Today in History - July 29
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International Tiger Day. It was founded at the
Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in 2010.
Jul 29, King Olaf the Second, the patron saint of Norway, was killed
in the Battle of Stiklestad. Olaf Haraldsson was born a pagan and
lived as a warrior for most of his years going on to become the
patron saint of Norway. The son of Harald I, Olaf's early career was
spent outside Norway fighting the Danes and English among others.
(HNQ, 11/30/00)(AP, 7/29/01)
1565 Jul 29, Mary Queen of
Scots married her cousin, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.21)(MC, 7/29/02)
1579 Jul 29, Spain's King
Philip II arrested plotters Antonio Perez and Princess of Eboli.
1588 Jul 29, At midnight of
July 28th the English set eight fireships (filled with pitch,
gunpowder, and tar) alight and sent them downwind among the
closely-anchored Spanish vessels. The English attacked the Spanish
Armada in the Battle of Gravelines, resulting in an English victory.
1602 Jul 29, The Duke of Biron
was executed in Paris for conspiring with Spain and Savoy against
King Henry IV of France.
1603 Jul 29, Bartholomew
Gilbert was killed in the colony of Virginia by Indians, during a
search for the missing Roanoke colonists.
1616 Jul 29, Chinese playwright
Tang Xianzu (b.1550) died. His major plays are collectively called
the Four Dreams.
1676 Jul 29, Nathaniel Bacon
was declared a rebel for assembling frontiersmen to protect settlers
from Indians. [see May 10, Sep 1]
1693 Jul 29, The Army of the
Grand Alliance was destroyed by the French at the Battle of
Neerwinden in the Netherlands.
1794 Jul 29, Seventy of
Robespierre's followers were guillotined.
1800 Jul 29, In Saint-Domingue
(later Haiti) Gen. Andre Rigaud, defeated by Gen. Dessalines, set
sail for France.
(ON, 2/10, p.9)
1805 Jul 29, Alexis de
Tocqueville (d.1859), French historian who wrote "Democracy in
America, was born. "America is a land of wonders, in which
everything is in constant motion and every change seems an
(HN, 7/29/98)(AP, 1/20/01)
1830 Jul 29, Liberals led by
the Marquis of Lafayette seized Paris in opposition to the king's
restrictions on citizens' rights.
1833 Jul 29, William
Wilberforce (b.1759), English abolitionist, died. He was best known
for his efforts relating to the abolition of slavery in the British
Empire. A politician and philanthropist, Wilberforce was prominent
from 1787 in the struggle to abolish the slave trade and slavery
itself in British overseas possessions. He was an ardent and
eloquent sponsor of anti-slavery legislation in the House of Commons
until his retirement in 1825. Wilberforce University in Ohio, an
African Methodist Episcopal Church institution (f.1856), was named
for William Wilberforce. In 2008 William Hague authored “William
Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner.” In
2010 Stephen Tomkins authored “The Clapham Sect: How Wilberforce’s
Circle Transformed Britain.”
7/25/08, p.A13)(Econ, 8/28/10, p.74)
1844 Jul 29, Franz Xaver
Wolfgang Mozart (53), composer, died.
1848 Jul 29, An Irish rebellion
against British rule was put down in a cabbage patch in Tipperary,
Ireland. Irish Nationalists under William Smith O'Brien were
overcome and arrested.
(HN, 7/29/98)(MC, 7/29/02)
1853 Jul 29, Pope Pius IX
established the archdiocese of San Francisco, Ca.
(SSFC, 7/27/03, p.A22)
1856 Jul 29, Robert Schumann
(46), German composer, died. He had starved himself to death in a
madhouse. The 1947 film "Song of Love" was based on the Robert and
Clara Schuman. In 2000 J.D. Landis authored "Longing" a novel based
on the love affair between Robert Schuman and Clara Wieck.
(BLW, 1963 ed. p.49)(WSJ, 9/22/00, p.W12)
1858 Jul 29, Japan signed a
treaty of commerce and friendship with the United States.
(Jap. Enc., BLDM, p. 215)(HN, 7/29/98)
1862 Jul 29, At Moore’s Mill in
Missouri, the Confederates were routed by Union guerrillas.
1862 Jul 29, Confederate spy
Belle Boyd (1844-1900) was arrested and confined at Old Capital
Prison in Washington, DC.
1864 Jul 29, During the Civil
War, Union forces tried to take Petersburg, Va., by exploding a mine
under Confederate defense lines. The attack failed. [see Jul 30]
1864 Jul 29, 3rd and last day
of battle at Deep Bottom Run, Virginia.
1864 Jul 29, Battle of Macon,
GA (Stoneman's Raid).
1866 Jul 29, Barbe-Nicole
Clicquot (b.1777), head of the Clicquot champagne business, died.
She was widowed at age 27 and transformed her husbands struggling
business into one of the great champagne houses of France. In 2008
Tilar J. Mazzeo authored “The Widow Clicquot.”
1869 Jul 29, Booth Tarkington
(d.1946), US dramatist and novelist (17, Magnificent Ambersons), was
born. "Mystics always hope that science will some day overtake
(AP, 1/31/00)(MC, 7/29/02)
1871 Jul 29, [Gregory
Efimovich] Rasputin, mad Russian monk, seer, was born.
1875 Jul 29, Peasants in Bosnia
and Herzegovina in the Balkans rebelled against the Ottoman army.
1877 Jul 29, Charles William
Beebe, naturalist who explored the ocean depths in a bathysphere,
1878 Jul 29, Don Marquis
(d.1937), American dramatist, journalist, novelist and poet, was
born. "The trouble with the public is that there is too much of it."
(AP, 7/31/99)(HN, 7/29/01)
1883 Jul 29, Benito Mussolini,
dictator of Fascist Italy (1922-1943), was born.
1887 Jul 29, Sigmund Romberg,
composer, was born.
1890 Jul 29, Artist Vincent van
Gogh died 2 days following a self-inflicted gunshot wound in
Auvers-sur-Oise, France, while painting "Wheatfield with Crows." He
spent his last 70 days in the care of Dr. Gachet and 78 paintings
have been attributed to this period. Earlier in the year he painted
his "Garden at Auvers." In 2009 his letters were published in a
6-volume edition titled: Vincent Van Gogh: The Letters.” Earlier
editions had appeared in 1914 and 1958. In 2011 Steven Naifeh and
Gregory White Smith authored “Van Gogh: The Life.”
(WSJ, 2/8/96, p.A-12)(SFC, 5/26/96, Z1 p.2)(WSJ,
2/16/99, p.A20)(AP, 7/29/07)(Econ, 10/31/09, p.95)(Econ, 11/5/11,
1900 Jul 29, Owen Lattimore,
writer, was born.
1900 Jul 29, Italian King
Humbert I (b.1844) was assassinated by Gaetano Bresci, an
Italian-born anarchist who had resided in America before returning
to Italy to murder the king. The murder was believed to be due to
the king’s decision to fire cannon rounds into a crowd of starving
peasants and workers that had assembled asking the king for
assistance; 100s were killed; Bresci was arrested, found guilty, and
sentenced to a life of hard labor at Santo Stefano Prison on
Ventotene Island. Humbert was succeeded by his son, Victor Emmanuel
(AP, 7/29/00)(WSJ, 1/28/07,
1905 Jul 29, US Secretary of
War William Howard Taft, under the approval of Pres. Theodore
Roosevelt, and PM of Japan Katsura Taro signed the Taft-Katsura
Agreement, which reinforced American and Japanese influence and
spelled doom for Korean sovereignty. Japan agreed not to interfere
in the ongoing US rape of the Philippines in return for the US
agreement not to interfere with Japan’s forthcoming rape of Korea.
1905 Jul 29, Dag
Hammerarskjold, Nobel Peace Prize (1961) winning secretary-general
of the United Nations (1953-1961), was born in Sweden.
1905 Jul 29, Stanley Kunitz,
poet, was born.
1909 Jul 29, Chester Himes,
author (Cotton Comes to Harlem, If He Hollers, Let Him Go), was
1920 Jul 29, Mexican rebel
Pancho Villa surrendered.
1914 Jul 29, Transcontinental
telephone service began with the first phone conversation between
New York and San Francisco.
1918 Jul 29, Edwin Greene
O'Connor, author (The Last Hurrah), was born.
1918 Jul 29, Mary Lee Settle,
novelist, was born.
1921 Jul 29, Adolf Hitler
became the president of the Nationalist Socialist German Workers'
1923 Jul 29, Albert Einstein
spoke on pacifism in Berlin.
1925 Jul 29, Mikos Michael
George Theodorakis, composer (Raven), was born in Chios, Greece.
1927 Jul 29, Bellevue Hospital
in NY installed the 1st iron lung.
1930 Jul 29, Paul Taylor,
choreographer and dancer, was born.
1930 Jul 29, The US Coast Guard
towed the Canadian rum-runner Ray Roberts into SF with a cargo of
1,050 cases of whiskey.
(SFC, 7/29/05, p.F7)
1935 Jul 29, Peter Schreier,
tenor (Dresden State Opera 1961), was born in Meissen, Germany.
1936 Jul 29, RCA showed the 1st
real TV program (dancing, film on locomotives, Bonwit Teller fashion
show and monologue from Tobacco Road and comedy). [see Nov 6]
1937 Jul 29, Japanese troops
occupied Peking and Tientsin. [see Aug 8]
1941 Jul 29, David Warner,
actor (Star Trek VI, Time Bandits), was born in Manchester, NH.
1944 Jul 29, Allied air force
bombed Germany for 6 hours.
1948 Jul 29, Britain's King
George VI opened the first Olympics since 1936 in London. Germany
and Japan were not invited and the Soviet Union chose not to attend.
Alice Coachman of the US was the first black woman to win a gold
medal when she triumphed in the high jump. Audrey "Mickey"
Patterson-Tyler (1927-1996) was the first black woman to win an
Olympic medal. She won a bronze medal in the 200-meter dash.
(TMC, 1994, p.1948)(WSJ, 6/7/96, p.A1)(SFEC,
8/25/96, p.B5)(AP, 7/29/97)(WSJ, 4/12/08, p.R2)
1949 Jul 29, Airlift in
West-Germany to West-Berlin ended. [see Sep 30]
1953 Jul 29, Ken Burns, epic
documentary maker (Civil War, Baseball), was born.
1956 Jul 29, Jacques Cousteau's
Calypso anchored in at a record 7,500 m under water.
1957 Jul 29, The International
Atomic Energy Agency was established.
1957 Jul 29, Jack Paar made his
debut as host of NBC's late-night TV show "Tonight" and stayed on
(WSJ, 5/1/97, p.A16)(SFC, 5/7/97, p.E1)(AP,
1958 Jul 29, President
Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which
1965 Jul 29, Beatles movie
"Help" premiered and Queen Elizabeth attended.
1966 Jul 29, Bob Dylan was hurt
in motorcycle accident near Woodstock, NY.
1966 Jul 29, Edward Gordon
Craig (b.1872), the son of English actress Ellen Terry, died. He had
authored the controversial manifesto “On the Art of the Theater”
(1911) and envisioned that the future of theater lay in lights,
sounds, shadows and screens.
1966 Jul 29, In Nigeria
northern troops led by Major Theophilus Danjuma and Captain Martin
Adamu led a military coup that ended civilian rule.
(SFC, 3/2/99, p.A8)(WSJ, 4/15/03, p.A14)(AFP,
1967 Jul 29, Fire swept the USS
Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin, off the coast of Vietnam, killing
134 servicemen with $100 million in damage. One survivor was Navy
Lt. Cmdr. John McCain, who later became a US senator.
1968 Jul 29, Pope Paul VI
issued the encyclical Humanae Vitae, which reaffirmed the Church’s
opposition to abortion and to all contraception except the rhythm
(WUD, 1994, p.1687)(AP, 7/29/98)(SSFC, 7/8/01,
1970 Jul 29, Six days of race
rioting began in Hartford, Ct.
1970 Jul 29, John G.B.
Barbirolli (b.1899), English conductor, composer, died.
1970 Jul 29, Jonel Perlea (69),
Romania-born composer, died in NY. In 1957 he became the principal
conductor of the Connecticut Symphony and continued there for ten
1973 Jul 29, A Greek plebiscite
was held by the ruling dictatorial regime under Georgios
Papadopoulos and resulted in the abolition of monarchy and the
establishment of a Republic.
1974 Jul 29, The Episcopal
Church ordained female priests in Philadelphia.
1974 Jul 29, The House
Judiciary Committee approved Article 2 in the impeachment against
1974 Jul 29, Cass Elliot
(b.1941), singer (Mamas and Papas), was found dead in London from an
apparent heart attack.
1975 Jul 29, President Ford
became the first U.S. president to visit the site of the Nazi
concentration camp Auschwitz in Poland as he paid tribute to the
1980 Jul 29, A state funeral
was held in Cairo, Egypt, for the deposed Shah of Iran, who had died
two days earlier at age 60.
1981 Jul 29, Robert Moses
(b.1888), "master builder" of mid-20th century New York City, Long
Island, and other suburbs, died. Moses shaped NYC from the 1930s to
the 1960s using urban renewal projects to replace many lively
neighborhoods that became barren and dangerous housing projects. In
1974 Robert Caro authored “The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the
Fall of New York," a biography of Robert Moses.
9/23/06, p.33)(Econ, 2/17/07, p.88)
1981 Jul 29, Britain's Prince
Charles married Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul's Cathedral in
London. They were divorced in 1996.
(TMC, 1994, p.1981)(AP, 7/29/99)
1982 Jul 29, It was announced
that the painting "Gallery of the Louvre" by Samuel Morse
(1791-1872) had sold for $3,250,000.
1983 Jul 29, David Niven
(b.1910), actor, died in Switzerland.
1985 Jul 29, The space shuttle
Challenger began an eight-day mission that got off to a shaky start.
The spacecraft achieved a safe orbit even though one of its main
engines shut down prematurely after lift-off.
1986 Jul 29, A federal jury in
New York found that the National Football League had committed an
antitrust violation against the rival United States Football League.
But in a hollow victory for the USFL, the jury ordered the NFL to
pay token damages of only $3.
1987 Jul 29, Testifying for a
second day before the Iran-Contra congressional committees, Attorney
General Edwin Meese strongly defended his inquiry into the affair.
1988 Jul 29, FDIC bailed out
1st Republic Bank, Dallas, with $4 billion.
1988 Jul 29, NASA officials
delayed a critical test-firing of the space shuttle Discovery's main
engines another three days. The test on Aug. 10 was judged a
1989 Jul 29, Ji Yun Lee (20)
died in a fire at a church camp near East Stroudsburg, Pa. Her
father Han Tak Lee (54), a South Korean-born operator of a clothing
store in NYC, was arrested for arson. He was convicted of murder on
Sep 17, 1990. In 2006 Lee’s attorneys appealed to the state Supreme
Court citing new advances in arson investigations.
