Timeline 2016 (B) April - June Return to home2016 Apr 1,
Arianna Fitts (2) and her mother were last seen in San Francisco. On
April 8 the mother's body was found in a shallow grave in John
McClaren Park. Arianna remianed missing.
(SFC, 1/30/19, p.A7)
2016 Apr 1, In Virginia
Romanian hacker Marcel Lazar, aka Guccifer, made an initial court
appearance on charges of wire fraud, cyberstalking and alleged hacks
into accounts of the Bush family.
(SSFC, 4/3/16, p.A6)
2016 Apr 1, In western
Afghanistan 11 men employed by the HALO Trust mine clearing
organization were abducted in Herat province. At least 11 people
were killed in a road accident just outside Herat.
2016 Apr 1, Britain's
Conservative government raised the minimum wage by 7.5 percent in a
move denounced by critics as largely symbolic in an era of state
austerity. Workers aged 25 and over will now earn a minimum hourly
gross wage of £7.20 ($10.36, 9.10 euros) compared with £6.70
2016 Apr 1, In London delivery
driver Junead Khan (25) was convicted of plotting to kill US troops
based in England by staging road accidents with soldiers' cars and
then attacking them with knives and possibly a home-made bombs. He
and his uncle Shazib Khan (23) were also convicted of planning to
join IS in Syria.
2016 Apr 1, The European Union
reported sanctions on three Libyan officials accused of hindering
the new UN-brokered unity government there from beginning its work.
2016 Apr 1, Lebanon's security
forces said they have dismantled the country's largest known sex
trafficking ring and freed 75 mainly Syrian women.
2016 Apr 1, Libya's UN-backed
unity government won the support of guards who secure the country's
key oil terminals, the latest pledge of loyalty for a cabinet facing
strong opposition from rival political forces.
2016 Apr 1, Mexican
investigators said they have found evidence of a large fire in which
at least 17 bodies were burned at a dump in the town of Cocula,
Guerrero state, where the government has said the students' bodies
ended up after disappearing in nearby Iguala on Sept. 26, 2014.
2016 Apr 1, Myanmar's upper
house of parliament approved a bill that gives Aung San Suu Kyi a
powerful government role, despite opposition from the military on
the second day of her party's new administration.
2016 Apr 1, Nigeria's army
reportedly arrested Khalid al-Barnawi (aka Usman Umar Abubakar),
leader of the Islamist militant group Ansaru, in the city of Lokoja.
Ansaru is a splinter faction of Boko Haram that has been accused of
kidnapping and killing Westerners.
(Reuters, 4/4/16)(SFC, 4/5/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 1, It was reported
that North Korea officially announced this week that it is blocking
Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and South Korean websites in a move
underscoring its concern with the spread of online information. Very
few North Koreans have Internet access.
2016 Apr 1, In the Philippines
police clashed with farmers blocking a highway to demand government
relief in the drought-stricken south, leaving at least two
demonstrators dead and dozens injured, including at least 23
officers in Kidapawan, Cotabato province.
2016 Apr 1, Eight suspected
Filipino Muslim gunmen on board a speed boat took four Malaysians
from the MV Massive 6 late today but left behind five other crewmen
from Myanmar and Indonesia as the tugboat sailed to Tawau island in
Malaysia's eastern state of Sabah.
2016 Apr 1, In Poland the PiS
government began its “Family 500+" program. Together with families
with two children or more, parents with a combined monthly income
below 800 PLN (€184) will also be eligible to get 500 extra PLN per
month starting from their first child. The first payments would be
made in July.
2016 Apr 1, Syrian state news
said troops have identified 45 bodies so far in a mass grave found
in the city of Palmyra after it was recaptured from Islamic State.
2016 Apr 1, The Syrian
government released freelance photographer Patrick Dawes (33), who
was captured in 2012.
(SFC, 4/9/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 1, Turkish warplanes
carried out air strikes in northern Iraq, destroying ammunition
depots and shelters in an areas where the outlawed Kurdistan Workers
Party (PKK) has camps.
2016 Apr 1, The UN peacekeeping
mission in Democratic Republic of Congo said that it has received
allegations of sexual abuse against Tanzanian peacekeepers based in
2016 Apr 2, Latin Jazz
saxophonist Leandro "Gato" Barbieri (83) died in NYC. He composed
the Grammy-winning music for the steamy Marlon Brando film "Last
Tango in Paris" and recorded dozens of albums over a career spanning
more than seven decades.
2016 Apr 2, Heavy fighting
erupted between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist
region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan said 12 of its soldiers were
killed and claimed to have inflicted heavy casualties on the
2016 Apr 2, A Belgian national
named only as Y.A. (33) was charged with participating in the
activities of a terrorist group in connection with a joint
Belgian-French investigation into an apparently foiled attack plot.
Two others have been named as Rabah N. and Abderrahmane A.
2016 Apr 2, Central African
Republic President Faustin Archange Touadera announced late today
that campaign manager Simplice Sarandji (61) was the new prime
2016 Apr 2, In Colombia tens of
thousands of people protested in more than 20 cities across the
country against President Juan Manuel Santos and his government's
peace process with the FARC guerrillas.
2016 Apr 2, In western India
around 25 female activists were prevented from entering the Shani
Shingnapur temple in Maharashtra state, traditionally open only to
men, a day after a Mumbai court ruled that women have a fundamental
right to enter and pray inside temples.
2016 Apr 2, In Indonesia a
teenage girl was raped and murdered by 14 men. This went largely
unnoticed at a national level until social media users began
highlighting its brutality. The rape and murder reignited calls for
Parliament to pass the Elimination of Sexual Violence Act.
2016 Apr 2, Iraq's PM Haider
al-Abadi ordered an investigation into corruption allegations
against senior oil officials following an expose into bribe-taking
published in international media outlets.
2016 Apr 2, Libya's National
Oil Corporation said it was working with the U.N.-backed unity
government, which arrived in Tripoli this week, to coordinate future
2016 Apr 2, In Spain 7 people
died in a pre-dawn crash between two cars near the northern city of
Figueres. 5 people of a car with French license plates were between
19 and 22 and not wearing seatbelts.
2016 Apr 2, Syria's partial
cease-fire was unravelling, as fierce fighting between government
forces and opposition fighters, including members of the al-Qaida
affiliated Nusra Front, erupted outside the country's second largest
city of Aleppo. At least 25 pro-government fighters died in clashes
south of Aleppo, where the Nusra Front and rebel militias captured a
hill overlooking a major highway.
2016 Apr 3, The United States
and its allies conducted two dozen strikes against Islamic State in
Iraq and Syria.
2016 Apr 3, Amtrak Train 89
struck a piece of heavy equipment on the tracks outside
Philadelphia, causing the train's lead engine to derail and killing
two Amtrak workers.
2016 Apr 3, In Texas freshman
Haruka Weiser was strangled, sexually assaulted and killed as she
walked to her dorm in Austin. Her body was found on April 5.
(http://tinyurl.com/j68je5s)(SFC, 6/11/16, p.A5)
2016 Apr 3, Joseph Medicine
Crow (102), last war chief of the Crow tribe, died. He was awarded
the US Medal of Freedom in 2009.
(Econ, 4/16/16, p.78)
2016 Apr 3, In Afghanistan at
least six police officers were killed in a Taliban ambush on their
convoy in northern Balkh province.
2016 Apr 3, Azerbaijan's
Defense Ministry announced a unilateral cease-fire against the
separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, but rebel forces in the area
said that they continued to come under fire from Azerbaijani forces.
2016 Apr 3, In northern
Bangladesh an explosion killed two suspected militants in the
Sherpur area of Bogra district. The next day a 12-member bomb
disposal unit searched the house and recovered 20 grenades, four
pistols and 25 bullets.
2016 Apr 3, Brussels Airport
reopened with three "symbolic" flights and strict additional checks
for passengers, marking a new high-security era for air travel in
Belgium after the March 22 attacks by Islamic State suicide bombers.
2016 Apr 3, In Cambodia a
driver trying to ease his car onto a river ferry stepped on the
accelerator instead of the brake, plunging the vehicle into the
water and killing 7 passengers.
2016 Apr 3, In Croatia 280,000
euros ($320,000) and two kg (4.4 pounds) of gold were all snatched
from the headquarters of the Croatian police.
2016 Apr 3, Iran's
Revolutionary Guard detained Zaghari-Ratcliffe (37), a
British-Iranian mother and employee of the Thomson Reuters
Foundation, the charitable arm of the news agency, at Tehran's Imam
Khomeini International Airport and later transferred her to a prison
in the country's Kerman province. She faced charges of trying to
cause the "soft toppling" of the government.
2016 Apr 3, In northern Iraq
militant Jasim Khadijah, a former Iraqi officer not considered a
high-value target, was reported killed by a drone strike overnight.
He was believed responsible for an attack on US troops in northern
Iraq last month that left a Marine dead.
(Reuters, 4/3/16)(Reuters, 4/4/16)
2016 Apr 3, The Israeli defense
body that handles civilian issues with the Palestinians expanded the
fishing zone. The new easing of restrictions allowed fishermen in
Gaza to now sail farther from the coastal territory.
2016 Apr 3, A Japanese
submarine made a port call in the Philippines, the first in 15
years, in a show of growing military cooperation amid tension
triggered by China's growing assertiveness in the South China Sea.
2016 Apr 3, Liberian health
officials said a second case of Ebola has been confirmed months
after the country had been declared free from transmissions. The son
(5) of a woman who died March 31 from Ebola was taken to a treatment
center in Monrovia.
2016 Apr 3, Police in the
Maldives used pepper spray to break up a protest by journalists and
activists accusing the government of stifling press freedom,
arresting 11 of the demonstrators.
2016 Apr 3, In northwestern
Pakistan flash floods triggered by overnight torrential rains killed
at least 36 people in several areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
2016 Apr 3, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas quietly established a constitutional court.
The nine-member body, which will have supremacy over all lower
courts, was created without fanfare by presidential decree.
2016 Apr 3, A year-long
worldwide media investigation into a trove of 11.5 million
documents, leaked from Panama-based from legal firm Mossack Fonseca
with offices in 35 countries, exposed a tangle of offshore financial
dealings by the elite, from Russia’s Pres. Putin's aides to
relatives of Chinese President Xi Jinping, sports celebrities and
screen stars. The files had been anonymously passed to Suddeutsche
Zeitung, a German newspaper and emerged in an investigation
published by the International Consortium of Investigative
Journalists (ICIJ). The “Panama papers" unveiled the offshore
holdings of 140 politicians and officials, including twelve current
and former presidents, monarchs and prime ministers.
(AFP, 4/4/16)(Reuters, 4/4/16)(Econ, 4/9/16,
2016 Apr 3, Thousands of Poles
protested a possible tightening of the country's abortion law,
already one of the most restrictive in Europe.
2016 Apr 3, In southwestern
Saudi Arabia two vans collided, killing 15 people, including six
children in the Wadi bin Hashbal region of Asir province.
2016 Apr 3, Syrian troops
seized the key Islamic State group bastion of Al-Qaryatain.
2016 Apr 3, In Syria several
Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front members including its spokesman were
killed in US-led coalition air strikes. Abu Firas al-Suri (aka
Radwan Nammous), his son and at least 20 jihadists of Al-Nusra and
Jund al-Aqsa and other fighters from Uzbekistan were killed in
strikes on positions in Idlib province.
(AFP, 4/4/16)(Reuters, 4/6/16)
2016 Apr 3, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said the Islamic State has killed 15 of
its members in the largest execution of the militant group's
security services so far in Syria. The killings followed the arrest
a day earlier of 35 members in Raqqa. The members were killed in
connection with the assassination of senior Islamic State figure Abu
Hija al-Tunisi, who died in an air strike on March 30.
2016 Apr 3, In central Thailand
a train smashed into a double-decker bus carrying Thai tourists at
an unguarded railway crossing in Nakhon Pathom province. Local media
reported that three people were killed and more than two dozen
2016 Apr 4, US Treasury Sec.
Jack Lew announced a renewed crackdown on corporate takeovers
(inversions) that allow American firms to switch their nationality
to that of the firm they are buying in order to escape America’s tax
(Econ, 4/9/16, p.63)
2016 Apr 4, The US Pentagon
said it has released two Libyans from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and sent
them to the West African nation of Senegal for resettlement. Omar
Khalif Mohammed Abu Baker and Salem Abdu Salam Ghereby had been held
at Guantanamo for nearly 14 years without charge. 89 prisoners were
left, including 35 cleared for release.
2016 Apr 4, The United States
and its allies conducted 25 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
and Syria, focusing on rebel forces near towns that guard the
approach to the key Iraqi city of Mosul.
2016 Apr 4, In California work
began on the new Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS-II) at the Dept.
of Energy’s SLAC national Accelerator Center three miles west of
Stanford Univ. Beams from the x-ray laser will reveal the atomic
structure of matter and show the molecular movements of living
matter such as viruses. The ultimate cost was estimated at $1
(SFC, 4/8/16, p.D3)
2016 Apr 4, Connecticut Gov.
Dannel Malloy was named this year’s recipient of the John F. Kennedy
Profile in Courage Award for his support of the resettlement of
Syrian refugees in the US following the Paris attacks.
(SFC, 4/5/16, p.A6)
2016 Apr 4, Tennessee lawmakers
gave final approval to making the Holy bible the state’s official
book. Gov. Bill Haslam opposed the measure but did not say he would
issue a veto.
(SFC, 4/6/16, p.A12)
2016 Apr 4, In eastern
Tennessee a sightseeing helicopter crashed near Sevierville killing
(SFC, 4/5/16, p.A6)
2016 Apr 4, In Afghanistan 2
people died and six others were wounded in a bomb explosion in
eastern Nangarhar province. A gunbattle with the Taliban in southern
Uruzgan province late today left at least 12 security forces killed.
(AP, 4/4/16)(AP, 4/5/16)
2016 Apr 4, Australia’s tax
agency said more than 800 wealthy Australians are under
investigation by the Australian Taxation Office for possible tax
evasion linked to their alleged dealings with a Panamanian law firm.
2016 Apr 4, Fighting raged
around the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, with Azerbaijan
saying three of its troops have been killed in the past 24 hours and
the Armenian president warning that the hostilities could slide into
a full-scale war.
2016 Apr 4, Brazil’s O Estado
de S.Paulo said politicians from seven parties were named as clients
of a Panama-based firm at the center of a massive data leak over
possible tax evasion.
2016 Apr 4, In China activists
from a coalition of groups said that they will continue press for
annual June 20 dog meat festival in Yulin to be banned as well as
legislation outlawing the slaughtering of dogs and cats and the
consumption of their meat.
2016 Apr 4, Thousands fled
fighting in Congo's capital Brazzaville as the government blamed
heavy clashes in southern opposition bastions on a rebel group known
as "The Ninjas". 3 police officers and 2 gunmen were killed in
Brazzaville in heavy fighting touched off by President Denis Sassou
Nguesso's disputed re-election.
(AFP, 4/4/16)(Reuters, 4/5/16)
2016 Apr 4, The Ethiopian
Broadcasting Corporation reported that 23 people were killed and 84
more people were injured when a river that crosses Jigjiga, the
regional capital of the Somali region, burst its banks a day
2016 Apr 4, Iceland's
opposition called on PM Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson and his government to
resign and planned a no confidence vote after a leak of documents,
the so-called Panama Papers, stoked anger over his wife owning a tax
haven-based company with large claims on the country's collapsed
2016 Apr 4, Air France decided
to allow female flight attendants to refuse to work the company's
new route to Iran, beginning April 17, for which they must wear a
2016 Apr 4, Greece shipped 202
migrants back to Turkey, the first wave of deportations under a
hugely controversial deal aimed at easing Europe's worst postwar
(AFP, 4/4/16)(Econ, 4/9/16, p.52)
2016 Apr 4, Mehbooba Mufti, the
leader of a pro-India party became the first woman to become the
chief minister of Indian-controlled Kashmir following the death of
her father, the region's top elected leader.
2016 Apr 4, An Iranian military
official said Iran has sent commandos to Syria as advisers,
suggesting it is using its army as well as paramilitary forces to
help President Bashar al-Assad's forces in the country's civil war.
2016 Apr 4, In Iraq about 25
people were killed on across the country, most of them in suicide
attacks targeting members of Shi'ite militias and military forces.
Iraqi troops entered Hit under cover of heavy air strikes a week
after launching an operation to retake the town.
(Reuters, 4/4/16)(SFC, 4/6/16, p.A4)
2016 Apr 4, Norway's government
invited the heads of top company boards to talks on corruption as
offshore banking revelations added to a string of allegations over
the ethics of some of the country's largest firms. The invitation
followed the leak of more than 11.5 million documents from the files
of a Panama-based law firm, allegedly showing how clients avoided
tax or laundered money.
2016 Apr 4, Pakistani officials
said flash floods triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 55
people and rescuers were trying to help thousands of survivors
including some cut off by a landslide in a mountain valley.
2016 Apr 4, The Philippines
launched the first public immunization program for dengue fever,
seeking to administer to a million schoolchildren the world's first
licensed vaccine against a mosquito-borne disease that the World
Health Organization estimates infects 390 million people a year
2016 Apr 4, Russian
investigators found the body of American student Colin Madsen (25)
on the outskirts of a Siberian village, a week after he vanished
from a guesthouse in the middle of the night.
2016 Apr 4, Swedish banking
group Nordea said it would end its end its association with law firm
Mossack Fonseca at the center of the Panama Papers scandal.
2016 Apr 4, Syrian troops and
allied militiamen pressed on with an offensive against Islamic State
militants in central Syria, clashing with the extremists around the
town of Qaryatain a day after it was captured by pro-government
2016 Apr 4, Syria’s state news
agency SANA said the Islamic State group has mounted a deadly gas
attack against Syrian troops at a besieged eastern airbase, the
latest report of the jihadists' use of chemical weapons.
2016 Apr 4, The Turkish
military carried out airstrikes in northern Iraq against targets
belonging to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
2016 Apr 4, It was reported
that hackers have posted a database online the seems to contain the
personal information of nearly 50 million Turkish citizens.
(SFC, 4/5/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 5, The United States
and its allies conducted 23 strikes against Islamic State in Syria
2016 Apr 5, San Francisco
became the first US city to require six weeks of paid leave for new
parents. The SF Board of Supervisors enacted expansive anti-eviction
protections for tenants who work in SF schools.
(SFC, 4/6/16, p.A1)
2016 Apr 5, Mississippi’s Gov.
Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1523 allowing religious groups and
some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples based on
religious beliefs. On May 9 a suit was filed against the measure due
to become law on July 1.
(SFC, 4/6/16, p.A12)(SFC, 5/10/16, p.A6)
2016 Apr 5, PayPal became the
first and only prominent tech company to commit moving operations
out of North Carolina, whose governor last week signed into law a
bill that bars local governments from passing antidiscrimination
protections for LGBT people.
(SFC, 4/6/16, p.C1)
2016 Apr 5, In Texas the body
of Haruka Weiser (18), a dance major from Portland, Oregon, was
discovered in a creek near the Univ. of Texas alumni center and
football stadium in the heart of campus. On April 8 police announced
the arrest of a suspect. On June 10 Meechaiel Criner (17), a runaway
from the state’s foster care system, was indicted on a capital
(AP, 4/8/16)(SFC, 6/11/16, p.A5)
2016 Apr 5, In Wisconsin Ted
Cruz beat Republican front-runner Donald Trump soundly, winning most
of the state’s delegates and raising the probability of a contested
GOP convention in July. Upstart senator Bernie Sanders also beat
Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton, bolstering his claim to be a
viable alternative standard-bearer to the former secretary of state
and first lady.
2016 Apr 5, Ford announced
plans for a new $1.6 billion auto assembly plant in Mexico, creating
about 2,800 jobs and shifting small car production from the US.
(SFC, 4/6/16, p.C6)
2016 Apr 5, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber on a motorbike detonated his explosives near a busy
bazaar in northern Parwan province, killing at least 6 people.
2016 Apr 5, Azerbaijan and
Armenian separatists in Nagorny Karabakh said they had halted
fighting after four days of bloodshed, as international powers
scramble to resolve the worst violence in decades over the disputed
region. The ceasefire was brokered in Moscow. The 4-day war left an
estimated 200 people dead.
(AFP, 4/5/16)(Econ, 4/9/16, p.53)(Econ, 5/21/16,
2016 Apr 5, In Brazil a Supreme
Court judge ruled that the lower house of Congress must open
impeachment proceedings against Vice-President Michel Temer because
he faces the same allegations of breaking fiscal rules as Pres.
(SFC, 4/6/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 5, In Brazil a gas
explosion ripped through an apartment complex north of Rio de
Janeiro early today, killing 5 people and injuring 13.
2016 Apr 5, China banned most
imports of North Korean coal and iron ore, the country's main
exports, in a significant increase in pressure on the North under UN
sanctions against its nuclear and missile tests.
2016 Apr 5, China denounced
accusations arising from a massive leak from a Panamanian law firm
as "groundless" and moved to limit coverage of documents that may
have exposed financial wrongdoing by some of the world's rich and
2016 Apr 5, French finance
minister Michel Sapin said France will put Panama back on its
blacklist of uncooperative tax jurisdictions, after media
revelations about a Panamanian law firm specialised in setting up
2016 Apr 5, Paris riot police
fired tear gas and charged youths throwing stones, bottles and eggs
during fresh protests against France's proposed labor reforms,
making over 100 arrests.
2016 Apr 5, German Justice
Minister Heiko Maas said Germany plans to introduce a new national
transparency register to make offshore companies disclose their
owners' identity, as part of the fight against tax evasion and the
financing of terrorism.
2016 Apr 5, Iceland's PM
Sigurdur David Gunnlaugsson (41) asked Pres. Olafur Ragnar Grimsson
to dissolve parliament as his government reeled from a political
crisis over the so-called Panama Papers, but the president refused.
Gunnlaugsson stepped down, the first major political casualty to
emerge from the massive leak of 11.5 million documents detailing
hidden offshore accounts held by world leaders and celebrities.
(AFP, 4/5/16)(AFP, 4/6/16)
2016 Apr 5, The Indian state of
Bihar completely banned the sale of alcohol in a surprise move,
including liquor at bars and hotels.
2016 Apr 5, The Int’l. Criminal
Court (ICC) terminated the case against Kenya’s deputy president
William Ruto saying there was insufficient evidence he was involved
in violence following presidential elections in 2007.
(SFC, 4/6/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 5, In Nigeria angry
motorists queued overnight at petrol stations across the country and
lines of cars blocked traffic in the commercial capital Lagos as the
worst fuel shortages for years hit Africa's top oil producer.
2016 Apr 5, Thirteen North
Koreans working at a restaurant in China defected. They traveled to
a Southeast Asian country before being flown to South Korea.
(AP, 4/8/16)(AP, 4/11/16)
2016 Apr 5, President Vladimir
Putin said Russia is creating a national guard to fight terrorism
and organized crime.
2016 Apr 5, Saudi police
Colonel Kattab Majid al-Hammadi was shot dead in the Riyadh region
in an attack claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.
2016 Apr 5, South Africa's
parliament began a debate on a motion to impeach President Jacob
Zuma after the constitutional court ruled that he breached the
constitution by ignoring an order to repay some of the $16 million
in state funds spent on his private home.
2016 Apr 5, In Sweden Meg
Rosoff (59) was named the winner of the 5 million kronor ($615,000)
Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for literature aimed at children and
young adults. A Boston native living in London, Rosoff's novels
include "How I Live Now" (2004), "Just in Case" (2006) and "What I
2016 Apr 5, Syrian insurgents
shot down a government warplane in the north of the country and
shelled a predominantly Kurdish neighborhood in the city of Aleppo.
A pregnant woman and three children were among 18 civilians killed
when Syrian rebels shelled a Kurdish neighborhood in Aleppo.
(AP, 4/5/16)(AFP, 4/6/16)
2016 Apr 5, In Syria Rifai
Ahmad Taha, a senior Egyptian al-Qaida figure, was killed along with
several others in a US drone strike. Before joining al-Qaida, Taha
was a top figure in Egypt's notorious militant group Gamaa Islamiya,
which massacred 58 foreign tourists in the ancient Egyptian city of
Luxor in 1997.
2016 Apr 5, Turkish police
detained almost 70 businessmen, local officials and teachers in a
new nationwide sweep against supporters of Pres. Erdogan's arch foe.
2016 Apr 5, Shelling from Yemen
killed two people in a Saudi town, in a rare breach of a calm in the
border area agreed with Iran-backed rebels early last month.
2016 Apr 6, The United States
and its allies conducted 27 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
2016 Apr 6, Merle Haggard
(b.1937), American country music star, died at his home in Redding,
(SFC, 4/7/16, p.A1)
2016 Apr 6, Kansas and Oklahoma
authorities said wildfires this week have burned through thousands
of acres, scorched numerous structures and prompted hundreds of
people to evacuate their homes ahead of the blazes.
2016 Apr 6, In northern Albania
a military helicopter crashed at Shkodra Lake, killing two crew
members and injuring the other.
2016 Apr 6, In Bangladesh
Nazimuddin Samad, a student who expressed pro-atheist views online,
was hacked to death as he walked with a friend in Dhaka. On April 8
Ansar al-Islam, the Bangladesh division of al-Qaida in the Indian
Subcontinent, or AQIS, said that its members carried out the attack.
(AP, 4/7/16)(AP, 4/9/16)
2016 Apr 6, In Benin
businessman Patrice Talon (57) was sworn in as the country’s new
president after winning last month's elections.
2016 Apr 6, Junior doctors in
English hospitals went on strike again, withdrawing all but
emergency care in their fourth walk-out in a bitter dispute with the
government over working conditions.
