which they said was usurped by Supreme Court justices who ousted the chief judge last week.
    (AP, 5/15/18)
2018        May 15, Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin, driving a truck, unveiled the auto section of a new 11.8-mile, road-and-rail bridge linking Russia's Taman Peninsula to the annexed Crimea, defying Ukraine which said the move showed cynical disregard for international law.
    (Reuters, 5/15/18)(SFC, 5/17/18, p.A2)
2018        May 15, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to 30 days in jail for staging the May 5 unsanctioned protest in Moscow.
    (AP, 5/15/18)
2018        May 15, A South African court reinstated Patricia De Lille as mayor of Cape Town after she was sacked on May 8 by her own party in a bitter dispute shaking the Democratic Alliance.
    (AFP, 5/15/18)
2018        May 15, Syrian media said government forces are in full control of the last rebel enclave in Homs province after "overpowering terrorism" following the evacuation of thousands of armed men and civilians. Regime forces retook a neighborhood south of Damascus from the Islamic State group, slicing off yet another part of the jihadist holdout.
    (AP, 5/15/18)(AFP, 5/15/18)
2018        May 15, Former Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou was sentenced to four months in prison on charges of leaking classified information. Ma had originally been found not guilty of the charges last August, but prosecutors appealed the verdict.
    (AP, 5/15/18)
2018        May 15, Ukraine's security service raided the Kiev offices of Russia's state-run RIA Novosti news agency, detaining one journalist who was accused of treason.
    (AFP, 5/15/18)
2018        May 15, The UN said some 160,000 people have fled their homes in Cameroon's English-speaking regions because of violence between anglophone separatists and government forces.
    (AFP, 5/15/18)
2018        May 15, Venezuela's Pres. Maduro said in a campaign speech that all fatherland card holders who voted would receive a "fatherland prize, which is legal and constitutional." Venezuela began issuing Fatherland cards in January 2017. It started giving bonuses to card holders last December and since then has given 62 million awards.
    (AP, 5/25/18)
2018        May 15, Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa officially applied for his country to re-join the British Commonwealth it left in 2003.
    (Reuters, 5/21/18)

2018        May 16, President Donald Trump welcomed Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the White House to discuss strengthening their economic ties and cooperation in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 5/16/18)
2018        May 16, Pres. Trump's financial disclosure, released by the Office of Government Ethics, revealed for the first time that he paid more than $100,000 to his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, as reimbursements for a "third party".
    (SFC, 5/17/18, p.A8)
2018        May 16, A US judge ordered Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla to spend 32 months in prison, including 14 months he has already served after his arrest last year during a business trip to New York on behalf of Halkbank. The sentence means Atilla can return to Turkey in about a year.
    (AP, 5/17/18)
2018        May 16, Maine's fishermen sold elvers at the dock for more than $2,400 a pound. Fishermen have sold more than $20 million worth of the eels so far this season, the highest total since interstate managers instituted a quota system for the eels in 2014.
    (AP, 5/20/18)
2018        May 16, Michigan State Univ. announced a $500 million settlement with 332 women and girls who said they were molested by sports doctor Larry Nassar.
    (SFC, 5/17/18, p.A14)
2018        May 16, In North Carolina thousands of teachers filled the streets of Raleigh demanding better pay and more funding for public schools.
    (SFC, 5/17/18, p.A14)
2018        May 16, Texas executed Juan Edward Castillo (36) for the shooting and robbery of a man (19) more than 14 years ago. Castillo had said he was not involved in the fatal San Antonio "lovers' lane" killing.
    (SFC, 5/17/18, p.A6)
2018        May 16, In western Afghanistan security forces pushed back an attack by Taliban insurgents and took control of Farah city. At least 25 government troops were reported killed along with more than 300 Taliban fighters.
    (AP, 5/16/18)
2018        May 16, A Belgium court rejected a Spanish request for the extradition of three Catalan separatist leaders because there were no corresponding arrest orders.
    (SFC, 5/17/18, p.A2)
2018        May 16, Bosnian tycoon Fahrudin Radoncic, who leads a party in the ruling coalition, was cleared of charges of organizing a criminal group and interfering in a high-profile court case in Kosovo against Balkan drug boss Naser Kelmendi.
    (Reuters, 5/16/18)
2018        May 16, The Bulgarian government approved the purchase of up to 10 new or used fighter jets to replace its ageing Soviet-designed MiG-29s as well as the purchase of 150 combat vehicles.
    (AP, 5/16/18)
2018        May 16, Canada pledged to compensate Kinder Morgan, the builder of the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline (TMX) in British Columbia, for any losses that may result from political delays.
    (AFP, 5/16/18)
2018        May 16, More than two dozen writers, poets and artists called for the release of Liu Xia, the widow of Nobel Peace Prize-winner Liu Xiaobo, who has been under house arrest in China since her husband died in custody last year.
    (Reuters, 5/16/18)
2018        May 16, Chinese archeologist Zhao Kangmin (82) died. He was the first to identify fragments of terracotta found by local farmers digging a well in 1974 as relics dating back to the Qin dynasty and the first to excavate the site.
    (AFP, 5/19/18)
2018        May 16, Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pardoned more than 330 young people, most of whom had been convicted and jailed for their participation in illegal protests.
    (AP, 5/16/18)
2018        May 16, French oil and gas giant Total said it has decided to cancel a multi-billion-dollar project in Iran unless it is granted a waiver by US authorities.
    (AP, 5/17/18)
2018        May 16, Guatemala inaugurated its Israel embassy in Jerusalem, becoming the first country to follow in the footsteps of the United States' deeply controversial move.
    (AFP, 5/16/18)
2018        May 16, India announced that its troops will halt counterinsurgency operations in disputed Kashmir during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, its first such declaration in 18 years.
    (AP, 5/16/18)
2018        May 16, Indonesian police shot dead four sword-wielding men who attacked a police headquarters in Sumatra's Riau province, killing one officer. A fifth man was arrested trying to escape.
    (AP, 5/16/18)
2018        May 16, Greenpeace announced it has ended a five-year truce with one of the world's largest paper companies, accusing it of cutting down tropical forests in Indonesia during the entire time the two were cooperating on conservation. This ended a landmark 2013 agreement in which the environmental group suspended a global campaign against Indonesia's Sinarmas and its Asia Pulp & Paper arm in exchange for commitments to end deforestation, land grabs and conflicts with local communities.
    (AP, 5/16/18)
2018        May 16, In southwestern Iran two people were killed and 48 injured in a violent protest in Kazeroon. This was preceded by peaceful protests against a local government decision to divide some districts of the city and merge them into a new town.
    (AP, 5/19/18)
2018        May 16, In the presence of the British ambassador in Tehran officials from Britain's Pergas International Consortium and the National Iranian South Oil Co. signed a preliminary deal on a partnership to develop the 55-year-old Karanj oil field.
    (AP, 5/17/18)   
2018        May 16, In Iraq several people were killed or wounded north of Baghdad when a man wearing an explosive belt blew himself up in the middle of a group of people receiving condolences in the region of Tarmiya.
    (Reuters, 5/16/18)
2018        May 16, Gunmen in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk were besieging several polling stations containing election staff, four days after a national vote.
    (AP, 5/16/18)
2018        May 16, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta signed a new law that outlaws the abuse of people on social media but which critics say could be exploited to repress civil liberties.
    (Reuters, 5/16/18)
2018        May 16, In Malaysia reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim (70) celebrated a "new dawn" for the country after he was given a royal pardon and freed from custody.
    (AP, 5/16/18)
2018        May 16, Nepal's veteran Sherpa guide Kami Rita (48) scaled Mount Everest for the 22nd time, setting a record for the most climbs of the world's highest mountain. Female Sherpa Lhakpa Sherpa (44) made it to the summit for the ninth time, shattering her own record for the most climbs by a woman.
    (AP, 5/16/18)
2018        May 16, North Korea threatened to scrap a historic summit next month between its leader, Kim Jong Un, and US President Donald Trump, saying it has no interest in a "one-sided" affair meant to pressure the North to abandon its nuclear weapons.
    (AP, 5/16/18)
2018        May 16, Pakistani troops acting on intelligence raided a militant hideout near the southwestern city of Quetta, triggering a shootout in which an intelligence officer and a notorious militant wanted for over 100 deaths of minority Shiites were killed along with two other suspects.
    (AP, 5/17/18)
2018        May 16, A power cut hit a large part of Pakistan, suspending work at factories and businesses in its industrial heartland and highlighting the challenges successive governments have faced in getting to grips with chronic power shortages.
    (Reuters, 5/16/18)
2018        May 16, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the "total" lifting of a ban on Filipinos working in Kuwait after the two countries agreed on measures to regulate employment following a diplomatic row over alleged abuse of workers.
    (Reuters, 5/16/18)
2018        May 16, Poland's Supreme Court acquitted Tomasz Komenda. He had served 18 years in prison for rape and murder of a teenager that the judges now say he couldn't have committed, in a case that has shocked the nation.
    (AP, 5/16/18)
2018        May 16, Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis said that its top lawyer, Felix Ehrat, is stepping down over a deal to hire US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, as a consultant.
    (AP, 5/16/18)
2018        May 16, Syria's military said it has restored government control over a large area in central Syria, securing a power station, a refinery and a cement factory after uprooting the armed opposition.
    (AP, 5/16/18)
2018        May 16, The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said banned chlorine munitions were likely dropped on a Syrian neighborhood on February 4, after laboratory tests confirmed the presence of the toxic chemical.
    (Reuters, 5/16/18)

2018        May 17, The US Senate voted 54-45 to confirm Gina Haspel as the first woman to lead the CIA.
    (SFC, 5/18/18, p.A6)
2018        May 17, The Univ. of Denver agreed to a $2.6 million settlement in a lawsuit filed on behalf of female law professors who said they were illegally paid less than male colleagues.
    (SFC, 5/18/18, p.A6)
2018        May 17, Inmate Larry Earvin (65) died from blunt trauma to the chest and abdomen following a clash with prison staff at the Western Illinois Correctional Center in Mount Sterling. In November his death was ruled a homicide.
    (SFC, 11/19/18, p.A4)
2018        May 17, PayPal and iZettle announced an agreement for Paypal to acquire the Swedish mobile payments startup for $2.2 billion.
    (SFC, 5/19/18, p.D1)
2018        May 17, In Afghanistan the Taliban launched an attack late today in Ghazni province's remote Ajristan district, killing nine security forces and wounding seven others. The gun battle also left 25 Taliban fighters dead. Taliban insurgents attacked police security posts in the Maruf district of Kandahar province, killing five police and wounding six. Also, 12 Taliban were killed and 18 wounded. Similar attacks in southern Uruzgan province left two police dead.
    (AP, 5/18/18)
2018        May 17, A Bosnian court said it had rejected a request from Tunisia to hand over Elvir Sarac, a Bosnian national wanted on terrorism charges, over his alleged role in the 2016 killing of Mohammed Zawari, a Tunisian whom Palestinian group Hamas said was one of its members.
    (Reuters, 5/17/18)
2018        May 17, The British firm Cambridge Analytica filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in New York. Majority shareholders Jennifer and Rebekah Mercer, daughters of Republican mega-donor Robert Mercer, liquidated their holdings.
    (AP, 5/18/18)
2018        May 17, Burundians voted in a referendum on constitutional reforms that, if passed, will shore up the power of President Pierre Nkurunziza and enable him to rule until 2034.
    (AFP, 5/17/18)
2018        May 17, China's Foreign Ministry said that no country, organization, company or individual can carry out oil and gas exploration or exploitation in Chinese waters without permission from Beijing.
    (Reuters, 5/17/18)
2018        May 17, China's Tianqi Lithium said it has agreed to acquire a 24 percent stake in Chile's SQM, one of the world's largest lithium producers, in a deal worth $4.07 billion. Chengdu-based Tianqi will buy up the shares in SQM owned by Canada's Nutrien.
    (AFP, 5/17/18)
2018        May 17, China dropped an anti-dumping investigation and gave long awaited approval for the sale of Toshiba's memory chip business, in gestures that could suggest a thaw between Beijing and the US as trade talks resumed in Washington.
    (AP, 5/18/18)
2018        May 17, China's LGBT advocates cautiously organized awareness-raising events across the country to celebrate International Anti-Homophobia Day amid concern of growing intolerance towards LGBT causes.
    (Reuters, 5/17/18)
2018        May 17, In China a suborbital rocket was launched into space by OneSpace, a Beijing-based start-up in the burgeoning commercial aeronautics industry. The launch aimed to demonstrate an early working model of the company's OS-X series of rockets, designed to conduct research linked to suborbital flights.
    (AFP, 5/17/18)
2018        May 17, In Congo DRC case of Ebola was reported confirmed in Mbandaka a city of more than 1 million in northwestern Equateur province, bringing the latest outbreak of the often deadly hemorrhagic fever out of remote rural areas.
    (AP, 5/17/18)
2018        May 17, Denmark said its special forces taking part in the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Iraq would be withdrawn following the IS defeat. Denmark had around 180 troops stationed at the Al-Asad air base near Baghdad.
    (AFP, 5/17/18)
2018        May 17, Danish shipping group Maersk Tankers said it would cease its activities in Iran due to the US decision to leave a landmark nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions against Tehran.
    (AFP, 5/17/18)
2018        May 17, In Egypt Arab foreign ministers held an emergency meeting three days after the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem and violence along the Gaza border, where Israeli forces killed dozens of Palestinians.
    (AP, 5/17/18)
2018        May 17, In Egypt a state security prosecutor ordered the detention political activist Shady Ghazaly Harb, a leading opposition figure during the 2011 Arab Spring uprising against president Hosni Mubarak, on suspicion of joining a terrorist organization.
    (Reuters, 5/18/18)
2018        May 17, An EU court upheld a partial ban on three insecticides known as neonicotinoids, saying that the European Commission had been right in 2013 to restrict their use to protect bees.
    (Reuters, 5/17/18)
2018        May 17, The European Commission said it will launch on May 18 the process of activating a law that bans European companies from complying with US sanctions against Iran and does not recognize any court rulings that enforce American penalties.
    (Reuters, 5/17/18)
2018        May 17, France's Digital Minister Mounir Mahjoubi came out as gay, in a rare move for a French public figure that he said would help give gay people more visibility at a time when homophobic acts are on the rise.
    (Reuters, 5/18/18)
2018        May 17, A Lebanese film about a 12-year-old boy who sues his parents put child poverty in the spotlight at the Cannes Film Festival.
    (AP, 5/18/18)
2018        May 17, German media reported that the country's foreign intelligence service secured a sample of the Soviet-developed nerve agent Novichok in the 1990s and passed on its knowledge to partners including Britain and the US.
    (AP, 5/17/18)
2018        May 17, The Israeli military said it has carried out airstrikes on militant sites in Gaza overnight in response to machine gun fire that hit a building in the Israeli city of Sderot.
    (AP, 5/17/18)
2018        May 17, Leaders of Italy's far-right League and the 5-Star Movement agreed the basis for a governing accord that would slash taxes, ramp up welfare spending and pose the biggest challenge to the EU since Britain voted to leave the bloc two years ago.
    (Reuters, 5/17/18)
2018        May 17, Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the far-right League planned to halt the sale of Italy's insolvent national airline Alitalia.
    (Reuters, 5/17/18)
2018        May 17, In Kashmir an Indian paramilitary soldier was killed by a Pakistani sniper late today, leading to cross-border firing and shelling at several forward posts. Eight civilians, including an Indian husband and wife and four members of a Pakistani family, were killed when Indian and Pakistani soldiers fired at border posts and villages along the highly militarized frontier.
    (AP, 5/18/18)
2018        May 17, Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev said he has agreed with his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras on a solution to ending a long-running name row between the two neighbors.
    (AP, 5/17/18)
2018        May 17, Malaysia's new government stepped up a corruption investigation into a state fund with a seven-hour police search of the home of former PM Najib Razak and the creation of a special committee to accelerate the probe.
    (AP, 5/17/18)
2018        May 17, North Korea strongly criticized South Korea over ongoing U.S.-South Korean military exercises and said it will not return to talks with its rival until Seoul resolves its grievances.
    (AP, 5/17/18)
2018        Nov 17, In Peru former Pres. Alan Garcia sought diplomatic asylum in Uruguay's mission in Lima hours after a judge retained his passport as part of a corruption probe.
    (SFC, 11/19/18, p.A2)
2018        May 17, Polish authorities said they plan to expel one Russian and banned four others from entering for five years on allegations they had engaged in "information warfare" seeking to fuel animosity between Poles and Ukrainians.
    (AP, 5/17/18)
2018        May 17, Russian state oil firm Rosneft said in a statement that its drilling in the South China Sea is within Vietnamese territorial waters, two days after its Vietnamese subsidiary began drilling in Vietnamese waters claimed by China.
    (Reuters, 5/17/18)
2018        May 17, Two Ukrainian soldiers killed in fighting in the separatist eastern region.
    (AFP, 5/18/18)
2018        May 17, The UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said it is sending 150 peacekeepers to Unity state to protect civilians who are being targeted in clashes between the government and rebel troops.
    (Reuters, 5/17/18)
2018        May 17, A Zambian court ordered that Chama Fumba (34), a popular and controversial musician known as Pilato, be detained a day after he returned home having fled the country early this year fearing for his life.
    (AFP, 5/17/18)

2018        May 18, US officials said the Trump administration will withdraw assistance from northwest Syria dominated by Islamist factions and focus recovery efforts on areas where US-led forces have retaken territory from Islamic State in the northeast. The cuts in the northwest would take place over a period of months.
    (Reuters, 5/19/18)
2018        Nov 18, In northern California the death toll in the Butte County Camp Fire rose to 77. The number of missing was lowered to 993. The fire had now burned 150,000 acres and was 65 percent contained.
    (SFC, 11/19/18, p.A1)
2018        May 18, Florida police shot and wounded Jonathan Oddi (42) after he opened fire in the lobby of the Trump National Doral golf resort near Miami and yelled rhetoric against US President Donald Trump.
    (AFP, 5/18/18)(SFC, 5/19/18, p.A7)
2018        May 18, In the southern US state of Georgia one person was killed and another wounded when shots were fired after a high school graduation ceremony late today in Jonesboro. Two people were soon arrested.
    (AFP, 5/19/18)(SSFC, 5/20/18, p.A12)
2018        May 18, Dimitrios Pagourtzis (17) went on a shooting rampage at his high school in Santa Fe, Texas, killing 10 people and wounding at least 10 others. He carried out the attack with a shotgun and a .38 revolver that were legally owned by his father. Sabika Sheikh (17), an exchange student from Pakistan, was among the 10 students and staff slain at Santa Fe High School.
    (AFP, 5/19/18)(AP, 5/23/18)
2018        May 18, In Afghanistan several bombs exploded nearly simultaneously at a cricket match in eastern Nangarhar province, killing at least eight people.
    (AP, 5/19/18)
2018        May 18, In Bosnia hundreds of migrants were left in limbo for hours after police dismantled a makeshift camp in Sarajevo. Police in the south refused to let them reach a center offering them accommodation. A convoy of buses with 270 migrants, including children that were stuck in central Bosnia, was allowed to pass after several hours of political bickering.
    (AFP, 5/18/18)(AP, 5/18/18)
2018        May 18, The Burkina Faso military said 52 individuals were arrested in Burkina Faso, 42 in Benin, 95 in Togo and 13 in Ghana last week in a joint anti-terror and security operation in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin and Togo.
    (AFP, 5/19/18)
2018        May 18, China's People's Liberation Army Air Force conducted takeoff and landing training with the H-6K bomber at an airport in the South China Sea.
    (AP, 5/19/18)
2018        May 18, Congo's health minister announced that three new cases of the often lethal Ebola virus have been confirmed in Mbandaka, a city of more than 1 million people.
    (AP, 5/19/18)
2018        May 18, In Cuba a state airways plane crashed shortly after taking off from Jose Marti airport killing all but three of its 110 passengers and crew. The nearly 40-year-old Boeing 737 was leased to the national carrier Cubana de Aviacion by a Mexican company.
    (AFP, 5/19/18)
2018        May 18, Egyptian security officials arrested Haytham Mohamedeen, a prominent activist and labor rights lawyer, on an array of charges including belonging to the outlawed Revolutionary Socialists movement.
    (AP, 5/19/18)
2018        May 18, The French Finance Ministry and Foreign Ministry announced a freeze on assets of three individuals and nine companies involved in research or purchasing for the Syrian Scientific Research Center.
    (AP, 5/18/18)
2018        May 18, In southern France a man (32) was murdered this evening in a notorious area of Pau by a group of youths. The victim, who had a history of violent crime and drug dealing, was repeatedly kicked and punched by a group of up to 12 teenagers. Three teenagers were soon arrested.
    (AFP, 5/21/18)
2018        May 18, In eastern France a man who regularly plays the lottery with the same numbers at the same place won the My Million lottery for a 2nd time in the last 18 months. Each win gave him $1.18 million.
    (SFC, 6/8/18, p.A2)
2018        May 18, Germany's top administrative court confirmed that local cities are entitled to ban older diesel vehicles from streets with immediate effect to bring air pollution levels in line with European Union rules.
    (Reuters, 5/18/18)
2018        May 18, A Hong Kong court found prominent independence activist Edward Leung (26) guilty of rioting, a verdict that could see him put behind bars for up to 12 years. Another defendant, Lo Kin-man, was also found guilty of rioting and cried uncontrollably. Three other defendants also cried after they were cleared of all charges.
    (Reuters, 5/18/18)
2018        May 18, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban has taken office for a third straight term and used the moment to call for beefed-up borders to cope with migrants.
    (AP, 5/18/18)
2018        May 18, Italy's two anti-establishment parties promised to ramp up spending in a program for a new coalition government, putting them on a collision course with the European Union despite having dropped some of their most radical proposals.
    (Reuters, 5/18/18)
2018        May 18, A Malaysian official said former PM Najib Razak has been summoned for questioning in a money-laundering probe involving the 1MDB state investment fund. Police seized 284 boxes of designer handbags and dozens of bags filled with cash and jewelry in the raid on a luxury condominium in the center of Kuala Lumpur linked to Najib.
    (AP, 5/18/18)(Reuters, 5/18/18)
2018        May 18, The Netherlands announced that it will ban the use of coal in electricity generation in the coming decade and shut down two of its five coal-fired plants at the end of 2024 unless they switch fuels.
    (Reuters, 5/18/18)
2018        May 18, In Nigeria anti-corruption representatives from around Africa vowed to "strengthen cooperation and partnership in the tracing, recovery and return of (stolen) assets".
    (AFP, 5/20/18)
2018        May 18, Tens of thousands of Palestinians prayed at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the first weekly prayers of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
    (AFP, 5/18/18)
2018        May 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin wished "good health" to former agent Sergei Skripal as he was released from a British hospital, after recovering from a nerve agent poisoning alleged to have been orchestrated by the Kremlin.
    (AP, 5/18/18)
2018        May 18, In Syria explosions were heard in and around Hama airport. A monitoring body said 11 pro-government troops were killed at a weapons warehouse.
    (Reuters, 5/18/18)(AP, 5/18/18)
2018        May 18, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted Muslim leaders for an Istanbul summit to condemn Israel over the killing of Gaza protesters.
    (AFP, 5/18/18)
2018        May 18, In Ukraine at least four people, including a child, were killed in the separatist east, as fighting intensified in the region.
    (AFP, 5/18/18)
2018        May 18, The UN Human Rights Council voted 29-2 with 14 abstentions to back a resolution that also condemned "the disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force by the Israeli occupying forces against Palestinian civilians." The United States decried it as an example of a biased focus on Israel by the council.
    (AP, 5/18/18)
2018        May 18, The Vatican confirmed that all 31 active Chilean bishop have offered to resign over what Pope Francis said was their "grave negligence" in investigating abuse and protecting children.
    (AP, 5/18/18)

2018        May 19, The United States and China agreed to take measures to "substantially reduce" America's massive trade deficit with China, but the Trump administration failed to get the Chinese to commit to a specific numerical goal. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the United States and China are "putting the trade war on hold" after two days of talks that he says produced meaningful progress.
    (AP, 5/20/18)
2018        May 19, In Baltimore Justify held off several hard-charging challengers and won the Preakness on a sloppy, slippery Pimlico track keeping alive the chance for a second Triple Crown champion in four years.
    (AP, 5/20/18)
2018        May 19, American pop artist Robert Indiana (89), born in Indiana as Robert Clark, died at his island home off the coast of Maine. His "LOVE" print, first created for the Museum of Modern Art's Christmas card in 1965, was the basis for his 1970 Love sculpture and the widely distributed 1973 United States Postal Service "LOVE" stamp.
    (SFC, 5/23/18, p.D6)
2018        May 19, The Powerball jackpot of $315.3 million was won a Tayeb Souami (55), a South African immigrant living in Little Ferry, New Jersey.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ycjwtd28)(SSFC, 6/10/18, p.A7)
2018        May 19, In Washington state Sonja Brooks was killed and her friend Isaac Sederbaum seriously injured when they encountered a cougar while mountain biking near North Bend. The cougar was soon located and fatally shot. The last cougar killing of a human in the state was in 1924.
    (SSFC, 5/20/18, p.A10)(SFC, 5/21/18, p.A6)
2018        May 19, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married at St. George's Chapel in Windsor, England. The British-American pair became officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
    (AP, 5/19/18)
2018        May 19, In Chechnya four gunmen attacked a Russian Orthodox church in the mostly Muslim province, but were killed by security forces in a clash that also left two policemen and a churchgoer dead.
    (AP, 5/19/18)
2018        May 19, Comoros put former President Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi (2006-2011) under house arrest just days after he was questioned over his role in a scheme to sell citizenship that investigators say was riddled with corrupt practice.
    (AP, 5/19/18)
2018        May 19, In Croatia thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators took to the streets in the three biggest cities in rallies that largely passed without incident, even as the issue continues to divide the staunchly Catholic EU member state. Police detained more than 20 women's rights activists who tried to block the anti-abortion demo.
    (AFP, 5/19/18)
2018        May 19, Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed said Saudi Arabia will soon release Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi, an Ethiopian-born Saudi billionaire arrested in November during a crackdown on corruption.
    (Reuters, 5/20/18)
2018        May 19, The European Union's energy chief sought to reassure Iran that the bloc remained committed to salvaging a nuclear deal with Tehran despite US President Donald Trump's decision to exit the accord and reimpose sanctions.
    (Reuters, 5/19/18)
2018        May 19, In France "Shoplifters," a heart wrenching family tale by Japanese veteran director Hirokazu Kore-eda, won the Palme d'Or top prize at the 71st Cannes film festival.
    (AFP, 5/19/18)
2018        May 19, In Germany two people were reported killed in a shooting near the southwestern city of Saarbruecken. Police said it was a domestic incident.
    (AP, 5/19/18)
2018        May 19, In Greece a mob attack on Yiannis Boutaris (75), the mayor of Thessaloniki, was carried out in an apparent venting of nationalist sentiment. Authorities on May 21 charged four men of grievous bodily harm and breach of the peace.
    (AP, 5/21/18)
2018        May 19, In India B.S. Yeddyurappa, BJP leader of southern Karnataka state, quit after just two days in office, rather than face a confidence vote his minority Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was unlikely to win.
    (AP, 5/19/18)
2018        May 19, Iraq's electoral commission said a political bloc led by populist Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a long-time adversary of the United States who also opposes Iranian influence in Iraq, has won the country's parliamentary election. His Sairoon electoral list captured 54 parliamentary seats.
    (AP, 5/19/18)
2018        May 19, Kashmir separatist leaders called for a shutdown as Indian PM Narendra Modi paid a daylong visit to review development work and inaugurate road projects.
    (AP, 5/19/18)
2018        May 19, Mongolia's president requested Malaysia's new leaders to find justice for model Altantuya Shaariibu, killed on Oct. 18, 2006, while a fugitive policeman convicted of the crime said he would cooperate with any new probe if he was given a full pardon.
    (Reuters, 5/19/18)
2018        May 19, Two North Koreans defected to South Korea early today after they were found in a boat in the Yellow Sea.
    (Reuters, 5/19/18)
2018        May 19, North Korea reiterated its demands for South Korea to send back 12 North Korean restaurant workers who came to the South in 2016, saying such a move would demonstrate Seoul's willingness to improve relations.
    (AP, 5/20/18)
2018        May 19, Gaza's health ministry said two Palestinians have died from their wounds after being shot by Israeli troops during protests. The deaths raised the death toll to 61 Palestinians killed in the May 14 Israeli gunfire.
    (AFP, 5/19/18)
2018        May 19, Saudi Arabia began releasing Ethiopian citizens from detention centers following a request by new PM Abiy Ahmed to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a visit to Riyadh.
    (AP, 5/19/18)
2018        May 19, Saudi state security said seven prominent women's rights advocates have been arrested since May 15, just weeks before the kingdom's longstanding driving ban on women is set to be lifted.
    (AFP, 5/19/18)(SSFC, 5/20/18, p.A6)
2018        May 19, Tropical cyclone Sagar made landfall in north-western Somaliland and Djibouti, three days after it formed in the Gulf of Aden.
    (Reuters, 5/23/18)
2018        May 19, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured Adrien Lionel Kiyali ( aka Adrien Guihal) in the Raqqa region that was recaptured in 2017 from IS control. The French Islamic State group fighter was linked to terror attacks in Paris and Nice in 2015 and 2016.
    (AP, 5/24/18)

2018        May 20, A stream of lava blocked a Hawaii highway that serves as an escape route for coastal residents, while the first known serious injury was reported from fresh explosive eruptions from the Kilauea volcano.
    (Reuters, 5/20/18)
2018        May 20, In North Carolina Roger Self intentionally rammed into the Surf and Turf Lodge in Bessemer City killing his daughter (26) and daughter-in-law.
    (SFC, 5/21/18, p.A5)
2018        May 20, In Afghanistan Taliban fighters besieged the governor's compound in Ajrestan district in Ghazni province as officials sought to reassure an increasingly angry public that security would improve. The Taliban attacked a district headquarters in northern Faryab province late today, burning down about 50 shops in Khuaja Sabz Posh district.
    (Reuters, 5/20/18)(AP, 5/21/18)
2018        May 20, Cameroon's national day was marred by violence as two police officers were killed in the English-speaking region. Bangem city Mayor Ekuh Simon was kidnapped by separatist Ambazonia Restoration Forces.
    (SFC, 5/21/18, p.A2)
2018        May 20, In eastern India at least six police officials were killed and another was critically injured when Maoist rebels targeted their vehicle with a bomb in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh state.
    (AP, 5/20/18)
2018        May 20, Kenya's head of the directorate of criminal investigations George Kinoti said investigators have summoned more than 40 people for questioning after a "massive theft of public funds" at the country's National Youth Service (NYS). Domestic media reports said 10 billion shillings ($100 million) had been stolen through fictitious invoices, and multiple payments on one supplier invoice, at the NYS.
    (Reuters, 5/20/18)
2018        May 20, In Kenya a train carrying 250,000 liters of petrol derailed at Mombasa and dumped part of its cargo into the Indian Ocean and onto a major highway.
    (Reuters, 5/21/18)
2018        May 20, Macedonia's main opposition party, the nationalist VMRO-DPMNE, said it was against changing the country's name to Republic of Ilinden Macedonia, undermining prospects for a solution of a decades-long dispute with Greece.
    (Reuters, 5/20/18)
2018        May 20, A spokesman for Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak said Razak fears for his safety and has asked for police protection, a day after the ex-leader complained over the conduct of police searching properties for evidence of corruption.
    (Reuters, 5/20/18)
2018        May 20, In Nepal Macedonian climber Gjeorgi Petkov (63).died while attempting to scale Mount Everest.
    (AP, 5/21/18)
2018        May 20, Spanish authorities said they have broken up an alleged drug ring that smuggled hashish from Morocco to Europe.
    (AP, 5/20/18)
2018        May 20, In Syria a first batch of Islamic State group fighters left their final stronghold in Damascus early today under a deal struck after weeks of fierce combat. State media said government troops fought to crush the last pockets of resistance by Islamic State militants trapped in an enclave south of Damascus, denying a report that insurgents had begun leaving in a withdrawal agreement.
    (AFP, 5/20/18)(AP, 5/20/18)
2018        May 20, In Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents set off small bombs at about two dozen locations in the country's deep south, wounding two women.
    (AP, 5/21/18)
2018        May 20, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Bosnia to hold his only election rally outside Turkey, while other EU countries have banned such events ahead of Ankara's presidential and parliamentary elections next month.
    (AFP, 5/20/18)
2018        May 20, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (55) sought a six-year term in a poorly attended vote that was condemned by foes as the "coronation" of a dictator and likely to bring fresh foreign sanctions. Official election results gave President Nicolas Maduro a new six-year term. Turnout was a low 46 percent.
    (Reuters, 5/20/18)(AP, 5/21/18)

2018        May 21, The United States issued a steep list of demands to be included in a nuclear treaty with Iran to replace the deal scuttled by President Donald Trump and threatened "the strongest sanctions in history" if Iran doesn't change course.
    (AP, 5/21/18)
2018        May 21, The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to allow employers to limit the ability of workers to band together in court to pursue redress for labor violations.
    (SFC, 5/22/18, p.A1)
2018         May 21, American actress Allyn Ann McLerie (b.1926) died North Bend, Wash. Her films included "Calamity Jane" (1953), "They Shoot Horses, Don't They" (1969).
    (SSFC, 6/3/18, p.C11)
2018        May 21, American TV and film actor Clint Walker died in Grass Valley, Ca. He was best known for the lead role in the "Cheyenne" TV series (1955-1963). His films included "Fort Dobbs" (1958) and "The Dirty Dozen " (1967).
    (SFC, 5/23/18, p.A12)
2018        May 21, Alexander Ciccolo, the estranged son of a respected Boston police captain arrested in 2015, pleased guilty to plotting to use guns and homemade bobms to attack a college campus to support the Islamic State. He faced 20 years in prison.
    (SFC, 5/22/18, p.A6)
2018        May 21, Orbital ATK launched an Antares rocket with supplies to the Int'l. Space Station from Wallops Island, Va.
    (SFC, 5/22/18, p.A8)
2018        May 21, Faith Whittlesey (b.1939), former US Ambassador to Switzerland and former director of the White House Office of Public Liaison (1983-1985) under Pres. Ronald Reagan, died in Washington, DC. She helped lay the foundation for the religious right's enduring allegiance to the Republic Party.
    (SSFC, 5/27/18, p.C10)
2018        May 21, In Afghanistan the Taliban killed at least five members of a demining team in southern Kandahar province. A sixth worker was missing. In eastern Afghanistan the Taliban launched a wave of attacks late today in Ghazni province, killing at least 14 police, including a district police chief and a reserve unit's commander. The Taliban also attacked a checkpoint in the eastern Paktia province, killing at least two police.
    (AP, 5/21/18)(AP, 5/22/18)
2018        May 21, Australia's New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro said his state government has decided to legally protect rather than kill thousands of wild horses, known as brumbies, infuriating scientists who argue the feral species is doing severe environmental damage to the country's iconic Snowy Mountains alpine region.
    (AP, 5/21/18)
2018        May 21, In Azerbaijan two people were killed and two were wounded in a blast in a cafe in Baku.
    (Reuters, 5/21/18)
2018        May 21, A court in Bahrain revoked the nationality of nine people and sentenced them to between 3 and 15 years in jail amid a years-long crackdown on dissent.
    (SFC, 5/22/18, p.A2)
2018        May 21, In Congo DRC the death toll in an outbreak of Ebola rose to 26 after a person died in the northwest city of Mbandaka, as the government began vaccinating first responders against the dreaded disease.
    (AFP, 5/21/18)
2018        May 21, A letter to Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo was released in which International stars of acting, music and sports urged Widodo to ban what they say is a "brutal" trade in dog and cat meat for human consumption.
    (AP, 5/21/18)
2018        May 21, In Italy the League and 5-Star coalition asked Pres. Sergio Mattarella to appoint Giuseppe Conte (54) to lead their mooted administration. Instead of endorsing their choice immediately, the head of state played for time, seeking further consultations.
    (Reuters, 5/22/18)
2018        May 21, A Japanese researcher said a survey of women working for Japanese newspapers and TV networks has found 156 cases of alleged sexual misconduct reported by 35 women, about one-third of which involved lawmakers, government officials and law enforcers.
    (AP, 5/21/18)
2018        May 21, In Macedonia a criminal court in Skopje cleared PM Zoran Zaev (43) on bribery charges dating back to when he was mayor of the southern town of Strumica. The court ruled that the prosecution had failed to provide compelling evidence.
    (AP, 5/21/18)
2018        May 21, Malawi's Agriculture Minister Joseph Mwanamvekha said the local maize output declined by 19.4 percent in the 2017/18 farming year to 2.8 million tons due to damage caused by drought and crop-eating armyworms.
    (Reuters, 5/21/18)
2018        May 21, Mexico's city of Guadalajara was shaken by the attempted assassination of Jalisco Labor Secretary Luis Najera, a former state prosecutor who was attacked by armed men in a restaurant. Assailants torched a passenger bus after the attack, killing an eight-month-old baby. One of the attackers was killed.
    (AFP, 5/27/18)
2018        May 21, In Nepal Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki (35) died while attempting to scale Mount Everest.
    (AP, 5/21/18)
2018        May 21, Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes inaugurated his country's Israel embassy in Jerusalem, making it the third nation to take the deeply controversial step after the United States and Guatemala.
    (AFP, 5/21/18)
2018        May 21, In South Africa Henri van Breda (23) found guilty of murdering three members of his immediate family. He was also found guilty of obstruction of justice and attempting to murder his sister on Jan. 27, 2015. His sister Marli, then 16, suffered severe injuries and is reported to be unable to remember the incident.
    (AP, 5/21/18)
2018        May 21, The government of Spain added its voice to a chorus of international condemnation of Venezuela's presidential election. The Lima Group of 14 countries from throughout the Americas refused to recognize the result of Venezuela's disputed presidential election and urged diplomatic and financial action in response.
    (AP, 5/21/18)
2018        May 21, Sri Lanka officials said heavy rain and lightning strikes across the country have left at least seven people dead and displaced more than 1,000.
    (AP, 5/21/18)
2018        May 21, The Syrian army said it has restored control over all areas surrounding the capital Damascus, for the first time since early in the seven-year war, after pushing Islamic State militants out of the al-Hajar al-Aswad district and the adjacent Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp.
    (Reuters, 5/21/18)
 2018        May 21, A Turkish court sentenced 104 people to life in prison for involvement in a failed military coup in 2016. Another 21 people were given 20 years in prison for insulting the president, while 31 others were sentenced to 10 years and six months for "membership of a terrorist organization".
    (Reuters, 5/21/18)

