Return to home49 BC Jan 12, Julius Caesar
crossed the Rubicon River signaling a war between Rome and Gaul.
1493 Jan 12, This was the last
day for all Jews to leave Sicily.
1519 Jan 12, Maximilian I of
Hapsburg (59), Holy Roman Emperor and German Kaiser, died.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.11)(AP, 1/12/98)(PC, 1992, p.170)
1588 Jan 12, John Winthrop, the
first governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, was born.
1665 Jan 12, Pierre de Fermat
(b.1601), French lawyer, mathematician (Fermat’s Principle), died.
His equation xn + yn = zn is called Fermat’s Last Theorem and
remained unproven for many years. The history of its resolution and
final proof by Andrew Wiles is told by Amir D. Aczel in his 1996
book Fermat’s Last Theorem. “Fermat’s Enigma: The Epic Quest to
Solve the World’s Greatest Mathematical Problem" by Simon Singh was
published in 1997. In 1905 Paul Wolfskehl, a German mathematician,
bequeathed a reward of 100,000 marks to whoever could find a proof
to Fermat’s “last theorem." It stumped mathematicians until
1993, when Andrew John Wiles made a breakthrough.
(MC, 1/12/02)(SFC, 10/2/02, p.D7)
1729 Jan 12, Edmund Burke
(d.1797), British politician and author, was born in Dublin. Burke
advocated consistent and sympathetic treatment of the American
colonies: "A very great part of the mischiefs that vex this world
arises from words."
1737 Jan 12, John Hancock,
first signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born. [see Jan
1755 Jan 12, Tsarina Elisabeth
established the 1st Russian University.
1773 Jan 12, The first public
museum in America was established, in Charleston, S.C.
1777 Jan 12, Franciscans
founded Mission Santa Clara de Asis, the 8th of California’s
original 21 missions.
(SFC, 8/19/00, p.A13)(MC, 1/12/02)
1816 Jan 12, France decreed the
Bonaparte family to be excluded from the country forever.
1820 Jan 12, Royal Astronomical
Society was founded in England.
1848 Jan 12, Sicilians in
Palermo proclaimed a Provisional Government. The People proclaimed a
constitution and elected a parliament. The Sicilian Republic
survived for only 16 months.
(http://tinyurl.com/l8u42fx)(Econ, 7/13/13, SR
1856 Jan 12, John Singer
Sargent (d.1925), American Gilded Age portrait painter (Wyndham
Sisters), was born.
(SFC, 4/11/01, p.E1)(MC, 1/12/02)
1863 Jan 12, President Davis
delivered his "State of Confederacy" address.
1872 Jan 12, Russian Grand Duke
Alexis began a gala buffalo hunting expedition with Gen. Phil
Sheridan and Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer.
1876 Jan 12, Jack London
(d.1916), American writer and adventurer, was born in SF at 3rd and
Brannon. The original home burned down in the 1906 fire. He is best
known for his dog novels "The Call of the Wild" and “White Fang."
(HFA, '96, p.22)(AHD, p.768)(HN, 1/12/99)(SFC,
1876 Jan 12, Ermanno
Wolf-Ferrari, composer, was born in Venice, Italy.
1878 Jan 12, Ferenc Molnar,
Hungarian-US playwright (A Pal Utrai Fiuk), was born.
1879 Jan 12, British-Zulu War
began as British troops under Lieutenant General Frederic Augustus
invaded Zululand from the southern African republic of Natal.
1888 Jan 12, A major blizzard
hit South Dakota and left hundreds of children and adults dead. In
2004 David Laskin authored “The Children’s Blizzard."
(WSJ, 11/24/04, p.D10)
1893 Jan 12, Hermann Goring,
Reichsmarshal of the Third Reich and commander of the Luftwaffe, was
born. He committed suicide before he was to be hung for war crimes.
1896 Jan 12, The 1st X-ray
photo on record in the US was made by Dr. Henry Louis Smith at
Davidson, NC. Dr. Henry Smith shot a bullet into the hand of a dead
human body and made a 15 minute x-ray exposure to reveal the bullet.
(SFEC, 6/14/98, Z1 p.8)(MC, 1/12/02)
1904 Jan 12, Anxious Germans
opened fire on Ovaherero at Okahandja. The Herero people of
Southwest Africa (Namibia) had risen in rebellion against German
colonial rule. The deadly Deutsche Schutzruppe “peacekeeping
regiment" quelled the tribes. They eventually annihilated 75% of the
Herero and Nama peoples. In 1981 Jon M. Bridgeman authored “The
Revolt of the Hereros."
1908 Jan 12, A wireless message
was sent long-distance for the first time from the Eiffel Tower in
1913 Jan 12, Kiel and
Wilhelmshaven became submarine bases in Germany.
1915 Jan 12, The U.S. House of
Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.
1916 Jan 12, Pieter W. Botha,
later president of South Africa, was born in Orange Free State.
1926 Jan 12, U.S. coal talks
broke down, leaving both sides bitter as the strike dragged on into
its fifth month.
1927 Jan 12, U.S. Secretary of
State Kellogg claimed that Mexican rebel Plutarco Calles was aiding
the communist plot in Nicaragua.
1928 Jan 12, Ruth Snyder
(b.1895) became the first woman to die in the electric chair. She
was electrocuted by “state electrician" Robert G. Elliott at Sing
Sing Prison in Ossining, New York, along with Judd Gray, her lover
and co-conspirator, for the murder of her husband, Albert on March
20, 1927. This was billed in the press as “The Dumb-Bell Murder."
1932 Jan 12, Philip Barry's
"Animal Kingdom," premiered in NYC.
1932 Jan 12, Mrs. Hattie W.
Caraway (Ophelia Wyatt Caraway) a Democrat from Arkansas, became the
first woman elected to the US Senate.
1932 Jan 12, Oliver Wendell
Holmes quit the Supreme Court at age 90.
1933 Jan 12, US Congress
recognized the independence of the Philippines.
1933 Jan 12, An uprising of
Guardia Civil in Spain left 25 dead.
1938 Jan 12, Austria recognized
the Franco government in Spain.
1940 Jan 12, Soviet bombers
raided cities in Finland.
1942 Jan 12, President
Roosevelt created the National War Labor Board.
1943 Jan 12, Frankfurters were
replaced by Victory Sausages, a mix of meat & soy meal.
1943 Jan 12, Soviet forces
raised the siege of Leningrad.
1945 Jan 12, US Task Force 38
destroyed 41 Japanese ships in Battle of South China Sea.
1945 Jan 12, German forces in
Belgium retreated in Battle of Bulge.
1945 Jan 12, Soviet forces
began a huge offensive against the Germans in Eastern Europe.
1947 Jan 12, In Haifa,
Palestine, the Stern Gang drove a truckload of explosives into a
British police station. 4 people were killed and 140 injured.
(SSFC, 4/16/06, p.E4)
1948 Jan 12, The Supreme Court
ruled that states could not discriminate against law-school
applicants because of race. The case involved a black woman, Ada
Lois Sipuel (1924-1995), and she earned the right to attend law
school in previously segregated Oklahoma. Her lawyer was Thurgood
1950 Jan 12, Sec. of State Dean
Acheson in a speech placed South Korea and Formosa outside the US
defense perimeter in Asia. Japan, Okinawa, Philippines, and the
Aleutians were inside the perimeter to be defended.
1952 Jan 12, The Viet Minh cut
the supply lines to the French forces in Hoa Bihn, Vietnam.
1954 Jan 12, Howard Stern,
"Radio's Bad Boy," was born in Roosevelt, NY.
1954 Jan 12, Austria's worst
avalanche killed 200. 9hrs later a 2nd one killed 115.
1960 Jan 12, The San Francisco
Chronicle learned that jazz musician Dave Brubeck had lost $40,000
in bookings on a monthlong Southern tour by his quartet because the
group included black bass player Eugene Wright. Brubeck refused to
drop Wright from his group.
(SSFC, 1/10/10, DB p.42)
1962 Jan 12, The United States
resumed aid to the Laotian regime.
1964 Jan 12, Jeffrey Bezos,
later founder of Amazon.com, was born in Albuquerque.
(SFEC, 10/10/99, p.B3)
1964 Jan 12, Leftist rebels in
Zanzibar, soon joined with Tanganyika to form Tanzania, began their
successful revolt against the government. The socialist uprising
unseated Sultan Jamshid and was fatal to thousands of Indian and
(AP, 1/12/98)(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.C12)
1966 Jan 12, "Batman" with Adam
West & Burt Ward premiered on ABC TV and continued to 1968.
Frank Gorshin (1933-2005) played the Riddler. In 1967 Yvonne Craig
(1937-2015) joined the show as Batgirl and alter ego Barbara Gordon.
p.B7)(SFC, 8/20/15, p.D4)
1966 Jan 12, President Johnson
said in his State of the Union address that the United States should
stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there was ended.
1966 Jan 12, A 12 day NYC
transit strike ended.
1967 Jan 12, HAL, the
Heuristically Programmed Algorithmic Computer, from the 1968 Arthur
C. Clark and Stanley Kubrick movie/book, became operational at the
HAL plant in Urbana, Illinois. The book “HAL’s Legacy: 2001’s
Computer as Dream and Reality" was published in 1997 by MIT Press.
The birthday in the movie was 1/12/92.
(SFEC, 1/12/97, p.C14)(SFC, 1/25/97,
p.E1)(SFEC, 3/16/97, Par p.31)(WSJ, 10/3/97, p.A8)
1969 Jan 12, The New York Jets
defeated the Baltimore Colts, 16-7, in Super Bowl III at the Orange
Bowl in Miami.
1970 Jan 12, In Nigeria the
30-month civil war ended. The Biafran forces surrendered after
nearly a million ethnic Igbos died mostly of hunger and disease.
Emeka Ojukwu had led some 40 million Igbos in secession. In 2008
Nigeria paid the pension of Ojukwu and 63 other former rebels as
part of efforts to heal wounds. In 2007 Pres. Obasanjo declared Jan
15 as “Armed Forces Remembrance Day" in honor of the soldiers that
died in the war.
(HNQ, 5/9/00)(AFP, 1/15/07)
1971 Jan 12, The situation
comedy "All in the Family" with Carroll O’Connor (1924-2001) as
Archie Bunker, began on CBS TV and ran to 1983. It later became
"Archie Bunker’s Place." It was the first video-taped sitcom.
Producers Bud Yorkin (1926-2015) and Norman Lear adopted the 1964
British series "Till Death Do Us Part," written by Johnny Speight
(d.1998 at 78) for the sitcom.
(SFEC, 5/24/98, DB p.39)(AP, 1/12/00)(SFC,
6/22/01, p.A1)(SFC, 8/19/15, p.A10)
1971 Jan 12, Dale Bumpers
(1925-2016) began serving as the 38th governor of Arkansas and
continued to 1975. He then served four terms in the US Senate
(SSFC, 1/3/16, p.A15)
1971 Jan 12, Jimmy Carter
(b.1924) was sworn in as the 76th governor of Georgia.
1971 Jan 12, A federal grand
jury indicted Rev. Philip Berrigan and 5 others, including a nun
& 2 priests, on charges of plotting to kidnap Henry Kissinger.
On 5 September 1972 the Justice Department dropped all charges.
1973 Jan 12, Yasser Arafat was
re-elected as head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
1975 Jan 12, The Pittsburgh
Steelers beat the Minnesota Vikings (16-6) in the Superbowl in New
Orleans. Bob McCurry of Chrysler Corp. introduced the auto rebate in
a 1975 Superbowl commercial.
1976 Jan 12, Dame Agatha
Christie (b.1890) (Agatha Mary Clarissa, Lady Mallowan),
English mystery writer, died in Wallingford, England. She also wrote
romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but is remembered for her
66 mystery novels. Her work with mystery novels, particularly
featuring detectives Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple, have given her
the title the “Queen of Crime" and made her one of the most
important and innovative writers in the development of the mystery
novel. Two of her most famous novels might be Murder on the Orient
Express (1934) and Death on the Nile (1937).
1977 Jan 12, Anti-French
demonstrations took place in Israel after Paris released Abu Daoud,
responsible for the 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli athletes.
1977 Jan 12, Henri-Georges
Clouzot (b.1907), French film director and producer, died. His films
included “Les Diaboliques" (1955) and “La Verite" (1960).
1978 Oct 12, Nancy Spungen
(b.1958), girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, was found
dead on the bathroom floor of their NYC hotel room.
