Timeline 2019 October - December
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2019        Oct 1, President Donald Trump said US interest rates were "too high" and that a strong dollar was hurting US manufacturers, again blaming the Federal Reserve, which is scheduled to release manufacturing data later this month.
    (Reuters, 10/1/19)
2019        Oct 1, The US Justice Deptartment's inspector general said the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was slow to respond as America grappled with a rising opioid epidemic.
    (SFC, 10/2/19, p.A6)
2019        Oct 1, Kristalina Georgieva (b.1953), Bulgarian economist, took over as head of the Washington, DC-based Int'l. Monetary Fund (IMF).
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristalina_Georgieva)
2019        Oct 1, In California Tushar Atre (50), the owner of the digital marketing company Atre Net Inc., was abducted from his oceanfront home in Santa Cruz. He was soon found dead near his white BMW in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
    (The Guardian, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 1, A Cook County jury awarded Ulisa Howell-Darby $4.8 million after ruling that the security guard who shot 24-year-old Eric Knox in June 2016 was responsible for his death at a Chicago Housing Authority complex.
    (AP, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 1, Missouri executed Russell Bucklew at Bonne Terre state prison for killing a man during a violent 1996 crime spree.
    (SFC, 10/2/19, p.A6)
2019        Oct 1, In New York City former Rep. Chris Collins pleaded guilty to an insider trading case a day after he resigned from Congress.
    (SFC, 10/2/19, p.A6)
2019        Oct 1, In Texas former police officer Amber Guyger faced a lengthy prison sentence after a jury found her guilty of the murder of Botham Jean in Dallas on 6 September last year. The following day Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    (SFC, 10/2/19, p.A7)(SFC, 10/3/19, p.A5)
2019        Oct 1, Ford Motor Co and Mahindra & Mahindra said they would form a joint venture in India, in a move aimed at reducing risks for the US automaker's local business and cutting the cost of developing and producing vehicles for emerging markets.
    (Reuters, 10/1/19)
2019        Oct 1, United Parcel Service Inc said it won the US government's first full approval to operate a drone airline, which gave it a lead in the nascent US drone delivery business over rivals Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc.
    (AP, 10/1/19)
2019        Oct 1, Negotiators meeting in the Belarusian capital of Minsk agreed on a schedule under which elections will be held in the breakaway regions of Ukraine and a new law will be passed granting them special status. The plan was proposed by Frank-Walter Steinmeier when he was Germany’s foreign minister and is known as the Steinmeier formula.
    (Bloomberg, 10/2/19)
2019        Oct 1, Bosnian authorities were ordered to remove from a Muslim Bosniak woman's courtyard an Orthodox church which was built after she was driven out by Bosnian Serb forces who killed 22 of her relatives in nearby Srebrenica.
    (Reuters, 10/1/19)
2019        Oct 1, British interior minister Priti Patel will say the government will end free movement and introduce an Australian-style points-based immigration system once the country leaves the European Union.
    (Reuters, 10/1/19)
2019        Oct 1, British department stores group John Lewis, part of the employee-owned John Lewis Partnership, said it was seeking to save 100 million pounds ($123 million) through a major management restructuring.
    (Reuters, 10/4/19)
2019        Oct 1, China's Communist Party marked 70 years in power with a military parade that showcased the country's global ambitions while police in Hong Kong fought protesters in a reminder of strains at home.
    (AP, 10/1/19)
2019        Oct 1, Egypt said it had returned nearly 2 million people to its food subsidy program since February, two days after tweets by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in which he said he was personally following the politically-sensitive matter.
    (Reuters, 10/1/19)
2019        Oct 1, In Finland a man killed a woman and wounded nine other people while wielding a sword and a firearm inside a classroom at a vocational school in Kuopio. Police shot and wounded the subject, who was hospitalized.
    (SFC, 10/3/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 1, Hong Kong police shot and wounded a pro-democracy protester as the city was lashed by its worst unrest of the year, hours after China celebrated 70 years of Communist Party rule with a massive military parade. Medical authorities said 31 people were admitted to hospital, two in a critical condition. On Oct. 3 the teenage victim of police gunfire was charged with rioting and attacking police.
    (AFP, 10/1/19)(SFC, 10/4/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 1, India said it is holding off imposing a blanket ban on single-use plastics to combat pollution, a measure seen as too disruptive for industry at a time when it is coping with an economic slowdown and job losses.
    (Reuters, 10/1/19)
2019        Oct 1, Iranian courts said they have sentenced one person to death for spying for the CIA and jailed two others, Ali Nefriyeh and Mohammad Ali Babapour, for 10 years for the same crime, as well as imprisoning a fourth person, Mohammad Amin-Nasab, for 10 years for spying for Britain.
    (Reuters, 10/1/19)
2019        Oct 1, Iraqi police used tear gas, water cannon and live fire to disperse demonstrators in Baghdad, as well as Basra and Nasiriyah. Two people were killed and more than 200 injured as thousands of Iraqis rallied in protest against unemployment, government corruption and poor services. Some 3000 protesters had tried to cross a bridge leading into Baghdad's fortified Green Zone.
    (Reuters, 10/1/19)(SFC, 10/2/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 1, In central Italy Fiat Chrysler worker Fabrizio Greco died overnight in an accident at the group's factory in Cassino, prompting unions to launch a strike at the plant to demand tighter safety measures.
    (Reuters, 10/1/19)
2019        Oct 1, Kenyan police shot dead three men suspected of planning militant attacks in the coastal city of Mombasa.
    (Reuters, 10/1/19)
2019        Oct 1, In the Netherlands an appeals court ruled that the statute of limitations does not apply to allegations of colonial era crimes committed by Dutch forces in Indonesia.
    (SFC, 10/2/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 1, Dutch police arrested a man on suspicion of involvement in lawyer Derk Wiersum’s Sept. 18 slaying in Amsterdam.
    (AP, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 1, A report by the World Health Organization published today showed alcohol consumption in Russia has dropped by 43 percent since 2003.
    (AFP, 10/1/19)
2019        Oct 1, In Spain separatist leaders in Catalonia pledged to keep up their struggle for independence on the second anniversary of an ill-fated independence referendum, prompting Spain's acting prime minister to warn them "not to play with fire".
    (AP, 10/1/19)
2019        Oct 1, In Taiwan a bridge collapsed in Nanfangao sending a burning oil tanker truck onto boats in the water below. Six people were missing and believed trapped on one of the fishing boats. Five people were feared to have been on the bridge. Searchers soon recovered five bodies from three fishing boats that were struck when the bridge collapsed.
    (SFC, 10/2/19, p.A2)(SFC, 10/3/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 1, Vatican police raided the offices of the Holy See's Secretariat of State and its Financial Information Authority (AIF) and took away documents and electronic devices. The Vatican said the operation was a follow-up to complaints filed in the summer by the Vatican bank and the Office of the Auditor General and related to financial operations. Five Vatican employees, including the number two at the Vatican's Financial Information Authority (AIF) and a monsignor, were suspended following a police raid.
    (Reuters, 10/1/19)(Reuters, 10/2/19)
2019        Oct 1, Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa pleaded for time and patience to bring the economy back from the "dead", as his government faces blame for surging inflation evoking dark days under Robert Mugabe.
    (Reuters, 10/1/19)

2019        Oct 2, The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice of violation to San Francisco, accusing the city of improperly discharging waste into the ocean and bay following through on Pres. Trump's pledge to cite the city for water pollution.
    (SFC, 10/3/19, p.C1)
2019        Oct 2, It was reported that the United States is withholding its dues to the UN's aviation agency, arguing the body needs to move quickly with reforms like expanding public access to documents and giving greater protections to whistleblowers.
    (Reuters, 10/2/19)
2019        Oct 2, The US Library of Congress said country music superstar Garth Brooks, whose hits include "Friends in Low Places," ''The Thunder Rolls" and "The Dance," will receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in March 2020.
    (AP, 10/2/19)
2019        Oct 2, The United States won approval to impose tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of European goods over illegal EU subsidies handed to Airbus, threatening to trigger a tit-for-tat transatlantic trade war as the global economy falters. Tariffs were set to begin on Oct. 18.
    (Reuters, 10/2/19)(SFC, 10/3/19, p.D1)
2019        Oct 2, The US Federal Aviation Administration said that aircraft operators must inspect 165 Boeing 737 NG airplanes for structural cracks within seven days after the issue was found on a small number of planes.
    (Reuters, 10/2/19)
2019        Oct 2, The US National Transportation Safety Board said it is recommending that new vehicles that are stretched into limousines have safety belts for all seats and seats that better protect passengers in a crash.
    (AP, 10/2/19)
2019        Oct 2, Opera star Placido Domingo resigned as general director of the Los Angeles Opera and withdrew from all future performances following multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
    (SFC, 10/3/19, p.A5)
2019        Oct 2, In Connecticut a World War II-era B-17G bomber plane crashed in a fireball as it tried to land at Bradley International Airport, New England’s second-busiest airport. A former police officer and an insurance analyst were among the seven people killed in the crash.
    (AP, 10/2/19)(AP, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 2, In central Iowa Rev. Allen Henderson (64), a pastor who also served as a chaplain to area first responders, was robbed and beaten to death outside of his church in Fort Dodge. Police soon arrested Joshua Pendleton (36) and charged him with robbery and first-degree murder.
    (AP, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 2, In North Carolina Robin Hayes, a former state Republican Party chairman, pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents conducting bribery investigations in 2018. Hayes had used the party as a conduit of $250,000 to state Insurance Commissioner Nike Causey's re-election campaign at the request of insurance magnate Greg Lindberg.
    (SFC, 10/3/19, p.A5)
2019        Oct 2, Walmart Inc became one of the last remaining major US retailers to suspend the sale of over-the-counter heartburn medication containing ranitidine after the US health agency flagged the presence of a probable cancer-causing impurity.
    (Reuters, 10/2/19)
2019        Oct 2, Afghan Taliban officials arrived in Islamabad to discuss the possibility of reviving talks for a political settlement in Afghanistan.
    (Reuters, 10/2/19)
2019        Oct 2, The Museum of the Holocaust in Argentina’s capital took custody of the largest collection of Nazi artifacts discovered in the country’s history.
    (AP, 10/2/19)
2019        Oct 2, Britain proposed creating an all-island regulatory zone in Ireland to cover all goods and a commitment to avoid border checks or physical infrastructure in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock.
    (Reuters, 10/2/19)
2019        Oct 2, In Hong Kong hundreds joined spontaneous rallies to protest the shooting of a teenage student by a police officer who had come under attack by pro-democracy activists the day before.
    (The Telegraph, 10/2/19)
2019        Oct 2, India announced an ambitious campaign at eliminating single-use plastics within three years, but the environment ministry said the government would not impose a blanket nationwide ban.
    (SFC, 10/3/19, p.A4)
2019        Oct 2, President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran supports a plan by European countries to bolster a nuclear deal that Tehran reached with the West in 2015 and from which the United States withdrew last year. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran will continue reducing its commitments under its 2015 nuclear deal until it reaches the "desired result".
    (AP, 10/2/19)(Reuters, 10/2/19)
2019        Oct 2, In Iraq at least seven people were killed and at least 115 wounded in renewed nationwide clashes between demonstrators and security forces, the largest display of public anger against PM Adel Abdul Mahdi's year-old government.
    (Reuters, 10/2/19)(The Telegraph, 10/2/19)
2019        Oct 2, An Israeli court ordered Malka Leifer, a former educator accused of sexually abusing her students in Australia, released on house arrest while she fights extradition proceedings.
    (AP, 10/2/19)
2019        Oct 2, In Israel a shootout in Majd al-Krum killed two brothers, Ahmed and Khalil Manaa, and a third man Mohammed Sabea. Protests soon followed over police negligence in Arab communities.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y4735jgf)
2019        Oct 2, Kenya's central bank said an anti-corruption drive has uncovered the equivalent of tens of millions of dollars in unexplained wealth when it retired old banknotes, adding much of the cash appeared to have been gained in "the criminal area".
    (Reuters, 10/2/19)
2019        Oct 2, North Korea fired what appeared to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile, just days before Washington and Pyongyang were set to resume long-stalled nuclear talks.
    (AFP, 10/2/19)
2019        Oct 2, In South Korean Lee Chun-jae (56) confessed to killing nine women between 1986 and 1991 in what is known as the infamous Hwaseong murders. He also confessed to five additional murders unconnected to the Hwaseong series following DNA evidence that linked him to four of the murder cases. He is currently serving a life sentence for raping and killing his sister-in-law in 1994.
    (Insider, 10/4/19)
2019        Oct 2, In northeastern Syria hundreds of Kurds demonstrated in protest at their minority community's "exclusion" from a United Nations-backed committee tasked with drafting a new constitution for the war-devastated country.
    (AFP, 10/2/19)

2019        Oct 3, President Donald Trump again invited foreign interference in a US presidential election, calling on Ukraine and China to investigate Democratic political rival Joe Biden - similar to a request that has already triggered an impeachment inquiry in Congress.
    (Reuters, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 3, It was reported that survivors and family of 58 people who were slain in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017, in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, have reached a settlement of at least $735 million with MGM Resorts.
    (AP, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 3, In New Jersey Frank Gilliam Jr. (49), the mayor of Atlantic City, pleaded guilty to wire fraud, admitting he defrauded a youth basketball club he had founded out of $87,000.
    (AP, 10/3/19)   
2019        Oct 3, In Oklahoma Naif Abdulaziz Alfallaj (35) of Saudi Arabia was sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to not disclosing he had attended an al-Qaida terrorist training camp in Afghanistan before entering the US. He has lived in Oklahoma since 2012.
    (AP, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 3, In South Carolina a federal jury sentenced Brandon Council to death for killing two employees during a 2017 bank robbery. The same jurors found Council guilty last month of armed bank robbery resulting in death, among other charges for killing the manager and a teller at CresCom Bank in Conway in August 2017.
    (AP, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 3, In Washington state a man (80) opened fire the the lobby of a building for senior residents in Vancouver, killing a man and wounding two women before surrendering to police.
    (SFC, 10/5/19, p.A6)
2019        Oct 3, US scientists said more than 45 million people across 14 Southern states are now in the midst of what’s being called a “flash drought" that’s cracking farm soil, drying up ponds and raising the risk of wildfires. The weekly US Drought Monitor report showed extreme drought conditions in parts of Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and the Florida panhandle.
    (AP, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 3, Paleontologists said fossils of the pterosaur, named Ferrodraco lentoni, were unearthed in the Australian state of Queensland. The creature, which lived about 96 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period, boasted a 13-foot (4-meter) wingspan, a bony crest at the tip of its upper and lower jaws and spike-shaped teeth perfect for a diet of fish.
    (Reuters, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 3, Egypt’s government announced a decrease in fuel prices for the first time in decades, a cut that comes after a series of hikes in recent years amid an ambitious program aimed at overhauling the country’s ailing economy.
    (AP, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 3, In France an IT assistant (45) at the police headquarters in central Paris went on a knife rampage inside the building, killing three police officers and an administrative worker before he was shot dead by an officer. The man had converted to Islam 18 months earlier.
    (Reuters, 10/3/19)(SFC, 10/5/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 3, Chancellor Angela Merkel made a veiled attack on the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on the 29th anniversary of German reunification, saying economic grievances in the east were no excuse for racism.
    (AP, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 3, Iraqi security forces imposed a round-the-clock curfew in Baghdad and fired live rounds and tear gas to disperse anti-government protests that have gripped the country since earlier this week, killing 21 people so far. Internet coverage across the country was temporarily switched off by the government.   
    (AP, 10/3/19)(ABC News, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 3, Israel swore in its newly elected parliament for what could be a very short term after the country’s second inconclusive election of the year left it with no new government on the horizon.
    (AP, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 3, Arab citizens of Israel observed a general strike and held protests over a wave of deadly violence within the minority community.
    (AP, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 3, Italy lifted a block on 2019 spending that was agreed by the previous government with the European Commission, in a surprise move that will result in a higher deficit this year but which means the budget gap will not widen in 2020.
    (Reuters, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 3, In Kazakhstan American Nick Hague, Russian Alexey Ovchinin and Hazzaa al-Mansoori, the first person from the United Arab Emirates to fly into space, landed safely after a six-hour flight from the International Space Station following an 8-day mission.
    (AP, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 3, In Libya surveillance cameras caught armed men shooting to death a young man in one of the busiest streets in Tripoli, sparking anger and demands the government declare a state of emergency. The killing of Rashid al-Bakoush and the wounding of his brother in Tripoli's Serraj district went viral on social media.
    (AP, 10/4/19)
2019        Oct 3, Mauritius launched the first phase of a $525 million light rail system, hoping to cut traffic jams with the Indian Ocean island's biggest infrastructure project.
    (Reuters, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 3, North Korea confirmed it has carried out its first underwater-launched ballistic missile test in three years, in an apparent bid to dial up pressure on the United States ahead of a weekend resumption of their nuclear diplomacy.
    (AP, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 3, In northern Nigeria gunmen kidnapped six schoolgirls and two staff members from a boarding school near the village of Kakau Daji in Kaduna state.
    (Reuters, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 3, A Pakistani health official said about 20,000 cases of dengue fever have been confirmed in recent months along with 34 deaths from the disease.
    (SFC, 10/4/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 3, Diogo Freitas do Amaral (78), Portuguese conservative politician, died. He played a leading role in cementing democracy after Portugal’s 1974 Carnation Revolution and later became president of the UN General Assembly (1995-1996).
    (AP, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 3, President Vladimir Putin said that Russia was helping China build an early warning system to spot intercontinental ballistic missile launches, something only Russia and the United States possess at the moment.
    (Reuters, 10/4/19)
2019        Oct 3, Russian defence lawyers said Alexander Gabyshev, a Siberian shaman who set off to walk across Russia to drive out President Vladimir Putin, whom he called a demon, has been found mentally unfit to stand trial.
    (AFP, 10/4/19)
2019        Oct 3, The Scottish government said that the imposition of US tariffs on various goods including Scottish whisky indicated that the United Kingdom could not offset the damage from Brexit by striking a trade deal with US President Donald Trump.
    (Reuters, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 3, A UN report said deteriorating security across Afghanistan in the past four years led to over 14,000 “grave violations" against children, including nearly 3,500 youngsters killed and over 9,000 injured.
    (AP, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 3, Pope Francis named Giuseppe Pignatone, one of Italy’s leading anti-Mafia prosecutors, as president of the Vatican’s criminal tribunal, just days after a new scandal erupted over alleged financial wrongdoing in the heart of the Holy See.
    (AP, 10/3/19)
2019        Oct 3, In Yemen dozens of separatists took to the streets of the southern town of Azzan in Shabwa province to denounce President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. One protester was killed and five were wounded when forces loyal to the country’s internationally recognized government opened fire to disperse the rally.
    (AP, 10/3/19)

2019        Oct 4, US President Donald Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry of immigrants who will not be covered by health insurance within 30 days of entering the United States or do not have the means to pay for their healthcare costs themselves.
    (Reuters, 10/5/19)
2019        Oct 4, US President Donald Trump told reporters that he had officially allowed Polish entry into a US visa waiver program.
    (Reuters, 10/4/19)
2019        Oct 4, The Trump administration said it will lift the annual blending mandate for biofuels starting in 2020 and ensure more than 15 billion gallons of ethanol is blended into the US fuel pool, a move to retain the support of American farmers.
    (Reuters, 10/4/19)
2019        Oct 4, Microsoft said a hacker group linked to Iran unleashed cyber-attacks on US journalists, government officials and accounts associated with a US presidential campaign.
    (AFP, 10/4/19)
2019        Oct 4, It was reported that Mercury Insurance is ending its two-decade battle with California regulators over extra fees charged to customers by agreeing to pay the state $41 million. Most of the money will go to the state's general fund.
    (SFC, 10/4/19, p.D2)
2019        Oct 4, California police said they have arrested Nickey Stane (52) for sexual assault and battery cases. He was caught after he allegedly used a recording device to view someone in the bathroom without their knowledge. Police used DNA evidence from two decades ago to connect Stane to a murder and a series of sexual assaults dating back to 1999.    
    (Good Morning America, 10/5/19)
2019        Oct 4, Diahann Carroll, black actress and singer,died in Los Angeles. Carroll was the first black woman to star in a non-servant role in a TV series. "Julia" aired from 1968-1971. Carroll's films included "Carmen Jones" (1954), "Goodbye Again" (1961), "Paris Blues" (1961), "Hurry Sundown" (1967), "The Split" (1968) and "Claudine (1974).
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diahann_Carroll)(SSFC, 10/6/19, p.B10)
2019        Oct 4, In Illinois Prisciliano Carranza (22) used his car as a weapon and deliberately drove into a family of four and killing another man in Waukegan. Carranza was soon arrest and held on a $5 million bond.
    (ABC News, 10/6/19)
2019        Oct 4, In Chicago a jury convicted Corey Morgan, a man who prosecutors said plotted then tried to cover up the 2015 slaying of a 9-year-old boy who was shot after being lured into a Chicago alley with the promise of a juice box. Prosecutors argued that the Nov. 2, 2015, "execution" of Tyshawn Lee was carried out as revenge on a rival gang member. The verdict came after a separate jury a day earlier convicted the alleged triggerman, Dwright Boone-Doty, and after a third man, Kevin Edwards, pleaded guilty last month in exchange for a 25-year prison sentence.
    (AP, 10/4/19)
2019        Oct 4, Biologists at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute said that samples taken from the waters off the shore of Collier County found high concentrations of the toxic algae where they also received reports of dead fish and cases of respiratory irritation. The toxic red tide was back after fading away earlier this year following a 15-month bloom.
    (AP, 10/5/19)
2019        Oct 4, In New Jersey Marty Small, the Atlantic City Council president, became acting mayor, a day after Frank Gilliam Jr., a fellow Democrat, admitted stealing $87,000 from a youth basketball club he founded, and resigned.
    (AP, 10/5/19)
2019        Oct 4, In Texas Joshua Xavier Brown (27), a man who used to live next to Botham Jean and who was a witness in Amber Guyger's murder trial, was shot to death in Dallas. On Dec. 5 three men were charged with capital murder in the killing of Brown.
    (SFC, 10/7/19, p.A5)(AP, 12/6/19)
2019        Oct 4, In Algeria tens of thousands of protesters chanted slogans demanding the army quit politics, a purge of the ruling elite, an end to corruption, and the freeing of opposition leaders.
    (Reuters, 10/4/19)
2019        Oct 4, It was reported that British PM Boris Johnson has told a court he will request a Brexit delay if he fails to strike a deal with the EU by October 19.
    (AP, 10/4/19)
2019        Oct 4, Britain's National Theater said it has decided to end its partnership with energy group Royal Dutch Shell as part of a broader "climate emergency" initiative to reduce its carbon impact.
    (Reuters, 10/4/19)
2019        Oct 4, In northern Burkina Faso twenty people were killed in an attack by suspected jihadists on a gold-mining site in Soum province.
    (Reuters, 10/6/19)
2019        Oct 4, In Ecuador protests over fuel subsidy cuts paralyzed transportation for a second day as authorities held 275 people in jail for unrest triggered by President Lenin Moreno's belt-tightening fiscal package.
    (Reuters, 10/4/19)
2019        Oct 4, Thousands of Haitian protesters marched through Port-au-Prince to the UN headquarters in one of the largest demonstrations in a weekslong push to oust embattled President Jovenel Moise. The unrest came after almost four weeks of protests in which 17 people have been reported killed.
    (AP, 10/4/19)
2019        Oct 4, Hong Kong invoked emergency powers for the first time in more than half a century to ban face masks for protesters after months of unrest, prompting demonstrators to occupy downtown streets.
    (Bloomberg, 10/4/19)
2019        Oct 4, Iran claimed a "victory" after one of its banks received $1.6 billion in compensation from British authorities over "illegal" sanctions. In June 2013, the UK Supreme Court quashed a treasury directive imposing sanction on Bank Mellat over alleged links with Tehran's controversial nuclear program.
    (AFP, 10/4/19)
2019        Oct 4, Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, called on both sides to cease violence. Security forces again opened fire on protesters gathered in central Baghdad. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said he’s suspending participation in parliament activities until the government introduces a program that serves Iraqi aspirations. Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain advised their citizens to avoid traveling to Iraq and those who are there to leave the country immediately. A 4th day of bloody violence hit Baghdad with 22 people killed.
    (AP, 10/4/19)(AP, 10/5/19)
2019        Oct 4, In Mexico a National Geographic journalist was shot in the leg in Chihuahua state late today while interviewing an alleged drug dealer, who was killed when four armed men stormed in on the interview.
    (Reuters, 10/5/19)
2019        Oct 4, The Dutch government said it would spend hundreds of millions of euros to mitigate nitrogen emissions, in a move it hopes will pave the way for thousands of building projects to be restarted.
    (AP, 10/4/19)
2019        Oct 4, Dutch health authorities ordered a major recall of processed meats from grocery stores after saying they had linked a spate of food poisonings over the past two years to a likely single source. Experts had been testing the DNA of listeria bacteria involved in cases that affected 20 people in all, killing three of them and causing one woman to miscarry.
    (Reuters, 10/4/19)
2019        Oct 4, In Pakistan the Taliban met with US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in Islamabad for the first time since President Donald Trump declared a seemingly imminent peace deal to end Afghanistan's 18-year war 'dead' a month ago.
    (AP, 10/5/19)
2019        Oct 4, Palestinian officials said the Palestinian Authority has agreed to accept hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues collected by Israel months after declining them in protest. The PA had refused to accept the funds because Israel was withholding an amount equal to what the Palestinians pay to the families of prisoners and those killed in the conflict, including slain militants.
    (AP, 10/4/19)
2019        Oct 4, Palestinian Alaa Hamdan (28) was killed by Israeli gunfire during the weekly protest along the Gaza-Israel frontier.
    (AP, 10/4/19)
2019        Oct 4, In the Philippines at least four gunmen abducted Allan Hyrons, an elderly British man, and his Filipino wife, Wilma, in Zamboanga del Sur province.
    (SFC, 10/5/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 4, Russia said that Moscow's move to help Beijing build an early warning system to detect missile attacks showed the two countries had a special relationship.
    (Reuters, 10/4/19)
2019        Oct 4, In Rwanda unknown assailants killed eight people late today in a northern area near the Volcanoes National Park that is popular with tourists for its mountain gorillas.
    (Reuters, 10/5/19)
2019        Oct 4, Spanish police arrested four drug traffickers who stopped to save their lives after the officers were thrown overboard during a high speed boat chase off the coast of Malaga. More than 80 bundles of hash had been recovered from the sea.
    (The Telegraph, 10/5/19)
2019        Oct 4, In Sudan irrigation ministers of three key Nile Basin countries met in Khartoum, seeking to resolve differences over Ethiopia’s soon-to-be-finished Blue Nile dam, which Cairo claims threatens its water supply. The meeting of the ministers from Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia was expected to last two days.
    (AP, 10/4/19)
2019        Oct 4, In northern Syria the US-led coalition and Turkey conducted their third joint patrol, part of a plan designed to defuse tensions between Ankara and the Syrian Kurds.
    (AP, 10/4/19)
2019        Oct 4, In southern Thailand Judge Khanakorn Pianchana shot himself in court and was hospitalized after delivering a not guilty verdict in the case of five Muslim suspects charged with murder in the predominantly Buddhist country's restive south.
    (Reuters, 10/5/19)
2019        Oct 4, Turkey's state run Anadolu Agency said Sirri Sureyya Onder, a former deputy of the People's Democratic Party, or HDP, has been released from a high security prison. The former pro-Kurdish party legislator and film-maker had been jailed since December 2018.
    (AP, 10/5/19)
2019        Oct 4, Ukraine's Prosecutor General said that his office is reviewing several cases related to the owner of a gas company where former Vice President Joe Biden's son sat on the board, as part of a review of all the criminal cases closed by his predecessors.
    (AP, 10/4/19)
2019        Oct 4, A panel of experts at the UN labor agency is calling on Venezuelan authorities to halt violence, threats and other forms of “aggression" against workers and employers who oppose President Nicolas Maduro’s government.
    (AP, 10/4/19)

2019        Oct 5, President Donald Trump called US Senator Mitt Romney a "pompous ass" after his sharp critique of the president's push for other nations to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democratic political rival.
    (Reuters, 10/5/19)
2019        Oct 5, The United States and Greece signed a revised defense cooperation pact, which Americans officials described as critical to responding to new security challenges in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
    (AP, 10/5/19)
2019        Oct 5, In New York City a homeless man wielding a long metal pipe rampaged through the city early today attacking other homeless people who were sleeping, killing four and leaving a fifth in critical condition. Suspect Randy Rodriguez Santos (24) was soon taken into custody.
    (AP, 10/5/19)(SFC, 10/7/19, p.A5)
2019        Oct 5, In Ohio Lyric Lawson (6) was asleep in her Cleveland home when bullets struck the house, hitting her in the head and killing her. A dark car was spotted leaving the scene but no further description was available.
    (ABC News, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 5, Australian travel-blogging couple Jolie King and Mark Firkin, held in Iran on spying charges, returned home after being freed. Hours later state media in Tehran said Iranian student Reza Dehbashi, held in Australia for 13 months on accusations of circumventing US sanctions on military equipment, had also been released and returned home.
    (AP, 10/5/19)
2019        Oct 5, Britain's foreign minister urged the United States to reconsider its decision to let a US diplomat's wife who was involved in a fatal car crash to use her diplomatic immunity to leave Britain. Harry Dunn (19) died after a road collision near RAF Croughton, an air force base in Northamptonshire.
    (Reuters, 10/5/19)
2019        Oct 5, In Cameroon Maurice Kamto, the main rival of President Paul Biya, walked free from prison after insurrection charges against him were dropped in what the government said was a gesture of national reconciliation.
    (Reuters, 10/5/19)
2019        Oct 5, Ecuadorean indigenous and union organizations kept protests going and promised no let-up in their push to overturn austerity measures by President Lenin Moreno's government that have convulsed the nation for three days.
    (Reuters, 10/5/19)
2019        Oct 5, In Ethiopia hundreds of thousands of Oromo people, the country's largest ethnic group, celebrated in Addis Ababa at the start of an annual thanksgiving festival which was marred by violence in 2016.
    (Reuters, 10/5/19)
2019        Oct 5, Iraqi authorities lifted a round-the-clock curfew in Baghdad meant to quell the unrest, sparked by popular anger over lack of jobs and endemic corruption in the oil-rich country. Security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas at demonstrators on the fifth day of anti-government protests, killing at least eight people and wounding 17. The violence brought to 72 the total number of people killed over five days of protests. The semi-official Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, affiliated with the parliament, put the death toll at 94.
    (AP, 10/5/19)
2019        Oct 5, In Iraq masked gunmen arrived in black cars wearing black clothes stormed the offices of the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news channel in Abu Nawas street late today, beat up some of the employees and smashed equipment before they fled.
    (AP, 10/5/19)
2019        Oct 5, North Korean and US officials gathered for new nuclear talks in Stockholm after months of deadlock and Pyongyang's defiant test of a sea-launched ballistic missile this week.
    (AP, 10/5/19)
2019        Oct 5, President Rodrigo Duterte (74) of the Philippines, on a state visit to Russia, revealed that he has myasthenia gravis, a chronic autoimmune disease that leads to skeletal muscle weakness. The disease has led to a slew of medical problems, including making his eye droop.
    (NY Times, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 5, Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview broadcast today that Russia will find ways to help Cuba secure supplies of oil and petroleum products.
    (Reuters, 10/5/19)
2019        Oct 5, Tens of thousands of Scottish independence supporters marched in Edinburgh, as calls grew for a fresh vote on Scotland breaking away from the United Kingdom with Brexit scheduled for within weeks.
    (AFP, 10/5/19)
2019        Oct 5, Spain's acting PM Pedro Sanchez said he would seek to defend the country's agricultural sector in the face of "unacceptable" proposed US tariffs on European agricultural goods.
    (Reuters, 10/5/19)
2019        Oct 5, In Sudan irrigation ministers from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan wrapped up a two-day meeting in Khartoum without resolving differences over Ethiopia's soon-to-be-finished Blue Nile dam. Egypt called for international mediation to help reach a "fair and balanced" agreement.
    (AP, 10/6/19)
2019        Oct 5, Turkey's president threatened to launch a military operation into northeastern Syria, where US troops are deployed and have been trying to defuse tension between Washington's two allies — Ankara and the Syrian Kurds.
    (AP, 10/5/19)
2019        Oct 5, Pope Francis installed new cardinals, putting his stamp on the future of the Roman Catholic Church with men who share his vision for social justice, the rights of immigrants and dialogue with Islam.
    (Reuters, 10/5/19)

2019        Oct 6, President Donald Trump announced his decision to pull back US troops from northern Syria. The White House issued a late-night statement that it was effectively abandoning the Kurds who did most of the fighting alongside US forces to drive Islamic State extremists from northern Syria.
    (AP, 10/7/19)(AFP, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 6, Warner Bros.' R-rated comic-book movie "Joker" scored $93.5 million over the weekend and stood as the biggest October launch of all time.
    (Reuters, 10/6/19)
2019        Oct 6, In Kansas four people were killed and five wounded early today when one or two suspects opened fire inside the Tequila KC Bar in Kansas City. Police were hunting for the shooters. One of the two suspects was arrested this afternoon. The other remained at large.
    (Reuters, 10/6/19)(AP, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 6, It was reported that Nevada Officials are testing dead animals and monitoring migratory elk and deer at the state line with Utah for signs of chronic wasting disease, a highly contagious and terminal disorder that causes symptoms such as lack of fear of humans, lethargy and emaciation.
    (AP, 10/6/19)
2019        Oct 6, In Austria man (25) turned himself in to police after allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend, her family and her new boyfriend in the Alpine resort town of Kitzbuehel.
    (AP, 10/6/19)
2019        Oct 6, In Bangladesh Abrar Fahad (21) was killed at the dormitory of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), where he was a second-year student. He had written a Facebook post criticizing a government water deal with India.
    (Reuters, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 6, British rock music drummer Ginger Baker (b.1939), a co-founder of the 1960's supergroup Cream with bass player Jack Bruce and guitarist Eric Clapton, died. Cream was founded in 1966 and disbanded in 1968.
    (Reuters, 10/6/19)
2019        Oct 6, Chinese soldiers issued a warning to Hong Kong protesters who shone lasers at their barracks in the city, in the first direct interaction with mainland military forces in four months of anti-government demonstrations.
    (Reuters, 10/6/19)
2019        Oct 6, Hong Kong police fired tear gas as protesters defied an emergency law and marched wearing masks through the Chinese-controlled city.
    (Reuters, 10/6/19)
2019        Oct 6, Iran's semi-official Tasnim news reported that Iran is planning to take legal action against the US for numerous alleged cyber attacks and threats on its networks.
    (Bloomberg, 10/6/19)
2019        Oct 6, The Iraqi government announced a series of reforms early today after an "extraordinary" session overnight in response to sweeping anti-government rallies that have left nearly 100 dead in less than a week. At least 18 people were killed in clashes between anti-government protesters and police in Baghdad overnight. Army soldiers fired in the direction of about 300 anti-government protesters who gathered in Sadr City suburb of Baghdad on the sixth day of unrest.
    (AFP, 10/6/19)(Reuters, 10/6/19)(AP, 10/6/19)
2019        Oct 6, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said he was seeking "non-aggression" agreements with Gulf Arab nations that do not formally recognize the country as a prelude to possible future peace deals.
    (AFP, 10/6/19)
2019        Oct 6, Teachers in Jordan ended their longest strike ever and are opening the school year four weeks late. A salary raise between 35-75% was secured depending on teacher ranks.
    (AP, 10/6/19)
2019        Oct 6, Kosovo held national elections. The main issues for the country's 1.9 million eligible voters included tackling corruption and normalizing relations with Serbia which would pave the way for UN membership. Vetevendosje (Albanian for “self-determination") won about 26% of the vote, and another opposition party, the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), garnered close to 25%. This was the first election since Kosovo’s independence from Serbia in 2008 that didn’t give plurality support to the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), which received only 21%, largely because of the party’s poor record on fighting corruption.
    (Reuters, 10/6/19)(Bloomberg, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 6, Mauritius PM Pravind Kumar Jugnauth dissolved parliament and said the Indian Ocean island would hold a general election on November 7.
    (Reuters, 10/6/19)
2019        Oct 6, North Korea said that it won't meet with the United States for more "sickening negotiations" unless it abandons its "hostile policy" against the North, as the two countries offered different takes on their weekend nuclear talks in Sweden.
    (AP, 10/6/19)
2019        Oct 6, Portugal began voting in an election that PM Antonio Costa's Socialists are expected to win without an outright majority, leaving the fate of potential allies as the main question. The center-left Socialist Party collected the most votes.
    (Reuters, 10/6/19)(SFC, 10/7/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 6, The Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage posted the new requirements on Twitter, confirming an Oct. 4 report by the Saudi daily Okaz. New guidelines allowed women to rent hotel rooms without a male guardian's presence, and foreign men and women to share a room without proof of marriage.
    (AP, 10/6/19)
2019        Oct 6, Tunisians voted for a new parliament but quiet polling stations gave an indication of the economic disillusionment that has emerged since the 2011 revolution and brought political newcomers to challenge established parties. Two polls estimated that Islamist party Ennahdha would win about 40 of the 217 seats in the Assembly of People's Representatives.
    (Reuters, 10/6/19)(SFC, 10/7/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 6, In Ukraine about 10,000 people including former president Petro Poroshenko gathered in central Kiev to protest a plan for broader autonomy for separatist territories ahead of a high-stakes summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
    (AFP, 10/6/19)

2019        Oct 7, President Donald Trump threatened to destroy the economy of Turkey if it does not watch over captured Islamic State fighters and their families detained in Syria.
    (AP, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 7, US and Chinese deputy trade negotiators launched a new round of talks aimed at resolving the two nations' 15-month trade war, with neither side showing any signs of giving ground.
    (Reuters, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 7, The Trump administration placed eight Chinese technology giants on a US blacklist, accusing them of being implicated in human rights violations against Muslim minorities in the country’s far-western region of Xinjiang.
    (Bloomberg, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 7, The US and Japan signed a limited trade deal that opens markets for American farmers and brings Tokyo a degree of assurance that President Donald Trump won’t impose new tariffs on auto imports for now.
    (Bloomberg, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 7, US District Court Judge Victor Marrero ordered President Donald Trump to turn over eight years of his tax returns to New York state prosecutors.
    (Reuters, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 7, US House Democrats issued subpoenas to the Pentagon and the White House budget office as part of their impeachment inquiry, requesting documents related to US President Donald Trump's decision to withhold military assistance for Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 7, The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said that Samuel Little (79), who has confessed to murdering more than 90 women, is the most prolific serial killer in US history. Little has been serving a triple life sentence since 2014 for three murders, and has since been accused and indicted with murdering multiple other women.
    (Insider, 10/8/19)
2019        Oct 7, Oprah Winfrey announced she would give $13 million to her scholarship program at Morehouse College -- a private, historically black men's college in Atlanta, Georgia.
    (Good Morning America, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 7, In Massachusetts two adults and three children were found dead with gunshot wounds in home in an Abington condominium complex.
    (AP, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 7, William Hoehn, whose life sentence was overturned in the death of a North Dakota woman whose baby was cut from her womb, was re-sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the 2017 attack on Savanna Greywind, whose baby survived.
    (AP, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 7, General Motors said it is temporarily laying off another 415 workers in Mexico as a strike by 48,000 US hourly workers enters its fourth week.
    (AP, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 7, Americans William Kaelin at the U.S. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, Gregg Semenza of Johns Hopkins University and Peter Ratcliffe of Oxford University won the 2019 Nobel Medicine Prize for discovering a molecular switch that regulates how cells adapt to fluctuating oxygen levels, opening up new approaches to treating heart failure, anemia and cancer.
    (Reuters, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 7, The Carnegie Institute for Science announced that 20 new moons have been found around Saturn, giving the ringed planet a total of 82. This beat Jupiter with its 79 moons.
    (SFC, 10/9/19, p.A4)
2019        Oct 7, Local authorities said heavy rains over recent days in the Bolivian Amazon have helped put out forest fires that have raged for two months across the land-locked South American nation, charring more than 4 million hectares of land.
    (Reuters, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 7, Traffic in parts of central London ground to halt as hundreds of climate protesters began disruption set to last for two weeks in the UK capital.
    (Bloomberg, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 7, In the Czech Republic the Prague city council voted to cancel a partnership agreement with Beijing after it failed to remove an article requiring it commit to the "one China" principle, which refers to China’s stance that Taiwan and it both belong to one China.
    (AP, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 7, In Ecuador indigenous protesters paralyzed roads around the country and blocked a main highway into the capital in a fifth day of action against government austerity measures that have sparked the worst unrest in years, resulting in 477 arrests.
    (Reuters, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 7, German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended climate protection measures condemned by critics as unambitious, while activists blocked traffic in Berlin to demand drastic action to cut carbon emissions responsible for global warming.
    (Reuters, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 7, Greek authorities began expanding a program to transfer migrants and refugees from overcrowded camps on the islands to the mainland amid concern that the number of arrivals from nearby Turkey could continue to rise.
    (AP, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 7, In Haiti stones flew and barricades burned in Port-au-Prince as the country entered its fourth week of protests that have paralyzed the economy.
    (AP, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 7, Hong Kong police staged a show of force in a district hit by some of the most violent clashes with protesters in recent months, but instead of being confronted by demonstrators were jeered by onlookers.
    (Reuters, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 7, Iran's foreign minister said the United States is an "irrelevant occupier" in Syria and that the conflict-torn country's territorial integrity should be respected.
    (AP, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 7, Iran said it plans to start using a new array of advanced centrifuges for enriching uranium, in a move likely to intensify pressure on Europe to save Tehran's collapsing nuclear deal with world powers.
    (AP, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 7, The Iraqi military acknowledged for the first time that some of its troops used “excessive force" against unarmed protesters as the death toll from six days of anti-government protests topped 100. This came after at least 15 people were killed overnight in Sadr City.
    (The Telegraph, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 7, An Italian court found the parents of former prime minister Matteo Renzi guilty of issuing false invoices, and handed them suspended prison terms of one year and nine months.
    (Reuters, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 7, Italy's coastguard said at least 13 people died when an overloaded migrant boat capsized near the island of Lampedusa as they were about to be rescued. The smugglers' boat overturned as a patrol boat was preparing to take migrants on board. 13 men and women had survived the sinking of a migrant boat off the island of Lampedusa. On Oct. 17 the bodies of a child and six other people were recovered from the sea bottom.
    (AP, 10/7/19)(Reuters, 10/17/19)
2019        Oct 7, In Mozambique Anastacio Matavel, a key local election observer, was shot dead this morning, a week before the presidential vote, after leaving a training for national election observers in southern Gaza province.
    (AP, 10/8/19)
2019        Oct 7, Swiss-based Novartis said its anti-blindness medicine Beovu has become the latest eye drug to win US Food and Drug Administration approval, giving the drugmaker a boost in the increasingly competitive market for eye problems among an aging population.
    (Reuters, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 7, Syria's Kurds accused the US of turning its back on its allies and risking gains made in the fight against the Islamic State group as American troops began pulling back from positions in northeastern Syria ahead of an expected Turkish assault.
    (AP, 10/7/19)
2019        Oct 7, In Yemen an explosive device went off in the town of Wadi Nakhla near the flashpoint port city of Hodeida, killing at least four children.
    (AP, 10/8/19)
2019        Oct 7, Striking Zimbabwean doctors defied a government ultimatum to return to work, after rejecting a 60% pay rise offer they say is not enough to keep up with soaring prices of basic goods.
    (Reuters, 10/7/19)

2019        Oct 8, US House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff blasted President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for blocking Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the European Union and a central player in the Ukraine controversy, from testifying today in the ongoing impeachment inquiry into the president. House Democrats said they plan to issue a subpoena for Sondland.
    (AP, 10/8/19)(Reuters, 10/8/19)
2019        Oct 8, Senator Lindsey Graham, the Republican chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee, opened the door to a Senate investigation into unproven allegations regarding Ukraine raised by President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, inviting the attorney to testify.
    (Reuters, 10/8/19)
2019        Oct 8, The US federal government said it will remove the Kirtland's warbler from its list of protected species, finding the small, yellow-bellied songbird had recovered more than half a century after being designated as endangered. The latest census put them at about 2,300 pairs.
    (AP, 10/8/19)
2019        Oct 8, Montgomery, Alabama, elected Judge Steven Reed as its first African American mayor.
    (SFC, 10/9/19, p.A6)
2019        Oct 8, Paul Petersen, a property tax assessor in Maricopa County, Arizona, was arrested for allegedly running a human smuggling scheme which brought dozens of pregnant women from the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean to the US, but refused to resign from his job. On Oct. 28 he was suspended without pay for 120 days by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.
    (The Independent, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 8, California's Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB1482, the first statewide law to protect renters. This imposed a state-wide cap on rent increases and required landlords to provide a "just cause" when evicting tenants.
    (SFC, 10/9/19, p.A1)
2019        Oct 8, The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said US infections from three sexually transmitted diseases have risen for a fifth consecutive year. Chlamydia rose 3% from 2017, gonorrhea rose 5% and syphilis rose 15%.
    (SFC, 10/9/19, p.A6)
2019        Oct 8, Boston's sheriff announced the ending his office's longtime relationship with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying his jails will stop housing hundreds of federal detainees in order to house more female inmates.
    (AP, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 8, It was reported that three Albanian 16-year-old girls have developed an app to help victims of domestic violence access support, hoping to tackle a huge problem in Albania, where one in two women suffered abuse last year. The app, known as GjejZâ, (Find your Voice), will launch on Oct. 11 after winning an international technology competition for girls in the US.
    (Reuters, 10/8/19)
2019        Oct 8, Britain sought to ease concerns about leaving the European Union without a deal, publishing a raft of contingency plans which included a new advice service to help suppliers of medical goods.
    (Reuters, 10/8/19)
2019        Oct 8, London police said 152 arrests were made today, taking the total number over the two days to 471 as some protesters lay down in the road outside parliament whilst others dressed in colorful costumes or brought tree saplings to give to lawmakers.
    (Reuters, 10/8/19)
2019        Oct 8, Britain's medicines watchdog said GlaxoSmithKline Plc is recalling its heartburn medicine Zantac as a "precautionary measure" due to a probable cancer-causing impurity in the drug.
    (Reuters, 10/8/19)
2019        Oct 8, A prosecutor told a London court that three former Barclays executives lied to the market by hiding 322 million pounds ($395 million) in extra fees that the bank paid Qatar in return for vital funding during the 2008 global credit crisis.
    (Reuters, 10/8/19)
2019        Oct 8, Canadian James Peebles (84) and Swiss scientists Michel Mayor (77) and Didier Queloz (53) won the physics prize for their work in understanding how the universe has evolved from the Big Bang and the blockbuster discovery of a planet outside our solar system.
    (AP, 10/8/19)
2019        Oct 8, China strongly urged the US to remove sanctions on Chinese firms and said it will take any necessary measures to firmly protect its own interests. The commerce ministry also said it strongly urges the US to stop making irresponsible remarks on the Xinjiang issue and to stop interfering in China's internal affairs.
    (Reuters, 10/8/19)
2019        Oct 8, Cuba's Pres. Miguel Diaz-Canel signed a decree allowing prosecutors to approve eavesdropping and surveillance of any form of communication without consulting a judge. The new rules were made public in November.
    (SSFC, 11/24/19, p.A4)
2019        Oct 8, On the island nation of Cyprus a new research center to monitor greenhouse gas emissions in the east Mediterranean and the Middle East officially launched as part of efforts to tackle climate change across the vulnerable region. The 30 million-euro ($33 million) project is equally funded by the European Union and Cyprus.
    (AP, 10/8/19)
2019        Oct 8, Ecuador's government said it would be open to mediation via the United Nations or the Catholic Church, after almost a week of anti-austerity protests that have rocked the nation and brought hundreds of arrests. President Lenin Moreno ordered a curfew around government buildings after six days of violent anti-austerity protests that have pushed his administration out of the capital Quito and brought hundreds of arrests.
    (Reuters, 10/8/19)(The Telegraph, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 8, Egypt, Cyprus, and Greece condemned an "unlawful and unacceptable" bid by Turkey to drill inside waters where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights.
    (AP, 10/8/19)
2019        Oct 8, Egyptian authorities have released over 200 people who were among hundreds more arrested in a crackdown following small but rare anti-government protests last month. t 17 other suspects were released separately the previous evening.
    (AP, 10/8/19)
2019        Oct 8, Italy's parliament voted to cut the number of elected lawmakers by more than a third, in a reform championed by the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement which could have a profound impact on the political landscape.
    (Reuters, 10/8/19)
2019        Oct 8, Japan-based Nissan Motor Co named Senior Vice President Makoto Uchida, the head of its Chinese business, as its next CEO. The executive is known for close ties to top shareholder Renault and for a frank, straight-talking manner that has marked him as an outsider.
    (Reuters, 10/8/19)
2019        Oct 8, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari presented a record 10.33 trillion-naira ($33.8 billion) budget for 2020 to lawmakers as he aims to spur growth in Africa's largest economy at the start of his second term in office.
    (Reuters, 10/8/19)
2019        Oct 8, Romania's President Klaus Iohannis gave the green light for the creation of the country's first national Holocaust museum in Bucharest, more than seven decades after the end of World War Two.
    (AP, 10/8/19)

2019        Oct 9, President Donald Trump lashed out over sharp bipartisan criticism of his decision to pull back US troops from northeastern Syria, saying he is focused on the "BIG PICTURE" that does not include American involvement in "stupid endless wars" in the Middle East.
    (AP, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, The White House budget office said it will not comply with a congressional subpoena for documents relating to Ukraine issued as part of the impeachment probe launched by Democratic lawmakers.
    (Reuters, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, A US federal indictment was unsealed saying a defense Intelligence Agency employee, identified as Henry Kyle Frese (30), has been arrested and charged with two counts of transmitting national defense information to the media.
    (Business Insider, 10/10/19)
2019        Oct 9, The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued its first set official ruling and its first guidance of any kind since 1914 on cryptocurrency taxes.
    (SFC, 10/10/19, p.D1)
2019        Oct 9, Alaska police said Brian Steven Smith (48) has been arrested in Anchorage after videos were found on a digital memory card depicting a woman being assaulted and killed.
    (SFC, 10/10/19, p.A5)
2019        Oct 9, It was reported that the assessor of Arizona's Maricopa county has been indicted in an adoption fraud case, accused of arranging for dozens of pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to come to the US to give their children up for adoption. Utah also has charged Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen with 11 felony counts, including human smuggling, sale of a child and communications fraud.
    (AP, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, Sheldon Breiner (b.1936), American geophysicist, died at his home in Portola Valley, Ca. Breiner co-founded the Peninsula Open Space Trust in 1977 to help conserve and protect ecologically valuable land.
    (SFC, 11/18/19, p.C4)
2019        Oct 9, Two foreign-born Florida businessmen associated with US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to funnel foreign money to US political candidates. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were arrested in connection with a New York case involving campaign finance laws. Andrey Kukushkin (46) of San Francisco and David Correia were also indicted.
    (Reuters, 10/10/19)(SFC, 10/12/19, p.A9)
2019        Oct 9, A long-awaited report, written in 2016, from Chicago's inspector general was finally released, detailing the actions of 16 police officers involved in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The report repeatedly accuses the officers of violating policies and giving false statements and misleading characterizations "to exaggerate the threat McDonald posed".
    (Reuters, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, Indianapolis man Darrin Banks (28) was sentenced to 53 years in prison for the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old girl and the wounding of her 19-year-old aunt. Banks and Brian Palmer (30) were charged with murder in the March 29, 2018, shooting that killed Malaysia Robson and wounded her aunt.
    (AP, 10/10/19)
2019        Oct 9, Southwest Airlines Co and Brazil's Gol Linhas Aereas said they have grounded a total of 13 Boeing Co 737 NG airplanes, after US regulators ordered urgent inspections.
    (Reuters, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, AT&T Inc said it would sell its wireless and wireline operations in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands to Liberty Latin America Ltd for $1.95 billion, as the second-largest US wireless carrier cuts its huge debt pile.
    (AP, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, Biotechnology start-up Ginkgo Bioworks said that it had raised a $350 million fund to more easily invest in spinout ventures that use its bio-engineering technology in a variety of industries that are just starting to use cutting edge biology.
    (Reuters, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to American John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham of Britain and Akira Yoshino of Japan for the development of lithium-ion batteries.
    (Reuters, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, In Bangladesh hundreds of students protested across the country calling for political groups to be banned from campuses days after student Abrar Fahad (21) was killed, allegedly by activists from PM Sheikh Hasina's ruling party.
    (Reuters, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, British Airways announced the launch of a new flight from London's Gatwick Airport to the Turkish resort of Antalya, once one of Thomas Cook's most popular routes, as airlines jostle to fill the void left by its collapse.
    (Reuters, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, The Cayman Islands said it would make public information on the beneficial ownership of companies, prompting anti-corruption campaigners to call on other offshore jurisdictions to follow suit as part of a global crackdown on money-laundering.
    (Reuters, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, Chinese President Xi Jinping said he was watching the situation in Kashmir and would support Pakistan in issues related to its core interests.
    (Reuters, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, Indigenous-led protesters began a national strike in Ecuador after President Lenin Moreno refused to step down or overturn anti-austerity measures that have triggered the worst unrest in a decade. At least one indigenous protester was killed in unrest in Quito amid protests that were expected to continue against the austerity measures.
    (Reuters, 10/9/19)(Reuters, 10/10/19)
2019        Oct 9, Egypt denounced Ethiopia for moving forward with building and operating a hydropower dam on the Nile, which Cairo worries will threaten already scarce water supplies.
    (Reuters, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, The German cabinet approved climate protection measures designed to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions, keeping on track plans by Chancellor Angela Merkel to pass the landmark package this year.
    (AP, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, In eastern Germany two people were killed in shooting attacks on a synagogue and a kebab bistro in the city of Halle on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the calendar in Judaism. One suspect was arrested, but two others fled in a hijacked a car.
    (Reuters, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Iran could have taken the step to develop nuclear weapons but will not because their use is "haram", or forbidden in Islam.
    (AFP, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, Italy reacted angrily to a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that it should relax conditions for prisoners serving life sentences, including mafia gangsters and terrorists.
    (The Telegraph, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, Mexican businessmen and church leaders said they are being hit by a wave of extortion demands by criminal gangs in the north-central state of Guanajuato.
    (SFC, 10/10/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 9, Russia upped the pressure on opposition leader Alexei Navalny, declaring his Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) a "foreign agent" that will be subject to increased state monitoring.
    (The Telegraph, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, Slovenia's central bank said it will impose restrictions on consumer loans to curb "excessive" credit growth and protect borrowers from becoming overindebted.
    (Reuters, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, In South Korea tens of thousands of protesters staged demonstrations, including in downtown Seoul, over a growing corruption scandal involving a newly-appointed justice minister Cho Kuk. Demonstrators saw the investigation into Cho as politically motivated and called on the Moon administration to follow through with promised reforms. Cho's family faced probes into irregular investments and his children's' favorable treatment in university admission.
    (Reuters, 10/12/19)
2019        Oct 9, A Thailand minister said foreigners in the "risky" over-50 age group will have to present proof of health insurance when applying for Thai long-term non-immigrant visas, so the government doesn't have to pick up their medical bills.
    (Reuters, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, In Trinidad and Tobago dozens of people were found chained and in cages in a rehabilitation center for ex-prisoners run by the Transformed Life Ministry religious organization in Arouca, 19 km east of the capital Port of Spain.
    (Reuters, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, Turkey launched a military operation against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria with air strikes hitting the border town of Ras al Ain. Turkey's state-run news agency said Turkish artillery units are shelling suspected Syrian Kurdish forces targets across the border in the Syrian town of Tal Abyad.
    (Reuters, 10/9/19)(AP, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, Tunisia freed presidential candidate Nabil Karoui. This came shortly before the electoral body announced that his secular Heart of Tunisia party had won 38 seats in the Oct. 6 parliamenatry elections, finishing 2nd to Islamist party Ennahda's 52 seats.
    (SFC, 10/10/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 9, A much-anticipated pullback of heavy weaponry in eastern Ukraine was derailed after both sides traded accusations of breaking the cease-fire.
    (AP, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, UNICEF, the UN children's agency, said more than 4,000 people have died in Congo this year in the world's largest measles outbreak. More than 200,000 measles cases have been reported across Congo since January.
    (AP, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, A UN report released today criticized American airstrikes earlier this year against alleged drug facilities in Afghanistan, saying they were unlawful and caused significant civilian casualties. The raids killed at least 30 civilians and may have left dozens more dead.
    (AP, 10/9/19)(The Telegraph, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, A United Nations Development Program report said "If fighting continues through 2022, Yemen will rank the poorest country in the world, with 79 percent of the population living under the poverty line and 65 percent classified as extremely poor".
    (AFP, 10/10/19)
2019        Oct 9, A new study by the World Health Organization said more than one-third of women in Ghana, Guinea, Myanmar and Nigeria had been abused during child birth in health centers.
    (SFC, 10/10/19, p.A4)
2019        Oct 9, Save the Children warned of a spike in cholera cases in northern Yemen affecting hundreds of thousands of children and their families as a result of an increase in fuel shortages.
    (AP, 10/9/19)
2019        Oct 9, Zimbabwe's public sector workers demanded to be paid US dollar-indexed salaries to cushion them against soaring inflation, and will decide this week whether to strike.
    (Reuters, 10/9/19)

2019        Oct 10, President Trump turned on his erstwhile favorite news channel, Fox News, in a pair of tweets touched off by a new Fox News poll that found a majority of Americans want to see him impeached and removed from office.
    (Yahoo News, 10/10/19)
2019        Oct 10, US President Donald Trump confirmed that al Qaeda's top bomb-maker, Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, believed to be the mastermind behind the failed bombing of a US-bound airliner in 2009, has been killed. A White House statement said that that al-Asiri was killed in 2017 in a United States counter-terrorism operation in Yemen.
    (Reuters, 10/10/19)
2019        Oct 10, The US Treasury sanctioned three members of the Gupta family, friends of former South African President Jacob Zuma who are accused of influence-peddling, and their business associate for their involvement in alleged corruption.
    (Reuters, 10/10/19)
2019        Oct 10, A US Drought Monitor report said nearly 56 million US residents are now living in drought conditions in parts of 16 Southern states.
    (SFC, 10/11/19, p.A6)
2019        Oct 10, The US National Audubon Society said two-thirds of bird species in North America, already disappearing at an alarming rate, face extinction unless immediate action is taken to slow the rate of climate change.
    (Reuters, 10/11/19)
2019        Oct 10, Austrian writer Peter Handke (76) won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature and Polish author Olga Tokarczuk (57) was named as the 2018 winner after a sexual assault scandal led to last year's award being postponed.
    (AP, 10/10/19)
2019        Oct 10, Bosnia's two rival autonomous regions adopted a joint four-year program of socio-economic reforms in a rare display of unity to boost growth and competitiveness in line with EU recommendations.
    (Reuters, 10/10/19)
2019        Oct 10, In eastern Congo DRC a cargo plane carrying presidential staff crashed, and all eight passengers and crew were feared dead.
    (Reuters, 10/11/19)
2019        Oct 10, The family of Alaa Abdel-Fattah, a leading Egyptian pro-democracy activist, said that he was beaten, threatened and stripped to his underwear while in custody. Abdel-Fattah was arrested amid a recent clampdown following anti-government protests.
    (AP, 10/10/19)
2019        Oct 10, Egyptian security forces shot and killed a militant in the Mediterranean coastal city of el-Arish, before he could detonate his explosive-laden belt.
    (AP, 10/11/19)
2019        Oct 10, The European Union says that the Turkish offensive in Kurdish-held areas of Syria is setting back any hope for progress toward ending the conflict.
    (AP, 10/10/19)
2019        Oct 10, The Paris-based World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said France has detected a low-pathogenic H5 bird flu virus on a duck farm in the center of the country.
    (Reuters, 10/10/19)
2019        Oct 10, In western Indonesia a knife-wielding man, suspected of belonging to a radical Islamic greoup, wounded security minister Wiranto and another person.
    (SFC, 10/11/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 10, Iraqi intelligence officials said the US will hand over nearly 50 Islamic State members, who were transferred from Syria in recent days.
    (SFC, 10/11/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 10, Japan-based Nissan said it will begin making the next-generation Juke vehicle at Britain’s biggest car plant on Oct. 14, just over two weeks before a possible no-deal Brexit which the industry has warned could bring production to a halt. Nissan warned that a no-deal Brexit tariffs of 10% on vehicles would be unsustainable for Nissan in Europe, where it runs Britain's biggest car factory.
    (Reuters, 10/10/19)
2019        Oct 10, North Korea threatened again to resume nuclear and long-range missile tests, accusing the US of having instigated some members of the UN Security Council to condemn its recent weapons tests.
    (AP, 10/10/19)
2019        Oct 10, Romanian PM Viorica Dancila's center-left government collapsed after losing a no-confidence vote in parliament, raising the prospect of prolonged political uncertainty due to a fragmented opposition.
    (Reuters, 10/10/19)
2019        Oct 10, Rwanda's Pres. Paul Kagame pardoned and ordered the release of 52 young women who were jailed for having or assisting with abortions. The owmen were to be released on Oct. 12.
    (SFC, 10/12/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 10, Sudan appointed a woman as the head of its judiciary for the first time in the history of the Arab Muslim country. Taj-Elsir Ali, a former prosecutor and lawyer, was named as the public prosecutor.
    (Reuters, 10/10/19)
2019        Oct 10, Turkey pressed its assault against US-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria for a second day, pounding the region with airstrikes and an artillery bombardment that raised columns of black smoke in a border town and sent panicked civilians scrambling to get out.
    (AP, 10/10/19)
2019        Oct 10, Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to send "millions" of Syrian refugees to Europe in response to criticism of his military offensive into Kurdish-controlled northern Syria.
    (The Telegraph, 10/10/19)
2019        Oct 10, Turkish police launched criminal investigations of Kurdish lawmakers and detained dozens of people for using social media to question the military's cross border incursion into Syria, in a crackdown against those who criticized the assault.
    (Reuters, 10/10/19)
2019        Oct 10, A Turkish provincial governor's office said two children and their mother have been killed by mortar fire from Syria into Turkey. This followed a separate announcement from neighboring Sanliurfa province, where a 9-month-old boy, a girl (11) and an adult male were killed in mortar attacks. The Turkish Defense ministry tweeted that it hit targets in Syria in retaliation.
    (AP, 10/10/19)
2019        Oct 10, Uganda announced plans for a bill that would impose the death penalty on homosexuals, saying the legislation would curb a rise in unnatural sex in the east African nation.
    (Reuters, 10/10/19)
2019        Oct 10, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky threatened to call off a summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin if all sides do not agree on plans to pull out troops from the east.
    (AP, 10/10/19)
2019        Oct 10, Ukraine's president insisted that he faced "no blackmail" from President Donald Trump in their phone call that led to an impeachment inquiry, distancing himself from the US political drama and trying to claw back his own credibility.
    (AP, 10/10/19)
2019        Oct 10, The UN refugee agency says tens of thousands of civilians in Syria are on the move to escape the fighting and seek safety amid a Turkish offensive into the area. The Kurdish Hawar news agency said an attack on the road leading to the border town of Tal Abyad killed three people and wounded several others.
    (AP, 10/10/19)
2019        Oct 10, A UN photo showed eight North Korean vessels, several carrying illicit coal shipments, anchored in Chinese waters off the port of Ningbo-Zhoushan. The photo was made public on April 17, 2020.
    (Reuters, 4/18/20)
2019        Oct 10, The Vatican said Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of New York Bishop John Jenik (75), who has been accused of abusing a teenage boy in the 1980s.
    (SFC, 10/11/19, p.A6)

2019        Oct 11, Donald Trump named State Department number two John Sullivan to be the US ambassador to Russia, making the veteran Republican a key player in the US president's complicated relationship with Moscow.
    (AFP, 10/11/19)
2019        Oct 11, The US and Chinese reached a tentative agreement in principle regarding trade. The Trump administration said it is suspending added tariffs on $250 billion in chinese imports and China agreed to buy $40 to $50 billion in US farm products.
    (SFC, 10/12/19, p.D1)
2019        Oct 11, The Pentagon announced it was bolstering US forces in Saudi Arabia after Riyadh asked for reinforcements following the September 14 drone-and-missile attack on Saudi oil plants which Washington blames on Iran.
    (AFP, 10/11/19)
2019        Oct 11, Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told House impeachment investigators that Pres. Trump had pressured the State Department to oust her from her post and get her out of the country.
    (SFC, 10/12/19, p.A6)
2019        Oct 11, A US federal judges in California and New York halted Pres. Trump's plans to deny legal status and work permist to noncitizens who accept public benefits, like foodstamps and Medicaid.
    (SFC, 10/12/19, p.A7)
2019        Oct 11, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB2, a bill requiring that public universities provide abortion pills on campus.
    (SFC, 10/12/19, p.C1)
2019        Oct 11, A divided federal appeals court said Ohio cannot enforce a 2017 law banning abortions when medical tests show that a fetus has Down syndrome.
    (Reuters, 10/12/19)
2019        Oct 11, In Boston Peter Jan Sartorio (53), the owner of a California frozen foods company, was ordered to perform 250 hours of community service and pay a $9,500 fine for paying $15,000 to rig his daughter's college entrance exam in a widespread admissions scandal.
    (AP, 10/11/19)
2019        Oct 11, Indiana state trooper Peter R. Stephan (27) was killed in a car crash in Tippecanoe County while he was headed to help another trooper.
    (AP, 10/12/19)
2019        Oct 11, Uber said it would buy a majority stake in online grocery provider Cornershop as the ride-hailing giant moves to expand its fast-growing delivery service into the grocery store market. Santiago-based Cornershop operates in Mexico, Chile, Canada and Peru, but Chief Executive Oskar Hjertonsson said the deal would allow it to deliver groceries "in many more countries around the world".
    (Reuters, 10/11/19)
2019        Oct 11, NASA announced the death of the world's first spacewalker, Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov (85). His 12-minute spacewalk on March 18, 1965, preceded the first US spacewalk by Ed White by less than three months.
    (AP, 10/11/19)
2019        Oct 11, Int'l. space station astronauts ventured out on their second spacewalk this week to swap more batteries.
    (AP, 10/11/19)
2019        Oct 11, In northern Burkina Faso armed men stormed the grand mosque in the vilage of Salmossi, killing at least 16 people and wounding two others.
    (SFC, 10/14/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 11, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in India for meetings with PM Narendra Modi at a time of tensions over Beijing's support for Pakistan in opposing India's downgrading of Kashmir's semi-autonomy and continuing restrictions on the disputed region.
    (AP, 10/11/19)
2019        Oct 11, Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his peacemaking efforts which ended two decades of hostility with longtime enemy Eritrea.
    (Reuters, 10/11/19)
2019        Oct 11, EU governments threatened sanctions against Turkey over its offensive in Syria, angrily rejecting President Tayyip Erdogan's warning that he would "open the gates" and send 3.6 million refugees to Europe if they did not back him.
    (Reuters, 10/11/19)
2019        Oct 11, In Hong Kong hundreds of mask-wearing pro-democracy protesters marched through the central business district, occupying a main thoroughfare and disrupting traffic as the Chinese-ruled city braced for another weekend of unrest.
    (Reuters, 10/11/19)
2019        Oct 11, Iran claimed that its oil tanker Sabiti was been struck with two missiles off the coast of Saudi Arabia, however the incident was shrouded in mystery. There was no independent evidence to suggest the vessel had been hit.
    (The Telegraph, 10/11/19)(AP, 10/12/19)
2019        Oct 11, Israel said it has asked Russia to show leniency to an Israeli tourist arrested on drug charges and has rejected an apparent swap involving a detained Russian national subject to extradition to the US. Naama Issachar (26) was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison today after being arrested at Moscow's international airport in April.
    (AP, 10/11/19)
2019        Oct 11, In Nigeria global ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc launched a pilot test of a boat service in Lagos to attract commuters seeking to avoid the megacity's notoriously congested roads.
    (Reuters, 10/11/19)
2019        Oct 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed concern over Ankara’s military campaign into northeast Syria, compounding a volatile week marked by an international backlash to the Turkish incursion.
    (Bloomberg, 10/11/19)
2019        Oct 11, The World Health Organization said it has launched a vaccination campaign in two southeastern provinces in Sudan to contain a cholera outbreak following flash floods that swept the country in late August.
    (AP, 10/11/19)
2019        Oct 11, Thailand army chief General Apirat Kongsompong strongly criticized opposition politicians and academics. He accused them of colluding to brainwash and mobilize young people and of having "communist" ideas to overthrow the monarchy.
    (Reuters, 10/12/19)
2019        Oct 11, Turkey's state-run news agency said two more civilians have been killed in a mortar attack on a Turkish border town while another person died of wounds from a similar attack a day earlier. Turkey's interior minister said that 121 people have been detained for social media posts critical of its military offensive into Kurdish-held northeastern Syria.
    (AP, 10/11/19)
2019        Oct 11, Turkish forces pushed deeper into northeastern Syria, the third day of Ankara's cross-border offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters. At least six civilians have been killed in Turkey and seven civilians in Syria since Ankara this week launched the air and ground operation.
    (AP, 10/11/19)
2019        Oct 11, World Health Organization (WHO) experts said measles is staging a devastating comeback in epidemics across the world as the virus exploits dangerous gaps in vaccination coverage.
    (Reuters, 10/11/19)
2019        Oct 11, Today marked the eighth annual International Day of the Girl, a UN observance that focuses attention and resources on the fight for girls’ rights and empowerment.
    (https://unausa.org/event/international-day-of-the-girl/)
2019        Oct 11, A Zimbabwean court ordered doctors on a 40-day strike over pay to return to work within 48 hours, after a ruling that their boycott was illegal.
    (Reuters, 10/12/19)