2018        May 22, The United States imposed sanctions on five Iranians it said had provided Yemen's Houthis with expertise and weaponry that were then used to launch missiles at cities and oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia.
    (Reuters, 5/22/18)
2018        May 22, In California former US Air Force staff sergeant David A. Turcios (41) pleaded guilty in a Sacramento federal court to accepting bribes from a contractor while serving as a yard supervisor (2010-2011) at the Humanitarian Aid Yard at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. He was the eighth defendant to plead guilty in this case.
    (SFC, 5/23/18, p.D4)
2018        May 22, San Francisco became the first county in California to eliminate local administrative fees and penalties for criminals.
    (SFC, 5/23/18, p.D1)
2018        May 22, In San Francisco Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff led the grand opening of the new 61-story Salesforce Tower.
    (SFC, 5/23/18, p.D1)
2018        May 22, A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched a pair of US-German science satellites and five commercial communications satellites into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California.
    (SFC, 5/23/18, p.C6)
2018        May 22, Maryland police Officer Amy Caprio was killed while investigating a call about a suspicious vehicle in the Perry Hall community northeast of Baltimore. Dawnta Anthony Harris (16) was soon arrested and charged first-degree murder. Three other teenagers were also taken into custody.
    (SFC, 5/23/18, p.A12)
2018        May 22, In NYC Evgeny Freidman (46), a Russian immigrant and co-owner of a taxi medallion business with Michael Cohen, Pres. Trump's personal lawyer, agreed to plead guilty to felony tax fraud for cheating the government out of millions of dollars in taxes from his taxi fleet.
    (SFC, 5/23/18, p.A7)
2018        May 22, American novelist Philip Roth (b.1933) died of congestive heart failure in NYC. His more than 25 books included "Portnoy's Complaint" (1969) and "American Pastoral" (1997).
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Roth)(SFC, 5/23/18, p.A12)
2018        May 22, In Afghanistan at least 16 people were killed when security forces tried to dispose of a container full of explosives found in the southern city of Kandahar.
    (AP, 5/22/18)
2018        May 22, In Australia Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson (67) became the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse.
    (AP, 5/22/18)
2018        May 22, Belarus appointed an ambassador to Stockholm, ending a six-year-old diplomatic spat over a pro-democracy stunt that saw hundreds of teddy bears airdropped by a Swedish public relations firm over the former Soviet republic.
    (Reuters, 5/22/18)
2018        May 22, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said British households are around 900 pounds ($1,205) worse off than they would have been had the country not voted to leave the European Union.
    (AP, 5/22/18)
2018        May 22, British food-to-clothing retailer Marks and Spencer said it will shut more than 100 "underperforming" UK stores in an ongoing restructuring.
    (AFP, 5/22/18)
2018        May 22, In Burkina Faso three suspected jihadists were killed and one was captured in a pre-dawn raid by security forces on a house in Ouagadougou.
    (AP, 5/22/18)
2018        May 22, China said it will reduce auto import duties effective July 1 following a pledge to buy more US goods and end restrictions on foreign ownership in the industry.
    (SFC, 5/23/18, p.C3)
2018        May 22, China jailed Tibetan businessman Tashi Wangchuk for five years for "inciting separatism," after he advocated the use of Tibetan in schools and was featured in international media reports.
    (Reuters, 5/22/18)
2018        May 22, Congo's health ministry announced six new confirmed Ebola cases and two new suspected cases as vaccinations entered a second day in an effort to contain the deadly virus in Mbandaka, a city of more than 1 million.
    (AP, 5/22/18)
2018        May 22, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid told local broadcaster ERR that she will only visit Moscow after Russia ratifies a border treaty that must be approved by both countries' parliaments. The treaty was originally signed by Russia and Estonia in 2005 but it fell through. It was re-signed in 2014.
    (AP, 5/23/18)
2018        May 22, Human Rights Watch accused Egypt of mass demolition of homes in the Sinai Peninsula, some of which it said might be illegal, as the military fights an Islamist militants insurgency in the remote desert region.
    (Reuters, 5/22/18)
2018        May 22, French public-sector employees joined rail workers in striking to protest reforms planned by President Emmanuel Macron, calling them an "attack" against civil services and their economic security.
    (AFP, 5/22/18)
2018        May 22, In Germany Susanna Feldman (14), a member of the Jewish community in Mainz, went missing. Her body was found June 6 on the outskirts of Wiesbaden. Police sought a fugitive Iraqi asylum-seeker and on June 6 arrested a Turkish man.
    (AP, 6/7/18)
2018        May 22, In Hungary nine Romanians were killed when the bus they were traveling in slammed into an oncoming truck 60km southeast of Budapest.
    (AP, 5/23/18)
2018        May 22, In southern India at least nine were killed after police fired at protesters calling for the closure of a Vedanta Resources-controlled copper smelter. Residents of the port city of Thootukudi in Tamil Nadu state and environmentalists have been demonstrating against one of India's biggest copper plants for more than three months, alleging it is a major source of pollution and a risk to fisheries. Autopsy reports later showed that 12 of the 13 protesters killed when police opened fire on a demonstration against Vedanta's copper smelter were hit by bullets in the head or chest, and half of those were shot from behind.
    (Reuters, 5/22/18)(Reuters, 12/22/18)
2018        May 22, Indian health officials said at least 10 people have died of Nipah since an outbreak began earlier this month in Kerala. There is no vaccine for the virus, which can cause raging fevers, convulsions and vomiting, and kills up to 75 percent of people who come down with it.
    (AP, 5/22/18)
2018        May 22, An Iraqi court sentenced Belgian jihadist Tarik Jadaoun (b.1988), who threatened Europe in propaganda videos, to death by hanging for membership in the Islamic State group. Belgium's foreign ministry called for the death penalty to be commuted.
    (AFP, 5/22/18)
2018        May 22, Japan-based Sony Corp. said it plans to spend $2.3 billion acquiring an additional 60 percent stake in EMI Music Publishing, home to the Motown catalog and contemporary artists like Kanye West, Alicia Keys and Pharrell Williams.
    (AP, 5/22/18)
2018        May 22, A Macedonian court convicted Gjoko Popovski, a former senior interior ministry official, of abuse of office and sentenced him to nine years in prison over a police patrol car procurement deal.
    (AP, 5/22/18)
2018        May 22, Malaysian officials said the government of ousted PM Najib Razak deceived parliament over the finances of state fund 1MDB and suppressed an investigation by intimidating and purging anti-corruption agents.
    (Reuters, 5/22/18)
2018        May 22, Malaysia made its largest ever seizure of crystal methamphetamine, finding nearly 1.2 tons of the drug disguised as tea in a shipment from Myanmar. Three Myanmar nationals and three Malaysians were arrested during the operation.
    (Reuters, 5/28/18)
2018        May 22, North Korean media stepped up their rhetorical attacks on South Korea and joint military exercises with the United States, warning that a budding detente could be in danger.
    (AP, 5/22/18)
2018        May 22, A Pakistani welfare organization said the heatwave gripping the Karachi region amid widespread power cuts has killed 65 people in the last four days.
    (AP, 5/22/18)
2018        May 22, Palestinian foreign minister asked the International Criminal Court to open an "immediate investigation" into alleged Israeli crimes committed against the Palestinian people.
    (AP, 5/22/18)
2018        May 22, Russia's parliament adopted a wide-ranging bill that could freeze crucial exports to the United States and imports to Russia from the US and other countries.
    (AP, 5/22/18)
2018        May 22, In Russia Yevgeny Roizman, a rare critic of the Kremlin in a senior regional job, said he was resigning as mayor of Yekaterinburg after authorities moved to scrap mayoral elections in the soccer World Cup host city.
    (Reuters, 5/22/18)
2018        May 22, Amnesty International said Saudi Arabia has arrested at least three more women's rights activists in a widening crackdown just weeks before a ban on women driving is set to end.
    (Reuters, 5/22/18)
2018        May 22, Somaliland officials said more than 50 people have died, livestock has been wiped out and hundreds of farms destroyed by heavy rains and floods caused by a tropical cyclone.
    (Reuters, 5/23/18)
2018        May 22, In Somalia a suicide car bomber from the Islamist group al Shabaab hit a military convoy outside Mogadishu, causing an unknown number of deaths.
    (Reuters, 5/22/18)
2018        May 22, In Syria 26 regime forces were killed in a surprise IS attack in desert areas of Homs province.
    (AP, 5/27/18)
2018        May 22, Thailand police in Bangkok blocked a march by pro-democracy activists protesting four years of military rule and demanding early elections. Eight pro-democracy protest leaders surrendered to police after police blocked the march on the anniversary of the 2014 coup.
    (AP, 5/22/18)(Reuters, 5/22/18)
2018        May 22, Venezuela's Pres. Maduro said he was expelling charge d'affaires Todd Robinson and his deputy Brian Naranjo for allegedly conspiring against his government by pressuring opposition groups to boycott the May 20 presidential election that he won by a landslide.
    (AP, 5/23/18)

2018        May 23, A New York federal judge ruled that Pres. Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking seven people from his official Twitter account because they posted comments criticizing his policies.
    (SFC, 5/24/18, p.A1)
2018        May 23, The US embassy said an American citizen working at the US consulate in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou has reported suffering from "abnormal" sounds and pressure leading to a mild brain injury. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that a 'sonic attack' reported in Guangzhou, China, had similarities to incidents in Cuba where US diplomats later became ill.
    (Reuters, 5/23/18)
2018        May 23, It was reported that Jared Kushner, Pres. Trump's son-in-law and adviser, has been granted his permanent security clearance.
    (SFC, 5/24/18, p.A5)
2018        May 23, US National Football League (NFL) owners voted to quell players' anthem protests. They approve a policy that will require players who are on the field to stand during the anthem this season.
    (SFC, 5/24/18, p.A1)
2018        May 23, In Florida former CIA operative and militant Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles (b.1928) died. He was accused of organizing a string of 1997 Havana hotel bombings and a 1976 Cuban airline bombing that killed 73 people.
    (AP, 5/23/18)
2018        May 23, Richard Peck (b.1934), award winning novelist for young readers, died in Manhattan of kidney failure following a diagnosis of bladder cancer. He authored more than 40 books and came out as gay about the time of his last novel "The Best Man" (2016).
    (SFC, 5/30/18, p.D5)
2018        May 23, In south Texas Claudia Gomez (19) was shot and killed by a border patrol officer who opened fire after several people reportedly attacked the agent with blunt objects in Rio Bravo.
    (Reuters, 5/26/18)
2018        May 23, Exxon Mobil Corp said it was targeting a 15 percent cut in methane emissions by 2020, the latest effort by an oil major to reduce its carbon footprint and address climate change concerns.
    (AP, 5/23/18)
2018        May 23, The Bosnian unit of Indian renewable energy developer Suzlon Energy won the right to build a 25.2 megawatt (MW) wind farm in Bosnia to help it cut greenhouse gas emissions and meet the EU renewable energy standards.
    (Reuters, 5/23/18)
2018        May 23, Brazilian authorities announced that five grain trading houses, including Cargill Inc and Bunge Ltd, and dozens of farmers have been fined a total of 105.7 million reais ($29 million) for activities connected to illegal deforestation.
    (Reuters, 5/23/18)
2018        May 23, The British government acknowledged it must pay its Brexit divorce bill before securing a new trade deal with the EU, despite previously insisting the cash could be a bargaining chip.
    (AFP, 5/23/18)
2018        May 23, A woman in Britain was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison for forcing her teenage daughter to marry a relative in Pakistan almost twice her age.
    (AP, 5/23/18)
2018        May 23, The graft watchdog of China's ruling Communist party said that officials from a branch of Aluminum Corp of China, known as Chinalco, and a number Chinese cities had been disciplined for environmental failures.
    (Reuters, 5/23/18)
2018        May 23, In northwestern Congo DRC 50 people died late today in a boat accident on the Momboyo river in Tshuapa province.
    (AP, 5/25/18)
2018        May 23, Egyptian security forces detained prominent blogger and journalist Wael Abbas, the latest activist to be arrested in what rights groups say is a campaign to silence government critics.
    (Reuters, 5/23/18)
2018        May 23, The European Central Bank issued a report on the progress toward membership among seven European Union member countries that have not yet joined the 19-country euro. the ECB expressed concern about Bulgaria's high business debt, corruption and weak education and skills training.
    (AP, 5/23/18)
2018        May 23, Germany's interior minister banned a local branch of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees from making asylum decisions amid a widening scandal over the allegedly improper granting of more than a thousand requests for asylum.
    (AP, 5/23/18)
2018        May 23, In southern India a protester was killed by a rubber bullet, a day after 10 were shot dead when police opened fire on a rally demanding the closure of a copper plant in the port city of Tuticorin.
    (AP, 5/23/18)
2018        May 23, In Iraq at least seven people were killed and 15 wounded in a suicide attack targeting a predominantly Shi'ite district of Baghdad. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.
    (Reuters, 5/24/18)(SFC, 5/25/18, p.A2)
2018        May 23, In Kashmir Indian and Pakistani soldiers shelled dozens of villages and border posts for a sixth straight day. Officials said a total of six civilians and a soldier were killed on the two sides. The fighting followed days of confrontations that left four civilians on each side and two Indian soldiers dead.
    (AP, 5/23/18)
2018        May 23, Kazakhstan's parliament passed a bill that would cement its veteran ruler Nursultan Nazarbayev's status as the country's top power broker even if he decides to retire as president.
    (AFP, 5/23/18)
2018        May 23, In Libya more than 12 migrants were shot dead by human traffickers while trying to escape a camp, where some were subjected to "torture abuse" in the town of Bani Walid.
    (AFP, 6/1/18)
2018        May 23, A Macedonian criminal court sentenced former conservative prime minister Nikola Gruevski (47) to two years in prison for unlawfully influencing officials at the interior ministry over the purchase of a luxury bulletproof car.
    (AP, 5/23/18)
2018        May 23, The Philippine immigration bureau has turned down an Australian nun's appeal for the reversal of an order revoking her missionary visa after the president complained about Sister Patricia Fox joining opposition rallies. She was ordered her to leave the country.
    (AP, 5/23/18)
2018        May 23, In South Africa Supra Mahumapelo, the leader of the North West province, resigned in the face of pressure from President Cyril Ramaphosa and weeks of violent protests against his rule over the platinum-rich region.
    (Reuters, 5/23/18)
2018        May 23, The Spanish government secured parliamentary backing for its 2018 budget after the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) lent its support, avoiding delays some had feared as a consequence of the political stand-off in Catalonia.
    (Reuters, 5/23/18)
2018        May 23, In eastern Syria at least 12 pro-government foreign fighters were killed in airstrikes. The Observatory later raised the death toll from the airstrikes in eastern Syria to 14 pro-government fighters, all but two foreign nationals.
    (AP, 5/24/18)(AP, 5/25/18)
2018        May 23, In Syria the Islamic State targeted a group of Syrian and allied Russian fighters near the town of Mayadeen in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor. 35 pro-government forces were reported killed, including at least nine Russians.
    (AFP, 5/27/18)
2018        May 23, Turkey's embattled lira lost over three percent in value to hit new historic lows against the US dollar. Over the last month alone, the lira has lost over 18 percent in value against the dollar as fears grow over the health of the Turkish economy which is dogged by double-digit inflation despite high growth.
    (AFP, 5/23/18)

2018        May 24, President Donald Trump cancelled his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un following North Korea's reaction to comments by US Vice President Mike Pence.
    (Reuters, 5/24/18)
2018        May 24, US President Donald Trump rejected a push by moderate congressional Republicans for a "Dreamer" immigration deal, saying he would only back sweeping immigration legislation that met all of his demands, including a US-Mexico border wall.
    (Reuters, 5/24/18)
2018        May 24, Pres. Donald Trump granted a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson (d.1946), boxing's first black heavy-weight champion (1908).
    (SFC, 5/25/18, p.A10)
2018        May 24, Pres. Donald Trump signed into law a measure that loosens key restraints for banks imposed in 2010 after the 2008 financial crisis and Great Recession.
    (SFC, 5/25/18, p.C6)
2018        May 24, US Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette launched an initiative with several other governments to promote nuclear power and encourage investment in new nuclear technologies. The partners included Japan, Canada, Russia, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, Argentina and Romania.
    (Reuters, 5/24/18)
2018        May 24, The United States imposed sanctions on several Iranian and Turkish companies and a number of aircraft in a move targeting four Iranian airlines.
    (Reuters, 5/24/18)
2018        May 24, The US Special Inspector for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) found that Washington had set unrealistic expectations for itself after the US-led invasion in 2001 and overestimated its ability to build and reform government institutions. It said the United States wasted billions of dollars trying to stabilize fragile parts of Afghanistan from 2001-2017 and some efforts caused more harm than good.
    (AFP, 5/24/18)
2018        May 24, Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman apologized to anyone who might have felt "uncomfortable or disrespected" by his behavior after CNN reported the multiple women have accused him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior on professional settings.
    (SFC, 5/25/18, p.A7)
2018        May 24, Jerry Maren (98), the Munchkin leader of the Lollipop Guild in the 1939 film "Wizard of Oz," died in San Diego.
    (SFC, 6/8/18, p.D5)
2018        May 24, In Idaho former municipal worker Tom Young (62) was found dead at his home. Eight people including emergency responders became ill after entering his home in Dietrich. Mayor Don Heiken warned residents not to drink local water over concenrs that Young may have contaminated the community water well.
    (SFC, 5/26/18, p.A6)
2018        May 24, In Oklahoma City Alexander Tilghman (28) wounded a woman and two girls in a restaurant before he was shot dead by two armed citizens.
    (SFC, 5/26/18, p.A6)
2018        May 24, In southern Afghanistan more than 50 senior Taliban commanders were reportedly killed in an artillery strike on a meeting in Helmand province. The Taliban dismissed the report as "propaganda" and said the attack had hit two civilian houses in Musa Qala, killing five civilians and wounding three.
    (Reuters, 5/30/18)
2018        May 24, Algerian blogger Merzoug Touati, arrested last year over social media posts, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on espionage and other charges.
    (Reuters, 5/25/18)
2018        May 24, Barbados elected Mia Mottley (52), its first female prime minister, as the opposition inflicted a crushing defeat on the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP), winning all the seats in the Caribbean island's parliament.
    (Reuters, 5/25/18)
2018        May 24, Brazil's government and several unions that represent truckers said late today that they had reached a deal for the suspension of a strike for 15t days.
    (SFC, 5/26/18, p.A2)
2018        May 24, In Canada an explosion late today caused by a homemade bomb ripped through an Indian restaurant where children were present for family parties at a mall in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, wounding 15 people.
    (AP, 5/25/18)
2018        May 24, The European Union imposed obligations on Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom to improve the flow of gas at competitive prices in eastern EU nations, but did not fine the company.
    (AP, 5/24/18)
2018        May 24, Germany's largest lender Deutsche Bank said it will slash over 7,000 jobs globally and dramatically scale back its investment banking activities as it seeks to turn the page on years of losses.
    (AFP, 5/24/18)
2018        May 24, Germany-based car-sharing service car2go said it is indefinitely suspending its operations in Toronto, Canada, because parking regulations make its business inoperable. It will suspend operations of the flexible, short-term rental system on May 31.
    (AP, 5/24/18)
2018        May 24, India's Tamil Nadu state said that it was seeking a permanent closure of a big copper smelter run by London-listed Vedanta Resources after 13 people died in protests demanding the closure of the plant on environmental grounds.
    (Reuters, 5/24/18)
2018        May 24, Iraq's PM Haider al-Abadi ordered the creation of a high-powered commission to look into alleged irregularities in the parliamentary elections held May 12, the first sign that authorities are taking seriously complaints about the vote.
    (AP, 5/25/18)
2018        May 24, Italy's foreign minister proudly announced the return to Italy of a young Pakistani woman (19) who was taken by her family to Pakistan to have an abortion against her will after she got pregnant by her Italian boyfriend.
    (AP, 5/24/18)
2018        May 24, A Japanese warship spotted a North Korean tanker and another ship with a Korean name apparently transferring fuel on the open seas in violation of UN sanctions.
    (AP, 6/1/18)
2018        May 24, Two Kosovo doctors were convicted for a second time of involvement in an organ trafficking ring that performed illegal kidney transplants at a clinic near the capital Pristina. The director of the Medicus clinic, urologist Lutfi Dervishi, had his sentence reduced by six months to seven-and-a half years. Anesthetist Sokol Hajdini had his sentence cut to one year from three.
    (Reuters, 5/24/18)
2018        May 24, Latvian authorities warned that an increased flow of questionable and illegally sourced money into other EU states was expected as Baltic authorities crack down on non-resident accounts.
    (Reuters, 5/25/18)
2018        May 24, Lebanese lawmakers designated PM Saad Hariri for a third term in office, after winning the backing of a majority of MPs in official consultations.
    (AFP, 5/24/18)(Reuters, 5/24/18)
2018        May 24, Dutch prosecutors said a detailed analysis of video and photos by an international team of investigators has unequivocally established that the Buk missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine nearly four years ago came from a Russia-based military unit in Kurst. Russia's military denied that any Russian missile complex had ever crossed the border between Russia and Ukraine.
    (AP, 5/24/18)(Reuters, 5/24/18)
2018        May 24, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made good on his promise to demolish his country's nuclear test site, which was formally closed in a series of huge explosions as a group of foreign journalists looked on.
    (AP, 5/24/18)
2018        May 24, Pakistan passed legislation paving the way for its restive tribal areas to enter the mainstream political fold, bringing an ending to a colonial-era arrangement that endorsed collective punishment and fuelled militancy.
    (AFP, 5/24/18)
2018        May 24, A Romanian court ordered that Austrian businessman Dieter Kaas (67), suspected of child pornography, be placed under house arrest.
    (AP, 5/24/18)
2018        May 24, Rights groups said Saudi authorities have released two prominent women's rights activists, but continue to hold at least eight others in a sweep targeting prominent icons of the women's rights movement.
    (AP, 5/24/18)
2018        May 24, Tensions in the unrecognized breakaway northern state of Somaliland and the semi-autonomous Somali state of Puntland erupted into violence around the border town of Tukaraq in Sool, a disputed desert region claimed by both sides. Troops from both camps were reported killed.
    (AFP, 5/26/18)
2018        May 24, A Spanish court ruled that the country's governing party benefited from the biggest kickbacks-for-contracts scheme in four decades of democratic rule. The former treasurer of Spain's ruling People's Party, Luis Barcenas, was given a 33-year prison sentence and fined 44 million euros for his part in a corruption case in which dozens of high-ranking party members were jailed The conviction of more than two dozen Spanish businesspeople and officials in a major corruption scandal triggered political turmoil.
    (AP, 5/24/18)(Reuters, 5/24/18)
2018        May 24, Spanish police detained 29 people and raided several offices across Catalonia in an operation against the alleged misappropriation of public development aid money.
    (AP, 5/24/18)
2018        May 24, Authorities in Spain issued arrest warrants for Jose Miguel Arenas Beltran (24), a rap singer (aka Valtonyc) and composer from Palma de Mallorca, sentenced to prison for lyrics that praised terror groups and insulted the royal family.
    (AP, 5/24/18)
2018        May 24, Taiwan lost its second diplomatic ally in less than a month when Burkina Faso said it had cut ties with the self-ruled island, following intense Chinese pressure on African countries to break with what it regards as a wayward province.
    (Reuters, 5/24/18)
2018        May 24, Thai police raided four Buddhist temples, arresting several prominent monks and worshippers in the year's biggest such operation amid a crackdown on illegal financial dealings by temples.
    (Reuters, 5/24/18)
2018        May 24, In Turkey rapper Sercan Ipekcigolu (27), better-known as rapper "Ezhel," was detained by narcotics police in Istanbul late today and was later charged with encouraging the use of drugs.
    (AP, 5/25/18)
2018        May 24, In Turkey a blast at a state-owned explosives factory on the outskirts of Ankara killed one worker and injured four others.
    (AP, 5/24/18)
2018        May 24, The UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution that for the first time recognizes the link between conflict and hunger and condemns the use of starvation as a method of warfare.
    (SFC, 5/25/18, p.A2)
2018        May 24, Yemen declared a state of emergency on the island of Socotra as Cyclone Mekunu intensified after flooding several villages and capsizing boats to leave at least 17 people missing.
    (AP, 5/24/18)

2018        May 25, US Defense Secretary James Mattis said that a recently scrapped summit between the leaders of the United States and North Korea may still take place if diplomats can pull it off.
    (Reuters, 5/25/18)
2018        May 25, The Trump administration told Congress that it's reached a deal that would allow Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. to stay in business.
    (AP, 5/26/18)
2018        May 25, A tide of molten rock turned a Hawaii street into a volcanic wasteland as the number of homes destroyed by the erupting Kilauea volcano soared and authorities told residents to flee a surge of lava heading towards them.
    (Reuters, 5/25/18)
2018        May 25, In Indiana a male student (13) armed with two handguns opened fire at the Noblesville West Middle School wounding a teacher and another student. Science teacher Jason Seaman swatted a gun from his hand and tackled him to the ground.
    (SFC, 5/26/18, p.A7)(SFC, 6/12/18, p.A7)
2018        May 25, In NYC disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was arraigned in a Manhattan court, charged with rape and a criminal sex act on two women. He agreed to post bail at $1 million cash and was ordered fitted with a GPS monitoring device.
    (AFP, 5/25/18)
2018        May 25, In Texas police officer Robert Lee (59) shot and killed his brother, deputy sheriff Rocky Lee (57). Robert Lee was arrested the next morning at his home in Stagecoach. Both men were off duty at the time.
    (SSFC, 5/27/18, p.A8)
2018        May 25, Thousands of Argentines protested the government's bid to secure a credit line from the International Monetary Fund, which they blame for hardship during a past financial crisis.
    (Reuters, 5/26/18)
2018        May 25, Austrian police arrested 24 suspects in an investigation of a Serbia-based drug ring that allegedly rented houses in and around Vienna to grow marijuana.
    (AP, 5/27/18)
2018        May 25, In Austria signatories of the Iran nuclear deal met in Vienna in a bid to save the agreement, as Iran warned the deal had been put "in intensive care" by Washington's dramatic withdrawal earlier this month.
    (AFP, 5/25/18)
2018        May 25, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina called for international pressure on Myanmar to take back hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have sought shelter in her country to escape military-led violence.
    (AP, 5/25/18)
2018        May 25, Thousands of Brazilian truckers angry over fuel price hikes blocked roads, the fifth day of a strike that led thousands of schools to shutter. The airport in Brasilia canceled flights as it ran out of fuel due to the strike.
    (AP, 5/25/18)(AFP, 5/25/18)
2018        May 25, In London Grant West (26) was sentenced to 10 years and 8 months in prison for attacking some 100 companies worldwide, largely using 'phishing' email scams to obtain financial data. London police reportedly seized half a million pounds ($667,000) worth of bitcoin from the prolific computer hacker.
    (AP, 5/25/18)   
2018        May 25, Prominent far-right activist Tommy Robinson, a pseudonym of 35-year-old Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was arrested at Leeds Crown Court in northern England, where he was broadcasting details of an ongoing trial on Facebook. He pleaded guilty to contempt of court and breaching the terms of his suspended sentence and was jailed for 13 months.
    (AP, 5/29/18)
2018        May 25, In Cameroon government troops surrounded a hotel in Menka, one of Cameroon's Anglophone regions, after they were tipped off to the presence of separatist rebels. At least 34 people, including women and boys, were killed.
    (Reuters, 5/26/18)
2018        May 25, In China a filing from a customs bureau in Beijing budgeted 5.7 million yuan for smartphone forensic tools from two providers, Meiya Pico and Resonant Ltd. It listed messaging platforms and "overseas" apps the devices could read. China spent roughly 1.24 trillion yuan on domestic security in 2017, accounting for 6.1 percent of total government spending and more than was spent on the military.
    (Reuters, 8/14/18)
2018        May 25, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos said that his country's entry into the NATO military alliance's global partnership program will take place next week in Brussels.
    (AP, 5/26/18)
2018        May 25, Colombia's chief prosecutor's office said that Jhon Jairo Velasquez, a former hit man for the late drug lord Pablo Escobar, has been re-arrested in Medellin. Velasquez, known by his nickname Popeye, was paroled in 2014 after confessing to hundreds of murders and spending 22 years in jail for plotting the assassination of a former Colombian presidential candidate.
    (AP, 5/26/18)
2018        May 25, In Cuba one of the survivors of the plane crash just outside Havana airport last week died, raising the death toll from one of Cuba's worst air disasters to 112.
    (Reuters, 5/25/18)
2018        May 25, Estonia's police Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) said that besides more than $6 billion laundered via Estonian banks in schemes discovered by national financial inspection agencies, a further unreported 7.3 billion euros was channeled via Estonian banks through the sale of Russian stocks and bonds.
    (Reuters, 5/25/18)
2018        May 25, French union officials said the government has agreed to absorb 35 billion euros in debt from the state railway SNCF, raising the chances of an end to nearly two months of strikes.
    (AFP, 5/25/18)
2018        May 25, German magazine Der Spiegel reported that Daimler faces a recall order for more than 600,000 diesel-engine vehicles including C-Class and G-Class models because of suspected emissions manipulation.
    (Reuters, 5/25/18)
2018        May 25, Ireland held a referendum to decide whether the eighth amendment of the constitution is repealed or stays in place. The amendment requires authorities to equally protect the right to life of a mother and that of a fetus from the moment of conception, effectively banning all abortions, except in cases when the woman's life is at risk. Ireland voted by a landslide to liberalize its highly restrictive abortion laws.
    (AP, 5/25/18)(Reuters, 5/26/18)
2018        May 25, Israel called on the European Union to halt funding to more than a dozen European and Palestinian non-governmental organizations that it says promote boycotts against Israel, saying the financial support violates the EU's stated policy that it opposes boycotts against the Jewish state.
    (AP, 5/25/18)
2018        May 25, Chris Foot, the head of Kenya's film commission, slammed a decision to impose a domestic ban on "Rafiki," a Kenya-made film about lesbian love that received a standing ovation at this month's Cannes festival.
    (AFP, 5/25/18)
2018        May 25, In eastern Libya a car bombing on a busy street in Benghazi killed at least seven people, including a girl, and wounded 20.
    (AP, 5/25/18)
2018        May 25, The UN migration and refugee agencies reported that about 140 East African migrants escaped from smugglers holding them captive near the Libyan town of Bani Walid earlier this week.
    (AP, 5/25/18)
2018        May 25, Malaysian police said the cash stashed in bags at an apartment linked to former PM Najib Razak and seized in a money-laundering investigation amounted to 114 million ringgit ($28.6 million).
    (AP, 5/25/18)
2018        May 25, The Netherlands and Australia announced they were holding Moscow legally responsible for its role in the July 17, 2014, missile attack and downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine nearly four years ago.
    (AP, 5/25/18)
2018        May 25, Ten international NGOs including Amnesty International and Oxfam called for the release of 26 civil society activists detained since March 25 after a banned demonstration in Niamey, Niger.
    (AFP, 5/25/18)
2018        May 25, North Korea said that it's still willing to sit for talks with the United States "at any time, (in) any format".
    (Reuters, 5/25/18)
2018        May 25, Cyclone Mekunu strengthened in intensity as it bore down on southern Oman, lashing the coast with high winds and rain.
    (AFP, 5/25/18)
2018        May 25, Yasser Habib (24), a Palestinian man shot by Israeli forces in recent clashes along the Gaza border, died. At least 115 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip since mass demonstrations broke out on March 30.
    (AFP, 5/25/18)
2018        May 25, In the Philippines Australian nun Patricia Fox (71), who irked the Philippine president by joining political rallies, defied an Immigration Bureau order to leave the country and appealed to justice officials to allow her to continue her missionary work for the poor and victims of injustice.
    (AP, 5/25/18)
2018        May 25, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa authorized an investigation into allegations of irregularities and unlawful conduct at several government departments.
    (Reuters, 5/25/18)
2018        May 25, Spanish opposition parties launched a fierce campaign to end the conservative government of Mariano Rajoy after courts ruled that his Popular Party profited from a large kickbacks-for-contracts scheme.
    (AP, 5/25/18)   
2018        May 25, A Syrian war-monitoring group said suspected Israeli strikes hit the Dabaa airbase overnight in central Syria housing Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group alongside other factions allied with the Damascus government.
    (AP, 5/25/18)
2018        May 25, Turkish police said at least 51 suspected Islamic State militants have been detained in simultaneous raids around Istanbul.
    (AP, 5/25/18)
2018        May 25, Uganda police said 22 people were killed after a speeding passenger bus struck a tractor and then a beer truck on its way to Kampala. A Uganda Red Cross statement said that the crash killed more than 40.
    (AP, 5/26/18)
2018        May 25, Yemeni officials said 40 people, among them Yemeni, Indian and Sudanese nationals, are missing after Cyclone Mekunu battered the island of Socotra.
    (AP, 5/25/18)

2018        May 26, The US White House said that a team is heading to Singapore this weekend as previously planned to work on logistics for a summit with North Korea should it take place.
    (AP, 5/26/18)
2018        May 26, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi declared states of emergency as Subtropical Storm Alberto drove north toward the US Gulf Coast.
    (Reuters, 5/26/18)
2018        May 26, Samuel Dabney, electrical engineer and co-founder of Atari with Nolan Bushnell, died in lake County, Ca. Dabney helped create the hit console game Pong (1972).
    (SSFC, 6/3/18, p.C4)
2018        May 26, Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland was released from federal custody after serving 19 months of a 30-month sentence. He had resigned in 2014 amid a corruption scandal.
    (SSFC, 5/27/18, p.A8)
2018        May 26, American astronaut Alan Bean (86), the 4th person to walk on the Moon (1969), died in Houston.
    (SSFC, 5/27/18, p.A8)
2018        May 26, Thousands of Albanian opposition supporters called for the resignation of PM Edi Rama during an anti-government protest in Tirana, accusing him of links to organized crime.
    (AP, 5/26/18)
2018        May 26, Bangladesh security officials raided an area in the capital and detained at least 100 suspects as part of a nationwide anti-drug crackdown, amid accusations that extrajudicial killings have taken place during the drive. Over 60 suspected drug peddlers have been killed since PM Sheikh Hasina launched the campaign earlier this month.
    (AP, 5/26/18)
2018        May 26, The West African Nation of Burkina Faso formally resumed diplomatic ties with China after breaking off relations with Taiwan, which now has just 18 diplomatic allies.
    (AP, 5/26/18)
2018        May 26, A Cameroon opposition MP said 22 people have been killed in clashes with the army, in the latest violence to hit the restive northwest, where separatists from the English-speaking minority are fighting for greater autonomy.
    (AFP, 5/27/18)
2018        May 26, In Chile Rancagua Bishop Alejandro Goic presented his resignation as head of the Bishops' Conference sex abuse prevention board, the latest episode in a Chilean abuse scandal which has rocked Pope Francis's papacy.
    (AFP, 5/26/18)
2018        May 26, China's ruling Communist Party ordered local governments to better regulate the construction of large outdoor religious statues amid increasing restrictions on religious expression of all kinds. The directive from the United Front Work Department viewed appeared to target mainly followers of Buddhism and Taoism.
    (AP, 5/26/18)
2018        May 26, In China Tianjin Rural Commercial Bank Chairman Yin Jinbao was found dead in his apartment with both of his wrists slit. Yin's bank was under inspection and he was under pressure over major losses and scandals at another bank in Tianjin where he served as chairman until last year.
    (AP, 5/28/18)
2018        May 26, Congo DRC's health ministry said Ebola vaccinations will begin May 28 in the two rural areas where the latest deadly outbreak was declared this month, as the number of confirmed Ebola cases rose to 35, including 10 deaths.
    (AP, 5/26/18)
2018        May 26, Egyptian activist Hazem Abdel-Azim was taken from his home in a Cairo suburb late today on accusations that included disseminating false news and belonging to an outlawed group.
    (AP, 5/27/18)
2018        May 26, Ethiopia pardoned Andargachew Tsige, an opposition leader with British citizenship, who had been sentenced to death. Andargachew was pardoned "under special circumstances" along with 575 other inmates.
    (Reuters, 5/26/18)
2018        May 26, France's main far left party, the hardline CGT trade union and some 80 other organizations, led several thousand people in street protests across the county against President Emmanuel Macron's reforms of the public sector.
    (Reuters, 5/26/18)
2018        May 26, French officials said two more violent deaths occurred overnight in the southern city of Marseille, known for its turf wars for control of the drug trade.
    (AFP, 5/26/18)
2018        May 26, In southwestern France violent hailstorms ravaged parts of the Bordeaux wine region causing major damage in hundreds of vineyards with thousands of hectares of vines destroyed.
    (Reuters, 5/28/18)
2018        May 26, Iran's state-run IRNA news agency reported that the country's authorities have detained a professor of Persian Literature at Azad University in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan for posting a video online insulting Sunni Muslims.
    (AP, 5/26/18)
2018        May 26, Israeli Sgt. Ronen Lubarsky (20) of the Duvdevan special forces unit, died early today. He had been struck on the head by a stone block thrown during an arrest raid on May 24.
    (AFP, 5/28/18)
2018        May 26, In Kashmir at least four suspected militants were killed in a gunbattle with government troops after crossing into the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir from the Pakistani side of the disputed territory.
    (AP, 5/26/18)
2018        May 26, Mexican navy agents arrested Rosalinda Gonzalez Valencia, the wife of Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, alias "El Mencho," without incident late today in an affluent residential neighborhood of Guadalajara. Cervantes is the leader of one of the country's most powerful drug cartels, Jalisco New Generation.
    (AFP, 5/27/18)
2018        May 26, In Nicaragua hundreds of protesters in the north, center and south dug in, blocking roads as at least eight more people were killed in a 24-hour period. Demonstrators have voiced frustration over corruption, the autocratic style of Ortega and Murillo, limited options to change the country's politics in elections, and the president's control over Congress, the courts, the military and the electoral board.
    (AFP, 5/26/18)
2018        May 26, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, met at a border truce village. They discussed carrying out the peace commitments they reached in their first summit, as well as Kim's potential meeting with Pres. Trump.
    (AP, 5/26/18)
2018        May 26, Cyclone Mekunu killed at least four people in Oman while more than 30 remained missing. Another two bodies were recovered from the Yemeni island of Socotra.
    (AP, 5/26/18)(AP, 5/26/18)
2018        May 26, Qatar said it was banning products originating from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain, almost a year after those states imposed an embargo on Doha, accusing it of supporting terrorism.
    (Reuters, 5/27/18)
2018        May 26, South Korea held its first ever drag parade, a small but significant step for rights activists in a country that remains deeply conservative when it comes to gender and sexuality.
    (AP, 5/27/18)
2018        May 26, Spanish police say they have arrested a 66-year-old man suspected of robbing nine different banks in Spain in the past month. Authorities said they believe the man has been robbing banks for the past 35 years.
    (AP, 5/26/18)
2018        May 26, In Syria's northeastern city of Qamishli hundreds demonstrated in response to a call by Kurdish authorities for global protests against Turkey's military presence in the flashpoint Afrin region.
    (AFP, 5/26/18)
2018        May 26, Five Syrian rescue workers were killed in an attack by masked assailants on one of their centers in the northern province of Aleppo. Five people were killed in a blast in Idlib. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a wave of intra-opposition assassinations and clashes have left at least 20 rebels dead in the last 48 hours.
    (AFP, 5/26/18)
2018        May 26, The Venezuelan government released American Mormon missionary Josh Holt a day after Senator Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met in Caracas with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Holt had been held since 2016 on weapons charges.
    (Reuters, 5/26/18)
2018        May 26, In Yemen a Saudi-led airstrike near a gas station in Sanaa killed four civilians and wounded 10.
    (AP, 5/27/18)