1979 Jan 12, Kenneth Bianchi,
LA's Hillside Strangler, was arrested in Bellingham, Wa. He and his
cousin Angelo Buono (d.2002 at 67) sexually assaulted and murdered
as many as 13 young women (12-28) in 1977-1978, and dumping their
bodies on LA-area hillsides. Bianchi testified against Buono to
escape the death penalty. Buono was convicted on 9 of 10 murder
counts and was sentenced to life in prison
(SSFC, 9/22/02, p.A7)(SFC, 10/1/02, p.A17)
1981 Jan 12, The US District
Court in SF sentenced Joseph Bonanno Sr. (75), the reputed NY mafia
boss, to serve 5 years in prison. Bonanno was released from prison
July 29, 1984.
1981 Jan 12, In Iowa Richard
Huntbach (85) and wife Goldie (77) were found shot to death in their
home in Waterloo. On May 10, 2012, Jack Wendell Pursel (66) turned
himself in to police and confessed to the killing saying he had
become a Christian. Months after the Waterloo killings, Pursel began
serving a 21-year sentence for two sex offenses; however, he was
paroled in 1992. He was completely discharged from his sentence in
September of 1995. On June 7, 2012 Pursel pleaded guilty to the
Waterloo murders and was sentenced to life in prison.
(http://tinyurl.com/7pbnbaf)(SFC, 6/8/12, p.A8)
1982 Jan 12, Peking protested
the sale of U.S. planes to Taiwan.
1986 Jan 12, Space shuttle
Columbia blasted off with a crew that included the first
Hispanic-American in space, Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz.
1987 Jan 12, Neil Goldschmidt
(b.1940), former mayor of Portland, began serving a 4-year term as
governor of Oregon. He later served under Pres. Carter as Sec. of
Transportation. It was later reported that Goldschmidt had engaged
in a 3-year relationship, while mayor of Portland, with a girl (14)
who babysat his children.
(http://tinyurl.com/5l7rj)(SFC, 4/5/05, p.A11)
1987 Jan 12, Anglican Church
envoy Terry Waite arrived in Lebanon on his latest mission to win
the release of Western hostages; however, Waite ended up being taken
1988 Jan 12, Willie Stargell, a
21-year slugger with the Pittsburgh Pirates, was elected to the
Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in his first year of
1989 Jan 12, President-elect
Bush completed the selection of his Cabinet, naming retired Adm.
James D. Watkins secretary of energy and former education secretary
William J. Bennett drug czar.
1989 Jan 12, Idi Amin was
expelled from Zaire (later CongoDRC) and forced to return to Saudi
1990 Jan 12, Astronauts aboard
the space shuttle Columbia retrieved an 11-ton floating science
laboratory in a rescue mission that kept the satellite from plunging
1990 Jan 12, Civil Rights
activist Rev. Al Sharpton was stabbed in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
1990 Jan 12, Laurence J. Peter
(70), author (Peter Principle), died of a stroke.
1991 Jan 12, A deeply divided
Congress gave President Bush the authority to wage war in the
Persian Gulf. The Senate voted 52-to-47 to empower Bush to use armed
forces to expel Iraq from Kuwait; the House followed suit on a vote
of 250-to-183. 45 of 55 Democratic senators voted against the
congressional resolution authorizing the use of force.
(HN, 1/12/99)(AP, 1/12/01)(NW, 9/30/02, p.72)
1992 Jan 12, The Washington
Redskins won the NFC championship, defeating the Detroit Lions 41 to
10; the Buffalo Bills won the AFC title, beating the Denver Broncos
10 to 7.
1992 Jan 12, HAL, the
Heuristically Programmed Algorithmic Computer, from the 1968 Arthur
C. Clark and Stanley Kubrick movie and book, “became operational" at
the HAL plant in Urbana, Illinois. [1997 article claimed 1/12/97 as
birthdate] The book "HAL’s Legacy: 2001’s Computer as Dream and
Reality" was published in 1997 by MIT Press. The birthday in the
movie was 1/12/92.
(SFEC, 1/12/97, p.C14)(SFC, 1/25/97,
p.E1)(SFEC, 3/16/97, Par p.31)(WSJ, 10/3/97, p.A8)
1992 Jan 12, One day after the
surprise resignation of Algeria's president, Chadli Bendjedid, the
army-backed Algerian government canceled parliamentary elections to
prevent fundamentalist Muslims from winning power.
1994 Jan 12, Pres. Clinton
bowed to political pressure and asked that a special prosecutor be
named to investigate his 1980's Whitewater land dealings with
Arkansas businessman James B. McDougal.
(SFEC, 11/15/98, p.A3)(AP, 1/12/99)
1994 Jan 12, President Clinton,
en route to Russia, nailed down an agreement with Ukraine to
eliminate the country's nuclear arsenal, the third-largest in the
1994 Jan 12, In Mexico after an
initial hard line, the government agreed to a cease-fire with the
1995 Jan 12, Qubilah Shabazz,
the daughter of Malcolm X, was arrested in Minneapolis on charges
that she had tried to hire a hitman to kill Nation of Islam leader
Louis Farrakhan; the charges were later dropped.
1995 Jan 12, In LA, Ca., Judge
Ito heard defense arguments for questioning racial attitudes of
Detective Mark Fuhrman in the murder trial against OJ Simpson.
Fuhrman had found a bloody glove at O.J.'s estate.
1995 Jan 12, In Port-au-Prince,
Haiti, an American soldier was killed and another wounded during a
shootout with a former Haitian army officer who also was killed.
1996 Jan 12, Chechen fighters
holding more than 100 hostages in the Russian village of
Pervomayskaya freed about a dozen of their captives and pledged to
release the rest if four top Russian officials took their place.
1997 Jan 12, Two recently
enrolled female cadets at The Citadel announced they were not
returning for the spring semester, citing harassment by male cadets.
1997 Jan 12, The Green Bay
Packers defeated the Carolina Panthers, 30-13, to win the NFC
Championship, while the New England Patriots beat the Jacksonville
Jaguars 20-6 to claim the AFC Championship.
1997 Jan 12, The Atlantis space
shuttle went up for a rendezvous with the MIR space station.
Jerry Linenger, physician, was to replace astronaut Jim [John]
(USAT, 1/13/97, p.3A)(AP, 1/12/98)
1997 Jan 12, In Mexico four
generals and a colonel met with Mr. Gonzalez Quirarte, the
right-hand man of drug lord, Carillo Fuentes, to arrange protection
according to later statements made by Gen. Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo.
(WSJ, 10/2/97, p.A12)
1998 Jan 12, The music groups
Santana, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, the Mamas and the Papas were
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also inducted were
rockabilly legend Gene Vincent, and New Orleans musician Lloyd Price
as well as jazz composer Jelly Roll Morton and New Orleans producer
(SFC, 1/14/98, p.D3)
1998 Jan 12, Linda Tripp
provided Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's office with taped
conversations between herself and former White House intern Monica
1998 Jan 12, Former Senator
Robert Dole signed a $30,000 per month contract as a foreign agent
(WSJ, 1/13/98, p.A1)
1998 Jan 12, CBS signed a $4
billion eight-year deal to televise American Football Conference
games on Sunday afternoons; Fox signed a $4.4 billion eight-year
contract to continue showing National Football Conference games on
1998 Jan 12, A human-cloning
ban was signed in Paris by 19 European nations.
(WSJ, 1/13/98, p.A1)(AP, 1/12/99)
1998 Jan 12, In Algeria gangs
of men hurled bombs into a mosque in Haouche Sahraoui and a
movie theater in Sidi Ahmed and up to 120 people were killed. It
coincided with the 6th anniversary of the coup that thwarted the
Islamic Salvation Front’s rise to power by cancelled elections. The
number killed was reported by local papers to be at least 400.
(SFC, 1/13/98, p.A11)(SFC, 1/14/98,
1998 Jan 12, Britain and
Ireland proposed a power-sharing compromise to reconcile the divided
Protestants and Roman Catholics. Home rule was offered to Northern
Ireland under an assembly elected by proportional representation.
(SFC, 1/13/98, p.A10)
1998 Jan 12, In Burundi Hutu
rebels attacked army positions and at least 55 people were killed.
(WSJ, 1/13/98, p.A1)
1998 Jan 12, Germany announced
that it will pay $110 million over 5 years in pensions to Holocaust
survivors in Eastern Europe.
(SFC, 1/13/98, p.A11)
1998 Jan 12, In Hong Kong the
Peregrine finance house collapsed due to a debt burden to an
Indonesian cab company of $260 million.
(SFC, 1/13/98, p.A1)
1998 Jan 12, Iraq authorities
said they would block a UN inspection team led by former US Marine
captain Scott Ritter.
(SFC, 1/13/98, p.A10)
1998 Jan 12, Japan announced
that the nation’s banks carried only about $580 billion in bad or
(SFC, 1/13/98, p.A10)
1998 Jan 12, In Mexico Chiapas
state police opened fire on stone-throwing Indian protestors and 1
woman was killed and 2 others wounded. The government said the army
arrested 27 state police at the site of the shooting near Ocosingo.
Separately Chiapas state police commander Felipe Vazquez Espinosa
was indicted for helping arm the paramilitary gunmen of the Acteal
(SFC, 1/13/98, p.A10)
1998 Jan 12, In Nigeria an
underwater pipeline from a Mobil Oil production platform broke and
released 40,000 barrels of oil into the Niger delta.
(SFEC, 9/20/98, p.A26)
1998 Jan 12, It was reported
that Turkish police rounded up 1,374 people, mostly Kurds, around
Istanbul in an effort to stem illegal emigration.
(SFC, 1/12/98, p.A1)
1998 Jan 12, From Venezuela it
was reported that over 140 dead dolphins were recently washed ashore
on La Tortuga Island. There were no external wounds other than some
reddish marks on the abdomen.
(SFC, 1/12/98, p.A8)
1999 Jan 12, The Mark McGwire
70th home run ball was auctioned off for $3.005 million. The high
bid was $2.7 million plus commission. Todd McFarlane, creator of
"Spawn" comic books, was the buyer.
(SFC, 1/13/99, p.A3)(SFC, 2/9/99, p.A2)
1999 Jan 12, The Supreme Court
limited state regulation of voter initiatives, striking down several
methods used by Colorado to police such measures.
1999 Jan 12, In Haiti 2 gunmen
on motorcycle opened fire on a vehicle carrying the sister of Pres.
Rene Preval. She was seriously wounded and her driver was killed.
(SFC, 1/13/99, p.A10)
1999 Jan 12, In Iraq a US F-16
jet encountered an active radar site and fired a HARM anti-radiation
missile at it.
(SFC, 1/13/99, p.A10)
1999 Jan 12, In Zimbabwe
military police detained a newspaper editor who printed an article
saying 23 soldiers were arrested for plotting to overthrow Pres.
Mugabe last month. The government denied any coup attempt.
(WSJ, 1/13/99, p.A1)
2000 Jan 12, The US Supreme
Court gave police broad authority to stop and question people who
run at the sight of an officer.
2000 Jan 12, US Attorney
General Janet Reno said that the Florida court order granting
temporary custody of Elian Gonzalez to his great uncle had no force
or effect on the INS decision that the boy should be returned to his
father in Cuba.
(SFC, 1/13/00, p.A3)
2000 Jan 12, Scientists
reported that the temperature of the Earth's surface had risen
0.7-1.4 degrees Fahrenheit over the past century and that the Earth
has been warming for the past 300 years.
(SFC, 1/13/00, p.A7)
2000 Jan 12, Charlotte Hornets
guard Bobby Phills was killed in a crash during a drag race.
2000 Jan 12, An Argentine a
tour bus crashed into a 2nd local bus in Brazil and 42 people were
(WSJ, 1/13/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 12, Forced to act by a
European court ruling, the British government ended its ban on gay
men and women serving in the armed forces.
(SFC, 1/13/00, p.A1)(AP, 1/12/01)
2000 Jan 12, In Colombia rebels
ended a holiday truce and 24 people were feared dead in attacks on
southern mountain towns.
(WSJ, 1/13/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 12, In Malaysia police
arrested 3 vocal critics of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
(SFC, 1/13/00, p.A12)
2000 Jan 12, Turkish leaders
postponed the execution of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan.
(SFC, 1/13/00, p.A12)
2001 Jan 12, The U.S.
Commission on Civil Rights concluded a two-day hearing on Florida's
presidential election, with members accusing Secretary of State
Katherine Harris of presiding over a “disaster" and trying to shift
blame to others.