2016 Apr 6, China’s Pres. Xi
Jinping launched another ideological campaign named “Two Studies,
One Action," aimed to strengthen the Marxist stance of Communist
Party members and keep them in line with party leadership.
(Econ, 4/23/16, p.35)
2016 Apr 6, Egypt-based Nilesat
satellite operator cut transmission of Hezbollah's television
channel Al-Manar amid rising tensions between the Lebanese Shiite
group's backer Iran and Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia.
2016 Apr 6, A Paris court
convicted Jean-Marie Le Pen (87), founder and former head of
France's far-right National Front party, of denying crimes against
humanity for repeating that the Nazi gas chambers are a "detail" of
World War II history.
2016 Apr 6, France's lower
house of parliament held a final vote on a bill against prostitution
and sex trafficking that bans buying sex, not selling it. Customers
would face fines and be required to attend classes on the harms of
2016 Apr 6, French economics
minister Emmanuel Macron and Benjamin Griveaux co-founded the En
Marche! (On the Move!) political movement. Following Macron’s
election in 2017 the party was renamed “La Republique en Marche"
7/16/16, p.41)(Econ 5/13/17, p.14, 44)
2016 Apr 6, Italy's coast guard
rescued more than 300 migrants from a packed boat in which they had
traveled hundreds of km (miles) from Egypt to the Strait of Sicily.
2016 Apr 6, It was reported
that Chinese author Cao Wenxuan and German illustrator Rotraut
Susanne Berner have been awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Prize
for children's literature during the Bologna Children's Book Fair.
2016 Apr 6, A Japanese military
jet carrying six airmen disappeared from radar over southern Japan.
2016 Apr 6, Libya's UN-backed
unity government moved to cement control over the country's finances
and institutions after the rival administration in Tripoli ceded
power in a boost to efforts to end years of chaos.
2016 Apr 6, Myanmar’s President
Htin Kyaw signed a bill giving Aung San Suu Kyi a new role of state
adviser, shoring up her influence across all branches of government
despite vehement opposition from the still-powerful military.
2016 Apr 6, Dutch voters went
to the polls and rejected a key EU pact with Ukraine in a referendum
triggered by grassroots eurosceptic groups and seen as a yardstick
on ties with Brussels.
(AFP, 4/6/16)(Reuters, 4/7/16)
2016 Apr 6, Puerto Rico's House
of Representatives approved a bill that would allow the US
territory's governor to declare a fiscal emergency and implement a
debt moratorium to prevent a shutdown of basic government services.
2016 Apr 6, South Africa's
First National Bank (FNB) said it has has closed the accounts of a
company owned by the wealthy Gupta family, the latest example of
companies cutting ties with the Guptas following allegations over
their relationship with Pres. Jacob Zuma.
2016 Apr 6, In Sudan an
anti-terrorism court in Khartoum sentenced 22 South Sudanese
nationals to death and three others to life in prison for belonging
to a militant group in Darfur. The defendants belong to the Justice
and Equality Movement, a rebel group based in Darfur that took up
arms against the Sudanese government in 2003, complaining that their
region was being marginalized.
2016 Apr 6, In honor of the
250th anniversary of Sweden’s abolishment of censorship, the
country’s Swedish Tourist Association debuted its newest marketing
strategy: 1-800-CALL-A-SWEDE. Interested people worldwide can,
however, call 46-771-793-336 to speak to a random Swedish volunteer
about anything and everything.
2016 Apr 6, Swiss police raided
the headquarters of the European soccer body UEFA in Nyon to gather
information about a contract signed by Gianni Infantino, now head of
the global soccer body FIFA, that was reported in the Panama Papers.
2016 Apr 6, The Syrian army and
its allies launched a major attack on insurgents south of Aleppo,
described as the fiercest government assault in the area since an
agreement to ease the fighting came into effect in February. Islamic
State fighters launched attacks on government-held areas near
2016 Apr 6, It was reported
that the Panama Papers revealed that Syria’s regime has avoided
int’l. sanctions and funded its war effort through three shadowy
companies in the Seychelles.
(SSFC, 4/10/16, p.A7)
2016 Apr 6, Venezuela's
President Nicolas Maduro decreed that all Fridays for the next two
months will be holidays for state workers, in a bid to save energy
in the blackout-hit OPEC country.
(Reuters, 4/7/16)(SFC, 4/8/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 7, The United States
and its allies conducted 26 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
2016 Apr 7, A US appeals court
ruled that Puerto Rico can't prohibit gay marriage.
2016 Apr 7, In San Francisco
Luis Góngora Pat, a homeless Yucatecan Mayan, was killed by SFPD
officers on Shotwell Street between 18th and 19th Streets. Officers
claimed that Luis lunged at them with a knife. Eye witnesses that
spoke to the media and to community members, including homeless
witnesses, denied that Luis threatened officers in any way.
2016 Apr 7, A Miami-Dade state
attorney said 22 people are being charged in an int’l. money
laundering case that funneled cash to drug trafficking cartels
through Miami businesses. The undercover operation involved about $1
million a month in drug money throughout North America.
(SFC, 4/8/16, p.A6)
2016 Apr 7, Suth Dina,
Cambodia's ambassador to South Korea, was charged with
corruption-related offenses, following his arrest on April 4.
Investigators said his assets increased by $3 million during his two
years as envoy.
2016 Apr 7, The EU's executive
said European Union states should agree on a common list of tax
havens in the next semester and impose sanctions on countries that
hide EU-taxable revenues in the wake of the Panama leaks.
2016 Apr 7, Two Indonesian
military skydivers plunged to their deaths during an airshow
rehearsal in Jakarta.
2016 Apr 7, Kosovo's powerful
former premier Hashim Thaci was sworn in as president in a session
boycotted by opposition parties which dispute his election to the
2016 Apr 7, In Kosovo Milovan
Bojovic, a former Serb general suspected of war crimes against
ethnic Albanian civilians, was detained after illegally crossing
into Kosovo at the Merdare border point.
2016 Apr 7, Morocco's official
news agency said eight foreigners have been expelled for supporting
prisoners convicted for their roles in deadly protests in Western
2016 Apr 7, Myanmar democracy
leader Aung San Suu Kyi announced that her government plans to
release all political prisoners as quickly as possible, making the
declaration her first act in her newly created job as state
2016 Apr 7, In Romania a
businessman and five others suspected of defrauding a spa that dates
from the Roman empire of 30 million euros (about $34 million) were
detained. Iosif Armas, chairman of a company that manages the
Herculaneum Spa, and other shareholders were suspected of illegally
selling assets and taking out loans in the spa's name that could not
2016 Apr 7, Saudi King Salman
started a five-day visit to Cairo in a show of support for Egyptian
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, with the leaders due to sign a raft
of investment deals.
2016 Apr 7, Serbia's presidency
defended its decision to decorate Sudan's president and genocide
suspect Omar al-Bashir, saying he was honoured for refusing to
2016 Apr 7, Syrian state
television reported that Islamic State fighters have kidnapped 300
cement workers in an area northeast of Damascus where the militants
launched an assault against government forces this week.
2016 Apr 7, In Turkey Mustafa
Tanriverdi, who headed a factory run by the state-owned Mechanical
and Chemical Industry Corporation, was arrested in Ankara as he left
a restaurant after arranging to sell the designs to an official of a
US-based company for a total of 1.2 million Turkish lira ($420,000).
2016 Apr 7, Vietnam demanded
China move a controversial oil rig on and abandon plans to start
drilling in waters where jurisdiction is unclear, the latest sign of
festering unease among the two communist neighbors.
2016 Apr 7, Vietnam’s
rubber-stamp parliament elected Nguyen Xuan Phuc (61) as prime
(SFC, 4/8/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 8, In Texas an airman
shot his commander in an apparent murder-suicide at Joint Base San
(SFC, 4/9/16, p.A6)
2016 Apr 8, Wisconsin’s right
to work law, championed by Gov. Scott Walker, was struck down as
violating the state constitution.
(SFC, 4/9/16, p.A5)
2016 Apr 8, SpaceX resumed
station deliveries for NASA, and in a double triumph, successfully
landed its booster rocket on an ocean platform for the first time.
2016 Apr 8, In Argentina bus
and train fares in Buenos Aires doubled as the country’s annual
inflation rate approached 40%.
(Econ, 4/16/16, p.27)
2016 Apr 8, Two ethnic Armenian
troops died in fighting with Azerbaijani forces as the archfoes
accused each other of breaching a ceasefire that halted the worst
outbreak of violence in decades over a disputed breakaway region.
2016 Apr 8, In Belgium the Nov
13 Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini (31) was arrested in
Brussels along with five other suspects in raids linked to the March
22 Brussels airport and metro bombings.
(AFP, 4/9/16)(SSFC, 4/10/16, p.A6)
2016 Apr 8, British PM David
Cameron faced mounting pressure over his involvement in offshore
investments after he finally admitted he benefited from his father's
Panama-registered trust, an entity exposed by this week's massive
data leak at a law firm specializing in global tax avoidance.
2016 Apr 8, A court in southern
China jailed four activists who had publicly supported Hong Kong's
pro-democracy Occupy Central movement and who had criticized the
Chinese Communist Party on social media.
2016 Apr 8, Voters in Djibouti
went to the polls, with iron-fisted ruler Ismail Omar Guelleh
expected to extend his 17-year rule in the strategic African nation
courted by world powers.
2016 Apr 8, Authorities in El
Salvador raided the local offices of Panamanian law firm Mossack
Fonseca, seizing documents and equipment.
2016 Apr 8, The German state of
Lower Saxony criticized Volkswagen's plans to pay bonuses to top
managers when the carmaker is dealing with the diesel emissions
crisis and set to cut costs.
2016 Apr 8, Greece deported a
second batch of more than two hundred migrants to Turkey under a
controversial EU deal to stem mass migration as Germany announced a
sharp drop in asylum claims.
2016 Apr 8, Greece signed an
agreement to sell a 67 percent stake in operating its biggest port
to China's Cosco group, a significant step in the debt-crippled
country's ambitious privatization drive. Dockworkers protesting in
central Athens against the sale clashed with riot police who
responded with tear gas..
2016 Apr 8, Guatemalan
prosecutors raided the offices of a bank and froze some $20 million
worth of the bank's shares as part of a money-laundering probe
involving Hidalgo Rafael Socorro Urdaneta, a Venezuelan said to be
the legal representative of DHK Finance INC Panama.
2016 Apr 8, Liberia said it
plans to outsource the oversight of its entire primary education
sector to USD-based Bridge International Academies, a for-profit
company linked to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
(SFC, 4/9/16, p.A4)
2016 Apr 8, A Myanmar court
freed dozens of jailed students, in the first wave of detainee
releases after Aung San Suu Kyi pledged to make freeing activists
and political prisoners a priority of her new government.
2016 Apr 8, In southeastern
Peru a bus trying to avoid an oncoming truck drove off a highway in
a remote zone and tumbled into the Mapacho River, killing at least
2016 Apr 8, In the Philippines
retired Italian missionary Rolando del Torchio -- held hostage for
six months by suspected Islamic militants -- was found aboard a
ferry docked on Jolo.
2016 Apr 8, Saudi King Salman
announced plans to build a bridge over the Red Sea to Egypt, in a
lavish show of support for the government of President Abdel Fattah
2016 Apr 8, In South Africa
Ajay and Atul Gupta, two brothers from the family of wealthy Indian
immigrants who own a vast business empire with interests in mining,
media, technology and engineering, were seen at a Johannesburg
airport boarding their private jet for Dubai.
2016 Apr 8, Thailand
authorities said they were investigating 16 citizens with reported
ties to offshore companies set up by a Panama-based law firm.
2016 Apr 8, Pope Francis called
for the Roman Catholic church to be more welcoming and less
judgmental in an apostolic exhortation titled “Amoris Laetitia “The
Joy of Love."
(SFC, 4/9/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 9, The US Air Force
deployed B-52 bombers to Qatar to join the fight against Islamic
State in Iraq and Syria, the first time they have been based in the
Middle East since the end of the Gulf War in 1991.
2016 Apr 9, In Las Vegas Manny
Pacquiao, a candidate Senate candidate in the Philippines, returned
from the biggest loss of his career with a bang, knocking down
Timothy Bradley twice on his way to a unanimous 12-round decision in
their welterweight showdown.
2016 Apr 9, Egypt’s government
announced the signing of a maritime demarcation accord that puts two
islands at the southern entrance to the Gulf of Aqaba in Saudi
2016 Apr 9, In western France
clashes broke out between police and demonstrators in Rennes as
thousands took to the streets for a sixth day of nationwide protests
against a draft law that seeks to loosen some labor protections.
2016 Apr 9, Four migrant women
and a child drowned off the Greek island of Samos in the first
deaths in the Aegean Sea since a controversial EU-Turkey deal took
effect three weeks ago.
2016 Apr 9, Kenya deported a
group of 8 Taiwanese to China after they were acquitted in a
cybercrime case. On April 12 a 2nd group of 37 was deported in a
move that drew an angry reaction from Taipei.
2016 Apr 9, Nigerian secret
police accused a Biafra separatist group of killing 55 people after
discovering their bodies in shallow graves in a thick forest in the
country's southeast. The Department of State Service (DSS),
Nigeria's domestic spy agency, said the graves were found in Umuanyi
forest in Abia state, home to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)
2016 Apr 9, Pakistan hanged two
brothers convicted of murdering six people from the same family in a
land dispute, just days after Amnesty International criticized the
country for becoming the world's third most prolific executioner
after China and Iran. Nasir Mehmood and Tahir Iqbal were hanged in
the eastern city of Sialkot for the 2002 murders.
2016 Apr 9, In central Peru 3
soldiers and a civilian were killed, and seven others wounded, in
two attacks by guerrillas, on the eve of presidential elections.
Authorities blamed remnants of the Shining Path communist guerrilla
2016 Apr 9, In the Philippines
at least 5 Abu Sayyaf militants, including a Moroccan fighter, were
killed after fierce fighting left 18 soldiers dead in the
hinterlands on Basilan island. This was the government's largest
single-day combat loss so far this year.
2016 Apr 9, In Somalia two
members of the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab jihadist group were executed
in Mogadishu by firing squad for the murder of a journalist killed
by a car bomb last year.
2016 Apr 9, In Somalia at least
3 people including a child were killed in a car bomb blast outside a
restaurant in Mogadishu.
2016 Apr 9, A Syrian opposition
monitoring group said the Islamic State group has released most of
the 300 cement workers it abducted near Damascus after questioning
them to find out who were Muslims and killing 4 who were members of
the minority Druze sect. The fate of 30 people who were guards at
the factory was unknown.
2016 Apr 9, In southern Yemen
suspected al Qaeda militants seized and executed 17 soldiers loyal
to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The local wing of Al Qaeda in
Yemen denied it had killed Yemeni soldiers in the Ahwar region.
2016 Apr 9, Ukraine reported a
sharp increase in attacks by Russia-backed separatists around the
government-held town of Avdiivka in eastern Ukraine, resulting in at
least one civilian death. Rebels in eastern Ukraine reported
increased shelling from government forces and the death of one of
2016 Apr 9, Venezuela’s Digitel
cell phone service suspended long-distance calling as the country
struggled to pay its bills. The Movistar cell phone service planned
to do the same on April 15.
(SFC, 4/12/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 10, A US official said
Navy officer Lieutenant Commander Edward Lin, who had access to
sensitive US intelligence, faces espionage charges over accusations
he passed state secrets, possibly to China and Taiwan.
2016 Apr 10, Rev. Rene Robert
(71) was last seen alive in his St. Augustine, Fl. Apartment. In
April his body was found in the woods of Georgia following the
arrest of Steven Murray, who led police to Robert’s body. Robert had
been trying for months to help Murray.
(SFC, 1/30/17, p.A4)
2016 Apr 10, In Louisiana
Southern Univ. students Lashuntae Benton (19) and Annette January
(19) were shot and killed early today in an exchange of fire outside
a Baton Rouge apartment complex. Suspect Ernest Bernard Felton (22)
was arrested. Another suspect (24 was wounded.
(SFC, 4/11/16, p.A4)
2016 Apr 10, A SpaceX Dragon
cargo ship arrived at the Int’l. Space Station with 7,000 pounds of
freight including a soft-sided compartment built by Bigelow
(SFC, 4/11/16, p.A4)
2016 Apr 10, In Bangladesh
protesters opposing the construction of a Chinese-backed, coal-fired
power plant in the coastal district of Chittagong agreed to halt
their activities for 15 days, defusing tensions after four
demonstrators were killed last week.
2016 Apr 10, British PM David
Cameron took the unusual step of publishing his tax records to try
to end days of questions about his personal wealth raised by the
mention of his late father's offshore fund in the Panama Papers.
2016 Apr 10, Howard Marks (70),
a Wales-born convicted drug smuggler, died of cancer. He was
arrested in 1988 in an operation led by the US Drug Enforcement
Administration and sentenced to 25 years in prison. He was released
on parole in 1995. He then reinvented himself as an author after
publishing best-selling autobiography "Mr. Nice" (1996).
2016 Apr 10, Chad held
elections likely to see President Idriss Deby extend his 26-year
rule in a country increasingly on the frontline of the global war on
2016 Apr 10, The island nation
of Comoros voted in a tense three-way presidential run-off election
featuring the current VP Mohamed Ali Soilihi and former coup leader
Azali Assoumani, who ruled the country for seven years. Assoumani
took 40.98 percent of the nationwide vote, just ahead of Soilihi,
the ruling party's presidential candidate, who picked up 39.87
(AFP, 4/10/16)(AFP, 5/12/16)
2016 Apr 10, In France Paris
police made eight arrests after demonstrators protesting the
government's labor reforms went on a rampage across the capital,
attacking a police building, damaging cars and vandalizing bank
2016 Apr 10, Greece said police
on the Macedonian side of their joint frontier used teargas, rubber
bullets and stun grenades to push back the migrants. Macedonian
authorities would only confirm they used teargas.
2016 Apr 10, In southern India
108 people were killed and nearly 400 injured when a massive fire
swept through a Hindu temple during an unauthorized fireworks
display in the Kerala state village of Paravoor. Five employees of a
fireworks manufacturer who was given the contract for running the
show were soon taken into custody. By April 12 the death toll rose
to 112 and seven officials at the Puttingal temple were arrested.
(AP, 4/10/16)(Reuters, 4/11/16)(SFC, 4/13/16,
2016 Apr 10, Israel's cabinet
unanimously approved a plan for reducing greenhouse gases and
increasing energy efficiency to benefit the economy. Government
officials expected the cumulative benefit to Israel's economy would
reach more than 30 billion shekels ($8 billion).
2016 Apr 10, In Japan foreign
ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized countries began a
two-day meeting in Hiroshima.
2016 Apr 10, In Kenya scores of
Shebab fighters stormed a police post near the Somali border early
today, injuring three officers and torching nearby shops as they
2016 Apr 10, In Pakistan a
magnitude 6.6 earthquake rattled Islamabad and other cities across
the country. 6 people were killed across northern Pakistan. The
quake's epicenter was in remote northeastern Afghanistan.
(AP, 4/10/16)(Reuters, 4/11/16)
2016 Apr 10, Peru held
elections. Keiko Fujimori held a double-digit lead over her nearest
rival among 10 presidential candidates, but not getting the 50
percent she would need to win outright and avoid a June 5 runoff
between the two top vote-getters. With 64 percent of votes counted,
Fujimori had 39.46 percent support while Kuczynski, a former World
Bank economist, had 23.73 percent and leftist lawmaker Veronika
Mendoza trailed with 17.12 percent.
(AP, 4/10/16)(Reuters, 4/11/16)
2016 Apr 10, Syrian government
forces and rebels clashed across the country's north in the latest
indication that a monthlong cease-fire may be breaking down, as the
Islamic State group seized two villages along the Turkish border
from other insurgents. Clashes around Aleppo killed at least 16
pro-regime fighters and 19 members of Al-Qaeda's affiliate and
allied rebel groups over the last 24-hours.
(AP, 4/10/16)(AFP, 4/10/16)
2016 Apr 10, In Turkey the 13th
annual meeting of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
(OIC) opened in Istanbul.
2016 Apr 10, Ukrainian PM
Arseny Yatseniuk tendered his resignation, effective April 12, in a
televised broadcast and signaled support for parliamentary speaker
and presidential ally Volodymyr Groysman to take over his post.
2016 Apr 10, In Yemen sporadic
fighting gripped parts of the country, hours before a UN-brokered
ceasefire aimed at laying the groundwork for upcoming peace talks
was due to take effect.
2016 Apr 11, The United States
and its allies stages 13 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and
2016 Apr 11, CIA Director John
Brennan, in an aired interview, promised that the US spy agency
won't use so-called "enhanced interrogation" techniques, including
waterboarding, against terror suspects, not even under a new
president's orders to do so.
2016 Apr 11, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a bill expanding family leave benefits. It will
allow workers to receive up to 70% of their pay for time off to care
for a new-born or family member.
(SFC, 4/12/16, p.C1)
2016 Apr 11, In Afghanistan at
least 12 new army recruits were killed in a suicide bomb attack in
the eastern city of Jalalabad. At least 5 members of the border
police force were killed in an insider attack in the southern
province of Kandahar close to the frontier with Pakistan when a
colleague opened fire on them before fleeing.
(AP, 4/11/16)(Reuters, 4/12/16)
2016 Apr 11, In Brazil a
congressional committee voted 38-27 that the impeachment process
against President Dilma Rousseff move forward, bringing the possible
ouster of the embattled leader a step closer.
2016 Apr 11, British children's
author Helen Bailey (51) was last seen walking her miniature
dachshund Boris in Royston. Her partner Ian Stewart (55)
reported her missing soon after and issued a note appealing for her
to return. On July 16 Stewart was charged with murder after police
found her body in the grounds of her home.
2016 Apr 11, In Burundi gunmen
killed at least 5 people and wounded seven when they opened fire on
a market late today in the eastern Ruyigi region.
2016 Apr 11, Cairo Univ.,
Egypt's oldest secular university, granted King Salman of Saudi
Arabia an honorary doctorate for his "unique services" to Arabs and
Muslims, the final function in a five-day visit clouded by
opposition to Cairo's intention to hand over control of two Red Sea
islands to Riyadh.
2016 Apr 11, The French
government announced about half a billion euros in aid for students
in an attempt to defuse anger from protesters who said they would
gather again on a central Paris square for the 12th night in a row.
2016 Apr 11, Fresh protests
broke at a flashpoint border crossing, as Greece and Macedonia
blamed each other for an incident in which tear gas and rubber
bullets were fired on migrants trying to breach the closed border to
get to western Europe.
2016 Apr 11, India launched its
Unified Payment Interface (UPI), an electronic payments network. It
is regulated by the Reserve Bank of India and works by instantly
transferring funds between two bank accounts on a mobile platform.
2016 Apr 11, In India 10 people
were electrocuted by an overhead high-voltage wire that fell on them
during a demonstration outside a police station in the northeastern
state of Assam. Police bullets hit the overhead cable, which came
crashing down on the demonstrators demanding that police hand them
two suspects arrested for the murder of two members of their tea
workers community last week.
2016 Apr 11, Iranian media
reported that Russia has delivered the first part of an advanced
missile defense system to Iran, starting to equip Tehran with
technology that was blocked before it signed a deal with world
powers on its nuclear program.
2016 Apr 11, Iran’s Tasnim news
agency reported that 4 soldiers in its regular army were killed in
Syria, the, only a week after Tehran announced the deployment of
army commandos to help President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war
2016 Apr 11, In Italy a clutch
of banks and other financial institutions agreed to create a fund
called Atlante to bail out troubled rivals and thus allay fears of a
systemic crisis in Italian banking.
(Econ, 4/16/16, p.61)
2016 Apr 11, Kyrgyz PM Temir
Sariyev and his cabinet resigned after a parliamentary commission
accused it of corruption, a move highlighting tensions between
different factions of President Almazbek Atambayev's supporters.
2016 Apr 11, Nigeria’s Kaduna
state government secretary Balarabe Lawal told a commission of
inquiry that dozens of soldiers and state officials transported 347
bodies from a mortuary and an army base to a bush site where they
were buried after the Dec. 12-14 military raids on Shiite compounds
in northern Zaria town. The Shiites say those killed number closer
2016 Apr 11, Puerto Rico
released a new proposal to restructure part of its $70 billion debt
to buy time to implement a fiscal growth plan as multimillion-dollar
payments loom for the US territory facing dwindling cash reserves.
2016 Apr 11, In southern Russia
3 suicide bombers blew themselves up as they tried to storm a rural
police station in the village of Novoselitskoye, causing no other
2016 Apr 11, In Somalia a car
bomb at local government headquarters in Mogadishu killed 5 people
and wounded five, in an attack claimed by Somali Islamist group al
2016 Apr 11, In Somalia a car
bomb at local government headquarters in Mogadishu killed 5 people
and wounded five, in an attack claimed by Somali Islamist group al
Shabaab. Hassan Hanafi Haji, a former journalist who joined the
Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, was executed at a police academy
(Reuters, 4/11/16)(AP, 4/11/16)
2016 Apr 11, South Korea said
two senior North Korean officials, including an army colonel
specializing in espionage against the South, defected to South Korea
2016 Apr 11, In Syria Islamic
State fighters retook the northern town of al-Rai along the border
with Turkey from rebels and government forces and rebels clashed
across northern and western Syria.
2016 Apr 11, Venezuela’s
Supreme Court scrapped an amnesty law that could have secured the
release of jailed opposition activists.
2016 Apr 11, In Yemen a UN
brokered ceasefire took effect.
2016 Apr 12, On Equal Pay Day
Pres. Obama designated the iconic home and headquarters of the
National Woman’s Party as a national monument to highlight the push
for women's equality. The currently named Sewall-Belmont House and
Museum in Washington, D.C., will become the new Belmont-Paul Women’s
Equality National Monument.