2018        May 27, In Maryland a flash flood in Ellicott City left one man missing. The city recorded eiught inches of rain over a six-hour period.
    (SFC, 5/29/18, p.A6)
2018        May 27, In Afghanistan a suicide car bomber struck Afghan troops outside an army base in the southern Helmand province, killing at least two of them in an attack claimed by the Taliban. Gunmen killed at least three people late today in an attack in western Herat province.
    (AP, 5/27/18)(AP, 5/28/18)
2018        May 27, Brazil's government agreed to slash diesel prices. Pres. Michel Temer agreed to cut the diesel price by 0.46 reais a liter for 60 days.
    (AFP, 5/28/18)
2018        May 27, British meteorologists said thousands of lightning strikes hit the UK during a powerful overnight thunderstorm, and the London-area Stansted Airport reported flight disruptions after an aircraft refueling system was damaged.
    (AP, 5/27/18)
2018        May 27, China granted the Ivanka Trump's company final approval for its 13th trademark in the last three months. Over the same period, the Chinese government has granted her company provisional approval for another eight trademarks, which can be finalized if no objections are raised during a three-month comment period.
    (AP, 5/28/18)
2018        May 27, Colombia held presidential elections. Conservative front-runner Ivan Duque has vowed to rewrite an accord he sees as too lenient on the FARC. His main challenger Gustavo Petro, a leftist former Bogota mayor, backed the deal. A runoff on June 17 was likely.
    (AFP, 5/27/18)
2018        May 27, Congo DRC's health ministry said another person has died of a confirmed case of Ebola, bringing the number of fatalities to 12. The latest death was in Iboko, a rural area in northwestern Equateur province. Congo now has 35 confirmed Ebola cases.
    (AP, 5/27/18)
2018        May 27, In France Mamoudou Gassama (22) climbed up four floor balconies to rescue a four-year-old clinging to a railing and glancing at the ground below, while horrified onlookers watched. A video of the action went viral.
    (AP, 5/28/18)
2018        May 27, In Germany thousands of demonstrators for and against the far-right faced off in mass rival rallies in Berlin, where calls of "We are the people" were met with chants of "Go away, Nazis" and techno music.
    (AFP, 5/27/18)
2018        May 27, In Germany Melanie Rehberger (30) was found dead in a park next to a railway line in the north of Berlin, two days after going missing during a work break. On July 3 Spanish police arrested a 38-year-old suspect and his extradition to Germany was sought.
    (AP, 7/4/18)
2018        May 27, Guinea's President Alpha Conde reshuffled his government overnight, appointing new finance and security ministers among others. Conde's government has faced repeated strikes by mineworkers, as well as teachers and has seen civil unrest over local elections.
    (Reuters, 5/27/18)
2018        May 27, Indian PM Narendra Modi said he expected around a 30 percent drop in the number of vehicles entering Delhi, as he opened two new expressways around the capital aimed at decongesting its streets and reducing deadly pollution.
    (Reuters, 5/27/18)
2018        May 27, Indian authorities said another patient has died from the Nipah virus, taking the number of fatalities from an outbreak of the rare disease in Kerala state to 13. Nipah is named after the Malaysian village where it first appeared in 1998.
    (AFP, 5/27/18)
2018        May 27, Israeli tank shelling killed three members of the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip in response to a bomb that had been placed next to the border fence overnight.
    (Reuters, 5/27/18)
2018        May 27, Italy remained mired in a political stalemate over the president's rejection of Paolo Savona (81), the finance minister proposed by the populist coalition. Anti-establishment forces abandoned their efforts to form a ruling coalition after a standoff with President Sergio Mattarella, who vetoed their choice of a eurosceptic as economy minister.
    (AFP, 5/27/18)(Reuters, 5/28/18)
2018        May 27, In Mozambique 10 people, including two teenagers, were beheaded in the country's north. Police said evidence shows the attackers are with the same group that killed police officers in Mocimboa da Praia in October amid concerns that the machete-wielding attackers have links to Islamic extremism.
    (AP, 5/30/18)
2018        May 27, Abortion rights activists in Northern Ireland called on the British government to end what one group described as the province's "Victorian-era abortion ban" after neighboring Ireland voted by a landslide to liberalize its laws.
    (Reuters, 5/27/18)
2018        May 27, In Pakistan the assembly of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province approved a bill to merge the tribal region along the Afghan border with its territory, paving the way to granting equal rights to about 5 million people in the restive area. The bill now goes to President Mamnoon Hussain to be signed into law.
    (AP, 5/27/18)
2018        May 27, Pakistani counterterrorism police ambushed suspected militants early today as they were traveling on motorcycles near the city of Gujrat, setting off a shootout in which three of the men escaped. Six members of the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar group, behind a bomb attack in the eastern city of Lahore last year, were killed.
    (AP, 5/27/18)
2018        May 27, In Poland a group of parents who have occupied part of the Polish parliament with their disabled children abandoned their protest of low state assistance payments after more than a month.
    (AP, 5/27/18)
2018        May 27, The Russian Defence Ministry said four Russian military personnel were killed in fighting in Syria's Deir al-Zor province after several groups of rebels attacked an artillery battery of the Syrian army. The Ministry said 43 rebels had been killed in the same fighting. This appeared to be the same incident as the May 23 IS attack reported near Mayadeen.
    (Reuters, 5/27/18)(AFP, 5/27/18)
2018        May 27, South Korean 7-member boyband phenomenon BTS became the first K-Pop group to rise to the top of the US album charts, a vivid illustration of the genre's growing global appeal.
    (AFP, 5/28/18)
2018        May 27, In Syria a pair of IS assaults overnight killed at least 11 pro-regime forces in Deir Ezzor.
    (AFP, 5/27/18)
2018        May 27, A Venezuelan lawyer said two generals were among a group of people arrested last week for allegedly plotting against the country's President Nicolas Maduro.
    (AFP, 5/28/18)
2018        May 27, Yemeni officials said heavy fighting between pro-government forces and Shiite rebels has killed more than 150 people in the last four days.
    (AP, 5/27/18)

2018        May 28, In northern Afghanistan the Taliban overran several villages in the district of Khoja Ghor, Takhar province, pushing back the local police. There were no casualties reported. Afghan forces mistakenly killed nine people late today in eastern Nangarhar Province. In Kabul province two people were killed after a bomb attached to a bicycle exploded in the Qarabagh.
    (AP, 5/28/18)(SFC, 5/30/18, p.A4)
2018        May 28, A Brazil truckers' strike, paralyzing fuel and food deliveries across the country, entered an eighth day but with hopes of relief after unpopular President Michel Temer caved in to the strikers' key demand.
    (AFP, 5/28/18)
2018        May 28, Denmark's government said it will force children in residential areas containing large numbers of immigrants to be educated about democracy, equality and major Danish holidays such as Christmas.
    (Reuters, 5/28/18)
2018        May 28, Dubai-based port operator DP World said it has completed a roughly $316 million deal to acquire a Peruvian container and logistics firm and a stake in one of the largest container terminals in the South American country.
    (AP, 5/28/18)
2018        May 28, President Emmanuel Macron said France will give residence papers to Mamoudou Gassama, an illegal immigrant from Mali, who scaled the facade of a Paris apartment block to save a boy who was about to fall from a fourth-floor balcony.
    (Reuters, 5/28/18)
2018        May 28, Serge Dessault (93), French business executive, died in Paris. He was known for the development of the French Mirage jet fighter and equipping the French Air Forces and other militaries through global sales. His father, marcel Dassault, founded the aviation company at the core of the Dassaulkt Group.
    (SFC, 5/29/18, p.C3)
2018        May 28, India's southern Tamil Nadu state ordered the permanent closure of a copper smelter run by London-listed Vedanta Resources after 13 people protesting to demand its shutdown on environmental concerns were killed last week.
    (Reuters, 5/28/18)
2018        May 28, In Indian-administered Kashmir rebels attacked an Indian army camp and an armored vehicle overnight. A soldier and a civilian were killed and three soldiers were wounded.
    (AP, 5/28/18)
2018        May 28, A letter from the Forest Stewardship Council made four demands of Sinarmas, one of the world's largest paper companies, and the Widjaja family, its billionaire Indonesian family owners, that it insists must be met within days.
    (AP, 5/30/18)
2018        May 28, The Israeli army raided a Palestinian refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, in an apparent hunt for suspects in the killing of a soldier.
    (AFP, 5/28/18)
2018        May 28, Roman Abramovich received his Israeli citizenship upon arriving in Israel on his private jet, immediately becoming the country's richest person, with an estimated net worth of more than $11 billion. The Chelsea football club owner made the move after his British visa was not renewed, apparently as part of British authorities' efforts to crack down on associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
    (AP, 5/29/18)
2018        May 28, Italy's Pres. Sergio Mattarella set a path back to fresh elections, appointing a former International Monetary Fund official as interim prime minister with the task of planning for snap polls and passing the next budget.
    (Reuters, 5/28/18)
2018        May 28, Kenyan authorities charged 54 people, mainly civil servants in an investigation into the theft of nearly $100 million of public funds, a rare move to hold officials to account for graft in a nation where it is widespread.
    (Reuters, 5/28/18)
2018        May 28, New Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad said that a planned high-speed railway that would cut travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to just 90 minutes will be axed because it isn't beneficial.
    (AP, 5/28/18)
2018        May 28, New Zealand politicians and industry leaders announced plans to slaughter about 150,000 cows in an effort to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis, a strain of disease-causing bacteria from the national herd.
    (AP, 5/28/18)
2018        May 28, Authorities said the death toll from Cyclone Mekunu that hit Oman and Yemen over the weekend rose to at least 13, as relief workers and aid arrived to hard-hit areas in the two Arabian Peninsula countries.
    (AP, 5/28/18)
2018        May 28, Pakistan's ruling party and the opposition selected Nasir-ul-Mulk, a former chief justice, as the country's caretaker prime minister for an interim two-month period pending parliamentary elections this summer.
    (AP, 5/28/18)
2018        May 28, The former head of Pakistan's powerful spy agency was banned from travel and will face a formal inquiry over a book he co-authored with his former Indian counterpart Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor. Retired Lt. Gen. Asad Durrani was summoned to army headquarters for questioning about "Spy Chronicles," a book that documents his exploits as head of Inter-Services Intelligence from 1990 to 1992.
    (AP, 5/28/18)
2018        May 28, The Philippine foreign secretary said that China has been notified of "red lines," or actions Manila would find unacceptable, in the South China Sea, including construction activities at a disputed shoal and extraction of oil and gas in the long-contested waters.
    (AP, 5/28/18)
2018        May 28, The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone allowed Moinina Fofana to walk free after serving a 15-year sentence. Fofana was the leader of a notorious paramilitary unit that shot, hacked and burned to death civilians suspected of collaborating with rebels during the 1991-2002 conflict in the West African state.
    (AFP, 5/28/18)
2018        May 28, The UN agency for children said it has distributed cash to nearly 1.5 million families in war-battered Yemen to help avert the risk of famine.
    (AP, 5/28/18)

2018        May 29, The Trump administration renewed its threat to place 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese goods in retaliation for what it says are China's unfair trade practices. The White House also said that it would restrict Chinese investment into the United States and limit US exports of high-tech goods to China.
    (AP, 5/29/18)
2018        May 29, The Trump administration said ethnic cleansing targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has not stopped despite growing condemnation from the international community.
    (AP, 5/29/18)
2018        May 29, The United States led a protest against Syria taking over the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, calling it "a travesty" at a time when Damascus is widely accused of using chemical weapons.
    (AFP, 5/29/18)
2018        May 29, ABC TV cancelled its hit sitcom "Roseanne" hours after Roseanne Barr posted a tweet about Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to Pres. Obama, that said if: "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = vj."
    (SFC, 5/30/18, p.E1)
2018        May 29, Subtropical storm Alberto fizzled into a subtropical depression as it rolled into Alabama but forecasters warned of potentially dangerous flash floods even as winds dropped to 30 miles per hour.
    (Reuters, 5/29/18)
 2018        May 29, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (44) announced his resignation, effective June 1, amid criminal and legislative investigations stemming from an extramarital affair and campaign finance questions.
    (SFC, 5/30/18, p.A5)
2018        May 29, A new report in the New England Journal of Medicine estimated that some 4,600 people in Puerto Rico lost their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in September 2017, as opposed to the official count of 64.
    (SFC, 5/30/18, p.A10)
2018        May 29, More than 8,000 Starbucks stores closed for employee antibias training as a direct result of the April 12 incident when two black men were arrested at a Starbucks store in Philadelphia.
    (SFC, 5/30/18, p.C1)
2018        May 29, In northern Afghanistan provincial hospital director Akramuddin Wakilzada, a possible candidate in upcoming parliamentary elections, was killed when a sticky bomb attached to his car detonated in Samangan province.
    (SFC, 5/30/18, p.A4)
2018        May 29, Jornal de Angola reported that Angolan prosecutors have named Jean-Claude Bastos, the head of an asset manager hired by Angola's sovereign wealth fund, as a suspect in a criminal investigation and banned him from leaving the country.
    (Reuters, 5/29/18)
2018        May 29, Austria announced plans to overhaul its main domestic intelligence agency after a controversy in which the far-right interior minister was accused by political opponents of trying to purge its ranks.
    (Reuters, 5/29/18)
2018        May 29, In Belgium a man killed two policewomen and a bystander in the city of Liege before being shot dead in a gunbattle at a school in what prosecutors are treating as a terrorist attack. The attacker was 36-year-old petty criminal who had been let out on day-release from a local prison a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 5/29/18)
2018        May 29, Brazilian truckers frustrated by rising fuel prices struck for a ninth day in several states, though sporadic deliveries of gasoline and goods were starting to ease a shutdown that has led to widespread shortages and disturbances.
    (AP, 5/29/18)
2018        May 29, Brazil's environmental agency rejected for a fourth time a Total license application to drill for oil in the amazon basin.
    (Reuters, 6/1/18)
2018        May 29, A British jury in Leeds convicted a couple of attempting to force their teenage daughter to marry her first cousin in Bangladesh. The parents are due to be sentenced June 18.
    (AP, 5/29/18)
2018        May 29, Canada's federal government said it is buying the controversial Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast to ensure it gets built.
    (AP, 5/29/18)
2018        May 29, Egyptian state news MENA reported that four officials including the chairman of the state Food Industries Holding Company (FIHC) have been arrested on suspicion of taking bribes from commodities trading firms.
    (Reuters, 5/29/18)
2018        May 29, Europe's top court said halal slaughter is only allowed in licensed slaughterhouses, ruling that a Belgian ban on the ritualized religious slaughter by Muslims elsewhere did not infringe on freedom of religion.
    (Reuters, 5/29/18)
2018        May 29, French President Emmanuel Macron brought together four leaders in Paris representing most, but notably not all, of Libya's rival factions. The four leaders agreed to hold parliamentary and presidential elections on December 10 and vowed to respect the results. The International Crisis Group drew on the absence of a delegation from the city of Misrata, home to the most powerful armed groups in western Libya.
    (AFP, 5/30/18)
2018        May 29, Georgia said it would sever diplomatic relations with Syria after Damascus moved to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states.
    (Reuters, 5/30/18)
2018        May 29, Indian disaster management officials in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand said 47 people had died in night-time storms that swept across the region.
    (AP, 5/29/18)
2018        May 29, Israeli forces stopped and seized a Palestinian protest boat, as those aboard sought to demonstrate against the Jewish state's blockade of Gaza. The incident occurred after militants fired some 28 mortars in the direction of Israel, whose military retaliated by hitting dozens of targets.
    (AFP, 5/29/18)
2018        May 29, Italy's political turmoil sent a wave of concern through Europe's 19-country currency union, with serious tremors hitting the country's government debt market.
    (AP, 5/29/18)
2018        May 29, Kenyan officials denied charges related to alleged wrongdoing in the National Youth Service following investigations into a $79 million corruption scandal.
    (SFC, 5/30/18, p.A2)
2018        May 29, Rival Libyan factions agreed on a declaration that would create a political framework to pave the way for UN-backed elections in December to end the country's seven-year-old conflict.
    (Reuters, 5/29/18)
2018        May 29, Luxembourg based JAB Holding Co. said it is acquiring the British-based restaurant chain Pret A Manger. JAB bought Panera last year for more than $7 billion. JAB also has controlling stakes in Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Keurig Green Mountain, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Caribou Coffee Co.
    (AP, 5/29/18)
2018        May 29, A Macau court levied a fine of $5,000 but no jail time on Sulu Sou (26), the territory's youngest lawmaker, at the conclusion of a trial viewed as a test case of transparency and conflict of interest in the world's biggest gambling hub.
    (Reuters, 5/29/18)
2018        May 29, The nonprofit Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity published a report after months of investigation, concluding that Mexico's public campaign finance system has failed to keep illegal money from influencing elections. The report said for every peso declared to Mexican electoral authorities by political parties and candidates, 15 more are moving under the table.
    (AP, 5/29/18)
2018        May 29, Pakistan's military said that local generals using a special hotline have reached an understanding to stop trading artillery fire in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
    (AP, 5/30/18)
2018        May 29, Poland's PM Mateusz Morawiecki said his country will take decisive steps to end illegal waste dumping after a string of highly-polluting fires of waste dumps that were likely to have been started on purpose.
    (Reuters, 5/29/18)
2018        May 29, Portuguese lawmakers narrowly rejected a proposal (115-110) to allow euthanasia and doctor assisted suicide.
    (SFC, 5/30/18, p.A2)
2018        May 29, Rwanda's government defended its $39 million sponsorship deal with the Arsenal football club as some aid donors and rights activists raised an outcry. President Paul Kagame is an Arsenal supporter. The deal was not approved by Rwandan lawmakers.
    (AP, 5/29/18)
2018        May 29, In Palermo, Sicily, Settimo Mineo was elected head of the provincial mob commission. In December Italian authorities arrested 46 people including Mineo.
    (SFC, 12/5/18, p.A2)

2018        May 30, The United States condemned Syria's decision to recognize two breakaway regions in Georgia and create diplomatic ties, saying it fully backed Georgia's independence and reiterating its call for Russia to withdraw from the area.
    (Reuters, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, The United States imposed sanctions on six Iranians and three Iran-based entities, including Tehran's Evin prison. The sanctions also targeted the group Ansar-e Hezbollah and the Hanista Programing Group.
    (Reuters, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight Committee and a longtime Trump supporter, said there is no evidence that the FBI planted a "spy" on President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.
    (AP, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, In California two men broke the speed climbing record at El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. They used the Nose route to climb the 3,000 foot monolith in 2 hours, 10 minutes and 15 seconds.
    (SSFC, 6/3/18, p.A9)
2018        May 30, In North Carolina two people were killed after floods triggered a landslide, as Alberto was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone with diminished rainfall.
    (Reuters, 5/31/18)
2018        May 30, In Tennessee sheriff's Sgt. Daniel Baker was killed after stopping a suspicious car. Police sought suspect Stephen Joshua Wiggins (31).
    (SFC, 6/1/18, p.A5)
2018        May 30, A Texas jury convicted Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval (34), a Mexican national, of capital murder in the 2014 killing of off-duty Border Patrol agent Javier Vega Jr. He was also convicted of attempted capital murder for shooting and wounding Vega's father.
    (AP, 5/31/18)
2018        May 30, Virginia's Republican-controlled General Assembly gave final approval to a state budget expanding Medicaid coverage to the state's poor. Virginia will become the 33rd state to approve Medicaid expansion.
    (SFC, 5/31/18, p.A5)
2018        May 30, A US District Judge agreed to issue final approval for a $142 million class-action accord that will pay an average of $35 to Wells Fargo account holders for the unauthorized accounts created from May 1, 2002, to April 20, 2017.
    (SFC, 5/31/18, p.A5)
2018        May 30, In Afghanistan ten Islamic State militants, including two suicide bombers, dressed in military uniforms and riding in two armored vehicles, launched a surprise attack on the Interior Ministry in Kabul. Afghan forces managed to repel the assault, leaving all the attackers dead. At least one policeman was also killed. Taliban fighters in the Dasht-e Qala district center of Takhar province captured the governor's compound and police headquarters and heavy fighting was continuing. In Loghar province the Taliban claimed an attack on a police station in the provincial capital, Pul-e Alam, which killed three police and wounded 12. Three civilians were killed and 13 wounded by an explosion in the southern city of Kandahar that appeared to have targeted a mechanics' workshop.
    (AP, 5/30/18)(Reuters, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, Brazilian oil workers began a 72-hour strike in a new blow to President Michel Temer following a nationwide trucker protest that has strangled Latin America's largest economy for over a week.
    (Reuters, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, Ethan Stables (20), a British man arrested in June 2017, who planned a neo-Nazi-inspired machete attack on a gay pride event, was sentenced in London to an indefinite stay in a psychiatric hospital.
    (AP, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, China's government accused the Trump administration of hurting its credibility by acting erratically on trade and vowed to fight back if Washington goes ahead with a threatened tariff hike. China also announced that it is reducing import duties on washing machines, cosmetics and some other consumer goods amid US pressure to narrow its multibillion-dollar trade surplus.
    (AP, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, In Congo DRC religious groups and delegates of the Pygmy people indigenous to the Democratic Republic of Congo met to push forward with a campaign to protect the Congo Basin rainforest.
    (AFP, 5/31/18)
2018        May 30, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel arrived in the Venezuelan capital Caracas on his first foreign visit as president ahead of talks with Pres. Nicolas Maduro.
    (AFP, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, A Danish court sentenced the former manager of OW Bunker's Singapore subsidiary to 18 months in prison after he was found guilty of granting credit outside his mandate, contributing to the 2014 bankruptcy of the marine fuel oil supplier.
    (Reuters, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, French security forces cleared more than 1,000 people from a sprawling migrant camp in Paris, the latest in a series of episodes that have thrust the issue of illegal immigration back into the spotlight.
    (AFP, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, Environmental campaigners said a hidden shipment of shark fins including some from endangered species had been shipped to Hong Kong via Singapore Airlines, despite a ban by the carrier.
    (AFP, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, In Indonesia Zulfiqar Ali, a terminally ill Pakistani prisoner on death row, passed away in a hospital, shortly after rights activists in Pakistan sought his release on humanitarian grounds. He had been arrested in November 2004 and convicted on drug smuggling charges.
    (AP, 5/31/18)
2018        May 30, Iran's oil minister gave French energy giant Total 60 days to win a sanctions waiver from Washington or it would lose its stake in a multi-billion-dollar gas project.
    (AFP, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, Italy's political crisis moved into unchartered waters, as the head of state sought a last-minute political compromise to end the three-month search for a government and restore calm to financial markets.
    (Reuters, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, In Kenya a new cybercrime law came into force, but without a ban on "false" information, after bloggers and journalists won a court order blocking rules they said could curtail free expression.
    (Reuters, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, In Kenya wildlife troopers shot dead three armed men in Mount Elgon National Park, while two other suspected poachers were injured but escaped.
    (Reuters, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad said that his country regrets having to end the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, nearly four years after the plane went missing, and will consider resuming the hunt for the plane if any new information emerges.
    (AP, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, Malaysia said it has set up a fund for members of the public to donate cash to help the new government repay its hefty national debt, providing a bank account number for deposits. Malaysia's debts and liabilities were estimated at 1 trillion ringgit ($250.8 billion) or 80 percent of GDP.
    (Reuters, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, In Myanmar anti-war protesters urged government leader Aung San Suu Kyi to take action against police who this month broke up a peace rally and arrested them, and raised new concern about freedom of speech.
    (Reuters, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, At The Hague hundreds of Rohingya victims appealed to judges at the International Criminal Court to grant prosecutors jurisdiction to investigate deportations from Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh.
    (Reuters, 5/31/18)
2018        May 30, In Nicaragua at least 16 people were killed as they marched in Managua. Evidence was later reported that sharpshooters positioned in the national baseball stadium and other buildings fired on the crowd during the march led by mothers of those killed in the violence.
    (AFP, 6/4/18)   
2018        May 30, In Pakistan a roadside bombing has killed at least two soldiers and wounded three in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, a tribal region that borders Afghanistan.
    (AP, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, The Palestinian Hamas group announced that it would cease fire if Israel did the same. Israel signaled it would halt its strikes if the rocket barrages stopped.
    (Reuters, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, The Palestinian health ministry said Naji Ghonaim (23),shot several days earlier by Israeli forces during protests and clashes on the Gaza border, has died of his wounds. At least 122 Palestinians have been killed since mass protests and clashes broke out along the Gaza border on March 30.
    (AFP, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, Poland's police say they have arrested a Nigerian man (27) who is wanted in the United States for alleged cyberfraud and extortion done over the internet totaling an estimated $7 million.
    (AP, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, Romania's Constitutional Court ruled that President Klaus Iohannis must dismiss the country's chief anti-corruption prosecutor to resolve an institutional conflict with the government. The ruling limits the president's powers and gives the justice minister, a political appointee, more control over prosecutors in one of the European Union's most corrupt states.
    (Reuters, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, Spain's Princess of Asturias award for social sciences was awarded to American political philosopher Michael J. Sandel for his studies on democracy, justice and ethics.
    (AP, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, Spanish police detained and then released British businessman Bill Browder, a prominent Kremlin critic, after a warrant from Russia for his arrest for tax evasion was found to be invalid.
    (Reuters, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, Syria's President Bashar Assad said he is interested in visiting North Korea and meeting leader Kim Jong Un while receiving the credentials for the North Korean ambassador.
    (AP, 6/3/18)
2018        May 30, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said Turkey and the United States agreed on a three-step plan for withdrawing the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia from Syria's Manbij.
    (Reuters, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, In Ukraine Russian dissident journalist Arkady Babchenko, who was reported murdered in Kiev, dramatically reappeared alive and well in the middle of a briefing about the killing by the Ukrainian state security service. Ukraine admitted it had staged the murder of Babchenko in order to foil an attempt on his life by Russia.
    (Reuters, 5/30/18)(AFP, 5/30/18)
2018        May 30, UAE media reported that prominent Emirati activist Ahmed Mansoor has been sentenced to 10 years in jail and fined 1 million AED ($272,000) on charges of criticizing the United Arab Emirates government on social media.
    (Reuters, 5/31/18)
2018        May 30, The UN said it has documented the disappearance of 21 men and two women in Nuevo Laredo in Tamaulipas State from February until May 16 this year. The U.N. human rights office said it has "strong indications" that Mexican federal security forces are behind a wave of disappearances in and around the city of Nuevo Laredo.
    (Reuters, 5/30/18)

2018        May 31, US Pres. Donald Trump pardoned Dinesh D'Souza, a conservative author, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to making illegal campaign contributions.
    (SFC, 6/1/18, p.A5)
2018        May 31, The Trump administration announced it will impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, Mexico and Canada after failing to win concessions. Europe and Mexico pledged to retaliate quickly, exacerbating trans-Atlantic and North American trade tensions. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the tariffs would be 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum, and go into effect on June 1.
    (AP, 5/31/18)
2018        May 31, In Arizona forensic psychiatrist Dr. Steven Pitt (59) was shot dead as he left his office building in Phoenix. The next day two female paralegals were shot and killed in Scottsdale and police said their deaths were linked to Pitt's killing. A fourth hoimicide On June 2 took place a business midway between the previous murders.
    (SFC, 6/4/18, p.A5)
2018        May 31, An attorney said the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has reached a settlement in its bankruptcy case with more than 400 sexual abuse victims.
    (SFC, 6/1/18, p.A5)
2018        May 31, Shares of General Motors posted their largest one-day gain since the company's rebirth from bankruptcy eight years ago, after Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank decided to pump $2.25 billion into GM's autonomous car unit. GM said that it will add $1.1 billion to SoftBank's investment in an effort to speed large-scale deployment of self-driving robotaxis next year.
    (AP, 5/31/18)
2018        May 31, Waymo, a driverless-technology company spun off from Google, said it has agreed to purchase 62,000 minivans from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for use in a ride-hailing service to begin commercial operations this year.
    (SFC, 6/1/18, p.C1)
2018        May 31, It was reported that the US Environmental Protection Agency has awarded tens of millions of dollars worth of biofuel blending credits for this year to refiners HollyFrontier and Sinclair Oil after they argued the agency had wrongly denied them waivers from the country's biofuels law as far back as 2014.
    (Reuters, 5/31/18)
2018        May 31, In Afghanistan elite commando units freed dozens of prisoners held by the Taliban, including women and children, in an early morning operation in southern Helmand province. Four Taliban fighters were killed in the gunbattle. A suicide car bomber wounded six people, including three policemen, in Helmand's Girishk district.
    (AP, 5/31/18)
2018        May 31, Argentine President Mauricio Macri vetoed a bill passed in the early morning hours by the Senate that would freeze energy and water prices, as political tensions deepen in the economically ailing country.
    (Reuters, 5/31/18)
2018        May 31, Australia's Social Services Minister Dan Tehan said four in five victims of child sexual abuse in Australian institutions will be eligible for compensation after three churches, the Scouts movement and the YMCA joined a federal government redress plan.
    (AP, 5/31/18)
2018        May 31, A cargo ship lost 83 containers over-board during heavy seas off Australia. Items including nappies and sanitary pads soon began washing up on beaches amid fears the ill-fated containers will pose a hazard for shipping and whales.
    (AP, 6/2/18)
2018        May 31, Brazil's economy showed signs of returning to normal, as the nation's largest oil workers association ended a strike well ahead of schedule and an 11-day truckers protest appeared to dissolve, except in the nation's far south.
    (Reuters, 5/31/18)
2018        May 31, In London Husnain Rashid (32), an alleged Islamic State group supporter who encouraged attacks on 4-year-old Prince George of Britain, admitted to a string of terror offenses. The trial, which had been scheduled to last six weeks, was abruptly ended because of the plea. Sentencing is set for June 28.
    (AP, 5/31/18)
2018        May 31, The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Iranian advisers and Hezbollah fighters will be withdrawing from the southern regions of Daraa and Quneitra near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. A Syria-based official with the Iran-led axis of resistance denied the report saying it is "untrue".
    (AP, 5/31/18)
2018        May 31, In Croatia nine people were injured overnight when police opened fire on a van carrying 29 mainly Afghan and Iraqi migrants that tried to crash through a roadblock after entering the EU from Bosnia.
    (Reuters, 5/31/18)
2018        May 31, Denmark became the latest European country to ban the Islamic full-face veil in public spaces in a move slammed by human rights campaigners as "a violation of women's rights".
    (AFP, 5/31/18)
2018        May 31, The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Romania (2003-2005) and Lithuania (2005-2006) allowed the detention and abuse of a Saudi and a Palestinian at secret US prisons.
    (AP, 5/31/18)
2018        May 31, Hamburg became the first German city to implement a ban on older diesel-powered trucks and drivers of such vehicles are now prohibited from using two road sections in the city. Hamburg will uphold the ban until air quality improves or Chancellor Angela Merkel's government enforces vehicle retrofits.
    (AP, 5/31/18)(Reuters, 5/31/18)
2018        May 31, Indian PM Narendra Modi held talks with new Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad in a brief visit aimed at bolstering bilateral ties.
    (AP, 5/31/18)
2018        May 31, Iran's soccer federation suspended all relations with its Greek counterpart after a friendly between the two nations scheduled in Istanbul was abruptly cancelled amid ongoing Greece-Turkey tensions.
    (AP, 6/1/18)
2018        May 31, In Italy the populist Five Star Movement and League parties reached a new coalition deal reviving their plans to take power with Giuseppe Conte at the helm. The role of economy minister was given to Giovanni Tria.
    (AFP, 6/1/18)
2018        May 31, The leaders of Japan and Vietnam agreed to bolster cooperation in maritime safety and defense, and expressed shared concerns over China's growing activity in the South China Sea.
    (AP, 5/31/18)
2018        May 31, Kenya's director of criminal investigations confirmed that authorities will investigate 10 financial institutions suspected of handling funds that were stolen from the government's National Youth Service (NYS). Hundreds of people marched in Nairobi to protest against widespread corruption.
    (Reuters, 5/31/18)(SFC, 6/1/18, p.A2)
2018        May 31, Nigerian soldiers on patrol in the southwest intercepted three trucks carrying boxes of ammunition from Benin. The UN Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament (UNREC) has said more than 350 million small arms and light weapons are circulating in Nigeria -- nearly two for every member of its population.
    (AFP, 6/8/18)
2018        May 31, Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain signed a bill, formally make it law, to merge country's tribal region with the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and giving equal rights to about 5 million people living in the rugged area.
    (AP, 5/31/18)
2018        May 31, The Red Cross warned that Gaza was facing an "epic" crisis, after weeks of violence has left more than 13,000 Palestinians wounded, overwhelming an already disastrously weak health system.
    (AFP, 5/31/18)
2018        May 31, Puerto Rico's Institute of Statistics sued the US territory's health department and demographic registry to obtain data on the number of deaths following Hurricane Maria. A Harvard study published earlier this week estimated there were up to 4,600 more deaths than usual in the three months after Maria. The official death toll stood at 64.
    (SFC, 6/2/18, p.A6)
2018        May 31, In Somalia a US military airstrike outside Mogadishu killed 12 al-Shabab extremists.
    (SFC, 6/2/18, p.A2)
2018        May 31, In South Africa more than 100 support staff stopped work over the failure of Johannesburg's Charlotte Maxeke hospital, also known as Joburg General, to pay performance bonuses and overtime.
    (AFP, 5/31/18)
2018        May 31, In Spain the Basque Nationalist Party said it will vote against PM Mariano Rajoy in a no-confidence motion, in a move that would almost certainly force him out of office. Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez needed an absolute majority of 176 votes to become Spain's new prime minister, and information from various parties suggested he had now secured 180.
    (Reuters, 5/31/18)
2018        May 31, Sri Lanka's top negotiator said talks between China and Sri Lanka for a free trade agreement have hit major hurdles, mainly because Beijing will not agree to Colombo's demand for a review of the deal after 10 years.
    (Reuters, 5/31/18)
2018        May 31, A Thai appeals court vindicated British labor rights activist Andy Hall. He has been entangled in a years-long legal confrontation with a fruit-packing company after he publicized alleged human rights violations at its factory in 2013.
    (AP, 5/31/18)
2018        May 31, In Zimbabwe a play that was banned by Robert Mugabe about a 1980s government crackdown in which rights groups say 20,000 civilians were killed was performed in Zimbabwe for the first time. The play, "1983, The Dark Years", was stopped by the censors in 2012.
    (AP, 6/1/18)

2018        May, US Pres. Donald Trump pardoned former US navy sailor Kristian Saucier (31). He had spent a year in jail for taking photos in classified areas of a nuclear submarine based in Connecticut. In July Saucier filed a suit in federal court in New York seeking a jury trial or $20 million in damages.
    (SFC, 7/10/18, p.A5)
2018        May, Digital license plates made their debut in Sacramento, Ca. The $699 plates were made by Foster City-based Reviver Auto and included a monthly service fee.
    (SFC, 5/31/18, p.A9)
2018        May, Elon Musk's Boring Co. began selling personal flamethrowers in California for $500 each. A stock of 20,000 sold out in four days.
    (SFC, 6/1/18, p.D1)
2018        May, Interpol's Operation Thunderstorm, which followed similar stings in past years, yielded seizures worth millions of dollars, in a globe-spanning crackdown in nearly 100 countries this month on the illegal wildlife trade.
    (AP, 6/20/18)
2018        May, Dozens of Afghan protesters began marching hundreds of kilometers across the war-torn country demanding an end to the nearly 17-year conflict. Nine people began the weeks-long anti-war march from Helmand province. The group, whose number grew to about 50, hoped to reach Kabul, some 700 km (430 miles) away, before the end of the holy month of Ramadan, to present a list of demands for peace to Afghan leaders.
    (AFP, 6/11/18)
2018        May, Ethiopia and Sudan agreed on a deal allowing Addis Ababa to take a stake in Sudan's largest sea gateway port of Port Sudan to diversify outlets and reduce port fees. The deal was made two days after Ethiopia reached a similar arrangement over the Port of Djibouti, Djibouti's main gateway for trade.
    (Reuters, 6/3/18)
2018        May, In Lithuania the city council of Vilnius approved naming grassy square next to the Russian Embassy after Boris Nemtsov, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin who was gunned down in Moscow three years ago.
    (AP, 8/22/18)
2018        May, In Peru the remains of the children, aged between six and 14, were found wrapped in cotton shrouds facing the sea. They had been ritually sacrificed by the pre-Columbian Chimu culture. In April National Geographic reported that the remains of over 140 children and 200 llamas, slain some 550 years ago, had been discovered in Huanchaquito. The excavations dated back to 2011, when the remains of 42 children and 76 llamas were discovered in a 3,500-year-old temple.
    (AFP, 6/8/18)
2018        May, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approved a five-year plan to spend 300 billion pesos ($5.6 billion) to modernize the outdated military.
    (AP, 6/20/18)

