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