2001 Jan 12, The FERC approved
a corporate restructure for California’s PG&E that allowed the
parent company to shield profits from the mounting debts of its
(SFC, 1/16/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 12, William Hewlett
(b.1913), co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Corp., died in Palo Alto,
(SFC, 1/13/01, p.A1)(NW, 12/31/01, p.109)
2002 Jan 12, Michelle Kwan won
her fifth successive U.S. Figure Skating Championships crown and
2002 Jan 12, The United States
intensified its anti-terror campaign in eastern Afghanistan,
dropping bombs on suspected al-Qaida and Taliban hideouts.
(SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A8)(AP, 1/12/03)
2002 Jan 12, Cyrus R. Vance
(84), former US Sec. of State under Jimmy Carter, died in New York.
(SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A27)(AP, 1/12/03)
2002 cJan 12, The World Food
Program halted aid shipments to Afghanistan this week due to theft
and looting by bandits and warlords.
(SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A10)
2002 Jan 12, In Colombia Pres.
Pastrana rejected a last minute FARC proposal to save the peace
(SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A19)
2002 Jan 12, Israeli missile
boats hit a Palestinian fuel depot in a 4th day of reprisals.
(SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A20)
2002 Jan 12, Malaysia announced
the arrests of 2 more suspected militants tied to al Qaeda and
linked to a cell in Singapore.
(SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A11)
2002 Jan 12-13, In Mexico a
rain storm was followed by a freeze and as many as 270 million
monarch butterflies were killed at the Rosario and Sierra Chincua
colonies in Michoacan state.
(SFC, 2/12/02, p.A4)(SFC, 2/18/02, p.A3)
2002 Jan 12, In Nigeria
fighting broke out in Owo when members of the Odua People’s Congress
approached the palace of a Yoruba tribal leader. Dozens were feared
(SFC, 1/14/02, p.A6)
2002 Jan 12, In Northern
Ireland Protestant militants, the Red Hand Defenders, killed a
Catholic postman, Daniel McColgan (20). On Jan 16 the group
announced that it was disbanding and lifting its threat to kill
(WSJ, 1/14/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/17/02, p.a10)
2002 Jan 12, Pakistan’s Pres.
Musharraf vowed to crack down on militant Islamists using Pakistan
as a base of operations in Kashmir. Musharraf also announced new
regulations on education criteria for the estimated 6,000 madrassas,
the Islamic schools.
(SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/21/02, p.A10)
2002 Jan 12, In Zimbabwe police
fired on some 5,000 opposition supporters in Buhera. Opposition MDC
offices were wet on fire in Kwekwe.
(SFC, 1/15/02, p.A9)
2003 Jan 12, It was reported
that the $250 billion-a-year US Medicare program was riddled with
conflicts of interest and fraud estimated at $50-75 billion.
(SSFC, 1/12/03, p.A1)
2003 Jan 12, Steve Case
announced he was stepping down as chairman of the conglomerate he'd
helped to create. Shareholders blamed him for AOL Time Warner's
sharp fall in fortunes. The Board soon named Richard Parsons as
(AP, 1/12/04)(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R8)
2003 Jan 12, Maurice Gibb (53),
member of the Bee Gees musical group, died in Miami following
surgery for a blocked intestine. The group's work included the 1977
"Saturday Night Fever" album.
(SSFC, 1/12/03, p.A2)
2003 Jan 12, In Argentina
former military dictator Leopoldo F. Galtieri (76), who in 1982 led
Argentina into the Falkland Islands war against Britain, died.
2003 Jan 12, The death toll
from a month-long cold spell rose to 986 people in northern India,
Nepal and Bangladesh.
2003 Jan 12, Three missiles
fired from an Israeli helicopter missed their apparent target,
Islamic militants riding in a car, and killed two 15 year-old
Palestinian boys, seriously wounding another teen. In Israel 7
Palestinians, two other Arab attackers and two Israelis were killed
in raids and infiltrations.
(AP, 1/13/03)(SFC, 1/13/03, p.A3)
2003 Jan 12, Kinji Fukasaku
(72), Japanese film director, died. His films included "Battle
without Honor and Humanity" (1973), "Cops vs. Thugs" (1975), "Yakuza
Graveyard" (1976) and "Graveyard of Honor" (1976) and "The Geisha
(SFC, 1/28/03, p.A15)
2004 Jan 12, President Bush and
Mexican President Vicente Fox forged agreement on the contentious
issues of immigration and Iraq, meeting in Monterrey before the
opening of a 34-nation hemispheric summit.
2004 Jan 12, It was reported
that a new US Homeland Security program planned to screen airline
passengers according to a color code based on computerized data.
(SFC, 1/13/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 12, The US Supreme
Court refused to hear on appeal by civil liberties groups seeking
access to basic data of individuals detained indefinitely by the
government after the Sep. 11, 2001, attacks.
(SFC, 1/13/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 12, Randy VanWarmer
(48), singer-songwriter, died in Seattle.
2004 Jan 12, In Afghanistan
dozens of suspected Taliban fighters armed with assault rifles
attacked a police checkpoint and killed four policemen.
2004 Jan 12, Juan Barrionuevo,
Argentine legislator from Tierra del Fuego, was arrested and charged
with committing crimes and torture during the 1976-83 military
(WPR, 3/04, p.26)
2004 Jan 12, In Burundi Hutu
rebels killed 17 people, including five soldiers, in attacks
northwest of Bujumbura over the last 2 days.
2004 Jan 12, The $780 million
Queen Mary 2 departed Southampton, England, for Fort Lauderdale,
Fla. The ship was built by Chantieres de l'Atlantique in St.
(WSJ, 10/2/03, p.A1)
2004 Jan 12, A roadside bomb
explosion in Baghdad killed one U.S. soldier and wounded two,
bringing the American death toll to nearly 500 since the start of
fighting in March. US soldiers killed an Iraqi man and a boy driving
in a car behind a convoy after a roadside bomb went off nearby.
(AP, 1/12/04)(SFC, 1/13/04, p.A10)
2004 Jan 12, It was reported
that China might inject $40 billion into its Industrial and
Commercial Bank. 2 other state-run lenders, Bank of China and China
Construction Bank, split $45 billion in transfers from foreign
exchange reserves a week earlier.
(WSJ, 1/12/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 12, In northwest
Colombia suspected FARC rebels using a grenade launcher and guns
killed at least five paramilitary fighters inside a bar in Anza.
2004 Jan 12, A 2-day meeting
began for leaders of the 34 members of the Organization of American
States opened in Monterrey, Mexico.
2004 Jan 12, The United States
announced plans to return to Peru $20 million stolen by a corrupt
government official and stashed in U.S. bank accounts. In December,
Peru accused Victor Venero Garrido of hiding the money in U.S.
accounts under the guidance of Vladimiro Montesinos.
2004 Jan 12, In the Philippines
a huge fire in a Manila shantytown hurt at least 23 people,
destroyed thousands of homes and left about 25,000 residents
2004 Jan 12, Olga Ladyzhenskaya
(81), Russian mathematician, died. Her studies in differential
equations helped improve weather forecasts and advance other fields
2005 Jan 12, The US Supreme
Court ruled that federal sentencing guidelines enacted 2 decades ago
are unconstitutional. The decision was not retroactive.
(WSJ, 1/13/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 12, New US government
Dietary Guidelines suggested 30 minutes of daily physical activity
to reduce risk of chronic disease; 60 minutes to maintain a healthy
weight; and 90 minutes to lose weight.
(SFC, 1/13/05, p.A4)
2005 Jan 12, Democrat Christine
Gregoire, winner of the extremely close Washington governor’s race,
2005 Jan 12, It was reported
that researchers had synthesized a DNA molecule of 14,500 chemical
units with 21 genes used by a harmless laboratory bacterium.
(SFC, 1/12/05, p.A2)
2005 Jan 12, NASA launched its
Deep Impact spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, Fla. It was scheduled to
launch an 820-poind impactor vehicle at Comet Tempel-1 on July 4.
(WSJ, 1/13/05, p.D8)
2005 Jan 12, In southern
Afghanistan gunmen kidnapped six government soldiers in a former
Taliban stronghold and dumped their bullet-ridden bodies in a canal.
2005 Jan 12, Firefighters
brought Australia's deadliest bushfires in 20 years under control
after 9 people died in the blazes in the Eyre Peninsula.
2005 Jan 12, Britain’s Prince
Harry apologized after a newspaper published a photograph of the
young royal wearing a Nazi uniform to a costume party.
2005 Jan 12, The European
Parliament gave its overwhelming endorsement to the European Union's
first-ever constitution and urged EU governments to quickly follow
2005 Jan 12, Maud Fontenoy, a
French woman (26), set out in a row boat on a 4,900-mile solo voyage
to Polynesia, hoping to trace Thor Heyerdahl's epic 1947 Pacific
crossing aboard the balsa raft Kon-Tiki.
2005 Jan 12, German police
arrested 14 people during raids of apartments and mosques in five
states in a crackdown on an Islamic extremist organization suspected
of aiding terrorists.
2005 Jan 12, Indonesia demanded
that all foreign troops providing disaster relief leave the country
by Mar 31.
(SFC, 1/13/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 12, Insurgents
launched a string of attacks in the northern city of Mosul killing
two Iraqi National Guardsmen and wounding two others in a car
bombing. Sheik Mahmoud Finjan was shot to death as he headed home
after evening prayers in a mosque at the town of Salman Pak
southeast of Baghdad. Attackers also killed Finjan's son and four
bodyguards. Sunni Muslim militants claimed responsibility.
(AP, 1/12/05)(AP, 1/14/05)
2005 Jan 12, Islamic militants
detonated a bomb near a Jewish settlement in the southern Gaza
Strip, killing an Israeli civilian and wounding three soldiers.
2005 Jan 12, Nigeria made
public plans to build a second $6-billion liquefied natural gas
(LNG) plant in the southwestern state of Ondo.
2005 Jan 12, A US-sponsored
study estimated that one million Russians were infected with the
(WSJ, 1/13/05, p.A1)
2006 Jan 12, The US mint began
shipping a new Jefferson nickel.
(SFC, 1/13/06, p.C1)
2006 Jan 12, In Palm Springs,
Ca., Richard Milanovich, chairman of the Agua Caliente Ban of
Cahuilla Indians, apologized to other tribal leaders for the scandal
tied to Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff. He addressed tribal
leaders on the 2nd day of a 3-day conference for casino-operating
tribes. Abramoff and associates had collected some $66 million from
6 American Indian tribes seeking influence in Washington.
(SFC, 1/13/06, p.B14)
2006 Jan 12, The United Farm
Workers left the AFL-CIO to join 5 other unions in a new
confederation due to a rift over organizing tactics.
(WSJ, 1/13/06, p.A1)
2006 Jan 12, The winning entry
in New Jersey’s slogan contest was: "New Jersey: "Come See For
2006 Jan 12, Houston became the
largest school district in the country to adopt a merit pay plan for
teachers that focuses on students' tests scores.
2006 Jan 12, Nikon announced
that it would no longer make most film cameras. A week later Minolta
said it was quitting the camera business.
(Econ, 2/4/06, p.75)
2006 Jan 12, Starbucks
announced plans to promote a new film, ramping up its ambition to
move into the entertainment business.
(WSJ, 1/12/06, p.A1)
2006 Jan 12, In Fort Lauderdale
4 youths went cruising to beat up some bums. Norris Gaynor (45), a
homeless man, was beaten to death with baseball bats in one of 3
attacks. A surveillance camera captured the beating of Jacques
Pierre in one of the non-lethal attacks. [see Jan 15]
(SFC, 9/5/08, p.A5)
2006 Jan 12, Australia and East
Timor agreed to equally share revenue from the Greater Sunrise
natural gas project in the Timor Sea.
(WSJ, 1/13/06, p.A8)
2006 Jan 12, In Bahrain an
official said Prince Faisal (15), the sixth son of the king, Sheik
Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, was killed in an accident while driving a
2006 Jan 12, The British,
French and German foreign ministers said that negotiations with Iran
over its nuclear program had reached a "dead end" and the Islamic
republic should be referred to the U.N. Security Council for
2006 Jan 12, China’s government
released a white paper outlining its African policy.
(Econ, 1/21/06, p.44)
2006 Jan 12, Chinese Foreign
Minister Li Zhaoxing gave four million US dollars to Dakar within
hours of his arrival in Senegal, the latest west African country to
have recently ditched Taiwan in favor of mighty Beijing.