2018        Jun 1, President Donald Trump declared that his on-and-off June 12 summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was on again.
    (AP, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 1, US health officials said tainted lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, has left five people dead and at least 197 left ill in 35 states.
    (SFC, 6/2/18, p.A5)
2018        Jun 1, An anonymous bidder offered $3,300,100 for a private lunch with Warren Buffett, head of Nebraska-based Berkshire Hathaway, in a benefit for San Francisco's Glide Foundation to help the homeless. This was the third highest bid in eighteen years that Buffett has offered the lunch.
    (SFC, 6/2/18, p.A8)
2018        Jun 1, Eddy Clearwater (83), Mississippi-born Chicago bluesman, died at his home in Skokie, Ill.
    (SFC, 6/7/18, p.D2)
2018        Jun 1, A judge in Iowa agreed to temporarily block the most restrictive abortion law in the country from taking effect next month.
    (SFC, 6/2/18, p.A5)
2018        Jun 1, In Massachusetts Shaun Harrison (58), a former high school dean, was sentenced to up to 26 years in prison for shooting and nearly killing a student on March 3, 2015, he had recruited to sell marijuana for him.
    (SFC, 6/2/18, p.A5)
2018        Jun 1, In Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson was sworn in as the state's new governor shortly after the resignation of Gov. Eric Greitens took effect.
    (SFC, 6/2/18, p.A6)
2018        Jun 1, In Kansas City, Mo., a police chase ended with four people dead and four seriously injured. Victoria Brown (24), the dirver of a Jeep, fled had police and crashed into another car killing three occupants as well as one person in the Jeep. Brown was charged with 2nd-degree murder.
    (SSFC, 6/3/18, p.A8)
2018        Jun 1, In Las Vegas Vietnamese tourists Sang Boi Nghia and Khoung Ba Le Nguyen were found fatally stabbed at their Circus Circus hotel room. Suspect Julius Trotter (31) was arrested On June 7 following a car chase in Chino, Ca.
    (SSFC, 6/3/18, p.A8)(SFC, 6/9/18, p.A6)
2018        Jun 1, In northern New Mexico a wildfire, stoked by low humidity and high temperatures, forced residents in the remote community of Cimarron to flee their homes. By the next day the wildfire doubled in size to 42 square miles.
    (Reuters, 6/2/18)(SSFC, 6/3/18, p.A8)
2018        Jun 1, In New York City pizza delivery worker Pablo Villavicencio, a native of Ecuador, was arrested while making a delivery at the Brooklyn Fort Hamilton Army base after a routine backgoround check revealed a warrant for his arrest for immigrtation law violations. On June 9 attorneys obtained a temporary stay to block his deportation.
    (SFC, 6/11/18, p.A5)
2018        Jun 1, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said his country was ready to bring back border controls with Russia after 20 years of free movement if a recent reimposition of spot checks by Moscow proved to be long-lasting.
    (Reuters, 6/1/18)
2018        Jun 1, Canadian former hostage Joshua Boyle, who has been charged with sexual assault, misleading police and making death threats after returning home from years in captivity in Afghanistan, was granted bail. He will be required to live with his parents in Smith Falls, near Ottawa, under electronic monitoring.
    (AFP, 6/1/18)
2018        Jun 1, Czech lawmakers approved government plans to raise the number of troops on foreign missions with their NATO allies, with PM Andrej Babis's ANO party pushing the mandate through over Communist protests on deployments in the Baltics.
    (Reuters, 6/1/18)
2018        Jun 1, The EU fired its first riposte against Washington's punishing steel and aluminum tariffs, joining Canada and Mexico in a brewing global trade war against US protectionism. The EU said it had opened legal challenges to the United States at the World Trade Organization (WTO).
    (AFP, 6/1/18)
2018        Jun 1, The European Union and China said they will do their utmost to keep afloat an international agreement to stop Iran developing nuclear weapons despite the US abandoning the pact.
    (AP, 6/1/18)
2018        Jun 1, Payment systems giant Visa experienced a hardware issue late today that had left it struggling to process transactions at bars, shops and cash machines across Europe.
    (AFP, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 1, In Germany a controversial decree requiring Christian crucifixes to be put up at entrances of most public buildings in Bavaria came into force, sparking accusations of identity politics ahead of elections in the state.
    (AFP, 6/1/18)
2018        Jun 1, A Hong Kong court ruled that the husband of a male civil servant was not entitled to spousal benefits, overturning a landmark lower court ruling in a setback for the city's LGBT community. In April last year, the High Court ruled that the couple were entitled to spousal benefits, but rejected their bid for a joint tax assessment as a married couple.
    (Reuters, 6/1/18)
2018        Jun 1, Israeli forces shot dead Razan al-Najar (21), a volunteer medic, as she ran toward the border fence, east of the south Gaza city of Khan Younis, in a bid to reach a casualty.
    (Reuters, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 1, Italy's President Sergio Mattarella presided over a ceremony in which 18 ministers — five of them women — were taking the oath of office to officially form a government coalition of the 5-Star Movement and the League party after three months of political deadlock. Italy Paolo Savona, who was rejected as the economy minister by the president due to his hostility to the euro, was instead sworn in as European affairs minister in the country's new populist government.
    (AP, 6/1/18)(AFP, 6/1/18)
2018        Jun 1, In Italy Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler, announced a big investment push to make more electrified cars, while acknowledging that traditional engines will continue to dominate production for some time.
    (AP, 6/1/18)
2018        Jun 1, Jordan's King Abdullah II ordered the government to freeze new price hikes on fuel and electricity, after angry protests across the cash-strapped country.
    (AFP, 6/1/18)
2018        Jun 1, In Kashmir an armored vehicle reportedly drove wildly into a crowd of anti-India protesters, slamming into a half-dozen people and crushing at least two men beneath its wheels, injuring them critically. One man died that night.
    (AP, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 1, The International Court of Justice (ICJ) said it has dropped a long-running territorial dispute between Malaysia and Singapore by mutual consent. The court said Malaysia this week notified it of its intent to drop its claim to Pedra Branca island, near the opening of the Straits of Singapore.
    (Reuters, 6/1/18)
2018        Jun 1, Mexico's Attorney General's office issued a statement saying it had begun investigations into 28 possible forced disappearances in Nuevo Laredo's home state of Tamaulipas where the Mexican Navy had been accused of involvement.
    (Reuters, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 1, In central Mexico gunmen shot dead six traffic police in the city of Salamanca. Five people were shot dead in the municipality of Leonardo Bravo in southwestern Guerrero state.
    (Reuters, 6/1/18)
2018        Jun 1, North and South Korea agreed to hold military and Red Cross talks later this month on reducing tensions and resuming reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.
    (AP, 6/1/18)
2018        Jun 1, In Pakistan gunmen shot and killed an administrative staff member and wounded three security guards in the restive North Waziristan tribal region. Hizbul Ahrar, an offshoot of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack.
    (AP, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 1, Somalia's militant Islamist group al Shabaab retook Muqokori, a small town in the center of the country after it was abandoned by government troops. Shabaab militants also attacked a military base in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland the same day, killing several soldiers.
    (Reuters, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 1, In Spain Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez (46) will become the new prime minister after a no-confidence vote in parliament unseated Mariano Rajoy's conservative government. The end of Rajoy's more than six-year reign as prime minister was the first ouster of a serving leader by parliament in Spain's four decades of democracy.
    (AP, 6/1/18)
2018        Jun 1, Spain's National Court sentenced seven men and a woman to between two and 13 years in prison for beating up two police officers and their girlfriends two years ago, but rejected the prosecutors' argument that the defendants should face terror charges.
    (AP, 6/1/18)
2018        Jun 1, The Kingdom of eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, said it will maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan.
    (AP, 6/1/18)
2018        Jun 1, A small pilot whale died in southern Thailand after an attempted rescue failed to nurse the mammal back to health. An autopsy revealed 80 plastic bags weighing up to eight kg (18 pounds) in the creature's stomach. It was reported that least 300 marine animals including pilot whales, sea turtles and dolphins perish each year in Thai waters after ingesting plastic.
    (AFP, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 1, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the ride hailing app Uber is "finished" in Turkey, following intense pressure from Istanbul taxi drivers for the service to be banned.
    (AFP, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 1, Venezuelan officials said they're taking steps to release activists who government opponents consider to be political prisoners in a gesture aimed at uniting the fractured nation. Former army general Angel Vivas (61) was among 17 people released during a reprieve Maduro said was meant to help national reconciliation. They had been classed as political prisoners by local rights organization Penal Forum. Maduro's government was still reportedly holding more than 300 political prisoners.
    (AP, 6/1/18)(Reuters, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 1, Vietnamese banker Hua Thi Phan (71) was jailed for 30 years and fined $700 million for embezzlement and wrongdoing, as the government forged ahead with its massive anti-graft sweep. Her 27 co-accused were given between 28 years in jail and a two-year suspended sentence in one of the biggest banking trials in Vietnam in years.
    (AFP, 6/1/18)
2018        Jun 1, In Yemen rebels killed 18 pro-government forces and wounded 30 in an attack on the government-held town of el-Faza that last eight hours. Government forces eventually repelled the attack, killing at least 10 rebel fighters.
    (AP, 6/2/18)

2018        Jun 2, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross arrived in Beijing for talks on China's promise to buy more American goods after Washington revived tensions by renewing its threat of tariff hikes on Chinese high-tech exports.
    (AP, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 2, In California climbers Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold died in a fall from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park while climbing the Freeblast route on the granite formation.
    (SSFC, 6/3/18, p.A9)(SFC, 6/11/18, p.A1)
2018        Jun 2, San Francisco police officers while checking on a missing person report discovered the dismembered body of Maggie Mamer (61) at a Mission district apartment. Roommate Lisa Gonzales (47 was soon arrested and accused of the murder.
    (SFC, 6/9/18, p.C4)
2018        Jun 2, In Hawaii National Guard troops, police and firefighters ushered the last group of evacuees from homes on the eastern tip of the Big Island, hours before lava from the Kilauea volcano cut off road access to the area.
    (Reuters, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 2, In New York a small plane crashed off the coast of East Hampton killing 4 people including prominent home builder Bernard Krupinski (70).
    (SFC, 6/4/18, p.A4)
2018        Jun 2, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed Afghan archaeologist Abdul Wahab Ferozi near the Mes Aynak ancient Buddhist excavation site, also home to the country's largest copper reserve, raising concerns about increasing threats to government-backed projects.
    (Reuters, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 2, In Canada G7 finance ministers ended their annual meeting with US allies united in condemning Washington's aggressive protectionism, calling on President Donald Trump to reverse his decision to impose punishing metal tariffs.
    (AFP, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 2, China's the Xinhua news agency reported that police in Fujian province have arrested 15 people suspected of producing more than 55,000 counterfeit bottles of brands of fine alcohol, which enabled them to sell off poor quality booze at top-drawer prices. At least two of the workshops had been operating since 2015.
    (Reuters, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 2, Congo DRC health authorities said they had detected five fresh suspected cases of Ebola in the deadly outbreak afflicting the northwest of the country.
    (AFP, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 2, In Egypt Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in for a second term as president.
    (Reuters, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 2, Indonesian anti-terrorism police detained a former student and questioned two others after a raid on a university campus in Pekanbaru, on Sumatra island, where crude bombs and other explosive material were seized.
    (Reuters, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 2, In Iraq Islamic State militants killed 12 members of the same family, including women and children, in an attack on their home in the village of al-Farahatiyah, Salahuddin province.
    (AP, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 2, Government forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir fired shotgun pellets and tear gas at hundreds of mourners during a funeral march for a man killed when he was run over by a paramilitary vehicle during a protest.
    (AP, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 2, Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian who tried to ram a tractor into soldiers and civilians in the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 2, Hundreds of Jordanians demonstrated in Amman for a third consecutive day against price hikes and an income tax draft law driven by IMF recommendations to slash its public debt.
    (AFP, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 2, In Mali at least 12 people were injured when opposition demonstrators clashed with police at a banned political rally in Bamako.
    (AFP, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 2, In Mauritius the Rainbow Collective, which advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, attempted to hold a Pride parade in downtown Port Louis, attracting around 200 people. March organizers decided to cancel their event fearing clashes after a group of Muslims waving placards with anti-gay slogans gathered for a prayer meeting nearby.
    (AFP, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 2, Myanmar's National Security Adviser Thaung Tun said his country is willing to take back all 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who have fled to Bangladesh if they volunteer to return.
    (Reuters, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 2, Nicaraguan protesters fired homemade mortars to fend off a police crackdown in new unrest that left at least six people dead, including a US citizen, as the opposition renewed calls for President Daniel Ortega's resignation.
    (AFP, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 2, Thousands of Palestinians, including hundreds of medical workers in white uniforms, took part in the funeral procession of Razan Najjar (21) who was shot dead by Israeli troops the previous day along the Israel-Gaza border. After the funeral dozens of mourners headed to the fence and started throwing stones at the Israeli soldiers. The Palestinian Health Ministry said five protesters were wounded by Israeli fire.
    (AP, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 2, Saudi state news said the government has temporarily released eight people accused of communicating with organizations opposed to the kingdom but is holding nine others in detention.
    (Reuters, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 2, In Spain nationalists regained control of Catalonia's government and immediately pledged to seek independence for the wealthy region, posing a swift challenge to new PM Pedro Sanchez who took office on the same day.
    (Reuters, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 2, In Tibet an unidentified number of monks and nuns completed three days of training in Lhasa as part of a campaign to strengthen China's ruling Communist Party's grip on religion.
    (AP, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 2, Turkey's military said overnight air strikes by Turkish warplanes had "neutralized" at least 15 militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq as well as in Turkey's eastern provinces of Tunceli and Siirt. Two Turkish soldiers were reported killed and one soldier severely wounded after a rocket attack by the PKK to a military construction vehicle in northern Iraq.
    (Reuters, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 2, Venezuela's government freed dozens more opposition activists from jail, bringing to almost 80 the number of prisoners whose release authorities hope will unite the fractured nation.
    (AP, 6/2/18)
2018        Jun 2, Yemeni medics and military sources said the battle for the rebel-controlled port of Hodeida has left more than 100 soldiers and insurgents dead in less than a week.
    (AFP, 6/2/18)

2018        Jun 3, A major US-led military exercise with 18,000 soldiers from 19 primarily NATO countries kicked off in the alliance's eastern flank involving Poland and the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania.
    (AP, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 3, In Texas a man on a moped drove onto a football field in Dallas and opened fire on spectators as a game was being played. Five people were wounded. The gunman escaped.
    (SFC, 6/5/18, p.A4)
2018        Jun 3, Frank C. Carlucci III (87), former US diplomat secretary of defense under Pres. Ronald Reagan, died in McLean, Va., of complications from Parkinson's disease.
    (SFC, 6/5/18, p.A4)
2018        Jun 3, Jerry Hopkins (b.1935), American music writer, died in Bangkok. His work included biographies of Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix.
    (SSFC, 6/10/18, p.C2)
2018        Jun 3, The Afghan Education Ministry and the UN children's agency released a report saying nearly half of Afghanistan's children are not attending school because of war, poverty and other factors.
    (AP, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 3, In Afghanistan more than 2,000 religious scholars from across the country began meeting at the Loya Jirga (Grand Council) tent, denouncing years of conflict. They issued a fatwa, or religious ruling, outlawing suicide bombings and demanding that Taliban militants restore peace to allow foreign troops to leave.
    (Reuters, 6/4/18)
2018        Jun 3, In Belgium nearly 3,000 people marched in the city of Liege to honor the three victims of a May 29 shooting there that prosecutors are treating as a terrorist attack.
    (AFP, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 3, China warned after another round of talks on a sprawling trade dispute with Washington that any deals they produce "will not take effect" if President Donald Trump's threatened tariff hike on Chinese goods goes ahead.
    (AP, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 3, An Egyptian court renewed the detention of a Lebanese woman for a further 15 days pending an investigation into charges including insulting Egyptians. Days earlier the country's top prosecutor ordered the detention of Mona el-Mazbouh after she posted a video on Facebook lashing out at the state for the prevalence of widespread begging and unchallenged sexual harassment.
    (AP, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 3, Germany's Pres. Frank-Walter Steinmeier asked gays for forgiveness for decades of suffering and injustice they endured as a result of repressive laws in Germany in the Nazi era and after World War II.
    (AP, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 3, In Germany the international airport in Hamburg suspended all flights because of a power outage, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.
    (AP, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 3, Guatemala's Fuego volcano, near the colonial city of Antigua, erupted sending a pyroclastic flow that engulfed the village of El Rodeo. At least 25 people were reported killed.
    (Reuters, 6/4/18)
2018        Jun 3, Indian officials said two paramilitary soldiers were killed and eight civilians wounded today when Pakistani soldiers attacked dozens of forward posts along the highly militarized frontier in disputed Kashmir.
    (AP, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 3, An Iraqi court sentenced French woman Melina Boughedir (28) to life in prison for membership in the Islamic State group. The verdict can be appealed.
    (AP, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 3, Israeli aircraft pounded over a dozen militant targets in Gaza, after Palestinian projectile fire shattered a ceasefire reached just days ago after the worst flare-up since a 2014 war.
    (AFP, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 3, Israel's military destroyed a tunnel dug by Hamas leading from Gaza into the Mediterranean Sea intended for use by the Islamic militant group that rules the territory to carry out attacks.
    (AFP, 6/10/18)(AP, 6/10/18)
2018        Jun 3, Italy's new hardline interior minister Matteo Salvini arrived in Sicily, one of the country's main refugee landing points, to push the anti-immigration platform that propelled him to power.
    (AFP, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 3, Angry protests rocked cities across Jordan overnight against IMF-backed austerity measures including a new income tax draft law and price hikes, hours after the government and unions failed to reach an agreement to end the standoff.
    (AFP, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 3, In Kazakhstan Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, Scott Tingle of the United States and Norishige Kanai of Japan touched down in a Russian Soyuz space capsule on the Kazakh steppe after a 168-day mission aboard the International Space Station.
    (AFP, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 3, In Kenya at least three people were killed after a five-story building collapsed in Nairobi. Authorities say 30,000 to 40,000 buildings built without approval in the capital are at risk, and dozens have died in similar disasters in recent years.
    (Reuters, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 3, In Libya a reconciliation deal was signed late today by representatives of the pro-Kadhafi town of Tawergha and nearby Misrata.
    (AFP, 6/4/18)
2018        Jun 3, In Nicaragua terror reigned in Masaya this weekend as residents armed with home-made mortars struggled to fight back against riot police and pro-government gangs they accuse of pillaging and burning the city. residents said snipers have been picking off people one by one from positions around the city center.
    (AFP, 6/4/18)
2018        Jun 3, In Nicaragua Cardinal emeritus Miguel Obando y Bravo (92), who clashed with Sandinista leaders and later reconciled with them, died.
    (AP, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 3, Pakistani security forces killed six militants and thwarted seven attempts to target military posts in a northwestern tribal region and a border village in the southwest. Five troops were wounded in the two cross-border attacks in the Bajur tribal region and in the village of Qamar Din Qarez in Baluchistan province.
    (AP, 6/4/18)
2018        Jun 3, The Philippine defense secretary said that authorities there will standardize teaching in both public and private Islamic schools in the wake of a militant siege last year that raised fears of greater radicalization in the country.
    (AP, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 3, Slovenians voted in a parliamentary election. The anti-immigrant, center-right Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) was favored to win but without enough votes to rule on its own. The anti-immigrant Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) won most seats but fell well short of a majority.
    (AP, 6/3/18)(Reuters, 6/3/18)(Reuters, 6/4/18)
2018        Jun 3, Spain's maritime rescue service said it has rescued 240 people over the last 24 hours, but one person apparently drowned while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa.
    (AP, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 3, Tunisia's coast guard rescued 68 migrants. At least 46 others were killed after their boat sank near Kerkennah island. Officials later said there were 60 confirmed deaths and 52 people missing and presumed dead from the capsizing off Tunisia's eastern city of Sfax.
    (AP, 6/3/18)(SFC, 6/4/18, p.A2)(AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 3, Turkey's state media reported that nine migrants, including six children, seeking to head to Europe in a speedboat drowned today when their vessel sank off Turkey's Mediterranean coast. Five were rescued and one person was still missing.
    (AFP, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 3, Pope Francis nominated Gregory O'Kelly, the Bishop of Port Pirie, as special administrator to the Australian archdiocese of Adelaide after its head was found guilty last month of concealing child sex abuse by a priest.
    (Reuters, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 3, The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said Cyclone Mekunu killed at least 30 people when it barreled across Oman and Yemen last month. Twenty of the fatalities happened on the Yemeni island of Socotra.
    (AP, 6/3/18)

2018        Jun 4, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged China to disclose the details of people killed, detained or missing during the Chinese military's crackdown on pro-democracy protesters centered on Beijing's Tiananmen Square 29 years ago.
    (AP, 6/4/18)
2018        Jun 4, The US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that a Colorado's Civil Rights Commission had violated a baker's rights to a fair and neutral assessment of his refusal to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
    (SFC, 6/5/18, p.A1)
2018        Jun 4, In Arizona Dwight Lamon Jones (56), suspected of shooting six people to death in recent days, fatally shot hmself as police tracked him down to an extended stay hotel in Scottsdale.
    (SFC, 6/5/18, p.A5)
2018        Jun 4, Dwight Clark (61), former San Francisco wide receiver, died months after announcing he had amyotrophic lateral schlerosis (ALS). He made "The Catch" in the 1982 NFC Championship that led the SF 49ers to their first Super Bowl title.
    (SFC, 6/5/18, p.A1)
2018        Jun 4, Shivam Patel (28) of Williamsburg, Va., was sentenced to five years in prison for passport fraud and making false statements in his application to join the US military. He had told an FBI undercover employee he wanted to commit jihad.
    (AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 4, Discovery Inc. announced that it has signed a $2 billion agreement that gives it media rights to PGA Tour programming for its 220 markets outside the US. The 12-year deals starts next year and runs through 2030.
    (AP, 6/4/18)
2018        Jun 4, In Afghanistan a motorcycle suicide bomber killed 14 people near a gathering of Muslim clerics in Kabul after they had issued a fatwa against suicide bombings, in the latest in a series of attacks to hit the capital.
    (Reuters, 6/4/18)
2018        Jun 4, The Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the nation's largest bank, said it has agreed to pay a 700 million Australian dollar ($531 million) fine for failing to comply with measures to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing.
    (AP, 6/4/18)
2018        Jun 4, London teenager Safaa Boular (18) was convicted of plotting an attack on the British Museum after failing in her ambition of becoming a jihadi bride in Syria. Her mother and sister admitted helping her, making the case Britain's first involving an all-female cell of Islamic State group-inspired plotters.
    (AP, 6/4/18)
2018        Jun 4, Prosecutors said France's second-biggest bank Societe Generale has agreed to pay 500 million euros ($583 million) to settle inquiries in the US and France into its dealings with the regime of slain Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi.
    (AFP, 6/4/18)
2018        Jun 4, French authorities evicted 973 migrants from a camp along the scenic Canal Saint-Martin and another, just a few days after clearing a similar number -- mainly Sudanese, Somalians and Eritreans -- from the sprawling Millenaire camp further up the canal.
    (AP, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 4, A Greek lawyer representing eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece seeking asylum after the 2016 failed coup in Turkey says all his clients have been freed pending a ruling on their applications.
    (AP, 6/4/18)
2018        Jun 4, In Guatemala a hot flow of mud, ash and gas swept down from the Fuego volcano, after a new explosion in the morning interrupted disaster workers pulling bodies from the brown sludge known as a pyroclastic flow that engulfed the village of El Rodeo. The national disaster agency raised the death toll to 69.
    (Reuters, 6/4/18)(SFC, 6/5/18, p.A2)
2018        Jun 4, Israel announced plans to deduct from tax funds it collects for the Palestinians to compensate Israelis living near the Gaza Strip who have fallen victim to a wave of arson attacks. Israeli troops killed a Palestinian attempting to cross into Israel from Gaza.
    (SFC, 6/5/18, p.A3)
2018        Jun 4, Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso apologized over the tampering by lower level officials with documents related to a government property sale linked to Akie Aber, the with PM Shinzo Abe. Taro Aso took a voluntary one-year salary cut after 20 officials were penalized for the tampering.
    (SFC, 6/5/18, p.A2)
2018        Jun 4, Jordanian PM Hani Mulki resigned after a wave of anti-austerity protests by citizens suffering from high unemployment and repeated prices hikes. King Abdullah appointed Omar al-Razzaz, a former World Bank economist, to form the new government after accepting Hani Mulki's resignation.
    (AFP, 6/4/18)(Reuters, 6/4/18)
2018        Jun 4, Madagascar's President Hery Rajaonarimampianina appointed local International Labour Organization representative Christian Ntsay as prime minister. Olivier Mahafaly resigned the premiership earlier today to comply with a court ruling that ordered the formation of a consensus government to end a political crisis.
    (Reuters, 6/4/18)
2018        Jun 4, Human Rights Watch accused Morocco's police of carrying out a weeks-long campaign of "repression" against protests in the northeastern city of Jerada, including mass arrests and alleged abuse in custody.
    (AFP, 6/4/18)
2018        Jun 4, The Dutch government apologized and agreed to compensate military personnel who contracted illnesses including cancer after working with paint containing the toxic element chromium-6. The apology followed publication of a critical report into the use of paint containing chromium-6 by staff at five NATO storage depots in the Netherlands from 1984-2006.
    (AP, 6/4/18)
2018        Jun 4, New Zealand former sex worker Catherine Healy (62) was awarded one of the nation's top honors when she became a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
    (AP, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 4, In Niger three female suicide bombers killed 10 people at a mosque in the southeastern city of Diffa who had gathered after breaking the Ramadan fast.
    (Reuters, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law counter-sanctions legislation that was drawn up by lawmakers in response to US sanctions imposed on Russia in April.
    (Reuters, 6/4/18)
2018        Jun 4, A Russian court sentenced a Ukrainian journalist, Roman Sushchenko (49), to 12 years in jail after convicting him of spying for his native Ukraine. Sushchenko was detained in 2016 after he flew into Moscow from Paris where he worked as a correspondent for Ukrainian state news agency Ukrinform.
    (Reuters, 6/4/18)
2018        Jun 4, Syria told Lebanon it wants refugees to return to help rebuild the country, after Beirut expressed concern that Law 10, a new land redevelopment law, could discourage them from going home.
    (Reuters, 6/4/18)
2018        Jun 4, Turkey and the United States endorsed a roadmap for the northern Syrian city of Manbij and underlined their mutual commitment to its implementation following a meeting of their foreign ministers in Washington.
    (Reuters, 6/4/18)
2018        Jun 4, UNESCO, the UN's cultural body, released its first ever guidelines on fighting anti-Semitism in education.
    (AP, 6/4/18)

2018        Jun 5, President Donald Trump abandoned an overhaul of biofuels policy aimed at reducing costs for the oil industry. US lawmakers in farming states argued the overhaul would have cut into domestic demand for ethanol.
    (Reuters, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 5, The US Marines said Colonel Mark S. Coppess, the commanding officer at a US Marine base on the Japanese island of Okinawa, has been relieved of duty over a "loss of trust".
    (AFP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, In California a voter referendum recalled Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky from office over his 2016 sentencing of Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to six months in prison for the attempted rape of a drunk and unconscious woman. Persky was the first California judge to be recalled since 1932.
    (SFC, 6/7/18, p.D5)
2018        Jun 5, Voters in San Francisco elected London Breed (43) as mayor, making her the city's first woman of color for the job. The final results of the election were only announced on June 13.
    (SFC, 6/14/18, p.A1)
2018        Jun 5, In Colorado a blaze, dubbed the 416 Fire, spread across some 2,400 acres (971 hectares) near Durango. The fire, which began June 1, was just 10 percent contained, as about 825 homes remained under evacuation.
    (Reuters, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, American fashion designer Kate Spade (55) was found dead in her NYC apartment in an apparent suicide.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Spade)(SFC, 6/6/18, p.C5)
2018        Jun 5, US historian Ira Berlin died in Washington, DC. His books included "Slaves Without Masters: The Free Negro in the Antebellum South " (1974) and "Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America" (1998).
    (SSFC, 6/10/18, p.C10)
2018        Jun 5, Algeria's Pres. Abdelaziz Bouteflika (81) vetoed down a plan by PM Ahmed Ouyahia to drastically increase duties for passport and other documents to cope with a halving in vital gas and oil revenues between 2014 and 2017.
    (Reuters, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 5, Austria welcomed Russia's Pres. Vladimir Putin, making his first foreign trip since being sworn in for a fourth term. Putin's sixth official visit to traditionally neutral Austria marked the 50th anniversary of the start of Soviet gas deliveries to the country.
    (AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, Australia laid cartel charges against banking companies Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and ANZ plus six bank executives over the sale of 2.5 billion Australian dollars ($1.9 billion) in ANZ shares to institutional investors three years ago.
    (AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, Renowned Australian playwright David Williamson (76) said that he is disappointed Chinese censors have canceled a production of his play "The Removalists" for the official reason that it contains bad language and violence. He said some involved in the production suspect the true reason the classic Australian play was banned was its depiction of police abusing their authority.
    (AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, Britain's government gave the go-ahead to building a third runway at London Heathrow, Europe's biggest airport by passenger numbers, a long-awaited decision that has stoked decades of division and debate.
    (AFP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, Britain's culture secretary Matt Hancock said he will allow 21st Century Fox's 11.7 billion-pound ($16.4 billion) bid to buy the 61 percent of the UK satellite broadcaster Sky it doesn't already own, provided it divests itself of Sky News.
    (AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, A Cambodian appeals court denied bail for a 4th time to opposition leader Kem Sokha on a treason charge widely seen as part of the government's crackdown on the media and political opponents before next month's elections.
    (AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, In China an explosion at an iron ore mining project in the northeastern province of Liaoning killed 11 people and injured nine. Another 25 people were reported trapped after the blast.
    (Reuters, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, Ethiopia's new PM Abiy Ahmed, a former army officer who fought against Eritrea, declared the country would abide by a 2000 peace deal and 2002 boundary ruling, handing back the occupied frontier town of Badme.
    (AFP, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 5, The EU's top court, in a landmark ruling for gay rights in Europe, said that Romania must grant residence to the American husband of a local man even though Romania does not itself permit same-sex marriage.
    (Reuters, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, French President Emmanuel Macron met with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on the second leg of his European trip amid deep differences over how to contain Iran's ambitions in the Middle East.
    (AFP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, Greenpeace said its investigations at Indonesia's Sungai Putri forest on Borneo showed a logging operation underway with at least six illegal settlements that operate at night and some in areas with orangutan nests. Indonesia's forestry and environment ministry had ordered a halt to the forest's exploitation over a year ago.
    (AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, Iran's nuclear chief said his country has begun preparations to boost its uranium enrichment capacity, adding to pressure on European powers trying to save a nuclear accord with Tehran in peril after a US withdrawal.
    (Reuters, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, Italy's new PM Giuseppe Conte promised to bring radical change to the country, including more welfare and a crackdown on immigration.
    (Reuters, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, Professional distance swimmer Ben Lecomte set off from Japan to San Francisco in an attempt to become the first person to swim across the Pacific Ocean. Scientific teams accompanying Lecomte planned to collect more than 1,000 water samples and study plastic pollution, mammal migration and the effect of extreme endurance events on the human body.
    (AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, Jordan's King Abdullah tasked Omar al-Razzaz, a former World Bank economist, with forming a new government and called for broad talks on a planned income tax law that has provoked the country's biggest protests in years.
    (Reuters, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, In Kenya a small plane, operated by East African Safari Air Express, took off from the western town of Kitale in the late afternoon and soon disappeared. Wreckage was discovered in central Kenya two days later and all ten people onboard were killed.
    (AFP, 6/7/18)   
2018        Jun 5, Malawi's vice president Saulos Chilima publicly attacked the corruption of the president's government and announced his resignation from the ruling party, leaving the door open for a presidential run.
    (AFP, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 5, Malaysia's government appointed distinguished lawyer Tommy Thomas as attorney-general, making him the first person from outside the Malay majority to hold the powerful position in more than half a century.
    (AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, In Malaysia anti-corruption investigators questioned the wife of former PM Najib Razak about alleged theft and money-laundering involving the 1MDB state investment fund, as officials announced a probe into other suspicious multibillion-dollar transactions under Najib's leadership.
    (AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, In northern Mozambique suspected jihadists hacked seven people to death after beheading 10 people in another settlement on May 27.
    (AFP, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 5, In Myanmar defense lawyers said that documents Myanmar police say they found on the mobile phones of two Reuters reporters, arrested on Dec. 12 and accused of possessing state secrets, were not confidential, because the information was publicly available before they were arrested.
    (Reuters, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, NATO aircraft started policing Montenegro's airspace, a year after the small Adriatic state became a member of the Western military alliance despite strong opposition from Russia.
    (AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, In Puerto Rico a court ordered the US territory's government to release all death certificates issued after Hurricane Maria hit the island amid allegations that the official death toll of 64 is severely undercounted.
    (AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, The Green for Growth Fund (GGF) said it would provide 32 million euros ($37.44 million) financing for Serbia's first large-scale wind farms, to help the Balkan country diversify its energy mix and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
    (Reuters, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, In Spain Mariano Rajoy (63) conceded defeat as he quit as head of his Popular Party (PP) just days after being ousted as prime minister.
    (AFP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, The leading Syrian Kurdish militia said it would withdraw from Manbij, easing fears of a direct clash between NATO allies Washington and Ankara over the strategic northern town.
    (AFP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an offensive by the Islamic State jihadist group in eastern Syria has left at least 45 pro-regime fighters dead since fighting started on June 3.
    (AFP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, The United Nations urged Washington to immediately halt its controversial practice of separating asylum-seeking Central American immigrant children from their parents at the southern border. Pres. Trump tweeted: "Separating families at the Border is the fault of bad legislation passed by the Democrats," however no law mandates that parents must be separated from their children at the border, and it's not a policy Democrats have pushed or can change alone as the minority in Congress.
    (AFP, 6/5/18)(AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, A new UN report said government bans on plastic can be effective in cutting back on waste, but poor follow-through has left many such bans ineffective. World Environment Day highlighted the perils of plastic with the tagline "if you can't reuse it, refuse it".
    (AP, 6/5/18)(AFP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 5, In Zimbabwe thousands of opposition supporters marched in Harare to demand electoral reforms ahead of the July 30 vote, the first since Robert Mugabe stepped down last year.
    (AP, 6/5/18)

2018        Jun 6, Pres. Donald Trump signed a bill not law that will expand private care for veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veteran's Affairs health system.
    (SFC, 6/7/18, p.A5)
2018        Jun 6, Pres. Donald Trump commuted the life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson (63). She was released the same day from federal prison in Aliceville, Alabama. Johnson had been convicted in 1996 for drug offenses and sentenced to life without parole in 1997.
    (SFC, 6/7/18, p.A8)
2018        Jun 6, A US federal judge ruled that the Trump administration cannot cut off grants to Philadelphia over the way the city deals with immigrants in the country illegally.
    (SFC, 6/7/18, p.A7)
2018        Jun 6, Honolulu leaders approved a measure to lmit prices that ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft can charge during peak demand.
    (SFC, 6/8/18, p.A8)
2018        Jun 6, Argentina called off a World Cup warmup match against Israel after protests by pro-Palestinian groups, claiming the safety of the players was at stake.
    (AP, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 6, Chinese phone maker Huawei said it has never collected or stored Facebook user data.
    (AP, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 6, Congo DRC's health ministry said two more people have died of Ebola, bringing the toll to 27. Fifty-eight Ebola cases have been recorded as of June 4.
    (AFP, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 6, In Croatia former Dinamo Zagreb director Zdravko Mamic (58) was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for embezzlement and tax evasion over deals that included the sale of Croatia World Cup stars Luka Modric and Dejan Lovren.
    (AP, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 6, The Czech president re-appointed Andrej Babis as prime minister, endorsing a coalition-in-waiting that would give the anti-NATO Communists a say in policymaking for the first time since the country's 1989 revolution.
    (Reuters, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 6, Egyptian state news agency MENA said President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has pardoned 712 prisoners, and security sources said many of those freed were youth jailed for anti-government protests.
    (Reuters, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 6, The French presidency announced plans to sell its own branded mugs, pens and other souvenirs to help finance renovations in the 18th century Elysee palace.
    (AP, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 6, The International Court of Justice (ICJ) said it can rule in a dispute over whether a luxury building in Paris owned by the son of Equatorial Guinea's president is part of the African nation's diplomatic mission.
    (Reuters, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 6, Germany's Transport Ministry said the motor authority KBA has ordered a recall of Audi A6 and A7 models with 3.0 liter Euro 6 diesel engines after finding illegal emissions software in them.
    (Reuters, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 6, German authorities arrested four Iraqis suspected of membership in the Islamic State group, including one who is alleged to have carried out attacks (2006-2008) that killed and wounded US troops.
    (AP, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 6, In Greece Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, arrived on the island of Spetses to host a two-day environmental conference to seek backing from other religious leaders in a global campaign to take action against climate change.
    (AP, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 6, India's central bank raised its benchmark lending rate to 6.25 percent to tamp down rising inflation following an increase in oil prices.
    (AP, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 6, The Iraqi parliament voted in favor of a manual ballot recount after allegations of widespread fraud in the country's recently held parliamentary elections.
    (SFC, 6/7/18, p.A3)   
2018        Jun 6, The Israeli military shot dead Palestinian Ezz El-Deen al-Tamimi (21) during a raid in the occupied West Bank, saying a soldier fired back after a man pelted him with a rock.
    (Reuters, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 6, Italian police said five Romanians have been arrested in Sicily for allegedly exploiting other Romanians as unpaid farmworkers and prostitutes.
    (AP, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 6, Ivory Coast police fired tear gas at stone-throwing students in Abidjan after they blocked the Henri Konan Bedie Bridge, one of three vital arteries that span the city's lagoon, to protest at living conditions.
    (AFP, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 6, In Jordan shops and pharmacies closed in Amman as some unions pressed ahead with a strike protesting against tax hikes, after King Abdullah replaced the prime minister to defuse public anger.
    (Reuters, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 6, In Kazakhstan a trio of astronauts from Russia, the United States and the European Space Agency blasted off for a mission on the International Space Station. A Russian spacecraft carried Serena Aunon-Chancellor of NASA, Sergey Prokopyev of Russian space agency Roscosmos and the ESA's Alexander Gerst, from Germany, as it lifted off as scheduled from the Russia-leased Baikonur cosmodrome.
    (AP, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 6, In eastern Kenya five police officers were killed when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device suspected to have been planted by Somalia's al Shabaab group.
    (Reuters, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 6, Malaysia's PM Mahathir Mohamad announced that Muhammad Ibrahim, a Harvard-educated banker who had been at the central bank over three decades, had submitted his resignation. This came after the bank admitted to buying land from Najib's regime in Kuala Lumpur in late 2017 for about two billion ringgit ($500 million), with the finance ministry saying the cash was used to service the debts of 1MDB.
    (AP, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 6, In northern Mozambique suspected jihadists wielding knives and machetes killed five people in a region that has been rocked by attacks blamed on radical Islamists.
    (AFP, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 6, Myanmar and UN agencies signed an agreement that could eventually lead to the return of some of the 700,000 Rohingya Muslims. The memorandum of understanding promised to establish a "framework of cooperation" that aims to create conditions for "voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable" repatriation of Rohingya refugees but does not address Myanmar's denial of citizenship for the minority.
    (AP, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 6, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari faced a threat of impeachment after lawmakers issued a raft of demands over security and corruption in a deepening rift with the executive.
    (AFP, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 6, In southwestern Pakistan two gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire on a parked police vehicle in Quetta, killing one policeman and wounding two others.
    (AP, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 6, The Syrian government re-opened the highway between the cities of Homs and Hama a month after its forces retook a rebel-held pocket that had straddled the road that was closed for almost seven years.
    (Reuters, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 6, In northern Syria the militia controlling the flashpoint town of Manbij said it would not accept any Turkish military deployment there.
    (Reuters, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 6, Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk said he had been asked to support "political corruption" or to quit after PM Volodymyr Groysman formally asked parliament to sack him.
    (Reuters, 6/6/18)
2018        Jun 6, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said Bangladeshi security forces have shot dead around 130 people and arrested 13,000 in the past three weeks since the government introduced a "zero tolerance" policy against illegal drugs.
    (AP, 6/6/18)