2019        Oct 12, California Gov. Gavin Newson signed AB44, outlawing the sale and manufacture of new fur clothing and accessories effective Jan. 1, 2023. Newsome also signed SB313, which prohibits the use of wild animals in a circus.
    (SSFC, 10/13/19, p.A6)
2019        Oct 12, In Southern California fast-moving wildfires broke out overnight, leaving two dead, destroying homes and forcing 100,000 residents to flee. Authorities said three people have died at the scene of southern state wildfires this week.
    (Reuters, 10/12/19)(AP, 10/13/19)
2019        Oct 12, In Chicago five people were shot and four killed at an apartment building on the city's Northwest Side. Krysztof Marek (66) with a history of issues with his neighbors was in custody. The 5th victim died the next day.
    (AP, 10/13/19)(AP, 10/14/19)
2019        Oct 12, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, a conservative Democrat, received 47% of votes, but failed to secure outright victory in a primary election. Edwards, seeking a second term, will face a Republican businessman in a run-off vote on Nov. 16. Republican Eddie Rispone, making his first run for political office, finished second with 27% of the vote.
    (Reuters, 10/13/19)
2019        Oct 12, In Louisiana a large section of a Hard Rock Hotel under construction in New Orleans collapsed. Three people were killed and more than 20 injured.
    (SSFC, 10/13/19, p.A6)(SFC, 10/21/19, p.A6)
2019        Oct 12, In NYC four men were killed and three people wounded early today in a shooting at an unlicensed gambling club in Brooklyn.
    (Reuters, 10/12/19)
2019        Oct 12, In Oregon antifascist activist Sean D Kealiher (23) was killed in the early hours in an apparent hit-and-run outside Cider Riot, a cidery and taproom popular with Portland's anarchist left that has been the scene of conflict with rightwing groups.
    (The Guardian, 10/13/19)
2019        Oct 12, In Texas a police officer shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson, a 28-year-old black woman, inside a home where she had reportedly been playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew. Police said the officer fired through a window into the home while responding to a call to check on the well-being of those inside.
    (Reuters, 10/13/19)
2019        Oct 12, Climate scientists, physicists, biologists, engineers and others from at least 20 countries broke with the caution traditionally associated with academia to side with peaceful protesters courting arrest from Amsterdam to Melbourne. The declaration was coordinated by a group of scientists who support Extinction Rebellion, a civil disobedience campaign that formed in Britain a year ago and has since sparked offshoots in dozens of countries.
    (Reuters, 10/13/19)
2019        Oct 12, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Nepal on a state visit for talks with Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli and both sides are expected to sign a deal expanding a railway link between the Himalayan nation and Tibet.
    (AP, 10/12/19)
2019        Oct 12, An Egyptian court sentenced six people to death on terror-related charges for carrying out a militant attack in January, 2016, outside a hotel near the famed Giza Pyramids. The Giza criminal court also sentenced eight defendants to life in prison on similar charges. Another 12 defendants received 10 years in prison.
    (AP, 10/12/19)
2019        Oct 12, In Egypt a shell hit a truck carrying civilians in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least nine people of the same family.
    (AP, 10/12/19)
2019        Oct 12, In Egypt pro-democracy activist Esraa Abdel-Fattah was arrested. She was brought before prosecutors late the next day and ordered to remain in custody for 15 days.
    (AP, 10/14/19)
2019        Oct 12, In northeastern Ethiopia armed men killed at least 16 people and injured about two dozen others in a small village, in one of the deadliest attacks seen in the region.
    (AP, 10/14/19)
2019        Oct 12, France said it is halting exports of any arms to Turkey that could be used in its offensive against Kurds in Syria, and wants an immediate meeting of the US-led coalition against Islamic State extremists.
    (AP, 10/12/19)
2019        Oct 12, Germany said it has banned arms exports to Turkey over its assault against Kurdish YPG militia in Syria.
    (Reuters, 10/12/19)
2019        Oct 12, Guatemala's president-elect Alejandro Giammattei was denied entry to Venezuela, where he was scheduled to meet with opposition leader Juan Guaido, according to Venezuela's opposition.
    (Reuters, 10/12/19)
2019        Oct 12, In India Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian PM Narendra Modi agreed to set up a new mechanism to discuss trade during two days of informal talks in southern India that were aimed at re-calibrating strained ties between the nations.
    (Bloomberg, 10/12/19)
2019        Oct 12, Iran offered to engage Syrian Kurds, Syria's government and Turkey in talks to establish security along the Turkish-Syrian border following Turkey's military incursion into northern Syria to fight Kurdish forces.
    (Reuters, 10/12/19)
2019        Oct 12, Typhoon Hagibis paralyzed Tokyo, leaving millions confined indoors and streets deserted as fierce rain and wind killed two, flooded rivers and threatened widespread damage.
    (Reuters, 10/12/19)
2019        Oct 12, In southern Kenya a roadside bombing killed 11 officers near Liboi on the border with Somalia.
    (SSFC, 10/13/19, p.A4)
2019        Oct 12, The main Kurdish-led group in northern Syria is calling on the US to carry out its "moral responsibilities" and close northern Syrian airspace to Turkish warplanes.
    (AP, 10/12/19)
2019        Oct 12, Dutch police said they had detained 130 protesters with environmental group Extinction Rebellion who blocked locations in downtown Amsterdam to draw attention to climate change.
    (Reuters, 10/12/19)
2019        Oct 12, It was reported that thousands of Nigerian hunters on the northest are preparing an offensive against Boko Haram extremists. They were backed by Borno state Gov. BabaganaZulum and were armed with charmed amulets and knowledge of the harsh terrain.
    (SFC, 10/12/19, p.A4)
2019        Oct 12, North Korea's foreign ministry "strongly demanded" that Japan pay compensation for a fishing boat that sank when it collided with a Japanese patrol boat earlier this week.
    (Reuters, 10/12/19)
2019        Oct 12, Sara Danius (57), the first woman to lead the Swedish institution that awards the Nobel Prize in literature, died. Danius was elected to a lifetime position on the Swedish Academy's board in 2013 and because the body's first female permanent secretary in 2015. She resigned the position in 2018.
    (AP, 10/12/19)
2019        Oct 12, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the death toll among Syrian Kurdish-led fighters battling a Turkish offensive has risen to 74, most of whom have been killed in the Tel Abyad area. It was reported that pro-Ankara fighters taking part in a Turkish offensive on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria have "executed" nine civilians.
    (Reuters, 10/12/19)(The Telegraph, 10/12/19)
2019        Oct 12, Turkey's military said it has captured Ras al-Ayn, a key Syrian border town under heavy bombardment, as its offensive against Kurdish fighters pressed into its fourth day with little sign of relenting despite mounting international criticism. Kurdish authorities denied the town had fallen to the Turks, saying fighting was continuing. The civilian death toll resulting from Turkey's offensive into northern Syria had now reportedly risen to 30.
    (AP, 10/12/19)

2019        Oct 13, The United States said it is poised to withdraw some 1,000 troops from northern Syria after learning that Turkey planned to extend a military incursion against Kurdish foes further south than originally planned.
    (Reuters, 10/13/19)
2019        Oct 13, Hunter Biden, the son of former US Vice President Joe Biden, for the first time defended his work in Ukraine and China, after sustained criticism from Republican President Donald Trump that has embroiled the White House in an impeachment inquiry.
    (Reuters, 10/13/19)
2019        Oct 13, The Warner Bros. film "Joker" scored an easy victory in its second weekend with $55 million at 4,374 sites.
    (Reuters, 10/13/19)
2019        Oct 13, The Indianapolis Zoo said it plans to open an international center devoted to saving threatened species, an effort that zoo officials call a natural extension of their biennial Indianapolis Prize honoring animal conservation leaders.
    (AP, 10/13/19)
2019        Oct 13, In Pearl River, New York, a two-car collision sent a Porsche SUV plummeting off an overpass onto train tracks below, where it burst into flames, killing two teenagers and sending a third to a hospital with serious injuries.
    (AP, 10/14/19)
2019        Oct 13, Hundreds of Algerians protested in front of parliament against a proposed energy law that they say the caretaker government has no right to pass.
    (Reuters, 10/13/19)
2019        Oct 13, Ecuador's army patrolled the streets of Quito as the government of President Lenin Moreno and indigenous leaders prepared for talks to end more than a week of fuel price protests. Moreno and indigenous leaders struck a deal late today to cancel the disputed austerity package.
    (AP, 10/13/19)(SFC, 10/15/19, p.A3)
2019        Oct 13, Hong Kong pro-democracy activists and riot police clashed in chaotic scenes around the city with police in full riot gear chasing protesters through crowds of horrified lunchtime shoppers.
    (Reuters, 10/13/19)
2019        Oct 13, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban's dominant right-wing Fidesz party faced a challenge from opposition parties, who backed joint candidates in many cities in the country's nationwide local election. Fidesz suffered large losses as opposition candidates won the mayoral race in Budapest and other large cities.
    (AP, 10/13/19)(SFC, 10/14/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 13, Israel's Pres. Reuven Rivlin in a letter asked Russian leader Vladimir Putin to pardon Naama Issachar, a young Israeli woman, imprisoned on drug charges in Russia.
    (AP, 10/13/19)
2019        Oct 13, Japan sent tens of thousands of troops and rescue workers to save stranded residents and fight floods caused by one of the worst typhoons to hit the country in recent history. At least 63 people were killed by Typhoon Hagibis with 11 others presumed dead.
    (Reuters, 10/13/19)(SFC, 10/14/19, p.A4)(SFC, 10/17/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 13, In Japan a Panama-registered cargo ship was found sunk in waters near Tokyo after authorities lost track of it as Typhoon Hagibis lashed the country. A newspaper said at least five of the 12 crew were killed.
    (Reuters, 10/13/19)
2019        Oct 13, Kurdish forces long allied with the United States in Syria announced a new deal with the government in Damascus, a sworn enemy of Washington that is backed by Russia, as Turkish troops moved deeper into their territory and President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of the US military from northern Syria.
    (NY Times, 10/14/19)
2019        Oct 13, In Nepal Chinese President Xi Jinping wound up two days of meetings with separate deals for a rail link to Tibet and a tunnel.
    (Reuters, 10/13/19)
2019        Oct 13, Pakistani PM Imran Khan on a visit to Iran said he was acting “not as a mediator but as a facilitator" for talks between Tehran and Riyadh, where he’s traveling tomorrow.
    (Bloomberg, 10/13/19)
2019        Oct 13, Poles voted in a parliamentary election that the ruling nationalist Law and Justice party was favored to win, buoyed by the popularity of its conservative agenda and generous social spending. The Law and Justice party won just under 45% of votes for the 100-seat Senate, which translates to 49 senators, down from the 61 senators it now has. Opposition parties seem to have won 51 seats.
    (AP, 10/13/19)(AP, 10/14/19)
2019        Oct 13, Saudi Arabia launched a new logistics zone open to private investors in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah, as part of a wider industrial initiative to diversify the economy away from oil and create jobs for Saudis.
    (Reuters, 10/13/19)
2019        Oct 13, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a Turkish air strike in the Syrian town of Ras al Ain killed nine people including five civilians.
    (Reuters, 10/13/19)
2019        Oct 13, In northern Syria hundreds of Islamic State supporters escaped from a holding camp in amid heavy clashes between invading Turkish-led forces and Kurdish fighters. 780 IS supporters fled a camp for the displaced in the Syrian town of Ein Issa. US President Donald Trump ordered all US troops to withdraw from the north to avoid getting caught in the fighting. Approximately 1,000 US troops in Syria are not leaving the country entirely, but are trying to avoid becoming embroiled in the conflict.
    (AP, 10/13/19)(AP, 10/17/19)
2019        Oct 13, Tunisians cast ballots to choose their next president. In the runoff Saied, an independent law professor, faced Nabil Karoui, a media mogul facing corruption allegations. Exit polls declared a landslide election win for Kais Saied.
    (Reuters, 10/13/19)(Reuters, 10/14/19)
2019        Oct 13, Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said the incursion into Syria will stretch from Kobani in the west to Hasaka in the east, going some 30 km (19 miles) into Syrian territory.
    (Reuters, 10/13/19)
2019        Oct 13, Pope Francis canonized Cardinal John Henry Newman, praising the 19th-century Anglican convert who became an influential, unifying figure in both the Anglican and Catholic churches. Newman was canonized along with four women, including three nuns from the 19th and 20th centuries — Sisters Giuseppina Vannini of Italy, Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan of India and Brazilian Dulce Lopes Pontes — as well as Swiss laywoman Margherita Bays.
    (AP, 10/13/19)

2019        Oct 14, Pres. Donald Trump spoke directly to the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan to demand an immediate ceasefire in Syria while announcing a series of punishments for Ankara that critics saw as an attempt to save face. Trump announced sanctions aimed at restraining the Turks' assault against Kurdish fighters and civilians in Syria. A US official said the approximately 1,000 US troops being withdrawn from northern Syria will reposition in Iraq, Kuwait and possibly Jordan.
    (The Guardian    , 10/15/19)(AP, 10/15/19)
2019        Oct 14, A handful of US states celebrated their first Indigenous Peoples' Day as part of a trend to move away from a day honoring Christopher Columbus. Native American advocates have pressed states for the change since 1992.
    (SFC, 10/15/19, p.A5)
2019        Oct 14, In northern California a man was arrested on suspicion of killing four people after he showed up at a police station in Mount Shasta with a body in his car. Roseville police said they found three other bodies at his apartment.
    (AP, 10/15/19)
2019        Oct 14, Harold Bloom (b.1930), American literary critic, died at a hospital in Connecticut. His books included "The Book of J" (1990), "The Western Canon: Books and School of the Ages" (1994) and "Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human" (1998).
    (SFC, 10/17/19, p.C4)
2019        Oct 14, In Texas Aaron Dean (34), the white Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed a black woman through a back window of her home while responding to a call about an open front door, was charged with murder after resigning from the force.
    (AP, 10/14/19)
2019        Oct 14, Abhijit Binayak Banerjee (b.1961), eminent India-born American economist, shared the 2019 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer, "for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty." Banerjee along with wife Esther Duflo are the sixth married couple to jointly win a Nobel Prize.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abhijit_Banerjee)
2019        Oct 14, In Austria an Afghan asylum-seeker (33) killed a farmer and severely injured a social worker at his shelter in Wullowitz. He was known to the authorities for previous violent acts.
    (AP, 10/15/19)
2019        Oct 14, Climate activists targeted BlackRock, the world's biggest asset manager, in London, demanding that major financial institutions starve fossil fuel companies of the money they need to build new mines, wells and pipelines.
    (Reuters, 10/14/19)
2019        Oct 14, Greenpeace activists boarded two Royal Dutch Shell oil platforms in the British North Sea in protest against plans to leave parts of the giant structures in place after production shuts down.
    (Reuters, 10/14/19)
2019        Oct 14, Author Bernardine Evaristo (60) won the Booker Prize for her novel "Girl, Woman, Other." She split the 50,000 pounds ($62,800) prize with Margaret Atwood, Canadian author of "The Testaments", in a surprise double award. Of Nigerian and British parentage, Evaristo was the first black woman to win the prize.
    (Reuters, 10/27/19)
2019        Oct 14, British PM Boris Johnson set out his government's priorities at a parliamentary ceremony. Queen Elizabeth II announced in a speech to lawmakers a list of 26 new bills ranging from implementing a yet-to-be finalized EU divorce agreement to criminal sentencing and the environment.
    (AFP, 10/14/19)
2019        Oct 14, A team of British experts arrived in Iran to begin work to upgrade the Arak heavy water nuclear reactor under a deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
    (AP, 10/14/19)
2019        Oct 14, Cambodian police arrested the Turkish-Mexican former director of a school run by the movement of US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara blames for a failed 2016 coup. His wife feared he would be deported to Turkey.
    (AP, 10/19/19)
2019        Oct 14, PM Mette Frederiksen said Denmark said it will fast-track legislation allowing people with dual citizenship who have gone abroad to fight for militant groups like Islamic State to be stripped of their Danish nationality.
    (Reuters, 10/14/19)
2019        Oct 14, In Guinea protesters burned tires and threw stones at police in Conakry in the first of a series of planned demonstrations against a possible change to the constitution that could let President Alpha Conde seek a third term.
    (Reuters, 10/14/19)
2019        Oct 14, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani urged Turkey to halt its military offensive against Kurdish forces in northern Syria.
    (AP, 10/14/19)
2019        Oct 14, Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said it has arrested an exiled journalist who helped fan the flames of nationwide economic protests that struck the country at the end of 2017. Ruhollah Zam ran a website called AmadNews that posted embarrassing videos and information about Iranian officials.
    (AP, 10/14/19)
2019        Oct 14, In Libya an airstrike slammed into a house in Tripoli, killing three children and wounding a women and a child. The Tripoli-based government blamed the airstrike on Gen. Khalifa Hifter's forces, the so-called Libyan National Army.
    (Reuters, 10/14/19)
2019        Oct 14, Saudi Arabia and Russia signed a key deal to bolster cooperation among the world's oil giants. Visiting President Vladimir Putin and Saudi King Salman, penned a string of multi-million-dollar investment contracts targeting the aerospace, culture, health, advanced technology and agriculture sectors.
    (AFP, 10/14/19)
2019        Oct 14, It was reported that South Korea is deploying snipers to the Demilitarized Zone with orders to shoot any wild boar that are seen in the buffer zone with North Korea before they can bring more cases of African swine fever into the South.
    (The Telegraph, 10/14/19)
2019        Oct 14, Spain's Supreme Court jailed nine Catalan separatist leaders for between nine and 13 years for their role in the failed 2017 independence bid, a decision that triggered protests in the region and left the future course of the dispute uncertain. Riot police charged at protesters outside Barcelona's airport following the sentencing.
    (Reuters, 10/14/19)(AP, 10/14/19)
2019        Oct 14, Sudan's new transitional government met with rebel leaders, kicking off peace talks aimed at ending the country's yearslong civil wars.
    (AP, 10/14/19)
2019        Oct 14, Syrian government troops moved into towns and villages in northern Syria, setting up a potential clash with Turkish-led forces advancing in the area as long-standing alliances in the region begin to crumble following the pullback of US forces. Assad’s forces began entering northeast Syria in large numbers for the first time in years after the West’s Kurdish allies agreed to a Russian-brokered deal to try to hold off a Turkish onslaught.
    (AP, 10/14/19)(The Telegraph, 10/14/19)
2019        Oct 14, Zimbabwe said it expects to increase diamond production to 11 million carats by 2023 from 3.2 million carats last year, part of an ambitious plan to raise mining output and earn the country $12 billion a year.   
    (Reuters, 10/14/19)

2019        Oct 15, US prosecutors accused Turkey's government-owned Halkbank of participating in a wide-ranging plot to violate prohibitions on Iran’s access to the US financial system. The conspiracy involved high-ranking government officials in Iran and Turkey.
    (AP, 10/16/19)
2019        Oct 15, The fourth US Democratic debate revealed sharper edges than its predecessors, as the candidates were tested by the moderators and challenged by each other.
    (Bloomberg, 10/16/19)
2019        Oct 15, A senior White House official warned Guatemala that it must reach agreement with the United States on accepting asylum-seekers from other countries in order to benefit from a regional economic development plan.
    (Reuters, 10/15/19)
2019        Oct 15, In the SF Bay Area an explosion at a NewStar Energy fuel storage facility in Crockett started a 7-hour blaze that trapped thousands in their homes for hours because of potentially unhealthy air. A 4.5 magnitude earthquake earlier in the day caused malfunctions at two nearby oil refineries operated by Shell and Marathon oil.
    (AP, 10/16/19)   
2019        Oct 15, In southern California Valerie Lundeen Ely (62), the wife of "Tarzan" actor Ron Ely (81), was stabbed to death by their son Cameron Ely (30). Following an unspecified threat four deputies fired on Cameron and he was killed. Ron Ely starred as Tarzan in the 1966-1968 NBC TV series.
    (SFC, 10/17/19, p.A5)
2019        Oct 15, A jury in Wisconsin awarded $450,000 to the father of a boy killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting after he filed a defamation lawsuit against conspiracy theorist writers who claimed the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre in Connecticut never happened. James Fetzer, a retired University of Minnesota Duluth professor now living in Wisconsin, and Mike Palacek co-wrote a book, "Nobody Died at Sandy Hook," in which they claimed the Sandy Hook shooting never took place but was instead an event staged by the federal government as part of an Obama administration effort to enact tighter gun restrictions.
    (AP, 10/16/19)
2019        Oct 15, Alphabet Inc's Google unveiled new Pixel smartphones with higher quality cameras, a radar sensor and faster virtual assistant, but failed to provide enough to set the devices apart from rivals and nix concerns about price. The fourth-generation Pixel started at $799 for a 5.7-inch (14.5-cm) display and $899 for a 6.3-inch display
    (Reuters, 10/15/19)
2019        Oct 15, Intel Corp said it has agreed to purchase a software business from Toronto-based Pivot Technology Solutions Inc for $27 million. Intel said it would buy Smart Edge, a software that helps split up data and store it closer to users to make computing devices respond faster.
    (AP, 10/15/19)
2019        Oct 15, In Brazil a seven-story residential building collapsed in the northeastern city of Fortaleza, killing at least one person.
    (Reuters, 10/15/19)
2019        Oct 15, China's Agriculture Ministry said African swine fever has been detected in pigs being transported to Guangxi region from outside provinces.
    (Reuters, 10/15/19)
2019        Oct 15, Cuban VP Salvador Mesa and several ministers announced on television that the government was going to lower prices of household appliances and other items on condition that Cubans pay in dollars. The government was seeking dollars in a bid to stay afloat in the midst of an acute financial crisis triggered by its dependence on Venezuela and new US sanctions.
    (SFC, 10/18/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 15, In Georgia Anaklia Development Consortium (ADC), the consortium behind the construction of the major deep sea port Anaklia on the Black Sea coast, accused the government of sabotage and put the project on hold. The government, which signed the 52-year concession agreement with the ADC, refused to provide such guarantees for the private project.
    (AP, 10/15/19)
2019        Oct 15, The IMF said Kenya's economy is expected to expand by 5.6% this year and 6.0% in 2020, lowering its forecasts from earlier this year.
    (AP, 10/15/19)
2019        Oct 15, Lebanon's defense minister said his country and Cyprus have agreed to work together on curbing boat loads of migrants from reaching the east Mediterranean island nation.
    (AP, 10/15/19)
2019        Oct 15, Wildfires spread through parts of Lebanon after forcing some residents to flee their homes in the middle of the night, while others were stuck inside as the flames reached villages south of Beirut, authorities said.
    (AP, 10/15/19)
2019        Oct 15, Benghazi-based PM Abdullah al-Thani, the head of Libya's parallel government in the east, said rival, UN-backed authorities in Tripoli have restricted oil revenues to areas under its control, as eastern-allied militias battle to seize control of the capital.
    (AP, 10/16/19)
2019        Oct 15, Mozambicans voted today in an election which President Filipe Nyusi said should help anchor peace, while his opposition rival warned against any manipulation of the results.
    (Reuters, 10/15/19)
2019        Oct 15, In the Netherlands six young adults and their father were receiving medical treatment after Dutch police acting on a tip-off discovered them locked away in a secret room at an isolated farm. The family, according to local news reports, had been waiting for the end of time.
    (Reuters, 10/15/19)
2019        Oct 15, Signify, a Dutch-based lighting company, said it has agreed to buy US firm Cooper Lighting Solutions from Eaton Corp. for $1.4 billion in cash to boost its presence in North America.
    (Reuters, 10/16/19)
2019        Oct 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the United Arab Emirates, as part of a Mideast tour aimed at strengthening ties between Moscow and this longtime US ally amid tensions in the wider Persian Gulf. Putin sought to attract over $1.3 billion worth of investments in Russia's economy.
    (AP, 10/15/19)(AFP, 10/15/19)
2019        Oct 15, Russia moved to fill the void left by the United States in northern Syria, deploying troops to keep apart advancing Syrian government and Turkish forces. At the same time, tensions grew within NATO as Turkey defied growing condemnation of its invasion from its Western allies.
    (AP, 10/15/19)
2019        Oct 15, Russian investigators raided opposition offices across the country, in the latest move to increase pressure on top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and his allies.
    (AFP, 10/15/19)
2019        Oct 15, In Serbia taxi drivers in Belgrade blocked the city center to protest the impact of a ride-sharing service on their business and to call on the government to ban it.
    (Reuters, 10/15/19)
2019        Oct 15, The UN Security Council ended 15 years of peacekeeping operations in Haiti, voicing regret that the country is still saddled with huge economic, political and social woes.
    (AFP, 10/15/19)
2019        Oct 15, The UN said Turkey could be deemed responsible for summary executions by an affiliated armed group of captured Kurdish fighters and a politician, acts that may amount to war crimes.
    (Reuters, 10/15/19)
2019        Oct 15, Yemeni officials said Saudi Arabian troops have taken control of the airport and ports in the interim capital Aden from separatists backed by the United Arab Emirates.
    (AP, 10/15/19)

2019        Oct 16, Pres. Donald Trump met with Italy's president.
    (AP, 10/16/19)
2019        Oct 16, President Donald Trump said US troops are "largely out" of a region of Syria where Turkish forces are attacking Kurdish fighters. Trump declared the US has no stake in defending the Kurdish fighters who died by the thousands as America's partners against IS extremists. Hours later, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats walked out of a meeting at the White House, accusing him of having a "meltdown".
    (AP, 10/16/19)(AP, 10/17/19)
2019        Oct 16, In the US 129 House Republicans joined every House Democrat to pass a nonbonding resolution condemning President Trump's abrupt withdrawal of US forces from northeastern Syria, paving the way for Turkey to invade and slaughter America's Kurdish allies.
    (The Week, 10/18/19)
2019        Oct 16, Two US fighter jets launched airstrikes to destroy ammunition that was left behind when American forces left a cement factory south of Kobani, Syria.
    (AP, 10/16/19)
2019        Oct 16, It was reported that US Federal prosecutors have shut down the "largest dark web child porn marketplace" and charged Jong Woo Son (23) of South Korea with running it. The site, called "Welcome to Video," was shut down in March 2018, years after it was first founded in June 2015. Korean law enforcement raided his home and found servers hosting the site in his bedroom in March 2018.
    (Reuters, 10/16/19)
2019        Oct 16, California state officials shut down the Contra Costa County fuel storage facility of NuStar Energy in Crockett, following the explosion and fire two days earlier at the site.
    (SFC, 10/17/1, p.A1)
2019        Oct 15, In northern California the Napa County Board of Supervisors voted to indefinitely ban all commercial cannabis activites in unincorporated areas, including the growing, processing and selling of pot in stores.
    (SFC, 10/17/19, p.D1)
2019        Oct 16, In Florida Marissa Mowry (28),a former live-in nanny, pleaded guilty to sexual battery. She had started relations with a boy when he was 11 and their son was now five.
    (SFC, 10/19/19, p.A5)
2019        Oct 16, Chicago Public Schools, the third-largest system in the United States, canceled classes for 361,000 students, ahead of a strike deadline set by the teachers who are locked in protracted labor negotiations.
    (Reuters, 10/16/19)
2019        Oct 16, Las Vegas police said the body of a woman missing for five months has been found encased in concrete in the desert and that a suspect has been arrested. Christopher Prestipino (45) was arrested on Oct. 11 on suspicion of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy to commit murder. Lisa Mort (31) was also arrested for allegedly helping to conceal the killing.
    (AP, 10/16/19)
2019        Oct 15, The US Supreme Court shut down South Carolina's attempt to complete the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River site near Aiken. The government has already spent $8 billion on the nuclear fuel facility.
    (SFC, 10/16/19, p.A5)
2019        Oct 16, General Motors and the autoworkers' union said they have reached a tentative agreement on a labor contract that could end a monthlong strike.
    (SFC, 10/17/19, p.D1)
2019        Oct 16, The UK Supreme Court ruled that judge Claire Gilham should be allowed to take her case to an employment tribunal because excluding her from whistleblowing protection rules would breach her human rights. The district judge said she was bullied, victimized and suffered a breakdown after raising concerns about the dangers of government cuts to legal services.
    (Reuters, 10/16/19)
2019        Oct 16, Burundi reported that more than 40 people have been arrested since penalties for black market trading were increased last month.
    (Reuters, 10/17/19)
2019        Oct 16, A Paris zoo showcased a mysterious new organism, dubbed the "blob", a yellowish unicellular small living being which looks like a fungus but acts like an animal. The blob has almost 720 sexes, can move without legs or wings and heals itself in two minutes if cut in half.
    (Reuters, 10/16/19)
2019        Oct 16, In Guinea hospital staff in Conakry said security forces have killed at least nine people this week during demonstrations against a possible change to the constitution that could let President Alpha Conde seek a third term.
    (Reuters, 10/16/19)
2019        Oct 16, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam had to abandon her policy speech because of jeering lawmakers. She then broadcast the annual address via a video link after the rowdy scenes in the Legislative Council.
    (Reuters, 10/16/19)
2019        Oct 16, Indian and Pakistan troops traded fire in the disputed Kashmir region killing four civilians and wounding nearly a dozen others.
    (SFC, 10/17/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 16, Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that President Hassan Rouhani's brother. Hossein Fereidoun, has begun serving a five-year prison sentence on bribery charges.
    (AP, 10/16/19)
2019        Oct 16, Kenya's opened a $1.5 billion Chinese-built railway line linking Nairobi to Naivasha, despite delays in building an industrial park in the Rift Valley town to encourage freight.
    (Reuters, 10/16/19)
2019        Oct 16, In Libya gunmen killed two women and three children of the same family while they were driving on a highway near the capital, Tripoli.
    (AP, 10/17/19)
2019        Oct 16, Burmese (Myanmar) fishermen spotted a total of 23 sacks of crystal meth floating in the Andaman Sea and mistook it for a deodorant substance. Police the next day combed a beach and found an additional two sacks of the same substance - bringing the total to 691 kg (1,500 pounds) which would be worth about $20.2 million.
    (The Telegraph, 10/20/19)
2019        Oct 16, Police in the Dutch city of The Hague closed its central parliament square to keep out farmers protesting over what they see as attempts to blame them for nitrogen pollution.
    (Reuters, 10/16/19)
2019        Oct 16, Nigerian police freed about 500 men and boys from a northern Islamic school in Katsina where some had been chained to walls, molested and beaten.
    (Reuters, 10/16/19)
2019        Oct 16, Several families of Palestinians detainees imprisoned by Saudi Arabia held a rare protest in Gaza, calling on the kingdom to free them. Hamas officials said Saudi authorities intensified a crackdown on the Islamist group's supporters in the kingdom this year, rounding up dozens of Palestinian doctors, engineers and traders across the country.
    (AP, 10/16/19)
2019        Oct 16, The Peruvian government authorized the intervention of the armed forces and police to unblock access to one of the country's largest copper mines, after owner Chinese miner MMG Ltd said it may have to cease production at the site.
    (Reuters, 10/16/19)
2019        Oct 16, A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the southern Philippines, killing at least one child and injuring more than two dozen other people.
    (Reuters, 10/16/19)
2019        Oct 16, In Saudi Arabia 35 pilgrims were killed in a bus crash near the city of Mecca.
    (AP, 10/17/19)
2019        Oct 16, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says his country won't be affected by "sanctions and threats" over its military incursion into northeast Syria.
    (AP, 10/16/19)
2019        Oct 16, The UN Special Envoy for Syria said there must be a cessation of hostilities between Turkish troops and Kurdish fighters as the world is "extremely alarmed by the humanitarian consequences of the crisis".
    (AP, 10/16/19)

2019        Oct 17, The US and Turkey agreed to a five-day cease-fire in the Turks' deadly attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. Tts effect was largely to mitigate a foreign policy crisis widely seen to be of Pres. Trump's own making.
    (AP, 10/18/19)
2019        Oct 17, White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters that Trump's decision to withhold $391 million in aid to Ukraine was linked to his desire for an investigation by Kiev into a debunked theory that a Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer server was held in Ukraine. The comments, which he later sought to walk back, seemed to undermine the core arguments that Trump and his advisers have made against the effort to oust him from office.
    (Reuters, 10/18/19)
2019        Oct 17, US Congressman Elijah Cummings (68), D-Md., died of complications from what his office called “longstanding health challenges".
    (Yahoo News, 10/17/19)
2019        Oct 17, The US Marines said in a statement that after questions were raised by private historians who studied photos and films, it determined that Cpl. Harold P. Keller (d.1979) was among the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima in 1945. The Marines say Pfc. Rene Gagnon had helped in the effort but for decades was mistakenly identified by the Marines as one of the flag-raisers.
    (AP, 10/17/19)
2019        Oct 17, In Alaska a commuter plane carrying 42 people overshot a runway in Unalaska. One of two passengers, who suffered critical injuries, soon died.
    (SFC, 10/19/19, p.A6)
2019        Oct 17, Teachers in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system picketed outside of schools during their first day of a strike after protracted labor negotiations between the union and district leadership failed to produce a deal.
    (Reuters, 10/17/19)
2019        Oct 17, New York's City Council approved a proposal for an extensive overhaul of the city's corrections system at a cost of over $8 billion.
    (SFC, 10/18/19, p.A8)
2019        Oct 17, A wind storm, described by meteorologists as a "bomb cycle," swept the East Coast of the US leaving more than 500,000 customers without power.
    (SFC, 10/18/19, p.A7)
2019        Oct 17, Scientists said fossils found in Morocco suggest the practice of forming orderly lines may date back 480 million years and could have had evolutionary advantages. Their study described groups of blind trilobites — known as Ampyx — all facing in the same direction, apparently maintaining contact via their long rearward spines.
    (AP, 10/17/19)
2019        Oct 17, Britain and the European Union reached a new divorce deal that could allow Brexit on October 31, but faced immediate opposition among MPs in London -- who can still block it. British lawmakers approved the government's plan to hold a special sitting of parliament Oct. 19 to vote on PM Boris Johnson's Brexit deal.
    (AFP, 10/17/19)(Reuters, 10/17/19)
2019        Oct 17, Britain's Intelligence and Security Committee sent a report to PM Boris Johnson on possible Russian interference in UK elections. The report required government approval before being made public.
    (SFC, 11/6/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 17, Climate-change activists of Extinction Rebellion disrupted rail services in London, sparking a clash between angry commuters and a protester who had climbed onto the roof of a London Underground train during rush hour.
    (Reuters, 10/17/19)
2019        Oct 17, Bulgaria's broadcast regulator sacked the chief of the country's public radio, BNR, for taking its news channel off the air for hours last month in a row with a popular presenter known for her coverage of the graft-prone judicial system.
    (Reuters, 10/17/19)
2019        Oct 17, In China Sophia Huang Xueqin, a freelance journalist who lived in the southern city of Guangzhou, was detained there on suspicion of "picking quarrels and stirring up trouble", a charge often used by authorities to detain activists. Huang was recently in Hong Kong reporting on anti-government protests.
    (Reuters, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 17, In Cuba Alicia Alonso (b.1920), founder the National Ballet of Cuba (1959), died in Havana.
    (SFC, 10/18/19, p.C9)
2019        Oct 17, Germany slashed its growth outlook for next year, saying it expects trade conflicts, Brexit and other sources of uncertainty abroad to continue weighing on an economy that remains buttressed by domestic strength.
    (AFP, 10/17/19)
2019        Oct 17, Iraq's foreign minister said his country will only take back its own citizens and their families who fought with the Islamic State group in Syria, not those from other countries.
    (AP, 10/17/19)
2019        Oct 17, In Mexico cartel gunmen surrounded security forces in the northwestern city of Culiacan, Sinaloa state, and made them free Ovidio Guzman, the son of jailed kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. His brief capture, following a federal US warrant, triggered gun battles and a jailbreak that stunned the country. At least eight people were reported killed, including five suspected gang members.
    (Reuters, 10/18/19)(SFC, 10/19/19, p.A4)
2019        Oct 17, Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) said it could not support PM Boris Johnson's Brexit agreement with the European Union, complicating his task of getting it approved by parliament.
    (Reuters, 10/17/19)
2019        Oct 17, A Palestinian court blocked access to 59 websites critical of the Palestinian Authority. The decision was made public on Oct. 21 and drew wide criticism. Most of the sites are run by supporters of the Islamic militant group Hamas or Mohammed Dahlan, rivals to President Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas' government called on the attorney general to overturn the decision.
    (AP, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 17, Humanitarian groups in northeastern Syria scrambled to provide aid to hundreds of thousands of people as rapidly shifting battle lines made it increasingly difficult to reach them.
    (AP, 10/17/19)
2019        Oct 17, A new UN report said an "unprecedented" number of civilians were killed or wounded in Afghanistan from July to September this year.
    (AFP, 10/17/19)
2019        Oct 17, Venezuela won a contested election for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council despite a campaign by over 50 organizations and many countries opposed to Nicolas Maduro's government and its rights record. The 193-member world body elected 14 members to the 47-member Human Rights Council for three-year terms starting Jan. 1. Under its rules, seats are allocated to regions to ensure geographical representation.
    (AP, 10/18/19)

2019        Oct 18, President Donald Trump said he will nominate Dan Brouillette to be his next energy secretary when Rick Perry leaves the job later this year.
    (Bloomberg, 10/18/19)
2019        Oct 18, The United States said it has paid the United Nations $180 million toward its annual dues and expects to make another payment of $96 million within the next few weeks, which should help ease the UN's worst cash crisis in nearly a decade.
    (AP, 10/18/19)
2019        Oct 18, It was reported that California authorities have invalidated test scores of 1,400 pharmacists because more than 100 questions from the state licensing exam were leaked online.
    (AP, 10/18/19)
2019        Oct 18, PG&E's utility's chief executive said Northern Californians can expect widespread power cuts aimed at preventing wildfires for a decade while the company upgrades wires systems, cuts back trees and takes other safety measures.
    (Reuters, 10/18/19)
2019        Oct 18, Former Georgia police officer Zechariah Presley, who fatally shot an unarmed, fleeing black man, was sentenced to one year in prison, nearly two weeks after a jury acquitted him of manslaughter charges but found him guilty of violating his oath of office. Presley was also given four years of probation in the June 2018 killing of Tony Green (33).
    (AP, 10/18/19)
2019        Oct 18, In Indiana Alyssa Shepherd (24) was found guilty of criminal recklessness in the Oct. 30, 2018, crash that killed 6-year-old twin brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle, and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl.
    (AP, 10/19/19)
2019        Oct 18, in South Carolina the body of Nevaeh Lashy Adams (5) was found at a landfill near the town of Elgin, some 40 miles southwest of the city of Sumter where she lived with her mom. The girl had been missing since her mother, Sharee Bradley (29), was found dead inside their apartment in Sumter on the night of Aug. 5. Daunte Maurice Johnson (28), who was an acquaintance of Bradley's, had confessed to killing both the mother and child.
    (Good Morning America, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 18, It was reported that a farming business owned by West Virginia's billionaire Gov. Jim Justice has received $125,000 in soybean and corn subsidies.
    (SFC, 10/18/19, p.A6)
2019        Oct 18, Johnson & Johnson said it is recalling around 33,000 bottles of baby powder in the United States after the US health regulators found trace amounts of asbestos in samples taken from a bottle purchased online.
    (Reuters, 10/18/19)
2019        Oct 18, In Afghanistan at least 62 people were killed by a blast inside a mosque during Friday prayers eastern Nangarhar province.
    (AFP, 10/18/19)
2019        Oct 18, British rapper Ervine Kimpalu (20), who goes by the artist name Rico Racks, was issued with a special five year Criminal Behavior Order when he appeared at Blackfriars Crown Court preventing him from referring to several drug-related words in his online rap videos.
    (The Telegraph, 10/20/19)
2019        Oct 18, Egyptian authorities released 101 people who were among hundreds more arrested in a sweeping crackdown following small but rare anti-government protests last month. A local rights group tracking the arrests said security forces have rounded up around 3,700 people, including rights lawyers, activists, journalists and several foreign nationals since the protests on Sept. 20.
    (AP, 10/19/19)
2019        Oct 18, French President Emmanuel Macron led a group of leaders who blocked opening talks with Albania and North Macedonia, despite concerns over increasing Chinese and Russian influence in the Balkans.
    (Reuters, 10/19/19)
2019        Oct 18, French drugmaker Sanofi SA said it would recall popular heartburn medicine Zantac in the United States and Canada, after the medicines were linked with a probable cancer-causing impurity.
    (Reuters, 10/18/19)
2019        Oct 18, In France a wildcat strike severely disrupted train travel around the coutnry as railway workers demanded better security after a recent accident left 11 people injured.
    (SFC, 10/19/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 18, Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters donned cartoon character masks as they formed human chains across the semiautonomous Chinese city late today, in defiance of a government ban on face coverings at public assemblies.
    (AP, 10/18/19)
2019        Oct 18, The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global dirty money watchdog, said it had given Iran a final deadline of February 2020 to comply with international norms after which it would urge all its members to apply counter-measures.
    (Reuters, 10/18/19)
2019        Oct 18, The Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria accused Turkey of violating a US-brokered cease-fire that went into effect overnight, as fighters from both sides clashed in and around a border town that has been one of the fiercest fronts in the Turkish invasion. A spokesman for the Kurdish-led fighters said they were not withdrawing from Ras al-Ayn because Turkish forces are still besieging and shelling it.
    (AP, 10/18/19)
2019        Oct 18, In Lebanon nationwide protests paralyzed the country as demonstrators blocked major roads in a second day of rallies against the government's handling of a severe economic crisis and the entire country's political class. Tens of thousands of protesters set fires and cut off roads across the country, demanding the removal of a political class whose mismanagement and corruption they say has brought the economy to the brink of bankruptcy. PM Saad Hariri gave his feuding coalition government a 72-hour deadline to get behind his plan for an economic overhaul or he would step aside and let them deal with the deepening crisis.
    (AP, 10/18/19)(Bloomberg, 10/18/19)
2019        Oct 18, Pakistan's government hailed the FATF's decision, which offers a reprieve to PM Imran Khan as he works to shore up his country's faltering economy and attract foreign investment and loans. The Financial Action Task Force has given Pakistan four months to prove it is fighting terrorism financing and money laundering — or it could be put on a damaging global blacklist.
    (AP, 10/18/19)
2019        Oct 18, In Spain tens of thousands of flag-waving demonstrators demanding Catalonia's independence and the release from prison of separatist leaders flooded downtown Barcelona.
    (AP, 10/18/19)
2019        Oct 18, Sudan's largest single rebel group held its first round of direct peace talks with the country's transitional government, despite an earlier boycott following a military crackdown.
    (AP, 10/18/19)
2019        Oct 18, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey's military will set up 12 observations posts along the border in northern Syria if a planned safe zone is established. Erdogan also told reporters that 195 out of some 750 Islamic State militants who he said were set free by Syrian Kurdish fighters as Turkey launched its push into Syrian territory have been re-captured.
    (AP, 10/18/19)
2019        Oct 18, The UN condemned Egypt over the recent arrests of prominent activists and demanded that Cairo probe allegations that they were tortured by the security services while in custody.
    (AFP, 10/18/19)

2019        Oct 19, A woman identified in the lawsuit as Jane Doe, sued the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice), and former Ice agent Wilfredo Rodriguez, seeking $10m in damages. The Honduran woman living in Connecticut accused the Rodriguez of sexually assaulting her over a period of seven years under the threat of deportation.
    (The Guardian, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 19, Tropical Storm Nestor was downgraded after it spawned a tornado that damaged homes and a school in central Florida. About 10,000 homes were without power.
    (AP, 10/19/19)
2019        Oct 19, Azerbaijan police detained scores of protesters, including the leader of the main opposition Popular Front, at the start of a planned rally against low salaries, corruption and a lack of democracy in the energy-rich ex-Soviet state. some 50 people, mostly organizers of today's unauthorized rally, had already been detained earlier in the week.
    (Reuters, 10/19/19)
2019        Oct 19, British lawmakers voted for a proposal to withhold support for PM Boris Johnson's Brexit deal until formal ratification legislation has passed, a step that will oblige him to ask the European Union for a Brexit delay. Tens of thousands of pro-EU protesters from across Britain wielding banners, placards and flags converged on parliament, erupting in cheers as MPs forced the government to ask Brussels for another Brexit delay.
    (Reuters, 10/19/19)(AP, 10/19/19)
2019        Oct 19, British PM Boris Johnson sent an unsigned letter to the European Union requesting a delay to Brexit but he also sent another message in which he stated he did not want the extension. Johnson was compelled by a law, passed by opponents last month, to ask the bloc for an extension to the current Brexit deadline of Oct. 31 until Jan. 31 after lawmakers thwarted his attempt to pass his EU divorce deal earlier today.
    (Reuters, 10/19/19)
2019        Oct 19, Chilean troops patrolled the streets of Santiago after President Sebastian Pinera evoked a state of emergency amid a surge in violent protests over 4-cent subway fare rise. At least three people died after a supermarket in Santiago was set alight by demonstrators. Pinera announced the repeal of a transit fare hike that had prompted the violent student protests. Five more people were later found dead in the basement of a burned warehouse.
    (Reuters, 10/19/19)(Reuters, 10/20/19)(SSFC, 10/20/19, p.A4)(SFC, 10/21/19, p.A2)(SFC, 10/25/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 19, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported that Vice Premier Han Zheng has vowed to further reduce tariffs and remove non-tariff barriers for global investors. Vice Premier Liu He said China will work with the United States to address each other's core concerns on the basis of equality and mutual respect.
    (Reuters, 10/19/19)
2019        Oct 19, In Egypt shells hit two houses in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least four civilians, including a child in the town of Sheikh Zuweid.
    (AP, 10/19/19)
2019        Oct 19, Ethiopia's Nobel Peace Prize-winning PM Abiy Ahmed launched a book of his ideology, with one million copies already printed. The book called "Medemer" aims at inclusivity and consensus in a country with scores of ethnic groups and a rising problem of ethnic unrest.
    (AP, 10/19/19)
2019        Oct 19, The European Commission said Britain must inform the EU executive of its next steps as soon as possible after parliament voted to postpone a key vote on a Brexit deal.
    (Reuters, 10/19/19)
2019        Oct 19, Thousands of people in the German city of Cologne and in the French capital demonstrated against Turkey's offensive in northern Syria.
    (AP, 10/19/19)
2019        Oct 19, In Iraq millions of pilgrims made their way on foot to the city of Karbala for the Shiite pilgrimage of Arbaeen, regarded as the largest annual public gathering in the world.
    (AP, 10/19/19)
2019        Oct 19, In Lebanon thousands of demonstrators poured into the streets for a third day of anti-government protests, directing growing rage at a political elite they blame for driving the country to the economic brink. Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that the group was not demanding the government's resignation amid widespread national protests.
    (Reuters, 10/19/19)
2019        Oct 19, The Malian army said it had killed around 50 militants during an operation in which it managed to rescue some of the soldiers who were captured during deadly attacks last month on two bases in the center of the country. Unidentified assailants killed 38 soldiers during the Sept. 30 attacks.
    (Reuters, 10/19/19)
2019        Oct 19, In Mozambique the opposition Renamo party held a press conference and issued a statement accusing Frelimo of violating the country's fragile peace accord. Incumbent President Filipe Nyusi has taken an early lead in results from this week's presidential election but Renamo has questioned the results.
    (Reuters, 10/19/19)
2019        Oct 19, Northern Ireland's Brexit spokesman said the Democratic Unionist Party will use every strategy available to try and get changes to PM Boris Johnson's Brexit deal.
    (Reuters, 10/19/19)
2019        Oct 19, North Macedonia's PM Zoran Zaev called for a snap parliamentary election after the European Union failed to give his country a date to start talks on joining the bloc.
    (Reuters, 10/19/19)
2019        Oct 19, In Russia a dam at a small Siberian gold mine collapsed and water flooded two workers' dormitories leaving least 15 people dead and seven unaccounted for near the village of Shchetinkino in the Krasnoyarsk region.
    (AP, 10/19/19)
2019        Oct 19, South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar returned to the country to meet with President Salva Kiir less than a month before their deadline to form a unity government after a five-year civil war.
    (AP, 10/19/19)
2019        Oct 19, In Spain the mayor of riot-stricken Barcelona pleaded for calm after violent protests by Catalan separatists rocked Spain's second largest city for a fifth consecutive night.
    (AP, 10/19/19)
2019        Oct 19, In Syria Turkish-backed Syrian fighters clashed with Kurdish-led forces in several parts of the northeast, with some crossing the border from Turkey to attack a village. Both sides blamed each other for fighting that has rattled the US-brokered cease-fire.
    (AP, 10/19/19)
2019        Oct 19, President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would press on with its offensive into northeastern Syria and "crush the heads of terrorists" if a deal with Washington on the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters from the area were not fully implemented.
    (Reuters, 10/19/19)

2019        Oct 20, Disney's "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil," a sequel to 2014's fantasy adventure based on the "Sleeping Beauty" sorceress, debuted to $36 million from 2,790 North American theaters, nearly half of what the first movie made in its inaugural weekend ($69 million).
    (Reuters, 10/20/19)
2019        Oct 20, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that under current plans all US troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the American military will continue to conduct operations against the Islamic State group to prevent its resurgence.
    (AP, 10/20/19)
2019        Oct 20, Three US Army soldiers were killed during training early today at Fort Stewart in Georgia. One soldier was killed and three others were injured early today during an Army helicopter accident at the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) and Fort Polk training area in Louisiana.
    (AP, 10/20/19)
2019        Oct 20, A fire ravaged a St. Louis apartment where three small children were left alone. Six-month-old Damarion Eiland was found dead by firefighters who responded to the blaze at the Clinton-Peabody public housing complex. Two other children died over the next two days.
    (AP, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 20, In North Carolina a small plane crashed late today after disappearing from radar while approaching Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Search crews found the wreckage of missing plane the next morning. two people were killed.
    (AP, 10/21/19)(SFC, 10/22/19, p.A7)
2019        Oct 20, Australia's Qantas airline completed the first nonstop commercial flight from New York to Sydney. The flight lasted 19 hours and16 minutes.
    (SFC, 10/21/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 20, In Bangladesh at least four people were killed and about 50 injured in clashes with police in the southern district of Bhola over a Facebook post that offended Muslims.
    (AP, 10/20/19)
2019        Oct 20, Bolivians voted in an election to decide whether to extend the rule of President Evo Morales to nearly two decades or oust the great survivor of South America's "pink tide" of leftist leaders.
    (Reuters, 10/20/19)
2019        Oct 20, The British government insisted the country will leave the European Union on Oct. 31 despite a letter that PM Boris Johnson was forced by parliament to send to the bloc requesting a Brexit delay.
    (Reuters, 10/20/19)
2019        Oct 20, In Chile any flights into Santiago airport were suspended as crew were unable to get to work. A curfew, a public transport shutdown and continued rioting left flight crews struggling to get to work.
    (Reuters, 10/20/19)
2019        Oct 20, Hong Kong protesters set off fires and vandalized subway stations, banks and stores as another weekend of demonstrations descended into destruction and violence. Organizers estimated at least 350,000 people took part in an unauthorized march that authorities had banned.
    (Bloomberg, 10/20/19)
2019        Oct 20, India and Pakistan blamed one another for cross-border shelling in the disputed Kashmir region which killed and injured soldiers and civilians on both sides and made it one of the deadliest days since New Delhi revoked Kashmir's special status in August. India said shelling overnight by Pakistan killed two Indian soldiers and one civilian. Pakistan said one of its soldiers and three civilians had died and that India had violated the ceasefire.
    (Reuters, 10/20/19)
2019        Oct 20, Indonesian President Joko Widodo (58) was sworn in for a second five-year term leading the world's third-biggest democracy, after an election dominated by economic issues but also the growing influence of conservative Islam.
    (Reuters, 10/20/19)
2019        Oct 20, Lebanese officials were scrambling to finalize a plan to avert a financial meltdown as tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets nationwide for a fourth straight day, demanding the ouster of a political class they blame for rampant corruption and worsening living standards.
    (Bloomberg, 10/20/19)
2019        Oct 20, United International Pictures said DreamWorks' animated movie "Abominable" will not be released in Malaysia after its producers declined to meet a censor board requirement to cut a scene showing China's "nine-dash line" in the South China Sea.
    (Reuters, 10/20/19)
2019        Oct 20, In Spain Albert Rivera, head of the pro-unionist Ciudadanos party and one of the most prominent figures against independence for the Spanish region of Catalonia, staged a counter-protest after a week of separatist unrest and called for an end to the violence.
    (Reuters, 10/20/19)
2019        Oct 20, The Greens made strong gains in Switzerland's election today while the far-right party lost ground, early results showed, potentially putting environmentalists in the mix for a seat in the coalition that has governed the country for decades.
    (Reuters, 10/20/19)
2019        Oct 20, In Syria Kurdish fighters evacuated the northern town of Ras al-Ayn. Turkey wants the Kurdish fighters to move away from the Turkey-Syria border, pulling back 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the south. The cease-fire is to end Oct. 22 evening. One Turkish soldier was reported killed and another wounded after an attack by the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in northeast Syria's Tel Abyad.
    (AP, 10/20/19)(Reuters, 10/20/19)

2019        Oct 21, The US won a court battle to take control of a North Korean cargo ship, a bulk carrier known as the “Wise Honest," that had been used to sell coal and import heavy machinery, skirting economic sanctions on the country. The ship was interdicted by Indonesia in international waters last year.
    (Bloomberg, 10/21/19)
2019        Oct 21, Overnight storms spawned tornadoes in several US states, killing at least four people in Arkansas and Oklahoma.
    (AP, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 21, In Chicago classes for more than 300,000 students were canceled for a third straight school day, although striking teachers reported progress over the weekend over issues such as class size and staffing in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the third-largest US system.
    (Reuters, 10/21/19)
2019        Oct 21, In Ohio four large drug companies reached a last-minute $260 million legal settlement over their role in the US opioid addiction epidemic, striking a deal with two Ohio counties to avert the first federal trial over the crisis.
    (The Guardian, 10/21/19)
2019        Oct 21, Representatives from more than 60 countries including Israel but not Iran met in Bahrain to discuss maritime security following attacks on tankers in the Gulf and Saudi oil installations.
    (AFP, 10/21/19)
2019        Oct 21, Local authorities in the Bosnian town of Bihac cut off a nearby migrant camp's water supply, to pressure the government into reducing the population of the overcrowded site that international organizations have criticized as unsuitable.
    (AP, 10/21/19)
2019        Oct 21, In Brazil a small plane crashed on a street shortly after takeoff in the city of Belo Horizonte, killing at least three people.
    (Reuters, 10/21/19)
2019        Oct 21, Canadians began voting to determine whether PM Justin Trudeau (47), who swept into office four years ago as a charismatic figure promising "sunny ways," will remain in power after two major scandals. Trudeau hung onto power after a tight election that saw his government reduced to a minority, results that will likely push his agenda to the left while alienating energy producing provinces. He now looks set to govern with support from the left-leaning New Democrats, who have 24 seats.
    (Reuters, 10/21/19)(Reuters, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 21, Chilean authorities scrambled to clear wreckage and re-open public transportation in the capital Santiago after a weekend of violent clashes, arson attacks and looting in cities throughout the country. Days of protests throughout the country left 15 dead and led to the arrest of 2,600.
    (Reuters, 10/21/19)(Reuters, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 21, In Greece municipal workers in Athens launched a series of strikes that caused garbage to pile up on the streets of the capital.
    (AP, 10/21/19)
2019        Oct 21, Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas late today to disperse pro-democracy demonstrators gathered to commemorate the three-month anniversary of an assault by more than 100 men on protesters, commuters and journalists.
    (Reuters, 10/21/19)
2019        Oct 21, India's top vegetable oil trade body asked its members to stop buying palm oil from Malaysia, an unprecedented call aimed at helping New Delhi punish the country for criticising India over its policy towards Kashmir.
    (Reuters, 10/21/19)
2019        Oct 21, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he had failed to form a majority government in parliament, marking a major setback for the embattled Israeli leader that plunges the country into a new period of political uncertainty.
    (AP, 10/21/19)
2019        Oct 21, In Italy ultra-conservative Catholic militants admitted they stole statues they consider to be Amazon pagan idols from a church near the Vatican and dumped them from a bridge into the Tiber River. The statues were on display along with other Amazon artefacts at the Church of Santa Maria in Traspontina, several blocks from the Vatican.
    (Reuters, 10/21/19)
2019        Oct 21, Lebanon's Cabinet approved sweeping reforms, hoping to appease the thousands of protesters that have taken to the streets for the last five days to demand the government step down. A 2020 budget with no new taxes was also approved.
    (AP, 10/21/19)(SFC, 10/22/19, p.A4)
2019        Oct 21, Mexico's Pres. Lopez Obrador said his government still intends to arrest Ovidio Guzman, son of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, once it can do so safely after the suspected trafficker's forces waged gun battles with authorities in the city of Culiacan.
    (Reuters, 10/21/19)
2019        Oct 21, Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets throughout Sudan to call for disbanding former Pres. Omar al-Bashir's party, the political organ he used to control the country during his 30 years of autocratic rule before being ousted in April. Separately, Sudan's transitional government and a main rebel faction signed a political declaration amid peace negotiations that began last week. The two sides also renewed a nationwide cease-fire for three months.
    (AP, 10/21/19)
2019        Oct 21, In northern Syria residents of the Kurdish-dominated city of Qamishli hurled potatoes at departing American military vehicles as they drove by.
    (AP, 10/21/19)
2019        Oct 21, Thailand's King Maja Vajiralongkorn (67) stripped his royal consort, Sineenatra Wongvajirabhakdi (34), of her titles and military ranks for disloyalty. This came just three months after he granted her the consort title.
    (SFC, 10/23/19, p.A4)
2019        Oct 21, International aid group Save the Children said about 70,000 children have been displaced since the start of the Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria.
    (AP, 10/21/19)
2019        Oct 21, In Yemen an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least five civilians, including two children, when it hit a vehicle in a northern province.
    (AP, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 21, Zimbabwe authorities said at least 55 elephants have starved to death in the past two months in the country's biggest national park as a serious drought forces animals to stray into nearby communities in search of food and water.
    (AP, 10/21/19)

2019        Oct 22, A US prosecutor called Turkey's Halkbank a "fugitive" after it failed to make an initial court appearance in a criminal case accusing it of conspiring to violate US sanctions against Iran.
    (Reuters, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 22, Veteran US diplomat William Taylor told Congress that President Donald Trump personally and explicitly tried to force Ukraine’s president to investigate Trump’s political opponents by withholding crucial military aid and a coveted White House meeting.
    (Bloomberg, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 22, US health regulators announced that Swedish Match tobacco pouches are less harmful than cigarettes. This was the first time a smokeless tobacco product has been judged by the FDA to be less harmful than cigarettes.
    (SFC, 10/23/19, p.A5)
2019        Oct 22, Alabama police said they recovered what appeared to be the body of Kamille McKinney (3) in a Birmingham dumpster not far from where she disappeared nine days ago. Police planned to charge suspects Patrick Stallworth (39) and Derick Irisha Brown (29), arrested last week on unrelated charges, with capital murder and kidnapping in connection to the case.
    (ABC News, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 22, It was reported that deputies in Orange County seized 18 pounds of fentanyl last week – enough of the synthetic opioid to create four million lethal doses.
    (SFC, 10/22/19, p.A7)
2019        Oct 22, Connecticut police Officer Kevin P. Wilcox retired from the East Hampton Police Department after a civil rights organization raised concerns about his membership in a far-right group known for engaging in violent clashes at political rallies. Wilcox had been a Proud Boys member and made online payments to a group leader.
    (AP, 11/1/19)
2019        Oct 22, A grand jury in Boston returned additional charges against 18 people tied to the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scandal. The new charges affected 11 of 15 previously charged parents, including actress Lori Loughlin, and seven university officials.
    (ABC News, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 22, A report in Clinical Infectious Diseases said a Nebraska woman was infected last year by Thelazia gulosa, a roundworm that usually afflicts cows. She had been out for a trail run in Carmel Valley, Ca., and ran into a swarm of small flies. In March, 2018, she washed out three worms from her eye.
    (SFC, 11/9/19, p.C4)
2019        Oct 22, US billionaire Jeff Bezos said his space company Blue Origin has signed agreements with Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corp and research and development organization Draper for development of its lunar lander designed to help NASA put humans on the moon by 2024.
    (Reuters, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 22, Facebook said it will invest $1 billion over the next decade to help fund 20,000 new homes in California.
    (SFC, 10/23/19, p.A1)
2019        Oct 22, Protesters in Bolivia were set to take to the streets for a second day after a preliminary vote count showed President Evo Morales had eked out an outright win, sparking demonstrations that devolved into late-night rioting as the opposition accused him of stealing the vote.
    (Reuters, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 22, British MPs rejected PM Boris Johnson's bid to force his divorce deal through parliament this week. British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his opposition party would not support PM Boris Johnson's Brexit deal or his timetable to pass the legislation for it through parliament.
    (Reuters, 10/22/19)(SFC, 10/23/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 22, Burkina Faso officials said attackes in the past few days have killed at least 19 civilians in its northern region.
    (SFC, 10/23/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 22, In Egypt at least seven people, including three children, were killed in the Nile Delta and Sinai regions after heavy rains pummeled Cairo and other parts of the country, causing massive traffic jams and flooding many key roads.
    (AP, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 22, The European Commission said that its Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will head a new team to guide future relations with Britain after it leaves the EU.
    (AFP, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 22, The European Commission recommended that Croatia joins the border-free Schengen area, more than four years after the Balkan country applied for membership.
    (Reuters, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 22, European Council President Donald Tusk said he will recommend EU leaders grant another Brexit extension, hours after British MPs rejected PM Boris Johnson's bid to force his divorce deal through parliament this week.
    (AP, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 22, India's No.2 software services exporter, Infosys Ltd, said it is probing whistleblower complaints that its top two executives engaged in "unethical practices" to boost short-term revenue and profit, sending its shares down 16%.
    (AP, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 22, Indian forces in Kashmir killed Hamid Lelhari, a top militant commander, and his two associates in a counter-insurgency operation in the southern Awantipora area.
    (SFC, 10/24/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 22, Iraq's military said US troops leaving Syria and heading to neighboring Iraq do not have permission to stay in the country, as American forces continued to pull out of northern Syria after Turkey's invasion of the border region.
    (AP, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 22, Six Iraqi police officers including two senior commanders were killed in Salahuddin province when Islamic State militants opened fire on them during a reconnaissance mission.
    (Reuters, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 22, Japan's Emperor Naruhito formally declared his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne as the nation's 126th emperor.
    (SFC, 10/23/19, p.A4)
2019        Oct 22, Japan-based SoftBank Group Corp agreed to spend more than $10 billion to take over WeWork, doubling down on an ill-fated investment and paying off its co-founder Adam Neumann to relinquish control.
    (AP, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 22, Sadako Ogata (b.1927), leader of the UN refugee agency from 1991-2000, died. She was one of the first Japanese to hold a top job at an international organization.
    (AP, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 22, Amnesty International said its investigation showed that the warring parties in Libya have killed and maimed scores of civilians, with both sides having launched indiscriminate attacks and using inaccurate explosive weapons in populated urban areas.
    (AP, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 22, Mexico's foreign ministry said it is worried by a US proposed rule to collect genetic samples from migrants, adding to concerns by immigration advocates about the storage of DNA samples for minors and asylum seekers.
    (AP, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 22, In Norway an armed man (32) stole an ambulance in Oslo, lightly injuring five people including two babies in an apparent attempt to target pedestrians. The man was apprehended after police shot at the vehicle. The suspect was not critically injured.
    (Reuters, 10/22/19)(SFC, 10/23/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 22, The chief of one of Pakistan's largest religious parties announced a protest campaign aimed at ousting PM Imran Khan, raising the prospect of political turmoil as the government struggles to stabilize the economy.
    (Reuters, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 22, Poland's opposition challenged results in three districts in elections for parliament's upper house, setting the scene for a dispute over a tight result a day after the ruling party submitted requests for recounts in other districts.
    (Reuters, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 22, Poland said local Synthos SA has signed a memorandum of understanding with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy to cooperate on the construction of a 300 MW small nuclear reactor in Poland by 2029.
    (SFC, 10/23/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 22, The presidents of Russia and Turkey met in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi, hours before a five-day cease-fire between Turkish troops and Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria was set to expire.
    (AP, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 22, In Russia three people were killed in an accident at Norilsk Nickel's Taimyr underground mine in Siberia. The mine, launched in 1982, is one of the deepest in Europe. In 2015 Nornickel said the Taimyr facility produced 35% of the company's total nickel output, 21% of its copper, 38% of its cobalt and 15% of its platinum group metals.
    (AP, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 22, Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said they had sentenced a journalist to 15 years in prison after a court found him guilty of spying on behalf of Ukraine's SBU intelligence service. Stanislav Aseyev (30) disappeared in Ukraine's Donetsk region in June 2017 where he was working under a pen name for the Ukrainian service of US-government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), among other outlets.
    (Reuters, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 22, Regional offices in Turkey said the government has replaced four mayors from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) with state officials, part of a widening crackdown on local councils controlled by the party.
    (Reuters, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 22, An independent UN investigator on human rights said food insecurity in North Korea "is at an alarming level," with nearly half the population — 11 million people — undernourished.
    (AP, 10/22/19)
2019        Oct 22, The UN said four joint observation posts manned by both forces loyal to Yemen's internationally recognized government and the country's Houthi rebels have been established in the key port city of Hodeida.
    (AP, 10/23/19)

2019        Oct 23, US President Donald Trump declared success in Syria and created a bumper-sticker moment to illustrate his campaign promise to put a stop to American involvement in "endless wars".
    (AP, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 23, President Donald Trump said he will lift sanctions on Turkey after the NATO ally agreed to permanently stop fighting Kurdish forces in Syria and he defended his decision to withdraw American troops.
    (AP, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 23, A US federal judge ordered the Trump administration to start turning over documents regarding potentially improper White House influence on diplomacy in Ukraine.
    (Yahoo News, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 23, A senior Pentagon official Laura Cooper, who oversees US defense policy on Ukraine and Russia, testified privately in the Democratic-led US House of Representatives inquiry against Republican President Donald Trump.
    (Reuters, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 23, US Attorney General William Barr announced an effort to prevent mass shootings through new tactics such as court-ordered counseling and supervision of potentially violent individuals.
    (Reuters, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 23, About two dozen US House Republicans delayed an impeachment related deposition for hours when they burst into the proceedings.
    (SFC, 10/24/19, p.A6)
2019        Oct 23, Aniah Blanchard (19), a student at Alabama's Southern Union State Community College, went missing. Blanchard, the stepdaughter of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Walt Harris, was last seen at a convenience store in Auburn. Her car was found abandoned near an apartment complex in Montgomery on October 25. On Nov. 8 Ibraheem Yazeed (30) of Montgomery, was taken into custody in Florida's Escambia County. Authorities later said shot her when she "went for the gun." Her body was found on Nov. 25, approximately 36 miles away in a wooded area in Shorter.
    (The Independent, 10/31/19)(Good Morning America, 11/8/19)(Good Morning America, 12/21/19)
2019        Oct 23, The Los Angeles-based Berggruen Institute said US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is this year's winner of its $1 million Berggruen Prize for philosophy and culture.
    (SFC, 10/24/19, p.A6)
2019        Oct 23, In northern California Deputy Brian Ishmael was fatally shot early today in the community of Somerset. A ride-along passenger with him was injured while responding to a call about a theft from a marijuana garden in the rural Sierra Nevada foothills.
    (AP, 10/23/19)(SFC, 10/24/19, p.C1)
2019        Oct 23, In Florida Susan Mauldin (65) went missing from her Fleming Island home. Her body was found three months later in a Georgia landfill. Contractor Corey Binderim (45) was later jailed on suspicion of murder.
    (SFC, 2/3/20, p.A8)
2019        Oct 23, Facebook Inc CEO Mark Zuckerberg sought to reassure skeptical US lawmakers that the company's planned digital currency Libra would be a force for good that could reduce costs for electronic payments and help more people participate in the global financial system.
    (Reuters, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 23, Google said it had achieved a breakthrough in computer research, by solving a complex problem in minutes with a so-called quantum computer that would take today's most powerful supercomputer thousands of years to crack.
    (Reuters, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 23, Albanian police said they have discovered an Iranian paramilitary network that allegedly planned attacks in Albania against exiled members of an Iranian group seeking to overthrow the government in Tehran. The foreign wing of Iran's Revolutionary Guard operated an "active terrorist cell" targeting Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MEK, group members in Albania.
    (AP, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 23, Botswana faced its tightest election in history as the long-peaceful southern African nation wondered if the ruling party would be toppled for the first time since independence.
    (AP, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 23, British authorities found a tractor-trailer truck in Grays, in southeast England with 39 dead people inside. The dead were initially believed to be Chinese nationals, but police later said the dead were all from Vietnam. The truck had Bulgarian registration dating to 2017. A man from Northern Ireland who was driving the truck was arrested on suspicion of murder. On April 8, 2020, driver Maurice Robinson (25) pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
    (AP, 10/23/19)(Reuters, 10/24/19)(Reuters, 10/26/19)(Reuters, 11/7/19)(SFC, 4/9/20, p.A2)
2019        Oct 23, Cyprus said it would investigate the circumstances under which relatives of Cambodia's prime minister were granted citizenship and did not rule out revoking passports if necessary.
    (Reuters, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 23, Ethiopian police fired gunshots and teargas as thousands protested over the treatment of a prominent activist, in a sign that the country's Nobel Prize-winning prime minister might be losing support among his powerbase.
    (Reuters, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 23, Hong Kong's legislature formally withdrew planned legislation that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, but the move was unlikely to end months of unrest as it met just one of five demands of pro-democracy demonstrators.
    (Reuters, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 23, Iraq's defense minister said US troops withdrawing from northeastern Syria to Iraq are "transiting" and will leave the country within four weeks.
    (AP, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 23, Israel's former military chief Benny Gantz received an official mandate to form the country's next government. He had few options after last month's elections left him in a near tie with PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Gantz will have 28 days to form a coalition.
    (AP, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 23, The head of Italy's Bio-on was arrested in a probe into false accounting and market manipulation, just three months after the bio-plastics maker suffered an attack by a short seller fund that erased 80% of its value.
    (Reuters, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 23, Lebanon's state-run news agency said a Lebanese man shot down an Israeli drone with a hunting rifle near the border village of Kfar Kila.
    (AP, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 23, Six medical workers were released in Libya after being abducted and held hostage for nearly two weeks by unknown armed men.
    (AP, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 23, North Korea said that leader Kim Jong-un has ordered the destruction of all facilities built by South Korea at the Mount Kumgang (Diamond Mountain) tourist zone, apparently because of Seoul’s refusal to break ranks with the United States.
    (SFC, 10/24/19, p.A4)
2019        Oct 23, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted dozens of leaders of African nations for the first-ever Russia-Africa summit, reflecting Moscow's new push to expand its clout on the continent and saying there is "enormous potential for growth." 43 leaders of the continent's 54 countries attended the 2-day summit.
    (AP, 10/23/19)(SFC, 10/24/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 23, Russia landed the world’s biggest military aircraft in South Africa, the Tupolev Tu-160 ‘Blackjack’ bomber, in a rare display of cooperation between the defense forces of the two countries. The two bombers, which are capable of launching nuclear missiles, are the first to ever land in Africa and were escorted by fighter jets from the South African Air Force as they arrived at the Waterkloof air base in Tshwane.
    (Bloomberg, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 23, Russian military police began patrols on part of the Syrian border, quickly moving to implement an accord with Turkey that divvies up control of northeastern Syria. The Kremlin told Kurdish fighters to pull back from the entire frontier or else face being "steamrolled" by Turkish forces.
    (AP, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 23, South African Airways (SAA) and Comair began returning grounded planes to service a day after South Africa's air safety regulator flagged maintenance problems.
    (Reuters, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 23, In Switzerland a Syrian Kurdish man set himself on fire in front of the United Nations refugee agency's headquarters in Geneva. Security guards doused the flames and the man was then taken by helicopter to a hospital in Lausanne that specializes in treating burns.
    (AP, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 23, Ukraine's Pres. Volodymyr Zelensky urged a group of lawmakers to take lie detector tests to show they are not involved in a widening corruption scandal.
    (SFC, 10/24/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 23, Michael Lynk, the UN independent expert on human rights in the Palestinian territories, called for an international ban on all products made in Israeli settlements as a step to potentially end Israel's 52-year "illegal occupation".
    (AP, 10/23/19)
2019        Oct 23, The World Health Organization said Zambia has reported its first case of polio since 1995, in a boy (2) paralyzed by the vaccine-derived poliovirus (VDPV).
    (http://tinyurl.com/y467dngg)(SFC, 10/24/19, p.A2)

