Timeline 2019 July - September
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2019        Jul 1, The Associated Press reported that the Falic family of Florida, owners of the ubiquitous chain of Duty Free Americas shops, funds a generous and sometimes controversial philanthropic empire in Israel that runs through the corridors of power and stretches deep into the occupied West Bank. They are a key example of how wealthy US donors have bolstered the contentious settlement movement.
    (AP, 7/1/19)
2019        Jul 1, In Kentucky Blackjewel LLC, a coal mining company in Harlan County, declared bankruptcy. In July unpaid miners blocked a train carrying company coal.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y5xpj2sm)(SFC, 8/20/19, p.A5)
2019        Jul 1, Mississippi enacted a new law that declares "a plant-based or insect-based food product shall not be labeled as meat or a meat food product." A lawsuit against Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and the state's Republican agriculture commissioner, Andy Gipson, was filed by the Plant Based Foods Association and the Illinois-based Upton's Naturals Co., which makes vegan products.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y6a8k3rf)(SFC, 7/3/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 1, In Rhode Island the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence released a list of 50 clerics it says have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children. Only 19 of the priests and deacons on the list, from files dating back to 1950, were still alive.
    (SFC, 7/2/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 1, In Afghanistan the Taliban set off a powerful bomb in downtown Kabul, killing at least six people and wounding 105 people. At least 26 children were among the wounded. Five schools were damaged in the attack which targeted a defence ministry building, but also shredded a mosque and a TV station.
    (AP, 7/1/19)(AFP, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 1, Meeting in Vienna member nations of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed to extend a production cut for another nine months in a bid to shore up prices at a time of waning demand. The next day 10 non-OPEC nations supported the extension.
    (AP, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 1, In Australia former soldier David Hurley was sworn in as governor-general, a day before Parliament resumes for the first time since the May election.
    (AP, 7/1/19)
2019        Jul 1, Paris authorities reintroduced rent controls in a bid to get a grip on the spiraling cost of living in the City of Light.
    (AFP, 7/1/19)
2019        Jul 1, Paris banned all diesel vehicles aged 13 years or over from the city center, the latest move in a campaign to tackle pollution on the city's streets.
    (AFP, 7/1/19)
2019        Jul 1, In Hong Kong tens of thousands of others marched through the city to demand expanded democracy on the 22nd anniversary of the former British colony's return to China. Hundreds of protesters broke into the legislative building this evening and spray-painted slogans on the walls of the main chamber.
    (AP, 7/1/19)
2019        Jul 1, In India heavy rains flooded parts of Mumbai, as the country's four-month summer monsoon swung into full force.
    (AFP, 7/1/19)
2019        Jul 1, Thousands of Hindu pilgrims began the arduous trek to an icy Himalayan cave in disputed Kashmir, with tens of thousands of Indian government forces guarding roads and mountain passes. Hindus worship a stalagmite at the Amarnath shrine as an incarnation of Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction and regeneration.
    (AP, 7/1/19)
2019        Jul 1, Iran acknowledged it had exceeded the limit set on its low-enriched uranium stockpiles by a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, its first major departure from the agreement a year after Washington unilaterally withdrew from it.
    (AP, 7/1/19)
2019        Jul 1, The Iraqi government moved to place Iranian-backed militias under the command of the armed forces in a political gamble by a prime minister increasingly caught in the middle of a dangerous rivalry between Iran and the US.
    (AP, 7/4/19)
2019        Jul 1, It was reported that Iraq is establishing a financial "loophole" to continue buying vital gas and electricity from Iran despite US sanctions, mirroring a European mechanism that came into effect on June 28.
    (AFP, 7/1/19)
2019        Jul 1, The head of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency said that Iran was behind a string of recent attacks on targets across the Persian Gulf.
    (AP, 7/1/19)
2019        Jul 1, Mojtaba Zolnour, the chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy commission, said Israel will be destroyed in half an hour if the US attacks Iran.
    (Reuters, 7/1/19)
2019        Jul 1, The head of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, Yossi Cohen, said his country was establishing "formal relations" with Oman. The next day Oman denied it has agreed to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.
    (AFP, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 1, Japan imposed restrictions on exports used by South Korea's chip and smartphone companies, ramping up long-simmering tensions between the US allies over the use of forced labor during World War Two. Seoul quickly hit back, saying the measures violated international law and threatening to raise the issue at the World Trade Organization.
    (AFP, 7/1/19)
2019        Jul 1, Japanese whalers returned to port with their first catch after resuming commercial whaling for the first time in 31 years, achieving the long-cherished goal of traditionalists that is seen as largely a lost cause amid slowing demand for the meat. This was the first commercial hunt since 1988.
    (Reuters, 7/1/19)
2019        Jul 1, In Indian Kashmir a bus packed with passengers fell into a gorge killing at least 33 people in Kisthwar district.
    (AP, 7/1/19)
2019        Jul 1, In northern Kosovo shops, restaurants and bakeries in the Serb-dominated area closed their doors to protest against a 100% tax the country has imposed on goods imported from Serbia. The government introduced the tax last year in retaliation for Belgrade blocking Kosovo, its former province, from joining the international police organization Interpol as a separate nation.
    (Reuters, 7/1/19)
2019        Jul 1, Lebanon woke up to a new national newspaper on stands, even after a series of prominent dailies have disappeared from print over the past three years. Nida Al-Watan, a 16-page publication to be printed six days a week, could be seen on newsstands and in libraries with a goal and cause of "sovereignty of Lebanon".
    (AFP, 7/1/19)
2019        Jul 1, The Lebanese army started destroying Syrian refugee settlements in the northeast after the expiry of a government ultimatum. Aid groups warned of more demolitions in the coming days.
    (AFP, 7/1/19)
2019        Jul 1, In Mauritania ex-general Mohamed Ould Ghazouani was declared the official winner of the June 22 presidential elections that opposition candidates claim were unfair. The CENI electoral commission said Ghazouani had won the poll with an absolute majority of 52 percent.
    (AFP, 7/1/19)
2019        Jul 1, In western Niger at least 18 soldiers were killed and four others were missing after suspected Islamist militants blew up two cars and fired on a military camp.
    (Reuters, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 1, In central Nigeria at least 45 people were killed and more than 100 injured when a petrol tanker crashed off the road and exploded as people gathered fuel in Benue state.
    (AFP, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 1, Russia called on the US to free Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko and proposed a prisoner swap with Washington to win the release of any American national held in Russia.
    (Reuters, 7/1/19)
2019        Jul 1, Fire broke out on one of the Russian navy's deep-sea research submersibles, and toxic fumes from the blaze killed 14 sailors aboard. The fire occurred on a nuclear powered AS-31 deep-water research submarine in the Barents Sea.
    (AP, 7/2/19)(AP, 7/4/19)
2019        Jul 1, A Saudi-led military coalition said it had intercepted a drone launched by Yemen's Houthi group that was heading toward the kingdom.
    (Reuters, 7/1/19)
2019        Jul 1, Somalia said it has protested formally to Kenya, after Nairobi referred to the self-proclaimed Republic of Somaliland as a country. Somaliland declared its independence in 1991 but is not recognized by the international community, which considers it an autonomous region of Somalia.
    (AFP, 7/1/19)
2019        Jul 1, In Sudan hundreds of people gathered in the city of Omdurman across the River Nile from Khartoum to protest against the ruling military.
    (Reuters, 7/1/19)
2019        Jul 1, Sweden's military said it would deploy an updated ground-to-air missile defense system on the Baltic Sea island of Gotland in another sign of tension in the region with Russia.
    (Reuters, 7/1/19)
2019        Jul 1, Syrian state media said Israeli warplanes attacked military positions in central Syria early today, with a missile near Damascus. The air strikes left nine mostly foreign pro-regime fighters and six civilians including three children dead.
    (AP, 7/1/19)(AFP, 7/1/19)
2019        Jul 1, In Turkey an explosion on an LPG tanker killed an Italian crew member and injured 15 others at the port of Aliaga in western Izmir province.
    (Reuters, 7/2/19)

2019        Jul 2, The Trump administration backed off on adding a question to the 2020 Census on citizenship.
    (SFC, 7/3/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 2, The US House of Representatives filed a lawsuit to force the Treasury Dept. to turn over Pres. Trump's tax returns.
    (SFC, 7/3/19, p.A5)
2019        Jul 2, A new US federal lawsuit accused Georgia's Department of Driver Services of discriminating against Puerto Rican driver's license applicants.
    (AP, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 2, Military jurors in San Diego acquitted Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, a decorated Navy SEAL, of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic. He was convicted on a single charge of posing with the 17-year-old militant's corpse in Iraq in 2017.
    (AP, 7/3/19)
2019        Jul 2, Lee Iacocca (b.1924), father of the Ford Mustang and rescuer of Chrysler Corp. died at his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles County. His 1984 book: "Iacocca: An Autobiography" became a best seller.
    (SFC, 7/3/19, p.A7)
2019        Jul 2, Hawaii became the first US state to remove a requirement that a person be a victim of sex trafficking to have a prostitution conviction erased.
    (SFC, 7/4/19, p.A9)
2019        Jul 2, In Kentucky a lightning strike set a Jim Beam warehouse on fire and destroyed about 45,000 barrels of bourbon. The site burned for days and runoff filled with alcohol and firefighting chemicals bled into nearby rivers and creeks. The nearly 23-mile alcohol plume moved through the Kentucky River and into the Ohio River where it dissipated. Dead fish were found along 62 miles of Glenns Creek and the Kentucky River. In December the state fined Jim Beam $600,000.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y2ohl7tl)(SFC, 7/12/19, p.A5)(SFC, 12/30/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 2, In Pennsylvania Bill Courtright, the former Democratic mayor of Scranton, pleaded guilty to charges that he shook down businesses for bribes and campaign contributions throughout his term and a half in office. He had resigned from office a day earlier.
    (SFC, 7/3/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 2, The S&P 500 hit a record high for the 2nd straight day closing at 2,973.01.
    (SFC, 7/3/19, p.D4)
2019        Jul 2, Algerian parliament president Moad Bouchareb quit, after prolonged demands for his removal by protesters who saw him as a pillar of the ruling elite.
    (Reuters, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 2, Australia's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to a record low of 1% in a bid to boost the economy.
    (AP, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 2, In Australia three men were arrested over an Islamic State group-inspired plot to attack a variety of Sydney targets including police and defense buildings, courts, churches and diplomatic missions.
    (AP, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 2, Meeting in Vienna the OPEC bloc of oil producers formally signed a new charter of cooperation with other major producers -- including Russia -- a day after thrashing out the document at a marathon meeting.
    (AFP, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 2, China's government strongly backed Hong Kong's embattled administration, saying pro-democracy protesters who occupied and vandalized the city's legislature committed "serious illegal acts" that endangered the social order.
    (AP, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 2, In China Turkish Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an ostensible US NATO ally, affirmed the importance of ties with China in a meeting with President Xi Jinping in Beijing.
    (AP, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 2, The European Parliament began its first session of the new term, short of three Catalan members who were barred from joining, as hundreds wearing the Catalan flag protested against their exclusion outside the building in Strasbourg.
    (Reuters, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 2, France said it was "not ready" to ratify a huge trade deal agreed by the European Union and the four South American countries of Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay), as farmers and environmentalists step up their resistance to the accord.
    (AFP, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 2, Romain Bail (35), a mayor in northern France, was handed a six-month suspended prison sentence for wrongly issuing parking fines to people helping migrants in the area. A police report, which was read out in court, said the mayor from the right-wing Les Republicans party had used offensive language towards migrants.
    (AFP, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 2, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen emerged as the surprise candidate to lead the European Union's executive Commission. David-Maria Sassoli, an Italian member of the Socialists & Democrats bloc, was elected as the next president of the European parliament after two rounds of voting in the Strasbourg-based legislature.
    (AP, 7/3/19)
2019        Jul 2, In Greece Suzanne Eaton, an American scientist, disappeared while at a conference in Chania, Crete. Her body was found on July 8 in a tunnel formerly used as a storage site during World War II. On July 16 a man (27) was charged with murder and rape in the killing.
    (SFC, 7/10/19, p.C1)(Reuters, 7/16/19)
2019        Jul 2, Hungarian lawmakers passed legislation to tighten state control of research bodies run by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA), overriding protests against the latest step to expand the government's role in public life.
    (Reuters, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 2, In western India heavy monsoon rains caused at least four walls to collapse onto huts and city shanties overnight and into today, killing at least 31 people and injuring dozens of others. Two men died after they were trapped in a submerged car, raising the overall death toll in Maharashtra state to 33.
    (AP, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 2, Members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard killed two gunmen trying to infiltrate the country through the border with Turkey. Two Iranian guards were also killed in the skirmish in the northwestern province of West Azerbaijan.
    (AP, 7/3/19)
2019        Jul 2, In Israel thousands of protesters blocked major highways around the country, snarling traffic for hours. They attacked police and vandalized vehicles in response to what they see as continued police brutality following the June 30 shooting death of Solomon Teka (18).
    (AP, 7/3/19)
2019        Jul 2, A coalition of East African citizen groups announced they were suing Uganda and Rwanda in the East African Court of Justice for financial losses resulting from a border dispute between the feuding nations. The court, in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha, was set up to rule on matters of the East African Community (EAC).
    (AFP, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 2, Aeroflot and two other Russian airlines canceled several flights to and from the Czech Republic after the Czech Transport Ministry withdrew permits for the flights. The Czech ministry said it took action after Russia limited the right of national carrier Czech Airlines to use routes across Siberia on its flights from Prague to Seoul. A Russian decision early today to grant temporary access to the transit routes until July 7, enabled the Czech ministry to authorize Russian carriers' flights to the Czech Republic until that date to provide time for negotiations.
    (Reuters, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 2, South Africa's ruling African National Congress used its majority to elect new committee heads, including lawmaker Bongani Bongo, accused of bribery, despite opposition from rival parties concerned over the caliber of nominees.
    (Reuters, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 2, In South Korea Park Yoo-chun, a former member of the boy band JYJ, received a 10-month suspended sentence for illegal drug use. The Suwon District Court also ordered the 33-year-old star to undergo probation and treatment.
    (AP, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 2, The office of Sri Lanka's PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said he opposes a decision by Pres. Maithripala Sirisena to execute drug convicts, saying the country must conduct its affairs in a civilized manner.
    (AP, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 2, Sri Lankan police arrested their own chief and the former defense secretary for failing to prevent attacks on churches and luxury hotels that killed more than 250 people in April.
    (Reuters, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 2, A Sudanese opposition group said that two of its leaders have been arrested amid a weekslong standoff between the ruling military council and a protest coalition that held mass marches this week.
    (AP, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 2, Turkish prosecutors and the state-run Anadolu news agency said 122 military personnel have been ordered arrested over suspected links to the network blamed by Ankara for orchestrating a failed military coup.
    (Reuters, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 2, A United Nations investigator said Burmese security forces and insurgents are committing human rights violations against civilians in restive western states that may amount to fresh war crimes.
    (Reuters, 7/2/19)
2019        Jul 2, The UN World Food Program (WFP) said it will triple the number of people it is providing food and cash assistance to in northeastern Congo's Ituri province, which is facing inter-ethnic violence and an Ebola epidemic.
    (AP, 7/3/19)
2019        Jul 2, A Yemeni rebel attack on the civilian Abha airport.in southern Saudi Arabia wounded nine civilians.
    (AFP, 7/2/19)

2019        Jul 3, President Donald Trump warned Iran against stepping up uranium enrichment, the latest escalation of the conflict over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program that has plunged the Gulf into renewed uncertainty.
    (Bloomberg, 7/4/19)
2019        Jul 3, The Trump administration told Justice Dept. lawyers to find a way to put a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census.
    (SFC, 7/4/19, p.A6)
2019        Jul 3, A US federal appeals court refused to allow Pres. Donald Trump to start building his wall at the Mexican border using money set aside for the military.
    (SFC, 7/4/19, p.A9)
2019        Jul 3, The parents of Otto Warmbier filed a claim for a seized North Korean cargo ship, seeking to collect on a multimillion-dollar judgment awarded in the American college student's death.
    (AP, 7/6/19)
2019        Jul 3, California became the first state in the US to ban discrimination against black employees based on their natural hairstyles.
    (SFC, 7/4/19, p.A1)
2019        Jul 3, In San Diego Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher (40) was given a demotion by a military jury and the maximum sentence of four months' confinement for posing with a human casualty in Iraq in 2017. He will spend no time in jail because it is less than the time he was held in custody before the trial.
    (AP, 7/4/19)
2019        Jul 3, In southern California two Marines were stopped by US Border Patrol agents driving from the Mexican border with three Mexicans in the back of a BMW. Nine Marines were later charged with human smuggling.
    (SFC, 9/23/19, p.A6)
2019        Jul 3, Arte Johnson (b.1929), American comic actor, died in Los Angeles. He made his mark in TV comedy show "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" from 1967-1971.
    (SFC, 7/4/19, p.C2)
2019        Jul 2, A US federal judge temporarily block an Ohio law banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y5qbch7b)(SFC, 7/5/19, p.A6)
2019        Jul 3, US stock markets closed at record highs. The DJIA closed at 26,966; Nasdaq closed at 8,170.23; the S&P 500 closed at 2995.82, a record high for the 3rd straight day.
    (SFC, 7/4/19, p.D1)
2019        Jul 3, In northeastern China a tornado blew through Kaiyaun late today, killing six people and injuring another 190.
    (SFC, 7/5/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 3, In India Rahul Gandhi resigned as president of the opposition Congress Party, long led by his politically powerful family.
    (SFC, 7/4/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 3, Iran ignored US and EU warnings and vowed to exceed within days the maximum uranium enrichment level it agreed to in the landmark 2015 nuclear accord. Iran warned it will restore a mothballed reactor and step up enrichment if European nations fail to offer it economic guarantees by a July 7 deadline. Iran's intelligence minister said Tehran and Washington could hold talks only if the US ended its sanctions and Iran's top authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, gave his approval.
    (AFP, 7/3/19)(Reuters, 7/4/19)
2019        Jul 3, The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, an international body of Muslim nations, condemned the opening of an Israeli tunnel that runs beneath a Palestinian neighborhood in east Jerusalem.
    (AP, 7/3/19)
2019        Jul 3, A Kenyan court sentenced Rashid Charles Mberesero to life in jail for being an accomplice in the 2015 attack on Garissa Univ. that left 148 people dead. Mohamed Abdi Abikar and Hassan Aden Hassan were sentenced to 41 years each for assisting in the attack.
    (SFC, 7/4/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 3, In Libya an airstrike hit a detention center for migrants near Tripoli early today killing at least 50 people and wounding more than 130. The Tripoli-based government blamed Hifter's self-styled Libyan National Army for the airstrike and called for the UN to investigate. The UN later reported that Libyan guards shot at refugees and migrants trying to flee from airstrikes that killed at least 53 people, including six children.  Witnesses later told UN investigators that they tried to escape but were stopped by guards and forced back inside.
    (AP, 7/3/19)(Reuters, 7/4/19)(AP, 1/27/20)
2019        Jul 3, Pakistan's military said an explosion has killed five soldiers near the Indian border in Kashmir.
    (SFC, 7/4/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 3, President Vladimir Putin signed a bill suspending Russia's participation in a pivotal nuclear arms treaty. The decree formalizes Russia's departure from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty with the US following Washington's withdrawal from the pact.
    (AP, 7/3/19)
2019        Jul 3, American rapper A$AP Rocky (30), a performer, producer and model, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was detained in Sweden along with his bodyguard and two other members of his entourage in connection with a fight in a Stockholm city-center street in the early hours of June 30.
    (Reuters, 7/20/19)
2019        Jul 3, A booby-trapped motorcycle exploded in southern Syria killing at least three people in Sweida province.
    (AP, 7/3/19)
2019        Jul 3, A boat carrying 86 migrants from Libya sank off the Tunisian city of Zarzis and only three passengers are known to have survived the shipwreck.
    (AP, 7/4/19)
2019        Jul 3, Turkey's state-run news agency said two Russian women, who are suspected of being Islamic State militants and are allegedly listed as wanted by Interpol, have been detained by authorities while trying to enter Turkey illegally from neighboring Syria accompanied by their nine children in an effort to return to Russia.
    (AP, 7/3/19)
2019        Jul 3, The UN said that conflict had intensified in a region of South Sudan since a peace deal was signed, with hundreds of civilians raped or murdered by warring factions.
    (AFP, 7/3/19)

2019        Jul 4, Donald Trump’s “Salute to America" took place in Washington, DC, as the country celebrated Independence Day. Trump became the first president in nearly seven decades to address a crowd at the National Mall on Independence Day.
    (SFC, 7/5/19, p.A6)
2019        Jul 4, Temperatures in Alaska reached record highs with Anchorage recording 90 degrees. The city's previous record was 85 degrees on June 14, 1969.
    (SSFC, 7/7/19, p.A10)
2019        Jul 4, In southern California a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck in the Mojave Desert.
    (SFC, 7/6/19, p.C1)
2019        Jul 4, In New York City Joey Chestnut ate 71 wieners and buns to secure his 12th title at Nathan's Famous annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest.
    (SFC, 7/5/19, p.A9)
2019        Jul 4, Australian student Alek Sigley (29), released after a week in detention in North Korea, arrived in Tokyo after telling reporters he was in "very good" condition, without saying what happened to him.
    (AP, 7/4/19)
2019        Jul 4, In the Bahamas a helicopter crash 2 miles off of Big Grand Cay killed Chris Cline, a billionaire coal entrepreneur from West Virginia, his daughter (22) and five others.
    (SFC, 7/6/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 4, Chinese officials said new cases of African swine fever have declined and pork production is returning to normal, after millions of pigs were culled because of the deadly disease.
    (AFP, 7/4/19)
2019        Jul 4, The supertanker Grace 1 was halted in the early hours by Gibraltar police and customs agencies, aided by a detachment of British Royal Marines. The tanker was believed to be carrying oil from Iran to the Banyas Refinery in Syria.
    (Telegraph, 7/4/19)
2019        Jul 4, Human Rights Watch criticized the Iraqi government for holding thousands of prisoners, including children, in degrading and "inhuman" conditions in Nineveh province.
    (AP, 7/4/19)
2019        Jul 4, In Italy firefighters doused fires ignited by the eruption of the Stromboli volcano on the Sicilian island of Stromboli. One hiker was reported killed.
    (SFC, 7/5/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 4, Swiss scientists reported that the most effective way to fight global warming is to plant trees, a trillion of them, maybe more.
    (SFC, 7/5/19, p.A8)
2019        Jul 4, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he is willing to mediate between the United States and Iran to ease tensions over Iran's nuclear program.
    (AP, 7/4/19)
2019        Jul 4, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet reported that Venezuela's government registered nearly 5,300 killings during security operations last year linked to cases of "resistance to authority," denouncing a "shockingly high" number of extrajudicial killings.
    (AP, 7/5/19)
2019        Jul 4, At the Vatican Russia's Pres. Putin met with Pope Francis for talks on a range of subjects including Ukraine and the Catholic church in Russia.
    (SFC, 7/5/19, p.A3)

2019        Jul 5, In southern California a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck in the Mojave Desert near the town of Ridgecrest. This was the 2nd trembler in the area in two days.
    (SFC, 7/6/19, p.C1)
2019        Jul 5, In northern Afghanistan mortars fired by Taliban insurgents hit a market in Faryab province killing at least 14 people. Taliban attacks in western Farah and Herat provinces killed 18 security personnel.
    (SFC, 7/6/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 5, Tens of thousands of Algerians took to the streets for the 20th straight to demand new democratic leadership and celebrate their country's hard-fought independence from colonial France.
    (AP, 7/5/19)
2019        Jul 5, In Brazil police in Rio de Janeiro said that at least 12 bodies have been found in a clandestine grave in Itaborai, about 25 miles from Rio. Authorities believed the grave could have been used by a paramilitary group.
    (SSFC, 7/7/19, p.A8)
2019        Jul 5, Jaguar Land Rover said it is making a multi-million pound investment to build electric vehicles in Britain, in a major boost for the UK government and a sector hit by the slump in diesel sales and Brexit uncertainty.
    (Reuters, 7/5/19)
2019        Jul 5, The Egyptian government hiked up fuel and cooking gas prices in another round of subsidy cuts designed to overhaul the country's ailing economy and meet the requirements of a large bailout from the International Monetary Fund.
    (AP, 7/5/19)
2019        Jul 5, Rami Shaath (48), a dual Palestinian-Egyptian national and a son of a prominent Palestinian politician, was arrested at his Cairo home. He was accused of having ties to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.
    (AP, 8/21/19)
2019        Jul 5, Iraq celebrated the UNESCO World Heritage Committee's decision to name the historic city of Babylon a World Heritage Site in a vote held in Azerbaijan's capital, years after Baghdad began campaigning for the site to be added to the list.
    (AP, 7/5/19)
2019        Jul 5, Human Rights Watch condemned Lebanon's order for Syrian refugees to demolish their hard shelters as tantamount to "illegitimate pressure" on them to return to their war-torn country.
    (AFP, 7/5/19)
2019        Jul 5, Mexico's attorney general's office said new arrest warrants have been issued for Emilio Lozoya, former head of the state oil company Pemex, and several of his relatives related to an investigation into wrongdoing by the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht.
    (SFC, 7/6/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 5, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte pledged to continue his war against drugs in his final three years in office despite international calls for a probe into the rising death toll.
    (Bloomberg, 7/6/19)
2019        Jul 5, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), the country's top KGB successor agency, said it has arrested Alexander Vorobyov, an aide to the presidential envoy to Russia's Urals region, on treason charges that carry punishment of up to 20 years in prison.
    (AP, 7/5/19)
2019        Jul 5, Leaders of Sudan's pro-democracy movement welcomed a new power-sharing agreement with the ruling military council as a victory for their "revolution," raising hopes for an end to the three-month standoff.
    (AP, 7/5/19)
2019        Jul 5, A bomb went off in a car near Turkey's border with Syria, killing two Syrians who were inside the vehicle. A third Syrian was injured. The explosion was caused by a hand-made bomb which went off while the car was in transit.
    (AP, 7/5/19)
2019        Jul 5, UNESCO's World Heritage Committee voted to add Iran's Hyrcanian forests to its World Heritage List, praising the area for its "remarkable" biodiversity.
    (AFP, 7/5/19)
2019        Jul 5, In Venezuela judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni confirmed her release nine years after her arrest and journalist Braulio Jatar, the country’s top court said in separate posts on Twitter, without offering further details.
    (Bloomberg, 7/6/19)

2019        Jul 6, In Georgia seven people were killed in a chain-reaction highway crash on I-85 about 80 miles northeast of Atlanta.
    (SFC, 7/8/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 6, In Missouri five people were found slain in an apartment building in St. Louis.
    (SFC, 7/8/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 6, Jeffrey Epstein, a New York financier long accused of molesting dozens of girls, was arrested at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey after arriving by private jet from Paris. He was charged with one count of sex trafficking and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.
    (SSFC, 7/7/19, p.A15)
2019        Jul 6, In Brazil Joao Gilberto (b.1931), singer and composer who helped bossa nova gain global popularity, died in Rio de Janeiro.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jo%C3%A3o_Gilberto)(SFC, 7/8/19, p.C3)
2019        Jul 6, North Korea said that Australian student Alek Sigley, who it detained for a week, had spread anti-Pyongyang propaganda and engaged in spying by providing photos and other materials to news outlets with critical views toward the North.
    (AP, 7/6/19)
2019        Jul 6, Choe In-guk (73) arrived in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, to dedicate the rest of his life to Korean unification at the guidance of leader Kim Jong Un. Choe is the son of former South Korean Foreign Minister Choe Dok-shin, who defected to North Korea with his wife in 1986.
    (AP, 7/8/19)(SFC, 7/9/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 6, The Saudi-led coalition at war in Yemen said its forces intercepted drones fired by Yemeni rebels at the kingdom.
    (AP, 7/6/19)
2019        Jul 6, A Syrian government airstrike on the village of Mhambel in Idlib province killed at least 13 people, including seven children and three women.
    (AP, 7/6/19)
2019        Jul 6, Turkey's president met with PM Fayez Sarraj, the head of Libya's UN-recognized government, following heightened tensions between Turkey and forces loyal to rival Libyan National Army leader Khalifa Hifter.
    (AP, 7/6/19)

2019        Jul 7, The US urged Germany to send ground troops to Syria as Washington looked to withdraw from the region. This led to discord in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition.
    (AFP, 7/7/19)
2019        Jul 7, The US women's soccer team claimed a fourth World Cup in a 2-0 win over Netherlands.
    (SFC, 7/8/19, p.C1)
2019        Jul 7, In southern California a head-on collision of two motorcycles, each carrying a passenger, killed four people on Santiago Canyon Road in Orange County.
    (SFC, 7/9/19, p.A5)
2019        Jul 7, In Georgia sheriff's Deputy Nicholas Dixon (28) was shot and killed in Gainesville as deputies tried to stop a stolen vehicle. Hector Garcia was arrested and charged with felony murder.
    (SFC, 7/9/19, p.A5)
2019        Jul 7, A Tennessee man infected with a flesh-eating bacteria during a trip to a Florida beach died just 48 hours after his last swim. The man did have a compromised immune system due to cancer treatments and that may have put him at greater risk.
    (AP, 7/15/19)
2019        Jul 7, In central Afghanistan a Taliban suicide attack killed 12 people and wounded more than 150 others in Ghazni.
    (SFC, 7/8/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 7, Britain warned Iran to "immediately stop and reverse all activities" violating the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
    (AP, 7/7/19)
2019        Jul 7, Britain's Mail newspaper reported that Kim Darroch, a career diplomat who’s been his country’s top representative in Washington since 2016, described Trump as “inept" and “incompetent" in diplomatic cables and briefing notes to his bosses. The UK government soon launched an investigation into who leaked the diplomatic memos from the UK ambassador in Washington.
    (SFC, 7/8/19, p.A3)
2019        Jul 7, The French government said it will not trigger the Iran nuclear deal's dispute resolution mechanism for now, instead giving itself one week to try to get all parties talking again after Iran decided to enrich uranium above limits agreed in 2015.
    (Reuters, 7/7/19)
2019        Jul 7, Germany's struggling Deutsche Bank announced that it will cut 18,000 jobs by 2022 in a sweeping restructuring aimed at restoring consistent profitability and improving returns to its shareholders.
    (SFC, 7/8/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 7, In Greece the New Democracy party of conservative opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis (51) won 39.8% of the vote in parliamentary elections compared to 31.5% for the left-wing Syriza party of PM Alexis Tsipras (44).
    (SFC, 7/8/19, p.A3)
2019        Jul 7, In Hong Kong tens of thousands of protesters took their message to a new audience, mainland Chinese tourists, as coverage of the anti-government movement have been heavily censored by Beijing authorities.
    (SFC, 7/8/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 7, Iran announced it will increase its uranium enrichment to an unspecified level beyond the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, breaking another limit set under the accord and furthering heightening tensions with the US.
    (AP, 7/7/19)
2019        Jul 7, It was reported that a new law in Iran could see the organs of convicts on death row pre-sold to buyers if the prisoners agree before their executions.
    (The Telegraph, 7/8/19)
2019        Jul 7, Iraq's security and paramilitary forces began a military operation along the border with Syria aimed at clearing the area of Islamic State group militants.
    (AP, 7/7/19)
2019        Jul 7, Mali PM Boubou Cisse ended a five-day tour of the restive central region where he has vowed to beef up security, days after the UN humanitarian coordinator decried the "drastic toll" from violence there.
    (AFP, 7/7/19)
2019        Jul 7, The long sought-after African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which African leaders hope will become the world's largest free trade zone by cutting trade tariffs and barriers between 1.2 billion people, was officially launched at an African Union (AU) summit in Niger.
    (AFP, 7/8/19)
2019        Jul 7, In Papua New Guinea 16 women and children were killed by assailants armed with rifles in the village of Karida in Hela province. Two of the victims were pregnant. Police and soldiers were soon sent to the area to provide security amidst the tribal violence.
    (SFC, 7/11/19, p.A5)
2019        Jul 7, In Spain three people were gored by bulls after the opening of the Fermin festival in Pamplona.
    (SFC, 7/8/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 7, Sudan's top general said the military council that assumed power after the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April will be dissolved with the implementation of a power-sharing deal reached with protesters last week.
    (AP, 7/8/19)

2019        Jul 8, A US federal judge blocked a White House initiative on prescription drug costs, saying the Trump administration lacked the legal authority to require drug makers to disclose their prices in TV ads.
    (SFC, 7/10/19, p.A7)
2019        Jul 8, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new law that directs state officials to share state returns of certain elected and appointed officials upon request from the chairpersons of several top congressional committees.
    (SFC, 7/9/19, p.A5)
2019        Jul 8, Twenty-two countries signed a letter to the UN Human Rights Council, calling on China to end the “mass arbitrary detention" of Uighurs and other Muslims and to allow international observers access to detention camps.
    (Econ, 7/27/19, p.36)
2019        Jul 8, Egypt said it has asked Interpol to help track down a 3,000-year-old sculpture of the famed boy pharaoh Tutankhamun after Christie's auctioned it off last week, for more than 4.7 million pounds ($5.9 million), despite Cairo's objections.
    (AP, 7/9/19)
2019        Jul 8, A government spokesman says Germany isn't considering sending ground troops to Syria as part of its contribution to fighting the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 7/8/19)
2019        Jul 8, Iran began enriching uranium to 4.5%, just breaking the limit set by its nuclear deal with world powers, while it is still seeking a way for Europe to help it bypass US sanctions amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington.
    (AP, 7/8/19)
2019        Jul 8, Israel's military shot down a drone that crossed into its territory from the Gaza Strip and discovered an attack tunnel running under the Gaza perimeter fence.
    (AP, 7/8/19)
2019        Jul 8, The Int'l. Criminal Court (ICC) in the Netherlands convicted Bosco Ntaganda, a former rebel commander known as "The Terminator," of 18 counts of crimes against humanity for his role in a bloody ethnic conflict in the Congo DRC in 2002-2003.
    (SFC, 7/9/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 8, Amnesty International urgently called for international pressure and an immediate UN investigation to help end what it says are possible crimes against humanity in the Philippine president's bloody anti-drug crackdown.
    (AP, 7/8/19)
2019        Jul 8, The United Arab Emirates said it was redeploying and reducing troops across war-torn Yemen and moving from a "military-first" strategy to a "peace-first" plan.
    (AFP, 7/8/19)
2019        Jul 8, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said that she was "deeply shocked" by conditions under which migrants and refugees are held at US detention centers, following reports of severe overcrowding and disease-ridden cells.
    (AFP, 7/8/19)
2019        Jul 8, The UN Global Study on Homicide 2919 said some 464,000 homicides were recorded around the world in 2017, far more than the number pf people killed in armed conflicts and terrorist attacks.
    (AP, 7/8/19)
2019        Jul 8, The UN said war-battered Yemen has been hit with more than 460,000 suspected cholera cases so far this year — a sharp rise from the 380,000 cases for all of 2018.
    (AP, 7/9/19)

2019        Jul 9, President Donald Trump gave a warm White House welcome to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the leader of Qatar, amid a bitter rift between the tiny, energy-rich nation and its fellow American allies in the Persian Gulf and rising tensions with Iran.
    (AP, 7/9/19)
2019        Jul 9, The US Treasury Department said it is targeting two Hezbollah lawmakers in Lebanon and a security official suspected of using their positions to further the aims of the Iran-backed group as well as bolster Tehran's "malign activities".
    (AP, 7/10/19)
2019        Jul 9, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the United States will allow American companies to sell technology to the blacklisted Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies where there is no threat to US national security.
    (South China Morning Post, 7/10/19)
2019        Jul 9, Governors of 23 US states and Puerto Rico, most of them Democrats, signed a pledge backing California leaders to stick broadly to pre-Pres. Trump mileage goals in a showdown with the Trump administration over its plans to relax vehicle mileage standards.
    (SFC, 7/10/19, p.A7)
2019        Jul 9, A New York federal appeals court ruled that Pres. Trump cannot deny access to his tweets. In June 2017 then press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that tweets on @realDonald Trump should be considered "official statements by the president".
    (SFC, 7/10/19, p.A7)
2019        Jul 9, H Ross Perot (89), Texas technology billionaire who rattled US politics with two independent presidential campaigns in the 1990s that struck a chord with disgruntled voters, died of leukemia at his home in Dallas.
    (SFC, 7/10/19, p.A7)
2019        Jul 9, American actor Rip Torn (b.1931) died at his home in Los Angeles. His film debut came in 1956 in an adaptation of Tennessee Williams' "Baby Doll."
    (SFC, 7/10/19, p.A6)
2019        Jul 9, All-Afghan talks in Doha, that brought together Afghanistan's warring sides, ended with a statement that appeared to push the country a step closer to peace, by laying down the outlines of a roadmap for the country's future and ending nearly 18 years of war. The Taliban will not attack public institutions such as schools, universities and markets under the confidence-building agreement.
    (AP, 7/9/19)
2019        Jul 9, Britain's main opposition Labour party for the first time conditionally backed holding another Brexit referendum, in which it would support remaining in the European Union.
    (AFP, 7/9/19)
2019        Jul 9, China demanded the US halt its plan to sell $2.2 billion (£1.8bn) in arms to Taiwan, warning the deal could damage US-China relations at a time the two countries are seeking to resolve a longstanding trade dispute. US lawmakers were notified of the possible sale a day earlier, and could still vote to block it.
    (The Telegraph, 7/9/19)
2019        Jul 9, European powers urged Iran to reverse its move to increase uranium enrichment, as a French envoy was due in Tehran to boost efforts to save a landmark 2015 nuclear deal.
    (AFP, 7/9/19)
2019        Jul 9, Hong Kong demonstrators issued new calls for people to join their rallies despite Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s acknowledgment that legislation, which would for the first time allow extraditions to China, wouldn’t get passed. She stopped short of agreeing to protesters’ demand to withdraw the bill.
    (Bloomberg, 7/9/19)
2019        Jul 9, An ambush by Kurdish militants killed three Revolutionary Guard members in western Iran.
    (AP, 7/12/19)
2019        Jul 9, Director-General Fernando Arias of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), based in the Netherlands, said traces of what could be a byproduct of a nerve agent or poison gas were found late last year at Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center in Barzah.
    (AP, 7/9/19)
2019        Jul 9, Russian lawmakers adopted a resolution in favor of introducing economic sanctions against Georgia. President Vladimir Putin said he was against imposing sanctions on Georgia after MPs backed economic measures with the neighboring Caucasus country.
    (AFP, 7/9/19)
2019        Jul 9, Russian officials raised an alarm about massive bee deaths in at least seven regions across the country. Experts attributed the deaths to a careless and excessive use of pesticides.
    (SFC, 7/10/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 9, Turkey's state-run news agency said prosecutors have issued warrants for the detention of 176 serving military officers over suspected links to the US-based Muslim cleric who is blamed by Ankara for a failed coup attempt in 2016.
    (AP, 7/9/19)
2019        Jul 9, The UN said the battle between rival militias for the Libyan capital has killed more than 1,000 people since it began in April.
    (AP, 7/9/19)

2019        Jul 10, Pres. Trump signed an executive order directing the government to revamp the nation's care for kidney disease so that more people whose kidneys fail have a chance at early transplants and home dialysis.
    (SFC, 7/11/19, p.A10)
2019        Jul 10, Dorothy Toy (b.1917), an American dancer of Japanese heritage, died in Oakland, Ca. She worked for much of her career with Paul Wing. In 2017 Rick Quan produced the documentary "Dancing through Life: The Dorothy Toy Story".
    (SFC, 8/2/19, p.C3)
2019        Jul 10, Puerto Rico's former secretary of education and five other people were arrested on charges of steering federal money to unqualified , politically connected contractors.
    (SFC, 7/11/19, p.A6)
2019        Jul 10, The World Customs Organization and Interpol said they had conducted nearly 2000 seizures in June in Operation Thunderball helping local authorities seize nearly 10,000 live turtles, we live apes, 30 live big cats, half a ton of ivory and five rhino horns.
    (SFC, 7/11/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 10, The International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran is enriching uranium to 4.5% purity, above the 3.67% limit set by its deal with major powers.
    (Reuters, 7/10/19)
2019        Jul 10, It was reported that Sir James Dyson (72), the leading Brexiteer, billionaire and high-flying British technology entrepreneur, has bought the most expensive “super penthouse" in Singapore for £44 million.
    (The Telegraph, 7/10/19)
2019        Jul 10, Britain’s ambassador in Washington, Sir Kim Darroch, resigned following a diplomatic storm caused by the publication of leaked emails in which he lambasted the Trump administration.
    (The Daily Beast, 7/10/19)
2019        Jul 10, Human Rights Watch said 22 Western countries have issued a statement urging China to end mass arbitrary detentions and other violations against Uighurs and other Muslims in the Xinjiang region.
    (AP, 7/10/19)
2019        Jul 10, French President Emmanuel Macron's top diplomatic advisor held high-level talks in Tehran aimed at saving the 2015 nuclear deal and easing tensions between Iran and the US.
    (AFP, 7/10/19)
2019        Jul 10, France admitted that it is the owner of American-made anti-tank missiles found at a base used by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army for its assault on Tripoli. The Army Ministry said the Javelin anti-tank guided missiles were for the "self-protection of a French military unit deployed to carry out intelligence and counter-terrorism operations" and never intended for sale or transfer to any party to Libya's conflict.
    (The Telegraph, 7/10/19)
2019        Jul 10, In Germany Ali Bashar (22), an Iraqi man, was sentenced to life in jail for the 2018 rape and murder of Susanna Maria Feldman (14) that fuelled far-right protests against a mass influx of mostly Muslim migrants.
    (AFP, 7/10/19)
2019        Jul 10, Iran's Revolutionary Guards launched deadly strikes against "terrorists" across the border in Iraqi Kurdistan. The two-day operation killed at least one civilian.
    (AFP, 7/12/19)(AP, 7/12/19)
2019        Jul 10, Sudanese activists said the ruling generals restored internet service in the country, following a weekslong blackout imposed during a deadly crackdown early last month.
    (AP, 7/10/19)
2019        Jul 10, The UN environment agency said networks and organizations representing more than 7,000 institutions of higher and further education around the world have signed a letter declaring "a climate emergency" and committing to tackle it.
    (AP, 7/10/19)

2019        Jul 11, US President Donald Trump accused China of backsliding on promises to increase purchases of American farm exports.
    (AFP, 7/11/19)
2019        Jul 11, Pres. Donald Trump said he was issuing an executive order to open all federal population databases to the Census Bureau. Trump was thwarted by the Supreme Court in his administration's attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
    (SFC, 7/12/19, p.A1)
2019        Jul 11, Mark Milley, the Army general nominated to be Joint Chiefs chairman, told senators that pulling American troops prematurely from Afghanistan would be a "strategic mistake." Milley also said the United States should keep a "modest number" of forces in Iraq and Syria for now to maintain stability.
    (AP, 7/11/19)
2019        Jul 11, Former astronaut Terry Virts landed back at NASA's Kennedy Space Center after helping to shatter a pair of records for a round-the-world airplane flight over the North and South poles. Virts' former space station crewmate, Russian Gennady Padalka, was on the first two legs of the flight.
    (AP, 7/11/19)
2019        Jul 11, In Texas officials found the body of 29-year-old Andreen McDonald east of Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis and soon charged her husband with murder. Air Force major Andre McDonald (40) had reported his wife missing March 1.
    (AP, 7/15/19)
2019        Jul 11, The DJIA close at a record high of 27,088.08, topping 27,000 for the first time.
    (SFC, 7/12/19, p.D3)
2019        Jul 11, China attacked a statement by 22 Western countries at the UN urging it to stop holding members of its Muslim population in detention centers, calling the measure necessary for national security and accusing the countries of trampling on its sovereignty.
    (AP, 7/11/19)
2019        Jul 11, In Cyprus mobile phone coverage was extended to both sides of the divide on the east Mediterranean island nation.
    (AP, 7/11/19)
2019        Jul 11, Egypt arrested and charged Karim Hussein, the administrator of a Facebook page that supports former President Hosni Mubarak, with spreading false news and undermining national interests after a series of posts that implied Mubarak did more to help the poor than the current government. Mubarak was forced from power by a pro-democracy uprising in 2011.
    (AP, 7/11/19)
2019        Jul 11, Frenchman Vincent Lambert (42), who was in a vegetative state for 11 years while his wife and parents disagreed over his continued medical care, died in a hospital east of Paris. A prosecutor quickly ordered an autopsy and an investigation.
    (AP, 7/11/19)
2019        Jul 11, The German domestic intelligence agency (BfV) said that it is stepping up observation of the far-right Identitarian Movement in Germany, a group that campaigns against immigrants and Islam.
    (AP, 7/11/19)
2019        Jul 11, In Hong Kong Li Jiyi, the director of the Central Government Liaison's local district office, spoke at a community banquet for hundreds of villagers in Hong Kong's rural New Territories and urged local residents to drive away any activists. On July 21 suspected triad gang members attacked protesters and commuters at a rural Hong Kong train station.
    (Reuters, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 11, Iran's Revolutionary Guards said that the United States and Britain will "strongly regret" the seizure of a tanker off Gibraltar.
    (AFP, 7/11/19)
2019        Jul 11, Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian militant in the northern Gaza Strip in what the military later described as a mistake. Earlier, Hamas accused the army of "deliberately" firing at one of its members, Mahmoud al-Adham (28), in the town of Beit Hanoun.
    (AP, 7/11/19)
2019        Jul 11, Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft landed on the Ryugu asteroid, collected underground samples and rose safely. The asteroid, about 900 yards in diameter, is about 180 million miles from Earth.
    (SFC, 7/12/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 11, A Hezbollah lawmaker said US sanctions targeting two of the group's members in the Lebanese parliament are spiteful and won't force a change in their ideology or views.
    (AP, 7/11/19)
2019        Jul 11, In Libya at least two bomb-laden vehicles exploded near a group of Libyan National Army leaders in their eastern stronghold of Benghazi, killing four people and wounding 33 others.
    (AP, 7/11/19)
2019        Jul 11, Two members of Nigeria's pro-Iran Shia Muslim sect, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, were killed and several injured in the northern city of Kaduna when police fired on an anti-government demonstration. The killings happened at a protest against the detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky.
    (AP, 7/12/19)
2019        Jul 11, It was reported that North Korea has revised its constitution to make Kim Jong Un head of state, a promotion that could help normalize the isolated country’s diplomatic relations with the rest of the world.
    (Bloomberg, 7/11/19)
2019        Jul 11, In southern Pakistan a passenger train rammed into a freight train killing at least 20 people at the Walhar Railway Station in eastern Punjab province.
    (SFC, 7/12/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin had his first phone call with Ukraine's new president and discussions centered on the conflict in eastern Ukraine that has bitterly blighted relations between the two countries.
    (AP, 7/12/19)
2019        Jul 11, In Russia three orcas were loaded onto trucks at a controversial facility near the far eastern port town of Nakhodka, as the country continues to release animals from what the media have dubbed a "whale jail".
    (AFP, 7/11/19)
2019        Jul 11, Sudan's ruling military council said it foiled an attempted military coup. At least 16 active and retired military officers were arrested.
    (AP, 7/11/19)
2019        Jul 11, In northern Syria a car bomb exploded at the entrance to Afrin, a town controlled by Turkish forces and allied Syrian fighters, killing at least nine people. The death toll was likely to rise because some of the injuries were serious.
    (AP, 7/11/19)
2019        Jul 11, The United Nations’ top human rights body voted to launch an investigation into thousands of killings in the Philippines’ brutal war on drugs. The Human Rights Council voted 18-14 with 15 abstentions to approve the resolution.
    (AP, 7/11/19)

2019        Jul 12, The US House of Representatives voted to restrict President Donald Trump's ability to attack Iran, voicing fear that his hawkish policies are pushing toward a needless war.
    (AFP, 7/12/19)
2019        Jul 12, US labor Sec. Alexander Acosta resigned following controversy over his handling of a 2008 sex crimes case involving financier Jeffrey Epstein when Acosta was a federal prosecutor in Florida.
    (SFC, 7/13/19, p.A5)
2019        Jul 12, The US EPA said it was permitting the broader use of sulfoxaflor, a bee-killing pesticide, following a request by chemical manufacturer Dow Agro-Sciences LLC.
    (SFC, 7/16/19, p.A5)
2019        Jul 12, California's Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that creates a $21 billion wildfire insurance fund that will reimburse investor-owned utilities for payments they make to victims of wildfires caused by their equipment.
    (SSFC, 7/14/19, p.D1)
2019        Jul 12, In northern California Sonoma County officials shut down a large-scale illegal cannabis operation after seizing more than 9,000 plants at a Santa Rosa property.
    (SFC, 7/15/19, p.C4)
2019        Jul 12, In Florida Mirko and Regina Ceska were arrested for charges including sexual assault and neglect. The couple, described as “doomsday preppers," allegedly abused their adopted twin daughters, subjecting them to beatings, sexual assaults and a restricted food intake.
    (The Independent, 7/28/19)
2019        Jul 12, Singer R. Kelly was arrested in Chicago under charges that included racketeering, kidnapping, forced labor and the sexual exploitation of a child.
    (SFC, 7/13/19, p.A6)
2019        Jul 12, Fernando Corbato, MIT professor, died in Newburyport, Mass. In the 1960s he oversaw a project called the Compatible Time-Sharing System (CTSS), which allowed multiple users in different locations to access a single computer simultaneously. In the course of refining time-sharing systems Corbato came up with the computer password.
    (SFC, 7/15/19, p.C2)
2019        Jul 12, In Afghanistan a suicide attack killed six people at wedding in eastern Nangarhar province. Police said the suicide bomber, a boy (13), targeted Malik Toor, a pro-government militia commander.
    (SSFC, 7/14/19, p.A5)
2019        Jul 12, An Egyptian delegation arrived in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip to call for calm between Palestinian factions and Israel.
    (AP, 7/12/19)
2019        Jul 12, Police in Gibraltar said they have arrested the two second mates of an Iranian supertanker seized last week by the British navy on suspicion of carrying Tehran's oil to Syria. The vessel's captain and chief officer were arrested a day earlier. All four arrested men are Indian.
    (AP, 7/12/19)
2019        Jul 12, Iran demanded the British navy release an Iranian oil tanker seized last week off Gibraltar, accusing London of playing a "dangerous game" and threatening retribution, while London announced it was sending a destroyer to the Persian Gulf.
    (AP, 7/12/19)
2019        Jul 12, Kuwait's Interior Ministry said it has detained members of Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group convicted of terrorism crimes.
    (AP, 7/13/19)
2019        Jul 12, The head of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement Hassan Nasrallah said he had decreased the number of fighters supporting the Damascus regime in neighboring Syria.
    (AFP, 7/12/19)
2019        Jul 12, Sweden said that it will refrain from signing a United Nations convention on nuclear weapons, with the foreign minister arguing that the treaty "in its current form is not ready".
    (AP, 7/12/19)
2019        Jul 12, Russia began delivery of the advanced S-400 missile defence system to Turkey, a move expected to trigger US sanctions against a NATO ally and drive a wedge into the heart of the Western military alliance.
    (Reuters, 7/12/19)
2019        Jul 12, In Somalia Islamist gunmen stormed the Asasey Hotel in the port city of Kismayo. 3 Kenyans, 2 Americans, a Briton and 3 Tanzanians were among 26 people killed. Security forces took 11 hours to end the siege. The dead also included Canadian-Somali journalist, Hodan Nalayeh (43) and her husband, Farid Jama Suleiman.
    (Reuters, 7/12/19)(SSFC, 7/14/19, p.A6)(SFC, 7/15/19, p.C3)
2019        Jul 12, In Spain one man was gored and five other people injured in the sixth bull run of the 2019 San Fermin festival.
    (SFC, 7/13/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 12, In Syria at least eight civilians were reported killed in government bombing of Idlib city, the country's last rebel stronghold.
    (AP, 7/12/19)
2019        Jul 12, Turkey started "Operation Claw-2" late today to destroy caves and shelters used by members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, in the Hakurk region. The operation began with commandoes, air strikes and artillery.
    (AP, 7/13/19)
2019        Jul 12, The United Nations said it was "alarmed" at death sentences given by a court run by Yemen's Huthi rebels to 30 academics, trade unionists and preachers for alleged spying.
    (AFP, 7/12/19)
2019        Jul 12, United Nations Security Council ambassadors got a firsthand look at the challenges of peace nearly three years into Colombia's historic accord with leftist rebels as they visited with Pres. Ivan Duque, politicians and former rebels at a time of mounting concern.
    (AP, 7/12/19)

2019        Jul 13-2019 Jul 14, A scant 35 people were taken into custody this weekend during a long-threatened US series of raids that targeted more than 2,100 immigrants who had been ordered deported.
    (Reuters, 7/23/19)
2019        Jul 13, It was reported that over the course of 10 days this month, Alaskan wildfires burned an area of land the size of Rhode Island. This is way above normal — though this doesn't match Alaska's extreme burning of 2015. The UN The World Meteorological Organization noted that over 100 intense fires burned in the Arctic Circle alone over the past six weeks, releasing more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than Sweden does in an entire year.
    (Mashable, 7/14/19)
2019        Jul 13, Tropical Storm Barry hit Louisiana as the first hurricane of the season. The system weakened to a tropical storm as it made landfall near Intracoastal City.
    (SFC, 7/13/19, p.A7)(SSFC, 7/14/19, p.A12)
2019        Jul 13, A wide swath of New York's Manhattan borough was plunged into darkness after a transformer explosion knocked out power to subways, stores and Broadway theaters, but the city's main utility said it had restored most power within hours.
    (Reuters, 7/14/19)
2019        Jul 13, In Washington state Willem Van Spronsen (69), armed with a rifle, threw incendiary devices at an immigration jail in Tacoma early today, then was found dead after four police officers arrived and opened fire.
    (AP, 7/14/19)
2019        Jul 13, Britain's top diplomat Jeremy Hunt said Britain will facilitate the release of a seized Iranian tanker if Iran can provide guarantees the vessel would not breach European sanctions on oil shipments to Syria.
    (AP, 7/14/19)
2019        Jul 13, Leaked documents published today said Britain's ambassador to Washington believed US President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 because it was associated with his predecessor Barack Obama.
    (AFP, 7/14/19)
2019        Jul 13, Cuba's first new train passenger cars in more than four decades set off on their maiden journey across the island in what the government hopes will prove a total revamp of its decrepit railway system with help from allies Russia and China.
    (Reuters, 7/13/19)
2019        Jul 13, The European Union's foreign policy chief said the EU is fully supportive of an Iraqi proposal to hold a regional conference amid rising tensions between the US and Iran.
    (AP, 7/13/19)
2019        Jul 13, In Hong Kong several thousand people marched against traders from mainland China. Police used pepper spray to disperse protesters.
.    (SSFC, 7/14/19, p.A5)
2019        Jul 13, Authorities in India said rain-triggered floods and mudslides have left a trail of destruction across the northeast killing at least a dozen people.
    (SSFC, 7/14/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 13, Local media reported that Malaysia has seized more than 1 billion ringgit ($243.25 million) from a bank account of state-owned China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Ltd (CPP).
    (Reuters, 7/14/19)
2019        Jul 13, New Zealand began a nationwide gun buyback program. Police said gun owners would be paid close to $300,000 for the 224 weapons handed over during the 5-hour event.
    (SSFC, 7/14/19, p.A7)
2019        Jul 13, Ten Turkish sailors were taken hostage by armed pirates who attacked the Paksoy-1, a Turkish-flagged cargo ship, off the coast of Nigeria. Another eight sailors were left safely aboard.
    (Reuters, 7/16/19)
2019        Jul 13, Two of Puerto Rico's top government officials resigned following the publication of a bombshell group chat in which Governor Ricardo Rossello and his closest allies exchanged controversial messages that have led to widespread calls for Rossello to also step down.
    (Reuters, 7/13/19)
2019        Jul 13, A Russian Proton-M rocket successfully delivered Spektr-RG, a new space telescope, into orbit. It was destined to orbit at the L2 Lagrange point, where objects can maintain their position relative to the sun and the planets 930,000 miles from Earth.
    (SSFC, 7/14/19, p.A8)
2019        Jul 13, Thousands of Sudanese flooded the streets of the capital of Khartoum and other cities to mark the 40th day since the deadly dispersal of a protest sit-in as the country's ruling generals and pro-democracy movement prepared to sign a power-sharing deal.
    (AP, 7/13/19)
2019        Jul 13, Syrian government and Russian airstrikes in northwestern Kfarya village killed a mother, her baby and another man, leaving 11 injured, including one White Helmet volunteer. Other airstrikes in the town of Khan Sheikhoun hit a farm, killing two families— four children and four parents.
    (AP, 7/13/19)
2019        Jul 13, Turkey continued receiving components of a Russian-made air defense system, despite Washington's warnings that it will impose sanctions on the NATO-member country.
    (AP, 7/13/19)
2019        Jul 13, The Riah, a 58-meter (190-foot) oil tanker from the United Arab Emirates traveling through the Strait of Hormuz, entered Iranian waters and turned off its tracker. Foreign Ministry spokesman later said the Islamic Republic helped an oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz amid US concern that Tehran seized one there. On July 18 Iranian Revolutionary Guards said they had seized a foreign oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. Its 12 crew members were arrested.
    (AP, 7/16/19)(The Telegraph, 7/18/19)
2019        Jul 13, Venezuela said two members of opposition Juan Guaido's security team have been detained for allegedly planning to sell four guns belonging to the state.
    (SSFC, 7/14/19, p.A4)

2019        Jul 14, President Trump tweeted that four newly elected congresswomen of color should “go back" to their “broken and crime infested" countries. The comments were widely condemned as racist — and three of the four were born in the US. The four newly elected Democratic women are Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.
    (Yahoo News, 7/15/19)
2019        Jul 14, In New York Bianca Devins (17), a girl from Utica with a small social media following, was killed by a man she'd met recently on Instagram, who then posted photos of her corpse online. Her alleged assailant, Brandon Clark (21), called 9-1-1 and was being held on a second-degree murder charge. In 2020 Clark pleaded guilty to the murder.
    (AP, 7/16/19)(The Independent, 2/10/20)
2019        Jul 14, In Bangladesh dozens of people protesting against the government's sudden decision to hike gas prices by a third clashed with police outside the energy ministry in Dhaka.
    (Reuters, 7/14/19)
2019        Jul 14, The former military ruler of Bangladesh, Hussain Muhammad Ershad (90), died, following age-related health complications.
    (Reuters, 7/14/19)
2019        Jul 14, In Egypt the Naguib Mahfouz Museum and Creativity Center, a museum commemorating the life and works of novelist Naguib Mahfouz, opened in Cairo.
    (Reuters, 7/15/19)
2019        Jul 14, Emmanuel Macron presided over a show of European force at France’s annual Bastille Day military parade, calling for a “Europe of defence" alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel and leaders from the continent. French police fired tear gas to disperse protesters from Paris's Champs Elysees avenue.
    (AFP, 7/14/19)(Reuters, 7/14/19)
2019        Jul 14, Tens of thousands rallied in a large Hong Kong suburb, driven by abiding anger at the government's handling of an extradition bill that has revived fears of China tightening its grip over the former British colony and eroding its freedoms.
    (Reuters, 7/14/19)
2019        Jul 14, In Indonesia an earthquake hit North Maluku province killing four people and damaging nearly 1,000 houses.
    (SFC, 7/17/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 14, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech that Iran is ready to hold talks with the United States if Washington lifts sanctions and returns to the 2015 nuclear deal it exited last year.
    (Reuters, 7/14/19)
2019        Jul 14, The death toll in Nepal from flash floods and landslides in the past three days rose to 55, with dozens missing and injured.
    (Reuters, 7/14/19)
2019        Jul 14, Qatar inaugurated its largest coast guard base as a standoff between Iran and the United States continues to boost tensions in strategic Gulf waters.
    (AFP, 7/15/19)
2019        Jul 14, Russian opposition leaders led a rally in Moscow of about 1,000 people to protest the city election commission's decision that will keep several opposition candidates off the ballot in a local election.
    (AP, 7/14/19)
2019        Jul 14, In Spain a bull broke from the pack and gored two Australians and a Spaniard during today's final bull run of this year's San Fermin festival.
    (AP, 7/14/19)
2019        Jul 14, In Sudan paramilitary forces backed by the ruling military council fired at protesters in the southeastern state of Sennar. One man died of a shot to the head.
    (Reuters, 7/14/19)
2019        Jul 14, Sudan's pro-democracy movement postponed a scheduled meeting with the country's ruling generals for a second time, saying "further consultations" were needed before they would sign a power-sharing deal with the military.
    (AP, 7/14/19)
2019        Jul 14, In northern Sweden a small plane carrying parachutists crashed soon after takeoff and all nine people on board were killed.
    (AP, 7/14/19)
2019        Jul 14, Syrian state media reported that militants targeted a gas pipeline in government-controlled central Homs province, putting it out of order.
    (AP, 7/14/19)

2019        Jul 15, The Trump administration said it would take steps to make it more difficult for immigrants arriving on the southern border to seek asylum in the United States, putting the onus on them to ask for shelter in other countries. The Trump administration said it will end asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the US-Mexican border.
    (Reuters, 7/15/19)(SFC, 7/16/19, p.A5)
2019        Jul 15, In California a $12 million deal was announced whereby Delaware North, the former concessionaire of Yosemite, agreed to relinquish its claimed ownership of park names and other intellectual property.
    (SFC, 7/16/19, p.A1)
2019        Jul 15, In Maryland a Baltimore police officer was shot as well as a suspect at a drug treatment center. Phlebotomist David Caldwell was shot and killed by a man (49) demanding methadone.
    (AP, 7/15/19)(Econ, 8/3/19, p.17)
2019        Jul 15, L. Bruce Laingen (96), the top American diplomat at the US Embassy in Tehran when it was overrun by Iranian protesters in 1979, died in Maryland. He was one of 52 Americans held hostage there for more than a year.
    (AP, 7/18/19)
2019        Jul 15, Jerry Bausby (43) of Kansas City, Mo., was found guilty in the March 2016 death of his daughter, Daizsa Bausby (18). He was convicted of second-degree murder, sodomy, incest and sexual abuse.
    (AP, 7/16/19)
2019        Jul 15, In Virginia James Fields Jr. (22), the white supremacist who killed Heather Heyer with his car in 2017 in Charlottesville, was sentenced to life in prison plus 419 years.
    (SFC, 7/16/19, p.A5)
2019        Jul 15, It was reported that a new contraceptive vaginal ring prevents pregnancy for a year and allows women to have complete control over conception, according to a report that details the results of two clinical trials testing the safety and efficacy of the device.
    (Reuters, 7/15/19)
2019        Jul 15, The Bank of England said mathematician Alan Turing, whose cracking of a Nazi code helped the Allies to win World War Two but who committed suicide after being convicted for homosexuality, will appear on the Bank of England's new 50-pound banknote.
    (Reuters, 7/15/19)
2019        Jul 15, Civil disobedience group Extinction Rebellion staged protests in five British cities, aiming to renew pressure on the government to take bolder action to tackle climate change and slow the worldwide loss of plant and animal species.
    (Reuters, 7/15/19)
2019        Jul 15, Walmart Chile said it would resume talks with a union of 17,000 workers who walked off the job last week amid a major push by the global retail giant to automate jobs and slash costs.
    (Reuters, 7/15/19)
2019        Jul 15, China's Huawei Technologies said it would invest $3.1 billion in Italy over the next three years, as the Chinese telecoms giant called on Rome to ensure the "transparent, efficient and fair" use of its 'golden power' on 5G network development.
    (Reuters, 7/15/19)
2019        Jul 15, European Union nations threw their diplomatic weight behind the unraveling Iran nuclear deal, trying to rescue the pact from collapsing under US pressure.
    (AP, 7/15/19)
2019        Jul 15, The EU imposed sanctions on Turkey over its drilling for gas in waters around Cyprus.
    (Econ, 7/27/19, p.46)
2019        Jul 15, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (60) said she is resigning from Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet to focus on becoming the next head of the European Commission, the top job in the European Union.
    (AP, 7/15/19)
2019        Jul 15, Bayer AG said US regulators approved Gadavist, its contrast agent for use in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to assess patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease.
    (Reuters, 7/15/19)
2019        Jul 15, German authorities shut down a busy stretch of highway A14 after a truck carrying 17 tons of cocoa caught fire.
    (AP, 7/15/19)
2019        Jul 15, An Italian court in Bolzano found Mullah Krekar (63) guilty of attempting to overthrow the Kurdish government in northern Iraq and create an Islamic caliphate. Krekar, a refugee from Iraqi Kurdistan, has lived in Norway since 1991.
    (AP, 7/18/19)
2019        Jul 15, Human Rights Watch said Kuwait has deported eight arrested Egyptian members of the Muslim Brotherhood group, convicted at home on terrorism charges.
    (AP, 7/16/19)
2019        Jul 15, A delegation of three former Lebanese premiers asked Saudi Arabia for financial assistance to help shore up their country’s deteriorating finances ahead of a probable shift toward austerity.
    (Bloomberg, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 15, Police in Nepal said that 67 people had died as a result of the monsoonal rains that began last week.
    (SFC, 7/16/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 15, Palestinians denounced President Donald Trump's attack on US Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat, accusing him of racism and saying it once again proves his bias against the Palestinian people.
    (AP, 7/15/19)
2019        Jul 15, The United Nations reported that more than 821 million people suffered from hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition worldwide last year. The number has risen now for the third year in a row.
    (AFP, 7/15/19)
2019        Jul 15, The World Health Organization (WHO) warned that Ebola's arrival in eastern Congo's main city of Goma severely raises the risk of the virus spreading if it takes root in this metropolis near the border with Rwanda. Goma's first confirmed Ebola case was confirmed a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 7/15/19)(SFC, 7/16/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 15, Yemen's warring sides concluded an overnight meeting that discussed the redeployment of forces from the flashpoint port city of Hodeida.
    (AP, 7/15/19)
2019        Jul 15, Zimbabwe data showed that prices of cooking oil and other basics soared as inflation nearly doubled in June, piling pressure on a population struggling with shortages and stirring memories of economic chaos a decade ago.
    (Reuters, 7/15/19)