2006 Jan 12, In Ecuador police
used tear gas to disperse about 2,000 demonstrators after they
burned an American flag in front of the government palace to protest
a free trade pact with the United States.
2006 Jan 12, EU governments
refused to ascribe market-economy status to 13 Chinese shoemakers,
opening the way for duties to be imposed on their imports to Europe.
2006 Jan 12, A German court
convicted Amin Lokman Mohamed (33), an Iraqi man, of aiding a terror
group in his home country and sentenced him to seven years in
2006 Jan 12, In Lucknow, India,
police said 4 men, who were arrested last week on charges of
spreading homosexuality, were running a secret Internet club for
homosexuals. Homosexuality is illegal in India. Activists called for
2006 Jan 12, Italy's Air One
said it will buy 30 Airbus A320s under a $1.8 billion deal for
delivery by 2008 and plans to exercise an option to buy 10 more
planes this year.
2006 Jan 12, In Kenya gunmen
shot and killed, Joan Wells Root (69), a well-known British
environmentalist and wildlife filmmaker, at her home in the central
2006 Jan 12, Hundreds of
protesters stormed the headquarters of Mongolia's biggest political
party (MPRP), one day after it pulled out of the country's
15-month-old ruling coalition.
2006 Jan 12, A Palestinian
militant blew himself up and two other Palestinians were killed in a
gunbattle with Israeli troops during an arrest raid in the West Bank
town of Jenin.
2006 Jan 12, Thousands of
Muslim pilgrims rushing to complete a symbolic stoning ritual during
the hajj tripped over luggage, causing a crush in which 363 people
2006 Jan 12, Spanish police
detained Omar Nakcha (23), a Moroccan whom they suspect of being the
leader of two extremist groups recruiting volunteers to fight in
2006 Jan 12, In Sri Lanka at
least 9 sailors died when a bus they were traveling on was blown up
by a mine.
(Econ, 1/14/06, p.47)
2006 Jan 12, UN
Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he wants the US and European
countries to help form a tough mobile force that would stop the
bloodshed, rape and plunder in Sudan's Darfur region.
2006 Jan 12, Mehmet Ali Agca
(48), the man who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, was released from
prison after serving more than 25 years in Italy and Turkey for the
plot against the pontiff and the slaying of a Turkish journalist.
2006 Jan 12, Turkey’s
government said 2 more Turks tested positive for the deadly H5N1
strain of bird flu in preliminary tests, bringing the total number
of human infections to 18.
2007 Jan 12, Pres. Bush signed
a bill into law that made it a crime to lie to obtain telephone
records of private citizens, a procedure known as pretexting,
following a 2006 case at Hewlett-Packard.
(SFC, 1/13/07, p.C1)
2007 Jan 12, Durham County,
N.C., District Attorney Mike Nifong asked to be removed from the
Duke lacrosse rape investigation. State prosecutors later exonerated
2007 Jan 12, Francisco Javier
Dominguez-Rivera (22) of Puebla, Mexico, was killed in a
confrontation with the unidentified agent north of the US-Mexico
border in Arizona between Bisbee and Douglas. On Jan 16 the Mexican
government sent a diplomatic note to the United States protesting
the fatal shooting.
2007 Jan 12, In California the
Fresno-based Westlands Water District purchased 3,000 acres on the
McCloud River for $35 million. They planned to sell the land to the
federal government if officials and lawmakers decide to raise the
nearby Shasta Dam.
(SSFC, 1/28/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan 12, Jennifer Strange
(28) of Rancho Cordova, Ca., died after guzzling a large quantity of
water as part of a Sacramento KDND-FM radio show contest. In 2009
Entercom Sacramento LLC was found negligent and ordered to pay
nearly $16.6 million to the family of Jennifer Strange.
(SFC, 1/18/07, p.A1)(SFC, 10/30/09, p.A8)
2007 Jan 12, In SF Mia Sagote
(30) and Leslie Siliga (29) reportedly doused Leslie May (49), a
homeless woman from the Tenderloin, with gasoline and burned her
alive at Candlestick Point in retaliation for May’s report to police
implicating them in a personal robbery. Sagote was convicted of
murder, kidnapping and robbery on Oct 20, 2013. On Dec 20, 2013,
Sagote was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
(SFC, 2/15/07, p.A1)(SFC, 10/30/13, p.D3)(SFC,
2007 Jan 12, In Missouri 2
missing boys were found at the suburban St. Louis home of Michael
Devlin (41). William Ownby (13) had been missing for 5 days; Shawn
Hornbeck (15) had been missing since Oct 2002. In October Devlin was
sentenced to multiple life terms for kidnapping and sexual assault.
(SFC, 1/13/07, p.A5)(SFC, 10/9/07, p.A6)(AP,
2007 Jan 12, Larry Stewart
(58), known as “Secret Santa" for the millions he passed out with no
strings attached to people in need, died at St. Lukes Hospital in
Kansas City, Missouri of esophageal cancer. Stewart, from the Kansas
City suburb of Lee's Summit, made his millions in cable television
and long-distance telephone service.
2007 Jan 12, A suicide bomber
rammed his explosives-filled car into a two-vehicle convoy carrying
foreigners south of Kabul, wounding at least one Afghan civilian.
2007 Jan 12, Fakhruddin Ahmed,
a former Bangladesh central bank governor, was sworn in as head of
the country's new interim government.
2007 Jan 12, Bolivia’s
President Evo Morales proposed a new law to allow recall votes
against elected officials, a move that would give protesters
demanding the resignation of an opposition-aligned state governor a
way to remove him from office.
2007 Jan 12, In Sao Paulo,
Brazil, a hole being excavated for a new subway station collapsed,
opening a huge crater that swallowed cars and dump trucks. A missing
minibus was feared under the dirt.
2007 Jan 12, Severe gales and
heavy rains powered by an Atlantic storm left at least one person
dead and eight missing, sunk two fishing trawlers and disrupted
travel across Britain and Ireland.
2007 Jan 12, Canada unveiled
plans to spend more than $368 million over the next five years to
protect its border from terrorist, economic and environmental
2007 Jan 12, State media said
China will have 30 million more men of marriageable age than women
in less than 15 years as a gender imbalance resulting in part from
the country's tough one-child policy becomes more pronounced. In
northern China an underground gas explosion struck the Niuxinhui
Coal Mine in the province of Shanxi killing 13 people with 9
injured. Police in southern China arrested 10 farmers in Botang in
the impoverished region of Guangxi embroiled in a dispute with a
paper mill over pollution they say is killing their crops and
fouling their water sources.
(AP, 1/12/07)(AP, 1/13/07)(AP, 1/26/07)
2007 Jan 12, China and Russia
blocked the Security Council from demanding an end to political
repression and human rights violations in military-ruled Myanmar,
rejecting a resolution proposed by the United States. South Africa
sided with China and Russia.
(AP, 1/13/07)(Econ, 1/27/07, p.47)
2007 Jan 12, East Timor and
France signed non-aggression treaties with ASEAN member countries on
the sidelines of the annual ASEAN summit in the Philippine resort
city of Cebu. Both countries looked to strengthen ties with a bloc
representing a sixth of the world's people.
2007 Jan 12, French authorities
freed Mikhail Prokhorov, a Russian billionaire, following four days
of questioning in connection with an investigation into a suspected
prostitution ring at the swank Alpine ski resort of Courchevel.
2007 Jan 12, The US Embassy in
Athens came under fire from a rocket that exploded inside the modern
glass-front building but caused no casualties in an attack police
suspect was the work of Greek leftists.
2007 Jan 12, An American man
dubbed by local media the "butcher of New York" was sentenced to 38
years in prison for killing and dismembering his Honduran wife.
Andrew Gole (49) of Long Island, NY, confessed to strangling and
cutting up his wife, Martha Isabel Moncada (28) with an electric saw
in May 2003.
2007 Jan 12, In Iraq at least
19 people were reported killed or dead including 10 bullet-riddled
bodies found in Baghdad and Khudr Younis al-Obaidi, an Iraqi
journalist killed in a drive-by shooting in Mosul.
(SFC, 1/13/07, p.A9)
2007 Jan 12, In Nigeria 9 South
Korean pipeline workers and a Nigerian kidnapped in southern Nigeria
were released with the help of a youth group.
2007 Jan 12, Roman Abramovich,
Russian oil magnate, was reported to have ordered a new yacht called
the Eclipse. It was under construction in Germany and was
expected to measure over 525 feet, making it the largest privately
owned yacht in the world.
(WSJ, 1/12/07, p.W1)
2007 Jan 12, Russia reportedly
agreed to slash the duty on oil exports to Belarus by 70% and
Belarus will share with Moscow a substantial amount of profits from
the refined oil products it sells to Europe.
2007 Jan 12, A government
official said Somalia's warlords have agreed to disarm and join a
new national army. Violence in the capital brought home the
challenge of restoring order in this fractious and heavily armed
2007 Jan 12, In the tea growing
region of central Sri Lanka at least 18 people were killed in
landslides. The National Disaster Management Center said at least
three people were killed and another 61,000 made homeless in south
and central Sri Lanka in flash floods caused by heavy monsoon rains.
(AP, 1/12/07)(AP, 1/14/07)
2007 Jan 12, A Darfur rebel
group denied that it agreed to a cease-fire with the Sudanese
government during a meeting this week with New Mexico Gov. Bill
2007 Jan 12, Ugandan rebels
pulled out of peace talks with the government, dealing a blow to
already faltering negotiations aimed at ending one of Africa's most
2008 Jan 12, America formally
opened its new $174 million base at the south Pole. It took almost
20 years to design and build.
(Econ, 1/19/08, p.89)
2008 Jan 12, In Half Moon Bay,
Ca., the annual Maverick surfing contest was won by Greg Long (24),
or Orange County, who split his first prize of $30,000 with 5 other
finalists in a pact that netted each $9,500.
(SSFC, 1/13/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 12, In Daly City, Ca.,
Jose Perez-Gonzalez, an illegal immigrant, broke into a house and
beat a woman with a metal pry bar after she surprised him. The
attack left the woman (78) blind. Perez was tracked to Guadalajara,
Mexico, where he was arrested in November 2008. In 2011 he was
sentenced in San Mateo County to 11 years and 8 months in prison.
(SFC, 3/4/11, p.C3)
2008 Jan 12, In southern
Afghanistan Dutch troops killed two of their own men during a
nighttime battle in Uruzgan province, and separately two allied
Afghan soldiers they mistook for enemies. About 1,650 Dutch troops
were deployed in Uruzgan as part of the NATO mission there. 14 Dutch
troops have died since their mission began last year.
2008 Jan 12, Greenpeace said
its protest ship located Japan's whaling fleet in Antarctic waters
and is pursuing it to stop the hunt for the giant sea creatures.
2008 Jan 12, At Argentina's
main airport frustrated passengers smashed ticket counters and threw
objects at airline staff after the country's flagship airline
canceled international flights for a 2nd day due to delays caused by
a baggage handlers strike and a walkout by ticket counter workers.
2008 Jan 12, In Bangladesh
thousands of textile factory workers took to the streets blocking a
major highway in the capital Dhaka, demanding a pay rise and
2008 Jan 12, China’s state
media reported that accidents in China's coal mines killed 3,786
people In 2007, a toll that is a marked improvement from previous
years, but still leaves China's mines the world's deadliest.
2008 Jan 12, Croatia’s
Parliament approved a new coalition government headed by PM Ivo
Sanader, who vowed to pursue Croatia's quest to join the EU and
2008 Jan 12, Iraq's parliament
voted to allow some former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party
to reclaim government jobs and said others could receive pensions
but could not return to work. A US soldier died after a bomb struck
his vehicle in northern Iraq.
(AP, 1/12/08)(SFC, 1/14/08, p.A19)
2008 Jan 12, A leading Kenyan
human rights group said some of the worst violence in the country's
deadly disputed presidential election was the work of militias paid
and directed by politicians. Maina Kiai, chairman of the
state-funded human rights body, said that in response to attacks on
Kikuyu, government politicians have recruited the Mungiki, a Kikuyu
gang blamed for a string of beheadings carried out in Nairobi's
slums this year. The EU, US and UN urged Kenya's feuding politicians
to agree a peaceful and democratic end to violence that has killed
575 people since disputed December 27 polls.
