Return to home49BCE Jan 11,
Julius Caesar led his army across the Rubicon, plunging Rome into
civil war. [see Mar 10]
1569 Jan 11, The 1st recorded
lottery in England was drawn in St Paul's Cathedral.
1684 Jan 11, In Switzerland
this day “was so frightfully cold that all of the communion wine
froze," said an entry by Brother Josef Dietrich, governor and
"weatherman" of the Einsiedeln Monastery. The Einsiedeln abbots,
princes within the Holy Roman Empire until 1798, were powerful
leaders who ruled over large swaths of central Switzerland's
1693 Jan 11, Sicily’s Mt. Etna
1757 Jan 11, Alexander
Hamilton, first U.S. Secretary of Treasury, was born on St.
Croix. After showing remarkable promise in finance, the young
Hamilton was sent by a benefactor to King’s College in New York. In
1776, Hamilton joined the Continental Army, where he soon joined
George Washington’s staff. After the war, Hamilton became active in
New York politics, gaining a reputation as a supporter of a strong
central government. In the struggle for the ratification of the
Constitution, Hamilton collaborated with James Madison and John Jay
in writing the Federalist Papers, which were instrumental in the
passage of the Constitution. In 1789, newly elected President George
Washington named Hamilton secretary of the treasury. During his
tenure, Hamilton established the National Bank, introduced an excise
tax, suppressed the Whiskey Rebellion and spearheaded the effort for
the federal government to assume the debts of the states. In the
presidential election of 1800, Hamilton broke the deadlock between
Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr by supporting Jefferson. The enmity
between Hamilton and his longtime political enemy Burr grew worse
during the 1804 campaign for governor of New York. Finally, on July
11, at Weehawken, N.J., the two men fought a duel. Hamilton was shot
and died the next day of his injuries.
(WUD, 1994 p.640)(AP, 1/11/98)(HN, 1/11/00)(HNPD,
1775 Jan 11, In South Carolina
Francis Salvador became the 1st Jew elected to office in America.
[see Aug 1]
(AH, 2/05, p.16)
1785 Jan 11, Continental
Congress convened in NYC.
1787 Jan 11, Titania and
Oberon, moons of Uranus, were discovered by William Herschel.
1797 Jan 11, Francis Lightfoot
Lee (62), US farmer and signer Declaration of Independence, died.
1798 Jan 11, Erekle II
(b.~1720), Georgian monarch of the Bagrationi Dynasty, died. He had
reigned as the king of Kakheti from 1744 to 1762, and of Kartli and
Kakheti from 1762 until 1798. His name is frequently transliterated
from the Latinized form Heraclius.
1801 Jan 11, Domenico Cimarosa
(51), Italian composer (Matrimonio segreto), died.
1803 Jan 11, Monroe and
Livingston sailed for Paris to buy New Orleans; they ended up buying
Louisiana. [see Dec 20, 1802]
1805 Jan 11, The Michigan
Territory was created.
1807 Jan 11, Ezra Cornell,
founder of Western Union Telegraph and Cornell University (NY), was
born in Westchester, NY.
1813 Jan 11, The 1st pineapples
were planted in Hawaii (or 1/21).
1815 Jan 11, Sir John A.
Macdonald, the first prime minister of Canada, was born in Glasgow,
1837 Jan 11, John Field (54),
Irish pianist, composer (Nocturnes), died.
1837 Jan 11, Francois Gerard
(66), French baron, painter, died.
1843 Jan 11, Francis Scott Key
(63), poet of "The Star-Spangled Banner," died in Baltimore.
(HN, 1/11/99)(MC, 1/11/02)
1861 Jan 11, Alabama became the
4th state to secede from the Union.
(AP, 1/11/98)(HN, 1/11/99)
1862 Jan 11, Lincoln accepted
Simon Cameron's resignation as Secretary of War.
1863 Jan 11, Union forces
captured Arkansas Post, or Ft. Hindman, Arkansas.
1863 Jan 11, The Confederate
ship Alabama under Capt. Semmes flew a British flag and lured the
USS Hatteras out of Galveston harbor. The Hatteras was quickly sunk.
(ON, 9/01, p.10)
1864 Jan 11, H. George
Selfridge, founder of the British store Selfridge and Co., Ltd., was
born. He was the first to say "the customer is always right."
1864 Jan 11, Charing Cross
Station opened in London.
1865 Jan 11, Battle of Beverly,
1866 Jan 11, Steamship London
sank in storm off Land's End England and 220 people died.
1874 Jan 11, Gail Borden
(b.1801), inventor of condensed milk, died in Borden, Tx. Epitaph:
“I tried and failed, I tried again and again and succeeded."
(ON, 5/04, p.5)(
1879 Jan 11, The Zulu war
against British colonial rule in South Africa began. [see Jan 12]
1887 Jan 11, At Fort Smith,
Ark., hang man George Maledon dispatched four more victims in a
1891 Jan 11, Georges-Eugene
Haussmann (b.1809), French town planner, died. He designed
1893 Jan 11, Benjamin Butler
(b.1818), former Union general, lawyer and governor of Massachusetts
(1883-1884), died in New Hampshire.
1902 Jan 11, Maurice Durufle,
French organist, composer, was born.
1903 Jan 11, Alan Patton, South
African novelist who wrote "Cry, the Beloved Country," was born.
1904 Jan 11, British troops
massacred 1,000 dervishes in Somaliland.
1906 Jan 11, Albert Hoffmann,
Switzerland, chemist (discovered LSD in 1943), was born.
1908 Jan 11, The Grand Canyon
National Monument was created with a proclamation by President
Theodore Roosevelt. It became a national park in 1919.
1913 Jan 11, The first
sedan-type automobile, a Hudson, went on display at the 13th
Automobile Show in New York.
1916 Jan 11, Russian General
Yudenich launched a WWI winter offensive and advanced west.
1922 Jan 11, Insulin, then
called isletin, was 1st used to treat diabetes on Leonard Thompson
(14) of Canada. [see Jan 23]
1923 Jan 11, The French entered
Essen in the Ruhr. They were there to extract Germany's resources as
1928 Jan 11, Leon Trotsky, a
leader of the Bolshevik revolution and early architect of the Soviet
state, was shipped out by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin to Alma-Ata in
remote Soviet Central Asia. Later he was banished from the USSR.
1928 Jan 11, Thomas Hardy (87),
English novelist, died near Dorchester. His books included “Far from
Maddening Crowd" (1874) and “Jude the Obscure" (1895). In 2006
Claire Tomalin authored “Thomas Hardy: The Time-Torn Man."
1934 Jan 11, Jean Chretien,
Pres. of Canada, was born.
(WP, 6/29/96, p.A20)
1934 Jan 11, The German police
raided the homes of dissident clergy in Berlin.
1935 Jan 11, Aviator Amelia
Earhart began a trip from Honolulu to Oakland, Calif., becoming the
first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean.
1935 Jan 11, Rabbi Ira
Eisenstein (d.2001 at 94) published his first issue of "The
Reconstructionist" journal and continued as editor through 1981.
Reconstructionist belief saw Judaism as "the evolving religious
civilization of the Jewish people." Eisenstein believed that God
could be understood only by observing God’s effect on the world. "We
get to know what God is by what God makes people do."
1940 Jan 11, Sergei Prokofiev's
ballet Romeo and Juliet premiered in Leningrad.
1941 Jan 11, Adolf Hitler
ordered forces to be prepared to enter North Africa to assist the
Italian effort, marking the establishment of the Afrika Korps.
1941 Jan 11, Emanuel Lasker
(b.1868), German mathematician and chess player, died. In 1927 he
authored “Lasker’s Manual of Chess."
1942 Jan 11, Japan declared war
against the Netherlands, the same day that Japanese forces invaded
the Dutch East Indies (later Indonesia) at Borneo.
(AP, 1/11/98)(HN, 1/11/00)
1943 Jan 11, President Franklin
D. Roosevelt flew to Morocco for a top-secret meeting with British
Prime Minister Winston Churchill. He had not flown since 1932, when
he traveled from Albany, New York, to Chicago to accept his
nomination at the Democratic national convention. No U.S. president
had previously flown while in office because the Secret Service
regarded flying as a dangerous mode of transport. Air travel was the
only realistic option for the trip to Casablanca because German
submarines lurking in the Atlantic made a surface crossing too
1943 Jan 11, The United States
and Britain signed treaties relinquishing extraterritorial rights in
1943 Jan 11, The Soviet Red
Army encircled Stalingrad.
1944 Jan 11, Jerome Morse
(d.2001 at 80), B-17 navigator, was shot down over Germany and
became a POW for 1 ½ years. In 1959 Pres. Eisenhower demonstrated
Morse’s invention of the 1st miniaturized, portable nuclear power
generator, used for space vehicles.
(SFC, 12/15/01, p.A25)
1944 Jan 11, Crakow-Plaszow
Concentration Camp was established.
1946 Jan 11, Naomi (Diane)
Judd, Grammy Award-winning singer: duo: The Judds, was born: Why Not
Me, Have Mercy, LP: Heartland; mother of singers, Wynonna,
1948 Jan 11, President Harry S
Truman proposed free, two-year community colleges for all who wanted
1949 Jan 11, Surrender talks in
China between the Nationalists and Communists opened as Tientsing
was virtually lost to the Communists.
1952 Jan 11, Jordan adopted a
constitution, which enshrined the king’s right to hire and fire
unelected prime ministers.
1954 Jan 11, Oscar Straus (83),
Austrian composer (The Chocolate Soldier), died.
1959 Jan 11, Huber Matos
Benitez (1918-2014), Cuban revolutionary, was appointed by Fidel
Castro as governor of Camaguey province. In the Fall Huber Matos
resigned his posts. He was arrested and sentenced to 20 years in
prison for treason and sedition. After prison he settled in Florida.