2019        Jul 16, President Donald Trump said the US is not going to sell F-35 fighter jets to Turkey after Ankara decided to buy a missile defense system from Russia.
    (AP, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 16, The United States added Bah Ag Moussa, a senior member of the al Qaeda affiliate in Mali, to its global terrorism list, accusing him of engaging in destabilizing attacks across the West African country.
    (Reuters, 7/16/19)
2019        Jul 16, The US Dept. of Health and Human Services formally notified family planning clinics that it will begin enforcing a new regulation banning abortion referrals.
    (SFC, 7/17/19, p.A8)
2019        Jul 16, The City Council in Berkeley, Calif., voted to ban gender-specific words in the liberal city’s municipal code, clearing the way for the changes to become official.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y5sqjfbh)(Yahoo News, 7/20/19)
2019        Jul 16, John Paul Stevens (99), former US Supreme Court justice (1975-2010), died in Fort Lauderdale.
    (SFC, 7/17/19, p.A8)
2019        Jul 16, In Iowa Marvin Oswaldo Escobar-Orellana (31), an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, was arrested after he allegedly shot Rossibeth Flores-Rodriguez and her two children, with whom he lived in Des Moines, and called 911 on himself. He allegedly fabricated a story about Rodriguez killing the two children, saying he had to kill her in self-defense.
    (The National Interest, 7/20/19)
2019        Jul 16, The US attorney for eastern New York said an exhaustive investigation has found there is "insufficient evidence" to prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" that the officer who arrested Eric Garner violated his civil rights and that the government's investigation into Garner's 2014 death "has been closed." A medical examiner found a chokehold contributed to Garner's death.
    (AP, 7/16/19)
2019        Jul 16, In Brazil Supreme Court Justice Dias Toffoli suspended the investigation of Flavio Bolsonaro, the son of Pres. Jair Bolsonaro, regarding suspicious bank deposits.
    (Econ, 7/27/19, p.28)
2019        Jul 16, In London six climate activists were arrested after the Extinction Rebellion group disrupted London Concrete, the British capital's biggest supplier of ready-mixed concrete which supplies a major road tunnel project under the River Thames.
    (Reuters, 7/16/19)
2019        Jul 16, The Bulgarian government said hackers have stolen the financial data of millions of its citizens from the country's tax agency, in an attack that one researcher said may have compromised nearly every adult's personal records.
    (Reuters, 7/16/19)
2019        Jul 16, The European Parliament voted 383-327 to confirm Ursula von der Leyen as the new president of the European Commission.
    (SFC, 7/17/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 16, Greece's newly-elected conservative government scrapped plans to remove priests from the state payroll, reversing a decision by its leftist predecessor that aimed to carve a clearer distinction between church and state.
    (Reuters, 7/16/19)
2019        Jul 16, In India a four-story dilapidated residential building collapsed in Mumbai killing at least ten people.
    (SFC, 7/17/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 16, In Iran 11 people died after a minibus plunged into a ravine in a valley in the central province of Isfahan. A crash between a bus and a car in the southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan province killed seven people.
    (AP, 7/16/19)
2019        Jul 16, In Iraq Masrour Barzani, the newly confirmed prime minister of Iraq's self-ruled Kurdish region, met with top officials on his first visit to Baghdad since he was named to the post last month.
    (AP, 7/16/19)
2019        Jul 16, Pakistan's central bank raised its main policy rate by 100 basis points to 13.25%, citing increased inflationary pressures and a likely near-term rise in prices from higher utility costs.
    (Reuters, 7/16/19)
2019        Jul 16, Peru announced the arrest of former Pres. Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006) in San Francisco, Ca., following their request for his extradition. Peru's government had issued a warrant for his arrest in 2017 alleging that he took $20 million in bribes from a Brazilian construction company in exchange for infrastructure projects.
    (SFC, 7/17/19, p.C3)
2019        Jul 16, Russian officials refused to register nearly 30 candidates for elections to Moscow's local parliament including prominent critics of Pres. Vladimir Putin despite protests over the move.
    (AFP, 7/16/19)(Econ, 7/27/19, p.42)
2019        Jul 16, The Saudi military said it has intercepted three drones launched at Saudi cities near Yemen's border. Another drone was intercepted the following day launched the kingdom's southern border by Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen.
    (AP, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 16, South Korean intelligence said Kim Hyok Chol, a North Korean nuclear negotiator who was reported to have been executed over the failure of the February Hanoi summit between Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump, is still alive.
    (The Telegraph, 7/16/19)
2019        Jul 16, In Syria at least nine civilians were killed in government airstrikes on a residential area in the northwestern province of Idlib. Another 15 people were wounded in the strikes on a market in the village of Maarshourin.
    (AP, 7/16/19)
2019        Jul 16, Representatives of Zimbabwe's government workers protested against what they called "slave salaries" as inflation almost doubled to 176%, a decade high that highlights the country's rapidly deteriorating economy.
    (AP, 7/16/19)

2019        Jul 17, The United States accused Russia of using children as pawns, after Moscow rejected visas for dozens of new teachers at an English-language school set up by the US, British and Canadian embassies in Moscow for the children of diplomats.
    (Reuters, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, Georgia police found Jerrica Spellman (29) and her children, including an infant girl, stabbed in a Columbus apartment late today. They charged her live-in boyfriend, Travane Brandon Jackson (27), with four counts of murder.
    (AP, 7/18/19)
2019        Jul 17, Hawaii Gov. David Ige singed an emergency proclamation giving law enforcement more options to end a blockade against the construction of a new telescope on Mauna Kea.
    (SFC, 7/19/19, p.A8)
2019        Jul 17, A NYC judge sentenced Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman (62) to life in prison plus 30 years.
    (Reuters, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, New York’s notorious Gambino family and alleged mafia dons in Sicily were targeted in a series of raids carried out by more than 200 officers from the FBI and the Italian police.
    (The Telegraph, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, Sarah Nicole Henderson (31) of Texas was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to shooting and killing her two young daughters in 2017.
    (AP, 7/18/19)
2019        Jul 16, In Virginia health officials reported a third death amid a virus outbreak at a retirement community in Springfield.
    (AP, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, Boeing Co said it will dedicate half of a $100 million fund it created to address two crashes of its 737 MAX planes to financial relief for the families of those killed, with compensation expert Ken Feinberg hired by the world's largest plane maker to oversee the distribution.
    (Reuters, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, Merck said the US Food and Drug Administration has approved its combination treatment for complicated forms of urinary tract and abdominal infections.
    (Reuters, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, Microsoft Corp and AT&T Inc said they reached a deal, valued at more than $2 billion, under which the telecommunications company will tap Microsoft's Azure cloud service for its computing needs and use Microsoft 365, which includes Office productivity software, for much of its 268,000-strong workforce.
    (Reuters, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, In Afghanistan at least 20 Afghan forces members were killed in a Taliban ambush in Abkamari district in western Badghis province. The Taliban also killed Afghan commander Mateen Mujtaba, who headed an army division in Ghazni province.
    (AP, 7/18/19)
2019        Jul 17, Brazilian police said they've shut down a clandestine factory that was producing fake Ferraris and sham Lamborghinis in the southern state of Catarina.
    (SFC, 7/18/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 17, Hashem Abedi, a key suspect in the May 22, 2017, Manchester Arena bombing that killed 22 people, was arrested at a London airport after being extradited from Libya.
    (AP, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, Bulgaria said it has stepped up measures to prevent the spread of deadly African swine fever and protect the country's 600-million lev ($344 million) pig-breeding industry.
    (AP, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, It was reported that a local government in southern China has handed out smart watches to nearly 17,000 primary school pupils, capable of pinging their real-time locations and emergency alerts to their parents.
    (The Telegraph, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, The World Health Organization announced that deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, after a case was confirmed in Goma, a city of 2 million people.
    (AP, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, In Egypt militants beheaded four people in the small town of Bir al-Abd in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula.
    (AP, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, The European Union gave Poland's government two months to reverse new disciplinary regulations the bloc says undermine the independence of the country's judges.
    (AP, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, Amazon became the target of an antitrust investigation by the European Union over its use of merchants' data, underlining regulators' increasing focus on how tech companies exploit customer information.
    (Reuters, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, In France G7 finance chiefs cast a cloud over prospects for Facebook's Libra digital coin, insisting tough regulatory problems would have to be worked out first.
    (Reuters, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, In Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet approved a plan to make measles vaccinations mandatory for children and employees of kindergartens and schools.
    (AP, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, Chancellor Angela Merkel's protegee, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, took over as defence minister, entering the cabinet in a move likely to make or break her chances of succeeding her mentor as Germany's leader by 2021.
    (Reuters, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, India's interior minister said India will identify and deport illegal immigrants from across the country, stepping up a campaign that critics say could stoke religious tension and further alienate minority Muslims.
    (Reuters, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, Indian officials said millions of people are stranded by flooding in the northeast with concern growing about food and water supplies, and that water levels of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries were rising even further.
    (Reuters, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, In India the Goa bench of the Bombay High court held Samson D’Souza (36) guilty on all five counts of drugging, raping and murdering 15-year old Scarlett Keeling on north Goa’s Anjuna beach, after she had attended a belated Valentine’s Day party over 11 years ago. A 2nd man was acquitted.
    (The Telegraph, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, In India a village headman and his supporters allegedly shot at a group of tribal people who were working a piece of disputed agricultural land in the state of Uttar Pradesh. 10 tribal people were gunned down over the land dispute.
    (Reuters, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 17, In Iraq a gunman opened fire inside a Turkish restaurant in the northern city of Irbil, killing at least one Turkish diplomat stationed in Ankara's consulate. Kurdish security forces later said a Turkish diplomat and a civilian were killed and another civilian wounded in the attack.
    (AP, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, In Libya gunmen attacked the home of a member of parliament in the eastern city of Benghazi, abducting Seham Sirqiwa and wounding her husband. Sergewa, a prominent critic of Khalifa Hifter, was abducted from her home by a militia loyal to Libyan National Army leader Khalifa Haftar.
    (AP, 7/18/19)(http://tinyurl.com/y3bqbq84)(AP, 8/16/19)
2019        Jul 17, In Puerto Rico protests rocked San Juan after a leaked series of chat group messages showed the governor and key aides mocking women, the disabled and victims of Hurricane Maria.
    (SFC, 7/18/19, p.A5)
2019        Jul 17, Two South Korean and 15 Russian crew members were aboard a Russia-flagged fishing boat when it was detained by North Korea. North Korea is holding six other South Koreans it has detained in recent years for alleged attempts to build underground Christian churches inside the North and other anti-state charges.
    (AP, 7/24/19)
2019        Jul 17, Sudan's pro-democracy movement and the ruling military council signed a document that outlines a power-sharing deal, but the two sides are still at work on a more contentious constitutional agreement that would specify the division of powers.
    (AP, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, Switzerland confirmed that it has agreed to extradite Chinese researcher Gongda Xue to the United States where prosecutors have charged him with helping his scientist sister steal secrets allegedly worth $550 million from British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline.
    (Reuters, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, In Turkey a gunman opened fire inside a restaurant in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil, killing at least one Turkish diplomat stationed in Ankara's consulate. Kurdish security forces later said a Turkish diplomat and a civilian were killed and another civilian wounded in the attack.
    (AP, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, Ukraine said a rebel who organized the trailer carrying the missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17 in 2014 had been captured two years ago and was now serving a sentence in Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, The United Nations' highest court ordered Pakistan to stay the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav, an alleged Indian spy, and undertake a full review of his case, after agreeing with India's contention the man's rights had been violated in a case that has been a source of friction between the nuclear neighbors.
    (AP, 7/17/19)
2019        Jul 17, The UN said hundreds of fighters from several militia groups in conflict-torn Central African Republic have laid down their weapons. The nation, gripped by crisis since a 2013 coup, is striving to disarm and demobilize some 14 rebel groups as part of its latest peace efforts.
    (AFP, 7/17/19)

2019        Jul 18, Pres. Donald Trump said the USS Boxer took action after an Iranian drone closed to within 1,000 yards of the warship and ignored commands to stay away. The Revolutionary Guard said the Iranian drone had been carrying out regular surveillance when the USS Boxer arrived, and transmitted photos of the ship.
    (AP, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 18, Pres. Donald Trump's reelection campaign manager took to Twitter to plug Trump-branded plastic straws, on sale for $15 for a pack of 10.
    (AFP, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 18, The US Treasury named a group of companies in Iran, Belgium and China to its sanctions blacklist for acting as a supply network for Tehran's nuclear enrichment program.
    (AFP, 7/18/19)
2019        Jul 18, The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rejected a key legal challenge to the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which has been linked to brain damage in children. The agency said environmental groups had failed to prove the pesticide wasn't safe.
    (SFC, 7/20/19, p.A8)
2019        Jul 18, Documents released by a judge's order in Manhattan detailed a flurry of communications involving Donald Trump, his campaign team and former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to engineer hush-money payments to a porn actress who said she had a sexual encounter with the president shortly before the 2016 election.
    (Reuters, 7/18/19)
2019        Jul 18, The United States imposed sanctions on two Iraqi militia leaders and two former Iraqi provincial governors it accused of human rights abuses and corruption.
    (Reuters, 7/18/19)
2019        Jul 18, In Arkansas a Stone County Sheriff's deputy was killed in an officer-involved shooting near the Van Buren County line. State Police said another person was killed and one injured in the shooting.
    (AP, 7/18/19)
2019        Jul 18, The Chicago Police Board fired four officers for allegedly covering up a white officer's 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald (17).
    (SFC, 7/20/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 18, A US judge in Manhattan ruled that American financier Jeffrey Epstein will remain behind bars while he awaits trial on charges of sex trafficking dozens of underage girls.
    (Reuters, 7/18/19)
2019        Jul 18, Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine approved a 4% cut in personal income taxes as part of the next state budget but vetoed 25 other items, including elements affecting Medicaid, education and young adult smokers.
    (AP, 7/18/19)
2019        Jul 18, Philadelphia police Commissioner Richard Ross suspended 17 officers for 30 days and is moving to fire 13 of them over social media posts he called "sickening".
    (ABC News, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 18, The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said that two casinos passed this week's tests to begin operating online gambling portals 24 hours a day for patrons statewide who are at least 21 years old.
    (AP, 7/18/19)
2019        Jul 18, Microsoft reported revenue of $33.7 billion making it once again the world’s most valuable listed company.
    (Econ, 7/27/19, p.10)
2019        Jul 18, In Afghanistan 12 people were killed and more than 80 wounded when Taliban fighters detonated two car bombs at a gate outside police headquarters in Kandahar city.
    (AP, 7/18/19)
2019        Jul 18, Argentinian authorities designated Hezbollah, which it blames for two attacks on its soil, a terrorist organization and ordered the freezing of the Lebanese Islamist group's assets in the country.
    (Reuters, 7/18/19)
2019        Jul 18, Bangladesh arrested 12 men suspected of targeting Rohingya refugees for trafficking, amid concerns over the growing desperation of the refugees.
    (Reuters, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 18, British lawmakers approved proposals to make it harder for the next prime minister to force through a no-deal Brexit by suspending parliament, showing again their resolve to stop a divorce from the European Union without an agreement.
    (Reuters, 7/18/19)
2019        Jul 18, Canada offered a cash settlement for victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault and gender-based discrimination in the country's military in response to class action lawsuits filed by victims. The federal government budgeted C$800 million ($611.3 million) in compensation for members of the armed forces, and an additional C$100 million for Department of National Defense workers.
    (Reuters, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 18, A Cyprus court ordered 12 Israelis vacationing on the east Mediterranean island nation to remain in police custody for eight days after a 19-year-old British woman alleged that she was raped a day earlier at the popular resort of Ayia Napa. On October 15 the teenager said that she feared for her life after “aggressive" police allegedly forced her to sign a retraction.
    (AP, 7/18/19)(The Telegraph, 10/15/19)
2019        Jul 18, In El Salvadoran a judge ruled that a group of former military members will face new charges related to the 1981 El Mozote massacre in which 989 farmers were killed.
    (SFC, 7/19/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 18, In Ethiopia four protesters died of gunshot wounds suffered in clashes between security forces and activists seeking a new autonomous region for their Sidama ethnic group based in the southern city of Hawassa. At least 25 people were killed in clashes between security forces and activists seeking a new autonomous region for their Sidama ethnic group.
    (Reuters, 7/19/19)(Reuters, 7/20/19)(Econ, 7/27/19, p.38)
2019        Jul 18, It was reported that Greece has arrested a doctor, two medical staff members, and a translator at a state-run camp for migrants and refugees on Samos. They were accused of issuing medical notes for non-existent conditions to exempt migrants from deportation. Five other doctors were arrested as alleged accomplices along with one migrant man.
    (AP, 7/18/19)
2019        Jul 18, In Japan a man shouted "die" as he doused an animation studio in Kyoto with fuel and set it ablaze, killing at least 33 people in the nation's worst mass murder in nearly two decades. The suspect allegedly told police that the studio had “stolen a novel" he had written. Arson suspect Shinji Aoba (41) was hospitalized for heavy burns.
    (Reuters, 7/18/19)(The Telegraph, 7/19/19)(Reuters, 7/20/19)
2019        Jul 18, Yukiya Amano (72), the Japanese diplomat who led the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for a decade, died. He was extensively involved in negotiations over Iran's nuclear program and the cleanup of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
    (AP, 7/22/19)
2019        Jul 18, An Amsterdam court convicted a 38-year-old career criminal of organizing the murder of an Iranian who lived in the Netherlands, but said the motive for the killing remains unclear. The victim, Iranian-born Ali Motamed, was gunned down outside his home by two hit men on Dec. 15, 2015.
    (AP, 7/18/19)
2019        Jul 18, In northeastern Nigeria one Action Against Hunger staff member, two drivers and three other health workers went missing after an attack on a convoy in which one driver was killed.
    (Reuters, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 18, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said rates of malnutrition and disease are increasing in North Korea as it faces a harvest that is half of what was expected.
    (Reuters, 7/18/19)
2019        Jul 18, A Norway court ordered Mullah Krekar, an Iraqi-born Muslim cleric, be held in custody for four weeks after he was sentenced to 12 years in prison in Italy for terror offenses.
    (AP, 7/18/19)
2019        Jul 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin and French leader Emmanuel Macron agreed via phone on the need to "consolidate efforts" to save the Iran nuclear deal following months of soaring tensions.
    (AP, 7/18/19)
2019        Jul 18, Thousands of Sudanese took to the streets to condemn the deadly crackdown by security forces last month, as tensions remain high despite recent progress toward a power-sharing deal with the ruling military council.
    (AP, 7/18/19)
2019        Jul 18, Turkey launched airstrikes against Kurdish rebel targets in the Qandil mountains region in northern Iraq, after the killing of Turkish diplomat Osman Kose there a day earlier. Airstrikes killed alleged planners of the attack against Kose and continued the next day against alleged PKK targets in Iraq's Karajak region. A 2nd attack on July 24 hit another vehicle carrying senior members of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
    (AP, 7/19/19)(AP, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 18, In eastern Turkey a van carrying migrants rolled into a roadside ditch, killing 15 people near the town of Ozalp, Van province.
    (AP, 7/18/19)
2019        Jul 18, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy ordered an overhaul of the process for granting Ukrainian citizenship, in response to a Russian decree expanding the number of Ukrainians who can apply for fast-track Russian passports.
    (Reuters, 7/18/19)
2019        Jul 18, A new United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report said transnational crime syndicates are raking in tens of billions of dollars a year selling everything from drugs to counterfeit goods as cartels outpace law enforcement to expand their influence across Southeast Asia.
    (Bloomberg, 7/18/19)

2019        Jul 19, Pres. Donald Trump selected Eugene Scalia, the son of late Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia, as his next secretary of labor. Scalia had a long record of representing Walmart and other companies that pushed back against unions and tougher labor laws.
    (SFC, 7/20/19, p.A8)
2019        Jul 19, The United States targeted a senior operative of the Iran-backed Hezbollah militant group with sanctions as part of its pressure campaign against Tehran. The government also issued a $7 million reward for information leading to the capture of the operative, Salman Rauf Salman, who is said to have coordinated the 1994 on a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    (AP, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 19, The US government expanded its policy requiring asylum seekers to wait outside the country. The Dept. of Homeland Security said it would implement its Migrant Protection Protocols in Brownsville, across the border from Matamoros, Mexico.
    (SFC, 7/20/19, p.A8)
2019        Jul 19, Officials say the US is sending several hundred troops as well as aircraft and air defense missiles to Saudi Arabia to counter Iran.
    (AP, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 19, The US Bureau of Prisons released more than 3,100 federal inmates as part of a criminal justice overhaul signed into law last year. Nearly 900 were to be turned over to other law enforcement agencies because of detainers filed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and local authorities.
    (SFC, 7/20/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 19, Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla, convicted of helping Iran evade economic sanctions, was released from a US prison and surrendered to US immigration officials to await deportation. A federal jury convicted Atilla in 2018 of participating in a conspiracy that allowed Iran to launder billions of dollars in oil proceeds through world financial markets.
    (AP, 7/23/19)
2019        Jul 19, The US Department of Transportation (DOT) granted American Airlines Group Inc and Qantas Airways Ltd final approval to operate a joint venture after a prior effort was rejected in 2016.
    (Reuters, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 19, George Nader (60), a Lebanese-American businessman, was hit with new federal charges of child pornography, sex trafficking, and obscenity. Nader, with deep political and financial ties to the United Arab Emirates, was a key cooperator in Mueller’s probe of foreign influence in the 2016 election.
    (The Daily Beast, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 19, In southern California John Ewell (62) of Los Angeles was sentenced to four life terms in prison for killing four people in a series of home invasion robberies in 2010.
    (AP, 7/21/19)
2019        Jun 19, In northern California Rev. Oscar Diaz (56) fractured his hip in a car crash in Santa Rosa. Police found a have dozen bags in his car with $18,305.86 in cash in his car. It was later found that he had stolen at least $95,000 from five Catholic churches over the course of 15 years.
    (SFC, 7/23/19, p.C1)
2019        Jul 19, Cesar Pelli (92), internationally known architect based in Connecticut, died in New Haven. His firm's work included the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco and the three-block-long transit center next to it. The firm's work also included the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and Canary Wharf in London.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A9sar_Pelli)(SSFC, 7/21/19, p.A11)
2019        Jul 19, Chevron said an 800,000-gallon oil spill in Central California may have started when crews tried to recap an abandoned well. Chevron said the oil has only fouled about an acre of land and 90 percent of the spilled material has been recaptured.
    (AP, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 19, Harold Martin (54), a former National Security Agency contractor, was sentenced in Maryland to nine years in prison for stealing huge amounts of classified material from US intelligence agencies over two decades, though officials never found proof he shared it with anyone.
    (Reuters, 7/20/19)
2019        Jul 19, Alexandria Kostial (21), a Univ. of Mississippi student, was captured on video in The Square late today. She was found the next morning by an on-patrol Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department deputy near Sardis Lake in Harmontown. Classmate Brandon Theesfeld (22) of Fort Worth was soon arrested on a murder charge.
    (Charlotte Observer, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 19, The New Hampshire Supreme Court upheld a state committee's rejection of a proposal to bring a hydropower transmission line from Canada to markets in southern New England, possibly dealing a fatal blow to a plan that has raised concerns among communities and environmentalists that it would harm the region's tourism industry and hurt property values.
    (AP, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 19, A massive heat wave that has enveloped the US Midwest pushed into the Northeast, ushering in temperatures that could top 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees C) in Washington and prompting utilities to take steps to prevent power outages.
    (Reuters, 7/20/19)
2019        Jul 19, In Virginia three men, members of the now defunct Rise Above Movement were sentenced between two and three years in prison for violence at the Aug. 12, 2017, "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville.
    (SFC, 7/20/19, p.A8)
2019        Jul 19, Twitter suspended the accounts of several Iranian state media outlets. The next day Twitter said this was due to harassment of people linked to the Baha'i faith.
    (AFP, 7/20/19)
2019        Jul 19, In Afghanistan a bomb exploded outside the gates of Kabul Univ. killing at least eight people and wounding 33 others.
    (SFC, 7/20/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 19, Bulgaria's parliament approved changes to the 2019 budget bill that will see Balkan country's fiscal deficit quadruple from its initial target to 2.1% of economic output. The one-off jump in spending is needed to finance a $1.26 billion deal to purchase eight F-16 aircraft from the United States this year.
    (Reuters, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 19, A Cambodia court said three Cambodian women have been charged with violating surrogacy and human trafficking laws after they gave birth to babies they delivered to Chinese nationals in Vietnam for $8,000 per child.
    (SFC, 7/20/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 19, In Canada a burned vehicle belonging to Kam McLeod (19) and Bryer Schmegelsky (18) was found south of Dease Lake in British Columbia. During a police probe a body was found a little over a mile from the car. The men had not been in contact with their families for several days. A week earlier Australian Lucas Fowler (23) and Chynna Deese (24), his American girlfriend, were found murdered about 300 miles from this location. McLeod and Schmegelsky were suspects in the murders.
    (SFC, 7/23/19, p.A2)(SSFC, 7/28/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 19, Egyptian airstrikes targeting Islamic militants in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula killed at least 20 insurgents.
    (AP, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 19, German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized US President Donald Trump's comments about Democratic lawmakers of color, saying they run counter to what she considers "the strength of America" and expressing solidarity with the women.
    (AP, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 19, Hong Kong police found 4.4 pounds of TATP, a homemade explosive, and arrested a man in a raid on a commercial building.
    (SSFC, 7/21/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 19, Hungarian philosopher Agnes Heller (90) died in Hungary. She was a student of Gyorgy Lukacs and later taught political theory for 25 years at the New School for Social Research in NYC.
    (Reuters, 7/20/19)
2019        Jul 19, Iran denied President Donald Trump's claim that a US warship destroyed an Iranian drone near the Persian Gulf in another escalation of tensions between the two countries less than a month after Trump nearly launched an airstrike.
    (AP, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 19, Iran's Revolutionary Guard seized the Stena Impero, a British-flagged oil tanker. Iran says it intervened because the British-flagged tanker hit an Iranian fishing boat. A second Liberian-flagged ship was briefly detained.
     (AP, 7/20/19)
2019        Jul 19, In northern Iraq an unmanned aircraft dropped explosives on a base belonging to Iran-linked Shi'ite paramilitary groups, killing at least one person. Two Iranian military commanders were killed. US officials later confirmed that Israel was responsible for the bombing in Amirli, Salaheddin province. A Turkish soldier was killed and six wounded in an operation in northern Iraq during clashes with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
    (Reuters, 7/19/19)(AP, 8/23/19)(SFC, 8/24/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 19, Kenya's Pres. Uhuru Kenyatta opened the Lake Turkana Wind Project, said to be Africa's largest wind farm.   
    (SFC, 7/22/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 19, Kosovo PM Ramush Haradinaj said he was stepping down from his post after he was summoned again as a suspect to the international war-crimes tribunal in The Hague.
    (Bloomberg, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 19, Lebanese lawmakers ratified a controversial austerity budget that aims to save an indebted economy following a raucous voting day that saw protesters attempting to breach the parliament security zone.
    (AP, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 19, The Dutch government accepted that the state was partially liable for the deaths in 1995 of 350 Muslim males who were expelled from a UN base and killed by Bosnian Serb forces at Srebrenica.
    (Reuters, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 19, Dutch film actor Rutger Hauer (75) died at his home in the Netherlands. His films included "Turkish Delight" (1973), "Nighthawks" (1981) "Blade Runner" (1982), "Ladyhawke" (1985), "Escape from Sobibor" (1987), "Sin City" (2005), "Batman Begins" (2005) and "The Hitchhiker" (2006).
    (SFC, 7/26/19, p.A9)
2019        Jul 19, Pakistani Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said an agreement has been reached on a plan to overhaul instruction at madrasas or religious schools to bring the institutions closer into line with conventional schools and curb extremist teaching.
    (Reuters, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 19, Panama's maritime authority began the process of withdrawing the registration of an oil tanker called MT Riah, which was towed to Iran after it disappeared from ship tracking maps in the Strait of Hormuz on July 14. The authority said an investigation has determined the tanker had "deliberately violated international regulations" by not reporting any unusual situation.
    (Reuters, 7/20/19)
2019        Jul 19, Puerto Ricans streamed into San Juan's old city and called on Gov. Ricardo Rossello to quit over the misogynistic and homophobic messages.
    (Reuters, 7/20/19)
2019        Jul 19, Former South African president Jacob Zuma abandoned his testimony to a state commission probing corruption allegations against him, asserting that he was being treated unfairly. But a deal was quickly reached for him to return at some point in the future.
    (AP, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 19, The Spanish government said around 200 migrants have tried to climb a barrier separating the north African enclave of Melilla from Morocco. Around 50 migrants managed to scale the security fence surrounding the coastal city.
    (AP, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 19, Sudan's pro-democracy movement sought to postpone the signing of the second and possibly more contentious part of a power-sharing agreement with the country's military, saying that it needs more time to resolve differences among its members over the deal.
    (AP, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 19, Ukraine's Pres. Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in televised comments that Ukraine could release journalist Kirill Vyshinskiy, who has been in jail for a year on treason charges, if Russia releases film director Oleg Sentsov from a Russian prison colony. Sentsov is serving 20 years in a Russian prison for allegedly plotting acts of terrorism.
    (AP, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 19, Vietnam accused a Chinese oil survey vessel and its escorts of violating its sovereignty and demanded that China remove the ships from Vietnamese waters.
    (Reuters, 7/19/19)
2019        Jul 19, In southern Yemen gunmen attacked a police checkpoint, killing at least five policemen and wounding three in Abyan province. Officials blamed the attack on al-Qaida.
    (AP, 7/19/19)

2019        Jul 20, The Washington Post reported late today that US President Donald Trump's administration will pause its enforcement of a new rule barring federally funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions. Clinics would now have two months to comply before facing penalties.
    (Reuters, 7/21/19)
2019        Jul 20, A blistering heat wave roasted the eastern half of the US. Boston officials declared a heat emergency through the weekend.
    (SSFC, 7/21/19, p.A8)
2019        Jul 20, In South Carolina Denali Berries Stuckey (29), black transgender women, was found dead on the shoulder of a North Charleston road. Stuckey was the third known black trans woman murdered in South Carolina since 2018 and the 12th known transgender person to violently die this year in the US.
    (AP, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 20, In southern Texas five people were killed and seven others injured in a three-vehicle accident on US-95 near Victoria.
    (SFC, 7/23/19, p.A6)
2019        Jul 20, British Airways and Lufthansa both said they were suspending flights to Cairo for unspecified reasons related to safety and security.
    (AP, 7/20/19)
2019        Jul 20, Bulgaria reported an outbreak of African swine fever at a breeding farm for pigs near the Danube city of Ruse in the north east of the Balkan country and said all pigs on the holding, or 17,000, will be culled.
    (Reuters, 7/20/19)
2019        Jul 20, Tens of thousands gathered in Hong Kong to voice support for the police and call for an end to violence, after a wave of protests against an extradition bill triggered clashes between police and activists and plunged the city into crisis.
    (Reuters, 7/20/19)
2019        Jul 20, Iraq's military said its troops in partnership with security agencies and paramilitary forces launched the second phase of an operation aimed at clearing remnants of the Islamic State group from north of Baghdad and surrounding areas.
    (AP, 7/20/19)
2019        Jul 20, Iraqi Kurdistan's security services said they had arrested a man for assassinating a Turkish diplomat in the regional capital Erbil on July 17, and believed the suspect was the brother of a lawmaker in the Turkish parliament.
    (Reuters, 7/20/19)
2019        Jul 20, The self-styled Libyan National Army declared "zero hour" in its offensive to capture the capital, Tripoli, from the UN-backed government.
    (AP, 7/20/19)
2019        Jul 20, Libya's National Oil Corporation confirmed that production at its 290,000 barrels per day El Sharara oilfield was currently offline.
    (Reuters, 7/20/19)
2019        Jul 20, Mexico announced that it is sponsoring a $31 million tree planting program in El Salvador known as "Sowing Life".
    (SSFC, 7/21/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 20, In western Nigeria four Turkish nationals were kidnapped late today in Gbale village, Kwara state. Police soon began conducting a rescue operation.
    (Reuters, 7/21/19)
2019        Jul 20, Voters in the turbulent former tribal zones of northwestern Pakistan went to the polls in the first provincial elections since the region lost the semi-autonomous status it had held since the British colonial era.
    (Reuters, 7/20/19)
2019        Jul 20, Polish police detained 25 people in Bialystok, after attacks on those taking part in the city's first equality march amid accusations that the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party benefits from fuelling anti-gay sentiment.
    (Reuters, 7/21/19)
2019        Jul 20, In Russia more than 10,000 people took to the streets of Moscow to protest against the exclusion of most opposition-minded candidates from an election for the city's legislature.
    (Reuters, 7/20/19)

2019        Jul 21, Simba and Mufasa reigned supreme this weekend as Disney's "The Lion King" dominated box office charts. Director Jon Favreau's remake of the animated classic collected a massive $185 million from 4,756 North American theaters during its first three day of release.
    (Reuters, 7/21/19)
2019        Jul 21, Paul Krassner (b.1932), co-founder of the Yippies and publisher of the Realist (f.1958), a long-running underground newspaper, died at his home in Desert Hot Springs, Ca. He was the first living person inducted into the Counterculture Hall of Fame. His autobiography was titled "Confessions of a Raving Unconfirmed Nut: Misadventures in the Counter-Culture" (1993).
    (SFC, 7/22/19, p.C1)
2019        Jul 21, Robert Morgenthau (99), chief federal prosecutor for Southern New York state, died in Manhattan. He was Manhattan's longest serving district attorney.
    (SFC, 7/25/19, p.C3)(Econ, 8/3/19, p.74)
2019        Jul 21, Stena Bulk, the British operator of the Stena Impero tanker seized by Iran, said it has made a formal request to visit the ship's 23 crew members and is awaiting a formal response.
    (Reuters, 7/21/19)
2019        Jul 21, Steven Edginton (19), who runs the Brexit Party’s social media feeds, insisted he passed classified documents, Sir Kim Darroch’s emails, to political journalist Isabel Oakeshott.
    (The Telegraph, 7/21/19)
2019        Jul 21, China's official Xinhua news agency said some Chinese companies are seeking new purchases of US agricultural products.
    (Reuters, 7/21/19)
2019        Jul 21, In Hong Kong hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched through the city. Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in chaotic scenes late today as anger over an extradition bill morphs into a fresh front against what many see as a broader erosion of freedoms by the city's political masters in Beijing. Suspected triad gangsters in the Yuen Long district assaulted pro-democracy protesters. 45 people were left wounded. Police soon arrested six men, ages 24-54, some with links to triad gangs.
    (Reuters, 7/21/19)(SFC, 7/24/19, p.A2)(Econ, 7/27/19, p.35)
2019        Jul 21, In northern India lightning killed at least 39 people in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (SFC, 7/25/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 21, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe claimed victory in today’s upper house election, saying the vote showed acceptance for his plans to raise the sales tax and open debate on making the first revisions to the country’s pacifist constitution. His coalition and its other allies fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to push ahead with revising the pacifist constitution.
    (Reuters, 7/21/19)
2019        Jul 21, In New Zealand police figures released today showed that New Zealanders have handed over more than 10,000 guns, weapons parts and accessories in the first week of a buy-back scheme prompted by the country's worst peacetime mass shooting.
    (Reuters, 7/21/19)
2019        Jul 21, In northwestern Pakistan a female suicide bomber killed at least eight people and wounded 26 more in an attack outside a local civilian hospital in Dera Ismail Khan. The attack happened after two police were killed at a roadside checkpoint outside the city and was claimed by Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, often known as the Pakistani Taliban.
    (Reuters, 7/21/19)
2019        Jul 21, In central Portugal some 1,800 firefighters battled wildfires, after bringing under control two other blazes which left 20 people injured and prompted authorities to partially evacuate a village. A man (55) was detained on suspicion of starting the blaze a day earlier in the district of Castelo Branco.
    (Reuters, 7/21/19)(SFC, 7/22/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 21, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello announced that he will not resign, but will not seek re-election or continue as head of his pro-statehood political party.
    (SFC, 7/22/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 21, In Russia Elena Grigoryeva (41), an activist for LGBT rights, was fatally stabbed in St Petersburg. She had regularly received death threats and reported them to police, who did nothing to protect her before she was murdered.
    (Reuters, 7/23/19)
2019        Jul 21, In Syria a freight train carrying phosphate derailed and caught fire after getting hit by explosives planted on the tracks by militants in the country's center. A Russian company controlled by a childhood friend of President Vladimir Putin has secured a 50-year concession from the Syrian government for most of the output of the major phosphate field in Homs after the mines were liberated from the Islamic State group in 2017.
    (AP, 7/21/19)
2019        Jul 21, Ukraine held snap general elections. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s Servant of the People party won a commanding majority in the national parliament. SP took 43% of the party-list vote, giving the party 254 of the 424 MPs overall.
    (Reuters, 7/21/19)(SFC, 7/24/19, p.A2)(Econ, 7/27/19, p.41)
2019        Jul 21, It was reported that thousands of tons of camel dung are being used to fuel cement production in the northern United Arab Emirates, cutting emissions and keeping animal waste out of landfill.
    (Reuters, 7/21/19)

2019        Jul 22, Pres. Donald Trump welcomed Pakistani PM Imran Khan to the Oval Office. Trump diminished the US' 18-year war in Afghanistan as one where the US has "acted as policemen, not soldiers" and suggested the US could swiftly end it through brute military strength that would leave "10 million people" dead. Trump offered to mediate in the dispute between Pakistan and India over Kashmir.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y62fa9fx)
2019        Jul 22, The Trump administration announced that it will vastly extend the authority of immigration officers to deport migrants without allowing them to appear before judges, its second major policy shift on immigration in eight days.
    (AP, 7/22/19)
2019        Jul 22, A group of American citizens and legal residents trying to bring their Iranian spouses and other family to join them in the United States filed a federal lawsuit saying they are being unfairly blocked by the Trump administration's travel ban.
    (AP, 7/23/19)
2019        Jul 22, US federal health officials said the United States recorded 25 new measles cases last week, bringing the total number of cases in the year to 1,148 as the country recorded its worst outbreak of the disease since 1992.
    (Reuters, 7/22/19)
2019        Jul 22, The Washington Post reported that Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the Chinese company put on a US black list because of national security concerns, secretly helped North Korea build and maintain its commercial wireless network over at least eight years.
    (Reuters, 7/22/19)
2019        Jul 22, Oakland, Ca., released numbers of a one-night street count that showed a 47% increase in the homeless population between 2017 and 2019.
    (SFC, 7/23/19, p.A1)
2019        Jul 22, It was reported that Microsoft Corp has agreed to pay about $25.3 million, including an $8.75 million criminal fine, to settle US charges it violated a federal anti-bribery law by making improper payments to government officials in Hungary and other countries.
    (Reuters, 7/22/19)
2019        Jul 22, Britain announced plans to develop and deploy a Europe-led maritime protection mission to safeguard shipping in the Strait of Hormuz.
    (SFC, 7/23/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 22, Britain called on Iran to release a British-flagged tanker and its crew immediately, describing the seizure of the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz as illegal.
    (Reuters, 7/22/19)
2019        Jul 22, Pilot union BALPA said British Airways pilots overwhelmingly voted for strike action, in a dispute over pay that could disrupt the peak summer holiday season of the British flag carrier.
    (AP, 7/22/19)
2019        Jul 22, Cambodia's PM Hun Sen denied that he was allowing China to set up a military outpost in his country. The Wall Street Journal alleged the two nations had signed a secret pact allowing Beijing exclusive use of a naval base on the Gulf of Thailand.
    (SFC, 7/23/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 22, Li Peng (b.1928), 4th premier of the people's Republic of China (1987-1998), died in Beijing. He is best know for announcing martial law during the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests. Peng also oversaw the building of the massive Three Gorges dam.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Peng)(SFC, 7/24/19, p.A4)(Econ, 7/27/19, p.78)
2019        Jul 22, It was reported that tankers are offloading millions of barrels of Iranian oil into storage tanks at Chinese ports, creating a hoard of crude sitting on the doorstep of the world’s biggest buyer.
    (Bloomberg, 7/22/19)
2019        Jul 22, An Egyptian court sentenced 11 people to life in prison on charges of joining the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.
    (AP, 7/22/19)
2019        Jul 22, India launched a rocket into space in an attempt to safely land a rover on the moon, its most ambitious mission yet in the effort to establish itself as a low-cost space power.
    (Reuters, 7/22/19)
2019        Jul 22, Iran said it has arrested 17 Iranian nationals allegedly recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency to spy on the country's nuclear and military sites, and that some of them have already been sentenced to death.
    (AP, 7/22/19)
2019        Jul 22, Human Rights Watch released a report entitled: "Basra is Thirsty: Iraq's Failure to Manage the Water Crisis," a full year after Basra's violent protests.
    (AP, 7/22/19)
2019        Jul 22, Israeli work crews began demolishing dozens of Palestinian homes in an east Jerusalem neighborhood, in one of the largest operations of its kind in years. Israel said the buildings were erected too close to its West Bank separation barrier. Residents say the buildings are on West Bank land, and the Palestinian Authority gave them construction permits.
    (AP, 7/22/19)
2019        Jul 22, Kenya's Finance Minister Henry Rotich and other treasury officials were arrested on corruption and fraud charges over a multi-million dollar project to build two mega dams.
    (The Telegraph, 7/22/19)
2019        Jul 22, Nigerian police and a group of Shi'ite Muslim protesters clashed in the capital Abuja, with at least one marcher appearing to be dead.
    (Reuters, 7/22/19)
2019        Jul 22, In Portugal more than 1,000 firefighters battled a major wildfire for a third day amid scorching temperatures.
    (AP, 7/22/19)
2019        Jul 22, In Puerto Rico thousands of people blocked a major San Juan highway in a protest aimed at forcing Governor Ricardo Rosselló to resign over offensive chat messages. Rosselló's announcement a day earlier that he would not seek re-election next year and would step down as head of the New Progressive Party seemed to have little effect on the crowds.
    (Reuters, 7/22/19)
2019        Jul 22, President Vladimir Putin handed Russian citizenship to gas producer Novatek's veteran finance chief Mark Gyetvay, a move that could potentially help the US national bypass some sanctions restrictions.
    (Reuters, 7/22/19)
2019        Jul 22, Sri Lanka extended a law granting security forces emergency powers for a fourth month following the Easter Day bomb attacks on hotels and churches that killed more than 250 people.
    (Reuters, 7/22/19)
2019        Jul 22, Sweden-based Volvo Cars said it is recalling about half a million cars worldwide because of a faulty engine component that may in extreme cases cause a vehicle to catch a fire. Volvo Cars has been owned by China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group since 2010.
    (AP, 7/22/19)
2019        Jul 22, In northwestern Syria multiple airstrikes hit a busy market in the rebel-controlled town of Maaret al-Numan, killing at least 32 people and turning several buildings into piles of rubble. Shortly afterward rebels shelled the government-held village of Jourin, killing seven.
    (AP, 7/22/19)(Reuters, 7/22/19)
2019        Jul 22, UAE state news agency WAM reported that Dubai's largest listed developer Emaar Properties has signed an agreement to help deliver an $11 billion project at the site of Beijing's new mega airport.
    (Reuters, 7/22/19)
2019        Jul 22, In Venezuela lights went out across much of the country. The government again accused opponents of sabotaging the nation's hydroelectric power system.
    (SFC, 7/23/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 22, It was reported that Zimbabwean VP Constantino Chiwenga (62) has been flown to China for medical treatment. Chiwenga is widely seen as the power behind Pres. Emmerson Mnangagwa.
    (Reuters, 7/22/19)

2019        Jul 23, Pres. Donald Trump sued the House Ways and Means Committee and New York state officials in an effort to block disclosure of his state tax returns.
    (SFC, 7/24/19, p.A5)
2019        Jul 23, It was reported that the US State Department has stopped publishing crime data involving Americans harmed in Jamaica — but it won't say why. The State Department did warn in its 2019 report that "rape and sexual assault are serious problems throughout Jamaica, including at resorts and hotels.
    (USA Today, 7/23/19)
2019        Jul 23, The US Justice Department said that four Chinese nationals and the Chinese company they worked for have been indicted on charges of money laundering and violating weapons of mass destruction safeguards tied to the banned export of sensitive equipment to North Korea. The four each face up to 45 years in prison and US$1.75 million in fines.
    (South China Morning Post, 7/24/19)
2019        Jul 23, Lois Wille (87), a Chicago reporter and author, died at her downtown home. Her two books included "Forever Open, Clear, and Free: The Struggle for Chicago's Lakefront" (1972) and "At Home in the Loop: How Clout and Community Built Chicago's Dearborn Park" (1997).
    (SSFC, 7/28/19, p.B9)
2019        Jul 23, In North Carolina a federal judge approved a settlement saying state agencies and universities cannot ban transgender people from using the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.
    (SFC, 7/24/19, p.A5)
2019        Jul 23, In Virginia a jury convicted Bijan Kian, a one-time business partner of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, on charges that he illegally acted as a Turkish agent when he and Flynn undertook a project to discredit exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen.
    (SFC, 7/24/19, p.A5)
2019        Jul 23, Former soldier Mark Esper was sworn in as US secretary of defense after earning Senate confirmation, filling America's longest-ever Pentagon leadership vacuum.
    (AFP, 7/23/19)
2019        Jul 23, Insurance companies contending that Pacific Gas & Electric owes them more than $20 billion from wildfire claims want to take over the California utility and pull it out of bankruptcy. The insurers filed court documents to end PG&E's exclusive right to file a reorganization plan.
    (AP, 7/24/19)
2019        Jul 23, The National Association of Realtors said US home sales fell more than expected in June as a persistent shortage of properties pushed prices to a record high, suggesting the housing market was struggling to regain speed since hitting a soft patch last year.
    (Reuters, 7/23/19)
2019        Jul 23, Storms broke the heat in the US Northeast and Midwest but also knocked out power to thousands in Michigan and New Jersey and caused flash flooding in some areas of NYC.
    (AP, 7/23/19)
2019        Jul 23, The International Monetary Fund warned that global trade tensions, continued uncertainty and rising prospects for a no-deal Brexit are sapping the strength of the world economy, which faces a "precarious" 2020.
    (AFP, 7/23/19)
2019        Jul 23, Australia-based BHP, a leading resources company, said it will invest $400 million over five years to reduce emissions, becoming the first miner to pledge to tackle pollution caused when customers use its products.
    (Reuters, 7/23/19)
2019        Jul 23, Bangladesh officials said severe flooding has killed at least 61 people, displaced nearly 800,000 and inundated thousands of homes across a third of the country, after two weeks of heavy monsoon rains.
    (Reuters, 7/23/19)
2019        Jul 23, Boris Johnson, the Brexiteer who has promised to lead Britain out of the European Union with or without a deal by the end of October, won the leadership of the Conservative Party and will replace Theresa May as prime minister.
    (Reuters, 7/23/19)
2019        Jul 23, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev vetoed a deal to buy eight new Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets, describing a lack of consensus over the purchase as "extremely worrying".
    (Reuters, 7/23/19)
2019        Jul 23, Cameroonian security forces moved into the capital's central prison overnight to put down an uprising by inmates protesting at the government's crackdown on the Anglophone separatist movement and poor conditions inside.
    (Reuters, 7/23/19)
2019        Jul 23, In southwestern China a landslide buried 21 houses in the city of Liupanshui, Guizhou province. The death toll soon rose to 24 and more 27 people were reported missing.
    (SFC, 7/27/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 23, France's parliament approved the EU-Canada trade agreement with a relatively small majority, meaning that a significant part of President Emmanuel Macron's party voted against it. France became the 14th EU country to approve CETA, which provisionally took effect from September 2017, but still needs to be approved by all 28 EU member states.
    (Reuters, 7/23/19)
2019        Jul 23, Guatemala's Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel blamed unnamed "national actors" for damaging relations with the United States and said they would be responsible if US President Donald Trump puts tariffs on the poor Central American nation.
    (Reuters, 7/23/19)
2019        Jul 23, In India a vote of no-confidence bought down the government of Karnataka state led by chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.
    (Econ, 7/27/19, p.33)
2019        Jul 23, In eastern India lightning killed at least 39 people in Bihar state, raising the number of deaths in the state to 123 from lightning and flooding since the monsoon season started in June.
    (SFC, 7/25/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 23, Iran threatened to cut its imports from Brazil unless it allows the refueling of at least two Iranian ships stranded off the Brazilian coast, a sign of the global repercussions of US sanctions on the Islamic republic.
    (Bloomberg, 7/24/19)
2019        Jul 23, Iraqi security forces swept villages and farmland north of Baghdad as part of an operation aimed at clearing remnants of the Islamic State group from around the capital. The dragnet was part of the operation dubbed "Will to Victory," which started two weeks ago along the border with Syria and was extended last week to areas north of Baghdad and in the Diyala, Salahuddin and Anbar provinces.
    (AP, 7/23/19)
2019        Jul 23, Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak apologized for the killing of 13 Arab protesters by Israeli police in 2000 and said there is no place for protesters to be killed by their country's security forces".
    (AP, 7/23/19)
2019        Jul 23, Kenya's Finance Minister Henry Rotich pleaded not guilty to corruption charges over the award of two dam tenders, in an unprecedented legal move against a sitting minister in a country notorious for graft.
    (Reuters, 7/23/19)
2019        Jul 23, Kenya's parliament voted to nationalize the country's main airline Kenya Airways to save it from mounting debts.
    (AP, 7/23/19)
2019        Jul 23, Nigerian troops and police clashed with Shi'ite Muslim marchers in the capital Abuja and gunfire could be heard.
    (Reuters, 7/23/19)
2019        Jul 23, Firefighters in Portugal brought a huge wildfire under control after the blaze raged for four days, injuring 39 people and leaving a trail of destruction.
    (AP, 7/23/19)
2019        Jul 23, Puerto Rican justice officials executed search warrants for the mobile phones of top associates of Governor Ricardo Rosselló amid a corruption scandal that provoked 10 days of protests demanding his resignation.
    (Reuters, 7/23/19)
2019        Jul 23, Saudi Arabia's cabinet said that Iran's interception of commercial vessels in Gulf waters, including its seizure of a British tanker, violated international law and must be prevented.
    (Reuters, 7/23/19)
2019        Jul 23, Pope Francis named Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Mark Brennan (72) to lead West Virginia's Catholics following a scandal over the former bishop's sexual harassment of adults and lavish spending of church money. He replaced Bishop Michael Bransfield, who resigned in September after a preliminary investigation into allegations of sexual and financial misconduct.
    (AP, 7/23/19)

2019        Jul 24, Pres. Donald Trump vetoed three congressional resolutions to block the billion-dollar sales of weapons to key allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
    (The Independent, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 24, US District Judge Jon Tigar in the Northern District of California issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Trump administration from enforcing a new rule that aimed to bar almost all asylum applications at the US-Mexico border.
    (Reuters, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 24, Former special counsel Robert Mueller confirmed that his investigation did not exonerate President Trump of obstruction of justice. Mueller said President Donald Trump wanted him fired because of his investigation into possible obstruction of justice as part of the Russia investigation.
    (Yahoo News, 7/24/19)(Reuters, 7/24/19)
2019        Jul 24, A strike by Alaska's ferry workers halted traffic for the Alaska Marine Highway System, the state-operated ferry system that serves 35 coastal towns, most of them without outside road access.
    (Reuters, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 24, A US federal judge temporarily blocked Arkansas from enforcing a recently passed ban on abortion for women who are more than 18 weeks pregnant, just minutes before the new law was to take effect.
    (Reuters, 7/24/19)
2019        Jul 24, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB200 establishing a fund for communities that are struggling to maintain their water systems. The law targeted $1 billion over the next decade for access to clean drinking water.
    (SFC, 7/25/19, p.C1)
2019        Jul 24, In Montana Daniel Salcido and Hannah Janiak were found dead in Kalispell after police stopped them following a chase because they had felony burglary warrants for their arrest. Their child (2) was not in the 1996 GMC Jimmy with Oregon license plates. On July 28 authorities found a body thought to be that of Aiden Salcido (2) in the same area where Janiak and Salcido were seen several days earlier.
    (AP, 7/26/19)(AP, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 24, A federal court said Texas can change voting maps without federal supervision to see whether minority voters might be disenfranchised.
    (SFC, 7/25/19, p.A6)
2019        Jul 24, Allergan Plc said it was recalling its Biocell textured breast implants and tissue expanders across markets, citing concerns over a rare form of cancer, after the US health agency asked the drugmaker to pull the products.
    (Reuters, 7/24/19)
2019        Jul 24, The US Federal Trade Commission ordered Facebook to create new layers of oversight for its collection and handling of users' personal data. The FTC also fined Facebook $5 billion for violating a 2011 privacy settlement.
    (SFC, 7/25/19, p.D1)
2019        Jul 24, Boeing Co posted its largest-ever quarterly loss, diving nearly $3 billion into the red as it wrestles with a longer-than-expected grounding of its best-selling 737 MAX.
    (Reuters, 7/24/19)
2019        Jul 24, Boris Johnson took over as Britain's prime minister, promising to pull his country out of the European Union on October 31 by any means necessary.
    (AFP, 7/24/19)
2019        Jul 24, Britain started sending a warship to accompany all British-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz, a change in policy after the government previously said it did not have resources to do so.
    (Reuters, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 24, Philip Hammond (63) resigned as UK finance minister, part of a brewing revolt against new PM Boris Johnson's Brexit strategy.
    (AFP, 7/24/19)
2019        Jul 24, China accused the United States of undermining global stability with unilateral policies and "power politics" as the Defense Ministry issued the first comprehensive outline of its policies since President Xi Jinping came to power more than six years ago.
    (AP, 7/24/19)
2019        Jul 24, Northern Europe baked in record temperatures during another heatwave that climate experts believe could become the new normal.
    (Reuters, 7/24/19)
2019        Jul 24, Israel welcomed a US congressional resolution opposing the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, while Palestinians said the decision was a blow to human rights and free speech.
    (AP, 7/24/19)
2019        Jul 24, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings said it will decommission four more reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ni plant in addition to those already being scrapped at the nearby Fukushima Dai-ichi, wrecked by a 2011 earthquake. The process was expected to take decades.
    (SFC, 7/25/19, p.A5)
2019        Jul 24, In Mexico a woman wearing a blond wig disguise killed two Israeli men at a restaurant in an upscale Mexico City shopping mall. At least two accomplices shot a police officer outside the mall and then fled in a car. The woman was caught and said the attack was due to infidelity. Prosecutors said she later changed her story and that the shooting was likely linked to drug cartels and money laundering.
    (AP, 7/25/19)(AP, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 24, In Romania Alexandra Macesanu (15) went missing. It took authorities 19 hours to locate and enter a mechanic's residence as they struggled to trace her calls and secure unnecessary search warrants. The 65-year-old mechanic from the southern town of Caracal later confessed to her killing and that of another girl (18) last seen in April.
    (Reuters, 8/3/19)
2019        Jul 24, Russian police detained opposition leader Alexey Navalny (43) as a standoff intensified over the authorities’ decision to bar prominent anti-government candidates from September elections in Moscow. Police raided the homes of several opposition politicians soon after top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was sentenced to 30 days in jail, in an apparent bid by authorities to crush a new wave of protest.
    (Bloomberg, 7/24/19)(AFP, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 24, The Saudi foreign ministry informed the Congo's embassy in Riyadh that it has stopped issuing visas to people from Congo, citing the Ebola outbreak there, even as the World Health Organization recommends against travel restrictions.
    (AP, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 24, In Somalia a suicide bomber walked into the office of Mogadishu's mayor and detonated explosives strapped to his waist, killing several people and badly wounding the mayor. The death toll in the attack soon rose to seven and the seriously wounded Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman was in a coma. The new UN envoy, James Swan, was the bomber's intended target, but had left the office just minutes earlier.
    (AP, 7/24/19)(AP, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 24, It was reported that Sudanese security forces have arrested at least a dozen people this week, including high-ranking army officers and Islamists, for allegedly plotting a coup against the country's ruling generals. The military said army chief Gen. Hashem Abdel-Muttalib Babakr was among several people arrested in a coup plot.
    (AP, 7/24/19)
2019        Jul 24, In Turkey Belarus diplomat Alexander Poganshev was taken to a hospital to undergo surgery after being attacked by a retired military officer in Ankara, who later committed suicide. The incident did not appear to be politically motivated.
    (AP, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 24, The World Bank Group said it is readying a $300 million package of grants and credits to support the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Democratic Republic of Congo.
    (Reuters, 7/24/19)

2019        Jul 25, President Donald Trump reportedly pressed the Ukrainian president in a telephone call to investigate former VP Joe Biden’s son. This information was only made public in September as part of a whistle-blower complaint.
    (NY Times, 9/21/19)
2019        Jul 25, White House officials requested that aid to Ukraine be held within 90 minutes of President Donald Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. This was made public in December according to newly obtained documents.
    (Good Morning America, 12/22/19)
2019        Jul 25, A panel of US lawmakers voted to authorize subpoenas for communications sent by senior Trump administration officials through private email and messaging services, escalating a probe into potential violations of government record-keeping laws.
    (Reuters, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 25, Diplomats said the United States has blocked an attempt to get the UN Security Council to condemn Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
    (The Independent, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 25, The US Senate Intelligence Committee concluded that election systems in all 50 states were targeted by Russia in 2016. A bipartisan report warned that the US remains vulnerable in the next election.
    (SFC, 7/26/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 25, The US Justice Department reinstated a two-decades long dormant policy allowing the federal government's use of capital punishment and immediately scheduled the executions for five death row federal inmates.
    (Reuters, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 25, The United States imposed sanctions on 10 people and 13 groups in a Venezuelan food subsidy scheme that lined the pockets of President Nicolas Maduro, his stepsons and others while ordinary Venezuelans suffer food shortages. Sanctions were announced against three of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's stepsons, a Colombian businessman and six others for running a "corruption network" that profited from emergency food imports.
    (Reuters, 7/25/19)(AFP, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 25, The US military arrested 16 Marines following a human smuggling investigation at Camp Pendleton, Ca.
    (SFC, 7/26/19, p.A6)
2019        Jul 25, San Diego authorities are asking the public to beware after counterfeit oxycodone pills killed four people in the San Diego area in 24 hours. Authorities were investigating to see if other overdoses in the region are tied to those imitation pills.
    (Charlotte Observer, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 25, A Northern California judge upheld a jury's verdict that Monsanto's Roundup herbicide caused cancer in a couple, but reduced damages from $2 billion to $86.7 million.
    (AP, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 25, In southern California Gerry Zaragoza (26) was taken into custody following a series of shootings in the San Fernando Valley that killed four people and wounded two others. The dead included Zaragoza's father and brother.
    (SFC, 7/26/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 25, In Colorado Maurice Butler (39) was sentenced to three consecutive life prison sentences for killing three homeless people in a Denver parking lot last August over a $200 drug debt.
    (AP, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 25, In South Carolina Byron Watkins (25) was arrested early today 100 miles south of a murder scene in Lexington County. He is one of two men charged with first degree murder in the death of Lucero Sosa Capote, a mother of five, on July 12 at 1603 Tower Court in Monroe. Antwan David Sturdivant (19) turned himself in a day earlier.
    (Charlotte Observer, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 25, Four major automakers said they have reached a voluntary agreement with the state of California on fuel efficiency rules, bypassing a Trump administration effort to strip the state of the right to fight climate change by setting its own standards.
    (Reuters, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 25, In Afghanistan three bombings struck Kabul killing at least 10 people including five women and one child.
    (SFC, 7/26/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 25, In Brazil a Supreme Court judge ordered the state oil giant Petrobras to refuel two Iranian ships stranded off the country's coast.
    (AFP, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 25, In Brazil a group of thieves stole $30 million worth of gold and other precious metals from Sao Paulo's airport. The gold was destined for Toronto and New York.
    (ABC News, 7/26/19)(SSFC, 7/28/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 25, The European Union flatly rejected an aggressive push by Britain's new prime minister Boris Johnson to rewrite the Brexit agreement.
    (AFP, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 25, Soaring temperatures broke records in Germany, France, Britain and the Netherlands as a heatwave gripped Europe for the second time in a month. The Paris area recorded 108.7 degrees F; 105.3 F in the Netherlands; 105.3 F in Belgium; 108.7 F in Germany and 98.4 F at Heathrow Airport.
    (Reuters, 7/25/19)(SFC, 7/26/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 25, India's parliament passed an amendment to the right to information law despite protests from activists who say the changes would diminish the independence of the commissioners who administer it.
    (Reuters, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 25, In Israel a trio of forces on the Israeli left — including former PM Ehud Barak — united ahead of the country's upcoming elections. The newly formed "Democratic Union" said in a joint statement it would be made up of Barak's "Democratic Israel" faction, the dovish Meretz party and senior Labor Party official Stav Shaffir.
    (AP, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 25, Up to 150 Europe-bound migrants were missing and feared drowned after the boats they were traveling in capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya. Up to 350 migrants were on board the boats that capsized off the town of Khoms, around 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Tripoli.
    (AP, 7/25/19)(AP, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 25, North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea in its first weapons launches in more than two months and an apparent effort to pressure Washington as the two sides struggle to restart nuclear negotiations. South Korea said the two weapons were a new type of ballistic missile.
    (AP, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 25, Pakistan's main opposition parties held protest rallies in cities across the country, accusing PM Imran Khan's government of ruining the economy and seeking to intimidate and silence its opponents.
    (Reuters, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 25, In Puerto Rico people danced in the streets of San Juan's old city, after Governor Ricardo Rosselló bowed to protesters' demands and said he would quit over profane chat messages and a corruption scandal that have sparked massive demonstrations. Rosselló said he would step down on Aug. 2. Celebrations were tempered by the fact that protesters weren't enthused over Secretary of Justice Wanda Vázquez being next in line to succeed Rosselló, based on current cabinet vacancies.
    (Reuters, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 25, Sudan's pro-democracy movement called for marches in the capital, Khartoum, and in other locations across the country to insist that the upcoming transitional government be made up of experts and technocrats, rather than political parties.
    (AP, 7/25/19)
 2019        Jul 25, In Syria airstrikes pounded villages and towns throughout opposition-held territory in Idlib, Aleppo and Hama provinces, killing at least 10 civilians, some of them buried under the rubble of flattened buildings.
    (AP, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 25, Tunisia's Pres. Beji Caid Essebsi (92), the country's first democratically elected leader, died in Tunis. The legislature's President Mohamed Ennaceur, head of parliament, said he is taking over as the country's interim president.
    (AP, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 25, Turkey's central bank cut its benchmark rate to 19.75% from 24%, more than expected.
    (Reuters, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 25, Ukraine seized a Russian tanker for its alleged involvement in the capture of three Ukrainian navy vessels by Russia. Ten crew members were soon freed and were on their way home, but the tanker remained in Ukrainian custody in the Danube river port of Izmail.
    (Reuters, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 25, The UN reported that nearly 700 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo were victims of summary and extrajudicial executions this year, with a third carried out by security forces.
    (AFP, 7/25/19)
2019        Jul 25, Zimbabwe's newly formed Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) said Tourism Minister Prisca Mupfumira has been detained for questioning. Mupfumira, a senior member of the ruling ZANU-PF party, was previously labor minister who oversaw the $1 billion state pension fund.
    (Reuters, 7/25/19)

2019        Jul 26, President Donald Trump said China may wait until after the 2020 US presidential election to sign a trade agreement because Beijing would prefer to reach a deal with a Democrat.
    (Bloomberg, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 26, President Donald Trump said US has reached a deal with Guatemala to stop migrants from other parts of Central America from claiming asylum in the US. Trump said Guatemala would sign a “safe-third-country" agreement requiring migrants from nearby nations, such as Honduras and El Salvador, to claim asylum in Guatemala instead of continuing to the US border. Guatemala's government said the migration agreement will last for two years and its implementation will be reviewed every three months.
    (Reuters, 7/27/19)(Bloomberg, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 26, The US Supreme Court handed President Donald Trump a 5-4 victory by letting his administration redirect $2.5 billion in money approved by Congress for the Pentagon to help build his promised wall along the US-Mexico border even though lawmakers refused to provide funding.
    (Reuters, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 26, In Arizona two Tucson residents from Somalia, who had received government documents to travel to Egypt, were arrested after they checked in for their flights and made their way through security at Tucson International Airport. Ahmed Mahad Mohamed (21) and Abdi Yemani Hussein (20) had told an undercover FBI employee that they wanted to travel to the Middle East to carry out violence and "achieve martyrdom".
    (AP, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 26, In Chicago Chantell Grant (26) and Andrea Stoudemire (35), part of Mothers Against Senseless Killings, were shot to death. Authorities later said 48 people were shot over the weekend, eight fatally.
    (AP, 7/30/19)
2019        Jul 26, A US appeals court invalidated a permit that deals with threatened species for the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, designed to carry natural gas from West Virginia into Virginia and North Carolina.
    (SSFC, 7/28/19, p.A6)
2019        Jul 26, The US Bureau of Land Management announced a plan to allow off-road vehicles access to archaeologically sensitive land at Utah's Bears Ears National Monument that houses sacred tribal sites.
    (AP, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 26, In North Dakota the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, at the center of tumultuous protests against the Dakota Access pipeline, unveiled a solar farm that came about partly due to the tribe's fierce opposition to the oil pipeline's environmental impact.
    (AP, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 26, Hampton University, a historically black university in Virginia said that it has fired nine of its police officers for sharing "misogynistic, racist and other offensive remarks via social media".
    (AP, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 26, The US Dept. of Justice approved a merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, the No. 3 and 4 American phone carriers.
    (SFC, 7/27/19, p.D1)
2019        Jul 26, It was reported that the Arctic is suffering its worst wildfire season on record, with huge blazes in Greenland, Siberia and Alaska producing plumes of smoke that can be seen from space.
    (The Guardian, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 26, Britain's media regulator Ofcom said it had fined Russia's state-financed RT television channel 200,000 pounds ($248,740) for breaching impartiality rules in broadcasts over the poisoning, the conflict in Syria, and Ukraine's polices on Nazism and gypsies. Russia warned British media operating on its territory that they should be ready for consequences.
    (Reuters, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 26, Vodafone said it would move its mobile mast operations in 10 European markets into a new company that it potentially could list, in a move it said would unlock value for shareholders.
    (Reuters, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 26, Bulgarian veterinary authorities said they will cull 30,000 pigs after detecting an outbreak of African swine fever at a breeding farm in northern Bulgaria, the third industrial farm hit by the fast spreading deadly virus.
    (Reuters, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 26, China's stock market watchdog vowed to change the law to increase prison terms and fines for cheaters in capital markets, following a series of high-profile corporate scandals that burnt investors.
    (Reuters, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 26, In eastern Congo DRC four people, including two expatriates, working for the Canadian gold mining company Banro were abducted in the southern Maniema province.
    (AP, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 26, Cuban Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega (82) died. He helped open a dialogue between Havana and the US that led the countries to resume relations in 2014.
    (SFC, 7/27/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 26, A Cyprus court extended the detention of seven Israeli teenagers out of the 12 who were arrested as suspects in the rape of a 19-year-old British woman. Five suspects were released a day earlier.
    (AP, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 26, The European Central Bank said it and 21 national central banks in Europe are letting an agreement regulating gold sales expire, saying the deal struck two decades ago to stabilize the market for the precious metal is no longer needed. The fourth Central Bank Gold Agreement would not be renewed when it expires Sept. 26.
    (AP, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 26, Europe's drug regulator has recommended approving Bayer's Vitrakvi, putting the medicine on track to become the first in Europe to tackle tumors with a specific genetic mutation regardless of where in the body the disease started. The drug is being recommended for adults and children with difficult to treat forms of cancer that are driven by a rare genetic mutation known as NTRK gene fusion.
    (AP, 7/28/19)
2019        Jul 26, In Italy American teenagers Gabriel Christian Natale-Hjorth (18) and Finnegan Lee Elder (19) confessed to fatally stabbing a police officer in Rome. Deputy Brigadier Mario Cerciello Rega was knifed 11 times by Elder shortly after the two had stolen a backpack from an Italian man and then tried to extort the victim for "100 euros and 1 gram of cocaine.
    (AP, 7/27/19)(SFC, 8/3/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 26, Libya’s internationally-recognized government said it conducted airstrikes for the first time against the main forward airbase for eastern-based strongman Khalifa Haftar, destroying a hangar containing drones and a Russian-made military transport plane.
    (Bloomberg, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 26, In Pakistan four paramilitary officials patrolling in the restive southwestern Baluchistan province were killed in an ambush by unidentified militants.
    (Reuters, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 26, Russian police extended a crackdown on the opposition by raiding the offices of independent politicians on the eve of a high-profile protest rally.
    (AFP, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 26, South Korea's central bank said North Korea's economy shrank in 2018 for a second straight year, and by the most in 21 years, as it was battered by international sanctions aimed at stopping its nuclear program and by drought.
    (Reuters, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 26, Tanzania's president inaugurated a huge hydroelectric dam project in the country's largest wildlife reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site, calling it the start of "economic liberation." Some wildlife groups have expressed dismay over the $2.9 billion Stiegler's Gorge project in the Selous Game Reserve, which the United Nations calls one of Africa's largest protected areas.
    (AP, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 26, In Thailand new legislation published in the Royal Gazette exempted King Maha Vajiralongkorn from tax on some of his land property. The Thai king has been listed as the world's richest monarch. Business Insider estimated his personal wealth at more than $30 billion in 2018.
    (Reuters, 7/28/19)
2019        Jul 26, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country is determined to destroy "to pieces" what he called a "terror corridor" in northern Syrian — regardless of whether or not Turkey and the United States agree on the establishment of a safe zone.
    (AP, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 26, Turkey's top court ruled that 10 academics had their rights violated when they were sentenced on charges of disseminating terrorist propaganda for signing a 2016 petition calling for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in the country's mainly Kurdish southeast.
    (AP, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 26, The UN said that more than 400,000 people have been displaced in northwestern Syria over the past three months.
    (AFP, 7/26/19)
2019        Jul 26, In Yemen at least 14 civilians were killed in an on a market in the northern province of Sadaa.
    (The Telegraph, 8/6/19)