2016 Apr 12, Silicon Valley
billionaire Yuri Milner said that he is adding a 2nd $100 million to
deploy tiny spacecraft to SETI, the search for alien life in the
(SFC, 4/13/16, p.D1)(Econ, 4/16/16, p.66)
2016 Apr 12, In Georgia Kenneth
Fults (47) was executed for killing his neighbor during a burglary
in 1996. This was the state’s 4th execution this year.
(SFC, 4/13/16, p.A4)
2016 Apr 12, Anne Jackson (90),
American stage actress, died at her home in Manhattan. She had
shared a long and distinguished career with her husband Eli Wallach
(SFC, 4/15/16, p.D4)
2016 Apr 12, The Taliban
announced the start of their spring offensive, pledging to launch
large-scale offensives against government strongholds backed by
suicide and guerrilla attacks to drive Afghanistan's Western-backed
government from power.
2016 Apr 12, China said it will
release more water from a dam in its southwestern province of Yunnan
to help alleviate a drought in parts of Southeast Asia, following an
initial release begun last month.
2016 Apr 12, The Catholic
Church in France pledged to shed light on all cases of paedophilia,
including "historic cases", following a scandal over an archbishop
accused of covering up a priest's crimes.
2016 Apr 12, In Indonesia three
Thai fishing captains were detained when they were found operating
trawlers under Malaysian flags that were fishing off Kalimantan,
Indonesia's part of Borneo island. The captains escaped on May 7
after scaling the wall of their detention center in the middle of
2016 Apr 12, Italian PM Matteo
Renzi became the highest-ranking European leader to visit Tehran
since its nuclear deal with world powers. Renzi began a two-day
visit to the Islamic republic aimed at restoring ties that before
sanctions had seen Italy ranked as Iran's top European trading
2016 Apr 12, Gianroberto
Casaleggio (b.1954), Italian entrepreneur and political activist,
died. He and Beppe Grillo co-founded the Five Star Movement (M5S) in
2016 Apr 12, In Kashmir 2 young
men were killed in firing by Indian government forces at
rock-throwing protesters, who were demanding the arrest of an Indian
soldier for assaulting a girl (16) in a restroom.
(AP, 4/12/16)(Econ, 4/16/16, p.33)
2016 Apr 12, In Lebanon an
explosion just outside the southern city of Sidon killed local
Palestinian security official Fathi Zeidan amid tensions between the
main Palestinian faction and extremists groups.
2016 Apr 12, Malawi's President
Peter Mutharika declared a national disaster after a severe drought
ravaged the southern African nation and appealed for 1.2 million
tons of maize to plug a looming deficit of the staple.
(Reuters, 4/14/16)(Econ, 4/16/16, p.40)
2016 Apr 12, In northern Mali 3
French peacekeeping soldiers died after their armored car ran over a
2016 Apr 12, In eastern Nepal
at least 22 people were killed when a bus slipped off a mountain
gravel road and rolled down a hill.
2016 Apr 12, Panamanian
authorities raided the head offices of law firm Mossack Fonseca
regarding recently leaked documents about offshore firms it had
(Econ, 4/16/16, p.60)
2016 Apr 12, The official Saudi
Press Agency said under changes approved by the cabinet, religious
officers will no longer be allowed to detain people and instead must
report violators to police or drug squad officers.
2016 Apr 12, Spanish police
arrested Antoine Denive (27), a Frenchman who they believe supplied
weapons to Paris attacker Amedy Coulibaly for use in the January
2015 attacks in the French capital.
2016 Apr 12, Syrian troops and
their allies launched an offensive to retake an important hilltop
village south of the city of Aleppo from militants, including
al-Qaida's local affiliate, as President Bashar Assad's government
prepared for parliamentary elections the following day.
2016 Apr 12, Syrian journalist
Mohammed Zahir al-Sherqat died from wounds after being shot April 10
in the Turkish city of Gaziantep. The shooting attack was claimed by
the Islamic State.
(SFC, 4/13/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 12, Two Turkish
soldiers were killed and more than 50 people wounded when a car bomb
exploded at a military post in the restive Kurdish-dominated
2016 Apr 12, The Turkish army
hit Islamic State targets in northern Syria, in response to
cross-border rocket fire that struck a border town in southeastern
Turkey for the second day in a row.
2016 Apr 13, The U.S.-led
coalition staged 21 strikes against the Islamic State militant
group, according to the coalition leading the operations in Iraq and
2016 Apr 13, The US Centers for
disease Control and Prevention said there is no longer any doubt the
Zika virus causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads and
other severe brain defects.
(SFC, 4/14/16, p.A5)
2016 Apr 13, The Golden State
Warriors won a record 73rd regular season game to top the Chicago
Bull’s 72 win during the 1995-96 season.
(SFC, 4/14/16, p.A1)
2016 Apr 13, It was announced
that Silicon Valley entrepreneur Sean Parker has donated $250
million to launch an effort to combine the forces of six top cancer
research centers nationwide to develop treatments in cancer
(SFC, 4/13/16, p.C1)
2016 Apr 13, In Chicago a task
force established by Mayor Rahm Emanuel said city police have
alienated blacks and Latinos for decades by using excessive force
and honoring a code of silence.
(SFC, 4/14/16, p.A5)
2016 Apr 13, In Texas a jury
convicted Dallas-area Dr. Jacques Roy and six co-defendants of fraud
for allegedly processing almost $375 million in false Medicare and
(SFC, 4/14/16, p.A5)
2016 Apr 13, US-based Peabody
Energy, the world’s largest private coal company, filed for Chapter
11 bankruptcy protection.
(Econ, 4/16/16, p.52)
2016 Apr 13, Some 39,000
Verizon landline and cable workers on the East Coast walked off the
job after making little progress in negotiations since their
contract expired nearly eight months ago.
(SFC, 4/14/16, p.C2)
2016 Apr 13, In Brazil three
parties decamped from the government of Pres. Dilma Rousseff
diminishing her chances of surviving impeachment.
(SFC, 4/14/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 13, Prolific British
playwright Arnold Wesker (83) died. He drew on his heritage as a
working-class Jew to create plays that captured the dialogue and
struggles of the common man.
2016 Apr 13, In Burundi Phocas
Bakaza, a member of the ruling CNDD-FDD party, was shot dead in
Mutimbuza area near the capital Bujumbura. Two people were soon
arrested in connection with the attack.
2016 Apr 13, In China a court
in Changsha rejected a landmark case by two men who had sought
permission to get legally married, a decision that shines the light
on gay rights in the world's most populous nation.
(Reuters, 4/13/16)(Econ, 8/13/16, p.29)
2016 Apr 13, Cuba said it is
opening its state-controlled wholesale market to a limited number of
private business owners in response to rising prices that have
angered many ordinary Cubans.
2016 Apr 13, Indian authorities
imposed a curfew in parts of Kashmir to stop fresh anti-India
demonstrations following the killings of four people by Indian
troops and a general strike called by separatists.
2016 Apr 13, Iraqi lawmakers
held an all-night sit-in at parliament protesting efforts by
powerful political blocs to maintain control of key government
posts, pushing the speaker to convene an emergency session.
2016 Apr 13, In Libya a suicide
bomber killed a member of the security forces at a checkpoint south
of Misrata. 5 people were killed, including 3 who were beheaded, at
a nearby military camp.
2016 Apr 13, The Lithuanian
government said it has blacklisted 46 Russian citizens involved in
criminal prosecutions of several Ukrainians including the imprisoned
pilot Nadezhda Savchenko.
2016 Apr 13, Macedonia police
fired tear gas and stun grenades at migrants staging a protest at
the country's border fence with Greece.
2016 Apr 13, A magnitude 6.9
earthquake struck Myanmar and was felt in parts of eastern India and
Bangladesh, causing residents to rush out of their homes in panic.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
2016 Apr 13, In Pakistan a
head-on collision between a passenger bus and truck killed at least
19 passengers, including women and children, in eastern Punjab
2016 Apr 13, Puerto Rico said
it is publishing for the first time a list of delinquent taxpayers
in hopes of recovering a portion of government-owed revenue amid a
worsening economic crisis. The list represents those who owe more
than $50,000 worth of sales tax.
2016 Apr 13, A Russian court
sentenced former naval officer Yevgeny Mataitis (39) to 13 years in
jail for selling state secrets to Lithuania concluding he was guilty
of state treason. The court said Mataitis had been gathering
information in the Kaliningrad region for six years.
2016 Apr 13, South Korea held
parliamentary elections that were expected to hand a decisive win to
President Park Geun-hye's conservative party, and enable her to push
ahead with controversial economic reforms. Exit polls, however,
indicated her party would not regain its majority in the National
2016 Apr 13, Syrians in
government-controlled areas cast ballots for a new 250-member
parliament. Western leaders and members of Syria's opposition have
denounced the vote as a sham and a provocation that undermines the
Geneva peace talks. Syria's ruling Baath party and its allies won a
majority of seats in parliamentary elections across government-held
parts of the country.
(AP, 4/13/16)(AFP, 4/17/16)
2016 Apr 13, In Thailand an
elderly British couple (65 and 68) and their son (43) were savagely
attacked and beaten unconscious during a family vacation in Hua,
Hin. The attack was captured on video. On April 28 police said they
have arrested the four suspected attackers. On May 23 the attackers
were sentenced to two years in prison.
(AP, 4/28/16)(AP, 6/6/16)
2016 Apr 13, Turkey's armed
forces launched new artillery strikes on jihadist positions in
Syria, after three days of deadly fire on a Turkish border town that
has left residents on edge.
2016 Apr 13, Local ceasefire
monitors arrived at three Yemeni provinces to consolidate a shaky
truce, ahead of UN-sponsored peace talks scheduled to start in
Kuwait next week.
2016 Apr 14, In Colorado police
and federal agents arrested more than 40 people and seized piles of
pot plants during raids throughout the Denver area, part of a
multistate investigation into the illegal distribution of marijuana
(SFC, 4/15/16, p.A7)
2016 Apr 14, In Kentucky eight
black men won a $5.3 million jury award in a lawsuit over claims
that they endured a hostile work environment at a UPS in Lexington.
(SFC, 4/15/16, p.A7)
2016 Apr 14, Azerbaijan said
one of its soldiers had been killed in fighting over the breakaway
region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
2016 Apr 14, Britain, France,
Germany, Italy and Spain agreed to share information on company
ownership to make it harder for criminals and tax cheats to avoid
(SFC, 4/16/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 14, A Burundi soldier
was killed when an armed group attacked a military camp northwest of
2016 Apr 14, Canada introduced
an assisted dying law that will only apply to citizens and residents
for adults, 18 or older, suffering intolerably and in an advanced
state of irreversible decline of capability.
(SFC, 4/15/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 14, In the Canary
Islands a four-story apartment building collapsed in Arona, near the
beach on the island of Tenerife. At least 6 people were killed and
one resident remained missing.
2016 Apr 14, Chinese human
rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang posted a photo of a letter from the
Beijing City Legal Affairs Department to his micro-blog that said
his law license was pulled in accordance with regulations. It cited
his conviction in December for disturbing public order and inciting
2016 Apr 14, The Czech
Republic's leaders chose "Czechia" as the one-word alternative name
of their country to make it easier for companies, politicians and
sportsmen to use on products, name tags and jerseys. On April 12
foreign minister Lubomir Zaoralek had suggested English speakers
should begin referring to the Czech Rep. as Czechia. The first use
of the English term Czechia came in 1841 in an encyclopedia written
by two English churchmen.
(Reuters, 4/15/16)(Econ, 4/23/16, p.43)(Econ,
2016 Apr 14, In El Salvador the
body of Julio Torres, the mayor of San Dionisio, was found a day
after he was reported missing in an area controlled by gangs.
(SFC, 4/15/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 14, The European
Parliament voted to force airlines to share passenger information
with EU countries to help detect jihadists, ending five years of
debate that intensified after the Paris and Brussels attacks.
2016 Apr 14, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel's ruling coalition agreed on sweeping measures to spur
the integration of migrants and refugees in a "historic" first for a
country that long resisted embracing immigration. The government
agreed to require migrants granted residence rights to show
willingness to integrate by learning German and seeking work or see
their benefits cut.
(AFP, 4/14/16)(Reuters, 4/14/16)
2016 Apr 14, Iraqi lawmakers
voted to remove the parliament speaker and his deputies from office,
increasing political turmoil as the country battles jihadists and
struggles with a financial crisis.
2016 Apr 14, Israeli
campaigners said Israel has approved plans for more than 200 new
settler homes in the occupied West Bank, adding to a sharp increase
in settlement projects so far this year. The government disputed the
claim, saying nearly all approvals involved "upgrading existing
structures" and not new construction, without providing a more
2016 Apr 14, In southern Japan
an earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck 11 km (7 miles) east of
Kumamoto, bringing down some buildings. 9 people were killed. More
than 100 aftershocks continued to rattle the region.
(Reuters, 4/14/16)(AP, 4/15/16)(AFP, 4/16/16)
2016 Apr 14, Ambassadors to
Libya from France, Britain and Spain arrived in Tripoli, reiterating
the international community's support for the new unity government
and pledging to reopen embassies closed two years ago because of the
2016 Apr 14, In Macedonia
thousands joined antigovernment protests for a third consecutive
night demanding the resignation of Pres. Gjorge Ivanov for pardons
issued earlier this week for members of the previous government.
(SFC, 4/15/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 14, A Palestinian
armed with an axe attacked an Israeli soldier in the occupied West
Bank and was shot dead, ending a three-week lull in deadly
2016 Apr 14, Russia's Federal
Security Service and tax inspectors searched the offices of Mikhail
Prokhorov, a tycoon whose newspaper has published revelations about
people close to Vladimir Putin.
2016 Apr 14, Saudi Arabia for
the first time publicly confirmed Malaysia's claim that $681 million
in PM Najib Razak's bank accounts was a donation from the Saudi
royal family, countering accusations that the money was siphoned
from heavily indebted state investment fund 1MDB.
2016 Apr 14, Saudi Civil
Defense said rains and flooding have killed 18 people throughout the
country and 915 had to be rescued from inside their vehicles.
2016 Apr 14, Syria's army
backed by Russian warplanes launched an assault north of Aleppo,
threatening to block a vital rebel route into the city in fighting
that has cast new clouds over Geneva peace talks.
2016 Apr 14, Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Muslim nations have agreed to establish a
Turkey-based body to fight terrorism, as he urged the countries'
leaders to examine the root causes of the migration crisis.
2016 Apr 14, Ukraine's
parliament appointed pro-Western speaker Volodymyr Groysman (38) as
prime minister in a bid to end months of political gridlock and
unlock vital aid to the war torn-state.
2016 Apr 14, An earthquake of
magnitude 6.2 struck 133 km (83 miles) northwest of the Pacific
island nation of Vanuatu.
2016 Apr 14, Yemeni officials
said heavy rainfall in several parts of the country has caused
widespread flooding and the collapse of small dams, including one in
Hajja province northeast of the capital, Sanaa.
2016 Apr 14, Demonstrators in
Zimbabwe held the largest protest against President Robert Mugabe in
nearly a decade, marching through central Harare demanding that the
92-year-old leader make a dignified exit.
2016 Apr 15, It was reported
that San Francisco will begin requiring some 37,000 Lyft and Uber
drivers who work in the city seven or more days a year to obtain a
$91 annual business license.
(SFC, 4/15/16, p.A1)
2016 Apr 15, In Florida an
endangered Malayan tiger attacked and killed zookeeper Stacey
Konwiser (38) in its Palm Beach Zoo enclosure as the woman prepared
to give a talk to visitors.
2016 Apr 15, Bolivian President
Evo Morales met with Pope Francis before attending a Vatican
conference on social and economic justice. During the audience,
Morales presented Francis with three books: "Coca, a bio-bank,"
''Coca, citogenic diet" and "Coca, the anti-obesity factor."
2016 Apr 15, Burundi announced
that almost 700 soldiers were to be forced to retire. Almost all of
them served in the army when it was an entirely Tutsi institution.
(Econ, 4/23/16, p.37)
2016 Apr 15, Egyptian security
forces fired tear gas while thousands gathered in downtown Cairo
chanting "leave, leave!" while protesting President Abdel-Fattah
el-Sissi's decision to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi
Arabia, in the first significant wave of street protests since the
former army chief became president in 2014.
2016 Apr 15, France's top
administrative court overturned a 2014 ban on a type of genetically
modified (GMO) maize in a symbolic victory for GMO supporters that
will not allow such crops to be grown in France because of
subsequent legislation reinforcing the ban.
2016 Apr 15, Germany’s
Chancellor Angela Merkel called a short-notice news conference to
personally announce that her government had granted Turkey's request
to let prosecutors examine a criminal complaint against Jan
Boehmermann. the comic for writing an intentionally offensive poem
about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Under German law, the
government has to grant permission before prosecutors can consider
whether to press charges against someone for the crime of insulting
a foreign head of state.
2016 Apr 15, India said it had
suspended the diplomatic passport of embattled tycoon and lawmaker
Vijay Mallya, who left the country last March 2 amid pressure from
lenders to repay about $1.4 billion in debt owed by his defunct
Kingfisher Airlines. On April 18 a Mumbai court issued a warrant for
his arrest. In July the airline said its books had vanished.
(Reuters, 4/15/16)(Econ, 4/23/16, p.56)(Econ,
2016 Apr 15, New Delhi imposed
driving restrictions that will take around a million cars off its
roads for the second time this year, seeking to improve air quality
in the world's most polluted capital.
2016 Apr 15, Macedonian
President Gjorge Ivanov said he stood by his decision to grant
pardons to 56 officials in a wire-tapping scandal despite days of
street protests and mounting national and international calls to
change his mind. The amnesty granted by Ivanov this week prevents
the 56 government and opposition officials from being investigated
over revelations of a vast wire-tapping operation that has caused a
long-running political crisis in the Balkan nation.
2016 Apr 15, Malaysia deported
20 Taiwanese criminal suspects to Taiwan despite Beijing's request
that they be sent to China, amid an ongoing battle over jurisdiction
involving the self-ruled island. A Malaysia official said another 32
Taiwanese wire fraud suspects sought by China also will be sent to
2016 Apr 15, Malian
photographer Malick Sidibe (80) died. He had won international
acclaim with his vibrant black-and-white images which captured daily
life in his native country.
2016 Apr 15, The IMF said it
suspended lending to Mozambique for failing to disclose some $1.4
billion of hidden debts.
(http://tinyurl.com/y77l7neo)(Econ 6/17/17, p.67)
2016 Apr 15, A North Korea
missile launch meant to celebrate the birthday of the country’s
founder ended in failure, an embarrassing setback in what was
reportedly the inaugural test of a new, powerful mid-range missile.
2016 Apr 15, In the southern
Philippines Islamist militants seized four Indonesian crew of a
tugboat off Sitangkay Island in Tawi-tawi, the third attack on slow
moving vessels in about a month. On nearby Jolo island, militants
gave a final deadline on April 25 for payment of 300 million pesos
($6.50 million) ransom for each of the two Canadians and a Norwegian
captive or they will behead the three foreign captives.
2016 Apr 15, Serbian police
detained 49 people, including officials from ministries and
state-owned firms, on suspicion of corruption and abuse of office as
part of an anti-graft drive that has gained momentum before this
2016 Apr 15, Ethnic Murle
gunmen from South Sudan killed 208 people and kidnapped 102 children
in a cross-border raid on the Nuer tribe in Ethiopia.
(AFP, 4/17/16)(AFP, 4/18/16)
2016 Apr 15, In Syria fierce
fighting raged around Aleppo as a surge in violence forced tens of
thousands more to flee their homes, overshadowing the latest round
of peace talks in Geneva. Syrian government air strikes hit
rebel-held areas north of Homs for a second day, forcing authorities
to cancel Friday prayers for the first time in six months.
(AFP, 4/15/16)(Reuters, 4/15/16)
2016 Apr 15, In Uruguay a
powerful tornado swept over the small city of Dolores, ripping up
houses, hurling cars into the air and killing at least four people.
2016 Apr 15, In Vietnam 9
sixth-grade boys from the same class drowned after going for a swim
in Tra Khuc river in central province of Quang Ngai.
2016 Apr 15, Yemeni government
troops newly-trained by a Saudi-led coalition routed al-Qaida
militants from Houta, the capital of Lahj province, and arrested
dozens of militants. The assault came as coalition helicopters and
US drones launched a series of airstrikes targeting al-Qaida
hideouts and strongholds across the southern region.
2016 Apr 16, The US Pentagon
said nine more prisoners have been released from Guantanamo Bay and
sent to Saudi Arabia for resettlement. 80 prisoners were now left
including 26 men cleared and expected to be released by the end of
(SSFC, 4/17/16, p.A3)
2016 Apr 16, Bernie Sanders, US
Democratic presidential hopeful, held a private meeting with Pope
Francis just before the pope traveled to meet migrants on the Greek
island of Lesbos.
2016 Apr 16, Afghan security
forces drove back Taliban insurgents attacking areas around the
northern city of Kunduz, after heavy fighting overnight in which 40
Taliban fighters were killed and around 50 wounded.
2016 Apr 16, In Burundi 4
members of the country's ruling party were killed in an attack in
continuing violence associated with the extended tenure of Pres.
2016 Apr 16, In Ecuador a
magnitude 7.8 earthquake killed 660 people, caused devastation in
coastal towns and left an unknown number trapped in ruins. More than
700 aftershocks soon followed.
(Reuters, 4/17/16)(AFP, 4/23/16)(SFC, 5/17/16,
2016 Apr 16, In southern Egypt
8 people were killed when a vehicle crashed into a passing train in
2016 Apr 16, French President
Francois Hollande arrived in Beirut at the start of a regional tour
that will take him to Egypt and Jordan.
2016 Apr 16, The French and
German foreign ministers arrived in Libya for talks with the head of
the unity government Fayaz Seraj to offer support as he seeks to
stabilize the North African state.
2016 Apr 16, French police
arrested twenty-two people in Paris during overnight clashes at a
demonstration over labor reforms seen as threatening workers'
2016 Apr 16, Pope Francis
brought a message of hope to thousands of people facing expulsion
from Greece as he slammed the world community for failing to end the
wars fueling the crisis. Francis returned hom with three families of
(AFP, 4/16/16)(Reuters, 4/16/16)
2016 Apr 16, Just 41 people
were saved by a passing merchant ship and brought to Greece. Up to
500 people are believed to have died, when an overcrowded boat sank
in the southern Mediterranean.
2016 Apr 16, Conservationists
said representatives from 13 Asian countries, meeting in New Delhi
this week, have agreed to do more to protect tiger habitats.
(SFC, 4/16/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 16, Iraqi lawmakers
postponed a vote to oust speaker Selim al-Jabouri after failing to
reach a quorum in their second failed attempt this week, part of a
stalled effort to remove top officials who the parliamentarians
accuse of failing to combat corruption and mismanagement.
2016 Apr 16, In southern Japan
a magnitude 7.3 earthquake killed at least 32 people just two days
after a 6.2 quake. The death from the two quakes rose to 41 and
scores of people were feared buried alive. 11 people remained
(AFP, 4/16/16)(Reuters, 4/17/16)
2016 Apr 16, Mali's special
forces arrested Alou Doumbia (32), the suspected "Number Two" of a
group of Islamists accused of carrying out an attack last month on
Ivory Coast's Grand Bassam resort that left 19 dead. The brains of
the operation, Kounta Dallah, was still at large, and is suspected
of both organizing and taking part in the attack, as well as
appointing Doumbia to his role.
2016 Apr 16, Pakistan's army
took over an operation to dislodge a criminal gang holding 24
hostages from a 10 kms (6 mile) long island in the center of the
Indus River in Punjab province. The security operation involving
more than 1,600 security forces was now in its eleventh day. At
least 6 police officials have been killed in the battle for the
2016 Apr 16, In Papua New
Guinea Matthew Damaru, the head of the police anti-corruption unit,
was sacked after arresting several high-profile figures close to the
government. Officers from his unit last week arrested the attorney
general and a Supreme Court judge on charges of corruption. A lawyer
working for PM Peter O'Neill was also arrested on charges of
perverting the course of justice.
2016 Apr 16, In Saudi Arabia a
fire at a chemical plant in al-Jubail killed 12 people.
(SSFC, 4/17/16, p.A3)
2016 Apr 16, In Somalia the
African Union peacekeeping mission (AMISOM) accidentally killed 4
civilians after soldiers mistook them for Shebab fighters when they
failed to stop at a roadblock in the area of Buulo Mareer in the
Lower Shebelle region.
2016 Apr 16, In northern Syria
the Islamic State group captured more than a dozen villages and
hills during a fresh offensive. IS also clashed with rival insurgent
groups near the border with Turkey where they have been on the
offensive for days, forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee
toward safer areas near Turkey. 22 civilians were killed in an
exchange of fire in Aleppo.
(AP, 4/16/16)(AFP, 4/17/16)
2016 Apr 16, Taiwan released 20
fraud suspects just one day after they were deported from Malaysia,
citing a lack of evidence.
2016 Apr 16, A 6.1 magnitude
quake struck southeast of the Pacific island nation of Tonga, with
no immediate reports of damage.
2016 Apr 16, In Turkey Iranian
President Hassan Rouhani met with Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan. They
vowed to boost trade between their two countries at talks following
the lifting of most international sanctions on Tehran.
2016 Apr 16, Local Yemeni
committees tasked to monitor a week-old cease-fire between Yemen's
internationally recognized government and Shiite rebels, agreed to
begin their work on the ground at six front-lines.
2016 Apr 17, The United States
and its allies conducted 26 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
and Syria over the last 24 hours.