(SSFC, 12/10/06, p.A39)
1989 Jul 29, Poland's newly
elected president, Wojciech Jaruzelski, resigned as Communist Party
general secretary and was succeeded by Mieczyslaw Rakowski
(1927-2008). Rakowski, a historian and journalist, remained chairman
of the communist Polish United Workers' Party until the party was
dissolved at its January 1990 congress during the country's
bloodless transition to democracy.
(AP, 7/29/99)(AP, 11/8/08)
1990 Jul 29, Bruno Kreisky,
Austria’s longest-serving chancellor and an architect of its policy
of neutrality, died at age 79.
1991 Jul 29, President Bush
arrived in Moscow for a superpower summit with Soviet President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev that included the signing of the Strategic Arms
1992 Jul 29,
The U.S. 400-meter freestyle relay team won the gold medal at the
Barcelona Summer Olympics.
1992 Jul 29, Former East German
leader Erich Honecker was arrested on his return to his homeland and
charged with manslaughter; he was later permitted to leave after he
was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
1992 Jul 29, Newsday published
reports of death camps for Muslims and Croats run by the Serbian
Army in northern Bosnia.
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A14)
1993 Jul 29, The Israeli
Supreme Court acquitted retired Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk of
being Nazi death camp guard "Ivan the Terrible," and threw out his
death sentence. Demjanjuk was set free. Soviet archives opened after
1991 seemed to prove that he was not Ivan the Terrible.
(AP, 7/29/98)(Econ, 3/24/12, p.98)
1994 Jul 29, US Supreme Court
nominee Stephen G. Breyer won Senate approval.
1994 Jul 29, Abortion opponent
Paul Hill (40) shot and killed Dr. John Bayard Britton (69) and
Britton's bodyguard, James H. Barrett, outside the Ladies Center
clinic in Pensacola, Fla. Hill was later convicted and sentenced to
death. Hill was executed Sep 3, 2003.
(AP, 7/29/99)(SFC, 9/2/03, p.A7)
1994 Jul 29, Jesse
Timmendequas, a convicted child molester, raped and strangled
7-year-old Megan Kanka in New Jersey. The case spawned the 1996
“Megan’s Law," the requirement that communities be informed of
paroled sex offenders living in their midst. A jury ordered the
death penalty for Timmendequas in 1997. He remained on New Jersey's
Death Row until December 17, 2007, when the New Jersey Legislature
abolished the state's death penalty. Timmendequas' sentence was then
commuted to life in prison without parole.
1995 Jul 29, President Clinton
and Republicans marked the 30th anniversary of Medicare by accusing
one another of putting the program’s future at risk.
1996 Jul 29, At the Atlanta
Olympics, Carl Lewis won the gold medal in the long jump, becoming
only the fifth Olympian to win gold medals in four straight games.
Michael Johnson won the 400-meter dash, Allen Johnson the 110-meter
1996 Jul 29, China held a
nuclear test explosion that it promised would be its last, just
hours before international negotiators in Geneva began discussing a
global ban on such testing. Beijing said it would seek some changes
in the global test-ban treaty currently being fashioned by
(WSJ, 7/30/96, p.A1)(AP, 7/29/97)
1996 Jul 29, In Kashmir, India,
a grenade exploded in a Muslim shrine that killed 2 and injured some
(WSJ, 7/30/96, p.A1)
1997 Jul 29, Members of US
Congress from both parties embraced compromise legislation designed
to balance the budget while cutting taxes.
1997 Jul 29, Once a worldwide
symbol of industrial pollution, Minamata Bay, Japan, was declared
free of mercury 40 years after contaminated food fish were blamed
for birth defects and deaths.
1997 Jul 29, In Russia the
deputy head of a construction firm in Moscow and the head of a
shipping firm in St. Petersburg were killed as well as 2 aides in
apparent contract shootings.
(WSJ, 7/29/97, p.A12)
1997 Jul 29, In Ankara, Turkey,
some 15,000 people protested government plans to curb Muslim
schools. At least 13 protestors were injured and 3 officers were
suspended by Prime Minister Yilmaz.
(WSJ, 7/30/97, p.A1)
1998 Jul 29, Pres. Clinton
reached an agreement with Kenneth Starr to provide closed-circuit
videotaped testimony at the White House on Aug. 17 about whether he
tried to cover up a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
(SFC, 7/30/98, p.A1)(AP, 7/29/99)
1998 Jul 29, GM workers began
returning to their jobs after ratifying a strike settlement.
(SFC, 7/30/98, p.A3)
1998 Jul 29, The Powerball
jackpot of 20 East Coast states reached $292 million and the winning
numbers were 8-39-43-45-49. A group of 13 machinists from Ohio, who
bought their tickets in Indiana, elected to take a $161.5 million
lump sum payout.
(SFC, 7/30/98, p.A2)(SFC, 7/31/98, p.A3)
1998 Jul 29, The O.J. Simpson
6,200 sq. foot mansion at 360 N. Rockingham in LA was demolished. It
had sold to an investment banker for $4 million and a new home was
planned for the site.
(SFC, 7/30/98, p.A3)
1998 Jul 29, Jerome Robbins, a
master choreographer of modern ballet' and a major Broadway
innovator, died in Manhattan at age 79. In 2001 Greg Lowrance
authored the biography "Dance With Demons," and Christine Conrad
authored a pictorial biography "Jerome Robbins: That Broadway Man,
That Ballet Man."
(SFC, 7/30/98, p.A10)(AP, 7/29/99)(WSJ, 5/4/01,
1998 Jul 29, Brazil sold its
Telebras telephone system to int’l. bidders for $19 billion. The 12
subsidiaries were sold one by one while demonstrators protested
saying that Telebras was the property of the Brazilian people.
(SFC, 7/30/98, p.D2)
1998 Jul 29, A human rights
tribunal ruled that Canadian public servants in female-dominated job
categories deserved compensation for unequal pay. Payment was to be
retroactive to March, 1985, and would range from $10k to 20k.
(SFC, 7/30/98, p.A12)
1998 Jul 29, In Japan the lower
house of parliament approved Keizo Obuchi for prime minister. the
upper house endorsed opposition leader Naoto Kan. The lower house
had the power to overrule any upper house decision.
(SFC, 7/30/98, p.A12)
1998 Jul 29, In Kenya John
Harun Mwau, head of the anti-corruption authority, was suspended by
(SFC, 7/31/98, p.D2)
1998 Jul 29, In Sierra Leone a
report called "Sowing Terror" was published that documented the
violence of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council and the
Revolutionary United Front. The rebel campaign code-named "No Living
Thing" maimed civilians and sent them as messengers to the
government of Pres. Ahmad Kabbah. Rebel leader Foday Sankoh was
turned over by Nigeria to face charges in Sierra Leone.
(SFC, 7/30/98, p.A12,14)
1998 Jul 29, In Sudan a UNICEF
report said 130 people were dying every day in Ajiep out of a
refugee population of 70,000 from famine. A program to provide
15,000 tons of food a month was planned. It would exceed the 1948
(SFC, 7/29/98, p.A10)(SFC, 7/30/98, p.A16)
1998 Jul 29-30, In Australia
giardia and cryptosporidium were found throughout the water supply
of Sydney. PM John Howard called the crises an international
(SFC, 8/1/98, p.A11)
1999 Jul 29, US warplanes
struck targets in northern and southern Iraq after anti-aircraft
artillery shot at them. Iraq reported 8 people killed.
(SFC, 7/30/99, p.D3)
1999 Jul 29, A federal judge
ordered Pres. Clinton to pay $90,000 to the lawyers of Paula Jones
in compensation for extra work due his false testimony.
(SFC, 7/30/99, p.A1)
1999 Jul 29, California
Governor Gray Davis abandoned the state’s effort to preserve
Proposition 187, a divisive voter-approved ban on schooling and
other public benefits for illegal immigrants.
1999 Jul 29, In the NYC area
federal and municipal authorities arrested 38 people in connection
with a gambling operation that brought in over $50 million a year
from over 500 illegal gambling spots.
(SFC, 7/30/99, p.A9)
1999 Jul 29, The MGM Grand
Detroit Casino opened in downtown Detroit in a former IRS building.
It was the 1st of 3 planned temporary casinos. It closed in 2007
just before the opening of a new $800 million MGM Grand across the
(SFC, 7/30/99, p.D5)(WSJ, 9/26/07, p.B1)
1999 Jul 29, It was reported
that research led by Dr. Robert Weinberg of MIT had created a
cancerous human cell by genetic modification of a normal one.
(SFC, 7/29/99, p.C2)
1999 Jul 29, In Atlanta Mark O.
Barton (44) shot and killed 9 people in 2 day-trading offices in the
Buckhead district of Atlanta. He wounded another 13 before shooting
himself to death. Police also found the dead bodies of his wife
Leigh Ann Barton (27) and 2 children, Matthew (11) and Elizabeth
Mychelle (7) in suburban Stockbridge. Barton had been a suspect in
the 1993 murders of his first wife and mother-in-law.
(SFC, 7/30/99, p.A1)(AP, 7/29/00)
1999 Jul 29, Belgium announced
that it had quarantined 175 more farms and that it would destroy all
115,000 tons of dioxin suspect beef, pork and poultry. Testing for
all pork and poultry products for export was extended to Aug 31.
(SFC, 7/30/99, p.A13)
1999 Jul 29, In Serajevo a
2-day conference by leaders of over 60 countries was to begin for a
Balkan Stability Pact nicknamed "Marshall II."
(SFC, 7/27/99, p.A8)
1999 July 29, In China
authorities issued an arrest warrant for Li Hongzhi, the founder of
Falun Gong living in NY.
(SFC, 7/30/99, p.A12)
1999 Jul 29, In South Africa
some 300,000 workers staged a public sector strike and demanded a
10% pay hike.
(SFC, 7/30/99, p.D3)
1999 Jul 29, In Sri Lanka a
suicide bomber killed Neelan Tiruchelvam, a leader of the Tamil
minority, in Colombo. Tiruchelvam had helped draft changes to the
constitution that would grant greater autonomy to Tamil dominated
areas. The bombing appeared to be the work of the Liberation Tigers
of Tamil Elam (LTTE).
(SFC, 7/30/99, p.D2)
2000 Jul 29, In China it was
reported that the Songhua River had completely dried up under the
drought that has ruined 35 million acres. 16.2 million Chinese were
left short of water.
(SFC, 7/29/00, p.D8)
2000 Jul 29, In Colombia rebels
attacked the town of Arboleda and claimed to have killed nearly 2
dozen police officers. Troops and national police were flown to the
site the next day aboard US-supplied helicopters.
(SFC, 7/31/00, p.A12)
2000 Jul 29, Yasser Arafat set
off on a multi-country tour to drum up support for the Palestinians
in the Middle East peace process.
2000 Jul 29, In Spain a
Socialist politician was killed and Basque separatists were blamed.
(WSJ, 7/31/00, p.A1)
2001 Jul 29, In Ohio a tractor
engine exploded at a county fair and 4 people were killed in Medina.
(SFC, 7/30/01, p.A3)
2001 Jul 29, In France Lance
Armstrong won his 3rd straight Tour de France bicycle race. He
became the first American to win the Tour three times in a row.
(SFC, 7/30/01, p.A1)(AP, 7/29/02)
2001 Jul 29, In Japan the
governing Liberal Democratic Party of PM Koizumi won 64 of 121
contested seats in the 247-seat upper house.
(SFC, 7/30/01, p.A1)
2001 Jul 29, In Northern
Ireland Gavin Brett (18), a Protestant, was killed while standing
with Catholic friends in Belfast. The Red Hand Defenders took
credit, their 2nd this month.
(SFC, 7/31/01, p.A7)
2001 Jul 29, Edward Gierek, the
Polish communist ruler who pushed for reform during the 1970s but
was forced from power in 1980 over mounting debt and strikes, died
2001 Jul 29, In Puerto Rico the
residents of Vieques island voted on stopping the practice bombing
by the US military. Opponents of the navy bombing gathered 68% of
(SSFC, 7/29/01, p.A9)(SFC, 7/30/01, p.A3)
2002 Jul 29, The Capitol
Limited Amtrak train derailed outside Washington DC and over 100
people were injured.
(SFC, 7/30/02, p.A4)(AP, 7/29/03)
2002 Jul 29, The DJIA rose 447
points to 8,711. It was the 3rd largest point gain in Dow history.
Nasdaq rose 73 to 1,335.
(SFC, 7/30/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 29, On a mission to
stamp out Islamic militancy in Southeast Asia, U.S. Secretary of
State Colin Powell held talks with Thai leaders, who deny their
country is facing a Muslim insurgency.
2002 Jul 29, In Afghanistan, a
man identified by authorities as a would-be suicide bomber with more
than a half-ton of explosives in his car was stopped by a chance
traffic accident just 300 yards from the U.S. Embassy.
2002 Jul 29, In Canada at least
23 young Cubans from a group who traveled to see Pope John Paul II
decided not to return to the communist-ruled island.
2002 Jul 29, In Colombia a
small bomb exploded outside a hardware store in downtown Bogota,
killing a 17-year-old girl and injuring 10 other people.
2002 Jul 29, Pope John Paul II
arrived in Guatemala. Thousands of young people packed into a soccer
stadium and spent the night waving candles and chanting "John Paul
II, Guatemala loves you.
2002 Jul 29, The United Nations
indefinitely suspended aid operations in Chechnya after the
kidnapping last week of a Russian aid worker in the breakaway
2002 Jul 29, In Nigeria
presidential bodyguards opened fire on young men who were throwing
stones near the rear of Obasanjo's mile-long motorcade. Some people
were seen falling with multiple gunshot wounds, and at least six
limp bodies were seen being hauled away.
2002 Jul 29, Thousands of
Palestinians defied the Israeli army's around-the-clock curfew for
the second straight day, and took to the streets of Nablus as shops
and banks opened to accommodate them.
2002 Jul 29, Serbia's ruling
coalition moved to oust all 45 members of Yugoslav President
Vojislav Kostunica's party from parliament, the latest threat to
Yugoslavia's political stability.
2002 Jul 29, Sudanese
government-backed forces killed a foreign aid worker and abducted
three others in an oil-rich area of Sudan. A rebel leader said the
government killed some 1,000 civilians in a separate attack in the
2003 Jul 29, Boston's Bill
Mueller became the first player in major league history to hit grand
slams from both sides of the plate in a game and connected for three
homers in a 14-7 win at Texas.
2003 Jul 29, President Bush
refused to release a congressional report on possible links between
Saudi Arabian officials and the Sept. 11 hijackers, saying
disclosure "would help the enemy" by revealing intelligence sources
2003 Jul 29, American soldiers
in Tikrit overpowered and arrested a bodyguard who rarely left
Saddam Hussein's side.