1959 Jan 11, Mohammed Zakaria
Ghonein, discoverer of 6,000 year old pyramid, died.
1961 Jan 11, There was a race
riot at the University of Georgia.
1963 Jan 11, The 1st
discotheque opened, Whiskey-a-go-go in LA.
1964 Jan 11, Some of Pablo
Picasso works that have never been seen before went on exhibit in
1964 Jan 11, US Surgeon General
Luther Terry issued “Smoking and Health" the first major government
report saying smoking may be hazardous to one's health. The US
surgeon-general announced that smoking contributes substantially to
(WSJ, 4/12/96, p.A-12)(AP, 1/11/98)(WSJ, 1/27/04,
p.A1)(Econ, 1/11/14, p.25)
1966 Jan 11, In Brazil 550 died
in landslides in mountains behind Rio de Janeiro after rain.
1966 Jan 11, Albert Giacometti
(64), Swiss-French painter and sculptor, died in Switzerland.
1967 Jan 11, Segregationist
Lester Maddox (1915-2003) was inaugurated as governor of Georgia.
1972 Jan 11, The TV movie
"Kolchak, The Night Stalker" aired for the first time. It was
followed by a series of 22 episodes that ended Mar 28, 1975.
1972 Jan 11, East-Pakistan
became the independent state of Bangladesh. [see Dec 16, 1971]
1973 Jan 11, Owners of American
League baseball teams voted to adopt the designated-hitter rule on a
1973 Jan 11, The Dow Jones
Industrials hit a peak of 1051.70. The market then began a 24 month
decline of 46%.
(WSJ, 11/4/96, p.C1)(SFC,10/17/97, p.B2)
1977 Jan 11, France set off an
international uproar by releasing Abu Daoud, a Palestinian suspected
of involvement in the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972
Munich Olympics. In 1999 Mohammed Oudeh, aka Abu Daoud, published an
autobiography in France in which he admitted to playing a mastermind
role in the 1972 Munich hostage episode.
(AP, 1/11/98)(SFC, 6/14/99, p.A14)
1978 Jan 11, Two Soviet
cosmonauts aboard the Soyuz 27 capsule linked up with the Salyut 6
orbiting space station, where the Soyuz 26 capsule was already
1980 Jan 11, Honda announced
that it would build Japan's first U.S. passenger-car assembly plant
1981 Jan 11, The Oakland
Raiders defeated the San Diego Charges 34-27 in the AFC championship
1988 Jan 11, Alexandria,
Danielle, Erica, Raymond and Veronica L'Esperance, the first US test
tube quintuplets, were born in Royal Oak, Michigan.
1988 Jan 11, Vice President
George Bush met with representatives of independent counsel Lawrence
E. Walsh to answer questions about the Iran-Contra affair.
1988 Jan 11, Gregory "Pappy"
Boyington (75), World War II flying ace died in Fresno, Calif.
1988 Jan 11, The Soviet Union
announced it would participate in the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics.
1989 Jan 11, President Reagan
bade the nation farewell in an address from the Oval Office.
1989 Jan 11, A kindergarten
student was caught with loaded handgun at a Bronx school.
1990 Jan 11, Soviet President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev visited Lithuania, where he sought to assure
supporters of independence that they would have a say in their
1991 Jan 11, The United States
and Iraq intensified their rhetoric, with Secretary of State James
A. Baker III telling Air Force pilots in Saudi Arabia, “We pass the
brink at midnight January 15," and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
boasting of his army’s readiness. Congress empowered Bush to order
attack on Iraq.
(AP, 1/11/01)(MC, 1/11/02)
1992 Jan 11, The president of
Algeria (Chadli Bendjedid) resigned, two weeks after Muslim
fundamentalists had defeated his ruling party in legislative
1993 Jan 11, Former independent
presidential candidate Ross Perot publicly returned to politics,
recruiting Americans for a watchdog group that, he told CNN, would
counter special interests that were preventing government reform and
1994 Jan 11, NATO leaders
concluded a summit in Belgium by warning Bosnian Serbs of their
willingness to order bombing raids in former Yugoslavia to relieve
embattled Muslim enclaves. President Clinton, who attended the
summit, then traveled to the Czech Republic for a short visit.
1994 Jan 11, John Bradley (70),
raised US flag at Iwo Jima (1945), died.
1995 Jan 11, President Clinton
and Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama held a low-key summit
in Washington, playing down differences over trade.
1995 Jan 11, A 9-year-old girl
survived a Colombian airliner crash that killed the other 52 people
aboard near the Caribbean resort of Cartagena.
1996 Jan 11, Addressing pointed
questions about the first lady, President Clinton offered a rousing
defense of his wife, Hillary, during a news conference.
1996 Jan 11, The space shuttle
“Endeavour" blasted off on a nine-day mission.
1996 Jan 11, The Little Mt.
Zion Baptist Church in Green Co., Ala., burned down. Arson was
suspected and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996 Jan 11, The Mt. Zoar
Baptist Church in Green Co., Ala., burned down. Arson was suspected
and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996 Jan 11, Ryutaro Hashimoto
was chosen the new prime minister of Japan.
1996 Jan 11, Funeral services
were held for former French president Francois Mitterrand.
1996 Jan 11, In Peru Lori
Berenson was sentenced to life in prison. In 2000 a military
tribunal overturned the life sentence and opened the way for a
(SFC, 10/2/97, p.A10) (WSJ, 8/28/00, p.A1)
1997 Jan 11, President Clinton
summoned top administration officials to a daylong planning session
for his second term.
1997 Jan 11, In Burundi
soldiers shot and killed 126 Burundian Hutu refugees trying to break
out of a holding camp in the northeast. Seven soldiers were arrested
for the slayings.
(SFEC, 1/12/97, p.A12)
1997 Jan 11, An earthquake of
magnitude 7.3 shook Mexico City, the western and central areas, and
the southern part of Mexico, but no deaths were reported.
(SFEC, 1/12/97, p.A2)(AP, 1/11/98)
1998 Jan 11, The Denver Broncos
beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-21, to win the American Football
Conference Championship; the Green Bay Packers defeated the San
Francisco 49ers, 23-10, to claim the National Football Conference
1998 Jan 11, Klaus Tennstedt
(71), conductor, died.
1998 Jan 11, In Algeria 11 more
people were killed over the weekend.
(SFC, 1/12/98, p.A1)
1998 Jan 11, From China it was
reported that parrots had become a speculative rage in Beijing where
a green-faced parrot could fetch $2,400.
(SFEC, 1/11/98, p.A29)
1998 Jan 11, In Northern
Ireland Terry Enwright (28), a relative of Gerry Adams, was slain
outside the Space nightclub in Belfast. The Protestant Loyalist
Volunteer Force claimed responsibility.
(SFC, 1/12/98, p.A10)
1998 Jan 11, In Lahore,
Pakistan, 24 Shiite Muslims were killed in an attack by the
Sipah-e-Sahabah (Friends of the Guardians of the Prophet), a
militant Sunni group. The Shiites were at a ceremony marking the
2-year anniversary of the death of their teacher, Mohammed Hussein
(SFC, 1/12/98, p.A10)
1998 Jan 11, In the UAR a large
oil spill resulted when an 11,000-ton oil barge ran aground. Some
4,000 tons spilled on beaches and threatened marine and bird life.
(SFC, 1/12/98, p.A12)
1999 Jan 11, President Clinton
and House Republicans clashed in impeachment trial papers, with the
White House claiming the perjury and obstruction allegations fell
short of high crimes and misdemeanors and GOP lawmakers rebutting:
"If this is not enough, what is?"
1999 Jan 11, Hillary Clinton
unveiled a new silver commemorative dollar in honor of Dolly
Madison. The coin, designed by Tiffany, was the first to honor a
first lady but was not legal tender.
(SFC, 1/12/99, p.A3)
1999 Jan 11, US planes fired
missiles at 2 Iraqi defense installations after determining that
they were about to be attacked by surface to air missiles.
(SFC, 1/12/99, p.A8)
1999 Jan 11, In Haiti Pres.
Preval announced that he would bypass the Parliament and appoint a
new government by decree.
(SFC, 1/13/99, p.A10)
1999 Jan 11, In Kosovo Enver
Maloku, the head of the Kosovo Information Center, was shot and
killed by 3 assassins in Pristina.
(SFC, 1/12/99, p.A8)
2000 Jan 11, Pres. Clinton
signed a proclamation for the Grand Parashant National Monument with
1.014 million acres along the northern boundary of the Grand Canyon;
the 71,100 acre Agua Fria National Monument near Phoenix; and the
California Coastal National Monument, which includes thousands of
islands, rocks and reefs along the 840 mile California coast.
(SFC, 1/12/00, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/12/00, p.A4)
2000 Jan 11, Whittling away
more of the federal government’s power over states, the US Supreme
Court ruled, 5-to-4, that state employees cannot go into federal
court to sue over age bias.
2000 Jan 11, Carlton Fisk and
Tony Perez were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
2000 Jan 11, Algeria’s Pres.
Bouteflika gave a blanket pardon to all members of the Islamic
Salvation Army 2 days before a deadline for all Islamic militants to
lay down their arms.
(SFC, 1/12/00, p.A11)
2000 Jan 11, Britain and Iran
signed a joint declaration to fight terrorism and drug trafficking,
promote trade and strengthen ties.
(SFC, 1/12/00, p.A11)
2000 Jan 11, An EU court ruled
in favor of a German woman who claimed that a German constitutional
ban against women bearing arms amounts to sexual discrimination.
(SFC, 1/12/00, p.A11)
2000 Jan 22, In East Timor UN
investigators found the bodies of 8 people in a mass grave. This
brought the total number of bodies recovered since Sep to about 200.