2019        Oct 24, It was reported that the US Department of Justice has upgraded its probe into the origins of the Russia investigation from an administrative review to a criminal investigation. The investigation is being overseen by Attorney General William Barr and being run by Connecticut US Attorney John Durham.
    (CBS News, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 24, A federal watchdog agency said the US government has lost billions of dollars of oil and gas revenue to fossil-fuel companies because of a loophole in a decades-old law. The loophole dates from an effort in 1995 to encourage drilling in the Gulf of Mexico by offering oil companies a temporary break from paying royalties on the oil produced.
    (NY Times, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 24, The US National Drought Mitigation Center said the drought that threatened crops and helped spark wildfires across the South is showing the first real improvement in weeks. The Center said more than a quarter of the Southeast was now drought-free.
    (AP, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 24, A federal magistrate in San Francisco held US Education Sec. Betsy DeVos in contempt of court and fined her $100,000 for violating a court order by continuing to collect debts from more than 16,000 former students of Corinthian Colleges.
    {USA, Education}
    (SFC, 10/26/19, p.C2)
2019        Oct 24, A Northern California wildfire exploded in size in Sonoma County amid dangerous winds that prompted the state's largest utility to impose electrical blackouts to prevent fires. The wind-driven wildfire forced some 2,000 people to flee homes in the wine region. The Kincade fire erupted near the base of a damaged high-voltage transmission tower owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. PG&E said it didn't de-energize a 230,000-volt transmission line near Geyserville that malfunctioned minutes before the fire erupted.
    (AP, 10/24/19)(Reuters, 10/24/19)(AP, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 24, In Florida the 450-foot Guitar Hotel held its grand opening on Seminole land in Hollywood, once only a trailer park and some smoke shops. At night beams of light will mimic the strings of the guitar shaped structure. It's the latest step in the Seminole Hard Rock empire, which includes naming rights on the Miami-area stadium where the 2020 Super Bowl will be played.
    (AP, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 24, Edward Adams (56), a University of Minnesota law professor accused of stealing millions of dollars from his father-in-law's company, pleaded guilty in an agreement with prosecutors. Adams was indicted in 2017 and accused of stealing more than $4 million from investors in a diamond-growing company, Apollo Diamond, between 2006 and 2013.
    (AP, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 24, In West Virginia Clinton Terry Powers (70) and Randy Lee Garcia (67) died when their single-engine aircraft crashed in Summit Point, an unincorporated community near the state's border with Virginia.
    (AP, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 24, Drugmaker Amgen Inc said that starting next year, its official list price for cholesterol drug Repatha will be the lower price it began offering last year to patients on Medicare and those paying for the drug out-of-pocket.
    (Reuters, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 24, Argentina gave the go-ahead to Amazon.com Inc's Web Services division AWS to build an $800-million data facility in Buenos Aires, which would mark a massive investment for the company in South America.
    (Reuters, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 24, A court in southern Bangladesh sentenced 16 people to death for the killing of a young woman in a horrific attack earlier this year. Nusrat Jahan Rafi (19) was set on fire on April 6 after she and her family refused to withdraw sexual harassment charges against the principal of the Islamic school she attended.
    (CBS News, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 24, Researchers warned that as the planet warms, deadly conflicts over water, food and fuel shortages and price hikes for those essentials are expected to start increasing dramatically, including in relatively stable parts of the world. A new interactive "Chaos Map" from Britain's Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) displays 1,300 deaths from violent social unrest and suicides linked to water, food and fuel insecurity over a 13-year period from 2005 to 2017.
    (Reuters, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 24, Bolivian President Evo Morales rebuked a regional election observer mission for questioning the legitimacy of what he again insisted was an outright win for him in the first round of a disputed election.
    (Reuters, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 24, Chile's Pres. Sebastian Pinera announced a freeze on a 9.2% increase in electricity tariffs until the end of next year, following large protests in Santiago. At least 18 people have died in violence following the announcement of a 4-cent subway fair rise.
    (SFC, 10/25/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 24, It was reported that Dubai has loosened its liquor laws to allow tourists to purchase alcohol in state-controlled stores, previously only accessible to license-holding residents, as the United Arab Emirates saw the first drop in alcohol sales by volume in a decade.
    (AP, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 24, Egypt and Ethiopia agreed to resume talks over a giant Nile dam and reach a deal on sharing the vital waters, downplaying a recent escalation of tensions.
    (Bloomberg, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 24, Egyptian authorities said the death toll from heavy rains that pummeled the capital of Cairo and other parts of the country this week has risen to 11.
    (AP, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 24, Prominent Ethiopian activist Jawar Mohammed called for calm amid protests that have killed 16 people and are challenging Nobel Prize-winning PM Abiy Ahmed in his political heartland.
    (Reuters, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 24, The European Parliament awarded its annual prize for the defence of human rights to jailed ethnic Uighur economics professor Ilham Tohti, angering Beijing which called him a criminal and a terrorist. Uighur rights advocate Tohti was jailed for life in China in 2014 on separatism charges that were widely denounced at the time in Western capitals.
    (Reuters, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 24, Rich countries gathered in France to discuss replenishing an international fund that is meant to help poor nations tackle climate change, but which is falling short of its targets because the US has stopped contributing. The Green Climate Fund has spent much of the $7 billion it received from governments in the past five years. Donor governments pledged $9.8 billion in fresh financing for the Green Climate Fund, set up to help developing nations tackle global warming.
    (AP, 10/24/19)(Reuters, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 24, Thousands took to the streets of Guinea in the largest of a series of protests over a suspected effort by President Alpha Conde to seek a third term that have led to the jailing of a dozen opposition campaigners and politicians. The march was organized by the National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC), a coalition of politicians and activists opposed to a constitutional change that could let Conde seek a third term.
    (Reuters, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 24, Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters, some waving Catalan flags and banners urging "a fight for freedom together", rallied in support of a separate Catalonia, broaching an issue that is anathema to Hong Kong's rulers in Beijing.
    (Reuters, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 24, Iran's Fars news agency reported that one hand of an unidentified convict was cut off in a prison in Sari city, some 200 km (120 miles) northeast of Tehran. The report said the convict had committed 28 robberies.
    (AP, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 24, Israeli rights group B'Tselem said Israeli authorities have demolished at least 140 Palestinian homes in east Jerusalem this year, the highest annual number since it began keeping records in 2004.
    (AP, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 24, Kenya's top telecoms operator Safaricom said it has named Peter Ndegwa as its new CEO, ending a three-month search for a new leader following the death of its long-time head Bob Collymore.
    (Reuters, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 24, Lebanon's Pres. Michel Aoun pleaded with tens of thousands of protesters who have blocked main roads and paralyzed the nation for days, urging them to back economic reforms proposed by the prime minister as the "first step" toward saving the country from economic collapse.
    (AP, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 24, North Korea accused US officials of maintaining hostility against Pyongyang despite a "special" relationship between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump and urged Washington to act "wisely" through the end of the year.
    (AP, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 24, Norway's foreign minister said countries at a two-day conference have pledged at least 583 billion kroner ($64 billion) toward protecting the oceans.
    (AP, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to expand Moscow's clout in Africa by touting military aid and economic projects at the first-ever Russia-Africa summit and even offered to help mediate a growing dispute between two of the continent's largest powers, Egypt and Ethiopia.
    (AP, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 24, A Russian commission recommended President Vladimir Putin pardon a Norwegian man jailed for spying, spurring hopes in Norway that he may be released as part of a spy swap brokered behind closed doors. Frode Berg, a retired guard on the Norwegian-Russian border, was detained in December 2017 and jailed for 14 years after being convicted of gathering intelligence about nuclear submarines.
    (Reuters, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 24, Chief executive Igor Sechin said Rosneft, Russia's largest oil company, has fully switched the currency of its contracts to euros from US dollars in a move to shield its transactions from US sanctions.
    (Reuters, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 24, In South Africa hackers shut down the cyber network of Johannesburg City Council, targeting computers of local government employees in the economic hub. The attack via employee computers affected its call centers, website and online electronic platforms. The hackers allegedly demanded ransom in the form of bitcoins in exchange for reactivating internet and email links to the city's billing systems.
    (Reuters, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 24, Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco's remains were exhumed from a state mausoleum outside Madrid where they had lain since his death in 1975, for reburial in a private family vault.
    (Reuters, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 24, In northern Syria a car boobytrapped with explosives detonated, wounding four people in the town of Tal Abyad, taken by Turkish-backed forces from Kurdish fighters during Turkey's invasion. Syrian news reported that Turkish forces and their allies attacked Syrian government troops in northeastern Syria, killing some of them, and that they also clashed with Kurdish-led fighters.
    (AP, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 24, Turkey's central bank slashed its policy rate more than expected to 14%, taking advantage of an inflation dip and a steadier lira after Washington cancelled just-announced sanctions over Ankara's military incursion into northeast Syria.
    (Reuters, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 24, The Turkish and Syrian ambassadors clashed at their first UN Security Council encounter since Turkey launched a cross-border offensive earlier this month following the withdrawal of US forces.
    (AP, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 24, Ukraine's central bank lowered its main interest rate for the fourth time this year to 15.5% from 16.5%, a steeper than expected cut, saying price pressures were easing more rapidly while economic growth was picking up.
    (Reuters, 10/24/19)
2019        Oct 24, The United Nations said it would send a special mission to investigate human rights abuses in Chile, where a general strike went into its second day following a week of street protests that left 19 dead.
    (AFP, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 24, An independent UN human rights expert said Iran executed seven child offenders last year and two so far this year even though human rights law prohibits the death penalty for anyone under age 18. Javaid Rehman said he has "credible information" that there are at least 90 child offenders currently on death row in Iran.
    (AP, 10/24/19)

2019        Oct 25, The United States asked foreign governments to submit detailed reports on humanitarian exports to Iran, a step observers said could have a chilling effect and cast a pall over European efforts to allow trade.
    (AFP, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 25, The United States suspended duty-free treatment for $1.3 billion worth of Thai imports, including seafood products, under its Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, saying Thailand did not "afford workers in Thailand internationally recognized worker rights." The tariffs that would take effect in six months would be 4-5% instead of zero.
    (Reuters, 10/27/19)
2019        Oct 25, US Defense Secretary said the US will strengthen its military presence in Syria with "mechanized forces" to prevent Islamic State fighters seizing oil fields and revenue.
    (Reuters, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 25, The US Dfense Dept. said it has awarded a $10 billion, 10-year Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract to Microsoft Corp. Amazon had been considered a front- runner to win.
    (SSFC, 10/27/19, p.D3)
2019        Oct 25, The US Treasury department said the government ended fiscal year 2019 with the largest budget deficit in seven years as gains in tax receipts were offset by higher spending and growing debt service payments. The budget deficit widened to $984 billion, which was 4.6% of the nation's gross domestic product.
    (Reuters, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 25, US officials said the Trump administration is banning US flights to all Cuban cities except Havana starting in December to prevent tourism banned by US law.
    (SFC, 10/26/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 24, A federal magistrate in San Francisco held US Education Sec. Betsy DeVos in contempt of court and fined her $100,000 for violating a court order by continuing to collect debts from more than 16,000 former students of Corinthian Colleges.
    (SFC, 10/26/19, p.C2)
2019        Oct 25, Maria Butina, convicted in the US of being a Russian agent, was deported by the United States after serving a prison sentence. The Russian woman returned to Moscow the next day and declared that she has no desire to go back to America.
    (AP, 10/26/19)
2019        Oct 25, The American Civil Liberties Union said US immigration authorites separated more than 1,500 children from their parents at the Mexican border early in the Trump administration, bringing the total number of children separated since July 2017 to more than 5,400.
    (SFC, 10/26/19, p.A6)
2019        Oct 25, The US weather service said parts of the drought-parched South were under flood watches and warnings with forecasters saying as much as 10 inches of rain could fall.
    (AP, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 25, California firefighters sought to take advantage of a brief lull in high winds behind fast-moving wildfires that forced the evacuation of more than 40,000 residents north of Los Angeles.
    (Reuters, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 25, In Missouri a jury recommended that St. Louis County police Sgt. Keith Wildhaber be awarded nearly $20 million after finding the department discriminated against him because he's gay.
    (AP, 10/26/19)
2019        Oct 25, In South Carolina former Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis, found guilty of misconduct for using his power and office to push a personal assistant to have sex with him, was sentenced to the maximum of a year in prison.
    (AP, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 25, Facebook unveiled Facebook News, its latest foray into digital publishing.
    (SFC, 10/26/19, p.D1)
2019        Oct 25, Target Corp became the latest retailer to remove all 22-ounce bottles of Johnson & Johnson baby powder from its stores, after the healthcare conglomerate recalled some bottles because of possible asbestos contamination.
    (Reuters, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 25, Argentina's central bank kept selling dollars in defense of the beleaguered peso, with concerns rising about the bank's falling reserves ahead of the Oct. 27 presidential election dreaded by the financial markets.
    (Reuters, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 25, It was reported that Australia has banned climbers on Uluru, one of the country's landmarks that is sacred to its indigenous custodians. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, formerly known as Ayers Rock, will become permanently off limits to climbers from Oct. 26 after a decades-long fight by the Anangu people, the traditional owners of Uluru.
    (Reuters, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 25, Bolivian elections officials said Pres. Evo Morales had received 47% of the Oct. 20 vote with a margin large enough to avoid a runoff.
    (SSFC, 10/27/19, p.A5)
2019        Oct 25, British police arrested a 4th person in connection with the deaths of 39 people found in the back of a truck two days earlier. A man (48) from Northern Ireland was arrested on suspicion of involvement in the deaths. The bodies were found in the back of a truck at the Waterglade Industrial Park, Essex, which had arrived in the UK from Belgium.
    (AP, 10/25/19)(SFC, 10/26/19, p.A2)(Reuters, 10/26/19)
2019        Oct 25, In China Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro met Chinese leaders including Xi Jinping in Beijing, as the Latin American leader looks to balance his tilt toward the US.
    (Bloomberg, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 25, EU ambassadors agreed in principle to delay Brexit, but set no new date.
    (Reuters, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 25, Iraqi police fired live shots into the air as well as rubber bullets and dozens of tear gas canisters to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters, sending young demonstrators running for cover and enveloping a main bridge in Baghdad with thick white smoke. The anti-government violence claimed the lives of 42 people.
    (AP, 10/25/19)(AP, 10/26/19)
2019        Oct 25, In Iraq at least three people died when a Shi'ite militia group opened fire on a group of protesters attempting to break into the group's local offices in the southern city of Nasiriya.
    (AP, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 25, Torrential rains battered parts of eastern Japan, killing at least four people, causing rivers to overflow and prompting evacuation orders for hundreds of thousands two weeks after the areas were hit by floods and high winds from Typhoon Hagibis.
    (Reuters, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 25, Lebanese banks, universities and schools remained closed on the ninth day of nationwide protests. Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah, called on his supporters to leave anti-government protests to avoid friction and seek dialogue instead.
    (AP, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 25, In northern Mexico three people were killed and hundreds evacuated from their homes as fires spread through forests near the US border.
    (Reuters, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 25, In the Philippines David Navarro, a town mayor on Mindanao listed on President Rodrigo Duterte's list of local officials suspected to have drug links, was killed by still unidentified gunmen. Navarro was arrested by the police a day earlier after he was accused of assaulting a massage therapist in Cebu.
    (Reuters, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 25, The Russian Defense Ministry said it has sent hundreds of additional troops to Syria to help patrol the country's Turkey-Syria border after a deal between Moscow and Ankara.
    (AP, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 25, Russian soldier Ramil Shamsutdinov (20) killed eight of his comrades and wounded two others in a shooting outburst at a base in Siberia before being apprehended.
    (AP, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 25, Serbia's Pres. Aleksandar Vucic praised Russia for sending sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles to joint air defense drills, the first such deployment by Moscow to a country seeking to join the European Union.
    (AP, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 25, Serbian PM Ana Brnabic went to Moscow to sign a free trade deal with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), Russian President Vladimir Putin’s hapless EU clone. The new agreement extends the cooperation to Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. As Serbia worked on the deal, it received repeated warnings from the EU that this represented an unwelcome detour from the European path.
    (Bloomberg, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 25, Yemeni officials said the internationally-recognized government and southern separatists have reached an initial agreement to end their infighting in the country's south. The tentative deal between the separatists and the government envisages the formation of a new Cabinet with equal representation of northern and southern politicians, excluding the Houthis.
    (AP, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 25, A massive march that Zimbabwe's government tried to rouse for a new anti-sanctions public holiday appeared to fizzle, as just hundreds of people turned out in Harare, instead of the many thousands the ruling party had in mind.
    (AP, 10/25/19)
2019        Oct 25, Humane Society International said Zimbabwe has sent about 30 young elephants to China this week, where they will be held in zoos. Authorities said at least 55 elephants have starved to death in the past two months in Hwange National Park as drought dries up water sources and overcrowding results in massive loss of habitat. The park has a carrying capacity of 15,000 elephants but is home to more than 50,000.
    (AP, 10/25/19)

2019        Oct 26, A US convoy of over a dozen vehicles was seen driving south of the northeastern city of Qamishli, likely heading to the oil-rich Deir el-Zour area or another base before it. Russia's Defense Ministry harshly criticized the United States decision to send armored vehicles and combat troops into eastern Syria to protect oil fields.
    (AP, 10/26/19)
2019        Oct 26, Remnants of Tropical Storm Olga caused soggy conditions in Mississippi and Alabama and dozens of flights were canceled or delayed at New Orleans' main airport after two power outages.
    (AP, 10/26/19)
2019        Oct 26, In Texas a gunman opened fire at a crowded football homecoming party for Texas A&M Commerce, killing two young people and leaving 16 others injured before escaping into what the local sheriff described as "mass chaos." Brandon Ray Gonzalez (23) was arrested two days later in the killing of Kevin Berry Jr. (23) and Byron Craven Jr. (23).
    (AP, 10/27/19)(SFC, 10/29/19, p.A45)
2019        Oct 26, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera called for a major cabinet reshuffle in a bid to quell a week of mass protests against inequality that have rocked the South American nation.
    (Reuters, 10/26/19)
2019        Oct 26, Iran's semi-official news agency reported that its judiciary has released two labor activists on bail. Sepideh Gholian, arrested in October 2018, was released on some $130,000 bail, along with Atefeh Rangriz, arrested last May. His bail terms were not provided.
    (AP, 10/27/19)   
2019        Oct 26, In Iraq at least seven more protesters were killed in clashes with security forces in Baghdad and the southern town of Nasiriyah. Four people were killed when they were struck by tear gas canisters in Baghdad, Three protesters were shot dead In Nasiriyah when they attacked the office of a provincial official. Iraq's semi-official human rights commission said at least 63 protesters have been killed in two days of anti-government rallies.
    (AP, 10/27/19)
2019        Oct 26, Kurdish fighters wounded six Turkish soldiers amid a shaky truce in northern Syria south of Ras al-Ayn. One of the wounded soldiers died the following day.
    (AP, 10/27/19)
2019        Oct 26, Lebanese protesters dug in behind roadblocks they had set up in and outside Beirut, lying in the street and chanting "peaceful, peaceful" to resist as security forces struggled to drag them out of the way.
    (AP, 10/26/19)
2019        Oct 26, In Myanmar the Arakan Army abducted more than 50 people, most of them members of the security forces in Rathedaung township, Rakhine state, in the latest escalation of violence in the region where it has been fighting government troops for months.
    (Reuters, 10/27/19)
2019        Oct 26, Portugal's PM Antonio Costa promised to raise the monthly minimum wage by 25% to 750 euros ($830) by 2023 as he started his second term in the office, while reiterating the goal to cut public debt to below 100% of GDP.
    (Reuters, 10/26/19)
2019        Oct 26, In South Sudan several volunteers of International Organization for Migration were caught in a crossfire during clashes between rival groups in the Central Equatoria region. The UN migration agency soon halted Ebola screenings at five border crossings in East Africa.
    (GMA, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 26, In Syria Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group, was killed in a daring nighttime airborne raid by American special operations in Idlib province. President Donald Trump announced his death the next day saying al-Baghdadi had fled into a "dead-end" tunnel with three of his children and detonated a suicide vest. Two children died with al-Baghdadi, one fewer than originally reported. The children appeared to be under the age of 12. Eleven other children were escorted from the site unharmed. Four women and two men who were wearing suicide vests and refused to surrender inside the compound were killed. Baghdadi's remains were buried at sea within 24 hours of his death.
    (AP, 10/27/19)(AP, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 26, More than 100,000 people thronged the streets of Taiwan's capital Taipei for East Asia's largest Pride march, months after the self-ruled island began formally allowing same-sex marriage, the first place in Asia to do so.
    (Reuters, 10/26/19)
2019        Oct 26, Pope Francis called for an end to the plundering of the Amazon basin, as he closed an assembly of Roman Catholic bishops who discussed the challenges the Church faces in the region. Catholic bishops from across the Amazon called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in the region. The majority of 180 bishops also called for the Vatican to reopen a debate on ordaining women as deacons.
    (Reuters, 10/27/19)(SSFC, 10/27/19, p.A4)
2019        Oct 26, Vietnamese PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc ordered local authorities to establish whether Vietnamese citizens are among the 39 people found dead in the back of a truck near London on October 23.
    (Reuters, 10/26/19)
2019        Oct 26, Sources said a preliminary deal between Yemen's Saudi-backed government and southern separatists to end a power struggle in Aden will see the separatists included in a new technocrat cabinet and both sides' forces placed under government control.
    (Reuters, 10/26/19)

2019        Oct 27, It was confirmed that Sabrina de Sousa, a former US spy pardoned by Italy in connection with the CIA kidnapping of a terrorism suspect in Milan, has fled from Italy to the United States fearing for her safety. Sousa is one of 26 people convicted by Italy in absentia over the 2003 abduction of Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, but the only one to spend any time in prison for the operation, in which she denies involvement.
    (Reuters, 10/27/19)
2019        Oct 27, The US Air Force X-37B landed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center following a 780-day mission. The solar-powered plane was flown by remote control without a crew.
    (SFC, 8/30/19, p.A5)
2019        Oct 27, Authorities in Northern California ordered 180,000 residents to flee their homes as historic winds fueled a wildfire in the wine country, while electricity was shut off for millions of people in an effort to prevent more fires.
    (AP, 10/27/19)
2019        Oct 27, A Texas deputy located a woman's remains in a shallow grave on Padre Island, near Corpus Christi. The next day a man's body was discovered beneath the first body. The bodies were later identified as a missing New Hampshire couple James Butler (48) and Michelle Butler (46).
    (AP, 11/2/19)
2019        Oct 27, Argentines headed to the polls, after a year of twists and turns in a dramatic election race that has been chastening for conservative President Mauricio Macri, who trails well behind Peronist rival Alberto Fernandez in opinion polls. Alberto Fernandez, an hour after his election win, called for Brazil’s left-wing legend Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva to be freed from prison.
    (Reuters, 10/27/19)(AP, 10/28/19)
2019        Oct 27, Australia’s most notorious serial killer, who murdered at least seven people including two British tourists, has died in prison. Ivan Milat was convicted in 1996 of the murders of seven backpackers. Milat, who inspired the horror film Wolf Creek, was successfully prosecuted in part due to the testimony of British backpacker Paul Onions, who escaped from the murderer in 1990.
    (The Telegraph, 10/27/19)
2019        Oct 27, British police said three people arrested in connection with the investigation into the death of 39 people in a truck container have been released on bail.
    (Reuters, 10/27/19)
2019        Oct 27, French auction house Acteon said "Christ Mocked," a long-lost painting by 13th century Italian master Cimabue, found earlier this year in the kitchen of an elderly French woman, was sold for 24 million euros ($26.6 million), more than four times the pre-auction estimate.
    (Reuters, 10/27/19)
2019        Oct 27, Germans in the eastern state of Thuringia voted in an election in which the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) sought to build on successes in two other regional votes last month and to beat Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives. Bjoern Hoecke led the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim Alternative for Germany (AfD) party to double its score from the previous election in 2014 to 23.4 percent in the ex-communist Thuringia state, knocking Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party off second spot. The ex-Communist Left Party of Gov. Bodo Ramelow won 30.1% of the vote.
    (Reuters, 10/27/19)(AFP, 10/28/19)(SFC, 10/28/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 27, Hong Kong police said anti-government protesters set fire to shops and hurled petrol bombs, after riot police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets to disperse thousands in the Tsim Sha Tsui harbor-front hotel district.
    (Reuters, 10/27/19)
2019        Oct 27, Iraq said that its National Intelligence Service found Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's location and provided it to the United States.
    (Reuters, 10/27/19)
2019        Oct 27, Iraqi anti-government protesters remained in Baghdad's central Tahrir Square after a night of clashes with security forces who failed to evict them. Elite counterterrorism forces and state-backed militias meanwhile deployed across the capital to protect political party offices and militia headquarters. Security forces dressed in black arrested 13 activists in Nasiriyah.
    (AP, 10/27/19)
2019        Oct 27, The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they had worked with the United States on a "successful" operation against Islamic State, in an apparent reference to reports that IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is believed to have been killed in a US military operation in Syria.
    (Reuters, 10/27/19)
2019        Oct 27, The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said it had agreed to withdraw more than 30 km (19 miles) from the Turkish border, an announcement welcomed by Damascus which said Turkey should now end its "aggression" in northeast Syria.
    (Reuters, 10/27/19)
2019        Oct 27, Thousands of Lebanese formed a human chain along highways and coastal roads in a show of solidarity with anti-government protests.
    (AP, 10/27/19)
2019        Oct 27, It was reported that volunteer searchers in Mexico have found 12 skeletons and one decomposed body in a shallow pit near the resort of Puerto Penasco.
    (SSFC, 10/27/19, p.A4)
2019        Oct 27, Mozambique's National Election Commission (CNE) said incumbent President Filipe Nyusi has won a landslide victory in the Oct. 15 election it was hoped would calm tensions in a nation soon to become a top global gas exporter, but has instead stoked divisions as opposition parties cry foul.
    (Reuters, 10/27/19)
2019        Oct 27, In Myanmar the Arakan Army said government troops sunk several boats carrying dozens of soldiers and police officers taken hostage by the rebels a day earlier. Many deaths were reported.
    (Reuters, 10/27/19)
2019        Oct 27, North Korea said it's running out of patience with the United States over what it described as hostile policies and unilateral disarmament demands, and warned that a close personal relationship between the leaders alone wouldn't be enough to prevent nuclear diplomacy from derailing.
    (AP, 10/27/19)
2019        Oct 27, In Spain tens of thousands of people marched in Barcelona to protest the separatist movement in the northeastern Catalonia region that has created Spain's worst political crisis in decades.
    (AP, 10/27/19)
2019        Oct 27, Uruguayans headed out to vote in the South American country's general election, with the liberal coalition that has ruled for more than 14 years facing its toughest challenge yet from a resurgent conservative right. Neither candidate managed an outright win. Daniel Martinez of the ruling Broad Front had 37.5% support and Luis Lacalle Pou of the National Party had 29% support.
    (Reuters, 10/27/19)(SFC, 10/29/19, p.A2)

2019        Oct 28, US President Donald Trump said he expected to sign a significant part of the trade deal with China ahead of schedule but did not elaborate on the timing.
    (Reuters, 10/28/19)
2019        Oct 28, US President Donald Trump said in a letter the United States plans to cooperate with "like-minded nations" to promote security in next-generation 5G networks.
    (AP, 10/28/19)
2019        Oct 28, Pres. Donald Trump attended a conference of police chiefs in Chicago. Eddie Johnson, the city's top cop, skipped the event. City Mayor Lori Lightfoot also refused to meet with Trump during his visit.
    (SFC, 10/29/19, p.A4)
2019        Oct 28, The US government extended temporary protection for Salvadorans living in the United States by an additional year, in a potential sign of easing tensions over migration. El Salvador's Pres. Nayib Bukele said the temporary protected status (TPS) will protect more than 200,000 Salvadorans living in the US.
    (Reuters, 10/28/19)(SFC, 10/29/19, p.A4)
2019        Oct 28, In southern California the Getty Fire in Los Angeles erupted early today and forced thousands of residents to flee their homes as winds reached extremely dangerous levels. In northern California The Kincade Fire that broke out last week amid Sonoma County's vineyards and wineries grew to at least 103 square miles (267 square km), destroying 94 buildings, including 40 homes, and threatening 80,000 more structures, authorities said. Nearly 200,000 people were under evacuation orders, mostly from the city of Santa Rosa.
    (AP, 10/28/19)
2019        Oct 28, In Chicago classes were canceled for about 300,000 students for an eighth day as the teachers' union and public school district failed over the weekend to resolve a deadlock in contract talks over class sizes, support staff levels and pay.
    (Reuters, 10/28/19)
2019        Oct 28, It was reported that a newly approved three-drug treatment for tuberculosis will be available in 150 countries including India and South Africa, priced at $1,040 for a complete regimen, more than twice the cost proposed in the past by advocacy groups for other treatments.
    (Reuters, 10/28/19)
2019        Oct 28, Allergan Plc said it would pay $750 million to settle a class action lawsuit from a group of direct purchasers of Alzheimer's disease therapy Namenda, in a resolution to the litigation that was set to face trial today.
    (Reuters, 10/28/19)
2019        Oct 28, AT&T Inc unveiled a three-year strategic plan that included adding two new board members, selling off up to $10 billion worth of non-core businesses next year and paying off all its debt from the purchase of Time Warner, bowing to pressure from activist investor Elliott Management.
    (Reuters, 10/28/19)
2019        Oct 28, In Bolivia protesters blocked roads and shop owners kept their stores shut in La Paz as people took to the streets in a strike called by the opposition to protest at what they say was fraud at elections giving President Evo Morales a fourth term.
    (Reuters, 10/28/19)
2019        Oct 28, British MPs defeated yet another attempt by PM Boris Johnson to force an early election, just hours after the EU agreed to postpone Brexit for up to three months.
    (AFP, 10/28/19)
2019        Oct 28, In northern Burkina Faso suspected jihadists killed 16 villagers in an incident highlighting the increased presence of Sahel-based Islamists in the area.
    (Reuters, 10/28/19)
2019        Oct 28, Bitcoin held ground near a one-month high scaled over the weekend after China's president Xi Jinping said the world's second biggest economy should accelerate the development of blockchain technology.
    (Reuters, 10/28/19)
2019        Oct 28, An Egyptian train conductor forced two poor street vendors without tickets to jump off a moving train, leading to the death of one of the youths in the Nile Delta town of Tanta. The conductor was soon arrested.
    (AP, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 28, In Egypt a police conscript was killed in a militant attack in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula.
    (AP, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 28, France-based LVMH offered to buy Tiffany & Co, known for its engagement rings and ties to Hollywood glamor. The owner of Louis Vuitton and Bulgari sought to expand in jewelry, one of the fastest-growing parts of the luxury goods market.
    (Reuters, 10/28/19)
2019        Oct 28, In Georgia thousands of state, private and media websites were knocked out and their home pages made to display an image of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili holding a poster saying "I'll be back!"
    (Reuters, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 28, Hong Kong's Financial Secretary said the city has fallen into recession, hit by five months of anti-government protests that erupted in flames at the weekend, and is unlikely to achieve any growth this year.
    (Reuters, 10/28/19)
2019        Oct 28, Iran blocked a female UN inspector from touring its Natanz nuclear facility. Iran alleged the inspector tested positive for suspected traces of explosive nitrates.
    (AP, 11/9/19)
2019        Oct 28, Iran's state TV reported that five people were stabbed to death in a house in the northern Gilan province, including four members of the same family. One suspect was arrested.
    (AP, 10/28/19)
2019        Oct 28, Iraqi authorities imposed a curfew from midnight to 6 a.m. in Baghdad, as renewed anti-government protests rage for a fourth day. Three anti-government protesters were killed and 105 were wounded in clashes with security forces in Baghdad as thousands of students took to the streets in defiance of a government order and tear gas from security forces. Parliament voted cancel all privileges and bonuses for senior officials, but the legislature did not actually amend the law governing such matters.
    (AP, 10/28/19)(SFC, 10/29/19, p.A3)
2019        Oct 28, Italy's UniCredit said it has uncovered a data breach involving the personal records of 3 million domestic clients, the third security incident at Italy's top bank in recent years.
    (Reuters, 10/28/19)
2019        Oct 28, Lebanese banks said they would ensure public sector workers were paid their salaries as they remain closed by a wave of protests against politicians blamed for corruption and steering Lebanon towards economic collapse. Protesters set up new roadblocks early to keep pressure up, defying security forces who tried to re-open roadways but with orders not to use force.
    (Reuters, 10/28/19)
2019        Oct 28, It was reported that South Africa has imposed emergency measures, including rationing, to save dwindling water supplies after an abnormally hot, dry summer coupled with below average rainfall and a spike in usage pushes the country towards a crippling shortage.
    (Reuters, 10/28/19)
2019        Oct 28, Syrian Kurdish forces said they are increasing security at prisons and detention facilities holding tens of thousands of Islamic State militants and supporters, including foreigners, following the death of the extremist group's leader in a US military raid.
    (AP, 10/28/19)
2019        Oct 28, Turkey's state-run news agency said police have detained 20 foreign nationals suspected of links to the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 10/28/19)
2019        Oct 28, The Vatican released a declaration in which leaders of Christianity, Islam and Judaism joined forces against assisted suicide and euthanasia. The declaration states that no health care provider should be "coerced or pressured" into providing assisted suicide or any form of euthanasia.
    (AP, 10/28/19)
2019        Oct 28, The Vatican Secret Archives, containing millions of documents spanning 12 centuries, are no longer officially "secret." The Vatican said the new name will be the Vatican Apostolic Archives. The archives first got their name around 1610. The collection of papers, documents and parchments date back to the 700s and make the archives one of the world's most important research centers.
    (Reuters, 10/28/19)
2019        Oct 28, Zimbabwe's national airline resumed flights to South Africa, after a halt last week when South Africa's state-run airports management firm barred the airline from using the country's airports over unpaid fees.
    (Reuters, 10/28/19)

2019        Oct 29, The US House overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill threatening to sanction Turkey, warning that a deal struck with the Trump administration won’t necessarily save the NATO ally from economic punishment for its military operation in northern Syria.
    (Bloomberg, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, A US appeals court issued a stay that blocks the release to a congressional committee of an unredacted copy of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report detailing Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.
    (Reuters, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 29, White House adviser Jared Kushner said the United States and China have come to an understanding on the direction of their trade relationship after a nearly 16-month trade war.
    (Reuters, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, US Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, director of European affairs on the National Security Council, testified that after listening to Trump ask Ukraine's president to investigate a domestic political rival he was so alarmed that he reported the matter to a White House lawyer out of concern for US national security.
    (Reuters, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, The Pentagon announced pricing details for its agreement with Lockheed Martin Co that lowers by 12.7% the cost of the F-35 jets it plans to purchase through 2022, which may encourage other nations to buy warplanes.
    (Reuters, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, Human Rights Watch said Washington's sanctions against Tehran have drastically constrained its ability to pay for humanitarian imports and are threatening the health rights of Iranians.
    (AFP, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, A federal judge blocked Alabama from enforcing the strictest abortion laws in the country, which were due to come into effect next month and would ban all abortions unless a mother's health was in danger.
    (Reuters, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, In southern California a gunman opened fire on a party late today killing three men and wounding nine people in Long Beach. The gunman fled the scene.
    (SFC, 8/31/19, p.A4)
2019        Oct 29, John Witherspoon (77), Detroit-born comedian known for his role as Willie Jones in the "Friday" films, died in Los Angeles.
    (Good Morning America, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 29, Ohio-based coal giant Murray Energy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, despite regulatory breaks from the Trump administration.
    (The Week, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 29, Dr. Michael Schloss died as his small plane crashed this morning in the Colonia section of Woodbridge Township, New Jersey, a suburb of New York City.
    (AP, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 29, In North Dakota an oil leak was detected late today in the Keystone pipeline near Edinburg, a tiny community northwest of Grand Forks. An estimated 9,120 barrels of crude oil spilled from a leak.
    (Good Morning America, 11/1/19)
2019        Oct 29, In Texas a mother and her three young children were discovered dead inside their home in Deer Park, about 20 miles east of Houston. Police later said that Ashley Auzenne (39) appeared to have shot and killed her three children, ages 7, 9 and 11, before turning the gun on herself following a recent divorce.
    (Good Morning America, 11/1/19)
2019        Oct 29, Amazon.com Inc said it would make its grocery delivery service free for Prime members in the US and integrate all orders for groceries into one portal.
    (Reuters, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, WhatsApp filed a lawsuit against Israeli hacking tool developer NSO Group. The Facebook-owned software giant alleged that NSO Group built and sold a hacking platform that exploited a flaw in WhatsApp-owned servers to help clients hack into the cellphones of at least 1,400 users. Senior government officials in multiple US-allied countries were targeted earlier this year with hacking software that used Facebook Inc's WhatsApp to take over users' phones.
    (Reuters, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 29, Argentine diplomat Rafael Mariano Grossi (58) was chosen to head the United Nations' nuclear watchdog, succeeding the late Yukiya Amano.
    (AP, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, An Australian judge sentenced Codey Herrmann (21) to 36 years in prison for the January 16 murder and rape of Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe, whom he bludgeoned into unconsciousness moments after she stepped off a tram in Melbourne before setting her corpse on fire.
    (AP, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, Australian Border Force agents discovered 881 pounds of meth hidden in a shipment of Sriracha hot sauce that arrived in the country from the US. The estimated street cost in Australia was $300 million. Four people were soon arrested.
    (Insider, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 29, Austrian Post said a 18 million euros ($20 million) fine for illegally using marketing data would weigh on its 2019 profit.
    (Reuters, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, In Bolivia police fired tear gas in the capital to disperse protesters as Pres. Evo Morales and opposition candidate Carlos Mesa wrestled over an audit of the results.
    (Reuters, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, In Brazil the chief executive of state-run oil giant Petrobras said oil slicks washing up on beaches along more than 2,000 km (1,240 miles) of the northeast coastline could be the worst environmental "attack" in the country's history.
    (Reuters, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, The British House of Commons backed an early national vote authorizing an election on December 12.
    (SFC, 8/30/19, p.A4)
2019        Oct 29, Bulgaria's foreign ministry gave a Russian diplomat allegedly involved in espionage 24 hours to leave the country after it found that its request to Moscow to recall him by Oct. 28 had not been carried out.
    (Reuters, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, In Cameroon rescue teams scoured the rubble of destroyed houses for survivors after an overnight landslide caused by heavy rainfall killed at least 34 people. The death toll soon rose to 42.
    (AP, 10/29/19)(SFC, 8/31/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 29, Chileans gathered for a 12th day of demonstrations demanding greater equality and better public services.
    (SFC, 8/30/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 29, China and the West clashed at the UN human rights committee over claims that Beijing systematically oppresses ethnic minority Muslims in far western Xinjiang province. The United States and 22 other countries at the United Nations pushed China to stop detaining ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims, prompting China's UN envoy to warn it was not "helpful" for trade talks between Beijing and Washington.
    (AP, 10/30/19)(Reuters, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, Egyptian security forces killed 13 suspected militants in a raid in the Mediterranean coastal city of el-Arish' el-Obour neighborhood.
    (AP, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, In Egypt at least four people were killed when a vehicle crashed into a train in the southern tourist city of Luxor.
    (AP, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, Estonia's state prosecutor's office said police and prosecutor have launched a separate criminal investigation of Swedbank over alleged money laundering in 2011-2017.
    (Reuters, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, European Union lawmakers began the first visit by a foreign delegation to Indian Kashmir since New Delhi revoked the region's autonomy in August, and stone-throwing protests resumed after a weeks-long lull.
    (Reuters, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, Bruno Kahl, the president of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND), said Huawei Technologies Co. “can’t fully be trusted," signaling security hardliners in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government want to keep the Chinese technology giant out of the country’s fifth-generation networks.
    (Bloomberg, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, German prosecutors said they have charged two suspected former members of Syria's secret police with crimes against humanity in a case that human rights campaigners say marks a major step in the fight to hold to account Syrian officials responsible for atrocities in the country's long-running civil war.
    (AP, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong confirmed that he has been disqualified from running in District Council elections next month, in a blow to protesters’ efforts to win greater electoral influence in the former British colony.
    (Bloomberg, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, Indian budget carrier IndiGo said it has placed an order for 300 Airbus A320neo-family jets worth at least $33 billion at recent catalog prices, handing the European plane maker what could be its biggest ever order from a single carrier.
    (Reuters, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, In Iraq masked gunmen opened fire at protesters in the Shiite city of Karbala, killing 18 people and wounding hundreds, in one of the deadliest single attacks since anti-government demonstrations erupted earlier this month. Protesters said Iraqi soldiers had been stationed around the protest site but withdrew after the attackers began firing tear gas and live ammunition. A total of 240 people have been killed since the unrest began.
    (AP, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, Tens of thousands of Iraqis packed Baghdad's Tahrir Square for a fifth day of protests, spurred on by reports of security forces shooting dead protesters in Karbala overnight and the prime minister's refusal to call early elections.
    (Reuters, 10/29/19)   
2019        Oct 29, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu said he is establishing a committee to address violence and crime in Israel's Arab community after a spike in deadly violence this year.
    (AP, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, Lebanon's PM Saad Hariri resigned, bowing to one of the central demands of anti-government demonstrators shortly after baton-wielding Hezbollah supporters rampaged through the main protest camp in Beirut, torching tents, smashing plastic chairs and chasing away protesters.
    (AP, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, North Korea rejected South Korea's request for working-level talks to discuss the possible demolition of South Korean-made hotels and other facilities at the North's Diamond Mountain resort that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants removed. North Korea said face-to-face meetings would be unnecessary and repeated its stance that details should be worked out through document exchanges.
    (AP, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, In the Philippines a magnitude 6.6 earthquake triggered a landslide that killed six people and injured more than 100 others in Cotabato province.
    (SFC, 8/30/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 29, Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed Cuba's resilience in the face of US pressure as he hosted Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel for talks on expanding cooperation between the old allies.
    (AP, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, In Sweden the Nordic Council handed out annual prizes for literature, youth literature, film, music and environment, each worth $52,000. Climate activist Greta Thunberg (16) declined the environmental prize, saying "the climate movement does not need any more prizes".
    (SFC, 8/31/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 29, A Swiss minister said over 10% of the Alpine country's glaciers have been lost over the last five years — a depletion not seen in over a century — as the UN's weather agency opened its first-ever meeting on how climate change is affecting mountains.
    (AP, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, Turkey's state-run news agency said police have detained three suspected Islamic State group militants who were allegedly scheming a "sensational" attack in the aftermath of the killing of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
    (AP, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, Turkey's defense forces captured 18 Syrian government soldiers in northeastern Syria, including two who were wounded. Syrian government forces withdrew from the area after their soldiers were captured.
    (AP, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 29, The Ukrainian army and Moscow-backed separatists said they had begun to withdraw their troops from a key area in the war-torn east ahead of a high-stakes summit with Russia.
    (AFP, 10/29/19)
2019        Oct 29, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's number two, acknowledged that the Holy See's deal to buy a luxury building in London was not transparent and promised to shed light on it. The Church had spent about $200 million in 2014 for a minority stake in a complex plan to buy a building in London's Chelsea district and convert it into luxury apartments.
    (Reuters, 10/29/19)

2019        Oct 30, The DC Nationals beat the Houston Astros 6-2 at Minute Maid Park coming from behind in the last two games to take the first championship in the history of the organisation. It was DC’s first baseball title since 1924, when the Washington Senators won.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y3o96r5b)
2019        Oct 30, The United States and six Gulf allies announced sanctions on 25 entities associated with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Lebanon's Hezbollah, in a move to tighten controls on both group's finances.
    (AFP, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, John Sullivan, Donald Trump’s nominee for US ambassador to Russia, confirmed the assertion from former diplomat in Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, that she was removed after concerted pressure by the president and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.
    (Bloomberg, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, The US Federal Reserve lowered borrowing costs for the third time this year. The benchmark index has notched record highs in the past three sessions.
    (Reuters, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 30, A new US government website, FindTreatment.gov, went online to help citizens with substance abuse issues learn about and locate treatment options.
    (SFC, 8/31/19, p.A4)
2019        Oct 30, Imaad Zuberi (40), a prolific fundraiser charged with funneling illegal foreign campaign contributions to American political candidates, surrendered to authorities in Los Angeles and was released on $3 million bond.
    (AP, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 30, A woman in her 40s was kidnapped in North Las Vegas. Shed was dragged to, Palmdale, California, by father-and-daughter kidnappers. She was found by military personnel on Oct. 6 cold but alive after a harrowing, weeklong kidnapping where she was raped, robbed and left for dead in the desert. Stanley Alfred Lawton (54) and his daughter Shaniya Nicole Poche-Lawton (22) were soon arrested.
    (AP, 11/9/19)
2019        Oct 30, In Pennsylvania a mother, stepfather and two brothers, including a 6-year-old, were found shot to death. Maurice Louis (29), a mentally unstable son, soon confessed to killing them in their west Philadelphia home.
    (AP, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 30, Boeing Co Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg acknowledged the company made mistakes in the development of a key safety system known as MCAS at the center of two fatal 737 MAX crashes, at a US House hearing.
    (Reuters, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, Former Exxon Mobil Corp Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson answered questions about the oil major's methods of measuring potential costs of climate change, as he testified in a closely watched civil lawsuit accusing the company of hiding the costs from investors.
    (Reuters, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, In southern California a new wildfire erupted, forcing the evacuation of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and nearby homes, as both ends of the state struggled with blazes, dangerously gusty weather and deliberate blackouts.
    (AP, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, In Georgia two person were killed when a Piper PA-28 plane crashed into a townhome in the Atlanta area.
    (AP, 10/30/19)(SFC, 8/31/19, p.A4)
2019        Oct 30, In Indiana emergency workers were called to the home in Battle Ground and found 36-year-old Laura Hurst dead with an 8-foot python coiled around her neck. The Reticulated Python was one of 140 snakes that were found inside the home.
    (ABC News, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 30, In Michigan corn farmers, ethanol producers, refinery representatives, energy traders and state and local officials from the Midwest all blasted away at the Trump administration's proposed biofuels plan for next year during a public hearing hosted by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
    (Reuters, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, Facebook said it had suspended three networks of Russian accounts that attempted to interfere in the domestic politics of eight African countries, and were tied to a Russian businessman accused of meddling in past US elections.
    (Reuters, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, A Bosnian court jailed former Bosnian Serb soldier Radomir Susnjar (64) for 20 years for setting ablaze 57 Muslim Bosniaks, of whom 26 including a two-day-old baby died, near the eastern town of Visegrad early in Bosnia's 1992-95 war.
    (Reuters, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro said that he has asked the top public prosecutor to investigate a statement by a Rio de Janeiro doorman that links President Jair Bolsonaro to suspects in the March 14, 2018, murder of Rio councilwoman Marielle Franco. President Jair Bolsonaro said he could cancel the license of Brazil's largest TV network Globo after it reported an allegation connecting him with a former police officer accused of the killing of councilwoman Franco.
    (Reuters, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, An official British inquiry said combustible materials used to refurbish London's Grenfell Tower were central to the catastrophic chain of events in June 2017 that turned an ordinary kitchen fire into an inferno that killed 71 people.
    (Reuters, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, Bulgaria said it had declined a visa to the incoming defence attaché at the Russian embassy in Sofia, a day after expelling another Russian diplomat over spying allegations.
    (Reuters, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, The World Health Organization said more than 7 million cases of malaria have been reported in Burundi this year. Officials blamed the outbreak on factors including the lack of protective bed nets, problems with medicines and climate change. Malaria has killed nearly 2,700 people this year in the East African nation and caused 64% more cases than in 2018.
    (AP, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, Chile's Pres. Sebastian Pinera canceled the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit of world leaders next month in Santiago after a wave of deadly protests in recent weeks. The decision also cancelled the United Nations climate change conference, the COP25, due to take place in Santiago Dec. 2-13.
    (Reuters, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, Denmark said it will allow the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline to pass through its territory. The decision removed a major hurdle for the $11 billion project slated for commissioning by the end of this year to bring even more gas from Siberia into Germany. The link has drawn sanctions threats from US President Donald Trump, who wants Europe to buy his country’s liquefied natural gas.
    (Bloomberg, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet passed new measures aimed at helping fight far-right extremism and anti-Semitism following an attack on a synagogue earlier this month.
    (AP, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, Hungary vetoed a joint NATO declaration on Ukraine as it did not contain a reference to its neighbor's obligation to fully respect the rights of ethnic Hungarians living there.
    (Reuters, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, Hungary's PM Viktor Orban, after hosting a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, said that good relations with Russia are a necessity because of his country's geographical location. Putin said that Russia expects to complete construction of the TurkStream pipeline to Turkey this year and build extensions to Bulgaria and Serbia the following year.
    (AP, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, Two rockets were fired into Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, killing one Iraqi soldier and adding to the violence gripping the country amid unprecedented anti-government protests and a violent security crackdown.
    (AP, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, Israeli police officers shot a Palestinian woman who attempted to stab troops outside a contested holy site in the West Bank city of Hebron. The woman was treated by Israeli paramedics and hospitalized in critical condition.
    (AP, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, In Lebanon life slowly returned to normal in Beirut after troops reopened major roads following 13 days of nationwide protests that paralyzed the country and forced PM Saad Hariri to resign.
    (AP, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, A Myanmar court sentenced five members of a traditional theatrical troupe to a year in prison for their gibes about the military.
    (SFC, 8/31/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 30, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg welcomed a pullback by the Ukrainian army and Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, but reiterated calls for Russia to "withdraw all their troops".
    (AFP, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, Police in the South African city of Cape Town used water cannons while dispersing and arresting hundreds of foreigners, including children, who have camped for weeks outside the UN refugee agency's office.
    (AP, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, Sudan officials said "several thousand troops," mainly from the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, have returned from Yemen over the past two months.
    (AP, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, South Sudan's main opposition accused the government of failing to push through a peace deal and called for a six-month delay in the formation of a unity administration, casting a shadow over efforts to end years of fighting.
    (Reuters, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, Syrian state media reported that Syrian army troops clashed with Turkish forces near the border town of Ras al Ain, as Ankara said it reserved the right to launch another cross-border offensive against the Kurdish YPG militia.
    (Reuters, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, Syria's government and opposition sat down in Geneva for their first face-to-face talks, amid the hopes of millions of Syrians and governments from Washington to Moscow that they could become a step toward ending the country's devastating 8 ½-year war.
    (AP, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 30, Turkey summoned the US ambassador in protest at votes in Congress the previous day to recognize the Turkish genocide against Armenians and to sanction Ankara for its military offensive in northeast Syria.
    (The Telegraph, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, Turkey's police chief said 100 people have been detained in raids against the Islamic State and that the group was allegedly planning an attack. The suspects were detained in 26 raids across 21 provinces.
    (AP, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, Michel Kafando, the UN envoy to Burundi, announced that he planned to step down from the post he has held for two years, amid concerns over the impartiality of elections set for 2020.
    (AFP, 10/30/19)
2019        Oct 30, The UN humanitarian office said that humanitarian groups are "relieved" that Nigeria's has suspended the ban on Mercy Corps and Action Against Hunger.
    (AP, 10/31/19)

2019        Oct 31, President Donald Trump tweeted that he was changing his primary residence from NYC to Florida.
    (NY Times, 11/2/19)
2019        Oct 31, The US House of Representatives passed a resolution to establish formal procedures for the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s alleged political interference in foreign aid to Ukraine.
    (Yahoo News, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 31, The United States extended its sanctions on Iran by taking aim at its construction sector, which Washington linked to the country's Revolutionary Guards.
    (AFP, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 31, US federal prosecutors charged a 12th United Auto Workers official with alleged corruption. Union official Edward Robinson was accused of conspiring with colleagues to embezzle more than $1.5 million in union money to fuel "lavish lifestyles," and to defraud the US.
    (The Week, 11/1/19)
2019        Oct 31, The US State Department warned that it had seen indications of Russian "influence" on recent unrest in Chile, where two weeks of protests and riots have rocked the administration of President Sebastian Pinera.
    (Reuters, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 31, The US military says its first batch of mechanized armored vehicles have arrived in southeast Syria, where they are to take part in securing oil fields and fighting remnants of the Islamic State group. The speaker in the audio also confirmed the death of Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, a close aide of al-Baghdadi and a spokesman for the group since 2016.
    (AP, 11/1/19)
2019        Oct 31, California officials said the northern Kincade wildfire in Sonoma County, that forced the evacuation of more than 180,000, people is now 60% contained and has not increased in size in the last 24 hours. More wildfires ignited near Los Angeles, destroying homes and forcing evacuations, as the region faced a second day of gusting desert winds that have fanned flames and displaced thousands of people.
    (AP, 10/31/19)(Reuters, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 31, In the SF Bay Area a shooting at a party in Orinda left four people dead. The party was held in a mansion rented through AirBnB. A fifth victim died the next day.
    (CBS News, 11/2/19)
2019        Oct 31, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called on the city's teacher's union to embrace a "spirit of compromise" as a strike that has kept 300,000 public students away from school extended into an 11th day, despite a tentative contract deal.
    (Reuters, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 31, Memphis, Tennessee, store clerk Anwar Ghazali (30) was sentenced to 22 years in prison for fatally shooting Dorian Harris (17) who had shoplifted a beer on March 29, 2018.
    (NY Times, 11/1/19)
2019        Oct 31, Altria Inc took a $4.5 billion hit from its investment in embattled electronic-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc, the latest setback for the startup as a regulatory crackdown on vaping threatens to upend the fast-growing industry.
    (Reuters, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 31, Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot owner PSA said they plan to join forces in a 50-50 share merger to create the world's fourth-largest automaker, seeking scale to cope with costly new technologies and slowing global demand.
    (Reuters, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 31, Abu Hamza al-Qurayshi, the new spokesman for the Islamic State, identified the successor of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi — tracing his lineage, like al-Baghdadi, to the Prophet Muhammad's Quraysh tribe.
    (AP, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 31, In Ethiopia a spokeswoman for PM Abiy Ahmed said at least 78 people were killed during protests last week over the treatment of prominent activist Jawar Mohammed.
    (Reuters, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 31, The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said Pfizer Inc's rheumatoid arthritis drug Xeljanz could increase the risk of blood clots in the lungs and in deep veins.
    (Reuters, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 31, The French-based Sanofi company slashed the price of a key anti-tuberculosis drug boosting the battle against the world's deadliest infectious disease, as a new treatment was also set to begin extensive testing.
    (AFP, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 31, Hong Kong police fired tear gas to break up masked anti-government protesters mingling with Halloween revelers in fancy dress near the upmarket club district of Lan Kwai Fong after a standoff lasting hours.
    (Reuters, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 31, India formally implemented legislation approved by Parliament in August that removed Indian-controlled Kashmir's semi-autonomous status and begins direct federal rule of the disputed area.
    (SFC, 11/1/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 31, A World Trade Organization (WTO) panel ruled that Indian export subsidies are prohibited and should be removed, upholding a complaint brought by the United States.
    (Reuters, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 31, In Indonesia Mukhlis bin Muhammad (46), a member of the Aceh Ulema Council (MPU), was caned 28 times in a public park by a religious officer for adultery in Aceh province. The woman he had the sexual relationship with was flogged, also in public, receiving 23 lashes.
    (Reuters, 11/1/19)
2019        Oct 31, Iraq's President Barham Salih called for the drafting of a new election law and said he would approve early elections once it is enacted, bowing to anti-government protesters while insisting that the sweeping changes they are demanding be carried out in a constitutional way.
    (AP, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 31, Israeli forces rearrested former Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar (57) from her home in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Jarrar, a senior official with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was released in February from 20 months of administrative detention.
    (AP, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 31, Japan's justice minister Katsuyuki Kawai resigned over election payment allegations involving his wife, also a lawmaker, and about his own reported gift-giving.
    (SFC, 11/1/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 31, Lebanese security forces struggled to open some roads as protesters continued their civil disobedience campaign in support of nationwide anti-government demonstrations.
    (AP, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 31, It was reported that the recent transfer of hundreds of elephants to Malawi's largest wildlife reserve has led to residents falling ill from sleeping sickness, a parasitic disease spread by testse flies, a companion of the elephants.
    (SFC, 8/31/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 31, North Korea fired two short-range projectiles, as nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington remained at a deadlock.
    (AFP, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 31, In Pakistan a fire swept through a train in Punjab province killing at least 74 people. Passengers said it took nearly 20 minutes for the train to stop.
    (SFC, 11/1/19, p.A4)
2019        Oct 31, In the Philippines another strong earthquake, the third this month, killed five people in Cotabato province.
    (SFC, 11/1/19, p.A2)
2019        Oct 31, In Spain five men were acquitted of a 2016 rape on the grounds that their 14-year-old victim had been unconscious at the time. The Barcelona-based court ruled that the men were guilty of the lesser crime of sexual abuse and sentenced them to 10-12 years and fined them 12,000 euros ($13,300).
    (AP, 11/1/19)
2019        Oct 31, Turkey's Anadolu news agency said an appeals court ruled for the release of Republican People's Party ex-legislator Eren Erdem. He was sentenced to more than four years in prison in March, accused of supporting US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.
    (AP, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 31, Ukraine's parliament approved a bill that criminalizes state officials illegally enriching themselves. Ukraine had passed a law criminalizing illicit enrichment in 2015 but the constitutional court overturned the law in February.
    (Reuters, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 31, Ukraine and NATO issued a joint statement committing to uphold minority rights in Ukraine, a step welcomed by the Hungarian authorities who had threatened to block Kiev's NATO membership over the issue.
    (Reuters, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 31, Three United Nations agencies warned that record 45 million people across southern Africa face severe food shortages in the next six months, with around a quarter of them currently enduring drought-induced "crisis" food insecurity.
    (Reuters, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 31, The UN Security Council voted unanimously to keep the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur for another year in hopes the new civilian-led transitional government can restore peace.
    (AP, 10/31/19)
2019        Oct 31, The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, or ACLED, said Yemen's civil war has killed more than 100,000 people since 2015.
    (AP, 10/31/19)

2019        Oct, This was the first full month in at least 18 years in which the United States did not admit any refugees.
    (Yahoo News, 11/2/19)
2019        Oct, The New York Times revealed that a specialized group of Russian intelligence operatives — Unit 29155 — had for years been assigned to carry out killings and political disruption campaigns in Europe.
    (NY Times, 12/23/19)
2019        Oct, A Pakistani court acquitted 31 Chinese nationals charged in connection with trafficking women to be sold as brides in China. Investigators later revelaed a list of 629 girls and women who were sold as brides and taken to China since 2018. Investigations were said to have ground to a halt in June because of pressure from government officialls fearful of hurting lucrative ties with Beijing.
    (SFC, 12/5/19, p.A5)

2019        Nov 1, The US Department of Homeland Security announced it is extending temporary protected status coverage for migrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan through Jan. 4, 2021.
    (AP, 11/1/19)
2019        Nov 1, Senior Chinese and US officials again sent positive signals about their efforts to formalize the partial trade bargain announced last month, with President Donald Trump saying he may meet with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in the state of Iowa.
    (AFP, 11/1/19)
2019        Nov 1, It was reported that the US government has launched a national security review of TikTok owner Beijing ByteDance Technology Co's $1 billion acquisition of US social media app Musical.ly.
    (Reuters, 11/1/19)
2019        Nov 1, The US Dept. of Health and Human Services released a proposed rule that would allow foster care and adoption agencies to deny their services to LGBT families on faith-based grounds.The rule would become final 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register.
    (SFC, 11/4/19, p.A6)
2019        Nov 1, A new wildfire exploded in Southern California overnight, closing schools and forcing over 7,000 residents to evacuate. The Maria Fire broke out in Santa Paula in Ventura County the previous evening and raced across the land, growing to 8,300 acres.
    (Good Morning America, 11/1/19)
2019        Nov 1, A parade of 13 Democratic presidential hopefuls vowed to oust Republican Donald Trump from the White House in 2020, promising a raucous crowd in Iowa they would lead the fight to fulfill longtime party goals like ending income inequality and providing universal healthcare.
    (Reuters, 11/1/19)
2019        Nov 1, Chicago teachers returned to work after a grueling 11-day strike as parents hoped the deal struck between the teachers' union and district would improve their children's education.
    (Reuters, 11/1/19)
2019        Nov 1, UAW senior leaders at Ford's US plants recommended approval of a tentative four-year labor agreement with the automaker, sending the deal to the 52,000 UAW members at Ford for final approval. The union previously ratified a similar deal with General Motors Co and will soon move to negotiate with Fiat Chrysler.
    (Reuters, 11/2/19)
2019        Nov 1, The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole board commuted the sentences of more than 450 inmates. House Bill 1269, which just took effect after it was passed in May by the state legislature, was designed to limit prison time for low-level drug and property crime offenders. They were scheduled to be released on Nov. 4.
    (ABC News, 11/1/19)
2019        Nov 1, Northrop Grumman launched its Cygnus capsule for NASA from Wallops Island, Virginia. The 8,200-pound shipment (3,700 kg) should reach the Int'l. Space Station on Nov. 4.
    (AP, 11/2/19)
2019        Nov 1, In Wisconsin Clifton Blackwell threw acid on Mahud Villalaz, a Latino man, who suffered 2nd degree burns. In 2020 Blackwell (61) was pronounced competent to stand trial for reckless injury in a hate crime.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y6p9wosp)(SFC, 1/7/20, p.A5)
2019        Nov 1, A clash of storm fronts that began on Halloween created havoc that caused flooding, knocked over trees, downed power lines and damaged homes from the Deep South throughout the Northeast. More than 100,000 homes and businesses were without electricity in the Philadelphia suburbs. More than 200,000 customers were without power in New York state. In Maine, more than 120,000 customers were without power. In Vermont more than 20,000 customers were without power and in New Hampshire it was about 16,000.
    (AP, 11/1/19)
2019        Nov 1, Alphabet Inc-owned Google said it will buy Fitbit Inc for $2.1 billion, as the biggest Web search company looks to take on Apple and Samsung in the crowded market for fitness trackers and smart watches.
    (Reuters, 11/1/19)
2019        Nov 1, The International Rescue Committee said more than 1 million people in East Africa are affected by flooding after higher than normal rainfall. Parts of the region braced for a tropical storm, Kyarr, that could worsen an already dire humanitarian situation.
    (AP, 11/1/19)
2019        Nov 1, Brazilian police raided the offices of a Greek company as they investigate an oil tanker carrying heavy Venezuelan crude that was allegedly spilled at sea, tarring thousands of kilometers of Brazil's coastline over the past two months. Police said oceanographic and geolocation data showed that the Greek ship was the only one navigating near the origin of the spill between July 28 and 29, after docking in Venezuela on July 15. The next day Delta Tankers, which manages the Greek-flagged Bouboulina ship, reiterated the vessel sailed from Venezuela in laden condition on July 19, heading directly, with no stops at other ports, for Melaka, Malaysia, where the tanker discharged its entire cargo without any shortage.
    (Reuters, 11/1/19)(Reuters, 11/2/19)
2019        Nov 1, In Brazil Paulo Paulino Guajajara, also known as Lobo or "wolf", was killed in an attack, the latest fatality in an escalating battle between illegal loggers and indigenous tribes in the Amazon rainforest. One logger also died in the attack in Maranhao state.
    (Reuters, 11/4/19)(SFC, 11/4/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 1, In Burundi gunmen wearing police and army uniforms killed three people and injured three others at a bar in a heavily guarded neighborhood of Bujumbura late today.
    (Reuters, 11/2/19)
2019        Nov 1, China warned it would not tolerate any challenge to Hong Kong's governing system, as it laid out plans to boost patriotism in the city and change how its leader is chosen or removed after months of pro-democracy protests.
    (AP, 11/1/19)
2019        Nov 1, Denmark's immigration minister says the number of British citizens seeking Danish citizenship has more than tripled compared with 2017, the year after Britain voted to leave the European Union.
    (AP, 11/1/19)
2019        Nov 1, German Chancellor Angela Merkel got a toxic welcome to India as PM Narendra Modi welcomed her in air so polluted that authorities declared a public health emergency. The two sides signed a series of agreements in agriculture, maritime technology, "green urban mobility" and even yoga.
    (AFP, 11/1/19)
2019        Nov 1, Hong Kong anti-government protests fizzled after a night of clashes in a central bar district and prominent pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong called for 100,000 people to take to the streets of the Chinese-ruled city the following day.
    (Reuters, 11/1/19)
2019        Nov 1, Indonesian activists Martua Parasian Siregar (55) and Maraden Sianipar (42) were found dead with multiple stab wounds near a palm plantation in the island of North Sumatra. Police later said was ordered by a palm oil businessman. On Nov. 9 Police said they had arrested the head of the Amelia palm oil company, who they identified only as "H" or "Harry", on suspicion of having paid several men about $3,000 to kill the two activists.
    (Reuters, 11/10/19)
2019        Nov 1, Tens of thousands of Iraqis massed in Baghdad's Tahrir Square in the biggest demonstrations since anti-government protests erupted a month ago, defying security forces that have killed scores of people and harshly criticizing Iran's involvement in the country's affairs. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said combat forces shouldn’t be deployed to confront demonstrations as their presence would only fuel violence.
    (AP, 11/1/19)(AFP, 11/1/19)
2019        Nov 1, A Lebanese criminal court sentenced Tarek Houshi, a local Uber driver, to death in the case of Rebecca Dykes, a British woman, who was raped and killed in Beirut in December, 2017.
    (AP, 11/1/19)
2019        Nov 1, A Lebanese court has sentenced Youssef Diab to death for twin car bombings in 2013 that targeted two mosques in the northern city of Tripoli, killing 47 people.
    (AP, 11/1/19)
2019        Nov 1, Mali's government said at least 53 soldiers and one civilian have been killed in an attack on a northern army post, in one of the deadliest strikes against the West African country's military in recent memory.
    (Reuters, 11/2/19)
2019        Nov 1, Netherlands' Environmental Assessment Agency said the country is unlikely to reach its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 49% by 2030 despite a tough package of measures agreed in June.
    (AP, 11/1/19)
2019        Nov 1, North Korea confirmed it conducted its third test-firing of a new "super-large" multiple rocket launcher that it says expands its ability to destroy enemy targets in surprise attacks.
    (AP, 11/1/19)
2019        Nov 1, In Pakistan tens of thousands of members of a radical Islamist party camped out in Islamabad overnight and demanded the resignation of PM Imran Khan over economic hardships. Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the leader of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party, began his "Azadi March" from the southern city of Karachi last Sunday.
    (AP, 11/1/19)
2019        Nov 1, Russia's "sovereign internet" law, which President Vladimir Putin signed back in May, took effect. It gives the country's government power to block access to content whether from within or from outside Russia "in an emergency," which is up to the government to decide.
    (Engadget, 11/2/19)
2019        Nov 1, Turkey and Russia launched joint patrols in northeastern Syria, under a deal that halted a Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters who were forced to withdraw from the border area following Ankara's incursion.
    (AP, 11/1/19)
2019        Nov 1, The UN said Spain will host the COP25 climate summit in December, after Chile abandoned plans to hold it due to deadly anti-government protests.
    (AFP, 11/1/19)
2019        Nov 1, Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels reportedly shot down a US-made drone along the border with Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 11/1/19)

2019        Nov 2, A federal judge in Oregon temporarily blocked a Trump administration proclamation that would have required prospective immigrants to prove they would have US health insurance within 30 days of their arrival or enough money to pay for "reasonably foreseeable medical costs".
    (Reuters, 11/3/19)
2019        Nov 2, In southern California Ventura County officials said firefighters contained 30% of the Maria Fire, which has burned nearly 15 square miles (39 sq. km) and continued to threaten more than 2,500 homes and other buildings.
    (AP, 11/2/19)
2019        Nov 2, In central California an off-duty law officer killed a police officer and critically wounded his father before killing himself during a birthday party in Hanford.
    (SFC, 11/4/19, p.A4)
2019        Nov 2, In western Indiana two Amish people were killed when a van car crashed into a horse-drawn buggy.
    (AP, 11/2/19)
2019        Nov 2, The United Auto Workers (UAW) said its president Gary Jones, who has been linked to an ongoing corruption probe by US federal officials, has taken a leave of absence.
    (AP, 11/2/19)
2019        Nov 2, In Afghanistan nine children were killed when a mine exploded as they walked to school in the northeastern province of Takhar.
    (Reuters, 11/2/19)
2019        Nov 2, The British government announced that it will impose an immediate moratorium on fracking, saying the controversial gas extraction technique risked causing too much disruption to local communities through earth tremors.
    (Reuters, 11/2/19)
2019        Nov 2, Chile's government backed off from a plan to cut corporate taxes following two weeks of protests. At least 20 people have been killed since a proposed increase in subway fares set off protests that morphed into a call for seep-rooted changes.
    (SSFC, 11/3/19, p.A4)
2019        Nov 2, China granted conditional approval to its first self-developed treatment for Alzheimer's disease, a move that may point to revived opportunities in a therapeutic area where drug makers have burned billions of dollars without yielding a validated new drug. Oligomannate, which uses extract from marine brown algae as raw material, received a conditional green light to treat mild-to-moderate level AD.
    (Reuters, 11/3/19)
2019        Nov 2, El Salvador said it had ordered Venezuela's diplomats to leave the Central American country within 48 hours, arguing that the decision was in line with its position that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is illegitimate.
    (AP, 11/2/19)
2019        Nov 2, Hong Kong police fired tear gas at black-clad protesters after they set fire to metro stations and vandalized buildings including China's official Xinhua news agency in some of the worst violence to hit the city in weeks. At least 200 people were arrested as protesters seeking greater democracy and police accountability blocked roads, vandalized public facilities and set alight exits of subway stations.
    (Reuters, 11/2/19)(Bloomberg, 11/3/19)
2019        Nov 2, Indian officials said more than 100 migrant workers from Kashmir will be moved after a spate of killings by suspected separatist militants underlined the threat to outsiders in the restive region.
    (Reuters, 11/2/19)
2019        Nov 2, Iran signed a preliminary agreement with Syria to help rebuild the Arab ally's electricity grid, as Tehran seeks a deepening economic role after years of the Syrian conflict.
    (Reuters, 11/2/19)
2019        Nov 2, In Iraq thousands of protesters blocked all roads leading to Iraq's main Gulf port Umm Qasr, after security forces used live rounds and tear gas on them overnight. Security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters, killing at least one and wounding more than 200 in Baghdad and in the country's south.
    (Reuters, 11/2/19)(AP, 11/2/19)
2019        Nov 2, Israeli airstrikes on Gaza killed a Palestinian man as aircraft pounded militant sites in response to barrages of rockets launched toward Israel from the seaside enclave.
    (AP, 11/2/19)
2019        Nov 2, In Mali an attack on a French army convoy near Indelimane village disabled a vehicle, killing one soldier and wounding others onboard. The Islamic State group soon claimed responsibility. The IS also claimed responsibility for another attack last week in Indelimane.
    (AP, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 2, It was reported that Orlando Tercero (23), accused of killing Haley Anderson (22), a nursing student at SUNY Binghamton in March, 2018, has been found guilty by a court in Nicaragua, to which he fled after the woman's murder.
    (ABC News, 11/2/19)
2019        Nov 2, In northern Syria car bomb went off in the town of Tal Abyad, killing 13 civilians. Turkey's defense ministry blamed Syrian Kurdish fighters for the attack A Kurdish-led force said Christian fighters will now oversee security in a northern Syrian region that has witnessed fighting between Turkey-backed fighters and Kurdish-led militiamen.
    (AP, 11/2/19)