2003 Jul 29, A heat wave and a
drought gauged a multibillion-dollar hole into Europe's economy,
crippling shipping, shriveling crops and driving up the cost of
2003 Jul 29, Forest fires swept
through parts of the ritzy French Riviera for a second day,
devastating scenic woods and forcing thousands to be evacuated. At
least four people have been killed.
2003 Jul 29, In Ivory Coast
thousands of college students rioted in Abidjan, demanding
compensation for a lost school year canceled by Ivory Coast's civil
2003 Jul 29, In Liberia Pres.
Charles Taylor's forces launched what they called a major
counterattack on the key port of Buchanan, battling to take back
Liberia's second-largest city a day after it fell to insurgents.
2003 Jul 29, A land mine
explosion shattered a military convoy near the border with rebel
Chechnya, killing five Russian soldiers.
2003 Jul 29, Foday Sankoh (65),
an indicted Sierra Leone war criminal whose rebel forces were
notorious for hacking off the limbs, lips and ears of civilians,
died in UN custody at a Freetown hospital.
2004 Jul 29, John Kerry gave
his acceptance speech as the Democratic presidential nominee before
15,000 supporters in Boston’s FleetCenter: “I’m John Kerry, and I’m
reporting for duty.”
(SFC, 7/30/04, p.A1)
2004 Jul 29, Target Corp. of
Minneapolis announced it would sell Mervyn’s to Sun Capital Partners
in Boca Raton, Fla., for $1.65 billion.
(SSFC, 8/8/04, p.J1)
2004 Jul 29, Four Indonesian
security officers convicted over atrocities during East Timor's 1999
violence-marred independence vote were acquitted.
2004 Jul 29, Iraqi Prime
Minister Ayad Allawi met with Secretary of State Colin Powell in
Saudi Arabia and urged Muslim nations to dispatch troops to Iraq to
help defeat an insurgency that he said threatens all Islamic
(AP, 7/29/04)(WSJ, 7/30/04, p.A1)
2004 Jul 29, Israeli forces
killed 2 top Palestinian militants in Gaza.
(WSJ, 7/30/04, p.A1)
2005 Jul 29, The US Senate
approved the nomination of Karen Hughes, a former political adviser
to President Bush, as the State Department's top public relations
official, and Rep. Christopher Cox to chair the Securities and
2005 Jul 29, Senate Majority
Leader Bill Frist threw his support behind House-passed legislation
to expand federal financing for human embryonic stem cell research,
breaking with President Bush and religious conservatives.
2005 Jul 29, US Congress
approved a $286.4 billion transit bill following a 22-month delay.
(SFC, 7/30/05, p.A1)
2005 Jul 29, The U.S. Army said
it will pull out of 13 bases in southern Germany as part of its
repositioning of American forces around the world.
2005 Jul 29, The United Food
and Commercial Workers with 1.4 million members departed the
AFC-CIO. It planned to focus on recruiting new members along with
the departing Teamsters and Service Employees.
(SFC, 7/30/05, p.C2)
2005 Jul 29, Cabaret singer
Hildegarde (99), whose career spanned almost seven decades, died in
2005 Jul 29, Al McKibbon (86),
jazz bassist, died in LA. He brought a masterly fusion of jazz and
Latin music to the George Shearing quintet and other groups in the
1940s and '50s.
2005 Jul 29, Scientists
reported that a 10th planet, bigger than Pluto, is farthest-known
object in the solar system. It was currently 9 billion miles away
from the sun, or about three times Pluto's current distance from the
Sun and orbited the Sun once every 560 years. It was temporarily
named 2003 UB313 (Xena). The same scientists reported 2 more objects
in the Kuiper Belt on Sep 8 and named the trio Xena, Santa and
(AP, 7/30/05)(Econ, 8/6/05, p.64)(SFC, 9/9/05,
2005 Jul 29, The UN Security
Council unanimously adopted a US-sponsored resolution expanding UN
sanctions against al-Qaida terrorists and Afghanistan's former
Taliban rulers to affiliates and splinter groups.
2005 Jul 29, The UN's cancer
research agency added hormone pills to the list of substances that
can cause cancer.
2005 Jul 29, Thousands of
Bangladeshi Islamic activists staged a noisy protest in the capital
Dhaka after US congressman Tom Tancredo suggested the US might
consider bombing holy sites, including Mecca. Colorado Republican
Tom Tancredo made the comment on July 14 in answer to a radio host's
question about a possible response to any hypothetical nuclear
terrorist attack on the US.
2005 Jul 29, London police
raided 2 apartments in West London and arrested three people
connected to the failed July 21 transit bombings.
2005 Jul 29, The British army
began closing or demolishing military installations in the Irish
Republican Army's rural heartland in a rapid response to the IRA's
declaration to renounce violence and disarm.
2005 Jul 29, Xinhua News said
China plans to sign a deal next month to buy 50 Boeing 787
Dreamliner jetliners in a deal worth $6 billion.
2005 Jul 29, The UN Security
Council voted unanimously to extend an arms embargo and other
sanctions against Congo for another year.
2005 Jul 29, The U.N. mission
to Haiti said it will receive 750 more peacekeeping troops to help
control the violence that threatens to undermine fall elections.
2005 Jul 29, In Honduras
Timothy Markey, a US Drug Enforcement Administration agent, was shot
and killed in an apparent robbery attempt at a Roman Catholic shrine
2005 Jul 29, In western India
the death toll from record monsoon rains approached 900.
2005 Jul 29, Osman Hussain
(27), a Briton with Ethiopian citizenship, was arrested in Rome
after investigators traced his cell phone calls across Europe. He is
accused of trying to attack the Shepherd's Bush subway station in
2005 Jul 29, A suicide attacker
detonated an explosives belt in a crowd of Iraqi army recruits in
Rabiya near the Syrian border, killing at least 52 and wounding 93.
After the blast, US and Iraqi troops opened fire believing they were
under attack. Some of the army recruits were killed by the gunfire.
(AP, 7/29/05)(SFC, 7/30/05, p.A3)(AP, 7/31/05)
2005 Jul 29, In Kashmir 15
people, including six journalists, were wounded during a fierce
gunbattle between troops and Muslim rebels in Srinagar. Rebels
killed 2 soldiers in a grenade and gun attack on a police patrol.
(AP, 7/29/05)(AP, 7/30/05)
2005 Jul 29, The ASEAN summit
concluded in Vientiane, Laos. Australia agreed to sign a
non-aggression pact with the group in exchange for an invitation to
another summit, where ASEAN hopes to start work on an East Asian
(Econ, 7/30/05, p.39)
2005 Jul 29, Thousands of
Rwandan prisoners began streaming out of jail, following a
government decision to free 36,000 inmates, the majority of whom
have confessed to taking part in the country's 1994 genocide.
2005 Jul 29, Turkey signed an
accord extending its customs union with the EU to Cyprus and other
new EU members, a key step toward opening membership talks with the
2005 Jul 29, A plane with 440
Uzbek refugees left Kyrgyzstan for Romania.
2005 Jul 29, Uzbekistan
notified the State Department that US military aircraft and
personnel must leave Karshi-Khanabad air base, commonly referred to
as K2, that has been an important hub for American military
operations in Afghanistan.
2006 Jul 29, US Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice flew back to the Middle East for diplomatic
discussions aimed at ending the violence there.
2006 Jul 29, Actor-director Mel
Gibson issued a lengthy statement apologizing for his
drunken-driving arrest and for what he called his "despicable"
statements toward the deputies who arrested him in Malibu, Calif.
2006 Jul 29, Nebraska
climatologist Mark Svoboda said more than 60% of the US has
abnormally dry or drought conditions, stretching from Georgia to
Arizona and across the north through the Dakotas, Minnesota, Montana
2006 Jul 29, In Brazil about
$200,000 was found in a house in Natal, about 1,400 miles northeast
of Sao Paulo. Police were convinced the money was part of the $70
million stolen from the Central Bank in Fortaleza in Aug 2005. By
this time only $8 million was recovered.
2006 Jul 29, The Middle East
crisis dominated the first full day of PM Tony Blair's tour of
California, forcing his promotion of British business interests here
to take a back seat. Blair's former foreign secretary, Jack Straw,
condemned Israeli action against Lebanon as "disproportionate" in
the first such comment by a senior British government minister. PM
Blair said an international agreement, leading to a cease-fire in
the Israel-Hezbollah conflict, is possible sometime in the next few
(AFP, 7/30/06)(AP, 7/29/06)
2006 Jul 29, Daniel Lev (72), a
leading Indonesia scholar and longtime University of Washington
professor, died following a battle with lung cancer.
2006 Jul 29, US-led coalition
forces detained 4 suspected al-Qaida operatives in eastern
Afghanistan. In southern Afghanistan US-led coalition forces and
Afghan police killed 20 suspected Taliban who had attempted an
ambush in Uruzgan province. In Kandahar province 3 militants blew
themselves up as they laid an explosive on a road.
(AP, 7/29/06)(AP, 7/30/06)
2006 Jul 29, In Bangladesh more
than 20,000 activists marched in Dhaka, defying driving rains, in
the fifth day of protests to press for electoral reforms ahead of
2006 Jul 29, Workers at
Wal-Mart stores in China formed their 1st trade union.
(SFC, 7/31/06, p.A3)(Econ, 9/23/06, p.43)
2006 Jul 29, Iran state radio
said the government would reject a proposed UN resolution to suspend
uranium enrichment by Aug. 31 or face the threat of international
sanctions. State media also reported that President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad has ordered government and cultural bodies to use
modified Persian words to replace foreign words that have crept into
the language, such as "pizzas" which will now be known as "elastic
2006 Jul 29, In Tehran the
presidents of Iran and Venezuela pledged to support one another in
disputes with Washington, with the Iranian calling Hugo Chavez "a
brother and trench mate."
2006 Jul 29, A car packed with
explosives blew up in a residential district of Kirkuk, killing four
people and injuring 13. A Sunni cleric from a tribe opposed to
al-Qaida in Iraq was killed while driving in Samarra. 4 unidentified
bodies riddled with bullets were found, two behind a school in
western Baghdad and two by the Tigris river. Gunmen fired on a taxi
in Baghdad carrying a father and son, killing the boy. The US
command announced that it was sending 3,700 troops to Baghdad to try
to quell the sectarian violence sweeping the capital, and a US
official said more American soldiers would follow as the military
gears up to take the streets from gunmen. The tours of 4,000 US
soldiers in Iraq were extended for up to 4 months. 4 US Marines were
killed in combat in Anbar province.
(AP, 7/29/06)(AP, 7/30/06)(SSFC, 7/30/06,
p.A3)(SFC, 7/31/06, p.A3)
2006 Jul 29, Israel said it had
pulled forces out of Hezbollah's stronghold in south Lebanon after
completing its current operation there. Israeli planes targeted
bridges in southern and eastern Lebanon in new airstrikes,
destroying one in a resort area on the Syrian border. Israel
rejected a request by the UN for a three-day cease-fire in Lebanon
to deliver humanitarian supplies and allow civilians to leave the
2006 Jul 29, Israeli tanks
pushed back into the Gaza Strip before dawn, a day after ending a
bloody, 3-day sweep that killed 30 Palestinians. Israeli troops
killed 2 militants including Hani Awijan (29), a leader of the
radical Islamic Jihad’s militant wing in Nablus, in a West Bank
(AP, 7/29/06)(AP, 7/30/06)
2006 Jul 29, A strike
protesting against a visit by India's president to Indian Kashmir
shut much of the region for a second day, while four soldiers were
reportedly hurt in a rebel attack.
2006 Jul 29, In Puerto Rico
drug kingpin Jose Lopez Rosario (b.1976), who allegedly controlled
the drug trade in the US island's northeastern region, died from
gunshot wounds received on July 23. His death and his alleged
connections to political figures were controversial in Puerto Rico,
as local newspapers such as El Nuevo Dia and El Vocero covered the
story for days after he died.
2006 Jul 29, Somalia's PM
Mohammed Ali Gedi accused Egypt, Libya and Iran of providing weapons
for Islamic militants who have seized control of much of this
2006 Jul 29, Sri Lanka's air
force bombed Tamil Tiger rebel positions for a fourth day, killing
at least 8 rebels and wounding 14.
2006 Jul 29, Marathon talks to
end Ukraine's political paralysis broke off without an agreement
between President Viktor Yushchenko and the pro-Russian
parliamentary majority that has nominated his former Orange
Revolution rival as prime minister.
2006 Jul 29, An oil spill
occurred in Russia’s western Bryansk region on the border with
Ukraine and Belarus. It affected a 4-square-mile area and
contaminated water sources. 2 days later Russia’s Natural
Resources Ministry said that the oil pipeline leak threatened
environmental damage, but the pipeline’s operator said the spill
only affected a 4,000-square-foot area and that the consequences had
been dealt with over the weekend.
2007 Jul 29, Cal Ripken Jr. and
Tony Gwynn took their place in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
2007 Jul 29, Scientists said
they have identified two genes that may raise the risk of multiple
sclerosis, lending insight into the causes of the debilitating
(Reuters, 7/29/07)(SFC, 7/30/07, p.A1)
2007 Jul 29, Some 12,000 of
17,000 registered runners completed the 30th annual SF marathon.
(SFC, 7/30/07, p.A1)
2007 Jul 29, Tom Snyder (71),
TV host, died in SF after a struggle with leukemia. His smoke-filled
interviews were a staple of late night television and an inspiration
for Dan Aykroyd on "Saturday Night Live." Snyder hosted The Tomorrow
Show from 1973-1982.
(AP, 7/30/07)(SFC, 7/31/07, p.E2)
2007 Jul 29, Britain’s PM
Gordon Brown traveled to the United States, saying he planned to use
the official visit to strengthen what Britain already considers its
"most important bilateral relationship."
2007 Jul 29, Dilip Ganguly
(b.1949), journalist, died in Calcutta. His 21-year career at The
Associated Press saw him report from Baghdad during the Gulf War, on
the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide and on stories across South
2007 Jul 29, Whang Joung-il
(52), a senior South Korean diplomat in Beijing, died hours after
becoming ill after eating a tuna sandwich. His death left the
envoy's family and his government asking China for an explanation.
2007 Jul 29, Alberto Contador
of Spain won the doping-scarred Tour de France.
2007 Jul 29, French actor
Michel Serrault died in Honfleur, France, at age 79.
2007 Jul 29, Iraqi authorities
announced a ban on vehicles and celebratory gunfire around Baghdad
in an effort to prevent a repeat of violence that killed dozens
celebrating Iraq's progress to the finals of Asia's top soccer
tournament. Iraq celebrated their underdog national soccer team as
it won the prestigious Asian Cup against Saudi Arabia. At least 5
people were killed and nearly 30 wounded by gunfire after the game.