(AP, 1/12/08)(Reuters, 1/12/08)(WSJ, 1/14/08,
2008 Jan 12, A Macedonian Army
helicopter returning from a peacekeeping mission in Bosnia crashed
in foggy conditions, killing all 11 people on board.
2008 Jan 12, In Nigeria a
speeding fuel tanker crashed and spilled its cargo in Port Harcourt,
and as many as three dozen people were feared dead in the resulting
2008 Jan 12, In Pakistan
security forces arrested 59 insurgents after they attacked police
with rockets near the town of Ladha in South Waziristan.
2008 Jan 12, Gunmen smashed
windows, burned buses and looted computers belonging to a private
American school in Gaza before dawn, an attack officials believed
was linked to President Bush's visit to the West Bank earlier this
2008 Jan 12, Saudi authorities
beheaded an Indonesian maid convicted of killing her employer. The
Interior Ministry said the maid used a pillow to suffocate her
employer Aisha Al Makhaled and then stole her jewelry in the
southern province of Asir.
2008 Jan 12, South African
national police chief Jackie Selebi was placed on extended leave, a
day after prosecutors announced plans to charge him with corruption
over his links to a murder suspect. Selebi resigned as president of
Interpol and planned to fight corruption allegations.
(AP, 1/12/08)(WSJ, 1/14/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 12, Angel Gonzalez
(82), one of Spain's most prominent poets and member of a literary
generation known for its opposition to the dictatorship of Gen.
Francisco Franco, died.
2008 Jan 12, Taiwan's
opposition Nationalist Party (KMT) won a landslide victory over the
ruling DPP in legislative elections, dealing a humiliating blow to
the government's hardline China policies two months before a
2008 Jan 12, In Venezuela
Commander Hugo Chavez, spearheaded the installation of the Founding
Congress of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) at the
San Carlos quarter in Caracas.
2009 Jan 12, The US Senate said
it will seat Roland Burris, the junior senator from Illinois.
(SFC, 1/12/09, p.A8)
2009 Jan 12, The US slapped
sanctions on people and firms linked to Pakistani scientist Abdul
Qadeer Khan’s black market nuclear network.
(WSJ, 1/13/09, p.A1)
2009 Jan 12, Minnesota
officials said lab tests had confirmed salmonella bacteria in a five
pound container of King Nut brand peanut butter. King Nut of Solon,
Ohio, had recalled the product on January 10. At least 6 people had
been killed and over 470 sickened nationwide in 43 states.
(WSJ, 1/13/09, p.A2)(SFC, 1/20/09, p.A12)
2009 Jan 12, In El Reno,
Oklahoma, a woman and her 4 children, aged 3-7, were found killed.
Texas officials the next day arrested the mother’s boyfriend, Joshua
Steven Durcho (25).
(SFC, 1/14/09, p.A3)
2009 Jan 12, Sofa retailer Land
of Leather filed for bankruptcy protection, becoming the latest
British retailer to succumb to a downturn in consumer spending amid
the global economic slowdown.
2009 Jan 12, State media said
China has shut down 91 websites for pornographic and other "vulgar"
content, as well as a political blog portal, since announcing its
latest bid to ensure Internet morality.
2009 Jan 12, In China a
Shanghai distributor of a popular brand of dog food said it had
suspended sales of the product following reports that dogs who ate
it had died from aflatoxin poisoning. This appeared to involve an
imported product, Optima, a brand of dog food made by Nashville,
Tennessee-based Doane Pet Care Co. It was not clear if the pet food
sold in China was the US brand.
2009 Jan 12, War crimes
prosecutors in The Hague accused former Congolese vice president
Jean-Pierre Bemba of using systematic rape to terrorize civilians
suspected of supporting rebels during a bloody power struggle in
neighboring Central African Republic.
2009 Jan 12, Cuba published new
regulations encouraging classic car owners to apply for taxi
licenses and set their own prices for the first time in nearly a
decade as the communist government turns to the free market to
improve its woeful transportation system.
2009 Jan 12, In Dubai Kabir
Mulchandani, chairman of the Dynasty Zarooni development company,
was arrested on charges of fraud and embezzlement. He was accused of
defrauding investors of more than $100 million. He has been under
investigation in India for the past 10 years by the excise
department, directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI), enforcement
directorate (ED), and income tax authority.
(WSJ, 1/24/09, p.C3)(http://tinyurl.com/amevml)
2009 Jan 12, Fiji authorities
rushed to deliver clean drinking water and other supplies to
thousands of villagers who fled flooding from tropical storms. The
storms left 11 people dead.
(AP, 1/12/09)(SSFC, 1/25/09, p.E2)
2009 Jan 12, French teachers
hurled shoes and other objects at police to protest President
Nicolas Sarkozy's high school reforms, prompting police to respond
with tear gas.
2009 Jan 12, Germany’s
coalition government approved a $67 million spending package to
mitigate recession effects.
(Econ, 1/17/09, p.52)
2009 Jan 12, In Greece 3 gunmen
had grabbed Periklis Panagopoulos (74), founder of one of Greece's
largest ferry operators, and his driver in the southern Athens
suburb of Vouliagmeni. Panagopoulos was released unharmed on Jan 20
following a large ransom payment.
2009 Jan 12, In Haiti Police
Commissioner Philippe Jean Raymond of Port-de-Paix was poisoned
after several million dollars of cash seized from the uncle of a
prominent drug smuggler went missing.
(Econ, 2/14/09, p.46)(http://tinyurl.com/dz7gcq)
2009 Jan 12, In Iraq a series
of bombs targeted Iraqi security forces in Baghdad. At least 10
people died as Vice President-elect Joe Biden arriving in Baghdad
following trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
2009 Jan 12, Israeli warplanes
pounded the homes of Hamas leaders and ground troops edged closer to
the Gaza Strip's densely populated urban center, as Israel weighed a
decision to escalate its devastating offensive. Militants managed to
fire off at least four rockets. Gaza officials said the offensive
has killed some 870 Palestinians.
2009 Jan 12, Alitalia's board
accepted Air France-KLM's offer to buy 25 percent of the company and
become its international partner.
2009 Jan 12, Kazakh PM Karim
Masimov told his ministers to start personal blogs to get them
closer to the people of the former Soviet state.
2009 Jan 12, Mozambique
authorities said torrential rains have killed 19 people in the past
few days and that worse flooding may lie ahead.
2009 Jan 12, In Nigeria Susanne
Wenger (93), Austrian-born sculptress, died. She had been initiated
as a Yoruba traditional priestess and was responsible for towering
works of art in one of Nigeria's two World Heritage sites.
2009 Jan 12, In Pakistan the
bodies of two men killed by Taliban militants for allegedly spying
for the US were found in the North Waziristan tribal region to the
south of Mohmand. The two were abducted a week ago as they attempted
to flee with their families. Trucks and other vehicles blocked the
main Quetta-Chaman highway, forcing about 100 trucks carrying NATO
supplies to park.
2009 Jan 12, Russia's state-run
monopoly Gazprom announced it will resume shipping natural gas to
Europe, where tens of thousands of homes and buildings have been
left without heat in freezing weather.
2009 Jan 12, In Somalia
Islamist insurgents fired mortar rounds at the presidential palace
in Mogadishu. At least 13 people were killed in 2 attacks. The
United States circulated a draft resolution calling for a UN
peacekeeping force to be deployed in Somalia to replace a small
African Union force, but leaving the Security Council to make a
final decision by June 1.
(AP, 1/13/09)(SFC, 1/12/09, p.A3)
2009 Jan 12, In Sri Lanka heavy
fighting was reported around guerrilla-controlled Mullaittivu
district, with troops seizing a rebel administration base, a
training camp and a bunker line.
2009 Jan 12, Taiwan's
parliament voted through a controversial bill lifting a decades-old
ban on casinos, despite protests that gambling could lead to a
damaging decline in public morality.
2010 Jan 12, The US National
Safety Council said 28% of all traffic accidents are caused when
people talk on cell phones or send text messages while driving.
(SFC, 1/13/10, p.A11)
2010 Jan 12, In California a
state commission voted unanimously to approve the most stringent,
environmentally friendly building code standards of any state in the
nation. The new code, dubbed Calgreen, will take effect next
(SFC, 1/13/10, p.A1)
2010 Jan 12, In Georgia a
disgruntled ex-employee stormed a Penske Truck Rental facility in
Kennesaw killing 2 people and critically wounding 3 others.
(SFC, 1/13/10, p.A11)
2010 Jan 12, Officials shut
down a North Carolina port and urged people to leave the area after
nine containers with highly explosive materials were accidentally
punctured by a fork lift operator. The chemical involved is
pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETV), a powerful explosive.
(AP, 1/12/10)(SFC, 1/13/10, p.A6)
2010 Jan 12, Google's announced
that it was considering a withdrawal from China, after what it said
were attacks from China on human rights activists using its Gmail
service and on dozens of companies.
2010 Jan 12, Texas-based Apache
Corp. said it made its sixth oil and gas discovery in the Faghur
Basin play in Egypt's far Western Desert near the Libyan border.
2010 Jan 12, Kenn Allan Davis
(78), newspaper illustrator and mystery novel writer, died at his
home in Placer County, Ca. His 8 detective novels featured Carver
Bascombe, an African American private eye. The first in the series
was titled “The Dark Side" (1976), co-written with John Stanley.
(SFC, 1/19/10, p.C3)
2010 Jan 12, In Afghanistan
protesters claiming that international troops destroyed copies of
the Quran clashed with Afghan and foreign security forces, leaving
six people dead in Helmand province's Garmsir district. Coalition
troops saw a group of insurgents near a safe house preparing
ammunition as well as insurgent mortar teams moving equipment and
launched one missile in the Naw Zad area of Helmand province,
killing the 13 militants. A French army captain died of wounds
suffered a day before during an insurgent ambush in the Alasay
valley east of Kabul.
2010 Jan 12, China took new
steps to control bank lending, ordering institutions to set aside
more reserves in a move to avert a surge in credit that Beijing
worries might fuel inflation or asset price bubbles.
2010 Jan 12, The European Court
of Human Rights condemned British anti-terror legislation allowing
people to be searched by police without reasonable suspicion of
2010 Jan 12, Guinea's wounded
junta leader, Capt. Moussa "Dadis" Camara, arrived in Burkina Faso
from Morocco to recuperate after last month's assassination attempt.
One of his top opponents said the surprise move could help him avoid
2010 Jan 12, A powerful 7.0
earthquake hit Haiti and crushed thousands of structures, from
schools and shacks to the National Palace. Thousands of people were
believed dead and untold numbers were trapped. An estimated 3
million people were in need of emergency aid. The quake left over
200,000 people dead. Some 4,500 prison inmates escaped during the
earthquake. By April they were terrorizing neighborhoods and
fighting turf battles. The UN later estimated 222,570 people were
killed and 300,572 injured. In 2011 a report commissioned by USAID
contended that between 46,000 and 85,000 people were killed by the
quake, far below the Haitian government's death toll of 316,000.
(AP, 1/13/10)(SFC, 3/11/10, p.A2)(SFC, 4/8/10,
p.A2)(Econ, 3/19/11, p.46)(AFP, 6/1/11)
2010 Jan 12, The Indonesian
government, which has promised to stamp out corruption, was
embarrassed by revelations that rich and powerful prisoners are
living in luxury behind bars.
2010 Jan 12, In Iran Masoud Ali
Mohammadi (50), a nuclear physics professor who publicly backed
Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi in the disputed June
presidential election, was killed when a bomb-rigged motorcycle blew
up outside his home in Tehran. The government blamed the rare
assassination on an armed Iranian opposition group that it said
operated under the direction of Israel and the US. In 2011 Majid
Jamali Fashi, charged with the killing of Mohammadi, went on trial.
Fashi was also accused of cooperating with Mossad. On Aug 28 Fashi
was sentenced to death.
(AP, 1/12/10)(AP, 8/23/11)(AP, 8/28/11)
2010 Jan 12, Iraqi security
forces locked down large swathes of Baghdad, seized hundreds of
pounds of explosives and arrested 25 men suspected of plotting
terror attacks possibly timed to coincide with the run-up to
parliamentary elections in March.
2010 Jan 12, Israeli police
broke up the harem of Goel Ratzon (60), who was suspected of
enslaving a cult-like harem of at least 17 women and 37 children.
Ratzon, who's lived this way for two decades, denied any wrongdoing.