2019        Nov 3, Lawyers said the US official whose whistleblower complaint led to the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump has offered to communicate directly with Republicans on the intelligence committee leading the inquiry.
    (Reuters, 11/3/19)
2019        Nov 3, In New Mexico two people died overnight and 14 others were injured during a traditional religious ceremony on the Alamo Navajo Reservation in Socorro County.
    (AP, 11/6/19)
2019        Nov 3, Chris Kempczinski, who was in charge of McDonald's operations in the United States, took over as CEO, following Steve Easterbrook's dismissal over a recent consensual relationship with an employee, which McDonald's board determined violated company policy.
    (AP, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 3, Instacart's "gig" workers targeted the grocery shopping and delivery firm with a three-day work action aimed at disrupting service and forcing executives to fix inequalities in pay structures that they say are getting worse every year.
    (Reuters, 11/3/19)
2019        Nov 3, In Burkina Faso Parliament member Oumarou Dicko, who was also one of the last authorities in a region ravaged by militants, was killed in a suicide bomb attack in the northern Djibo region.
    (Bloomberg, 11/3/19)
2019        Nov 3, China launched a new high-resolution remote sensing satellite capable of providing stereoscopic imagery, marking another important step as Beijing seeks to reduce reliance on foreign technology in topographic mapping.
    (Reuters, 11/3/19)
2019        Nov 3, In Hong Kong more unrest broke out when police and protesters clashed at malls full of afternoon shoppers. Riot police used pepper spray and detained several people. Shopfronts were vandalized and subway turnstiles were damaged.
    (Bloomberg, 11/3/19)
2019        Nov 3, India's main opposition Congress party said that its general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had been informed by messaging service WhatsApp that her phone was hacked during this year's election campaign by malware from Israeli surveillance firm NSO.
    (Reuters, 11/3/19)
2019        Nov 3, Iraqi PM Adel Abdul-Mahdi called on anti-government protesters to reopen roads. Protesters blocked roads in Baghdad to raise pressure on the government to resign after more than a week of renewed mass demonstrations. Dozens of protesters attacked the Iranian consulate in the Shiite city of Karbala, scaling the concrete barriers ringing the building, bringing down an Iranian flag and replacing it with the Iraqi flag.
    (AP, 11/3/19)(SFC, 11/4/19, p.A3)
2019        Nov 3, In Lebanon thousands of supporters of Pres. Michael Aoun and his son-in-law, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, held a rally in a suburb of Beirut to counter anti-government protests that have paralyzed the country for more than two weeks. The Shiite Amal party, another close Hezbollah ally, also held a rally in support of its leader, longtime parliament speaker Nabih Berri.
    (AP, 11/3/19)
2019        Nov 3, In Mexico armed men threatened the "Searching Mothers of Sonora" after the group detected a clandestine burial pit over the weekend. Excavations followed with police protection and four complete skeletons were found.
    (SFC, 11/15/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 3, Saudi Arabia's giant state oil company finally kick-started its initial public offering (IPO), announcing its intention to float on the domestic bourse in what could be the world's biggest listing as the kingdom seeks to diversify its economy away from oil.
    (Reuters, 11/3/19)
2019        Nov 3, Some 300 to 400 Singaporeans held a rare rally in a park against the government's immigration policies. Around 40% of the 5.7 million people living on the small city-state are foreign and some Singaporeans are frustrated with the number of immigrants in the city-state.
    (Reuters, 11/3/19)
2019        Nov 3, In Sudan hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Khartoum and across the country, demanding the disbanding of the former ruling party that underpinned Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's three decades in power.
    (AP, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 3, In northern Syria Turkey-backed opposition fighters struck an international medic group killing one member with the Free Burma Rangers near the town of Tal Tamr.
    (AP, 11/3/19)
2019        Nov 3, In Thailand Southeast Asian leaders, worried by the US-China trade war, pushed for a deal on what could be the world's largest trade bloc as officials worked behind the scenes to try to salvage progress following new demands from India.
    (Reuters, 11/3/19)
2019        Nov 3, Speaking in Thailand at a meeting of ASEAN leaders UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed concern over the plight of the 730,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state, calling on Myanmar's government to take responsibility by dealing with the "root causes" of their flight to Bangladesh and working toward their safe repatriation.
    (AP, 11/3/19)
2019        Nov 3, In Turkey police in Istanbul detained a driver (33) who rammed his bus into a crowded stop and attacked people who tried to prevent him from escaping with a knife. At least 13 people were injured.
    (AP, 11/3/19)
2019        Nov 3, The UN agency for Palestinian refugees reached an agreement with its employees in Jordan to end a strike launched earlier today.
    (AP, 11/4/19)

2019        Nov 4, The United States formally notified the UN that it was withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, making the world's largest economy the sole outlier from the agreement.
    (AFP, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 4, A US appeals court ruled that Pres. Donald Trump's longtime accounting firm must hand over eight years of his tax returns to New York prosecutors. The office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance agreed not to enforce the subpoena while Trump petitions the Supreme Court.
    (Reuters, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 4, The Trump administration moved to relax Obama-era limits on coal plants discharging ash and metal contaminated waste into waterways.
    (SFC, 11/15/19, p.A6)
2019        Nov 4, The US Supreme Court refused to hear Time Warner's appeal in a 2017 case against the Charter Communications Inc unit. Time Warner Cable must pay $140 million in damages for infringing five Sprint Corp telecommunications patents.
    (Reuters, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 4, The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 114.75 to close at a record high of 27462.11.
    (SFC, 11/15/19, p.D3)
2019        Nov 4, FBI officials said they have arrested a suspected white supremacist who was allegedly planning a bombing at a Colorado synagogue. Richard Holzer (27) was allegedly planning to target Temple Emanuel in Pueblo, the state's second-oldest synagogue.
    (ABC News, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 4, State elections in Kentucky, Mississippi and Virginia tested the political waters ahead of 2020. Democrats took control of the Virginia legislature for the first time in more than two decades. In Mississippi GOP nominee Tate Reeves defeated Democrat Jim Hood.
    (Good Morning America, 11/5/19)(SFC, 11/6/19, p.A8)
2019        Nov 4, A US Border Patrol agent shot and killed a gunman who opened fire in Sunland oark, New Mexico, about a mile from the US-Mexico border.
    (SFC, 11/15/19, p.A5)
2019        Nov 4, In South Dakota Charles Rhines (63) was executed by lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls. He had been found guilty of murdering Donnivan Schaefer (22) in 1992 after Schaefer surprised him while he was burgling the Rapid City doughnut shop where Schaefer worked and Rhines was had been fired from weeks earlier.
    (Independent, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 4, Microsoft Corp announced a new service aimed at helping large businesses put to use the huge amounts of data stored in corporate systems. The Azure Synapse system, to be unveiled at an event in Florida, is part of the company's fast-growing cloud computing unit, which has driven the company's shares up over the past five years.
    (Reuters, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 4, Medical device maker Stryker Corp said it would buy smaller rival Wright Medical Group for about $4 billion in cash, expanding into the fast-growing business of implants for shoulders and wrists.
    (AP, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 4, It was reported that heavy rains and floods have killed more than 50 people and forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes across East Africa as researchers warned warming oceans are causing unpredictable weather patterns in the region. Kenya reported 48 people killed; Somalia reported at least 17 killed.
    (Reuters, 11/6/19)
2019        Nov 4, Long-serving Labour Party lawmaker Lindsay Hoyle was elected speaker of Britain's House of Commons, taking up the job with a clear message: I'm not John Bercow.
    (AP, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 4, It was reported that hundreds of thousands of Canadians have been unwittingly exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water, with contamination in several cities consistently higher than they ever were in Flint, Michigan, according to an investigation that tested drinking water in hundreds of homes and reviewed thousands more previously undisclosed results.
    (AP, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 4, Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed "high trust" in Hong Kong's embattled leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor in a meeting with Lam in Shanghai and "fully affirmed" the chief executive's response to unrest that has rattled the city since June.
    (South China Morning Post, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 4, China joined 14 ASEAN countries meeting in Thailand in agreeing terms for what could be the world's biggest trade pact. India pulled out at the last minute on the grounds that the deal would hurt its farmers, businesses, workers and consumers.
    (Reuters, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 4, Cyprus Pres. Nicos Anastasiades pledged to revoke any of his island republic's passports found to have been "mistakenly" granted to wealthy overseas investors under a controversial cash-for-citizenship program.
    (AP, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 4, The European Union criticized Israel's approval of plans to build over 2,000 new homes in West Bank settlements.
    (AP, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 4, It was reported that Germany plans to increase by half the grants available to buyers of electric cars over the five years from 2020, the latest in a series of measures to speed the adoption of low-emissions vehicles.
    (Reuters, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 4, Thyssenkrupp, a German industrial conglomerate, said it plans to invest 250 million euros ($279 million) at its unit that builds submarines and warships.
    (Reuters, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 4, Authorities in India's capital New Delhi banished from the roads cars with number plates ending in an odd number in a bid to cut hazardous air pollution shrouding the city.
    (Reuters, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 4, In Iran thousands rallied outside the former US embassy in Tehran to mark the 40th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis.
    (AFP, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 4, Iran announced a more than tenfold increase in enriched uranium production following a series of steps back from commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal abandoned by the United States.
    (AFP, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 4, In Iraq anti-government protesters crossed a major bridge in central Baghdad, approaching the headquarters of state-run TV and coming to within 500 meters of the office of PM Adel Abdul-Mahdi. Security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas, killing at least five protesters and wounding dozens. A member of the security forces was also killed.
    (AP, 11/4/19)(AP, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 4, In Indian-administered Kashmir one person died and at least 45 were injured in a grenade attack in Srinagar.
    (Reuters, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 4, Israeli-based RedHill Biopharma Ltd's said its three-drug combination therapy to treat Helicobacter pylori bacterial infections had been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, sending its shares up 25%. Talicia, is an oral capsule comprising two antibiotics, amoxicillin and rifabutin, as well as omeprazole, a common treatment for heartburn.
    (Reuters, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 4, Kenya's chief justice lashed out at budget cuts that he said were intended to undermine the court system and would hamper an anti-corruption drive.
    (Reuters, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 4, In Lebanon protesters closed major roads in Beirut and elsewhere in the country, accusing political leaders of dragging their feet on the formation of a new government amid differences over who should be included.
    (AP, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 4, In Mexico at least nine people from USA, including women and children traveling in at least three cars, were killed south of the Arizona border. They may have been targeted by mistake or caught in a crossfire between rival gangs. All the victims were believed to be Mormons with dual American-Mexican citizenship. A boy (13) who survived the mass shooting  managed to hide his six siblings in a bush before walking 14 miles for help. In December federal authorities arrested Fidel Alejandro Villegas, the police chief in the town of Janos, for suspected involvement in the attack that killed 3 women and 6 children. Villegas was the 4th person to be arrested on suspicion of participating in the attack.
    (Yahoo News, 11/5/19)(The Independent, 11/6/19)(SSFC, 12/29/19, p.A4)
2019        Nov 4, Romania's centrist government of PM Ludovic Orban won parliament's vote of confidence, unlocking the country's European commissioner nominating process and ending a gridlock that risked to extend the bloc's policymaking vacuum.
    (Reuters, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 4, President Vladimir Putin's conferred a state award on a Bulgarian charged with spying. The next day Russia warned of "very negative consequences" if this affected ties. Tensions had spiked in September when Bulgarian prosecutors charged a pro-Russian activist, Nikolay Malinov, with espionage and banned his alleged Russian handler from entering Bulgaria.
    (AFP, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 4, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe had an 11-minute conversation on the sidelines of an international conference in Bangkok, the first time they had met in more than a year. They reaffirmed the principle of resolving pending bilateral issues through dialogue.
    (Reuters, 11/6/19)(SFC, 11/15/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 4, A Turkish court convicted journalists Ahmet Altan and Nazli Ilicak of aiding a terror group but ordered both released from prison, where they had served more than three years in a case that has severely tested press freedom in the country.
    (AP, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 4, Turkey captured Rasmiya Awad (65), the elder sister of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the slain leader of the Islamic State group, near the Syrian town of Azaz in Aleppo province.
    (AP, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 4, Turkey's interior minister Suleyman Soylu said Turkey will send back Islamic State group members to their countries of origin.
    (AP, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 4, Turkey said one of its soldiers has been killed by roadside bomb in northeastern Syria, bringing Turkey's military death toll to 14 since launching its incursion into Syrian Kurdish-held areas on Oct. 9.
    (AP, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 4, Eight Ugandan journalists were detained as they marched in the capital Kampala to protest what they said were police abuses, including beatings and detentions, during coverage of student protests last month.
    (Reuters, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 4, Ukrainian soldiers and Moscow-backed separatists deferred the last phase of a troop pullback in war-torn eastern Ukraine at the 11th hour, delaying a high-stakes summit with Russia.
    (AFP, 11/4/19)
2019        Nov 4, The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) detained and charged Joram Gumbo, a cabinet minister and long-time ally of Pres. Emmerson Mnangagwa, for abuse of office alleged to have cost the government $3.7 million, the second high-profile graft case this year.
    (Reuters, 11/4/19)

2019        Nov 5, The Trump administration imposed sanctions on five Venezuelan security officials and political figures, the latest round of measures taken against Caracas in an effort to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
    (Reuters, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, The US Commerce Dept. said that the nation's deficit fell in September to $52.5 billion, the lowest level in five months.
    (SFC, 11/6/19, p.D4)
2019        Nov 5, Democrat Andy Beshear claimed victory in the Kentucky governor’s race, with a margin of about 5,000 votes over Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, in a state won by President Trump by 30 points in 2016.
    (Yahoo News, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, US Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff (29) fell into the Gulf of Mexico south of Hurlburt Field after an unplanned parachute jump from a C-130 aircraft off Florida's Panhandle.
    (AP, 11/10/19)
2019        Nov 5, In Missouri voters in Kansas City overwhelmingly approved removing Dr. Martin Luther King's name from one of the city's most historic boulevards, less than a year after the city council decided to rename The Paseo for the civil rights icon. A group of residents intent on keeping The Paseo name began collecting petitions to put the name change on the ballot and achieved that goal in April.
    (AP, 11/6/19)
2019        Nov 5, Robert Watson, lead author of the report by the nonprofit Universal Ecological Fund, said the vast majority of national commitments in the 2015 Paris Agreement are inadequate to prevent the worst effects of global warming. The report named the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitting countries as among those that must ratchet up their efforts.
    (Reuters, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, In an article published in BioScience a group of 11,258 scientists from 153 countries declared "clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency." They warned that untold human suffering is unavoidable unless people make large and lasting lifestyle changes to curb global warming.
    (The Week, 11/5/19)(SSFC, 11/10/19, p.C18)
2019        Nov 5, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said he would push for a constitutional amendment to allow the government to cut public sector employee salaries, hours and benefits to help it comply with a public spending cap.
    (Reuters, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, Air France-KLM outlined plans to expand its budget Transavia business and push the core French carrier upmarket, while overhauling its fleet in pursuit of improved sales and profitability.
    (Reuters, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, A coalition of Georgian civil society groups called on the government to condemn threats against the Nov. 8 premier of a Georgian movie about gay love. They called for security forces to deploy outside movie theaters as far-right groups threatening to block the premiere of "And Then We Danced", a joint Swedish, Georgian and French production.
    (Reuters, 11/6/19)
2019        Nov 5, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said that she has received the backing of Chinese President Xi Jinping in her handling of five months of anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, as hundreds of masked demonstrators took to the streets again.
    (AP, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran would resume uranium enrichment at an underground plant south of Tehran in its latest step back from a troubled 2015 agreement with major powers.
    (AFP, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, In southern Iraq at least three anti-government protesters were killed in clashes with security forces, as authorities tried to reopen the country's main port, which had been blocked by demonstrators for three days. Security forces shot dead at least 13 protesters in the past 24 hours in efforts to stamp out demonstrations against political parties that control the government.
    (AP, 11/5/19)(Reuters, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, Israel's Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Omar Shakir, the local director of Human Rights Watch, which sought to block the Israeli government's attempt to expel him for allegedly supporting an international boycott movement against Israel.
    (AP, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, Lebanese troops deployed in different parts of the country to reopen roads and main thoroughfares closed by anti-government protesters faced resistance in some areas, leading to scuffles.
    (AP, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, Nigerian police said they have freed 259 people from an Islamic rehabilitation center in the southwestern city of Ibadan, taking the number rescued from abusive institutions since September to nearly 1,500.
    (Reuters, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, Norwegian Air said it is planning a share issue and a $175 million bond, raising enough cash to meet the struggling budget airline's needs through 2020 and beyond.
    (Reuters, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, Russian lawmakers backed legislation in a preliminary vote that would require all smartphones, computers and smart TV sets sold in Russia to come pre-installed with Russian software.
    (Reuters, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, Syria's state news agency SANA reported that Syrian troops have taken positions along the border with Turkey east of the city of Qamishli toward the Iraqi border.
    (AP, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for Russia and the United States to keep to their promises and ensure that Syrian Kurdish fighters pull out of a so-called safe zone along Syria's northern border with Turkey.
    (AP, 11/5/19)
2019        Nov 5, Yemen's internationally recognized government signed a power-sharing deal in Riyadh with Yemeni separatists that are backed by the United Arab Emirates. The deal envisages a new Cabinet and allows for Pres. Hadi to return to the temporary capital in Aden.
    (AP, 11/5/19)

2019        Nov 6, The US Justice Department announced that two men arrested last year for spying on Iranian dissidents in the United States have pleaded guilty to charges in a Washington court. Iranian-US dual citizen Ahmadreza Mohammadi Doostdar and Majid Ghorbani, an Iranian resident of California, tried to penetrate the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), a group of Iranian dissidents in exile, in New York and Washington from 2017-2018.
    (AP, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 6, US federal prosecutors said that three Saudi nationals were charged in Southern California with violating federal export laws by buying $100,000 worth of gun parts in the US while on student visas and smuggling them to Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 6, Brianna Williams reported Taylor Rose Williams (5) missing from their Jacksonville home. On Nov 12 Williams was charged with child neglect and providing false information to police in the case after investigators found human remains near her hometown in Demopolis, Alabama. Sheriff’s officials say Williams was admitted to the hospital in serious condition because of an apparent overdose.
    (AP, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 6, New York developer Paramount Group confirmed in an earnings report that it is buying the former Chevron headquarters at 555 and 575 market St. in San Francisco for $722 million, in one of the biggest real estate deals in city history.
    (SFC, 11/8/19, p.D1)
2019        Nov 6, A federal judge in Manhattan struck down a rule letting health care clinicians object to providing abortions and other services that conflict with their moral and religious beliefs.
    (SFC, 11/7/19, p.A5)
2019        Nov 6, The Washington Post reported that US federal prosecutors have charged two former Twitter employees with spying on behalf of the Saudi Arabian government. Beginning in 2015 the former employees snooped on the accounts of people who were critical of Saudi Arabia.
    (Business Insider, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 6, In Texas Justen Hall (38) was scheduled to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. CST (0000 GMT) at the state's death chamber in Huntsville for the murder of Melanie Billhartz on Oct. 28, 2002. He had been convicted of strangling Billhartz so she would not tell police about a drug house where he and members of his white supremacist gang gathered.
    (Reuters, 11/6/19)
2019        Nov 6, In Benin Albert Tevoedjre (b.1929), a political scientist and one of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's most trusted experts on social and economic development strategies for Africa, died in Porto-Novo. His 1980 book "Poverty, Wealth of Mankind" was honored in France for its work in macroeconomics.
    (AP, 11/6/19)
2019        Nov 6, In Bolivia scores were injured and one person killed in protests over a contentious presidential election last month.
    (Reuters, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 6, In Burkina Faso unidentified assailants attacked a convoy transporting workers of Canadian gold producer Semafo Inc., killing at least 38 people.
    (Bloomberg, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 6, Chile's Pres. Sebastian Pinera sent a law to parliament to guarantee a minimum wage of $480 a month, part of an ambitious social spending plan announced last month as the protests grew. The government planned to draw $600 million from a sovereign wealth fund to finance the social plan. Protests continued.
    (Reuters, 11/6/19)
2019        Nov 6, Cyprus said that it had started a process to strip 26 individuals of citizenship they received under a secretive passports-for-investment scheme, admitting it had flaws.
    (Reuters, 11/6/19)
2019        Nov 6, In Hong Kong a knife-wielding assailant injured Junius Ho, a pro-Beijing lawmaker, and his assistant, as tensions worsen with protests nearing the start of a sixth continuous month. Police arrested the attacker.
    (The Telegraph, 11/6/19)
2019        Nov 6, India's cabinet approved 100 billion rupees ($1.41 billion) for a fund to help clear stalled housing projects. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the State Bank of India (SBI) and state-run insurance company Life Corporation of India will contribute an additional 150 billion rupees, taking the total size of the fund to 250 billion.
    (Reuters, 11/6/19)
2019        Nov 6, Iran said it'll start injecting uranium gas at midnight into 1,044 centrifuges at the underground Fordo facility. The centrifuges there will enrich uranium up to 4.5%.
    (AP, 11/6/19)
2019        Nov 6, Iraqi protesters stormed a fourth bridge in central Baghdad, where security forces pushed them back with batons and tear gas, wounding dozens, after two anti-government demonstrators were killed in overnight clashes in the city of Karbala.
    (AP, 11/6/19)
2019        Nov 6, Israeli authorities released two Jordanian citizens who'd been detained for two months and returned them to Jordan, easing a standoff that has soured relations between the countries just as they marked a chilly 25th anniversary of their historic peace deal. Israel arrested Heba al-Labadi (32) on Aug. 20 and Abdul Rahman Miri (29) on Sept. 2 as they entered the West Bank from Jordan through an Israeli-controlled crossing.
    (AP, 11/6/19)
2019        Nov 6, In northern Jordan a man from a Palestinian refugee camp stabbed eight people, including four foreign tourists and their tour guide, at a popular archaeological site in Jerash. Mustafa Abu Tuameh (22) was subdued and arrested.
    (AP, 11/6/19)(SFC, 11/7/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 6, Mexican investigators said that a suspect has been arrested in the Nov. 4 deaths of 9 American Mormons based in Mexico.
    (Insider, 11/6/19)
2019        Nov 6, Slovakian President Zuzana Caputova vetoed a new law extending a ban on publishing opinion polls up to 50 days before elections and vowed to challenge it at the Constitutional Court if the parliament overturns her veto.
    (Reuters, 11/6/19)
2019        Nov 6, Slovakia's government approved a bill to double a special tax on banks and extend it indefinitely instead of ending the levy next year, moves the central bank said would threaten financial stability. The banking tax was adopted in 2012 to build a buffer against potential future crises and scheduled to expire at the end of 2020.
    (Reuters, 11/6/19)
2019        Nov 6, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa secured about 200 billion rand ($13.5 billion) of new investment pledges, saying these would spur economic growth and reduce unemployment, but foreign firms made few commitments.
    (Reuters, 11/6/19)
2019        Nov 6, In southern Thailand gunmen killed 15 village defense volunteers and wounded five security personnel.
    (SFC, 11/7/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 6, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed that Turkish police detained one of al-Baghdadi's wives and a daughter last year.
    (AP, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 6, The UN said Pierre Krahenbuhl, commissioner general of the agency known as UNRWA, has been placed on administrative leave as an internal probe into alleged mismanagement at the organization proceeds. The UN agency for Palestinian refugees was set up in the years after more than 700,000 Palestinians were expelled or fled their lands during the 1948 war surrounding the creation of Israel.
    (AFP, 11/6/19)
2019        Nov 6, In Yemen a Houthi attack late today struck warehouses used by a government-allied force, causing a huge fire. The drone and missile attack targeted buildings near a hospital, causing huge explosions that killed at least eight people.
    (AP, 11/7/19)

2019        Nov 7, A US-led naval coalition officially launched operations in Bahrain to protect shipping in the troubled waters of the Gulf, after a string of attacks that Washington and its allies blamed on Iran.
    (AFP, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 7, The United States imposed sanctions on the leader of an Islamist militant group in Mali called the Macina Liberation Front. The sanctions target Amadou Koufa, a Salafist preacher and leader of the al Qaeda-linked group operating in Central Mali.
    (Reuters, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 7, The US Census Bureau said it plans to raise wages for census workers in some areas and make it easier for applicants to get fingerprinted for background checks.
    (AP, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 7, In southern California a man fatally shot his visiting mother, a dog and himself in a Ventura County home.
    (SFC, 11/9/19, p.A5)
2019        Nov 7, Idaho granted a conditional waiver to the US Department of Energy that could allow research quantities of spent nuclear fuel into the state after years of blocking such shipments. The waiver requires the Energy Department to first prove it can process 900,000 gallons (3.5 million liters) of high-level radioactive liquid waste that sits above a giant Idaho aquifer that supplies water to farms and cities.
    (AP, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 7, A New York state judge ordered Pres. Donald Trump to pay $2 million to an array of charities as a fine for misusing his own charitable foundation to further his political and business interests. Trump had admitted to a series of abuses that were outlines in a lawsuit brought against him last year by the New York attorney general's office.
    (SFC, 11/8/19, p.A8)
2019        Nov 7, South Carolina restaurant owner Bobby Paul Edwards was sentenced to 10 years in prison for abusing Chris Smith, a mentally disabled African-American employee, and forcing him to work with no pay for years.
    (AP, 11/8/19)
2019        Nov 7, In Virginia Satyasurya Sahas Thumma (23) was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison for cyberstalking his ex-girlfriends and sending nude photos of them to their families, friends and even a church.
    (AP, 11/8/19)
2019        Nov 7, Major global oil firms snubbed a second Brazilian oil auction in a row, passing up promising offshore blocks and forcing officials to reconsider a bidding system that gives a privileged position to state-run Petroleo Brasileiro SA.
    (Reuters, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 7, Bulgaria's President Rumen Radev blocked the appointment of Ivan Geshev as the next chief prosecutor. His selection as the sole candidate for the powerful post sparked street protests.
    (Reuters, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 7, A court in China convicted and sentenced to death a man accused of trafficking fentanyl to the US after a joint investigation with US law enforcement agencies. Liu Yong led an illicit network of labs that produced and shipped packages of fentanyl to American users who placed orders online through a dealer simply known as “Diana." Liu’s death sentence was suspended for two years, leaving open the possibility that it could be commuted to life in prison.
    (AP, 11/8/19)
2019        Nov 7, China said it had agreed with the United States to remove tariffs in phases, while state-owned Xinhua News Agency said Beijing was also considering removing restrictions on poultry imports.
    (Reuters, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 7, Chinese electric car maker BYD Co Ltd and Japan's Toyota Motor Corp said they planned to set up a joint venture to design and develop battery electric cars as they ramp up efforts to produce zero emissions vehicles.
    (Reuters, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 7, The EU's top court annulled a decision from the European Parliament that demanded a political group linked to the British party UKIP reimburse tens of thousands in EU funds.
    (AP, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 7, French police dismantled makeshift migrant camps in areas underneath suburban highways in northeast Paris. 1,606 people were evacuated. The operation, the biggest in over a year, came one day after a French government pledge to "take back control" of immigration.
    (AP, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 7, Germany's Lufthansa airline announced plans for more cost cuts and delivered better-than-expected results, sending shares higher even as a cabin crew strike posed a further challenge to its efforts to revive profits.
    (Reuters, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 7, Iran resumed uranium enrichment at its underground Fordow plant south of Tehran in a new step back from its commitments under a landmark 2015 nuclear deal, raising alarm from Western powers.
    (AFP, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 7, Six Iraqis were shot and killed as they tried to remove barriers blocking their march in central Baghdad. Masked men attacked anti-government protesters in the southern city of Basra late today, killing five people. Protesters forced the closing of the country's main port hours after services had resumed following days of closure. At least 24 protesters were wounded as security forces fired live rounds and tear gas to disperse the march in downtown's Rashid Street, where the central bank is located.
    (AP, 11/7/19)(AP, 11/8/19)
2019        Nov 7, It was reported that Italy will become the first country in the world to require climate change studies in classrooms alongside reading, writing, and arithmetic.
    (ABC News, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 7, Former Lithuanian judge Neringa Venckiene (48), wanted in connection with claims she made about a pedophile ring, appeared at a detention hearing after being extradited to her home country from Chicago. The once-rising judicial star led an anti-pedophilia movement that swept her and six others into Lithuania's Parliament in 2012.
    (AP, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 7, Mauritius held a parliamentary election, with the main parties all promising a fairer distribution of wealth on the prosperous Indian Ocean island.
    (Reuters, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 7, The International Criminal Court at The Hague passed its highest ever sentence, sending Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, known as "The Terminator," to prison for 30 years for crimes including murder, rape and sexual slavery.
    (AP, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 7, It was reported that Russian businessman Arkady Rotenberg, who has been under US sanctions since 2014, has sold his gas pipeline construction firm Stroygazmontazh to construction company Gazstroyprom for some 75 billion rubles ($1.18 billion). Russian gas giant Gazprom owns a 49% stake in Gazstroyprom.
    (AP, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 7, Russian and Syrian officials said that the US military has blocked efforts to disband the Rukban camp near the Jordanian border despite "inhumane conditions" there.
    (AP, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 7, South Korea handed two men, understood to both be in their 20s, to North Korean officials at the border truce village of Panmunjom. The two men had admitted that they and another member of the vessel’s crew had killed a boat captain in late October because he had been abusive. The men added that they then killed the other 15 crew of the ship and threw their bodies overboard. The men asked for asylum in South Korea but, after a three-day investigation, the request was denied.
    (The Telegraph, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 7, Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said his country will have to open the doors to Europe for Syrian refugees unless the European Union provides Ankara with enough support, adding that Turkey could not carry that burden alone.
    (Reuters, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 7, Meeting in Uganda South Sudan's president and a former rebel leader agreed to delay forming a unity government for 100 days beyond the Nov. 12 deadline, buying time after concerns that war could resume if the two sides were pushed.
    (Reuters, 11/7/19)
2019        Nov 7, The UN General Assembly voted 187-3 to condemn the American economic embargo of Cuba for the 28th year, rejecting US criticism of human rights violations there and criticizing the Trump administration's increasingly tough enforcement measures.
    (AP, 11/7/19)

2019        Nov 8, President Donald Trump told reporters he has not agreed to roll back tariffs on China but that Beijing would like him to do so.
    (Reuters, 11/8/19)
2019        Nov 8, The White House denounced a book written by the author of an anonymous New York Times op-ed, saying the book claiming to contain inside knowledge of the Trump White House is "fiction" and the author is a "coward." The book titled “A Warning" isn’t scheduled to publish until Nov. 19 but the Washington Post and other organizations have published excerpts.
    (Good Morning America, 11/8/19)
2019        Nov 8, Jeffrey Yohai, Paul Manafort’s former son-in-law, was sentenced to more than nine years in prison for a wide-ranging series of fraud schemes the court said bilked victims out of more than $6 million. Yohai pleaded guilty to a brazen array of frauds, including renting out luxury homes without the permission of their owners, selling non-existent backstage passes for the Coachella music festival, and pawning band equipment that belonged to someone else.
    (Politico, 11/8/19)
2019        Nov 8, Atlanta police said the body of Alexis Crawford (21) was found at a park in DeKalb County. A suspect led investigators to where Crawford's body was found. Crawford, a Clark Atlanta University student, had filed a police report on Oct. 27 describing "unwanted kissing and touching" by Barron Brantley (21), the boyfriend of her roommate, Jordyn Jones. Crawford was reported missing on Nov. 1.
    (AP, 11/8/19)
2019        Nov 8, Brazil's leftist former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a strong rival of right-wing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, was released from prison.
    (AP, 11/9/19)
2019        Nov 8, Police in Georgia arrested more than 25 people after ultra-nationalist protesters attempting to derail the premiere of "And Then We Danced," an award-winning movie about gay love, clashed with security forces.
    (AP, 11/9/19)
2019        Nov 8, In Hong Kong student Chow Tsz-lok, who fell from the third to the second floor of a parking lot in the early hours of Nov. 4, died today. Vigils mourning his death quickly spiraled into street fires, bursts of tear gas and cat-and-mouse clashes between pro-democracy protesters and police.
    (Reuters, 11/8/19)
2019        Nov 8, Iran shot down an unidentified drone that "infiltrated" near Bandar-e Mahshahr port on the Gulf coast.
    (AP, 11/8/19)
2019        Nov 8, A magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocked northwestern Iran before dawn, killing at least five people and injuring more than 300 in crumbling and collapsed buildings. The number of injured people from the earthquake soon jumped to 520.
    (AFP, 11/8/19)(AP, 11/10/19)
2019        Nov 8, Iraq Shiite spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called for a road map out of the impasse, saying the country's political class has a "unique opportunity" to meet the demands of protesters who have taken to the streets for weeks, demanding change — only to have their rallies met with a deadly crackdown.
    (AP, 11/8/19)
2019        Nov 8, The IMF said Pakistan's fiscal deficits are narrowing, as it announced it would release the second tranche of its $6 billion financial assistance program to the country.
    (Reuters, 11/8/19)
2019        Nov 8, A Syrian protester was killed after he was run over by a Turkish military vehicle during a joint Turkish-Russian patrol in northeastern Syria.
    (AP, 11/8/19)
2019        Nov 8, The United Nations' highest court ruled that it has jurisdiction in a case brought by Ukraine that alleges Russia breached treaties on terrorist financing and racial discrimination following its annexation of Crimea by arming rebels in eastern Ukraine and reining in the rights of ethnic Tartars and other minorities.
    (AP, 11/8/19)
2019        Nov 8, Zimbabwe fired more than 200 public sector doctors who have been on strike for more than two months demanding better pay to protect them from soaring inflation. Junior and middle level doctors from state hospitals have been on strike since Sept. 3. They want their pay indexed to the US dollar to stop their earnings being eroded by triple-digit inflation.
    (Reuters, 11/8/19)
2019        Nov 8, Zimbabwe said it has suspended imports of livestock and meat from South Africa for the second time this year after an outbreak of foot and mouth in the north of the country.
    (Reuters, 11/8/19)

2019        Nov 9, Militias and conservative activists rallied in Washington DC to demand protection of gun ownership rights, term limits for lawmakers in Congress, and tighter US borders against immigrants, among other things.
    (Reuters, 11/11/19)     
2019        Nov 9, Rodney Brown (54) was shot and killed just before noon at his home in Hardy, Virginia. The following day, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office named Michael Alexander Brown (22), a former marine and the son of Rodney Brown's live-in girlfriend, the suspect in his killing.
    (Good Morning America, 11/11/19)
2019        Nov 9, Argentine President-elect Alberto Fernandez joined the inaugural meeting of the so-called Puebla Group in Buenos Aires, a conference of left-leaning regional political leaders.
    (Reuters, 11/9/19)
2019        Nov 9, Australian authorities said three people have died, four are missing and at least 150 homes have been destroyed as bushfires rage across eastern Australia.
    (Reuters, 11/9/19)
2019        Nov 9, The government of Bolivian President Evo Morales denounced what it called a coup by violent groups, as some police forces carried out acts of "mutiny" in support of opposition protests amid a weeks-long standoff over a disputed election.
    (Reuters, 11/9/19)
2019        Nov 9, Cambodian opposition veteran Sam Rainsy (70) flew into Malaysia and told supporters to "keep up the hope" after promising to return home from self-imposed exile to rally opponents of authoritarian ruler Hun Sen (67).
    (Reuters, 11/9/19)
2019        Nov 9, Congolese forces said they had killed 25 Islamist rebels since launching an offensive against them on Oct. 30 in the eastern region of North Kivu province, an area also struggling with an Ebola outbreak. Congolese forces killed Juvenal Musabimana, also known by his nom de guerre Jean-Michel Africa, alongside four of his bodyguards following an intense firefight in Binza, North Kivu, near the Ugandan border. Musabimana led a splinter group of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a group founded by Hutu officials who fled Rwanda after orchestrating the 1994 genocide.
    (AP, 11/9/19)(Reuters, 11/10/19)
2019        Nov 9, In Egypt a roadside bomb killed two members of the security forces in Rafah, northern Sinai province.
    (AP, 11/9/19)
2019        Nov 9, French bishops voted in favor of a plan to offer payments to people who were sexually abused as children by members of the Catholic clergy.
    (Reuters, 11/9/19)
2019        Nov 9, Greek authorities announced they had arrested three people and detained a further 15 in a "wide sweep" by the police's counterterrorism squad on suspected left-wing extremists that also yielded an arms cache.
    (AP, 11/9/19)
2019        Nov 9, Hong Kong protesters held a vigil for "martyrs" and many demanded "revenge" after a student died in hospital this week following a high fall, fuelling anger among pro-democracy demonstrators who first took to the streets in June.
    (Reuters, 11/9/19)
2019        Nov 9, India's Supreme Court awarded a bitterly contested religious site to Hindus, dealing a defeat to Muslims who also claim the land that has sparked some of the country's bloodiest riots since independence. The ruling paves the way for the construction of a Hindu temple on the site in the northern town of Ayodhya. In 1992 a Hindu mob destroyed the 16th-century Babri Mosque on the site.
    (Reuters, 11/9/19)
2019        Nov 9, Meeting in Rome more than 70 countries signed a pledge to do more to cut down on the amount of food lost due to poor refrigeration. Ministers, government officials and experts signed the pledge at an annual meeting of the Montreal Protocol where they worked on regulating man-made chemicals used in refrigeration and air-conditioning systems that are harmful to the ozone layer.
    (AP, 11/9/19)
2019        Nov 9, Iraqi security forces fired live ammunition at anti-government protesters in central Baghdad, killing six people and wounding more than 100 others, pushing them back from three flashpoint bridges. Three more protesters were killed overnight in Basra. Demonstrators complained of widespread corruption, lack of job opportunities and poor basic services, including regular power cuts, despite Iraq's vast oil reserves.
    (AP, 11/9/19)(AP, 11/10/19)
2019        Nov 9, Lebanon's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian, the top cleric for Sunni Muslims, called for the formation of a new emergency government of technical experts and for those in power to meet protesters' demands.
    (Reuters, 11/9/19)
2019        Nov 9, In Russia Oleg Sokolov (63), a prominent Saint Petersburg-based Napoleon expert, was arrested. He confessed to murdering his young lover and former student and dismembering her body in a grisly crime that sent shock waves across the country.
    (The Telegraph, 11/10/19)
2019        Nov 9, Saudi state oil giant Aramco unveiled the prospectus for its initial public offering (IPO), laying out the main material risks that may adversely affect the company's business or its financial position.
    (Reuters, 11/10/19)
2019        Nov 9, In Sweden unknown assailants opened fire into a pizza parlor in Malmo. A boy (15) was killed and another teenager was in critical condition after the shooting. The shooting took place just minutes after an explosion in another Malmo district where a bomb set under a car detonated. It was not known if the two incidents were related.
    (AP, 11/10/19)
2019        Nov 9, Sweden arrested an Iranian citizen (58) on suspicion of carrying out crimes against humanity and murder in the late 1980s in Iran. The unidentified man was suspected of committing the crimes between July 28, 1988, and Aug. 31, 1988, in Tehran.
    (AP, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 9, In northeast Syria intense clashes broke out between Syrian government troops and Turkish-led forces in the village of Um Shaifa near the town of Ras al-Ayn. At least four Syrian government soldiers were killed in the fighting with Turkish troops and Turkey-backed opposition fighters.
    (AP, 11/9/19)(AP, 11/10/19)
2019        Nov 9, Two Ugandans were killed by Rwandan security forces late today in an incident that may escalate the border tension between the two East African countries. The victims had reportedly smuggled tobacco to Rwanda. The political tension between the two countries climaxed in February when Rwanda closed its border and blocked all goods from Uganda.
    (AP, 11/10/19)
2019        Nov 9, Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed rebels began withdrawing from a village in the disputed Donbass region, one of a series of measures that could pave the way for a summit between Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany.
    (Reuters, 11/9/19)

2019        Nov 10, In the SF Bay Area Russell Chatham (b.1939), a West Marin landscape painter and printer, died. His grandfather, Gottardo Piazzoni had painted the murals that had lined the halls of the former San Francisco Main Library.
    (SFC, 11/27/19, p.C6)
2019        Nov 10, Bernard Tyson (b.1959), chairman and CEO of Oakland-based health care giant Kaiser Permanente, died. Tyson was the first African-American to lead the not-for-profit health care provider. He was criticized for a $16 million salary in 2017.
    (SFC, 11/11/19, p.A1)
2019        Nov 10, Winfred off-duty sheriff's deputy Terrell Adams (32) killed Univ. of Georgia graduate student Benjamin Lloyd Cloer (26) during a domestic dispute. Adams said he shot the man because his wife was cheating on him.
    (https://tinyurl.com/yx7pn9cy)(SSFC, 2/16/20, p.A8)
2019        Nov 10, An Oklahoma police chief was found dead in a Florida hotel late today and local authorities soon arrested one of his officers in connection with his death. Mannford's police chief, Lucky Miller (44), was pronounced dead at a Hilton hotel in Pensacola Beach. Officer Michael Nealey, was booked into the Escambia County Jail the next day and charged with homicide. The two had been staying in Pensacola Beach for a conference.
    (SFC, 11/12/19, p.A6)
2019        Nov 10, It was reported that parents in Albania are trafficking their teenage sons to the UK to join organized crime gangs that control large tranches of Britain’s cocaine market.
    (The Telegraph, 11/10/19)
2019        Nov 10, Australian firefighters raced to contain widespread bushfires that have left three people dead, and warned of "catastrophic" fire conditions ahead, including around the country's biggest city of Sydney.
    (Reuters, 11/10/19)
2019        Nov 10, Officials said at least 13 people were killed in Bangladesh and India after cyclone Bulbul lashed coastal areas this weekend, though prompt evacuations saved many lives and the worst was over. At least seven people were killed in India's West Bengal state and another seven in Bangladesh.
    (Reuters, 11/10/19)(SFC, 11/11/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 10, Bolivian President Evo Morales agreed to hold new presidential elections at the recommendation of the Organization of American States (OAS), but opposition figures called on him to give up his candidacy and resign. Morales, South America’s longest-serving president and a towering figure for the region’s left-wing movements, resigned after election irregularities triggered weeks of violent clashes and intervention from the armed forces.
    (Reuters, 11/10/19)(AP, 11/11/19)   
2019        Nov 10, Cambodia lifted house arrest restrictions on opposition leader Kem Sokha, more than two years after he was charged with treason, but the charges remain and he is banned from politics and from leaving the country.
    (Reuters, 11/10/19)
2019        Nov 10, Cambodia's self-exiled opposition veteran Sam Rainsy, speaking in Malaysia, said he would help organize protests against authoritarian ruler Hun Sen to build on growing international pressure for change in his home country.
    (Reuters, 11/10/19)
2019        Nov 10, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) broke a deadlock over a higher basic pension that had threatened the future of their governing coalition.
    (Reuters, 11/10/19)
2019        Nov 10, Hong Kong police fired tear gas and water cannon to break up rallies as activists blocked roads and trashed shopping malls across the New Territories and Kowloon peninsula during the 24th straight weekend of anti-government unrest.
    (Reuters, 11/10/19)
2019        Nov 10, Police in India detained dozens of people in Uttar Pradesh state on suspicion of publishing inflammatory social media posts and setting off celebratory firecrackers after the Supreme Court a day earlier awarded a bitterly contested site in the town of Ayodhya to Hindus.
    (Reuters, 11/10/19)
2019        Nov 10, Iran and Moscow inaugurated a new phase of construction for a second reactor at Iran's sole nuclear power plant in Bushehr on the Gulf coast. Iran began pouring concrete at its Bushehr power plant, a facility Tehran points to as its reason to break the enrichment limit set by its unraveling 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
    (AP, 11/10/19)(AFP, 11/10/19)
2019        Nov 10, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said a new oilfield has been discovered in the southwest of the country that has the potential to boost its reserves by about a third.
    (Reuters, 11/10/19)
2019        Nov 10, Iraqi protesters struggled to keep up their anti-government sit-ins following a deadly crackdown by security forces that Amnesty International warned could turn into a "bloodbath".
    (AFP, 11/10/19)
2019        Nov 10, In Iraq says five Italian soldiers were wounded by the explosion of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). An Italian special forces team was carrying out "mentoring and training" of Iraqi armed forces involved in the fight against Islamic State group.
    (AP, 11/10/19)
2019        Nov 10, Jordan's king announced that his country is retaking "full sovereignty" over two pieces of land leased by Israel, reflecting the cool relations between the neighboring countries as they mark the 25th anniversary of their 1994 landmark peace deal.
    (AP, 11/10/19)
2019        Nov 10, It was reported that Malta's armed forces have started cooperating with Libya's coastguard to turn back migrant boats heading into Malta's search and rescue zone.
    (Reuters, 11/10/19)
2019        Nov 10, Poland released Ihor Mazur, a Ukrainian activist and veteran of the war in the country's east. He had been detained in Poland two days earlier based on an Interpol request issued by Russia. Mazur was on Russia's wanted list for reportedly participating in battles against Russian forces during the first war in Chechnya.
    (AP, 11/10/19)
2019        Nov 10, Romania held a presidential election after a lackluster campaign that has been overshadowed by the country's political crisis, which saw a minority government installed just a few days ago. Pres. Klaus Iohannis got 36.9% of the vote and former prime minister Viorica Dancila got 23.4% forcing a Nov. 24 runoff.
    (AP, 11/10/19)(SFC, 11/12/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 10, Spaniards voted in the country's fourth election in as many years. Socialist PM Pedro Sánchez, who won the most votes in April but failed to whip up enough parliamentary support to form a government, was tipped to win again but is not expected to capture a majority. Sánchez's left-of-center Socialists won the most seats — 120 — but fell far short of a majority in the 350-seat chamber and will need to make deals on several fronts if they are to govern.
    (AP, 11/10/19)(AP, 11/11/19)   
2019        Nov 10, In northern Syria killed a car bomb at least eight civilians and wounded 20 others in a town near the border with Turkey. Syrian government troops fought for a second day with Turkish-led forces in an area between the towns of Tal-Tamr and Ras al-Ayn, according to a war monitor, Syria's state media and activists.
    (AP, 11/10/19)

2019        Nov 11, The impeachment inquiry against President Trump entered a new phase with the public release of transcripts of House committee interviews with Marie Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine, and Michael McKinley, a former top adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
    (Yahoo News, 11/11/19)
2019        Nov 11, The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) downgraded Malaysia's air safety rating, restricting the country's airlines from adding new flights to the United States.
    (Reuters, 11/11/19)
2019        Nov 11, It was reported that two political supporters of US Energy Secretary Rick Perry secured a potentially lucrative oil and gas exploration deal from the Ukrainian government earlier this year soon after Perry proposed one of the men as an adviser to the country's new president.
    (AP, 11/11/19)   
2019        Nov 11, US Customs and Border Protection officers at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston caught a Colombian citizen trying to smuggle 35 pounds of liquid cocaine in shampoo bottles into the country.
    (USA Today, 11/15/19)
2019        Nov 11, SpaceX launched 60 mini satellites, each weighing 575 pounds, from Cape Canaveral. This was the 2nd batch of an orbiting network meant to provide global internet coverage.
    (SFC, 11/12/19, p.A6)   
2019        Nov 11, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said that his party would not contest the 317 seats won by the Conservative Party in the 2017 election but would contest nearly all other seats.
    (Reuters, 11/11/19)
2019        Nov 11, British drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc said its experimental treatment significantly reduced disease activity in patients with autoimmune disorder lupus, in a late-stage study.
    (AP, 11/11/19)   
2019        Nov 11, China's Jingye Group said it has reached a provisional deal to buy British Steel and promised to invest 1.2 billion pounds ($1.5 billion) over the next decade and save thousands of jobs.
    (Reuters, 11/11/19)
2019        Nov 11, China and Greece agreed to push ahead with a 600 million euros investment by COSCO Shipping into Greece's largest port, Piraeus, as part of efforts to boost its role as a hub in rapidly growing trade between Asia and Europe.
    (Reuters, 11/11/19)
2019        Nov 11, The EU extended sanctions against Venezuela for a year due to the political and economic crisis that it blames on he government of Pres. Nicolas Maduro.
    (SFC, 11/12/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 11, Gambia filed a case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) accusing Myanmar of committing genocide against its Rohingya Muslim minority, drawing praise from human rights groups and Rohingya activists. The Gambia filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a coalition of 57 countries with significant Muslim populations.
    (Reuters, 11/11/19)
2019        Nov 11, Germany-based Adidas said it plans to close high-tech "robot" factories in Germany and the United States it launched to bring production closer to customers. Adidas said deploying some of the technology in Asia would be "more economic and flexible".
    (Reuters, 11/11/19)
2019        Nov 11, Greek police fired teargas at students protesting against the shutdown of a prominent Athens university that authorities raided at the weekend to confiscate materials they said were typically used in violent demonstrations.
    (Reuters, 11/11/19)       
2019        Nov 11, In Hong Kong a traffic police officer shot an unarmed 21-year-old pro-democracy protester at point-blank range. Hours later, a man was set on fire after defending Beijing in an argument. Both individuals were listed in critical condition.
    (The Daily Beast, 11/12/19)
2019        Nov 11, Hungary accepted a penalty for poorly managing funds it receives from the EU that could cost Budapest more than 500 billion forints ($1.65 billion) in funding. Hungary agreed to a 10% reduction in the EU funds deemed by the European Parliament's Budget Control Committee to have been mismanaged in the current 2014-2020 EU budget period.
    (Reuters, 11/12/19)
2019        Nov 11, Iran awarded the Mustafa award in the study of science and technology to five scientists, three Iranians and two Turks. The winners included two US-educated scientists. Iran first handed out the prize in 2015 to a Taiwanese-Singaporean nanotechnology researcher Jackie Y. Ying and Jordanian-American chemistry professor Omar Yaghi.
    (AP, 11/11/19)   
2019        Nov 11, Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian (22) during confrontations with stone-throwing protesters in Al-Aroub refugee camp, near Hebron city in the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 11/11/19)
2019        Nov 11, Mexico granted asylum to Bolivia's former President Evo Morales as unrest shook the South American nation, helping cement the Mexican government's emerging role as a bastion of diplomatic support for left-wing leaders in Latin America.
    (The Telegraph, 11/11/19)
2019        Nov 11, Mexican forensic scientists in Sonora state recovered 10 more bodies from mass graves near Puerto Penasco raising the number of bodies and skeletons found in the area since October to 52.
    (SFC, 11/12/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 11, A Dutch court said the government must attempt to bring home children whose mothers traveled to Syria to join Islamic extremist groups. The case was filed by lawyers on behalf of 23 women and their 56 children who were being housed in camps in northern Syria.
    (AP, 11/11/19)   
2019        Nov 11, Human Rights Watch published a report saying thousands of people with mental health conditions are held in chains in institutions across Nigeria and urged the government to ban the practice.
    (Reuters, 11/11/19)
2019        Nov 11, It was reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed that Ukraine should give its separatist-led Donbass region a special status set out in Ukrainian law.
    (Reuters, 11/11/19)
2019        Nov 11, In Saudi Arabia two men and a woman were wounded in a knife attack this evening as they performed on stage in a park in Riyadh, marking the first such incident since the kingdom began loosening restrictions on entertainment. Police detained a 33-year-old Yemeni male resident of Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 11/11/19)   
2019        Nov 11, It was reported that South African researchers and city officials are racing to understand the extent of a beetle infestation damaging trees across the country that, if left unaddressed, could have a ripple effect on the climate, air quality and ecosystems. The Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB), indigenous to Southeast Asia, is a tiny beetle that drills holes into trees, depositing a fungus that can eventually kill its hosts.
    (Reuters, 11/11/19)   
2019        Nov 11, Swiss-based Roche's bid to rival Biogen and Novartis in treating spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) got a lift when the drugmaker said its drug risdiplam improved motor function in a key study.
    (AP, 11/11/19)   
2019        Nov 11, In northeastern Syria three car bombs went off in the town of Qamishli near the border with Turkey, killing at least six people. An Armenian Catholic priest and his father were shot dead in a nearby area by extremists.
    (AP, 11/11/19)   
2019        Nov 11, Turkey deported citizens of the United States and Denmark who fought for the Islamic State group and made plans to expel other foreign nationals as the government began a new push to send back captured foreign fighters to their home countries.
    (AP, 11/11/19)   
2019        Nov 11, In Turkey former British army officer James Le Mesurier was found dead in Istanbul early today. He was the founder and CEO of May Day Rescue, which founded and trained the White Helmets, also known as the Syria Civil Defense.
    (AP, 11/11/19)   
2019        Nov 11, A report by UN experts said Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey have repeatedly violated an arms embargo on Libya and it is "highly probable" that a foreign attack aircraft is responsible for a deadly strike on a migrant detention center. The report also accused Sudan and the head of Sudan's Rapid Support Forces (RSF), Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known by his nickname Hemeti, of violating UN sanctions by deploying 1,000 Sudanese troops to Libya.
    (Reuters, 11/11/19)
2019        Nov 11, In Zimbabwe new low-denomination banknotes touted by the government as the solution to the acute cash shortage that has crippled the economy failed to arrive, leaving banks in confusion and customers frustrated.
    (Reuters, 11/11/19)

2019        Nov 12, It was reported that the Trump administration held a record 69,550 migrant children in US government custody in fiscal 2019, up 42 percent from the previous year, and it detained the children for longer periods of time.
    (AP, 11/12/19)   
2019        Nov 12, The US Supreme Court dealt a blow to the firearms industry, rejecting Remington Arms Co's bid to escape a lawsuit by families of victims aiming to hold the gun maker liable for its marketing of the assault-style rifle used in the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre that killed 20 children and six adults.
    (Reuters, 11/12/19)
2019        Nov 12, A US federal court in Boston ruled that warrantless US government searches of the phones and laptops of int'l. travelers at airports and other US ports of entry violate the Fourth Amendment.
    (SFC, 11/13/19, p.A5)
2019        Nov 12, American prosecutors expanded an election-fraud case against 13 Russians that was first brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, adding details to flesh out how the defendants allegedly defrauded the US by interfering in the 2016 US presidential race.
    (Bloomberg, 11/12/19)
2019        Nov 12, In Los Angeles Ruben Martinez Jr., who spent 11 years in prison for a series of armed robberies he didn't commit, was exonerated after prosecutors agreed he had been wrongly convicted.
    (AP, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 12, In Georgia a road rage that began on a metro Atlanta freeway led a gunman to open fire into a carload of five people after they turned onto a nearby street, killing one of them and critically wounding another.
    (AP, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 12, New York took first place in a list of the world's most innovative cities, with the United States performing strongly for its embrace of smart technology and start-ups.
    (Reuters, 11/12/19)   
2019        Nov 12, Texas-based Dean Foods Co said it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, months after the owner of TruMoo chocolate milk and Meadow Gold ice creams ended a strategic review and decided to remain as a standalone firm.
    (Reuters, 11/12/19)
2019        Nov 12, The US National Weather Service said the snow total had surpassed 10 inches (25 cm) at the Buffalo airport this morning. Snow and icy conditions snarled traffic and closed or delaying schools in parts of the Northeast and South.
    (AP, 11/12/19)   
2019        Nov 12, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said the US electric vehicle pioneer will build its first European factory and design center near Berlin.
    (Reuters, 11/13/19)   
2019        Nov 12, Hate crime murders in the US reached a 27-year high in 2018, according to data released today by the FBI.
    (CBS News, 11/12/19)
2019        Nov 12, Amarin Corp Plc's fish oil-derived drug received a largely positive review from FDA staffers, dispelling investor fears that the company's choice of placebo in its trial could challenge the approval of its potential blockbuster. A late-stage trial last year showed Vascepa cut the combined rate of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular events by 25%.
    (Reuters, 11/12/19)   
2019        Nov 12, Global health agencies said pneumonia killed more than 800,000 babies and young children last year - or one child every 39 seconds - despite being curable and mostly preventable.
    (Reuters, 11/12/19)
2019        Nov 12, Officials said the Afghan government and the Taliban have agreed on a prisoner exchange that would free American Prof. Kevin King (63) and Australian Prof. Timothy Weeks (50) who were abducted by the insurgents in 2016.
    (SFC, 11/13/19, p.A4)
2019        Nov 12, In eastern Bangladesh two trains collided killing at least 16 people.
    (SFC, 11/13/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 12, In Bolivia Senate vice-president and conservative Jeanine Anez (52) assumed the interim role of interim president with a Bible in her hand after Pres. Evo Morales took refuge in Mexico following the end of his 14-year socialist rule of the poor Andean nation.
    (Reuters, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 12, Brazil's Congress officially ratified the government's landmark social security reform bill into law, in a ceremony notable for the absence of President Jair Bolsonaro.
    (Reuters, 11/12/19)   
2019        Nov 12, Hackers attacked Britain's opposition Labour Party for the second time in two days, flooding its web services with malicious traffic in an attempt to force them offline just weeks ahead of a national election.
    (Reuters, 11/12/19)
2019        Nov 12, Canadian billionaire Guy Laliberte (6), co-founder of global circus company Cirque du Soleil, turned himself in and was arrested in Papeete, Tahiti, for growing cannabis on his private island in French Polynesia.
    (Good Morning America, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 12, In Chile protests against social inequality continued for a 26th day with huge demonstrations and a national strike that brought much of the country to a standstill.
    (SFC, 11/13/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 12, Danish police began performing border checks at the country's crossings with Sweden, moves that followed a series of shootings and explosions around Copenhagen that Danish authorities say were carried out by people crossing the waterway between the Scandinavian neighbors.
    (AP, 11/12/19)   
2019        Nov 12, In the Dominican Republic American teacher Patricia Anton (63) was killed. Authorities soon arrested six people in connection with her death.
    (Good Morning America, 11/17/19)
2019        Nov 12, The EU's top court (ECJ) ruled that goods from Israeli settlements must be labelled as produced in occupied territory, a decision hailed by Palestinians and condemned by Israel, which said it would try to persuade countries to ignore it.
    (Reuters, 11/12/19)
2019        Nov 12, Authorities in Germany detained three alleged supporters of the Islamic State group in Offenbach on suspicion of preparing a deadly attack against non-Muslims.
    (AP, 11/12/19)   
2019        Nov 12, The Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights said it has asked Norwegian prosecutors to open a criminal investigation against senior Syrian officials over allegations of torture and crimes against humanity.
    (AP, 11/12/19)   
2019        Nov 12, Haitian police arrested Jacques Yves Sebastien Duroseau, an active-duty US Marine and Haiti native, when he landed in the capital, Port-au-Prince. He landed with boxes filled with guns, ammunition and body armor. Federal prosecutors later indicted Duroseau in North Carolina on gun smuggling charges.
    (Miami Herald, 12/2/19)
2019        Nov 12, Hong Kong police fired tear gas at pro-democracy protesters in the Central financial district and at demonstrators on the other side of the harbor as a senior officer said the unrest had brought the city to "the brink of total breakdown".
    (Reuters, 11/12/19)   
2019        Nov 12, Iraqi protesters shut down state institutions as the UN stepped up pressure on the government to enact a raft of reforms in response to anti-government rallies.
    (AFP, 11/12/19)   
2019        Nov 12, An Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip killed Bahaa Abu el-Atta (42), a senior militant with the Islamic Jihad group, as well as his wife. Eight others were killed, including at least seven militants. Israel said more than 50 rockets were fired in just a few hours following the attack, with at least 20 intercepted by its Iron Dome defense system. Israeli warplanes responded with a series of airstrikes on Islamic Jihad targets.
    (AP, 11/12/19)   
2019        Nov 12, An Israeli airstrike in Damascus targeted another Islamic Jihad commander, Akram al-Ajouri, who was not harmed.
    (AP, 11/12/19)
2019        Nov 12, Lebanese President Michel Aoun appealed to Arab neighbors for help to revive his country’s economy, driven to the brink of collapse after weeks of unrest that have brought down the government. Alaa Abu Fakhr (38) was shot dead by a soldier, who was trying to open a road closed by protesters in southern Beirut, marking the first death since widespread protests against Lebanon’s ruling elite began Oct. 17. The soldier was detained and on Nov. 21 was charged with murder.
    (Bloomberg, 11/12/19)(AP, 11/13/19)(AP, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 12, Moldova's government coalition between a pro-European group and a Russian-backed party collapsed after losing a no-confidence vote in parliament. PM Maia Sandu's five-month-old government lost the vote as 63 of 101 lawmakers supported the no-confidence motion initiated by the Socialists, her own coalition partners.
    (AP, 11/12/19)   
2019        Nov 12, Saudi state run television said a Saudi court has convicted 38 people of financing terrorism and declaring other Muslims non-believers, handing out sentences ranging from 30 months to 25 years.
    (Reuters, 11/12/19)   
2019        Nov 12, South Africa's struggling state-owned airline South African Airways (SAA) said it could cut more than 900 jobs as it restructures to stem severe financial losses.
    (Reuters, 11/12/19)
2019        Nov 12, Spain's Socialists and the far-left Unidas Podemos party agreed on the basis of a coalition government, just two days after a parliamentary election delivered a highly fragmented parliament.
    (Reuters, 11/12/19)
2019        Nov 12, In Tanzania unknown gunmen killed six farmers on an island in the Ruvuma River near the southern border with Mozambique, amid growing concerns over Islamist militants in a poor region where foreign companies are developing gas deposits.
    (Reuters, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 12, Turkey's Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Syrian Kurdish fighters have failed to vacate areas along the Turkish border despite agreements with Russia and the United States, and says he will raise the issue with US President Donald Trump.
    (AP, 11/12/19)   
2019        Nov 12, Turkish forces conducting a joint patrol in northern Syria under a Russian-Turkish deal fired live rounds at protesters near the mainly Kurdish town of Kobani. Two people were reported killed and seven others injured near the town along the Syrian-Turkish border.
    (Reuters, 11/12/19)
2019        Nov 12, A panel of experts' report to the UN Security Council said a significant escalation of US airstrikes targeting al-Shabab militants and leaders has kept the al-Qaida-linked group "off-balance" but has had "little effect on its ability to launch regular asymmetric attacks throughout Somalia".
    (AP, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 12, In Yemen government's forces repelled an attack by Houthi rebel forces south of the key port city of Hodeida. Fur Houthi fighters were reported killed.
    (AP, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 12, Zimbabwe said more than 200 elephants have died amid a severe drought, and announced plans for a mass relocation of animals to ease congestion.
    (AP, 11/12/19)   

2019        Nov 13, Senior Democratic and Republican lawmakers presented dueling narratives as a US congressional impeachment inquiry that threatens Donald Trump's tumultuous presidency entered a crucial new phase with the first public hearing.
    (Reuters, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 13, US federal authorities unsealed an indictment alleging that 14 members of an international criminal organization have been ripping off Apple to the tune of $6 million. An organization, led by three brothers, was accused of importing over 10,000 counterfeit iPhones and iPads from China and then going to Apple stores in states across the country and Canada in order to exchange them for the real thing.
    (Good Morning America, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 13, It was reported that New York's insurance regulator has formally notified a group of opioid manufacturers and distributors that it will launch a civil enforcement action against them for contributing towards a rise in health insurance premiums in the state.
    (Reuters, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 13, In Boston Igor Dvorskiy, a former college entrance exam administrator, pleaded guilty to participating in a vast college admissions cheating and fraud scheme. Real estate company executive Toby Macfarlane was sentenced to six months in prison for conspiring to bribe University of Southern California employees to secure the admission of his children as fake athletic recruits.
    (Reuters, 11/13/19)(SFC, 11/14/19, p.A5)
2019        Nov 13, In Afghanistan a car bombing in Kabul targeted a private security convoy. 12 people were reported killed including children.
    (SFC, 11/14/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 13, Bolivia's new interim president pledged to hold a new election as soon as possible and condemned "revenge" acts by disgruntled supporters of fallen leader Evo Morales who resigned after protests over a disputed vote.
    (AP, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 13, In Brazil a 2-day meeting of the BRICS heads of state opened in Brasilia. Leaders of the BRICS group of emerging economies (China, Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa) criticized what they view as politically motivated protectionism at a time of a global slowdown and said their countries are doing their best to counter the trend.
    (AP, 11/13/19)(Reuters, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 13, In Brazil supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido entered the country’s embassy in Brasilia, a move coinciding with the arrival of Russian and Chinese leaders for an international summit (BRICS).
    (Bloomberg, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 13, Britain's Communication Workers Union said that postal company Royal Mail had won a high court injunction to block potential strikes by the union.
    (Reuters, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 13, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group launched the share sale for its Hong Kong listing, braving unrest in the global financial hub to try to raise up to $13.4 billion to fund its expansion plans.
    (Reuters, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 13, It was reported that Prague's Charles University has closed its Czech-Chinese Center, after local media reports that some of its staff had failed to declare payments from the Chinese embassy intended to support its programs.
    (Reuters, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 13, Egyptian authorities arrested Radwa Mohamed, a woman who voiced harsh criticism of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and his wife in a series of online videos. She was accused of spreading false news.
    (AP, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 13, In Egypt a pipeline for oil products caught fire when thieves tried to tap into it to siphon off gasoline in the Nile Delta province of Beheira. At least seven people were killed.
    (AP, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 13, The German parliament’s legal affairs committee ousted Stephan Brandner, its chairman and a member of the far-right Alternative for Germany party, amid anger over a string of inflammatory comments he had made.
    (AP, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 13, India's top court censured the federal government for its inaction in fighting pollution, as poisonous smog choked the streets of the capital New Delhi forcing schools to shut and half of vehicles to be banned from the streets.
    (Reuters, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 13, In Iraq anti-government rallies swelled in Baghdad and in the south as the government faced new pressure from the street, Washington and the United Nations to respond seriously to weeks of demonstrations.
    (AFP, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 13, The president of Iraqi Kurdistan travelled to Baghdad for talks with senior officials just hours ahead of a special parliament session to discuss weeks of deadly anti-government demonstrations. Nechirvan Barzani met with PM Adel Abdel Mahdi in Baghdad.
    (AFP, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 13, Israeli airstrikes pounded Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza and militants resumed rocket fire toward Israel after a brief overnight lull, as the death toll rose to 23 Palestinians, including a 7-year-old boy and two other minors, in the heaviest round of fighting in months.
    (AP, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 13, In Italy the worst flooding in Venice in more than 50 years prompted calls to better protect the historic city from rising sea levels as officials calculated hundreds of millions of euros in damage.
    (AP, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 13, In Lebanon protesters blocked major highways with burning tires and other debris, saying they will remain in the streets despite the president’s appeal for them to leave.
    (AP, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 13, Namibia's justice and fisheries ministers resigned over bribery claims involving Icelandic fishing firm Samherji.
    (Reuters, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 13, North Korea’s supreme decision-making body lashed out at planned US-South Korean military drills and warned that the US will face a “bigger threat and harsh suffering" if it ignores North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s end-of-year deadline to salvage nuclear talks.
    (AP, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 13, In Pakistan anti-government protesters called off a two-week sit-in on the capital's main highway, but began what they called a "Plan B" aimed at crippling the country's roads and ousting PM Imran Khan.
    (Reuters, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 13, An attack on the Saudi-Yemen border by Yemeni rebels killed six members of a Sudanese paramilitary force that’s been fighting in Yemen.
    (AP, 11/16/19)   
2019        Nov 13, In western Slovakia a lorry carrying gravel collided with a passenger bus, killing 12 people, the country's deadliest road accident in a decade.
    (Reuters, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 13, South African Airways (SAA) said it might never recover if a strike by labor unions goes ahead this week, underscoring how close the state-owned company is to collapse. Unions representing around 3,000 of SAA's 5,000-strong workforce said that cabin crew and other workers at SAA would go on strike on Nov. 15 over the airline's refusal to give in to salary hikes and its plan to cut more than 900 jobs.
    (Reuters, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 13, Switzerland approved a change to its environmental legislation allowing companies to take part in the European Union’s emissions trading system.
    (AP, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 13, Ukrainian lawmakers voted to remove a ban on the sale of farmland for the first time in nearly two decades, a move supported by the country's foreign backers that risks a political backlash.
    (Reuters, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 13, The UN refugee agency said nations in Latin America and the Caribbean will need $1.35 billion to respond to the massive exodus of Venezuelans. An estimated 4.6 million Venezuelans have now fled their crisis-torn country.
    (AP, 11/13/19)
2019        Nov 13, In Yemen a missile attack killed five soldiers in Sahn al-Gin district in northeastern Marib province.
    (AP, 11/13/19)