(SFC, 1/12/00, p.A11)
2000 Jan 11, In Russia acting
Pres. Putin announced a 20% increase in pensions ahead of the Mar 26
(SFC, 1/12/00, p.A11)
2001 Jan 11, Pres.-elect Bush
chose Elaine Chao, a former head of the peace Corps and United Way,
to serve as secretary of labor after Linda Chavez withdrew. Bush
chose Robert Zoellick to be the US trade representative.
(SFC, 1/12/01, p.A1,12)(AP, 1/11/02)
2001 Jan 11, James Riady,
Indonesian businessman, agreed to pay an $8.6 million US fine and
pleaded guilty for arranging $500,000 in illegal donations to Pres.
Clinton and others.
(WSJ, 1/12/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 11, The US Army
premiered its new slogan “An Army of one" on the TV sitcom
(SFC, 1/10/01, p.B3)
2001 Jan 11, The US Army blamed
the “fog of war" in apology and acknowledgement that US soldiers
massacred 248 refugees at No Gun Ri in South Korea in 1950.
(SSFC, 12/30/01, p.D2)(AP, 1/11/02)
2001 Jan 11, The FCC approved
the $106 billion merger of America Online (AOL) and Time Warner.
(SFC, 1/12/01, p.A1)
2002 Jan 11, Frank Gruttadauria
(44), Lehman Brothers stockbroker, was last seen in Cleveland. It
was later reported that $300 million were missing from the accounts
of some 2 dozen Lehman clients. Gruttadauria turned himself in Feb
(WSJ, 2/8/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A15)
2001 Jan 11, FedEx agreed to
handle most of the Postal Services air transportation in a $6.3
(WSJ, 1/2/02, p.R12)
2001 Jan 11, Unisys, Dell and
Microsoft announced an agreement to jointly create an electronic
(WSJ, 1/11/01, p.B1)
2001 Jan 11, Researchers in
Oregon reported the 1st genetically altered monkey produced to
contain a jelly-fish gene for florescence.
(SFC, 1/12/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 11, In Oklahoma Wanda
Jean Allen (41) was executed for 2 murders. This was the 1st
execution of an African American woman since 1954.
(SFC, 1/12/01, p.A6)
2001 Jan 11, In China state
media reported at least 27 people dead from a New years Day blizzard
in inner Mongolia.
(SFC, 1/12/01, p.A18)
2001 Jan 11, In the Czech
Republic Jiri Hodac resigned as the chief of television. Over 50,000
protestors continued to demonstrate in Wenceslas Square for
guarantees of political independence for public television.
(SFC, 1/12/01, p.A17)
2001 Jan 11, Israeli and
Palestinian high level peace talks resumed as Israel lifted the
blockade of West Bank towns of Qalqilyah and Jenin and reopened the
Palestinian airport in Gaza. Palestinian travel from the West Bank
to Jordan and from Gaza to Egypt was opened.
(SFC, 1/12/01, p.A16)
2002 Jan 11, Alan Greenspan
said the US economy is still vulnerable.
(SFC, 1/12/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 11, The first
planeload of al-Qaida prisoners from Afghanistan arrived at a U.S.
military detention camp in Guantanamo, Cuba.
2002 Jan 11, Ford Motor Co.
announced it was eliminating 35,000 jobs, closing five plants and
dropping four models.
(SFC, 1/12/02, p.B1)(AP, 1/11/03)
2002 Jan 11, Frank Gruttadauria
(44), Lehman Brothers stock broker, was last seen in Cleveland. It
was later reported that $300 million were missing from the accounts
of some 2 dozen Lehman clients. Gruttadauria turned himself in Feb
(WSJ, 2/8/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A15)
2002 Jan 11, In Argentina the
peso sank 40% on its 1st day of floating trade after 11 years of
being tied to the U.S. dollar.
(SFC, 1/12/02, p.A14)(AP, 1/11/03)
2002 Jan 11, Israeli tanks and
bulldozers plowed up runways at the Gaza Int’l. Airport. Palestinian
police detained 2 Palestinian officials suspected of smuggling arms
(SFC, 1/11/02, p.A3)(SFC, 1/12/02, p.A6)
2002 Jan 11, In Russia an
appeals court ordered the liquidation of TV-6, the country’s last
major independent TV channel.
(SFC, 1/12/02, p.A2)
2003 Jan 11, In Illinois
out-going Gov. Ryan commuted the sentences of 167 Death Row inmates
one day after he freed 4 death row inmates. He called the death
penalty process "arbitrary and capricious, and therefore immoral."
The 4 death row inmates had all been convicted on evidence gathered
by police Lt. Jon Burge. In 2008 Burge was arrested and charged with
lying when he denied in 2003 that he and detectives under his
command tortured murder suspects.
(SFC, 1/11/03, p.A3)(SSFC, 1/12/03, p.A1)(AP,
1/11/08)(SFC, 10/22/08, p.A3)
2003 Jan 11, Afghan warlord
Abdul Rashid Dostum released 50 members of the Taliban militia
captured during fighting more than a year ago.
2003 Jan 11, The death toll
from Bangladesh's coldest winter in six years reached 489. A
three-week cold spell in South Asia with near freezing temperatures
aggravated by chilly winds raised the total death toll to 779.
2003 Jan 11, In Brazil
mudslides caused by torrential rains near Rio de Janeiro left 17
2003 Jan 11, In Chechnya 4
Russian servicemen were killed in clashes, while 4 soldiers died
when their vehicles struck land mines.
2003 Jan 11, In northern China
an explosion ripped through a coal mine, leaving 34 people missing a
day after a blast in a neighboring province killed 8 miners.
2003 Jan 11, It was reported
that former combatants from Liberia and Sierra Leone were pouring
into Ivory Coast to fight with the rebels.
(SFC, 1/11/03, p.A8)
2003 Jan 11, Japan's Prime
Minister Junichiro Koizumi, wrapping up a three-day visit to the
Russian capital, called for the abolition of all nuclear weapons in
an address at a leading atomic energy research center.
2003 Jan 11, North Korea said
it might end a self-imposed moratorium on missile testing and warned
that it was ready to "mercilessly wipe out" other nations that
infringe upon its sovereignty. North Korea withdrew from the Nuclear
(AP, 1/11/03)(SFC, 6/28/08, p.A3)
2003 Jan 11, Philippine army
troops have occupied a southern mountain village in Sultan Kudarat
province after driving away a large group of Moro Islamic
separatists and a kidnap gang in fierce clashes that killed at least
20 rebels and allies.
2003 Jan 11, Another Turkish
prisoner died on a hunger strike, raising the death toll in the
protest against Turkey's maximum security prisons to 64 people.
2004 Jan 11, Former Treasury
Sec. Paul O'Neill charged in a new book that Pres. Bush entered
office in Jan. 2001 intent on invading Iraq and was in search of a
way to go about it. Former WSJ reporter Ron Suskind wrote "The
Price of Loyalty," based on 7,630 journal entries provided by
(AP, 1/11/04)(WSJ, 1/12/04, p.B1)(WSJ, 1/16/04,
2004 Jan 11, Democrat Howard
Dean defended his record on race in the last debate before the Iowa
caucuses, as he was forced to acknowledge that no blacks or Hispanic
had served in his cabinet during his 12 years as governor of
2004 Jan 11, In Iran the
12-member Guardian Council, which comprises conservatives picked by
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, disqualified about 900
of the 1,700 people who wanted to contest seats in Tehran have been
disqualified. About 90 lawmakers began gathering in the lobby of the
legislature for five hours daily in a sit-in demonstration after the
Guardian Council barred the candidates from the Feb. 20 elections.
(AP, 1/12/04)(AP, 1/14/04)
2004 Jan 11, U.S. paratroopers
captured Khamis Sirhan al-Muhammad, a former regional Baath Party
chairman and militia commander a former Baath Party official who was
No. 54 on the list of 55 most-wanted figures from Saddam Hussein's
2004 Jan 11, Danish and
Icelandic troops reported a cache of 36 shells buried in the Iraqi
desert, and preliminary tests showed they contained a liquid blister
agent. The 120mm mortar shells are thought to be left over from the
eight-year war between Iraq and neighboring Iran, which ended in
2005 Jan 11, Pres. Bush named
Michael Chertoff, longtime prosecutor, to take over as head of
(WSJ, 1/12/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 11, LeapFrog
Enterprises displayed a $99 digital pen that talks, corrects
spelling and answers math problems. Sales were to begin in the Fall.
(WSJ, 1/12/05, p.B1)
2005 Jan 11, Spencer Dryden
(66), former drummer for the Jefferson Airplane (1967-1970), died in
Petaluma, Ca. Dryden also played with the Grateful Dead (1971-1978),
whose albums included “The Adventures of Panama Red" (1973).
(SFC, 1/13/05, p.B6)
2005 Jan 11, James Griffin
(61), founding member of 1970s pop group Bread, died in Franklin,
2005 Jan 11, At least eight
people were killed in a wildfire that raced through southern
Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, forcing terrified residents to leap into
the sea to avoid the flames.
2005 Jan 11, A strike by
workers and a demonstration that drew hundreds of thousands of
people paralyzed Santa Cruz as Bolivia's largest city joined an
anti-government protest that has elicited a pledge from the
president to resign if things turn violent. The protests forced the
government to cancel water concessions to a foreign firm.
(AP, 1/12/05)(WSJ, 1/12/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 11, Gunmen on a
motorbike in northern Colombia killed Julio Hernando Palacios, a
radio journalist known for his tough talk against corruption.
2005 Jan 11, Costa Rica Pres.
Abel Pacheco signed a decree of national emergency after 3 days of
heavy rains forced nearly 13,000 people from their homes and killed
at least one person. Panama reported 2 dead.