He maintained the harem with 17 women in a state of near-total
obedience in apartments in the Tel Aviv area. On Feb 14 he was
charged in a Tel Aviv court with enslavement, rape, incest and other
(AP, 1/14/10)(AP, 2/8/10)(AP, 2/14/10)
2010 Jan 12, In Mexico druglord
Teodoro Garcia Simental, known as "El Teo," was seized by federal
troops when they stormed a seaside vacation home near the southern
tip of the Baja California peninsula. He was accused of ordering
massacres, beheadings and the dissolving of bodies in caustic soda.
2010 Jan 12, Nigerian lawmakers
voted to send a delegation to Saudi Arabia to discuss "issues of
national importance" with ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua as
protests mounted for him to stand down. Gunmen seized 3 Britons and
a Colombian, shooting dead their police escort in the first major
kidnapping for six months in southern Niger Delta. Gunmen soon
demanded a ransom of 300 million naira (1.98 million dollars, 1.38
million euros) for the release of three Britons and the Colombian.
On Jan 18 gunmen freed the 3 British expatriate workers and their
(AFP, 1/12/10)(AFP, 1/15/10)(AFP, 1/18/10)
2010 Jan 12, In Papua New
Guinea 38 people were killed and 18 others hospitalized after two
speeding buses crashed head-on while trying to drive around
2010 Jan 12, A web site linked
to leading Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza reported that Poland's tax
office has levied a fine of 2.3 million zlotys ($820,000) on an
unemployed woman for failing to pay tax on income worth at least
13.7 million zlotys she said she had earned as a prostitute.
2010 Jan 12, Saudi Arabia said
that 82 Saudi soldiers been killed and 21 are missing since November
when it joined the fighting in battling rebels along the
2010 Jan 12, In Sri Lanka
Gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying supporters of the main
opposition presidential candidate, killing one political activist.
2010 Jan 12, Novartis, a Swiss
drug company, announced its decision to spend $24 million to secure
exclusive licenses and options on drug delivery technologies
developed by Proteus Biomedical, a California start-up.
(Econ, 1/16/10, p.62)
2010 Jan 12, Switzerland's
highest court ruled that $4.6 million seized from bank accounts
linked to Haiti's former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier
can be handed over to his family. The decision was not published
until Feb 3. Many in Haiti considered that money to be stolen from
public funds. Duvalier was ousted in 1986.
2010 Jan 12, Yemeni military
forces killed 20 rebels in a door-to-door sweep of the main northern
city Saada and arrested 20 more in an operation dubbed "Strike on
the Head." Yemeni security forces killed Abdullah Mihzar, a
suspected militant, who was on a government list of wanted al-Qaida
figures. 4 others were arrested in a raid on a house in the remote
mountainous province of Shabwa.
(AP, 1/12/10)(AP, 1/13/10)
2011 Jan 12, Democratic
Illinois lawmakers beat a looming deadline and approved a 66%
income-tax increase in a desperate bid to end the state's crippling
2011 Jan 12, Idaho lottery
officials said Holly Lahti (29) was the co-winner of the $380
million Mega Millions jackpot, the 2nd largest lottery jackpot in
history. She will share the prize with Jim and Carolyn McCullar of
(SFC, 1/13/11, p.A6)
2011 Jan 12, In Ohio Rev.
Raleigh Trammell (73), former national chairman of the Southern
Christian leadership Conference, was indicted on 51 charges that
included grand theft, forgery and tampering with government records.
(SFC, 1/13/11, p.A6)
2011 Jan 12, A winter storm
that shut down much of the US South churned up the coast, dumping
snow across the Northeast. In Connecticut more than 2 feet of snow
had fallen in some places.
2011 Jan 12, ITT Corp., which
began making telephone equipment in 1920, announced plans to split
itself into three publicly traded companies.
(SFC, 1/13/11, p.D3)
2011 Jan 12, In Afghanistan
attacks against the intelligence service and international forces
killed at least nine people. A suicide bomber on a motorbike
targeted a minibus carrying Afghan intelligence service employees.
The attack left at least two people dead and wounded more than 30.
Two roadside bombs killed four international troops. A fifth
international service member was killed in an insurgent attack in
eastern Afghanistan, and another died in the east from a "non-battle
related injury. Afghan and coalition forces detained a Taliban
operator in Behsud district of Nangarhar province.
(AP, 1/12/11)(AP, 1/13/11)
2011 Jan 12, In Australia
floodwaters poured into the empty downtown of Australia's
third-largest city after tearing a deadly path across the northeast,
swamping neighborhoods in what could be Brisbane's most devastating
floods in a century.
2011 Jan 12, Brazilian
authorities in Rio de Janeiro said at least 350 people died in three
towns north of Rio following early morning mudslides.
(AP, 1/12/11)(AP, 1/13/11)
2011 Jan 12, Colombian police
assisted by US drug agents captured Julio Enrique Ayala Munoz, the
chief go-between linking the country's cocaine suppliers and
Mexico's Sinaloa cartel. Munoz was wanted for extradition to New
York on drug trafficking-related charges.
2011 Jan 12, A Danish cargo
ship, the M/V Leopard, came under fire from pirates approaching in
two skiffs. Since then, there's been no contact with the crew, four
Filipinos and two Danes. All were released 838 days later. In 2016 a
Danish court ordered the tabloid Ekstra Bladet to pay 300,000 kroner
($46,000) each in damages to two of the seamen for violating the
privacy of Eddy Lopez and Soeren Lyngbjoern by reporting about them
during their captivity.
(AP, 1/14/11)(AP, 5/13/16)
2011 Jan 12, A Dubai court gave
a three-year jail sentence to a self-professed African wizard, a
blacksmith from Chad, who claimed he could make millions of dollars
rain from the sky in exchange for a modest payment to genies.
2011 Jan 12, In Egypt hundreds
of Christians demonstrated near a Cairo slum, blocking a major
highway and clashing with police following the Jan 11 shooting death
of a Christian man.
2011 Jan 12, Iran's opposition
leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi, denounced the country's ruling system
for being 'totalitarian' like the old Nazi and Soviet regimes, with
lying to its people being its defining characteristic.
2011 Jan 12, Israeli extradited
to the US two suspected leaders of one of the country's most
powerful crime families to face murder, drug and racketeering
charges. US marshals escorted brothers Itzhak and Meir Abergil onto
a plane to Los Angeles.
2011 Jan 12, Ivory Coast
security forces loyal to the sitting president, who is refusing to
cede power, descended on an opposition stronghold and opened fire
for the second time in as many days, only hours after opposition
supporters had taken to the streets in protest.
2011 Jan 12, Kuwait's PM Sheikh
Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad al-Sabah received a red carpet welcome on
his first visit since Iraq's 1990 invasion of its oil-rich neighbor.
Both sides pledged to redouble efforts to resolve issues from that
2011 Jan 12, A Lebanese
official said Hezbollah ministers and their allies have resigned
from the 30-member Cabinet, bringing the government to the brink of
collapse. 11 ministers of the March 8 opposition stepped down from
the Cabinet over tensions stemming from a UN-backed tribunal
investigating the assassination of a Former Prime Minister Rafik
(AP, 1/12/11)(Econ, 1/15/11, p.50)
2011 Jan 12, Morocco’s interior
minister said soldiers had turned a blind eye to the smuggling of
weapons that were seized in the recent dismantlement of a terrorist
cell with links to Qaida's North African branch. 5 Moroccan soldiers
stationed in disputed Western Sahara were arrested for accepting
kickbacks and allowing smuggled goods into the occupied territory.
(AP, 1/12/11)(AFP, 1/13/11)
2011 Jan 12, Nigerian
authorities presented Keiti Sese, aka Commander Noumekeme, to
journalists. He said he surrendered because he wanted to become part
of the amnesty program, though it was unclear whether he would be
allowed since deadlines to do so have long passed. His gang in
Bayelsa state has been suspected of sabotaging Chevron pipelines, as
well as involvement in kidnappings and the illegal oil trade.
2011 Jan 12, North and South
Korea restored an important cross-border communication channel,
though South Korea still rejected North Korea's calls for talks to
defuse high tensions.
2011 Jan 12, In Pakistan US VP
Joe Biden tried to dispel what he called common anti-American
misperceptions while urging the government to fight growing
religious extremism. A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden
vehicle into a mosque in northwest Pakistan, killing 17 paramilitary
soldiers and policemen.
2011 Jan 12, Sri Lanka's
government says five more people have died in widespread floods and
mudslides, pushing the death toll to 18 from days of heavy rains.
2011 Jan 12, Sudanese students
demonstrating against rising food and petrol prices began 2 days of
clashes with police in three towns in the mostly Arab north,
2011 Jan 12, Tajikistan agreed
to give away a portion of its territory to neighboring China in a
bid to put an end to a land dispute dating back more than a century.
Foreign Minister Khamrokon Zarifi portrayed it as a victory, saying
China had initially claimed more than 11,000 square miles (28,000
2011 Jan 12, In Tunisia police
and protesters clashed in the center of the capital, Tunis, bringing
unrest to the government's doorstep after nearly a month of deadly
protests that pose the most serious challenge to the president's two
decades of iron-fisted rule.
2011 Jan 12, Pope Benedict XVI
named a new archbishop for the Catholic church in Haiti on the first
anniversary of the devastating earthquake that killed the bishop's
predecessor along with dozens of other priests, seminarians and
nuns. The Vatican said that Monsignor Guire Poulard, bishop of Les
Cayes, is the new archbishop of Port-au-Prince.
2011 Jan 12, Vietnam’s
Communist Party leaders acknowledged that rampant abuse of power is
holding the country back, telling delegates during the opening of a
key meeting that cleaning up corruption would help solve the
country's economic woes.
2011 Jan 12, Yemen's president
suspended his oil minister and the head of the national oil company
over a fuel shortage that has forced people to queue at petrol
2012 Jan 12, President Barack
Obama formally notified Congress that he plans a $1.2 trillion
increase in the US debt limit, prompting Republicans to level
election-year charges that deficits are out of control.
2012 Jan 12, In San Mateo Ct.,
Ca., a prosecutor said Jo Ann Seeney (60), the former finance
director of the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control
District and her assistant, Vika Sinipata (35), have been charged
with embezzling over $450,000 from the agency from 2009-2011. Seeney
had already been accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands from
two previous employers. Sinipata pleaded no contest on Feb 25, 2013.
On April 16, 2013, Seeney pleaded no contest to 10 felony
(SFC, 1/13/12, p.C3)(SFC, 2/27/13, p.E3)(SFC,
2012 Jan 12, A Michigan judge
ordered an 84-year old billionaire to jail after finding him in
contempt for failing to complete a construction project at Detroit's
Ambassador Bridge, the busiest crossing between the United States
and Canada. Manuel "Matty" Moroun, an owner of the Detroit
International Bridge Co that controls the Ambassador Bridge, along
with company president Dan Stamper were booked at Wayne County Jail.
2012 Jan 12, Afghanistan,
Washington and the Taliban condemned a video purporting to show US
Marines urinating on corpses of insurgents. The troops in the
inflammatory video were soon identified as being from the 3rd
Battalion 2nd Marine Regiment, based at Camp Lejeune, North
Carolina. In southern Afghanistan a suicide car-bomber killed five
people and wounded 10 others near Kandahar city. The dead included
Fazludin Agha, the chief of Panjwayi district, his two sons and two
(AFP, 1/12/12)(AFP, 1/13/12)
2012 Jan 12, The Australian
military was rocked by more sex scandals, including allegations of
assault, child porn, rape and drug-dealing within its ranks.
2012 Jan 12, Belgium's Catholic
Church said that priests and clergy who abused children will be
required to pay damages, even if victims make their claims after the
country's statute of limitations has expired.
2012 Jan 12, Bosnia’s
parliament voted 36-2, with 3 abstentions, to approve Vjekoslav
Bevanda, a Bosnian Croat and former regional finance minister, as
2012 Jan 12, Canada’s
government abruptly argued that the same-sex marriages of many
foreigners who wed in Canada are not valid, a move that stunned the
gay community and could affect thousands of couples.
2012 Jan 12, DR Congo's
influential Catholic church denounced "serious errors" in the
tallying of November polls as the electoral commission announced a
further delay in final vote results.
2012 Jan 12, El Salvador's
government said it has received a formal request from Spain for the
extradition of 13 former military officers accused in the 1989
slayings of six Jesuit priests and two other people. Two other
officers were in the United States.
