Timeline 2013 October - December Return to home2013 Oct 1,
Obamacare, Pres. Obama’s health insurance exchanges, were launched.
The launch was plagued with glitches.
(Econ, 10/12/13, p.38)(Econ, 11/2/13, p.30)
2013 Oct 1, The US Congress
plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown as a
protracted dispute over President Barack Obama's signature health
care law reached a boiling point, forcing some 800,000 federal
workers off the job. Obama readied a midday statement to the nation
as Democrats and Republicans maintained a blame-each-other duel on
2013 Oct 1, Three Venezuelan
diplomats were ordered out of the United States in response to their
government's decision to boot three US officials from Venezuela,
including the highest-ranking US envoy in the country.
2013 Oct 1, California’s Safer
Consumer Products Regulations law went into effect. It was designed
to educate consumers about harmful chemicals in products.
(SFC, 9/28/13, p.A1)
2013 Oct 1, Colorado teenager
Austin Reed Sigg (18), who confessed to abducting, killing and
dismembering a 10-year-old girl last year, pleaded guilty to
first-degree murder, sexual assault and also to the botched
kidnapping of a female jogger months before the killing.
2013 Oct 1, Michigan finalized
a deal to lease Detroit’s 983-acre Bell Isle park for 30 years.
(Econ, 10/5/13, p.32)
2013 Oct 1, The 70-year-old NYC
Opera announced it was shutting down and would file for bankruptcy.
(Econ, 10/5/13, p.34)
2013 Oct 1, Wells Fargo, the
largest US home lender, said it has agreed to an $869 million
settlement with Freddie Mac to resolved disputes over faulty loans
before January 2009.
(SFC, 10/2/13, p.C1)
2013 Oct 1, A Bangladesh court
sentenced to death a top opposition MP for genocide. Salauddin
Quader Chowdhury became the first lawmaker to be convicted of war
crimes during the 1971 war of independence.
2013 Oct 1, In Dagestan 4
suspected militants, 3 policemen and 3 mountain guides were killed
in a shootout during a random patrol some 50 km south of
2013 Oct 1, A judge in Ecuador
ordered the arrest of three retired senior military officers and the
house arrest of seven more on charges of committing crimes against
humanity almost 30 years ago.
2013 Oct 1, Officers with
France's DCRI domestic intelligence agency arrested a Paris woman
(21) suspected of possible links to al-Qaeda in the Arabian
2013 Oct 1, In Iraq a suicide
bomber killed five police in in Tikrit, as an Al-Qaeda front group
claimed a wave of deadly bombings.
2013 Oct 1, Italian police
arrested five Syrians and two Egyptians suspected of throwing
overboard 13 asylum-seekers who drowned while attempting to swim
ashore off Italy's coast.
2013 Oct 1, The International
Criminal Court at The Hague unsealed a warrant for the arrest of
Charles Ble Goude (40), ex-Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo's youth
leader, accusing him of crimes against humanity amid a bloody
election standoff some three years ago.
2013 Oct 1, Japan’s PM Shinzo
Abe declared that he would raise the consumption tax in Arpil from
5% to 8%.
(Econ, 10/5/13, p.43)
2013 Oct 1, In western Libya a
gas pipeline supplying several power stations was cut for the third
day running by Berber activists demanding constitutional rights.
2013 Oct 1, Myanmar security
forces raced to contain deadly violence in Rakhine state, after mobs
torched Muslim homes and Buddhist villagers were attacked in a third
day of unrest in a region plagued by intractable sectarian tensions.
At least 7 people were killed, 5 of them Muslims. Mobs burned down
at least 100 homes and shops in Thandwe city.
(Reuters, 10/1/13)(SFC, 10/2/13, p.A2)(Econ,
2013 Oct 1, A judge in Qatar
ordered an American couple, Matthew and Grace Huang, to remain
jailed pending trial on charges of starving to death their
8-year-old adopted daughter. The couple claims the girl died in
January from medical problems complicated by anorexia-like bouts.
2013 Oct 1, An advance group of
international inspectors arrived in Syria to begin the ambitious
task of overseeing the destruction of President Bashar Assad's
chemical weapons program. Heavy clashes between Syrian troops and
al-Qaida-linked fighters in northern Damascus killed at least 12
soldiers and pro-government militiamen.
(AP, 10/1/13)(AP, 10/2/13)
2013 Oct 1, In Russia Nadezhda
Tolokonnikova, an imprisoned member of the punk band Pussy Riot,
ended her 9-day hunger strike to protest working conditions at the
women’s prison where she is serving 2-year sentence.
(SFC, 10/2/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 1, Tajikistan's
parliament ratified a deal with Russia to extend by three decades
Moscow's military presence in the Central Asian nation. A
forthcoming vote in the docile upper house is seen as a formality in
Tajikistan, where Pres. Imomali Rakhmon wields vast powers.
2013 Oct 1, A Thai court
sentenced Sondhi Limthongkul, the founder of a pro-royalist protest
movement, to 2 years in jail for insulting the monarchy by repeating
comments deemed offensive made by a political rival.
2013 Oct 1, Thailand
authorities said flooding over the last two weeks has killed 23
people. 32 of the country’s 77 provinces were affected.
(SFC, 10/2/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 1, The Vatican bank,
dogged for decades by scandals and opaque dealings, published the
first annual report in its 125-year history.
2013 Oct 1, Vietnam authorities
said Typhoon Wutip has left a trail of destruction with at least 5
people dead, dozens of fishermen missing in the South China Sea and
thousands of homes damaged.
2013 Oct 1, In Yemen al-Qaeda
gunmen were still holding hostages at an army headquarters in
Mukalla, a day after the army was said to have recaptured the
2013 Oct 2, The US government
shutdown entered a 2nd day with no end in sight to the funding row
in Congress that triggered it. President Obama met with Republican
and Democratic leaders in Congress to try to break a budget deadlock
that has shut wide swaths of the federal government, but there was
no breakthrough and both sides blamed each other.
(Reuters, 10/2/13)(AP, 10/3/13)
2013 Oct 2, The United States
and South Korea signed a new pact to deter North Korea's potential
use of nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction amid
growing threats from Pyongyang.
2013 Oct 2, FBI agents in San
Francisco arrested Ross William Ulbricht (29) at the Glen Park
library and accused him of being the “Dread Prince Roberts," the
once-anonymous mastermind behind an online drug marketplace known as
Silk Road. Ulbricht used Bitcoin virtual currency for transactions
and was indicted in Manhattan on Feb 4, 2014.
(SFC, 10/3/13, p.A1)(SFC, 2/5/14, p.A8)
2013 Oct 2, H. Ty Warner (69),
billionaire creator of the Beanie Babies, pleaded guilty to a tax
evasion charge in a Chicago court.
(SFC, 10/3/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 2, Tom Clancy
(b.1947), best-selling author of military thrillers, died in
Baltimore. His career took off with the publication of “The Hunt for
Red October" (1985).
(SFC, 10/3/13, p.D5)
2013 Oct 2, Three Afghan army
soldiers died and four were wounded when their vehicle struck a
roadside bomb in Helmand province.
2013 Oct 2, Albania said it has
signed on former British PM Tony Blair as an adviser and lobbyist in
its uphill struggle to join the 28-nation EU.
2013 Oct 2, Brazilian police
used pepper spray to stop hundreds of protesting Indians from
storming Congress, clamping down on the second day of indigenous
2013 Oct 2, Egypt's interim
government decided that insulting the flag and refusing to stand for
the national anthem is an offense punishable by law. A high school
student was killed when opponents and supporters of deposed Egyptian
president Mohamed Morsi clashed in the city of Suez.
(AP, 10/2/13)(Reuters, 10/2/13)
2013 Oct 2, The Gambian
government announced that the former British colony is pulling out
of the Commonwealth with immediate effect, saying it would "never be
a member of any neo-colonial institution."
2013 Oct 2, Indonesia’s
anti-corruption commission (KPK) detained Akil Mochtar, the chief
justice of the contitutional court, and seized almost $260,000 in
cash. KPK said the money was a bribe to rig a court ruling over a
disputed district election.
(Econ, 10/12/13, p.52)
2013 Oct 2, In Iraq gunmen
downed at dawn a military helicopter north of Baghdad during
clashes, killing its 5-member crew. 4 militants were killed in the
gunbattle outside the city of Tikrit. In Kirkuk a car bomb
went off in a commercial area, killing one civilian and wounding 13
2013 Oct 2, In Italy Silvio
Berlusconi acknowledged defeat and announced he would support the
government of Premier Enrico Letta in a confidence vote, a stunning
about-face after defections in his party robbed him of the backing
he needed to bring down the government.
2013 Oct 2, The International
Criminal Court said it has issued an arrest warrant for Walter
Barasa, a Kenyan journalist in Deputy President William Ruto’s
political stronghold of Eldoret, for trying to bribe witnesses to
withdraw testimony against Ruto.
2013 Oct 2, Gunmen shot dead a
Libyan marine colonel in city of Benghazi where militants have
increasingly targeted security forces in a challenge to central
2013 Oct 2, In Libya security
guards fired shots to disperse a group of about 60 people who tried
to storm the Russian embassy. One of the attackers was killed by the
gunfire. Unconfirmed reports said that a Russian woman had murdered
(AP, 10/2/13)(Reuters, 10/3/13)
2013 Oct 2, Lithuania’s foreign
minister said his country could block Russia's road and rail access
to its enclave of Kaliningrad if Moscow keeps pressuring its
neighbors over their ties to the European Union.
2013 Oct 2, Mali freed 23
prisoners arrested in clashes in the north, as part of a deal signed
between the government and rebels in June.
2013 Oct 2, In Mexico
protesters clashed with riot police in Mexico City, leaving dozens
injured as thousands of people marched to mark the anniversary of a
massacre of students in 1968.
2013 Oct 2, In Pakistan two
soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb near Awaran, a town near the
Sep 24 quake epicenter. The military said they were there to
distribute humanitarian aid. A separatist commander in Baluchistan
threatened o step up attacks on security forces. Rebels have accused
the central government of stealing the province's rich mineral
deposits and the security forces of widespread human rights abuses.
2013 Oct 2, Masked executioners
in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip hanged a man who was convicted of
stabbing to death an acquaintance over money, ignoring protests by
human rights activists who say the territory's legal system is
2013 Oct 2, Polish police said
they have located Rev. Wojciech Gil, a priest sought by Interpol on
suspicion he sexually abused children in the Dominican Republic,
where he led a parish in the mountain town of Juncalito for eight
2013 Oct 2, Russian
investigators charged 14 Greenpeace campaigners with piracy over an
open-sea protest against Arctic oil drilling.
(AFP, 10/2/13)(AP, 10/3/13)
2013 Oct 2, Ukrainian police
fired tear gas to disperse protesters trying to enter the city
council building in the capital Kiev. Thousands of opposition
protesters had gathered to rally against what they say is an
illegitimate council session.
2013 Oct 2, The UN refugee
agency said 17 countries including the United States, France and
Australia have agreed to receive quotas of refugees fleeing the
bloody conflict in Syria.
2013 Oct 2, A Vietnam court
jailed Le Quoc Quan, a prominent human rights activist, for
two and a half years after finding him guilty on tax evasion charges
supporters say were aimed at muzzling critics of the Communist
2013 Oct 2, A Yemeni court
jailed five Al-Qaeda militants for up to 10 years for plotting a
suicide bombing that killed 86 soldiers and wounded 171 others last
year. Yemeni forces announced they had retaken control of army
headquarters in Mukalla, killing the Al-Qaeda gunmen holed up there.
At least 10 people including 3 soldiers were killed in the
(AFP, 10/2/13)(AFP, 10/3/13)
2013 Oct 3, The United States
and Japan agreed to modernize their defense alliance for the first
time in 16 years to address growing concerns about North Korea's
nuclear program, global terrorism, cyber intrusions and other 21st
2013 Oct 3, The US-Korea
Institute at John Hopkins said North Korea’s main nuclear complex
was discharging hot wastewater in a further sign that the country
has restarted its Soviet-era nuclear reactor.
(SFC, 10/4/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 3, The United States
slapped sanctions on Rwanda over the use of child soldiers by rebels
in the Democratic Republic of Congo which Kigali is accused of
2013 Oct 3, In Washington
DC a dramatic car chase through the streets near the White
House to the US Capitol ended in gunfire when law enforcement
officers shot and killed the driver as lawmakers and aides huddled
in a lockdown. The car involved in the chase was registered to
Miriam Carey (34) of Connecticut. A one-year-old girl in the car was
2013 Oct 3, Bill Eppridge
(b.1938)), American photo-journalist, died in Connecticut. His work
included the book: “A Time It Was – Bobby Kennedy in the Sixties"
(SSFC, 10/6/13, p.C11)
2013 Oct 3, A Bahrain court
jailed four Shiites for life after convicting them of detonating a
bomb targeting police that wounded an Asian man.
2013 Oct 3, China’s state media
said swarms of hornets have killed 42 people in the northwest in
recent months. Hua Baozhen, a professor of entomology at Northwest
Agriculture Forestry University, attributed the attacks mostly to a
decrease in the number of the hornets' natural enemies, such as
spiders and birds, due to ecological changes.
2013 Oct 3, Nikos
Michaloliakos, the leader of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party,
was sent to jail pending trial on criminal charges, the first time
an elected party chief has been put behind bars since a military
coup nearly five decades ago.
(Reuters, 10/3/13)(Econ, 10/5/13, p.56)
2013 Oct 3, Hong Kong officials
said customs agents have seized 189 elephant tusks, valued at about
$1.5 million, in the city’s 3rd biggest bust of endangered species
products in three months.
(SFC, 10/4/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 3, An Indian court
sentenced Lalu Prasad Yadav, a powerful ally of the ruling Congress
party, to five years in jail for siphoning off state funds,
underlining that a wave of public disgust with rampant corruption is
finally catching up with the nation's politicians.
2013 Oct 3, In Iraq a bomb
exploded near a football field, killing 5 people and wounding at
least 11 in Madain.
2013 Oct 3, A smuggler's boat,
carrying migrants from Eritrea, Ghana and Somalia, capsized off
Italy’s southern island of Lampedusa. 160 bodies were soon recovered
and 155 people rescued. 366 lives were lost. On Nov 8 police said
dozens of the asylum-seekers had been raped and tortured in Libya
before starting their journey. Three traffickers were under arrest.
(AP, 10/3/13)(AP, 10/4/13)(AP, 10/6/13)
2013 Oct 3, In Kenya Sheikh
Ibrahim Omar was shot dead in Mombasa. He preached at a mosque that
has in the past been linked to the Somali al Shabaab Islamists who
claimed responsibility for the shopping center attack.
2013 Oct 3, Madagascar police
said a crowd burned two Europeans and a local man alive on the Nosy
Be tourist island because they suspected them of trafficking human
organs after a dead child was found on a beach. 26 people were soon
arrested in the case.
(Reuters, 10/3/13)(AFP, 10/5/13)(AFP, 10/6/13)
2013 Oct 3, In Nigeria a
chartered airplane nosedived into the ground and burst into flames
meters from tanks of aviation fuel, killing 11 people shortly
after taking off from Lagos. The plane was carrying mourners and the
body of former Ondo state Gov. Olusegun Agagu, who died on Sep 13.
The next day Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority suspended all the
operations of Lagos-based Associated Airline.
(AP, 10/3/13)(AP, 10/7/13)
2013 Oct 3, Pakistan said it
has scrapped plans to reinstate the death penalty, following threats
by Taliban militants to step up attacks in retaliation. At least 15
people were killed in an attack on a pro-government militia
commander in the Orakzai tribal area.
(Reuters, 10/3/13)(SFC, 10/4/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 3, Palestinian
farmers, after a long court battle, reclaimed land they lost to an
Israeli settlement in the 1970s. Israel had dismantled Homesh and
three other West Bank settlements in 2005, in connection with a
wider withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, but refused to let the
original Palestinian landowners return.
2013 Oct 3, Officials said
Portugal has passed the latest test of its compliance with the terms
of its bailout and qualified for around 5.5 billion euros ($7.5
billion) in further funding from creditors.
2013 Oct 3, Russian
investigators charged 16 more crew members of a Greenpeace ship with
piracy for a protest at a Russian oil platform in the Arctic. All 30
crew members from 17 countries now faced 15-year prison terms if
2013 Oct 3, In Syria experts
tasked with implementing the UN resolution ordering the destruction
of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal began work, as the world body
demanded access to civilians trapped by the conflict.
2013 Oct 3, In Syria six of the
most powerful rebel factions issued a joint statement telling an
Al-Qaeda front group (ISIL) to withdraw from the northern town of
Azaz bordering Turkey. In a separate statement, rebels in central
Syria also called on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
to leave Homs province.
2013 Oct 4, In San Francisco
the 13th edition of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival began its
3-day run in Golden Gate Park.
(SSFC, 10/6/13, p.A11)
2013 Oct 4, In NYC Avonte
Oquendo (14), an autistic boy, walked away from his school in
Queens. His body was found in parts in the East River in January. On
Jan 26 NY Senator Chuck Schumer proposed legislation to fund
voluntary tracking devices for children with autism.
(SFC, 1/27/14, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/m3kcsg7)
2013 Oct 4, In Washington DC a
man set himself on fire in the National Mall. Passers-by rushed over
to douse the flames. John Constantino (64) had suffered from mental
illness and died of his burns at a hospital.
(SFC, 10/5/13, p.A6)(SSFC, 10/6/13, p.A10)(SFC,
2013 Oct 4, China and Malaysia
agreed elevate bilateral ties to a "comprehensive strategic
partnership", aiming to boost military cooperation and nearly triple
two-way trade to $160 billion by 2017.
2013 Oct 4, In Egypt thousands
of supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, defying a crackdown,
marched through a Cairo suburb. Hundreds of supporters of Egypt's
deposed President Mohamed Mursi clashed with their opponents as they
tried to enter Tahrir Square in central Cairo, and police fired tear
gas to disperse them. Masked gunmen fired on a military vehicle near
Ismailiya, killing one soldier and wounding an officer and another
(Reuters, 10/4/13)(AFP, 10/4/13)
2013 Oct 4, Guinea's political
opposition demanded that the results from last weekend's legislative
election be invalidated, citing fraud and irregularities.
2013 Oct 4, Ireland held
a nationwide referendum to abolish the country's Senate.
Proponents said the upper house wields no essential powers and its
closure could save taxpayers 20 million euros ($27 million)
annually. Voters rejected the referendum with a 51.7% no vote.
(AP, 10/5/13)(SSFC, 10/6/13, p.A3)
2013 Oct 4, Israel condemned a
pronouncement by a European advisory council against male ritual
circumcision, a practice that Jewish leaders consider central to
their faith. In a non-binding resolution this week, the
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe said circumcision
was "a violation of the physical integrity of children."
2013 Oct 4, In Kenya young
Muslims set fire to a church, burned tires and clashed with police
in the main port city of Mombasa, after the killing of an Islamic
cleric his followers blamed on security forces.
2013 Oct 4, Norway said will
slightly reduce its aid to Afghanistan from next year, signaling to
Kabul that it has not done enough to combat corruption and violence
2013 Oct 4, Poland's Catholic
Church said it will not pay compensation to victims of priests who
sexually abused children. Rev. Jozef Kloch said in comments aired by
Polish Radio 1 that the responsibility for compensation lies with
2013 Oct 4, Russia's
Investigative Committee said it has confiscated 57,000 diamonds and
19 kg (42 pounds) of jewelry from Yevgenia Vasilyeva, a former
defense ministry official, in an ongoing investigation into
corruption charges. Vasilyeva was charged in 2012 with fraud related
to the sale of military assets.
2013 Oct 4, In Syria al-Qaida
militants battled fighters linked to the Western-backed opposition
along with Kurdish gunmen in towns along the Turkish border, in
clashes that killed at least 19 people.
2013 Oct 4, In Vietnam Vo
Nguyen Giap (102), a brilliant and ruthless self-taught general,
died in Hanoi. He drove the French out of Vietnam to free it from
colonial rule and later forced the Americans to abandon their
grueling effort to save the country from communism.
2013 Oct 4, The World Health
Organization said the global number of infections with the deadly
MERS virus has risen to 136, after hard-hit Saudi Arabia confirmed
six new cases.
2013 Oct 5, Thomas Momson, head
of the Mormon Church, said that worldwide membership in the Church
of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints has reached 15 million.
(SSFC, 10/6/13, p.A10)
2013 Oct 5, Latif Mehsud, a
senior Pakistani Taliban commander, was arrested by American forces
in eastern Logar province's district of Mohammad Agha. The
Washington Post reported on Oct 11 that he was forcibly snatched
from an Afghan government convoy in Logar province several weeks ago
as Afghan officials were trying to recruit him to launch peace
(AP, 10/11/13)(Reuters, 10/12/13)
2013 Oct 5, In southern
Afghanistan a gunman, possibly a private security guard, shot dead a
member of the US-led international coalition before himself being
2013 Oct 5, Argentine President
Cristina Fernandez (60) was told by doctors to take a month off
because of a subdural hematoma on her brain, forcing her to abandon
campaigning for important congressional elections taking place later
2013 Oct 5, In northern
Colombia a twin-engine turboprop plane crashed while on
a US counter-drug mission, killing 3 American contractors and a
Panamanian aboard. It had been tracking a suspected smuggling vessel
over the western Caribbean when it lost radio contact.
2013 Oct 5, In Iraq attacks
across the country killed 56 people. This included two television
journalists, killed by unidentified gunmen, as they were filming in
the northern city of Mosul. The journalists worked for television
channel al-Sharqiya News, which is often critical of the government
and is popular among the Sunni minority. 51 people were killed in a
suicide bombing in Baghdad.
(AP, 10/5/13)(SFC, 10/14/13, p.A3)
2013 Oct 5, Italian state news
media reported that filmmaker Carlo Lizzani (91), a much-lauded
protagonist of Italian Neorealism, has died. The Academy of Italian
Cinema awarded him best director for his 1968 film "The Violent
Four" about a manhunt for bank robbers.
2013 Oct 5, In Libya gunmen
attacked a military post near Bani Walid, a former stronghold of
supporters of Muammar Gaddafi, killing 16 soldiers.
2013 Oct 5, In Libya the
US Army’s Delta Force seized Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai
(1964-2015), aka Abu Anas al-Libi, outside his Tripoli home and
whisked him out of the country. The senior al-Qaida militant is
accused by the US of involvement in the Aug 7, 1998, bombings of two
American embassies in Africa.
(AP, 10/6/13)(SSFC, 1/3/15, p.A5)
2013 Oct 5, In Mali Tuareg
separatists said they were rejoining the peace process in northern
Mali, just over a week after they pulled out and accused Bamako of
not respecting the terms of a truce signed in June.
2013 Oct 5, In northern Mexico
at least 8 people, including 3 children, were killed and 79 were
wounded when a monster truck careened into a crowd at a show at the
El Rejon dam on the outskirts of Chihuahua.
2013 Oct 5, In northern Nigeria
suspected Islamic militants lured the faithful to a mosque then
gunned them down. The gunmen killed at least 7 people before being
attacked by soldiers guarding Damboa village. 15 attackers were
2013 Oct 5, Russia shrugged off
Dutch legal action over its detention and prosecution of Greenpeace
activists for piracy, saying the group's protest at an Arctic oil
platform had been "pure provocation."
2013 Oct 5, In Somalia a
commando unit from the US Navy’s Seal Team Six carried out a
pre-dawn strike against foreign fighters in Barawe. The US troops
were faced with heavier-than-expected return fire, and pulled out to
avoid civilian casualties. The raid’s target was Abdulkadir Mohamed
Abdulkadir, a Kenyan of Somali origin who is a foreign fighter
commander for the Islamist Shebab group.
(AP, 10/5/13)(AP, 10/6/13)(AFP, 10/7/13)
2013 Oct 5, In northern Spain
tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest a
crackdown on an association that aids jailed members of armed Basque
separatist group ETA.
2013 Oct 5, Syrian government
forces shelled al-Mitras, a vulnerable Sunni community in a coastal
province dominated by President Bashar Assad's Alawite sect, raising
fears that residents of the isolated town could face mass killings
by pro-Damascus militias. Government forces reached an agreement
with local officials to stop the shelling of Mitras in exchange for
the surrender of dozens of opposition fighters.
(AP, 10/5/13)(SSFC, 10/6/13, p.A8)
2013 Oct 6, In southern
Afghanistan 4 US soldiers were killed by an IED during a NATO
(Reuters, 10/6/13)(SFC, 10/7/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 6, In Afghanistan
Germany handed control of a key military base in the country's
northern province of Kunduz to Afghan security forces. German troops
had spent almost a decade there as part of the international effort
to combat Taliban insurgents.
2013 Oct 6, CAR officials said
14 people have been killed in violent clashes that began last week
between Christians and Muslims in the isolated town of Bangassou.
2013 Oct 6, In China about 60
people were injured when security forces fired into a crowd of
Tibetan residents who were demanding the release of a fellow
villager detained for protesting orders to display the national
flag. Police also fired tear gas at those protesting in Biru county
in the Tibet Autonomous Region.
2013 Oct 6, In Egypt dozens of
people were killed in clashes across the country between security
forces and supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. 48
people died in Cairo and 9 in other parts of the country.
(AFP, 10/6/13)(Reuters, 10/7/13)(AFP, 10/8/13)
2013 Oct 6, Iran's nuclear
chief said that authorities arrested four workers in an alleged
sabotage plot involving one of the country's nuclear facilities.
2013 Oct 6, In northern Iraq
suicide car bombers attacked an elementary school and a police
station in Qabak, a small Shiite Turkomen village. The dead included
12 children, the school principal and 2 policemen. Another on foot
detonated his payload among Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad, killing at
least 12 people. Attacks altogether killed at least 33 people.
(AP, 10/6/13)(SFC, 10/7/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 6, In Morocco
thousands of unemployed graduates marched through Rabat demanding
jobs in the public sector, weeks before parliament is due to debate
planned budget cuts.
2013 Oct 6, In Syria at least 8
people were killed by mortar fire that hit a Christian neighbourhood
in central Damascus. Government forces reopened a key road leading
to the embattled northern city of Aleppo after heavy fighting with
rebels that left casualties on both sides.
(AFP, 10/6/13)(AP, 10/7/13)
2013 Oct 6, In Syria
international inspectors began the enormous task of destroying
Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons and the machinery used to
2013 Oct 6, In Yemen gunmen
shot dead a German security guard employed by the German embassy as
he was leaving a market in Sanaa.
2013 Oct 7, Two Americans and a
German-American won the Nobel Prize in medicine for discovering how
key substances are transported within cells, a process involved in
such important activities as brain cell communication and the
release of insulin. James Rothman (62) of Yale University, Randy
Schekman (64) of the University of California, Berkeley, and Dr.
Thomas Sudhof (57) of Stanford University shared the $1.2 million
prize for their research on how tiny bubbles called vesicles act as
cargo carriers inside cells.
2013 Oct 7, SF announced that
Marc Benioff, head of Salesforce.com, will donate $2.7 million to
the city’s 12 middle schools.
(SFC, 10/7/13, p.A1)
2013 Oct 7, A record-breaking
storm dropped 4 feet of snow in parts of South Dakota and left over
22,000 homes and businesses without electricity. Tens of thousands
of cattle died in South Dakota. The storm also buried parts of
Wyoming and Colorado and spawned tornadoes in Nebraska and Iowa. At
least 4 people died due to the storm.
(SFC, 10/8/13, p.A5)(SFC, 10/14/13, p.A4)
2013 Oct 7, Bahrain sentenced
nine people to life in prison after trial on charges of bomb-making
in the restive Gulf nation.
2013 Oct 7, In Brazil thousands
marched in Rio de Janeiro to support teachers seeking pay hikes
before masked anarchists turned to violence, setting fires, breaking
into buildings and smashing a City Hall gate.
2013 Oct 7, Britain launched
its new National Crime Agency (NCA) and unveiled a revamped strategy
to combat serious organized crime, which it says costs the country
24 billion pounds ($38.6 billion) and represents a threat to
2013 Oct 7, In the Central
Africa Republic self-defence groups began attacking the village of
Garga, leaving 3 dead and a dozen injured.
2013 Oct 7, Typhoon Fitow
barrelled into China's east coast, packing winds of more than 200
kilometres (125 miles) an hour, after hundreds of thousands of
people were evacuated and bullet train services were suspended.
2013 Oct 7, Colombia imposed
temporary tariffs and quotas on imports of potatoes, onions, beans,
tomatoes, powdered milk, fresh cheese, milk and whey to help
alleviate protests by farmers over expensive fertilizers and free
(Econ, 10/26/13, p.44)
2013 Oct 7, Colombia's state
oil company Ecopetrol said its second most important oil pipeline,
the Cano Limon-Covenas, has been temporarily shut down after three
bomb attacks. Security forces attributed the attacks to leftist
2013 Oct 7, In Cyprus an
independent judicial inquiry said former communist president,
Demetris Christofias, and his government bear chief blame for the
island's financial meltdown in March after they failed to control
spending and behaved in an imperious manner.
2013 Oct 7, In Egypt suspected
militants killed 6 soldiers near the Suez Canal and fired
rocket-propelled grenades at a state satellite station in Cairo. A
car bombing hit the security headquarters in el-Tor near the tourist
resorts of southern Sinai, killing 3 policemen and wounding dozens.
(Reuters, 10/7/13)(AP, 10/7/13)
2013 Oct 7, A French
oceanographic vessel rescued 29 Syrian refugees, part of a group of
363 asylum-seekers that have landed in Italy in the past 24 hours.
2013 Oct 7, In France Patrice
Chereau (68), a celebrated actor and director in film, theater and
opera, died. He was renowned for cutting-edge productions.
2013 Oct 7, In Greece Akis
Tsochadzopoulos (73), former Greek defense minister, was jailed for
20 years after being found guilty o money laundering. 16 of 18
co-defendants were also found guilty.
(SFC, 10/8/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 7, In Hong Kong a
118-carat white diamond, discovered in the rough in 2011 in southern
Africa, sold at auction for $30.6 million.
(SFC, 10/8/13, p.A4)
2013 Oct 7, The 2-day
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit opened in Bali,
Indonesia. At its end leaders agreed that that the Doha round of
global trade talks were at an impasse and urged trade ministers to
reconvene in December to get negotiations back on track.
(SFC, 10/8/13, p.A4)(SFC, 10/9/13, p.A5)
2013 Oct 7, In Libya dozens of
unarmed soldiers occupied the prime minister's office in Tripoli to
demand unpaid wages.
2013 Oct 7, The Maldives
Supreme Court annulled the results of the September 7 presidential
election and scheduled a fresh vote for October 20 after a candidate
challenged the outcome, citing irregularities. Earlier in the day
masked men burst into the Raajje TV studio in Male, stabbed a
security guard and set the place ablaze. Raajje was alligned with
the oppposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).
(Reuters, 10/7/13)(Econ, 10/12/13, p.52)
2013 Oct 7, In northern Mali
suspected radical Islamic militants fired a series of mortar shells
on Gao, marking the first such attack in months after the French-led
military operation drove the jihadists from power. Suspected Islamic
militants set off explosions at two bridges near Ansongo.
(AP, 10/7/13)(AP, 10/8/13)
2013 Oct 7, Dutch coastguards
scrambled helicopters and divers to search for three sailors missing
in the North Sea after their ship sank following a collision with a
2013 Oct 7, In Pakistan a bomb
exploded next to a van carrying security guards tasked with
protecting workers involved in an anti-polio drive in the village of
Malikhel, about 20 km outside Peshawar, killing 2 people.
2013 Oct 7, Russia suspended
imports of dairy products from neighboring Lithuania, turning up
trade pressure on the European Union member weeks before it hosts a
summit that could pull former Soviet republics further from Moscow's
2013 Oct 7, UN leader Ban
Ki-moon said about 100 international experts will have to spend up
to a year in Syria destroying its chemical weapons in a mission of
2013 Oct 8, A new US $100 note
went into circulation with new features to fight back against
(SFC, 9/25/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 8, In San Francisco an
engineering staff member discovered the body of Lynne Spalding (57),
during a quarterly check of a stairwell, 17 days after she went
missing at SF General Hospital. In December 2014 San Francisco and
the Univ. of California tentatively agreed to pay a total of $3
million to settle a claim by her family.
(SFC, 10/10/13, p.A1)(SFC, 12/13/14, p.C4)
2013 Oct 8, Albanian police
seized more than 1,000 stolen religious and secular pieces of art
dating from the 15th to the mid-20th century, and arrested two men
suspected of planning to sell them abroad.
2013 Oct 8, Francois Englert of
Belgium and Peter Higgs of Britain won the 2013 Nobel Prize in
physics for their theory on how the most basic building blocks of
the universe acquire mass.
2013 Oct 8, In Argentina
doctors drilled into President Cristina Fernandez's skull to siphon
out blood that is pressuring her brain two months after she suffered
an unexplained head injury.
2013 Oct 8, British
pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline said it would seek regulatory
approval next year for RTS,S, a vaccine that has shown positive
results against malaria in children.
(Econ, 10/12/13, p.94)
2013 Oct 8, In the Central
Africa Republic at least 30 people died and dozens more were injured
in clashes between ex-rebels of the Seleka coalition and local
self-defence groups in Garga.
2013 Oct 8, In China Akong
Tulku Rinpoche, a prominent monk who fled Tibet in 1959 and
co-founded the West's first Tibetan monastery (Samye Ling in
Scotland), was killed along with two other people in Chengdu. Police
said three Tibetan men visited a house where the trio were staying
and stabbed them to death in an argument over money. In 2016 a
Chinese court sentenced two men to death for killing Rinpoche.
(AFP, 10/9/13)(AP, 1/31/16)
2013 Oct 8, European lawmakers
approved sweeping new regulations governing the multibillion-dollar
tobacco market, including bigger warnings on cigarette packs and a
ban on menthol and other flavorings in a bid to further curb
smoking. They stopped short, however, of tough limits on electronic
2013 Oct 8, In India blackouts
hit emergency services and industry in parts of Andhra Pradesh
state, the third day of a strike by public workers protesting
against a government decision to split the southern state in two.
2013 Oct 8, In Iran Mahdi
Khazali (48), a surgeon, blogger and veteran activist, said a court
has sentenced him to six years in prison over security charges.
2013 Oct 8, Divers in Italy
recovered 18 more bodies, bringing the total to 250, from the Oct 3
shipwreck in which only 155 of the estimated 500 African asylum
seekers, most if not all from Eritrea, survived.
(AFP, 10/7/13)(SFC, 10/8/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 8, Kenyan customs
officers seized 2 tons of elephant ivory in a shipments bound for
Turkey. This followed a similar seizure on Oct 4.
2013 Oct 8, The Maldives
government urged all parties to support fresh elections after the
Supreme Court annulled last month's results, even though
international observers had said those polls were free and fair.
2013 Oct 8, Myanmar’s Pres.
Thein Sein pardoned 56 political prisoner, after the country vowed
to release all prisoners of conscience by the end of the year.
(AFP, 10/8/13)(SFC, 10/9/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 8, A Saudi court
sentenced a preacher convicted of raping his five-year-old daughter
and torturing her to death to eight years in prison and 800 lashes.
The court also ordered Fayhan al-Ghamdi to pay his ex-wife, the
girl's mother, one million riyals ($270,000) in "blood money."
Ghamdi's second wife, accused of taking part in the crime, was
sentenced to 10 months in prison and 150 lashes.
2013 Oct 8, It was reported
that fighting in Sudan between rival tribes over the Jebel Amer gold
mine, that stretches for some 10 km (six miles) beneath the sandy
hills of North Darfur, has killed more than 800 people and displaced
some 150,000 others since January.
2013 Oct 8, Turkey lifted a
90-year-old ban on Islamic headscarves in the civil service as part
of wide-ranging reforms driven by the Islamic-rooted government.
(AFP, 10/8/13)(SFC, 10/9/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 9, Three US-based
scientists won this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing
powerful computer models that researchers use to understand complex
chemical interactions and create new drugs. Research in the 1970s by
Martin Karplus (83), Michael Levitt (66) and Arieh Warshel (72) has
led to programs that unveil chemical processes such as how exhaust
fumes are purified or how photosynthesis takes place in green
2013 Oct 9, US President Barack
Obama nominated economist Janet Yellen to lead the Federal Reserve
in a move expected to sustain the central bank's easy money policies
and efforts to curb joblessness.
2013 Oct 9, The US said it is
poised stopped shipments of some large-scale military systems as
well as halting $260 million in cash aid to Egyptian military
leaders, who ousted Pres. Mohamed Morsi in July.
(AFP, 10/10/13)(SFC, 10/10/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 9, In the US 2 men
were executed, one in Arizona and the other in Texas, with a drug
not yet approved by federal authorities, after the Supreme Court
denied one of the inmate's final appeal.
2013 Oct 9, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a law that expands the definition of who can
provide abortions to include nurse practitioners, certified nurse
midwives and physician assistants.
(SFC, 10/10/13, p.A1)
2013 Oct 9, Stanley Kaufman
(97), film and theater critic for the New Republic, died in
(SFC, 10/10/13, p.D5)
2013 Oct 9, In West Virginia
Thomas J. Piccard (55), an ex-police officer, was shot dead after he
peppered a courthouse in Wheeling with gunfire.
(SFC, 10/11/13, p.A4)
2013 Oct 9, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bombing killed four people, 2 civilians
and 2 policemen in Helmand province.
2013 Oct 9, Austrian Chancellor
Werner Faymann's Social Democrats (SPO) got the task of forming a
new government and hoped to rebuild their alliance with the
conservatives to stave off the eurosceptic far right.
2013 Oct 9, Azerbaijan held
elections. An exit poll showed President Ilham Aliyev (51) was on
track to easily win a third term with 84% of the vote in the
oil-exporting ex-Soviet republic. His main opponent said the
election was marred by violations. Official results the next day
showed Aliyev winning nearly 85% of the vote.
(Reuters, 10/9/13)(AP, 10/10/13)
2013 Oct 9, In Bangladesh a
huge fire at a factory in Sriput, whose workers were making clothes
and fabrics for top Western labels, killed at least 9 people in the
latest disaster to blight the country's garment industry.
(AFP, 10/9/13)(Reuters, 10/9/13)
2013 Oct 9, Sex workers in the
legendary London district of Soho demonstrated in carnival masks and
negligees against evictions they claim threaten their safety and the
unique nature of the area.
2013 Oct 9, In Brunei the
leaders of the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations
(APEC) met for their annual 2-day East Asia Summit. Members first
gathered together before holding group discussions with non-member
partners, including the US, China, Japan, South Korea and India.
2013 Oct 9, In Canada Paul
Desmarais Sr. (88), one of the country’s richest and most
influential men, died. The self-made billionaire transformed an
ailing family-owned bus company into a $271 billion global
conglomerate, and was a friend to four Canadian prime ministers.
2013 Oct 9, In the Central
African Republic government forces arrested Mahamat Amine, a rogue
ex-rebel commander, and six of his men. Another ex-Seleka warlord
known as "Colonel Abdallah," who had been ruling over the eastern
town of Bangassou, was arrested together with four of his
lieutenants and transferred to Bangui.
2013 Oct 9, Chinese Premier Li
Keqiang called for a South China Sea of "peace, friendship and
cooperation" as he extended a hand in Brunei to APEC leaders wary of
Beijing's territorial claims in the strategic waters.
2013 Oct 9, International
observers said irregularities took place in a number of districts in
Guinea's parliamentary election last month, possibly harming the
credibility of the results.
2013 Oct 9, The head of the
European Commission announced during a visit to Lampedusa that Italy
would receive an additional 30 million euros ($40 million) in EU
funds to help settle and receive new refugees, after the sinking of
a migrant boat off the Sicilian island killed at least 302 people.
(AP, 10/9/13)(AFP, 10/9/13)
2013 Oct 9, In France Leonarda
Dibrani, a 15-year-old Roma girl, was taken off a school bus and
deported with her family to Kosovo.
(Econ, 10/26/13, p.60)
2013 Oct 9, In Israel residents
of Jaloud, a Palestinian village in the West Bank, said masked
Jewish settlers burst into a school, vandalized cars and torched
olive trees during a rampage that forced schoolchildren to remain
locked in classrooms to keep safe.
2013 Oct 9, Kuwait newspapers
said a court has sentenced an online activist to two years in prison
for insulting the Gulf nation's ruler, in the first case since a
blanket pardon for similar offenses last summer.
2013 Oct 9, The Dutch foreign
minister apologized to Moscow for the detention of a Russian
diplomat in The Hague, saying his right to diplomatic immunity had
been violated. Dutch child protection services said earlier they
were investigating a complaint from neighbors of diplomat Dmitry
Borodin about his treatment of his children.
2013 Oct 9, Nigeria's military
raided a bomb factory where Islamic extremists were plotting attacks
on the northern city of Kano. At the same time Abubakar Sheka, the
leader of the Boko Haram terrorist network, threatened in a video
more assaults "soon" using heavy weapons he said were seized in
battles against the Nigerian military.
2013 Oct 9, Shell Nigeria said
new leaks have forced it to close the Trans-Niger Pipeline that
carries 150,000 barrels of crude daily, 10 days after the pipeline
was reopened following repairs for leaks.
2013 Oct 9, The Philippines
justice minister said fugitive Muslim leader Nur Misuari has been
charged with rebellion following deadly attacks by hundreds of his
armed followers on Zamboanga. At least 244 people were killed in the
three weeks of fighting.
2013 Oct 9, Russian
investigators said several of the 30 Greenpeace activists already
charged with piracy over an open-sea protest were set to face new
charges for "other grave crimes" after finding drugs on their ship.
2013 Oct 9, Credit Suisse
reported that a staggering 35% of household wealth in Russia is
owned by just 110 people, the highest level of inequality in the
world barring a few small Caribbean islands.
2013 Oct 9, Turkey’s Supreme
Court upheld the convictions of 237 military officers accused of
plotting to overthrow the government in 2003.
(SFC, 10/10/13, p.A4)
2013 Oct 9, World Bank
President Jim Yong Kim said the global development lender will seek
to halve extreme poverty by 2020, an interim goal as the bank seeks
to fulfill its poverty-fighting targets.
2013 Oct 10, California
Attorney General Kamala Harris sued Corinthian Colleges, the owners
of Everest, Heald, WyoTech and other facilites accusing them of
lying about job-placement rates and misrepresenting programs.
(http://tinyurl.com/q4ou5z7)(SFC, 6/20/14, p.D3)
2013 Oct 10, In Michigan former
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison
(SFC, 10/11/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 10, Scott Carpenter
(88), the 2nd American astronaut to orbit the Earth (1962), died in
(SFC, 10/11/13, p.A5)
2013 Oct 10, In southeastern
Virginia 4 people from Florida were killed when their small plane
crashed in the Great Dismal Swamp.
(SSFC, 10/13/13, p.A7)
2013 Oct 10, More than 700
Australian police swooped on the Hells Angels in a series of
heavily-armed raids, seizing guns, drugs and cash, as authorities
intensify a crackdown on biker gangs linked to organized crime.
2013 Oct 10, A Bahraini court
sentenced 18 Shiites to between five and seven years in prison after
they were convicted of attacking a police station.
2013 Oct 10, Former Belgian PM
Wilfried Martens (77) died overnight. Martens was prime minister
from April 1979 to April 1981 and from December 1981 to March 1992,
leading a total of nine governments. He was one of the architects of
Belgium's federal division and a long-time leading figure in the
2013 Oct 10, Britain confirmed
that Liberia's former president and warlord Charles Taylor is to
serve out his 50-year prison sentence for war crimes in a British
2013 Oct 10, Short story master
Alice Munro (82), who captures the everyday lives and epiphanies of
men and women in rural Canada with elegant and precise prose, won
the Nobel Prize in literature.
(AP, 10/10/13)(SFC, 10/11/13, p.A3)
2013 Oct 10, In Egypt a suicide
bomber drove his explosives-laden car into a checkpoint outside
el-Arish in the Sinai Peninsula and detonated it, killing 3 soldiers
and a policeman.
2013 Oct 10, In western Finland
Thursday a 16-year-old boy stabbed and seriously injured four people
at a vocational training college in Oulu. Three of the victims were
women under the age of 20 and the fourth was the school's caretaker,
a 21-year-old man.
2013 Oct 10, In Germany
pressure grew on Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst (53) of Limburg
in Hesse state, a German-Romanian Catholic bishop under fire for
building an extravagant multi-million-euro residential complex when
prosecutors alleged that he also lied under oath.
2013 Oct 10, In India cricket
star Sachin Tendulkar, one of the world’s richest sportsmen,
announced his retirement.
(Econ, 10/19/13, p.48)
2013 Oct 10, Iran’s
semi-official FARS news agency said an armed group has killed five
members of the elite Revolutionary Guards in a Kurdish area near the
2013 Oct 10, Iraq's prime
minister said his country has signed a $6 billion contract with
Swiss company Satarem to build and run an oil refinery in the
southern province of Maysan.
2013 Oct 10, The Special
Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague published an arrest warrant for a
fifth suspect in the 2005 bombing on the Beirut waterfront that
killed Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri and 21 others, almost
tipping the country into civil war. The court said judges had
secretly indicted Hassan Habib Merhi on July 31 but had given the
Lebanese government time to attempt to arrest the suspect before
making the warrant public.
2013 Oct 10, Iraq’s justice
ministry said 42 "terrorism" convicts were executed over the past
week, defying international condemnation of its extensive use of the
2013 Oct 10, Kenyans demanded
justice after three men accused of brutally gang raping a school
girl (16) and dumping her in a pit latrine were ordered to cut grass
2013 Oct 10, Libyan PM Ali
Zidan was abducted by gunmen who snatched him from his hotel and
held him for several hours in apparent retaliation for a US special
forces raid that captured an al-Qaida suspect in the capital last
2013 Oct 10, Myanmar took a
long-coveted role as chairman of ASEAN, the regional grouping of
2013 Oct 10, In Nigeria armed
gunmen, suspected to be cattle rustlers, killed 10 members of one
family before six of the gunmen were shot dead by security forces in
central Plateau state.
2013 Oct 10, North Korea’s sate
media confirmed the removal of a hard-line general as its military
(SFC, 10/11/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 10, Pakistani teenager
Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning
for education for girls, won the European Union's annual human
rights award, beating fugitive US intelligence analyst Edward
2013 Oct 10, In southwestern
Pakistan a bomb exploded outside a police station in a crowded
market in Quetta, killing at least 6 people.
2013 Oct 10, A retrospective of
the art of Damien Hirst opened in Doha, Qatar featuring 93 works.
(Econ, 10/19/13, p.86)
2013 Oct 10, Saudi authorities
beheaded a citizen in the western province of Taif after he was
convicted of shooting dead another man.
2013 Oct 10, In Syria fighting
flared between Syrian Sunni rebels and foreign militias on the
southern edge of Damascus.
2013 Oct 10, The UN Security
Council voted unanimously to extend the mandate of the NATO-led
force in Afghanistan for the last time before it hands over total
responsibility for security to Afghan forces at the end of 2014.
2013 Oct 10, The Venezuelan
navy detained the crew of an oil exploration vessel operated by
US-based Anadarko Petroleum in waters disputed by the Guyana and
Venezuela. The RV Teknik Perdana and its crew were released on Oct
(AP, 10/11/13)(Reuters, 10/15/13)
2013 Oct 11, The US Air Force
fired Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, the senior officer in charge of its
nuclear missiles. A pending investigation was said to be related to
(SFC, 10/12/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 11, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown approved 11 firearms measures designed to tighten
controls on ownership, storage and types of weapons and ammunition
available in the state. They included a ban on lead hunting
(SFC, 10/12/13, p.A1)
2013 Oct 11, In the SF Bay Area
Hayward police arrested 13 people and seized nearly $4 million worth
of marijuana after raiding homes in San Leandro, Hayward and San
(SFC, 10/12/13, p.C4)
2013 Oct 11, In Michigan Bobby
Ferguson, a friend of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, was
sentenced to 21 years in prison for his role in widespread
(SFC, 10/12/13, p.A9)
2013 Oct 11, Two Utah Boy Scout
leaders pushed a large rock off a rock formation at Goblin Valley
State Park. Glenn Taylor and Dave Hall said it was loose and feared
it was dangerous. They soon faced possible criminal charges and were
removed from their posts a Boy Scout leaders.
(SFC, 10/22/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 11, In Brazil an
official report disclosed that the powerful PCC prison gang runs a
nationwide criminal business worth $60 million a year with
operations extending into neighboring Bolivia and Paraguay.
2013 Oct 11, Shares in
newly-privatized Royal Mail soared on their stock market debut,
bolstering criticism that the company — which traces its
five-century history back to King Henry VIII — was undervalued by
the British government.
2013 Oct 11, In Central African
Republic clashes broke out between security forces sent from Bangui
to Bomboro, and the 'anti-balaka' self-defence group," leaving 6
dead among the ranks of the vigilante.
2013 Oct 11, The Egyptian coast
guard rescued 72 Palestinians, 40 Syrians and 4 Egyptians when a
boat carrying illegal migrants and Syrian refugees sank off Egypt's
northern coast. 12 people died.
2013 Oct 11, France's
constitutional council upheld a ban on the energy extraction process
known as fracking, two days after the European Parliament voted to
require full environmental reports from companies that want to
establish hydraulic fracturing sites.
2013 Oct 11, A French court
convicted 26 members of three Croatian Roma families of forcing
children to carry out more than 100 robberies in European countries.
2013 Oct 11, In India tens of
thousands fled their homes in eastern coastal areas and moved to
shelters, bracing for Cyclone Phailin.
2013 Oct 11, Alitalia’s board
of directors approved a €500m salvage package. €300m would come from
fresh capital and €200m from new credit lines. The government
planned to involve the state-owned postal service in the rescue.
(Econ, 10/19/13, p.56)
2013 Oct 11, In Italy
Erich Priebke (100), a former Nazi SS captain, died. He had been
sentenced to life in prison for his role in in the 1944 massacre of
335 civilians by Nazi forces at the Ardeatine Caves outside Rome.
(AP, 10/11/13)(Econ, 10/26/13, p.102)
2013 Oct 11, In Japan a fire
ripped through a hospital as patients slept killing 10 elderly
people. This prompted government demands for safety reviews across
2013 Oct 11, Lebanese singer
and composer Wadih Safi (92) died. His strong, clear voice propelled
him to fame throughout the Arab world.
2013 Oct 11, In central Mali a
boat carrying hundreds of passengers along the Niger River capsized.
Only 210 survivors, of an estimated 400 people aboard, were counted.
By Oct 19 the body count reached 72.
(AP, 10/12/13)(AP, 10/19/13)
2013 Oct 11, An overloaded
migrant boat went down off Malta. The next day about 200 shocked
survivors were plucked from the sea. Over 30 lives were lost in the
latest deadly migrant tragedy to hit the Mediterranean.
2013 Oct 11, In central Nigeria
17 people died and 10 others were injured when the buses in which
they were travelling collided with a tanker lorry.
2013 Oct 11, The Norwegian
Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to the Organization
for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons as the global watchdog
worked to destroy Syria's stockpiles of nerve gas and other
2013 Oct 11, Suspected
Palestinian militants bludgeoned to death retired army colonel Sarya
Ofer in the third killing of Israelis in the West Bank within as
many weeks. Three suspects were arreted the next day.
(AFP, 10/11/13)(AFP, 10/13/13)
2013 Oct 11, A Panamanian
official said two Cuban fighter jets seized from a North Korean ship
in July were in perfect condition to operate and the 15 plane
engines that were found along with them were relatively new and
could be used as replacements.
2013 Oct 11, In southeastern
Peru a makeshift bus carrying 51 Quechua Indians back from a party
plunged off a cliff into a river, killing everyone on board,
including 14 children.
2013 Oct 11, In Spain former
Formula 1 reserve driver Maria de Villota (33) was found dead in a
hotel room in Seville.
2013 Oct 11, In Sudan some 150
pro-democracy activists and Islamists protested outside Khartoum's
Grand Mosque after Friday prayers in the latest of a wave of
2013 Oct 11, In Sudan a Zambian
military observer with UNAMID was killed by unidentified assailants
in El Fasher, North Darfur state.
2013 Oct 11, Syrian air force
warplanes bombarded rebel-held targets close to a major chemical
weapons facility in fighting that highlights the perils facing an
international mission to eliminate President Bashar al-Assad's
2013 Oct 11, Tunisian security
forces and suspected jihadists clashed near Mount Chaambi, a
stronghold of militants linked to Al-Qaeda, in the Kasserine area
near the Algerian border.
2013 Oct 11, In southern Yemen
a suspected al Qaeda militant blew himself up in a market in Lahj
province, killing himself and wounding 4. Security officials said
militants on a motorcycle have shot and killed an army colonel in
the eastern town of Mukalla.
(Reuters, 10/11/13)(AP, 10/11/13)
2013 Oct 12, US Secretary of
State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced they
had reached preliminary agreement on a bilateral security pact that
now depends on the approval of Afghanistan's tribal leaders.
2013 Oct 12, In Oklahoma 5
people were shot at a Hmong New year’s festival in Tulsa. Meng Lee
(19) and Boonmlee (21) fled the scene, but were arrested the next
(SFC, 10/13/13, p.A4)
2013 Oct 12, Oscar Hijuelos
(b.1951), Pulitzer Prize winner (1990), died in Manhattan. His 1989
novel “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love" became a best seller.
(SFC, 10/15/13, p.C3)
2013 Oct 12, In Azerbaijan
thousands gathered in Baku to protest the re-election of President
Ilham Aliyev in a vote widely criticized by international election
2013 Oct 12, In Belgium Somali
pirate Mohamed Abdi Hassan, better known as "Afweyne" or "Big
Mouth", was detained at Brussels airport when he stepped off a
flight from Nairobi. He was lured to Brussels on promises of
shooting a documentary movie about his life on the high seas.
2013 Oct 12, In Colombia a
22-story apartment building collapsed in Medellin. 11 people were
reported missing. The building was evacuated after cracks appeared a
(SFC, 10/14/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 12, In Ethiopia
foreign ministers of the 54-member African Union agreed that sitting
heads of state should not be tried by the International Criminal
Court where Kenya's leaders are in the dock. They also called for
deferring the cases of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his
deputy, William Ruto.
2013 Oct 12, Honduras police
clashed with local residents during the arrest of Carlos Peralta
(22), a man believed responsible for decapitating a 7-year-old boy
in the rural town of San Francisco de la Paz. The boy's body was
found a day earlier in the town in the Olancho region.
2013 Oct 12, India detained an
armed ship operated by a US maritime security company and the 35
people on board for failing to produce papers authorizing it to
carry weapons and ammunition in Indian waters. The Sierra
Leone-flagged ship Seaman Guard Ohio belongs to Virginia-based
AdvanFort, a maritime security firm that specializes in anti-piracy
2013 Oct 12, In India the
massive Cyclone Phailin hammered the eastern coastline of Orissa
state with heavy rains and destructive winds, as hundreds of
thousands of people living in the region moved inland and took
shelter. The storm left at least 17 people dead.
(AP, 10/12/13)(AP, 10/13/13)
2013 Oct 12, In Iraq a pickup
truck packed with explosives blew up at an Iraqi vegetable market,
killing 17 and wounding dozens.
2013 Oct 12, In Italy divers
found an additional 20 bodies off the island of Lampedusa, bringing
the still provisional death toll from an October 3 shipwreck to 359.
2013 Oct 12, In Niger thousands
of people protested against French nuclear firm Areva, which has
been mining uranium in the impoverished country for nearly 50 years.
2013 Oct 12, Typhoon Nari
pounded the northern Philippines, killing 13 people, ripping roofs
off thousands of buildings, and leaving more than two million
2013 Oct 12, Russian police
arrested 67 people after a fight broke out between gay rights
activists and their opponents at a demonstration in St. Petersburg.
2013 Oct 12, In Spain thousands
of people gathered in Barcelona to demonstrate against a proposed
Catalonia split away from Spain.
(SSFC, 10/13/13, p.A3)
2013 Oct 12, In Syria two
mortar rounds slammed into the central Abu Rummaneh neighbourhood of
Damascus, killing a child and wounding 11 people. Tank shells fired
by Syrian government forces slammed into a building in the southern
city of Daraa, killing at least 11 people, including women and
(AFP, 10/12/13)(AFP, 10/13/13)
2013 Oct 12, In Vietnam a blast
at a fireworks factory killed at least 24 people. Police blamed
other explosives stored at the site for the accident which also left
many injured at the Z121 military facility north of Hanoi.
2013 Oct 12, In Yemen thousands
of separatists demanding secession took to the streets of Aden to
mark the anniversary in 1967 of the independence of former South
2013 Oct 13, In eastern
Afghanistan an Afghan man wearing an Afghan army uniform shot at US
soldiers, killing at least one serviceman. The so-called "insider
attack" in Paktika province was the 4th in under a month.
2013 Oct 13, A detachment of
Angolan troops crossed into neighboring Congo Republic and detained
a group of Congolese soldiers. The incident highlights tensions
around Angola's oil-rich Cabinda enclave, which is separated from
the rest of Angola and surrounded by Congo Republic and Democratic
Republic of Congo. 55 soldiers of the Republic of Congo were
released on Oct 18.
(Reuters, 10/17/13)(AFP, 10/18/13)
2013 Oct 13, Brazilian
officials said at least 12 people were killed and six left missing
when a boat carrying Catholic pilgrims capsized on the Amazon River.
(SFC, 10/14/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 13, China’s PM Li
Keqiang arrived in Vietnam for a 3-day visit.
(Econ, 10/19/13, p.49)
2013 Oct 13, Companies involved
in a $1.27 billion project to develop a business district around
Britain’s Manchester airpor announced that Chinese construction
giant Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG) has signed a
deal with British firms to develop the area.
2013 Oct 13, In Dubai 3 workers
were killed when a crane collapsed at a construction site near the
Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.
2013 Oct 13, An Egyptian army
MiG-21 aircraft crashed near the southern city of Luxor, leaving one
person dead and three others injured on the ground after the crew
2013 Oct 13, Egyptian security
officials said James Henry (66), a retired US citizen detained in
August for violating curfew in Sinai, was found dead in his jail
cell after he used his belt and shoe laces to hang himself.
2013 Oct 13, In Ethiopia an
explosion killed two people and impacted a home used by US Embassy
personnel in Addis Ababa. Two Somali suicide bombers, who had
planned to kill soccer fans during Ethiopia's World Cup qualifying
match against Nigeria, blew themselves up accidentally.
(AP, 10/13/13)(Reuters, 10/14/13)
2013 Oct 13, In India at least
115 people were killed and more than 100 injured in a stampede after
a bridge collapsed near a remote Hindu temple in Ithe central state
of Madhya Pradesh.
(Reuters, 10/13/13)(AP, 10/14/13)(AFP, 10/15/13)
2013 Oct 13, In Iraq a series
of bombs killed at least 31 people in mostly Shi'ite Muslim
provinces ahead of the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha. Altogether 11
bombs were detonated by remote control.
2013 Oct 13, Israel displayed
what it called a Palestinian "terror tunnel" running into its
territory from the Gaza Strip and said it was subsequently freezing
the transfer of building material to the enclave.
2013 Oct 13, In a report
published by The Lancet Swiss radiation experts confirmed they found
traces of polonium on clothing used by Yasser Arafat (d.2004)
supporting the possibility the Palestinian leader was poisoned.
2013 Oct 13, A number of North
Korean officers and sailors died while a submarine chaser was
performing "combat duties." At least 19 sailors were believed
killed. Photos of stone markers released by state media on Nov 2
showed "Oct. 13" inscribed on them.
(AP, 11/4/13)(Reuters, 11/4/13)
2013 Oct 13, In Romania
thousands marched across the country to protest against a Canadian
company's plans to open a gold mine seen as a threat to the
environment, and called for the government's resignation.
2013 Oct 13, In Russia a mob of
nationalists, joined by locals and pensioners in the Moscow suburb
of Biryulyovo, smashed up a vegetable market over the murder of an
ethnic Russian by a Caucasian migrant.
(Econ, 10/19/13, p.58)
2013 Oct 13, In Saudi Arabia
Muslims from across the world poured into a sprawling tent city in
the Saudi desert before the start of the annual Islamic hajj
pilgrimage. The number of the pilgrims this year has been reduced in
part by concerns over a respiratory virus centered in Saudi Arabia.
2013 Oct 13, In South Africa
Julius Malema, former head of the ANC’s Youth League, launched his
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party in Marikana.
(Econ, 10/19/13, p.54)
2013 Oct 13, In Sudan 3
Senegalese UNAMID peacekeepers were killed and one injured in an
attack by unidentified gunmen in West Darfur.
2013 Oct 13, In northwest Syria
gunmen kidnapped 7 Red Cross workers after opening fire on their
vehicles. 3 ICRC and a Red Crescent colleague were soon released.
(Reuters, 10/13/13)(AFP, 10/14/13)
2013 Oct 13, The Vatican
beatified 522 people — mostly priests and nuns — who were killed in
the turmoil that led to Spain's 1936-39 civil war.
2013 Oct 13, In Yemen Faisal
al-Mikhlafi, a college professor and brother of a prominent tribal
leader, was gunned down in Taiz.
(Econ, 10/19/13, p.53)
2013 Oct 14, Three Americans
won the Nobel prize for economics for developing methods to study
trends in stock, bond and house prices. Eugene Fama (74) showed in
the 1960s how hard it is to predict markets in the short run; Robert
Shiller (67) two decades later showed how it can be done in the long
run; Lars Peter Hansen (60) developed a statistical method to test
theories of asset pricing.
2013 Oct 14, It was announced
that the $5 million Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African
Leadership, the world's biggest individual prize, has no winner for
the fourth time in five years.
2013 Oct 14, Antigua and
Barbuda PM Baldwin Spencer said citizenship will be sold to int’l.
investors. Applications were already being accepted.
(SFC, 10/15/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 14, Australia’s Rio
Tinto said the annual sale of its rare pink-hued diamonds attracted
unprecedented interest with at least two of the stones fetching
record prices of over $2 million.
2013 Oct 14, China said it
would give rewards amounting to 5 billion yuan ($816.91 million) for
curbing air pollution in six regions where the problem is serious,
underscoring government concern about a source of public anger.
2013 Oct 14, French President
Francois Hollande, on a visit to South Africa, announced the signing
with South Africa of a $2-billion pact for a thermal power plant in
2013 Oct 14, French authorities
detained Davit Kezerashvili, a former Georgian defence minister,
wanted in his homeland on corruption charges. Kezerashvili, who also
headed the financial police, was charged in January with taking a
bribe of $12 million (nine million euros) to facilitate alcohol
smuggling in the ex-Soviet nation.
2013 Oct 14, Germany blocked
the introduction of tougher EU emissions rules for cars. A week
earlier Chancellor Angela Merkel's party received a large donation
from three major BMW shareholders.
2013 Oct 14, The Indian coast
guard rescued 17 sailors whose cargo ship sank during Cyclone
Phailin. At least 43 people were killed by the storm.
(AP, 10/14/13)(SSFC, 10/20/13, p.A4)
2013 Oct 14, A large blast
exploded near a Libyan Islamist stronghold east of Tripoli, killing
at least two people.
2013 Oct 14, A Malaysian court
ruled that a Christian newspaper may not use the word "Allah" to
refer to God, a landmark decision on an issue that has fanned
religious tension and raised questions over minority rights in the
mainly Muslim country.
2013 Oct 14, In the Philippines
more than 1.5 million people converged on Manila for a powerful
Christian sect's evangelical event, causing traffic chaos that shut
down large parts of the megacity. The gathering of the secretive and
politically influential Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) forced
all schools and some government offices to close.
2013 Oct 14, Russian police
swept through a vegetable warehouse earlier targeted by rioters,
rounding up over a thousand migrant workers, checking their
documents and loading them onto waiting vans to be investigated for
criminal activity on the southern outskirts of Moscow.
2013 Oct 14, In Saudi Arabia
some 2 million Muslims from nearly 200 countries gathered around
Mount Arafat at the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage.
2013 Oct 14, In Syria a car
bombing in Darkoush, a rebel-held northwestern town, killed at least
27 people and wounded dozens, setting cars on fire and sending
people running in panic.
2013 Oct 14, In Syria a 40-foot
bronze statue of Jesus went up on the Cherubim mountain, apparently
under cover of a truce among three factions in the country's civil
2013 Oct 15, Pres. Obama
awarded the Medal of Honor to former US Army Capt. William Swenson
(34) for his actions to save fellow troops during a lengthy battle
against the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2009.
(SFC, 10/16/13, p.A9)
2013 Oct 15, The city of
Council Bluffs, Iowa, agreed to pay $6 million to settle a lawsuit
with Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee of Omaha, who were
wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for 25 years for the 1977
shooting of retired police captain John Schweer.
(SFC, 10/16/13, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/9xeb75v)
2013 Oct 15, In Louisiana
former Halliburton employee Anthony Badalamenti (62) pleaded guilty
to destroying evidence in the aftermath of the 2010 deadly rig
explosion that spawned BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
(Econ, 10/5/13, p.A5)
2013 Oct 15, In eastern
Afghanistan a bomb planted inside a mosque microphone killed Logar
province Gov. Arsallah Jamal (47) as he was delivering a speech to
worshippers to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. 15 people
were wounded. A British soldier was shot whilde on patrol in
Helmand Province and died from his injuries at the scene.
2013 Oct 15, Mining magnate
Andrew Forrest pledged to give 65 million Australian dollars ($62
million) to university education in his home state in one of
Australia's largest philanthropic donations.
2013 Oct 15, An Australian
naval team in the Indian Ocean captured nine suspected pirates
sought after attacks on a supertanker 500 miles off the coast of
2013 Oct 15, Britain’s
chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborn, announced a deal with
China intended to make Britain the main offshore hub for trading in
China’s currency and bonds and for foreign institutions investing in
China. In exchange China’s banks would be allowed to enter Britain
as branches of the their parents rather than as subsidiaries.
(Econ, 10/19/13, p.62)
2013 Oct 15, The European Space
Agency said it has developed a technology that allows metal parts
for spacecraft and nuclear reactors to be "printed" as a single
2013 Oct 15, Iranian
negotiators put forward what they called a potential breakthrough
plan at the long-stalled talks in Geneva on easing fears that Tehran
wants atomic arms.
