Timeline 2012 July-September
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2012 Jul 1, A
US federal judge temporarily blocked Mississippi from enforcing a
new law that requires doctors who perform abortions at the state's
sole abortion clinic to have admitting privileges at a local
hospital. The Mississippi legislation, signed by Rep. Gov. Phil
Bryant in April, was due to go into effect today. Abortion clinic
doctors had applied to 7 area hospitals for admitting privileges.
(SFC, 6/23/12, p.A5)(Reuters, 7/1/12)
2012 Jul 1, In South Dakota a
C-130 Air Force air tanker from North Carolina crashed with a crew
of 6 while fighting a fire in the Black Hills. At least one crew
member was killed. Officials put 7 other tankers on operational
hold. Five USAF C-130s returned to the flight line on July 3.
(SFC, 7/3/12, p.A7)(SFC, 7/3/12,
2012 Jul 1, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed five civilians, including women and children,
riding in a bus near Ghazni city. Another 11 were wounded. 3 British
soldiers were shot dead by a man in Afghan police uniform at a
checkpoint in Nahr-e-Saraj in Helmand province, where they were
meeting local elders.
(AP, 7/1/12)(AFP, 7/2/12)
2012 Jul 1, Australia
introduced a controversial carbon tax in a bid to tackle climate
change, with PM Julia Gillard hailing the move amid opposition
warnings it will stifle industry. A mining levy was also introduced.
(AFP, 7/1/12)(Econ, 7/7/12, p.18)
2012 Jul 1, An EU embargo on
Iranian oil went into effect, provoking anger in Tehran which said
the measure will hurt talks with world powers over its sensitive
2012 Jul 1, Hong Kong's biggest
protest for nearly a decade packed the former British colony's
streets in a defiant reception for its new leader and a show of
popular anger after 15 years of Chinese rule. The vast rally came
after Leung Chun-ying, a millionaire property consultant seen as
close to China's communist authorities, was sworn in as chief
executive in front of Chinese President Hu Jintao -- who had his
2012 Jul 1, In Iraq 4
coordinated bomb attacks within minutes of each other hit the
central city of Tikrit, 130 km (80 miles) north of Baghdad. A
civilian walking by was killed and two others were wounded. A
gunman assassinated a jurist in Mosul.
2012 Jul 1, An Israeli military
court sentenced Ibrahim Hamed, a former military leader of Hamas, to
54 life sentences after convicting him of ordering the killing of
dozens of Israelis. The army said he was convicted last week of
responsibility for a long list of suicide attacks which brought
about the deaths of 46 Israelis and the wounding of more than 400
2012 Jul 1, Japanese engineers
began refiring an atomic reactor, despite growing public protests in
the aftermath of meltdowns at Fukushima, ending nearly two months in
which the country was nuclear-free.
2012 Jul 1, In Japan the
governor of Okinawa rejected a US plan to deploy Osprey military
aircraft on the sub-tropic island chain amid safety concerns.
2012 Jul 1, In Kenya gunmen
killed 17 people and wounded dozens in gun and grenade attacks on
two churches in the town of Garissa near the border with Somalia.
2012 Jul 1, Mali appealed to
the UN to take action after extremists ravaged shrines in Timbuktu.
Islamist rebels took hoes and chisels to the tombs of ancient Muslim
saints in Timbuktu for a second day, ignoring international pleas to
halt their campaign of destruction.
2012 Jul 1, In Mexico Enrique
Pena Nieto, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate,
won 38.21% support in national elections. Top challenger, leftist
candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (31.59%), refused to concede,
saying he would await a full count and legal review. Josefina
Vazquez Mota of the ruling National Action Party, Mexico's first
woman candidate for a major party, conceded with 25.41%. Final
results were completed on July 6. The PRI and its allies fell just
short of a majority in both houses of Congress.
(AP, 7/2/12)(AP, 7/6/12)(AP, 7/10/12)
2012 Jul 1, Nigerian hunters
killed a hippopotamus in the town of Shelleng on the bank of the
Benue river. The hippo had killed two fishermen a day earlier.
2012 Jul 1, In Pakistan US
missiles fired from a drone in North Waziristan killed eight
suspected militants. The latest attack killed fighters loyal to
militant commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur. Dozens of militants based in
Afghanistan attacked a checkpost in Upper Dir, a district in the
government-controlled part of Pakistan, for the second time in eight
days. 6 militants were reported killed.
(AP, 7/1/12)(AFP, 7/2/12)
2012 Jul 1, A Russian Soyuz
space capsule landed in Kazakhstan bringing an end to a 193-day
mission for American astronaut Donald Petit, Dutchman Andre Kuipers
and Russian Oleg Kononenko.
(SFC, 7/2/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 1, Senegal voted for
new lawmakers in an election set to put more women in the national
assembly thanks to a new law which requires an equal gender balance
on party lists. President Macky Sall's coalition won a landslide
majority in legislative polls, swooping up 119 of 150 seats in the
(AFP, 7/1/12)(AFP, 7/2/12)(AFP, 7/4/12)
2012 Jul 1, Syrian opposition
groups rejected a UN-brokered peace plan for a political transition
in Syria, calling it ambiguous and a waste of time and vowing not to
negotiate with President Bashar Assad or members of his "murderous"
regime. 3 pro-government militiamen were killed in Hama province.
(AP, 7/1/12)(AFP, 7/3/12)
2012 Jul 1, A Yemeni soldier
and an Al-Qaeda militant were killed as jihadists tried to raid a
village in the southern province of Daleh. a group of children
accidentally set off a shell with which they were playing, killing
one and wounding seven others in Jaar. Landmines laid by al-Qaida
fighters and unexploded shells in battlefields have so far killed
more than 85 soldiers and civilians around Zinjibar and nearby Jaar
since their recapture by the Yemeni army last month.
(AFP, 7/1/12)(AP, 7/2/12)
2012 Jul 2, CNN’s Anderson
Cooper, the host of “AC360,” confirmed that he is gay.
(SFC, 7/3/12, p.E3)
2012 Jul 2, California state
lawmakers passed a set of foreclosure relief bills. The legislation
would stop “dual tracking,” where a lender pursues foreclosure
proceedings on a homeowner even as the homeowner seeks a
modification on the terms of the loan.
(SFC, 7/3/12, p.A1)
2012 Jul 2, In California the
council members of Mammoth Lakes voted to file for bankruptcy,
becoming the 2nd city in the state to do so.
(SFC, 7/5/12, p.C2)
2012 Jul 2, Dell announced that
it has agreed to buy Quest Software Inc. for $2.24 billion.
(SFC, 7/3/12, p.D3)
2012 Jul 2, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber killed 7 people and wounded 23 near Kandahar
University. Logar province spokesman Din Mohammad Darwesh said NATO
forces were on a foot patrol in Charkh district when they came under
fire from insurgents. He said they called in an airstrike and the
bombardment killed three shopkeepers.
(AP, 7/2/12)(AP, 7/2/12)
2012 Jul 2, Barclays chairman
Marcus Agius resigned, paying the price for the "devastating" damage
to the bank caused by the rigging of key global interest rates which
has sullied London's image as a financial center. Agius, who has
chaired the bank for six years, will remain in his post until a
successor was found.
2012 Jul 2, British drugmaker
GlaxoSmithKline was socked with $3 billion in fines by US
authorities over charges it marketed drugs for unauthorized uses,
held back safety data, and cheated the government's Medicaid
program. This became the largest health-fraud settlement in American
(AFP, 7/2/12)(Econ, 7/7/12, p.61)
2012 Jul 2, China's state media
reported that the booming southern city of Guangzhou has imposed a
cap on the number of cars allowed to be sold in an effort to curb
worsening traffic and pollution. It became the third Chinese city,
after Beijing and Guiyang, to introduce registration plate limits in
an effort to combat the escalating number of cars on China's roads.
2012 Jul 2, In China the High
Court of the southern province of Guangdong said Apple has paid $60
million to end a dispute with Shenzhen Proview Technology over who
could use the iPad name in China, giving the US tech giant more
certainty in selling its tablet computer in the Chinese market.
2012 Jul 2, Corsican separatist
gunmen (FNLC) attacked the luxury holiday villa of a French banker,
evacuated the occupants and detonated 4 explosives inside.
(SFC, 7/3/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 2, The Committee to
Protect Journalists (CPJ) said it appears Ethiopia is extending and
refining its censorship of Internet news with a sophistication that
could encourage other authoritarian regimes in Africa. The rollout
of a pervasive and sophisticated blocking system started in April to
include smaller blogs by exiles and news services, and even
individual Facebook pages.
2012 Jul 2, Europe’s Airbus
said it would open its first jet assembly line in America in Mobile,
(Econ, 7/7/12, p.63)
2012 Jul 2, Indonesian
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono arrived in Australia as a
political storm over people-smuggling raged.
2012 Jul 2, In Iraq a roadside
bomb missed a police patrol that was moving through an intersection
in Mansour neighborhood. The blast killed a nearby traffic policeman
and wounded eight passers-by instead.
2012 Jul 2, Israel’s PM
Netanyahu dissolved a committee assigned to reform the country’s
military draft law and spread the burden among more sectors of
society. He said the committee had failed to reach a consensus that
could win parliamentary approval.
(SFC, 7/3/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 2, In Japan Ichiro
Ozawa (70) and 49 other lawmakers quit the ruling party and said
they will likely form their own rival bloc, dealing a blow to PM
Yoshihiko Noda. Ozawa has been a vocal critic of Noda's plan to
double Japan's sales tax to 10 percent by 2015.
2012 Jul 2, Lebanon's General
Security agency said a rocket fired from Lebanon wounded two
Syrian border police. The Syrians pursued the gunmen and a Lebanese
General Security post was hit.
2012 Jul 2, Libya released four
envoys of the International Criminal Court, held since June 7, who
were detained after visiting the son of slain leader Moamer Kadhafi.
2012 Jul 2, Mali's Islamist
rebels smashed the entrance of a 15th century Timbuktu mosque,
escalating a campaign of destruction of the city's cultural
treasures despite threats of prosecution for war crimes.
2012 Jul 2, A Namibian diamond
cutting and polishing plant owned by Russian-Israeli tycoon Lev
Leviev said it laid off its entire workforce, 150 workers, after its
bid to buy rough gems from De Beers flopped. LLD Namibia was
established in 2004 at a cost of three million dollars (2.6 million
euros) and touted then as Africa's largest diamond cutting and
2012 Jul 2, Nigeria's Trade and
Investment Ministry said Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding with US-based Vulcan Petroleum Resources Ltd. to build
six oil refineries, in a project worth 4.5 billion dollars.
2012 Jul 2, In Nigeria
attackers killed nine construction workers in the northeastern city
of Maiduguri, the base of the Islamist Boko Haram sect.
2012 Jul 2, Pakistani officials
accused up to 60 Afghan soldiers of crossing into Pakistani
territory and sparking clashes that killed two tribesman in Upper
2012 Jul 2, A spokesman said
the Palestinian self-rule government has detained some 200 people,
including security officers, in recent weeks in the biggest
crackdown on illegal weapons in the West Bank in five years.
2012 Jul 2, South Korea
inaugurated Sejong City, a mini-capital to house much of the
nation's government, ending a decade of wrangling over a project
seen by critics as driven by politics.
2012 Jul 2, Syria's main exiled
opposition groups met in Cairo to try to forge a common vision for a
political transition in Syria. Rebel fighters and activists based in
Syria announced they would boycott the Cairo meeting. At least 78
people were confirmed killed across Syria, 44 of them civilians.
(AFP, 7/2/12)(AFP, 7/3/12)
2012 Jul 2, Taiwan's ex-vice
president Annette Lu and a former top presidential aide were cleared
of corruption and forgery charges after prosecutors failed to prove
the case against them. They were indicted in 2007 for allegedly
abusing their positions to claim millions of Taiwan dollars in
expenses with false receipts.
2012 Jul 2, Lin Yi-shih (42), a
top official in Taiwan's cabinet, admitted to taking millions of
dollars in bribes from a wealthy businessman. He resigned as the
cabinet secretary-general last week. The weekly magazine Next
reported Lin had allegedly taken Tw$63 million ($2.1 million) from a
businessman in 2010 to help him gain a contract with a state firm.
2012 Jul 2, In Togo Atayi Ayi,
a reporter for the daily Forum de la Semaine, was taking photographs
of a protest in the capital Lome when he was attacked by two groups
of unidentified demonstrators.
2012 Jul 2, The Vatican said
that Pope Benedict has "relieved from pastoral care" Bishop Robert
Bezak of Trnava, Slovakia. Italian news reports suggested
administrative problems were to blame.
2012 Jul 3, A US federal judge
ordered Iran to pay more than $813 million in damages and interest
to the families of 241 US soldiers killed in the 1983 bombing of a
Marine barracks in Lebanon. After this opinion, this court will have
issued over $8.8 billion in judgments against Iran as a result of
the October 23, 1983, Beirut bombing.
2012 Jul 3, Andy Griffith (86),
TV actor, died at his home in Dare County, North Carolina. He was
best known for his role as Sheriff Andy Taylor in “The Andy Griffith
Show” (1960 to 1968), and later for his role as a criminal defense
lawyer on "Matlock" 1986 to 1995).
2012 Jul 3, A man in Afghan
army uniform opened fire on NATO soldiers at a military base near
Kabul, wounding five. The attacker fled the area.
2012 Jul 3, Australia and
Indonesia agreed to work more closely to crack down on
people-smuggling, with visiting President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
saying his people were victims of the trade as well.
2012 Jul 3, Bahraini
authorities said they have launched an investigation against 15
police officers over allegations of abuse involving inmates.
2012 Jul 3, Barclays Plc Chief
Executive Bob Diamond quit under fire from politicians and
regulators, the highest-profile casualty of an interest rate-rigging
scandal spanning more than a dozen big banks across the world.
2012 Jul 3, Two British Tornado
GR4s from Royal Air Force Lossiemouth, each piloted by a two member
crew, went down in the Moray Firth in northeast Scotland. A
helicopter airlifted two airmen to a hospital in Inverness while
efforts to find the missing pair were called off due to poor
visibility and bad weather.
2012 Jul 3, Chinese police
clashed for a second day with protesters in Shifang, who stopped the
construction of a heavy metals factory over environmental concerns.
Authorities bowed to violent protests and cancelled plans to build
the controversial metals factory.
(AFP, 7/3/12)(AFP, 7/4/12)
2012 Jul 3, In Colombia retired
police general Mauricio Santoyo surrendered himself to US agents and
was flown to the US to face drug trafficking charges. He allegedly
received some $5 million for betraying counter-narcotics operation
dating from 2002-2008.
(SFC, 7/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 3, In Honduras the
pilot of a suspected drug flight was shot and killed in an
anti-narcotics by two US Drug Enforcement Administration agents
after he refused to surrender. A 2nd injure pilot was arrested.
Honduran police said the twin-engine plane arriving from Colombia
with a load of cocaine crashed while being chased by government
2012 Jul 3, In India officials
said at least 95 have died in Assam state under the worst monsoon
floods to hit in a decade.
(SFC, 7/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 3, In central Iraq a
truck bomb blamed on Al-Qaeda killed at least 40 people at a crowded
market in Diwaniyah. Two car bombs killed 6 people in Karbala. Two
separate gun and bomb attacks in Diyala province killed 4 people. In
Taji a policeman was among 2 people killed in simultaneous bomb
attacks. Another bomb attack in the town of Tuz Khurmatu killed a
policeman and wounded another. In Baghdad, a series of
assassinations by gunmen using silenced pistols left 3 people dead
two police officers and a parliament official. An army major was
killed while leading raids on two suspected Al-Qaeda safe houses in
which five alleged insurgents were detained.
(AFP, 7/3/12)(AFP, 7/4/12)(SFC, 7/4/12, p.A3)
2012 Jul 3, In Italy Sergio
Pininfarina (85), former head of Pininfarina SpA, died overnight in
Turin. The family company was known for its designs of sleek
Ferraris and other cars.
2012 Jul 3, In Mexico a
powerful car bomb exploded outside the home of the top police
official of the border state of Tamaulipas, killing 2 policemen and
injuring 4 officers and 3 civilians.
2012 Jul 3, Mexico’s
Agriculture Dept. said an outbreak of H7N3 bird flu virus has
infected about 2.5 million chickens and led authorities to destroy
or dispose almost a million birds in Jalisco state.
(SFC, 7/6/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 3, Myanmar's reformist
government granted amnesties for at least 20 political prisoners,
but opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi called for the release of
hundreds more still behind bars.
2012 Jul 3, Pakistan agreed to
reopen its NATO supply line after the US said it was sorry for
American airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November.
On July 4 Pakistan's Cabinet endorsed the decision to reopen the
2012 Jul 3, In Peru protesters
opposing the $4.8 billion Conga gold mine battled police and
soldiers. The violence claimed at least 3 lives in Celendin,
Cajamarca state. A 5th protester died on July 5 following 2 days of
clashes. Cesar Medina (16) was returning home from an Internet cafe,
his mother says, and got caught up in a crowd of demonstrators when
police and soldiers opened fire. A bullet tore into his head,
killing him instantly.
(SFC, 7/4/12, p.A2)(SSFC, 7/8/12, p.A3)(AP,
2012 Jul 3, Sudan inked oil
exploration and production-sharing agreements with companies from
Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, France-Belgium and Nigeria.
2012 Jul 3, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said government troops pounded several
rebel-held districts in the central city of Homs. The Observatory
said 38 people were killed across the country.
2012 Jul 3, The Syrian
Revolution General Commission (SRGC) pulled out of the Cairo
conference, citing political disputes. The Syrian Kurdish National
Council stormed out of the meeting, protesting that the final
document failed to specifically mention the Kurds.
2012 Jul 3, Taiwan opened a
space research control center, as part of an ambitious international
project aimed at exploring the origins of the universe. Facilities
at the Payload Operations and Control Center in the northern Lungtan
township started monitoring signals transmitted from the
International Space Station immediately after the inauguration.
2012 Jul 3, Zimbabwe's leaders
made public a year's ultimatum to foreign-owned banks and other
firms to cede a 51% stake to local black people in compliance with
equity and empowerment laws. The government notice was dated June
2012 Jul 4, In NYC Joey
Chestnut of San Jose, Ca., won his 6th straight title matching his
own record of eating 68 hot dogs in ten minutes at Nathan’s Coney
(SFC, 7/5/12, p.A7)
2012 Jul 4, In Afghanistan the
French military handed over Kapisa province to local forces,
completing an important stage in France's accelerated withdrawal
from the war-torn country.
2012 Jul 4, Austrian police
said they have identified 272 suspects in the country as part of a
months long investigation of internet-based child pornography
involving 141 nations.
2012 Jul 4, Cambodian officials
reported that 61 of 62 children, admitted to hospitals with a
mysterious respiratory disease, have died. Lab tests soon confirmed
that a virulent strain of hand, hoof and mouth disease, known as
EV-71, was to blame for some of the cases.
(SFC, 7/5/12, p.A5)(SFC, 7/10/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 4, China’s giant and
controversial Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River started working
at full capacity as the last of its 32 generators went into
2012 Jul 4, In China a coal
mine in Hunan province flooded trapping 16 miners. Rescue workers
pulled 8 miners out of the coal mine in Leiyang city on July 8, but
another 3 were believed to be still trapped.
(AFP, 7/5/12)(AFP, 7/8/12)(SFC, 7/9/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 4, In Colombia a rebel
assault killed 5 contractors for the state-owned Ecopetrol oil
company in Puerto Caicedo, Putumayo state.
(SFC, 7/5/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 4, Egyptian security
officials said university student Ahmed Hussein Eid (20) was fatally
stabbed as his girlfriend looked on after three suspected Islamic
militants confronted the couple and told them they should not be
together in public. The killing followed murders of two musicians,
also by suspected militants.
2012 Jul 4, The European
Parliament in Brussels overwhelmingly defeated the international
ACTA anti-piracy trade agreement after concern that it would limit
Internet freedom mobilized broad opposition across Europe.
2012 Jul 4, In southern Germany
police commandos stormed a Karlsruhe apartment after a hostage
standoff and found five bodies, including that of the gunman. The
man had opened fire when a bailiff and others went to his apartment
to eject him for failing to pay his rent.
2012 Jul 4, Three Kenyan
musicians were charged for inciting ethnic violence through their
songs, under laws set up following deadly post-poll violence four
2012 Jul 4, In central Iraq a
car bombing at a market Iraq killed eight people and three others
were murdered in Baghdad, the latest in a spike in nationwide unrest
ahead of Shiite rituals.
2012 Jul 4, Israel's vice
premier, Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz, demanded that PM Benjamin
Netanyahu accept a panel's contentious guidelines for reforming the
country's military draft rules, but stopped short of explicitly
threatening to quit the governing coalition if the Israeli leader
2012 Jul 4, A body representing
nations in western Africa sent notice that it does not recognize
Mali’s Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo’s status as a former head of state,
and threatened sanctions against him if he continues to obstruct the
return to constitutional rule.
2012 Jul 4, Palestinians sought
an international probe into the death of former president Yasser
Arafat after an investigation showed he may have been poisoned with
2012 Jul 4, The International
Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda said Theoneste Bagosora, the most
high-profile detainee at the UN court for Rwanda, has been sent to
Mali to serve his sentence along with three other prisoners. Seven
other genocide suspects convicted by the court have been sent to
2012 Jul 4, Sweden granted
permanent residency to Ahmed Agiza (49), a former Egyptian terror
suspect. The Swedish government has acknowledged blame for the
circumstances of the 2001 deportation and that Agiza and fellow
Egyptian Muhammed Alzery were tortured in Egypt. It has awarded them
3 million kronor ($433,000) each in compensation for circumstances
related to their deportations.
2012 Jul 4, Physicists at CERN,
Switzerland, said they had found a new sub-atomic particle
consistent with the elusive Higgs boson which is believed to confer
mass. “We have discovered a boson, and now we have to determine what
kind of boson it is." Finding the Higgs would validate the Standard
Model, a theory which identifies the building blocks for matter and
the particles that convey fundamental forces.
2012 Jul 4, A Swedish ad team
from Studio Total dropped hundreds of teddy bears carrying messages
promoting human rights onto Belarus. On Aug 11 the ad team was
summoned by Belarus' top security agency — the KGB — for violating
the country's air space. On Aug 14 Studio Total instead offered to
discuss the stunt directly with Belarus President Alexander
Lukashenko and invited him to Sweden.
(AP, 8/11/12)(AP, 8/14/12)
2012 Jul 4, The Swiss
government temporarily blocked all arms shipments to the United Arab
Emirates after a newspaper published a photograph indicating that a
Swiss-made hand grenade was found in Syria. The hand grenade
appearing in a photograph published July 1 by Zurich weekly
Sonntagszeitung came from a shipment of 225,162 hand grenades by
Swiss-based RUAG Holding AG to the United Arab Emirates in 2003.
2012 Jul 4, Syria's fractured
opposition groups wound up talks in Cairo that descended into chaos
and even fist fights as they tried to forge a common vision for a
transition in their country. They did agree on the final documents,
which included an end to the Assad regime, support of the Free
Syrian Army, and agreement on basic constitutional principles of
justice, democracy and pluralism.
2012 Jul 4, In Thailand an
explosion at an oil refinery in an industrial area of Bangkok
sparked a massive fire. There were no reported injuries, but it
prompted the government to close the 120,000 barrels-a-day refinery
for at least 30 days.
2012 Jul 4, The independent
Tunisian authority (INRIC) charged with reforming the media
announced that it had shut down after failing to achieve its
objective, accusing the Islamist-dominated government of censorship.
2012 Jul 4, Ukraine opposition
activists clashed with riot police in the center of Kiev and
Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn resigned after the legislature
passed a bill that would upgrade the status of the Russian language.
The president has said he has not decided whether to approve or veto
the bill, but Lytvyn's resignation was likely to delay that process
because it cannot be submitted to the president without the
2012 Jul 5, The United States
placed sanctions on six alleged backers of Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab
rebels in Somalia, naming them as two Eritrean government officials,
a Sudanese national and three Kenyans.
2012 Jul 5, The first trucks
supplying NATO troops in Afghanistan crossed the border from
Pakistan after Islamabad ended a seven-month blockade.
2012 Jul 5, Human Rights Watch
criticized Angola for its "alarming" crackdown on anti-government
protestors amid a growing public show of dissent in the run-up to
next month's elections.
2012 Jul 5, Argentina convicted
Rafael Videla (86) and Reynaldo Bignone (84), two former dictators,
for the systematic stealing of babies from political prisoners 30
years ago. Seven of their co-defendants were also convicted on
charges involving the theft of 34 babies.
2012 Jul 5, In Argentina the
interest for small and medium-sized business loans was set to 15
percent a year. Facing clear signs of a looming recession,
Argentina's president ordered banks to lend $3.3 billion of their
clients' savings at rates below what many believe to be the level of
inflation. Many analysts estimated inflation at around 25 percent.
2012 Jul 5, The British
government gave details of major army cuts which will see it lose
20,000 regular soldiers by 2020, taking force levels to their lowest
since the early 19th century.
2012 Jul 5, British police in
London arrested 6 people over an alleged plot to launch a terrorist
attack. A 7th person, female (22) was arrested on July 7. A woman
(30) among the 6 arrested was reported released without charge on
(AP, 7/7/12)(AFP, 7/8/12)
2012 Jul 5, Europe's tallest
skyscraper the Shard was inaugurated in London by Qatari PM Hamad
bin Jassem al-Thani, whose country has funded it, and Queen
Elizabeth II's son Prince Andrew. The name was coined by its Italian
architect Renzo Piano.
2012 Jul 5, Capital Economics,
a British-based consultancy, scooped the Wolfson Economics Prize for
coming up with the best method for an "orderly exit" of one or more
member countries wishing to leave the European Monetary Union.
2012 Jul 5, London's iconic but
derelict Battersea Power Station was acquired by a Malaysian
consortium for £400 million ($620 million, 501 million euros).
2012 Jul 5, Colin Marshall
(78), who guided British Airways on its transition from state
ownership to privatization, died. He was appointment as chief
executive of British Airways in 1983 and was given a knighthood
after the airline was privatized in 1987.
2012 Jul 5, China pledged
financial aid to Cuba as it undertakes historic economic reforms,
promising visiting President Raul Castro a new credit line as well
as help in health care and technology. During Raul Castro's four-day
visit to China he met President Hu Jintao and secured pledges from
Beijing for financial aid, among other measures, to help the country
in sectors such as technology and healthcare.
(AFP, 7/5/12)(AFP, 7/8/12)
2012 Jul 5, The DR Congo's army
(FARDC) launched an offensive to rout mutinous armed troops of the
March 23 Movement (M23) near the Virunga national park. North Kivu
residents reported that M23 rebels attacked and fought army troops
to dislodge them from Jomba, the only major village on the road from
Bunagana border post to the eastern town of Rutshuru, a border
crossing into Uganda and Rwanda. A UN peacekeeper from India was
killed in clashes. The entire population of Bunagana and some 600
Congolese troops moved into Uganda.
(AFP, 7/6/12)(AP, 7/5/12)
2012 Jul 5, A Dubai court
ordered the release on bail of Ohio-raised Zack Shahin (52), who was
in jail on fraud charges and has been on a hunger strike since May
14. Shahin, at the time managing director of property developer
Deyaar, was arrested in 2008 and charged the following year with
embezzling more than 98 million dirhams (then $27 million). Shahin
was released on July 12, but was soon caught fleeing the country.
(AFP, 7/6/12)(AP, 7/13/12)(AP, 9/6/12)
2012 Jul 5, The European
Central Bank cut its key interest rate a quarter point to 0.75%. Its
rate on deposits dropped to zero percent.
(SFC, 7/6/12, p.A2)(Econ, 7/14/12, p.66)
2012 Jul 5, India and Pakistan
ended two days of peace talks, vowing to keep their dialogue on
track despite renewed tensions over the alleged role of Pakistani
"state actors" in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
2012 Jul 5, Iraq's top diplomat
said he had "solid information" that al-Qaida militants were
crossing from Iraq to Syria to carry out attacks. Explosions in
Baghdad and Mosul killed at least six people and wounded 17 more.
The Baghdad attack targeted the house of a government official
killing his wife and two daughters.
2012 Jul 5, Kuwait's ruler,
Sheik Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, reappointed PM Sheik Jaber Al Hamad
Al Sabah following his resignation earlier this week, setting the
stage for the formation of a new government.
2012 Jul 5, Malaysia reported
that police have detained 100 people in nationwide raids on
international crime syndicates who bet millions of dollars on the
Euro 2012 championship. Police conducted almost 150 raids across the
country in May and June in collaboration with officials from China,
Macau, Hong Kong and Singapore among other nations.
2012 Jul 5, In Panama the
International Whaling Commission rejected a request from Denmark for
a whaling quota for indigenous groups in Greenland. Two days earlier
it approved the renewal of bowhead whale quotas for indigenous
subsistence whaling in Alaska and Russia and for St. Vincent and the
Grenadines in the Caribbean. The United States says it doesn't
support a South Korean plan to restart whale hunting for purportedly
2012 Jul 5, Russia's chief
investigator ordered a review of a closed probe against prominent
opposition leader Alexei Navalny, raising the pressure on those
leading protests against President Vladimir Putin.
2012 Jul 5, South Korean
activist No Su-hui (68) was arrested as soon as he set foot on home
soil, resisting police in a stunt of defiance after an unapproved,
3-month stay in the North.
2012 Jul 5, Rivals Sudan and
South Sudan resumed security talks aimed at easing tensions on the
disputed border, after they failed to reach a deal at negotiations
2012 Jul 5, The Red Cross said
rebels in Sudan's Darfur region have freed more than 60 Sudanese
soldiers who have been handed over to government authorities.
2012 Jul 5, In Ukraine some
1,000 opposition activists rallied in Kiev to protest legislation
upgrading the status of the Russian language.
2012 Jul 5, Uganda arrested
Thaddee Kwitonda (51), a Belgian citizen of Rwandan origin, in
Kampala after police tracked his movements for several months. He
was wanted by a court in his adopted homeland for involvement in the
2012 Jul 5, The UN Security
Council passed a resolution calling for sanctions against Al-Qaeda
fighters in Mali but again held back giving a UN mandate to a
proposed African force in the conflict-stricken country.
2012 Jul 6, The United States
again urged members of an exiled Iranian opposition group, the
People's Mujahedeen of Iran, also known as the Mujahedeen-e Khalq
(MEK), to leave their long-time base in Iraq, saying a move could
facilitate their removal from a US terror blacklist.
2012 Jul 6, California
lawmakers approved billions of dollars in construction financing for
the initial segment of the nation's first dedicated high-speed rail
line connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco.
2012 Jul 6, In Afghanistan a
bomb blast killed three children and wounded two others in the
Gereshk district of Helmand province.
2012 Jul 6, The British
government hoisted the rainbow flag symbolizing gay pride over one
of its ministries for the first time.
2012 Jul 6, China's state-run
Catholic church ordained Father Yue Fusheng as Bishop in the
northeastern city of Harbin in defiance of the Vatican.
2012 Jul 6, In northeast India
four men on motorcycles shot and killed two Muslims in Assam state.
Indigenous animist Bodo tribesmen have said the mostly Muslim
Bengali-speakers are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and want
them kicked out.
(Econ, 8/25/12, p.29)
2012 Jul 6, In Iraq millions of
Shiite pilgrims commemorated the birth of a central figure in Shiite
Islam in Karbala under heavy security measures after a series of
recent attacks targeting worshippers. A suicide bomber detonated an
explosives-rigged belt at a gathering of his own family, killing his
pro-government cousin and six other relatives in Ramadi.
(AFP, 7/6/12)(AP, 7/7/12)
2012 Jul 6, Israel's
immigration police were granted the power to remove foreigners
without permits from the occupied West Bank. Last month, the
immigration police began a nationwide crackdown on the estimated
60,000 illegal African migrants living in Israel.
2012 Jul 6, Japan, Norway and
their allies blocked a bid to give the UN a greater role in
protecting whales, as sought by conservationists frustrated by deep
polarization over whaling as the International Whaling Commission
closed its latest annual meeting in Panama marred by intense
2012 Jul 6, In Libya militias
shut down three oil refineries, in Ras Sedr, Brega and Sedra, in the
country's east on the eve of national elections to press the
transitional government to cancel the vote. They want the July 7
vote for a 200-member national assembly canceled because they say
the vote will marginalize the oil-rich east, which has been
allocated less than a third of the parliamentary seats.
2012 Jul 6, Malawi's President
Joyce Banda released 377 prisoners to mark 48 years of independence
from Britain, but left child rapists to "die" behind bars.
2012 Jul 6, In southwest
Pakistan unidentified gunmen killed 18 people who were trying to
illegally cross into neighboring Iran in three vehicles.
2012 Jul 6, Pakistani police
seized a large number of ancient Buddhist sculptures from a
container in Karachi that smugglers were attempting to spirit out of
(SSFC, 7/8/12, p.A4)
2012 Jul 6, Romanian lawmakers
impeached President Traian Basescu (60) in a 216-114 vote, paving
the way for a national referendum that could see the divisive and
increasingly unpopular leader ousted from the powerful position he's
held for eight years. Basescu's opponents accused him of
overstepping his authority by meddling with the prime minister's
office and trying to influence judicial affairs.
2012 Jul 6, A South African
newspaper cartoon depicting President Jacob Zuma as a penis drew
condemnation from the ruling ANC just weeks after furor over a
painting which exposed his genitals.
2012 Jul 6, In Sudan activists,
politicians and students were among many people arrested during the
latest anti-regime demonstrations at the Wad Nubawi mosque of the
opposition Umma party in Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman.
2012 Jul 6, In Sudan Ibrahim
Balandiya, the speaker of the legislature in South Kordofan state,
was killed in an ambush along with seven other people. Rebels in the
region denied any involvement.
2012 Jul 6, Swaziland police
used tear gas to disperse protesters marching to demand more pay for
teachers in the tiny southern African nation.
2012 Jul 6, In Syria
anti-regime activists say government forces have killed at least 25
people over the last two days, arrested scores more and torched
dozens of homes while seizing the northern city of Khan Sheikhoun
from rebels. It emerged that General Munaf Tlass, the son of a
former defense minister who was a close friend of Assad's late
father and predecessor, Hafez, had defected. The United States and
its international allies called for new, global sanctions against
President Bashar Assad's regime.
(AP, 7/6/12)(AP, 7/6/12)
2012 Jul 6, The United Nations
Children’s Fund said that armed groups occupying northern Mali were
recruiting children, while others had been raped and killed by
2012 Jul 6, The UN Human Rights
Council set up a 3-person panel to probe Jewish settlements in the
occupied Palestinian territories, a move that further irked Israel
which said it will bar its access to the sites of inquiry.
2012 Jul 7, The Obama
administration declared Afghanistan the United States' newest "major
non-NATO ally," an action designed to facilitate close defense
cooperation after US combat troops withdraw from the country in
2014. Afghanistan was the 15th such country to receive the
2012 Jul 7, Thousands of
visitors climbed aboard the USS Iowa as the storied WWII and Cold
War battleship opened as a museum at the port of Los Angeles.
2012 Jul 7, In Massachusetts
Democratic Representative Barney Frank wed his longtime partner,
James Ready, becoming the first sitting congressman to enter into a
2012 Jul 7, The US Border
patrol said agents had opened fire along the Rio Grande border after
being pelted by rocks. A Mexican citizen was fatally shot at the Los
Tomates-Veterans int’l. bridge in Brownsville, Texas.
(SFC, 7/10/12, p.A4)
2012 Jul 7,
Philip L. Fradkin (b.1935), environmental journalist and historian,
died at his home in Point Reyes, Ca. His 13 books included “A River
No More” (1981), about the taming of the Colorado River and “Wallace
Stegner and the American West” (2008).
(SFC, 7/11/12, p.C5)
2012 Jul 7, A video obtained by
Reuters showed a man shooting dead a woman accused of adultery in
front of a crowd near Kabul. Provincial Governor Basir Salangi said
the video was shot a week ago in the village of Qimchok in Shinwari
district. Salangi said two Taliban commanders were sexually involved
with the woman, either through rape or romantically, and decided to
torture her and then kill her to settle a dispute between the two of
2012 Jul 7, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb ripped through a pickup truck in the Chora district of
Uruzgan province killing six people. Another bomb exploded in the
Gereshk district of Helmand province, killing one child and wounding
another. A rocket attack targeting the governor's office in Farah
province killed one civilian and wounded 26 others. A NATO service
member was killed in southern Afghanistan in a roadside bomb
(AFP, 7/7/12)(AP, 7/8/12)
2012 Jul 7, In Burkina Faso
West African presidents (ECOWAS) met with civil leaders from Mali in
a bid to secure a national unity government to tackle a crisis in
the north where Islamists have enforced Sharia law.
2012 Jul 7, In China the Rev.
Thaddeus Ma Daqin was consecrated as auxiliary bishop of Shanghai.
Ma announced that he would no longer work for the Chinese Patriotic
Catholic Association (CCPA), the government body that oversees
Catholics in China.
(SFC, 7/11/12, p.A6)(Economist, 9/8/12, p.42)
2012 Jul 7, East Timor's voters
went to the polls in parliamentary elections seen as a key test for
the young and fragile democracy and likely to determine if UN
peacekeepers can leave by the end of the year. Preliminary results
showed resistance hero Xanana Gusmao to be set for a new term as
premier after his party won most seats in parliamentary polls, but
will have to form a coalition.
(AFP, 7/7/12)(AFP, 7/8/12)
2012 Jul 7, Egyptian border
guards arrested 68 Eritreans and Ethiopians trying to sneak across
the border into Israel.
2012 Jul 7, Thousands of
Israelis took to the streets in Tel Aviv to call on the government
to require all sectors of society to participate in national
2012 Jul 7, In Libya hundreds
of protesters burned ballots to demand greater representation
although most residents of the Mediterranean city of Benghazi voted
in historic elections. Acts of sabotage, mostly in the east of the
country, prevented 101 polling stations from opening. 80 seats were
set aside for party lists, while the remaining 120 were for
individual independent candidates. In Benghazi the liberal National
Forces Alliance took 95,733 votes against 16,143 for the Islamist
Justice and Construction Party (JCP). The National Forces Alliance,
a liberal coalition led by wartime prime minister Mahmud Jibril,
gained 39 of 80 seats open to parties in the General National
Congress. The Justice and Construction Party, which was launched by
Libya's Muslim Brotherhood, took only 17 seats. The remainder of
party seats went to a constellation of smaller, lesser-known
(AFP, 7/7/12)(AP, 7/8/12)(AFP, 7/11/12)(AFP,
2012 Jul 7, In Mexico tens of
thousands of people marched in Mexico City to protest Enrique Pena
Nieto's apparent win in the country's presidential election,
accusing his long ruling party of buying votes.
2012 Jul 7, Myanmar authorities
released all of the student leaders detained in the country's
biggest crackdown on activists since the dissolution of the junta.
At least 20 people were detained ahead of today’s commemoration a
1962 crackdown, sparking calls for their immediate release.
2012 Jul 7, In Nigeria
assailants launched "sophisticated attacks" on several villages near
Jos. At least 80 people were killed and more than 300 displaced
people from the attacks. Similar raids have been blamed on Muslim
herdsmen in the past.
(AP, 7/8/12)(AFP, 7/9/12)
2012 Jul 7, An explosion
injured five Palestinian children in the central Gaza Strip, a
hospital said, blaming Israeli tank fire. Witnesses said, however,
that there were no Israeli tanks in the area at the time and that
the explosion might have been caused by an old bomb.
2012 Jul 7, In the Philippines
presidential palace said President Benigno Aquino has signed a
long-delayed executive order revamping the mining industry.
2012 Jul 7, In Russia overnight
rains dumped as much as 28 cm (about 11 inches) of water on parts of
the Krasnodar region. Water rushed into the hard-hit town of Krymsk
with such speed and volume that residents said they suspected that
water had been released from a reservoir in the mountains above.
Federal investigators acknowledged that water had been released from
the reservoir, but they insisted it did not cause the flooding and
the dam had not been breached. The death toll in the southern Black
Sea region soon reached 171.
(AP, 7/7/12)(AP, 7/8/12)(AP, 7/9/12)
2012 Jul 7, Somali security
forces said they had detained over 500 people in a two-day operation
in the Mogadishu area who were either Islamist rebel fighters or had
have links to them.
2012 Jul 7, Sudan and South
Sudan pledged to cease hostilities along their disputed oil-rich
border but stopped short of actually signing an agreement.
2012 Jul 7, In Sudan
Kamal Omar, head of the politburo in the opposition Popular Congress
Party, was taken from his home by suspected agents of the National
Intelligence and Security Service. Omar was to fly to Qatar on July
9 for an appearance on Al-Jazeera satellite news channel.
2012 Jul 7, Syria's military
began large-scale exercises simulating defense against outside
"aggression." Activists struggling to topple the regime reported
fierce government offensives to try to retake rebellious areas
outside of Aleppo and near Damascus. Shells fired from inside Syria
killed 2 Lebanese civilians and injured 10 others. 77 people were
killed across Syria, among them 39 civilians, 25 soldiers and 13
(AP, 7/7/12)(AP, 7/8/12)(AFP, 7/8/12)
2012 Jul 7, Taiwanese residents
of the offshore island of Matsu voted in favor of opening Taiwan's
first legal casino.
2012 Jul 7, In Ukraine a bus
carrying Russian religious pilgrims crashed killing 14 of 45 people
onboard near Chernihiv.
(SSFC, 7/8/12, p.A4)
2012 Jul 7, In Yemen 2
protesters were killed and one man was left "clinically dead" and
several people were shot and wounded, including three police, as a
separatist march in Aden turned into a gunbattle. In the town of
Seyun in Hadramawt province, one protester was killed and four
others were wounded.
(AFP, 7/7/12)(AFP, 7/8/12)
2012 Jul 8, A blistering heat
wave finally showed signs of letting up across the US Midwest and
Northeast, with more moderate temperatures bringing relief to
overheated residents from Chicago to New York, according to
meteorologists. The unrelenting heat left at least 30 people across
half the country.
2012 Jul 8, Dozens of women who
attended a Rhode Island high school run by the disgraced Legion of
Christ religious order urged the Vatican to close the program,
saying the psychological abuse they endured trying to live like
teenage nuns led to multiple cases of anorexia, stress-induced
migraines, depression and even suicidal thoughts. On July 12 The
Legion's lay branch Regnum Christi posted a statement on its website
(AP, 7/9/12)(AP, 7/13/12)
2012 Jul 8, Ernest Borgnine
(b.1917), American film and TV star, died. He created a variety of
memorable characters in both movies and television and won the
best-actor Oscar for his role as a lovesick butcher in "Marty" in
1955. He was also known as the Navy officer in the television series
"McHale's Navy," which aired from 1962-66.
(SFC, 7/9/12, p.C4)
2012 Jul 8, In Afghanistan
roadside bombs killed 18 civilians, including 7 women, traveling in
three vehicles in southern Kandahar province close to the Pakistan
border. A NATO service member was killed in southern Afghanistan
during an insurgent attack. 5 Afghan policemen were killed while
responding to a gun battle being waged against insurgents at a
checkpoint in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province. 6
Americans were killed when their armored vehicle struck a bomb
planted in Wardak province.
(AFP, 7/8/12)(AP, 7/8/12)(AP, 7/9/12)
2012 Jul 8, Donor nations
meeting in Tokyo pledged $16 billion for Afghanistan to prevent the
country from sliding back into turmoil when foreign combat troops
depart, but called on Kabul to implement reforms to fight graft. The
conference hosted representatives from about 80 nations and
international organizations in a gathering aimed at adopting the
"Tokyo Declaration," pledging support and cash.
2012 Jul 8, China started work
on a 30-billion-yuan ($4.8-billion) tourism project in Lhasa city,
as it seeks to draw more travelers to the restive Tibet region.
2012 Jul 8, In China a gas
blast at a coal mine in the central province of Hunan killed seven
people, the latest in a string of accidents in the country's
dangerous mining industry.
2012 Jul 8, In CongoDRC M23
rebels seized the eastern town of Rutshuru after the army fled their
advance. A local official said the army looted during their retreat.
M23 also took the towns of Ntamugenga and Rubare. 8 armored vehicles
from the United Nations mission fled Rutshuru for a UN base five
kilometers away in Kiwanja, where many local residents were
sheltering in a camp for displaced people. Rebels said they would
cede most of their gains to UN peacekeepers and police.
2012 Jul 8, Egypt's new
President Mohamed Morsi issued a decree annulling the Supreme
Court's June 14 dissolution of the Islamist-dominated parliament.
2012 Jul 8, Iraqi Kurdistan
said it has begun sending oil produced in its three-province
autonomous region out of the country without the express permission
of the central government. It was being exported to Turkey so it
could be refined into various products before being brought back to
2012 Jul 8, Israel PM Benjamin
Netanyahu announced he will back a controversial plan to compel
ultra-Orthodox Jews and Arab Israelis to complete compulsory
military or community service.
2012 Jul 8, Kuwait's Zain
telecom said its Iraqi unit has been fined $12,877 a day since
September 1 for failing to list on the Iraqi bourse but will seek to
have the penalty that has reached $4 million scrapped.
2012 Jul 8, In Nigeria a
federal lawmaker and a state lawmaker were killed in an ambush on
their way to a mass burial for victims near Jos. At least 20 others
were killed when gunmen stormed the funeral of those killed a day
earlier. Boko Haram later claimed that it was responsible for the
(AP, 7/9/12)(AFP, 7/9/12)(AP, 7/13/12)
2012 Jul 8, In Pakistan
thousands of hardline Islamists streamed toward Islamabad in a
massive convoy of vehicles to protest the government's decision to
allow the US and other NATO countries to resume shipping troop
supplies through the country to Afghanistan.
2012 Jul 8, In Saudi Arabia
Sheik Nimr al-Nimr was arrested after he and followers exchanged
fire with security forces and crashed into one of the patrol
vehicles. Al-Nimr, who was wounded in the leg, faced charges of
instigating unrest in the oil-rich eastern province.
2012 Jul 8, Saudi Arabia’s
Prince Mohammed bin Saud (78), a senior prince and former defense
minister, died. He wielded influence as part of a council of royal
family members that helps select the heirs to rule the country.
2012 Jul 8, Sudanese security
forces fired tear gas after demonstrations broke out at the
University of Khartoum, where nationwide protests against high
prices began last month.
2012 Jul 8, Syrian forces
pounded Aleppo and Deir Ezzor provinces as at least 35 people were
killed across the country, among them 17 civilians.
2012 Jul 8, In Vietnam Cuban
President Raul Castro met with state leaders following a visit to
China, as Havana looks to old communist allies while it attempts to
push through historic economic reforms.
2012 Jul 9, Afghan suicide
bombers in Kandahar city killed 2 children and wounded 6 others,
when their explosive vests detonated prematurely as they went to
attack police. 3 insurgents were killed after they launched an
attack on Kandahar city police headquarters. A suicide bomber on a
bicycle tried to attack a police vehicle in Shibirghan, the capital
of Jawzjan province. The explosive-laden bicycle detonated before
reaching its target and wounded 24 civilians and 2 police. Gunmen
assassinated a chief prosecutor in Ghazni province.
(AFP, 7/9/12)(AP, 7/9/12)
2012 Jul 9, Some 40,000
Algerian police auxiliaries, who once helped in the fight against
armed Islamist groups, tried to march on the capital to demand pay
rises and other benefits but were blocked by police.
2012 Jul 9, Boeing Co. clinched
the first big deal of this year's Farnborough Airshow with a firm
order from Air Lease Corp. for 75 of its redesigned 737 aircraft
worth $7.2 billion.
2012 Jul 9, A British judge
ruled that Samsung's Galaxy tablet was not "cool" enough to be
confused with Apple's iPad giving South Korea's Samsung a patent
battle win against US rival Apple.
2012 Jul 9, British police
found Eva Rausing (48) dead at her multimillion-pound (dollar)
London home. Initial post-mortem examinations failed to establish a
formal cause of her death. Her husband Hans Kristian Rausing (49) is
an heir to the Tetra Pak fortune his father built in Sweden as a
globally successful manufacturer of laminated cardboard drink
containers. British media later reported that she had been dead for
several days. On August 1 Rausing pleaded guilty to preventing her
proper burial and was given a 10-month suspended jail sentence. On
Dec 14 a coroner said she died from cocaine abuse.
(AFP, 7/11/12)(SFC, 7/18/12, p.A2)(AP,
2012 Jul 9, Nabeel Rajab, a
prominent Bahraini human rights activist, was found guilty and
sentenced to three months in jail on charges linked to
anti-government comments he made on social media.
2012 Jul 9, Canadian nuclear
engineers at the Candu Energy subsidiary of the SNC-Lavalin Group
Inc went on strike in a contract dispute and no talks to end the
walkout are scheduled. About 700 engineers joined 144 others who
have been on strike for five weeks.
2012 Jul 9, Egypt's highest
court insisted that its ruling that led to the dissolution of the
Islamist-dominated parliament was final and binding, setting up a
showdown with the country's newly elected president. Egypt's MENA
state news agency said speaker Saad el-Katatni has called for
parliament to meet on July 10.
2012 Jul 9, Abbes Settou of
Eritrea, who drank sea water to survive, was spotted clinging to a
jerry can and the remains of the stricken boat off the Tunisian
coast by fishermen who alerted the coast guard. 54 migrants trying
to reach Italy died of thirst when their inflatable boat ruptured in
2012 Jul 9, Indian officials
said devastating floods in the northeast have killed around 600
animals in Kaziranga National Park, Assam state, including 14
threatened one-horned rhinos.
2012 Jul 9, A spokeswoman for
Italian oil major Eni SpA said in a statement that repair work was
ongoing on its Nembe-Obama pipeline and blamed sabotage for the
spill from one of its pipelines in Nigeria's oil-rich southern
2012 Jul 9, An Ivory Coast
official said 12 inmates have escaped from Abidjan's main prison, in
the second prison break in two months. He said an alarm failed to
function because of an electricity outage and that four inmates
remained on the run after the weekend escape.
2012 Jul 9, A Malaysian
official said customs officers have made the country's biggest drug
bust so far this year, seizing nearly three million party drug pills
worth 58.28 million ringgit ($18.4 million). The Erimin 5 pills were
hidden in 20 boxes along with some goods including chewing tobacco.
5 people including a woman and her Bangladeshi husband have been
arrested and faced a possible death sentence on suspicion of drug
2012 Jul 9, In Morocco a bus
speeding on a mountainous road along the Mediterranean crashed
outside the city of Nador, killing 10 people and injuring 33 others.
Another bus flipped over on the highway as it traveled between the
Atlantic coast tourist destinations of Essaouira and Agadir, killing
17 people including those of a German and a Dutch tourist.
2012 Jul 9, In Pakistan gunmen
killed 7 soldiers and a policeman in an attack on an army camp near
(SFC, 7/10/12, p.A4)
2012 Jul 9, Palestinian
militants in Gaza fired a rocket which crashed into an uninhabited
area of southern Israel without causing casualties or damage. The
Israeli air force carried out an air raid on the Gaza Strip
overnight, in retaliation for a Palestinian rocket attack.
2012 Jul 9, In Saudi Arabia 2
Shiites were killed in overnight clashes with police in the eastern
province of Qatif following the arrest of a prominent Shiite cleric
and government critic. The new deaths bring to nine the number of
people killed in clashes between Saudi authorities and protesters in
the Shiite-populated region.
2012 Jul 9, In Yemen two
protesters were killed and a man was left "clinically dead" during
clashes in the Mansoura district of Aden which for months has been
controlled by southern separatists who have their own militia.
2012 Jul 10, Dozens of people
were charged in what US federal authorities called a highly
sophisticated six-year-long, loan fraud scheme that robbed $2.7
million from at least 2,000 victims with poor credit histories in
Canada and the United States.
2012 Jul 10, A damning report
on the Australian military detailed 24 allegations of rape that
never went to trial and other claims that Defence Minister Stephen
Smith admitted would "shock" people. Smith released an entire
1,500-page document detailing 847 alleged incidents of sexual or
other abuse dating back to the 1950s.
2012 Jul 10, Barclay’s chairman
Marcus Agius said former chief executive Bob Diamond will give up
bonuses worth £20 million after resigning over a rate-rigging
scandal. Agius also said Diamond would still receive a final pay-off
of around £2 million.
2012 Jul 10, Boeing Co.
revealed a further large order for its remodeled short-haul 737
aircraft, a $9.2 billion with GE Capital Aviation Services. Rival
Airbus announced its first billion-dollar order at this year's
2012 Jul 10, In Brazil Eugenio
de Araujo Sales (91), the former archbishop of Rio de Janeiro
(1971-2001), died. He claimed to have provided shelter to some 5,000
opponents of Brazil’s 1964-1985 political refugees fleeing
dictatorships in Argentina and Chile.
(SFC, 7/11/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 10, Egypt's
Islamist-dominated parliament opened a new front in the country's
leadership showdowns by meeting in defiance of orders that disbanded
the chamber and brought President Mohammed Morsi in conflict with
both the powerful military and the highest court. The session was
brief, lasting just five minutes. The Supreme Constitutional Court
on annulled a decree by newly-elected President Mohamed Morsi
reinstating the Islamist-led lower house of parliament. Thousands of
protesters rallied in Tahrir Square in support of Morsi.
(AP, 7/10/12)(AFP, 7/11/12)
2012 Jul 10, An Israeli court
cleared former PM Ehud Olmert of the central charges in a multi-case
corruption trial that forced him from power, but convicted him of a
lesser charge of breach of trust. His conviction on the lesser
charge of "breach of trust" made him the first Israeli prime
minister ever convicted of a crime.
2012 Jul 10, Israel released
Mahmoud Sarsak (25), a member of the Palestinian national soccer
team. He had been held for three years without formal charges and
pushed for his freedom with a hunger strike of more than 90 days.
2012 Jul 10, Jordan said it has
set up a camp to accommodate a growing number of refugees fleeing
violence in Syria.
2012 Jul 10, The Islamists
controlling northern Mali destroyed two tombs at the ancient
Djingareyber mud mosque in Timbuktu, an endangered World Heritage
2012 Jul 10, Mexico’s El Manana
newspaper in the northern border city of Nuevo Laredo announced that
it will stop covering violent criminal disputes after suffering a
second grenade attack against its offices in two months. Gunmen
threw grenades and opened fire on two buildings belonging to the El
Norte newspaper in the northern state of Nuevo Leon. No injuries
2012 Jul 10, Myanmar state
media said dozens of Thai nationals will face charges after they
were held for illegally crossing the border to run rubber
2012 Jul 10, In the Netherlands
the International Criminal Court sentenced Congolese warlord Thomas
Lubanga to 14 years in prison, a potential landmark in the struggle
to protect children during wartime. Lubanga was found guilty in
March of recruiting and using children in his Union of Congolese
2012 Jul 10, In Nigeria a
bombing of a church killed 3 people. Boko Haram extremists were
2012 Jul 10, A Moscow Regional
Court said that Elena Osina (24) and her brother (21) pleaded guilty
to attempted murder regarding a May 2011 incident. The young mother
and her brother were sentenced to eight years in prison after they
admitted putting the woman's 9-month son on a four-lane highway in
hopes he would get killed.