2019        Jul 27, President Donald Trump hit out at US Representative Elijah Cummings, a prominent African-American critic, calling him a "brutal bully" who should concentrate on cleaning up his "disgusting, rat and rodent infested" Baltimore district rather than criticizing the work of U.S. immigration officers on the Mexican border.
    (Reuters, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 26, A US appeals court invalidated a permit that deals with threatened species for the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, designed to carry natural gas from West Virginia into Virginia and North Carolina.
    (SSFC, 7/28/19, p.A6)
2019        Jul 27, Alaska ferry workers and state officials sought a federal mediator's help to end a strike that has disrupted travel during the peak summer tourist season as the labor dispute surfaced in the 2020 presidential campaign.
    (Reuters, 7/28/19)
2019        Jul 27, Off-duty Los Angeles police Officer Juan Diaz was shot and killed at a Lincoln Heights taco stand early today. Authorities searched for a suspect, believed to be a member of the Avenues gang. On Aug. 2 Francisco Talamantes (23); Cristian Facundo (20) and Ashlynn Smith (18), all of Temecula, were booked on suspicion of murder and held without bail.
    (AP, 7/27/19)(AP, 8/2/19)
2019        Jul 27, John Robert Schrieffer (88), a physicist who shared in the 1972 Nobel Prize in physics for developing a pioneering theory of superconductivity, died at a nursing facility in Tallahassee.
    (AP, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, In western New York state four people were killed and another was injured early today when a car full of teenagers crashed in the town of Burns.
    (AP, 7/28/19)
2019        Jul 27, In NYC gunshots rang out at a neighborhood event in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn late today resulting in the death of one person and injuries to nearly a dozen others.
    (AP, 7/28/19)
2019        Jul 27, Bahrain authorities announced that two men convicted in a mass terrorism trial were executed. Ali al-Arab (25) was reportedly coerced into signing a confession while blindfolded and subjected to torture. Ahmed al-Malali (24) was allegedly shot during his arrest and was held incommunicado for a month before signing a confession. Bahrain's attorney general said a third man, convicted of murder, was also executed.
    (AP, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, Protests broke out in Bahrain after the execution of two Shi'ite Muslim activists on terrorism-related charges revived tensions in the Sunni-led kingdom, a Western ally that has cracked down on dissent since a failed 2011 uprising. Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of demonstrators in Bilad al-Qadeem suburb where one protester died from gas inhalation.
    (Reuters, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 27, British PM Boris Johnson said Brexit was a "massive economic opportunity" but had been treated under his predecessor Theresa May as "an impending adverse weather event".
    (AFP, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, Mining company CAP reported a 40,000-liter diesel oil spill on an island on the far southern coast of Chilean Patagonia at its onshore terminal on Guarello Island.
    (Reuters, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, Carlos Cruz-Diez (b.1923), a Venezuelan artist who shaped the field of kinetic and optical art during the 20th century, died in Paris. He moved to France in 1960 after studying at Caracas' School of Fine Arts.
    (Reuters, 7/30/19)
2019        Jul 27, Hundreds of Guatemalans gathered to protest an agreement that President Jimmy Morales' government signed with Washington to require migrants passing through the Central American country to seek asylum here, rather than pushing on to the US.
    (AP, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, Hong Kong riot police deployed tear gas and pepper spray to disperse thousands of protesters in a suburb near the mainland Chinese border, after a day of pitched battles near the site of mob attacks on demonstrators earlier this week.
    (Bloomberg, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, In Libya an airstrike hit a field hospital south of the capital, Tripoli, killing at least four doctors and a paramedic. The Tripoli-based government blamed the airstrike on the self-styled Libyan National Army, led by commander Khalifa Hifter.
    (AP, 7/28/19)
2019        Jul 27, Mexico's government said it would help Honduras create 20,000 jobs this year and support its coffee farmers as the two countries seek to curb migration to the United States that has created tensions with US President Donald Trump.
    (Reuters, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, In New Zealand thousands of people protested against a proposed housing development in Auckland on land seen as sacred to the indigenous Maori people, despite efforts by PM Jacinda Ardern to calm the dispute.
    (Reuters, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, In northeastern Nigeria suspected Boko Haram extremists killed more than 60 people during an attack on villagers leaving a funeral in the Nganzai local government area.
    (SFC, 7/29/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 27, In Pakistan a military vehicle was ambushed and six soldiers killed in the country's mountainous northern areas in the North Waziristan region.
    (Reuters, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, In the Philippines police in Manila closed hundreds of lottery outlets following orders by Pres. Duterte for an indefinite closure of government lotteries because of alleged corruption.
    (SSFC, 7/28/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 27, An earthquake and aftershocks struck the Batanes islands off the north of the Philippines killing eight people and injuring 60.
    (Reuters, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, In Poland over 1,000 people gathered in Warsaw in support of LGBT rights a week after the first pride march in the city of Bialystok was marred by violence.
    (Reuters, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, Russian police arrested 1,373 people as they gathered in Moscow at the weekend to demand free and fair elections, the biggest crackdown on a rally in the country in years.
    (AFP, 7/27/19)(SFC, 7/29/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 27, Sudanese prosecutors say the country's ruling generals did not order the deadly break-up of a protest camp last month. Eight officers from the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces had exceeded their orders when they led RSF troops to clear a pro-democracy sit-in on June 3. The prosecutor said a week-long crackdown in Khartoum killed at least 87 people, including 17 inside the sit-in area.
    (AP, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, Sudanese and South Sudanese officials agreed late today with the leader of an alliance of armed factions operating along their joint border to extend a ceasefire and grant humanitarian access to some areas affected by conflict in Sudan.
    (Reuters, 7/28/19)
2019        Jul 27, A Syrian government airstrike hit a busy open-air market in the country's northwest, killing at least 11 people, most of them children in Ariha.
    (AP, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, Turkey's Defense Ministry said it had "neutralized" 34 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq in air strikes on July 17-19. The Defense Ministry said it had "neutralized" a total of 255 PKK militants in operations in northern Iraq since May 27.
    (Reuters, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, Yemeni officials said at least six people have been killed as floods swept through much of the country's south following heavy rainfall over the past 24 hours.
    (AP, 7/27/19)

2019        Jul 28, Pres. Donald Trump said Dan Coats, a long time fixture of the Republican intelligence establishment, would be standing down as director of national intelligence, a position created in the aftermath of the attacks of 9/11 to coordinate the 17 US intelligence agencies. In his place, Trump said he will nominate Republican congressman John Ratcliffe, from Texas, who is said to have little experience of dealing with the intelligence world.
    (The Independent, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 28, In California a gunman killed three people, including a 6-year-old boy, in a mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival south of San Jose. The gunman, identified as Santino William Legan (19), was shot dead by police officers within minutes of opening fire. Officials later said gunman Santino William Legan killed himself after officers shot him multiple times.
    (Reuters, 7/29/19)(AP, 8/2/19)
2019        Jul 28, In North Carolina Circe Baez (36) and Alexis Morales (38) were arrested at a Charlotte hotel. FBI investigators believed Baez robbed four banks and Morales was an accomplice in what's been dubbed the "Pink Lady Bandit" bank robberies along the East Coast.
    (AP, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 28, In Pennsylvania one man was killed and five others were wounded in a shooting during a rap video production in Philadelphia.
    (AP, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 28, In Wisconsin shootings at two homes left five people dead, including the suspected shooter, and two others injured. Ritchie German Jr. wounded Teng Vang and Mai Chang Vang before taking his own life late today. German shot his way into the Vang home in Lake Hallie after killing his mother, Bridget German (66), his brother, Douglas German (32), and his nephew, Calvin Harris (8), at their home in Lafayette.
    (AP, 7/29/19)(AP, 8/1/19)
2019        Jul 28, Afghan Pres. Ashraf Ghani (70) launched his re-election campaign, promising to start peace talks with the Taliban after decades of war and to transform his nation into a trade hub. The Taliban said they will not hold direct talks with the government and rejected a statement from a senior minister about plans to hold the such as meeting within the next two weeks.
    (Reuters, 7/28/19)
2019        Jul 28, In Afghanistan an attack against the Kabul office of the Green Trend party headquarters killed at least 20 people and left another 50 wounded. The attackers had targeted vice presidential candidate and former intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh, who was safely evacuated.
    (SFC, 7/30/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 28, In Barbados Natalie Crichlow (44) from London, on a visit to her disabled brother, was found dead. Her family said an intruder had entered the house and set her alight in her bed. Police later said there was no sign of an intruder, and there was no flammable liquid found on her clothes. A postmortem showed she died from an infection, following serious burns.
    (The Telegraph, 8/16/19)
2019        Jul 28, In Canada Menhaz Zaman was arrested at a home where three women and a man were found dead in Markham, Ontario. The four victims were said to be family members of Zaman.
    (Reuters, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 28, Chinese state media said United States has shipped several million tons of soybeans to China since the two countries' leaders met in June.
    (Reuters, 7/28/19)
2019        Jul 28, Representatives from Europe, China and Russia, which are still committed to the Iran nuclear deal, met with Iran's representative in Vienna to discuss how to salvage the unraveling accord.
    (AP, 7/28/19)
2019        Jul 28, Police in Cyprus arrested a 19-year-old British woman on suspicion of filing a false complaint of gang rape for which a dozen Israeli teens had been detained as suspects. A lawyer said Cyprus police will release all seven Israeli teenagers who were being detained as suspects in the alleged rape of a British woman. Investigators questioning the woman concluded that her allegations "didn't stand to reason." On October 15 the teenager said that she feared for her life after “aggressive" police allegedly forced her to sign a retraction.
    (Reuters, 7/28/19)(AP, 7/18/19)(The Telegraph, 10/15/19)
2019        Jul 28, In France a woman (57) on vacation and two local residents were killed in a shooting near a service station in the southern town of Ollioules. They were apparently caught in a settling of scores late today between local drug dealers fighting for territory.
    (AP, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 28, Hong Kong demonstrators and police clashed for a second straight day as the city’s China-backed government struggles to quell growing discontent and amid violent clashes that have marred the historic movement in recent weeks.
    (Bloomberg, 7/28/19)
2019        Jul 28, In India a highway collision critically injured a woman who had accused Kuldeep Singh Sengar, a legislator of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), of rape. The woman and her lawyer were in hospital battling for their lives after a truck hit a car in which they were travelling, killing the woman's two aunts, who were also in the car. One of the aunts was a witness in the rape case.
    (Reuters, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 28, Iran slammed as "provocative" a British proposal for a European-led naval mission to escort tankers in the Gulf, amid soaring tensions over the seizure of ships.
    (AFP, 7/28/19)
2019        Jul 28, Israel's defence ministry said tests of the Arrow-3 system were carried out in the US state of Alaska and it successfully intercepted targets above the atmosphere. The Arrow system, partly financed by the United States, was developed and produced by Israeli Aerospace Industries in partnership with Boeing.
    (AFP, 7/28/19)
2019        Jul 28, In Myanmar a landslide at a jade mine in Kachin State killed 14 people including at least one policemen in the early hours today as earth and mud engulfed a guard post. Four people were missing and feared dead.
    (Reuters, 7/28/19)
2019        Jul 28, Peru’s Pres. Martin Vizcarra called on lawmakers to end their terms, and his, a year early by voting for general election next April.
    (Econ, 8/3/19, p.26)
2019        Jul 28, In Romania Gheorghe Dinca (65), a mechanic, reportedly confessed to killing Alexandra Macesanu (15) who was last seen earlier this week, and Luiza Melencu (18), who was reported missing in April.
    (Reuters, 7/28/19)
2019        Jul 28, In Russia a day after protests in Moscow, opposition leader Navalny was hospitalized for an apparent allergic reaction. In a Facebook post, his doctor, Anastasia Vasilyeva, herself an opposition activist, voiced her suspicion that he had been poisoned.
    (AFP, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 28, An advisory report on land reform in South Africa recommended changing the constitution to allow the government to seize land without compensation but only in certain circumstances.
    (Reuters, 7/28/19)
2019        Jul 28, Two South Koreans and 15 Russians returned to South Korea about 10 days after their boat drifted into North Korean waters.
    (AP, 7/28/19)
2019        Jul 28, Vietnam said it has seized more than 125 kg (275 lb) of rhino horns hidden in plaster blocks and shipped from United Arab Emirates. Separately, police in Vietnam earlier this week arrested three men for transporting seven frozen tiger carcasses from Laos to Hanoi.
    (Reuters, 7/28/19)

2019        Jul 29, Pres. Donald Trump signed a bill ensuring that a victim's compensation fund, helping those impacted by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks never runs out of money.
    (SFC, 7/30/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 29, The US Senate failed in a bid to override a trio of vetoes issued by President Donald Trump, allowing the administration to move forward with plans to sell billions of dollars of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
    (AP, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 29, In Arkansas Wesley Gullett (30), leader of a white supremacist gang, and inmate Christopher Sanderson (34) were last seen at the Jefferson County Detention Center. A day later jailers realized they were missing.
    (AP, 8/1/19)
2019        Jul 29, New York's Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that softens penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana and allows for the expungement of some past convictions.
    (AP, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 29, In Kansas Mark Harrison (38), a former university researcher, was sentenced to four years and two months in prison for shooting and wounding police Officer Pat Tiede in Feb, 2018.
    (AP, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 29, The FBI raided the Seattle residence of Paige A. Thompson (33), a former employee of Amazon web Services, following notices of a data breach by Capital One. She had compromised the personal information of about 106 million people. Court documents later said Thompson had stolen 140,000 Social Security numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y2r7taht)(SFC, 7/31/19, p.D1)(SFC, 8/16/19, p.D4)
2019        Jul 29, Exact Sciences Corp said it will buy peer Genomic Health Inc for about $2.8 billion in cash and stock, expanding the cancer diagnostic company's testing capabilities to breast and prostate cancers.
    (Reuters, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 29, Pfizer announced the merger of its Upjohn division with Mylan, a struggling generic drug firm.
    (Econ, 8/3/19, p.55)
2019        Jul 29, In Australia hundreds of protesters rallied outside Parliament House highlighting the uncertain futures of many refugees since the government replaced permanent protection visas with temporary visas.
    (AP, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 29, The Geneva-based World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) - a coalition of NGOs fighting torture and ill-treatment - and the Bangladeshi human rights group Odhikar issued a report saying Bangladesh's law enforcement agencies have used systematic torture on detainees to stifle dissent.
    (Reuters, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 29, In northern Brazil at least 52 prisoners were killed by other inmates during clashes between organized crime groups at the Altamira prison in Para state. 16 of the inmates had been decapitated. Four inmates died of asphyxiation while being transferred to a safer lockup bringing the death toll to 58.
    (SFC, 7/30/19, p.A2)(SFC, 8/1/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 29, Cambodian PM Hun Sen said that an additional $40 million would be spent on weapons from China to modernize the Southeast Asian country's military.
    (Reuters, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 29, A Chinese court jailed veteran human rights activist Huang Qi, known for running a website tracking abuse accusations and helping victims of a 2008 earthquake in the southwestern province of Sichuan.
    (The Telegraph, 7/30/19)
2019        Jul 29, Ethiopians planted more than 224 million trees, which officials stated will be a world record. The ambitious initiative of PM Abiy Ahmed aims to help restore the country's landscape which experts say is fast being eroded by deforestation and climate change. Agriculture officials stated that so far more than 2.6 billion trees have been planted in the East African nation.
    (AP, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 29, French farmers protesting at a trade deal with Canada vandalized the office of a lawmaker from Emmanuel Macron's LREM party in the latest example of demonstrators targeting LREM premises due to discontent over the president's policies.
    (Reuters, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 29, In Germany a boy (8) was run over by a train and killed at Frankfurt's main station after a man pushed him and his mother onto the tracks. The suspect (40), an Eritrean citizen, fled the scene with passers-by in pursuit and was arrested near the station.
    (AP, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 29, Iran said the US had rejected an offer from Tehran for more robust nuclear inspections in exchange for lifting sanctions because Washington is "not seeking dialogue".
    (AFP, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 29, It was reported that Iranian women who post photos of themselves online without their headscarves on could face up to 10 years in prison.
    (AP, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 29, Israel's four Arab political parties formalized a merger ahead of September elections, hoping to boost turnout among the minority that comprises a fifth of the country's population.
    (AP, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 29, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the country was not in recession and that the economy was performing increasingly well, rejecting concerns that it may have contracted for two consecutive quarters.
    (Reuters, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 29, An internal ethics report has alleged mismanagement and abuses of authority at the highest levels of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees even as the organization faced an unprecedented crisis after US funding cuts.
    (AFP, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 29, Romania's Constitutional Court struck down changes to the criminal code made by the ruling Social Democrats that would have halted many anti-graft cases in one of the European Union's most corrupt countries.
    (Reuters, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 29, It was reported that authorities in Senegal plan to crack down on polluters by imposing fines and further restricting plastic use. A 2015 law banned the most common thin polythene bags, but was never applied.
    (Reuters, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 29, Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for boosting the Balkan nation's military with battle tanks and armored vehicles, amid Western fears that the arms buildup could threaten fragile peace in the region.
    (AP, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 29, South Korea said it's returning three North Koreans who crossed the Koreas' sea border aboard a wooden fishing boat over the weekend in line with their wishes.
    (AP, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 29, Sudanese security forces fired live ammunition to disperse student protests in Obeid, North Kordofan province, killing at least five people.
    (AP, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 29, Syria's Central Military Media said troops captured the Tal Malah village and the nearby town of Jibeen today after fierce confrontations with militants entrenched in the area.
    (AP, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 29, Tanzanian police arrested prominent investigative journalist Erick Kabendera and were looking into his citizenship in another case triggering concern over press freedom under President John Magufuli's rule.
    (Reuters, 7/30/19)(Econ, 8/3/19, p.40)
2019        Jul 29, UN envoy Ghassan Salame raised the alarm over "the increasing frequency of attacks on Mitiga", the Libyan capital's only functioning airport.
    (AFP, 8/1/19)
2019        Jul 29, In Yemen a strike at the al-Thabet market killed at least 14 civilians in Saada province. Rebels said the Saudi-led coalition was to blame for the attack. The next day the Saudi-led coalition and Yemen's internationally-recognized government said Houthi rebels were behind the strike.
    (AP, 7/30/19)

2019        Jul 30, US President Donald Trump called on the Federal Reserve to make a large interest rate cut, saying he was disappointed in the US central bank and that it had put him at a disadvantage by not acting sooner.
    (Reuters, 7/30/19)
2019        Jul 30, A US appeals court said it had upheld a ruling by a US judge who held three large Chinese banks in contempt for refusing to comply with subpoenas in a probe into violations of sanctions on North Korea, opening the way for heavy daily fines.
    (Reuters, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 30, California's Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB27, a bill that would exclude candidates from the primary election for president or governor unless they disclosed five years of income tax returns.
    (http://tinyurl.com/sj24jzs)(SFC, 11/22/19, p.C4)
2019        Jul 30, Developer Jamestown said it has bought the 9-building Levi Strauss plaza complex at 1155 Battery St. in San Francisco. A data firm had listed the price at about $820 million.
    (SFC, 7/31/19, p.D1)
2019        Jul 30, It was reported that protests against construction of a telescope on Hawaii's Mauna Kea have halted work at the existing observatories.
    (SFC, 7/30/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 30, Ten candidates seeking the US Democratic presidential nomination gathered in the Motor City for the first of two consecutive debates. Spiritualist author Marianne Williamson managed to transcend the morass with her comments on race and the “dark psychic forces" she believes are being driven by President Trump.
    (Yahoo News, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 30, A federal judge in Minnesota ruled that Farass Adnan Ali (35), an Iraqi man who has been in immigration custody for more than two years. must be released while he awaits a final order for removal from the US.
    (AP, 7/30/19)
2019        Jul 30, In northern Mississippi a gunman described as a disgruntled Walmart employee fatally shot two co-workers and wounded a police officer. Martez Tarrell Abram (39), recently fired from Walmart, was shot and arrested at the Walmart store in Southaven.
    (AP, 7/31/19)(SFC, 7/31/19, p.A5)
2019        Jul 30, Authorities who had been searching a Missouri farm for two missing Wisconsin brothers found human remains there, more than a week after the pair disappeared during a trip for their livestock business. The farm was operated by Garland Nelson, who is accused of tampering with a vehicle that authorities say was rented by Nicholas Diemel (35), and his brother, Justin Diemel (24).
    (AP, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 30, In Texas Modesto Gonzalez III (47), a man who prosecutors say faked being a law officer and stole more than $300,000 from immigrants in Texas and Illinois who were seeking legal status, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.
    (AP, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 30, In Texas the body of Tracy Williams (22), a transgender woman also known as Tracy Single, was found in a parking lot on Interstate 10 in Houston. She had sustained a "puncture wound" and severe lacerations. Joshua Dominic Bourgeois (25), considered a suspect after investigators learned he had been in a "dating relationship" with Williams, was arrested on August 30.
    (AP, 8/26/19)
2019        Jul 30, Bangladesh confirmed 15,369 cases of dengue fever since January 1. There have been 14 deaths from the mosquito-borne viral infection.
    (SFC, 8/1/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 30, Officials from China’s northwestern Xinjiang region said that most of the people detained in the area’s contentious re-education centers have been moved out of the facilities and have signed "work contracts" with local companies.
    (The Telegraph, 7/30/19)
2019        Jul 30, In eastern Congo DRC the second patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in Goma died overnight after he sought treatment too late and was already bleeding. Confirmation of the case increased fears the virus could take root in the densely populated city of 2 million.
    (Reuters, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 30, In Germany the former head of Volkswagen's luxury division Audi was charged along with three others with fraud over the sale of cars with software that enabled cheating on emissions tests.
    (AP, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 30, Indian and Pakistani soldiers traded heavy gunfire across a cease fire line dividing Kashmir leaving one Indian soldier and one Pakistani civilian dead.
    (SFC, 7/31/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 30, Iran's state TV said Mohammad Ali Najafi, a former mayor of Tehran, who also served as one of the country's vice presidents, was sentenced to death for killing his wife.
    (AP, 7/30/19)
2019        Jul 30, A lawyer for Mauritanian blogger Mohamed ould Cheikh ould Mkhaitir, who had been sentenced to death for comments deemed as blasphemous by authorities, has been freed after five years in detention. The release came two days before the inauguration of the country's new president, Mohamed Ould Ghazouani.
    (AP, 7/30/19)
2019        Jul 30, A Russian court imposed a heavy fine on one of the country's most prominent human rights activists for participating this month in a picket on Red Square, marking the 10th anniversary of the abduction and killing of Natalia Estemirova, the director of Memorial's Chechnya office,. Svetlana Gannushkina was fined 150,000 rubles ($2,300).
    (AP, 7/30/19)
2019        Jul 30, A Russian court arrested Yulia Galyamina (46), a linguistics professor, and eight other key opposition leaders for calling on protesters to stage a rally in downtown Moscow without government authorization.
    (The Daily Beast, 8/2/19)
2019        Jul 30, It was reported that Sri Lanka will offer free tourism visas on arrival to citizens of almost 50 countries, as it tries to woo back visitors after militant attacks on Easter Sunday.
    (Reuters, 7/30/19)
2019        Jul 30, Thousands of Sudanese students joined protests across the country condemning the violent dispersal of a demonstration the day before that left four high school students dead.
    (AP, 7/30/19)
2019        Jul 30, Officials from the United Arab Emirates and Iran met to discuss maritime security for the first time in six years amid a spike in tensions in the Persian Gulf.
    (AP, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 30, A UN report said more civilians were killed by Afghan and international coalition forces in Afghanistan in the first half of this year than by the Taliban and other militants.
    (AP, 7/30/19)

2019        Jul 31, The Trump administration took a first step toward allowing the importation of medicines from Canada, an action the president has advocated as a way to bring cheaper prescription drugs to Americans.
    (Reuters, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 31, The United States imposed sanctions against Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, effectively slamming the door on the country's top diplomat.
    (AFP, 8/1/19)
2019        Jul 31, The United States said it was extending waivers for three civilian nuclear projects in Iran by 90 days, despite Washington's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear agreement. The Trump administration extended waivers allowing foreign firms to work at Iranian nuclear facilities without US penalties.
    (AFP, 8/1/19)(AP, 8/1/19)
2019        Jul 31, US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell announced quarter-point rate reduction and signaled that a series of further cuts was unlikely. The was the first rate cut by the Fed since the financial crisis of 2008.
    (Reuters, 8/1/19)(SFC, 8/1/19, p.D1)
2019        Jul 31, Kelly Craft (57), married to a wealthy coal magnate, won Senate confirmation to be the next US ambassador to the UN, overcoming Democratic resistance after Pres. Donald Trump tapped her for the high-profile post.
    (AFP, 8/1/19)
2019        Jul 31, A federal judge overturned the US Forest Service's approval of plans for a new copper mine in southeastern Arizona in a decision that comes amid a larger battle across the West over the use of public lands for mining.
    (AP, 8/1/19)
2019        Jul 31, A US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet jet crashed in Death Valley National Park leaving seven visitors with minor injuries. Navy pilot Lt. Charles Walker (33) was killed.
    (SFC, 8/1/19, p.A8)(SSFC, 8/4/19, p.A8)
2019        Jul 31, In Detroit ten more Democratic candidates debated their positions in the US presidential race. Joe Biden’s rivals went right at his strength at several points.
    (Yahoo News, 8/1/19)
2019        Jul 31, In Pennsylvania Kathleen Kane, a former state attorney general who was convicted of leaking grand jury material, walking free after serving eight months behind bars. Kane resigned after being convicted in 2016 of perjury, obstruction and other counts for leaking grand jury material to a Philadelphia newspaper and lying about it.
    (AP, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 31, In Pennsylvania John Miller (44) was released from prison after spending more than two decades behind bars for a murder he didn't commit. The key witness against him confessed multiple times to be the real shooter and even sent a letter to Miller's mother apologizing for lying.
    (AP, 8/1/19)
2019        Jul 31, In Washington state the Pend Oreille Mine, just north of Metaline Falls, closed at a cost of about 200 family wage jobs in an area of less than 1,000 residents.
    (AP, 8/10/19)
2019        Jul 31, Algeria's interim president fired the justice minister and named the Algiers public prosecutor to replace him, amid a series of corruption investigations involving allies of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
    (Reuters, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 31, Britain's new PM Boris Johnson held talks with allies in Northern Ireland in a bid to solve the Irish border conundrum that has scuppered all efforts to secure an orderly withdrawal from the European Union..
    (Reuters, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 31, Bulgarian authorities said that they would cull another 17,000 pigs after detecting an outbreak of African swine fever at a breeding farm in the north of the country, the fifth hit by the fast-spreading virus this month.
    (Reuters, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 31, Egypt's foreign minister said hydrocarbon finds in the eastern Mediterranean have bolstered an already "strong partnership" with neighboring Cyprus.
    (AP, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 31, Amnesty International said 130 detainees in a notorious Egyptian prison have been on hunger strike for more than six weeks to protest what it calls "cruel and inhumane detention conditions." The rights group called on authorities to investigate the prisoners' allegations of torture and other abuses.
    (AP, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 31, Ethiopia's parliament passed a bill to open up the country's financial sector to an estimated five million of its citizens who have taken other nationalities, including allowing them to buy shares in local banks and start lending businesses.
    (Reuters, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 31, Finland's Orion and Germany's Bayer said the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved prostate cancer drug daroluramide, which the two companies have been developing together.
    (Reuters, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 31, Olaf Scholz, the German vice-chancellor, publicly confirmed that his country would not take part in a US-led naval taskforce to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf.
    (The Telegraph, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 31, The heat wave that smashed high temperature records in five European countries a week ago mover over Greenland, accelerating the melting of the island's ice sheet and causing massive ice loss in the Arctic.
    (AP, 8/1/19)
2019        Jul 31, In India the body of entrepreneur V.G. Siddhartha was fished out of the Netravati River. He was the head of Coffee Day Enterprises, a firm he had founded in 1996. His suicide note included the phrases “I have failed" and “I gave up".
    (Econ, 8/3/19, p.55)
2019        Jul 31, Iran said that European nations still party to the 2015 nuclear deal are "obliged" to allow it to sell and ship oil, amid a standoff with Britain over the seizure of tankers.
    (AFP, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 31, Iran’s official Islamic Republic News Agency reported the cabinet has approved a plan to slash four zeros from the national currency, the rial.
    (Bloomberg, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 31, Iranian forces seized a ship in the Persian Gulf suspected of carrying smuggled fuel, marking the Revolutionary Guard's third seizure of a vessel in recent weeks and the latest show of strength by the paramilitary force amid a spike in regional tensions. seven crew members were detained. Iranian media reported last month that some 8 million liters of government-subsidized Iranian fuel are smuggled daily to other countries where prices are much higher.
    (AP, 8/4/19)
2019        Jul 31, It was reported that Iraq's top judicial authority has requested the parliament lift immunity for 21 lawmakers, including 10 wanted on charges of corruption.
    (AP, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 31, The Israeli Cabinet unanimously approved a proposal to build over 700 housing units for Palestinians in addition to 6,000 Israeli settlement housing units in the West Bank.
    (AP, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 31, Israel's Pluristem Therapeutics Inc reported positive results from a series of studies in animals of its placenta-based stem cell therapy to treat acute radiation syndrome (ARS).
    (Reuters, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 31, In Mexico a Honduran migrant (29) was shot and killed at a train station by a member of a state police unit in the northern city of Saltillo. On August 2 Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador instructed officials to investigate the killing.
    (Reuters, 8/2/19)
2019        Jul 31, A North Korean soldier crossed the demilitarized zone into South Korea late today and was taken into Seoul’s custody.
    (The Telegraph, 8/1/19)
2019        Jul 31, It was reported that tens of thousands of Twitter users have expressed support for gay rights in Poland as part of the #jestemLGBT campaign, aimed at fighting discrimination and homophobia in a country where the ruling party is strongly socially conservative.
    (Reuters, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 31, A Russian state hospital said that opposition leader Alexei Navalny had tested negative for poison after falling ill in custody, but his personal doctor warned the findings were inconclusive and could be wrong.
    (Reuters, 7/31/19)
2019        Jul 31, South Korea's military said North Korea conducted its second weapons test in less than a week, firing two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast in a move observers said could be aimed at boosting pressure on the United States as the rivals struggle to set up fresh nuclear talks.
    (AP, 7/31/19)

2019        Jul, US President Donald Trump asked Japan to quadruple annual payments for US forces stationed there to around $8 billion, part of Washington's efforts to press its allies to increase their defense spending.
    (Reuters, 11/16/19)
2019        Jul, In Florida Jimmy Dunbar, in inmate serving 30 years for murder at Lee Correctional near Florence, pleaded guilty to running a sextortion scam from behind bars with help from “money mules" on the outside. A judge gave him another 46 months for extortion, money laundering and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. In December it was reported that gang members in prison in South Carolina made at least $144,000 in a “sextortion ring" involving nude photos and smuggled cellphone.
    (Miami Herald, 12/23/19)
2019        Jul, In North Dakota a policy change let people with low-level marijuana convictions in the state petition to have their records wiped clean if they avoid unlawful behavior for five years.
    (AP, 11/21/19)
2019        Jul, Duke Energy, America’s biggest utility, proposed large investments in natural gas in Indiana.
    (Econ, 7/27/19, p.53)
2019        Jul, An Egyptian teenager made headlines after she confessed to police that she stabbed to death a bus driver who she alleged had kidnapped her in a deserted rural area near Cairo and sought to sexually assault her at knife point. In August the investigating judge upheld an appeal by the prosecutor against an earlier court decision to release her and ordered her detained for another 30 days.
    (AP, 9/14/19)
2019        Jul, Panama became the first Latin American country to outlaw plastic bags.
    (Econ, 7/27/19, p.57)
2019        Jul, Slovenia’s government signed a contract with a Serbian firm Legi-SGS to put up 40 km (25 miles) of fence on the border with Croatia to keep out a rising number of migrants entering the country illegally. Once that section is completed, the total length of fence will be 219 km and cover almost a third of the Slovenian border with Croatia.
    (Reuters, 8/22/19)
2019        Jul, South African troops were sent to Mitchells Plain, an impoverished suburb outside Cape Town, to quell a bloody spate of gang violence.
    (SFC, 8/14/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul, A group of hackers took advantage of a flaw in Microsoft's SharePoint software and an unknown type of malware to gain access to dozens of servers at the UN's Geneva and Vienna offices, as well as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The hack was made public in January, 2020.
    (Engadget, 1/29/20)

2019        Aug 1, US President Donald Trump announced that he will impose new tariffs on US$300 billion worth of Chinese imports following a high-level trade mission that, Trump said, produced too little in terms of concessions from Beijing. The 10% tariffs would start on Sept. 1.
    (South China Morning Post, 8/2/19)(Econ, 8/17/19, p.53)
2019        Aug 1, President Donald Trump put more sanctions on Russia via executive order as required by law in response to Russia’s use of chemical weapons in a 2018 attack on an ex-spy in the US.
    (The National Interest, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 1, The Trump administration announced it is extending protections that allow about 7,000 Syrians to live and work legally in the US.
    (AP, 8/1/19)
2019        Aug 1, The United States placed on its sanctions list Anselem Sanyatwe, a former Zimbabwean army general. He commanded troops accused of killing six civilians after a disputed election a year ago.
    (AP, 8/1/19)
2019        Aug 1, Florida’s Surgeon General declared a public health emergency, allowing health officials to test and treat people suspected of carrying the Hepatitis A virus. 56 new cases of Hepatitis A were reported statewide in the week since the last reporting period. Philadelphia also declared an emergency.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y4tdgtcz)(SSFC, 8/4/19, p.A8)
2019        Aug 1, In Massachusetts Saoirse Kennedy Hill (22), a granddaughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, died following an apparent overdose at the family's compound in Hyannis Port.
    (AP, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 1, In Kentucky a regional gas pipeline ruptured early today causing a massive explosion that killed one person, hospitalized five others, destroyed railroad tracks and forced the evacuation of a nearby mobile home park.
    (AP, 8/1/19)
2019        Aug 1, A Kentucky State Police trooper fatally shot David N. Willoughby (54) as he slammed his vehicle into police cars.
    (AP, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 1, D.A. Pennebaker (94), American documentary filmmaker, died at his home in Sag harbor, NY. His films included Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, the Monterey Pop Festival (1967) and David Bowie's final performance as Ziggy Stardust (1973).
    (SFC, 8/5/19, p.C3)
2019        Aug 1, The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the rape and sexual assault convictions and 263-year prison sentence of former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw (32), whose case has been watched closely by the Black Lives Matter movement and some conservatives.
    (AP, 8/1/19)
2019        Aug 1, The Philadelphia Police Department said seven officers whose Facebook posts were flagged in an investigation into offensive and sometimes threatening social media activity have resigned.
    (AP, 8/1/19)
2019        Aug 1, Philadelphia's longest-serving sheriff, John Green (68), was sentenced to five years in prison for using bribes from a businessman to help buy two homes and then awarding him millions in city contracts.
    (AP, 8/1/19)
2019        Aug 1, Britain said it is ramping up preparations for a no-deal Brexit by spending an extra 2.1 billion pounds ($2.6 billion) to stockpile medicines, hire more border officials and fund one of the biggest peacetime advertising campaigns.
    (Reuters, 8/1/19)
2019        Aug 1, Scientists reported finding multidrug-resistant "superbug" bacteria lurking on cash machines, escalators and handrails in London's underground rail system, shopping centers and hospitals and say they pose a potential risk to public health.
    (Reuters, 8/1/19)
2019        Aug 1, The Croatian government said it would help 3.Maj, a troubled shipyard owned by Uljanik, the country's largest shipbuilder, resume production. 3. Maj completed a restructuring process in late 2017 but later found itself in financial trouble as a unit of the Uljanik group.
    (Reuters, 8/1/19)
2019        Aug 1, In Croatia a man shot dead six people, including a 10-year-old child, at a home in Zagreb. He took his own life early the next day as he was about to be captured.
    (AP, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 1, Egypt issued a statement saying President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi told visiting White House envoy Jared Kushner that Egypt supports efforts aimed at resolving the conflict "on the basis of a two-state solution and the creation of Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital".
    (AP, 8/1/19)
2019        Aug 1, Indian authorities questioning the former vice president of the Maldives, Ahmed Adeeb (37), for illegally entering the country after he arrived on a tugboat in the southern Indian port city of Thoothukudi.
    (AP, 8/1/19)
2019        Aug 1, Iran's Pres. Hassan Rouhani lambasted new US sanctions by the Trump administration targeting foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, describing the move as "childish" and a barrier to diplomacy.
    (AP, 8/1/19)
2019        Aug 1, Israeli troops shot and killed Hani Abu Salah, a member of the armed wing of Hamas, who had crossed the Gaza perimeter fence and fired on soldiers in an overnight shootout.
    (AP, 8/1/19)
2019        Aug 1, Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi and the leader of the main opposition party Renamo signed a permanent ceasefire agreement, designed to put an end to almost half a century of hostilities that killed over 1 million people at their peak.
    (Reuters, 8/1/19)
2019        Aug 1, In the Netherlands a partial ban on face-covering clothing took effect. It covered public transportation, government buildings and health and education institutions.
    (SFC, 8/2/19, p.A4)
2019        Aug 1, Poland scrapped its personal income tax for young employees earning less than $22,000 a year, as part of a drive to reverse a brain drain and demographic decline that's dimming the prospects of a country that is otherwise experiencing strong economic growth.
    (AP, 8/1/19)
2019        Aug 1, Russian investigators said they had detained five people as part of a criminal probe into mass unrest after thousands took to the streets last week to demand fair elections.
    (AFP, 8/1/19)
2019        Aug 1, In Russia hundreds of town and cities were shrouded in heavy smoke from wildfires in Siberia and the Far East. More than 11, 850 square miles were on fire.
    (SFC, 8/2/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 1, Rwandan authorities closed the border with the Ebola-hit Congolese city of Goma for everyone other than Congolese citizens leaving Rwanda, as a third case was confirmed in Goma. Rwanda's health minister said the border with Democratic Republic of the Congo remained open, appearing to contradict an earlier statement that the frontier was closed near the Ebola-hit Congolese city of Goma.
    (Reuters, 8/1/19)
2019        Aug 1, Somali government officials said Abdirahman Omar Osman, the mayor of Mogadishu, has died of wounds sustained in a suicide bomb attack on his office last week. He died in Qatar where he had gone for treatment after the attack.
    (Reuters, 8/1/19)
2019        Aug 1, Thousands of Sudanese people took to the streets of Khartoum to demand justice for the killing of at least six people — including four students — by security forces earlier this week during student protests in a central province. At least four Sudanese demonstrators were shot dead by live ammunition amid mass marches in Khartoum, and elsewhere across the country denouncing state violence against pro-democracy protesters.
    (AP, 8/1/19)
2019        Aug 1, Turkey granted its radio and television watchdog sweeping oversight over all online content, including streaming platforms like Netflix and online news outlets, in a move that raised concerns over possible censorship.
    (Reuters, 8/1/19)
2019        Aug 1, The UN said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has authorized an investigation into attacks on health facilities and schools in the last major rebel-held stronghold in northwest Syria, following a petition from 10 members of the UN Security Council.
    (AP, 8/1/19)
2019        Aug 1, Rebels in Yemen fired a ballistic missile at a military parade in the southern port city of Aden and coordinated suicide bombings targeted a police station in another part of the city. The attacks killed at least 51 people and wounded dozens.
    (AP, 8/1/19)
2019        Aug 1, Zimbabwe's finance minister said the country's economy will shrink this year due to a drought and severe power cuts, as he announced a threefold hike in electricity tariffs that will fuel already crippling inflation.
    (Reuters, 8/1/19)

2019        Aug 2, US President Donald Trump accused his Chinese counterpart of failing to meet promises to stem a deluge of the synthetic opioid fentanyl into the United States, after months of praising Chinese President Xi Jinping for his pledges.
    (AP, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 2, The United States formally withdrew from a landmark nuclear missile pact with Russia after determining that Moscow was in violation of the treaty, something the Kremlin has repeatedly denied.
    (Reuters, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 2, US President Donald Trump imposed another round of sanctions on Russia over the poisoning of a former spy in Britain, a move Moscow said would hurt already strained US-Russia ties.
    (Reuters, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 2, US federal prosecutors accused the Honduran government of essentially functioning as a narco state. A document filed in New York referred to Honduran Pres. Juan Orlando Hernandez as a co-conspirator who worked with his brother Juan Antonio Hernandez and former Pres. Porfirio Lobo to use drug trafficking to help assert control over the country.
    (SFC, 8/5/19, p.A4)
2019        Aug 2, The United States said it would bar two Venezuelan officials accused of human rights violations from traveling to the United States in its latest action to pressure Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro into stepping down. The US State Dept. said Rafael Enrique Bastardo Mendoza, the commander of Venezuela's special forces, and Ivan Rafael Hernandez Dala, the chief of counterintelligence, had committed "gross violations of human rights".
    (Reuters, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 2, President Donald Trump's pick for national intelligence director, Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, withdrew from consideration after just five days of growing questions about his experience and qualifications.
    (AP, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 2, Alaska officials and the union for striking boat workers said they have reached a deal to end a walkout that has shut down the state's ferry system for 10 days at the peak of the summer tourist season.
    (Reuters, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 2, A judge in Oakland sentenced Saleem Khan to 2½ years in federal prison for insider trading involving the Ross Dress for Less store chain. He had pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy and securities fraud. In 2016, Khan agreed to pay more than $15 million to settle a civil case filed by the federal Securities and Exchange Commission.
    (AP, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 2, In southern California three people were killed and several others hurt when a chunk of a sandstone bluff overlooking a beach collapsed onto them in Encinitas.
    (AP, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 2, Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov said the Balkan state's government will compensate owners who voluntarily cull their domestic pigs, as the country works to stamp out an outbreak of the highly contagious African swine fever.
    (Reuters, 8/3/19)
2019        Aug 2, China's new UN ambassador warned that if the United States wanted to fight China on trade "then we will fight," and signaled that trade tensions could hurt cooperation between the countries on dealing with North Korea.
    (Reuters, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 2, Chinese markets slumped, with investors rushing for cover after US Pres. Donald Trump slapped fresh tariffs on China citing a lack of progress in their bilateral trade talks.
    (Reuters, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 2, Congo DRC's Ebola response coordinator said the second case of Ebola recorded in Goma had a large family including 10 children and managed to infect several people before dying of the hemorrhagic fever. WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said 538 primary and secondary contacts had so far been traced of all four Ebola patients in Goma.
    (Reuters, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 2, In Hong Kong thousands of civil servants joined in the anti-government protests for the first time since they started two months ago, defying a warning from the authorities to remain politically neutral.
    (Reuters, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 2, Indian security officials said they had found evidence of attacks planned by Pakistani military-backed militants on a major Hindu pilgrimage in Kashmir. Thousands of Indian tourists, pilgrims and workers soon started leaving the disputed region.
    (Reuters, 8/2/19)(AP, 8/3/19)
2019        Aug 2, In Indonesia a magnitude 6.8 undersea earthquake struck off the islands of Sumatra and Java. Four people were killed and hundreds of buildings left damaged.
    (Reuters, 8/3/19)
2019        Aug 2, The trade row between Japan and South Korea escalated when Japan removed South Korea from a favored trading nations list, prompting Seoul to warn it would not be defeated again by its neighbor, laying bare decades-old war time animosity.
    (Reuters, 8/3/19)
2019        Aug 2, Morocco passed legislation reintroducing French as a language of instruction in schools. The country’s two official languages included modern standard Arabic (MSA) and Tamazight (the Berber tongue). Most Moroccans speak Darija (Moroccan Arabic).
    (Econ, 8/17/19, p.35)
2019        Aug 2, North Korea fired what appeared to be short-range ballistic missiles twice today into the sea off its eastern coast in its third round of weapons tests in just over a week.
    (AP, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 2, In Puerto Rico the handpicked successor to disgraced Governor Ricardo Rossello was sworn in after Rossello stepped down, but lawyer Pedro Pierluisi said his term as governor might be short as the island's Senate still had to ratify his position.
    (Reuters, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 2, Syrian government airstrikes halted in the country's northwest after a truce went into effect there, but ground fire killed at least one person in a government-held village near President Bashar Assad's hometown.
    (AP, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 2, Saudi Arabia published new laws that loosen restrictions on women by allowing all citizens — women and men alike — to apply for a passport and travel freely, ending a long-standing guardianship policy that had controlled women's freedom of movement. The new laws are to go into effect by the end of the month.
    (AP, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 2, In Sweden US rapper A$AP Rocky and two of his friends were released from custody three days into their highly publicized assault trial, a development hailed by President Donald Trump who had tried to intervene in the case. The three were free to leave the country ahead of a verdict due on Aug. 14 - a ruling that in Sweden often points to an acquittal or a sentence that is less than the time that defendants have already served.
    (Reuters, 8/3/19)
2019        Aug 2, Asia-Pacific foreign ministers meeting in Thailand called for the peaceful resolution to regional disputes at the close of an annual security meeting, which was eclipsed by the US-China rivalry and a deepening trade spat between Japan and South Korea.
    (AP, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 2, In Thailand six small bombs and six incendiary devices went off as the foreign ministers of Southeast Asian nations met in Bangkok, an event also attended by diplomats from China, the United States and other world powers.
    (Reuters, 8/14/19)
2019        Aug 2, In northwestern Turkey five people, including one child, were killed and 15 others were wounded when a bus caught fire in Balikesir province.
    (Reuters, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 2, A Ugandan court jailed prominent academic Stella Nyanzi for 18 months on cyber harassment charges stemming from a Facebook post that included sexually explicit criticism of long-ruling President Yoweri Museveni.
    (Reuters, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 2, The UN said illegal coca plantations in Colombia reduced slightly in 2018 but the country remains the world's biggest producer of the primary ingredient in cocaine production.
    (AFP, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 2, In Yemen al-Qaida militants targeted a military camp in southern Abyan province, killing at least 20 troops and setting off hours-long clashes that lasted into early morning.
    (AP, 8/2/19)
2019        Aug 2, Zambia said it will delay implementing a new sales tax until January 2020 to allow for further refinement of the law.
    (Reuters, 8/2/19)

2019        Aug 3, US President Donald Trump said that things are going well with China, insisting US consumers are not paying for import taxes he has imposed on goods from that country although economists say Americans are footing the bill.
    (Reuters, 8/3/19)
2019        Aug 3, In Texas a gunman opened fire at a shopping center in El Paso killing 20 people and injuring more than two dozen. Suspect Patrick Crusius (21) was taken into custody. A four-page statement posted on 8chan, an online message board often used by extremists, and believed to have been written by the suspect, called the Walmart attack "a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas." The death toll soon creeped upward from the shooting with two additional victims succumbing to injuries. In 2020 Patrick Crusius (21) was charged with 90 counts under federal hate crime and firearms laws for his role in the El Paso shooting that authorities said was aimed at scaring Hispanics into leaving the United States.
    (Reuters, 8/4/19)(AP, 8/6/19)(AP, 2/6/20)
2019        Aug 3, French police fired tear gas at protesters in Nantes as skirmishes broke out on the fringes of a demonstration and tributes to a young concert-goer who disappeared and drowned in the city. The body of Steve Canico (24) was found in the Loire river July 30, 38 days after a run-in between police and late-night revelers by the riverbank in Nantes.
    (Reuters, 8/3/19)
2019        Aug 3, In Germany dozens of environmentalists began blocking the entrance to a coal-fired power plant in the city of Mannheim in protest over the burning of fossil fuels.
    (AP, 8/3/19)
2019        Aug 3, Hong Kong police fired tear gas this evening in confrontations with black-clad activists in the city's Kowloon area, as the Chinese-controlled territory was again rocked by anti-government protests.
    (Reuters, 8/3/19)
2019        Aug 3, Italian police arrested six men on manslaughter charges for allegedly using pepper spray to carry out thefts at a concert for teens, triggering a stampede that killed six people at a venue near the Adriatic coastal city of Ancona last December 8.
    (AP, 8/3/19)
2019        Aug 3, In Japan a controversial statue symbolizing "comfort women" was withdrawn from an art exhibition after organizers received security threats. "Statue of a Girl Of Peace" attracted a flood of complaints since Aichi Triennale, an international art exhibition being held in central Japan, opened just three days ago.
    (Reuters, 8/3/19)
2019        Aug 3, In Mexico a 17-year-old girl was reportedly raped by four policemen in their patrol car in Azcapotzalco, in northern Mexico City.
    (The Independent, 8/13/19)
2019        Aug 3, In the Netherlands one of Europe's biggest annual Gay Pride parades kicked off on the canals of Amsterdam, with over 500,000 visitors from around the world expected to cheer on 80 boats representing a wide variety of organizations from the LGBTI+ community.
    (Reuters, 8/3/19)
2019        Aug 3, In the Philippines three ferry boats capsized in rough conditions between Guimaras and Iloilo provinces. At least seven people died and 31 others rescued.
    (SSFC, 8/4/19, p.A4)
2019        Aug 3, It was reported that Puerto Rico’s government debt exceeded $120 billion. This included pension liabilities.
    (Econ, 8/3/19, p.20)
2019        Aug 3, Russian police detained prominent opposition activist Lyubov Sobol ahead of a planned protest. Police detained 828 demonstrators in Moscow as opposition supporters took to the streets in defiance of a formidable security presence, in fresh protests calling for fair elections in the capital next month.
    (Reuters, 8/3/19)(SSFC, 8/4/19, p.A6)
2019        Aug 3, Russian authorities announced they had opened a criminal investigation into money laundering against the Anti-Corruption Foundation led by opposition activist Alexei Navalny.
    (SSFC, 8/4/19, p.A6)
2019        Aug 3, The African Union envoy to Sudan said the pro-democracy movement and the ruling military council have finalized a power-sharing agreement.
    (AP, 8/3/19)
2019        Aug 3, In central Syria 26 soldiers, including seven officers, were killed in an explosion blamed on a technical error at the Shayrat air base in the Homs province.
    (AP, 8/4/19)
2019        Aug 3, The UN mission said July saw the highest number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan in a single month since 2017. Preliminary findings indicated more than 1,500 civilians were killed or wounded.
    (AP, 8/3/19)
2019        Aug 3, In Yemen security forces pursued al-Qaida militants in the southern Abyan province, leaving at least seven extremists and one soldier dead.
    (AP, 8/3/19)

2019        Aug 4, In California Jazmin Paramo (24) crashed her SUV into two motorcycles while driving the wrong way killing four people on the bikes in Tulare County. Paramo was charged with driving under the influence.
    (SFC, 8/6/19, p.A4)
2019        Aug 4, In Ohio a gunman wearing body armor shot and killed nine people at a popular nightlife area in Dayton. Police were patrolling the area and killed the suspect. The shooter, later identified as Connor Betts (24), carried a .223-caliber rifle and additional high-capacity magazines. The victims included the shooter’s younger sister, Megan Betts (22). Classmates of the gunman later said he had been suspended from Bellbrook High School in 2012 for compiling a "hit list" of those he wanted to kill and a "rape list" of girls he wanted to sexually assault.
    (AP, 8/4/19)(AP, 8/5/19)
2019        Aug 4, In Austria two young girls, ages 1 and 4 died, after a driver slammed into the trailer they were being pulled in behind their mother's electric moped.
    (AP, 8/5/19)
2019        Aug 4, In London a French child (5) was airlifted to a hospital after plummeting five stories to a roof. A teenager was soon held on a charge of attempted murder for allegedly throwing the boy from a 10th-floor viewing gallery at London's Tate Modern museum.
    (AP, 8/6/19)
2019        Aug 4, In Cambodia Nuon Chea (93), the chief ideologue of the communist Khmer Rouge regime that destroyed a generation of Cambodians, died. He was known as Brother No. 2, the right-hand man of Pol Pot, the leader of the regime that ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979.
    (AP, 8/4/19)
2019        Aug 4, In Egypt a multiple-car crash on a Cairo street in front of the country’s main cancer hospital set off an explosion that triggered a fire outside the building, killing a total of 20 people.
    (AP, 8/5/19)
2019        Aug 4, French inventor Franky Zapata succeeded in crossing the English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard he designed, zooming over the Strait of Dover in just over 20 minutes.
    (Reuters, 8/5/19)
2019        Aug 4, Hong Kong police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of anti-government protesters after violent clashes a day earlier, and Beijing said it would not let the situation persist.
    (Reuters, 8/4/19)
2019        Aug 4, In Indonesia a widespread 8-hour blackout hit Jakarta and other parts of Java island affecting tens of millions of people. State power company PLN estimated it would take several hours to restore power to Jakarta after a major blackout, blaming technical issues for cutting power to tens of millions of people in the capital and surrounding provinces.
    (Reuters, 8/4/19)(SFC, 8/5/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 4, A drone air strike by eastern Libyan forces on the southern Libyan town of Murzuq killed at least 43 people. The LNA said in a statement its strike had targeted "Chadian opposition fighters", a phrase that usually refers to Tebu tribesmen opposing them in the area.
    (Reuters, 8/5/19)
2019        Aug 4, In Malaysia Irish teenager Nora Anne Quoirin (15) was reported missing from her room, a day after her family arrived at the hill resort near the town of Seremban. On August 13 the unclothed body of Nora Anne Quoirin was reported found near a stream about 2.5 km (1.6 miles) from the resort. Police said missing Nora Quoirin likely starved to death after spending a week in the Malaysian jungle on her own.
    (Reuters, 8/6/19)(Reuters, 8/13/19)(The Telegraph, 8/15/19)
2019        Aug 4, Sudan's pro-democracy movement signed a power-sharing agreement with the ruling military council aimed at paving the way for a transition to civilian rule following the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April.
    (AP, 8/4/19)
2019        Aug 4, The UN World Food Program (WFP) said it reached an agreement with Yemen's rebels to resume food deliveries to rebel-controlled parts of the country after suspending the aid for over a month.
    (AP, 8/4/19)

2019        Aug 5, US President Donald Trump said that Americans must "condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy" after a gunman killed 20 people in an attack in Texas that authorities said appeared to be a racially motivated hate crime.
    (Reuters, 8/5/19)
2019        Aug 5, President Donald Trump ordered a freeze on all Venezuelan government assets in the United States and barred transactions with its authorities "in light of the continued usurpation of power" by the socialist leader.
    (AP, 8/6/19)
2019        Aug 5, Washington revoked visa-free entry rights to the United States for foreigners who have visited North Korea in the past eight years, potentially dealing a new blow to the isolated country's nascent tourist industry.
    (AFP, 8/6/19)
2019        Aug 5, The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that US citizen Mahmoud Thiam, Guinea's former minister of mines (2009-2010), was properly convicted. Thiam was sentenced in August 2017 to seven years in prison after a jury concluded he betrayed the Republic of Guinea by accepting $8.5 million in bribes.
    (AP, 8/5/19)
2019        Aug 5, Denis Flynn (27) of San Jose, Ca., learned that he was awarded a $28 million settlement for having been sexually abused by his adoptive parents. He had been adopted at age nine from an orphanage in northern Russia by Ralph and Carolyn Flynn and taken to live in Los Gatos, Ca., where he was abused for ten years. In 2017 Ralph Flynn was sentenced to 24 years in prison; Carolyn Flynn received a ten year sentence.
    (SFC, 8/9/19, p.C8)
2019        Aug 5, The Baltimore Sun reported that Baltimore County will pay more than $1 million to settle claims by the family of Tawon Boyd (21), who died in 2016 days after an encounter with police officers and medical workers.
    (AP, 8/5/19)
2019        Aug 5, In a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Pittsburgh-based US Steel said it expects to let go fewer than 200 workers following its decision to halt production at a Michigan facility. In mid-June the company said it would idle two blast furnaces at its Great lakes and Gary Works plants, citing lower steel prices and softening demand.
    (Reuters, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 5, Toni Morrison (88), the iconic author known best for her 1987 novel “Beloved," died in NYC. Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, making her the first black woman to win the award.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toni_Morrison)
2019        Aug 5, Peter Chadwick (55), a British-American millionaire real estate investor, landed at Los Angeles International Airport Monday morning in handcuffs. He was recently arrested in Mexico on suspicion of killing his wife, Quee Choo Chadwick (46) in 2012.
    (Insider, 8/6/19)
2019        Aug 5, In South Carolina Nevada Lashy Adams (5) was been missing this evening after a relative discovered her mother's body in their apartment. Daunte Maurice Johnson (28) was arrested after he was seen running away from the residence of Sharee Bradley (29).
    (AP, 8/6/19)
2019        Aug 5, Alphabet Inc's Google announced that it would neutralize carbon emissions from delivering consumer hardware by next year and include recycled plastic in each of its products by 2022.
    (Reuters, 8/5/19)
2019        Aug 5, Brazil’s far-right president said in a controversial interview that criminals should be killed “in the street like cockroaches".
    (The Independent, 8/6/19)
2019        Aug 5, In Brazil journalist Adecio Piran, in an online article for Folha do Progresso, warned his readers in Novo Progresso that the surrounding Amazon was about to go up in flames. The article said growers and ranchers were planning to set a coordinated series of fires in the forest and nearby land on Aug. 10, in a "Day of Fire" inspired in part by Pres. Jair Bolsonaro.
    (Reuters, 9/11/19)
2019        Aug 5, Britain said it was joining a US-led maritime security mission in the Gulf to protect merchant vessels travelling through the Strait of Hormuz.
    (Reuters, 8/5/19)
2019        Aug 5, PM Boris Johnson's spokesman said Britain will be leaving the EU on Oct. 31 no matter what.
    (Reuters, 8/5/19)
2019        Aug 5, PM Boris Johnson announced a 1.8 billion pound ($2.2 billion) cash injection for Britain's public health system, seeking to honor his Brexit pledges as he pushes through the country's departure from the European Union.
    (Reuters, 8/5/19)
2019        Aug 5, Tesco, Britain's biggest retailer, said it would cut around 4,500 jobs from its Metro stores in a new wave of redundancies designed to cut costs and reposition the group to compete in the highly challenging environment.
    (Reuters, 8/5/19)   
2019        Aug 5, Hong Kong police fired tear gas and rubber bullets in fresh clashes with protesters after a general strike caused transport chaos. As night fell in the Asian financial hub thousands of activists blocked roads in several districts.
    (Reuters, 8/5/19)
2019        Aug 5, India scrapped a 1947 constitutional provision that gave the state of Jammu and Kashmir its own constitution and broad decision-making rights. Pakistan's foreign ministry rejected India's revocation of a special status for the portion of disputed Kashmir that it controls saying the move violates a UN resolution. Music videos soon began appearing about Indians moving to the Muslim-majority region, buying land there and marrying Kashmiri women.
    (AP, 8/5/19)(SFC, 8/23/19, p.A3)
2019        Aug 5, India announced a strict curfew and communications blackout, with the movement goods and people in and out of the region also strictly controlled. Panic buying last week, as rumors circulated of an imminent curfew, saw shelves stripped of food, ATM's emptied and prices rocket - leaving many of Kashmir's poorest without key supplies.
    (AP, 8/8/19)
2019        Aug 5, New Zealand announced that it plans changes to the country's abortion laws that would treat the procedure as a health issue rather than a crime.
    (SFC, 8/6/19, p.A3)
2019        Aug 5, South Korea and Washington began annual joint military exercises, defying warnings from Pyongyang that the war games will jeopardize nuclear negotiations between the United States and North Korea.
    (AFP, 8/5/19)
2019        Aug 5, Turkish and American military officials met in Istanbul for negotiations about establishing a safe zone in northeastern Syria to address Ankara's concerns about U.S-allied Syrian Kurdish-led forces in that region.
    (AP, 8/5/19)
2019        Aug 5, United Nations investigators urged world leaders to impose targeted financial sanctions on companies linked to the military in Myanmar, and said foreign firms doing business with them could be complicit in international crimes. The investigators identified at least 59 foreign companies with some form of commercial ties to the Myanmar military.
    (AP, 8/5/19)
2019        Aug 5, It was reported that an Associated Press investigation has found that more than a dozen UN aid workers deployed to deal with the humanitarian crisis caused by five years of civil war in Yemen are being accused of graft — joining with combatants on all sides to enrich themselves from an international outpouring of donated food, medicine, fuel and money.
    (AP, 8/5/19)
2019        Aug 5, The Norwegian Refugee Council and CARE appealed on Yemen's warring parties to come to an agreement to reopen the Sanaa airport for commercial flights to alleviate humanitarian suffering caused by the three year closure.
    (AP, 8/6/19)

2019        Aug 6, Goldman Sachs said it no longer expects the United States and China to agree on a deal to end their prolonged trade dispute before the November 2020 presidential election as policymakers from the world's largest economies are "taking a harder line".
    (Reuters, 8/6/19)
2019        Aug 6, Louisiana became the first state in the Deep South to dispense therapeutic cannabis.
    (SFC, 8/7/19, p.A4)
2019        Aug 6, Apple Inc rolled out its virtual credit card, working with bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc on the new iPhone add-on that may help Apple diversify from device sales and build out the Wall Street bank's new consumer business.
    (Reuters, 8/6/19)
2019        Aug 6, Belgian prosecutors said HSBC's Swiss private banking arm has agreed to pay nearly 300 million euros ($336 million) to settle a tax fraud case in Belgium, the latest blow for the Alpine state's banking sector.
    (AP, 8/6/19)
2019        Aug 6, Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio’s agent said Victoria's Secret has hired Sampaio as its first transgender model, as the struggling lingerie brand seeks to modernize its image.
    (Reuters, 8/6/19)
2019        Aug 6, New data from the Brazilian space institute pointed to a surge in deforestation in the Amazon in the last quarter. This was the biggest surge since the institute adopted its current methodology in 2014.
    (SFC, 8/7/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 6, China announced that it has suspended purchases of US agricultural products in retaliation for a "serious violation" of agreements between its President Xi Jinping and his counterpart Donald Trump.
    (South China Morning Post, 8/6/19)
2019        Aug 6, China’s National Medical Products Administration said it has imposed new restrictions on the opioid oxycodone. Financial magazine Caixin reporting in March that opioid users accounted for 38.1% of the 2.5 million people who were known to have abused drugs in China in 2016.
    (Reuters, 8/7/19)
2019        Aug 6, China said protesters in Hong Kong must not "play with fire" and mistake Beijing's restraint for weakness.
    (Reuters, 8/6/19)
2019        Aug 6, A rout in global markets moderated as China kept the yuan on a tight leash after its landmark drop past 7-per-dollar led the United States to label Beijing a currency manipulator.
    (Reuters, 8/6/19)
2019        Aug 6, Watchdog Global Witness accused the son of Congo Republic Pres. Sassou Nguesso of stealing $50 million in state funds.
    (Econ, 8/17/19, p.34)
2019        Aug 6, Iran unveiled three precision-guided missiles, with the defence minister saying they show the country is ready to defend itself in the face of US "viciousness and conspiracies".
    (AFP, 8/6/19)
2019        Aug 6, Mozambique's leaders hoped to close the book on a decades-long conflict with the signing of a new peace accord. But an election in October and new causes of violence meant lasting peace is far from assured.
    (AP, 8/6/19)
2019        Aug 6, Myanmar's foreign ministry denounced a United Nations report that urged world leaders to cut ties with military-linked companies and impose an arms embargo over the Rohingya crisis, saying it was intended to harm the country.
    (Reuters, 8/6/19)
2019        Aug 6, North Korea held its fourth weapons test in just under two weeks and accused the United States of "inciting military tension" by holding joint exercises with South Korea and said Pyongyang would take measures to defend itself.
    (AP, 8/6/19)(Reuters, 8/6/19)
2019        Aug 6, Pakistan’s foreign minister wrote to the United Nations, while its army pledged to go to “any extent’’ against India’s move to revoke the autonomous status of Kashmir, that’s claimed in full by the two South Asian nations.
    (Bloomberg, 8/6/19)
2019        Aug 6, Delegates from some 60 countries met in Lima to discuss the political crisis in Venezuela, as Washington stepped up pressure for President Nicolas Maduro to step down.
    (The Telegraph, 8/6/19)
2019        Aug 6, In Ukraine enemy shelling killed four Ukrainian soldiers in the eastern Donbass region.
    (Reuters, 8/6/19)
2019        Aug 6, The UN's humanitarian agency said malaria has killed more than 1,800 people in Burundi this year.
    (AFP, 8/6/19)