Gunmen opened fire on shoppers in a Shiite Turkomen village
southwest of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, killing 7 people and
wounding six. A bomb struck a minibus in eastern Baghdad, killing
one passenger and wounding four others. A policeman was shot to
death on his way to work southeast of Baghdad. Bombings, shootings
and mortar attacks striking other targets killed at least 58 people
(AP, 7/29/07)(AP, 7/30/07)
2007 Jul 29, In Japan exit
polls showed that PM Shinzo Abe's ruling party suffered humiliating
losses in parliamentary elections after a string of political
scandals, but Abe said he did not plan to resign. Official election
results showed the LDP and its junior coalition partner, the New
Komeito, with a total of 103 seats, a 30-seat loss that left it far
short of the 122 needed to control the house. The main opposition
Democratic Party grabbed 112 seats, up from 81. For the 1st time in
its history the LDP was no longer the biggest party in the upper
(AP, 7/29/07)(AP, 7/30/07)(Econ, 8/4/07, p.35)
2007 Jul 29, France's visiting
foreign minister succeeded in bringing together rival Lebanese
factions who have had no contact for months but said he had not
reached a breakthrough to ease the country's political crisis.
2007 Jul 29, In Pakistan some
70 pro-Taliban militants occupied the shrine of renowned Pashtun
freedom fighter Sahib Turangzai and its accompanying mosque in the
town of Lakarai in Mohmand tribal region.
2007 Jul 29, A 43-year-old
Russian cargo plane crashed minutes after taking off from a Moscow
airport, killing all seven crew on board.
2007 Jul 29, In Somalia gun
battles and grenade attacks killed two soldiers and two civilians in
Mogadishu, where the government is struggling to contain a violent
2008 Jul 29, Pres. Bush signed
a bill freezing the assets of political and military leaders in
Myanmar and banning the importation of rubies and jade from Myanmar
to the US. The legislation also gave incentives to Chevron to divest
its natural gas program there. The US Treasury announced financial
sanctions on 10 companies suspected of being owned by Myanmar’s
(SFC, 7/30/08, p.A4)
2008 Jul 29, The US Senate’s
Foreign Relations Committee voted to triple America’s non-military
assistance to Pakistan to $1.5 billion a year.
(Econ, 8/9/08, p.39)
2008 Jul 29, Alaska Senator Ted
Stevens (84), the longest-serving Republican in the US Senate, was
indicted for making false statements concerning gifts he received
from an oil-services firm.
2008 Jul 29, In Maryland police
raided the home of Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo shooting to
death the couple's two dogs and seizing an unopened package
containing 32 pounds of marijuana. The couple appeared to be
innocent victims of a scheme by two men to smuggle millions of
dollars worth of marijuana by having it delivered to about a
half-dozen unsuspecting recipients.
2008 Jul 29, New York’s Gov.
David Paterson delivered a special address on the state’s
deteriorating fiscal condition. His new budget placed the state’s
deficit at $6.4 billion.
(Econ, 8/2/08, p.36)
2008 Jul 29, The SF Board of
Directors voted 8-3 to ban the sale of tobacco products at most
pharmacies in the city.
(SFC, 7/30/08, p.B1)
2008 Jul 29, Department store
chain Mervyns LLC filed for bankruptcy protection, the latest in a
series of merchants stumbling in the harsh retail environment and
another blow to the nation’s struggling malls. In August Mervyn’s
sued its former private equity owners saying they stripped the
department store chain of its valuable real estate and then nearly
doubled its rent effectively pushing the California-based company
2008 Jul 29, Starbucks said it
will close more than two-thirds of its 84 stores in Australia by the
end of the week under a cost-cutting plan that will put almost 700
people out of work.
2008 Jul 29, Luther Davis
(b.1916), Tony-winning playwright and screenwriter, died in the
Bronx. His plays included “Kismet” (1954). In 1978 he turned Kismet
into a new show titled “Timbuktu!”
2008 Jul 29, US Army scientist
Bruce E. Ivins died of an apparent overdoes of Tylenol at Frederick
Memorial Hospital in Maryland. Federal prosecutors investigating the
2001 anthrax attacks were planning to indict and seek the death
penalty against Ivins in connection with anthrax mailings that
killed five people. Ivins, who was developing a vaccine against the
deadly toxin, committed suicide. On Feb 19, 2010, the FBI formally
closed his case concluding that Ivins acted alone in the 2001
(AP, 8/1/08)(AP, 2/20/10)(SFC, 2/16/11, p.A6)
2008 Jul 29, In Afghanistan a
roadside blast that apparently targeted an Afghan senator mediating
a land dispute in eastern Paktia province killed 3 policemen and
wounded 3 others. In Logar province militants attacked a police van,
killing two officers, then taking the vehicle. A British soldier was
killed in Helmand.
2008 Jul 29, The Bosnian war
crimes court convicted seven Bosnian Serbs of genocide in the 1995
massacre of Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica and handed down prison
sentences ranging from 38 to 42 years. Four others were acquitted.
Milenko Trifunovic, Brano Dzinic and Aleksandar Radovanovic received
the 42-year sentences, while Milos Stupar, Slobodan Jakovljevic and
Branislav Medan each got 40 years and Petar Mitrovic received 38
2008 Jul 29, In central Brazil
the torso of Cara Marie Burke, 17, from London, was found in a
suitcase in Goiania. She had been stabbed to death by Mohamed D'Ali
Carvalho dos Santos (20) over the weekend in his apartment. Santos
was arrested on July 31 and confessed. Reports said he was a cocaine
2008 Jul 29, In Britain a Sikh
teenager won a High Court discrimination case against a school which
banned her from classes after she refused to remove a religious
2008 Jul 29, Ecuador’s Foreign
Ministry said the US military must stop using its only outpost in
South America for anti-drug flights when Washington's 10-year lease
on the base in Ecuador expires in 2009.
2008 Jul 29, Hundreds of armed
former soldiers from Haiti's disbanded army stormed an old barracks
and civilian prison to demand the force be reinstated.
2008 Jul 29, India’s central
Reserve Bank raised its key lending rate an unexpected half per cent
to 9%, a 7-year high.
(WSJ, 7/30/08, p.C2)
2008 Jul 29, Indian and
Pakistani soldiers traded fire across the heavily armed Kashmir
frontier for more than 12 hours overnight and into the day in what
the Indian army called the worst violation of a 2003 cease-fire
agreement between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
2008 Jul 29, US and Iraqi
forces launched a new operation aimed at clearing al-Qaida in Iraq
from the volatile Diyala province, considered the last major
insurgent safe haven near the capital.
2008 Jul 29, The International
Olympic Committee agreed to allow Iraq to participate in the Beijing
games, reversing itself after Baghdad pledged to ensure the
independence of its national Olympics.
2008 Jul 29, Israeli gunfire
killed a 10-year-old Palestinian boy during a confrontation between
troops and stone-throwers in a West Bank village.
2008 Jul 29, In Mexico a family
of six was found dead in their home in western Jalisco state,
allegedly targeted by kidnappers aided by corrupt cops. Four
victims, including two children, were shot in the head. A teenage
boy's throat was slashed. His mother was asphyxiated with a plastic
2008 Jul 29, Pakistani Taliban
militants killed 3 soldiers, including an army captain, and
kidnapped 30 security forces from a police station in the
northwestern Swat Valley.
(AFP, 7/29/08)(WSJ, 7/31/08, p.A12)
2008 Jul 29, A huge blast
rocked a training base run by the Islamic militant Hamas in southern
Gaza, injuring at least five members of the group.
2008 Jul 29, Russian news said
2 small, manned submarines reached the bottom of Lake Baikal, the
world's deepest freshwater lake. The "Mir-1" and "Mir-2"
submersibles descended 1.05 miles (1,680 meters) to the bottom of
the vast Siberian lake.
2008 Jul 29, Russian proxies in
South Ossetia started shelling pro-Georgian villages there.
(Econ, 1/23/10, p.78)
2008 Jul 29, A UN court trying
the masterminds of Rwanda's 1994 genocide said that its mandate had
been extended by a year until 2009.
2008 Jul 29, Talks in South
Africa on Zimbabwe's political crisis broke up with no power-sharing
deal between President Robert Mugabe and his bitter rival Morgan
Tsvangirai in sight.
2008 Jul 29, In Sri Lanka 21
Tamil Tigers and 4 soldiers were slain in clashes in the northern
2008 Jul 29, Tonga’s King
George Tupou V announced he was ceding most of his executive powers
to the democratically elected parliament.
(SFC, 3/20/12, p.C5)
2008 Jul 29, Turkish warplanes
attacked Kurdish rebels in Iraq's north, killing a group of
guerrillas gathered at a mountain cave.
2008 Jul 29, WTO
Director-General announced on that the latest negotiations for a
much-delayed trade liberalization deal under the so-called Doha
Round had broken down after nine days due to unresolved differences.
The deadlock centered on a row between the US and India over special
tariff measures to protect poor farmers from surging imports or
2009 Jul 29, In Van Nuys, Ca.,
Sandro Karmryan was kidnapped. He was beaten and held captive for
days as his tormentors tried to negotiate a $1 million ransom. In
2011 Suren Garibyan (34) was sentenced to 17½ years in prison for
his role in the kidnapping.
(SFC, 4/27/11, p.C2)
2009 Jul 29, Microsoft Corp.
and Yahoo Inc. agreed to a 10-year Internet search partnership,
capping a convoluted pursuit that dragged on for years and finally
setting the stage for the rivals to make an all-out assault against
the dominance of Google Inc. The extended reach will allow Microsoft
to introduce its recently upgraded search engine, called Bing, to
2009 Jul 29, The anti-death
penalty group Hands Off Cain said the number of prisoners put to
death worldwide decreased in 2008. At least 5,727 executions were
carried out in 2008, down from 5,851 the year before. China
accounted for at least 5,000 executions, or 87.3$ of the total, the
same estimate as last year.
2009 Jul 29, The Algerian media
reported that the army has killed 16 Islamist extremists in separate
operations in recent days. The bodies of eight Islamists were
discovered on July 27-28 near Batna, 435 km (270 miles) southeast of
Algiers, after army shelling followed by a ground operation. 3 other
armed Islamists were killed in two ambushes near Tizi Ouzou, 110 km
(70 miles) east of the capital, on July 27-28. At least 11 Algerian
soldiers were killed in an ambush by Islamic extremists while they
escorted a military convoy in an Algerian tourist region outside the
coastal town of Damous. Five Islamists were killed when the soldiers
(AFP, 7/29/09)(AFP, 7/30/09)
2009 Jul 29, China’s state
media reported that contaminated drinking water has sickened more
than 2,600 people in northern China, including 59 who were
hospitalized with fevers, diarrhea, stomach aches and vomiting.
2009 Jul 29, In China Xu
Zhiyong (35), prominent legal scholar, was arrested in Beijing. A
week later he was accused of tax evasion. His group had tackled some
of China’s most politically sensitive cases.
2009 Jul 29, Cuban state media
said Russia and Cuba have signed agreements to search for oil in the
Gulf of Mexico. Moscow extended the island $150 million in credit
for construction materials and farm machinery.
2009 Jul 29, Germany entered
into deflation this month for the first time in 22 years according
to government statistics, with a projected 0.6% decline in prices
compared to one year ago.
2009 Jul 29, One of India’s
last queens, Maharani Gayatri Devi (90), died. She was feted as an
international style icon and spent time in jail after she became a
politician. Devi had married the Maharaja of Jaipur in 1939,
becoming a member of the royal family that effectively ruled the
city of Jaipur and the surrounding area of Rajasthan state. She
became a successful politician winning a seat in parliament in 1962
and retaining it twice in elections.
2009 Jul 29, Iran's top
diplomat in Bolivia said the Islamic republic has approved a $280
million low-interest loan for President Evo Morales' government to
use as it sees fit. Gas and oil exploration are possibilities.
2009 Jul 29, Ireland said it
has agreed to accept two inmates from the Guantanamo prison camp in
Cuba within the next two months.
2009 Jul 29, In Kyrgyzstan a
number of protestors were detained, as police suppressed a series of
demonstrations against the disputed re-election of President
Kurmanbek Bakiyev. Police said 42 protesters were detained in
Bishkek. The opposition reported that about 80 people were detained
2009 Jul 29, In Mexico gunmen
shot up and torched the home of Jesus Antonio Romero (39), a police
commander in Veracruz, killing the officer, his wife and his four
children, including a 6-year-old boy. He had been promoted a month
ago to deputy operations coordinator for the Veracruz-Boca del Rio
area, a hotbed of drug violence and a stronghold of the Zetas. In a
remote mountain town south of Ciudad Juarez, gunmen killed a
government welfare official and three police officers during a
robbery. Police announced the capture of six more suspected La
Familia members, including a man accused of being a chief financial
2009 Jul 29, Moldova held
elections. At least three people were killed and hundreds of others
arrested after protesters, some of whom used the social network
Twitter to organize after cell phone networks went down, stormed
parliament and the president's office. With 98% of the vote counted,
the four opposition parties had 50.9 percent to the Communists'
45.1%. A pro-European alliance of four parties won the most seats in
the 101-seat parliament but fell short of the 61 votes necessary to
elect a president.
(AP, 7/29/09)(AP, 7/30/09)(AP, 11/28/10)
2009 Jul 29, Morocco's King
Mohammed VI (45), on the eve of commemorations of his 10th
anniversary on the throne, granted pardons to 24,865 prisoners, and
commuted 32 death sentences.
2009 Jul 29, In northern
Nigeria troops struggled to crush an Islamist sect as the death toll
from four days of clashes surged past 300. Thousands of people were
forced from their homes. Militants attacked security forces in Yobe
state. Police said that 43 sect members were killed in a shootout
near the city of Potiskum. The government, which blames the Boko
Haram sect for instigating days of violence in the mostly Muslim
region, shelled and stormed the group's mosque and headquarters in
Maiduguri. Sect leader Mohammed Yusuf escaped along with about 300
followers but his deputy was killed.
(AFP, 7/29/09)(AP, 7/30/09)
2009 Jul 29, Drug maker Pfizer
Inc. confirmed that it has resolved a long-running legal dispute
with the Nigerian government over allegations that children there
were harmed in a 1996 Pfizer study of an experimental antibiotic
during a meningitis outbreak. The settlement reportedly called for a
$75 million payment by Pfizer.
2009 Jul 29, In northwestern
Pakistan a bomb ripped through the parking area at a court in Dera
Ismail Khan, killing two men guarding a Shiite Muslim lawyer. Troops
waging an offensive elsewhere in the region killed at least four
suspected Taliban fighters over the last 24 hours.
2009 Jul 29, An unmanned
Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the international
space station to deliver supplies for its six-member crew.
2009 Jul 29, In South Africa a
ceremony was held for “Fire Walker,” a new four-story sculpture in
Johannesburg. A plaque was unveiled with the names of the South
African artists who created it: William Kentridge and Gerhard Marx.