2012 Jul 10, South Korean
police said they were investigating 27 North Korean refugees for
swindling private insurance firms out of hundreds of thousands of
dollars in bogus medical claims. More than 23,500 North Koreans have
settled in the South since the 1950-53 war.
2012 Jul 10, Spanish coal
miners angered by huge cuts in subsidies converged on Madrid for
protest rallies after walking nearly three weeks under a blazing sun
from the pits where they eke out a living.
2012 Jul 10, In Syria 82 people
were killed in violence including 30 civilians, 26 soldiers and 26
rebels according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
2012 Jul 10, A Trinidad and
Tobago conservation group called for a prompt investigation into how
government work crews crushed leatherback turtle eggs and hatchlings
on a remote beach that experts say is the globe's densest nesting
site for the endangered marine species. Thousands of leatherback
eggs were crushed by heavy machinery over the weekend as workers
redirected a shifting river that was eroding the nesting sites and
threatening a hotel.
2012 Jul 11, The US government
formally eased sanctions on Myanmar.
(SFC, 7/12/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 11, The United States
Department of Agriculture declared natural disaster areas in more
than 1,000 counties and 26 drought-stricken states, making it the
largest natural disaster in America ever.
2012 Jul 11, Hillary Rodham
Clinton became the first US secretary of state to visit Laos in more
than five decades, gauging whether a place the United States
pummeled with bombs during the Vietnam War could evolve into a new
foothold of American influence in Asia.
2012 Jul 10, In California the
City Council of San Bernadino voted to authorize filing under
Chapter 9 federal bankruptcy law, the 3rd California municipality to
do so this year.
(SFC, 7/12/12, p.C2)
2012 Jul 11, US federal
prosecutors said 42 people connected to the Outlaws motorcycle gang
were arrested during raids in Indianapolis. They faced charges that
included drug trafficking and extortion.
(SFC, 7/12/12, p.A7)
2012 Jul 11, In Texas Dr.
Joseph Sonnier III was killed. On July 16 police announced the
arrests of Dr. Thomas Dixon of Amarillo and David Shephard. Dixon
had paid Shepherd 3 bars of silver for the killing because Sonnier
was dating Dixon’s ex-girlfriend. On Sep 16, 2013, Shepherd (52) was
sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC, 7/17/12, p.A8)(SFC, 9/17/13, p.A5)
2012 Jul 11, US astronomer Mark
Showalter of the SETI Institute said he has detected a 5th moon
around Pluto. Showalter used the Hubble Space Telescope and said the
new moon, named P-5, is about 6-15 miles across. The moon was later
(SFC, 7/12/12, p.C4)(Econ, 7/11/15, p.70)
2012 Jul 11, In Bosnia some
30,000 Muslims traveled to a memorial center in Srebrenica to bury
520 newly identified victims, some of the thousands of Muslim men
and boys slaughtered in July 1995 by Serb forces.
2012 Jul 11, British police
investigating corruption in the media (Operation Elveden) arrested
two more journalists, both from rival tabloids to Rupert Murdoch's
now-closed News of the World: Justin Penrose, a reporter for the
Sunday Mirror tabloid, and Tom Savage, deputy news editor of the
Daily Star Sunday.
2012 Jul 11, The British
government and the Gates Foundation organized a summit on family
planning. The last big UN conference on family planning took place
(Econ, 7/14/12, p.53)
2012 Jul 11, A Chinese ship,
bow number 560, on "routine patrol" became stranded near Half Moon
Shoal in the Spratly Islands, 60 nautical miles from the western
Philippine island of Palawan. The ship was refloated on July 15.
(AFP, 7/14/12)(AP, 7/15/12)
2012 Jul 11, Cuban public
health officials said confirmed cholera cases have risen from 85 to
110, with the worst hit area in the province of Granma. Cholera had
been eradicated in Cuba over 100 years ago. Haiti was suspected as
the source of the new outbreak.
(SFC, 7/12/12, p.A2)(Econ, 7/14/12, p.32)
2012 Jul 11, Egypt's President
Mohamed Morsi said he will respect a court ruling overturning his
decree for the dissolved Islamist-dominated parliament to convene.
2012 Jul 11, In El Salvador a
police investigator, wearing a ski mask to hide his identity, dug up
5 dead boys dead, the youngest 15, killed about 3 weeks earlier.
Police said an MS-13 recruiter had probably tried to persuade the
youths to join the group using the usual method: a big meal with
cake and soft drinks. When they resisted they were stabbed to death.
2012 Jul 11, Mali’s government
said the military has arrested Col. Abidine Guindo, who directed a
parachutist regime, also known as the Red Berets, that attempted to
stage a countercoup in April. Members of Timbuktu's Arab community
said they have set up an armed brigade to prevent further
destruction of the tombs of ancient Muslim saints by Islamists
occupying northern Mali.
(AP, 7/12/12)(AFP, 7/11/12)
2012 Jul 11, New Zealand
launched a search for hundreds of Chinese students who arrived in
the country on fraudulently-obtained visas.
2012 Jul 11, Russia’s
parliament passed legislation imposing limits on the Internet,
presented as a way to protect children.
(SFC, 7/12/12, p.A5)
2012 Jul 11, In northern
Somalia 2 Kenyan aid workers and a Somali doctor were kidnapped.
Police suspected pirates.
2012 Jul 11, South Korean
authorities arrested Lee Sang-deuk (76), the elder brother of
President Lee Myung-bak. He was taken to a detention center after a
court approved a warrant on bribery allegations.
(AP, 7/11/12)(Economist, 9/8/12, p.37)
2012 Jul 11, Spanish riot
police fired rubber bullets at coal miners protesting in the streets
of Madrid over subsidy cuts they fear will jeopardize their meager
2012 Jul 11, Ibrahim al-Qosi,
the former cook of slain Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, returned
to his native Sudan. He had been held at the US-run Guantanamo
prison since 2002.
2012 Jul 11, Some 100 Sudanese
university students armed with sticks and stones staged perhaps
their largest protest since unrest sparked by inflation began nearly
a month ago.
2012 Jul 11, Sudan opened what
it billed as Africa's largest sugar refinery, hoping to boost
exports after the loss of billions of dollars in oil revenue when
South Sudan separated. White Nile Sugar announced earlier that it
aimed to produce 450,000 tons of sugar annually and 60 million
liters (13 million gallons) of ethanol.
2012 Jul 11, Syrian rebels and
regime troops clashed in the Damascus district of Qadam as at least
nine people were killed in violence across the country.
2012 Jul 11, Togo’s PM Gilbert
2012 Jul 11, In Yemen a suicide
bomber threw himself into a crowd of police cadets leaving their
academy in Sanaa and detonated his explosives, killing at least 6
people. A separatist from the southern movement was killed and four
other people were wounded, including two women, in clashes with
police in the port city of Aden.
(AP, 7/11/12)(AFP, 7/11/12)
2012 Jul 12, The US Treasury
reported that the US budget deficit grew by nearly $60 billion in
June, remaining on track to exceed $1 trillion for the fourth
2012 Jul 12, Wells Fargo Bank
agreed to a $175 million settlement with the US Justice Dept., which
alleged that the bank had steered minorities into more expensive
subprime loans with higher interest rates when they qualified for
(SFC, 7/13/12, p.D1)
2012 Jul 12, In Oakland, Ca.,
Tianna Leui (19) was shot and killed by her pimp after she expressed
a desire to leave him and the world of prostitution. Andre Moncreuse
was arrested two month later and in 2014 was convicted of
(SSFC, 2/2/14, p.C3)
2012 Jul 12, In Brazil
scientists released millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in
the northern city of Juazeiro in an effort to end dengue fever.
(SSFC, 7/15/12, p.A4)
2012 Jul 12, The BBC World
Service transmitted its final bulletin from Bush House in London,
ending 71 years of radio broadcasts from the building that kept
millions informed across the globe. Since March, the service has
gradually moved to the new east wing attached to Broadcasting House
in Portland Place, two km away.
2012 Jul 12, Airbus, a
subsidiary of EADS, said it booked a potential $6.35 billion worth
of orders. The four deals, if completed, take Airbus' total by the
fourth day of the UK airshow to $16.9 billion for a total of 115
2012 Jul 12, In Canada 3 horses
were killed and a 4th seriously injured during a chuckwagon race at
the Calgary Stampede.
2012 Jul 12, Chile's President
Sebastian Pinera signed an anti-discrimination law following the
killing of a gay man beaten by attackers who carved swastikas into
2012 Jul 12, France issued an
arrest warrant for the son of Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro
Obiang Nguema after he refused to be interviewed by magistrates on
graft charges. He declined to be interviewed claiming immunity as
Equatorial Guinea's vice president.
2012 Jul 12, Struggling French
carmaker PSA Peugeot-Citroen, facing diving sales in crisis-hit
southern Europe, announced a drastic cost-cutting plan to slash
8,000 jobs in France and close a major factory north of Paris.
2012 Jul 12, A slab of ice
broke off high in the French Alps, sparking an avalanche that swept
nine Europeans to their deaths as they tried to climb Mont Blanc. 11
other climbers were hospitalized and at least four are still
2012 Jul 12, Hong Kong's
anti-corruption watchdog said it has arrested four people including
a minister and a senior civil servant for allegedly violating their
government housing allowances.
2012 Jul 12, Work at Indian
courts was disrupted for a second day as Indian lawyers went on
strike to protest against a controversial draft law on legal
education in the country.
2012 Jul 12, In Israel an
Eritrean man was badly burned and his heavily-pregnant wife suffered
smoke inhalation after attackers tried to burn down their apartment
close to the Mahane Yehuda market in central Jerusalem.
2012 Jul 12, An Islamist rebel
group in northern Mali said it had freed three of seven Algerian
diplomats kidnapped in Gao on April 5.
2012 Jul 12, In southern Japan
heavy rain triggered flash floods and mudslides, causing at least 20
deaths. At least 6 people remained missing.
(AP, 7/12/12)(AFP, 7/13/12)
2012 Jul 12, In Jordan the
Muslim Brotherhood's shura advisory council voted to boycott
parliamentary elections because of "lack of political reform."
2012 Jul 12, In Mali gunmen
abducted Saouti Haidara, the director of a private newspaper, from
his office in Bamako and beat him "to a pulp" before releasing him.
2012 Jul 12, In Mauritania 7
people were killed in the crash of a YAK-12 military plane chartered
by a Canadian mining company to transport gold.
2012 Jul 12, The Mexican army
found an incomplete tunnel in a Tijuana warehouse with more than 40
tons of marijuana at the entry. The passage extended nearly 400
yards, including more than 100 yards into the United States. It was
the second, major incomplete tunnel discovered in the San
Diego-Tijuana area in two days and the third along the US-Mexico
border since July 9, when a completed passage was found in a vacant
strip mall storefront in the southwestern Arizona city of San Luis.
2012 Jul 12, Myanmar's Pres.
Thein Sein told the UN that refugee camps or deportation was the
"solution" for nearly a million Rohingya Muslims in the wake of
communal unrest in the west of the country.
2012 Jul 12, A Nepalese court
jailed Bajir Singh Tamang (37) for a record 170 years for
trafficking teenage girls to work as prostitutes in India.
2012 Jul 12, In Nigeria a truck
carrying fuel caught fire and exploded after it veered off the road
into a ditch in the Niger Delta, killing over 100 who had rushed to
the scene to scoop fuel.
(AP, 7/12/12)(AFP, 7/13/12)
2012 Jul 12, In Northern
Ireland tens of thousands of Protestants from the Orange Order
brotherhood marched from their lodges in an annual demonstration
that often ends in violence. More than 20 officers were hurt in
overnight violence following rival Protestant and Catholic marches
through Belfast that saw up to 10 shots fired at them.
(AP, 7/12/12)(Reuters, 7/13/12)
2012 Jul 12, Pakistan’s Supreme
Court ordered PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to reopen an old corruption
case against President Asif Ali Zardari, a demand that the premier's
predecessor, Yousuf Raza Gilani, ignored, leading the judges to
convict him of contempt of court and remove him from office.
2012 Jul 12, In Pakistan dozens
of militants coming from Afghanistan took scores of villagers
hostage in the northwest Bajur tribal area, sparking fighting that
killed at least 10 people. Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah
Ahsan claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was revenge
for police torture of their fighters in prison. The militants fled
that night leaving their hostages behind. Gunmen in Lahore shot dead
nine Pakistani police prison staff as they slept. Pakistan's main
umbrella Taliban faction claimed responsibility.
(AP, 7/12/12)(AFP, 7/12/12)(AP, 7/13/12)
2012 Jul 12, A Palestinian
militant, Mahmud al-Hiqi (27), from the ruling Hamas movement was
killed and two others wounded in an Israeli air strike on eastern
2012 Jul 12, South African
scientists said they have uncovered the most complete skeleton yet
of an ancient relative of man, hidden in a rock excavated from an
archaeological site three years ago. Other parts of the A. sediba
skeleton, dubbed Karabo, were first discovered in 2009 and were
thought to be about 2 million years old.
2012 Jul 12, Syrian troops
shelled and then stormed the village of Treimsa in the central
province of Hama. Pressure mounted on President Bashar al-Assad
after Nawaf Fares, his ambassador to Iraq, became the first senior
diplomat to defect and Western powers drew up a 10-day sanctions
ultimatum. Fares urged the army to turn its guns on the regime.
Syrian government troops using tanks and helicopters massacred more
than 150 people in the central province of Hama, bringing the day's
total death toll to over 200. Syria later denied its armed forces
carried out a massacre in Treimsa but said 37 gunmen and two
civilians were killed in clashes with rebels.
(AFP, 7/12/12)(AFP, 7/13/12)(AFP, 7/15/12)
2012 Jul 12, UN helicopters
were deployed to stop a rebel advance on Goma after rebels seized a
number of towns on DR Congo's border with Uganda.
2012 Jul 13, The United States
announced charges against an Iranian citizen and Chinese resident
for allegedly trying to export nuclear-related material to help
Tehran enrich uranium. Iranian citizen Parviz Khaki (43), was
arrested in May in the Philippines on request of the US. Chinese
resident, Yi Zongcheng, remained at large.
2012 Jul 13, The US Office of
the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Funds reported
a range of accounting weaknesses saying too much was wasted. Stuart
Bowen’s office has spent over $200 million tracking some $51 billion
in reconstruction funds.
(SFC, 7/14/12, p.A3)
2012 Jul 13, A federal judge in
Birmingham, Alabama, sentenced Ulugbek Kodirov (22) of Uzbekistan to
15 years in prison for plotting to kill Pres. Obama.
(SFC, 7/14/12, p.A4)
2012 Jul 13, Colorado police
found the body of Christina Cornejo (30) in Colorado Springs. She
had been stabbed multiple times. On July 17 Suspect and boyfriend
Brian Hedglin (40) was found dead having shot himself in the head
after he crashed a plane at Utah’s St. George Municipal Airport.
(SFC, 7/18/12, p.A8)
2012 Jul 13, Russell Wasendorf
Sr. (64), founder of Peregrine Financial Group, was arrested. He
admitted stealing at least $100 million from his Iowa-based firm. He
was found on July 9 in front of his corporate headquarters in Cedar
Falls following an attempted suicide.
(SFC, 7/18/12, p.D3)(Econ, 7/14/12, p.64)
2012 Jul 13, In Iowa two
cousins, aged 9 and 13, disappeared near a popular recreational lake
in Evansdale, a city about 110 miles northeast of Des Moines. On Dec
5 it was reported that hunters had found the bodies of the girls in
a wooded area of Black Hawk County.
2012 Jul 13, In Missouri Ashley
Key (22) and Britney Haarup (19) were killed. Police arrested
Clifford Miller (31) on July 15 and he told investigators where to
find the bodies. Miller said he was high on methamphetamine when he
killed the sisters in Edgerton.
(SFC, 7/17/12, p.A8)
2012 Jul 13, Celeste Holm
(b.1917), American musical comedy star, died in NYC. She sang in the
original Broadway staging of “Oklahoma” (1943) and won an Academy
Award for her role in “Gentleman’s Agreement” (1947).
(SFC, 7/16/12, p.C4)
2012 Jul 13, In western
Afghanistan, Abdul Salam Rahimi, the mayor of Shindand district in
Herat province, was assassinated by two gunmen on a motorbike. A
civilian, who was wounded in the shooting, later died at a hospital.
The Laghman provincial women's affairs director, Hanifa Safi, was
killed when a bomb attached to her vehicle exploded, critically
wounding her husband and daughter.
(AP, 7/14/12)(AFP, 7/15/12)
2012 Jul 13, The British
government launched an £80-billion initiative to provide the banking
sector with cheap funding to stimulate lending and boost growth.
2012 Jul 13, In Cambodia the
10-member ASEAN group ended its latest meeting for the first time
without a communique reflecting a rift between countries loyal to
China and those contesting territory with China.
(Econ, 7/21/12, p.35)
2012 Jul 13, In the Comoros
archipelago at least seven people died and six people were missing
after a ship carrying illegal immigrants capsized overnight off the
Indian Ocean French overseas territory of Mayotte.
2012 Jul 13, The International
Criminal Court issued arrest warrants against Bosco Ntaganda, a
rogue Tutsi Congolese general, and Sylvestre Mudacumura, a Rwandan
Hutu rebel leader based in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who
Kigali and Kinshasa accuse each other of using as proxies in DR
2012 Jul 13, Egypt's new
Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and Tunisian President Moncef
Marzouki told reporters in Cairo that the two nations will rebuild
ties after what he described as years of stagnant, routine
2012 Jul 13, In Egypt Bedouin
men kidnapped two US tourists and their guide in the lawless Sinai.
Police said that they were demanding the release of a jailed
tribesman in exchange for the hostages. Rev. Michel Louis (61) and
Lissa Alphonse (39) and their guide, Haytham Ragab, were released on
(AFP, 7/13/12)(AP, 7/16/12)
2012 Jul 13, An Ethiopian court
jailed journalist Eskinder Nga for 18 years for "terrorism" and 23
other reporters and activists for between eight years and life, in
sentences condemned by rights groups.
2012 Jul 13, In southern France
three Americans, crew members of Universal Jet Aviation, died when a
private plane crashed at Le Castellet airport.
2012 Jul 13, Two of Hong Kong's
richest tycoons and a former senior official were charged with
corruption in the biggest graft scandal the regional banking hub has
seen. Sun Hung Kai Properties co-chairmen Thomas and Raymond Kwok,
two of Asia's wealthiest men, were among five people charged with
2012 Jul 13, In Iraq 2 people
were killed and 16 others wounded in five separate attacks.
2012 Jul 13, Israeli troops
killed a Palestinian when they opened fire at him near the border in
the northern Gaza Strip. Israeli border police killed a man and
wounded another who had tried to cross the Egyptian border into
2012 Jul 13, Maldives police
arrested at least 55 anti-government protesters following violent
clashes with security forces in the capital Male.
2012 Jul 13, In northern Mali a
protest erupted after a young Islamist militant whipped a woman
carrying a baby for not wearing what he considered to be an adequate
veil. The baby fell and was injured. Angry citizens then marched
toward the radicals' base in Goundam town and vandalized the
2012 Jul 13, Mexican police
arrested Vincent Legrend Walters, one of the US Marshals Service's
most-wanted fugitives, in the resort city of Cancun, after 24 years
on the run. He was wanted in San Diego, California, on murder
charges in the 1988 killing of a woman kidnapped as part of a drug
deal. He also faces weapons and drug charges and is on the service's
list of 15 most wanted fugitives.
2012 Jul 13, An incomplete
tunnel along Arizona's border with Mexico was found during an
inspection of a drainage system on the Mexican side of Nogales in
early stages of construction. This was the 4th tunnel found this
2012 Jul 13, In north Nigeria a
suicide bomber tried to assassinate Umar Garbai el-Kanemi, a key
Islamic leader and Shehu of northeastern Borno state, outside his
mosque after Friday prayers but missed his target and killed five
2012 Jul 13, Pakistan's Chief
Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry ordered Baluchistan Frontier
Corps commander Major General Obaidullah Khattak to produce 30
missing people in court, saying there was evidence troops were
involved in their disappearance. The 30 people were allegedly
abducted in Totak Khuzdar district in February 2011. A bomb exploded
near a political rally in the southwestern city of Quetta, killing
at least five people. Prisoners at a jail in Hyderabad city took 15
staff hostage and tried to break out of the facility. Guards killed
(AFP, 7/13/12)(AP, 7/13/12)
2012 Jul 13, Papua New Guinea
police said they have arrested 29 people accused of being part of a
cannibal cult in the jungle interior and charged them with the
murders of seven suspected witch doctors. The cult members allegedly
ate their victims' brains raw and made soup from their penises.
2012 Jul 13, In Saudi Arabia a
gunman was killed during an attack on a police station in the Shiite
town of Al-Awamiya. Two security forces' patrols came under gunfire
from masked armed men on motorbikes in the town of Saihat, wounding
2012 Jul 13, In eastern South
Africa a cargo train loaded with coal collided with a truck carrying
farm workers at a crossing, killing at least 25 people in
Mpumalanga. The driver of the farm truck was charged the next day
(AP, 7/13/12)(AP, 7/14/12)
2012 Jul 13, Spanish civil
servants, some dressed in mourning, took to the streets to protest
the latest round of government austerity measures and their second
wage cut in as many years.
2012 Jul 13, In Sudan more than
30 people were arrested in Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman when
police fired tear gas at the Wad Nubawi mosque, which has become a
focus of Arab Spring-style protests.
2012 Jul 13, In Syria 118
people died including dozens of civilians gunned down by troops at
2012 Jul 13, Thailand customs
officials discovered a half ton of ivory hidden in crates aboard a
flight from Kenya. One official estimated that the 158 pieces of
ivory were from the tusks of around 50 elephants.
2012 Jul 14, In northern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber blew himself up in a wedding hall. 23
people were killed including Ahmad Khan Samangani, a prominent
warlord-turned-politician who was greeting wedding guests, and three
security officials in Aybak, the capital of Samangan province. 2
NATO service members were killed in eastern Afghanistan.
(AP, 7/14/12)(AFP, 7/15/12)(AP, 7/17/12)
2012 Jul 14, In western
Australia a surfer was bitten in half in a savage shark attack near
Wedge Island, north of Perth, the fifth such fatality in the region
in less than a year.
2012 Jul 14, It was announced
that former British PM Gordon Brown is to become a special global
education envoy to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
2012 Jul 14, In northern Egypt
some 23,000 textile workers went on strike in Mahalla al-Kobra,
demanding higher wages.
2012 Jul 14, In Egypt an
11-storey building in the poor Alexandria neighborhood of al-Gomrouk
collapsed onto three adjacent buildings, reducing much of the
structures to rubble. 19 people were reported killed.
(AP, 7/15/12)(AFP, 7/16/12)
2012 Jul 14, India's struggling
Kingfisher Airlines cancelled more than three dozen flights when
frustrated pilots and other workers walked off the job to protest
about long-overdue pay.
2012 Jul 14, In northern Iraq
gunmen killed five soldiers and policemen when they attacked a
checkpoint in the Turkmen town of Rashidiyah.
2012 Jul 14, In Israel Moshe
Silman (58) set himself ablaze at a social justice demonstration in
the city of Tel Aviv. Silman blamed PM Netanyahu and the Israeli
establishment for "stealing" from him, saying they had "left him
with nothing." Silman died of his burns on July 20.
(AFP, 7/15/12)(AP, 7/20/12)
2012 Jul 14, An Italian Alpine
rescue team military official said the bodies of a Polish woman and
Spanish man were found 4,400 meters (14,436 feet) up on the Mont
Blanc Dome du Gouter peak on the Italian-French border after
spending more than 24 hours in a snow hole.
2012 Jul 14, In southwest Japan
about 400,000 people were ordered or advised to leave their homes in
as heavy rain pounded the area for a third day at least 26 people
(AFP, 7/14/12)(AP, 7/16/12)
2012 Jul 14, In Malaysia
conjoined 15-month-old twins attached at the pelvis and sharing
three legs were successfully separated at a hospital in a complex
2012 Jul 14, In northern
Mali members of the radical Islamic sect Ansar Dine were going
from door to door in Goundam town in a bid to arrest the leaders of
a protest against them.
2012 Jul 14, In Myanmar General
Electric became the first American company to invest in the former
pariah state, signing deals to provide medical equipment to a pair
of hospitals in the country's biggest city.
2012 Jul 14, Some 5,000
Pakistani Islamists, who oppose the anti-terrorism alliance with
Washington, began a march to the border in protest over the
reopening of NATO supply routes into Afghanistan.
2012 Jul 14, Pakistani police
arrested a man accused of burying his newborn daughter alive because
she was born deformed with large head and "abnormal" features. The
child was born July 12 at a hospital in the town of Kacha Khoh,
eastern Punjab province.
2012 Jul 14, In Puerto Rico
Carmen Paredes (46) was killed at home. She was shot multiple times,
including once in the forehead. On Jan 22, 2014, her husband
Pablo Casellas, the son of a US district court judge, was found
guilty on charges including murder, weapons offenses and destroying
2012 Jul 14, Rwanda refused to
take custody of 24 rebels who surrendered last May to UN
peacekeepers in DR Congo, which accuses Kigali of backing an army
mutiny in its restive east.
2012 Jul 14, Sri Lankan
authorities arrested another 131 would-be asylum seekers heading to
Australia and seized a fishing trawler used for the people-smuggling
operation. The number of Sri Lankans detained on charges of
illegally trying to leave the country has reached more than 250 over
the last week.
2012 Jul 14, In Syria hundreds
of soldiers backed by helicopter gunships attacked Khirbet Ghazaleh
in the province of Daraa. A pregnant woman was among 115 people
killed across the country. A suicide bomber blew up his car in the
central town of Muhrada killing three civilians and one security
(AFP, 7/14/12)(AP, 7/14/12)(AFP, 7/15/12)
2012 Jul 15, The Chinese
province of Hunan urged parents to seek immediate treatment for
children showing symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease after
official figures showed 112 people died from the illness last month.
2012 Jul 15, In Ethiopia the
leaders of Congo and Rwanda agreed in principle to back a neutral
international armed force to combat Congo's newest rebellion and
other fighters terrorizing civilians in the country's mineral-rich
east. The African Union said it could help by sending soldiers.
2012 Jul 15, The Nazi-hunting
Simon Wiesenthal Center confirmed that Laszlo Csatary (97), accused
of complicity in the killings of 15,700 Jews, had been tracked down
to the Hungarian capital. He served during World War II as a senior
Hungarian police officer in the Slovakian city of Kosice, then under
Hungarian rule. Csatary was taken into custody on July 18 and
charged with war crimes.
(AFP, 7/16/12)(AP, 7/18/12)
2012 Jul 15, Iraq signed a gas
exploration deal with Pakistan Petroleum.
2012 Jul 15, Jordanian
anti-riot police fired tear gas to break up a crowd of some 200
angry Libyans who attacked Tripoli's embassy with stones, over
unpaid medical bills.
2012 Jul 15, In northern Mali
some 400 combatants of the government-backed Gandakoy militia were
reported to have broken ranks and joined the Islamists, bolstering
the radicals' edge over ethnic Tuareg rebels in the area.
2012 Jul 15, Namibia's annual
seal hunt, which will see some 86,000 Cape fur seals slaughtered by
end November, began amid outcry from conservation groups that brand
it a massacre for trade purposes. The animals are harvested for
their pelts, fat, which is used in beauty products and male sexual
organs, believed to have aphrodisiac properties in Asia.
2012 Jul 15, In Nepal at least
38 pilgrims were killed when an overcrowded bus carrying them from
India to a Hindu festival swerved off a highway and plunged into the
2012 Jul 15, Sewing needles
were found in 5 sandwiches on flights originating in Amsterdam. One
passenger on a flight to Minneapolis was injured. The other needles
were on two flights to Atlanta and one to Seattle. The sandwiches
were made in the Amsterdam kitchen of catering company Gate Gourmet.
2012 Jul 15, In northwestern
Pakistan a mortar round hit a house belonging to a paramilitary
soldier, killing his wife and three of his children near the Khyber
2012 Jul 15, A senior
Palestinian official, Osama Mansour, suspected of embezzling public
funds fell to his death from the third-floor kitchen window of a
West Bank security compound where he was being interrogated.
2012 Jul 15, The Republic of
Congo held elections for a new parliament. The Congolese Labour
Party of President Denis Sassou Nguesso retained its dominance in
the first round of legislative elections in results announced on
July 20. The PCT took 57 of the 69 seats that were won outright in
the first-round vote. The other places in the 135-seat parliament
will be decided in a second round scheduled for August 5.
(AP, 7/15/12)(AFP, 7/20/12)
2012 Jul 15, A Russian Soyuz
rocket blasted off from Kazakhstan with an international crew of
three toward the International Space Station in a mission testing
the reliability of Russia's crisis-prone space program. On board
were NASA's Sunita Williams, Japan's Akihiko Hoshide and Yury
Malenchenko of Russia.
2012 Jul 15, South Africa's
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a former wife of Pres. Zuma, won a tightly
fought vote to become the first woman to head the African Union
(AFP, 7/16/12)(Econ, 7/21/12, p.43)
2012 Jul 15, Syrian troops
bombarded rebel areas in several parts of the country as violence
across the country reportedly killed 105 people. The International
Committee of the Red Cross said Sunday it now considers the conflict
in Syria to be a full-blown civil war, meaning international
humanitarian law applies throughout the country.
(AFP, 7/15/12)(AP, 7/15/12)(AFP, 7/16/12)
2012 Jul 15, Officials in the
United Arab Emirates inaugurated a key overland oil pipeline
bypassing the Strait of Hormuz, giving the OPEC member insurance
against Iranian threats to block the strategic waterway.
2012 Jul 16, US Navy gunners
aboard the USNS Rappahannock, a refueling ship, opened fire on a
small boat racing toward them in broad daylight near the Gulf city
of Dubai. One Indian was killed in the incident, and three of his
countrymen were seriously wounded. An Indian fisherman aboard the
boat told officials the crew received no warning before being fired
upon. In 2013 a Navy investigation said the sailors acted within
rules of engagement.
(AP, 7/17/12)(AP, 4/8/13)
2012 Jul 16, In Lebanon, Ohio,
investigators said a high school student was at the center of a
marijuana distribution ring that was taking in as much as $20,000 a
month. A year-long investigation culminated in the arrest of the
teen and 7 adults.
(SFC, 7/17/12, p.A8)
2012 Jul 16, Stephen R. Covey
(79), Utah-based motivational speaker and author of the best-selling
"The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" (1989), died in Idaho
(AP, 7/16/12)(Econ, 7/21/12, p.58)
2012 Jul 16, Kitty Wells,
American country singer, died in Madison, Tenn. Her songs included
“It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” (1952).
(SFC, 7/18/12, p.C4)
2012 Jul 16, Afghan soldier
Abdul Sabor was sentenced to death for killing four French troops on
Jan 20, 2012, in eastern Afghanistan. Insurgents twice ambushed the
convoy of Nuristan provincial Gov. Tamim Nuristani, but he escaped
unharmed both times. One policeman was killed in the 2nd ambush. A
magnetic bomb attached to the vehicle of the chief of Khan Abad
district of Kunar province exploded, killing one policeman and
wounding eight civilians.
2012 Jul 16, Jon Lord (b.1941),
keyboardist for the British Deep Purple rock band, died in London.
His work included “Concerto for Group and Orchestra” (1969).
(SFC, 7/18/12, p.C4)
2012 Jul 16, In Canada 2 people
were killed and 23 injured when a street party in Toronto’s suburb
of Scarborough ended in gunfire.
2012 Jul 16, Antonin Holy
(1936), a renowned Czech scientist, died. His research significantly
contributed to the development of antiviral drugs. He died the same
day the US Food and Drug Administration approved Truvada, a drug
Holy helped to create.
2012 Jul 16, Egypt’s ousted
leader Hosni Mubarek (84) was returned to a Cairo prison.
(SFC, 7/17/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 16, The EU formally
agreed to a two-year mission from next month to help Niger fight
organized crime and terrorism in the Sahel, where armed groups are
threatening regional stability.
2012 Jul 16, Indian officials
suspended 12 doctors for allegedly conducting prenatal sex tests, a
practice banned to stop the abortion of female fetuses that has
widened India's gender gap.
2012 Jul 16, Iraq signed an
initial deal with a Kuwait-led consortium made up of Kuwait Energy,
Dubai-based Dragon Oil and Turkey's TPAO. A contract was awarded to
a Russia-led group to drill for energy, part of Baghdad's efforts to
strengthen its role as a major producer.
2012 Jul 16, Israel's
settlement watchdog accused the government of quietly legalizing
Givat Salit, an unauthorized settlement outpost in the Jordan
Valley, in a move likely to spark international criticism.
2012 Jul 16, In Japan tens of
thousands of people rallied in Tokyo demanding an end to nuclear
power, the latest in a series of anti-atomic gatherings following
the tsunami-sparked disaster at Fukushima last year.
2012 Jul 16, Heavy rain again
lashed southwest Japan, triggering fears of more landslides and
hampering the clean-up operation after a record deluge that left at
least 32 people dead or missing.
2012 Jul 16, The president of
Libya's Olympic Committee Nabil al-Alam was kidnapped by gunmen in
the center of Tripoli and taken to a secret location. He was
released on July 22.
(AFP, 7/16/12)(AFP, 7/22/12)
2012 Jul 16, In Mali a Timbuktu
man accused of drinking alcohol was given 40 lashes by members of
the Ansar Dine Islamist group.
2012 Jul 16, Firefighters in
Montenegro struggled to contain wildfires that threatened an ancient
pine forest in the northeast of the country. The blaze had reached
the outer rim of the Crna Poda forest, where some of the pine trees
are 400 years old.
2012 Jul 16, New Zealand
announced plans to ban the use of drugs offering so-called 'legal'
highs unless manufacturers can provide clinical evidence that they
2012 Jul 16, Nigeria fined
Shell $5.0 billion over a December 2011 oil spill at the Bonga
oilfield in the Gulf of Guinea. The next day Shell spokesman Tony
Okonedo said the fine was unwarranted as the company had acted
quickly to contain the spill.
2012 Jul 16, In Pakistan
Taliban suicide bombers dressed in burqas stormed a police station,
sparking gunbattles in the northwestern town of Bannu near the
militant stronghold of North Waziristan.
2012 Jul 16, Pakistan began a
widely publicized 3-day polio vaccination campaign.
2012 Jul 16, In the Philippines
ex-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was charged with plunder in the
alleged misuse of nearly $9 million.
(SSFC, 7/22/12, p.A4)
2012 Jul 16, In the Republic of
Congo a police helicopter crash killed two Ukrainian pilots.
2012 Jul 16, In Somalia a car
bomb went off in Mogadishu killing Mohamed Abdinur Garweyne, a
former trade minister, and wounding six people nearby.
2012 Jul 16, In Sudan 7
military personnel died when their helicopter crashed in
conflict-plagued Darfur because of a malfunction.
2012 Jul 16, Syrian troops
resuming shelling of the southern Damascus neighborhood of Tadamon
and soldiers and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) clashing in two other
districts. The rebel Free Syrian Army said it has launched a
large-scale operation dubbed "the Damascus volcano and earthquakes
(AFP, 7/16/12)(AFP, 7/17/12)
2012 Jul 16, In Thailand 8
suspected drug dealers were killed in a clash with Thai security
forces who seized weapons and a large amount of illegal
2012 Jul 16,
The United Arab Emirates deported an online activist to Thailand
after stripping him of citizenship, part of a widening crackdown on
alleged anti-state challenges since the Arab Spring uprisings. Ahmed
Abdul Khaleq was deported on a Comoros Islands passport arranged by
UAE authorities in the first such banishment by the country. He is
among a group of activists whose citizenship has been revoked by UAE
officials after they campaigned for reforms.
2012 Jul 16, The UN's drugs and
crime office launched a new media awareness campaign to highlight
the threat posed by the multi-billion dollar operations run by
organized crime groups worldwide.
2012 Jul 17, In Alameda,
California, a civil jury ordered convicted murderer Hans Reiser (48)
to pay $60 million to his young son and daughter for strangling
their mother in 2006.
(SFC, 7/18/12, p.C2)
2012 Jul 17, Two Afghan police
and three civilians were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside
bomb in Bati Kot district of eastern Nangarhar province. 9 Afghan
soldiers were killed in an attack by Taliban insurgents on an army
post in Helmand province.
(AP, 7/17/12)(AFP, 7/18/12)
2012 Jul 17, Britain’s visiting
minister for Africa, Henry Bellingham, said Britain will give its
poor former colony Malawi additional aid of 24 million pounds for
its economic recovery program.
2012 Jul 17, London-based HSBC
apologized for failing to apply anti-laundering rules as US
lawmakers accused it of giving Iran, terrorists and drug dealers
access to the US financial system.
2012 Jul 17, India's Jindal
Steel and Power scrapped plans to invest $2.1 billion in a Bolivian
mining project and blamed the South American nation's "non-friendly
business attitude" for the deal's collapse.
2012 Jul 17, Iraq's government
urged all its citizens living in Syria to return home immediately to
escape the escalating civil war.
2012 Jul 17, In Israel the
centrist Kadima Party broke from PM Netanyahu’s right-wing
government prompted by a dispute over a bill to draft religious
students into the military.
(SFC, 7/18/12, p.A5)
2012 Jul 17, In Malaysia an
Australian woman and a Nigerian man were arrested after one kg (2.2
pounds) of methamphetamine was discovered in a car they were driving
in Kuala Lumpur.
2012 Jul 17, Mali's interim PM
Cheick Modibo Diarra presented a roadmap for rescuing his country
from a post-coup crisis to the region's lead mediator. It laid out a
one-year plan for a return to constitutional rule, and the formation
of a unity government to oversee the transition.
2012 Jul 17, Malian journalists
went on strike for a day of "dead press," and marched in Bamako to
protest recent attacks against journalists by armed men believed to
be linked to the former junta.
2012 Jul 17, In central Nigeria
a ten-year-old boy was killed when an assailant fired a heavy weapon
at an Islamic school in the city of Jos.
2012 Jul 17, Romania's interim
President Cris Antonescu signed a new law that requires a majority
of registered voters to take part in a referendum for it to be
valid, giving suspended President Traian Basescu a fighting chance
of remaining in office when his impeachment comes up for a public
2012 Jul 17, A Saudi newspaper
reported that a Lebanese man, nicknamed the "tattoo king," has been
sentenced to one year in prison and 200 lashes. Charges included
having met privately with women.
2012 Jul 17, In South Africa
Madagascar's exiled former president Marc Ravalomanana was served
with a summons at his hotel in Pretoria over a $23 million lawsuit
filed by victims of 2009 unrest that led to his ouster.
2012 Jul 17, Spain successfully
tapped bond market investors for €3.6 billion ($4.4 billion) in the
first debt auction since the government's latest package of spending
cuts and tax increases.
2012 Jul 17, Syrian government
forces backed by helicopter gunships battled rebels in heavy clashes
in Damascus. The Muslim Brotherhood urged the Syrian people to rise
up and back the rebels. The Israeli army intelligence chief said
al-Assad has moved army forces from the Golan Heights area next to
Israel toward Damascus and other internal conflict zones.
2012 Jul 17, The UN food agency
warned the unrest in northern Mali means that efforts to contain the
threat of desert locusts are being hampered and appealed for $10
million (8.1 million euros) in aid. It said control operations
cannot be carried out because of political conflict and that 30
trucks and other equipment had been looted.
2012 Jul 17, The
UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea Int’l. Prize for Research in the Life
Sciences went to scientists from Egypt, Mexico and South Africa. The
prize was sponsored by Equatorial Guinea’s Pres. Teodoro Obiang
Nguema, who faced major allegations of corruption.
(Econ, 7/21/12, p.sd43)
2012 Jul 18, The families of
three US citizens killed in drone strikes in Yemen last year,
including Al-Qaeda preacher Anwar al-Awlaqi, filed a civil lawsuit
against top US officials.
2012 Jul 18, In Alaska 2
visitors from Australia were killed in a fiery small plane crash
about 39 miles north of Fairbanks.
2012 Jul 18, The city of
Scranton, Pa., restored the salaries of its 400 civil servants.
Earlier this month Mayor Chris Doherty had slashed all municipal
employees’ salaries to the federal minimum wage because the city did
not have funds to pay their wages.
(Econ, 7/21/12, p.26)
2012 Jul 18, In northern
Afghanistan a Taliban bomb attack in Samangan province destroyed 22
fuel tankers carrying supplies for NATO forces. 2 NATO soldiers were
killed in an improvised bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan.
2012 Jul 18, An Australian
woman born without arms and legs after her pregnant mother took the
anti-morning sickness drug Thalidomide reached a multimillion dollar
settlement with UK-based Distillers Company (Biochemicals) Ltd. —
which sold the drug in Australia — and Diageo Scotland Ltd., the
successor company to Distillers. Grunenthal, the German maker of the
drug, refused to settle.
2012 Jul 18, Austria’s
University of Innsbruck said that archeologists found four linen
bras dating from the Middle Ages in an Austrian castle. Fashion
experts described the find as surprising because the bra had
commonly been thought to be only little more than 100 years old as
women abandoned the tight corset.
2012 Jul 18, Bahrain’s public
security chief Major-General Tariq al-Hassan announced on the arrest
of suspect Hussain Isa Mohammed Isa Adam, included in the list of 20
people accused of terrorist blasts.
2012 Jul 18, In Bulgaria a
suicide attack at Burgas airport killed 5 Israeli tourists and a
Bulgarian bus driver. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Iran for
the bomb blast. It was later confirmed that the suicide bomber did
not act alone. In 2013 one alleged terrorist was identified as
Australian citizen Meliad Farah (b.1980), also known as Hussein
Hussein. The second was Canadian citizen Hassan El Hajj Hassan
(b.1988). The bomber was later said to have been of Algerian origin
and trained in camps in South Lebanon.
(Reuters, 7/18/12)(AFP, 7/19/12)(SFC, 7/25/12,
p.A2)(AP, 7/25/13)(Reuters, 4/7/14)
2012 Jul 18, Cambodia and
Thailand pulled hundreds of soldiers out of a disputed strip of
border land adjacent to the Preah Vihear temple, a year after a
ruling by the UN's highest court, replacing them with police and
2012 Jul 18, In Canada Shawn
Atleo, chief from the Ahousaht First Nation in British Columbia, was
re-elected as national chief of Canada's First Nations.
2012 Jul 18, China’s Ministry
of Health issued a new code of conduct banning medical staff from
prescribing unnecessary tests and the prescription of expensive
tests to boost income.
(Econ, 7/21/12, p.38)
2012 Jul 18, The Council of
Europe released a report showing the Vatican had received compliant
or largely compliant grades on nine of the 16 "key and core"
internationally recognized recommendations to fight money laundering
and terrorist financing. The Vatican had submitted itself to the
Moneyval evaluation process more than two years ago after it signed
onto the 2009 EU Monetary Convention.
2012 Jul 18, In India Rajesh
Khanna (69), popularly known as Bollywood’s "first superstar" and
the Hindi film industry's biggest heart-throb in his day, died after
months of illness.
2012 Jul 18, In Israel Rabbi
Yosef Shalom Elyashiv (102), revered by Jews worldwide as the top
rabbinic authority of this generation for his scholarship and
rulings on complex elements of Jewish law, died.
2012 Jul 18, Nigeria lifted a
state of emergency it imposed six months ago in four states
following a wave of attacks blamed on the radical Islamist group
2012 Jul 18, In northwestern
Pakistan a van carrying minority Shiite Muslims hit an anti-tank
land mine, killing 14 passengers. A group of Taliban fighters snuck
across the border from Afghanistan into the northern area of Chitral
and attacked a Pakistani military post. At least six insurgents died
in the shootout.
2012 Jul 18, In Syria a bomb
ripped through a high-level security meeting in Damascus, killing
three top regime officials, including Gen. Assef Shawkat (62),
President Bashar Assad's brother-in-law. Also killed was Defense
Minister Dawoud Rajha, 65, a former army general. Hassan Turkmani
(77), a former defense minister, died of his wounds in the hospital.
At least 214 people, including 124 civilians, 62 soldiers and 28
rebels were killed across the country.
(AP, 7/18/12)(AP, 7/19/12)(AFP, 7/19/12)
2012 Jul 18, In Tanzania at
least 104 people died after a ferry capsized between Dar-es-Salaam
and Zanzibar. The MV Skagit was officially carrying 290 people when
the accident occurred. Emergency workers had rescued 146 people.
(AFP, 7/18/12)(AFP, 7/20/12)(AP, 7/21/12)(AFP,
2012 Jul 18, In Yemen an army
officer supporting former President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed in
Sanaa while leading an attack on the house of a general who defected
to the opposition last year. In southern Yemen armed tribesmen
ambushed a group of al-Qaida militants, killing two and wounding
2012 Jul 19, In Ohio Omar
Suleiman (76), Egypt's former spy chief, died in Cleveland. Suleiman
was appointed vice president on Jan. 29, 2011, at the peak of last
2012 Jul 19, Humayun Ahmed
(b.1948), Bangladesh's most popular fiction writer, died in the
United States after a near year-long battle against colon cancer. He
was also the country's leading film director and TV drama-maker. He
shot to fame with his first novel "Nondito Naroke" (In Blissful
Hell), published in 1972 while he studied at Dhaka university.
2012 Jul 19, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed a district police chief and four
other policemen in Uruzgan province.
2012 Jul 19, In Australia a
Chinese national (54) and an Australian man (47) were arrested when
drugs worth Aus$128 million (US$133 million) were seized in Sydney.
The bust disrupted an international syndicate dealing in
2012 Jul 19, The British
government warned unions that they risked public anger if planned
industrial actions went ahead. The Aslef rail union announced that
450 of its members in central England would walk out between August
6 and 8 in a dispute over pensions. The decision coincided with a
move by border officials to strike on July 26, the day before the
start of the Olympic Games.
2012 Jul 19, Britain’s
state-rescued Lloyds Banking Group agreed to sell 632 branches at a
loss to The Co-operative Group after an EU competition ruling.
2012 Jul 19, Scotland Yard
officer Constable Simon Harwood (45) was cleared by a jury of
killing newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson (47), who became caught up in
the G20 protests in London On April 1, 2009.
2012 Jul 19, China said it
would offer $20 billion in new loans to Africa, underscoring the
relationship's growing importance, as Chinese companies agreed to
operate more responsibly on the resource-rich continent.
2012 Jul 19, In Colombia farmer
Mauricio Largo was killed as Nasa Indians and other locals clashed
with police in the southwestern Cauca region. Residents, tired of
being caught in a 48-year conflict, demanded that the military and
leftist rebels leave the area.
(SFC, 7/21/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 19, In Egypt bearded
men in the short robes, favored by some Islamists, machine-gunned 2
soldiers as they were walking on foot in Sheikh Zweid town near the
Gaza Strip. Pres. Morsi, who was sworn in last month as Egypt's
first elected civilian president, issued an order to pardon 572
people convicted by military tribunals.
(AP, 7/19/12)(AFP, 7/23/12)
2012 Jul 19, France seized a
six-storey mansion on the chic Avenue Foch in the 16th district,
reportedly worth between 100 and 150 million euros, in connection
with an investigation into Teodorin Obiang, the son of Equatorial
Guinea leader Teodoro Obiang Nguema.
2012 Jul 19, Indian national
and state lawmakers voted for a new president, with former finance
minister Pranab Mukherjee seen as a certainty to take up the mainly
2012 Jul 19, India's top
carmaker Maruti Suzuki suspended production at a plant near New
Delhi after a manager was burnt to death and scores of others
injured in a riot by angry workers. At least 88 workers were
arrested and faced possible charges from murder to rioting and
2012 Jul 19, In the Ivory Coast
4 people were killed in a late night attack town of Duekoue,
inhabited mostly by ethnic Malinke, triggered reprisals by youths
from Kokoma who blamed a group of displaced Guere people and went to
burn their nearby camp.
2012 Jul 19, In Lebanon
investigative Judge Ghassan Oeidat indicted 88 people allegedly
involved in 2007 fighting against the army in a Palestinian refugee
camp in northern Lebanon, demanding that some of them face the death
penalty. Oeidat also ordered the release of 126 others.
2012 Jul 19, In northern
Nigeria gunmen in two separate attacks shot dead at least five
people, including a policeman.
2012 Jul 19, In Oman a US Navy
helicopter crash killing 2 crewmembers. 3 others aboard the downed
MH-53E Sea Dragon survived.
2012 Jul 19, In Russia a top
Muslim cleric in Tatarstan province was shot dead and another was
wounded by a car bomb. The province's leader and local religious
authorities said the attacks were probably related to the priests'
criticism of radical Islamists.
2012 Jul 19, In Spain tens of
thousands protested in 80 cities throughout the country against the
government’s latest austerity package.
(SFC, 7/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 19, Sudan’s official
SUNA news agency said nearly 60 people have been killed this week in
fighting between Arab tribes in Sudan's conflict-plagued Darfur
2012 Jul 19, Syrian government
forces fired heavy machine guns and mortars in battles with rebels
in a number of neighborhoods in Damascus. State-run TV warned
citizens that gunmen were disguising themselves in military uniforms
to carry out attacks. Activists reported that 302- 310 people were
killed in violence nationwide making it the single deadliest day of
fighting since the revolt began. Syrian rebels seize the Bab al-Hawa
border crossing with Turkey. Rebels ransacked customs buildings and
pulled cargo from the back of stranded trucks.
(AP, 7/19/12)(AP, 7/20/12)(AFP, 7/21/12)(AFP,
2012 Jul 19, Togo’s President
Faure Gnassingbe named his commerce minister, Kwesi Ahoomey-Zunu, to
lead the new government.
2012 Jul 19, In Tunisia a
military court convicted former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali,
who is in exile in Saudi Arabia, for complicity in the deaths of
protesters in the north of the country during last year's uprising
and sentenced him to life in prison. Some 43 officials were tried in
the same case, receiving sentences ranging from five years in prison
2012 Jul 19, In Yemen a bomb
hidden inside the car of Col. Abdullah al-Maouzaei, charged with
hunting down members of al-Qaida's Yemen branch, exploded and killed
him in Aden.
2012 Jul 19, At the United
Nations permanent Security Council members Russia and China vetoed
resolutions on Syria for the third time in nine months.
2012 Jul 20, James Holmes (24)
dressed in riot gear burst into a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.,
during the early morning showing of the Batman film "The Dark Knight
Rises" and methodically began shooting patrons, killing at least 12
people and injuring at least 50.
2012 Jul 20, Yale University,
one of the leading centers of liberal education in the United
States, defended controversial restrictions on protests and
political parties at its new Singapore campus. The first batch of
students will start classes in August 2013 at an NUS facility before
the new campus officially opens in 2015.
2012 Jul 20, Chicago lottery
winner Urooj Khan (46) died weeks after winning a $1 million jackpot
from the Illinois Lottery. Authorities later said he died from
cyanide poisoning and in 2013 began exhumation proceedings.
(SFC, 1/11/13, p.A6)
2012 Jul 20, In Massachusetts
Rezwan Ferdaus (26), a Muslim American, admitted that he had plotted
to use remote controlled model planes packed with explosives to blow
up the Pentagon and the US Capitol.
(SFC, 7/21/12, p.A5)
2012 Jul 20, In Texas
instructor Staff Sgt. Luis Walker was found guilty on all 28 charges
he faced including rape and sexual assault. He was among 12 Lackland
Air Force Base instructors investigated for sexual misconduct toward
at least 31 female trainees. The next day Walker was sentenced to 20
years in prison.
(SFC, 7/21/12, p.A5)(AP, 7/21/12)
2012 Jul 20, In Virginia
Mohamad Soueid (48) was sentenced to 18 months in prison for acting
as an unregistered foreign agent of the Syrian government. He had
earlier admitted to spying on Syrian dissidents in the US.
(SFC, 7/21/12, p.A5)
2012 Jul 20, In Bahrain
thousands of anti-government protesters clashed with riot police
firing tear gas during demonstrations against plans to limit
2012 Jul 20, Sir Alastair
Burnet (84), British veteran television newscaster, died. He was
ITN's head anchor from 1967 to 1991, except between 1974 and 1976,
when he anchored the BBC's coverage of the two 1974 general
elections and edited the Daily Express. He edited The Economist from
(AFP, 7/20/12)(Econ, 7/28/12, p.82)
2012 Jul 20, In Brunei 12
military personnel including six cadets were killed in an air force
Bell 212 helicopter crash while flying home after jungle training. 2
2012 Jul 20, Chile’s government
announced that 14.4% of Chileans were living below the poverty line,
down from 15.1% in 2009. The United Nation’s Economic Commission for
Latin America and the Caribbean had found the poverty rate to be
(Economist, 9/29/12, p.40)
2012 Jul 20, A Beijing court
rejected dissident artist Ai Weiwei's lawsuit over a $2.4 million
fine imposed on his company for tax evasion. He said the case is
part of an intimidation campaign to stop him from criticizing the
2012 Jul 20, In the Ivory Coast
nine women were sentenced to two years in prison each for
involvement in female genital mutilation, marking the first time
such a case results in jail time in the West African nation.
2012 Jul 20, In the Ivory Coast
seven people were killed and 13 wounded in an attack on a
UN-protected displaced persons camp. Angry youths from Kokoma
torched the displaced persons' camp at Niambly on the outskirts of
town, populated mainly by Guere people.
2012 Jul 20, Iraqi officials
said hundreds of Iraqis had flown out of Syria over the past two
days to escape an escalating civil war. They said an estimated 50
buses, some 3,000 people, had so far come through al-Walid.
2012 Jul 20, The African
Development Bank gave impoverished Malawi $40 million in budget
help, just days after two of the country's biggest donors, the World
Bank and Britain unveiled new aid packages.
2012 Jul 20, In western Mexico
a bus traveling to a beach went off a cliff killing at least 24
people in Tequepexpan.
(SSFC, 7/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 20, The Nepalese film
"Highway" was released in Nepal. It had already become the first
Nepali film to qualify for the Berlin International Film Festival's
Panorama category for new directors. It was directed by Deepak
Rauniyar (33) and co-produced by "Lethal Weapon" star Danny Glover.
2012 Jul 20, Nigeria's first
lady was sworn into a senior government post in the oil-rich state
of Bayelsa, an appointment tagged as scandalous by some opponents.
2012 Jul 20, Puntland security
forces of the semi-autonomous region in northern Somalia seized a
boat carrying weapons that were being smuggled from al-Qaida
militants in Yemen to fighters in Somalia.
2012 Jul 20, Saudi authorities
warned non-Muslim expatriates against eating, drinking or smoking in
public during Ramadan, or face expulsion. The monthlong
sunrise-to-sunset fast began today for Sunni Muslims.