2005 Jan 11, The EU and the US
agreed to settle their dispute over subsidies to Airbus SA and
Boeing Co. through bilateral talks rather than asking the WTO to
2005 Jan 11, Indonesia's
military chief extended a new cease-fire offer to rebels in the
tsunami-stricken Aceh province, and residents in Sri Lanka were told
not to rebuild near the coast.
2005 Jan 11, PM Allawi
acknowledged that parts of Iraq will not be safe enough for people
to vote on Jan 30. A roadside bomb that missed a passing U.S.
military convoy killed 7 Iraqis and wounded one south of Baghdad. A
suicide car bomb at police headquarters in Tikrit killed 6.
Insurgent attacks across Iraq left 19 people dead.
(AP, 1/11/05)(SFC, 1/12/05, p.A1)(SFC, 1/12/05,
2005 Jan 11, Mudslides in
Tijuana, Mexico, killed 3 children and damaged 140 homes.
(SFC, 1/13/05, p.A3)
2005 Jan 11, Palestinian
militants in the Gaza Strip launched a barrage of homemade rockets
and mortar rounds at Jewish towns and settlements, hours after newly
elected Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas extended his hand in peace
2005 Jan 11, Russia's Federal
Statistics Service said inflation was 11.7 per cent in 2004, slower
than the 12 per cent rate for 2003 but still above government's
2005 Jan 11, The Ukrainian
parliament called for an immediate withdrawal of the nation's
peacekeepers from Iraq. The vote was non-binding but reflected
growing national dismay over the mission.
2005 Jan 11, Fighting raged on
in Sudan's western Darfur region where despite a peace accord ending
a separate conflict in southern Sudan.
2006 Jan 11, The US Interior
Dept. agreed to open some 400,000 acres on Alaska’s North Slope for
exploratory oil drilling.
(SFC, 1/12/06, p.A6)
2006 Jan 11, Latin American and
US scientists reported that as many as 112 species of frogs have
disappeared since 1980. Some 65 amphibian species in Central and
South America had also disappeared. Global warming was suspected.
(SFC, 1/12/06, p.A7)
2006 Jan 11, The Asia Pacific
Partnership on Clean Development and Climate opened in Sidney. It
brought together senior ministers from the US, Australia, Japan,
China, South Korea and India, along with executives from energy and
resource firms. The US and Australia insisted at the opening of a
two-day climate change conference that industry leaders can be
relied upon to voluntarily slash emissions blamed for heating the
2006 Jan 11, British PM Tony
Blair said that Western countries were likely to seek economic
sanctions against Iran after Tehran restarted its nuclear program,
but a powerful cleric said it would not curtail its research.
2006 Jan 11, Samir Ait Mohamed,
an Algerian-born man accused of helping in the plot to bomb the Los
Angeles airport on the millennium, was quietly deported from Canada
to an unknown destination after years fighting for refugee status
(AP, 1/13/06)(WSJ, 1/14/06, p.A1)
2006 Jan 11, New customs
figures indicated that China's trade surplus surged to $101.9
billion in 2005, more than triple the $32 billion gap recorded the
2006 Jan 11, The WHO said 2
more people sickened by bird flu in China have died, bringing the
total number of humans killed by the disease in the country to five.
2006 Jan 11, Congo officials
said a new constitution for was approved by a landslide vote, paving
the way for historic presidential and parliamentary elections in
2006 Jan 11, Egypt released 164
Sudanese migrants who were detained last month when police evicted
them from a city park in a violent operation that brought
2006 Jan 11, In Egypt a tour
bus carrying Australian tourists overturned on a wet highway,
killing six people and injuring at least 24.
2006 Jan 11, In Georgia a court
convicted a man of trying to assassinate President Bush and the
leader of Georgia during a rally last year, and it sentenced him to
life in prison. Vladimir Arutyunian (27) also was convicted of
killing a policeman during a shootout while authorities were trying
to arrest him several weeks after the May 10, 2005, grenade
2006 Jan 11, In Haiti clashes
between gangs and UN peacekeepers reportedly killed one person and
wounded at least 17.
2006 Jan 11, In Indonesia
police arrested 12 suspects in the killings of 2 American teachers
in a 2002 ambush. The suspects include Anthonius Wamang, who was
indicted by a US grand jury in 2004 on two counts of murder, eight
counts of attempted murder and other related offenses in connection
with the slayings.
2006 Jan 11, In Iraq US troops
in Baghdad killed 6 insurgents, including 2 wearing explosive belts.
(WSJ, 1/12/06, p.A1)
2006 Jan 11, Felipe Calderon,
ruling-party presidential hopeful, registered his campaign with
election officials, saying he understands the problems facing common
Mexicans and will stem the flow of migrants who head north in search
of higher-paying jobs.
2006 Jan 11, The Mongolian
People’s Revolution Party (MPRP) pulled out of the government,
accusing the current leadership of failing to fight corruption and
worsening poverty in the former communist country. The move would
leave the government without the minimum number of seats required to
stay in power.
2006 Jan 11, In Nigeria gunmen
stormed an offshore oil platform run Royal Dutch Shell and kidnapped
four foreign oil workers. The Movement for the Emancipation of the
Nigerian Delta (MEND) claimed responsibility. The four were freed
nearly three weeks later.
(Econ, 1/21/06, p.47)(AP, 1/11/07)
2006 Jan 11, The British weekly
New Scientist said Norway is to build a "doomsday vault" in a
mountain close to the North Pole that will house a vast seed bank to
ensure food supplies in the event of catastrophic climate change,
nuclear war or rising sea levels.
2006 Jan 11, Pakistani security
forces killed 12 suspected militants in a gunfight following the
deaths of 3 soldiers whose vehicle struck a land mine in the
country's restive southwest.
2006 Jan 11, In Russia a
knife-wielding man (20) shouting "I will kill Jews!" attacked a
synagogue in downtown Moscow, slashing and stabbing at 9 people
before the son of a rabbi wrestled him to the ground. In September
Alexander Koptsev was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
(AP, 1/11/06)(Econ, 5/13/06, p.59)(AP, 9/15/06)
2006 Jan 11, Rebel sources said
Sudanese troops had entered Hamesh Koreb, a town in eastern Sudan,
and threatened to evict ex-southern rebels in a move that could
threaten a landmark year-old peace deal.
2007 Jan 11, President Bush's
plan to send more troops to Iraq ran into a wall of criticism on
Capitol Hill as administration officials drew confrontational
challenges from both Democrats and Republicans.
2007 Jan 11, The US government
said Canadian coins with tiny radio frequency transmitters hidden
inside were found planted on US contractors with classified security
clearances on at least three separate occasions between October 2005
and January 2006 as the contractors traveled through Canada.
2007 Jan 11, A US federal judge
ruled that the Vatican can be sued for damages by US victims of
clerical sex abuse.
(WSJ, 1/12/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan 11, The Pentagon said
it has abandoned its limit on the time a citizen-soldier can be
required to serve on active duty, a major change that reflects an
Army stretched thin by longer-than-expected combat in Iraq.
2007 Jan 11, Fourteen members
of an advisory board to Jimmy Carter's human rights organization
resigned to protest his new book, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,"
which has been attacked as unfairly critical of Israel and riddled
2007 Jan 11, NATO forces
overnight fought two large groups of suspected Taliban militants
crossing the border from Pakistan, and scores of insurgents were
2007 Jan 11, An Argentine judge
ordered the arrest of the third wife of former political strongman
Juan Domingo Peron, saying he has questions about her chaotic
20-month rule, a time when shadowy right-wing violence destabilized
Argentina ahead of her political downfall. Isabel Peron has lived in
exile in Spain since 1981.
2007 Jan 11, Iajuddin Ahmed,
the president of Bangladesh, declared a state of emergency following
weeks of violent protests and threats by a political alliance to
disrupt general elections. Gen. Masud Uddin Chowdhury led a coup and
forced the president to cancel elections and declare a state of
emergency. Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed was sworn in as head of Interim
6/7/08, p.54)(Econ, 11/8/08, p.58)
2007 Jan 11, Protesters seeking
the ouster of a Bolivian state governor for his opposition to
leftist President Evo Morales battled with the governor's supporters
in clashes that left two dead and more than 60 injured.
2007 Jan 11, Brazilian
prosecutors sought the extradition of two church leaders arrested in
the United States on money smuggling charges.
2007 Jan 11, The Bank of
England (BoE) raised British interest rates by a quarter of a point
to 5.25 percent to fight inflation.
2007 Jan 11, China destroyed
its Feng Yun 1-C, an aging weather satellite launched in 1999, with
a ballistic missile 537 miles above the Earth. The impact created
about 28% of the junk currently floating in space. The US halted
such tests in 1985 for fear of creating debris deadly to spacecraft.
(WSJ, 1/19/07, p.A1)(Econ, 1/27/07, p.38)(Econ,
2007 Jan 11, Former Ethiopian
dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam was sentenced to life imprisonment,
ending his 12-year trial in absentia for genocide and other crimes
committed during his iron-fisted rule (1974-1991). Mariam lived
comfortably in exile in Zimbabwe, where Pres. Robert Mugabe has said
he won't deport Mengistu if he refrains from political activity.
2007 Jan 11, Indonesian police
raided a house on Sulawesi Island where several alleged Islamic
militants were staying, sparking a fierce gun and bomb battle that
left one suspected terrorist dead.
2007 Jan 11, In Iraq US-led
multinational forces detained six Iranians at Tehran's diplomatic
mission in the northern city of Irbil. A suicide truck bomber hit
the house of the head of the municipal council in Samarra, killing
three people and wounding 33. Gunmen killed a professor driving home
from the University of Mosul. Suspected Sunni insurgents set fire to
a large oil pipeline in northern Iraq, interrupting the flow from
the Kirkuk oil fields.