2019        Nov 14, The Democratic-led impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump moved forward with preparations for the appearance of another central figure - former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch - in the investigation's second public hearing.
    (Reuters, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, The crowded Democratic presidential candidates seeking to challenge President Donald Trump next year swelled again as former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick entered the race, seeking to carve a fresh path toward the party's nomination.
    (Reuters, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, A US State Department spokesperson confirmed the death of an American in the Dominican Republic, but said they could offer no further information. Dominican Republic police said they found Patricia Anton (63) deceased in her apartment in Puerto Plata, on the country's northern coast, with her hands and feet bound.
    (AP, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, A federal judge ruled the US government was correct when it determined that Hoda Muthana, woman who joined the Islamic State group, was not an American citizen despite her birth in the country. She was born in New Jersey to a diplomat from Yemen and grew up in Alabama. In 2014, she left the US to join IS apparently after becoming radicalized online.
    (AP, 11/15/19)
2019        Nov 14, Authorities in southern California said at least six people have been injured during a shooting at a high school in Santa Clarita. Two of the injured soon died. The suspect was identified as Nathaniel Berhow, who turned 16 today. The next day Berhow succumbed to a head wound he suffered after turning his gun on himself following the attack.
    (The Independent, 11/14/19)(Insider, 11/15/19)(Reuters, 11/16/19)
2019        Nov 14, In California the Contra County Sheriff's arrested four men along with a fifth man, who was charged with being an accessory to the Oct. 31 shooting, which left five dead and several others wounded.
    (Reuters, 11/15/19)(SFC, 11/15/19, p.A1)
2019        Nov 14, It was reported that the city of Baltimore, Maryland, has reached 300 homicides in a year for the fifth year in a row.
    (AP, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, a Bosnian immigrant living in St. Louis County, was sentenced to eight years in prison and will be deported for raising money to support terrorists.
    (AP, 11/15/19)
2019        Nov 14, South Carolina teenager Jesse Dewitt Osborne (17), who on Sep. 28, 2016, killed his father before driving to an elementary school and fatally shooting a 6-year-old boy and injuring two other people, was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
    (NY Times, 11/15/19)
2019        Nov 14, Apple Inc launched an app that will let users of its devices to enroll in three health studies, allowing them to share health-related data for medical research.
    (Reuters, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, IBM said it will launch a new weather forecasting system which will be able to predict conditions up to 12 hours in advance and cover parts of the world which have not had access to such detailed data. The Global High-Resolution Atmospheric Forecasting System (IBM GRAF) will run on a supercomputer and provide more detailed and higher quality forecasts.
    (Reuters, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, Bolivian interim President Jeanine Anez said that exiled former President Evo Morales will not be able to take part in upcoming elections because he is barred from running for a fourth consecutive term.
    (Reuters, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, China lifted a nearly five-year ban on poultry meat imports from the United States, a move that senior US officials said would pave the way for more than $1 billion in annual poultry exports to China.
    (Reuters, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, Gabon's new environment minister, Lee White, a British-born conservationist, vowed to fight illegal logging by strengthening governance of forests after a national scandal in which about 350 containers of rare kevazingo wood went missing.
    (Reuters, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the parliament building in the country of Georgia to protest the legislature’s failure to pass an elections-reform measure promised by the governing party.
    (AP, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, India's capital Delhi was shrouded in a deeper cover of toxic smoke, as data showed that PM Narendra Modi's pledge to stamp out the burning of crop stubble in neighboring states is not working. Schools in the Delhi area were ordered to close as the city's air quality index hit a dangerously high 474 on a scale of 500.
    (Reuters, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pardoned thousands of prisoners including 32 activists and others being held on “security" charges.
    (AP, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, In Iraq four protesters were killed by tear gas canisters in Baghdad, the latest deaths from what rights groups have slammed as a "gruesome" misuse of the weapon. The UN had already documented 16 deaths from the military-grade canisters, which are up to 10 times heavier than regular tear gas grenades and can pierce skulls or lungs.
    (AFP, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, Italy-based Ferrari rolled out the Roma, a record fifth new model announced this year, as the Italian luxury carmaker with the famous "prancing horse" logo looks to sustain profit and share price growth.
    (Reuters, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, Kuwait’s Cabinet submitted its resignation, days after the country’s minister of public works announced she would step down after being grilled by parliament. Some elected lawmakers had accused Jenan Ramadan, who is also minister of state for housing, of failing to fix infrastructure and roads that were damaged in massive floods in 2018.
    (AP, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, Lebanese troops reopened major roads around the country after a two-day closure triggered by a TV interview with President Michel Aoun in which he called on protesters to go home.
    (AP, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, Libya’s internationally recognized PM Fayez al-Sarraj said Russian mercenaries backing his rival, Khalifa Haftar, will drag out a months-long war in the North African oil producer, and urged the US to act to restore peace.
    (Bloomberg, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, Moldova’s parliament voted to back a new, technocratic government led by former finance minister Ion Chicu.
    (AP, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, Mongolia amended its constitution for the second time since it was ratified in 1992, strengthening the powers of the prime minister in a bid to end years of costly political instability and economic stagnation.
    (Reuters, 11/15/19)
2019        Nov 14, The International Criminal Court at The Hague said that it had approved a prosecution request to investigate crimes against humanity against Myanmar's Rohingya minority who were systematically driven across the border to Bangladesh.
    (Reuters, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, North Korea said it had turned down a US offer for fresh talks, saying it was not interested in more talks merely aimed at "appeasing us" ahead of a year-end deadline Pyongyang has set for Washington to show more flexibility in the negotiations. North Korea launched a visceral diatribe against US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, calling the former vice-president a "rabid dog" -- while also borrowing the terminology of Donald Trump.
    (Reuters, 11/14/19)(AFP, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, In Pakistan thousands of anti-government protesters blocked highways across the country in a bid to oust PM Imran Khan, though the disruption fell short of what organizers had planned.
    (Reuters, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad and Israel declared a halt to hostilities across the Gaza Strip border, but a lasting ceasefire appeared tenuous as they differed on terms. Militants in Gaza fired a barrage of rockets into Israel hours after a cease-fire was declared to bring to an end to two days of intense fighting. The fighting has killed at least 34 Palestinians, among them three women, eight children and 18 militants. The Israeli airstrike in the central Gaza town of Deir al-Balah came in the closing hours of a fierce two-day burst of fighting between Israel and the Islamic Jihad militant group. Nine members of a Palestinian family were killed.
    (Reuters, 11/14/19)(AP, 11/14/19)(AP, 12/24/19)
2019        Nov 14, Russia said it has set up a helicopter base at an airport in the north-eastern Syrian city of Qamishli, a move designed to increase Moscow's control over events on the ground there.
    (Reuters, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, It was reported that Saudi Arabia is intensifying informal talks with the Iran-aligned Houthi movement on a ceasefire in Yemen.
    (Reuters, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, A Scottish court ordered bail for Clara Ponsatí (62), the fugitive Catalan former politician whose extradition is sought by Spain on charges of sedition for her role in a secession drive by Catalonia.
    (AP, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, In South Africa hundreds of asylum-seekers who have staged a sit-in protest outside the UN refugee agency in Pretoria for five weeks barged into the premises. The protesters said they are seeking protection and want UNHCR to relocate them to a safer country.
    (AFP, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey is willing to purchase US-made Patriot air defense systems but will not agree to disposing of the Russian S-400 system it has already bought.
    (AP, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, Turkish officials said seven German and one British Islamic State suspects have been deported to their home countries. The Interior Ministry also announced that the United States will take back a US national and IS suspect who was stuck in a no man’s land between Turkey and Greece, after Athens refused him entry.
    (AP, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, A key UN committee approved a resolution condemning North Korea’s widespread human rights violations which may amount to crimes against humanity — a decision denounced by the country’s UN mission as “politically motivated" and based on “fabrications".
    (AP, 11/14/19)
2019        Nov 14, The Yemen Archive said that the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-aligned Houthi rebels has been allegedly responsible for 72 attacks on medical facilities, while the Houthis were blamed for at least 52 such attacks since April 2014.
    (AP, 11/14/19)

2019        Nov 15, President Donald Trump launched an extraordinary Twitter attack on Marie Yovanovitch, a former US ambassador to Ukraine, as she testified to an impeachment hearing in Congress, a move she called "very intimidating." Yovanovitch was removed from her post as ambassador to Kiev in May after coming under attack by Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.
    (Reuters, 11/15/19)
2019        Nov 15, Roger Stone (67), a longtime friend and ally of President Donald Trump, was found guilty of witness tampering and lying to Congress about his pursuit of Russian-hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election bid. He is the sixth Trump aide or adviser to be convicted of charges brought as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Stone was scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 6. He could face up to 20 years.
    (AP, 11/15/19)
2019        Nov 15, Charles Gary Sullivan (73) of Arizona was charged with open murder of Julia Woodward (21) of San Rafael, California. In 1979 the woman's bludgeoned body was discovered in a shallow grave near Reno, Nevada.
    (ABC News, 11/17/19)
2019        Nov 15, It was reported that Giles Daniel Warrick (60), suspected of being the “Potomac River Rapist," is now awaiting extradition from Horry County, South Carolina. He was accused of raping 10 women and killing one of them between 1991 and 1998 in Washington, D.C. and its surrounding suburbs.
    (AP, 11/15/19)
2019        Nov 15, Chicago teachers approved the contract deal that ended an 11-day strike and includes pay raises, $35 million to enforce limits on class sizes and a pledge to supply each school with a nurse and a social worker.
    (AP, 11/16/19)   
2019        Nov 15, Texas's top criminal appeals court halted the scheduled execution of inmate Rodney Reed (51). His conviction was being questioned by new evidence that his supporters say raises serious doubt about his guilt in a 1996 murder. Reed has long maintained he didn't kill Stacey Stites and that her fiancé, former police officer Jimmy Fennell, was the real killer. Reed says Fennell was angry because Stites, who was white, was having an affair with Reed, who is black.
    (AP, 11/16/19)
2019        Nov 15, Martin Fox (62), former president of a private tennis club in Texas, pleaded guilty in the college admissions scandal. He had brokered bribes to help wealthy parents rig their children's college entrance exams.
    (SSFC, 11/17/19, p.A8)   
2019        Nov 15, The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) crossed the 28,000 mark for the first time as the S&P 500 and Nasdaq his all time highs.
    (SFC, 11/16/19, p.D1)
2019        Nov 15, Astronauts launched an extraordinarily complicated series of spacewalks to fix a cosmic ray detector at the International Space Station.
    (AP, 11/15/19)
2019        Nov 15, Apple removed 181 vaping apps from its online store as regulators cracked down e-cigarette products.
    (SFC, 11/16/19, p.D3)
2019        Nov 15, Bolivia's interim President Jeanine Anez said that ousted former President Evo Morales is free to return, but would have to respond to allegations of electoral fraud and would not be immune from investigation. Nine people died in the latest escalation of violence between security forces and supporters of former president Evo Morales. Most of the dead and injured were in Sacaba, near Cochabamba.
    (Reuters, 11/15/19)(The Independent, 11/17/19)(SSFC, 11/17/19, p.A6)
2019        Nov 15, Britain's Prince Andrew said in comments broadcast today that he had no recollection of ever meeting an American woman who alleges she was forced to have sex with him when she was underage. Virginia Giuffre has said she was forced to have sex with Andrew in London, New York and on a private Caribbean island between 1999 and 2002, when she says Epstein kept her as a "sex slave".
    (Reuters, 11/16/19)
2019        Nov 15, Chilean lawmakers agreed to hold a referendum next April on replacing the country's unpopular Pinochet-era constitution, bowing to demands of protesters who say the country's decades-old social model has created deep inequality.
    (Reuters, 11/15/19)
2019        Nov 15, China’s People’s Liberation Army troops appeared on the streets of Hong Kong as part of a clean-up mission that risked a backlash from pro-democracy protesters who have brought the city to a standstill in recent months.
    (AFP, 11/16/19)
2019        Nov 15, In eastern Congo DRC suspected Islamist militants killed at least 15 people in and around the village of Mbau, in the latest massacre since the army launched a major offensive against the rebels last month.
    (AP, 11/16/19)   
2019        Nov 15, Croatian police fired shots at a group of migrants. One migrant fought for his life after being shot.
    (AP, 11/17/19)
2019        Nov 15, Cuba's foreign ministry said it was terminating its medical mission as officials were fostering violence against the doctors by claiming they were instigating rebellion.
    (Reuters, 11/16/19)   
2019        Nov 15, The German lower house of parliament approved a major climate protection package which aims to ensure Germany will meet its 2030 target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
    (Reuters, 11/15/19)
2019        Nov 15, Volkswagen installed former BMW executive Markus Duesmann to reinvent Audi after the German premium brand lost key engineering know-how and influence in the wake of the 2015 diesel-cheating scandal.
    (Reuters, 11/15/19)
2019        Nov 15, Hong Kong protesters returned to the central financial district, the fifth-straight day of rallies in a broader democracy push that’s driven Asia’s premier financial hub toward recession.
    (Bloomberg, 11/15/19)
2019        Nov 15, Iran imposed petrol rationing and raised pump prices by at least 50 percent, saying the move aims to help the needy with cash handouts and is not due to a budget deficit. One person was killed and others injured in Sirjan as protesters tried to set a fuel depot ablaze but were thwarted by security forces. Demonstrations broke out hours after it was announced the price of petrol would be increased by 50 percent for the first 60 liters and 300 percent for anything above that each month.
    (AFP, 11/15/19)(AP, 11/16/19)(AFP, 11/16/19)
2019        Nov 15, In Iraq a roadside bomb killed three people and wounded 18 late today near Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the protest movement. Another roadside blast in the southern city of Nassiriya wounded 18 the same evening.
    (AP, 11/16/19)   
2019        Nov 15, Israel said it has completed a series of airstrikes on targets linked to the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza after overnight rocket fire that rattled a day-old truce. The Palestinian territory’s Hamas rulers cancelled the weekly protests they organize along the perimeter fence without explanation — apparently in an effort to preserve the calm.
    (AP, 11/15/19)
2019        Nov 15, In Italy an exceptionally high tide hit Venice again just three days after the city suffered its worst flooding in more than 50 years, leaving squares, shops and hotels once more inundated. Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said the damage is estimated at hundreds of millions of euros.
    (Reuters, 11/15/19)(SFC, 11/16/19, p.A4)
2019        Nov 15, Italian TV said a scandal over alleged sexual molestation and abuse at the Vatican’s youth seminary is growing, with more former papal altar boys alleging inappropriate behavior by priests inside the Vatican walls.
    (AP, 11/15/19)   
2019        Nov 15, It was reported that Kenya and Somalia have agreed to restore diplomatic relations that had deteriorated over the disputed ownership of an Indian Ocean territory thought to be rich in hydrocarbons.
    (Bloomberg, 11/15/19)
2019        Nov 15, The Netherlands showed off the spoils of Brexit as it officially handed over the European Medicines Agency's new building in Amsterdam after the regulator was forced to move from London.
    (AFP, 11/15/19)
2019        Nov 15, A Nicaraguan judge sentenced a man to 30 years behind bars in the killing of a young nursing student in upstate New York. Authorities said Orlando Tercero strangled Haley Anderson (22) at his off-campus residence in Binghamton, New York, in March 2018 and then fled to Nicaragua.
    (AP, 11/16/19)   
2019        Nov 15, South African police removed about 150 refugees who the United Nations refugee agency said forced their way into its compound in Pretoria while protesting recent anti-immigrant attacks.
    (AP, 11/15/19)
2019        Nov 15, South African Airways (SAA) said its future is hanging in the balance after its workers went on strike to demand higher wages and protest planned job cuts, forcing the struggling state-owned carrier to cancel all flights.
    (Reuter, 11/15/19)
2019        Nov 15, Tunisia's moderate Islamist Ennahda, which came first in last month's parliamentary elections, named Habib Jemli, a former junior agriculture minister, as its choice to become prime minister.
    (Reuters, 11/15/19)
2019        Nov 15, Turkish police detained four mayors over their suspected links to Kurdish rebels, as part of an ongoing crackdown on the country's pro-Kurdish party.
    (AP, 11/15/19)
2019        Nov 15, Ukraine's security service said it had detained Al Bara Shishani (aka Cezar Tokhosashvili), the deputy of Abu Omar al-Shishani, a man the Pentagon described as Islamic State's "minister of war." Al Bara Shishani, the former commander of the so-called Islamic State and deputy head of its intelligence operations, had crossed into Ukraine on a fake passport last year. He had been presumed dead for more than a year.
    (AP, 11/15/19)(The Daily Beast, 12/29/19)
2019        Nov 15, The United Nations Security Council extended the UN's peacekeeping mission in the violence-plagued Central African Republic for another year.
    (AFP, 11/15/19)
2019        Nov 15, The UN Security Council extended an arms embargo on Somalia and a ban on trade in charcoal, a key source of funds for al-Shabab extremists — and it imposed a new ban on ingredients for explosive devices the group is increasingly using.
    (AP, 11/16/19)   

2019        Nov 16, In southern California five family members were killed, and another underwent emergency surgery following a shooting at a San Diego home, just a day after one of the victims obtained a restraining order against the alleged suspect. The estranged husband had turned a gun on himself and was among the dead. One child was in critical condition.
    (ABC News, 11/16/19)(SSFC, 11/17/19, p.A8)
2019        Nov 16, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, a conservative Democrat seeking a second term, faced an election run-off against Eddie Rispone, a Republican who has tightly aligned himself with President Donald Trump.
    (Reuters, 11/16/19)   
2019        Nov 16, It was reported that sport fish have declined significantly in portions of the Upper Mississippi River infested with Asian carp, adding evidence to fears about the invader’s threat to native species.
    (AP, 11/16/19)   
2019        Nov 16, In Australia dozens of wild fires burned across broad swaths of the country's east and west as firefighters scrambled to shore up defenses ahead of hotter weather and stronger winds expected to bring more danger in the coming days. The death toll was now at four as about 60 fires burned in New South Wales.
    (Reuters, 11/16/19)(SFC, 11/16/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 16, Eight Burundian soldiers were killed when gunmen attacked their camp close to the Rwandan border. Burundi said the invaders retreated back into Rwanda after the attack.
    (Bloomberg, 11/28/19)   
2019        Nov 16, The first of around 700 Cuban doctors were scheduled to fly home from strife-torn Bolivia as officials railed against what they charged was slander and mistreatment by Bolivia's conservative interim government.
    (Reuters, 11/16/19)   
2019        Nov 16, More than 200,000 Czechs gathered on the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution that brought an end to decades of communist rule in the country to give PM Andrej Babis an ultimatum — sell your business or quit your job.
    (AP, 11/16/19)   
2019        Nov 16, In Egypt nine people were killed when a minibus collided with a small truck on a highway in the southern province of Sohag.
    (AP, 11/17/19)   
2019        Nov 16, French police fired water cannon and fired tear gas in Paris to drive back protesters marking the first anniversary of anti-government "yellow vest" demonstrations.
    (Reuters, 11/16/19)   
2019        Nov 16, In Iran protests spread across the country after a surprise decision to impose petrol price hikes and rationing in the sanctions-hit country.
    (AP, 11/16/19)   
2019        Nov 16, Iran informed the UN IAEA that its stock of heavy water, a moderator used in a type of reactor it is developing, had exceeded 130 metric tons.
    (Reuters, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 16, Iraq closed its southern Shalamcheh border crossing with Iran to travelers from both countries because of ongoing public protests in both Iran and Iraq.
    (Reuters, 11/16/19)   
2019        Nov 16, Israeli aircraft hit military sites for Gaza’s Hamas rulers early today after two rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave.
    (AP, 11/16/19)   
2019        Nov 16, Malaysia's ruling coalition lost its fourth electoral contest since coming to power last May, uncovering deepening cracks in the young alliance mired by uncertainty over a succession plan for its top leadership.
    (Reuters, 11/16/19)
2019        Nov 16, In the Netherlands anti-racism campaigners held protests in cities across the country as Dutch children hailed the annual arrival of St. Nicholas and a blackface character who traditionally accompanies him.
    (Reuters, 11/16/19)
2019        Nov 16, In Spain dozens of protesters crowded into Barcelona's main railway station in the latest show of dissent to grip the city more than a month after a Spanish court handed stiff prison sentences to nine Catalan separatist leaders.
    (Reuters, 11/16/19)
2019        Nov 16, Sri Lankans packed into polling stations to choose a new president for the island-nation still struggling to recover from Easter Sunday attacks on hotels and churches that have heavily weighed on its tourism-dependent economy. Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who oversaw the military defeat of Tamil separatists 10 years ago, and government minister Sajith Premadasa were locked in a close fight.
    (Reuters, 11/16/19)
2019        Nov 16, In Switzerland climate-change activists blocked Geneva airport's private jet terminal in protest against what they said is an absurd form of transport.
    (Reuters, 11/16/19)   
2019        Nov 16, In northern Syria a car bomb exploded in the town of al-Bab, Aleppo province, controlled by Turkey-backed opposition fighters, killing at least 18 people and wounding several others. Turkey’s Defense Ministry blamed the main Kurdish militia, known as the People’s Protection Units.
    (AP, 11/16/19)
2019        Nov 16, Turkey removed four more mayors from their posts as part of a widening government crackdown against the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), and replaced them with state appointees.
    (Reuters, 11/16/19)       
2019        Nov 16, The Venezuelan opposition held nationwide protests in the hope of reviving a stalled movement to oust President Nicolas Maduro, who has held on to power despite an economic crisis and aggressive US sanctions.
    (Reuters, 11/16/19)

2019        Nov 17, US President Donald Trump welcomed a "cash" payout to American farmers before the Thanksgiving Day holiday that he attributed to China tariffs, but that money actually is part of a US government aid package. A day earlier the US Department of Agriculture said it will begin making a second round of 2019 trade aid payments to US farmers next week.
    (Reuters, 11/17/19)
2019        Nov 17, "Ford v Ferrari" left its box office competitors in the dust as Disney's historical sports drama sped its way to $31 million in North America. "Joker" by Warner Bros. officially became the first R-rated movie in history to gross over $1 billion at the global box office.
    (Reuters, 11/17/19)   
2019        Nov 17, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the United States and South Korea have indefinitely postponed a joint military exercise in an “act of goodwill" toward North Korea.
    (AP, 11/17/19)   
2019        Nov 17, The New York Times reported that rare and huge leak of Chinese government documents have shed new light on a security crackdown on Muslims in China's Xinjiang region, where President Xi Jinping ordered officials to act with "absolutely no mercy" against separatism and extremism.
    (AFP, 11/17/19)
2019        Nov 17, In Fresno, Ca., four people were killed and six others were injured when a gunman burst into a backyard and sprayed bullets toward a family who gathered to watch football. The victims were all of Hmong descent. A man in his 20s was shot to death earlier today at a home in another part of the city. Police later said the Mongolian Boy Society gang had mis-targeted the victims believing Asia Crips were responsible for the fatal shooting of Randy Xiong (28) earlier that day.
    (AP, 11/18/19)(SSFC, 11/24/19, p.A8)(SFC, 1/1/20, p.C1)
2019        Nov 17, In Bangladesh at least seven people were killed and eight injured after a gas pipeline exploded in the port city of Chittagong.
    (Reuters, 11/17/19)
2019        Nov 17, Belarus voted in parliamentary elections that will be closely watched by the West to see how much leeway President Alexander Lukashenko (65) will allow opposition candidates while keeping his grip on power. Lukashenko threatened to pull out of signing an integration deal with Russia next month if Moscow failed to resolve their dispute over energy subsidies.
    (Reuters, 11/17/19)
2019        Nov 17, Bolivians suffered long lines on the streets of La Paz to secure chicken, eggs and cooking fuel as supporters of ousted President Evo Morales continued to cripple the country's highways, isolating population centers from lowland farms.
    (Reuters, 11/17/19)
2019        Nov 17, Chile's Pres. Sebastian Pinera condemned for the first time what he called abuses committed by police in dealing with four weeks of violent unrest that have rocked the country.
    (AFP, 11/17/19)
2019        Nov 17, Two Nigerian table tennis players who traveled to Croatia for a sports competition were arrested by police, bundled into a van and forced over the border into Bosnia. For the next three weeks they were stuck in the Miral camp, run by the International Organization for Migration, as organizers of the sports event tried to help get back to Croatia and return home.
    (The Telegraph, 12/6/19)
2019        Nov 17, In Egypt a roadside bomb killed at least three members of the security forces in the restive northern Sinai province. A military court sentenced a Libyan national to death on terror-related charges for carrying out an ambush on police forces southwest of Cairo two years ago. Five Egyptians were given life sentences.
    (AP, 11/17/19)   
2019        Nov 17, In France yellow vest activists staged peaceful demonstrations across the country, a day after scuffles between Paris police and protesters marred the anniversary of their movement for economic justice.
    (AP, 11/17/19)   
2019        Nov 17, A French damning justice ministry report said police missed opportunities to save the lives of 41 per cent of women murdered in France by current or former partners.
    (tt, 11/17/19)   
2019        Nov 17, In Georgia about 20,000 people rallied in the center of Tbilisi to protest against the government and to demand an early parliamentary election.
    (Reuters, 11/17/19)
2019        Nov 17, Georgia demanded the release of a doctor detained by separatists after crossing into breakaway South Ossetia, which is controlled by Russia after a war between two ex-Soviet republics in 2008. Vazha Gaprindashvili, president of Georgia's Association of Orthopedist and Traumatologists, was taken to South Ossetia's regional center Tskhinvali on Nov. 13 and given two months of pretrial custody by the separatists.
    (Reuters, 11/17/19)   
2019        Nov 17, Thousands of Greeks, including former PM Alexis Tsipras, marched through central Athens this evening to mark the anniversary of a violently quashed student uprising in 1973 that helped topple a military junta.
    (Reuters, 11/17/19)   
2019        Nov 17, A Hong Kong police officer was struck by an arrow fired by a protester and an armored vehicle set ablaze, as fires raged into the night around a campus which has turned into a base for a pro-democracy movement that has sunk the city into turmoil. Activists dug in around Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), setting large fires to prevent police from conducting a threatened raid on the campus.
    (AP, 11/17/19)   
2019        Nov 17, Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei backed the sharp gasoline price rises that have sparked country-wide protests, which he blamed on the Islamic Republic's opponents and "sabotage" by foreign foes.
    (Reuters, 11/17/19)
2019        Nov 17, Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency said authorities have restricted internet access in Iran, after nearly two days of nationwide protests triggered by a petrol price hike.
    (AFP, 11/17/19)
2019        Nov 17, In Iraq anti-government protesters seized control of a third strategic Baghdad bridge, while others blocked roads with burning tires in parts of central and southern Iraq, halting traffic and paralyzing work following a call for a national strike. One protester was killed by a direct hit to the head from a tear gas cannister amid fresh clashes on the bridge. 32 others were wounded hours after protesters retook control of half of Ahrar Bridge.
    (AP, 11/17/19)
2019        Nov 17, Lebanon slipped deeper into political crisis after the withdrawal of Mohammad Safadi, a top candidate for prime minister, narrowed the chances of creating a government needed to enact urgent reforms.
    (Reuters, 11/17/19)   
2019        Nov 17, Authorities at Libya's Misrata airport seized a Libyan Airlines aircraft operating from Benghazi in the east of the country.
    (Reuters, 11/17/19)   
2019        Nov 17, North Korea said nuclear issues will not be discussed when talks with the United States restart unless the withdrawal of US "hostile policy" was put on the agenda.
    (Reuters, 11/17/19)
2019        Nov 17, Russian news said Russia will return three captured naval ships to Ukraine on Nov. 18 and is moving them to a handover location agreed with Kiev.
    (Reuters, 11/17/19)
2019        Nov 17, Samoa declared a state of emergency this weekend, closing all schools and cracking down on public gatherings, after several deaths linked to a measles outbreak that has spread across the Pacific islands. The island state of just 200,000 declared a measles epidemic late in October after the first deaths were reported.
    (Reuters, 11/17/19)
2019        Nov 17, Saudi Aramco is worth up to $1.7 trillion at the price range set by the oil giant, below the $2 trillion sought by Saudi's crown prince but putting it in the running to become the world's biggest IPO.
    (Reuters, 11/17/19)
2019        Nov 17, Sri Lanka's former civil wartime defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa was declared the winner in the presidential election, after promising to secure the country against militant threats following Easter bombings this year.
    (Reuters, 11/17/19)   
2019        Nov 17, In Thailand Jeong Kyeong-doo, the South Korean minister of defence, and his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe, agreed to set up more military hotlines and to push ahead with a visit by Mr Jeong to China next year to “foster bilateral exchanges and cooperation in defence".
    (The Telegraph, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 17, Turkey's defense ministry said authorities have captured a Syrian Kurdish YPG fighter suspected of a car bomb attack in the northern Syrian town of Al-Bab a day earlier, which killed 18 people and wounded 30 others.
    (Reuters, 11/17/19)
2019        Nov 17, At the Vatican Pope Francis hosted 1,500 homeless and needy people for lunch as the Roman Catholic Church marked its World Day of the Poor.
    (AP, 11/17/19)   
2019        Nov 17, Yemen's Houthi rebels seized a Saudi vessel while it was towing a South Korean drilling rig. Rebels said in a statement that they had seized three vessels including, a Saudi one, allegedly for entering Yemeni waters.
    (AP, 11/18/19)

2019        Nov 18, The Trump administration said it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be a violation of international law, reversing four decades of American policy and further undermining the Palestinians’ effort to gain statehood.
    (AP, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, US Chief Justice John Roberts ordered an indefinite delay in the House of Representative's demand for Pres. Trump's financial records.
    (SFC, 11/19/19, p.A6)
2019        Nov 18, The US announced it would halt sanctions waivers for Iran's Fordow plant, ending a key part of a landmark nuclear deal after Tehran said it had resumed enrichment activities.
    (AP, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, The United States granted another 90 days for companies to cease doing business with China's telecoms giant Huawei, saying the move would allow service providers to continue to offer coverage in rural areas.
    (AFP, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 18, An independent expert working with the UN human rights office estimated that over 100,000 children are being held in migration-related detention in the United States. The 100,000 figure was drawn from a UN refugee agency report citing data from 2015, the latest figure his team could find. New US government data released this month found 69,550 migrant children have been held in US government custody over the past year.
    (AP, 11/18/19)    (AP, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 18, In Arizona the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station, one of the largest in the West, was shut down after serving customers for nearly 50 years.
    (SFC, 11/19/19, p.A10)
2019        Nov 18, Extinction Rebellion activists pressing for more rapid action on climate change threats began a week-long hunger strikes in 27 countries. The strikes were in part spearheaded by Giovanni Tamacas (20), a University of San Diego student, who carried out a solo hunger strike last month in front of the White House.
    (Reuters, 11/20/19)
2019        Nov 18, In Colorado Patrick Frazee was convicted of killing Kelsey Berreth (29) on Nov. 22, 2018. She was his fiancee and the mother of his young daughter.
    (ABC News, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, In Indiana Dennis Tyler (76), the mayor of Muncie, was arrested for allegedly taking a $5,000 bribe in exchange for a public works contract.
    (SFC, 11/19/19, p.A6)
2019        Nov 18, In Missouri Jennifer Rothwell’s body was found late today about 45 miles (72 km) northwest of her home. Rothwell’s husband, Beau Rothwell (28), was in jailed without bond on charges of second-degree murder and evidence tampering.
    (AP, 11/20/19)
2019        Nov 18, In Oklahoma the Pottawatomie County jury convicted Byron James Shepard (38) for the 2017 killing of Officer Justin Terney, who was shot during a traffic stop. Prosecutors were seeking the death penalty.
    (AP, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 18, Projects to protect Texas marshes from erosion and an Alaskan village from the Bering Sea got help from some of the 44 grants awarded today by the National Coastal Resilience Fund, a public-private partnership assisting communities threatened by storms and flooding from rising and warming seas.
    (AP, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, Adela Raz, Afghanistan’s first female ambassador to the UN, launched a UN group to protect the rights Afghan women gained after the Taliban was ousted from power 18 years ago, amid fresh efforts to rekindle talks with the fundamentalist group to end the country’s long-running war.
    (AP, 11/20/19)
2019        Nov 18, Opposition groups in Belarus lost their only two seats in parliamentary elections criticized by international observers, as the country’s authoritarian leader focused on looming trade negotiations with Russia. The two sitting opposition deputies and many other opposition activists were barred from running.
    (Bloomberg, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, In Bolivia residents in several cities were reporting food and gasoline shortages because of protests by supporters of ousted Pres. Evo Morales. At least 23 people have been killed in street violence that erupted after the disputed Oct. 20 election.
    (SFC, 11/19/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 18, Brazilian government data showed that deforestation in the Amazon rainforest rose to its highest in over a decade this year, confirming a sharp increase under the leadership of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro.
    (Reuters, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, Police in Brazil said four homeless people have died and four hospitalized after drinking from a bottle containing a "suspicious" liquid given them by unidentified people in Sao Paulo.
    (SFC, 11/19/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 18, A miniature manuscript written by the teenage Charlotte Bronte returned to her childhood home in West Yorkshire after it was bought by a British museum at auction in Paris. The Bronte Parsonage Museum bid 780,000 euros ($862,600) for the unpublished manuscript, written by Bronte when she was 14 years old.
    (Reuters, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, The Czech government approved a 7% digital tax proposal aimed at boosting state coffers by taxing advertising by global internet giants like Google and Facebook. The proposed tax must still make it past lawmakers in parliament.
    (Reuters, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, German biotech company Morphosys said more patients would be recruited for a study testing its most advanced drug against a common type of blood cancer, following an encouraging interim data readout.
    (Reuters, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, Police in Georgia used water cannon to disperse protesters near the parliament and arrested several people calling for an early election.
    (Reuters, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam urged protesters holed up in a university to heed police calls to surrender, as tens of thousands of protesters marched to support the trapped demonstrators.
    (Bloomberg, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, The Hungarian government signed a special agreement with an Orthodox Jewish group, granting them a status in the country enjoyed only by a small number of churches.
    (AP, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, In Iran three members of the security forces were stabbed to death near Tehran as protests continued in several cities. The Revolutionary Guards warned of "decisive" action if anti-government protests do not cease.
    (Reuters, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 18, In southern Iraq anti-government demonstrators blocked roads leading to the Umm Qasr port, while the country’s central bank reduced working hours because of ongoing demonstrations.
    (AP, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, Italian police broke up a cross-border criminal gang illicitly trafficking in archaeological artifacts clandestinely excavated in southern Italy for export abroad. Two suspects were jailed and 21 put under house arrest, most of them in Calabria.
    (AP, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, Japan's first ever fully fledged arms show opened, creating a forum that Japan's government hopes will help it tap technology it needs to counter threats posed by China and North Korean.
    (Reuters, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, Kuwait’s ruler Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah fired his own son and another Cabinet minister after they publicly feuded over accusations of corruption, ordering the prime minister to form a new government.
    (AP, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, In Libya an airstrike slammed into a biscuit factory in Tripoli, killing at least seven workers including five foreign nationals and two Libyans. The Tripoli-based government blamed the airstrike Gen. Khalifa Hifter’s LNA, which did not return calls seeking comment.
    (AP, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, A Myanmar judge extended the sentences of the Peacock Generation troupe, a group of satirical performers jailed for mocking the military, in a case that has raised new concern about freedom of expression. A court in Yangon added another year under the same charge.
    (Reuters, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, Nicaraguan authorities said 16 anti-government protesters have been accused of arms trafficking. They included student protesters such as Nicaraguan and Belgian national Amaya Coppens, who has been arrested previously. The Roman Catholic Church in Nicaragua accused groups linked to the government of beating a priest and violently taking control of the cathedral.
    (Reuters, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 18, North Korea responded to a tweet by US President Donald Trump that hinted at another summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying it has no interest in giving Trump further meetings to brag about unless it gets something substantial in return.
    (Politico, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, Portugal's Champalimaud Foundation announced the world's largest annual prize, worth 1 million euros, for research and clinical practices aiming to control or eradicate cancer.
    (Reuters, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, Russia returned three Ukrainian naval ships that were seized by Russia nearly a year ago. The two gunboats and a tug were taken by the Russian coast guard on Nov. 25, 2018, as they maneuvered near the Kerch Strait that connects the Black Sea with the Azov Sea.
    (AP, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, South Korean and US officials resumed talks to narrow a $4 billion gap in how much they want Seoul to pay for the cost of hosting the American military amid public protests of "highway robbery" against sharply increased US demands.
    (Reuters, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, A Spanish National Court official confirmed that Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, a former Venezuelan spymaster accused of attempting to "flood" the United States with drugs, remains missing since an order for his arrest pending extradition was issued on Nov. 8.
    (AP, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, Human Rights Watch said the deadly crackdown by Sudanese security forces against pro-democracy demonstrators last June may have amounted to a crime against humanity.
    (AP, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, Swiss-based Novartis said is exiting drug discovery at its Shanghai site and shifting its focus to drug development as accelerating approvals in China are pushing the company to dedicate the operation's resources to getting its medicines to market.
    (Reuters, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, A UN nuclear watchdog IAEA report showed that Iran has breached another limit of its nuclear deal with major powers by accumulating slightly more than 130 tons of heavy water, a substance used in a type of reactor it is developing.
    (AP, 11/18/19)
2019        Nov 18, The head of a UN treaty said a rare species of porpoise is facing imminent extinction as fishing vessels appear to be flouting an international ban on them entering its last sanctuary, off the coast of Mexico.
    (Reuters, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 18, Yemen’s internationally recognized government returned to the war-torn country for the first time since it was forced out by southern separatists during clashes last summer. PM Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed described the government’s return as “foundational for the improvement of civic services".
    (AP, 11/18/19)

2019        Nov 19, The US Senate unanimously passed a bill aimed at supporting protesters in Hong Kong and warning China against a violent suppression of the demonstrations -- drawing a rebuke from Beijing.
    (Bloomberg, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 19, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman (44) told Congress that he listened to President Trump’s July phone call with the president of Ukraine and immediately knew it was his “duty" to report Trump’s “improper" behavior to White House lawyers.
    (Yahoo News, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 19, Thousands of red-clad Indiana teachers swarmed the state capitol building, chanting loudly to protest low salaries and evaluation policies and forcing half the state's school districts to cancel classes for the day.
    (Reuters, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 19, A new US federal law, effective January 1, was published in the federal register. It will restrict bottom trawling over 90% of the sea floor along the West Coast from Canada to Mexico.
    (SFC, 11/20/19, p.A1)
2019        Nov 19, A federal judge in San Francisco ruled that the Trump administration flouted federal law with a rule that would allow any health care worker to refuse to provide abortions or other procedures for religious or moral reasons.
    (SFC, 11/21/19, p.C1)
2019        Nov 19, In Abu Dhabi donor governments and philanthropists pledged $2.6 billion to help fund a worldwide polio eradication plan that has taken decades to reach what global health specialists say is now the "last mile." The funding included $1.08 billion from the Gates Foundation, around $514 million from Britain, $215 million from the United States, $160 million from Pakistan and $150 million from the charity Rotary International.
    (Reuters, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 19, Austria's interior minister said the house where Adolf Hitler was born will be turned into a police station, after years of debate over how best to prevent it becoming a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis.
    (Reuters, 11/20/19)
2019        Nov 19, Bosnia named Serb economist Zoran Tegeltija as prime minister after a compromise between its Serb, Croat and Muslim co-presidents on submitting annual reform plans to NATO ended a 13-month deadlock between opponents and supporters of integration with the West.
    (Reuters, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 19, Britain's PM Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn traded blows over Brexit and the health system as they vied for votes during the first ever head-to-head TV debate.
    (AFP, 11/20/19)
2019        Nov 19, Thousands of unionized Canadian National Railway workers held their first strike in a decade after negotiating parties failed to resolve contract issues at a time of softening demand for freight service.
    (AP, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 19, It was reported that Chinese Catholic bishop Guo Xijin (61) is believed to be on the run from state security after refusing to bring his church under a government-sanctioned religious association.
    (AP, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 19, In Egypt a captain was killed and four members of the security forces were wounded in a roadside bombing. The Islamic State group soon claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 19, The European Union's top court ruled that there are reasons to question the independence of a new judicial chamber in Poland that monitors and potentially punishes judges. However, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) left it to Poland’s highest court to determine whether the new Disciplinary Chamber is independent of influence from the nations’ legislative and executive powers.
    (AP, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 19, German special police forces arrested a Syrian man (26) in a raid on his apartment after receiving intelligence from American officials that he was planning an extremist attack.
    (AP, 11/19/19)   
2019        Nov 19, Haiti’s embattled leader, Jovenel Moise, said he will not resign despite months of protests calling for his ouster, which he said are partially a plot by groups holding the crisis-torn Caribbean nation “hostage" and trying to thwart his reforms.
    (Bloomberg, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 19, Anti-government protesters holed up in a Hong Kong university searched for escape routes after more than two days of clashes with police, dramatic breakouts by rope and motorcycle and more than 1,000 arrests in 24 hours. About 100 protesters remained trapped in the Polytechnic University.
    (Reuters, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 19, Tata Steel, the Indian steel manufacturer, announced that it will be slashing 3,000 jobs across its operations in Europe, citing a global consumption slowdown and the uncertainty surrounding the UK general elections and Brexit that is scheduled to follow right after.
    (Benzinga, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 19, An Iranian judiciary spokesman said protests triggered by petrol price hikes last week have subsided.
    (Reuters, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 19, Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to the West Bank to celebrate the US's announcement that it does not consider Israeli settlements to violate international law.
    (AP, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 19, The Israeli military said it intercepted four incoming rockets from Syria and explosions were heard shortly after that in Damascus, a week after another Israeli strike targeted a top Palestinian militant in the Syrian capital.
    (AP, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 19, Kuwait's ruler named Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah as prime minister, elevating him from his role as foreign minister, after a row between ruling family members and parliament prompted the last government to resign.
    (Reuters, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 19, In Lebanon thousands of protesters rallying against the political elite blocked roads in central Beirut, preventing lawmakers from reaching the parliament and forcing the postponement of a legislative session.
    (AP, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 19, Maltese PM Joseph Muscat said he has offered an official pardon to a suspect if his evidence leads to the arrest of the mastermind behind the Oct. 16, 2017, assassination of journalist Caruana Galizia.
    (SFC, 11/20/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 19, In the Philippines Pres. Rodrigo Duterte ordered a sweeping ban on vaping in public and threatened to use the police and military to enforce the order.
    (SFC, 11/22/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 19, Russia says it has repatriated another 32 children of members of the Islamic State group from Iraq.
    (AP, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 19, Mothers of Russian prisoners denounced the prosecution of protesters as a "travesty of justice" as they gathered outside the offices of the presidential administration. They called on Pres. Vladimir Putin to have the courts, investigators and the FSB security service probed over their handling of the cases.
    (AFP, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 19, South African Airways (SAA) resumed some regional flights but warned that only a deal with striking unions can resolve its current crisis, with no prospect of more money from the government.
    (Reuters, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 19, A Swedish prosecutor dropped a rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, ending the near decade-old case that had sent the anti-secrecy campaigner into hiding in London's Ecuadorian embassy to avoid extradition.
    (Reuters, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 19, Turkey's state-run news agency said prosecutors have issued warrants for the detention of 133 military officers over suspected links to the US-based Muslim cleric who is blamed by Ankara for a failed coup attempt in 2016. 101 of the suspects were detained in simultaneous raids in 45 provinces for alleged links to Fethullah Gulen's network.
    (AP, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 19, The United Nations voiced alarm at reports dozens may have been killed in Iranian demonstrations, as the Islamic republic said it will unblock the internet only once calm has been restored.
    (AFP, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 19, The UN and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said that Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory remain in breach of international law, rejecting the Trump administration's position accepting them.
    (Reuters, 11/19/19)
2019        Nov 19, The World Food Program (WFP) said jihadist violence in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso has forced nearly 1 million people to flee their homes, destroyed fragile agricultural economies and hobbled humanitarian aid efforts.
    (Reuters, 11/19/19)

2019        Nov 20, In his opening statement before the House Intelligence Committee, Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union — who has been widely seen as the impeachment inquiry’s most consequential witness — put President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani at the center of the effort to pressure the president of Ukraine to carry out Trump’s political agenda.
    (Yahoo News, 11/20/19)
2019        Nov 20, Joe Biden sought to turn Donald Trump's impeachment to his own advantage at the fifth Democrat presidential debate, declaring it showed he was the candidate the president feared most. Bernie Sanders called the president a "pathological liar." Elizabeth Warren said she had already decided to convict Mr Trump in a Senate trial. Speaking on stage at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, California Senator Kamala Harris went after Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard on foreign policy. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker took on former Vice President Joe Biden over marijuana. And Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar characterized South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg as inexperienced.
    (The Telegraph, 11/21/19)(Bloomberg, 11/20/19)
2019        Nov 20, The US Justice Department said The Assistance Fund, a Florida-based charity, will pay $4 million to resolve claims that it acted as a conduit for companies including Biogen Inc and Novartis AG to pay kickbacks to Medicare patients using their high-priced multiple sclerosis drugs.
    (Reuters, 11/20/19)
2019        Nov 20, The US House Judiciary Committee took the first step to legalizing marijuana in the US advancing a bill to remove pot from the Controlled Substances Act and create a 5% tax to fund programs to heal damage to people hurt by the war on drugs.
    (SFC, 11/21/19, p.A4)
2019        Nov 20, In Arizona former Border Patrol agent Matthew Bowen (39), who hit a fleeing Guatemalan migrant with his truck in 2017, was sentenced to three years of probation. Bowen, more than two weeks before the encounter, had referred to immigrants in a text message as “subhuman" and “mindless murdering savages".
    (NY Times, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 20, Michael J. Pollard (80), Hollywood character actor, died in Los Angeles. His more than 200 films and television show included his role as the gas station attendant turned criminal accomplice in "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967).
    (SSFC, 11/24/19, p.B10)
2019        Nov 20, A Louisiana man who took the stand in his own defense was found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Shreveport police officer. Grover Cannon (31) said several people lied about his involvement in the shooting. He says he believes another officer’s bullets killed Officer Thomas LaValley (29) on Aug. 5, 2015.
    (AP, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 20, Former Louisiana State University student Matthew Naquin (21) was sentenced to five years in prison in the 2017 hazing death of fraternity pledge Max Gruver.
    (ABC News, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 20, In New Jersey Michael Tennant (10), who was shot at a high school game between Pleasantville and Camden on Nov. 15, died. Charges against the suspected gunman were upgraded to murder.
    (SFC, 11/21/19, p.A4)
2019        Nov 20, A North Carolina county removed a Confederate statue from the historic outside the historic Chatham County courthouse early today, joining the handful of places around the state where such monuments have come down in recent years despite a law protecting them.
    (AP, 11/20/19)
2019        Nov 20, Gary Jones resigned as president of the United Auto Workers after the union moved to oust him and another official under the cloud of a broadening federal corruption investigation.
    (The Week, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 20, In Afghanistan two US servicemen were killed in a helicopter crash.
    (SFC, 11/21/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 20, It was reported that major hotels in Britain are failing to protect workers from debt bondage and sexual exploitation, according to a study that found 75% of hospitality businesses were flouting 2015 anti-slavery legislation.
    (Reuters, 11/20/19)
2019        Nov 20, Ethiopia's Sidama people voted overwhelmingly to form their own self-governing region as many of the country's ethnic groups demand greater autonomy under sweeping reforms led by PM Abiy Ahmed. The Sidama represent about 4% of Ethiopia's 105 million population.
    (Reuters, 11/23/19)
2019        Nov 20, Greece announced plans to overhaul its migration management system, replacing overcrowded refugee camps on the islands with smaller detention facilities and moving some 20,000 asylum seekers to the mainland over the next few weeks.
    (AP, 11/20/19)
2019        Nov 20, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared that street unrest had been put down in a victory over foreign enemies, after a wave of violent demonstrations swept the country following a hike in fuel prices last week. Amnesty International said it had documented at least 106 deaths of protesters killed by security forces.
    (Reuters, 11/20/19)
2019        Nov 20, Activists said six conservationists working to save the critically endangered Asiatic cheetah have been sentenced to prison on internationally criticized espionage charges in Iran.
    (AP, 11/20/19)
2019        Nov 20, Iraqi security officials say at least 27 protesters have been wounded in renewed clashes overnight in central Baghdad.
    (AP, 11/20/19)
2019        Nov 20, Israeli officials announced that dozens of world leaders will arrive in Jerusalem for the largest-ever gathering focused on combatting anti-Semitism amid a global spike in violence against Jews.
    (AP, 11/20/19)
2019        Nov 20, Israel struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria in a “wide-scale" operation in response to rocket fire on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights the day before. The airstrikes killed at least 23 people, including 15 non-Syrians, some of them Iranians. The airstrikes targeted several areas in the capital Damascus and its suburbs.
    (AP, 11/20/19)
2019        Nov 20, Malta police arrested one of the country's most prominent businessmen as part of an investigation into the 2017 murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Yorgen Fenech was detained by armed forces as he tried to leave the Mediterranean island before dawn aboard his luxury yacht.
    (Reuters, 11/20/19)
2019        Nov 20, The Saudi-led coalition battling the Houthis in Yemen confirmed the return of the impounded ships.
    (AP, 11/20/19)
2019        Nov 20, In Somalia Almaas Elman, a Somali Canadian peace activist, was killed after she was hit by a stray bullet while traveling in a car inside a heavily defended base near the international airport where many diplomats and aid workers have offices.
    (AP, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 20, In Syria more than 15 civilians, including six children, seeking shelter in a refugee camp in the town of Qah, Idlib province, were killed after it was hit by ballistic missiles fired by pro-government forces.
    (The Telegraph, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 20, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy unveiled a rebuilt bridge that was blown up in Stanytsia Luhanska in 2015, among several confidence-building measures before a summit next month meant to end a conflict with Russian-backed separatist forces.
    (Reuters, 11/20/19)
2019        Nov 20, Pope Francis arrived in Thailand as part of a two-country tour to boost the morale of Thailand's and Japan's minority Catholic communities.
    (SFC, 11/21/19, p.A2)

2019        Nov 21, US President Donald Trump blasted the US Navy's handling of a Navy SEAL whose rank he recently restored following a court martial, saying he would not allow the service to remove his SEAL status. Gallagher and three other SEALs were notified a day earlier that they must appear before a board that will decide whether they should be stripped of their SEAL status.
    (Reuters, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 21, US President Donald Trump said he had asked Apple Inc Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook to look into helping develop telecommunications infrastructure for 5G wireless networks in the United States.
    (Reuters, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 21, Congress gave final approval to a stopgap spending bill that would punt the threat of a US government shutdown to just before Christmas. Pres. Trump signed the bill into law.
    (SFC, 11/22/19, p.A8)
2019        Nov 21, Fiona Hill, a Russia expert who’s written extensively on the Kremlin, scolded Republican lawmakers for propagating what she said was a “fictional narrative" — that somehow Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 US presidential election.
    (AP, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 21, US diplomat David Holmes told Congress that he overheard President Trump discussing the need for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden in July, and that he came forward to testify because of complaints about the lack of firsthand accounts.
    (Yahoo News, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 21, The US military lost an unmanned drone aircraft over the Libyan capital, Tripoli, where rival armed groups have been fighting for control of the city for months. Libyan officials later said LNA forces trying to seize Tripoli shot down the drone over the capital by mistake.
    (AP, 11/22/19)(AP, 11/25/19)
2019        Nov 21, In southern California a 13-year-old boy was arrested after he allegedly threatened to shoot fellow students at Animo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School in Willowbrook. When authorities searched the suspect's home they found an unregistered AR-15 with a high-capacity magazine, approximately 100 rounds of ammunition, a map of the school, and a list of some students and teachers.
    (CBS News, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 21, A judge concluded that an Illinois man who spent nearly 20 years behind bars wasn’t guilty of a crime in the fatal shooting that sent him to prison. The judge granted Terrence Haynes a certificate of innocence after determining Haynes shouldn’t have been charged in the fatal 1999 shooting of Cezaire Murrell.
    (AP, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 21, Former Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh (69) pleaded guilty to federal crimes in a book fraud. She had written a series of children's book that were used to defraud health care companies, the city's school system and taxpayers.
    (SFC, 11/22/19, p.A9)
2019        Nov 21, In Oklahoma two US airmen were killed at Vance Air Force Base during a routine training mission in Enid.
    (SFC, 11/22/19, p.A8)
2019        Nov 21, AstraZeneca said that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had given its go ahead for the company's Calquence drug to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), one of the most common types of leukemia in adults.
    (Reuters, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 21, WeWork said it is laying off around 2,400 employees globally, as the office-sharing company seeks to drastically cut costs and stabilize its business after it transformed from a Wall Street darling into a pariah in a matter of weeks.
    (Reuters, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 21, An Argentine criminal prosecutor requested the arrest of Vatican-based Catholic Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta after officials said he ignored repeated calls and emails about an investigation of sex abuse allegations against him.
    (Reuters, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 21, Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro launched a new political party, the Alliance for Brazil (APB), under the banner of fighting graft and advancing Christian values, a breakaway move that could fragment his base.
    (Reuters, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 21, Britain's main opposition Labour party unveiled its general election manifesto, promising a radical agenda for social change, including nationalizing key industries and a controversial second referendum on Brexit.
    (AFP, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 21, In Colombia more than 250,000 people marched to express growing discontent with President Ivan Duque's government. Three people were killed in events following marches across the country.
    (Reuters, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 21, Amnesty International alleged Aisha el-Shater (39), the daughter of a senior leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, has been tortured and denied medical treatment in an Egyptian prison. Khairat el-Shater, long seen as the Brotherhood’s most powerful leader, has been jailed since 2013 after the military overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi.
    (AP, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 21, The first Honduran asylum-seeker arrived in Guatemala from El Paso, Texas, under a controversial US agreement that establishes Guatemala as a safe third country to process people fleeing persecution in their homelands.
    (Reuters, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 21, In Hong Kong only a handful of activists held out as they desperately searched for ways to escape or hide while squads of police encircled the grounds of Polytechnic University.
    (Reuters, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 21, Iran began restoring internet access in the capital Tehran and a number of provinces after a days-long nationwide shutdown meant to help stifle unrest over fuel price hikes. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards said several alleged ringleaders of the recent unrest in the country have been arrested by intelligence services. The Guard’s official news service Sepah News reported that the unidentified individuals had links to foreign security services.
    (Reuters, 11/21/19)(Bloomberg, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 21, In Iraq at least 10 protesters were killed in clashes on Rasheed street very close to Ahrar Bridge.
    (AP, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 21, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted with all three charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery relating to a series of corruption scandals.
    (Reuters, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 21, A Lebanese soldier who shot and killed a protester in Beirut last week was charged by a military prosecutor with murder.
    (AP, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 21, North Korea rejected an invitation for leader Kim Jong Un to attend a planned summit in South Korea next week with Southeast Asian nations, saying it would be "pointless" due to strained ties with Seoul.
    (AP, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 21, Poland’s parliament elected three ruling party nominees as judges to the constitutional court, including two widely denounced by opposition lawmakers, raising concerns about the court’s independence.
    (AP, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 21, Russia's lower house of parliament passed legislation that will allow individual journalists to be labelled foreign agents, a move that critics say will tighten curbs on the media. The bill now goes to the upper house and then President Vladimir Putin for approval.
    (Reuters, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 21, In Syria at least seven civilians were killed in the government-controlled city of Aleppo in intense shelling from rebel-held areas in the country’s northwest.
    (AP, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 21, Pope Francis urged more efforts to combat the “humiliation" of women and children forced into prostitution as he began a busy visit to Thailand, where human trafficking and poverty help fuel the sex tourism industry.
    (AP, 11/21/19)
2019        Nov 21, Ukraine's navy said three Ukrainian navy boats seized by Russia a year ago were vandalized before being handed back to Ukraine. Ukraine's navy said the vessels had been stripped bare and left so badly damaged that they had to be towed home by tug.
    (AP, 11/21/19)

2019        Nov 22, US President Donald Trump said he had saved Hong Kong from being destroyed by persuading Chinese President Xi Jinping to hold off on sending in troops to crush its pro-democracy movement.
    (AFP, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 22, President Donald Trump said that he’ll stand by his man Mike Pence in the 2020 campaign.
    (Bloomberg, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 22, American-led forces and their Syrian Kurdish allies carried out their biggest joint operation against the Islamic State in Syria since President Donald Trump ordered a pullback of US forces there. Coalition officials said the operation captured dozens of militants.
    (AP, 11/23/19)
2019        Nov 22, The United States imposed sanctions on Iran's communications minister for his role in "widescale internet censorship," a reference to a five-day-long nationwide shutdown meant to help stifle protests against fuel price hikes in Iran.
    (Reuters, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 22, A US federal judge awarded Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian and his family nearly $180 million in their lawsuit against Iran over his 544 days in captivity and torture while being held on internationally criticized espionage charges.
    (AP, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 22, It was reported that the Trump administration is withholding more than $100 million in US military assistance to Lebanon that has been approved by Congress and is favored by his national security team, an assertion of executive control of foreign aid that is similar to the delay in support for Ukraine at the center of the impeachment inquiry.
    (AP, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 22, In Virginia former CIA officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee (55) was sentenced to 19 years in prison for conspiring to deliver classified information to China in a case that touched on the mysterious unraveling of the agency’s informant network in China but did little to solve it.
    (AP, 11/23/19)(SFC, 11/23/19, p.A5)
2019        Nov 22, A mostly white Alabama jury convicted white police officer Aaron Cody Smith of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Gregory Gunn (58), an unarmed black man, in 2016.
    (AP, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 22, Eddie Duran (b.1925), San Francisco-based jazz guitarist, died. The Mexican-American artist recorded five solo albums in a career that lasted 70 years.
    (SFC, 11/29/19, p.C1)
2019        Nov 22, Amazon.com Inc filed a lawsuit in a federal US court contesting the US Defense Department's decision last month to award a Pentagon cloud computing contract worth up to $10 billion to rival bidder Microsoft Corp.
    (Reuters, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 22, Tens of thousands of Algerians marched through the capital and other towns and cities as their months-long campaign of protests gathers steam ahead of an election they demand to be cancelled.
    (Reuters, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 22, Bosnian officials bowed to pressure from protesters and dismissed the management of a residential home after an opposition lawmaker publicized photos showing children with special needs tied to beds and radiators.
    (Reuters, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 22, British metal detectorists George Powell (38) and Layton Davies (51), who failed to declare a large hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure worth around 3 million pounds ($3.8 million), were jailed for a total of nearly 20 years.
    (Reuters, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 22, Demonstrators from the Chagos Islands protested at British defiance of a United Nations deadline to end their "illegal occupation" of the Indian Ocean archipelago. A six-month UN deadline to return control of the Chagos Islands back to Mauritius came and looked set to pass, with the UK refusing to recognize Mauritius's claim of sovereignty over the islands.
    (AFP, 11/22/19)(The Telegraph, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 22, In Colombia three police officers were killed in a bomb blast late today at a police station in the town of Santander de Quilichao, Cauca province, after thousands gathered for renewed protests and sporadic looting erupted in the capital Bogota. Pres. Ivan Duque ordered a curfew in Bogota to contain ongoing clashes.
    (Reuters, 11/22/19)(SSFC, 11/24/19, p.A4)
2019        Nov 22, Several hundred Cypriots from both sides of the divided island marched to demand reunification as the Mediterranean country's two leaders prepared to meet for talks.
    (AFP, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 22, In Georgia opposition activists tried to shut state buildings with padlocks and chains in the capital and other cities across the country, as protests spread demanding an early parliamentary election.
    (Reuters, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 22, In Hong Kong an unknown number of protesters remain holed up inside the Polytechnic University as riot police encircled the campus, which has been the site of violent clashes in recent days.
    (Good Morning America, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 22, Hong Kong's High Court said the government could enforce a ban on face masks for one week as police readied for any unrest during contested elections this weekend.
    (SFC, 11/23/19, p.A4)
2019        Nov 22, Thousands rallied in several Iranian cities in a state-organized show of support for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei following a crackdown on anti-government protests. Amnesty International has said that at least 106 people were killed last week as protesters clashed with security forces, while officials in Iran put the death toll at 12.
    (Bloomberg, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 22, In Iraq four protesters were killed and 25 wounded amid ongoing clashes with security forces near a strategic bridge in Baghdad.
    (Reuters, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 22, Lebanon’s protesters and top politicians held competing Independence Day celebrations, reflecting the deepening rift that has beset the country grappling with its worst political and economic crises in decades.
    (AP, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 22, At least six bodies of Europe-bound migrants were found on Libya’s Mediterranean coast, while another 90 were intercepted by Libya’s coast guard.
    (AP, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 22, A Dutch appeals court overturned a lower court’s order that the government must attempt to bring home children whose mothers traveled to Syria to join Islamic extremist groups.
    (AP, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 22, A New Zealand man (27) was convicted of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane after a Tinder date last December. Sentencing was expected in February 2020.
    (Insider, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 22, Amnesty International said tens of thousands of people in Lahore, Pakistan, are at risk of respiratory disease because of poor air quality from thick smog.
    (SFC, 11/23/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 22, Palestinian officials said Israeli settlers attacked five villages in the occupied West Bank overnight, torching vehicles and olive trees, and leaving graffiti on the walls of homes.
    (AP, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 22, Philippine troops killed militant Talha Jumsah, aka Abu Talha, in a clash in Sulu province. Jumsah had acted as a key link of the Islamic State group to local jihadists.
    (SSFC, 11/24/19, p.A4)
2019        Nov 22, Samoa's government said deaths related to measles, mostly among small children, have more than tripled to 20 in the past week, eight days after declaring a state of emergency over the outbreak.
    (Reuters, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 22, It was reported that a month's long drought is affecting most of southern Africa. The area has received just one normal rainfall in the last five growing seasons. More than 11 million people faced food insecurity in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.
    (SFC, 11/22/19, p.A6)
2019        Nov 22, South African Airways (SAA) signed a wage deal with trade unions to end an eight-day strike that brought the cash-strapped state airline to the brink of collapse.
    (Reuters, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 22, South Korea made a last-minute decision to stick with its critical intelligence-sharing deal with Japan, a dramatic reversal after months of frigid relations complicated by painful, wartime history.
    (Reuters, 11/22/19)
2019        Nov 22, It was reported that the Vatican’s Caritas Internationalis charity learned in 2017 of pedophilia concerns involving Rev. Luk Delft, its Central African Republic director, but left it for his superiors to investigate and he remained in place and in ministry until this year.
    (AP, 11/22/19)

2019        Nov 23, Vice President Mike Pence visited Iraq to reassure Iraqi Kurds of US support after President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria drew criticism that Washington had betrayed its Kurdish allies there.
    (Reuters, 11/23/19)
2019        Nov 23, In Alabama Lowndes County Sheriff John Williams was “tragically killed" in the line of duty at a QV gas station. A suspect in custody was identified as William Chase Johnson (18).
    (AP, 11/24/19)
2019        Nov 23, In Union City, California, two boys, ages 11 and 14, were fatally shot while sitting in a van outside Searles Elementary School early today.
    (AP, 11/23/19)
2019        Nov 23, In Egypt Shady Zalat (37), an editor for the independent news website Mada Masr, was arrested from his home in Cairo. Mada Masr is one of the hundreds of websites blocked by the Egyptian government in recent years. Egypt has arrested at least 3,000 people since September amid a sweeping crackdown following rare anti-government protests.
    (AP, 11/23/19)
2019        Nov 23, In France tens of thousands of people took the streets of Paris and other cities to protest against domestic violence, after more than 130 women are believed to have been killed by their partner or ex-partner in France this year.
    (Reuters, 11/23/19)
2019        Nov 23, Germany’s ruling Christian Democrats approved a motion that calls on the government to restrict Chinese equipment supplier Huawei Technologies Co. from participating in the country’s planned 5G network.
    (AP, 11/23/19)
2019        Nov 23, In northern Germany more than 5,000 people followed the call by the governor of Lower Saxony to join rallies against a far-right protest in Hannover. Only about 100 far-right protesters showed up for their march.
    (AP, 11/23/19)
2019        Nov 23, Iraqi security forces fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse crowds of protesters, killing two people in a third day of fierce clashes in central Baghdad. Security forces opened fire on protesters in the southern city of Nassiriya late today, killing at least three people.
    (AP, 11/23/19)(Reuters, 11/24/19)
2019        Nov 23, Iraq's southern border with Iran reopened to travelers after a week-long closure during mass protests in both countries.
    (Reuters, 11/23/19)
2019        Nov 23, The Italian coast guard said it had rescued 149 migrants after their foundering boat overturned. Once ashore, survivors told authorities that 169 had been originally crowded aboard the 10-meter (33-foot) long boat utilized by Libya-based migrant smugglers.
    (AP, 11/24/19)
2019        Nov 23, A Kenyan official said at least 36 people, including seven children, have been killed overnight by landslides triggered by unusually heavy rains in northwestern West Pokot County.
    (Reuters, 11/23/19)
2019        Nov 23, The last Sumatran rhinoceros in Malaysia, a female rhino named Iman, died. This left the smallest species of rhino, which once roamed across Asia, surviving in small numbers mostly in Indonesia. The Sumatran rhino was declared extinct in the wild in Malaysia in 2015. Malaysia's last male Sumatran rhino died in May this year.
    (Reuters, 11/23/19)
2019        Nov 23, Namibian police arrested the former Minister of Fisheries Bernhardt Esau and a former senior manager of investment firm Investec on charges of corruption.
    (Reuters, 11/23/19)
2019        Nov 23, In northern Syrian a car bomb exploded in the Turkey-controlled town of Tal Abyad on the border, killing at least three people. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll from the explosion at nine, saying four of them were from the same family.
    (AP, 11/23/19)
2019        Nov 23, Tanzania's government said it has summoned Canada's envoy to protest after a DHC Dash 8-400 turboprop, set to be delivered to state-owned Air Tanzania, was impounded earlier this week in a land compensation dispute. A retired Tanzanian farmer claimed compensation over what he says was the expropriation of his land several decades ago.
    (Reuters, 11/23/19)
2019        Nov 23, Pope Francis (82) arrived in Japan, the second leg of a week-long Asian trip whose main aim is to bring an anti-nuclear message to Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the world's only cities to suffer atomic bombing.
    (Reuters, 11/23/19)
2019        Nov 23, Zimbabwean Vice President Constantino Chiwenga (63) returned home after spending four months in China receiving medical treatment for an unknown illness.
    (Reuters, 11/23/19)

2019        Nov 24, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper removed Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, the Navy's top civilian, over the case of a Navy SEAL convicted of battlefield misconduct in Iraq. Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher had won the backing of President Donald Trump.
    (Reuters, 11/25/19)
2019        Nov 24, Disney's "Frozen 2" iced out the box office competition in North America, where family audiences powered the animated adventure to a dazzling $130 million debut.
    (Reuters, 11/24/19)
2019        Nov 24, Billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg (77), the former mayor of New York City, jumped into the US presidential race, adding another moderate voice to a crowded field of Democratic contenders seeking to face Donald Trump in the November 2020 election.
    (AP, 11/24/19)
2019        Nov 24, In Texas Christine Rollins (59) was killed by multiple feral hogs outside a rural home where she worked as a caretaker.
    (SFC, 11/28/19, p.A7)
2019        Nov 24, The UAW said that union official Vance Pearson has resigned. Federal prosecutors in September charged him in connectio with a scheme to embezzle union money for persoanl use.
    (SFC, 6/2/19, p.A5)
2019        Nov 24, State-owned Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) and Mayo Clinic said they would operate Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, one of the UAE's largest hospitals for patients with serious or complex medical conditions.
    (Reuters, 11/24/19)
2019        Nov 24, In Afghanistan a blast in Kabul targeting a UN vehicle left at least 1 person dead and five injured. US citizen Anil Raj was killed in the attack in Kabul. Taliban insurgents stormed a checkpoint in Daykundi province and killed at least eight Afghan soldiers. Reinforcements were dispatched to the area in Kajran district, driving off the Taliban and killing at least 20 of their fighters. The Taliban disputed the casualty figures.
    (AP, 11/24/19)(Reuters, 11/26/19)(SSFC, 12/1/19, p.B9)
2019        Nov 24, Interim Bolivian President Jeanine Anez agreed to withdraw the military from protest areas and repeal a law giving them broad discretion in the use of force as part of a preliminary "pacification" deal struck early today with protest leaders.
    (Reuters, 11/24/19)
2019        Nov 24, China denied the explosive clims of a self-confessed spy seeking asylum in Australia. Newspapers reported that Chinese defector Wang Liqiang has given Australia’s counterespionage agency intelligence on how Beijing conducts its interference operations abroad and revealed the identities of China’s senior military intelligence officers in Hong Kong.
    (SFC, 11/16/19, p.A4)
2019        Nov 24, In Congo DRC a small passenger plane carrying at least 17 passengers crashed shortly after takeoff in the eastern city of Goma, killing at least 25 people, including people on the ground.
    (AP, 11/24/19)
2019        Nov 24, Egyptian police raided the Cairo office of independent news website Mada Masr and briefly detained three journalists, including the editor-in-chief, as authorities intensify a crackdown on press freedoms.
    (Good Morning America, 11/24/19)
2019        Nov 24, At least two people were killed in France and a landslide collapsed a stretch of elevated highway in Italy, leaving cars perched perilously on a precipice as heavy rains pounded the region over the weekend.
    (AP, 11/24/19)
2019        Nov 24, Guinea-Bissau held presidential elections. Twelve candidates ran for head of state, including incumbent Jose Mario Vaz, who has been in power since 2014.
    (AP, 11/24/19)
2019        Nov 24, Polls closed in Hong Kong with no major disruptions after people turned out in huge numbers to vote in district council elections seen as a test of support for chief executive Carrie Lam following six months of pro-democracy protests. Hong Kong residents handed an overwhelming victory to pro-democracy candidates in a vote for local district councils, a stunning repudiation of the city’s Beijing-backed government after months of increasingly violent protests seeking meaningful elections.
    (Reuters, 11/24/19)(Bloomberg, 11/25/19)
2019        Nov 24, Iran vowed to severely punish "mercenaries" arrested over nationwide street unrest sparked by a fuel price hike, as much of the country came back online after a week-long internet blackout.
    (AFP, 11/24/19)
2019        Nov 24, Iraqi security forces opened fire on protesters in Baghdad and several cities in the south, killing at least nine people and wounding dozens of others. Clashes in Baghdad’s historic Rasheed Street continued for a fourth day. Anti-government protests swept the oil-rich south as demonstrators burned tires and blocked main arteries, outraged by rampant government corruption, poor services and scarcity of jobs. So far, 16 people have died and over 100 have been wounded in the latest round of street battles. At least 342 people have died since demonstrations began Oct. 1.
    (Reuters, 11/24/19)(AP, 11/24/19)(AP, 11/24/19)
2019        Nov 24, Omar Shakir, the Israel and Palestine Director for Human Rights Watch since October 2016, said he will remain in his position and continue doing the “important, urgent work" of documenting violations in Israel and the Palestinian territories from abroad. Shakir is being deported from Israel over his alleged advocacy for an economic boycott of Israel or its settlements in occupied territory.
    (AP, 11/24/19)
2019        Nov 24, The Italian coast guard said the bodies of five migrant women, two of them washed ashore, have been recovered as search efforts continued near the tiny island of Lampedusa for around another dozen people feared missing in the capsizing of a fishing boat.
    (AP, 11/24/19)
2019        Nov 24, In Japan Pope Francis brought his campaign to abolish nuclear weapons to the only two cities ever hit by atomic bombs, calling their possession indefensibly perverse and immoral and their use a crime against mankind and nature.
    (Reuters, 11/24/19)
2019        Nov 24, Lebanese security forces fired tear gas amid confrontations in central Beirut between Hezbollah supporters and demonstrators protesting against the political elite. The confrontations began after dozens of supporters of the Iran-backed militant group arrived on scooters and attacked the protesters with clubs and metal rods, chanting pro-Hezbollah slogans.
    (AP, 11/24/19)
2019        Nov 24, Romanians voted in a presidential runoff election in which incumbent Klaus Iohannis vied for a second term while vowing to continue efforts to fight corruption. Iohannis, a conservative, faced Social Democratic Party leader Viorica Dancila, a former prime minister.
    (AP, 11/24/19)
2019        Nov 24, The Queen Hind, a cargo ship carrying 14,600 sheep, capsized off the coast of Romania. All crew members were saved along with 32 sheep found swimming by the ship. Many of the sheep were expected to have drowned.
    (USA Today, 11/26,19, p.4A)
2019        Nov 24, In South Korea Koo Hara (28), a former member of a top K-pop girl group, was found dead at her home in southern Seoul.
    (Reuters, 11/24/19)
2019        Nov 24, In Spain topless female activists interrupted a demonstration in Madrid commemorating the legacy of former dictator Francisco Franco, 44 years after his death.
    (Reuters, 11/24/19)
2019        Nov 24, Spanish police intercepted what is believed to be the first submarine used to smuggle drugs into Europe and seized a reported three tons of Colombian cocaine. The submarine crew deliberately sank the vessel with a large amount of cocaine still on board after reportedly dumping some of their cargo at sea.
    (AP, 11/25/19)
2019        Nov 24, Syrian government forces captured the northwestern village of Msheirfeh, Idlib province, from insurgents after clashes that left more than a dozen killed on both sides. In eastern Syria, a mine left behind since the days of the Islamic State group in the village of Taybeh killed a child and wounded 17 others in a school field. The Observatory said the blast in the village in Deir el-Zour Province killed five children and wounded others.
    (AP, 11/24/19)
2019        Nov 24, Uruguayans headed to the polls to elect a new president in a second round run-off vote. Some 2.7 million Uruguayan voters chose between Lacalle Pou of the center-right National Party and Daniel Martínez of the ruling Broad Front party.
    (Reuters, 11/24/19)