2016 Apr 17, Pennsylvania Gov.
Tom Wolf signed a bill legalizing a comprehensive medical marijuana
program, making his state the 24th to do so.
(SFC, 4/18/16, p.A7)
2016 Apr 17, In Pennsylvania a
suspect surrendered to police following a short standoff at a
Philadelphia home where 3 people were found killed by shotgun blasts
to the head.
(SFC, 4/18/16, p.A7)
2016 Apr 17, Afghan forces
fought back a renewed series of attacks on Kunduz, killing dozens of
Taliban fighters as insurgent forces stepped up their bid to retake
the northern city that they captured briefly last year.
2016 Apr 17, Brazil’s lower
house voted 367-137 in favor of impeachment sending the issue to the
Senate. If a majority there votes to put Rousseff on trial, she'd be
suspended while Vice President Michel Temer temporarily takes over.
The exact date of the Senate vote is not known, but it's widely
expected by the middle of next month.
2016 Apr 17, A Chinese
spokesman criticized Taiwan after the self-ruled island released 20
fraud suspects just one day after they were deported from Malaysia,
citing a lack of evidence.
2016 Apr 17, A Chinese military
aircraft on patrol over the South China Sea received an emergency
call to land at Fiery Cross Reef to evacuate three seriously ill
workers. It was the first time China's military had publicly
admitted landing an aircraft on Fiery Cross Reef.
2016 Apr 17, In India statewide
marches in Gujarat calling for the freeing of Hardik Patel (22), a
community leader who has been in jail since last October on sedition
charges, turned violent in the town of Mehsana. Across the state
more than 400 protesters were detained. Patel emerged overnight last
year as leader of a mass movement demanding more government jobs and
college places for the Patel -- or Patidar – community.
2016 Apr 17, In India a bus
carrying members of an opera troupe plunged into a gorge killing at
least 25 people in Orissa state.
(SFC, 4/18/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 17, In eastern
Indonesia rain-triggered floods and landslides left six villagers
missing in a remote mountainous district of West Papua province.
2016 Apr 17, Italians voted in
a referendum on the duration of offshore drilling concessions in
territorial waters, as nine regional governments sought to wrestle
some influence over energy policy from the central government in
2016 Apr 17, Thousands of
Kuwait's oil workers began an open-ended strike in protest at plans
to cut their wages, action which saw the emirate's crude production
2016 Apr 17, Myanmar President
Htin Kyaw pardoned 83 political prisoners on the country's
traditional New Year Sunday, as the fledgling civilian-led
administration seeks to cast off the shackles of nearly half a
century of military rule.
2016 Apr 17, In Qatar major oil
producers began talks to try to reach a deal on capping production
to boost prices, despite Iran's absence. Saudi Arabia blocked an
agreement between OPEC and non-OPEC producers to shore up global oil
prices by freezing production at January’s levels.
(AFP, 4/17/16)(Econ, 4/23/16, p.64)
2016 Apr 17, In South Africa at
least 11 people were killed and 59 more injured when a bus
transporting African National Congress (ANC) supporters from an
election rally in Port Elizabeth overturned.
2016 Apr 17, Four Yemeni
soldiers were killed in a suicide attack on a checkpoint near the
international airport in, home to a growing jihadist presence.
2016 Apr 18, The US said it
will deploy more than 200 additional troops to Iraq and to send
Apache helicopters for the first time into the fight against the
Islamic State group in Iraq, the first major increase in US forces
in nearly a year.
2016 Apr 18, Destiny Watford
(20) of Maryland was one of six winners of this year's Goldman
Environmental Prize. She was honored for her 4-year fight to stop a
potentially hazardous trash incinerator from being built in her
south Baltimore neighborhood of Curtis Bay.
(SFC, 4/18/16, p.C2)
2016 Apr 18, In Texas flooding
in and around Houston killed at least five people and prompted mass
2016 Apr 18, Afghan officials
said flash floods in northern provinces killed at least 38 people
2016 Apr 18, Cambodian Leng
Ouch (42) was one of six winners of this year's Goldman
Environmental Prize. He worked to uncover mass logging that
devastated his homeland.
(SFC, 4/18/16, p.D1)
2016 Apr 18, China's central
government said it will investigate a report that close to 500
students became sick with illnesses including cancer at a school
built near recently shut chemical plants in the eastern city of
2016 Apr 18, It was reported
that India's capital has banned chewing tobacco in an effort to
lower the high incidence of mouth and throat cancers. The ban was
welcomed by health activists and doctors after it was announced last
2016 Apr 18, The Israeli
military said it has discovered and destroyed a tunnel burrowing
from Gaza into Israel — the first tunnel to be discovered since
Israel's 2014 war with the militant Hamas movement that runs the
2016 Apr 18, Lebanon's central
bank governor said Beirut will abide by a US law that imposes
sanctions on banks that knowingly do business with the militant
2016 Apr 18, In Mali at least
one civilian was killed during a protest against the presence of UN
and French troops in the Malian city of Kidal.
2016 Apr 18, In Pakistan more
than 140 rebels surrendered to government authorities in
insurgency-hit Baluchistan province. The government was keen to
secure the province as work begins on the $46 billion China Pakistan
Economic Corridor, a project that will see a trade route built along
the length of Pakistan, culminating in Baluchistan's deep-water port
2016 Apr 18, Maxima Acuna (47)
of Peru was one of six winners of this year's Goldman Environmental
Prize. She was honored for stopping a potentially hazardous mine
from being built in the country’s remote northern highlands.
(SFC, 4/18/16, p.C2)
2016 Apr 18, Puerto Rican
environmental planner Luis Jorge Rivera Herrera was one of six
winners of this year's Goldman Environmental Prize. He fought to
protect 3,000 acres (1,200 hectares) of coastal land that has long
lured developers to the US territory.
2016 Apr 18, Zuzana Caputova
(42) of Slovakia was one of six winners of this year's Goldman
Environmental Prize. She was recognized for her efforts stopping
foreign trash facilities from being built in her country.
(SFC, 4/18/16, p.C2)
2016 Apr 18, Syrian rebel
groups announced a new battle against government forces, a sign of
escalating violence that has undermined a ceasefire deal and
threatens to derail UN-led peace talks.
2016 Apr 18, Taiwan’s
delegation was ejected from a meeting of the Organization for
Economic Cooperation and Development's steel committee after China
complained, part of an apparent hardening of Beijing's attitude
toward the island it claims as its own territory.
2016 Apr 18, Edward Loure, a
native of Tanzania’s Maasai community, was one of six winners of
this year's Goldman Environmental Prize. He was credited with
preventing the government from stripping land from the country’s
(SFC, 4/18/16, p.C2)
2016 Apr 18, Authorities in
Thailand said that 442 people died in traffic accidents during the
just concluded traditional New Year holiday — a 21 percent rise over
the same period last year despite stern efforts to curb drunken and
2016 Apr 18, Turkish police
detained at least 105 people, including top construction executives,
in a new crackdown on supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's
arch foe, the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen.
2016 Apr 18, In Turkey rocket
projectiles fired from Syria killed 4 Syrians, three of them
children, in the Turkish border town of Kilis.
2016 Apr 18, A Ukrainian court
sentenced two Russian servicemen captured last year to 14 years each
in prison after finding them guilty of terrorism and waging a war in
eastern Ukraine. The ruling opened the door to a possible prisoner
swap between the two countries.
2016 Apr 18, A
government-backed investment fund in the United Arab Emirates said
that heavily indebted Malaysian investment fund 1MDB and the
southeast Asian country's finance ministry have defaulted on more
than $1.1 billion they owe.
2016 Apr 18, Yemen’s Shiite
rebels backed out of UN-brokered peace talks hours before
negotiations were to start.
(SFC, 4/19/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 19, A US federal judge
approved an agreement between Ferguson, Mo., and the US Justice
Dept. that calls for sweeping changes in the city where Michael
Brown (18) was fatally shot on Aug 9, 2014, by a police officer.
(SFC, 4/20/16, p.A7)
2016 Apr 19, District of
Columbia law makers voted to enact a permanent ban on smoking
marijuana in private clubs.
(SFC, 4/20/16, p.A6)
2016 Apr 19, Intel said it
would cut 12,000 jobs, about 11% of its workforce, as demand for
personal computers continued to fall.
(SFC, 4/20/16, p.C6)
2016 Apr 19, In Afghanistan
Taliban attackers staged an assault on a government security agency
in Kabul, killing 64 people and wounding more than 320.
(AP, 4/19/16)(AP, 4/20/16)
2016 Apr 19, A soldier from the
Armenian-backed Nagorno-Karabakh region was reportedly killed by
gunfire from Azerbaijan.
2016 Apr 19, Australian
scientists said coral bleaching has been detected in Sydney Harbour
for the first time, blaming the damaging phenomenon also found in
the Great Barrier Reef on warming sea-surface temperatures.
2016 Apr 19, Chile’s former
Pres. Patricio Aylwin (97) died. He ruled from 1990 to 1994 and was
the country’s first elected president following 17 years of brutal
(SFC, 4/20/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 19, China’s state
broadcaster CCTV said Huang Yu (41), a former computer technician at
a Chinese research firm specializing in encryption, has been
sentenced to death for selling 150,000 classified documents that
revealed key secrets about military and government data encryption
to an unidentified foreign spy agency.
2016 Apr 19, In Egypt a riot
erupted in a Cairo suburb after a policeman shot three people after
an argument over the price of a cup of tea, killing one of them. On
Nov 16 a court sentenced the policeman to life in prison.
(Reuters, 4/19/16)(AP, 11/16/16)
2016 Apr 19, Germany asked
Belgium to take two nuclear reactors temporarily off the grid while
questions about their safety are cleared up, an unusual diplomatic
move that underscores German concerns about the plants.
2016 Apr 19, Indian officials
said weeks of sweltering temperatures have caused more than 160
deaths in southern and eastern India.
2016 Apr 19, Indonesia said it
has called for joint maritime patrols with the Philippines and
Malaysia, after a spate of kidnappings in waters near the southern
Philippines by suspected militants.
2016 Apr 19, In Iraq arrested
Islamic State militants led authorities to two mass graves inside
the soccer stadium in Ramadi containing up to 40 bodies.
(SFC, 4/22/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 19, Israeli actress
Ronit Elkabetz (51) died after battling cancer. She helped bring her
country's films to the world and became a star in France. Her films
included "The Girl on the Train" alongside Catherine Deneuve and
"Ashes and Blood".
2016 Apr 19, Japan's southern
quake-hit area was rattled by a strong aftershock and searchers
found a woman's body buried under landslide rubble. The death toll
soon rose to 48 from two powerful earthquakes last week. Three
people remained missing.
(AP, 4/19/16)(AP, 4/20/16)
2016 Apr 19, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber detonated his explosive device outside a
government tax office in the city of Mardan, killing at least one
person and wounding nine others. Hours after the attack, Ahsanullah
Ahsan, a spokesman for the Jamat-ul-Ahrar militant group, claimed
2016 Apr 19, Swiss snowboarder
Estelle Balet (21) was been killed in an avalanche while filming
above Orsieres, near Switzerland's southern border with France and
2016 Apr 19, In Syria bombing
by government forces killed 50 people in two towns of Idlib
(Econ, 4/23/16, p.40)
2016 Apr 19, Turkish
authorities detained 38 people suspected of "framing" soccer team
Fenerbahce's players and directors in a match-fixing investigation
2016 Apr 19, President Petro
Poroshenko said Ukraine has reached a deal with Russia to free a
jailed Ukrainian pilot, suggesting that she will be swapped for two
Russian servicemen jailed in Ukraine this week.
2016 Apr 20, US Treasury
Secretary Jack Lew announced that abolitionist and women’s rights
crusader Harriet Tubman (~1822-1913) will replace Andrew Jackson on
the front of the $20 bill.
(SFC, 4/20/16, p.A1)
2016 Apr 20, It was reported
that Volkswagen and the US government have reached a deal in
principle for the automaker to spend over $1 billion to compensate
owners of about 600,000 diesel cars that cheat on emissions tests.
(SFC, 4/20/16, p.C5)
2016 Apr 20, In San Francisco
the annual 4/20 marijuana celebration in Golden Gate Park attracted
some 15,000 people. They left an estimated 22,000 pounds of trash.
(SFC, 4/22/16, p.A1)
2016 Apr 20, Australian local
media said it will cost an estimated A$93 million ($72.68 million)
to begin the clean-up of environmental damage at the bankrupt Yabulu
nickel refinery in the country's northeast near the Great Barrier
2016 Apr 20, In Belize Julio
Rene Alvarado Ruano (13) of Guatemala was killed in a shooting
incident apparently involving Belizean soldiers on the Guatemala
2016 Apr 20, In Burundi gunmen
ambushed Colonel Emmanuel Buzubona as he traveled on the back of a
motorbike to his home in Bujumbura. Soldiers on patrol killed two
people in a clash with an armed group in Kivumu village in Mugamba
southern district, 60 km southeast of Bujumbura.
2016 Apr 20, China's statistics
bureau said in estimates published today that the mainland
population reached 1.373 billion at the beginning of November, up
33.77 million since the last census was held in 2010.
2016 Apr 20, In southeastern
Congo DRC police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of
anti-government protesters in Lubumbashi, who accused security
forces of vandalizing posters of opposition leaders.
2016 Apr 20, President Rafael
Correa said Ecuador will temporarily increase some taxes, sell
assets, and may issue new bonds on the international market to fund
a multi-billion dollar reconstruction after a devastating 7.8
magnitude quake. The death toll from the weekend earthquake neared
2016 Apr 20, A 6.1-magnitude
earthquake struck off the coast of Ecuador.
2016 Apr 20, In Hungary nearly
25,000 of about 150,000 teachers in some 1,200 of 5,000 schools
walked out on a one-day strike to demand more freedom, more
financing and lighter workloads for themselves and their students.
Teachers have been protesting for months against moves by the
right-wing government of PM Viktor Orban to strip schools of much of
their autonomy and increase central planning and management.
2016 Apr 20, Israeli police
said they had arrested diamond dealer Hanan Abramovici, head of
Hanan Abramovici Diamonds Ltd., on suspicion of embezzlement after a
complaint was filed by members of the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE).
2016 Apr 20, In Israel a young
Hamas militant (19), from Beit Jala near Bethlehem in the occupied
West Bank, died from his wounds following an April 18 “suicide
attack" on a bus that left 20 people wounded.
2016 Apr 20, Japan-based
Mitsubishi Motors admitted that it had used improper methods to test
the fuel economy of cars sold in Japan for 25 years.
(SFC, 4/27/16, p.C6)(Econ, 4/30/16, p.58)
2016 Apr 20, An earthquake
measuring 6.1 magnitude struck off northeastern Japan.
2016 Apr 20, Laos, one of the
world's last communist nations, elected its top government leaders
at a meeting of its newly seated National Assembly.
2016 Apr 20, In Mexico an
accidental leak caused a deadly petrochemical plant blast near the
port of Coatzacoalcos killed at least 13 people. The death toll soon
rose to 32.
(Reuters, 4/21/16)(AP, 4/23/16)(SFC, 4/26/16,
2016 Apr 20, A Dutch court
quashed a $50 billion award Russia had been ordered to pay the
former majority shareholders of Yukos, a major win for Moscow in the
high-stakes dispute over the dismantling of what was once Russia's
largest oil producer. The Dutch court said a Hague-based arbitration
panel in 2014 did not have jurisdiction to rule in the case because
the arbitration was based on an energy treaty that Russia had signed
but had not ratified.
2016 Apr 20, In northeastern
Nigeria two female suicide bombers killed at least 8 people in Banki
at a camp for people displaced by the jihadist Boko Haram
insurgency. Suspected Boko Haram gunmen on horseback killed at least
11 people overnight in Zango village, Yobo state.
(Reuters, 4/21/16)(AFP, 4/21/16)
2016 Apr 20, Norwegian mass
murderer Anders Behring Breivik won his lawsuit against the state
over his "inhuman" solitary confinement in prison. The court
concluded that the prison conditions constitute inhuman treatment.
2016 Apr 20, In Pakistan gunmen
on motorcycles shot and killed 7 police officers involved in a polio
vaccination campaign in two separate attacks in Karachi.
2016 Apr 20, In the Philippines
government agents arrested a suspected hacker (23) at his home in
Manila. A hacker group had defaced the website of the election
commission last month and a 2nd group posted the entire election
(SFC, 4/23/16, p.A3)
2016 Apr 20, In Saudi Arabia
President Barack Obama held talks with King Salman as he began a
two-day visit hoping to ease tensions with the historic US ally.
2016 Apr 20, In north-eastern
Syria 2 members of the Syrian Kurdish security force, known as the
Asayish, were killed after being targeted by government forces in
2016 Apr 20, Turkish warplanes
struck militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in northern
2016 Apr 20, The Abdulla
al-Ghurair Foundation for Education from the United Arab Emirates
launched the Arab world's largest education fund, setting aside
$1.14 billion (4.2 billion dirhams) in grants for underserved youth
from the region.
2016 Apr 20, Negotiators from
Yemen's Houthi group and their allies left Sanaa for delayed peace
talks in Kuwait after a dispute over a shaky ceasefire was resolved.
2016 Apr 20, Zambia police said
they have arrested over 250 people for allegedly attacking Rwandan
nationals and looting their shops in Lusaka. The violence, which
began on April 18, left two Zambians dead.
2016 Apr 20, The Zimbabwean
government suspended Harare Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni accusing him of
insubordination, escalating a struggle for control of the capital
which has been run by the opposition since 2002.
2016 Apr 21, The White House
said the US and Gulf Arab allies have agreed to various security
initiatives designed to defeat the Islamic State group as well as to
counter Iran's actions in the region as Pres. Obama continued
meeting with top officials from six Arab nations in Saudi Arabia.
2016 Apr 21, In San Francisco
sex trafficker Jamar Geeter (29) was sentenced to 97 years to life
in prison for sexually trafficking two girls ages 14 and 16.
(SFC, 4/22/16, p.D1)
2016 Apr 21, Ride-hailing app
Uber settled two class-action lawsuits by drivers in California, and
Massachusetts. The drivers remained as independent contractors but
would be able to form a “driver’s association" to air concerns.
(Econ, 4/30/16, p.61)
2016 Apr 21, The Swiss-made
Solar Impulse took off from Hawaii on course to land in Mountain
View, Ca. in about 3 days on the 9th leg of its circumnavigation.
(SFC, 4/22/16, p.A8)
2016 Apr 21, Massachusetts Gov.
Charlie Baker unveiled a plan to offer rebates to qualifying
students who begin their studies at a community college and go on to
earn a bachelor’s degree at a state university.
(SFC, 4/22/16, p.A6)
2016 Apr 21, Prince Rogers
Nelson (57), singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist, died
at his home in Minnesota. His records sold more than 100
million copies and earned him Grammys and an Academy Award.
2016 Apr 21, Former Albanian PM
Sali Berisha called on citizens to arm themselves, saying the
government is failing to confront crime.
2016 Apr 21, In Brazil a new
elevated bike path collapsed in Rio de Janeiro killing at least 2
(SFC, 4/22/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 21, China’s ruling
Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog said Gong Qinggai, a former
deputy head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, will be prosecuted for
"serious discipline violations".
2016 Apr 21, Egyptian security
forces rounded up dozens of activists, journalists, and lawyers
ahead of demonstrations called for April 25 against President
Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's policies, including the transfer of two Red
Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.
2016 Apr 21, The militant Hamas
group deployed forces along the Egypt-Gaza border to counter Cairo's
concerns that it is aiding Islamic State extremists in Egypt's
lawless Sinai Peninsula.
2016 Apr 21, Ethiopian troops
were operating in South Sudan after crossing the border to rescue
some 125 Ethiopian children who were kidnapped during a bloody
cattle raid. Top officials from both countries sought to coordinate
2016 Apr 21, European Union
Commissioner Johannes Hahn said on a visit to Kiev that the new
Ukrainian government must use its first 100 days in office to
implement reforms needed to secure 600 million euros in new aid.
2016 Apr 21, In Greece two men
who were among 41 people picked up over the weekend from a boat
found adrift in the Mediterranean Sea described surviving what they
say was a shipwreck last week that might have killed up to 500
2016 Apr 21, In Libya military
forces loyal to the eastern government said they had carried out air
strikes overnight against Islamist fighters in Derna after Islamic
State militants retreated from positions close to the city.
2016 Apr 21, Malian security
arrested Mauritanian man in Bamako suspected of planning and
carrying out deadly attacks on popular tourist venues in Mali last
2016 Apr 21, Pakistan arrested
al Qaeda operative Abdur Rehman Sindhi in a joint operation between
police and intelligence agencies in Karachi.
(AP, 4/22/16)(AP, 4/25/16)
2016 Apr 21, In Syria at least
40 pro-Syrian government fighters surrendered to Kurdish forces in
the city of Qamishli in mostly Kurdish-controlled Hasaka province.
2016 Apr 21, Turkey's supreme
court of appeals overturned the convictions of 275 people, including
a former military chief, who allegedly plotted to overthrow the
country's Islamist-leaning government. The decision opens the way
for a re-trial and their possible acquittal.
2016 Apr 21, Turkish warplanes
struck militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in
2016 Apr 21, Vietnam said it
was investigating whether pollution is to blame for a spate of
mysterious mass fish deaths along the country's central coast after
huge amounts of marine life washed ashore in recent days.
2016 Apr 22, The US military
acknowledged that its air strikes killed 20 civilians in Iraq and
Syria between Sep 10, 2015, and Feb 2, 2016. Six of the strikes were
in Iraq and three were in Syria.
(SFC, 4/23/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 22, Leaders from 175
states gathered at the UN on Earth Day to sign the Paris climate
deal, a record turn-out that boosted hopes of quick action on
combating global warming. The Paris agreement will come into force
as soon as 55 countries responsible for 55 percent of the world's
greenhouse gases have ratified the accord.
(AFP, 4/22/16)(SFC, 4/23/16, p.A3)
2016 Apr 22, In Ohio 8 members
of the Rhoden family were fatally shot in the head in four homes in
Piketon. Police found marijuana growing operations at three of the
four homes. In 2018 a grand jury indicted a family of four for the
(SFC, 4/23/16, p.A4)(SFC, 4/25/16, p.A6)(SFC,
2016 Apr 22, Foreign ministers
of Albania, Bulgaria, Greece and Macedonia said they will work to
improve coordination along southern Europe's migrant trial.
2016 Apr 22, In Australia
Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham posted a video on Facebook showing him
set fire to the Condamine River in Queensland, to draw attention to
methane gas he says is seeping into the water due to fracking. The
dramatic video quickly attracted more than two millions views.
2016 Apr 22, Bank of England
governor Mark Carney announced that artist J. M. W. Turner will
appear on the new £20 note.
2016 Apr 22, Cuban state media
announced the loosening of a policy banning Cuban-born people from
arriving by sea, allowing Carnival Corp. to go forward with the
first US cruise to the island in a half-century.
2016 Apr 22, The World Bank
said it would lend Ecuador $150 million to speed up assistance to
victims of last week's major earthquake that devastated large areas
of the country's northern coast.
2016 Apr 22, The European
Broadcasting Union said Romania has been barred from this year's
Eurovision Song Contest for failing to pay millions in debts to the
2016 Apr 22, In Germany more
than 20,000 demonstrators turned out in Hannover to protest the
planned US-Europe free trade agreement (TTIP), a day before the
arrival of President Barack Obama.
2016 Apr 22, A German
government source said around 630,000 Audi, Mercedes, Opel, Porsche
and Volkswagen cars are to be recalled in Europe owing to
irregularities in their emission of pollutants.
2016 Apr 22, Germany-based
Volkswagen announced a 4.1 billion euros ($4.6 billion) operating
loss for 2015 as Europe's largest automaker took a 16.2 billion
euros hit to pay for its diesel emissions test-rigging scandal.
2016 Apr 22, In northeastern
India torrential rains triggered a mudslide that buried a labor camp
bordering China in Arunachal Pradesh state, killing 17 people.
2016 Apr 22, In eastern India a
fire killed 12 people who were sleeping after they attended a
wedding in a village in Bihar state.
2016 Apr 22, In Iraq a suicide
bomb attack claimed by Islamic State killed at least 9 people
following Friday prayers at a Shi'ite Muslim mosque in southwestern
Baghdad. A second suicide attacker at the mosque in al-Radwaniya
district was shot and killed by security forces before he could set
off his explosives. A separate bomb went off in the district of Abu
Ghraib, west of Baghdad, killing 2 and wounding nine.
2016 Apr 22, It was reported
that explosives planted by Islamic State have killed dozens of Iraqi
civilians who returned to Ramadi despite warnings that much of the
western city remains unsafe nearly four months after its recapture
from the militants.
2016 Apr 22, Japanese Transport
Minister Keiichi Ishii said he wanted Mitsubishi Motors Corp to
respond "with integrity" after revelations that it cheated on test
to measure fuel economy, including by possibly buying back the cars
2016 Apr 22, In Kuwait delayed
peace talks aimed at ending 13 months of conflict in Yemen resumed,
a day after UN mediators finally managed to get warring sides to the
2016 Apr 22, Thousands of
Nicaraguans marched to oppose a planned interoceanic canal that
critics say threatens to displace rural communities and damage the
environment. The government has calculated that it will cost $50
billion and create 50,000 direct jobs.
2016 Apr 22, The Pakistani
Taliban killed Sikh lawmaker Sardar Suran Singh, an adviser to the
chief minister for minority affairs in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
2016 Apr 22, Puerto Rico's
financially strapped government was ordered by a federal judge to
immediately pay long-overdue bills owed by the Health Department to
companies that serve mentally disabled people in the US territory.