2007 Jan 11, Israeli PM Ehud
Olmert ended a visit to China after talks with Chinese leaders on
Iran's nuclear program and efforts to boost trade and economic ties.
2007 Jan 11, The Nigerian
military said it has recovered the body of an officer who was
abducted last week in the country's southern oil producing region.
2007 Jan 11, Oil flowed again
through the main pipeline from Russia to Europe after Moscow and
Belarus agreed to settle a dispute that has hurt Russia's reputation
as an energy supplier.
2007 Jan 11, South Korean
officials said that the bird flu virus had been transmitted to a
human during a recent outbreak among poultry, but the person showed
no symptoms of disease.
2007 Jan 11, The UN Security
Council said it backs the speedy deployment of African troops to
Somalia and strongly urges a dialogue among all political players,
in addition to the delivery of humanitarian aid to the country.
2007 Jan 11, Vietnam became the
150th member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), a milestone
expected to launch an era of radical change as the communist nation
enters the global economic mainstream.
2008 Jan 11, Bank of America
said it will buy Countrywide Financial for $4.1 billion in stock, a
deal that rescues the country's biggest mortgage lender and expands
the financial services empire of the nation's largest consumer bank.
2008 Jan 11, A historic
passenger jet flight from Australia to Antarctica touched down
smoothly on a blue ice runway, launching the only regular airlink
between the continents.
2008 Jan 11, Belgium, France
and Poland pledged to provide the resources needed to launch a
European Union peacekeeping force for Chad and the Central African
2008 Jan 11, Liverpool launches
its year as European Capital of Culture with events including a
musical about its past and future starring ex-Beatle Ringo Starr.
2008 Jan 11, Canada confirmed
it would hold a formal inquiry into why former PM Brian Mulroney
accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash from a business
2008 Jan 11, The EU food-safety
agency endorsed meat and milk derived from cloned animals.
(WSJ, 1/12/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 11, In France militant
French farmer Jose Bove and about 15 supporters called off their
hunger strike in its eighth day after the government ordered the
suspension of the use of genetically modified corn.
2008 Jan 11, The World Bank
uncovered serious incidents of fraud and corruption in about $750
million of health projects it has funded in India dating back to
(WSJ, 1/14/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 11, In Iraq an
influential Shiite leader called for Sunnis and secular parties to
rejoin the government and help break months of deadlock. In Baghdad
a car bomb exploded near a bakery killing 4 people.
(SFC, 1/12/08, p.A6)
2008 Jan 11, President Bush had
tears in his eyes during an hour-long tour of Israel's Holocaust
memorial and told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that the US
should have bombed Auschwitz to halt the killing. Bush wrapped up
his 3-day visit to Israel and departed for Kuwait, where he sought
Arab support for the US-backed Mideast peace deal.
2008 Jan 11, Japan's parliament
cleared the way for its navy to return to the Indian Ocean on a
US-backed anti-terror mission, after stiff lobbying from Washington
in support of the measure.
2008 Jan 11, In Kazakhstan a
methane gas explosion ripped through a coal mine, owned by
ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, killing at least 30
(AP, 1/11/08)(AFP, 1/13/08)
2008 Jan 11, In central Mexico
a helicopter carrying volunteers on a mission to distribute toys to
needy children crashed, killing eight people, including a government
2008 Jan 11, In Nigeria MEND,
the prominent militant group in the oil-rich Niger Delta, said it
planted an explosive device that set a tanker on fire in Port
2009 Jan 11, At the Golden
Globe awards, "Slumdog Millionaire" emerged as the potential film to
beat at the Academy Awards, an unexpected position for a movie with
a cast of unknowns and a story set among orphans and criminals on
the streets of Mumbai. The late Heath Ledger won a best supporting
actor Golden Globe for “The Dark Knight."
(AP, 1/12/09)(WSJ, 1/12/09, p.A1)
2009 Jan 11, A US federal rule
took effect allowing visitors to carry a loaded gun into a park or
wildlife refuge as long as the person had a permit for a concealed
weapon and the state where the park or refuge was located allowed
concealed firearms. Previously, guns in parks had been severely
restricted. The Bush administration had issued the gun rule in
December in response to letters from half the Senate asking
officials to lift the restrictions on guns in parks that were
adopted by the Reagan administration in the early 1980s. On March 19
a US district Judge blocked the rule.
(SFC, 3/20/09, p.A8)
2009 Jan 11, South Korea’s
Hyundai Genesis was named North American Car of the Year and the
Ford F-150 as the 2009 North American Truck of the Year. The awards
were first given in 1994. This was the first time a Korean automaker
2009 Jan 11, Marcus Schrenker's
plane went down en route to Destin, Fla., from Anderson, Ind.
Schrenker (38), an Indiana investment manager, had reported that the
windshield imploded and that he was bleeding profusely. Federal
marshals believe he faked a distress call before parachuting from
his plane over Alabama and disappearing on a motorcycle he had
stashed in advance. US Marshals apprehended Schrenker on Jan 13 at a
northern Florida campground. Officers had to tend to Schrenker's
self-inflicted gash to the wrist before he was airlifted to
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. In August Schrenker pleaded guilty
was sentenced in Florida to 4 years and 3 months in federal prison.
(AP, 1/13/09)(AP, 1/14/09)(SFC, 8/20/09, p.A4)
2009 Jan 11, Australia's
Defense Ministry said its special forces in Afghanistan had killed
Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Rasheed, who had been involved in
recruiting suicide bombers and foreign fighters in Uruzgan province.
2009 Jan 11, In Indonesia
scores of people were feared dead after a ferry carrying more than
260 passengers and crew sank in stormy seas off Sulawesi island.
2009 Jan 11, In Iraq US soldier
Pfc. Sean McCune died of a non-combat related injury near Samarra
north of Baghdad. Sgt. Miguel A. Vegaquinones later pleaded guilty
to involuntary manslaughter in the accidental shooting death of
McCune. Vegaquinones was sentenced in July to three years in jail
for the shooting. A US Marine died in a non-combat related incident
west of Baghdad.
(AP, 1/12/09)(SFC, 1/12/09, p.A3)
2009 Jan 11, Israeli troops
made their deepest advance into the Gaza Strip's most heavily
populated area, encountering increasingly fierce resistance from
Islamic Hamas fighters as they warned civilians to stay clear of the
battle zone. Human Rights Watch said that Israel's military has
fired artillery shells with the incendiary agent white phosphorus
into Gaza and a doctor there said the chemical was suspected in the
case of 10 burn victims who had skin peeling off their faces and
2009 Jan 11, In northwestern
Pakistan security forces repulsed an attack by 600 fighters, most of
whom had crossed the border from Afghanistan, leaving at least 40
militants and 6 soldiers dead and scores of others wounded.
(AP, 1/11/09)(SFC, 1/12/09, p.A8)
2009 Jan 11, An estimated 2,500
Lebanese and Palestinians protested peacefully in downtown Beirut
against Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip, as hundreds of
demonstrators in neighboring Syria shouted insults at the both the
Jewish state and Arab leaders.
2009 Jan 11, Two Nigerian
soldiers were killed and one wounded in an attack by unidentified
gunmen in the restive oil-rich Niger Delta. Police said the attack
might be connected with the police seizure of a vessel, the Sandra
Valleta, which was carrying stolen crude oil.
2009 Jan 11, Arne Naess
(b.1912), Norwegian philosopher, writer and mountaineer, died. He
was best known for launching the concept of "deep ecology,"
promoting the idea that Earth as a planet has as much right as its
inhabitants, such as humans, to survive and flourish.
2009 Jan 11, Russia, Ukraine,
and the EU struck an agreement to try to resume Russian supplies
through Ukraine to Europe. President Dmitry Medvedev said energy
giant Gazprom would only resume gas supplies once Russia had a copy
of the document signed by Ukraine and once the various teams of
international observers were in place. The text of the accord calls
for the EU, Russia and Ukraine to each provide 25 experts to "carry
out checks on the basis of equal parity both on Ukrainian and
(Reuters, 1/11/09)(AFP, 1/11/09)
2009 Jan 11, Slovakia reopened
a nuclear power plant it was forced to shut down as part of its bid
to join the European Union, prompting condemnation from neighboring
Austria, which described the reactor at Bohunice as unsafe.
2009 Jan 11, In central Somalia
clashes between Islamist militias killed at least 29 people and
wounded more than 50 others. It was the latest sign of divisions
within an Islamist insurgency the US government says has links to
2009 Jan 11, New Thai PM
Abhisit Vejjajiva's government won the most seats in by-elections,
strengthening his shaky coalition in its first test at the polls.
2009 Jan 11, A Turkish court
formally arrested 12 more people for ties to an alleged secularist
plot by ultranationalists to bring down the Islamic-rooted
government, bringing the total of people implicated in the case to
more than 100.
2010 Jan 11, Fox News announced
that Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential
candidate, would become a regular commentator on its cable channel.