The three-dimensional steel conception by Marx was of a Kentridge
2009 Jul 29, In northern Spain
a powerful car bomb destroyed a police barracks housing officers and
their families in Burgos, injuring about 60 people and causing major
damage in the surrounding area. The attack was blamed on the Basque
separatist group ETA.
2009 Jul 29, A Sudanese court
adjourned the case of Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein, a woman journalist
facing 40 lashes for wearing "indecent" trousers. 10 women had
already been whipped on July 3 for similar offences against Islamic
law. "I wish to resign from the UN, I wish this court case to
continue," Hussein told a packed courtroom before the judge
adjourned the case to August 4.
2009 Jul 29, In Tajikistan the
Pakistani and Tajik presidents pledged to step up efforts to fight
Islamist militants at a regional summit amid concerns about the
spread of violence from neighboring Afghanistan.
2009 Jul 29, Turkey's
government said it is prepared to grant more rights to the nation's
Kurds in an effort to end the 25-year insurgency by Kurdish rebels.
2009 Jul 29, In Zimbabwe the
British Broadcasting Corp. resumed broadcasting for the first time
since it was banned in 2001. The five-month-old coalition government
said it also was considering allowing CNN back.
2010 Jul 29, US House
investigators accused New York Rep. Charles Rangel (80) of 13
violations of congressional ethics standards.
(SFC, 7/30/10, p.A10)
2010 Jul 29, The US Dept. of
Justice filed a lawsuit against Oracle Corp. for overcharging the
General services Administration from 1998-2006.
(SFC, 7/30/10, p.A1)
2010 Jul 29, The US Mint
introduced a new quarter featuring Yosemite National Park. 3 other
parks will be honored this year: Hot Springs, Grand Canyon and
(SFC, 7/30/10, p.C2)
2010 Jul 29, The X Prize
foundation offered up a new $1.4 million prize for anyone who can
come up with a faster way to clean oil spills from the ocean.
(Econ, 8/7/10, p.79)
2010 Jul 29, Toyota Motor Corp
said it would recall nearly 417,000 high-end passenger cars and SUVs
in the United States and Canada to fix steering problems.
2010 Jul 29, In southern
Afghanistan 3 American service members died in two separate blasts.
2010 Jul 29, Australia said it
will impose new sanctions against Iran, including restrictions for
the first time on business dealings with that country's oil and gas
2010 Jul 29, Iran said it will
suspend uranium enrichment to 20% if it acquires nuclear fuel for a
2010 Jul 29, Iran hanged Yousef
Fardi, a convicted rapist, in the northern city of Qazvin.
2010 Jul 29, In Iraq militants
flew an al-Qaida flag over a Baghdad neighborhood after killing 16
security officials and burning some of their bodies in a brazen
afternoon attack that served as a grim reminder of continued
insurgent strength in Iraq's capital. A suicide bomber drove a
minibus into the main gate of an Iraqi army base near Tikrit,
killing 4 soldiers and wounding 10. Two road side bombs, targeting
Iraqi army patrols exploded in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 km) west of
Baghdad, killing two Iraqi soldiers and wounding eight others. In
Mosul a bomb attached to a police vehicle killed one policeman and
injured two others.
2010 Jul 29, Thousands of
Israelis marched calmly in Jerusalem's longest gay pride parade
despite opposition from anti-gay demonstrators.
2010 Jul 29, In Mexico soldiers
killed Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel (56), a top leader of the Sinaloa
cartel, in a raid on his posh hideout in the western city of
Guadalajara. One soldier was killed and Francisco Quinones, his
right-hand man, was arrested. Mexican federal troops found $7
million in cash at the site as well as jewelry, luxury watches,
guns, two hand grenades and three expensive cars.
(AP, 7/30/10)(AP, 7/31/10)
2010 Jul 29, Morocco’s King
Mohammed VI granted pardons or reduced sentences to nearly 1,000
people to mark his 11 years on the throne.
2010 Jul 29, In northwest
Pakistan the death toll rose to at least 60 people with hundreds of
thousands stranded in the region's worst flooding in decades.
2010 Jul 29, Qatar's PM Sheik
Hamad bin Jassem Al Thani said the Arab nations have endorsed direct
Palestinian talks with the Israelis but left the timing to the
2010 Jul 29, Russia’s President
Dmitry Medvedev signed a new security law which restored Soviet-era
powers to the Federal Security Service (FSB), the KGB's main
successor agency, a move that rights advocates fear could be used to
stifle protests and intimidate the Kremlin's political opponents.
2010 Jul 29, In Sierra Leone
'Papa Jacques,' Montouroy (63), French legendary aid worker, died of
complications from an ulcer. He spent 41 years as a humanitarian
worker for Catholic Relief Services and was known for delivering
food in parts of the world no one else dared enter.
2010 Jul 29, A Spanish judge in
Madrid reissued arrest warrants for three US servicemen over the
death of a Spanish journalist killed by American tank fire in Iraq
on April 8, 2003.
2010 Jul 29, President Jacob
Zuma announced that South Africa would stop recognizing half the
nation's traditional kings and queens, dismissing them as artificial
creations of the apartheid regime. Leaders of the six kingships
affected by the move have said they will challenge their demotion in
2010 Jul 29, In Sudan gunmen
ambushed a UNAMID patrol in West Darfur state, leaving four
peacekeepers slightly wounded. UNAMID soldiers repelled their
assailants with heavy gunfire.
2010 Jul 29, Ugandan officials
said an anthrax outbreak has killed 82 hippos in the last month and
2010 Jul 29, The UN released
$650 million in Iraqi compensation to Kuwait, the latest payment of
a war reparation scheme that began in 1994. The payment brings the
total sum of compensation paid to Kuwait to $30.15 billion. A
further $22.3 billion is due to Kuwait.
2011 Jul 29, President Barack
Obama told deeply divided Republicans and Democrats to stop
bickering and find a way "out of this mess." House of
Representatives Speaker John Boehner's failure to round up enough
support exposed a rift in the Republican Party that could complicate
efforts to reach a compromise to raise the US debt ceiling before
the august 2 deadline. The Republican-controlled House approved
emergency legislation (218-210) to avoid an unprecedented government
default. Senate Democrats scuttled it less than two hours later in
hopes of a better deal.
(Reuters, 7/29/11)(AP, 7/29/11)
2011 Jul 29, President Barack
Obama and automobile manufacturers announced a deal designed to save
American drivers money at the pump and dramatically cut
heat-trapping gases coming from tailpipes. The agreement requires
that car and light trucks achieve an average fuel economy of 54.5
mpg by 2025, up from 35.5 mandated by 2016.
(AP, 7/29/11)(SFC, 7/30/11, p.A1)
2011 Jul 29, A US federal court
said that human genes can be patented, reversing a 2010 decision
against patents held by Myriad Genetics. Patents on genes have been
awarded for almost 30 years.
(SFC, 7/30/11, p.D2)
2011 Jul 29, Law enforcement
officials said they struck a major blow against illegal marijuana
cultivation on public lands in the heart of Northern California pot
country. US Attorney Melinda Haag said a two-week operation to purge
the Mendocino National Forest of illicit pot gardens uprooted
460,000 pot plants and led to more than 100 arrests.
2011 Jul 29, Yahoo Inc.,
Japan's Softbank Corp. and the China’s Alibaba Group said they have
agreed on a compensation plan involving the Web payment service
2011 Jul 29, In Afghanistan 18
civilians died when a roadside bomb destroyed their minivan in
Helmand province. In a separate incident one person was killed and
four others wounded when their tractor hit an improvised bomb in the
Garmser district of Helmand. 4 policeman were also killed and
another wounded in fighting with insurgents overnight in Helmand.
Insurgents killed seven Afghan soldiers and a translator alongside
two NATO service members in a bombing and ambush in eastern Paktia
province. Police acting on tips in Kunar province intercepted six
would-be suicide bombers who local residents said were on their way
to conduct an attack in the provincial capital of Asadabad.
(AP, 7/29/11)(AP, 7/30/11)
2011 Jul 29, Angolan officials
said 2 children have died from a wave of mysterious poisonings over
the last two days in schools, but police have yet to identify the
toxin that has sown panic in the country. Nearly 570 cases have been
recorded across the country.
2011 Jul 29, In Argentina
French tourists Cassandre Bouvier (29) and Moumni Houria (20) were
found dead in Buenos Aires. They were last seen alive two weeks
earlier. On Aug 6 authorities detained seven people, including the
son and daughter of a high-ranking local police official, for
questioning in the rape and slaying of the two French tourists. DNA
and ballistics evidence later implicated some of the eight suspects
arrested in the case.
(AP, 8/7/11)(AP, 8/16/11)
2011 Jul 29, An Austrian court
rejected an extradition request from Serbia for Jovan Divjak, a
former general in the Bosniak army, ruling that his right to a fair
trial on suspicion of war crimes would be in doubt.
2011 Jul 29, Bahrain's main
Shiite opposition formation slammed the national dialogue's
recommendations submitted to King Hamad a day earlier, saying they
do not represent its demands or the will of the people. Al-Wefaq
reiterated its demands for an "elected government," an "elected
parliament which has full legislative powers," and a "fair and
independent judicial system" in the Shiite-majority Gulf nation.
2011 Jul 29, Tobacco companies
suffered a major defeat in Canada when the Supreme Court ruled the
federal government is not liable for damages from health-related
lawsuits, possibly amounting to many billions of dollars.
2011 Jul 29, In Egypt tens of
thousands of people filled Cairo's central Tahrir Square for a rally
that turned into a show of force for ultraconservative Salafi
Muslims and other Islamists in their growing rift with liberal
activists. 150 men in trucks and on motorbikes rampaged through
El-Arish, firing assault rifles in the air, driving terrified
residents into their homes. 3 civilians, an army officer and a
police officer were killed in clashes that followed, and 19 people
wounded. Armed forces arrested 12 men, including 3 Palestinians,
suspected of involvement in the attack.
(AP, 7/29/11)(AFP, 7/30/11)
2011 Jul 29, India's top court
halted iron ore extraction in Karnataka state, home to some of the
country's biggest deposits, after revelations about a $3.6-billion
2011 Jul 29, In Iran a blast
hit a pipeline carrying natural gas from Iran to Turkey, forcing a
cut in supply.
2011 Jul 29, Japan's PM Naoto
Kan pledged a "revolutionary" shift away from atomic power and
towards renewable energy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear
2011 Jul 29, In Jordan some
3,000 Muslim Brotherhood activists in Amman took an oath to continue
peaceful protests until their demands for political reform are met.
(SFC, 7/30/11, p.A2)
2011 Jul 29, NATO forces in
Kosovo withdrew from a barricade put up by hundreds of Serbs on
Friday to avoid confrontation with Serb extremists blocking the
peacekeepers from reaching a base in the Serb-run north.
2011 Jul 29, The pre-trial
judge for the UN tribunal investigating the death of former Lebanese
prime minister Rafiq Hariri, confirmed the names of four Hezbollah
suspects indicted in the case. The four named in the indictment are:
Salim Ayyash; Mustafa Badreddine; Hussein Anaissi and Assad Sabra.
The names of the four, whose whereabouts are unknown, were revealed
by the Lebanese government late last month after being leaked by the
2011 Jul 29, The top Mexican
federal prosecutors in 21 of the country's 31 states and federal
district resigned. It came a week after the department had announced
that 111 of its staff had been charged with crimes and 192 more
fired for botching cases.
2011 Jul 29, Mexican
authorities captured Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez (33) in
Chihuahua. He was identified as the head of La Linea, a gang of hit
men and corrupt police officers who act as enforcers for the Juarez
Cartel. Hernandez was wanted by the US government on charges of
murdering a US consulate employee and her husband last year in
2011 Jul 29, Morocco's King
Mohammed VI pardoned 14 prisoners and commuted the sentences of 954
others, on the eve of his coronation's 12th anniversary.
2011 Jul 29, Parts of North
Korean land mines washed down a swollen river into South Korea, and
troops searched for other mines that may have been dislodged by
deadly landslides and flooding that has stricken the peninsula. A
2-day downpour left at least 40 people dead.
(AP, 7/29/11)(SFC, 7/29/11, p.A2)
2011 Jul 29, In southwestern
Pakistan unidentified gunmen opened fire on a bus stand in Quetta,
Baluchistan, killing seven Shiite pilgrims waiting to travel to
2011 Jul 29, In Somalia 3
African Union troops were killed and dragged through the streets in
Mogadishu as fighting erupted between pro-government forces and
2011 Jul 29, In Sri Lanka about
1,000 deaf people took to the streets of capital Colombo to demand
equal rights, social recognition and more sign language translators,
with an official saying only about four are currently qualified.
2011 Jul 29, In Swaziland a
"national convention" opened, aiming to bring together civil society
groups to map out how the small southern African kingdom could begin
negotiations toward multi-party democracy. King Mswati III snubbed
the gathering after being invited to deliver an opening address.
2011 Jul 29, Syrian troops
fired live ammunition and tear gas on tens of thousands of
protesters calling for the regime's ouster in several cities around
the country, killing at least one demonstrator in Latakia. A bomb
blast struck a major oil pipeline in western Syria, causing oil to
spill into a nearby lake. State television said the explosion was a
"terrorist" attack by a group of "saboteurs." 4 people were killed
during a raid on the Damascus suburb of Kiswah. One person was
killed when troops entered the eastern border town of al-Boukamal
near Iraq's border.
(AP, 7/29/11)(AP, 7/30/11)
2011 Jul 29, Turkey’s top
commanders suddenly quit to protest the arrest of dozens of generals
as suspects in an alleged plot to overthrow the country's
Islamic-rooted government. Gen. Isik Kosaner resigned as the
military's chief of staff along with the commanders of the navy, the
army and the air force.
2011 Jul 29, President Yoweri
Museveni of Uganda began a four-day visit to neighboring Rwanda and
met with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame upon arrival. Media in
both countries had reported that relations were strained over
reports that Ugandan security operatives had met with two former
senior Rwandan military officers who now oppose Kagame.
2011 Jul 29, In eastern Ukraine
a pre-dawn methane explosion at the notoriously dangerous
Suhodilska-Eastern mine in the Luhansk region killed 20 workers.
Hours later an elevator used to transport miners and equipment into
and out of the Bazhanova mine in the eastern Donetsk region
collapsed, killing 7 workers. 10 miners all told remained missing.
(AP, 7/29/11)(AP, 7/30/11)
2011 Jul 29, In Yemen tens of
thousands turned out in cities across the country to call for the
ouster of pres. Saleh. In the south government airstrikes targeting
al-Qaida-linked militants accidentally killed 40 pro-government
tribesmen outside Zinjibar. North of Sanaa two days of clashes with
the army left 17 anti-government tribesmen dead, prompting their
powerful tribe to threaten attacks against Sanaa's international
airport. Al-Qaeda elements stationed in Dofas (Abyan province)
attacked army units there using machine guns, killing 2 officers and
4 soldiers, and wounding 9 others. 5 members of the extremist
network were also killed during the attack and four more were
wounded. At least 42 people were killed in violence which rocked
several towns across the southern province of Abyan.