2019        Aug 7, US President Donald Trump said the US Federal Reserve must cut rates "bigger and faster" for the United States to be competitive against other countries.
    (Reuters, 8/7/19)
2019        Aug 7, President Donald Trump said that South Korea has agreed to pay the United States "substantially more" for protection against North Korea and that talks have begun to further increase payments.
    (AP, 8/7/19)
2019        Aug 7, The US and Turkey announced they'd agreed to form a coordination center to set up the safe zone in northeastern Syria. The coordination center would be based in Turkey and would be set up "as soon as possible".
    (AP, 8/8/19)
2019        Aug 7, Twitter temporarily locked the campaign account of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after it shared a video in which some protesters spoke of violence outside his Kentucky home, where he was recovering from a shoulder fracture.
    (SFC, 8/9/19, p.A6)
2019        Aug 7, In southern California Zachary Castaneda (33) was taken into custody after he went on a two-hour stabbing and robbery rampage, killing four people and wounding two others. The suspect and all the victims were Hispanic.
    (AP, 8/8/19)(SFC, 8/9/19, p.A7)
2019        Aug 7, Kary Banks Mullis (b.1944), Nobel Prize winner (1993), died at his home in Newport Beach, Ca. He was awarded the prize in chemistry for developing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology, which allowed molecular biologists to create millions of copies of a single strand of DNA in a few hours.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kary_Mullis)(SFC, 8/13/19, p.C3)
2019        Aug 7, US immigration authorities arrested nearly 700 people at seven agricultural processing plants across Mississippi in what federal officials said could be the largest worksite enforcement operation in a single state.
    (Reuters, 8/8/19)
2019        Aug 7, Cyntoia Brown (31), championed by celebrities as a symbol of unfair sentencing, was released from the Tennessee Prison for Women, where she had been serving a life sentence for killing a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute. Brown was convicted in 2006 of murdering 43-year-old Nashville real estate agent Johnny Allen.
    (AP, 8/7/19)
2019        Aug 7, Tennessee convict Curtis Ray Watson (44) was discovered missing, several hours after being seen near a house at West Tennessee State Penitentiary where employee Debra Johnson (64) lived. Authorities say Johnson was found sexually assaulted and deceased in the house with a cord around her neck. Watson, who had escaped on a tractor, was captured on August 11 in the town of Henning.
    (AP, 8/11/19)(SFC, 8/12/19, p.A4)
2019        Aug 7, US firm FireEye said, a cybersecurity researcher, said one of the most effective teams of Chinese government-backed hackers is also conducting financially-motivated side operations. The findings were announced at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.
    (Reuters, 8/7/19)
2019        Aug 7, In Afghanistan a suicide car-bomb attack on a police station in Kabul killed 14 people and wounded 145. The Taliban claimed responsibility. Separately, security forces conducted raids on two Islamic State militant hideouts in Kabul overnight and killed two militants and seized a large quantity of explosives and bomb-making equipment. Three members of the security forces were also killed.
    (Reuters, 8/7/19)
2019        Aug 7, British Airways canceled almost 100 flights to and from London airports after its check-in systems were hit by computer problems.
    (AP, 8/7/19)
2019        Aug 7, Bottles featuring busty blondes, raunchy taglines and lewd labels were banned from one of Britain's biggest beer festivals in a crackdown on sexist advertising.
    (Reuters, 8/7/19)
2019        Aug 7, China's rare earths association said it would support Chinese counter-measures in the escalating trade row with the United States, which it accused of "bullying".
    (Reuters, 8/7/19)
2019        Aug 7, Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi urged the nation to back his government's efforts to defeat Islamic militants, saying it's the mission of every Egyptian.
    (AP, 8/7/19)
2019        Aug 7, Greek Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis said Greece, Israel, Cyprus and the United States have agreed to enhance cooperation in energy, cyber and infrastructure security following a meeting of the ministers from the four countries in Athens.
    (AP, 8/7/19)   
2019        Aug 7, Indonesia's capital announced new curbs on private cars as it moved to rein in choking air pollution. Experts warned the measures were unlikely to stamp out the problem.
    (Reuters, 8/7/19)
2019        Aug 7, Kyrgyzstan special forces failed to capture former president Almazbek Atambayev during a raid on his compound outside Bishkek. One officer was left dead and a police chief in a critical condition.
    (AP, 8/8/19)
2019        Aug 7, Jewish leaders in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius said they are indefinitely closing the city's sole synagogue and community center following threats sparked by an emotional debate over the country's World War II-era history.
    (AP, 8/7/19)
2019        Aug 7, A Myanmar court jailed an Australian publisher for 13 years on drugs charges, a year after police uncovered a stash of methamphetamines and opium at his home. Ross Dunkley (62) was arrested along with business partner John Mackenzie and several Myanmar women in a June 2018 bust in Yangon.
    (Reuters, 8/7/19)
2019        Aug 7, New Zealand's dollar fell heavily after its central bank stunned markets with an aggressive interest rate cut and said negative rates were possible, fuelling bets on more global easing. The RBNZ slashed rates by 50 basis points against an expected 25 basis points to 1%.
    (Reuters, 8/7/19)
2019        Aug 7, Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan’s government announced a series of measures to oppose what it called “unilateral and illegal actions" by India. He also said Pakistan will review bilateral agreements, take the matter to the United Nations Security Council and ensure the army remains vigilant.
    (Bloomberg, 8/8/19)
2019        Aug 7, Puerto Rico's Supreme Court overturned the swearing in of Pedro Pierluisi as the island's governor less than a week ago, clearing the way for Justice Sec. Wanda Vasquez to be sworn in after weeks of turmoil.
    (SFC, 8/8/19, p.A5)
2019        Aug 7, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates state media said their countries are providing Sudan 540,000 tons of wheat to support the country whose president was ousted earlier this year.
    (Reuters, 8/7/19)
2019        Aug 7, Spanish police arrested five French tourists, ages 18 to 19, on suspicion of gang-raping a 20-year-old Norwegian woman in the Costa Blanca resort of Benidorm.
    (Reuters, 8/8/19)
2019        Aug 7, Syrian state media reported that government forces have captured two northwestern villages in an intensified offensive on the last rebel-held part of the country, inching closer to the town of Kfar Zeita which has been held by insurgents since 2012.
    (AP, 8/7/19)
2019        Aug 7, Oleg Melnikov (28), founder of the anti-slavery group Alternativa, left Turkey for the Idlib province of Syria late today. The Russian vigilante activist who freed hundreds of people from slavery missed planned calls at 9am, 12pm and 3pm on the following day, after which colleague Maxim Vaganov followed the group's policy and informed the media and the Russian embassy that he had disappeared.
    (The Telegraph, 8/9/19)
2019        Aug 7, Thailand delivered 4,500 bottles of cannabis oil to treat hospital patients, its first official use of marijuana for medical purposes since a measure legalizing such use took effect this year.
    (Reuters, 8/7/19)
2019        Aug 7, Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called Russian President Vladimir Putin to urge him to help halt fighting in eastern Ukraine.
    (AP, 8/7/19)
2019        Aug 7, Members of the United Nations signed the Singapore Convention on Mediation, an agreement it hopes will make it easier to settle cross-border commercial disputes and stabilize trade relationships.
    (Reuters, 8/7/19)
2019        Aug 7, It was reported that a confidential UN report reveals that North Korea has been employing a range of sophisticated cyberattacks in an effort to bankroll its development of weapons of mass destruction.
    (BGR News, 8/7/19)
2019        Aug 7, UN political chief Rosemary DiCarlo said reports suggest more than 100,000 people in Syria have been detained, abducted or gone missing during the eight-year conflict, with the government mainly responsible.
    (AP, 8/7/19)
2019        Aug 7, Venezuela's Pres. Nicolas Maduro suspended mediated talks with the opposition movement to protest US Pres. Trump's latest sanctions.
    (SFC, 8/9/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 7, In Yemen at least one presidential guard was killed and four people, including two civilians, were wounded as supporters of a killed militia commander marched on the presidential palace and clashed with troops stationed there.
    (AP, 8/8/19)

2019        Aug 8, President Donald Trump said that Joseph Maguire, the current chief of the National Counterterrorism Center, will become the acting director of national intelligence.
    (The Telegraph, 8/8/19)
2019        Aug 8, The US Republican Party, the Trump campaign and other GOP organizations said that they are freezing their spending on Twitter to protest the platform's treatment of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
    (SFC, 8/9/19, p.A6)
2019        Aug 8, Neil Kimball, a Los Angeles County sheriff's detective, was sentenced to three years in prison for having sex with girl (15) that he met while investigating her report of being sexually assaulted in 2017.
    (SFC, 8/9/19, p.A5)
2019        Aug 8, Khabir Daniel, a Georgia state ice cream man and convicted child molester, was sentenced to 25 years in prison and life on probation for raping a 14-year-old girl inside his work truck.
    (AP, 8/9/19)
2019        Aug 8, A judge in Montana ordered Andrew Anglin, the publisher of a neo-Nazi website. to pay Tanya Gersh, a Jewish real estate agent, $14 million for inciting his readers to harass her family with hundreds of threatening and anti-Semitic messages and calls.
    (SFC, 8/9/19, p.A6)
2019        Aug 8, CBS Corp and AT&T Inc signed a new multi-year content carriage agreement, ending a 20 day-long blackout that began when the previous, seven-year deal expired at 2:00 a.m. EST on July 19.
    (Reuters, 8/8/19)
2019        Aug 8, Simon Cheng (28), a trade and investment officer at the Hong Kong consulate’s Scottish Development International section, disappeared on the way back from a business event in the Chinese city of Shenzhen. On Aug. 22 China’s state-backed Global Times newspaper said he was detained for involvement in prostitution.
    (The Telegraph, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 8, Egyptian officials said security forces have killed at least 17 suspected militants in raids in Cairo and in another province. Their statement did not say when the raids took place, or whether police forces were wounded in the clashes with the militants.
    (AP, 8/8/19)
2019        Aug 8, France's interior and foreign ministries said 31 Yazidi families arrived today in the southern city of Toulouse from Irbil, Iraq. Previous groups of 16 and 28 families had arrived in December and May.
    (AP, 8/8/19)
2019        Aug 8, It was reported that as many as 500 people have been rounded up in the latest crackdown in Indian Kashmir, which has been on the edge since the right-wing government revoked its autonomy.
    (The Telegraph, 8/8/19)
2019        Aug 8, Israeli troops raided a Palestinian village on and the military said it was sending reinforcements to the West Bank, hours after the body of Dvir Sorek, a 19-year-old soldier, was found with stab wounds between the Jewish settlements of Migdal Oz and Efrat.
    (AP, 8/8/19)(SFC, 8/9/19, p.A4)
2019        Aug 8, Kyrgyz security forces launched a second raid on the house of former president Almazbek Atambayev, after a failed attempt to arrest him the previous day led to violent clashes with his followers. Atambayev surrendered when police raided his home and detained him for questioning over a corruption case, laying bare a power struggle with his successor Sooronbai Jeenbekov that is pushing the Central Asian nation to the brink of political crisis.
    (Reuters, 8/8/19)(AP, 8/13/19)
2019        Aug 8, The Daily Star, Lebanon's only English-language daily, protested the country's deteriorating economic and political conditions by publishing a blank edition, calling it an "alarm bell." The back page had a photo of a cedar tree, a national symbol, with a caption reading: Wake up before it's too late!
    (AP, 8/8/19)
2019        Aug 8, Mexican authorities found a total of 19 bodies scattered across the city of Uruapan in Michoacan state this morning. Many of the bodies had been dismembered and all 19 victims had been shot to death. Three of the victims were women. Experts said the fight could be over the production and distribution of avocados, dubbed "green gold" in Mexico.
    (Insider, 8/9/19)(SFC, 8/9/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 8, In Mexico City a policeman reportedly raped 16-year-old girl said in a museum in the city center. A policeman was soon arrested.
    (AP, 8/13/19)
2019        Aug 8, Pakistan halted its main train service to India and banned Indian films as it kept up the diplomatic pressure on New Delhi for revoking the special status of Kashmir, the region at the heart of 70 years of hostility between them.
    (Reuters, 8/8/19)
2019        Aug 8, Pakistan's anti-corruption bureau arrested opposition leader Maryam Nawaz, the latest high-profile detention of a member of the Sharif political dynasty. The daughter of former PM Nawaz Sharif was arrested with her cousin, Yousaf Abbas, while attempting to visit her father at a jail in the city of Lahore.
    (Reuters, 8/8/19)
2019        Aug 8, Russian authorities froze a slew of bank accounts linked to jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny as part of a money laundering investigation that his allies say is a trumped-up attempt to cripple his political movement.
    (Reuters, 8/8/19)
2019        Aug 8, In Russia two people died and four others were wounded when a rocket engine exploded during a test at a military shooting range in Nyonoksa in the northwestern Arkhangelsk region. On August 9 US-based nuclear experts said they suspected the accidental blast and radiation release occurred during the testing of a nuclear-powered cruise missile vaunted by President Vladimir Putin last year. Russia's state nuclear agency Rosatom later said that five of its staff members died in the accident. Pres. Vladimir Putin later hailed the five nuclear engineers as heroes and patriots.
    (AP, 8/8/19)(Reuters, 8/10/19)(AP, 11/22/19)
2019        Aug 8, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa won a court case against the anti-corruption watchdog over a matter concerning ally Pravin Gordhan, ahead of a fresh battle over findings against the president himself.
    (Reuters, 8/8/19)
2019        Aug 8, Syria accused Turkey of "expansionist ambitions," saying Ankara's agreement with Washington to set up a so-called safe zone in the northeast only helps such plans and is a violation of Syria's sovereignty.
    (AP, 8/8/19)
2019        Aug 8, Syrian government forces seized territory from insurgents in northwestern Syria, building on advances since the military declared an end to a brief ceasefire earlier this week.
    (Reuters, 8/8/19)
2019        Aug 8, Turkish state news said an operation last week by the Turkish military and its intelligence agency killed two more suspects and alleged planners in the July 17 assassination of Turkish diplomat Osman Kose in Irbil, Iraq.
    (AP, 8/8/19)
2019        Aug 8, The United Arab Emirates released Osama al-Najjar, Badr al-Bahri and Othman al-Shehhi after appearing in a nearly two-minute video shared on social media sites by the state-aligned UAE Forsan in which they denounced the Muslim Brotherhood and its ideas. The three had been detained on national security charges for their ties to al-Islah, an Islamist group that is outlawed in the UAE.
    (AP, 8/9/19)
2019        Aug 8, A UN climate panel said in a report that divesting from fossil fuels alone won't be enough to limit warming from climate change, adding that issues including deforestation and agriculture must be addressed to drive down greenhouse gas emissions.
    (ABC News, 8/8/19)
2019        Aug 8, The UN called on forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognized government and a rival administration to commit to a humanitarian truce by midnight on August 9.
    (AFP, 8/9/19)

2019        Aug 9, Hamid Hayat (36) of Lodi, Ca., was freed from a federal prison in Arizona after spending 14 years behind bars for allegedly supporting terrorists.
     (SFC, 8/12/19, p.C1)
2019        Aug 9, In Maine a judge imposed a life sentence on Albert Flick (77), who fatally stabbed Kimberly Dobbie in front of her children in 2018. He was previously convicted of the 1979 stabbing of his wife in front of her daughter.
    (AP, 8/9/19)
2019        Aug 9, In Minnesota Negar Ghodskani (40), an Iranian woman, pleaded guilty to conspiring to facilitate the illegal export of communications technology from the US to her home country. She was indicted in 2015 in Minnesota and arrested in Australia in 2017, where she became the subject of a long extradition fight. A co-defendant, Alireza Jalali, pleaded guilty in November 2017. The judge sentenced him in March 2018 to 15 months in prison. Prosecutors said Ghodskani, Jalali and others had established Green Wave Telecommunication in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as a front for buying restricted equipment and unlawfully reshipping it to Fana Moj in Tehran.
    (AP, 8/9/19)
2019        Aug 9, In Missouri Armin Harcevic a St. Louis County resident was sentenced to more than five years in prison for providing money for a man who fought and died for a terrorist organization in Syria. Court documents say Harcevic and five others conspired to support the activities of Abdullah Ramo Pazara, who before his death joined al-Qaida in Iraq, which evolved into the Islamic State.
    (AP, 8/9/19)
2019        Aug 9, A federal judge in Virginia ruled that a school board's transgender bathroom ban discriminated against a former student, Gavin Grimm, the latest in a string of decisions nationwide that favor transgender students who faced similar policies.
    (AP, 8/9/19)
2019        Aug 9, Australia's Home Affairs minister asked police to exhaust all avenues before conducting more searches of journalists, after criticism over the raid of an editor's home and the offices of the national broadcaster.
    (Reuters, 8/9/19)
2019        Aug 9, It was reported that the British economy shrank unexpectedly for the first time since 2012 in the second quarter, dragged down by a slump in manufacturing just as PM Boris Johnson prepares to leave the European Union with or without a divorce deal. British finance minister Sajid Javid said the fundamentals of the UK economy remained strong.
    (Reuters, 8/9/19)
2019        Aug 9, The Canadian government announced final regulations to reduce patented drug prices it said would save Canadians C$13.2 billion ($10 billion) over a decade, overriding heavy opposition from pharmaceutical companies.
    (Reuters, 8/9/19)
2019        Aug 9, Canadian citizen, held by the Syrian government since last year, was released in Lebanon. He broke down in tears at a news conference, saying he thought he would be held forever.
    (Reuters, 8/9/19)
2019        Aug 9, China-based Huawei unveiled Harmony, its own mobile operating system, to compete with Android.
    (SFC, 8/12/19, p.D3)
2019        Aug 9, Greek sculptor Takis (93), whose kinetic artworks were admired at major art museums around the world in a career spanning over 70 years, died. Panagiotis Vassilakis used technology, magnetism and light to create his pioneering art which also drew on influences from classical sculpture and modernist abstraction.
    (Reuters, 8/9/19)
2019        Aug 9, Indian authorities said at least 22 people have died in the southern state of Kerala after torrential monsoon rains caused landslides and flooding that cut off some areas.
    (Reuters, 8/9/19)
2019        Aug 9, Ryanair's directly employed pilots in Ireland voted in favor of industrial action unless pay demands are met swiftly. Spanish pilots also threatened to join growing unrest at the airline.
    (Reuters, 8/9/19)
2019        Aug 9, Italy’s hard-Right League party filed a motion of no confidence in the country’s prime minister, advancing a political crisis that could lead to early elections. The country’s debt stood over 130% of GDP.
    (The Telegraph, 8/9/19)(Econ, 8/17/19, p.37)
2019        Aug 9, Dozens of international aid groups called on Lebanese armed forces to put an end to a campaign of dismantling homes of Syrian refugees, calling it "punitive" and "traumatic".
    (AP, 8/10/19)
2019        Aug 9, Malaysia filed criminal charges against 17 current and former directors at subsidiaries of Goldman Sachs Group Inc following an investigation into a multi-billion-dollar corruption scandal that led to the demise of state fund 1MDB.
    (Reuters, 8/9/19)
2019        Aug 9, In Myanmar a landslide killed at least 32 people and dozens remained missing in Thaphyu Kone village, southern Mon state.
    (Reuters, 8/10/19)
2019        Aug 9, New Zealand police said they had arrested two British men after finding a huge store of methamphetamine in an Auckland apartment. Street value was estimated at tens of millions.
    (SFC, 8/10/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 9, A Panamanian court declared former president Ricardo Martinelli not guilty of charges that he spied on 150 people, including politicians, union leaders and journalists during his 2009-2014 presidency, and ordered his release.
    (Reuters, 8/9/19)
2019        Aug 9, More than 2 million pilgrims were gathered in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia to perform initial rites of the hajj, an Islamic pilgrimage that takes the faithful along a path traversed by the Prophet Muhammad some 1,400 years ago.
    (AP, 8/9/19)
2019        Aug 9, The UN refugee agency says fighting over Libya's capital of Tripoli has displaced more than 105,000 people since April, when a Libyan commander launched an offensive to take the city from the UN-backed government.
    (AP, 8/9/19)
2019        Aug 9, A new report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said increased carbon-dioxide levels lower the nutritional value of food staples like rice and wheat.
    (Business Insider, 8/10/19)
2019        Aug 9, The World Food Program (WFP) announced a plan to nearly quadruple the number of people to receive food assistance in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua due to five years of drought. The agency planned assistance to some 700,000, up from 160,000 helped already this year.
    (SFC, 8/10/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 9, Yemen's rebel Houthis said the Saudi-led coalition they've been battling since 2015 has killed Ibrahim al-Houthi, the brother of rebel leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi. Fighting between Yemeni government forces and southern separatists entered a third day, leaving more than 20 killed, including five civilians.
    (AP, 8/9/19)

2019        Aug 10, US President Donald Trump said that Kim Jong Un told him North Korea was ready to resume talks on its nuclear and missile program as soon as US-South Korea military exercises ended.
    (Reuters, 8/10/19)
2019        Aug 10, Lyft driver Tonye Kolokolo was arrested in San Bruno, California, on allegations he raped a 25-year-old woman who had requested a ride home the previous evening from a bar in San Mateo. She said the driver took her to his residence in the City of Tracy without her request or permission.
    (Business Insider, 8/12/19)
2019        Aug 10, In NYC Jeffrey Epstein (66), a convicted pedophile and disgraced billionaire, was found dead in his prison cell. The New York Times reported that Epstein had hanged himself in his cell at the Manhattan Correctional Center. Court papers in the US Virgin Islands later valued his estate at more than $577 million, including more than $56 million in cash.
    (AP, 8/10/19)(AP, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 10, In Texas more than 100 people marched in El Paso denouncing racism and demanding stronger gun laws a week after 22 people were killed in the city in a mass shooting.
    (SSFC, 8/11/19, p.A8)
2019        Aug 10, A Brazilian appeals court judge ordered the release of Eike Batista, the mining and oil magnate who was once Brazil's richest man, revoking a temporary prison order that would expire on August 12. Police had arrested the eccentric former billionaire in Rio de Janeiro on a temporary basis on August 8 on suspicion of money laundering and insider trading.
    (Reuters, 8/10/19)
2019        Aug 10, In southern Brazil an armed group broke into a club in the city of Mostardas before dawn and shot at employees and customers, killing five people and leaving four others severely injured.
    (Reuters, 8/10/19)
2019        Aug 10, Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo reported that Germany will partially suspend funds sent to Brazil to finance projects aimed at preserving the Amazon forest due to increasing deforestation.
    (Reuters, 8/10/19)
2019        Aug 10, In eastern China at least 28 people were killed in a landslide triggered by Typhoon Lekima on the outskirts of Wenzhou. The typhoon made landfall early today in the eastern province of Zhejiang and caused widespread transport disruptions and the evacuation of more than one million people. Another 20 people were missing in Zhejiang province.
    (Reuters, 8/10/19)(SSFC, 8/11/19, p.A4)
2019        Aug 10, Honduras said it will analyze any US plan to have the Central American country act as a so-called safe third country to help contain migration north, but it has yet to receive any official proposal.
    (Reuters, 8/11/19)
2019        Aug 10, Hong Kong police fired volleys of tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters, sending tourists fleeing weeping in Kowloon, only for demonstrators to regroup and gather elsewhere during another tense, hot and restive weekend.
    (Reuters, 8/10/19)
2019        Aug 10, India's main opposition leader Rahul Gandhi demanded a statement from PM Narendra Modi on the situation in Kashmir, saying there are reports of violence and people dying.
    (AP, 8/10/19)
2019        Aug 10, Officials Indian figures said the death toll from floods in the states of Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra rose to 95, as heavy rain and landslides forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate their homes.
    (Reuters, 8/10/19)
2019        Aug 10, Iran unveiled what authorities said was a locally upgraded radar system with a range of 400 km (250 miles) that could help defend against cruise and ballistic missiles and drones.
    (Reuters, 8/10/19)
2019        Aug 10, In Iraq a US service member died in northern Nineveh province during a combat mission with Iraqi security forces.
    (AP, 8/11/19)
2019        Aug 10, Israeli troops killed four Palestinian militants who attempted to cross through the perimeter fence from the Gaza Strip this morning, stoking fears of escalation after months of uneasy calm.
    (AP, 8/10/19)
2019        Aug 10, The Israeli army said in a statement that members of the cell that killed Dvir Sorek (18) outside a settlement near Hebron have been arrested and the car they used in the attack was seized.
    (AP, 8/10/19)
2019        Aug 10, In Libya a bomb-laden vehicle exploded outside a shopping mall in the eastern city of Benghazi, killing at least three UN staff members.
    (AP, 8/10/19)
2019        Aug 10, East Libya military commander Khalifa Haftar accepted a truce for the first time since launching an offensive in April to capture the capital Tripoli, which has spiraled into an increasingly deadly proxy war between regional powers and killed more than 1,000 people. The truce marking Eid Holiday would last to August 12.
    (Bloomberg, 8/10/19)
2019        Aug 10, North Korea extended a recent streak of weapons displays by firing what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea.
    (AP, 8/10/19)
2019        Aug 10, In Norway a suspected shooter at the al-Noor Islamic Center near Oslo was arrested. No one was hurt at the site. The young, white male carrying several guns was also suspected of killing one of his own family members, a young woman, who was found dead at his home. Philip Manshaus (21) was overpowered by a 65-year-old member of the mosque, who managed to wrestle away his weapons in a fight after Manshaus entered.
    (Reuters, 8/11/19)(Reuters, 8/12/19)
2019        Aug 10, Pakistan said it had cancelled a bus linking Lahore with India's capital New Delhi, the last remaining public transport link between the neighbors divided by a dispute over the Kashmir region.
    (Reuters, 8/10/19)
2019        Aug 10, In Romania tens of thousands of protesters rallied peacefully against the ruling Social Democrat government in Bucharest on the one-year anniversary of a violent protest where riot police disproportionately used force.
    (Reuters, 8/10/19)
2019        Aug 10, In Russia nearly 50,000 opposition supporters rallied and dozens were arrested in Moscow in one of the largest authorized protests since President Vladimir Putin's return to the Kremlin in 2012. This was the 4th consecutive weekend protest over the exclusion of opposition and independent candidates from Moscow's council ballot.
    (AFP, 8/10/19)(SSFC, 8/11/19, p.A4)
2019        Aug 10, In Saudi Arabia more than 2 million Muslims gathered at the sacred hill of Mount Arafat for an intense day of worship and reflection on what's considered the climax of the Islamic hajj pilgrimage.
    (AP, 8/10/19)
2019        Aug 10, Syrian activists and family members of a pro-government journalist said Wissam al-Teer has been released after being detained and held incommunicado for eight months.
    (AP, 8/10/19)
2019        Aug 10, In eastern Tanzania a damaged tanker truck exploded as people were trying to siphon fuel out of it, killing at least 62 in one of the worst incidents of its kind in the country.
    (AP, 8/10/19)
2019        Aug 10, The Vatican released new papal approved statutes for the Vatican Bank, making an external audit obligatory and introducing other changes to bolster reforms that have turned around the once scandal-ridden institution.
    (Reuters, 8/10/19)
2019        Aug 10, In Yemen southern separatists took control of a military camp from forces loyal to the internationally backed government in the port city of Aden. At least 45 people, both combatants and civilians, died in clashes overnight at the Fourth Brigade camp. Another five civilians were killed in the surrounding Dar Saad neighborhood.
    (AP, 8/10/19)

2019        Aug 11, In Pennsylvania five children died and other people were rescued from an early-morning fire at a home that operated as a daycare center in Erie.
    (Reuters, 8/12/19)
2019        Aug 11, Afghanistan's Pres. Ashraf Ghani rejected foreign interference as the US and the Taliban appeared to be closing in on a peace deal without the Afghan government at the table.
    (AP, 8/11/19)
2019        Aug 11, Argentina held a primary election, known locally as the PASO. It served as the first concrete measure of voter sentiment after a slew of opinion polls showed a narrow margin between President Mauricio Macri and main challenger Alberto Fernandez. Opposition candidate Alberto Fernandez, whose running mate is former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, won by a wider-than-expected 15.5 percentage points with 47.65% of votes, with 99% of ballots counted.
    (Reuters, 8/11/19)(Reuters, 8/12/19)
2019        Aug 11, A fire that began a day earlier on Gran Canaria island now spread to almost 2,500 acres and forced the evacuation of some 1,000 residents.
    (SFC, 8/12/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 11, In eastern China the death toll from a major typhoon rose to 33, with 16 people missing. The country braced for more travel disruptions as Typhoon Lekima moved further north up the coast.
    (Reuters, 8/11/19)(SFC, 8/12/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 11, Two Colombian air force members were killed when a cable hanging from a helicopter snapped while they were performing a mid-air stunt at the Medellin Flower Fair.
    (SFC, 8/13/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 11, Guatemalans voted in a second round run-off election for a new president who is likely to face a major challenge coping with a deal signed with Washington in July to turn the country into a buffer zone to stem migration. Former first lady Torres (63) was the candidate for the center-left National Unity of Hope (UNE), a party she founded 2002 with her ex-husband Alvaro Colom, president of Guatemala from 2008 to 2012. She faced Alejandro Giammattei (63), a trained surgeon with years of experience in state bureaucracies. Giammattei (63), who walks with crutches because of multiple sclerosis, won a landslide victory over Sandra Torres. Giammattei said he hoped he could make changes to a controversial migration deal the Central American country signed with the Trump administration last month.
    (Reuters, 8/11/19)(Reuters, 8/12/19)
2019        Aug 11, Hong Kong police fired tear gas at protesters as a tenth straight weekend of anti-government demonstrations intensified amid an increasingly aggressive response from the police and Beijing.
    (Reuters, 8/11/19)
2019        Aug 11, Authorities enforcing a strict curfew in Indian-administered Kashmir promised easing of restrictions and essential supplies for an Islamic festival, as the divided Himalayan region remained in a lockdown after India's decision to strip it of its constitutional autonomy. Authorities eased restrictions in Srinagar for a 3rd straight day ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival.
    (AP, 8/11/19)(SFC, 8/12/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 11, Iran arrested renowned anthropologist Kameel Ahmady, a dual British-Iranian national, on unspecified allegations. The Iranian Kurd was born in the western city of Mahabad and was granted British citizenship in 1994. He has been living in Iran for the last 14 years.
    (The Telegraph, 8/14/19)
2019        Aug 11, Muslim worshippers and Israeli police clashed at a major Jerusalem holy site during prayers marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha. Palestinian medics said at least 14 people were wounded, one seriously.
    (AP, 8/11/19)
2019        Aug 11, Gaza's Health Ministry said Marwan Nasser, a 26-year-old Palestinian, was killed after exchanging fire with Israeli troops along the perimeter fence surrounding the coastal territory.
    (AP, 8/11/19)
2019        Aug 11, Saudi state TV reported that the separatists in Yemen had heeded calls for an immediate cease-fire and begun withdrawing from all positions seized in recent days. The coalition said it struck an area of Aden considered a "direct threat" to the government. Yemen’s southern separatists denied claims by the Saudi-led coalition that they were withdrawing from areas captured from the internationally recognized government in the port city of Aden.
    (AP, 8/11/19)(Bloomberg, 8/11/19)
2019        Aug 11, Around 2.5 million pilgrims took part in a symbolic stoning of the devil, marking the final days of the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia and the start of the Eid al-Adha celebrations for Muslims around the world.
    (AP, 8/11/19)
2019        Aug 11, Syrian government forces captured an important village in the northwestern province of Idlib, drawing close to a major town in the last rebel stronghold in the country. Overnight fighting left 18 insurgents and nine pro-government gunmen dead.
    (AP, 8/11/19)

2019        Aug 12, The Trump administration unveiled broad changes to America’s signature environmental law, in a move critics say will drive more endangered animals and plants to extinction.
    (SFC, 8/13/19, p.A1)
2019        Aug 12, The Trump administration announced that it would seek to deny green cards to migrants who seek Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance.
    (SFC, 8/14/19, p.A7)
2019        Aug 12, FBI agents reportedly raided the private island of Jeffrey Epstein, the financier accused of sexual misconduct. Little Saint James is located between the islands of St. Thomas and St. John in the Virgin Islands.
    (Business Insider, 8/14/19)
2019        Aug 12, Southern California Highway Patrol Officer Andre Moye and a suspect both died after gunfire was exchanged following a traffic stop near the 215 Freeway in Riverside. Moye was getting ready to impound Aaron Luther's pickup truck when Luther, who was outside the vehicle and not restrained, reached inside, pulled out a rifle and started shooting.
    (ABC News, 8/13/19)(AP, 8/13/19)
2019        Aug 12, Danny Cohen (b.1937), computer scientist, died at his home in Palo Alto, Ca. His work on computer graphics and networks led to innovations in flight simulation, internet telephony, cloud computing and one of the first online dates.
    (SFC, 8/18/19, p.B10)
2019        Aug 12, It was reported that scientists are a step closer to being able to cure the deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever after two experimental drugs showed survival rates of as much as 90% in a clinical trial in Congo. An antibody cocktail called REGN-EB3 developed by Regeneron and a monoclonal antibody called mAb114 will now be offered to all patients infected with the viral disease.
    (Reuters, 8/12/19)
2019        Aug 12, A Taliban spokesman said the latest round of talks between the Taliban and the United States on a deal to withdraw thousands of US troops from Afghanistan has ended and now both sides will consult with their leadership on the next steps.
    (AP, 8/12/19)
2019        Aug 12, Argentine bonds fell in London trading and further volatility loomed after voters soundly rejected President Mauricio Macri's austere economic policies in primary elections, casting doubt on his chances of re-election in October. Argentine stocks collapsed. The central bank raised interest rates to 74% to stop the fall of the peso.
    (AP, 8/12/19)(Econ, 8/27/19, p.24)
2019        Aug 12, Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced that Kam McLeod (19) and Bryer Schmegelsky (18) had died from "suicide by gunfire" before their bodies were discovered in a remote area of Manitoba on August 7.
    (Insider, 8/13/19)(SFC, 8/8/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 12, All flights were cancelled at Hong Kong airport after thousands of demonstrators entered the arrivals hall to protest at police use of force in a night of violent scenes in the city.
    (SFC, 8/13/19, p.A3)
2019        Aug 12, In Iraq there was an explosion at the al-Saqr military base. A government report later said this caused by a drone strike. The blast at al-Saqr, or "Falcon," base killed one civilian, wounded 28 and damaged nearby homes.
    (AP, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 12, Large parts of Kashmir remained cut off from the rest of the world as a communications blackout entered its eighth day. India said it would soon begin gradually easing restrictions.
    (Bloomberg, 8/12/19)
2019        Aug 12, In Mexico City around 300 protesters, predominantly women, descended on the city’s security headquarters and the capital’s prosecutor’s office. They voiced their anger at two recent cases of rape – shouting “justice" and “they don’t protect us, they rape us" at officers.
    (AP, 8/ 13/19)
2019        Aug 12, The Portuguese government imposed fuel rationing at petrol stations as some 2,000 fuel-tanker drivers started an indefinite strike. The government promised to prevent the labor action from paralyzing the country at the height of the tourist season.
    (Reuters, 8/12/19)(SFC, 8/13/19, p.A3)
2019        Aug 12, The Paris-based World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said Serbia has reported four suspected outbreaks of African swine fever among backyard pigs. The suspected cases of the disease killed seven pigs while another 114 were slaughtered.
    (AP, 8/12/19)
2019        Aug 12, Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil company, the world’s most profitable company, held an earnings call, its first interaction with public investors. India-based Reliance industries said Aramco would pay $15 billion or so for a 20% stake in its refining and petrochemicals business.
    (Econ, 8/17/19, p.48)
2019        Aug 12, Singapore said it will ban the domestic trade in ivory from September 2021. The international trade in ivory has been banned since 1990 under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
    (Reuters, 8/12/19)
2019        Aug 12, South Korea said it plans to drop Japan from its "white list" of countries with fast-track trade status from September, a tit-for-tat move that deepens a diplomatic and trade rift between the two countries. Japan announced earlier this month that it was removing South Korea from its own "white list" of countries that have enjoyed minimum trade restrictions.
    (Reuters, 8/12/19)
2019        Aug 12, It was reported that UN experts are investigating at least 35 instances in 17 countries of North Koreans using cyberattacks to illegally raise money for weapons of mass destruction programs — and they are calling for sanctions against ships providing gasoline and diesel to the country.
    (AP, 8/12/19)

2019        Aug 13, Donald Trump played Santa Claus, telling reporters he was delaying tariffs on Chinese imports to avoid any adverse impact on US shoppers before the festive season.
    (The Guardian, 8/13/19)
2019        Aug 13, Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, said the famous inscription on the Statue of Liberty welcoming immigrants is about "people coming from Europe" and that America is looking to receive migrants "who can stand on their own two feet".
    (SFC, 8/14/19, p.A7)
2019        Aug 13, A coalition of 21 Democratic-led states sued the Trump administration over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants, with California's governor saying the president is trying to rescue an outdated industry.
    (AP, 8/13/19)
2019        Aug 13, The Los Angeles Opera said it will investigate accusations of sexual misconduct against Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, as two organizations canceled planned appearances by him.
    (Reuters, 8/14/19)
2019        Aug 13, The San Francisco school board reversed course and voted to obscure art panels at George Washington High School that depicted slavery and white settlers stepping over a dead Native American. They were painted in 1936 by Russian artist Victor Arnautoff as part of the Works Progress Administration public art program under President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal employment projects.
    (SFC, 8/14/19, p.C1)
2019        Aug 13, A police officer in Gastonia, North Carolina, shot a suspect late today after responding to a call about a “subject with a weapon" at a popular restaurant.
    (Charlotte Observer, 8/14/19)
2019        Aug 13, In Australia Mert Ney (21) was wrestled to the ground by three British men after he yelled "Allahu akbar" (God is great) and wounded one woman and attempted to stab others in Sidney. He had already allegedly stabbed one woman (21) to death in a nearby apartment. Police said he had a history of mental health issues.
    (The Telegraph, 8/13/19)(SFC, 8/14/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 13, It was reported that arrests and deportations of foreign teachers in China have soared this year, amid a broad crackdown defined by new police tactics and Beijing's push for a "cleaner", more patriotic education system. Switzerland-based Education First (EF), which runs 300 schools across 50 Chinese cities, has seen a "significant" increase in detentions in China for alleged offences including drugs, fighting and cybersecurity violations, according to a June 27 internal notice sent to employees.
    (Reuters, 8/13/19)
2019        Aug 13, Guatemala's Pres. Alejandro Giammattei said his country is too poor to tend to its own people, let alone those from other countries. This was in response to a July agreement signed by the outgoing adminsitration of Pres. Jimmy Morales that would require migrants from other countries who cross into Guatemala to apply for asylum locally rather than in the US.
    (SFC, 8/15/19, p.A4)
2019        Aug 13, Protests forced Hong Kong’s airport to suspend check-ins for departing flights -- its second straight day of major service disruptions -- as embattled local leader Carrie Lam warned that the city risked sliding into an “abyss".
    (Bloomberg, 8/13/19)
2019        Aug 13, In Libya fighting around Tripoli resumed overnight, following a two-day truce observed during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. The self-styled Libyan National Army led by commander Khalifa Hifter carried out airstrikes overnight on Tripoli's southern outskirts.
    (AP, 8/13/19)
2019        Aug 13, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the central bank to stop dollar supply for food imports, saying food security has been achieved and agricultural production has increased.
    (Bloomberg, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 13, Pakistan called for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council, saying India's decision to strip its part of disputed Kashmir of autonomy poses "an imminent threat" to international peace and could lead to ethnic cleansing and genocide in the Muslim-majority region.
    (AP, 8/13/19)
2019        Aug 13, Sudan state news said flooding triggered by weekend heavy rains inundated hundreds of houses in Khartoum and elsewhere in the country and killed at least six people.
    (AP, 8/14/19)
2019        Aug 13, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy signed a decree offering citizenship to Russians suffering political persecution, and also to foreigners who fought on Kiev's side in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 8/13/19)

2019        Aug 14, President Donald Trump linked Hong Kong’s unrest to talks with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, in a move that could reinforce Beijing’s efforts to blame the US for increasingly violent protests in the Asian financial hub.
    (Bloomberg, 8/15/19)
2019        Aug 14, A federal appeals court halted an execution in Alabama scheduled for Aug. 15 of Dexter Johnson (31), a man convicted of raping a woman and then killing her and her boyfriend with the help of a group of friends 13 years ago. His attorneys argued Johnson was intellectually disabled and previously lacked sufficient legal representation.
    (Reuters, 8/15/19)
2019        Aug 14, Former Blackwater security contractor Nicholas Slatten (35) was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the September 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq that left 14 people dead.
    (AP, 8/15/19)(SFC, 8/15/19, p.A6)
2019        Aug 14, James McGhee, was arrested in Lake County, Indiana, late today after a days-long manhunt, in the death of Sidne-Nichole Buchanan (27). Buchanan, of Gary, Indiana, had vanished after attending a concert in Tinley Park, Illinois, on July 27. She was reported missing two days later.
    (ABC News, 8/14/19)
2019        Aug 14, Steve King, an Iowa Republican who has been stripped of his committee assignments for his history of offensive comments, expressed his opposition to exceptions for rape and incest in anti-abortion legislation by saying that humanity might not exist if rape and incest did not occur.
    (Bloomberg, 8/14/19)
2019        Aug 14, In Texas David Shawn Minze (39) was sentenced to 70 years in prison after a jury convicted him of felony assault for heating up a belt buckle and using it to brand his girlfriend.
    (AP, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 14, In Texas a vengeful aspiring rapper opened fire on the wrong Dallas home, killing Brandoniya Bennett (9) as she prepared for the first day of the school year, instead of the rival artist he intended to shoot. Tyrese Simmons (19) surrendered to police the next day after a day-long manhunt and was charged with capital murder.
    (ABC News, 8/18/19)
2019        Aug 14, Argentine President Mauricio Macri said he would increase welfare subsidies and lower workers' income taxes as part of a package of measures aimed at lessening the impact of the country's economic crisis. The embattled center-right leader was soundly beaten by his main Peronist challenger Alberto Fernandez in the Aug. 12 primary election.
    (Reuters, 8/14/19)
2019        Aug 14, Greek firefighters backed by water-dropping planes and helicopters battled a wildfire burning through a protected nature reserve on the island of Evia for a second day. Hundreds of people had been evacuated from four villages and a monastery in the area.
    (AP, 8/14/19)
2019        Aug 14, Flights resumed at Hong Kong’s international airport as pro-democracy protesters apologized for demonstrations that shut down the global transport hub.
    (The Telegraph, 8/14/19)
2019        Aug 14, Indian authorities said floods and landslides have killed more than 270 people this month, displaced one million and inundated thousands of homes across six states after two weeks of heavy monsoon rains.
    (Reuters, 8/14/19)
2019        Aug 14, Japan advised more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and airlines cancelled hundreds of scheduled flights as tropical storm Krosa bore down on the archipelago.
    (Reuters, 8/14/19)
2019        Aug 14, It was reported that a research team at Japan’s Keio University has built a robotic tail they say could help unsteady elderly people keep their balance.
    (Reuters, 8/14/19)
2019        Aug 14, New Zealand media said Brenton Harrison Tarrant, the gunman accused of killing 51 people on March 15, has handwritten a letter from jail expressing his political and social views, prompting PM Jacinda Ardern to say that should never have been allowed.
    (Reuters, 8/14/19)
2019        Aug 14, In southern Somalia a government military base was struck by car bombs and gunfire. Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it had killed 50 soldiers and that two of its fighters had died. Somali officials said at least four soldiers and a photographer embedded with the army were killed in Awdhegle. Eight attackers were also reported killed.
    (Reuters, 8/14/19)(SFC, 8/15/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 14, Thousands of South Koreans protested outside Japan's embassy in Seoul and city officials unveiled a new memorial to wartime 'comfort women' at the center of a row over the two countries' shared history.
    (Reuters, 8/14/19)
2019        Aug 14, Unions representing Ryanair cabin crew in Spain announced plans to hold 10 days of strikes in September unless the Irish airline changes its plans to close several bases in the country.
    (Reuters, 8/14/19)
2019        Aug 14, A Swedish court convicted American rapper A$AP Rocky (30), aka Rakim Mayers, of assaulting a man and handed him suspended prison sentence. The Swedish court also convicted two members of A$AP Rocky's entourage of the same crime.
    (Reuters, 8/14/19)
2019        Aug 14, Syrian government forces captured two villages in the country's northwest early today, inching closer to a major rebel-controlled town that was the scene of a deadly 2017 chemical weapons attack.
    (AP, 8/14/19)
2019        Aug 14, Thai authorities issued arrest warrants for four more suspects believed to be responsible for a series of bomb attacks as the capital hosted an Aug. 2 diplomatic meeting.
    (Reuters, 8/14/19)
2019        Aug 14, The United Nations said it was gravely concerned about reports indicating 11 civilians had been killed in an Afghan security force operation in an eastern province near the border with Pakistan. A politician in the area said government forces had attacked a student gathering over the August 11 Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday.
    (Reuters, 8/14/19)
2019        Aug 14, Winifred "Winnie" Byanyima, a former Ugandan politician and the current head of the humanitarian group Oxfam International, was appointed the new executive director of the UN AIDS agency.
    (AP, 8/14/19)
2019        Aug 14, Yemen's southern separatists vowed to keep control over Aden, warning the only way out of the impasse that has fractured a Saudi-led military alliance was for Islamists and northerners to be removed from all positions of power in the south.
    (Reuters, 8/14/19)

2019        Aug 15, The United States moved to halt the release of an Iranian supertanker detained in Gibraltar for breaching EU sanctions on oil shipments to Syria, thwarting efforts by authorities in London and the British overseas territory to defuse tensions with Tehran.
    (AP, 8/15/19)
2019        Aug 15, The Trump administration informed Congress that it plan s to sell F-16 fighters worth $8 billion to Taiwan.
    (SFC, 8/17/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 15, The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said July was the hottest month measured on Earth since records began in 1880.
    (SFC, 8/16/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 15, A shooting on the edge of Alabama State Univ. in Montgomery killed a student and another man and wounded three others.
    (AP, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 15, In southern California Michael Gargiulo (43) was found guilty of killing two women in 2001 and 2005, one of whom was stabbed to death on the night of a planned date with actor Ashton Kutcher. He was also found guilty of the attempted murder in 2008 of a third victim who fought back and later testified against him in court.
    (The Independent, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 15, Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said he was ending his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.
    (SFC, 8/17/19, p.A5)
2019        Aug 15, Washington DC Catholic priest Urbano Vazquez (47) was convicted after a weeklong trial for sexually abusing two children in his parish. He faced up to 45 years in prison.
    (AP, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 15, A federal judge ordered Georgia to stop using its outdated voting machines after this year and to be ready with hand-marked paper ballots if its new system isn't in place for the presidential primaries.
    (AP, 8/15/19)
2019        Aug 15, In Pennsylvania an hours-long standoff where gunman Maurice Hill (36) shot at police, wounding six of them, as he was barricaded inside a Philadelphia home, ended early today with his arrest and no fatalities.
    (AP, 8/15/19)
2019        Aug 15, Tennessee executed its third inmate in the electric chair since November, killing Stephen West (56) who maintained that he didn't stab a mother and her 15-year-old daughter to death in 1986. In a clemency plea to Gov. Bill Lee, attorneys for West wrote that his then-17-year-old accomplice Ronnie Martin actually killed both Union County victims. Martin pleaded guilty as a juvenile and received a life sentence with the possibility of parole in 2030.
    (AP, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 15, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro dismissed European leaders’ concerns about his government’s environmental policies after Norway followed Germany and froze millions of dollars in financial aid to an Amazon rainforest preservation fund.
    (Bloomberg, 8/15/19)
2019        Aug 15, A British police officer investigating a reported burglary in southeast England was killed late today. Police soon arrested and detained 10 males in the case, including a 13-year-old.
    (AP, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 15, Thousands of people, many waving Pakistani and Kashmiri flags, protested outside the Indian High Commission in London in support of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
    (Reuters, 8/15/19)
2019        Aug 15, The British overseas territory of Gibraltar released a seized Iranian supertanker over last-minute objections from the US, potentially easing tensions between London and Tehran, which still holds a British-flagged vessel.
    (AP, 8/15/19)
2019        Aug 15, The Hong Kong government unveiled a HK$19.1 billion ($2.4 billion) package to support a slowing economy as escalating political protests and the prolonged U.S.-China trade war weigh heavily on the Asian financial center.
    (Reuters, 8/15/19)
2019        Aug 15, India's PM Narendra Modi delivered an Independence Day speech that spotlighted a decision to remove the special rights of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir among the bold moves of the first 10 weeks of his second term. Modi also urged people and government agencies to "take the first big step" on Oct. 2 towards freeing India of single-use plastic.
    (Reuters, 8/15/19)(AP, 9/17/19)
2019        Aug 15, Indonesia said it has sealed parts of palm oil and timber concessions owned by 10 companies on Borneo island after a spate of forest fires, warning those involved in forest burning would be severely punished.
    (Reuters, 8/15/19)
2019        Aug 15, Iraqi PM Abdul-Mahdi issued a ban on all unauthorized flights throughout the country, including reconnaissance, fighter jets, helicopters and drones of all kinds.
    (AP, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 15, Israel announced it is barring by Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib and fellow Democrat, Rep. Ilhan Omar from visiting Jerusalem and the West Bank, an unprecedented move targeting members of the US Congress. The decision came after President Donald Trump said in a tweet it would show "weakness" to allow in the two Muslim members of Congress who have been sharply critical of him and of Israel's policies toward the Palestinians.
    (AP, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 15, Israeli police officers shot dead a Palestinian teen and seriously wounded another after they stabbed a policeman outside a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site.
    (AP, 8/15/19)
2019        Aug 15, Myanmar insurgents killed at least 15 people, most of them members of the security forces, in attacks on the Defence Services Technological Academy in Pyin Oo Lwin in western Shan state and four other government targets.
    (Reuters, 8/15/19)
2019        Aug 15, Pakistan said three of its soldiers and five Indian troops were killed in a cross-border exchange of fire in the contested Kashmir region, one of the deadliest clashes between the rival armies this year.
    (Reuters, 8/15/19)
2019        Aug 15, A joint Saudi-Emirati military delegation travelled to Aden to discuss demands for a pullout of UAE-backed southern separatists from positions they captured in Yemen's interim capital.
    (AFP, 8/15/19)
2019        Aug 15, Syrian forces gained more ground from insurgents in the country's northwest, edging closer to a major rebel-held town a day after militants shot down a government warplane in the area. The government offensive has displaced nearly 100,000 people over the past four days. The region is home to some three million people.
    (AP, 8/15/19)(SFC, 8/16/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 15, Taiwan unveiled its largest defence spending increase in more than a decade on amid rising military tensions with its giant neighbor China, which considers the self-ruled island its own and has not renounced the use of force against it.
    (Reuters, 8/15/19)
2019        Aug 15, The United Nations said more than 37 attacks have been reported against health workers, health facilities and ambulances in Libya since the self-styled Libyan National Army led by Khalifa Hifter launched an offensive in early April to capture the capital of Tripoli.
    (AP, 8/15/19)
2019        Aug 15, Thousands of Yemenis rallied in the port city of Aden in support of southern separatists who seized the city from the country's internationally recognized government.
    (AP, 8/15/19)
2019        Aug 15, A coalition of rights groups said six Zimbabwean political activists were abducted from their homes at night and beaten by armed men this week, ahead of planned street demonstrations by the main opposition party.
    (Reuters, 8/15/19)

2019        Aug 16, The US justice department issued a warrant for the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker, a day after a Gibraltar judge allowed the release of the detained vessel.
    (AFP, 8/17/19)
2019        Aug 16, The US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Iraq says it will comply with new orders issued by the country's prime minister regarding unauthorized flights in Iraqi airspace.
    (AP, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 16, Washington, DC, encted emergency regulations to stop the federal government's plan to house unaccompanied migrant children there. Mayor Muriel Bowser's administration approved regulations that prohibited licensing facilities housing more than 15 residents.
    (SFC, 8/16/19, p.A7)
2019        Aug 16, In southern California Hossein Nayeri (40), who previously escaped from jail and was on the run for a week, was convicted of kidnapping and torturing a marijuana dispensary owner in 2012 who he mistakenly believed had buried large sums of money in the desert.
    (AP, 8/17/19)
2019        Aug 16, In southern California Oscar nominated actor Peter Fonda (b.1940), who played a cool and introspective motorcyclist in the 1969 film "Easy Rider," died. His films also included Ulee's Gold" (1997) and "The Limey" (1999).
    (Reuters, 8/17/19)(SFC, 8/17/19, p.C2)
2019        Aug 16, Police in Coral Springs, Florida, said Timothy Norris (60) has been charged in the knifepoint rape of a Florida woman at her home in 1983. DNA evidence led authorities to Norris serving time for bank robbery at a West Virginia federal prison.
    (AP, 8/18/19)
2019        Aug 16, A Georgia boy (17) was arrested at Wheeler High School in Marietta. He was accused of bringing a loaded 9mm gun on his school bus and to his high school, which was subsequently locked down amid threats.
    (AP, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 16, In Chicago a guilty verdict was returned against Jovan Battle (32), a homeless man who defended himself against murder and aggravated battery charges, in the fatal shooting of John Rivera (23), an off-duty Chicago police officer.
    (AP, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 16, In Iowa a judge sentenced Randy Constant (60), the mastermind of the largest known organic food fraud scheme in US history, to 10 years in prison, saying he cheated thousands of customers into buying products they didn't want.
    (AP, 8/16/19)(SFC, 8/19/19, p.A5)
2019        Aug 16, Maryland scientists reported data on a growing "dead zone" in the Chesapeake Bay, confirming their dire warnings were correct. Environmental scientists said heavy rains washed wastewater and agricultural runoff into the bay and produced oxygen-stealing algae.
    (AP, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 16, A Missouri man who shot two police officers while they were serving him an eviction notice surrendered to authorities this afternoon after a long standoff.
    (ABC News, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 16, In upstate New York two of four young men, arrested for plotting to attack the Islamberg Muslim community near Binghamton with homemade explosives, were sentenced to four to 12 years in prison. Brian Colaneri (20) and Andrew Crysel (19) pleaded guilty to terrorism conspiracy in June.
    (AP, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 16, In Texas more than 20 local governments faced a coordinated ransomware attack that was believed to have come from a single source.
    (SFC, 8/21/19, p.A4)
2019        Aug 16, In rural Washington state the last four members of a wolf pack that preyed on cattle in an area bordering Canada were killed by state hunters in helicopters, prompting protests from environmental groups.
    (AP, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 16, AbbVie Inc priced its new rheumatoid arthritis treatment at $59,000 a year after gaining US approval, a big boost for the drugmaker struggling with rising competition for Humira, its blockbuster therapy for the same condition. A four-week supply of Humira, the world's best-selling medicine, has a list price of about $5,174, amounting to more than $60,000 for a year.
    (Reuters, 8/17/19)
2017        Aug 16, In Algeria Ahmed Ouyahia began a fourth term as Prime Minister and held that position until March 12, 2019.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmed_Ouyahia)
2019        Aug 16, Bangladeshi and UN officials said Myanmar and Bangladesh are making a second attempt to start repatriating Rohingya Muslims after more than 700,000 of them fled a security crackdown in Myanmar almost two years ago.
    (AP, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 16, In Bangladesh a massive fire consumed several hundred shanties in a slum on the northern outskirts of Dhaka leaving some 3,000 people homeless.
    (Reuters, 8/18/19)
2019        Aug 16, A source in the Cameroonian army said number of seamen have been kidnapped after an attack on their vessel off the coast of Cameroon in the piracy-plagued Gulf of Guinea.
    (AP, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 16, Huawei Technologies sent a letter to The Wall Street Journal, refuting the publication's bombshell report describing how China's tech giant allegedly helped the governments of two African nations spy on their political opponents. Uganda and Zambia denied that Huawei employees had helped them conduct espionage
    (South China Morning Post, 8/17/19)
2019        Aug 16, Congo DRC health officials said a woman and her child were the first two cases confirmed with Ebola in the South Kivu region this week, opening a new front in the fight against the outbreak. The Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo has killed 1,808 people out of 2,765 confirmed cases.
    (Reuters, 8/16/19)(SFC, 8/17/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 16, Cathay Pacific Airways CEO Rupert Hogg resigned in a shock move, amid mounting Chinese regulatory scrutiny of the Hong Kong carrier over the involvement of its employees in the city's anti-government protests. Cathay Pacific, which has already terminated two pilots for engaging in illegal protests at the behest of the Chinese aviation regulator, named Augustus Tang as its new CEO.
    (Reuters, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 16, In Indian-controlled Kashmir hundreds of people protested an unprecedented security crackdown and clashed with police, as India's government said it was constantly reviewing the situation in the disputed region and the restrictions there will be removed over the next few days.
    (AP, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 16, Israel's interior minister said he has received and granted a request by Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib to enter the Israeli-occupied West Bank on humanitarian grounds. The Michigan Democrat rejected the offer to let her travel to the West Bank, saying she would not visit her family after the Israeli government lifted a ban on her entry but imposed "oppressive conditions" to humiliate her.
    (AP, 8/16/19)(Reuters, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 16, Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian driver they said had carried out a car-ramming attack that injured two Israeli civilians in the occupied West Bank, one of them critically. Militants from the Gaza Strip fired at least one rocket toward southern Israel.
    (Reuters, 8/16/19)(AP, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 16, Kazakh rights activist Serkzhan Bilash, who campaigned against the detention of ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims in special camps in China, pleaded guilty to a hate speech charge in exchange for securing his freedom.
    (Reuters, 8/17/19)
2019        Aug 16, North Korea bluntly criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in for continuing to hold military exercises with the US and over his rosy comments on inter-Korean diplomacy, and said Pyongyang has no current plans to talk with Seoul. Hours later South Korea's military detected two projectiles North Korea fired into the sea to extend a torrid streak of weapons display that's apparently aimed at pressuring Washington and Seoul over their joint drills and slow nuclear negotiations.
    (AP, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 16, In southwest Pakistan a blast at a mosque in killed four people. 20 more people were wounded at the site 25 km (15 miles) from the city of Quetta.
    (Reuters, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 16, In northern Peru a building in El Alto was set on fire in a protest against China National Petroleum Corp that devolved into clashes between police and demonstrators who want the company to make pledges to help the local community.
    (Reuters, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 16, The union of Portugal's fuel-tanker drivers said it will suspend a five-day-old strike that led to fuel rationing at filling stations and negotiate with employers in government-brokered talks.
    (Reuters, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 16, In Syria a suspected Russian airstrike hit a displaced people's gathering in the town of Hass south of Idlib province, killing at least 13, including a number of children.
    (AP, 8/16/19)(SFC, 8/17/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 16, Syria’s SANA news agency said that a projectile had entered the Syrian airspace overnight from Lebanon's airspace, heading toward the town of Masyaf in Hama province. Air defenses reportedly destroyed the missile before it reached the town.
    (AP, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 16, It was reported that Turkey's military pension fund OYAK has reached a provisional agreement to take over British Steel and could close the deal by the end of this year, potentially saving thousands of jobs.
    (Reuters, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 16, A group of UN human rights experts called for the immediate release of three Iranian women given long jail terms for protesting laws compelling women to wear veils.
    (AP, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 16, The UN migration agency said more than 500 migrants have lost their lives in the Americas so far this year, about a 33% increase from a year ago.
    (AP, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 16, The UN expert on human rights in Iran said last year saw increasing restrictions on the right to freedom of expression and continuing violations of the right to life, liberty and a fair trial in the Islamic Republic, including 253 reported executions of adults and children.
    (AP, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 16, Yemen's Houthis launched more drone attacks on Saudi Arabia's Abha international airport. The attacks reportedly halted air traffic at the airport.
    (Reuters, 8/16/19)
2019        Aug 16, Zimbabwe police combed Harare's streets rounding up suspected opposition supporters, enforcing a clampdown on dissent after using batons and water cannon to break up a protest that authorities had declared illegal.
    (Reuters, 8/16/19)

2019        Aug 17, In New York a plane crashed into a home in Union Vale, killing one resident and one person on the aircraft and causing a massive fire 15 miles (24km) southeast of Poughkeepsie.
    (AP, 8/18/19)
2019        Aug 17, Ohio police arrested white nationalist Seamus O'Rearedon (20) after he allegedly threatened to carry out a mass shooting at a Jewish community center in Youngstown.
    (The Independent, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 17, Oregon police arrested at least 13 people and seized metal poles, bear spray and other weapons as hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarmed downtown Portland.
    (AP, 8/17/19)
2019        Aug 17, Two Texas state troopers fatally shot Schaston Hodge following a short pursuit for failing to use a turn signal. An autopsy later revealed that Hodge had 16 gunshot wounds.
    (SFC, 1/6/20, p.A6)
2019        Aug 17, In Afghanistan a suicide-bomb blast ripped through a wedding party on a busy night in Kabul, leaving at least 63 dead and almost 200 injured.
    (The Telegraph, 8/18/19)
2019        Aug 17, Argentina's Treasury Minister Nicolas Dujovne resigned. This came three days after Pres. Mauricio Macri announced a temporary increase in the minimum wage, a reduction of payroll taxes and other steps to help workers as the country struggles to overcome high inflation and other economic problems.
    (SFC, 8/19/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 17, A Chinese government space agency successfully launched its first rocket meant for commercial use. The 23-ton Smart Dragon-1 rocket was developed by a unit of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp (CASC).
    (Reuters, 8/17/19)
2019        Aug 17, Thousands of Hong Kongers including many teachers took part in more anti-government rallies, braving thunderstorms to march past shops shuttered due to growing concern that police could adopt tougher tactics to drive activists from the streets.
    (Reuters, 8/17/19)
2019        Aug 17, Indian authorities eased restrictions on movement and restored landline telephone links in some parts of Kashmir, the biggest relaxation in a crippling lockdown since New Delhi announced it was removing the region's special status on Aug. 5.
    (Reuters, 8/17/19)
2019        Aug 17, In Indonesia a suspected Islamic militant (30) launched an attack on a police station in Surabaya, East Java, slashing one officer with a sickle, before being shot and taken into custody.
    (Reuters, 8/18/19)
2019        Aug 17, A Myanmar army spokesman and a witness said one rescue worker was killed and several others were wounded when an ambulance came under fire in the north amid clashes between troops and ethnic rebels in the region.
    (Reuters, 8/17/19)
2019        Aug 17, In Poland two cavers became trapped in the Wielka Sniezna cave and rescue services were notified by colleagues who had accompanied them on the excursion in the Tatra Mountains. A narrow tunnel was flooded with water, blocking their exit. Rescuers found one body on August 22 and presumed the other is also dead.
    (Reuters, 8/18/19)(AP, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 17, Portuguese fuel-tanker drivers said they will maintain their strike indefinitely after a 10-hour meeting of union leaders and government officials ended without an agreement.
    (Reuters, 8/17/19)
2019        Aug 17, The Russian Communist Party held a rally in central Moscow calling for honest and fair city council elections as the newly energized opposition planned to skip mass protests this weekend for the first time in five weeks. Opposition activists staged a string of pickets in central Moscow to call for free elections and for charges against protesters detained at recent rallies to be dropped.
    (Bloomberg, 8/17/19)(Reuters, 8/17/19)
2019        Aug 17, In Thailand an orphaned baby dugong rescued earlier this year died due to pieces of plastic clogging her digestive system.
    (Reuters, 8/17/19)
2019        Aug 17, In eastern Saudi Arabia a drone attack launched by Yemen's Houthi group on the Shaybah oil field caused a limited fire at a gas plant but had no impact on oil production.
    (Reuters, 8/17/19)
2019        Aug 17, Sudan's pro-democracy movement signed a final power-sharing agreement with the ruling military council at a ceremony in the capital, Khartoum.
    (AP, 8/17/19)
2019        Aug 17, Syrian government and Russian airstrikes pounded the southern edge of a rebel stronghold in the country's northwest, killing at least seven members of one family in Deir al-Sharqi village, Idlib province.
    (AP, 8/17/19)
 2019        Aug 17, Southern Yemeni separatists withdrew from some government buildings in Aden that they seized last week but held on to military camps that give them control over the southern port, interim seat of Yemen's Saudi-backed government.
    (Reuters, 8/17/19)
2019        Aug 17, In Switzerland the World Wildlife Conference on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) opened in Geneva.
    (SFC, 8/18/19, p.A6)
2019        Aug 17, In Ukraine a fire at the Tokyo Star hotel in the port city of Odessa killed eight people.
    (SFC, 8/18/19, p.A4)