(SFC, 1/12/10, p.A4)
2010 Jan 11, Mark McGwire ended
more than a decade of denials and evasion admitting that steroids
and human growth hormone helped make him a home run king. His record
of 70 home runs in 1998 was surpassed by Barry Bonds' 73 homers in
2001, the year of McGwire's retirement and the apex of the Steroids
Era. McGwire said he first used steroids between the 1989 and 1990
seasons, after helping the Oakland Athletics to a World Series sweep
when he and Jose Canseco formed the Bash Brothers. He returned to
steroids after the 1993 season, when he missed all but 27 games with
a mysterious heel injury, after being told steroids might speed his
2010 Jan 11, In Afghanistan 6
NATO service members, including 3 Americans, were killed, making it
the deadliest day for the international force in more than two
months. The Americans died in a firefight with militants during an
"operational patrol" in southern Afghanistan. A French officer was
killed during a joint patrol with Afghan troops in Alasay, some 50
miles (80 km) northeast of Kabul. A French service member was killed
in the clash. A 6th NATO service member was killed by a roadside
bomb in the south. A new poll was released that said nearly 7 in 10
Afghans support the presence of US forces in their country, and 61%
favor the military buildup of 37,000 US and NATO reinforcements now
deploying. A missile fired from an unmanned aircraft killed three
insurgents farther south in the Nad Ali district of Helmand. A
member of the Afghan National Police was killed and two others were
wounded in a suicide at a police station in Uruzgan province. 13
insurgents were killed in the early hours when the Marines called in
a Hellfire missile strike from an unmanned Predator drone into Bar
(AP, 1/11/10)(AP, 1/12/10)(Reuters, 1/12/10)
2010 Jan 11, Algeria's foreign
ministry said it had summoned the US ambassador to "strongly
protest" the North African country's placing on a 14-nation terror
watch list drawn up by the Obama administration.
2010 Jan 11, Angola said it had
arrested two people suspected of taking part in an attack on a bus
carrying the Togo national soccer team to the African Nations Cup in
which two delegation members were killed.
2010 Jan 11, Riversdale, an
Australian mining firm, said the Mozambican government has given it
the green light to build a 800-million-dollar coal mine in the
country's northwest. Riversdale has predicted that the Benga project
will produce some of the lowest-cost coking coal in the world.
2010 Jan 11, In Britain former
Gurkha soldiers from Nepal lost a test case against Ministry of
Defence over pension rights at the High Court in London.
2010 Jan 11, Chile inaugurated
the Museum of Memory in Santiago to make sure the tens of thousands
of people who were imprisoned, killed or disappeared during Gen.
Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship are not forgotten.
(AP, 1/12/10)(Econ, 9/13/14, p.43)
2010 Jan 11, China's top
prosecutorial office said thousands of Chinese officials have fled
overseas with as much as $50 billion in their pockets in stolen
government funds during the country's economic boom over the past
three decades. Zhao Shiying, the secretary-general of the
Independent Chinese PEN Center, was taken into custody by
authorities from his home in southern Shenzhen. He was released on
(AP, 1/11/10)(AP, 1/25/10)
2010 Jan 11, China’s state
media reported that more than 24 million Chinese men of marrying age
could find themselves without spouses in 2020, citing a study that
blamed sex-specific abortions as a major factor. A study by the
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences warned the imbalance will dash
many young men's chance at marriage and lead to increased crime.
(AFP, 1/11/10)(AP, 1/12/10)
2010 Jan 11, China's military,
according to state media, successfully tested a ground-based system
for intercepting missiles in mid-flight.
2010 Jan 11, In Cyprus Andy
Hadjicostis (41), the director of the Dias publishing group, was
fatally shot outside his home in central Nicosia, in an attack that
bore the hallmarks of a contract killing. The gunman fled on a
motorcycle driven by an accomplice. 3 men were soon arrested and
held pending formal charges. On Feb 5 Cyprus police formally pressed
murder charges against TV host Elena Skordelli, her brother
Anastasios Krasopoullis and Andreas Grigoriou in the suspected Jan
11 contract killing of Andy Hadjicostis (41), the island's most
(AP, 1/12/10)(AP, 1/15/10)(AP, 2/5/10)
2010 Jan 11, In Ecuador Quito
Mayor Augusto Barrera said his government will impose new driving
restrictions to keep 80,000 private cars off the capital’s congested
streets during rush hour.
2010 Jan 11, Indian PM Manmohan
Singh laid out ambitious plans to make his country a global leader
in solar power as he launched a government initiative to boost use
of the technology. Andy Pag (35) was detained in the western state
of Rajasthan for having an unlicensed satellite phone. He (Andrea
Pagnacco) was ordered held for 14 days while police investigate
whether he is a threat to national security. The London-based
environmental campaigner was traveling around the world in a
biofuel-driven bus. In March ordered to pay a fine for illegally
using a satellite phone and became free to leave India 69 days after
(AFP, 1/11/10)(AP, 1/17/10)(AP, 3/21/10)
2010 Jan 11, In Iraq a bomb
attached to a pickup truck in an Iraqi Shiite lawmaker's convoy
wounded five people, including three of his bodyguards, when it
exploded in Baghdad.
2010 Jan 11, Israel's
parliament adopted legislation that bans the state from paying for
the funeral of any citizen who commits terror attacks against the
2010 Jan 11, Dutch brewer
Heineken said it will buy the beer-making operations of Mexico’s
Femsa, the maker of Dos Equis and Sol beers, in an all-share deal
valued at $5.5 billion, excluding debt.
(SFC, 1/12/10, p.D3)
2010 Jan 11, Northern Ireland's
speaker of the regional assembly said Protestant leader Peter
Robinson will temporarily step down for 6 weeks in the wake of a
scandal over his wife's affair with a 19-year-old man. He will be
replaced by his Protestant colleague Arlene Foster.
2010 Jan 11, North Korea called
for talks on a treaty to formally end the Korean War, saying it
wants better ties with the United States and an end to sanctions
before pushing ahead with nuclear disarmament.
2010 Jan 11, Pakistani police
in Karachi arrested a couple on charges of stabbing their
3-month-old baby to death. A witch doctor had advised them to kill
the girl after telling them it would make them rich.
2010 Jan 11, Sudanese President
Omar Hassan al-Bashir retired as commander-in-chief of the army, in
what sources said was a procedural move before the first multi-party
elections in 24 years.
2011 Jan 11, California’s Gov.
jerry Brown issued his first executive order ordering state agency
and department heads to collect half of some 96,000 state-issued
cell phones used by public employees.
(SFC, 1/12/11, p.A6)
2011 Jan 11, A Los Angeles
judge stripped Dr. Conrad Murray of his medical license after ruling
that prosecutors have sufficient evidence to try him for
manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson.
(SFC, 1/12/11, p.A4)
2011 Jan 11, In southern
California sheriff’s deputy trainee Mohamed Ahmed (27), a Somali
immigrant, was shot in the face. The gunman, a Lott Stoner gang
member Nestor Torres (37), was shot and killed by a 2nd deputy.
(SFC, 1/13/11, p.C5)
2011 Jan 11, David Nelson (74),
who starred on his parents' popular television show "The Adventures
of Ozzie and Harriet," died. The show originated on radio in 1952 as
"Here Come the Nelsons," then ran for 320 episodes on TV from 1952
to 1966 as "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" with some of the
story lines taken from the stars' own lives. His film credits
included "Peyton Place," “The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker," “The Big
Circus," “Day of the Outlaw," “30," “The Big Show," “Love and
Kisses" and "Swing Out, Sweet Land." In 1976, he costarred with his
mother in "Smash-Up on Interstate 5."
2011 Jan 11, An Afghan
government delegation said a major coalition military operation
under way in Kandahar has caused about 100 million dollars worth of
damage to property. Operation Omaid, which started in April, was
aimed to root out the Taliban in Kandahar.
2011 Jan 11, It was reported
that the earliest known winery, dating back some 6,000 years, has
been discovered in Armenia.
(SFC, 1/11/11, p.A2)
2011 Jan 11, In Australia
thousands of people fled central Brisbane as the panicked city
braced for its worst flooding in 120 years. Terrifying flash floods
already left 10 dead and 78 missing nearby.
2011 Jan 11, Brazilian
authorities said heavy rains have triggered mudslides and floods in
southeastern Brazil, killing at least 13 people. Sao Paulo nearly
came to halt as flooding blocked traffic in some of the city's main
2011 Jan 11, British lawmaker
Eric Illsley (55) admitted dishonestly claiming more than 14,000
pounds (16,800 euros, 21,800 dollars) in expenses, becoming the
first sitting MP to face jail over parliamentary allowances. Illsley
confirmed the next day that he planned to stand down within the next
(AFP, 1/11/11)(AP, 1/12/11)
2011 Jan 11, China's
radar-eluding stealth fighter, the J-20, made its first-known test
flight, marking dramatic progress in the country's efforts to
develop cutting-edge military technologies.
(AP, 1/11/11)(Econ, 1/15/11, p.43)
2011 Jan 11, In China a mammoth
31-foot sculpture of the ancient philosopher Confucius was unveiled
off one side of Tiananmen Square. Three months later the statue was
2011 Jan 11, Costa Rica accused
Nicaragua of flagrantly breaching international law by putting
troops on disputed land along the river that forms the two nations'
border and asked the highest U.N. court to order their immediate
2011 Jan 11, In Egypt an
off-duty Muslim police officer, Amer Ashour Abdel Zaher, opened fire
on a train, killing one Christian (71) and wounding 5 others. Zaher
was arrested after he fled the scene.
(SFC, 1/12/11, p.A2)
2011 Jan 11, German authorities
ordered 140 pigs slaughtered after tests showed high levels of
cancer-causing dioxin in swine at a farm near Verden that purchased
tainted animal feed.
(SFC, 1/12/11, p.A2)
2011 Jan 11, Iran said it has
arrested 10 people linked to Mossad in what it calls a "severe blow"
to the Israeli spy agency.
2011 Jan 11, An Israeli
military court extended the jail term of Palestinian activist
Abdullah Abu Rahma by 16 months. Rahma has already served over a
year in prison for organizing protests against Israel's security
2011 Jan 11, Japan said it
plans to buy at least a fifth of the initial installment of the
bonds being sold to finance Europe's bailout fund, which is aimed at
2011 Jan 11, Laos opened its
first stock exchange.