2013 Oct 15, In northern Iraq a
bomb ripped through a crowd of Sunni worshippers coming out of a
mosque after prayers at the start of a major Muslim holiday, killing
12 people and wounding 24 in Kirkuk. A study put the death toll in
the war-torn country at nearly half a million since the US-led 2003
2013 Oct 15, Israel's military
destroyed a second tunnel dug from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip
into Israel. The military said the tunnel was packed with explosives
and stretched dozens of meters (yards) into Israel.
2013 Oct 15, Eurocrats and
transport industry folk began a two day train ride from Vilnius to
Talinn. Rail Baltica, an idea to build a proper rail way connection
from Helsinki to Tallinn, Riga, Kaunas, Warsaw and continuing on to
Berlin was on the agenda in a conference onboard the train.
(www.balticsea-region-strategy.eu/item/486861)(Econ, 10/19/13, p.60)
2013 Oct 15, Malawi President
Joyce Banda named Maxwell Mkwezalamba, a former African Union
economic commissioner, as finance minister in a cabinet reshuffle
triggered by a graft scandal that started with the shooting of the
national budget director.
2013 Oct 15, Dutch police said
a total of 15 people have been arrested since July, related to
cocaine packages stashed aboard planes arriving from Latin America.
Seven of them employed by the same company at Schiphol.
2013 Oct 15, New Zealand author
Eleanor Catton (28) became the youngest winner of the Man Booker
Prize for fiction, claiming the award for her novel "The
2013 Oct 15, Amnesty
International said hundreds of people are dying in military
detention as Nigeria's security forces crack down on an Islamic
uprising in the northeast. More than 950 people died in military
custody in the first six months of this year. The rights group said
said some people are shot outright, some starve and others suffocate
2013 Oct 15, In the central
Philippines a powerful earthquake measuring 7.2 struck islands
popular with tourists. At least 171 people were killed, mostly on
(AP, 10/15/13)(AFP, 10/16/13)(Reuters,
10/17/13)(SSFC, 10/20/13, p.A4)
2013 Oct 15, In Russia unknown
attackers posing as electricians broke into the apartment of a Dutch
diplomat, forced him to the ground, hit him and drew a heart
containing the letters LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender) on a mirror in pink lipstick.
2013 Oct 15, In South Africa
the bodies of 2 girls, two and three years old, were discovered in
the Diepsloot area north of Johannesburg after being reported
missing on the weekend. 2 other toddlers were found dead in
Katlehong, east of Johannesburg. Police suspect they were poisoned.
The killings in Diepsloot fueled angry accusations from residents
that police were failing to provide security.
2013 Oct 15, The Church of
Sweden elected the country's first female archbishop. Antje Jackelen
(58) will join a growing number of female church leaders around the
(AP, 10/15/13)(SFC, 10/16/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 15, Syrian warplanes
bombed several rebel-held areas and opposition fighters fired mortar
rounds and homemade rockets at Damascus on the first day of a major
2013 Oct 15, Turkey for the
first time fired four artillery rounds against a position near the
town of Azaz, Syria, held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the
Levant (ISIL)," an Al-Qaeda affiliated group, in retaliation for a
mortar round that fell on Turkish territory.
2013 Oct 15, Typhoon Nari
knocked down trees and damaged hundreds of houses in central
Vietnam, forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.
2013 Oct 15, In Yemen suspected
al-Qaida militants killed 2 security guards and wounded four others
in a drive-by shooting in Lahj province.
2013 Oct 16, The US Congress,
with hours to go before the government reached its $16.7 trillion
debt limit, approved a deal to end a government shutdown, but only
permits the Treasury to borrow through Feb 7 and fund government
through Jan 15. The 16-day shutdown of US National Parks cost the
parks and surrounding communities an estimated $44 million in lost
visitor spending. A 2014 report said five states lost over $20
million in the shutdown.
(AP, 10/17/13)(SFC, 3/5/14, p.A6)
2013 Oct 16, Newark, NJ,
Democratic Mayor Cory Booker (44) won a special election to
represent the state in the US Senate.
(SFC, 10/16/13, p.A7)
2013 Oct 16, A boat with more
than dozen people, including Jamaicans and Haitians, capsized off
the coast of South Florida. 4 women died and 11 people were taken
into custody. On May 15 Bahamian national Naaman Davis pleaded
guilty in Miami federal court to charges of smuggling. He was paid
to drive the migrant-filled boat and was drinking rum and smoking
crack-cocaine the night it capsized.
(SFC, 10/16/13, p.A7)(AP, 5/16/14)
2013 Oct 16, Washington became
the 2nd state to adopt rules for the recreational sale of marijuana.
Initiative 522, a measure requiring retail outlets to label
genetically modified (GM) food, failed. A $15 minimum wage was
approved in SeaTac, a suburb of Seattle.
p.A12)(http://tinyurl.com/o7zmnsa)(Econ, 11/9/13, p.35)
2013 Oct 16, Chinese state
media reported that an Australian tourist and 3 Tibetans died in an
avalanche on Mt. Everest.
(SFC, 10/16/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 16, Indian police in
the holiday resort state of Goa arrested Gary Baird (45), a British
man, after their biggest ever drugs seizure, worth 20.5 million
rupees (330,000 dollars, 205,000 pounds). Baird was arrested for
illegally possessing more than four kg of amphetamine.
2013 Oct 16, In Japan Typhoon
Wipha caused deadly mudslides that buried people and destroyed homes
on Izu Oshima island leaving at least 24 people dead. A woman
from Tokyo died after falling into a river and being washed 10 km
downriver to Yokohama.
(AP, 10/16/13)(AP, 10/17/13)(AFP, 10/18/13)
2013 Oct 16, Kenya wildlife
officials said they will place microchips in the horn of every rhino
in the country in a bid to stamp out a surge in poaching the
2013 Oct 16, A Lao Airlines
flight from Vientiane to Pakse in southern Laos crashed and killed
all 49 aboard.
(AP, 10/16/13)(AP, 10/17/13)
2013 Oct 16, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber killed 8 people in Dera Ismail Khan,
including a provincial government minister.
2013 Oct 16, An earthquake with
a magnitude of 7.1 struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea.
2013 Oct 16, A Russian court
suspended a five-year prison sentence for top opposition leader
Alexei Navalny, but upheld his conviction for theft that will
prevent him from running in future elections.
2013 Oct 16, In Russia a
migrant worker was found stabbed to death in a Moscow neighborhood
rocked this week by race riots, in what a community leader suggested
was a revenge attack for the killing of an ethnic Russian.
2013 Oct 16, In Syria 21,
including 4 children and 6 women, were killed when a minibus hit a
mine in the southern town of Noa. Syrian activists said that two
days of heavy clashes between Kurdish fighters and al-Qaida-linked
rebels in the northeast have killed at least 41 on both sides.
(Reuters, 10/16/13)(AP, 10/16/13)
2013 Oct 17, Florida
Congressman Bill Young (82) died after 42 years of service. He had
channeled hundreds of million of dollars via earmarks to his
district and state.
(Econ, 2/15/14, p.29)(AP, 10/18/13)
2013 Oct 17, A global index on
modern slavery said some 30 million people are enslaved worldwide,
trafficked into brothels, forced into manual labour, victims of debt
bondage or even born into servitude. Almost half were in India.
2013 Oct 17, The first ladies
of Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast sealed an agreement to fight the
growing child trafficking trade between the two west African
2013 Oct 17, Canadian police
arrested at least 40 protesters opposed to shale gas development in
New Brunswick after vehicles were set ablaze and a shot was fired.
2013 Oct 17, In France hundreds
of pupils blocked high schools in the Paris region and joined
protests after Leonarda Dibrani, a 15-year-old girl, was taken off a
school bus on Oct 9 and deported to Kosovo.
(AP, 10/16/13)(Reuters, 10/17/13)
2013 Oct 17, Indonesian police
shot dead Suardi, a suspected militant, and arrested two others, in
an ongoing clampdown on terrorism. All three were said to be part of
a network led by Abu Uswah, who allegedly taught bomb-making and was
shot dead in a raid in January.
2013 Oct 17, In northern Iraq a
suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden car among houses in the
Shabak village of al-Mouafaqiyah near Mosul, killing at least 15
people. Attacks on Shi'ite Muslims killed at least 61 people across
2013 Oct 17, Moroccan police
drove back 400 African migrants who tried to rush across the
country's border into the Spanish territory of Ceuta.
2013 Oct 17, Mozambique
government forces killed two fighters from rebel group Renamo in
clashes on the first anniversary of their leader's return to the
2013 Oct 17, Pakistani
officials said a Pakistani Ranger was killed by "unprovoked firing"
by Indian troops along the disputed northwestern India-Pakistan
border. An Indian Border Security Force officer said their forces
retaliated after being fired on by the Pakistani side. Another
Pakistani soldier was killed by militants in South Waziristan.
2013 Oct 17, In Saudi Arabia
some 1.4 million Muslim pilgrims from 188 countries started to leave
Mecca at the end of what authorities hailed as a successful and
incident-free hajj. The hajj now brings in $16.5 billion, about 3%
of Saudi GDP.
(AFP, 10/17/13)(Econ, 10/12/13, p.74)
2013 Oct 17, In South Africa a
senior union official at a Lonmin mine in Marikana was shot dead.
2013 Oct 17, In South
Sudan 5 people including four children were killed in a market
when explosives left over from decades of civil war were
accidentally set off on the outskirts of Juba.
2013 Oct 17, Spanish police
said they have arrested 17 people for their role in stealing watches
worth 23 million euros ($31 million) in Dec 2012, resolving one of
the country's biggest jewelry heists.
2013 Oct 17, The Syrian
government said it has turned over to the United Nations Carl
Campeau, a Canadian staffer, who went missing eight months ago in
the Golan Heights, accusing rebels of having kidnapped him. Gen.
Jameh Jameh, a top military intelligence officer was killed in
clashes in Deir al-Zou.
(AFP, 10/17/13)(AP, 10/18/13)(SFC, 10/18/13,
2013 Oct 17, In Tunisia
Islamist militants killed two policemen in clashes in the
northeastern city of Goubellat.
2013 Oct 17, The UN General
Assembly elected five new members to the Security Council. The
uncontested seats included Chad, Chile, Lithuania, Nigeria and Saudi
2013 Oct 18, SF Bay Area BART
workers went on strike leaving hundreds of thousands of Bay Area
commuters scrambling for ways to get to work.
(SFC, 10/18/13, p.A1)
2013 Oct 18, New Jersey’s
Supreme Court ruled to uphold a lower court order that gay weddings
must start on Oct 21.
(SFC, 10/18/13, p.A5)
2013 Oct 18, In Ohio a police
cruiser crashed into a car at an intersection in Upper Arlington
killing 6 members of a family of Iraqi immigrants, whose car had
stopped in the middle of the intersection.
(SFC, 10/18/1e, p.A6)
2013 Oct 18, Tom Foley
(b.1929), former US House Speaker, died. The Democrat from Spokane,
Wa., had served 30 years in the House before he was booted from
office in 1994 as Republicans seized control of Congress.
(SFC, 10/18/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 18, In Afghanistan a
complex attack involving a car bomb followed by gunfire was launched
on an international compound in eastern Kabul and was still under
way. A Taliban suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car in
Kabul outside a compound where many foreign workers are based,
killing at least two local civilians.
(Reuters, 10/18/13)(AFP, 10/18/13)
2013 Oct 18, In Australia
nearly 100 wildfires raged across New South Wales state, killing one
person, destroying dozens of houses and forcing hundreds of
evacuations as the nation's annual fire season got off to an
unusually early start.
2013 Oct 18, In Brazil a fire
destroyed up to 300,000 tons of sugar and much of the Santos Port
warehouses owned by Copersucar, the world's largest trader of the
2013 Oct 18, Canada and the EU
struck a tentative Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
meant to boost growth and employment.
(AP, 10/18/13)(Econ, 10/26/13, p.18)
2013 Oct 18, Canada’s Supreme
Court, in the case of a severely-brain damaged man, ruled that
family, not doctors, should decide when to cut off life support.
2013 Oct 18, In China Professor
Xia Yeliang (53), a liberal economist who had been an outspoken
critic of China's ruling Communist Party, was told that professors
and school leaders had voted to end his contract. He had drawn the
ire of school officials for his blog posts calling for democratic
reforms and rule of law in China. Yeliang was a signatory to Charter
08, a 2008 petition calling for sweeping political change.
(Reuters, 10/18/13)(Econ, 2/15/14, p.40)
2013 Oct 18, In Egypt suspected
militants killed a police officer in the Sinai Peninsula.
2013 Oct 18, Ethiopia unveiled
the first phase of a space exploration program, which includes East
Africa's largest observatory designed to promote astronomy research
in the region.
2013 Oct 18, France's
constitutional court ruled that mayors cannot refuse to carry out
same-sex marriages just because they oppose them.
2013 Oct 18, A French court
sentenced three Somali pirates to nine years in prison each for the
2009 hijacking off the Somali coast of a French yacht that led to
the death of its skipper.
2013 Oct 18, French osteopath
Pierre Pallardy (72) was sentenced to 10 years in jail for raping
and sexually assaulting female patients. His list of famous clients
included Pablo Picasso and Rudolf Nureyev.
2013 Oct 18, Guinea's electoral
commission announced that the ruling party and its allies have won
legislative elections. Pres. Alpha Conde’s Rally of the Guinean
People (RPG) won with 53 seats. The opposition said it would not
recognise the official results.
(AFP, 10/18/13)(Econ, 10/26/13, p.56)
2013 Oct 18, Indian police
arrested and questioned 33 people aboard a ship operated by a US
anti-piracy firm for carrying guns and ammunition in Indian waters
without proper permits. The captain and the chief engineer were not
among those arrested. The ship was detained on Oct 12. India charged
the 33 men for failing to produce papers authorizing them to carry
weapons in Indian waters
(AFP, 10/18/13)(Reuters, 10/19/13)
2013 Oct 18, In Iraq a car bomb
near an ice-cream shop in Baghdad killed 12 people, while 7 died in
2013 Oct 18, Kenya officials
identified Hassan Abdi Dhuhulow (b.1990), a Norwegian-Somali, as one
of the four attackers of the Westgate Mall on Sep 21. Charred body
parts taken from a collapsed portion of the shopping center still
awaited forensics analysis to determine if they were the remains of
(AP, 10/18/13)(SFC, 10/18/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 18, In Libya gunmen
killed Col. Ahmed Mostafa el-Barghathy, the head of the regional
military police in the eastern city of Benghazi, as he was headed to
a mosque to attend Friday prayers.
2013 Oct 18, In northwest
Mexico Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix (63), a former head of the
Tijuana cartel, was killed by a man in a clown outfit during a party
in a hotel in the resort town of Cabo San Lucas.
(AFP, 10/19/13)(SSFC, 10/20/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 18, The Netherlands
Supreme Court said municipalities are entitled to to tax dog
ownership because they have to pick up the bill for keeping public
parks and streets clean.
(SFC, 10/18/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 18, In Panama the 23rd
Ibero-American summit opened. Half the presidents of member nations
failed to show for the 2-day meeting, revealing the foundering
direction of the annual forum. At the close instead of meeting
annually, they decided to get together every other year instead.
(AP, 10/19/13)(AFP, 10/19/13)
2013 Oct 18, Saudi Arabia, in
an unprecedented show of anger at the failure of the international
community to end the war in Syria and act on other Middle East
issues, said it would not take up its seat on the UN Security
2013 Oct 18, South African
police fired rubber bullets to disperse thousands of people who
rioted after five people were arrested for the rape and murder of
two toddlers in a shantytown.
2013 Oct 18, In Spain Luis
Barcenas, the jailed former financial chief of the ruling Popular
Party, said he personally handed thousands of euros to the party's
current secretary general as part of an off-the-books payment scheme
he acknowledges he ran.
2013 Oct 18, Swiss customs
agents said they have seized one million fake tablets of
anti-anxiety drug Xanax at the Zurich airport, which were destined
for Egypt. The counterfeit tablets, packed in four crates and
weighing 400kg, had originated in China, according to Swissmedic,
the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products.
2013 Oct 18, In Syria regime
forces and rebels fighting for control of Tel Aran, a small but
strategic town in the northern province of Aleppo, killed at least
20 people. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
said rebels killed at least 30 Syrian soldiers, including ten who
were executed after they were captured in in Deir al-Zou.
2013 Oct 18, In Tunisia
protesting security forces drove top leaders from a memorial
ceremony for two policeman killed by militants a day earlier.
2013 Oct 18, In southern Yemen
a suicide bomber killed at least 5 soldiers in a suspected Islamist
militant attack on a military base. Two gunmen on a motorcycle fired
at Col. Mohammed Abdullah al-Habshi's car in Sayoun, Hadramawt
province. The driver died instantly and the colonel died three hours
later in hospital.
(Reuters, 10/18/13)(AP, 10/19/13)
2013 Oct 19, The Obama
administration announced it was releasing over $1.6 billion in
economic and military assistance to Pakistan.
(SSFC, 10/27/13, p.A3)
2013 Oct 19, In northern
California BART train workers Laurence Daniels (66) and Christopher
Sheppard (58) were killed near the Walnut Creek BART station a day
after BART workers went on strike. BART said the train was on a
maitenance run. A transit insider later said the train was on a
strike-related training run. In 2018 The California Public Utilities
Commission fined BART $1.3 million for safety violations in the
(SFC, 10/21/13, p.C2)(SFC, 10/12/18, p.A9)
2013 Oct 19, In Pennsylvania an
SUV crossed a center line and ran into two motocycles. 4 people on
the motorcycles and one person in the SUV were killed in Franklin
(SFC, 10/21/13, p.A3)
2013 Oct 19, In Argentina at
least 99 people were hurt, some seriously, in a train crash at the
same Buenos Aires commuter rail stop where a deadly accident killed
dozens just last year.
2013 Oct 19, In Belgium a plane
carrying 10 skydivers, including one making her maiden jump for her
birthday, crashed shortly after takeoff, killing everyone on board
and the pilot.
2013 Oct 19, Belarus freed
Paval Sevyarynets (36), a leading opposition politician. He had
served three years forced labour for protesting against the
iron-fisted rule of President Alexander Lukashenko.
2013 Oct 19, In southeastern
Brazil animal rights activist clashed with police in front of a
laboratory in Sao Roque that used dogs for drug tests.
2013 Oct 19, The violin played
by the Titanic's bandmaster as the ship sank beneath the waves sold
at a London auction for £900,000 ($1.45 million, 1.06 million
euros), a world record for memorabilia from the doomed liner.
2013 Oct 19, British actor and
musician Noel Harrison (79), suffered a heart attack in Devon and
died in a hospital. He sang the Academy Award-winning ballad "The
Windmills of Your Mind," by French composer Michel Legrand and
American lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman.
2013 Oct 19, In Canada a train
carrying crude oil and liquefied petroleum gas derailed west of
Edmonton, Alberta, causing a fire, but no injuries.
2013 Oct 19, Colombia’s army
said government troops have captured six rebels including Freddy
Chona Payare, a member of the security team of the leader of the
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
2013 Oct 19, In Egypt a car
bomb exploded near a military intelligence compound in the Suez
Canal city of Ismailia, wounding six soldiers.
2013 Oct 19, French Socialist
Pres. Francois Hollande, under fire from the far left and members of
his own party, said that a 15-year-old girl who was detained
in front of her classmates and expelled as an illegal immigrant can
return to France. But the rest of the family cannot come with her.
2013 Oct 19, Police in India
said at least 32 people have died in Adampur village in Uttar
Pradesh state after drinking toxic bootleg liquor.
(SSFC, 10/20/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 19, In Iraq a
car bomb on a commercial street in northern Baghdad killed 3 people.
2013 Oct 19, In Italy a Milan
appeals court set Silvio Berlusconi's political ban in his tax fraud
conviction at two years. Demonstrators clashed with police as tens
of thousands marched through Rome to protest against unemployment,
government cuts and big construction projects they say take money
away from social services.
(AP, 10/19/13)(Reuters, 10/20/13)
2013 Oct 19, The Maldives sank
further into political disarray when police blocked officials from
conducting a presidential revote, saying that holding the election
would violate a Supreme Court order.
2013 Oct 19, Hamas, its Gaza
Strip stronghold cut off by the new military-backed government in
Egypt, called upon rival Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas to end
their six-year schism and form a unity government.
2013 Oct 19, Thousands of
Portuguese protested against new wage and pension cuts in the
country's 2014 budget and demanded the resignation of the
2013 Oct 19, Thousands of
Romanians protested against plans by US energy group Chevron to
explore for shale gas in a poor eastern region and a Canadian
company's project to set up Europe's biggest open cast gold mine in
a Carpathian town.
2013 Oct 19, In Somalia a
suicide bomber killed at least 16 people, including 4 Ethiopian
soldiers, in an attack on a cafe in Beledweyne, a town close to the
Ethiopian border frequented by local and foreign soldiers fighting
al Qaeda-linked rebels.
(AFP, 10/19/13)(SSFC, 10/20/13, p.A7)
2013 Oct 19, Syrian rebels
assaulted a checkpoint in a suburb of Damascus, setting off a
suicide car bomb that killed 16 soldiers. More than 30 combatants
from both sides died in the blast and ensuing clashes.
(AP, 10/19/13)(Reuters, 10/19/13)
2013 Oct 19, In southern
Thailand bombings and drive-by shootings killed 5 people and injured
13 others including 8 soldiers and 5 journalists.
(SSFC, 10/20/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 19, Tunisia said
government forces have killed 9 "terrorists" and seized two tons of
explosives in the north of the country where policemen died this
week in a jihadist attack.
2013 Oct 20, In Bolivia 8
soldiers were taken hostage by suspected coca growers after a
firefight that left two security officers dead and 17 wounded.
2013 Oct 20, Egyptian security
forces fired bird shot and teargas to prevent supporters of deposed
Islamist President Mohamed Mursi from marching to the site of a
protest camp that was destroyed two months ago. An attack outside a
Coptic church in Cairo killed 4 people, including an 8-year-old
(Reuters, 10/20/13)(AP, 10/21/13)
2013 Oct 20, In Iraq 8 suicide
bombers targeted police and local officials in Rawa, northwest of
Baghdad, killing 8 people. In southwestern Baghdad 41 people were
killed and 65 were wounded in a crowded cafe in the primarily Shiite
neighborhood of Amil, bringing the death toll from violence across
Iraq to 51.
(AFP, 10/20/13)(AP, 10/21/13)
2013 Oct 20, Kenya's biggest
selling newspaper “The Nation" reported that security camera footage
showed soldiers appearing to loot goods during last month's Nairobi
shopping mall siege.
2013 Oct 20, In Kenya 2
Christian clerics were found killed in separate attacks.
2013 Oct 20, Luxembourgers
voted for a new government with a possibility of keeping PM
Jean-Claude Juncker in power after a spying scandal forced early
elections. The conservative Christian Social People's Party (CSV) of
PM Jean-Claude Juncker led the field with 33.7% of the vote --
against 38% four years ago.
(AP, 10/20/13)(AFP, 10/20/13)
2013 Oct 20, Mohamed Nasheed,
the leading candidate in the Maldives' troubled presidential
election, demanded that Pres. Mohamed Waheed Hassan resign and allow
the parliamentary speaker to take over the government and oversee a
2013 Oct 20, Montenegro police
used tear gas against dozens of rock-throwing opponents of a gay
pride march in Podgorica.
2013 Oct 20, Pakistan’s PM
Nawaz Sharif arrived in Washington on a 4-day trip. He was scheduled
to meet with Pres. Obama on Oct 23.
(SSFC, 10/27/13, p.A3)
2013 Oct 20, In the Philippines
Sultan Jamalul Kiram III (75) died. His armed followers invaded
Sabah state earlier this year sparking a security crises that left
dozens of people dead.
(SFC, 10/21/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 20, In South
Sudan 79 people were killed in attacks on villages in Twic
East county, Jonglei state. Authorities blamed fighters loyal to
anti-government rebel leader David Yau Yau.
(AP, 10/21/13)(AP, 10/23/13)
2013 Oct 20, In Syria a suicide
bomber blew up a truck packed with explosives at an army checkpoint
in the central city of Hama, killing at least 31 people.
2013 Oct 20, In Western Sahara
bloody clashes erupted between police and pro-independence
protesters as a UN envoy wrapped up his latest visit to the disputed
2013 Oct 21, Pres. Obama urged
American to buy health insurance by phone, mail and in person
because the website for Obamacare was not working.
(Econ, 10/26/13, p.33)
2013 Oct 21, US authorites said
nearly two dozen current and former members of Arizona’s Air
National Guard have been indicted on charges including theft and
money laundering in a $1.4 million scam to defraud the federal
government. The 8 officers and 13 enlisted men and women had been
resposible for remotely operating drones to support troops in
Afghanistan and Iraq.
(SFC, 10/22/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 21, San Francisco Bay
Area BART workers ended their strike with a tentative agreement
between the transit agency and its two largest unions. Trains began
running Oct 22. Workers scored a 15.4% pay raises over four years as
well as other benefits.
(SFC, 10/22/13, p.A1)(SFC, 10/22/13, p.A9)
2013 Oct 21, In Nevada a boy
(12) opened fire with a 9mm semiautomatic Ruger handgun at Sparks
Middle School killing math teacher Michael Landsberry (45) and
critically wounding two students before killing himself.
(AFP, 10/21/13)(SFC, 10/22/12, p.A6)(SFC,
2013 Oct 21, New Jersey became
the 14th US state to allow same-sex marriages.
(SFC, 10/22/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 21, In
Afghanistan a bomb stuck onto a car killed a civilian in
downtown Kabul. Authorities are unclear as to the motives for the
2013 Oct 21, Brazil said a
consortium including Shell, Total, two Chinese firms and Brazil's
state-run petroleum company Petrobras won the right to develop an
offshore field that could hold up to 12 billion barrels of oil.
2013 Oct 21, A disciplinary
body of China’s Communist Party said anti-graft authorities have
punished 8 people at a state-owned rail construction firm for
spending more than $100 million on hospitality last year.
2013 Oct 21, In
China visibility shrank to less than half a football field and
small-particle pollution soared to a record 40 times higher than an
international safety standard in the northern city of Harbin as the
region entered its high-smog season.
2013 Oct 21, In Egypt thousands
of students from the al-Azhar University staged a third day of
protests, in one of the boldest challenges to the army since it
toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July.
2013 Oct 21, Europe's top human
rights court ordered Spain to release a Basque separatist militant,
saying her extended detention was illegal, a ruling victims groups
warned would let dozens of prisoners walk free. Ines del Rio was
jailed in 1989 for her role in 23 assassinations and car bombings
carried out by the Basque independence movement ETA.
2013 Oct 21, A Le Monde
newspaper report said the US National Security Agency swept up 70.3
million French telephone records in a 30-day period and offered new
details of the massive scope of a surveillance operation that has
angered some of the country's closest allies.
2013 Oct 21, In India heavy
rains began falling in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa states. 39 people
were reported dead from flooding by Oct 26.
(SSFC, 10/27/13, p.A4)
2013 Oct 21, In Iraq militants
attacked police and electricity headquarters in Fallujah, killing 7
2013 Oct 21, Israel recognized
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the first ever recipient of the $1
million Genesis Prize, an award popularly dubbed the "Jewish Nobel
2013 Oct 21, Mozambique
ex-rebel group Renamo declared the end of a peace deal signed 21
years ago after the army seized its military base.
2013 Oct 21, Nigerian troops
killed 37 Boko Haram Islamist militants in combined air and ground
strikes on one of their northeast bases.
2013 Oct 21, Nigerian officials
said cholera has killed 50 people in the northwest in the past week.
2013 Oct 21, In southwest
Pakistan at least 5 passengers were killed and 16 wounded when a
train was bombed and derailed.
2013 Oct 21, In Russia female
suicide bomber Naida Asiyalova (30) struck a passenger bus in the
southern city of Volgograd, killing 6 people and injuring 32 others.
The suspected bomber was from Dagestan.
(AP, 10/21/13)(AP, 10/22/13)(SFC, 10/22/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 21, South African
prosecutors said a man arrested on suspicion of raping and murdering
two toddlers in a Johannesburg slum has confessed, after the case
sparked violent riots last week.
2013 Oct 21, Spain's oil
company Repsol announced a high quality light oil find in Libya's
2013 Oct 21, In Syria
government warplanes launched strikes on areas southeast of Damascus
after rebels seized key regime positions there. Residents of
Moadamiyeh issued an urgent plea for the int’l. community to save
them from starvation and constant bombardment after efforts to
evacuate civilians from the area collapsed. Yasser al-Abboud, a
prominent army defector who became a rebel leader, was killed during
fighting in the town of Tafas.
(AFP, 10/21/13)(AP, 10/21/13)(SFC, 10/22/13,
2013 Oct 21, The party of
Ukraine's jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko (52) rejected
President Viktor Yanukovich's terms for her release and European
envoys said time was running out to solve a row threatening
agreements with the EU.
2013 Oct 21, The Zimbabwe
Conservation Task Force said more than 300 elephants and other
animals died in July of cyanide poisoning by poachers in Hwange,
Zimbabwe's largest game park. Three elephants attacked a park ranger
and trampled him to death during an anti-poaching patrol in the
Hwange nature reserve.
(AFP, 10/21/13)(AP, 10/23/13)
2013 Oct 22, Amnesty
International called on the US to investigate reports of civilians
killed and wounded by CIA drone strikes in Pakistan in a report that
provided new details about the alleged victims of the attacks,
including a 68-year-old grandmother hit on Oct 24, 2012, while
farming with her grandchildren.
2013 Oct 22, Greenpeace said
consumer products such as Oreo cookies and Gilette shaving cream
were among an array of products driving the destruction of
Indonesia’s forests. Greenpeace accused Singapore-based Wilmar
Int’l. for destroying forests in Indonesia to produce palm oil.
(SSFC, 10/27/13, p.A3)
2013 Oct 22, A federal judge
ordered US marshals to lock up TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau (50) for
failing to pay a $37 million civil judgement. The FTC had won the
judgement after accusing Trudeau of hoodwinking viewers about his
(SFC, 10/22/13, p.A5)
2013 Oct 22, Police in Sonoma
County, Ca., shot and killed Andy Lopez Cruz (13) as he walked near
his home with a toy rifle that resembled a genuine AK-47. In 2018
Sonoma County agreed to pay $3 million to the Lopez family.
(SFC, 10/24/13, p.A1)(SFC, 12/19/18, p.C1)
2013 Oct 22, In Massachusetts
Danvers High School math teacher Colleen Ritzer (24) was reported
missing. Her body was found the next day in the woods behind her
school. Student Philip Chism (14) was arrested and suspected of
beating her to death. Chism was convicted of murder and armed
robbery on Dec 15, 2015.
(SFC, 10/24/13, p.A8)(SFC, 12/16/15, p.A6)
2013 Oct 22, In Tennessee a
medical helicopter crashed killing 2 hospital workers and a pilot.
(SFC, 10/22/13, p.A5)
2013 Oct 22, Finland-based
Nokia showed off its first tablet in Abu Dhabi, the Lumia 2520, at
its last launch party as much of the company faced acquisition by
(Econ, 10/26/13, p.73)
2013 Oct 22, Afghanistan’s
Independent Election Commission (IEC) cut the number of candidates
to 10, saying 16 disqualified candidates had either retained
citizenship of another country or failed to provide evidence of
enough support. The Afghan intelligence service said it has sacked
65 officers after discovering they were addicted to heroin.
(Reuters, 10/22/13)(Reuters, 10/23/13)
2013 Oct 22, The Australian
Capital Territory became the first jurisdiction in Australia to
legalize same-sex marriage with a bill passing the ACT parliament by
just one vote.
2013 Oct 22, In Bahrain a
teenager was killed when an explosive device he was carrying
detonated prematurely as he attempted to stage an attack in the
tense Gulf nation.
2013 Oct 22, In Brazil
prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro charged an additional 15 state police
officers in the torture and death of Amarildo Dias de Souza (42), a
bricklayer who disappeared from a city slum in July. Ten officers
were charged earlier this month.
2013 Oct 22, Brunei’s sovereign
Hassanal Bolkiah (67) said Brunei will begin enforcing sharia
criminal law next year. Possible punishments will include stoning to
death for adultery and flogging for drinking alcohol.
2013 Oct 22, Chinese state
media reported that China has convicted nearly 150,000 people for
corruption since 2008, citing figures from the state prosecutor
which underlined the scale of graft in the country.
2013 Oct 22, Western countries
accused China of arresting activists, curbing Internet use and
suppressing ethnic minorities, as the United Nations formally
reviewed its rights record for the first time since Xi Jinping
2013 Oct 22, In Egypt militants
ambushed a military convoy in northern Sinai early, killing a
soldier and a civilian bystander.
2013 Oct 22, Greek lawmakers
voted to suspend state funding for political parties accused of
criminal activities, a measure targeting the Nazi-inspired Golden
2013 Oct 22, A top Greek
prosecutor ordered an emergency nationwide investigation into birth
certificates issued in the past six years after a girl was
discovered living with alleged abductors at a gypsy camp.
2013 Oct 22, In Iraq gunmen
killed 5 people in and around Mosul. Anbar province was hit by a
series of attacks that killed 28 people.
2013 Oct 22, Israeli troops
killed Mohamed Aatzi, an Islamic Jihad militant said to be behind
the 2012 bombing of a Tel Aviv bus. The Palestinian radical movement
confirmed his death.
(AFP, 10/22/13)(SFC, 10/22/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 22, In Lebanon a child
(13) was killed and 11 other people wounded in a gunfight in Tripoli
between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar
2013 Oct 22, A source close to
Saudi policy said Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief has said the
kingdom will make a "major shift" in relations with the United
States in protest at its perceived inaction over the Syria war and
its overtures to Iran.
2013 Oct 22, Spanish judges
ordered ETA prisoner Ines del Rio freed after Europe's rights court
ruled against her prolonged detention, opening the way to the
release of dozens of other violent Basque separatists.
2013 Oct 22, The Syrian
government released 13 jailed women, a move that may be part of an
ambitious regional prisoner exchange. Government forces battled with
al-Qaida-linked rebels trying to capture an ancient Christian town
north of Damascus. Mortar shells struck a pro-government suburb on
the outskirts of Damascus, killing 2 people.
(AP, 10/22/13)(AP, 10/23/13)
2013 Oct 23, In Washington
Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif urged US President Barack Obama to end
drone strikes in Pakistan. Obama and Sharif pledged cooperation on
the security issues that have strained ties between their nations.
(Reuters, 10/23/13)(AP, 10/23/13)
2013 Oct 23, A Nevada jury
found Saudi Arabian air force Sgt. Mazen Alotaibi guilty of sexually
assaulting a boy (13) at the Circu Circus hotel in las Vegas on New
(SFC, 10/24/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 23, In Afghanistan a
nighttime Taliban attack on a security outpost killed 4 policemen in
the Bla Murghab district of Badghis province.
2013 Oct 23, Argentine local
experts and a government source said its agricultural soils are
being depleted by lack of crop rotation as soy farming encroaches on
areas once used for corn, wheat and cattle grazing.
2013 Oct 23, Australian
investigators said a military training exercise ignited the largest
of the wildfires that have ravaged its most populous state over the
2013 Oct 23, British sculptor
Anthony Caro (89), whose abstract metal sculptures were shown around
the world, died of a heart attack.
(AFP, 10/24/13)(Econ, 11/9/13, p.98)
2013 Oct 23, Thousands of
Cambodia opposition supporters staged a demonstration over disputed
elections that extended strongman PM Hun Sen's near three-decade
rule, under a heavy security presence after bloody clashes last
2013 Oct 23, In Beijing China’s
PM Li Keqiang and India’s PM Manmohan Singh sounded a new optimistic
tone in their relationship as they oversaw the signing of 9
agreements including a Defense Cooperation Agreement.
(AP, 10/23/13)(Econ, 10/26/13, p.47)
2013 Oct 23, Wang Qishan,
China's top official battling deeply-ingrained corruption, warned
staff their jobs were on the line if they failed to root out abuses,
telling them to "shock and awe" their targets.
2013 Oct 23, China’s state-run
New Express tabloid printed a front-page commentary begging police
in the south-central city of Changsha to set reporter Chen Yongzhou
free under the headline: "Please release him." Chen was detained
after writing more than a dozen stories criticizing the finances of
Zoomlion, a major state-owned construction equipment maker.
(Reuters, 10/23/13)(Econ, 10/26/13, p.54)
2013 Oct 23, Chinese police
officers were injured in clashes with villagers in southwestern
Yunnan province. Some 200 residents in Guangji village near the
provincial capital Kunming stopped 11 officers on a highway after
police had summoned two people a day earlier for alleged crimes.
2013 Oct 23, In China 2
children were killed and another four injured after a wall at their
primary school collapsed in Yunnan province.
2013 Oct 23, India accused
Pakistani troops of firing guns and mortars on at least 50 Indian
border posts overnight in disputed Kashmir, calling it the most
serious cease-fire violation between the nuclear-armed neighbors in
2013 Oct 23, In Iraq gunmen
killed 6 people in the northern city of Mosul. In Baghdad a roadside
bomb in the Ghazaliyah area killed at least 3 people and wounded 11.
Another roadside bomb killed 4 people and wounded at least nine in
Madain. 2 Sahwa anti-Al-Qaeda fighters were kidnapped and killed in
the northern province of Kirkuk.
2013 Oct 23, The Israeli
incumbent Mayor Nir Barkat of Jerusalem won re-election in a hotly
contested race that dealt a political blow to his challenger's main
backers, former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and the
ultra-Orthodox Shas party.
2013 Oct 23, A Kenya court
sentenced 4 Somali pirates sentenced to seven years each in prison
after they were found guilty of hijacking a fishing dhow in the
Indian Ocean in 2010.
2013 Oct 23, In Mali a suicide
bomber killed two Chadian troops from the UN peacekeeping mission
and injured six others in an attack on a checkpoint at the entry to
the northern town of Tessalit.
2013 Oct 23, Pirates near the
coast of Nigeria attacked a commercial ship, named C-Retriever, and
kidnapped two US mariners.
2013 Oct 23, Russia said it
will boycott maritime court hearings sought by the Netherlands in a
bid to free 30 crew members of a Greenpeace ship who were detained
during a protest against Arctic oil drilling. Russia dropped piracy
charges against 30 people involved in a Greenpeace protest against
Arctic oil drilling, replacing them with lesser offences and cutting
the maximum jail sentence they face to seven years from 15.
(AFP, 10/23/13)(Reuters, 10/23/13)
2013 Oct 23, In Sudan
carjackers killed a Sudanese aid worker in the country's Darfur
region, bringing to four the number of humanitarian staff killed
this year in the region's worsening unrest.
2013 Oct 23, Swiss-based
petrochemical firm Ineos said it would close its Grangemouth plant
in Scotland with the loss of hundreds of jobs after failing to
resolve a bitter labor dispute.
2013 Oct 23, A Swiss Air Force
F/A-18 jet went down near a military airport in Alpnach in the Lake
2013 Oct 23, Syrian activists
said the army has sealed the few remaining smuggling routes into the
besieged Eastern Ghouta region of suburbs of Damascus. Aid workers
in Damascus, who negotiated a truce to get out thousands of
residents from the town, said that locals had resorted to eating
leaves and grass.
2013 Oct 23, Thousands of
Tunisians marched through Tunis chanting for their government to
step down. Ruling Islamists and opposition leaders prepared to start
talks aimed at end months of political crisis. PM Ali Larayedh
said his government was committed in "principle" to resigning to
pave a way out of the crisis. Clashes between security forces and
gunmen rocked the central Sidi Bouzid region, leaving at least six
(Reuters, 10/23/13)(AFP, 10/24/13)
2013 Oct 23, UN Secretary
General Ban Ki-moon requested the deployment of 250 troops to
protect the global body's personnel and facilities in the
strife-torn Central African Republic.
2013 Oct 23, The UN said
extreme floods across vast parts of remote and impoverished South
Sudan have affected over 156,000 people.
2013 Oct 23, Pope Francis
temporarily expelled German Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst (53)
from his diocese because of a scandal over a 31-million-euro project
to build a new residence complex, but refused calls to remove him
(AP, 10/23/13)(SFC, 10/24/13, p.A3)
2013 Oct 23, Yemeni police said
a father has burned his 15-year-old daughter to death for keeping in
touch with her fiance, sparking further outrage after an eight-year
girl died from internal bleeding on her wedding night a month ago.
2013 Oct 24, California state
investigators announced a record $1 million fine against two Arizona
nonprofits, the Center to Protect Patient’s Rights and Americans for
Responsible Leadership, for attempting to secretly sway California
voters in 2012 in support of Prop 32 and in opposition to prop 30.
(SFC, 10/25/13, p.A1)
2013 Oct 24, In San Francisco
Faith Petric (b.1915), folk singer, died at a hospice house. In 1962
she became the headd of the San Francisco Folk Club and began
hosting live jam sessions at her Clayton Street home.
(SFC, 11/12/13, p.C2)
2013 Oct 24, In Ohio Ali Salim
(44), a former doctor, pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary
manslaughter in the 2012 deaths of Deanna Ballman (23) and her
unborn child. He had injected her with heroin.
(SFC, 10/25/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 24, Tennessee Nat’l.
Guardsman Sgt. 1st Class Amos Patton shot and wounded three fellow
Guard members at an armory in Millington just after he was relieved
of duty because of alleged misconduct.
(SFC, 10/26/13, p.A7)
2013 Oct 24, In western
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed six Afghan soldiers in Herat
province. Soldiers killed 10 Taliban fighters during an operation in
Helmand province. A tractor hit a road mine in the Jani Khil
district of Paktika province, killing one person and wounding four.
2013 Oct 24, In Australia a
plane dousing wildfires in bushland south of Australia's biggest
city, Sydney, crashed into a national park, killing the pilot and
sparking a new fire to add to 55 still burning across the state of
New South Wales.
2013 Oct 24, An Austrian
student group fighting for online privacy in Europe got the go-ahead
for a legal challenge in Ireland's High Court over the transfer of
personal data to a US spy agency.
2013 Oct 24, In Egypt suspected
Islamists militants killed a policeman in a drive-by shooting in the
Sinai Peninsula, where troops are battling to contain near daily
violence. Egypt’s Cabinet said its nighttime curfew will be
shortened to four hours, from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., six days a week.
(AFP, 10/24/13)(AP, 10/24/13)
2013 Oct 24, Germany's Foreign
Ministry summoned the US ambassador following allegations that
American intelligence may have targeted Chancellor Angela Merkel's
cellphone. Merkel said she had made it clear to US President Barack
Obama that spying on allies is not acceptable.
(AP, 10/24/13)(Reuters, 10/24/13)
2013 Oct 24, Greenland's
parliament agreed to remove a 25-year-old ban on uranium mining,
paving the way for an industrial boom that the Arctic island hopes
will help it gain independence from former colonial master Denmark.
2013 Oct 24, Indian and
Pakistani troops fired machine guns and mortar shells over the
border in Kashmir, wounding at least 12 people — including children.
2013 Oct 24, In India retail
prices of onions were reported to have quadrupled in three months -
now costing over 100 rupees ($1.62) a kilo, which is what a third of
the population live on per day - as a supply squeeze caused by wet
weather has hampered harvests.
2013 Oct 24, Indonesian police
probing the murder of a young woman at a luxury villa stumbled upon
a secret collection of exotic animals, including a cross-breed of a
lion and tiger. The woman (23) had allegedly had her throat slit by
a maintenance worker at the property south of the capital Jakarta
after she refused his sexual advances.
2013 Oct 24, Italian weekly
L'Espresso reported that US and British intelligence services have
monitored Italian telecoms networks, targeting the government and
companies as well as suspected terrorist groups.
2013 Oct 24, Italian Augusto
Odone (80), a former World Bank economist, died in Acqui Terme.
defied skeptical scientists to invent a treatment (Lorenzo’s Oil) to
try to save the life of his little boy (d.2008), wasting away from a
neurological disease (ADL. The film “Lorenzo’s Oil" (1992) was based
on Odone’s efforts to save his son.
(AP, 10/25/13)(Econ, 11/16/13, p.98)
2013 Oct 24, Kenya's media said
the police chief has threatened journalists with arrest after they
reported on looting and disarray among security forces during the
massacre in Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall.
2013 Oct 24, Lebanese security
officials said at least 6 people have been killed and 50 wounded in
fighting in Tripoli over the past four days.
2013 Oct 24, A Libyan court
indicted around 30 Moamer Kadhafi aides, including the slain
dictator's son Seif al-Islam, for a raft of alleged offences during
the 2011 revolt. A Libyan air force colonel was killed in Benghazi.
2013 Oct 24, Hundreds of
Malaysian tribespeople blockaded the construction site of a new dam
which is set to force them from their homes in Sarawak on the island
2013 Oct 24, Malaysia’s HELP
University faced public criticism for awarding an honorary doctorate
degree in economics earlier this month to North Korean leader Kim
(SFC, 10/25/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 24, In Mali the French
military said it has engaged with UN and Malian forces in a major
operation aimed at preventing a resurgence of Islamist rebels in
2013 Oct 24, Mexican officials
said Juan Pablo Vazquez (20) has admitted to killing 45 people, and
is being investigated for 34 more. Vazquez was caught earlier this
month in Monterrey where he was allegedly selling drugs.
2013 Oct 24, Mexico issued a
decree banning slot machines and limiting the ability of casino
permit holders to rent out or cede their permits to other operators.
(SFC, 10/25/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 24, Nigeria's army
reportedly killed suspected Boko Haram fighters in a raid on
insurgent camps in restive Borno state. The attack continued for a
2nd day and bodies in military uniform were soon brought to the
morgue in Damaturu. At least 95 militants, 23 soldiers and 8 police
officers were killed.
(AP, 10/25/13)(AFP, 10/28/13)(AP, 10/29/13)
2013 Oct 24, Portuguese
authorities said prosecutors have ordered police to reopen their
investigation into the six-year-old disappearance of British girl
Madeleine McCann after a review of the evidence found new leads.
2013 Oct 24, Saudi Arabia
warned it will take measures against activists who go ahead with a
planned weekend campaign to defy a ban on women drivers in the
conservative Muslim kingdom.
2013 Oct 24, Sudanese
journalist Faisal Mohammed Salih (53 vowed to keep up efforts to
report freely despite "difficult and harsh" conditions as he
received the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical
2013 Oct 24, Syrian forces
seized a suburb of Damascus from rebels fighting to overthrow
President Bashar al-Assad in a push that has shored up government
control of the capital's outskirts. The Britain-based Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said Assad’s government had freed 61
women over the past two days.
(Reuters, 10/24/13)(AP, 10/24/13)
2013 Oct 24, Thailand’s top
Buddhist leader, Supreme Patriarch Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara (100),
2013 Oct 24, Protesters in
Tunisia torched the office of the ruling Islamists in the town of
Kef, where a policeman killed in fighting with suspected jihadists
was to be buried.
2013 Oct 25, The US FDA
approved Zohydro, an extended-release capsule that contains up to
five times the amount of narcotic hydrocodone previously available
in pills. Sales began in March 2014.
2013 Oct 25, Hal Needham
(b.1931), former stuntman and action-movie director, died in Los
Angeles. His films included “Smokey and the Bandit" (1977) and “The
Cannonball Run" (1981).
(SSFC, 10/27/13, p.C12)
2013 Oct 25, In Bangladesh 3
demonstrators were killed as more than 100,000 opposition activists
rallied in the Dhaka to demand that PM Sheikh Hasina quit and order
polls under a caretaker government.
2013 Oct 25, Brazilian police
said a group of hit men shot to death 7 people at a house in a
suburb of Rio de Janeiro.
(SFC, 10/26/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 25, In Brazil
protesters went on a rampage in Sao Paulo, smashing windows and
teller machines and battling riot police in violence blamed on the
"Black Bloc" anarchist group. The protests began as a peaceful march
to demand free public transportation for students before turning
violent. Police fired tear gas and arrested 92 people.
2013 Oct 25, Britain’s PM David
Cameron accused US whistleblower Edward Snowden and unnamed
newspapers of assisting Britain's enemies by helping them avoid
surveillance by its intelligence services.
2013 Oct 25, British police
appeared to downplay a raid after claiming to have seized suspected
3D-printed gun parts from a shop in Manchester. Some observers
pointed out that the images released by police resembled printer
(AFP, 10/25/13)(AP, 10/25/13)
2013 Oct 25, British police
freed a Malaysian woman (69), an Irishwoman (57) and a 30-year-old
Briton. A man and a woman, both 69, were arrested following an
investigation on slavery at a house in London. Police announced the
release on Nov 21 and said the women had been held for at least 30
(AFP, 11/21/13)(SFC, 11/22/13, p.A5)
2013 Oct 25, Some 20,000
Cambodian opposition supporters wrapped up a three-day demonstration
to petition foreign embassies and the UN for intervention in what
they claim was a rigged election.
2013 Oct 25, In China ousted
politician Bo Xilai lost his appeal against a life sentence for
corruption in his final public appearance before prison.
2013 Oct 25, In CongoDRC
fighting resumed between the army and rebels in the northeast, just
days after the latest effort at peace talks fell apart. Rwanda said
Congolese army shells had landed on its territory.
(AFP, 10/25/13)(Reuters, 10/25/13)
2013 Oct 25, Czechs went to the
polls in an election that will swing the nation toward the left
after unpopular budget cuts and graft scandals felled a center-right
2013 Oct 25, Leaders of the
15-nation west African bloc ECOWAS met in Dakar, Senegal, for a
special summit focused on moving the region towards a common market
and a single currency by 2020.
2013 Oct 25, In Egypt thousands
of supporters of ousted Pres. Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood group
marched in Cairo to keep pressure on the military-backed leadership
as it tries to stabilize a country.
2013 Oct 25, Ethiopia banned
domestic workers from moving overseas for employment, following an
"exodus" of workers leaving the country through illegal placement
2013 Oct 25, French President
Francois Hollande said he will stick to a government tax plan to
impose a super-levy on soccer players' salaries despite the threat
of the nation's pro clubs to scrap games one weekend next month.
2013 Oct 25, Greek authorities
said DNA tests have confirmed that Sasha Ruseva, a Bulgarian Roma
woman (35), is the mother of a mysterious girl in Greece known as
(AP, 10/25/13)(SFC, 10/25/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 25, Greek police said
they have arrested a childless couple in Athens on suspicion of
buying an 8-month-old Roma girl and trying to register her as their
own, amid international uproar over another little girl who was
found living with unrelated Gypsies in Greece.
2013 Oct 25, Iran's
Revolutionary Guard killed 3 rebels and arrested three others in
Baneh, a Kurdish populated region in northwestern Iran.
2013 Oct 25, A senior Iraqi
security official said the Baghdad government wants the immediate
delivery of US drones and F-16 fighter jets in order to combat al
Qaeda insurgents. Bombings in central Iraq that targeted a market, a
cafe and the homes of police officers killed 13 people.
(Reuters, 10/25/13)(AP, 10/25/13)
2013 Oct 25, Italian vessels
rescued another 700 migrants while the two-day EU summit was going
on. EU leaders failed to take new action to ease the plight of
thousands of boat refugees trying to cross from North Africa.
2013 Oct 25, Japanese media
said Mizuho Bank will punish more than 30 executives over
revelations that the lender made loans to underworld figures in the
latest chapter of a headline-grabbing scandal.
2013 Oct 25, Luxembourg’s royal
palace said Xavier Bettel, the mayor of Luxembourg City, has been
asked to form the next government, sidelining long-serving PM Jean
2013 Oct 25, Madagascar
residents voted in a presidential election they hope will restore
security, improve lives and mark the end of political and economic
turmoil brought about by a 2009 coup.
2013 Oct 25, North Korea
repatriated six South Korean citizens and a corpse at a heavily
defended border crossing.
2013 Oct 25, Norway rejected a
US request to help destroy Syria's chemical arms, arguing that the
Nordic nation was an unsuitable site because it lacked suitable
staff, equipment and regulations.
2013 Oct 25, A Pakistani court
extended the custody of former dictator Pervez Musharraf, dampening
hopes he would be able to leave the country any time soon following
months under house arrest and legal wrangling over his fate.
2013 Oct 25, South African
official figures showed poachers have killed more than 100 rhinos
over the past four weeks, pushing the death toll so far this year
2013 Oct 25, A South Sudan army
spokesman said ten soldiers were imprisoned for human rights abuses
perpetrated during a 2012 campaign to disarm fighters from warring
2013 Oct 25, In Syria a car
bomb explosion killed at least 40 people and wounded dozens more
near a mosque in the Damascus province town of Suq Wadi Barada.
Government troops ambushed rebels near Damascus, killing at least 40
(AFP, 10/25/13)(AP, 10/25/13)
2013 Oct 26, In Arizona 5
people and 2 dogs were found shot to death at a Phoenix apartment
complex in what appeared to be a murder-homicide. Michael Guzzo (56)
killed himself after shooting four members of a family that lived
(SSFC, 10/27/13, p.A8)(SFC, 10/28/13, p.A4)
2013 Oct 26, In New Mexico a
gunman opened fire on police in Albuquerque and wounded three
officers before he was shot and killed.
2013 Oct 26, In NYC a woman and
her 4 children were stabbed to death in their Brooklyn home. A
cousin, Chinese immigrant Mingdong Chen (25), was arrested the next
2013 Oct 26, Wisconsin’s
Milwaukee-based Garden-Fresh Foods recalled 50 more tons of chicken
and ham products over concern of possible listeria contamination.
The company first recalled 9 tons of food on Sep 25.
(SSFC, 10/27/13, p.A8)
2013 Oct 26, In Afghanistan a
gunman in Afghan uniform opened fire on ISAF coalition personnel
before being killed on the outskirts of Kabul.
2013 Oct 26, Algeria's energy
minister said a new oil field containing an estimated 1.3 billion
barrels has been discovered in the southern region of Hassi
Messaoud. He said state oil company, Sonatrach, will rely on
unconventional techniques to extract 50 percent of the reserves,
including hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
2013 Oct 26, Austrian
authorities seized 500 kg (about 1,100 pounds) of cannabis during a
routine check on a camping van entering southern Austria from
Slovenia. Two Italian men were arrested.
2013 Oct 26, Bangladesh PM
Sheikh Hasina phoned Khaleda Zia, leader of the opposition, and
requested that national strike be called off. This was their first
conversation in many years. The strike continued.
(Econ, 11/2/13, p.48)
2013 Oct 26, In Manchester,
England, Ray Teret (72), the former driver for disgraced late BBC
entertainer Jimmy Savile appeared in court to face charges including
multiple counts of raping girls younger than 16.
2013 Oct 26, In western Central
African Republic hundreds of vigilantes armed with machetes and
firearms attacked the town of Bouar, forcing civilians to flee the
2013 Oct 26, Chinese journalist
Chen Yongzhou, arrested over a series of articles criticizing a
partly state-owned firm, appeared on public television to apologize,
with state media saying he admitted the articles were "unverified
2013 Oct 26, In eastern
CongoDRC fighting raged between soldiers and rebels for a
2013 Oct 26, The center-left
Social Democrats led the vote in the Czech parliamentary election
with around 95% of polling stations across the country reporting.
Party leader Bohuslav Sobotka faced the difficult task of cobbling
together a majority after seven parties won seats in the election.
(Reuters, 10/26/13)(Reuters, 10/27/13)
2013 Oct 26, In Ethiopia
Africa's biggest wind farm began production, aiding efforts to
diversify electricity generation from hydropower plants and help the
country become a major regional exporter of energy.
2013 Oct 26, The Press Trust of
India reported that torrential rains have claimed as many as 48
lives in eastern India. Up to 45 people were killed in Andhra
Pradesh and Orissa states and 3 in West Bengal.
2013 Oct 26, Iranian media said
14 border guards were killed overnight and three others captured by
"bandits" on the southeastern frontier with Pakistan. Jaish-ul Adl,
a Sunni rebel group formed last year, claimed responsibility for the
attack. In response the Iranian judiciary executed 16 people it said
were elements of "terrorist" groups.
(Reuters, 10/26/13)(AFP, 10/29/13)
2013 Oct 26, Attacks in Iraq
killed 10 people, 7 of them from the same family.
2013 Oct 26, Kurdish militants
seized a Syrian border post on the frontier with Iraq, after three
days of clashes with an al Qaeda-linked group which had held the
crossing since March.
2013 Oct 26, In Lebanon 3 more
people died overnight in Tripoli in clashes between supporters and
opponents of Syria's regime.
2013 Oct 26, In central
Mozambique armed gunmen attacked a civilian convoy including a
passenger bus, killing one and wounding at least ten.
2013 Oct 26, Nepalese police
arrested Ram Chandra Pyashi Kushbah, a UML politician, and two other
men over the fatal drive-by shooting of Mohammad Alam, a candidate
slated to run in national elections. Alam, of the Unified
Marxist-Leninist (UML) party, died in hospital after being shot in
the head in Kathmandu earlier this month.
2013 Oct 26, North Korea
detained Merrill Newman (85), an American retiree and Korean War
veteran, who was on an organized tour. Friends and relatives later
said it was due to a "misunderstanding," but after 3 weeks they had
not heard any reasons for the detention. Former members of a South
Korean guerrilla group later said six decades earlier Newman had
supervised the group during the Korean War, and that they were
perhaps the most hated and feared fighters in the North.
(AFP, 11/21/13)(AP, 12/3/13)
2013 Oct 26, Panama granted
asylum to an Ecuadoran opposition politician sentenced to prison
last month for his role in a multiple homicide case, finding that he
was subjected to political persecution. Tito Galo Lara Yepez (45)
was convicted on Sep 2 as an accomplice in the murder of an
Ecuadoran couple and their four-year-old child and sentenced in
absentia to 10 years in prison.
2013 Oct 26, Saudi activists
said more than 60 women claimed to have answered their call to get
behind the wheel in a rare show of defiance against a ban on female
driving. At least 16 Saudi women received fines for taking the wheel
in defiance of the traditional ban on female driving.
(AP, 10/26/13)(AFP, 10/27/13)
2013 Oct 26, Mount Etna,
Europe's most active volcano, erupted, sending up a towering plume
of ash visible in much of eastern Sicily.
2013 Oct 26, Somali security
forces shut down one of the country’s most respected independent
radio stations in Mogadishu, accusing it of illegally occupying a
government building. Journalist Mohamed Mohamud (26) died in
hospital after being attacked by gunmen, bringing to 7 the number of
journalists killed in Somalia this year. Unidentified gunmen in a
car shot at Mohamud as he drove to work on Oct 22 in the Wadajir
district of Mogadishu.
(AFP, 10/26/13)(AP, 10/27/13)
2013 Oct 26, Syria's jihadist
Al-Nusra Front said in a statement that its leader, Abu Mohammad
al-Golani, was in good health, a day after state television had
reported his death.
2013 Oct 26, In Taiwan tens of
thousands of people rallied in Asia's largest gay parade, as the
island's parliament was set to review a bill on same-sex marriages.
2013 Oct 27, Leonard Herzenberg
(80), a Stanford geneticist, died at Stanford Univ. Hospital. He won
Japan’s Kyoto Prize in 2006 for his invention of a cell sorter
instrument, the fluorescence activated cell sorter (FACS).
(SFC, 11/15/13, p.D3)
2013 Oct 27, Lou Reed (b.1942),
rock guitarist and singer, died in Southampton, NY. He formed and
led the Velvet Underground from 1965-1970. His songs included “Walk
on the Wild Side." He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame in 1996.
(SFC, 10/28/13, p.A10)(Econ, 11/2/13, p.98)
2013 Oct 27, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed 18 people, mostly women, who were
travelling to a wedding party by minibus.
2013 Oct 27, Argentine held
midterm elections. President Cristina Kirchner's Front for Victory
(FPV) won 33% of the vote for the lower house of Congress and
narrowly retained a majority in both houses.
(AFP, 10/28/13)(Econ, 11/2/13, p.40)
2013 Oct 27, In Bangladesh
police and backers of the ruling party clashed with opposition
supporters, leaving at least 5 people dead and scores injured in
different parts of the country as opposition parties tried to
enforce a three-day nationwide general strike.
2013 Oct 27, The Congolese army
said it had recaptured two more towns and was heading for the rebel
stronghold of Rutshuru in a third day of fighting. A Tanzanian
officer with UN forces operating alongside government troops was
killed in fighting with rebels.
(Reuters, 10/27/13)(AFP, 10/27/13)
2013 Oct 27, Dubai opened
passenger operations at its second airport, Al-Maktoum
International, touted to be the world's largest once it is
2013 Oct 27, Georgia voted for
a new president in an election that will bring the curtain down on
Mikheil Saakashvili's decade-long rule but is unlikely to end
political uncertainty in the former Soviet republic. Former
university rector Giorgi Margvelashvili won 62% of the vote.
(Reuters, 10/27/13)(AP, 10/28/13)
2013 Oct 27, In India a series
of small bomb blasts killed 6 people and injured dozens in Patna,
Bihar state, just before a speech by Narendra Modi of the Hindu
nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party at a campaign rally.
Investigators believed the Indian Mujahedeen, an outlawed Islamic
group, was responsible.
(AP, 10/27/13)(AFP, 10/28/13)(SFC, 10/29/13,
2013 Oct 27, In Iraq a new wave
of car bombs hit Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad and a suicide
bomber targeted soldiers in Mosul in attacks that killed at least 66
across the country.
(AP, 10/27/13)(SFC, 10/28/13, p.A3)
2013 Oct 27, Japan's PM Shinzo
Abe warned China against forcibly changing the regional balance of
power, as reports said Tokyo had scrambled fighter jets in response
to Chinese military aircraft flying near Okinawa.
2013 Oct 27, In Mexico 5 men
were killed and power was cut to hundreds of thousands following
clashes between vigilantes and the Knights Templar drug cartel in
(SFC, 10/29/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 27, Police in the
Philippines said at least 22 candidates and political supporters
have been killed in election-related violence over the last month.
Balloting was set to begin on Oct 28.
(SFC, 10/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 27, In Romania
thousands of ethnic Hungarians held rallies in 14 communities of
Transylvania to demand autonomy in the areas where they live.
2013 Oct 27, In Russia some 5
thousand people marched through central Moscow in a new protest at
President Vladimir Putin's rule and a judicial crackdown against
(AFP, 10/27/13)(SFC, 10/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 27, Saudi police
detained Tariq al-Mubarak, a columnist who supported ending his
country's ban on women driving.
2013 Oct 27, In Spain several
thousand people gathered in downtown Madrid to protest the release
from jail of Basque separatists, convicted of attacks but freed
under a European Court of Human Rights ruling.
2013 Oct 27, Hundreds of
Sudanese in the disputed border region of Abyei voted in a
referendum that they hope will decide whether they join Sudan or
South Sudan. Voting ended on Oct 29. Abyei residents chose
overwhelmingly to join South Sudan in the unofficial referendum.
Only one of the two ethnic groups (the Ngok Dinka) living in the
area voted in the poll, which is not recognized by either Khartoum
(AP, 10/27/13)(AP, 10/31/13)
2013 Oct 27, In central Syria a
rocket smashed into the home of a family in the embattled Christian
town of Sadad, killing 5 people as al-Qaida-linked rebels and
soldiers clashed for control.
2013 Oct 27, Okot Odhiambo, an
alleged deputy army commander in the Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army,
died. He was indicted in 2005 on 10 charges including murder,
enslavement and using child soldiers. DNA evidence later confirmed
2013 Oct 28, The Obama
administration granted a 6-week extension until March 31 for
Americans to sign up for health care coverage and avoid tax
(SFC, 10/29/13, p.A4)
2013 Oct 28, The governors of
California, Oregon and Washington states along with the premier of
British Columbia agreed to coordinate greenhouse gas reduction
(SFC, 10/29/13, p.A1)
2013 Oct 28, Los Angeles police
said body parts believed to be from the same woman have been found
at two water treatment plants in the LA area.
2013 Oct 28, Scientists said
they have documented for the first time that an Asian carp species
has successfully reproduced within the Great Lakes watershed, an
ominous development in the struggle to slam the door on the hungry
invaders that could threaten native fish.
2013 Oct 28, A US federal judge
determined that new Texas abortion restrictions place an
unconstitutional burden on women seeking to end a pregnancy, a
ruling that keeps open dozens of abortion clinics across the state
while officials appeal.
2013 Oct 28, In Texas 5 people
were killed during a rapid series of attacks in Terrell. Charles
Everett Brownlow Jr. (36), the son of one of the victims, was
arrested early the next day.
(AP, 10/29/13)(SFC, 10/30/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 28, Bangladesh police
said at least 15 people have been killed and hundreds wounded as the
2nd day of an opposition strike demanded elections be held under a
2013 Oct 28, In Brazil one
person was injured and 90 detained while trucks and buses were
torched in Sao Paulo late today in renewed violence after police
fatally shot a 17-year-old boy.
2013 Oct 28, British security
group G4S denied that its workers had electrocuted and drugged
prisoners at South Africa's Mangaung prison, the maximum security
facility it ran before the government stepped in to restore order
earlier this month.
2013 Oct 28, A major storm,
dubbed the St Jude storm, lashed southern Britain, the Netherlands
and parts of France, knocking down trees, flooding low areas and
causing travel chaos. 5 deaths were reported.
2013 Oct 28, In China a
sport utility vehicle plowed through a crowd in Tiananmen Square
before crashing and catching fire, killing the 3 occupants and 2
tourists and injuring 38 visitors and security officers. The SUV was
driven by Usmen Hasan, a man whose name suggested he is an ethnic
Uighur. His wife and mother were also with him in the car, along
with devices filled with gasoline. China blamed the attack on the
East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM). Eight people connected with
the incident were soon arrested with help from the Xinjiang
(AP, 10/28/13)(Reuters, 10/29/13)(AP,
10/30/13)(Econ, 11/9/13, p.50)(SSFC, 6/1/14, p.A5)
2013 Oct 28, The Congolese
army, who one year ago abandoned their posts and fled in the face of
an advancing rebel army, succeeded on in taking back Rumangabo, the
fifth, rebel-held town.
2013 Oct 28, In Egypt gunmen
killed 3 policemen at a security checkpoint north of Cairo.