2012 Jan 12, In Germany a
46-year-old priest, who has been suspended, went on trial at the
state court in Braunschweig. The Roman Catholic priest has admitted
to 280 counts of sexually abusing three boys over a several-year
2012 Jan 12, In Honduras a
decomposed, bullet-riddled body was found near the border with
Nicaragua. The body of Santos Guadalupe Borge was soon identified as
the purported leader of a shadowy Nicaraguan resistance group.
2012 Jan 12, Israeli rights
groups and parliamentarians criticized a court ruling upholding a
law that prevents Palestinians married to Arab Israelis from
obtaining Israeli citizenship or residency. Israel troops demolished
an unauthorized settler outpost made up of 10 wooden huts in the
southern West Bank.
(AFP, 1/12/12)(AFP, 1/12/12)
2012 Jan 12, Hackers claiming
to be from the Gaza Strip defaced the website of the Israel Fire and
Rescue services, posting a message saying "Death to Israel."
2012 Jan 12, Human Rights
Watch (HRW) warned that Kenyan security forces were abusing
civilians and Somali refugees in northeastern regions. The ICRC said
it has suspended food aid to 1.1 million people in southern and
central Somalia because of obstruction by local militia. Gunmen
killed a local aid worker and his driver in central Somalia.
2012 Jan 12, Lebanese media and
officials said the Lebanese army has detained a man on suspicion of
collaborating for years with Israel's Mossad spy agency. Elias
Younes, a retired employee of the state telecommunications company
Ogero, was arrested earlier in the week.
2012 Jan 12, Malian President
Amadou Toumani Toure ended a 2-day visit to India. At the end of the
visit a joint statement announced that India extended a $100-million
loan to Mali for a power project, while Bamako promised to support
the Asian giant's bid for a permanent UN Security Council seat.
2012 Jan 12, In Mexico gunmen
wounded a man outside a school in Ciudad Juarez. The victim ran onto
the campus trying to escape, the attackers followed him and finished
2012 Jan 12, In Mexico City the
104-meter Estele de Luz (stele of light) was inaugurated. This was
sixteen months later than planned at a cost of 1.2 billion pesos
($100m), treble the original budget.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estela_de_Luz)(Econ, 3/4/17, p.26)
2012 Jan 12, Myanmar's
government signed a cease-fire agreement with ethnic Karen rebels in
a major step toward ending one of the world's longest-running
insurgencies and meeting a key condition for better ties with the
West. Myanmar also said it will release 651 prisoners starting Jan
13 under a new presidential pardon, with anticipation mounting that
many of those to be freed will be political detainees.
2012 Jan 12, In Nigeria a
national strike entered its fourth day with oil workers threatening
to halt production.
2012 Jan 12, In Pakistan an
American missile strike in North Waziristan killed four foreign
Islamist militants. It was the second such drone strike in three
days. Intercepted militant radio communications later indicated that
Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud was among those killed.
(AP, 1/12/12)(AP, 1/15/12)
2012 Jan 12, In Poland the
Warsaw Provincial Court found retired Gen. Czeslaw Kiszczak guilty
on charges of membership in an armed criminal group that illegally
declared a clampdown and violated the freedom of many Poles in 1981.
The former interior minister was given a two-year suspended prison
term for his role in implementing martial law in Poland on Dec 13
2012 Jan 12, Russia’s PM
Vladimir Putin promised that his government will become more
accountable to the Russian people if he wins a third presidential
term in March as he laid out his priorities for the future on a
2012 Jan 12, Saudi security
forces clashed with Shiite protesters in the kingdom's oil-rich east
killing one person and wounding 3. The clashes came after
demonstrations were held in four Qatif region villages to call for
the "release of political detainees, reform and an end to sectarian
discrimination. Most of Saudi Arabia's estimated two million Shiites
live in the Eastern Province.
2012 Jan 12, In South Sudan
hundreds of armed attackers from Murle ethnic group that suffered a
devastating assault last month charged into three Lou Nuer villages,
burned them to the ground and killed 57 people Uror county.
2012 Jan 12, Speaking in Sudan
the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, said
Eritrean refugees are being kidnapped and sometimes killed by human
traffickers. He called for global action against the crimes.
2012 Jan 12, Syrian authorities
barred hundreds of activists from crossing into the country to
deliver aid to victims of the Syrian regime's deadly crackdown on
2012 Jan 12, In Thailand gunmen
shot dead journalist Wisut Tangwitthayaporn (40), a local newspaper
owner and political activist in a targeted attack on the island of
2012 Jan 12, A Thai navy patrol
caught a gang of dog smugglers on the shore of the Mekong River in
Nakhon Phanom province. At least 750 dogs were to be transported
through Laos to Vietnam, where dog meat is a delicacy.
2012 Jan 12, Turkish officials
said a Russian ship, allegedly carrying tons of weapons, made a dash
for Syria after Cypriot officials allowed it to leave their waters.
The Chariot was ferrying cargo owned by Russia's state arms trader
2012 Jan 12, A Turkish court
files charges against Britain’s Duchess of York for secretly filming
orphanages in the country in 2008 for a British TV program.
(SFC, 1/13/12, p.A2)
2013 Jan 12, In Florida nearely
800 people began month-long "Python Challenge" to deal with an
infestation of Burmese pythons that were eating their way through a
fragile ecosystem. Roughly 2,050 pythons have been harvested in
Florida since 2000.
2013 Jan 12, In Las Vegas
Mallory Hagan, a 23-year-old blonde from Brooklyn, N.Y., won the
Miss America crown after deftly dealing with a question about armed
guards in schools and raising the issue of child sexual abuse in her
2013 Jan 12, New York Governor
Andrew Cuomo declared a public health emergency, giving pharmacists
permission to administer flu vaccinations to more people as
officials seek to stem the worst flu outbreak in that state in
2013 Jan 12, Three men from
Utah died when their plane went down near Paris, Texas.
(SFC, 1/14/13, p.A5)
2013 Jan 12, Four Chinese
workers were abducted in Sudan's North Darfur region by unidentified
gunmen. They were released on Jan 16. Eleven Sudanese workers who
were abducted together with the Chinese remained hostages.
(AP, 1/14/13)(AP, 1/16/13)
2013 Jan 12, The Czech Republic
held presidential elections in a direct popular vote for the first
time, choosing from nine candidates to replace euroskeptic President
Vaclav Klaus. Some 61.3% of Czech voters cast their ballots. Former
leftist PM Milos Zeman and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg
appeared to be the front runners. With no candidate achieving a
majority, the top two finishers would face each other in a runoff in
(AP, 1/12/13)(Econ, 1/19/13, p.55)
2013 Jan 12, An Egyptian court
ordered a religious TV program hosted by a fiery preacher off the
air on charges of libeling and defaming a well-known actress. It was
one of three legal reverses suffered by Islamists today in cases
dealing with the media.
2013 Jan 12, In Egypt a dozen
masked attackers fired birdshot late today at protesters who have
camped outside the presidential palace in Cairo for the past month,
wounding several along with security forces standing watch nearby.
2013 Jan 12, In India police
arrested six suspects in another gang rape of a bus passenger in
Punjab state. Police also arrested a 32-year-old man for allegedly
raping and killing a 9-year-old girl two weeks ago in Ahmednagar
district in western India.
2013 Jan 12, In Iraq Shiite
demonstrators took to the streets of Baghdad to show support for PM
Nouri al-Maliki's government, which has faced angry protests in
Sunni provinces in a sign of growing sectarian tensions.
2013 Jan 12, Kenya's President
Mwai Kibaki vetoed legislation in which members of parliament gave
themselves a hefty send-off package in a late-evening vote on the
last day of session before national elections. The Salaries and
Remuneration Commission said it was unconstitutional for legislators
to set their own pay under the constitution the country adopted in
2013 Jan 12, The Kenya Red
Cross said at least 200 people have been killed in violence in the
southeast since August in fighting that could be related to
political tensions ahead of March elections.
2013 Jan 12, In Mali French
airstrikes overnight drove back Islamist rebels from Konna and
destroyed a militant command center, as West African nations
authorized the immediate deployment of troops to the country. At
least 11 civilians were killed in Konna. A French pilot was killed
after the Islamists downed his combat helicopter.
(AP, 1/12/13)(AP, 1/13/13)
2013 Jan 12, In west Nepal a
bus veered off a mountain road leaving at least 30 people dead and
several more injured near Chatiwan village.
2013 Jan 12, Northern Ireland
police fought day-and-night street battles with Protestant militants
as a protest march to Belfast City Hall degenerated into riots when
many marchers returned home to the Protestant east side. 29 officers
2013 Jan 12, In Somalia a
French commando raid to free a captive intelligence agent, code-name
Denis Allex, ended in the deaths of 17 Islamists and a French
soldier. France said the hostage also died in the failed rescue, but
the man's captors denied he had been killed and claimed to have
seized a 2nd soldier. Allex was captured in Somalia on July 14,
2013 Jan 12, In Somalia three
Syrian hostages held by pirates were released after more than two
years in captivity. They were the last to be freed of the 21
surviving crew of the ship MV Orna, hijacked in Dec, 2010.
2013 Jan 12, Syrian troops
captured most of Daraya, a strategic Damascus suburb used by rebels
as a base to threaten key regime facilities in the capital.
2014 Jan 12, The Cygnus cargo
ship from Orbital Sciences delivered Christmas presents along with
needed supplies to the Int’l. Space Station.
(SFC, 1/13/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 12, In Afghanistan a
Taliban suicide bomber riding a bicycle detonated himself next to a
police bus in Kabul, killing a policeman and a civilian in the first
major attack in the Afghan capital this year.
2014 Jan 12, In Afghanistan
Daniel Menard, a former Canadian brigadier-general and head of
Canadian forces in Afghanistan, was detained for alleged gun
smuggling. He was currently working for security firm Garda World.
Menard had resigned from the military after pleading guilty in 2011
to having an affair with a female corporal under his command.
2014 Jan 12, In Bangladesh
Sheikh Hasina was sworn in for a third spell as prime minister after
a deadly general election boycotted by the opposition amid an
ongoing political crisis.
2014 Jan 12, Central African
Republic’s local Red Cross said scattered violence in Bangui,
including two consecutive nights of intense gunfire in some
neighborhoods, has killed 13 people since Michel Djotodia announced
his resignation from the presidency on Jan 10. Rival militiamen
struck a truce and hugged each other in a neighborhood of Bangui on
the eve of consultations aimed at replacing the president who
resigned under international pressure.
(AP, 1/12/14)(AFP, 1/12/14)
2014 Jan 12, In Egypt hundreds
of students supporting ousted Pres. Morsi battled security forces at
three Cairo universities, two days before a referendum that
officials say will be protected by a massive deployment of soldiers
2014 Jan 12, In western Germany
a small jet crashed near an airfield near Trier and four people on
board were killed.
2014 Jan 12, A 2009 Indonesian
law banning the export of unprocessed minerals took effect, with the
government aiming to boost local operations and create more jobs and
mining companies warning of losses.
(AP, 1/12/14)(Econ, 1/18/14, p.64)
2014 Jan 12, Iran's foreign
ministry said that the “joint plan of action," the landmark
agreement the Islamic republic clinched with world powers on its
disputed nuclear program, will take effect from January 20. Under
the JPA Iran would freeze its nuclear program for six months.
(AFP, 1/12/14)(Econ, 1/18/14, p.47)
2014 Jan 12, Iraqi PM Nuri
al-Maliki threatened to cut central government funding for Iraq's
autonomous Kurdistan region if the Kurds pursued a drive to pipe oil
exports to Turkey without Baghdad's approval.
2014 Jan 12, In Iraq two car
bombs exploded in Baghdad killing at least 21 people. Government
employees returned to work under tight security in Ramadi, but
militants still held parts of the Anbar provincial capital and all
(Reuters, 1/12/14)(AFP, 1/12/14)(SFC, 1/13/14,
2014 Jan 12, In the Israeli
occupied West Bank at least 50 people were hurt in a clash between
Palestinian police and residents of the Jalazoun refugee camp
protesting against a strike in a UN aid agency that has paralyzed
2014 Jan 12, In Libya
assailants in Sirte gunned down a deputy minister Hassan al-Droui
overnight, in the first killing of a government member since the
2011 overthrow of dictator Moamer Kadhafi. The toll from tribal
clashes in the southern town of Sebha rose to 27 dead, with another
72 people wounded in the unrest.
2014 Jan 12, The leaders of
Mali and Mauritania signed an accord to boost military cooperation
and information sharing in the battle against "armed groups or
terrorists" plaguing the west African neighbors.