2019        Aug 18, The US military successfully tested a ground-launched, intermediate-range, nuclear-capable cruise missile. It was exactly the kind of kind of missile that the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, or INF, had banned before the administration of US Pres. Donald Trump in early August 2019 formally withdrew from the treaty.
    (The National Interest, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 18, In Florida a fatal hit-and-run that killed a 13-year-old boy and a 47-year-old man walking along US 19 early today. A man called the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office after seeing the story on the news saying he did not stop is because he thought he hit a deer.
    (Miami Herald, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 18, Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (76), whose tenure was dominated by the trauma of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, died from complications of cancer. Blanco, a Democrat, was the first woman elected to lead the state, serving as governor from 2004 to 2008.
    (Reuters, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 18, London announced that it had ordered the repeal of the European Communities Act, which took Britain into the forerunner to the EU 46 years ago and gives Brussels law supremacy. The order, signed by Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay on Aug. 16, was set to take effect on October 31.
    (AFP, 8/17/19)
2019        Aug 18, Cambodia said it is banning online gambling, which helped propel a wave of Chinese investment in casinos in the country, saying that the industry had been used by foreign criminals to extort money.
    (Reuters, 8/18/19)
2019        Aug 18, Authorities in Gibraltar said they are rejecting the United States' renewed request that the British overseas territory not release an Iranian supertanker. Gibraltar's government said the ship would be free to go, as US sanctions on Iran had no equivalent in the United Kingdom or the rest of the EU.
    (AP, 8/18/19)
2019        Aug 18, In Greece Metropolitan Amvrosios of Kalavryta (81), a fiery conservative Orthodox bishop known for criticizing, often in intemperate terms, those who he believed acted in a "non-Christian" or "non-Greek" way, including gays, migrants and politicians, resigned.
    (AP, 8/18/19)
2019        Aug 18, In Hong Kong hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters joined a mass rally, filling major thoroughfares in heavy rain in the eleventh week of what have been often violent demonstrations in the Asian financial hub.
    (Reuters, 8/18/19)
2019        Aug 18, Iceland honored the passing of Okjokull, its first glacier lost to climate change, as scientists warn that some 400 others on the subarctic island risk the same fate.
    (AFP, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 18, Indian authorities reimposed restrictions on movement in major parts of Kashmir's biggest city, Srinagar, after violent overnight clashes between residents and police in which dozens were injured.
    (Reuters, 8/18/19)
2019        Aug 18, In Indonesia police fired tear gas into the dormitory before arresting 43 students in Surabaya, East Java.
    (Reuters, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 18, The Iranian supertanker Adrian Darya 1, previously named Grace 1, with $130 million worth of light crude oil that the US suspects is tied to a sanctioned organization, left Gibraltar late today and headed east into the Mediterranean Sea, with its next destination reported to be Greece.
    (AP, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 18, Israeli forces opened fire at a group of Palestinian gunmen overnight as they tried to cross the Gaza border. Palestinian health officials said three of the men were killed.
    (Reuters, 8/18/19)
2019        Aug 18, In Romania a patient (38) at a psychiatric hospital beat to death five patients with a drip stand in Sapoca and wounded several more.
    (SFC, 8/20/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 18, Senegalese Jacques Diouf (81), who headed the UN food agency for 18 years, died in France following a long illness.
    (AFP, 8/18/19)
2019        Aug 18, Syrian state media and an opposition war monitor said government forces have gained more ground in the country's northwest, almost reaching the western outskirts of Khan Sheikhoun, a major rebel-held town. A car bomb killed one member of a security force and wounded two others in the Kurdish-controlled city of Qamishli.
    (AP, 8/18/19)(Reuters, 8/18/19)
2019        Aug 18, In central Turkey Emine Bulut (38) was stabbed in the neck by her former husband at a restaurant in Kirikkale. 18. A video posted on social media reportedly shows her crying: "I don't want to die" as her traumatized daughter shouts: "Mommy, please don't die." On August 23 Turkey's ruling party vowed to tackle violence against women and children.
    (AP, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 18, In western Uganda at least 19 people were killed when a fuel truck exploded after losing control and ramming into three cars. Later today 10 people were killed and four others critically injured when a speeding minivan crashed into a passenger bus on an eastern highway.
    (Reuters, 8/19/19)(AP, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 18, The UN mission in Libya condemned airstrikes by the self-styled Libyan National Army on a militia-run airport west of, Tripoli, saying the facility had no military targets.
    (AP, 8/18/19)

2019        Aug 19, The Trump administration reported the extension of a ban on the use of US passports for travel to North Korea for another year. The ban was imposed in September 2017 by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and renewed in 2018.
    (AP, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 19, US Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib sharply criticized Israel for denying them entry to the country and called on fellow members of Congress to visit while they cannot.
    (AP, 8/20/19)
2019        Aug 19, A number of US business economists appeared sufficiently concerned about the risks of some of President Donald Trump's economic policies that they expect a recession in the US by the end of 2021. A number of business CEOs said firms should serve stakeholders s well as stockholders.
    (AP, 8/19/19)(Econ, 8/24/19, p.15)
2019        Aug 19, In southern California retired administrator Steven Shek Keung Chan (57) was stabbed to death on California State University Fullerton's campus this morning, launching a manhunt for the suspect. Co-worker Chuyen Vo (51) was arrested two days later in the slaying of Chan.
    (ABC News, 8/19/19)(SFC, 8/23/19, p.A6)
2019        Aug 19, In Michigan three dogs killed 9-year-old Detroit girl Emma Hernandez as she rode a bike. One dog was shot and killed and the others were captured. The owner of the pit bulls or pit-bull mixes was taken into custody.
    (AP, 8/20/19)
2019        Aug 19, New York Police Department Commissioner James O'Neill announced the decision to fire the police officer, Daniel Pantaleo, who was seen putting Eric Garner in a chokehold in 2014 before he died.
    (ABC News, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 19, Planned Parenthood said it was withdrawing from a federal program subsidizing reproductive healthcare for low-income women after the Trump administration banned participants in the program from referring women to abortion providers.
    (Reuters, 8/20/19)
2019        Aug 19, JAMA Pediatrics, an influential medical journal, published a study that links fluoride consumption during pregnancy with lower childhood IQs—a finding that could undermine decades of public-health messaging, fire up conspiracy theorists, and alarm mothers-to-be.
    (The Daily Beast, 8/20/19)
2019        Aug 19, Walt Disney Co said it will launch its Disney+ video streaming service in Canada and the Netherlands on Nov. 12, the same date as its previously announced US launch. Disney+ will also launch in Australia and New Zealand a week later with the service priced between $6 to $8 per month in these countries.
    (Reuters, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 19, Afghanistan’s Pres. Ashraf Ghani vowed to “eliminate" all safe havens of the Islamic State group as the country marked a subdued 100th Independence Day after a horrific wedding attack claimed by the local IS affiliate.
    (AP, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 19, In Afghanistan a series of bombings struck restaurants and public squares in the eastern city of Jalalabad, wounding at least 66 people, as the country marked the 100th anniversary of its independence.
    (Reuters, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 19, The Anglo-American operator of the Amulsar gold mine in Armenia, that has been blocked for a year by environmental protesters, said the government has given it the green light to restart work after a study found it posed no threat.
    (Reuters, 8/20/19)
2019        Aug 19, It was reported that around half a billion bees died in four of Brazil’s southern states in the year’s first months. The die-off highlighted questions about the ocean of pesticides used in the country’s agriculture and whether chemicals are washing through the human food supply, even as the government considers permitting more. Most dead bees showed traces of the insecticide Fipronil.
    (Bloomberg, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 19, Britain’s PM Boris Johnson called on Germany and France to compromise on Brexit, cautioning that the United Kingdom would be ready to leave the European Union without a deal on Oct. 31 if necessary.
    (Reuters, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 19, British PM Boris Johnson wrote to EU President Donald Tusk reaffirming his desire to conclude a Brexit deal as well as his opposition to the controversial "backstop" on Ireland.
    (AFP, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 19, In Burkina Faso 24 soldiers were killed in an attack by unidentified militants on an army unit.
    (Reuters, 8/20/19)
2019        Aug 19, Chinese founder Ren Zhengfei said Huawei will spend more on production equipment this year to ensure supply continuity, cut redundant roles and demote inefficient managers as its grapples with a "live-or-die moment" in the wake of US export curbs.
    (Reuters, 8/20/19)
2019        Aug 19, Congo DRC’s Health Ministry said overnight that authorities have confirmed a new case of Ebola in the remote, militia-controlled territory of Walikale, hundreds of kilometers away from where previous cases near the border with Uganda and Rwanda occurred.
    (Reuters, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 19, An Egyptian court has sentenced six people to death on terror charges for carrying out attacks that killed at least three people, including a policeman, on the outskirts of the capital. The Giza criminal court also sentenced 41 defendants, including 28 in absentia, to life in prison. The charges stemmed from two different attacks in 2013 and 2015 in the town of Kerdasa.
    (AP, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 19, Finland's PM Antti Rinne told his British counterpart Boris Johnson that the European Union would not renegotiate the Brexit deal.
    (Reuters, 8/20/19)
2019        Aug 19, Schools reopened in Srinagar, Indian Kashmir's main city, but most classrooms were empty as parents kept their children home, fearing unrest over the government's decision two weeks ago to revoke the region's autonomy.
    (Reuters, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 19, In Indonesia thousands of Papuans took the streets of the cities of Sorong, Manokwari and Jayapura, blocking roads, damaging an airport and torching government buildings. The protests were triggered by the detention of Papuan students in the East Java city of Surabaya over accusations that they had disrespected the Indonesian flag in front of a dormitory during celebrations of Independence Day on Aug. 17.
    (Reuters, 8/20/19)
2019        Aug 19, In Laos a tour bus carrying dozens of chinese passengers crashed killing at least 13 people.
    (SFC, 8/21/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 19, The Lithuanian government said it has decided to purchase more than 4 million iodine tablets, estimated to be worth 900,000 euros ($1 million), because of plans in neighboring Belarus to launch a nuclear power plant.
    (AP, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 19, In Nepal demonstrators rallied in Kathmandu against plans to cut down millions of trees to build an int'l. airport in the southern part of the country.
    (SFC, 8/20/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 19, It was reported that Norwegian Air has agreed to sell its stake in banking company Norwegian Finans Holding for 2.22 billion crowns ($246.7 million), boosting the loss-making airline's finances and sending its shares sharply higher.
    (Reuters, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 19, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas laid off all of his advisers and ordered a former prime minister and other ex-Cabinet ministers to return tens of thousands of dollars from a pay raise he had secretly approved. Officials said Abbas would reinstate some advisers in the coming days.
    (AP, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 19, Sri Lanka's Pres. Maithripala Sirisena appointed Maj. Gen. Shavendra Silva, accused of grave human rights abuses in the final stages of its long civil war, as the country's new army chief.
    (AP, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 19, An out-of-control wildfire in Spain's Canary Islands threw flames 50 meters (160 feet) into the air, forcing emergency workers to evacuate more than 8,000 people.
    (AP, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 19, Sudan's ruling military council said the country's pro-democracy movement has asked for a delay on the announcement of a joint ruling body because of last-minute, internal disputes over the opposition appointees.
    (AP, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 19, In Syria airstrikes targeted a Turkish military convoy, killing at least three civilians, as it was heading toward a Turkish observation post in the rebel-held stronghold of Idlib.
    (AP, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 19, Turkey removed from office the elected mayors of three cities in the mostly Kurdish-populated southeast region over their alleged links to rebels, replacing them with government appointees.
    (AP, 8/19/19)
2019        Aug 19, Zimbabwe soldiers and police deployed in large numbers in the city Bulawayo to enforce a ban on an anti-government demonstration, as the country's main opposition party sought to overturn that decision in court.
    (Reuters, 8/19/19)

2019        Aug 20, President Donald Trump said that American Jewish people who vote for Democrats show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty".
    (AP, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 20, US President Donald Trump cancelled a state visit to Denmark after PM Mette Frederiksen rebuffed his interest in purchasing Greenland.
    (Reuters, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 20, US President Donald Trump said it would be "appropriate" to have Russia rejoin what used to be the G8. G7 members Germany, France, Britain quickly rebuffed Trump, noting that Russia was excluded after it annexed Ukraine's Crimea and then backed an anti-Kiev rebellion in the industrial region of Donbas in eastern Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 20, US banking regulator Joseph Otting, the Comptroller of the Currency, announced he had approved a final rule simplifying the "Volcker Rule," which restricts risky profit-seeking trades by banks. The rule is expected to be a simplified version of what regulators proposed in May 2018, after responding to bank concerns.
    (Reuters, 8/20/19)
2019        Aug 20, Rodolfo Montoya (37), cook at a Los Angeles-area hotel, was taken into custody at his Huntington Beach home after he allegedly threatened a mass shooting and stockpiled guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition at his home.
    (AP, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 20, In the SF Bay Area Tom Henderson (70), an Oakland businessman and former owner of the Tribune Tower, was indicted on charges of defrauding over 200 foreign investors of $110 million under a controversial federal cash-for-visas program. One partner, Cooper Lee (42) was arrested in in laguna Beach. A 2nd partner, Kexing Hu (40), of Ningbo, China, was not arrested.
    (SFC, 8/21/19, p.C1)
2019        Aug 20, In Georgia four female college students were wounded when a gunman opened fire into a crowd of 200 people at a block party outside a library near Clark Atlanta University. The shooter escaped in the chaos.
    (AP, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 20, Three more women sued the estate of Jeffrey Epstein in Manhattan federal court, saying they were recruited to provide massages for the financier and then sexually abused.
    (Reuters, 8/20/19)
2019        Aug 20, Philadelphia's police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. resigned amid allegations that members of his department engaged in sexual harassment and racial and gender discrimination against two women serving in the ranks.
    (AP, 8/20/19)
2019        Aug 20, Elanco Animal Health Inc said it would buy Bayer AG's animal health unit in a cash and stock deal valued at $7.6 billion, a move that would create the second largest animal health business and expand Elanco's reach in the pet e-commerce space.
    (Reuters, 8/20/19)
2019        Aug 20, Austria's plan to provide 60 million euros ($66.5 million) for the rollout of ultra-fast broadband internet services in remote rural areas of the Carinthia region won approval from the European Union.
    (Reuters, 8/20/19)
2019        Aug 20, The three members of Bosnia's multi-ethnic presidency failed to break a 10-month deadlock on forming a new government amid deep divisions over the Balkan country's bid to join NATO.
    (AP, 8/20/19)
2019        Aug 20, In Brazil a man took dozens of hostages on a bus on the 8-mile-long Rio-Niteroi bridge. Police shot him dead after a 4-hour standoff. All the hostages were freed unharmed.
    (SFC, 8/21/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 20, Egypt said its security forces have killed 11 suspected militants on a farm in El Arish in the Sinai Peninsula.
    (SFC, 8/21/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 20, The EU rejected British PM Boris Johnson's demand to scrap the Irish border backstop plan to achieve a Brexit deal, saying he had offered no workable alternative.
    (AFP, 8/20/19)
2019        Aug 20, In France shots were fired and several people injured late today as a group of assailants armed with guns and baseball bats stormed the set of a music video by controversial French rapper Booba.
    (AFP, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 20, Indonesia sent 200 more police officers to Papua and reined in internet speeds to "prevent hoaxes from spreading" as civil unrest persisted in some parts of the country's easternmost area.
    (Reuters, 8/20/19)
2019        Aug 20, Israel arrested Heba al-Labadi (32) at the Allenby Bridge crossing between Jordan and the Israeli-occupied West Bank. She was reportedly detained "because of suspicion of her involvement in serious security violations." On Sept. 26 she began a hunger strike to protest her detention without formal charges.
    (AP, 10/16/19)
2019        Aug 20, Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd said its generic version of Mylan's EpiPen for young children will be available in most retail pharmacies at a price of $300 for a 2-pack.
    (Reuters, 8/20/19)
2019        Aug 20, Luigi Di Maio, head of Italy’s ruling 5-Star Movement, signaled the imminent demise of the coalition government by thanking PM Giuseppe Conte for his time in office. PM Conte handed in his resignation after accusing his interior minister, Matteo Salvini, of putting his League party before the needs of the country.
    (Reuters, 8/20/19)(Reuters, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 20, In northwestern Syria jihadists and allied rebels withdrew from the town and countryside of Khan Sheikun, a key area in the Idlib region, as President Bashar al-Assad's forces pressed an offensive against the jihadis.
    (The Telegraph, 8/20/19)
2019        Aug 20, Turkey extended by two months a deadline for unregistered Syrian refugees in Istanbul to leave the city. Istanbul already hosts the largest number of registered Syrians, nearly 548,000, out of 3.6 million Syrian refugees who have found a home in Turkey.
    (AP, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 20, Officials from the UN refugee agency and Bangladesh's government say few Muslim Rohingya refugees have responded to plans for their repatriation to Myanmar, and all who did say they don't want to go back.
    (AP, 8/20/19)
2019        Aug 20, Southern separatists seized two Yemeni government military bases near the southern port of Aden early today. Clashes between the Southern Transitional Council (STC) forces and government troops spread to other parts of southern Yemen despite Saudi efforts to halt the conflict and refocus efforts on battling Iranian-backed rebels in northern Yemen.
    (Reuters, 8/20/19)(Bloomberg, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 20, In Yemen a US military MQ-9 drone was shot down late today in the Dhamar governate, southeast of the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa. Houthi rebels soon claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 8/21/19)(SFC, 8/22/19, p.A6)
2019        Aug 20, Zimbabwe police deployed in force to block a street protest for the third time in five days, as the main opposition party said hopes were vanishing that the government might become more tolerant of dissent than the regime it replaced.
    (Reuters, 8/20/19)

2019        Aug 21, President Donald Trump said that he’s the “chosen one" to wage a trade war with China and asserted that he’s winning.
    (Bloomberg, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 21, US Treasury officials announced new economic sanctions against three Chinese nationals and two companies suspected of producing fentanyl and shipping the drug to the US. Zheng Fujing (36), his father Zheng Guanghua (63), and Yan Xiaobing (42) were named in the action along with two Shanghai-based entities, Qinsheng Pharmaceutical Technology and another group referred to in the announcement as the Zheng Drug Trafficking Organization.
    (South China Morning Post, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 21, California announced a deal with four automakers that would increase vehicle fuel efficiency and defy the Trump administration’s plan to ease tailpipe emissions standards. In response, the president vented his frustration on Twitter.
    (Yahoo News, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 21, In Minnesota former NFL player Barry Bennett (63) and his wife Carol Bennett (63) were found dead in their rural Long Prairie. Days later police in Mexico arrested their son Dylan John Bennett (22) as a suspect in the killings, believed to have taken place on Aug. 19.
    (ABC News, 8/24/19)
2019        Aug 21, Texas executed Larry Swearingen (48) by lethal injection for the 1998 killing of Melissa Trotter (19). Swearingen maintained his innocense and had argued that his conviction was based on junk science.
    (SFC, 8/22/19, p.A7)
2019        Aug 21, PM Scott Morrison said Australia has agreed to a request from the United States to join a coalition of countries protecting oil tankers and cargo ships from threats posed by Iran in the Straits of Hormuz.
    (Reuters, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 21, A Bangladeshi refugee official said the heads of some 200 Rohingya families interviewed by officials from the UN refugee agency and the government have told them they will not go back to Myanmar unless their demands for citizenship and safety are ensured.
    (AP, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 21, Far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro followed the authoritarian playbook when he claimed, without evidence, that non-governmental organizations and environmental groups caused the forest fires currently destroying large swathes of the Amazon rainforest.
    (he National Interest, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 21, In China a parliament spokesman said limiting marriage to a relationship between a man and a woman will remain China's legal position, ruling out following neighboring Taiwan in allowing same-sex marriage, despite pressure from activists.
    (Reuters, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 21, It was reported that Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has ratified a controversial bill that amends a notorious law regulating local as well as international NGOs working in the country. Under the new law, local NGOs must notify the government of any potential foreign funding.
    (AP, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 21, The European Union took a stance against “killer robots" when the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for an international ban on the development, production and use of weapons that kill without a human deciding to fire. A Dutch report this week said Amazon, Microsoft and Intel are among leading tech companies putting the world at risk through killer robot development.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y3f63vqh)(AFP, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 21, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government agreed to exempt most taxpayers from the solidarity tax that was introduced after the county's reunification.
    (Reuters, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 21, Greece said it won't endanger its relations with the United States by aiding an Iranian supertanker sought by the US but released by Gibraltar that's currently in the Mediterranean Sea, believed heading for a Greek port.
    (AP, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 21, Hong Kong-based Bank of East Asia Ltd (BEA) warned that weeks of protests in Hong Kong could hit the economies of the Chinese-ruled city and mainland China itself as hundreds of demonstrators held a sit-in at the subway site of a midsummer mob attack.
    (Reuters, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 21, In Hungary three South Korean citizens died in an accident late today, when the car in which they were travelling was hit by a train.
    (Reuters, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 21, Ireland's high court granted Ryanair an injunction to prevent its Dublin-based pilots from going on strike this week in a setback to union hopes for a wave of industrial action against Europe's biggest budget airline.
    (Reuters, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 21, Israeli authorities in Jerusalem carried out the court-ordered demolition of what the municipality said was an illegally built Palestinian home in the city's eastern sector.
    (AP, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 21, Japan and South Korea agreed on the need for dialogue to resolve a feud over compensating Korean wartime workers that has spilled into trade, and put a deep chill on ties between Washington's two biggest Asian allies.
    (Reuters, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 21, Mexico’s Economy Minister Graciela Marquez said Mexican tomato producers have reached a deal with the US government to avoid an anti-dumping investigation, ending a testy tariff dispute that had rumbled on for months.
    (Reuters, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 21, Myanmar government officials said more than 2,000 people have been forced to flee from their homes, and 19 have been killed, since fighting broke out between government troops and ethnic minority insurgents in the north last week.
    (Reuters, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 21, It was reported that Qatar has withdrawn its support of China for detaining millions of Uighur Muslims, in a fresh split among Islamic states over how to approach the mass persecution by the world’s rising superpower.
    (The Telegraph, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 21, Human Rights Watch said the Saudi-led coalition carried out at least five deadly attacks on Yemeni fishing boats in 2018, killing at least 47 fisherman including seven children.
    (SFC, 8/22/19, p.A6)
2019        Aug 21, South Africa's Equality Court restricted the display of the country's old apartheid-era flag, ruling that its gratuitous use amounts to hate speech and racial discrimination.
    (AP, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 21, In Sudan ten of eleven military and civilian members of the new ruling body, the Sovereign Council, were sworn in at the presidential palace in Khartoum. One member of the Sovereign Council will be sworn in at a later date.
    (Reuters, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 21, In Sudan Abdalla Hamdok, an economist who’s worked for the United Nations and African Development Bank and the opposition’s choice for the premiership, took the oath of office as the first prime minister since President Omar al-Bashir’s overthrow. Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan (59) was sworn in before the country's top judge and will lead the 11-member Sovereign Council for 21 months, followed by a civilian leader appointed by the pro-democracy movement for the next 18.
    (Bloomberg, 8/22/19)(AP, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 21, In Syria residents, rights groups and opposition sources said tens of thousands of people have fled to the Turkish border in the last few days as the Syrian army pushed a major advance further into the opposition's last major stronghold.
    (Reuters, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 21, Thai chemicals company Indorama Ventures said it has committed $1.5 billion of investment in recycling as consumers become more aware of the environmental impact of single-use plastic and regulators push for more recycling.
    (AP, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 21, The UN World Health Organization said the levels of microplastics in drinking water don't appear to be risky, but that research has been spotty and more is needed into their effects on the environment and health.
    (AP, 8/22/19)

2019        Aug 22, US Department of Agriculture data showed that China snapped up a small volume of US soybeans last week after pledging to halt purchases of American farm products due to the escalating trade war between Washington and Beijing.
    (Reuters, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 22, The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said Deutsche Bank has agreed to pay more than $16 million to settle charges that it violated US corruption laws by hiring relatives of foreign government officials in order to win or retain business.
    (Reuters, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 22, DoorDash Inc., a San Francisco–based on-demand food delivery service, promised workers an increase in their minimum base pay.
    (SFC, 8/24/19, p.D2)
2019        Aug 22, In Florida Gary Ray Bowles (57), a serial killer who preyed on older, gay men during an eight-month spree that left six dead on or near the US East Coast a quarter century ago, was executed. Bowles had received the death penalty for the November 1994 murder of Walter Hinton in Jacksonville Beach.
    (AP, 8/22/19)(SFC, 8/24/19, p.A6)
2019        Aug 22, Nebraska's highest court lifted one of the last major hurdles for the Keystone XL pipeline when it rejected another attempt to derail the project by opponents who wanted to force the developer to reapply for state approval.
    (AP, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 22, Interpol issued a red notice for Seuxis Paucias Hernandez, a fugitive Colombian lawmaker and former FARC rebel commander who the United States wants extradited for alleged conspiracy to export 10 tons of cocaine. Colombian President Ivan Duque has said Hernandez may have fled to neighboring Venezuela.
    (Reuters, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 22, In Bangladesh no Rohingya Muslims staying in crowded refugee camps turned up for a planned repatriation to Myanmar because they want to be guaranteed safety and citizenship first.
    (AP, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 22, A Bosnian-Dutch film won the top award at 25th Sarajevo Film Festival. "Take Me Somewhere Nice" by Bosnian director Ena Sendijarevic won the 16,000 euros ($17,736) Heart of Sarajevo award.
    (Reuters, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 22, A study published in the British journal Lancet reported that a cheap daily pill that combines four drugs cut the risk of heart attacks, strokes and heart failure in a large study, suggesting it could be a good way to help prevent heart problems especially in poor countries.
    (AP, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 22, Britain and South Korea signed a continuity deal to ensure the two nations continue to trade on preferential terms after Britain leaves the EU.
    (Bloomberg, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 22, Czech Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar said the Czech Republic will buy 12 military helicopters from US maker Bell in a deal priced at 14.5 billion crowns ($622 million).
    (Reuters, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 22, Paris and the UN called for the protection of the fire-plagued Amazon rainforest as Brazil's right-wing president accused his French counterpart of having a "colonialist mentality" over the issue.
    (AFP, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 22, French insurer AXA said electric luxury cars and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) may be 40% more likely to cause accidents than their standard engine counterparts, possibly because drivers are still getting used to their quick acceleration.
    (Reuters, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 22, A French union representative said BNP Paribas plans to cut around 500 jobs at its securities services arm, as the bank seeks to reduce costs and retain competitiveness.
    (Reuters, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 22, In Germany the state court in Dresden convicted Syrian asylum-seeker Alaa S. (24) of manslaughter and dangerous bodily harm in the killing last August 26 of Daniel Hillig. An Iraqi suspect in the case was still being sought on an international arrest warrant.
    (AP, 8/22/19)(SFC, 8/23/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 22, The ferry KM Santika Nusantara, travelling between Indonesia's second-largest city of Surabaya and the town of Balikpapan on Borneo island, caught fire this evening. Rescuers found three people dead and evacuated 300 from the blazing wreckage off the coast of Java island.
    (Reuters, 8/24/19)
2019        Aug 22, Iran unveiled its new home-grown air defence system. The Bavar-373 is the Islamic republic's first domestically produced long-range missile defence system.
    (AFP, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 22, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency said two lawmakers have been arrested for unspecified actions described as "disrupting" the country's car market. Fereydoun Ahmadi and Mohammad Azizi were initially taken to the Evin prison in Tehran but they were later released for about $85,000 in bail.
    (AP, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 22, Kosovo lawmakers voted to dissolve parliament, paving the way for a parliamentary election after Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj resigned last month.
    (Reuters, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 22, The Palestinian Authority said it has reached an agreement with Israel to restore some of the much-needed tax funds withheld by Israel in recent months.
    (AP, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 22, In southern Poland a sudden thunderstorm hit the Tatra Mountains, killing five and injuring over 150 people.
    (AP, 8/23/19)(SFC, 8/23/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 22, It was reported that a new directive in Portugal says transgender children can make choices that correspond with their gender identity, including choosing a bathroom, wearing a girl's or boy's school uniform or using their new gender name. They can only officially change their gender at 16.
    (AP, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 22, In Russia Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi signed energy and security agreements with Pres. Vladimir Putin in the first visit by a leader from the southern African state in two decades.
    (AFP, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 22, It was reported that Russian state oil major Rosneft has become the main trader of Venezuelan crude, shipping oil to buyers in China and India and helping Caracas offset the loss of traditional dealers who are avoiding it for fear of breaching US sanctions.
    (Reuters, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 22, The president of Jubbaland, a Somali region critical to East Africa's fight against al Shabaab militants, won a new term, amid a growing rift between the federal government and its semi-autonomous states.
    (Reuters, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 22, South Korea said it will terminate its military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan amid intensifying trade and diplomatic disputes with Tokyo.
    (The Telegraph, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 22, In Sudan fighting in Port Sudan, in the Red Sea province, erupted between the Bani Amer tribe and the displaced Nuba tribe.
    (AP, 8/27/19)
2019        Aug 22, In Switzerland countries voted overwhelmingly to regulate international trade in giraffes, an endangered species, and in their body parts, overcoming objections by southern African states and drawing praise from conservationists. The provisional decision, taken in a key committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), was expected to be endorsed at a plenary next week.
    (Reuters, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 22, Syrian authorities opened a "humanitarian corridor" so civilians from a besieged, rebel-held area in the north of Hama province can leave and move to parts of the country controlled by the government. Meanwhile, government warplanes carried out an airstrike close to a Turkish military post in northwestern Syria, raising tensions between the two neighbors.
    (AP, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 22, A Uganda official said non-governmental organizations have been told to submit financial information including budgets and donor lists to the authorities.
    (Reuters, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 22, Ukraine's president backed leading European powers in opposing the readmission of Russia to the Group of Seven advanced economies, saying Moscow still occupied Crimea and was frustrating peace in eastern Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 8/22/19)
2019        Aug 22, The UN Security Council held an open meeting at Russia's request on a US missile test that would have been banned under a treaty that both Washington and Moscow abandoned earlier this month.
    (AP, 8/21/19)
2019        Aug 22, A UN report charged that sexual violence carried out by Myanmar's security forces against the country's Muslim Rohingya minority was so widespread and severe that it demonstrates intent to commit genocide as well as warrants prosecution for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
    (AP, 8/22/19)

2019        Aug 23, President Donald Trump reacted furiously after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell linked the trade war with China to risks to the US economy, asking whether the man he handpicked to run the US central bank was a greater "enemy" than Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
    (Reuters, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, US President Donald Trump announced that Washington will impose an additional 5% duty the Chinese goods, hours after Beijing announced its latest retaliatory tariffs on about $75 billion worth of US goods.
    (Reuters, 8/24/19)
2019        Aug 23, The US and Japan agreed on a broad framework for a trade deal that will keep US tariffs on Japanese automobiles in place for now, while removing barriers to beef and pork exports to Japan.
    (Bloomberg, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, In California Gustavo Araujo Lerma (64), an avowed Republican activist and supporter of US President Donald Trump, was found guilty in Sacramento of identity theft and five counts of alien voter fraud. Lerma was born in Mexico but lived in the US illegally for more than 20 years.
    (Reuters, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, Illinois state Trooper Nicholas Hopkins (33) of Waterloo, a 10-year veteran of the force, was wounded during an exchange of gunfire while serving a search warrant at an East St. Louis home. Police surrounded the home and arrested three people. Hopkins soon died at a hospital.
    (AP, 8/24/19)(SSFC, 8/25/19, p.A10)
2019        Aug 23, In Indiana 16-year-old Nicholas Nelson and his 15-year-old sister, Ashlynn Nelson were shot and killed by a 15-year-old boy.
    (AP, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 23, In Missouri a girl (8) was killed and three others injured in a shooting near a St. Louis high school, bringing the number of children killed by gunfire in the city to at least a dozen since June. Several people were detained for questioning.
    (AP, 8/25/19)
2019        Aug 23, US billionaire industrialist David Koch (79) died in Southampton, NY. He was a driving force behind conglomerate Koch Industries and as one of the world's richest people became a major financier of conservative causes and political candidates. David Koch and his brother Charles each had an estimated net worth of $50.5 billion.
    (Reuters, 8/23/19)(SFC, 8/24/19, p.A7)
2019        Aug 23, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said the army may be enlisted to help combat fires sweeping through the Amazon rainforest, as international condemnation and calls for tough action to quell the unfolding crisis continued to mount.
    (Reuters, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, A London judge ordered the confiscation of bitcoin and other digital currencies worth nearly $1 million from a prolific computer hacker, in the first case of its kind for Britain's biggest police force.
    (Reuters, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, China unveiled retaliatory tariffs against about $75 billion worth of US goods, marking the latest escalation of a protracted trade dispute between the world's two largest economies. Tariffs of 5% or 10% on a total of 5,078 products originating from the United States included agricultural products, crude oil, small aircraft and cars. Tariffs on some products would take effect on Sept. 1 and others on Dec. 15.
    (Reuters, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, In China Yang Hengjun (53), a Chinese-born Australian writer, was formally arrested on suspicion of espionage. The former Chinese diplomat turned online journalist and blogger has been held in China since January amid growing diplomatic tension between Canberra and Beijing.
    (AP, 8/27/19)
2019        Aug 23, Chinese technology giant Huawei said the impact of US trade restrictions on its business will be less than what it initially feared, though the curbs could push its smartphone unit's revenue lower by about $10 billion this year.
    (Reuters, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, Finland, which currently holds the presidency of the EU, raised the idea of banning Brazilian meat imports in response to Bolsonaro’s lax stewardship of the Amazon.
    (Bloomberg, 8/24/19)
2019        Aug 23, Aids of Pres. Emmanuel Macron said France will now block the Mercosur (Free Trade Agreement with the EU. Macron has accused his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro of lying to him at the G20 summit earlier this year on Brazil's stance on climate change. Brazilian federal experts have reported a record number of wildfires across the country this year, up 84 percent over the same period in 2018.
    (The Telegraph, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, France delayed the planned signing of a pledge by Internet platforms to fight hate speech online amid pressure from the United States. A French minister said that he was still hopeful the US will join the initiative.
    (Reuters, 8/24/19)
2019        Aug 23, In France major fashion companies from around the world said they had signed a pact which they would present at this week's G7 summit to help protect the environment.
    (Reuters, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, In Germany 40-year-old victim from Georgia was shot by a cyclist, who was captured shortly afterward and identified as a 48-year-old Russian man. Russia later denied any involvement.
    (AP, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 23, Germany-based Volkswagen AG said it is recalling 679,000 US vehicles sold since 2011 that could roll away because of an electrical issue.
    (Reuters, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, Thousands of chanting Hong Kong protesters joined peaceful "Baltic Chain" links of hands, with almost three months of anti-government demonstrations showing no sign of let-up across the Chinese-ruled territory. In 1989, an estimated two million people joined arms across the three Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in a protest against Soviet rule that became known as the "Baltic Way" or "Baltic Chain".
    (Reuters, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, The Iranian-flagged Adrian Darya 1 switched its destination to the Turkish port city of Mersin, located just 150 km from the border with Syria this evening. The ship had previously stated its destination as being Kalamata in Greece, a port that is too small to accommodate a ship of that size.
    (Bloomberg, 8/24/19)
2019        Aug 23, Iran-based Grand Ayatollah Kazim al-Haeri, a leading Shiite Muslim cleric followed by some Iraqi militants, issued a public religious edict forbidding the presence of US troops in Iraq.
    (AP, 8/24/19)
2019        Aug 23, In Iraq a motorcycle rigged with explosives went off near a Shiite mosque south of Baghdad this evening, killing three people and wounding 34. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.
    (AP, 8/24/19)
2019        Aug 23, An explosion at the Ein Bubin water spring near the Dolev West Bank settlement killed Rina Schnerb (17), an Israeli girl, and wounded her brother (21) and father (46). Israel said this was a Palestinian attack. Shin Bet launched a massive manhunt following the attack. The Shin Bet later identified Samer Arbeed (44) as the mastermind of the attack and the bombmaker. It said Qassem Barghouti (22) took part in the bombing and other attacks, and that Walid Hanatsheh (51) was a senior commander in the group's armed wing. Arbeed's interrogators beat him for 36 hours, leaving him with kidney failure and 11 broken rib. Lawyers and family members of the three main suspects said they were tortured to the point of being hospitalized.
    (AP, 8/23/19)(SFC, 8/24/19, p.A2)(AP, 2/9/20)
2019        Aug 23, Authorities intensified patrols in Indian-controlled Kashmir's main city after posters appeared calling for a public march to a United Nations office to protest New Delhi's tightened grip on the disputed region.
    (AP, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, North Korea's foreign minister called US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a "poisonous plant of American diplomacy" and vowed to "shutter the absurd dream" that sanctions will force a change in Pyongyang.
    (AP, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, In North Macedonia a migrant from Bangladesh (20) was killed and 12 others injured when a van packed with migrants collided with a truck late today on the main highway in the south. The van driver ran away from the scene.
    (AP, 8/24/19)
2019        Aug 23, Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered disciplinary action against a judge who convicted former premier Nawaz Sharif, effectively giving a boost to Sharif's appeal against a seven-year jail term for corruption.
    (Reuters, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military to work out a quid pro quo response after the test of a new US missile banned under a now-defunct arms treaty.
    (AP, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was freed from prison where he had served 30 days for encouraging a protest calling for free elections. His first statement upon release was to predict that opposition to President Vladimir Putin and protests against the authorities would only grow.
    (Reuters, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, A Moscow court ruled to keep American Paul Whelan, suspected of spying, in prison for two more months. Whelan has publicly complained of poor prison conditions and has said his life is in danger. Whelan looked pale and sick when his prison guards brought him to Lefortovo court. He said he had been beaten and is suffering from a hernia.
    (AP, 8/23/19)(The Daily Beast, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, Russia opened a showroom selling its first post-Soviet luxury limousine under the Aurus brand, a type of car used by President Vladimir Putin at his inauguration last year. It was priced at 18 million rubles ($274,000).
    (Reuters, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, Scotland's University of Glasgow said it would spend 20 million pounds ($24.4 million) to make amends for the historic financial support it received from people who profited from the slave trade.
    (Reuters, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, South African authorities impounded an Airbus 220-300 aircraft leased by Tanzania's national flag carrier.
    (Reuters, 8/24/19)
2019        Aug 23, South Korea said it will share military intelligence with Japan through the United States after terminating a pact that enabled the two key Washington allies to exchange such information directly.
    (AFP, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, Syrian state TV said President Bashar Assad's troops have seized control of a string of villages in the northern countryside of Hama province, completing their takeover of the formerly rebel-held region just south of Idlib province for the first time since 2012.
    (AP, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, In Tunisia Nabil Karoui, a media magnate considered to be a leading candidate in presidential elections, was jailed along with his brother on allegations of tax evasion and money laundering. Supporters of Karoui accused PM Youssef Chahed of plotting against the tycoon.
    (SSFC, 8/25/19, p.A6)
2019        Aug 23, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Russia's Vladimir Putin that Syrian army attacks in northwest Syria are causing a humanitarian crisis and threaten Turkey's national security.
    (Reuters, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, A Turkish offensive entered its third phase in which troops aimed to destroy PKK caves and shelters in the Sinat-Haftanin region of Iraq
    (AP, 8/25/19)
2019        Aug 23, Uganda said it had blocked online access to Rwanda's main state-owned newspaper on national security grounds, two days after the countries signed a pact to end tensions that closed their busiest border crossing for six months.
    (Reuters, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, UN special rapporteur Philip Alston challenged Malaysia's claim to have nearly ended poverty, saying there was "significant poverty" with an estimated one in six people in the Southeast Asian country considered poor.
    (AP, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, UNICEF said more than 9,000 schools have closed and more than 1.9 million children in West and Central Africa have been forced out of school because of increasing violence in the region and attacks specifically targeting education facilities.
    (AP, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, The World Health Organization's emergencies chief said the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo is approaching a "stark" milestone with nearly 2,000 people killed by the virus in the year-long epidemic.
    (AP, 8/23/19)
2019        Aug 23, Yemeni security officials said forces loyal to Yemen's internationally recognized government have taken full control of Ataq, a key southern city, after overnight clashes with separatists there. Ataq was previously divided between the government forces of Saudi-backed President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and a separatist militia, trained and armed by the United Arab Emirates.
    (AP, 8/23/19)

2019        Aug 24, US federal officials said more than 40 wild burros have been found shot and killed along I-5 near the California-Nevada line.
    (SSFC, 8/25/19, p.A12)
2019        Aug 24, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced a new state commission to review educational standards for teaching black history in the state.
    (SSFC, 8/25/19, p.A10)
2019        Aug 24, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said he’s sending troops to battle fires roaring through vast expanses of the Amazon as President Donald Trump offered US support to combat the disaster. Brazil said about 44,000 Brazilian troops were planned to deploy.
    (AP, 8/24/19)(SSFC, 8/25/19, p.A6)
2019        Aug 24, In Canada Dragons' Den and Shark Tank star Kevin O'Leary was involved in a boat crash that resulted in two deaths. The incident happened late today on Lake Joseph, in the Muskoka area of Ontario.
    (Reuters, 8/29/19)
2019        Aug 24, China said it strongly opposes Washington's decision to levy additional tariffs on $550 billion worth of Chinese goods and warned the United States of consequences if it does not end its "wrong actions".
    (Reuters, 8/24/19)
2019        Aug 24, Ethiopia's state broadcaster reported that parliament has approved an electoral and political parties draft bill, paving the way for national elections next year, the first to be held under reformist PM Abiy Ahmed.
    (Reuters, 8/24/19)
2019        Aug 24, In France thousands of anti-globalization and environmental activists joined yellow vest protesters and Basque separatists near the coastal resort of Biarritz to demand action from G7 and other world leaders set to meet there.
    (Reuters, 8/24/19)
2019        Aug 24, In Germany thousands of people attended a protest against racism in Dresden, the capital of Saxony state, two weeks ahead of state elections.
    (SSFC, 8/25/19, p.A6)
2019        Aug 24, Hong Kong police fired volleys of tear gas to break up anti-government protests in a gritty industrial suburb after activists threw petrol bombs and bricks. China freed British consulate worker Simon Cheng whose 15-day detention had fuelled tensions.
    (Reuters, 8/24/19)
2019        Aug 24, Indian PM Narendra Modi received the Order of Zayed, the United Arab Emirates' highest civilian honor, during a visit to the oil-rich Gulf nation, reinforcing ties between the countries even as he pursues stripping statehood from the disputed Muslim-majority region of Kashmir.
    (AP, 8/24/19)
2019        Aug 24, Arun Jaitley (66), the former Indian finance minister and one of PM Narendra Modi’s closest associates, died in a New Delhi hospital, nearly two weeks after he was admitted following breathing difficulties.
    (Reuters, 8/24/19)
2019        Aug 24, Israel bombed Iranian forces in Syria. One Iranian and two fighters from Hezbollah, the Shiite Lebanese militia backed by Iran, were killed in the airstrike in Aqraba, south-east of Damascus late today.
    (The Telegraph, 8/25/19)
2019        Aug 24, Mexican journalist Nevith Condes Jaramillo was found dead with stab wounds in the Tejupilco municipality about 75 miles from Mexico City, adding to a growing list of reporter deaths in one of the world's most dangerous countries for the press.
    (Reuters, 8/24/19)
2019        Aug 24, Nauru President Baron Waqa was voted out of office in the tiny South Pacific island nation after six years in power.
    (Reuters, 8/25/19)
2019        Aug 24, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un guided a test fire of a newly developed super-large multiple rocket launcher. Two suspected short-range ballistic missiles were fired off its east coast in the seventh weapons launch in a month, a day after it vowed to remain America's biggest threat in protest of US-led sanctions on the country. US Pres. Donald Trump downplayed the latest launch.
    (AP, 8/24/19)(Bloomberg, 8/24/19)
2019        Aug 24, Russia test-fired Sineva and Bulava ballistic missiles from two submarines from the polar region of the Arctic Ocean and from the Barents Sea as part of combat training.
    (Reuters, 8/24/19)
2019        Aug 24, A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a humanoid robot, the FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research), failed to dock with the International Space Station (ISS). Officials planned to attempt the docking on August 26.
    (Reuters, 8/24/19)
2019        Aug 24, In Syria a car bomb exploded in the rebel-held city of Idlib. One person was reported killed and some others wounded. Air strikes hit its outskirts in a government offensive on the last major opposition bastion.
    (Reuters, 8/24/19)
2019        Aug 24, In Syria a heavily fortified Turkish observation post in the northwestern village of Morek stood surrounded on all sides by Syrian troops, a testament to the rapid advance of Pres. Bashar Assad's forces in the northwest over the past three weeks as rebel defenses collapsed.
    (AP, 8/24/19)
2019        Aug 24, Taiwan braced for typhoon Bailu, shutting businesses and schools as airlines cancelled hundreds of flights amid warnings of landslides, floods and high seas on the island.
    (Reuters, 8/24/19)
2019        Aug 24, Yemeni forces loyal to the country's internationally recognized government wrested control of a military camp from a separatist militia backed by the United Arab Emirates just outside Ataq, the capital of oil-rich Shabwa province.
    (AP, 8/24/19)

2019        Aug 25, President Donald Trump said he and Japan's PM Shinzo Abe had agreed on the principles of a trade deal that would probably be signed next month in New York.
    (Reuters, 8/25/19)
2019        Aug 25, US President Donald Trump said the prospects for a deal with China are better now than at any time since negotiations began last year, even as a top state-media editor in Beijing questioned his version of events.
    (Bloomberg, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 25, Joe Walsh (57), a conservative former US congressman from Illinois turned talk show host, became the second Republican to challenge President Donald Trump for the party's 2020 White House nomination.
    (Reuters, 8/25/19)
2019        Aug 25, Earth Alliance, an initiative founded by Leonardo DiCaprio with philanthropists Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth, launched a $5-million emergency fund to help preserve the Amazon rain forest.
    (Reuters, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 25, Australian officials said the government will block access to internet domains hosting terrorist material during crisis events and will consider legislation to force digital platforms to improve the safety of their services.
    (Reuters, 8/25/19)
2019        Aug 25, In Bangladesh tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees marked the second anniversary of their exodus from Myanmar into Bangladesh by rallying, crying and praying as they demanded that Myanmar grant them citizenship and other rights before they agree to return.
    (AP, 8/25/19)
2019        Aug 25, US President Donald Trump backed British PM Boris Johnson as the "right man" for Brexit and sent mixed signals about his trade war with China at a G7 summit in France dominated by worries about the global economy.
    (AFP, 8/25/19)
2019        Aug 25, British PM Boris Johnson said he and President Donald Trump were "gung-ho" about a post-Brexit trade deal but cautioned the United States would be tough negotiators and that he would not rush talks.
    (AP, 8/25/19)
2019        Aug 25, A British official said Pm Boris Johnson has told European Council President Donald Tusk that Britain would be leaving the EU on Oct. 31 whatever the circumstances. PM Boris Johnson said that if Britain leaves the EU without a deal, it will no longer legally owe the 39 billion pound ($47.88 billion) divorce bill agreed by his predecessor Theresa May. Johnson has said Britain would pay less than 10 billion pounds of the settlement if it leaves without a deal.
    (Reuters, 8/25/19)
2019        Aug 25, In Croatia a migrant died after a van carrying 12 of them plunged into a river early today near the border with Slovenia. The driver, presumably a migrant smuggler, managed to get out of the sinking vehicle, fleeing into a nearby minefield.
    (AP, 8/25/19)
2019        Aug 25, French President Emmanuel Macron said he had not been given a formal mandate from G7 leaders to pass messages to Iran, but that he would continue to hold talks with Tehran in the coming weeks to defuse tensions.
    (Reuters, 8/25/19)
2019        Aug 25, G7 leaders meeting in France said they are preparing to help Brazil battle fires burning across the Amazon region and repair the damage as tens of thousands of soldiers got ready to join the fight against blazes that have caused global alarm.
    (AP, 8/25/19)
2019        Aug 25, Ferdinand Karl Piech, Volkswagen AG's former chairman and chief executive, died. He had transformed the German company from a struggling midsized carmaker into a global automotive powerhouse.
    (Reuters, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 25, Hong Kong police fired tear gas and water cannon amid running battles with brick-throwing protesters in driving rain after violent clashes a day earlier in which police fired tear gas for the first time in more than a week. Hong Kong's police said they arrested 29 people after clashes overnight.
    (Reuters, 8/25/19)
2019        Aug 25, In Iraq two unidentified drones killed two Iraqi members of an Iran-backed paramilitary force near the border with Syria. The attack targeted vehicles belonging to the Hezbollah Brigades faction, also known as Brigade 45.
    (AP, 8/25/19)
2019        Aug 25, Lebanese and Hezbollah officials said two Israeli drones crashed in a Hezbollah stronghold in the Lebanese capital overnight. They said the first fell on the roof of a building housing the group's media office while the second landed in a plot behind it. Israeli aircraft continued to violate Lebanese airspace, flying low over Beirut hours after the drones had crashed, raising fears of a wider conflict.
    (AP, 8/25/19)
2019        Aug 25, In Macao a pro-Beijing panel chose businessman Ho Iat-seng to be the next chief executive of the former Portuguese colony. Ho will be the city's third leader since China took control in 1999.
    (SFC, 8/26/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 25, A Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen downed a drone that the Iran-aligned group has said they launched in the direction of a Saudi airbase. Saudi Arabia intercepted six missiles fired by Yemeni rebels at the southern city of Jizan, as the insurgents escalated cross-border attacks.
    (Reuters, 8/25/19)(AFP, 8/25/19)
2019        Aug 25, Seven people, including a minor, were killed in a collision between a helicopter and a light plane on the Spanish island of Mallorca. Four of the seven people who died in a midair collision between a sightseeing helicopter and a small plane over the Spanish island of Mallorca were German citizens.
    (Reuters, 8/25/19)(AP, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 25, Sudan's new PM Abdalla Hamdok said in an interview that ending his country's international pariah status and drastically cutting military spending are prerequisites for rescuing the nation's faltering economy. Police said clashes between two tribes in the eastern city of Port Sudan have killed 37 people in three days.
    (AP, 8/26/19)(AP, 8/27/19)
2019        Aug 25, In Switzerland countries at a CITES meeting on the global wildlife trade agreed to strengthen protections for 18 threatened species of sharks and rays, including those whose fins are prized for making Chinese soups.
    (Reuters, 8/25/19)
2019        Aug 25, Turkey's official news agency reported that three Turkish soldiers were killed in northern Iraq in clashes with Kurdish militants.
    (AP, 8/25/19)
2019        Aug 25, In Yemen clashes between government forces and separatists backed by the United Arab Emirates killed at least nine people.
    (SFC, 8/26/19, p.A2)

2019        Aug 26, US President Donald Trump offered an olive branch to China after days of intense feuding over trade and opened the door to diplomacy on Iran, easing tension on the last day of a strained G7 summit.
    (Reuters, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 26, US Pres. Donald Trump failed to attend a meeting about climate change and biodiversity attended by other world leaders at the G7. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the world faces "a dramatic climate emergency." He urged leaders at a Sept. 23 summit in New York to agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than they promised in the 2015 Paris climate accord. Guterres said that Greenland's ice cap was melting "dramatically" and that 2015 through 2019 were "the five hottest years on record".
    (AP, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 26, US President Donald Trump said that he had agreed to the Iranian foreign minister flying in for a G7 summit and insisted he was not seeking regime change in Tehran -- a change of tone that could lower tensions.
    (AFP, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 26, Arizona couple Blane Barksdale (56) and Susan Barksdale (59), suspected of murder, apparently overpowered guards and escaped a transport vehicle n USA bringing them across the country and evaded a two-day manhunt. The Barksdales were arrested May 24 near Rochester, New York, on suspicion of first-degree murder and other crimes. On Sept. 11 the US Marshals Service in Arizona announced that Blane and Susan Barksdale were in custody but provided no details.
    (AP, 8/28/19)(AP, 9/12/19)
2019        Aug 26, Newark, New Jersey, announced a plan to cut the time it will take to replace pipes that are causing elevated lead levels in drinking water. The city will borrow $120 million an reduce pipline work to under 30 months.
    (SFC, 8/27/19, p.A4)
2019        Aug 26, In North Carolina federal prosecutors announced long sentences for the wife and mother of a jailed man. All three pleaded guilty to trafficking underage girls for sex to raise money for Zerrell Fuentes’ bond. Brianna Leshay Wright was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sex trafficking a minor. Her mother-in-law, Tanya Fuentes, was sentenced to two years for conspiracy.
    (AP, 8/27/19)
2019        Aug 26, In Ohio a suspect in a stabbing stole a police SUV and crashed it into a van carrying children, killing two girls (6). In all, 10 people, including the suspect, were sent to hospitals. The suspect had been released on parole two weeks earlier.
    (AP, 8/27/19)(SFC, 8/28/19, p.A6)
2019        Aug 26, An Oklahoma judge ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $572.1 million to the state for its part in fueling an opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing addictive painkillers, a sum that was substantially less than investors had expected, driving up J&J's shares.
    (Reuters, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 26, Amgen Inc said it would buy Celgene Corp's psoriasis drug Otezla for $13.4 billion in cash, clearing the way for Bristol-Myers Squibb to go ahead with its $74 billion deal for Celgene.
    (Reuters, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 26, British shale gas exploration firm Cuadrilla said another earth tremor has occurred near its fracking site in northwest England, bigger than a 2011 quake which suspended operations at the site for seven years.
    (Reuters, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 26, It was reported that Chile was facing one of its driest years in six decades. The goverment has declared an agricultural emergency to try to fast-track relief measures.
    (SFC, 8/26/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 26, China said the US government can do more to reduce demand for fentanyl and should stop shifting the blame onto others, in another riposte to Trump administration criticism that China is not helping resolve the drug problem.
    (Reuters, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 26, China said it was relaxing drug laws to give greater leniency to people who import small amounts of medicines unapproved in China but sold legally overseas.
    (Reuters, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 26, In China the Unirule Institute of Economics, which advocated free-market economic theories and is well known in US academic circles, said it has decided to shut down after district officials in Beijing declared that it was operating without authorization.
    (Bloomberg, 8/27/19)
2019        Aug 26, Costco Wholesale Corp was forced to shut its first store in China early on its opening day, after large crowds flocked through the door and caused traffic jams in the Shanghai neighborhood.
    (Reuters, 8/27/19)
2019        Aug 26, Congo's PM Illunga Illunkamba announced a new government, eight months after President Felix Tshisekedi's election victory, with about two thirds of posts going to allies of former president Joseph Kabila.
    (Reuters, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 26, It was reported that French and US negotiators have reached a compromise agreement on France's digital tax, a levy which prompted US President Donald Trump to threaten a separate tax on French wine imports.
    (Reuters, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 26, France issued a short statement at the end of a meeting of G7 leaders on several issues, but it was not a communique along the lines of those usually drawn up at the annual summit, reflecting divisions.
    (Reuters, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 26, PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Greece is fully lifting its remaining capital controls, in a move signaling the economy's continuing return to stability after the tumult of three international bailouts since 2010.
    (Reuters, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 26, Hong Kong’s government said that illegal violence is pushing the city to the brink of great danger, after a weekend of clashes that included the first gun-shot and the arrest of 86 people, the youngest just 12.
    (Reuters, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 26, Indonesia revealed the long-awaited site for its new $33-billion capital on the forested island of Borneo to replace the crowded, polluted megacity of Jakarta, which is slowly sinking into the sea.
    (Reuters, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 26, In Indonesia thousands of Papuans staged another series of rallies in several towns of the easternmost region, after protests that erupted last week over perceived ethnic discrimination provoked some calls for independence.
    (Reuters, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 26, The Fatah Coalition, a powerful bloc in Iraq's parliament, called for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, following a series of airstrikes targeting Iran-backed Shiite militias in the country that have been blamed on Israel.
    (AP, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 26, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the military to cut fuel transfers to Gaza in half, in response to rocket attacks from the coastal strip, raising tensions along Israel's southern border. Netanyahu also instructed his staff to prepare plans for building a new neighborhood in a West Bank settlement near where a teenage Israeli girl was killed in an explosion last week.
    (AP, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 26, The Israeli air force struck a Palestinian base in eastern Lebanon near the border with Syria early today amid rising tensions in the Middle East. The strike was reportedly carried out by Israeli drones and did not inflict any casualties.
    (AP, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 26, Israel's elections committee ruled against a plan by the prime minister's party to have cameras at polling stations in Arab communities during parliamentary elections next month.
    (AP, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 26, Talks on forming a new Italian government ran into trouble as the ruling 5-Star Movement and the opposition Democratic Party (PD) traded accusations over key jobs, including that of interior minister.
    (Reuters, 8/27/19)
2019        Aug 26, The self-styled Libyan National Army, led by Khalifa Hifter, advanced to wrest control of Gharyan late today, capturing areas adjunct to the town, located around 100 km, or 62 miles from Tripoli.
    (AP, 8/27/19)
2019        Aug 26, Russia's state weather agency said it had found the radioactive isotopes of strontium, barium and lanthanum in test samples after a mysterious accident on August 8 during a test at a military site.
    (Reuters, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 26, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates pledged to keep their floundering coalition war against Yemen's Houthi rebels together after an Emirati troop pullout and the rise of the southern separatists they supported.
    (AP, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 26, In Syria airstrikes targeted the last major rebel stronghold in the northwestern province of Idlib, killing at least four people, including a woman and her child. Government forces turn their focus on another rebel-held town in Idlib, Maaret al-Numan, following gains they made last week.
    (AP, 8/26/19)
2019        Aug 26, Zambia’s state registrar effectively shut down the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) party by declaring its constitution flawed.
    (r, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 26, A Zimbabwean court freed Amos Chibaya, a senior opposition official, on bail after charging him with failing to stop an anti-government protest that authorities had banned.
    (Reuters, 8/26/19)

2019        Aug 27, It was reported that Pres. Donald Trump has told officials in his administration he will pardon them if they have to break laws to get his US-Mexico border wall completed in time for the 2020 election.
    (The Independent, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 27, Washington approved the $3.3 billion sale of anti-ballistic missiles to Japan, following close behind a series of new ballistic missile tests by North Korea that could threaten the US ally.
    (AFP, 8/27/19)
2019        Aug 27, In Washington, DC, a military contractor, whose top executive was killed in Iraq under mysterious circumstances 15 years ago, won a judgment of roughly $140 million against Iraq to reimburse the contractor for funds it never received.
    (AP, 8/27/19)
2019        Aug 27, The US the Veterans Affairs department said authorities are investigating suspicious deaths at a veterans hospital in West Virginia, and a US senator said the probe may involve up to 11 deaths.
    (Reuters, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 27, Illinois nurse Tina Jones (33) was sentenced to 12 years in prison, after admitting to paying a dark web site $12,000 in bitcoin to have her former lover's wife killed.
    (Insider, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 27, In Oregon jet-car speed racer Jessi Combs (30), known by fans as the "fastest woman on four wheels," died in a crash in the Alvord Desert while trying to break a speed record.
    (AP, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 27, Residents of Barbados and other Caribbean islands braced for heavy rains as tropical storm Dorian churned west-northwest, with officials cautioning that it could approach hurricane strength.
    (Reuters, 8/27/19)
2019        Aug 27, In Brazil a letter signed by more than 500 career public servants warned that the country's environmental protection system could collapse as policies and political rhetoric encourage illegal land grabbing and the Amazon and other biomes.
    (SFC, 8/29/19, p.A4)
2019        Aug 27, Britain's opposition parties said they had agreed to work together to try and prevent a no-deal Brexit, including through passing legislation or holding a vote of no-confidence in the government.
    (Reuters, 8/27/19)
2019        Aug 27, Motorcyclist Harry Dunn (19) collided head-on with a Volvo outside a US intelligence base about 70 miles northwest of London; he suffered multiple injuries and was later pronounced dead. Police believed the Volvo driver was traveling on the wrong side of the road. The driver of the vehicle, named as 42-year-old Anne Sacoolas, is the wife of a US diplomat. After Dunn’s death, Sacoolas claimed immunity and returned to the US with her family.
    (Bloomberg, 10/7/19)
2019        Aug 27, In Cameroon a lockdown in the country’s Anglophone regions began after a weekend of unrest in which at least 40 people reportedly died. The lockdown began a week before school holidays are scheduled to end and will continue until Sept. 16.
    (Bloomberg, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 27, Deutsche Bank AG confirmed it has tax returnes requsted by US lawmakers seeking financial information for Pres. Trump and his family.
    (SFC, 8/28/19, p.A6)
2019        Aug 27, It was reported that Iran has sentenced three people — two women and a man — to lengthy prison terms on security and spying charges, including on behalf of Israel's Mossad spy agency. One of the two convicted women is Aras Amiri, who had worked for the British Council while allegedly spying on cultural activities in Iran. The other convicted woman is Anousheh Ashouri, a dual British-Iranian national. She was sentenced to 12 years for ties to Mossad, as was Ali Johari. Britain said it was supporting the family of Anousheh Ashouri.
    (AP, 8/27/19)(Reuters, 8/27/19)
2019        Aug 27, It was reported that Kenya is urging the UN to list Al-Shabaab under the same sanctions as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, but foreign donors said the move could leave millions in drought-stricken Somalia without aid.
    (AFP, 8/27/19)
2019        Aug 27, In Mexico at least 25 people were killed late today in an arson attack by suspected gang members on the "Bar Caballo Blanco" (The White Horse Nightclub) in the southeastern port of Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz state.
    (Reuters, 8/28/19)(SFC, 8/29/19, p.A4)
2019        Aug 27, The Mozambican government formally launched an exchange offer for its defaulted 2023 Eurobond, seeking the consent of bondholders for a restructuring that would ease pressure on its strained public finances.
    (Reuters, 8/27/19)
2019        Aug 27, The Dutch Data Protection Agency (DPA) said Microsoft is remotely collecting data from users of Windows Home and Windows Pro, in a potential breach of privacy rules.
    (Reuters, 8/27/19)
2019        Aug 27, Nigeria said it will not relinquish assets to a firm registered in the British Virgin Islands following a court ruling related to a $9 billion gas project dispute. Earlier this month a judge in London granted Process and Industrial Developments Ltd (P&ID) the right to attempt to seize some $9 billion in assets from the Nigerian government over an aborted gas project.
    (Reuters, 8/27/19)
2019        Aug 27, Rare bombings killed three Hamas policemen at Gaza City checkpoints. Two suicide bomber were involved in the blasts. The Islamic State was believed to be responsible.
    (AP, 8/28/19)(SFC, 8/29/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 27, In Russia the annual opening of the Russian air show was attended by Turkey's Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a guest of Pres. Vladimir Putin.
    (SFC, 8/28/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 27, The Russian military said it will help reconstruction efforts in a town in northwestern Syria that has been reclaimed by the Syrian government.
    (AP, 8/27/19)
2019        Aug 27, An unmanned spacecraft carrying Russia's first humanoid robot docked at the International Space Station following a failed attempt over the weekend.
    (AFP, 8/27/19)
2019        Aug 27, Singapore-based Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), a global alliance of plastic makers and consumer goods companies, said it would prioritize much of its $1 billion funds to curb plastic waste in Southeast Asia.
    (Reuters, 8/27/19)
2019        Aug 27, Swedish officials said Amir-Tohid Fazel, an Iranian journalist covering Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's Nordic tour, has fled the official delegation and applied for residency in Sweden.
    (AFP, 8/27/19)
2019        Aug 27, In Syria insurgents launched counterattacks in areas recently taken by government forces in the country's last remaining rebel region in the northwest. The Kurdish-led regional administration in northern Syria said the main US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia has begun withdrawing its fighters from Ras al-Ayn, a town near Turkey's border. Members of the militia known as YPG withdrew with their heavy weapons three days earlier.
    (AP, 8/27/19)
2019        Aug 27, Tanzanian authorities said they had reached an agreement with Burundi to send all Burundian refugees back home from October 1. The UN refugee agency urged the two governments not to forcibly repatriate Burundian refugees sheltering in Tanzania.
    (AP, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 27, The UN refugee agency spokesman said at least 40 people are feared dead or missing after the latest wreck of a boat carrying migrants bound for Europe off the coast of Libya. 65 migrants, mostly from Sudan, were rescued.
    (Reuters, 8/27/19)(SFC, 8/28/19, p.A4)

2019        Aug 28, The Trump administration unveiled new rules that will make it harder for children of some immigrants serving in the military to obtain citizenship.
    (AP, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 28, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell addressed the thinly-sourced report he walked back earlier in the day after lawyers for President Donald Trump demanded an apology, retraction, and correction. “I repeated statements a single source told me about the president’s finances and loan documents with Deutsche Bank— saying ‘if true’ as I discussed the information was not good enough".
    (AP, 8/29/19)
2019        Aug 28, Alabama inmate Alvin Kennard (58) was ordered to be released from prison after serving 36 years and was set to be processed out by the Alabama Department of Corrections. He had been sentenced to life in prison for stealing $50.75.
    (AP, 8/29/19)
2019        Aug 28, Kansas police shot and killed Jeremy Connolly (28) after a 911 caller reported that someone was injured or dead inside a Salina home. Officers found blood on the porch and Linda Kromer (71), his step-grandmother, stabbed to death on the first floor of the home.
    (AP, 8/29/19)
2019        Aug 28, In Maryland Tyrone Domingo Banks (30), who a day earlier led Baltimore police on a high-speed chase after charging his car toward an officer and firing a gun, was killed after officers found and chased him again. 13 officers fired their weapons during the chase and shooting.
    (AP, 9/4/19)
2019        Aug 28, Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg (16) sailed into New York Harbor in a zero-carbon emissions vessel, completing her nearly 14-day journey from England to take part in a United Nations climate summit.
    (Reuters, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 28, Prospects for AstraZeneca's respiratory treatments business improved on as a three-drug inhaler was shown to ease smoker's lung and US regulators granted its injectable asthma drug Fasenra special status for a rare lung condition.
    (AP, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 28, Facebook Inc said it is tightening its political ad rules in the United States, requiring new disclosures for its site and photo-sharing platform Instagram ahead of the US presidential election in November 2020.
    (Reuters, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 28, Le Tote, a 7-year-old internet clothing company said it will pay Canadian company Hudson Bay $100 million to acquire its Lord & Taylor department stores. Lord & Taylor was founded in 1826 as a dry goods store in NYC.
    (SFC, 8/29/19, p.D1)
2019        Aug 28, United Airlines said it is starting to move its 14 Boeing 737 MAX jets to short-term storage in Phoenix, Arizona, which has better weather for stored aircraft and where it will be easier to prepare them for commercial flight again.
    (Reuters, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 28, In Afghanistan Taliban militants killed at least 14 members of a pro-government militia in Herat province, as Taliban and US officials near a deal aimed at ending the 18-year war.
    (Reuters, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 28, Australia announced that it has formed a task force to crack down on attempts by foreign governments to meddle in Australian universities.
    (SFC, 8/29/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 28, It was reported that at least 38, 793 fires were burning across Bolivia as of the weekend and that a total of 3,700 square miles had been burned so far this year. In July Pres. Evo Morales had issued a decree alowing controlled burns and clearing of lands..
    (SFC, 8/28/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 28, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said that South American countries would meet to determine a common policy in defense of the Amazon rainforest, and took another swipe at France for an offer of $20 million in aid.
    (Reuters, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 28, British PM Boris Johnson announced that parliament would be suspended until October 14 -- just two weeks before the UK is set to leave the EU -- enraging anti-Brexit MPs.
    (AFP, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 28, Scientists announced the landmark discovery in Ethiopia of a nearly complete skull of an early human ancestor that lived 3.8 million years ago, a species boasting an intriguing mixture of apelike and humanlike characteristics. The fossil dubbed MRD belonged to the species Australopithecus anamensis, which first appeared roughly 4.2 million years ago.
    (Reuters, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 28, Germany's Cabinet approved a plan to spend up to 40 billion euros ($44.4 billion) by 2038 to cushion the impact of abandoning coal on mining regions.
    (AP, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 28, A German court fined former cyclist and Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich (45) 7,200 euros for attacking and injuring an African sex worker (31) in a room in a luxury Frankfurt hotel in the early hours of Aug. 10, 2018.
    (Reuters, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 28, In was reported that 109 deaths from dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease, have been recorded this year in Honduras. At least 2 million people have caught the disease so far this year in Latin America and the Caribbean and more than 720 have died, according to PAHO, the regional arm of the World Health Organization (WHO).
    (Reuters, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 28, In Hong Kong hundreds of people protested to denounce Cathay Pacific Airways for dismissing crew taking part in or supporting anti-government rallies that have swept the Chinese-ruled city for weeks.
    (Reuters, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 28, An Indian health official said Tamil Nadu state has banned sex assignment surgery on babies whose sex is not clear at birth, in a first to protect intersex children.
    (Reuters, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 28, In Indonesia shooting broke out at a protest in the easternmost province of Papua. Police there said that one soldier and two protesters were killed.
    (Reuters, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 28, Japanese companies Tokyo Electric Power, Chubu Electric Power, Hitachi and Toshiba said they have agreed to consider cooperating on their nuclear plant businesses.
    (Reuters, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 28, Lebanese army gunners opened fired at two of three Israeli reconnaissance drones after they entered Lebanese airspace.
    (AP, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 28, In Morocco a flash flood swept across a soccer field in a southern village, killing at least seven people watching a local match in Tizert.
    (AP, 8/29/19)
2019        Aug 28, Puerto Rico braced or the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian, one of the island's first major tests since devastating hurricanes struck in 2017.
    (Reuters, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 28, Prominent Russian opposition figure Ilya Yashin (36) was detained by police for the fifth consecutive time after he served four sentences in jail connected to protests in Moscow.
    (AP, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 28, Russia unveiled its new passenger plane MC-21, billed as a competitor to Boeing and Airbus even as the project was overshadowed by sanctions and setbacks with its predecessor, the Superjet. An MC-21 prototype made its maiden flight in 2017 but serial manufacturing has been delayed, in part due to US sanctions affecting the production of its carbon composite wings.
    (AFP, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 28, In South Africa police fired rubber bullets as protests erupted in the central business district of Pretoria with rioters setting several small businesses in the area alight. The chaos broke out after local taxi drivers clashed with drug dealers operating in the area.
    (AP, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 28, In Spain organizers of the annual Tomatina festival tossed 145 tons of over-ripe tomatoes into the crowd from six trucks, quickly converting the town into a sea of pink and red. More than 20,000 people participated in the annual street battle.
    (Reuters, 8/28/19)(SFC, 8/29/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 28, Syrian government warplanes struck towns and villages in the northwestern province of Idlib, including one near a Turkish observation post. Airstrikes on Maaret al-Numan killed 12 people and wounded 34.
    (AP, 8/28/19)(AP, 8/29/19)
2019        Aug 28, A court in Ukraine ordered the release from pre-trial detention of Russian journalist Kirill Vyshinsky, amid signs the two countries are preparing a wider exchange of detainees.
    (AP, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 28, A UN commission (CICIG) that spent the last 12 years probing graft in Guatemala described the country as "captured" by corruption in its final report, days before it is set to wrap up operations after President Jimmy Morales refused to renew its mandate.
    (AP, 8/28/19)
2019        Aug 28, Forces loyal to Yemen's internationally recognized government pushed into the key port city of Aden after wresting control of another southern provincial capital from separatists backed by the United Arab Emirates. Government troops also retook the int’l airport in Aden.
    (AP, 8/28/19)