(AP, 7/30/11)(AFP, 7/30/11)(SFC, 7/30/11,
p.A2)(SSFC, 7/31/11, p.A4)(AFP, 8/1/11)
2012 Jul 29, In Arizona 7
people in a van died in a crash on I-10 near Phoenix after a
semitrailer truck crossed the median and struck the van head on.
(SFC, 7/30/12, p.A5)
2012 Jul 29, In NYC a
2-year-old girl was among 6 people wounded when a car drove by a
playground and sprayed it with bullets.
(SFC, 7/31/12, p.A6)
2012 Jul 29, Thousands of
stroller-pushing Hong Kong parents and activists protested a plan to
introduce national education lessons, slamming it as a bid to
brainwash children with Chinese propaganda.
2012 Jul 29, Iran published the
results of its 2011 census. It gave Iran's total population as 75.2
million, 99.4 percent of whom are Muslim. 55 percent were under 30
years of age.
2012 Jul 29, In Iraq 7 police
were killed in two bombings and a drive-by shooting in the former
al-Qaida stronghold of Fallujah.
2012 Jul 29, Mit Romney visited
Israel and met with PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Pres. Shimon Peres, and
Palestinian Authority PM Salam Fayyad.
(SFC, 7/30/12, p.A6)
2012 Jul 29, An Israeli
newspaper reported that the Obama administration's top security
official has briefed Israel on US plans for a possible attack on
Iran, seeking to reassure it that Washington is prepared to act
militarily should diplomacy and sanctions fail to pressure Tehran to
abandon its nuclear enrichment program. A senior Israeli official
denied the newspaper report.
(AP, 7/29/12)(Reuters, 7/29/12)
2012 Jul 29, In Japan thousands
of people formed "a human chain" around the parliament complex to
demand the government abandon nuclear power.
2012 Jul 29, Mali's interim
president Dioncounda Traore sidelined his controversial PM Cheick
Modibo Diarra by announcing the creation of new bodies tasked with
ending the crisis. A couple who had an adulterous relationship was
stoned to death in the town of Aguelhok.
(AFP, 7/29/12)(AP, 7/29/12)
2012 Jul 29, In northern
Nigeria a gun battle near a mosque in the city of Kano and two other
shootings left at least eight people dead in the latest violence to
hit the area.
2012 Jul 29, Pakistani
intelligence officials said a suspected US missile strike killed 4
people in North Waziristan near the Afghan border.
(AFP, 7/29/12)(SFC, 7/30/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 29, Romanians voted on
whether to oust Pres. Traian Basescu (60), part of a political
battle that has raised questions about the rule of law in the
fledgling European Union member. A rule required turnout to be more
than half of the total electorate. The effort failed because of low
(AP, 7/29/12)(SFC, 7/30/12, p.A4)
2012 Jul 29, Syrian troops,
backed by air power and tanks, pushed on in the second day of an
assault on Aleppo, sparking international fears of a humanitarian
catastrophe. The Syrian regime accused regional powerhouses Saudi
Arabia, Qatar and Turkey of supporting a plot hatched by Israel to
destroy the country. A group of 12 Syrian officers crossed into
Turkey including a brigadier general who was deputy chief of police
in Syria's Latakia region.
(AFP, 7/29/12)(AP, 7/29/12)(AP, 7/30/12)
2013 Jul 29, US officials said
the FBI has arrested 150 people across the country on charges of
holding children against their will for prostitution in a three-day
weekend sweep. Officials called this the largest-ever operation
against child sex-trafficking.
2013 Jul 29, In Detroit the
body of Bilal Berreni (23), a French street artist, was found shot
in the face. It took seven months before authorities identified him
through fingerprints. Dionte Travis (17), Jasin Curtis (18) and
Drequone Rich (20) were later charged with murder. On Dec 3, 2015 1
Dionte Travis was found guilty of murder.
(AP, 11/22/14)(AP, 12/3/15)
2013 Jul 29, In southern
Afghanistan an early morning explosion killed a mother and two
children in Kandahar province. 13 insurgents were reported killed,
including local Taliban commander Qari Latif, and 29 captured in an
operation in northern Kunduz province.
2013 Jul 29, Britain's Home
Office confirmed it will demand a 3,000-pound ($4,630) refundable
bond for visas for "high-risk" visitors from six former colonies
(Nigeria, Ghana, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka). The
pilot scheme has brought warnings at home and abroad that it will
2013 Jul 29, Cambodia's
long-ruling PM Hun Sen faced his biggest political setback in two
decades as the country's opposition rejected an election result as
tainted by widespread fraud, despite heavy losses for the ruling
2013 Jul 29, China National
Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) said it has switched on a pipeline
bringing natural gas from Myanmar. The project has raised concerns
in Myanmar's nascent civil society about whether its giant
neighbor's resource grabs will benefit local people.
2013 Jul 29, Egyptian police
detained two leaders of a Muslim Brotherhood-allied party in the
latest in a wave of arrests of prominent Islamists, while the EU's
top diplomat, Catherine Ashton, held talks with officials in Cairo
in an attempt to mediate an end to the country's crisis.
2013 Jul 29, In Iraq at least
58 people were killed in 18 bombings across the country. 9 people
were killed after twelve car bombs exploded in Baghdad's Shiite
neighborhoods within one hour. Other bombs around Baghdad, mostly
Shiite-dominated suburbs as well as the town of Mahmoudiya killed 31
more people. Car bombs in Kut killed at least 10, one in Basra
killed 4. Two bombs in Samawa killed 2. A roadside bomb killed a
senior police officer, his aide and two guards when it hit their
convoy near Baiji.
(AP, 7/29/13)(Reuters, 7/29/13)(AP, 7/30/13)
2013 Jul 29, Israeli and
Palestinian teams flew to Washington to end five years of diplomatic
stalemate and prepare for a new round of Mideast peace talks, though
optimism was in short supply after two decades of failed attempts to
reach a deal.
2013 Jul 29, In Libya at least
one soldier was killed in overnight fighting in the eastern city of
2013 Jul 29, In Nigeria
multiple explosions at a bar and entertainment area in a Christian
quarter of the northern and mainly Muslim city of Kano killed at
least 24 people.
2013 Jul 29, In Pakistan some
150 suspected Taliban fighters freed more than 250 prisoners,
including 38 suspected militants, in a late night attack that killed
14 people in Dera Ismail Khan.
2013 Jul 29, In Peru the annual
Andean Yawar Fiesta (Blood Festival) featured the strapping of a
female condor to the back of a black bull. The legs of the condor
were bandaged and the after 7 minutes the bull was roped and condor
was cut loose.
(SSFC, 8/11/13, p.A7)
2013 Jul 29, In Saudi Arabia
Raif Badawi, editor of the "Free Saudi Liberals" website, was
sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for founding an
Internet forum that violates Islamic values and propagates liberal
thought. Badawi has been held since June 2012 on charges of cyber
crime and disobeying his father.
2013 Jul 29, In Sudan some 134
people were killed in new clashes between two rival tribes in the
strife-torn Darfur region.
2013 Jul 29, In Switzerland two
trains collided head-on late today, injuring 26 people and killing
the driver of one at Granges-près-Marnand in the canton of Vaud.
2013 Jul 29, Syrian government
troops captured all of the district of Khaldiyeh in the embattled
city of Homs. It had been a rebel stronghold since the beginning of
the uprising. At least 12 rebel fighters were killed as they were
taking flour from a mill on the eastern outskirts of Damascus.
(AP, 7/29/13)(Reuters, 7/29/13)
2013 Jul 29, The Tunisian army
blocked off a square where rival protesters had confronted each
other in Tunis, declaring it a "closed military zone" to try to
stave off rising unrest. Gunmen killed at least 8 soldiers, staging
the biggest attack on the security forces in decades.
2013 Jul 29, Pope Francis
reached out to gays, saying he wouldn't judge priests for their
sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news
conference as he returned from his first foreign trip.
2014 Jul 29, The United States
said it plans to sell 5,000 Hellfire missiles to Iraq in a $700
million deal, as Washington tries to help Baghdad retake ground
captured by Sunni militants.
2014 Jul 29, US officials said
that roughly 30 percent of Russia's banking sector assets are now
constrained by sanctions. The West halted future sales to lucrative
Russian economic sectors, with the US announcing plans to block
future technology sales to the oil industry and Europe approving an
arms embargo. The Europeans also backed sanctions against
state-owned banks and the energy sector.
2014 Jul 29, The US Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention said cases of chikungunya virus, a
painful, mosquito-borne disease that has spread rapidly through the
Caribbean in recent months, spiked higher in New York and New Jersey
in the past week. The number of cases in New Jersey more than
doubled to 25, while New York has recorded 44 cases.
2014 Jul 29, Kenneth Ireland
(39) of Connecticut appealed for millions in compensation for being
locked for two decades on alleged rape and murder charges. He was
released in 2009 after DNA evidence proved another man responsible
for the murder of a mother of four in 1986.
(SFC, 7/30/14, p.A5)
2014 Jul 29, Former Minnesota
Gov. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million in his two-year fight to prove
he was defamed by a military sniper and best-selling author who
claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar for bad-mouthing the
Navy SEALs. "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle was killed last year
at a gun range in Texas. On June 13, 2016, a federal appeals court
threw out the damages award and sent a portion of the case back to
the district court for a new trial.
(AP, 7/30/14)(SFC, 6/14/16, p.A4)
2014 Jul 29, In Afghanistan a
suicide attacker killed a cousin of outgoing President Hamid Karzai
near Kandahar city. Hashmat Karzai was a campaign manager in
Kandahar for Ashraf Ghani, one of the two presidential candidates.
2014 Jul 29, Australian media
reported that arrest warrants have been issued for a pair of
Australian citizens, Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar, believed to
be fighting in Syria, after images emerged of the two holding the
severed heads of Syrian soldiers.
2014 Jul 29, Flooding in
eastern Europe left at least 3 people dead in Bulgaria and
(SFC, 7/30/14, p.A2)
2014 Jul 29, China's ruling
Communist Party said it has put former security chief Zhou Yongkang
(71) under investigation, the most senior official to fall for
(AFP, 7/29/14)(SSFC, 8/3/14, p.A4)
2014 Jul 29, Colombian
President Juan Manuel Santos met with Japan's PM Shinzo Abe, calling
for accelerated bilateral trade talks and more investment by the
Asian economic powerhouse.
2014 Jul 29, A Hungarian
opposition group said it would ask the EU to step up its oversight
of democracy in Hungary after PM Orban said he wants to transform
the country from a liberal democracy into an "illiberal state."
2014 Jul 29, Israel unleashed
its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war, destroying
key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory's only
power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead. Israel
flattened the home of Hamas Gaza leader Ismail Haniye and pounded
dozens of other high-profile targets in the enclave.
(Reuters, 7/29/14)(AP, 7/30/14)
2014 Jul 29, Japan announced
that it had wrapped up a whale hunt in the Pacific, the second
campaign since the UN's top court ordered Tokyo to halt a separate
slaughter in the Antarctic. The country's fisheries agency said 115
whales were killed during the two-and-a-half month campaign.
2014 Jul 29, Libyan forces
battled Islamist militants with rockets and warplanes for control of
an army base in the eastern city of Benghazi after at least 30
people were killed in overnight fighting. Armed factions in Tripoli
agreed to a brief cease-fire to allow emergency services to fight
the blazing fuel storage tanks containing millions of liters of
2014 Jul 29, In northeastern
Nigeria suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers attacked two mosques in
Potiskum, Yobe state, killing at least 6 people and injuring several
2014 Jul 29, In Sierra Leone
Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, who was praised as a national hero for
treating Ebola, died from the disease. ASKY regional airline
announced it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an
outbreak that has killed more than 670 people.
2014 Jul 29, A Spanish judge
issued an indictment against Jordi Pujol (b.1930) and his wife for
money laundering and tax evasion. The former leader of Catalonia
(1980-2003) had recently admitted that his family had hidden money
in Switzerland for the past 35 years.
2014 Jul 29, In Syria
insurgents detonated bomb-packed tunnels under buildings in Aleppo
killing at least 13-pro-government troops.
(SFC, 7/30/14, p.A2)
2014 Jul 29, In eastern Ukraine
shelling in at least three cities hit a home for the elderly, a
school and multiple homes, adding to a rapidly growing civilian
death toll. At least 24 civilians and 10 soldiers were reported
killed and another 55 wounded in fighting over the past day.
(AP, 7/29/14)(SFC, 7/30/14, p.A4)
2015 Jul 29, In Ohio a drone
dropped a package of drugs onto a prison yard at Mansfield
Correctional Institution. The drop sparked a fight amongst inmates.
(SFC, 8/5/15, p.A6)
2015 Jul 29, In Pennsylvania US
Rep. Chaka Fattah (58) was indicted with four associates in a
racketeering case stemming from the alleged misappropriation of
hundreds of thousands of dollars after a failed 2007 run for mayor
(SFC, 7/30/15, p.A6)
2015 Jul 29, Microsoft debuted
(SFC, 7/30/15, p.C2)
2015 Jul 29, The Afghanistan
government said Mullah Omar, leader of the Taliban movement behind
an escalating insurgency against the government in Kabul, had died
in April, 2013, in Pakistan. The Afghan Taliban appointed Akhtar
Mohammad Mansour as leader of the insurgency.
(Reuters, 7/29/15)(Reuters, 7/30/15)(SFC,
2015 Jul 29, In Australia
Leonard John Warwick (68) was arrested for a 1980-1984 series of
bombings and shootings in Sydney left four people dead. Warwick, a
former firefighter, had an extended dispute in the Family Court with
his estranged wife over the custody of their infant daughter in the
2015 Jul 29, Hundreds of
Chileans took to the streets of affluent Santiago neighborhoods,
clanging kitchenware and waving banners to protest what they say is
an explosion in crime. Statistics indicated that crime has, in fact,
fallen in the past year.
2015 Jul 29, Croatian lawmakers
voted overwhelmingly to withdraw from a border arbitration with
Slovenia, dealing a further blow to efforts to resolve a
2015 Jul 29, In France one man
died as overwhelmed authorities for a 2nd night fought off some
2,000 desperate attempts by migrants to enter England through the
Channel Tunnel, prompting France to beef up its police presence.
(AFP, 7/29/15)(SFC, 7/30/15, p.A4)
2015 Jul 29, German police
began finding some 400 kg (880 pounds) of cocaine hidden inside
shipments of bananas sent to supermarkets across the north and west
of the country.