2013 Oct 28, A Georgian court
convicted former defense minister Bacho Akhalaia and ordered him
sent to prison, in another blow for outgoing President Mikhail
Saakashvili the day after a presidential election that was won by
2013 Oct 28, Israeli warplanes
raided the northern Gaza Strip after militants fired rockets over
the border. Israel readied to free a new batch of long-term
2013 Oct 28, In Kenya a
petition campaign demanding justice topped a million signatures
after three men accused of brutally gang raping a Kenyan schoolgirl
in June were ordered to cut grass as punishment.
2013 Oct 28, Lebanon's army
began deploying in Tripoli following a week of bloodshed in which 14
have people died and more than 80 were wounded. Two more people died
Tripoli in fighting between supporters and opponents of Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad and the Lebanese army.
(AFP, 10/28/13)(Reuters, 10/28/13)
2013 Oct 28, In Libya gunmen
stole over $50 million after attacking a van belonging to the
Central Bank on a road along the Mediterranean coast.
2013 Oct 28, Niger police said
dozens of migrants to Algeria from Niger died of thirst in the
desert south of the Sahara after their vehicle broke down. 19
2013 Oct 28, Pakistani police
said a young man has stabbed at least 25 women since Oct 6 in the
small town of Chichawatni, Punjab province. Many women and girls
were afraid to leave their homes.
2013 Oct 28, In Poland Tadeusz
Mazowiecki (b.1927), Eastern Europe's first democratic prime
minister after communism, died. He was a key adviser to Poland's
Solidarity freedom movement and UN human rights envoy to Bosnia in
2013 Oct 28, Saudi Arabia said
one more person has died from a new respiratory virus related to
SARS, bringing to 52 the number of deaths in the kingdom at the
center of the outbreak.
2013 Oct 28, In Somalia
Ibrahim Ali Abdi (aka Anta-Anta), a top suicide bomb-maker for
Shebab rebels, was among 3 people killed in a drone strike on a
2013 Oct 28, A South African
court began sentencing 20 right-wing extremists convicted of high
treason for a plot to kill Nelson Mandela and drive blacks out of
2013 Oct 28, A Spanish
newspaper published a document that it said shows the US National
Security Agency spied on more than 60 million phone calls in Spain
in one month alone — the latest revelation about alleged massive US
spying on allies.
2013 Oct 28, In northern Spain
6 miners died and five others were injured after a gas leak at a
coal mine at the Santa Lucia mine near the town of Pola de Gordon.
2013 Oct 28, In Sudan 9
university professors, many of them activists, were detained during
a campus raid, hours after President Omar al-Bashir spoke of
political dialogue and reform. They were all released the next day.
(AFP, 10/29/13)(AP, 10/30/13)
2013 Oct 28, Syrian government
forces retook Sadad, a Christian town north of Damascus, from
al-Qaida-linked rebels who seized control of part of it a week ago,
touching off fierce clashes.
2013 Oct 28, Thailand rubber
farmers took to the streets again to demand that the government buy
their produce at prices higher than the market, rejecting a subsidy
offered last month and threatening violence if their demands are not
2013 Oct 28, Turkish police
fired water cannon and teargas to break up a protest by around 2,000
people outside an Ankara court over the handling of the trial of a
policeman accused of killing a demonstrator earlier this year.
Officer Ahmet Sahbaz is accused of killing Ethem Sarisuluk, shot
dead June 1 during a wave of nationwide anti-government
2013 Oct 29, Conrad Murray
(60), the doctor conficted of killing Michael Jackson with an
overdose of a powerful anesthetic, was released from prison in LA
after serving about half of his maximum sentence.
(SFC, 10/29/13, p.A4)
2013 Oct 29, The SF Board of
Supervisors unanimously approved a bill banning the possession of
large-capacity magazines for guns.
(SFC, 10/30/13, p.D3)
2013 Oct 29, Bangladesh police
opened fire at protesters on a remote island, killing 2 and bringing
to 20 the death toll in demonstrations aimed at forcing the premier
to make way for a caretaker government ahead of elections.
2013 Oct 29, In CongoDRC 6
people were killed in clashes between military police and a group of
separatist attackers at a munitions depot in the southwestern city
2013 Oct 29, Iranian media
reported that a court has sentenced Pegah Ahangarani (24), an
actress known for her reformist political activism, to 18 months in
prison on security charges.
2013 Oct 29, Iraq's PM Nuri
al-Maliki travelled to the United States to press for urgent help
and arms to combat the worst upsurge of violence in years.
2013 Oct 29, In Iraq 2 suicide
bombers killed 12 military and police officers and wounded 19 late
today by blowing themselves up outside a Sunni militia leader's
house in Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad. In a village outside Mosul, a
suicide bomber rammed his car into a checkpoint leading to a police
station, killing 3 policemen and 4 civilians. When an ambulance
rushed to the scene, gunmen opened fire on its crew, killing one and
(Reuters, 10/29/13)(AP, 10/30/13)
2013 Oct 29, Italian police
arrested 17 suspected gangsters thanks to information on brutal gang
wars that a mafia informant had provided before being murdered.
2013 Oct 29, Kenyan police said
they are holding five people over last month's attack on Nairobi's
Westgate mall, while two soldiers were court martialed for looting
during the attack.
2013 Oct 29, In Libya attackers
in Benghazi opened fire on a five-man sit-in, killing 2 and wounding
three. The men were protesting the 2011 assassination of former army
chief Abdel-Fatah Younis.
2013 Oct 29, Niger said it has
accepted a controversial $1 billion loan from the Export-Import Bank
of China (China Exim Bank) to finance development projects.
2013 Oct 29, In southwest
Pakistan a gunmen killed a pro-government tribal elder and six
members of his family in Baluchistan province.
2013 Oct 29, Peru's PM Juan
Jimenez said he is leaving President Ollanta Humala's government and
that other cabinet changes will soon be announced by his successor,
Cesar Villanueva, the regional president of the northern department
of San Martin.
2013 Oct 29, Russian PM Dmitry
Medvedev says Russia will ask Ukraine to start pre-paying for gas
supplies in case Ukraine doesn't settle outstanding debts. He was
reacting to a complaint of Alexei Miller, chief executive of Russian
gas giant Gazprom, who said Ukraine owes Russia $882 million for the
August deliveries and was due to pay for it by Oct 1.
2013 Oct 29, Russian
investigators announced new theft and money laundering charges
against opposition politician Alexei Navalny, increasing pressure
against one of Pres. Putin's biggest domestic critics.
2013 Oct 29, In South Africa
Mike du Toit, the mastermind behind the 2002 right-wing extremist
plot to kill former President Nelson Mandela and drive blacks out of
the country, was sentenced along with four others to 35 years in
jail. The rest of the 20 militia members on trial received 10 and 30
years sentences depending on their degree of involvement in the
plot. The judge suspended 10 years of the sentences for some and
took into account the time behind bars during the trial.
2013 Oct 29, South Africa
signed an agreement to buy over half of the power generated by the
first phase of the Grand Inga hydroelectric project in the
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
2013 Oct 29, Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad sacked Vice Premier Qadri Jamil saying the official
had been absent without leave and carried out unauthorized meetings
abroad. Jamil had met with the US pointman for Syria Robert Ford on
Oct 26 to discuss proposed Geneva peace talks. Some 800 women,
children and elderly civilians trapped in the besieged town of
Moadamiyet al-Sham, southwest of Damascus, were evacuated.
(AFP, 10/29/13)(AFP, 10/30/13)
2013 Oct 29, Turkey opened its
Marmaray tunnel, the world's first underwater rail link connecting
Asia and Europe. The 8.5 mile tunnel allowed PM Tayyip Erdogan to
realize a project dreamed up by Ottoman sultans more than a century
(Reuters, 10/29/13)(SFC, 10/30/13, p.A3)
2013 Oct 29, The UN's health
agency said it has confirmed 10 polio cases in northeast Syria, the
first confirmed outbreak of the highly contagious disease in the
country in 14 years, and a top UN official urged warring sides to
grant health workers access to 500,000 children who have never
2013 Oct 30, US federal
authorites said a $34 million settlement with Infosys, an Indian
technology outsourcing firm, fixes systemic issues. The case
targeted major visa fraud and immigration abuse.
(SFC, 10/31/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 30, Authorities in San
Diego, Ca., shut down a tunnel, nealy 600 yards long, designed to
smuggle drugs from Tijuana.
(SFC, 11/1/13, p.A10)
2013 Oct 30, The NYC Council
voted to raise the minimum age for purchasing cigarettes and
electronic-vapor cigarettes from 18-21.
(SFC, 10/31/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 30, In South Carolina
Bryan Sweatt (27) shot and killed his one-time girlfriend, her
parents and two children befor killing himself.
(SFC, 10/31/13, p.A6)
2013 Oct 30, Riot police in
Bahrain stormed an exhibition dedicated to the Arab Spring-inspired
uprising. The raid came two days after the opening of the
museum-style hall, which included scenes depicting Bahrain's
32-month unrest, such as protesters killed in clashes, alleged
torture inside prisons and demonstrators running from tear gas.
2013 Oct 30, Electronica
singer-songwriter James Blake (25) won Britain's prestigious Mercury
Prize for his second album, "Overgrown."
2013 Oct 30, Egyptian police
fired teargas at protesting students at Cairo's al-Azhar university
hours after authorities announced the detention of Muslim
Brotherhood leader Essam El-Erian.
2013 Oct 30, In India a
Nigerian man was found stabbed to death in Goa. Goan police arrested
53 Nigerians after around 200 of them staged a protest against the
killing. On Oct 5 police detained a man in north Goa, accused of
being part of a gang who stabbed the Nigerian to death.
2013 Oct 30, In southern India
a packed bus crashed into a highway barrier and burst into flames,
killing 45 passengers who were locked inside the cabin in Andhra
Pradesh state. The driver, a bus cleaner and five passengers managed
to escape through a window in the front of the overnight bus.
2013 Oct 30, Iranian
Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said that four people accused of
sabotaging one of the country's sensitive nuclear sites were only
2013 Oct 30, Israel announced
plans to build 1,500 new homes in east Jerusalem, the part of the
city claimed by the Palestinians.
2013 Oct 30, Israel reportedly
targeted a shipment of surface-to-surface missiles in latakia,
Syria, destined for Hezbollah, the powerful Lebanese Shiite movement
fighting alongside the regime.
2013 Oct 30, Japan’s financial
watchdog said it would inspect the Mizuho Bank and two other big
banks for to hunt for loans to yakuza (gangsters).
(Econ, 11/2/13, p.79)
2013 Oct 30, In Kenya a train
crashed into a passenger bus as it passed through a rail crossing in
the capital, Nairobi, killing at least 11 people.
2013 Oct 30, In Norway the
residents of Rjukan received faint rays from the winter sun in the
town’s market square for the first time following the construction
of three 183-square-foot mirrors on a nearby mountain. The town was
built 100 years ago to provide workers for a hydroelectric plant in
(SFC, 10/31/13, p.A4)
2013 Oct 30, Oman said it has
discovered the first case of the MERS coronavirus in the Gulf
sultanate, a 68-year-old Omani man.
2013 Oct 30, The Pakistani
government said that 3% of the people killed in US drone strikes
since 2008 were civilians. A roadside bomb killed two soldiers in
2013 Oct 30, Bomb blasts in
shops in Russia's volatile North Caucasus province of Dagestan
killed one person and injured several others.
2013 Oct 30, In South Africa
thousands of angry demonstrators took the streets of central Cape
Town, looting shops to protest against poor public services.
2013 Oct 30, In Tunisia a man
blew himself up in front of a popular seaside hotel at Sousse. The
attack was believed to be the country's first suicide bombing.
Authorities in Monastir foiled a possibly related assault at the
mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba, modern Tunisia's secular founder.
2013 Oct 30, In Uzbekistan
Gulnara Karimova (41), the eldest daughter of President Islam
Karimov, acknowledged for the first time that the authorities had
closed television channels she is believed to control, further
stoking rumours of a rift in the ruling family.
(AFP, 10/30/13)(Econ, 11/2/13, p.44)
2013 Oct 30, In Yemen at least
4 people were killed when a rocket hit a mosque in the
Salafi-controlled northern town of Damaj.
2013 Oct 30, Zimbabwe's highest
court scrapped a law against insulting the president that has been
used to arrest opponents and critics of veteran leader Robert
2013 Oct 30, In Zimbabwe 21
people were killed, many burnt beyond recognition, after a fuel
tanker and a truck ferrying mourners collided.
2013 Oct 31, The nation’s
largest landfill, a 630-acre site 20 miles east of LA, closed as a
permit for the sited expired. Garbage from the county’s 88 cities
will eventually be put on trains and taken to an abandoned gold mine
over 200 miles away.
(SFC, 11/1/13, p.D5)
2013 Oct 31, A US federal
appeals court ruled that most of Texas’ tough new abortion
restrictions can take effect immediately.
(SFC, 11/1/13, p.A7)
2013 Oct 31, In central Texas
flash floods following heavy rains killed two men in the Austin
(SFC, 11/1/13, p.A10)
2013 Oct 31, In Britain
television cameras were allowed into one of the highest courts for
the first time, hailed as a landmark move towards open justice while
still protecting the rights of vulnerable witnesses.
2013 Oct 30, In Brazil oil
giant OGX, once the jewel in the EBX crown, was forced to file for
bankruptcy protection after debt-restructuring talks with its
creditors failed. Eike Batista's debt-ridden EBX empire appeared to
be on its last legs as the Brazilian magnate desperately tried to
sell assets and lure investment to keep his sinking ship afloat.
2013 Oct 30, Barclays,
Britain's second-largest bank, revealed that it was the subject of
an investigation by regulators in Britain and other countries over
"possible attempts to manipulate certain benchmark currency exchange
rates." Six traders were soon suspended amid an investigation into
whether international currency markets were rigged.
2013 Oct 31, In London
Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif told British Deputy PM Nick Clegg that his
country had started talks with the Pakistani Taliban.
2013 Oct 31, Calls for the
resignation of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford intensified after police said
they had obtained a video that appears to show him smoking a crack
pipe, discovered in a massive surveillance operation of a friend who
is suspected of supplying the mayor with drugs.
2013 Oct 31, Chinese state
media said the last county in China to be accessible by modern land
transport was finally linked up to the rest of the country with a
new 117-km road that has taken decades to build. The 19,000 people
of deeply isolated Medog in southeastern Tibet have until now had to
depend on horses for land travel and trade.
2013 Oct 31, A Ghana
immigration official said 46 more foreigners, suspected of illegal
gold mining, have been arreested in the last week, including 43
Chinese, two Indians and an American.
2013 Oct 31, In Greece
thousands of protesters clogged Athens to demonstrate against a new
property tax. The anger was registered across society, with
retirees, disabled groups, shipyard workers and high school teachers
among those taking part.
2013 Oct 31, In Indonesia tens
of thousands of workers went on strike across the country as its
citizens seek a greater share of the spoils from stellar growth.
2013 Oct 31, In Iraq twin car
bombs north of Baghdad killed 6 people, while attacks elsewhere in
the country left 6 others dead.
2013 Oct 31, Israel’s Haaretz
newspaper reported the government is planning to move ahead with
another 3,360 new settler homes in the West Bank, quoting an MP from
the ruling rightwing Likud party.
2013 Oct 31, Italian police
said they have busted an international ring of former special forces
agents hired to "recover" children involved in custody battles who
were spirited across borders by one of their parents.
2013 Oct 31, Kenya MPs voted to
set up and appoint a new Communications and Multimedia Appeals
Tribunal with the teeth to impose penalties of up to 20 million
Kenyan shillings (173,000 euros, $234,000) on offenders and even bar
journalists from working.
2013 Oct 31, Kenyan warplanes
destroyed a Shebab rebel camp in southern Somalia used to train
gunmen who attacked Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall in September.
2013 Oct 31, Mexico’s President
Enrique Pena Nieto launched a campaign against the country’s obesity
epidemic, urging his countrymen to exercise more as Congress passed
special taxes on junk food and sodas. Mexico's Congress passed a
package of measures aimed at bolstering the country's weak tax
revenues, but only after watering down a plan that is expected to
have a moderate impact at best.
(AFP, 11/1/13)(Reuters, 10/31/13)
2013 Oct 31, Niger authorities
said rescuers have found the bodies of 92 migrants, most of them
women and children, strewn across the Sahara desert after their
vehicles broke down and they died of thirst.
2013 Oct 31, In Nigeria dozens
of Boko Haram gunmen riding on motorcycles and in pickup trucks
stormed Bama town in Borno state, killing 27 people and razing some
2013 Oct 31, In Pakistan a US
drone strike targeting a militant compound killed 3 insurgents in
2013 Oct 31, Palestinian
security sources said Israel's army arrested four suspects from the
Islamic Jihad movement overnight, in the second such arrest
operation this week. A Palestinian rock thrower was killed as
Israeli troops entered Qabatiya in northern West Bank.
(AFP, 10/31/13)(SFC, 11/1/13, p.A2)
2013 Oct 31, Peru's President
Ollanta Humala swore in Cesar Villanueva, a widely praised regional
politician, as his 4th prime minister in a Cabinet reshuffle, but
retained his finance minister despite rumors he might quit.
2013 Oct 31, In Portugal Lisbon
subway workers walked off the job for the fifth time this year to
protest government austerity measures being enacted in return for
Portugal's 2011 bailout.
2013 Oct 31, A Moscow court
revoked the registration of web-based news agency Rosbalt for
posting videos it said contained profane language, including a clip
by punk band Pussy Riot.
2013 Oct 31, In Sudan the
pan-Arab satellite channel Sky News Arabia reopened its bureau in
Khartoum after a one-month suspension that authorities imposed
during anti-regime protests.
2013 Oct 31, The Organization
for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Syria has destroyed
critical equipment for producing chemical weapons and poison gas
munitions. Fierce clashes raged in the north, close to one of the
sites where toxic agents are believed to be stored.
2013 Oct 31, Thai
anti-government protesters returned to the streets of Bangkok as
parliament debated a political amnesty which opponents fear will
"whitewash" past abuses and allow ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra
2013 Oct 31, Venezuela seized
control of two oil rigs owned by a unit of Houston-based Superior
Energy Services after the company shut them down because the state
oil monopoly was months behind on payments.
2013 Oct 31, In northern Yemen
the death toll from a Houthi Shi'ite attack on a mountain town held
by their Salafi Sunni Muslim rivals rose to 24 as the two sides
fought for a second day in Damaj. Suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen shot
dead two soldiers and a civilian in an attack on an army checkpoint
in the southern province of Abyan.
(Reuters, 10/31/13)(AFP, 10/31/13)
2013 Oct, In Myanmar a blast at
the Trader's Hotel, later known as the Sule Shangri-La, in the heart
of Yangon, ripped apart a guest's room and wounded an American woman
(43). On July 3, 2015, a court convicted Saw Myint Lwin (26) on
three charges related to the bombing and sentenced him to life
imprisonment and hard labor. Two others were acquitted and the
alleged mastermind, said to be a member of the Karen National Union
ethnic rebel group, remained at large.
2013 Oct, In Qatar Lauren
Patterson (24), a British teacher, was stabbed to death and her body
burned in the Qatari desert. In 2014 Badr Hashim Khamis Abdallah
al-Jabr was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death. Jabr's
accomplice Mohamed Abdallah Hassan Abdul Aziz, who helped to burn
the body, was sentenced to three years in jail.
2013 Oct, In Spain all the
factories of appliance-maker Fagor ceased operations. Fagor was part
of Mondragon, the world’s biggest group of worker-owned
(Econ, 11/9/13, p.72)
2013 Oct, Thailand’s Supreme
Court sentenced former Deputy Interior Minister Pracha Maleenont to
12 years imprisonment and a Bangkok fire department chief to 10
years in jail for malfeasance in public office and price fixing. The
pair fled and are the subjects of arrest warrants.
2013 Nov 1, The US Federal
Aviation Administration said it is relaxing restrictions on the use
of smartphones and other electronics inside flights by American
2013 Nov 1, In California Paul
Ciancia (23) walked into LAX’s terminal 3 near the security
checkpoint and began shooting, sending thousands of passengers
scattering onto tarmacs other parts of the airport. TSA agent
Gerardo Hernandez (39) was killed. Ciancia was hospitalized after
being shot 4 times.
(Reuters, 11/2/13)(SFC, 11/4/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 1, In Nevada Lee Hosey
Jr. (25) was sentenced to 24-80 years in prison for a drunken
driving crash in Las Vegas on Sep 13, 2012, that left 4 people dead
and several injured.
(SFC, 11/2/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 1, In Rhode Island
Ralph Mariano (55), was sentenced to 10 years in prison as the
mastermind of a kickback scheme that cost the Navy $18 million.
(SFC, 11/2/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 1, Genentech won
federal approval for its Gazyva drug for patients with leukemia.
(SFC, 11/2/13, p.D2)
2013 Nov 1, US intelligence
leaker Edward Snowden is ready to talk with German prosecutors in
Russia, his lawyer said, after the fugitive met a German lawmaker
over his evidence that Washington spied on Chancellor Angela Merkel.
2013 Nov 1, Bulgaria's ruling
alliance asked the country's top court to quash a widely criticized
ban on arable land acquisitions by foreigners to avert infringement
action by the EU.
2013 Nov 1, China jailed for
life Tian Xueren, a former vice governor of the northeastern
province of Jilin and former banker, for taking more than $3 million
in bribes, in the government's latest move to crack down on
2013 Nov 1, In China 11 people
died and 17 were injured by an explosion in a fireworks factory in
Guangxi province. Police detained two people.
2013 Nov 1, In Egypt
controversial satirist Bassem Youssef's television channel suspended
his program, a week after he returned from a four-month break and
fired barbs at the country's military. Thousands supporting ousted
Pres. Morsi marched in street protests across the country, ramping
up pressure on the military-backed interim government ahead of his
coming trial next week.
(AFP, 11/1/13)(AP, 11/1/13)
2013 Nov 1, In Greece two
members of the far-right Golden Dawn party were killed and a third
wounding. The gun used in the attack had not been used in previous
2013 Nov 1, In Indonesia tens
of thousands of workers went on strike across the country for a
second straight day, calling for huge salary hikes as Southeast
Asia's top economy enjoys a prolonged boom.
2013 Nov 1, Iran said it has
launched its first submarine for tourists in the Persian Gulf
waters, an all-Iranian-made undersea vehicle. The submarine, dubbed
Morvarid (Pearl in Farsi), will serve tourists in Kish Island,
Iran's prime tourist spot in the Gulf.
2013 Nov 1, An Israeli air
strike killed 3 militants in the Gaza Strip after an overnight clash
that killed a fourth Palestinian gunman and wounded five Israeli
soldiers. The Israeli military said its aircraft targeted a tunnel
used by militants to facilitate attacks on Israelis.
2013 Nov 1, Kenya's media
reacted with shock and outrage after parliament voted through a bill
that could see journalists and outlets slapped with huge fines for
violating a code of conduct.
2013 Nov 1, Dutch PM Mark Rutte
said the Netherlands will send 380 soldiers and four Apache attack
helicopters to war-torn Mali following an appeal for more UN
2013 Nov 1, Nigeria formally
scrapped its inefficient and graft-ridden electricity firm and
handed its assets to private investors in a bid expected to improve
2013 Nov 1, In northwest
Pakistan Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud was killed by a US
drone aircraft in Miranshah. He had a $5 million US bounty on his
head. 3 others were also killed.
2013 Nov 1, Hamas said a
shortage of fuel halted the production of electricity across the
2013 Nov 1, In Russia a man
facing an assault charge detonated a grenade in a courthouse,
killing himself and a court officer and wounding two other people in
the Ural Mountains city of Kurgan.
2013 Nov 1, Tanzania’s
parliament suspended an anti-poaching campaign, amid a surge
of killings of elephant and rhino, to allow investigation of
reported seizure of property, torture and killing of suspects.
2013 Nov 1, In Tasmania int’l.
negotiations ended after China, Russia and Ukraine scuttled plans to
create the world's largest ocean sanctuary in Antarctica. The
sanctuary plans were led by the Antarctic Ocean Alliance which
campaigns for protecting the Antarctic seas. For the sanctuary
proposals to pass, they needed backing from all 200 delegates from
25 member countries, many of which have conflicting interests.
(Reuters, 11/1/13)(SFC, 11/2/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 1, State-rescued Royal
Bank of Scotland announced plans to create an internal 'bad bank' to
run down Â£38 billion of high-risk assets and accelerate its return
to the private sector.
2013 Nov 1, A South African
court sentenced Johannes Kana, a man convicted of raping and
murdering Anene Booysen (17) in a gruesome case that shocked the
country, has been sentenced to two life terms in jail.
2013 Nov 1, Syrian troops
heavily shelled rebel-held areas of southern Damascus as part of a
bid to completely cut them off from rear bases in the countryside.
State media said government forces have captured Safira, a northern
town located near a chemical weapons site after days of heavy
(AFP, 11/1/13)(Reuters, 11/1/13)
2013 Nov 1, Tanzania’s
parliament suspended an anti-poaching campaign, amid a surge of
killings of elephant and rhino, to allow investigation of reported
seizure of property, torture and killing of suspects.
2013 Nov 1, Thailand's
Parliament moved a step closer to granting amnesty to people
involved in a wrenching political conflict that has divided the
country for almost a decade, prompting thousands to protest in the
streets and renewing fears of violence. The bill was aimed to bring
back Thaksin Shinawatra, the elder brother of PM Yingluck
(AP, 11/1/13)(Econ, 11/9/13, p.44)
2013 Nov 1, Tunisia's party
leaders met to choose a new premier to be tasked with replacing an
Islamist-led government and steering the country out of a
months-long political crisis.
2013 Nov 1, In Yemen Shi'ite
Muslim Houthi rebels backed by tanks launched a fresh attack Damaj,
a town held by their Sunni Muslim Salafi rivals, bringing the total
death toll in three days of sectarian clashes to 40.
2013 Nov 1, Dozens of Zambian
separatists appeared in court on charges of treason for trying to
create a new state called Barotseland in the west of the country. A
total of 84 defendants, mostly from the Lozi tribe, were rounded up
in a recent crackdown on those protesting for Barotseland.
2013 Nov 2, Clifford Nass
(b.1958), a Standfor Univ. sociologist, died following a hike near
Lake Tahoe. He had warned of chronic multitasking following his
experiences as a freshman, residence hall dorm dad.
(SFC, 11/8/13, p.D7)
2013 Nov 2, In Georgia, the
burned body of Emani Moss, a 10-year-old girl, was found in a trash
can at an apartment complex near Atlanta. Her father, Eman Moss, and
stepmother, Tiffany Moss, were soon charged with felony
(SSFC, 11/3/13, p.A10)
2013 Nov 2, In Michigan
Theodore Wafer (54) of Dearborn Heights shot and killed Renisha
McBride (19), a black woman, as she apparently knocked his door
following a car accident. On Nov 15 Wafer was charged with 2nd
degree murder. On Aug 7 he was convicted of 2nd degree murder.
(SFC, 11/16/13, p.A7)(SFC, 8/8/14, p.A8)
2013 Nov 2, Jacqui Park, an
Australian media rights activist, accused Sri Lankan officials of a
"witch-hunt" against local journalists as she arrived back in Sydney
after being detained in Colombo for two days.
2013 Nov 2, Brazil’s O Estado
de S. Paulo newspaper said President Dilma Rousseff will allow
state-run oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA to increase domestic
fuel prices "two or three times" a year through the use of a formula
without triggering significant consumer price gains.
2013 Nov 2, Britain’s Guardian
newspaper reported that spy agencies in Germany, France, Spain and
Sweden are carrying out mass surveillance of online and phone
traffic in collaboration with Britain, according to documents leaked
by Edward Snowden.
2013 Nov 2, China, the only
country that still systematically takes organs from executed
prisoners for use in transplant operations, said it plans to end the
controversial practice by the middle of next year.
2013 Nov 2, Cuba closed dozens
of home-based movie theaters and reaffirmed its plans to end the
private sale of imported goods as communist authorities pressed for
"order, discipline and obedience" in the growing small business
2013 Nov 2, Europe's
heaviest-ever cargo carrier to the International Space Station
burned up in Earth's atmosphere in a controlled manoeuver after a
five-month mission. It was filled with about six tons of garbage and
waste produced on board the ISS.
2013 Nov 2, French riot police
fired tear gas at thousands of demonstrators in the north-west,
after some protesters hurled stones and iron bars at them in a rally
against a controversial green tax and layoffs.
2013 Nov 2, Georgia's PM
Bidzina Ivanishvili named Interior Minister Irakly Garibashvili (31)
as his successor. Under changes to the constitution that will this
month transfer many of the president's responsibilities to the prime
minister, Garibashvili will become the country's most powerful
2013 Nov 2, In southern India a
train struck and killed 8 people in Andhra Pradesh state.
(SSFC, 11/3/13, p.A3)
2013 Nov 2, Iran arrested the
head of reformist daily Bahar, Saeed Pourazizi, for publishing an
article seen by critics as questioning the beliefs of Shia Islam.
2013 Nov 2, An Iranian media
website said China has agreed to finance $20 billion in development
projects in Iran using oil money not transferred to the Islamic
Republic because of international sanctions.
2013 Nov 2, In northern Iraq
militants bombed a major oil pipeline in Nineveh province, disabling
it and forcing pumping to be suspended.
2013 Nov 2, Meeting in Tokyo
Japan and Russia held their first joint defense and foreign
ministers' meeting and agreed to boost security cooperation in the
Asia-Pacific as they both warily watch neighboring China's rising
influence. Japan and Russia have never signed a treaty to mark the
end of World War II because of a territorial dispute.
2013 Nov 2, Kenya's chief
justice said he has ordered "immediate action" over a case where men
accused of brutally gang raping a schoolgirl last June were ordered
to cut grass as punishment.
2013 Nov 2, In Libya a soldier
was killed by a mine in Benghazi.
2013 Nov 2, In Mali two French
journalists were snatched by gunmen in the northern town of Kidal.
Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon of Radio France Internationale
were grabbed by armed men in a 4x4 just after finishing an interview
with the acting head of the rebel National Movement for the
Liberation of the Azawad (NMLA). Their bodies were dumped a dozen km
outside the town.
(Reuters, 11/2/13)(AP, 11/3/13)
2013 Nov 2, Niger said it has
detained 100 migrants crossing the Sahara to Algeria, in a crackdown
on illegal migration after 92 people died trying to make the same
2013 Nov 2, In northeast
Nigeria suspected Islamic militants attacked a wedding convoy and
killed more than 30 people including the groom.
2013 Nov 2, In eastern Nigeria
at least 24 people died during a stampede at the Holy Ghost Catholic
Church in Uke, Anambra state.
2013 Nov 2, The Pakistani
Taliban voted to promote their number two commander, Khan Said, also
known as Sajna, to replace leader Hakimullah Mehsud who was killed
in a strike by a US drone.
2013 Nov 2, Syria's air force
struck Sbeineh south of Damascus, as loyalists pressed a fierce bid
to crush rebel bastions around the capital. Rebels launched a
counteroffensive in Aleppo.
(AP, 11/2/13)(SSFC, 11/10/13, p.A9)
2013 Nov 2, In northern Yemen
Shi'ite Muslim Houthi rebels pressed their offensive against Damaj
held by their Sunni Muslim Salafi rivals, bringing the total death
toll in four days of sectarian clashes to 55.
2013 Nov 3, Bill Schumacher
(b.1937), former Mayor of Daly City, Ca. (1978-1979), died in Palm
2013 Nov 3, Hackers claiming
links to international activist group Anonymous (Anonymous Indonesia
and Anonymous Philippines) defaced dozens of websites belonging to
Australian businesses and Philippine government agencies.
2013 Nov 3, The head of
Bahrain's main opposition group, Ali Salman, was charged with
insulting authorities through an exhibition that showed alleged
abuses against anti-government protesters. A court sentenced four
Shi'ite Muslims to life and six others to 15 years in jail on
charges of setting up a militant cell linked to Iran's Revolutionary
Guard that aimed at assassinating public figures in Bahrain.
(AP, 11/3/13)(Reuters, 11/4/13)(SFC, 11/4/13,
2013 Nov 3, A Bangladesh war
crimes court convicted and sentenced to death in absentia two men
accused of committing atrocities during the country's war of
independence from Pakistan in 1971. Britain-based Muslim leader
Chowdhury Mueen Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan, a US citizen, were
found guilty of the torture and murder of 18 intellectuals during
2013 Nov 3, A Bolivian plane
carrying 18 people crashed while trying to land during bad weather
in Riberalta, killing 8 passengers and injuring the others on board.
2013 Nov 3, China's ruling
Communist Party announced the removal of the military chief of
restive Xinjiang from the region's governing council, following an
Oct 28 car crash in Beijing's Tiananmen Square blamed on Islamist
militants from Xinjiang.
2013 Nov 3, Colombia police
said US and Colombian anti-drugs agents cooperated in a massive bust
in the southern Caribbean that led to the confiscation of 1,450
kilos of cocaine. Four Venezuelans and a Colombian were detained in
2013 Nov 3, Democratic Republic
of Congo's M23 rebels declared a ceasefire in their fight with the
army, in a move they hope will advance peace talks with the
2013 Nov 3, In Egypt gunmen
killed two policemen near Ismailia on the west bank of the Suez
2013 Nov 3, The Greek
government backed away from allowing retailers to trade on any
Sunday after opposition from small retailers and the Orthodox
Church. The government says more Sunday shopping would boost retail
sales in a country struggling to pull itself out of a six-year
2013 Nov 3, Indonesia’s Mount
Sinabung volcano erupted for the third time in as many months on the
western island of Sumatra, forcing hundreds of villagers to
2013 Nov 3, In Kosovo violence
and low turnout in elections underscored the deep divisions in the
territory and dealt a blow to Belgrade, which had sought to further
its EU membership bid by urging ethnic Serbs to vote peacefully.
2013 Nov 3, A Kuwaiti newspaper
reported that a Kuwaiti woman was arrested in Saudi Arabia for
trying to drive her father to hospital.
2013 Nov 3, In
Libya 16 people were wounded in clashes at a prison in Kuafiya
2013 Nov 3, In Mexico 13 people
were killed in shootouts around the northeastern city of Matamoros
in one of the worst recent outbreaks of violence in an area ravaged
by drug gangs.
2013 Nov 3, A boat carrying at
least 70 Muslim Rohingya capsized and sank off the western coast of
Myanmar. Only eight survivors were found.
2013 Nov 3, North Korea
publicly executed around 80 people, many for watching smuggled South
Korean TV shows. A South Korean newspaper reported the executions on
2013 Nov 3, In South Africa 6
people were killed when residents of a township on the outskirts of
Johannesburg attacked a group of suspected gang members. Attackers
gunned down a former senior union official at platinum producer
Lonmin, stoking political and industrial tensions in the nation’s
volatile platinum belt.
(AFP, 11/3/13)(Reuters, 11/6/13)
2013 Nov 3, In Thailand at
least 6 passengers including three foreigners died after a tourist
ferry sank off the Thai resort of Pattaya.
2013 Nov 3, In northern Yemen
at least 3 people were killed in fighting between rival Muslim
clans, bringing the death toll from five days of clashes to 58 as
the government tried to broker a ceasefire.
2013 Nov 4, US federal
prosecutors said SAC Capital Advisors, a Connecticut-based hedge
fund led by billionaire Steven A. Cohen, would plead guilty to five
counts of fraud and pay a record fine of $1.8 billion.
(Econ, 11/9/13, p.79)
2013 Nov 4, It was reported
that scientists are struggling to find the trigger for a disease
that appears to be ravaging starfish in record numbers along the US
West Coast. The deadly syndrome, known as "star wasting disease,"
caused the sea creatures to lose their limbs and turn to slime in a
matter of days. The disease was first detected in tide pools this
summer along the coast of Monterey, Ca.
(Reuters, 11/4/13)(SFC, 12/9/13, p.A13)
2013 Nov 4, In New Jersey
Richard Shoop (20) fired shots into a ceiling at Garden State Palaza
in Paramus and then killed himself.
(SFC, 11/6/13, p.A5)
2013 Nov 4, Astronomers at
NASA’s Ames research center said the Milky Way may have 11 billion
Earth-like planets based on data from the Kepler spacecraft, now
crippled and no longer providing new data.
(SFC, 11/5/13, p.C3)(Econ, 11/9/13, p.84)
2013 Nov 4, In Vienna 7
Austrian neo-Nazis were sentenced to up to six years in prison. The
members of the so-called Objekt 21, which witnesses linked to an
illegal prostitution network, were convicted of "re-engagement with
National Socialism" - a crime in Austria since 1947.
2013 Nov 4, The British
Co-operative Group announced plans to close around 50 of its bank
branches as part of a £1.5 billion rescue plan that will give
investors majority control of the lender.
2013 Nov 4, It was reported
that Britain's biggest retailer Tesco plans to install screens at
its petrol stations that scan customers' faces so that advertising
can be tailored to their age and gender.
2013 Nov 4, Canada-based
BlackBerry abandoned hopes of finding a buyer, and instead pegged
its future on a $1 billion cash infusion and new management, after
the sudden departure of its chief executive.
2013 Nov 4, Democratic Republic
of Congo troops drove M23 rebels from one of their key hilltop
positions in the east of the country, pushing on with their assault
despite calls for a truce. Mortar shells fell on a market in eastern
Congo, killing 4 people as fighting intensified between government
soldiers and the M23 fighters.
(AFP, 11/4/13)(AP, 11/4/13)
2013 Nov 4, Egypt's deposed
Islamist president defiantly rejected a court's authority to try
him, saying he was the country's "legitimate" leader and those that
overthrew him should face charges instead.
2013 Nov 4, Interpol and the
Stolen Asset Recovery Project released a report on how Somali pircay
is financed. “Pirate Trails: Tracking the Illicit Financial Flows
from Pirate Activities off the Horn of Africa" was backed by the UN
and World Bank.
(Econ, 11/2/13, p.53)
2013 Nov 4, In Iran tens of
thousands of demonstrators packed the streets outside the former US
Embassy in Tehran in the biggest anti-American rally in years, a
show of support for hard-line opponents of President Hassan
Rouhani's historic outreach to Washington.
2013 Nov 4, Iranian Mehr news
agency reported that commander Mohammad Jamalizade of Iran's
Revolutionary Guards was recently killed in Syria after volunteering
to defend a Shi'ite shrine in Damascus.
2013 Nov 4, In Iraq a double
suicide bombing and other attacks killed 12 people. Legislators
passed a law laying the groundwork for next year's parliamentary
2013 Nov 4, A Kenyan court
charged four Somali men with terrorist offences for helping al
Qaeda-linked militants carry out an attack on a shopping mall in
Nairobi that killed 67 people.
2013 Nov 4, In Mali French
forces, who found the bodies of two radio journalists kidnapped and
shot to death, followed the abductor's tracks in the sand and
arrested about a half-dozen suspects. 4 people were killed when
their truck hit a landmine in the Gao region.
(AP, 11/4/13)(AFP, 11/4/13)
2013 Nov 4, Mexican armed
forces took control of Lazaro Cardenas, a major Pacific port
in Michoacan, as part of militarized efforts to contain drug cartel
violence in the western state.
2013 Nov 4, New Zealand police
said they were investigating a gang of young males who boasted
online about stupefying underage girls with alcohol then having
group sex with them. The case has raised concerns about how to
police online bullying.
2013 Nov 4, Nigeria's army shot
dead 7 suspected Boko Haram fighters during a raid in a northeastern
area where the Islamist rebels have killed dozens in the last week.
2013 Nov 4, In Lagos, Nigeria,
4 people were crushed to death and 25 rescued when a four-story
building under construction collapsed.
2013 Nov 4, In rural Norway a
knife-wielding man hijacked a bus and killed the driver and two
passengers before he was detained by authorities. A South Sudanese
man suspected in the hijacking and killing was a failed asylum
seeker who was about to be deported.
(AP, 11/4/13)(AFP, 11/5/13)
2013 Nov 4, A Pakistani court
granted former President Pervez Musharraf bail in a case related to
the death of a radical cleric, paving the way for an end to his more
than six-month house arrest.
2013 Nov 4, Some ten thousand
Russian nationalists rallied in Moscow, venting against the migrants
they accuse of pushing up the crime rate and taking their jobs.
2013 Nov 4, Saudi authorities
began a clampdown on illegal immigrants after the end of an amnesty
that gave overstayers and workers a grace period to leave or
legalize their status.
2013 Nov 4, South Korea's spy
agency said that North Korea was using Russian technology to develop
electromagnetic pulse weapons aimed at paralyzing military
electronic equipment south of the border.
2013 Nov 4, A Spanish court
impounded a luxury villa and other properties belonging to the
son-in-law of Spanish King Juan Carlos in a corruption case. The
court in Mallorca ordered the seizure of properties owned by Inaki
Urdangarin, husband of the king's daughter Cristina. The court is
investigating accusations that Urdangarin, an ex-Olympic handball
player, and his former business partner Diego Torres embezzled six
million euros in public funds.
2013 Nov 4, In Spain a rubbish
strike began in Madrid and continued for 12 days. It ended after
private maintenance companies cancelled plans to lay off a fifth of
the Spanish capital's street cleaners.
2013 Nov 4, In central Syria a
suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden truck in the Shiite
village of Sabtiyeh near Homs, killing six.
2013 Nov 4, In Thailand
thousands of people emptied onto the streets of Bangkok to protest
an amnesty bill passed by the lower house of parliament in the dead
of night three days earlier. The opposition People’s Democratic
Reform Committee (PDRC) was led by Suthep Thaugsuban, a former
deputy prime minister.
(Econ, 11/2/13, p.44)(Econ, 11/30/13, p.42)(Econ,
2013 Nov 4, Tunisia's ruling
Islamists and opposition parties suspended talks over forming a new
caretaker government to end the country's crisis after the two sides
failed to agree on naming a prime minister.
2013 Nov 4, Venezuelan air
force warplanes forced a small executive jet with a Mexican license
number to land in the state of Apure, near the border with Colombia.
Venezuela’s air force released images of the plane fuselage still in
flames. President Nicolas Maduro later said the plane was full of
2013 Nov 4, Yemeni Shi'ite and
Sunni Muslims fighters agreed to a ceasefire after days of clashes
in Damaj killed at least 100 people. Saboteurs blew up an oil
pipeline in southern Yemen that pumps crude oil to an export
terminal on the Gulf of Aden.
(Reuters, 11/4/13)(AFP, 11/4/13)
2013 Nov 5, It was reported
that US Navy Cmdr. Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz had passed
confidential information on ship routes to Malaysian defense
contractor Leonard Francis, who in turn overcharged the Navy
millions in suplies and services.
(SFC, 11/5/13, p.A10)
2013 Nov 5, SF voters rejected
Prop C, a referendum that would have allowed construction of a
waterfront high-rise, the 8 Washington project for 134 luxury
(Reuters, 11/5/13)(SFC, 11/6/13, p.A1)
2013 Nov 5, The SF Board of
Supervisors voted 6-5 to close city parks from midnight to 5am.
(SFC, 11/6/13, p.A7)
2013 Nov 5, Colorado voters
approved a tax rate for marijuana.
(SFC, 11/5/13, p.A4)(AP, 11/6/13)
2013 Nov 5, Portland, Maine,
legalized marijuana for people over 21, joining other cities which
have done so.
2013 Nov 5, In Michigan
business executive Mike Duggan was elected as the next mayor of
Detroit, a city on the brink of bankruptcy. He is known for saving
Detroit Medical Center, the city’s largest employer, from near
insolvency. Duggan defeated Wayne Ct. Sheriff Benny Napoleon 55-45%
(SFC, 11/7/13, p.A8)
2013 Nov 5, New Jersey held
elections for governor. Republican Governor Chris Christie handily
defeated his Democrat challenger, earning a second four-year term.
(SFC, 11/5/13, p.A4)(AFP, 11/5/13)
2013 Nov 5, Millions of New
Yorkers went to the polls to elect a new mayor. Democrats retook New
York's city hall with left-wing progressive Bill de Blasio replacing
billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
2013 Nov 5, Virginia held
elections for governor. Democrat Terry McAuliffe won in the
otherwise strongly Republican state.
(SFC, 11/5/13, p.A4)(AFP, 11/6/13)
2013 Nov 5, In Abu Dhabi 30
Emiratis and Egyptians went on trial accused of setting up an
illegal branch of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood in the United Arab
2013 Nov 5, A Bangladesh court
sentenced 152 soldiers, of the now defunct Bangladesh Rifles (BDR),
to death for the February, 2009, mutiny by disgruntled border guards
who killed dozens of military commanders during a brutal, two-day
uprising. Of the 846 accused of killing 74 people in the mutiny 161
were handed life sentences, over 250 received prison terms of up to
10 years and over 270 were acquitted.
(SFC, 11/6/13, p.A3)(SSFC, 11/10/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 5, In Bangladesh 2
people died and scores were injured as protesters demanded the
government step aside ahead of January elections.
(SFC, 11/5/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 5, Hundreds of
Anonymous protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks protested outside
Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II's London home, as part of a
global demonstration against austerity.
2013 Nov 5, Britain’s Ministry
of Defense said a soldier from the 3rd Battalion, the Mercian
Regiment, was killed "as a result of an explosion during a
vehicle-born suicide attack" near Lashkar Gah, Helmand province.
2013 Nov 5, Britain signed an
information-sharing agreement with the Cayman Islands, one of its
overseas territories, to help British authorities improve tax
2013 Nov 5, Canada's Senate
effectively expelled three of their own for what an audit revealed
were "troubling" expense claims, as a federal police probe
2013 Nov 5, China's state media
said the People's Liberation Army has discovered in a corruption
probe that its troops "illicitly kept" more than 8,000 apartments
and 25,000 vehicles.
2013 Nov 5, A leader of the M23
rebel group in eastern Congo said his movement is ending its
rebellion after more than a year and a half of fighting as the
Congolese military seized the last two hills that had been held by
2013 Nov 5, In Ethiopia 4
people were killed in a bomb blast on a bus near the Sudanese
border. Security forces were on high alert following attack
2013 Nov 5, The European Union
resumed membership talks with Turkey. They were stalled for 3½ years
mainly because of the country's ongoing dispute with Cyprus.
2013 Nov 5, Lyon-based Interpol
said it was waiting for information from Dutch authorities after a
rights group said it had identified 1,000 paedophiles by offering
online sex with a computer-generated girl (10).
2013 Nov 5, In India separatist
militants of the Garo tribe killed 5 police officers in a shootout
in Meghalaya state.
(SFC, 11/6/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 5, India launched its
Mngalyaan (Mars Vehicle), its first spacecraft bound for Mars.
(AP, 11/5/13)(Econ, 11/2/13, p.46)
2013 Nov 5, Israeli and
Palestinian officials said the three-month-old peace talks pressed
on them by Washington are going nowhere.
2013 Nov 5, Italy’s La
Repubblica newspaper reported that a group of Italian computer
boffins have launched a new website, Mafialeaks, aimed at
encouraging victims of organised crime and former gangsters to spill
2013 Nov 5, Mozambique's
revived rebel movement Renamo spurned the government's invite for
high level face-to-face talks to end destabilising military
skirmishes. Opposition fighters killed 4 soldiers in two separate
attacks amid escalating violence in the central part of the country.
(AFP, 11/5/13)(AP, 11/6/13)
2013 Nov 5, Saudi media said
authorities have rounded up over four thousand of illegal foreign
workers at the start of a nationwide crackdown ultimately aimed at
creating more jobs for locals.
(Reuters, 11/5/13)(SFC, 11/6/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 5, Somali money
transfer company Dahabshiil welcomed a temporary injunction by a
British court allowing its lifeline services to continue,
transferring funds dwarfing levels of foreign aid to the war-torn
2013 Nov 5, South African
police fired rubber bullets to disperse a protest march organized by
the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), headed by Julius Malema, and
arrested four people.
2013 Nov 5, The United Nations
that 40 percent of all Syrians are now in need in need of
2013 Nov 5, In northern Yemen
sectarian fighting reignited between Shiite Huthi rebels and Sunni
Islamists, shortly after a ceasefire allowed the evacuation of the
2013 Nov 6, US federal
authorities in Florida arrested a 3rd senior Navy official, Cmdr.
Jose Luis Sanchez, in connection with an extensive bribvery
scheme in Asia involving prostitutes and luxury
(SFC, 11/7/13, p.A1)
2013 Nov 6, William Potts (56),
a former US militant who hijacked a plane to Cuba in 1984, flew home
to the United States where he faced federal charges for air piracy.
On July 16, 2014, Potts was sentenced to 20 years in prison. The
sentence effectively gave him credit for serving 13 years in Cuba
making him eligile for parole in 7 years.
(AP, 11/6/13)(SFC, 7/18/14, p.A6)
2013 Nov 6, In Michigan 3 men
were killed in a back gambling room at Al’s Barbershop on Detroit’s
east side. 6 others were wounded.
(SFC, 11/8/13, p.A7)
2013 Nov 6, Scientists in Utah
unveiled the bones of a dinosaur discovered in 2009. It was named
Lythronax argestes, or "king of gore," for its large teeth and
apparent dominance as a predator. They dated it to about 80 million
2013 Nov 6, Twitter priced its
IPO at $26 per share. TWTR closed at $44.90 per share, up 73%.
(SFC, 11/7/13, p.A1)(SFC, 11/8/13, p.A13)
2013 Nov 6, Afghan police found
the bodies of 7 soldiers, believed to have been killed by their
Taliban captors in Zabul province.
2013 Nov 6, British energy firm
Centrica said it has signed a deal to supply British homes with
Qatari liquefied natural gas in a tie-up worth £4.4 billion and
lasting until 2018.
2013 Nov 6, Britain’s BAE
Systems said it will axe 1,775 shipbuilding jobs and close a
historic yard as a government austerity drive hits demand.
2013 Nov 6, Cameroonian author
Leonora Miano scooped France's Femina literary prize and used her
acceptance speech to denounce racist insults directed at the French
2013 Nov 6, In China supporters
of jailed politician Bo Xilai established a new political party, the
Zhi Xian Party, to support the former high-ranking official who was
handed a life sentence for corruption in September.
2013 Nov 6, In China a series
of bombs packed with ball bearings exploded outside a provincial
headquarters of the ruling Communist Party, killing at least one
person in Taiyuan, Shanxi province.
2013 Nov 6, A court in Egypt
upheld an earlier ruling that banned the Muslim Brotherhood and
ordered its assets confiscated.
2013 Nov 6, It was reported
that a total of 20 dead whales have been discovered along Ghana's
coastline in the last four years, including at least eight since
September. Environmental groups said they are concerned, given the
proximity of the discoveries to the country's new offshore petroleum
2013 Nov 6, Greek schools shut
and flights were disrupted as workers held a general strike to
protest austerity imposed by foreign lenders.
2013 Nov 6, In Iran gunman
ambushed and killed Musa Nouri, a state prosecutor, in a restive
southeastern region near the Pakistani border. Sunni Islamist Baluch
militants claimed responsibility for killing the prosecutor in
revenge for a decision to hang 16 prisoners following a cross-border
attack by the group two weeks ago.
(AP, 11/6/13)(Reuters, 11/7/13)
2013 Nov 6, In Iraq a suicide
bomber detonated an oil tanker rigged with explosives at a police
station north of Baghdad, killing 7 policemen. Attacks elsewhere
left 8 dead.
2013 Nov 6, An Israeli court
found former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman innocent of all
charges in a graft trial, clearing the way for one of Israel's most
powerful and polarizing figures to return to his post as the
nation's top diplomat.
2013 Nov 6, An Ivory Coast
court sentenced 15 former top cocoa sector officials to up to 20
years in prison for corruption under ex-president Laurent Gbagbo, in
a bid to clean up the industry in the world's top cocoa grower.
2013 Nov 6, Japan's hotels,
restaurants and food shops were being warned over dishonest
labelling amid a growing scandal that is threatening to undermine
the country's reputation for safe, high-quality produce.
2013 Nov 6, Nigeria's President
Goodluck Jonathan asked lawmakers to extend a state of emergency
declared in the northeast in May for an additional six months,
saying the Islamist insurgency had not yet been contained.
2013 Nov 6, A Qatari court
released Matthew and Grace Huang, a US couple, on trial for
allegedly causing the death of their eight-year-old adopted daughter
to sell her body parts.
2013 Nov 6, A Saudi-owned
newspaper reported that authorities have detained more than 16,000
migrant workers in the first 48 hours of a security sweep targeting
foreigners working illegally in the kingdom.
2013 Nov 6, Saudi authorities
beheaded a Pakistani man in the eastern Qatif province after he was
convicted of drug trafficking in the kingdom.
2013 Nov 6, In Syria a car bomb
killed at least 8 security personnel in a rare attack on a military
intelligence headquarters in the southern city of Suweida. A bomb
exploded in a central square of Damascus, killing 8 people and
wounding several others.
(Reuters, 11/6/13)(AFP, 11/6/13)
2013 Nov 6, Tajik President
Imomali Rakhmon, his only serious rival disqualified, headed for
re-election in a Central Asian country beset by poverty and facing
security threats from neighboring Afghanistan.
2013 Nov 6, The UN weather
agency said world carbon dioxide pollution levels in the atmosphere
are accelerating and reached a record high in 2012.
2013 Nov 7, Pres. Obama
apologized to people who were forced off their health insurance
plans by the Affordable Care Act despite his assurances to the
(SFC, 11/8/13, p.A12)
2013 Nov 7, The IRS said is
issued $4 billion in fraudulent tax returns last year to people
using stolen identities. 655 went to a single address in Lithuania,
343 to a lone adress in Shanghai. Miami topped city destinations in
(SFC, 11/8/13, p.A7)
2013 Nov 7, The US National Toy
Hall of Fame in Rochester, NY, inducted the rubber duck and the game
(SFC, 11/8/13, p.A7)
2013 Nov 7, Britain's spy
chiefs gave public, televised testimony to British lawmakers for the
first time ever amid a fierce debate over intelligence tactics
following allegations of spying on other governments.
2013 Nov 7, Former long-serving
BBC political editor John Cole (b.1927) died in Surrey after a long
2013 Nov 7, A new video
surfaced showing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford threatening to "murder"
someone and "poke his eyes out" in a rambling rage, deepening
concerns among both critics and allies that he is no longer fit to
lead Canada's largest city.
2013 Nov 7, China’s Vice
Premier Wang Yang said China will provide a concessionary loan of up
to $1 billion to Pacific island nations to support construction
projects in a part of the world where Beijing and Taiwan compete for
influence. He made the announcement at a forum with Pacific island
nations in Guangzhou at a meeting attended by representatives from
Micronesia, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Cook Islands,
Tonga, Niue and Fiji.
2013 Nov 7, The EU’s top court
ruled that refugees facing imprisonment in their home country
because they are gay may have grounds to be granted asylum in the
(AP, 11/7/13)(Econ, 11/16/13, p.59)
2013 Nov 7, The European
Central Bank startled investors with a surprise cut in its benchmark
interest rate aimed at boosting a hesitant recovery in the 17
countries that use the euro.
2013 Nov 7, Greek riot police
stormed the headquarters of former public broadcaster ERT in a
pre-dawn raid, forcibly removing employees who had been occupying
the site since its shock shutdown five months ago.
2013 Nov 7, Iran and six world
powers began a new two day round of negotiations with broad
discussions about a nuclear deal. Iran’s chief negotiator said a
plan to cap some of its atomic activities in exchange for selective
relief from crippling economic sanctions has been accepted by six
world powers and a deal could be imminent.
(AP, 11/7/13)(SFC, 11/8/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 7, Attacks in Iraq,
including a car bomb targeting Shiite Muslims, killed 30 people.
2013 Nov 7, Israeli forces
killed a Palestinian near Jerusalem. Police said Anas al-Atrash (23)
was shot dead when he ran at an officer with a knife at a checkpoint
between the West Bank.
2013 Nov 7, In Mexico the body
of Ygnacio Lopez Mendota, the mayor of Santa Ana Maya in Michoacan
state, was found. He had complained that cartel members were
regularly demanding a chunk of federal money meant for public works
2013 Nov 7, Nigerian lawmakers
approved a request by the country's president to prolong emergency
rule in the restive northeast by a further six months to try to
quell a bloody Islamist insurgency.
2013 Nov 7, North Korea's
security agency said it has arrested a South Korean spy in Pyongyang
who intended to rally anti-government forces, a claim that
intelligence officials in Seoul quickly called ridiculous and
2013 Nov 7, The Pakistani
Taliban chose the man who planned the attack on teenage activist
Malala Yousafzai as the group's new leader. The new leader, Maulana
Fazlullah, has served as the Pakistani Taliban's leader in the
northwest Swat Valley but is believed to be hiding in Afghanistan.
2013 Nov 7, In Russia concern
for jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova mounted on her
24th birthday, after her husband said she could not be found in the
Russian prison colony where authorities reportedly sent her in
2013 Nov 7, Hackers claiming
links to international hacking group Anonymous defaced Singapore PM
Lee Hsien Loong's official website, one day after he said
authorities would spare no effort to track them down.
2013 Nov 7, Swiss scientists
confirmed that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat ingested lethal
radioactive polonium before his death in 2004 and had high levels of
it in his body that could not have been accidental. Palestinian
officials have alleged from the start that Israel poisoned Arafat.
2013 Nov 7, Syrian troops
backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters and other pro-regime
militiamen retook a major rebel enclave south of Damascus, severing
a key opposition supply line.
2013 Nov 7, Tanzania's
opposition said a proposed tightening of the country's media law was
an "attack against the press" and demanded a complete overhaul of
existing legislation. Police said 6 people have been killed and
eight others wounded in days of clashes between farmers and herders
in the central Morogoro region.
2013 Nov 7, Turkish riot police
fired tear gas to disperse Kurdish protesters demonstrating against
government plans to build a wall along part of the border with
2013 Nov 7, Uganda’s military
said Democratic Republic of Congo's M23 guerrillas, including rebel
chief Sultani Makenga, have surrendered en masse in Uganda,
signalling the end of an 18-month insurgency.
2013 Nov 7, Jim Wyss, the Miami
Herald’s Andean bureau chief, was detained by Venezuela’s National
Guard in San Cristobal, a western city near the border with Colombia
that is the center of a vibrant black market by Venezuelans seeking
to circumvent rigid currency controls. Wyss was released on Nov 9.
2013 Nov 7, In southern Yemen 5
suspected al Qaeda fighters were killed by two drone strikes in
2013 Nov 8, American influence
in culture, science and education around the world took a
high-profile blow after the US automatically lost voting rights at
UNESCO, after missing a crucial deadline to repay its debt to the
world's cultural agency.
2013 Nov 8, US prosecutors said
a son of Suriname's president invited people he thought were from
the Lebanese paramilitary group Hezbollah to set up a base in his
country to attack Americans in exchange for millions of US dollars.
2013 Nov 8, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb struck a bus in Zabul province, killing 9 people,
including five women. In Kandahar province another roadside bomb
killed 3 people.
2013 Nov 8, A British court
martial board convicted a royal marine of murder following the
execution of an injured insurgent in Afghanistan. The board ruled
that Marine A, was guilty of killing the man in cold blood in
Helmand Province more than two years ago. Sergeant Alexander
Blackman was named on Dec 5, after a judge dismissed his claim that
his identity should be protected for his own safety. On Dec 6
Blackman was sen tneced to at least 10 years in prison.
(AP, 11/8/13)(AP, 12/5/13)(AP, 12/6/13)
2013 Nov 8, Merlin, an
entertainment group, successfully floated shares on the London stock
market. A year earlier it had opened a Legoland theme park in
(Econ, 11/16/13, p.72)
2013 Nov 8, In Chile forensic
test results showed no chemical agents in the bones of Nobel
Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda. His family and driver were not
satisfied and said they'll request more proof.
2013 Nov 8, Denmark said it
would provide transport and security for the international effort to
destroy Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons, after receiving a
request from the UN.
2013 Nov 8, A European Union
prosecutor indicted 15 former ethnic Albanian rebels suspected of
torturing, mistreating and murdering civilians detained in central
Kosovo during the 1998-99 war against Serbia.
2013 Nov 8, In Egypt a child
and another person died in clashes between supporters and opponents
of Egypt's ousted president in Cairo.
2013 Nov 8, Ghana's Pres. John
Dramani Mahama fired his deputy communications minister, Victoria
Hammah, after she was recorded saying that she would stay in
politics only until she had made one million dollars.
2013 Nov 8, Greek authorities
detained a cargo ship carrying large quantities of weapons and
2013 Nov 8, In Iraq a double
bombing targeting a Sunni mosque in Baghdad and other attacks around
the country killed at least 19 people.
2013 Nov 8, In Libya at least 4
people died in overnight clashes between militias in the center of
(AFP, 11/8/13)(AP, 11/9/13)
2013 Nov 8, Libyan protesters
prevented a tanker from loading 600,000 barrels of crude bound for
Italy at the eastern port of Hariga, blocked by a strike for more
than two months.
2013 Nov 8, Madagascar
officials said the presidential race will go to a run-off vote next
month between two candidates linked to the island's main political
rivals, after an inconclusive first round.
2013 Nov 8, Malawi police said
they have arrested axed justice minister Ralph Kasambara over a
failed assassination attempt in September on a corruption-busting
2013 Nov 8, In northern Mali 3
people were killed during clashes between the MNLA Tuareg separatist
group and the Malian army.
2013 Nov 8, Typhoon Haiyan, one
of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central
Philippine islands. As many as 10,000 people were believed dead just
in Tacloban, Leyte Island, as one of the worst storms ever recorded
unleashed ferocious winds and giant waves that washed away homes.
The death toll was later put at about 6,000 with about 1,800
missing. A 2015 study showed that climate change contributed to the
high wind speeds of Haiyan.
(AP, 11/8/13)(AFP, 11/9/13)(AP, 11/10/13)(Econ,
12/21/13, p.65)(Econ, 7/27/19, p.68)
2013 Nov 8, In Portugal a
24-hour strike by government workers disrupted public services as
labor groups continue their battle against pay and pension cuts and
the loss of entitlements.
2013 Nov 8, In Somalia a huge
blast outside a top hotel in Mogadishu killed at least 4 people. Al
Shabaab rebels soon claimed responsibility.
(AP, 11/9/13)(Reuters, 11/9/13)
2013 Nov 8, South Africa's
government took to the courts to delay the release of an
investigation into a $19 million taxpayer-funded upgrade of
President Jacob Zuma's private residence at Nkandla in rural
KwaZulu-Natal province. Police said 14 police officers and tax
officials have been arrested since last month as part of a crackdown
on crimes committed by police or people impersonating police
(Reuters, 11/8/13)(AP, 11/8/13)
2013 Nov 8, A Spanish court
ordered nine imprisoned members of the Basque militant group ETA
freed to comply with a controversial European rights ruling made
2013 Nov 8, In Syria forces
loyal to President Bashar al-Assad backed by a dawn barrage of
artillery fire and airstrikes drove rebels from a strategic military
base near the disputed northern city of Aleppo.
2013 Nov 8, Al-Qaeda chief
Ayman al-Zawahiri has ordered the disbanding of the main jihadist
faction in Syria, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, in an
audio message aired on Al-Jazeera. He said the Islamic State in Iraq
and the Levant (ISIL) is to be abolished, while the Islamic State of
Iraq (ISI) remains functioning.
2013 Nov 8, Uganda's Pres.
Yoweri Museveni tested for HIV in public to encourage millions of
untested people to check their status, a critical step to stemming
the spread of the virus in the East African country.
2013 Nov 8, The UN said
emergency plans are under way to vaccinate more than 20 million
children in the Middle East after polio resurfaced in war-torn
2013 Nov 8, Venezuela's Pres.
Nicolas Maduro ordered the "occupation" of the Daka chain of
electronic goods stores in a crackdown on what the government views
as price-gouging hobbling the country's economy. The annual rate was
now at 54 percent.
2013 Nov 9, The American navy
christened a new aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Ford, a colossal
ship plagued by equally huge cost overruns, at a time of growing
2013 Nov 9, In Texas at least
two people were killed and 22 hurt in a shooting at a house party
packed with young adults in Cypress, a suburb of Houston. On Nov 11
Willie Young (21) and Randy Stewart (18) were arrested in relation
to the shootings.
(AFP, 11/10/13)(SFC, 11/12/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 9, The opposition
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) announced another 84-hour
nationwide strike, starting Nov 10, after police arrested BNP
leaders, triggering violent protests across the country.
2013 Nov 9, China's ruling
Communist Party began its Third Plenum, a key 4-day meeting to
dictate the direction of the world's second-biggest economy for the
2013 Nov 9, Oil-rich Equatorial
Guinea said it would block an agreement between central African
countries to allow people from the region to circulate freely, due
to fears it would be flooded with immigrants.
2013 Nov 9, In Indonesia 13
people died when an Indonesian army helicopter carrying construction
workers to build a military outpost crashed in the jungles of
2013 Nov 9, World powers and
Iran held a third day of crunch talks on Tehran's nuclear program.
France's foreign minister said Iran's refusal to suspend work on a
plutonium-producing reactor and downgrade its stockpile of
higher-enriched uranium was standing in the way of an interim
agreement to curb Tehran's nuclear program in return for easing of
(AFP, 11/9/13)(AP, 11/9/13)
2013 Nov 9, In Libya gunmen
shot dead 2 policemen in Benghazi and state attorney Mohammed
Khalifa al-Naas was killed when a bomb blew up his car in Darna, an
Islamist militant stronghold.
2013 Nov 9, The Maldives voted
to elect a new leader for their budding democracy. Mohamed Nasheed,
the country's first democratically elected leader who first came to
power in 2008 after 30 years of one-man rule, won the first round of
voting but failed to win a clear majority.
(AP, 11/9/13)(Reuters, 11/10/13)
2013 Nov 9, Niger’s PM Brigi
Rafini said about one million of his people were facing severe food
shortages due to poor harvests after a drought and flooding.
2013 Nov 9, In central Nigeria
gunmen attacked five farming villages in Benue State. Police the
next day said Fulani cattle herdsmen killing six Tiv people and
burned many houses. Local media said 36 people were killed in the
mayhem. In the north shootouts killed 2 soldiers and 5 suspected
Islamic extremist insurgents in Kano.