2019        Aug 29, US Pres. Donald Trump said that the US plans to reduce the number of American troops in Afghanistan from 14,000 to 8,600 and then will determine further drawdowns.
    (SFC, 8/30/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 29, The US Treasury Department targeted Jammal Trust Bank, a Lebanese bank the Trump administration calls the "bank of choice" of Hezbollah, Iran's proxy in Lebanon, and its three subsidiaries as part of a maximum pressure campaign against Tehran. In a second action, Treasury, in partnership with the Arab nation of Oman, sanctioned Mohammad Sarur, Kamal Abdelrahman Aref Awad and Fawaz Mahmud Ali Nasser for supporting Hamas.
    (AP, 8/29/19)
2019        Aug 29, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that mumps has swept through 57 immigration detention facilities in 19 states since September.
    (AP, 8/31/19)
2019        Aug 29, Two former New York City police officers pleaded guilty to charges of misconduct and receiving a bribe after the pair said they had sex with an 18-year-old drug suspect in the back of a police vehicle in exchange for releasing her.
    (ABC News, 8/29/19)
2019        Aug 29, Texas man Nasim Irsan (25) pleaded guilty and) was sentenced to 40 years in prison for what prosecutors call the 2012 "honor killing" of an Iranian rights activist who was his sister's friend. Irsan's father, Jordanian immigrant Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan, was convicted last year of capital murder in both shootings and sentenced to death.
    (AP, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 29, A new study published today reported that there is no single gene responsible for sexual orientation.
    (SFC, 8/30/19, p.a9)
2019        Aug 29, A dramatic late-night call from an Australian judge to a plane bound for Sri Lanka temporarily spared a family of four -- including two Aussie-born toddlers -- from deportation and fueled a political firestorm Down Under.
    (AFP, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 29, Brazil banned most legal fires for land-clearing for 60 days in an attempt to stop burning that has devastated parts of the Amazon region.
    (SFC, 8/30/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 29, British political opposition to PM Boris Johnson's move to suspend Parliament crystalized amid protests, legal action and a petition to block the move which has gathered more than 1 million signatures.
    (AP, 8/29/19)
2019        Aug 29, Britain announced 390 million pounds ($480 million) of spending for low carbon technology, most of which will go to the steel industry in a fund to help it reduce emissions.
    (Reuters, 8/29/19)
2019        Aug 29, China sent fresh troops to Hong Kong as part of a "routine" garrison rotation, as the financial hub braced for a new round of violent protests after police refused permission for a mass rally at the weekend.
    (The Telegraph, 8/29/19)
2019        Aug 29, In southern China a tornado swept throuh Hainan island, killing eight people and injuring two others.
    (SFC, 8/30/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 29, In Colombia a group of former rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) said in a video posted overnight that it will launch a new offensive, threatening to resume their five decades of armed conflict in the South American nation. Colombia's peace tribunal soon ordered the arrest of Luciano Marin and top allies, who appeared in the video.
    (Reuters, 8/29/19)(SFC, 8/31/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 29, Egyptian security officials said they arrested a suspected militant and are pursuing 80 others in a province west of Cairo for plotting an imminent attack. Police raided the home of Hammad Mohamed Shafei (25) in Senofar village, Fayoum province. They said he's a member of the militant Hasm group, which authorities have linked to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
    (AP, 8/29/19)
2019        Aug 29, The European Union said it has extended for a further five years anti-dumping duties on Chinese bicycles, after concluding that any lifting of measures would lead to a flood of imports.
    (Reuters, 8/29/19)
2019        Aug 29, In Indonesia protesters in the easternmost region of Papua set buildings ablaze, forcing the state power firm to cut off electricity in parts of the provincial capital of Jayapura.
    (Reuters, 8/29/19)
2019        Aug 29, Iran conducted a third rocket launch, but satellite imagery of the launch suggested the country's latest attempt to put a satellite in orbit has ended in failure.
    (Business Insider, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 29, Ireland-based Ryanair said it has cancelled less than one percent of its daily schedule of flights to and from Spain over the first two days of planned strikes by Spanish cabin crew.
    (Reuters, 8/29/19)   
2019        Aug 29, It was reported that Japan has approved shipment of hydrogen fluoride used in making computer chips to South Korea for the first time since imposing tighter export controls in July.
    (Reuters, 8/29/19)
2019        Aug 29, Malaysia deported Turkish asylum seeker Arif Komis, registered with the UN, along with his family, after police said he should not be in the country.
    (Reuters, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 29, Nigeria's biggest telecoms firm MTN said it launched a mobile money transfer service, targeting those without bank accounts, and that it plans to become a payment services bank once it obtains approval from the central bank.
    (Reuters, 8/29/19)
2019        Aug 29, North Korea's parliament approved changes to the country's constitution to solidify leader Kim Jong Un’s role as head of state.
    (Reuters, 8/29/19)
2019        Aug 29, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was in Beijing for a meeting with counterpart Xi Jinping in which the Southeast Asian leader is expected to discuss a ruling on the disputed South China Sea.
    (AP, 8/29/19)
2019        Aug 29, Ruth Davidson (40) quit as leader of the Conservative Party in Scotland, saying she could no longer juggle the demands of being a politician with family life and after doing everything she could to mitigate the risks of Brexit.
    (Reuters, 8/29/19)
2019        Aug 29, Syrian government forces pressed ahead with their military offensive in Idlib, seizing a cluster of villages on the southeastern edges of the province as the overall civilian death toll from the campaign rose further.
    (AP, 8/29/19)
2019        Aug 29, It was reported that Tanzania's National Bank of Commerce Ltd has been fined 1 billion Tanzanian shillings ($435,000) for failure to establish a data center in the East African nation, the second bank in two months to be penalized for such a breach by the central bank.
    (Reuters, 8/29/19)
2019        Aug 29, In Uganda a Congolese girl (9), who tested positive for Ebola, died. The WHO said that the outbreak has neared 3,000 cases. The girl, who was traveling with her mother, was identified at a border screening a day earlier as a possible Ebola patient and isolated.
    (AP, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 29, The World Health Organization said there has been a "dramatic resurgence" of measles in Europe, in part fueled by vaccine refusals, with nearly 90,000 people sickened by the virus in the first half of 2019.
    (AP, 8/29/19)
2019        Aug 29, in Yemen airstrikes killed at least 30 government forces. The internationally recognized government accused the Emirati air force of attacking its troops as they were heading to the key southern port city of Aden to fight separatists backed by the UAE.
    (AP, 8/29/19)

2019        Aug 30, The United States blacklisted the Iranian tanker Adrian Darya, saying it had "reliable information" it was transporting oil to Syria in defiance of wide-ranging sanctions on the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Federal agents in Brazil exchanged gunfire with illegal miners in the Amazon state of Para on Friday, according to Reuters witnesses, in a dramatic example of how Brazil has stepped up environmental enforcement in the wake of rainforest fires.
    (AP, 8/31/19)
2019        Aug 30, The US Treasury Department said it has imposed sanctions on two people and three firms and has identified a blocked ship that it says helped North Korea evade sanctions.
    (Reuters, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 30, US singer-songwriter Taylor Swift's album "Lover" broke a new record for an international artist in China as it surpassed one million combined total streams, downloads and sales within a week of its release.
    (Reuters, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 30, California Gov. Gavin Newsom reached a deal with apartment owners and developers on legislation that would cap how rapidly rents can rise as the state grapples with a housing crisis. The deal would cap annual rent increases at 5% plus inflation, with a 10% maximum increase.
    (AP, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 30, In California Bob Fenenbock (66) was released from outside the Solano County courthouse in Fairfield after serving 28 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit. He had been locked up for the 1991 murder of Gary Summar in Trinity County. Shortly after his conviction another man, Bernard MacCarlie, admitted to killing Summar, following rumors that Summar had molested a girl (4).
    (SFC, 8/31/19, p.A1)
2019        Aug 30, In NYC teen climate activist Greta Thunberg drew crowds on land after her two-week sail across the Atlantic as the 16-year-old Swede led a protest march in front of the UN.
    (AP, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 30, In suburban Oklahoma City two men and a woman were found dead inside a home in what was being investigated as an apparent murder-suicide.
    (AP, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 30, Aaron Shamo (29) of Utah was convicted of running a multimillion-dollar opioid ring that sent hundreds of thousands of potentially deadly pills across the country in a scheme that authorities said helped fuel the nation's opioid epidemic. Prosecutors said Shamo bought the powerful opioid fentanyl online from Chinese manufacturers, pressed it into fake oxycodone pills and sold it on the dark web with the help of a handful of friends.
    (AP, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 30, Australia announced an new maritime security agreement with East Timor in which the fledgeling democracy will gain naval infrastructure and an undersea internet link with the world as China increases its influence in the region.
    (SFC, 8/31/19, p.A2)
2019        Aug 30, Australia downgraded the Great Barrier Reef's long-term outlook to "very poor" for the first time, as the world heritage site struggles with "escalating" climate change.
    (The Telegraph, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 30, In Brazil federal agents exchanged gunfire with illegal miners in the Amazon state of Para, in a dramatic example of how the government has stepped up environmental enforcement in the wake of rainforest fires.
    (Reuters, 8/31/19)
2019        Aug 30, In Beijing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s much-touted meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping yielded no agreement on the South China Sea territorial dispute between the two nations or a plan to explore the area for oil and gas. Xi and Duterte agreed to form committees to advance oil exploration talks, with the goal of lifting a Philippine moratorium on existing contracts. A spokesman Duterte said Chinese President Xi Jinping told Duterte that Beijing will not recognize an international arbitration ruling that has invalidated most of China's claims to virtually the entire South China Sea.
    (Bloomberg, 8/30/19)(AP, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 30, Thousands of people turned out this evening to celebrate East Timor's independence on the 20th anniversary of the 1999 referendum that led to the end of Indonesian occupation.
    (Reuters, 8/31/19)
2019        Aug 30, It was reported that Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria, which has survived invasions, fires and earthquakes since it was founded by Alexander the Great more than 2,000 years ago, now faces a new menace in the form of climate change.
    (AP, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 30, Ethiopia's state-run Ethio Telecom said it plans to install a 4G network in the capital and other regions and to upgrade other network services, as the government prepares to open up the sector to private foreign investment.
    (Reuters, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 30, EU foreign ministers urged Serbia not to stray from its EU membership path as the Balkans country readies to sign a trade agreement with a Russian-led economic bloc.
    (AP, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 30, It was reported that a Paris suburb is trying out a new system that can identify noisy vehicles, pinpoint their location and automatically ticket them. The device has been installed on a lamppost in the center of Villeneuve-le-Roi, a town next to Paris Orly airport.
    (Reuters, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 30, Tensions spiked in Hong Kong ahead of what could be a 13th straight weekend of protest, as police arrested several top opposition figures including Joshua Wong after banning a mass march scheduled for August 31.
    (Bloomberg, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 30, The Israeli military wounded 42 protesters by live fire as demonstrators threw grenades at the fence. Palestinian Badr Abu Moussa (25) died the next day of wounds sustained from Israeli gunfire.
    (AP, 8/31/19)
2019        Aug 30, Lebanon’s Jammal Trust Bank SAL rejected allegations that it helps to fund Iran-backed Hezbollah and said it plans to appeal against US sanctions.
    (Reuters, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 30, In Morocco at least 155 migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa successfully entered the Spanish enclave of Ceuta after climbing over fences or walking across a border post.
    (AP, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 30, A helicopter carrying workers from an oil platform to the mainland crashed off the coast of Hordaland, Norway most likely killing 13 people.
    (https://www.cnn.com/2016/04/29/europe/norway-helicopter-crash/index.html)
2019        Aug 30, Cities around Pakistan came to a standstill as tens of thousands of people poured onto the streets in a government-led demonstration of solidarity with the disputed region of Kashmir, after India revoked its autonomy this month.
    (Reuters, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 30, Poland’s Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said Warsaw and Washington have agreed on six locations for new US troops to be stationed in Poland.
    (Reuters, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 30, The Russian military said Syrian government forces will begin a unilateral cease-fire in the northwestern province of Idlib in the coming hours. The cease-fire was set go into effect Aug. 31 at 6 a.m.
    (AP, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 30, Saudi King Salman issued a number of royal decrees, including creating a new ministry for natural resources separate from the energy ministry that oversees the kingdom's vast oil resources.
    (AP, 8/30/19)
2019        Aug 30, A Zambian court charged Chishimba Kambwili, the leader of the small National Democratic Congress (NDC) party, with defaming Pres. Edgar Lungu, after he allegedly referred to the head of state as a dog.
    (Reuters, 8/30/19)

2019        Aug 31, In Los Angeles Bruce Guilford of Covington, Georgia, a trucker who fell asleep behind the wheel, was sentenced to four years in state prison. He faced 42 charges of reckless driving and vehicular manslaughter for causing a tour bus crash on I-10 near Palm Springs that killed 13 people in 2016.
    (AP, 8/31/19)
2019        Aug 31, In San Jose, Ca., one woman died and eight people have been sickened in a hazmat incident at the city's Fairmont Hotel. Authorities were investigating the death as a suicide.
    (AP, 9/1/19)
2019        Aug 31, In Indiana Amanda Carmack reported that her 10-year-old stepdaughter, Skylea Carmack, was missing. On Sept. 4 Carmack confessed to police that she killed Skylea and hid her body in a plastic bag in a shed behind their home in Gas City.
    (SFC, 9/7/19, p.A5)
2019        Aug 31, Tennessee woman Adrieanna O'Shea (19) died 10 days after she was mauled by a pack of dogs. Deputies shot one of the dogs. The others were euthanized.
    (AP, 9/4/19)
2019        Aug 31, In West Texas five people, including the gunman, were reported killed in a shooting that began with a traffic stop in Odessa and ended when the suspect was cornered by officers in the parking lot of a cinema complex. The death toll soon rose to seven. Seth Aaron Ator (36) also injured 22 others before officers killed him outside the busy movie theater. Ator obtained his AR-style rifle through a private sale.
    (Reuters, 9/1/19)(AP, 9/2/19)(SFC, 9/4/19, p.A5)
2019        Aug 31, American actress Valerie Harper (80) died. She won four Emmy awards playing budding feminist Rhoda Morgenstern on the classic 1970s TV series "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and her own spinoff sitcom.
    (Reuters, 9/1/19)(SFC, 8/31/19, p.C2)
2019        Aug 31, Taliban forces attacked the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, setting off hours of gun battles, even as US negotiators moved closer to finalizing a deal with the insurgents for the withdrawal of American troops from the country. At least three civilians were killed and 41 wounded.
    (Reuters, 8/31/19)
2019        Aug 31, Protesters wielding pro-democracy placards and EU flags rallied in dozens of British cities against PM Boris Johnson's controversial move to suspend parliament just weeks before Brexit.
    (AP, 8/31/19)
2019        Aug 31, In Pakistan a bus fell off a mountainous road into a river, killing at least 24 passengers in the northwest.
    (SSFC, 9/1/19, p.A4)
2019        Aug 31, The Faroe Islands held elections. The opposition People's Party won the general election as the ruling Social Democratic Party lost its position as the biggest party in the parliament. The Faeroe Islands is an 18-island rocky, volcanic archipelago that is home to 49,000 people of which 20,000 live in Torshavn, the capital.
    (AP, 9/1/19)
2019        Aug 31, In France an Afghan man in a "psychotic state" and on drugs committees multiple stabbings that killed one person and injured eight others in the Lyon suburb of Villeurbanne.
    (AP, 9/1/19)
2019        Aug 31, Hong Kong police fired tear gas and water cannon as pro-democracy protesters threw petrol bombs in the latest in a series of clashes that have plunged the Chinese-ruled city into its worst political crisis in decades.
    (Reuters, 8/31/19)
2019        Aug 31, Indian authorities updated the list of so-called “genuine citizens." About 1.9 million people risked losing their Indian citizenship as PM Narendra Modi’s government pushed its Hindu nationalist agenda to target so-called “illegal migrants" in the northeastern state of Assam.
    (Bloomberg, 8/31/19)
2019        Aug 31, In India at least 12 people were killed and around 50 injured after a series of explosions at a chemical factory in the western state of Maharashtra.
    (Reuters, 8/31/19)
2019        Aug 31, The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah categorically denied Israeli claims about his group having factories to produce precision-guided missiles in Lebanon, saying such "lies" were an attempt to justify Israeli attacks against the country.
    (AP, 9/1/19)
2019        Aug 31, In Norway a helicopter crash crashed southwest of Alta killing a Swedish pilot and 5 Norwegian youths. The flight was related to Høstsprell, a two-day music festival taking place near Alta.
    (AP, 9/3/19)
2019        Aug 31, Russian opposition leaders urged supporters to join the latest election protest in Moscow, risking a new wave of detentions after city officials refused to authorize the rally. Thousands of people took to the streets of central Moscow to demand free elections to the Russian capital's city legislature, defying a ban which has been enforced with violent detentions during previous protests.
    (Bloomberg, 8/31/19)(Reuters, 8/31/19)(SSFC, 9/1/19, p.A6)
2019        Aug 31, A Sudanese court said it has accepted prosecutors' corruption-related charges against autocratic former president Omar al-Bashir, who appeared in court in a cage for the third time this month.
    (AP, 8/31/19)
2019        Aug 31, Southern Yemeni separatists said they have arrested dozens of government loyalists in Aden after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's forces withdrew from the port city following air strikes by the United Arab Emirates.
    (Reuters, 8/31/19)

2019        Aug, A book by John Bolton, published in 2020, contains an account of Pres. Trump telling Bolton that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations of political rivals. The New York Times reported this on Jan. 26, 2020, with the matter at the heart of the articles of impeachment against Pres. Trump.
    (NY Times, 1/28/20)
2019        Aug, Brazil's Amazonas state recorded more than 6,600 fires this month, 2.5 times more than the same month a year ago.
    (SFC, 9/18/19, p.A3)
2019        Aug, It was reported that foreign firms in Libreville, Gabon, have been targeted by firms that appear from nowhere demanding payment of fictitious debts.
    (Econ, 8/17/19, p.33)
2019        Aug, Israa Ghrayeb (21), a Palestinian makeup artist from a village near Bethlehem, died after being hospitalized with severe wounds. Friends and women's rights activists suspected her male relatives assaulted her over a video shared online that purportedly showed her out with a man who had proposed to her.
    (AP, 9/12/19)

2019        Sep 1, The United States and China began imposing additional tariffs on each other's goods, the latest escalation in a bruising trade war. US President Donald Trump said the sides would still meet for talks later this month.
    (Reuters, 9/1/19)
2019        Sep 1, Minnesota woman Catherine Sweatt-Mueller (62) was killed by a black bear on Red Pine Island in Rainy Lake, which straddles the US-Canada border. The bear was shot and killed.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y4zhumrf)(SFC, 9/6/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 1, It was reported that scientists have detected microplastics at several locations around Lake Tahoe for this first time this year and they're working to understand what that means for human health and the environment of the Tahoe Basin.
    (AP, 9/1/19)
2019        Sep 1, In Vermont the minimum age went from 18 to 21 to buy tobacco products and electronic cigarettes.
    (AP, 9/1/19)
2019        Sep 1, It was reported that the Organization of American States (OAS) has created a commission to investigate corruption in El Salvador.
    (SSFC, 9/1/19, p.A4)
2019        Sep 1, In Afghanistan the Taliban attacked Puli Khumri, Baghlan province, killing several civilians and security forces, even as Washington's peace envoy said the US and the militant group are "at the threshold of an agreement" to end America's longest war.
    (AP, 9/1/19)
2019        Sep 1, Hurricane Dorian crashed into the Bahamas as the second strongest Atlantic storm on record and inched closer to the US mainland, with parts of Florida evacuating and Georgia and the Carolinas bracing for wind and flooding.
    (AP, 9/1/19)
2019        Sep 1, It was reported that a group of young activists from several Latin American countries, inspired by Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg. have converged in Chile to exchange ideas on how to battle climate change.
    (Reuters, 9/1/19)
2019        Sep 1, In France a computer breakdown briefly disrupted all air traffic and caused a cascade of delayed flights in multiple countries, the last day of European summer holidays.
    (AP, 9/1/19)
2019        Sep 1, In eastern Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and her Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners bled support to the far right in two state elections, dealing a double blow to her already unstable ruling alliance.
    (Reuters, 9/1/19)
2019        Sep 1, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, visiting the town of Wielun, Poland, where Nazi bombers caused the first large-scale civilian casualties of the conflict in an air raid on Sept. 1, 1939, said his country won’t forget the past and takes responsibility for the war’s terror and atrocities.
    (Bloomberg, 9/1/19)
2019        Sep 1, Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters obstructed access to the Hong Kong airport after police arrested dozens the night before and deployed water cannon and tear gas in response to activists lobbing petrol bombs and bricks.
    (AP, 9/1/19)
2019        Sep 1, Iran unveiled a jet-propelled drone it said is capable of finding and attacking targets far from the country's borders with precision.
    (The Telegraph, 9/1/19)
2019        Sep 1, The Iranian tanker Adrian Darya slowed to a near stop off the coast of Syria. the ship carried 2.1 million barrels of crud oil worth about $130 million.
    (SFC, 9/2/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 1, In Kenya flash floods killed six family members and their tour guide at the Hell's Gate National Park in the Rift Valley.
    (Reuters, 9/1/19)
2019        Sep 1, Lebanon-based Hezbollah militants fired a barrage of anti-tank missiles into Israel, prompting a reprisal of heavy Israeli artillery fire in a rare burst of fighting between the bitter enemies. An Israeli army helicopter transported soldiers, bandaged and feigning bloody wounds after a Hezbollah anti-tank missile exploded on an Israeli army base.
    (AP, 9/1/19)(AP, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 1, Libya's only functioning Mitiga airport in Tripoli was closed after being struck by artillery fire overnight.
    (Reuters, 9/1/19)
2019        Sep 1, A Maldives commission of inquiry has concluded that journalist Ahmed Rilwan, reported missing since 2014, has been killed possibly by those linked to fighters in Syria at the time. Maldives, which hosts hundreds of thousands of foreign tourists every year, was known to have the most number of fighters per capita in Syria.
    (AP, 9/1/19)
2019        Sep 1, In Mali 15 people were killed when a three-storey building collapsed in the capital, Bamako. The residential building was under construction but was inhabited.
    (AP, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 1, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, in his first state of the union address, doubled down on his approach to managing Latin America's second-largest economy, saying the interests of private firms would be subordinated to those of the nation.
    (Reuters, 9/1/19)
2019        Sep 1, In the Philippines all nine people aboard a medical evacuation plane were killed when the aircraft crashed into a resort compound in Pansol village, Laguna province.
    (SFC, 9/2/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 1, At the Vatican Pope Francis appointed 13 new cardinals in a surprise move, again putting his stamp on the future of a Church he wants to be more open as most of those named are considered progressive on social issues.
    (Reuters, 9/1/19)
2019        Sep 1, In Yemen more than 100 people were killed in an air strike by the Saudi-led military coalition on a detention center in the city of Dhamar. There were around 170 detainees at the facility when the airstrikes hit.
    (AP, 9/2/19)

2019        Sep 2, A US envoy said the first 5,000 US troops would leave Afghanistan within five months' time under a deal with the Taliban that has been reached "in principle" but still needs President Donald Trump's approval. Zalmay Khalilzad showed the draft to the Afghan president after declaring that they are "at the threshold of an agreement" on ending America's longest war. Hours later at least 16 people were killed and 119 wounded in a large explosion in Kabul. Five other attackers were killed after the suicide bomber detonated a tractor packed with explosives.
    (AP, 9/2/19)(Reuters, 9/3/19)(SFC, 9/4/19, p.A3)
2019        Sep 2, The United States and Poland signed a joint declaration in belief that suppliers of 5G network equipment should be rigorously evaluated for foreign government control, as Washington pressured allies to exclude China from 5G networks.
    (Reuters, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, In southern California a search was under way for 34 missing in a pre-dawn fire that sank a commercial diving boat about 20 yards off of Santa Cruz Island. Authorities soon recovered the bodies of 33 people. One remained missing. On Sept. 11 divers recovered the body of the last missing victim.
    (Reuters, 9/2/19)(AP, 9/3/19)(AP, 9/4/19)(AP, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 2, In Indiana a flat-bottomed johnboat capsized late today on the White River killing two people and leaving three missing.
    (AP, 9/3/19)
2019        Sep 2, Julie Andrews (83), the star of much-loved movies "Mary Poppins" and "The Sound of Music", said she was "blessed" to have had a long, illustrious cinema career as she was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival.
    (Reuters, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, Argentina's international bonds fell to record lows and its peso got slapped down again after President Mauricio Macri imposed capital controls a day earlier after announcing the government would "re-profile" its debt by extending maturities.
    (Reuters, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, Hurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas, peeling off roofs and snapping power lines as rising floodwaters threatened to engulf houses, and forecasters said the storm would creep closer to the US coast, where more than a million people were ordered evacuated.
    (Reuters, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, A Burkina Faso military court sentenced two generals to 20 and 10 years in jail for masterminding a 2015 coup attempt against the interim government. Gen. Gilbert Diendere was sentenced to 20 years in prison for charges of murder and harming state security and Gen. Djibril Bassole was given a 10-year jail sentence for treason.
    (AP, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, China said it has lodged a complaint against the United States at the World Trade Organization over US import duties.
    (Reuters, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, In central China a man attacked an elementary school killing at least eight students and wounding two others in Chaoyangpo village, Hubei province.
    (SFC, 9/4/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 2, It was reported that Denmark is spending 11 million kroner ($1.6 million) to buy the country's last four circus elephants to give them a proper retirement as the government moves to ban wild animals in circuses.
    (AP, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, Dubai's ruler issued a directive to curb the pace of new real estate construction projects amid falling demand and property prices.
    (AP, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, French and Iranian experts huddled in Paris as the clock ticked on an end-of-the-week deadline for Europe to come up with a way for Iran to sell its oil despite US sanctions. Russia said it welcomed French efforts to save the Iran nuclear deal as Moscow and Tehran blamed US policies for Middle East tensions.
    (AP, 9/2/19)(AFP, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, France proposed offering Iran credit lines worth about $15 billion until the end of the year in return for Tehran coming fully back into compliance with its 2015 nuclear deal, an offer that hinges on Washington not blocking it.
    (Reuters, 9/3/19)
2019        Sep 2, Georgian PM Mamuka Bakhtadze announced his resignation after little more than a year in the job and said the country must not be riven by political divisions that could play into Russia's hands.
    (Reuters, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, Guatemalan police arrested former presidential candidate Sandra Torres at her home on charges of violating campaign finance rules, just hours before the departure of a UN anti-corruption commission that shook the political class.
    (Reuters, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, Thousands of Hong Kong university and school students boycotted class and rallied peacefully for democracy, the latest acts of defiance in an anti-government movement that has plunged the Chinese-ruled city into crisis.
    (AP, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, An Iranian woman set herself on fire outside a court in Tehran after being tried for resisting arrest by morality police for trying to enter a football stadium disguised as a male spectator. The woman taken to a local hospital with life-threatening burns. On Sept. 10 state news reported that Sahar Khodayari (29) has died.
    (The Telegraph, 9/4/19)(SFC, 9/11/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 2, Iraq suspended the license of Al Hurra television, a regional network funded by the US Agency for Global Media, after it ran an investigation alleging corruption within the country's religious institutions. In addition to the three-month suspension, Al Hurra was ordered to stop all activities until "they correct their position" and to issue a formal apology.
    (Reuters, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, Japan's nuclear policy-setting body adopted a report saying the country is entering an era of major nuclear plant decommissioning.
    (SFC, 9/3/19, p.A5)
2019        Sep 2, Pakistan granted rare consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian man facing the death penalty after being convicted of spying.
    (AP, 9/2/19)
 2019        Sep 2, Hundreds of Palestinian women held a demonstration in the West Bank to demand an investigation into the death of a 21-year-old woman who many suspect was the victim of a so-called honor killing.
    (AP, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, Russian police detained Lyubov Sobol and Nikolai Lyaskin, who work at opposition leader Alexey Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, and Ilya Azar, a journalist and local politician, and then released them pending hearings.
    (Bloomberg, 9/3/19)
2019        Sep 2, In South Africa looting and violence spread across several neighborhoods in the major cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg, after a spate of overnight attacks that appeared to target foreign-owned shops. A pamphlet circulating on social media, attributed to a group called the Sisonke Peoples Forum, encouraged South Africans to chase foreigners out of their communities.
    (AP, 9/2/19)
2019        Sep 2, In Tunisia a national guard chief and three extremists were killed in a clash in the Kef mountains, on the first day of the country's presidential campaign.
    (AP, 9/2/19)

2019        Sep 3, The Trump administration revealed that it would be paying for a border wall by diverting funds meant for the construction of elementary schools, hazardous waste warehouse facilities, and fire stations, among other Department of Defense initiatives.
    (The Daily Beast, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 3, Alabama deputies found one adult and two minors dead at a scene in Elkmont. Another adult and minor were hospitalized with critical injuries and later died. A teenager (14) admitted to killing five members of his family. He had called 911 about hearing gunshots.
    (AP, 9/3/19)
2019        Sep 3, A California appeals court ruled that restaurants, hotels and other businesses that serve the public in California must make their websites accessible to the blind. The court cited a 1990 federal law prohibiting discrimination against the disabled in any place of public accommodation.
    (SFC, 9/4/19, p.C4)
2019        Sep 3, It was reported that gun violence over the Labor Day weekend has left seven people dead and another 34 wounded in Chicago.
    (AP, 9/3/19)
2019        Sep 3, It was reported that authorities have arrested at least 58 people at this year's Burning Man festival in the northern Nevada desert, 14 more than last year. The counter-culture gathering wrapped up on Sept. 2 after attracting more than 70,000 people about 100 miles (160 km) north of Reno.
    (AP, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 3, A North Carolina trial court rejected state legislative district maps, saying lawmakers took extreme advantage from drawing districts to help elect a maximum number of Republicans. An appeal was expected.
    (SFC, 9/4/19, p.A5)
2019        Sep 3, In Pennsylvania the body of Nalani Johnson, who was to turn 2 this month, was found in Pine Ridge Park in Blairsville, about 37 miles (60 km) east of Penn Hills, where authorities allege the girl was kidnapped the evening of August 31. Sharena Islam Nancy (25), who authorities say had been romantically involved with the child's father, remained in custody in Allegheny County on charges of kidnapping of a minor, custodial interference and concealment of the whereabouts of a child, all felonies.
    (AP, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 3, Walmart said it will discontinue the sale of handgun and short-barrel rifle ammunition and also publicly request that customers refrain from openly carrying firearms in stores even where state laws allow it.
    (SFC, 9/4/19, p.D1)
2019        Sep 3, Hurricane Dorian grew in size and picked up speed, and was forecast to come "dangerously close" to Florida's coast after pounding Grand Bahama Island for about a day, killing at least five people.
    (Reuters, 9/3/19)
2019        Sep 3, British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said opposition parties were working on ways to stop PM Boris Johnson from using an early election to force through a no-deal Brexit. Johnson suffered a defeat in parliament when he lost his wafer thin majority and rebel Conservatives joined opposition MPs in voting against a no-deal departure.
    (Reuters, 9/3/19)(AFP, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 3, Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the ruling Communist Party to brace for a “long term" struggle against a variety of threats, the latest in a series of warnings to a nation facing a slowing economy and a more confrontational US.
    (Bloomberg, 9/3/19)
2019        Sep 3, German fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh (74), credited with inventing the concept of the supermodel in the 1980s, died.
    (Reuters, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 3, Guinea-Bissau authorities said police have seized more than 1.8 tons of cocaine hidden in flour bags in the biggest seizure in the country's history. Police said the shipment was on its way to Islamist militants of the Arab Maghreb.
    (Reuters, 9/3/19)
2019        Sep 3, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said she never asked China for permission to resign over the historic unrest rocking the city, while acknowledging that she discussed her struggles in a closed-door meeting.
    (Bloomberg, 9/3/19)
2019        Sep 3, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani ruled out holding any bilateral talks with the US and threatened to further cut Iran's commitments to a nuclear deal within days. Iran said it is capable of resuming production of 20% enriched uranium within two days.
    (AFP, 9/3/19)(Reuters, 9/3/19)
2019        Sep 3, Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya, pursued by the US, turned off its tracking beacon, leading to renewed speculation that it will head to Syria.
    (AP, 9/3/19)
2019        Sep 3, A spokesman for the Kurdish-led US-backed force in Syria says they have carried out a patrol near a border town with Turkey to select fortifications to be removed soon.
    (AP, 9/3/19)
2019        Sep 3, In central Mali at least eight people were killed when a makeshift bomb exploded under a passenger bus travelling in the violence-plagued region of Mopti.
    (Reuters, 9/3/19)
2019        Sep 3, Nigerian youths took to the streets this evening in some Nigerian cities to attack South African owned businesses, amid a growing outcry about the attacks on many Nigerians living in South Africa.
    (AP, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 3, Russian police detained Sergey Boiko, the head of Russia’s Libertarian Party, and civil activist Mark Galperin. The powerful Investigative Committee said it has dropped charges against five men who attended a July 27 protest and were accused of participating in “mass disorder." Protesters Ivan Podkopaev and Danila Beglets, were sentenced to prison for assaulting police officers.
    (Bloomberg, 9/3/19)
2019        Sep 3, It was reported that Saudi Arabia has deployed more troops in southern Yemen to try to contain clashes between nominal allies in the Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthis that risk further fragmenting the country.
    (Reuters, 9/3/19)
2019        Sep 3, In Slovakia far-right lawmaker Milan Mazurek lost his parliament seat after the country's Supreme Court upheld his conviction for racism. Mazurek had made illegal racist comments about the Roma community during a 2016 radio broadcast.
    (SFC, 9/4/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 3, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa condemned days of widespread looting and arson attacks on foreign-owned businesses across Johannesburg and the capital Pretoria, calling the violence "totally unacceptable." Police have arrested more than 90 people in five areas impacted by the violence.
    (AP, 9/3/19)
2019        Sep 3, In Syria at least one civilian was killed and more than 16 wounded by two bombs hidden in motorbikes in the border town of Azaz, which is controlled by Turkey-backed rebels.
    (Reuters, 9/3/19)
2019        Sep 3, It was reported that US online streaming service Netflix has applied for a license to continue operating in Turkey under new online broadcasting rules that have raised fears over possible censorship in the future.
    (Reuters, 9/3/19)
2019        Sep 3, A report the UN trade agency UNCTAD said leaving the European Union without a trade deal would cost Britain at least $16 billion in lost exports, and would probably cost far more after indirect effects are taken into account.
    (Reuters, 9/3/19)
2019        Sep 3, Experts backed by the UN's top human rights body flagged allegations of rape, sexual assault and gender-based violence committed by all sides in Yemen's civil war, now in its fifth year.
    (AP, 9/3/19)
2019        Sep 3, Zimbabwean public sector doctors went on strike for the second time in less than a year to demand a further salary increase amid soaring living costs, as President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government struggles with a deteriorating economy.
    (Reuters, 9/3/19)

2019        Sep 4, The Trump administration announced that the United States will pay people up to $15 million for information that disrupts the finances of an elite Iranian military force.
    (Politico, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 4, The US Commerce Department said it imposed duties on Chinese and Mexican structural steel after making a preliminary determination that producers in both countries had dumped fabricated structural steel on the US market at prices below fair market value.
    (Reuters, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 4, The Pentagon said it would pull funding from 127 Defense Department projects, including schools and daycare centers for military families, as it diverts $3.6 billion to fund President Donald Trump's wall along the US border with Mexico.
    (Reuters, 9/5/19)
2019        Sep 4, The US sanctioned a sprawling network of firms, ships and individuals allegedly directed by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps that supplied Syria with oil worth tens of millions of dollars in a breach of US sanctions.
    (Reuters, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 4, A senior US official ruled out issuing waivers to Iran sanctions to permit a French-proposed credit line, which Tehran says could bring it back to full compliance with the nuclear deal.
    (AFP, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 4, A US federal judge ruled that the government's watchlist of more than 1 million people identified as "known or suspected terrorists" violates the constitutional rights of those placed on it.
    (AP, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 4, It was reported that an Alabama couple has been sentenced to prison on charges related to producing child porn. Kenneth Earl Hooks (36) got two life sentences and 120 years, to run consecutively. Sarah Pauline Morris (28) was sentenced to about 16 years.
    (AP, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 4, In southern Florida Bee Love Slater, a black, transgender 23-year-old was found murdered fat the edge of Harlem, a small community about 65 miles west of West Palm.
    (The Independent, 9/14/19)
2019        Sep 4, The FBI arrested New Jersey man, Rubbin Sarpong, for conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He was part of a complex and brazen fraud that swindled more than 30 people out of about $2.1 (£1.71) million and led one woman to commit suicide. The scheme was run by two people in New Jersey and their associates in Ghana.
    (The Independent, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 4, In Texas Billy Jack Crutsinger (64) was executed by lethal injection for the 2003 killings of Pearl Magouirk (89) and her daughter Patricia Syren (71). Authorities say Crutsinger killed the women then stole Syren's car and credit card. He was arrested three days later at a bar in Galveston, more than 300 miles (480 km) away.
    (AP, 9/4/19)(SFC, 9/5/19, p.A5)
2019        Sep 4, Bahamas PM Hubert Minnis said the death toll of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas has risen to 20 people with officials certain the number will continue to rise. Minnis declared a “historic tragedy" on the archipelago. The UN said 70,000 people needed immediate humanitarian relief after one of the most powerful Caribbean storms on record devastated the island group.
    (AP, 9/5/19)(Reuters, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 4, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro accused Chile's former leader Michelle Bachelet, now the UN human rights chief, of meddling in his country's affairs after she criticized a rise police violence and an erosion of democracy.
    (Reuters, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 4, British PM Boris Johnson demanded an Oct. 15 snap election after lawmakers seeking to prevent a no-deal Brexit dealt him a humiliating defeat in parliament which he cast as an attempt to surrender to the European Union. Rebellious British lawmakers rejected a call by PM Boris Johnson to trigger a snap poll and moved to block his plan to leave the EU next month without a divorce deal.
    (Reuters, 9/4/19)(AP, 9/5/19)
2019        Sep 4, Britain's government announced a three-year immigration scheme to cover most European citizens wanting to come to Britain after a no deal Brexit, in a move aimed at reassuring business they will still be able to recruit the staff they need.
    (AFP, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 4, British finance minister Sajid Javid said he was "turning the page on austerity" as he promised the biggest spending increases in 15 years, a move widely seen as part of PM Boris Johnson's push for an election to break the Brexit impasse.
    (Reuters, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 4, The Bank of England lowered its estimate for the scale of damage to Britain's economy in a worst-case Brexit scenario because of preparations undertaken since the end of last year. The central bank now estimated that gross domestic product would contract by 5.5% peak to trough, less than the 8% seen in a set of scenarios published in November.
    (Reuters, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 4, The EU said it currently sees no alternative to the so-called "Irish backstop" in a Brexit withdrawal deal and warned the risk of Britain crashing out without an agreement has increased.
    (AFP, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 4, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s moved to formally withdraw a bill allowing extraditions to China. This may well have ended the Hong Kong unrest in June, but now protesters want a lot more, and they’re ready and willing to fight.
    (Bloomberg, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 4, India officially declared that the leaders of two Pakistan-based militant groups are terrorists under a new law. The Home Ministry named Masood Azhar, chief of Jaish-e-Mohammed, and Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, as terrorists under the amended Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act.
    (AP, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 4, In northern India a large explosion at a fireworks factory killed at least 16 people in Batala, Punjab state.
    (SFC, 9/5/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 4, Iran said it would take another step away from a 2015 nuclear deal by starting to develop centrifuges to speed up its uranium enrichment but it also gave European powers two more months to try to save the multilateral pact. President Hassan Rouhani ordered all limits on nuclear research and development to be lifted, the country's third step in scaling down its commitments to a 2015 deal with world powers.
    (Reuters, 9/4/19)(AFP, 9/5/19)
2019        Sep 4, Bezeq, Israel's largest telecoms group, was fined 30 million shekels ($8.6 million) for what the competition regulator said was an "abuse of the firm's monopolistic position" in telecommunications infrastructure. The antitrust authority also imposed a financial penalty of 500,000 shekels on a senior Bezeq official and said it intended to levy a further 8 million shekel fine on Bezeq for misinformation during the authority's investigation.
    (Reuters, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 4, Italian PM Giuseppe Conte unveiled his new cabinet, uniting two rival political parties in an unlikely coalition that is expected to improve ties with the European Union and adopt a softer stance on immigration. The team of ministers were drawn primarily from the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the center-left Democratic Party (PD).
    (Reuters, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 4, A court in Kosovo said it had jailed six people, including a woman, for terms ranging from one to 10 years, for planning attacks last year on NATO troops and the public in Kosovo, Belgium and France.
    (Reuters, 9/5/19)
2019        Sep 4, In New Zealand a tour bus carrying Chinese tourists flipped in rainy weather killing five Chinese nationals north of Rotorua.
    (SFC, 9/5/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 4, North Korea told the United Nations to cut the number of international staff it deploys in the country because the world body's programs have failed "due to the politicization of UN assistance by hostile forces".
    (Reuters, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 4, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said that while he was not a fan of online gambling he was unwilling to ban the business, as China has called for, because of the harm that would do to the country's economy.
    (Reuters, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 4, In the Philippines US citizen Jennifer Erin Talbot (43) was arrested as she tried to board a jet with a 6-day-old baby hidden inside a sling bag. Talbot was charged with human trafficking.
    (SFC, 9/6/19, p.A5)
2019        Sep 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Indian PM Narendra Modi for talks in Vladivostok on boosting investment and trade, with a special emphasis on energy and arms deals.
    (AFP, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 4, A Russian court sentenced protester Yevgeny Kovalenko (48) to 3-1/2 years in jail after finding him guilty of using violence against the police at an opposition rally in July. Another protester was sentenced to three years in jail on similar charges.
    (AP, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 4, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates sent their top diplomats to Pakistan to help Islamabad defuse tensions with India over the disputed Kashmir region.
    (AP, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 4, A Scottish judge declined to block Boris Johnson’s plan to suspend Parliament, dealing a blow to lawmakers who argued that there isn’t enough time to thwart a no-deal Brexit.
    (Bloomberg, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 4, Sweden's foreign minister confirmed that Iran has released seven of the 23 crew members of the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero that was seized earlier this summer. The Swedish-owned Stena Impero was detained by Iran's Revolutionary Guards on July 19 in the Strait of Hormuz waterway for alleged marine violations.
    (AP, 9/5/19)
2019        Sep 4, Turkey's Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said Turkey may lose trade with Britain worth up to $3 billion in the event of a no-deal Brexit, adding that many Turkish companies lacked information on the consequences of such a scenario.
    (Reuters, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 4, Pope Francis opened a 3-nation pilgrimage to southern Africa with a visit to Mozambique.
    (SFC, 9/5/19, p.A4)
2019        Sep 4, A Yemeni official said government officials have begun indirect talks with United Arab Emirates-backed southern separatists in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah to end fighting in Aden and other southern provinces.
    (Reuters, 9/4/19)

2019        Sep 5, It was reported that the Trump administration is awarding nearly $2 billion in grants to states and local governments to help fight the opioid crisis.
    (SFC, 9/5/19, p.A5)
2019        Sep 5, The United States barred Romania's jailed Social Democrat Party leader, Liviu Dragnea, and his two children from entering the US after his corruption conviction was upheld.
    (Reuters, 9/5/19)
2019        Sep 5, A top US official said Washington is in talks with Yemen's Iran-aligned Huthi rebels in a bid to end the country's war, the first such contact in more than four years.
    (AFP, 9/5/19)
2019        Sep 5, Jason Greenblatt, a long-time lawyer for the Trump Organization, announced his departure from the White House. He became the president's special envoy for international negotiations was the architect of the Trump administration's delayed Mideast peace plan.
    (AP, 9/5/19)
2019        Sep 5, Three former private security guards for the former security firm Blackwater were given new sentences by a federal court for convictions in the 2007 massacre of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians at a traffic stop. They were convicted in 2014 of multiple counts of manslaughter for their roles in the massacre and sentenced to 30 years in prison. The federal district court for the District of Columbia resentenced the men, ordering Paul Slough to serve 15 years, Evan Liberty to serve 14 years and Dustin Heard to serve 12 years.
    (Reuters, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 5, US wildlife officials rejected petitions to protect Yellowstone National Park's storied bison herds but pledged to consider more help for two other species — a tiny, endangered squirrel in Arizona and bees that pollinate rare desert flowers in Nevada.
    (AP, 9/5/19)
2019        Sep 5, The US Attorney's office in San Francisco announced charges against 30 defendants accused of a major Bay Area Medicare fraud scheme involving millions of dollars in illegal kickbacks to health care professionals of Hayward-based Amity Home Health Care and Advent Care hospice.
    {SF, SF Bay Area, USA, Fraud, Medical}
    (SFC, 9/6/19, p.A1)
2019        Sep 5, In the SF Bay Area a jury acquitted one defendant and deadlocked on the other over the deaths of 36 people trapped in a fire inside an Oakland warehouse nearly three years ago. Jurors deliberated over a two-week period before they acquitted Max Harris of involuntary manslaughter but said they could not agree on whether to convict or acquit Derick Almena.
    (AP, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 5, Spot power prices in Texas crashed from a record high as consumers responded to requests from the state's grid operator to turn down their air conditioners and take other steps to save energy during a brutal heat wave.
    (Reuters, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 5, Ajay Dhingra (43) of Houston was indicted on federal charges for allegedly possessing a bump stock, marking the first known case in the country since the Trump administration banned the devices earlier this year.
    (ABC News, 9/5/19)
2019        Sep 5, Kroger Co said it would launch its own line of meatless burger patties, as the supermarket chain tries to cater to a growing appetite for plant-based meat alternatives, made popular by Beyond Meat.
    (Reuters, 9/5/19)
2019        Sep 5, A St. Louis police officer fatally shot a suspect who tried to pull a gun from his pocket during a struggle early today. The man killed was 28 years old and black; the officer who fired the fatal shot was the same age and also black.
    (AP, 9/5/19)
2019        Sep 5, Facebook Inc said it is launching its dating services in the United States, sending its shares up 2%.
    (Reuters, 9/5/19)
2019        Sep 5, In Afghanistan a Taliban suicide blast in the center of Kabul killed at least 10 civilians and two NATO soldiers, including a US soldier, destroying cars and shops in an area near the headquarters of Afghanistan's international military force and the US embassy. Taliban kidnapped six Afghan journalists working for private and government media organizations in eastern Paktia province.
    (Reuters, 9/5/19)(AP, 9/7/19)(Reuters, 9/7/19)
2019        Sep 5, In the Bahamas the death toll rose to 30 in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian with house obliterated on the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands. Dorian inflicted losses of about $3-4 billion on the Bahamas. As of late October there were 67 confirmed deaths from the Category 5 storm and 282 people still missing.
    (SFC, 9/6/19, p.A7)(SFC, 11/18/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 5, British Airways dismissed a proposal by a pilots union to avoid strike action next week as "unrealistic," leaving it little closer to resolving a dispute over pay with its pilots that could disrupt its services.
    (Reuters, 9/5/19)
2019        Sep 5, European Union officials announced the set up a common counter-terrorism register, hoping to facilitate prosecutions and convictions of suspected militants and people returning home from fighting with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
    (Reuters, 9/5/19)
2019        Sep 5, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said that China "understands, respects and supports" her government's move to formally withdraw an extradition bill, part of measures she hoped would help the city "move forward" from months of unrest.
    (Reuters, 9/5/19)
2019        Sep 5, Shares in Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd fell nearly 4% in early trade following the resignation of its chairman after the market closed on the previous day. The departure of John Slosar was announced less than three weeks after mounting Chinese regulatory scrutiny led to the shock exit of its chief executive, Rupert Hogg.
    (Reuters, 9/5/19)
2019        Sep 5, An Indian court cleared JSW Steel Ltd's takeover plan for debt-ridden Bhushan Power and Steel, bringing an end to a bankruptcy case that has dragged on over two years.
    (Reuters, 9/5/19)
2019        Sep 5, Indonesia said it has partially lifted an internet blackout imposed following civil unrest in the country's easternmost region of Papua, but is yet to restore access in areas where the most violent protests erupted.
    (Reuters, 9/5/19)
2019        Sep 5, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported that police have detained 22 men and women at a mixed-gender party at a villa in Damavand, Tehran province. 13 men and 9 women were arrested and some alcoholic beverages were confiscated. Such parties are illegal under Iranian law.
    (AP, 9/5/19)(SFC, 9/6/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 5, Italy's new government, combining the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and center-left Democratic Party (PD), was sworn into office, promising to reset Rome's often fraught relations with Brussels.
    (Reuters, 9/5/19)
2019        Sep 5, Japan-based Nissan Motor Co was embroiled in another scandal over executive pay after Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa admitted to being overpaid in violation of internal procedures under a scheme designed by ousted Chairman Carlos Ghosn.
    (Reuters, 9/5/19)
2019        Sep 5, In Jordan thousands of teachers protested to demand higher wages, with some scuffling with security forces. Organizers said the government has yet to deliver on a 50% wage increase agreed upon in 2014.
    (AP, 9/5/19)
2019        Sep 5, Francisco Toledo (b.1940), Mexican artist, died. He shook up the 1960s Mexican art scene with his fresh approach to painting, sculpting, printing, tapestry weaving and preserving the cultural heritage that inspired him.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francisco_Toledo)(Reuters, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 5, In Mozambique Pope Francis praised Pres. Felipe Nyusi and opposition leader Ossufo Momade for their courage in signing a new, landmark peace accord.
    (SFC, 9/6/19, p.A4)
2019        Sep 5, Tanzania's national carrier suspended its flights from the commercial capital Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg, citing ongoing violence that was a risk to its passengers.
    (Reuters, 9/5/19)
2019        Sep 5, A UN report said North Korea is pressing ahead with its nuclear weapons program while evading sanctions.
    (AFP, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 5, Diplomats said the US has blocked the UN Security Council from issuing a statement following the recent exchange of cross-border fire between the militant group Hezbollah in southern Lebanon and Israeli forces in Israel. The initial draft of the French-proposed council statement would have condemned "all violations of the Blue Line," which is the UN-drawn dividing line between the two countries.
    (AP, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 5, It was reported that the UN agencies for health and children have launched a diphtheria vaccination campaign in war-torn Yemen targeting over 2.8 million children between the ages of six weeks and 15 years. A UN spokesman said that over 4,000 Yemenis have gotten diphtheria since 2017 and more than 200 have died.
    (AP, 9/5/19)
2019        Sep 5, A UN source said at least 66 civilians were kidnapped in July in southeastern Niger near the border with Nigeria where the jihadist group Boko Haram is active.
    (AP, 9/5/19)

2019        Sep 6, Anthony Scaramucci, financial investor and short-lived communications director for US President Donald Trump, said that he was raising money to prevent his former boss from being re-elected. "There's no question. I'm raising PAC money," he said, referring to political action committees that help raise funds for candidates. "He's a very, very bad person, and he needs to be removed".
    (Reuters, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 6, Three senior leaders of a US Navy SEAL team were dismissed due to a loss of confidence in their leadership skills only weeks after a unit in Iraq was sent home accused of sexual assault and the platoon chief of another unit was convicted for posing with a casualty.
    (AP, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 6, The Alaska Department of Corrections agreed to policy changes to accommodate Muslim inmates who wish to practice their religion, settling a lawsuit brought last year.
    (AP, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 6, US health officials said a Los Angeles County resident has died from a lung illness possibly tied to vaping, bringing the total number of such US deaths to five.
    (Reuters, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 6, In San Francisco some 16,000 people attended the first major event, a Metallica concert, at the new Chase Center, the new home of the Golden State Warriors.
    (SFC, 9/7/19, p.C2)
2019        Sep 6, Psychic Sherry Tina Uwanawich, aka Jacklyn Miller, was sentenced to 40 months in prison in southern Florida before facing three years of supervised release. She was ordered to pay $1.6 million in restitution after being found guilty of one count of wire fraud. Uwanawich allegedly claimed that she was able lift curses as a result of a God-given power.
    (ABC News, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 6, Hurricane Dorian made landfall on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, hitting the beach resort area with powerful winds and battering waves days after reducing parts of the Bahamas to rubble.
    (AP, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 6, Qualcomm Inc said it will put fifth-generation, or 5G, technology into chips powering mid-priced mobile phones starting next year, expanding use of chips now found almost exclusively in pricey phones such as Samsung's $1,299 Galaxy S10 5G model.
    (Reuters, 9/6/19)   
2019        Sep 6, The African Union said it has lifted Sudan's suspension because it established a civilian-led transitional government following the military's ouster of autocratic president Omar al-Bashir in April.
    (AP, 9/7/19)
2019        Sep 6, In Algeria protesters piled into the streets of Algiers on the 29th straight week of demonstrations, and the first since army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah said he wants a date set by Sept. 15 for presidential elections.
    (AP, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 6, It was reported that Australia is facing skyrocketing rates of opioid prescriptions and related deaths.
    (SFC, 9/6/19, p.A4)
2019        Sep 6, Brazil's leading meat export industry group and other agribusiness associations joined with nongovernment organizations (NGOs) to call for an end to deforestation on public lands, demanding government action as the Amazon rainforest burns.
    (Reuters, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 6, Britain's PM Boris Johnson won a second legal challenge over his plan to suspend Parliament ahead of a deadline to leave the European Union, giving the country’s top court the final say on prorogation. The appeal of the ruling will go straight to the UK Supreme Court.
    (Bloomberg, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 6, British opposition parties said that they would block PM Boris Johnson's second bid to call an early general election in mid-October, setting up a showdown with the government over delaying Brexit.
    (Reuters, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 6, China's central bank said it was cutting the amount of cash that banks must hold as reserves for the third time this year, releasing 900 billion yuan ($126.35 billion) in liquidity to shore up the flagging economy.
    (Reuters, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 6, In Colombia leaders of several South American nations gathered in Leticia to boost protection for the Amazon region. Their meeting ended with little concrete action. Since the start of the year some 95,500 fires have hit Brazil, up 59% from a year earlier.
    (SFC, 9/7/19, p.A4)
2019        Sep 6, Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk said it will offer cheaper insulin to US diabetics, in response to criticism over the high price of the medication and after similar moves by rivals Sanofi and Eli Lilly.
    (Reuters, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 6, Hong Kong police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray to clear protesters outside a subway station on the densely populated Kowloon peninsula, the latest clash in 14 weeks of sometimes violent anti-government demonstrations.
    (Reuters, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 6, The Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1, at the center of a dispute between Tehran and Western powers, was photographed by satellite off the Syrian port of Tartus.
    (AP, 9/7/19)
2019        Sep 6, Israeli forces shot dead two teenagers, ages 17 and 14, during regular weekend protests along the volatile fence separating Gaza from Israel. Militants in Gaza fired five projectiles into Israel in an apparent response to the deaths.
    (AP, 9/7/19)
2019        Sep 6, It was reported that Libya's state oil firm has restricted kerosene supplies to areas controlled by eastern commander Khalifa Haftar in what diplomats and oil officials said was an attempt to prevent his troops using them in their five-month-old battle to take the capital.
    (Reuters, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 6, Conservationists hoped the arrival of the environmentally-conscious Pope Francis will spotlight Madagascar's loss of 2% of primary rainforest last year, the highest of any tropical nation according to the World Resources Institute. Slash-and-burn farmers were driving humanity's smallest relative - the Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur - to extinction.
    (Reuters, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 6, In Malaysia religious authorities in Selangor state denounced Shi'ite Islam and asked mosques to call in sermons on their congregations to be vigilant over the spread of the "deviant teachings" of the Shi'ite sect.
    (Reuters, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 6, In Mauritius four gay plaintiffs filed an application to repeal an 1838 law against sodomy, known as section 250, in the country's Supreme Court. Homosexuality is taboo in Mauritius, a tiny island of 1.3 million people off Africa's south-east coast, and persecution of sexual minorities is common.
    (Reuters, 10/1/19)
2019        Sep 6, Mexico said it had reduced the flow of migrants arriving at its northern border by 56% in three months.
    (SFC, 9/7/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 6, Russian news agencies reported that investigators have issued an international arrest warrant for Sergei Petrov, owner of the country's largest car dealership and a former member of parliament. Russia's Investigative Committee accused Petrov, who says he is currently in Austria, of illegally transferring 4 billion rubles ($60.7 million) abroad.
    (Reuters, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 6, Dozens of flights were canceled and parks were closed in South Korea as powerful Typhoon Lingling gained momentum on its path toward the Korean Peninsula.
    (AP, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 6, Syrian army air defenses reportedly foiled a drone attack by "terrorist" groups on a main military base in northwestern Syria, where a Russian-brokered ceasefire has stopped months of fighting. Three drones carrying explosives were shot down.
    (Reuters, 9/7/19)
2019        Sep 6, In Turkey an Istanbul court sentenced Canan Kaftancioglu, the leader of the Istanbul branch of the secular Republican People's Party, to nearly 10 years in prison over a series of tweets. She was expected to appeal the verdict.
    (AP, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 6, The UN said it had sent aid to thousands of displaced Syrians living in an isolated desert camp near the Jordanian border, the first such delivery since February.
    (AFP, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 6, It was reported that Ibrahim Thiaw, executive secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification warned (during UN talks on the issue in New Delhi this week) that vast swathes of land, from Africa to the Middle East, are being left useless by climate shifts and human pressures such as deforestation, mining and farming, threatening to hike migration and conflict.
    (Reuters, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 6, A Vietnamese official said about 4.7 million pigs have been culled to contain an outbreak of African swine fever that has spread to all 63 provinces in the Southeast Asian country.
    (Reuters, 9/6/19)
2019        Sep 6, Former Zimbabwe Pres. Robert Mugabe (95) died in Singapore. The bush war guerrilla leader led Zimbabwe to independence in 1980 and crushed his foes during nearly four decades of rule as his country descended into poverty, hyperinflation and unrest.
    (Reuters, 9/6/19)

2019        Sep 7, With a series of tweets, President Donald Trump upended nearly a year of US-Taliban negotiations on ending America's longest war. He "called off" the talks and asserted that a planned secret meeting between him and Taliban leaders at Camp David, set for Sept. 8 just days before the 9/11 anniversary, is now canceled.
    (AP, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 7, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash became the first Republican congressman to call for Pres. Donald Trump's impeachment.
    (Yahoo News, 9/9/19)
2019        Sep 7, In Minnesota police near Minneapolis shot and killed a driver late today following a chase after he apparently emerged from his car holding a knife and refused their commands to drop it. Brian J. Quinones had streamed himself live on Facebook during the chase.
    (AP, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 7, In Oregon a small plane crashed after takeoff from Hood River killing the pilot and his passenger.
    (SSFC, 8/8/19, p.A6)
2019        Sep 7, The South Carolina Republican Party executive committee voted not to hold a presidential primary in 2020 to save money and pave the way for Trump's re-election.
    (Reuters, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 7, In Nevada two people were killed and three others injured late today in the crash of a small private plane near Henderson Executive Airport.
    (AP, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 7, Australian firefighters battled strong winds and fast-moving blazes as they worked to contain out-of-control bushfires that have destroyed at least 21 homes across two states on the country's east coast.
    (Reuters, 9/7/19)
2019        Sep 7, Charities, government agencies and even cruise ships loaded with supplies and volunteers rushed emergency aid to the storm-ravaged Bahamas amid fears of a "staggering" death toll left in the wake of Hurricane Dorian as the death toll rose to 43.
    (Reuters, 9/7/19)
2019        Sep 7, British cabinet member Amber Rudd resigned as work and pensions secretary and left Johnson’s ruling Conservative party, accusing him of “political vandalism" and alleging he is not trying hard enough to secure a Brexit deal with the European Union.
    (Bloomberg, 9/7/19)
2019        Sep 7, An Egyptian court sentenced 11 people to life in prison — including the head of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie — after a retrial on charges related to mass prison breaks at the height of the 2011 popular uprising.
    (AP, 9/7/19)
2019        Sep 7, Hong Kong police prevented anti-government protesters from blocking access to the airport, but fired tear gas for a second night running in the Chinese-ruled city's densely populated district of Mong Kok in the 14th week of unrest.
    (Reuters, 9/7/19)
2019        Sep 7, India's national security adviser said more than 200 suspected militants are trying to cross into Indian Kashmir from Pakistan, accusing Islamabad of trying to stoke violence in the region.
    (Reuters, 9/7/19)
2019        Sep 7, India's space agency lost contact with a spacecraft it was trying to land on the moon, in a setback for the nation's ambitious plans to become the first country to probe the unexplored lunar south pole. Communication was lost just as it was about to touch down.
    (Reuters, 9/7/19)
2019        Sep 7, Iran said it was no longer abiding by limits imposed on its uranium enrichment and centrifuge research by the 2015 nuclear accord, throwing down a new challenge to European leaders struggling to sustain their diplomatic push to calm the Gulf.
    (Bloomberg, 9/7/19)
2019        Sep 7, Iran said it has seized a boat and arrested 12 Filipino crewmen as it busted a suspected fuel-smuggling ring in the Strait of Hormuz waterway.
    (AP, 9/7/19)
2019        Sep 7, At least three Iraqi security force members and one civilian were killed in three separate attacks by militants. An army officer and soldier were killed when an explosive went off inside a house they were de-mining in the Sinjar district west of Mosul.
    (Reuters, 9/7/19)
2019        Sep 7, Israeli aircraft hit several military targets for Gaza's Hamas rulers late today after militants used a drone to drop a bomb on the Israeli side of the Gaza-Israel perimeter fence.
    (AP, 9/7/19)
2019        Sep 7, In Italy hundreds of demonstrators took over the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival for several hours, demanding action to fight climate change and a ban on cruise ships entering the lagoon city.
    (Reuters, 9/7/19)
2019        Sep 7, In Libya at least three fighters aligned with the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) were killed in an offensive aimed at pushing back eastern forces led by commander Khalifa Haftar.
    (Reuters, 9/7/19)
2019        Sep 7, In Madagascar Pope Francis denounced the illegal logging and exploitation of the island's unique natural resources as he opened a visit to the Indian Ocean nation with a plea for the government to fight the corruption that is ravaging the island's environment and keeping its people in "inhumane poverty".
    (AP, 9/7/19)
2019        Sep 7, Norwegian officials said they haven't been able to detect the cause behind an unexplained disease that is estimated to have killed dozens of dogs in the country in recent days.
    (AP, 9/7/19)
2019        Sep 7, A long-awaited swap of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine began with 70 people involved in the landmark exchange. They reportedly included the 24 Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia last year.
    (The Telegraph, 9/7/19)
2019        Sep 7, Typhoon Lingling hit South Korea and swept along the country's coast, toppling trees, grounding planes and causing at least three deaths before moving on to North Korea. At least 3 people were killed.
    (AP, 9/7/19)
2019        Sep 7, In Tunisia eight presidential candidates stood behind their podiums aiming to impress Tunisian voters this evening in the young democracy's first ever televised election debate.
    (Reuters, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 7, The UN said flooding triggered by heavy rains in Sudan have killed a total of 78 people across the country in the past two months.
    (AP, 9/7/19)
2019        Sep 7, Yemeni medics said they have pulled at least 130 bodies from the rubble of a rebel-run detention center that was hit on September 1 by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in the country's southwest.
    (AP, 9/7/19)