2016 Apr 22, In Syria at least
18 people were killed when airstrikes hit several rebel-held
neighborhoods in Aleppo and neighboring Idlib province. Islamic
State fighters captured Syrian pilot Azzam Eid after he fell by
parachute near the site where his plane crashed east of Damascus.
(AP, 4/22/16)(AFP, 4/22/16)(Reuters, 4/22/16)
2016 Apr 22, In northeastern
Syria regional Kurdish security forces and pro-Syrian government
forces declared a ceasefire, calming a three-day outbreak of
violence which killed more than 26 people.
2016 Apr 22, Disgraced tycoon
Asil Nadir (74), jailed for stealing millions from his Polly Peck
empire, was released from a Turkish prison just one night after
being extradited from Britain. The Turkish Cypriot was convicted in
2012 of purloining nearly £29 million (37 million euros) -- the
equivalent of more than Â£70 million in today's terms -- from the
major UK conglomerate in the late 1980s.
2016 Apr 22, The United Arab
Emirates' official news agency reported that Sheikh Khalifa bin
Zayed Al Nahyan has ordered two billion dollars of investment in
Egypt, and will deposit two billion dollars in the Egyptian central
bank to increase its foreign reserves.
2016 Apr 23, The United States
and its allies conducted 28 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
2016 Apr 23, Solar Impulse 2,
an experimental plane flying around the world without consuming a
drop of fuel, landed in California, one leg closer to completing its
trailblazing trip. Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard piloted the
craft from Hawaii to California.
2016 Apr 23, In San Jose, Ca.,
Shamina Rabbi (57) and her husband Golam Rabbi (59) were shot to
death at their home at 3006 Lucas Court. Police soon arrested their
sons, ages 22 and 17, as suspects. Hasib Golamrabbi said his younger
brother Omar was not involved. In 2018 Hasib was convicted on two
counts of first-degree murder.
(SFC, 4/28/16, p.D7)(AP, 4/29/16)(SFC, 10/26/18,
2016 Apr 23, In Wisconsin a
police officer fatally shot Jakob Wagner (18) after Wagner shot and
wounded two students outside a high school prom in Antigo.
(SFC, 4/25/16, p.A5)
2016 Apr 23, In northwestern
Bangladesh university professor A.F.M. Rezaul Karim Siddique was
hacked to death on his way to work in an attack similar to other
killings by suspected Muslim militants. The Islamic State group
claimed responsibility for the attack. On May 15 police tracked down
the regional commander of the group Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh in
the northern district of Bogra. The suspect, Maskawath Hasan Sakib,
nicknamed Abdullah, confessed involvement in the attack before a
magistrate, leading to the arrests of the three other suspects on
(AP, 4/23/16)(AP, 5/17/16)
2016 Apr 23, President Xi
Jinping told a key meeting on religion that Chinese religious groups
must obey the staunchly atheist ruling Communist Party.
2016 Apr 23, In China police
stopped five Western diplomats who were trying to visit lawyer Ni
Yulan in Beijing after she had been prevented from travelling to the
United States to accept an award for her rights work. Yulan was
awarded the US State Department's International Women of Courage
Award for her work defending people forcibly evicted from their
2016 Apr 23, In Congo DRC
elephant poachers killed three rangers in Garamba National Park and
wounded two other people including the Swedish park manager. The
poachers were believed to have come from South Sudan.
(Reuters, 4/25/16)(SFC, 5/25/16, p.A3)
2016 Apr 23, Republic of
Congo's newly-reelected President Denis Sassou Nguesso named former
opposition leader and one-time finance minister Clement Mouamba as
his prime minister.
2016 Apr 23, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel and top European Union officials arrived near Turkey's
border with Syria in a bid to bolster a troubled migration deal with
Turkey as they face increasing pressure to reassess the agreement.
2016 Apr 23, Two Britons and an
Indian were arrested in Hungary accused of trying to transport more
than a dozen migrants illegally to Austria.
2016 Apr 23, Ivory Coast
musician Papa Wemba (66), known around the world as the king of
Congolese rumba, died following a collapse on stage during a
concert. Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba, rose to fame in the
Congolese capital of Kinshasa during the 1970s with the band Zaiko
Langa Langa, whose guitar-based fusion of Latin and African dance
styles inspired a generation of African musicians.
2016 Apr 23, Japan’s first
stealth fighter jet, a prototype called the X-2 built by Mitsubishi
Heavy Industries, took its maiden flight.
2016 Apr 23, In Libya Miroslav
Tomic, a Serbian maintenance engineer employed by a German company,
was abducted while traveling to inspect an oil field around 1,200 km
(750 miles) from Tripoli.
2016 Apr 23, North Korea fired
a submarine-launched ballistic missile off its east coast. North
Korea will hold a rare congress of its ruling Workers' Party in
early May for the first time in 36 years where its leader Kim Jong
Un is expected to proclaim the country was a strong military power
and a nuclear state.
2016 Apr 23, In South Africa 49
starved and sick monkeys were rescued from filthy living conditions
in a private zoo, and were whisked away to a care facility after
failed attempts by the owner of Little Falls garden center to
improve their living conditions.
2016 Apr 23, South Sudan's
rebel chief Riek Machar missed an international deadline to return
to Juba to become vice-president under a peace deal hoped to end
war, claiming the government denied permission.
2016 Apr 23, Syrian government
strikes hit opposition-held areas near Damascus and in Aleppo. At
least 27 civilian deaths were reported in regime bombardment across
(AP, 4/23/16)(AFP, 4/24/16)
2016 Apr 23, In Thailand
Banharn Silpa-archa (83), a provincial political powerbroker who
served a scandal-ridden 16 months as prime minister in 1995-96,
2016 Apr 23, Turkey said six
foreign nationals were taken into custody in an overnight raid
against Islamic State in the central Anatolian city of Konya.
2016 Apr 23, Landlocked Uganda
announced plans to export its future crude oil production via a new
pipeline to be built to a Tanzanian port rather than via Kenya.
2016 Apr 23, Yemeni forces
backed by air power from the Saudi-led Arab coalition launched an
operation to drive Al-Qaeda fighters out of Zinjibar. Dozens of
fighters loyal to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) were
killed in the clashes. A drone strike killed 2 others further north.
(AFP, 4/23/16)(Reuters, 4/23/16)
2016 Apr 24, President Barack
Obama opened a two-day visit to Germany hoping to counter deep
public skepticism about a trans-Atlantic trade deal with Europe as
the continent grapples with economic challenges, terrorism and other
2016 Apr 24, The United States
and its allies conducted 14 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
2016 Apr 24, Austrians voted in
the first round of a presidential election expected to mark a
historic break with the cozy post-war political establishment at the
hands of the anti-immigration far-right and the Greens. The
anti-immigration far-right triumphed in the presidential vote.
Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party (FPOe) came a clear first with 36
percent in the first round.
(AFP, 4/24/16)(AFP, 4/25/16)
2016 Apr 24, Equatorial Guinea
held elections. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema (73), was expected
to extend his 36-year-hold on power in the tiny oil-rich nation.
2016 Apr 24, Greek press unions
expanded a strike to protest bailout creditor-demanded reforms of
their taxpayer-funded pension fund, leaving the country without
newspapers and news broadcasts for several days.
2016 Apr 24, In Iraq heavy
clashes erupted between Kurdish peshmerga forces and Shiite
paramilitary troops inside Tuz Khormato, a contested town north of
Baghdad. A peshmerga brigadier general and another fighter and two
members of Turkmen forces were among the nine people killed.
2016 Apr 24, In Israel a
liberal women's group held a special Passover prayer service at a
Jerusalem holy site, drawing criticism from the site's
ultra-Orthodox rabbi, who called it a "provocation." The group
planned to hold an all-female "priestly blessing," a prayer
typically done by men, but Israel's attorney general banned it from
2016 Apr 24, In Mexico attacks
by suspected drug gangs on a police station and hotel housing
federal police in Acapulco left one attacker dead and a police
(SFC, 4/28/16, p.A4)
2016 Apr 24, In Mexico the
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (GIEI) released a 608-page
report on the disappearance of a group of students from Iguala on
September 26, 2014. The report suggested that one of the buses was
being used to move heroin and had inadvertently been taken over by
(Econ, 4/30/16, p.32)
2016 Apr 24, In Moldova some
7,000 people have staged a protest in the capital, demanding the
resignation of the government and early elections.
2016 Apr 24, In Russia former
police officer Andrei Gosht and five relatives were discovered dead
in their home in Syzran, a village some 620 miles (1,000 km)
southeast of Moscow.
2016 Apr 24, Rights group
Amnesty International said a court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced
Issa al-Hamid, a peaceful dissident, to nine years in prison and
banned him from travel abroad for another nine years on charges
related to his civil rights work. Al-Hamid was convicted of inciting
people to breach public order, insulting the judiciary, defaming the
kingdom's senior religious clerics and establishing an unlicensed
2016 Apr 24, Serbians voted in
a general election that is likely to return pro-European PM
Aleksandar Vucic to power, but also give a voice in parliament to
the pro-Russian far right. Serbia's incumbent pro-EU populists won a
(AFP, 4/24/16)(AP, 4/25/16)
2016 Apr 24, In Syria regime
and rebel bombardment killed 26 civilians in Aleppo despite an
increasingly troubled ceasefire.
2016 Apr 24, In northeastern
Syria, a truce document announced today showed that regional Kurdish
security forces will keep territory taken from pro-Syrian government
forces during a three-day outbreak of violence, with both sides to
release prisoners taken during the clashes.
2016 Apr 24, Two rockets hit
the Turkish town of Kilis near the Syrian border, wounding 16 people
a day after the government promised to protect the area from
repeated attacks by Islamic State militants.
2016 Apr 24, The Ukrainian
government said three troops have been killed in the volatile
eastern Ukraine over the past 24 hours. Heavy fighting forced an
evacuation of workers repairing a gas main damaged by a previous
2016 Apr 24, In southern Yemen
a bomb-laden vehicle exploded killing 7 soldiers, where government
forces backed by air power from an Arab coalition have launched an
offensive against Al-Qaeda. The attack targeted an army convoy as it
entered the jihadist stronghold Zinjibar.
2016 Apr 25, President Barack
Obama announced the deployment of up to 250 US military personnel to
Syria, mostly special operations forces, to assist local troops
trying to dislodge Islamic State extremists. He called the move
essential to keeping up momentum against the group.
2016 Apr 25, The United States
and its allies targeted Islamic State with 25 strikes in their
latest assault against the militant group in Iraq and Syria.
2016 Apr 25, Afghan Taliban
delegation arrived in Pakistan to meet officials in a bid to restart
a stuttering peace process with Kabul.
2016 Apr 25, In Armenia an
explosion devastated a bus Yerevan, killing two people and injuring
seven. One of the passengers had reportedly quarreled with relatives
and told friends that he planned to seek revenge by handing them an
2016 Apr 25, Austria re-imposed
controls on its border with Hungary, with police checking vehicles
at the main regular crossings and soldiers patrolling other
stretches of the border.
2016 Apr 25, In Bangladesh a
gay rights activist and his friend were killed. Ansar-al-Islam, the
Bangladeshi branch of al-Qaida, soon claimed responsibility. Xulhaz
Mannan (35), an editor of a magazine for Bangladesh's gay and
lesbian community, and fellow activist Mahbub Tonoy (25) were
murdered in a Dhaka apartment by about six men carrying machetes and
guns. On May 14 police arrested Shariful Islam Shihab (37), a member
of the Ansarullah Bangla Team.
(AP, 4/26/16)(AFP, 5/15/16)
2016 Apr 25, In central
Bulgaria 2 workers were killed in an explosion in Kazanluk at
Arsenal, the country’s biggest weapons maker.
2016 Apr 25, In Burundi
Athanase Kararuza, a Tutsi general and security advisor to the vice
president, was killed in an attack by heavily-armed men, along with
his wife and daughter in Bujumbura.
2016 Apr 25, In eastern Burundi
nearly 30 schoolchildren and their supervisors were killed and many
more injured when their truck crashed outside Musongati.
2016 Apr 25, The New York-based
Wildlife Conservation Society said Cambodia's Royal Turtle is nearly
extinct, with fewer than 10 left in the wild, because increased sand
dredging and illegal clearance of flooded forest have shrunk its
2016 Apr 25, In northern China
a coal mine flooded in Tongchuan city, Shaanxi province, leaving 11
2016 Apr 25, Egyptian police
fired tear gas and birdshot to disperse hundreds of demonstrators
calling on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step down over his
government's decision to surrender control over two strategic Red
Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. Police arrested at least 237 people
during the protests.
(AP, 4/25/16)(AP, 4/26/16)
2016 Apr 25, Kenyan police
fired tear gas into a crowd of opposition leaders and their
supporters as they marched on the office of the country's electoral
commission to demand it disband before next year's election.
2016 Apr 25, Nepal's PM
Khadga Prasad Oli announced the start of reconstruction of key
heritage sites in and around the capital that were damaged by an
earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people and devastated the
country one year ago.
2016 Apr 25, In Nigeria 20
young Fulani herdsmen descended from the hills and emerged from the
palm tree forest, shooting AK-47 assault rifles in the air and
waving machetes in the village of Nimbo. At least 10 people were
thought to have been killed and scores injured.
2016 Apr 25, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf gunmen beheaded Canadian hostage John Ridsdel (68) in the
southern province of Sulu, sparking condemnations and prompting
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to pledge to help the Philippines pursue
the extremists behind the attack.
(AP, 4/26/16)(SFC, 4/26/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 25, Saudi Arabia's
cabinet agreed to implement a broad reform plan known as Vision
2030. Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman overseeing Saudi
Arabia's economy unveiled ambitious plans aimed at ending the
kingdom's "addiction" to oil. He said Riyadh would raise the capital
of its public investment fund to 7 trillion riyals ($2 trillion)
from 600 billion riyals ($160 billion) and would sell up to five
percent of shares in state oil giant Aramco. He also announced plans
to set up a holding company for military industries that would be
fully owned by the government at first and listed later on the Saudi
2016 Apr 25, In Syria a car
bomb on the outskirts of the Sayeda Zeinab district south of
Damascus killed at least 6 people, the third bombing attack in the
area this year.
2016 Apr 25, Turkey said it has
deported more than 3,300 foreigners suspected of links to jihadi
groups, particularly Islamic State militants, and another 41,000
foreigners have been barred from entering the country as part of its
fight against the militant group.
2016 Apr 25, Turkey's military
said it has destroyed Islamic State's missile launcher in Syria some
20 km from the border town of Kilis which has been repeatedly his by
rockets from the border. 2 Turkish soldiers were killed and four
wounded in an armed attack by Kurdish militants in the southeastern
town of Nusaybin near the Syrian border.
2016 Apr 25, Yemeni troops
recaptured Mukalla, a key port city from Al-Qaeda militants who held
it for a year. More than 800 al Qaeda fighters were reported killed.
At least 27 Yemeni soldiers were killed in the government offensive,
backed by Saudi-led forces. A US drone struck two vehicles carrying
Al-Qaeda militants near the town of Azzan -- from which the
jihadists have fled -- killing nine extremists.
(AFP, 4/25/16)(Reuters, 4/25/16)(AFP, 4/27/16)
2016 Apr 26, The United States
and its allies conducted 23 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq.
2016 Apr 26, Hillary Clinton
and Donald Trump were a giant step closer to their parties'
presidential nominations after crushing their respective Democratic
and Republican rivals in a string of presidential primaries.
2016 Apr 26, Australian PM
Malcolm Turnbull announced that France has beaten Japan and Germany
to win a A$50 billion ($40 billion) deal to build a fleet of 12
submarines for Australia, one of the world's most lucrative defense
2016 Apr 26, Junior doctors in
England staged their first ever all-out strike in a bitter,
deadlocked row with PM David Cameron's government over pay and
conditions. The National Health Service employs more than 50,000
2016 Apr 26, In Cape Verde a
disgruntled soldier, who had gone missing, was suspected of gunning
down eight soldiers and three civilians, including two Spaniards.
Suspect Manuel Antonio Silva Ribeiro (22) was arrested after a
2016 Apr 26, The Supreme Court
in the Russia-annexed peninsula Crimea banned a Crimean Tatar group
in the latest step to marginalize the minority.
2016 Apr 26, French train
services were severely disrupted as tens of thousands of state rail
workers protested over plans to reduce rest periods and other
protective work practices in preparation for Europe-wide
2016 Apr 26, German government
workers called short-term strikes in the run-up to wage discussions
later this week. Lufthansa said it has cancelled 895 flights
scheduled for April 27 from six German airports as public-sector
workers doing ground handling and security checks were expected to
walk off the job.
2016 Apr 26, Iranian state TV
said a court has sentenced four pro-reform journalists to prison
terms ranging from five to 10 years after convicting them on charges
of acting against national security.
2016 Apr 26, Iraqi lawmakers
threw water bottles towards Iraq's premier and chanted against the
parliament speaker, impeding a planned vote on a new cabinet lineup
as thousands demonstrated for reforms nearby.
2016 Apr 26, Dutch prosecutors
said the former spokesman of Geert Wilder, the far-right Dutch
politician who wants to ban Muslim immigration in Europe, embezzled
nearly 180,000 euros ($203,000) in party funds to finance a luxury
2016 Apr 26, Palestinian
novelist Rabai al-Madhoun received the $50,000 award, known as the
"Arabic Booker," for "Destinies: Concerto of the Holocaust and
Nakba" in Abu Dhabi, which sponsors the competition.
2016 Apr 26, Papua New Guinea's
Supreme Court ruled that Australia's detention of asylum seekers at
a facility on the Pacific nation's Manus Island is unconstitutional.
A day later PM Peter O’Neill announced the detention center would be
(AP, 4/26/16)(SFC, 4/28/16, p.A4)
2016 Apr 26, South Sudan rebel
chief Riek Machar was sworn in as vice-president in the capital Juba
as part of a peace deal aimed at ending more than two years of
ferocious civil war.
2016 Apr 26, In Syria attacks
by government forces and rebels killed at least 30 people, including
8 children, in the last 24 hours in Aleppo. 5 Civil Defense workers
were killed west of Aleppo by air strikes and a rocket attack on
2016 Apr 26, In Thailand a
same-sex American-Spanish couple won a high-profile custody battle
against a surrogate mother who gave birth to their child but then
decided she wanted to keep the baby when she found out they were
2016 Apr 27, The US-led
military coalition targeted Islamic State in Iraq and Syria with 22
2016 Apr 27, In Chicago Dennis
Hastert (74), former US House speaker, was sentenced to 15 months in
prison in a hush-money case that revealed accusations he sexually
abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling.
(SFC, 4/28/16, p.A6)
2016 Apr 27, The US state of
Georgia executed Daniel Anthony Lucas (37) for the April 23, 1998,
killings of a trucking company owner and his two children during a
home burglary near Macon.
(SFC, 4/28/16, p.A6)
2016 Apr 27, In NYC police and
federal agents arrested dozens of suspects in a wide-ranging
investigation of rival street gangs that terrorized a Bronx
(SFC, 4/28/16, p.A6)
2016 Apr 27, It was reported
that Islamic State supporters have published the names and addresses
of 3,600 New Yorkers in an apparent "hit list" seemingly meant to
escalate the group's campaign of sowing fear far from the
battlefield in Syria. The names were released last week by a group
calling itself United Cyber Caliphate on the encrypted chat
application Telegram, which IS supporters are known to use to
recruit supporters and spread propaganda.
2016 Apr 27, Tennessee Gov.
Bill Haslam signed a bill into law that allows mental health
counselors to refuse to treat patients based on the therapist’s
religious or personal beliefs.
(SFC, 4/28/16, p.A6)
2016 Apr 27, China's top
anti-graft authority said it has found irregularities at the
country's second-largest lender, China Construction Bank Corp.
2016 Apr 27, In Egypt a
roadside bomb in the North Sinai town of El-Arish targeted an
armored personnel carrier and killed 3 policemen with 8 others
2016 Apr 27, The EU's police
mission in Kosovo conducted a major operation against an
Albanian-Serb organized crime ring. Six people were arrested and
authorities were hunting for a governing party lawmaker suspected of
being the ringleader.
2016 Apr 27, The French
billionaire and art collector Francois Pinault announced the
creation of a new contemporary art museum in central Paris.
2016 Apr 27, Paris attacks
suspect Salah Abdeslam, Europe's most wanted fugitive until his
capture in Belgium last month, was returned to France to face
justice. His lawyer said Abdeslam is willing to cooperate.
2016 Apr 27, In Guatemala at
least 4 people died in a landslide at a trash dump in Guatemala
City. Two days later 24 people were listed as missing.
(http://tinyurl.com/hnqpobv)(SFC, 4/230/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 27, Israeli police
shot dead Palestinian woman Maram Abu Ismail (24) and her brother,
Ibrahim Taha (16), saying they were armed with knives and tried to
carry out an attack at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank. Alaa
Soboh, a Palestinian bus driver said he witnessed the incident, and
that the pair appeared to be unfamiliar with crossing procedures and
were swiftly challenged at the checkpoint.
(Reuters, 4/27/16)(SFC, 4/28/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 27, Jordan banned a
performance by popular Lebanese rock band Mashrou’ Leila ("Leila's
Project") on religious grounds, spurring criticism of the
Western-allied kingdom, which portrays itself as an island of
tolerance in a turbulent region.
2016 Apr 27, In Kazakhstan
hundreds of people staged street protests in the western city of
Aktobe over land reform, a rare act of defiance that could pose a
challenge to the leadership of President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Critics had staged their first protest in the city of Atyrau on
2016 Apr 27, Two of the US Air
Force's most advanced jets landed in Lithuania for the first time in
a show of force and support for a region worried by Russian military
maneuvers. The two F-22 fighters had landed in Romania earlier this
week and F-22s last year visited Poland and Estonia, all counties
concerned about Russian military ambitions.
2016 Apr 27, A member of the
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said thousands of Nepali
women are being trafficked every year as sex workers and bonded
laborers, and China and South Korea are emerging as new
2016 Apr 27, In Spain
construction workers came across 19 amphoras containing thousands of
bronze and silver-coated coins dating from the end of the fourth
century in the southern town of Tomares outside Seville. The coins
are believed to have been recently minted at the time and had
probably been stored away to pay soldiers or civil servants.
2016 Apr 27, In Sudan clashes
between government troops and rebels began and continued until late
April 29, with fighting initially erupting west of the town of Um
Serdiba, South Kordofan state, leaving six insurgents dead and
2016 Apr 27, Thailand's
military government turned up the pressure on its opponents, filing
a legal complaint against critics of a proposed new constitution and
detaining 10 people in connection with social media postings.
2016 Apr 27, In Turkey a woman
suicide bomber blew herself up in Bursa, killing herself and
wounding at least 10 people.
2016 Apr 27, In eastern Ukraine
at least five people including a pregnant woman were killed and more
than 10 injured on the front line in the worst civilian loss of life
there in months. The victims were spending the night in their cars
at the checkpoint outside the village of Olenivka hoping to cross
the line in the morning.
2016 Apr 27, Venezuelan cities
cleaned up from a night of looting and fiery protests as government
offices closed their doors for the rest of the week in the face of a
worsening energy crisis that is causing daily blackouts.
2016 Apr 27, A Zanzibar health
official said a cholera outbreak on the island archipelago has
killed at least 45 people since March and that 3,000 people have
been hospitalized with the disease.
2016 Apr 28, In southern
California federal agents arrested three people, including the older
brother of San Bernadino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook, on charges of
marriage fraud and lying to federal investigators. Farook was one of
two people killed by police following the Dec 2 attack at the Inland
Regional Center in the city of San Bernardino.
(SFC, 4/28/16, p.A6)
2016 Apr 28, In the SF Bay Area
Keith Green (27) disappeared. He was supposed to meet Tiffany Li,
the mother of his two daughters, at a Millbrae pancake house. His
body was found on May 11 in a field off Highway 101 near Healdsburg.
Li was arrested May 21 for orchestrating his murder, which was
reportedly carried out by Kevin Bayat (30) and Oliver Adella (41).
In 2017 Li posted a $35 million bail, with cash and property valued
at $66 million. Bayat and Adella remained in jail. On Nov. 15, 2019,
Tiffany Li was found not guilty. A mistrial was declared in the case
of Kevin Bayat.
(SFC, 4/7/17, p.D4)(SFC, 11/16/19, p.C3)
2016 Apr 28, A Bahrain court
sentenced eight people to life in prison on various
terrorism-related charges connected to protests by the country's
majority Shiites demanding greater rights from the tiny-island
nation's Sunni-led monarchy.
2016 Apr 28, China passed a law
tightening controls over foreign non-governmental organizations
(NGOs) by subjecting them to close police supervision, a move
officials say will help the groups but critics charge is the latest
attempt by authorities to clamp down on perceived threats to the
ruling Communist Party's control. The “Law of the People’s Republic
of China on Administration of Activities of Overseas Nongovernmental
Organizations in the Mainland of China" was adopted by the National
People’s Congress Standing Committee. It came into effect January 1,
2016 Apr 28, Colombia became
the fourth South American country to allow same-sex marriage when
the constitutional court definitively legalized it.
2016 Apr 28, French protesters
were back on the streets over proposed reforms to the country's
labor rules and strikers have forced cancellations and delays at two
airports serving Paris.
2016 Apr 28, Paris-based Drug
maker Sanofi said it has made a $9.3 billion bid for San Francisco
pharmaceutical firm Medivation, part of the firm's effort to expand
its portfolio of cancer treatments.
2016 Apr 28, The former Soviet
Republic of Georgia said it has arrested five people have been
arrested for trying to sell more than a kilogram of uranium. Georgia
announced on April 18 that six people were arrested for trying to
2016 Apr 28, India’s eastern
state of Bihar issued an advisory asking people not to cook or
conduct religious ceremonies between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. after 10
children and five adults were killed in a fire sparked during a
Hindu prayer ceremony in the Aurangabad district. Accidental fires
exacerbated by dry, hot and windy weather had swept through
shantytowns and thatched-roof houses in villages killing 79 people.