(AFP, 11/10/13)(AP, 11/10/13)
2013 Nov 9, In Russia Gabriela
Isler (25) of Venezuela was crowned in the Miss Universe pageant at
an exhibition hall on Moscow's outskirts.
2013 Nov 9, A tropical cyclone
hit Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region. As many as 300 people
were feared dead. Hundreds remained unaccounted for as the
government and declared a natural disaster emergency.
(Reuters, 11/11/13)(AFP, 11/13/13)
2013 Nov 9, About 2,000 South
African mineworkers staged an underground sit-in at Northam
Platinum's Dechaba mine, saying they will not leave until a fired
union leader is reinstated. The strikers were safely brought to the
surface on Sunday night, Nov 10.
(Reuters, 11/10/13)(AFP, 11/11/13)
2013 Nov 9, In Syria Islamist
rebels retook most of a military base in the north from forces loyal
to President Bashar al-Assad after two days of fighting in which at
least 60 people have been killed.
2013 Nov 10, In Bulgaria
several thousand people protested in Sofia to demand that the
nation's Socialist-backed government step down to make way for early
2013 Nov 10, Burundi officials
said police have discovered dozens of human skulls during a search
of the home of an Italian expatriate. Giuseppe Favaro, has been in
custody since late October after he was caught trying to export two
skulls to Thailand.
2013 Nov 10, In Canada 5 people
died in a plane crash near Red Lake in northwestern Ontario.
(SFC, 11/12/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 10, President Hassan
Rouhani said that Iran will not abandon its nuclear rights,
including uranium enrichment, a day after a fresh round of talks
with world powers. Iran and world powers failed to clinch a
long-sought deal despite marathon talks in Geneva.
2013 Nov 10, In Iran Safdar
Rahmat Abadi, a deputy minister of industry, was shot in the head
and chest as he got into his car in Tehran. A suspect was soon
arrested. Officials later said the killer was inside the car and
talked with Abadi before shooting him.
2013 Nov 10, PM Benjamin
Netanyahu said that Israel would do all it could to keep world
powers from striking a "bad and dangerous" deal with Iran over its
2013 Nov 10, The Israeli
cabinet approved the return of far-right leader Avigdor Lieberman as
foreign minister after his acquittal on corruption charges.
2013 Nov 10, The governments of
Kenya and Somalia signed a deal with the UN’s High Commission for
Refugees to facilitate voluntary returns.
(Econ, 11/30/13, p.48)
2013 Nov 10, In Libya
supporters of a federal system have set up a company to sell oil
from terminals they have seized in the east, in the latest challenge
to the government. The announcement was made by the Cyrenaica
Political Bureau, an autonomous group that set up in October its own
government in the east in a move that angered the central
2013 Nov 10, The Maldives' top
court again delayed holding the second round of the country's
presidential poll. The Supreme Court delayed it until Nov 16, in
line with demands from Mohamed Nasheed's two biggest rivals.
2013 Nov 10, NATO’s anti-piracy
force arrested 9 suspected pirates on suspicion of trying to hijack
a Danish refined oil and chemical carrier in the Indian Ocean. The
TORM KANSAS, owned by the Danish shipping company Torm A/S, was en
route from Sikka in India to Mossel Bay in South Africa when the
pirates opened fire as it passed east of Tanzania.
2013 Nov 10, Pakistani
education officials said that they have banned teenage activist
Malala Yousafzai's book from private schools across the country,
claiming it doesn't show enough respect for Islam and calling her a
tool of the West.
2013 Nov 10, In Pakistan
Nasiruddin Haqqani (36), the chief fundraiser of the Haqqani
militant network, was shot dead on the edge of Islamabad by
attackers with automatic weapons. The Pakistani Taliban vowed to
take revenge and accused Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence
(ISI) agency of killing him.
(AFP, 11/11/13)(SSFC, 11/17/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 10, In Saudi Arabia
thousands of illegal migrants targeted in a nationwide crackdown
surrendered to police. In Riyadh 2 people were killed when a police
raid targeting Ethiopian residents sparked a minor riot.
(AFP, 11/10/13)(SFC, 11/11/13, p.A2)(Econ,
2013 Nov 10, Saudi Arabia
announced another fatality from the MERS virus, taking its toll to
53, as neighbouring Oman recorded its first death from the
2013 Nov 10, Spanish police
said they have busted a gang of 25 Nigerians who were engaged in
human trafficking for sexual exploitation, Internet fraud and money
2013 Nov 10, Russian
performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky nailed his genitals to the ground
outside Moscow's Red Square in protest over Russia's "police state"
as the country marked national police day.
2013 Nov 10, Syrian government
officials and rebels reached a deal to ease a weeks-long blockade on
a rebel-held town of Qudsaya near Damascus, allowing food to reach
civilians there for the first time in weeks. State television said
govern ment troops have regained full control of a key base in
northern Aleppo province near its international airport.
(AP, 11/10/13)(AFP, 11/10/13)
2013 Nov 10, The main
Western-backed Syrian opposition began the 2nd day of a two-day
meeting in Istanbul to decide whether they will attend a proposed
peace conference the US and Russia are trying to convene in Geneva
by the end of this year.
2013 Nov 10, Turkey and Iraq
pledged greater cooperation on trade and counter-terrorism while
admitting to disagreements over Syria's war during a landmark visit
to Baghdad by the Turkish foreign minister.
2013 Nov 10, Venezuela’s
President Nicolas Maduro announced an extension of price controls
and limits on profits as he extends attempts to curb the galloping
inflation that is eroding support for his rule. Maduro's government
announced arrests of both store managers and looters as part of what
it calls an "economic war" in Venezuela between the socialist state
and unscrupulous businessmen.
(AP, 11/11/13)(Reuters, 11/10/13)
2013 Nov 11, In Pennsylvania
Troy LaFerrara was stabbed to death. His body was found the next day
in an alley in Sunbury. He had responded to an online ad for
companionship in exchange for money and was stabbed to death a day
earlier. On Dec 6 Elytte Barbour (22) and wife Miranda (18) were
arrested. The couple, married for three weeks, said they had wanted
to kill someone together. On Sep 18, 2014, the Barbours were
sentenced to life in prison.
(SSFC, 12/8/13, p.A12)(SFC, 9/19/14, p.A6)
2013 Nov 11, In Texas 3 people
were killed when their single-engine plane crashed into a lakebed
(SFC, 11/12/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 11, Drugs group Shire,
based in Scotland, said that it has agreed to buy US-based rare
disease specialist ViroPharma for about $4.2 billion (3.1 billion
euros) in cash.
2013 Nov 11, Britain said it
has revived diplomatic relations with Iran and appointed a
non-resident charge d'affaires, two years after an angry mob
ransacked the British embassy in Tehran. Iran appointed a new charge
d'affaires to Britain to revive diplomatic ties.
2013 Nov 11, Struggling
low-cost British airline Flybe said it plans to axe another 500 jobs
as it pursues a round of cost-cutting measures.
2013 Nov 11, Cambodian police
arrested Russian real estate tycoon Sergei Polonsky (40) for the
second time this year and said they planned to extradite him at
Moscow's request to face embezzlement charges there.
2013 Nov 11, The International
Court of Justice said a 1962 ruling by its judges gave Cambodia
sovereignty over the Preah Vihear promontory and Thailand is now
obligated to withdraw any military or police forces stationed there.
Cambodia thus held sovereignty over a 1,000-year-old Khmer temple on
the disputed promontory.
2013 Nov 11, The EU and United
States began a second round of talks on the world's largest
free-trade accord despite damaging revelations of US spying on its
2013 Nov 11, The European Space
Agency says one of its research satellites re-entered the Earth's
atmosphere early today on an orbit that passed over Siberia, the
western Pacific Ocean, the eastern Indian Ocean and Antarctica. The
Gravity field and Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) was launched in
2009. Most of the 2,425 lb satellite disintegrated, but about 25%
slammed into the Atlantic Ocean a few hundred miles from the
(AP, 11/11/13)(SFC, 11/12/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 11, French authorities
filed preliminary charges against Bob Dylan over a 2012 interview in
which he is quoted comparing Croatians to Nazis and the Ku Klux
2013 Nov 11, Iran and the UN
nuclear watchdog agreed on a "roadmap for cooperation" over Tehran's
controversial atomic drive, as the US accused Iran of scuttling
efforts to end the deadlock.
2013 Nov 11, In Iraq attacks
north of Baghdad killed 5 people. Police found two corpses bearing
signs of torture, a scene reminiscent of the country's all-out
sectarian war. Gunmen seized a power plant in Anbar province,
handcuffed the guards and bombed the facility, leaving the
surrounding town of Kubaisa without electricity. In Fallujah police
shot dead 2 militants wearing suicide vests, including one who was
driving a vehicle rigged with explosives, at the entrance to a
2013 Nov 11, Liberian officials
said their Drug Enforcement Agency has arrested the head of the
presidential motorcade over the weekend for allegedly using an
official vehicle to smuggle 297 kg (654 pounds) of marijuana into
Liberia from neighboring Sierra Leone.
2013 Nov 11, Mexican officials
said authorities have detained a former US soldier (32) accused of
leading a gang of kidnappers in northern Mexico. He carried two
identities -- Luis Ricardo Gonzalez Garcia and Javier Aguirre
Cardenas, and was accused of ordering the September 25 kidnapping of
Jorge Luis Martinez Martinez, the 70-year-old father of the mayor of
the town of Zuazua.
2013 Nov 11, Morocco unveiled
details of an "exceptional operation" to give official papers to
some of its 25,000-40,000 illegal immigrants from sub-Saharan
Africa, many of whom hope to reach Europe.
2013 Nov 11, Hamas marine
forces in Gaza foiled an attempt by residents to smuggle a car from
Egypt, signaling a new area of illicit trade as the Egyptian army
cracks down on border tunnels.
2013 Nov 11, Authorities in the
Philippines said at least 9.7 million people in 41 provinces were
affected by Typhoon Haiyan, aka Typhoon Yolanda. Presidential
spokesman Edwin Lacierda said "we pray" that the death toll is less
(AP, 11/11/13)(Econ, 11/23/13, p.46)
2013 Nov 11, In Poland
thousands of delegates from nations and environment organizations
from around the world opened two weeks of United Nations climate
talks meant to lay the groundwork for a new pact to fight global
2013 Nov 11, Violence marred
Polish independence day as ultra-nationalist rioters went on the
rampage outside the Russian embassy in Warsaw, igniting a diplomatic
row with Moscow.
2013 Nov 11, A Russian space
capsule carrying the Sochi Olympic torch and three astronauts
returned to Earth from the International Space Station in a flawless
landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan.
2013 Nov 11, Senegalese police
detained five women accused of violating the country's anti-gay law,
highlighting increased pressure on suspected lesbians in the deeply
conservative West African nation. The five women were soon charged
under the country's anti-gay law that imposes prison sentences of up
to five years for homosexual acts.
(AP, 11/12/13)(AP, 11/14/13)
2013 Nov 11, In South Africa 29
people died and several others were injured after a bus collided
with a truck in eastern Mpumalanga province.
2013 Nov 11, In Spain cartons,
plastic bottles and other litter piled up in the streets of Madrid
as an open-ended strike by street-sweepers against layoffs and pay
cuts entered the seventh day.
2013 Nov 11, Syria's main
opposition grouping said it was willing to attend peace talks on the
condition that President Bashar al-Assad transfer power and be
excluded from any transition process. 5 children were killed and 27
people wounded when mortar rounds hit a school in Damascus.
2013 Nov 11, In Tunisia a man
(32) from a poor neighbourhood of Tunis set himself on fire outside
a government building and was rushed to a specialist medical clinic.
The man was reportedly a victim of deprived social circumstances,
suffered psychological problems, and had tried to kill himself late
last month by leaping from an electricity pylon.
2013 Nov 11, In Vietnam a
weakened Typhoon Haiyan landed in the northern province of Quang
Ninh. Some 14 people were killed, but all of them during the course
of storm preparations.
2013 Nov 12, In NYC a 1969
painting by Francis Bacon set a world record for the most expensive
artwork ever sold at a Christie’s auction. “Three Studies of Lucian
Freud" sold for $142,405,000.
(SFC, 11/13/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 12, In Bangladesh riot
police fired tear gas to battle thousands of stone-throwing garment
workers who rampaged through two industrial towns during a protest
over wages that closed at least 200 factories and left dozens of
2013 Nov 12, Mavis Batey
(b.1921), a renowned British code-breaker during WWII, died.
(SFC, 11/29/13, p.C4)
2013 Nov 12, British composer
John Tavener (69) died. His spiritually inspired music was performed
at the funeral of Princess Diana. He was best known for works
including "The Whale", which was released in the late 1960s by the
Beatles' record label Apple.
2013 Nov 12, Bulgaria's premier
and president issued a joint appeal against xenophobia following a
number of racist incidents as the EU's poorest country struggles
with an influx of Syrian refugees. Protesters tried to blockade the
parliament, clashing with police as they demanded the country's
left-leaning government resign and early elections be called.
(AFP, 11/12/13)(AP, 11/12/13)
2013 Nov 12, In Cambodia a
woman was shot dead and several people injured as riot police used
live rounds, rubber bullets and teargas in clashes with protesting
2013 Nov 12, A company owned by
Canada's Gabriel Resources said it still hopes to start digging for
gold in Romania in 2014, despite a negative vote by a parliamentary
2013 Nov 12, Mylene Paquette
(35) of Quebec, Canada, made history by becoming the first North
American to make a west-to-east solo crossing of the Atlantic by
2013 Nov 12, China's Communist
Party promised to deepen economic reforms to give the market a
"decisive" role in allocating resources at the end of a
closely-watched meeting. A document on reforms was approved but not
made public until Nov 15.
(AFP, 11/12/13)(Econ, 11/23/13, p.47)
2013 Nov 12, China, Cuba,
Russia and Saudi Arabia won seats on the UN Human Rights Council,
despite fierce international criticism of their records.
2013 Nov 12, In Cyprus the
largest haul of looted, centuries-old church icons, frescoes and
mosaics ever repatriated were officially welcomed after a nearly
four-decade journey. Police discovered the religious treasures in a
1997 raid on the apartment of Turkish art dealer Aydin Dikmen in
2013 Nov 12, Egypt's
3-month-old state of emergency ended today after a court ruling.
Military and security officials held off from impleneting the ruling
amid worries of protests by supporters of deposed Pres. Morsi.
Egyptian police fired tear gas at student supporters of Morsi, who
were protesting at the university in the Nile Delta town of
(AP, 11/12/13)(Reuters, 11/12/13)(SFC, 11/13/13,
2013 Nov 12, The
Strasbourg-based Council of Europe, a leading human rights body,
urged President Vladimir Putin to overhaul Russia's creaking
judicial system, long criticized as vulnerable to political meddling
and as an obstacle to business.
2013 Nov 12, Settlement
watchdog Peace Now said Israel plans to build 20,000 new settler
homes in the West Bank. PM Netanyahu publicly forced Housing
Minister Uri Ariel, who had approved the plans, to back down after
drawing US condemnation for a settlement project the Palestinians
warned would end a fragile peace process
(AFP, 11/12/13)(AFP, 11/13/13)
2013 Nov 12, Jordan's largest
daily, the government-owned Al-Rai, and its sister newspaper
suspended publication after staff held a one-day strike in protest
at state "interference."
2013 Nov 12, In Lebanon Sunni
sheikh Saadeddine Ghiyeh, a cleric close to the Syrian regime of
President Bashar al-Assad, was shot dead in the northern town of
2013 Nov 12, Philippine troops
killed two armed insurgents who attacked an aid convoy en route to
typhoon-devastated Tacloban. Thousands of typhoon survivors swarmed
the Tacloban airport seeking a flight out, but only a few hundred
made it. Mobs overran a rice warehouse 24 km from Tacloban, setting
off a wall collapse that killed 8 people and carting off thousands
of sacks of the grain.
(AFP, 11/12/13)(AP, 11/12/13)(AP, 11/13/13)
2013 Nov 12, A Russian court in
Moscow froze the assets of protest leader Alexei Navalny as part of
an investigation into alleged fraud and money laundering by him and
his brother Oleg.
2013 Nov 12, The Sao Tome
government and Chinese representatives signed an agreement to
open a trade mission to promote projects in Sao Tome and Principe,
16 years after it broke off relations over the tiny Central African
island nation's diplomatic recognition of Taiwan.
2013 Nov 12, Saudi media said 3
Eritrean military officers have asked for political asylum in Saudi
Arabia after Saudi air force jets forced their aircraft to land in
the southern part of the kingdom.
2013 Nov 12, In Saudi Arabia
thousands of Africans, mostly Ethiopians, surrendered to authorities
for a second day Ethiopia announced the death of three citizens
during clashes in the Gulf kingdom.
2013 Nov 12, Singapore charged
a 35-year-old man suspected of hacking a website linked to the prime
2013 Nov 12, Thousands of
Sudanese demanded the removal of a local police chief, on the third
day of unrest sparked by an attack on a female student. Unrest began
Nov 10 after an attack on the young woman, which led crowds to burn
the local market.
2013 Nov 12, Syrian troops
clashed with rebels on the southern outskirts of Damascus. The
Syrian National Coalition named a provisional government for
(AP, 11/12/13)(Reuters, 11/12/13)
2013 Nov 12, Thai premier
Yingluck Shinawatra appealed for anti-government groups to end
ongoing street protests after the parliamentary defeat of an amnesty
bill failed to defuse political tensions.
2013 Nov 12, In Tunisia special
forces units from the National Guard killed a suspected militant and
arrested eight others in an early morning operation deep in the
desert south of the country.
2013 Nov 12, A new report by
the UN Development Program said Latin America is the most unsafe
region in the world.
(SSFC, 11/17/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 12, Yemen convicted
nine men for arms smuggling after their ship was intercepted in the
country's territorial waters in January, sentencing them with up to
10 years in prison for smuggling Iranian-made weapons. Ringleader,
identified as Hameed Dahash, was tried in absentia and sentenced to
2013 Nov 13, The US State
Department said it has designated two Nigerian militant groups, Boko
Haram and Ansaru, as foreign terrorist organizations to help US and
other law enforcement agencies investigate and prosecute suspects
associated with the two extremist networks.
2013 Nov 13, In California 4
Marines were killed at Camp Pendleton during a training exercise. A
grenade was later believed to have set off an explosion of
unexploded rounds in a demolition pit.
(SFC, 3/7/14, p.D4)
2013 Nov 13, NYSE Euronext
became part of Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), a 13-year-old outfit
based in Atlanta, Georgia.
(Econ, 11/16/13, p.79)
2013 Nov 13, Hawaii’s Gov. Neil
Abercrombie signed a bill legalyzing same-sex marriage one day after
the state Senate approved the bill with a 19-to-4 vote.
(SFC, 11/13/13, p.A6)(SFC, 11/14/13, p.A9)
2013 Nov 13, A prized 1963 Andy
Warhol painting, titled “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)," sold
for $105 million at an acution in NYC. This was a new record for a
(SFC, 11/14/13, p.A9)
2013 Nov 13, Fugitive
eco-activist Paul Watson (62) said in France that green warriors
were being classed as "terrorists" and accused Japan of coercing
other countries into making demands for his arrest. The
Canadian-born founder of Sea Shepherd, a marine conservation
organisation, arrived in California on October 28, more than a year
after fleeing arrest in Germany. Watson said he was in talks to seek
refuge in France, the only country apart from the United States
where he said he expects a fair trial.
2013 Nov 13, In Afghanistan
roadside bombings in the restive south and west killed 3 boys.
2013 Nov 13, The Afrobarometer
survey, a poll of Africans in 34 countries across the continent,
found that nearly one-third of people have been forced to pay bribes
including for medical treatment. Sierra Leone fared the worst
overall when it came to bribes, with 63 percent of respondents
saying they'd paid up at least once in the previous year. Morocco
and Guinea came next, each with 57 percent.
2013 Nov 13, Former Australian
prime minister Kevin Rudd announced an end to his chequered
political career, quitting politics two months after being ousted
from office by Tony Abbott.
2013 Nov 13, In Bangladesh
violent protests shuttered some 250 garment factories near the
capital Dhaka, as thousands of workers demanded higher wages.
2013 Nov 13, In Brazil the
remains of Joao Goulart, ousted as president ahead of the 1964-85
military dictatorship, were exhumed to determine if he was poisoned.
2013 Nov 13, The Bank of
England said Britain's economic recovery "has finally taken hold,"
as it upgraded its growth forecasts despite headwinds from the
eurozone debt crisis.
2013 Nov 13, Gunmen in Cameroon
kidnapped Georges Vandenbeusch, a French priest working in the
lawless northern region. Vandenbeusch was released on Dec 31.
(Reuters, 11/14/13)(AP, 12/31/13)
2013 Nov 13, Deposed Egyptian
President Mohamed Mursi said, in a leter read by his lawyer, that he
was kidnapped by the Republican Guard on July 2, the day before the
army announced his removal, and was later held at a naval base for
four months. Morsi accused the military chief who deposed him of
treason. A police armored personnel carrier ran over a pro-Mursi
student who was protesting outside a state-run university in the
southern city of Assiut. A court sentenced 12 supporters of deposed
Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to 17 years in prison for taking
part in a violent student-led protest.
(Reuters, 11/13/13)(AP, 11/13/13)(AFP, 11/14/13)
2013 Nov 13, In Iraq at least
27 people were killed in bomb attacks targeting Iraqi police and
pilgrims. Gunmen in Fallujah assassinated the city’s mayor.
(AFP, 11/13/13)(SFC, 11/14/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 13, Israeli
soldier Eden Atias (19) died after a Palestinian youth (16)
stabbed him on board a bus in the north of the country.
2013 Nov 13, Japan's finance
minister pledged to crack down on lenders that fail to sever links
with organized crime as lawmakers grilled him over mob loans by
banks and other financial institutions.
2013 Nov 13, Kuwait said it has
discovered its first case of the MERS coronavirus for a citizen who
is in "critical condition." Later in the day Kuwait reported its 2nd
case for a man who just returned from abroad.
(AFP, 11/13/13)(AFP, 11/14/13)
2013 Nov 13, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas said his peace negotiators had resigned over
the lack of progress in US-brokered statehood talks clouded by
Israeli settlement building.
2013 Nov 13, The Gaza-based
Palestinian Center for Human Rights said Hamas has arrested and
tortured dozens of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip over the past few
weeks on political grounds. One of the blockaded enclave's largest
waste water treatment plants stopped for lack of fuel.
(AFP, 11/13/13)(Reuters, 11/14/13)
2013 Nov 8, Typhoon Haiyan, one
of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central
Philippine islands. As many as 10,000 people were believed dead just
in Tacloban, Leyte Island, as one of the worst storms ever recorded
unleashed ferocious winds and giant waves that washed away homes.
The death toll was later put at about 6,00 with about 1,800 missing.
(AP, 11/8/13)(AFP, 11/9/13)(AP, 11/10/13)(Econ,
2013 Nov 13, In Russia
protesters threw firecrackers at the Polish embassy in Moscow in
response to a similar attack on the Russian mission in Warsaw,
further straining ties between countries with a history of troubled
2013 Nov 13, In Saudi Arabia
Ethiopia’s ambassador in Riyadh said some 23,000 Ethiopians have
handed themselves in since Saudi authorities clamped down on illegal
foreign workers 10 days ago. A Sudanese man was killed in a second
flare of clashes since Nov 9 between Saudi riot police, citizens and
foreign workers in Riyadh.
(AFP, 11/13/13)(Reuters, 11/13/13)
2013 Nov 13, In Sri Lanka
British television journalists, who have reported on war crimes
allegations in Sri Lanka, were stopped from reaching the north of
the country by some 100 pro-government demonstrators who blocked
2013 Nov 13, In Switzerland an
enormous diamond known as "The Pink Star" sold for more than $83
million at auction in Geneva. Sotheby's said the sale is the highest
price ever paid for a gemstone at auction.
2013 Nov 13, In Syria forces
loyal to President Assad captured a suburb of Damascus, part of a
broader advance that has brought him major gains south of the
capital before proposed international peace talks. A mortar round
slammed into a mainly-Christian sector of Damascus killing 2 people
and wounding seven. Activists said Kurdish militias have seized
another seven villages in the northeast.
(Reuters, 11/13/13)(AFP, 11/13/13)
2013 Nov 13, Turkey's
parliament lifted a ban on women lawmakers wearing trousers in the
assembly, in a further liberalization of dress rules following a
landmark decision to allow female deputies to wear the Islamic
2013 Nov 13, More than one-half
of the editorial staff at the Ukrainian edition of Forbes quit to
protest what they say is censorship imposed by the new management.
They resigned after the new chief editor rejected a previously
approved project to investigate a top government official, First
Deputy PM Serhiy Arbuzov, an ally of the president.
2013 Nov 13, The UN said opium
poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has reached a record high as
farmers seek to "insure" themselves ahead of NATO forces' withdrawal
2013 Nov 13, The WHO said some
21 nations in the Middle East and nearby regions have jointly made
the eradication of polio an emergency priority and recognized that
Pakistan is a key part of the problem.
2013 Nov 13, Zambia's
anti-graft police said they had arrested a regional police chief who
is suspected of receiving illicit gifts from a gemstone mining
company. Copperbelt Province police boss Mary Tembo (53) was accused
of receiving a Toyota Coroll from Grizzly Mining Limited and
registering it in her name earlier this year.
2013 Nov 14, Pres. Barack Obama
admitted he deserved to be "slapped around" over the chaotic debut
of his health care law, and pledged to work hard to restore
confidence in his reeling presidency.
2013 Nov 14, Donald Sachtleben
(55), a former FBI agent, was sentenced to more than three years in
prison for disclosing confidential national security information
about a foiled bomb plot to an Associated Press reporter. He had
worked for the FBI from 1983 until 2008 as a bomb technician and,
after his retirement, was hired as a security contractor.
2013 Nov 14, US officials in
Colorado destroyed over six tons of confiscated ivory tusks,
carvings and jewelry, accumulated over the last 25 years at the
National Wildlife Property Repository.
(SFC, 11/15/13, p.A7)
2013 Nov 14, A Boston, Mass.,
judge sentenced gangster James “Whitey" Bulger to two consecutive
life terms plus five years for an array of crimes including murder
(SFC, 11/15/13, p.A7)
2013 Nov 14, In Ohio a jury
convicted Bobby Thompson (67) on all 23 counts in a $100 million,
cross-country Navy veterans charity fraud case. Authorities said he
is Harvard trained attorney John Donald Cody, who disappeared in
2010 and was arrested last year in Portland, Ore.
(SFC, 11/15/13, p.A7)
2013 Nov 14, Google Inc and
private equity firm KKR & Co LP said they are investing $400
million in six solar power plants in California and Arizona.
2013 Nov 14, A 20-year program
to convert highly enriched uranium from dismantled Russian nuclear
weapons into fuel for US power plants ended with the final shipment
loaded at the port of St. Petersburg, Russia.
(SFC, 11/15/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 14, Albania's
government faced a growing chorus of opposition to a US request that
it take on the job of dismantling Syria's chemical weapons.
2013 Nov 14, Bangladeshi
garment factory owners said they had agreed to a proposed 77 percent
rise in the minimum wage, but police used teargas and rubber bullets
to break up new protests by stone-throwing workers calling for a
2013 Nov 14, Brazilian
government figures showed that deforestation in the Amazon increased
by nearly a third over the past year.
2013 Nov 14, Egypt's foreign
minister sought to downplay speculation of a major foreign policy
shift, saying during a rare top-level Russian visit that Cairo wants
to boost ties with Moscow and not replace the United States as its
key ally. The defence ministers of Russia and Egypt held discussions
on military collaboration between their countries.
(AP, 11/14/13)(AFP, 11/14/13)
2013 Nov 14, In El Salvador
armed men broke into the offices of the Probusqueda Association for
Missing Children, a nonprofit agency that works to locate children
missing from the country’s civil war, and set fire to the group's
archives. Probusqueda said earlier this year that it had documented
at least a dozen cases of children stolen by members the military
during the 1980-92 war between the Salvadoran government and leftist
2013 Nov 14, EU officials
welcomed the end of bailout support for Spain and Ireland, saying
that showed the effectiveness of more than four years of efforts to
cut excessive government debt.
2013 Nov 14, A French
commercial court ordered TUeV Rheinland, a German product-testing
company, to pay damages to more than 1,600 women and six
distributors after ruling that it failed to properly check silicone
breast implants that turned out to be prone to leakage.
2013 Nov 14, Gambia’s Pres.
Yahya Jammeh announced a break off of diplomatic relations with
Taiwan after 18 years. The move was greeted with "shock and regret"
by Taipei, which is now recognised by just 22 nations.
2013 Nov 14, Christian Wulff
became Germany's first post-war president to go on trial, charged
with corruption for accepting some 700 euros for a hotel stay and
meals during an Oktoberfest beer festival when he was a state
2013 Nov 14, Karlheinz
Schreiber (70), a Canadian-German arms industry lobbyist, was
convicted in Berlin of tax evasion and sentenced to six and half
years. He played a role in a scandal that propelled Chancellor
Angela Merkel to power.
2013 Nov 14, In Iraq a suicide
attacker and twin bomb blasts targeted Shiites marking a somber
religious ritual, killing 47 people and wounded more than 100. This
included 32 people killed by a suicide bomber at an Ashura event in
(AP, 11/14/13)(SFC, 11/15/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 14, Israeli aircraft
bombed two rocket launchers in the Gaza Strip, hours after
Palestinian militants had fired mortars into Israel.
2013 Nov 14, A new poll in
Kenya found that 67 percent of 2,060 Kenyans surveyed think that
President Uhuru Kenyatta should attend his trial at the
International Criminal Court. Kenyatta faces charges related to
accusations he helped orchestrate the country's 2007-08 postelection
violence that saw more than 1,000 people killed.
2013 Nov 14, In Lebanon Hassan
Nasralla, the leader of the militant Hezbollah group, showed up at a
Shiite religious ceremony in southern Beirut, vowing to keep his
fighters in neighboring Syria as long as needed to shore up
President Bashar Assad's struggle against Syria's rebels.
2013 Nov 14, In Libya attacks
in Benghazi killed an air force chaplain, a former police officer
and a soldier.
2013 Nov 14, In Morocco foreign
ministers from countries across the Sahel and Maghreb gathered in
Rabat to look for ways to boost border security and confront
Islamist linked-violence plaguing the vast desert region.
2013 Nov 14, Nigerian forces
reportedly killed 9 militants in the Damboa region of Borno state.
2013 Nov 14, In the Philippines
a US aircraft carrier "strike group" started unloading food and
water to the typhoon-ravaged central Philippines, as President
Benigno Aquino faced mounting pressure to speed up the distribution
2013 Nov 14, In Serbia Miroslav
Miskovi, one of the Balkans' richest men, went on trial in a
high-profile case. He faced up to 10 years in jail if found guilty
on charges of fraud and tax evasion.
2013 Nov 14, Singapore for the
first time lifted the death penalty given to a drug trafficker,
commuting his sentence to life in prison and 15 strokes of the cane.
2013 Nov 14, A Sri Lanka court
banned protests in Colombo until the end of the Commonwealth summit,
explaining that the move was intended to prevent traffic jams. Pres.
Mahinda Rajapaks lashed out at reporters and critics who questioned
his nation's human rights record.
2013 Nov 14, In Sudan friendly
fire killed five members of the Sudanese security forces in South
Kordofan state, as troops battled an insurgency.
2013 Nov 14, In Sudan a number
of Chadian troops in a joint force with Sudan were killed battling
tribal fighters in the troubled Darfur region.
2013 Nov 14, In Syria twin
bombings and mortar fire killed 3 people and wounded 22 near the
famed Ummayad mosque in Damascus. A Syrian rebel commander in a main
Islamist brigade was killed and two others were injured in an air
strike by Assad's forces on Aleppo.
(AFP, 11/14/13)(Reuters, 11/14/13)
2013 Nov 14, A video posted on
the Internet showed two members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the
Levant (ISIL) holding up a bearded man's head before a crowd in
Aleppo in northern Syria. ISIL later admitted the rebel had been
killed by mistake and said it had arrested one of its men, a
Tunisian, for decapitating him.
2013 Nov 14, A Uganda
government tribunal declared Erias Lukwago, the lord mayor of
Kampala, guilty of abuse of office, incompetence and misconduct. He
faced being kicked out office. Lukwago is a political opponent of
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who has controlled Uganda since
1986, and the mayor linked the president to his conviction.
2013 Nov 14, Venezuelan
President Nicolas Maduro said that authorities had arrested more
than 100 "bourgeois" businessmen in a crackdown on alleged
price-gouging since the weekend. Venezuela's legislature gave
initial backing to a measure granting extraordinary powers over the
economy to President Maduro.
(Reuters, 11/14/13)(AFP, 11/15/13)
2013 Nov 15, The Washington
Post reported that agents and supervisors of the US Secret Service
have engaged in misconduct in 17 countries in recent years. It
quoted accounts given by whistleblowers to a Senate committee that
oversees the Secret Service.
2013 Nov 15, In Alabama the
Southern Museum of Flight opened in Birmingham. It featured prints
of artworks that were only displayed at CIA headquarters in McLean,
(SFC, 11/29/13, p.A15)
2013 Nov 15, San Francisco’s
Mayor Ed Lee presented Batkid, aka Miles Scott (5), with the key to
the city for his heroic deed in saving Gotham. The Make-a-Wish
Foundation arranged the extravaganza for Scott as he fought off
(SFC, 11/16/13, p.A11)
2013 Nov 15, In Los Angeles
former third grade teacher Mark Berndt (62) pleaded guilty and was
sentenced to 25 years in prison. He was accused of blindfolding
students and feeding them semen-laced cookies.
(SFC, 11/16/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 15, In NYC hacker
Jeremy Hammond (b.1983) was sentenced to 10 years in prison for
illegally accessing computer systems of law enforcement agencies and
government contractors. Hammond said his goal was to expose
injustices by the private intelligence industry.
(SFC, 11/16/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 15, In Ohio six horses
were killed on rural roads after over three dozen escaped from a
farm near Covington. Three people injured in the road accidents.
(SFC, 11/16/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 15, Sony released its
PlayStation 4 video game player, one week ahead of Microsoft’s new
(SFC, 11/15/13, p.C1)
2013 Nov 15, Albania’s PM Edi
Rama rejected a plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons, following
a direct US request.
2013 Nov 15, Brazil’s Supreme
Court Pres. Joaquim Barbosa issued warrants for the arrest of Jose
Dirceau, the former chief of staff to Pres. Lula da Silva in
2003-05, and eleven others for charges including bribery and
conspiracy in the “mensalao" (big monthly stipend) case. They were
among 25 found guilty in the case last year.
(Econ, 11/23/13, p.39)
2013 Nov 15, The British
government gave the green light for oil firm EnQuest to invest £4.0
billion in a North Sea oil field scheme that will support an
estimated 20,000 jobs.
2013 Nov 15, Toronto police
said a global investigation into a Canadian child porn website has
led to the arrest of 341 people including teachers, doctors and
police officers, and the rescue of 386 sexually abused children.
2013 Nov 15, In Canada the city
councillors of Toronto voted to limit their hell-raising mayor's
powers after Rob Ford’s latest obscene outburst.
2013 Nov 15, The final overview
of China’s “third plenum" was published. China’s ruling Communist
Party said it will loosen family planning rules that limit many
couples to a single child in the first substantial change to the
unpopular policy in nearly three decades, as leaders seek to address
a rapidly aging population. It also said the country's
much-criticized labor camp system would be abolished. Leaders
pledged to open state-dominated industries wider to private
competition and ease limits on foreign investment in e-commerce and
other businesses in a sweeping reform plan aimed at rejuvenating a
(AP, 11/15/13)(Econ, 11/23/13, p.16)
2013 Nov 15, Cyprus’ former
Pres. Glafcos Clerides (b.1919) died. He was widely regarded as a
world-class statesman who guided Cyprus into the EU.
2013 Nov 15, The EU executive
said it had found no proof of British claims that Spain had violated
European Union rules on border and customs checks at Gibraltar's
2013 Nov 15, In western Greece
12 migrants, believed to be Syrians, were found dead after a plastic
boat still tied to rocks capsized in calm weather. 15 people
survived the incident.
2013 Nov 15, Guinea's Supreme
Court rejected all the complaints lodged against the results of a
September 28 parliamentary election in which President Alpha Conde's
RPG party won the most seats.
2013 Nov 15, Japan said it was
dramatically scaling back its greenhouse gas reduction target after
the Fukushima nuclear accident forced the country to turn to
fossil-fuel burning energy sources, a move denounced by climate
2013 Nov 15, In Libya 43 people
were killed and more than 450 people wounded in Tripoli when
militiamen from Misrata opened fire on hundreds of protesters who
had marched on their brigade headquarters to demand that they leave
(Reuters, 11/15/13)(AP, 11/16/13)
2013 Nov 15, In Mozambique
suspected Renamo ex-rebels ambushed a convoy of cars killing one
person and wounding 10 others along a key highway in the latest of
low-intensity attacks gripping the country.
2013 Nov 15, Myanmar released
69 political prisoners in an amnesty the government described as an
act of "loving kindness" in line with President Thein Sein's promise
to free all prisoners of conscience by year-end.
2013 Nov 15, A Nigerian court
sentenced suspected Islamist Umaru Umaru Mustapha (34) to life
imprisonment for the bombing of a complex housing several newspapers
that killed four people in the April 2012 bombing in the northern
city of Kaduna. Nigerian troops said they had killed 20 suspected
members of Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram in a gunfight in the
2013 Nov 15, In Pakistan
8 people were killed when gunmen opened fire on a Shi'ite Muslim
religious procession in Rawalpindi. In another version Shiite
Muslims staging a procession killed 7 Sunnis from an Islamic
seminary for insulting them as they passed.
(Reuters, 11/15/13)(SFC, 11/16/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 15, In the Philippines
the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan, one of the world's most powerful
typhoons, surged to over 4,000.
2013 Nov 15, In Sri Lanka
Britain's Prince Charles formally opened a Commonwealth summit in
Colombo. Its build-up has been dogged by a dispute over rights
abuses at the end of Sri Lanka's ethnic war. Britain's PM David
Cameron landed in the war-torn Jaffna region to meet victims of Sri
Lanka's ethnic conflict after leaving the Commonwealth summit.
2013 Nov 15, Nickolay Mladenov,
the UN's new envoy to Baghdad, said Iraq's security forces require
"massive amounts of re-training" in human rights to better conduct
operations and combat the country's deadliest violence since 2008.
2013 Nov 15, Yemeni President
Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said China will build power plants in Yemen
with total output capacity of 5,000 megawatts and expand the Arab
country's main container ports.
2013 Nov 16, The governing body
on the Hawaiian island of Kauai voted to override their mayor's veto
of a bill that seeks to reign in widespread pesticide use and the
testing of new genetically modified crops.
2013 Nov 16, In North Dakota
Craig Cobb was arrested along with Kynan Dutton over accusations
they were brandishing firearms and sticks and threatening residents
in the town of Leith. The white supremacists were charged on Nov 18
with terrorizing residents of Leith, where Cobb had sought to create
a white enclave. On April 29, 2014, a state judge sentenced Cobb to
four years probation but no additional jail time.
(Reuters, 11/18/13)(SFC, 4/30/14, p.A6)
2013 Nov 16, In Texas Franklin
Davis of the Dallas area was sentenced to death for the killing his
children’s babysitter, Shania Gray (16), to prevent her from
testifying that he had raped her.
(SSFC, 11/17/13, p.A8)
2013 Nov 16, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber rammed his car into an Afghan army vehicle providing
security for a compound in Kabul where political and tribal elites
are due to gather next week to debate a security pact with the US.
12 people were killed and 22 wounded.
(Reuters, 11/16/13)(AP, 11/17/13)
2013 Nov 16, In Brazil Jose
Genoino, the former chairman of the ruling Workers' Party,
surrendered to police after a court ruled that those convicted in a
corruption scandal should serve their terms immediately.
2013 Nov 16, In Brazil the 12th
edition of the Games of the Indigenous People ended in Cuiba, Mato
(SSFC, 11/17/13, p.A7)
2013 Nov 16, PM David Cameron
announced that Britain was providing a further 30 million pounds to
help the relief effort after the devastating typhoon in the
2013 Nov 16, Britain's PM David
Cameron threatened to push for an independent international inquiry
into allegations of war crimes at the climax of Sri Lanka's 26-year
civil war if the island nation does not conduct its own probe by
2013 Nov 16, In Bulgaria tens
of thousands of supporters of the main political parties gathered in
Sofia and Plovdiv at pro- and anti-government rallies, reflecting
the division that has paralyzed the nation for months.
2013 Nov 16, In China 9
attackers and 2 auxiliary police officers were killed in an attack
on a police station in Serikbuya township, near the historic Silk
Road city of Kashgar, Xinjiang province. The clash reportedly
erupted after a Uighur youth was shot dead, with 8 others
subsequently being killed.
2013 Nov 16, In Dagestan Dmitri
Sokolov, the husband of suicide bomber Naida Asiyalova, died after a
stand-off with police. The Oct 21 Volgograd bombing killed six
people on a bus.
2013 Nov 16, In Egypt a Muslim
Brotherhood-led alliance said it is ready for a national dialogue to
end the political standoff in the country, in an announcement that
did not demand the return of the nation's toppled president to
2013 Nov 16, In France between
2,000 and 4,000 freight trucks have closed off major highways and
slowed traffic to a crawl on nine roadways to protest a proposed
environmental tax on heavy loads.
2013 Nov 16, In Germany some
20,000 people marched through central Berlin to demand the
government lift its 20-year ban on the Kurdistan Workers' Party
2013 Nov 16, In Guinea
anti-government demonstrators barricaded roads and threw stones in
Conakry in protest at a Supreme Court ruling handing September's
controversial elections to the president's governing party.
2013 Nov 16, In Iraq a series
of attacks in Baghdad and north Iraq left 4 policemen dead and a
dozen people wounded.
2013 Nov 16, Masoud Barzani,
the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, called on Turkey's Kurds to back a
flagging peace process with Ankara, making his first visit to
southeastern Turkey in two decades in a show of support for PM
2013 Nov 16, "Tir," by director
Alberto Fasulo, an Italian film about a truck driver's travels
across Europe, took the top award of best film at the Rome film
2013 Nov 16, In Italy thousands
of families marched in Naples to demand a quick cleanup of toxic
waste that has been dumped by the local Camorra crime syndicate for
2013 Nov 16, A local official
said thousands of Syrian refugees have poured into Lebanon over the
past two days as fighting between government forces and rebels has
flared near the border.
2013 Nov 16, In Libya fresh
clashes erupted in Tripoli leaving 4 people dead. The weak,
post-revolutionary government appealed for restraint.
(AFP, 11/16/13)(SSFC, 11/17/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 16, Libya's National
Oil Company said Berber protesters have ended their occupation of a
gas terminal in western Libya that prompted the shutdown of an
export pipeline to Italy.
2013 Nov 16, The Maldives held
runoff elections. Abdulla Yameen, the half brother of former
strongman Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, defeated former president
Mohamed Nasheed, securing 51.3% of the popular vote.
(AFP, 11/16/13)(Econ, 11/23/13, p.41)
2013 Nov 16, In Mexico local
media reported that the bodies of 7 people were found buried in
several hidden graves in a rural area near the resort city of
Acapulco. Six other bodies were found on Nov 14 in hidden graves in
El Salto, another small town in the rural area outside of Acapulco.
18 bodies were found on Nov 15 buried in several buildings in
Michoacan, which borders Guerrero to the north.
2013 Nov 16, Niger said it has
arrested around 30 people, including defense and security personnel,
as part of a crackdown on human traffickers after the bodies of
dozens of migrants were found in the Sahara desert last month.
2013 Nov 16, Pakistan called in
its army to quell sectarian unrest in three cities, after 9 people
were killed and nearly 90 wounded in violent attacks across the
country. The government imposed a rare curfew in Rawalpindi.
(AFP, 11/16/13)(AP, 11/16/13)
2013 Nov 16, Russia handed over
a $2.3 billion aircraft carrier to India after years of delays,
extending India's maritime reach in the Indian Ocean as it looks to
counter China's assertive presence in the region.
2013 Nov 16, In South Korea a
helicopter belonging to LG Electronics crashed after its propeller
clipped the side of a 38-story apartment building. Its 2 pilots were
(SSFC, 11/17/13, p.A5)
2013 Nov 16, Sudan state radio
reported that heavy fighting in a border region of Darfur has killed
2013 Nov 16, Syrian forces went
on the offensive against rebels positioned along a major highway
linking the capital with the coast, a strategic road that is likely
to be used to extract chemical weapons from the country.
2013 Nov 16, Tajikistan's
long-running President Emomali Rakhmon was inaugurated for a fourth
term, as he promised to alleviate the grinding poverty in the former
2013 Nov 16, Vietnam’s state
media said flooding has killed at least 28 people over the last 24
hours, with 9 others missing and nearly 80,000 people displaced in
Quang Ngai province.
2013 Nov 17, A series of
tornadoes pounded the Midwestern United States, killing six people
across Illinois and flattening Washington, a city of 15,000 people.
The storm killed one person in Washington and destroyed 250 to 500
2013 Nov 17, In San Francisco
Melquiesha Warren (23) was killed and her friend Danisha Bean was
wounded after Michael Green opened fire on them following a fender
bender in a South of Market neighborhood. In 2017 Green (28) was
sentenced to 82 years to life in prison.
(SFC, 6/7/17, p.D3)
2013 Nov 17, In Colorado two
workers were killed in a mining accident at the Star Mine Operations
near Ouray. The powder-smoke incident also injured 20 workers.
(SFC, 11/18/13, p.A5)
2013 Nov 17, Afghan villagers
discovered the beheaded bodies of six men in Kandahar province. The
next day they were identified as policemen who had disappeared days
earlier from Zabul province. NATO said an international service
member was killed by a roadside bomb.
(AP, 11/17/13)(AP, 11/18/13)
2013 Nov 17, Doris Lessing
(b.1919), the Nobel prize-winning, free-thinking, world-traveling
and often-polarizing British author, died. Her work included "The
Golden Notebook" (1962) and dozens of other novels that reflected
her own improbable journey across the former British empire.
(AP, 11/17/13)(Econ, 11/30/13, p.90)
2013 Nov 17, In the Central
African Republic Seleka rebels assassinated magistrate Modeste
Martineau Bria and his aide-de-camp. 2 people were killed and others
suffered gunshot wounds as residents protested the killing in
2013 Nov 17, Chile held
presidential elections. Michelle Bachelet (62), a former president
(2006-2010), nearly doubled her conservative rival's votes in the
first round of the election, but her center-left coalition fell
short of the gains in Congress needed to keep many of her promises.
(AP, 11/17/13)(AP, 11/18/13)
2013 Nov 17, The Dubai Airshow
took off with huge aircraft orders and commitments worth around $100
billion for Boeing and $40 billion for Airbus from Gulf carriers.
(AFP, 11/17/13)(SFC, 11/18/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 17, In Egypt gunmen
shot dead Mohamed Mabruk, an officer in charge of the Islamist
Muslim Brotherhood file at the interior ministry's national security
2013 Nov 17, French President
Francois Hollande arrived in Israel for a visit and said France will
never tolerate nuclear proliferation. The visit will also see him
traveling to the Palestinian territories to discuss Middle East
peace talks which have been limping along for three months with
little signs of progress.
2013 Nov 17, Georgia
inaugurated philosopher and former university rector Giorgi
Margvelashvili (44) as the new president. He pledged to strengthen
ties with the West and maintain its commitment to NATO.
2013 Nov 17, In a Der Spiegel
interview last week Cornelius Gurlitt (80), a German recluse who hid
hundreds of paintings believed looted by the Nazis in his Munich
flat, said he will not give up the works without a fight, quashing
hopes of a quick settlement. The collection was put together by
Gurlitt’s father, Hildebrand Gurlitt, one of the few dealers chosen
by Joseph Goebbels, Nazi propaganda chief, to sell confiscated art.
(AFP, 11/17/13)(Econ, 11/9/13, p.56)
2013 Nov 17, In Guinea a
teenager was killed and five other civilians injured during clashes
with police after a pro-opposition journalist claimed he risked
being kidnapped by the security forces.
2013 Nov 17, Iraqi authorities
executed a dozen "terrorism" convicts, defying widespread
international condemnation of Baghdad's use of the death penalty as
violence nationwide has surged. Attacks across Iraq killed at least
(AP, 11/17/13)(AFP, 11/18/13)
2013 Nov 17, In Kenya poachers
infiltrated the privately owned Lewa Wildlife Conservancy during the
full moon and killed Meluaya," a 17-year-old black rhino suspected
to have been heavily pregnant and with a two-year-old calf.
2013 Nov 17, In Kosovo NATO
soldiers and EU police secured polling stations in the flashpoint
town of Mitrovica for a re-run election central to a
Western-sponsored plan to end the country's ethnic partition.
2013 Nov 17, Arab and African
foreign ministers met in Kuwait hoping to accelerate a strategy to
bolster economic cooperation, investment and trade ahead of a summit
this week. The Third Africa Arab Summit on Nov 19-20 will be the
first meeting of its kind since 2010.
2013 Nov 17, Libya's deputy
intelligence chief Mustafa Nuh was abducted in Tripoli shortly after
his arrival from a trip abroad. Residents of Tripoli began a
three-day general strike against militia violence and to mourn
dozens killed in clashes at an anti-militia protest over the
(AFP, 11/17/13)(SFC, 11/18/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 17, In Mexico
investigators found the bodies of 8 people bound and stabbed at a
home in Ciudad Juarez. The killers had gone to the home Romero
Sanchez a month ago trying to collect a debt that was owed by
Sanchez for a $115 stud fee for a dog. Authorities arrested two
suspects on Nov 19 after investigators found traces of blood on
(SFC, 11/18/13, p.A2)(AP, 11/21/13)
2013 Nov 17, Commonwealth
leaders meeting in Sri Lanka agreed on steps to tackle high debt and
poverty as they staged a show of unity after a summit dominated by a
bitter dispute over war crimes.
2013 Nov 17, Sudanese rebels
struck a town near the border of troubled South Kordofan state,
where witnesses confirmed fighting was underway.
2013 Nov 17, The head of
Syria's General Foreign Trade Organization (GFTO) said Syrian bank
accounts frozen abroad are gradually being freed up for use to fund
food purchases, with France being the most committed to releasing
2013 Nov 17, Syrian forces
besieged Qara, a key town in the Qalamoun mountains, a region used
by rebels to cross from Lebanon and which links the capital to
government strongholds along the coast.
2013 Nov 17, In northern Yemen
3 people were killed when Shi'ite Houthi rebels shelled a school in
Damaj where sectarian fighting has killed more than 100 people.
2013 Nov 18, In NYC five people
were arrested following a global "cyber heist" in which hackers
stole $45 million by overriding the cash withdrawal limits of
prepaid debit cards. Officials said the cyber-ring managed to steal
$45 million in late 2012 and early 2013 by manipulating the limits
of prepaid debit cards from Abu Dhabi-based National Bank of Ras
Al-Khaimah and Bank Muscat of Oman.
2013 Nov 18, Almost 800,000
homes and businesses in the US Midwest and Ontario, Canada, were
without power following severe thunderstorms. Michigan was the
hardest-hit state with more than 540,000 customers out.
2013 Nov 18, NASA launched the
MAVEN spacecraft (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) atop an
Atlas V-41 rocket at Cape Canaveral.
(SFC, 11/19/13, p.A7)
2013 Nov 18, In Afghanistan two
separate roadside bombs killed 9 children. Police stopped a tractor
hauling roadside bombs near the border with Pakistan. A shooting set
off the bombs, killing the driver and a second person on the
2013 Nov 18, Britain's Labour
Party suspended Paul Flowers, the former chairman of Co-operative
bank, after a video emerged in which he is allegedly caught buying
2013 Nov 18, In London female
serial killer Joanna Dennehy (30) admitted murdering three men and
dumping their bodies in ditches. Their bodies were found in March
and April riddled with stab wounds.
2013 Nov 18, In Canada the City
Council of Toronto stripped Mayor Rob Ford (44) of his meaningful
powers following a heated debate.
(SFC, 11/19/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 18, Egypt's interim PM
Hazem el-Beblawi inaugurated the start of what is to be a memorial
to protesters killed in the country's revolutionary turmoil in the
center of famed Tahrir Square.
2013 Nov 18, In Egypt a train
slammed into at least three vehicles, including a truck, crossing
the tracks near the village of Dahshur. 26 people were killed and 28
2013 Nov 18, In Paris, France,
a gunman opened fire in the lobby of the Liberation newspaper
office, gravely wounding a photographer's assistant before fleeing.
Soon afterward, shots were fired at the headquarters of a major
French bank west of Paris, and a gunman briefly took a man hostage
nearby. Suspect Abdelhakim Dekhar (48) was found Nov 19 after a
tipoff. Police found him in a "semi-conscious state" after an
attempt to kill himself with medication.
(AP, 11/18/13)(AP, 11/21/13)
2013 Nov 18, A German court
said the embattled "bling bishop" Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst has
settled a case over lying under oath with a 20,000-euro ($27,000)
2013 Nov 18, A German probe
into the July 23, 1944, reprisal attack at Chlaniow, Poland,
implicated Michael Karkoc (94), a retired Minnesota carpenter, as
commander of the Nazi SS-led unit in the attack. In 2014 Germany’s
highest court ruled that Germany has jurisdiction in the case.
11/18/13)(SFC, 5/23/14, p.A2)
2013 Nov 18, In Haiti police
fired tear gas in the two main cities to disperse thousands of
protesters demanding better living conditions and the resignation of
President Michel Martelly.
2013 Nov 18, Iran unveiled its
Fotros drone, a missile-equipped drone with a range of 2,000 km
(1,200 miles) and a flight time of 16 to 30 hours.
2013 Nov 18, Attacks across
Iraq killed 8 people.
2013 Nov 18, Israel's fraud
squad questioned former chief Ashkenazi rabbi Yona Metzger on
charges of taking bribes, fraud, breach of trust, obstructing
justice and witness tampering. Police said the national fraud unit
put the sums related to the suspected felonies at millions of
2013 Nov 18, Israeli court
documents disclosed the government has secretly detained Samer
al-Baraq, a suspected al-Qaeda biological weapons expert, for more
than three years, after the man appealed to the Israeli Supreme
Court to free him.
2013 Nov 18, Twitter users in
Kuwait and the UAE received prison terms, in the latest sign of
widening crackdowns in the region on social media for posts
considered offensive or against state security.
2013 Nov 18, In Libya
convoys of the military deployed in the capital city of Tripoli to
force out militiamen from Misrata. Deputy intelligence chief Mustafa
Nuh was freed by his abductors a day after they seized him near
(AP, 11/18/13)(AFP, 11/18/13)
2013 Nov 18, Mauritanian police
crushed a protest by hundreds of youths demanding a boycott of
upcoming elections, wounding several.
2013 Nov 18, Pakistan moved to
put former military dictator Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason
for suspending the constitution and declaring a state of emergency
while he was in power. Sectarian violence spread after clashes
between minority Shi'ite and majority Sunni Muslims near Islamabad
prompted the government to impose a curfew and block mobile phone
services over the weekend.
2013 Nov 18, Russia hosted
Syrian and Iranian delegations for separate rounds of talks in a
renewed diplomatic push for a Syrian peace conference in which
Moscow says Tehran must also play a role.
2013 Nov 18, A Russian court in
Saint Petersburg released on bail one of the 30 Greenpeace
crewmembers arrested for an Arctic protest, the first of the
activists to be freed. Yekaterina Zaspa, a Russian doctor with the
Arctic Sunrise icebreaker, was released. Two courts in the city said
bail would be granted to three Russian activists but ordered
Australian activist Colin Russell to remain in pre-trial detention
until February 24.
(AFP, 11/18/13)(AFP, 11/19/13)
2013 Nov 18, The head of
Russia's state-controlled industrial holding company said Moscow has
signed a deal to provide Egypt with air defense missile systems.
2013 Nov 18, A Tatarstan
airlines flight from Moscow crashed in Kazan, killing all 44
passengers and six crew in a blaze that left little of the Boeing
2013 Nov 18, Syrian rebel
leader Abdul-Qadir Saleh (34), founder of the Liwa al-Tawhid
Brigade, died in Turkey of wounds sustained during a strike by
government forces last week. Clashes continued around Qara.
(AP, 11/18/13)(Econ, 11/23/13, p.51)
2013 Nov 18, Uganda police
arrested Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago for disobeying orders to cancel
a public rally of supporters.
2013 Nov 19, JPMorgan Chase
reached a $13 billion deal with the US Justice Dept. ending a probe
into the bank’s sale of mortgage bonds.
(SFC, 11/20/13, p.C2)
2013 Nov 19, The US National
Rifle Association (NRA) sued San Francisco claiming the city
violated the constitutional right to possess guns for self defense
with a new ordnance banning possession of magazines that can hold
more than 10 rounds.
(SFC, 11/20/13, p.D3)
2013 Nov 19, Florida Rep. Henry
Radel (37) was charged with cocaine possession following a “buy and
bust" operation. The next day Radel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor
charge of cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year of
probation. He admitted to purchasing 3.5 grams of cocaine from an
undercover officer Oct. 29 in Washington. Radel resigned on Jan 27,
(SFC, 11/20/13, p.A6)(AP, 1/27/14)
2013 Nov 19, NYC Mayor Michael
Bloomberg signed legislation banning the sale of tobacco products to
anyone under the age of 21.
(SFC, 11/20/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 19, Virginia state
Sen. Creigh Deeds (55) suffered stab wounds at his home inflicted by
his son, Gus Deeds (24), who was found dead from apparently a
self-inflicted gunshot wound.
(SFC, 11/20/13, p.A8)
2013 Nov 19, Orbital Sciences
launched a rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia
carrying 29 small satellites and launched them into a low-Earth
orbit. Thirty hours later Kosmotros, a Russian-joint venture,
carried 32 satellites into a similar orbit.
(Econ, 6/7/14, TQ p.18)
2013 Nov 19, Celebrations for
Algeria's victory over Burkina Faso that sent the country's soccer
team to the 2014 World Cup finals left 12 people dead and some 240
2013 Nov 19, Bosnia's state war
crimes court said it had freed 10 convicted war criminals and would
give them new trials after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)
ruled their legal rights had been violated.
2013 Nov 19, Britain’s Oxford
Univ. Press declared “selfie," a smart phone self-pportrait, the
2013 word of the year. Use of the word dated back to at least 2002.
(SFC, 11/20/13, p.A3)
2013 Nov 19, British biochemist
Frederick Sanger (b.1918) died. He twice won the Nobel Prize in
chemistry (1958 & 1980) and was a pioneer of genome sequencing.
2013 Nov 19, In the Central
African Republic heavy fighting erupted near Bouca between the
Muslim Seleka rebels who have carried out attacks and massacres
throughout the northwest in recent months and members of Christian
self-defense militias that have arisen amid the violence. About
2,000 people have sought refuge in a Catholic mission in the area.
2013 Nov 19, Hundreds of
Egyptians gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square to commemorate the
deaths of protesters killed two years ago and call for the
army-backed government to adopt reforms.
2013 Nov 19, The European
Union's parliament finally approved the first spending cut in the
history of the 28-nation group.
2013 Nov 19, France, Germany
and other European countries formed a "drone users club" to develop
a rival to the US and Israeli pilotless aircraft that dominate the
2013 Nov 19, In France a small
plane crashed in the central Burgundy region, killing six people.
2013 Nov 19, Ghanaian
authorities impounded the Guyana-registered MV ATIYAH and arrested
the five when they discovered it was carrying 400 kilos (880 pounds)
of cocaine worth around $50 million. On Nov 22 four citizens of
Guyana and one Ghanaian pleaded guilty to charges related to the
seizure of a ship.
2013 Nov 19, In northeastern
Guinea at least 12 illegal miners were killed and several left
missing after a landslide at a goldmine owned by the Ashanti
2013 Nov 19, Hundreds of
Iranians including university students and members of the country's
Jewish community rallied in support of the Islamic Republic's
disputed nuclear program on the eve of the resumption of talks with
2013 Nov 19, Italian declared
authorities declared a state of emergency in Sardinia as Cyclone
Cleopatra dropped 450mm of rain in an hour and a half overnight. 16
people were reported dead.
(Reuters, 11/19/13)(AFP, 11/19/13)(Reuters,
2013 Nov 19, In Lebanon 2
suicide bombers detonated explosions outside the Iranian Embassy in
a mainly Shiite district of Beirut, killing 23 people, including the
Iranian cultural attaché, apparently in retaliation for the Lebanese
group Hezbollah's support of Syrian President Assad.
2013 Nov 19, Libyan protesters
again took to the streets of Tripoli, repeating their call for the
country's recalcitrant militias to leave the capital after a militia
attack on a similar protest killed 47 and wounded more than 500 last
2013 Nov 19, Mexican journalist
and author Elena Poniatowska won the 2013 Cervantes Prize, the
Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honor.
2013 Nov 19, Millions of
Nepalis defied low expectations and threats of violence to vote in
elections seen as crucial in stabilising the country and breaking
its political deadlock seven years after a civil war ended. The
Nepali Congress led by Sushil Koirala narrowly won the elections. A
bombing in Kathmandu injured three children.
(AFP, 11/19/13)(Econ, 3/8/14, p.44)
2013 Nov 19, Norway's military
intelligence chief said his country carries out surveillance on
millions of phone calls in conflict areas around the world and
shares that data with allies, including the United States.
2013 Nov 19, In Pakistan a
Shi'ite professor at the University of Gujrat and his driver were
shot dead in the latest incident in a wave of spiraling sectarian
violence in the nuclear-armed country.
2013 Nov 19, In Poland 18
people were detained on suspicion of large scale corruption. They
included current and former state officials.
(SFC, 11/20/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 19, In Somalia
al-Qaida-linked Shebab militants detonated a car bomb at the
entrance to a police station in Beledweyne near the Somalia-Ethiopia
border, then opened fire with assault rifles and rocket-propelled
grenades, an attack that left at least 28 people dead.
2013 Nov 19, Russian courts
granted bail to seven foreign Greenpeace activists detained for an
oil drilling protest, bringing to 10 the number released over the
last days and raising hopes of a solution to a case which has raised
2013 Nov 19, In South Africa a
shopping mall under construction partially collapsed, killing one
person and injuring 29 in Tongaat, near Durban.
2013 Nov 19, Spain's National
Court said it has issued arrest orders for former Chinese president
Jiang Zemin and four other Chinese officials as part of a probe into
alleged genocide by China against Tibet.
2013 Nov 19, Syrian government
troops captured Qara, a key town near the Lebanese border from
rebels, days after launching a broad offensive in the mountainous
2013 Nov 19, Vietnam officials
said the death toll from flooding, due to heavy rains that began Nov
14, has risen to 41.
(SFC, 11/20/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 19, In Yemen a
suspected US airstrike killed 3 alleged al-Qaida militants in
Hadramawt province. Two men from Australia and New Zealand were also
killed in the strike.
(AP, 11/19/13)(AP, 4/15/14)
2013 Nov 20, Pres. Obama
awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 16 recipients including
2013 Nov 20, Members of
Congress took part in a ceremony bestowing the Congressional Gold
Medal to honor 33 tribes tribes for their WWI and WWII contributions
as code talkers. Today’s ceremony was for tribes not included in the
initial 2008 Gold Medal awards.
(SFC, 11/21/13, p.A5)
2013 Nov 20, Serafin Zambada
(23), the son of one of the world's most-wanted drug lords, was
arrested at an Arizona border crossing to face drug-trafficking
charges in the United States.
2013 Nov 20, Illinois Gov. Pat
Quinn signed legislation allowing same-sex marriages starting June
(SFC, 11/21/13, p.A5)(SSFC, 6/1/14, p.A11)
2013 Nov 20, In New Jersey Jose
Katz (69) was sentenced to 6½ years in federal prison for
fraudulently diagnosing patients with heart ailments and ordering
tests. The fraud cost Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers some
(SFC, 11/21/13, p.A5)
2013 Nov 20, In Missouri Joseph
Paul Franklin (b.1950), a white supremacist who targeted blacks and
Jews, was executed. He had admitted to shooting and wounding civil
rights leader Vernon Jordan (1980) and Hustler magazine publisher
Larry Flynt (1978).
2013 Nov 20, Animal rights
group PETA urged shoppers to boycott products made from angora
rabbit fur, after it released footage of fur being plucked from the
skins of live rabbits on Chinese farms.
2013 Nov 20, Senior Afghan
officials arrived in Pakistan to initiate peace talks with the
Afghan Taliban following a breakthrough in negotiations during last
month's summit in Britain. A powerful explosion killed 3 people at a
restaurant in the southern city of Kandahar. A Taliban ambush took
place in Helmand province killing Marjah police chief, Hajji
Tooryalai Jan. A suicide car bombing has killed two paramilitary
soldiers in near the Afghan border in the Shawa area of North
(Reuters, 11/20/13)(AP, 11/20/13)
2013 Nov 20, The Church of
England's ruling body voted overwhelmingly for proposals that could
see the ordination of women bishops next year.
2013 Nov 20, About 4,000
Bulgarian workers rallied against low wages and a lack of jobs, in a
possible sign that opposition to the Socialist-led cabinet may be
spreading beyond daily protests staged mostly by students.
2013 Nov 20, China confirmed
the deployment of a state-of-the-art hospital ship to the
Philippines following foreign and domestic criticism that it was
slow and less than generous in its response to one of the world's
biggest typhoons, which killed at least 4,000 people.
2013 Nov 20, In Egypt a suicide
bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into one of two buses carrying
off-duty soldiers in northern Sinai, killing 11 and wounding 37. A
bomb attack on a checkpoint in Cairo wounded four policemen
including a major.
(AP, 11/20/13)(AFP, 11/20/13)
2013 Nov 20, European Union
lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to meet only in Brussels and avoid
costly monthly treks to Strasbourg, France. The proposal must be
approved by the 28 EU governments and France is certain to nix any
change under the current conditions.
2013 Nov 20, The European
Commission said Austria should pay a daily fine of more than 40,000
euros ($54,000) for breaking EU policy on renewable energy.
