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 activity".
    (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 immigration.
    (AFP, 4/7/18)
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 Mission District.
    (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 bodyguard.
    (AP, 4/9/18)
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 capital.
    (Reuters, 4/6/18)
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.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 4/6/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 4/7/18)
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.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
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.
    (AFP, 4/6/18)
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.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
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.
    (AFP, 4/6/18)
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.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
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.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
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.
    (AP, 4/9/18)
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 next month.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
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 his vehicle.
    (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.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
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 Kashmir.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
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 country's conglomerates.
    (Reuters, 4/6/18)
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 investigators.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
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.
    (AP, 4/6/18)
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 graft.
    (AFP, 4/6/18)
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 government.
    (AFP, 4/7/18)(AFP, 4/12/18)

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