2014 Jan 12, In western Mexico
vigilantes seized a drug cartel's bastion in the Michoacan
state town of Nueva Italia, sparking a shootout as the civilian
militia gained new ground in their struggle against the Knights
Templar in the violence-plagued region.
2014 Jan 12, In Pakistan a bomb
attack targeting an aide of the prime minister killed 5 people in
the Swat Valley. The official escaped unharmed. Hours later
gunmen fatally shot Mian Mohammad Mushtaq, an anti-Taliban
politician, along with two aides on the outskirts of Peshawar.
Private guards working for the lawmaker, Abdul Rehman Khetran,
attacked police at a checkpoint, beat them up and stole their
weapons. Police then raided the lawmaker's fortified home in
Baluchistan province and found a private dungeon at his home in
which five people were found chained up. Khetran is a legislator for
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, a conservative, religious party.
(AP, 1/12/14)(Reuters, 1/13/14)(SFC, 1/13/14,
2014 Jan 12, A Saudi court
sentenced to death an Al-Qaeda militant and jailed 10 others over
the May 1, 2004, attack that killed six Westerners and a policeman.
2014 Jan 12, Syrian state media
and anti-government activists said a mortar attack has killed at
least 19 people in the central city of Homs. Activists said the al
Qaeda-linked Islamist State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has
executed dozens of rival Islamists over the last two days as the
group recaptured most territory it had lost in Raqqa province.
(AP, 1/12/14)(Reuters, 1/12/14)
2014 Jan 12, In Tanzania
clashes broke out in the Embroi Murtangosi nature reserve in Manyara
province, when armed Masai herdsmen launched an attack on farmers.
At least 10 people were killed over the next few days.
2014 Jan 12, Thai protest
leader Suthep Thaugsuban ruled out talks with the government in a
published interview, but said he would stand down his movement if,
as some fear, violence escalates and civil war looms.
2014 Jan 12, In Ukraine an
estimated 50,000 pro-Western protesters massed in the heart of Kiev
amid swelling anger over the bloody beating of prominent former
minister turned opposition leader Yuriy Lutsenko.
2014 Jan 12, The UN’s refugee
agency said around 10,000 people have fled north to Sudan from South
Sudan where government troops and rebels have battled for the past
2014 Jan 12, Pope Francis named
his first batch of cardinals, choosing 19 men from Asia, Africa,
Latin America and elsewhere, including the developing nations of
Haiti and Burkina Faso.
2014 Jan 12, Yemeni tribesmen
tried to overrun an army camp on the outskirts of al-Shihr,
Hadramout province, killing 4 soldiers.
2015 Jan 12, Pres. Obama
launched a new drive to improve data security and privacy.
(Econ, 1/17/15, p.63)
2015 Jan 12, US officials said
Cuba has released all 53 prisoners it had promised to free.
2015 Jan 12, Hacker group
CyberCaliphate took over the Twitter and YouTube accounts of US
Central Command. The Pentagon called it an annoying prank that did
not breach military networks.
(AP, 1/13/15)(SFC, 1/13/15, p.A6)
2015 Jan 12, California state
regulators ordered Mercury Insurance to pay nearly $27.6 million for
improperly collecting unapproved broker fees from its auto
customers. Mercury disagreed with the decision and planned to
contest the ruling.
(SFC, 1/13/15, p.C2)
2015 Jan 12, Illinois Gov.
Bruce Rauner declared that business as usual is over in his
(Econ, 6/6/15, p.22)
2015 Jan 12, A US federal judge
declared South Dakota’s ban on same-sex marriage to be illegal, but
stayed the decision pending appeal.
(SFC, 1/13/15, p.A6)
2015 Jan 12, In Washington DC a
woman died and dozens of people were injured after thick smoke
filled a subway tunnel during the evening rush hour.
2015 Jan 12, Darrell Winfield,
the “real" Marlboro man (1968-1989) of the Philip Morris Tobacco
Co., died in Riverton, Wyoming. The company began using Marlboro men
in its advertising in 1954.
2015 Jan 12, The Afghan
government, after months of delay, unveiled its full list of Cabinet
nominees. An Afghan policeman opened fire, killing two colleagues,
including a district chief and a police unit commander in Helmand
province. The attacker was shot and soon died.
2015 Jan 12, In Armenia a
family of six was killed by machine gun at their home in the city of
Gyumri. Suspect Valery Permyakov, a Russian soldier who deserted his
unit at a Russian military base, was detained the next day while
trying to cross from Armenia into Turkey. On Jan 19 a six-month-old
boy became the 7th member the Avetisyan family to die. On August 23,
2016, a Russian military court sentenced Permyakov to life in
(AP, 1/13/15)(Reuters, 1/19/15)
2015 Jan 12, British author
John Bayley (89) died of a heart ailment. His "Elegy for Iris"
(1999) chronicled his wife's descent into Alzheimer's disease and
was turned into an Oscar-winning movie starring Judi Dench and Jim
2015 Jan 12, Cameroonian
soldiers killed at least 143 Boko Haram fighters when the Islamist
militant group attacked a military base along the Nigerian border.
2015 Jan 12, Cambodia's biggest
hydropower dam began operating as PM Hun Sen inaugurated the
Chinese-built project to help supply electricity for underserved
villages and factories.
2015 Jan 12, In the Central
African Republic nearly 100 people were feared dead after the New
Jerusalem barge caught fire and sank on the Oubangui River near the
village of Modale.
2015 Jan 12, Chinese police
shot and killed six would-be bombers in the latest violence to
strike the restive far northwestern region of Xinjiang.
2015 Jan 12, In China taxi
drivers began protesting against high cab rental fees and emerging
competitors such as Uber in several provincial cities.
2015 Jan 12, Interpol said it
has put ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich on the
international wanted list on Ukrainian charges of embezzlement and
2015 Jan 12, An Egyptian court
acquitted 26 men accused of "debauchery" after their night-time
arrest last September from a Cairo bathhouse for suspected
2015 Jan 12, In Germany a
record 25,000 anti-Islamist protesters marched through Dresden, many
holding banners with anti-immigrant slogans.
2015 Jan 12, Iranian police
confiscated seven tons of opium from drug smugglers. It was
concealed in a cement truck heading toward Tehran. Iran was the main
route for drug smugglers to ship narcotics from the poppy fields of
Afghanistan to Europe.
2015 Jan 12, In Iraq suicide
car bomb killed 12 Shiite militiamen and soldiers in Abasiyat, a
town north of Baghdad, sparking a battle between security forces and
fighters with the extremist Islamic State group.
2015 Jan 12, Lebanese security
forces raided the notorious Roumieh prison after discovering that
inmates were linked to a deadly bomb attack last week.
2015 Jan 12, In Nigeria
fighters from the Islamist group Boko Haram launched an attack on a
military base in the northwest Cameroonian city of Kolofata.
2015 Jan 12, Saudi Arabia said
it has beheaded a Myanmar female child-killer, bringing to 7 the
number of death sentences it has carried out this year. Layla bint
Abdul Mutaleb Bassim is later seen screaming her innocence in a
video posted on the Internet on Jan 17.
(AFP, 1/12/15)(AFP, 1/17/15)
2015 Jan 12, Hundreds of
Tanzanian schoolgirls returned home after spending three months
hiding in safe houses to escape genital mutilation.
2015 Jan 12, Ukraine, Russia,
Germany and France scrapped plans to hold a summit in Kazakhstan
later this week because of the failure to implement a four-month-old
ceasefire agreement fully and there was no sign of when it might be
2016 Jan 12, Pres. Obama
delivered his last annual State of the Union speech to Congress. He
called for leaders to "fix" US politics and criticized candidates
such as Trump for using anti-Muslim rhetoric that betrayed American
2016 Jan 12, Two US patrol
boats and their crews were seized by Iranian Revolutionary Guards
after unintentionally entering Iranian waters near an island naval
base. The boats and crew were released the next day.
(Econ, 1/16/16, p.51)
2016 Jan 12, The US Supreme
Court ruled against Florida’s death sentencing system, which allowed
judges to decide whether to impose the death penalty in court.
2016 Jan 12, Tens of thousands
of junior doctors went on strike in England, causing major
disruption to hospitals in the first walkout of its kind for 40
2016 Jan 12, British energy
major BP said that it will axe more than 4,000 jobs worldwide over
the next two years in response to collapsing oil prices.
2016 Jan 12, In Cambodia two
trucks transporting garment workers to their factory crashed,
killing 5 of the workers and injuring 65 others.
2016 Jan 12, Canadian mining
company Eldorado Gold said it is suspending work at a site in Greece
and laying off 600 workers following protests by local residents and
a spat with the country's leftwing government.
2016 Jan 12, Chinese
conglomerate Wanda Group signed a $3.5 billion deal to buy Hollywood
studio Legendary Entertainment, the maker of blockbusters "Jurassic
World" and "Godzilla", dubbing it China's biggest-ever cultural
2016 Jan 12, A court in
northern China sentenced Li Dongsheng, a former vice minister of
public security, to 15 years in jail for accepting bribes.
2016 Jan 12, Czech police said
they have broken a ring that was allegedly producing large amounts
of methamphetamine for illegal sale in western Europe.
2016 Jan 12, The Denmark-based
Lego Group announced that it would no longer ask what the "thematic
purpose" of a project is. Instead, customers who intend to display
their creations in public will be asked to make clear that Lego does
not support or endorse them.
2016 Jan 12, The Council of
Europe told Georgia to improve its justice system, saying it was
worried by allegations the authorities were abusing the law to
conduct a politically-motivated crackdown on the opposition.
2016 Jan 12, In Guatemala an
overnight battle between rival gangs in an overcrowded prison in
Chimaltenango left 6 inmates dead and another six wounded.
2016 Jan 12, Iran said it will
sell part of its stock of heavy water to the United States under its
nuclear deal with world powers.
2016 Jan 12, An Iranian Phantom
fighter jet crashed close to the Pakistan border, killing two
2016 Jan 12, In Iraq a suicide
bomber attacked a police convoy near Baquba, critically wounding a
senior police officer and killing 3 other members of the security
forces. 2 Iraqi journalists were killed outside Baquba. At least
seven Sunni mosques and dozens of shops were firebombed in the east.
2016 Jan 12, Clashes erupted in
Indian-controlled Kashmir as police fired tear gas to stop thousands
of people from marching in a funeral procession of a rebel commander
killed in a clash with government forces.
2016 Jan 12, Kuwait sentenced
two defendants to death, including Iranian Abdulreda Hayder being
tried in absentia, after they were convicted of "spying for Iran"
and plotting attacks in the Gulf country.
2016 Jan 12, In the Netherlands
five sperm whales beached on Texel Island. All 5 died before anyone
could attempt a rescue operation. Sperm whales began to wash up on
German, Dutch, French and British shores. Over the next two months
29 beached whales surprised scientists after only 82 previous
beaching of sperm whales had been documented since the 1990s. In
2017 German scientists said the mass beachings could have been due
to solar storms.
(AP, 1/13/16) (Reuters, 9/5/17)
2016 Jan 12, A 21-year-old
Palestinian was shot dead after hurling stones at Israeli troops in
the West Bank.
2016 Jan 12, The Philippine
Supreme Court declared as constitutional a defense pact that allows
American forces, warships and planes to temporarily base in local
2016 Jan 12, In Spain Carles
Puigdemont became the first Catalan president to take the oath of
office while omitting the traditional vows of loyalty to Spain’s
(Econ, 1/16/16, p.58)
2016 Jan 12, Syrian state media
said the government’s army and allied forces has taken full control
of the rebel-held town of Salma, Latakia province.
2016 Jan 12, In Turkey a
suicide bomber thought to have crossed recently from Syria killed
himself and 10 German tourists, in Istanbul's historic heart. PM
Ahmet Davutoglu blamed the attack on the Islamic State. Finger
prints soon identified the bomber as Saudi-born Syrian Nabil Fadli.
An 11th German victim died of wounds on Jan 26.
(Reuters, 1/12/16)(Reuters, 1/13/16)(SSFC,
1/17/16, p.A5)(AFP, 1/28/16)
2016 Jan 12, Banks in
Turkmenistan halted hard currency sales as the economy shows signs
of struggling amid falling global energy prices.
2016 Jan 12, Venezuela's
opposition-controlled legislature suspended its session after the
Supreme Court declared it null and void because the new speaker
defied the judiciary by swearing in three banned lawmakers.