2013 Nov 20, In France
Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai was handed the EU's prestigious
Sakharov human rights prize in recognition of her crusade for the
right of all children, girls and boys, to an education.
2013 Nov 20, Nuclear talks
resumed between Iran and world powers. Iran's supreme leader voiced
support for the negotiations over his country's nuclear program, but
insisted there are limits to the concessions Iran will make in
exchange for an easing of the sanctions choking its economy.
2013 Nov 20, A rights group
said Iran is forcefully deporting Afghans by the thousands in
violation of its international obligation to protect refugees.
2013 Nov 20, Iraqi officials
said flooding in central and southern Iraq has killed at least 11
people as rising waters swamped city streets and toppled buildings,
sparking anger over the dilapidated sewage system. A wave of attacks
hit commercial areas in Baghdad, killing 37 people and wounding over
80 in mostly Shiite areas.
(AFP, 11/20/13)(AP, 11/20/13)(SFC, 11/21/13,
2013 Nov 20, In Jordan Raed
Hijazi, also known as Abu Ahmad, was arrested. He had been convicted
of plotting al-Qaida terror attacks during New Year 2000
celebrations. Initially, he was sentenced to death in absentia. He
was later captured and extradited from Syria and sentenced to 20
years, but was set free two years ago by Jordan's king to give him
what was described as another chance to repent.
2013 Nov 20, In Kuwait Arab and
African leaders wound up their first summit since the region's
uprisings in 2011 by calling for closer economic and security
2013 Nov 20, A Madagascar
government statement showed changes to 10 of the Indian Ocean
island's 22 regions. Three generals and five colonels assumed
control of eight regions while two civilians headed the remaining
two. This raised concern that the run-off vote in December will be
2013 Nov 20, Mexico’s El
Heraldo reported that the National Human Rights Commission has found
that visits to the country’s 101 most populous prisons indicated
that 65 are run by inmates.
(SSFC, 11/24/13, p.A8)
2013 Nov 20, Mozambique held
local elections. Preliminary results from the largely peaceful
elections pointed to a comprehensive victory for the ruling Frelimo
party and a potential shake-up among the country's opposition
2013 Nov 20, The International
Criminal Court's vexed relationship with Africa took center stage on
the opening day of the annual summit of its 122 member states at The
2013 Nov 20, Poland’s PM Donald
Tusk reshuffled his Cabinet. Jacek Rostowski, the man who has led
the country’s economy since 2007, was among those sacked.
(Econ, 11/23/13, p.56)
2013 Nov 20, At UN talks in
Poland the governments of Norway, Britain and the United States said
they will allocate $280 million of their multi-billion dollar
climate change finances to a new initiative aimed at halting
2013 Nov 20, In Russia six more
Greenpeace activists arrested by Russian coast guards during a
protest against Arctic oil drilling were granted bail on Wednesday,
including the US captain of their ship. Eighteen of the 30 people
detained on September 18 have now been granted bail this week.
2013 Nov 20, Saudi health
authorities announced a new MERS death, raising to 54 the number of
people killed by the coronavirus.
2013 Nov 20, A Senegal judge
said there is insufficient evidence to convict four women accused of
violating the country's law banning homosexual acts. The four women
were freed. A fifth woman arrested in the same raid on Nov 11 is a
minor and will be tried separately.
2013 Nov 20, Suicide bombers
targeted Syrian troops and a hospital in the rugged Qalamoun hills
north of Damascus killing at least 7 soldiers, as rebels struggled
to reverse government gains that threatened to cut one of their
chief supply lines.
(AP, 11/20/13)(AFP, 11/20/13)
2013 Nov 20, Tunisia signed a
$500 million loan agreement with energy-rich Qatar to help bolster
its currency reserves.
2013 Nov 21, President Obama,
in a letter to President Karzai, said the United States will
continue to respect "Afghan sovereignty" under a new security
agreement. Karzai added a wrinkle to the process when he told the
Loya Jirga that if they and the parliament approve the agreement, it
should be signed after next spring's elections in Afghanistan.
2013 Nov 21, US Senate
Democrats voted 52-48 to undercut filibuster rules on presidential
appointees. In 1975 a two-thirds requirement for cutting off
filibusters was lowered to 60 votes. The new rule would require a
(SFC, 11/22/13, p.A8)
2013 Nov 21, The city of
Oakland, Ca., won a record $15.1 million civil suit against American
Legal Services for preying on vulnerable families as they sought
legal residency in the US. The owners of the company failed to show
up in court and their whereabouts was unknown.
(SFC, 11/22/13, p.D8)
2013 Nov 21, In San Francisco
BART directors voted to reject an agreement with unions unless a
provision granting six weeks of paid famiy medical leave was
(SFC, 11/22/13, p.A1)
2013 Nov 21, The San Francisco
area was hammered by strong winds that knocked down trees and power
lines, leaving at least 2 people dead and more than 50,000 without
power in the state.
2013 Nov 21, Composer Conrad
Susa (b.1935) died at his home in San Francisco. His work included
the opera “Transformations" (1973) and “The Dangerous Liaisons"
(1994), which was based on a 1782 novel by Pierre Choderlos de
(SSFC, 11/24/13, p.C10)
2013 Nov 21, Federal agents
raided an unknown number of marijuana dispensaries and growing sites
in Colorado, confiscating piles of marijuana plants and cartons of
cannabis-infused drinks just weeks before the state allows sellers
of recreational marijuana to open their doors.
2013 Nov 21, In Connecticut
Michael Skakel (53), a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy, was released on
bail pending a new trial in the 1975 slaying neighbor Martha Moxley.
(SFC, 11/22/13, p.A12)
2013 Nov 21, In Minnesota
Marion Guerrido (23) veered off a suburban Minneapolis highway ramp.
She escaped the car but 5 children were trapped and submerged in a
pond. The children were soon freed, but two died and three others
(SFC, 11/23/13, p.A10)
2013 Nov 21, The Dow Jones
industrial average (DJIA) closed at a record 16,009, its first close
(SFC, 11/22/13, p.C3)
2013 Nov 21, Chad's PM Joseph
Djimrangar Dadnadji offered his resignation to Pres. Idriss Deby
after his party proposed a motion of no confidence in him, accusing
him of ordering arbitrary arrests of his deputies.
2013 Nov 21, China’s highest
court issued demands that judges bar confessions abtained through
torture and avoid the death penalty when the evidence is shaky.
(SFC, 11/22/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 21, Cyprus' biggest
private university said it will start accepting the digital currency
Bitcoin as an alternative way to pay tuition fees.
2013 Nov 21, An Egyptian police
officer was shot dead in a Nile Delta town while trying to arrest
suspects wanted in connection with the killing of a security
2013 Nov 21, Indonesia's
military halted training with Australia as a decision to suspend
cooperation due to spying claims took effect, while angry
demonstrators in Jakarta declared they were "ready for war" with
2013 Nov 21, In northeastern
Iraq a car bomb exploded in a busy market in Sadiyah, killing at
least 31 people and wounding more than 30. A wave of attacks across
the country left a total of at least 48 people dead.
(AP, 11/21/13)(SFC, 11/22/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 21, In Japan thousands
of people protested in Tokyo against a proposed secrets act that
critics say would stifle information on issues such as the Fukushima
2013 Nov 21, In Latvia a Maxima
supermarket collapsed in a suburb of Riga. 54 people were killed in
the Baltic state's worst disaster in decades.
(Reuters, 11/22/13)(AP, 11/23/13)(AP, 11/25/13)
2013 Nov 21, Security sources
said French special forces have killed Hacene Ould Khalill the
second-in-command of the veteran Islamist commander Mokhtar
Belmokhtar in an operation in Mali's northern region of Tessalit.
The Mauritanian, known by his nickname Jouleibib, was deputy
commander of Belmokhtar's "Those Who Sign in Blood" Brigade, formed
when the Algerian jihadist split with al Qaeda's North African wing.
2013 Nov 21, Myanmar rejected a
UN resolution urging it to grant citizenship to the Rohingya, a
stateless Muslim minority group, and accused the United Nations of
impinging on its sovereignty.
2013 Nov 21, Nepal's powerful
Maoist leader and former guerrilla chief Prachanda said he did not
accept the results of an election his party appeared to be losing,
throwing the nation into a fresh political crisis.
2013 Nov 21, In northeastern
Nigeria militants screaming "God is great!" killed at least 12
civilians and set homes ablaze as they rampaged through Sandiya
village in an area that has been attacked several times.
2013 Nov 21, In northwest
Pakistan a drone strike killed 9 people, including Ahmad Jan, a
deputy of Sirajuddin Haqqani, a leader of the militant Haqqani
network; Gul Sher, leader of the Afghan Taliban in Paktia Province;
and Maulvi Hamidullah, leader of the Afghan Taliban in Khost
Province. The strike targeted a madrassa, or Islamic seminary,
outside the tribal areas that borders Afghanistan. This was only the
second such strike outside the country's lawless tribal districts.
(AFP, 11/21/13)(SSFC, 11/24/13, p.A8)
2013 Nov 21, In Poland around
800 people from environmental groups, including Greenpeace and WWF,
walked out of UN climate talks in Warsaw in protest at what they see
as a lack of progress towards a global deal to curb greenhouse gas
2013 Nov 21, In Russia three
more of the 30 people arrested during a Greenpeace protest walked
free on bail. 24 of those detained on September 18 have been granted
bail this week.
2013 Nov 21, Saudi local media
reported that religious police have arrested two young men in Riyadh
for offering a "free hug" to passers-by.
2013 Nov 21, The UN in Somalia
called for a "proper investigation" after police arrested an alleged
rape victim and the journalists who reported her story for
2013 Nov 21, In South Africa 8
construction workers were killed when lightning struck their tent
northeast of Johannesburg.
2013 Nov 21, A Spanish court
sentenced the town mayor of Marinaleda and four others to seven
months in prison for occupying unused military land they wanted to
be loaned to farmers hard hit by the economic crisis.
2013 Nov 21, In Syria fighting
for a key military base outside the northern city of Aleppo killed
at least 15 pro-government militiamen. Troops also pressed an
offensive against the last rebel-held districts of Homs where at
least 12 people were killed in the exchange of fire.
2013 Nov 21, In Syria Jihadists
cut down a 150-year-old oak tree in Atme, on Syria's border with
Turkey, after they accused locals of worshipping it.
2013 Nov 21, The Ukrainian
government announced it was suspending its preparations for the
signing of a landmark agreement with the EU. President Vladimir
Putin's spokesman said that Russia welcomed Kiev's desire to improve
trade ties with Moscow, signaling satisfaction with the Ukrainian
(AP, 11/21/13)(Reuters, 11/21/13)
2013 Nov 21, Ukraine's
parliament rejected draft laws that would allow jailed opposition
leader Yulia Tymoshenko to go to Germany for medical treatment.
2013 Nov 22, President Barack
Obama praised the "leadership" of Morocco's King Mohammed VI after
holding wide-ranging talks with the North African monarch for the
first time at the White House.
2013 Nov 22, US regulators
approved the use of Johnson & Johnson's Olysio, also known as
simeprevir, as a treatment for chronic infection with the
liver-destroying hepatitis C virus.
2013 Nov 22, Microsoft crowed
that more than a million Xbox One consoles were snapped up within 24
hours in 13 countries after hitting shelves for the first time in
2013 Nov 22, Afghanistan
rebuffed a US demand to sign a highly anticipated security pact as
soon as possible, insisting the document must wait until after next
year's presidential election.
2013 Nov 22, The disgraced
ex-chairman of Britain's Co-op Bank, Paul Flowers (63), was arrested
in a probe into the supplying of drugs in a scandal that has fast
become a political row.
2013 Nov 22, In the Central
African Republic more than 100 judges and lawyers took to the
streets of Bangui to protest the Nov 17 slaying of a colleague
Modeste Martineau Bria.
2013 Nov 22, In China an oil
pipeline exploded in the coastal city of Qingdao killing 47 people.
(AFP, 11/22/13)(Reuters, 11/23/13)
2013 Nov 22, In Egypt a young
boy and a man were killed as supporters and opponents of ousted
Islamist president Mohamed Morsi clashed.
2013 Nov 22, The Hamburg-based
International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, an international
maritime tribunal, ordered Russia to release a Greenpeace ship and
30 people arrested in a protest against Russian Arctic oil drilling.
2013 Nov 22, In India hundreds
of thousands were evacuated as Cyclone Helen slammed into Andhra
Pradesh and the eastern state of Orissa., packing strong winds and
torrential rains and killing at least two people.
2013 Nov 22, In India Magnus
Carlsen (22) of Norway defeated Viswanathan Anand of India in the
chess world championship, becoming the first Western player since
Bobby Fischer to hold the title. The match in Chennai, which began
Nov. 9, has been shown live on TV in both Norway and India, with
millions more watching online.
2013 Nov 22, In Iraq attacks
mostly targeting Sunni-majority areas killed at least 23 people. The
minority community shuttered countless mosques nationwide
complaining that security forces were failing to provide adequate
protection. The death toll from flooding across the country rose to
(AP, 11/22/13)(AFP, 11/22/13)(Reuters, 11/22/13)
2013 Nov 22, In Libya residents
of Tripoli turned out again to press militias remaining in the city
to follow others and withdraw, aiming to keep up the momentum
following deadly clashes last weekend.
2013 Nov 22, New Zealand held a
referendum on whether the people support the government’s sale of up
to 49% of its share in four energy companies and the national
airline. With a 45% turnout 67.3% said no.
(Econ, 11/30/13, p.43)
2013 Nov 22, In Pakistan a
lawyer said Dr. Shakil Afridi, who helped the CIA find Osama bin
Laden, has been charged with murder over a 2006 surgery he
performed, raising new doubts whether the physician will regain his
2013 Nov 22, Philippine
officials said the death toll from the Nov 8 Typhoon Haiyan, one of
the strongest, on record has risen above 5,200 and is likely to
climb further. Recovery efforts were beginning to take hold.
2013 Nov 22, In Poland UN
negotiators agreed rules on financing forest projects in developing
nations, paving the way for multi-billion dollar investments from
governments, funding agencies and private firms in schemes to halt
2013 Nov 22, Qatar health
authorities said an expatriate (48) has died of MERS, bringing to
four the number of deaths in the Gulf state from the coronavirus.
2013 Nov 22, Russia concluded
bail hearings and ruled to release all but one of the 30 Greenpeace
crew members who have spent more than two months in prison over a
protest against Arctic drilling.
2013 Nov 22, Russia's space
agency successfully launched three European Space Agency's
satellites intended to study Earth's magnetic field. A Rokot booster
rocket at the Plesetsk launchpad in northwestern Russia put the
three Swarm satellites into their designated orbits.
2013 Nov 22, In South Africa
global diamond watchdog, the Kimberley Process, gave its backing for
the lifting of a 2005 UN embargo on diamond sales from Ivory Coast.
2013 Nov 22, In South Africa
Radovan Krejcir (b.1968), a Czech businessman and fugitive, was
arrested on charges of kidnapping and assault in connection with a
botched 24 million rand ($2.3 million) crystal meth deal.
2013 Nov 22, The six largest
Islamist rebel factions in Syria declared a new Islamic Front,
forming the largest alliance of opposition fighters yet in the
2-1/2-year conflict. The merger undermined the secular Free Syrian
Army (FSA) leadership, once seen as a symbolic umbrella leadership
for all the rebels but weakened by infighting and defections. A
fierce battle for control of Syria’s military Base 17 near Raqqa, an
opposition-held city, left 24 rebels dead so far, but the government
troops have managed to hold on to the complex.
(Reuters, 11/22/13)(AP, 11/22/13)
2013 Nov 22, Thousands of
protesters poured into Kiev's Independence Square, the center of
Ukraine's pro-Western Orange Revolution, to demand that the
government reverse course and sign a landmark agreement with the EU.
2013 Nov 22, A senior UN
official said up to 6,000 children have been enrolled by warring
militias in the Central African Republic, issuing a stark warning
about the country's spiralling crisis.
2013 Nov 22, The UN refugee
agency confirmed that 52 refugees of Syrian and Palestinian origin
had refused to receive food delivered by a UNHCR-funded charity to
the police station where they are held in Egypt’s coastal city of
2013 Nov 22, The UN Committee
against Torture said torture is rife in prisons and police stations
in Uzbekistan, where activists are rounded up and routinely
2013 Nov 22, In Yemen MP Abdel
Karim Jadban, who represented Zaidi Shiite rebels known as Huthis at
a national dialogue, was assassinated in Sanaa.
2013 Nov 23, In Santa Cruz,
Ca., Google executive Forrest Timothy Hayes (51) died on his 50-foot
yacht following a heroin injection given by Alix Catherine Tichelman
(26), a high-priced call girl. The action was caught on video.
Tichelman was arrested on July 4, 2014, and became a suspect in the
death of her boyfriend Dean Riopelle, who died of a heroin overdose
two months earlier in Atlanta. On May 19, 2015, Tichelman was
sentenced to six years in County Jail after pleading guilty to
involuntary manslaughter and administering illicit drugs.
(SFC, 7/10/14, p.A1)(SFC, 7/11/14, p.D1)(SFC,
2013 Nov 23, In Oklahoma 4
people were slain and a 5th wounded after being shot at a residence
in Tulsa. Police said the home was the scene of several drug
(SFC, 11/25/13, p.A5)
2013 Nov 23, Angolan security
forces shot and killed Manuel Ganga, one of eight members of
Angola's second-biggest opposition party CASA-CE, as he tried to
flee detention hours ahead of protests across the country where
police detained 292 people. Police fired tear gas and warning shots
to disperse hundreds of opposition supporters demonstrating in the
capital against the disappearance and possible murder of two
anti-government activists. Prosecutors said last week that Isaias
Cassule and Antonio Alves Camulingui, who were involved in
organizing protests by former presidential guards to demand payment
of wage arrears, had been kidnapped and possibly murdered in May
2013 Nov 23, In Australia a
surfer was fatally mauled by a shark on the west coast near
(SSFC, 11/24/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 23, China declared an
Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) bolstering its claim to
islands that Japan says it owns. The zone also included a reef know
as Ieodo, claimed by China and South Korea. China warned that it
would take "defensive emergency measures" against aircraft that
failed to identify themselves properly in airspace over them.
(Reuters, 11/23/13)(Econ, 11/30/13, p.12)(Econ,
2013 Nov 23, Egypt said it was
expelling Turkey's ambassador and accused Ankara of backing
organizations bent on spreading instability - an apparent reference
to the Muslim Brotherhood of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed
2013 Nov 23, Iraqi Sunni
religious leaders said that they have decided to close down the
sect's mosques in Baghdad indefinitely to protest attacks targeting
clerics and worshippers, highlighting the country's deepening
sectarian rift. In the north a car bomb and a suicide bomber killed
at least nine people and wounded 54 in Tuz Khurmato.
(AP, 11/23/13)(Reuters, 11/24/13)
2013 Nov 23, Lebanese
authorities said they have identified the two men who launched a
double suicide attack on the Iranian embassy this week which killed
25 people in Hezbollah's southern Beirut bastion.
2013 Nov 23, In eastern Libya
gunmen in Derna shot dead Fares al-Zarruk, a former member of Moamer
Kadhafi's security services.
2013 Nov 23, Mauritanians voted
in nationwide elections overshadowed by a widespread boycott of
opposition parties, with all eyes on the performance of an Islamist
party allowed to take part for the first time.
2013 Nov 23, In Pakistan
thousands of right-wing activists led by cricketer-turned-politician
Imran Khan staged a protest against US drone strikes, threatening to
block NATO supply routes if strikes continue.
2013 Nov 23, In Poland UN
negotiators reached consensus on some of the foundations for an
ambitious, global climate pact, modifying wording in a document that
had threatened to derail talks in Warsaw. The Conference of the
parties (COP) agreed that countries would make contributions to
climate change reduction.
(AFP, 11/23/13)(Econ, 11/30/13, p.59)
2013 Nov 23, In Syria
Islamist rebels led by al Qaeda-linked fighters seized the al-Omar
oil field in the eastern Deir al-Zor province, cutting off President
Assad's access to almost all local crude reserves. Air strikes
around Aleppo killed at least 44 people, most of them civilians.
(Reuters, 11/23/13)(AP, 11/23/13)
2013 Nov 23, In Venezuela
thousands of opponents of Pres. Nicolas Maduro took to the streets
to express outrage over the country’s deepening economic crisis.
(SSFC, 11/24/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 24, US media reported
that a major winter storm that has dumped freezing rain and snow in
the US southwest has killed at least 13 people in Arizona (1),
California (3), Oklahoma (4), New Mexico (1) and Texas (4).
2013 Nov 24, An Afghan grand
assembly endorsed a crucial security agreement allowing some US
troops to stay on after 2014, although President Hamid Karzai set
conditions for signing the deal.
2013 Nov 24, A Bahraini court
sentenced 12 Shiites to 10-year jail terms after convicting them of
trying to kill policemen in a village near the capital. State media
said authorities have arrested two Gulf citizens who were former
Guantanamo detainees on suspicion of preparing a "terrorist act."
2013 Nov 24, Dominican Rep.
soldiers expelled 244 Haitians following the deaths of 3 people
killed near the border.
(SFC, 11/25/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 24, Egypt's interim
Pres. Adly Mansour signed a new bill into law restricting rallies
and other public gatherings, a move likely to raise fresh questions
about the army-backed government's democratic credentials.
2013 Nov 24, In France
thousands of riding enthusiasts protested a sales tax increase.
France planed to nearly triple the value added tax on riding schools
as of January, 2014.
(SFC, 11/25/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 24, Honduras held
elections. Ruling National Party's candidate Juan Hernandez, the
head of Congress and considered to be Honduras' most powerful
politician, faced deposed Pres. Manuel Zelaya's wife, Xiomara Castro
(54). Honduran voters gave the ruling National Party four more years
in the presidency.
(Reuters, 11/24/13)(AP, 11/25/13)
2013 Nov 24, In India gay
rights activists paraded through New Delhi to demand an end to the
stigmatization of gays.
(SFC, 11/25/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 24, Iran struck a
historic deal with the United States and five other world powers,
agreeing to a temporary freeze of its nuclear program in the most
significant agreement between Washington and Tehran in more than
three decades of estrangement.
2013 Nov 24, Israel's PM
Netanyahu harshly condemned the international community's nuclear
deal with Iran.
2013 Nov 24, Japan warned of
the danger of "unpredictable events" and South Korea voiced regret
following China's unilateral declaration of an air defence zone over
areas claimed by Tokyo and Seoul.
2013 Nov 24, In Macao Manny
Pacquiao of the Philippines defeated American Brandon Rios for the
World Boxing welter-weight title fight. The Filipino Court of Tax
Appeals soon ordered Pacquiao’s bank deposits frozen saying he owed
the government $50 million in back taxes.
(SSFC, 12/1/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 24, Mali held
legislative elections. In the north ballot boxes were reportedly
stolen in the Timbuktu region, including one by armed men and
several by a politician, in the first sign of disruption in
parliamentary polls. In preliminary results announced on Dec 18,
Pres. Keita's RPM party finished first after the second of two legs,
securing 61 of a total of 147 seats in parliament.
(AFP, 11/24/13)(Reuters, 12/18/13)
2013 Nov 24, In Northern
Ireland masked men wearing boiler suits hijacked a car, loaded it
with a bomb containing about 60 kg (130 pounds) of home-made
explosives and told the terrified driver to go to a shopping center.
He left his vehicle near the mall car park and raised the alarm,
causing police to evacuate the area. As army disposal experts began
to disable the bomb the detonator exploded, but failed to trigger
the rest of the device, damaging only the empty car.
2013 Nov 24, Pakistani
demonstrators protesting US drone strikes roughed up drivers as they
sought to stop trucks carrying NATO troop supplies and equipment
from passing through northwest Pakistan.
2013 Nov 24, Saudi press said a
court has sentenced a man to death and 19 others to prison terms of
up to 25 years in connection with the 2004 armed assault on the US
Consulate in Jiddah that killed five employees in an attack blamed
2013 Nov 24, Saudi Arabia said
one more person has died from a new respiratory virus related to
SARS, bringing to 55 the number of deaths in the kingdom at the
center of the outbreak.
2013 Nov 24, In Sudan attackers
killed a Rwandan peacekeeper in an ambush on a UN convoy in
2013 Nov 24, In Syria fierce
fighting to the east of Damascus has killed more than 160 people in
the past two days as rebels struggled to break a months-long
blockade by forces loyal to President Assad.
2013 Nov 24, The Oxford
Research Group said more than 11,000 children have died in Syria's
civil war, including 128 killed by chemical weapons in a notorious
attack and hundreds targeted by snipers.
2013 Nov 24, Thailand police
estimated that about 90,000 opponents of PM Yingluck Shinawatra and
her crisis-hit administration had gathered in three sites in
Bangkok, calling for her government to be toppled.
2013 Nov 24, Some 50,000
Ukrainians, bearing EU flags and chanting "Down with the gang!",
marched through Kiev in a pro-Europe rally denouncing President
Yanukovich's U-turn in policy back towards Russia.
2013 Nov 24, In Yemen Huda
al-Niran (22), a young Saudi woman, urged a court to let her stay in
Yemen and marry the man she loves, defying norms in both deeply
conservative countries. On Nov 26 a Yemeni judge decided to release
Niran into the custody of the UNHCR for a period of three months
during which she should be able to obtain the refugee status.
2013 Nov 25, US national
security advisor Susan Rice told Afghan President Hamid Karzai that
a delay in signing a troubled security deal risked the US pulling
troops out of the country completely next year.
2013 Nov 25, Chuck Blazer, a
FIFA executive committee member, pleaded guilty to racketeering and
other charges. Blazer said he and others had agreed to receive
bribes in the votes for the hosts of the 1998 and 2010 World Cups.
This became public in a 40-page US federal indictment unveiled on
June 3, 2015.
(SFC, 6/3/15, p.A6)
2013 Nov 25, A federal judge in
Arkansas approved a settlement that pays $84.9 million to 5,500
trucking companies that were cheated out of promised rebates by
Pilot Flying J, the nation's largest diesel retailer.
2013 Nov 25, In NYC a statuette
of the the bird made for the 1941 film “Maltese Falcon" sold for
$4.085 million. It was one of two cast, but the only one confirmed
by Warner Bros. archives.
(SFC, 11/26/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 25, Chico Hamilton
(b.1921), drummer and jazz master, died in NYC. His music included
the sound track for Roman Polanski’s film “Repulsion" (1965).
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chico_Hamilton)(SFC, 11/27/13, p.E2)
2013 Nov 25, In Washington DC
10 former players filed a federal lawsuit against the National
Hockey League over concussions.
2013 Nov 25, A sailboat passing
through the southern Bahamas islands with about 150 Haitian migrants
on board capsized after running aground, killing up to 30 people and
leaving the rest clinging to the vessel for hours.
2013 Nov 25, Egyptian security
forces fired tear-gas and dispersed university students who had
defied a law passed a day earlier that restricts demonstrations.
2013 Nov 25, The EU expressed
strong disapproval of Russian pressure on Ukraine to reject an EU
trade deal, while police fired tear gas at pro-Europe protesters in
the former Soviet republic.
2013 Nov 25, France offered
weapons, training and intelligence cooperation to help Iraq combat
worsening violence amid fears the country is on the verge of
returning to all-out sectarian bloodshed.
2013 Nov 25, Leftist Honduran
presidential candidate Xiomara Castro refused to accept partial
official results that show her conservative rival on course to win
elections, setting the stage for a drawn-out conflict.
2013 Nov 25, In Iraq a double
bombing at a market and other attacks killed at least 27 in and
(AP, 11/25/13)(SFC, 11/26/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 25, Israel approved
plans to build more than 800 settler homes on occupied land, in a
move Palestinians said was aimed at venting Israeli anger toward a
historic deal Western powers have struck with Iran over its nuclear
2013 Nov 25, Libyan troops
struggling to establish control across the country clashed with
militants in the eastern city of Benghazi and at least 9 people were
killed in the fighting.
2013 Nov 25, The Pakistani
military deployed its first fleet of domestically developed drones,
as police cracked down on a protest by demonstrators angry at the US
for using similar aircraft to attack Islamic militants in the
2013 Nov 25, Two Sudanese
health ministry workers helping to vaccinate children in the Darfur
region were killed. They were part of a team inoculating vulnerable
children against measles in West Darfur state.
2013 Nov 25, Thailand PM
Yingluck Shinawatra invoked an emergency security law in large parts
of Bangkok and surrounding areas to cope with escalating protests
against her government. Anti-government protesters forced their way
inside the Finance Ministry and burst through the gates of the
Foreign Ministry compound, in an escalating bid to overthrow PM
(AP, 11/25/13)(Reuters, 11/25/13)
2013 Nov 25, Ugandan police
lobbed tear gas to disperse protesters angered by the ouster of
Kampala mayor Erias Lukwago, who is a fierce critic of
longtime President Yoweri Museveni.
2013 Nov 25, The UN said
Syria's government and opposition will hold their first peace talks
on Jan. 22 in Geneva, in an attempt to halt the nearly 3-year-old
civil war that has killed more than 100,000 people.
2013 Nov 26, In China the
Xinjiang Daily reported that students in western Xinjiang region
will not graduate unless their political views are approved, as the
country wages what school administrators called an ideological war
2013 Nov 26, Egyptian police
fired a water cannon to disperse dozens of protesters near the
Ministry of Interior after they defied a new law that restricts
demonstrations. Egyptian troops killed a leader of an al-Qaida
inspired group in the northern Sinai Peninsula. Mohammed Hussein
Muhareb and his son were killed after troops closed in on his
motorcade and a firefight ensued.
(Reuters, 11/26/13)(AP, 11/26/13)
2013 Nov 26, Egyptian security
sources said police in Cairo are investigating the disappearance of
an Egyptian-born German author and critic of Islam, months after a
cleric declared him an infidel and called for his death. Hamed
Abdel-Samad, author of "The Downfall of the Islamic World: A
Prognosis", went missing in recent days.
2013 Nov 26, France said it
would send hundreds of extra troops to the strife-torn Central
African Republic after the UN warned the country was descending into
2013 Nov 25, Guinea’s
government said Abu Dhabi investment fund Mubadala and Dubai
Aluminium (DUBAL) have signed a five-billion-dollar deal with Guinea
that should secure resources for UAE aluminium makers.
2013 Nov 26, An Indian court
sentenced dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar to life in
prison for the murder of their 14-year-old daughter and a Nepalese
servant in 2008.
2013 Nov 26, In Libya shops and
schools closed across Benghazi as residents responded to calls for
civil disobedience to protest deadly clashes between radical
Islamists and the army.
2013 Nov 26, Archeologists in
Nepal said they have discovered traces of a wooden structure dating
from the sixth century BC inside the sacred Mayadevi Temple in
Lumbini. They believed this is the world's oldest Buddhist shrine.
2013 Nov 26, Gunmen in central
Nigeria's Plateau state killed 37 people in a pre-dawn raid. The
area has been gripped by a decade-long sectarian conflict between
Muslim herdsmen and Christian agriculturalists.
2013 Nov 26, Pakistan’s PM
Nawaz Sharif ceremonially broke ground on a $9.59 billion nuclear
power complex to be built in Karachi with China’s help. China
National Nuclear Cooperation (CNNC) promised to grant a loan of at
least $6.5 billion to finance the project which will have two
reactors with a capacity of 1,100 megawatts each.
(SFC, 11/27/13, p.A2)(Reuters, 12/24/13)
2013 Nov 26, In Pakistan
militants released 11 teachers who had been kidnapped in the lawless
northwest during a polio vaccination campaign last week.
2013 Nov 26, Scotland’s first
minister Alex Salmond launched an independence campaing and unveiled
a 667-page plan for independence. A referendum was scheduled for
(Econ, 11/30/13, p.55)
2013 Nov 26, In Switzerland the
director-general of the World Trade Organization said negotiators
have failed to craft the first global trade deal in more than a
decade, which could have given the world economy a $1 trillion
2013 Nov 26, In Syria a suicide
bomber blew up a vehicle at a bus stop west of Damascus, killing at
least 15 people. An Al-Qaeda-affiliated group in Syria announced the
execution of two soldiers and three "collaborators" with President
Bashar al-Assad's regime near Damascus. Syria's main opposition
group in exile said it had not made a final decision yet on whether
it would participate in a peace conference to be held in Geneva. The
commander of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) said his group would
not join a planned peace conference in Switzerland in January and
would pursue its fight to topple President Bashar al-Assad
(AFP, 11/26/13)(AP, 11/26/13)(Reuters, 11/26/13)
2013 Nov 26, The World Health
Organization said it has discovered two additional cases of the
highly contagious polio virus in Syria, bringing the total number of
cases in the country to 17.
2013 Nov 26, Thai PM Yingluck
Shinawatra fought a two-front political war, fending off attacks
during a parliamentary no-confidence debate while protesters
besieged and occupied several ministries in their attempt to topple
her from power.
2013 Nov 26, In Ukraine several
thousand students ditched classes and joined protests in the center
of Kiev against the government's abrupt move to freeze integration
with the West and tilt toward Moscow.
2013 Nov 26, Pope Francis
issued the mission statement for his papacy, outlining how the
Catholic Church and the papacy itself must be reformed to create a
more missionary and merciful church that gets its hands dirty as it
seeks out the poor and oppressed. The Pope denounced the global
financial system that excludes the poor as he issued “Evangelii
Gaudium" (The Joy of the Gospel).
(AP, 11/26/13)(SFC, 11/27/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 26, In Yemen unknown
gunmen killed a foreign military expert and wounded his colleague in
a drive-by shooting in Sanaa. The two were Belarussian citizens who
were working "on private contract."
2013 Nov 26, A Zimbabwean court
freed prominent rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, who had faced charges
of obstructing the course of justice during a police raid.
2013 Nov 27, In Colorado 3
people were found dead in a burned home in Rye. On Dec 28 Harry Carl
Mapps (59) was arrested in a motel in Roland, Ok. He was suspected
of stealing check, killing 3 people and setting fire to their home
in Rye, Colorado.
(SFC, 12/30/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 27, Two Chicago women
became the first same-sex couple to marry in Illinois after a
federal judge granted an expedited marriage license because of one
of the women’s failing health.
(SFC, 11/28/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 27, In Afghanistan
Taliban militants gunned down and killed six people working working
for the French aid group ACTED in the northern province of Faryab.
2013 Nov 27, In Australia Simon
Gittany was found guilty of throwing his Canadian girlfriend, former
ballerina Lisa Harnum, off the balcony of their high-rise Sydney
2013 Nov 27, In Brazil a giant
crane collapsed at the construction site of Sao Paulo's Itaquerao
stadium killing two workers. An engineer reportedly warned his
supervisor that it appeared the ground was not stable enough to
support the 500-ton piece of roofing.
(AP, 11/29/13)(SSFC, 12/1/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 27, In England a
businessman who stabbed a Chinese family of four to death at their
home on April 29, 2011, was found guilty of murdering them. Du
Anxiang (54), a Chinese citizen, was convicted by a jury at
Northampton Crown Court in central England.
2013 Nov 27, The first
autopsies in Europe to take place without bodies being cut open are
to take place after a new machine was unveiled in Sheffield. This
will enable many post-mortem examinations to be carried out
digitally, saving the body from being cut open with a scalpel.
2013 Nov 27, Egypt's prosecutor
general ordered 24 detained activists to be held for four days for
protesting a newly passed law criminalizing demonstrations without
permits. Nearly two dozen Islamist women and girls, some as young as
15, were handed heavy prison sentences for protesting in a court
ruling that came a day after police beat and terrorized prominent
female activists in a crackdown on secular demonstrators under a
tough new anti-protest law. On Dec 7 a court reduced the sentences
of 14 young women to one year. The sentences of seven teenage girls
were reduced to three months. All 21 were freed under suspended
(AP, 11/27/13)(AFP, 12/7/13)
2013 Nov 27, In Germany
authorities in Dresden arrested a policeman on suspicion of killing
and chopping up a man he met on the Internet who apparently
fantasized about being killed and eaten. Officer Detlev Guenzel had
met a willing victim in an Internet chat forum devoted to
cannibalism fetishists. In 2015 Guenzel was convicted of murdering
Wojciech Stempniewicz and chopping him up in an S&M chamber.
Guenzel was again convicted in a 2016 re-trial.
(AP, 11/29/13)(AP, 4/1/15)(AFP, 12/13/16)
2013 Nov 27, In Iraq police
around found the corpses of 19 men around Baghdad with gunshot
wounds to their heads, as other attacks in the country killed at
2013 Nov 27, In Italy
three-time former Premier Silvio Berlusconi was ousted from
Parliament after two decades as a lawmaker. Losing parliamentary
immunity he defiantly calling it "a day of mourning for democracy"
and pledged to continue in politics.
(AP, 11/28/13)(Econ, 11/30/13, p.51)
2013 Nov 27, Japan’s Upper
House passed into law a Japanese version of the US National Security
(SSFC, 12/1/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 27, Latvia’s prime
minister resigned after accepting political responsibility for the
collapse of a supermarket roof in the capital that killed 54 people.
2013 Nov 27, Libya's army
clashed with Islamist militants in the eastern city of Benghazi and
three soldiers were shot dead.
2013 Nov 27, Niger said it has
deactivated a third of its mobile phone connections to curb
anonymous phone calls used for criminal activity.
2013 Nov 27, In Nigeria Islamic
police shouted "God is great" as an earthmover shattered 240,000
bottles of beer in a widening crackdown in the northern city of
Kano. Alcohol was banned under Shariah law imposed here in 2001 but
authorities had turned a blind eye to its consumption in hotels and
the Sabon Gari Christian quarter.
2013 Nov 27, Five key governors
said they have defected to Nigeria’s new coalition opposition in a
blow to President Goodluck Jonathan’s governing party and its
chances for re-election in 2015.
2013 Nov 27, In Northern
Ireland Liam Adams (58), the brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry
Adams, was jailed for 16 years for raping his own daughter in the
late 1970s and early 1980s, when she was between 4 and 9 years old.
2013 Nov 27, Panama said it is
freeing most of the 35 North Korean crew members it detained more
than four months ago for smuggling Cuban weapons aboard a ship.
2013 Nov 27, Russian security
forces detained 15 suspected Islamist militants in Moscow after
confiscating improvised bombs and other weapons in a raid on an
2013 Nov 27, The Syrian
government said it will participate in UN-sponsored peace talks
aimed at ending the country's civil war, but insisted that it is not
going to the conference to hand over power.
2013 Nov 27, In Syria a nephew
of Lebanon's agriculture minister was killed along with three other
Hezbollah fighters in the Qalamoun region north of Damascus.
2013 Nov 27, Thousands of
demonstrators massed outside four Thai government ministries, a
major state office complex and 24 provincial halls in a widening
effort to cripple the administration and oust Prime Minister
2013 Nov 27, In Tunisia angry
protesters set fire to the office of the ruling Islamist party in
the neglected Gafsa region, as strikes were observed in areas amid
rising discontent and political deadlock. Fifty policeman were
injured in clashes with protesters in the marginalised town of
Siliana where a general strike degenerated into violence.
(AFP, 11/27/13)(AP, 11/28/13)
2013 Nov 27, Turkey and Iraqi
Kurdistan signed a package of landmark contracts that will see the
semi-autonomous region's oil and gas exported via pipelines through
2013 Nov 27, In the Ukraine
thousands of people demonstrated in central Kiev for a fifth
straight day to protest the government’s decision not to sign an
agreement with the EU but to restore ties with Russia instead.
2013 Nov 28, The comet C/2012
S1 (ISON), first spotted in April 2012 by Russian astronomers, made
contact with the sun’s fiery corona. It was named after the Int’l.
Scientific Optical Network. Astronomers were unsure if the comet
(SFC, 11/28/13, p.D2)(SFC, 11/29/13, p.A15)
2013 Nov 28, In California
Itzcoatl Ocampo (25), convicted in 2012 for killing homeless men in
southern California, died after ingesting Ajax cleaning powder.
(SFC, 11/30/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 28, Doctors in Texas
declared Marlise Munoz (33) brain dead due to a blood clot suffered
two days earlier. She was 14-weeks pregnant at the time and the
hospital said it could not withdraw life sustaining treatment due to
a 1999 state law. Life support was withdrawn on Jan 26, 2014,
following an order by a Fort Worth judge.
(Econ, 1/25/14, p.25)
2013 Nov 28, In Afghanistan two
roadside bombs killed six civilians in the country's eastern
Nangarhar province. A coalition airstrike killed a child and injured
two women, leading to a condemnation of the attack by the country's
president. The ISAF strike also killed an insurgent in Helmand
province. The top US commander in Afghanistan apologized to
President Hamid Karzai for the drone strike earlier in the day that
killed a child and NATO promised an investigation.
(AP, 11/28/13)(AP, 11/29/13)(SFC, 11/30/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 28, In Bangladesh a
teenager was killed and 17 people suffered burn injuries after a
suspected opposition supporter hurled a petrol bomb into a crowded
2013 Nov 28, London Mayor Boris
Johnson stated in so many words that inequality is in the nature of
capitalism because those with a low IQ are ill-equipped to spread
opportunity to all who can compete for its spoils.
(Econ, 12/7/13, p.61)
2013 Nov 28, England's High
Court overturned a decision to grant bail to an Italian mafia boss
who was arrested in London after two decades on the run. Domenico
Rancadore was wanted in Italy to serve a seven-year jail term for
his role in the Sicilian mafia and authorities are seeking his
2013 Nov 28, In London Rakesh
Bhayani (41) was sentenced for the murder of Carole Waugh, a wealthy
London woman whose body was found stuffed in a car trunk months
after her disappearance. Nicholas Kutner (48), was ordered to serve
13 years in prison after he admitted conspiracy to commit fraud.
2013 Nov 28, British energy
provider Npower, a subsidiary of German giant RWE, announced plans
to cut about 1,460 jobs in Britain and outsource customer service
operations to India.
2013 Nov 28, In the Central
African Republic Ugandan foces killed Col. Samuel Kangul, a senior
commander of the Lord's Resistance Army and 13 of his rebel
2013 Nov 28, Chinese media said
authorities have broken up six rings that smuggled around $164
million worth of cars into the country over the past three years,
including more than 80 top-end models such as BMWs and Rolls-Royces.
2013 Nov 28, The Colombian
government and leftist FARC rebels resumed peace talks amid
differences over coca cultivation, blamed by political leaders for
drug-linked violence and killings.
2013 Nov 28, EU leaders meeting
in Vilnius sought to revive a stalled agreement with Ukraine after
the former Soviet republic shocked the 28-country bloc last week by
opting for closer ties with Russia instead.
2013 Nov 28, In Iran a 5.7
magnitude earthquake on the Gulf coast near the country’s sole
nuclear power plant killed eight people and injured 190.
2013 Nov 28, In Iraq three car
bombs exploded at outdoor markets and on a street full of shops near
Baghdad, the deadliest of a series of attacks across the country
that killed at least 29 people.
(AP, 11/28/13)(SFC, 11/29/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 28, An Israeli court
jailed six Israeli Arab citizens over the mob killing in 2005 of
Jewish gunman Eden Nathan-Zaada (19) after he went on a deadly
rampage on a bus in their town.
2013 Nov 28, Kenya launched
construction of a Chinese-funded 13.8 billion dollar (10-billion
euro) flagship railway project, hoping to dramatically increase
trade and boost Kenya's position as a regional economic powerhouse.
2013 Nov 28, In Libya gunmen
opened fire on a vehicle in Benghazi killing a soldier. More than 40
people were killed in an explosion at an army depot in southern
Libya after locals tried to steal ammunition.
(AFP, 11/28/13)(Reuters, 11/28/13)
2013 Nov 28, In Mali Tuareg
demonstrators occupied an airport runway to prevent PM Oumar Tatam
Ly visiting the rebel-controlled northeastern town of Kidal.
Protesters said Malian soldiers shot and wounded three of the
demonstrators, but the Malian army denied that.
2013 Nov 28, Nigeria's
government stepped in to stop a long-running strike by university
lecturers, ordering an immediate end to the dispute and vowing to
sack teachers who refused to cooperate. 17 people died in a an
attack when gunmen in pick-up trucks torched more than 100 shops and
vehicles in the Sabon Gari area of the Damboa district. 7 fishermen
were ambushed and killed in another attack in Baga, a fishing
community on Lake Chad.
(AFP, 11/28/13)(AFP, 11/30/13)
2013 Nov 28, In Russia criminal
charges were filed against Anatoly Serdyukov, a former defense
minister (2007-2012). He was accused of using servicemen and
government funds to build a road to a vacation home and do
landscaping work on the property.
2013 Nov 28, A Russian court
granted bail to the last Greenpeace activist still in custody over a
protest against offshore oil drilling in the Arctic. Greenpeace said
Australian Colin Russell (59) will be released from pre-trial
detention in St. Petersburg when 2-million-rouble ($60,000) bail is
2013 Nov 28, In South Korea a
"safety-related action" automatically shut down one of the country’s
23 nuclear reactors, bringing the tally of those closed to six and
hiking the chances of power blackouts this winter.
2013 Nov 28, South Korean and
Japanese flights through China's new maritime air defense zone added
to the international defiance of rules Beijing says it has imposed
in East China Sea but that neighbors and the US have vowed to
2013 Nov 28, The Syrian army
recaptured the strategic town of Deir Attiyeh, less than a week
after losing it, taking the advantage in its bid to crush rebels
just north of Damascus.
2013 Nov 28, Thailand's
embattled PM Yingluck Shinawatra Thailand's begged protesters to
call off their sustained anti-government demonstrations and
negotiate an end to the nation's latest crisis. Shinawatra easily
won a no-confidence vote in parliament, but failed to pacify
anti-government protesters who rejected calls for talks and massed
by the thousands in the capital.
2013 Nov 28, A Thai court
sentenced British kickboxer Lee Aldhouse to 25 years in prison for
the 2010 murder of former US Marine Dashawn Longfellow (23)
following a bar fight on the island of Phuket. The sentence was
reduced from life imprisonment because Aldhouse pleaded guilty to
the stabbing death.
2013 Nov 28, Vietnam passed a
revised Constitution that reaffirmed the dominant political and
economic role of the Communist Party.
(SFC, 11/29/13, p.A5)
2013 Nov 29, Images from
spacecraft showed a light streak continuing past the sun indicating
that at least part of comet ISON remained on one piece.
(SFC, 11/30/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 29, Officials said the
Obama administration has decided to tell US commercial airlines to
comply with China’s deamnds to be notified of any flights through a
broad swath of int’l. airspace that China has claimed as part of an
air defense zone.
(SFC, 11/30/13, p.A2)
2013 Nov 29, The US Department
of Treasury said in a statement that the Cayman Islands, a British
territory, will share tax information about US account holders with
the US Internal Revenue Service.
2013 Nov 29, In southwest
Alaska a Hageland Aviation Cessna 208 turboprop crashed near St.
Marys. 4 people were killed and six injured. Melanie Coffee (25)
left her 5-month-old baby to reach St. Marys and direct rescuers
back to the crash site. Her baby died.
(SSFC, 12/1/13, p.A15)
2013 Nov 29, Abu Dhabi
authorities said two new cases of the potentially deadly MERS
respiratory virus, including a heavily pregnant woman, have been
reported in the United Arab Emirates.
2013 Nov 29, In Bangladesh a
devastating fire ripped through a garment factory supplying major
Western retailers, in a blaze set by workers angered over rumors of
a colleague's death in police firing.
2013 Nov 29, Colombia's FARC
rebels acknowledged that they collected taxes from coca cultivators
but rejected accusations of "narco-terrorism."
2013 Nov 29, Cuba was hit by
torrential rains that caused multiple buildings to collapse in
Havana. 2 people were killed.
(SSFC, 12/1/13, p.A4)
2013 Nov 29, In Egypt hundreds
of Islamist demonstrators took to the streets in cities across the
country, days after a disputed protest law was adopted and police
forcefully broke up unauthorized gatherings.
2013 Nov 29, Georgia and
Moldova signed important agreements on political cooperation, reform
and free trade with the EU at the summit of EU leaders in Vilnius.
2013 Nov 29, Thousands of young
Haitians demonstrated in several cities demanding that President
Michel Martelly step down.
2013 Nov 29, Honduras
ppposition candidate Xiomara Castro announced that she won't
recognize the result of the presidential election because of alleged
voter fraud and called on her supporters to protest the win by the
ruling party candidate.
2013 Nov 29, Iraqi police
discovered the bodies of 18 men who were abducted from their homes
and shot in the head in a town near Baghdad, the deadliest this year
in a spate of execution-style killings across Iraq. A wave of
violence killed 52 people across the country, most of whom were
kidnapped and shot dead with their corpses abandoned.
(Reuters, 11/29/13)(AFP, 11/29/13)
2013 Nov 29, Japan's PM Shinzo
Abe named the country's first ever female aide to the prime
minister, just weeks after Caroline Kennedy arrived as the first
woman US ambassador to Tokyo.
2013 Nov 29, In Libya 40
inmates have escaped from a prison in the southern city of Sabha
after it came under attack by unknown gunmen.
2013 Nov 29, In northern Mali
separatist Tuareg rebels said they were ending a five-month-old
ceasefire with the government and taking up arms following violence
in the northern city of Kidal.
2013 Nov 29, A Mozambique
Airlines plane carrying 33 people crashed in a Namibian national
park, killing all on board. On Dec 21 a preliminary investigation
reported that the captain had a "clear intention" to crash.
(AP, 11/30/13)(AP, 12/1/13)(AFP, 12/21/13)
2013 Nov 29, Standard &
Poor's stripped the Netherlands of its triple-A credit rating,
saying that the country's growth prospects have deteriorated and it
is not performing as well as peers.
2013 Nov 29, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone strike killed an alleged militant in North
Waziristan overnight, the latest indication Washington has no
intention of throttling back its unmanned aircraft attacks despite
increasing tension with Pakistan over the attacks.
2013 Nov 29, Russian poet
Natalia Gorbanevskaya (77) died in Paris. She was among the eight
demonstrators arrested in in 1968 in Moscow’s Red Square for
protesting the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.
(Econ, 12/7/13, p.94)
2013 Nov 29, In Scotland a
police helicopter crashed onto a crowded Glasgow pub. 10 people were
killed with more than two dozen injured.
(AP, 11/30/13)(AFP, 12/1/13)(AFP, 12/2/13)(AP,
2013 Nov 29, Swaziland's Senate
chief said lawmakers should not divorce to avoid embarrassing the
country's polygamous king, who has declared that only death can undo
2013 Nov 29, In Syria a mortar
round fell in front of a historical mosque in Damascus, killing 4
people and wounding 26. Six Syrians died and nine others were
rescued after a boat sank off the coast of Turkey while trying to
cross to the Greek island of Lesbos.
(AP, 11/29/13)(Reuters, 11/29/13)
2013 Nov 29, In Thailand about
1,500 anti-government protesters forced their way into the compound
of the army headquarters, the latest escalation in a city-wide
demonstration seeking to topple PM Yingluck Shinawatra.
2013 Nov 29, In Ukraine
thousands protested in Kiev, demanding the president's resignation
after he shelved a landmark agreement with the European Union in
favor of closer ties with Russia.
2013 Nov 30, The Organization
for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said the US has
offered to help destroy some of the most lethal parts of Syria's
chemical weapons stockpile at an offshore facility.
2013 Nov 30, Rev. Paul Crouch
(b.1934), co-founder with his wife, Janice, of the Trinity
Broadcasting Network (1973), died in southern California. TBN
currently ran on 84 satellite channels and over 18,000 TV and cable
(SFC, 12/4/13, p.D2)
2013 Nov 30, Actor Paul Walker
(40), a star in the “Fast and Furious" film series, died in a fiery
crash north of Los Angeles. Roger Rodas, his friend and financial
advisor, drove the 2005 Porsche and was also killed. His daughter
(15) became the sole beneficiery of his estimated $25 million
(SSFC, 12/1/13, p.A10)(SFC, 12/5/13, p.A12)(SFC,
2013 Nov 30, In New Mexico a
freight train derailed near Bayard killing 3 locomotive operators of
Southwest Railroad Inc.
(SFC, 12/2/13, p.A6)
2013 Nov 30, Five east African
countries signed a protocol to establish a monetary union, in a
first step towards creating a single currency. At a summit in
Kampala, leaders from Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda
inked the framework to set up a single market modelled after the
2013 Nov 30, In Australia a
shark attack killed Zach Young (19) as he body boarded near the
northern New South Wales city of Coffs Harbor in the nation's second
deadly attack this month.
2013 Nov 30, Britain said it is
giving 10 million pounds ($16.4 million) in aid to Central African
Republic amid a dramatic escalation in the former French colony's
2013 Nov 30, China urged India
not to aggravate problems on the border shared by the two nations, a
day after the Indian president toured a disputed region and called
it an integral part of the country.
2013 Nov 30, The Dominican
Republic in a presidential decree announced details of a special
naturalization process for undocumented "foreigners" and their
children born in the Dominican Republic.
2013 Nov 30, In Egypt Ahmad
Maher, a symbol of the popular uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni
Mubarak in 2011, turned himself in to the authorities after an order
for his arrest was made for defying a tough new law restricting
demonstrations. Security forces fired volleys of tear gas to
disperse stone-throwing protesters in central Cairo.
2013 Nov 30, The French
parliament backed a reform of the country's prostitution law that
will impose a 1,500-euro fine on anyone paying for sex. The bill
will give France some of the toughest legislation on prostitution in
Europe, similar to that of Sweden.
2013 Nov 30, In Greece about
1,000 supporters of the Golden Dawn party gathered outside
parliament to protest against the pre-trial detention of their
leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos on charges of forming a criminal
2013 Nov 30, Honduras election
officials said that conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez defeated
rival leftist presidential hopeful Xiomara Castro by eight
percentage points. Hernandez of the ruling National Party won 36.80%
of the vote in the Nov 24 election against 28.79% for Castro.
2013 Nov 30, In India Tehelka
Editor Tarun Tejpal (50) was taken into custody for allegedly
assaulting a female colleague in the elevator of a hotel in Goa.
Tejpal was charged on Feb 17, 2014, for sexual assault and rape.
Tehelka magazine was one that pushed Indian society to confront
corruption and sexual violence.
(SFC, 2/18/14, p.A2)
2013 Nov 30, In Iraq a car bomb
killed 4 people and wounded seven near a bus stop in Mahmoudiya, a
town just south of Baghdad.
2013 Nov 30, An Israeli
policeman shot dead a Palestinian in the town of Petah Tikva near
Tel Aviv after he tried to attack the arresting force. A
paramilitary Border Police unit was searching for Palestinians who
did not have a permit to stay in Israel when one of them tried to
stab a policeman.
2013 Nov 30, In Israel large
protests over a plan to resettle nomadic Bedouin Arabs in the
southern Negev desert caused injuries and led to some arrests as
well as condemnation from PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
2013 Nov 30, In Lebanon clashes
between supporters and opponents of the Syrian government killed 4
people in the northern city of Tripoli.
2013 Nov 30, In Libya
unidentified assailants overnight gunned down a soldier outside his
home and attacked a special forces base in Benghazi.
2013 Nov 30, North Korea state
media claimed that US tourist Merrill Newman (85), detained for more
than a month, has apologized for alleged crimes during the Korean
War and for "hostile acts" against the state during a recent trip. A
video of the apology was dated Nov 9.
2013 Nov 30, Pakistani PM Nawaz
Sharif promised Afghanistan that he would help arrange further
meetings between Afghan officials and a former Taliban commander as
part of renewed efforts to revive a defunct peace process.
2013 Nov 30, In Pakistan gunmen
fired on police officers protecting a team of polio workers on the
outskirts of Peshawar, killing one and wounding another.
2013 Nov 30, Thousands of South
Africans called online for the impeachment of President Jacob Zuma,
after a newspaper revealed a government document detailing the use
of public funds for lavish upgrades to his private home.
2013 Nov 30, In South Africa
dozens of Indonesian fishermen, who spent months stranded in Cape
Town's harbor, sleeping in cramped and suffocating quarters, were
taken ashore to a repatriation center after being stuck at sea on
Taiwanese vessels for years without pay.
2013 Nov 30, Sudanese media
said more than 11,000 Sudanese workers have returned voluntarily
from Saudi Arabia after an amnesty for foreign employees to legalise
2013 Nov 30, In Syria
government shelling of a market in al-Baba near Aleppo killed at
least six people.
2013 Nov 30, In Thailand
tensions escalated in Bangkik as opposition protesters tried to
force their way into PM Yingluck Shinawatra's heavily guarded
offices and attacked a bus carrying her supporters.
2013 Nov 30, Ukrainian police
in Kiev broke up a large anti-government demonstration in the city
center before dawn, swinging truncheons and injuring many.
Protesters took refuge inside the walls of a central Kiev monastery.
The opposition demanded that authorities call early presidential and
(AP, 11/30/13)(AFP, 11/30/13)(Reuters, 11/30/13)
2013 Nov 30, In Yemen thousands
demonstrated in Aden to demand a return to independence a day after
President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi said only autonomy was on the table.
2013 Nov, The US Postal Service
unveiled plans to open 84 post offices in Staples stores around the
country, but they would not be staffed by USPS union members.
(SFC, 12/3/13, p.D5)
2013 Nov, The price of a
Bitcoin, a digital currency, soared to over $1000 this month, from
less than $15 in January.
(Econ, 11/30/13, p.13)
2013 Nov, Bitly, popular site
for shortening Web addresses, got caught in the crossfire of
Venezuela's polarized politics shortly after President Nicolas
Maduro decided to block access to sites such as www.dolartoday.com
that publish the black market rate for the bolivar, which is now 10
times the official rate of 6.3 bolivars per dollar.
2013 Nov, Chinese officials
signed two agreements to import 500,000 cattle and three million
pigs from Romania over the next few years.
2013 Nov, An unpublished report
by the Democratic Republic of Congo’s public prosecutor’s office
said the country is owed an estimated $3.7 billion in unpaid customs
duties and fines by companies operating in its copper-rich Katanga
province between 2008 and 2013. News of the draft document was only
made public in Jan, 2014.
2013 Nov, Iran signed a deal to
sell Iraq arms and ammunition worth $195 million. Public notice of
the deal was only made public in Feb 2014.
2013 Nov, In Italy Francesco
Bidognetti, a top Camorra boss, was convicted of poisoning the water
table in the town of Gugliano with toxic waste and received a
20-year sentence. Camorra mobsters since 1991 have systematically
dumped, burned or buried nearly 10 million tons of waste, almost all
of it coming from factories that either don't seek to know where the
waste ends up or are complicit in the crimes.
2013 Nov, North Korea executed
two deputies of Jang Song Thaek, an uncle of leader Kim Jong Un, on
charges of corruption and anti-party activities.
(SFC, 12/4/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 1, A single engine
plane carrying 5 people disappeared in Idaho on its way from Oregon
to Montana. It was piloted by Dale Smith, co-founder of Serialtek, a
San Jose, Ca., hardware and software company.
(SFC, 12/4/13, p.A14)
2013 Dec 1, In Missouri a man
died and three people were taken in for questioning after an
altercation in the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium as the Kansas
City Chiefs played the Denver Broncos.
2013 Dec 1, In NYC a
Manhattan-bound commuter train ran off the tracks while rounding a
sharp curve in the Bronx. The seven-car train derailment killed 4
people and injured 11 critically. The train went into a curve at 82
mph and engineer William Rockefeller later said he had “nodded"
while at the controls.
(Reuters, 12/2/13)(SFC, 12/4/13, p.A7)
2013 Dec 1, Two Australian
scientists and their pilot were injured when their helicopter made
an emergency landing in Antarctica, leaving them stranded overnight
on the ice.
2013 Dec 1, Angelo Houssou, a
Benin judge who angered the president of the West African nation,
said he fled the country over the weekend and is seeking political
asylum in the United States.
2013 Dec 1, In Brazil Ambrosio
Vilhalva, a Guarani tribal elder, was stabbed to death at the
entrance of his community known as Guyra Roka, Mato Grosso do Sul
state. The indigenous leader had decades fought for his people's
right to live on their ancestral lands.
2013 Dec 1, Canadian police
said a naval engineer has been arrested and charged for taking steps
to transmit sensitive information to China related to shipbuilding
2013 Dec 1, Croats voted
overwhelmingly in favor of defining marriage in the constitution as
a "union of man and woman," after conservative groups, backed by the
Roman Catholic Church, demanded that the country's constitution
define the matrimony as a union of a man and a woman.
(AP, 12/1/13)(Reuters, 12/1/13)
2013 Dec 1, Egypt's
constitution-drafting panel approved a charter that preserves the
military's wide-ranging powers, including the ability to try
civilians, as police fired tear gas to disperse Islamists in Tahrir
2013 Dec 1, Honduras' defeated
leftist presidential candidate, the wife of ousted former leader
Manuel Zelaya, led thousands of supporters onto the streets of
Tegucigalpa to protest the election results.
2013 Dec 1, Iran said it is in
talks with Russia to build another nuclear plant at Bushehr, with
construction set to begin in 2014.
2013 Dec 1, In northern Iraq a
suicide bomber blew himself up at the funeral procession of a Sunni
Muslim tribal sheikh, killing at least 10 people and wounding 25.
Attacks across the country killed 28 people.
(Reuters, 12/1/13)(AFP, 11/2/13)
2013 Dec 1, In Italy at least 7
people died and three injured when the illegal Chinese-owned Teresa
Moda garment factory in an industrial zone in the town of Prato,
outside Florence, burned down.
(Reuters, 12/1/13)(SSFC, 10/19/14, p.A20)
2013 Dec 1, In Lebanon 3 people
were killed overnight in fighting in the northern city of Tripoli. A
security source said 10 people, including a woman and an off-duty
soldier, have been killed in two days of sectarian clashes in
northern Lebanon linked to the war in neighbouring Syria.
(AP, 12/1/13)(AFP, 12/1/13)
2013 Dec 1, In Mexico Some
40,000 teachers, union members and anarchist activists took to
Mexico City's streets in a demonstration on the first anniversary of
President Enrique Pena Nieto's inauguration.
2013 Dec 1, In Germany Heinrich
Boere (92), who murdered Dutch civilians as part of a Nazi Waffen SS
hit squad during World War II but avoided justice for six decades,
died in a prison hospital while serving a life sentence.
2013 Dec 1, A senior
Palestinian source said security forces have arrested 20 Salafists,
after a Gaza-based group affiliated with Al-Qaeda confirmed it was
operating in the West Bank for the first time. The source denied
that any of those arrested in the northern part of the
Israeli-occupied West Bank had ties to the global jihadist group set
up by the late Osama Bin-Laden.
2013 Dec 1, Syrian government
helicopters dropped makeshift bombs on Al-Bab, rebel-held town near
Aleppo. At least 20 people, including four children, were killed in
a second day of deadly air strikes there.
(AP, 12/1/13)(AFP, 12/1/13)
2013 Dec 1, Thailand police
fought off mobs of rock-throwing protesters armed with petrol bombs
who tried to battle their way into the government's
heavily-fortified headquarters in Bangkok. PM Shinawatra fled a
police complex during the sharpest escalation yet of the country's
2013 Dec 1, In Ukraine some
300,000 demonstrators chased away police to rally in the center of
Kiev, defying a government ban on protests on Independence Square
over the president's refusal to sign an agreement with the EU.
Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko, addressing hundreds of thousands
of protesters, called on President Viktor Yanukovich and his
government to resign. The protests turned violent when a group of
demonstrators besieged the president's office and police drove them
back with truncheons, tear gas and flash grenades.
(AP, 12/1/13)(Reuters, 12/1/13)
2013 Dec 1, The UN said Ivory
Coast sent hit squads to Ghana to kill followers of former strongman
Laurent Gbagbo and paid Liberian mercenaries not to stage
cross-border attacks for Gbagbo.
2013 Dec 1, In Yemen Al-Qaeda
suspects on a bike shot dead an army colonel and his son when he
stopped his car at a roundabout in al-Qatan. Yemen began enforcing a
temporary ban on motorbikes in the capital to prevent "shoot and
(Reuters, 12/1/13)(AFP, 12/2/13)
2013 Dec 2, US Pres. Obama
announced a $100 million initiative in pursuit of a cure for HIV at
a White House event marking World Aids Day.
(SFC, 12/3/13, p.A7)
2013 Dec 2, NASA said solar
observatories saw something emerge from around the sun following the
comet ISON’s close approach.
(SFC, 12/3/13, p.A7)
2013 Dec 2, In Hawaii a shark
attack killed a kayak fisherman off Maui.
(SFC, 12/3/13, p.A7)
2013 Dec 2, The Satanic Temple,
a New York-based group, launched a campaign to donate a monument to
stand next to Oklahoma’s Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma City.
(Econ, 12/14/13, p.41)
2013 Dec 2, In Afghanistan a
suicide truck bombing killed 4 police officers in Wardak province.
2013 Dec 2, In Armenia some 500
people marched through Yerevan to denounce visiting Russian
President Vladimir Putin and to protest against plans to join a
Moscow-led customs union.
2013 Dec 2, In Australia a
class action over birth defects linked to the morning sickness drug
thalidomide was settled in a court, with the British distributor
agreeing to pay victims Aus$89 million (US$81 million).
2013 Dec 2, China government
said it has punished almost 20,000 officials in the last year for
breaching rules to cut down on bureaucracy as well as pomp and
2013 Dec 2, A producer for
China's state broadcaster CCTV said that he had been fired after he
criticized the network's role in a controversial crackdown on online
rumors. Wang Qinglei made the statement in an open letter, which has
since been scrubbed from Chinese social media.
2013 Dec 2, Zhang Yimou (62),
one of China's top movie directors, admitted having three children
with his current wife, according to a studio media posting,
apologising after months of speculation he broke the country's
controversial family planning laws.
2013 Dec 2, China launched
Chang’e-3, its first moon rover mission, the latest step in an
ambitious space program seen as a symbol of its rising global
(AFP, 12/2/13)(Econ, 12/7/13, p.82)
2013 Dec 2, Egyptian police
fired tear gas as more than two thousand students backing ousted
Islamist president Mohamed Morsi entered Cairo's Tahrir Square to
demonstrate against July's military "coup."
2013 Dec 2, French police
arrested 45 people in a vast sweep against international arms
2013 Dec 2, Indonesia's
anti-graft agency questioned the energy minister over a corruption
scandal that has ensnared top oil officials and threatened to
tarnish President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's final year in office.