At least 300 people have died of heat-related illness this month
including 110 in Orissa state, 137 in Talangana state and another 45
in Andhra Pradesh state.
2016 Apr 28, In southern India
a female law student (30) was sexually penetrated by sharp objects
before being murdered in her home in Perumbavoor, Kerala state. On
May 3 police detained three men for questioning in the rape and
2016 Apr 28, Italian police
arrested four people suspected of conspiring to join Islamic State
in the Middle East in a probe that revealed a plan to carry out a
militant attack in Italy.
2016 Apr 28, In Japan Rina
Shimabukuro (20) went missing, after she messaged her boyfriend that
she was going for a walk. On May 19 police arrested Kenneth
Shinzato, aka Kenneth Franklin Gadson (32), an American working as a
computer and electrical contractor on the Kadena Air Base. After he
was questioned investigators found the body at a location he
provided, a forest in central Okinawa.
2016 Apr 28, Lebanese soldiers
killed Fayez al-Shaalaan, an Islamic State leader known as Abu Fawz,
when the army attacked an Islamic State position on the edge of the
town of Arsal in north Lebanon.
2016 Apr 28, In Myanmar
Buddhist monks joined several hundred protesters outside the US
Embassy in Yangon to demand it stop using the term "Rohingya" to
refer to a Muslim ethnic minority group. The protesters insisted the
group be called "Bengali" and be regarded as illegal migrants from
2016 Apr 28, A Myanmar
environment official said the government has banned lucrative
logging operations as the newly-elected government of democracy
leader Aung San Suu Kyi steps up a battle on deforestation. The
measure will cover teak and other hardwoods all across the country.
2016 Apr 28, Two suspected
powerful intermediate-range North Korean missiles failed to launch,
bringing the total to three apparent failures in recent weeks.
2016 Apr 28, Russia launched
its first rocket from the new Vostochny cosmodrome in the remote
Amur Region near China's border, a day after a technical glitch
forced a postponement of the event to carry three satellites into
2016 Apr 28, Serbia said it
will re-run voting at 15 polling stations after days of bickering
among the ruling and opposition parties over alleged irregularities
in the April 24 election, a move that could significantly affect the
2016 Apr 28, In Syria rebel
rocket and artillery fire on government-held neighborhoods of Aleppo
killed 18 civilians. Regime air strikes on rebel-held districts,
including the densely populated Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood, killed
31 civilians as the Syrian army prepared an offensive to retake the
city. Monitors and activists say at least 60 people have been killed
in airstrikes on Aleppo in the last 24 hours, including at least 27
who were killed when an MSF-supported hospital and nearby buildings
(AFP, 4/28/16)(AP, 4/28/16)(SFC, 4/30/16, p.A3)
2016 Apr 28, In Turkey an
Istanbul court sentenced two prominent journalists to two years
behind bars for illustrating their columns with a cartoon of the
Prophet Mohammed published by French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.
2016 Apr 28, The Vatican's
financial watchdog said it received 544 reports of suspicious
financial transactions last year, thanks in part to beefed-up
efforts to flag potential tax cheats who are using the Vatican bank
to hide money.
2016 Apr 28, In Yemen a suicide
car bomber in women's clothes detonated his explosives-laden vehicle
near the house of the southern city of Aden's security chief,
wounding two people.
2016 Apr 29, US Vice President
Joe Biden came to the Vatican to call for a global commitment to
fund cancer research that benefits everyone, not just the
"privileged and powerful."
2016 Apr 29, The United States
and Russia agreed on a "freeze" in fighting along two major fronts
in Syria, but not in war-ravaged Aleppo as of midnight.
2016 Apr 29, US Customs and
Border protection said seven tons of marijuana have been seized
inside a truck at the Otay Mesa port of entry in San Diego.
(SSFC, 5/1/16, p.A7)
2016 Apr 29, In Michigan former
Roman Catholic priest James Rapp (75) was sentenced to at least 20
years in prison for sexually abusing students at Lumen Christi High
School in Jackson in the 1980s. Rapp was in prison in Oklahoma for
similar crimes when he was charged in Michigan last year.
2016 Apr 29, A former head of
Brazil's forestry service said Brazil was still losing tropical
forests the size of two soccer fields every minute, despite attempts
to tackle illegal logging and improve local land rights.
2016 Apr 29, In China a
roadside activity center was crushed by stones from an overturned
truck, leaving 14 people dead in the southern province of Guizhou.
The accident was apparently caused by the failure of the truck's
2016 Apr 29, Cuban officials
said visiting British Foreign Secretary Anthony Hammond has reached
an agreement on restructuring Cuban debt payments in a meeting with
President Raul Castro.
2016 Apr 29, The European Union
said it was giving an additional 38 million euros in cash aid to
Haiti, which is combatting drought and a migration crisis with
neighboring Dominican Republic.
2016 Apr 29, An expert panel
told the Finnish government that Finland could expect "harsh"
reactions from Russia if it decided to join NATO, but would be
better off doing so together with neighboring Sweden.
2016 Apr 29, French riot police
arrested 27 people during overnight clashes with dozens of youths in
central Paris, following a day of protest marches over labor law
reforms that turned violent.
2016 Apr 29, French Defense
Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France will increase the number of
its troops in Ivory Coast from 500 to 900, on a trip to the African
nation which hosts a regional base for French forces.
2016 Apr 29, Germany's federal
and local governments reached agreement with public sector workers
on a pay rise, settling a dispute that grounded hundreds of flights
during a warning strike two days earlier.
2016 Apr 29, In Guyana four
gunmen raided a hotel casino in Georgetown, leading to a shootout in
which five people were wounded. One of the attackers was arrested.
2016 Apr 29, Honduran officials
fired more than two dozen top police officers in an aggressive move
to purge security forces that have been accused of being infiltrated
by organized crime.
2016 Apr 29, Iranians voted in
the country's parliamentary runoff elections for 68 seats where no
candidate had won decisively in the first round. Reformist and
moderate politicians allied with President Hassan Rouhani won twice
as many seats as their conservative rivals in the second round of
(AP, 4/29/16)(AFP, 4/30/16)
2016 Apr 29, Kenyan President
Uhuru Kenyatta demanded a total ban on trade in ivory to end
trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild.
2016 Apr 29, In Kenya a
six-story building in Nairobi collapsed late today following heavy
rain. A woman was rescued on May 5 after being trapped for six days
in the rubble. Over the next days the death toll rose to 49 people
with dozens still missing.
(Reuters, 4/30/16)(AP, 5/5/16)(Reuters, 5/8/16)
2016 Apr 29, In Mauritania
thousands of people marched for the rights of former slaves and to
denounce injustice against them in the west African nation where
slavery persists despite being officially abolished decades ago.
Australia-based Walk Free Movement estimated in its 2014 Global
Slavery Index that there were 156,000 slaves in Mauritania, or some
four percent of the population.
2016 Apr 29, North Korea's
Supreme Court sentenced Kim Dong Chul (62), a Korean American man,
to 10 years hard labor for subversion.
2016 Apr 29, Off western Norway
a helicopter traveling from a North Sea oil field to Bergen, 120 km
(74 miles) away on the Norwegian mainland, crashed into a tiny
island killing all 13 aboard. In 2017 the country's Accident
Investigation Board (AIBN) said metal fatigue in the aircraft's
gearbox caused the crash.
(AP, 4/29/16)(Reuters, 4/28/17)
2016 Apr 29, In Pakistan the
charred body of Ambreen Riasat (17) was found in a burned van in the
tourist resort of Donga Gali. On May 5 police said they have
arrested 13 members of a local tribal council who strangled a local
girl and set her body on fire for helping one of her friends elope.
2016 Apr 29, Saudi Arabia's
Interior Ministry said security forces have killed two militants
before they were able to detonate a car bomb in the southwestern
town of Bisha.
2016 Apr 29, A South African
court ruled President Jacob Zuma (74) should face 738 corruption
charges that were dropped in 2009.
2016 Apr 29, South Sudan's
leaders formed a transitional coalition government bringing together
politicians from the government and the armed opposition who have
been at war for two and a half years.
2016 Apr 29, In Sri Lanka
hundreds of journalists and media rights activists protested to
demand the new government start a fresh investigation into the
abduction and killing of a prominent ethnic Tamil journalist 11
years ago, during the country's civil war.
2016 Apr 29, Syria called local
truces near Damascus and in a northern province but no halt to
combat on the main battlefield in Aleppo. Crude barrel bombs crashed
into residential neighborhoods of Aleppo amid wailing ambulances. At
least 17 people were killed in regime bombardment of the city's
eastern districts. Rebel groups fired a barrage of rockets on
government-controlled western neighborhoods. At least 15 people were
killed when rockets struck the Malla Khan mosque in the government
held Bab al-Faraj district.
(Reuters, 4/29/16)(AFP, 4/29/16)(SFC, 4/30/16,
2016 Apr 29, Two Ukrainian
soldiers were killed in fresh fighting between government forces and
pro-Russian rebels in the east even as a new truce took effect.
2016 Apr 29, The UN Security
Council voted to restore the UN mission in disputed Western Sahara
but was divided over the steps demanded from Morocco to bring the
peacekeeping force back to full operations.
2016 Apr 29, Thousands of
Yemenis took to the streets to call for an end to the fighting in
the country's conflict.
2016 Apr 30, The Rev. Daniel
Berrigan (b.1921), a Roman Catholic priest and peace activist who
was imprisoned for burning draft files in a protest against the
Vietnam War, died in NYC.
(AP, 5/1/16)(SFC, 5/2/16, p.C4)(Econ, 5/21/16,
2016 Apr 30, In Texas a
grandmother and 4 of her grandchildren were killed and another
person also died in floods caused by storms that unleashed
tornadoes, damaging hail and torrential rains on several central US
2016 Apr 30, Afghanistan said
government forces have launched operations against the Taliban in 18
provinces as fighting has intensified since the start of the
insurgents' spring offensive this month.
2016 Apr 29, Tens of thousands
of Argentines marched in a noisy protest against job cuts imposed
under President Mauricio Macri's economic reforms.
2016 Apr 30, In Bangladesh two
assailants sped up to a tailor's shop by motorcycle, dragged out
Hindu owner Nikhil Chandra Joardar (50) and hacked him to death in
Tangail. Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the
killing. Police the next day detained three men in connection to the
(Reuters, 4/30/16)(AP, 5/1/16)
2016 Apr 30, It was reported
that Cambodia's PM Hun Sen has ordered a million hectares of forest
be included in protected zones as the country faces one of the
world's fastest deforestation rates.
2016 Apr 30, China laid out
firm conditions for improved ties with Japan, telling Tokyo's
visiting foreign minister Fumio Kishida that there could be "no
ambiguity or vacillation" in meeting Beijing's demands over
historical interpretation, relations with Taiwan and other key
2016 Apr 30, Colombian
officials in Medellin arrested top Peruvian crime lord Gerson
Galvez, also known as Caracol (Snail), dangerous enough to be
compared to Mexico's Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman. Galvez was extradited
to Peru within 24 hours.
(AFP, 5/1/16)(SFC, 5/3/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 30, An Egyptian court
sentenced 20 people to life in prison for storming a prison in the
Suez Canal city of Port Said in January 2013. The case stems from a
riot that ensued after a court issued death sentences to people
allegedly involved in Egypt's worst ever soccer violence at a match
in 2012 in violence killed 72 people.
2016 Apr 30, German riot police
arrested some 400 protesters as clashes erupted outside a meeting of
the right-wing populist AfD party, which is set to adopt an
anti-Islamic manifesto amid a rise in European anti-migrant groups.
Up to 2,000 left-wing demonstrators clashed with police as they
tried to break up the first full AfD conference.
(AFP, 4/30/16)(Reuters, 5/1/16)
2016 Apr 30, In Iraq hundreds
of supporters of Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed into
Baghdad's Green Zone and entered the parliament building after
lawmakers failed to convene for a vote on overhauling the
2016 Apr 30, In Iraq an Islamic
State attack targeted Shiite civilians shopping in an open-air
market killing at least 21 people and wounded at least 42 others in
2016 Apr 30, Kenyan President
Uhuru Kenyatta set fire to the world's biggest ivory bonfire, after
demanding a total ban on trade in tusks and horns to end "murderous"
trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild.
Some 100 tons of elephant ivory and more than 1 ton of rhino horn
(AFP, 4/30/16)(SSFC, 5/1/16, p.A4)
2016 Apr 30, In Saudi Arabia
employees at the Saudi Binladin Group, a construction giant, set
fire to more than seven company buses in the latest protest by
disgruntled staff over not being paid salaries for months and a
large round of reported layoffs.
2016 Apr 30, In Serbia
thousands of opposition supporters protested in front of the state
electoral commission over what their leaders said was widespread
vote rigging by the ruling populists. Vucic's right-wing Serbian
Progressive Party won 48 percent of the seats in the 250-seat
(AP, 4/30/16)(AP, 5/23/16)
2016 Apr 30, Authorities in
South Sudan said they have recovered 32 of the 125 Ethiopian
children who the Ethiopian government said were abducted from its
Gambela region two weeks ago during a deadly cattle raid blamed on a
South Sudanese militia.
2016 Apr 30, In Syria terrified
residents fled a new wave of air strikes on rebel-held areas of
Aleppo, as a "freeze" in fighting held on two other fronts.
2016 Apr 30, In Syria a suicide
bomber killed five Kurdish policemen at a checkpoint in the divided
northeastern city of Qamishli.
2016 Apr 30, The Turkish
military says it conducted overnight airstrikes against Kurdish
rebels in northern Iraq and southeast Turkey.
2016 Apr 30, Venezuela's Pres.
Nicolas Maduro ordered a 30 percent increase in the minimum wage,
the latest move by the socialist government to grapple with high
inflation and economic stagnation. The boost comes after a 25
percent increase on March 1.
2016 Apr 30, Yemen's warring
parties began face-to-face peace talks in Kuwait on "key issues" in
a bid to end the conflict in the impoverished Arab country.
2016 Apr, Goldman Sachs
completed its purchase of GE’s internet banking subsidiary bringing
it $16 billion in retail deposits.
(Econ, 4/30/16, p.67)
2016 Apr, US-based Rational
Vaccines began testing an experimental herpes vaccine on the
Caribbean island of St. Kitts. In 2017 the government of St. Kitts
and Nevis announced the opening of an investigation into the
clinical trial because officials had not been notified.
(SFC, 9/5/17, p.D1)
2016 Apr, In Austria a woman
(21) was raped in a station toilet in Vienna by three Afghan
teenagers, one of the first serious crimes committed by asylum
seekers after Austria was swept up in Europe's migration crisis in
2016 Apr, Britain’s Sir John
Chilcot, head of the Chilcot Inquiry, delivered a complete record of
Britain’s involvement in Iraq from mid-2001 to 2009. Formation of
the inquiry was announced on 15 June 2009 by then PM Gordon Brown.
(Econ, 4/23/16, p.48)
2016 Apr, At a London meeting
Maltese academic Joseph Mifsud told an adviser to Republican
presidential candidate Donald Trump that the Kremlin had "thousands
of emails" about his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
2016 Apr, Ethereum coders
created a sort of venture capital fund without venture capitalist,
called DAO. Anyone could join by transferring digital coins called
ether, the Ethereum equivalent of bitcoin, to a smart contract which
represents the fund. Vitalik Buterin (23), a Russian-Canadian
programming prodigy, launched Ethereum, a new type of blockchain
meant as a platform for smart contracts. Flaws soon allowed a hacker
to take out about $50 million. In July the Ethereum community agreed
to change its rules, allowing the original owners to withdraw their
(Econ, 7/30/16, p.53)
2016 Apr, In China Pony Ma (aka
Ma Huateng b.1971), the founder of Tencent, a Chinese gaming and
social media giant, said he will donate shares worth over $2 billion
to his firm’s charitable foundation.
(Econ, 7/16/16, p.57)
2016 Apr, India's Maharashtra
state became the first in the country to ban village councils from
imposing "social boycotts" that ostracize individuals or families
for defying tradition.
2016 Apr, In India an American
tourist was drugged and raped in her hotel room. On Dec 26 police
said they have arrested four suspects including a tour guide, his
associate, a car driver and a hotel worker. The suspects denied the
(SFC, 12/27/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr, It was estimated that
some 5,000 IS fighters were operating in Libya.
(Econ, 4/9/16, p.14)
2016 Apr, Zambia police said a
number of murders took place in Lusaka where victims had ears,
hearts and genitals removed, raising suspicion of ritual killings.
2016 May 1, The United States
and its allies conducted 25 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
2016 May 1, A CSX freight train
derailed in northeastern Washington DC, with several cars overturned
and leaking hazardous liquids near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro
2016 May 1, Virginia officials
said a fire that has burned over ten thousand acres in Shenandoah
National Park has been fully contained.
(SFC, 5/2/16, p.A6)
2016 May 1, Pacific Alliance
members (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay
and Venezuela) eliminated tariffs on 92% of their trade with each
other and planned to phase out the rest over 17 years.
(Econ, 5/14/16, p.26)
2016 May 1, In western Canada a
wildfire broke out in the of Fort McMurray area of Alberta. By May
22 it had scorched 1,930 square miles.
(SSFC, 5/22/16, p.A6)
2016 May 1, China extended its
value-added tax (VAT) from the sale mainly of goods to all major
service sectors, including construction and finance.
(Econ, 5/7/16, p.38)
2016 May 1, Egyptian police
raided the press syndicate in Cairo and arrested two journalists
critical of the government.
2016 May 1, In Egypt some 650
workers from several provinces, who came to hold a meeting in Cairo
for International Workers' Day, were prevented from assembling by
2016 May 1, Delegates from
Germany's anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany (AfD)
backed an election manifesto that says Islam is not compatible with
the country's constitution and calls for a ban on minarets and the
2016 May 1, In Iraq two suicide
car bombs claimed by Islamic State killed at least 32 people and
wounded 75 others in the center of the southern Iraqi city of
2016 May 1, Jamaican police
said that US missionaries Randy Hentzel (48) and Harold Nichols (53)
were found slain in a rural area of the Caribbean island that has
long struggled with high rates of violent crime.
2016 May 1, In central Mali
Pro-government militia killed 4 members of the Peuhl ethnic group
and then struck again at a funeral the next day, killing 9 more
victims. the Peuhl community have been accused of collaborating with
the Macina Liberation Front, an Islamic extremist group active in
2016 May 1, In Somalia Al
Shabaab insurgents killed at least 11 government soldiers and retook
Runirgod, a town northeast of the capital Mogadishu, just one day
after it had fallen to government forces. Al Shabaab said its
fighters had killed 32 soldiers and captured three vehicles.
(AP, 5/1/16)(SFC, 5/2/16, p.A2)
2016 May 1, Taiwanese officials
protested Malaysia's deportation of 32 of the self-ruled island's
nationals to China this weekend to face wire fraud charges, the
latest in a series of disputes that has raised new friction between
China and Taiwan.
2016 May 1, Turkish police
clamped down on unauthorized protests during a tense May Day in
Istanbul, using tear gas and water cannon against demonstrators and
imposing a heavy security blanket on the city.
2016 May 1, In Turkey a car
bomb struck the entrance of a police station in the southern city of
Gaziantep, killing 2 officials and injuring 23 other people. 3
Turkish soldiers were killed and 14 others wounded in an attack in
the Kurdish-dominated southeast blamed on militants from the
outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
(AP, 5/1/16)(AFP, 5/1/16)(Econ, 5/21/16, p.48)
2016 May 1, In eastern Ukraine
3 deaths were reported in fighting despite a recently brokered
armistice for Orthodox Easter.
2016 May 1, Yemen's Houthi
movement and its armed allies seized a military base north of the
capital Sanaa, dealing a setback to a shaky ceasefire and peace
talks in Kuwait aimed at ending a year-long war. A car bomb in a
central square in Aden targeted the city's security chief for the
second time in a week and killed 4 soldiers.
2016 May 1, Yemen’s government
delegation suspended its participation in peace talks in Kuwait
because of developments in the governorate of Amran, which
reportedly came under rebel attack.
2016 May 2, The United States
and its allies targeted Islamic State on Monday with 29 strikes
against the militants in Syrian and Iraq, including the northern
city of Mosul under militant control.
2016 May 2, Solar Impulse 2
completed the 10th leg of its journey, landing in Arizona after a
16-hour flight from California. The solar-powered airplane was
midway through a historic bid to circle the globe.
2016 May 2, The first US cruise
ship in nearly 40 years crossed the Florida Straits from Miami and
pulled into Havana Harbor, restarting commercial travel on waters
that served as a stage for a half-century of Cold War hostility.
2016 May 2, A St. Louis jury
ruled that Johnson & Johnson pay $55 million to a woman who
claims its talcum powder caused her ovarian cancer.
(SFC, 5/4/16, p.A5)
2016 May 2, An Afghan police
officer accused his wife of having affairs and then shot her in
public before shooting himself in eastern Paktika province.
2016 May 2, Craig Wright, an
Australian man long rumored to be associated with the digital
currency Bitcoin, publicly identified himself as its creator, a
claim that would end one of the biggest mysteries in the tech world.
BBC News said that Wright told the media outlet he is the man
previously known by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. The computer
scientist, inventor and academic said he launched the currency in
2009 with the help of others.
2016 May 2, China's Communist
Party said it has placed Ren Zhiqiang, a property mogul and
outspoken government critic, on probation for a year after he
criticized state media for pledging absolute loyalty to the party.
2016 May 2, Egypt's
journalists' syndicate called for the dismissal of the interior
minister and an immediate sit-in at its headquarters in downtown
Cairo, to protest the police detention of two journalists on its
premises the night earlier.
2016 May 2, Around 400 people
gathered in Hong Kong to protest a veteran newspaper editor's
dismissal that triggered concerns about press freedom in the
semiautonomous Chinese territory.
2016 May 2, In northern India
dozens of fires were spreading unpredictably in the states of
Uttarakhand and neighboring Himachal Pradesh. Massive wildfires in
the two states have killed at least seven people in recent weeks.
The fires extended into Nepal where 11 people have died fighting
fires across the country, the worst in six years.
(AP, 5/2/16)(Reuters, 5/2/16)
2016 May 2, Survivors of
Indonesia's anti-communist massacres in 1965 submitted a list of
what they say are more than 100 mass graves to the government after
the president called for an investigation into the killings.
2016 May 2, Indonesian police
fatally shot Amokrane Sabet (49), a French citizen, after he stabbed
a policeman to death while resisting arrest on the resort island of
2016 May 2, In Iraq an
explosives-laden car detonated in Baghdad, killing at least 18
Shiite pilgrims. Tens of thousands of Shiite faithful have been
making their way this week to the northern Baghdad neighborhood of
Kadhimiyah, where the 8th century Imam Moussa al-Kadhim is buried.
2016 May 2, Japan said it wants
to work with countries in the lower Mekong river basin and will help
them improve infrastructure and bolster development with 750 billion
yen ($7 billion) in aid over three years.
2016 May 2, Puerto Rico’s Gov.
Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced that the government will not make
nearly $370 million in bond payments due today after a failure to
restructure or find a political solution to the US territory's
spiraling public debt crisis.
2016 May 2, Syria's military
extended a unilateral cease-fire around Damascus and opposition
strongholds in the eastern suburbs of the capital for another 48
hours, as a humanitarian convoy delivered aid to 12,000 families
trapped in a government-besieged area in central Syria.
2016 May 2, Turkish warplanes
pounded Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq, killing 18
2016 May 2, A UN arbitration
court ruled that India should release Italian marine Salvatore
Girone, who has been detained in Delhi for more than four years, and
allow him to return home.
2016 May 3, The United States
and its coalition partners launched 22 strikes against Islamic State
in Iraq, including 10 near the key city of Mosul.
2016 May 3, In Chicago a
15-year-old student from Spain fell ill and later was found not
breathing in her bed. In 2018 Francis Emanuele (38), a suburban
Chicago man, pleaded guilty to supplying a fatal dose of methadone
to the student.
2016 May 3, In Michigan nearly
all of Detroit’s schools were closed for a 2nd consecutive day after
hundreds of teachers called in sick over concerns that many may not
get paid if the district runs out of money. Classes resumed on May 4
after teachers received assurances they would be paid for the school
(SFC, 5/4/16, p.A5)(SFC, 5/5/16, p.A6)
2016 May 3, In New Mexico the
body of Ashlynne Mike (11) was found after she and her brother were
kidnapped a day earlier near San Juan in the Navajo Nation. Suspect
Tom Begaye (27) was soon arrested and faced murder
(http://tinyurl.com/j848mxx)(SFC, 5/7/16, p.A6)
2016 May 3, New York former
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (72) was sentenced to 12 years in
prison following his conviction last year in a $5 million corruption
case. On July 13, 2017, a federal appeals court overturned the
(SFC, 5/4/16, p.A6)(SFC, 7/14/17, p.A6)
2016 May 3, A new report by
Transparency Int’l. said almost a third of the people in nine
countries surveyed in the Middle East have had to pay a bribe to
access some kind of public service.
(SFC, 5/4/16, p.A3)
2016 May 3, In Bangladesh a
special war crimes court sentenced four men to death for killing,
torture, arson and looting during the nation's independence war
against Pakistan in 1971. Only one suspect, Shamsuddin Ahmed, was in
court for the verdict. Authorities were still hunting for the other
three: Gazi Abdul Mannan, Hafiz Uddin, and Shamsuddin Ahmed's
2016 May 3, Authorities in
northern Cameroon said a local self-defense group used a poisoned
arrow to kill a woman with explosives strapped to her body. The
woman had crossed over from neighboring Nigeria along with a girl
(14), who girl also died when she detonated her own explosives.
