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.
    (Reuters, 8/3/18)
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 bullet casings.
    (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.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yasjdqj8)(SFC, 10/18/18, p.A5)
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 South.
    (Reuters, 8/3/18)
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 its distributor.
    (Reuters, 8/3/18)
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 tariff threat.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
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.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 8/3/18)
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.
    (AP, 8/4/18)
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.
    (AFP, 8/3/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 8/3/18)
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.
    (AP, 8/4/18)
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.
    (AFP, 8/5/18)
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 couples.
    (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 paid.
    (AFP, 8/4/18)
2018        Aug 3, An Indonesian fishing boat capsized in bad weather off the island of Java, leaving 13 people missing.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
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.
    (AP, 8/5/18)
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.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
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 lethal gassing.
    (AFP, 8/3/18)
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.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 8/3/18)
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.
    (AFP, 8/4/18)
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 heatwave.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
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.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
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.
    (Reuters, 8/3/18)
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.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
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.
    (AFP, 8/3/18)
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.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
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 interest rates.
    (AFP, 8/3/18)
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 products".
    (AP, 8/4/18)
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 vaccinations.
    (Reuters, 8/3/18)
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.
    (AFP, 8/3/18)

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