2013 Dec 2, In Iraq bombings
near the homes of government employees killed 3 people in a Sunni
suburb west of Baghdad.
2013 Dec 2, Lebanon’s
government authorized the army to take control of Tripoli following
three days of sectarian clashes that left 12 dead.
(SFC, 12/3/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 2, Mexican authorities
said a total of 64 bodies have been found in mass graves in the
western state of Jalisco, as they wrapped up a probe of alleged
victims of a drug cartel.
2013 Dec 2, In Mexico a truck
carrying cobalt-60, used for radiotherapy treatment to combat
cancer, was stolen. The IAEA later said the heist occurred in
Tepojaco, a town near Mexico City, and described the load as
"extremely dangerous" if damaged or removed from its protective
shielding. The truck was found abandoned on Dec 4. The highly
radioactive material had been removed from its container and was
found near the truck.
(AP, 12/4/13)(AP, 12/5/13)
2013 Dec 2, In northeastern
Nigeria hundreds of Islamic militants in trucks and a stolen armored
personnel carrier attacked an air force base on the outskirts of
Maiduguri before dawn. 24 insurgents were reported killed along with
2 air force personnel. Authorities imposed a 24-hour curfew
following the attack.
(AP, 12/2/13)(Reuters, 12/2/13)(SFC, 12/3/13,
2013 Dec 2, At a ceremoney in
Lomndonderry, Northern Ireland, French artist Laure Prouvost won
Britain's Turner prize for contemporary art for her video
installation set among a mock-tea party setting entitled "Wantee."
2013 Dec 2, In central Poland a
priest (49) was sentenced to more than eight years after being
convicted of sexually abusing five boys.
2013 Dec 2, Somalia's
parliament voted to sack PM Abdi Farah Shirdon and his Cabinet in a
no-confidence vote, after a row with the president that has
paralyzed the state and threatened a shaky recovery from war.
(Reuters, 12/2/13)(SFC, 12/3/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 2, In Syria opposition
fighters abducted 12 nuns from Maaloula, a predominantly Christian
village near the capital that was overrun by rebels. The nuns were
reported freed on March 9.
(AP, 12/3/13)(Reuters, 3/9/14)
2013 Dec 2, Thailand's PM
Shinawatra said she is willing to do anything it takes to end
violent protests against her government and restore peace, but
cannot accept the opposition's "unconstitutional" demand to hand
power to an unelected council.
2013 Dec 2, Turkey said it
stood by a bilateral oil deal with Iraq's Kurdistan region that
bypassed central government but sought to appease Baghdad by drawing
it into the arrangement.
2013 Dec 2, In Ukraine about
1,000 protesters blocked off the government's main headquarters and
surrounding streets, preventing employees getting to work, in
further protests at Kiev's policy U-turn away from integration with
2013 Dec 2, Venezuela's second
massive power outage of the year plunged much of the nation into
darkness, prompting renewed talk of sabotage from President Nicolas
Maduro's government and cries of incompetence from its foes.
2013 Dec 2, In southern Yemen
suspected al-Qaida militants attacked a military checkpoint in
Hadramawt province sparking a clash that left 3 militants and 2
2013 Dec 3, The US voiced
solidarity with Japan against China's claim to airspace over
disputed islands, vowing not to tolerate the aggressive move as VP
Joe Biden prepared to deliver that message personally to Beijing.
2013 Dec 3, In California El
Centro police officers pulled over Charlie Sampson (57) under
suspicion of his being a drug dealer. Police repeatedly ignored
signs of his medical distress and Sampson died hours later. An
edited video of the arrest was released on October 8, 2015.
2013 Dec 3, In Florida a number
of pilot whales were spotted in extremely shallow water in the
Everglades park south of Naples. 22 whales died after a pod of 51
was first spotted.
(SFC, 12/6/13, p.A12)(SFC, 12/9/13, p.A8)
2013 Dec 3, The Illinois
Legislature approved a historic plan to eliminate the state’s $100
billion pension shortfall. Gov. Pat Quinn said he will sign it.
(SFC, 12/4/13, p.A9)
2013 Dec 3, US Federal Judge
Steven Rhodes ruled that Detroit is eligible to proceed with its
Chapter 9 bankruptcy, the largest public US bankruptcy to date.
(SFC, 12/4/13, p.A9)(Econ, 12/7/13, p.29)
2013 Dec 3, In southern
Afghanistan roadside bombs killed 9 people, including six civilians,
as insurgents pressed forward with a relentless campaign against the
government and its security forces.
2013 Dec 3, In Belgium more
than 130 vehicles were involved in three pileups in a dense morning
fog. At least one person was killed.
(SFC, 12/4/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 3, Ida Pollock
(b.1908), romance novelist, died in southwest England. Her more than
120 books included some 70 "bodice-rippers" for romance publisher
Mills & Boon, the British arm of Harlequin Enterprises.
2013 Dec 3, In the Central
African Republic UN officials said at least 12 people of the Peuhl
Muslim minority, including children and a pregnant woman, have been
killed by Christian vigilantes.
2013 Dec 3, Prominent Egyptian
youth leader Ahmed Duma was arrested for participating in a protest,
the third pro-democracy activist to be detained within a week.
2013 Dec 3, Egyptian poet Ahmed
Fouad Negm (84), renowned for his revolutionary poetry and outspoken
criticism of Arab political leaders, died. He became recognized as a
voice of protest in 1967 when he wrote poems on the Arab-Israeli
war, which were highly acclaimed.
2013 Dec 3, French PM Jean-Marc
Ayrault said in a published interview that France will allow private
security forces to protect its shipping fleet against the threat of
2013 Dec 3, Retired French
general Paul Aussaresses (b.1918) died. He led a "death squadron"
that tortured people during Algeria's 1954-1962 war of independence.
In 2004 he was fined 7,500 euros ($10,200) for defending torture and
had his membership of the prestigious Order of the Legion d'Honneur
removed by then President Jacques Chirac.
2013 Dec 3, French experts
released findings that ruled out the poisoning theory of Yasser
Arafat and went in the sense of a natural death. This differed
significantly from those of Swiss scientists, who said last month
their research offered some support for the suggestion Arafat was
killed by polonium poisoning.
2013 Dec 3, Hong Kong officials
said they will quarantine 17 people after the city confirmed its
first human case of the deadly H7N9 bird flu.
2013 Dec 3, In Indonesia top
trade officials began talks that will either produce an eleventh
hour deal that could boost the global economy by $1 trillion or
possibly spell the end of the World Trade Organization's relevance
as a forum for negotiations.
2013 Dec 3, Iran's foreign
ministry asked Afghanistan not to sign a security deal with the US
that could keep thousands of American and allied forces in its
neighboring country for another decade.
2013 Dec 3, In Iraq attacks
mostly targeting Sunni Arab areas of Baghdad as well as northern and
western Iraq killed at least 23 people.
2013 Dec 3, Italian PM Enrico
Letta announced measures to try to combat a fresh rubbish emergency
in the area around the southern city of Naples where organized crime
and widespread abuse have created a chronic environmental crisis.
2013 Dec 3, In Mali excavation
began on a mass grave containing 21 skulls near the Kati military
barracks, formerly the fief of Gen. Amadou Haya Sanogo. The spot
where the remains were found matches the place where witnesses said
around 20 soldiers were shot and killed by troops loyal to Sanogo in
2013 Dec 3, Mexico's Senate
overwhelmingly approved an electoral reform demanded by the
opposition, helping pave the way for Congress to focus on an energy
bill at the center of President Enrique Pena Nieto's economic
2013 Dec 3, Netherlands-based
Royal Dutch Shell PLC said it has completed building the hull of the
world's largest floating facility, which has been constructed to
process natural gas off the coast of western Australia.
2013 Dec 3, Nigerian university
lecturers vowed to press on with their five-month strike over pay
and conditions, on the eve of a government ultimatum to go back to
work or be sacked.
2013 Dec 3, In Peru prosecutors
said the remains of 54 people, mostly women and children, have been
found in 19 graves in the town of Chungui. Experts believed the
victims were killed perhaps in 1986 during the first term of
president Alan García (1985-1990).
2013 Dec 3, In Russia Bolshoi
star dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko was sentenced to six years in prison
over an acid attack on the ballet's director that exposed vicious
backstage bickering and intrigue at the renowned theater.
2013 Dec 3, South Africa's
government launched a widely unpopular road toll around the economic
hub of Johannesburg, a move likely to heighten tensions with its
union allies and alienate some voters in the run-up to next year's
2013 Dec 3, South Korean
lawmakers said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is believed to have
dismissed Jang Song Thaek, a powerful uncle and a man key to his
rise to power, from his posts.
(Reuters, 12/3/13)(SFC, 12/5/13, p.A3)
2013 Dec 3, Syria's state TV
reported that a suicide attacker blew himself up in central
Damascus, killing 4 and wounding 17 others. Syria's Greek Orthodox
patriarch appealed for the quick release of 12 nuns abducted by
opposition forces a day earlier.
2013 Dec 3, Thailand's
government ordered police to stop confronting protesters demanding
the resignation of the prime minister, raising hope that days of
political violence may end, but the leader of the campaign said the
fight would go on.
2013 Dec 3, Ukraine's
opposition failed to force out the government with a parliamentary
no-confidence vote, leaving the country's political tensions
unresolved with calls for more mass protests.
2013 Dec 3, UN forces in
Democratic Republic of Congo launched unmanned aircraft to monitor
the volatile border with Rwanda and Uganda, the first time UN
peacekeepers have deployed surveillance drones. The UN announced its
peacekeeping troops will go after other armed groups in the DRC,
after helping to defeat the M23 rebel force.
(Reuters, 12/3/13)(AFP, 12/3/13)
2013 Dec 4, A Norman Rockwell
painting titled “Saying Grace" sold for a record $46 million at a
Sotheby’s auction in NYC.
(SFC, 12/5/13, p.A12)
2013 Dec 4, In Florida the
former Miami Art Museum opened as the $131 Perez Art Museum Miami.
(SSFC, 12/15/13, p.P3)
2013 Dec 4, Scientists reported
mitochondrial DNA results from a human thighbone found in Spain
estimated to be 400,000 years old. The DNA showed a closer relation
to Denisovans who lived in Siberia than to Neanderthals.
(SFC, 12/5/13, p.A9)
2013 Dec 4, Algerian army
helicopters killed a top al-Qaida leader and four associates as they
sped through the southern Algerian desert. Khalil Ould Addah, aka
Abu Bassen, a regional leader from the Sahara branch.
2013 Dec 4, In Argentina
violence in Cordoba left at least 3 people dead as a police sit-in
prompted hours of looting, robberies, injuries and vigilante mobs
trying to protect their neighborhoods. The violence ended when
police agreed to a 52% pay increase.
(SFC, 12/5/13, p.A2)(SSFC, 12/8/13, p.A6)
2013 Dec 4, It was reported
that Argentina’s Riachuelo river flowing through the La Boca
district of Buenos Aires has been named one of the planet's 10
2013 Dec 4, OPEC leaders
meeting in Austria agreed to hold its crude production ceiling at 30
million barrels per day despite oversupply concerns and competition
from cheaper shale oil.
2013 Dec 4, In Botswana the
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said key
states, where the illegal ivory trade flourishes, have pledged to
take urgent measures to try to halt the illicit trade and secure
elephant populations across Africa.
2013 Dec 4, British PM David
Cameron faced demands for the return of priceless artefacts looted
from Beijing in the 19th century, the last day of his visit to
2013 Dec 4, China accused
Washington of taking Japan's side in a tense clash over disputed
islands in the East China Sea, underscoring rising regional friction
as visiting Vice President Joe Biden met with Beijing's leaders.
2013 Dec 4, In eastern China
hazardous air pollution forced schools to shut or suspend outdoor
activities in at least two cities, where residents complained of the
yellow skies and foul smells that are symptomatic of the country's
crippling smog crisis.
2013 Dec 4, The European
Commission fined a group of major global banks a total of 1.7
billion euros ($2.3 billion) for colluding to profit from the
manipulation of key interest rates. The banks named as participating
in cartels were Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland,
Societe Generale, Credit Agricole, HSBC, JPMorgan, UBS and
2013 Dec 4, German officials
said hundreds of unsolved killings and attempted killings in the
country over the last two decades may have been committed by
(SFC, 12/5/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 4, In Iraq a car bomb
exploded at the gate of the Police Intelligence Department in the
religiously-mixed city of Kirkuk. Later, gunmen and suicide bombers
attacked a police intelligence headquarters and a nearby shopping
mall in a coordinated attack in Kirkuk, killing 11 people and
(AP, 12/4/13)(Reuters, 12/5/13)
2013 Dec 4, In Lebanon Hassan
al-Laqis (53), a senior Hezbollah leader, was killed overnight upon
returning home from work in Beirut. Hezbollah accused Israel for the
(AP, 12/4/13)(SFC, 12/5/13, p.A5)
2013 Dec 4, Libya's national
assembly voted to make sharia, Islamic law, the basis of all
legislation and for state institutions in a decision that may impact
banking, criminal and financial laws.
2013 Dec 4, In Morocco a
Cameroonian immigrant plunged to his death when police raided his
fourth-floor apartment in Tangiers, raising tensions in the city
after a similar death in October.
2013 Dec 4, Nicaragua police
said 6 suspected robbers and 4 police officers were killed in a
shootout in a remote rural part of the northwest.
2013 Dec 4, Nigerian police
said that they raided a home and freed 16 pregnant girls and young
women allegedly being forced to have babies to be sold.
2013 Dec 4, Scientists reported
mitochondrial DNA results from a human thighbone found in Spain
estimated to be 400,000 years old. The DNA showed a closer relation
to Denisovans who lived in Siberia than to Neanderthals.
(SFC, 12/5/13, p.A9)
2013 Dec 4, In Syria fighters
linked to Al-Qaeda executed Yasser Faysal al-Joumaili (32), an Iraqi
freelance cameraman. He was kidnapped by fighters of the Islamic
State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) while on his way out of Syria
and executed in the northwestern border province of Idlib.
2013 Dec 4, Tunisia's southern
Tozeur region ground to a halt, as the latest in a growing number of
strikes around the country was called to protest a lack of
2013 Dec 4, Ukraine's PM Mykola
Azarov warned protesters trying to blockade government buildings
they would be punished for any "illegal acts", as officials went to
Moscow seeking aid to avoid a financial meltdown. Thousands of
people continued to rally in Kiev against the decision to freeze
ties with the EU and get closer to Russia.
(Reuters, 12/4/13)(AP, 12/4/13)
2013 Dec 4, The Green Climate
Fund, designed as the UN’s most important funding body in the battle
on climate change in developing nations, launched its headquarters
in South Korea.
2013 Dec 5, The US Defense
Department said Djamel Saiid Ali Ameziane and Bensayah Belkecem, two
Algerian detainees at the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, have
been repatriated despite protest from the prisoners who feared
2013 Dec 5, In the US fast food
workers held some 100 rallies across the country calling for an
increase in the minimum wage from the current $7.25/hr.
(SFC, 12/6/13, p.C7)
2013 Dec 5, A study by the US
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said water pollution at
the Camp Lejeune military base in North Carolina has been linked to
increased risk of birth defects and childhood cancers.
2013 Dec 5, Illinois Gov. Pat
Quinn signed landmark legislation to reform the state’s underfunded
pension system. The reforms cut benefits for most employees and
retirees. Unions immediately threatened a lawsuit. On may 8, 2015,
the state Supreme Court struck down the legislation saying it would
leave pension promises diminished or impaired.
(SFC, 12/6/13, p.A10)(SFC, 5/9/15, p.A5)
2013 Dec 5, Australia and
Indonesia announced that they would set up a hotline as part of
efforts to repair relations following media reports last month that
Canberra had spied on top Indonesian officials.
2013 Dec 5, Heavy gunfire
erupted in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic.
French troops killed several rebels who were bearing down on them in
a pickup truck. Ex-Seleka fighters stormed Amite Hospital and
abducted at least nine patients by gunpoint in front of horrified
medical staff. The bodies of 11 young men were later found just
outside the hospital. Over 280 people were killed in the violence in
(AP, 12/5/13)(AP, 12/6/13)(AP, 12/8/13)
2013 Dec 5, Ethiopia said it
has repatriated over 100,000 citizens from Saudi Arabia, following a
violent crackdown against illegal immigrants in the oil-rich
2013 Dec 5, In Iraq gunmen shot
dead magazine editor Kawa Ahmed Germyani (32). He was investigating
corruption in the autonomous Kurdistan region. Police stormed a mall
in Kirkuk killing 3 militants. Attacks elsewhere in the country left
(AFP, 12/6/13)(SFC, 12/6/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 5, Kenyan lawmakers
adopted amendments to a controversial media bill despite an
opposition walk out and international concern about press freedom.
2013 Dec 5, In Libya unknown
assailants shot an American teacher to death as he was jogging in
2013 Dec 5, Moldova’s
Constitutional Court ruled that Romanian is now the official
language. The language, basically the same as Romanian, had been
renamed Moldovan under Soviet rule.
(SFC, 12/6/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 5, Myanmar’s Rangoon
Univ. reopened to undergraduates. It had been closed since 1988
following failed student uprisings.
(SFC, 12/5/13, p.A6)
2013 Dec 5, In southwest
Pakistan a bomb exploded outside a mosque in Chaman, the main border
town in southwestern Baluchistan, killing at least one person.
2013 Dec 5, Russia said it has
begun a criminal inquiry into suspected child trafficking in the US
following a Reuters investigation which found that adopted children,
some born in Russia, were being traded via the Internet.
2013 Dec 5, Hurricane-force
gusts hit Scotland, causing a fatal truck accident, halting all
trains and leaving tens of thousands of homes without electricity.
2013 Dec 5, In Somalia at least
8 people were killed when a suicide car bomber rammed a convoy in
the northern port of Bossasso, a Puntland region harboring
Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents where tensions are high ahead of
elections in January.
2013 Dec 5, In South Africa
former President and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela (b.1918)
died. He shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
2013 Dec 5, The South African
Cabinet ordered that an inter-ministerial task team report on the
funding of controversial security upgrades to President Jacob Zuma's
private home be released to the public.
2013 Dec 5, In Sudan a tribal
dispute on the border of the Darfur region killed 38 people
including 16 Maaliya and 22 Hamar tribesmen.
2013 Dec 5, Sweden's public
broadcaster said it has obtained secret documents leaked by former
National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden suggesting a
Swedish spy agency has been a key supplier of intelligence on
Russian leaders to the NSA.
2013 Dec 5, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said Jihadists in northern Syria have
kidnapped more than 50 Kurds in the past three days.
2013 Dec 5, In Yemen a suicide
bomber detonated his explosives-laden car at the Defense Ministry in
Sanaa, killing 18 soldiers and wounding at least 40. Officials said
11 gunmen also were killed in a firefight between troops and a
carload of attackers who arrived after the blast. Gunmen shot and
killed a Western doctor and a Filipina nurse in front of their
colleagues in a hospital inside the compound of the defense
ministry. Most of the attackers were Saudi nationals. Yemen’s branch
of al-Qaida took responsibility and on Dec 21 apologized for the
attack on the hospital that killed 52 people.
(Reuters, 12/5/13)(Reuters, 12/6/13)(SFC,
12/7/13, p.A4)(AP, 12/22/13)
2013 Dec 6, US FDA said it has
approved a new hepatitis C drug. The Sovaldi pills from Gilead
Sciences was approved for use in combination with older drugs to
treat the main forms of hepatitis C in the US. The US health
industry soon complained as the US price was the drug was set at
$1,000 a daily pill, or $84,000 for a 12-week treatment.
(SFC, 12/7/13, p.D3)(SSFC, 4/13/14, p.A1)
2013 Dec 6, In Texas Jerald
Cobbs, a former top executive of the Cancer Prevention and Research
Institute of Texas (CPRIT), was indicted over an improperly awarded
$11 million taxpayer funded grant.
(SFC, 12/7/13, p.A7)
2013 Dec 6, A winter storm that
some forecasters say is the worst to hit the United States in years
slammed the nation's midsection early today, snarling travel and
knocking out power for hundreds of thousands. At least two deaths
were reported on roads in Texas and Missouri.
2013 Dec 6, In London three
members of a self-styled "Muslim patrol" who harassed passers-by for
wearing short skirts, holding hands and drinking alcohol were jailed
for up to 16 months after admitting a variety of public order and
2013 Dec 6, The death toll from
hurricane-force Storm Xaver sweeping across northern Europe rose to
6 when high winds hurled a tree limb against a car, killing 3 people
in Poland. Britain and Denmark had already reported 3 deaths.
Thousands of people in Britain faced a second day of flooding as the
country confronted its worst tidal surge in 60 years after Xaver
roared across northern Europe.
(Reuters, 12/6/13)(AP, 12/6/13)
2013 Dec 6, In CAR 19 members
of the Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA, defected in the Central
African Republic where the rebels are being pursued by African Union
forces backed by American advisers.
2013 Dec 6, In China
authorities in Shanghai ordered schoolchildren indoors and a halt to
construction as the city, shrouded in yellow haze, suffered its
worst bouts of air pollution.
(SFC, 12/7/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 6, In China a woman
died of the H10N8 strain of bird flu, the first ever reported human
case of the virus.
2013 Dec 6, Egyptian police
used tear gas to end clashes in Cairo between supporters and
opponents of ousted Pres. Mohamed Morsi.
2013 Dec 6, Egyptian cleric
Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, aka Abu Omar, kidnapped as part of the
CIA's extraordinary rendition program, was convicted in absentia by
an Italian court of decade-old terror charges and sentenced to six
years in prison.
2013 Dec 6, French President
Francois Hollande told some 40 African leaders at a Paris summit
that the continent must "ensure its own security" in order to "take
charge of its destiny."
2013 Dec 6, Hong Kong reported
its second human case of H7N9 bird flu just days after the first,
raising fears that the virus is spreading beyond mainland China.
2013 Dec 6, Indian-owned luxury
carmaker Jaguar Land Rover announced plans to open a £240-million
manufacturing plant in Brazil.
2013 Dec 6, Japan enacted a
state-secrets law toughening penalties for leaks, despite public
protests and criticism that it will muzzle the media and help cover
up official misdeeds.
2013 Dec 6, Mexican officials
said 6 people tested for possible radiation exposure have been
released from hospital but remain under detention as suspects in the
theft of a truck carrying highly radioactive cobalt-60.
2013 Dec 6, In Mexico Guerrero
state officials found the dismembered bodies of 8 family members who
had been kidnapped a day earlier in the town of Teloloapan. Three
other members of the same family had also been kidnapped, including
an eight-year-old girl. But their whereabouts were unknown.
2013 Dec 6, The Norwegian oil
company Statoil announced the discovery of a major gas deposit with
its US partner ExxonMobil off the coast of Tanzania.
2013 Dec 6, In eastern Pakistan
gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire on a vehicle carrying
Shamsur Rehman, a leader of a hard-line Sunni group, killing him and
wounding a passer-by before fleeing in Lahore.
2013 Dec 6, Romania's Interior
Ministry said Adrian Procop (21), a Romanian man accused of stealing
seven masterpieces from a Dutch museum, was arrested in Britain
after months on the run. Procop entered the Kunsthal museum at night
in Oct 2012 with a friend, Radu Dogaru, and stole artworks worth 18
million euros ($24 million).
2013 Dec 6, Serbian police say
they have detained hundreds of people in a massive sweep against
drug traffickers throughout the Balkan country.
2013 Dec 6, Somali lawmaker
Feisal Warsame Mohamed was killed when a car bomb blew up his
vehicle outside the prime minister's office in Mogadishu.
2013 Dec 6, Key leaders of
South Sudan's ruling party charged President Salva Kiir with
"dictatorial" behaviour Friday, warning of instability threatening
the young nation in a deeply controversial challenge to his rule.
2013 Dec 6, In southeastern
Turkey two Kurdish protesters, aged 34 and 32, were shot dead in a
violent confrontation with police. The clashes were sparked by
claims that Kurdish rebel cemeteries had been destroyed.
2013 Dec 6, Ukrainian President
Viktor Yanukovich flew to Russia to meet Vladimir Putin, seeking aid
to shore up a creaking economy as protesters back home, opposed to
his U-turn away from Europe, defied police.
2013 Dec 6, The UN called for
an urgent investigation into allegations in a Reuters report that
Thai immigration officials moved Myanmar refugees into human
2013 Dec 7, Pentagon chief
Chuck Hagel said that Afghanistan's defense minister reassured him
that a security agreement with the US will be signed in a timely
2013 Dec 7, A cold snap in the
US led to at least 6 weather-related deaths in traffic accidents.
Over 100,000 people in the Dallas area were without power as were
thousands in other states.
(SSFC, 12/8/13, p.A12)
2013 Dec 7, Australia's first
gay marriages were celebrated in the national capital Canberra,
despite the prospect of a High Court decision ruling against the
unions later this week.
2013 Dec 7, In Colombia 8
people were killed in a bombing blamed on FARC rebels currently
engaged in peace talks with the government. 6 soldiers and 2
civilians died when a vehicle loaded with explosives blew up in the
small town of Inza.
2013 Dec 7, An Egyptian court
acquitted 155 people arrested during deadly clashes in the capital
between Islamist protesters and police in October.
2013 Dec 7, French President
Francois Hollande said France will increase its troop deployment in
Central African Republic to 1,600 soldiers by this evening. The
African Union agreed to increase its troops there to 6,000.
(Reuters, 12/7/13)(SSFC, 12/8/13, p.A4)
2013 Dec 7, In Bali, Indonesia,
WTO leaders, ending a 4-day meeting, reached a deal to boost global
trade. The Trade Facilitation Agreement was approved by the 159
member economies for the first time in nearly two decades, keeping
alive the possibility that a broader agreement to create a level
playing field for rich and poor countries can be reached in the
(AP, 12/7/13)(Econ, 2/4/17, p.64)
2013 Dec 7, In Iraq a bomb went
off inside an outdoor market in the northern city of Mosul, killing
two shoppers and wounding 15 others. An hour later 2 people were
killed and seven others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded on a
road frequently used by military convoys in Mishahda village, just
north of Baghdad. Attacks nationwide killed 16 people, nine of whom
were shot dead at alcohol shops in Baghdad.
(AP, 12/7/13)(AP, 12/8/13)
2013 Dec 7, The Italian foreign
ministry said Marcello Rizzo (55) has been kidnapped in the Niger
felta of Nigeria. Rizzo was said to have disappeared several days
2013 Dec 7, Two Japanese
whaling ships and a surveillance vessel left for the annual hunt in
the Antarctic Sea. The three ships departed from the western port of
Shimonoseki to join other ships to hunt up to 935 Antarctic minke
whales and up to 50 fin whales through March.
2013 Dec 7, In northern Kenya
more than 10 people were killed in fighting in the town of Moyale
where troops have been sent to stop a week of fighting between rival
ethnic groups that has sent thousands fleeing into Ethiopia.
2013 Dec 7, Moroccan police
violently suppressed a peaceful protest in the Western Sahara
against a planned EU fishing accord with Rabat that covers the
disputed territory's waters.
2013 Dec 7, North Korea freed
Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old US veteran of the Korean War, after a
2013 Dec 7, Pakistan's Supreme
Court identified six 'missing persons' who relatives say were
disappeared by the country's army from a detention center and
ordered the defence ministry to produce them.
2013 Dec 7, A Palestinian boy,
Wajih Wajdi Al-Ramah (15), died of a gunshot wound in the occupied
West Bank. His father and two friends blamed Israeli troops guarding
a nearby settlement for the shooting. The father said the boy had
left a grocery store when he was shot from the nearby settlement,
about 300 meters away.
2013 Dec 7, Polish authorities
said icy winter storms with hurricane-force winds battering northern
Europe have claimed four more lives in Poland, where some 350,000
homes remained without power. This brought the reported death toll
from the storms across north Europe to 14.
2013 Dec 7, In northeastern
Romania Chevron Oil Co. suspended exploration for shale gas after
hundreds of anti-fracking protesters tore down fences.
(SSFC, 12/8/13, p.A4)
2013 Dec 7, Sudanese President
Omar al-Bashir announced the resignation of First Vice President Ali
Taha. Taha was replaced by Lieutenant General Bakri Hassan Saleh.
2013 Dec 7, Syria’s largest
Islamist rebel force seized arms depots belonging to the mainstream
Western-backed Free Syrian Army. The Observatory said the arms had
been brought across the border from Turkey and that five fighters
were killed. Government aircraft pounded Raqqa, a rebel-held city in
the country's northeast, killing at least 18 people including five
(AFP, 12/7/13)(AFP, 12/8/13)
2013 Dec 7, Thai PM Yingluck
Shinawatra ruled out a political comeback for her influential
self-exiled brother and said an unpopular amnesty bill that would
have allowed him to return has been scrapped.
2013 Dec 8, In Washington DC
the Kennedy Center Honors were awarded to Carlos Santana, Billy
Joel, Herbie Hancock, Martina Arroyo and Shirley McClaine for their
impact on Amereican culture.
(SFC, 12/9/13, p.A8)
2013 Dec 8, In Connecticut a
man shot and killed 3 women and then killed himself in front of
police officers at an apartment complex in Manchester.
(SFC, 12/9/13, p.A8)
2013 Dec 8, A Bangladesh court
ordered authorities to hang Islamist leader Abdul Quader Molla (65),
months after he was sentenced to death, raising fears of a new wave
of clashes. On Dec 10 a late-night reprieve saved his life just
hours before he was to be hanged.
(AFP, 12/8/13)(AP, 12/11/13)
2013 Dec 8, British MPs lined
up to condemn plans by an independent body to grant them an
11-percent pay rise, embarrassed at how such largesse will be
perceived at a time of deep public spending cuts.
2013 Dec 8, Britain's National
Crime Agency (NCA) arrested three people following fresh allegations
of match-fixing at English non-league games.
2013 Dec 8, The mostly Muslim
fighters who control Central African Republic patrolled
neighborhoods across Bangui despite an order to return to their
barracks, reflecting the sectarian tensions still rippling across
the impoverished nation. The French foreign minister said violence
had killed at least 394 people in the past few days.
2013 Dec 8, India's Congress
party headed for a bruising defeat in key state elections, in early
results underlining the struggle it will face to cling to power in a
national election due by May. The main Hindu nationalist party
trounced the nationally ruling Congress in four heartland states and
knocked them out of New Delhi in a ballot contest closely watched
for clues to next year's general election.
(Reuters, 12/8/13)(AP, 12/8/13)
2013 Dec 8, In Iraq a series of
bombings across the country, including 14 blasts in and around
Baghdad, killed 39 people and wounded over 130.
(AP, 12/8/13)(AFP, 12/9/13)
2013 Dec 8, North Korea’s state
TV showed Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of Kim Jong Un, being stripped
of all his titles at a party meeting led by Kim Jong Un.
2013 Dec 8, The Philippine
government and the MILF, the main Muslim rebel group, signed a
crucial power-sharing accord, paving the way for a final peace
2013 Dec 8, Chevron said it has
resumed activities to build its first shale gas exploration well in
Romania, a day after protests forced the US energy giant to suspend
2013 Dec 8, Saudi authorities
beheaded Mohammed Zayer Khan Qol, a Pakistani man, after he was
convicted of smuggling drugs into the ultra-conservative Gulf state.
An AFP count put this as no. 73.
2013 Dec 8, In Singapore an
hour-long fracas was triggered when an Indian construction worker
was struck and killed by a private bus in the Little India district.
The rampage that left 39 police and civil defence staff injured, and
25 vehicles -- including 16 police cars -- damaged or torched.
2013 Dec 8, South Korea said it
has extended its air defense zone to partially overlap with a
similar zone declared by China two weeks ago that has sharply raised
2013 Dec 8, Sudan's President
Omar al-Bashir replaced his two vice-presidents and unveiled a new
cabinet after urgent calls for reform in the 24-year-old regime.
2013 Dec 8, The Sudan People's
Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N) launched attacks in Bau district of
Blue Nile state. Insurgents later said one rebel fighter was
reported killed and three wounded during attacks against military
convoys that also left several government troops dead.
2013 Dec 8, Syrian regime
forces made gains in the key town of Nabuk, one of the last
rebel-held areas in the Qalamoun region bordering Lebanon. Ali
Bazzi, a high-ranking Hezbollah military commander, was killed in a
2013 Dec 8, Thai PM Yingluck
Shinawatra proposed a referendum on her future and promised to
resign if that was what the people wanted, as anti-government
protesters prepared for a final push to try to force her from power.
Thailand's main opposition party resigned from Parliament.
(Reuters, 12/8/13)(AP, 12/8/13)
2013 Dec 8, UN inspectors
visited an Iranian plant linked to a planned heavy-water reactor
that could yield nuclear bomb fuel, taking up an initial offer by
Tehran to open its disputed nuclear program to greater scrutiny.
2013 Dec 8, Several hundred
thousand Ukrainians occupied a central square in the capital,
denouncing President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to turn away from
Europe and align with Russia. Protesters in the square knocked down
a 3.4 meter statue of Vladimir Lenin, erected in 1946.
(AP, 12/8/13)(AFP, 12/8/13)
2013 Dec 8, Venezuela held
municipal elections. The opposition saw this as a referendum on
Pres. Maduro’s performance amid soaring crime, high inflation, and
shortages of basic household items. Early results gave Socialists
and their allies 49 percent of votes, compared to 43 percent for the
opposition coalition and its partners.
(AFP, 12/8/13)(Reuters, 12/9/13)
2013 Dec 8, In Yemen gunmen in
car ambushes shot dead the head of security of the presidential
palace in Taiz, Brigadier General Saddam Hussein al-Dhahri. In a
separate incident Police Colonel Abdullah Gaithallah was similarly
killed in the southern province of al-Baida.
2013 Dec 9, Defense Secretary
Chuck Hagel ordered the US military to transport troops from Burundi
into the Central African Republic to help quell the latest upsurge
in violence there.
2013 Dec 9, The US remained in
the grip of Arctic air. 1,650 flights were cancelled and tens of
thousands of people were without power.
(SFC, 12/10/13, p.A8)
2013 Dec 9, Major technology
companies, stung by poor publicity for having helped the US
government access personal data, issued an open letter to Pres.
Barack Obama asking for tighter controls on surveillance.
2013 Dec 9, In southern
California charges were announced after 16 of 18 LA County current
and former sheriff’s deputies were arrested for corruption and civil
(SFC, 12/9/13, p.A10)
2013 Dec 9, Los Angeles MTA
officials began a crackdown on homeless people sleeping at Union
Station under a program that limits seats in the hub to ticketed
(SFC, 12/23/13, p.A7)
2013 Dec 9, In southern
California Angela Spaccia, the former assistant city manager of
Bell, was convicted of corruption. She had given herself huge raises
as most city residents lived in poverty.
(SFC, 12/10/13, p.A6)
2013 Dec 9, In southern
California Bob Filner, the former mayor of San Diego, was sentenced
to three months of home confinement and three years of probation for
harassing women while serving as mayor.
(SFC, 12/10/13, p.A6)
2013 Dec 9, California pledged
to restore 80,000 acres of the depleted Sacramento-San Joaquin River
Delta as part of a massive project to send fresh water from mountain
streams in the north to farmers and residents in the parched south.
2013 Dec 9, In Oakland, Ca.,
Jahi McMath (13) suffered a cardiac arrest during a tonsil operation
at Children’s Hospital. On Dec 12 doctors pronounced her brain dead.
Her family contended she was still alive and kept her connected to
breathing and feeding tubes. The family kept her on life support at
a New Jersey hospital until June 22, 2018.
(SFC, 12/26/13, p.A10)(SFC, 12/28/13, p.C4)(SFC,
2013 Dec 9, American film
actress Eleanor Parker (b.1922) died in Palm Springs. He Oscar
nominations included “Caged" (1950), “Detective Story" (1951) and
“Interrupted Melody" (1955).
(SFC, 12/11/13, p.A9)
2013 Dec 9, In Florida one
suspected Cuban migrant was found dead, and two others were missing
and feared drowned, after a homemade raft with a sole survivor on
board was found floating in Biscayne Bay.
2013 Dec 9, Two Damien Hirst
(48) signed prints, "Pyronin Y" and "Oleoylsarcosin," were taken
from the Exhibitionist Gallery in west London in the early hours by
a thief who forced the gallery doors.
2013 Dec 9, Canada signalled
intentions to claim the North Pole and surrounding Arctic waters
while announcing the filing of a UN application seeking to vastly
expand its Atlantic sea boundary.
2013 Dec 9, In Colombia Gustavo
Petro (53), the leftist mayor of Bogota, was removed from his post
for the mismanagement of garbage collection and banned from holding
office for 15 years, a blow to the nation's left as peace talks
continue with Marxist FARC rebels.
2013 Dec 9, An Egyptian court
sentenced three supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed
Morsi to life imprisonment, in the latest tough ruling against
opponents of the army-backed interim government.
2013 Dec 9, Water ministers
from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan held talks on an Ethiopian dam
project, after Egypt's objections delayed formation of a committee
to implement expert advice.
2013 Dec 9, A Paris auction of
sacred objects from the Hopi and San Carlos Apache Native American
tribes kicked off despite objections from the US and activists. The
auction fetched more than 550,000 euros. On Dec 11 a US charitable
foundation said that it was the anonymous bidder that paid $530,000
for 24 Native American masks in the auction and will return them to
the Hopi Nation in Arizona and the San Carlos Apache tribe
(AFP, 12/9/13)(AFP, 12/10/13)(AP, 12/11/13)
2013 Dec 9, Chancellor Angela
Merkel's conservative party backed a deal to form a new German
government with its center-left rivals, putting aside concerns over
concessions that include a national minimum wage and a move to make
it easier for some people to retire early.
2013 Dec 9, In Indonesia a
crowded commuter train crashed into a fuel tanker on the outskirts
of Jakarta, killing at least 10 people in a huge explosion and
2013 Dec 9, In Iraq a car bomb
near a cafe in Buhruz, Diyala province, killed 11 people. A roadside
bomb also exploded near a market in the Besmaya area southeast of
Baghdad, killing at least 2 people and wounding at least eight. In
the Suwaib area of south Baghdad, a roadside bomb killed 2 Sahwa
anti-Al-Qaeda fighters and wounded at least two others. A blast in
Madain killed at least one soldier and wounded at least two. At
least 21 people were killed across the country.
(AFP, 12/9/13)(AP, 12/9/13)
2013 Dec 9, Israel's parliament
moved to ensure African migrants who enter the country illegally can
be held without charge, despite a Supreme Court ruling that had
struck down a previous detention law.
2013 Dec 9, Representatives of
Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians signed a "historic" agreement to
link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead Sea.
2013 Dec 9, Kurdish rebels
freed four Turkish soldiers abducted in the southeast of the country
in the worst flareup of violence since a fragile ceasefire nine
2013 Dec 9, A Kuwait court
acquitted 70 people, including nine former lawmakers, of storming
the parliament in 2011 in an unprecedented protest against the then
prime minister, a senior member of the ruling family.
2013 Dec 9, In Libya gunmen
killed senior police officer Col. Ramadan al-Turouk in Sirte, the
hometown of former dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
2013 Dec 9, President Vladimir
Putin tightened his control over Russia's media by dissolving the
main state news agency and replacing it with an organization that is
to promote Moscow's image abroad. Putin appointed Dmitry Kiselyov to
head the resources of the former RIA Novosti, which was renamed
Rossiya Segodnya (Russia Today).
(Reuters, 12/9/13)(SFC, 12/10/13, p.A3)
2013 Dec 9, A Somali court
sentenced to jail a woman (19) who said she was raped and two
journalists who broadcast her story, saying they were guilty of
defamation and insulting state institutions. The woman, who is also
a journalist, was handed a suspended six-month jail sentence for
defamation and lying, during which time she will be confined to her
2013 Dec 9, Syrian troops
captured a western town near the country's main north-south highway
as the government forged ahead with a punishing offensive in a
mountainous region near the border with Lebanon.
2013 Dec 9, In Syria Razan
Zaitouneh (36), a well-known rights activists, her husband and two
colleagues were abducted by gunmen from her office in Douma, a
rebel-held town on the outskirts of Damascus. Five years later her
fate remained unknown.
2013 Dec 9, Thailand's PM
Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the lower house of Parliament and
called for early elections.
2013 Dec 9, In Ukraine
hundreds of police in full riot gear flooded into the center of Kiev
as mass anti-government protests gripped the capital for yet another
week. Heavily armed riot troops broke into the offices of a top
opposition party in Kiev and seized its servers.
2013 Dec 9, The World Health
Organisation and UNICEF announced the launch of a polio vaccination
campaign for 23 million children in the Middle East after 17 cases
were discovered in Syria.
2013 Dec 10, Key members of the
US Congress reached a modest budget agreement to restore $63 billion
in automatic cuts from programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon.
(SFC, 12/11/13, p.A8)
2013 Dec 10, Five American
financial regulators approved the Volcker rule. It prohibits deposit
taking banks from trading on their own account.
(Econ, 12/14/13, p.21)
2013 Dec 10, Fresh winter snow
moved into the US mid-Atlantic region, shutting schools and offices
in the nation's capital and elsewhere as the mid-section of the
country remained in the grip of Arctic air.
2013 Dec 10, In northern
Argentina 7 people died overnight in looting sparked by a police
strike. At least 10 deaths were blamed on police since their job
action began a week ago.
(AFP, 12/10/13)(SFC, 12/12/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 10, China's cabinet,
the State Council, announced that it was removing 82 powers from a
number of central government ministries, including the powerful
National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry
of Environmental Protection. The Ministry of Human Resources said
the retirement age, currently at 60 for men and 55 for female white
collar workers, would be gradually raised.
(Reuters, 12/10/13)(SSFC, 12/15/13, p.A20)
2013 Dec 10, In China a dozen
residents of Wuhan, Hubei province, drank pesticide in Beijing to
protest the demolition of their homes. All 12 survived and were
treated for poisoning.
(SFC, 12/12/13, p.A6)
2013 Dec 10, In Egypt police
fired tear gas to prevent students of the Islamic Al-Azhar
University from taking protests outside their campus, in the third
straight day of unrest there.
2013 Dec 10, French businessman
Jean-Claude Ma, who sold tens of thousands of breast implants filled
with industrial-grade silicone and prone to leaks, was convicted of
fraud and sentenced to the maximum four years in prison.
2013 Dec 10, Two French
soldiers were killed in overnight fighting in the Central African
Republic, France's first casualties in an operation to restore
stability in its former colony.
2013 Dec 10, In Iraq a suicide
bomber killed 11 people and wounded 19 at the Abu Idris shrine in
2013 Dec 10, In Jamaica the
Caribbean Community Reparations Commission identified eight nations
that should work with regional governments to address slavery
reparations. Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden were added
to a list that already included Britain, France and the Netherlands.
(SFC, 12/11/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 10, In Kenya gunmen
killed 8 people including 5 policemen and wounded at least two
others in an ambush in the Garissa region close to war-torn Somalia.
(AFP, 12/10/13)(AFP, 12/15/13)
2013 Dec 10, In Kuwait leaders
of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) gathered for a
2-day meeting to discuss plans to boost economic integration as well
as defence and security coordination.
2013 Dec 10, Mexican
authorities said police have arrested a man accused of ordering and
participating in the murders of more than 200 people, including
kidnap victims, rival gang members and drug dealers. Felipe Viveros
Garcia (30) was detained in the western state of Jalisco along with
two other suspects, Jose Bernabe Lopez Alcaraz (43) and Froylan
Barrera Morales (40).
2013 Dec 10, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin ordered the military to step up its presence in the
Arctic after Canada signalled its intention to claim the North Pole
and surrounding waters.
2013 Dec 10, A Saudi court
jailed an Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist for 16 years for plotting to kill
the kingdom's grand mufti, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah al-Sheikh,
and other clerics. The sentence which includes 40 lashes and a
16-year travel ban.
2013 Dec 10, In Singapore the
US and 11 other nations negotiating a free trade zone stretching
from Chile to Japan failed to reach a final agreement, but indicated
they were closing in on a landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership.
2013 Dec 10, Singapore filed
charges against 24 Indian nationals who allegedly took part in its
first riot for over 40 years, as officials and activists warned
against inciting racial hatred over the incident.
2013 Dec 10, In South Africa
world leaders, family, friends and thousands of mourners paid
tribute to South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.
Thousands attending the commemoration booed and jeered President
Jacob Zuma. President Barack Obama was cheered and shook hands with
Cuban President Raul Castro in a simple gesture stoked talk of a
possible rapprochement between the leaders of two Cold War foes.
(AP, 12/10/13)(Reuters, 12/11/13)
2013 Dec 10, Nobel Prize
winners collected their awards in Sweden amd Norway.
2013 Dec 10, Syrian government
troops pounded a rebel stronghold near the Lebanese border, with
airstrikes and artillery hitting Yabroud in the mountainous region
where they believe opposition fighters are holding a group of nuns.
In the north fighters belonging to rival Islamic rebel groups
battled each other, killing at least 12.
2013 Dec 10, Thai PM Yingluck
Shinawatra pleaded for anti-government protesters to clear the
streets after she called a snap election, but protests leaders said
she should step down within 24 hours. Elections were scheduled for
2013 Dec 10, Officials in
Istanbul, Turkey, said they plan to introduce floating car parks to
try to resolve the chronic traffic problems. They will use
out-of-service ferries anchored in the Bosphorus to create
multi-storey lots near traffic hotspots.
2013 Dec 10, In Ukraine about
2,000 pro-Europe protesters huddled by braziers in their main tented
camp in snowbound Kiev, in defiance of riot police who herded them
away from government buildings overnight.
2013 Dec 10, The UN said it
would for the first time begin airlifting food and other aid items
across the border from Iraq to Syria after receiving the go-ahead
from both governments.
2013 Dec 10, The UN command and
Congolese troops launched an offensive in the eastern Democratic
Republic of Congo against against the FDLR (Democratic Forces for
the Liberation of Rwanda), a Rwandan rebel group linked to the 1994
2013 Dec 10, Uruguay gave
congressional approval for the legalization of marijuana. President
Jose Mujica was expected to sign it.
2013 Dec 11, The United States
and Britain suspended all non-lethal aid to the opposition in
northern Syria after Islamist rebels seized key bases and warehouses
belonging to the Western-backed Free Syrian Army.
2013 Dec 11, The US FDA said it
will begin curbing the use of some medically important antibiotics
commonly fed to animals to fatten them up for market. A 3-year plan
to implement this was called the Veterinary Feed Directive.
(SFC, 12/12/13, p.A1)
2013 Dec 11, Time magazine
selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year, saying the Catholic
Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old
institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.
2013 Dec 11, A small plain
crashed off of Molokai, Hawaii, killing Loretta Fuddy, the director
of the state health dept. Eight other people survived.
(SFC, 12/13/13, p.A13)
2013 Dec 11, In Illinois inmate
Stanley Wrice (59) was freed from prison after spending 30 years
behind bars for confessing under torture to a rape that he did not
commit. He had confessed to the 1982 sexual assault after two
officers under former Lt. Jon Burge beat him in the groin and face.
(SFC, 12/12/13, p.A10)
2013 Dec 11, A $122 million
Powerball lottery draw went to two winners, a couple in Nebraska and
a couple in Massachusetts.
(SFC, 1/3/14, p.A6)
2013 Dec 11, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber attacked a convoy of German troops near the
international airport in Kabul. The attacker was killed and there
were no ISAF casualties to report.
2013 Dec 11, A Bahraini court
sentenced 12 Shiite Muslims to 15-year jail terms for attacking a
car warehouse during unrest in the Sunni-ruled kingdom in February
2013 Dec 11, In Bangladesh
deposed military dictator Hussein Mohammad Ershad was detained by
Rab (Rapid Action Battalion). The hybrid crime-fighting force picked
the Jatiya Party chief up from his residence in Dhaka.
2013 Dec 11, British regulators
announced a record £28 million fines against state-rescued Lloyds
Banking Group after finding staff were at risk of selling unsuitable
products amid the lure of bonuses.
2013 Dec 11, G8 health
ministers met in London to tackle what experts warn is a dementia
time-bomb, with cases set to soar as the world's population ages.
2013 Dec 11, Canada's postal
service said it will phase out door-to-door mail delivery in
response to falling mail volumes and big financial losses. Canadians
will instead have to collect their mail from corner community
mailboxes that are to be set up in cities nationwide.
2013 Dec 11, Air Canada
announced it had placed a firm $6.5 billion order for 61 Boeing 737
MAX narrow-body aircraft, with options on 18 more planes and
purchase rights for 30 others.
2013 Dec 11, Chinese sources
said authorities have put Zhou Yongkang, one of the most powerful
politicians of the last decade, under virtual house arrest while the
ruling Communist Party investigates accusations of corruption
2013 Dec 11, The trial of
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood chief and his deputies on charges related
to protest deaths came to an abrupt end when the judges quit in
protest at chaos in the dock.
2013 Dec 11, Germany police
said a sapling cloned from the tree that lifted Anne Frank's spirits
while she hid from the Nazis in Amsterdam was felled and stolen over
the weekend from outside a school in Frankfurt bearing the name of
the Jewish teenage diarist.
2013 Dec 11, In western Germany
a building crane collapsed onto a supermarket, killing one person
and injuring at least five others in Bad Homburg.
2013 Dec 11, India's Supreme
Court struck down a 2009 lower court decision to decriminalize
homosexuality, dealing a blow to gay activists who have fought for
years for the chance to live openly in India's deeply conservative
society. The court said only lawmakers can change a colonial era law
that bans same-sex relations. Gay sex was reinstated as a criminal
offense, punishable up to 10 years in prison.
(AP, 12/11/13)(SSFC, 12/15/13, p.A20)(Reuters,
2013 Dec 11, Iran released the
last two of eight Slovak paragliders arrested for allegedly spying
after PM Robert Fico and Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak flew in to
secure their release.
2013 Dec 11, Italian PM Enrico
Letta won a parliamentary confidence vote triggered by the fall of
Silvio Berlusconi, promising to push through a pro-European reform
agenda and fight populism.
2013 Dec 11, Myanmar freed 41
political detainees, bringing the country close to fulfilling a
pledge by President Thein Sein to release all prisoners of
conscience by the end of the year.
2013 Dec 11, Saudi Arabia and
its Gulf Arab neighbors wrapped up a summit meeting in Kuwait by
agreeing to establish a joint military command, paving the way for
tighter security coordination.
2013 Dec 11, In Syria 32 people
were killed in the town of Adra northeast of Damascus after an
al-Qaida-linked rebel faction attack. The dead were primarily
members the Alawite sect, as well as a few Druse and Shiite Muslims.
2013 Dec 11, Ukrainian police
pulled back as protesters claimed victory after an overnight
face-off in which authorities removed barricades and tents and
scuffled with demonstrators occupying Kiev's main square.
2013 Dec 12, The Obama
adminsitration announced an expanded list of Iranian companies and
individuals that it said it would target to block their trading
activities around the world due to sanctions violations.
(SFC, 12/13/13, p.A11)
2013 Dec 12, US authorities
said three Chinese nationals have been charged in two separate cases
of trying to steal seed-technology, trade secrets under development
in the United States.
2013 Dec 12, USAID acting
Mission Director Christopher Cushing said a decision to leave
Ecuador by Sep 2014 comes as a result of Ecuador’s decision to
prohibit approval of new USAID assistance programs.
2013 Dec 12, US federal bus
regulators said they have shut down over 50 motor coach companies in
a nationwide crackdown on unsafe outfits.
(SFC, 12/13/13, p.A13)
2013 Dec 11, In Minnesota Keith
Michael Novak (25) was put under federal custody following fraud
charges in connection with the ID theft of some 400 members of his
former Army unit in Fort Bragg, NC.
(SFC, 12/13/13, p.A17)
2013 Dec 12, In NYC Devyani
Khobragade, India's deputy consul general, was arrested and strip
searched for allegedly underpaying her nanny and committing visa
fraud to get her into the United States.
(SFC, 12/18/13, p.A8)
2013 Dec 12, World stock
markets extended losses after an apparent budget deal in the US
Congress reinforced expectations the Federal Reserve will cut its
monetary stimulus as early as next week.
2013 Dec 12, In Afghanistan a
large bomb accidentally exploded inside a weapons depot in downtown
Kabul, but no one was hurt.
2013 Dec 12, Australia's top
court struck down gay marriage in the nation's capital, ruling that
parliament must decide on same-sex unions.
2013 Dec 12, Bangladesh's
Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution of Abdul Quader
Molla, an opposition leader convicted of war crimes, rejecting a
last-minute appeal in a case that threatens to spark fresh violence
ahead of national elections next month. Abdul Quader Molla was sent
to the gallows at a prison in Dhaka late today.
(AP, 12/12/13)(AFP, 12/13/13)
2013 Dec 12, Britain’s
Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), the body which
sets MPs' pay, recommended an 11 percent pay rise despite a public
outcry and PM David Cameron plus other top politicians rejecting the
2013 Dec 12, In the Central
African Republic 27 Muslims were killed by so-called
self-defense militias, known as anti-Balaka, in the western village
of Bohong. Fighting and sectarian violence has killed 450 people in
Bangui and 160 elsewhere in the country in the past week alone.
2013 Dec 12, Congo and the
so-called M23 rebels signed a peace agreement that will see the
insurgent group demobilize its fighters and transform itself into a
2013 Dec 12, India's ruling
party slammed the Supreme Court for reinstating a ban on gay sex,
taking an unexpectedly bold stance ahead of elections in the
religiously conservative nation.
2013 Dec 12, A senior Iranian
nuclear negotiator said new sanctions by the US on Iranian companies
and individuals violate the spirit of a deal made between Tehran and
the West over its nuclear program.
2013 Dec 12, Iraq signed a $1.1
billion deal to buy 24 multi-role light fighters from South Korea.
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) said it would deliver the T-50IQ, a
variant of its T-50 supersonic aircraft, to Baghdad between 2015 and
2013 Dec 12, In Italy grass
roots protests dubbed the Pitchfork Protests continued for a 4th day
in cities and towns reflecting the pain of a continuing recession.
(SFC, 12/13/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 12, Mexico's Congress
overwhelmingly voted to open up the country's oil and gas sector to
private investment in the biggest overhaul of the industry since it
was nationalized in 1938.
2013 Dec 12, In North Korea
Jang Song Thaek (67), the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un, was tried for
treason by a special military tribunal and executed. State media
accused Jang of destroying the economy for his personal benefit and
blamed him for masterminding the 2009 currency revaluation that
sparked rare protests in North Korea.
2013 Dec 12, Russian President
Vladimir Putin used his state-of-the-nation address to defend
conservative values, referring obliquely to his government's
anti-gay stance as he chided the West for treating "good and evil"
equally. Putin also made a new attempt to woo Ukraine after the EU
and US stepped up efforts to pull Kiev out of its former Soviet
master's orbit. He also announced a set of initiatives to crack down
on Russian companies who register and pay taxes in offshore
2013 Dec 12, Saudi Arabia's
Grand Mufti, the highest religious authority in the birthplace of
Islam, condemned suicide bombings as grave crimes, reiterating his
stance in unusually strong language in the Saudi-owned Al Hayat
2013 Dec 12, In Spain
separatist parties in the northeastern Catalonia region agreed the
wording of an independence referendum on November 9, 2014, but the
Spanish government said the vote was illegal and would not happen.
2013 Dec 12, Syria's
Western-backed opposition said it had invited Islamist fighters to
secure its depots on the Turkish frontier after an attack by al
Qaeda militants. Islamist rebels killed at least 15 civilians from
the minority Alawite and Druze sects in the central Syrian city of
Adra over the last 48 hours.
2013 Dec 12, In Thailand
protesters cut off electricity to the prime minister's office
compound and demanded that police abandon the premises, piling fresh
pressure on Thailand's government in a political crisis that has
dragged on for weeks.
2013 Dec 12, Pope Francis said
in the first peace message of his pontificate that huge salaries and
bonuses are symptoms of an economy based on greed and inequality and
called again for nations to narrow the wealth gap.
2013 Dec 12, In Yemen a drone
strike on a wedding convoy in Radda killed 17 people, mostly
civilians. Two of the dead, Saleh al-Tays and Abdullah al-Tays, had
figured in the past on Yemeni government lists of wanted Al-Qaeda
suspects. On Feb 20, 2014, a Human Rights Watch report listed the
names and ages of 12 men who witnesses said were killed by four
(AFP, 12/13/13)(AP, 2/20/14)
2013 Dec 13, In southern
California Brian Beaird (51), a National Guard veteran, was shot and
killed following a police chase for reckless driving. The shooting
was captured on live television and showed Beaird being shot after
he stepped out of his car with his hands raised. In 2014 the LA City
Council voted to pay $5 million to Beaird’s family.
(SFC, 8/21/14, p.D2)
2013 Dec 13, In the SF Bay Area
the Sonoma Land Trust in a complicated $8.3 million deal acquired
4,400 acres of dry land on Skaggs Island with plans to restore it
back to a functioning marsh.
(SFC, 12/14/13, p.D1)
2013 Dec 13, Colorado schoolboy
Karl Pierson (18), armed with a shotgun, opened fire and wounded two
fellow students at Arapahoe High School in Centennial before killing
himself. Student Claire Davis (17), shot in the face, died on Dec 21
after eight days on life support. Pierson had been demoted from
captain of the debate team and was believed to have been targeting
the team coach.
(AP, 12/14/13)(AFP, 12/22/13)(SSFC, 8/17/14,
2013 Dec 13, In Kansas airport
worker Terry Lee Loewen (58) was arrested at Wichita’s Mid-Continent
Regional Airport as part of an FBI sting. He planned to attack the
airport with what he thought were explosives loaded in a car in as
plot aiming to support al-Qaida. On June 8, 2015, Loewen admitted to
plotting a suicide bomb attack.
(SFC, 12/14/13, p.A7)(SFC, 6/9/15, p.A6)
2013 Dec 13, A US federal judge
struck down parts of Utah’s anti-polygamy law as unconstitutional.
Judge Clark Waddoups ruled that part of the state law prohibiting
cohabitation violated the First amendment. He left standing the
state’s ability to prohibit multiple marriages.
(SSFC, 12/15/13, p.A13)
2013 Dec 13, Bangladesh was
rocked by a new wave of deadly violence as Islamist supporters went
on the rampage to vent their fury at the execution of Abdul Quader
Molla for war crimes. 3 protesters were killed and 2 activists from
the ruling Awami League were hacked to death. An Islamist became the
latest fatality after he was shot dead during clashes with ruling
party activists in the southern town of Sonaimuri.
2013 Dec 13, Prince Harry
became the first member of Britain's royal family to reach the South
Pole after a three-week charity trek with injured military veterans
from Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia.
2013 Dec 13, China formally
charged Xu Zhiyong, a prominent campaigner for officials to reveal
their wealth, after police accused him of breaking the law by
organizing demonstrations. Zhiyong, who has also pushed for greater
civil rights, was arrested in August in a case that exposed
shortcomings in the government's drive against deep-rooted
2013 Dec 13, In western China a
gas explosion at a coal mine killed 21 workers in Xinjiang
region's Changji prefecture.
2013 Dec 13, Egyptian security
forces fired tear gas to disperse dozens of Islamist demonstrators
marching across the country to demand the release of detained
student protesters. Two young men were killed in the clashes.
(AP, 12/13/13)(AFP, 12/14/13)
2013 Dec 13, The European Union
Rule of Law Missio said a suspected mass grave has been discovered
at the Rudnica quarry in Serbia believed to contain bodies of ethnic
Albanians who were killed during the 1998-99 war between Serbia and
2013 Dec 13, Europe's
second-highest court said it has overturned a decision by the
European Commission to allow the cultivation and sale of a
genetically modified potato developed by German chemicals group
2013 Dec 13, Iran quit nuclear
talks with world powers, accusing Washington of going against the
spirit of a landmark agreement reached last month by expanding its
2013 Dec 13, Twenty-two Iraqi
suspects facing terrorism charges escaped from a prison in northern
Baghdad after killing a security guard, but most were rearrested
later in the day. Masked gunmen killed 18 people, most of them
Iranians, working on a gas pipeline outside the northeastern town of
Muqdadiya. Violence across the country killed 37 people.
(AP, 12/13/13)(Reuters, 12/13/13)(AFP, 12/13/13)
2013 Dec 13, Italian police
said they have arrested 30 people linked to Matteo Messina Denaro,
the head of Cosa Nostra, including his sister and several cousins in
2013 Dec 13, A Malawi Catholic
rights group accused President Joyce Banda of being "part and
parcel" of a massive fraud scandal that has rocked her government
2013 Dec 13, Mexico's Senate
passed the most dramatic political reform in decades that would
allow re-election of some public officials, create new electoral
oversight and make the Attorney General's office independent from
2013 Dec 13, Nigerian air raids
in the northeast reportedly killed scores of fighters attending the
burial of fellow insurgents.
2013 Dec 13, In northwest
Pakistan attacks on polio teams killed a polio worker and two
policemen assigned to protect one of the teams.
2013 Dec 13, Philippine
officials said the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan that struck on Nov
8 has passed 6,000 with nearly 1,800 people missing.
2013 Dec 13, Rwanda's supreme
court extended the jail term of Victoire Ingabire, an opposition
politician, to 15 years from eight after she sought to overturn her
initial conviction for trying to undermine the state and minimizing
the 1994 genocide. Human Rights Watch said some of the charges were
politically motivated and the trial raised questions about the
independence of the judiciary.
2013 Dec 13, Syria’s state news
agency SANA reported that authorities have freed for "humanitarian
reasons" 366 detainees from Aleppo prison in the north of the
country which is under rebel siege. Islamist rebels linked to al
Qaeda kidnapped at least 120 Kurdish civilians from a village near
the Turkish border in Aleppo province.
(AFP, 12/13/13)(Reuters, 12/13/13)
2013 Dec 13, Ukrainian
President Viktor Yanukovich made few concessions in crisis talks
with the opposition, his first direct attempt to defuse weeks of
unrest over a policy swerve to Russia away from Europe. A Ukrainian
court released all those arrested during a violent police dispersal
of demonstrators near the presidential administration building, one
of the demands of the opposition that has conducted three weeks of
(Reuters, 12/13/13)(AP, 12/13/13)
2013 Dec 13, A UN inquiry
published today said chemical weapons were likely used in five out
of seven attacks investigated by UN experts in Syria, where a 2
1/2-year civil war has killed more than 100,000 people.
2013 Dec 13, UN peacekeeping
chief Herve Ladsous said an arsenal of weapons have been found by UN
peacekeepers, including heavy caliber arms and enough ammunition to
last a year, at the site of the last stand by M23 rebels in eastern
Democratic Republic of Congo.
2013 Dec 14, In southern
California 4 people died in a car crash in Compton as a car with 3
male occupants fled sheriff’s deputies and ran a red light striking
another car driven by a woman in her 20s.
(SSFC, 12/15/13, p.A12)
2013 Dec 14, Visiting Afghan
President Hamid Karzai said in New Delhi he no longer "trusts" the
United States, accusing the Americans of saying one thing and doing
another in his troubled homeland.
2013 Dec 14, Brazil was rocked
by a fourth fatal World Cup stadium accident as a young construction
worker fell to his death.
2013 Dec 14, Peter O'Toole
(b.1932), the star of "Lawrence of Arabia," died in London.
2013 Dec 14, In the Central
African Republic a mob in Bangui hacked a Muslim motorcyclist to
death in the Combattant district not far from the airport. Moments
later residents brandished the man's cut-off hands.
2013 Dec 14, Chinese state
media said authorities have detained 1,300 people for producing and
selling fake medicine as part of an intensified government
2013 Dec 14, China successfully
carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the
moon in nearly four decades. The Chang’E 3 deployed a small rover
called Yutu (Jade Rabbit), which traveled for 114 meters befor
(AP, 12/14/13)(Econ., 3/14/15, p.82)
2013 Dec 14, In CongoDRC
unknown assailants over the last 24 hours killed people 21 in the
villages of Musuku and Mwenda, in the eastern territory of Beni. The
victims, including women and children, were found hacked to death
and some were mutilated.
2013 Dec 14, In Egypt an
Egyptian Copt was sentenced to life in prison as 10 others got jail
terms from six months to 15 years over sectarian deaths in April.
2013 Dec 14, Iran said it has
successfully sent a monkey into space for a second time, part of an
ambitious program aimed at manned space flight.
2013 Dec 14, Iran’s
semi-official Fars news agency reported that Iranian intelligence
authorities have arrested a man on charges of spying for Britain's
2013 Dec 14, Iran said it has
canceled a planned $500 million loan to Pakistan to build part of a
pipeline to bring natural gas from the Islamic Republic.
2013 Dec 14, In Iraq bombings
and a shooting killed 12 people around Baghdad.
(AP, 12/14/13)(SSFC, 12/15/13, p.A8)
2013 Dec 14, Japan and
Southeast Asian countries (ASEAN) called for freedom of the air and
sea, as China's military assertiveness raises regional tensions.
2013 Dec 14, In Kenya a
suspected grenade attack on a minibus in Nairobi killed 4 people
near a Somali-dominated area of the city. 2 more died of their
wounds the next day. One person was killed and three injured in a
double explosion at a market in the town of Wajir.
(Reuters, 12/14/13)(AFP, 12/15/13)(AP, 12/15/13)
2013 Dec 14, In Mali a car bomb
killed two UN Senegalese peacekeepers and destroyed the only
operating bank in the northern town of Kidal, one day before a
second round of parliamentary elections.
2013 Dec 14, In Mexico 10
charred bodies were found in a burnt-out truck in southern Oaxaca
state. Another corpse was found shot in the head a short distance
away from the truck near the town of Santiago Juxtlahuaca.
2013 Dec 14, Rescue workers
evacuated more than 5,000 Gaza Strip residents from homes flooded by
four days of heavy rain, using fishing boats and heavy construction
equipment to pluck some of those trapped from upper floors.
2013 Dec 14, In Portugal a
group of students plunged into the winter surf off Meco, a small
village south of Lisbon where they had rented a house. Over the next
12 days their corpses were discovered one by one. Four women and two
men perished, all aged between 21 and 24.