2016 May 3, A Chinese state-run
newspaper reported that the influential Communist Youth League has
had its budget slashed by more than 50 percent for this year, after
the organization came under fire in official media over graft
scandals and inefficiency.
2016 May 3, In northeastern
Congo DRC 17 people were killed by armed attackers in Beni despite
the presence of a UN outpost with 3,000 peacekeepers 20 miles away.
UN blue helmets numbered 18,900 in the country.
(Econ, 5/21/16, p.55)
2016 May 3, In Corsica the
so-called October 22 splinter group of the National Liberation Front
of Corsica (FLNC) said it would end "military operations", two years
after the main militant movement on the French island laid down its
2016 May 3, The Cuban
government announced that farm products sold in state-controlled
markets would have prices capped at levels affordable for the
average person, who earns a state salary of about $25 a month. The
government measure included a series of exceptions for private
vendors, allowing them to continue to set prices for their goods
that are often far higher than prices in state-controlled markets.
2016 May 3, Memos containing
internal instructions from Egypt's Interior Ministry were leaked to
the media, outlining strategies on how to deflect public outrage
over arrests it made inside the journalists' union, handle the media
in general, and deal with the case of an Italian student found
tortured to death.
2016 May 3, Iranian cartoonist
Atena Farghadani, imprisoned over portraying lawmakers as animals to
criticize a draft law restricting contraception and criminalizing
voluntary sterilization, was released from Evin prison after an
appeals court last month reduced her initial 12-year prison sentence
to 18 months.
2016 May 3, In Iraq tens of
thousands of Shiite pilgrims converged on a golden-domed Shiite
shrine in Baghdad to commemorate the anniversary of the death of a
revered imam as authorities tightened security measures in the
capital amid concerns of more attacks by Sunni extremists.
2016 May 3, In northern Iraq
Islamic State militants killed a US Navy SEAL after blasting through
Kurdish defenses and overrunning a town in the biggest offensive in
the area for months.
2016 May 3, Amnesty
International said Iraq is holding more than 1,000 detainees, some
as young as 15, without charge in "inhumane and degrading
conditions" at makeshift holding centers in western Anbar province.
2016 May 3, Israel's Tax
Authority said inspectors uncovered four tons of ammonium chloride—
enough to produce hundreds of rockets— hidden inside sacks of salt
about two weeks ago as the shipment was being transferred to Gaza.
2016 May 3, In western Myanmar
a fire burned down a camp that sheltered members of the country's
persecuted Rohingya minority, leaving 440 families homeless.
2016 May 3, A Nepali official
said Canadian Robert Penne, living and working in Nepal, has been
ordered to leave the country within two days for criticizing the
government on social media.
2016 May 3, Pakistan's army
chief signed off on the death sentences of 11 members of the Taliban
convicted of terrorism, kidnappings, attacks on civilians as well as
assaults on police and army officers. The 11 had the right to
2016 May 3, In Pakistan Aftab
Husain, a prominent party activist and an aide to Farooq Sattar, MQM
leader in the National Assembly, died two days following his arrest
in Karachi. MQM accused the regional paramilitary Pakistan Rangers
force of killing Hussain. The Rangers, who answer to the Ministry of
Interior and to the army, said Husain was "wanted in several
criminal cases" and had died of a heart attack.
2016 May 3, The Philippine
defense chief said his government has agreed in principle to lease
five Japanese surveillance planes to be used in patrolling disputed
areas of the South China Sea and in search-and-rescue missions
2016 May 3, Spain's King
Felipe VI signed a decree setting a historic new election for June
26 after politicians chosen in an inconclusive December ballot
failed to agree on which of them should form a government, despite
months of negotiations.
2016 May 3, In Syria heavy air
strikes throughout the night on the Islamic State group's de facto
capital Raqa killed 19 civilians and 10 jihadists. Syrian opposition
fighters shelled government-held parts of Aleppo. Battles in the
city killed at least 20 people.
(AFP, 5/3/16) (AP, 5/3/16)(SFC,
2016 May 3, Zimbabwe put its
wild animals up for sale, saying it needed buyers to step in and
save the beasts from a devastating drought.
2016 May 4, Pres. Obama visited
Flint, Michigan, showing support for the local residents by drinking
filtered city water.
(SFC, 5/5/16, p.A6)
2016 May 4, The US government
said Japanese-based Takata Corp. will recall another 35-40 million
air bag inflators bringing the total recall to as many as 69
(SFC, 5/5/16, p.C1)
2016 May 4, The United States
and its allies conducted 18 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
2016 May 4, US Army Gen. Curtis
M. Scaparrotti (60) took over as the military leader responsible for
the overall direction and conduct of NATO's global military
2016 May 4, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed anti-tobacco legislation raising the smoking age
from 18 to 21 effective June 9.
(SFC, 5/5/16, p.A1)
2016 May 4, Shares in miner BHP
Billiton tumbled after Brazil's federal prosecutor launched a $43
billion civil suit for a dam break last November that killed 19
people and caused the worst environmental disaster in the country's
2016 May 4, Three Bulgarian
police officers were injured when anti-Roma protesters tried to
break through a cordon during a demonstration in the southern town
of Radnevo. Some 2,000 people took part in the protest over an
incident two days earlier in which four Roma men have been charged
with the attempted murder of three young men.
2016 May 4, In western Canada a
wildfire raged out of control destroying much of one neighborhood in
the remote city of Fort McMurray and badly damaging others, with all
80,000 residents ordered to leave in the biggest evacuation in the
2016 May 4, China’s state media
said China and Laos have agreed to step up security cooperation
after attacks on Chinese nationals in the poor, landlocked Southeast
Asian nation in recent weeks, as Laos' new president visited
2016 May 4, Colombian
authorities in Bogota arrested Nidal Waked (46), a prominent Panama
businessman sought by the United States, and dismantled an empire of
businesses that the US says were part of a top worldwide
money-laundering organization for drug traffickers.
2016 May 4, In Dubai a man was
shot seven times in the head in the marina neighborhood of luxury
high-rise buildings and beachfront property. Authorities believed
the man also was allegedly involved in the killing of someone's
daughter in Turkey.
2016 May 4, An Egyptian court
acquitted former PM Ahmed Nazif (2004-2011) of graft charges in the
latest retrial linked to his time serving under longtime autocrat
Hosni Mubarak. The ruling was final and could not be appealed.
2016 May 4, Ethiopian media
reported that a ban on smoking at public gatherings has been
announced by the mayor of Addis Ababa. The new law makes smoking
illegal in bars, cafés, restaurants, schools, hospitals and stadiums
as well as cultural and religious events, but smoking on the streets
is still permitted.
2016 May 4, The European
Union's top court dealt a blow to the tobacco industry by approving
sweeping new rules that will require plain cigarette packs, ban
menthol cigarettes and regulate the growing electronic cigarette
2016 May 4, Central European
countries dismissed the EU executive's proposals to share out
migrants among member states, saying any plans for forced relocation
of people were unacceptable or, in Hungary's view, amounted to
2016 May 4, The European
Commission, the executive arm of the 28-nation EU, gave conditional
backing for Turks to get visa-free travel as part of a deal to solve
the migrant crisis.
2016 May 4, French riot police
clashed with demonstrators outside a school building in Paris,
prompting government and police calls for an end to weeks of violent
protests mainly linked to plans for a loosening of France's highly
protective labor laws.
2016 May 4, Germany’s Health
Ministry said the Cabinet has approved a bill that will allow
patients to get cannabis as a prescription-only medication.
2016 May 4, In Guam Ricky
Sanchez (39), a former Guam Office of Homeland Security employee,
pleaded guilty to charges that he conspired to have a package of
methamphetamine mailed to the office.
2016 May 4, India's highest
court ordered cigarette manufacturers to comply with controversial
new rules requiring bigger health warnings on packets that sparked
weeks-long factory shutdowns.
2016 May 4, In central India a
passenger bus fell into a dry river bed after crashing through the
railing of a bridge, killing 16 people in Chhattisgarh state.
2016 May 4, It was reported
that sewage has damaged Gaza’s limited fresh water supplies,
decimated fishing zones and is now floating northward and affecting
(SFC, 5/4/16, p.A3)
2016 May 4, Jamaica sentenced
Dalton Forrester of Brooklyn to three years in prison and fined him
about $6,000 after authorities found more than $100,000 in
undeclared cash in his luggage on April 9. Forrester pleaded guilty
to charges that included possession of criminal property.
2016 May 4, Malaysia's finance
ministry said it would dissolve the board of advisers at 1Malaysia
Development Berhad (1MDB) and take over its remaining assets, in an
apparent move to scale down a state fund whose scandals have rocked
2016 May 4, In southern Nigeria
militants used explosives to blow up the Okan platform, a collection
facility for offshore oil and gas that feeds the Escravos terminal.
This caused Chevron to lose 35,000 barrels per day (bpd) of net
crude oil production.
2016 May 4, In Qatar French
Pres. Francois Hollande attended a ceremony to mark the sale of 24
Rafale combat jets plus missiles to the United Arab Emirates.
(Econ, 5/14/16, p.55)
2016 May 4, Russian Defense
Minister Sergei Shoigu said Russia will form three new military
divisions to counter what it believes is the growing strength of The
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) near its borders.
2016 May 4, Russia said it has
withdrawn around 30 aircraft from Syria, including all of its Su-25
attack planes stationed in the country.
2016 May 4, In Syria at least
22 suspected regime air strikes pounded a key rebel bastion east of
Damascus after a local freeze on fighting expired overnight. Rebel
forces pressed an offensive against regime troops on the western
outskirts of Aleppo.
2016 May 4, A truce was
announced for Aleppo, Syria, by US officials in agreement with
Russia, in an effort to extend a fragile cease-fire to the deeply
contested city. The Syrian military said the truce would last only
2016 May 4, Turkey said its
warplanes have destroyed targets belonging to the militant Kurdistan
Workers Party (PKK) in southeast Turkey.
2016 May 4, Yemen's warring
parties resumed face-to-face peace talks in Kuwait after a three-day
break triggered by a walkout by the government delegation.
2016 May 5, President Obama
commuted the prison terms of 58 non-violent drug offenders, a move
that reflects growing efforts to revamp the criminal justice system.
(SFC, 5/6/16, p.A10)
2016 May 5, The United States
and its allies conducted 24 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
2016 May 5, The US FDA said it
is investigating a listeria outbreak that led to a massive recall of
frozen fruits and vegetables by CRF Frozen Foods. 8 people had
become infected from food made at its Pasco, Wa., plant. A recall
included 358 products under 42 separate brand names since May 1,
(SFC, 5/6/16, p.A8)
2016 May 5, The Michigan House
approved a $500 million restructuring plan for Detroit Public
(SFC, 5/6/16, p.A8)
2016 May 5, Environmental
experts said a project to plant a wall of trees stretching from
Senegal in West Africa to Djibouti in East Africa aims not only to
halt desertification, but also to improve food security, create
jobs, and offer young people an alternative to migration and
2016 May 5, Armenia's
government gave the go-ahead to legislation that calls for
recognizing the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh, a separatist
region which is officially part of neighboring Azerbaijan. The step
appeared intended mainly as a warning to Azerbaijan following a
sudden increase in fighting.
2016 May 5, The Bangladesh
Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of Motiur Rahman Nizami
(73), the leader of top Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami, for war
crimes. Nizami was convicted in 2014 of murder, rape and
orchestrating the killing of intellectuals during the country's 1971
war of independence.
2016 May 5, In Belgium
high-speed car chase in which police shot suspected
migrant-smugglers as they fled across the border led to a fatal
pile-up on a motorway in northern France. A Dutch motorcyclist died
when he struck a stationary truck near the French port of Dunkirk.
Four Iraqi suspects were hospitalized.
2016 May 5, A justice on
Brazil's supreme court suspended Eduardo Cunha, the leader of the
country's lower house of Congress, removing one of the nation's most
powerful politicians who is reviled by many for numerous corruption
2016 May 5, London held mayoral
elections. It became the first EU capital with a Muslim mayor as
voters went to the polls and elected Labour lawmaker Sadiq Khan
(45), the son of a bus driver, as mayor. Khan took 57% of the vote.
(AFP, 5/5/16)(Reuters, 5/7/16)(Econ, 5/14/16,
2016 May 5, Canada began
airlifting to safety up to 25,000 people from the city of Fort
McMurray forced from their homes by raging forest fires in Alberta's
oil sands region.
(AFP, 5/6/16)(SFC, 5/6/16, p.A2)
2016 May 5, Colombia authorized
the use of all military force, including air strikes, against the
country's three biggest criminal gangs in a major escalation against
"organized armed groups."
2016 May 5, Greek labor unions
declared a 48-hour national walkout as lawmakers debated unpopular
tax and pension reforms Greece hopes will help persuade creditors to
approve release of badly-needed bailout cash.
2016 May 5, In central India a
heavy rainstorm collapsed tents and gates at a sprawling Hindu
pilgrimage site, killing at least 6 people and injuring 30 in the
town of Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh state. The festival is held every 12
years in Ujjain.
2016 May 5, Indonesia, Malaysia
and the Philippines agreed to conduct coordinated maritime patrols
after a spate of ship hijackings by Islamist militants in the
2016 May 5, Israeli warplanes
struck four new Hamas positions in the southern Gaza Strip, as a
flare-up continued to threaten a 2014 ceasefire agreement. The army
said Hamas had "repeatedly fired and launched mortar rounds" across
the border. Israel's military said it had discovered a cross-border
tunnel built by the Islamist Hamas group from the Gaza Strip.
(AFP, 5/5/16)(Reuters, 5/5/16)
2016 May 5, Italian Premier
Matteo Renzi hailed the new Alfa Romeo sedan by Fiat Chrysler, which
he says will add 3,400 jobs in Italy and symbolizes the country's
2016 May 5, In Italy Renato
Soru, a leftist politician and chairman of multinational telecoms
company Tiscali, was handed a three year jail sentence for tax
evasion. Soru Soru, who founded Tiscali in 1998, is the head of PM
Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party (PD) in Sardinia and a PD member of
the European Parliament.
2016 May 5, Jordanian border
guards said around 64,000 Syrians are stranded at the border with
Jordan after intensified violence around Aleppo.
2016 May 5, Kazakh President
Nursultan Nazarbayev said he would delay a planned land reform which
triggered a wave of public protests across the Central Asian nation.
The protests were sparked by fears that reforms will allow
foreigners - especially Chinese companies - to take over farmland.
2016 May 5, Kenyan businessman
and government critic Jacob Juma was shot dead in his car late today
2016 May 5, In Malaysia a
Eurocopter AS350 ferrying Plantation Industries and Commodities
Deputy Minister Noriah Kasnon and her husband Asmuni Abdullah from
Sarawak's interior to its capital Kuching went missing. All 6 people
aboard were killed.
2016 May 5, Mali's security
forces arrested Yacouba Toure, a senior member of Islamist militant
group Ansar Dine, who trafficked weapons for attacks in Mali and
over the border in Burkina Faso.
2016 May 5, In northern Myanmar
at least 13 people were killed by a landslide of jade mining waste
in Kachin state.
2016 May 5, Saudi security
forces shot dead 2 alleged Islamic State fighters and two others
blew themselves up outside of Mecca. Cpl. Khalaf Lafi al-Harithi was
killed outside of a police station in Mecca.
(Reuters, 5/5/16)(AP, 5/6/16)
2016 May 5, In Syria a car bomb
exploded in the main square of a village in Homs province. As people
gathered to help the victims, a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle
detonated his explosives belt nearby, killing at least 10 people and
wounding scores. Air strikes near Sarmada on a camp near the Turkish
border killed at least 28 people.
(AP, 5/5/16)(Reuters, 5/6/16)
2016 May 5, In eastern Syria
Islamic State militants captured the main Shaer gas field in the
first gain for the ultra hardline jihadists in the Palmyra desert
area since they lost the ancient city in March.
2016 May 5, Human Rights Watch
and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee called for the release of at
least four human rights lawyers imprisoned in Tajikistan as part of
a crackdown on dissenters, as well as two children of another
2016 May 5, Scotland held
(Econ, 4/30/16, p.54)
2016 May 5, In Turkey Ahmet
Davutoglu announced that he was stepping down as leader of the
ruling AK Party and therefore as prime minister, bowing to President
Tayyip Erdogan's drive to create a powerful executive presidency.
2016 May 5, In Yemen al-Qaida
militants began to pull out of the southern towns of Zinjibar and
Jaar, following weeks of mediation by tribesmen for them to exit
peacefully rather than resist a Gulf-backed offensive.
2016 May 6, The US government
said it has suspended millions of dollars in funding to several
organizations providing aid for Syria after discovering they were
systematically overpaying Turkish companies for basic goods with the
collusion of some of their staff.
2016 May 6, Federal authorities
in Pittsburgh said two men have been charged by authorities in
Belarus with receiving $1.35 million stolen in a phishing scheme
from the bank account of a Pennsylvania oil and gas drilling
company. Aleskey Yaroshevich (34) and Egor Pavlenko (41) reportedly
received a $1.35 million transfer made in September 2012. Both men
were in custody in Minsk.
2016 May 6, The Pentagon
acknowledged for the first time it has deployed a small number of US
troops to Yemen since the country's collapse last year to bolster
government and Arab coalition forces battling Al-Qaeda.
2016 May 6, A SpaceX rocket
landed on an ocean platform for the 2nd time following the
successful launch of a Japanese communications satellite at Cape
(SFC, 5/7/16, p.A6)
2016 May 6, Alabama’s Judicial
Inquiry Commission filed ethics charges against the state’s Chief
Justice Roy Moore over his effort to block same-sex marriages.
(SSFC, 5/8/16, p.A6)
2016 May 6, In San Francisco
retired public defender Marla Zamora (65) was stabbed to death at
her Potrero Hill home on the 400 block of Arkansas Street. Police
detained Angelo Zamora (19), a relative who was found covered in
blood at the home. On May 9 Angelo was charged with murder.
(SFC, 5/7/16, p.A1)(SSFC, 5/8/16, p.A8)(SFC,
2016 May 6, In San Diego seaman
James Derek Lovelace died from drowning during a Navy Seal basic
training program after his instructor pushed him underwater at least
twice. On July 6 a medical examiner ruled his death a homicide.
(SFC, 7/8/16, p.A9)
2016 May 6, In Maryland Eulalio
Tordil (62), a federal security officer, was arrested following the
fatal shooting of 2 people. Tordil had shot and killed his wife a
(SFC, 5/7/16, p.A7)(SSFC, 5/8/16, p.A6)
2016 May 6, In New York a fire
in Syracuse left 6 people dead, including two men (33 and 34) a girl
(7) and 3 boys (10-13).
(SFC, 5/7/16, p.A6)
2016 May 6, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed at least four small children from the same
family in the southern Zabul province. In the eastern Kunar province
Afghan security forces repelled an insurgent attack, killing 26
2016 May 6, Afghan special
forces troops liberated more than 60 prisoners from a Taliban prison
in the southern province of Helmand. Two Taliban militants were
reported killed and three wounded in the ensuing battle.
2016 May 6, Anglo-Australian
mining giant Rio Tinto announced the launch of the next stage of a
multibillion-dollar gold and copper mine in Mongolia following
delays and political tension over revenue sharing and the foreign
role in resource industries.
2016 May 6, In Bangladesh Sufi
Muslim leader Mohammad Shahidulla (65) was found hacked to death
after he disappeared this morning in a suspected Islamist killing.
2016 May 6, In Chile food and
gasoline were running dangerously low on Chiloe Island, which has
been blocked from the mainland by desperate fishermen demanding
compensation for losing their livelihood to a toxic algae bloom. The
government has declared a state of emergency in the region and
offered those affected compensation.
2016 May 6, In Denmark a jet
ski slammed into a rental boat containing a group of students
killing Leah Bell (18) of Madisonville, Louisiana, and Linsey Malia
(21) of Easton, Massachusetts. On Jan. 4, 2018, a 24-year-old man
was sentenced to two years in jail for aggravated manslaughter.
2016 May 6, Prosecutors in El
Salvador announced they have arrested five police officers, 16
gunmen and a police administrative employee for allegedly killing
street gang member and others.
2016 May 6, Services in Greece,
from garbage collection to public transport, shut down as workers
kicked off three days of strikes to protest new bailout austerity
measures that they say will further reduce incomes.
2016 May 6, Iraqi security
forces ramped up their presence across Baghdad, blocking most major
roads and bridges to keep followers of Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada
al-Sadr from reaching the government district they stormed a week
2016 May 6, In Iraq
Australia-born terrorist and former rapper Neil Prakash (24) was
killed in an American air strike in Mosul.
(SSFC, 5/8/16, p.A4)
2016 May 6, Irish PM Enda Kenny
won narrow re-election on his fourth try, ending 70 days of deadlock
and clearing the way for an exceptionally fragile minority
2016 May 6, Israeli warplanes
launched new strikes against Hamas in the Gaza Strip in response to
mortar fire, as the worst cross-border violence since a 2014 war
entered a third day.
2016 May 6, In Kazakhstan
Kuandyk Bishimbayev, chief executive of a state financial holding
company, was named economy minister following the resignation of his
predecessor over public protests against a planned land reform.
2016 May 6, In Myanmar hundreds
of villagers protested against the resumption of operations at a
Chinese-backed copper mine, in one of the first tests for the new
government's ability to deal with public anger.
2016 May 6, The Global Fund to
Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria said it is suspending aid to
Nigeria’s AIDS agency over evidence that $3.8 million was stolen by
its workers and consultants.
(SFC, 5/7/16, p.A2)
2016 May 6, North Korea’s
leader Kim Jong Un (33) opened the Seventh Workers' Party Congress,
the country’s biggest political gathering in 36 years.
2016 May 6, North Korea
detained BBC journalist Rupert Wingfield-Hayes along with a BBC
producer and cameraman and ordered their expulsion over his
reporting as a large group of foreign reporters cover a rare
congress of the country’s ruling Workers’ Party. On May 9 the three
were on their way to the airport in Pyongyang.
2016 May 6, A Papua New Guinea
court ruled that a pregnant African woman, who says she was raped at
an Australia detention center for asylum seekers on the tiny South
Pacific island of Nauru, cannot be forced to have an abortion in
Papua New Guinea because it is unsafe and illegal.
2016 May 6, Romania's Pres.
Klaus Iohannis approved a 150 million euro ($171 million) loan to
neighboring Moldova needed to pay state sector salaries and
2016 May 6, In Syria rebels
seized a village from government forces near Aleppo overnight. 43
rebels and 30 government forces were reported killed in the battle
for Khan Touman, some 15 km (9 miles) southwest of Aleppo. 13
military advisers with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards were killed
as rebels seized the village of Khan Touman. 18 others wounded and
five to six were captured.
(Reuters, 5/6/16)(AFP, 5/7/16)(Reuters, 5/9/16)
2016 May 6, Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the European Union that Ankara will not
change its anti-terrorism law, despite it being a condition laid
down by Brussels to ensure visa-free travel for Turks.
2016 May 6, Pope Francis
accepted the prestigious International Charlemagne Prize, for his
"message of hope and encouragement" and warned Europeans against the
selfish temptation to put up fences to ward off newcomers, saying he
still dreams of a Europe where migrants are welcomed.
2016 May 6, In Yemen the
governor of Aden's Mansura prison was killed in a ride-by shooting.
2016 May 7, The United States
and its allies targeted Islamic State in Iraq with 17 air strikes,
and hit the militant group with eight air strikes in Syria.
2016 May 7, In Florida the
first self-driving car fatality took place in Williston when the
driver of a Tesla S sports car, using the vehicle’s automated
driving system, died in a collision with the truck.
(SFC, 7/1/16, p.C1)
2016 May 7, In Nevada Airbus
completed a test flight of a glider set to eventually travel to the
edge of space, in a pioneering step into the stratosphere.
2016 May 7, Voters in Austin,
Texas, rejected a $9 million campaign by Lyft and Uber to overturn a
requirement for fingerprinting drivers for ride-hailing companies.
In response Uber and Lyft on May 9 halted services Austin.
(SFC, 5/9/16, p.A5)(SFC, 5/10/16, p.D1)
2016 May 7, In Bosnia
over 10,000 people turned out for the re-opening of a mosque that
was blown up by Christian Orthodox Serbs during the 1992-1995 war
and that became a symbol of the effort to destroy Bosnia's
centuries-long multireligious fabric.
2016 May 7, Canada’s wildfire
in Alberta doubled in size to more than 200,000 hectares (494,000
2016 May 7, China's navy
searched for 17 sailors missing after their fishing boat collided
early today with another vessel in the East China Sea. A passing
fishing boat pulled the bodies of two sailors from the ocean. State
media said the other ship in the collision, the Malta-flagged cargo
vessel Catalina, appeared not to have stopped but continued sailing
in a southwestern direction.
2016 May 7, In China
environmentalist Lei Yang (29) died in Beijing while under police
custody. He had been detained on suspicion of soliciting
prostitution at a foot parlor. On June 30 an independent autopsy
found that Lei Yang had apparently choked to death. On Dec 23
Beijing prosecutors said they had dropped criminal charges against
five police officers over the death of Yang. On Dec 29 police said
the five officers involved have been fired.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Lei_Yang)(Econ, 7/9/16, SR
p.11)(AP, 12/23/16)(AP, 12/29/16)
2016 May 7, An Egyptian court
recommended the death sentence against six people, including two
Al-Jazeera employees, for allegedly passing documents related to
national security to Qatar and the Doha-based TV network during the
rule of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.
2016 May 7, Egyptian police
arrested Ezzedeen Khaled (19), a street performer they accuse of
inciting anti-government protests and releasing an online video
"insulting state institutions." Khaled is member of a satirical
group called Awlad al-Shawarea (Street Children).