2012 Jul 20, Sierra Leone's
health ministry said an outbreak of cholera in the west African
country has killed 66 people and sickened more than 3,800 since
2012 Jul 20, Finance ministers
from the 17 countries that use the euro unanimously approved the
terms for a bailout loan for Spanish banks of up to €100 billion
2012 Jul 20, Sri Lanka
completed a $2.6 billion IMF bailout, but sought fresh loans to
support an economy emerging from decades of ethnic war. The original
July 2009 IMF bailout was secured when the island's foreign reserves
had dropped to a dangerously low level of $1 billion.
2012 Jul 20, Syrian troops and
tanks drove rebels from a Damascus neighborhood where some of the
heaviest of this week's fighting in the capital left cars gutted and
fighters' bodies in the streets. A fourth member of President Bashar
Assad's inner circle, national security chief Gen. Hisham Ikhtiyar,
died of wounds he suffered in the July 18 bomb blast. The death toll
for the last 2 days was over 470 people.
(AFP, 7/20/12)(SFC, 7/21/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 20, In Turkey an
explosion and fire shut down twin pipelines that carry oil from Iraq
to the Mediterranean.
2012 Jul 20, The UN refugee
agency said up to 30,000 Syrians have fled into Lebanon over the
past 48 hours. The UN Security Council added a "final" 30 days to
the mandate of the UN Supervision Mission, tasked with overseeing a
ceasefire that was supposed to have taken effect in April but which
has been violated daily.
(AFP, 7/20/12)(AFP, 7/21/12)
2012 Jul 20, The United
Nations' highest court ordered Senegal to prosecute former Chadian
dictator Hissene Habre on torture charges "without further delay" if
the country does not extradite him to Belgium.
2012 Jul 21, The US government
said it has cut this year's $200,000 planned military assistance to
Rwanda amid concerns that the government in Kigali is supporting
rebel movements in neighboring Congo.
2012 Jul 21, In San Diego, Ca.,
active US service members marched for the first time in full uniform
at the city’s Gay Pride Parade.
(SSFC, 7/22/12, p.A6)
2012 Jul 21, In Aurora,
Colorado, bomb experts disarmed the booby-trapped apartment of James
Holms, who killed 12 people in a movie theater on July 20.
(SSFC, 7/22/12, p.A8)
2012 Jul 21, In eastern
Afghanistan a NATO service member died in an insurgent attack.
Taliban insurgents whipped two men 40 times in public in a village
south of Kabul after accusing them of attempting to kidnap a young
boy for ransom.
2012 Jul 21, Nearly 400 rockets
and shells were fired into Afghanistan and killed at least four
people in Dangam district along the border with Pakistan.
2012 Jul 21, In China at least
54 people died, including 37 in Beijing, during torrential
rainstorms which battered much of northern and southwestern China
over the last 24 hours. Heavy rainfall was expected to last for
another day. On July 26 the toll in Beijing was increased to 77.
(AFP, 7/21/12)(AP, 7/22/12)(AFP, 7/23/12)(AFP,
2012 Jul 21, An Egyptian court
sentenced Ali Wanees, an ultraconservative former lawmaker and
cleric, to a year in prison for public indecency, after police said
they found him fondling a woman on his lap in a parked car at night.
He was tried in absentia and is allowed a retrial. The court
sentenced the woman he was with to six months in jail.
2012 Jul 21, Abu Bakr
al-Baghdadi, who became head of the Islamic State of Iraq in 2010,
claimed that the Al-Qaida affiliated militant network is returning
to the old strongholds from which it was driven by US forces and
their Sunni allies prior to the American withdrawal at the end of
2012 Jul 21, Jamaican police
torched nearly 15,000 pounds of marijuana seized in raids on
trafficking operations, most of which was found this year.
(SFC, 7/23/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 21, A Japanese H-IIB
rocket blasted off from the southern island of Tanegashima to
deliver an unmanned supplies vessel to the International Space
2012 Jul 21, Six Malian
self-defense groups said they have joined forces to oust Islamist
militants who have seized control of the country's northern half for
almost four months.
2012 Jul 21, Mozambique
launched a Brazilian funded pharmaceutical plant that will make
anti-retroviral drugs to battle the HIV/AIDS scourge in the southern
African country. The plant will initially package drugs from Brazil
but start producing the pills by the end of the year.
2012 Jul 21, In Pakistan gunmen
shot dead seven soldiers at a checkpoint in Gwadar, in southwestern
Baluchistan province, as violence marred the start of Ramadan. At
least twelve people were killed and a further 24 wounded in two bomb
attacks in the northwestern Kurram tribal district and in the Upper
2012 Jul 21, In the Philippines
2 people were killed and six others were missing as floods inundated
parts of Manila and nearby areas while a storm tore through the
2012 Jul 21, Russia reported
that President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a new measure that
requires from non-governmental groups receiving funding from abroad
and engages in political activity to register as a foreign agent.
2012 Jul 21, In South Africa
two busses collided in the country's southeast killed 18 people near
the Eastern Cape town of Cradock. Three of them were elementary
school children headed to a sports event.
2012 Jul 21, Syrian troops
clashed with rebels in the city of Aleppo for a second day, forcing
inhabitants to flee to safer areas in some of the fiercest fighting
to date. At least 20 people were killed across Syria.
(AP, 7/21/12)(AFP, 7/21/12)
2012 Jul 21, In Tajikistan
rebel leader, Tolib Ayombekov, allegedly had the head of provincial
security killed in Gorno-Badakhshan province. This was believed to
be the result of a dispute over who would control how much of the
drug smuggling from Afghanistan.
2012 Jul 21, In Togo several
thousands anti-government demonstrators rallied in the capital to
protest what they say is a crackdown on the opposition movement.
2012 Jul 22, It was reported
that the US has begun training an elite unit of counternarcotics
police in Ghana and planned similar units in Nigeria and Kenya.
(SSFC, 7/22/12, p.A5)
2012 Jul 22, A top US official
said that Washington has given $100 million in aid to Jordan to help
host tens of thousands of Syrians who have fled the unrest back home
and taken refuge in the kingdom.
2012 Jul 22, The 19th
International AIDS Conference opened in Washington, DC, with the
theme: "Turning the Tide." It returned to the United States for the
first time since 1990, after being kept away by laws that barred
people with HIV from traveling to the country.
2012 Jul 22, Demonstrators
stormed a police department in Orange County, Calif., to protest an
officer-involved shooting that left an unarmed man dead and led to a
violent clash between witnesses and police. Two officers were placed
on paid leave after one of them fatally shot 24-year-old Manuel Diaz
a day earlier.
2012 Jul 22, In rural South
Texas at least 11 people died and another 12 were injured after a
pickup truck loaded with passengers left the highway and crashed
into trees in Goliad County.
2012 Jul 22, In Afghanistan
roadside bombs killed 2 NATO service members in the east and 2 more
in the south. NATO said that it killed a number of insurgents with
an airstrike in the Mohammad Agha district of eastern Logar
province. The bodies of 5 kidnapped Afghan men, working a base joint
operated by Afghan and NATO forces, were discovered in Wardak
province. An Afghan policeman killed 3 civilian contractors, 2
Americans and a British citizen, working for NATO in Herat province.
(AP, 7/22/12)(AFP, 7/23/12)(SFC, 7/23/12,
p.A2)(SFC, 7/24/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 22, A British man
attempting to swim the Channel died off the French coast.
2012 Jul 22, Cuban activist
Oswaldo Paya (60) died in a car crash in La Gavina. Fellow activist,
Harold Cepero Escalante, was also killed. Paya had spent decades
speaking out against the communist government of Fidel and Raul
Castro and became one of the most powerful voices of dissent against
their half-century rule. Cuba later charged Angel Carromero, a
Spanish citizen and the driver of the car, with homicide while
driving a vehicle on public roads. On Dec 14 Spain's Deputy PM
Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said that Carromero would be returning to
Spain to complete his 4-year sentence, but did not give an exact
(AP, 7/23/12)(AP, 7/31/12)(AP, 12/14/12)
2012 Jul 22, In Egypt attackers
blew up a gas pipeline in the Sinai used to export fuel to Israel
and Jordan, the 15th such attack since 2011.
2012 Jul 22, India’s former
finance minister Pranab Mukherjee (76) was elected president after
votes from national and state lawmakers were counted for the mainly
2012 Jul 22, In Iraq a car bomb
in the center of Najaf wounded 23 people. 17 people were killed
across the country.
(AFP, 7/22/12)(AFP, 8/1/12)
2012 Jul 22, In Madagascar new
gunfire was heard from the direction of a military base near the
main airport after the defense minister asserted that a mutiny had
been brought under control. The leader of the renegade troops was
identified as Koto Mainty, or the "Black Corporal." An officer sent
in to start talks was shot and later died of his wounds. Another
government soldier and the alleged leader of the mutiny were killed
during a government assault.
(AFP, 7/22/12)(AP, 7/23/12)
2012 Jul 22, In northern
Nigeria a bomb blast killed a 10-year-old boy and wounded 10 others,
in Bauchi city's Tundunwadan Dan-iya area, an area repeatedly
targeted by a radical Islamist group.
2012 Jul 22, Pakistani fighter
jets bombarded militant hideouts in different areas of Upper Orakzai
tribal region, killing more than 10 people.
2012 Jul 22, Somalia's most
powerful militant group publicly executed three of its members
because they had spied on the militants for the US and British
2012 Jul 22, In Spain a
vacationing French family of five jumped off a seaside cliff in a
desperate attempt to escape a raging wildfire in Portbou, with the
father and one of his children plummeting some 50 meters (165 feet)
to their deaths. Two other people were also killed by the weekend
fires in northeastern Spain.
2012 Jul 22, Syrian forces
headed by President Bashar al-Assad's brother used helicopters in a
new offensive against rebels in Damascus, as clashes also raged in
Aleppo. The death toll in fighting across Syria stood at 123,
including 67 civilians, 22 rebels and 34 soldiers.
(AFP, 7/22/12)(AFP, 7/23/12)
2012 Jul 22, Tanzania police
said they have arrested 43 suspected members of an Islamist group
(UAMSHO) seeking greater independence for the country's Zanzibar
archipelago following a protest rally on July 20.
2012 Jul 23, The US NCAA
imposed penalties on Penn State and its football program related to
the cover-up of pedophile charges against former defensive coach
Jerry Sandusky. The penalties included $60 million and the
abdicating of all wins since 1998.
(SFC, 7/25/12, p.A10)
2012 Jul 23, Sally Ride (61),
the first US woman to travel into space and an advocate for science
education, died in Florida after a 17-month battle with pancreatic
cancer. Her death made it public that her surviving partner of 27
years was a woman. Ride first launched into space in 1983 aboard
Challenger on the 7th mission of US space shuttle program. In 2014
Lynn Sherr authored “Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space.”
(Reuters, 7/24/12)(SSFC, 7/13/14, p.N3)
2012 Jul 23, An Afghan army
soldier turned his gun on his NATO colleagues injuring two US troops
in Faryab province. Gunmen killed 3 people in an ambush on a van in
northern Parvan province, including an American electrical engineer
who had lived in the country for decades.
(AFP, 7/23/12)(AP, 7/24/12)
2012 Jul 23, China’s
State-controlled CNOOC Ltd launched a takeover bids by agreeing to
buy Canadian oil producer Nexen Inc for $15.1 billion, forcing
Ottawa to decide whether national security concerns outweigh its
desire for foreign investment in its energy resources.
2012 Jul 23, Egypt began to
release detainees held by the military following a decree last week
by President Mohamed Morsi.
2012 Jul 23, Egypt's ambassador
to the West Bank Yasser Othman said transiting Palestinians can
enter Egypt for 72 hours to arrange their own travel. A Palestinian
official in Cairo said more easing of restrictions are being
2012 Jul 23, The European Union
said it was ready to back the deployment of an African stabilization
force under UN mandate in Mali, and threatened sanctions against
those posing a threat to democratic change.
2012 Jul 23, The European Union
promised to lift most of the sanctions slapped against Zimbabwe a
decade ago if the country holds a "credible" vote on a new
2012 Jul 23, In Haiti 4
squatters were shot to death as police and other officials forced
them to vacate a woodland in La Visite National Park. Haiti was down
to about 2% of its original forest cover.
(SFC, 8/31/12, p.A4)
2012 Jul 23, India police said
about 25,000 villagers have fled their homes in Assam state during
clashes between Bodo tribal groups and Muslim settlers in which 15
people have been killed. Police issued shoot-on-sight orders in an
attempt to quell ethnic violence in Assam state, after rioters burnt
shops and houses and attacked rival gangs.
(AFP, 7/23/12)(AFP, 7/24/12)
2012 Jul 23, In India Lakshmi
Sehgal (b.1914), a top Indian female revolutionary, died following a
heart attack. She had fought Allied forces during World War II.
(AFP, 7/23/12)(Econ, 8/4/12, p.82)
2012 Jul 23, Iran’s
semiofficial ISNA news agency reported that people had poured into
the streets of Nishabur to protest a steep hike in the price of
(SFC, 7/24/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 23, In Iraq bombings
and shootings killed 115 people in the deadliest day this year. 29
coordinated attacks in 19 cities sent a chilling warning that
al-Qaida is slowly resurging in the security vacuum created by a
weak government in Baghdad and the departure of the US military
seven months ago.
(AP, 7/23/12)(AFP, 7/24/12)(AP, 7/26/12)(AFP,
2012 Jul 23, Liberia's
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf signed the Table Mountain
Declaration, a pledge drawn up by global media rights bodies to
boost press freedom and stop the criminal prosecution of
journalists. the declaration was adopted by the World Association of
Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) in Cape Town, South Africa
in 2007. She became only the second African leader after Niger
President Mahamadou Issoufou, to sign the declaration.
2012 Jul 23, In central Nigeria
heavy rainfall overnight forced a dam to overflow, causing flooding
that left at least 35 people dead and destroyed or damaged some 200
2012 Jul 23, In northwest
Pakistan US drones fired missiles at a compound of militant
commander Sadiq Noor killing 10 suspected insurgents.
(SFC, 7/24/12, p.A2)(AFP, 7/29/12)
2012 Jul 23, Spain's market
regulator says it has temporarily banned short-selling of shares on
its stock indexes owing to volatility in Spanish and European
markets. It noted that Italy took similar steps today.
2012 Jul 23, Sudan turned down
South Sudan's proposal of a higher oil transit fee and an $8.2
billion financial deal, ruling out any comprehensive settlement of
outstanding issues by the August 2 deadline.
2012 Jul 23, The Syrian regime
threatened to use its chemical and biological weapons in case of a
foreign attack, in its first ever acknowledgement that it possesses
weapons of mass destruction. The Arab League offered Syrian
President Bashar Assad and his family a "safe exit" if he steps
down. EU foreign ministers began talks in Brussels with an agreement
to freeze the assets of 26 Syrians and three firms close to the
Assad regime in the 17th round of sanctions since protests erupted
(AP, 7/23/12)(AFP, 7/23/12)
2012 Jul 23, The WWF
conservation group ranked Vietnam the worst country for wildlife
crime in its first-ever report on how well 23 Asian and African
countries protect rhinos, tigers and elephants.
2012 Jul 24, The New Orleans
Police Dept. and the US Dept. of Justice announced an agreement to
overhaul the city’s scandal-ridden police force and improve city
(SFC, 7/25/12, p.A6)
2012 Jul 24, In California the
Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 for the Safe Drug
Disposal Ordnance, which requires producers of drugs sold or
distributed in the county to pay for safe collection and disposal of
(SFC, 7/25/12, p.C1)
2012 Jul 24, Chad Everett, the
star of the 1970s TV series "Medical Center," died in LA. He also
appeared in such films and TV shows as "Mulholland Drive" and
2012 Jul 24, Sherman Hemsley
(b.1938), African-American actor best know for his role as George
Jefferson, died in El Paso, Texas. He debuted as George Jefferson in
1973 in the “All in the Family” sitcom. From 1975-1985 he continued
in “The Jeffersons.” From 1986 to 1991 he played Deacon Ernest Frye
(SFC, 7/25/12, p.C5)
2012 Jul 24, British
prosecutors brought criminal charges against 8 of the most prominent
figures in the phone-hacking scandal by one or Rupert Murdock’s
tabloid newspapers. They included Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks.
(SFC, 7/25/12, p.A5)
2012 Jul 24, Burundi's
anti-corruption court sentenced Faustin Ndikumana, an anti-graft
activist, to five years in jail for "false declarations." Ndikumana
was arrested February 7 after writing a letter in which he said
candidates for the post of judge in Burundi had to pay a bribe, and
that the justice minister was in part responsible for this state of
2012 Jul 24, China upgraded
Sansha to prefecture level. The area was created by bureaucrats in
2007 to oversee and administer one million square miles of the South
China Sea. A new mayor declared Sansha, population of just 1,000, to
be China's newest municipality. The city administration is on tiny
Yongxing island, 350 km (220 miles) southeast from China's tropical
Hainan Island. Vietnam and China both claim the Paracels, of which
Yongxing, little more than half the size of Manhattan's Central
Park, is part.
(SFC, 7/24/13, p.A14)(Econ, 4/19/14, SR p.15)(AP,
2012 Jul 24, Egypt's president
designated Hesham Kandil, a young, independent US-educated
irrigation minister, as the new prime minister to form a government
that will be tasked with turning the country's economy and security
2012 Jul 24, Ghana’s Pres. Atta
Mills (68) died at a hospital in Accra. Vice President John Mahama
(53), who held degrees in history and communications, was sworn in
hours after. Mahama had recently published: “My First Coup D'Etat
And Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa.”
2012 Jul 24, Hong Kong
authorities issued a hurricane warning for the first time since 1999
as Typhoon Vicente roared to within 100 km of Hong Kong shortly
after midnight, disrupting dozens of flights to the regional hub.
2012 Jul 24, India's top court
banned tourism in tiger reserves across the country in a ruling that
aims to protect the endangered big cats but may disrupt travel plans
for droves of tourists who booked stays at the hundreds of hotels
that have sprung up deep inside the forests.
2012 Jul 24, Indian security
forces shot dead four rioters, taking the death toll from ethnic
violence in the remote northeast to 26.
2012 Jul 24, In Iraq a car bomb
in the town of Ad-Dawr, in Salaheddin province north of Baghdad,
killed the wife and four children of a police captain. A roadside
bomb in south Baghdad killed at least two people and wounded three
2012 Jul 24, Uri Blau, a
reporter with Israel's Haaretz newspaper, was convicted under a plea
bargain of possessing classified military documents. Anat Kam, a
former solider, had handed some 1,800 documents to Blau who used
some of them as the source for an article in 2008 which said troops
had been ordered to carry out targeted killings of Palestinian
militants in violation of a Supreme Court order.
2012 Jul 24, Mayors from across
Italy, holding up flags and wearing their tricolor sashes,
demonstrated in front of the Italian Senate against spending cuts
planned by the government.
2012 Jul 24, Japanese automaker
Toyota Motor Corp said it will invest more than $100 million to
expand Lexus production in Canada.
2012 Jul 24, A grouping of
Mali's main political parties (FDR) formed after a March coup,
demanded the resignation of the interim PM Cheick Modibo Diarra,
whom they accused of "incompetence and amateurishness." The grouping
unites some 40 political parties and about 100 civil society
2012 Jul 24, In Montenegro some
850 Roma people, who had fled Kosovo during the 1998-99 war, lost
their belongings in the fire that swept through the refugee barracks
in the suburb of Konik. No one was injured.
2012 Jul 24, In Pakistan gunmen
attacked trucks bound for NATO in Afghanistan, killing a driver at
the Torkham border crossing, in the first such incident since supply
lines reopened after a seven-month blockade. The crossing was closed
for 9 days.
(AFP, 7/24/12)(AFP, 8/6/12)
2012 Jul 24, Saudi state TV
announced that the government has collected about $32.5 million in
donations as part of a national drive to support "our brothers in
2012 Jul 24, Sierra Leone's
government said it has issued provisional offshore oil prospecting
awards to nine companies.
2012 Jul 24, South Korea’s
Pres. Lee Myung-bak apologized for a string of corruption scandals
implicating his relatives and allies.
(SFC, 7/25/12, p.A5)
2012 Jul 24, Syria’s President
Bashar Assad reshuffled the generals at the core of his regime's
highly secretive security apparatus. Clashes continued with the
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reporting at least
33 people killed nationwide. Fierce clashes spread to new
neighborhoods in Aleppo in a fourth day of fighting there.
Helicopter gunships began to hammer the outskirts of Aleppo.
(AP, 7/24/12)(AFP, 7/24/12)(Econ, 7/28/12, p.38)
2012 Jul 24, In Tajikistan 42
gunmen and government soldiers were killed in clashes with an armed
group led by Tolib Ayombekov, a former warlord, whom the Tajik
government has accused of involvement in a recent killing of a
senior intelligence officer. Dozens of civilians casualties were
(AP, 7/24/12)(SFC, 7/25/12, p.A2)(Econ, 7/28/12,
2012 Jul 24, UN helicopters
fired on rebel positions in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
after new clashes broke out between rebel fighters and loyalist
2012 Jul 24, Yemeni warplanes
killed at least five al-Qaida-linked militants in overnight
airstrikes against hideouts in the southern Abyan province.
2012 Jul 25, The Pentagon said
it planned to sell 60 Patriot missiles to Kuwait in a deal worth an
estimated $4.2 billion, as the emirate tries to bolster its defenses
against the threat from Iran.
2012 Jul 25, Argentina’s Pres.
Cristina Fernandez revealed a new 100-peso note featuring the face
of Eva Peron on the eve the 60th anniversary of her death. Peron’s
the first woman to appear on any Argentine banknote.
(SFC, 7/26/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 25, Britain’s the
Department of Health said it is to extend its seasonal flu
vaccination program to all British children, free of charge,
becoming the first country in the world to do so.
2012 Jul 25, Official figures
showed Britain is suffering a far deeper recession than thought, in
a development that is likely to increase the pressure on the
government to ease up on its tough austerity approach.
2012 Jul 25, The Olympics
kicked off with a women's football match between Britain and New
Zealand in Cardiff. The match in the Welsh capital comes two days
before the July 27 opening ceremony at the main London stadium but
marks the competitive sporting debut for the Games.
2012 Jul 25, In eastern
CongoDRC M23 rebels allied with a local militia battled Congolese
troops backed by UN peacekeepers, and allegedly fighting alongside
rebels of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Rwanda. At
least 2 civilians were killed.
2012 Jul 25, In France a
helicopter crashed in the Verdon Gorge and killed all 6 people on
board. They were all employees of Eurocopter, an EADS-owned firm.
(SFC, 7/26/12, p.A7)
2012 Jul 25, Indian police
recovered 12 bodies from rice fields and roadsides in the remote
state of Assam as the death toll from ethnic violence rose to 38
after four days of clashes.
2012 Jul 25, Indian anti-graft
activist Anna Hazare, whose hunger strike last year generated a
nationwide outpouring of support, vowed to hold another fast to pile
pressure on the government.
2012 Jul 25, Top Iranian
government officials and lawmakers agreed in a meeting to budget
cuts in a bid to shore up an economy struggling with Western
sanctions and inflation.
2012 Jul 25, The Islamic State
of Iraq claimed responsibility for the July 23 attacks that left 113
dead in a statement posted on jihadist forum Honein.
2012 Jul 25, The International
Monetary Fund announced it had reached a preliminary deal with
Jordan for a $2 billion loan to steady the country's battered
economy. Jordan currently is hosting more than 140,000 Syrians, and
is building more camps to house the refugees.
2012 Jul 25, Liberia's
government welcomed the lifting of UN sanctions against 17 Liberians
who were part of former warlord-turned-president Charles Taylor's
2012 Jul 25, Madagascan leader
Andry Rajoelina and the man he toppled in 2009, Marc Ravalomanana,
met on a remote Seychelles island to force a breakthrough in
2012 Jul 25, Mexican regulators
said they have fined HSBC $28 million for failing to prevent money
laundering through accounts at the bank. Mexico's National
Securities and Banking Commission said the Mexico subsidiary of the
London-based bank has paid the fines. Officials said HSBC in 2007
and 2008 sent about $7 billion in cash from Mexico to the US.
2012 Jul 25, Pakistan's
government told the Supreme Court that it will not reopen an old
corruption case against the president, defying a judicial order that
has already brought down one prime minister and now threatens his
2012 Jul 25, In Peru a pipeline
carrying a toxic cocktail of copper concentrate laced with a
periodic-table's mix of volatile compounds sprung a leak at a
pumping station in Santa Rosa de Cajakay. The leak spilled 45 tons
of slurry into the town, spreading toxic dust that left 42 people
hospitalized for up to 11 days. Mine owner Antamina said little
about the accident and was silent about the slurry's chemistry.
2012 Jul 25, Former Philippine
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo walked out of a government
hospital where she had been detained for nearly eight months on
election rigging charges after a court found that evidence against
her was weak and granted bail.
2012 Jul 25, Scotland’s
government announced plans to bring forward legislation allowing
same-sex couples to marry, making it the first part of the UK to do
2012 Jul 25, In Singapore
Pastor Kong Hee of City Harvest Church appeared in court with 5
others on charges of misusing up to $40 million of church money to
fund the music career of his wife, Sun Ho.
(Econ, 8/4/12, p.36)
2012 Jul 25, The opposition
Syrian National Council said 2 more Syrian diplomats, the envoy to
Cyprus and her husband, the former ambassador to the UAR, have
defected. Opposition activists said fighting raged through the night
in many neighborhoods of Aleppo, bringing the conflict in Syria's
largest city into its fifth day. At least 19 civilians, three rebels
and an unknown number of soldiers died in fighting in Aleppo. The
Observatory said 143 people were killed throughout Syria, including
75 civilians, 41 soldiers and 27 rebel fighters.
(AP, 7/25/12)(AP, 7/25/12)(AFP, 7/26/12)
2012 Jul 25, Taiwan decided to
levy capital gains tax on share trading, more than two decades after
a previous attempt to do so sparked a plunge in the stock market and
was eventually abandoned. The new measures, which will take effect
in January, were passed by the 113-seat parliament, controlled by
the ruling Kuomintang.
2012 Jul 25, Tunisian President
Moncef Marzouki pardoned 1,300 prisoners to mark national day, the
55th anniversary of the proclamation of the republic.
2012 Jul 25, Turkey sealed its
border with Syria to trucks, effectively cutting off a trade
relationship once worth almost $3 billion with the embattled nation.
A foreign ministry diplomat said 2 more Syrian brigadier generals
crossed into Turkey, bringing to 27 the number of generals who have
fled the unrest in Syria.
(AP, 7/25/12)(AFP, 7/25/12)
2012 Jul 25, Zanzibari
authorities charged three people with manslaughter for the sinking
of a ferry last week in which at least 104 people drowned, including
the ship's owner and captain.
2012 Jul 26, The US Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that 90 people had been
arrested after a nationwide bust. Agents also seized some 5 million
packets of synthetic drugs and supplies to make 14 million more.
(Econ, 8/4/12, p.30)
2012 Jul 26, NYC councilman
Larry Seabrook was convicted on 9 of 12 counts in a corruption case
accusing him of putting hundreds of thousands of dollars meant for
community projects in the pockets of his girlfriend and family.
(SFC, 7/27/12, p.A10)
2012 Jul 26, NYC authorities
announced enterprise criminal charges against 33 people involved in
a lucrative motorcycle theft and smuggling ring.
(SFC, 7/27/12, p.A13)
2012 Jul 26, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai, who is under pressure from the international community
to do more to battle corruption, issued an ambitious list of
government reforms that orders his ministries, prosecutors and
judiciary to fight bribery, nepotism and cronyism. A bomb in the
south killed 2 NATO service members.
(AP, 7/27/12)(SFC, 7/27/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 26, The Murdoch media
empire unexpectedly jettisoned the News of the World after a public
backlash over the illegal guerrilla tactics it used to expose the
rich, the famous and the royal and remain Britain's best-selling
Sunday newspaper. James Murdoch, son of the media magnate, said:
"This Sunday will be the last issue of the News of the World."
2012 Jul 26, China’s state news
agency said Gu Kailai, the wife of Bo Xilai, the former political
leader whose downfall sent shockwaves through China, has been
charged with murdering British businessman Neil
Heywood last November. Zhang Xiaojun, previously described as an
orderly who worked for the high-flying couple, will also be
prosecuted on the same charge.
2012 Jul 26, Cuban President
Raul Castro said that his government is willing to mend fences with
bitter Cold War foe the United States and sit down to discuss
anything, as long as it is a conversation between equals.
2012 Jul 26, In southern
Ethiopia ethnic clashes erupted between the Borana and Garri tribes
over a land dispute and left 18 dead and scores displaced.
2012 Jul 26, Indian authorities
rushed more troops to northeastern Assam state to quell ethnic
violence that has left 42 people dead and 13 others missing.
2012 Jul 26, In India about 100
disabled children took part in the "Bhopal Special Olympics" at a
muddy sports ground in the shadow of the Union Carbide factory
responsible for the 1984 world's worst industrial accident.
2012 Jul 26, In Iraq militants
downed an army helicopter killing one soldier. Overnight gun battles
around the town of Hadid killed at least 19 people including 11
policemen, in what appeared to be part of an al-Qaida surge to
retake one of its former strongholds.
2012 Jul 26, Mauritania and the
European Union signed a new fishing accord after months of heated
debate to agree on the EU's exact financial contribution.
2012 Jul 26, Mexico’s human
rights commission reported that there have been 126 attacks on
journalists since year 2000 and that 82 have been killed and 16 gone
(SFC, 7/27/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 26, In southern
Nigeria suspected sea pirates attacked a speed boat transporting
workers for Italian firm Agip, leaving at least one person dead.
2012 Jul 26, In northwestern
Pakistan a truck packed with explosives blew up in a crowded market,
killing 11 people in the Bajur tribal area. Security concerns led
officials to temporarily close the Torkham crossing in the northwest
Khyber tribal area, a supply route to NATO troops in Afghanistan.
2012 Jul 26, In the Philippines
a clash with al-Qaeda linked Muslim militants left 10 soldiers and 9
rebels dead on Basilan Island.
(SFC, 7/28/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 26, A South African
court convicted "Boeremag" kingpin Mike du Toit of high treason in a
white supremacist plot to kill Nelson Mandela and drive blacks out
of the country in a trial that has spanned nearly a decade. The next
day his brother, former policeman Andre du Toit, received the
same verdict in a Pretoria court. The men were said to be behind
nine bomb blasts that shook the Johannesburg township of Soweto on
October 30, 2002.
2012 Jul 26, Syrian troops
prepared to launch an all-out offensive on rebel-held districts
across Aleppo, as pro-regime media warned of a looming "mother of
all battles." Jordanian authorities reported that the Syrian army
shot dead a six-year-old Syrian boy while firing at his parents and
a dozen other refugees as they tried to cross the border fence.
Ikhlas Badawi, a female lawmaker from Aleppo, defected to Turkey.
(AFP, 7/26/12)(AFP, 7/27/12)(AP, 7/29/12)
2012 Jul 26, Tunisian police
fired warning shots and tear gas to disperse protesters who attacked
provincial government headquarters in Sidi Bouzid, the town where
the country's revolution was born.
2012 Jul 26, In Ukraine a
bare-breasted feminist activist bearing a threatening message on her
body tried to attack the Russian Orthodox Church's leader Patriarch
Kirill at Kiev's airport, to protest alleged anti-Ukrainian policies
by the church and the Kremlin. Femen identified the woman as Yana
2012 Jul 26, The UN's food
agency said 10 Central African countries have agreed to take part in
a regional initiative to monitor the Congo Basin, one of the world's
largest primary rainforests. They included Burundi, Cameroon,
Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo,
Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda and Sao Tome and Principe.
2012 Jul 26, The UN Security
Council renewed the mandate of its peacekeeping force in the Ivory
Coast but reduced its size despite persistent ethnic violence in the
west of the country.
2012 Jul 27, In Detroit the
bodies of Jacob Kudla (18) and Jourdan Bobbish (17), both of
Westland, were found with gunshot wounds on the East Side. The next
day police charged Casey Green (39) and Larry Anderson (40) with
larceny, obstruction of justice, and tampering with evidence in the
car the two teens were driving.
(SSFC, 7/29/12, p.A12)
2012 Jul 27, In Pennsylvania
Kevin Cleeves (35) confronted his estranged wife about custody
arrangements for their daughter and shot the woman to death and
killed her boyfriend and his mother in Quincy Township. He then fled
with his daughter (4) before the two were found the next day
about 250 miles away in Ohio.
2012 Jul 27, Singer and actor
Tony Martin (b.1913 as Alvin Morris) died at his home in LA. He had
appeared in over 30 films included “Casbah” (1948).
(SFC, 7/31/12, p.A7)
2012 Jul 27, Argentina's
President Cristina Fernandez granted vast new power over the
nation's economy to Axel Kicillof (41), a young firebrand who was
the brains behind the takeover of YPF from Spain's Repsol oil
company. Fernandez also put Kicillof in charge of a commission
responsible for implementing the country's new energy policy.
2012 Jul 27, Britain’s Queen
Elizabeth II declared the London Olympics open after playing a cameo
role in a dizzying ceremony designed to highlight the grandeur and
eccentricities of the nation that invented modern sport. More than
10,000 athletes from 204 countries will compete in 26 sports over 17
days of competition in the only city to have staged the modern Games
2012 Jul 27, Indian officials
said a truck bringing pilgrims from the Amarnath Shrine in
Jammu-Kashmir state plunged into a gorge killing 16 men, bringing
the overall toll in this year’s pilgrimage to 128.
(SFC, 7/28/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 27, Israel's Supreme
Court delayed by at least 3 weeks the scheduled evacuation of the
unauthorized West Bank Migron outpost that has become a symbol of
2012 Jul 27, In Kenya Olga
Fonseca Gimenez (57), the charge d'affaires and acting ambassador of
Venezuela, was found dead at her official residence in Nairobi.
Police said she was murdered by strangulation. Fonseca arrived in
Kenya in July to replace Ambassador Gerardo Carillo-Silva, who had
fled the country after three male workers at the ambassador's
residence filed a complaint with the police accusing him of sexual
harassment. Dwight Sagaray, First Secretary at the embassy, was
arrested the next day in connection to the murder.
(AP, 7/27/12)(AFP, 7/30/12)
2012 Jul 27, The wife of
Madagascar's ousted leader Marc Ravalomanana was deported and put on
a flight to Thailand, hours after she landed at the island nation's
2012 Jul 27, In southern Nepal
at least 14 pilgrims were killed when a jeep carrying them to a
sacred Hindu site swerved off a highway and fell 100 meters (330
feet) into a stream below.
2012 Jul 27, The Netherlands
said it has suspended part of its development aid to Rwanda because
of Kigali's alleged support for rebels in neighboring Democratic
Republic of Congo.
2012 Jul 27, Saudi authorities
detained a number of protesters in the restive eastern Shiite region
after they set tires ablaze during an overnight rally. Security
forces opened fire on Shiite protesters in the tense Qatif district
of Eastern Province, wounding several as hundreds marched to demand
the release of detainees.
2012 Jul 27, In Serbia Ivica
Dacic, Slobodan Milosevic's former spokesman, became the new prime
minister, promising to promote reconciliation in the Balkans after
his nomination triggered fears of resurgent nationalism in the
2012 Jul 27, In South Africa
Germany-born conservationist Rita Miljo (81) died in a fire that
destroyed much of her Center for Animal Rehabilitation and Education
in the bush of Limpopo province. Sha had cared for and reintroduced
packs of baboons into the wilds of South Africa.
(SFC, 7/28/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 27, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said troops bombarded the neighborhood
of Fardous (Fardoss) killing at least four people. It added that
Sunni cleric Abdul-Latif al-Shami was kidnapped and killed in
Aleppo. Rebels captured 150 regime troops and militia members in the
northern city of Aleppo and the northwestern province of Idlib. The
Observatory said that at least 148 people were killed nationwide
including 90 civilians, 24 rebels and 34 soldiers.
(AP, 7/27/12)(AFP, 7/27/12)(AFP, 7/28/12)
2012 Jul 27, Tunisian Finance
Minister Houcine Dimassi resigned following a disagreement with the
policies of the government led by Islamist PM Hamadi Jebali. Dimassi
complained of excessive spending.
2012 Jul 27, Zimbabwe's central
bank chief warned the country's fragile economy could grind to a
halt if the government rushes its planned seizure of majority stakes
in foreign-owned banks.
2012 Jul 28, In Massachusetts
Daryl Benway (41), who had recently separated from his wife, shot
his two children, killing his 7-year-old daughter, before committing
2012 Jul 28, In Afghanistan two
NATO service members were killed in an insurgent attack in the east
of the country.
2012 Jul 28, Australian media
reported that Sri Lankan navy officials have urged Australia to
deport the growing number of boatpeople arriving from their country,
saying it was the "best way" to deter people smugglers.
2012 Jul 28, Authorities in
eastern China dropped plans for a waste water discharge project
after thousands of protesters angry about pollution took to the
streets in Qidong, Jiangsu province. On Jan 30, 2013, 14 defendants
were prosecuted on charges of encouraging mass violence against
government buildings and intentionally damaging property in
(AP, 7/28/12)(AP, 1/31/13)
2012 Jul 28, In China serial
killer Zhang Yongming (56) was sentenced to death for murdering 11
people in Jinning county between 2008 and 2012.
(SSFC, 7/29/12, p.A6)
2012 Jul 28, In Indonesia a
group of 150 youths, some as young as 13 and carrying swords and
golf clubs, raided the De Most bar in south Jakarta late at night,
smashing bottles of alcoholic drinks and damaging the property.
Police arrested 62 people, most of them minors, who attacked the bar
for serving alcohol during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.
2012 Jul 28, Israeli troops
arrested Abdallah Harouf (24), a member of the Islamic Jihad
militant group, at his home in the West Bank city of Nablus. Local
residents said that four other people were also arrested.
2012 Jul 28, Jordan opened its
first tent camp for Syrians fleeing violence in their country, as
government officials said a surge of refugees left them no other
choice. After 3 years the Zaatari Refugee Camp held 81,000 people
and was counted as the ninth-biggest city in Jordan.
(AP, 7/29/12)(SFC, 8/3/15, p.A2)
2012 Jul 28, In Nepal a vehicle
crashed in the Palpa district killing 14 people on their way to
cremate the body of a relative.
(SSFC, 7/29/12, p.A6)
2012 Jul 28, North Korea’s
state media said flooding across the country this month has killed
88 people, left tens of thousands homeless and devastated swathes of
2012 Jul 28, In Peru searchers
found the bodies of two US mountaineers who apparently plunged to
their deaths off a ridge after ascending a glacier-capped peak. Gil
Weiss (29) and Ben Horne (32) fell an estimated 300 meters (nearly
1,000 feet) off a ridge after reaching the west summit of Palcaraju
in the Cordillera Blanca range in mid-July.
2012 Jul 28, Philippine
authorities arrested Ustadz Ahmadsali Asmad Badron, also known as
Ammad or Hamad Ustadz Idris, a founding member of the
Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group blamed for some of the worst terror
attacks in the region.
2012 Jul 28, A 2nd day of
Sudanese aerial bombing killed three civilians and wounded 21 in
Blue Nile state bordering South Sudan. In South Kordofan state 6
civilians were killed in an attack against villages by Khartoum
government forces before rebels battled the army, leaving the 17
(AFP, 7/30/12)(AFP, 7/31/12)
2012 Jul 28, The Syrian army
launched a massive assault on rebels in Aleppo amid growing world
concern about the risks of reprisals against the civilian
population. At least 10 soldiers and six rebels were killed in
fierce fighting after the assault began. The Observatory said that
nationwide violence killed at least 52 people, 22 civilians, 16
rebels and 14 soldiers.
2012 Jul 28, Uganda government
officials said an outbreak of Ebola virus in the western part of the
country has killed 14 people, many in the past week.
(SSFC, 7/29/12, p.A10)
2012 Jul 28, In Venezuela
leaders from across Latin America and the Caribbean pledged closer
ties to safeguard their economies from the world financial crisis as
they formed a new 33-nation regional bloc (CELAC), the Community of
Latin American and Caribbean States, including every nation in the
hemisphere except the US and Canada.
2012 Jul 28, Yemeni police said
a booby-trapped parcel has killed Ali Dahab (14), the son of Yemeni
tribal chief Sheikh Majed, in an attack suspected to be the work of
Al-Qaeda. Thousands of people rallied in Sanaa urging authorities to
release 117 protesters arrested during the year-long struggle to
oust Pres. Saleh.
(AFP, 7/28/12)(SSFC, 7/29/12, p.A6)
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)
2012 Jul 30, The US Congress
pressed ahead with a new package of sanctions on Iran, expanding
financial penalties and further targeting Tehran’s energy and
shipping sectors in an ongoing effort to undercut the country’s
suspected nuclear weapons program.
(SFC, 8/1/12, p.A5)
2012 Jul 30, A report by the
Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction was released. It
found that the American Embassy in Baghdad never got a written
commitment from Iraq to participate in a Police Development Program.
US auditors have concluded that more than $200 million was wasted on
the program that Baghdad says is neither needed nor wanted.
2012 Jul 30, HSBC PLC, Europe’s
biggest bank, apologized to shareholders as it disclosed a $700
million charge to cover the cost of US penalties for lapses
including its failure to enforce money-laundering controls in
2012 Jul 30, In London
Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte, claimed as an "adopted Brit," became the
youngest winner of the Olympic event at 15 years and 133 days when
she won the 100m breaststroke final over American world champion
Rebecca Soni. She became Lithuania's first Olympic swimming
2012 Jul 30, A Canadian
government-appointed arbitrator chose to enforce Air Canada's final
offer over one proposed by the union representing its 3,000 pilots,
ending a long and bitter contract dispute but angering the pilots.
2012 Jul 30, In Canada a
passenger found what appeared to be a sewing needle in a
pre-prepared sandwich on board an Air Canada flight from Victoria,
British Columbia to Toronto. On July 14 sewing needles were found in
food on four Delta flights from Amsterdam to the United States,
injuring one passenger.
2012 Jul 30, Northern India's
power grid crashed, halting hundreds of trains, forcing hospitals
and airports to use backup generators and leaving 370 million
people, more than the population of the United States and Canada
combined, sweltering in the summer heat.
2012 Jul 30, The Times of
India, citing a police investigation, said that five suspects were
believed to have worked with a local Indian journalist to plan the
Feb 13 attack on an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi. Police concluded
that members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, a branch of the Iranian
military, carried out the attack.
2012 Jul 30, Indian anti-graft
activist Anna Hazare (75) threatened a "wave of protest" that would
bring down the government on the second day of a hunger strike to
push for stronger anti-corruption laws.
2012 Jul 30, In southern India
a fire swept through a train car packed with sleeping passengers,
killing at least 47 people and sending panicked survivors rushing
for the only clear exit once the train stopped.
2012 Jul 30, In Indonesia a man
died of bird flu, the country's ninth fatal case this year.
2012 Jul 30, An Iranian
official said a court has sentenced 39 people linked to a $2.6
billion bank fraud. 4 people were sentenced to death and two to life
(SFC, 7/31/12, p.A4)
2012 Jul 30, In Iraq gunmen
shot dead television presenter Ghazwan Anas and wounded his mother,
wife and four-month-old baby boy in Mosul.
2012 Jul 30, Morocco's King
Mohammed VI vowed to press ahead with reforms, including
strengthening the independence of the judiciary and battling
corruption, in a speech to mark 13 years on the throne.
2012 Jul 30, In Nigeria
explosions, including a suicide blast, rocked two police stations in
the northwestern city of Sokoto, the historic seat of Islam in the
country. Nigeria's military killed two suspected Boko Haram
Islamists who were trying to smuggle heavy weapons into the country
during a shootout on the border with Chad.
(AFP, 7/30/12)(AFP, 8/1/12)
2012 Jul 30, Heavy rain pounded
North Korea for a 2nd day, submerging buildings, cutting off power,
flooding rice paddies and forcing people and their livestock to
reach safety on rooftops.
2012 Jul 30, In the West Bank
Nancy Zaboun, a 27-year-old mother of three, had her throat slashed
in Bethlehem after seeking a divorce from her abusive husband of 10
years. Zaboun's husband could face life in prison if convicted.
2012 Jul 30, In the Philippines
at least 14 people were killed and millions were left without power
as Tropical Storm Saola turned into a typhoon, bringing heavy rains
to large parts of the country.
(AFP, 7/30/12)(AFP, 7/31/12)(AP, 8/1/12)
2012 Jul 30, Puerto Rico’s Gov.
Luis Fortuno signed into law an updated penal code increasing prison
sentences for homicide, assault and other offenses as the US island
territory struggled to contain crime and the widespread perception
that violence is out of control.
2012 Jul 30, Saudi Arabia
implemented a ban on smoking in government offices and most public
places, including restaurants, coffee shops, supermarkets and
2012 Jul 30, Syrian government
forces mounted new ground attacks against rebel-controlled
neighborhoods in Aleppo, but failed to dislodge the opposition from
their strongholds. The UN said 200,000 Syrians have fled the
embattled city of Aleppo since intense clashes between regime forces
and rebels began 10 days ago. The Observatory reported 93 people
killed across the country. Khaled al-Ayoubi, Syria's top diplomat in
London, said he could no longer represent the regime and defected.
(AP, 7/30/12)(AFP, 7/31/12)
2012 Jul 30, In Vietnam Dang
Thi Kim Lieng, the mother of a prominent blogger, died after setting
herself on fire ahead of her daughter's trial for propaganda against
the Communist state. Ta Phong Tan (43), a Catholic former
policewoman, was arrested in September 2011 and has been held in
detention along with two other bloggers.
2012 Jul 30, In Vietnam
American Karin Joy Bowerman (27) died at a hospital in southern Nha
Trang province. Canadian Cathy Huynh (26) died there two days later
after developing similar symptoms and suffering a cardiac arrest.
Both had stayed at the same guesthouse on Nguyen Thien Thuat street
in Nha Trang.
2012 Jul 30, Yemeni security
services arrested suspected Al-Qaeda leader, Abdulrahman al-Baihani,
wanted for plotting "terrorist' attacks in the capital.
2012 Jul 31, Timothy Hanretty
(55), a former assistant superintendent of Woodside schools, pleaded
no contest in San Mateo County, Ca., to misappropriating millions in
public money and to billing another school district for remodeling
work on his home. On Oct 22 Hanretty was sentenced to two years in
(SFC, 8/2/12, p.C2)(SFC, 10/23/12, p.C2)
2012 Jul 31, Gore Vidal
(b.1925), American author, screenwriter and playwright, died at his
home in Hollywood Hills. His 1948 work “The City and the Pillar”
explored gay life in America. His 25 novels included “Lincoln”
(1984) and “Myra Breckenridge” (1968). In 2015 Jay Parini authored
“Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal.”
8/1/12, p.A10) (Econ, 8/11/12, p.82)(Econ, 8/22/15, p.70)
2012 Jul 31, In eastern
Afghanistan insurgents pulled four civilians off a minibus, shot
them and left their bodies on the side of the road.
2012 Jul 31, Australian police
seized a record half a ton of methamphetamine and heroin worth up to
A$500 million ($525 million) hidden in a shipment of terracotta pots
from Thailand. Seven people, including four from Hong Kong, were
arrested after a year-long investigation following a tip-off from US
2012 Jul 31, UN diplomats said
CongoDRC government forces have abandoned villages to rebel M23
forces in the east after running out of ammunition, amid mounting
concern over the new conflict.
2012 Jul 31, The French
Parliament approved legislation making sexual harassment a crime.
(SFC, 8/1/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 31, In India a massive
power failure hit the country for the second day running as three
regional power grids collapsed, blacking out more than half the
country in a crisis affecting over 600 million people.
2012 Jul 31, In Iraq twin car
bombs in Baghdad targeted the security headquarters killing 21
people, while another attack west of the capital left two people
(AFP, 7/31/12)(AFP, 8/1/12)(SFC, 8/14/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 31, Israel's defense
minister Ehud Barak instructed the military to start drafting
ultra-Orthodox Jewish men as it does other Israelis, setting up a
potential clash over an issue that has divided the country for
decades. 60,000 ultra-Orthodox men of military age do not serve
today. Only 1,300 ultra-Orthodox agreed to be drafted this year.
2012 Jul 31, The Japanese
operator of the nuclear power plant devastated in last year's
disasters received a 1 trillion yen ($12.8 billion) bailout, putting
it under government ownership, while international experts visited
another plant that survived the tsunami's impact.
2012 Jul 31, Several areas
across Lebanon, including parts of the capital Beirut, witnessed
power cuts as the national electricity company warned of a
nationwide blackout following a strike by its employees.
2012 Jul 31, Malawi vowed to
press on with oil and gas exploration on Lake Malawi, dismissing a
demand by Tanzania, which claims half of the lake, to halt
prospecting. Mozambique also owns part of the lake.
2012 Jul 31, Mexican
prosecutors formally lodged drug charges against four high-ranking
(SFC, 8/1/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 31, In central Morocco
a collision between a bus and a lorry killed at least 12 people and
left one critically injured.
2012 Jul 31, Pakistan signed a
deal with the United States allowing NATO convoys to travel into
Afghanistan until the end of 2015, seeking to draw a line under a
7-month border blockade.
2012 Jul 31, In Poland US
Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney said Poland's economy
is a model of small government and free enterprise that other
nations should emulate as they struggle with recession. This was his
final stop on a three-nation tour designed to boost his foreign
policy resume with voters back home.
2012 Jul 31, Russian
authorities charged Alexei Navalny (36), an anti-corruption crusader
and critic of Pres. Putin, of organizing a scheme to steal assets
from a state timber company totaling about half a million dollars.
(SFC, 8/1/12, p.A5)
2012 Jul 31, Russian internet
entrepreneur Yuri Milner announced that he will give $3 million each
year to the most influential thinker in fundamental physics.
(Econ, 8/4/12, p.70)
2012 Jul 31, In Somalia gunmen
in Mogadishu shot dead Abdi Jeylani Malaq Marshale, a well-known
comedian known for poking fun at Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents.
2012 Jul 31, In Sudan at least
eight people died as police and anti-regime protesters clashed in
the South Darfur state capital Nyala.
2012 Jul 31, Syrian rebels
attacked key military targets and overran two police stations in
Aleppo, killing 40 officers, as fighting there stretched into its
11th day. In the southern province of Daraa, regime troops shelled a
camp for displaced persons as the towns of Tafas and Al-Ghariyeh
also came under shelling, leaving an unknown number of casualties.
(AFP, 7/31/12)(AP, 7/31/12)
2012 Jul 31, Venezuela was
officially welcomed into the Mercosur trade bloc as Brazilian
President Dilma Rousseff hosted Argentina's President Cristina
Fernandez and Uruguay's Jose Mujica along with Chavez for the
one-day Mercosur meeting in Brasilia.
2012 Jul 31, In Yemen a
firefight erupted between Yemeni security forces and gunmen, dressed
in police uniforms, who had been surrounding the headquarters of the
interior ministry. The gunmen, who were previously working
unofficially in Yemen's police department, had been surrounding the
ministry's headquarters in Al-Hasaba district of Sanaa since July
29, demanding that they be enrolled back into the impoverished
country's police force. The clashes that left at least 15 people
killed and 43 wounded.
(AFP, 7/31/12)(AP, 7/31/12)
2012 Jul, This July was the
hottest month in the lower 48 US states since the government began
keeping records in 1895.
(SFC, 8/9/12, p.A5)
2012 Jul, Researchers of the
Schmidt Ocean Institute, a US-based oceanographic institute,
discovered the S.S. Terra Nova using echo sounders off the southern
coast of Greenland, where the ship sank in 1943 after being damaged
by ice. It had gained fame by taking the explorer Robert Scott and a
crew to the Antarctic in 1910 in an effort to become the first to
reach the South Pole.
2012 Jul, A team led by
entrepreneur Russ Georg scattered some 100 tons of iron dust in the
Pacific several hundred miles west of the islands of Haida Gwai in
northern British Columbia in a $2.5 million project to aid in the
recovery of the salmon fishery for the native Haida people. Canadian
environmental officials launched an investigation as marine
scientists called the project shoddy science and probably in
violation of int’l. agreements intended to prevent tampering with
(SFC, 10/19/12, p.A6)
2012 Jul, Republic of Congo’s
President Denis Sassou-Nguesso approved limits on the sale and
consumption of tobacco. The government decided to announce the
decision on World No Tobacco Day, May 31, 2013.
2012 Jul, Ocean freight service
between Miami and Havana was launched by International Port Corp. to
significant fanfare. By April, 2013, the service ground to a halt
over numerous technical and financial problems.
2012 Jul, In Dubai British
tourists Suneet Jeerh, Grant Cameron and Karl Williams were arrested
for what police said was the synthetic drug known as Spice found in
their rented car.
(AP, 4/29/13)(Reuters, 7/20/13)
2012 Jul, In Mauritania Aaron
Yoon, from London in the Canadian province of Ontario, was sentenced
a Nouakchott criminal court to two years in prison and ordered to
pay a fine of 5 million ouguiyas ($18,000). Yoon was arrested in
late December 2011 as he prepared to join Islamist fighters in
northern Mali, together with some young Mauritanians. On July 14,
2013, a Mauritanian appeals court reduced his sentence to 1½ years,
meaning he had technically finished serving his sentence.
(Reuters, 4/9/13)(AP, 7/15/13)
2012 Jul, In Paraguay Pres.
Federico Franco won passage of a bill to institute the country’s
first ever income tax.
(Economist, 10/6/12, p.42)
2012 Jul, In Russia’s Republic
of Tatarstan assassins shot dead Islamic leader Valiulla
Yakupov and nearly killed the chief mufti, Ildus Faizov, with a car
bomb. Over half of the republic’s people are Sunni Muslims.
(Economist, 9/1/12, p.55)
2012 Jul, Slovenia’s government
bailed out the country’s leading bank to the tune of some $478
(Economist, 9/22/12, p.63)
2012 Jul, In Venezuela
Brazilian gold miners reportedly arrived by helicopter and massacred
a village of Yanomani Indians along the upper reaches of the Ocamo
River. Most of the 80 people in Irotatheri village were allegedly
killed. On Sep 1 officials said Investigators were unable to find
any evidence of a massacre.
(SFC, 8/31/12, p.A3)(AP, 9/2/12)
2012 Aug 1, It was reported
that President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing US
support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad and his government.
2012 Aug 1, A US federal
appeals court blocked an Arizona law that would set the nation’s
tightest restrictions on midterm abortions banning them at 20 weeks
except in medical emergencies.
(SFC, 8/2/12, p.A6)
2012 Aug 1, Knight Capital, an
American equity broker, started to use a new software program to
execute trades. Within an hour the program caused turmoil in the
market sending errant buy-and-sell orders that cost the company $440
(Econ, 8/11/12, p.10, 65)
2012 Aug 1, A court in London
jailed identical twin brothers for three years after they admitted a
charge of fundraising for acts of terrorism abroad. Mohammed Shabir
Ali and Mohammed Shafiq Ali (25) were part of a "network of support"
for their older brother while he was at a terrorist training camp in
2012 Aug 1, Eight badminton
players were dramatically disqualified from Olympic competition
after a scandal over "throwing" matches left the sport in uproar.