2019        Nov 25, Today marked International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Tens of thousands of women marched as the UN women's agency kicked off 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.
    (Reuters, 11/25/19)(SFC, 11/27/19, p.A4)
2019        Nov 25, The US State Dept. said it has recalled its ambassador from South Sudan after the leaders of formerly warring factions failed to agree on a unity government.
    (Reuters, 11/25/19)
2019        Nov 25, The US Supreme Court allowed prominent climate scientist Michael Mann to pursue a defamation lawsuit against a conservative magazine and a think tank that compared him to a convicted child molester. The justices declined to hear appeals filed by National Review magazine and the Competitive Enterprise Institute seeking to overturn a lower court's ruling that allowed the lawsuit filed by scientist Michael Mann to go forward.
    (Reuters, 11/25/19)
2019        Nov 25, A US military official said Qatar and Kuwait have told the US that they will join a US-led naval coalition in the Gulf which was established in response to a series of attacks on oil tankers.
    (Reuters, 11/25/19)
2019        Nov 25, In California a fire ripped through brush and woodland on hills above the city of Santa Barbara early today, forcing some 5,500 residents to leave their homes. Most of the evacuees were able to return home the next day.
    (Reuters, 11/26/19)(SFC, 11/27/19, p.A7)
2019        Nov 25, In Florida Chinese national Yujing Zhang was sentenced to eight months in prison and two years of supervised release over her arrest for trespassing at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Florida last March.
    (ABC News, 11/25/19)
2019        Nov 25, A teenage boy in Florida faced manslaughter charges he accidentally shot and killed two friends.
    (ABC News, 11/27/19)
2019        Nov 25, Charles Schwab Corp agreed to buy TD Ameritrade Holding Corp in an all-stock deal valued at $26 billion, creating a brokerage giant in a market that has been ravaged by price wars.
    (Reuters, 11/25/19)
2019        Nov 25, The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said greenhouse gases in the atmosphere hit a new record in 2018, rising faster than the average rise of the last decade and cementing increasingly damaging weather patterns.
    (Reuters, 11/25/19)
2019        Nov 25, British man Maurice Robinson (25) admitted plotting to assist unlawful immigration after 39 Vietnamese migrants were found dead in the back of a truck he was driving.
    (AP, 11/25/19)
2019        Nov 25, A second leak of secret Chinese Communist Party (CCP) documents revealed details of how over one million detainees in China are indoctrinated, controlled and punished in a huge network of internment camps. The papers, dated to 2017 and leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), have been dubbed The China Cables and feature instructions to “never allow escapes" from the camps.
    (The Telegraph, 11/25/19)
2019        Nov 25, In Congo DRC angry residents of the eastern city of Beni burned the town hall and stormed the United Nations peacekeeping mission Monday after rebels killed eight people and kidnapped nine overnight in their latest assault.
    (AP, 11/25/19)
2019        Nov 25, An Egyptian court has handed down death sentences to seven people convicted of carrying out attacks that killed 11 policemen in 2016. The Cairo Criminal Court also sentenced 18 others to 10-15 years in prison for the same charges.
    (AP, 11/25/19)
2019        Nov 25, Officials said at least seven people have died as heavy rain slammed the Riviera coasts of France and Italy, trapping travelers in their cars, as well as parts of western Greece.
    (AP, 11/25/19)
2019        Nov 25, It was reported that Louis Vuitton owner LVMH has agreed to buy Tiffany for $16.2 billion in its biggest acquisition yet, as the French luxury goods maker bets it can restore the U.S. jeweler's luster by investing in stores and new collections.
    (Reuters, 11/25/19)
2019        Nov 25, Thieves in Germany looted the historic Green Vault Museum in Dresden of potentially millions of dollars worth of valuables in a brazen heist early this morning. Police later said at least seven people were involved in the theft of the 18th-century jewels.
    (SFC, 1/26/19, p.A2)(AP, 3/5/20)
2019        Nov 25, Supporters of Iran's government poured into central Tehran for a massive rally to condemn days of "rioting" that the Islamic republic blames on its foreign foes.
    (AFP, 11/25/19)
2019        Nov 25, Iran rejected a US court order for Tehran to pay $180 million in damages to a Washington Post reporter for jailing him on espionage charges.
    (AFP, 11/25/19)
2019        Nov 25, Amnesty Int’l. said at least 143 demonstrators have been killed across Iransince Nov. 15, almost all of them shot by security forces.
    (AFP, 11/25/19)
2019        Nov 25, Fiat Chrysler said it has already started 90% of the investments earmarked for Italy. FCA announced last year it would spend 5 billion euros ($5.5 billion) in Italy up to 2021.
    (Reuters, 11/25/19)
2019        Nov 25, In Japan Pope Francis appealed to world leaders to ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again, a day after he visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the only cities ever to be hit by atomic bombs.
    (Reuters, 11/25/19)
2019        Nov 25, In Lebanon a key road in Beirut reopened following clashes throughout the night between rival groups, some of the worst violence since protests against the country’s ruling elite began last month. A business group representing much of the private sector called for a three-day general strike to press the country's divided politicians to form a government and end a crisis that has brought the economy to a standstill.
    (AP, 11/25/19)(Reuters, 11/25/19)
2019        Nov 25, Maltese police sources said Melvin Theuma, suspected of being the middleman in the murder of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, has been granted a presidential pardon in return for information about the case.
    (Reuters, 11/25/19)
2019        Nov 25, Retail subscription for Saudi Aramco's initial public offering (IPO) reached 21.77 billion Saudi riyals ($5.8 billion). The last day of subscription for the retail tranche of the share sale is Nov. 28. Aramco launched the IPO on Nov. 3. Aramco said it plans to sell 1.5% of the company, or about 3 billion shares, at an indicative price range of 30 riyals to 32 riyals, valuing the IPO at as much as 96 billion riyals ($25.6 billion) and giving the company a potential market value of between $1.6 trillion and $1.7 trillion.
    (Reuters, 11/25/19)
2019        Nov 25, In northern Thailand a wild deer was found dead in a national park with seven kg of plastic waste and other trash in its stomach. Officials estimated that the 10-year-old deer had died at least two days earlier.
    (AP, 11/27/19)
 2019        Nov 25, Turkish media say Turkey is poised to begin testing Russian-made S-400 air defense systems, despite threats of sanctions from the United States.
    (AP, 11/25/19)

2019        Nov 26, Pres. Donald Trump signed an executive order creating a White House task force on missing and slain American Indians and Alaska Natives.
    (SFC, 11/27/19, p.A5)
2019        Nov 26, Frank Caufield (80), co-founder of the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins Caufield & Byers, died. Caufield and Brook Byers founded their Menlo Park firm in 1972. In 1977, Frank Caufield and Brook Byers teamed with Eugene Kleiner and Tom Perkins to expand their venture capital firm.
    (https://www.kleinerperkins.com/perspectives/frank-caufield/)(SFC, 11/28/19, p.D1)
2019        Nov 26, Authorities arrested a southwest Missouri man who is suspected of killing a woman about four years ago and then stowing her body in a freezer in a storage unit.
    (AP, 11/27/19)
2019        Nov 26, Missouri mother Nicole Mallat (36) went missing. A number of Mallatt's belongings were found Dec. 5 within 100 yards (91 meters) of her home Bates County, about 70 miles (110 km) south of Kansas City.
    (AP, 12/6/19)
2019        Nov 26, Pennsylvania overhauled its child sexual abuse laws. Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation that give future victims of child sex abuse more time to file lawsuits and ends time limits for police to file criminal charges.
    (SFC, 11/27/19, p.A5)
2019        Nov 26, In Albania at least 13 people were killed when a magnitude 6.4 earthquake, the most powerful to hit the country in decades, shook the capital Tirana and the country's west and north. The death toll soon climbed to 51 with more than 750 people injured. A disaster report later said the 6.3-magnitude earthquake in Albania caused $1.1 billion in damages and left 17,000 people homeless.
    (Reuters, 11/26/19)(Reuters, 11/27/19)(AP, 11/28/19)(AP, 2/5/20)
2019        Nov 26, London Stock Exchange shareholders overwhelmingly backed the exchange's $27 billion takeover of data and analytics company Refinitiv, a deal designed to broaden LSE's trading business and make it a major distributor of market data.
    (Reuters, 11/26/19)
2019        Nov 26, China arrested Lee Henley Hu Xiang, a citizen of Belize, for allegedly colluding with people in the United States to meddle in the affairs of Hong Kong.
    (Reuters, 11/30/19)
2019        Nov 26, Congo DRC officials said heavy rains have left at least 32 people dead in and around Kinshasa.
    (SFC, 11/27/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 26, The EU’s anti-drugs agency said Europeans spent at least 11.6 billion euros ($12.7 billion) in 2017 on illegal cannabis purchases, confirming marijuana as the largest drugs market in the 28-country European Union..
    (Reuters, 11/26/19)
2019        Nov 26, In Germany thousands of farmers drove their tractors to Berlin's famed Brandenburg Gate in a mass protest against new environmental regulations they say threaten their livelihoods.
    (AFP, 11/26/19)
2019        Nov 26, Germany-based Audi announced a major restructuring scheme, slashing around 9,500 jobs until 2025 in an effort to adopt production to the e-mobility era and achieve billion-euro cost savings.
    (Reuters, 11/26/19)
2019        Nov 26, In Indian Kashmir suspected militants threw grenades killing two people and wounding eight, the latest outbreak of violence in the disputed Himalayan region months after New Delhi revoked its autonomy and statehood.
    (Reuters, 11/26/19)
2019        Nov 26, In southern Iraq three protesters were killed and 35 wounded by security forces after sit-ins and road closures, raising the death toll to six people.
    (AP, 11/27/19)
2019        Nov 26, Malta was in political turmoil after the government’s chief of staff abruptly resigned amid the continuing investigation into the car bombing murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. Keith Schembri had been under pressure to resign for days because of his alleged financial links to Yorgen Fenech, a business tycoon who was arrested last week on his luxury motor yacht.
    (The Telegraph, 11/26/19)
2019        Nov 26, Pakistan's Supreme Court suspended an extension of the term of office for the country's army chief, putting it on a possible collision course with the powerful military.
    (Reuters, 11/26/19)
2019        Nov 26, In Pakistan at least nine members of the Pakistan navy were killed and 29 other people injured when their bus fell into a deep roadside ditch in the south of the country.
    (Reuters, 11/26/19)
2019        Nov 26, Thousands of Palestinian protesters took part in a “day of rage" across the occupied West Bank, with some groups clashing with Israeli forces to protest the US announcement that it no longer believes Israeli settlements violate international law.
    (AP, 11/26/19)
2019        Nov 26, Russian internet giant Yandex was given the green light to pursue planned changes to its governance structure, after President Vladimir Putin signed a law late today concerning the management of Russian offshore companies.
    (Reuters, 11/27/19)
2019        Nov 26, A Saudi-led military coalition said it will release 200 Yemeni rebels and permit some flights from the insurgent-held capital Sanaa, as efforts to end the nearly five-year conflict gain momentum.
    (AFP, 11/26/19)
2019        Nov 26, The Slovenian government approved legislation that will prohibit paramilitary groups, after a group led by a nationalist politician began conducting border patrols in the woods in recent months.
    (Reuters, 11/26/19)
2019        Nov 26, Spanish rescuers saved 58 people from a raft, which was found drifting around 37 miles off the coast of Morocco late today. Four migrants died and up to 16 more were missing after trying to cross into Europe from North Africa.
    (Reuters, 11/27/19)
2019        Nov 26, In northeastern Syria a car bomb in a Turkish controlled area killed at least 17 people in the village of Tal Half.
    (SFC, 11/27/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 26, The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) evacuated dozens of their staff working on the Ebola epidemic from the town of Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo due to the worsening security situation.
    (Reuters, 11/26/19)       
2019        Nov 26, A court in Vietnam sentenced a Facebook user to six years in prison for a series of posts he made on the social media platform that the Southeast Asian country's government said were "anti-state".
    (Reuters, 11/26/19)

2019        Nov 27, US President Donald Trump signed into law congressional legislation which supported protesters in Hong Kong, despite angry objections from Beijing, with which he is seeking a deal to end a damaging trade war.
    (Reuters, 11/28/19)
2019        Nov 27, The US Navy canceled a peer-review process that would have determined if three Navy SEAL officers who supervised an enlisted SEAL convicted of posing with a dead teenage captive in Iraq should remain on the elite force.
    (AP, 11/27/19)
2019        Nov 27, A US Navy warship seized a “significant cache" of suspected Iranian guided missile parts headed to rebels in Yemen, marking the first time that such sophisticated components have been taken en route to the war there.
    (AP, 12/4/19)
2019        Nov 27, The Alabama Supreme Court upheld a 2017 state law barring cities from moving or altering Confederate monuments.
    (SFC, 11/28/19, p.A7)
2019        Nov 27, In Minnesota a fire swept through a Minneapolis high-rise apartment building early today, killing five people and sending three others to the hospital with injuries.
    (AP, 11/27/19)
2019        Nov 27, In Texas a pair of explosions at the TPC Group's petrochemical plant in Port Neches prompted an evacuation order for at least four surrounding cities. Eight people were reported injured.
    (SFC, 11/28/19, p.A9)
2019        Nov 27, William Doyle Ruckelshaus (b.1932), former US EPA administrator, died in Medina, Wa. On Oct 20., 1973, he joined his boss Attorney General Elliot Richardson, in resigning rather than carry out an order to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox. From 1988 to 1995 he served as CEO of Browning Ferris Industries.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Ruckelshaus)(SFC, 11/29/19, p.C3)
2019        Nov 27, In Afghanistan an explosion in Kunduz province killed at least 15 people, most of them women and young girls. Hours later an explosion at acheckpoiunt in Sari Pul province killed at least one policeman.
    (SFC, 11/29/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 27, A Bangladesh court handed death sentences to seven members of an Islamist militant group for their role in an attack on a cafe in 2016 that killed 22 people, mostly foreigners, in the south Asian nation's worst such incident.
    (Reuters, 11/27/19)
2019        Nov 27, British satirist and director Jonathan Miller (85) died. His career spanned over 50 years from the hit comedy review show "Beyond the Fringe" to directing for some of the world's grandest opera houses.
    (Reuters, 11/27/19)
2019        Nov 27, In Canada seven people were killed when a single-engine aircraft crashed in a wooded area on the outskirts of Kingston, Ontario. Two families from Uzbekistan died in the crash.
    (Reuters, 11/29/19)
2019        Nov 27, Iran said it has arrested eight people it accused of CIA links and sending abroad information on recent urban unrest, days after the United States said it had received thousands of messages on a protest crackdown in the Islamic republic.
    (AFP, 11/28/19)
2019        Nov 27, Iraqi protesters torched the Iranian consulate in the holy city of Najaf. Six protesters were killed by security forces in the dramatic escalation of anti-government demonstrations that have left more than 350 people dead.
    (AFP, 11/28/19)(SFC, 11/28/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 27, Israeli aircraft attacked several sites for Gaza’s Hamas rulers early today in response to rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave. There were no reports of injuries.
    (AP, 11/27/19)
2019        Nov 27, It was reported that Kurds will allow Syria to try war prisoners. The Kurdish SDF currently held more than 10,000 militants.
    (SFC, 11/28/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 27, In Lebanon overnight confrontations between supporters and opponents of the president — mostly fistfights and stone throwing — erupted in cities and towns across the country, injuring dozens of people, and 16 people were detained for their involvement.
    (AP, 11/27/19)
2019        Nov 27, Namibia held elections for president and National Assembly members. The ruling SWAPO party faced its biggest challenge since independence nearly three decades. On Nov. 30 the electoral commission said President Hage Geingob led with 57% of the vote while opposition challenger Dr. Panduleni Itula had 28%.
    (AP, 11/27/19)(AP, 11/30/19)
2019        Nov 27, In Nepal a bus driver lost control of his vehicle in Narpani. 18 people were killed and 13 others injured.
    (SFC, 11/28/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 27, President Vladimir Putin opened what has been billed as Russia's first modern motorway, almost halving the driving time between the two biggest cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
    (AFP, 11/27/19)
2019        Nov 27, It was reported that Saudi Arabia has detained at least eight intellectuals and former bloggers in a fresh wave of arrests targeting people with links to reformers.
    (SFC, 11/27/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 27, Sweden-based IKEA, the world's biggest furniture group, said it would spend around 100 million euros ($110 million) to support direct suppliers as they switch over to renewable energy use.
    (AP, 11/27/19)
2019        Nov 27, Turkish Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Libyan PM Fayez Sarraj reached a deal on maritime and security cooperation. It was soon denounced by Libya’s eastern parliament.
    (AP, 11/28/19)
2019        Nov 27, A mortar attack targeting a Turkish military post near the border with Syria killed two soldiers. An opposition group that monitors the war in Syria said the first shots were fired by Turkish troops and Turkey-backed opposition fighters.
    (AP, 11/28/19)
2019        Nov 27, In the UAE British newspaper editor Francis Matthew, convicted of killing his wife with a hammer, had his sentence reduced by Dubai’s Court of Appeal. The court ordered that former Gulf News editor must serve a seven-year sentence for manslaughter in the 2017 killing of his wife, Jane.
    (AP, 11/27/19)

2019        Nov 28, Pres. Donald Trump made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan where he announced ongoing peace talks with the Taliban, met with US troops and sat down with Pres. Ashraf Ghani.
    (SFC, 11/29/19, p.A4)
2019        Nov 28, Virgil Griffith (36), was once dubbed an “internet man of mystery," was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport Thanksgiving Day and arraigned the following day. He faced 20 years in prison if convicted of flouting US law to give North Korea advice on evading American sanctions by using cryptocurrency.
    (The Daily Beast, 11/29/19)
2019        Nov 28, In Missouri Torry Andre Upchurch (27) shot and killed Earle Key Jr. (17) and hours later killed Shantae Hil-Cook (33). A day later he walked into a police station admitted the two murders.
    (SSFC, 12/1/19, p.A8)
2019        Nov 28, It was reported that a pack of United Parcel Service workers allegedly helped to import and traffic thousands of pounds of drugs and fake vape pens across the country during the past decade, the Washington Post reported, citing police sources.
    (Business Insider, 11/28/19)
2019        Nov 28, Bolivia said it will restore diplomatic ties with Israel, a decade after then-President Evo Morales severed relations because of an Israeli military offensive in Gaza.
    (AP, 11/28/19)
2019        Nov 28, Chinese special police took part in their first joint training drills in Europe, joining Serbia's elite anti-terrorist unit and local police in an exercise at a Chinese-owned steel mill outside Belgrade.
    (Reuters, 11/28/19)
2019        Nov 28, In eastern Congo DRC rebels killed four Ebola response workers overnight, an alarming development that could cause the waning outbreak to again pick up momentum in what has been called a war zone. An overnight attack in Oicha killed more than a dozen people. Officials blamed rebels of the Uganda-based Allied Democratic Forces.
    (AP, 11/28/19)(SFC, 11/28/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 28, A Copenhagen court found three men guilty of helping a terror organization by buying drones and components on behalf of the Islamic State group. The items were meant to be used in combat actions in Syria and Iraq.
    (AP, 11/28/19)
2019        Nov 28, Djibouti officials said flash flooding has hit the small but strategic East African nation, where the government and UN said the equivalent of two years’ rain fell in a single day. Several regional countries including Kenya were struggling after heavy rains, with more to come.
    (AP, 11/28/19)
2019        Nov 28, European Union lawmakers declared a "climate emergency" in a symbolic vote that heightens pressure for action against global warming at an upcoming summit.
    (Reuters, 11/28/19)
2019        Nov 28, European Union lawmakers approved an increase in US beef imports to the EU, a move likely to ease transatlantic tensions.
    (Reuters, 11/28/19)
2019        Nov 28, Iraqi officials said at least 27 protesters have been shot dead in the last 24 hours, amid spiraling violence in Baghdad and southern Iraq. Nearly 45 people were killed and hundreds wounded across the south after a deadly crackdown by authorities in one of the bloodiest days in two months of anti-government demonstrations. The violence brought the total death toll since the start of October to nearly 400.
    (AP, 11/28/19)(AFP, 11/29/19)
2019        Nov 28, Italian police said they have uncovered a plot to form a new Nazi party and seized a cache of weapons during searches across the country.
    (Reuters, 11/28/19)
2019        Nov 28, Lebanon paid back a Eurobond worth $1.5 billion that was scheduled to mature today, pacifying concerns of a first-ever default on its debt amid the worst financial crisis in three decades.
    (AP, 11/28/19)
2019        Nov 28, East Libya-based warplanes attacked targets near oilfields in the southwest of the country after fighting in the area briefly shut one field.
    (Reuters, 11/28/19)
2019        Nov 28, Former Maldives president Abdulla Yameen was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison for money laundering, as dozens of his supporters gathered outside the courtroom saying his was innocent.
    (Reuters, 11/28/19)
2019        Nov 28, North Korea fired two "unidentified projectiles" as nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington remained deadlocked.
    (The Telegraph, 11/28/19)
2019        Nov 28, Pakistan's top court gave the government six months to justify why it granted a controversial extension to the country's army chief, in a rare case that pits the judiciary against the government and the military.
    (Reuters, 11/28/19)
2019        Nov 28, Syria's President Bashar al-Assad approved a $9.2-billion budget for his war-torn country.
    (AFP, 11/28/19)
2019        Nov 28, The UN said African migrants were among at least 20 civilians killed this week in two attacks on a market in northern Yemen where migrants are known to congregate as they make their way to wealthy Gulf states in search of a better life.
    (Reuters, 11/28/19)
2019        Nov 28, Vietnamese media reported that three more people have been jailed for anti-government posts on social media platform Facebook, bringing the total imprisoned this month to five.
    (Reuters, 11/28/19)
2019        Nov 28, A special expert on the right to food said Zimbabwe is on the brink of man-made starvation and the number of people needing help is “shocking" for a country not in conflict.
    (AP, 11/28/19)

2019        Nov 29, In Arizona a vehicle was swept away while attempting to cross a runoff-swollen creek in the Tonto National Forest. Six people were rescued and three children were missing. Authorities soon found the bodies of two young children. A third child remained missing. Snow and rain slammed Arizona as a blizzard bore down on the Midwest. Flagstaff was buried under 9 inches of snow. On Dec 13 searchers recovered the body of a missing six-year-old girl at a lake northeast of Phoenix.
    (AP, 11/30/19)(AP, 12/1/19)(Reuters, 12/13/19)
2019        Nov 29, Two people were killed in a terrorist attack in the heart of London. Three others were injured in the stabbing incident in the London Bridge area. The attacker, soon identified as convicted terrorist Usman Khan (28), was restrained until police arrived. After he flashed what looked like a suicide vest police shot him dead.
    (AP, 11/29/19)(AP, 11/30/19)
2019        Nov 29, In eastern Congo DRC suspected Islamist fighters killed 14 people in the village of Kukutama, North Kivu state.
    (AP, 12/1/19)
2019        Nov 29, In Gabon the spokesman for President Ali Bongo was transferred to the capital's main prison, one of eight people held in custody under a new anti-corruption drive.
    (Reuters, 11/30/19)
2019        Nov 29, Iranian authorities in Tehran closed down all kindergartens, schools and universities because of high levels of air pollution.
    (AP, 11/29/19)
2019        Nov 29, Iraqi PM Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his resignation following the Nov. 27 firebombing of the Iranian consulate in Najaf and weeks of antigovernment protests that have left hundreds dead. Four protesters were killed amid ongoing violence in Baghdad and southern Iraq, hours after Adel Abdul-Mahdi announced his intention to resign.
    (AP, 11/29/19)
2019        Nov 29, Israeli troops shot dead Palestinian teen Fahed al-Astal (16) near the Gaza-Israel frontier and Palestinian militants fired a rocket into southern Israel in the evening, apparently in response to the fatal shooting. Earlier today an Islamic Jihad militant died of wounds he sustained during the fighting, becoming the 20th gunman to have been killed in the round of violence. Fifteen non-combatants also died in the fighting.
    (AP, 11/29/19)
2019        Nov 29, Yasuhiro Nakasone (b.1918), former prime minister of Japan (1982-1987), died in Tokyo.
    (SSFC, 12/1/19, p.B9)
2019        Nov 29, In Lebanon angry motorists blocked roads with their vehicles in Beirut and other parts of the country, creating traffic jams to protest a strike by owners of gas stations demanding an increase in gasoline prices as the local currency drops and the nation slides deeper into a financial crisis.
    (AP, 11/29/19)
2019        Nov 29, Malta’s government turned down a request by a prominent businessman for immunity from prosecution in connection with the 2017 killing of investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia. Yorgen Fenech was arrested just over a week ago as he tried to leave the Mediterranean island aboard his luxury yacht and is considered to be a person of interest in the investigation.
    (Reuters, 11/29/19)
2019        Nov 29, In the Netherlands three teens were stabbed on a street in The Hague that was crowded with Black Friday shoppers. Two girls (15) and a boy (13), were treated in a hospital and released.
    (AP, 11/30/19)
2019        Nov 29, In Peru Keiko Fujimore, a two-time presidential candidate, left prison after a 13-month stay for alleged corruption in the Odebrecht scandal.
    (SSFC, 12/1/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 29, Students took to the streets in eight cities across Portugal to call for action on climate change, but Swedish activist Greta Thunberg was unable to join them because she was held up by bad weather in mid-Atlantic. Thousands of people in Asia and Europe joined rallies demanding more action on climate change, aiming to force political leaders to come up with urgent solutions at a United Nations conference next week.
    (Reuters, 11/29/19)
2019        Nov 29, Singapore's government said that it has ordered Facebook to publish a correction on a user's social media post under a new "fake news" law, raising fresh questions about how the company will adhere to government requests to regulate content. a correction notice was soon embedded at the bottom of the original post without any alterations to the text.
    (Reuters, 11/30/19)
2019        Nov 29, Sudan’s transitional government announced that it overturned a moral policing law that criminalized revealing clothing for women and drinking alcohol and moved to dissolve the country’s former ruling party, fulfilling two major demands from the country’s pro-democracy protesters.
    (AP, 11/29/19)
2019        Nov 29, A court in Suriname convicted President Desi Bouterse of murder for the execution of 15 opponents in 1982 following a coup to seize power, sentencing the man who has dominated the former Dutch colony's recent history to 20 years in prison. No arrest warrant was issued.
    (Reuters, 11/29/19)(SFC, 12/2/19, p.A2)

2019        Nov 30, In Michigan Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union announced a tentative agreement for a four-year labor contract, a boost for the automaker as it works to merge with France's Groupe PSA.
    (Reuters, 11/30/19)
2019        Nov 30, In New York City a blocked sewer main flooded some 300 basements in Jamaica, Queens, with raw human waste.
    (SFC, 12/2/19, p.A6)
2019        Nov 30, In South Dakota nine people died and three more were injured when a single-engine plane bound for Idaho crashed shortly after takeoff in Chamberlain.
    (AP, 11/30/19)
2019        Nov 30, In Texas a boy shot (14) and wounded his older sister (18) and killed her boyfriend (20) during “a house party gone bad" in a Houston suburb.
    (AP, 12/1/19)
2019        Nov 30, In Virginia Petty Officer 3rd Class Oscar Jesus Temores (23) died when the driver of a Chevy Silverado pick-up truck entered the Joint Expeditionary Base Fort Story at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was chased by security and collided with a patrol car driven by Temores.
    (AP, 12/4/19)
2019        Nov 30, In Wyoming back-to-back snowstorms and strong winds have combined to make travel difficult to impossible across much of the state as wintry caused serious complications for post-Thanksgiving holiday travel while a powerful storm moves east toward the Midwest.
    (AP, 11/30/19)
2019        Nov 30, In Afghanistan an overnight US drone strike reportedly killed five people, including a mother who had recently given birth, three of her relatives and their driver in Khost province. The US military command later said three Taliban fighters had been killed by a drone strike on Nov. 29 in Khost province.
    (SFC, 12/2/19, p.A2)
2019        Nov 30, Albania ended its search for survivors of a powerful earthquake that killed 51 people, and buried more victims of the disaster including toddler twins and their mother.
    (Reuters, 11/30/19)
2019        Nov 30, A crowd in eastern DR Congo lynched two people they suspected of being members of a militia blamed for the killing of more than 100 civilians over the past month. The killings came on the same day that UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix visited the area where anti-UN protests have erupted since the militia attacks.
    (AP, 11/30/19)
2019        Nov 30, In Hong Kong secondary school students and retirees joined forces to protest, the first of several weekend rallies planned across the city, as pro-democracy activists vowed to battle what they say are police brutality and unlawful arrests.
    (Reuters, 11/30/19)
2019        Nov 30, In India thousands of protesters gathered outside a police station on the outskirts of the city of Hyderabad demanding four men accused of raping and murdering a 27-year-old woman be handed over to them. The charred body of the woman, a veterinarian, was found in the town of Shadnagar, near Hyderabad, on Nov. 28.
    (Reuters, 11/30/19)
2019        Nov 30, Iran disputed death tolls issued abroad for bloodshed that erupted during protests in the country over fuel prices, after a rights group said over 160 demonstrators were killed.
    (AP, 11/30/19)
2019        Nov 30, Air pollution forced the closure of schools and universities in parts of Iran, including Tehran, which was cloaked by a cloud of toxic smog.
    (AP, 11/30/19)
2019        Nov 30, In Iraq three anti-government protesters were shot dead and at least 58 wounded in Baghdad and southern Iraq, as PM Adel Abdul-Mahdi formally submitted his resignation to parliament.
    (AP, 11/30/19)
2019        Nov 30, Italian coast guard divers recovered the bodies of seven people in the sea near Lampedusa where a boat crowded with migrants capsized a week earlier. At least eight other bodies were spotted on the sea bottom.
    (AP, 11/30/19)
2019        Nov 30, In Malta businessman Yorgen Fenech (38) was taken to a Valletta court late and charged with complicity in the 2017 murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. He pleaded not guilty to that and other charges.
    (Reuters, 12/1/19)
2019        Nov 30, In northern Mexico 10 gunmen and four police were killed in shootouts in Villa Union, Coahuila state. Security forces early the next day shot dead seven more suspected cartel gunmen, bringing the death toll to 21 and adding fuel to a debate about whether the gangs should be deemed terrorists.
    (Reuters, 12/1/19)
2019        Nov 30, Dutch police arrested a 35-year-old homeless man on suspicion of stabbing three teens on a street in The Hague that was crowded with Black Friday shoppers.
    (AP, 11/30/19)
2019        Nov 30, A group of about 50 New Zealand firearm owners protested further gun reforms, sounding a note of discord over the tightening of the country's gun laws after the mass shooting in Christchurch in March that killed 51 Muslim worshippers.
    (Reuters, 11/30/19)
2019        Nov 30, Russia's TASS new agency reported that a MiG-31K interceptor jet carried out a test of the Kinjal (Dagger) hypersonic missile in Russia's part of Arctic earlier this month.
    (Reuters, 11/30/19)
2019        Nov 30, Police in Spain announced the seizure of 1,400 pounds of methamphetamine in a raid near Barcelona. Two people were arrested in Spain and four elsewhere in Europe.
    (SSFC, 12/1/19, p.A2)

2019        Nov, South Florida agents arrested University of Miami Prof. Bruce Bagley. Federal prosecutors later said Bagley had parlayed his mastery of Latin American crime into a secret side job, laundering at least $3 million in dirty Venezuelan money through his own US bank accounts and keeping about $300,000 as a fee for himself.
    (https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article241129956.html)(Miami Herald, 3/12/20)
2019        Nov, Iowa grandfather Larry Dawson (66) reached a settlement with the Multi-State Lottery Association. Dawson had won a $9 miilion jackpot in 2011 and later learned that the game's previous $16.5 million jackpot had been rigged by Eddie Tipton, the association's information security officer as part of a massive frady scheme.
    (SFC, 11/26/19, p.A6)
2019        Nov, North Carolina's Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper warned that no more than 14 known red wolves remain in the wild and that the breed is on the verge of extinction. Red wolves were reintroduced to North Carolina in 1987. An additional 200 live in captive breeding programs.
    (SFC, 12/27/19, p.A11)

2019        Dec 1, Disney's "Frozen 2" stuffed the box office competition during Thanksgiving, generating $85.2 million over the weekend and a record-setting $123.7 million over the five-day holiday frame.
    (Reuters, 12/1/19)
2019        Dec 1, Heavy snows in the United States closed roads and canceled nearly 900 flights on what was forecast to be the busiest day of the year for highways and airports, stranding hordes of travelers trying to head home after the Thanksgiving holiday.
    (Reuters, 12/2/19)
2019        Dec 1, Allan Gerson (74), a lawyer who pursued Nazi war criminals, died at his home in Washington, DC. He pioneered the practice of suing foreign government in US courts for complicity to terrorism.
    (AP, 12/3/19)
2019        Dec 1, In Texas three people were killed when a single-engine plane crashed on a city street one block away from a residential area while attempting to land at San Antonio International Airport.
    (AP, 12/2/19)
2019        Dec 1, A Bangladeshi health official said his country plans to prohibit the sale and use of electronic cigarettes and vaporizers, as countries around the world move to ban devices that have been linked to health risks and teen addiction.
    (Reuters, 12/1/19)
2019        Dec 1, Brazilian officials said nine people were trampled to death as police pursuing suspects clashed with people at a street parade in Sao Paulo.
    (SFC, 12/3/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 1, In Burkina Faso a band of assailants opened fire on worshippers at a small-town Protestant church. The victims included the pastor and several teenage boys; regional authorities attributed the attack to “unidentified armed men" who, according to witnesses, got away on motorcycles.
    (AP, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 1, In China new rules came into effect making it a legal requirement for people signing up to new mobile phone and data plans to have their faces scanned, in a major growth of the surveillance state.
    (The Telegraph, 12/1/19)
2019        Dec 1, China said it will use its national drug bulk-buy scheme to lower the price of drugs currently sold at higher prices compared with other markets. The move could force international drug makers to further cut prices and enable copycat medicines to replace imported off-patent brands at faster pace.
    (Reuters, 12/1/19)
2019        Dec 1, China announced a slate of new officials to head the world's top gambling hub of Macau, changing key roles including the city's economy and justice secretaries. They followed nominations by soon-to-be Macau chief executive Ho Iat Seng, who will be formally sworn in on Dec. 20.
    (Reuters, 12/1/19)
2019        Dec 1, A helicopter crash killed three French rescuers on a mission to save people trapped by floods, and two others were also killed in in heavy rains that pounded France’s Mediterranean coast in a second week of deadly flooding in the region.
    (AP, 12/2/19)
2019        Dec 1, In Hong Kong thousands of black-clad protesters marched in the busy tourist district of Tsim Sha Tsui this afternoon one day after a group blocked roads and set fire to a subway station entrance.
    (Bloomberg, 12/1/19)
2019        Dec 1, Iraq’s parliament approved the resignation of PM Adel Abdul Mahdi after some of the worst violence during two months of anti-government protests. One protester was killed in Baghdad. At least 400 people have been killed since Oct. 1.
    (Bloomberg, 12/1/19)(SFC, 12/2/19, p.A4)
2019        Dec 1, An Iraqi court sentenced a police officer to death after convicting him of killing demonstrators, the first such sentence in the two months of deadly unrest.
    (AP, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 1, In Libya an airstrike hit a civilian area in a southern Tripoli neighborhood, killing at least four children. The interior ministry blamed the Libyan National Army for the airstrike.
    (AP, 12/2/19)
2019        Dec 1, Mexican authorities announced that they had arrested "several individuals" connected to the ambush and cold-blooded murders of nine U.S. citizens, including many young children, in Chihuahua state on Nov. 4.
    (ABC News, 12/1/19)
2019        Dec 1, In Myanmar about 700 people rallied to show support for Aung San Suu Kyi, as she prepares to defend the country against charges of genocide at the UNs highest court.
    (AP, 12/1/19)
2019        Dec 1, In eastern Russia 19 passengers died and 21 were injured when a bus skidded off a bridge and plunged into a river in the Zabaikalsk region.
    (Reuters, 12/1/19)
2019        Dec 1, Suriname's President Desi Bouterse, recently convicted in the 1982 killings of 15 political opponents, returned home from an official trip to China.
    (SFC, 12/2/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 1, In northern Tunisia a regional bus crashed off a hill this morning, killing 22 of 43 local passengers who were on an excursion in the Amdoun region.
    (AP, 12/1/19)
2019        Dec 1, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the world must stop a "war against nature" and find more political will to combat climate change. Guterres also said Bank of England Governor Mark Carney (54) will lead a push by the United Nations to make the finance sector take proper account of the risks posed by climate change.
    (Reuters, 12/1/19)(AP, 12/1/19)

2019        Dec 2, US President Donald Trump said he would restore tariffs on US steel and aluminum imports from Brazil and Argentina, surprising officials in the two South American countries who sought explanations.
    (Reuters, 12/2/19)
2019        Dec 2, US President Donald Trump said that a new law authorizing the US to sanction Chinese officials over human rights abuses in Hong Kong could complicate his administration's efforts to secure a trade deal with Beijing.
    (South China Morning Post, 12/3/19)
2019        Dec 2, The Trump administration finally released $105 million in annual aid to the Lebanese Armed Forces that had been appropriated by Congress but, like the more notorious hold on military assistance to Ukraine, was inexplicably delayed by the White House.
    (Bloomberg, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 2, Pres. Trump's campaign said it will no longer give credentials to Bloomberg reporters to cover campaign events because of coverage biases.
    (SFC, 12/3/19, p.A6)
2019        Dec 2, Iranian-American activist Masih Alinejad, famous for her campaign against the Islamic Republic’s mandatory headscarf, or hijab, for women, sued Iran in US federal court, alleging a government-led harassment campaign targets her and her family.
    (AP, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 2, Stanford philosophy Pref. Kenneth Taylor (65), co-host of the popular syndicated radio show "Philosophy Talk," died at his home in Los Altos.
    (SFC, 12/9/19, p.C3)
2019        Dec 2, A Colorado judge sentenced a mother to 24 years in prison after her 2-year-old son fatally shot himself with her pistol, believing it was a squirt gun. Melissa Michelle Adamson was sentenced after pleading guilty to child abuse resulting in death in the October 2018 death of Lokhi Bloom.
    (AP, 12/3/19)
2019        Dec 2, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson even though he was about to retire, accusing him of lying to her about an incident in October when patrol officers found him sleeping in his car.
    (Reuters, 12/2/19)
2019        Dec 2, Spacewalking astronauts attached new pumps to a cosmic ray detector outside the International Space Station in a bid to extend its scientific life.
    (AP, 12/2/19)
2019        Dec 2, China’s Foreign Ministry said that US military vessels and aircraft would not be able to visit Hong Kong. China has also introduced sanctions against US pro-democracy NGOs after US President Donald Trump signed a bill supporting Hong Kong protesters last week.
    (AP, 12/2/19)
2019        Dec 2, Irrigation ministers from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan began a 2nd round of talks in Cairo on Ethiopia's soon-to-be-finished $5 billion mega-dam project. Egypt feared the project would reduce its share of the Nile waters, a lifeline for its 100 million people.
    (SFC, 12/3/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 2, In India the state government of Tamil Nadu said at least 25 people have died in recent monsoon rains.
    (SFC, 12/3/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 2, In Iraq the bruised body of Zahra Ali (19), a girl taking part in protest rallies, was left outside her family home late today. A court later established she had suffered electrical shocks.
    (AP, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 2, Israel’s attorney general officially submitted his indictment against PM Benjamin Netanyahu, giving him 30 days to appeal for immunity. Netanyahu was charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three separate corruption cases.
    (AP, 12/2/19)
2019        Dec 2, In Jordan a fire killed 13 Pakistani nationals in the village of al-Shuna al-Janobia, a farming community along the border with Israel and Syria.
    (AP, 12/2/19)
2019        Dec 2, In Kyrgyzstan Mira Djangaracheva resigned as director of the national arts museum after receiving death threats from supporters of right-wing nationalist movements who saw the exhibition as offensive to traditional Kyrgyz values. An art exhibition that featured a woman undressing in front of an audience was censored by the government.
    (Reuters, 12/3/19)
2019        Dec 2, Norwegian Air became the first airline to sign the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) pledge, committing to become climate neutral by 2050.
    (Travel+Leisure, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 2, Russia and China launched a giant gas pipeline linking the countries for the first time, one of three major projects aimed at cementing Moscow's role as the world's top gas exporter. The 3,000-km (1,850-mile) pipeline will supply China with 38 billion cubic meters (1.3 trillion cubic feet) of gas annually when fully operational in 2025.
    (AFP, 12/2/19)
2019        Dec 2, Samoa's government said five children have died due to measles in the last 24 hours bringing the death toll to 53 since late October.
    (SFC, 12/3/19, p.A4)
2019        Dec 2, In northwestern Syria an airstrike on a market in the rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan in Idlib province killed at least 11 civilians and wounded others.
    (Reuters, 12/2/19)
2019        Dec 2, The UN opened a two-week climate summit in Madrid. UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres warned that governments risked sleepwalking past a point of no return.
    (Reuters, 12/2/19)
 2019        Dec 2, Zimbabwe’s opposition party said it is suffering unprecedented persecution and state-sanctioned violence and claims it is unable to function as a political party as most of its rallies are banned.
    (The Telegraph, 12/2/19)

2019        Dec 3, President Donald Trump rejected the possibility of US lawmakers censuring him instead of impeaching him over accusations he improperly pressured Ukraine to probe a political rival, as Democrats prepared to lay out their case for impeachment.
    (Reuters, 12/3/19)
2019        Dec 3, A US appeals court handed President Donald Trump another defeat in his bid to keep his financial records secret, directing Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp to comply with subpoenas from congressional Democrats demanding the material.
    (Reuters, 12/3/19)
2019        Dec 3, The House Intelligence Committee released its report on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, a day before the House Judiciary Committee holds its first hearing on constitutional issues.
    (Bloomberg, 12/3/19)
2019        Dec 3, The Trump administration detailed a new program for providing an HIV prevention drug for free to people who need the protection but have no insurance to pay for it. Gilead Sciences had announced in May that it would donate to the government enough supplies to protect up to 200,000 people a year over the next 11 years.
    (SFC, 12/5/19, p.A8)
2019        Dec 3, The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation that would impose sanctions on Chinese officials over human rights abuses against Muslim minorities, prompting Beijing to threaten possible retaliation just as the world’s two largest economies seek to close a trade deal.
    (Bloomberg, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 3, A snowstorm that doesn’t want to end coated coastal New England at the height of the morning commute, snarling travel and closing schools. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for coastal areas of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine and a winter weather advisory for southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
    (AP, 12/3/19)
2019        Dec 3, Maine's Gov. Janet Mills originally delayed the opening of state offices, then announced that they’d be closed altogether because of the storm.
    (AP, 12/3/19)
2019        Dec 3, In Maryland more than two dozen Baltimore corrections officers were indicted with allegations that they used "illegal and excessive" force against inmates in state jails.
    (ABC News, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 3, Charles Bridges (20) pleaded guilty, just as his trial was set to begin, for killing his mother’s boyfriend in 2017 and then working with her to cut up his body and leave it in several containers under a South Carolina home. Bridges was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
    (AP, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 3, The World Meteorological Organization issued its annual state of the global climate report, concluding a decade of what it called exceptional global heat. “It’s more urgent than ever to proceed with mitigation".
    (NY Times, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 3, In Afghanistan Japanese humanitarian Dr Tetsu Nakamura (73) was among six people killed when their vehicle was ambushed by unknown gunmen in the eastern border province of Nangarhar. In 2003 Dr Nakamura was awarded Asia's equivalent of the Nobel prize for his aid to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
    (The Telegraph, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 3, A new investigation by Human Rights Watch said close to 400,000 Rohingya refugee children living in Bangladeshi camps are being deprived of the right to education.
    (The Telegraph, 12/3/19)
2019        Dec 3, Prime ministers and presidents of the 29-member alliance converged on London to mark NATO’s 70th birthday. US President Donald Trump took aim at President Emmanuel Macron over the French leader’s criticism of NATO, and criticized the other members of the military alliance for being too slow to beef up their defense budgets.
    (AP, 12/3/19)
2019        Dec 3, German public prosecutors raided the Wolfsburg headquarters of Volkswagen in the latest investigation into the carmaker's diesel emissions scandal.
    (Reuters, 12/3/19)
2019        Dec 3, Iranian state television acknowledged that security forces shot and killed what it described as “rioters" in multiple cities amid recent protests over the spike in government-set gasoline prices. Iran also rejected as "utter lies" unofficial casualty figures given for street violence that erupted last month during demonstrations against a shock decision to hike fuel prices. Amnesty International estimates claimed 208 lives were lost.
    (AP, 12/3/19)(AFP, 12/3/19)
2019        Dec 3, In Lebanon scores of Syrians boarded buses in several locations before heading back to their hometowns in war-torn Syria. This raised the number to about 27,000 refugees who have returned to Syria over the past two years.
    (AP, 12/3/19)
2019        Dec 3, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador pushed back against US attempts to subject Mexico to oversight of its labor market, and said the Mexican Senate should be consulted before changes to a new North American trade deal are signed off.
    (Reuters, 12/3/19)
2019        Dec 3, The Dutch parliament voted to require companies listed in the Netherlands to have at least 30% of supervisory board seats held by women. The motion also requires around 5,000 other large companies to draw up detailed plans to increase the number of women on their supervisory and executive boards.
    (Reuters, 12/3/19)
2019        Dec 3, Pirates kidnapped 19 crew members from a crude oil tanker off Nigeria in an area where acts of piracy are on the rise. The Nave Constellation was attacked 77 nautical miles off Bonny Island and 18 Indians and one Turk from the crew were seized.
    (Reuters, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 3, In the Philippines Typhoon Kammuri blew across the country after slamming ashore overnightin Sorsogon province.
    (SFC, 12/3/19, p.A5)
2019        Dec 3, It was reported that Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin has signed into law an amendment that could require bloggers and independent journalists to register as foreign agents, a move that rights activists say poses a threat to independent journalism.
    (The Telegraph, 12/3/19)
2019        Dec 3, Russia accused former US Marine Paul Whelan, who has been held for almost a year on spying charges, of faking health problems in custody and lying about his ill-treatment to stir up noise around his case.
    (Reuters, 12/3/19)
2019        Dec 3, In Sudan at least 23 people died in a huge explosion that tore through a tile factory in Khartoum. The fire reportedly erupted when a gas tanker exploded while unloading cargo.
    (AP, 12/3/19)
2019        Dec 3, Agnes Callamard, the UN rapporteur for extrajudicial executions, said the world has not done enough to ensure justice is done over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
    (Reuters, 12/3/19)
2019        Dec 3, The UN said this decade is set to be the hottest in history in an annual assessment outlining the ways in which climate change is outpacing humanity's ability to adapt to it. Man-made emissions from burning fossil fuels, building infrastructure, growing crops and transporting goods mean 2019 is set to break the record for atmospheric carbon concentrations, locking in further warming. Oceans, which absorb 90 percent of the excess heat produced by greenhouse gases, are now at their highest recorded temperatures.
    (AFP, 12/3/19)
2019        Dec 3, The United Nations said about half of Zimbabwe’s population faces severe hunger amid a devastating drought and economic collapse.
    (AP, 12/3/19)

2019        Dec 4, US President Donald Trump cancelled his scheduled news conference at the end of the NATO summit in Britain, saying he had briefed the media many times during his two-day trip.
    (Reuters, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, TV producer Leonard Goldberg (85) died in Los Angeles. He and Aaron Spelling co-produced "Charlie's Angels" and "Fantasy Island" in the 1970s. Goldberg and Spelling produced 35 movies for television. He later conceived the hit police drama "Blue Bloods" (2010), which continued running for a 10th season in 2019.
    (SSFC, 12/15/19, p.B10)
2019        Dec 4, In Colorado Alec McKinney (16) was ordered along with Devon Erickson (19) to stand trial on first-degree murder, attempted murder and weapons charges in the May 7 shooting rampage at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, in which one student was killed and eight others wounded.
    (Reuters, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, It was reported that fourteen women, ranging in age from 30 to 56 and nearly all first-time offenders, have banded together to sue the United States, not under pseudonyms but under their real names, over the abuse they say they’ve endured at the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in Florida. Seven of the women are still incarcerated.
    (Miami Herald, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, Georgia's Rep. Gov. Brian Kemp formally announced his selection of Kelly Loeffler, pushing aside intense criticism from hard-core Trump advocates who wanted Kemp to appoint Rep. Doug Collins, one of Trump’s staunchest defenders in Congress.
    (AP, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, In Hawaii an active duty US sailor, whose submarine was docked at Pearl Harbor, opened fire on three civilian employees, killing two and then taking his own life just days before dignitaries and veterans descend on the base for the 78th anniversary of the Japanese attack.
    (AP, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, In Chicago Ernesto Godinez, a purported “chief" of the Almighty Latin Saints, was sentenced to 16 years in federal prison. He was convicted earlier this year of shooting and wounding a plainclothes federal agent he mistook for a rival gang member.
    (AP, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 4, Former United Auto Workers vice president Joseph Ashton pleaded guilty in Detroit to conspiracy to commit money laundering and wire fraud as part of a wide-ranging federal corruption probe into the union.
    (AP, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 4, In New York state Bishop Richard Malone (73) of Buffalo resigned, forced to step aside amid mounting calls for his ouster from his staff, priests and public over his handling of allegations of clergy sexual misconduct.
    (AP, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, The Northeast began digging out from a monster nor'easter that dumped over two feet of snow onto towns in New York, Massachusetts and Vermont.
    (Good Morning America, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, Charlotte resident Arlando M. Henderson (29), a former Wells Fargo employee, was arrested in San Diego, of stealing more than $88,000 in cash from the vault of a bank in North Carolina. An indictment unsealed later alleged Henderson took the cash from customer deposits on at least 18 occasions throughout 2019 and then rigged the books to try to hide his actions.
    (AP, 12/14/19)
2019        Dec 4, Oil prices surged 4% on expectations that OPEC and allied producers would extend production curbs, and as US government data showed a large drop in domestic crude stockpiles.
    (Reuters, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, It was reported that a drug that curbs delusions in Parkinson's patients did the same for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia in a study that was stopped early because the benefit seemed clear. Pimavanserin, a daily pill sold as Nuplazid by Acadia Pharmaceuticals, was approved for Parkinson's-related psychosis in 2016 and is thought to work by blocking a brain chemical that seems to spur delusions.
    (AP, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, Scientists released the first results from NASA's sun-skimming spacecraft, the Parker Solar Probe. They observed bursts of energetic particles never seen before on such a small scale as well as switchback-like reversals in the out-flowing solar magnetic field that seem to whip up the solar wind.
    (AP, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, Armenia's special investigation service said it is investigating former president Serzh Sarksyan on suspicion of exceeding his authority and embezzling of around $1 million in state funds.
    (Reuters, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, Australia's conservative government repealed a contentious law that allowed ill asylum-seekers languishing in Papua New Guinea and on Nauru to travel to the country for medical treatment. More than 460 people remain in limbo in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.
    (AP, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, In Chile thousands of women, blindfolded and dressed in black, descended on Santiago chanting what has now become their rallying cry: “El violador eres tu", or, “The rapist is you".
    (The Independent, 12/7/19)
2019        Dec 4, It was reported that Chinese startup AutoX, backed by e-commerce giant Alibaba, has applied to test self-driving vehicles without an in-car backup driver in California, the first challenger to Alphabet Inc's autonomous driving venture Waymo to say it has done so.
    (Reuters, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, The Czech Republic's top state attorney said Andrej Babis will be investigated further for fraud in a case involving EU subsidies, reversing an earlier decision to drop the matter.
    (Reuters, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, Colombian unions and student groups held a third national strike amid fraught talks between protest leaders and the government over President Ivan Duque's social and economic policies.
    (Reuters, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, Danish PM Mette Frederiksen said her country would provide four more planes to NATO after holding "positive" talks with US President Trump at an alliance summit in London.
    (AP, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, In Ethiopia armed men abducted students from Dembi Dollo University in the Oromiya region. An unknown group of people blocked a bus and kidnapped students on board who were leaving for home. The students, mostly ethnic Amharas, were fleeing ethnic violence and threats in the university. 17 of the students went missing as one managed to escape. The government later said that the army had rescued 21 of the students, but at least 12 others remained missing.
    (Reuters, 2/1/20)(BBC, 3/15/20)
2019        Dec 4, The European Environment Agency warned that Europe faces extreme heat waves every two years over the coming decades as the effects of climate change drive up global temperatures. The EU also said that it will likely miss its target for reducing greenhouse gases by 2030.
    (The Telegraph, 12/4/19)(SFC, 12/5/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 4, President Emmanuel Macron demanded West African leaders of Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania to dismiss growing anti-French sentiment across the region if they wanted France's military to continue its operations against Islamist militants.
    (Reuters, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, The French government said it is creating a national anti-hate crime office following the discovery of anti-Semitic graffiti at a Jewish cemetery in eastern France.
    (SFC, 12/5/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 4, Germany expelled two Russian diplomats as it opened a formal investigation into suspicions the Kremlin was behind the killing of a man in central Berlin. Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a Georgian national, was shot dead in a Berlin park in August.
    (The Telegraph, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, Deutsche Telekom said it has put all deals to buy 5G network equipment on hold, as it awaits the resolution of a debate in Germany over whether to bar Chinese vendor Huawei on security grounds.
    (Reuters, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, Hungary's foreign minister said Budapest would block Ukraine's membership in NATO until Kiev restored the rights that ethnic Hungarians had before a language law curbed minorities' access to education in their mother tongues.
    (Reuters, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for those detained in recent gasoline price protests to be treated with “Islamic mercy" even after authorities acknowledged government forces shot and killed demonstrators nationwide in unrest that reportedly killed over 200 people. President Hassan Rouhani said Iran is willing to return to the negotiating table if the United States first drops sanctions, after a fuel price hike sparked deadly violence ahead of elections.
    (AP, 12/4/19)(AFP, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, An expose by Israel’s public broadcaster Kan found that the military “doubled or even tripled" the number of ultra-Orthodox men drafted for the past several years. In recent years the army has said ultra-Orthodox draft figures have surged.
    (AP, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said his government will seek to strengthen cooperation with the United States to control the flow of "arms and dollars" during meetings this week with US Attorney General William Barr.
    (Reuters, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, Loss-making budget airline Norwegian Air said it is selling its Argentinian subsidiary Norwegian Air Argentina (NAA) to JetSMART Airlines for an undisclosed sum.
    (Reuters, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, Poland's agriculture minister said an outbreak of African swine fever near the German border has killed 21 wild boar.
    (AP, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the United States was rapidly developing its military forces for potential operations in space and that Washington openly viewed space as a potential theatre of war.
    (Reuters, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Bulgaria of deliberately delaying the implementation of Russia's TurkStream natural gas pipeline on its territory and said that Moscow could find ways to bypass Bulgaria if needed.
    (Reuters, 12/4/19)
2019        Dec 4, Russian media reported that authorities have arrested a man accused of building a fake border with Finland and charging four South Asian migrants more than 10,000 euros, or $11,000, to help them cross into what they believed was the European Union.
    (Insider, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 4, It was reported that the United Nations human rights office is urging Tanzania to reconsider its decision barring individuals and non-governmental groups from filing cases against it at the African Court on Human and People’s Rights. The continental court is based in the East African nation.
    (AP, 12/4/19)

2019        Dec 5, US House Speaker Nancy said she was authorizing the drafting of formal impeachment charges against Pres. Donald Trump “sadly but with confidence and humility".
    (AP, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 5, US and British authorities took aim at the Russia-based cybercriminal group known as Evil Corp, indicting two of its leaders, Maksim Yakubets and Igor Turashev, and ordering asset freezes against 17 of its associates over a digital crime spree that has netted more than $100 million from companies across the world.
    (Reuters, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 5, Democratic presidential contender Michael Bloomberg unveiled a gun control policy just steps from the site of one of Colorado's worst mass shootings, calling for a ban on all assault weapons, mandatory permits for gun purchasers and a new position in the White House to coordinate gun violence prevention.
    (AP, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 5, In south Florida four people, including a UPS driver, were killed after robbers stole the driver’s truck and led police on a chase that ended in gunfire at a busy intersection during rush hour in Miramar.
    (AP, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 5, Three Minnesota National Guard crew members were killed when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed south of St. Cloud.
    (SFC, 12/6/19, p.A7)
2019        Dec 5, In New York City Dr. Gordon Freedman was convicted of accepting thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc in exchange for prescribing his patients an addictive fentanyl spray the drug manufacturer produced.
    (Reuters, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 5, US federal officials in Massachusetts announced that more than 60 members of the Latin Kings gang have been arrested.
    (AP, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 5, A federal judge in McAllen, Texas, temporarily blocked a plan for a construction firm favored by President Trump to build a privately-funded segment of border wall along the banks of the Rio Grande River. Fisher Industries of North Dakota, recently won a $400 million federal contract to construct 31 miles of barrier along the border near Yuma, Ariz. President Trump has urged the Army Corps of Engineers to hire the North Dakota–based firm, whose head is a major Republican donor and a frequent guest on Fox News. In January, 2020, a federal appeals court ruling freed up construction money for 175 miles of border wall.
    (Yahoo News, 12/6/19)(SFC, 12/13/19, p.A9)(SFC, 1/10/20, p.A5)
2019        Dec 5, A report by the Environmental Integrity Project released showed some 30 states have reduced funding for pollution control programs, 16 of them by more than 20%. Forty states, meanwhile, have cut staffing at environmental agencies, half of them by at least 10%. Over the last decade, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s budget and work force have both decreased by 16%, and the Trump administration has proposed slashing the agency’s budget further while shifting more of its work to states.
    (Reuters, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 5, General Motors Co and South Korea's LG Chem said they will invest $2.3 billion to set up an electric vehicle battery cell joint venture plant in Ohio, creating one of the world's largest battery facilities.
    (Reuters, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 5, The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Border Force (ABF) issued a joint statement saying three people have been charged with importing 1,633 kg (3,600 lbs.) of methamphetamine and heroin into Australia by hiding them inside of stereo speakers originating from Bangkok, Thailand.
    (Insider, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 5, A British judge exonerated three black men who served time in prison 50 years ago based upon the testimony of a corrupt police officer. The group, dubbed the “Oval Four," served eight months in prison but sought to clear their names. A fourth man could not be located to take part in the case.
    (AP, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 5, Burundi authorities said at least 28 people have died in landslides following weeks of heavy rains. Many people remained missing.
    (SFC, 12/6/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 5, The Czech Republic’s defense ministry said it has signed a deal to buy eight mobile MADR 3D radars from Israel for 3.5 billion crowns ($152 million).
    (AP, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 5, French police fired tear gas at protesters in the center of Paris. Public transport ground to a near halt in one of the biggest strikes in France for decades, aimed at forcing President Emmanuel Macron to ditch a planned reform of pensions.
    (AP, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 5, In western Iran an explosion of a heating gas pipe killed at least 11 people and injured 42 others during a wedding ceremony in the predominantly Kurdish city of Saqqez.
    (AP, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 5, In Iraq crowds backing a paramilitary force close to Iran flooded Baghdad's main protest camp, rattling anti-government demonstrators who have denounced Tehran's role in their country. At least 15 people suffered stab wounds in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square.
    (AP, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 5, Uber launched in Ivory Coast's commercial capital Abidjan, part of its expansion into African markets with low levels of car ownership and limited mass transport.
    (Reuters, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 5, A Kosovo court sentenced a former ethnic Serb minister to two years in prison for inciting ethnic hatred. The Pristina court said that Ivan Todosijevic incited national, racial, religious and ethnic hatred when he denied a massacre of Kosovo civilians in Recak in 1999, which prompted NATO to step in and stop the war.
    (AP, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 5, Libya's UN-supported government and US officials accused Russia of deploying mercenaries to fight alongside opponents in the country's civil war. The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) has documented 600-800 Russian fighters in Libya.
    (SFC, 12/6/19, p.A4)
2019        Dec 5, The Silvana III, an oil tanker managed by a Chinese company under US sanctions, anchored off Kuala Kurau on Malaysia's west coast. It did not follow instructions to drop its ladder to allow maritime authorities to conduct checks. After several attempts to instruct the ship to drop ladder were not heeded, the ship lifted anchor and left the location.
    (Reuters, 12/11/19)
2019        Dec 5, In Mauritania scores of migrants, who swam through rough Atlantic Ocean waters to safety from a capsized boat, received care after 58 others drowned in one of the deadliest disasters this year among people making the perilous journey to Europe. The boat had left Gambia a week ago carrying at least 150 people, including women and children.
    (AP, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 5, Russian state nuclear company Rosatom said it has suspended work on revamping a factory at Iran's Fordow nuclear complex due to an issue with uranium compatibility.
    (Reuters, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 5, Samoa's government told most public and private workers to stay at home and shut down roads to nonessential vehicles as teams began going door-to-door to administer vaccines against the measles epidemic that has killed 62 people.
    (SFC, 12/6/19, p.A4)
2019        Dec 5, Slovakia’s police said they have charged former PM Robert Fico with racism for his comments about the embattled Roma minority.
    (AP, 12/5/19)
2019        Dec 5, South Africa was hit by power cuts after a number of generating units broke down, forcing the struggling state power utility Eskom to cut up to 2,000 megawatts (MW) of power from the national grid on a rotational basis.
    (Reuters, 12/5/19)

2019        Dec 6, US President Donald Trump called for the World Bank to stop loaning money to China, one day after the institution adopted a lending plan to Beijing over Washington's objections.
    (Reuters, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, The United States imposed sanctions on three Iranian-backed Iraqi paramilitary leaders over a deadly crackdown on protests in the country, as it warned Tehran to stay out of its neighbor's affairs.
    (AFP, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, The US Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration from restarting federal executions next week after a 16-year break.
    (AP, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, US Food and Drug Administration staffers reviewing Correvio Pharma Corp's heart drug said they did not believe the benefits of the therapy outweighed its risks, sending the company's shares down nearly 38%.
    (Reuters, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders promised to invest $150 billion to bring high-speed internet to “every household in America" while breaking up and better regulating monopolies he says currently limit access to drive up their profits.
    (AP, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, A Los Angeles jury acquitted Elon Musk, Tesla Inc's outspoken chief executive, of defamation over a 2018 Twitter message describing British cave explorer Vernon Unsworth as "pedo guy".
    (Reuters, 12/6/19)(SFC, 12/7/19, p.D1)
    (Reuters, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, An Alabama police officer was killed during a drug-related shooting. The suspect was captured after a short foot chase.
    (SFC, 12/7/19, p.A5)
2019        Dec 6, California's bankrupt power producer PG&E Corp said it had reached a $13.5 billion settlement with victims of some of most devastating wildfires in the state's modern history.
    (Reuters, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, In Florida a shooter opened fire at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola in an attack that left four people dead including the assailant, and multiple people injured. The gunfire prompted a massive law enforcement response to the base, which was locked down. The shooter as soon identified as aviation student Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a second lieutenant in the Saudi Air Force. The New York Times later reported that six other Saudi nationals were being questioned by investigators in Florida, three of whom were seen filming the incident.
    (Reuters, 12/6/19)(Reuters, 12/7/19)
2019        Dec 6, Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia ordered the suspension of a policy that allows prison officials to strip-search children after an 8-year-old girl was told to remove her clothes before being allowed to see her imprisoned father on Nov. 24.
    (NY Times, 12/7/19)
2019        Dec 6, Tens of thousands of Algerians took to the streets, making a show of strength of their last weekly protest before a presidential election next week that they have rejected as meaningless.
    (Reuters, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, Australian firefighters said a giant bushfire on the edge of Sydney, which has blanketed the city in smoke causing a spike in respiratory illnesses and the cancellation of outdoor sports, will take weeks to control but will not be extinguished without heavy rains.
    (Reuters, 12/7/19)
2019        Dec 6, In Austria The remaining signatories to the faltering Iran nuclear deal began crunch talks in Vienna with questions over the survival of the landmark agreement after Tehran vowed to continue to breach the deal's limits on its nuclear program. Envoys from Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and Iran took part in the meeting,
    (AFP, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, Oil-rich Azerbaijan planted more than half a million trees to celebrate 14th century poet Seyid Imadeddin Nesimi, an initiative the government said would help tackle climate change but some environmental activists called "a waste of money." Elsewhere in the country, thousands of hectares of bushlands and forests were being cleared to make way for hazelnut plantations and farms.
    (Reuters, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, Bosnian authorities, bowing to international pressure, agreed to dismantle the makeshift Vucjak refugee camp of freezing snow-covered tents, but some migrants living there have been refusing food in protest at being resettled.
    (Reuters, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he had a confidential government report which showed there would be customs checks between Northern Ireland and mainland Britain under a Brexit deal negotiated by PM Boris Johnson.
    (Reuters, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, Social news and aggregation firm Reddit Inc. banned 61 accounts under its policies against “vote manipulation" ahead of Britain’s general election on Dec. 12. The accounts, which were used to draw attention to the trade documents, were “part of a campaign that has been reported as originating from Russia," according to Reddit.
    (Bloomberg, 12/7/19)
2019        Dec 6, A multi-million pound prosecution by Scotland Yard's war crimes unit against Agnes Reeves-Taylor (54), a former wife of Liberian warlord Charles Taylor, collapsed after her lawyers won a bid to have the case discontinued.
    (The Telegraph, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, State-run Xinhua News Agency reported that China’s leaders have vowed to avoid systemic financial risks next year and keep growth in a “reasonable range," citing a Politburo meeting in Beijing, as the economy stutters with its slowest growth in decades.
    (Bloomberg, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, The Republic of Djibouti announced, in New York, that it is starting its official campaign for election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
    (PRNewswire, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, French PM Edouard Philippe said he was sticking with plans to reform the country's pension system but insisted change would be gradual and "not brutal".
    (Reuters, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, French unions continued to bring rail, bus and metro systems to a standstill in protest over the government's planned pension reforms. Railways company SNCF said it expected rail traffic would continue to be heavily disrupted through the weekend and Dec. 9, based on statements from transport unions.
    (AP, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, In Germany an off-duty firefighter (49) was killed in an altercation between two couples and a group of youths in the southern city of Augsburg. Two teenagers were soon arrested after surveillance cameras enabled investigators to identify the suspects.
    (AP, 12/8/19)
2019        Dec 6, Greece said it was expelling the Libyan ambassador, angered by an accord between Libya and Turkey signed on Nov. 27 that maps out a sea boundary between the two countries close to the Greek island of Crete. Libya called the move unacceptable. Turkey dismissed it as outrageous.
    (Reuters, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, The World Food Program (WFPP issued an appeal for $62 million in emergency food assistance in Haiti, where a protracted political and economic crises are fanning a humanitarian disaster.
    (Miami Herald, 12/7/19)
2019        Dec 6, In Hungary a government spokesman confirmed that the government is seeking a greater say in the operation of theaters that it partly funds. He said a recent sexual harassment case at a Budapest theater made the changes necessary as the government currently has no power to sack the director of the theatre involved.
    (Reuters, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, In southern India police fatally shot four men being held on suspicion of raping and killing a woman after investigators took them to the crime scene, drawing both praise and condemnation in a case that has sparked protests across the country. The suspects had reportedly seized some weapons from policemen who had taken them there and started firing.
    (AP, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, In India a 23-year-old rape victim set on fire by a gang of men, which included her alleged rapists, died in a New Delhi hospital. A day earlier the woman was on her way to board a train in Unnao district of northern Uttar Pradesh state to attend a court hearing over her rape when she was doused with kerosene and set on fire. Her death prompted protests from opposition leaders who blamed the ruling party for failing to check incidents of violence against women.
    (Reuters, 12/7/19)
2019        Dec 6, In Iraq the casualty toll rose to 25 dead and 130 wounded as attacks by unknown gunmen targeted anti-government demonstrators in Baghdad continued into the night.
    (AP, 12/7/19)
2019        Dec 6, In Kenya at least ten people were killed and 30 injured when a residential building collapsed in Nairobi. Rescue workers struggled to free a woman who was screaming from under the rubble. 20 people remained missing.
    (Reuters, 12/6/19)(SFC, 12/9/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 6, Kenyan police officers were among those killed when gunmen suspected to be from Islamist militant group al Shabaab attacked a bus near the border with Somalia. Police said 10 people were killed and that the attackers had specifically targeted non-Somalis after flagging down the bus.
    (Reuters, 12/7/19)
2019        Dec 6, Kosovo's Pres. Hashim Thaci accused the European Union maintaining double standards for blocking a visa-free travel deal with his country but opening new chapters in Serbia's integration process despite its affiliation with Russia.
    (AP, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, Lebanon's outgoing PM Saad Hariri called on several Arab and world leaders to help his country secure credit lines for imports from friendly nations as the tiny Mediterranean country passes through its worst economic and financial crisis in decades.
    (AP, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, A three-month-old Malaysian infant was diagnosed with polio, the first case reported in the country in nearly three decades.
    (Reuters, 12/8/19)
2019        Dec 6, Lawyers for the Nigerian government filed "new and substantive" allegations of fraud with a British court in an ongoing fight against an arbitration award now worth some $10 billion. The government has been fighting efforts by British Virgin Islands-based Process & Industrial Developments (P&ID) to enforce the award for a failed gas project and is also seeking to overturn the underlying award.
    (Reuters, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported the recent launch of the "Treatment Tourism Exchange Corporation", aimed at capitalizing on the "rising demand for tourism, including medical care, in line with an international trend".
    (Reuters, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated along the Gaza-Israel frontier as the territory’s Hamas rulers resumed the regular protests after a three-week pause. 14 Palestinians were reported wounded by Israeli fire, four of them with live gunshots.
    (AP, 12/7/19)
2019        Dec 6, In Russia Moscow student Yegor Zhukov (21) stepped out of a courthouse, effectively free after a judge handed down a three-year suspended sentence. Zhukov, a student at the liberal Higher School of Economics, spent a month in pre-trial detention in August before rioting charges against him were dropped amid a public campaign, supported by many Russian celebrities.
    (The Telegraph, 12/7/19)
2019        Dec 6, Saudi Arabia and Russia spearheaded a deal in which OPEC and its allies committed to some of the deepest oil output cuts this decade aiming to avert oversupply and support prices.
    (Reuters, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, It was reported that Slovak police have charged former president Andrej Kiska with tax fraud, stirring up the political scene ahead of an election due in February.
    (Reuters, 12/6/19)
2019        Dec 6, In eastern Slovakia a gas explosion in an apartment building in Presov killed at least five people and injured more than 40. Firefighters rescued people trapped in the building, which officials said is still in danger of collapse. The death toll soon rose to least seven people. Police soon charged three people with putting the public in danger over the gas explosion. One person remained missing.
    (AP, 12/6/19)(Reuters, 12/7/19)(Reuters, 12/8/19)
2019        Dec 6, In South Africa four mineworkers were killed and one was seriously injured after a rock fall at a gold mine trapped five workers underground. The collapse at the Village Main Reef's Tau Lekoa gold mine in North West province followed at least one earth tremor.
    (AP, 12/8/19)
2019        Dec 6, In Spain climate activist Greta Thunberg arrived in Madrid to join thousands of other young people in a march to demand world leaders take real action against climate change.
    (AP, 12/6/19)

