Today in History - August 3
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2018 Aug 3,
The United States imposed sanctions on Moscow-based Agrosoyuz
Commercial Bank, which it said had facilitated a transaction with
Han Jang Su, a person blacklisted by Washington for involvement with
North Korea's nuclear weapons program. The Treasury also added Ri
Jong Won, the Moscow-based deputy representative of Foreign Trade
Bank, North Korea's primary foreign exchange bank.
2018 Aug 3, US federal Judge
John Bates upheld his previous order to revive the Obama-era DACA
program shielding young immigrants from deportation. He gave the
government 20 days to appeal.
(SFC, 8/4/18, p.A7)
2018 Aug 3, The Ninth US
Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a California requirement that new
models of semi-automatic handguns stamp identifying information on
(SFC, 8/4/18, p.C3)
2018 Aug 3, In Los Angeles
Keith Walton (47), the leader of a robbery ring that stole some $6
million worth of watches from area jewelry stores, was sentenced to
55 years in federal prison.
(SSFC, 8/5/18, p.A9)
2018 Aug 3, In northern
California thousands more mountain residents were evacuated from the
path of the state's biggest wildfire as fatigued firefighters
battled gusting winds driving one of the state's worst fire seasons
in a decade. The Mendocino Complex Fire grew to 157,450 acres
(63,700 hectares). The Carr Fire was now 39-percent contained. It
has destroyed 1,567 homes and other structures and blackened 133,924
acres (54,197 hectares), making it the sixth most destructive
California wildfire on record.
2018 Aug 3, In Florida two
former police officers pleaded guilty to framing a black teenager
(16) in 2013 for burglaries he did not commit. They admitted to
being part of a scheme to frame the teenager so that the police
chief could claim a perfect rate of solving burglaries in Biscayne
Park. In October they were sentenced by a federal judge to one year
in federal prison.
2018 Aug 3, A new study
published in Nature said tegu lizards from South America, that can
grow up to four feet long (1.2 meters), have established a home in
the Florida wild after being brought to the United States as pets,
and that the reptiles could begin a voracious march across the US
2018 Aug 3, In South Dakota the
annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally got under way for a ten day run.
(SSFC, 8/5/18, p.A9)
2018 Aug 3, In Virginia one of
Paul Manafort's tax preparers admitted that she helped disguise
$900,000 in foreign income as a loan to reduce the former Trump
campaign manager's tax burden.
(SFC, 8/4/18, p.A8)
2018 Aug 3, In eastern
Afghanistan two suicide bombers disguised in women's clothing
attacked a Shi’ite mosque, killing 29 people and wounding 81 in
Gardez, Paktia province. In the south Taliban militants stormed a
military base in Uruzgan province. Dozens of bodies of Afghan
soldiers were later found in the military base in Chinartu district.
27 Afghan soldiers were reported killed and five wounded.
(AP, 8/3/18)(SFC, 8/4/18, p.A2)(Reuters, 8/9/18)
2018 Aug 3, It was reported
that Albanian has called for bids to build the Adriatic country's
first solar power station, telling investors it would favor whoever
committed to ramping up capacity and selling power more cheaply to
2018 Aug 3, China announced a
$60 billion list of US goods including coffee, honey and industrial
chemicals for retaliation if Washington goes ahead with its latest
2018 Aug 3, Chinese and
Southeast Asian naval forces ended their first computer-simulated
drills so they can jointly respond to emergencies and build trust
amid the long-seething disputes in the South China Sea. The two-day
exercises involved more than 40 sailors from China and the 10-member
Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
2018 Aug 3, China said it is
carrying out national inspections on foam industries to crack down
on illegal production of ozone depleting substances (ODS) widely
used in refrigerators and air conditioners.
2018 Aug 3, Chinese authorities
began razing the Beijing studio of artist Ai Weiwei. The studio in
the northeast suburbs has been Ai's primary work space since 2006,
although his has mostly been based in Europe in recent years.
2018 Aug 3, Congo DRC barred
opposition leader Moise Katumbi (53) from returning home to file a
bid to run in the volatile country's presidential elections. The
public prosecutor's office said Katumbi had been charged with
"harming the state's domestic and external security" and would be
immediately arrested if he returned.
2018 Aug 3, In Crimea employees
said US firm Best Western Hotels & Resorts, the last Western
hotel chain still in Crimea, has pulled out because of sanctions
imposed after Russia annexed the region from Ukraine.