Four pairs in the women's doubles competition, one from China, one
from Indonesia and two from South Korea, were barred after being hit
by disciplinary charges.
2012 Aug 1, In Chile
McDonald's, Burger King, KFC and other fast-food companies were
accused in Chile of violating the country's new law against
including toys with children's meals. Sen. Guido Gerardi filed a
formal complaint with the health authority accusing those and other
companies of knowingly endangering the health of children by
marketing kids' meals with toys more than a month after the law took
effect June 7.
2012 Aug 1, It was reported
that authorities in China's restive northwestern region of Xinjiang
have banned Muslim officials and students from fasting during
Ramadan, prompting an exiled rights group to warn of new violence.
2012 Aug 1, In northeast China
a teenager (17) killed nine people and wounding four others in a
knife attack in Liaoning province's Xinbin county. Police nabbed him
as he was preparing to jump from a building in an apparent suicide
2012 Aug 1, In Colombia unions
and greens held marches across the country demanding stricter
environmental safeguards regarding mining.
(Econ, 8/4/12, p.34)
2012 Aug 1, India overturned
its ban on foreign investment from Pakistan in a move designed to
build goodwill amid a renewed push for a peace settlement between
the nuclear-armed neighbors.
2012 Aug 1, Iraqi official
figures were released showing July as the deadliest month in Iraq in
almost two years, with 325 people killed in attacks, and included
the deadliest day since December 2009.
2012 Aug 1, Italian oil company
Eni SpA said it discovered more natural gas off the coast of
Mozambique, expanding the yield of a major field off the southeast
African nation that's the company's largest find.
2012 Aug 1, In Libya an
explosion believed to have been caused by a bomb ripped through the
military intelligence building in Benghazi at dawn, causing damage
to the structure and nearby homes but no injuries. The blast took
place hours after gunmen stormed a jail in Benghazi and freed
Islamist militant Salem al-Obeidi, the suspected killer of former
rebel chief Abdel-Fattah Younis in July, 2011.
2012 Aug 1, West African bloc
ECOWAS pledged support for Mali's interim Pres. Dioncounda Traore,
after mediators extended a deadline for the country to form a unity
2012 Aug 1, Palestinian sources
said Ayman al-Shufra, a militant with the armed wing of Gaza's
ruling Hamas movement, died in Gaza City after the car he was
travelling in exploded.
2012 Aug 1, In the Philippines
a waste spillage at the Philippines' largest gold threatened to
contaminate one of the country's largest rivers. On Aug 3 the
government said the spillage at the Padcal mine has been contained.
2012 Aug 1, Somali leaders
voted overwhelmingly to adopt a new constitution that contains new
individual rights and sets the country on a course for a more
powerful and representative government. The vote came after two
thunderous blasts at the gates of the meeting site from a failed
suicide attack. Security forces shot dead two bombers at the gate to
the meeting area.
2012 Aug 1, Spain‘s police
arrested three suspected members of al-Qaida (a Russian, a Russian
of Chechen descent, and a Turk), who had amassed explosives and may
have been plotting attacks in Spain or elsewhere in Europe. Two of
them had practiced flying light aircraft.
2012 Aug 1, In Sudan
Abdelrahman Mohammed Eissa, the head of Al-Waha district in North
Darfur state, succumbed to his wounds in hospital after an ambush of
his car in Kutum town.
2012 Aug 1, In Syria rebels
continued battling government forces for a 12th day. The UN mission
in Syria said its observers have witnessed government fighter jets
opening fire on Aleppo.
2012 Aug 1, Tanzania called for
an amicable resolution to a dispute with Malawi over oil and gas
exploration in Lake Malawi.
2012 Aug 1, Doctors Without
Borders said the first victim of the latest Ebola outbreak in Uganda
was a 3-month-old girl and that of the 65 people who attended her
funeral, 15 later contracted the deadly disease and at least 11 of
those have since died.
2012 Aug 1, The United Arab
Emirates said it has signed and Australia have signed a pact with
Australia to work together on the peaceful use of nuclear energy,
laying the groundwork for potential shipments of uranium to the Gulf
2012 Aug 1, Vietnam’s state
media said a soldier has been thrown out of the army after posting
graphic photographs on Facebook of the torture and killing of 2 rare
2012 Aug 2, US Treasury
Department investigators said the Internal Revenue Service may have
delivered more than $5 billion in refund checks to identity thieves
who filed fraudulent tax returns for 2011. They estimate another $21
billion could make its way to ID thieves' pockets over the next five
2012 Aug 2, In Afghanistan five
insurgents linked to the Haqqani network were killed in a pre-dawn
gunbattle in an area of Kabul home to Western embassies.
2012 Aug 2, In Algeria
smugglers were taken by surprise when a border patrol arrived on
near Roubane village, less than a kilometer from the Moroccan
frontier, and after a brief exchange of fire the gunmen fled. 4
border guards killed in the clash.
2012 Aug 2, Argentina's
president celebrated the final $2.3 billion payment on a bond given
to people whose savings were confiscated a decade ago, calling it a
lesson for European countries now mired in foreign debt.
2012 Aug 2, In Bahrain riot
police fired tear gas and stun grenades as hundreds of
anti-government protesters attempted to block a key highway.
2012 Aug 2, Bangladesh said it
has ordered three international charities to stop providing aid to
Rohingya refugees who cross the border to flee persecution and
violence in Myanmar.
2012 Aug 2, In Brazil a federal
judge ordered Brazilian mining company Vale to suspend its planned
expansion of a rail line in northern Brazil because it would
endanger the livelihood of the Awa Guaja Indian tribe living in the
2012 Aug 2, A court in London
jailed an Ethiopian diplomat for trying to smuggle a large stash of
cannabis through London's Heathrow Airport. Amelework Wondemagegne
(36), an official at the Ethiopian embassy in Washington, had tried
to claim diplomatic immunity when she was caught at the airport in
April with 56 kilograms (123 pounds) of cannabis.
2012 Aug 2, John Keegan
(b.1934), a leading British scholar on battles, died. His books
included “The Face of Battle” (1976).
(SFC, 8/4/12, p.C4)
2012 Aug 2, Chinese state media
said courts in the restive Xinjiang region with a large Muslim
population have jailed 20 people for up to 15 years for using the
Internet to incite separatism and "holy war."
2012 Aug 2, A judge in Egypt
investigating corruption charges against former Hosni Mubarak
premier Ahmed Shafiq ordered Mubarak's two sons detained for
allegedly buying land from Shafiq at below market price.
2012 Aug 2, It was reported
that France planned to offer financial incentives to French
fishermen for hunting bull sharks, a threatened shark species,
following recent attacks on people off the coast of Reunion.
(SFC, 8/2/12, p.A4)
2012 Aug 2, Hong Kong choked
under the worst smog ever recorded in the city, with residents
warned to stay indoors, away from the blanket of toxic haze.
2012 Aug 2, In Iraq 3 attacks
on separate checkpoints north of Baghdad killed eight people,
including four policemen and three anti-Qaeda militiamen. In all 33
people were killed in attacks mainly targeting the security forces.
(AFP, 8/2/12)(AFP, 8/3/12)
2012 Aug 2, Iraq's Kurdistan
region said it will resume oil exports during the first week of
August as a confidence-building measure, after stopping them for
more than four months following a row with Baghdad. Kurdistan halted
oil exports to the federal government on April 1 over $1.5 billion
it said is owed to foreign oil companies working in the region, that
Baghdad has allegedly withheld.
2012 Aug 2, Syrian opposition
activists say regime forces have swept through neighborhoods south
of the capital Damascus in a deadly military operation that has
inflicted casualties. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said
more than 179 people were killed today.
(AP, 8/2/12)(AFP, 8/3/12)
2012 Aug 2, Kofi Annan, the
UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, resigned citing divisions within the
Security Council preventing a united approach to stop the fighting.
2012 Aug 2, Turkish warplanes
and attack helicopters are pounding Kurdish rebel positions in a
major clash in a rugged area near Turkey's borders with Iraq and
Iran. Turkish troops and Kurdish rebels have been clashing in the
area for about two weeks.
2012 Aug 2, In Yemen al-Qaida
gunmen shot dead four soldiers in Jaar, one of the militants' former
2012 Aug 3, Ex-Alabama Gov. Don
Siegelman (66), convicted in 2006, was sentenced to 6½ years in
prison for bribery and other convictions.
(SFC, 8/4/12, p.A5)
2012 Aug 3, In southern
California Darren Burley (29) was arrested following a confrontation
with police in Compton. Burley was zapped with a stun gun and
handcuffed by officers after he allegedly tried to choke a pregnant
woman. He died 12 days later. In December 2014, Long Beach jurors
found deputies liable for negligence and battery and awarded
Burley’s family $8 million.
(http://tinyurl.com/n7qbd6g)(SFC, 1/2/15, p.A5)
2012 Aug 3, In Afghanistan a
remote-controlled bomb in a busy market killed two policemen and one
civilian in the country's northwest. Officials looked for a member
of a government-backed village defense force suspected of killing 11
civilians at a house in Uruzgan province.
(AP, 8/3/12)(AP, 8/4/12)
2012 Aug 3, In Australia
Tasmania Zoo owner Dick Warren said 9 birds, including an endangered
swift parrot, had their heads smashed in or ripped off and more than
60 animals were missing after vandals went on the rampage.
2012 Aug 3, Britain’s Foreign
Secretary William Hague pledged greater support for Syria's rebel
fighters, as the battle for the country's commercial capital Aleppo
2012 Aug 3, Britain's
GlaxoSmithKline PLC said it has completed its $3.6 billion
acquisition of US biotech company Human Genome Sciences for 14.25
2012 Aug 3, Britain's oldest
shipping firm, Stephenson Clarke Shipping Ltd, appointed liquidator
Tait Walker, after nearly 300 years of trading, becoming a casualty
of the worsening global downturn.
2012 Aug 3, Fiji’s former PM
Laisenia Qarase (71) was sentenced to one year in prison on
corruption charges. Qarase was ousted in a 2006 coup.
(SFC, 8/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 3, In Guyana police
found 57 pounds of cocaine about to be loaded onto a flight to NYC.
Officials the next day said they will fire almost a dozen baggage
handlers and ramp attendants complicit in the operation.
(SSFC, 8/5/12, p.A7)
2012 Aug 3, In India torrential
rains hit the state of Himachal Pradesh, drowning a man in his
vehicle, washing away several bridges and partly destroying a key
2012 Aug 3, In Iraq a roadside
bomb killed four soldiers at an army patrol east of Dhuluiyah.
2012 Aug 3, In Japan thousands
of people staged a rally in front of the prime minister's office,
maintaining anti-nuclear sentiment triggered by last year's atomic
crisis at Fukushima.
2012 Aug 3, In Kenya a grenade
attack killed one person in a Somali suburb of Nairobi, on the eve
of a visit by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the city.
2012 Aug 3, Pakistan’s Supreme
Court struck down a law recently passed by parliament and aimed at
protecting PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf from being charged with contempt
2012 Aug 3, Papua New Guinea
re-elected Peter O'Neill as the next leader, ending a turbulent
period in the nation's politics which at one point saw it with two
rival prime ministers. Sir Michael Somare (76) accepted the defeat
of his party in the vote and agreed to support O'Neill in his bid to
form the next government.
2012 Aug 3, Typhoon Saola,
which battered Manila and the north for several days, blew away
leaving at least 53 people dead.
2012 Aug 3, A Swazi court
ordered the government to reinstate more than 300 teachers fired
after taking part in a five-week strike over salaries, saying their
action was legal.
2012 Aug 3, In Syria mortars
rained down on a crowded marketplace in the Palestinian Yarmouk
refugee camp Damascus, killing 21 people as regime forces and rebels
clashed on the southern outskirts. Senior Syrian officials pleaded
with Moscow for financial loans and supplies of oil products, an
indication that international sanctions are squeezing Assad's
(AP, 8/3/12)(AP, 8/4/12)
2012 Aug 3, The UN General
Assembly denounced Syria’s crackdown on dissent voting 133 in favor,
12 against and 31 abstaining. UN Security Council resolutions have
been stopped by Russian and Chinese vetoes.
(SFC, 8/4/12, p.A3)
2012 Aug 3, In Yemen explosions
in two marketplaces in different parts of the country killed six
2012 Aug 4, In Ohio John Wise
(67) shot and killed his wife of 45 years in her hospital bed.
Barbara Wise (65) had suffered three cerebral aneurysms that left
her unable to speak. Mercy killing was not a legal defense option in
Ohio. On Nov 8, 2013, John Wise was convicted of murder. On Dec 13
Wise was sentenced to six years in prison.
(SFC, 11/4/13, p.A5)(SFC, 11/9/13, p.A10)(SFC,
2012 Aug 4, The Afghan
parliament voted to dismiss the country's defense and interior
ministers, a move that threatens to throw the country's security
apparatus into confusion as foreign forces withdraw. Two New Zealand
soldiers were killed and six wounded in a battle in Bamiyan
(AP, 8/4/12)(AFP, 8/5/12)
2012 Aug 4, Minor Bollywood
actress Sherlyn Chopra (28), the first Indian woman to pose naked
for Playboy magazine, said she is proud to have "pushed the
envelope" in a country where public nudity in any form remains
2012 Aug 4, In India flash
floods in the northern state of Uttarakhand killed at least 34
people and left hundreds of Hindu pilgrims stranded.
2012 Aug 4, Several thousand
Israelis demonstrated their discontent at government austerity
measures and the lack of universal military service in two separate
protests in Tel Aviv.
2012 Aug 4, In Libya a
gunbattle over market space and a car explosion rocked the center of
2012 Aug 4, In Mauritania a
10-party opposition bloc signed a charter rejecting any solution to
the country's political crisis that does not involve the departure
of Pres. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.
2012 Aug 4, Off the coast of
Nigeria gunmen attacked a barge belonging to oil services company
Sea Trucks Group, kidnapping four foreigners and killing two
Nigerian sailors. The 4 foreign oil workers were released on Aug 22.
(AFP, 8/4/12)(AFP, 8/23/12)
2012 Aug 4, North Korean state
news said floods which hit parts of North Korea in recent weeks
killed 169 people and left 400 missing, sharply updating earlier
casualty figures. Over 200,000 people reportedly lost their homes.
(AFP, 8/4/12)(Econ, 8/11/12, p.33)
2012 Aug 4, Pakistan reopened
the Torkham crossing, having signed a deal with the United States on
July 31 allowing NATO convoys to travel into Afghanistan until the
end of 2015.
2012 Aug 4, A Saudi policeman
and an armed protester were killed in overnight clashes in the
kingdom's Shiite-populated Eastern Province. the attackers were
participating in a protest that took place in Qatif late on Friday.
2012 Aug 4, Landlocked South
Sudan said it has a struck a deal with Sudan over the exportation of
oil through Sudan's pipelines. In a statement South Sudan's
government said that it will pay approximately $9.48 a barrel to
transport its fuel through Sudan's pipelines.
2012 Aug 4, In Syria heavy
explosions shook Damascus and helicopters circled overhead as rebels
appeared to be renewing their offensive in the city. The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian television presenter
Mohammed al-Saeed, kidnapped from his Damascus home on July 19, has
been executed. Violence nationwide reportedly killed 205 people, 115
civilians, 38 rebel fighters and 52 soldiers.
(AP, 8/4/12)(AFP, 8/4/12)(AFP, 8/5/12)
2012 Aug 4, In Syria gunmen
snatched a bus filled with 48 Iranian pilgrims from a Damascus
suburb as they headed to visit a shrine holy to Shiites.
2012 Aug 4, Turkish officials
said the military has retired all 40 generals on trial on charges of
plotting to overthrow the Muslim-led government.
(SSFC, 8/5/12, p.A7)
2012 Aug 4, Turkey reported the
defection of another Syrian general, along with five colonels, who
came over the border with a group of refugees.
2012 Aug 4, In south Yemen a
suspected Al-Qaeda suicide bombing in Jaar left 45 people dead. A
suspected US drone strike in the east late in the day and killed
five Al-Qaeda militants.
2012 Aug 4, In southern Zambia
coal miners killed a Chinese mine manager and injured his colleague
in a riot over wages at the Collum Coal mine in Sinazongwe known for
tensions with the Chinese investor.
2012 Aug 5, The LA Times
reported that internal documents from the Boy Scouts of America
reveal more than 125 cases in which men suspected of molestation
allegedly continued to abuse Scouts, despite a blacklist meant to
protect boys from sexual predators.
2012 Aug 5, A gunman opened
fire in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., and killed six people. He
was identified as Army veteran Wade Michael Page (40). Page, a
self-described member of the “Hammerskins Nation” of skinheads, died
after shooting himself in the head during an exchange of gunfire
with a wounded police officer outside the temple.
(AFP, 8/6/12)(SFC, 8/7/12, p.A4)(SFC, 8/9/12,
2012 Aug 5, In Afghanistan NATO
forces killed Sher Mohammad Hakimi, a leader of the Haqqani
insurgent group, in an airstrike in Logar province.
2012 Aug 5, Some 500,000
Angolans flocked to the Catholic shrine of Muxima in the southern
African country's largest pilgrimage.
2012 Aug 5, China’s Xinhua news
reported that authorities have detained nearly 2,000 people in
recent weeks as part of nationwide crackdown on the sale of
(SFC, 8/6/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 5, In Egypt some 35
suspected Islamists attacked a checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula
near Rafah, killing 16 soldiers before stealing two of their
vehicles and bursting through a security fence into Israel. 8
militants were killed by Israeli forces who struck from the air, as
well as with tanks and artillery.
(AP, 8/6/12)(AP, 8/8/12)
2012 Aug 5, Iran appealed for
help from governments with ties to the Syrian opposition in securing
the release of 48 of its nationals seized from a bus in Damascus.
Rebel captors charged that their hostages were Revolutionary Guards.
2012 Aug 5, Iranian state
television broadcast purported confessions by more than a dozen
suspects in connection with the killing of five nuclear scientists
2012 Aug 5, In Ivory Coast
gunmen killed five soldiers in twin attacks on a police station and
an army post in Abidjan's Yopougon district.
2012 Aug 5, In Libya three men
suspected of planning bomb attacks were killed in a sting operation
outside the capital. Armed assailants laid siege to a residence of
Red Cross staff in the western Libyan city of Misrata, causing major
damage to the building.
2012 Aug 5, In Malaysia a
three-year-old girl suffocated in a suspected exorcism ritual. A
court on Aug 17 charged seven family members, including the parents,
over her death.
2012 Aug 5, In Mali radio
presenter Abdoul Malick Maiga was badly beaten by Islamists
occupying the northern town of Gao after he reported on a protest in
which they were stopped from cutting off a thief's hand.
2012 Aug 5, Mexican singer
Chavela Vargas (b.1919) died in Cuernavaca. She defied gender
stereotypes to become one of the most legendary singers in Mexico.
2012 Aug 5, In Myanmar renewed
violence between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya left 3 people dead,
amid growing international concern about the sectarian unrest. The
fighting in western Rakhine state has killed 80 people from both
sides since June.
2012 Aug 5, In northeastern
Nigeria a suicide bomber rammed his car into a military patrol in
the city of Damaturu, killing at least 6 soldiers.
2012 Aug 5, In Pakistan a
suspected militant killed himself, two children and a woman on the
outskirts of Quetta when a bomb in the car he was driving exploded
before he reached his intended target.
2012 Aug 5, A Palestinian man
was killed and another wounded in an Israeli drone strike on Rafah
in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli army confirmed the strike, naming the
wounded man as Ahmed Said Ismail, who "was among those responsible
for the execution of the terror attack adjacent to the Israel-Egypt
border, in which an Israeli civilian was killed, on June 18, 2012."
2012 Aug 5, A key meeting of
Non-Aligned Movement ministers which was to have taken place in the
West Bank was cancelled after Israel denied five of them entry.
Foreign ministers from the 13 countries belonging to NAM's Palestine
Committee were to have signed the so-called "Ramallah Declaration"
in support of a Palestinian bid to upgrade their UN status from
observer to non-member state.
2012 Aug 5, Sudan’s
state-linked media said 2 Sudanese soldiers were killed when the
army moved in to restore order in Darfur’s Kutum town after unrest
that followed the killing in an ambush of a local official.
2012 Aug 5, The Syrian army
pounded rebel positions in second city Aleppo ahead of a threatened
ground assault after boasting its capture of the last rebel-held
district of the capital. General Muhammed Ahmed Faris, a military
aviator who became the first Syrian in space, fled to Turkey.
Alawite film director Bassam Mohieddin (b.1955) was assassinated
near his home on the outskirts of Damascus.
(AFP, 8/5/12)(AFP, 8/7/12)
2012 Aug 5, Turkey’s interior
minister said security forces have killed as many as 115 Kurdish
rebels during a major offensive over the past 2 weeks near the
southeastern town of Semdinli. Rebels fired on military posts in
Hakkari on the Iraq border triggering clashes that left dead 22
rebels, soldiers and village guards.
(AFP, 8/5/12)(SFC, 8/6/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 5, Communist Vietnam’s
first gay pride parade took place in the capital Hanoi with dozens
of cyclists displaying balloons and rainbow flags streaming through
the city's streets.
2012 Aug 6, In the San
Francisco Bay Area a series of explosions and fires tore through a
Chevron’s Richmond refinery.
(SFC, 8/7/12, p.A1)
2012 Aug 6, A US Navy draft
report acknowledged that the SF Bay’s Treasure Island was used as a
repair and salvage operation during the Cold War for ships that may
have been exposed to nuclear testing in the Pacific. In the 1940’sw
a mocked-up training ship, the Pandemonium, was doused with
low-level radioactive material, which sailors washed off.
(SFC, 8/17/12, p.A14)
2012 Aug 6, A mosque in
southwest Missouri burned to the ground in the second fire to hit
the Islamic center in little more than a month, and investigators in
Joplin spent the day combing through the wreckage searching for
evidence of arson.
2012 Aug 6, New York State
Department of Financial Services alleged that Standard Chartered PLC
schemed with the Iranian government to launder $250 billion from
2001 to 2007.
2012 Aug 6, NASA's Mars Science
Laboratory and Curiosity rover landed successfully on the Red
2012 Aug 6, Thousands of fish
were reported dying in the Midwest as the hot, dry summer dries up
rivers and causes water temperatures to climb in some spots to
nearly 100 degrees. About 40,000 shovelnose sturgeon were killed in
Iowa last week as water temperatures reached 97 degrees. Nebraska
fishery officials said they've seen thousands of dead sturgeon,
catfish, carp, and other species in the Lower Platte River. Illinois
biologists said the hot weather has killed tens of thousands of
large- and smallmouth bass and channel catfish. Kansas has seen
declining water levels that pulled younger, smaller game fish away
from the vegetation-rich shore lines and forced them to cluster,
making them easier targets for predators. In South Dakota there have
been reports of isolated fish kills in its manmade lakes on the
2012 Aug 6, In Afghanistan a
bomb strapped to a donkey by Taliban insurgents killed a district
police chief and wounded three others in Charsada, Ghor province.
2012 Aug 6, Britain’s Deputy PM
Nick Clegg announced that the government has dropped plans to
introduce a mainly-elected upper house of parliament, in a serious
blow to the ruling coalition.
2012 Aug 6, Bernard Lovell
(98), founder of Britain’s Jodrell Bank radio telescope, died. Sir
Lovell was knighted in 1961.
(Econ, 8/18/12, p.82)
2012 Aug 6, Cayman Islands
Premier McKeeva Bush scrapped a plan to impose a direct tax on
expatriates working in the British territory, which owes much of its
prosperity to its famed role as a no-tax financial center.
2012 Aug 6, German police
removed anti-capitalist protesters from an Occupy Frankfurt camp set
up almost 10 months ago next to the European Central Bank
(SFC, 8/7/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 6, Greek police said
they have detained some 6,000 people in Athens during weekend
roundups on suspicion that they have entered the country illegally
and will deport more than 1,600 of them to their home countries.
Greece launched an aggressive campaign to try to seal its 200-km
(130-mile) northeastern border, as it faced a debilitating financial
crisis that has caused a swell in joblessness and a surge in racist
attacks against immigrants with dark skin.
(AP, 8/6/12)(AP, 8/22/12)
2012 Aug 6, The Israeli
parliament approved a series of austerity measures presented by
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government to help rein in the
country's growing deficit.
2012 Aug 6, In Ivory Coast a
raid on the Akouedo army base in Abidjan left 7 soldiers and one
2012 Aug 6, Jamaica celebrated
its 50th anniversary of independence from Britain.
(SFC, 8/7/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 6, A Jordanian
official and a rebel spokesman said Syria's PM Riad Hijab has
defected and fled to neighboring Jordan.
2012 Aug 6, Kenyan authorities
charged Dwight Sagaray, the first secretary of Venezuela's embassy,
with the murder of that country's acting ambassador to Kenya. Police
believed the killing was motivated by a battle over embassy
leadership. Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed Hassan, Sagaray's friend and an
alleged co-conspirator, was also charged. Prosecutor Tabitha Ouya
said the two suspects strangled Olga Fonseca Gimenez on the night of
July 26 to 27.
2012 Aug 6, Macau police said
they have arrested 150 people in raids at casinos and hotels across
the Chinese territory following a spate of violence that raised
fears of a revival of gang warfare in the world's most lucrative
2012 Aug 6, Mauritanian
President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz said he will not resign, despite
weeks of protests by the opposition who accuse him of despotism and
2012 Aug 6, In New Zealand
Mount Tongariro spewed ash and rocks for about 30 minutes after a
few weeks of increased seismic activity. It didn't cause any
injuries or damage in the sparsely populated central North Island
2012 Aug 6, In central Nigeria
gunmen opened fire on an evangelical church during a service,
killing at least 19 people in Okene city, Kogi state.
2012 Aug 6, In Pakistan gunmen
killed a truck driver in the Jamrud area of Khyber district over
suspicions that he was transporting supplies for NATO troops in
2012 Aug 6, In the southern
Philippines a breakaway group of Muslim rebels used chainsaws to
launch simultaneous attacks across 11 towns, leaving at least three
2012 Aug 6, Russia launched an
unmanned Proton-M rocked carrying Russian and Indonesian
communications satellites. A secondary booster module failed shortly
after launch from Kazakhstan.
(SFC, 8/8/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 6, In Syria a bomb
ripped through the third floor of the state TV building in Damascus.
At least three people were wounded in the bomb attack targeting the
building which also houses the country's state radio. Rebels claimed
that three of 48 Iranian captives were killed during shelling by
government forces in Damascus and its suburbs.
(AP, 8/6/12)(AP, 8/7/12)
2012 Aug 6, In southeastern
Turkey an overnight blast interrupted oil flow from Iraq. Kurdish
rebels were suspected to be behind the explosions. The blast hit the
Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline in Mardin province close to the border with
Syria. Repairs were expected to take up to 10 days. The oil flow was
reported restored on August 28.
(AFP, 8/6/12)(AFP, 8/28/12)
2012 Aug 6, In Uganda leaders
from 11 countries forming the International Conference on the Great
Lakes Region gathered in Kampala to discuss a new plan calling for a
neutral international force to deploy in eastern Congo to get rid of
all the fighters.
2012 Aug 6, Yemen's Pres. Abed
Rabbo Mansour Hadi issued a decree stripping the ex-president's son
of part of his military command, a measure seen as a step toward
reforming the armed forces. Two drones targeted Al-Qaeda positions
near Rada, in Bayda province.
(AP, 8/6/12)(AFP, 8/6/12)
2012 Aug 7, The US Dept. of
Justice reached a $60 million settlement with Pfizer for violating
the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). This covered similar
offences by Wyeth, which was acquired by Pfizer in 2009.
(Econ, 8/11/12, p.58)
2012 Aug 7, In Arizona Jared
Lee Loughner pleaded guilty to 19 of 49 charges related to the Jan
8, 2011, shootings that killed 6 people and wounded then Rep.
Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others. The government agreed not to seek
the death penalty in the plea deal.
(SFC, 8/8/12, p.A4)
2012 Aug 7, In Louisiana police
found the body of Michaela "Mickey" Shunick. She had been last seen
riding her bicycle from a friend's house early May 19, days before
her 22nd birthday. Eight days later, the bike was found partially
submerged in a swampy area under a highway bridge. Brandon Lavergne
(33), a registered sex offender, has been charged with first-degree
murder and aggravated kidnapping in Shunick's death.
2012 Aug 7, In North Carolina
Academi LLC, formerly knows as Blackwater, agreed to pay $7.5
million to settle federal crime charges related to arms smuggling
and other crimes.
(SFC, 8/8/12, p.A4)
2012 Aug 7, In Texas Marvin
Wilson (54), convicted of killing a police informant, was executed
after the US Supreme Court rejected arguments that he was too
mentally impaired to qualify for the death penalty. Wilson was
convicted of murdering Jerry Williams (21) in November 1992, several
days after police seized 24 grams of cocaine from Wilson's apartment
and arrested him.
2012 Aug 7, DreamWorks
Animation said it plans to build a $3.2 billion "entertainment zone"
in Shanghai, as the US film giant seeks to bolster its presence in
the booming Chinese market.
2012 Aug 7, Shares in Standard
Chartered PLC dropped 22% sharply as investors reacted to US charges
that the bank was involved in laundering money for Iran.
(AP, 8/7/12)(Econ, 8/18/12, p.64)
2012 Aug 7, Judith Crist
(b.1922), American film critic, died at her home in Manhattan.
(SFC, 8/8/12, p.C4)
2012 Aug 7, In Afghanistan an
American soldier was killed when two individuals wearing Afghan
National Army uniforms turned their weapons against ISAF service
members in Paktia province. 9 civilians were killed in a roadside
bomb explosion on the outskirts of Kabul. A suicide truck bomb
attack was launched against a NATO base south of the capital. A
French soldier and around 10 Taliban fighters were killed in an
early morning ambush and subsequent firefight during a joint
operation with the Afghan army in Kapisa province near Kabul.
(AFP, 8/7/12)(AFP, 8/10/12)
2012 Aug 7, Bahrain authorities
charged 15 policemen with mistreating medics during last year's
crackdown on opposition protesters. An independent commission found
3 protesters were shot at close range. Bahrain said in June that 3
police officers would be charged with murder.
2012 Aug 7, Jessica Harper
(50), former security chief of Lloyds Banking Group, pleaded guilty
at Southwark Crown Court in London to taking the money from her
employers using false invoices over a four-year period from 2007 to
2011 and then laundering the cash.
2012 Aug 7, In China Dolkar Kyi
(26) immolated herself at Tso monastery in Kanlho prefecture (Gannan
in Chinese), Gansu province, after chanting slogans calling for the
return of the Dalai Lama.
2012 Aug 7, In Egypt gunmen
opened fire late this night on three security checkpoints around
el-Arish, the capital of North Sinai province. Egypt’s military in
response started a joint military-police ground operation in Sinai,
backed by warplanes, to "restore stability and regain control" of
2012 Aug 7, In Italy official
government statistics showed that the economy contracted by 0.7
percent in the second quarter compared with the previous three
months, shrinking for the fourth quarter in a row.
2012 Aug 7, Hundreds of
tourists evacuated beach resorts along Mexico's Caribbean coast as
Hurricane Ernesto headed toward landfall near Mexico's border with
Belize. It weakened to a tropical storm while moving over land the
2012 Aug 7, In Nigeria
assailants shot at troops on patrol, sparking an exchange of fire
that left two soldiers and two of the gunmen dead in Okene city.
2012 Aug 7, In the Philippines
relentless rains submerged half of Manila, triggered a landslide
that killed 8 people and sent emergency crews scrambling to rescue
and evacuate tens of thousands of residents.
2012 Aug 7, Russia began
hosting a 3-day meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
forum (APEC) on Russky Island, just off the coast of Vladivostok. A
3,100 meter cable bridge to the island was the longest cable bridge
in the world.
(Economist, 9/8/12, p.52)
2012 Aug 7, In Senegal at least
23 people were killed in a collision between a bus and a truck near
the town of Kaffrine.
2012 Aug 7, The Competition
Tribunal of South Africa fined Telkom, the one-time monopoly state
telephone company, with a $54.8 million fine over unfair
2012 Aug 7, South African
officials recorded snowfall across every South African province
except Limpopo. South African Weather Service records show it has
snowed in Johannesburg on only 22 other days in the last 103 years.
The last snow fell there in June 2007.
2012 Aug 7, In Syria total of
225 people, mostly civilians, were reported killed. A Turkish
government official said 1,328 Syrian refugees had crossed the
border by midmorning, nearly double the number of refugees who
reached Turkey a day earlier.
(AFP, 8/8/12)(AP, 8/7/12)
2012 Aug 7, A Turkish
government official said 1,328 Syrian refugees had crossed the
border by midmorning, nearly double the number of refugees who
reached Turkey a day earlier.
2012 Aug 8, In eastern
Afghanistan two suicide attackers hit a NATO patrol, killing 3
American coalition service members and USAID foreign service officer
Ragaei Abdelfattah. Afghan officials added that a civilian was also
killed in the bombing in Kunar province.
(AP, 8/8/12)(AP, 8/10/12)
2012 Aug 8, Belarus ordered
Sweden to close its embassy in Minsk by the end of the month, a move
that comes only days after Belarusian President Alexander
Lukashenko's regime forced the Swedish ambassador out of the
2012 Aug 8, Britain arrested
Spaniard Kemen Uranga Artola (43) in London suspected of being a
member of the Basque separatist group ETA. Media reports said Uranga
is suspected of the murder of a judge, Jose Maria Lidon, who was
killed by an ETA group in 2001.
2012 Aug 8, A spokeswoman for
London’s Olympics organizers (LOCOG) confirmed that 7 competitors
from Cameroon have gone missing at the London Olympics and British
police have been informed.
2012 Aug 8, Chilean police used
water cannons and tear gas to break up a demonstration in Santiago
by thousands of students demanding free education.
(SFC, 8/9/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 8, In eastern China
Typhoon Haikui slammed into in Zhejiang province south of Shanghai,
the country's third in a week, killing at least two people and
causing more than $1 billion in damage.
2012 Aug 8, In CongoDRC 3 elite
troops were killed at an airport at Lubumbashi in a night attack
blamed on regional separatists. A national intelligence agency
source said the attackers were from the same Katangan separatist
group that carried out the earlier assault.
2012 Aug 8, Egypt's state
television reported the military killed 20 militants in
unprecedented air strikes. Egypt said the attackers who killed 16
Egyptian soldiers had help from Gaza. In response Egypt closed its
border crossing and shut down hundreds of smuggling tunnels. Gazans
said the sealing of their territory following a weekend attack by
Islamic militants has sent prices soaring and is leaving hundreds of
medical patients stranded. President Mohammed Morsi fired his
intelligence chief for failing to act on an Israeli warning of an
imminent attack days before militants stormed a border post in the
(AFP, 8/8/12)(AP, 8/8/12)
2012 Aug 8, In Honduras a new
police extortion unit was reported to have received 506 complaints
of extortion involving homes, taxis and businesses in Tegucigalpa in
the first half of this year.
2012 Aug 8, India's struggling
Kingfisher Airlines was forced to cancel more than 30 flights after
pilots and engineers refused to show up for work because of unpaid
2012 Aug 8, In Iraq a car bomb
targeting Shiite Muslims in Al-Tanmiyah village and the shooting of
a lawyer and his family in Baiji left 21 people dead, after Al-Qaeda
warned it would target lawyers and retake territory in a new
2012 Aug 8, Israeli security
forces said Hezbollah militants have smuggled explosives into
northern Israel using a network of drug dealers on either side of
the Lebanese-Israeli border.
2012 Aug 8, A probe ordered by
Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara on the 2010-2011 post-election
crisis found that his forces killed over 700 people and those of
ex-leader Laurent Gbagbo about twice as many.
2012 Aug 8, Libya's first
elected assembly took over power from the transitional council that
has ruled the country since last year's uprising against longtime
dictator Moammar Gadhafi. A timetable called for the new assembly to
name a president within a day and then form a government within 30
days of its first session.
2012 Aug 8, In northern Mali a
man's hand was chopped off as punishment for the theft of a
motorbike in the village of Ansongo.
2012 Aug 8, Myanmar authorities
warned that it was facing a deepening drug crisis after seizing
narcotics including more than 1.4 million amphetamine pills and 116
kilos of heroin in July.
2012 Aug 8, Pakistan's Supreme
Court ordered PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to appear before the panel to
explain why he has not followed instructions from its judges to
reopen an old corruption case against the president.
2012 Aug 8, In the Philippines
more than one million people in and around Manila battled deadly
floods amid relentless monsoon rains, with neck-deep waters trapping
slum dwellers and the wealthy on roofs.
2012 Aug 8, Russian prosecutors
said a reclusive sect in Kazan, Tatarstan, that literally went
underground to stop contact with the outside world, kept 27 children
in dark and unheated cells, many of them for more than a decade. The
children have been freed and the parents charged with child abuse.
Child abuse charges were brought against members of the sect and
leader Faizrakhman Satarov (83), who declared himself a Muslim
prophet in contradiction with the principles of Islam, has also been
charged with negligence.
2012 Aug 8, In South Africa
Mziwamadoda Qwabe (27), one of the men accused of killing Swedish
honeymooner Anni Dewani, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25
years in prison in a plea deal. South Africa was still awaiting the
extradition of the victim's British husband Shrien Dewani, who is
accused of masterminding the November 2010 killing in a murder set
up to look like a botched carjacking. On Aug 15 Xolile Mngeni, named
by Qwabe as the gunman, denied charges of murder, kidnapping,
robbery and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. On Nov
19 Mngeni was convicted of premeditated murder. In October, 2014,
Mngeni died in a hospital unit of a Cape Town prison. He had been
diagnosed in 2011 with brain cancer.
(AFP, 8/8/12)(AFP, 8/15/12)(AP, 11/19/12)(AP,
2012 Aug 8, In South Africa at
least two people died and two went missing as heavy snow and rain
battered the southeast.
2012 Aug 8, Syrian troops
launched a broad ground assault on rebel-held areas of Aleppo and
activists reported clashes as opposition forces fought back.
Turkey's state-run news agency reported that some 2,400 people
crossed into Turkey overnight to escape the escalating violence.
Residents said Syrian fighter jets launched airstrikes on Tel Rifat,
hitting a home and a high school and killing six people from one
family. The Observatory said violence across Syria cost the lives of
at least 167 people -- 95 civilians, 54 soldiers and 18 rebels.
(AP, 8/8/12)(AFP, 8/9/12)(AP, 8/9/12)
2012 Aug 8, In Uganda regional
leaders ended a meeting on a proposed neutral force for eastern
CongoDRC, with no concrete progress but a pledge to meet in a month.
2012 Aug 9, The US Postal
Service reported losses of $57 million per day in the last quarter
and warned it will miss another payment due to the US Treasury. A
week earlier it defaulted on a payment for future retiree health
(SFC, 8/10/12, p.A5)
2012 Aug 9, In Florida Broward
County Sheriff's deputies arrested Michael (46) and Margaret Pollara
(70). The mother and son stole more than $2 million in expensive
toys by stashing them inside the boxes of cheaper products that they
bought at Toys R Us stores across the US, then sold the big-ticket
2012 Aug 9, A NASA test model
planetary lander crashed seconds after liftoff from Kennedy Space
Center in Florida.
(SFC, 8/10/12, p.A5)
2012 Aug 9, Google agreed to
pay a record $22.5 million to settle allegations by the US Federal
Trade Commission that it breached Apple’s Safari Internet browser,
allowing it to secretly track Web surfers using Safari.
(SFC, 8/10/12, p.D1)
2012 Aug 9, The US for the
first time began a $43 million cleanup up dioxin from Agent Orange
that was stored at its former Danang military base, now part of
2012 Aug 9, An Afghan soldier
turned his weapon on NATO allies in Laghman province. No ISAF
soldiers were killed as they returned fire, killing the attacker.
2012 Aug 9, Cambodian PM Hun
Sen said allowing the construction of a spate of border casinos was
part of a "secret strategy" to protect the country's territory from
2012 Aug 9, In China Gu Kailai,
the wife of disgraced politician Bo Xilai, said she lured a British
businessman Neil Heywood to a hotel in the southwestern mega-city of
Chongqing, where she got him drunk and poisoned him.
2012 Aug 9, In Egypt a massive
power cut hit large parts of Cairo, home to some 18 million people,
halting much of its metro service and delaying trading on the stock
2012 Aug 9, Guinea’s health
ministry said an outbreak of cholera has killed 60 people since
February and is showing no signs of letting up.
2012 Aug 9, Iran hosted a
29-nation conference on Syria with the aim of stopping bloodshed
there and forging a role for Tehran as peace-broker for its
beleaguered Arab ally.
2012 Aug 9, In Iraq two
roadside bombs exploded in a market in Al-Wehda area south of
Baghdad, killing two people and wounding 19 others. Gunmen armed
with silenced weapons killed a member of the Sahwa anti-Qaeda
militia in northern Baghdad.
2012 Aug 9, Madagascar's Pres.
Andry Rajoelina and ousted leader Marc Ravalomanana left the
Seychelles, after failing to strike a deal in talks aimed at ending
3 years of political crisis.
2012 Aug 9, Mexico's Supreme
Court moved to turn military human rights violations over to
civilian courts, a blow to a military justice system accused of
covering up cases of soldiers abusing, torturing and executing
citizens during a six-year government offensive against drug
2012 Aug 9, In northern Mexico
police found the bodies of 14 men stuffed into a sport utility
vehicle near a gas station in San Luis Potosi city and hours later a
shootout between soldiers and gunmen killed three people in the same
city. Gunmen hung two men from a bridge in Monterrey and shot them
to death while horrified motorists watched. Attackers armed with
assault rifles killed seven men drinking at a sports field in
2012 Aug 9, Tropical Storm
Ernesto made land fall near Mexico’s port city of Coatzacoalcos,
killing 7 people as it moved inland in the southern Gulf region.
(SFC, 8/10/12, p.A4)(SFC, 8/11/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 9, Local media said
Nepal has banned women under 30 from travelling to Gulf countries to
work following reports of widespread sexual abuse and exploitation.
2012 Aug 9, In the Philippines
officials said troops backed by helicopters have started an
offensive on two strongholds of the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic
Freedom Movement in southern Maguindanao province.
(SFC, 8/10/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 9, In South Africa 9
members of a vigilante group guarding against cattle theft were shot
dead in and some 30 were missing after a revenge attack by
2012 Aug 9, Syrian rebels
staged what they called a "tactical withdrawal" as regime forces
advanced into a key district of Aleppo. Pres. Assad appointed health
minister Wael al-Halqi as his new premier following the defection
this week of Riad Hijab. At least 191 people killed nationwide --
107 civilians, 45 rebels and 39 soldiers.
(AFP, 8/9/12)(AFP, 8/10/12)
2012 Aug 9, Tunisian police
fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a protest in the
central town of Sidi Bouzid, birthplace of last year's revolution,
as hundreds of demonstrators demanded the resignation of the
2012 Aug 9, In Turkey 2
roadside bombs struck a bus carrying troops to a navy base, killing
one soldier and wounding 11 people on the outskirts of the Aegean
resort town of Foca.
2012 Aug 10, The Obama
administration set new, largely symbolic, sanctions on Syria's
state-run oil company and the Hezbollah militant group, moves
designed to underscore Iran's key role in propping up the Syrian
regime over the span of its civil war.
2012 Aug 10, Columnist and TV
host Fareed Zakaria apologized for lifting several paragraphs by
another writer for use in his column in Time magazine. His column
has been suspended for a month.
2012 Aug 10, A federal jury in
San Diego found 2 former Border Patrol agents guilty of smuggling
for money hundreds of people into the US.
(SFC, 8/11/12, p.A4)
2012 Aug 10, US Army Pfc. Naser
Jason Abdo, a Muslim, was sentenced to life in federal prison for
collecting bomb-making material to carry out an attack on a Texas
restaurant full of Fort Hood troops.
(SFC, 8/11/12, p.A4)
2012 Aug 10, In southern
Afghanistan two Afghans, including a policeman, shot and killed six
US service members in separate attacks in Helmand province.
Elsewhere in Helmand province six Afghan civilians were killed when
their car hit a roadside bomb.
(AP, 8/10/12)(AP, 8/11/12)
2012 Aug 10, Argentina’s
national statistics agency, INDEC, declared that a family of
four should be considered above the poverty level if its monthly
food bill exceeded 688 pesos, or about 6 pesos per person per day. A
study by the Univ. of Buenos Aires had put the minimum daily budget
for a healthy diet at 24 pesos per person.
(Economist, 9/8/12, p.36)
2012 Aug 10, In northeast
Bangladesh at least 13 Muslim worshippers were killed and 15 hurt
when lightning struck a mosque in a remote village as they held
special Ramadan prayers.
2012 Aug 10, Britain's
government, meanwhile, said it was offering 5 million pounds (US$7.8
million) to Syria's rebel forces to pay for communications equipment
and medical supplies in an effort to bolster ties with the Syrian
opposition. World powers were set to name veteran Algerian diplomat
Lakhdar Brahimi (78) as their new envoy to seek a peaceful and
politically workable end to a 17-month uprising that has cost more
than 21,000 lives.
(AP, 8/10/12)(AFP, 8/10/12)
2012 Aug 10, Manchester United
PLC raised some $233 million as its shares sold for $14 on the NYSE.
The IPO represented 10% of the Glazer family’s ownership.
(SFC, 8/11/12, p.D2)
2012 Aug 10, Four Chinese
police officers admitted in court to covering up the killing of a
British businessman to protect Gu Kailai, the wife of a senior
politician charged with his murder. The officers covered up her
involvement in Neil Heywood's death by "forging interview scripts
and hiding evidence," agreeing to say he died of excessive alcohol
2012 Aug 10, Egyptian troops
stormed a house in Sheik Zweid, close to Rafah border crossing with
Gaza Strip, and caught 9 Islamic militants while they were asleep.
Gunmen attacked a checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula overnight,
causing no casualties, as the army massed troops to quell
increasingly deadly Islamist militants.
(AP, 8/10/12)(AFP, 8/10/12)
2012 Aug 10, In Iraq a bombing
against a police patrol in Diyala province killed 3 policemen. In
Anbar province city councilman Nabil Shaaker was killed and two of
his brothers wounded when gunmen fired on their car.
2012 Aug 10, The Italian
government announced a shake-up of the judiciary aimed at reducing
(Econ, 8/18/12, p.50)
2012 Aug 10, In Libya gunmen
shot dead army general and high-ranking defense ministry official
Mohamed Hadia in the eastern city of Benghazi. He was one of the
first officers to defect and join the opposition during last year's
revolution that ousted Moamer Kadhafi.
2012 Aug 10, Mexican police
found eight decomposing bodies inside a car abandoned by a waterpark
in Fresnillo, Zacatecas state. 5 gunmen were killed during a clash
with federal police in the western state of Michoacan.
2012 Aug 10, Moroccan
government sources said an unspecified number of security officials
accused of corruption on its northern coast have been arrested as
part of a judicial inquiry ordered by the king.
2012 Aug 10, Pakistan's central
bank cut its benchmark interest rate from 12 percent to 10.5
percent, effective Aug 13, as it looked to encourage private sector
2012 Aug 10, South African
protesters calling for better government services shut down a
national highway leading into top tourist city Cape Town where they
hurled a petrol bomb at police officers, blocked roads and set tires
2012 Aug 10, South Korea’s
Pres. Lee Myung-bak visited islets, locally called Dokdo, also
claimed by Japan, where they are called Takeshima.
(SFC, 8/11/12, p.A3)
2012 Aug 10, Syrian government
forces fought rebels outside Damascus and in Aleppo as more
civilians streamed across the border into neighboring Turkey. Rebels
operating in the town abducted a pro-government TV crew in al-Tal
suburb just north of Damascus. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
said at least six people were killed in heavy shelling on al-Tal. At
least 103 people were reported killed nationwide, including 55
(AP, 8/10/12)(AP, 8/11/12)(AFP, 8/11/12)
2012 Aug 10, Zanzibar's Vice
President Seif Ali Iddi told the island's parliament the authorities
had investigated and confirmed "that 36 crude oil tankers and
container ships flying the Tanzania flag are indeed from Iran."
2012 Aug 10, The UN said that
25,000 people have been displaced in Sudan's Darfur region after
unrest that began 10 days ago with the killing of a government
2012 Aug 10, In Vietnam a Hanoi
court convicted blogger Le Thanh Tung (44) of "propaganda against
the state" by over Internet articles for the banned Vietnam Freedom
and Democracy Movement.
2012 Aug 10, In Yemen a member
of Al-Qaeda was killed when he tried to escape from a jail
controlled by the Popular Resistance Committees in Zinjibar.
Militiamen searching a house in Jaar discovered a bomb-making
factory and seized a number of explosives belts. Two soldiers were
killed and three others hurt when gunmen ambushed their vehicle in a
desert region of the eastern province of Hadramawt.
2012 Aug 11, Mitt Romney
announced he's selected Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his vice
presidential running mate.
(SSFC, 8/12/12, p.A7)
2012 Aug 11, NYC police shot
and killed Darrius Kennedy (51). They said he lunged at them with a
knife in a confrontation that began in Times Square and drew
officers and spectators on a chase that ended with shots fired near
one of New York's most crowded tourist areas. Two officers fired 12
rounds hitting him with at least 7 shots.
(AP, 8/12/12)(SFC, 8/13/12, p.A5)
2012 Aug 11, Wiki-Leaks said it
has been the victim of a sustained denial-of-service attack, leaving
its website sluggish or inaccessible for over a week.
(SFC, 8/13/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 11, In southwestern
Afghanistan a member of the Afghan National Police opened fire at
his colleagues at a checkpoint in Nimroz province, killing 11 of his
fellow policemen before being killed in an ensuing gunbattle. A
Taliban attack on a police checkpoint sparked a gunbattle that left
two police officers and two Afghan civilians dead in Kandahar
province. Security forces arrested 4 Afghans and a Pakistani in
Kabul, foiling an insurgent plot.
(AP, 8/11/12)(AP, 8/12/12)(SFC, 8/13/12,
2012 Aug 11, In Bosnia Tarik
Bijelic (6) was buried. He had been hit by a land mine as he
scavenged in the forest for firewood to help his family make ends
meet. Under an international treaty, Bosnia was supposed to be free
of mines by 2009. It has quietly obtained another decade to clear an
estimated 1,300 remaining square km (500 square miles) of mine
2012 Aug 11, British police
investigating the disappearance of Tia Sharp (12) were holding her
grandmother, Christine Sharp (46), and two others after a body was
found in south London. The girl was said to have gone missing after
leaving the house to visit a nearby shopping center on August 3.
Stuart Hazell (37), the grandmother's boyfriend, was charged with
(AFP, 8/11/12)(AFP, 8/12/12)
2012 Aug 11, The International
Boxing Association (AIBA) said it has begun legal action after the
BBC repeated the previous evening that boxing medals could be bought
at London 2012. The BBC had repeated an allegation first made in a
Newsnight documentary last September that around $10m had been paid
from Azerbaijan to boxing authorities in return for two golds.
2012 Aug 11, Egypt's official
news agency said Qatar has granted Egypt a $2 billion loan to help
the country's flagging economy.
2012 Aug 11, Gabon's main
opposition leader Andre Mba Obame arrived in Libreville after 14
months in France, saying the International Criminal Court would look
into a 2009 "massacre" at Port-Gentil.
2012 Aug 11, In northern India
at least 52 people were killed and 45 injured when a heavily
overloaded bus plunged into a gorge near Chamba town in Himachal
2012 Aug 11, In northwest Iran
hundreds of villages were flattened by twin earthquakes (magnitude
6.4 and 6.3), leaving 306 dead and 3,037 injured. Around half the
600 villages located in the zone were damaged or destroyed.
(AFP, 8/12/12)(AFP, 8/13/12)
2012 Aug 11, Italian police
raided an underground passageway in Rome, built during the era of
Benito Mussolini, and seized a sprawling marijuana farm with a crop
valued at an estimated $3.7 million.
(SFC, 8/15/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 11, Jubilant Mexicans
celebrated their 2-1 Olympic gold medal soccer win over powerhouse
Brazil, marking Mexico's first ever Olympic soccer gold medal.
2012 Aug 11, In Morocco
hundreds of activists took to the streets of the main cities to
protest against corruption, the high cost of living and other causes
2012 Aug 11, Syrian forces
pounded a suburb of the capital Damascus with mortars and artillery
shells, a day after rebels operating in the town abducted a
pro-government TV crew. Two Syrian journalists were killed in
Damascus. A bus was attacked in a Damascus suburb, killing six
passengers traveling from the central province of Hama. 15 civilians
were killed in shelling and clashes in the town of Al-Tal. , the
Observatory said they were among 148 people killed across Syria --
85 civilians, 20 rebels and 43 soldiers.
(AP, 8/11/12)(AP, 8/12/12)(AFP, 8/12/12)
2012 Aug 11, Two women tied the
knot in Taiwan's first same-sex Buddhist wedding, a move rights
groups hope will help make the island become the first place in Asia
to legalize gay marriage.
2012 Aug 12, The US Navy USS
Porter, a guided-missile destroyer, was left with a gaping hole on
one side after it collided with the Japanese-owned,
Panamanian-flagged bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan just outside the
strategic Strait of Hormuz.
(AP, 8/12/12)(AP, 8/13/12)
2012 Aug 12, In Louisiana the
Bayou Corne sinkhole opened up. It stretched 325 feet across,
guzzled water from adjacent swamps and belched methane from beneath
the surface. By late 2013 it had expanded to 25 acres and continued
to grow. The Napoleonville salt dome, 700 feet below Bayou Corne,
had been used to store propane, butane and natural gas and to make
salt water for chemical factories in the area. The collapse of a
cavern wall was believed to cause the formation of Bayou
(SSFC, 9/29/13, p.A17)
2012 Aug 12, Joe Kubert,
American comic artist and teacher, died in New Jersey. He drew
figures in “Sgt. Rock,” “The Haunted Tank” and Enemy Ace.” In 1976
Kubert and his wife founded the Kubert School, the nation’s only
accredited trade school for comic book artists.
(SFC, 8/16/12, p.C4)
2012 Aug 12, Ruggiero Ricci
(b.1918), SF-born violin virtuoso, died at his home in Palm Springs.
(SFC, 8/13/12, p.C3)
2012 Aug 12, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed district government chief
Faridullah Niazi and three of his bodyguards in Laghman province.
2012 Aug 12, Bahrain sentenced
a 19-year-old man two-years in jail for defaming one of the Prophet
Muhammad's wives. The court heard how the unnamed man "posted filthy
and depraved comments" on a website that slandered Muhammad's wife
2012 Aug 12, Marathon man
Stephen Kiprotich delivered Uganda's second ever Olympics gold
medal, celebrating victory in the shadow of Buckingham Palace as the
curtain slowly dropped on the 2012 Games. Uganda’s last gold medal
came 40 years ago when 400m hurdler John Akii-Bua struck gold at the
Munich Games. The closing ceremony was billed as a diverse "Symphony
of British Music."