(Econ, 1/15/11, p.46)
2011 Jan 11, The Palestinian
Hamas movement in Gaza urged militants to halt their attacks, saying
that continued violence would only invite Israeli reprisals. An
Israeli airstrike killed a person riding a motorcycle in the Gaza
2011 Jan 11, Portugal insisted
it doesn't need a bailout and criticized its European partners for
not doing enough to shield the euro from a debt crisis that has
already forced Greece and Ireland to seek outside help.
2011 Jan 11, Police in Spain
and France arrested two suspected members of ETA, suggesting the
government in Madrid will keep up pressure on the violent Basque
separatist group despite the latter's declaration of a permanent
2011 Jan 11, Thailand's
government approved a package of social welfare measures slammed by
critics as populist handouts designed to woo voters in a key
2012 Jan 11, Some 50 people
were being arrested at various locations including Puerto Rico and
the Dominican Rep., with most of them in the mainland US in a
document fraud case.
2012 Jan 11, Univ. of
Connecticut officials said researcher Dipak Das, known for his work
on red wine’s benefits to cardiovascular health, falsified his data
in more than 100 instances.
(SFC, 1/12/12, p.A14)
2012 Jan 11, Chicago gang
leader Augustin Zambrano was sentenced to 60 years in federal
(SFC, 1/12/12, p.A6)
2012 Jan 11, Mark Deli
Siljander (60), a former Michigan congressman (1981-1987, was
sentenced to a year and one day in prison in Kansas City, Mo., for
lobbying for the Islamic American Relief Agency, an charity
identified as a global terrorist organization.
(SFC, 1/12/12, p.A6)
2012 Jan 11, A Mississippi
judge temporarily blocked the release of 21 inmates who had been
given pardons or medical release by Gov. Barbour.
(SFC, 1/12/12, p.A6)
2012 Jan 11, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber slipped inside police headquarters in
Kandahar, detonating his cache of explosives and wounding one
2012 Jan 11, Alexis Sinduhije,
the head of Burundi’s opposition Movement for Solidarity and
Development, a former journalist, was arrested in Tanzania upon his
arrival there from Uganda. On Jan 21 Burundi admitted that it had
asked for the exiled Burundian opposition leader to be arrested in
Tanzania and extradited to face murder charges.
2012 Jan 11, In England the
body of Oxford Professor Steven Rawlings (50) was found at the home
of his friend Dr Devinder Sivia (49) after a neighbor called police
to report an incident. Sivia, a maths lecturer, was arrested on
suspicion of murder.
2012 Jan 11, In Birmingham,
England, Avtar and Carole Kolar were found dead at their home in
Handsworth Wood having suffered blunt force trauma to the head in an
apparent bungled burglary. On Jan 16 Rimvydas Liorancas (37) from
Lithuania was arrested for the murders. On Jan 28 Liorancas was
found hanged at Woodhill prison in Milton Keynes.
2012 Jan 11, It was announced
that China and India are signing on as partners in the Thirty Meter
Telescope when it’s built on the summit of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea
volcano in 2018.
(SFC, 1/12/12, p.A6)
2012 Jan 11, Cuba and Iran
highlighted the "right of all nations to the peaceful use of nuclear
energy" during a visit by Iranian Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the
communist-ruled island. Ahmadinejad slammed capitalism as bankrupt
and called for a new world order.
2012 Jan 11, The Czech
government agreed to pay billions of dollars in compensation for
church property seized by the former totalitarian regime. The plan
will be spread over 30 years.
2012 Jan 11, Egypt called off
an annual Jewish festival in the Nile Delta, which draws Israeli
pilgrims every year to the tomb of holy man Abu Hassira (Abi Hasira,
aka Yaakov Abuhatzeira), a renowned religious figure from Morocco,
who fell ill and died in Damanhur, Egypt, in 1880.
2012 Jan 11, Clashes between
Egyptian troops and Bedouin in the Suez district east of Cairo
killed three people as military police tried to evict the Bedouin
from state-owned land.
2012 Jan 11, In Germany a
54-year-old defendant shot and killed a prosecutor (31) during his
trial in the Munich area. The alleged shooter, a resident of Dachau,
was on trial over claims he paid his employees improper wages.
2012 Jan 11, Honduran officials
said men armed with AJK-47 rifles and machetes killed 4 adults and 4
children in the Aguan River Valley, an area torn apart by a land
dispute between palm plantation workers and landowners.
(SFC, 1/12/12, p.A2)
2012 Jan 11, India's Tribal
Affairs Minister V. Kishore Chandra Deo said an investigation had
been ordered as rights campaigners and politicians condemned a video
showing women from a protected and primitive tribe dancing for
tourists reportedly in exchange for food on India's Andaman Islands.
2012 Jan 11, In Iran 2
assailants on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to the car of
Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a university professor working at the Natanz
nuclear facility, killing him and his driver. Defiant Iranian
authorities pointed the finger at archfoe Israel.
2012 Jan 11, In Iraq gunmen
ambushed a police station and killed three officers in a former
insurgent stronghold outside a police post in Qaim near the Syrian
2012 Jan 11, Israel's Supreme
Court upheld a controversial law that bans most Palestinians who
marry Israelis from living inside the Jewish state.
2012 Jan 11, Ivory Coast's
former economy minister Paul-Antoine Bohoun Bouabre (54) died in
Israel. He was linked to the 2004 disappearance of Guy-Andre
Kieffer, a well known French-Canadian journalist.
2012 Jan 11, In Kenya alleged
Somali Islamist gunmen killed six Kenyans including four policemen
and abducted three others, in the northeastern region bordering
2012 Jan 11, In Mexico City 2
decapitated bodies were found inside a burning SUV at the entrance
to Centro Santa Fe mall, one of Mexico's most luxurious malls. The
victims, a 19-year-old secretary in a state-owned educational radio
station and her 28-year-old boyfriend who sold household appliances,
were kidnapped a day earlier. The Attorney General's Office said
nationwide, 47,515 drug-related killings occurred from Dec 2006,
when President Felipe Calderon deployed thousands of troops to drug
hot spots, through Sep 2011.
(AP, 1/11/12)(AP, 1/16/12)
2012 Jan 11, Mexican forces
captured Luis Jesus Sarabia, an alleged leader of the Zetas drug
gang in three northern Mexican states. Sarabia was suspected in the
killing of US immigration agent Jaime Zapata last year.
2012 Jan 11, Namibia's
competition commission said it has cleared a Chinese nuclear company
to take over an Australian mining firm with rights to the world's
fourth-largest uranium deposit.
2012 Jan 11, In Nigeria tens of
thousands defied an order to end a three-day-old strike as unions
threatened to halt output in Africa's top crude producer and a mob
rampage left a police officer dead. Boko Haram gunmen attacked a bus
in Yobe state carrying Christian Igbo traders on the outskirts of
the city of Potiskum, killing four people. Two police officers were
killed when a mob rampaged in the central city of Minna. A police
station in the northeastern city of Yola was attacked by unknown
gunmen, killing one officer.
(AFP, 1/11/12)(AP, 1/11/12)(AP, 1/12/12)
2012 Jan 11, Pakistan's army
warned of "grievous consequences" for the country over criticism by
the prime minister that has escalated tensions between the powerful
military and the government. PM Yousuf Reza Gilani immediately fired
the defense secretary in a dispute over a memo sent to Washington
that has enraged the army, escalating a crisis pitting the civilian
government against the powerful military leadership.
(AFP, 1/11/12)(SFC, 1/12/12, p.A2)
2012 Jan 11, A Hamas official
in Gaza said the militant group has sentenced a local Palestinian to
death for collaborating with Israel. 3 cars were torched and
graffiti was sprayed on a mosque in the northern West Bank, in the
latest apparent "price tag" attack.
(AP, 1/11/12)(AFP, 1/11/12)
2012 Jan 11, In Peru Joran van
der Sloot (24) pleaded guilty to the 2010 murder of a Peruvian woman
he met at a Lima casino who was killed five years to the day after
the unsolved disappearance in Aruba of an American teen in which he
remains the main suspect. On Jan 13 he was sentenced to 28 years in
prison. Due to time already served, his sentence would end in June
(AP, 1/11/12)(AP, 1/13/12)
2012 Jan 11, In South Africa 2
suspected rhino poachers were shot dead by rangers in Kruger
National Park, a day after eight dehorned carcasses were found
2012 Jan 11, In Syria French
journalist Gilles Jacquier was killed and another wounded during a
grenade barrage in Homs. President Assad joined thousands of his
supporters in a rare public appearance, telling a pro-regime rally
in the capital that the "conspiracy" against his country will fail.
(AP, 1/11/12)(AP, 1/12/12)
2012 Jan 11, A local official
in the Tunisian city of Sfax said a middle-aged woman has died after
setting herself on fire, the fourth Tunisian case of self-immolation
in the last week. The woman reportedly had a history of mental
2012 Jan 11, In Zimbabwe 3
suspects appeared in court in Harare accused of murder and of
possessing rhino horn worth $120,000 found in a vehicle still
registered to Sessel Zvidzai, deputy local government minister in
the former opposition party. The next day Zvidzai expressed surprise
and said that he sold the truck two years ago.
2013 Jan 11, Pres. Barack Obama
and Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai met in Washington to discuss bringing
down the curtain in the long Afghan war.
2013 Jan 11, A US federal judge
barred California from enforcing a voter-approved law that requires
73,000 registered sex offenders to disclose their internet
identities to police.
(SFC, 1/12/13, p.C1)
2013 Jan 11, Aaron Schwartz
(26), computer programmer, was found dead in his NY apartment. At
age 14 he helped create RSS (RDF Site Summary), a web feed format
used to publish frequently updated works. He also co-founded Reddit,
a social news website which was sold in 2006 to Conde Nast.