2015 Jul 29, In Iraq
back-to-back suicide attacks targeting Iraqi security forces near
the Islamic State-held city of Ramadi killed at least 12 troops, as
the government pressed on with efforts to reclaim territory under
the extremists' control. Near Fallujah a suicide bomber in an
explosives laden Humvee killed 6 troops. Clashes southwest of Ramadi
left one soldier and 14 militants dead.
(AP, 7/29/15)(SFC, 7/30/15, p.A2)
2015 Jul 29, An Israeli air
strike on a government-held village on the Syrian side of the Golan
Heights ceasefire line killed five pro-regime forces. An Israeli
drone attack in southern Syria killed at least three pro-government
(AFP, 7/29/15)(AP, 7/29/15)
2015 Jul 29, Israel gave final
approval for plans to build 300 new homes in a Jewish settlement in
the occupied West Bank, announcing the move as it carried out a
court demolition order against two vacant apartment blocks at the
2015 Jul 29, Japan’s PM Shinzo
Abe outlined the largest increase in the country’s minimum wage
since 2002 from ¥780 (about $6.30 an hour) to ¥798,( 6.45/hr).
(Econ, 8/15/15, p.66)
2015 Jul 29, Jordan handed down
jail sentences against seven of its citizens and a Syrian for
planning attacks on US soldiers in the country and on the Israeli
embassy. The Jordanians were all arrested in May 2014. The Syrian,
who was tried in absentia, was sentenced to 15 years.
2015 Jul 29, In Libya at least
26 IS fighters were killed when the Shura Council of Jihadis
attacked the group in Darna, where the IS group gained its first
foothold in Libya last year. 13 members of Shura Council of Jihadis
were also killed.
2015 Jul 29, A Mexican judge
issued an order to extradite fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo"
Guzman to the United States -- if he is recaptured after his
2015 Jul 29, In north-central
Mexico 27 people, including a baby, were killed when a truck's
brakes failed and plowed into pilgrims in Mazapil, Zacatecas state.
The driver fled the scene. 43 people were hospitalized.
(AP, 7/30/15)(AP, 7/31/15)
2015 Jul 29, In northeastern
Nigeria at least 10 people were killed when Boko Haram Islamist
gunmen raided a village in Yobe state in a revenge attack against
2015 Jul 29, In eastern
Pakistan Malik Ishaq, who directed the operations of the Taliban-
and al-Qaida-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group, was gunned down along
with 5 other detained militants during an assault on a police convoy
that was transporting him from prison in Multan. 8 of the attackers
trying to free him were also killed. Ishaq helped found
Laskhar-e-Jhangvi in the 1990s.
2015 Jul 29, In the Philippines
winners were announced of the Ramon Magsaysay Award, often regarded
as Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize. They included Indian
anti-corruption campaigner Sanjiv Chaturvedi (40); fellow countryman
Anshu Gupta (44) who recycles clothes for the poor; Kommaly
Chanthavong (71) of Laos for reviving her country's ancient art of
silk weaving; Ligaya Fernando-Amilbangsa (71) of the Philippines for
her crusade in preserving a dance form of the southern Philippines;
and Kyaw Thu (55) of Myanmar for helping to provide free funeral
services to help relieve the emotional and financial burden of the
2015 Jul 29, In Poland Jan
Kulczyk (65), the country’s richest man and the founder and
president of investment empire Kulczyk Holding, died from
complications following surgery. He made his fortune during Poland's
2015 Jul 29, Plane debris was
found washed up on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean
and was believed to be part of a Boeing 777, potentially the biggest
breakthrough in the search for Flight MH370, missing since March 8,
2015 Jul 29, The Russian
government formally branded the US National Endowment for Democracy
as an “undesirable” operation, forcing the organization to shut down
offices and cease issuing grants to Russian rights groups.
(SFC, 7/30/15, p.A2)
2015 Jul 29, From Saudi Arabia
Yemen's exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi ordered that
militias battling Shiite rebels in Yemen be merged with his national
army, in an apparent attempt to unify ground forces.
2015 Jul 29, Syrian commander
Nadeem Hassan and seven of his fighters, trained by the US, were
kidnapped by the al-Nusra Front as they returned from a meeting in
Turkey. On August 16 Division 30 said seven of its members had been
freed by Al-Nusra. In late July 13 were kidnapped by Al-Nusra,
including a commander, and at least 3 more were killed in clashes
with the jihadist group.
(SFC, 7/31/15, p.A2)(AFP, 8/4/15)(AFP, 8/16/15)
2015 Jul 29, Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with top Chinese officials amid tensions
over China's treatment of its Uighur minority and sensitive
negotiations surrounding the possible purchase of a Chinese missile
2015 Jul 29, Turkey’s Deputy PM
Bulent Arinc gave a breakdown of the terror suspects rounded up in
the nationwide police operation, saying that of the 1,300 detained
only 137 were suspected of links to IS. Some 31 have been charged so
far, while 18 were released. In contrast, police detained as many as
847 PKK suspects. A total of 142 have been charged so far, while 120
2015 Jul 29, Turkey said it has
formally signed a deal with the United States opening its Incirlik
air base to the US-led coalition against Islamic State militants. In
exchange the Americans agreed to help establish a 65-mile IS-free
zone along a western section of the Turkish-Syrian border.
(Reuters, 7/29/15)(Econ, 8/1/15, p.42)
2015 Jul 29, Turkish jets
launched their heaviest assault on Kurdish militants in northern
Iraq overnight since air strikes began last week. A Turkish soldier
was killed and three seriously wounded in the eastern province of
Agri in what appeared to be a PKK attack.
2015 Jul 29, Ukrainian Pres.
Petro Poroshenko vowed to push for justice despite Russia's veto of
a UN resolution that would have set up a tribunal to try those
responsible for shooting down passenger flight MH17 on July 17,
2015 Jul 29, In Yemen Saudi-led
warplanes bombed targets in northerly Saada province. A car bomb
exploded outside the Ismaili Al Faydh Alhatemy mosque in an eastern
district of Sanaa, killing 3 people and wounding seven. The Islamic
State militant group claimed responsibility. Ismailis are a minority
Shi'ite Muslim sect, as are the Zaydi Shi'ites, a community whose
interests the Houthi group says it defends. Al-Qaida made 6 captured
Houthi fighters, who were in their early 20s, kneel and kiss their
hands before shooting them in Dar Saad.
(Reuters, 7/29/15)(AP, 7/30/15)
2016 Jul 29, The United States
military said it was preparing for the biggest land return in
Okinawa since 1972, as it faces a surge in opposition to its
presence following the arrest of one its civilian contractors for
the murder of a local woman. The US Army said it would hand back 15
square miles to the Japanese government.
(Reuters, 7/29/16)(Econ, 8/13/16, p.20)
2016 Jul 29, In northern
California a medical transport plane enroute to Oakland, Ca.,
crashed in Humboldt County killing all 4 people onboard.
(SFC, 8/2/16, p.C2)
2016 Jul 29, In Michigan six
current or former state employees were charged with misconduct and
other crimes in the Flint water crisis, bringing to nine the number
of public officials facing prosecution in the case.
(SFC, 7/30/16, p.A6)
2016 Jul 29, Agriculture
officials said genetically modified wheat not approved for sale or
commercial production in the United States has been found growing in
a field in Washington state, posing a possible risk to trade with
countries concerned about engineered food.
2016 Jul 29, It was reported
that a new study of male honeybees shows that the insecticides
thiamethoxam and clothianidin, both from the neonicotinoid family of
insecticides can significantly reduce the drones’ ability to
(SFC, 7/29/16, p.A7)
2016 Jul 29, In Afghanistan
Taliban militants attacked a series of police checkpoints as part of
a larger assault in the Kanashin district. Control of the Kanashin
district, which borders Pakistan and major poppy-producing
districts, put the "Taliban in control of 60 percent of Helmand
2016 Jul 29, In Angola the
separatist Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC)
said that 9 Angolan soldiers had been killed in the region.
2016 Jul 29, Chinese regulatory
authorities conditionally approved Belgian brewer Anheuser-Busch
InBev’s giant takeover of SABMiller, clearing one of the last major
hurdles for the $103 billion deal to go ahead. AB InBev has agreed
to a series of concessions to win the authorities' green lights,
including selling SABMiller's 49 percent stake in Snow Breweries,
China's biggest beermaker.
2016 Jul 29, The European Union
said that it had set definitive anti-dumping duties on certain
Chinese steel bars at rates higher than initially proposed,
following a 2015 investigation prompted by complaints from European
steelmaking association Eurofer. The announcement drew an immediate
response from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, which said the EU
"unfairly" set new tariffs based on higher profit margin targets for
2016 Jul 29, Air France
cancelled 10 percent of its long-distance flights, during a period
of high traffic due to summer vacations, because of a strike by
2016 Jul 29, German automaker
Daimler's Mercedes-Benz brand said it will build a new manufacturing
plant in Hungary by the end of the decade, investing 1 billion euros
($1.11 billion) and creating 2,500 new jobs.
2016 Jul 29, Guyana's finance
minister said the country will bar graduates of its public
university from traveling outside the country until they settle
their student debt, in a bid to collect on some $25 million in
2016 Jul 29, Indian police in
Bihar state arrested Hindu nationalist leader Dayashankar
Singh on charges alleging he insulted a senior female politician by
describing her as "worse than a prostitute." Singh was expelled last
week from PM Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party for making the
remark against Mayawati, a leader representing millions of
2016 Jul 29, India’s government
said persistent heavy rains have caused widespread disruption in
major cities and severe floods in the rugged northeast have killed
at least 12 people.
2016 Jul 29, In India a portion
of a 13-story building under construction in the western city of
Pune collapsed, killing at least 8 workers.
2016 Jul 29, In northern
India a woman and her 14-year-old daughter were gang-raped off
a busy highway near the town of Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh state,
after their car was stopped by a gang of men. 15 suspects were soon
2016 Jul 29, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir authorities re-imposed a curfew to prevent
a protest march to the main mosque in Srinagar, but fresh street
demonstrations and clashes still occurred at more than two dozen
places amid outrage over the killing of a top rebel leader earlier
2016 Jul 29, Indonesia executed
four people convicted of drug crimes despite international protests
and said it would decide later when as many as 10 others who got an
unexpected reprieve are put to death.
2016 Jul 29, In Ireland
three former senior bankers were sent to prison for their roles in
concealing the loss of billions in deposits at the defunct Anglo
Irish Bank, the biggest accounting fraud in Irish corporate history.
2016 Jul 29, Nicaragua's top
electoral authority decimated the country's political opposition by
unseating practically all of its remaining lawmakers in congress as
President Daniel Ortega prepares to seek a third term.
2016 Jul 29, Niger said it has
extended a state of emergency in the southeastern region of Diffa
for three months after a series of attacks by Boko Haram.
2016 Jul 29, Nigeria’s army
said its troops backed by a regional force have recaptured the
northeastern town of Damasak where Boko Haram killed more than 200
and abducted hundreds of children two years ago. The Chad-based
MNJTF comprises troops from Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad and
2016 Jul 29, In Pakistan Kosar
and Gulzar Bibi, aged 22 and 28, were shot dead by their brother
Nasir Hussain (35) as they prepared to marry men they had chosen
themselves in Punjab province. Hussain fled the scene.
2016 Jul 29, Philippine
President Rodrigo Duterte gave communist guerrillas an ultimatum to
declare their readiness to match his truce declaration following a
rebel attack that killed a government militiaman.
2016 Jul 29, Scottish police
said 77 people have been charged following a six-week operation
against online child abuse. Police found more than 30 million
pictures of young people being abused during the operation.
(SFC, 7/30/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 29, In Senegal the
Extraordinary African Chambers ordered Chad's ex-dictator Hissene
Habre to pay more than 4,700 victims at least $17,000 each for
abuses suffered during his time in power. The tribunal has already
frozen some of Habre's assets. The defense has 15 days to appeal the
2016 Jul 29, South Korean
prosecutors indicted fellow senior prosecutor Jin Kyung-joon for
allegedly pocketing millions of dollars from shady stock transaction
deals with an online game maker.
2016 Jul 29, Aid agencies urged
Syria's regime to end the siege of rebel-held east Aleppo as
residents cowered indoors afraid to use what some described as
"death corridors" to flee the city.
2016 Jul 29, Turkey’s Interior
Minister Efkan Ala said authorities have detained more than 18,000
people following the July 15-16 failed coup attempt.
2016 Jul 29, In Turkey 8
government soldiers were killed in a clash with Kurdish militants at
a checkpoint in the southeastern Hakkari province. A subsequent
operation against the Kurdish rebels left eight Kurds dead.
2016 Jul 29, The UN Security
Council agreed to send a contingent of 228 United Nations police to
Burundi to control the continuing violence and to protect human
rights in the East African nation.
2016 Jul 29, In Vietnam screens
displaying flight information at two major airports were hacked to
contain distorted information about the South China Sea and insult
Vietnam and the Philippines.
2017 Jul 29, Equifax, an
Atlanta-based credit monitoring company, was hit by a high-tech
heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive
information about 143 million Americans. Equifax reported the hack
on September 7.
(AP, 9/8/17)(Econ, 9/16/17, p.70)
2017 Jul 29, In Virginia Kariem
Ali Muhammad Moore (43) was arrested during a welfare check. Moore
was accused of holding a woman and her two children captive for at
least two years.
(SFC, 8/4/17, p.A4)
2017 Jul 29, In Afghanistan two
civilians were killed in Shahjoy District, when their vehicle hit an
improvised explosive device. Militants laid siege to police outposts
in Helmand province killing at least 12 officers. The Taliban said
25 officers were killed.
(AP, 7/30/17)(SSFC, 7/30/17, p.A4)
2017 Jul 29, Australian police
foiled "Islamic-inspired" plans for a bomb attack on an aircraft
during counter-terrorism raids in which two Lebanese-Australian
fathers and their sons were arrested in several Sydney suburbs.
Police later said one man sent his unsuspecting brother to Sydney
airport to catch an Etihad Airways flight carrying a home-made bomb
disguised as a meat-mincer built at the direction of a senior
Islamic State commander. On August 8 Khaled Merhi (39) one of the
four arrested men, was charged with possession of a prohibited
weapon and granted bail.
(AP, 7/29/17)(Reuters, 7/30/17)(SFC, 8/1/17,
p.A2)(Reuters, 8/4/17)(AP, 8/6/17)
2017 Jul 29, China’s graft
watchdog said Ren Biao, one of China's most wanted fugitives accused
of forgery and fraudulently obtaining loans, has returned to the
country and handed himself over to the police. A major shareholder
of an energy supply company in eastern China's Jiangsu province, Ren
fled to the Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis in January 2014.