2019        Dec 7, US Pres. Donald Trump energized an audience that numbered in the hundreds at the Israeli American Council National Summit in Florida by recounting his record on issues of importance to Jews, including an extensive riff on his promise to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and relocate the US Embassy there from Tel Aviv.
    (AP, 12/7/19)
2019        Dec 7, US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad held the first official talks with Afghanistan's Taliban since President Donald Trump declared a near-certain peace deal with the insurgents dead in September. The talks were held in Qatar.
    (AP, 12/7/19)
2019        Dec 7, Arkansas police Officer Stephen Carr was shot and killed inside his patrol car outside a Fayetteville police precinct. Suspect London T. Phillips (35) was shot and killed. It was later reported that Carr was shot 10 times in the head and his killer was interested in anti-law enforcement groups.
    (Good Morning America, 12/8/19)(AP, 12/14/19)
2019        Dec 7, It was reported that a flesh-eating bacteria linked to the use of black tar heroin has killed at least seven people over the past two months in the San Diego area.
    (SFC, 12/7/19, p.A6)
2019        Dec 7, Texas sheriff’s deputy Floyd Berry (49) was arrested after police say he performed unlawful strip-searches on at least six women in 11 days. An investigation discovered that Berry had “unlawfully strip-searched" six women while on patrol in the southern portion of Bexar County between Nov. 24 and Dec. 4.
    (Miami Herald, 12/8/19)
2019        Dec 7, In Texas Houston police officer Sgt. Christopher Brewster (32) was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence report. Suspect Arturo Solis was arrested.
    (http://tinyurl.com/wy7kfxb)(SFC, 12/9/19, p.A6)
2019        Dec 7, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co said that an experimental cancer therapy it acquired as part of its $74 billion deal for Celgene Corp produced positive results in a clinical trial. The treatment, liso-cel, is a newer type of immunotherapy known as CAR-T cell therapy, that takes immune cells from a patient, engineers them to better recognize and attack cancer and infuses them back into the patient.
    (Reuters, 12/7/19)
2019        Dec 7, Belarus Pres. Alexander Lukashenko met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Russia to discuss "key issues in our bilateral relations. Roughly 1,000 Belarusians joined an unauthorized demonstration against the prospect of a closer union with Russia.
    (AFP, 12/7/19)
2019        Dec 7, In France truckers blocked roads in about 10 regions to protest against a planned reduction in tax breaks on diesel for road transport, while train and metro services remained heavily disrupted by a strike against pension reform. In Paris several hundred "yellow vest" protesters continued their weekly demonstrations over the cost of living.
    (Reuters, 12/7/19)
2019        Dec 7, German farmers set up “warning bonfires" this evening at hundreds of sites across the country in a continuation of protests against new environmental controls that have caught Berlin on the back foot.
    (The Telegraph, 12/8/19)
2019        Dec 7, In Hong Kong hundreds of pro-government demonstrators packed a local park to denounce what they say is a reign of terror by anti-government protesters.
    (SSFC, 12/8/19, p.A6)
2019        Dec 7, Indonesian authorities arrested five suspected poachers of a pair of critically endangered pregnant Sumatran tigers and seized four fetuses that had been preserved in a jar. About 400 Sumatran tigers remained because of forest destruction and poaching.
    (SFC, 12/9/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 7, Tehran announced the release of Iranian scientist Massoud Soleimani from the United States shortly before Washington declared American researcher Xiyue Wang was returning home. Wang (38) has spent the past three years in jail on spying charges in a prisoner swap. Soleimani, an Iranian scientist, was arrested at Chicago airport last year and convicted on charges of violating US trade sanctions.
    (AFP, 12/7/19)
2019        Dec 7, Iran's semiofficial Fars news agency reported that a soldier has shot three policemen to death in the country's south. The soldier was immediately arrested.
    (AP, 12/8/19)
2019        Dec 7, In Lebanon scores of women marched through the streets of Beirut to protest sexual harassment and bullying and demanding rights including the passing of citizenship to children of Lebanese women married to foreigners.
    (AP, 12/7/19)
2019        Dec 7, In Mexico four people were killed and two injured in a shooting near the National Palace, the presidential residence in the capital's historic downtown. The dead included the gunman who was killed by police.
    (Reuters, 12/7/19)
2019        Dec 7, North Korea carried out a "very important" test at tits Sohae satellite launch site, a rocket testing ground that US officials once said Pyongyang had promised to close.
    (AFP, 12/8/19)
2019        Dec 7, Swiss astronomer Didier Queloz, who shared the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics for discovering planets orbiting distant suns, urged humans to fix the climate crisis and save the Earth at a news conference in Stockholm.
    (Reuters, 12/7/19)
2019        Dec 7, In Syria airstrikes on areas in the last major rebel stronghold in the northwest killed at least 20 people, including women and children, and wounded others in the Idlib region as a three-month truce crumbled.
    (Reuters, 12/7/19)

2019        Dec 8, In Atlanta, Georgia, Zozibini Tunzi (b.1993), South African model, was crowned Miss Universe 2019. Tunzi had previously been crowned Miss South Africa 2019. She is the third woman from South Africa to win the title, and the first black woman since Leila Lopes was crowned Miss Universe 2011.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zozibini_Tunzi)
2019        Dec 8, American actor Rene Auberjonois (b.1940), died at his home in Los Angeles. He was best known for his roles on the TV show "Benson" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and his part as Father Mulcahy in the the film "M*A*S*H" (1970).
    (SFC, 12/9/19, p.C2)
2019        Dec 8, Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney (b.1933), the animator of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, died at his home in Connecticut.
    (SFC, 12/9/19, p.A7)
2019        Dec 8, Paul Volcker (92), the towering former Federal Reserve chairman (1979-1987), died in NYC. He tamed US inflation in the 1980s and decades later inspired tough Wall Street reforms in the wake of the global financial crisis. His memoir, "Keeping at It: The Quest for Sound Money and Good Government," was published in 2018.
    (Reuters, 12/9/19)
2019        Dec 8, The SpaceX Dragon caqpsule delivered three tons supplies to the Int'l. Space Station.The delivery include 8 of 40 mice genetically engineered with twice the normal muscle mass for a muscle and bone experiment.
    (SFC, 12/9/19, p.A6)
2019        Dec 8, In Belarus some 500 hundred protesters braved the repressive climate to hold a demonstration for a 2nd day against deepening the country's ties with Russia.
    (AP, 12/8/19)
2019        Dec 8, Belarus state news agency Belta reported that the government is seeking about $70 million in compensation because of disruption in flows in a pipeline on its territory caused by contaminated Russian oil. The Russian Druzhba pipeline, which pumps 1 million barrels per day of oil to eastern and western Europe, was found in mid-April to be contaminated.
    (Reuters, 12/8/19)
2019        Dec 8, Congolese health authorities said an Ebola survivor has fallen ill with the disease for a second time in eastern Congo. It was not yet clear if it was a case of relapse or reinfection. The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has infected over 3,300 people and killed more than 2,200 since the middle of last year, making it the second worst year on record.
    (Reuters, 12/8/19)
2019        Dec 8, In Egypt a militant attack killed a police conscript in Rafah, a restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula.
    (AP, 12/8/19)
2019        Dec 8, Finland's transport minister, Sanna Marin (34), was tapped by the ruling Social Democratic Party to be the new prime minister. When she takes the reins of the country, most likely on Dec. 10, she will become the world’s youngest sitting head of government.
    (AP, 12/9/19)
2019        Dec 8, In France travel tangles continued for a fourth day as strikes kept most trains at a standstill. PM Edouard Philippe held special meetins about the government's divisive redesign of the national retirement system.
    (SFC, 12/9/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 8, Hong Kong saw its biggest pro-democracy protest in months, signaling more unrest to come in 2020 as the movement that began in June to fight China’s increasing grip on the city shows its staying power.
    (AP, 12/8/19)
2019        Dec 8, In India a fire believed to be caused by an electrical short circuit engulfed a building New Delhi, where handbags and other items were made by workers earning as little as 2 dollars per day. At least 43 people were killed.
    (AP, 12/8/19)
2019        Dec 8, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani announced a "budget of resistance" against US sanctions targeting the country's vital oil sector, backed by a $5 billion Russian investment.
    (The Telegraph, 12/8/19)
2019        Dec 8, Israeli aircraft bombed several militants’ sites in Gaza early today, hours after three rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave toward southern Israel.
    (AP, 12/8/19)
2019        Dec 8, Saudi authorities said restaurants in Saudi Arabia will no longer need to maintain entrances segregated by sex, further eroding some of the world's strictest social rules as sweeping reforms take hold.
    (Reuters, 12/8/19)
2019        Dec 8, Sudan's PM Abdalla Hamdok said his country has 5,000 troops operating in Yemen, down from a peak of 15,000, adding that he believed no military solution was possible.
    (Reuters, 12/8/19)
2019        Dec 8, Some 5,000 Ukrainians rallied in Kiev warning President Volodymyr Zelensky to resist pressure from Russia's Vladimir Putin when the two men meet on Dec. 9 for talks on the conflict in Ukraine's east.
    (AFP, 12/8/19)
2019        Dec 8, Pope Francis named Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle (62) to a major global Vatican post in a move likely to increase the Filipino's chances of one day being elected pope himself. He will become the new head of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, which oversees the Roman Catholic Church's work in many developing countries.
    (Reuters, 12/8/19)

2019        Dec 9, The US Justice Department's internal watchdog declared that the FBI was justified in opening its investigation into ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia and did not act with political bias. The report rejected theories and criticism spread by Pres. Trump and his supporters, though it also found “serious performance failures" up the bureau’s chain of command.
    (AP, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 9, US lawmakers announced an agreement on a $738-billion bill setting policy for the Department of Defense, including new measures for competing with Russia and China, family leave for federal workers and the creation of Pres. Donald Trump's long-desired Space Force.
    (Reuters, 12/9/19)
2019        Dec 9, The US Supreme Court left in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions.
    (AP, 12/9/19)
2019        Dec 9, US federal agents in Dallas arrested Genaro Garcia Luna (51), the former secretary of public security in Mexico (2006-2012), on drug charges for bribes he accepted from the Sinaloa cartel. Prosecutors said they will seek his removal to New York to face federal charges.
    (SFC, 12/11/19, p.A5)
2019        Dec 9, The Washington Post released thousands of documents detailing the war in Afghanistan painting a stark picture of missteps and failures. The reports were from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), formed in 2008.
    (SFC, 12/10/19, p.A3)
2019        Dec 9, The US CDC said a multistate E. coli outbreak, linked to packaged salad from the Salinas Valley of California, has sickened 8 people in the upper-Midwest and 16 in Canada.
    (SFC, 12/10/19, p.A5)
2019        Dec 9, Intel Corp announced a chip called "Horse Ridge" that is designed to take all the work being done by the wires in a quantum computer and shrink it down to a chip and electronics about the size of a tea cup saucer. The chip is named for one of the coldest spots in the state of Oregon, where many of its factories are located.
    (Reuters, 12/9/19)
2019        Dec 9, The fate of the World Trade Organization's top court was effectively sealed after the US said it would not back a proposal to allow it to continue. The Trump administration has been blocking appointments to the WTO's seven-member Appellate Body that rules on trade disputes for over two years, with US officials saying the court had gone beyond its remit.
    (Reuters, 12/9/19)
2019        Dec 9, In Afghanistan a suicide car bomb attack killed at lest five Afghan soldiers and wounded four others in the southern Helmand province.
    (AP, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 9, Austria's caretaker Chancellor Brigitte Bierlein made clear she would not sign into law the European Union's first national ban on the weedkiller glyphosate due to a technicality, infuriating environmentalists while delighting farmers' groups.
    (Reuters, 12/9/19)
2019        Dec 9, Bosnian police removed residents who have been blocking access to Mostar's only landfill over concerns that it poses serious health and environmental risks.
    (SFC, 12/10/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 9, In London convicted burglar Joseph McCann (34), who assaulted and raped women and children during a two-week rampage across Britain while wrongly free from jail, was given 33 life sentences, with the judge saying he would never cease to be a danger to society.
    (Reuters, 12/9/19)
2019        Dec 9, Canada and the Netherlands put out a joint statement in support of Gambia, the tiny, mainly Muslim West African country that filed the suit in which the Buddhist-majority Myanmar is accused of genocide against its Rohingya Muslim minority a day before genocide hearings begin at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
    (Reuters, 12/9/19)
2019        Dec 9, A Chilean Air Force transport plane carrying 38 people vanished en route to a base on Antarctica. The plane crashed over the Drake Sea, a vast untouched ocean wilderness off the southernmost edge of Antarctica. There were no survivors.
    (AP, 12/10/19)(Reuters, 12/12/19)
2019        Dec 9, Walmart in Chile pulled requests it filed earlier with Chilean courts demanding police protection for its supermarkets, but said looting of its stores continued and that the situation following weeks of unrest remained "complex".
    (Reuters, 12/9/19)
2019        Dec 9, Chinese officials said a “de-radicalization" training in its western Xinjiang region has been completed, as the government sought to defend the widespread detention of ethnic minorities. Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities from the region say their family members continue to be arbitrarily detained in camps and prisons.
    (AP, 12/8/19)
2019        Dec 9, Egyptian human rights activist Ahmed Abdel-Fattah (40) went missing in Cairo. On Dec. 20 his wife said that he is scheduled to appear before a local prosecutor.   
    (AP, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 9, A consortium of 19 hydropower companies and organizations said it will receive European Union funding of 18 million euros ($20 million) to research the green energy form's role, as the 28-member bloc seeks to become carbon neutral by 2050.
    (Reuters, 12/9/19)
2019        Dec 9, In France the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France met in Paris to discuss a peace settlement for Ukraine’s war-ravaged east for the first time in more than three years. Ukraine's Pres. Volodymyr Zelenskiy made clear at the talks that Ukraine must regain control of its eastern border before elections can take place in the disputed region as part of a peace accord. Russia's Pres. Putin said the elections must come first. Participating leaders agreed to implement a comprehensive ceasefire and hold a major prisoner exchange between the Ukrainian government and the separatists.
    (The Telegraph, 12/9/19)(Bloomberg, 12/10/19)(The Telegraph, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 9, Hong Kong police arrested 12 people suspected of preparing gasoline bombs.
    (SFC, 12/10/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 9, In India day laborers in one of New Delhi's most congested neighborhoods demonstrated against unsafe working conditions, a day after at least 43 people were killed in a devastating fire at an illegal factory there.
    (AP, 12/9/19)
2019        Dec 9, In Iraq four Katyusha rockets hit a military base near Baghdad International Airport early today, wounding at least six soldiers.
    (AP, 12/9/19)
2019        Dec 9, Israeli police said vandals overnight slashed the tires of over 160 vehicles and sprayed slogans such as “Arabs=enemies" in a Palestinian neighborhood of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.
    (AP, 12/9/19)
2019        Dec 9, In Kenya Mike Gideon Mbuvi, governor of Nairobi, was charged with ten counts of graft related charges including embexxlement and money laundering.
    (SFC, 12/10/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 9, A rainstorm paralyzed parts of Lebanon's capital Beirut, turning streets to small rivers, stranding motorists inside their vehicles and damaging homes in some areas.
    (AP, 12/9/19)
2019        Dec 9, In New Zealand a volcano erupted on the White Island tourist spot. Six deaths were later confirmed after the eruption. Another eight people were believed to have died, with their bodies remaining on the ash-covered island for now. The death toll later rose to 19.
    (AP, 12/9/19)(AP, 12/10/19)(AP, 12/22/19)
2019        Dec 9, Russia's interior minister said passports have been issued to 125,000 residents of rebel-held eastern Ukraine, deepening Moscow's ties with the separatist region even as it begins talks with Kiev aimed at ending the conflict.
    (Reuters, 12/9/19)
2019        Dec 9, The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned Russian athletes from competing in the Olympics and other major sporting events under the country’s flag after it found Russia tampering with key doping test data. WADA banned Russia from hosting or participating in any major sporting events for a four-year period.
    (Benzinga, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 9, In Spain teenage activist Greta Thunberg and a group of young climate campaigners from across the world addressed a UN summit on climate change in Madrid.
    (AP, 12/9/19)
2019        Dec 9, Turkey said it would join Albania and Kosovo in boycotting the Nobel awards ceremony in protest against 2019 literature prize laureate Peter Handke, who has been criticized for backing late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic.
    (Reuters, 12/9/19)
2019        Dec 9, The UN's general assembly passed a resolution condemning Russia's occupation of Crimea and the city of Sebastopol and urging the withdrawal of its military forces "without delay".
    (The Telegraph, 12/9/19)
2019        Dec 9, The UN released $2.6 million in emergency aid to combat the measles epidemic in Samoa as the death toll reached 70.
    (AP, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 9, Save the Children said in a report that over 110 Yemeni children were killed between January and October in the key port city of Hodeida and in the southwestern province of Taiz.
    (AP, 12/9/19)

2019        Dec 10, US House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — pushing toward historic votes over charges he threatened the integrity of the US election system and endangered national security in his dealings with Ukraine.
    (AP, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 10, The United States held back a UN Security Council meeting to discuss North Korea’s human rights abuses, after Pyongyang warned it would be a “serious provocation".
    (The Independent, 12/11/19)
2019        Dec 10, The United States blacklisted four Myanmar military leaders, including the commander-in-chief, in the toughest action taken yet by Washington for alleged human rights abuses against the Rohingya and other minorities.
    (Reuters, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 10, The United States barred from entering the country Mohammed al Otaibi, the former Saudi consul general in Istanbul in October 2018, when Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed there.
    (Reuters, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 10, Canada, Mexico and the United States signed a new deal in Mexico City agreeing to a fresh overhaul of their quarter-century-old regional trade pact after negotiators approved changes to a preliminary deal struck last year. The USMCA would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a regional pact in place since 1994 that encompasses $1.2 trillion in annual trade across the continent.
    (Reuters, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 10, Federal officials announced the arrest of three people for running a cryptocurrency mining operation that bilked investors out of $722 million. Matthew Goettsche (37) was arrested in Colorado, Jobadiah Weeks (38) was arrested in Florida and Joseph Abel (49) was arrested in California.
    (SFC, 12/12/19, p.A7)
2019        Dec 10, The Detroit News reported that Leotek Electronics USA has agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit over thousands of defective streetlights in Detroit. The cost of the replacement project was estimated at $7 million.
    (SFC, 12/11/19, p.A5)
2019        Dec 10, In New Jersey a police officer, three bystanders and two killers all died in an attack that targeted a Jewish market in Jersey City. The shooting began near a cemetery, where Detective Joseph Seals, a 40-year-old member of a unit devoted to taking illegal guns off the street, was killed while trying to stop “bad guys." The two killers had apparently been followers of the Black Hebrew Israelites — a fringe group whose members have been known to rail against white people and Jew. The attackers were later identified as David N. Anderson 47) and Francine Graham (50) — both of them also prime suspects in the slaying of a livery driver found dead in a car trunk in nearby Bayonne over the weekend.
    (AP, 12/11/19)(AP, 12/12/19)
2019        Dec 10, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Ravitej Reddy, the owner of Personalized Genetics LLC in Pittsburgh and Med Health Services Management in Monroeville, is scheduled to plead guilty to federal charges that he conspired with out-of-state marketing companies to pay kickbacks for lucrative lab tests at his two testing facilities.
    (AP, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 10, Washington-based research group C4ADS said global consumers purchasing teak may be fuelling conflict in South Sudan, warning that armed groups are benefiting from an unregulated logging trade worth tens of millions of dollars.
    (Reuters, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 10, Afghan officials said the Taliban have abducted as many as 45 elderly family members of a late Afghan government employee who were attending his funeral. The head of intelligence in Jawzjan province disputed the number of people who were kidnapped, saying only six family members were taken and that other local elders were negotiating for their release.
    (AP, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 10, Argentina's Peronist leader, Alberto Fernandez, was sworn in as president, marking a shift to the left for Latin America's No. 3 economy as the country fights rampant inflation, credit default fears and rising poverty.
    (Reuters, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 10, In Australia smoke from wildfires engulfed the city of Sydney. People were advised to stay indoors and avoid all outdoor activity.
    (SFC, 12/11/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 10, Brazilian authorities widened a political graft investigation to target telecom firms Oi and Telefonica Brasil over alleged irregular payments to a company part-owned by the son of ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
    (Reuters, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 10, A Bulgarian court sentenced radical imam Ahmed Mussa and 13 other Bulgarians for propagating religious hatred and incitement to war in their support for the Islamic State militant group.
    (Reuters, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 10, In the Czech Republic a man (42) with an illegal gun fatally shot six people and wounded three others at a hospital in Ostrava. The gunman later killed himself as police approached his car.
    (AP, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 10, It was reported that evidence from Denmark suggested that when frozen embryos are used during in vitro fertilization (IVF), the resulting children have a slightly higher risk than other kids for certain types of cancer.
    (Reuters, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 10, British author Lindsay de Feliz went missing in the Dominican Republic. Days later her body was found buried in a shallow grave in a wooded area near her home. Her Dominican husband, step-son and another man were arrested by police.
    (The Independent, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 10, Finland's new PM Sanna Marin (34) took office as the world's youngest national leader.
    (Reuters, 12/11/19)
2019        Dec 10, Finland, which holds the rotating EU presidency until the end of the year, said it aims to teach 1% of all Europeans basic skills in artificial intelligence through a free online course.
    (Reuters, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 10, The Greek government said it has lodged objections to the United Nations over an accord between Libya and Turkey mapping out maritime boundaries as a violation of international law.
    (Reuters, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 10, Iran said that American authorities are holding about 20 Iranian nationals in jail, a day after Tehran said it was ready for more prisoner swaps with the US.
    (AP, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 10, Former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky was awarded Israel's prestigious 2020 Genesis Prize for a lifetime of work promoting political and religious freedoms.
    (AP, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 10, Latvian politician and oligarch Aivars Lembergs, sanctioned this week by the US over alleged corruption, hit back saying allegations against him were "fake news" and instigated by his political opponents. The sanction means US citizens are prohibited from doing business with Lembergs and four entities the US says he owns or controls and which are crucial to the running of Ventspils port. Latvia moved to ensure the port could still operate.
    (Reuters, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 10, In Lebanon angry protesters attacked the municipality headquarters in Tripoli, smashing windows and setting a room on fire, in an outburst of violence triggered by the collapse of a house overnight in the area that killed two siblings.
    (AP, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 10, A Russian court ordered the deportation of five employees of the United States' University at Buffalo after finding them guilty of violating the terms of their visas. The court in the city of Ryazan, 200 km (125 miles) southeast of Moscow, said the group had arrived in Russia on a multiple-entry tourist visa but had given a lecture at a local university.
    (Reuters, 12/12/19)
2019        Dec 10, Yury Luzhkov (83), who served as Moscow’s mayor for 18 years, died after a heart operation at a clinic in Munich. He had presided over the rapid transformation of the Russian capital after the Soviet Union’s collapse.
    (Bloomberg, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 10, In Saudi Arabia a summit of Arab Gulf nations opened in Riyadh without Qatar’s ruler in attendance, despite signs of a thaw in a diplomatic crisis that has gripped the regions US allies. Qatar's PM Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani attended the annual Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
    (AP, 12/10/19)    Reuters, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 10, Mines across South Africa shut down after flash flooding triggered the most severe power blackouts in more than a decade, threatening a key export sector in a further blow to the country's already slowing economy.
    (Reuters, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 10, In Spain a global assessment at UN climate talks of countries' emissions trajectories said the United States and Saudi Arabia are among major polluters showing "hardly any signs" of reducing their greenhouse gas production.
    (AFP, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 10, Spanish arms control groups staged a protest against the presence of a Saudi cargo ship they suspect is carrying weapons for use in Yemen.
    (AP, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 10, Taiwan’s top diplomat said that his government stands with Hong Kong citizens pushing for “freedom and democracy," and would help those displaced from the semi-autonomous Chinese city if Beijing intervenes with greater force to quell the protests.
    (AP, 12/10/19)
2019        Dec 10, UN experts said the interference of Chadian and Sudanese fighters in Libya is “a direct threat" to the security and stability of the war-torn country, which a leader of the Islamic State extremist group has declared “one of the main axes" of its future operations.
    (AP, 12/10/19)

2019        Dec 11, President Donald Trump signed an executive order targeting what his administration describes as a growing problem with anti-Semitic harassment on college campuses. Under the order, the Department of Education will consider the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's definition of anti-Semitism — which can include criticism of Israel — when evaluating discrimination complaints under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The department could withhold funding from schools that it finds in violation of Title VI.
    (AP, 12/11/19)
2019        Dec 11, The United States imposed new sanctions on Iran's biggest airline and its shipping industry, accusing them of transporting lethal aid from Iran to Yemen and weapons of mass destruction proliferation.
    (AP, 12/11/19)
2019        Dec 11, The Los Angeles Times reported that Lachlan Murdoch, son of Rupert Murdoch and the co-chairman of News Corp., has purchased the 25,000 square-foot Chartwell estate in the the city's Bel Air neighborhood for about $150 million. This was the highest home price ever in California. The 1930s mansion is seen in the credits for the "Beverly Hillbillies" TV show.
    (SFC, 12/13/19, p.A8)
2019        Dec 11, The New York Times reported that Harvey Weinstein and his former film studio's board have reached a tentative $25 million settlement that would end nearly every sexual misconduct lawsuit brought against him and his company.
    (AP, 12/11/19)
2019        Dec 11, Tessa Majors (18), of Charlottesville, Virginia, was walking in Manhattan’s Morningside Park just before 7 p.m. when she was accosted and stabbed during a struggle in an armed robbery. Three teenagers were involved. Two juvenile suspects, aged 13 and 14, were soon arrested in the fatal stabbing. On Dec 26 the New York City Police Department said it has located a teen they were seeking in connection with the stabbing death of Barnard College student Tessa Majors.
    (AP, 12/13/19)(NY Times, 12/14/19)(CBS News, 12/26/19)
2019        Dec 11, A Dallas man who prosecutors said tried to recruit fighters for the Islamic State group through social media, encouraged others to carry out terrorist attacks and lied to federal agents was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Said Azzam Mohamad Rahim was arrested at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in March 2017 while trying to board a flight to Jordan.
    (NY Times, 12/12/19)
2019        Dec 11, It was reported that Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swede who inspired millions of young people to take action against climate change, has been named Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2019.
    (Reuters, 12/11/19)
2019        Dec 11, It was reported that Walt Disney Co's Disney+ has been downloaded 22 million times on mobile devices since the launch of the streaming service in November, according to a report by research firm Apptopia.
    (Reuters, 12/11/19)
2019        Dec 11, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber struck an under construction medical facility at Bagram, the largest US military base in northern Afghanistan. At least two people were killed and 73 wounded. The Taliban claiming responsibility for the attack.
    (SFC, 12/12/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 11, Angolan authorities opened a criminal case against a former fishing minister for alleged involvement in a bribery scandal with Iceland's biggest fishing company that has seen six arrests in neighboring Namibia. State-owned Jornal de Angola said authorities had frozen the assets of ex-minister of fisheries Victoria de Barros Neto and opened a case against her, her husband and four children.
    (Reuters, 12/11/19)
2019        Dec 11, The Bosnian capital Sarajevo declared Nobel Prize-winning Austrian author Peter Handke "persona non grata" over his support for late Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic and denial of the 1995 genocide in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica.
    (Reuters, 12/11/19)
2019        Dec 11, Research showed that China's bitcoin miners now control two-thirds of the crypto network's processing power, a growing share that is likely to benefit the country's miners.
    (Reuters, 12/11/19)
2019        Dec 11, Danish police made several raids throughout the country and arrested a number of people in connection with suspected preparations for an Islamist militant attack.
    (Reuters, 12/11/19)
2019        Dec 11, Europe sought to bolster the world's faltering battle against climate change with its "Green Deal" to slash fossil fuel dependence, while teen activist Greta Thunberg rebuked global leaders for dragging their feet.
    (Reuters, 12/11/19)
2019        Dec 11, France's PM Edouard Philippe outlined an overhaul of France's byzantine pension system that he said would be fairer and plug a gaping deficit in the pension budget. People born after 1974 would have to work until the age of 64 to get a full pension, instead of 62 previously, drawing a hostile response from trade unions who said they would step up strike action to force an about-turn.
    (Reuters, 12/11/19)(SFC, 12/12/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 11, The German government said it was unaware that Russia had made an extradition request for a Georgian man murdered in Berlin in August after Russian President Vladimir Putin said requests from Moscow had not been heeded.
    (Reuters, 12/11/19)
2019        Dec 11, India's ruling Hindu nationalist government won parliamentary approval for a far-reaching citizenship law that critics say undermines the country's secular constitution, as protests against the legislation intensified.
    (AP, 12/11/19)
2019        Dec 11, The Israeli parliament began voting to dissolve itself and pave the path to an unprecedented third election within a year. The preliminary vote passed without objections. Barring a nearly unfathomable about-face, three more measures are expected to pass and call a new election for March 2, 2020.
    (AP, 12/11/19)
2019        Dec 11, At The Hague Nobel Peace Prize winner and former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi denied that Myanmar's armed forces committed genocide, telling the United Nation's top court that the mass exodus of Rohingya people from the country she leads was the unfortunate result of a battle with insurgents.
    (AP, 12/11/19)
2019        Dec 11, The International Criminal Court said it has confirmed the charges brought by prosecutors against two men suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Central African Republic. The court said Alfred Yekatom and alleged co-conspirator and Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona, who have said they are innocent, will face trial.
    (Reuters, 12/11/19)
2019        Dec 11, It was reported that North Korean state-backed hackers appear to be cooperating with Eastern European cybercriminals, a finding that suggests digital gangsters and state-backed spies are finding common ground online.
    (AP, 12/11/19)(http://tinyurl.com/s6yc83s)
2019        Dec 11, In Papua New Guinea results from two weeks of voting on a referendum on the island of Bougainville, population about 200,000, showed 98% of the voters favored independence. The referendum was nonbinding and independence would need to be negotiated.
    (SFC, 12/12/19, p.A4)
2019        Dec 11, Saudi Aramco shares surged the maximum permitted 10% above their IPO price to $9.39 per share on their Riyadh stock market debut, in a move hailed by the government as a vindication of its towering $2 trillion valuation of the state oil company.
    (Reuters, 12/11/19)(SFC, 12/12/19, p.D3)
2019        Dec 11, Spain’s King Felipe VI invited acting PM Pedro Sanchez to attempt to form a government and end the country’s prolonged political gridlock.
    (Bloomberg, 12/11/19)
2019        Dec 11, In Spain dozens of young campaigners and indigenous rights activists were thrown out of United Nations climate talks after staging a protest demanding that nations commit to act now to avert catastrophic climate change.
    (AFP, 12/11/19)

2019        Dec 12, US President Donald Trump said on the United States was "very close" to nailing down a trade deal with China.
    (Reuters, 12/12/19)
2019        Dec 12, The US Senate voted unanimously on a resolution that recognizes as genocide the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago. The following day Turkey summoned the ambassador from the US to protest the approval.
    (AP, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 12, The US Department of Justice announced charges against 10 former NFL players over an alleged scheme to defraud millions of dollars from the league's health care benefits program.
    (ABC News, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 12, Officials with Homeland Security Investigations announced the seizure of $250 million from convicted ex-Venezuelan national treasurer Alejandro Andrade, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence for his central role in a $1 billion money-laundering scheme that allowed him to hide a fortune in overseas banks as well as luxury real estate in South Florida.
    (Miami Herald, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 12, The Trump administration gave the go-ahead to new oil-drilling leases on federal land in 8 California counties, mostly in the Bakersfield area.
    (SFC, 12/13/19, p.C1)
2019        Dec 12, San Francisco police displayed some $2.5 million in stolen property following their recovery after 30 search warrants were served this week.
    (SFC, 12/13/19, p.A12)
2019        Dec 12, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) signed an executive order to restore voting rights to more than 400,000 nonviolent offenders who completed their sentences. Over the last few weeks the governor has issued 428 pardons, with his list including a woman who threw her newborn in the trash, a convicted child rapist, and a man who murdered his parents when he was a teenager. Bevin was defeated last month by Democrat Andy Beshear.
    (AP, 12/13/19)(SFC, 12/13/19, p.A8)
2019        Dec 12, Louisiana sued the state of California over its decision to ban the import and sale of alligator products, saying the ban will hurt an important Louisiana industry and ultimately could hurt the state's wetlands. California banned alligator skins and meats in the 1970s but repeatedly issued exceptions that allowed sales. The most recent exemption expires on Jan. 1 of next year, and this time California's legislature did not pass another exemption.
    (AP, 12/14/19)
2019        Dec 12, Danny Aiello (b.1933), American film and stage actor, died in New Jersey. His films included: "Bang the Drum Slowly" (1973),"The Front" (1976), "Fort Apache: The Bronx" (1981), "The Purple Rose of Cairo" (1984), "Once Upon a Time in America" (1984), "Moonstruck" (1987), "Radio Days" (1987), "Do the Right Thing" (1989).
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Aiello)(SSFC, 12/15/19, p.A11)
2019        Dec 12, New US Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette slammed New York state regulators for blocking pipelines that would bring natural gas from Appalachia to New England, but did not specify whether the Trump administration could do anything to push the projects forward.
    (Reuters, 12/12/19)
2019        Dec 12, In Texas Heidi Broussard and her baby, Margot Carey, went missing in Austin. On Dec 19 her body was found in the trunk of a vehicle at a home in the Houston area. The infant daughter was found safe. Broussard's close friend Magen Fieramusca was soon arrested and charged with two counts of kidnapping and one count of tampering with a corpse.
    (CBS News, 12/20/19)(CBS News, 12/23/19)(SFC, 12/25/19, p.A5)
2019        Dec 12, A Utah judge ruled that people born in the the territory of American Samoa should be recognized as US citizens.
    (SFC, 12/14/19, p.A5)
2019        Dec 12, CVS Health Corp said it will make it easier for patients with advanced cancer enrolled in some Aetna insurance plans to receive broad genetic gene sequencing tests that can help identify the best drug or treatment for them.
    (Reuters, 12/12/19)
2019        Dec 12, In Algeria thousands of people took to the streets in Algiers and other cities chanting "No vote! We want freedom!" as authorities held a presidential election that protesters view as a charade to keep the ruling elite in power. All five candidates that won approval to stand are former senior officials.
    (Reuters, 12/12/19)
2019        Dec 12, Argentine Foreign Minister Felipe Sola said Bolivian ex-president Evo Morales has arrived in Argentina where he will be granted refugee status.
    (Reuters, 12/12/19)
2019        Dec 12, Britain voted in a deeply divisive election that posed a historic choice between an imminent split from the EU or another referendum that could scrap the entire Brexit process. PM Boris Johnson's Conservative Party won a resounding victory that all but seals a divorce from the EU bloc. The Scottish National Party took back most of the districts it lost two years ago. Such a dramatic outcome, winning 48 of the 59 seats available in Scotland, will galvanize the party in its pursuit of the independence referendum leader Nicola Sturgeon.
    (AP, 12/12/19)(AFP, 12/13/19)(Bloomberg, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 12, Costa Rica's President Carlos Alvarado issued a technical decree that will allow for therapeutic abortions in the Central American nation, despite opposition from religious and conservative political groups.
    (Reuters, 12/12/19)
2019        Dec 12, The European Parliament told EU leaders that Malta's PM Joseph Muscat should resign immediately to avoid risks of political interference with the investigation into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
    (Reuters, 12/12/19)
2019        Dec 12, Germany pushed back on President Donald Trump’s moves to impose sanctions on the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, with Angela Merkel’s top diplomat rejecting outside meddling.
    (Bloomberg, 12/12/19)
2019        Dec 12, In India violent mobs in the northeastern state of Assam torched buildings and clashed with police, leaving two dead and 11 with bullet wounds, as protests grew over a new citizenship law for non-Muslim minorities from some neighboring countries. Protesters in Assam, which shares a border with Bangladesh, say the measure would open the region to a flood of foreign migrants. Tens of thousands rioted in three northeastern states. Authorities in Assam state shut down the internet and imposed a curfew. Neighboring Meghalaya state banned groups of more than four people from assembling.
    (Reuters, 12/12/19)(SFC, 12/13/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 12, In Iraq an angry mob killed a 16-year-old and strung up the corpse by its feet from a traffic pole after the teen shot and killed six people, including four anti-government protesters.
    (The Telegraph, 12/12/19)
2019        Dec 12, Italian police said they had arrested 13 people and dismantled an international crime gang that smuggled small groups of migrants from Greece to Italy aboard yachts.
    (Reuters, 12/12/19)
2019        Dec 12, Latvia's parliament passed legislation to take control over the Baltic country's two biggest ports in an effort to keep them open after US sanctions against a Latvian oligarch threatened operations.
    (Reuters, 12/12/19)
2019        Dec 12, Libyan authorities re-opened the capital's main airport, after closing it nearly three months ago amid heavy fighting between rival militias.
    (AP, 12/12/19)
2019        Dec 12, Gen. Khalifa Hifter of the self-styled Libyan National Army declared a final, “decisive battle" to take Tripoli from PM Fayez Sarraj's UN-supported government. "The zero hour has ticked," Hifter said in a televised speech.
    (AP, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 12, At The Hague lawyers seeking to halt what they allege is ongoing genocide in Myanmar slammed leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s defense of her country’s armed forces, saying that the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former pro-democracy icon chose to ignore “unspeakable" crimes targeting Muslim civilians.
    (AP, 12/12/19)
2019        Dec 12, The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for an attack on a military camp in Niger that killed at least 71 soldiers earlier this week.
    (AP, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 12, North Korea said the United States had nothing to offer it in possible renewed talks aimed at getting Pyongyang to give up its nuclear and missile programs after Washington said it was ready to take "concrete steps" towards securing a deal.
    (Reuters, 12/12/19)
2019        Dec 12, Russia expelled two German diplomats in what it called a standard diplomatic response to a similar move by Germany last week and said it hoped a dispute over the killing of a Georgian citizen in Berlin would not damage ties further.
    (Reuters, 12/12/19)
2019        Dec 12, A fire on Russia Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier broke out during welding work at a shipyard in the Arctic port of Murmansk and spread quickly through the carrier's internal compartments. Two crew members were killed and 11 others injured.
    (AP, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 12, In Saudi Arabia a fire broke out at a prison in Riyadh. Three inmates were killed and 21 others injured 21.
    (AP, 12/12/19)
2019        Dec 12, In Spain Carolina Schmidt, the Chilean president of UN climate talks in Madrid, told governments there could be no excuses for not reaching an agreement as the talks entered their final stretch.
    (Reuters, 12/12/19)
2019        Dec 12, Syrian officials and experts said more than 1,000 ancient relics and mosaics were saved from Islamic State group militants when staff at the museum of the city of Raqqa managed to hide them underground and in storehouses. Hundreds of other pieces that were hidden in Raqqa's branch of the central bank were discovered and stolen by militants.
    (AP, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 12, The body-folding, sharp-elbowed techniques of Thai massage was added to UNESCO's prestigious heritage list.
    (AFP, 12/12/19)
2019        Dec 12, Turkey sent its accord with Libya on a maritime boundary between the two countries to the United Nations for approval, despite objections from Greece that the agreement violates international law.
    (Reuters, 12/12/19)
2019        Dec 12, Former Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu established a new political party, Future Party, in a move that represents a challenge to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party.
    (AP, 12/12/19)
2019        Dec 12, Ukrainian lawmakers extended a law offering special status to separatist-controlled regions in eastern Ukraine in accordance with agreements brokered by France and Germany.
    (AP, 12/12/19)
2019        Dec 12, The United Nations warned that famine threatens the lives of up to 5.5 million people in South Sudan, where droughts and flooding have destroyed crops and livestock, compounding "intense political instability".
    (Reuters, 12/12/19)

2019        Dec 13, US President Donald Trump and Chinese officials have agreed to a "phase one" trade deal that includes cutting US tariffs on Chinese goods. Neither side offered specific details on the amount of US agricultural goods Beijing had agreed to buy.
    (Reuters, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 13, Impeachment charges against US President Donald Trump went to the full House, following approval by the House Judiciary Committee.
    (AP, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 13, Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg unveiled a climate plan to slash US carbon emissions by 50% in ten years, by slapping tougher pollution standards on new gas-fired power plants and replacing coal with cleaner energy sources like wind and solar.
    (Reuters, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 13, It was reported that federal regulators are setting up a new three-digit number (988) to reach a suicide prevention hotline. The current National Suicide Prevention Lifeline use 800-273-8255. Lst year counselors answered 2.2 million calls.
    (SFC, 12/13/19, p.A8)
2019        Dec 13, California Governor Gavin Newsom rejected a bankruptcy reorganization plan submitted by PG&E Corp, the state's largest investor-owned utility, saying its proposal fails to meet the requirements of a recently enacted wildfire law.
    (Reuters, 12/14/19)
2019        Dec 13, In Florida Hialeah Police Sgt. Jesús Menocal Jr. (32) was arrested by FBI agents at the city’s police department in connection with allegations that he sexually assaulted and threatened four girls and women while he was on duty.
    (Miami Herald, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 13, In Louisiana a cyberattack triggered a shutdown of city government computers in New Orleans.
    (AP, 12/15/19)
2019        Dec 13, In New Mexico Saudi Arabian engineering student Hassan Alqahtani (27) was arrested on a federal firearms charge the day before he was scheduled to graduate from the University of New Mexico.
    (AP, 12/16/19)
2019        Dec 13, Tennessee Pastor Ronnie Gorton (41) was sentenced to 38 years in prison after he was found guilty on 24 coutns of child sex abuse.
    (SSFC, 12/15/19, p.A8)
2019        Dec 13, In Texas Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed (45), an East African man imprisoned for terrorism, was convicted of trying to recruit fellow prisoners to join the Islamic State group and plan attacks in the United States.
    (AP, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 13, A Wisconsin judge ordered that the registration of up to 234,000 voters be tossed out because they may have moved, a victory for conservatives that could make it more difficult for people to vote next year in the key swing state.
    (AP, 12/14/19)
2019        Dec 13, In central Afghanistan a roadside bombing killed 10 civilians in Ghazni province.
    (SFC, 12/14/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 13, In Algeria protesters in the main cities took to the streets again after Abdelmadjid Tebboune (74), a former prime minister and loyalist of the influential army chief, was declared the oil-rich nation's new president in an election boycotted by members of the vibrant pro-democracy movement. Turnout was just 41%.
    (AP, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 13, A famous Belgian carnival was removed from the UN's cultural heritage list following complaints that its most recent edition contained blatant displays of anti-Semitism. The Aalst carnival was taken off UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list during a meeting in Bogota, Colombia, becoming the first cultural tradition stricken from the UN's global inventory of cultural practices.
    (AP, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 13, It was reported that some 17,000 Brazilians were apprehended at the US-Mexico border in the El Paso Sector in the fiscal year ending in October, a 600% increase from the previous high in 2016.
    (AP, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 13, In London millions of dollars worth of jewelry were stolen from the Kensington neighborhood home of heiress Tamara Ecclestone. Cleaner Maria Mester (47), a Romanian national, and her son bar worker Emil-Bogdan Savastru (29) were later charged with conspiracy to commit burglary.
    (AP, 2/1/20)
2019        Dec 13, It was reported that The Xinjiang regional government in China’s far west is deleting data, destroying documents, tightening controls on information and has held high-level meetings in response to leaks of classified papers on its mass detention camps for Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities.
    (AP, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 13, In eastern Congo DRC rebels again attacked Beni, a city at the center of the Ebola outbreak, killing at least six people including a pregnant woman.
    (AP, 12/14/19)
2019        Dec 13, EU leaders broke a deadlock and claimed a deal over a key climate target by committing to achieve neutrality by 2050.
    (SFC, 12/14/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 13, France's Pres. Macron said that he wants the government to push ahead with an overhaul of the nation's pension system despite more than a week of damaging strikes.
    (AP, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 13, In France a man who lunged at a Paris police patrol with a knife and threatened to kill the officers was shot to death in the capital's main business district.
    (AP, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 13, In eastern Germany one person died and 11 were injured in an explosion at an apartment building in the town of Blankenburg.
    (AP, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 13, New Zealand military specialists wearing protective gear landed on the small volcanic White Island and recovered six bodies of the 16 people who died in an eruption four days earlier. Another recovery operation was planned for the last two bodies.
    (AP, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 13, North Korea conducted another "crucial test" at its Sohae satellite launch site, as nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington remain stalled with a deadline approaching.
    (AFP, 12/14/19)
2019        Dec 13, In Pakistan at least 13 people were killed in a fiery collission between a passenger bus and a pickup truck in Baluchistan province.
    (SFC, 12/14/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 13, Swiss drugmaker Roche said a late-stage clinical trial has shown therapy combining its immunotherapy Tecentriq with two of its other drugs helped people with a form of advanced melanoma.
    (Reuters, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 13, The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said that despite some improvements, Greece was still in violation of certain international obligations in how and where people are imprisoned.
    (AP, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 13, A UN human rights report accused Chilean security forces of serious human rights violations against protesters over the past two months, including deaths, torture, sexual abuse and the use of excessive force.
    (AP, 12/13/19)
2019        Dec 13, The United Nations extended the work of its Palestinian refugee agency for another three years, despite fierce opposition from the United States and Israel.
    (AFP, 12/13/19)

2019        Dec 14, Federal officials said two programmers in Las Vegas recently admitted to running two of the largest illegal television and movie streaming services in the country. An FBI investigation led officials to Darryl Polo (36) and Luis Villarino (40) who have pleaded guilty to copyright infringement charges for operating iStreamItAll, a subscription-based streaming site, and Jetflix, a large illegal TV streaming service.
    (USA Today, 12/16/19)
2019        Dec 14, Miami Beach parking enforcement Officer Dante Zirio (57) was arrested after police said he extorted a valet company for cash payments in exchange for not enforcing parking violations. He faced two counts each of extortion, bribery and accepting an unlawful compensation or reward for official behavior.
    (AP, 12/16/19) 
2019        Dec 14, In Afghanistan at least one member of an Afghan militia opened fire on his fellow militiamen in central Ghazni province, killing nine people. The Taliban claimed this was a coordinated insurgent assault and that over over two dozen militiamen were killed.
    (SSFC, 12/15/19, p.A4)
2019        Dec 14, In Argentina Matthew Charles Gibbard (50), a British millionaire property magnate, was shot dead outside a five star hotel after being held up by armed robbers shortly after his arrival in the country. His stepson, Stefan Zone, 28, was shot in the thigh. The perpetrators escaped after the attack.
    (AP, 12/15/19)
2019        Dec 14, Hong Kong police arrested three men for testing homemade explosives. Police said the explosives were intended for use during protests.
    (SSFC, 12/15/19, p.A4)
2019        Dec 14, Indonesian police arrested two men suspected of being part of a ring that poaches and trades in endangered animals and seized from them several lion and leopard cubs and dozens of turtles.
    (AP, 12/15/19)
2019        Dec 14, In Iraq hundreds of demonstrators supporting a powerful Iran-backed militia group poured into a central Baghdad plaza, some burning American flags to protest recent US sanctions against key leaders.
    (AP, 12/14/19)
2019        Dec 14, Libyan officials said fighting has raged over the 24-hour period between rebel Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter and an array of militias loosely allied with the UN-supported government based there. Hifter is backed by the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, as well as France and Russia, while the Tripoli-based government receives aid from Turkey, Qatar and Italy.
    (AP, 12/14/19)
2019        Dec 14, Libyan intelligence agents arrested journalist Reda Fhelboom at the airport outside the capital Tripoli after he arrived from neighboring Tunisia. Fhelboom is the founder of The Libyan Organization for Independent Media, which works to document rights violations against Libyan journalists, as well as to advocate for independent news media and to combat incitement of violence online. Libya's intelligence body acknowledged the detention four days after his disappearance.
    (AP, 12/16/19)(AP, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 14, New Zealand police said another person has died from their injuries in the deadly volcanic eruption on New Zealand's White Island, bringing the confirmed fatalities to 15.
    (Good Morning America, 12/14/19)
2019        Dec 14, Speaking at a conference in the Qatar Malaysia's PM Mahathir Mohamad said US economic sanctions against Iran are illegal and Malaysia does not support them.
    (Bloomberg, 12/14/19)
2019        Dec 14, In Sudan a court convicted former President Omar al-Bashir of money laundering and corruption, sentencing him to two years in a minimum security lockup. Al-Bashir is also wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and genocide linked to the Darfur conflict in the 2000s.
    (AP, 12/14/19)

2019        Dec 15, Ahmad Khalil Elshazly (22) of West Haven, Connecticut, was arrested in the shoreline town of Stonington, where he expected to board a boat and begin a trip to Turkey. He was ordered to be detained during a federal court hearing in New Haven. He had allegedly expressed interest in fighting for the Islamic State group in Syria.
    (AP, 12/17/19)
2019        Dec 15, The Hallmark Channel, a division of Crown Media Family Networks, moved to reinstate ads featuring a same-sex couple that had been removed from the cable network. The decision came after considerable backlash over the initial decision to stop airing the ads from the wedding-planning company Zola.
    (SFC, 12/16/19, p.A9)(http://tinyurl.com/wz7ujhr)
2019        Dec 15, In Bangladesh at least ten people were killed in a fire at the Luxury Fan Factory in the Gazipur area outside Dhaka.
    (SFC, 12/16/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 15, China's State Council's customs tariff commission said additional tariffs on some US goods that were meant to be implemented on Dec. 15 have been suspended, after the world's two largest economies agreed a "phase one" trade deal on Dec. 13.
    (Reuters, 12/15/19)
2019        Dec 15, Iran's telecommunications minister announced that the country has defused a second cyberattack in less than a week, this time “aimed at spying on government intelligence".
    (AP, 12/15/19)
2019        Dec 15, In Iran air pollution forced schools to close in parts of the country including Tehran, as the capital lay under a thick cloud of smog considered hazardous to health.
    (AFP, 12/15/19)
2019        Dec 15, Iranian state TV reported that several cake factories in some of the country’s southern provinces had been forced to suspend production after pills, including the narcotic-like pain relief drug Tramadol, were discovered in packaged produce.
    (AP, 12/16/19)
2019        Dec 15, In Iraq a suspicious explosion hit the car of prominent activist Thaer al-Tayeb badly wounding him and fellow activist Ali al-Madani, in Diwaniyah. Al-Tayeb died of his wounds on Dec. 24.
    (AFP, 12/25/19)
2019        Dec 15, Attackers in northern Lebanon set fire to the offices of two major political parties, just hours after Beirut was rocked by the most violent government crackdown on protesters since nationwide demonstrations began two months ago. The overnight confrontations in Beirut left more than 130 people injured.
    (AP, 12/15/19)
2019        Dec 15, In Montenegro police Officer Milutin Lekovic (41) was shot and killed while apprehending suspects. Three Albanian nationals were soon detained in connection with the slaying. Lekovic had detained three suspects he had caught without documents in the area that is close to the border with European Union member Croatia.
    (AP, 12/16/19)
2019        Dec 15, In Peru employees Alexandra Porras (18) and Carlos Campo (19) were electrocuted at a McDonald's-branded restaurant in Pueblo Libre, a district of Lima, while cleaning the kitchen.
    (Reuters, 12/18/19)
2019        Dec 15, In the Philippines a magnitude 6.9 earthquake jolted Davao del Sur province, killing at least one child and causing a three-story building to collapse in Matanao town.
    (AP, 12/15/19)
2019        Dec 15, Saudi Aramco shares gained for a third consecutive day, rising 1.63% to 37.4 Saudi riyal ($9.97), pushing the company's value back toward the $2 trillion level it topped last week.
    (Reuters, 12/15/19)
2019        Dec 15, The UN Secretary General said global efforts to tackle climate change have stalled due to a lack of ambition, as the COP25 conference in Madrid drew to a close with a watered-down agreement. Brazil, Australia and the United States were singled out for their refusal to compromise on their own emissions targets.
    (AP, 12/15/19)

2019        Dec 16, US authorities said at least nine people have died in weather-related crashes in several Midwestern states amid a storm that dumped nearly a foot of snow in places, forced schools to close and snarled traffic.
    (AP, 12/17/19)
2019        Dec 16, Stocks advanced on Wall Street for a 4th straight day sending the major indexes to record highs. The Dow closed at 28,235.89; the Nasdaq closed at 8814.23; the S&P 500 closed at 3191.45.
    (SFC, 12/17/19, p.D3)
2019        Dec 16, Three people were confirmed dead, two in Alabama and one in Louisiana, and a dozen more injured as a powerful storm front packing suspected tornadoes smashed into buildings, downed trees and left a trail of destruction around the Deep South.
    (AP, 12/16/19)
2019        Dec 16, In Florida a Miami federal court sent five businessmen to prison. They were convicted of exploiting a “Buy American" program to fleece tens of millions of dollars from US medical and food suppliers in a global racket. Ringleader Bryamji Javat, a Pakistani who headed Dubai-based Uniworld Group, received a 10-year sentence after pleading guilty to a wire-fraud conspiracy.
    (Miami Herald, 12/17/19)
2019        Dec 16, Hawaii police Officer John Rabago admitted in federal court that he trapped Sam Ingall in a restroom in January 2018 and gave him an ultimatum: lick a urinal or face arrest. He had previously denied the charges against him and another officer, Reginald Ramones, who pleaded guilty in September.
    (The Independent, 12/17/19)
2019        Dec 16, A Mississippi man whose murder conviction was overturned by the US Supreme Court for racial bias was granted bond and will be free for the first time in 22 years.
    (AP, 12/16/19)
2019        Dec 16, Bullets were fired into an Oklahoma City home early today, killing a 2-year-old girl and wounding her grandmother as the two were sleeping in bed.
    (AP, 12/16/19)
2019        Dec 16, In South Carolina Seth Hopkins, the son of a man accused of shooting seven law officers in 2018, admitted to raping a young girl in his home multiple times in 2017 and 2018. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison for first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
    (AP, 12/16/19)
2019        Dec 16, In Texas Eduardo Arevalo (19) killed his pregnant sister in their home. He wrote a fake suicide note in her name and later left her body in an alley. He was arrested on Dec 22 in the Dallas suburb of The Colony.
    (AP, 12/23/19)
2019        Dec 16, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued its first new autism treatment guidelines in 12 years aimed at helping doctors identify at-risk children and getting them the care they need as early as possible.
    (Reuters, 12/16/19)
2019        Dec 16, Axsome Therapeutics Inc said its drug succeeded in reducing symptoms of major depressive disorder in a late-stage trial, taking the company a step closer to entering a multi-billion dollar market for depression treatments.
    (Reuters, 12/16/19)
2019        Dec 16, Boeing Co suppliers, customers and financiers braced for a possible freeze in Boeing 737 production for the first time in more than 20 years as the grounding of the best-selling MAX looks set to last well into 2020.
    (Reuters, 12/16/19)
2019        Dec 16, US-based WPX Energy Inc said it would buy privately held Felix Energy in a $2.5 billion deal, as the Permian basin operator looks to add oil-rich acreage in the Delaware region of West Texas and southern New Mexico, sending its shares up more than 9%.
    (Reuters, 12/16/19)
2019        Dec 16, It was reported that mass abuse of the opioid drug tramadol, originally made by Grumenthal of Germany, is now creating havoc spanning continents from India, to Africa to the Middle East. Most of the unregulated drug was coming from India.
    (SFC, 12/16/19, p.A4)
2019        Dec 16, Algeria's Constitutional Council confirmed Abdelkader Tebboune as the new president of Africa's largest country for the next five years — despite mass protests challenging his election last week.
    (AP, 12/17/19)
2019        Dec 16, Belarus said it has reached an agreement with China to receive a $500-million loan. The loan will be provided by the Shanghai office of the China Development Bank.
    (AP, 12/16/19)
2019        Dec 16, Central Africa Rep.'s Kwa Na Kwa party said former President Francois Bozize, who was ousted nearly seven years ago by a coalition of rebel groups, has returned from exile.
    (AP, 12/16/19)
2019        Dec 16, China and Russia proposed easing sanctions against nuclear-armed North Korea, in response to steps the North takes towards denuclearization. The US knocked back the call to ease sanctions on North Korea despite threats of further provocations, as President Donald Trump said he would “take care of" any threats the regime had in the works.
    (AFP, 12/16/19)(Bloomberg, 12/17/19)
2019        Dec 16, India's PM Narendra Modi appealed for calm today as violent nationwide student-led protests against "anti-Muslim" citizenship legislation continued for a fifth day.
    (AP, 12/16/19)
2019        Dec 16, Amnesty International said that at least 304 people were killed in last month's anti-government protests in Iran, a significantly higher number than what the rights group had reported previously.
    (AP, 12/16/19)
2019        Dec 16, Seven African migrants died and 70 other people were rescued when their boat sank while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Morocco to Spain. The rescued migrants, including 10 women and a baby, were brought back to the Moroccan coastal city of Nador.
    (AP, 12/16/19)
2019        Dec 16, Northern Ireland's squabbling parties met in the hope of reviving their power-sharing regional government after three years, with the UK election having cleared the path to Brexit.
    (AFP, 12/16/19)
2019        Dec 16, Sri Lankan police arrested a local Swiss embassy employee after she claimed she was abducted by government officials, interrogated and sexually assaulted before being released. The alleged victim claimed she was abducted by CID officials in a white van on November 25, and held for hours, while her abductors sexually abused her and tried to force her to disclose embassy-related information.
    (The Telegraph, 12/17/19)
2019        Dec 16, The United Nations' AIDS agency fired two staffers for financial and sexual misconduct, including whistleblower Martina Brostrom, whose allegations of being sexually assaulted sparked months of turmoil at the organization.
    (AP, 12/16/19)
2019        Dec 16, It was reported that Venezuelan businessmen have taken advantage of his government’s quiet abandonment of price, currency and import controls to buy direct from US wholesalers including Costco and Walmart. Their products now line the shelves in scores of new US dollar-only shops known as “bodegones".
    (Reuters, 12/16/19)
2019        Dec 16, It was reported that mosquito-borne dengue fever is the latest challenge facing Yemenis who have endured almost five years of a conflict that has killed thousands, pushed millions to the brink of famine and caused major cholera outbreaks.
    (Reuters, 12/16/19)

2019        Dec 17, On the eve of his likely impeachment, President Trump sent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a scathing, insult-filled letter calling the articles drawn up against him “a completely disingenuous, baseless and meritless invention of your imagination," among other things.
    (Yahoo News, 12/17/19)
2019        Dec 17, The US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court issued a rare order to the FBI and Department of Justice, demanding they spell out a series of planned reforms following a damning report from the DOJ's inspector general that scrutinized surveillance of a former aide to President Donald Trump's campaign. The court gave the FBI a Jan. 10 deadline to come up with a proposal.
    (ABC News, 12/18/19)(SFC, 12/18/19, p.A6)
2019        Dec 17, The US government proposed new rules overhauling parts of the nation's transplant system to make sure organs from the dead no longer go to waste — and to make it easier for the living to donate.
    (AP, 12/17/19)
2019        Dec 17, A small group of President Donald Trump's fiercest conservative critics, including the husband of the president's own chief adviser, launched a super PAC designed to fight Trump's reelection and punish congressional Republicans deemed his “enablers." The new organization, known as the Lincoln Project, represents a formal step forward for the so-called Never Trump movement.
    (AP, 12/17/19)
2019        Dec 17, A US federal judge sentenced GOP operative Rick Gates to 45 days of weekend jail time and three years of probation. This followed his cooperation with prosecutors investigating President Donald Trump and his 2016 campaign.
    (Politico, 12/17/19)
2019        Dec 17, A bulletin issued by the US Navy showed up on a Facebook page serving military members, saying users of government issued mobile devices who had TikTok and did not remove the app would be blocked from the Navy Marine Corps Intranet. Last month US army cadets were instructed not to use TikTok, after Senator Chuck Schumer raised security concerns about the army using TikTok in their recruiting.
    (Reuters, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 17, It was reported that the Sackler family, the owners of Purdue Pharma, had withdrawn more than $10 billion from the company during the past dozen years. Purdue's OxyContin opioid drug was approved in 1995. The company now faced more than 2,800 lawsuits related to the nation's opioid crisis.
    (SFC, 12/18/19, p.D4)
2019        Dec 17, In eastern Kentucky at least 15 horses were found fatally shot at a strip mine site along US 23 near the Floyd-Pike County line.
    (AP, 12/18/19)
2019        Dec 17, A winning Mega Millions ticket worth $372 million was sold at a Giant Eagle supermarket in Mentor, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. The winning numbers drawn today, just eight days before Christmas, were: 22-30-53-55-56 +16.
    (AP, 12/18/19)
2019        Dec 17, The US government sued CVS Health Corp and its Omnicare unit for fraudulently billing Medicare and other programs for drugs for older and disabled people without valid prescriptions.
    (Reuters, 12/17/19)
2019        Dec 17, A new report said fewer than 30 people were executed in the United States and under 50 new death sentences were imposed for the fifth straight year, part of a continuing decline in capital punishment that saw only a few states carry out executions.
    (AP, 12/17/19)
2019        Dec 17, It was reported that a new study by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has found that waters off the California coast are acidifying twice as fast as the global average.
    (SFC, 12/17/19, p.A7)
2019        Dec 17, An early morning shooting at a Montana casino in Great Falls left three people dead and another person injured and the suspect was later tracked down and killed by police.
    (AP, 12/17/19)
2019        Dec 17, It was reported that scientists are working quickly to discover the cause of a massive fresh water mussel die-off on the Clinch River in Tennessee and understand whether it is related to similar die-offs on at least five US rivers and another in Spain.
    (AP, 12/17/19)
2019        Dec 17, Australia experienced its hottest day on record and temperatures were expected to soar even higher as heatwave conditions embrace most of the country. The average temperature across the country of 40.9 degrees Celsius (105 Fahrenheit) beat the record of 40.3 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) from Jan. 7, 2013.
    (AP, 12/18/19)
2019        Dec 17, China's second aircraft carrier, named the Shandong, entered service, adding major firepower to its military ambitions as it faces tensions with self-ruled Taiwan as well as the US and regional neighbors around the disputed South China Sea.
    (AFP, 12/17/19)
2019        Dec 17, Shanghai's Fudan University removed references to "freedom of thought" from its charter, triggering a rare act of student defiance. The Ministry of Education announced similar pro-government changes for Nanjing University in eastern China, and Shaanxi Normal University in the north earlier this month.
    (AFP, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 17, In France hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets across the country to protest Pres. Emmanuel Macron's unpopular pension reform plans.
    (AP, 12/18/19)
2019        Dec 17, Iranian media reported that two labor activists in southern Khuzestan province have been sentenced to five-year prison term each for taking part in a January protest over several months of owed back pay. A third worker from the same region was also given a five-year sentence for supporting a workers' strike last year.
    (AP, 12/17/19)
2019        Dec 17, Kuwait media reported that a new government has been formed after the previous Cabinet was dissolved amid a dispute among powerful members of the country's ruling family. The new Cabinet is led by PM Sabah al-Khalid Al Sabah, formerly the foreign minister in the previous government.
    (AP, 12/17/19)
2019        Dec 17, In Lebanon assailants attacked several protest camps in the north and south, demolishing tents and burning down others as anger boiled over in the capital following a video deemed offensive to the country’s Shiites.
    (AP, 12/17/19)
2019        Dec 17, In Mexico seven gunmen and a National Guard officer were killed in a shootout near the city of Irapuato, Guanajuato state. Gangs in the state have unleashed a campaign of extortion and violence as the government cracked down on pipeline fuel steeling.
    (SFC, 12/18/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 17, A Pakistani court sentenced former military dictator Perve Musharraf to death in a treason case for subverting the country's Constitution in 2007 when he imposed a state of emergency in an attempt to thwart politiacl opposition. Musharraf (76) was currently in self-imposed exile in Dubai.
    (SFC, 12/18/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 17, In Panama at least 12 people were killed and another 13 were injured during a shootout among inmates at La Joyita prison near Panama City.
    (Reuters, 12/17/19)
2019        Dec 17, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon reiterated her plan to demand the right to hold another independence referendum.
    (Bloomberg, 12/17/19)
2019        Dec 17, In northwestern Syria airstrikes and artillery shelling killed at least 16 civilians, including six members of the same family, amid intensified violence in rebel-held areas. The bombardments hit three villages in Idlib province.
    (AP, 12/17/19)(SFC, 12/18/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 17, The UN urged governments, businesses and others to “reboot" the world's response to refugees as the number of people fleeing their homes rises along with hostility to migrants.
    (AP, 12/17/19)
2019        Dec 17, Pope Francis abolished the use of the Vatican's highest level of secrecy in clergy sexual abuse cases, responding to mounting criticism that the rule of “pontifical secrecy" has been used to protect pedophiles, silence victims and prevent police from investigating crimes.
    (AP, 12/17/19)

2019        Dec 18, The US House gaveled in for a historic session to impeach President Donald Trump on charges that he abused his power and obstructed Congress, votes that will leave a lasting mark on his tenure at the White House. Trump was impeached by the US House of Representatives, becoming only the third American chief executive to be formally charged under the Constitution’s ultimate remedy for high crimes and misdemeanors. The historic vote split along party lines.
    (AP, 12/18/19)(AP, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 18, The Trump administration said it is proposing a rule to allow states to import prescription drugs from Canada, moving forward a plan announced this summer that the president has said will bring cheaper prescription drugs to Americans.
    (Reuters, 12/18/19)
2019        Dec 18, The United States and India agreed to expand defense, science and technology cooperation following security talks at the US State Department.
    (Defense News, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 18, The US Food and Drug Administration said it has approved Astellas Pharma Inc and Seattle Genetics' experimental drug to treat advanced bladder cancer, about three months ahead of schedule.
    (Reuters, 12/18/19)
2019        Dec 18, Chinese national Jing Lu (56) trespassed at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club and was arrested when she refused to leave.
    (AP, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 18, A grand jury in Savannah, Georgia, returned an indictment bringing a new murder charge against Samuel Little (79). He has confessed to more than 90 killings from Florida to California, prompting detectives with cold cases from across the US to seek interviews with Little at the Texas prison where he's already serving multiple life sentences. The FBI has called Little the deadliest serial killer in US history.
    (AP, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 18, In Louisiana a federal appeals court struck down "Obamacare's" now toothless requirement that Americans carry health insurance, but sidestepped a ruling on the law's overall constitutionality.
    (SFC, 12/19/19, p.A6)
2019        Dec 18, In Oregon Salvador Martinez-Romero (20) carried out a series of stabbings and car jackings at a suburban Portland shopping center and in a nearby town, killing one person and wounding three others before being arrested.
    (AP, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 18, A New York judge threw out state mortgage fraud charges against Paul Manafort (70), ruling that the criminal case was too similar to one that has already landed President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman in federal prison.
    (AP, 12/18/19)
2019        Dec 18, JPMorgan said it has received the final approval from Chinese regulators to set up a majority-owned securities venture in the country.
    (Reuters, 12/18/19)
2019        Dec 18, Kenny Lynch (81), whose pop hits including "Up on the Roof," died in London. The song made him one of the best-known black British entertainers of the 1960s.
    (Reuters, 12/18/19)
2019        Dec 18, In India a student-led protest movement against a new law that grants citizenship on the basis of religion spread nationwide despite efforts by the government to contain it.
    (AP, 12/18/19)
2019        Dec 18, Indonesian authorities said they have arrested six foreigners since Nov. 4 for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs onto the tourist island of Bali.
    (SFC, 12/19/19, p.A4)
2019        Dec 18, Indonesian officials said nearly 30,000 pigs have died from African swine fever (ASF) in North Sumatra province as of Dec. 15, causing millions of dollars of economic losses as authorities try to quarantine the areas affected.
    (Reuters, 12/18/19)
2019        Dec 18, Iran's top security official said the Islamic Republic opposed US negotiations with Afghanistan's Taliban, as the talks excluded the Afghan people and government.
    (AFP, 12/18/19)
2019        Dec 18, An international team of researchers said it has discovered a 7,000-year-old-seawall along Israel's Mediterranean coast, providing evidence that coastal communities protected themselves against rising waters even in ancient times. The seawall, found about 120 meters (130 yards) off the coast, is the only structure of its kind found in Israel's coastal region. The Neolithic era village, called Tel Hreiz, was abandoned and eventually swallowed by the sea.
    (AP, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 18, Italian-American Fiat Chrysler and France's Peugeot maker PSA sealed a binding deal to create the world's fourth biggest carmaker.
    (Reuters, 12/18/19)
2019        Dec 18, In Lebanon a mob attacked the office of a Sunni Muslim religious leader in the northern city of Tripoli, smashing in windows. The assailants then moved to one of the city's main squares and set fire to the traditional Christmas tree.
    (AP, 12/18/19)
2019        Dec 18, Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad said a three day Islamic conference beginning tomorrow is aimed at tackling Islamophobia and finding solutions to challenges facing the Muslim world. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived for the Kuala Lumpur Summit, which will also include the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, a high-level delegation from Indonesia and Islamic scholars.
    (AP, 12/18/19)
2019        Dec 18, In Northern Ireland thousands of nurses staged short strikes in a long-running dispute over pay and patient safety.
    (SFC, 12/19/19, p.A4)
2019        Dec 18, Puerto Rico adopted a law to keep cock-fighting alive, seeking to protect a 400-year-old tradition despite a US federal ban due to go into effect this week.
    (SFC, 12/19/19, p.A9)
2019        Dec 18, Prominent Serbian investigative news portal KRIK said that Stevan Dojcinovic, its editor-in-chief, has been detained in Abu Dhabi and deported back to Serbia without being allowed to take part in a UN anti-corruption meeting. He not blacklisted by the United Arab Emirates, but that it was a request from another government.
    (AP, 12/18/19)
2019        Dec 18, Sweden's Volvo AB agreed to sell its Japan-based UD Trucks business to Isuzu Motors and share technology to help cut costs.
    (Reuters, 12/18/19)
2019        Dec 18, The UN Mideast envoy said that Israel advanced or approved plans for over 22,000 housing units in West Bank settlements and east Jerusalem in the three years since the Security Council adopted a resolution condemning settlements in lands the Palestinians want for their future state.
    (AP, 12/18/19)
2019        Dec 18, The UN General Assembly called on the US, which hosts the organization's headquarters, to lift restrictions on Iranian diplomats. The resolution also condemned the denial of visas to Russian diplomats.
    (AFP, 12/18/19)
2019        Dec 18, To celebrate International Migrants Day, the United Nations rolled out the #WeTogether hashtag on social media to draw attention to the struggles of 272 million migrants. The Trump administration, meanwhile, spent the day unveiling proposals to tighten eligibility requirements for US asylum seekers.
    (The Week, 12/18/19)