2018        Jun 7, The Trump administration said that it will no longer defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, including the requirement that people have health insurance and provisions that guarantee access to health insurance regardless of any medical conditions.
    (SFC, 6/8/18, p.A7)
2018        Jun 7, A new US government report said suicide rates have inched up in nearly every US state from 1999 to 2016.
    (SFC, 6/8/18, p.A7)
2018        Jun 7, The United States said it is sending emergency aid, including financial resources, to help meet food, water and sanitation needs for victims affected by the eruption of Guatemala's Volcano of Fire. Guatemalan officials have confirmed 99 dead, with many more missing.
    (AP, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 7, The United States and China reached a deal that allows the Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. to stay in business in exchange for paying an additional $1 billion in fines and agreeing to let US regulators monitor its operations.
    (AP, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 7, In Wisconsin police Officer Charles Irvine Jr. (23) was killed amd his partner injured when their car overturned on a side street while chasing a reckless driver.
    (SFC, 6/9/18, p.A6)
2018        Jun 7, Facebook said it will end its data partnership with Huawei by the end of this week following a backlash over the Chinese phone maker's access to Facebook user data.
    (AP, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 7, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a weeklong cease-fire with the Taliban to coincide with the holiday marking the end of Ramadan next week.
    (AP, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 7, Afghan security forces killed 10 Taliban militants, including five Pakistanis, in a clash in Nangarhar province.
    (Reuters, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 7, Burundi's long-serving President Pierre Nkurunziza promised to step down when his term ends in 2020, easing fears of fresh violence in the impoverished country.
    (Reuters, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 7, Polls opened in Ontario in an election likely to end 15 years of Liberal rule in Canada's most populous province, with Doug Ford's Progressive Conservative party leading in opinion surveys. The Progressive Conservative Party won the majority of seats in the province's legislature.
    (Reuters, 6/7/18)(Reuters, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 7, In Denmark Rakmat Akilov (40), the Uzbek man who drove a stolen truck into a crowd in Stockholm, killing five people and wounding 14 others, was convicted of terror-related murder and given a life sentence.
    (AP, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 7, Egypt's President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi appointed a new prime minister, picking his housing minister Mustafa Madbouly to form a government.
    (AP, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 7, The European Commission provided Bosnia with 1.5 million euros ($1.8 million) to help the impoverished country cope with an influx of migrants passing through on their way towards Western Europe. Countries along a new Balkan migrant route pledged to work together to prevent a repetition of the 2015 influx that brought more than a million refugees into Europe from North Africa and the Middle East.
    (AFP, 6/7/18)(Reuters, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 7, In France David Douglas Duncan (102), an American photographer who helped change the role of war photography by exposing the anguish of soldiers in Korea and Vietnam, died from complications from a lung infection.
    (AP, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 7, German pharmaceutical company Bayer AG said it has completed its purchase of US seed and weed-killer maker Monsanto Co.
    (AP, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 7, Iraq's top judicial authority took over the Independent Elections Commission as stipulated by a law passed in response to complaints of widespread fraud in last month's national elections.
    (AP, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 7, In Iraq an overnight explosions that tore through a mosque in Baghdad as officials raised the casualty toll to 18 dead and 38 wounded.
    (AP, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 7, Honda Motor Co. of Japan and US automaker General Motors Co. agreed to work together in developing batteries for electric vehicles, mainly for the North American market.
    (AP, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 7, Jordan's new PM Omar al-Razzaz announced a controversial IMF-backed income tax bill will be withdrawn, after it sparked a week of angry protests in the kingdom.
    (AFP, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 7, Montenegrin state TV's managing board removed director general Andrijana Kadija, citing an allegedly damaging agreement with a rights group.
    (AP, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 7, Slovenia's leading right-wing politician Janez Jansa, whose party won most votes at last weekend's parliamentary election, said he will try to form a coalition government even though most parliamentary groups have ruled out an alliance with him.
    (AP, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 7, In South Africa Henri Van Breda (23), convicted of slaying his wealthy parents and brother and maiming his sister in a frenzied axe attack in 2015, was handed three life sentences.
    (AFP, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 7, Spain's King Felipe VI swore in the new pro-EU government, with women holding the majority of ministerial posts. Socialist PM Pedro Sanchez named 11 women to top posts including defence and economy in a cabinet with six male ministers.
    (AFP, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 7, Sweden-based IKEA, the world's biggest furniture retailer, said it plans to use only renewable and recycled materials in its products by 2030.
    (Reuters, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 7, In Switzerland the multinational Catholic initiative, End Clergy Abuse, was announced at a press conference in Geneva.
    (AP, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 7, In northwestern Syria suspected Russian warplanes attacked Zardana, a rebel-held village in Idlib province, killing at least 44 people late today and wounding dozens more, including children. Russia denied that its war planes carried out the strike.
    (Reuters, 6/8/18)(AP, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 7, Turkey said it has suspended its migrant readmission deal with Greece, days after Greece released from prison four Turkish soldiers who fled there after a 2016 attempted coup.
    (Reuters, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 7, Turkey's central bank increased its key interest rate for the third time in under two months to fight inflation and support the currency. The rate rose from 16.5 percent to 17.75 percent.
    (AP, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 7, Turkey said it has stopped filling the Ilisu dam on the Tigris River until July to help Iraq overcome water shortages.
    (Reuters, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 7, Ukraine's parliament passed a law to create a special court to try corruption cases, a key step for the government to secure more Western aid needed to tame a rising sovereign debt burden.
    (Reuters, 6/7/18)
2018        Jun 7, Zimbabwe's main opposition MDC-T party announced it will create a $100 billion economy within a decade and re-establish ties with Israel, a major foreign policy shift, if it wins July 30 elections.
    (AP, 6/7/18)

2018        Jun 8, President Donald Trump injecting fresh drama even before he arrived at the G7 meeting in Quebec by calling for Russia, ousted from the elite group of nations for its annexation of Crimea, to be reinstated.
    (AP, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, US officials the United States intends to step up military operations against Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan during a temporary ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
    (Reuters, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, US Defence Secretary James Mattis welcomed efforts by European NATO members and Canada to boost their defence spending, striking a conciliatory tone after months of tough talk from Washington.
    (AFP, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, The US Embassy in China sent its second alert in two weeks to its citizens over unexplained health issues that have prompted the evacuation of a number of US government employees working at the consulate in Guangzhou.
    (AP, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, It was announced that the US has regained the lead in creating the world's fastest computer with a new supercomputer built for the Oak Ridge national Laboratory in Tennessee by IBM in a partnership with Nvidia.
    (SSFC, 6/10/18, p.D1)
2018        Jun 8, Former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman said he will be heading to Singapore for the planned June 12 summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Rodman's trip to Singapore, like the last one to North Korea, was sponsored by potcoin.com, the crypto-currency provider for the legal marijuana industry.
    (Reuters, 6/9/18)(Reuters, 6/12/18)
2018        Jun 8, The board of the Central Arizona Project (CAP), a major electricity consumer that supplies water to a large swath of Arizona, voted to sign a 20-year agreement to buy power from a solar project and also agreed to a five-year power deal with utility Salt River Project for electricity from a variety of sources. This ignored an appeal by the US Interior Department to buy more power from a Navajo Generating Station coal plant to keep it open.
    (Reuters, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, The SF Warriors swept the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 in Cleveland to win their third NBA title in four seasons.
    (SFC, 6/9/18, p.A1)
2018        Jun 8, California lawmakers announced a $139 billion general fund budget deal. Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders compromised on plans to put millions more toward homeless programs and to pump more money into higher educatiuon.
    (SFC, 6/9/18, p.C1)
2018        Jun 8, California officials said a dozen of the wind-driven blazes that swept northern California's wine country last fall, killing 46 people in the deadliest firestorm in state history, were sparked by PG&E-owned power lines.
    (Reuters, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, In San Francisco alleged Western Addition gang members Charles Heard (33) and Jaquain Young (44) were sentenced to multiple life terms for murder, as well as charges of pimping and racketeering. Heard was convicted of murdering Andre Helton and Isiah Turner in 2008. Young was convicted of murdering Jelvon Helton, the brother of Andre, in 2010.
    (SFC, 6/11/18, p.C1)
2018        Jun 8, In Florida the body of Shizuka Matsuki (47) was found hours after she had gone missing while walking her dogs near a lake in Davie. The alligator was captured and a necropsy confirmed that it had bit Matsuki.
    (SFC, 6/9/18, p.A6)(SFC, 6/11/18, p.A4)
2018        Jun 8, In eastern Afghanistan a remote control bomb attached to a motorcycle killed a cleric and three others in Mihtarlam, the provincial capital of Laghman province. In eastern Nangarhar province two suicide bombers targeted a lawmaker, leaving three dead, but the lawmaker wasn't home at the time. In western Afghanistan gunmen opened fire during Friday prayers in Herat province, killing two people.
    (AP, 6/8/18)(Reuters, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, Security officials said Afghanistan has accepted an offer from the United Arab Emirates to boost its presence in training Afghan forces fighting Islamist insurgents, as Kabul seeks to improve ties with majority-Muslim nations.
    (Reuters, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, Austria's right-wing government announced plans to shut seven mosques in what it said was "just the beginning" of a push against radical Islam and foreign funding of religious groups. Austria said it could expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams and their families and would shut down seven mosques as part of a crackdown on "political Islam," triggering fury in Ankara.
    (Reuters, 6/8/18)(AFP, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, In Brazil tennis star Maria Bueno (78), nicknamed the "Sao Paulo Swallow" for her ability to dominate the net, died in Sao Paulo. Her accomplishments included three Wimbledon and four US championship singles titles.
    (AFP, 6/9/18)
2018        Jun 8, In Canada G-7 leaders gathered for their 44th annual two-day summit. Canadian police peacefully cleared demonstrators and re-opened a road leading to the G7 summit site in Quebec after a tense standoff between police and protesters.
    (AP, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, Chinese President Xi Jinping gave visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin China's first friendship medal, calling him his best friend. The two oversaw the signing of several agreements, including a joint $1 billion industrial investment fund.
    (Reuters, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, In Finland US Gen. Joseph Dunford, current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Russia's chief of the military's General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, met in Konigstedt Manor to exchange views on US-Russia military relations, Syria and the current international security situation.
    (AP, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, In France Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef and citizen of the world who inspired millions to share his delight in food and the bonds it created, was found dead in his hotel room in Haut-Rhin while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions. Bourdain's breakthrough as an author came with the 2000 publication of his "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly".
    (AP, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, German media reported that local prosecutors have issued an international arrest warrant for Jamil Hassan, a top Syrian intelligence officer, accused of overseeing the torture and murder of hundreds of detainees.
    (AFP, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, In Greece six people were killed and two critically injured when a minivan carrying Iraqi and Syrian migrants crashed into a wall and overturned on a northern motorway. There were 16 people traveling in the minivan.
    (Reuters, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, Iran's Revolutionary Guards reportedly killed nine militants in clashes with militants near northwestern Oshnavieh and Sarvabad.
    (Reuters, 6/10/18)
2018        Jun 8, In Iraq three bombs exploded late today in the northern city of Kirkuk killing a woman and wounding 18 others.
    (AP, 6/9/18)
2018        Jun 8, In Israel men in white underwear, pink bunny ears and black bow ties gyrated through the streets of Tel Aviv along with drag queens and others to loud trance music for the annual Gay Pride Parade. Over 250,000 people celebrated at the city's 20th Gay Pride Parade.
    (AP, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq detained Ali Bashar (20) on suspicion of raping and murdering Susanna Feldman (14), a Jewish girl who went missing May 22 in Germany.
    (Reuters, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, Israeli troops fired tear gas and live bullets at Palestinians taking part in weekly protests at the Gaza Strip border with Israel, injuring at least 386 people. At least four demonstrators were killed.
    (Reuters, 6/8/18)(SFC, 6/9/18, p.A4)
2018        Jun 8, Lebanon accused the United Nations refugee agency of intimidating refugees to prevent their return to Syria and blocked residency applications for the agency's staff.
    (AFP, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, The self-styled Libyan National Army seized most of the eastern coastal city of Derna from extremist groups who have controlled it for years. Forces in eastern Libya said they have arrested Yahiya al-Osta Omar, a rival senior military official in Derna. The UN said it was alarmed by an increasing risk to civilians in the city.
    (AP, 6/8/18)(Reuters, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, Thousands of Malians marched through the capital Bamako against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who will seek re-election next month.
    (Reuters, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, In Mozambique a US embassy alert warned of an imminent attack on the regional gas hub Palma. Since October, more than 30 people have been killed in brazen assaults on unarmed villagers.
    (AFP, 6/24/18)
2018        Jun 8, At The Hague International Criminal Court appeals judges overturned the convictions of former Congolese Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba for atrocities committed by his forces in Central African Republic. Bemba was sentenced in 2016 to 18 years in prison.
    (AP, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, Two Philippine officials said China's coast guard has continued to seize the catches of Filipino fishermen at a disputed shoal in the South China Sea despite a protest by the Philippines following an earlier incident.
    (AP, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, Moscow's Gulag History Museum said it has discovered a secret Russian order in 2014 instructing officials to destroy data on prisoners — a move it said "could have catastrophic consequences for studying the history of the camps." Up to 17 million people were sent to the Gulag, the notorious Soviet prison camp system, in the 1930s and 1940s, and at least 5 million of them were convicted on false testimony.
    (AP, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, In Somalia US troops with Somali and Kenyan forces came under mortar and small-arms fire in an attack in Jubaland. US Army Staff Sgt. Alexander Conrad (26) of Chandler, Arizona, was killed. Somalia's Islamist group al Shabaab soon claimed responsibility for the attack.
    (AP, 6/9/18)(Reuters, 6/10/18)
2018        Jun 8, A Swedish court sentenced Kingsley Sarfo, a Ghanaian midfielder with top Swedish club Malmo FF, to 32 months in prison after he was found guilty of two cases of rape of an under-aged girl.
    (AP, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, The Islamic State group seized parts of Albu Kamal (Boukamal), a key town on the Syrian-Iraqi border, in a massive operation that further confirmed the jihadists remain a force on the ground. The Observatory said the intense offensive killed 25 pro-government gunmen while 18 IS fighters were killed including 10 who detonated their vehicles or explosive belts they were wearing.
    (AFP, 6/8/18)(AP, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, In Syria Islamic State jihadists killed 22 pro-regime fighters in surprise attacks in the southern province of Sweida.
    (AFP, 6/9/18)
2018        Jun 8, Turkey's defense minister said Turkish and US soldiers will patrol the key northern Syrian town of Manbij as part of a deal reached this week for the withdrawal of a Syrian Kurdish militia.
    (AP, 6/9/18)
2018        Jun 8, The United Nations General Assembly voted to elect Germany, Belgium, South Africa, the Dominican Republic and Indonesia for a two-year term in the Security Council starting on Jan. 1, 2019.
    (Reuters, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, Vietnamese authorities released from prison and expelled prominent human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai (49) and dissident Le Thu Ha (36), both of whom were sent to Germany.
    (AP, 6/8/18)
2018        Jun 8, In Yemen heavy fighting erupted in al-Durayhmi, a rural area where Emirati-led troops are now 10 km (6 miles) south of Hodeidah.
    (Reuters, 6/10/18)

2018        Jun 9, In Arkansas kayaker Donald Wright (64) died after a rare sinkhole created a whirlpool on the Spring River near Saddler Falls.
    (SFC, 6/25/18, p.A6)
2018        Jun 9, In Las Vegas Terence Crawford of Nebraska dropped Jeff Horn of Australia with 50 seconds left in the ninth and sent him into the ropes with a slew of punches, ending the fight and winning the WBO welterweight title.
    (AP, 6/10/18)
2018        Jun 9, In Wyoming two people were killed when their glider crashed in Grand Teton National Park.
    (SFC, 6/11/18, p.A4)
2018        Jun 9, In Afghanistan the Taliban attacked a checkpoint late today in the southern Kandahar province, killing five security forces. The attack came ahead of a three-day cease-fire timed to coincide with the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
    (AFP, 6/10/18)
2018        Jun 9, Australia said it has established a security task force to guard against cyber attacks and interference in elections, amid concerns foreign powers are meddling in domestic affairs and ahead of five elections next month.
    (Reuters, 6/9/18)
2018        Jun 9, In Canada US President Donald Trump quit the G7 summit in Quebec early having made no concessions to his allies' anger at his imposition of tariffs designed, in his eyes, to rebalance world trade. Trump said he told Group of Seven leaders that the United States required fair access to markets and an end to unfair trade practices.
    (AFP, 6/9/18)(Reuters, 6/9/18)
2018        Jun 9, It was reported that nearly 1,800 immigrant families were separated at the US-Mexico border from October 2016 through February of this year, as President Donald Trump implemented stricter border enforcement policies.
    (Reuters, 6/9/18)
2018        Jun 9, In Afghanistan Taliban militants launched two separate assaults in the western province of Herat and the northern province of Kunduz overnight, killing at least 36 soldiers and police. The group also claimed responsibility for an attack on an Afghan military base in the southern province of Kandahar where 23 soldiers were killed and another nine wounded. The Taliban announced a ceasefire for the first three days of Eid, the holiday that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. They said foreign forces are excluded from the cease-fire and Taliban operations would continue against them. This marked the first Taliban ceasefire since the 2001 US invasion.
    (AFP, 6/9/18)
2018        Jun 9, El Salvador prosecutors said arrest warrants have been issued for former Pres. Mauricio Funes (2009-2014) and thirty others on a host of corruption charges that included the diversion of $351 million in public funds.
    (SFC, 6/9/18, p.A2)
2018        Jun 9, In Guatemala the Volcano of Fire released a fresh flow of burning sediment almost a week after the initial eruption left at least 110 people dead and 200 about missing.
    (SFC, 6/11/18, p.A2)
2018        Jun 9, The SOS Mediterranee's vessel Aquarius rescued 629 migrants from human traffickers' boats in the Mediterranean Sea. Italy and Malta refused to let the ship dock. On July 11 Spain's PM Pedro Sanchez offered to let it port in Valencia.
    (AP, 6/11/18)
2018        Jun 9, In Japan police apprehended Ichiro Kojima (22) following a knife attack late today on a bullet train near Tokyo that left one person dead and two injured.
    (SFC, 6/11/18, p.A2)
2018        Jun 9, In Nicaragua firearm bursts rang out in Masaya, home to 100,000 people, where riots that started midday grew increasingly violent as masked demonstrators wielding homemade mortars and slingshots fought to fend off armed security forces. One man was reported killed by sniper fire and at least two people died in violent protests overnight. Demonstrations demanding President Daniel Ortega's ouster have raged since April 18. The latest deaths came after the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH) had raised to 137 the death toll.
    (AP, 6/9/18)
2018        Jun 9, Russia's President Vladimir Putin welcomed soccer teams and fans to the World Cup, saying the tournament will be thrilling and memorable.
    (AP, 6/9/18)
2018        Jun 9, Saudi and French officials said a Frenchman has committed suicide by throwing himself off the roof of the Grand Mosque in Islam's holiest city of Mecca.
    (AFP, 6/9/18)
2018        Jun 9, In Syria the Islamic State group had lost ground in Albu Kamal on the Iraqi border after pro-regime forces repelled a major attack the day before. The Observatory said fighting in the town over the past 24 hours has killed 30 pro-regime fighters.
    (AFP, 6/9/18)
2018        Jun 9, Pope Francis spoke to top oil company executives at the end of a two-day conference in the Vatican and warned that climate change risked destroying humanity. He called on energy leaders to help the world to convert to clean fuels to avert catastrophe.
    (Reuters, 6/9/18)
2018        Jun 9, The Vatican indicted Monsignor Carlo Capella, the No. 4 official in its Washington embassy, on child pornography possession and said he would face a trial starting June 22. He has been in Vatican custody since April.
    (AP, 6/9/18)
2018        Jun 9, In Yemen gunmen shot dead Col. Radwan el-Wassabi, a pro-government army colonel backed by the United Arab Emirates, in the southwestern city of Taiz. At least four of his guards were wounded in the attack late today.
    (AP, 6/10/18)

2018        Jun 10, US President Donald Trump arrived in Singapore for a historic June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who landed in Singapore earlier today.
    (AP, 6/10/18)
2018        Jun 10, The White House escalated its trade tirade and leveled more withering and unprecedented criticism against Canada's prime minister, branding Justin Trudeau a back-stabber unworthy of President Donald Trump's time.
    (AP, 6/10/18)
2018        Jun 10, In Washington state a family of five was killed in an explosion at their vacation property in Brinnon.
    (SFC, 6/12/18, p.A6)
2018        Jun 10, Afghan security forces seized 156 sacks of ammonium nitrate, widely used in making explosives, from the back of a vegetable truck crossing from Pakistan.
    (Reuters, 6/10/18)
2018        Jun 10, Two Afghan Air Force A-29s reportedly conducted a strike on a Taliban radio broadcasting tower. The Afghan Taliban soon denounced "American occupying forces" for attacking their Voice of Shariah Radio station in the central province of Ghazni, but the United States denied the charge and said Afghan air force planes had targeted a broadcasting tower.
    (Reuters, 6/12/18)
2018        Jun 10, In Armenia lawyer Kyaw Hia Aung of Myanmar received the $1.1-million Aurora Prize for humanitarianism, which was established on behalf of Armenian survivors of a mass killing by Ottoman Turks. Aung has worked for decades for decades to promote the rights of Myanmar's Rohingyas.
    (AP, 6/10/18)
2018        Jun 10, Thousands of women wearing the colors of the Suffragettes marched through British cities in a living artwork to mark 100 years since British women won the right to vote.
    (AFP, 6/10/18)
2018        Jun 10, Chinese President Xi Jinping extolled free trade and criticized "selfish, short-sighted" policies during a closely orchestrated gathering of a Beijing-led bloc.
    (AP, 6/10/18)
2018        Jun 10, Egypt's chief prosecutor referred 28 people to a criminal court on charges including forming an illegal group, "The Egyptian Council for Change," aiming to topple the government.
    (AP, 6/10/18)
2018        Jun 10, Egypt's official statistics agency said the inflation rate has increased to 13.2 percent in May, ahead of a possible new round of price hikes as part of austerity measures designed to overhaul the country's economy.
    (AP, 6/10/18)
2018        Jun 10, Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed announced that Egypt will release 32 Ethiopian prisoners during his visit as he sought to assure Cairo that a massive upstream Nile dam would not cut into its share of the river.
    (AP, 6/11/18)
2018        Jun 10, Germany and France sharply criticized US President Donald Trump's decision to abruptly withdraw his support for a Group of Seven communique, accusing him of destroying trust and acting inconsistently.
    (Reuters, 6/10/18)
2018        Jun 10, Iran’s military said Revolutionary Guards have killed six militants who had crossed the border from Iraq and intended to carry out operations inside the Islamic Republic.
    (Reuters, 6/10/18)
 2018        Jun 10, A fire ripped through Iraq's biggest ballot warehouse ahead of a vote recount prompted by allegations of fraud during legislative elections that saw a surprise victory for a populist cleric. Officials said most ballot boxes were preserved.
    (AFP, 6/10/18)
2018        Jun 10, A group of militants sneaked into the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir from the Pakistani side of the disputed territory, sparking a gunbattle that left at least six suspected rebels dead.
    (AP, 6/10/18)
2018        Jun 10, Israel's cabinet approved a plan to pump 100 million cubic meters of water annually by 2022 into the shrinking Sea of Galilee, aka Lake Kinneret. Last year the body of water, hit by years of drought, had reached its lowest level in a century.
    (AFP, 6/11/18)
2018        Jun 10, In the Philippines at least 15 pro-Islamic State militants were killed when government troops launched air and ground assaults against a rebel bomb factory. Air strikes and artillery pounded an area in the Liguasan marsh in Maguindanao, where the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) group had been making improvised explosive devices.
    (Reuters, 6/10/18)
2018        Jun 10, In the northern Philippines two gunmen killed a Roman Catholic priest as he prepared to celebrate Mass at the altar of a chapel in Zaragoza town, Nueva Ecija province. Rev. Richmond Nilo was the third Catholic priest to be killed in the country in recent months.
    (AP, 6/11/18)
2018        Jun 10, A summit, hosted by Saudi Arabia and attended by Jordan, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, pledged $2.5 billion in aid to help Jordan ease an economic crisis that has sparked angry protests.
    (AFP, 6/11/18)
2018        Jun 10, Tens of thousands of Spaniards from the northern Basque Country formed a line that stretched 202 km (125 miles) to demand a ballot on secession for the wealthy region.
    (Reuters, 6/10/18)
2018        Jun 10, Spanish police said they have arrested 24 people suspected of distributing pornographic images of children on the internet.
    (AP, 6/10/18)
2018        Jun 10, Swiss voters rejected a referendum that would have made sweeping changes in their country's monetary and banking system. Voters approved a referendum on the Gambling Act, which has already been passed by both houses of parliament. It will allow only casinos and gaming companies certified in Switzerland to operate in the country, including on the internet.
    (AFP, 6/10/18)
2018        Jun 10, In Switzerland an Olympic hosting bid was sunk by a public vote against expected high costs. Voters in the region of Valais refused to pledge financial support for a 2026 Winter Games hosting bid centered on the town of Sion.
    (AP, 6/10/18)
2018        Jun 10, In northwest Syria the pro-government Shi'ite Muslim villages of villages of al-Foua and Kefraya came under fresh attack from rebel forces, which have besieged them for years, prompting retaliatory air strikes. Activists and a war monitor said at least 10 people were killed in airstrikes in Taftanaz, Idlib province, while five others were killed in the nearby towns of Binnish, Ariha and Ram Hemdan.
    (Reuters, 6/10/18)(AP, 6/11/18)
2018        Jun 10, Turkey's military said it hit more than a dozen Kurdish militant targets in air strikes in the Qandil mountains of northern Iraq.
    (Reuters, 6/11/18)
2018        Jun 10, Police in Vietnam detained more than a dozen protesters in the capital Hanoi and halted demonstrations in other cities against plans for new special economic zones that the protesters fear will be dominated by Chinese investors. Will Nguyen, an American citizen of Vietnamese descent, was beaten over the head and dragged into the back of a police truck after police moved to break up a protest in Ho Chi Minh City.
    (Reuters, 6/10/18)(AP, 6/14/18)

2018        Jun 11, The US extradited former Panamanian Pres. Ricardo Martinelli (66) back to Panama to face political espionage and embezzlement charges.
    (AP, 6/11/18)
2018        Jun 11, The US Supreme Court uphel an Ohio law that drops voters who fail to cast a ballot and do not respond to several notices.
    (SFC, 6/12/18, p.A12)
2018        Jun 11, The US Treasury imposed sanctions on three Russian individuals and five firms, saying they had worked with Moscow's main intelligence service on ways to conduct cyber attacks against the United States and its allies.
    (Reuters, 6/11/18)
2018        Jun 11, A US government-affiliated broadcaster (Radio Free Asia) that provides news to countries in Asia where freedom of information is restricted lost its local partner in Myanmar after refusing demands that it stop using the term "Rohingya" to describe an oppressed Muslim minority.
    (AP, 6/11/18)
2018        Jun 11, A Florida Brian Hyde (22) was sentenced to life in prison for using a machete to kill his aunt, her pregnant daughter and the daughter's boyfriend in 2015.
    (AP, 6/12/18)
2018        Jun 11, In Michigan the owners of the 105-year-old Michigan Central Station in Detroit announced the sale of the building to the Ford Motor Co. for redevelopment.
    (SFC, 6/12/18, p.A12)
2018        Jun 11, In NYC a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the 1,079 foot 3 World Trade Center. The $2.7 billion, 80-story office building was designed by architect Richard Rogers.
    (SFC, 6/11/18, p.A4)
2018        Jun 11, US Federal prosecutors said the NYC Housing Authority will pay more thyan $2 billion to settle claims that it lied to the federal government about failing to comply with lead paint regulations and other maintenance issues that endangered low income residents and their children.
    (SFC, 6/12/18, p.A6)
2018        Jun 11, Dr. Adel Mahmoud (76), former president of Merck Vaccines (1998-2006) died in Manhattan. The Cairo-born doctor oversaw the creation and marketing of the rotavirus and HPV vaccines that brought major advances in public health.
    (SFC, 6/20/18, p.D7)
2018        Jun 11, In Afghanistan an attack outside the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry in Kabul killed 12 people as employees were leaving work. The Islamic State soon claimed responsibility. Taliban insurgents late today took control of a district headquarters in northern Faryab province. Abdul Rahman Falah, the Kohistan district governor, was killed in the attack. At least five policemen were killed by a suicide bomber using a military Humvee in eastern Ghazni province. In northern Kunduz province the Taliban attacked a joint army and police checkpoint, killing at least 15 security forces.
    (Reuters, 6/11/18)(AP, 6/12/18)(SFC, 6/12/18, p.A5)
2018        Jun 11, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa enacted a law banning members of banned political parties, felons and convicts who later had received royal pardons from standing as candidates for elections.
    (AP, 6/11/18)
2018        Jun 11, British mother Charlotte Caldwell said her son needs cannabis oil to prevent dangerous epileptic seizures pleaded with British officials to return the supply she recently obtained in Canada.
    (AP, 6/11/18)
2018        Jun 11, Equatorial Guinea's authoritarian president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema (76), called for "national dialogue," a move that comes on the heels of a thwarted coup and a crackdown on the opposition.
    (AFP, 6/12/18)
2018        Jun 11, In Germany a young woman was fatally stabbed in the Casinogarten park in the city of Viersen and a massive search for the assailant was underway. The following day a new suspect (17) in the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old Romanian girl in Viersen turned himself in to police.
    (AP, 6/11/18)(AP, 6/12/18)
2018        Jun 11, It was reported that German building materials maker Knauf is buying American building products maker USG in an approximately $7 billion deal. USG will keep its headquarters in Chicago.
    (AP, 6/11/18)
2018        Jun 11, India requested an international arrest warrant for fugitive billionaire jeweler Nirav Modi, hours after reports claimed he had sought asylum in Britain.
    (AFP, 6/11/18)
2018        Jun 11, Iranian semi-official Fars news agency reported that the country's authorities have detained 27 suspected members of a terrorist group. The report said a large amount of explosives and weapons were confiscated, including machine guns and grenades.
    (AP, 6/11/18)
2018        Jun 11, In Italy Lukasz Pawel Herba, a Polish man, was sentenced to 16 years and nine months in prison for kidnapping British model Chloe Ayling in Milan last July.
    (Reuters, 6/11/18)
2018        Jun 11, In Libya forces loyal to commander Khalifa Haftar said their campaign against an armed coalition of local fighters and Islamists in the eastern city of Derna has reached its final stages after several days of heavy fighting. A suicide attack late today in Derna killed two Libyan National Army (LNA) fighters and wounded three.
    (Reuters, 6/11/18)(AFP, 6/12/18)
2018        Jun 11, Madagascar's Pres. Hery Rajaonarimampianina and PM Christian Ntsay unveiled a new government. Opposition supporters reacted with disdain, dismissing the new cabinet as stuffed with old faces tainted by corruption.
    (AFP, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 11, Dutch King Willem-Alexander started a tour of three Baltic countries in Riga, Latvia, where he met with Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis. He is scheduled to go to Estonia on July 12 and will be in Lithuania on July 14. The trip was to coincide with the Baltic nations celebrating the centenary of their declarations of independence from the Russian Empire.
    (AP, 6/11/18)
2018        Jun 11, Qatar said it has filed a case against the United Arab Emirates at the United Nations' highest court, accusing Abu Dhabi of "discrimination against Qatar and Qatari citizens" amid a yearlong boycott of Doha by four Arab nations. An Emirati minister dismissed the filing as a stunt.
    (AP, 6/11/18)
2018        Jun 11, The Philippine president's office called Chinese seizures of fish caught by Philippine fishing boats near a disputed shoal unacceptable, and presented three fishermen who described their experiences.
    (AP, 6/11/18)
2018        Jun 11, In Puerto Rico plans to shutter 265 public schools across Puerto Rico were temporarily derailed with a judge's order to stop the closure of at least nine institutions and his recommendation that other judges do the same in lawsuits still pending on other school closures.
    (AP, 6/12/18)
2018        Jun 11, In Russia a pleasure craft carrying 16 people collided with a tugboat on the Volga River in Volgograd, about 250 meters from the riverbank, late today, killing 11 people. Investigators the next day blamed a drunk captain for a boat crash.
    (Reuters, 6/12/18)
2018        Jun 11, Syrian forces backed by Russia aircraft turned back an attempt by a large group of rebels advancing toward the city of Palmyra. Five rebels were reported killed in the morning clash near Al-Tanf.
    (AP, 6/11/18)
2018        Jun 11, Syrian state television said an airstrike by a US-led coalition had killed 18 Iraqi refugees at a school in eastern Hasaka province, but the coalition denied it.
    (Reuters, 6/11/18)
2018        Jun 11, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (73) and the country's police chief vowed a crackdown on crime after a ruling-party MP Ibrahim Abiriga was shot dead last week by men on motorbikes. Abiriga was a vocal supporter in parliament of a law that removed an age cap on the presidency.
    (Reuters, 6/12/18)
2018        Jun 11, Pope Francis began purging Chile's Catholic hierarchy over an avalanche of sex abuse and cover-up cases, starting with accepting the resignations of the bishop at the center of the scandal and two others. Francis accepted the resignations of Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, Bishop Gonzalo Duarte of Valparaiso and Bishop Cristian Caro of Puerto Montt and named a temporary leader for each diocese.
    (AP, 6/11/18)
2018        Jun 11, Doctors Without Borders said it has "temporarily frozen" operations in a rebel-held area of northwestern Yemen following an air raid on a cholera treatment center it supports. Security officials said heavy fighting between pro-government forces and Shiite rebels has killed more than 600 people on both sides in recent days.
    (AFP, 6/11/18)(AP, 6/11/18)

2018        Jun 12, President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, meeting on Sentosa Island in Singapore, committed to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula during the first meeting in history between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader. Trump announced a halt to US military exercises with treaty ally South Korea.
    (AP, 6/12/18)
2018        Jun 12, The Trump administration sent Britain, Washington's most loyal battlefield ally in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a letter rebuking it for spending too little on defense.
    (Reuters, 7/3/18)
2018        Jun 12, An accident saw a US Navy boat come to the aid of drowning migrants off the coast of Libya. At least 60 migrants died in the Mediterranean sea when their rubber dinghy sank. Survivors later said that their dinghy had been carrying 117 people.
    (AFP, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 12, The US Treasury Department announced sanctions against Gen. Hing Bun Hieng, commander of Cambodia's PM Bodyguard Unit, which it said had been engaged in serious human rights violations for at least the past 21 years.
    (AP, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 12, A US federal court ruled in favor of AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner.
    (AP, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 12, A new report by the Washington-based Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS) said war profiteers, terror financiers and drug traffickers sanctioned by the US in recent years have used Dubai's real-estate market as a haven for their assets.
    (AP, 6/12/18)
2018        Jun 12, Colorado officials closed the San Juan National Forest due to extreme fire danger.
    (SFC, 6/13/18, p.A7)
2018        Jun 12, In Maryland Elijah Nyamekye (17) brought a stolen .38 calibre revolver to Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, where he was not a student. He fled after offering a fake name and student ID, but was soon arrested off-campus.
    (SFC, 6/14/18, p.A5)
2018        Jun 12, Republican voters in South Carolina chose state Rep. Katie Arrington over US Rep. Mark Sanford in a state primary race. Pres. Trump had criticized Sanford hours before the polls closed.
    (SFC, 6/13/18, p.A6)
2018        Jun 12, In Texas 55 people, suspected of entering the country illegally, were discovered in a tractor-trailer late today in San Antonio.
    (SFC, 6/14/18, p.A5)
2018        Jun 12, In northern Afghanistan Taliban insurgents overran an army base in Sayyad district, Sari Pul province, killing five soldiers. Eight security forces were reported killed in fighting in northern Faryab province. At least 13 Taliban were killed and nine others wounded.
    (AP, 6/12/18)
2018        Jun 12, Brazil's President Michel Temer issued two decrees introducing stricter rules on miners for the recovery of degraded areas and compensating municipalities affected by mining that takes place elsewhere.
    (Reuters, 6/12/18)
2018        Jun 12, British lawmakers voted to push through Brexit legislation including measures affecting Scotland such as agriculture and fisheries which did not have the consent of Holyrood, the devolved Scottish parliament where the SNP is the biggest party.
    (Reuters, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 12, Jack Renshaw (23), an alleged member of National Action, a banned British neo-Nazi group, pleaded guilty to planning to murder a lawmaker. Renshaw was accused of buying a machete to kill Labour Party legislator Rosie Cooper last year.
    (AP, 6/12/18)
2018        Jun 12, Egypt said it is raising the price of electricity by an average of 26 percent as part of austerity measures designed to overhaul the country's economy.
    (AP, 6/12/18)
2018        Jun 12, The European Union's top court defended French fashion designer Christian Louboutin's claim to trademark red soled high-heel shoes.
    (AP, 6/12/18)
2018        Jun 12, In France an 18th-century Chinese vase forgotten for decades in a shoe box in a French attic sold for 16.2 million euros ($19 million) at Sotheby's in Paris. In 1765 a similar pair were made for the Buddha pavilions in the Emperor Qianlong's private apartments. Four year later, two more were ordered as a present for his birthday. They all came from the imperial workshops in Jingdezhen, the southern Chinese city known as the "Porcelain Capital".
    (AFP, 6/12/18)
2018        Jun 12, German police arrested a Tunisian man after discovering "toxic substances" at his flat in Cologne. Der Spiegel soon named the suspect as Sief Allah H. (29) and said he had been trying to build a bomb containing the deadly poison ricin using ingredients he bought online.
    (AFP, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 12, A Ghana court ordered the suspension of the country's embattled football federation, paving the way for its dissolution following explosive corruption allegations.
    (AFP, 6/12/18)
2018        Jun 12, Greece and Macedonia agreed that Macedonia will change its name to Republic of North Macedonia. A binding agreement is expected to be signed this weekend.
    (AP, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 12, In Hong Kong shares in ZTE Corp. fell 42 percent on their first trading day after the Chinese telecoms equipment maker agreed to pay a $1 billion penalty to the US government and replace its top managers.
    (AP, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 12, Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in last month's parliamentary elections, announced an alliance with an Iran-backed coalition ahead of marathon negotiations to form a new government.
    (AP, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 12, Israeli security forces began evicting Jewish settlers from 15 homes which Israel's highest court ruled were built illegally on privately-owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 6/12/18)
2018        Jun 12, Italian news agency ANSA said local police have arrested five suspects accused in the theft last year of paintings by the masters Rubens and Renoir valued at 26 million euros ($30 million.) The paintings were stolen in April 2017 from two art dealers in Monza, outside Milan.
    (AP, 6/12/18)
2018        Jun 12, In Libya two explosions were heard as suicide bombers hit forces of Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army in the southern Shiha district of Derna.
    (AFP, 6/12/18)
 2018        Jun 12, Norway said it will ask the United States to double the number of US troops stationed in the country and deploy them nearer the border with Russia.
    (AFP, 6/12/18)
2018        Jun 12, In Portugal a British and an Australian tourist plunged to their deaths in a coastal town while reportedly taking selfies from a wall overlooking the beach.
    (AP, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 12, The Spanish king's brother-in-law was sentenced on appeal to five years and 10 months' jail for embezzling millions of euros. Former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin (50), married to King Felipe VI's sister Princess Cristina, was sidelined from the royal family after the fraud scandal erupted in 2010.
    (AFP, 6/12/18)