2017 Jul 29, An Egyptian
criminal court sentenced eight people to death over charges of
murder during an attack on a police station in a Cairo suburb in
2017 Jul 29, The European
Commission launched legal action against what it sees as Polish
government attempts to undermine the independence of judges.
2017 Jul 29, The Finnish
icebreaker MSV Nordica set a new record for the earliest transit of
the fabled Northwest Passage after 24 days at sea and a journey
spanning more than 10,000 km (6,214 miles).
2017 Jul 29, India's navy
seized a ship carrying about 1,500 kg of heroin worth 35 billion
rupees ($545 million) in what it said was its biggest ever drugs
(Reuters, 7/30/17)(AP, 7/31/17)
2017 Jul 29, In Indonesia a
six-nation summit co-hosted by Indonesia and Australia agreed to set
up a forum to strengthen cooperation between intelligence services
to counter extremist threats in Southeast Asia. Security ministers
and officials from Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, Brunei, the
Philippines and New Zealand held a one-day meeting in Manado.
2017 Jul 29, Iran vowed to
press ahead with its missile program and condemned new US sanctions.
2017 Jul 29, In Kenya an
intruder killed a police guard at the home of Deputy President
William Ruto and armed himself with a rifle before he was shot dead
more than 18 hours later.
2017 Jul 29, A Lesotho official
said authorities are investigating a security breach after
wire-tapping gadgets were discovered in the office of the new prime
minister earlier this week.
2017 Jul 29, In Libya a
pro-Haftar fighter died as he took part in a mission to try and
rescue a pilot whose plane had crashed in the same area. The pilot
who died in the crash, had been carrying out a raid against jihadist
positions when his fighter jet was hit by a missile.
2017 Jul 29, In Mexico 178
Central Americans being smuggled to the United States were rescued
from an abandoned truck in the town of Tantima, Veracruz state.
2017 Jul 29, Morocco's King
Mohammed VI granted early releases and reduced sentences to 1,178
inmates and other convicts, including an undisclosed number of
protesters detained during unauthorized demonstrations in the El
Hoceima region and other parts of the country. Mohammed VI
criticized some officials for displaying an "unacceptable attitude"
during the protests that have turned into a major grassroots
2017 Jul 29, Dutch police
arrested five Romanian men suspected of stealing iPhones worth
500,000 euros ($590,000) in a dangerous heist on a moving truck.
2017 Jul 29, Pakistan's ruling
party appointed Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (58) as interim prime minister
after the ouster of Nawaz Sharif, while Sharif's brother, Shahbaz
Sharif (65), was chosen as his long-term successor.
(AP, 7/29/17)(SSFC, 7/30/17, p.A5)
2017 Jul 29, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb struck a vehicle carrying villagers in Panjgur, a
southwestern border town near Iran, killing four people and wounding
2017 Jul 29, Qatar accused the
Saudis of politicizing Hajj and addressed the United Nations Special
Rapporteur on freedom of religion on Saturday, expressing concern
about obstacles facing Qataris who want to attend hajj this year.
2017 Jul 29, In Somalia a US
drone strike killed a member of the al-Shabab extremist group. A
Somali intelligence official later said an al-Shabab leader was
targeted but it was not clear whether he had been killed.
2017 Jul 29, Sri Lanka's
government signed a long-delayed agreement to sell a 70 percent
stake in a $1.5 billion port to China in a bid to recover from the
heavy burden of repaying a Chinese loan obtained to build the
2017 Jul 29, Syria's army and
its allies reached the edge of al-Sukhna, the last town held by
Islamic State in Homs province and a key step in their multi-pronged
offensive against the militants.
2017 Jul 29, In Turkey seven
staff from the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet walked free from jail
after over eight months behind bars, expressing hope four colleagues
still in prison would be released soon. Those freed were released
under judicial control, meaning they will have to report regularly
to the authorities and remain charged.
2017 Jul 29, Hundreds of
Turkish women marched in Istanbul to protest against the violence
and animosity they face from men demanding they dress more
2017 Jul 29, In Vietnam a fire
broke out at a small cake factory in Hanoi, killing eight workers
and seriously injuring two others.
2018 Jul 29, In California the
Carr Fire in Shasta County now consumed 95,368 acres and was just 17
percent contained. The Ranch Fire grew to 16,300 acres and the River
Fire to 14,200 acres. Both were just 5 percent contained. The death
toll in the state fires rose to eight.
(SFC, 7/30/18, p.A8)
2018 Jul 29, In Bangladesh
protests began in Dhaka after two college students were struck and
killed by a pair of buses. Protests by young people demanding safer
streets followed for the next five days.
2018 Jul 29, In Bulgaria
Chinese dancer Sinuo Chang and Canadian ballerina Yuan Zhe Zi Xuan,
also known as Jessica Xuan, won the top prizes at the Varna
International Ballet Competition, the oldest ballet competition in
2018 Jul 29, Cambodia held
elections. The ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) said that it
had won a general election that rights groups said was neither free
nor fair due to voter intimidation and the absence of any
significant challenger to PM Hun Sen. The National Election
Commission said voter turnout was 80.49 percent.
2018 Jul 29, Police in the
northeastern Chinese city of Changchun said they had asked
prosecutors to approve the arrest of 18 people at Changsheng
Bio-technology Co Ltd, a vaccine maker at the center of a safety
2018 Jul 29, It was reported
that China has donated four 12-meter-long boats and 30
rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers to the Philippines,
continuing the closer relations between the two countries under
President Rodrigo Duterte.
2018 Jul 29, In Egypt a train
came off the rails on the Cairo-Aswan line, injuring a number of
passengers and delaying trips. Hours later Sayed Salem, the head of
Egypt's railway authority, was removed from office.
2018 Jul 29, In Egypt Bishop
Epiphanius (68), the abbot of Saint Macarius monastery in Wadi
el-Natrun, was found dead with head injuries.
2018 Jul 29, Greek fire
services said three more people were confirmed killed by the
wildfires that have devastated seaside resorts near Athens, bringing
the death toll in the disaster to 91.
2018 Jul 29, In Indonesia a
magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the tourist island of Lombok. At
least 14 people were killed, scores inured and thousands of homes
damaged. More than 120 aftershocks were recorded.
2018 Jul 29, Iran's currency
hit a record low of 100,000 rials to the dollar amid a deepening
economic crisis and the imminent return of full US sanctions.
2018 Jul 29, It was reported
that Iran's top security body has approved the release of opposition
figures Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest
for seven years for leading mass protests in 2009.
2018 Jul 29, Iraqi PM Haider
al-Abadi suspended his electricity minister amid continuing protests
over poor public services especially power cuts and rampant
2018 Jul 29, Israel's navy
intercepted a Norwegian-flagged activist boat trying to break its
more than decade-long blockade of the Gaza Strip. The
Norwegian-flagged Karstein ship had 22 people on board. The captain
of the boat later accused Israeli authorities of violating the law
by boarding the vessel in international waters and using violent
force against its crew who were arrested.
(AFP, 7/29/18)(AFP, 8/2/18)
2018 Jul 29, Israel released
Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi (17) from prison after serving
eight months for slapping two Israeli soldiers.
2018 Jul 29, Israeli Arab labor
lawmaker Zuhair Bahloul said he can no longer serve in a country
that officially marginalizes the 20 percent Arab minority he
2018 Jul 29, Tropical Storm
Jongdari made landfall early today in central Japan after dumping
heavy rain on Tokyo and other parts of eastern Japan the previous
2018 Jul 29, In Japan Tiphaine
Veron (36), a French teaching assistant, was last seen leaving her
lodgings in Nikko.
2018 Jul 29, Malians voted to
decide whether or not to give President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita a
second term, amid widespread ethnic and jihadist violence that has
dramatically worsened since he came to power five years ago. Attacks
by gunmen or other violence disrupted around a fifth of the polling
stations, with about three percent unable to function at all.
(Reuters, 7/29/18)(Reuters, 7/30/18)
2018 Jul 29, A Myanmar official
said rising floodwaters have killed at least 10 people and forced
more than 54,000 from their homes across swathes of the country.
(AFP, 7/29/18)(Reuters, 7/29/18)
2018 Jul 29, In Russia
thousands protested in central Moscow against a proposed increase to
the retirement age and the crowd chanted slogans critical of
President Vladimir Putin whose approval ratings have been dented by
2018 Jul 29, Pro-Syrian
government forces advanced in an Islamic State pocket in southwest
Syria, despite a threat to hostages the jihadists seized last week.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported air strikes against
Islamic State positions east of Sweida, the city the jihadists
attacked last week.
2018 Jul 29, In Tajikistan a
hit-and-run driver killed four foreign cyclists from the United
States, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Security forces pursuing
suspects in the attack killed four, including one as he was
resisting arrest, and detained a fifth man. Islamic State jihadists
soon claimed responsibility.
(Reuters, 7/30/18)(AFP, 7/31/18)
2018 Jul 29, Turkey's coast
guard rescued nine people overnight, but six people including three
babies died when an inflatable boat carrying 16 people capsized off
the coast of western Turkey.
2018 Jul 29, In Yemen Saudi-led
coalition airstrikes killed at least 18 people in the port province
(SFC, 7/30/18, p.A2)
2019 Jul 29, Pres. Donald Trump
signed a bill ensuring that a victim's compensation fund, helping
those impacted by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks never runs out of
(SFC, 7/30/19, p.A4)
2019 Jul 29, The US Senate
failed in a bid to override a trio of vetoes issued by President
Donald Trump, allowing the administration to move forward with plans
to sell billions of dollars of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the
United Arab Emirates.
2019 Jul 29, In Arkansas Wesley
Gullett (30), leader of a white supremacist gang, and inmate
Christopher Sanderson (34) were last seen at the Jefferson County
Detention Center. A day later jailers realized they were missing.
2019 Jul 29, New York's Gov.
Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that softens penalties for possessing
small amounts of marijuana and allows for the expungement of some
2019 Jul 29, In Kansas Mark
Harrison (38), a former university researcher, was sentenced to four
years and two months in prison for shooting and wounding police
Officer Pat Tiede in Feb, 2018.
2019 Jul 29, The FBI raided the
Seattle residence of Paige A. Thompson (33) following notices of a
data breach by Capital One. She had compromised the personal
information of about 106 million people, and in some casers had
obtained Social Security and bank account numbers.
(http://tinyurl.com/y2r7taht)(SFC, 7/31/19, p.D1)
2019 Jul 29, Exact Sciences
Corp said it will buy peer Genomic Health Inc for about $2.8 billion
in cash and stock, expanding the cancer diagnostic company's testing
capabilities to breast and prostate cancers.
2019 Jul 29, In Australia
hundreds of protesters rallied outside Parliament House highlighting
the uncertain futures of many refugees since the government replaced
permanent protection visas with temporary visas.
2019 Jul 29, The Geneva-based
World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) - a coalition of NGOs
fighting torture and ill-treatment - and the Bangladeshi human
rights group Odhikar issued a report saying Bangladesh's law
enforcement agencies have used systematic torture on detainees to
2019 Jul 29, In northern Brazil
at least 52 prisoners were killed by other inmates during clashes
between organized crime groups at the Altamira prison in Para state.
16 of the inmates had been decapitated. Four inmates died of
asphyxiation while being transferred to a safer lockup bringing the
death toll to 58.
(SFC, 7/30/19, p.A2)(SFC, 8/1/19, p.A4)
2019 Jul 29, Cambodian PM Hun
Sen said that an additional $40 million would be spent on weapons
from China to modernize the Southeast Asian country's military.
2019 Jul 29, A Chinese court
jailed veteran human rights activist Huang Qi, known for running a
website tracking abuse accusations and helping victims of a 2008
earthquake in the southwestern province of Sichuan.
(The Telegraph, 7/30/19)
2019 Jul 29, Ethiopians planted
more than 224 million trees, which officials stated will be a world
record. The ambitious initiative of PM Abiy Ahmed aims to help
restore the country's landscape which experts say is fast being
eroded by deforestation and climate change. Agriculture officials
stated that so far more than 2.6 billion trees have been planted in
the East African nation.
2019 Jul 29, French farmers
protesting at a trade deal with Canada vandalized the office of a
lawmaker from Emmanuel Macron's LREM party in the latest example of
demonstrators targeting LREM premises due to discontent over the
2019 Jul 29, In Germany a boy
(8) was run over by a train and killed at Frankfurt's main station
after a man pushed him and his mother onto the tracks. The suspect
(40), an Eritrean citizen, fled the scene with passers-by in pursuit
and was arrested near the station.
2019 Jul 29, Iran said the US
had rejected an offer from Tehran for more robust nuclear
inspections in exchange for lifting sanctions because Washington is
"not seeking dialogue".
2019 Jul 29, It was reported
that Iranian women who post photos of themselves online without
their headscarves on could face up to 10 years in prison.
2019 Jul 29, Israel's four Arab
political parties formalized a merger ahead of September elections,
hoping to boost turnout among the minority that comprises a fifth of
the country's population.
2019 Jul 29, Mexican President
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the country was not in recession
and that the economy was performing increasingly well, rejecting
concerns that it may have contracted for two consecutive quarters.
2019 Jul 29, An internal ethics
report has alleged mismanagement and abuses of authority at the
highest levels of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees even as the
organization faced an unprecedented crisis after US funding cuts.
2019 Jul 29, Romania's
Constitutional Court struck down changes to the criminal code made
by the ruling Social Democrats that would have halted many
anti-graft cases in one of the European Union's most corrupt
2019 Jul 29, It was reported
that authorities in Senegal plan to crack down on polluters by
imposing fines and further restricting plastic use. A 2015 law
banned the most common thin polythene bags, but was never applied.
2019 Jul 29, Serbia's President
Aleksandar Vucic praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for
boosting the Balkan nation's military with battle tanks and armored
vehicles, amid Western fears that the arms buildup could threaten
fragile peace in the region.
2019 Jul 29, South Korea said
it's returning three North Koreans who crossed the Koreas' sea
border aboard a wooden fishing boat over the weekend in line with
2019 Jul 29, Sudanese security
forces fired live ammunition to disperse student protests in Obeid,
North Kordofan province, killing at least five people.
2019 Jul 29, Syria's Central
Military Media said troops captured the Tal Malah village and the
nearby town of Jibeen today after fierce confrontations with
militants entrenched in the area.
2019 Jul 29, Tanzanian police
arrested prominent investigative journalist Erick Kabendera and were
looking into his citizenship in another case triggering concern over
press freedom under President John Magufuli's rule.
2019 Jul 29, UN envoy Ghassan
Salame raised the alarm over "the increasing frequency of attacks on
Mitiga", the Libyan capital's only functioning airport.
2019 Jul 29, In Yemen a strike
at the al-Thabet market killed at least 14 civilians in Saada
province. Rebels said the Saudi-led coalition was to blame for the
attack. The next day the Saudi-led coalition and Yemen's
internationally-recognized government said Houthi rebels were behind
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