2019        Dec 19, President Donald Trump lashed out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after she threw uncertainty into the impeachment process by refusing to say, repeatedly, when or whether she would send two impeachment articles to the Republican-controlled Senate for a trial.
    (AP, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 19, The Trump administration finalized us biofuel blending requirements for 2020, leaving a key part of the rule unchanged from an earlier proposal that the corn lobby had criticized as inadequate to help struggling farmers.
    (Reuters, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 19, President Donald Trump railed behind closed doors about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to delay sending articles of impeachment to the Republican-controlled Senate, putting an expected trial in limbo.
    (AP, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 19, The US House overwhelmingly approved the renegotiated deal intended to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, handing President Trump a bipartisan victory a day after impeaching him. The 385-41 vote came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) secured concessions, including strict labor standards and environmental provisions.
    (AP, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 19, The US Senate passed the $1.4 trillion spending deal needed to prevent a partial government shutdown when current funding expires at midnight Dec. 20.
    (AP, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 19, The sixth debate for Democrats seeking their party's nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in the November 2020 election was held in Los Angeles. Opinion polls showed the race up for grabs, with Mayor Buttigieg of Indiana taking the lead in Iowa and former VP Joe Biden, US Senator Bernie Sanders and Warren fighting for the top in national polls.
    (Reuters, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 19, The US Food and Drug Administration for the first time approved a vaccine for the prevention of the deadly Ebola virus disease. Ervebo, a single-dose, injectable vaccine is manufactured by American pharmaceutical company Merck.
    (AP, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 19, Stanford Univ. researchers revealed that yellow mealworms can break down plastic and poop out chemicals added to plastic.
    (SSFC, 12/22/19, p.B1)
2019        Dec 19, In Connecticut Camille Schrier (24) of Virginia was crowned Miss America after she wowed judges with science experiment.
    (Good Morning America, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 19, Election officials in the US state of Georgia restored some 22,000 voters after purging 308,753 from voter rolls on Dec. 16, citing an error in the way their voting history had been screened.
    (SFC, 12/20/19, p.A6)
2019        Dec 19, Ward Just (b.1935), American journalist and novelist, died in Plymouth, Mass. His books included: "To What End: Report from Vietnam" (1968), "In the City of Fear"(1982), "Echo House" (1997) and "American Romantic" (2014).
    (SSFC, 12/22/19, p.B9)
2019        Dec 19, The Washington state Supreme Court ruled that the Public Records Act fully applies to state lawmakers. The case was sparked by a September 2017 lawsuit filed by a media coalition, led by The Associated Press, that sought sexual harassment reports, calendar entries and other documents.
    (AP, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 19, It was reported that Novartis AG has secured Medicaid coverage for a pricey new sickle cell disease therapy in two US states just weeks after winning US approval, following an early campaign to convince local officials of its value.
    (Reuters, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 19, The Arab League condemned Brazil’s opening of a trade office in the contested city of Jerusalem, warning the move will “seriously damage" Brazil’s political and economic interests in the Arab world.
    (AP, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 19, Australia's most populous state of New South Wales declared a seven-day state of emergency as oppressive conditions fanned around 100 wildfires. Two volunteer firefighters were killed late today when a tree fell and caused their vehicle to roll off the road.
    (AP, 12/19/19)(SFC, 12/21/19, p.A4)
2019        Dec 19, In Canada an Ottawa judge dismissed all 19 charges against former Taliban hostage Joshua Boyle, who was charged with sexual assault of his estranged wife, Caitlan Coleman. Mr Boyle and Ms Coleman were kidnapped in October 2012 while backpacking in Afghanistan. They spent five years in captivity, during which their three children were born.
    (The Telegraph, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 19, Chinese leader Xi Jinping met with Macao’s new chief executive amid celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the former Portuguese colony’s handover to Chinese rule.
    (AP, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 19, The EU’s top court ruled that Oriol Junqueras, one of nine pro-independence leaders jailed in Spain, is entitled to parliamentary immunity because he was elected as an MEP in May.
    (The Telegraph, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 19, Germany's parliament passed a resolution calling for a national ban on the activities of Hezbollah and for the Lebanese militant group to be put on the European Union's terrorist list.
    (AP, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 19, India's police detained several hundred protesters in some of the biggest cities as they defied bans on assembly that authorities imposed to stop widespread demonstrations against a new citizenship law that opponents say threatens the country's secular democracy.
    (AP, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 19, Lebanon's Pres. Michel Aoun asked Hassan Diab, a university professor and a Hezbollah-backed former minister, to form a new government.
    (AP, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 19, Speaking in Malaysia the president of sanctions-hit Iran called for Muslim countries to cooperate in fighting US "economic terrorism" at the opening of a summit aimed at tackling the Islamic world's woes. Pres. Rouhani also said his country's nuclear experts are testing a new type of advanced centrifuges.
    (AFP, 12/19/19)(AP, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 19, In the Netherlands an appeals court overturned a local ordinance banning catcalls in the port city of Rotterdam. The court ruled that only Parliament has the power to criminalize such behavior because doing so amounts to a possible infringement of the freedom of expression.
    (SFC, 12/20/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 19, Pakistan's foreign minister said that he has written to the United Nations this month, warning the world body of what he says are actions by New Delhi to position missile launchers in the Indian-controlled Kashmir.
    (AP, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 19, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket toward southern Israel early today and Israeli aircraft responded with airstrikes in the Hamas-ruled territory.
    (AP, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 19, Dozens of Palestinians protested outside an Israeli military court in the occupied West Bank calling for the release of a prisoner who has been on a partial hunger strike for nearly three months.
    (AP, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 19, A Philippine court found key members of a powerful political clan guilty of a 2009 massacre in a southern province that left 57 people dead, including 32 media workers, in a brazen execution-style attack that horrified the world.
    (AP, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 19, In Russia an officer of the Federal Security Service (FSB) was killed in a shooting near its Moscow headquarters. The attack killed two of the agency’s employees. The attacker, identified as Moscow resident Evgeny Manyurov (39), was killed.
    (AP, 12/19/19)(The Telegraph, 12/19/19)(Bloomberg, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 19, Amnesty International urged Sudan's new transitional government to deliver on popular demands for sweeping change as the country marked the first anniversary of mass protests that led to the ouster of former president and longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir.
    (AP, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 19, Turkey denied accusations that a militant Palestinian group is using its territory to plan attacks against Israel.
    (AP, 12/19/19)
2019        Dec 19, Yemen's warring parties agreed to create humanitarian corridors in the key port city of Hodeida, which remains the main entry point for food and aid in a country witnessing the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
    (AP, 12/19/19)

2019        Dec 20, US President Donald Trump signed a $1.4 trillion budget package for the fiscal year 2020 into law to avert a government shutdown.
    (Reuters, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 20, US President Donald Trump's signature on defense legislation turned White Sands National Monument in southern New Mexico into White Sands National Park.
    (SSFC, 12/22/19, p.A8)
2019        Dec 20, President Trump signed off on sanctions against companies building a Russian natural gas pipeline to Germany that Congress fears will give the Kremlin dangerous leverage over America's European allies.
    (The Telegraph, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 20, President Donald Trump blasted Christianity Today, a prominent Christian magazine founded by the late Rev. Billy Graham, that published an editorial arguing that he should be removed from office.
    (AP, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 20, The Trump administration awarded billions of dollars in contracts for private companies to operate immigration detention centers in California, less than two weeks before a new state law takes effect to prohibit them. A federal website posted long-term awards worth a combined $6.8 billion for detention facilities in San Diego, Calexico, Adelanto and Bakersfield.
    (AP, 12/23/19)
2019        Dec 20, The US Food and Drug Administration said it had approved Daiichi Sankyo Co Ltd and AstraZeneca Plc's drug to treat an advanced form of breast cancer, four months ahead of schedule.
    (Reuters, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 20, A US federal judge handed out prison sentences to a husband and wife who arrived to the US from Cuba on a raft and went on to create a $38 million healthcare and wire fraud scheme, using the proceeds to purchase multiple properties, fancy cars, expensive jewelry and cosmetic procedures.
    (Miami Herald, 12/23/19)
2019        Dec 20, The US Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department said in a friend of the court brief a federal appeals court should reverse a lower court verdict finding the Bayer company liable in the case of a man who blamed the weed killer by Bayer's US unit Monsanto for his cancer.
    (Reuters, 12/23/19)
2019        Dec 20, In Alabama Paighton Houston (29) texted a coworker saying she might be in trouble. She was last seen at a Birmingham bar leaving with two men. On Jan. 3 Alabama police announced they found her body. The cause of death was later determined to be morphine and methamphetamine toxicity, and the manner of the death was accidental. On Jan. 29 members of the US Marshals Service's Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Frederick Hampton (50) at a relative's home in Cleveland. He had reportedly disposed of her body after she died.
    (Business Insider, 1/4/20)(Good Morning America, 1/31/20)
2019        Dec 20, Former southwest Missouri sheriff's lieutenant David Hastings (68) was sentenced to six consecutive life terms for sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl. Jurors found Hastings guilty in October of 11 felonies, including statutory rape, statutory sodomy and child molestation.
    (AP, 12/23/19)

2019        Dec 20, California state Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that Sutter Health is required to pay $575 million to employers, unions and the government for abusing its market power to raise prices. Sutter Health operates 24 hospitals and 35 outpatient clinics in Northern California.
    (SFC, 12/21/19, p.D1)
2019        Dec 20, PG&E Corp's creditors sweetened their offer to California wildfire victims, saying they are now prepared to pay $13.5 billion in cash upfront, according to a letter sent today to state Gov. Gavin Newsom. PG&E reached a settlement to raise monthly bills by an average of $5.69 per month beginning next year to help fund wildfire safety investments.
    (Reuters, 12/21/19)(SFC, 12/21/19, p.A1)
2019        Dec 20, New York state authorities announced charges against 96 MS-13 gang members and associates in what's described as the largest take down of the violent street gang in state history. Law enforcement officials said the notorious MS-13 street gang in Suffolk County, New York, has been declared "inoperable".
    (ABC News, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 20, In North Carolina a city worker was killed and a police sergeant and third employee were shot and injured when a man opened fire at a sanitation department facility in Winston-Salem before being shot by police.
    (ABC News, 12/21/19)
2019        Dec 20, In Oregon a judge revoked the grazing permit of two ranchers who were pardoned last year by President Donald Trump on an arson conviction for setting fire to federal lands. The US Bureau of Land Management had granted a 10-year grazing permit to Dwight and Steven Hammond after Trump's July 2018 pardon. The renewal prompted a coalition of environmental groups to sue.
    (AP, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 20, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said resolutions passed by local governments declaring themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries" have “no legal effect." Herring said localities “cannot nullify state laws" and must follow gun violence prevention measures passed by the General Assembly.
    (AP, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 20, Record rainfall and darkness hit Seattle as a major storm begins to lift across western Washington on the first day of winter, though the region is still at risk for flooding, mudslides and avalanches. Today became the wettest day in Seattle in the past 10 years, and the most rain recorded for Dec. 20 since record-keeping at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport began in 1945.
    (AP, 12/21/19)
2019        Dec 20, A timer error prevented Boeing Co's new astronaut capsule from reaching the orbit it needed to get to the International Space Station, cutting short a critical unmanned test mission. The plan was now for the capsule to head back to Earth, landing at White Sands, New Mexico on Dec. 22.
    (AP, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 20, The UK's Crown Prosecution Service announced that Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a US diplomat, has been formally charged in the Aug. 27 death of British teenager Harry Dunn.
    (ABC News, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 20, China and Russia blocked a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended for a year cross-border humanitarian aid to four million Syrians.
    (The Telegraph, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 20, French Pres. Emmanuel Macron met with French military personnel stationed in Ivory Coast, which shares a long border with volatile Mali and Burkina Faso.
    (AP, 12/21/19)
2019        Dec 20, In Honduras an prison riot in Tela left 19 people dead and 16 others injured. This came several days after the government declared a state of emergency in its prison system.
    (SSFC, 12/22/19, p.A4)(SFC, 12/24/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 20, India's police banned public gatherings in parts of New Delhi and other cities for a third day and cut internet services to try to stop growing protests against a new citizenship law that have left 11 people dead and more than 4,000 others detained.
    (AP, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 20, A court in India sentenced a regional politician to life imprisonment for raping a teenage girl (17). Kuldeep Singh Sengar had been jailed since last year on charges of having brutalized the young woman in 2017. The ruling came a few months after the teenager was critically injured in a car crash on a rural highway that killed two of her aunts.
    (NY Times, 12/21/19)
2019        Dec 20, Hassan Rouhani paid the first visit by an Iranian president to Japan in 19 years, just as the US strengthens enforcement of its sanctions in a standoff over nuclear development.
    (AP, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 20, Iranian officials said schools in Tehran province will be closed for the next two days over rising levels of air pollution, following similar measures last week.
    (AFP, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 20, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's top Shiite cleric, called for the speedy formation of a government and early elections as ongoing political wrangling caused Parliament to miss a deadline to name the next premier. That has sparked concerns of protracted political crisis and uncertainty.
    (AP, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 20, Lebanon's newly designated PM Hassan Diab said that he plans to form a government of experts and independents to deal with the country's crippling economic crisis.
    (AP, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 20, The self-styled Libyan National Army, fighting to capture the country's capital from the UN-supported government based there, gave the militias defending Tripoli a three-day deadline to pull out.
    (AP, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 20, Macau celebrated 20 years since the former Portuguese colony was returned to China with President Xi Jinping praising the pliant gambling hub for its patriotism, a stark contrast to protest-ravaged Hong Kong. Beijing loyalist Ho Iat Seng (62) was inaugurated as China's chief executive in the tiny gambling enclave.
    (AFP, 12/20/19)(AP, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 20, At The Hague the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court took a major step toward opening an investigation into alleged war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories, asking judges exactly what territory a future investigation could cover.
    (AP, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 20, A Swedish court sentenced Raghdan al-Hraishawi, a 46-year-old Iraqi man, to 2 1/2 years in prison on charges of spying for Iran by gathering information about Iranian refugees in Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands.
    (AP, 12/20/19)
2019        Dec 20, A group of independent experts appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council called for Iran to release all people detained during recent unrest. They said they are “shocked" by reports that suggest prisoners are being tortured or otherwise abused.
    (AP, 12/20/19)

2019        Dec 21, US Pres. Donald Trump officially launched the US Space Force, America’s first military service in more than 70 years.
    (The Telegraph, 12/21/19)
2019        Dec 21, President Donald Trump complained about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's delayed transmission of the articles of impeachment to the Senate, which may delay a trial in the GOP-controlled chamber.
    (AP, 12/21/19)
2019        Dec 21, The United States dropped Sudan from its list of nations that severely violate religious freedoms, signaling increased support for Sudan’s newly created transitional government.
    (AP, 12/21/19)
2019        Dec 21, In Nevada six people were killed and 13 injured after a fire this morning in a three-story apartment complex in downtown Las Vegas.
    (AP, 12/21/19)(SFC, 12/24/19, p.A4)
2019        Dec 21, Joseph Segel (88), the founder of home shopping television channel QVC, died. Segel founded QVC, which stands for Quality Value Convenience, in 1986 as an alternate to the Home Shopping Network (HSN).
    (Reuters, 12/22/19)
2019        Dec 21, The Afghan government said it has detained about 700 Islamic State group fighters and family members in eastern Afghanistan over the past six months. Many of the group were from foreign countries.
    (AP, 12/21/19)
2019        Dec 21, Australia’s most populous state (New South Wales) was paralyzed by “catastrophic" fire conditions amid soaring temperatures, while one person died as wildfires ravaged the country’s southeast. The devastation has put pressure on PM Scott Morrison, who has received criticism for going on a family vacation in Hawaii during the wildfire crisis.
    (AP, 12/21/19)
2019        Dec 21, Cuba's Pres. Miguel Diaz-Canel named Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz as the country's first prime minister since 1976.
    (SFC, 12/23/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 21, Cyprus hailed the new US Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019 geared toward boosting energy and security cooperation in the east Mediterranean saying it is indicative of the significance that Washington attaches to the region.
    (AP, 12/21/19)
2019        Dec 21, France carried out its first armed drone strike, killing seven Islamic extremists in the Ouagadou forest of central Mali. French President Emmanuel Macron said French forces have killed 33 Islamic extremists in central Mali.
    (AP, 12/21/19)(AP, 12/23/19)
2019        Dec 21, French travelers and tourists were struggled to get to their destinations as the Christmas season ramped up amid continuing strikes against the government's plans to raise the retirement age to 64.
    (AP, 12/21/19)
2019        Dec 21, Berlin accused Washington of interfering in German internal affairs, after Donald Trump signed off on US sanctions against companies building a Russian natural gas pipeline to Germany. Switzerland-based Allseas, which operates ships laying sections of the undersea pipeline, said it was suspending work on the £8.5 billion project, which is well advanced.
    (The Telegraph, 12/21/19)
2019        Dec 21, In eastern Guatemala a trailer truck collided with a passenger bus early today, killing at least 20 people and leaving a dozen wounded. The national disaster agency said nine of the dead were minors.
    (AP, 12/22/19)
2019        Dec 21, In northern India 9 people died during clashes between demonstrators and police, raising the nationwide death toll in protests against a new citizenship law to 23.
    (AP, 12/21/19)
2019        Dec 21, The Times of India reported that Indian banks may ask depositors and customers to list their religion. Reserve Bank of India made changes to a banking law that allows selected non-residents to open bank accounts and own property. The amendments were made last year but went unnoticed.
    (Bloomberg, 12/21/19)
2019        Dec 21, Libya's self-styled Libyan National Army, which backs the east-based administration, said a vessel flying a Grenada flag with several Turkish crew members had been forcibly taken into a Libyan port for inspection.
    (AP, 12/22/19)
2019        Dec 21, In New Zealand a sweeping nationwide ban on most semiautomatic weapons took effect. It was reported that New Zealand authorities have collected more than 50,000 semi-automatic guns in a government buyback program eight months after lawmakers responded to the country's worst massacre in history.
    (SSFC, 12/22/19, p.A4)(Insider, 12/21/19)
2019        Dec 21, In central Syria near-simultaneous attacks believed to have been carried out by drones hit three government-run oil and gas installations in Homs province.
    (AP, 12/21/19)
2019        Dec 21, In northern Syria airstrikes on a rebel-held town killed seven people and wounded more than a dozen in Idlib province. A surge in violence left 12 civilians dead in the last major opposition bastion as aid groups warned of a humanitarian catastrophe if cross-border aid stops reaching the region. At least seven regime loyalists died in a car bombing by the country's former Al-Qaeda affiliate, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).
    (AP, 12/21/19)(AFP, 12/22/19)
2019        Dec 21, Turkey’s parliament approved a security and military deal with Libya’s UN-supported government on the heels of a controversial maritime agreement earlier this month that has drawn international ire. The deal allows Turkey to provide military training and equipment at the request of the Libyan government that controls Tripoli and some of the country's west.
    (AP, 12/21/19)

2019        Dec 22, Ram Dass (born Richard Alpert), died in Hawaii. In the 1960s he joined Timothy Leary in promoting psychedelic drugs as the path to inner enlightenment before undergoing a spiritual rebirth he spelled out in the influential book "Be Here Now".
    (Reuters, 12/22/19)
2019        Dec 22, The Boeing Starliner spacecraft successfully landed in New Mexico after a failed mission to the International Space Station.
    (Reuters, 12/22/19)
2019        Dec 22, Afghanistan's election commission said Pres. Ashraf Ghani has won a second term, earning 50.64% of a preliminary vote count from the Sep. 28 elections, but his opponents can still challenge the results.
    (AP, 12/22/19)
2019        Dec 22, Australian PM Scott Morrison apologized Sunday for taking a family vacation in Hawaii as deadly bushfires raged across several states, destroying homes and claiming the lives of two volunteer firefighters.
    (AP, 12/22/19)
2019        Dec 22, In Burundi at least 15 people were killed by landslides caused by heavy rains. Another 30 people were injured and dozens of homes were damaged or destroyed in the landslides earlier in the day north of Bujumbura.
    (AP, 12/23/19)
2019        Dec 22, In Canada Julie Berman (51), a vocal campaigner for transgender rights, died after she was subjected to an alleged assault in central Toronto. Police arrested Colin Harnack (29) and charged him with second-degree murder.
    (The Independent, 12/29/19)
2019        Dec 22, Voters in Croatia cast ballots in a tight presidential election, with the ruling conservatives seeking to keep their grip on power days before the country takes over the EU's rotating presidency for the first time. Left-wing politician Zoran Milanovic won nearly 30% of the vote. Pres. Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic won 27%. They will face a run-off on Jan 5.
    (AP, 12/22/19)(SFC, 12/23/19, p.A4)   
2019        Dec 22, A court in Egypt convicted three teenage boys of fatally stabbing a boy who was defending a girl from sexual harassment, sentencing them each to 15 years in prison. A fourth boy, who was involved in the attack, was sentenced to five years. The three suspects had repeatedly stabbed Mahmoud el-Banna (17) in October.
    (AP, 12/22/19)
2019        Dec 22, The Egyptian military released one of the country's former chiefs-of-staff, nearly two years after his arrest following an announcement that he would challenge President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in the 2018 presidential vote. A military court had sentenced Sami Annan earlier this year to nine years' imprisonment.
    (AP, 12/22/19)
2019        Dec 22, Pirates took four Chinese crew members hostage in speedboats off Gabon's capital overnight. Four vessels anchored in the bay off Libreville were targeted in the attack. A Gabonese national, the commander of a vessel operated by the Satram company, was killed.
    (AP, 12/23/19)
2019        Dec 22, Clashes broke out between Hong Kong police and protesters at a rally in support of China's Uighur minority. Police arrested two protesters who were attempting to burn a Chinese flag at the rally, which was attended by several hundred people.
    (AP, 12/22/19)
2019        Dec 22, In Honduras an prison riot in El Porvenir left 18 people dead. The MS-13 gang had reportedly ordered prison riot to force the government to back down from emergency measures decreed a week earlier.
    (SFC, 12/24/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 22, Protesters angered by India's new citizenship law that excludes Muslims defied a ban against demonstrations, as PM Narendra Modi used a rally for his Hindu nationalist party to defend the legislation, accusing the opposition of pushing the country into a “fear psychosis".
    (AP, 12/22/19)
2019        Dec 22, Thousands of protesters poured into the streets of Baghdad and Iraq's southern provinces, rejecting a nominee for the post of prime minister who some say is too close to Iran.
    (AP, 12/22/19)
2019        Dec 22, Israel announced that it will allow Christians in the Gaza Strip to travel to Jerusalem and the West Bank for Christmas.
    (AP, 12/22/19)
2019        Dec 22, Japan-based drugmaker Eisai Co's US subsidiary announced that it had received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration for Dayvigo, its insomnia treatment in adult patients.
    (AP, 12/23/19)
2019        Dec 22, In Lebanon thousands of protesters demonstrated in central Beirut and elsewhere against the country's new PM Hassan Diab, saying he should abandon the post because he is a member of the ruling elite.
    (AP, 12/22/19)
2019        Dec 22, Pakistani authorities said mortars fired by Indian troops into its portion of the Kashmir region killed three civilians and damaged nearly a dozen home in recent days.
    (SFC, 12/23/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 22, In Spain the lucky holders of ticket number 26590 struck it rich when they won the top prize in the nation’s bumper Christmas lottery. The Christmas lottery, held each year on Dec. 22, is ranked as the world's richest for the total prize money involved.
    (AP, 12/22/19)

2019        Dec 23, The Trump administration said it will allow Medicaid expansion with a work requirement in Utah, a decision that came despite courts taking a dim view of the requirement in other states.
    (AP, 12/24/19)
2019        Dec 23, Missouri police arrested Kirby King (64). He was charged with second-degree murder in the 1987 death of Karla Jane Delcour (22). The crime took place at a home in Union, about 50 miles west of St. Louis, Missouri.
    (ABC News, 12/27/19)
2019        Dec 23, A Texas homeowner near Houston shot and killed three people who broke into his mobile home in Channelview. The homeowner, also shot, was in critical condition.
    (SFC, 12/24/19, p.A4)
2019        Dec 23, Boeing Co ousted Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg as the world's biggest plane maker sought to control an escalating crisis that has seen it halt production of its best-selling 737 MAX jetliner following two fatal crashes.
    (Reuters, 12/23/19)
2019        Dec 23, Intra-Cellular Therapies Inc said Caplyta, its lead drug to treat schizophrenia in adults, has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration, sending its shares soaring 85%.
    (Reuters, 12/23/19)
2019        Dec 23, In Afghanistan an American service member was killed in combat. The Taliban claimed they were behind a roadside bombing in northern Kunduz province that killed the US soldier. Sgt. 1st Class Michael Goble (33) was with his unit when its members discovered an undisclosed amount of Taliban weapons. Goble and others were clearing out the cache when an explosion happened.
    (AP, 12/23/19)(AP, 12/27/19)
2019        Dec 23, Algeria's powerful military chief Gen. Ahmed Gaid Salah (79), who was instrumental in pushing out the gas-rich country's long-serving president amid pro-democracy protests earlier this year, died unexpectedly.
    (AP, 12/23/19)
2019        Dec 23, In eastern Bosnia a car crashed into a gas station, triggering a huge explosion that killed at least one person and injured 20 others.
    (AP, 12/23/19)
2019        Dec 23, The leaders of China and South Korea said that they look forward to improved ties following a protracted disagreement over the deployment of a US anti-missile system that Beijing considers a threat.
    (AP, 12/23/19)
2019        Dec 23, India’s main opposition party staged a silent protest in the capital against a contentious new citizenship law. The protest was led by opposition Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi along with other senior leaders, including former PM Manmohan Singh.
    (AP, 12/23/19)
2019        Dec 23, India and Iran agreed to accelerate the development of an important Iranian port. Chabahar port, being jointly developed by India, Iran and Afghanistan, is on the Indian Ocean about 100 km (62 miles) west of the Pakistan border.
    (AFP, 12/23/19)
2019        Dec 23, In Indonesia a bus plunged into a ravine on Sumatra island just before midnight after its brakes apparently malfunctioned, killing at least 28 people and injuring 13 others.
    (AP, 12/24/19)
2019        Dec 23, Iran began new operations at a heavy water nuclear reactor, the head of the country's nuclear agency said. The move was seemingly designed to intensify pressure on Europe to find an effective way around US sanctions that block Tehran’s oil sales abroad.
    (AP, 12/23/19)
2019        Dec 23, In Iran dangerously poor air quality forced Iran’s government to extend school closures in Tehran, a city home to over 10 million people.
    (AP, 12/23/19)
2019        Dec 23, An Israeli missile strike overnight near the Damascus killed at least three foreigners, who were most likely Iranians.
    (AP, 12/23/19)
2019        Dec 23, Authorities in Ivory Coast issued an arrest warrant for Guillaume Soro, prompting the ex-rebel leader and presidential hopeful to divert his plane to another country instead of returning home.
    (AP, 12/24/19)
2019        Dec 23, Libya’s forces based in the country’s east said they have released a vessel with Turkish crew members seized over the weekend amid heightened tensions in the eastern Mediterranean over a contentious maritime border deal involving Tripoli and Ankara.
    (AP, 12/23/19)
2019        Dec 23, Armed groups in northern Nigeria reportedly executed many civilians and abducted many others in Borno state where Boko Haram is active.
    (AP, 12/25/19)
2019        Dec 23, Russia's President Vladimir Putin stood in the driver's cabin of a train for the official opening of a railway bridge that links annexed Crimea to southern Russia. The bridge for car traffic opened in May last year when the president drove a truck across it.
    (AFP, 12/23/19)
2019        Dec 23, Russian authorities conscripted Navalny ally, Ruslan Shaveddinov (23) for compulsory military service in a remote Arctic base. Authorities flew him to Novaya Zemlya after breaking into his Moscow apartment, in what supporters denounced as a state abduction reminiscent of Soviet times. Shaveddinov was well known for presenting vivid, well-documented corruption investigations on YouTube.
    (Bloomberg, 12/26/19)(The Daily Beast, 2/24/20)
2019        Dec 23, A Saudi court sentenced five people to death for the murder of government critic Jamal Khashoggi, but ruled that last year’s assassination wasn’t premeditated and said it didn’t have enough evidence to incriminate two top officials close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Three out of 11 who stood trial for the murder at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul were given a total of 24-year prison terms.
    (Bloomberg, 12/23/19)
2019        Dec 23, In Somalia al-Shabab extremists killed three soldiers during an attack on the Gofgadud military base in the southwest.
    (AP, 12/24/19)
2019        Dec 23, South Korea-based Hyundai Engineering and Construction (HDEC) said it had suspended construction of the bridge, which will connect the Chilean island of Chiloe to the mainland, accusing the government of bad faith for seeking to increase the scope of the project without additional remuneration.
    (Reuters, 12/24/19)
2019        Dec 23, In Syria a vehicle rigged with explosives blew up in a market in the northern village of Suluk, killing five people and wounding others. Turkish troops and Turkey-backed fighters captured Tal Abyad and Suluk from Kurdish-led fighters in October. Syrian government troops captured the northwestern village of Jarjanaz from al-Qaida late today and surrounded a Turkish observation post in the area.
    (AP, 12/23/19)(AP, 12/24/19)

2019        Dec 24, In California a huge redwood tree fell and killed a man visiting Muir Woods National Monument on Christmas Eve. Subhradeep Dutta (28) of Edina, Minnesota, died while walking on a marked dirt trail with two other people in the park north of San Francisco.
    (AP, 12/27/19)
2019        Dec 24, In NYC muggers took $1 from two men. They kicked and punched one man, who tried to defend his partner. Juan Fresnada (60) suffered fatal blows and died Dec. 27.
    (http://tinyurl.com/qtlyz5a)(SFC, 12/30/19, p.A4)
2019        Dec 24, Travis Kalanick, co-founder of Uber, severed his last ties with the ride-services company, resigning from the board and selling all his shares as he turns his focus to a new venture creating "ghost kitchens" for food delivery services. He will depart Uber's board of directors by the end of the year.
    (Reuters, 12/24/19)
2019        Dec 24, In Afghanistan the Taliban targeted an army checkpoint in northern Balkh province, killing at least seven Afghan soldiers. In the west the Taliban ambushed a peace convoy and abducted 26 activists, members of a peace movement in the district of Bala Buluk, Farah province.
    (AP, 12/24/19)(AP, 12/25/19)
2019        Dec 24, An attack by militants in northern Burkina Faso killed 35 civilians, almost all of them women. Seven soldiers and 80 jihadists were also killed in the double attack on a military base and the town of Arbinda, Soum province.
    (AP, 12/25/19)(SFC, 12/25/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 24, In Chile a fire swept through neighborhoods of Valparaiso destroying more than 120 homes.
    (SFC, 12/26/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 24, China's agriculture ministry said African swine fever has been detected in pigs being illegally transported in southwestern Sichuan province.
    (Reuters, 12/24/19)
2019        Dec 24, Germany rejected calls from the European Commission asking the country to take in more unaccompanied migrant children from overcrowded refugee camps in Greece. Horst Seehofer, the interior minister, said while he was concerned about the plight of the migrants, doing so without a concerted European strategy would only encourage people smugglers.
    (The Telegraph, 12/24/19)
2019        Dec 24, In Iran Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a Cambridge University graduate and specialist in Middle East politics at the University of Melbourne, said in a letter dated today that she had begun refusing food and water at the Evin prison in Tehran. She was joined by Iranian-born French researcher Fariba Adelkhah. Iranian officials disclosed in July the arrest of Adelkhah, a prominent anthropologist who often traveled to Iran for her research on post-revolutionary Iranian society.
    (AP, 12/26/19)(AP, 12/27/19)
2019        Dec 24, Nourali Tabandeh (92), the leader of Iran’s Sufis, died , nearly three decades after taking the leadership post in the movement. Sufis are followers of the teachings of an ancient form of Islamic mysticism.
    (AP, 12/24/19)
2019        Dec 24, Iraqi protesters late today torch the regional headquarters of two pro-Iran militias in the city of Diwaniyah following the death of prominent activist Thaer al-Tayeb. TV satirist Aws Fadhil was targeted by unknown assailants, with three bullets hitting his car.
    (AP, 12/25/19)(AFP, 12/25/19)
2019        Dec 24, The leaders of Japan and South Korea signaled they wouldn’t let relations spin out of control even as they made little progress in resolving disputes that have plunged relations to new depths. The two began their 45-minute meeting on the sidelines of a trilateral summit hosted by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Chengdu.
    (AP, 12/24/19)
2019        Dec 24, In Montenegro Serbian Orthodox Church clergy protested against the planned adoption of a religious law that they say will strip the church of its property. The law envisages that religious communities in Montenegro would need to produce evidence of ownership over their property from before 1918, when Montenegro joined a Balkan kingdom.
    (AP, 12/24/19)
2019        Dec 24, Nepalese officials said police have detained 122 Chinese nationals in their biggest crackdown on crime by foreigners entering the country on tourist visas. The Chinese were suspected of carrying out cyber crime and hacking into bank cash machines.
    (The Telegraph, 12/24/19)
2019        Dec 24, President Vladimir Putin said that Russia has got a strong edge in designing new weapons and that it has become the only country in the world to deploy hypersonic weapons.
    (AP, 12/24/19)
2019        Dec 24, Sudan’s transitional authorities and a rebel faction, the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) known as the “Center Track, reached a peace deal, part of government efforts to end the country’s decades-long civil wars.
    (AP, 12/25/19)
2019        Dec 24, In northwestern Syria a missile struck a school building killing eight civilians, as government forces captured a key village held by al-Qaida insurgents in the country's last rebel stronghold.
    (AP, 12/24/19)
2019        Dec 24, The UN said a dozen humanitarian organizations in war-torn southern Yemen have suspended their operations following a string of targeted attacks. Yemen's rebel-led health ministry announced that severe outbreaks of swine flu and dengue fever have killed close to 200 people since October.
    (AP, 12/24/19)
2019        Dec 24, Uruguay Naval and Customs officers seized more than four tons of cocaine this week at a seaport in the capital Montevideo, with an estimated street value of nearly $1.3 billion.
    (The Independent, 12/28/19)
2019        Dec 24, In northern Yemen the shelling of a busy market killed at least 17 people. The region has been under control of Yemen's Iran-backed rebels known as Houthis. The dead included 12 Ethiopian migrants who had reached Yemen in search of a better life.
    (AP, 12/26/19)

2019        Dec 25, TV producer Lee Mendelson (b.1933) died at his home in Hillsborough, Ca. He produced more than 50 animated "Peanuts" TV specials beginning with "A Charlie Brown Christmas" in 1965..
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Charlie_Brown_Christmas)(SSFC, 12/29/19, p.B3)
2019        Dec 25, Data showed that China's November soybean purchases from the United States surged from a year earlier, as cargoes booked by importers with tariff-free quotas cleared customs.
    (Reuters, 12/25/19)
2019        Dec 25, The team of six men from four countries finished crossing the Drake Passage in just under two weeks after pushing off from the southern tip of South America. The Drake Passage or Mar de Hoces—Sea of Hoces—is the body of water between South America's Cape Horn, Chile and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica.
    (AP, 12/28/19)(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_Passage)
2019        Dec 25, Protests spread through Hong Kong over Christmas Eve and Day, with some demonstrators donning reindeer costumes in light of the holiday. Rallies ended in clouds of tear gas, with one police officer pointing his gun at the crowd, but not firing.
    (The Telegraph, 12/25/19)
2019        Dec 25, India and Pakistan traded fire in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, with the latest exchanges killing two Pakistani troops, an Indian soldier and a civilian woman.
    (AP, 12/26/19)
2019        Dec 25, In India more than a thousand students, artists and writers protested in New Delhi and northeastern Assam state against a new citizenship law introduced by the Hindu nationalist government that excludes Muslims.
    (SFC, 12/26/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 25, Iran's semiofficial ILNA news agency reported that authorities have shut down mobile internet service in some provinces over security concerns.
    (AP, 12/25/19)
2019        Dec 25, An Iranian military fighter jet crashed near the dormant Mount Sabalan volcano in the northwest of the country. Helicopter and rescue groups were sent to the region
    (AFP, 12/25/19)
2019        Dec 25, Iraqi anti-government protesters again hit the streets, angered by an activist's death and an attempt on the life of a popular TV satirist.
    (AFP, 12/25/19)
2019        Dec 25, In Niger Islamic extremists on motorcycles killed 14 security force members who were escorting election officials late today near Sanam.
    (AP, 12/26/19)
2019        Dec 25, Typhoon Phanfone barreled through the central Philippines and left at least 20 people dead. Thousands were forced to flee their homes, devastating Christmas celebrations in the predominantly Catholic country.
    (AP, 12/26/19)
2019        Dec 25, In Saudi Arabia Ahmed Abdullah Saeed Suwaid and Abdullah Hussain Saeed al-Nimr were shot and killed in the eastern city of Dammam. Authorities later said had been planning an attack and were in possession of explosives that could have been used to deploy a car bomb.
    (AP, 12/30/19)
2019        Dec 25, Ukrainian officials opened a criminal probe after a passenger train from Russia arrived in Crimea via a new Russian-built bridge, arguing that the train illegally carried people across the Ukrainian border.
    (AP, 12/25/19)

2019        Dec 26, Broadway composer Jerry Herman (b.1931) died in Miami. His shows included "Milk and Honey" (1961), "Hello Dolly" (1964), "Mame" (1966) and "la Cage aux Folles" (1983).
    (SSFC, 12/29/19, p.B3)
2019        Dec 26, In Hawaii a tour helicopter with seven people aboard disappeared. A search was underway in weather conditions described as challenging. The Eurocopter AS350 helicopter had taken off from the town of Lihue for a tour of Kauai's Na Pali Coast. The remains of six of the people on board were found the next day.
    (AP, 12/27/19)(AP, 12/28/19)
2019        Dec 26, Ohio Dr. William Husel, accused of ordering drug overdoses in the deaths of 25 hospital patients, sued his former employer (the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System and its parent organization, Trinity Health Corp.) for defamation, arguing that he did nothing wrong and did not deviate from hospital policy on end-of-life care.
    (AP, 12/28/19)
2019        Dec 26, US stocks rose higher with the Nasdaq topping 9,000 for the first time, closing at 9,022.39. The DJIA rose 105.94 to a record 28,621.94. The S&P 500 rose 16.53 to a record 3,239.91.
    (SFC, 12/27/19, p.D1)
2019        Dec 26, In northern Afghanistan a powerful suicide car bombing targeted an Afghan army compound in Balkh province, killing six Afghan soldiers. A roadside bombing struck a police patrol in eastern Khost province, wounding at least five policemen.
    (AP, 12/26/19)
2019        Dec 26, Burundi’s Pres. Pierre Nkurunziza (55) again indicated he will not run for another term next year in the politically volatile East African nation.
    (AP, 12/26/19)
2019        Dec 26, Iraqi President Barham Saleh refused to designate the Iran-backed parliamentary bloc's nominee for prime minister after he was rejected by anti-government protesters, saying he was prepared to submit his resignation to Parliament.
    (AP, 12/26/19)
2019        Dec 26, Japan executed its first foreigner in 10 years, a Chinese man convicted in the 2003 murder and robbery of a family of four.
    (SFC, 12/27/19, p.A4)
2019        Dec 26, In Lebanon a storm dubbed "Loulou," lashed the country causing flooding and landslides in some parts, while the first heavy snow fell on the mountains, forcing some road closures.
    (AP, 12/26/19)
2019        Dec 26, Mexican authorities ordered the temporary closure of a shelter housing Central American migrants sent to Mexico from the United States following an outbreak of chicken pox. 72 people, including 69 children, were diagnosed with the virus.
    (AP, 12/28/19)
2019        Dec 26, Moroccan authorities sentenced a Youtuber who criticized the king to prison, and detained a journalist-activist who defended anti-government protesters in a tweet.
    (AP, 12/27/19)
2019        Dec 26, In eastern Pakistan five al-Qaida operatives were arrested in a raid late today. The raid in Punjab province was carried out in collaboration with the country's top intelligence agency, the Inter Services Intelligence.
    (AP, 12/27/19)
2019        Dec 26, The organizers of the weekly Palestinian demonstrations along the Gaza Strip's frontier with Israel said that they will significantly scale down the gatherings early next year.
    (AP, 12/26/19)
2019        Dec 26, Russian security officials searched the offices of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's anti-corruption foundation, with his team calling the raid a new bid to disrupt their work. Masked police dragged away opposition leader Alexey Navalny.
    (AFP, 12/26/19)(Bloomberg, 12/26/19)
2019        Dec 26, Russia's Ministry of Communications announced that it has successfully tested a countrywide alternative to the internet. The government's "sovereign internet" law, which allows content to be blocked in an "emergency situation," took effect in November, and Pres. Vladimir Putin recently signed a law that bans the sale of devices without pre-installed Russian apps.
    (Endgadget, 12/26/19)
2019        Dec 26, A bus crash in southwestern Russia killed two people and injured eight others near the village of Yarkino in the Lipetsk region.
    (AP, 12/26/19)
2019        Dec 26, Turkey's president said that the UN-supported government in Libya has asked Ankara to send troops to help authorities in Tripoli defend the city from an offensive by rival forces.
    (AP, 12/26/19)
2019        Dec 26, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported that the Constitutional Court has ruled in favor of Wikipedia, saying the Turkish government's two-year ban on the online encyclopedia constitutes a violation of freedom of expression. Turkey blocked Wikipedia in April 2017, accusing it of being part of a “smear campaign" against the country.
    (AP, 12/26/19)
2019        Dec 26, In eastern Turkey a boat carrying migrants capsized in Lake Van, killing seven people on board. At least 64 migrants were rescued.
    (AP, 12/26/19)
2019        Dec 26, The UN reported that more than 100,000 Afghan civilians have been killed or injured over the past decade, as it renewed calls to end the bloody 18-year conflict.
    (AFP, 12/26/19)

2019        Dec 27, A US federal judge denied an attempt to restore about 98,000 voters in Georgia to the state's electoral rolls after they were removed earlier this month upon being classified as "inactive".
    (Reuters, 12/28/19)
2019        Dec 27, A US federal appeals court said that a 17-year sentence for a New York City man who sought to aid the Islamic State group by trying to kill an FBI agent is “shockingly low," as it ordered a judge to re-sentence him. Fareed Mumuni (25), a US-born citizen, was sentenced in April 2018 after pleading guilty to charges that he planned to aid the extremist organization and tried to kill the agent who was searching his Staten Island home.
    (AP, 12/27/19)
2019        Dec 27, In southern California a fire in an apartment in Riverside County killed Juan Moreno and two daughters. Moreno had gotten his wife and two children out of the apartment and then returned to save his other children. An injured son (8) died the next day.
    (SFC, 12/31/19, p.A4)
2019        Dec 27, In the SF Bay Area Phillip Carl Jablonski (73), a serial killer whose five victims included two wives, was found unresponsive in his San Quentin State Prison cell and pronounced dead within minutes. A San Mateo County jury sentenced him to death in 1994 for the first-degree murders of his wife, Carol Spadoni (46) and her mother, Eva Petersen (72).
    (AP, 12/31/19)
2019        Dec 27, It was reported that Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses have paid nearly $84 million to 564 victims of sexual abuse. The tally was expected to grow as backlog claims are processed.
    (SFC, 12/27/19, p.A7)
2019        Dec 27, US disc jockey Don Imus (b.1940) died in Texas. His radio stardom crashed in April 2007 after describing the mostly black Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy headed hos." He was yanked 8 days later by CBS Radio, but reportedly collected a multimillion dollar settlement of his five-year contract with the company.
    (SFC, 12/28/19, p.A7)
2019        Dec 27, In Afghanistan a Taliban attack on an army checkpoint in southern Helmand province killed at least 10 soldiers.
    (SSFC, 12/29/19, p.A4)
2019        Dec 27, In Australia the temperature in Adelaide hit 108º F prompting the South Australian government to declare a code red alert.
    (SFC, 12/28/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 27, A court in Bosnia sentenced Bosnian man Ibro Cufurovic (24) to four years in prison for fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria. Some 260 Bosnian citizens remain in the camps in Syria, including approximately 100 men and 160 women and children.
    (AP, 12/27/19)
2019        Dec 27, In Chile clashes between protesters and police left one man dead, raising the death toll during protests that started in October to 27.  The man was electrocuted after falling into a pit in Plaza Italia, Santiago.
    (SFC, 12/30/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 27, China, Iran and Russia started four days of joint naval drills in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman.
    (The Telegraph, 12/27/19)
2019        Dec 27, It was reported that Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the world’s longest-serving ruler, should declare his assets before the nation receives more financial support, according to the International Monetary Fund. Under a program agreed to last week, the state will be required to increase transparency, improve governance and implement reforms to fight corruption.
    (Bloomberg, 12/27/19)
2019        Dec 27, In India a group of protesters in New Delhi was beaten and shoved into buses by police as they attempted to demonstrate against a new citizenship law that has triggered nationwide protests in recent weeks.
    (AP, 12/27/19)
2019        Dec 27, A rocket attack on an Iraqi military base in Kirkuk killed an American contractor and wounded several US and Iraqi military personnel.
    (Bloomberg, 12/28/19)
2019        Dec 27, Japan approved a contentious plan to send its naval troops to the Middle East to ensure the safety of Japanese ships transporting oil to the energy-poor country that heavily depends on imports from the region.
    (AP, 12/27/19)
2019        Dec 27, In Kazakhstan a jetliner with 98 people aboard struggled to get airborne and crashed shortly after departing from Almaty, killing at least 12 people.
    (AP, 12/27/19)
2019        Dec 27, Montenegro’s Parliament adopted a contested law on religious rights after chaotic scenes that saw the detention of all pro-Serb opposition lawmakers. The government pushed through parliament a bill that requires religious groups to prove ownership over land and places of worship they had before 1918, or see the property become state-owned.
    (AP, 12/27/19)(Bloomberg, 3/7/20)
2019        Dec 27, Nigeria's government condemned extremists linked to the Islamic State group after a video circulated of 11 hostages, most of them Christians, being executed. They were thought to be killed on Christmas Day.
    (AP, 12/27/19)
2019        Dec 27, Russia's defense minister reported that a new intercontinental weapon that can fly 27 times the speed of sound became operational, bolstering the country's nuclear strike capability. Pres. Putin has described the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle as a technological breakthrough comparable to the 1957 Soviet launch of the first satellite.
    (AP, 12/27/19)
2019        Dec 27, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said in an interview broadcast on Russian state television that Russia and Ukraine are withdrawing all of their lawsuits against each other after they agreed on a gas transit deal last week.
    (The Telegraph, 12/27/19)
2019        Dec 27, A Syrian opposition leader called on the international community to help millions of civilians in the country's last rebel-held stronghold amid a crushing government offensive, calling it a "disaster area".
    (AP, 12/28/19)
2019        Dec 27, A Turkish court convicted six journalists and one other employee of an independent newspaper of aiding the network of a US-based cleric who is accused of masterminding the failed coup in 2016. The seven were accused of supporting the coup through their work for the newspaper Sozcu, which has been extremely critical of the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
    (AP, 12/27/19)
2019        Dec 27, Turkey unveiled its first fully domestically-produced car, saying it aimed to eventually produce up to 175,000 a year of the electric vehicle in a project expected to cost 22 billion lira ($3.7 billion) over 13 years. The vehicle sported the TOGG label of the consortium that is building them.
    (Reuters, 12/27/19)
2019        Dec 27, The UN General Assembly approved a Russian-led resolution that will start the process of drafting a new international treaty to combat cybercrime over objections from the European Union, the United States and other countries.
    (AP, 12/27/19)(AFP, 12/28/19)
2019        Dec 27, The UN General Assembly approved a resolution strongly condemning human rights abuses against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims and other minorities, including arbitrary arrests, torture, rape and deaths in detention.
    (AP, 12/28/19)

2019        Dec 28, In southern Louisiana five people were killed after a small plane crashed near a post office in Lafayette. One passenger survived the crash.
    (AP, 12/28/19)
2019        Dec 28, In New York a man attacked a Hanukkah celebration late today at a rabbi’s home in Monsey, a town north of New York City, stabbing and wounding five people before fleeing in a vehicle. Five people were taken to hospitals for treatment. Police soon arrested Grafton Thomas (37), a man with a long history of mental illness and hospitalizations. Josef Neumann (72) one of the five people stabbed, died on March 29. In April 2020 a judge ruled that Thomas is mentally unfit  to stand trial.
    (AP, 12/29/19)(AP, 12/30/19)(SFC, 12/31/19, p.A4)(SFC, 3/31/20, p.A4)(SFC, 4/21/20, p.A3)
2019        Dec 28, In Texas two workers died while cleaning a chemical tank at a business near Houston. The workers were apparently overcome by fumes.
    (SFC, 12/30/19, p.A4)
2019        Dec 28, NASA astronaut Christina Koch broke the record set by retired astronaut Peggy Whitson for the longest single spaceflight by a woman with 289 days in space.
    (Good Morning America, 12/30/19)
2019         Dec 28, The comet ATLAS was discovered by the ATLAS survey. It has a near-parabolic orbit and will reach its nearest point to Earth on May 23. It will come to perihelion (closest to the Sun) on May 31.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C/2019_Y4_(ATLAS))
2019        Dec 28, Algeria's newly elected Pres. Abdelmadjid Tebboune reached beyond the political class to name educator and diplomat Abdelaziz Djerad as prime minister.
    (AP, 12/28/19)
2019        Dec 28, In Australia thousands of koalas were feared to have died in a wildfire-ravaged area north of Sydney, further diminishing the iconic marsupial, while the fire danger increased in the country’s east as temperatures soared.
    (AP, 12/28/19)
2019        Dec 28, It was reported that China is blocking American books. Publishers inside and outside of China say the release of American books has come to a virtual standstill.
    (SFC, 12/28/19, p.D1)
2019        Dec 28, In northern Egypt about two dozen people, mostly laborers, were killed when a minibus collided with a truck on a highway in Port Said.
    (AP, 12/28/19)
2019        Dec 28, In France thousands of protesters opposed to the government's plan to revamp the retirement system marched through Paris, the 24th day of crippling strikes.
    (AP, 12/28/19)
2019        Dec 28, In Hong Kong police fought protesters who marched through a shopping mall demanding mainland Chinese traders leave the territory. 14 people were reported detained.
    (SSFC, 12/29/19, p.A4)
2019        Dec 28, Iraq’s semi-official human rights commission said at least 490 protesters have been killed in Baghdad and southern cities in nearly three months of anti-government rallies.
    (AP, 12/28/19)
2019        Dec 28, Japanese police found the remains of at least five people in a wooden boat suspected to be from North Korea on Sado Island in Niigata prefecture. Police found the heads of two persons, as well as five bodies. The wrecked boat was found a day earlier.
    (The Telegraph, 12/28/19)(AP, 12/29/19)
2019        Dec 28, Dozens of Lebanese protesters held a brief sit-in inside a bank in Beirut and another in the country's south, part of their focus on banking policies they complain are inefficient and corrupt.
    (AP, 12/28/19)
2019        Dec 28, Aguila Saleh, the speaker of Libya's parliament, urged the international community to reject the legitimacy of the war-torn country's UN-recognized government which is pursuing closer military ties with Turkey.
    (AFP, 12/28/19)
2019        Dec 28, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presided over a plenary meeting of the party's Central Committee convened in Pyongyang. Kim made a speech on overall state affairs and the work of the Central Committee.
    (AP, 12/28/19)
2019        Dec 28, The South Pacific island nation of Samoa lifted a six week-state of emergency after the infection rate from a measles outbreak that has swept the country started to come under control.
    (Reuters, 12/28/19)
2019        Dec 28, In Somalia a truck bomb exploded at a busy security checkpoint in Mogadishu. University students, the future of a country rebuilding from decades of conflict, made up most of the 79 people killed.
    (AP, 12/28/19)\(AP, 12/29/19)

2019        Dec 29, US air strikes against Kataeb Hezbollah, a pro-Iran group in Iraq, killed at least 25 fighters late today at bases near Al-Qaim, triggering anger in a country caught up in mounting tensions between Tehran and Washington. The attacks hit three locations in Iraq and two in neighboring Syria. The following day an Iranian-backed militia vowed to exact revenge.
    (AP, 12/30/19)(SFC, 12/30/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 29, US Congressman John Lewis of Georgia announced that he has stage IV pancreatic cancer, vowing he will stay in office and fight the disease.
    (AP, 12/30/19)
2019        Dec 29, In Texas Keith Thomas Kinnunen (43)  pulled out a shotgun at a church service and fired on worshippers at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, killing two people before he was shot to death by congregants who fired back. Church members Richard White and Anton “Tony" Wallace were killed. Kinnunen was fatally shot by Jack Wilson, a member of the church's volunteer security team, within seconds of the attack.
    (AP, 12/29/19)(AP, 12/31/19)
2019        Dec 29, It was reported that Virginia's Fairfax County Public Schools, one of the largest school districts in the US, will allow students, in 7th through 12th grades, one excused absence beginning Jan. 27, 2020, for "civic engagement activities." Two days notice will be required plus written parental or guardian permission.
    (SSFC, 12/29/19, p.A9)
2019        Dec 29, It was reported that there have been 41 mass killings in the US this year, the highest number dating back to at least the 1970s. Mass killings were defined as four or more people killed excluding the perpetrator.
    (SSFC, 12/29/19, p.A9)
2019        Dec 29, Taliban leaders agreed to a temporary ceasefire in Afghanistan, providing an opening for a peace deal with the US The Taliban ruling council did not immediately set a date for the start of the ceasefire.
    (AP, 12/30/19)
2019        Dec 29, Guinea-Bissau held elections. two former prime ministers vied for the presidency in the runoff election after the incumbent failed to reach the second round in the tumultuous West African country once described by the United Nations as a narco-state. Domingos Simoes Pereira faced Umaro Sissoco Embalo.
    (AP, 12/29/19)
2019        Dec 29, The Israeli Security Cabinet voted to withhold $43 million of tax funds from the Palestinians, saying the money has been used to promote violence.
    (AP, 12/30/19)
2019        Dec 29, The Israeli government appointed Yaacov Litzman as health minister, sparking a litany of condemnations from Australia's staunchly pro-Israel Jewish community. Litzman is suspected of aiding an alleged sexual abuser wanted in Australia.
    (AP, 12/30/19)
2019        Dec 29, Saudi state media reported that a court has ruled that a Yemeni man (33) be executed for attacking and wounding dancers and a security guard during a performance on stage at a park in Riyadh. A second suspect, who also was not identified, was sentenced to 12.5 years in prison for aiding and abetting the attacker and sending money to al-Qaida in Yemen.
    (AP, 12/29/19)
2019        Dec 29, In northwestern Syria a teacher and four students were killed in government shelling of the village of Sarmin.
    (AP, 1/1/20)
2019        Dec 29, Turkey's defense chief said that his country's troops won't evacuate their 12 observation posts in rebel-held northwestern Syria., even as a Syrian government offensive pushed deeper into Idlib province, the last remaining opposition stronghold.
    (AP, 12/29/19)
2019        Dec 29, Ukraine and two breakaway regions supported by the Kremlin exchanged prisoners under an agreement reached with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this month as the former allies seek an end to more than five years of war in the Donbas area. Ukraine received 76 captives from the Russian-backed rebels. Ukraine returned 127 captives to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics.
    (AP, 12/29/19)
2019        Dec 29, In Yemen a ballistic missile ripped through a military parade for a southern separatist group that's backed by the United Arab Emirates, killing at least six troops and four children. Houthi rebels were blamed for the attack.
    (AP, 12/29/19)

2019        Dec 30, President Donald Trump signed into law legislation that provides funding to help states eliminate backlogs in rape kit testing.
    (Good Morning America, 12/31/19)
2019        Dec 30, President Donald Trump signed a bill that increases fines on criminal robocall violations and cracks down on companies making the calls, as part of a federal push against telephone scammers.
    (http://tinyurl.com/tzr33ak)(SFC, 1/1/20, p.A6)
2019        Dec 30, Robert J. Goldberg (61) filed a lawsuit in San Francisco that describes years of psychological control and sexual abuse he suffered from age 11 into adulthood while working for the late Jesuit Rev. Donald J. McGuire as a valet. McGuire died in federal prison in 2017 while serving a 25-year sentence for molesting other boys who came under his sway.
    (AP, 12/31/19)
2019        Dec 30, In Florida white nationalist and ex-Senate candidate Augustus Sol Invictus (36) was arrested on an out-of-county warrant on charges of kidnapping, “high and aggravated" domestic violence and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence.
    (Miami Herald, 1/1/20)
2019        Dec 30, The Florida corporation GEO Group filed a federal lawsuit challenging California law AB32, due to go into effect on Jan 1. The law bans new private prison contracts across the state.
    (SFC, 1/1/20, p.A1)
2019        Dec 30, The first public alert outside China about a novel coronavirus came from the automated HealthMap system at Boston Children's Hospital.
    (SFC, 2/24/20, p.D1)
2019        Dec 30, Danielle Outlaw was announced as the first female black police commissioner in Philadelphia.
    (The Independent, 12/31/19)
2019        Dec 30, A judge in Texas ordered InfoWars host Alex Jones to pay over $100,000 in court fines in a Sandy Hook defamation lawsuit against him. Jones and InfoWars are being sued by Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son Jesse was one of the 26 people killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting.
    (CBS News, 12/31/19)
2019        Dec 30, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced that more than 30 trainees, seen in a photograph of correction officer cadets giving Nazi salutes, were being fired, along with their instructor.
    (AP, 12/31/19)
2019        Dec 30, Microsoft Corp said it has taken control of web domains which were used by a hacking group called "Thallium" to steal information. Microsoft said Thallium is believed to be operating from North Korea.
    (Reuters, 12/30/19)
2019        Dec 30, It was reported that AstraZeneca and Merck's ovarian cancer drug Lynparza has received US regulatory approval for the treatment of advanced pancreatic cancer, cementing its lead in a niche category of cancer treatments.
    (AP, 12/30/19)
2019        Dec 30, In northern Afghanistan the Taliban targeted a pro-government militia compound before dawn in Jawzjan province, killing 14 members of the Afghan security forces.
    (AP, 12/30/19)
2019        Dec 30, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said in an interview broadcast today that financial services have been too slow to cut investment in fossil fuels, a delay that could lead to a sharp increase in global temperatures.
    (Reuters, 12/30/19)
2019        Dec 30, Bolivian Interim Pres. Jeanine Anez said her government is expelling the top Mexican and Spanish diplomates in the country over an alleged attempt by nine members of Bolivia's former government to leave refuge in the Mexican embassy with Spanish help and flee the country.
    (SFC, 12/31/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 30, China's agriculture ministry said it plans to issue biosafety certificates to a domestically grown, genetically modified (GM) soybean crop and two corn crops, in a move toward commercializing GM grain production in the world's top market.
    (Reuters, 12/30/19)
2019        Dec 30, Chinese scientist He Jiankui, who set off an ethical debate with claims that he had made the world's first genetically edited babies, was sentenced to three years in prison. He was convicted of practicing medicine without a license. Two other researchers involved in the project received lesser sentences and fines.
    (AP, 12/30/19)
2019        Dec 30, A Cyprus court found a 19 year-old British woman guilty of fabricating claims that she was gang raped last July 17 by 12 Israelis in a hotel room at a tourist resort in the east Mediterranean island nation, saying that her story lacked credibility. The woman says she is innocent and will appeal the ruling.
    (AP, 12/30/19)
2019        Dec 30, Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard seized a ship in the Persian Gulf suspected of carrying smuggled fuel. All 16 crew members, who are Malaysian nationals, were also detained.
    (AP, 12/30/19)
2019        Dec 30, Lebanese protesters staged a sit-in inside a commercial bank in the capital Beirut, forcing tellers to give them more than the weekly limit for withdrawal amid a wave of protests against recent capital controls.
    (AP, 12/30/19)
2019        Dec 30, South African telecoms firm MTN said it was reviewing allegations raised in a US complaint which accuses several firms of paying protection money to militant Islamist groups in Afghanistan.
    (Reuters, 12/30/19)
2019        Dec 30, A Sudanese court sentenced 27 members of the security forces to death for torturing and killing Ahmed al-Khair, a teacher, while in detention in February.
    (SFC, 12/31/19, p.A2)
2019        Dec 30, Turkey's government submitted a motion to parliament seeking approval to deploy troops to Libya, arguing that the conflict in the North African country could escalate into a civil war and threaten Turkey's interests.
    (AP, 12/30/19)
2019        Dec 30, Turkey's state-run news agency reported that police have detained at least 124 people suspected of links to the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 12/30/19)

2019        Dec 31, President Donald Trump ordered about 750 US soldiers deployed to the Middle East as about 3,000 more prepared for possible deployment in the next several days in response to recent events in Iraq.
    (AP, 12/31/19)
2019        Dec 31, US President Donald Trump said that Phase 1 of trade deal with China would be signed on Jan. 15 at the White House, though considerable confusion remains about the details of the agreement.
    (Reuters, 12/31/19)
2019        Dec 31, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes.
    (SFC, 1/1/20, p.A7)
2019        Dec 31, Two crew members of the Scandies Rose were rescued after the 130-foot crab fishing vessel from Dutch Harbor, Alaska. A search for the five crew members lasted 20 hours before it was called off.
    (AP, 1/1/20)
2019        Dec 31, In San Francisco the last performance of the "Beach Blanket Babylon" show took place at Club Fugazi following a run of 45 years.
    (SFC, 1/1/20, p.A1)
2019        Dec 31, A federal judge temporarily blocked a California labor law meant to take effect from Jan. 1 from impacting over 70,000 independent truckers by granting a temporary restraining order.
    (Reuters, 1/1/20)
2019        Dec 31, In Oakland, Ca., Shuo Zeng (34) was killed as he tried to chase down two robbers of his laptop from a Starbucks café in Montclair. Zeng was hit by the getaway vehicle and dragged on the ground. Suspects Byron O.J. Reed Jr. (22) and Javon Eugene Lee (21) were soon arrested. Zeng earned a doctorate in physics in 2015 and worked as an engineer at Aspera.
    (SFC, 1/6/20, p.C2)
2019        Dec 31, Three of the most powerful tribes in Oklahoma filed a federal lawsuit against state Gov. Kevin Stitt, asking the court to help resolve a dispute over gambling at tribal casinos. Stitt contends the gaming compacts expire on Jan. 1 and that casino gambling after that date will be illegal. Stitt has signaled he wants to renegotiate the compacts to give the state a larger slice of revenue.
    (AP, 12/31/19)
2019        Dec 31, In Afghanistan at least 10 Afghan forces were killed and four others were wounded in an attack late today on a police checkpoint in the district of Dashti Archi. In Balkh province, the Taliban killed nine police officers in an attack on their checkpoint. A gunbattle with the Taliban killed seven members of the security forces in Takhar province.
    (AP, 1/1/20)
2019        Dec 31, Wildfires burning across Australia's two most populous states trapped residents of a seaside town in apocalyptic conditions, destroyed many properties and caused at least two fatalities. In the southeastern town of Mallacoota in Victoria state, around 4,000 residents fled toward the waterside as winds pushed an emergency-level wildfire toward their homes.
    (AP, 12/31/19)
2019        Dec 31, Bosnia's war crimes prosecutor charged Milomir Savcic, a former Bosnian Serb general, with aiding genocide in the 1995 massacre at the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica.
    (AP, 12/31/19)
2019        Dec 31, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, unveiled a new initiative called the Earthshot Prize, described by Kensington Palace as "the most prestigious environment prize in history." The multimillion-dollar prize will be awarded to five winners per year over the next 10 years to encourage "Earth’s greatest problem solvers to solve Earth’s greatest environmental problems.
    (Good Morning America, 12/31/19)
2019        Dec 31, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for Hong Kong to return to stability following months of pro-democracy protests.
    (AP, 12/31/19)
2019        Dec 31, China's National Medical Products Administration said it has approved a pneumonia vaccine developed by Chinese drugmaker Walvax Biotechnology's unit, offering an alternative to one of Pfizer's best-selling products Prevnar 13.
    (Reuters, 12/31/19)
2019        Dec 31, Chinese health authorities said they are investigating 27 cases of viral pneumonia in the central city of Wuhan, after rumors on social media suggested the outbreak could be linked to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
    (Reuters, 12/31/19)
2019        Dec 31, In Ingushetia one police officer was killed and three were injured when two men attacked a police post in Magas, the republic's capital. The Islamic State group soon claimed responsibility. One of the attackers was killed when police opened fire and the other was wounded  in the northern Caucasus region.
    (AP, 1/2/20)
2019        Dec 31, Iraqi supporters of pro-Iran factions attacked the US embassy in Baghdad, breaching its outer wall and chanting "Death to America!" in anger over weekend air strikes that killed two dozen fighters. President Donald Trump said he expects Iraq to "use its forces" to protect the US embassy in Baghdad as he blamed Iran for orchestrating the "attack" that breached the wall of the compound.
    (AFP, 12/31/19)
2019        Dec 31, Carlos Ghosn, the former chairman of Nissan, announced that he is now in Lebanon, despite being ordered by Japanese courts not to leave the country while awaiting trial on financial misconduct charges.
    (The Week, 12/31/19)
2019        Dec 31, Pakistan began issuing special health ID cards for transgender people as a way to lessen health care discrimination.
    (SFC, 1/1/20, p.A2)
2019        Dec 31, Hundreds of Palestinians marched through the West Bank city of Ramallah to mark the 55th anniversary of the Fatah movement led by President Mahmoud Abbas.
    (AP, 12/31/19)
2019        Dec 31, In Sudan sporadic tribal clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs continued in West Darfur province, as the death toll climbed to at least 24 people, some of them burned to death.
    (AP, 12/31/19)
2019        Dec 31, Taiwan's legislature passed its Anti-Infiltration Law aimed at blocking political interference from China.
    (SFC, 1/1/20, p.A2)
2019        Dec 31, Police in Turkey detained five suspected Islamic State militants who were allegedly planning to carry out attacks in the Turkish capital of Ankara during New Year's Eve celebrations. Anadolu news said close to 170 suspected IS militants have been detained in the past two days.
    (AP, 12/31/19)
2019        Dec 31, Turkish Airlines said it has agreed a compensation deal with plane maker Boeing Co over the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX following two fatal crashes.
    (Reuters, 12/31/19)
2019        Dec 31, Yemeni officials said that a powerful rebel group's ban on recently-printed government banknotes in areas under their control, including the capital, Sanaa, has held up the salaries of tens of thousands of civil servants and pensioners. Officials in Sanaa said the Houthis had given residents a month to hand over the newly printed but banned banknotes or face penalties that include jail.
    (AP, 12/31/19)
2019        Dec 31, Two Zimbabwe rangers, who had arrested four Zambian men for poaching, were transporting them by boat to Kariba town to be charged and jailed. But the four suspects overpowered the rangers and threw them into Lake Kariba. The rangers' bodies were discovered after a week-long search.
    (AP, 1/7/20)

2019        Dec, Japanese carmaker Mazda shifted production of its SUVs from Thailand to Japan.
    (Economist, 4/4/20, p.29)

2019        James Lovelock and Bryan Appleyard authored “Novacene: The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence".
    (Econ, 7/27/19, p.74)
2019        Former US National Security contractor Edward Snowden (36), now living in Russia, authored "Permanent Record," a memoir detailing why he chose to become a whistle-blower following his six years of working for the NSA and CIA.
    (SFC, 9/14/19, p.A6)
2019        Richard Susskind authored "Online Courts and the Future of Justice." Susskind has been evangelizing for online courts since 1981.
    (Economist, 4/4/20, p.45)
2019        Timothy Winegard authored “The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator." The insects kill over 800,000 people every year.
    (Econ, 8/3/19, p.70)

2019        Argentina’s poverty climbed to 35% as compared to 27% in 2017.
    (Econ, 8/27/19, p.24)

2019        China reportedly cancelled $78m owed by Cameroon. A month later Cameroon withdrew its candidate for director-general of the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization, clearing the way for China candidate to get the job.
    (Econ, 4/18/20, p.31)

2019        In Colombia 107 human rights defenders were killed this year despite a peace accord aimed at improving conditions in poor, rural areas. The first two weeks of 2020 saw at least ten more activists killed.
    (SFC, 1/15/20, p.A4)

2019        Saudi Arabia this year executed the highest number of prisoners in recent years. In total, 184 people were executed, including 90 foreign nationals, according to a report by the legal charity Reprieve.
    (ABC News, 1/14/20)

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