2018        Jun 13, US President Donald Trump accused the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries of driving up oil prices, in a fresh swipe at the cartel's agreement to cap production.
    (AFP, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 13, The US Federal Reserve raised interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point and signaled that it will raise rates two more times this year.
    (SFC, 6/14/18, p.C2)
2018        Jun 13, ABC News reported that Michael Cohen, Pres. Trump's former personal lawyer, is seeking a new legal team in an FBI investigation as his current legal team plans to stop handling his case.
    (SFC, 6/14/18, p.A5)
2018        Jun 13, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation to tighten already strict gun control laws.
    (SFC, 6/14/18, p.A5)
2018        Jun 13, Lawmakers from the Scottish National Party (SNP) staged a dramatic walkout from the British parliament after their leader was ordered to leave the House of Commons in a row over Brexit.
    (Reuters, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 13, A new report published in the journal Nature said the rate t which Antarctica is losing ice has more than doubled since 2012. This was expected to contribute 6 inches to sea-level rise by 2100.
    (SFC, 6/14/18, p.A4)
2018        Jun 13, A BP report said global greenhouse gas emissions began rising again last year as the first pick-up in coal burning since 2013 overshadowed a record expansion in renewable energy.
    (Reuters, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 13, France's biggest agriculture union told its farmers to suspend a blockade of refineries and fuel depots that had entered its third day over palm oil imports and unfair competition.
    (Reuters, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 13, In Germany the regional court in Duesseldorf sentenced a man, identified only as Saleh A., to seven years in prison after finding him guilty of membership in foreign terrorist groups, manslaughter and other charges.
    (AP, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 13, More than 150 German and Danish police officers searched a dozen apartments and offices in a joint cross-border raid on an illegal human trafficking network that focused on arranging hundreds of sham marriages.
    (AP, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 13, Germany extradited Milorad Obradovic (49), a Bosnian Serb, to Bosnia. He was accused of taking part in the 1992 detention and torture of about 120 Muslim Bosniaks in the Bosnian war, and personally killing three others.
    (Reuters, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 13, Honduras' ruling party said it will cooperate with prosecutors' investigation into allegations public funds were illegally diverted to the 2013 campaign of President Juan Orlando Hernandez. Prosecutors said $11.7 million was diverted from the agriculture ministry to political parties through nonprofit organizations.
    (AP, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 13, Indian and Pakistani forces traded fire along the highly militarized frontier in disputed Kashmir after Pakistani firing killed at least four Indian paramilitary soldiers and injured three others on border patrol.
    (AP, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 13, An Indonesian passenger boat overloaded with people heading home to celebrate the end of Ramadan with their families capsized off Sulawesi island, killing at least 13. A speed boat carrying 30 people capsized near Palembang city. Rescuers recovered three bodies. There were 27 survivors.
    (AP, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 13, Iranian security forces arrested prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. The mother of two also worked as a lawyer for women detained for refusing to cover their hair in public. She has represented Iranian opposition activists and in 2010 was sentenced to six years in jail and banned from practice after being convicted of spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security.
    (Reuters, 6/13/18)(AP, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 13, In northern Italy finance police searched a bank as part of an investigation into possible money laundering by the far-right League party.
    (Reuters, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 13, Rome's long-delayed plans to build a new stadium hit another major obstacle when nine people were arrested for alleged corruption linked to bureaucratic matters involving the venue.
    (AP, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 13, A Maldives court sentenced Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, a former president (1978-2008) accused of plotting to overthrow the government, to 19 months in prison for failing to cooperate with the police investigation.
    (AP, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 13, Two Norwegian lawmakers nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize after the Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
    (AP, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 13, Qatar said it has extended a $500 million aid package to Jordan that includes investments, project finance and job opportunities for Jordanians.
    (Reuters, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 13, In Russia the FIFA Congress in Moscow voted that the 2026 World Cup will return to North America for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65.
    (AP, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 13, The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported that King Salman has ordered a 1.7 billion riyal ($453 million) payout to beneficiaries of social security in the kingdom ahead of the upcoming Islamic Eid holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
    (AP, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 13, South Korea held regional elections. The ruling party of President Moon Jae-in was expected to win a sweeping victory.
    (Reuters, 6/13/18)
2018        Jun 13, The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said sarin was likely used on March 24, 2017, as a chemical weapon in an attack in Syria at Ltamenah, Hama province, and that chlorine was likely used the following day at the Ltamenah Hospital.
    (SFC, 6/14/18, p.A2)
2018        Jun 13, Turkish and US officials meeting in Germany reached an agreement on the Syrian town of Manbij, which has been a source of tension between the NATO allies. The "Manbij Implementation Plan" would be discussed by senior officials from the two countries, but no details were provided.
    (AP, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 13, Yemeni forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition launched a major offensive to retake the rebel-held port city of Hodeida, a key aid hub, sparking calls from the United Nations for restraint.
    (AFP, 6/13/18)

2018        Jun 14, A long-awaited report was released by the Justice Department's inspector general. It faulted the FBI and its former director James Comey over the handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe in 2016. The 568-page report found no bias in the investigation itself, or in the ultimate decision announced by Comey not to prosecute Clinton for mishandling classified materials.
    (AFP, 6/15/18)
2018        Jun 14, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said tough sanctions will remain on North Korea until its complete denuclearization.
    (Reuters, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 14, The US the State Department said it will release $6.6 million to a Syrian group, the Syrian Civil Defense fund, that rescues civilians caught up in fighting and a United Nations group that monitors human rights abuses.
    (Reuters, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 14, California's Legislature passed a $139 billion general fund budget.
    (SFC, 6/15/18, p.D1)
2018        Jun 14, Stanford neuroscientist Karl Deisseroth won the prestigious Kyoto Prize, Japan's highest private honor, for pioneering a technique known as optogenetics, which is used by scientists to better understand links between brain activity and behavior.
    (SFC, 6/15/18, p.C6)
2018        Jun 14, New York's attorney General sued Pres. Donald Trump and his foundation accusing him of illegally using the charity's money to settle disputes involving his business empire and to promote his political fortunes.
    (SFC, 6/15/18, p.A5)
2018        Jun 14, A US federal judge in Virginia sentenced Mexican citizen Victor Santos-Ochoa (45) to eight years in prison for an immigration conviction, more than double the recommended term, citing his lengthy criminal history and the fact that he's already been deported three times.
    (AP, 6/15/18)   
2018        Jun 14, AT&T said it has completed its $81 billion takeover of Time Warner.
    (SFC, 6/15/18, p.C1)
2018        Jun 14, In Afghanistan a US drone strike in northeastern Kunar province killed Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah, the insurgent leader who ordered the assassination of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. Fazlullah, along with five other insurgents, died when the strike slammed into the vehicle in which they were driving.
    (AP, 6/15/18)
2018        Jun 14, In Afghanistan a clinic that was providing medical facilities for more than 2,000 people was burned down by insurgents in Nuristan province.
    (AP, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 14, The lower house of Argentina's congress approved a bill (129 to 125) that would legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, sending the measure to the Senate, where it faces an uphill battle to become law. President Mauricio Macri has said he will sign the bill if it's approved.
    (AFP, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 14, Britain said it is easing visa rules to address a shortage of doctors and also encourage tech entrepreneurs as it prepares a new post-EU immigration system, an issue that drove the Brexit vote.
    (AFP, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 14, British plane engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce said that it plans to cut 4,600 jobs over the next 2 years as part of a major restructuring effort.
    (AP, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 14, Prosecutors in Chile seized documents in raids on Roman Catholic Church offices in Santiago and Rancagua as part of an investigation in clergy sex abuse scandals. Police and prosecutors began staging raids on Church offices in Santiago, looking for evidence of sex crimes the Church had not reported to police.
    (SFC, 6/15/18, p.A4)(Reuters, 7/31/18)
2018        Jun 14, China's government renewed its threat to scrap deals with Washington aimed at defusing a sprawling trade dispute as the White House prepared to release a list of Chinese goods targeted for tariff hikes.
    (AP, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 14, Egypt appointed a new government, replacing several key ministers as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pushes ahead with tough economic reforms and seeks to improve security.
    (Reuters, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 14, EU negotiators agreed to phase out the use of palm oil in transport fuels from 2030, setting up a clash with producer countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia.
    (Reuters, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 14, In France thousands of retirees protested across the country over a tax hike on their pensions. The tax hike has been in effect since January and has impacted some eight million retirees.
    (AP, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 14, Greek lawmakers approved the last batch of economic reforms required by creditors, as the country approaches the end of its international bailout.
    (Reuters, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 14, Greece's Supreme Court ruled against the extradition of Maria Efimova. a Russian whistleblower at the center of a Maltese corruption scandal. Efimova was employed for three months in 2016 by Pilatus Bank and is accused by the bank of embezzlement. She denies the charges.
    (Reuters, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 14, In Hungary the four main suspects involved in the gruesome deaths of 71 migrants in a truck on an Austrian highway in 2015 were jailed for 25 years, in a case that sparked international revulsion. Ten other suspects were also found guilty over the deaths and handed prison sentences of up to 12 years by the court in the southern town of Kecskemet. Three were tried in absentia. The bodies were already in an advanced state of decomposition when they were discovered in an abandoned poultry refrigerator lorry on August 27, 2015.
    (AFP, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 14, In central Indonesia a 7-meter-long (23-foot-long) python swallowed Wa Tiba (54) as she checked her vegetable garden near her village on Muna island, Southeast Sulawesi province.
    (AP, 6/16/18)
2018        Jun 14, Italy's far-right agriculture minister said his government would not ratify an EU-Canada free trade deal, claiming it does not protect his country's farmers. The 2016 accord, which has yet to be ratified, eliminates 98 percent of tariffs between the EU and Canada.
    (AFP, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 14, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe met with families of people abducted by North Korea decades ago and pledged to deal directly with the North to resolve the issue.
    (AP, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 14, Jordan's King Abdullah swore in a new government led by a former World Bank economist and mandated to review a disputed tax system after widespread protests against IMF-driven austerity measures.
    (Reuters, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 14, In Kashmir Syed Shujaat Bukhari, the editor of the Rising Kashmir newspaper, and his two police bodyguards were shot by assailants who fired at them in Srinagar. All three died of their wounds. On June 28 Indian police accused Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba of the murder.
    (AP, 6/14/18)(Reuters, 6/28/18)
2018        Jun 14, The major Libyan oil ports of Ras Lanuf and Es Sider were closed and evacuated due to attacks by armed brigades opposed to the powerful eastern commander Khalifa Haftar, causing a production loss of 240,000 barrels per day.
    (Reuters, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 14, North and South Korea agreed to fully restore their cross-border communication lines after holding rare high-level military talks on reducing tensions.
    (AP, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 14, Poland's Supreme Court ruled against a businessman who refused to print posters for an LGBT business group because he did not want to "promote" the gay rights movement.
    (AP, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 14, Russia's PM Dmitry Medvedev said that the government wanted to raise the retirement age for men by five years, to 65 from 60, and for women by eight years, to 63 from 55 in an effort to ease intense pressure on state coffers.
    (Reuters, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 14, In Russia a North Korean official handed a written message to Pres. Vladimir Putin from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. President Vladimir Putin asked North Korean official Kim Yong Nam at their meeting to pass an invitation to visit Russia in September to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
    (Reuters, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 14, The World Cup trophy was displayed at Moscow's 80,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium ahead of the tournament's opening match between host nation Russia and Saudi Arabia.
    (AFP, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 14, In South Africa about 1,000 union members picketed Eskom's headquarters in Johannesburg in a wage dispute that threatens the cash-strapped utility's ability to deliver power.
    (Reuters, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 14, In South Africa a Somali man stabbed two worshippers to death and wounded two others in a rampage at a mosque in in Malmesbury near Cape Town before being shot dead by police.
    (AFP, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 14, Human Rights Watch said that Turkey-backed rebels in northwest Syria's Afrin have seized, looted and destroyed Kurdish civilians' property after taking control of the region in March.
    (Reuters, 6/14/18)
2018        Jun 14, In Ukraine a pop-up "Corruption Park" opened in Kiev to highlight the scale of the problem with interactive exhibits and displays of ill-gotten gains including a $46,000 crystal falcon.
    (AP, 6/18/18)
2018        Jun 14, In Yemen Arab warplanes and warships pounded Houthi positions in Hodeidah for a second day, as a Saudi-led alliance tried to seize the main port in the largest battle of a war that has created the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
    (Reuters, 6/14/18)

2018        Jun 15, US President Donald Trump claimed following his summit with Kim Jong Un that he has "largely solved" the North Korean nuclear problem.
    (AFP, 6/15/18)
2018        Jun 15, President Donald Trump ignited eleventh-hour confusion over Republican efforts to push immigration legislation through the House, saying he wouldn't sign a "moderate" package. The White House later walked back the comments, formally endorsing the measure and saying Trump had been confused.
    (AP, 6/16/18)
2018        Jun 15, The Trump administration announced a 25 percent tariff on up to $50 billion worth of Chinese imports, instantly escalating a trade dispute between the world's two largest economies. The US will begin collecting 25 percent tariffs on July 6. China's government responded quickly by announcing it will immediately impose penalties of "equal strength" on US products.
    (AP, 6/15/18)(Reuters, 6/15/18)
2018        Jun 15, A US federal judge sent Paul Manafort (69), President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, to jail ahead of his trial on money laundering, tax and bank fraud charges. Manafort (69) was jailed after a federal judge revoked his house arrest over allegations of witness tampering in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
    (AP, 6/16/18)(AFP, 6/15/18)
2018        Jun 15, It was reported that nearly 2,000 children have been separated from their families at the US border over a six-week period during a crackdown on illegal entries.
    (AP, 6/16/18)
2018        Jun 15, In southern California two people died when their small plane crashed near Hesperiua airport in San Bernadino.
    (SSFC, 6/17/18, p.A8)
2018        Jun 15, In Kansas sheriff's Deputy Patrick Rohrer (35) was killed and another critically wounded when an inmate being transported to a hearing in Kansas City got hold of a weapon and shot them. The suspect was also wounded. Both the wounded were hospitalized. Deputy Theresa King (44) died of her wounds early the next day.
    (SFC, 6/16/18, p.A6)(SSFC, 6/17/18, p.A8)
2018        Jun 15, A New York City taxi driver who spent 30 years behind the wheel hanged himself after running out of money to lease a vehicle. Abdul Saleh (59) was found dead in his rented Brooklyn room. The Yemeni immigrant was the sixth driver to kill himself in the past six months amid financial struggles while often working 12-hour shifts.
    (AP, 6/16/18)
2018        Jun 15, Roger Thomas Clark (56), a Canadian man who federal authorities say earned hundreds of thousands of dollars working for the notorious "Silk Road" drug-dealing website, arrived in New York after being extradited from Thailand. He faced an indictment charging him with playing a key role in the website by advising its founder, Ross Ulbricht.
    (AP, 6/15/18)
2018        Jun 15, McDonald's said it will switch to paper straws at all its locations in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and test an alternative to plastic ones in some of its US restaurants later this year.
    (AP, 6/15/18)
2018        Jun 15, A Bosnian court refused to extradite Zdravko Mamic, the former boss of soccer club Dinamo Zagreb, to Croatia where he was sentenced to more than six years in prison for tax evasion and embezzling profits from player transfers.
    (Reuters, 6/15/18)
2018        Jun 15, Former British Army Sgt. Emile Cilliers (38), who tried to kill his wife by sabotaging her parachute so he could get her insurance money, was sentenced to at least 18 years in prison.
    (AP, 6/15/18)
2018        Jun 15, It was reported that former tennis champion Boris Becker (50) has claimed diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings in London against him by taking up a role with the Central African Republic as a sports envoy.
    (Reuters, 6/15/18)
2018        Jun 15, The Colombian government and the ELN guerrilla group ended their fifth round of peace talks in Havana without reaching an agreement for a bilateral ceasefire, but vowed to continue their dialogue.
    (AFP, 6/15/18)
2018        Jun 15, A Danish court ordered the country's Defense Ministry to compensate 18 Iraqi civilians detained by Iraqi security troops during a 2014 military operation in Iraq in which Danish soldiers assisted. The Defense Ministry planned to appeal.
    (AP, 6/15/18)
2018        Jun 15, EU experts said dry summer weather is causing sudden damage to wheat crops in Baltic Sea countries, putting a question mark over wheat export supplies.
    (AP, 6/15/18)
2018        Jun 15, A Finnish court sentenced Abderrahman Bouanane (23), a Moroccan asylum seeker, to life in prison for killing two women and injuring eight others in a stabbing spree in Turku last August 18, described as the nation's first terror attack.
    (AFP, 6/15/18)(SFC, 6/16/18, p.A2)
2018        Jun 15, French President Emmanuel Macron met Italy's new Premier Giuseppe Conte in Paris to try to patch up relations after sparks flew between the two countries over Rome's rejection of a migrant rescue ship. Both leaders agreed to pursue changes to EU migration rules.
    (AFP, 6/15/18)(SFC, 6/16/18, p.A4)
2018        Jun 15, A German court ruled that investors pushing for damages over a sharp fall in Volkswagen shares after the carmaker disclosed emissions cheating in 2015 can also seek redress from majority shareholder Porsche SE .
    (Reuters, 6/15/18)
2018        Jun 15, In India New Delhi officials ordered a two-day halt to construction in an attempt to reduce choking pollution that has cloaked the city in smog and dust.
    (AP, 6/15/18)
2018        Jun 15, Israel's Shin Bet internal security service indicted Gonen Segev (62), energy minister from 1995 to 1996, on suspicion of spying for Iran. Segev was arrested during a visit to Equatorial Guinea in May and extradited to Israel, where he is being detained.
    (Reuters, 6/18/18)
2018        Jun 15, Italy's family-owned Missoni fashion house announced that Italian investment fund FSI will take a 41.2 percent stake in the firm to help expand the business and help usher the house toward an eventual public listing.
    (AP, 6/15/18)
2018        Jun 15, Japan's Cabinet adopted an economic plan that would allow more foreign workers as the rapidly aging country seeks to make up for its declining workforce.
    (AP, 6/15/18)
2018        Jun 15, In Mexico six police officers were murdered in the central state of Puebla, which is ravaged by gangs active in drug trafficking, fuel theft and kidnapping. Authorities found a tanker truck with an "illegal" cargo of fuel at the rural crime scene. Two armed suspects were arrested.
    (AFP, 6/15/18)
2018        Jun 15, The Nicaraguan government and civic groups agreed to halt all violence, in a major step to end two months of political unrest that has left 170 dead and rocked the government of President Daniel Ortega.
    (Reuters, 6/15/18)
2018        Jun 15, In Pakistan militants killed three soldiers late today in a cross-border attack in the North Waziristan region.
    (AP, 6/16/18)
2018        Jun 15, Papua New Guinea declared a state of emergency, suspended a provincial government and sent armed forces to its rugged highlands to restore order after rioters went on a rampage of looting and burning. PM Peter O'Neill declared a nine-month state of emergency in the province, and suspended its government for the duration.
    (Reuters, 6/15/18)
2018        Jun 15, Portugal's parliament overwhelmingly approved a bill to legalize marijuana-based medicines, after rejecting earlier proposals to allow patients to grow the drug at home. The bill now goes to Pres. Marcelo Rebelo de Souza to be signed into law.
    (Reuters, 6/15/18)
2018        Jun 15, A senior South Korean presidential official said that Washington and Seoul have begun discussions on temporarily suspending the massive "Ulchi Freedom Guardian" exercises that usually take place in August and possibly other joint drills while nuclear diplomacy with North Korea continues.
    (AP, 6/15/18)
2018        Jun 15, A legal source said Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to pay the Spanish taxman 18.8 million euro ($20 million) to settle a tax fraud claim.
    (AFP, 6/15/18)
2018        Jun 15, A Swedish court found Dorjee Gyantsan (40), a Tibetan who worked for a pro-Tibetan radio station, guilty of spying for China by gathering information on Tibetans who had fled to Sweden, and sentenced him to 22 months in jail.
    (AP, 6/15/18)
2018        Jun 15, In Syria two people visiting graves of relatives during the Eid al-Fitr holiday were killed in government shelling of a cemetery.
    (AP, 6/15/18)
2018        Jun 15, In Yemen dozens of fighters from a Saudi-led coalition backing an exiled government were killed in fighting over the rebel-held port of Hodeida, the main entry point for food into a country already on the brink of famine. Forces from an alliance of Arab states seized the entrance to the airport Hodeidah.
    (AP, 6/15/18)(Reuters, 6/15/18)

2018        Jun 16, In Florida two 462-foot cooling towers imploded in Jacksonville as part of the dismantling of the coal-fired electric plant at St. Johns River Power Park.
    (SSFC, 6/17/18, p.A8)
2018        Jun 16, American film producer Martin Bregman (b.1926) died in NYC. His productions included "Serpico" (1973), "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975), "The Seduction of Joe Tynan" (1975) and "Scarface" (1983).
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Bregman)(SFC, 6/19/18, p.C3)
2018        Jun 16, In eastern Afghanistan suicide bomber struck in the city of Jalalabad, killing at least 36 people and wounded 65. After the attack President Ashraf Ghani announced a nine-day extension of a cease-fire, as both sides observed a halt in hostilities for Eid. A blast hit a gathering of Taliban and Afghan security officials, meeting to celebrate the end of Ramadan fasting season, in the eastern city of Nangarhar. 11 people were reported killed another 12 wounded. Dozens of unarmed Taliban militants had entered cities to celebrate an unprecedented ceasefire.
    (AFP, 6/16/18)(Reuters, 6/16/18)(AP, 6/17/18)
2018        Jun 16, In Armenia Parliament member Manvel Grigorian was detained in the city of Echmiadzin as part of an investigation into a kidnapping case against a businessman alleged to be a top organized-crime figure, who was also arrested. Grigorian was arrested on suspicion of illegally storing firearms and explosives.
    (AP, 6/17/18)
2018        Jun 16, China fired back in a spiraling trade dispute with President Donald Trump by raising import duties on a $34 billion list of American goods including soybeans, electric cars and whiskey.
    (AP, 6/16/18)
2018        Jun 16, Egypt announced steep increases in fuel and cooking gas prices as part of the country's economic reforms and austerity measures designed to overhaul the country's ailing economy.
    (AP, 6/16/18)
2018        Jun 16, French newspaper Le Figaro reported that French special forces are present on the ground in Yemen with forces from the United Arab Emirates.
    (Reuters, 6/16/18)
2018        Jun 16, Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini warned another migrant rescue mission off the Libyan coast that it would not be allowed to land its "human cargo" at an Italian port.
    (AFP, 6/16/18)
2018        Jun 16, In Kashmir at least one person was killed and about two dozen others wounded as protests against Indian rule followed by clashes erupted shortly after Eid prayers.
    (AP, 6/16/18)
2018        Jun 16, It was reported that Kenya's donkey population has fallen from 1.8 million to 1.2 million as the country's three slaughterhouses butcher some 1,000 donkeys a day to supply skins to China, where donkey skins are processed to produce ejiao, a gelatin that purports to provide health benefits. The Chinese demand for donkey skins has led to donkey theft across Africa.
    (SFC, 6/16/18, p.A4)
2018        Jun 16, In Armenia Parliament member Manvel Grigorian was detained in the city of Echmiadzin as part of an investigation into a kidnapping case against a businessman alleged to be a top organized-crime figure, who was also arrested. Grigorian was arrested on suspicion of illegally storing firearms and explosives.
    (AP, 6/17/18)
2018        Jun 16, In northeastern Nigeria six suicide bombers killed at least 20 people in Borno state, in the Shuwari and Abachari districts of the local government area. Residents said at least 31 people were killed.
    (AP, 6/17/18)(Reuters, 6/17/18)
2018        Jun 16, In southwestern Pakistan gunmen riding on motorcycles opened fire on a vehicle carrying paramilitary soldiers in Quetta, killing three troops before fleeing.
    (AP, 6/16/18)
2018        Jun 16, In Russia the Fare Network, which helps FIFA and UEFA investigate cases of discriminatory behavior by fans, accused St. Petersburg authorities of having it evicted from premises in the city.
    (AP, 6/16/18)
2018        Jun 16, In Scotland Glasgow suffered a major blow as a second severe fire in four years gutted the historic Glasgow School of Art, one of the Scottish city's most beloved cultural treasures.
    (AP, 6/16/18)
2018        Jun 16, Spain's coast guard said it had rescued 933 migrants and found four dead bodies in the Mediterranean over the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 6/16/18)
2018        Jun 16, Spain said it had accepted an offer from France to take in migrants from the Aquarius rescue ship, currently en route to Spain with more than 600 people on board.
    (AFP, 6/16/18)
2018        Jun 16, It was reported that the official agency that had managed the vast wealth of Thailand's royal family has announced that its assets have formally been turned over to King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, who assumed the throne after the death of his father in 2016.
    (AP, 6/16/18)
2018        Jun 16, In Venezuela at least 17 people were killed after a nightclub brawl in Caracas led to a stampede. A tear gas device exploded after a fight broke out during a graduation ceremony prompting the stampede. Seven people were arrested.
    (SSFC, 6/17/18, p.A4)
2018        Jun 16, In Yemen the Iran-aligned Houthi movement fought to keep a Saudi-led coalition from taking full control of the airport in the port city of Hodeidah, in an offensive the UN says could trigger a famine imperiling millions of lives.
    (Reuters, 6/16/18)

2018        Jun 17, In New Jersey gunfire early today at an annual all-night arts festival in Trenton left one person dead. Two people were arrested and the shooter (33) was fatally shot by police.
    (SFC, 6/18/18, p.A7)
2018        Jun 17, In Texas deputy sheriff Jose Nunez (47) was arrested in Bexar County following accusations of assaulting a girl (4) and threatening her Guatemalan mother with deportation if she reported him.
    (SFC, 6/19/18, p.A6)
2018        Jun 17, In south Texas at least five people were killed and several others injured when an SUV carrying more than a dozen people crashed while fleeing from Border patrol agents.
    (SFC, 6/18/18, p.A6)
2018        Jun 17, In eastern Afghanistan suicide bomber struck in the city of Jalalabad, killing at least 19 people in the second attack in as many days targeting Taliban fighters. The attacks appeared to be the work of the Islamic State group, which is not included in the current cease-fire. Taliban militants headed into cities across the country as they celebrated their Eid ceasefire with feasts and selfies, raising questions about what happens when the ceasefire ends at midnight.
    (AP, 6/17/18)(Reuters, 6/17/18)(SFC, 6/18/18, p.A2)
2018        Jun 17, British PM Theresa May pledged to increase funding for the National Health Service by 20 billion pounds ($26.57 billion) after Brexit, funded by money no longer spent on membership of the European Union and possible tax rises.
    (Reuters, 6/17/18)
2018        Jun 17, In Cambodia former PM Prince Norodom Ranariddh (74) was seriously injured in a road crash that killed his wife and injured at least seven other people.
    (AP, 6/17/18)
2018        Jun 17, Colombians voted in a deeply divisive presidential runoff with one candidate wanting to alter a fragile peace deal and the other promising to overhaul the economic model. Ivan Duque (41), a conservative protege of powerful ex-president Alvaro Uribe, defeated former guerrilla fighter Gustavo Petro.
    (Reuters, 6/17/18)(AP, 6/17/18)(SFC, 6/18/18, p.A4)
2018        Jun 17, The foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia signed an accord to rename the former Yugoslav republic the "Republic of North Macedonia," despite a storm of protest over a deal seen as a national sellout by some on both sides. This potentially paved the way for Macedonia's admission to the European Union and NATO. Greek protesters clashed with riot police, who beat them back with tear gas after a historic Greek-Macedonian deal to end a 27-year name row.
    (Reuters, 6/17/18)(AFP, 6/17/18)
2018        Jun 17, In northeastern India insurgents attacked a passing security convoy with automatic weapons and hand grenades leaving four paramilitary soldiers dead. The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) soon claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 6/18/18)
2018        Jun 17, Israeli military aircraft struck a vehicle belonging to someone who sent burning kites into Israel from Gaza. Hours later, Israeli aircraft fired warning shots toward Palestinians who had launched arson balloons. No one was injured in the strikes.
    (AP, 6/17/18)
2018        Jun 17, Nearly a dozen Israeli police officers were injured in clashes as they began evicting Jewish settlers from an outpost in the occupied West Bank.
    (AFP, 6/17/18)
2018        Jun 17, In eastern Kenya eight police officials were killed when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device planted by Somalia's al Shabaab militant group.
    (Reuters, 6/18/18)
2018        Jun 17, Libyan forces late today carried out airstrikes against a militia attacking key oil ports in the east. The next day Libya's national oil firm warned of further damage to oil infrastructure as well as environmental contamination.
    (AP, 6/18/18)
2018        Jun 17, In Mexico three LGBTQ activists were found shot dead and left along a highway in Guerrero state.
    (SFC, 6/20/18, p.A2)
2018        Jun 17, Philippine military airstrikes and ground assaults targeted a group of Islamic State group-linked militants in an offensive that reportedly killed five extremists in Lanao del Sur province and forced more than 5,000 villagers to flee to safety in the south.
    (AP, 6/18/18)
2018        Jun 17, The 630 migrants whose rescue sparked a major migration row in Europe arrived in the Spanish port of Valencia after a turbulent week that saw Italy and Malta turn them away.
    (AFP, 6/17/18)
2018        Jun 17, In eastern Syria US aircraft late today fired two missiles that hit a group of Iraqi Shiite fighters deployed along the Iraq-Syria border to prevent breaches by the Islamic State group. The attack at Al-Hari reportedly left 22 fighters dead and 12 wounded. A coalition spokesman denied that it had carried out any strikes in the area. A Britain-based monitor said 52 fighters were killed.
    (AP, 6/18/18)(AFP, 6/18/18)
2018        Jun 17, In Ukraine several thousand gay pride supporters held a march in Kiev that lasted about 20 minutes despite opponents' attempts to block them. Kiev police detained 56 far-right activists who tried to disrupt the gay pride march.
    (AP, 6/17/18)(AFP, 6/17/18)
2018        Jun 17, In central Vietnam thousands of people demonstrated peacefully in Ha Tinh province against government plans to lease new economic zones to foreign investors, a few days after protesters in a nearby province clashed with police.
    (Reuters, 6/17/18)
2018        Jun 17, In Yemen a Saudi-led coalition conducted air strikes on Hodeidah airport to support forces trying to seize control from Iran-aligned Houthi fighters. The UN said Nearly 5,000 families have been displaced in Hodeida province this month.
    (AP, 6/17/18)(AFP, 6/17/18)

2018        Jun 18, US Pres. Donald Trump announced that he is directing the Pentagon to create a new Space Force as an independent service branch aimed at ensuring American supremacy in space.
    (SFC, 6/19/18, p.A7)
2018        Jun 18, An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking voices of small Spanish-speaking children crying out for their parents at a US immigration facility took center stage in the growing uproar over the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.
    (AP, 6/19/18)
2018        Jun 18, In Florida rapper-singer Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy (20), aka XXXTentacion, was shot and killed in what police called an apparent robbery attempt outside a Deerfield Beach motorcycle dealership. On June 20 suspect Dedrick Devonshay Williams (22) was arrested following a traffic stop. On July 11 police said they have arrested suspect Michael Boatwright (22). A 2nd gunman was still being sought.
    (SFC, 6/19/18, p.A6)(SFC, 6/22/18, p.A5)(SFC, 7/12/18, p.A10)
2018        Jun 18, General Motors said it is getting rid of three Cadillac sedans and replacing them with two new ones over the next 3˝ years.
    (AP, 6/18/18)
2018        Jun 18, In Afghanistan the Helmand Peace Convoy reached Kabul after traveling more than 500 km (300 miles) over nearly 40 days.
    (AP, 6/18/18)
2018        Jun 18, In Bangladesh Arifullah (35) was killed on a busy road outside the Balukhali camp, where he had been appointed a leader of thousands of Rohingya refugees. He was stabbed at least 25 times. Police soon arrested three Rohingya men over the killing.
    (AP, 7/4/18)
2018        Jun 18, In Britain three men died after they were hit by a train in south London. The men were graffiti artists and used the tags Kbag, Lover and Trip.
    (AP, 6/18/18)(AP, 6/19/18)
2018        Jun 18, The EU said it has extended restrictions on doing business with companies or officials in Ukraine's Crimea region an d the city of Sevastopol for a year over Russia's annexation of the peninsula.
    (SFC, 6/19/18, p.A2)
2018        Jun 18, In France eight people were taken into custody following a raid in the notorious Castellane housing estate in Marseille, the nexus of the city's drug trade.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 18, Germany's environment minister said the country will likely miss its goal of cutting emissions by 40 percent by 2020, an embarrassing admission for a government that wants to lead the charge on limiting climate change.
    (AP, 6/18/18)
2018        Jun 18, In Indonesia a ferry carrying about 80 passengers sank in Lake Toba on the island of Sumatra, killing at least one person. A day later 94 people were reported missing and the number was expected to rise. By June 20 more than 190 people were presumed drowned after the ferry sank on Lake Toba
    (AP, 6/18/18)(SFC, 6/20/18, p.A4)(AP, 6/20/18)   
2018        Jun 18, In western Japan residents cleaned up debris after a powerful 6.1 earthquake hit the area around Osaka, the country's second-largest city, killing five More than 370 people were injured in the region.
    (AP, 6/18/18)(AP, 6/19/18)
2018        Jun 18, In the Netherlands a van ran into a small group of pop music fans near the Pinkpop festival, killing one person and injuring three others before fleeing the scene. A suspect turned himself in to police hours later.
    (AP, 6/18/18)
2018        Jun 18, A Palestinian (24) was killed when a part of Israel's fortifications on the Gaza border blew up as he tampered with it.
    (AP, 6/18/18)
2018        Jun 18, The Philippine justice secretary revoked an immigration expulsion order for Sister Patricia Fox, an Australian nun who had irked the president by joining political rallies, but said she still faces possible deportation.
    (AP, 6/18/18)
2018        Jun 18, In central Poland two people were killed and at least 27 others injured when a bus carrying retirees on a seaside holiday veered off the road and into a grassy ditch in Konstantynowo.
    (AP, 6/18/18)
2018        Jun 18, In Sweden three people were killed and three others injured in a gang shooting in the southern city of Malmo. The victims were all known criminals.
    (AFP, 6/19/18)
2018        Jun 18, Turkish and US soldiers started independent patrols in northern Syria along the line separating Turkish-controlled areas from the town of Manbij where Ankara says Kurdish militia fighters are based.
    (Reuters, 6/18/18)
2018        Jun 18, Vietnamese state media reported that police have arrested eight more people after protests a week ago over a proposed law on special economic zones that protesters fear would fall in the hands of Chinese investors.
    (AP, 6/18/18)
2018        Jun 18, In Yemen Arab coalition aircraft bombarded Houthi fighters holed up at the airport of Yemen's main port Hodeidah. The number of Houthi fighters in Hodeidah was estimated at between 2,000 to 3,000.
    (Reuters, 6/18/18)

2018        Jun 19, The US announced its withdrawal from the UN's Human Rights Council. No country had ever dropped out voluntarily in the 12-year history of the 47-member council.
    (AP, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 19, Democrats and their supporters disrupted a high-profile US congressional hearing with a dramatic protest against the Trump administration's policy of detaining immigrant children separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border.
    (AP, 6/19/18)
2018        Jun 19, The Trump administration announced a sweeping new rule that will make it easier for small businesses to band together and set up health insurance plans that skirt many requirements of the health care law, offering lower costs and fewer benefits.
    (SFC, 6/20/18, p.A7)
2018        Jun 19, US and South Korean defense officials formally suspended a major joint military exercise in hopes of advancing nuclear negotiations with North Korea.
    (AP, 6/19/18)
2018        Jun 19, In Maine Marcin Urbanski, a Polish pilot on a Saudi Arabian royal family jet, was taken into custody during a stop in Bangor. He was wanted for accepting $9,000 to help a Florida resident become a licensed pilot, but never providing the services.
    (AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 19, In Pennsylvania police Officer Michael Rosfeld (30) shot and killed Antwon Rose Jr. (17) in East Pittsburgh after stopping a car that was said to match a vehicle wanted in a shooting in a nearby town. Protests soon followed after the unarmed black teenager was reportedly shot three times in the back. On June 27 Officer Rosfeld was charged with criminal homicide. On August 1 Rose's family filed a wrongful death suit against Rosfeld.
    (SFC, 6/27/18, p.A5)(SFC, 6/28/18, p.A6)(SFC, 8/3/18, p.A6)
2018        Jun 19, In South Carolina Steven Verren Baker (38) of Holly Hill pleaded guilty in Charleston, again, to smuggling turtles. The latest crimes were committed while Baker was serving three years' probation after pleading guilty in 2014 to illegally trafficking turtles taken from the wild in South Carolina for sale in Florida.
    (AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 19, Houston city leaders denounced a federal government plan to open a fourth shelter to house hundreds of young migrant children in their city. Since early May more than 2,300 children have been taken from their parents at the US-Mexico border, resulting in a new influx of young children requiring government care.
    (AP, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 19, Package delivery company UPS said it will invest $130 million to buy 730 compressed natural gas vehicles and build five more domestic CNG fueling stations as the industry moves to shift from petroleum-burning vehicles to those that use less-polluting alternative fuels.
    (Reuters, 6/19/18)
2018        Jun 19, Algeria's education minister said the Algerian government is taking the "extreme measure" of temporarily suspending the entire country's internet connection during for the first hour of each baccalaureate exam during the June 20-25 national high school exams period to stop cheating and the leaking of answers.
    (AP, 6/19/18)   
2018        Jun 19, Justices on Brazil's highest court acquitted Sen. Gleisi Hoffmann, the Workers' Party president, of corruption and money-laundering charges in a case stemming from the country's massive graft investigation.
    (AP, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 19, The British government announced it would move to lift its ban on cannabis-based medicines, amid mounting criticism over the denial of treatment to severely epileptic children. But it rejected calls to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
    (AP, 6/19/18)
2018        Jun 19, The Central African Republic (CAR) said that a diplomatic passport that tennis star Boris Becker claims entitles him to immunity in bankruptcy proceedings in Britain "is a fake".
    (AP, 6/19/18)
2018        Jun 19, Chinese President Xi Jinping told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un he hopes Pyongyang and Washington can fully implement the outcome of last week's nuclear summit at which Kim pledged to work toward denuclearization in exchange for US security guarantees.
    (AP, 6/19/18)
2018        Jun 19, China and the United States sank into a deepening trade conflict that roiled financial markets after US President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion of Chinese products, prompting Beijing to accuse Washington of starting a trade war.
    (Reuters, 6/19/18)
2018        Jun 19, In southwestern Denmark two people were killed when a commuter train hit a minibus at an unprotected crossing near Varde.
    (AP, 6/19/18)
2018        Jun 19, A top European Union court ruled that French far-right leader Marine le Pen must return 300,000 euros ($346,000) to the European Parliament for funds incorrectly paid to an assistant.
    (AP, 6/19/18)
2018        Jun 19, French President Emmanuel Macron and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel said they have agreed to set up a common budget for the eurozone.
    (AFP, 6/19/18)
2018        Jun 19, The French Palace of Versailles, a top tourist attractions, and the Orsay museum in Paris were closed to visitors due to a strike of employees.
    (AP, 6/19/18)
2018        Jun 19, Germany-based reinsurance group Hannover Re said will no longer invest in companies that earn 25 percent or more of revenue from mining or burning coal. It said the policy began "some months ago," but details of the policy are new.
    (Reuters, 6/19/18)
2018        Jun 19, In Greece unknown vandals smashed replicas of Roman-era Egyptian gods on the site of an ancient sanctuary north of Athens. The original statues are kept in the archaeological museum of Marathon.
    (AP, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 19, India's governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) quit the ruling coalition in Jammu and Kashmir state and called for federal control over the disputed Himalayan region, citing a deterioration in security that could herald a new crackdown.
    (Reuters, 6/19/18)
2018        Jun 19, Indian officials said police in northern India have broken up a gang that promised professional test-takers and high-tech listening devices to help applicants pass a two-day test to become police constables.
    (AP, 6/19/18)
2018        Jun 19, In Ivory Coast fifteen people died in Abidjan during flooding caused by torrential rain overnight. The death toll soon rose to 18.
    (AFP, 6/19/18)(AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 19, Mali said that some of its soldiers were implicated in "gross violations" after the discovery of some mass graves in Nantaka and Kobaka in the region of Mopti, an area plagued by violence between security forces and Islamist militants. At least 25 civilians were killed in the region last week.
    (Reuters, 6/19/18)(SFC, 6/20/18, p.A2)
2018        Jun 19, A Moldova court ruled that Andrei Nastase's electoral win in the June 3 vote was illegitimate, citing unspecified violations. Hundreds of citizens soon took to the streets to protest. Nastase, a pro-European candidate in the Chisinau mayoral race, said the court decision was made at the behest of the head of Moldova's ruling party, businessman Vlad Plahotniuc.
    (Reuters, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 19, In Nicaragua three people were shot dead in the city of Masaya as security forces and allied groups tried to regain control of the area.
    (SFC, 6/20/18, p.A2)
2018        Jun 19, A Moscow court said Karina Tsurcan, a top manager of a state-controlled Russian energy company, has been placed in custody of charges of espionage. She was accused of spying for Romania.
    (SFC, 6/20/18, p.A2)
2018        Jun 19, In Syria warplanes struck an opposition-held area in southwestern Deraa province, a military escalation in territory where government forces threatened a major offensive.
    (AP, 6/19/18)
2018        Jun 19, Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group said it's investing in a $30 million recycling system that will significantly reduce the amount of water drawn from Lake Michigan for its planned manufacturing complex in southeast Wisconsin.
    (AP, 6/19/18)
2018        Jun 19, Turkish rapper Ezhel, aka Sercan Ipekcioglu (27), who faced 10 years of jail on charges of encouraging drug use in his lyrics, was acquitted at the first session of his trial in Istanbul.
    (Reuters, 6/19/18)
2018        Jun 19, Three Turkish soldiers were killed in bomb attacks blamed on the PKK in the southeastern provinces of Siirt and Sirnak.
    (AP, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 19, UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres said the number of countries involved in "violent conflicts" is the highest in 30 years, while the number of people killed in conflicts has risen tenfold since 2005. Guterres spoke at the annual Oslo Forum panel discussion on peacemaking.
    (AP, 6/19/18)
2018        Jun 19, In Yemen Arab coalition troops stormed the airport in the main port of Hodeidah and captured large areas of the compound in battles with Iran-aligned Houthis.
    (Reuters, 6/19/18)