2012 Aug 12, Egypt's President
Morsi announced a surprise decision to retire the defense minister
and chief of staff and seize back the powers the military grabbed
from his office. Security forces killed 6 suspected militants during
raids on hideouts in two villages in northern Sinai. They seized
landmines, an anti-aircraft missile, heavy machine-guns and
grenades. Separately 3 policemen were killed and four others injured
when their car turned over while chasing a group of criminals in
2012 Aug 12, In Iraq twin
bombings and a shooting in and around Baghdad killed five people,
including three Iraqi policemen.
2012 Aug 12, In Italy Hundreds
of Wind Jet airline passengers became stranded due to the failure of
Alitalia's deal to purchase the Sicily-based low-cost carrier.
2012 Aug 12, In Kenya three
Russian-made Mi-24 combat helicopters from Uganda went down in a
remote mountainous region. One was found a day later, with all seven
servicemen on board rescued. 3 soldiers were later confirmed dead in
another crash. 8 surviving Ugandan servicemen were found on Aug 14.
The helicopters were flying to Somalia to support African Union
troops battling Shebab insurgents linked to Al-Qaeda.
(AFP, 8/14/12)(AP, 8/15/12)
2012 Aug 12, In Mali up to
60,000 people gathered for a giant peace rally in Bamako. The
country was split in two after Islamists wrested control of the vast
desert north following a March coup in the capital Bamako.
2012 Aug 12, In Mexico gunmen
shot dead Matehuala, San Luis Potosi state, Mayor-elect Edgar
Morales Perez and aide Francisco Hernandez Colunga as they returned
from a birthday party.
(SFC, 8/13/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 12, In Nigeria a
senior officer said troops killed 20 suspected Boko Haram Islamists
in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, an account quickly denied by
the militant group. Military commander Victor Ebhaleme said one
soldier had been killed and two others injured in the raid.
Suspected Islamists attacked a military patrol in the northeastern
city of Damaturu.
2012 Aug 12, In South Africa
violent clashes broke out at the mine run by Lonmin, the world's
third largest platinum producer, in a battle for dominance between
the leading National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the smaller
Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU). 8 people
were killed in the clashes. The next day two police officers,
responding to the clashes, were hacked to death. In 2015 South
African prosecutors charged 17 miners with murder over the killing
of 10 people during a violent wildcat strike at Lonmin's Marikana
(AFP, 8/14/12)(Reuters, 10/21/15)
2012 Aug 12, In South Africa
Bulelani Mabhayi (39) was arrested after an elderly woman was
founded hacked to death the night before in the Eastern Cape village
of Tholeni. He was being charged with a string of unresolved rapes
and murders in the village where 19 women have been slain since
2012 Aug 12, Spain’s regional
governments reported 10 wildfires raging across the country,
including fires on the Canary islands of La Gomera and Tenerife.
2012 Aug 12, The Syrian army
pressed its assault on rebels in commercial capital Aleppo, while
both sides reported atrocities and Arab foreign ministers postponed
a planned meeting on the 17-month conflict.
2012 Aug 12, UN chief Ban
Ki-moon announced an initiative to protect oceans from pollution and
over-fishing and to combat rising sea levels which threaten hundreds
of millions of the world's people, marking the 30th anniversary of
the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
2012 Aug 13, US Interior Sec.
Ken Salazar announced the first comprehensive plan to manage the
national petroleum reserve in Alaska, allowing new drilling on half
of the nearly 23-million-acre reserve, while putting the rest off
(SFC, 8/14/12, p.A4)
2012 Aug 13, In Texas Thomas A.
Caffall III (35), a man facing eviction, opened fire on police
officers and bystanders near the Texas A&M University campus,
killing two and wounding four before being shot to death by police.
Constable Brian Bachmann was shot dead while trying to serve a court
(AP, 8/13/12)(SSFC, 8/19/12, p.A12)
2012 Aug 13, Google said it
will cut some 4,000 jobs at its Motorola Mobility Holdings unit,
which it bought just months ago for some $12.5 billion.
(SFC, 8/14/12, p.D1)
2012 Aug 13, Helen Gurley Brown
(b.1922), former editor in chief Cosmopolitan magazines’ 64 int’l.
editions, died in NYC. She authored the bestseller “Sex and the
Single Girl” (1962).
(SFC, 8/14/12, p.A5)
2012 Aug 13, In Afghanistan a
remote-controlled roadside bomb exploded killing 5 people, including
provincial peace councilor Mohammad Hashim and Abdul Aziz, the mayor
of Ishkamesh district, Takhar province. Insurgent gunmen also
attacked the convoy of the same district's police chief and chief
administrator, sparking a battle on the road. 2 Taliban gunmen were
killed in the fighting and another was captured. An Afghan policeman
opened fire on NATO forces and Afghan soldiers in Nangarhar province
in the fifth attack reported in a week by Afghan security forces on
their international partners. No coalition service members were
killed. At least one Afghan intelligence agent was wounded and the
2012 Aug 13, Australia's PM
Gillard announced a sharp reversal in her government's policy on
asylum seekers, saying it will introduce legislation allowing their
deportation to the poor Pacific nations of Papua New Guinea and
Nauru to face lengthy stays in detention camps.
2012 Aug 13, The Olympic flag
touched down on Brazilian soil, marking the start of four years of
preparations ahead of the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.
2012 Aug 13, British energy
group BP said that it has agreed to sell its Carson refinery in
California to US peer Tesoro Corporation for $2.5 billion (2.02
billion euros) as part of its ongoing restructuring. BP also said
that Eagle Rock Energy Partners is paying $227.5 million in cash for
the Sunray and Hemphill gas processing plants in Texas.
2012 Aug 13, In far west China
a Kirti monk named Lungtok and another man, identified as Tashi, set
themselves alight in Sichuan province's Aba prefecture. Police beat
a Tibetan man to death during a clash that broke out after the two
Tibetans set themselves on fire.
2012 Aug 13, CongoDRC’s sports
ministry said a judoka and three coaches from its Olympic delegation
have gone missing after leaving the Athletes' Village at the London
2012 Aug 13, In northeast
CongoDRC a landslide at a gold mine in remote Pangoyi left at least
60 people dead.
2012 Aug 13, In northern France
months of tension between police and young people exploded in
Amiens, with dozens of youths facing off against riot officers in a
night of violence. Some 17 officers were injured after more than 200
riot police were stationed to the area.
(AP, 8/14/12)(AP, 8/15/12)
2012 Aug 13, Germany’s Munich
Re, the world's largest reinsurer, said it has acquired three wind
parks in Britain as part of a 2.5-billion-euro ($3.0-billion)
investment in renewable energies.
2012 Aug 13, In Hong Kong HSBC
won a legal bid to clear out anti-capitalist protesters from a
public space below the bank's Asian headquarters in the southern
Chinese financial center. A judge ruled that the activists must
leave by 9 p.m. on Aug 27.
2012 Aug 13, A government
spokesman says Iraq has asked French oil giant Total S.A. to choose
between working with the self-ruled northern Kurdish region or to
quit developing one of the major oil fields in southern Iraq.
2012 Aug 13, Dutch sailors
taking part in NATO's pirate-busting operation Ocean Shield helped
rescue the crew of a Somali dhow hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of
2012 Aug 13, In south-eastern
Senegal police fired teargas at stone-throwing demonstrators,
injuring one person as protests erupted over the death of a
deaf-mute youth in police custody.
2012 Aug 13, In Spain 2
firefighters died over the last 24 hours from injuries sustained in
battling a wildfire in the eastern province of Alicante, while
hundreds were evacuated by boat to escape a fire raging on the
Canary Island of La Gomera.
2012 Aug 13, Julius Baer Group,
a Swiss private banking group, said it has agreed to pay 860 million
francs ($879 million) to buy Bank of America Corp.'s Merrill Lynch
wealth management operations outside the United States.
2012 Aug 13, Syria's top
representative at the UN Human Rights Council said he has defected.
Activists released a video which they claim shows a government
Soviet-made MiG warplane catching fire apparently after it was hit
by ground fire over the eastern province of Deir el-Zour. State-run
media said the pilot ejected from the warplane after technical
failure. Regime forces bombarded rebel strongholds around Damascus
and launched a mass raid in the historic heart of the capital. The
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 160 people were killed
nationwide. Gunmen abducted the correspondent of Iran's
Arabic-language TV al-Alam in the central city of Homs.
(AP, 8/13/12)(AFP, 8/13/12)(AP, 8/14/12)
2012 Aug 13, A Syrian rebel
group kidnapped Hassan al-Muqdad, accusing him of being a sniper and
a member of Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah. American
freelance journalist Austin Tice (31), a former US
Marine, disappeared in Syria.
(AFP, 8/15/12)(AP, 11/12/12)
2012 Aug 13, Abdallah Kombo,
the director of the Zanzibar Maritime Authority (ZMA), said it was
"cheated" by its Dubai-based agent Philtex Corporation, which is
alleged to have reflagged the Iranian vessels. Maritime Transport
Minister Rashid Suleiman Seif said The government in Zanzibar, a
semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, will deregister Iranian oil
tankers flying its flag to dodge sanctions.
2012 Aug 13, A Vatican judge
ordered Paolo Gabriele (45), the pope's butler, and fellow lay
employee Claudio Sciarpelletti (48) to stand trial for allegedly
pilfering documents from Pope Benedict XVI's private apartment. The
scandal has embarrassed the Vatican and exposed infighting and
alleged corruption at the highest levels.
2012 Aug 13, Zambia's main
opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, was arrested and charged with
publishing false information after he claimed on June 11 that ruling
party youth were being trained by Sudanese militia.
2012 Aug 14, The Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation announced the winners of its $100,000
Reinventing the Toilet Challenge. The winning toilet was developed
by Michael Hoffman of the California Institute of Technology.
(Economist, 9/1/12, TQ p.10)
2012 Aug 14, In California
William Howard of Danville, a law enforcement whistleblower, was
relieved from duty. He had cooperated in building a criminal case
against former Deputy Sheriff Stephen Tanabe (49), who was indicted
for making “dirty DUI arrests.” Howard said his dismissal was
retaliation for breaking the police code of silence. On Sep 3, 2013,
Tanabe was convicted for his role in the DUI arrests. On Feb 19,
2014, Tanabe was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison.
(SFC, 8/18/12, p.A1)(SFC, 9/4/13, p.A8)(SFC,
2012 Aug 14, Remy Charlip (83),
dancer and author of 38 children’s books, died in San Francisco. He
was one of the co-founders of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
(SFC, 8/18/12, p.C4)
2012 Aug 14, In Afghanistan
suicide attacks involving as many as 14 bombers killed at least 27
people in Nimroz province. Police killed and captured several of
them. A separate market bombing in Kunduz province, killed 10
people, including five children. In the east a car hit a roadside
bomb killing 4 children in Paktika province. The day’s death toll
reached 50 including 11 police and 39 civilians. At least 110 people
were wounded in all the attacks.
(AP, 8/14/12)(AP, 8/15/12)
2012 Aug 14, Argentine
prosecutors put former president Fernando de la Rua (1999-2001) on
trial for bribery, accusing him of bribing senators for votes in
2000 to weaken worker protections. De la Rua was found innocent on
Dec 23, 2013.
(AP, 8/14/12)(SFC, 12/24/13, p.A2)
2012 Aug 14, In Argentina the
world’s largest tango festival opened for a 2-week run in Buenos
(SFC, 8/15/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 14, In Argentina
subways began rolling again in Buenos Aires after union leaders
suspended a 10-day strike, but their tentative deal depends on an
unresolved power struggle between the mayor and the president.
2012 Aug 14, In Botswana the
world's leading producer of diamonds De Beers began rough stone
sorting, a first step in its transfer from London to Gaborone.
2012 Aug 14, Britain’s Standard
Chartered settled allegations that it helped Iranian clients dodge
US sanctions, announcing a fine of $340 million from a New York
banking watchdog. Standard Chartered also agreed to house a
government anti-laundering monitor for two years at its New York
2012 Aug 14, Britain’s Office
for National Statistics said consumer price inflation inched up to
2.6 percent from 2.4 percent in June as prices for airfares soared
and clothing retailers reined in seasonal discounts.
2012 Aug 14, Chilean police
broke up protests by students, who had taken control of several high
schools in Santiago, demanding free education.
(SFC, 8/15/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 14, Chinese police
killed a fugitive armed robber and suspected serial killer dubbed
China's most dangerous man, ending a huge manhunt. Zhou Kehua (42),
suspected of killing nine people, spent eight years on the run
before being shot dead in Chongqing.
2012 Aug 14, Egyptian Cabinet
ministers and World Bank officials signed off on a $200 million
project aimed at creating 250,000 jobs after more than a year of
slow economic growth.
2012 Aug 14, Egypt's security
forces exchanged fire with militants in the Sinai peninsula, as the
military continued its campaign against Islamists in the lawless
2012 Aug 14, Egypt opened its
border with Hamas-ruled Gaza for a 3-day period ahead of a major
Muslim holiday this weekend, but imposed tight restrictions on who
can travel and did not say whether it would resume normal border
operations. From its side, Hamas also temporarily prevented access
to the illegal underground tunnels in a show of goodwill toward
2012 Aug 14, Malaysia's PM
Najib Razak said he would review a legal amendment that critics
claim threatens free expression online after they staged a one-day
"Internet blackout." NGOs, bloggers and opposition politicians
staged the protest earlier in the day by replacing their homepages
with black screens featuring messages attacking the new section of
the Evidence Act, which went into effect in April despite widespread
2012 Aug 14, In northern
Nigeria 3 people were killed in a bomb blast on a Kaduna road
leading to a mosque where a cleric had condemned the Islamist
militant group Boko Haram.
2012 Aug 14, Nigerian officials
said flooding in central Plateau state caused by heavy rains has
killed at least 33 people, with many others still missing, while
also destroying homes, bridges and farmland.
(AFP, 8/14/12)(AP, 8/15/12)
2012 Aug 14, In Senegal 7
people including a baby died as heavy rains pounded the capital
Dakar, causing partial home collapses.
2012 Aug 14, Svetozar Gligoric
(89), a legendary Serbian and Yugoslav chess grandmaster, died in
Belgrade. He was the national champion 12 times and one of the
world's top players in the 20th century.
2012 Aug 14, In Syria activists
reported clashes and shelling in the northern city of Aleppo,
southern province of Daraa, suburbs of Damascus and the northwestern
region of Idlib. Syria's PM Riad Hijab, who defected to the
opposition, said that Bashar Assad's regime was near collapse and
urged other political and military leaders to tip the scales and
join the rebel side. In a video, said to have been released by
rebels and aired by Arab satellite TV Al-Arabiya, a man identifies
himself as Hassane Salim al-Mikdad, and says he was one of 1,500
Hezbollah fighters sent to Syria on Aug 3.
2012 Aug 14, UN humanitarian
chief Valerie Amos arrived in Syria to address the "deteriorating
humanitarian situation" in the conflict-ravaged country and discuss
ways of scaling-up relief efforts.
2012 Aug 14, In Tunisia
hundreds of protesters demonstrated against the ruling Islamist
party during a general strike in Sidi Bouzid, hub of the 2011
2012 Aug 14, In Vietnam
hundreds of villagers stormed a local government office overnight,
smashing furniture and seriously injuring two officials in
connection with a land dispute.
2012 Aug 14, In Yemen troops
from the elite Republican Guard force, led by the son of ousted
president Saleh, attacked the headquarters of the defense ministry
in Sanaa. The clashes killed one attacker, two ministry guards and
2012 Aug 15, A US federal
government policy to stop deporting law-abiding undocumented
immigrants under age 30 who arrived in the country before age 16
took effect. Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer issued an order
barring illegal immigrants who qualify for temporary legal status in
the United States from receiving any state or local public benefits,
including driver’s licenses. The action was a response to relaxed
deportation rules issued by the Obama administration. On July
7, 2014, the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals said Arizona’s police
is discriminatory and ordered the state to issue licenses.
(SFC, 6/16/12, p.A1)(Reuters, 8/15/12)(SFC,
2012 Aug 15, Raymond Roth (47)
of Massapequa, NY, was taken into custody for faking a drowning to
collect as much as $400,000 in life insurance.
(SFC, 8/16/12, p.A6)
2012 Aug 15, Texas authorities
said the state is battling an outbreak of the West Nile virus, with
17 deaths blamed on the mosquito-borne disease.
2012 Aug 15, Astronomers using
NASA’s Chandra X-Ray telescope reported the discovery of a galaxy
cluster, nicknamed Phoenix, that creates 740 stars a year. It was
estimated to be 6 billion years old.
(SFC, 8/16/12, p.A7)
2012 Aug 15, In eastern
Afghanistan 2 grenades exploded inside a mosque compound during
morning prayers in Khost province, wounding at least 9 worshippers.
2012 Aug 15, In southern
Algeria 3 armed Islamists, including a senior member of Al-Qaeda in
the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) thought to be close to its leader, were
arrested. Necib Tayeb, one of the oldest members of Al-Qaeda's north
African branch, headed its so-called "judicial committee" and had
been wanted since 1995.
2012 Aug 15, Australia highest
court upheld the world's toughest law on cigarette promotion, which
prohibits tobacco companies from displaying their logos on cigarette
packs. Starting in December, packs will instead come in a uniformly
drab shade of olive and feature graphic health warnings and images
of cancer-riddled mouths, blinded eyeballs and sickly children.
2012 Aug 15, In Australia
Charles Zentai (90) won a legal battle against extradition to
Hungary, in a move which allows him to stay in Australia, where he
2012 Aug 15, The Australian
Competition and Consumer Commission said that car importer Ateco
Automotive ordered dealers to stop selling certain vehicles by
China’s Great Wall Motor Co. and Chery Automobile after asbestos was
found inside engine and exhaust gaskets.
2012 Aug 15, Brazilian
President Dilma Rousseff announced a nearly $66 billion investment
package to beef up the nation's ailing road and rail systems, part
of efforts to solve serious transportation bottlenecks and spur a
2012 Aug 15, In Canada hikers
west of Toronto found a severed human foot. Police the next day
recovered a severed head in a park near the Credit River in
Mississauga, Ontario, a city of 700,000 located just west of
Toronto. The body parts were found about one km (0.7 mile) apart. On
Aug 21 police said the body parts belonged to Guang Hua Liu (41), a
woman who owned a spa in the eastern suburb of Scarborough. On June
26, 2014, Jiang Chunqi was convicted of second-degree murder for
killing and dismembering his ex-girlfriend.
(Reuters, 8/16/12)(Reuters, 8/21/12)(AP, 6/27/14)
2012 Aug 15, China and South
Korea pressed Japan to face up to its wartime past, as festering
territorial disputes flared and Asia marked the anniversary of
Tokyo's World War II surrender.
2012 Aug 15, In Gabon clashes
broke out in Libreville when police broke up an unauthorized protest
in support of the country's main opposition leader, leaving at least
one person dead and 10 people injured. 63-64 were detained and 57
remained in prison. Masked gunmen stormed the headquarters of TV+
and set fire to the station's transmitters. President Ali Bongo went
on national television saying he would not let the country descend
(AFP, 8/15/12)(AP, 8/17/12)(AFP, 8/18/12)
2012 Aug 15, India’s PM
Manmohan Singh confirmed plans to launch a space probe that will
orbit Mars, after press reports that the mission was scheduled to
begin late next year.
2012 Aug 15, In Iraq attacks in
Baquba and Maqdadiya left 13 people dead.
(AFP, 8/16/12)(SFC, 8/16/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 15, In Ivory
Coast gunmen attacked a military checkpoint and freed 150
inmates from a prison in Dabou, but 50 were soon recaptured.
Officials blamed the attacks on rogue soldiers and loyalists of
former President Laurent Gbagbo.
2012 Aug 15, Japan made 14
arrests after pro-China activists from Hong Kong landed on Senkaku
(aka Diaoyu) island at the center of a bitter territorial dispute.
On Aug 17 half of the group were put aboard a commercial airliner in
the Okinawan main city of Naha and arrived in Hong Kong. The other
half were taken back to their boat in Ishigaki.
(AFP, 8/15/12)(AFP, 8/17/12)
2012 Aug 15, The large Lebanese
Shiite clan called Muqdad claimed it had kidnapped 33 Syrians and a
Turkish man after a family member was abducted two days earlier by a
Syrian rebel group which accused him of being a Hezbollah sniper.
Dozens more Syrians were seized and their shops vandalized by
rioters in southern Shiite areas of Beirut. Rioters closed the road
to Beirut airport and to the border with Syria.
2012 Aug 15, Nigeria cancelled
a centuries-old Eid festival known for its elaborate horse pageant,
officially due to Kano’s Emir Ado Bayero’s health, but
residents suspected worsening violence was to blame.
2012 Aug 15, Saudi Arabia, the
United Arab Emirates and Qatar all ordered their citizens to leave
2012 Aug 15, A person with
privileged access to the Saudi state-owned oil company’s computers,
unleashed a computer virus to initiate what is regarded as among the
most destructive acts of computer sabotage on a company to date. The
virus erased data on three-quarters of Aramco’s corporate PCs —
documents, spreadsheets, e-mails, files — replacing all of it with
an image of a burning American flag.
2012 Aug 15, The Organization
of Islamic Cooperation, comprised of 57 member states, released a
final statement from its two day summit in Saudi Arabia's Muslim
holy city of Mecca urging support of Syria’s opposition.
2012 Aug 15, In Sudan 6 people
were killed and 12 wounded during a dispute in Mellit town, north of
the Darfur state capital El Fasher. An "exchange of accusations"
over the death of one person reportedly sparked the incident.
2012 Aug 15, In Syria a bomb
attached to a fuel truck exploded outside a Damascus hotel where UN
observers are staying, wounding at least three people. Fierce
fighting erupted between the Syrian army and rebels near the prime
minister's office in Damascus. Activists reported shelling and
clashes in Aleppo. Two Syrian fighter jets bombed the rebel-held
town of Azaz. Human Rights Watch said over 40 people were killed.
757 Syrians fled into Turkey. Syria TV said three journalists from
the pro-regime TV station Al-Ikhbariya were freed in a "qualitative
operation" in the town of al-Tal.
(AFP, 8/15/12)(AP, 8/15/12)(AP, 8/16/12)
2012 Aug 15, The United Arab
Emirates said it has awarded six fuel contracts valued at $3 billion
for its first nuclear power plant, expected to start up by 2017. The
contracts were awarded to US ConverDyn; Canadian Uranium One, Inc.;
the UK-based firm URENCO; Anglo-Australian giant Rio Tinto; Russia's
firm TENEX and France's Areva.
2012 Aug 15, The UN food agency
staged a rare air drop of food to thousands of desperate refugees in
South Sudan stranded by floods.
2012 Aug 15, A UN panel laid
the groundwork for possible prosecutions in international courts
against the Syrian leader and other senior government officials. It
called the May 25 massacre in Houla a war crime perpetrated by the
government forces and shabiha militia backing the regime of
President Bashar Assad.
2012 Aug 15, In Yemen gunmen
stormed a passenger plane after it landed in Aden, grabbed retired
Maj. Gen. Ahmed Abdullah al-Hassani, a former Yemeni navy commander
and opposition leader, from his seat and spirited him away to an
2012 Aug 15, Zimbabwe's Pres.
Mugabe launched the national census, saying he hoped the
once-a-decade count would measure the extent to which AIDS was
affecting the population.
2012 Aug 16, In California 12
federal counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud
were brought against Terence Bonner (59), former leader of the
national union representing Border Patrol agents. He allegedly filed
false claims for hundreds of thousands of dollars from 2007-2010.
(SFC, 8/18/12, p.A6)
2012 Aug 16, In California gang
member Pierre Mercado was found guilty in Los Angeles of 4 counts of
murder during a mid 1990’s crime spree. He was a member of the Asian
Boys founded by his brother, Marvin, now serving life in prison.
(SFC, 8/17/12, p.A8)
2012 Aug 16, William Windom, TV
actor, died at his home in Woodacre, Ca. He received an Emmy for
best actor for his performance in “My World and Welcome to It”
(1970), a program based on James Thurber’s humorous essays. He also
appeared in over 50 episodes of “Murder She Wrote.”
(SFC, 8/21/12, p.C3)
2012 Aug 16, In Louisiana 2
sheriff’s deputies were killed and 2 others injured during a
shootout in Laplace, John the Baptist Parish. 7 people were arrested
in connection to the shootings. The suspects were later reported to
be heavily armed adherents to an ideology known as the "sovereign
(SFC, 8/17/12, p.A9)(SFC, 8/18/12, p.A5)(AP,
2012 Aug 16, Detroit police
found a woman and 2 children slain when officers went to notify her
that her husband, Michael VanDerLinden had died in a fatal car crash
in Indiana. He was driving the wrong way on an interstate and killed
a stranger as he slammed into the man’s car.
(SFC, 8/18/12, p.A5)
2012 Aug 16, A solar powered
toilet that turns urine and feces into hydrogen and electricity won
a $100,000 first prize in the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge in
Seattle, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
(SFC, 8/17/12, p.A8)
2012 Aug 16, It was reported
that lion bones have become a hot commodity for their use in Asian
traditional medicine, driving up exports from South Africa to the
East and creating new fears of the survival of the species.
2012 Aug 16, In Afghanistan
Taliban fighters reportedly shot down a NATO helicopter during a
firefight in Kandahar province. 11 people were killed in the crash,
including 7 Americans and 4 Afghans. An Afghan army vehicle hit a
roadside bomb in Baghlan province, killing 3 Afghan soldiers and
wounding 3 others.
(AP, 8/16/12)(SFC, 8/17/12, p.A3)
2012 Aug 16, Prominent Bahraini
human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was found guilty of calling and
participating in several illegal gatherings and sentenced to three
years in jail. In December an appeals court reduced his sentence
from three years to two.
(AP, 8/16/12)(AP, 12/11/12)
2012 Aug 16, British High Court
judges dismissed a legal plea by Tony Nicklinson (58) for the right
to die, unanimously ruling that it would be wrong to depart from a
precedent that equates voluntary euthanasia with murder. Nicklinson
had locked-in syndrome after suffering a stroke on a business trip
to Athens in 2005. He died at his home in Melksham on Aug 22 after
2012 Aug 16, It was reported
that Britain’s town of Bristol has re-scheduled the launch of the
Bristol pound, usable only with member businesses in the city in
southwest England, to Sep 19. The Bristol pound will not be legal
tender and must be exchanged through the Bristol Credit Union, with
a three percent charge for conversion back to sterling.
2012 Aug 16, Ecuador granted
political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, setting up a
diplomatic confrontation with Britain, which angrily insisted it
would extradite him to Sweden.
2012 Aug 16, In Egypt a Cairo
court charged controversial TV presenter Tawfiq Okasha with
suggesting the killing of Pres. Morsi during his nightly TV show.
The court also referred the chief editor of el-Dustour daily, Islam
Afifi, for his newspaper's harsh criticism of Morsi.
2012 Aug 16, Thousands of
Indians from the northeast of the country fled southern cities after
rumors they would be attacked by Muslims in reprisal for recent
ethnic violence. The army and paramilitary troopers called out in
the Nalbari and Kamrup districts after mobs torched a bus, a car and
a wooden road bridge. 11 people were injured when acid was thrown on
a group in the western Assam town of Gossaigaon in the troubled
2012 Aug 16, India's top
carmaker Maruti Suzuki said that more than 500 workers had been
sacked after riots on July 18 at a plant near New Delhi left one
manager dead. Production was set to partially re-start on August 21
with 200 anti-riot police on rolling shifts inside the factory.
2012 Aug 16, In Iraq a wave of
attacks killed at least 93 people. More than 100 people were wounded
in 15 explosions, including seven car bombs, a suicide attack, and a
shooting, in nine cities and towns nationwide.
(AFP, 8/16/12)(AP, 8/17/12)
2012 Aug 16, In Iraq Banin
Haider (4) was kidnapped in Zubair, a rundown town just outside the
city of Basra. Police later found her body in a derelict area with
her hands and legs bound. She was raped multiple times, and her head
was smashed by what was believed to be a large brick. An off-duty
soldier assigned to a nearby army base, Akram al-Mayahi, was
arrested in connection with the Banin's murder. He was found guilty
on Oct. 22 and sentenced to death for abusing and killing the girl.
2012 Aug 16, In Italy 6 of 10
horses crashed during the latest Palio bareback horse race in Siena.
One horse broke a front leg. Some 50 horses have died during the
race since 1970.
(SFC, 8/18/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 16, In Ivory Coast
fighting broke out overnight with villagers near the economic
capital Abidjan reporting heavy gunfire, trapping them in their
homes. Armed men had attacked an army base, a prison and police
stations overnight leaving 3 civilians dead. The local police
commissioner said two gunmen were killed, about a dozen were
arrested and that there were no army fatalities.
2012 Aug 16, Malta said its
navy has recovered two bodies and rescued around 160 Eritrean and
Somali migrants from two boats which got into trouble on the
2012 Aug 16, A Mauritanian man
has the throats of his four children to avoid the expense of buying
them new clothes for the upcoming Muslim holiday Eid-al-fitr.
2012 Aug 16, In northwest
Pakistan Taliban militants wearing explosive vests and armed with
rocket-propelled grenades attacked Air Force Base Minhas in Kamra,
possibly linked to the country's nuclear program, and fought a
two-hour battle that left one security official and 9 insurgents
dead and the base in flames. Hours later in northern Pakistan,
gunmen forced 22 Shiite Muslims off of 3 buses in the Naran Valley,
lined them up and killed them.
(AP, 8/16/12)(SFC, 8/17/12, p.A5)
2012 Aug 16, Pakistani police
in Islamabad arrested Rimsha Masih, a young Christian girl with
Down's Syndrome, after she was reported holding in public burnt
pages which had Islamic text and Koranic verses on them. Cleric
Khalid Chisti (30), who handed over the girl (14) to police, later
claimed he did so to protect her from mob violence. On Sep 2 Chisti
was arrested for falsifying evidence. On Sep 7 a Pakistani judge
granted Rimsha bail of $10,500. On Nov 20 she was acquitted. On Aug
17, 2013, a court dismissed charges against Chisti due to
(AFP, 8/19/12)(AFP, 8/24/12)(SFC, 9/3/12,
p.A3)(AP, 9/7/12)(Reuters, 9/20/12)(AP, 11/20/12)(SSFC, 8/18/13,
2012 Aug 16, Unknown assailants
firebombed a Palestinian taxi in the West Bank leaving 6 people
wounded. Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu later vowed to bring the
people responsible for the firebombing to justice. The Israeli
military has counted 196 Palestinian firebomb attacks and six
shooting incidents in the first half of 2012.
2012 Aug 16, Peru’s military
said 5 soldiers have been killed in a clash with resurgent Shining
Path rebels in the Junin region, 175 miles east of Lima.
(SFC, 8/17/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 16, In Mecca, Saudi
Arabia, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the top world
Muslim body, suspended Syria, saying it can no longer accept a
regime that "massacres its people", as rights groups accused
Damascus of a new atrocity against civilians.
2012 Aug 16, Singapore's High
Court ruled that more than $23 million seized from the estate of
late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos rightfully belongs to a
2012 Aug 16, South African
police fired on strikers at the Lonmin platinum mine leaving 34
dead. This was the deadliest police action since the end of
white-minority rule in 1994.
2012 Aug 16, In South Korea
Hanwha Corp. chairman Kim Seung-youn, one of the country’s largest
conglomerates, was sentenced to four years prison and fined 5.1
billion won ($4.5 million) for embezzlement in a ruling that shows a
tougher stance against wrongdoing by leaders of the country's
2012 Aug 16, Syrian forces
shelling the besieged city of Aleppo struck a bread line outside a
bakery killing at least 10 people. The LCC said 49 people were
killed all over Aleppo.
2012 Aug 16, The United Nations
said deadly clashes between soldiers and a Muslim rebel group in the
violence-plagued southern Philippines had displaced up to 45,000
people. Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF)
attacked several army detachments in the southern province of
Maguindanao last week, triggering gunbattles that left at least five
2012 Aug 16, Yemen's top
security committee said 62 officers and soldiers loyal to
ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh's son were charged with resisting
authorities and mutiny after trying to storm the Ministry of Defense
2 days earlier.
2012 Aug 17, Brittni Nicole
Colleps (28), a former North Texas high school teacher, was
convicted and sentenced to five years in prison for having sex with
five 18-year-old students at her home in 2011. Three former
students, who testified a day earlier, said that they did not
consider themselves victims and did not want to see their former
English teacher prosecuted.
2012 Aug 17, Two Afghan
security personnel opened fire on Western colleagues, killing two US
soldiers and causing a number of other casualties in two separate
attacks in Farah province. The attacker was shot and killed. Hours
later ISAF confirmed that "a number" of foreign and Afghan soldiers
were shot and wounded by an Afghan soldier in the southern province
of Kandahar. A British died as a result of enemy action while on
sentry duty in the Nahri Saraj district of Helmand province.
(AFP, 8/17/12)(AP, 8/18/12)
2012 Aug 17, Australian police
said they were investigating the theft of some 500,000 credit card
numbers which resulted in Aus$25 million (US$26.2 million) worth of
2012 Aug 17, Bahraini security
forces shot dead Shiite teenager, Hussam al-Haddad (16), as a group
of protesters attacked police late at night with petrol bombs near
the capital Manama.
2012 Aug 17, Bangladesh
authorities said they have rescued at least 60 fishermen abducted
last week by pirates in the Bay of Bengal, as naval and air forces
cracked down on criminal activity at sea.
2012 Aug 17, Ethiopian Airlines
received Africa's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, making Ethiopia the
only country aside from Japan to operate the innovative aircraft.
Ethiopian Airlines has purchased ten 787 Dreamliners from Boeing.
2012 Aug 17, In France Patrick
Ricard (67), chairman of the board of directors of Pernod Ricard,
died. He transformed a small firm based on his father's
anis-flavored liquor into a global entity with some of the most
famous names in alcohol.
2012 Aug 17, In Greece a local
crowd on the island of Hydra attacked tax police after they detained
a restaurant owner who did not provide receipts to clients. Riot
police arrived the next day and the owner was transported to Athens
by coast guard ship.
2012 Aug 17, India's national
auditor said the government lost huge sums of money by selling coal
fields to private companies without competitive bidding and in a
deal for Delhi's international airport, adding to massive losses
from dubious auctions of other state assets.
2012 Aug 17, India demanded
social networking websites take down provocative messages and
blocked some online content after anonymous threats sparked an
exodus of migrants from southern cities. Local media reports
estimated that over 35,000 people had fled cities including
Bangalore and Mumbai, packing special trains arranged to carry
panicked students and workers back to the northeast. The government
later said much of the inflammatory Internet activity originated
from Muslim-majority Pakistan.
2012 Aug 17, In Israel a mob of
Jewish teens beat a Palestinian unconscious in downtown Jerusalem.
Seven people, aged 13 to 19, were arrested in connection with the
assault on Jamal Julani (17).
2012 Aug 17, In Mexico 12
people died when a bus heading to a resort in Mazatlan crashed into
a ravine in Durango state.
(SFC, 8/18/12, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/9xy5n5u)
2012 Aug 17, In Pakistan a bomb
struck a bus taking some 40 Shiite Muslims to a protest rally in
Karachi, killing one man and wounding 11 others. In the southwest a
suicide bomber blew up his explosive-laden car at a check post late
at night killing 5 people including 3 soldiers.
(AFP, 8/17/12)(AFP, 8/18/12)
2012 Aug 17, The ruling
Palestinian militant group Hamas, said a member of its armed wing,
Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, died when a bomb he was guarding
2012 Aug 17, Philippine
President Benigno Aquino signed a law creating a one billion peso
(about $24 million) "survival fund" to combat the effects of climate
2012 Aug 17, Polish prosecutors
charged the owner of Amber Gold Fund, a suspended investment fund,
with illegal activity in a case that has increased government
scrutiny of the country's private financial firms. More than 400 of
its clients have written to the prosecutors to seek reimbursement of
their money. They were lured to the fund by promises of a 10 percent
interest. Prosecutors later said investors lost about 163 million
zlotys ($50 million; €40 million), a number that has been mounting
as more and more victims come forward.
(AP, 8/17/12)(AP, 8/28/12)
2012 Aug 17, A Russian judge
found three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot guilty
of hooliganism. A court sentenced the women to two-year jail
sentences for their anti-Putin stunt performed in a prominent Moscow
(AP, 8/17/12)(AFP, 8/17/12)
2012 Aug 17, Syrian forces
battled rebels near the airport in Aleppo. A UN refugee agency
spokesman said 3,500 people crossed into Turkey over the previous 2
days. UN officials in Syria were starting to close down their
military observer mission after failed international attempts to
broker a cease-fire.
2012 Aug 17, In Thailand a fire
ripped through a nightclub popular on the resort island of Phuket
early today, leaving at least 4 people dead and more than 20 others
injured. The venue was said to be officially closed at the time of
the fire but about 70-80 people were still inside sheltering from
2012 Aug 17, The UN said
Lakhdar Brahimi (78) of Algeria, a veteran diplomat troubleshooter,
will take over from Kofi Annan as the international envoy on the
2012 Aug 18, Philadelphia
police Officer Moses Walker (40) was shot to death, while out of
uniform, by a suspected street robber near his station.
(SSFC, 8/19/12, p.A12)
2012 Aug 18, Scott McKenzie
(73), pop singer born as Philip Blondheim, died at his home in LA.
In 1967 he sang “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your
Hair)” with the Mamas and Papas, a song written by John Phillips,
leader of the Mamas and the Papas. McKenzie also co-wrote “Kokomo”
(1988), a No. 1 hit for the Beach Boys.
(SFC, 8/21/12, p.C3)
2012 Aug 18, In Afghanistan a
bomb in a busy market killed four people in the western province of
Herat. The director of a prison in Helmand province's Grish
district, Mohammad Ismail, died when a bomb attached to his car
2012 Aug 18, In China Yu
Wenxia, Miss China, won the Miss World crown for 2012, defeating
more than 100 other hopefuls the world's biggest beauty pageant in
at a glittering ceremony in Ordos, a Chinese mining city on the edge
of the Gobi desert.
2012 Aug 18, In Egypt militants
wounded three policemen in the Sinai Peninsula in an ambush of their
vehicle with a rocket propelled grenade.
2012 Aug 18, In Indonesia a
magnitude-6.3 quake struck near Palu city on Sulawesi Island. At
least 6 people were killed.
2012 Aug 18, In northern Iraq
gunmen raided two family homes in Mosul, killing six people. Mosul
was once an al-Qaida stronghold.
2012 Aug 18, In Iraq Maryam
Rajavi, president of the National Council of Resistance of Iran,
which includes the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI),
said: “As a gesture of goodwill, the residents of Ashraf will
commence the 6th convoy of 400 residents from Camp Ashraf to Camp
Liberty on August 23."
2012 Aug 18, In Ivory Coast
armed men attacked former president Laurent Gbagbo's party
headquarters, abducting two people and wounding three. The party
blamed the raid on supporters of President Alassane Ouattara. PM
Jeannot Kouadio Ahoussou called on the perpetrators of attacks
against the army to disarm and not block the country's "revival."
2012 Aug 18, A flotilla of
boats carrying Japanese nationalists and lawmakers set sail for
islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and as Diaoyu in China, at the
heart of a vitriolic diplomatic row with China, despite warnings
from Beijing. China demanded that Japan cease actions "harming" its
2012 Aug 18, Lebanese security
officials said that five more Syrians were abducted in Beirut's
southern suburbs overnight.
2012 Aug 18, In Mozambique
Southern African leaders slammed Rwanda for supporting rebels in the
Democratic Republic of Congo as a threat to regional stability and
urged Kigali to immediately stop its "interference." The Southern
African Development Community (SADC) mandated a mission to Rwanda to
urge them to stop support for the M23.
2012 Aug 18, In Nigeria an
ocean surge crashed into waterfront shanties in Lagos, leaving at
least one person dead and 15 missing.
2012 Aug 18, In Pakistan A US
drone attack killed at least six militants in a remote tribal town
in North Waziristan as local people celebrated the Muslim festival
of Eid al-Fitr.
2012 Aug 18, Philippine
Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and his two pilots went missing
after their small plane crashed into the sea while attempting an
emergency landing in Masbate province. An aide of Robredo made a
dramatic escape from the plane.
2012 Aug 18, In southern
Russia’s republic of Dagestan, two masked gunmen burst into a Shiite
mosque during evening prayers and opened fire, wounding eight
2012 Aug 18, In South Korea 8
people were stabbed by a man wielding a box cutter after a man and
woman confronted him for spitting in a train.
(SSFC, 8/19/12, p.A4)
2012 Aug 18, Syrian activists
said government troops shelled and carried out air raids at rebel
areas across the country, including the southern province of Daraa,
the northern region of Aleppo and the suburbs of the capital,
Damascus. A Syrian warplane bombed a small town partially controlled
by anti-regime fighters near the Turkish border, killing eight
people and wounding at least 20.
2012 Aug 18, In Vietnam at
least 17 people were killed as Typhoon Kai-Tak, now downgraded to a
tropical depression, barreled across northern Vietnam bringing high
winds and floods to several areas including the capital Hanoi. The
typhoon had already left 2 dead in China and 4 dead in the
(AFP, 8/18/12)(AFP, 8/19/12)(AFP, 8/20/12)
2012 Aug 18, In Yemen suspected
al-Qaida militants attacked a government headquarters, killing 21
people in a bold attack in the country's main southern city of Aden.
(AFP, 8/18/12)(AFP, 8/19/12)
2012 Aug 19, In California
prominent Hollywood film director Tony Scott (68), jumped to his
death from a bridge in San Pedro, California. His signature works
included "Top Gun."
2012 Aug 19, The New York Times
reported that Iraq is helping its neighbor Iran skirt international
sanctions by smuggling oil and letting Tehran secretly move large
amounts of cash through bank auctions.
2012 Aug 19, In New York a
small plane crashed into a residential street on Long Island killing
2 of the 3 people onboard.
(SFC, 8/20/12, p.A4)
2012 Aug 19, In Afghanistan
attackers killed two pairs of brothers in Helmand and Farah
provinces with links to the government. NATO reported 3 service
members killed in the east. An airstrike by coalition forces in the
northeast killed as many as 50 Taliban fighters and a local
insurgent leader in Kunar province. 2 Afghan policemen turned their
weapons on US troops in Kandahar province, killing an American
service member. One of the attackers was killed when the troops
returned fire and the other escaped.
(AP, 8/19/12)(AP, 8/20/12)
2012 Aug 19, Gambian President
Yahya Jammeh told his people that by the middle of September all
those already sentenced to death for crimes will be executed.
2012 Aug 19, In Iraq Sunni
religious leader Mehdi al-Sumaidaie, was critically wounded by a car
bomb as the Eid al-Fitr festival began in Baghdad. 4 others were
killed. He had called on Iraqis to fight US troops but has more
recently advocated national reconciliation.
(AFP, 8/19/12)(SFC, 8/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 19, Japanese
nationalists raised flags on an island at the heart of a corrosive
territorial row, sparking street protests in China and an angry
reaction from Beijing.
2012 Aug 19, Japanese officials
said 7 people, most of them elderly women, died after eating pickles
contaminated with E. coli in Sapporo. This was the country's
deadliest mass food poisoning in 10 years.
2012 Aug 19, Jordan's
government spokesman sternly criticized Syria for artillery shelling
on its northern border that wounded a Jordanian girl and panicked
other civilians. Four shells landed in Jordan during clashes between
the Syrian military and rebel forces on the Syrian side of the
2012 Aug 19, In Libya two car
bombs exploded in the capital, Tripoli, killing two people and
injuring several others. Officials blamed loyalists of Moammar
Gadhafi. Security services the next day announced the arrests of a
number of people suspected to be behind the bomb attack.
(AP, 8/19/12)(AFP, 8/20/12)
2012 Aug 19, Morocco’s King
Mohammed VI granted partial or full pardons to 562 prisoners to mark
the Muslim feast of Eid which follows the Ramadan holy month.
2012 Aug 19, In Nigeria two
gunmen riding on motorcycles opened fire on troops at a military
checkpoint in the northern city of Kano, injuring a soldier.
2012 Aug 19, In Pakistan US
drones fired a flurry of missiles in North Waziristan, killing a
total of 10 suspected militants.
2012 Aug 19, In southern Russia
a suicide bomber blew himself up as policemen in Ingushetia gathered
for the funeral of a slain colleague, killing at least seven of the
policemen and badly wounding 12 other people. Gov. Yunus-Bek
Yevkurov said militants had killed the police officer in the town of
Malgobek to set up the suicide attack at the funeral.
2012 Aug 19, In South Africa
Platinum producer Lonmin ordered employees at its mine where police
killed 34 people to return to work or risk dismissal but workers
vowed to stay on strike.
2012 Aug 19, A Sudanese
government helicopter crashed before landing in a remote town in the
country's southern mountains, killing all 32 people on board. Its 26
passengers included the minister of endowment, a leading politician,
two army generals and a TV crew.
2012 Aug 19, In Syria at least
56 people died in violence on the first day of Eid al-Fitr. This
included 6 children killed by shelling near their home in the
rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan in the northwestern province of
Idlib. President Bashar al-Assad made a rare public appearance with
top officials for Eid prayers at a Damascus mosque, while
demonstrators took to the streets of the capital and other cities to
vent their rage at the regime. The mandate of the UN Supervision
Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) expired at midnight.
(AFP, 8/19/12)(AFP, 8/20/12)
2012 Aug 19, In Venezuela rival
prison inmates waged a gunbattle that left 25 people dead.
(SFC, 8/21/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 19, In Vietnam Le Quoc
Quan, who blogs on a range of sensitive topics including civil
rights, political pluralism and religious freedom, was struck with a
steel baton near his Hanoi home. He believed the police were behind
2012 Aug 19, A Yemeni security
official said a suicide bomber blew himself up in the country's
south, killing a leading member of a civilian militia that has
fought alongside government troops to drive out al-Qaida militants
from their southern strongholds.
2012 Aug 20, US President
Barack Obama warned Syria that Washington will not tolerate any
deployment of chemical weapons.
2012 Aug 20, A Manhattan
federal court found Doug Whitman (54), head of Whitman Capital LLC,
guilty of insider trading. Prosecutors claimed he traded on illegal
tips about Polycom Inc., Goggle Inc. and Marvell Tech.
(SFC, 8/21/12, p.D3)
2012 Aug 20, Apple Corp. shares
closed at $662.38 propelling the company’s value to $623 billion,
the world’s highest market cap ever.
(SFC, 8/21/12, p.D1)
2012 Aug 20, Comedian Phyllis
Diller (95) died in her Los Angeles home. In 1966-67 she was the
star of an ABC sitcom about a society family trying to stave off
bankruptcy, "The Pruitts of Southampton." In 1968, she was host of a
short-lived variety series, "The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show." She
also appeared in movies, including "Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number"
(1966) and "Eight on the Lam" (1967) with Bob Hope.
2012 Aug 20, In Maryland a CSX
freight train derailed near midnight buried under coal and killed 2
college friends (19), who were sitting near the tracks.
(SFC, 8/22/12, p.A6)
2012 Aug 20, In Afghanistan
three Afghans from a politically connected family were killed when
their car struck a roadside bomb in the eastern province of Paktia.
2012 Aug 20, In London Turkish
Cypriot tycoon Asil Nadir (71) was found guilty of theft in relation
to the collapse of his Polly Peck business empire, one of a series
of debacles that focused public attention on the corporate greed of
1980s Britain. On Aug 23 he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
(AP, 8/20/12)(AFP, 8/23/12)
2012 Aug 20, A Chinese court
handed Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced political leader Bo Xilai, a
suspended death sentence for murder in a case that has rocked the
Communist party ahead of a 10-yearly power handover. Zhang Xiaojun,
an employee of the Bo family charged with helping Gu to poison
Heywood, was found guilty and sentenced to nine years in jail while
four police officers were convicted of attempting to cover up the
2012 Aug 20, Meles Zenawi
(b.1955), Ethiopia's long-time ruler, died of an undisclosed illness
in Belgium. He was credited with economic gains, but blamed for
human rights abuses, and was a major US counter-terrorism ally.
Hailemariam Desalegn, who was appointed deputy prime minister and
minister of foreign affairs in 2010, became acting prime minister.
2012 Aug 20, In Greece
firefighters battled a major forest fire on the island of Chios as
it ravaged groves of the island’s famed mastic trees for a 3rd day.
(SFC, 8/21/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 20, Mali's interim
leaders announced a new government late today, months after a
military coup unleashed political chaos.
2012 Aug 20, Myanmar abolished
direct censorship of the media in the most dramatic move yet toward
allowing freedom of expression in the long-repressed nation. But
related laws and practices that may lead to self-censorship raise
doubt about how much will change.
2012 Aug 20, Nicaraguan police
stopped 6 vans driven by people posing as members of a Mexican
television news crew. Police found $9.2 million in smuggled cash and
18 people were detained.
(AP, 8/24/12)(AP, 8/31/12)
2012 Aug 20, In Niger 4.7
inches of rain (119 millimeters) fell in the capital, pushing water
under people's doors and causing rivers to rise to the highest
levels since 1929.
2012 Aug 20, In northeastern
Nigeria gunmen in Damagun, Yobe state, blew up part of a primary
school overnight then attacked a Catholic church and police station
before officers fought them off.
2012 Aug 20, Somalia's
parliament held its inaugural session as the chief justice swore in
211 new members of parliament. Leaders were to have chosen 275
members of parliament and vote for a new president by today, the end
of the UN-backed Transitional Federal Government. The process has
been slowed by corruption and intimidation. Some seats were said to
be sold for up to $25,000.
(AP, 8/20/12)(Econ, 8/25/12, p.37)
2012 Aug 20, A South African
court convicted the last of 20 men accused of high treason for a
plot to kill Nelson Mandela and drive blacks out of the country, in
a trial that spanned nearly a decade. The "Boeremag" organization
had planned a right-wing coup in 2002 to overthrow the
post-apartheid government by creating chaos in the country. Judge
Eben Jordaan found that Kobus Pretorius was the group's "master
explosives manufacturer" and "took the lead in the production
process" throughout their bomb-making activity.
2012 Aug 20, In South Africa
only 27% of workers answered an ultimatum to return for morning
shifts at the platinum mine where police shot and killed 34-44
striking workers last week. Lonmin PLC said they were enough for it
to resume operations.
(AP, 8/20/12)(AFP, 8/23/12)
2012 Aug 20, Sri Lanka's navy
stopped two Australia-bound trawlers carrying 83 would-be asylum
seekers in the first detection since Canberra tightened restrictions
on boat people.
2012 Aug 20, In Syria deadly
fighting rocked Daraa, the birthplace of the Syrian uprising, as
rebels doggedly resisted a regime onslaught. Government forces
pummeled Aleppo with airstrikes and tanks and shelled parts of
Damascus and southern Syria Monday, killing at least 100 people.
(AFP, 8/20/12)(AP, 8/20/12)
2012 Aug 20, In Syria Mika
Yamamoto (45), a veteran Japanese war reporter, died after she was
shot in the neck when coming under fire from up to 15 apparently
pro-government troops in Aleppo.
2012 Aug 20, In Turkey a car
bomb in a southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantap left 9 people dead.
Authorities blamed rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) of
being behind the powerful blast that went off close to a police
station. The PKK denied the attack.
2012 Aug 20, In Vietnam Nguyen
Duc Kien (48), a shareholder in some of Vietnam's largest financial
institutions, was taken into custody after police raided his Hanoi
home and seized documents. He was arrested for illegal business
activities. Kien is a founder of Asia Commercial Bank (ACB), one of
the largest banks in Vietnam, which counts global banking giant
Standard Chartered as one of its "strategic partners." The banking
tycoon and football fanatic was arrested and charged with failing to
obtain proper licenses for three small investment firms that he
(AFP, 8/21/12)(Econ, 8/25/12,
2012 Aug 21, American swimmer
Diana Nyad (63) ended her 4th attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida
after 41 hours and 45 minutes of swimming.
(SFC, 8/22/12, p.A6)
2012 Aug 21, Cuba said it has
sentenced 12 people to prison for corruption, including high-ranking
government officials and employees of a jointly run Cuban-Canadian
2012 Aug 21, In Germany a trial
opened in Koblenz for 26 alleged neo-Nazis on accusations they were
responsible for a spate of attacks on leftists.
2012 Aug 21, Two leading rights
groups called for an end to international cash and technical
assistance to Iran's anti-drug campaign, which they said was
bolstering a rise in executions.
2012 Aug 21, In Lebanon
overnight clashes between supporters and opponents of President
Bashar Assad left two dead and as many as 45 wounded.
2012 Aug 21, Liberian President
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf suspended 46 government officials, including
her son, for failing to declare their assets.
2012 Aug 21, Mexico's Supreme
Court declared unconstitutional a key portion of a military law that
has broadened the influence of military courts and angered civilian
victims seeking justice.
2012 Aug 21, In Pakistan US
drones fired missiles at a vehicle in North Waziristan killing 5
suspected militants and injuring two.
(SFC, 8/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 21, In Pakistan barber
Yousaf Khan (32) was kidnapped by seven members of a landowning
family who gouged his eyes with a sharp knife before slitting his
ears, nose, lips and tongue over a relationship with a married woman
in the family in Mirzapur village.
2012 Aug 21, Sierra Leone said
it has signed a $15 million (12 million euro) loan agreement with
China for the installation of a fiber optic cable which will boost
2012 Aug 21, In South Africa
Platinum giant Lonmin eased off its threat to fire miners who failed
to return to work, as the government pleaded for time to mourn the
44 people killed during a wildcat strike. The company said about
one-third of Lonmin's 28,000 employees at the Marikana platinum mine
reported for work today.
2012 Aug 21, Syrian government
forces stormed Moadamiyeh, a rebel-held town outside Damascus after
days of fierce fighting, killing at least 23 fighters. Army shelling
bombarded a cemetery in a Damascus suburb during funerals for
victims of a freshly discovered massacre. Warplanes and helicopters
attacked towns and villages north of Aleppo, killing 2 civilians,
including a young boy. At least 128 people were killed nationwide,
among them 81 civilians.
(AP, 8/21/12)(AFP, 8/21/12)(SFC, 8/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 21, Syrian deputy PM
Qadri Jamil visiting Moscow held out the prospect that embattled
President Bashar al-Assad could leave power as part of a negotiated
settlement to the increasingly ferocious conflict.
2012 Aug 21, Togolese
authorities fired tear gas to disperse a protest by several thousand
people in the capital Lome. This was the first of three days of
demonstrations planned by Let's Save Togo, a coalition of opposition
and civil society groups. A week earlier Togo's government banned
street demonstrations in commercial centers.
2012 Aug 21, In Yemen suspected
Al-Qaeda militants blew up a pipeline pumping liquefied gas to the
southern Balhaf export terminal. The early morning attack caused a
complete halt in operations.
2012 Aug 22, Minnesota Democrat
state Rep. Kerry Gauthier (56) dropped his re-election bid following
reports of his sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy.