(SSFC, 1/13/13, p.A6)(SFC, 1/14/13, p.A5)(Econ,
2013 Jan 11, In Argentina the
Buenos Aires federal court ratified charges previously filed against
former transportation secretaries Juan Pablo Schiavi and Ricardo
Jaime in connection with a crash that killed 51 people on Feb 22,
2013 Jan 11, In Bahrain a fire
killed 13 people in a migrant labor camp in Manama.
2013 Jan 11, Bolivia became the
first country to negotiate a partial opt out from the 1961 UN Single
Convention on Narcotics Drugs.
(Econ, 2/23/13, p.59)
2013 Jan 11, British police
released a report saying the late entertainer Jimmy Savile committed
more than 200 sex crimes from 1955-2009, with most victims children
and teens assaulted the length and breadth of Britain, from TV
studios to hospitals and even a hospice.
2013 Jan 11, Central African
Republic President Francois Bozize and the rebels who sought to
overthrow him reached a deal that will allow him to stay in office
until his term ends in 2016.
2013 Jan 11, In China a
landslide smothered 14 homes in Zhaojiagou village, Yunnan province.
At least 46 people were killed.
(SSFC, 1/13/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 11, In Egypt Islamist
militants attacked a police patrol along a pipeline in the Sinai
Peninsula that transports natural gas to Jordan, wounding seven
2013 Jan 11, In Iraq a dozen
prisoners, including al-Qaida-linked death row inmates, escaped from
the Taji prison near Baghdad. Thousands of mostly Sunni protesters
rallied in the capital and other parts of the country, keeping
pressure on the government for the release of detainees and changes
to a tough counterterrorism law that Sunnis believe unfairly targets
2013 Jan 11, In Mali radical
Islamists held on to the central city of Konna after sending the
Malian military reeling in retreat. French President Francois
Hollande ordered air strikes to stop the Islamist extremists. This
was the start of Operation Serval. French airstrikes began over
Konna leaving civilian casualties.
(AP, 1/11/13)(AP, 1/26/13)(Econ, 1/19/13, p.53)
2013 Jan 11, Police in Northern
Ireland fired plastic bullets and water cannon at rioters who
wounded four officers with missiles and petrol bombs in the latest
outbreak of anger at the removal of the British flag from Belfast
2013 Jan 11, In the Philippines
a fire swept through the Dryden Hotel, a small two-story tourist
hotel in Olongapo city, killing 7 people, including 3 Americans, 3
Filipinos and a South Korean.
2013 Jan 11, Saudi Arabia’s
King Abdullah issued two royal decrees granting women 30 seats on
the Shura Council, which has 150 members plus a president. The
council reviews laws and questions ministers, but doesn't have
2013 Jan 11, In Slovenia some
10,000 protesters urged PM Janez Jansa and opposition leader Zoran
Jankovic to resign after an official report accused them of graft.
(SFC, 1/12/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 11, Spanish police
said they have arrested two people and seized equipment they say was
due to be shipped to Iran for use in Tehran's nuclear program.
2013 Jan 11, Sri Lanka's
Parliament voted 155-49 to impeach Chief Justice Shirani
Bandaranayake, deepening a standoff between the judiciary and the
government, which is controlled by the country's most powerful
family. Last month a parliamentary committee ruled that she had
unexplained wealth and had misused her power.
2013 Jan 11, In Syria Islamic
militants seeking to topple Pres. Bashar Assad took full control of
the strategic Taftanaz air base in a significant blow to government
forces, seizing helicopters, tanks and multiple rocket launchers.
Government warplanes bombed the air base after the rebel takeover.
2013 Jan 11, Zimbabwe's largest
platinum mining company, Ziomplats, said it has signed a deal to
sell off its majority shareholding to the government as part of the
country's black empowerment laws.
2013 Jan 11, In Zimbabwe
Professor Gordon Chavunduka (82), the leader of the organization of
tribal healers, died. The eminent academic, author, sociologist and
politician, a former head of the main Zimbabwe University, was
widely known for his research and writing that did much to bridge
the gap between Western medical practices and Africa's traditional,
tribal and herbalist healers.
2014 Jan 11, Luxury merchant
Nieman Marcus confirmed that thieves stole some of its customers’
payment card information and made unauthorized charges over the
(SSFC, 1/12/14, p.A11)
2014 Jan 11, Sean Penn’s 3rd
annual Help Haiti Home benefit in Beverly Hills raised nearly $6
(SFC, 1/13/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 11, In Argentina
police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse some 3,000 rowdy
youths participating in a “rolenzinho," a social network conmvened
gathering, at the Shopping metro Itaquera in eastern Sao Paulo.
(Econ, 1/25/14, p.30)
2014 Jan 11, In Australia US
stage hypnotist Scott Lewis plunged to his death from the balcony of
a Sydney apartment. Lewis was in Sydney performing his hypnosis act
along with six other performers in the show "The illusionists 2.0,"
which opened at the Sydney Opera House last week.
2014 Jan 11, In Austria two men
died after a hand grenade apparently exploded in their
Bulgarian-registered car in Vienna.
2014 Jan 11, In CAR deadly
violence including reports of cannibalism and widespread looting
erupted in Bangui after the resignation of its ex-rebel president,
The International Organisation for Migration began an airlift of
thousands of foreigners out of the strife-torn country following
appeals from neighboring countries. Former president Michel Djotodia
traveled to Benin where he will go into exile.
(AFP, 1/11/14)(Reuters, 1/11/14)
2014 Jan 11, In southwest China
a fire raged for nearly 10 hours and razed an ancient Tibetan town
popular with tourists, burning down hundreds of buildings as fire
engines were unable to get onto the narrow streets of Dukezon, part
of scenic Shangri-La county in Deqen prefecture.
2014 Jan 11, In CongoDRC 4
people were killed and two seriously injured in a clash between
Virunga national park rangers and suspected Rwandan FDLR rebels.
2014 Jan 11, In Greece two
Golden Dawn lawmakers were placed in pre-trial detention late in
Athens in an ongoing crackdown against the far right group.
2014 Jan 11, Inflation in Iran
was reportedly running at 36%.
(Econ, 1/11/14, p.42)
2014 Jan 11, Ariel Sharon
(b.1928), former Israeli prime minister (2001-2006), died in a
hospital near Tel Aviv eight years after a debilitating stroke put
him into a coma.
2014 Jan 11, Thousands of
Kurdish demonstrators from around Europe marched in Paris to call
for a speedier investigation into the murder of three Kurdish
activists a year ago.
2014 Jan 11, In Libya fighting
broke out in the southern town of Sebha and nearby Murzuq and
Al-Shati pitting gunmen from the Arab Awled Sleiman tribe against
tribesmen from the Toubou minority.
2014 Jan 11, A permit to hunt a
black rhino in Namibia sold for $350,000 at an auction in Dallas
with proceeds going to protect the endangered animals despite
protests from animal rights groups that saw the sale as immoral
2014 Jan 11, Russian
authorities detained five terror suspects in Nalchik,
Kabardino-Balkar Republic, 185 miles east of Sochi, site of the
upcoming Winter Olympics.
(SSFC, 1/12/14, p.A8)
2014 Jan 11, South Sudanese
government troops battled to recapture Bor, the last remaining
2014 Jan 11, Three African
envoys of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a
regional grouping of east African nations that initiated the talks,
met with South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar in an effort to
agree the terms of truce, but he turned them down. His demand for
the release of detainees remains a stumbling block to a ceasefire
2014 Jan 11, In Spain tens of
thousands of protesters marched in Bilbao in support of jailed
members of the Basque separatist group ETA. A high court judge had
vetoed the march, which was initially organized by prisoners'
supporters to call for inmates to be moved to jails closer to their
2014 Jan 11, In Syria the ISIL
al-Qaeda affiliate battled rival rebels across the country's north
and dozens of bodies piled up in a hospital in the insurgent-held
city of Raqqa. Government shelling killed more than 20 people in the
central city of Homs.
(Reuters, 1/11/14)(AP, 1/12/14)
2014 Jan 11, Tanzania said its
elephant population, beset by poaching for ivory, has plummeted by
two-thirds in the past three-and-a-half decades.
2014 Jan 11, In Thailand seven
people were wounded after gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on
anti-government protesters in Bangkok.
2014 Jan 11, Tonga declared a
state of emergency in some parts as powerful Cyclone Ian slammed
into the South Pacific island nation. At least one person was
(AFP, 1/11/14)(AP, 1/12/14)
2014 Jan 11, Riots over
Tunisia's economy flared overnight in towns around the country,
leaving one dead and posing an immediate challenge to the new prime
minister and the country's path to democracy.
2014 Jan 11, Turkish
politicians threw punches and water bottles during a debate about
government control over the appointment of judges and prosecutors.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Ankara in
protest against PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.
(Reuters, 1/11/14)(AFP, 1/11/14)
2014 Jan 11, Ukraine's
ex-interior minister turned opposition leader Yuriy Lutsenko (49)
was in intensive care in hospital after being beaten in fresh
clashes between pro-EU demonstrators and club-wielding police.
2014 Jan 11, Fighting in north
Yemen between Shi'ite Muslim Houthis and Sunni Salafis stopped as a
ceasefire deal took effect, according to a presidential committee
trying to help end the conflict. In the south armed tribesmen
attacked troops assigned to guard oil wells near a facility operated
by Norway’s DNO. 2 soldiers were killed.
(Reuters, 1/11/14)(Reuters, 1/12/14)
2014 Jan 11, In Zimbabwe the
pilot of a US-built helicopter died when he crashed into a wooded
mountainside in the country's remote southwest. State media later
reported that the pilot, identified as a prominent Zimbabwean
businessman based in South Africa, was flying alone to visit
relatives in the American 4-seat Robinson R44 model.