2018        Jun 20, President Donald Trump signed an executive order reversing a policy of separating migrant families at the Mexico border. This sparked confusion over how the new guidelines will play out and deep concern that the changes don't go far enough, allowing children to still be held in detention even if they remain with their families.
    (AP, 6/21/18)(SFC, 6/21/18, p.A5)
2018        Jun 20, The New York Archdiocese said Cardinal Theodore McCarrick (87), the former Archbishop of Washington, has been removed from ministry after an investigation found credible allegations that he sexually abused a teenager 47 years ago while serving as a priest in New York.
    (SFC, 6/21/18, p.A5)
2018        Jun 20, In NYC Lesandro Guzman -Feliz (15) died after he was slashed in the neck with a machete outside a Bronx bodega. The killers later wrote apology notes to the boy's family on Facebook, saying they targeted the wrong teen. On July 3 police announced the arrest of a 10th suspect in the case and searched for another.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yb7dbfvr)(SFC, 7/5/18, p.A6)
2018        Jun 20, In Afghanistan Taliban fighters killed at least 30 Afghan soldiers overnight in an attack on two checkpoints in western Badghis province.
    (AP, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 20, British PM Theresa May's government saw off a rebellion by her pro-European MPs after making further concessions over parliament's role in the final Brexit deal.
    (AFP, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 20, In China North Korea's Leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping came to an understanding on issues discussed at a summit of the two leaders, including denuclearization of the Korean peninsula as Kim ended a 2-day visit to Beijing.
    (Reuters, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 20, Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki announced he is sending a rare delegation to neighboring Ethiopia for peace talks, days after Ethiopia's new PM Abiy Ahmed took a major step toward calming deadly tensions with its decades-long rival.
    (AP, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 20, The European Union said it will from start taxing a range of imports from the US on June 22, including quintessentially American goods like Harley-Davidson bikes and cranberries, in response to President Donald Trump's decision to slap tariffs on European steel and aluminum.
    (AP, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 20, The European Union adopted a support package to Lebanon of 165 million euros ($191 million) to help the country cope with hosting Syrian refugees.
    (AP, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 20, The European Union finalized new climate rules after months of talks, targeting a total energy saving of 32.5 percent and an uplift in the share of renewable energy to 32 percent by 2030.
    (Reuters, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 20, The Finnish border guard said five people have entered Finland illegally with the help of soccer World Cup fan identity papers and then applied for asylum.
    (Reuters, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 20, The French government approved six long-delayed offshore wind projects but sharply cut their subsidies.
    (Reuters, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 20, Hungary's parliament approved a package of bills that criminalizes some help given to illegal immigrants, defying the European Union and human rights groups and narrowing the scope for action by non-governmental organizations.
    (Reuters, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 20, India's federal government took direct control of Kashmir state after the ruling Hindu nationalist party ended its long-troubled alliance there with a Kashmiri political party.
    (AP, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 20, Vedanta Ltd said a sulphuric acid leak from a tank at its southern Indian copper smelter was severe and inaction could lead to serious environmental consequences. The Tamil Nadu state government ordered a permanent closure of the plant and disconnected the power supply last month following protests over alleged pollution.
    (Reuters, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 20, Iraqi police surrounded the headquarters of an Iran-backed militia and detained one of its members after an armed clash left three people wounded in Baghdad.
    (AFP, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 20, Israeli warplanes pounded Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early today in a new flare-up of hostilities that saw dozens of rockets and mortar shells fired from the Palestinian enclave.
    (AFP, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 20, The Macedonian parliament formally ratified a landmark name agreement with Greece, paving the way for Skopje's admission to NATO and the opening of accession talks with the European Union.
    (Reuters, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 20, In Mexico Omar Gomez Lucatero, an independent candidate for the mayorship of Aguililla, a conflict-ridden rural town in western Mexico, was killed. He was the 17th candidate killed so far in the 2018 campaign.
    (AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 20, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (75) signed the 2018 budget into law, more than six months after the 9.1-trillion-naira ($25 billion, 22-billion-euro) spending plan was first presented to parliament.
    (AFP, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 20, In Pakistan gunmen opened fire on a police officer's car in the northwestern city of Quetta, killing his minor son and uncle and injuring the officer critically. The attackers escaped on motorcycles.
    (AP, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 20, In northwestern Pakistan a vehicle drove off a road in a mountainous area, killing nine people and injuring another four. Hours earlier, a vehicle carrying tourists in the scenic Swat Valley drove into a river, killing six people and injuring three.
    (AP, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 20, Poland's PM Mateusz Morawiecki warned of "very significant" crop losses as the EU country scrambled to help farmers struggling to cope with an unusual spring drought amid soaring temperatures. Grain and vegetable farmers in neighboring Lithuania have also warned of drought-related losses. Latvian officials were considering the declaration of a state of emergency.
    (AFP, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 20, In Romania protesters gained access to the Parliament building and staged a noisy protest against recent legislation they say will facilitate high-level corruption.
    (AP, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 20, The Russian Foreign Ministry said it had given Latvia a list of Latvian citizens it has banned from entering Russia for their "Russophobic" views and calls to tighten sanctions against Russia. The entry ban is retaliation for a similar move by Latvia with regard to 49 Russian citizens.
    (Reuters, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 20, South Korea urged North Korea to present a plan with concrete steps toward denuclearization, raising the pressure on its leader Kim Jong Un as he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in a visit designed to convey the countries' growing closeness.
    (AP, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 20, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir headed to Ethiopia for talks with rebel leader Riek Machar on ending a five-year civil war in which tens of thousands of civilians have been killed.
    (Reuters, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 20, Opposition sources said the Syrian army stepped up shelling of opposition-held parts of the southwest as it mobilizes for a campaign to regain the area bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
    (Reuters, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 20, In southeastern Turkey Kurdish militants fired on military vehicles, killing two soldiers and wounding another. Turkey's warplanes carried out air strikes in northern Iraq, killing 10 militants in the Avasin-Basyan and Sinat Haftanin areas and destroying weapon stores and shelters.
    (Reuters, 6/20/18)
2018        Jun 20, Yemeni forces seized Hodeida airport in a major step towards retaking the rebel-held port city. At least 156 Huthis and 28 soldiers killed in the fight for the airport. A week of fighting has left 348 people dead in the battle for the city.
    (AFP, 6/20/18)

2018        Jun 21, The American Academy of Pain Medicine scrubbed plans for an online course to train doctors about marijuana after the federal government pulled its funding.
    (SFC, 6/22/18, p.A5)
2018        Jun 21, In California the Gorilla Foundation in Woodside announced that Koko (b.1971), a San Francisco-born gorilla famed for her ability to communicate in sign language, died in her sleep.
    (SFC, 6/22/18, p.D1)
2018        Jun 21, Georgia police Officer Zechariah Presley fatally shot Anthony Marcel Green (33), a black man who was runningaway from him. Presley surrendered surrendered and was arrested on June 27 on charges of volunatry manslaughter following warrants for his arrest.
    (SFC, 6/29/18, p.A7)
2018        Jun 21, Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, died of cancer in Atlanta, Ga. The former Harvard medical student graduated even after he was paralyzed from the neck down ecause of adiving board accident. "Things That Matter," a compilation of his writings, was published in 2013.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Krauthammer)(SSFC, 6/24/18, p.C8)
2018        Jun 21, Australia's Senate passed personal income tax cuts worth 144 billion Australian dollars ($106 billion) over a decade. The tax cuts for most of Australia's workforce were a centerpiece of PM Malcolm Turnbull's annual budget plans revealed in May.
    (AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, Australian developer Sebastian Monsour was charged with investment fraud. Monsour is CEO of the Majella Group, which is buying Maine's Saddleback Mountain ski resort. He was arrested after a raid on his offices in his home country.
    (AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, Health officials in Azerbaijan said that about 200 farm workers have been poisoned with chemicals while working in cotton fields.
    (AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, A Bahraini court acquitted three senior leaders of al-Wefaq, the country's main opposition group, of spying for Qatar, a rare win for opposition figures who say they have been targeted by prosecutors for their political views.
    (Reuters, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, In Belgium a female lion was shot and killed following several attempts to sedate it after she escaped from the Planckendael zoo in Machelen.
    (SFC, 6/22/18, p.A2)
2018        Jun 21, Botswana's parliament passed a motion to review and reconsider a ban on hunting for sport, which was imposed by former president Ian Khama in 2014 after surveys showed declining wildlife populations in the north. France-sized Botswana has only has around 2.3 million people and the mostly arid country has vast tracts of remote wilderness which also make it a magnet for foreign tourists who want to view wildlife.
    (Reuters, 7/15/18)
2018        Jun 21, Britain unveiled its planned residency rules for European Union citizens living in the United Kingdom after Brexit, promising an "easy" system that would work in the favor of those wanting to stay.
    (Reuters, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, The BBC reported that former aid workers have accused staff of charity Doctors Without Borders of using prostitutes and boasting of exchanging medicine for sex while working in Africa.
    (AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said thousands of civilians have fled "intensified" regime bombardments of rebel-held areas in southern Syria in the past three days.
    (AFP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, A report by the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said that a third of all children living in Britain, around 4.5 million, live in areas with harmful air pollution.
    (Reuters, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, In Cambodia four Cambodian women and a Chinese man were arrested in a house in Phnom Penh on charges of providing commercial surrogate services. Police rescued 33 pregnant surrogates who were allegedly hired by the Chinese man.
    (AP, 6/23/18)   
2018        Jun 21, In Colombia the bodies of three kidnapped Ecuadorean press workers were found killed in a restless border region. The journalists of Ecuador's El Comerico newspaper were kidnapped in Ecuador on March 26 and murdered in Colombia.
    (AP, 6/23/18)
2018        Jun 21, It was reported that Crimea has stepped up grain exports to Syria over the past year in an arrangement that gives the Black Sea peninsula an outlet for its surplus crops and ensures President Bashar al-Assad has a reliable source of wheat.
    (Reuters, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised a $100 million loan to troubled Jordan, where mass protests over austerity measures forced the prime minister to resign earlier this month.
    (AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, In Greece activist Artemis Sorras appeared in court pending trial on criminal fraud charges. He was arrested over the weekend in Athens after more than a year in hiding. Sorras had urged Greeks not to pay their taxes, claiming he had access to enough money to pay off the country's enormous debt.
    (AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban said leaders of the Visegrad Four countries Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic will skip a European Union mini-summit on the migration crisis this weekend. He said such meetings of state leaders should be organized by the European Council, the bloc's top decision-making body, not the European Commission. Orban said the Visegrad Four group of countries and Austria have agreed to beef up the European Union's external border defense and process migrants outside the EU's borders.
    (Reuters, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, Indian PM Narendra Modi traveled to the hill town of Dehradun for the fourth International Day of Yoga, and shortly after sunrise was doing yoga exercises with about 50,000 people.
    (AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, The wife of Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu was charged with misusing some $100,000 in public funds to order lavish meals from celebrity chefs, dealing an embarrassing blow to the country's first family and drawing fresh attention to a series of separate corruption investigations plaguing the prime minister.
    (AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, Ivory Coast's government called for the evacuation of all people living in flood-prone zones in Abidjan, the country's economic hub, after 18 were killed by flash floods on June 19 triggered by torrential rain.
    (AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, East Libyan forces said they had retaken the shuttered oil ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, hours after clashes resumed south of Ras Lanuf during a counter-attack by rival factions.
    (Reuters, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, Malaysia said it will not cancel a skyscraper project billed as the tallest in Southeast Asia, even though 3 billion ringgit ($747 million) from the venture has been misappropriated by the 1MDB state fund linked to former premier Najib Razak.
    (AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, Judges at the International Criminal Court gave Myanmar a July 27 deadline to respond to a prosecution request that they consider hearing a case on the alleged deportation of Rohingya minorities to Bangladesh.
    (Reuters, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, In northeastern Nigeria at least five people were killed late today and six others injured in a night-time Boko Haram raid and suicide attack on Tungushe village, Borno state.
    (AFP, 6/23/18)
2018        Jun 21, In Norway 23 nations said they would try to limit their greenhouse gas emissions more than already planned under the Paris climate agreement by 2020. Signatories were Argentina, Britain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Spain and Sweden.
    (Reuters, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, Romania's High Court of Cassation and Justice found Liveu Dragnea, leader of the Social Democratic Party, guilty of intervening to keep two party members on the payroll of a public family welfare agency.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 21, South Africa unveiled details of a new universal health insurance plan aimed at improving healthcare for the poor in one of the world's most unequal nations.
    (AFP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, South Sudanese rebels said that more time is needed to secure lasting peace in the country and it would be necessary to address the root causes of a civil war, after peace talks in Ethiopia between its leader Riek Machar and Pres. Salva Kiir.
    (Reuters, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, In Sri Lanka a dozen men beat a leopard to death after it strayed into a village in Kilinochchi and attacked people. Police were deployed the next day to arrest those responsible for the killing, which was captured on mobile phones and shared on social media.
    (AFP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 21, Turkey's Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkish warplanes recently struck Iraq's Qandil mountain while a group of 35 senior militants were holding a meeting.
    (AP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein said new Hungarian laws that criminalize people for helping asylum-seekers are shameful and blatantly xenophobic.
    (Reuters, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, UN envoy for Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener ended nine days of talks with Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and commander-in-chief General Min Aung Hlaing among other officials. She told authorities in Naypyidaw that credible measures were needed to establish accountability for the violence that engulfed Rakhine state and drove 700,000 Rohingya from their homes.
    (AFP, 6/21/18)
2018        Jun 21, Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis indicated they would be willing to hand over management of Hodeidah port to the United Nations, a potential breakthrough in a conflict that has caused the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
    (Reuters, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 21, Amnesty International blamed the Iran-backed rebels, known as Houthis, for their "excessive and arbitrary bureaucratic procedures" that are restricting the movement of humanitarian workers and causing delays in aid delivery across Yemen.
    (AP, 6/22/18)

2018        Jun 22, US Pres. Donald Trump told fellow Republicans in Congress to "stop wasting their time" on immigration legislation until after November, dismissing his party's struggle to surmount internal divisions.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, US President Donald Trump declared that North Korea still poses an "extraordinary threat" to the United States. In an executive order, Trump extended for one year the so-called "national emergency" with respect to the nuclear-armed nation, re-authorizing economic restrictions against it. The national emergency has been in place since 2008 and is a sign of enduring tensions between the two countries.
    (AP, 6/23/18)
2018        Jun 22, The Trump administration called for the expanded use of family detention for immigrant parents and children who are stopped along the US-Mexico border, a move decried by advocates as a cruel and ineffective attempt to deter families from coming to the United States.
    (AP, 6/23/18)
2018        Jun 22, In Iowa the Sioux County Sheriff's Office ordered evacuations near Doon, after a BNSF train derailed and spilled oil being transported from Canada. An estimated 230,000 gallons of crude oil was dumped into floodwaters with some making its way to nearby rivers. Ten oil tank cars were breached in the derailment on washed out tracks.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ychga7nu)(SSFC, 6/24/18, p.A8)(SFC, 8/11/18, p.A6)
2018        Jun 22, In Boston former New England Mafia boss Francis Salemme (84) was found guilty in the 1993 killing of of nightclub owner Steven DiSarro. Salemme was not charged until DiSarro's remains were dug up in Rhode Island in 2016.
    (SFC, 6/23/18, p.A5)
2018        Jun 22, Two Democratic senators from Virginia demanded an explanation after six Latino teens made sworn statements claiming they were physically abused at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center immigrant detention facility in the state.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, In Afghanistan Taliban fighters killed 16 militia loyal to the government in an early morning ambush in northern Badghis province. In southern Kandahar province, Taliban fighters attacked a private Afghan construction company kidnapping 13 employees and 20 security personnel. Four border police were killed and one wounded in fighting in Spin Boldak.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, Argentina received $15 billion, the first tranche of a $50 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund to help stabilize its fragile economy.
    (AFP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, In Brazil hundreds of women marched in Rio de Janeiro to demand the legalization of abortion.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, British PM Theresa May joined more than 2,000 people at London's Westminster Abbey celebrate the contribution of immigrants from the Caribbean, 70 years to the day after hundreds of West Indians arrived to help rebuild war-scarred Britain.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, Aviation giant Airbus threatened to leave Britain if the country exits the European Union without an agreement on trade relations, underscoring the concerns of business leaders who say the government is moving too slowly.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, A Cambodian court sentenced a Belgian man to life in prison on charges of smuggling cocaine into the country. David Noel Catry (34) was convicted of trafficking 1.03 kg (2.27 pounds) of cocaine earlier this year.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, The defense ministers of Cyprus, Israel and Greece said their countries must forge deeper military ties to improve security and more effectively counter common threats in a turbulent region.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, In East Timor former president and independence fighter Jose Maria Vasconcelos, commonly known as Taur Matan Ruak, was sworn in as prime minister after a three-party alliance won a majority of parliament seats in a May 25 election. President Francisco Guterres Lu Olo refused to swear in 11 Cabinet ministers because of corruption investigations.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, The EU slapped revenge tariffs on iconic US products including bourbon, jeans and motorcycles in its opening salvo in a trade war with President Donald Trump.
    (AFP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras said his country was "turning a page" after eurozone ministers declared its crisis over as they granted Athens debt relief under a bailout exit strategy.
    (AFP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, Greece's dominant Aegean Airlines said it has signed a 5 billion-euro ($5.8 billion) deal with Airbus to buy up to 42 new A320 neo passenger aircraft. Aegean was founded 19 years ago and serves 150 destinations in 44 countries.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, In eastern Greenland an iceberg four miles (six km) wide broke off from a glacier and scientists captured the dramatic event on video.
    (AP, 7/13/18)
2018        Jun 22, In Indonesia radical cleric Aman Abdurrahman was sentenced to death by a court for ordering Islamic State group-affiliated militants to carry out attacks including the January 2016 suicide bombing at a Starbucks in Jakarta.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, Iraq launched an air attack on a gathering of Islamic State leaders in the town of Hajin inside neighboring Syria, killing 45 members of the hardline militant group.
    (Reuters, 6/23/18)
2018        Jun 22, Diplomats in Geneva said that Israel has temporarily reduced its participation with the UN's main human rights body, days after the United States pulled out largely over its allegation that the Human Rights Council is biased against Israel.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, In Kashmir at least four rebels, a counterinsurgency police official and a civilian were killed during a gunbattle in the southern Srigufwara area.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, Libyan coastguards recovered the bodies of five migrants and picked up 185 survivors off its western coast.
    (Reuters, 6/23/18)
2018        Jun 22, North and South Korea agreed to hold temporary reunions of families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War as they boost reconciliation efforts amid a diplomatic push to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, In the Philippines Pres. Rodrigo Duterte (73) questioned in a televised speech the Biblical story of man's creation and asked why God created Adam and Eve only to allow them to succumb to temptation that destroyed their purity. "Who is this stupid God? This son of a bitch is then really stupid".
    (AP, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 22, Leaders of Romania's ruling Social Democratic Party rallied around their powerful leader Liviu Dragnea, a day after he was handed a 3˝-year jail sentence for abuse of office.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to support "efforts to establish complete denuclearization on the Korean peninsula" following the US-North Korea summit last week.
    (Reuters, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, Saudi-led OPEC oil cartel members meeting in Vienna agreed to a new oil output level that effectively increases production by almost 1 million barrels per day.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, In Slovakia businessman Marian Kocner was charged with forgery and unauthorized money and securities manufacturing, together with former Economy Minister Pavol Rusko. Kocner has been linked to slain investigative journalist Jan Kuciak.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, The latest attempt at ending South Sudan's five-year civil war failed as President Salva Kiir rejected working again with rival Riek Machar after their first face-to-face meeting in almost two years.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, In Spain five men convicted of sexually assaulting a young woman (18) at the Pamplona bull running festival in 2016 were released on bail while a court considers their appeals against their nine-year prison sentences. Their acquittal of gang rape charges and conviction on a lesser felony caused widespread outrage. The men had joked about the assault in a Whatsapp group called "La Manada" (The Wolf Pack).
    (AP, 6/23/18)(Reuters, 6/23/18)
2018        Jun 22, In Spain Catalan President Quim Torra says his regional government won't invite the monarchy to any official event, nor will it send representatives to any royal event, because King Felipe VI refuses to discuss the possibility of the wealthy northeastern region seceding from Spain.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, Syrian government forces kept up their pressure on the country's strategic southwest, using artillery, airstrikes and dropping barrel bombs that targeted rebel-held parts of the region.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, Tunisia arrested the main organizer of a migrant smuggling operation after at least 87 people drowned on June 3 when their boat sank off the southern coast.
    (Reuters, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said government security forces in Venezuela carry out unjustified killings without any apparent consequences as the rule of law. The report highlights the case earlier this year in which rebel police officer Oscar Perez and six in his group were shot to death as they tried to surrender. UN officials say they believe the group was executed on orders from top government officials in violation of their basic rights.
    (AP, 6/22/18)
2018        Jun 22, Vietnamese police broke up an online football gambling ring worth around $26 million, arresting four people as authorities look to stop black market betting that surges during sporting events like the ongoing World Cup.
    (AFP, 6/23/18)

2018        Jun 23, The US military moved 100 wooden coffins to the inter-Korean border to prepare for North Korea's returning of the remains of American soldiers who have been missing since the 1950-53 Korean War.
    (AP, 6/23/18)
2018        Jun 23, Police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, shot and klled Thurmon Blevins (31), a black man, following calls that said a man was firing a handgun into the air and the ground. Witnesses disputed the police account saying the man did not have a gun. Prosecutors later said no charges would be filed against the police officers involved.
    (SFC, 6/25/18, p.A6)(SFC, 7/31/18, p.A4)
2018        Jun 23, Chinese authorities blocked HBO's website in China, just days after comedian John Oliver mocked censors working overtime to delete comparisons of President Xi Jinping with the Winnie the Pooh cartoon bear.
    (AFP, 6/23/18)
2018        Jun 23, Congo's government said it will give former Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba, recently acquitted on appeal at the International Criminal Court of war crimes, a diplomatic passport to allow him to return to the country.
    (AP, 6/23/18)
2018        Jun 23, Egypt reported raised pensions for military personnel and salaries for civil servants of 15 percent amid a wave of price hikes linked to austerity measures.
    (AP, 6/24/18)
2018        Jun 23, Around 100,000 supporters of the EU marched through central London to demand that the British government hold a final public vote on the terms of Brexit.
    (AP, 6/23/18)
2018        Jun 23, In Ethiopia one person died and scores of others were hurt after a grenade blast sent crowds fleeing in panic at new PM Abiy Ahmed's first mass rally in Addis Ababa. A second person soon died after the deadly grenade attack which injured 156 people. Police soon arrested six people suspected of involvement in the blast.
    (AFP, 6/23/18)(AFP, 6/24/18)
2018        Jun 23, In western Germany 25 people were injured, four of them severely, when an explosion destroyed an apartment building late today in the city of Wuppertal.
    (AP, 6/24/18)
2018        Jun 23, In India a new ban on single-use plastics in Mumbai went into effect. Over the next few days 132 premises were issued with penalties including outlets of Burger King, McDonald's and Starbucks.
    (AFP, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 23, Police in Kazakhstan detained dozens of people at an anti-government rally organized by Mukhtar Ablyazov, a former tycoon and exiled opponent of Pres. Nursultan Nazarbayev (77).
    (AP, 6/23/18)
2018        Jun 23, Libya's UN-backed government in Tripoli said three Turkish workers who were kidnapped last year in a southern Libyan town have been released.
    (AP, 6/24/18)
2018        Jun 23, In Mali at least 16 Fulani herders were killed in suspected ethnic clashes in the village of Koumaga in the Mopti region.
    (Reuters, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 23, In Nicaragua at least eight people including a baby were reported killed when pro-government forces clashed with opponents in Managua and Masaya.
    (AFP, 6/24/18)
2018        Jun 23, In central Nigeria scores were dead after vicious clashes between mostly Muslim herders and Christian farmers. One report citing police saying 86 people were killed in Plateau State. Multiple local sources said that more than 100 people died in the violence, an apparent reprisal after ethnic Berom farmers allegedly killed five Fulani herders on June 21.
    (AP, 6/25/18)    (AFP, 6/27/18)
2018        Jun 23, Pakistan's army killed six militants in a search operation in South Waziristan, where two soldiers were also killed in the clash. A military statement said the operation was conducted in the Spina Mela area.
    (AP, 6/23/18)
2018        Jun 23, Pakistani Taliban militants said they have chosen religious scholar Mufti Noor Wali Mahsud (40) as their new chief in place of Mullah Fazlullah, who was killed earlier this month in a US drone strike.
    (AP, 6/23/18)
2018        Jun 23, Russia and other oil-producing allies said they would endorse a nominal output increase of 1 million barrels crude oil per day after their meeting in Vienna with OPEC countries.
    (AP, 6/23/18)
2018        Jun 23, In South Korea former prime minister Kim Jong-pil (92), the founder of South Korea's spy agency, died. His political skills helped him serve twice as prime minister, first under dictator boss Park Chung-hee (1971-1975) and under Kim Dae-jung (1998-2000), a man his agency had kidnapped in 1973.
    (AP, 6/23/18)
2018        Jun 23, Syria state media and opposition activists said government troops are advancing on rebel-held areas in the country's southwestern region amid intense clashes in a widening offensive, shattering a US-backed truce.
    (AP, 6/23/18)
2018        Jun 23, In Thailand 12 boys, aged 11-15, and their coach, entered the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai province late today and were apparently trapped when a heavy rainstorm flooded a stream at the cave's entrance.
    (AP, 6/24/18)
2018        Jun 23, Turkish private broadcaster CNN Turk said police have detained 47 people in an operation targeting alleged supporters within the army of a network accused by Ankara of orchestrating a failed military coup two years ago. The operation, which began on June 19, targeted 124 people accused of being followers of US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen.
    (Reuters, 6/23/18)
2018        Jun 23, In western Ukraine an attack on a Roma camp left one person dead and four others injured, including a 10-year-old boy on the outskirts of Lviv. Police soon arrested seven men aged 16 and 17 suspected of carrying out the attack and a 20-year-old man suspected of organizing it.
    (AP, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 23, The Vatican tribunal convicted Monsignor Carlo Capella, a former Holy See diplomat, and sentenced him to five years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography in the first such trial of its kind inside the Vatican.
    (AP, 6/23/18)
2018        Jun 23, In Yemen the Saudi-led coalition paused the advance on Hodeida for a week to allow the UN envoy to secure an unconditional withdrawal.
    (AP, 7/1/18)
2018        Jun 23, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa survived a blast at a ruling ZANU-PF party rally at the White City stadium in Bulawayo. 49 people were hurt in the explosion.
    (AFP, 6/23/18)(Reuters, 6/24/18)

2018        Jun 24, In northern California flames forced the evacuation of some 3,000 people in Lake County. The Pawnee Fire surged to 7,700 acres after it started the previous evening. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on June 25 after the fire destroyed at least 22 structures.
    (SFC, 6/25/18, p.A1)(SFC, 6/26/18, p.A1)
2018        Jun 24, In the SF Bay Area aspiring rapper Richard Doss (21), aka Lil Buzz, was shot and killed in his car on the 500 block of 23rd Street in Richmond.
    (SFC, 6/27/18, p.D4)
2018        Jun 24, Frank Heart (b.1929), the engineer who oversaw the first routing computer for the Arpanet, died in Lexington, Mass. In 1969 he led a team to build the Interface Message Processor (IMP), to switch data among Arpanet computers.
    (SFC, 6/27/18, p.D5)
2018        Jun 24, Officials acknowledged that Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways will loan pilots to competing Dubai-based carrier Emirates under a new program, marking a rare cooperation between the two state-owned carriers who operate only 115 km (70 miles) apart.
    (AP, 6/24/18)
2018        Jun 24, In eastern China police dispersed military veterans who had demonstrated in Zhenjiang to protest the alleged beating of elderly ex-soldiers demanding better pensions.
    (AFP, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 24, Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi approved a law governing popular ride-hailing apps Uber and Careem after the companies appealed a court ruling that revoked their licenses.
    (AP, 6/24/18)
2018        Jun 24, Egypt's parliament approved the extension of a nationwide state of emergency for three months from July 14.
    (Reuters, 6/24/18)
2018        Jun 24, A majority of 16 of 28 EU national leaders gathered in Brussels for emergency talks on migration. German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked EU leaders to stop asylum seekers moving freely around the bloc, an issue that is threatening her ruling coalition.
    (Reuters, 6/24/18)
2018        Jun 24, In Germany hundreds of protesters marched through Berlin to demand an end to burning coal to produce electricity.
    (AP, 6/24/18)
2018        Jun 24, In Guinea four people were killed after a small plane crashed after takeoff from the capital, Conakry. Pilots from Germany and Cape Verde and technicians from Poland and Guinea were among the dead.
    (AP, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 24, In Iran protests broke out on in Tehran's Grand Bazaar, with hundreds of angry shopkeepers denouncing a sharp fall in the value of the Iranian currency. The rial had lost 40 per cent of its value since last month, when President Donald Trump pulled out of Iran's 2015 nuclear accord and announced draconian sanctions on Tehran.
    (Reuters, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 24, Jordan said it would be unable to host a new wave of Syrian refugees, as troops loyal to Damascus prepared an offensive for the rebel-held south.
    (AFP, 6/24/18)
2018        Jun 24, In western Mexico Michoacan state police detained and disarmed the entire police force of Ocampo where Fernando Angeles Juarez, the mayoral candidate for the leftist Democratic Revolution Party, was killed on June 21.
    (AP, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 24, In Saudi Arabia a ban ended on female drivers getting behind the wheel on the Gulf kingdom's roads.
    (Reuters, 6/24/18)
2018        Jun 24, Saudi air defense forces intercepted two rockets late today over Riyadh fired by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement .
    (Reuters, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 24, Sri Lankan police arrested two men accused of beating a leopard to death in an attack caught on video and widely condemned by wildlife activists.
    (AP, 6/24/18)
2018        Jun 24, President Bashar al-Assad said the Syrian army will regain control of the country's north by force if rebels there refuse to surrender. Assad also said Syria would not accept any Western money to help rebuild the country. Security forces in Raqa announced a two-day curfew, citing instability in the northern city and fears of possible Islamic State group attacks.
    (Reuters, 6/24/18)(AFP, 6/24/18)
2018        Jun 24, In Tunisia shepherd (28) Mohamed Griri died one day after he was attacked by jihadists on Mount Chaambi. He had been bashed in the head and his nose cut off. Mount Chaambi is also a stronghold of the Al-Qaeda-linked Okba Ibn Nafaa Battalion.
    (AFP, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 24, Turkey held presidential and parliamentary elections, with Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan seeking a new mandate and control over parliament in the face of a revitalized opposition and weakening economy. Erdogan won the landmark elections that also saw his Islamist-rooted AK Party and its nationalist allies secure a majority in parliament. Erdogan had 52.59% against Ince's 30.64%, while the AKP took 42.5 percent in the parliamentary vote and its MHP nationalist allies secured 11 %.
    (AFP, 6/24/18)(Reuters, 6/25/18)(SFC, 7/4/18, p.A2)
2018        Jun 24, Yemen's Houthis deployed additional forces in the main port city of Hodeidah as a Saudi-led military coalition moved closer to the city center in the largest offensive of the war, raising UN fears of a humanitarian catastrophe.
    (Reuters, 6/24/18)

2018        Jun 25, The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the US government and 11 states failed to prove that American Express harmed credit card holders by prohibiting merchants from steering customers to cars with lower fees.
    (SFC, 6/26/18, p.D12)
2018        Jun 25, Kevin McAleenan, the top US border security official, said his agency has temporarily stopped handing over migrant adults who cross the Mexican border with children to prosecutors. The White House press secretary said the government does not have the ability to detain all the families coming across the border illegally.
    (SFC, 6/26/18, p.A7)
2018        Jun 25, In Washington, DC, Lawrence Haddad, a British economist and food policy researcher, and Dr. David Nabarro, who has worked with the World Health Organization and United Nations on health and hunger issues, were named the 2018 prize recipients in a ceremony at the US Department of Agriculture. The two men have dedicated their careers to improving the availability of nutritious food for pregnant women and children in an effort to reduce the effects of malnutrition in developing countries.
    (AP, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 25, The US Food and Drug Administration approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana. The medication, called Epidiolex, will treat two rare forms of epilepsy: Lennox-Gastaut sybdrome and Dravet syndrome.
    (SFC, 6/26/18, p.A12)(SSFC, 7/8/18, p.A16)
2018        Jun 25, A US federal judge tossed out two groundbreaking lawsuits by San Francisco and Oakland that sought to hold some of the wolrd's largest oil companies liable for climate change.
    (SFC, 6/26/18, p.D1)
2018        Jun 25, In southern California a retirement home resident in Long Beach shot and killed a firefighter. Thomas Kim (77) was arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and arson.
    (SFC, 6/26/18, p.A6)
2018        Jun 25, Wisconsin-based Harley-Davidson, up against spiraling costs from tariffs, said it will begin to shift the production of motorcycles headed for Europe from the US to factories overseas.
    (AP, 6/25/18)
72018        Jun 25, The Taliban rejected pleas by Afghan elders and activists for an extension of this month's ceasefire and said they amounted to a call for surrender to foreign forces.
    (Reuters, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 25, Argentina's unions paralyzed the country with a 24-hour strike in protest at the government's latest deal with the International Monetary Fund.
    (AFP, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 25, Australia said that it would negotiate a security treaty with Vanuatu, weeks after the Australian prime minister warned China against building a military base in the South Pacific island nation.
    (AP, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 25, China's foreign ministry expressed concern over reports that US President Donald Trump plans to curb Chinese investments in the United States, and urged Washington to provide a "good, fair, and predictable" environment for Chinese companies.
    (AP, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 25, China and the EU agreed to launch a group that will work to update global trade rules to address technology policy, subsidies and other emerging irritants and preserve support for international trade amid US threats of import controls.
    (AP, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 25, China said it would buy more planes and agricultural products from France and work on market access issues, shoring up its trade ties with Europe as danger mounted of a tariff war with the United States. China also signed an agreement to import beef from France as Premier Li Keqiang met with French PM Edouard Philippe.
    (Reuters, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 25, Violence erupted in Ethiopia's western Benishangul-Gumuz region. Within days nine were reported killed.
    (Reuters, 6/28/18)
2018        Jun 25, EU lawmakers voted for launching action against Hungary over allegations that PM Viktor Orban's government is breaching the bloc's fundamental values.
    (AP, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 25, The EU hit seven top Myanmar security officials with sanctions over the Rohingya crisis, accusing them of serious human rights violations including killings and sexual violence.
    (AFP, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 25, The EU hit the Venezuelan vice-president and 10 other officials with sanctions over rights abuses and irregularities in the re-election of President Nicolas Maduro, which the bloc condemned as "neither free nor fair".
    (AFP, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 25, France launched a military force with other countries outside the framework of the EU at a ceremony in Luxembourg at which Germany, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal signed a letter of intent.
    (Reuters, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 25, German officials said a Tunisian man who allegedly served as a bodyguard to Osama bin Laden has been detained and is to be deported. Sami A. (41) had previously successfully argued against his deportation, saying he risked being tortured in his homeland.
    (AFP, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 25, In Indonesia three bystanders were killed and a small child was wounded when separatist fighters in Papua province opened fire on a small plane bringing in security personnel ahead of regional elections due later this week.
    (Reuters, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 25, In Iran traders in Tehran's Grand Bazaar held a rare protest strike against the collapse of the rial on the foreign exchange market as demonstrators also took to the streets. Protesters angered by Iran's cratering economy confronted police in front of parliament, with security forces firing tear gas at them.
    (AFP, 6/25/18)(AP, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 25, Three Iranian security personnel and three militants were killed in a cross-border attack on the frontier with Pakistan near Mirjaveh border area in Sistan-Baluchestan province.
    (Reuters, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 25, In southern Mexico state assembly candidate Emigdio Lopez Avendano was killed along with several other people in an ambush of his vehicle near Ejutla.
    (AP, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 25, Philippine soldiers mistakenly killed six police officers and wounded nine during an operation against Maoist guerrillas in thick jungle on Samar island.
    (Reuters, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 25, Romania's the defense minister said his country faces Russian aggression on a daily basis, and is fending off a wave of cyber-attacks and political interference.
    (AP, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 25, Singapore's Wilmar International, the world's largest palm oil processor, said it has ceased sourcing from suppliers that are allegedly associated with a company that was accused by Greenpeace of causing deforestation.
    (Reuters, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 25, In South Africa renowned photojournalist David Goldblatt (87) died from cancer. He had documented the impact of apartheid on the lives ordinary people.
    (Reuters, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 25, South Sudan President Salva Kiir met again with rival Riek Machar in neighboring Sudan amid fragile efforts to end their country's five-year civil war.
    (AP, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 25, Swedish police arrested Qiao Jianjun, a man wanted by Beijing on suspicion of having embezzled millions of dollars and who has been on the run since 2011. He was detained in the town of Huddinge, near Stockholm. A Chinese government list of 100 "most wanted" suspects published about five years ago includes a man called Qiao Jianjun, also known as Feng Li, who is suspected of embezzling from a state grains company.
    (Reuters, 8/3/18)
2018        Jun 25, A Swedish court sentenced two refugees and one rejected asylum seeker to prison for attacking a synagogue with Molotov cocktails on Dec. 9, 2017, in the wake of the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital last year.
    (AFP, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 25, Syrian government helicopters dropped barrel bombs on Deraa city for the first time in nearly a year, extending an assault in the southwest which has driven thousands from their homes.
    (Reuters, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 25, UNAIDS staffer Martina Brostrom, who says she was sexually assaulted by UNAIDS former deputy executive director Luiz Loures in Thailand in 2015, cast fresh doubt on an investigation into her case and called for the agency chief to be sacked.
    (AFP, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 25, Officials in northern Vietnam said flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains have killed at least seven people and left 12 others missing.
    (AP, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 25, In Yemen a Saudi-led coalition airstrike killed at least 41 Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, including eight Lebanese Hezbollah members who were fighting with them in northern Saada province. A pair of airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least eight civilians, all members of a single family, in northwestern Amran province.
    (Reuters, 6/25/18)(AP, 6/25/18)
2018        Jun 25, Yemeni actor Nasser al-Anbari and at least three other detainees were freed from prisons in Yemen controlled by the United Arab Emirates, where they had been held for nearly a year without charges.
    (SFC, 6/27/18, p.A4)
2018        Jun 25, In Zimbabwe two people died today from injuries suffered when a June 23 explosion rocked an election campaign rally by Pres. Emmerson Mnangagwa.
    (Reuters, 6/25/18)