(SFC, 8/22/12, p.A6)
2012 Aug 22, In China students
at Shanghai’s Sheshan Catholic seminary learned that classes would
be suspended indefinitely.
(Economist, 9/8/12, p.42)
2012 Aug 22, India's opposition
vowed to block parliamentary proceedings until the prime minister
resigned over a coal scandal, raising the prospect of more
legislative deadlock and stalled reforms.
2012 Aug 22, In India up to one
million public sector bank employees started a two-day nationwide
strike, protesting against reforms they fear could lead to mergers
and job losses.
2012 Aug 22, In southeast Kenya
at least 52 people were killed in clashes over land between pastoral
and farming communities. Another 50 were missing. Last week the
Orma, a pastoralist community, attacked Pokomo
(AP, 8/22/12)(AP, 8/23/12)
2012 Aug 22, The 8-month old
government of Kyrgyzstan collapsed as a coalition partner defected
citing corruption and failure to turn the economy around. Kyrgyzstan
ranked 164th out of 183 countries in Transparency International’s
corruption perception index.
(Economist, 9/1/12, p.41)
2012 Aug 22, Lebanese security
sources said at least eight people have been killed in clashes
between rival pro- and anti-Damascus gunmen in the city of Tripoli.
\2012 Aug 22, In Mexico
adherents of a religious sect in western Mexico were physically
blocking school teachers from entering their walled community,
setting up one of the most high-profile confrontations between
religious and civil authorities in Mexico since the 1930s. The New
Jerusalem community prohibits formal schooling, television, radio,
modern music, dress and fashion. The church does not recognize the
sect, which was founded in 1973 by a renegade Catholic priest who
objected to the abandonment of Latin masses and other modernization
2012 Aug 22, Moroccan police
violently broke up a protest demanding more political freedoms and
denouncing an annual ceremony honoring the king.
2012 Aug 22,
Senegal and the African Union finalized a deal on how to try Hissene
Habre, a former Chadian dictator, who is accused of ordering
thousands of political opponents to be tortured or killed.
2012 Aug 22, In South Sudan 24
soldiers were killed in clashes with a militia group that the
southern government accuses of subverting a disarmament campaign. 12
soldiers remained missing in Jonglei State.
2012 Aug 22, Syrian regime
forces shelled two Damascus districts before troops backed by tanks
swept through to carry out house-to-house raids in search of
opposition fighters, killing at least 41 suspected rebels. The
United States and France again pushed for the embattled Assad to
stand down quickly after a top Syrian official said Damascus was
ready to discuss his departure as part of a negotiated settlement to
the 17-month conflict. Some 200 were killed across the country.
(AP, 8/22/12)(AFP, 8/22/12)(AFP,
2012 Aug 22, Tajikistan
government troops opened fire on a crowd protesting the unexplained
killing of an influential local leader in Gorno-Badakhshan
autonomous province. Hundreds had gathered in front of Khorog
regional headquarters to demand an explanation for the overnight
death of Imumnazar Imumnazarov, a former warlord during the
country's civil war in the 1990s.
2012 Aug 22, Togolese security
forces clashed with protesters in the capital Lome for a second
straight day, with officers firing tear gas on demonstrators who
responded by throwing rocks and burning tires.
2012 Aug 23, The US Anti-Doping
Agency said it will strip Lance Armstrong of his unprecedented seven
Tour de France titles after he dropped his fight against drug
charges that threatened his legacy as one of the greatest cyclists
of all time.
2012 Aug 23, In Illinois
authorities in Washington Park, a village next to East St. Louis,
raided a house where a teenage girl (17) had been held captive and
repeatedly sexually assaulted for over 2 years. Police took into
custody a 24-year-old man and his mother. They also recovered the
teen's young child, which the girl said was the result of rape by
2012 Aug 23, James Fogle,
author of “Drugstore Cowboy,” died in prison in Washington state.
His autobiographical crime novel led to a 1989 film starring Matt
(SFC, 8/25/12, p.A5)
2012 Aug 23, In eastern
Afghanistan insurgents kidnapped three Afghan soldiers and another
man from a bus and killed all four in Paktia province. 6 civilians
were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb as they traveled
in the southern province of Kandahar.
2012 Aug 23, A Bahrain appeals
court acquitted activist Nabeel Rajab (48), who had been sentenced
to three months in jail for alleged insults issued via Twitter, but
he must still serve a three-year term for taking part in protests.
2012 Aug 23, Chile's
state-owned copper company Codelco and British firm Anglo American
PLC settled their long-running conflict over control of a promising
copper mine with a multi-billion dollar deal that includes major new
Japanese investments in Chile.
2012 Aug 23, A Cairo court
ordered Islam Afifi, the chief editor of the privately-owned
el-Dustour daily newspaper, detained pending trial on charges of
insulting Egypt’s president and "spreading lies." Afifi was released
from jail just hours later after Pres. Morsi issued a law banning
the imprisonment of journalists accused of media-related offenses.
(AP, 8/23/12)(AP, 8/24/12)
2012 Aug 23, In Germany more
than 900 police officers raided homes and clubhouses of suspected
neo-Nazis in a crackdown in North Rhine-Westphalia, seizing
far-right propaganda material, computer hard drives and a wide
variety of weapons.
2012 Aug 23, A cholera epidemic
in Guinea and Sierra Leone has left 250-300 people dead. 846 deaths
were reported this year in the 14 countries of West and Central
Africa. Sierra Leone's health ministry said that deaths from a
cholera outbreak had reached 220.
(SFC, 8/23/12, p.A5)(AFP, 8/23/12)
2012 Aug 23, Indian officials
said heavy rains over the past two days have killed at least 27
people and left thousands homeless in western Rajasthan state.
2012 Aug 23, Israel's foreign
ministry summoned South Africa's envoy to formally protest
Pretoria's decision to place "Occupied Palestinian Territory" labels
on goods from Jewish settlements.
2012 Aug 23, In Italy a gunman
shot and killed Gaetano Marino (48), a boss from the Neapolitan
Camorra, clad in a swimsuit as he walked from a beach to join his
family at a hotel in a resort town south of Rome. Marino had lost
both hands in an explosion while planting a bomb in the 1990s.
2012 Aug 23, Jordan's
Paralympic committee said it has withdrawn three members from a
pre-Games training camp in Northern Ireland over charges of sex
2012 Aug 23, Kenya's government
said it will conduct a countrywide operation to disarm all
communities with illegal weapons.
2012 Aug 23, In Lebanon fresh
fighting erupted in the northern city of Tripoli leaving one dead
and two wounded, despite a truce to halt days of violence between
pro- and anti-Damascus gunmen.
2012 Aug 23, A Libyan security
official said a conflict between 2 armed tribes in Zlitan left 12
people dead and dozens injured.
(SFC, 8/24/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 23, In Mexico a
falling out between the leaders of the hyper-violent Zetas cartel
appears to have put the gang in the hands of Miguel Angel Trevino
Morales. The brutal and feared gangster has been blamed for an
eruption of bloodshed in the once relatively calm central states.
2012 Aug 23, In Niger at least
44 people have been killed by severe flooding that has affected the
country since mid-July, according to the UN's humanitarian affairs
2012 Aug 23, Pakistani
officials said heavy monsoon rains that triggered flooding in the
country's north have caused at least 26 deaths.
2012 Aug 23, Philippine police
said they arrested more than 350 people over a major telephone scam
that swindled people out of millions of dollars in Taiwan and
2012 Aug 23, In Slovenia a hot
air balloon carrying 32 people, including children, was swept up in
a storm and crashed in a fireball outside Ljubljana. 6 people died
and 26 others were injured.
(AP, 8/23/12)(AP, 2/26/13)
2012 Aug 23, Sri Lanka’s
education minister shut down indefinitely the country’s state
universities and institutes following recent strikes. Academics were
angry that the country spent only 1.9% of GDP on schools and
(Economist, 9/1/12, p.43)
2012 Aug 23, In Sri Lanka the
rusting 15,000-ton Thmothrmopolyseara, a Cyprus-flagged carrier,
went down after remaining anchored outside a Colombo harbor since
2009 following a dispute over its cargo of steel. An oil slick from
the vessel reached the coast of Colombo on Aug 25 and threatened a
beach resort popular with foreign tourists.
2012 Aug 23, In Switzerland the
Green Climate Fund, which aims to channel $100 billion a year in aid
to poor countries, selected as leaders Zaheer Fakir, head of
international relations for South Africa's environment agency, and
Ewen McDonald, deputy head of Australia's international development
2012 Aug 23, Syrian military
planes crossed into Iraqi airspace in order to carry out air strikes
against the border town of Albu Kamal, which is held by rebel
forces. Rebels waged fierce battles with regime troops in a town
along the Iraqi border, capturing a string of security posts and the
local police headquarters despite heavy government shelling and
bombing runs by warplanes. The Syrian army recaptured Christian
areas in Aleppo. Artillery and helicopters hammered the Sunni Muslim
town of Daraya for 24 hours, killing 15 people and wounding 150,
before soldiers moved in and raided houses. A total of 149 people
were killed across the country, including 14 children.
(AFP, 8/23/12)(AP, 8/23/12)(Reuters,
2012 Aug 23, Turkish media
reported that Kurdish rebels have ambushed a military convoy in the
southeast, setting off clashes that killed 16 militants and five
2012 Aug 24, In Alaska a hiker
in Denali National Park photographed a grizzly bear for at least
eight minutes before the bear mauled and killed him in the first
fatal attack in the park's history.
2012 Aug 24, In San Jose, Ca.,
Apple won more than $1 billion in a massive US court victory over
Samsung, in one of the biggest patent cases in decades, a verdict
that could have huge market repercussions. Samsung reacted by saying
it will contest the US verdict.
2012 Aug 24, New Jersey mail
carrier Christina Nunez was arrested for using her daily route to
move cocaine packages on behalf of a drug trafficking organization
based in Puerto Rico.
(SFC, 8/29/12, p.A6)
2012 Aug 24, In NYC 9 people
were wounded and two people were killed outside the Empire State
Building after a disgruntled women's accessories designer named
Jeffrey Johnson shot his 41 year-old former boss. The two dead
include the gunman, who was shot and killed by police near the
2012 Aug 24, Greenpeace
activists were first offered hot soup, then sprayed with blasts of
cold water after they stormed a floating Russia oil platform and
erected climbing tents on the side of the rig to protest drilling in
2012 Aug 24, A NATO strike in
Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province killed Mullah Dadullah, the
self-proclaimed Taliban leader in Pakistan's Bajur tribal area.
Pakistani intelligence officials said Dadullah and 19 others were
killed in the attack.
2012 Aug 24, Rupert Murdoch's
British tabloid The Sun published nude photographs of Prince Harry
(27), claiming it defied royal orders not to print them in defense
of press freedom.
2012 Aug 24, In the Central
African Republic a clash between a squad of Ugandan troops and the
insurgents -- headed by Dominic Ongwen, one of three LRA commanders
wanted by the International Criminal Court -- left 2 rebels dead.
2012 Aug 24, In northeast China
3 people were killed and five injured when an eight-lane bridge
collapsed, only nine months after it opened in Harbin city.
2012 Aug 24, In Egypt some 200
hundred protesters rallied in Tahrir Square to denounce the
country's Islamist president and his Muslim Brotherhood group.
2012 Aug 24, Gambia executed
nine convicted criminals. Amnesty International warned that dozens
more on death-row were under imminent threat as the West African
nation carries out its first death sentences in 27 years.
2012 Aug 24, In Iraq a mortar
attack targeting Shiite worshippers killed three people in eastern
Baghdad. Authorities were investigating whether attackers set off
explosions that sparked an early morning fire at a nightclub that
left six dead.
2012 Aug 24, In Lebanon new
clashes between pro- and anti-Syrian factions in Tripoli killed two
people holing a fragile truce and stoking fears of a spillover of
2012 Aug 24, The Mexican Navy
said federal police shot at a vehicle carrying two US government
employees near Cuernavaca after the vehicle came under attack from
unidentified gunmen. 2 US government employees were wounded after
their vehicle drove into a rural, mountainous area outside the
capital where the officers were looking for criminals. Officials
from both countries called the incident and accident.
(AP, 8/24/12)(SFC, 8/27/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 24, In Myanmar Kachin
rebels said China has pushed thousands of Kachin refugees from
Yunnan province back across the border into a province wracked by
fighting between government troops and ethnic guerillas.
2012 Aug 24, In New Zealand Hui
"Leo" Gao, who fled to China after a bank mistakenly deposited
millions of dollars into his account, was jailed for four years and
seven months. His then-partner Kara Hurring was sentenced to nine
months home detention in the same court and ordered to repay almost
NZ$12,000 she had obtained using Gao's credit card. The court was
told that NZ$3.8 million of the money had still not been recovered
and Gao had provided no explanation about what happened to it.
2012 Aug 24, Nigerian military
forces stormed the hideout of a militant gang operating on the
waters of oil-producing Cross River State and rescued 28 oil workers
working for a Chinese petroleum company. They had been abducted a
(AFP, 8/26/12)(AP, 8/27/12)
2012 Aug 24, A Norwegian court
sentenced Anders Behring Breivik (33) to prison, denying prosecutors
the insanity ruling they hoped would show that his June 22, 2011,
massacre of 77 people was the work of a madman, not part of an
2012 Aug 24, In Pakistan US
missiles slammed into three compounds in North Waziristan, killing
18 suspected militants. Foreign Ministry spokesman Moazzam Ahmad
Khan called the attacks illegal, unproductive.
2012 Aug 24, A Russian court
unexpectedly acquitted opposition leader and chess grandmaster Garry
Kasparov of participating in an unauthorized rally.
2012 Aug 24, Syrian forces
blitzed areas in and around the northern city of Aleppo. At least 50
unidentified bodies were found shot dead in the last 24 hours,
notably in Aleppo and Damascus. Prominent independent film producer
Orwa Nyrabia went missing after going to Damascus airport to catch a
flight to Cairo.
(AFP, 8/24/12)(AFP, 8/25/12)
2012 Aug 24, Sierra Leone
lawmakers passed a sexual offences law introducing stiff minimum
sentences for offenders that has been hailed as a victory in a
nation where sexual abuse is rife.
2012 Aug 24, In Thailand 300
inmates were pardoned including two imprisoned in 2010 for insulting
the revered monarchy (lese majeste).
2012 Aug 25, In Nevada a
single-engine Piper PA#32 crashed in South Lake Tahoe killing all 5
(SFC, 8/28/12, p.C2)
2012 Aug 25, Neil Armstrong
(b.1930), commander of Apollo 11 mission (1966) and first human to
set foot on the moon (July 20, 1969), died. He left NASA in 1971,
taught engineering at the University of Cincinnati, and later became
chairman of electronic systems companies.
(AP, 8/25/12)(SFC, 9/1/12, p.F3)
2012 Aug 25, Roger Fisher (90),
American lawyer, teacher and peacemaker, died. His system of
negotiation was outlined with William Ury in “Getting to Yes”
(Economist, 9/15/12, p.86)
2012 Aug 25, In Bahrain a large
crowd attacked a police station in the Shiite village of Sitra with
petrol bombs, as sporadic protests intensify in the Sunni-ruled
Shiite-majority Gulf state.
2012 Aug 25, Chinese police
brought back 37 suspected Chinese gangsters from Angola. They had
been arrested for alleged crimes against other Chinese.
(SSFC, 8/26/12, p.A5)
2012 Aug 25, A boat carrying
some 40 Egyptian migrants sank off the coast of Libya. Fisherman
rescued 33 migrants but 7 remained missing.
(AFP, 8/27/12)(AFP, 8/28/12)
2012 Aug 25, Egyptian security
officials said military engineers have blocked 120 tunnels used for
smuggling to and from the Gaza Strip since the start of operations
in the neighboring Sinai Peninsula.
2012 Aug 25, In Germany a tiger
escaped its enclosure at the Cologne Zoo and killed a female keeper
(43) before being shot dead.
(SSFC, 8/26/12, p.A5)
2012 Aug 25, Tropical Storm
Isaac swept across Haiti's southern peninsula killing 8 people and
another two in neighboring Dominican Republic.
(AP, 8/25/12)(AP, 8/26/12)
2012 Aug 25, Honduras President
Porfirio Lobo replaced the head of the Honduran air force, a day
after a visit by Gen. Douglas Fraser, head of the U.S. Southern
2012 Aug 25, In northeast India
5 Muslims were murdered by an armed gang from the ethnic Bodo
community in fresh violence, after more than a month of clashes.
2012 Aug 25, An Iranian
helicopter of the Revolutionary Guards crashed in western Iran near
the Iraqi border killing four Guards while on a mission in Sardasht
border area, which is populated by Iran's Kurdish minority.
2012 Aug 25, In northern Iraq
separate shootings in Mosul left three people dead, including a
2012 Aug 25, In southern Ivory
Coast a soldier and five assailants were killed when a military
checkpoint came under attack.
2012 Aug 25, In eastern Lebanon
armed men kidnapped a Kuwaiti. An official said there had been a
number of kidnappings for ransom which are unrelated to political
2012 Aug 25, In Libya Islamist
hardliners bulldozed part of a revered mausoleum in Tripoli. A day
earlier hardliners blew up the mausoleum of Sheikh Abdessalem
al-Asmar in Zliten, 160 km (100 miles) east of Tripoli.
2012 Aug 25, In Mali Mahamadou
Diouara, the leader of a Malian youth militia against the Islamic
occupation of the country's north, was "kidnapped" in Bamako.
2012 Aug 25, Myanmar officials
said at least 85,000 people have fled their homes as the worst
monsoon flooding in years submerged hundreds of thousands of acres
of rice fields.
(SSFC, 8/26/12, p.A5)
2012 Aug 25, The World Bank
said it has signed on to help Senegal recover ill-gotten gains, as
the country's new government questions members of the former regime
2012 Aug 25, South Africa’s
platinum giant Lonmin said nearly 60 percent of workers reported for
duty at one of its two sets of shafts as it sought an accord to end
a labor dispute that has claimed 44 lives.
2012 Aug 25, Sri Lanka's navy
detained 98 would-be asylum-seekers making for Australia, the
largest group since Canberra tightened restrictions on boatpeople
headed to its shores.
2012 Aug 25, Syrian army forces
launched arrest raids and clashed with rebels in the southwestern
belt of Damascus. A full scale invasion on Daraya followed 5 days of
shelling. At least 380 bodies were buried following the attack.
Activists said security agents have arrested television actor
Mohammed Omar Oso, who opposes the Damascus regime, as well as
members of his family. At least 380 bodies were buried following the
attack in Daraya.
(AFP, 8/25/12)(AFP, 8/26/12)(AP,
8/26/12)(Economist, 9/1/12, p.49)
2012 Aug 25, Syrian rebels
freed one of 11 Lebanese Shiite pilgrims they have been holding
since May 22, in a move aiming to ease cross-border tensions.
2012 Aug 25, In Togo thousands
of protesters marched without incident in the capital Lome after two
days of rallies earlier in the week that saw clashes between
demonstrators and police.
2012 Aug 25, Turkish warplanes
bombed areas of northern Iraq in a bid to target rear bases of the
Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
2012 Aug 25, In Venezuela a
huge explosion rocked the Amuay refinery in Los Taques, killing 42
people. It injured more than 150 and was the deadliest disaster in
memory for the country's key oil industry. It took 3-days to
extinguish the fire.
(AP, 8/25/12)(AP, 8/26/12)(AP,
8/28/12)(Economist, 9/1/12, p.39)
2012 Aug 26, In Afghan
insurgents attacked a large party in a Taliban-controlled area of
Helmand province and beheaded 17 people. 10 Afghan soldiers were
killed in an attack on a checkpoint in the south, and five were
either kidnapped or joined their assailants. In Ghor province in the
east, officials said three students were killed in what looked like
a revenge killing by the family of a Taliban commander who died
recently in an explosion.
2012 Aug 26, Britain’s Scotland
Yard arrested 96 people during the annual Children's Day of the
Notting Hill Carnival, mainly for drug and public order offences as
well as robbery and assault.
2012 Aug 26, Canadian health
officials said eight people have died in a rare outbreak of
Legionnaires' disease in the province of Quebec, having identified
more than 100 cases of the dangerous strain of pneumonia since July.
2012 Aug 26, In northern China
a double-decker bus rammed into a tanker loaded with highly
flammable methanol, causing both vehicles to burst into flames and
killing 36 people close to the city of Yan'an in Shaanxi province.
In the southwest 11 people were killed and another was seriously
hurt when a van crashed into a truck Sichuan province.
(AP, 8/26/12)(AP, 8/27/12)
2012 Aug 26, In Egypt Ibrahim
Madhan, a suspected militant, was killed while riding a motorcycle
in the Sinai Peninsula some 15 km (9 miles) from the Israeli border.
2012 Aug 26, An Egyptian
security official says Egypt has reopened its passenger terminal
with the Gaza Strip and resumed normal operations there after nearly
three weeks of disruption following a deadly attack on Egyptian
soldiers by Islamic militants.
2012 Aug 26, In India hundreds
of Indian protesters angry at a controversial allocation of coal
fields were baton charged by police and sprayed with tear gas during
a demonstration in the capital New Delhi.
2012 Aug 26, In Indonesia a
Sunni mob attack on Shiites in Sampang, East Java province, saw two
men killed with sickles and dozens of homes torched.
2012 Aug 26, Iran opened a
120-nation gathering of self-described nonaligned nations with a
slap at the UN Security Council and an appeal to rid the world of
nuclear weapons even as Tehran faces Western suspicions that it is
seeking its own atomic arms.
2012 Aug 26, In Iraq gunmen
with silenced weapons killed five people in two attacks in Baghdad.
2012 Aug 26, Israeli
authorities refused entry to about 100 pro-Palestinian activists,
including 3 Americans, attempting to cross overland to the West Bank
2012 Aug 26, In Japan Typhoon
Bolaven, one of the most powerful typhoons in decades, hit Okinawa,
with meteorologists warning it could bring record rain and wind to
the southern region and waves of up to 13 meters (43 feet).
2012 Aug 26, In northwest
Pakistan dozens of militants from Afghanistan attacked an
anti-Taliban militia post in the Bajur tribal area for the third
day, sparking fighting that killed one soldier and 20 militants.
Locals and officials said thousands of people have fled North
Waziristan in recent days, fearing a military offensive against
(AP, 8/26/12)(AFP, 8/26/12)
2012 Aug 26, In Russia members
of the punk band Pussy Riot said two members have fled the country
to avoid prosecution for a protest that sent 3 bandmates to prison.
(SFC, 8/27/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 26, Saudi authorities
announced they had foiled a "terror" plot by elements suspected of
links to Al-Qaeda, mostly Yemenis, and broken up two extremist cells
in Riyadh and Jeddah.
2012 Aug 26, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said that 32 dead bodies were found in
the streets of Daraya and they had been killed by "gunfire and
2012 Aug 26, In Togo women in
the civil rights group "Let's Save Togo" said they will have a week
long sex strike to demand the resignation of President Faure
2012 Aug 26, In Zimbabwe a
consortium of wildlife ranchers said tens of thousands of animals
face annihilation in a wave of land takeovers in the southeast after
hunting permits and land were granted to 25 leaders of the ZANU-PF
party in a black empowerment program.
2012 Aug 27, NYC prosecutors
said Democrat state Senator Shirley Huntley helped create a false
paper trail to conceal that a nonprofit agency she had founded was a
sham charity that allowed her nice and an aide pocket money rather
than help poor parents navigate the city’s school system.
(SFC, 8/28/12, p.A5)
2012 Aug 27, Share of Hertz
Global Holdings Inc. and Dollar Thrifty rose after Hertz struck a
deal to acquire Thrifty for about $2.6 billion.
(SFC, 8/28/12, p.D2)
2012 Aug 27, The US FDA said it
has approved a request by Gilead Sciences to sell a pill for new HIV
patients that combines four of the company’s drugs into one. The
Stribild therapy contains two new rugs and two previously approved
compounds for the Truvada HIV medicine.
(SFC, 8/29/12, p.D2)
2012 Aug 27, In Afghanistan 2
American soldiers were shot and killed by one of their Afghan
colleagues in Laghman province. A NATO helicopter crashed in Logar
province, but NATO said no one was killed.
(AP, 8/27/12)(AP, 8/28/12)
2012 Aug 27, Greenpeace said in
a statement that 14 activists have chained themselves to the anchor
chain of the vessel which was carrying Gazprom's workers to the
Prirazlomnaya platform in the Pechora Sea.
2012 Aug 27, In China Tibetans
Lobsang Kalsang (18), a Buddhist monk, and former monk Damchoek (17)
died in hospital after setting themselves on fire in Aba town.
2012 Aug 27, In northwest China
a commercial van slammed into a truck, killing nine people.
2012 Aug 27, Curacao
conservationists and residents said an extensive fuel spill has
fouled a stretch of shoreline and oiled pink flamingos and other
wildlife in a nature preserve on the tiny Dutch Caribbean island.
2012 Aug 27, Iraqi officials
said gunmen with silenced weapons killed army Brig. Gen.
Abdul-Muhsen Khazal in the Sunni town of Taji. Two civilians died in
separate attacks in Haditha and Mosul.
2012 Aug 27, In Kenya deadly
riots broke out in Kenya's main port of Mombasa after the
assassination of a radical cleric linked to Somalia's
Al-Qaeda-allied Shebab militants. Thousands of angry protestors took
to the streets after Aboud Rogo Mohammed, who was on US and UN
sanction lists for allegedly supporting the Shebab, was shot dead.
One civilian was killed in the riots.
(AFP, 8/27/12)(AP, 8/29/12)
2012 Aug 27, In Nigeria 10
people were killed in floods in Adamawa state following the release
of water from a dam in Cameroon.
(SFC, 8/27/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 27, In southwestern
Pakistan two gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire on a car
carrying Shiite Muslims in Quetta, killing three of them. In a
separate incident, gunmen killed five Sunni Muslims in the town of
Mach in Baluchistan. Fighting in Bajaur claimed the lives of 31
militants and two members of a government-backed peace committee.
(AP, 8/27/12)(AFP, 8/31/12)
2012 Aug 27, Senegal’s
President Macky Sall cut short his trip to South Africa, and was
returning to Senegal where he had ordered a full emergency response
after weekend torrential rain left 6 people dead.
2012 Aug 27, In Somalia African
Union forces seized the port city of Merca from rebels linked to
al-Qaida. At least 5 children were killed and more than 10 others
wounded in a blast in a school in Balad, after they played with
explosives left over from fighting in the area.
(AP, 8/27/12)(AFP, 8/27/12)
2012 Aug 27, In South Africa
strikers threatened retaliation against non-strikers at the
London-listed Lonmin mine where most of the 28,000-workforce did not
show up for shift 11 days after the country's worst police violence
2012 Aug 27, A Syrian military
helicopter caught fire and crashed after it was apparently hit
during fighting between government forces and rebels in the capital
Damascus. SANA reported that authorities released a total of 378
people detained for their participation in street protests. A
car-bomb killed 12 mourners at a funeral for two regime supporters
in the largely Druze and Christian Damascus suburb of Jaramana. Some
190 people were reported killed across Syria.
(AP, 8/27/12)(AFP, 8/28/12)(Economist, 9/1/12,
2012 Aug 27, In Syria Czech
Ambassador Eva Filipi, who has overseen US interests in Syria since
the US embassy was closed in February, told a Czech television
station that US reporter Austin Tice (31) has been "detained by
government forces on the outskirts of Damascus. Tice last
communicated with his colleagues on August 13, though he did not
indicate how he planned to leave Syria.
2012 Aug 27, Tunisia extended
the state of emergency in the country for another month ahead of the
start of the new school year over fears of increased violence. This
was the 8th extension following the popular uprising that overthrew
long-ruling dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali a year and a half ago.
2012 Aug 27, Uganda's Pres.
Yoweri Museveni made his son, Col. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, a one-star
general and appointed him commander of the country's special forces,
leading some Ugandans to conclude that the son is being groomed to
succeed his father.
2012 Aug 28, US Republicans
emphatically approved a toughly worded party platform at their
national convention that would ban all abortions and gay marriages,
reshape Medicare into a voucher-like program and cut taxes to
energize the economy and create jobs.
2012 Aug 28, Shulamith
Firestone (b.1945), author of “The Dialectic of Sex: The Case For
Feminist Revolution” (1970), was found dead at her Manhattan
(SFC, 9/4/12, p.C4)
2012 Aug 28, Afghan authorities
said a "massive" suicide truck bombing in Kandahar city killed four
civilians and wounded the provincial police chief overnight.
2012 Aug 28, Belgium's highest
court granted conditional early release to a convent to Michelle
Martin, the accomplice and former wife of pedophile and child killer
Marc Dutroux, even though she let two of his victims starve to
2012 Aug 28, In Brazil
construction of the $11 billion Belo Monte hydroelectric dam resumed
hours after the country’s Supreme Court ordered work to resume.
(SFC, 8/29/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 28, In Dagestan Said
Afandi (75) a powerful leader of a Sufi Muslim brotherhood was
killed along with six other people, including an 11-year-old boy and
a woman, in the central village of Chirkei after a bomber disguised
as a pilgrim approached him in his house. Police the next day said
that the bomber was Aminat Kurbanova, a 30-year-old resident of
2012 Aug 28, Egyptian Deputy
Foreign Minister Ramzi Ezzeldin Ramzi formally gave Iran the
rotating presidency of the 120-nation Non-Aligned Movement. Iran is
currently hosting the weeklong gathering of the 51-year-old group,
which ends Aug 31.
2012 Aug 28, French sources
said prosecutors have opened a murder enquiry into Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat's 2004 death near Paris following claims he may
have died of polonium poisoning.
2012 Aug 28, Nine Israeli
teenagers, eight of them minors, were charged with taking part in an
Aug 17 violent hate attack on Palestinian Jamal Julani (17) from
east Jerusalem that left him in critical condition.
2012 Aug 28, The
government-linked Japan Bank for International Cooperation said it
would purchase a 26% stake in the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor
Development Corp. (DMIC).
2012 Aug 28, In Kenya angry
youths threw a grenade at a police truck, killing a prison officer
and injuring 16 officers as riots rocked the port city of Mombasa
for a 2nd day after the killing of a radical Islamist cleric. Two
more officers died of their wounds the next day.
(AFP, 8/28/12)(AP, 8/29/12)
2012 Aug 28, The Namibian Press
Agency reported the discovery of large deposits of iron ore that are
the first found in the mineral-rich southwest African country.
2012 Aug 28, Nigeria's Finance
Ministry said Nigeria will launch a $1 billion sovereign wealth fund
in the coming months to invest some of the nation's oil revenue.
2012 Aug 28, Nigerian soldiers
shot dead a man in Maiduguri who was pushing a wheelbarrow that
contained explosives. A witness said stray bullets from the shootout
wounded a woman and killed a baby strapped to her back.
2012 Aug 28, A Pakistani army
operation began to repel Taliban militants who had crossed over from
Kunar province in Afghanistan on Aug 24 and occupied the village of
Batwar in the Bajaur tribal district. 15 troops went missing in the
fight. A Taliban later in the week displayed the heads of 12
2012 Aug 28, Russian opposition
leader Boris Nemtsov said President Vladimir Putin is spending
billions of taxpayers' rubles on 20 luxurious residences, 43 jets
and four yachts. In a report titled “The Life of a Galley Slave,”
Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister, estimated that the
maintenance of Putin's residences, jets and cars alone costs $2.5
billion a year.
2012 Aug 28, Russian opposition
activist Taisiya Osipova was sentenced to eight years in prison in a
review of her drug-related case —twice as long as prosecutors had
requested in a ruling that drew immediate opposition outrage. A
witness for the defense testified at her trial that he saw a police
officer put the drugs in Osipova's apartment. She and her supporters
have maintained that police planted four grams of heroin in her home
in 2010 in revenge for her refusal to testify against her husband,
Sergei Fomchenkov, also a senior figure in The Other Russia
2012 Aug 28, The Russian
presidential human rights council questioned the guilty verdict and
two-year prison sentences against three members of punk provocateurs
Pussy Riot. The council said in a statement that "criminal law was
used to deal with actions which entail administrative liability
only" in the case.
2012 Aug 28, Typhoon Bolaven
pounded South Korea with strong winds and heavy rain as it churned
up rough seas that smashed two Chinese fishing ships into rocks,
killing at least five fishermen and forcing the coast guard to
perform a daring rescue for the survivors. At least 9 other people
were killed and 10 were missing as the typhoon knocked out power to
hundreds of thousands.
(AP, 8/28/12)(AFP, 8/28/12)(SFC, 8/29/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 28, In Spain the
regional government of Catalonia said it needed a $6.3 billion
(Economist, 9/1/12, p.54)
2012 Aug 28, Syria's army
pounded parts of the eastern belt of Damascus. At least 10 people
were killed in the northwestern town of Kafr Nabal in Idlib
province. 7 men were reported killed by government troops in the
central province of Hama. A car bomb rocked the funeral of two
government loyalists in a Damascus suburb killing 27 people. The
number of deaths from a 5-day onslaught in Daraya was raised to 340.
According to the Observatory violence today cost 189 lives: 143
civilians, 14 rebels and 32 soldiers.
(AFP, 8/28/12)(AFP, 8/29/12)
2012 Aug 28, Pirates attacked a
Greek oil tanker off the coast of Togo, taking control of its bridge
and kidnapping 24 Russian sailors before escaping amid an exchange
of gunfire with a naval patrol boat.
(AP, 8/28/12)(SFC, 8/29/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 29, A US military
spokesman said a team of 200 US Marines has begun patrolling
Guatemala's western coast this week in an unprecedented operation to
beat drug traffickers in the Central America region.
2012 Aug 29, NASA scientists
reported the discovery of a solar system called Kepler 47 with 2
stars orbiting each other every 7.5 days. The system some 5,000
light-years away, was orbited by two planets.
(SFC, 8/30/12, p.A9)
2012 Aug 29, In Afghanistan
five Australian soldiers were killed, three when an Afghan soldier
turned his gun on them inside a base in Uruzgan province and two
from a helicopter crash. A rocket hit a civilian house in Logar
province and killed one woman inside. A 12-year-old boy was
kidnapped and killed in southern Kandahar province, his severed head
placed near his body to send a warning to police.
(AP, 8/30/12)(Reuters, 8/31/12)
2012 Aug 29, It was reported
that Argentine authorities are planning to shoot seagulls in hopes
of reducing their population following seagull attacks on southern
right whales. Seagulls around the city of Puerto Madryn discovered
about a decade ago that by pecking at the whales as they come up for
air, they can create open wounds and feed on them.
2012 Aug 29, An asylum-seeker
boat heading for Australia disappeared off the Indonesian coast with
150 people aboard. Over the next 24 hours rescuers recovered 54
survivors, mostly males from Afghanistan.
(AFP, 8/30/12)(AFP, 8/31/12)
2012 Aug 29, The British
government stripped London Metropolitan University of its right to
sponsor visas for overseas students over alleged failings in its
procedures, leaving thousands of students facing possible
2012 Aug 29, Queen Elizabeth II
officially opened the London Paralympic Games at a showpiece
ceremony involving more than 3,000 volunteer and professional
2012 Aug 29, In China 154
miners were working underground at the Xiaojiawan coal mine in the
city of Panzhihua, Sichuan province, when a blast occurred. At least
43 people were killed and 3 remained trapped.
2012 Aug 29, The world's
largest marine park, a vast swathe of ocean almost twice the size of
France, was unveiled by the Cook Islands at the opening of the
Pacific Islands Forum.
2012 Aug 29, The Egyptian
military said that 11 "terrorists" have been killed in its campaign
against Islamist militants in the Sinai peninsula. This contradicted
earlier claims of having killed 20 militants in helicopter strikes.
2012 Aug 29, Egyptian
prosecutors said they have charged Safwat el-Sherif, former Pres.
Mubarak's minister of information for nearly two decades, with
corruption. An official said he had illegally appropriated villas,
lands and apartments originally owned by the state and had also
received gifts worth millions of Egyptian pounds from chief editors
in the state media in return for keeping them in their positions.
2012 Aug 29, At least 3
Georgian commandos and 11 militants from Dagestan were killed during
an operation to free hostages held along Georgia's border with
2012 Aug 29, India's Supreme
Court confirmed the death sentence handed down to Mohammed Kasab,
the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks in which 166
people were killed.
2012 Aug 29, An Indian court
convicted Maya Kodnani, a former Gujarat state minister, and 31
others of murder during one of the worst massacres in religious
riots in 2002.
2012 Aug 29, In Iraq attackers
killed 2 military officers in Baghdad including Brig. Gen. Nadhum
Tayeh. 3 policemen were killed in Kirkuk.
2012 Aug 29, Israeli Interior
Minister Eli Yishai warned that illegal immigrants from Sudan who do
not leave the country by October 15 will be detained. Israel began
expelling South Sudanese in June.
2012 Aug 29, Israeli troops
fired warning shots into the air near the border in central Gaza. A
42-year-old Gazan woman was in critical condition after being shot
in the area east of the central town of Deir al-Balah.
2012 Aug 29, Japan and North
Korea held their first face-to-face talks in four years, in an
attempt to lay the groundwork to overcome decades of mutual
2012 Aug 29, Japan's upper
house slapped PM Yoshihiko Noda with a censure motion that
effectively stalls parliament and heaps pressure on the premier to
call snap elections.
2012 Aug 29, Jordanian PM Fayez
Tarawneh said that Syrian refugees responsible for violence in a
camp near the border will be deported. About 200 of 21,000 refugees
went on a rampage the previous evening at Zaatari Camp to protest
2012 Aug 29, Mexico's Attorney
General Marisela Morales says she has requested help from Interpol
in arresting Tomas Yarrington, the former governor of Tamaulipas,
for allegedly fomenting drug trafficking.
2012 Aug 29, In Pakistan at
least eight soldiers were killed in clashes after militants attacked
a checkpost in South Waziristan.
2012 Aug 29, Somali pirates
killed a Syrian hostage crew member and wounded another to protest a
delayed ransom payment for the MV Orna, hijacked on Dec 20, 2010.
(SSFC, 9/2/12, p.A9)
2012 Aug 29, Rebels in Sudan's
South Kordofan state destroyed a military camp in Rashad, killing
four soldiers after vowing to step up their efforts to overthrow the
2012 Aug 29, A Swaziland court
convicted a South African man of high treason and terrorism over a
botched bomb attack against King Mswati III. the court found Amos
Mbedzi guilty of planning to plant the bomb at a bridge of the
Lozitha Royal Palace in the commercial hub Manzini in 2008. The bomb
exploded prematurely, but Mbedzi survived with serious injuries
while two others in the car were killed.
2012 Aug 29, Swaziland
reinstated over 200 teachers fired earlier in August for
participating in a six-week long strike.
2012 Aug 29, Syrian rebels said
they destroyed five helicopters in a raid on a military airport
between the northern cities of Aleppo and Idlib. State television
said the attack was repelled.
2012 Aug 29, Taiwan's former
fire chief Huang Chi-min, hailed as a hero for leading rescue
efforts during Typhoon Morakot in 2009, was arrested on corruption
2012 Aug 29, Ukraine's highest
court upheld the guilty verdict against former PM Yulia Tymoshenko,
who is in jail on abuse of office charges.
2012 Aug 29, Vietnamese
researchers said new species of fish with a penis on its head has
been identified in the Mekong Delta.
2012 Aug 30, A federal court
rejected a Texas law that would require voters to present photo IDs
to election officials before being allowed to cast ballots in
2012 Aug 30, In California
Yosemite park officials closed 91 Curry Village tent cabins
following 3 more cases of hantavirus, bringing the total number of
cases to 6 cases, including 2 deaths. The cabins were apparently
infested with deer mice, carriers of the disease. A 3rd death from
the incurable disease was reported on Sep 6.
(SFC, 8/31/12, p.A1)(SFC, 9/7/12, p.A18)
2012 Aug 30, Tropical
depression Isaac hovered over Louisiana for a 3rd day with at least
2 deaths as it slowly moved inland.
(SFC, 8/31/12, p.A8)
2012 Aug 30, In Afghanistan
insurgent rockets killed five civilians while they were waiting on
the side of a road for a bus in Logar province. A 6-year-old girl
was beheaded in eastern Kapisa province.
(AFP, 8/30/12)(Reuters, 8/31/12)
2012 Aug 30, In Algeria 9 AQIM
members, including a chief named as Boubeker Zemmouri (29), were
killed by soldiers over the last 24 hours in a special operation at
Jebel Djerrah in the Beni Amrane area of Boumerdes province, 50 km
(30 miles) east of Algiers. Another militant was reported killed in
a village in the same area.
2012 Aug 30, The first day of
competition at the London Paralympics got under way.
2012 Aug 30, Canadian officials
said they have ordered the deportation of Kimberly Rivera (30), who
fled the US military in Feb, 2007, to avoid returning to the war in
(SFC, 8/31/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 30, Cambodia police
arrested Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, a co-founder of The Pirate Bay
file-sharing website following a request by Sweden. He faced a
one-year prison term in Sweden for violating copyright laws.
(SFC, 9/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 30, Egypt’s Pres.
Mohammed Morsi urged the world to support the rebels in Syria as he
spoke in Tehran before an int’l. meeting of nonaligned nations.
(SFC, 8/31/12, p.A3)
2012 Aug 30, Rights group
Reporters Without Borders said 3 journalists jailed since late 2001
have died in prison in Eritrea, the world's worst country for press
freedom. Dawit Habtemichael, Mattewos Habteab and Wedi Itay were
reported to have died by former prison guards who have since fled
2012 Aug 30, In India 9 air
force personnel were killed when two Russian-designed military
helicopters apparently collided in mid-air in the western state of
2012 Aug 30, Indonesian
fishermen found 50 Sri Lankan asylum seekers, who were trying to
reach Australia, on a boat with a broken engine and brought them
2012 Aug 30, The Maldives
Commission of National Inquiry (CoNI), consisting of four nationals
named by political parties and a Singaporean judge nominated by the
Commonwealth, found the February change of president was "legal and
constitutional." The judgment promptly rejected by Mohamed Nasheed’s
party, which vowed to keep up protests to press for early elections.
2012 Aug 30, Mexico's old
ruling PRI party cleared the last hurdle in regaining the presidency
it held for 71 years, after the country's highest electoral court
dismissed legal challenges brought by a leftist opponent trying to
overturn the July 1 election.
2012 Aug 30, It was reported
that a leak of personal data of more than 60 past and current
employees of Nigeria's State Security Service remained easily
accessible on the Internet for days and had details about the
agency's director-general, including his mobile phone number, bank
account particulars and contact information for his son.
2012 Aug 30, Palestinian
religious authorities announced sweeping reforms of divorce laws
making it easier for a woman to end her marriage. The changes would
no apply in Gaza.
(SFC, 9/1/12, p.A3)
2012 Aug 30, Russia officials
said the bodies of two slain women were found beneath a scrawled
message demanding freedom for the jailed members of the Pussy Riot
band. Russia's Investigative Committee said the women, aged 76 and
38, were killed late last week in their apartment in the central
city of Kazan with the words "Free Pussy Riot" written on the wall
in English, "presumably" with blood. Police detained Igor
Danilevsky, a 38-year-old university professor. Investigators said
Danilevsky wrote "Free Pussy Riot" because he wanted the deaths of
the 38-year-old woman he dated and her mother, 76, to appear as if
they were a "ritual killing."
(AP, 8/30/12)(AP, 8/31/12)
2012 Aug 30, In South Africa
about 270 miners were charged with the murders of 34 striking
colleagues who were shot by South African police officers. The
decision to charge the miners came under an arcane Roman-Dutch
common purpose law used under the apartheid regime. It suggested
Pres. Jacob Zuma's government wants to shift blame for the killings
from police to the striking miners.
2012 Aug 30, In South Africa
three crates of "more than 5,000 rounds of ammunitions" of various
sizes were found concealed under a wooden floor beneath the pulpit
of a Dutch Reformed Church in the town of Schweizer-Reneke.
2012 Aug 30, Swiss authorities
said a self-styled healer has been indicted by a Swiss court on
charges that he intentionally infected 16 people with HIV, the virus
that causes AIDS, in cases (2001-2005) going back more than a
2012 Aug 30, Syrian rebels
reportedly shot down a regime warplane over the northern province of
2012 Aug 31, The US Fish and
Wildlife announced the end of protections for wolves in most of
Wyoming. Protections remained in some areas such as Yellowstone
(SFC, 9/1/12, p.A4)
2012 Aug 31, In New Jersey
ex-Marine Terence Tyler (23) opened fire with a hand gun and an
assault rifle at a supermarket in Old Bridge Township and killed 2
co-workers before killing himself.
(SFC, 9/1/12, p.A1)
2012 Aug 31, The Ohio state
Dept. of Health said a woman’s death this week was related to H3N2v,
a new strain of swine flu. 12 new cases were reported in the US
during the week.
(SFC, 9/1/12, p.A4)
2012 Aug 31, Afghan officials
said that a 16-year-old boy accused by the Taliban of spying for the
government was beheaded and skinned in late July.
2012 Aug 31, Angola held its
2nd general election in 20 years. The ruling party was expected to
easily hang onto power despite accusations it is corrupt and has
mismanaged the country’s oil and diamond riches. President Jose
Eduardo dos Santos' ruling party won 72 percent of the national vote
assuring his government, in power for 32 years, another five years
in power. The electoral commission later said 40 percent of voters
(AP, 8/31/12)(AP, 9/3/12)(AP, 9/4/12)
2012 Aug 31, Argentina
tightened its grip on credit card purchases in an effort to stem
capital flight and tax evasion. One measure added a 15 percent tax
every time people make a purchase outside Argentina using a
peso-denominated credit card. Another required card-issuers to
report every purchase to the government.
2012 Aug 31, Armenia broke off
diplomatic ties with Hungary after an Azerbaijani military officer
sentenced to life in prison here for killing an Armenian officer was
sent back to his homeland and, despite assurances, immediately
pardoned and freed. Lt. Ramil Safarov (35) was given a life sentence
in 2006 by the Budapest City Court after he confessed to killing Lt.
Gurgen Markarian of Armenia while both were in Hungary for a 2004
NATO language course.
2012 Aug 31, In London
self-exiled tycoon Boris Berezovsky (64) lost his
multibillion-dollar legal battle against fellow Russian mogul Roman
Abramovich (45) after a British judge ruled that he didn't tell the
truth in the clash over vast oil wealth.
2012 Aug 31, Cameroon’s
state-run broadcasting reported that at least 14 people are
confirmed dead and over 22,000 other affected by flood waters in the
Far-North and North Regions. Prolonged rainfall combined with the
release of water by the Lagdo hydroelectricity dam caused the Benoue
River to burst its banks into nearby residential areas.
2012 Aug 31, Chinese dissident
Wang Xiaoning (62), convicted based on evidence provided by US
Internet giant Yahoo!, was released from prison after serving a
10-year term for subversion.
2012 Aug 31, Egyptian police
found the decapitated head in Sinai of Manazil Bereikat, kidnapped
by Islamist militants, reportedly for his role in assassinating an
extremist. He was from the same tribe of Ibrahim Ouda Bereikat, an
extremist killed in a mysterious explosion near the Israeli border
on August 26.
2012 Aug 31, In Germany
Lufthansa flight attendants walked off the job for eight hours at
Frankfurt airport, causing the cancellation of more than 220
flights. Their union warned of more stoppages unless the airline
gives in to its demands.
2012 Aug 31, In Germany
Grunenthal chief executive Harald Stock said in a speech that
his company, the maker of thalidomide, was "very sorry" for its
silence towards the victims of the drug, which was sold to pregnant
women as a cure for morning sickness in the 1950s and early 1960s.
An estimated 10,000 children worldwide were born with defects --
including missing limbs. It was pulled from the market in 1961.
2012 Aug 31, In Guinea a
flat-bottomed boat used by fishermen and for transport, capsized a
few minutes after setting off for Kassa Island, several km (miles)
from the capital Conakry. About 30 people were believed drowned
after the overloaded boat sank. 27 survived.
2012 Aug 31, Indian
gangster-politician Arun Gawli, who rose from the working classes to
be called "daddy" by his adoring followers, was sentenced to life
imprisonment for murdering a local rival in 2008. A court earlier
this week found Gawli and 10 others guilty of killing right-wing
Hindu politician Kamlakar Jamsandekar four years ago in India's
2012 Aug 31, Indonesian
fishermen rescued 43 starving, dehydrated Sri Lankans who had been
adrift in a boat for nine days after their engine broke down while
trying to reach Australia to seek asylum.
2012 Aug 31, In Indonesia 2
suspected militants were killed in a shootout with police in central
Java’s Solo town. The shooting also left one officer dead. Police
were attempting to capture a group responsible for the death of a
policeman a day earlier.
(SSFC, 9/2/12, p.A7)
2012 Aug 31, Iran’s sole
reactor at the country's Bushehr nuclear power plant reached full
2012 Aug 31, An Iranian
opposition organization said that a final convoy of 680 of its
members will leave Camp Ashraf on September 12 for the new Hurriya
transit center near Baghdad.
2012 Aug 31, In Iraq gunmen
shot dead four Shiite worshippers in three separate attacks in
2012 Aug 31, In northern Mali a
man accused of rape in received 100 lashes, as the Islamists
controlling the city continue to mete out punishments under Shariah
law. He was identified as a Burkina Faso citizen named Boubacar
2012 Aug 31, Mexico’s highest
electoral court declared Enrique Pena president. Leftist
presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that he is
refusing to recognize the results of the presidential election.
(AP, 8/31/12)(SFC, 9/1/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 31, Mexico extradited
Eduardo Arellano Felix (55), the top advisor to his brother’s
Tijuana-based drug cartel, to the US.
(SFC, 9/1/12, p.A9)
2012 Aug 31, Mozambican police
killed Orquilio Nhassengo, the suspected kingpin of a kidnapping
ring that has targeted wealthy Muslims in Maputo, during a raid in
which six were also arrested.
2012 Aug 31, Niger emergency
officials said that 52 people have died after heavy rains caused
rivers to overflow and buildings to crumble.
2012 Aug 31, In northern
Nigeria 2 speeding buses collided head-on and burst into flames
killing at least 29 people and injuring 16 others in Yobe state.
2012 Aug 31, In northwestern
Pakistan a car bomb exploded in a market, killing at least 11 people
in Mattani bazaar near the city of Peshawar.
2012 Aug 31, A 7.6-magnitude
quake struck off the eastern coast of the Philippines, killing at
least one person in a house collapse, knocking out power in several
towns and generating negligible tsunami surges.
2012 Aug 31, Rwanda announced
it was pulling out 280 of its soldiers from eastern Democratic
Republic of Congo, where they had been working with DR Congo troops
fighting rebel militia there.
2012 Aug 31, Spain’s FROB, a
bank rescue fund set up to help the deeply troubled financial
sector, said it will immediately inject financial aid into Bankia
after the troubled lender announced losses of €4.4 billion ($5.6
billion) in the first half of the year.
2012 Aug 31, Syrian rebels said
they have begun a major operation in the Aleppo region. According to
the Observatory there were 125 people killed in violence nationwide
including 74 civilians, 29 soldiers and 22 rebels.
(AP, 8/31/12)(AFP, 9/1/12)
2012 Aug 31, Syrian troops
fired at least 25 shells overnight striking a Lebanese Christian
village on the northern border, wounding one person and causing
2012 Aug 31, In Thailand
militants in the Muslim-majority south carried out a wave of
coordinated attacks, wounding several soldiers and hoisting the
Malaysian flag across the restive region.
2012 Aug 31, In eastern Yemen a
suspected US drone airstrike hit a vehicle carrying suspected
militants traveling in Hadramawt, killing eight in the third such
strike this week. Khaled Batis, wanted in connection with the attack
on the Limburg off the coast of Yemen that killed one person, was
among five militants riding a vehicle struck by a drone.
(AP, 8/31/12)(AFP, 9/2/12)
2012 Aug, NASA’s Voyager 1
probe, launched in 1977, entered interstellar space.
(SFC, 9/13/13, p.A1)
2012 Aug, In Richmond, Ca., a
young woman escaped from the home of Raul Ochoa, who had held and
sexually assaulted her since she was 12 years old. On Jan 29, 2014,
Ochoa (52) pleaded guilty to forced lewd acts and forcible rape on
the victim (28).
(SFC, 2/1/14, p.C2)
2012 Aug, In Aurora, Colorado,
an Ethiopian identified as Kefelegn Alemu Worku was arrested for
torturing political prisoners decades ago in his home country. He
was spotted by happenstance and confronted in May 2011 in a suburban
Denver restaurant by a former prisoner who recognized him as a guard
at Higher 15, a detention center established during the late 1970s
in a campaign known as the Red Terror.
2012 Aug, France launched its
latest campaign to drive Gypsies from their camps.
2012 Aug, Yao Ming, former
basketball star and a goodwill ambassador to WildAid, a nonprofit
dedicated to ending illegal wildlife trading, took a trip to Kenya,
where he spent several days interacting with wildlife officials and
seeing some of the effects of poaching. Ming accepted to work as an
ambassador for elephant conservationists hoping to convice the
Chinese public not to buy trinkets from African ivory.
(Econ, 11/3/12, p.48)(http://tinyurl.com/au6uxs5)
2012 Aug, Laos won approval to
joing the World Trade Organization (WTO).
(Econ, 11/10/12, p.71)
2012 Aug, In Yemen 3 militants
were killed in a US drone strike. Sheik Salem Ahmed bin Ali Jaber,
who preached in his village of Khashamir on the evils of
al-Qaida, was also killed along with his cousin in the attack.
2012 Sep 1, In Iowa a pilot was
killed at an air show in Davenport after his Soviet Cold War era jet
crashed into a nearby field.
2012 Sep 1, It was reported
that drought-related home damage has been found in 40 of the 48
contiguous US states and that experts said damage could exceed $1
(SFC, 9/1/12, p.F1)
2012 Sep 1, American lyricist
Hal David (91) died in Los Angeles. He worked with composer Burt
Bacharach on numerous top 40 hits.
(SSFC, 9/2/12, p.D11)
2012 Sep 1, In eastern
Afghanistan 2 suicide attackers, one driving a fuel tanker, blew
themselves up near a US base, killing at least 12 people in Wardak
province. The dead included 8 civilians and 4 Afghan police. 2 US
soldiers were killed in Ghazni province.
2012 Sep 1, Chad warned that
flooding of vast fields of crops and locust infestations had added
to a severe food crisis in a country already battling chronic
2012 Sep 1, Egyptian
authorities arrested Hamada Abou Shita, a militant wanted for his
alleged role in planning and carrying out deadly attacks last year
on a police station and a bank in the Sinai Peninsula. A court
sentenced Abu Shita to death in absentia on Aug. 14 for his alleged
part in the 2011 attacks.
2012 Sep 1, Iran and North
Korea signed a scientific and technological cooperation agreement,
bringing the two nations deeply at odds with the US closer together.
2012 Sep 1, Israel launched
airstrikes at training camps in the Gaza Strip wounding 2
2012 Sep 1, Jordan and the UN's
refugee agency issued an urgent call to international donors for
$700 million to handle the rapidly rising number of Syrian refugees
seeking safe haven in the country.