2013 Dec 14, In Thailand
leaders of the protest movement trying to overthrow the government
outlined their aims at an armed forces seminar, but military leaders
declined to take sides or say if a February election should take
2013 Dec 14, Tunisia's
political parties chose Industry Minister Mehdi Jomaa (50) to head a
government of independent figures aimed at pulling the country out
of a months-long crisis.
(AFP, 12/14/13)(SSFC, 12/15/13, p.A8)
2013 Dec 14, Dissident Ugandan
General David Sejusa launched an opposition party in London and said
it was time for President Yoweri Museveni to end his 28-year rule, a
fresh challenge to a leader who is now among the longest serving in
2013 Dec 14, Tens of thousands
of Ukrainians rallied in support of President Viktor Yanukovich in
central Kiev, separated by a line of riot police from
anti-government protesters who have camped out for weeks in a nearby
square. Authorities conceded to one of the demands of weeks-long
protests, opening investigations against four top officials and
suspending two of them from office over the violent police response
to a small demonstration last month.
(Reuters, 12/14/13)(AP, 12/14/13)
2013 Dec 15, In California a
wildfire erupted in a scenic stretch of the central coastline late
today. It destroyed at least 15 homes in Big Sur and forced many
residents to evacuate.
2013 Dec 15, Jacob Ostreicher,
a New York businessman, snuck across the Peruvian border and flew to
the United States from Lima. He had been under house arrest for
alleged money laundering and connections to drug traffickers related
to his purchase of a rice farm in 2008.
2013 Dec 15, In New Jersey a
man was shot in front of his wife outside The Mall at Short Hills
Assailants drove off in his Range Rover, which was found the next
day. On Dec 21 police said 4 men have been arrested on charges of
murder in the carjacking.
(SSFC, 12/22/13, p.A9)
2013 Dec 15, In Ohio Jerrod
Metsker (24) was arrested for the murder of Reann Murphy (9). The
girl was last seen playing a day earlier at a mobile home park where
she lived in Smithville. Her body was found about 5 hours after she
was reported missing.
(SFC, 12/16/13, p.A6)
2013 Dec 15, Filmstar Joan
Fontaine (b.1917), the younger sister of actress Olivia de
Havilland, died in Carmel, Ca. Her films included “Rebecca" (1940)
and “Suspicion" (1941).
(SFC, 12/16/13, p.A7)
2013 Dec 15, In Bangladesh 6
more people were today killed and 7 overnight in continuing protests
sparked by the execution of top Islamist leader Abdul Quader Molla.
PM Sheikh Hasina warned of strong action against the rioters.
2013 Dec 15, Chileans voted in
a runoff election. President Michelle Bachelet won 62 percent of the
vote in a runoff against the center-right's candidate, Evelyn
(Reuters, 12/15/13)(AP, 12/16/13)
2013 Dec 15, In China 16
people, including 2 police officers, were killed in a clash in the
Xinjiang region, home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority.
2013 Dec 15, Colombia's FARC
rebels begin a 30-day unilateral ceasefire as peace talks continue
with the government to try to end Latin America's longest
2013 Dec 15, French Foreign
Minister Laurent Fabius confirmed that 19 armed Islamists had been
killed in a French-led military operation this week targeting Al
Qaeda-linked rebels in restive northern Mali.
2013 Dec 15, In northern Iraq
gunmen in Mosul murdered Nawras al-Nuaimi, a female TV presenter,
making her the sixth journalist to be killed in the country since
2013 Dec 15, Ireland formally
exited its three-year bailout program, becoming the first eurozone
nation to do so, but authorities warned of further austerity to
ensure economic recovery.
2013 Dec 15, Israeli soldier
Sgt Shlomi Cohen (31) was killed by a Lebanese soldier along the
border. Israeli troops searching the area fired towards two suspects
who were standing on the other side of the border, hitting one of
2013 Dec 15, Prominent
Pakistani Shi'ite Muslim cleric Allama Nasir Abbas was shot dead in
Lahore in what Taliban militants said was a reprisal attack for the
killing of Sunni Muslims a month ago. He was the leader of
Tehreek Nifaz Fiqah-e-Jafaria, a banned Shi'ite organization.
2013 Dec 15, In the Philippines
a gang of hammer-wielding robbers looted a jewelry store at a
popular suburban Manila shopping mall. The suspects were believed to
have used baseball caps to hide their identities.
2013 Dec 15, The Rwandan
Patriotic Front (RPF) held a party congress. President Paul Kagame
was re-elected to head the ruling party by an overwhelming majority
of 99.5 percent.
2013 Dec 15, In South Sudan
violence erupted when the presidential guard attempted to disarm
fellow guard members who belong to the Nuer ethnic group.
2013 Dec 15, Swedish police
arrested 28 people after a group of neo-Nazis attacked an anti-Nazi
demonstration in a Stockholm suburb.
(SFC, 12/16/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 15, Syrian government
helicopters pounded the neighborhoods of Haidariya, Ard al-Hamra and
Sukhour with barrel bombs filled with explosives. Aircraft dropped
barrel bombs on the contested northern city of Aleppo. The
airstrikes killed at least 76 people.
(AFP, 12/15/13)(AP, 12/16/13)
2013 Dec 15, Thailand's
military offered to help the politically polarized country hold a
"fair and clean" election next year, suggesting the armed forces may
play a role in a vote aimed at ending protests seeking to topple the
2013 Dec 15, Turkmenistan held
its first multi-party legislative elections, but with no opposition
to trouble the dominance of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov.
Amnesty Int’l. called it a sham.
(AFP, 12/15/13)(SFC, 12/16/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 15, In Ukraine about
200,000 anti-government protesters converged on the central square
of Kiev in a dramatic show of morale after nearly four weeks of
daily protests. The EU said it has suspended association talks with
Ukraine until it receives a firmer commitment from Yanukovych that
Ukraine was serious about the deal.
(AP, 12/15/13)(AFP, 12/15/13)
2013 Dec 15, The first UN aid
flight from Iraq landed in northeastern Syria with badly needed
supplies, after a winter storm delayed it for several days.
2013 Dec 15, Yemen's
parliament, dominated by the party of ousted president Ali Abdullah
Saleh and the Islamist Islah party, voted in favor of halting US
drone attacks. Experts say lawmakers have limited powers and their
vote is unlikely to impact Washington's bid to crush Al-Qaeda
2013 Dec 15, In Yemen
assailants stabbed a Japanese diplomat five times after dragging him
from his car in Sanaa.
2013 Dec 16, A US judge struck
a first blow against the National Security Agency's bulk collection
of phone records, ruling it breaches citizens' privacy to an "almost
Orwellian" degree that is probably unconstitutional.
2013 Dec 16, US Secretary of
State John Kerry announced that the United States will boost
maritime security assistance to the countries of Southeast Asia amid
rising tensions with Beijing.
2013 Dec 16, US officials said
two Saudis from Guantanamo have been transferred to the custody of
their own government after a security review. The men are Saad
Muhammad Husayn Qahtani (35) and Hamood Abdulla Hamood (48).
2013 Dec 16, Environmentalists
filed a lawsuit against the US National Marines Fisheries Service to
demand that it force the Navy to consider alternatives to its 5-year
plan that will intensify sonar use off southern California and
Hawaii. The Navy had already estimated that its activitescould kill
hundreds of whales and dolphins.
(SFC, 12/17/13, p.A5)
2013 Dec 16, Researchers
reported that the molten rock beneath Yellowstone National Park is
2.5 times larger than previously estimated.
(SFC, 12/17/13, p.A7)
2013 Dec 16, In Ohio Bobby
Thompson (67), aka John Donald Cody, was sentenced to 28 years in
prison for masterminding a $100 million Navy veteran’s charity fraud
across the US.
(SFC, 12/17/13, p.A5)
2013 Dec 16, Ray Price
(b.1926), American country singer, died in Texas. His more than 100
hits included his 1970 version of “For the Good Times," written by
(SFC, 12/18/13, p.A11)
2013 Dec 16, Australia’s PM
Tony Abbott said Australian combat troops have completed their
withdrawal from Afghanistan, marking the end of the nation's longest
war which left 40 of its soldiers dead.
2013 Dec 16, Bangladesh police
opened fire on bomb-throwing Islamist protesters as five more people
died in clashes sparked by the execution of an Islamist leader for
2013 Dec 16, British Petroleum
said it has won official approval to develop a key shale gas project
in Oman at a cost of $16 billion (11.6 billion euros).
2013 Dec 16, Sources said
China’s Pres. Xi Jinping and other party leaders have authorized a
corruption probe against Zhou Yongkang, a former head of the
domestic security apparatus.
(SFC, 12/16/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 16, Heavy gunfire
rocked the capital of the Republic of Congo, soon after Congolese
security forces encircled the home of Col. Marcel Tsourou recently
charged with complicity in a military arms depot fire and explosion
that claimed 200 lives.
2013 Dec 16, Egyptian security
forces fired tear gas at dozens of university students outside their
Cairo campus in an attempt to prevent their protest from reaching
the nearby defense ministry. Egypt's military killed Silmi Mohammed
Masbah, a jihadist suspected of involvement in an ambush that left
16 Egyptian soldiers killed near the border with Israel last year.
(AP, 12/16/13)(AFP, 12/17/13)
2013 Dec 16, European Union
foreign ministers pledged "unprecedented" amounts of political,
financial and security support for Israel and the Palestinians if
they come to a peace agreement.
2013 Dec 16, More than 50 top
European and US scientists wrote to the European Commission
President urging him to press ahead with a plan to label tar sands
as more polluting than other forms of oil, in defiance of intensive
lobbying from Canada.
2013 Dec 16, French police made
21 arrests as part of an investigation into claims that meat from
horses used to produce anti-rabies and other serums got into the
2013 Dec 16, Germany-based
Siemens said it has won an order to supply 448 wind turbines with a
total capacity of 1,050 megawatts (MW) to US-based MidAmerican
Energy, which the engineering group said was the largest single
order for onshore wind power ever awarded.
2013 Dec 16, In Indonesia
Canadian activist Jeremy Ball visited jailed independence supporters
in Papua at the end of a six-month bicycle tour to highlight human
rights concerns about the restive eastern region.
2013 Dec 16, In Iraq militants
attacked and temporarily occupied a city council headquarters in
Tikrit and assaulted a police station in Baiji, as violence across
the country killed at least 54 people.
(AFP, 12/16/13)(Reuters, 12/16/13)
2013 Dec 16, Moncler, a luxury
goods manufaturer, made its debut on the Italian stock exchange at
€10.20 per share. On Dec 30 its shares closed at €15.80 making its
boss Remo Ruffini a paper billionaire.
(Econ, 1/4/14, p.48)
2013 Dec 16, In Mali four more
bodies of soldiers were discovered, bringing to 25 the number of
troops believed to have been killed by the country's coup leader.
2013 Dec 16, In Mexico hundreds
of people were evacuated after an explosion and fire that was caused
by thieves trying to tap into a natural gas pipeline of state oil
and gas company Pemex on the outskirts of Mexico City. Seven people
were reported injured.
2013 Dec 16, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb killed three members of a bomb disposal team who were
on their way to defuse another bomb elsewhere in the city of
2013 Dec 16, In the Philippines
at least 22 people were killed when a speeding commuter bus crashed
off an elevated motorway onto a delivery van in Manila.
2013 Dec 16, Russia’s Izvestia
newspaper reported that Russia has deployed Iskander missiles with a
range of hundreds of kilometers in its Baltic Sea exclave of
Kaliningrad, which borders Poland and Lithuania.
2013 Dec 16, Russia said its
security forces have killed four alleged militants including the
leader of a group suspected of carrying out attacks on tourists and
ski facilities in the North Caucasus. The National Anti-Terrorist
Committee said the dead men included Arsen Khandokhov, described as
the leader of a militant cell suspected of crimes including the
killing of two tourists and attacks on a ski lift.
2013 Dec 16, In South Africa a
statue of Nelson Mandela was unveiled outside the government complex
in Pretoria, a day after his funeral. It was later revealed that
sculptors Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren had added a
small rabbit inside one ear, said to be a discreet signature on
their work. Officials soon ordered the rabbit removed.
2013 Dec 16, South Sudan's
President Salva Kiir declared a curfew in the capital Juba after
overnight clashes between rival factions of soldiers followed months
of tension between Kiir and his sacked deputy. Kiir said disgruntled
soldiers and politicians led by ousted VP Riek Macha had attempted
to overthrow the government.
(Reuters, 12/16/13)(AP, 12/16/13)
2013 Dec 16, Syrian government
aircraft pounded opposition areas in the northern city of Aleppo and
near the southern border with Jordan.
2013 Dec 16, Turkey’s Hurriyet
Daily News reported that Turkey has shipped 47 tons of weapons to
Syrian rebels since June despite repeated government denials.
2013 Dec 16, Turkey signed a
long-awaited deal with the European Union to send back people who
enter the bloc illegally from its territory in exchange for talks on
visa-free travel for its citizens.
2013 Dec 16, Ukraine's ruling
party demanded a sweeping cabinet reshuffle in a sign the leadership
was seeking to placate the opposition in a bitter standoff over a
rejected EU pact.
2013 Dec 16, The UN appealed
for a record $6.5 billion for Syria and its neighbors to help 16
million people, many of them hungry or homeless victims of a
conflict that has lasted 33 months with no end in sight.
2013 Dec 16, In Vietnam Duong
Chi Dung (b.1957), former director of the Vietnam Maritime Bureau,
former Chairman of the Board Members Maritime Corporation Vietnam
(Vinalines), Standing Member of the Party of business, was sentenced
to death on charges of embezzlement and 28 years in prison for
intentionally violating state regulations on economic management
causing serious consequences.
2013 Dec 17, US intelligence
leaker Edward Snowden offered to help Brazil defeat US spying, but
in an open letter said he needs permanent political asylum to do so.
2013 Dec 17, The Mega Millions
lottery and its jackpot of $648 million went to two winners. One
ticket was sold in San Jose, Ca., and the other in Atlanta, Georgia.
(SFC, 12/19/13, p.A1)
2013 Dec 17, In California
ex-firefighter Zane Wallace Peterson (29) of Shasta County was taken
into custody for setting wildfires, including the massive Clover
Fire that broke out on Sep 9.
(SFC, 12/19/13, p.C3)
2013 Dec 17, In Reno, Nevada, a
gunman opened fire at the Center for Advanced Medicine killing one
person and wounding two others before killing himself.
(SFC, 12/18/13, p.A8)
2013 Dec 17, Christie’s in New
York auctioned one edition of Jeff Koons’ “Balloon Dog" for $58.4
million, a record amount for a living artist. The 10-foot steel
orange edition was one of five, each a different color.
(Econ, 12/21/13, SR
2013 Dec 17, In southern
Afghanistan an aircraft crash killed six American soldiers.
2013 Dec 17, Egypt's security
forces clashed with supporters of the former Islamist president at
several universities across the country, as an explosive device
detonated in a residential area of the capital but caused no
injuries or damage.
2013 Dec 17, The European Union
said it has warned Israel against any new West Bank settlement
construction following an upcoming Palestinian prisoner release,
saying it will be held responsible for any resulting failure of the
ongoing peace talks.
2013 Dec 17, In France
Claude Gueant, the former right-hand man of ex-President Nicolas
Sarkozy, was arrested for questioning about alleged misuse of public
funds when he served the conservative leader at the interior
2013 Dec 17, French troops took
on armed Christian militias in Bangui, Central African Republic,
where the UN said 210,000 people had been uprooted in two weeks of
deadly sectarian violence.
2013 Dec 17, Greek authorities
said an oil tanker came under armed attack overnight about 35
nautical miles south of Nigeria, and the ship's Ukrainian captain
and Greek first engineer have been kidnapped.
2013 Dec 17, Guinea-Bissau's
Interior Minister Antonio Suka Ntchama became the second minister to
step down in the tiny West African country amid an investigation
into how 74 Syrians boarded a flight to Portugal with fake
2013 Dec 17, Indian authorities
removed security barriers in front of the US embassy in New Delhi
apparently in retaliation for the arrest and alleged heavy-handed
treatment of an Indian diplomat in New York. Devyani Khobragade,
India's deputy consul general in New York, was arrested last week
for allegedly underpaying her nanny and committing visa fraud to get
her into the United States.
2013 Dec 17, In Iraq bombings
in and near Baghdad killed 10 Shiite pilgrims as they were making
their way on foot to Karbala.
2013 Dec 17, In Israel some 200
African migrants and Israeli activists ended a two-day march with a
rally denouncing Israel's policy of detaining those illegally in the
2013 Dec 17, Japan approved a
plan to increase defense spending by 5% over the next five years to
purchase its first surveillance drones, more jet fighters and naval
destroyers in the face of China's military expansion.
2013 Dec 17, In eastern Lebanon
a car bomb exploded at dawn near a Hezbollah position, causing an
unknown number of casualties.
2013 Dec 17, Russian and
Ukrainian officials signed a series of agreements in Moscow to boost
trade and industrial cooperation.
2013 Dec 17, Saudi authorities
beheaded a Syrian man convicted of smuggling drugs to the
2013 Dec 17, In Sicily
eruptions at Mount Etna volcano died down, allowing the nearby
airport of Catania to re-open after a two-day stoppage that
disrupted dozens of flights.
2013 Dec 17, In Syria 2
children were among at least 18 people killed in new air strikes on
a rebel-held district of Aleppo. The 3-day assault has left over 100
(AFP, 12/17/13)(SFC, 12/18/13, p.A5)
2013 Dec 17, Turkish police
detained the sons of three cabinet ministers and several well-known
businessmen as part of investigations into alleged corruption.
Police seized shoeboxes stashed with $4.5 million in cash at the
home of Suleyman Aslan, a state-owned bank's chief executive. Police
arrested some 50 people altogether on suspicion of tender rigging,
covert gold transfers to Iran and bribery.
(Reuters, 12/17/13)(AP, 12/18/13)(Econ, 1/4/14,
2013 Dec 18, A US presidential
advisory panel on government surveillance was released. It
recommended sweeping limits on the government's surveillance
programs, including requiring a court to sign off on individual
searches of phone records and stripping the National Security Agency
of its ability to store that data from Americans.
2013 Dec 18, The United States
voiced regret to India over the treatment of a diplomat whose
account of being stripped and cavity-searched triggered outrage.
2013 Dec 18, The US Federal
Reserve decided to reduce its stimulus program and trim its $85
billion a month in bond purchases by $10 billion starting in
(SFC, 12/19/13, p.D3)
2013 Dec 18, A New Orleans jury
convicted Kurt Mix (52), a BP drilling engineer, of obstruction of
justice in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Mix had deleted a
string of text messages to and from his supervisor.
(SFC, 12/19/13, p.A14)
2013 Dec 18, The NY Times
reported that Target was investigating a security breach on point of
sale systems at its retail stores that is believed to have begun the
day after Thanksgiving. Target disclosed the breach on Dec 19. On
August 18, 2015, Target and Visa confirmed an agreement for Target
to pay Visa up to $67 million to settle claims.
(SFC, 12/19/13, p.A11)(SFC, 8/19/15, p.C6)
2013 Dec 18, In Austria a wave
of protests against the new government escalated as tens of
thousands of civil servants demonstrated in Vienna for better pay
and an end to a hiring freeze.
2013 Dec 18, Bolivia accused
the United States of helping Jacob Ostreicher (54), a New York
businessman, escape from the South American country where he had
spent 18 months in prison and was under house arrest for alleged
money laundering. Washington denied having a hand in Ostreicher's
2013 Dec 18, Brazil’s defense
minister said Sweden's Saab has edged out French and US rivals to
win a multi-billion-dollar contract to supply Brazil's air force
with 36 new fighter jets.
2013 Dec 18, The Bank of
England said it will issue plastic banknotes for the first time in
its history, with Winston Churchill gracing the first run. The note,
carrying a value of Â£5 ($8.2, 6.0 euro), is to be released in 2016.
2013 Dec 18, A British judge
sentenced the former lead singer of the rock band Lostprophets to 29
years in jail, saying that Ian Watkins had "plumbed new depths of
depravity" in committing a string of sexual offenses against very
2013 Dec 18, Great Train Robber
Ronnie Biggs (84), part of a gang of at least 12 men that robbed a
Glasgow-to-London Royal Mail train on Aug 8, 1963, died.
(AP, 12/18/13)(Econ, 1/4/14, p.74)
2013 Dec 18, China's foreign
minister paid a rare visit to Israel, reflecting the burgeoning
trade ties between the two countries. But the trip was clouded by
fresh accusations that Israel's prime minister had compromised the
global war on terrorism under heavy Chinese pressure.
2013 Dec 18, Egyptian
prosecutors announced a new trial of ousted President Mohammed Morsi
and the top leaders of his Muslim Brotherhood, accusing them of
conspiring with Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran's Revolutionary Guard and
militant groups to carry out a wave of terrorism to destabilize the
2013 Dec 18, Egyptian police
raided the offices of an NGO affiliated with a leftist former
presidential candidate, arresting three employees and confiscating
computers. The Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights,
founded by former candidate Khaled Ali, has supported striking
factory workers and defended activists at trials.
2013 Dec 18, EU finance
ministers reached a banking union accord which will hand Brussels
unprecedented new powers to prevent failing banks from wrecking the
2013 Dec 18, Gambia jailed
United Democratic Party treasurer Amadou Sanneh, a leading
opposition politician, for sedition after he helped two supporters
planning to flee to Finland.
2013 Dec 18, in south-east Iran
3 military personnel were killed when the vehicle they were
travelling in was struck by a roadside bomb.
2013 Dec 18, An Iraqi policeman
gave his own life in an attempt to protect pilgrims, embracing a
suicide bomber just moments before an attack to shield others from
the blast. The bomber struck in Khalis, northeast of Baghdad,
killing 5 people and wounding 10. Attacks across the country killed
11 people, including 3 Pakistani Shiite pilgrims.
(AFP, 12/18/13)(AP, 12/18/13)
2013 Dec 18, The Israeli army
shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded others in clashes that
erupted following military activity in the northern West Bank.
2013 Dec 18, In Italy
frustrated and angry, thousands of students, jobless and tax-weary
workers have moved their days-long protest against "useless
politicians" to Rome.
2013 Dec 18, In northern Mexico
5 men were killed in a gunbattle with police and military personnel
in the Gulf of California resort of Puerto Penasco. Government
helicopters fire on at least 10 vehicles as they tried to escape.
Sinaloa cartel operator Gonzalo Inzunza was the target, but his body
was not among those killed.
(SFC, 12/19/13, p.A2)(SFC, 12/21/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 18, In Morocco a
visiting group of UN experts said Morocco must put an end to the
practice of convicting detainees on the basis of confessions
obtained through torture.
2013 Dec 18, Nigeria's
faction-ridden ruling party lost its majority in the House of
Representatives as 37 legislators defected to a new opposition
coalition, in a major blow to President Goodluck Jonathan.
2013 Dec 18, In Pakistan a
suicide bomb attack on a checkpoint in North Waziristan killed at
least 3 soldiers and wounded 32 people.
2013 Dec 18, Iyad Sarraj (70),
an award-winning Palestinian psychiatrist and human rights
campaigner who championed peace with Israel, died in an Israeli
hospital overnight of cancer.
2013 Dec 18, Romanian media
reported that some 26 police officers and ambulance employees have
been charged with calling undertakers to tell them that someone had
died, or in some cases were not yet dead, in exchange for money.
2013 Dec 18, Russia's
parliament passed an amnesty bill that will likely apply to the
30-member crew of a Greenpeace ship detained after an Arctic
protest, but it wasn't immediately clear if and when the activists
would be allowed to leave the country.
2013 Dec 18, In Somalia
fighters shot dead 3 Syrian doctors and their 3 Somali colleagues as
they travelled to a hospital outside Mogadishu.
2013 Dec 18, South Sudan said
at least 500 people, most of them soldiers, have been killed since
Dec 15. The clashes apparently were pitting soldiers from the
majority Dinka tribe of President Salva Kiir against those from
ousted Vice President Riek Machar's Nuer ethnic group. Fighting
spread to Jonglei, the largest state in South Sudan.
2013 Dec 18, In South Sudan
fighting between workers in two oil fields killed at least 16 people
but the government regained in control and oil production was not
2013 Dec 18, The Swiss
government said it has decided to keep 760 million Swiss francs
($858 million) in Egyptian and Tunisian assets frozen for three more
2013 Dec 18, Syrian government
forces pummeled opposition-held neighborhoods in Aleppo for a 4th
day, leveling apartment buildings, flooding hospitals with
casualties and killing nearly 200 people. Syria said that British
doctor Abbas Khan, alleged to have been effectively murdered in
custody, had hanged himself after being arrested for "unauthorized
activities." On Oct 27, 2014, a British jury found that the regime
of Bashar Assad had deliberately and intentionally killed Dr. Khan.
(AP, 12/18/13)(AFP, 12/18/13)(Econ, 11/8/14,
p.51)(Econ, 11/8/14, p.51)
2013 Dec 18, Turkey's PM Tayyip
Erdogan denounced a corruption crackdown on his allies months ahead
of elections as a "dirty operation" to smear his administration and
undermine the country's progress.
2013 Dec 18, The heads of the
UN and European Union aid agencies called for a "humanitarian
ceasefire" in Syria to allow convoys to deliver help to areas that
aid workers cannot reach.
2013 Dec 19, The California
Public Utilities Commission fined Pacific Gas & Electric more
than $14 million for the utility’s “delay and obfuscation" in
revealing that its records for a natural gas pipeline in San Carlos
failed to show potentially risky welds.
(SFC, 12/20/13, p.A1)
2013 Dec 19, In San Francisco
nudism activist Gypsy Taub (44) married Jaymz Smith (20) and both
promptly went naked in front of City Hall.
(SFC, 12/20/13, p.D1)
2013 Dec 19, In Fresno, Ca.,
four teenage boys shot and injured teacher Steven Guerrero after he
fought back during an attempted robbery at Edison High School. Four
Norteno gang members, ages 16-17, were soon arrested.
(SSFC, 12/22/13, p.A9)(SFC, 12/26/13, p.A8)
2013 Dec 19, In New Jersey a
Chinese citizen, the admitted ringleader of an international
smuggling operation that trafficked in $4.5 million worth of
rhinoceros horns, ivory cups and trinkets, pleaded guilty in federal
2013 Dec 19, New Mexico’s
Supreme Court legalized gay marriages in the state.
(Econ, 1/4/14, p.21)
2013 Dec 19, The NYC Council
voted to ban electronic cigarettes in indoor public places.
(SFC, 12/21/13, p.A6)
2013 Dec 19, Al Goldstein (77),
the publisher of Screw magazine, died at a Brooklyn hospice. He and
Jim Buckley co-founded the magazine in 1968 and it continued to
(SFC, 12/20/13, p.D9)
2013 Dec 19, Former NBA star
Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea to help train the national team
and renew his friendship with the North's young leader, Kim Jong Un.
2013 Dec 19, A jury at London's
Old Bailey criminal court decided unanimously that Michael Adebolajo
(29) and Michael Adebowale (22) were guilty of murdering Lee Rigby
(25), an Afghan war veteran, on May 22 but not guilty of the
attempted murder of a police officer.
2013 Dec 19, Hunks of plaster
and dust rained down on a packed audience when the ceiling of
London’s Apollo Theater partially collapsed. More than 75 people
were injured — seven seriously.
(AP, 12/20/13)(SFC, 12/20/13, p.A5)
2013 Dec 19, Cuba announced it
will allow unrestricted car imports for the first time in half a
century, marking the end of an era that made icons of the island's
vintage automobiles. Cubans soon found that imported cars were
priced far beyond what an average salary could afford.
(AFP, 12/19/13)(Econ, 1/11/14, p.30)
2013 Dec 19, Danish lawmakers
approved sending a cargo ship and a warship to pick up Syria's most
dangerous chemical weapons.
2013 Dec 19, An Egyptian court
acquitted former leader Hosni Mubarak's two sons and his last prime
minister, Ahmed Shafik, of corruption charges.
2013 Dec 19, The European Space
Agency launched its star-surveying satellite Gaia into space, hoping
to produce the most accurate three-dimensional map of the Milky Way
and to better understand the evolution of our galaxy.
2013 Dec 19, German media and
officials in Berlin said about 200 cars stolen in Germany have been
tracked down in Tajikistan, where most are now driven by family and
friends of President Emomali Rakhmon.
2013 Dec 19, Honduras President
Porfirio Lobo fired Gen. Juan Carlos Bonilla, the national police
chief, who has long faced accusations he ran death squads when he
was a lower-level officer and whose force has been hit with frequent
2013 Dec 19, In Iraq suicide
bombings targeting Shiite pilgrims around Baghdad on their way to
Karbala and other violence across the country killed at least 36
(AP, 12/19/13)(AFP, 12/20/13)
2013 Dec 19, Iraq received 75
Hellfire air-to-ground missiles from the US to help combat
operations against the country’s branch of al-Qaida.
(SFC, 12/26/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 19, The Israeli
military killed a Palestinian gunman during an arrest raid in the
2013 Dec 19, The Tokyo governor
who helped his city secure the 2020 Olympics resigned after
revelations that he received 50 million yen ($480,200) from a
2013 Dec 19, In Mexico Gen.
Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo (79), a drug czar disgraced by his arrest
and conviction for aiding a powerful drug cartel, died after a long
bout of prostate cancer.
2013 Dec 19, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin said he will pardon jailed oil tycoon Mikhail
Khodorkovsky. The move, along with an amnesty for the two jailed
members of the Pussy Riot punk band and the 30-member crew of a
Greenpeace ship, appears designed to assuage international criticism
of Russia's rights record ahead of February's Winter Olympics in
2013 Dec 19, Saudi Arabia’s
Al-Hayat newspaper reported that a Saudi court has jailed a man for
15 years after convicting him of recruiting 14 nationals to join
Al-Qaeda's affiliate in neighbouring Yemen.
2013 Dec 19, South Africa's
government dismissed criticisms that a $21 million state-funded
security upgrade of Pres. Jacob Zuma's private home was extravagant.
The upgrades included a swimming pool, chicken coop and cattle pen.
2013 Dec 19, South Africa’s
environmental ministry said the country has lost nearly 1,000 rhinos
this year in a poaching surge to feed the black-market demand for
2013 Dec 19, South Sudan said
that the government no longer controls Bor, the capital of Jonglei,
its largest and most populous state. Two UN peacekeepers from India
were killed and a third wounded when a UN base was overrun by armed
youths in Jonglei State. Two dozen Dinka officials were killed
during the attack in Akobo.
(AP, 12/19/13)(AP, 12/20/13)(Reuters,
12/20/13)(Econ, 1/4/14, p.36)
2013 Dec 19, Spanish police
searched the headquarters of the ruling People's Party (PP) for 14
hours as part of a corruption investigation that earlier this year
threatened to destabilize the government of PM Rajoy.
2013 Dec 19, Amnesty Int’l.
accused an al-Qaida-linked rebel group that controls large parts of
northern Syria of running secret prisons in which torture and
summary killings are common.
2013 Dec 19, The last Sudanese
prisoners to be released from US detention at Guantanamo Bay arrived
home, as US President Barack Obama tried to speed up repatriations
and close the controversial facility. Mohammed Noor Uthman (51) and
Ibrahim Othman Ibrahim Idris (52) were both considered by the US
military to be members of Al-Qaeda.
2013 Dec 19, Togo freed two
Indian sailors imprisoned since July after India appealed to
President Faure Gnassingbe for their release on compassionate
2013 Dec 19, In Turkey
Istanbul's most senior police official was dismissed, days after
police launched raids that detained dozens of people.
2013 Dec 19, In Turkmenistan
official election results said the ruling party won the most seats
in the Dec 15 legislative elections, while a new party set up to
diversify politics in the ultra-controlled state won its first-ever
2013 Dec 19, A UN panel probing
war crimes in Syria reported that people around the country are
systematically vanishing without a trace as part of a widespread
campaign of terror against civilians.
2013 Dec 19, A 52-year-old
Italian man set himself on fire in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican
and suffered serious burns.
2013 Dec 20, President Barack
Obama said the United States has deployed 45 military personnel to
volatile South Sudan to protect the embassy and US government
2013 Dec 20, The United States
said it is pledging up to $100 million to help support African Union
efforts in the Central African Republic.
2013 Dec 20, The US Senate
voted to confirm John Koskinen (74), a retired turnaround
specialist, to head the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for a 5-year
(SFC, 12/21/13, p.A6)
2013 Dec 20, In Florida 17
teams competed in the DARPA Robotics Challenge at a speedway track
near Miami. Only one robot, SCHAFT, made it to the top of a
nine-step aluminum ladder. It was created by a Japanese startup
owned by Google.
(Econ, 3/29/14, SR
2013 Dec 20, In Illinois an
off-duty sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot while trying to break up
an armed robbery in suburban Chicago.
(SSFC, 12/22/13, p.A9)
2013 Dec 20, A US federal judge
scrapped Utah’s ban on same-sex marriages. The ban was approved by
66% of state voters in 2004.
(Econ, 1/4/14, p.21)
2013 Dec 20, Wyoming Governor
Matt Mead said his state will challenge a US government ruling that
more than one million acres of the western state's land still
legally belongs to two Native American tribes.
2013 Dec 20, Bolivia launched
its first telecom satellite.
(SFC, 12/21/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 20, The British
government said it has agreed to destroy part of Syria's chemical
weapons stockpile at a commercial facility.
2013 Dec 20, Canada's highest
court struck down the country's anti-prostitution laws, a victory
for sex workers who had argued that a ban on brothels and other
measures made their profession more dangerous.
2013 Dec 20, In the Central
African Republic more than 30 people, including a Chadian
peacekeeper, were killed overnight in a fresh outbreak of brutal
2013 Dec 20, China's ruling
Communist Party said it was investigating Li Dongsheng, a vice
minister of public security, for alleged disciplinary violations,
the latest official to be targeted in a high-profile campaign to
root out corruption. state media said Cao Jianliao, a top official
in Guangdong province, is being investigated for "serious discipline
violations", which is often a euphemism for corruption.
(AFP, 12/20/13)(Reuters, 12/20/13)
2013 Dec 20, Cuba’s VP Marino
Murillo told parliament that the peso pegged to the dollar, known as
the CUC, would disappear, the first time the government has
explicitly said that. He promised that savings in the convertible
pesos would retain their value until the change took place.
2013 Dec 20, In Cuba lawmaker
Mariela Castro cast a no vote to a workers’ rights bill that she
felt did not go far enough to prevent discrimination against people
with HIV or with unconventional gender identities. This appeared to
be the first no vote ever in the 612-seat post-revolution National
(SFC, 8/20/14, p.A2)
2013 Dec 20, In Egypt an army
raid in the Sinai peninsula led to a firefight the left at least 2
soldiers and 3 militants dead. Police in Cairo clashed with
protesters demanding the reinstatement of deposed Islamist president
(AFP, 12/20/13)(SFC, 12/21/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 20, In France a
helicopter went down carrying Lam Kok, a Chinese tea tycoon,
overflying his newly-purchased vineyard. The body of Kok's
12-year-old son was pulled out of the Dordogne River. French
winemaker James Gregoire, the helicopter pilot and owner of Chateau
de la Riviere, and their interpreter were also killed.
(AFP, 12/21/13)(SFC, 12/24/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 20, India's government
petitioned the Supreme Court urging it to reverse a ban on gay sex,
saying individual rights must be respected.
2013 Dec 20, Indian protesters
ransacked a Dominos Pizza outlet in a Mumbai suburb, demanding a ban
on US goods as officials from the two countries struggled to defuse
a row over the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York.
2013 Dec 20, Bombings in Iraq,
including two in a market and a third at a cemetery where victims of
the earlier attack were to be buried killed 14 people.
2013 Dec 20, Italy's justice
minister has announced that Bartolomeo Gagliano, a serial killer who
failed to return to prison after a two-day good-behavior pass, has
been recaptured in France.
2013 Dec 20, Italian
authorities said that the Camorra syndicate's mobsters have expanded
their multibillion-euro toxic-waste disposal racket to Tuscany and
beyond Italian borders to eastern Europe.
2013 Dec 20, Kazakhstan’s
President Nursultan Nazarbayev, backed by the legislature, decided
to send officers to aid UN peacekeeping missions next year for the
first time since independence in 1991.
2013 Dec 20, In Libya the head
of military intelligence in Benghazi was shot dead during a visit to
his family in nearby Derna. 3 tribesman and 5 soldiers were killed
in fighting that grew out of disputes between army units under
conflicting orders over who controls key resources in the east.
(AFP, 12/20/13)(AP, 12/23/13)
2013 Dec 20, Madagascar
residents went to the polls for a second round of presidential and
legislative elections. On Jan 3, 2014, Hery Rajaonarimampianina was
declared the winner with 53.5% of the vote.
(AP, 12/20/13)(Reuters, 1/3/14)
2013 Dec 20, In Nigeria a
Federal High Court sentenced Kabiru Sokoto (30), the alleged
mastermind of a 2011 Christmas Day bombing of a Catholic Church, to
life in prison for "facilitating the commission of terrorist acts"
in northern Sokoto state between 2007 and 2012, including last
year's bombing of the police headquarters in Sokoto city.
2013 Dec 20, In Nigeria Boko
Haram Islamist sect fighters, armed with anti-aircraft guns and
grenade launchers, attacked a barracks in Bama in the volatile
northeast and battled soldiers for several hours.
2013 Dec 20, In the Philippines
a gunman attacked Labangan Mayor Ukol Talumpa as he left the
Manila main airport along with crowds of Christmas travelers,
killing him, his wife, a child and another man.
2013 Dec 20, Russia closed a
deal to buy Ukraine's newly-issued $3 billion Eurobond, part of a
$15 billion bailout of its smaller neighbor.
2013 Dec 20, In Russia oligarch
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who has been pardoned by Pres. Putin, left
jail after 10 years and left for Germany.
2013 Dec 20, Saudi Arabia
beheaded another drug trafficker. 77 people have been executed in
Saudi Arabia this year, according to an AFP count.
2013 Dec 20, South Africa’s
biggest trade union called for President Jacob Zuma to resign and
said it will not support the ANC in next year's elections.
2013 Dec 20, Spain's government
approved a tightening of the abortion law that would overturn
women's right to abort freely up to 14 weeks of pregnancy.
2013 Dec 20, Molhem Barakat, a
Syrian photographer who took pictures for Reuters on a freelance
basis, was killed while covering fighting in Aleppo.
2013 Dec 20, Tanzanian
President Jakaya Kikwete sacked four ministers following accusations
of abuses committed by security forces during a huge operation
against wildlife poaching.
2013 Dec 20, Turkey’s PM Tayyip
Erdogan pressed a widening purge of the police command, tackling the
biggest challenge of his rule from what he describes as a
foreign-backed conspiracy to undermine him and create a state within
2013 Dec 20, Ugandan lawmakers
passed an anti-gay bill that calls for life imprisonment for
"aggravated homosexuality," drawing criticism from rights
campaigners who called it draconian and unnecessary in a country
where homosexuality has long been criminalized.
2013 Dec 20, The United Nations
says 34,000 people in South Sudan are seeking refuge at UN bases in
three locations across the country.
2013 Dec 20, In northern Yemen
9 people were killed in ongoing sectarian fighting between Shiite
Huthi rebels and Sunni Islamists backed by local tribes.
2013 Dec 21, At least two
people were killed as wild storms and suspected tornadoes tore
through parts of Mississippi and Arkansas.
2013 Dec 21, Florida’s Fish and
Wildlife Research Institute said annual manatee deaths topped 800
for the first time since record-keeping began in the 1970s.
(SSFC, 12/22/13, p.A9)
2013 Dec 21, Edgar Bronfman Sr.
(84), the former Seagram liquor company executive and ex-World
Jewish Congress head, died at his home in New York. He had helped
obtain restitution for Holocaust victims from Swiss banks.
2013 Dec 21, Cuba’s President
Raul Castro warned his country could remain estranged from the
United States for decades if Washington does not drop political
2013 Dec 21, Egypt's deposed
Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, and 129 others including members
of Hamas and Hezbollah, were referred to trial on murder and other
charges related to a mass jail break during the 2011 uprising
against Hosni Mubarak.
2013 Dec 21, The mayor of
Georgia's capital Tbilisi was suspended from office after he was
charged with misspending public funds in a case he and his
opposition colleagues said was a witch-hunt against supporters of
former president Mikheil Saakashvili.
2013 Dec 21, Greece's coalition
government pushed through parliament a new property tax required
under the country's international bailout obligations, but saw its
majority dwindle in the process.
2013 Dec 21, In Iraq 5 senior
officers, including a divisional commander, and 10 soldiers were
killed in a raid on an Al-Qaeda hideout in Anbar province. Violence
elsewhere killed 5 policemen, including the police chief of
Al-Sharqat district northwest of Baghdad.
2013 Dec 21, Israeli soldiers
shot and wounded a Palestinian man in the southern Gaza Strip.
Witnesses said the shooting happened when several young Palestinians
who were hunting birds approached the security fence separating the
territory from Israel and came under fire. Israel said terrorists
had attempted to conceal an explosive device in order to attack IDF
2013 Dec 21, In Italy 9
detained illegal immigrants stitched their lips together with thread
from their bedsheets in a protest to demand their release.
2013 Dec 21, In Lebanon
Hezbollah fighters ambushed a group of Syrian rebels as they
infiltrated through a smuggler route outside Nahle. About 30 rebels
were reported killed.
(SFC, 12/25/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 21, Madagascar's
presidential candidates both claimed victory in run-off polls, each
accusing the other of rigging the run-off as results started to
2013 Dec 21, Mauritania held
runoff elections. The ruling party secured a majority of seats in
round two of the parliamentary election. The decisive victory for
the Union of the Republic party assured that President Mohamed Ould
Abdel Aziz, who came to power in a 2008 coup, will retain complete
control of the organs of state.
2013 Dec 21, In Niger up to
1,000 demonstrators marched in Niamey to protest their country's
"unbalanced" partnership with nuclear firm Areva as the French giant
negotiates a new uranium mining agreement with the government.
2013 Dec 21, In northwestern
Pakistan gunmen attacked an anti-polio vaccination center in the
Khyber tribal region, killing a medic on duty.
2013 Dec 21, Saudi Arabia said
one more person has died from a new respiratory virus related to
SARS, bringing to 56 the number of deaths in the kingdom at the
center of the outbreak.
2013 Dec 21, Somalia's
parliament approved as the new prime minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed,
a political newcomer and economist who faces tough challenges in the
2013 Dec 21, In South Sudan
rebel gunfire hit a US military aircraft trying to evacuate American
citizens caught in a Bor, a battle ground between the country's
military and renegade troops. Four US service members were wounded,
2013 Dec 21, Sudan's military
said it has "liberated" several areas of war-torn South Kordofan
state, but rebels dismissed the claim as propaganda, saying a
government offensive achieved nothing.
2013 Dec 21, Vandals in Sweden
burned down a giant straw goat meant to symbolize Christmas spirit.
This was the 27th time it was burned down since 1966, when the Yule
symbol was first erected.
2013 Dec 21, Thailand's main
opposition party announced it would boycott an election in February,
deepening uncertainty about the poll and fuelling a campaign to
overthrow PM Yingluck Shinawatra's government.
2013 Dec 21, Turkey’s PM Tayyip
Erdogan denounced "international groups" and "dark alliances" for
entangling Turkey in a corruption scandal that has exposed deep
rifts between him and Fethullah Gulen, a US-based Muslim cleric who
helped him rise to power.
2013 Dec 21, In southern Yemen
several cities were virtually paralyzed by a second day of
confrontations between militants and security forces in which 11
people were wounded. Fighting raged in the north as the Sunni
Islamist Al-Islah party accused Zaidi Shiite rebels known as Huthis
of abducting one of its members. In the eastern province of Marib
saboteurs blew up two sections of an oil pipeline.
2013 Dec 22, A band of severe
weather from tornadoes to icy blasts left at least 7 people dead as
winter storms and severe weather pushed up the East Coast, bringing
record high temperatures to Philadelphia and NYC. The storm system
brought freezing rain across much of Eastern Canada, cutting power
to hundreds of thousands of people and wreaking havoc on holiday
plans at one of the busiest travel times of the year.
(Reuters, 12/23/13)(AP, 12/23/13)
2013 Dec 22, Louisiana’s Lt.
Gov. Jay Dardenne said the “Duck Dynasty" reality TV show is
important to state tourism and that he could connect the Robertson
family to new producers if they cannot reach an agreement with the
A&E network. Patriarch Phil Robertson was suspended last week
for telling GQ magazine that gays are sinners akin to adulterers and
(SFC, 12/23/13, p.A7)
2013 Dec 22, NY-based Tiffany
& Co. said it was ordered to pay Swatch Group AG about 402
million Swiss francs ($449 million) in compensation over a
contractual dispute. The Netherlands Arbitration Institute also
required Tiffany to pay more than $9 million for the Swiss
watchmaker's legal fees and the cost of arbitration.
2013 Dec 22, Apple announced
that it has finalized a deal to sell the iPhone through China
Mobile, the world’s largest mobile phone carrier.
(SFC, 12/23/13, p.A12)
2013 Dec 22, Australia
announced an aerial Customs and Border Protection mission to the
Southern Ocean as a showdown looms between Japan's whaling fleet and
Sea Shepherd activists, saying it would send a message to both sides
that the world was watching.
2013 Dec 22, Bangladesh
security forces arrested 37 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals after
raiding an illegal Internet telephone operation they were allegedly
running in an upscale Dhaka neighborhood.
2013 Dec 22, Bangladesh police
charged the owners and 11 others over the nation's worst garment
factory fire that killed 111 people, after wrapping up an
investigation on the Nov 24, 2012, tragedy.
2013 Dec 22, In Brazil 14
people died when a bus drove off a road and plunged into a ravine in
Sao Paulo state.
2013 Dec 22, In Central African
Republic former Seleka rebels and their Muslim supporters blocked a
route near Bangui's airport to protest against French troops
conducting a disarmament operation, accusing them of killing 3
fighters in clashes.
2013 Dec 22, In Egypt 3 leading
figures of the 2011 uprising were jailed for three years each for
their role in recent protests, as the army-backed authorities
intensified a crackdown on dissent.
2013 Dec 22, In Germany
Mikhail Khodorkovsky vowed to do all he can to ensure the release of
other political prisoners in Russia.
2013 Dec 22, In Honduras
Nedenia Post Dye (46), a great-granddaughter of Marjorie
Merriweather Post, was found slain at her luxury spa on Roatan
island. Police arrested suspect Lenin Roberto Arana, a local singer
that to quit drugs.
(SSFC, 12/29/13, p.A5)
2013 Dec 22, India's
anti-corruption crusader Arvind Kejriwal vowed to clean up "dirty
politics" in a fiery speech suggesting that his Aam Aadmi will team
up with the Congress party to form a state government in Delhi.
(AFP, 12/22/13)(Econ, 12/14/13, p.49)
2013 Dec 22, In Libya a suicide
car bomb attack on a military checkpoint on the outskirts of
Benghazi killed 13 people.
2013 Dec 22, Saudi Arabia's
official news agency says King Abdullah has appointed his son,
Prince Mishaal, as the new governor of Mecca.
2013 Dec 22, In South Korea
hundreds of riot police stormed into a labor umbrella group's head
office in a bid to arrest union leaders. They detained about 130
strikers and confederation members. Workers with the state-run Korea
Railroad had walked off the job in protest against a decision to set
up a unit to run a high-speed bullet train, which they say will lead
to privatization and layoffs.
2013 Dec 22, South Sudan's
central government lost control of Bentiu, the capital of key
oil-producing Unity state. Renegade forces loyal to a former deputy
president seized more territory in fighting that has raised fears of
full-blown civil war in the world's newest country.
2013 Dec 22, In Spain millions
were glued to their televisions as 2.5 billion in euros was
distributed in the country’s Christmas lottery during a 4-hour TV
show. For the first time 20% of winnings over 2,500 euros was taxed.
(SFC, 12/23/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 22, A Sudanese court
acquitted award-winning journalist Faisal Mohammed Salih of
publishing lies in a column he wrote about an activist's allegation
of rape in custody.
2013 Dec 22, In Sweden
thousands took to the streets of Stockholm in a protest against
racism following a neo-Nazi attack on a similar but much smaller
rally last weekend.
2013 Dec 22, Syrian aircraft
pummeled an opposition neighborhood in Aleppo, killing at least 65
people and extending the government's furious aerial bombardment of
the rebel-held half of the divided city to an eighth consecutive
day. A suicide bomber detonated his bomb-rigged truck near a primary
school in the Shiite town of Umm al-Amed, killing at least 12
people, half of them children.
(AFP, 12/22/13)(AP, 12/22/13)(CSM, 12/23/13)
2013 Dec 22, In Thailand tens
of thousands of anti-government demonstrators massed peacefully
across Bangkok in their latest bid to topple PM Yingluck Shinawatra
before a February election the main opposition party will boycott.
2013 Dec 22, Turkish media
reported that authorities have removed another 25 police chiefs from
their posts, widening a crackdown on the force since it launched a
corruption investigation that PM Tayyip Erdogan has called a "dirty
operation" against his rule. Turkey's interior minister said he has
offered his resignation to PM Erdogan over a corruption scandal that
has resulted in his son's arrest. Police in Istanbul clashed with
protesters denouncing Erdogan's government over a corruption and
bribery scandal targeting his allies.
(Reuters, 12/22/13)(AP, 12/22/13)
2013 Dec 22, Ukrainian
opposition leaders urged supporters at a rally to stay on Kiev's
main square through New Year and Christmas, as street protests
appeared to be losing momentum.
2013 Dec 23, Yuseef Lateef
(93), grammy-winning jazz musician and composer, died at his home in
(SFC, 12/26/13, p.D2)
2013 Dec 23, In Mississippi a
bank robber killed Tupelo police officer Kevin Stauffer (38) and
injured another as he escaped. In Dec 28 Arizona police in Phoenix
shot and killed Mario Edward Garnett (40) following an attempted
bank robbery. He is believed to be the same man accused in the Dec
23 killing of Tupelo police officer Kevin Stauffer.
(SFC, 12/25/13, p.A7)(SFC, 12/30/13, p.A6)
2013 Dec 23, A federal judge
ordered Ohio authorities to recognize same-sex marriages on death
(SFC, 12/24/13, p.A5)
2013 Dec 23, Over 390,000 homes
and businesses were without power in Michigan, New York and northern
New England. In Maine over 78,000 people were without power. The
weekend storm left at least 11 people dead.
(SFC, 12/24/13, p.A5)
2013 Dec 23, In Afghanistan two
NATO service members were killed in separate attacks in the east and
south. One was a British soldier killed by enemy fire.
(AP, 12/23/13)(AP, 12/24/13)
2013 Dec 23, A Bahrain court
acquitted two police officers accused of torturing doctors who were
detained while treating wounded Shiite protesters in 2011. Sheikha
Noura bint Ibrahim al-Khalifa (29), a Bahraini princess, was one of
the two police officers acquitted.
(AP, 12/23/13)(Reuters, 12/27/13)
2013 Dec 23, In Belgium Andras
Pandy (86), a serial killers dubbed the "Devil's Pastor", died
overnight in a jail in northwestern Bruges.
2013 Dec 23, Britain's
disgraced former Europe minister Denis MacShane (65) was jailed for
six months after admitting he falsely claimed thousands of pounds in
2013 Dec 23, British retailer
Marks & Spencer faced criticism after it emerged that it allows
Muslim staff to refuse to sell customers pork and alcohol.
2013 Dec 22, In Central African
Republic former Seleka rebels and their Muslim supporters blocked a
route near Bangui's airport to protest against French troops
conducting a disarmament operation, accusing them of killing 3
fighters in clashes. An African Union peacekeeper from the Republic
of Congo was killed by the anti-balaka, a Christian militia.
(AFP, 12/22/13)(AP, 12/24/13)
2013 Dec 23, China's ruling
Communist Party told the already tightly monitored state media that
they should not be reporting on "wrong points of view" and instead
cover positive stories that promote "socialist values."
2013 Dec 23, In Dubai Shezanne
Cassim (29), a US citizen man detained for months, and seven
co-defendants were fined and sentenced to jail after being convicted
in connection to a satirical video about youth culture. Officials
charged that the film spoofing would-be Dubai "gangstas" ran afoul
of a 2012 cybercrimes law.
2013 Dec 23, Dubai media
reported that police have made a record drug seizure of some 4.6
million Captagon pills, an amphetamine-like stimulant, worth more
than $31 million (23 million euros).
2013 Dec 23, In Egypt more than
450 imprisoned Muslim Brotherhood members launched a hunger strike
to protest their "inhuman treatment" after being jailed following
the military's overthrow of Pres. Morsi.
2013 Dec 23, The European Union
banned the export of arms and the sending of mercenaries to Central
2013 Dec 23, India's
anti-corruption crusader Arvind Kejriwal announced he would head a
state government for New Delhi in a stunning breakthrough for his
fledgling party just months before a general election.
2013 Dec 23, In Iraq suicide
bombers in Tikrit assaulted a television station headquarters,
killing 5 journalists in the latest in a series of attacks against
the media. Two of the bombers blew themselves up and security forces
killed the other two when they stormed the building. Other violence
in the country killed 17 people.
2013 Dec 23, Kuwait's Cabinet
resigned ahead of a reshuffle and plans by some legislators to
submit a number of ministers to parliamentary grilling.
2013 Dec 23, Libya's interim
parliament voted to extend the country's post-revolutionary
transition, giving itself an extra year to oversee the writing of a
constitution and the holding of new elections.
2013 Dec 23, The
Moroccan-flagged fuel tanker "Silver" hit rocks near the Atlantic
port of Tan Tan during a storm, and there were fears of an
ecological disaster. Over the next two weeks the cargo was offloaded
to fuel trucks.
2013 Dec 23, Nigeria's military
reportedly killed at least 50 Islamist rebels fleeing towards
Cameroon in a battle in which 15 of its own soldiers and five
civilians also died.
2013 Dec 23, Nearly half
Pakistan's lawmakers reported they paid no taxes, according to a
study released today, findings that may endanger billions of dollars
in IMF and other loans and aid that shore up a faltering economy.
2013 Dec 23, Residents of
Pakistan's ethnic Pashtun region of North Waziristan accused
government troops of killing dozens of civilians during a military
operation against Taliban insurgents. Military officials said more
than 30 militants, most of them ethnic Uzbeks, had been killed in a
military operation that began after a December 18 suicide bomb
2013 Dec 23, Police in the
Philippine capital banned the wearing of caps and sunglasses in
shopping malls to stop criminals concealing their identity from
2013 Dec 23, In Russia two
jailed members of the punk band Pussy Riot were released following
an amnesty law that both described as a Kremlin public relations
stunt ahead of the Winter Olympics.
2013 Dec 23, Russia said it has
sent 25 armored trucks and 50 other vehicles to Syria to help
transport toxins that are to be destroyed under an international
agreement to rid the nation of its chemical arsenal.
2013 Dec 23, Russia bought $3
billion worth of Ukrainian bonds, the first batch of a promised $15
billion, in a bid to support its neighbor's economy.
2013 Dec 23, Russia’s Mikhail
Kalashnikov (b.1919), the designer of the AK-47 assault rifle, died
in Izhevsk, the capital of the Udmurtia republic.
(AP, 12/23/13)(SFC, 12/25/13, p.D4)
2013 Dec 23, A Saudi court
sentenced a citizen to 30 years in prison for leading demonstrations
in 2011 against a crackdown on Shiite Muslims in neighboring
2013 Dec 23, South Sudan's
government said it will start a major offensive to retake two
strategic towns controlled by rebels loyal to former Vice President
Riek Machar, deepening fears that the conflict is provoking broader
ethnic bloodletting. Some 3,000 foreigners were trapped in Bor as
the city experienced bouts of heavy machine gun fire.
(Reuters, 12/23/13)(AP, 12/23/13)
2013 Dec 23, Syrian government
forces widened a northern bombing campaign striking Azaz and killing
(SFC, 12/24/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 23, In Thailand
anti-government protesters determined to unseat PM Shinawatra
surrounded a Bangkok sports stadium in an unsuccessful attempt to
block political parties from registering for February elections.
2013 Dec 23, President Jose
Mujica of Uruguay quietly signed into law the government's plan to
create a regulated, legal market for marijuana. Bureaucrats now have
until April 9 to write the fine print for regulating every aspect of
the marijuana market, from growing to selling in a network of
2013 Dec 23, Yemeni political
parties signed a document pledging a "just solution" that would
grant some autonomy to the south in the face of secessionist
2013 Dec 23, Zambia's
defense minister Geoffrey Mwamba resigned after admitting that he
met a traditional leader who is blackballed by the country's
2013 Dec 24, US postal
regulators approved a temporary two-year increase of 3 cents for the
first class stamp. The 49 cent rate will be effective as of Jan 26,
(SFC, 12/25/13, p.A7)
2013 Dec 24, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown granted clemency to 127 convicted criminals. All the
people involved had completed their sentences.
(SFC, 12/25/13, p.D3)
2013 Dec 24, In southern
California Steven Keith (58) collapsed and died in a holding cell
after his arrest by Border Patrol agents for allegedly carrying
three pounds of marijuana.
(SFC, 12/30/13, p.A6)
2013 Dec 24, In upstate New
York 2 firefighters were killed in an ambush after William Spengler
Jr. shot his sister and set fire to his West Webster home. Spengler
wounded two other firefighters before committing suicide. In 2014
Dawn Nguyen was sentenced to eight years in prison for buying the
guns for Spengler.
(SFC, 9/18/14, p.A6)
2013 Dec 24, A US federal
appeals court ruled that same-sex marriages can continue in Utah,
denying a request from the state to halt them.
(SFC, 12/25/13, p.A10)
2013 Dec 24, NASA astronauts
wrapped up successful repairs at the International Space Station
after a rare Christmas Eve spacewalk to fix an equipment cooling
system. Rick Mastracchi (53) and Mike Hopkins (44) floated outside
the orbiting lab for seven and a half hours to replace an ammonia
pump whose internal control valve failed on December 11.
2013 Dec 24, Brazilian
President Dilma Rousseff flew over the flood-hit southeastern state
of Espirito Santo, where at least 14 people have died in days of
torrential rain. 47 cities in Espirito Santo, which borders Rio de
Janeiro state, were affected by the flooding.
2013 Dec 24, Hurricane-force
winds and torrential rain disrupted transport networks and cut power
supplies in Britain and France, one of the busiest travel days of
the year just before Christmas, pushing the death toll to at least 6
2013 Dec 24, Britain
posthumously pardoned Alan Turing (1912-1954) for a 1952 gay sex
conviction which tarnished the brilliant career of the code breaker
credited with helping win the war against Nazi Germany and laying
the foundation for the computer age.
2013 Dec 24, In Chile Nicolesa
Quintreman (73), a Mapuche Indian leader, was found floating in a
reservoir she spent a decade trying to prevent from being created.
With her sister Berta, Quintreman became a national figure in Chile
during protests against the construction of a hydroelectric dam on
tribal land in the forested mountains of southern Chile.
2013 Dec 24, China's top
legislative committee voted to abolish "re-education through labor"
camps introduced more than half a century ago, saying they had
served their purpose.
2013 Dec 24, In Egypt multiple
explosions at the security headquarters in Mansoura killed 16 and
injured more than 100.
(AP, 12/24/13)(AP, 12/25/13)
2013 Dec 24, Egyptian state
television reported the arrest of Hesham Kandil, the country's
former prime minister, to serve a one-year prison sentence. He had
served under the nation's toppled Islamist president.
2013 Dec 24, Egypt's football
league resumed following repeated suspensions for almost two years
after a deadly stadium riot and political unrest in the country.
2013 Dec 24, In Iraq a bomb
struck the acting Iraqi defense minister's convoy west of Baghdad,
wounding two of his guards.
2013 Dec 24, Israeli air and
ground forces launched a series of attacks on targets across the
Gaza Strip, killing a young girl and wounding 10 in response to the
deadly shooting of an Israeli civilian by a Palestinian sniper.
Palestinian officials reported at least 16 Israeli attacks.
2013 Dec 24, A Libyan soldier
was shot dead and a civilian wounded by a bomb under his car in
separate attacks in the eastern city of Benghazi.
2013 Dec 24, The Malian
Ministry of Defense said that Aliou Mahamar Toure, the former head
of the Islamic Police in Gao, has been captured. Toure had presided
over a 10-month reign of terror.
2013 Dec 24, Russian news
agency RIA reported that Russia is preparing to lift a suspension it
imposed on the import of Lithuanian dairy products on October 7.
2013 Dec 24, Syrian government
air raids on rebel-held areas of Aleppo killed at least 15 people,
including three children.
2013 Dec 24, Turkey’s President
Abdullah Gul sought to salve furor over a high-level corruption case
by assuring the public there would be no cover-up and that the
courts were free to investigate.
2013 Dec 24, The UN office of
the Commissioner for Human Rights said a mass grave believed to
contain the bodies of 75 ethnic Dinka soldiers has been found in
South Sudan. Later the office revised that figure to 34 bodies and
75 people feared missing. The UN mission in South Sudan said the
erroneous report was an inflation of a "skirmish" in which 15 people
were killed. The UN Security Council approved plans to increase
number of peacekeepers in South Sudan to 12,500 troops and
(AP, 12/24/13)(Reuters, 12/24/13)
2013 Dec 24, The Zambia
Wildlife Authority said it has arrested two people in possession of
more than 115 kg (250 pounds) of ivory.
2013 Dec 25, In Arizona police
found Aniarael Macias (13) dead at the home of Connie Villa (35) in
Casa Grande. Villa had tried to poison her three other children and
had just stabbed her ex-husband who called 911 as he drove to a
hospital. Connie Villa was arrested on Dec 29 after being released
from a hospital.
(SFC, 12/31/13, p.A5)
2013 Dec 25, United Van Lines
released its 37th annual migration study. New Jersey repeated as the
state with the highest outbound moves. Migration out of Michigan
slowed to a virtual halt after 16 straight years of outbound moves.
(AP, 12/25/13)(SFC, 12/26/13, p.A8)
2013 Dec 25, In Irvington, NJ,
3 men were killed at Slick’s Go Go Bar when a man tried to enter
with a gun. On Jan 12, 2014, Anthony Fields (19) of Newark, the
suspected gunman, was arrested in Florida.
(SFC, 12/26/13, p.A8)(SFC, 1/13/14, p.A4)
2013 Dec 25, Attacks in
Afghanistan killed at least 6 people. The US Embassy in Kabul was
hit by indirect fire before dawn but no Americans were hurt.
2013 Dec 25, In Argentina an
attack by a school of palometas, a carnivorous type of piranha,
injured 70 people bathing in the Parana River in Rosario, including
seven children who lost parts of their fingers or toes.
2013 Dec 25, In Brazil angry
farmers, convinced that Tenharim tribesmen in Amazonas state had
kidnapped three local men nine days earlier, torched several
Tenharim huts and the offices of the federal indigenous affairs
agency, as well as several of its vehicles and river boats.
2013 Dec 25, Tens of thousands
of Britons remained without electricity after torrential rainfall
flooded homes and hurricane-force winds battered the country.
2013 Dec 25, In the Central
African Republic a spokesman for MISCA, the peacekeeping force, said
Chadian troops will be redeployed from Bangui amid charges they were
siding with a former rebel group. 5 Chadian peacekeepers died in
clashes in Bangui.
(AFP, 12/25/13)(AFP, 12/26/13)
2013 Dec 25, China's ruling
Communist Party unveiled a five-year plan to fight pervasive graft,
with particular attention on corruption that triggers protests or
happens in the course of economic reforms.
2013 Dec 25, Chinese media
reported the arrest of Chu Jian, a vice president of a prestigious
university, for "suspected economic problems." He was appointed in
2005 as vice president of Zhejiang University in the eastern city of
2013 Dec 25, In eastern
CongoDRC at least 40 civilians were killed by the Ugandan ADF-NALU
rebel group attack on a village in North Kivu province. A special UN
force in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo used helicopters to
fire on the rebels and help government troops retake the town of
(AFP, 12/25/13)(Reuters, 12/26/13)
2013 Dec 25, Egypt’s PM Hazem
el-Beblawi designated the Muslim Brotherhood a "terrorist"
organization after multiple explosions at the security headquarters
in Mansoura killed 16 and injured more than 100. The
al-Qaida-inspired group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, or the Champions of
Jerusalem, said it had carried out the attack.
(AP, 12/25/13)(Reuters, 12/26/13)
2013 Dec 25, In Ethiopia Asfaw
Berhanu, a former contributor to the private paper The Reporter, was
convicted of charges stemming from a news story he wrote saying
three government officials had been removed from their posts. An
Ethiopian court sentenced him to two years and nine months in jail.
2013 Dec 25, Powerful winds and
torrential rain swept southern France, grounding flights and cutting
off power to tens of thousands of homes.
2013 Dec 25, A boat capsized
off the Turks and Caicos islands and 17 Haitian suspected illegal
migrants died. 33 people were rescued.
(AFP, 12/25/13)(SFC, 12/26/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 25, Hundreds of
Indonesian Christians held a Christmas service in front of the
presidential palace in Jakarta to protest at the closure of their
churches due to pressure by Muslim hardliners.
2013 Dec 25, In Iraq at least
34 people were killed in three bombings in Christian areas of
Baghdad, including a car bomb that exploded as worshippers were
leaving a Christmas service. Attacks killed at least 44 people
across the country.
(Reuters, 12/25/13)(AFP, 12/25/13)
2013 Dec 25, In Pakistan a
suspected American drone fired two missiles just before midnight at
a home in North Waziristan, killing at least three foreign
2013 Dec 25, Russia's Supreme
Court said it will review two convictions against former oil tycoon
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, including a ruling the Kremlin critic said was
preventing him from returning to Russia despite a presidential
2013 Dec 25, Russia’s Pres.
Putin announced $2 billion in loans to Belarus next year following
talks with Belarus Pres. Alexander Lukashenko.
(SFC, 12/26/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 25, Greenpeace said
Russian investigators have dropped charges against all but one of
the 30 crew, who were accused of hooliganism following a protest
outside a Russian oil rig in the Arctic. Cristian d'Alessandro of
Italy failed to get his criminal case closed due to the lack of an
interpreter and will have to visit the St. Petersburg branch of
Russia's Investigative Committee again Dec 26.