2018        Jun 26, President Donald Trump denied that his trade policy is to blame for Harley-Davidson's decision to shift some motorcycle production overseas.
    (AP, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, The US Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision upheld President Donald Trump's ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries, rejecting a challenge that it discriminated against Muslims or exceeded his authority. The Supreme Court also overruled its 1944 opinion that validated the internment of Japanese Americans.
    (AP, 6/26/18)(SFC, 6/27/18, p.A1)
2018        Jun 26, The US Congressional Budget Office said last year's tax cut will increase the nation's budget deficit by more than $2.3 trillion over the next decade. To keep federal debt at its current high level would require increasing taxes by $1,300 per household, or a cutting spending by 10 percent.
    (SFC, 6/27/18, p.A5)
2018        Jun 26, A judge in San Diego, Ca., ordered US border patrol authorities to reunite separated families within 30 days. Children under five must be reunited within 14 days.
    (SFC, 6/27/18, p.A1)
2018        Jun 26, San Francisco-based Save the Redwoods League announced the purchase of a 738-acre grove of Redwoods in Sonoma County. The new preserve, involving a land swap and $9.6 million in payments, will be called the Harold Richardson Redwoods Preserve.
    (SFC, 6/25/18, p.A1)
2018        Jun 26, The San Francisco Board of Supervisors elected Supervisor Malia Cohen as board president until January when she is termed out.
    (SFC, 6/27/18, p.A11)
2018        Jun 26, In Georgia Reality Winner (26) pleaded guilty in federal court to leaking US secrets to a news outlet. Her plea agreement called for a sentence of five years and three months relating reports that Russian hackers had attacked a US voting software supplier before the 2016 presidential election.
    (SFC, 6/27/18, p.A5)
2018        Jun 26, Facebook said it is ending a program launched in 2014 to build a fleet of drones that could deliver internet to underserved areas of the world. Facebook will close its facility in Bridgwater, southwest England, which has been working on the solar-powered Aquila drone.
    (AFP, 6/27/18)
2018        Jun 26, GE and French utility EDF said they have agreed to team to build six reactors for a nuclear power project in western India, which is due to be the world's biggest when finished.
    (Reuters, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, The Afghan Taliban denounced the so-called Islamic Scholars conferences in Asia and the Middle East as an "American process" and urged clerics to reject the gatherings.
    (AP, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, Public media reported that Algeria was expelling migrants by the hundreds almost every week into the desert. The expulsions came as Europe pressured North Africa to head off migrants before they cross the Mediterranean Sea.
    (SFC, 7/14/18, p.A5)
2018        Jun 26, Argentina's center-right government sacked more than a third of the employees of state news agency Telam in a restructuring of the company while blasting its use as a political tool by the previous leftist administration of Cristina Kirchner. The agency's journalists went on indefinite strike, denouncing the "ideological cleansing" of workers who joined the agency under previous leftist governments.
    (AFP, 6/27/18)
2018        Jun 26, Australia's House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved national security legislation that would ban covert foreign interference in domestic politics and make industrial espionage for a foreign power a crime.
    (AP, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, It was reported that Brazil has expanded the area cultivated with genetically modified (GM) crops by 1.1 million hectares.
    (Reuters, 6/27/18)
2018        Jun 26, Britain's House of Commons speaker announced that the bill enacting Britain's decision to leave the European Union has become law after months of debate, to cheers from eurosceptic lawmakers.
    (AP, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, Britain moved to bolster the global chemical weapons organization, calling for its members to vote on a proposal to give it new powers to identify those responsible for attacks with banned poison munitions. The call for a vote was made at a special session of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), where more than 140 countries have gathered to discuss the watchdog's future.
    (Reuters, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, A London jury found a Khalid Ali (28) guilty of plotting an attack on lawmakers outside the Houses of Parliament in April 2017.
    (AP, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, The Old Bailey court in London sentenced Sabrina Kouider, who is undergoing psychiatric treatment, and Ouissem Medouni to life in prison with a minimum of 30 years for the September 2017 killing of au pair Sophie Lionnet (21).
    (AFP, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, In China three China Labor Watch activists arrested last year while investigating abuses at Chinese suppliers for Ivanka Trump's fashion brand were released from bail.
    (AP, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, A delegation of top officials from Eritrea arrived in Ethiopia for the first peace talks in 20 years.
    (AP, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, Estonia signed a deal to buy South Korean artillery in a 46 million-euro ($54 million) deal. The contract with Seoul-based weapons producer Hanwha Land Systems is for 12 K9 Thunder howitzers, training, maintenance and spare parts.
    (AP, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, In southern Germany a woman and three children were found dead at an apartment in Gunzenhausen, and the woman's husband was being treated as a suspect. The children's father (31), was found lying outside the building with injuries caused by a fall from a great height.
    (AP, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, In Hong Kong four elderly siblings were shot, one fatally, by a relative in a rare instance of gun violence that was apparently sparked by a family dispute. A woman (44) was apprehended in a shopping mall near the site of the attack. Firearms are tightly controlled in Hong Kong and such shootings are highly unusual.
    (AP, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, In India a girl (7) was abducted and raped while waiting to be picked up from school by her parents in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh state. Two suspects were soon arrested on suspicion of raping the girl and trying to slit her throat with a knife.
    (AP, 6/30/18)
2018        Jun 26, Two Israeli missiles hit near Damascus airport overnight.
    (Reuters, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, In northern Japan a knife-wielding man (21) killed an officer in a neighborhood police station, took the man's gun and fatally shot a security guard at the entrance to a nearby elementary school in Toyama. The man was shot by a second policeman and captured after the midafternoon attack.
    (AP, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, Libya's UN-backed government based in Tripoli urged the UN Security Council to block what it described as "illegal" oil sales by a rival administration based in the country's east.
    (AP, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, Macedonia's conservative president refused to sign off a deal with neighboring Greece for his country to change its name to North Macedonia. Under the constitution, President Gjorge Ivanov can no longer block the legislation if lawmakers meet again and approve it for a second time.
    (AP, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, Mexico City police seized about $1 million in Mexican currency from two men who were allegedly delivering the bills to the headquarters of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party just days before national elections.
    (AP, 6/27/18)
2018        Jun 26, In Morocco Nasser Zefzafi, the leader of protests over economic and social problems in the northern Rif region, was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison, provoking outrage among his family and activists. A number of other activists were also jailed for up to 20 years.
    (Reuters, 6/27/18)
2018        Jun 26, The Dutch Upper House of parliament passed a law banning the wearing of face-covering veils in public buildings, such as schools, government offices and hospitals.
    (AP, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, North and South Korea agreed to jointly study ways to improve North Korea's outdated railways and link them with the South.
    (AP, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, Russia, backed by Iran and Syria, sought to head off a Western push to endow the world's global chemical watchdog (OPCW) with new powers to identify those behind toxic arms attacks.
    (AFP, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar reached an agreement on "some points" in peace talks in Khartoum.
    (Reuters, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, In South Sudan a peacekeeper from Bangladesh was killed when unidentified gunmen ambushed a humanitarian convoy on a road between the towns of Yei and Lasu.
    (AP, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, Syrian state media said the Syrian army has seized a chunk of territory from rebels in the southwest. The UN said at least 45,000 people have fled the fighting in the southwest, heading toward the border with Jordan.
    (Reuters, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, At the Vatican French President Emmanuel Macron, accused at home of straining secular foundations by seeking to mend ties with the Catholic Church, discussed Europe, migration and poverty in an unusually long meeting with Pope Francis.
    (Reuters, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, The Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said in a statement the disaster caused by heavy rains over the past few days has caused an estimated $6 million in damages to infrastructure, homes and agriculture. 15 people have died and authorities searched for 11 more missing.
    (AP, 6/26/18)
2018        Jun 26, Several Zimbabwean presidential candidates and political parties condemned the explosion over the weekend that narrowly missed President Emmerson Mnangagwa and signed an agreement to have a peaceful campaign ahead of elections at the end of July.
    (AP, 6/26/18)

2018        Jun 27, President Donald Trump shifted away from a proposal to impose limits on Chinese investment in American technology companies and high-tech exports to China, choosing instead to call upon Congress to strengthen an existing review process.
    (AP, 6/27/18)
2018        Jun 27, The United States cut a $2 million pledge for the UN Counterterrorism Office and downgraded its presence at a conference on the issue.
    (AP, 6/27/18)
2018        Jun 27, The US Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision barred public employee unions from collecting representation fees from nonmember workers.
    (SFC, 6/28/18, p.A1)
2018        Jun 27, US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy (81) announced his retirement effective July 31.
    (SFC, 6/28/18, p.A1)
2018        Jun 27, In San Francisco pedicab operator Kevin Manning was struck by a hit and run driver on the Embarcadero. On July 9 Manning died from his injuries.
    (SFC, 7/11/18, p.D1)
2018        Jun 27, Victoria Burgess (34) arrived in Key West after paddling on a standup paddleboard across the Florida Straits from Cuba in just under 28 hours.   
    (AP, 6/28/18)
2018        Jun 27, In Texas inmate Danny Paul Bible (66) was executed for a 1979 rape and murder in Houston. He had been accused of at least four killings and nine rapes.
    (SFC, 6/28/18, p.A6)
2018        Jun 27, Britain's Supreme Court ruled that the ban on civil partnerships for heterosexual couples is "incompatible" with human rights laws — a decision supporters hope will pave the way for such unions.
    (AP, 6/27/18)
2018        Jun 27, Croatian police said the body of a 26-year-old Briton was found early today at the Zrce beach on Pag Island. The man was stabbed in a fight between two groups of tourists. Police the next day arrested a 25-year-old Briton at the airport in the coastal town of Split while attempting to leave the country.
    (AP, 6/27/18)(AP, 6/28/18)
2018        Jun 27, Egyptian security forces killed four suspected militants in a shootout with forces in the southern town of al-Ghanaim, Assiut province.
    (AP, 6/27/18)
2018        Jun 27, Authorities in northwestern Germany opened an investigation into 21 deaths at a company, after a male employee was caught on camera poisoning a colleague's lunch. Police said they had arrested a suspect (56) in the town of Schloss Holte-Stukenbroc.
    (Reuters, 6/27/18)
2018        Jun 27, Iraqi security forces found the bodies of eight men, two days after a deadline set by their Islamic State kidnappers expired. The bodies were found mutilated and rigged with explosives.
    (Reuters, 6/27/18)
2018        Jun 27, Rome's city authorities began clearing 450 people out of an official Roma camp weeks after the new far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, said Italy's Roma should be counted and, if they are foreign, expelled.
    (Reuters, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 27, Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft arrived at an asteroid after a 3 1/2-year journey to undertake a first-ever experiment: blow a crater in the rocky surface to collect samples and bring them back to Earth.
    (AP, 6/27/18)
2018        Jun 27, Police in Malaysia said the total value of cash, jewelry, watches and handbags seized from properties linked to former PM Najib Razak in a money-laundering investigation amounted to at least $273 million.
    (AP, 6/27/18)
2018        Jun 27, Malta's PM Joseph Muscat said a rescue boat stranded in the Mediterranean with 233 migrants will dock in Malta later today, after a deal was struck between a group of EU states to take them in. Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Ireland, Belgium and France had agreed to take some of the migrants.
    (AFP, 6/27/18)
2018        Jun 27, Amnesty International released a report that detailed new evidence of atrocities inflicted on Myanmar's Rohingya population and named 13 top military commanders the group says should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity.
    (AP, 6/27/18)
2018        Jun 27, At The Hague the world's chemical weapons watchdog won new powers to assign blame for attacks with banned toxic munitions. The rare special session agreed that the OPCW's secretariat "shall put in place arrangements to identify the perpetrators of the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic." Russia and 23 other countries voted against the move, which was initiated by Britain.
    (Reuters, 6/27/18)(AFP, 6/27/18)(AP, 6/28/18)
2018        Jun 27, Poland's Senate approved changes to a controversial Holocaust speech law that remove the threat of prison for blaming Poland for the Holocaust crimes of Nazi Germany. The changes must still be approved by President Andrzej Duda, who is expected to do so.
    (AP, 6/27/18)
2018        Jun 27, The first Rwandan-made Volkswagen car rolled off the assembly line on at the country's first auto factory in Kigali. The cars will be mostly for export to other African nations and will remain unaffordable to the average Rwandan.
    (AFP, 6/27/18)
2018        Jun 27, Sources including London-based Saudi rights group ALQST said Saudi Arabia has detained prominent women's rights advocate Hatoon al-Fassi, widening a crackdown that has ensnared more than a dozen activists even as the kingdom lifted a ban on women driving.
    (Reuters, 6/27/18)
2018        Jun 27, In Singapore the SingHealth cyberattack began and continued to July 4. The attack specifically and repeatedly targeted the health records of PM Lee Hsien Loong and breached 1.5 million health records.
    (AP, 8/6/18)
2018        Jun 27, In Khartoum South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and his arch-foe Riek Machar agreed to a "permanent" ceasefire to take effect within 72 hours, raising hopes of an end to four-and-a-half years of war.
    (AFP, 6/27/18)
2018        Jun 27, Syria's military said it has expelled the Islamic State group from the country's vast eastern desert of Deir el-Zour province. Government air raids struck more towns in rebel-held southwest Syria and knocked out hospitals overnight.
    (AP, 6/27/18)(Reuters, 6/27/18)
2018        Jun 27, Talks between Togo's government and the country’s political opposition resumed after a three-month suspension. The presidents of Ghana and Guinea (Nana Akufo-Addo and Alpha Conde) arrived in Lome to further the political dialogue.
    (AFP, 6/27/18)
2018        Jun 27, Turkey's state-run news agency said at least six people have been killed in two car bomb attacks in a northern Syrian enclave controlled by Turkish troops and allied Syrian opposition fighters.
    (AP, 6/27/18)
2018        Jun 27, A Turkish court ruled that journalist Mehmet Altan be released, four months after he was sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of aiding a failed military coup.
    (Reuters, 6/27/18)
2018        Jun 27, A Thai court sentenced human rights lawyer Prawet Prapanukul to 16 months in prison, finding him guilty of sedition for material he posted online but dropping charges of royal defamation.
    (AP, 6/27/18)

2018        Jun 28, It was reported that US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold their first summit on July 16 in Helsinki.
    (Reuters, 6/28/18)
2018        Jun 28, Police in Washington, DC, arrested nearly 600 people after hundreds of chanting women demonstrated inside a Senate office building against Pres. Donald Trump's treatment of migrant families.
    (SFC, 6/29/18, p.A14)
2018        Jun 28, California's Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB375 giving state consumers sweeping new internet privacy protections beginning in 2020.
    (SFC, 6/29/18, p.A10)
2018        Jun 28, In Maryland Jarrod W. Ramos, armed with grenades and a shotgun, attacked and killed five journalists at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis. Police quickly stormed the building and Ramos was arrested.
    (SFC, 6/29/18, p.A9)
2018        Jun 28, In Afghanistan a bombing in Logar province targeted a meeting between the Taliban and village elders urging them to enter peace talks. 13 elders and an unknown number of Taliban were killed. A Taliban assault on a security post in the northern Takhar province killed 16 border police. Gunmen shot and killed senior police special forces commander Azizullah Karwan, who was known as a dogged anti-Taliban warrior, barely 24 hours before President Ashraf Ghani's unilateral cease-fire was to end at midnight.
    (AP, 6/28/18)(AP, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 28, Australia's Parliament passed sweeping national security legislation that bans covert foreign interference in domestic politics, makes industrial espionage for a foreign power a crime and offends China, the nation's most important trading partner.
    (AP, 6/28/18)
2018        Jun 28, Benin's Constitutional Court banned the right to strike by workers in the country's defence, security, justice and health sectors, sparking concern among union officials and legal observers.
    (AFP, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 28, A British committee of lawmakers reported that British spies were complicit in the mistreatment of hundreds of suspected militants by the United States and involved in dozens of cases of their illegal transfer following the attacks in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.
    (Reuters, 6/28/18)   
2018        Jun 28, British jurors at Birmingham Crown Court convicted Liberian-born Josephine Iyamu of being the ringleader of a network that brought the women from Nigeria to Europe. The victims also were forced to take oaths at a Voodoo or "juju" ceremony in which they promised to repay the debts and not to go to police.
    (AP, 6/28/18)   
2018        Jun 28, A Chinese court in Chongqing sentenced former American football player Wendell Brown to four years in prison for being involved in a September 2016 bar fight.
    (AP, 6/28/18)   
2018        Jun 28, Comoros VP Ahmed Said Jaffar, who recently denounced President Azali Assoumani's plans for a constitutional referendum as "illegal", was stripped of most of his duties as part of a cabinet reshuffle.
    (AFP, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 28, Egypt's Interior Ministry said that 10 militants involved in a bombing that targeted the convoy of Alexandria's former security chief in March have been killed. The ministry had reported 6 dead in the Beheira shootout in March, shortly after the bombing, and a security official on June 27 confirmed the Assiut raid.
    (AP, 6/28/18)   
2018        Jun 28, European Union leaders gathered in Brussels to examine new ways to stop migrants entering Europe, desperate to ensure that their differences over managing the flows do not tear the 28-nation bloc apart.
    (AP, 6/28/18)   
2018        Jun 28, French cement giant Lafarge was charged with complicity in crimes against humanity and financing terrorists for paying millions to jihadists, including the Islamic State group, to keep a factory open in war-torn Syria.
    (AFP, 6/28/18)
2018        Jun 28, An Athens court cleared two Greeks convicted a year ago of belonging to a nihilist terrorist group. Irianna and Pericles had been found guilty on the basis of partial DNA evidence from weapons, and their friendship with convicted group members.
    (AP, 6/28/18)
2018        Jun 28, Industry sources said India, the biggest buyer of Iranian oil after China, will be forced to take action to protect its exposure to the US financial system. They said India's oil ministry has asked refiners to prepare for a 'drastic reduction or zero' imports of Iranian oil from November.
    (Reuters, 6/28/18)
2018        Jun 28, In northeastern India crazed mobs in Tripura beat three people to death in lynchings sparked by rumors spread on smartphones.
    (AFP, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 28, In India a small chartered plane crashed in a busy area of Mumbai, killing at least six people including two on the ground.
    (AP, 6/28/18)   
2018        Jun 28, In Indonesia the Mount Agung volcano on Bali shot ash 2,000 meters (6,600 feet) into the atmosphere, disrupting the travel plans of thousands as several airlines canceled flights from the tourist island.
    (AP, 6/28/18)
2018        Jun 28, Iran said it has restarted production at a "major" uranium facility involved in its nuclear program, though it still pledges to follow the terms of the country's landmark atomic deal now under threat after Pres. Donald Trump pulled America out of the accord.
    (AP, 6/28/18)   
2018        Jun 28, Iraq's PM Haider al-Abadi ordered "the immediate punishment of terrorists condemned to death" whose appeals have been exhausted.
    (AFP, 6/29/18)   
2018        Jun 28, The Israeli military said it identified two militants crawling toward the security barrier early today, trying to infiltrate into the country. An Israeli tank fired a shell in their direction and later discovered firebombs at the scene. 17-year-old Abdel-Fattah Azzom was wounded and soon died in a Gaza hospital.
    (AP, 6/28/18)   
2018        Jun 28, Israeli-American teenager Michael Kadar (19) was found guilty in Israel of making about 2,000 hoax bomb threats against Jewish and other institutions in the United States and elsewhere during Donald Trump's rise to the US presidency in 2016 and 2017. Psychiatrists found that Kadar was on the autism spectrum and suffered from paranoid delusions, but determined that he was fit to stand trial.
    (Reuters, 6/28/18)
2018        Jun 28, In Kenya a fire at Nairobi's Gikomba market killed 15 people less than a year after a blaze destroyed much of the capital's largest open-air market.
    (AP, 6/28/18)   
2018        Jun 28, Myanmar border guards shot and injured a Rohingya boy (10) playing in a strip of a no-man's land near the Bangladesh border.
    (AFP, 6/28/18)
2018        Jun 28, Nigeria's army said they have arrested 17 people in connection with the killing of more than 200 people in the central state of Plateau.
    (AFP, 6/28/18)
2018        Jun 28, Blackrock, the world's largest investment company, said it has bought a 197.4 megawatt(MW) wind farm in western Norway through one of its funds and will cover its construction cost. Zephyr, a Norwegian wind farm developer and operator, will continue to manage the farm's construction.
    (Reuters, 6/28/18)
2018        Jun 28, A Pakistani official said Muhammad Ahmed Ludhianvi, head of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), has been removed from the country's terrorist watchlist while the Election Commission considers whether his group can field candidates in a general election next month. ASWJ is one of the country's largest Islamist extremist groups.
    (Reuters, 6/28/18)   
2018        Jun 28, Philippine communist rebel leader Jose Maria Sison said that the insurgents can no longer hold peace talks with President Rodrigo Duterte's administration and that it is better to help oust him and negotiate with his successor.   
    (AP, 6/28/18)
2018        Jun 28, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia has withdrawn 1,140 military personnel and 13 warplanes from Syria in last few days.
    (Reuters, 6/28/18)
2018        Jun 28, Spain's Tax Office included Rodrigo Rato, former IMF head (2004 to 2007), on its list of individuals and companies that owe over a million euros in taxes. Rato was found guilty in 2017 of unlawful misappropriation of funds during his 2010-12 leadership of Bankia, a Spanish bank that later had to be bailed out by the state.
    (AP, 6/28/18)   
2018        Jun 28, The Syrian army battled rebels in al-Harak, an important town in the southwest, as intensifying air strikes killed dozens of people in the area. A barrage of airstrikes hit rebel-held areas in southwestern Syria, killing at least 17 civilians hiding in an underground shelter.
    (Reuters, 6/28/18)(AP, 6/28/18)       
2018        Jun 28, Dozens of Syrian refugees in Lebanon began crossing the border, heading back home to an uncertain future in war-torn Syria.
    (AP, 6/28/18)   
2018        Jun 28, In Thailand two British divers discovered four rescuers from the Thai Well Water Association trapped for three days by rising waters. They had spent two days draining water from the cave in an attempt to help the rescue of the trapped soccer team.
    (AP, 9/26/18)
2018        Jun 28, Fighting in eastern Ukraine killed three Ukrainian servicemen.
    (Reuters, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 28, The Vatican said Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of two more Chilean bishops caught up in the country's sexual abuse scandal, bringing to five the number he has accepted so far.
    (Reuters, 6/28/18)
2018        Jun 28, Pope Francis led a ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica to give the Catholic Church 14 new cardinals.
    (AP, 6/28/18)

2018        Jun 29, A US federal control board overseeing the finances of Puerto Rico said it will eliminate a $25 million scholarship fund for the island's largest public university, as well as a $50 million annual fund for municipalities. In addition, the board said it will scrap an annual Christmas bonus for all government employees starting next fiscal year.
    (AP, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, The United States formally ended seven decades of military presence in South Korea's capital with a ceremony to mark the opening of a new headquarters farther from North Korean artillery range.
    (AP, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, James D. Melville, the US ambassador to Estonia, resigned over frustrations with President Donald Trump's comments about the European Union and his treatment of Washington's European allies.
    (AP, 6/30/18)
2018        Jun 29, The US FDA approved Qbrexza, the first drug developed to reduce excessive sweating.
    (SFC, 6/30/18, p.A6)
2018        Jun 29, In Colorado at least a dozen wildfires raged in drought-stricken portions of the state where hundreds of residents have been evacuated as a wave of prime wildfire weather conditions moves through the US West.
    (Reuters, 6/30/18)
2018        Jun 29, In Florida a ball-shaped artificial intelligence robot nicknamed the "flying brain" because it is trained to follow and interact with a German astronaut, blasted off from Cape Canaveral toward the International Space Station aboard SpaceX's Dragon cargo ship.
    (AFP, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, Iowa's Supreme Court blocked a law requiring a 72-hour waiting period before a woman can get an abortion. State lawmakers had approved the law last year.
    (SFC, 6/30/18, p.A9)
2018        Jun 29, A US federal judge blocked Kentucky's work requirements for Medicaid and ordered the Trump administration to reconsider the program.
    (SFC, 6/30/18, p.A6)
2018        Jun 29, US comics artist Stephen Ditko (b.1927), co-creator of Marvel superheroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, was found dead in his NYC apartment.
    (AFP, 7/7/18)
2018        Jun 29, The BBC struck a deal with senior journalist Carrie Gracie and apologized for underpaying her. Gracie had quit her post to protest the British media company's gender pay gap.
    (AP, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, Canada hit back at the United States with retaliatory tariffs on American summertime essentials including Florida orange juice, ketchup and Kentucky bourbon in its opening salvo in a trade war with President Donald Trump.
    (AFP, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, China's Shenzhen Stock Exchange ordered Jiangsu Shagang Group, China's third-biggest steelmaker, to hold a formal investigation into its operations after it was accused by the government a day earlier of failing to rectify breaches in pollution rules.
    (Reuters, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, In central China eighteen people were killed and 14 others injured in a head-on collision between a passenger bus and a truck on a highway in Hunan province.
    (AP, 6/30/18)
2018        Jun 29, In the Czech Rep. the 53rd annual international film festival in the spa town of Karlovy Vary kicked off with an award for American actor, director, and producer Tim Robbins.
    (AP, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, Denmark's parliament agreed on the construction of three new offshore wind farms with a total production capacity of at least 2,400 megawatts by 2030. The deal also includes a target for 55 percent of the country's energy to be supplied from renewable sources by 2030, up from a previous goal of 50 percent set by the current government.
    (Reuters, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, The International Monetary Fund approved the fourth installment of a $12 billion, three-year loan for Egypt, bringing the total released to date to just over $8 billion.
    (AFP, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, EU leaders struck a deal on migration after two days of talks wrapped up in Brussels. EU leaders agreed to share out refugees on a voluntary basis and create "controlled centers" inside the European Union to process asylum requests. EU leaders agreed to increase funds for Spain and Morocco to help deal with migration flows.
    (Reuters, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, The EU issued PM Theresa May a final Brexit warning -- put your cards on the table, offer ways to overcome "huge" differences and prevent Britain from crashing out of the bloc without a deal.
    (Reuters, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, In India thousands of people held a street protest in northeastern Assam state against a decision by the government to grant citizenship mainly to Hindus who have fled neighboring Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, alleging persecution by the Muslim majority there. The protest was led by the All Assam Students Union, which demands deportation of thousands of illegal migrants, both Hindus and Muslims, from neighboring Bangladesh.
    (AP, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, Authorities in northeastern India cut internet access after crazed mobs, sparked by rumors spread on smartphones, beat three people to death in Tripura. More than 25 similar killings in recent months across India have been ignited by false information spread on messaging service WhatsApp.
    (AFP, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, In northeastern India five paramilitary soldiers were killed and another six injured as huge boulders rolled down on their bus following a mudslide triggered by monsoon rains in Arunachal Pradesh state.
    (AP, 6/30/18)
2018        Jun 29, Iraq said that it executed 13 death row jihadists after PM Haider al-Abadi vowed a forceful retaliation to calm public anger over the Islamic State group's murder of abducted civilians.
    (AFP, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, Israel said it mounted a nighttime operation across its armistice line with Syria to deliver aid to people fleeing a government offensive in the country's south.
    (AFP, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, Israel troops shot Yasser Abu al-Naja (13) in the head in border clashes near the southern city of Khan Yunis. The boy, a son of a Hamas military commander. Mohammed al-Hamayda (24) died after he was shot in the stomach in a separate incident east of Rafah in Gaza's south.
    (AFP, 6/30/18)(SFC, 6/29/18, p.A4)
2018        Jun 29, Italy's hardline interior minister Matteo Salvini announced that Italian ports would be closed "all summer" to NGO ships which rescue migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean from Africa to Europe.
    (AFP, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, Kosovo police said they had arrested three people on terrorism charges and a fourth was arrested in Germany on an international arrest warrant issued by a Kosovo court.
    (Reuters, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, A Libyan coastguard official said around 100 people are thought to have drowned from a migrant boat off Libya's western coast. The coastguard picked up 14 survivors from the boat just east of Tripoli.
    (Reuters, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, Mohamed Nasheed, the exiled former president of the Maldives, said he has abandoned plans to contest an upcoming presidential election because of legal obstacles.
    (AP, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, In central Mali a suicide bomber in a vehicle painted in UN colors attacked the Sevare headquarters of the G5 Sahel, an international anti-terror task force. Two soldiers, a civilian and two attackers were killed.
    (Reuters, 6/29/18)(AFP, 6/29/18)(SFC, 6/30/18, p.A2)(AP, 7/20/18)
2018        Jun 29, A Pakistani high court overturned a tribunal decision disqualifying outgoing PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi from running in his home constituency.
    (Reuters, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, In northern Pakistan Austrian mountaineer Christian Huber was killed when an avalanche hit the climbers' tent during a strong storm at a height of 5,900 meters (6,455 yards) on Ultar Sar Peak in the Hunza Valley.
    (AP, 6/30/18)
2018        Jun 29, Polish sprinter Irena Szewinska (72), the most famous athlete in Polish sports history, died in Warsaw. She dominated women's athletics for two decades, winning seven Olympic medals.
    (AP, 6/30/18)
2018        Jun 29, In Russia Oleg Navalny (35), the brother of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, was released from prison after serving a 3˝-year term on fraud charges. His verdict was widely seen as retribution for the political activities of his brother, who got a suspended sentence in the same trial.
    (AP, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, Police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets at protesters in eSwatini (Swaziland) as they marched against poor service delivery, alleged misuse of state pension funds and a proposed law to charge citizens who marry foreigners.
    (Reuters, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 120,000 civilians have been uprooted by a Syrian army offensive in the southwest since it began last week.
    (Reuters, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, Turkey formally arrested Eren Erdem, a former opposition lawmaker, over alleged links to the Gulen movement, the group blamed for the 2016 attempted coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
    (AFP, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, The Ukrainian military said four Ukrainian servicemen were killed and two were wounded in attacks by pro-Russian separatists in the eastern conflict zone over the past 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, The UN's migration agency snubbed the Trump administration's candidate to lead it. Portuguese Socialist and former EU commissioner Antonio Vitorino (61) won an election to be the next director-general of the International Organization for Migration, edging out both a top IOM official and US candidate Ken Isaacs.
    (AP, 6/29/18)
2018        Jun 29, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Melbourne's Archbishop Denis Hart (77), who said he'd prefer jail to telling civil authorities about any sex abuse of children that might be revealed to him in the confessional.
    (AP, 6/29/18)

2018        Jun 30, US President Donald Trump said that Saudi Arabia's King Salman had agreed to his request to ramp up oil production, a week after OPEC already announced an output rise, because of the turmoil & dysfunction in Iran and Venezuela.
    (AFP, 6/30/18)
2018        Jun 30, US officials said the State Department has evacuated at least 11 Americans from China after abnormal sounds or sensations were reported by government employees at the US Consulate in Guangzhou.
    (SSFC, 7/1/18, p.A4)
2018        Jun 30, Liberal activists, parents and first-time protesters motivated by accounts of children separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border rallied in hundreds of cities nationwide to press Pres. Donald Trump's administration to reunite the families.
    (AP, 6/30/18)
2018        Jun 30, In northern California the County Fire erupted in Yolo County. By the next day it had scorched 32,500 acres and was only 2% contained.
    (SFC, 7/2/18, p.A1)
2018        Jun 30, Longtime Iowa sportscaster Larry Cotlar (66) died after his van was swept away in flash flooding in Des Moines.
    (SFC, 7/2/18, p.A4)
2018        Jun 30, In Oregon police used flash-bang grenades and pepper spray after violent skirmishes erupted between right-wing and anti-fascists in Portland.
    (SFC, 7/2/18, p.A4)
2018        Jun 30, A US district judge ordered federal emergency oficials to extend vouchers for temporary hotel housing for nearly 1,700 Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees in Florida and Massachusetts.
    (SFC, 7/2/18, p.A5)
2018        Jun 30, Afghan security forces resumed offensive operations after President Ashraf Ghani declared an end to the government's unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban.
    (AFP, 6/30/18)
2018        Jun 30, In eastern Afghanistan unidentified gunmen beheaded three men and torched a boys' school in Nangarhar province late today. Officials blamed the attack on Islamic State militants.
    (Reuters, 7/1/18)
2018        Jun 30, Austria took over the rotating presidency of the European Union with a pledge to better secure the 28-nation bloc's external borders.
    (AP, 6/30/18)
2018        Jun 30, In the Bahamas a fire on a tour boat killed a US citizen and injured nine people during a day trip around the small islands near Great Exuma.
    (AP, 7/2/18)
2018        Jun 30, Belgium police intercepted two suspects with 500 grams of TATP, a home-made explosive produced of easily available chemicals, as well as a detonation device found in their car. They were suspected of plotting a bomb attack on a meeting of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which took place in Villepinte, just outside of Paris, a three-hour drive from Brussels.
    (Reuters, 7/2/18)
2018        Jun 30, In Wiltshire, England, Dawn Sturgess (44) and Charlie Rowley (45) were hospitalized after falling ill within hours of each other. Police later believed the couple may have come in contact with a contaminated vial of Novichok or other item discarded in a public place after a March nerve agent attack on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury.
    (AP, 7/6/18)
2018        Jun 30, Cambodia won a place in the Guinness book of World Records for a 1,100-meter (3,600-foot) long version of the country's popular krama scarf.
    (AFP, 7/1/18)
2018        Jun 30, The Czech Communist party said it would back a coalition government of billionaire PM Andrej Babis, effectively sealing his victory in a confidence vote next month.
    (AFP, 6/30/18)
2018        Jun 30, It was reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has secured agreements with 14 European Union countries to rapidly return some asylum seekers as she seeks to end a schism in her government over migration policy.
    (AP, 6/30/18)
2018        Jun 30, In central India hundreds of people blocked streets and shut down businesses to protest the June 26 rape of a 7-year-old girl in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh state. Protesters demanded the death penalty for two suspects arrested on suspicion of rape and trying to slit her throat.
    (SSFC, 7/1/18, p.A4)
2018        Jun 30, India's Maharashtra state eased a ban against single-use plastic, imposed on June 23, following what sources said was intense lobbying by multinational companies and plastic industry bodies for softer rules and extensions. Maharashtra allowed e-commerce companies to use plastic packaging for three more months.
    (Reuters, 7/3/18)
2018        Jun 30, In northern Japan a rocket developed by a Japanese startup company exploded seconds after liftoff, bursting into flames. The MOMO-2 rocket, developed by Interstellar Technologies, was launched in Taiki town on Hokkaido.
    (AP, 6/30/18)
2018        Jun 30, Jordan delivered aid for the second day running to displaced Syrians at its border in a unilateral compromise as Amman keeps a key crossing sealed.
    (AP, 7/1/18)
2018        Jun 30, In the Maldives the opposition alliance named Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, an opposition law maker, as a backup candidate for the presidential election later this year, in the event the exiled former president is unable to contest due to legal obstacles.
    (AP, 7/1/18)
2018        Jun 30, It was reported that Mexican leaders representing tens of thousands of indigenous people have vowed to block voting in their communities to protest a system they say has failed them.
    (Reuters, 6/30/18)
2018        Jun 30, In Nicaragua at least two demonstrators were killed and 11 others wounded, as thousands of demonstrators marched against President Daniel Ortega across the Central American country.
    (AFP, 7/1/18)
2018        Jun 30, South Sudan's armed opposition claimed that government troops violated the country's latest cease-fire just hours after it began at midnight, while a government spokesman accused the rebels of attacking instead.
    (AP, 6/30/18)
2018        Jun 30, A string of Syrian rebel-held towns and villages accepted government rule as insurgent lines collapsed in parts of the southwest under an intense bombardment that the United Nations says has forced 160,000 people to flee. Syrian state television broadcast from the town of Dael in northwestern Deraa province after it accepted a deal to return to government control. At least ten civilians were killed when bombs were dropped on the rebel-held village of Ghasam.
    (Reuters, 6/30/18)(Reuters, 7/1/18)
2018        Jun 30, Syrian rebels meeting Russian officers in a southern Syrian town said negotiations for a peace deal with the government ended in failure after they rejected Moscow's demands to surrender.
    (Reuters, 6/30/18)
2018        Jun 30, The Turkish military carried out airstrikes in northern Iraq's Avasin Basyan region, killing four Kurdish militants.
    (Reuters, 6/30/18)
 2018        Jun 30, In Uganda hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of Kampala demanding police action to stop a spate of kidnappings and murders of women that have gripped the country.
    (AFP, 6/30/18)

2018        Jun, US lobbying firm Mercury LLC sought to recruit the ambassadors of France, Germany and several other countries to demonstrate international support for severing Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska's control of Rusal, the aluminum manufacturing giant sanctioned by Washington.
    (AP, 7/14/18)
2018        Jun, Sports betting began in New Jersey, generating $16.4 million in bets during its first two weeks.
    (AP, 7/18/18)
2018        Jun, Egypt's annual inflation rate increased to 13.8 percent this month, the first time it has jumped in 11 months following a new round of austerity measures designed to overhaul the country's economy. The figure, announced by the Central Agency for Mobilization and Statistics, covers the period from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.
    (AP, 7/10/18)
2018        Jun, Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of France's far-right National Front party, refused to submit to police questioning as part of an EU funding inquiry, claiming immunity as a European Parliament lawmaker.
    (AFP, 7/22/18)
2018        Jun, Iraq's agriculture ministry suspended the cultivation of rice, corn and other cereals, which need large quantities of water, due to sever drought. The Ministry of Water Resources said the country has only enough water to irrigate half its farmland this summer.
    (AFP, 7/3/18)(SFC, 7/6/18, p.A4)
2018        Jun, Morocco sentenced journalist Hamid el Mahdaoui to three years in prison for "not denouncing" attempts to harm state security after he received a call from a man who said he planned to create armed strife in Morocco. Mahdaoui was already serving a one-year sentence for inciting protests.
    (AP, 7/18/18)
2018        Jun, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria officially ended grants to North Korea that supported the treatment of 120,000 TB patients last year.
    (AP, 11/16/18)
2018        Jun, In the Philippines Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu, who took over from committed environmentalist Regina Lopez in May last year, lifted a moratorium on government approvals for small-scale mining projects.
    (Reuters, 7/31/18)
2018        Jun, The Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, known colloquially as Shaninka, was a stripped of its government accreditation.
    (SFC, 7/23/18, p.A2)
2018        Jun, Vietnamese legislators approved a law that takes effect on Jan. 1, 2019, requiring Facebook, Google and other global technology firms to store locally personal data on users in Vietnam and open offices there. On July 12 seventeen US lawmakers urged the CEOs of Facebook and Google to resist the changes stipulated by the new cybersecurity law.
    (Reuters, 7/17/18)

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