2012 Sep 1, In Mali Islamist
extremist rebels seized control of Douentza, 190 km (120 miles)
north of Mopti, a central town held by the Mali army.
2012 Sep 1, In Pakistan US
drones fired a barrage of missiles at a vehicle and a house in North
Waziristan, killing at least five suspected militants. A group of
gunmen on motorcycles in the southwestern province of Baluchistan
killed seven Muslims of the Shiite Hazara community.
2012 Sep 1, Somalia's
Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants put on show the bodies of four
"enemy" soldiers (2 Somalis and 2 Kenyans) killed in combat in
Kismayo, southern Somalia.
2012 Sep 1, Syrian rebels
launched deadly attacks on the military in a campaign increasingly
targeting its air power. 18 unidentified bodies were found in the
Damascus area. Summary executions by both sides in the conflict were
on the increase. State media said that a "terrorist" group had
killed five members of a family in the central Marjeh district of
Aleppo. In Idlib province rebels attacked an army roadblock in the
Harem district, killing or wounding 9 soldiers. In Hama province
rebels killed at least four soldiers in a similar attack. A car bomb
near a Palestinian refugee camp in a suburb of Damascus killed at
least 15 people.
(AFP, 9/1/12)(AP, 9/2/12)
2012 Sep 2, In Saratoga, Ca.,
Audrie Pott (15) went to a house party, where she drank and passed
out. Teenage boys took advantage of her and took pictures, which
were posted on Facebook. Eight days after the attack she hanged
herself in shame. On April 11, 2013, police arrested 3 boys in
connection with her death.
(SFC, 4/13/13, p.A1)
2012 Sep 2, In New Jersey
Osvaldo Rivera (31) stabbed to death Dominick Andujor (6) and
wounded his sister (12). Police said Rivera was high on PVP-laced
(SFC, 9/4/12, p.A5)
2012 Sep 2, Algerian customs
officials said nearly four tons of cannabis with a street value of
around 1.6 million euros ($2 million) have been seized near border
2012 Sep 2, A wildlife rescue
organization said 13 whales have died following a mass stranding off
the Scottish coast. British Divers and Marine Life Rescue said that
the mammals were among a group of 26 pilot whales stranded at
Pittenweem in eastern Scotland.
2012 Sep 2, Egypt's state TV
lifted a decades-long ban on veiled female news presenters whom
successive secular-leaning regimes have barred from going on air.
2012 Sep 2, In Iraq two bomb
attacks against security forces killed four people including two
policemen and two soldiers in Tuz Khurmatu and the northern city of
2012 Sep 2, Israel completed
evacuation of the large unauthorized West Bank settlement of Migron,
culminating years of legal wrangling.
2012 Sep 2, In Gaza Ehab Abu
al-Nada (17) died four days after setting himself alight in
desperation over financial problems.
2012 Sep 2, South Africa's top
public prosecutor said that controversial murder charges against 270
miners for the killing of fellow workers shot dead by police, will
be provisionally dropped.
2012 Sep 2, In Syria 2 bombs
exploded near the military's joint chiefs of staff's offices in
central Damascus, lightly wounding four army officers and causing
damage to a building and cars.
2012 Sep 2, In south Yemen
pro-government militias killed two suspected members of Al-Qaeda, a
Pakistani and a Somali, in a raid on their hideout.
2012 Sep 3, Democrats unveiled
a party platform at their national convention in Charlotte, North
Carolina, that echoes President Barack Obama's call for higher taxes
on wealthier Americans while backing same-sex marriage and abortion
2012 Sep 3, In Minnesota the
Black Bear Casino Resort near Carlton cooked up a world-record bacon
cheeseburger that's 10 feet in diameter and weighed a record 2,014
pounds. It included 60 pounds of bacon, 50 pounds of lettuce, 50
pounds of sliced onions, 40 pounds of pickles and 40 pounds of
2012 Sep 3, Valero Energy Corp.
announced that it will convert its shuttered oil refinery on the
southern Caribbean island of Aruba into a fuel storage facility,
leaving hundreds of employees jockeying for positions at the
2012 Sep 3, African-American
actor Michael Clarke Duncan (b.1957) died in Los Angeles, where he
was being treated for a heart attack. His dozens of films included
an Oscar-nominated performance as a death row inmate in "The Green
Mile" and such other box office hits as "Armageddon," ''Planet of
the Apes" and "Kung Fu Panda.”
(AP, 9/3/12)(SFC, 9/4/12, p.A7)
2012 Sep 3, In Afghanistan the
international military coalition said one of its service members has
died in a bomb attack.
2012 Sep 3, Algeria's water
resources minister, Abdelmalek Sellal, was named prime minister by
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
2012 Sep 3, Argentina's tax
agency imposed more rules on purchases outside the country.
2012 Sep 3, In Burundi Aloys
Nzabampema, ex-leader of the former rebel National Liberation
Forces, claimed responsibility for a weekend attack near the capital
and announced the creation of a new FNL faction.
2012 Sep 3, CAR officials said
that Gen. Baba Ladde, a rebel leader from Chad known by his nickname
"The Father of the Bush," has turned himself in to authorities in
the capital of the Central African Republic.
2012 Sep 3, In Colombia
Griselda Blanco (69), a convicted drug trafficker who was once known
as the "Godmother" and the "Queen of Cocaine," was shot to death by
an unidentified gunman at a butcher shop in Medellin.
2012 Sep 3, Cuba raised import
duties on cargo shipments, as well as on many bulk goods brought in
by airline passengers. The steep hike in customs duties took effect,
catching many air travelers unaware and leaving some shocked at the
2012 Sep 3, A Hong Kong-owned
company, National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), said it has
completed the acquisition of bankrupt car maker Saab and will move
ahead with its business plan to make electric cars under the Swedish
2012 Sep 3, In Lebanon a
smoking ban in all closed public spaces, including coffee shops,
restaurants and bars, went into force under new legislation that
promises hefty fines for lawbreakers.
2012 Sep 3, Madagascar
officials said villagers have killed nearly 100 cattle thieves in a
wave of weekend attacks in southern areas of the Indian Ocean island
plagued by rustling.
2012 Sep 3, Police in Northern
Ireland fired plastic bullets and water cannon on rioters late today
in a second night of sectarian clashes between Catholics and
Protestants. 47 officers were injured in the overnight clashes.
(Reuters, 9/4/12)(SFC, 9/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 3, In Pakistan a
suicide car bomber rammed a US consulate vehicle in Peshawar,
killing at least two people in the deadliest attack targeting
Americans in the country in more than two years.
2012 Sep 3, South African
police and security guards fired rubber bullets and tear gas at
sacked gold miners who were attacking colleagues to block them from
working. Police said four people were wounded at the Gold Fields
mine that used to be partially owned by the president's nephew.
Lonmin warned that a nearly four week strike at its mine was
threatening 40,000 jobs, as the government moved to calm jitters in
2012 Sep 3, South Korean
Unification Church patriarch Sun Myung Moon (92) died near his home
in Gapyeong County.
2012 Sep 3, In Syria Government
warplanes bombed the northern town of al-Bab killing at least 19
2012 Sep 3, Tanzania journalist
Daudi Mwangosi of Channel Ten TV was reported killed in a
confrontation with police who were clashing with rallying supporters
of the country's biggest opposition party.
2012 Sep 3, In Thailand
Vorayuth Yoovidhya (27), a grandson of the creator of the Red Bull
energy drink, was arrested for driving a Ferrari that struck a
police officer and dragged his dead body down a Bangkok street in an
2012 Sep 4, In California CHP
Officer Kenyon Youngstrom was shot by Christopher Boone Lacy (36)
during a traffic stop on I-680 near Alamo. Lacy was shot a killed by
another officer. Youngstrom died of his wounds the next day.
(SFC, 9/6/12, p.A1,13)
2012 Sep 4, A US federal judge
ordered Massachusetts’ state prison officials to provide a
taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery to Robert Kosilek, a
transgender inmate serving life in prison for the murder of his wife
2012 Sep 4, US fast food giant
McDonald's, famed for its beef-based Big Mac burgers, said it will
open its first ever vegetarian-only restaurant in the world in India
2012 Sep 4, American
activist Michael Strong signed an agreement for a small project to
create jobs and cheap housing in Honduras. This outmaneuvered plans
by Paul Romer, an economist at New York Univ., for a larger int’l.
project to build a charter city in Honduras.
(Economist, 10/6/12, p.71)
2012 Sep 4, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed at least 25 civilians and
wounded another 30 at a funeral for a village elder in the village
of Shagai in the Durbaba district of Nangarhar province.
2012 Sep 4, In Canada Quebec’s
ruling Liberals were defeated in a provincial election after nine
years in power. Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois became
Quebec’s first female premier as she replaced Premier Jean Charest.
He had held the seat since November 1998. The left-leaning Parti
Quebecois (PQ) captured only 54 of the 125 seats in the legislature.
(Reuters, 9/4/12)(Reuters, 9/5/12)
2012 Sep 4, In Canada Richard
Henry Bain (62) entered a theater and shot two people where Pauline
Marois, leader of the Parti Quebecois, was speaking on behalf of the
party’s narrow election victory. One of the victims died. Bain also
set fire to the building and was soon arrested.
(Economist, 9/8/12, p.35)
2012 Sep 4, Colombia’s
President Juan Manuel Santos announced an accord with the
peasant-based FARC to seek "a definitive peace." The pact, signed
Aug. 27 after six months of secret exploratory talks in Cuba, called
for talks to begin in Norway the first half of October, then return
2012 Sep 4, Congo and China
signed accords worth 975 million euros as part of a project to
rebuild parts of the capital Brazzaville devastated by a deadly
munitions depot blast in early March.
2012 Sep 4, The World Health
Organization said the number of people with Ebola, a rare
haemorrhagic disease, in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo
has tripled since mid-August, after 14 patients died in two weeks.
2012 Sep 4, The foreign
ministers of Germany and Pakistan signed an agreement in which the
two countries committed to a "strategic dialogue" on security
issues, particularly regarding Afghanistan.
2012 Sep 4, Volkswagen AG
unveiled the latest version of its mainstay Golf hatchback at a
Berlin museum, ahead of its premiere later this month at the Paris
Auto Show. This was the 7th edition of the model introduced in 1974.
2012 Sep 4, Guinea’s minister
in charge of national defense said that an arms shipment was
intercepted around a month ago at the port of Conakry. Abdoul Kabele
Camara said the arms appear to have been ordered by Mali's
ex-President Amadou Toumani Toure, known by his initials "ATT," who
was ousted in a coup in March. Representatives from the West African
regional bloc ECOWAS were meeting with the government of Guinea in
order to decide what to do with a container of arms.
2012 Sep 4, Indian Defense
Minister A.K. Antony announced that joint military exercises between
India and China will be resumed after a four-year gap, after talks
in New Delhi with his Beijing counterpart.
2012 Sep 4, Indian police
opened a probe into five coal companies after raiding premises
across the country over the alleged misallocation of lucrative
2012 Sep 4, Indonesia's justice
minister said that his country would extradite Sayed Abbas, an
Afghan-born human trafficking kingpin, to Australia next year. He
was suspected of having arranged the voyage of a vessel that sank in
December, killing some 200 Australia-bound asylum seekers.
2012 Sep 4, In northern Iraq
bombings and shootings, mostly targeting security forces, left eight
people dead, including six soldiers and a police general.
2012 Sep 4, A Jordanian
teenager (17) stabbed to death Cheryll Harvey (55), a Texas
missionary living in the kingdom, during an argument that broke out
when she caught him stealing from her apartment.
2012 Sep 4, The Kenyan Navy
said it has shelled Somalia's port town of Kismayo, the remaining
significant stronghold of al-Qaida-linked militants, in preparation
for the ground forces to capture the town. 7 people believed to be
members of the al-Shabab militia group were killed in the shelling
that occurred on Sep 1 and Sep 3.
2012 Sep 4, Global Witness said
international logging companies are skirting the rules and have used
a loophole in Liberian law which has granted them access to as much
as one-quarter of Liberia's landmass. Private use permits, now
covering 40 percent of the country's forests, were being used by
major companies to cut trees on their own property.
2012 Sep 4, Mexico’s Navy
detained Mario Cardenas Guillen, a top leader of the Gulf drug
cartel, in the northern city of Altamira.
2012 Sep 4, In Morocco 42
people were killed when the bus overturned between the desert cities
of Marrakesh and Ouarzazate and plunged down a 500-foot (150-meter)
ravine. Another 24 people were injured, four of them seriously.
2012 Sep 4, Pirates attacked
and seized the MT Abu Dhabi Star, an oil tanker off the coast of
Lagos, Nigeria, kidnapping an unknown number of sailors who were
trying to hide from their assailants.
2012 Sep 4, Hundreds of
Palestinians demonstrated in West Bank cities against the high cost
of living, directing their anger at prime minister Salam Fayyad.
2012 Sep 4, Singapore said it
will restrict the growth of "shoebox" private apartments in the
suburbs, effective Nov 4, to ease overcrowding concerns and
encourage couples to have children.
2012 Sep 4, Spain’s government
lifted a 6-year ban on televising live bullfights.
(SFC, 9/5/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 4, Spanish police
evicted more than 80 illegal migrants that had occupied Isla de
Tierra, a tiny island off Africa's Mediterranean coast.
2012 Sep 4, Sudan and South
Sudan resumed talks in the Ethiopian capital to resolve outstanding
disputes over oil, border demarcation, security and the Abyei
2012 Sep 4, Red Cross chief
Peter Maurer launched a mercy mission in Syria to seek greater
protection for civilians, as activists said rebel-held areas of
Aleppo faced severe food shortages under a regime offensive.
2012 Sep 4, The Ugandan
military killed a rebel fighter and captured another in its campaign
against Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army rebels in the Central
African Republic. Rebel general Dominic Ongwen escaped unhurt in the
raid on his camp.
2012 Sep 4, The three UN food
agencies urged governments to take quick action to curb rising
prices of corn, wheat and soybeans and avoid a repeat of the
2007-2008 food crises.
2012 Sep 4, Vietnamese police
seized four tiger cubs and 118 endangered pangolins from suspected
2012 Sep 5, A US federal judge
ruled that Arizona authorities can enforce the most contentious
section of the state's heavily debated immigration law, regarding a
section of the statute that critics have dubbed the "show me your
2012 Sep 5, Texas health
officials said at least 43 people have died this year in Texas of
West Nile virus. Nationwide 87 deaths have been reported to the CDC.
(SFC, 9/6/12, p.A10)
2012 Sep 5, Afghanistan's
Defense Ministry said it has detained or removed hundreds of
soldiers from its military's ranks as part of an investigation into
the backgrounds of its troops after a surge in insider attacks
against foreign forces. NATO said two of its service members died in
a helicopter crash in Logar province.
2012 Sep 5, In Canada a
suitcase containing human remains was found floating in Lake Ontario
near Toronto, the latest in a series of grisly discoveries by
Toronto residents. Police the next day said the human remains
belonged to a single mother who went missing early last month and
whose body parts had been scattered throughout the city.
(Reuters, 9/5/12)(Reuters, 9/6/12)
2012 Sep 5, China’s state media
reported that former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun, whose flight
to a US consulate set off China's biggest political scandal in
years, has been charged with crimes including defection and bribe
2012 Sep 5, In Costa Rica a
magnitude-7.6 earthquake blocked a few highways, collapsed some
houses and left at least 2 people dead.
2012 Sep 5, In the French Alps
the bodies of 3 British vacationers and French cyclist, Sylvain
Mollier (45), were found slain near the village of Chevaline. A
4-year-old girl was found alive among the bodies. Her sister (7) was
beaten and shot but survived. Their BMW car was registered to
Baghdad-born Saad al-Hilli (b.1962), who had lived in Britain since
at least 2002. His family had been in France since August. A Swedish
passport and Iraqi passport were also found at the scene. A family
feud was suspected. On June 24, 2013, the brother of Saad al-Hilli
was arrested after investigators gathered evidence that the siblings
were fighting over their father's inheritance.
(AP, 9/6/12)(AP, 9/7/12)(AP, 6/24/13)
2012 Sep 5, In southern India a
massive blaze swept through a fireworks factory, killing at least 40
workers and injuring 60 others in Sivakasi town, Tamil Nadu state.
2012 Sep 5, American senators
visiting Iraq warned the Baghdad government that it risked damaging
relations with the US if it is allowing Iran to fly over its
airspace to deliver weapons to Syria.
2012 Sep 5, An Israeli
airstrike killed four Palestinian militants as they were preparing
to fire rockets at nearby southern cities.
2012 Sep 5, Japanese media
reports said Japan’s government has agreed to buy three of the five
privately owned islands in the East China Sea, called Senkaku in
Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, from the Kurihara family for 2.05
billion yen ($26 million). China responded by calling the reported
purchase "illegal and invalid."
2012 Sep 5, It was reported
that the government of Kashmir has rejected wide-scale DNA testing
of bodies in thousands of unmarked graves despite pleas by the
families of those who disappeared during two decades of fighting in
the restive region.
2012 Sep 5, Deposed Libyan
dictator Moammar Gadhafi's spy chief, Abdullah al-Senoussi, was put
under detention in Tripoli after being extradited from Mauritania.
2012 Sep 5, Nigeria's navy
retook the MT Abu Dhabi Star oil tanker, hijacked a day earlier off
Lagos, freeing 23 Indian sailors held hostage by pirates who fled as
the navy arrived.
2012 Sep 5, Moscow police
arrested 10 environmental activists, including four dressed in polar
bear costumes, who were protesting outside the main office of
Gazprom. The protest by members of Greenpeace called upon Gazprom to
halt its offshore drilling in the Arctic.
2012 Sep 5, In Syria 45 bodies
of young men with their hands bound were found by the road in a
(Economist, 9/8/12, p.48)
2012 Sep 5, In western Turkey
an explosion and blaze triggered by an accidentally dropped hand
grenade killed 25 soldiers during a stock check at an ammunition
depot near the town of Afyonkarahisar.
2012 Sep 5, In Zimbabwe an
independent animal welfare group said it is filing cruelty charges
against the veterinary teaching department at the Univ. of Zimbabwe
after three emaciated, ailing and distressed horses were killed
using an ax and a knife.
2012 Sep 6, President Barack
Obama and VP Joe Biden accepted the Democratic Party nomination for
a 2nd term. Obama urged voters to stay optimistic that America can
pull itself out of an economic rut.
2012 Sep 6, The US Institute of
Medicine said in a report that the US health care system squanders
$750 billion a year, roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar,
through unneeded care, byzantine paperwork, fraud and other waste.
2012 Sep 6, In Illinois Drew
Peterson (58), the crass former Illinois police officer who gained
notoriety after his much-younger wife vanished in 2007, was
convicted of murdering Kathleen Savio (d.2004), his 3rd wife, in a
potentially precedent-setting case centered on secondhand hearsay
statements. On Feb 21, 2013, Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in
prison for the murder of Savio.
(AP, 9/6/12)(SFC, 2/22/13, p.A7)
2012 Sep 6, In Kentucky Dr.
Mahmoud Yousef Hindi (55) shot and killed two men at a homeowner’s
association in Louisville due to frustration over battles with the
(SFC, 11/2/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 6, In Kansas City,
Missouri, Bishop Robert Finn was found guilty of a misdemeanor count
for failing to report suspected child abuse from a child pornography
case involving Rev. Shawn Ratigan.
(SFC, 9/7/12, p.A11)
2012 Sep 6, Google Inc. said it
has chosen a site just outside the capital of Chile for its first
data center in Latin America. The $150 million data center will
employ just 20 people.
2012 Sep 6, In China the
Yangtze River, the longest and largest river in China and the third
longest river in the world, began turning red near the city of
Chongquing, where it connects to the Jialin River. The color change
was also reported at several other points and officials began
2012 Sep 6, Colombia’s
President Juan Manuel Santos rejected a proposal by the FARC rebel
movement to observe a cease-fire during peace talks that are to
begin next month in Norway.
2012 Sep 6, Egypt's PM Hesham
Kandil said Qatar has agreed to invest $18 billion in Egypt over the
next five years to help boost the country's ailing economy.
2012 Sep 6, A Cairo court has
found four senior policemen not guilty of the killing of protesters
during last year's popular uprising, the latest acquittal of
officials charged in connection to the 850 deaths caused by the
2012 Sep 6, The European Union
launched an anti-dumping probe into Chinese solar panels after an
industry association claimed the products were being exported for
less than it costs to make them.
2012 Sep 6, The European
Central Bank unveiled a new bond-buying program that is largely
designed to keep a lid on Spain’s borrowing rates.
2012 Sep 6, Israeli soldiers
and aircraft hit Palestinian militants planting explosives along the
border with Gaza. 3 men were reported killed.
2012 Sep 6, In Mexico Jesus
Leonel Sanchez-Meza (aka Lionel Portillo-Meza) was arrested for
being among 5 men charged with killing US Border Patrol agent Brian
Terry in 2010 in Arizona. In 2014 Sanchez-Meza was returned to the
US to face murder charges.
(SFC, 6/19/14, p.A8)
2012 Sep 6, In Myanmar all nine
judges on the presidentially appointed Constitution Tribunal
abruptly resigned after the lower house of parliament voted to
impeach them in a standoff within the nascent government.
2012 Sep 6, In Nigeria an
association of mobile phone companies said at least 24 towers have
been attacked across the north, likely causing damage worth millions
of dollars. At least nine masts were burned down in Maiduguri. Hours
later security forces killed seven suspected Boko Haram sect members
(AP, 9/6/12)(AP, 9/7/12)
2012 Sep 6, A spokesman for
int’l. aid group Save the Children said the Pakistani government has
ordered its 6 foreign staff members to leave the country. The group
has recently come under Pakistani government scrutiny because of
reports that it helped facilitate meetings between the US and a
doctor who allegedly helped hunt down Osama bin Laden, a charge
which the group has vehemently denied.
2012 Sep 6, Dozens of
Palestinian taxi drivers snarled traffic in several West Bank cities
to protest rising fuel prices and the government's refusal to allow
them to raise fares.
2012 Sep 6, Qatar’s sovereign
wealth fund, a major stakeholder in Xstrata, agreed to a Glencore
offer of 3.05 shares of Glencore per Xstrata share. The deal was
brokered by former British PM Tony Blair.
(Economist, 9/15/12, p.61)
2012 Sep 6, In South Africa
managers of the Lonmin platinum mine, where police killed 34
striking workers, signed a peace deal with main labor unions but a
breakaway union and the strikers themselves rejected it.
2012 Sep 6, Sweden's central
bank cut its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to
1.25 percent, saying economic growth will slow due to the downturn
in the eurozone.
2012 Sep 6, Syrian troops
recaptured from rebels Tel Chehab, a border town used by refugees to
cross to Jordan, an apparent bid by the regime to stem the flood of
Syrians fleeing their country's civil war.
2012 Sep 6, Off the coast of
western Turkey 61 people drowned when a fishing boat carrying
migrants that smugglers had promised refuge in Europe sank after
hitting rocks. At least 46 survivors, mostly from Iraq and Syria,
were able to swim through the Aegean waters to shore 50 meters away.
(AP, 9/6/12)(SSFC, 9/9/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 6, In Yemen tens of
thousands of people took to the streets after Friday prayers in the
capital Sanaa demanding the prosecution of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the
longtime autocratic leader who stepped down in February after a
2012 Sep 7, The United States
confirmed that it has suspended sharing of radar intelligence with
Honduras because the Central American nation's air force shot down
two suspected drug planes in violation of agreements with
Washington. The radar intelligence was blocked starting in
2012 Sep 7, The Obama
administration formally designated the Pakistan-based Haqqani
network as a foreign terrorist organization, in a complicated
political decision as the US withdraws from Afghanistan and pushes
for a reconciliation pact to end more than a decade of warfare.
2012 Sep 7, In a taped
interview in Colorado Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan
said the federal government shouldn't interfere with states that
have legalized medical marijuana.
2012 Sep 7, In NYC a police
officer shot and killed a convenience store worker who plowed into
him on a sidewalk while frantically fleeing an armed robbery, a
sudden encounter that the police department called a tragic
2012 Sep 7, The Int’l. Union
for the Conservation of nature said the Caribbean’s reefs are in
sharp decline with live coral coverage down to an average of 8%,
down from 50% in the 1970s.
(SFC, 9/8/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 7, In Bahrain riot
police fired tear gas during street clashes with anti-government
protesters in the heart of the Gulf kingdom's capital Manama.
2012 Sep 7, Bolivian President
Evo Morales said he has received word that Washington will not
extradite ex-President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, wanted in
connection with the deaths of 63 protesters in his home country in
2012 Sep 7, Canada said it has
closed its embassy in Iran and will expel all remaining Iranian
diplomats in Canada within 5 days, denouncing Tehran as the biggest
threat to global security.
2012 Sep 7, In southwest China
twin earthquakes collapsed houses and triggered landslides in a
remote mountainous part of the borders of Guizhou and Yunnan
provinces, killing at least 81 people and injuring over 800.
(AP, 9/7/12)(AP, 9/8/12)(AP, 9/9/12)
2012 Sep 7, Egypt's national
air carrier said it will resume international flights after the
airline's flight attendants suspended a 12-hour strike pending
negotiations to meet their grievances.
2012 Sep 7, Lufthansa canceled
hundreds of flights after flight attendants walked off the job at
airports around the country in an escalating battle with Germany's
largest airline. Signs emerged that the two sides may be prepared to
return to the negotiating table.
2012 Sep 7, It was reported
that hunger-striking Hong Kong students and their supporters have
taken control of a city plaza against the introduction of “national
education” courses aiming to boost a sense of shared identity with
(SFC, 9/7/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 7, In Iraq 3 separate
bomb attacks against Shiite mosques in Kirkuk killed eight civilians
and injured 70 others.
2012 Sep 7, Italian and NATO
rescue crews searched the waters off the small Mediterranean island
of Lampedusa for survivors of an apparently sunken migrant boat
after some of the 56 rescued passengers reported that dozens more
were missing. One body was recovered.
2012 Sep 7, In southeastern
Kenya fighting between a community of cattle herders and farmers
over land and water killed 12 people in Tana River delta.
2012 Sep 7, It was reported
that Mali’s interim president Dioncounda Traore has requested five
battalions and air support from neighboring countries to try to take
back the country's north from Islamist rebels linked to al-Qaida.
The request was made without the consent of the soldiers who led
Mali's recent coup.
2012 Sep 7, A lawyer
representing one of the sons of toppled Libyan leader Moammar
Gadhafi confirmed that Niger has given al-Saadi Gadhafi permission
to leave the country, so long as another nation is willing to
2012 Sep 7, In Nigeria more
than 60 workers from Air Nigeria protested at Lagos' Murtala
Muhammed International Airport's domestic wings, demanding
four-months-worth of unpaid salaries from the company. The airline's
owner, business tycoon Jimoh Ibrahim, fired nearly all of the
company's 800 employees for "disloyalty" earlier this month.
2012 Sep 7, South Africa said
it will allow fracking to explore for shale gas in the semi-desert
Karoo region known for its vast plains and tender lamb.
2012 Sep 7, In Syria a bomb
exploded near a mosque in the northern Damascus neighborhood of
Rukneddine, killing at least five people. A 2nd bomb exploded in
Damascus, hitting near two government ministries with no casualties.
The Observatory said the 16 bodies of men were found in the Damascus
suburb of Deir al-Asafir, which it said was subjected to a major
operation by the regime in the past few days. , activists and state
media reported that several people were either killed or wounded
when a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus was shelled. At least 60
people were killed in violence around the country.
2012 Sep 7, The UN nearly
doubled its humanitarian appeal for Syria, seeking $347 million for
people in need, including more than half a million children forced
to flee their homes.
2012 Sep 8, Another prisoner
died at the US Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was apparently
found unconscious in his cell at the isolated, high-security prison.
He was the ninth detainee to die at the facility since it was opened
in January 2002. He was identified on Sep 11 as Adnan Latif of
Yemen, a man with a history of mental illness who battled guards
inside the prison and challenged his confinement all the way to the
Supreme Court. An autopsy revealed that Latif died from an overdose
of psychiatric medication.
(AP, 9/10/12)(AP, 9/11/12)(AP, 11/29/12)
2012 Sep 8, In Oklahoma fierce
overnight thunderstorms carried a mobile home into a creek killing 3
people. A truck driver was killed when wind flipped his semi onto a
(SSFC, 9/9/12, p.A10)
2012 Sep 8, In Afghanistan a
teenage suicide bomber blew himself up outside NATO headquarters in
Kabul, killing at least six civilians in a strike that targeted the
heart of the US-led military operation in the country. The Taliban
2012 Sep 8, Hong Kong officials
backed down on plans to make students take Chinese patriotism
classes following a week of protests in the former British colony
sparked by fears of pro-Beijing "brainwashing."
2012 Sep 8, In Indonesia a
suspected militant was critically injured when a bomb apparently
being prepared for a terrorist attack exploded in a house near
Jakarta. At least three other people living nearby were injured
along with two suspects who fled.
2012 Sep 8, In Nicaragua the
San Cristobal volcano spewed out a column of ash and gas 2½ miles
high, leading authorities to evacuate about 3,000 people from nine
communities around the country's tallest mountain.
2012 Sep 8, Niger's interior
minister said that some of the international aid intended for the
victims of recent floods has been stolen.
2012 Sep 8, Pakistan and India
signed a new visa agreement in Islamabad that makes cross-border
travel easier, the latest sign of thawing relations between two
countries that have long seen each other as enemies.
2012 Sep 8, Pakistani security
forces pushed Taliban militants who came from Afghanistan back
across the border after more than two weeks of fighting in the
mountainous Bajur tribal region. The government said over 100 people
were killed in the offensive.
2012 Sep 8, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas says that government employees will not
receive full salaries this month because donor countries have not
delivered promised aid.
2012 Sep 8, A Russian MI-35
military helicopter crashed into a mountain in the republic of
Dagestan, killing all three crewmen aboard.
2012 Sep 8, Sierra Leone said
that 10 suspected Iranian ships "hiding" under the Sierra Leonean
flag "have recently been removed from the register." The action was
in relation to a vessel that was seized in Lebanon recently carrying
arms for Syria, and allegedly flying the Sierra Leone flag.
2012 Sep 8, The Syrian
government pounded Aleppo with warplanes and artillery. Some 148
people were reported killed across the country including 77 in
(SSFC, 9/9/12, p.A5)
2012 Sep 8, In Ukraine hundreds
of demonstrators rallied in the center of Kiev to protest what they
call the government's crackdown on one of the few remaining
independent TV channels ahead of parliamentary elections in late
2012 Sep 8, A Yemeni military
official said clashes in southern Yemen have killed five al-Qaida
militants and one pro-government tribal fighter in the past 24
2012 Sep 9, In Michigan
businessman Ricky Coley (50) shot and killed Officer Pat O’Rourke in
West Bloomfield Township. Coley shot and killed himself following a
20 hour standoff.
(SFC, 9/12/12, p.A8)
2012 Sep 9, In Carrolton,
Texas, Franklin Davis (30) was charged with murder after confessing
to the death of Shania Gray (16). Police believe he killed her to
prevent her testimony at an upcoming sexual assault trial.
(SFC, 9/11/12, p.A5)
2012 Sep 9, In western
Afghanistan two bomb blasts near the governor's compound in Farah
province killed a 12-year-old boy and wounded 16 other civilians. A
NATO service member was killed by a roadside bomb in the south.
2012 Sep 9, In England a man
fell to the ground in the Mortlake neighborhood of West London when
a jet passing overhead lowered its landing gear as it neared the
runway at Heathrow Airport. The apparent stowaway had no
identification papers, just some currency from Angola. The man was
later identified as Jose Matada of Mozambique.
(AP, 12/10/12)(SFC, 4/12/13, p.A2)
2012 Sep 9, In Cuba an evening
blackout cut the lights in much of western Cuba, including the
capital Havana. Power was restored by the next day.
2012 Sep 9, In Egypt about 150
tour guides demonstrated outside Cairo's famed Egyptian Museum. They
said the lack of security and increased lawlessness, which has
plagued much of Egypt following the toppling of Mubarak, has exposed
them to attacks from vendors and competitors and further complicates
attempts to lure tourists back.
2012 Sep 9, France's richest
man, Bernard Arnault, the CEO of luxury giant LVMH, confirmed
reports that he is seeking Belgian citizenship.
2012 Sep 9, In India Verghese
Kurien (90), father of India’s National Dairy Development Board,
died. He had revolutionized milk production in India.
(Economist, 9/22/12, p.106)
2012 Sep 9, In Iraq insurgents
killed at least 92 people in a wave of bombings and attacks against
Iraqi security forces, gunning down soldiers at an army post and
bombing police recruits waiting in line to apply for jobs.
(AP, 9/9/12)(AP, 9/10/12)
2012 Sep 9, Iraq's fugitive
Sunni vice president Tariq al-Hashemi was sentenced to death after a
Baghdad court found him guilty of masterminding the killings of a
lawyer and a government security official.
2012 Sep 9, In Japan tens of
thousands of people rallied against US plans to deploy 12 MV-22
Osprey aircraft on Okinawa.
(SFC, 9/10/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 9, In Mali 16
preachers from a moderate Muslim sect were killed at a checkpoint in
the central town of Diabaly after reportedly being mistaken for
Islamic extremists. The preachers, many of whom were Mauritanian,
were traveling by road to Bamako to attend a religious conference.
2012 Sep 9, In Mali Nabil
Makhloufi, leader of al-Qaida's North African branch (AQIM) known by
his alias Nabil Alqama, was killed in the accident near the city of
2012 Sep 9, Dozens of
Palestinian truck drivers blocked the main streets of the West Bank
city of Ramallah to protest rising prices.
2012 Sep 9, In Vladivostok,
Russia, Pacific Rim leaders pledged to fend off the deepening damage
from the European crisis and revive flagging growth in the region by
supporting open trade, reforming their economies and strengthening
public finances as the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
(APEC) forum wrapped up an annual summit.
2012 Sep 9, In Syria a blast
ripped through the northern city of Aleppo killing at least 30
people. State-run SANA news blamed terrorists and members of the
military were reported among the dead.
2012 Sep 10, Chicago teachers
went on strike for the first time in 25 years after their union and
district officials failed to reach a contract agreement despite
intense weekend negotiations that the union said were productive but
still failed to adequately address issues such as job security and
2012 Sep 10, In New Jersey US
federal agents arrested Trenton Mayor Tony Mack as part of an
investigation in a corruption investigation relating to bribes for a
proposed parking garage. His brother Ralphiel and convicted sex
offender Joseph Giorgianni were also accused in the scheme.
(SFC, 9/11/12, p.A5)
2012 Sep 10, Chris Whittle,
education entrepreneur, opened in Manhattan “Avenues: The World
School,” with partners Benno Schmidt and Alan Greenberg. This was
the first of a planned global network for rich kids.
(Economist, 9/1/12, p.32)
2012 Sep 10, Edwin Wilson
(b.1928), former US spy and tycoon, died in Seattle. He had worked
for the CIA but was arrested in 1982 for selling 20 tons of
explosives to Libya. He was sentenced to 52 years in prison for
smuggling arms and plotting to murder his wife. He served 22 years.
The 1986 book “Manhunt” by Peter Maas was about Mr. Wilson.
(SSFC, 9/23/12, p.C10)(Economist, 9/29/12, p.98)
2012 Sep 10, In Afghanistan US
officials handed over formal control Bagram prison to Kabul. Some 99
percent of 3000 detainees captured before 9 March were transferred
to Afghan authority. Shortly after the handover ceremony, a suicide
bomber in the northern city of Kunduz killed 15 people and wounded
another 25. Insurgents bombarded the US Bagram Air Field and
destroyed a NATO helicopter, killing three Afghan intelligence
employees. There were also NATO personnel aboard and wounded, the
coalition said without providing further details.
(AP, 9/10/12)(AP, 9/11/12)
2012 Sep 10, A Quebec, Canada,
court accused PM Stephen Harper’s government of violating the
principles of Canadian federalism by refusing to hand over gun
registry data for Quebec.
(SFC, 9/11/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 10, Ethiopia said
Swedish journalists Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye are to be
pardoned and released. They have been in jail since July 2011 for
abetting terrorism and entering the country illegally.
2012 Sep 10, In India political
cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, whose drawings mock Indian government
corruption, has been jailed in a sedition investigation that was
widely condemned as evidence of political leaders' growing
intolerance of criticism. Trivedi refused bail at a court hearing in
Mumbai, saying he would remain in jail until the sedition charges
against him were lifted. The court then extended his stay in police
custody from one week to two.
2012 Sep 10, In Iraq Iraqi
gunmen shot dead three anti-al-Qaida fighters manning a security
checkpoint north of Baghdad. A car bomb killed 8 people and wounded
32 outside a restaurant in the southwestern Baghdad.
2012 Sep 10, Japan Airlines
(JAL) emerged from bankruptcy (2010) in an initial public offering
(IPO) at $8.5 billion.
(Economist, 9/15/12, p.64)
2012 Sep 10, In southeast Kenya
clashes between farmers and herders escalated with 38 people killed,
including nine police officers. The Red Cross suggested the military
be deployed to the area.
2012 Sep 10, In Kosovo the
Int’l. Civilian Office (ICO) closed. It had helped keep Kosovo
stable since 2008.
(Economist, 9/15/12, p.51)
2012 Sep 10, Mexican police in
southern Guerrero state said they have found 16 bodies left in a
truck in Coyuca de Catalan. Guerrero Gov. Angel Aguirre said
authorities suspected they were killed in Michoacan and dumped in
2012 Sep 10, In northern Mali 5
young men had an hand and foot amputated by Islamists imposing
Sharia law against highway robbery.
2012 Sep 10, In Pakistan a car
bomb ripped through a crowded market in the Kurram tribal region,
killing 12 Shiite Muslims with 45 wounded.
2012 Sep 10, Palestinian
protests against the high cost of living have turned violent in the
West Bank city of Hebron. The violence lasted for about an hour
before it was brought under control. There were no reports of
2012 Sep 10, Somalia's
Parliament elected a new president of the country's fledgling
government. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, a political newcomer, won the
election against outgoing President Sheik Sharif Sheikh Ahmed by the
legislative vote of 190 to 79.
2012 Sep 10, In South Africa
labor unrest spread in with a wildcat strike by 15,000 workers
stopping operations at a gold mine while few workers reported for
duty in the fourth week of a stoppage at the Lonmin PLC platinum
2012 Sep 10, Tunisian
authorities said four police officers have been detained on
suspicion they tortured a robbery suspect who later died. The
officers are suspected of torturing Abderraouf Khamassi (34) who was
arrested Aug 28. He died Sep 8 with a wound to his skull.
2012 Sep 10, Turkey’s military
announced that it had conducted air strikes over the past week in
northern Iraq, where Kurdish rebels have bases. Some 25 guerrillas
were reported killed in the operation.
2012 Sep 10, In Yemen a
powerful car bomb struck the defense minister's motorcade as he was
driving through the nation's capital, killing at least 13 people but
leaving the minister unharmed.
(AP, 9/11/12)(SFC, 9/11/12,
2012 Sep 11, A Los Angeles jury
doubled its verdict against “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis
ordering him to pay an additional $20 million in punitive damages to
Steve Wynn for claiming the casino mogul threatened to kill him. A
day earlier the jury awarded Wynn $20 million finding that Francis’
allegations had slandered Wynn. In November a judge cut the $40
million verdict by more than half.
(SFC, 9/12/12, p.A8)(SFC, 11/13/12, p.A5)
2012 Sep 11, It was reported
that Stanford Dr. James Spudich (70), UCSF Dr. Ronald Vale (53)
and NY’s Columbia Dr. Michael Sheetz (65) will receive this
year’s Lasker Foundation’s $250,000 award for discovering how
molecular motors work inside cells.
(SFC, 9/11/12, p.C3)
2012 Sep 11, In Afghanistan a
teenage suicide bomber walked into a shop in Herat province and blew
himself up, killing five people.
2012 Sep 11, Australia’s
federal sustainability minister announced a ban on the Abel Tasman,
a huge Dutch fishing vessel, from trawling in Australia’s waters. On
Sep 19 the Labor government banned the ship for 2 years.
(Economist, 9/22/12, p.48)
2012 Sep 11, In Bolivia
hundreds of miners were blocking 3 principal highways leading to La
Paz demanding that authorities grant them control over the lucrative
Colquira tin mine, rather than to a group working for a state-owned
(SFC, 9/12/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 11, Chile's Supreme
Court closed the book on a judicial review of Salvador Allende's
1973 death, confirming the conclusion of a lower court last December
that the socialist leader committed suicide. Activists marked their
own 9-11, the anniversary of the day in 1973 when Gen. Augusto
Pinochet seized power in a military coup that prompted socialist
President Salvador Allende to kill himself rather than surrender.
2012 Sep 11, China announced
that for the first time it is allowing foreigners to apply for
positions as government officials in tourism, transportation,
health, commerce and information technology.
2012 Sep 11, Egyptian
protesters scaled the walls of the US embassy in Cairo, tore down
the American flag and burned it during a protest over what they said
was a film being produced in the United States that insulted Prophet
2012 Sep 11, Japan's Cabinet
formally announced that the government will purchase several
disputed islands from a private Japanese family. China sent two
patrol ships to the waters near the disputed islands in a show of
its “undisputable sovereignty.”
(AP, 9/11/12)(SFC, 9/12/12, p.A6)
2012 Sep 11, In Kenya armed
raiders killed four people in the southeast despite a dusk-to-dawn
curfew to prevent further clashes between two tribes that have left
more than 100 people dead.
2012 Sep 11, In Libya US
ambassador Chris Stevens died of severe asphyxiation in Benghazi.
Also killed were Sean Smith (34), information management officer,
Glen Doherty (42) and Tyrone Woods, security guards, died when the
US Consulate in Benghazi came under attack. It was initially
reported that the attack was due to a mob angry over an anti-Islam
film made in the US. Sam Bacile (56), a California real estate
developer who identifies himself as an Israeli Jew and who said he
produced, directed and wrote the two-hour film, "Innocence of
Muslims," said he had not anticipated such a furious reaction. The
jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia was later blamed for the attack.
(AP, 9/12/12)(SFC, 9/14/12, p.A2)(Econ, 9/22/12,
p.56)(SFC, 11/12/13, p.A8)
2012 Sep 11, Netherlands-based
Royal Philips Electronics NV, the largest maker of lights, said it
plans to cut another 2,200 jobs by 2014 to save €300 million ($383
million) a year.
2012 Sep 11, Norway's
government said it will create a carbon-emissions program to
compensate domestic manufacturers, in the hope of dissuading them
from moving their industries to countries with less stringent
2012 Sep 11, In eastern
Pakistan a fire broke out in a factory in Lahore killing 25 people
when sparks from a generator hit chemicals used to make shoes. In
the southern port city of Karachi 259 people were killed when a
blaze broke out in a garment factory. This was one of the worst
industrial accidents in Pakistan's 65-year history.
(AP, 9/11/12)(AP, 9/12/12)(AP, 9/14/12)(AP,
2012 Sep 11, Russia’s Gazprom
accused the European Commission of pressuring the Russian firm into
slashing gas prices for its customers soon after President Vladimir
Putin signed a decree that could hinder the EU probe. Putin signed a
decree barring strategic Russian enterprises from disclosing
information to foreign regulators, changing contracts and selling
property abroad without government permission.
2012 Sep 11, In South Africa
firebrand politician Julius Malema called for a national strike in
all of the nation's mines, encouraging a step-up of a strike that
has already halted production at several platinum and gold mines.
2012 Sep 11, In Spain some 1.5
million protesters flooded the streets of Barcelona to demand the
independence of the Catalonia region.
(SFC, 9/12/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 11, In Turkey a
suicide bomber threw a hand grenade and then blew himself up at the
entrance to a police station in a suburb of Istanbul. One police
officer was killed, and seven others were wounded. Police identified
the bomber as a member of the Revolutionary People's Liberation
2012 Sep 12, It was reported
that ex-UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld has secured a whistle- blower
award for $104 million. He had told authorities how UBS bankers came
to the US to woo rich Americans and help them cheat the IRS. He
pleaded guilty to conspiracy in 2008 and was imprisoned until Aug 1,
2012, when he was put on home confinement.
(SFC, 9/12/12, p.E3)
2012 Sep 12, The City Council
of Portland, Oregon, voted to fluoridate its water beginning in
2014. It had been the largest US city to refuse the process, which
resulted in some of the worst tooth decay in the nation.
(SFC, 9/13/12, p.A7)
2012 Sep 12, UC Berkeley
chemical engineer Jay Keasling, founder of Amyris Biotechnology, won
the prestigious Heinz Award of $250,000 for developing an
inexpensive way to mass-produce artemisinin, a plant based drug to
treat malaria. The Heinz Awards were established by Teresa Heinz in
1993 to honor the memory of her late husband, US Senator John Heinz.
2012 Sep 12, Authorities in
Bosnia launched what they called a major operation against several
organized crime groups suspected of involvement in at least six
murders, several major robberies, illegal money transfers and drug
2012 Sep 12, British privacy
activists, citing findings gathered via freedom-of-information
requests, identified King Ecgbert as one of more than 200 high
schools across Britain that have installed surveillance cameras in
bathrooms or locker rooms.
2012 Sep 12, Germany’s
constitutional court gave a qualified yes to the European Stability
Mechanism (ESM), a big rescue fund for troubled members of the
(Economist, 9/15/12, p.49)
2012 Sep 12, Greek justice
minister Antonis Roupakiotis said Greece will toughen sentencing for
hate crimes, following a surge in attacks against immigrants and
violence involving members of a far-right political party. A fresh
wave of anti-austerity strikes hit the country as the leaders of the
governing coalition struggled to finalize further spending cuts for
the coming two years — without which the country will lose its vital
2012 Sep 12, In Guatemala Julio
Saquil (35) entered an elementary school in the northern province of
Alta Verapaz and slit the throats of two children with a machete.
Authorities said he was drunk. A mob lynched Saquil inside the
school and then set him on fire in the school's patio and he burned
2012 Sep 12, In Japan Toru
Hashimoto (43), the right-wing populist mayor of Osaka, formally
launched his national party, Nihon Ishin no Kai (the Japan
Restoration Party, or JRP).
(Economist, 9/15/12, p.14)
2012 Sep 12, Libya's parliament
elected Mustafa Abu-Shakour, a leading member in the country's
oldest opposition movement, to be its new prime minister.
2012 Sep 12, In Mexico
Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez (41), a man believed to be the leader
of the Gulf drug cartel, was arrested by Mexican marines in the Gulf
port of Tampico. He and 10 bodyguards were presented to the public
the next morning. US authorities have offered $5 million for
information leading to his arrest.
2012 Sep 12, The Netherlands
held national elections. Dutch caretaker PM Mark Rutte led his
conservative VVD party to victory. The VVD was forecast to take 41
seats in the 150-member Dutch parliament, compared to Labor's 39
(AP, 9/12/12)(AP, 9/13/12)
2012 Sep 12, Nigeria’s Finance
Ministry said China is offering it $1.1 billion in loans to help the
West African nation build airport terminals, a light rail line for
its capital city and communication system improvements.
2012 Sep 12, Dozens of
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip burned American flags and chanted
"Death to America," protesting an American film that mocks the
Muslim Prophet Muhammad.
2012 Sep 12, In the Philippines
Pres. Aquino III signed the new Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
(SFC, 10/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 12, In Russia’s far
east an Antanov-28 plane crashed into a forest in western Kamchatka
killing 10 people and injuring four.
2012 Sep 12, In Somalia a day
after the election of the new president, two explosions at the gate
of his temporary residence killed at least five people and wounded
2012 Sep 12, South Africa’s
labor unrest grew. Police said 1,000 strikers were blocking access
to the main shaft at Anglo American Platinum, stopping some
operations at the world's largest platinum mine.
2012 Sep 12, In Syria an
explosion targeting regime forces killed at least three people in
northern Syria, and possibly up to 18, amid rising violence ahead of
a visit by the new UN-Arab League envoy who is trying to end the
country's civil war. The Observatory and another activist group, the
Local Coordination Committees, said at least 11 bodies were found in
the central town of Halfaya in Hama province. They said the bodies
were found in fields a day after government troops stormed the town.
2012 Sep 12, In Turkey hundreds
of Kurds began a hunger strike in prisons across the country.
(Econ, 11/17/12, p.2)
2012 Sep 13, US federal
authorities identified Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (55), a southern
California man once convicted of financial crimes, as the key figure
behind the anti-Muslim film, "Innocence of Muslims," that ignited
mob violence against US embassies across the Mideast.
2012 Sep 13, A Ku Klux Klan
chapter sued the state of Georgia for rejecting the white
supremacist group's application to "adopt" a stretch of highway.
2012 Sep 13, In Nevada a
motorist “under the influence” plowed into a Las Vegas bus stop
killing 4 pedestrians and injuring 8 others.
(SFC, 9/14/12, p.A8)
2012 Sep 13, In Argentina tens
of thousands protested in Buenos
Aires clanging pots in opposition to government economic policies.
(Economist, 9/29/12, p.39)
2012 Sep 13, British insurers
launched a register of insurance fraudsters after calculating that
bogus claims rose 5 percent last year, adding 50 pounds to the
average policyholder's bill.
2012 Sep 13, Cambodia's
UN-backed tribunal issued a statement saying that Ieng Thirith (80)
suffers from a progressive, degenerative illness that is likely
Alzheimer's disease and which diminishes her mental capacity. The
court ruled that she was medically unfit to stand trial for genocide
during the Khmer Rouge's 1975-79 rule, a decision survivors called
shocking and unjust. Ieng Thirith was freed on Sep 16.
(AFP, 9/13/12)(AP, 9/16/12)
2012 Sep 13, From the Czech
Rep. it was reported that at least 19 people have died and 24
hospitalized after drinking cheap vodka and rum laced with methanol.
(SFC, 9/13/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 13, An Egyptian court
convicted former prime minister Ahmed Nazif on corruption charges
and sentenced him to three years in prison. Nazif was also fined 4.5
million Egyptian pounds, or about $750,000. Nazif was already
serving a seven-year term for his role in awarding contracts for
supplying new car license plates without going through legal
2012 Sep 13, In Egypt Alber
Saber was arrested after neighbors complained he had shared on
Facebook the amateur film made in the US that sparked protests
across the Muslim world. His arrest came during a wave of public
outrage over the film, produced by an Egyptian-American Copt. On Dec
12 a Cairo court convicted and sentenced Saber to three years in
prison for blasphemy and contempt of religion.
2012 Sep 13, In Guatemala the
Volcan del Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, erupted in a ferocious lava
flow 6 miles from Antigua.
2012 Sep 13, Mexican
prosecutors said they were investigating a 16-year-old suspected
hitman who was believed to have participated in at least 50 murders
while working for a drug gang. The teenager, identified as Francisco
Miguel N., was part of a gang known as Los Mazatlecos, a criminal
group attached to the Beltran Leyva drugs cartel.
2012 Sep 13, In Pakistan gunmen
killed seven road construction workers in Mastung district in
2012 Sep 13, In Uganda British
producer David Cecil appeared in court charged with "disobeying
lawful orders" from the Uganda Media Council, which says he staged
"The River and the Mountain," a play about being gay in Uganda, in
Kampala last month despite orders to the contrary.
2012 Sep 13, In Vietnam a
record numbers of people visited the dissident blog sites and the
bloggers pledged to keep up their struggle for freedom of
expression. Vietnam's government has vowed to crack down on three
2012 Sep 13, In Yemen hundreds
of protesters, angered by an anti-Islam film, chanted "death to
America" and stormed the US Embassy compound in Sanaa and burned the
American flag. At least 5 Yemenis were killed as state security
repulsed the attack. Pres. Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi apologized to
Pres. Barack Obama for the attack on the US Embassy.
9/13/12)(SFC, 9/14/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 14, US federal
investigators said they are investigating the case of Nakoula
Baseley Nakoula (55), a man previously convicted of bank fraud
charges and linked to an anti-Islamic film “Innocence of Muslims.”
The film has inflamed protests across the Middle East. Nakoula was
released from federal prison in 2011 after serving a 21-month
sentence. Part of his sentence prohibited him from using computers
or the Internet for 5 years.
(SFC, 9/15/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 14, Undercover FBI
agents arrested Adel Daoud (18) for trying to detonate what he
believed was a car bomb outside a downtown Chicago bar. An
undercover operation in which an agent pretending to be a terrorist
had provided him with a phony car bomb and watched him press the
trigger. Prosecutors the next day said Daoud was offered several
chances to change his mind and walk away from the plot.
2012 Sep 14, In Illinois Jack
McCullough (72) was convicted in the 1957 murder of in Maria Ridulph
(7), with spectators letting out a deafening cheer as the verdict
was announced in one of the oldest unsolved crimes to eventually get
to court in the US.
2012 Sep 14, A Wisconsin judge
struck down nearly all of the 2011 state law championed by Gov.
Scott Walker that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for
most public workers.
2012 Sep 14, Hundreds of
Afghans, some shouting "Death to America," burned the US flag and an
effigy of President Barack Obama during a protest against an
anti-Islam film outside the eastern city of Jalalabad. Heavily armed
insurgents attacked the British Camp Bastion air base in Helmand
province, killing two US Marines and wounding several other troops.
6 Harrier fighter jets were destroyed. 14 insurgents were killed.
(AP, 9/14/12)(AP, 9/16/12)
2012 Sep 14, In eastern
Afghanistan a bus and truck collided and burst into flames in Ghazni
province, killing at least 51 people.
2012 Sep 14, The Czech Republic
banned the sale of spirits with more than 20 percent alcohol content
as it battles a wave of methanol poisonings that has already killed
2012 Sep 14, In Egypt a
20-year-old died from wounds suffered from rubber bullets. Several
hundred protesters have been clashing for several days with police
preventing them from reaching the US embassy to protest against an
anti-Muslim film. In Egypt's Sinai Peninsula suspected Islamic
militants stormed the base of int’l. peacekeepers near the
Gaza-Israel border, wounding four officers.
2012 Sep 14, A French magazine
published photos of Prince William's wife Kate sunbathing topless at
a private house in southern France, prompting a strong condemnation
from the royal family.
2012 Sep 14, A Japanese Cabinet
panel called for phasing out of nuclear power over the next three
decades in a major shift for Japan as it overhauls energy policy
following the Fukushima meltdowns.
2012 Sep 14, Kenyan police
disrupted a major terrorist attack in its final stages of planning,
arresting two people with explosive devices and seizing a cache of
weapons and ammunition. A manhunt was launched for eight more
suspects including would-be bombers and the masterminds behind the
2012 Sep 14, Pope Benedict XVI
appealed for peace and reconciliation among religions as violence
over an anti-Islam movie spilled over into Lebanon within hours of
his arrival. One protester was killed in the northern city of
Tripoli in clashes with security forces after a crowd set fire to a
KFC and a Hardee's restaurant to protest against an anti-Muslim
2012 Sep 14, In Mexico Eduardo
Castro Luque (48), elected to Sonora’s state Legislature
representing the PRI, was shot to death outside his home in
Hermosillo two days before taking office. Two assassins fled on a
(SSFC, 9/16/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 14, In central Nigeria
soldiers opened fire to drive away young Muslims protesting a film
critical of the Prophet Muhammad, as demonstrators elsewhere in the
county's Muslim north burned a US flag.