2019        Sep 8, US and Turkish troops conducted their first joint ground patrol in northeastern Syria as part of a so-called "safe zone" that Ankara has been pressing for in the volatile region. Turkey hoped the buffer zone, which it says should be at least 30 km (19 miles) deep, will keep Syrian Kurdish fighters away from its border.
    (AP, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 8, Firefighters in northern California continued to battle blazes. The Walker Fire in the Plumas National Forest had now expanded to 38,049 acres and was 7% contained.
    (SFC, 9/9/19, p.C4)
2019        Sep 8, The US Coast Guard said rescuers are looking for four crew members who are unaccounted for after a vessel overturned near a Georgia port. The Golden Ray cargo ship carrying 4,200 vehicles ran into trouble early today when it listed heavily in St. Simon Sound. Oil from the ship soon reached several parts of the Georgia coastline.
    (AP, 9/8/19)(SFC, 9/25/19, p.A5)
2019        Sep 8, Former South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford (59) announced in an interview with Fox News that he will challenge Pres. Donald Trump in the Republican Party primary.
    (Reuters, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 8, Amgen said an experimental drug that targets a specific genetic mutation reduced tumor size in around half of advanced lung cancer patients given the highest dose in a small, early-stage trial. Thirty-four lung cancer patients were enrolled in the Phase 1 dose-ranging trial, but Amgen has moved only the highest dose into a mid-stage study.
    (Reuters, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 8, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani urged the Taliban to end violence and talk directly to his government. The Taliban said US President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to cancel peace talks would lead to fresh losses to American lives in Afghanistan at a time when the insurgent group was ready to finalize a deal to end the war.
    (Reuters, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 8, Australian firefighters battled more than 100 bushfires across two eastern states as authorities warned that parts of the country could expected a severe bushfire season this summer.
    (Reuters, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 8, Several thousand people marched in Bosnia's first Gay Pride, protected by a major security operation including anti-sniper units after some conservative Muslim groups organized counter-rallies.
    (Reuters, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 8, In Burkina Faso an attack on the Dablo-Delbo road killed at least 14 civilians. Another 15 people were killed when a truck hit an explosive device on the road between Barsalogho and Guendbila in Sanmatenga province.
    (AP, 9/9/19)
2019        Sep 8, Canada's government authorized hundreds of troops to help clear trees after Storm Dorian tore through the Atlantic coast overnight, leaving almost half a million people in three provinces without power.
    (AP, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 8, In Ethiopia Dereje Negash of the Orthodox Church group dedicated to an Ethiopian saint, said the government's indifference on homosexuality is helping the LGBT movement in the country. Under Ethiopian law, homosexual acts are punishable with jail terms of up to 15 years.
    (AP, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 8, France's health ministry said heatwaves in June and July caused about 1,500 more deaths than usual over that period, though the figure was far lower than in the summer of 2003.
    (Reuters, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 8, The Georgian parliament approved a new government led by Russian-educated former interior minister Giorgi Gakharia in a move slammed by the opposition which has called for him to resign over a crackdown on anti-Russian protesters.
    (Reuters, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 8, Hong Kong police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the upmarket Causeway Bay shopping district, after demonstrators had rallied at the US Consulate calling for help in bringing democracy to the Chinese-ruled city.
    (Reuters, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 8, India imposed curfews in several parts of the contested Kashmir region, after clashes between security forces and Shi'ite Muslims taking part in a procession.
    (AP, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 8, Iran's atomic agency chief hit out at European powers, saying their broken promises gave the Islamic republic little choice but to scale back its commitments under a nuclear deal.
    (AFP, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 8, Iran's state news agency IRNA reported that the Iranian tanker Adrian Darya 1, at the center of a dispute between Tehran and Western powers, has delivered its cargo after docking somewhere on the Mediterranean coast. The tanker went dark off Syria last week.
    (Reuters, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 8, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet approved draft legislation to have cameras monitor polling stations in elections next week, a move opponents said was effectively meant to intimidate Arab voters. The legislation will go to parliament for approval before the Sept. 17 election.
    (Reuters, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 8, Japan braced for Typhoon Faxai cancelling trains and flights in Tokyo with destructive winds of up to 216 kph (134 mph) and heavy rain expected to hit the region overnight.
    (Reuters, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 8, In Lebanon the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement downed and seized an Israeli drone as it flew across the border, a week after a flash confrontation between the arch-foes. An air strike at "around midnight" killed 18 pro-Iranian fighters in eastern Syria.
    (The Telegraph, 9/9/19)
2019        Sep 8, In Madagascar Pope Francis celebrated Father Pedro Opeka (71), a former student of his, who is now sometimes called the country's "living saint" for having changed the lives of thousands of poor people who once lived in garbage dumps. Francis also condemned what he said was its clan culture of privilege and corruption that allows a very few to live in wealth while the vast majority languish in grinding poverty.
    (Reuters, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 8, Mexican women took to the streets of Mexico City again to demand justice for women who have been killed, kidnapped and sexually assaulted.
    (AP, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 8, North Korea reported that Typhoon Lingling has left five people dead and three injured since the storm made landfall in the country a day earlier.
    (AP, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 8, Norwegian energy company Equinor said it will clean up the onshore oil spill discovered this week at its Bahamas storage terminal in the aftermath of hurricane Dorian.
    (Reuters, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 8, Russians voted in local elections that tested the popularity of President Vladimir Putin and his allies after a crackdown on opposition protests in Moscow. The ruling United Russia party, which supports Putin, lost one third of its seats in the Moscow city assembly. The party retained its majority in the Moscow assembly following nationwide local elections, and its candidates for regional governor appeared to have won in St Petersburg and in 15 other parts of the vast country.
    (AP, 9/8/19)(Reuters, 9/9/19)
2019        Sep 8, Russian state communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said tech giants Google and Facebook had allowed political advertising during today's regional elections despite being asked to ban such publicity.
    (Reuters, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 8, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates called for an end to fighting in southern Yemen between forces loyal to the internationally recognized government and UAE-backed separatists.
    (AP, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 8, Saudi Arabia's king appointed his son, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, as energy minister, replacing Khalid al-Falih and for the first time handing the portfolio in the world's top oil exporter to a member of the royal family.
    (Reuters, 9/8/19)
2019        Sep 8, In South Africa two more people were killed in Johannesburg, bringing to 12 the number of deaths since violence against foreign-owned shops erupted last month. At least 640 people have been arrested since the violence erupted last week.
    (AP, 9/9/19)
2019        Sep 8, In Sudan Arab and Nubian tribes in Red Sea state signed a reconciliation deal under pressure from the country's most prominent military commander after clashes that triggered a state of emergency and left at least 16 dead last month.
    (Reuters, 9/8/19)

2019        Sep 9, The head of the US National Weather Service issued a strong public defense of forecasters who contradicted Pres. Trump's claim that Hurricane Dorian posed a threat to the state of Alabama.
    (SFC, 9/10/19, p.A6)
2019        Sep 9, Scientists reported that a large marine heat wave has warmed the northern Pacific Ocean and is threatening to disrupt sea life from Alaska to southern California. The warm water is officially known as the Northeast Pacific Marine Heatwave of 2019 and is the 2nd largest in 40 years.
    (SFC, 9/10/19, p.A1)
2019        Sep 9, In Minnesota a homeless man started a fire that destroyed the 117-yeal-old Adas Israel Synagogue in Duluth. In October Matthew Amiot (36) pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three months in jail.
    (SFC, 10/28/19, p.A4)
2019        Sep 9, Oklahoma City police officers shot and killed a man after he fled a home where a woman was fatally shot. Police said the man led them on a chase and pointed a gun at them.
    (AP, 9/10/19)
2019        Sep 9, Authorities in southern Texas discovered about 270 animals, about two dozen of them dead, on property in the small community of Los Fresnos, north of Brownsville, after receiving complaints from neighbors about barking dogs. Tiffany Woodington (49) was later charged in Missouri with 10 counts of felony animal abuse and two misdemeanor counts of animal abuse. Her husband, Steven Woodington (55) was charged in Texas with animal cruelty. The couple operated All Accounted For, which brought rescued animals from Texas to Missouri.
    (AP, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 9, James Fields, the man convicted of ramming his car into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was ordered to pay about $75,000 in total to four of his victims.
    (AP, 9/10/19)
2019        Sep 9, Robert Frank (b.1924), Swiss-born American photographer, died at his home in Nova Scotia, Canada. His work included "The Americas" (1959), a masterwork of black and white photographs drawn from US cross-country trips in the mid-1950s.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Frank)(SSFC, 9/15/19, p.B9)
2019        Sep 9, Drug developer Neurotrope Inc's shares tumbled nearly 80% after the company said its experimental treatment for Alzheimer's disease did not meet the main goal of a mid-stage study.
    (Reuters, 9/9/19)
2019        Sep 9, In the Bahamas rescue workers wearing white hazard suits continued their grim search for bodies and survivors in the hurricane-ravaged islands as the death toll reached 45.
    (Reuters, 9/9/19)
2019        Sep 9, In Brazil miners protested the government's crackdown in Pará by closing a major highway used to transport soybeans and corn to a key river port in the state, demanding that officials stop burning their equipment during raids. A regional head of Brazil's environmental authority was fired two days later, after he made public comments saying he would no longer burn machinery, some of it seized from illegal miners, in an area heavily affected by forest fires. Evandro Cunha dos Santos was tapped a week earlier to run environmental enforcement in the northern state of Pará.
    (Reuters, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 9, The spokesman for Britain's PM Boris Johnson said parliament will be suspended at the end of business today until the middle of next month.
    (Reuters, 9/9/19)
2019        Sep 9, British Airways canceled almost all its flights for 48 hours, affecting as many as 195,000 travelers, due to a strike by pilots over pay.
    (AP, 9/9/19)
2019        Sep 9, Germany said it will resume training border police in Saudi Arabia, after suspending the practice following the killing last year of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
    (AP, 9/9/19)
2019        Sep 9, In Hong Kong hundreds of uniformed school students, many wearing masks, formed human chains in districts across the city in support of anti-government protesters after another weekend of clashes.
    (Reuters, 9/9/19)
2019        Sep 9, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu failed in his eleventh hour bid to legislate that cameras be installed in polling stations to prevent what his supporters claim is voting fraud in Arab districts.
    (AP, 9/9/19)
2019        Sep 9, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled what he said was a previously undisclosed Iranian nuclear weapons site, further escalating a showdown between the two enemy countries.
    (AP, 9/10/19)
2019        Sep 9, Typhoon Faxai barreled through Japan's Tokyo region early today with record-breaking winds, killing one woman and leaving more than 900,000 homes without power.
    (The Telegraph, 9/9/19)
2019        Sep 9, Portugal police said they have broken up a counterfeit money ring that used dark websites to sell fake banknotes in exchange for virtual currency, arresting five people including the suspected kingpin who was extradited from Colombia. Europol assisted Portuguese police in the operation, code-named Deep Money.
    (Reuters, 9/9/19)
2019        Sep 9, Saudi Arabia said it wants to enrich uranium for its nuclear power program, potentially complicating talks with Washington on an atomic pact and the role of US companies.
    (Reuters, 9/9/19)
2019        Sep 9, Digging ended in Raqqa, Syria, on the latest mass grave found there, with a total of 19 bodies found, including three women and two children. So far, 5,218 bodies have been exhumed from mass graves or from under the ruins of destroyed buildings around Raqqa.
    (AP, 9/9/19)
2019        Sep 9, The United Nations' atomic watchdog (IAEA) confirmed that Iran is preparing to use more advanced centrifuges, another breach of limits set in the country's unraveling nuclear deal with major powers.
    (AP, 9/9/19)
2019        Sep 9, The UN human rights chief said that extrajudicial killings appeared to be continuing in Venezuela and the Special Action Forces (FAES) presumed to be responsible had received support from the highest levels of government.
    (Reuters, 9/9/19)
2019        Sep 9, Pope Francis wrapped up a trip to Africa with a lightning visit to the Indian Ocean island country of Mauritius. Authorities there cast remarks from Pope Francis as a boost for their claim to a chain of islands held by Britain, including one rented to the United States for the Diego Garcia air base.
    (Reuters, 9/9/19)

2019        Sep 10, US Pres. Donald Trump tweeted his decision to dismiss National Security advisor John Bolton, who said he had resigned. The abrupt sacking of John Bolton as national security adviser freed Trump to pursue his own brand of foreign policy.
    (AFP, 9/11/19)(Business Insider, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 10, A dozen leaders of a California-based ministry were arrested on charges that they used homeless people as forced labor, holding them in locked group homes and forcing them to panhandle up to nine hours a day, six days a week. The former pastor of Imperial Valley Ministries, Victor Gonzalez, and the others were arrested in San Diego, El Centro near the Southern California border with Mexico and Brownsville, Texas.
    (AP, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 10, In northern California nearly 1,100 firefighters from several states continued to battle the 47,340 acre Walker Fire in the Plumas national Forest. The fire was 12% contained.
    (SFC, 9/11/19, p.C2)
2019        Sep 10, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill to bar oil and gas drilling from the state's coastal waters. Sununu, a Republican, has opposed a Trump administration proposal to expand offshore drilling in the area.
    (AP, 9/10/19)
2019        Sep 10, In North Carolina Republican Dan Bishop held onto a seat for the GOP in the Ninth Congressional district in a narrow victory over Democrat Dan McCready.
    (Yahoo News, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 10, It was reported that Planned Parenthood will close two Cincinnati health centers that together serve more than 6,000 patients a year. The planned closure of the Springdale Health Center and Western Hills Health Center comes after the organization refused to follow new rules for receiving federal money for birth control and other reproductive health services.
    (AP, 9/10/19)
2019        Sep 10, In Texas death row inmate Mark Anthony Soliz (37) was executed for shooting a 61-year-old grandmother in her home in 2010, despite lawyers arguing he should be considered intellectually disabled.
    (AP, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 10, Daniel Dale Johnston (b.1961), American singer-songwriter and visual artist, died in Waller, Texas. He was regarded as a significant figure in outsider, lo-fi, and alternative music scenes. Most of his work consisted of cassettes recorded alone in his home, and his music was frequently cited for its "pure" and "childlike" qualities. Johnston spent extended periods in psychiatric institutions and was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He gathered a local following in the 1980s by passing out tapes of his music while working at a McDonald's in Austin, Texas. His cult status was propelled when Nirvana's Kurt Cobain was seen wearing a T-shirt that featured artwork from Johnston's 1983 album Hi, How Are You. In 2005, Johnston was the subject of the documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Johnston)
2019        Sep 10, Apple unveiled new iPhones that are largely unchanged from previous models. The price of the iPhone 11 was cut to $700 from $750, the price of last year's XR.
    (SFC, 9/11/19, p.D1)
2019        Sep 10, Facebook Inc said it will no longer allow graphic images of self-harm on its platform as it tightens its policies on suicide content amid growing criticism of how social media companies moderate violent and potentially dangerous content. The statement came on World Suicide Prevention Day.
    (Reuters, 9/10/19)
2019        Sep 10, Amazon.com Inc said it will launch its Prime subscription service in Brazil, where it has struggled against tough local competition in Latin America's largest economy.
    (Reuters, 9/10/19)
2019        Sep 10, It was reported that IBM is joining forces with a German research institute to explore the potential of quantum computing in a project that the government in Berlin will back to the tune of 650 million euros ($717 million) over two years.
    (Reuters, 9/10/19)
2019        Sep 10, It was reported that Argentina has burned through $15 billion in foreign reserves over the last month to stabilize the peso, which crashed along with the country's bonds after a sharp electoral defeat for market-friendly president Mauricio Macri.
    (Reuters, 9/10/19)
2019        Sep 10, Brazilian federal police arrested Marcio Lobao, the son of a former energy minister, as part of an investigation into corruption and money laundering involving construction of the Belo Monte dam. Parana state prosecutors said Lobao and his father received bribes worth about $12 million from the Odebrecht construction conglomerate and another company between 2008 and 2014.
    (SFC, 9/11/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 10, Several British lawmakers launched a new group to bolster efforts to secure a deal to leave the European Union, hoping to persuade parliament finally to pass an agreement based on one it rejected three times.
    (Reuters, 9/10/19)
2019        Sep 10, Bulgarian prosecutors charged the head of an NGO with spying for Russia as part of a scheme they said aimed to draw Bulgaria away from its Western allies and towards Moscow. Prosecutors said Nikolai Malinov (50), head of the National Russophile Movement, had worked for Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, run mainly by former foreign intelligence officials, and also for a Russian NGO, the Double-Headed Eagle, since 2010.
    (Reuters, 9/10/19)
2019        Sep 10, Canadian author Margaret Atwood said a deterioration in women's rights in some parts of the world including in the United States prompted her to write a sequel to her best-selling 1985 novel "The Handmaid's Tale".
    (Reuters, 9/10/19)
2019        Sep 10, Colombia threatened to denounce Cuba at the UN unless it immediately turns over two guerrilla commanders believed to be living on the communist island.
    (AP, 9/10/19)
2019        Sep 10, Media watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists listed Eritrea as the world’s most censored state. North Korea and Turkmenistan came in 2nd and third. The report also cited extreme measures in nine other countries including China and Saudi Arabia.
    (AFP, 9/10/19)
2019        Sep 10, Incoming European Commission Pres. Ursula Von Der Leyen named Margrethe Vestager as European competition commissioner tasked with making Europe fit for the digital age for the 2019-2024 period, giving her an unprecedented 2nd term in the influential position.
    (Reuters, 9/10/19)
2019        Sep 10, The European Union said limits on Gazprom's access to the Opal gas pipeline will apply after Europe's top court rejected a later decision that lifted curbs on flows via Opal from Russia's Nord Stream pipeline to Germany.
    (Reuters, 9/10/19)
2019        Sep 10, Thousands of Hong Kong soccer fans booed loudly and turned their backs when the Chinese national anthem was played before a World Cup qualifier match against Iran, taking the city's months of protests into the sports realm.
    (AP, 9/10/19)
2019        Sep 10, Former Indonesian president B.J. Habibie (83) died. He came to power during the country's turbulent transition to democracy after former strongman leader Suharto stepped down in 1998. He held power for 17 months until the late Abdurrahman Wahid became president.
    (Reuters, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 10, In Iraq a walkway collapsed and set off a stampede in the city of Karbala as thousands of Shiite Muslims marked Ashoura, one of the most solemn holy days of the year. At least 31 people were killed and about 100 were injured.
    (AP, 9/10/19)
2019        Sep 10, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's vowed to annex the Jordan Valley if re-elected next week. The Jordan Valley makes up about one-fourth of the West Bank, which is the centerpiece of any future Palestinian state.
    (AP, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 10, The NSO Group, an Israeli spyware company that has been accused of helping authoritarian governments stifle dissent, said it has adopted "a new human rights policy" to ensure its software is not misused.
    (AP, 9/10/19)
2019        Sep 10, A Nigerian Shi'ite group, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), banned by the government said police killed 12 of its members and injured more on during marches in the north of country to mark the Ashura Muslim holiday.
    (Reuters, 9/10/19)
2019        Sep 10, North Korea fired projectiles into the sea, hours after Pyongyang said it was willing to hold working-level talks this month with the United States.
    (The Telegraph, 9/10/19)
2019        Sep 10, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he will ignore an international court ruling affirming his country’s territorial claims in the South China Sea in order to advance oil exploration plans with Beijing.
    (Bloomberg, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 10, Masked Polish border guards boarded a Greenpeace tall ship as it was trying to block coal from being delivered to the Gdansk port. 18 activists were arrested and the ship was seized.
    (SFC, 9/11/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 10, It was reported that Rwanda will take in refugees and asylum-seekers trapped in Libya under an agreement signed with the United Nations and African Union.
    (AP, 9/10/19)
2019        Sep 10, Serbia praised China for boosting the Balkan nation's military with drones and other equipment amid Western concerns that the arms buildup could threaten fragile peace in the region.
    (AP, 9/10/19)
2019        Sep 10, Sudan's Health Ministry said it had identified 37 people with acute watery diarrhea between Aug. 28 and Sept. 8 and that three of them have died. It was not immediately clear when they died or if they had cholera.
    (Reuters, 9/10/19)
2019        Sep 10, Air strikes hit a part of northwest Syria for the first time since a ceasefire in the region was declared 10 days ago. The Russian Defence Ministry denied that Russian or Syrian warplanes struck the Idlib de-escalation zone.
    (AP, 9/10/19)
2019        Sep 10, Turkey accused the United States of taking only "cosmetic steps" toward the creation of a so-called "safe zone" in northeast Syria and renewed Ankara's threat of unilateral military intervention to form a buffer area along its border.
    (AP, 9/10/19)

2019        Sep 11, America marked the 18th anniversary of the worst terror attack on US soil. Nearly 3,000 people were killed when terrorist-piloted planes slammed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.
    (AP, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 11, US Pres. Donald Trump urged the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates to zero or even usher in negative rates.
    (SFC, 9/12/19, p.D1)
2019        Sep 11, The Trump administration announced plans to remove all flavored e-cigarettes from store shelves in a widening crackdown on vaping, as officials warned that sweet flavors had drawn millions of children into nicotine addiction.
    (Reuters, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 11, The US Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to resume denying asylum to virtually all Central Americans who try to enter the US at the Mexican border. It said that so long as the migrant issue is being litigated, immigrants who want asylum can be required to first seek safe haven in a third country through which they travel on the way to the US.
    (Reuters, 9/12/19)(SFC, 9/12/19, p.A6)
2019        Sep 11, A judge in San Francisco ordered Starkist Co. to pay a $100 million fine in a canned tuna price-fixing conspiracy involving the industry's top three companies.
    (SFC, 9/13/19, p.D1)
2019        Sep 11, Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma reached a tentative deal with about half the states and thousands of local governments over its role in the nation's deadly opioid epidemic. Sources said that Purdue will pay up to $12 billion over time and that the Sackler family will give up control of the company.
    (SFC, 9/12/19, p.A7)
2019        Sep 11, In Florida Chinese businesswoman Yujing Zhang (33) was convicted of trespassing at Pres. Trump's mar-a-Lago club and lying to Secret Service agents. She faced up to six years in prison.
    (SFC, 9/12/19, p.A6)
2019        Sep 11, The Roman Catholic archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis said he has opened an investigation under a new Vatican protocol into allegations that the bishop of Crookston interfered with investigations into clerical sexual misconduct.
    (AP, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 11, In Ohio a cargo plane approaching the Toledo Express Airport crashed into several unoccupied vehicles at an auto repair shop in a fiery wreck that killed both people aboard the aircraft.
    (AP, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 11, Virginia said it has joined a growing number of states suing members of the family that owns Purdue Pharma for their alleged role in the nation's opioid crisis. At least 20 other states have filed lawsuits naming the Sackler family as defendants.
    (AP, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 11, General Motors Co said it is recalling 3.46 million US pickup trucks and SUVs to address a vacuum pump issue that could make braking more difficult and that has been linked to 113 accidents and 13 injuries.
    (Reuters, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 11, In Algeria Karim Tabou, a prominent opposition leader, was taken into custody and charged with "contributing to weakening army morale".
    (Reuters, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 11, Australia's government and media said two women who are dual British-Australian citizens and an Australian man have been detained in Iran, one of them sentenced to 10 years in prison. A British-Australian blogger and her Australian boyfriend were detained 10 weeks ago while traveling through Asia. The Times newspaper in London reported that a British-Australian academic who studied at Cambridge University and was lecturing at an Australian university was detained separately and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    (AP, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 11, Britain's PM Boris Johnson lost a Scottish court ruling on the suspension of Parliament, throwing the deadlocked British political system into even greater confusion ahead of the Oct. 31 Brexit date.
    (Bloomberg, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 11, The five members of the Southern African Customs Union and Mozambique said they have reached a deal with the UK to govern trade between them after Brexit.
    (Bloomberg, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 11, Czech Pres. Milos Zeman sparked ire when he said he’d ask his nation’s leadership whether the European Union member could undo its recognition of Kosovo, making him an unexpected backer of Serbia in the Balkans’ biggest territorial dispute.
    (Bloomberg, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 11, The Association of European Carmakers (ACEA) said a no-deal Brexit should be avoided at all costs as it would hurt the automotive industry.
    (Reuters, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 11, The Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) said the German economy will slide into a recession in the current quarter, as it slashed its growth forecasts for Europe's biggest economy due to trade disputes and Brexit uncertainty.
    (Reuters, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 11, Ryan Air and its pilot's union said pilots in Germany have reached a wage agreement with Ryanair for the first time, a boost to the budget carrier which is facing industrial unrest elsewhere in Europe.
    (Reuters, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 11, In Italy an international consortium of scientists and conservationists announced that they have succeeded in creating two embryos of the near-extinct northern white rhino, a milestone in assisted reproduction that may be a pivotal turning point in the fate of the species.
    (AP, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 11, In Spain tens of thousands supporting the secession of Catalonia gathered in Barcelona on the region's main holiday, just weeks before a highly anticipated verdict in a case against 12 leaders of the separatist movement. The Sept. 11 holiday memorializes the fall of Barcelona in the Spanish War of Succession in 1714.
    (AP, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 11, Sudan's newly appointed government and rebel leaders agreed on a roadmap aimed at ending war in the country by year end, following the military's ouster of autocratic President Omar al-Bashir in April.
    (AP, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 11, Police in Ukraine raided the headquarters of PrivatBank, the country's largest lender, after a court allowed them to do so as part of a criminal investigation into whether some of its officials had overstepped their authority.
    (Reuters, 9/11/19)
2019        Sep 11, Yemen's Houthi rebels said their fighters killed Mohamed Ali Qayed Dawy (54) in an operation in central Marib province. Rebels said he was a spy for archenemy Saudi Arabia held him responsible for the recent assassination of Ibrahim al-Houthi, their leader's brother.
    (AP, 9/12/19)

2019        Sep 12, The US said that it will disclose the name of a Saudi citizen sought by lawyers for victims of the Sept. 11 attacks who want to link the kingdom to the terrorist plot. Justice Department lawyers said in a court filing that the FBI will make the name available to a limited circle of people that includes lawyers for survivors and victims' relatives as well as to attorneys for the Saudi government.
    (AP, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 12, The Trump administration rolled back a key provision of the Clean Water Act, doing away with protections for many wetlands and streams across the country and making it easier for farmers, builders and industry execs to develop their land.
    (SFC, 9/13/19, p.C1)
2019        Sep 12, The Democratic-led US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted to intensify its investigation of Republican President Donald Trump, as lawmakers edged closer to deciding whether to recommend his impeachment.
    (Reuters, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 12, More than 100 chief executives of some of the nation's most well-known companies called on the US Senate to take action to tackle gun violence, including expanding background checks and strengthening so-called red flag laws.
    (Reuters, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 12, This year's Ig Nobel winners included: Dutch and Turkish researchers who figured out which nation has the yuckiest money, an Italian scientist who urges consumption of pizza for its health benefits, and an Iranian engineer who obtained a US patent for a diaper-changing machine.
    (AP, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 12, The US Dept. of Education's Office for Civil Rights found that Chicago public schools' handling of sexual abuse complaints to be "tragic and inexcusable" and required a major overhaul. Student complaints had dated back several years.
    (SFC, 9/13/19, p.A5)
2019        Sep 12, In New Mexico five people were killed, and six others wounded late today at three shooting scenes that occurred over a 90-minute span in Albuquerque.
    (AP, 9/13/19)(SFC, 9/14/19, p.A6)
2019        Sep 12, Ohio-based Sherwin-Williams, a Fortune 500 paint company, announced it's searching for a new location for its global headquarters and research-and-development facility. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson soon replied that the city is working to keep Sherwin-Williams from leaving town.
    (AP, 9/14/19)
2019        Sep 12, A US federal judge blocked Tennessee's new restrictions for registering voters from taking effect on October 1, saying any benefit from the law probably won't outweigh its potential harm.
    (SFC, 9/13/19, p.A5)
2019        Sep 12, In Texas the Democratic primary debate was the first to bring all of the top contenders together on one stage. Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke stood by his call for a mandatory government buyback program for AK-47 and AR-15 rifles during this night’s presidential primary debate in Houston, saying “Hell yes" the government would take the firearms from their owners.
    (Yahoo News, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 12, United Auto Workers (UAW) President Gary Jones and his predecessor were unnamed officials listed in a federal criminal complaint detailing alleged corruption and embezzlement by union leaders. The complaint was released just two days before the UAW's contracts with Detroit's automakers GM, Ford Motor Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV expire on Sept. 14, raising questions about the status of ongoing contract talks.
    (Reuters, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 12, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy because of financial fallout from the church's decades-long sex abuse scandal. A New York law that went into effect last month gives victims of childhood sexual abuse one year to file lawsuits that had previously been barred because the allegations were too old.
    (AP, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 12, The US Coast Guard closed part of the Houston Ship Channel to vessel traffic near Baytown, Texas, after 11 Greenpeace USA protesters suspended themselves by cables over the key oil export waterway.
    (Reuters, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 12, Google said it has agreed to pay close to 1 billion euros ($1.10 billion) to French authorities to settle a fiscal fraud probe that began four years ago in a deal that may create a legal precedent for other large tech companies present in the country.
    (Reuters, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 12, A Bahamas preliminary report estimated that Hurricane Dorian caused about $7 billion in damage. About 2,500 people were now listed as missing.
    (SFC, 9/13/19, p.A4)
2019        Sep 12, Belgian and French researchers said they have detected high accumulations of industrial fluids and mercury in the blubber and skin of the rare bottlenose dolphins off the northwest coast of France.
    (AP, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 12, One of Bosnia's two regional governments designated the Una river a nature park, seeking to head off plans being considered by Croatia to build a landfill site for radioactive waste near the border between the two countries.
    (Reuters, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 12, PM Boris Johnson also vowed that Britain will be ready for a no-deal departure from the EU on October 31 despite his own government's assessment that planning remained "at a low level." Johnson also denied that he had lied to Queen Elizabeth II when requesting she suspend parliament this month in the run-up to Brexit.
    (AFP, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 12, Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever released a list of its global tea suppliers, bolstering a drive to stamp out worker exploitation and modern-day slavery on plantations.
    (Reuters, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 12, In Congo DRC up to 50 people were reported killed when a cargo train derailed in the southeastern province of Tanganyika early today.
    (Reuters, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 12, The European Central Bank delivered a new blast of monetary stimulus to help the shaky economy in the face of uncertainties like the US-China trade conflict and Brexit.
    (AP, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 12, A French court found Princess Hessa bint Salman, the only daughter of Saudi Arabia's King Salman, guilty of complicity in violence for ordering her bodyguard to detain and strike a plumber in 2016 for taking photos at the Saudi royal family's apartment in Paris. The court also found the bodyguard, Rani Saida, guilty on charges of violence, sequestration and theft.
    (AP, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 12, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu threatened war in Gaza and then flew to Russia to discuss Israeli freedom of action in Syria with President Vladimir Putin as a frenetic election race neared its end.
    (Reuters, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 12, Kenya's acting finance minister said the government plans "brutal" cuts to spending, including on government officials' overseas trips, in an effort to rein in the fiscal deficit.
    (Reuters, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 12, A conservation expert in Malaysia said soaring Chinese demand for the stinky durian fruit is turning into the next big threat to Malaysia's depleted rainforest.
    (Reuters, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 12, Mexico took issue with a US Supreme Court ruling granting a Trump administration request to fully enforce a new rule curtailing asylum applications by immigrants at the US-Mexico border.
    (AP, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 12, OPEC agreed to trim oil output by asking over-producing members Iraq and Nigeria to bring production in line with their targets as the group strives to prevent a glut amid soaring US production and a slowing global economy. Oil prices have dropped below $60 per barrel in recent weeks from their 2019 peaks of $75.
    (Reuters, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 12, Russia's Pres. Vladimir Putin signed new protocols to clarify how authorities will monitor "compliance with the law on Lake Baikal's conservation and environmental rehabilitation".
    (South China Morning Post, 9/22/19)
2019        Sep 12, Russian investigators raided dozens of regional offices of top protest leader Alexei Navalny as well as the homes of his supporters after mass opposition rallies this summer.
    (AFP, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 12, A large area of southeast Spain was battered by what was forecast to be its heaviest rainfall in more than a century, with the storms wreaking widespread destruction and killing at least two people.
    (AP, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 12, Sudan's new PM Abdalla Hamdok flew to South Sudan on a two-day visit to cement a new plan for peace talks with many of the rebel groups fighting against the government, brokered the previous day by Sudan's southern neighbor.
    (Reuters, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 12, In Sudan thousands protested outside the presidential palace in Khartoum, calling for the appointment of top judicial officials and justice for demonstrators killed since December.
    (Reuters, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 12, In Syria air strikes pounded the south of the Idlib region, despite a ceasefire that had halted a fierce army offensive against the rebel stronghold two weeks ago.
    (Reuters, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 12, In southeastern Turkey Kurdish rebels reportedly detonated an improvised explosive device on a road near the town of Kulp, killing four people and wounding 13 others.
    (AP, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 12, The UN Security Council voted unanimously to ease the arms embargo on the Central African Republic's government following its signing of a peace agreement with 14 armed groups in February and progress in reforming its security sector.
    (AP, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 12, The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution renewing its mission in Libya for another year and pledging to support struggling efforts to build a ceasefire in the war-torn country.
    (AFP, 9/12/19)
2019        Sep 12, In Uzbekistan the body of Shokir Shavkatov (25), a gay man, was found stabbed to death inside his flat in Tashkent. A suspect (28) was soon taken in custody and charged with premeditated murder. The murder cast the spotlight on the treatment of LGBT+ people in the country and raised questions over government reforms aimed at attracting foreign investment.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)(http://tinyurl.com/yyl9k5mn)

2019        Sep 13, The US Treasury announced sanctions on three North Korean hacking groups it said were involved in the "WannaCry" ransomware attacks and hacking of international banks and customer accounts. It named the groups as Lazarus Group, Bluenoroff, and Andariel and said they were controlled by the RGB, North Korea's primary intelligence bureau, which is already subject to US and United Nations sanctions.
    (Reuters, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 13, The US Justice Department said United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) must pay $8.4 million to settle allegations that the company was overcharging the federal government for package deliveries.
    (AP, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 13, Outside the DC White House Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg (16), who has shot to global fame for inspiring worldwide student strikes to promote action against climate change, took her mission to President Donald Trump’s doorstep. Hundreds of mostly young people joined her across the street.
    (Reuters, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 13, US government experts backed an experimental treatment for children with peanut allergies that could become the first federally approved option for preventing life-threatening reactions.
    (AP, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 13, In Boston actress Felicity Huffman (56) was sentenced to 14 days in prison for paying for someone to cheat on her daughter's university entrance exam.
    (SFC, 9/14/19, p.A7)
2019        Sep 13, In New Mexico Arthur Perrault (81), a former Roman Catholic priest who fled the country decades ago, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of sexually abusing an altar boy at a veterans' cemetery and military base. Perrault had pleaded not guilty after he was returned to the US from Morocco in 2017 and maintained his innocence at the sentencing.
    (AP, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 13, The New York state's attorney general's office said it had tracked about $1 billion in wire transfers by the Sackler family, including through Swiss bank accounts, suggesting the family tried to shield wealth as it faced a raft of litigation over its role in the opioid crisis.
    (SFC, 9/14/19, p.A6)
2019        Sep 13, Students at Liberty University in Virginia gathered to protest in the wake of news reports containing allegations that school president Jerry Falwell Jr. improperly benefited from the institution and disparaged students in emails.
    (AP, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 13, In Washington state a federal jury awarded three people who sued over a deadly Dec. 8, 2017, Amtrak derailment nearly $17 million for their pain and suffering.
    (AP, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 13, Pacific Gas & Electric and a group of insurers announced they reached an $11 billion settlement to cover most of the claims from wildfires in California in 2017 and 2018.
    (AP, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 13, Harvard University expressed remorse for accepting millions of dollars in gifts from Jeffrey Epstein in the years before his 2008 sex crimes conviction and said it regretted its association with the disgraced financier. Harvard added that it will donate the total unspent balance of $186,000 to organizations that support victims of human trafficking and sexual assault.
    (Reuters, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 13, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt referred 12 former clergy for potential criminal prosecution after his office completed a 13-month investigation of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church.
    (AP, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 13, Developing company Texas Central said Italian builder Salini Impregilo and its US subsidiary Lane Construction Company have signed a contract to help build a new high-speed train line in Texas.
    (Reuters, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 13, American musician Eddie Money (b.1949) died in Los Angeles. His hits, including "Two Tickets to Paradise" and "Baby Hold On," formed part of the rock and power pop soundtrack of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
    (Reuters, 9/13/19)(SFC, 9/14/19, p.C1)
2019        Sep 13, A negotiating team from the Taliban arrived in Russia, just days after US President Donald Trump declared dead a deal with the insurgent group in Afghanistan. The meeting underlined the necessity of renewing talks between the US and the Taliban, and that the Taliban confirmed their readiness to continuing dialogue with Washington.
    (AP, 9/14/19)
2019        Sep 13, In Algeria tens of thousands of Algerians marched in Algiers to demand that the rest of the ruling elite follow former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika in quitting power before any new election. 22 citizens were detained in the march.
    (Reuters, 9/13/19)(SFC, 9/16/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 13, In Brazil at least 11 people were killed in a fire that raced through Badim Hospital in Rio de Janeiro.
    (SFC, 9/14/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 13, Canada's national police announced the arrest of Cameron Jay Ortis (47), a senior intelligence official, for trying to disclose classified information to a foreign entity.
    (SFC, 9/14/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 13, The Prague state attorney said he had halted a criminal investigation into whether Czech PM Andrej Babis had abused EU subsidies, ending what had become a major headache for the businessman-turned-politician.
    (Reuters, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 13, In France the biggest strike in more than a decade hit Paris public transport. Unions were protesting pension reform plans by the government of Pres. Emmanuel Macron.
    (SFC, 9/14/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 13, French authorities banned the owners of Mischa, a sick bear, from displaying the animal in public shows after an inspection found that it suffered from severe health problems and was being held under poor conditions.
    (AP, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 13, Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters took to the hills to form flashlight-carrying human chains, using the colorful Mid-Autumn Festival as a backdrop to the latest in more than three months of sometimes violent demonstrations.
    (Reuters, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 13, In India at least 11 people drowned when their boat capsized on a lake in Bhopal. More than 30 Hindu worshippers were reported drowned in swollen rivers and lakes as thousands participated in religious ceremonies.
    (SFC, 9/14/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 13, Indonesia's environment minister said some forest fires in its territory had started on land used by subsidiaries of Malaysian companies, as the two neighbors traded blame for blazes that have spread haze across the region.
    (Reuters, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 13, Indonesia's finance ministry said it will raise the minimum price of cigarettes by more than a third from January next year, as part of the government's efforts to reduce smoking rates. According to the WHO nearly 70% of adult men smoke in Indonesia.
    (Reuters, 9/14/19)
2019        Sep 13, In Libya two commanders of the eastern Libyan forces trying to take the capital Tripoli from the internationally-recognized government were killed late today in a drone strike. Mohsen al-Kani, head of the Kaniyat armed group, and Abdelwahab al-Magri, head of the 9th brigade died in the strike. A brother of Kani was also killed.
    (Reuters, 9/14/19)
2019        Sep 13, Russia's Ministry of Transport said the state had bought passenger carriages and locomotives for a new rail route linking Russian cities to Crimea, but declined to say who had supplied the new rolling stock.
    (Reuters, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 13, In South Africa Bavelile Hlongwa (38), the Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, died in a car accident. South Africa's mining industry directly contributes more than 7% to the economy which has been struggling with anemic growth over the last decade.
    (Reuters, 9/14/19)
2019        Sep 13, Spain said four people have been killed and over 1,500 evacuated in two days of torrential rains in the southeast, with many roads, train networks and an airport closed today and emergency services rescuing people stuck in flooded highway tunnels.
    (Reuters, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 13, Former Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu announced his resignation from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party and said he plans to form a new political movement.
    (AP, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 13, Six UAE troops were reported killed in a "collision" in southern Yemen.
    (AP, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 13, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres selected a Nigerian general to lead a UN investigation into attacks on hospitals and other civilian sites in Syria's last opposition stronghold in the northwest amid protests that its findings will be kept secret.
    (AP, 9/13/19)
2019        Sep 13, Zimbabwe's central bank said it had raised its overnight borrowing rate from 50% to 70% after a surge in inflation and a steep fall in the domestic currency. The central bank added that it was introducing dollar-denominated savings bonds with a 3-year tenor and an interest rate of 7.5% to try to stimulate greater saving.
    (Reuters, 9/13/19)

2019        Sep 14, US President Donald Trump confirmed that Hamza bin Laden, the son and designated heir of Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, was killed in a counter-terrorism operation along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. US media reported in late July and early August, citing intelligence officials, that the younger Bin Laden had been killed sometime in the last two years in an operation that involved the United States.
    (The Telegraph, 9/14/19)
2019        Sep 14, President Donald Trump gave a boost to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu days before he faces his fiercest political test in more than a decade. Trump said he and Netanyahu discussed the possibility of moving forward on a "mutual defense" treaty between the allies.
    (AP, 9/14/19)(AFP, 9/15/19)
2019        Sep 14, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of leading attacks on Saudi oil plants that have cut the kingdom's output roughly in half, as he ruled out Yemeni involvement and denounced Tehran for engaging in false diplomacy. Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group claimed credit for the attacks on two plants at the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry, including the world's biggest petroleum processing facility.
    (AP, 9/14/19)
2019        Sep 14, In Oklahoma fights broke out at the Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center in Vinita. The next day more fights broke out at prisons in Hominy, Sayre, Fort Supply, Lawton and Stringtown. One inmate was left dead and more than a dozen injured.
    (AP, 9/16/19)
2019        Sep 14, Officials temporarily suspended aid efforts and closed a couple of small airports in the Bahamas as Tropical Storm Humberto threatened to lash the archipelago's northwest region that was already hit by Hurricane Dorian two weeks ago. The list of missing still stood at an alarming 1,300 people and the death toll at 50. Humberto moved away from the Bahamas after dumping rain on parts of the archipelago's northwest region that were already hammered by Hurricane Dorian.
    (AP, 9/14/19)(AP, 9/15/19)
2019        Sep 14, In Burkina Faso the heads of state from 15 countries in the West African economic bloc known as ECOWAS met to discuss the fight against Islamic extremism and the impact of the G5 Sahel Joint Force set up to combat its spread.
    (AP, 9/14/19)
2019        Sep 14, British police said burglars have stolen a fully-functional 18-carat gold toilet from Blenheim Palace, where it had been installed as an art exhibit. Police said they had arrested one 66-year-old man in connection with the theft, but had not recovered the artwork. The toilet, named "America", was previously on display in a cubicle at New York's Guggenheim Museum, where more than 100,000 visitors were able to use it. As of late November the artwork by Maurizio Cattelan remained missing.
    (Reuters, 9/14/19)(NY Times, 11/21/19)
2019        Sep 14, Former Congolese health minister Oly Ilunga was taken into custody over alleged mismanagement of funds for the country's response to the Ebola epidemic. Ilunga oversaw Congo DRC's handling of the outbreak, the second deadliest in history, for nearly a year.
    (Reuters, 9/14/19)
2019        Sep 14, Egypt's Pres. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi refuted corruption allegations raised by a businessman about the country's military in a series of recorded testimonials that went viral on social media. Officials said at least three security force members and three militants were killed in a militant attack on a checkpoint in restive northern Sinai province.
    (AP, 9/14/19)
2019        Sep 14, In France hundreds of demonstrators faced police in a tense stand-off in the city of Nantes as revived "yellow vest" protests against the government of President Emmanuel Macron took place across the country.
    (Reuters, 9/14/19)
2019        Sep 14, Hong Kong police moved in to break up scuffles between pro-China protesters and those denouncing perceived Chinese meddling in the Asian financial hub, the latest in months of sometimes violent clashes.
    (Reuters, 9/14/19)
2019        Sep 14, Iranian state television reported that Iran has signed a $440 million contract with local company Petropars to develop the Belal gas field in the Gulf, saying the country's vital energy sector was active despite US sanctions.
    (Reuters, 9/14/19)
2019        Sep 14, Japanese officials culled 753 pigs in Saitama Prefecture north of Tokyo after detecting an outbreak of swine fever.
    (Reuters, 9/15/19)
2019        Sep 14, Malaysia's two oldest political parties signed a charter of formal cooperation, presenting arguably the largest political platform for the majority Malay-Muslims at a time of simmering racial and religious tensions.
    (Reuters, 9/14/19)
2019        Sep 14, Russian state nuclear energy company Rosatom said the country's first-floating nuclear power plant, known as "Akademik Lomonosov," has arrived to its permanent base near an isolated Russian town across the Bering Strait from Alaska. The plant will replace a coal-fired power plant and an aging nuclear power plant supplying more than 50,000 people with electricity in Chukotka.
    (Reuters, 9/14/19)
2019        Sep 14, Saudi Arabia's oil production and exports were disrupted after drone attacks on two Aramco plants, including the world's biggest oil processing facility.
    (Reuters, 9/14/19)
2019        Sep 14, Singapore's air quality deteriorated to "unhealthy" levels for the first time in three years, data from the National Environment Agency (NEA) showed, threatening to deepen a regional dispute over forest fires.
    (Reuters, 9/14/19)
2019        Sep 14, Spanish authorities said record rainfall has claimed two more lives in the southeast, raising the overall death toll to six from the storms.
    (AP, 9/14/19)
2019        Sep 14, Syrian state media accused militant groups of preventing civilians from leaving the last rebel-held stronghold in the country's northwest through a corridor government troops are securing. State-run TV al-Ikhbariya said no civilians came out via the corridor from Idlib province.
    (AP, 9/14/19)
2019        Sep 14, Turkey's state media said the government has ordered the arrest of 223 serving military personnel across the country and in the breakaway state of Northern Cyprus over suspected links to a network Ankara accuses of organizing an attempted coup in 2016.
    (Reuters, 9/14/19)
2019        Sep 14, Yemeni security officials said shelling by Houthi rebels has killed at least 13 civilians over the last 24 hours including women and children in Hodeida and Taiz provinces.
    (AP, 9/14/19)

2019        Sep 15, The film "Hustlers" rolled in the Benjamins this weekend, collecting $33.2 million when it debuted in 3,250 North American theaters. Directed by Lorene Scafaria, "Hustlers" is based on Jessica Pressler's 2015 New York magazine article about a group of strippers who turn the tables on their wealthy Wall Street clientele after the 2008 recession hits.
    (Reuters, 9/15/19)
2019        Sep 15, President Donald Trump said the US is "locked and loaded" to respond to a weekend drone assault on Saudi Arabia's energy infrastructure that his aides blamed on Iran. The attack on Saudi Arabia triggered the biggest surge in oil prices since 1991.
    (AP, 9/16/19)(Reuters, 9/16/19)
2019        Sep 15, In Georgia Michael Wayne Jones Jr. crashed his van in Brantley County. He told responding officers that his dead wife was in the back of the vehicle. She had been dead for weeks. Jones later told the police that he could lead them to the remains of his wife’s four children, ages 1-10. Casei Jones (32) of Summerfield, Florida, and her four children were declared missing a day earlier, but had not been seen by her family in six weeks.
    (NY Times, 9/17/19)
2019        Sep 15, The United Auto Workers (UAW) said that its roughly 48,000 hourly workers at General Motors Co facilities would go on strike as of midnight today after US labor contract talks reached an impasse, the first nationwide strike at GM in 12 years.
    (Reuters, 9/15/19)
2019        Sep 15, A Minnesota police officer fatally shot a man after the man rear-ended the officer's marked SUV, then got out of his car and started fighting with the officer in St. Paul.
    (AP, 9/16/19)
2019        Sep 15, Ric Ocasek (b.1944), songwriter and lead singer for the Cars, died at his townhouse in Manhattan.
    (SFC, 9/16/19, p.A5)
2019        Sep 15, Oklahoma City police fatally shot Brian Dryer (28) early today after he ran toward them with a knife.
    (AP, 9/16/19)
2019        Sep 15, Afghan security forces, backed by US air strikes, reportedly killed two of the Taliban's shadow provincial governors, as fighting stepped up in the wake of the collapse of talks aimed at ending the conflict. The defense ministry said at least 85 Taliban fighters were killed in a joint ground and air operation in southern Paktika province on Saturday night.
    (Reuters, 9/15/19)
2019        Sep 15, Britain's Liberal Democrats party toughened its anti-Brexit stance, formally adopting a policy to stop the country from leaving the European Union if it wins power at a national election.
    (Reuters, 9/15/19)
2019        Sep 15, Hong Kong police fired water cannon and volleys of tear gas to disperse protesters throwing petrol bombs at government buildings, as months of sometimes violent demonstrations showed no sign of letting up.
    (Reuters, 9/15/19)
2019        Sep 15, In southern India a sightseeing boat capsized on the Godavari River in Andra Pradesh state, killing 12 people and leaving 25 others missing.
    (SFC, 9/16/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 15, A local government official said schools in two cities in the Indonesian part of Borneo island will be closed for a week after smoke from forest fires caused air quality to hit "dangerous" levels. Indonesia and neighboring countries in Southeast Asia are regularly hit by smoke from slash-and-burn clearances of forests for farms and palm oil plantations.
    (Reuters, 9/15/19)
2019        Sep 15, Japan's Nikkei newspaper reported that the government agreed to phase out tariffs on US wine imports as part of a bilateral trade deal expected to be signed at the end of the month.
    (Reuters, 9/15/19)
2019        Sep 15, Police in Serbia clashed with far-right supporters who tried to prevent a gay pride parade attended by the country's openly gay prime minister, Ana Brnabic and her partner.
    (SFC, 9/16/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 15, Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a decree granting amnesty and reducing sentences for all crimes committed before September 14. Life-long terms would replace death sentences, and a 20-year-long sentence at hard labor would replace life-long sentences at hard labor, and a 20-year sentence would replace long-life sentences.
    (AP, 9/15/19)
2019        Sep 15, Syrian troops shelled the south of Idlib where a ceasefire had halted a fierce army offensive two weeks ago.
    (Reuters, 9/15/19)
2019        Sep 15, Tunisians cast ballots in their country's second democratic presidential election, choosing among 26 candidates for a leader who can safeguard its young democracy and tackle its unemployment, corruption and economic despair. There was no clear favorite, suggesting that the vote, which included two female candidates, will only be the first round of the presidential election. Tunisians delivered a political earthquake by rejecting established leaders for a little known law professor and a media mogul jailed on suspicion of tax evasion. Kais Saied and Nabil Karoui led 24 other candidates.
    (AP, 9/15/19)(Reuters, 9/16/19)
2019        Sep 15, Hundreds of Zimbabwean doctors protested in central Harare over the disappearance of the leader of their union, but riot police blocked them from marching to President Emmerson Mnangagwa's office.
    (Reuters, 9/16/19)

2019        Sep 16, The White House instructed two former aides of Pres. Donald Trump not to appear at a House Judiciary hearing on Sept. 17, saying Rick Dearborn and Rob Porter are immune from testifying on Trump's possible impeachment for obstruction of justice and abuse of power.
    (SFC, 9/17/19, p.A6)
2019        Sep 16, FBI agents in Alabama took Nayef Qashou into custody. He was apprehended as part of a yearslong terrorism probe in which the FBI says he told agents he would execute a US soldier if ordered to do so by the Islamic State group. Qashou arrived in the US through Atlanta's airport in 2015, planning to study nursing at an Opelika, Alabama, community college.
    (AP, 9/18/19)
2019        Sep 16, The FBI searched the New York home of Michael Mann, a payroll processing company CEO suspected of fraud. The FBI is investigating whether New York state-based MyPayrollHR allegedly from employee checks and accounts.
    (CBS News, 9/17/19)
2019        Sep 16, In Oceanside, New York, an alleged fight over a girl involving over 50 teenagers has left a 16-year-old student dead after being stabbed in the chest and an 18-year-old student charged in his death while many of the other teens took videos of the victim dying rather than helping to save his life.
    (ABC News, 9/19/19)
2019        Sep 16, Oil prices soared after attacks on crude facilities in Saudi Arabia sparked worries over the impact of an oil shock on economic growth, halting a positive run in world stocks as investors reached for less risky assets.
    (Reuters, 9/16/19)
2019        Sep 16, Xiaoning Sui (48), of Surrey, British Columbia, was arrested in Spain on a charge of fraud and conspiracy. She was accused of paying $400,000 to get her son into the University of California, Los Angeles, as a fake soccer recruit in 2018.
    (AP, 9/17/19)
2019        Sep 16, A homeowner in Georgia state shot and killed three young masked men at his home early today. The three teens allegedly approached the home and attempted to rob three people in the front yard.
    (ABC News, 9/16/19)
2019        Sep 16, Negotiators for General Motors Co and the United Auto Workers resumed talks to resolve a strike that shut down the automaker's highly profitable US operations. UAW members will get $250 a week from the union's strike fund.
    (Reuters, 9/16/19)
2019        Sep 16, Houston police officers shot and killed a man after he fired a pistol at them while running in the direction of an elementary school. The man ignored police orders to drop the gun and began running toward Valley West Elementary, firing back at the officers.
    (AP, 9/16/19)
2019        Sep 16, In Afghanistan US Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin, a Green Beret on his fourth combat deployment, was killed by small arms fire in Wardak Province.
    (AP, 9/17/19)
2019        Sep 16, A German government source said Chancellor Angela Merkel's government will extend a halt on arms exports to Saudi Arabia pointing to the war in neighboring Yemen and the Social Democrats' refusal to drop opposition to lifting the moratorium.
    (Reuters, 9/16/19)
2019        Sep 16, Indonesian police said authorities have arrested nearly 185 people suspected of starting forest fires.
    (SFC, 9/17/19, p.A4)
2019        Sep 16, An Iranian naval patrol of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps intercepted a vessel carrying 250,000 liters of fuel near the Strait of Hormuz. The boat was suspected of being used to smuggle fuel. 11 crew members were arrested.
    (AFP, 9/16/19)
2019        Sep 16, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to annex "all the settlements" in the West Bank, including an enclave deep in the heart of the largest Palestinian city, in a last-ditch move that appeared aimed at shoring up nationalist support the day before a do-over election.
    (AP, 9/16/19)
2019        Sep 16, Police in North Macedonia detained 81 migrants found in a truck near the border with Serbia, after the driver ignored a police warning to stop for a check and later abandoned the vehicle.
    (AP, 9/17/19)
2019        Sep 16, Philippine immigration agents and government troops arrested 324 Chinese accused of involvement in illegal online gambling. A week earlier agents arrested 277 Chinese in a raid on an online investment scam syndicate that defrauded hundreds of people in China.
    (SFC, 9/18/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 16, In Russia Pavel Ustinov (23) was sentenced to three and a half years in jail for dislocating a police officer's shoulder when he was arrested during an Aug. 3 rally in Moscow. He denied the charges and said he had not even taken part in the protest.
    (Reuters, 9/17/19)
2019        Sep 16, Spain's National Court rejected the extradition to the US of Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, a former Venezuelan military spy chief accused of drug smuggling. Carvajal had fled to Spain earlier this year after publicly supporting the opposition's efforts to oust Pres. Maduro.
    (SFC, 9/17/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 16, The World Health Organization (WHO) said three people have died and at least 222 have been infected in Spain's largest ever outbreak of listeria.
    (Reuters, 9/16/19)
2019        Sep 16, Shops were shut in Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil-majority north in support of a rally in Jaffna town demanding an international probe into alleged atrocities during the nation's civil war and an end to reported state-sponsored efforts to change the ethnic balance of the Tamils' traditional homeland.
    (AP, 9/16/19)
2019        Sep 16, Sudan's Health Ministry said at least seven people have died from a cholera outbreak over the past three weeks in a southeastern province.
    (AP, 9/16/19)
2019        Sep 16, The Solomon Islands became the sixth country to switch allegiance to China since President Tsai Ing-wen took office in Taiwan in 2016. Taiwan accused China of trying to influence its presidential and legislative elections.
    (Reuters, 9/16/19)
2019        Sep 16, In Turkey the leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey met in Ankara to discuss the situation in Syria, with the aim of halting fighting in the country's northwestern province of Idlib and finding a lasting political solution to Syria's civil war, now in its ninth year.
    (AP, 9/16/19)
2019        Sep 16, A UN-backed court based in the Netherlands unveiled new charges, including terrorism and intentional homicide, against a Hezbollah fighter who also is accused of assassinating former Lebanese PM Rafiq Hariri. The Special Tribunal for Lebanon announced that a judge has confirmed a new five-count indictment accusing Salim Jamil Ayyash of three bombings targeting Lebanese politicians in 2004 and 2005.
    (AP, 9/16/19)
2019        Sep 16, A special UN fact-finding mission has urged that Myanmar be held responsible in international legal forums for alleged genocide against its Muslim Rohingya minority.
    (AP, 9/16/19)
2019        Sep 16, UN aid chief Mark Lowcock said Saudi Arabia plans to pay $500 million next week of a pledge it made in February to help fund a humanitarian response in Yemen, which the world body has described as the world's worst aid crisis.
    (Reuters, 9/16/19)
2019        Sep 16, Yemen's Iran-backed Huthi rebels, who claimed responsibility for devastating weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities, threatened to carry out more strikes and urged foreigners to stay away.
    (AFP, 9/16/19)

2019        Sep 17, Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager and close confidant, stoutly defended his former boss and lashed out at Democrats during testimony to a US congressional panel considering whether to impeach Trump. A day earlier the White House told Lewandowski not to discuss conversations he had with Trump after he became president.
    (Reuters, 9/17/19)
2019        Sep 17, A US federal judge sentenced Emery Arapahoe (19) of South Dakota to nearly 32 years in prison for randomly killing a man with an ax and setting fire to the mobile home where the victim was sleeping. Arapahoe was sentenced after pleading guilty to 2nd-degree murder for killing Raymond Waters Jr. (24), and to arson for setting the trailer on fire in October 2017 in Allen.
    (AP, 9/18/19)
2019        Sep 17, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued an executive order setting a goal for his state to produce 100% of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050.
    (AP, 9/17/19)
2019        Sep 17, It was reported that the US expense for holding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, works out to about $13 million for each of the 40 prisoners being held there.
    (NY Times, 9/17/19)
2019        Sep 17, Cokie Roberts (75), journalist and commentator for ABC News and National Public Radio, died of breast cancer. Her eight books included "Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation" (2008).
    (SFC, 9/18/19, p.A6)
2019        Sep 17, In Afghanistan Taliban suicide bombers killed 48 people in two separate attacks, the deadliest taking place near an election rally by Pres. Ashraf Ghani, though he was unhurt.
    (AP, 9/17/19)
2019        Sep 17, A Human Rights Watch report found that more than 300 people have been killed over the past decade in conflicts over the use of land and resources in the Amazon, many by organized criminal networks profiting from illegal deforestation.
    (Reuters, 9/17/19)
2019        Sep 17, Sarah Thomas (37), an American cancer survivor from Colorado, completed her four time swim of the English Channel after more than 54 hours in the water.
    (SFC, 9/18/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 17, Israel held its 22nd parliamentary elections. Under Israel's system of proportional representation, parties must receive at least 3.25% of the vote in order to enter parliament.
    (AP, 9/17/19)
2019        Sep 17, In Italy three people aboard a speedboat were killed late today when their vessel crashed into an offshore dike of the lagoon city of Venice. The boat was trying to set a speed record for the route from Monte Carlo to Venice.
    (AP, 9/18/19)
2019        Sep 17, A Lebanese judge issued an arrest warrant for Amer Fakhoury, a Lebanese American, who confessed he'd worked for Israel during its occupation of Lebanon for nearly two decades.
    (AP, 9/17/19)
2019        Sep 17, The Dutch government said it plans to reform a business tax rule that allows wealthy multinationals to reduce the amount of tax they pay on their profits.
    (AP, 9/17/19)
2019        Sep 17, Dutch-Palestinian Ismail Zeyada went to court in the Netherlands seeking damages from two former Israeli military commanders, Benny Gantz and Amir Eshel, for their roles in a 2014 airstrike on a Gaza house that killed six members of his family.
    (AP, 9/17/19)
2019        Sep 17, It was reported that Russian border guards have detained two North Korean boats in Russian territorial waters in the Sea of Japan after one of them attacked a Russian patrol.
    (Reuters, 9/17/19)
2019        Sep 17, South Korea reported its first cases of African swine fever, becoming the latest country hit by the disease that has killed pigs from China to North Korea, pushing up pork prices worldwide.
    (AFP, 9/17/19)
2019        Sep 17, In Syria unknown aircraft attacked a weapons depot belonging to Iranian-backed paramilitary forces in Boukamal, in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, near the Iraqi border early today, killing at least 10 people.
    (AP, 9/17/19)
2019        Sep 17, Thailand's PM Prayuth Chan-ocha defended police for requesting information about minority Muslim students from universities around the country, after criticism of the move as discriminatory and illegal.
    (Reuters, 9/17/19)
2019        Sep 17, Tunisia's electoral commission said law professor Kais Saied and detained media mogul Nabil Karoui won the most votes in the Sept. 15 presidential election, beating veteran political leaders to advance to a second-round runoff.
    (Reuters, 9/17/19)
2019        Sep 17, The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a compromise resolution extending the UN political mission in Afghanistan. It dropped a Chinese demand to include a reference to China's $1 trillion "belt and road" initiative but stressed the need for regional connectivity.
    (AP, 9/17/19)

2019        Sep 18, US President Donald Trump said he had ordered his Treasury Secretary to "substantially increase sanctions" imposed on Iran, in the wake of an attack on Saudi oil facilities that some US officials have blamed on Tehran.
    (Reuters, 9/18/19)
2019        Sep 18, US President Donald Trump named his pointman for hostage situations, Robert O'Brien, to replace John Bolton, his hawkish national security advisor sacked last week.
    (AFP, 9/18/19)
2019        Sep 18, US President Donald Trump confirmed that the Environmental Protection Agency will revoke California's waiver that allows it to require automakers to build cleaner vehicles than federal requirements demand, a move that will set off a massive legal battle.
    (Reuters, 9/18/19)
2019        Sep 18, Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg appeared for a second straight day before the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. The hearing was part of a series of events intended to raise awareness of global warming before a planned “climate strike" on September 20.
    (Yahoo News, 9/18/19)
2019        Sep 18, The US Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate by an additional quarter-point to a range of 1.75% to 2%.
    (SFC, 9/19/19, p.D1)
2019        Sep 18, California's Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB5, a landmark gig-worker bill that could turn thousands of independent contractors into company employees with protections and benefits.
    (SFC, 9/18/19, p.D1)
2019        Sep 18, The Chicago Tribune reported that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has opened 24 new investigations into alleged misconduct by Catholic priests amid concerns that cases turned over by the Archdiocese of Chicago weren't properly reviewed.
    (AP, 9/18/19)
2019        Sep 18, In Michigan Deangelo Martin was charged with four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of felony murder in the killings of the women whose bodies were found in abandoned houses in Detroit from March to June.
    (AP, 9/18/19)
2019        Sep 18, The Minnesota Court of Appeals handed environmental groups a victory by suspending two key permits for a planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine ahead of a hearing next month.
    (AP, 9/19/19)
2019        Sep 18, Jurors ruled against a teacher who alleged that she was fired from a Catholic school in Kansas City, Missouri, because she was pregnant, unmarried and refused to have an abortion. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph said St. Therese School teacher Michelle Bolen was let go in 2015 because of poor performance.
    (AP, 9/19/19)
2019        Sep 18, New Mexico unveiled a plan to make tuition free at its public colleges and universities for all state residents.
    (SFC, 9/18/19, p.A5)
2019        Sep 18, McDonald's Corp announced that some of its restaurants in Britain and Ireland would allow customers to swap toys in happy meals for a fruit bag from next month and that it planned to introduce books as an option from early next year.
    (Reuters, 9/19/19)
2019        Sep 18, In Afghanistan a US drone strike intended to hit an Islamic State (Isil) hideout in Afghanistan killed at least 30 civilians resting after a day’s labor in the fields at Wazir Tangi in eastern Nangarhar province.
    (AP, 9/19/19)
2019        Sep 18, British fraudster Christopher Woodhead (66) was sentenced to nine years in jail and ordered to pay 900,000 pounds ($1.12 million) after spending 15 years on the run. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) said he had used fictitious invoices, loans and cash transfers to extract nearly 450,000 pounds, which he spent on gambling debts, holidays, maintenance payments to his ex-wife, property and cars.
    (Reuters, 9/18/19)
2019        Sep 18, It was reported that Ineos, the petrochemicals firm run by pro-Brexit billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, Britain's third-richest person, will build a new 4x4 vehicle in the UK, a boost to an industry hit by closure announcements this year.
    (Reuters, 9/18/19)
2019        Sep 18, Congolese forces killed the leader of the main branch of the FDLR, Sylvestre Mudacumura.
    (Reuters, 11/10/19)
2019        Sep 18, Egypt said police have killed nine suspected members of a militant group with links to the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in two separate Cairo shootouts. A rights lawyer said prosecutors have ordered prominent leftist activist Kamal Khalil to remain in custody pending an investigation into charges that include joining the Muslim Brotherhood.
    (AP, 9/18/19)
2019        Sep 18, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet approved extending Germany's military participation in an international coalition against the Islamic State group. The Cabinet extended the Bundeswehr's training of local Iraqi forces until Oct. 31, 2020.
    (AP, 9/18/19)
2019        Sep 18, Guatemala's interior minister said his country must now consider itself a cocaine producing nation and not just a transit country for the powerful narcotic after authorities discovered new coca processing laboratories. Guatemala imposed a state of emergency earlier this month after three soldiers were killed in what the government said was an ambush by drug traffickers. This gave the military extra powers in the east of the country.
    (Reuters, 9/19/19)
2019        Sep 18, The Indian government announced a ban on the production, manufacture, import, export, transport, sale, distribution and storage of e-cigarettes. India was the sixth country in the region to ban e-cigarettes after North Korea, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and East Timor.
    (AP, 9/19/19)
2019        Sep 18, Indonesia sent nine containers with at least 135 tons of waste back to Australia after discovering that they were contaminated with used plastic and hazardous materials. 547 containers were to be returned to wealthy nations.
    (SFC, 9/18/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 18, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Yemenis targeted Saudi oil facilities as a "warning" about a possible wider war in response to the kingdom's US-backed intervention in their conflict-ravaged country.
    (AFP, 9/18/19)
2019        Sep 18, Israel's two main political parties were deadlocked after an unprecedented repeat election, with PM Benjamin Netanyahu facing an uphill battle to hold on to his job. Exit polls showed Gantz's Blue and White party with a slight lead over Netanyahu's Likud.
    (AP, 9/18/19)
2019        Sep 18, In Israel private security guards at a checkpoint near Jerusalem shot and killed a Palestinian woman after she pulled out a knife at the crossing.
    (AP, 9/18/19)
2019        Sep 18, In Liberia a fire overnight at a Quranic school outside Monrovia killed at least 27 people. Many of the dead were thought to be children.
    (AP, 9/18/19)
2019        Sep 18, Derk Wiersum, a Dutch lawyer in a high-profile case against a group of men charged with drug-related killings, was gunned down in front of his Amsterdam home.
    (AP, 9/18/19)
2019        Sep 18, Pakistan's anti-graft agency said it had arrested opposition Pakistan People's Party leader Khursheed Shah in an investigation into the sources of his wealth, the latest high-profile detention of an opposition politician.
    (Reuters, 9/18/19)
2019        Sep 18, Artur Neves, Portugal's secretary of state for civil protection, quit on the same day police and magistrates searched government offices as part of a corruption investigation.
    (AP, 9/18/19)
2019        Sep 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed weekend attacks on Saudi Aramco's oil infrastructure by phone with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Moscow.
    (AP, 9/18/19)
2019        Sep 18, A Moscow court freed opposition protester Aidar Gubaydulin on bail, as school teachers and Orthodox priests told authorities to rein in a crackdown following the biggest anti-Kremlin protests in the capital for years. Gubaydulin faced years in jail for assaulting a police officer at a protest last month.
    (Reuters, 9/18/19)
2019        Sep 18, Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG's Sandoz unit said it was halting distribution of its versions of the drug commonly known as Zantac in all its markets, including the United States and Canada, after contaminants were found in the heartburn drug. The US FDA has said a type of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) can build up in the drug when it is stored for long periods.
    (Reuters, 9/18/19)(SFC, 4/2/20, p.A5)
2019        Sep 18, Uganda said it had signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) with Russia to help the East African country build capacity to exploit nuclear technology for energy, medical and other peaceful purposes.
    (Reuters, 9/18/19)
2019        Sep 18, In Yemen an explosion targeting a government military convoy killed five Yemeni troops and wounded 13, many of them Saudi soldiers, in the eastern Hadramawt province.
    (AP, 9/19/19)