2013 Dec 25, South Sudan's army
battled rebel forces in Malakal while troops flushed out insurgents
in Bor after its recapture.
2013 Dec 25, Syria’s government
signed a major oil and gas exploration deal with a Russian company
in Damascus, which will allow for exploration in a section of Syrian
2013 Dec 25, Thailand's PM
Yingluck Shinawatra proposed a "national reform council" to seek a
way out of the political crisis gripping the kingdom, following
weeks of mass street protests against her government.
2013 Dec 25, In Turkey three
Cabinet ministers resigned, days after their sons were taken into
custody in a sweeping corruption and bribery scandal that has
targeted PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan's allies in one of the worst
political crises of his more than 10 years in power.
2013 Dec 25, Ukrainian
opposition activist and journalist Tetyana Chornovil (34), known for
her investigations into corruption among senior state officials, was
beaten up by unknown attackers. Chornovil was assaulted near Kiev
hours after an article she wrote on the assets of top government
officials was published. Opposition activists quickly gathered
outside the Interior Ministry in Kiev and demanded the resignation
of Interior Minister Vitali Zakharchenko.
(Reuters, 12/25/13)(SFC, 12/26/13, p.A3)
2013 Dec 26, In Louisiana Ben
Freeman (38), a nurse embroiled in a custody fight, attacked his
former in-laws, his onetime boss and his current wife leaving 3 dead
before killing himself.
(SFC, 12/28/13, p.A12)
2013 Dec 26, Bangladesh's
opposition accused authorities of placing their leader under virtual
house arrest, as tens of thousands of troops were deployed across
the country ahead of general elections next month.
2013 Dec 26, Brazilian
officials said at least 44 people have died and more than 60,000
have been left homeless following torrential rain in the southeast
over the past few weeks.
2013 Dec 26, In Central African
Republic Red Cross workers said they have recovered 44 bodies from
the streets of Bangui after inter-religious fighting in the last two
days. 2 African Union peacekeepers were shot dead in night time
fighting. Assailants also attempted to attack the presidential
palace, but were pushed back.
(Reuters, 12/26/13)(AP, 12/27/13)
2013 Dec 26, Egypt escalated
its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, detaining at least 38 of
the group's supporters on charges of belonging to a terrorist
organization the day after it was declared one by the government. A
bomb exploded in a busy intersection near schools in Cairo, hitting
a bus and wounding five people.
(Reuters, 12/26/13)(AP, 12/26/13)
2013 Dec 26, In France a
surprise strike by Lufthansa workers at the main Paris airport
prompted flight cancellations and brought a new headache to holiday
travel. Lufthansa said in statement that only two flights were
officially canceled, and that travel was resuming in the afternoon.
2013 Dec 26, In Guinea a
2-year-old boy in the remote village of Meliandou fell ill with a
mysterious illness characterized by fever, black stools, and
vomiting. He died 2 days later. He was later identified as
patient zero in the current outbreak of Ebola, which was not
recognized until March.
2013 Dec 26, In Iraq a barrage
of rockets were fired on Camp Liberty, home to members of the
Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, the militant wing of the National Council of
Resistance of Iran, a Paris-based group opposed to Iran's cleric-led
government. 3 residents were killed and over 50 wounded.
2013 Dec 26, Japan’s PM Shinzo
Abe paid his respects at the Yasukuni shrine honoring Japan's war
dead in an unexpected visit that drew sharp rebukes from China and
2013 Dec 26, Dozens of Libyan
militiamen briefly blocked the entrance to the central bank,
demanding the resignation of PM Ali Zeidan.
2013 Dec 26, A Russian probe
into the 2004 death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said it has
found no trace of radioactive poisoning.
2013 Dec 26, Russian
authorities issued visas to seven of 30 members of a Greenpeace ship
crew that allow them to leave the country after dropping criminal
charges against them over a protest outside an Arctic oil rig.
2013 Dec 26, A Russian plane
crashed in Siberia, killing nine people. The Soviet-built Antonov
An-12 plane belonging to an aircraft factory in Novosibirsk was
carrying six crew and three others on a flight to another factory in
2013 Dec 26, In Saudi Arabia a
73-year-old man died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS,
bringing to 57 the number of deaths in the kingdom at the center of
2013 Dec 26, In South Sudan
heavy fighting raged in the key oil-producing north. Neighbors Kenya
and Ethiopia said they had made "good progress" in efforts to broker
an end to the civil war.
2013 Dec 26, Thailand's
government rejected a call from the Election Commission (EC) to
postpone a February vote. Violence erupted when protesters tried to
storm a venue where a draw for election ballot numbers was being
held and police fired teargas and rubber bullets to keep the
rock-throwing crowd back. A policeman was killed and three were
wounded by gunshots from an unknown attacker.
2013 Dec 26, In Thailand a bus
carrying New Year travelers plunged off one of the country’s highest
bridges around midnight in the kingdom's northeast, leaving at least
29 people dead.
2013 Dec 26, A Turkish
prosecutor said he had been prevented from expanding a corruption
investigation that has touched the heart of the government, alleging
pressure on the judiciary.
2013 Dec 26, In eastern Yemen
tribesmen seized an oil ministry building in Hadramout province and
exchanged gunfire with a pro-government tribe seeking to regain
control of the premises.
2013 Dec 27, The A&E
channel said it is reversing its decision to drop “Duck Dynasty"
patriarch Phil Robertson from the show set in Louisiana for his
remarks on gays.
(SFC, 12/28/13, p.A7)
2013 Dec 27, In Los Angeles
Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen (24) pleaded guilty to federal terrorism
charges after admitting that he attempted to assist al-Qaida by
providing weapons training in Syria.
(SFC, 12/28/13, p.A7)
2013 Dec 27, In Colorado the
first batch of Denver businesses approved to sell recreational
marijuana received their licenses.
(SFC, 12/28/13, p.A7)
2013 Dec 27, In Afghanistan 3
NATO personnel were killed in a Taliban suicide car bomb attack on a
military convoy in Kabul.
2013 Dec 27, China’s
environment ministry said it will raise standards for the production
of cement, batteries, leather and heavy metals as part of its
efforts to cut air, water and soil pollution.
2013 Dec 27, A Chinese court in
Hunan province sentenced four municipal security officers to prison
for a clash that left Deng, a watermelon seller, dead and triggered
a public outcry.
2013 Dec 27, Danish drugmaker
Lundbeck said it has received marketing authorization from the
European Commission for its antidepressant Brintellix following
approval in the United States in September.
2013 Dec 27, In Egypt Muslim
Brotherhood supporters and police clashed across the country,
leaving at least 5 dead in protests after the army-backed government
declared the group a terrorist organization.
2013 Dec 27, Henri Rechatin
(82), aka Henry’s, the celebrated French tightrope walker who
balanced above high the Alps, the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls,
2013 Dec 27, In Indonesia Ambar
Arianto Mulyo (59), a Bali Hyatt hotel security employee, was
strangled to death after he tried to capture a 15-foot python.
(SFC, 12/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 27, In Iraq violence
across the country left six people dead.
2013 Dec 27, An Israeli
official said Israel plans to build 1,400 homes in its settlements
in the occupied West Bank and will announce the projects next week
after releasing a group of Palestinian prisoners.
2013 Dec 27, In Japan the
governor of Okinawa gave the go-ahead for land reclamation to begin
for a new US military base, advancing the effort to consolidate the
massive US troop presence on the southern Japanese island but also
making protests from residents likely.
2013 Dec 27, In Lebanon a
powerful car bomb tore through a business district in the center of
Beirut killing Mohammed Chatah (Shatah), a former finance minister
and senior aide to former PM Saad Hariri. 7 others were also killed
in the blast. Hariri blamed Hezbollah for the assassination. A
Lebanese teenager seen posing for a group "selfie" in front of the
bomb-laden car moments before it exploded died of his injuries the
(AP, 12/27/13)(AFP, 12/28/13)(Econ, 1/4/14, p.34)
2013 Dec 27, In Libya 3 gunmen
shot to death Maj. Mohammed Faraj al-Ziwi from the military's air
defense unit in the al-Salam district of Benghazi.
2013 Dec 27, In Montenegro an
overnight bomb blast shook the offices of the leading daily Vijesti
in the latest attack on a newspaper known for its criticism of the
authorities under long-term leader Milo Djukanovic.
2013 Dec 27, Morocco and Qatar
signed an aid deal worth $1.25 billion, part of a five-year package
of financial assistance extended by wealthy Gulf states to the North
African kingdom to help it weather 'Arab Spring' protests.
2013 Dec 27, Lack of fuel from
Israel brought Gaza's lone power plant to a halt, days after it was
fired back to life following a seven-week shutdown.
2013 Dec 27, Two Russian
astronauts began a spacewalk to install cameras and perform other
work on the International Space Station. This was the third
spacewalk in a week at the orbiting laboratory.
2013 Dec 27, In Russia at least
two people were killed in the explosion of an automobile in
Pyatigorsk in the restive North Caucasus region.
2013 Dec 27, An oil platform
belonging to Saudi oil giant Aramco sank as it was being used to
carry out maintenance work at an oil well in Safaniya. The bodies of
3 Asian workers who went missing were recovered over the next 24
2013 Dec 27, In Somalia at
least 10 people were killed in an explosion in a restaurant in
(AFP, 12/27/13)(SFC, 12/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 27, Regional leaders
said South Sudan's government has agreed to end hostilities, at the
end of a crisis summit, raising hopes for a potential breakthrough
in efforts to cease violence that has displaced more than 120,000
people in the world's newest country. An army spokesman said South
Sudanese rebels loyal to former VP Riek Machar have been defeated in
Malakal, the capital of major oil producing Upper Nile state, after
four days of intense fighting.
(AP, 12/27/13)(Reuters, 12/27/13)
2013 Dec 27, Syrian state TV
and opposition activists say government forces have ambushed members
of an al-Qaida-linked group, killing dozens of the Nusra Front
rebels near Maaloula, a historic Christian village north of
Damascus. A monitoring group said 5 people, including an elderly
man, a woman and a disabled man, have died of hunger in a besieged
Palestinian refugee camp south of Damascus.
(AP, 12/27/13)(AFP, 12/27/13)(SFC, 12/28/13,
2013 Dec 27, The Thai
government appealed to the military to provide security for February
elections after violent clashes between police and opposition
protesters left two people dead and more than 150 wounded.
2013 Dec 27, In Turkey three
lawmakers, including a former minister, resigned from the ruling
Justice and Development Party (AKP). A Turkish court blocked a
government attempt to force police to disclose investigations to
(AFP, 12/27/13)(Reuters, 12/27/13)
2013 Dec 27, In Yemen an army
tank shelled a funeral tent erected by the Southern Movement at a
school in Sanah, Daleh province, killing 19 people, including 4
(AFP, 12/27/13)(AFP, 12/28/13)
2013 Dec 28, In the US the most
recent extension of unemployment insurance expired leaving some 1.3
million Americans suddenly cut off from federally funded benefits.
(Econ, 1/4/14, p.19)
2013 Dec 28, In Alabama
Kimberle Johnson (21) and Glenn Thomas (22) died in an early morning
shooting in Montgomery. Six others were wounded. Thomas was an
up-and-coming rapper known as Doe B. Jason Quan Williams (25) was
arrested after turning himself in to police.
(SSFC, 12/29/13, p.A14)(SFC, 12/31/13, p.A5)
2013 Dec 28, Arizona police in
Phoenix shot and killed Mario Edward Garnett (40) following an
attempted bank robbery. He is believed to be the same man accused in
the Dec 23 killing of a police officer in Tupelo, Miss.
(SFC, 12/30/13, p.A6)
2013 Dec 28, In Oklahoma Harry
Carl Mapps (59) was arrested in a motel in Roland. He was suspected
of killing 3 people and setting fire to a home in Colorado on Nov
(SFC, 12/30/13, p.A6)
2013 Dec 28, Harold Simmons
(82), Dallas billionaire and major GOP political donor, died. He had
made his fortune in buying drugstores and as an investor in publicly
(SFC, 1/1/14, p.E5)
2013 Dec 28, Australian media
reported that Jacqueline Zwambila, Zimbabwe's ambassador to
Australia, has asked for political asylum just days before her term
ends saying she fears for her safety at home.
2013 Dec 28, Bahrain’s police
arrested Ali Salman (48), head of the main Shiite opposition bloc
Al-Wefaq that has spearheaded protests against the authorities in
the Sunni-ruled kingdom. Salman was freed the next day but he was
forbidden from any travel.
(AFP, 12/28/13)(AFP, 12/29/13)
2013 Dec 28, China formally
allowed couples to have a second child if one parent is an only
child, the first major easing of its 3-decade-old restrictive birth
2013 Dec 28, China's national
legislature voted to abolish a much-criticized penal system that
allowed police to lock up people for up to four years without due
2013 Dec 28, Chinese state
media said 512 lawmakers in Hengyang city, Huana province, have
resigned after being implicated in a bribery scandal, while another
56 provincial legislators have been sacked. Xinhua said the total
amount of the bribes was more than 110 million yuan ($18.1 million)
and the money was used to swing the results of elections.
2013 Dec 28, In Colombia the
bodies of 5 men were found at the mouth of the Atrato River. Police
believed the men had traveled from a Caribbean island in an attempt
to reach Central America.
(SFC, 12/30/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 28, Croatia state
prosecutors said some 300 doctors and pharmacists are among 364
suspects who have been charged with offering and taking bribes in
exchange for prescribing certain drugs. The operation, code-named
Hippocratus, was launched by the USKOSK anti-graft police in
2013 Dec 28, In Egypt riot
police moved into eastern Cairo's Al-Azhar campus, claiming that
striking students were disrupting end-of-term exams. They fired tear
gas and battled demonstrators in a melee that left one protester
dead and an administration building torched.
2013 Dec 28, In India tens of
thousands of jubilant supporters watched as Arvind Kejriwal, a
mild-mannered former tax official, was anointed chief minister of
Delhi. Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party, or AAP, has emerged
as a force to be reckoned with barely a year since it was created.
2013 Dec 28, In southern India
a fire engulfed a coach of an express train, killing at least 26
2013 Dec 28, Iraqi security
forces raided the Ramadi home of Sunni MP Ahmed al-Alwani, who backs
anti-government protesters, arresting him and sparking clashes that
killed his brother and five guards. An Iraqi soldier was also killed
in the raid.
2013 Dec 28, In Malawi a
lightning bolt struck a Seventh Day Adventist church, killing 8
worshippers and injuring several others in Lilongwe. It was not
immediately clear whether they were injured by the lightning or in
the panic to escape.
2013 Dec 28, Mexican
authorities found 5 decapitated bodies in two locations in Michoacan
state, with letters left with the corpses purportedly signed by a
2013 Dec 28, In Nigeria few
voters straggled to polls to elect local councils in northeastern
Yobe state battling Islamic militants who say democracy in
corruption-riddled Nigeria is an enemy of the people. The opposition
All Progressives Congress swept every seat in the Yobe state
elections. Suspected Boko Haram gunmen shot dead 8 people and
injured five more in an attack on a wedding party in Tashan Alade
village, Borno state. Nigerian government forces reportedly killed
at least 56 Islamist Boko Haram fighters in a combined air and
ground offensive in the northeast Alafa forest.
(AP, 12/28/13)(AP, 12/30/13)(AFP,
2013 Dec 28, In northwest
Pakistan gunmen attacked an anti-polio vaccination center on the
outskirts of Peshawar and killed a medic on duty, then fled the
2013 Dec 28, Saudi police
pulled over a woman minutes after she got behind the wheel in the
Red Sea city of Jeddah after activists called for a new challenge to
a driving ban.
2013 Dec 28, In South Sudan
some 25,000 young men, who make up a tribal militia known as the
"White Army," began marching on Bor. The youths are from the Lou
Nuer sub-clan — the same tribe as opposition leader former VP Riek
Machar. Nuer community leaders in Jonglei state soon persuaded the
"White Army" fighters to go home.
(AP, 12/28/13)(AP, 12/29/13)
2013 Dec 28, A Syrian army air
strike on a vegetable market in the northern city of Aleppo killed
at least 25 people.
2013 Dec 28, In Thailand gunmen
killed an anti-government activist and wounded two others in
Bangkok, while protesters elsewhere blocked candidates from
registering for upcoming elections.
2013 Dec 28, Yemeni tribesmen
blew up a pipeline in the eastern Hadramout province, disrupting oil
flow two days after they seized an oil ministry building in the
2013 Dec 29, Bangladesh police
barred opposition leader Khaleda Zia from leaving home to lead a
banned march in protest at an upcoming election. Two people were
killed in battles between her supporters and security forces.
2013 Dec 29, Belgian police
seized thousands of marijuana plants discovered by firefighters
during an overnight blaze, but found no immediate trace of the
2013 Dec 29, British police
said they have arrested two men after a suspected arson attack last
evening on the MS King Seaways, a ferry in the North Sea carrying
more than 1,000 people from Newcastle in England to Amsterdam.
2013 Dec 29, In Cambodia tens
of thousands of opposition supporters, backed by striking
garment-factory workers, rallied to demand long-serving PM Hun Sen
step down and call an election.
2013 Dec 29, In Central African
Republic a medical charity said more than 100,000 people displaced
by inter-religious violence are sheltering at a makeshift camp at
2013 Dec 29, Chinese police
seized nearly three metric tons (3.3 tons) of the drug crystal
methamphetamine and arrested 182 people in raids on Boshe village,
Guangdong province, notorious for producing narcotics.
(Reuters, 1/2/14)(SFC, 1/4/14, p.A2)
2013 Dec 29, Egyptian
authorities arrested four Al Jazeera journalists after the Interior
Ministry accused the Qatar-based channel of broadcasting illegally
from a hotel suite with a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
2013 Dec 29, In Egypt a bomb
exploded outside a military intelligence building northeast of
Cairo, wounding four people and damaging the structure as protests
and security scares roil the country just weeks before a key vote.
2013 Dec 29, El Salvador
authorities evacuated an area around the Chaparrastique volcano
after the peak shot a cloud of gas and ash about 3 miles (5 km) into
2013 Dec 29, French President
Francois Hollande arrived in Saudi Arabia for a visit aimed at
boosting prospects of commercial cooperation between the countries
and addressing escalating tensions in the Middle East.
2013 Dec 29, France's
Constitutional Council gave the green light on to a 'millionaire's
tax', to be levied on companies that pay salaries of more than 1
million euros ($1.38 million) a year.
2013 Dec 29, In Iraq a drive-by
shooting and a bomb killed at least six people.
2013 Dec 29, Israel's cabinet
approved a Finance Ministry proposal to tighten spending limits on
the government's budget starting in 2015.
2013 Dec 29, The Israeli
military fired a barrage of shells into southern Lebanon in
retaliation after five Katyusha-style rockets were launched against
the Jewish state. The attacks struck uninhabited areas of both
Israel and Lebanon without causing any casualties or damage.
2013 Dec 29, In Jordan the
criminal court in Amman sentenced two Jordanian men, aged 20 and 23,
to death for killing their sister in June "to cleanse the family’s
2013 Dec 29, Lebanon's
President Michel Suleiman said Saudi Arabia is giving the Lebanese
army $3 billion to buy equipment from France, calling it the largest
grant ever given to the country's armed forces.
(Reuters, 12/29/13)(SSFC, 1/5/14, p.A5)
2013 Dec 29, In Nigeria
suspected Islamic extremists killed four people in the Christian
Kwajffa village, Borno state.
2013 Dec 29, The Gaza Strip's
only power plant returned to life after Israel resumed fuel
2013 Dec 29, In Poland Wojciech
Kilar (b.1932), pianist and composer of classical music and scores
for many films, including Roman Polanski's Oscar-winning "The
Pianist" (2002) and Francis Ford Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula"
(1992), died in his hometown of Katowice.
2013 Dec 29, In southern Russia
18 people were killed and scores were wounded as a female suicide
bomber struck at a railway station in Volgograd, heightening concern
about terrorism ahead of February's Olympics in the Black Sea resort
(AP, 12/29/13)(Reuters, 12/30/13)
2013 Dec 29, South Sudan's army
fought with "White Army" ethnic militia, accusing rebels of
mobilizing the force despite its offer of a truce to end the
conflict in the new country.
2013 Dec 29, In eastern Syria
at least 19 rebels were killed in clashes for control of Deir Ezzor
military air base. The government evacuated some 5,000 people from
an embattled industrial town near Damascus where al-Qaida-linked
rebels have been battling government troops for more than two weeks.
(AFP, 12/29/13)(AP, 12/30/13)
2013 Dec 29, A Tanzanian
official said the country has been hit by a sharp upsurge in
poaching, with at least 60 elephants killed in the two months since
the government was forced to halt a controversial crackdown.
2013 Dec 29, Tunisian police
arrested seven Salafists in the western town of Kasserine, as
authorities feared radical Islamists may be planning attacks during
New Year celebrations.
2013 Dec 29, In Ukraine some
20,000 people protested in Kiev, maintaining more than a month of
rallies opposing the government's decision to shelve a key deal with
the European Union.
2013 Dec 29, In Yemen a Sanaa
court sentenced to death Ahmad Kadiri Ahmad Turki, a Yemeni Al-Qaeda
suspect, for his role in a deadly attack on a security headquarters
in Aden in 2011.
2013 Dec 29, The United Nations
said that it has completed the first aid airlift from Iraq to Syria,
providing much-needed supplies to a difficult-to-access region of
the war-torn country.
2013 Dec 30, The US FAA
selected six states (Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas
and Virginia) to test how drones can be more widely used in US
airspace. 24 states had competed for selection.
(SFC, 12/31/13, p.A6)
2013 Dec 30, In North Dakota a
mile-long train carrying crude oil derailed 5 miles from Casselton.
As many as 20 cars caught fire.
(SFC, 12/31/13, p.A6)
2013 Dec 30, Afghanistan
rejected as baseless a US intelligence forecast that the gains the
United States and allies have made in the past three years will be
significantly rolled back by 2017.
2013 Dec 30, Bahraini
authorities said they have seized a boat smuggling explosives made
in Iran and Syria into the Sunni-ruled kingdom, which quashed a
Shiite-led uprising in 2011.
2013 Dec 30, In Central African
Republic heavy weapons fire rang out in the north of Bangui early
today in what the government said were clashes with Christian
2013 Dec 30, China published
results of an August-September audit on local government
liabilities. It show a total local debt of $1.8 trillion at the end
of June. The addition of explicit and implict debt guarantees raised
the total to $2.95 trillion, about a third of the country’s GDP.
(Econ, 1/4/14, p.32)
2013 Dec 30, Chinese police
shot dead eight people during a "terrorist attack" in the western
region of Xinjiang, raising the death toll from violent clashes
there to at least 35 since November.
2013 Dec 30, Congolese security
forces repelled a wave of coordinated attacks against symbols of
power in the capital Kinshasa and other cities, leaving dozens of
assailants dead in a day of fierce gunbattles. Congo's army clashed
with followers of religious leader Paul Joseph Mukungubila Mutombo
in the eastern mining city of Lubumbashi. The clashes left over 100
people dead and Mutombo went on the run.
(AFP, 12/30/13)(Reuters, 12/30/13)(AFP, 12/31/13)
2013 Dec 30, An Egyptian court
sentenced 139 Islamist supporters of ousted Pres. Morsi to two years
in jail over violence that erupted in July. Egyptian security
arrested Anas Beltagi, the son of a Muslim Brotherhood leader, along
with two other on charges of inciting violence.
(AFP, 12/30/13)(Reuters, 12/31/13)
2013 Dec 30, In Greece
unidentified assailants opened fire on the German ambassador's
residence in Athens with a Kalashnikov assault rifle in an attack
seen as an attempt to sour relations between debt-laden Greece and
its biggest creditor nation. Michalis Liapis (62), a former
transport minister, received a four-year suspended sentence for
driving an uninsured luxury car with fake license plates in an
apparent tax dodge.
(Reuters, 12/30/13)(AP, 12/30/13)
2013 Dec 30, In Indonesia
Islamic police in the sharia stronghold of Banda Aceh seized
thousands of firecrackers and cardboard trumpets after the city
administration banned New Year's Eve celebrations for the first
2013 Dec 30, Iraqi security
forces killed 10 gunmen in clashes that broke out in the Ramadi area
as they tore down a year-old Sunni Arab protest camp. Iraqi forces
battled militants in Fallujah as clashes spread after an
anti-government protest camp was demolished.
2013 Dec 30, Lebanese forces
fired on Syrian aircraft that violated the country's airspace, the
first time they have done so since Syria's uprising broke out three
2013 Dec 30, Libyan forces in
Misrata captured Saifallah Benahssine, the leader of Tunisia's
Islamist militant group Ansar al-Sharia. Benahssine had declared
loyalty to al Qaeda and was accused of inciting an attack on the US
embassy in Tunisia in September 2012.
2013 Dec 30, In Madagascar,
Hery Rajaonarimampianina, the candidate supported by strongman Andry
Rajoelina, held a seemingly unassailable 53% lead in the island's
run-off presidential poll, with ballots from over 96% of the voting
2013 Dec 30, A Mauritania
judicial committee, chaired by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz,
met and decided to create a court to try crimes of slavery.
2013 Dec 30, Myanmar's
reformist President Thein Sein granted a pardon to people convicted
of or charged with a variety of political offenses. It wasn't
immediately clear how many people are covered by the pardon.
2013 Dec 30, Pakistan's
national sharia court, which hears cases under the country's Islamic
legislation, appointed a female judge for the first time in its
33-year history. Ashraf Jehan (56) made history as she took the oath
2013 Dec 30, In Russia a
suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded trolleybus in the
southern city of Volgograd, killing 15 people. It was the second
bloody terrorist attack to hit Volgograd in as many days and the
third in recent months.
(AP, 12/30/13)(Reuters, 12/30/13)
2013 Dec 30, In Senegal Sidy
Lamine Niass, founder and CEO of Walfadjri, one of the country’s
largest media groups, was detained after accusing President Macky
Sall of building up wealth through corruption.
2013 Dec 30, Disarmament teams
returned Scandinavian escort vessels to port as they accepted an
end-of-year deadline for the removal of Syrian chemical weapons
could no longer be met. Norway and Denmark were providing ships to
transfer the the chemical weapons to the Cape Ray, an American-owned
ship fitted with equipment to break down lethal chemical agents to
an industrial toxic waste.
(AFP, 12/31/13)(Econ, 12/14/13, p.58)
2013 Dec 30, Thai police staged
a protest to show their frustration after weeks of dealing with
aggressive and often violent anti-government demonstrators, with
officers saying that the order for them to show restraint has left
them vulnerable and humiliated.
2013 Dec 30, The UN appealed
for the Syrian army and rebel fighters to allow urgent aid to reach
a Palestinian district of southern Damascus where it said 15 people
have died of malnutrition in recent months.
2013 Dec 30, In southern Yemen
5 soldiers and 3 militants were killed during an attack on an army
position in which the assailants also abducted four troops.
2013 Dec 30, Venezuela’s Pres.
Nicolas Maduro acknowledged that annual inflation had hit 56%.
(SFC, 12/31/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 30, In Zimbabwe the
owners of mainly small businesses selling cheap consumer goods said
they were informed of a weekend statement by empowerment minister
Francis Nhema that they have been allowed to continue trading as
authorities reversed an ultimatum for them to close their businesses
by Jan 1.
2013 Dec 31, President Obama’s
besieged Affordable Care Act suffered another setback with a US
Supreme Court justice issuing a temporary injunction late today
preventing enforcement of the law’s contraception mandate against a
group of Roman Catholic nuns who provide care to low-income elderly
(SFC, 1/2/14, p.2)
2013 Dec 31, In San Francisco
Uber driver Syed Muzaffar of Union City fatally struck Sophia Liu
(6) at a crosswalk on Polk Street near the Civic Center. In 2018
Muzaffar was found guilty of manslaughter.
(SFC, 8/3/18, p.D1)
2013 Dec 31, US officials said
Slovakia has accepted three Uighur prisoners from Guantanamo Bay who
had posed a difficult resettlement challenge.
2013 Dec 31, Utah officials
said an unprecedented wintertime outbreak of West Nile virus has
killed more than two dozen bald eagles in the state and thousands of
water birds around the Great Salt Lake.
2013 Dec 31, In northern
Afghanistan gunshots erupted during a rally in Samangan province
where a group was protesting the selection of candidates for the
2014 elections, killing 2 people and wounding eight.
2013 Dec 31, A cyclone ripped
across northwest Australia, closing ports and threatening mining
operations in the sparsely populated Pilbara region.
2013 Dec 31, In the Central
African Republic Christian militiamen attacked an army base in
Bangui, as French and African soldiers struggled to contain
sectarian violence. Thousands of angry people flooded the runway of
the international airport in Bangui, shouting slogans against Michel
Djotodia, the nation's Muslim president, who grabbed power in a coup
nine months ago.
(AFP, 12/31/13)(AP, 12/31/13)
2013 Dec 31, In China six
herders who tried to defend grazing land from expropriation by a
forestry firm were sentenced in the resource-rich Inner Mongolia
region. The case has sparked protests.
2013 Dec 31, In Egypt unknown
assailants attacked a natural gas pipeline in the Sinai.
2013 Dec 31, In India a
pregnant girl (16) died in Kolkata following severe burn injuries.
She had been raped two times On Oct 25-26 and ended up in a hospital
on Dec 23 with sever burn injuries. Her family said she was set on
fire by associates of those who had gang raped her.
2013 Dec 31, In Indonesia more
than 19,000 people were displaced by the Mount Sinabung volcano on
Sumatra that has been erupting for months and shot lava into the air
nine times overnight.
2013 Dec 31, Indonesian police
shot dead six suspected terrorists and arrested another in a New
Year's Eve raid near Jakarta that broke out into an hours-long gun
2013 Dec 31, A senior Iranian
official said six world powers and Iran have made good progress in
expert talks in Geneva on how to roll out last month's landmark
nuclear deal which obliges Tehran to suspend its most sensitive atom
2013 Dec 31, In Iraq clashes
between security forces and gunmen killed four more people in
Ramadi, a day after the closure of a sprawling anti-government
2013 Dec 31, Israel freed 26
Palestinian prisoners, days before US Secretary of State John Kerry
was due back in the Middle East to press the two sides to reach a
framework peace deal. This release was the third of four groups to
2013 Dec 31, A Jordanian
security official said British resident Mudar Zahran, a
Jordanian-Palestinian critic of Jordan's monarchy, has been charged
with incitement and insulting the king after calling for revolt on
2013 Dec 31, Myanmar freed five
prisoners and more were expected to be released next week as part of
a pledge by the country's president to free all political prisoners
by the end of 2013.
2013 Dec 31, Marathon talks
between the leaders of Northern Ireland's Catholic and Protestant
communities broke down without agreement to ease tensions that have
led to one of the worst years of rioting in the British province for
2013 Dec 31, South Sudan's
warring factions agreed to attend peace talks in Ethiopia.
Government troops fought renegade forces loyal to former VP Riek
Machar as well as a pro-Machar tribal militia known as the "White
Army," as rebels tried to retake Bor.
2013 Dec 31, In Syria a missile
struck a bus in a rebel-held area of Aleppo, setting it on fire and
killing at least 10 people. State media reported that a rebel-fired
mortar shell killed 3 people in Homs. ISIS fighters returned the
torture-marked corpse of a doctor-cum-commander with Ahrar al-Sham,
a Salafist rebel group which had hitherto been an ally.
(AP, 12/31/13)(Econ, 1/11/14, p.39)
2013 Dec 31, In Turkey another
lawmaker from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)
announced his resignation amid a high-level bribery and corruption
probe. Hasan Hami Yildirim had criticised the government forfor
exerting pressure on the judiciary over the corruption.
2013 Dec 31, In southern Yemen
armed men including a suicide bomber tried to storm police
headquarters in Aden. Two guards were killed and at least 6 people
wounded. Two suspects were arrested.
(Reuters, 12/31/13)(AP, 12/31/13)
2013 Dec, Chikungunya fever, a
mosquito-born virus common in Africa and Asia, was first detected in
the Caribbean region on St. Martin and soon spread across across the
region and onto South and Central America.
(Econ, 5/10/14, p.35)
2013 Dec, In Afghanistan a
single shot from a British sniper killed six Taliban insurgents when
the bullet hit the trigger switch of a would-be suicide bomber's
device in in Kakaran, Helmand province.
2013 Dec, Ercan Findikoglu was
arrested at Frankfurt Airport. US authorities accused him of
masterminding a group that carried out the online heists between
2011 and 2013 and stealing almost $60 million in a series of hacking
raids against credit card companies.
2013 Dec, In Nigeria two
private letters to Pres. Jonathan were leaked. One by central bank
governor Lamido Sanusi accused the state oil company of failing to
account for $50 billion in oil sales. The 2nd by former president
Obasanjo slammed Pres. Jonathan’s poor performance and told him not
to stand for re-election.
(Econ, 12/21/13, p.78)
2013 Erez Aiden and
Jean-Baptiste Michel authored “Big Data as a Lens On Human Culture."
(SSFC, 12/29/13, p.F2)
2013 Reed Albergotti and
Vanessa O’Connell authored “Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de
France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever."
(Econ, 11/16/13, p.85)
2013 Reza Aslan authored
“Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth."
(SSFC, 7/28/13, p.F1)
2013 Michael Axworthy authored
“Revolutionary Iran: A History of the Islamic Republic."
(Econ, 3/2/13, p.78)
2013 Radley Balko authored
“Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police
(Econ, 7/13/13, p.73)
2013 Karima Bennoune authored
“Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories From the Fight
Against Muslim Fundamentalism."
(Econ, 8/31/13, p.72)
2013 Ella Berthoud and Susan
Elderkin authored “The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness
– 751 Books to Cure What Ails You."
(Econ, 10/12/13, p.97)
2013 Jagdish Bhagwati authored
“Why Growth Matters: How Economic Growth in India Reduced Poverty
and the Lessons for Other Developing Countries.
(Econ, 4/20/13, p.88)
2013 Lee Billings, American
science journalist, authored “Five Billion Years of Solitude: The
Search for Life Among the Stars."
(Econ, 10/5/13, p.88)
2013 Nick Bilton authored
“Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship and
(SSFC, 11/17/13, p.F3)
2013 Joshua Bloom authored
“Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther
(SSFC, 2/24/13, p.F1)
2013 Max Boot authored
“Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient
Times to the Present."
(Econ, 1/19/13, p.80)
2013 Joshua Bloom authored
“Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther
(SSFC, 2/24/13, p.F1)
2013 Matthew Morse Booker
authored “Down By the Bay: San Francisco’s History Between the
(SSFC, 6/23/13, p.F5)
2013 Bill Bryson authored “One
Summer: America, 1927."
(SSFC, 10/27/13, p.F4)
2013 Oliver Bullough authored
“The Last Man in Russia: The Struggle to Save a Dying Nation." The
book “traces the life of Father Dmitry Dudko, an Orthodox priest who
exemplified both resistance to Soviet rule and defeat at its hands."
(Econ, 6/1/13, p.82)
2013 Robert Calderisi authored
“Earthly Mission: The Catholic Church and World Development."
(Econ, 9/7/13, p.81)
2013 Rory Carroll authored
“Comandante: Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela."
(Econ, 3/9/13, p.83)
2013 Christian Caryl authored
“Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century.
(Econ, 4/13/13, p.82)
2013 Napoleon Chagnon authored
“Noble Savages: My Life Among the Two Dangerous Tribes – the
Yanomamo and the Anthropologists."
(Econ, 2/23/13, p.80)
2013 Christopher Clark authored
“Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914."
(Econ, 11/9/13, p.86)
2013 T.J. Clark authored
“Picasso and Truth: From Cubism to Guernica."
(SSFC, 9/1/13, p.F6)
2013 Jared Cohen and Eric
Schmidt authored “The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of
People, Nations and Business."
(SSFC, 4/28/13, p.F1)
2013 Paul Collier authored “How
Migration Is changing Our World."
(Econ, 9/28/13, p.78)
2013 Alfredo Corchado authored
“Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey through a Country’s
Descent Into Darkness."
(SSFC, 6/16/13, p.F4)
2013 David Day authored
“Antarctica: A Biography.
(Econ, 6/15/13, p.81)
2013 Angus Deaton authored “The
Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality."
(Econ, 10/12/13, p.100)
2013 Michael Deibert authored
“Congo: Between Hope and Despair."
(Econ, 11/2/13, p.54)
2013 Daniel Dennett authored
“Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking."
(Econ, 6/15/13, p.81)
2013 Swiss novelist Joel Dicker
authored “The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair." In 2014 the
popular novel was published in English.
(Econ, 4/19/14, p.78)
2013 Frank Dikotter authored
“The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution,
(Econ, 9/7/13, p.80)
2013 Toby Dodge authored:
“Iraq: From War to a New Authoritarianism."
(Econ, 3/16/13, p.84)
2013 Assa Doron and Robin
Jeffrey authored “The Great Indian Phone Book: How Cheap Mobile
Phones Change Business, Politics and Daily Life."
(Econ, 3/23/13, p.88)
2013 Barbara Dreyfus authored
“Hedge Hogs: The Cowboy Traders Behind Wall Street’s Largest
Hedge-Fund Disaster," the story of the collapse of the Amaranth
(Econ, 6/8/13, p.86)
2013 Susan Dunn authored
“1940: FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitler-the Election amid the Storm."
(Econ, 9/14/13, p.39)
2013 Greg Easterbrook authored
“The King of Sports: Football’s Impact on America."
(Econ, 9/14/13, p.92)
2013 Charles Ellis authored
“What It Takes: Seven Secrets of Success from the World’s Greatest
(Econ, 4/13/13, p.86)
2013 Shereen El Feki authored
“Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World."
(SSFC, 2/17/13, p.F1)(Econ, 3/30/13, p.81)
2013 Charles Emerson
authored “1913: In Search of the World Before the Great War."
(Econ, 6/8/13, p.85)
2013 Lara Feigel authored “The
Love-charm of Bombs: Restless Lives in the Second World War." Her
narrative traces the tempestuous experiences of five writers
(Elizabeth Bowen, Graham Greene, Rose Macaulay, Hilde Spiel and the
novelist Henry Green) through five years in London and Ireland,
followed by postwar Vienna and Berlin.
2013 Noah Feldman authored
“Cool War: The Future of Global Competition."
(Econ, 6/15/13, p.80)
2013 James Fergusson authored
“The World’s Most Dangerous Place: Inside the Outlaw State of
(Econ, 6/8/13, p.87)
2013 Gavin Francis authored
“Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins."
(Econ, 10/19/13, p.89)
2013 Estelle B. Freedman
authored “Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage
(SSFC, 9/15/13, p.F7)
2013 Chrystia Freeland authored
“Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of
(Econ, 3/15/14, p.57)
2013 Lawrence Friedman authored
“Strategy: A History."
(Econ, 11/2/13, p.88)
2013 Malcolm Gladwell authored
“David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling
(SSFC, 10/6/13, p.F3)
2013 Robert Gellately authored
“Stalin’s Curse: Battling for Communism in War and Cold War."
(Econ, 3/30/13, p.82)
2013 Charles Glass authored
“The Deserters: A Hidden History of World War II."
(SSFC, 6/16/13, p.F1)
2013 Vic Gatrell authored “The
First Bohemians: Life and Art in London’s Golden Age."
(Econ, 9/28/13, p.79)
2013 Malcolm Gladwell authored
“David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling
(Econ, 10/19/13, p.89)
2013 Doris Kearns Goodwin
authored “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt and the Golden Age of
(Econ, 11/16/13, p.85)
2013 David Graeber author “The
Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement."
(SSFC, 4/28/13, p.F3)
2013 A.C. Grayling authored
“The God Argument: The Case Against Religion and for Humanism."
(Econ, 4/6/13, p.98)
2013 Clive Hamilton authored
“Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering."
(Econ, 11/23/13, p.80)
2013 Kai Hammerich and Richard
Lewis authored “Fish Can’t See Water: How National Cultures Can make
of Break Your Corporate Strategy."
(Econ, 10/12/13, p.99)
2013 Jarle Hansen authored
“Al-Shabab in Somalia: The History and Ideology of a Militant
(Econ, 6/8/13, p.87)
2013 Jason Healy edited “A
Fierce Domain: Conflict in Cyberspace, 1986-2012."
(Econ, 6/29/13, p.75)
2013 Mark Huband and I.B.
Tauris authored “Trading Secrets: Spies And Intelligence in an Age
(Econ, 2/16/13, p.82)
2013 Glenn Hubbard and Tim Kane
authored “Balance: The Economics of Great Powers from Ancient Rome
to Modern America."
(Econ, 6/29/13, p.75)
2013 Douglas Hurd authored
“Disraeli: or The Two Lives," a biography of British PM Benjamin
(Econ, 8/3/13, p.71)
2013 Sheila Miyoshi Jager
authored “Brothers at War: The Unending Conflict in Korea."
(Econ, 7/27/13, p.68)
2013 Steven Johnson authored
“Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age."
(Econ, 1/12/13, p.72)
2013 The 400-page, 7th edition
of the “World Atlas of Wine" by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson was
(SSFC, 12/1/13, p.G1)
2013 Paul Kennedy authored
“Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers Who Turned the Tide in
the Second World War."
(Econ, 3/2/13, p.79)
2013 Roger Knight authored
“Britain Against Napoleon: The Organization of Victory, 1793-1815."
(Econ, 11/23/13, p.82)
2013 Amana Fontanella-Khan
authored “Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in India."
(SSFC, 9/1/13, p.F2)
2013 Eric Klinenberg authored
“Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living
(Econ, 2/16/13, p.83)
2013 A.G. Lafley and Roger
Martin authored “Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works."
(Econ, 1/12/13, p.73)
2013 Jaron Lanier authored “Who
Owns the Future."
2013 Andrei Lankov authored
“The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist
(Econ, 5/18/13, p.86)
2013 Charlie LeDuff authored
“Detroit: An American Autopsy."
(SSFC, 2/10/13, p.F3)
2013 Michael Levi authored “The
Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity and the Battle for America’s
(Econ, 6/15/13, p.82)
2013 Diarmaid MacCulloch
authored “Silence: A Christian History."
(Econ, 3/30/13, p.80)
2013 Jonathan Macey authored
“The Death of Corporate Reputation: How Integrity Has Been Destroyed
on Wall Street."
(Econ, 7/13/13, p.76)
2013 Kishore Mahbubani, former
Singaporean diplomat, authored “The Great Convergence: Asia, the
West, and the Logic of One World."
(Econ, 2/9/13, p.80)
2013 David Marsh authored
“Europe’s Deadlock: How the Euro crisis Could Be Solved – And Why It
(Econ, 7/20/13, p.73)
2013 Felix Martin authored
“Money: The Unauthorized Biography."
(Econ, 5/18/13, p.88)
2013 Mark Mazzetti authored
“The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends
of the Earth.
(SSFC, 4/14/13, p.F1)
2013 Chuck McFadden authored
“Trailblazer: A Biography of Jerry Brown."
(SSFC, 5/5/13, p.F1)
2013 Margaret MacMillan
authored “The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914."
(Econ, 11/9/13, p.86)
2013 Catherine Merridale
authored “Red Fortress: History and Illusion in the Kremlin."
(Econ, 11/23/13, p.81)
2013 Charles Moore authored
“Margaret Thatcher – The Authorized Biography, Volume I: From
Grantham to the Falklands."
(Econ, 5/4/13, p.81)
2013 Evgeny Morozov authored
“To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological
(SFC, 4/3/13, p.D1)
2013 Sendhil Mullainathan and
Eldar Shafir authored “Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So
(Econ, 8/31/13, p.71)
2013 Jean-Benoit Nadeau and
Julie Barlow authored “The Story of Spanish.
(Econ, 6/1/13, p.80)
2013 Robin Nagle authored
“Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks With the
Sanitation Workers of New York City."
(SSFC, 4/7/13, p.F5)
2013 Victor S. Navasky authored
“The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring
(SSFC, 8/25/13, p.F4)
2013 Robert M. Neer authored
“Napalm: An American Biography."
(SSFC, 3/24/13, p.F1)
2013 Gavin Newsom with Lisa
Dickey authored “Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital
and Reinvent Government."
(SSFC, 3/3/13, p.F1)
2013 Lynne Olson authored
“Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II,
2013 Jerry Oppenheimer authored
“Crazy Rich: Power, Scandal and Tragedy Inside the Johnson &
(Econ, 8/10/13, p.71)
2013 George Packer authored
“The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America."
(Econ, 6/8/13, p.85)
2013 Mark Pendergrast authored
“For God, Country & Coca-Cola."
2013 Nathaniel Philbrick
authored “Bunker Hill, A City, a Siege, a Revolution." The battle
was fought on June 17, 1775 near Boston.
(Econ, 4/27/13, p.77)
2013 Claudia Roth Pierpont
authored “Roth Unbound: A Writer and His Books," a biography of
Philip Roth (b.1933).
(Econ, 10/19/13, p.88)
2013 Thomas Piketty, an
economist at the Paris School of Economics, authored “Capital in the
Twenty-First Century." An English version was published in 2014.
Piketty argued that wealth naturally accumulates and concentrates,
so that familial riches are ever more critical to determining an
individual’s success or failure.
(Econ, 1/4/14, p.60)(Econ, 5/3/14, p.12)(Econ
2013 Paul Polak and Mal Warwick
authored “The Business Solution to Poverty: Designing Products and
Services for Three Billion New Customers."
(Econ, 10/12/13, p.101)
2013 Kenneth Pollack authored
“Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb and American Strategy."
(Econ, 9/14/13, p.89)
2013 Michael Pollan, food
intellectual, authored “Cooked: A Natural History of
(Econ, 4/27/13, p.76)
2013 Anita Raghavan authored
“The Billionaire’s Apprentice: The Rise of the Indian-American Elite
and the Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund."
(Econ, 6/1/13, p.81)
2013 Alexandra Richie authored
“Warsaw 1944: Hitler and the Warsaw Uprising."
(Econ, 11/30/13, p.83)
2013 Thomas Rid authored
“Cyberwar Will Not Take Place."
(Econ, 6/29/13, p.75)
2013 Bruce Riedel authored
“Avoiding Armageddon: America, India and Pakistan to the Brink and
(Econ, 5/25/13, p.85)
2013 Stein Ringen authored
“Nation of Devils: Democratic Leadership and the Problem of
(Econ, 10/5/13, p.87)
2013 Amanda Ripley authored
“The Smartest Kids in the World: and How They Got That Way."
(Econ, 8/17/13, p.69)
2013 Mary Roach authored “Gulp:
Adventures on the Alimentary Canal."
(Econ, 5/4/13, p.82)
2013 David Runciman authored
“The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy in Crisis from World
War I to the Present."
(Econ, 10/5/13, p.87)
2013 Rudiger Safranski authored
“Goethe - Kunstwerk des Lebens “ (Goethe: Life as a Work of Art). In
2017 David Dollenmayer translated it from German to English.
(Econ 6/17/17, p.76)
2013 David Sainsbury authored
“Progressive Capitalism: How to Achieve Economic Growth, Liberty and
(Econ, 6/8/13, p.87)
2013 Sheryl Sandberg authored
“Lean In: Women and the Will To Lead."
(Econ, 3/16/13, p.82)
2013 Ian Sansom authored
“Paper: An Elegy."
(SSFC, 5/26/13, p.F5)
2013 Peter Savodnik authored
“The Interloper" Lee Harvey Oswald Inside the Soviet Union." Oswald
(1939-1963), the assassin of President Kennedy (1963), spent
1959-1962 in the Soviet Union.
(Econ, 10/19/13, p.87)
2013 Orville Schell and John
Delury authored “Wealth and Power" China’s Long March to the
(SSFC, 8/4/13, p.F3)
2013 Phillip Schewe authored
“Maverick Genius: The Pioneering Odyssey of Freeman Dyson."
(Econ, 3/30/13, p.81)
2013 Eric Schlosser authored
“Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and
the Illusion of Safety."
(SSFC, 9/22/13, p.F1)
2013 Cathy Scott-Clark and
Adrian Levy authored “The Siege: Three Days of Terror Inside the
Taj." This covered the Nov 26, 2008, terrorist attack in Mumbai,
(Econ, 11/23/13, p.81)
2013 Lynne Segal authored “Out
of Time: the Pleasures and the Perils of Ageing."
(Econ, 11/16/13, p.86)
2013 Amartya Sen and Jean Dreze
authored “An Uncertain Glory: India and Its Contradictions."
(Econ, 6/29/13, p.74)
2013 Marci Shore authored “The
Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe."
(Econ, 2/23/13, p.80)
2013 Earl Shorris authored “The
Art of Freedom: Teaching the Humanities to the Poor."
(SSFC, 3/24/13, p.F4)
2013 Russell Shorto authored
“Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City."
(Econ, 10/26/13, p.95)
2013 Mona Siddiqui authored
“Christians, Muslims and Jesus."
(Econ, 8/10/13, p.70)
2013 Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca
Snedeker authored “Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas," an
ensemble of essays n the city by a range of contributors.
(SSFC, 11/24/13, p.F4)
2013 David Stockman authored
“The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America."
(Econ, 6/1/13, p.82)
2013 Brad Stone authored “The
Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon."
(SSFC, 11/10/13, p.F2)
2013 Joe Studwell authored “How
Asia Works: Success and Failure in the World’s Most Dynamic Region."
(Econ, 7/13/13, p.72)
2013 John Sweeney authored “The
Church of Fear: Inside the Weird World of Scientology."
(Econ, 2/9/13, p.79)
2013 Frederick Taylor authored
“The Downfall of Money: Germany’s Hyperinflation and the Destruction
of the Middle Class."
(Econ, 9/14/13, p.91)
2013 Jeremy Treglown authored
“Franco’s Crypt: Spanish Culture and Memory Since 1936."
(Econ, 8/10/13, p.71)
2013 Nick Turse authored “Kill
Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam."
(SSFC, 2/10/13, p.F5)
2013 Avi Tuschman authored “Our
Political Nature: The Evolutionary Origins of What Divides Us."
(Econ, 8/24/13, p.74)
2013 Fred Vogelstein authored
“Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a
(SSFC, 12/8/13, p.F5)
2013 Franz de Waal authored
“The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the
(Econ, 4/6/13, p.98)
2013 Steven Watts authored
“Self-Help Messiah: Dale Carnegie and Success in Modern America."
(Econ, 11/2/13, p.90)
2013 Robert Wilson authored
“Matthew Brady: Portraits of a Nation." Brady’s images of the
American civil war were the first detailed photographic chronology
of a major conflict.
(SSFC, 8/25/13, p.F5)(Econ, 8/10/13, p.72)
2013 Lawrence Wright authored
“Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief."
(SSFC, 1/20/13, p.F1)
2013 Liao Yiwu, exiled Chinese
poet, authored his memoir “For a Song and a Hundred Sons: A Poet’s
Journey Through a Chinese Prison."
(SSFC, 7/7/13, p.F4)
2013 Gordon Young, former
resident of Flint, Michigan, authored “Teardown: Memoir of a
(SFC, 11/26/14, p.C4)
2013 Malala Yousafzai (16), the
Pakistani girl shot in the head in 2012 by the Taliban, authored “I
(SSFC, 10/13/13, p.A4)
2013 Juan Zarate authored
“Treasury’s War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare."
(Econ, 4/19/14, p.22)
2013 "Parts Unknown," hosted by
Anthony Bourdain (1957-2018), began airing on CNN. Each trip was an
adventure, part travelogue, part history lesson, part love letter to
exotic foods. There had been nothing quite like it on the staid news
network, and it became an immediate hit.
2013 Aileen Lee, the founder of
Cowboy Ventures, coined the term Unicorn to represent startups
valued over $1 billion and the statistical rarity of such successful
2013 The US Labor Dept.,
celebrating its 100 year anniversary, embarked on its “Books that
Shaped Work in America" project. The reading list began with 92
books, but additions continued.
(SFC, 12/14/13, p.D1)(http://www.dol.gov/)
2013 Arkansas passed
legislation that allows public schools to offer an elective course
on the Bible, but doesn't require schools to do so.
(SFC, 3/21/19, p.A6)
2013 The SF Presidio by federal
law was to be self sufficient by this time.
(SFC, 10/22/98, p.A22)
2013 In San Francisco Bill
Bowes (d.2016), biotech investor, donated $46.4 million to the San
Francisco Conservatory of Music. The Ute and William K. Bowes Jr.
Center for Performing Arts was expected to open in 2020.
(SFC, 4/26/18, p.D1)
2013 DoorDash Inc., a San
Francisco–based on-demand food delivery service, was founded by
Stanford students Andy Fang, Stanley Tang, Tony Xu and Evan Moor.
2013 In Kansas Robert Vicino
(59) began developing his $25 million Vivos Survival Shelter inside
a former limestone mine in Atchinson. He offered families RV space
for $25,000 and guaranteed a year’s worth of food, water and
generator fuel in the event of some dire calamity.
(SSFC, 9/15/13, p.A17)
2013 Panasonic moved its North
American headquarters to Newark, New Jersey.
(Econ, 9/23/17, p.26)
2013 The mobile phone app Yik
Yak was created by Tyler Droll (24) and Brooks Buffington (24),
recent graduates of South Carolina’s Furman Univ.
(SSFC, 3/15/15, p.D2)
2013 Seattle-based Juno
Therapeutics, a biotech firm focused on immuno-oncology, was founded
through a collaboration of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research
Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and pediatrics
partner Seattle Children's Research Institute.
2013 Heroin use in America
reached 680,000 this year as compared to 370,000 in 2007.
(Econ, 11/22/14, p.25)
2013 A synthetic, designer drug
called flakka, aka gravel, appeared in the US for $5 or less per
vial. It could be snorted, injected of swallowed and led to
heightened awareness followed by severe paranoia.
(SFC, 5/1/15, p.A11)
2013 Civilian casualties in
Afghanistan were estimated by the UN at 2,959 for this year.
(SSFC, 2/9/14, p.A5)
2013 The World Bank ranked
Algeria 152nd in its global index of business friendliness.
(Econ, 2/9/13, p.49)
2013 In Argentina the local
government of Buenos Aires conferred formal status on “cartoneros,"
workers who comb the city for cardboard and plastic to sell to
(Econ., 4/25/15, p.36)
2013 Argentina became the first
country to be censured by the IMF for misrepresenting GDP and
(Econ, 2/13/15, p.29)
2013 The Catholic Univ. of
Argentina put the number of poor people in the country at 10
million. The government said 1.2 million.
(Econ, 2/22/14, p.32)
2013 Rosario, Argentina’s third
largest city with 1.3 million people, had the country’s highest
(Econ, 11/28/15, p.32)
2013 Austrian researchers
announced that they had coaxed pluripotent stem cells made from skin
cells into differentiating and growing into objects known as
(Econ, 11/1/14, p.74)
2013 In Azerbaijan Ilgar
Mammadov, the leader of a rights group called Republican Alternative
(ReAl), was convicted and sentenced to seven years in jail for
organizing and taking part in demonstrations in the northern town of
Ismailli against a provincial leader. He was released in 2018.
2013 In Bangladesh some 500
people were killed this year in political clashes, making it one of
the most violent years since independence.
(Econ, 1/11/14, p.31)
2013 British historian Peter
Hart authored “The Great War: A Combat History of the First World
(Econ, 3/29/14, p.88)
2013 Chris Sheldrick founded
the British firm What3Words. The company created a geocoding system
for the simple communication of locations with a resolution of three
2013 The British Virgin Islands
with 30,000 inhabitants pulled in $92 billion in foreign direct
investment this year.
(Econ, 3/29/14, p.38)
2013 The Chinese adventure film
“Journey to the West" was released. It grossed over $205 million.
(Econ, 12/21/13, p.105)
2013 The Chinese firm DJI
introduce the Phantom drone. It brought professional quality aerial
photography within the reach of general users.
(Econ, 9/26/15, p.80)
2013 China’s Pres. Xi Jinping
first spoke of a new Silk Road during a visit to Kazakhstan this
year. The first contracts bearing the name OBOR (One Belt, One Road)
followed in 2014.
(Econ, 7/2/16, p.38)
2013 China reported that
inspectors had found nearly half the rice tested in restaurants and
canteens in the southern city of Guangzhou was laced with cadmium.
(Econ 6/10/17, p.18)
2013 Miniso, a Chinese
home-goods store, was founded by Chinese entrepreneur Ye Guofu
and Japanese designer Junya Miyake.
(Econ 6/24/17, p.59)
2013 Khaled Mohieddin, Egyptian
leftist opposition leader, was awarded the Nile medal, Egypt's
2013 In Ethiopia Fikru Maru, an
Ethiopian-born Swedish doctor, was arrested after a years-long
dispute over equipment for his cardiology clinic in Addis Ababa. A
terrorism charge came years later after he and others were accused
of starting a deadly fire in the Qilinto prison where they were
held. Maru was released in 2018.
2013 French judges started
tapping Sarkozy's phones after opening a formal investigation into
allegations that the late former Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi
helped finance his 2007 election campaign. This only was made public
on March 7, 2014.
2013 In France Xavier Niel,
telecom entrepreneur, co-founded “42," a computer programming school
with a capacity of 2,500 students that charges no tuition fees. The
number is the "answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe
and everything," from the sci-fi classic "The Hitchhiker's Guide to
the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams.
(Econ, 2/25/17, p.57)(Econ, 9/30/17, SR p.8)
2013 In Germany economist Bernd
Lucke founded the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. In
2015 he was ousted by Frauke Petry. In 2017 she was ousted by
(Econ, 10/8/16, p.48)(Econ, 4/29/17, p.40)
2013 In Germany nuclear power
accounted for 16% of the country’s power.
(Econ, 6/15/13, SR p.11)
2013 The population of Grenada
was about 100,000.
(Econ, 11/9/13, p.78)
2013 The population of Guam was
2013 Guatemala declared a
national emergency regarding its coffee production. Officials
estimated that coffee rust had affected 70 percent of the nation's
2013 Honduras passed a law
adding employment and economic development zones (ZEDES) to
municipalities and departments as units of the republic.
(Econ, 8/12/17, p.25)
2013 In India an investigation
began in Madhya Pradesh state with the arrest of 20 people accused
of impersonating candidates in technical examinations. By 2015
investigators believed that $3 billion in kickbacks over five years
took place from students and their families and about 50 people
connected to the Vyapam scam had turned up dead.
(Econ, 8/1/15, p.35)
2013 Iran arrested Babak
Zanjani (38) as part of a crackdown on alleged corruption during the
rule of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In 2016 he was
sentenced to death. His fortune was estimated at $14 billion.
2013 Iran’s population was
about 77 million.
(Econ, 11/30/13, p.11)
2013 Iraqi deaths due to
sectarian strife left some 9000 dead this year.
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.49)
2013 Waze, an Israeli car
navigation service sold itself to Google for $966 million.
(Econ, 12/13/14, p.70)
2013 Wix, an Israeli software
company that helps people create websites, went public.
(Econ, 12/13/14, p.70)
2013 In Japan “Yo-kai," a word
meaning supernatural spirits, began as a cartoon series. It
was later adopted for TV and made into a hit video game after which
toy maker Banda Namco won merchandise rights.
(Econ, 2/25/17, p.56)
2013 Japan passed an
anti-bullying law that required schools to report cases of bullying.
This led to a sharp rise in the number of known cases. 224,450 were
reported in 2015.
(Econ, 4/15/17, p.35)
2013 Kazakhstan began producing
oil from the Kashagan oilfield in the northern Caspian Sea. The
project was eight years behind schedule and at $43 billion was $30
billion over budget. Production lasted only a few weeks due to leaks
of poisonous gas. A restart was hoped for in 2016.
(Econ, 10/11/14, p.73)
2013 In Kenya biometrics were
introduced to the refugee camps of Kakuma and Dadaab. This led to a
steep drop in their recorded populations saving the World Food
Program some $1.4 million a month.
(Econ, 2/11/17, p.50)
2013 Teachers in Kenya,
according to a World Bank report, were absent from classrooms about
half the time.
(Econ, 2/22/14, p.42)
2013 The population of Kiribati
was about 103,248.
(SFC, 6/14/13, p.A8)
2013 The Kurds were granted the
".krd" domain name by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names
and Numbers (ICANN), a US-based non-profit organization that manages
2013 A third of Laos was still
contaminated by unexploded American ordnance dating from the Vietnam
(Econ, 10/26/13, p.50)
2013 The American government
offered $1 million for information that would help dismantle a
wildlife trafficking network, which it believed was headed by Vixay
Keosavang, a former soldier in the Lao People’s Army. Keosavang
operated from a walled compound in the Laos province of Bolikhamxay.
(Econ, 4/16/15, p.49)
2013 In Liberia Katie Meyler,
an American woman, founded the More Than Me Academy at West Point in
Monrovia. It was the first of 18 schools that the US charity opened
in the the country. The charity founded the school specifically to
empower and educate local girls to save them from prostitution and
sexual coercion. In 2018 the US investigative site ProPublica
described how girls were systematically raped at the West Point
(AFP, 10/16/18)(AP, 4/21/19)
2013 In Lithuania the book
“Raudonoji Dalia" (Red Dalia) was published and caused major
controversy. It accused Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite of
having worked for Russia’s Soviet-era spy agency.
2013 The population of the
Maldives archipelago was about 400,000.
(Econ, 2/23/13, p.38)
2013 Mauritania imposed a ban
on plastic bags, saying an estimated 70% of cattle and sheep in the
capital of Nouakchatt were dying from ingesting plastic bags.
(SFC, 5/30/15, p.A2)
2013 Mexico’s state of Sonora
(Econ., 4/4/15, p.33)
2013 Mexico this year
registered over 62,000 cases of Dengue fever, a mosquito-born
(SSFC, 5/4/14, p.A4)
2013 Moldova’s population was
about 3.6 million.
(Econ, 11/23/13, p.56)
2013 The population Monaco was
about 36,000. Its per capital income was over 150,000 and the
unemployment rate stood at zero. Many big projects were connected to
the Societe des Bains de Mer de Monaco, which was 69% owned by
Prince Albert II (55).
(SSFC, 12/15/13, p.A22)
2013 Nigeria created the 7th
Division to defend Maiduguri, but it was poorly equipped,
disillusioned and dwindled due to desertion and losses.
(Econ, 9/27/14, p.47)
2013 Nigeria’s population stood
at about 170 million.
(Econ, 10/26/13, p.55)
2013 Pakistan established its
National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA).
2013 The government of Papua
New Guinea repealed a law that criminalized sorcery and allowed
accusations of witchcraft as a defense in murder cases.
(Econ 7/15/17, p.35)
2013 The Pitcairn Islands, home
to 65 descendants of the Bounty mutineers, hoped to establish a
marine protected area of some 830,000 square km in its exclusive
(Econ, 10/26/13, p.50)
2013 Puerto Rico handled 40% of
all the cocaine entering the US.
(Econ, 11/23/13, p.36)
2013 Puerto Rico’s current debt
stood between $52 billion and $70 billion, depending on how it was
(Econ, 10/26/13, p.84)
2013 A change in Romanian
legislation allowed convicts to claim 30 days off their sentences
for every work they publish while in prison.
(Econ, 10/24/15, p.50)
2013 In Romania's a law that
came into effect that made it illegal for lawmakers to employ close
relatives to work in their parliamentary offices.
2013 Kigali, the capital of
Rwanda, adopted a master plan carving up the city into zones defined
by the types of activities allowed in each.
(Econ, 3/4/17, p.37)
2013 Singapore writer Kevin
Kwan authored “Crazy Rich Asians." It became the first in a trilogy
and was tuned into a movie in 2017.
(SFC, 3/31/17, p.E17)
2013 Singapore overtook Tokyo
and became the world’s third biggest trading center for foreign
(Econ, 3/11/17, p.69)
2013 Stephen Ellis authored
“External Mission: The ANC in Exile, 1960-1990."
(Econ, 1/12/13, p.75)
2013 In South Africa Mzukisi
Qobo and Prince Mashele authored “The Fall of the ANC: What Next?"
(http://tinyurl.com/ycy87fgk)(Econ 5/20/17, p.40)
2013 In South Africa 1,004
rhinos were poached in the country this year, a 50 percent increase
2013 The South Korean film “A
Wedding Invitation," made by a subsidiary of CJ Corp., became a hit.
It was made for the Chinese market with Chinese actors but a Korean
(SFC, 5/9/16, p.68)
2013 South Korea signed the
Hague Adoption Convention, which says that children should
preferably be adopted by families in their own country.
(Econ, 5/23/15, p.31)
2013 South Korea began to pay
child-care allowances and nursery-school fees to all parents
regardless of income.
(Econ, 4/16/15, p.14)
2013 In Sri Lanka a report
published by the World Health Organization found kidney disease in
15 percent of adults across three affected districts. By 2015 the
disease killed up to 20,000 people over the past 20 years and
sickened another 70,000 to 400,000. Research has failed to determine
2013 Sweden’s population was
about 9.5 million. 67% were members of the Lutheran Church of
(SFC, 10/16/13, p.A2)
2013 Basel Rajoub, Syrian
composer and saxophone player, and his ensemble Soriana launched
their first CD, a meld of jazz and Middle Eastern improvisation.
(Econ, 3/18/17, p.85)
2013 Istanbul’s celebrated
Haydarpasa railway station stopped seeing train traffic after being
shut for restoration work and a major upgrade of Turkey's railway
2013 An ATM in Kiev started
dispensing cash at seemingly random times of day. No one had put in
a card, or touched a button. Kaspersky Lab later discovered that the
bank’s internal computers had been penetrated by malware that
allowed cybercriminals to record their every move. The scope of this
attack on more than 100 banks and other financial institutions in 30
nations could make it one of the largest bank thefts ever. The theft
was discovered when mules of the Carbanak gang, named after the
malware used, were seen picking up cash apparently being randomly
dispensed in Kiev.
(http://tinyurl.com/oq4jfxu)(Econ, 7/16/16, World
2013 The UN forecast a
population rise from 7.2 billion today to 9.6 billion in 2050.
(Econ, 6/22/13, p.64)
2013 In Vietnam the Son Doong
caves, discovered in 1991 and said to be the world’s largest, opened
to visitors in Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, Bố Trạch District,
Quảng Bình Province.
2013 - 2015 The Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia
and Sierra Leone killed more than 11,000 people.
(Econ, 4/18/20, p.13)