2012 Sep 14, In Norway the
Philip Morris company lost a court battle against Norway's
government over the right to display tobacco products in stores.
2012 Sep 14, Russia's
parliament expelled Gennady Gudkov (56), a former Kremlin loyalist
who joined the growing opposition movement, propelling President
Vladimir Putin's crackdown on political dissent into the halls of
2012 Sep 14, South African
police fired stun grenades to disperse striking miners, acting hours
after President Jacob Zuma's government vowed to halt illegal
protests and disarm strikers it fears are threatening the country's
2012 Sep 14, In Sudan heavy
violence came in Khartoum, where a prominent sheik on state radio
urged protesters to march on the German Embassy to protest alleged
anti-Muslim graffiti on mosques in Berlin and then to the US Embassy
to protest against an anti-Muslim film. Police dispersed the crowd
with tear gas, starting a stampede. Two protesters were killed in a
traffic accident during chaotic demonstrations outside the US
(AP, 9/14/12)(AP, 9/15/12)
2012 Sep 14, In Tunisia violent
protests outside the US Embassy in Tunis against an anti-Muslim film
were met with tear gas and gunshots. Police killed 4 people. Around
40 others were injured as plumes of black smoke wafted over the
city. I20 Tunisians accused of attacking the US Embassy were
convicted in 2013 and given two-year suspended sentences.
(AP, 9/14/12)(Economist, 9/22/12, p.56)(AP,
2012 Sep 14, The UN said that
an outbreak of the Ebola virus has killed 31 people in northeastern
Congo, more than doubling the death toll from a week ago.
2012 Sep 15, Owners of the
National Hockey League locked out their players after failing to
agree on a new contract.
(Economist, 9/22/12, p.71)
2012 Sep 15, In Missouri 5
people, including 3 children, were killed when their small plane
crashed near Willard.
(SSFC, 9/16/12, p.A7)
2012 Sep 15, In southern
Afghanistan a man believed to be a member of the Afghan local police
turned his weapon on US-led coalition forces, killing two British
soldiers in Helmand province.
(AP, 9/15/12)(AP, 9/16/12)
2012 Sep 15, In China protests
against Japan over its control of disputed islands spread across
more than two dozen cities and turned violent at times, with
protesters burning Japanese flags and clashing with Chinese
paramilitary police at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing before order
2012 Sep 15, Ethiopia's ruling
party named as its leader acting PM Hailemariam Desalegn, who took
over after the death last month of longtime leader Meles Zenawi at
the end of a congress of party bosses.
2012 Sep 15, Gambian President
Yahya Jammeh issued a statement saying that has he suspended the
imminent executions of 37 inmates sentenced to death, as long as
violent crime does not rise in Gambia.
2012 Sep 15, In Lebanon Pope
Benedict XVI appealed for religious freedom in the Middle East,
calling it fundamental for stability in a region bloodied by
2012 Sep 15, The Merlin
entertainment group opened a Legoland theme park in Malaysia.
2012 Sep 15, In Russia tens of
thousands of people marched across downtown Moscow in the first
major protest in three months against President Vladimir Putin, a
sign of the opposition's strength despite the Kremlin's efforts to
2012 Sep 15, South African
police fired rubber bullets and tear gas sending men, women and
children scattering as they herded them into their shacks in a
crackdown on striking miners at the at Lonmin PLC platinum mine.
2012 Sep 15, In Spain tens of
thousands of people from all over the country converged on Madrid to
hold a large anti-austerity demonstration.
2012 Sep 15, Tunisia's
governing moderate Islamist party condemned the attack on the U.S.
Embassy in Tunis and the neighboring American school, saying
Saturday that such violence threatens the country's progress toward
democracy after decades of dictatorship.
2012 Sep 15, In southeast
Turkey an attack on a military convoy killed four soldiers and
wounded five in Hakkari province.
2012 Sep 15, Zimbabwe PM Morgan
Tsvangirai (60) went ahead with wedding celebrations despite a court
ruling that cancelled his marriage license on allegations that he
would be committing bigamy. Tsvangirai and his bride, Elizabeth
Macheka (35), exchanged vows and rings at a luxury convention
facility in Harare but did not sign the legal marriage register.
2012 Sep 16, It was reported
that a 19th person has died at the National Institutes of Health
Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., from an antibiotic-resistant
strain of Klebsiella pneumoniae (KPC). The outbreak stemmed from a
single patient carrying the superbug into the hospital last summer.
(SSFC, 9/16/12, p.A7)
2012 Sep 16, It was reported
that a $300,000 project by the Nature Conservancy has created an
artificial bat cave deep in the Tennessee woods. Conservationists
hoped to help save bats dying from a fungus that causes white-nose
(SSFC, 9/16/12, p.A22)
2012 Sep 16, An Afghan police
officer turned his gun on NATO troops at a remote checkpoint in the
south of the country before dawn, killing four American troops.
Airstrikes by NATO planes reportedly killed 8 women and girls in
Laghman province. NATO forces said that the strike killed a large
number of insurgents, as many as 45, but may have also killed
civilians. Gen. John Allen ordered a temporary scaling back of joint
operations with Afghan police and soldiers.
(AP, 9/16/12)(Economist, 9/22/12, p.50)
2012 Sep 16, Guyana authorities
said they have seized about 60 pounds of cocaine at the Cheddi Jagan
(SFC, 9/17/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 16, Iranian newspapers
reported that the 15 Khordad Foundation, a religious foundation, has
increased a reward for killing British author Salman Rushdie to $3.3
million from $2.8 million in response to alleged insults to the
2012 Sep 16, In Iraq the last
big batch of a group of controversial Iranian exiles reluctantly
left Camp Ashraf, their decades-old home in northeast Iraq, and
moved to a refugee camp outside Baghdad, taking what officials say
is a necessary step towards resettling them in other nations. An
estimated 200 exiles remained to try to sell off the property that
was left behind in the move.
2012 Sep 16, The CEO of EL AL
Airlines said Israel's national airline will stop flying to Cairo,
even though the Israel-Egypt peace treaty mandates flights to the
country. Eliezer Shkedi said that flights are nearly empty, and the
airline cannot afford the high security and operating costs.
2012 Sep 16, In Nigeria Red
Cross officials said they have found 25 corpses following a massive
flood from the Benue River in Adamawa state.
(SFC, 9/17/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 16, Hundreds of
Pakistanis protesting an anti-Islam video produced in the US clashed
with police as they tried to march toward the US Consulate in
2012 Sep 16, In northwestern
Pakistan a roadside bomb ripped through a minibus near the Afghan
border, killing 15 passengers and wounded 12 others in Lower Dir
2012 Sep 16, Sudan's President
Omar al-Bashir arrived in Egypt for a state visit, even though he is
wanted for arrest by the International Criminal Court.
2012 Sep 16, Syrian activists
reported heavy bombardment of rebel-held areas throughout the
country. The state-run news agency said troops have captured and
cleared the neighborhood of Midan in the embattled northern city of
2012 Sep 16, In eastern Turkey
suspected Kurdish rebels detonated a landmine along a highway in
Bingol province, killing eight police officers and wounding nine.
Officials in southeastern Hakkari province said a total of 123
"terrorists," a reference to Kurdish rebels, had been killed in
military operations in the past 10 days.
2012 Sep 17, The US government
lodged a trade complaint alleging that China unfairly subsidizes
(Economist, 9/22/12, p.37)
2012 Sep 17, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed SB661, which set a buffer zone of 300 feet for
any protests at funeral homes.
(SFC, 9/18/12, p.C1)
2012 Sep 17, NYC police
arrested 185 protesters who had gathered for a one year anniversary
of the Occupy Wall Street movement to prevent them from forming
“People’s Wall” around the NY Stock Exchange.
(Economist, 9/22/12, p.40)
2012 Sep 17, In North Carolina
new DNA evidence was presented in the case against convicted Dr.
Jerry MacDonald (68) regarding the Feb 17, 1970 murders of his wife
and 2 daughters. The evidence pointed to other suspects.
(SFC, 9/18/12, p.A7)
2012 Sep 17, Russell Train
(b.1920), renowned conservationist, died at his farm in Bozman, Md.
He was widely considered the father of the National Environmental
Policy Act of 1969 under pres. Nixon.
(SFC, 9/19/12, p.C6)
2012 Sep 17, In Afghanistan
hundreds of protesters burned cars and threw rocks at a US
military base in Kabul.
(SFC, 9/18/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 17, In Indonesia
hundreds of people clashed with police outside the US Embassy in
(SFC, 9/18/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 17, In Iraq slammed a
car packed with explosives into one of the gates of Baghdad’s Green
Zone killing 8 people.
(SFC, 9/18/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 17, In northern Mexico
132 prisoners escaped from a state prison in Piedras Negras. On Sep
19 a judge ruled that the director of the prison and 2 employees and
13 other prison employees be held for 40 days under a form of house
arrest pending possible charges.
(SFC, 9/18/12, p.A2)(SFC, 9/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 17, The government of
Myanmar said it was releasing 514 prisoners.
(SFC, 9/18/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 17, Typhoon Sanba
lashed North and South Korea killing at least 2 people.
(SFC, 9/18/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 17, In Pakistan
several hundred people chanted slogans and burned an American flag
in Lahore, leaving 2 dead. Hundreds of people battled police in
Karachi for a second day as they tried to reach the US Consulate,
leaving one person killed.
(SFC, 9/18/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 17, Syrian warplanes
hit Lebanese territory. 4 missiles hit the border town of Arsal, but
no casualties were reported.
(SFC, 9/18/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 18, YouTube said that
it was stopping users in Saudi Arabia from viewing “Innocence of
Muslims,” an anti-Islam video that has sparked protests across the
Muslim world, after the kingdom's press agency reported that the
ruler had banned all access to the film and the site appeared to be
2012 Sep 18, An Arizona judge
said the police can immediately start enforcing the “show me your
papers” provision of the state’s controversial immigration law.
(SFC, 9/19/12, p.A6)
2012 Sep 18, In Oakland, Ca.,
Mary Nolan (60), a divorce lawyer linked to the Contra Costa “dirty
DUI” scandal, was arrested and charged with one count of unlawful
interception of communications, and 4 counts of tax evasion. On Sep
27 Nolan pleaded guilty 5 federal felony charges. She had hired
investigator Christopher Butler to plant a secret listening device
in the car of a client’s ex-husband. Butler was involved in private
sting operations nicknamed “dirty DUIs.”
(SFC, 9/19/12, p.C1)(SFC, 9/28/13, p.D1)
2012 Sep 18, The Chicago
Teachers Union’s House of Delegates decided to end their strike, the
city’s first in the last 25 years.
(SFC, 9/19/12, p.A6)
2012 Sep 18, Karen King of
Harvard Univ. presented at a conference in Rome a translation of
newly-discovered text of the early Christian era that seems to quote
Jesus speaking of “my wife.”
(Economist, 9/22/12, p.70)
2012 Sep 18, In Afghanistan a
female suicide bomb attack on a minivan carrying foreign workers
that killed 12 people. Afghan militants claimed responsibility
saying it was retaliation for a film mocking the Prophet Mohammad.
2012 Sep 18, Two unarmed
policewomen were killed in a shooting in Manchester. Police
constables Fiona Bone (32) and Nicola Hughes (23) were gunned down
in a hail of bullets after responding to a hoax call about a
burglary in the northern English city of Manchester. The attack was
by Dale Cregan (29), one of Britain’s most wanted fugitives, and was
likely to reignite a long-running debate in Britain over whether
officers should carry guns.
(Reuters, 9/18/12)(Reuters, 9/19/12)
2012 Sep 18, In China the trial
of former Chengdu police chief Wang Lijun ended. He confessed to
defection as well as 3 other charges including abuse of power,
taking bribes and bending the law for personal gain. On Sep 24 Lijun
was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
(SFC, 9/19/12, p.A4)(AP, 9/24/12)
2012 Sep 18, Daniel Barrera,
one of Colombia's most wanted drug traffickers, was captured in
neighboring Venezuela with the help of Caracas as well as British
and US intelligence agencies. He had a $5 million bounty on his head
from the United States and $2.7 million from Colombia's government.
2012 Sep 18, Egypt's general
prosecutor issued arrest warrants for seven Egyptian Coptic
Christians and a Florida-based American pastor and referred them to
trial on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that has sparked riots
across the Muslim world. The prosecutor's office said the seven men
and one woman, all of whom are believed to be outside of Egypt, are
charged with harming national unity, insulting and publicly
attacking Islam and spreading false information.
2012 Sep 18, In Mexico a
government helicopter carrying a crew making a tourism video crashed
into at Lake Zirahuen in Michoacan state. The video director
drowned, while three crew members and a state employee escaped.
2012 Sep 18, In Mexico 29
people were killed in a fire at a gas pipeline distribution center
near Reynosa across from McAllen, Texas.
2012 Sep 18, Pakistan’s PM Raja
Pervaiz Ashraf told a Supreme Court panel that his government will
no longer stand in the way of a revival of the long graft case in
Switzerland against Pres. Asif Ali Zardari.
(SFC, 9/19/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 18, Somali officials
said Islamist extremist fighters have started to leave their coastal
stronghold of Kismayo in the face of advancing allied African
(SFC, 9/19/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 18, Striking platinum
miners in South Africa signed a wage deal ending a bloody 5-week
strike at the Lonmin PLC mine that had spread to the gold and chrome
sectors of the industry which anchors the economy of Africa's
2012 Sep 18, Santiago Carrillo
(b.1915), former leader of Spain’s Communist Party (1960-1982), died
in Madrid. In 2014 Pauil Preston authored “The Last Stalinist: The
Life of Santiago Carrillo.”
2012 Sep 18, In Syria fierce
clashes broke out between rebels and regime forces battling for
control of a border crossing on the frontier with Turkey. Turkish
authorities told residents to evacuate the area.
2012 Sep 18, In Turkey
suspected Kurdish rebels in Bingol province attacked a military
convoy with a rocket killing 10 soldiers and wounded over 70 others.
(SFC, 9/19/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 18, In Venezuela
Daniel Barrera, one of Colombia’s most wanted drug lords, was
captured in San Cristobal. Barrera, aka “El Loco,” has been in
Venezuela since 2008, posing as a cattle rancher.
(SFC, 9/20/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 19, The US Congress
presented Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar the Congressional Medal of
Honor, which she was awarded in 2008 while still under house arrest
for her peaceful struggle against military rule.
(SFC, 9/20/12, p.A6)
2012 Sep 19, The US Justice
Dept. issued its report on Operation Fast and Furious, exonerating
Attorney Gen’l. Eric Holder. The report condemned a federal agency
for compromising public safety by allowing gun smuggling to Mexico.
(SFC, 9/20/12, p.A6)
2012 Sep 19, An int’l. team of
researchers published the full genome of the Pacific oyster,
Crassostrea gigas, making it the first mollusk fully sequenced.
(SFC, 9/20/12, p.A7)
2012 Sep 19, A French magazine
ridiculed the Prophet Mohammad on by portraying him naked in
cartoons, threatening to fuel the anger of Muslims around the world
who are already incensed by a film depiction of him as a lecherous
fool. A grenade exploded at a kosher grocery store in a Jewish
neighborhood in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles. One person was
(Reuters, 9/19/12)(AP, 10/6/12)
2012 Sep 19, In Georgia a
senior officials in charge of prisons resigned after a TV station
broadcast graphic footage of prison inmates being brutally beaten
and sodomized by guards.
(SFC, 9/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 19, Italy’s Supreme
Court upheld the convictions of 23 Americans for the 2003 abduction
of Egyptian cleric Osama Moustafa Hasan Nasr, aka Abu Omar, in
(SFC, 9/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 19, Japan’s government
stopped short of formally adopting a goal to phase out nuclear power
by 2040, a goal that had been announced a week earlier. The
government opened its new Nuclear Regulation Authority, which
pledged never to allow another disaster like the Fukushima triple
(SFC, 9/20/12, p.A5)(SSFC, 9/23/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 19, Nigerian security
forces fighting the Boko Haram Islamist sect in the northeast of the
country killed two commanders from the group and arrested eight
other members in two separate incidents.
2012 Sep 19, In Pakistan a bomb
targeting a military vehicle on the outskirts of Peshawar struck a
passenger van instead, killing at least 8 civilians. Security
officials said they found the bodies of 29 militants in the Bajur
area, where the military recently staged a 2-week battle against
Taliban fighters from Afghanistan.
(SFC, 9/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 19, In Paraguay a
powerful storm killed 5 people and left thousands without shelter.
(SFC, 9/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 19, Russia’s foreign
ministry said that the US Agency for Int’l. Development was being
barred from operating in the country beginning October 1 because it
had meddled in elections. Golos, an independent Russian organization
whose monitors reported massive fraud during elections, was a
recipient of US AID grants and would be one of the first victims of
(SFC, 9/20/12, p.A3)
2012 Sep 19, Syrian rebels
seized control of a border crossing on the frontier with Turkey,
pulling down the Syrian flag and briefly allowing people to crawl
under a barbed wire barrier between the countries. The rebel seizure
of the Tal Abyad post is believed to be the first time they have
overrun a frontier post in the northern province of Raqqa.
2012 Sep 20, US officials said
the last of the US surge troops have left Afghanistan. This left
68,000 American forces still in the war zone.
(SFC, 9/21/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 20, A SF judge issued
a warrant for the arrest of Jay Shah (48), an associate of con
artist Kaushal Niroula (31), a Nepalese exchange student known as
the “Dark Prince.” Shah was convicted a day earlier of 13 felonies
linked to a $2.2 million condominium scam. Shah was apprehended by
police in Watsonville on Oct 3.
(SFC, 9/21/12, p.C2)(SFC, 10/5/12, p.C4)
2012 Sep 20, In Cleveland,
Ohio, Samuel Mullet and 15 Amish followers were convicted of federal
conspiracy and hate crimes for orchestrating a series of beard and
hair-cutting attacks in 2011.
(SFC, 9/21/12, p.A7)
2012 Sep 20, In Texas Robert
Wayne Harris (40) was executed by lethal injection. He had confessed
to killing 5 people at a Dallas-area car wash in March 2000.
(SFC, 9/21/12, p.A7)
2012 Sep 20, British gangster
Charlie Richardson (b.1934), one of the most feared underworld
figures of 1960s London, died. He had fought a vicious turf war with
the more famous Kray brothers. Known as the "Torture Gang", his
associates were said to nail victims to the floor, cut off their
toes with bolt cutters and give them electric shocks in a bath full
of water. He was the subject of a 2004 feature film, "Charlie."
2012 Sep 20, In Colombia a
judge revoked the 2008 acquittal of Angelo Caceres, alias “El
Piloso,” and ordered his arrest. Caceres was accused in 2006 as a
co-author of the 1999 killing of 3 Americans. His whereabouts were
(SFC, 9/21/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 20, The Czech Republic
banned the export to EU countries of spirits with more than 20
percent alcohol content after 23 people who drank bootleg booze
tainted with methanol.
2012 Sep 20, In Georgia street
protests against the brutal abuse of prisoners escalated in Tbilisi,
fueling anger against the Western-allied government and possibly
boosting support for the opposition before a tight parliamentary
2012 Sep 20, In Ivory Coast two
attacks on military positions killed seven people, including one
soldier, in the commercial capital of Abidjan.
2012 Sep 20, Nigeria's largest
airline Arik Air Ltd. halted all its domestic flights indefinitely
as its leaders alleged government corruption made it impossible for
the carrier to fly. Domestic flights resumed on Sep 23.
(AP, 9/20/12)(SSFC, 9/23/12, p.A6)
2012 Sep 20, In Pakistan US
Embassy advertisements condemning an anti-Islam video appeared on
national television in an attempt to undercut anger against the
2012 Sep 20, In Somalia a
suicide bombing killed 14 people at a Mogadishu cafe frequented by
politicians and journalists.
2012 Sep 20, In Syria at least
30 people were killed and dozens wounded in regime air strikes on a
gas station in the northern town of Ain Issa.
2012 Sep 21, The Romney
campaign said Mitt and his wife, Ann, paid $1.94 million in federal
taxes on last year's income of $13.7 million, for an effective tax
rate of 14.1 percent. That's slightly above the 13.9 percent rate
the couple paid in 2010. Most of the 2011 income was from
2012 Sep 21, The US Justice
Department made public the names of 55 Guantanamo prisoners who have
been approved for transfer to the custody of other countries.
2012 Sep 21, US officials said
the Mujahedeen Khalq, an Iranian opposition group in Iraq, has been
removed from the state’s list of terrorist organizations.
(SFC, 9/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 21, In California it
was reported that the Yolo County district attorney has concluded a
12-page report saying UC Davis police did not commit a criminal act
when they pepper sprayed peaceful protesters on Nov 18, 2011. The
report said the 21 students had engaged in active resistance by
(SFC, 9/21/12, p.C4)
2012 Sep 21, Bahrain arrested
29 people in the commercial district of the capital Manama as
anti-government protesters marched in the city center.
2012 Sep 21, The shattered
opposition in Belarus urged people on Friday to boycott a
parliamentary election which they denounce as a sham.
2012 Sep 21, EDF Energy, the UK
arm of France's state-owned utility, started planning procedures to
build a second new nuclear plant in Britain.
2012 Sep 21, Chinese and
Venezuelan officials signed an agreement to jointly develop one of
the world's largest gold mines.
2012 Sep 21, A German court in
Baden-Baden said Aribert Heim, a Nazi concentration camp doctor,
died of cancer in Cairo in 1992. He was known as Dr. Death for his
(SFC, 9/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 21, In Georgia
thousands rallied to demand the prosecution of top officials fired
in a prison abuse scandal.
2012 Sep 21, In Guinea
anti-riot police dispersed protesters in the Medina market of the
capital, after a riot broke out between sellers from the Peul and
Malinke ethnic groups. At least one person was killed.
2012 Sep 21, An elite
Indonesian anti-terror squad arrested 8 Islamic militants and seized
a dozen homemade bombs from a group suspected of planning suicide
attacks against security forces and the government. 2 more were
arrested over the next 2 days.
(AP, 9/23/12)(SSFC, 9/23/12, p.A6)
2012 Sep 21, Israeli troops
shot and killed three militants attempting to infiltrate the country
from Egypt, thwarting a major terror attack. An Israeli soldier was
killed in the shootout.
2012 Sep 21, In Libya tens of
thousands marched in Benghazi to the gates of one of the country's
strongest armed Islamic extremist groups, demanding it disband.
Protesters attacked the base of the jihadist militia known as Ansar
al-Sharia, which was responsible for the Sep 11 attack that killed
US ambassador Chris Stevens. Two Libyan protesters were killed and
dozens wounded as hundreds of demonstrators attacked militia
compounds in a surge of anger at armed groups.
(AP, 9/21/12)(AP, 9/22/12)(Economist, 9/29/12,
2012 Sep 21, Royal Dutch Shell
PLC said it is suing Greenpeace International in Dutch court in an
attempt to end protests against its plans to drill for offshore oil
in the Artic Sea.
2012 Sep 21, Nigeria's Central
Bank barred the nation's top two airlines from receiving any
additional loans over their massive outstanding debts.
2012 Sep 21, In Pakistan a “Day
of Love for the Prophet” ended with at least 19 people killed and
more than 160 wounded in clashes between police and people
protesting a film that denigrates Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
(AP, 9/21/12)(SFC, 9/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 21, South African
authorities issued an arrest warrant for ANC renegade Julius Malema,
President Jacob Zuma's most vocal critic and a key backer.
2012 Sep 21, In the Dutch
Caribbean territory of St. Maarten the bodies of Michael and Thelma
King of South Carolina were found in their condominium at the Ocean
Club Resort. A suspect was arrested on Sep 23.
(SFC, 9/24/12, p.A5)
2012 Sep 21, In southern
Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents detonated a car bomb that
killed six people in Pattani province's Sai Buri district after
businesses received warnings against opening on the Muslim holy day.
2012 Sep 21, A Turkish court
convicted 326 military officers, including the former air force and
navy chiefs, of plotting to overthrow the PM Erdogan’s Islamic-based
government in 2003.
(AP, 9/21/12)(Economist, 9/29/12, p.59)
2012 Sep 22, Demonstrators in
the US and other countries took part in the “Global Frackdown,” in
protests against the natural gas drilling process known as fracking.
(SSFC, 9/23/12, p.A10)
2012 Sep 22, In California Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a bill allowing nurses to dispense birth control.
(SSFC, 9/23/12, p.A10)
2012 Sep 22, NATO said a
service member with the international military force in Afghanistan
has been killed in an insurgent attack in the eastern part of the
2012 Sep 22, In Australia Jill
Meagher (29) was raped and strangled as she walked home from a bar
after an evening out with work colleagues in Melbourne. On Jun 19,
2013, sex offender Adrian Ernest Bayley (41) was sentenced to life
in prison for the rape and murder. He had been free on parole after
previous convictions for raping five women.
2012 Sep 22, In Bangladesh
scores of people were injured in clashes in the capital between
police and hundreds of demonstrators, as protests continued in the
Muslim world against a film that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad.
2012 Sep 22, Egypt’s chief
forensic doctor said in a published interview that former
Pres. Hosni Mubarak has never suffered a stroke and that he is not
in critical condition.
(SSFC, 9/23/12, p.A6)
2012 Sep 22, In Iraq a roadside
bomb attack killed 5 soldiers on a military convoy near the
predominantly Sunni town of Duluiyah.
(SSFC, 9/23/12, p.A8)
2012 Sep 22, The Libyan
Islamist militia Ansar al-Sharia said it had evacuated its bases in
Benghazi in the interest of security.
(Reuters, 9/22/12)(AP, 9/22/12)
2012 Sep 22, In northwest
Pakistan a US drone has two missiles at a vehicle in North
Waziristan, killing four suspected militants.
2012 Sep 22, Qatar said it will
make critical investments in a $3.7 billion oil refinery project in
Egypt that's among the biggest economic initiatives since the 2011
fall of Hosni Mubarak.
2012 Sep 22, Russian officials
said 4 police officers ad 4 suspected militants have been killed
over the last two days in fighting in Chechnya.
(SSFC, 9/23/12, p.A6)
2012 Sep 22, In Russia
Alexander Maximov (29) crashed his car into a bus stop in Moscow,
killing 5 teenagers from an orphanage and their 2 carers. He had
been drinking for 2 days and was traveling more than 200 km per hour
(120 miles per hour) when he lost control of his car. On May 22,
2013 Maximov was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison.
2012 Sep 22, Syrian rebels and
government troops fought a fierce battle near the border with Jordan
that last several hours. The leaders of the rebel Free Syrian Army
said they have moved their command center from Turkey to Syria with
the aim of uniting rebels.
2012 Sep 22, In northern Yemen
12 fighters were killed in ongoing clashes between Shiite tribesmen
allied with the country's former leader and ultraconservative
2012 Sep 23, The 2012 US Emmy
Awards were presented.
(SFC, 9/24/12, p.C1)(www.emmys.com)
2012 Sep 23, Belarus held
parliamentary elections without the main opposition parties, which
boycotted the vote to protest the detention of political prisoners.
Not a single opposition politician won a seat in the parliament in
the vote. Int’l vote observers the next day condemned the elections
as lacking in competition.
(AP, 9/23/12)(AP, 9/24/12)
2012 Sep 23, It was reported
that Germany has launched a war crimes investigation against Johann
Breyer, (b.1925) a Philadelphia man it accuses of serving as an SS
guard at the Auschwitz death camp.
2012 Sep 23, In Honduras human
rights lawyer Antonio Trejo Cabrera was shot dead while attending a
wedding in Tegucigalpa. He had fought a proposal to build 3
privately run cities with their own police and tax systems.
(SFC, 9/24/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 23, In India officials
said a flash flood in the northeast had killed at least 9
construction workers and left 15 others missing in Chungthan. At
least 30 people were killed in the state of Sikkim. Some ten
thousand villagers were cut off by heavy road damage.
(SFC, 9/24/12, p.A2)(SFC, 9/25/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 23, In Iraq attacks
killed five people in Baghdad, targeting security forces and Shiite
Muslims in the small but steady stream of continuing violence.
2012 Sep 23, Libya's army
ordered rogue armed groups in and around the capital to leave state
and military premises in Tripoli or be ejected by force.
2012 Sep 23, In northwestern
Nepal an avalanche swept away climbers and their camps on the
world's eighth highest mountain, killing at least nine people. Six
people remained missing.
(Reuters, 9/23/12)(AP, 9/24/12)
2012 Sep 23, In northern
Nigeria a suicide car bomber blew himself up outside a Catholic
church, killing himself and at least two other people. In the
southeast 20 people died when a broken gasoline pipeline caught
fire, burning alive those gathering the fuel in Abia state.
(Reuters, 9/23/12)(AP, 10/1/12)
2012 Sep 23, In Somalia a
Kenyan soldier allegedly shot dead six Somalis believed to be
civilians caught up in the ongoing battle between allied African
troops and extremist insurgents.
2012 Sep 23, Syrian opposition
figures called for the overthrow of President Bashar Assad at a rare
meeting of anti-regime groups held in the government-controlled
2012 Sep 24, A federal appeals
court reversed itself ruling that the US Army Corps of Engineers is
not liable for devastation caused in Hurricane Katrina from a
government-built navigation canal. The same court had ruled in march
that the government was liable for some of the flooding, affirming a
(SFC, 9/26/12, p.A5)
2012 Sep 24, In San Francisco
the Purple Onion Comedy Club featured its final show. All items from
the “dungeon” club were scheduled to be auctioned off the following
(SSFC, 9/16/12, p.A1)
2012 Sep 24, In Brazil a judge
ordered the arrest of the president of Google’s local operations for
failure to remove YouTube videos that attacked a mayoral candidate.
(SFC, 9/26/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 24, The British
government said it would allocate 1 billion pounds towards a new
state-backed business bank designed to expand lending to smaller
2012 Sep 24, Czech Rep.
officials said 2 people have been arrested in the wave of methanol
poisoning that has killed at least 25 people.
(SFC, 9/25/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 24, An Egyptian court
sentenced 14 Salafists to death by hanging and four to life
imprisonment for attacks last year on army and police in the Sinai.
(Reuters, 9/24/12)(Economist, 9/29/12, p.55)
2012 Sep 24, A court in
southwestern France convicted a factory chief and a subsidiary of
oil giant Total of manslaughter for an explosion at a chemical plant
in September, 2001, that killed 31 people.
2012 Sep 24, In India Ranjit
Singh, an alleged drug kingpin, escaped from police custody while
being transported back by train to Delhi’s Tihar Jail from a hearing
in northern Punjab state. He was suspected of running a $40 million
heroin and methamphetamine network. His escape was not made public
until Sep 25.
(SFC, 9/28/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 24, In Iraq a suicide
car bomb went off near a school in western Anbar province, killing
2012 Sep 24, An Israeli court
spared former PM Ehud Olmert (66) a prison term for breach of trust,
opening the door to a political comeback. Olmert was ordered to pay
an $18,000 fine and serve a one year suspended sentence.
(Reuters, 9/24/12)(SFC, 9/25/12, p.A3)
2012 Sep 24, Kazakhstan’s PM
Karim Masimov resigned after leading the oil-rich Central Asian
nation for more than five years and shepherding its economy through
the global financial crises.
2012 Sep 24, The Pakistani
government distanced itself from an offer by one of its Cabinet
ministers to pay $100,000 for anyone who kills the maker of an
anti-Islam film. A pair of missiles from a US spy aircraft hit North
Waziristan killing 5 militants.
(AP, 9/24/12)(SFC, 9/25/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 24, Palestinian
officials said Khaled Mashaal, the supreme leader of the Palestinian
Islamic militant group Hamas, has decided to step down, clearing the
way for the movement to choose a new head for the first time.
2012 Sep 24, Syrian warplanes
bombed two buildings in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at
least five people including three children from the same family.
2012 Sep 24, A Vietnamese court
issued jail sentences from 4 to 12 years to three bloggers who wrote
about human rights abuses, corruption and foreign policy.
(SFC, 9/25/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 24, In Yemen gunmen
killed a senior intelligence officer in a drive-by shooting as he
emerged from his office in the capital. Col. Abdullah al-Ashwal was
the most senior official to be assassinated in Sanaa.
2012 Sep 25, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed SB1298 making robotic vehicles legal in the
state. This made California the 3rd state to affirm driverless
vehicles. He also signed bills that will keep the state parks open
for the next two years.
(SFC, 9/26/12, p.A1)(NYT, 9/27/12, p.A18)
2012 Sep 25, Andy Williams
(b.1927), popular American singer, died at his Branson, Missouri,
home. He had 18 gold records, 3 platinum and 5 Grammy nominations.
Williams hosted the “The Andy Williams Show” from 1962-1971.
(SFC, 9/27/12, p.A10)
2012 Sep 25, In Texas Cleve
Foster (48), a former Army recruiter, was executed for the
slaying of Nyaneur Pal (30) in 2002. He was also charged but never
tried for the rape slaying of Rachel Urnosky in Fort Worth.
(SFC, 9/26/12, p.A5)
2012 Sep 25, China formally
entered its first aircraft carrier into service on Tuesday,
underscoring its ambitions to be a leading Asian naval power.
2012 Sep 25, An Egyptian court
convicted three Islamists of killing a student this summer as he sat
in a quiet park with his fiancée, sentencing them to 15 years in
prison in a case that sparked fears of vigilantes trying to enforce
strict religious mores.
2012 Sep 25, Iran's
telecommunication minister said the government has blocked Google's
Gmail service following a court order to bar access to the popular
2012 Sep 25, In central Iraq a
wave of attacks by insurgents killed 9 people and wounded 19.
2012 Sep 25, Japanese and
Taiwanese ships shot water cannon at each other in the latest
confrontation over tiny islands (Senkaku / Diaoyu) in the East China
(SFC, 9/26/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 25, Kenya's military
said that its bombing of the Somali port city of Kismayo destroyed a
warehouse and armory belonging to the Islamist militant group
al-Shabab, which controls the city.
2012 Sep 25, In Libya Omran
Shaaban, one of the young rebels credited with capturing Moammar
Gadhafi in a drainage ditch nearly a year ago, died of injuries
after being kidnapped, beaten and slashed by the late dictator's
2012 Sep 25, In Nigeria
government forces in Damaturu announced that they had killed 35 Boko
Haram members in a single night-time raid with several arrested.
(Economist, 9/29/12, p.52)
2012 Sep 25, South Africa's
labor unrest spread from its mines to the transport sector. The
country's transport union said more than 20,000 road freight
employees were on strike demanding a pay increase.
2012 Sep 25, Spanish police
arrested 38 people and 64 people injured when officers clashed with
protesters demonstrating against austerity cutbacks and tax hikes.
Catalonia’s president said that his region will hold early elections
on Nov 25.
(AP, 9/26/12)(Economist, 9/29/12, p.16)
2012 Sep 25, Syrian soldiers
fought rebels in a firefight that killed nine people and sent
several mortars sailing across the border into the Israeli-occupied
2012 Sep 25, Uruguay
legislators just before midnight voted 50-49 to legalize abortion.
On Oct 17 Uruguay’s Senate approved a bill allowing abortions during
the first trimester for any reason. Pres. Jose Mujica has vowed to
sign the bill.
(AP, 9/26/12)(SFC, 10/18/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 26, US defense
officials said Fort Bragg, NC, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair faces
possible courts martial on charges that include forced sex with
several female subordinates and fraudulent claims on a government
charge card. In 2014 Sinclair (51) pleaded guilty to less serious
counts of misconduct in a deal that included the dropping of sexual
(SFC, 9/27/12, p.A7)(SFC, 3/6/14, p.A8)(SFC,
2012 Sep 26, California Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a bill banning the use of dogs for hunting bears
(SFC, 9/27/12, p.C1)
2012 Sep 26, The Univ. of
California agreed to $1 million legal settlement with students
pepper sprayed by police during a protest last November. 21 students
will receive about $30,000 each and a written apology from the
(SFC, 9/27/12, p.C3)
2012 Sep 26, In Oregon hog
farmer Terry Vance Garner (69) never returned after he set out to
feed his animals on his farm in Coos County. A family member found
Garner's dentures and pieces of his body in the hog enclosure
several hours later, but most of his remains had been consumed.
2012 Sep 26, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide attack on a NATO patrol killed two service
members in the U.S.-led coalition in Logar province.
2012 Sep 26, Radical Islamist
cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri (54) won a delay in his extradition from
Britain to the United States, days after he lost an appeal to the
European Court of Human Rights.
2012 Sep 26, Germany's top
administrative court ruled that Catholics who opt out of paying
religious taxes must automatically leave the church as well.
Germany's bishops announced last week that believers who refuse to
pay the tax are committing a "grave lapse" and as a result won't be
able to receive the sacrament, become godparents or have a religious
2012 Sep 26, Greek police
clashed with hooded rioters hurling petrol bombs as tens of
thousands took to the streets of Athens in a general strike in
Greece's biggest anti-austerity protest in more than a year.
(Reuters, 9/26/12)(Economist, 9/29/12, p.57)
2012 Sep 26, Guinea officials
said two-thirds of the country's foreign debt is going to be
canceled. The move came after Guinea qualified for heavily indebted
poor country status, meaning that more than $2.4 billion of its debt
now will be cancelled.
2012 Sep 26, In western India
17 bus passengers died when their vehicle plunged into the Purna
river in Maharashtra state.
(SFC, 9/27/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 26, In Indonesia a
passenger ferry collided with a ship believed to be carrying
liquefied natural gas and sank west of Sumatra island, killing at
least eight people.
2012 Sep 26, Mexican troops
clashed with an armed group near a church in the southern town of
Tepecoacuilco de Trujano, leaving 11 people dead, including a
soldier and one woman.
2012 Sep 26, Mexicans took to
the streets to protest a new law aimed at modernizing rules in the
workplace and making the country’s powerful, corrupt unions more
(SFC, 9/27/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 26, Saudi Arabian
authorities were reported holding 908 female Nigerian pilgrims
heading to Mecca over a rule requiring them to travel with a husband
or male companion.
(SFC, 9/27/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 26, South Africa’s
AngloGold Ashanti said that it has halted all its operations in the
country in response to persistent strikes. It provided 32 percent of
the multinational's gold production.
(AP, 9/26/12)(Economist, 9/29/12, p.53)
2012 Sep 26, In Madrid
thousands of angry protesters again swarmed as close as they could
get night to Parliament, watched by a heavy contingent of riot
police. There was no fresh violence. They demanded the release of
people detained the previous evening and new elections to oust PM
Mariano Rajoy and his conservative government, which has imposed
cutbacks and tax hikes, deepening the gloom in a country struggling
with recession and unemployment of nearly 25 percent.
2012 Sep 26, The leaders of
Sudan and South Sudan reached nine agreements but did not work out
the issues surrounding the contested Abyei region or the demarcation
of their shared border. South Sudan President Salva Kiir said the
two countries would sign a "protocol of collaboration" on Sep 27.
2012 Sep 26, In Syria two
massive explosions targeting the regime's military command center
were set off by two suicide car bombers killing four people. An
Iranian correspondent was killed while covering the blasts in
2012 Sep 26, A Turkish court
issued an order allowing authorities in the country to block
Internet access to the "Innocence of Muslims," an anti-Islam movie
that has sparked violent protests across the Muslim world.
2012 Sep 27, In Minnesota
Andrew Engeldinger (38) killed 5 people before shooting himself at
Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis, where he had recently been
(SFC, 9/29/12, p.A5)
2012 Sep 27, NYC Mayor Michael
Bloomberg unveiled plans to build a $230 million, 625-foot-tall
Ferris wheel on the Staten Island waterfront.
(SFC, 9/28/12, p.A12)
2012 Sep 27, The top 4 US car
rental companies agreed to ban rentals and sales of recalled cars.
They also agreed to support legislation by Sen. Barbara Boxer,
D-Calif., to codify the ban.
(SFC, 9/28/12, p.A9)
2012 Sep 27, The man behind the
crudely produced anti-Islamic video that sparked violence in the
Middle East was arrested in Los Angeles after authorities said he
violated his probation from a 2010 check fraud conviction. Nakoula
Basseley Nakoula told a judge his real name was Mark Basseley
Youseff. He said he'd been using that name since 2002, even though
he went by Nakoula in his fraud case.
2012 Sep 27, Brazil’s National
Petroleum Agency said Chevron has paid a $17.3 million fine for 24
of 25 irregularities detected in the spill of some 155,000 gallons
of crude oil in Nov, 2011.
(SFC, 9/29/12, p.D2)
2012 Sep 27, In London Russian
billionaires Oleg Deripaska and Michael Cherney reached an 11th-hour
settlement in a dispute over a billion dollar slice of aluminium
giant RUSAL, shortly before they were due to give evidence in a
drawn-out London court case.
2012 Sep 27, Kareem Serageldin,
a former Credit Suisse executive facing extradition to the U.S. on
fraud charges for his handling of mortgage-based securities during
the financial crisis, was freed on bail after an appearance before a
British court. He was slated to receive more than $7 million in
compensation in 2007 before the company learned about the alleged
fraud and withheld $5.2 million of his pay.
2012 Sep 27, An Egyptian court
upheld a six-year jail sentence for Michelle Bishoy, also known as
Bishoy el-Behiri, a Coptic Christian school teacher convicted of
insulting Islam and the country's Islamist president in postings on
2012 Sep 27, Greece's coalition
government reached a "basic agreement" on a new round of harsh
austerity cuts demanded by its international lenders.
2012 Sep 27, Mexican officials
said they have struck a major blow against a faction of the
hyper-violent Zetas cartel, arresting one of the country's
most-wanted drug traffickers, Ivan Velazquez Caballero, known as "El
Taliban," and placing him on display in a morning press conference.
Also known as "Z-50," Velazquez Caballero had a 30 million peso
($2.3 million) reward on his head.
2012 Sep 27, Leading Russian
non-government organizations said they would defy a new Kremlin law
requiring those who receive funding from abroad to register as
2012 Sep 27, Spain outlined
plans to reduce government spending and raise taxes to convince
international lenders and financial markets it is on track to cut
deficits. Spain’s government warned it will stop a Catalonia
referendum on self-determination after the regional parliament voted
to stage such a referendum with a view of possibly seceding.
(AP, 9/27/12)(SFC, 9/28/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 27, In Syria fighters
from the main rebel group known as the Free Syrian Army began a new
push to drive regime forces from Aleppo, Syria's commercial capital,
calling it the "Decisive Battle." The Syrian military sent text
message on cellular telephones to members of the armed rebellion
reading: "Game over."
2012 Sep 27, Venezuelan and
Russian officials signed eight agreements to boost cooperation in
energy projects. Igor Sechin, the CEO of Russia's state-controlled
Rosneft oil company, was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying
he also gave Chavez a 3-month-old black terrier puppy as a present
2012 Sep 28, President Barack
Obama, citing national security risks, blocked a Chinese company
from owning four wind farm projects in northern Oregon near a Navy
base where the US military flies unmanned drones and
electronic-warfare planes on training missions.
2012 Sep 28, In Arizona Jodon
F. Romero (33) fired at officers and a police helicopter at one
point during a pursuit for carjacking. He died at the scene from a
self-inflicted gunshot wound in an event that was broadcast live by
Fox News, which later apologized for the live coverage of the
2012 Sep 28, In California a US
Border Patrol agent fatally shot Valeria Alvarado (32), a mother of
five in suburban San Diego as he rode on the hood of her car after
she ran into him.
2012 Sep 28, Damon Thibodeaux
(38) of Louisiana was released from death row after serving 15 years
for a slaying that DNA evidence showed he did not commit. He was the
18th death row prisoner freed based on such evidence.
(SFC, 9/29/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 28, Massachusetts
chemist Annie Dookhan, 34, accused of faking drug test results, was
arrested. She faced more than 20 years in prison on charges of
obstruction of justice and falsely pretending to hold a degree form
a college or university. Her alleged mishandling of drug samples
prompted the shutdown of the Hinton State Laboratory Institute in
Boston last month.
2012 Sep 28, Damon Thibodeaux
(38) of Louisiana was released from death row after serving 15 years
for a slaying that DNA evidence showed he did not commit. He was the
18th death row prisoner freed based on such evidence.
(SFC, 9/29/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 28, In Bahrain
security forces killed a boy (17) during street clashes in Sadad
village, southwest of the capital Manama.
2012 Sep 28, Britain’s PM David
Cameron told reporters that his country would be exercising its
right to opt out of a mass of European policing and crime measures,
including the European Arrest Warrant (EAW).
(Economist, 10/6/12, p.68)
2012 Sep 28, China's communist
leadership expelled Bo Xilai (63) from the ruling party and sought
to bury him with charges ranging from corruption to sexual affairs,
aiming to sweep away their most damaging scandal in decades while
finally scheduling their long-awaited leadership transition for
2012 Sep 28, China launched a
second satellite built for Venezuela's government. The $140 million
remote sensing satellite soared into orbit atop a rocket from the
northwestern Chinese province of Gansu. It will provide images for
tasks such as mapping croplands, counter-drug efforts and monitoring
2012 Sep 28, In eastern
CongoDRC another person was killed in Goma. That raised to 6 the
number of people killed this week in Goma in shootouts linked to the
2012 Sep 28, The French
government presented a budget that was heavy on taxes — including a
controversial 75 percent income rate on high earners. It committed
to reduce the deficit to 3% next year.
(AP, 9/28/12)(Economist, 10/6/12, p.17)
2012 Sep 28, In Iraq prisoners
overnight seized weapons and set off hours-long clashes with
security guards at a prison in Tikrit that left 20 dead, including
16 security force members. Of 303 inmates at the prison, 102 escaped
in the jailbreak, including 47 al-Qaida-linked inmates awaiting
execution. The Interior Ministry called it an inside job. In Basra
gunmen shot dead the former governor, Mohammed al-Wailie, as he was
driving his car in the city center.
(AP, 9/28/12)(AP, 9/29/12)
2012 Sep 28, Hundreds of
Libyans held a demonstration in Tripoli demanding the breakup of
militia groups and the formation of a national army and police.
2012 Sep 28, In Nepal a Sita
Air airplane carrying trekkers to the Mount Everest region hit a
bird and crashed just after takeoff in Katmandu, killing the 19
Nepali, British and Chinese people on board.
2012 Sep 28, Pakistani
authorities said monsoon rains and flooding killed more than 400
people across the country during the rainy season this year.
2012 Sep 28, Saudi Arabia began
expelling over a thousand Nigerian women on religious pilgrimage to
the country because they had arrived without male guardians.
2012 Sep 28, Shareholders of
Singapore-based conglomerate Fraser & Neave agreed to sell their
39.7 percent stake in Asian Pacific Breweries, the owner of Tiger
and other popular Asian brands, to Heineken. Heineken NV is spending
another €3.2 billion ($4.0 billion) to gain control over the Tiger
beer brand as part of a strategy to significantly expand its
operations in Asia.
2012 Sep 28, One Somali
journalist was shot dead by gunmen. A second journalist, a day
earlier, was beheaded and his body dumped in the street. The two
attacks brought the number of Somali journalists killed this year to
15. Kenyan troops invaded Kismayo, al-Shabab's last stronghold in
Somalia, coming ashore in a predawn assault.
2012 Sep 28, In Spain a tornado
swept through a fair ground in Gandia, Valencia state, knocking down
a Ferris wheel and injuring 35 people. Flooding in the same southern
region left 10 people dead.
2012 Sep 28, In Syria fighting
over Aleppo intensified with some of the fiercest battles in two
months as rebel forces launched a new offensive to rout President
Bashar Assad's forces. A huge fire began in Aleppo amid heavy
(AP, 9/28/12)(AP, 9/29/12)
2012 Sep 28, The UN's top human
rights body extended by six months the mission of its independent
expert panel probing alleged war crimes in Syria's 18-month
2012 Sep 28, In Yemen thousands
of protesters marched in the capital, demanding the return of
millions of dollars that were allegedly stolen by the country's
former authoritarian ruler, Ali Abdullah Saleh.
2012 Sep 29, Vincent Joseph
Cirelli (b.1920), revered accordion craftsman, passed away
peacefully in his sleep in SSF. Vincent, the son of Italian
immigrants, grew up in the North Beach area of San Francisco. There
he began learning the art of accordion building, developing skills
as a young boy that he perfected throughout his lifetime.
2012 Sep 29, Arthur Ochs
Sulzberger (86), former publisher and chairman of the NY Times
(1963-1992), died at his home in Southampton, NY.
(SSFC, 9/30/12, p.A12)
2012 Sep 29, In western
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed two policemen in Herat province,
just hours before a ceremony to hand a nearby police training
academy over from NATO to Afghan control.
2012 Sep 29, The youngest
prisoner and last Westerner held in the Guantanamo military base,
Omar Khadr (26), was sent to finish his sentence in his native
2012 Sep 29, In Georgia an
estimated 100,000 opposition supporters rallied in the capital in a
show of strength days before a parliamentary election that presents
the toughest challenge to the future of President Mikhail
Saakashvili's government since he took office in 2004.
2012 Sep 29, Hundreds of
Libyans converged on a main square in Benghazi and another in
Tripoli in response to a call from the military to hand over their
2012 Sep 29, In Nigeria three
students were killed in an attack outside a university campus in
2012 Sep 29, In Northern
Ireland thousands of Protestants marched peacefully through the
heart of Belfast amid a heavy security presence.
2012 Sep 29, In Pakistan
thousands of members of radical Islamic groups rallied in the
southern city of Karachi against "Innocence of Muslims," an
anti-Islam film that has sparked violence across the Muslim world.
At least 51 people, including the US ambassador to Libya, have been
killed in violence linked to the film.
2012 Sep 29, In Poland
thousands blew horns, prayed and waved flags in downtown Warsaw to
show their anger over a new law that raises the retirement age and a
host of other issues. A new law put through by the pro-market
government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk will gradually raise the
retirement age to 67 for all Poles from 60 for women and 65 for men.
2012 Sep 29, In Puerto Rico
Wilnilia Sanchez Falcon (27) was suspected of killing her boyfriend,
Jesus Rivera Algarin (25), after he became upset about her
activities on Facebook.
2012 Sep 29, In southern
Somalia Al-Shabab rebels pulled out of Kismayo, a day after Kenyan
troops invaded and marched toward the city center and seaside port
that long served as the militants' key source of funding.
2012 Sep 29, Syrian rebels and
residents of Aleppo struggled to contain a huge fire that destroyed
parts of the city's medieval souks, or markets, following raging
battles between government troops and opposition fighters there.
2012 Sep 29, In southern
Thailand suspected Islamist insurgents fired 2 grenades at a fair in
Narathiwat injuring some 30 people.
(SFC, 10/1/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 29, Ukraine's jailed
former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko exhorted her country to "rise
up" against President Viktor Yanukovych's party in next month's
2012 Sep 29, In Venezuela 2
supporters of opposition candidate Henrique Capriles died in a
confrontation with Chavez supporters in the western state of
Barinas. A third was seriously wounded.
2012 Sep 30, Barry Commoner
(b.1917), a founder of the modern ecology movement, died in
Manhattan. His work contributed materially to the 1963 Nuclear Test
(SFC, 10/2/12, p.A6)
2012 Sep 30, The .38-caliber
Detective Special of Bonnie Parker (d.1934) was sold at auction in
Nashua, NH, for $264,000. Clyde Barrow’s Colt .45-caliber sold for
$240,000. A .45-caliber gun once owned by Butch Cassidy sold for
(SFC, 10/1/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 30, In Bangladesh
thousands of Muslims angry over an alleged derogatory photo of the
Islamic holy book Quran on Facebook set fires overnight in at least
10 Buddhist temples and 40 homes near the southern border with
2012 Sep 30, In Cambodia 6
farmers were killed in northwestern Battambang province when their
tractor ran over an anti-tank mine left over from the 1980s civil
2012 Sep 30, In France
thousands of demonstrators marched peacefully in Paris to denounce
austerity measures in Europe that have sparked violent protests in
other EU countries struggling to avert fiscal crises.
2012 Sep 30, In Haiti thousands
of people in Port-au-Prince, complaining of the high cost of living
and alleged corruption, protested against the government of Pres.
(SFC, 10/1/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 30, A special media
court found Parisa Hafezi, the Tehran bureau chief of the Thomson
Reuters news agency, guilty of "spreading lies" against the Islamic
system for a video story that briefly included a posted description
of women training as martial arts killers.
2012 Sep 30, In Iraq bombs
striking Shiite neighborhoods, security forces and other targets
across the country killed at least 26 people. In all, at least 94
people were wounded in the wave of attacks.
2012 Sep 30, In Kenya an
explosive device set off in a Sunday school class killed one child
and seriously wounded three. The Somali militant group al-Shabab
were suspected behind the attack at an Anglican church in Nairobi.
2012 Sep 30, In Nigeria Royal
Dutch Shell PLC shut down a pipeline in the oil-rich southern delta
after a fire and a suspected attempt to steal crude from one of its
2012 Sep 30, In Syria a suicide
attacker in a parked car blew himself up in an area housing security
offices in the northeast, killing at least four people. Activists
put the death toll at eight and said it was expected to rise because
15 people sustained serious wounds. The explosion came hours after
fighting between rebels and government forces killed at least five
people in Aleppo.
2012 Sep 30, Turkish Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Syria's allies to stop backing
the Assad regime. "We call on Russia, China and Iran, please review
your stance," Erdogan told a conference of his ruling Justice and
2012 Sep 30, In Venezuela a
huge crowd filled the streets of Caracas cheering for opposition
candidate Henrique Capriles, waving flags in a show of support one
week before the country's hotly contested presidential election.
2012 Sep, A recent report by
the Univ. of Illinois at Chicago found that between 1976 and 2012,
2,522 elected New York officials have been convicted of public
(Economist, 9/15/12, p.32)
2012 Sep, Cambodia’s government
ordered employers to pay out an extra $10 a month in allowances to
(Economist, 9/29/12, p.44)
2012 Sep, In Guatemala Adolfo
Vivar, the mayor of Antigua, was charged along with several
relatives and members of his administration with establishing a
criminal network that stole nearly $3 million from the city’s
(SFC, 11/27/13, p.A4)
2012 Sep, In southern India
police fired at thousands of anti-nuclear protesters in Kudankulam,
Tamil Nadu state, killing one fisherman. A new 2,000 MW nuclear
plant was being filled with fuel and locals feared a Fukushima-style
(Economist, 9/15/12, p.39)
2012 Sep, In Kazakhstan Serik
Akhmetov was named as prime minister.
2012 Sep, In Tunisia Meriem Ben
Mohamed (27) was reportedly raped by two policemen who later said
they had found and her boyfriend having sex in a car in a Tunis
suburb. A third policeman allegedly tried to extort money from her
fiance at a bank cashpoint. The woman later authored a book in
France entitled "Guilty of being raped." The policemen faced trial
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