2019        Sep 19, US President Donald Trump blasted as "Fake News" a report that he made a promise to a foreign leader during a phone call that a U.S. intelligence official found troubling enough to file a whistleblower complaint.
    (Reuters, 9/19/19)
2019        Sep 19, The US military carried out an airstrike against the Islamic State group in Libya. It's the first US airstrike in the North African country in over a year. Eight militants were reported killed in the airstrike in the vicinity of the town of Murziq.
    (AP, 9/20/19)
2019        Sep 19, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would withdraw about $100 million earmarked for an energy infrastructure project in Afghanistan and withhold a further $60 million in planned assistance, blaming corruption and a lack of transparency in the country.
    (Reuters, 9/19/19)
2019        Sep 19, The Trump administration said it is revoking California's authority to set its own auto tailpipe emissions standards and to require some zero-emission vehicles, a decision that will spark a massive legal battle between Washington and the most populous state over the future of US vehicles.
    (Reuters, 9/19/19)
2019        Sep 19, The US announced that it is expelling two Cuban diplomats and restricting travel of members of Cuba's permanent mission to the United Nations as leaders gathered from around the world for the annual UN General Assembly.
    (AP, 9/20/19)
2019        Sep 19, Wael Ghonim, a US-based computer engineer, said his criticism of Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi prompted authorities to retaliate by detaining his brother and threatening his parents.
    (AP, 9/20/19)
2019        Sep 19, US health officials said there are now 530 confirmed and probable cases and seven deaths from severe lung-related illnesses tied to vaping, and there are no signs that the outbreak is easing.
    (Reuters, 9/19/19)
2019        Sep 19, It was reported that scientists have deciphered features of the skull and some other details of a mysterious, extinct cousin of Neanderthals by analyzing its DNA. The genetic material came from the finger bone of a female member of the Denisovans, a population known mostly from small bone fragments and teeth recovered in Siberia's Denisova Cave.
    (AP, 9/19/19)
2019        Sep 19, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced he’s sending additional law enforcement officers to St. Louis to combat youth gun violence.
    (ABC News, 9/21/19)
2019        Sep 19, All flights into Houston's international airport, were halted as Tropical Depression Imelda inundated southeastern Texas with heavy rains and triggered flash flood warnings. More than 900 flights were cancelled or delayed. Tropical Storm Imelda left four people dead in the Houston area.
    (Reuters, 9/19/19)(SFC, 9/20/19, p.A6)(SFC, 9/21/19, p.A6)
2019        Sep 19, In Wisconsin a woman driving with her two children was struck by a bullet and killed during a gun fight in Milwaukee.
    (SFC, 9/21/19, p.A5)
2019        Sep 19, Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos committed the company to being carbon neutral by 2040 and said part of that pledge is an order for 100,000 electric delivery vans from a start-up the online retailer has invested in.
    (Reuters, 9/19/19)
2019        Sep 19, Burger King said it will stop handing out plastic toys in its children's meals and began launching an amnesty for customers to return any freebies in a bid to tackle the growing problem of plastic waste.
    (Reuters, 9/19/19)
2019        Sep 19, In southern Afghanistan a suicide truck bomb devastated a hospital in Qalat, Zabul province, killing 20 people and wounding 97 others.
    (SFC, 9/20/19, p.A4)
2019        Sep 19, British police warned that children as young as 14 years-old are being enticed into far-right chatrooms and quickly radicalized by extremists online.
    (Bloomberg, 9/19/19)
2019        Sep 19, Canada's PM Justin Trudeau's campaign moved to contain a growing furor after a yearbook photo surfaced of him in brownface at a 2001 "Arabian Nights" costume party and two other similar incidents came to light.
    (AP, 9/19/19)
2019        Sep 19, Chinese troops arrived in South Sudan to reinforce a UN peacekeeping mission in the African nation trying to emerge from five crisis years.
    (Bloomberg, 9/19/19)
2019        Sep 19, Indonesian police said they have arrested 230 people suspected of starting some of the fires that are spreading haze across a large part of Southeast Asia.
    (SFC, 9/20/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 19, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu invited his political rival Benny Gantz to join a unity government with him and his religious allies, an offer that was greeted coolly amid continued deadlock following this week's election.
    (AP, 9/19/19)
2019        Sep 19, In North Macedonia a Pakistani migrant (23) died after being hit by a train.
    (AP, 9/20/19)
2019        Sep 19, Philippine health officials declared a polio outbreak in the country, 19 years after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it to be free of the highly contagious and potentially deadly disease.
    (AP, 9/19/19)(SFC, 9/20/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 19, Russian police detained a Siberian shaman trekking towards Moscow on a mission to expel "demon" President Vladimir Putin, picking up a crowd of supporters on the way.
    (AFP, 9/19/19)   
2019        Sep 19, Former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (83) died in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The autocrat had led his small North African country for 23 years before being toppled by nationwide protests that unleashed revolt across the Arab world.
    (AP, 9/19/19)
2019        Sep 19, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said one-quarter of UN member states have carried out suspected reprisals against activists who cooperate with the world body on human rights issues.
    (Reuters, 9/19/19)
2019        Sep 19, The UN said North Korea's crop production this year is expected to drop to its lowest level in five years, bringing serious shortages for 40% of the population, as a dry spell and poor irrigation hit an economy already reeling from sanctions over its weapons programs.
    (Reuters, 9/19/19)

2019        Sep 20, US President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House that the United States has imposed sanctions on Iran's central bank, nearly a week after attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia that some US officials have pinned on Tehran.
    (Reuters, 9/20/19)
2019        Sep 20, President Donald Trump held his second State Dinner, in honor of Australian PM Scott Morrison. The dinner followed a day of meetings and a joint press conference with Morrison, a like-minded conservative leader. Trump's only other State Dinner Trump has hosted was for French President Emmanuel Macron in April 2018.
    (AP, 9/21/19)
2019        Sep 20, The Pentagon announced it will deploy additional US troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as Pres. Donald Trump has at least for now put off any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil industry.
    (AP, 9/21/19)
2019        Sep 20, The US and El Salvador reached an agreement to make El Salvador a haven for migrants seeking asylum. Few details were provided.
    (SFC, 9/21/19, p.A4)
2019        Sep 20, It was reported that the US Education Department has ordered Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to remake the Middle East studies program run jointly by the two schools after concluding that it was offering students a biased curriculum that, among other complaints, did not present enough “positive" imagery of Judaism and Christianity in the region.
    (NY Times, 9/20/19)
2019        Sep 20, US trade regulators approved 10 out of 15 requests for tariff exemptions filed by Apple amid a broader reprieve on levies on computer parts.
    (Reuters, 9/23/19)
2019        Sep 20, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped out of the 2020 presidential campaign, ending a campaign he waged in the shadow of better-known progressive candidates.
    (Reuters, 9/20/19)
2019        Sep 20, In Texas Domingo Ramirez-Cayente (29) repeatedly shot Daniela Calderon (35), a transgender woman, in Dallas. Calderon survived the shooting. Ramirez-Cayente was in the country illegally after being deported in 2010.
    (AP, 10/12/19)
2019        Sep 20, In southern Utah a tour bus crashed near Bryce Canyon National Park killing at least four people.
    (SFC, 9/21/19, p.A5)
2019        Sep 20, It was reported that the Vermont Air National Guard is due to take delivery of the first two of 20 F-35 fighter aircrafts. The $94 million planes will be based in Burlington.
    (SFC, 9/20/19, p.A6)
2019        Sep 20, From Canberra to Kabul and Cape Town to Berlin and across the globe, hundreds of thousands of young people took the streets to demand that leaders tackle climate change in the run-up to a UN summit.
    (AP, 9/20/19)
2019        Sep 20, It was reported that Facebook's planned cryptocurrency Libra will be backed by a basket of currencies including the US dollar, euro, yen, sterling and Singapore dollar, but excluding China's yuan.
    (Reuters, 9/20/19)
2019        Sep 20, Walmart announced that it will stop selling electronic cigarettes at its stores and Sam's Clubs after its current inventory is sold.
    (SFC, 9/21/19, p.D1)
2019        Sep 20, In Algeria thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of the capital for a 31st week, chanting defiantly in the face of a crackdown on the demonstration by the country's powerful Army chief Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah.
    (AP, 9/20/19)
2019        Sep 20, The Austrian parliament unanimously ratified a law which for the first time extends citizenship to descendants of Nazi victims who fled during and after Hitler's Third Reich.
    (The Telegraph, 9/20/19)
2019        Sep 20, It was reported that theft from Brazil's Petrobras pipelines soared to a record high 261 incidents in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo states last year, up from just one case in 2014.
    (Reuters, 9/20/19)
2019        Sep 20, A Chinese trade delegation canceled a planned visit to farms in the US heartland an hour after President Donald Trump said he wasn’t interested in “a partial deal" with China based on Beijing increasing its purchases of US agricultural products. Stock indexes dropped as investors turned pessimistic on progress toward resolving the two nations’ trade war.
    (Bloomberg, 9/20/19)
2019        Sep 20, In Egypt rare anti-government protests broke out in Cairo calling on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step down. Security forces speedily dispersed the scattered protests.
    (AP, 9/21/19)
2019        Sep 20, Germany pledged a 54 billion euros ($60 billion) program to put its climate target back on track without abandoning its long-standing policy of zero deficit spending.
    (Bloomberg, 9/20/19)
2019        Sep 20, Germany's Commerzbank AG says it's planning to cut 4,300 jobs and close 200 branches as part of a restructuring that will also see it sell its stake in Poland's mBank.
    (AP, 9/20/19)
2019        Sep 20, Greek authorities said a perpetually overcrowded refugee camp on the island of Lesbos can't accommodate any more newly arrived asylum-seekers after the number of people already housed exceeded the camp's intended capacity by 400%.
    (AP, 9/20/19)
2019        Sep 20, Amnesty International alleged in a new report that Hong Kong police beat pro-democracy protesters in custody and committed acts that amount to “torture" during recent demonstrations.
    (Bloomberg, 9/20/19)
2019        Sep 20, In Iraq a deadly bombing hit a minibus packed with passengers outside the city of Karbala. The blast killed 12 people and wounded five others. Security forces soon detained a man suspected of detonating the bomb.
    (AP, 9/21/19)
2019        Sep 20, Japan-based Mitsubishi Corp said a trader at its Singapore-based unit had lost $320 million through unauthorized transactions in crude oil derivatives, and the matter had been reported to the police.
    (Reuters, 9/20/19)
2019        Sep 20, Kiribati severed ties with Taiwan, switching its diplomatic allegiance to China in the second such defection in a week.
    (The Telegraph, 9/20/19)
2019        Sep 20, Transparency International said that Latvia's appointment earlier this week of a banker to supervise the sector is threatening a conflict of interest. Government officials this week announced that they had chosen Santa Purgaile, a board member with Citadele Bank , Latvia's fourth-largest lender, to lead the country's financial supervisor.
    (Reuters, 9/20/19)
2019        Sep 20, The leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah called for Saudi Arabia to stop its war in Yemen, or else face more attacks on its soil.
    (AP, 9/20/19)
2019        Sep 20, In Nigeria residents of Africa's most populous city, Lagos, joined a global day of demonstrations over climate change. The low-lying city of more than 20 million people is among the many African coastal cities at risk from flooding due to global warming.
    (AP, 9/20/19)
2019        Sep 20, A Russian court ordered the release of Pavel Ustinov (23), an aspiring actor, whose prison sentence for injuring a police officer on the sidelines of an opposition protest sparked a public outcry over alleged police brutality and judicial injustice.
    (Reuters, 9/20/19)
2019        Sep 20, The UN's humanitarian agency said that two of Sudan's southeastern provinces have reported 124 suspected cholera cases with seven deaths.
    (AP, 9/20/19)
2019        Sep 20, It was reported that Turkey forced banks to take losses on $8 billion in bad loans this week to kick-start lending and boost its economic recovery after losing patience with them.
    (Reuters, 9/20/19)
2019        Sep 20, Yemen's Huthi rebels accused Saudi Arabia and its allies of endangering a fragile truce around Hodeida with strikes on four rebel targets north of the key aid port. Houthi rebels said late today that they were halting drone and missile attacks against Saudi Arabia, one week after they claimed responsibility for a strike that crippled a key oil facility in the kingdom.
    (AFP, 9/20/19)    (AP, 9/20/19)

2019        Sep 21, US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders released a plan to eliminate $81 billion in Americans' existing medical debt, going beyond his Democratic White House rivals and expanding on his signature proposal for a government-run health insurance system.
    (Reuters, 9/21/19)
2019        Sep 21, The Alaska Republican Party passed a rule canceling the holding of a presidential primary in 2020. Earlier this month, Republican leaders in Nevada, South Carolina and Kansas voted to scrap their presidential nominating contests in 2020, erecting more hurdles for the long-shot candidates challenging President Donald Trump.
    (AP, 9/21/19)
2019        Sep 21, In South Carolina two men were fatally shot early today at a sports bar in Lancaster and eight other people were wounded in the gunfire. A suspect was being sought.
    (AP, 9/21/19)
2019        Sep 21, Youth leaders gathered at the U&N to demand radical moves to fight climate change.
    (AP, 9/21/19)
2019        Sep 21, An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 and an aftershock only slightly weaker shook the Albanian port town of Durres, rocking buildings there and in the capital Tirana and sending residents rushing out into the streets.
    (Reuters, 9/21/19)
2019        Sep 21, Australia's PM Scott Morrison said his country will invest A$150 million ($101 million) in its companies and technology to help US President Donald Trump's bid for a moon landing by 2024 and subsequent US missions to Mars.
    (Reuters, 9/21/19)
2019        Sep 21, China and former Taiwan ally the Solomon Islands established diplomatic ties in a sign of Beijing's growing influence in the Pacific that has angered Washington, with a top Chinese diplomat saying the time was almost up for the rest of Taiwan's friends.
    (Reuters, 9/21/19)
2019        Sep 21, Colombia's Pres. Ivan Duque compared Nicolás Maduro to Serbian war criminal Slobodan Milosevic as he went on a diplomatic offensive to corral the Venezuelan socialist, warning that he would be making a "stupid" mistake if he were to attack his US-backed neighbor.
    (AP, 9/22/19)
2019        Sep 21, Dr. Denis Mukwege, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning surgeon whose hospital in war-torn Congo has treated over 50,000 victims of sexual violence, said he has launched a fund with the goal of providing reparations for survivors of conflicts around the world.
    (AP, 9/22/19)
2019        Sep 21, French police fired tear gas and made over a hundred arrests in Paris as they dispersed "yellow vest" protesters attempting unauthorized rallies and black-masked demonstrators who disrupted a climate march.
    (Reuters, 9/21/19)
2019        Sep 21, In Germany beer started flowing as the 186th Oktoberfest got underway in the southern city of Munich.
    (AP, 9/21/19)
2019        Sep 21, It was reported that the death toll this year from the dengue fever outbreak in Honduras has reached 135.
    (SFC, 9/21/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 21, In Hong Kong anti-government protesters burned a Chinese flag and police fire pepper spray in renewed clashes.
    (SSFC, 9/22/19, p.A6)
2019        Sep 21, Kazakhstan police detained dozens in in Nur-Sultan and Almaty, the country's two largest cities, as they took part in the latest protest against China's influence in the Central Asian republic. The protests were organized by supporters of Mukhtar Ablyazov, a fugitive banker living in France who has been the fiercest critic of Kazakhstan’s first president, Nursultan Nazarbayev.
    (Reuters, 9/21/19)
2019        Sep 21, Somali pirates released an Iranian man held since March 2015. Mohammad Sharif Panahandeh had become increasingly ill and couldn't have survived much longer. Three remaining hostages were still being held in "appalling conditions".
    (AP, 9/21/19)
2019        Sep 21, Sudan's newly appointed PM Abdalla Hamdok launched an independent investigation into a deadly crackdown on protesters in June, which killed dozens of people and threatened to crush the country's pro-democracy uprising.
    (AP, 9/22/19)
2019        Sep 21, Syrian authorities captured and dismantled a drone rigged with cluster bombs near the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
    (AP, 9/21/19)
2019        Sep 21, The World Health Organization issued an unusual statement raising questions about whether Tanzania is covering up possible cases of the deadly Ebola virus.
    (The Telegraph, 9/22/19)
2019        Sep 21, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed frustration with what he said was the United States' continued support for Syrian Kurdish militants.
    (AP, 9/21/19)

2019        Sep 22, Tens of thousands of Indian-Americans packed into a Houston stadium for a rally with Indian PM Narendra Modi, joined by US President Donald Trump, in a rare mass show of support for a foreign leader on US soil.
    (Reuters, 9/22/19)
2019        Sep 22, Pittsburgh police said three people died and four were hospitalized in what was believed to be a drug overdose at a single residence. Authorities were concerned about a potentially deadly batch of tainted drugs in the community.
    (SFC, 9/23/19, p.A6)
2019        Sep 22, Organizers said almost 90 big companies in sectors from food to cement to telecommunications are pledging to slash their greenhouse gas emissions in a new campaign to steer multi-nationals towards a low-carbon future.
    (Reuters, 9/22/19)
2019        Sep 22, In southern Afghanistan anti-Taliban raids by Afghan forces backed by US air strikes killed at least 40 civilians in Helmand province.
    (SFC, 9/24/19, p.A3)
2019        Sep 22, It was reported that fires in Bolivia, the worst in at least two decades, were sweeping rapidly across the country's lowlands. Wildfires this year have spread over 4.1 million hectares (16,000 square miles) through Sept. 15, up from 2.1 million hectares less than three weeks earlier.
    (Reuters, 9/22/19)
2019        Sep 22, In China a Taliban delegation met China's special representative for Afghanistan in Beijing to discuss the group's peace talks with the United States.
    (Reuters, 9/22/19)
2019        Sep 22, In southern China ten people were killed and another 16 were injured after a truck lost control and hit a crowd of people at a traditional market in Huashi town, Hunan province.
    (AP, 9/22/19)
2019        Sep 22, Egyptian police killed 15 suspected militants in a shootout in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula as they raided the militants' hideout west of the city of el-Arish.
    (AP, 9/23/19)
2019        Sep 22, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani denounced the presence of foreign forces in the Gulf and said his country will put forward a peace plan, after arch-foe the United States ordered reinforcements to the tinderbox region.
    (AFP, 9/22/19)
2019        Sep 22, Israel's national electric company said it has begun reducing power supplies to Palestinian areas of the occupied West Bank due to a financial dispute.
    (AP, 9/22/19)
2019        Sep 22, Nigeria's army said it will require anyone moving through three northeastern states to carry identification cards in an effort to root out members of Boko Haram and Islamic State.
    (Reuters, 9/22/19)
2019        Sep 22, In northern Pakistan a bus crash killed 26 people after its brakes failed on a winding mountain road near Chilas.
    (SFC, 9/23/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 22, In Slovakia tens of thousands marched in the capital Bratislava calling for a total ban on abortions in the predominantly Catholic central European country.
    (Reuters, 9/22/19)
2019        Sep 22, In Switzerland hundreds of climate activists paid their respects to the Pizol glacier that is due to disappear over the next decade, the victim of a warming environment.
    (Reuters, 9/22/19)
2019        Sep 22, The UN said Gabon will become the first African country paid with international funds to preserve its forests in an effort to fight climate change.
    (AFP, 9/22/10)

2019        Sep 23, Oprah Winfrey announced the top pick of her popular book club, choosing “The Water Dancer" by critically acclaimed author Ta-Nehisi Coates, his debut novel about slavery. Coates won the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction for "Between the World and Me".
    (Reuters, 9/23/19)
2019        Sep 23, In Washington, DC, activists seeking to pressure US politicians to fight climate change blocked major traffic hubs as they sought to draw attention to a UN Climate Summit.
    (AP, 9/23/19)
2019        Sep 23, Insurers and pension funds managing $2.3 trillion pledged to shift their portfolios away from carbon-heavy industries in the hope of triggering snowballing climate commitments from other big investors. Leading ports, banks, oil and shipping companies launched an initiative which aims to have ships and marine fuels with zero carbon emissions on the high seas by 2030, in another step by the maritime sector to reduce CO2.
    (Reuters, 9/23/19)
2019        Sep 23, In northern California PG&E cut electrical service to 24,000 customers in three counties in the Sierra Nevada foothills this evening, saying power will remain off until weather conditions improve.
    (AP, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 23, In Michigan a fire destroyed another building that was part of Detroit's popular outdoor art project known as the Heidelberg Project. Artist Tyree Guyton is known for attaching shoes, clocks, vinyl records, stuffed animals and other objects to rundown homes in the neighborhood.
    (AP, 9/23/19)
2019        Sep 23, In NYC investment banker Sean Stewart (38) was convicted of charges including securities fraud and wire fraud by a Manhattan federal court jury.
    (AP, 9/23/19)
2019        Sep 23, In New York Andrei Tyurin (36), a Russian man, pleaded guilty to six counts, including computer hacking conspiracy and bank fraud. Charges against three other men were pending. The operation, which ran between 2012 and 2015, compromised 100 million peoples' data, including 83 million JPMorgan Chase customers.
    (AP, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 23, In NYC a new California-China Climate Institute was announced during an event with Xie Zhenhua, China's top climate change official. It will be housed at UC Berkeley and chaired by former California Gov. Jerry Brown.
    (SFC, 9/24/19, p.A1)
2019        Sep 23, Apple Inc said it will make new Mac Pro desktop computers at its Austin, Texas facility, following some relief on tariffs by the US government.
    (Reuters, 9/23/19)
2019        Sep 23, British travel giant Thomas Cook collapsed into liquidation overnight, a failure that consigns the most iconic name in world travel to the annals of history. The company’s 21,000 employees, around 9,000 of whom are UK-based, lost their jobs, with 600,000 people worldwide having their travel plans disrupted.
    (The Telegraph, 9/23/19)
2019        Sep 23, China's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs reported a new case of African swine fever on a farm in the southwestern region of Guangxi. China, the world's top pork producer, has seen its hog herd shrink by a third since the uncurable disease arrived in the country more than a year ago.
    (Reuters, 9/23/19)
2019        Sep 23, The World Health Organization announced Congo will start using a second experimental Ebola vaccine, as efforts to stop the deadly outbreak are stalled and Doctors Without Borders criticizes vaccination efforts to date. The second vaccine, made by Johnson & Johnson, will be used from October in areas where Ebola is not actively spreading.
    (AP, 9/23/19)
2019        Sep 23, Rights lawyers said Egyptian security forces rounded up hundreds of people following small but rare anti-government protests over the weekend.
    (AP, 9/23/19)
2019        Sep 23, Two dozen mainly European countries voiced concern at alleged torture, unlawful detentions and unfair trials of critics, including women activists and journalists, in Saudi Arabia. This was the second joint statement criticizing the kingdom read out at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in six months.
    (AP, 9/23/19)
2019        Sep 23, In Indonesia at least 32 people died after fresh unrest broke out in the restive Papua region, with some victims stabbed, shot with arrows or burned alive as protesters set fire to buildings during violent demonstrations.
    (The Telegraph, 9/24/19)(SFC, 9/25/19, p.A4)
2019        Sep 23, Iran said it has completed all legal procedures necessary to release the Stena Impero, the UK-registered oil tanker it seized on July 19.
    (Bloomberg, 9/23/19)
2019        Sep 23, In Kenya the Precious Talent Top School in Nairobi collapsed and killed at least seven children.
    (AP, 9/23/19)
2019        Sep 23, Nicaraguan Pres. Daniel Ortega has accused the US Embassy and international organizations of fueling 1½ years of protests against his government.
    (AP, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 23, The Philippines' Department of Agriculture said it has detected more African swine fever outbreaks in the country, such as in a village in Antipolo, Rizal, east of the Philippine capital Manila, and some areas in central Luzon.
    (Reuters, 9/23/19)
2019        Sep 23, Russia said it has ratified the Paris climate agreement, marking a shift in rhetoric for the world's fourth largest greenhouse polluter even though its pledged targets are so low it can still increase emissions.
    (AP, 9/23/19)
2019        Sep 23, A Russian a government document published online showed that President Vladimir Putin has approved a government proposal to bankroll the modernization of the armed forces in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia.
    (Reuters, 9/23/19)
2019        Sep 23, In southern Rwanda Sylidio Dusabumuremyi, the national coordinator of the FDU-Inkingi party, was stabbed to death at his workplace, a canteen at a health center.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 23, South Korea's agriculture ministry said it has confirmed a third case of African swine fever at a hog farm in a city near Seoul after the country's first outbreak of the deadly virus last week.
    (Reuters, 9/23/19)
2019        Sep 23, Spanish prosecutors called for rebellion and terrorism charges to be leveled against nine activists linked to pro-Catalan independence groups who were arrested today on suspicion they may have been preparing to commit violent acts, possibly with explosives.
    (AP, 9/23/19)
2019        Sep 23, Spain's High Court ordered that Cesar Hinostroza, a fugitive Peruvian Supreme Court judge, should be extradited home to face charges of influence peddling among other crimes, rejecting his allegation that he was a victim of political persecution.
    (Reuters, 9/23/19)
2019        Sep 23, Sudan's transitional government said it will start a nine-month economic rescue plan next month aimed at curbing rampant inflation while ensuring supplies of basic goods and is asking the World Bank for $2 billion.
    (Reuters, 9/23/19)
2019        Sep 23, At the UN world leader after world leader said that they will do more to prevent a warming world from reaching even more dangerous levels, but as they made their pledges, they conceded it was not enough.
    (AP, 9/23/19)
2019        Sep 23, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the creation of a committee on Syria that will include 150 government and opposition representatives to draft a post-war constitution.
    (AFP, 9/23/19)(AFP, 10/2/19)
2019        Sep 23, Yemen's rebels and tribal leaders said an airstrike early today by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least seven people including children, when it hit a mosque in the northwestern Amran province.
    (AP, 9/23/19)
2019        Sep 23, Zimbabwe's capital shut its main water works citing shortages of foreign currency to import treatment chemicals, the deputy mayor said, potentially leaving the city dry and raising the risk of water borne diseases like cholera.
    (Reuters, 9/23/19)

2019        Sep 24, US Pres. Donald Trump addressed the UN and used his speech to single out Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela for criticism at the UN General Assembly. Trump delivered a roaring defense of nationalism and American sovereignty even as he tried to rally a multinational response to Iran's escalating aggression. In remarks to reporters Trump said he held up aid to Ukraine to fight corruption and urge European nations to share in helping out Ukraine.
    (AP, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, President Trump announced in a pair of tweets that he's authorizing the release of the full transcript of his July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
    (CBS News, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, Democrats launched a formal US House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. At issue was whether Trump abused his presidential powers and sought help from Ukraine to undermine a Democratic foe, former Vice President Joe Biden, and help his own re-election.
    (AP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 24, US stocks fell, after President Donald Trump delivered a stinging rebuke to China's trade practices, while disappointing consumer confidence data raised concerns over the impact of a prolonged trade war between the two nations.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, The US Coast Guard said a cutter seized a "narco" submarine carrying cocaine worth a street value of more than $165 million while patrolling in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
    (AP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 24, Former Illinois congressman and rightwing radio host Joe Walsh and former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld debated in NYC as Republican candidates for the US presidency. Only 50 people came out to watch. The debate was live-streamed on Facebook, where an average of 900 people tuned in through the night.
    (AP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 24, In Boston Devin Sloane (53), a Los Angeles business executive, was sentenced to four months in prison for paying $250,000 to get his son admitted to USC as a fake water polo recruit. He was the 2nd parent sentenced in the college admissions scandal.
    (SFC, 9/25/19, p.A5)
2019        Sep 24, In NYC $258,000 was stolen at JFK Int'l. Airport. Quincy Thorpe, a Delta Airlines baggage handler, was soon arrested on charges of stealing the cash in one of eight bags being loaded onto a Miami-bound Delta flight.
    (SFC, 9/28/19, p.A5)
2019        Sep 24, Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg shot back at US President Donald Trump's attempt to mock her on Twitter by changing her profile on the social media site to reflect Trump's taunting remark.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, The US Treasury targeted four additional maritime companies and tankers they own or operate for transporting Venezuelan oil to Cuba in violation of sanctions.
    (AP, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, The Federal Reserve injected longer-term cash into the US banking system in an effort to meet the funding needs of banks and Wall Street following a bout of turbulence in money markets last week.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, The Trump administration escalated its fight with California, accusing the state of failing to enforce the US Clean Air Act and threatening to withdraw billions of dollars in federal highway funds to the country's most populous state.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, The US Department of Labor issued a long-awaited rule extending mandatory overtime pay for 1.3 million US workers, far fewer than an Obama administration rule that was struck down by a federal judge.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, Alex Whipple (22), a Utah man who pleaded guilty to killing and sexually assaulting his niece, was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. Whipple killed Elizabeth "Lizzy" Shelley (5) on May 25, after his sister let him spend the night at the family home.
    (AP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 24, Far-right Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro blamed the international media and environmental organizations for spreading “lies" about the fires that are ravaging the Amazon rainforest during a nationalist speech that opened the 2019 United Nations General Assembly.
    (Huffpost, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, Britain's Supreme Court stamped its authority on UK politics with a thundering repudiation PM Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament.
    (AP, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, Egyptian security forces said they have killed six suspected members of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in a shootout in Cairo.
    (AP, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that Google will not have to apply Europe's "right to be forgotten" law globally in a landmark case that has pitted personal privacy rights against freedom of speech.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, In Indonesia police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse rock-throwing students protesting a new law that they said has crippled the country's anti-corruption agency.
    (SFC, 9/25/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 24, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said he was open to discuss small changes, additions or amendments to a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers if the United States lifted sanctions imposed on the Islamic republic.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, Italy's government announced a new crackdown on tax evasion as part of its 2020 budget, but it will have a hard time breaking a bad habit that costs the state more than 100 billion euros ($109.34 billion) a year.
    (Reuters, 9/26/19)
2019        Sep 24, Lebanese millers said wheat stocks had fallen to a dangerous level, warning the country may face a supply crisis unless dollars needed to import the grain are supplied at the official rate.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, In Libya a US military carried out an airstrike against the Islamic State group, the second US airstrike in the North African country in less than a week. 11 militants were killed in the vicinity of the town of Murziq.
    (AP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 24, A court in Nigeria's capital Abuja ordered the State Security Service to release activist and former presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore while charges of treason against him are pending.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, In Pakistan-held Kashmir a magnitude 5.8 earthquake destroyed buildings, cracked roads and killed 22 people. Nearly 200 more people were injured. The death toll soon rose to 37.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)(SFC, 9/26/19, p.A4)
2019        Sep 24, Saudi Arabia's cabinet renewed the kingdom's call for the international community "to put a limit" to what it described as Iran's aggressive behavior and "sabotage acts".
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, Slovenia's Adria Airways cancelled almost all of its flights for today and tomorrow, potentially affecting around 3,700 passengers, because it has been unable to access cash to continue flying.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, The Spanish Supreme Court ruled that the country's caretaker government can exhume Francisco Franco's remains from a gigantic mausoleum the military dictator had built outside Madrid, a decision that could settle a decades-old controversy.
    (AP, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, It was reported that Turkish artist Vahit Tuna has mounted 440 pairs of high heels on the facade of a building on a busy Istanbul street, to symbolize the number of women murdered in domestic or sexual violence in Turkey in 2018.
    (Reuters, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, The United Nations warned that air pollution from Indonesian forest fires is putting nearly 10 million children at risk. Scientists said the blazes were releasing vast amounts of greenhouse gases.
    (AFP, 9/24/19)
2019        Sep 24, Yemeni tribal leaders said airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least 11 civilians including children, when they hit a residential building earlier today in southern Dhale province.
    (AP, 9/24/19)

2019        Sep 25, The White House released a memo summarizing President Trump’s controversial July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump repeatedly urged Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who sat on the board of a Ukrainian gas company during Biden’s term as vice president.
    (Yahoo News, 9/25/19)
 2019        Sep 25, The Trump administration signed a deal with Honduras, the third Central American country that would effectively seal off the region, preventing asylum-seekers traveling through from entering the United States.
    (AP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 25, US President Donald Trump signed a proclamation suspending the entry of senior Venezuelan officials and their families to the US, the latest in a series of efforts to oust Venezuela’s leader Nicolas Maduro.
    (Bloomberg, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 25, A US House panel sent letters to four e-cigarette companies asking them to stop all print, broadcast and digital advertising of their products in the United States, the same day as market-leader Juul said it would pull its ads.
    (Reuters, 9/26/19)
2019        Sep 25, Democratic US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the summary of a July phone conversation between President Donald Trump and Ukraine's president released by the Justice Department confirmed the need for an impeachment inquiry of Trump.
    (Reuters, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 25, The United States announced new sanctions to stop Iran from selling its oil, casting a cloud over last-minute European efforts to arrange a tension-reducing encounter between the adversaries' presidents. The United States announced sanctions on Chinese companies for buying Iranian oil.
    (AFP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 25, US President Donald Trump and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe announced initial details of an emerging trade deal between the two countries.
    (Reuters, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 25, A federal judge put Manhattan prosecutors' request for eight years of President Donald Trump's tax returns on hold until at least the next day, ordering the prosecutors and Trump's lawyers to try to negotiate a temporary agreement on how to handle the request.
    (Reuters, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 25, US federal officials say they're encouraged by a test of a jamming technology some hope will help combat the threat posed by inmates with smuggled cellphones.
    (AP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 25, Texas inmate Robert Sparks (45), who claimed he was intellectually disabled, was executed for fatally stabbing his two stepsons during a 2007 attack. His wife was also stabbed to death and his 12- and 14-year-old stepdaughters raped.
    (AP, 9/26/19)
2019        Sep 25, Scientists behind a landmark study of the links between oceans, glaciers, ice caps and the climate delivered a stark warning to the world: slash emissions or watch cities vanish under rising seas, rivers run dry and marine life collapse. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said glaciers around the world are losing 220 billion metric tons of ice a year and that the melt is accelerating.
    (Reuters, 9/25/19)(SFC, 9/26/19, p.A3)
2019        Sep 25, Mattel, the toymaker behind Barbie, launched a range of gender-neutral dolls which can be styled as either girls or boys, saying children were moving away from traditional stereotypes.
    (Reuters, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 25, A military court in Algeria sentenced the brother of the country's longtime former leader and two ex-intelligence chiefs to 15 years in prison for plotting against the state.
    (AP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 25, British lawmakers returned to the House of Commons, venting their pent-up anger over PM Boris Johnson's failed attempt to suspend Parliament and warning that democracy itself is under threat from the government.
    (AP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 25, China's President Xi Jinping opened a futuristic new airport in Beijing, which is expected to become one of the busiest in the world.
    (AFP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 25, Egyptian security forces arrested three political activists over the last 24 hours known for their outspoken criticism of Egypt's government and president, amid an intensified crackdown on dissent following small but rare anti-government protests over the weekend.
    (AP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 25, Police in Estonia discovered the body of Aivar Rehe, who ran the Danish bank's Estonian business between 2007 and 2015 and had been among those questioned as a witness in a probe by Estonian prosecutors. Rehe had not been seen since he left his home in Tallinn on Sept. 23.
    (AP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 25, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel's government convened a "national forest summit" as a beetle infestation has turned climate-stressed woodlands into brown ecological graveyards.
    (AFP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 25, Iran said the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, seized by Iran more than two months ago, has been given the final clearance to leave.
    (AFP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 25, In Iran a train derailed in the country's southeast, near the Pakistan border, killing four passengers and injuring at least 35 others.
    (AP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 25, Ministers from the five powers that support the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement and the Iranian government say they are striving to preserve it.
    (AP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 25, Israeli police arrested the Palestinian minister of Jerusalem affairs for conducting political activity in east Jerusalem. He was charged with allegedly breaking a law prohibiting political activity in Jerusalem by the Palestinian Authority.
    (AP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 25, Benjamin Netanyahu was tasked by Israel's president to form a new government for the sixth time in his lengthy political career. He was given up to six weeks to attempt to resolve the political impasse.
    (AP, 9/26/19)
2019        Sep 25, Cardinal William Levada (b.1936), former archbishop of San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties, died in Rome. In 2005 he was selected by Pope Benedict XVI to lead the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.
    (SFC, 10/2/19, p.C5)
2019        Sep 25, In Kazakhstan a Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off carrying an American, a Russian and the first space traveler from the United Arab Emirates to the Int'l. Space Station.
    (SFC, 9/26/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 25, Lithuania's defense minister says more than 500 US soldiers are set to arrive in the Baltic nation next month to help strengthen NATO's position against Russia's military presence in the region.
    (AP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 25, An advisory commission urged the Dutch government to adopt a broad package of measures including lowering the speed limit on some roads and buying up old, inefficient cattle farms to reduce the country's nitrogen emissions.
    (AP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 25, In the central Philippines a dragon boat overturned off Boracay island. Seven rowers drowned and 14 others were rescued.
    (SFC, 9/26/19, p.A2)
 2019        Sep 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin reiterated his support for his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolas Maduro, who made a surprise visit to Moscow.
    (AP, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 25, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (16) was among four people named as winners of a Right Livelihood Award, also known as the "alternative Nobel".
    (SFC, 9/26/19, p.A2)    
2019        Sep 25, The UN agency coordinating postal systems worldwide reached a compromise to reform its fee structure, proposed by the United States, that would avert the Trump administration leaving the global network.
    (Reuters, 9/25/19)
2019        Sep 25, Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa appealed for patience for his efforts to pull his country out of an economic collapse and called on the US and Europe to lift "illegal sanctions" that he blamed for slowing down the recovery.
    (AP, 9/25/19)

2019        Sep 26, US President Donald Trump's real estate company received approval in Scotland to build hundreds of homes on the property where it already has a golf course.
    (AP, 9/26/19)
2019        Sep 26, President Donald Trump lashed out at the person who gave information to a whistleblower who has accused the president of abusing the nation's highest office for political gain, saying that individual is "close to a spy" who could have committed treason — an act punishable by death.
    (AP, 9/26/19)
2019        Sep 26, The Trump administration proposed cutting the number of refugees admitted in 2020 to 18,000, and also called for a major restructuring of the program to align it with US interests, including giving localities a say in whether they can accommodate the new arrivals.
    (http://tinyurl.com/wbbfy3d)(SFC, 12/20/19, p.A7)
2019        Sep 26, US Africa Command launched an airstrike in southwest Libya. 17 militants were reported killed. This was the third US airstrike in Libya in a little over a week.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 26, The US House Intelligence Committee released a declassified version of the August 12 whistleblower report accusing President Donald Trump of using his office to solicit interference in the 2020 presidential election from a foreign country.
    (Reuters, 9/26/19)
2019        Sep 26, It was reported that the United States has been granted approval to impose tariffs on European Union goods with an annual trade value around $7.5 billion over illegal government support for European plane maker Airbus.
    (Reuters, 9/26/19)
2019        Sep 26, The United States imposed sanctions on a firm it said was participating in a scheme to avoid US sanctions while helping provide jet fuel to Russian forces in Syria. Maritime Assistance LLC was said to be operating as a front company for OJSC Sovfracht, a company the United States had previously sanctioned in relation to operations in Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 9/26/19)
2019        Sep 26, The Trump administration's environmental regulator escalated its feud with California, accusing the state of violating clean water laws by allowing human waste from homeless residents to enter waterways, according to a letter it sent to the state's governor.
    (Reuters, 9/26/19)
2019        Sep 26, The US Census Bureau released figures that showed the income between haves and have nots in the US grew last year to its highest level in more than 50 years.
    (SFC, 9/27/19, p.A8)
2019        Sep 26, In Alabama Dana Fletcher was fatally wounded by police responding to a report of a suspicious person outside a gymnasium in Madison. His wife later posted publicly on Facebook that she and their 8-year-old daughter were with her husband in a van when officers approached them.
    (AP, 11/5/19)
2019        Sep 26, It was announced that billionaire California agricultural titans Stewart and Lynda Resnick have donated $750 million to the Cal Tech for climate change reserch.
    (SFC, 9/27/19, p.A9)
2019        Sep 26, In Louisiana a US Army chopper crashed early today in the Fort Polk training area, killing one person and injuring three others.
    (AP, 9/26/19)
2019        Sep 26, In Texas Ronald Lee Haskell (39), a man who said voices in his head told him to kill six members of his ex-wife's family in 2014, was found guilty of capital murder.
    (AP, 9/26/19)
2019        Sep 26, Seattle officials seized a cache of weapons from Kaleb J. Cole, a leader of the local Atomwaffen Division, one of the most violent extremist groups in the country. The AD has been linked to a series of killings.
    (NY Times, 10/18/19)
2019        Sep 26, Gatsby, a platform that uses modern web technologies like React and GraphQL to help developers build better sites faster, today announced that it has raised a $15 million Series A round led by CRV. Gatsby, launched in 2015, monetizes its tools by offering a hosted service that helps teams of developers stand up a new site quickly, with prices starting at $50/month for one site.
    (https://tinyurl.com/yx9zf3ox)
2019        Sep 26, General Motors Co on reversed its decision not to pay for the healthcare coverage of its striking United Auto Workers union workers, citing confusion around the issue.
    (Reuters, 9/26/19)
2019        Sep 26, Scores of local government officials from 31 US states pressured McDonald's Corp's to do a better job of protecting workers from groping, obscene comments and other forms of sexual harassment, adding their voices to an employee-led campaign that has seen walkouts at several stores.
    (Reuters, 9/26/19)
2019        Sep 26, Australia's state of New South Wales decriminalized abortion. It became the last jurisdiction in the country to revise blanket penalties enacted decades ago.
    (SFC, 9/27/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 26, Brazil's main environmental agency said it has detected 105 crude oil spills from an undetermined source polluting waters off its northeast coast.
    (SFC, 9/27/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 26, British MPs voted to reject PM Boris Johnson's call for three days off next week to hold his Conservative party's annual conference.
    (AFP, 9/26/19)
2019        Sep 26, In Colombia Luis Antonio Quintero (49), the top leader and founder of the Los Pelusos crime gang, was killed in an operation led by the national police. Quintero, known by his alias Pacora, was a former leftist rebel who commanded some 440 gang members.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 26, Two-term French president Jacques Chirac (86) died after a long battle with ill-health. The statesman had famously said "non" to the 2003 Iraq war.
    (AP, 9/26/19)
2019        Sep 26, Indonesian police said at least two people have died in violent demonstrations by students protesting a new law they say has crippled the country's anti-corruption agency.
    (SFC, 9/27/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep 26, In Indonesia a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit the eastern province of Maluku. The death toll soon rose to 30 people.
    (Reuters, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 26, Iranian Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said European countries were unlikely to help Iran against US sanctions, and Tehran "should give up all hope" in that regard.
    (Reuters, 9/26/19)
2019        Sep 26, Iran said it has seized 8.8 tons of narcotics destined for Europe and uncovered one of the country's largest trafficking rings. The shipment comprised 3.5 tons of morphine and 5.3 tons of opium. Nine suspected traffickers were arrested.
    (AFP, 9/26/19)
2019        Sep 26, The first evacuation flight of African refugees and asylum-seekers from wretched Libyan detention centers arrive in Rwanda. A group of 66 African refugees and asylum-seekers arrived in Kigali. The Rwandan government has said it is prepared to accommodate as many as 30,000 evacuees, although the plan is for the program to unfold in batches of 500 to prevent the country of 12 million from feeling overwhelmed.
    (AP, 9/26/19)(AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 26, Nigerian police rescued hundreds of boys and men from a building in Kaduna state where they had been beaten, starved, sexually assaulted and chained.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 26, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas took to the world stage to slam the United States for "depriving the peace process of any credibility" and undermining prospects for a two-state solution to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
    (AP, 9/26/19)
2019        Sep 26, Sierra Leone Pres. Julius Maada Bio called for "urgent and imperative" reform of the UN Security Council to give more representation and "an equal say" to Africa in international decision making.
    (AP, 9/26/19)
2019        Sep 26, Somalia committed to comply with any United Nations International Court of Justice ruling on its maritime border dispute with Kenya, and to accept the boundary that is delimited by the tribunal.
    (Bloomberg, 9/26/19)
2019        Sep 26, Sudan's transitional government ordered the immediate closure of the nation's borders with Libya and Central African Republic, citing unspecified security and economic "dangers".
    (Reuters, 9/26/19)
2019        Sep 26, It was reported that the charcoal trade in Uganda and other parts of Africa is decimating forests.
    (SFC, 9/26/19, p.A3)
2019        Sep 26, The UN International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iran has committed a further breach of its nuclear deal with major powers by enriching uranium with advanced centrifuges, and plans to install more of those advanced machines than previously announced.
    (Reuters, 9/26/19)

2019        Sep 27, A US judge blocked new Trump administration rules that would enable the government to keep immigrant children in detention facilities with their parents indefinitely.
    (SFC, 9/28/19, p.A5)
2019        Sep 27, More than 300 former officials from US security and foreign policy agencies, including a former director of the National Counterterrorism Center and a one-time deputy secretary of state, endorsed the congressional impeachment inquiry of Pres. Donald Trump.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, In the SF Bay Area Xuehua Peng (56) was arrested in Hayward on a charge of acting as an illegal foreign agent. He had smuggled "national security" information to China for more than two years.
    (SFC, 10/1/19, p.C1)
2019        Sep 27, US federal agents conducted a search of Clio Laboratories in Lawrenceville, Georgia, as part of a nationwide crackdown into genetic-testing fraud against federal health insurance programs. Operation "Double Helix" targeted telemarketing companies, doctors and labs that enticed seniors to get their cheeks swabbed for unneeded DNA tests.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)(SSFC, 9/29/19, p.A7)
2019        Sep 27, Columbus, Ohio, reached a $450,000 settlement with Stormy Daniels over the porn actress' arrest last year at a strip club.
    (SFC, 9/28/19, p.A5)
2019        Sep 27, Joseph C. Wilson (b.1949), long-serving US diplomat, died at his home in New Mexico. He had undercut Pres. George W. Bush's claim in 2003 that Iraq had been trying to build nuclear weapons. This led to the unmasking of his wife at the time, Valerie Plame, as a CIA agent.
    (SSFC, 9/29/19, p.B10)
2019        Sep 27, An Ohio man was suspected of setting a fatal fire in his home before killing a delivery man at a gas station and then taking his own life at the end of a police chase. Police identified Brandon Carter (44) of Seaman, Ohio, as the suspect in the crime spree that left at least three people dead and one injured.
    (ABC News, 9/28/19)
2019        Sep 27, Texas Officer Sandeep Dhaliwal was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop in Houston. Robert Solis (47) was arrested and charged with capital murder following the incident.
    (ABC News, 9/28/19)   
2019        Sep 27, It was reported that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and its US unit will pay $40 million for misleading investors about its monthly sales figures and will resolve a lengthy probe by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, It was reported that Mylan NV has agreed to pay a $30 million fine to settle US Securities and Exchange Commission charges it hid from investors the impact of a federal probe into the drug maker's overbilling the government for its EpiPen allergy treatment.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, It was reported that Bangladesh is planning to install barbed-wire fencing, guard towers and cameras around Rohingya refugee camps, raising fears of prison-like conditions in the already bleak settlements.
    (The Telegraph, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, In northwest Bosnia hundreds of people rallied against plans by neighboring Croatia to store part of the waste from the region's only nuclear plant near its border with Bosnia and a main river known for its natural beauty.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Canadian gold miner Banro Corporation said it has suspended operations at several of its sites in Democratic Republic of Congo because the company can no longer ensure their security from armed rebels.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Police in China's Jiangsu province arrested Alyssa Peterson, the director of of an Idaho-based organization called China Horizons, an English teaching program. Two days later Jacob Harlan, the owner of China Horizons, was also arrested on suspicion of organizing others to illegally cross the border.
    (SFC, 10/18, p.A2)
2019        Sep 27, Egyptian security forces sealed off Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the so-called Arab Spring uprising in 2011, to prevent possible protests against the country's president.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, The EU slapped sanctions on seven members of Venezuela's security and intelligence services on suspicion that they are involved in torture and other abuses, as the UN's top rights body set up a fact-finding missions to look into human rights violations in the country.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, The International Union for the Conservation of Nature said that more than half of the European tree species that exist nowhere else in the world are threatened with extinction.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, The French government said it has pledged to cut taxes for households next year to the tune of 9 billion euros ($9.8 billion), a spending boost that has its roots in the yellow vest movement that broke out last winter.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Greek authorities said boat carrying migrants sank in the eastern Aegean Sea, killing seven people.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Iran released the British-flagged oil tanker held since July 19. The Stena Impero left Iran and was heading to the United Arab Emirates.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Iraqi PM Adel Abdul-Mahdi removed Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi from his post as the commander of the country's elite counterterrorism forces and transferred him to the Defense Ministry, without providing an explanation.
    (AP, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 27, Israel's centrist Blue and White party, which won the most seats in elections earlier this month, rejected what it said were demands from PM Benjamin Netanyahu to form a unity government under his leadership with his right-wing and ultra-Orthodox Jewish allies.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Thousands of Dutch children skipped school to join a global climate strike, blocking traffic and asking their leaders "how dare you?" in a reference to Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg's speech at the United Nations.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Pakistani PM Imran Khan has denounced India's crackdown in Kashmir and warned of a "bloodbath" in the disputed region. Indian PM Narendra Modi earlier denounced terrorism but avoided any mention of Kashmir.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, The Russian military said it has downed dozens of drones and rockets launched by militants this year targeting Russia's air base in Syria. Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that so far in 2019 the military has shot down 58 drones and 27 rockets that targeted the Hemeimeem air base in Syria's Mediterranean province of Latakia.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Russia detained three North Korean vessels and more than 200 crew in the second such incident in two weeks as part of a clampdown on poaching by the secretive nation's fishermen.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Russia urged the United States not to publish Donald Trump's conversations with Vladimir Putin after a growing scandal led the White House to release a transcript from a call with Ukraine's leader.
    (AFP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Saudi Arabia said it has agreed to a limited cease-fire in several areas of Yemen including the capital Sana’a, which is controlled by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, as part of broader efforts to end a four-year conflict that has threatened to escalate into regional war.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Saudi Arabia said it will offer tourist visas for the first time, opening up the ultra-conservative kingdom to holidaymakers as part of a push to diversify its economy away from oil.
    (AFP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Three Senegalese crew were killed and a fourth was injured when a combat helicopter used by UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic crashed in the west of the country.
    (AP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Slovenia's debt-laden Adria Airways said it was cancelling most of its weekend flights and many scheduled for Sept. 30 as it battles to hang on to its operating license.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, In Ukraine Oleksandr Danylyuk, a popular reformer, resigned as head of the National Defense and Security Council. An International Monetary Fund mission left Kiev without the preliminary deal for $5 billion of funding that the government had sought.
    (Bloomberg, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, The UN Human Rights Council agreed to set up an international fact-finding mission to document violations in Venezuela, including torture and thousands of summary executions.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, It was reported that the UN has suspended Sri Lankan troops from peacekeeping duties after Colombo ignored repeated warnings and appointed a general accused of war crimes to head its army. Major General Shavendra Silva was promoted last month despite the allegations against him. Some 490 Sri Lankan troops are currently deployed for peacekeeping operations in Mali, Lebanon and Sudan.
    (AFP, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, Ukraine's National Anti-Corruption Bureau said it was investigating activity at Burisma, a gas company, between 2010-2012, but that it was not looking into changes to its board in 2014 when Hunter Biden joined. Hunter Biden was a director on Burisma's board from 2014 until at least 2018. Mykola Azarov, former prime minister 2010-2014, said Ukraine must investigate the activities of Joe Biden's son to establish whether his role in the gas company complied with the country's laws.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, The UN said worsening violence has doubled the number of people displaced from northwest Nigeria to some 40,000 over the past four months.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)
2019        Sep 27, A UN human rights envoy said Zimbabwe's political and economic environment is deteriorating, causing anxiety as hopes fade for a long-awaited improvement in people's living conditions.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)

2019        Sep 28, It was reported that President Donald Trump is raising a large chunk of the money for his border wall with Mexico by deferring several military construction projects slated for Guam, a strategic hub for US forces in the Pacific.
    (AP, 9/28/19)
2019        Sep 28, In New Hampshire scores of climate change protesters were arrested outside a coal power plant as they staged a demonstration calling for the facility to be shut down.
    (ABC News, 9/28/19)
2019        Sep 28, CVS Health Corp said it will discontinue sales the popular Zantac heartburn treatment and its own generic ranitidine products from its pharmacies after traces of a known carcinogen were found in some of the products by the US Food and Drug Administration.
    (Reuters, 9/30/19)
2019        Sep 28, Afghanistan held elections. Tight security ensured the presidential election was held in relative calm, though several small attacks, low turnout and complaints about the voting system heightened fears an unclear result could drive the country into further chaos. Officials with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said they have had no contact with 901 of the 4,942 polling centers across country as presidential voting got under way. On October 15 the UN released a special report that described the toll of election-related violence. The report said that Taliban attacks aiming to disrupt the electoral process killed 85 people and wounded 373 others across the country.
    (Reuters, 9/28/19)(AP, 10/15/19)
2019        Sep 28, In China a bus veered into the opposite lane this morning, hitting a truck and killing 36 people in Jiangsu province.
    (Reuters, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 28, Hong Kong police fired a water cannon at brick-hurling protesters after tens of thousands crammed into a park and surrounding streets to mark the fifth anniversary of 2014’s pro-democracy Occupy demonstrations.
    (Bloomberg, 9/28/19)
2019        Sep 28, Authorities in Indian Kashmir tightened restrictions on people's movements to prevent possible protests following a speech by Pakistani PM Imran Khan.
    (Reuters, 9/28/19)
2019        Sep 28, Indian officials said dozens of people were killed last week following flooding from monsoon rains in the north.
    (SSFC, 9/29/19, p.A4)
2019        Sep 28, Libya's coast guard said a boat carrying at least 50 Europe-bound migrants has capsized in the Mediterranean Sea.
    (AP, 9/28/19)
2019        Sep 28, Mexican activists took to the streets in large cities to demand safe and legal abortions, many wearing green bandanas that have become a symbol with the abortion rights movement in Latin America.
    (Reuters, 9/28/19)
2019        Sep 28, Seven Moroccan migrants were found dead off Morocco's Atlantic coast near Casablanca after their boat capsized. On Sept. 30 the bodies of five more migrants were found on the coast near Casablanca, bringing to 12 the number killed.
    (Reuters, 9/28/19)(Reuters, 9/30/19)
2019        Sep 28, In Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan a blast killed three, including Maulana Mohamad Hanif, Deputy Secretary General of the opposition party Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F).
    (AP, 9/28/19)
2019        Sep 28, Polish anti-LGBT protesters clashed with riot police in the south-eastern city of Lublin just before a gay pride march that has highlighted increased social tensions in the devoutly Catholic nation ahead of an election next month.
    (Reuters, 9/28/19)
2019        Sep 28, Saudi Arabia said it would issue fines for 19 offences related to public decency, such as immodest dress and public displays of affection, as the Muslim kingdom opens up to foreign tourists.
    (Reuters, 9/28/19)
2019        Sep 28, In Switzerland thousands of people demonstrated in Bern to call for more action to curb climate change.
    (SSFC, 9/29/19, p.A4)
2019        Sep 28, Syria's top diplomat demanded the immediate withdrawal of American and Turkish forces from the country and said his government reserves the right to defend its territory in any way necessary if they remain.
    (AP, 9/28/19)
2019        Sep 28, Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group said it had carried out an attack near the border with the southern Saudi region of Najran, but was no immediate confirmation from Saudi Arabian authorities. Houthi rebels said they captured many Saudi soldiers and officers in a large operation near the border between the two countries, shortly after the kingdom agreed to a limited ceasefire with the Iranian-backed group.
    (Reuters, 9/28/19)(Bloomberg, 9/28/19)

2019        Sep 29, The film "Abominable" towered over the box office this weekend as Universal and DreamWorks' animated adventure debuted to $20.85 million in North America and $29.7 million worldwide.
    (Reuters, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 29, In central Florida three people were killed when their twin-engine plane crashed into woods in Volusia County.
    (SFC, 10/1/19, p.A6)
2019        Sep 29, In New York City Officer Brian Mulkeen (33) was shot and killed as he grappled with suspect Antonio Lavance Williams (27) early today at a city apartment complex in the Bronx. Mulkeen was fatally struck by gunfire from his fellow officers.
    (SFC, 9/30/19, p.A6)(SFC, 10/1/19, p.A6)
2019        Sep 29, Fast-fashion retailer Forever 21, a privately held company that helped popularize trendy and cheap clothing, filed for bankruptcy late today. Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Los Angeles, the apparel retailer said it will close most of its stores in Asia and Europe but would continue operations in Mexico and Latin America.
    (Reuters, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 29, The Austrian People’s Party (OeVP) triumphed in parliamentary elections. Conservative leader Sebastian Kurz (33) will need a coalition partner to form a stable government and the vote left him several options across the political spectrum.
    (Reuters, 9/29/19)(Bloomberg, 9/30/19)
2019        Sep 29, Bangladesh's drug regulatory authority issued a ban on sales of popular heartburn drug ranitidine while it investigates a potential cancer-causing substance in the drug. The drug is sold under the trade name Zantac among others, while the FDA and European drug regulators review whether low levels of NDMA in ranitidine pose a health risk to patients.
    (AP, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 29, In Bolivia's fire-ravaged lowlands, a caravan of indigenous protesters continued marching hundreds of miles to demand President Evo Morales declare a surge in wildfires a national disaster, a move they hope will unleash international aid.
    (Reuters, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 29, In Egypt Alaa Abdel Fattah, a blogger and software engineer, was arrested again. He had been released in March after serving a five-year sentence for protesting without permission in breach of a 2013 law that rights groups say effectively bans protests. Mohamed al-Baqer, a lawyer representing Abdel Fattah, was arrested later in the day while waiting for the interrogation of his client to start at the national security prosecutor's office.
    (Reuters, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 29, In Greece a fire broke out at a container inside a crowded refugee camp on the island of Lesbos close to Turkey and then the refugees clashed with police.
    (Reuters, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 29, In Hong Kong demonstrators marched without permission after an approved rally the day before. Police used a water cannon, rubber bullets and tear gas on protesters who set a train station entrance on fire and hurled petrol bombs as they tried to march on the government offices in the city center.
    (Bloomberg, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 29, Hungary's national food safety authority Nebih said it has found five cases of African swine fever in wild boar carcasses near Budapest.
    (Reuters, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 29, Protesters blocked roads across Lebanon in demonstrations against deteriorating conditions in a country grappling with an economic and financial crisis.
    (Reuters, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 29, In Libya at least 71 illegal migrants were rescued after four days in distress at sea. They were brought to shore east of Tripoli early today and then fled. There was no attempt made to capture them.
    (Reuters, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 29, In northeastern Nigeria militants killed at least nine people in an attack. The Islamic State soon claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 9/30/19)
2019        Sep 29, About 20,000 people rallied in Moscow to demand the release of those who were arrested during a wave of opposition demonstrations this summer.
    (AP, 9/29/19)
2019        Sep 29, Russian journalist Yulia Yuzik flew into Tehran and Iranian officials seized her passport at the airport for unknown reasons. She was arrested in her hotel room on Oct 2 and reportedly faced charges of espionage for Israel.
    (AP, 10/4/19)
2019        Sep 29, Swiss-based Novartis said that Kisqali helped women with advanced breast cancer after menopause live longer, adding to data the Swiss company hopes will help convince doctors to choose its drug over Pfizer's blockbuster Ibrance.
    (Reuters, 9/29/19)

2019        Sep 30, The Trump administration sanctioned nearly a dozen companies and individuals along with three planes and a yacht connected to Yevgeny Prigozhin, one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest confidants, to punish the country for interference in the 2018 U.S. elections.
    (Bloomberg, 9/30/19)
2019        Sep 30, The US Food and Drug Administration and the US Drug Enforcement Administration said they have jointly issued warning letters to four online networks for illegally marketing unapproved versions of opioid medicines.
    (Reuters, 9/30/19)
2019        Sep 30, An Iowa judge struck down as unconstitutional large portions of a 2017 voting reform law challenged by a Hispanic civil rights group and an Iowa State University student.
    (AP, 10/1/19)
2019        Sep 30, US digital money transfer platform PayPal Holdings Inc said it has obtained Beijing's approval to buy a controlling stake in Gopay, a domestic payments firm, which would make PayPal the first foreign firm to enter China's payment services market.
    (Reuters, 9/30/19)
2019        Sep 30, British finance minister Sajid Javid said he would increase the country's National Living Wage, a mandatory minimum wage, and expand its reach to cover all workers over the age of 21, down from 25 now.
    (Reuters, 9/30/19)
2019        Sep 30, Cameroon government-led talks to end a two-year-old separatist insurgency faltered before they began as separatists and opposition politicians boycotted the event.
    (Reuters, 9/30/19)
2019        Sep 30, Chinese Communist Party leader and President Xi Jinping renewed his government's commitment to allowing Hong Kong to manage its own affairs amid continuing anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
    (AP, 9/30/19)
2019        Sep 30, Authorities in Colombia doubled down on their claim that guerrilla troops are operating in Venezuela with the support of President Nicolás Maduro a week after similar allegations presented at the United Nations were marred by erroneous photographs.
    (AP, 9/30/19)
2019        Sep 30, East Timor said it is imposing restrictions on the movement of livestock to contain African Swine flu, after reporting multiple outbreaks to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
    (Reuters, 9/30/19)
2019        Sep 30, The Greek announced plans to deport 10,000 migrants by the end of next year, following a deadly fire and clashes at its biggest migrant camp which is massively overcrowded. The UN called for migrants crammed into a squalid camp on the Greek island of Lesbos to be immediately transferred to the mainland, following a fire in which a woman and a child were killed.
    (Reuters, 9/30/19)(The Telegraph, 9/30/19)
2019        Sep 30, Indonesian police fired tear gas in several areas of Jakarta as a protest against legal reforms descended into running battles, causing traffic gridlock and chaotic scenes in parts of the central business district.
    (Reuters, 9/30/19)
2019        Sep 30, In Mali unidentified assailants killed 38 government soldiers at two bases in the center of the country.
    (Reuters, 10/19/19)
2019        Sep 30, The centrist government of Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra made a last-minute appeal to Congress to halt the opposition's plans to name new members of Peru's top court, a vote that Vizcarra warned would lead him to close Congress. Rebel lawmakers swore in Vice President Mercedes Araoz as interim leader, looking to install her in place of Vizcarra after he moved to dissolve Congress to end a long-running political stand-off. The next day Araoz abruptly renounced her claim after a public outcry in which military leaders rallied around Vizcarra, who has pushed anti-corruption reforms in defiance of the opposition-controlled Congress.
    (Reuters, 9/30/19)(Reuters, 10/2/19)
2019        Sep 30, A Moscow court overturned a prison sentence for actor Pavel Ustinov (23), giving him a one-year suspended sentence instead, in a case that has sparked protests and a major solidarity campaign.
    (The Telegraph, 9/30/19)
2019        Sep 30, Somali insurgents mounted an ambitious attack on a base where US special forces train Somali commandos, while an Italian military convoy was hit in a separate blast in the capital Mogadishu. No casualties were reported in either attack.
    (AP, 9/30/19)
2019        Sep 30, Yemen's rebels released scores of detainees they had rounded up and held for years in rebel-controlled territory, a development that raised hopes of reviving stalled peace talks between the warring sides.
    (AP, 9/30/19)

2019        Sep, The American government secretly expelled two Chinese Embassy officials after they drove on to a sensitive military base in Virginia.
    (SFC, 12/16/19, p.A4)
2019        Sep, Amer Fakhoury (57) closed his New Hampshire restaurant to take his first vacation in years to visit family in his native Lebanon — a country he hadn’t been to for nearly two decades. Soon after his arrival in Lebanon, the American citizen was detained by authorities. Fakhoury was one of many South Lebanon Army members who fled after Israel withdrew from Lebanon in 2000 following an 18-year occupation, fearing reprisals if they stayed in Lebanon.
    (AP, 11/24/19)
2019        Sep, Ecuador's legislature approved medical use of cannabis containing less than 1% of THC. Pres. Lenin Moreno was given a month to veto, but did not.
    (SFC, 12/17/19, p.A4)
2019        Sep, Egypt's PM Mostafa Madbouly announced a sweeping plan to phase out tuk-tuks in 20 governorates, swapping them for seven-seater gas-powered minivans. The proposal, offering drivers a payoff period of up to five years, bars all tuk-tuks from cities and main roads but allows new and licensed tuk-tuks to continue operating in narrow alleys and rural villages.
    (AP, 12/3/19)
2019        Sep, The Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAIC) departed northern Norway with researchers from 19 countries. The German research icebreaker Polarstern set sail from Tromso, Norway, to spend a year drifting through the Arctic Ocean. It was accompanied by a Russian icebreaker.
    (https://www.mosaic-expedition.org/)(SSFC, 10/6/19, p.A2)
2019        Sep, The Malawi Police Service began distributing personal security alarms. Authorities said the sound the alarm produces when a pin is pulled alerts people in nearby neighborhoods to assist whenever a person with albinism is in danger.
    (AP, 3/2/20)
2019        Sep, Oman-mediated talks between Saudi Arabia and Yemen’s Iran-backed rebels began after a Houthi-claimed drone struck a key crude processing plant in Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 11/13/19)

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