2018 Aug 3, Danish police were
called to a shopping center in Horsholm, a city of some 46,000
inhabitants to confront a woman (28) wearing a niqab garment
covering her face. The woman was slapped with a fine of 1,000 Danish
kroner ($156) and requested to either remove the veil or leave the
premises. She opted to leave.
2018 Aug 3, Egyptian media
reported that human remains were found on a beach in Marsa Alam. A
Czech tourist was killed by a shark while swimming in the Red Sea.
2018 Aug 3, Police in Greece
raided an office in the greater Atherns area and arrested four
Bulgarian women after a criminal ring allegedly arranged to sell
officers a 4-day old infant. Nine people were arrested on suspicion
of running the criminal ring that sold newborn babies to childless
(SFC, 8/7/18, p.A2)
2018 Aug 3, Former Guatemalan
president Alvaro Colom, arrested in February over corruption
allegations, left preventative detention after his $133,000 bond was
2018 Aug 3, An Indonesian
fishing boat capsized in bad weather off the island of Java, leaving
13 people missing.
2018 Aug 3, In Italy an
artificial beach along the Tiber was officially was inaugurated. But
thunderstorms and uncompleted details kept Romans waiting until Aug.
3 for a full day of sunbathing and beach volleyball near Marconi
Bridge. The Tiber River was too polluted for swimming and rats are
often seen in the water.
2018 Aug 3, Japan's government
urged a medical university to promptly disclose the results of an
investigation into its admissions process after reports alleged it
had altered the test scores of female applicants for years to deny
them entry and ensure fewer women became doctors.
2018 Aug 3, Latvia's government
voted to fund the disposal of pig carcasses after a pork producer
decided to exterminate all of its livestock when the animals
contracted African swine fever. 15,570 pigs were to be killed via
2018 Aug 3, Netherlands-based
Heineken, the world's second-largest brewer, said it has struck a
deal to expand in China, the world's biggest beer market.
2018 Aug 3, In northern
Pakistan eight girls' and four boys' schools, were attacked by bombs
and set on fire overnight in Gilgit, where Taliban-linked militants
opposed to girls' education are active.
2018 Aug 3, Palestinian Ahmed
Yaghi (25) was killed by a sniper east of Gaza City. According to
the Israeli army, some 8,000 Gazans had gathered at different spots
along the frontier, attempting to sabotage the Israeli border fence.
2018 Aug 3, In southern
Portugal blaze broke out near the town of Monchique, in rolling
hills that extend back from popular beaches in the country's Algarve
region. Some 400 firefighters and five water-dropping aircraft
battled the wildfire. Eight places in the center, south and east of
the country have broken their local temperature records amid a
2018 Aug 3, Puerto Rico police
said Pedro Marrero Diaz (33) was shot a dozen times as he lay in bed
at the Hima hospital in the northern city of Caguas. Diaz was being
treated for stomach pains. The shooter escaped the scene.
2018 Aug 3, Russia denied a
report by the Wall Street Journal that said Moscow was allowing
thousands of fresh North Korean laborers into the country and
granting them new work permits in potential violation of UN
sanctions. Russia said fresh documents had been issued to laborers
already based in Russia who were working on old contracts.
2018 Aug 3, Spain's PM Pedro
Sanchez announced that a new central operational command for migrant
management will coordinate Spain's response to the thousands of
migrants arriving each month.
2018 Aug 3, Tunisian
authorities said they had arrested two suspects in connection with a
biological bomb plot thwarted on June 12 by police in Germany.
2018 Aug 3, A Turkish court
jailed nine defendants for life for twin bombings in the capital
Ankara in 2015 that killed more than 100 people.
2018 Aug 3, Official Turkish
statistics showed that local inflation rose again last month to
nearly 16 percent, increasing pressure on the central bank to hike
2018 Aug 3, UN experts said in
a new report that North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and
missile programs and is violating UN sanctions including by "a
massive increase in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum
2018 Aug 3, The World Health
Organization said Yemen may be on the brink of a new cholera
epidemic, with a heightened death rate due to widespread
malnutrition. The UN hoped for a ceasefire in the north to allow for
2018 Aug 3, Zimbabwe's
opposition leader Nelson Chamisa lashed the results of the country's
landmark presidential elections as "fraudulent" and "illegitimate"
but signaled he would take the path of law to contest the outcome.
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