2016 May 7, Estonian border
officials detained seven Iranian migrants who managed to cross the
Narva River separating Russia and Estonia in an inflatable boat.
2016 May 7, Israeli aircraft
hit two Hamas targets in Gaza early today in response to rocket fire
as the worst flare-up of violence since a 2014 war entered a fourth
2016 May 7, Scandal-ridden
Malaysian PM Najib Razak secured a major victory for his ruling
coalition in elections in Sarawak state on Borneo island, boosting
his rule despite corruption allegations.
2016 May 7, In Mauritania
thousands of people gathered in Nouakchott to protest against a move
by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to abolish the senate.
2016 May 7, In Pakistan gunmen
riding motorcycles shot and killed rights activist Khurram Zaki and
wounded two other people in southern port city of Karachi.
2016 May 7, In Poland tens of
thousands of people marched in central Warsaw to show their
opposition to the policies of the conservative government, which
they view as anti-democratic and harmful to Poland's position in the
2016 May 7, In Saudi Arabia a
policeman was killed in a shootout with militants in the western
city of Taif.
2016 May 7, Singapore's ruling
party won a seat in a by-election, cementing its influence on
parliamentary decisions with an overwhelming majority.
2016 May 7, Syrian state news
agency SANA reported that Russia's defense ministry said a "regime
of calm" truce in the northern city of Aleppo and parts of Latakia
province had been extended "for 72 hours beginning at 1 am on
Saturday" (1700 ET on Friday).
2016 May 7, Turkish artillery
fired at the Islamic State group across the border in Syria, killing
55 militants and destroying three rocket launchers and three
2016 May 7, Yemeni army Colonel
Badr al-Yafei was gunned down in Aden in the latest in a spate of
assassinations of senior officers that underlines the persistent
insecurity in the city.
2016 May 8, Afghanistan hanged
six men convicted of terrorism, signaling a tougher approach toward
2016 May 8, In Afghanistan two
buses and a fuel tanker collided on a major highway, killing 52
people in eastern Ghazni province. Another 73 people on the buses
2016 May 8, Bulgaria's
Socialist Party (BSP), the biggest opposition party in the Balkan
country, chose a new leader with the task of winning back
disaffected voters and pushing for an early general election.
Kornelia Ninova (47), the first female leader in the BSP's 125-year
history, won 395 votes from delegates at the party's congress, with
her predecessor Mihail Mikov coming second on 349.
2016 May 8, In Canada
cogeneration power plants in the fire-ravaged oil town of Fort
McMurray were operating at about 18 percent of capacity early today,
down from around 30 percent on May 6, as oil sands producers in the
area continue to shut their operations. 2,400 buildings were lost
when the fire surrounded Fort McMurray. The fire was expected to
burn for at least a few more weeks.
(Reuters, 5/8/16)(SSFC, 5/15/16, p.A4)
2016 May 8, In China a
landslide triggered by heavy rain hit a hydroelectric power station
that was under construction in southeastern Fujian province. At
least 34 people were killed with four missing.
(Reuters, 5/8/16)(Reuters, 5/9/16)
2016 May 8, In China a man
identified only by his surname, Guo, was detained in the western
region of Xinjiang. He had allegedly killed six members of a family
in 1991 "over a trivial matter." His wife, Wang, was also detained
on suspicion of shielding a criminal.
2016 May 8, The Egyptian
interior ministry said gunmen killed 8 plainclothes police on the
southern outskirts of Cairo overnight, in an assault claimed by
Islamic State militants.
2016 May 8, In France the sight
of cars thundering down Paris's most famous boulevard was replaced
by people strolling, cycling and taking selfies in the sun as the
Champs-Elysees went traffic-free.
2016 May 8, In Greece thousands
of protesters took to the streets of Athens as parliament prepared
to vote on a controversial tax and pensions overhaul which has
sparked mass opposition.
2016 May 8, In Iraq separate
attacks in and around Baghdad killed at least 12 people and wounded
2016 May 8, Lebanese voted in
municipal elections in Beirut and the Bekaa Valley amid tight
security and a low turnout in the capital. Hezbollah group and its
allies won a vast majority of seats in areas where they ran in local
elections in eastern Lebanon. A coalition known as "Beirutis" won
all of the capital's 24-seat municipal council.
(AP, 5/8/16)(AP, 5/9/16)
2016 May 8, North Korean leader
Kim Jong Un said his country will not use its nuclear weapons unless
its sovereignty is invaded and announced a five-year economic plan
at a milestone congress of North Korea's ruling party, which entered
its third day.
2016 May 8, In Russia 5 members
of a motorcycle club were shot with a hunting rifle shortly after
dawn in Chelokhovo. A suspect (27) was arrested at his nearby home
and confessed to shooting the bikers after a conflict.
2016 May 8, Syrian warplanes
attacked Islamist militants near Aleppo.
2016 May 8, In southeastern
Turkey 9 PKK members were killed in the towns of Nusaybin and
2016 May 8, Yemen's Houthi
movement accused a Saudi-led coalition of launching air strikes that
killed seven people today, shaking a truce that has largely held
through more than two weeks of UN-backed peace talks in Kuwait.
2016 May 9, The US Justice
Dept. sued North Carolina over the state’s new bathroom law
requiring transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the
gender on their birth certificates.
(SFC, 5/10/16, p.A6)
2016 May 9, The Chicago Tribune
reported that 8 people were killed over Mother’s Day weekend with at
least 1,225 people shot in the city this year.
(SFC, 5/10/16, p.A6)
2016 May 9, In Kansas City,
Kan., a police detective was fatally shot while helping respond to a
report of a suspicious person near a racetrack. Parolee Curtis Ayers
(28) was shot and taken into custody after trying to carjack a
woman’s vehicle following a police chase.
(SFC, 5/10/16, p.A6)
2016 May 9, An Australian law
firm filed a compensation claim against Russia and President
Vladimir Putin in the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of
families of victims of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, shot down
over Ukraine on July 17, 2014. The application names the Russian
Federation and Putin as respondents and seeks $10 million in
compensation per passenger.
2016 May 9, Austrian Chancellor
Werner Faymann resigned, citing lack of support for his policies
within his own Social Democratic party.
2016 May 9, Belgium called up
the military to assist in prisons where guards have been on strike
for two weeks over what they say is dangerously low staffing due to
2016 May 9, In Brazil acting
Speaker Waldir Maranhao annulled last month’s vote on impeaching
Pres. Dilma Rousseff.
(SFC, 5/10/16, p.A5)
2016 May 9, In Cambodia two
foreigners were among eight people arrested by police on in Phnom
Penh for protesting the jailing of a group of human rights workers
and an election official on what demonstrators said were
2016 May 9, The Republic of
Congo called on the EU to recall its ambassador to Brazzaville over
EU criticism of President Denis Sassou Nguesso's controversial
re-election in March. In its response on May 17, Brussels expressed
its unwavering support for EU representative Saskia de Lang.
2016 May 9, In Egypt a fire in
downtown Cairo engulfed a hotel and several nearby buildings killing
at least 3 people.
(SFC, 5/10/16, p.A2)
2016 May 9, Greek lawmakers
passed unpopular pension and tax reforms that a European official
said marked a major advance in negotiations towards unlocking more
rescue funds from the country's creditors.
2016 May 9, Indonesia’s VP
Jusuf Kalla spoke before the Int’l. Summit of the Moderate Islamic
Leaders meeting in Jakarta and called on Islamic leaders to spread
messages a tolerant Islam to curb extremism.
(SFC, 5/10/16, p.A2)
2016 May 9, In Iraq an evening
suicide bombing in a commercial Shiite neighborhood of Baqouba
killed at least 13 people.
2016 May 9, Japanese artist
Megumi Igarashi (44), who makes objects shaped like her vagina, was
convicted after a high-profile obscenity trial. The Tokyo District
Court slapped her with a 400,000 yen ($3,700) fine. The court
fined her for distributing digital data of her genitals but said her
figurines, decorated with fake fur and glitter, could be considered
(AFP, 5/9/16)(Reuters, 5/9/16)
2016 May 9, In Nigeria 3
soldiers guarding an oil installation were shot and killed when they
came under fierce attack. The Niger Avengers claimed responsibility.
(SFC, 5/12/16, p.A2)
2016 May 9, The Philippines
held presidential elections. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte won
the presidential election, defeating his four main rivals by a large
margin. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of late dictator Ferdinand
Marcos, led in the vice presidential race.
(AP, 5/9/16)(AP, 5/10/16)
2016 May 9, In the Philippines
Geraldine Roman won the congressional race in the first
district of northern Bataan province becoming the country’s first
2016 May 9, Rwanda said at
least 49 people have been killed by landslides in the country's
north following heavy rains over the weekend.
2016 May 9, In Somalia Islamic
jihadists killed 3 police officers in a bomb and gun attack on a
police station in Mogadishu. A suicide car bomber and a gunman also
died as well as two civilians.
2016 May 9, The UN World Food
Program said up to 5.3 million people in South Sudan may face a
severe food shortages during this year's lean season, nearly double
the number in the first three months of the year.
2016 May 9, In Syria multiple
air raids struck rebel-held areas while shelling hit
government-controlled parts of Aleppo, hours before a five-day
cease-fire was to expire.
2016 May 9, Thailand media
reported that a top Thai medical college has caught students using
spy cameras linked to smartwatches to cheat during exams.
2016 May 9, A Turkish soldier
was killed in clashes in Nusaybin, located at the Syrian border and
under a round-the-clock curfew since mid-March, as fighting
continued in both Nusaybin and Sirnak throughout the day.
2016 May 10, In Afghanistan a
joint raid by US and Afghan forces rescued Ali Haider Gilani, the
son of a former Pakistani prime minister, who was held captive for
three years by Islamic militants.
2016 May 10, In Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents killed at least 15 Afghan policemen when they
overran two checkpoints in Helmand province. 8 people were killed
and another 18 wounded when a suicide car bomber detonated his
vehicle in the Nazyan district of Nangarhar province.
(Reuters, 5/10/16)(AP, 5/10/16)
2016 May 10, In Brazil the
mayor of Sao Paulo signed a decree authorizing the use of
smartphone-based ride-sharing applications like Uber. Cab drivers
protested that Uber is unfair competition because its drivers don’t
have to pay city fees or undergo official inspections.
(SFC, 5/10/16, p.C2)
2016 May 10, British
researchers warned that fifth of the world's plant species are at
risk of extinction, in an unprecedented global census of the plant
2016 May 10, Bulgaria's deputy
prime minister and labor minister, Ivailo Kalfin, resigned from his
post after his center-left ABV party said it would withdraw its
support from the center-right government.
2016 May 10, France's
government decided to bypass parliament and impose a relaxation of
the country's protective labor laws by decree, sidestepping a
rebellion against one of socialist President Francois Hollande's
2016 May 10, In France a
19-year-old woman committed suicide by throwing herself in front of
a suburban train near Paris and streamed the act live on Periscope.
A judicial source said the victim "spoke of a rape and named the
aggressor" during the filming, adding that the claims were being
treated with caution at this stage.
2016 May 10, Germany announced
plans to add 7,000 military jobs and 4,400 civilians to its armed
forces over the next seven years to help tackle demands such as
cybersecurity and the fight against Islamic State.
2016 May 10, In Germany
unemployed carpenter Paul H. (27) stabbed four people at a train
station near Munich, killing one and injuring three. The man had
reportedly shown up in a different part of Germany a few days ago,
suspected of using drugs and exhibiting behavior suggesting he might
be mentally disturbed.
(Reuters, 5/10/16)(AFP, 5/11/16)
2016 May 10, Thousands of
ecstatic North Koreans joined a mass rally and parade as leader Kim
Jong Un capped off the consolidation of his power at a ruling party
congress at which he formalized its claim to be a nuclear weapons
2016 May 10, In Pakistan a bomb
exploded in the parking area of a state-run university in Quetta,
Baluchistan province, killing 2 police officers and wounding five
2016 May 10, The Philippines
started the process to strengthen its anti-money laundering and bank
secrecy laws, aiming to plug loopholes that allowed $81 million
stolen in one of the world's biggest cyber heists to pass through
Manila banks and casinos.
2016 May 10, In the Philippines
Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of late dictator Ferdinand
Marcos, who is running for vice president, called for a stop to an
unofficial vote count that shows his rival, Congresswoman Leni
Robredo, has overtaken him.
2016 May 10, In Syria two
airstrikes struck the northwestern town of Binnish, killing at least
10 people, wounding many others and knocking out the dome of a
mosque. The LCC said the warplanes were Syrian while the Observatory
said it wasn't clear if they were Syrian or Russian.
2016 May 10, Thailand ordered
the closure of its only active gold mine by the end of the year
after more than 300 people tested positive for arsenic and manganese
at Akara Resources' Chatree mine.
2016 May 10, In southeastern
Turkey 3 people were killed and 23 wounded when a bomb-laden car
detonated near a police vehicle in the strife-hit city of
Diyarbakir. The state-run Anadolu news agency said the attack was
carried out by the PKK.
(Reuters, 5/10/16)(SFC, 5/11/16, p.A2)
2016 May 10, Zambia police said
four suspects have been arrested in connection with a string of
grisly ritual murders in Lusaka that triggered anti-foreign riots
targeting mostly Rwandan migrants in April.
2016 May 11, In Bangladesh
Jamaat-e-Islami party leader Motiur Rahman Nizami (73), a main
political ally of opposition chief Khaleda Zia, was executed for war
crimes committed during the country's 1971 independence conflict
with Pakistan. His hanging sparked several outbreaks of violence and
2016 May 11, Senators in Brazil
began debate on whether to oust President Dilma Rousseff. If a
simple majority of the 81 senators vote in favor, Rousseff will be
suspended from office and Vice President Michel Temer will take over
for up to six months pending a decision on whether to remove her
from office permanently.
2016 May 11, Former Comoros
coup leader Azali Assoumani was elected as president, after last
month's election led to a re-run at 13 polling stations due to
violence and "irregularities".
2016 May 11, Democratic
Republic of Congo's highest court ruled that President Joseph Kabila
would stay in power beyond the end of his mandate if his government
failed to hold an election due in November.
2016 May 11, Germany’s Justice
Minister Heiko Maas announced plans to annul the historic
convictions of tens of thousands of men charged under a law that
criminalized homosexuality and to grant them financial compensation.
2016 May 11, Indian officials
announced plans to close a tax loophole that allows its citizens to
channel income through the tropical island of Mauritius and avoid
2016 May 11, India's government
said South Asian nations will set up a toll-free helpline and online
platform to fight human trafficking, and trace the thousands of
children who go missing in the region annually. Ministers from
India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the
Maldives and Nepal came to the agreement after a conference on child
protection held under the auspices of the South Asian Association
for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
2016 May 11, In Iraq three car
bombs in Baghdad, including a huge blast at a market in a Shiite
area, killed at least 93 people. IS issued an online statement
claiming responsibility for the attack in Sadr City and saying a
suicide bomber it identified as "Abu Sulaiman al-Ansari" detonated
the explosives-rigged vehicle killing at least 64.
(AFP, 5/11/16)(SFC, 5/12/16, p.A2)
2016 May 11, In Iraq the
Islamic State group of Nineveh province released a video showing
five alleged "spies" being shot dead in Iraq by young men from a
crowd assembled for the execution.
2016 May 11, Italy's parliament
gave a green light for the introduction of gay civil unions in the
last major Western country not to legally recognize same-sex
2016 May 11, Kenya’s interior
security minister said the government will close Dadaab refugee
camp. It held an estimated 328,000-344,000 refugees mostly from
Somalia and is often referred to as the world's largest camp.
(AP, 5/11/16)(Econ, 5/14/16,
2016 May 11, In Nigeria Shell
closed the terminal exporting the country’s benchmark Bonny Light
crude oil as was evacuating workers as renewed militant attacks cut
(SFC, 5/12/16, p.A2)
2016 May 11, Syrian regime
forces battled jihadists who cut a key supply route west of ancient
Palmyra, after new bombardments hit Aleppo city where a ceasefire is
due to expire at midnight.
2016 May 11, In Tunisia two
suspected jihadists were killed during a security operation near the
capital against a cell planning "simultaneous" attacks. Sixteen
others were arrested during the operation in Ariana province.
2016 May 11, The southern
Tunisia of Ben Guerdane went on strike in protest at a decision by
Libyan authorities late last month to halt cross-border trade on
which its economy depends.
2016 May 11, In Uganda
opposition leader Kizza Besigye was arrested in Kampala after
staging his own swearing-in ceremony and whisked to Moroto, a town
in the remote Karamoja region of the country, and subsequently
charged with treason. On July 12 Besigye was freed on bail.
(AFP, 5/14/16)(AP, 7/12/16)
2016 May 12, The Obama
administration unveiled its latest action aimed at reducing methane
emissions in the oil and gas industry. The EPA ruling would reduce
methane emissions from oil and gas drilling by 40 to 45% by 2025
compared with 2012 levels.
(Reuters, 5/12/16)(SFC, 5/13/16, p.A8)
2016 May 12, The Obama
administration said public schools must permit transgender students
to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen
gender identity. Politicians in Arkansas, Texas and elsewhere soon
(SFC, 5/13/16, p.A8)(SFC, 5/14/16, p.A6)
2016 May 12, The United States
switched on an $800 million missile shield in Romania that it sees
as vital to defend itself and Europe from so-called rogue states but
the Kremlin says is aimed at blunting its own nuclear arsenal.
2016 May 12, Oracle Corp.
founder Larry Ellison pledged $200 million to the Univ. of Southern
California to create a center designed to combine traditional
medicine with holistic approaches to treat and prevent cancer.
(SFC, 5/13/16, p.C1)
2016 May 12, George Zimmerman
(32), the former neighborhood-watch volunteer who shot and killed
black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, said he would sell the gun he
used in the shooting at auction.
2016 May 12, In Oklahoma the
Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 landed in Tulsa after taking off from
Arizona on the latest leg of its around-the-world journey.
(SFC, 5/14/16, p.A6)
2016 May 12, In Australia the
4-day Sexpo, Sydney's adult entertainment and lifestyle show, opened
for its 20th year.
2016 May 12, In Brazil centrist
VP Michel Temer, of the centrist Party of the Brazilian Democratic
Movement (PMDB), took the helm of the country, hours after the
Senate voted to suspend President Dilma Rousseff, of the Workers’
Party (PT), to stand trial for breaking budgetary laws.
(Reuters, 5/12/16)(Econ, 5/7/16, p.25)
2016 May 12, Britain’s PM David
Cameron, the host of a global anti-corruption summit, announced that
countries have pledged to set up public registers of company
ownership in a collective effort to make it harder to launder the
proceeds of corruption around the globe. Countries taking part in
the summit issued a 34-point communique outlining pledges to tackle
issues ranging from doping and match-fixing in sports to tax evasion
2016 May 12, It was reported
that China's ruling Communist Party has expelled Zhang Kunsheng,
former assistant foreign minister, for graft, including joining
private clubs, accepting gifts and bribes, and trading power for
sex. Kunsheng was sacked from his government post last January and
put under investigation.
2016 May 12, French prosecutors
said that $2 million tied to Tokyo's winning bid for the 2020
Olympics was apparently paid to an account linked to Papa Massata
Diack (50), the son of disgraced former IAAF president Lamine Diack,
in the months immediately before and after the Japanese capital won
2016 May 12, Guinea-Bissau's
President Jose Mario Vaz sacked PM Carlos Correia and dissolved his
government, in a move that threatened to deepen political turmoil in
the tiny West African nation.
2016 May 12, In India
television journalist Akhilesh Pratap Singh was also shot dead by
unknown assailants as he returned home on a motorbike in restive
2016 May 12, Iran announced
that it will not send pilgrims to Saudi Arabia this year for the
annual hajj pilgrimage, after a disaster during the event last year
killed at least 2,426 people including 464 of its pilgrims.
2016 May 12, The World Health
Organization said air pollution causes more than 3 million premature
deaths worldwide every year. The worst air pollution was recorded at
Zabol in Iran. The WHO said India has four of the 10 cities in the
world with the worst air pollution and Saudi Arabia had two.
(Reuters, 5/12/16)(SFC, 5/13/16, p.A2)
2016 May 12, Islamic State
insurgents killed at least 17 Iraqi soldiers with suicide truck
bombs in a major attack on government forces in Jarayshi, 10 km (6
miles) north of Ramadi. They also surrounded an army regiment,
seized a bridge and cut a key supply route linking Ramadi to the
Thirthar district further north. The jihadist group also killed two
policemen and wounded eight others in two suicide bombings in Abu
Ghraib outside Baghdad.
2016 May 12, Kyrgyzstan
security services arrested three politicians including a former
minister on charges of plotting a coup, ahead of an anti-government
rally later this month.
2016 May 12, In Libya 4 members
of military forces loyal to the new UN-backed unity government were
reported killed and 30 wounded in clashes with Islamic State (IS)
insurgents near the western city of Misrata.
2016 May 12, Coca-Cola said it
will stop production of all canned drinks in Namibia and has warned
consumers of possible shortages, as a regional drought worsened
across southern Africa.
2016 May 12, In northeastern
Nigeria 7 people including 2 police officers were killed when a
suicide bomber tried to attack government offices in Maiduguri.
2016 May 12, Officials said
Pakistan is spending $4 billion a year on cotton imports to support
the ailing textile industry, after erratic rainfall and drought in
the country's cotton fields slammed growers and the country's
2016 May 12, Slovenia said it
took in its first 28 migrants under an EU relocation scheme that
many other EU countries have been slow to carry out or rejected
outright. Slovenia, with a population of 2 million, has committed to
accepting a total of 587 migrants, or up to 50 per month through
2016 May 12, Syrian government
forces battled rebels north of Aleppo as a ceasefire expired in the
city itself. Insurgents captured the Alawite village of al-Zara from
government control in western Syria and abducted civilians living
2016 May 12, In Syria Lebanon’s
top Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine (55) was killed in an
explosion in Damascus.
2016 May 12, In Turkey 15
militants were killed in clashes in Sirnak province. 4 suspected
bomb makers were killed and 23 people were wounded when an explosion
ripped through a village in the southeast as PKK militants loaded
explosives onto a small truck. Authorities later identified the
remains of 13 people from two families killed from more than 15 tons
of explosives in the truck raising the death toll to 16.
(Reuters, 5/13/16)(AP, 5/17/16)
2016 May 12, Uganda’s Pres.
Museveni (71) was inaugurated for a 5th term amid arrests of
opposition politicians and a shutdown of social media.
(SFC, 5/13/16, p.A2)
2016 May 12, In Yemen a suicide
car bombing struck a navy base in the southern port city of Mukalla,
killing at least 6 troops in a rare IS attack in a city once
occupied by its rival militant al-Qaida branch. Yemen's Islamic
State affiliate claimed responsibility.
2016 May 13, President Barack
Obama welcomed a group of Nordic leaders to the White House and
celebrated the five Nordic nations (Denmark, Finland, Iceland,
Norway and Sweden) as models of reliability, equality, generosity,
responsibility, even personal happiness. Obama said that he and the
five Nordic nations agreed on the need to maintain sanctions against
(AP, 5/13/16)(Reuters, 5/13/16)
2016 May 13, The United States
and its allies targeted Islamic State militants in Iraq with 17
strikes and five in Syria.
2016 May 13, Pfizer announced
that it has imposed sweeping controls on the distribution of its
products to ensure that none are used in lethal injections.
(SFC, 5/14/16, p.A6)
2016 May 13, Albania’s
government fired Shukri Xhelili, mayor of Peshkopi, after he offered
a job to a young woman in exchange for sexual favors.
2016 May 13, Former Argentine
Pres. Cristina Fernandez was charged with defrauding the state as
part of her government’s handling of the dollar futures market.
(SFC, 5/14/16, p.A2)
2016 May 13, In Austria top
officials from the senior government coalition party agreed to
nominate Christian Kern, the state railways head, as chancellor
following the abrupt resignation of the man who led both the party
and the country.
2016 May 13, Belgium said it
will extend its F-16 air strikes against Islamic State jihadists in
Iraq into Syria, as it grapples with the aftermath of deadly
IS-claimed bomb attacks in Brussels in March.
2016 May 13, Belgium-based
SWIFT, the global financial system used to move hundreds of billions
of dollars a day, said highly sophisticated hackers had gained
access to a bank aiming to hijack fund transfers made via the
network. SWIFT insisted its own system had not been compromised, but
warned that this latest attack was clearly part of a wide-ranging
2016 May 13, It was reported
that the purported personal details of numerous Chinese business
moguls and politically-connected elite were posted this week to an
anonymous Twitter account, an embarrassing leak for authorities that
has raised concerns about the security of official records.
2016 May 13, Congo police fired
teargas at thousands of supporters rallying outside the prosecutor's
office where a leading opposition presidential candidate Moise
Katumbi was facing a hearing over accusations he was plotting a
2016 May 13, Germany's domestic
secret service accused Russia of a series of international cyber
attacks aimed at spying and sabotage, in "hybrid warfare" that also
targeted the German parliament last year.
2016 May 13, In India Rajdeo
Ranjan, the local bureau chief for Hindi-language daily Hindustan,
was travelling on his motorcycle in Bihar state when a group of
unknown assailants shot him five times.
2016 May 13, In northern Iraq
shooting and bomb attacks claimed by Islamic State killed at least
16 people in Balad.
2016 May 13, Japan-based Honda
said it would recall millions more cars equipped with airbags made
by crisis-hit supplier Takata, in a widening of a scandal that has
already led to the biggest auto recall in US history.
2016 May 13, Laos PM Thongloun
Sisoulith banned all timber exports in an effort to save the
country’s dwindling forests.
(Econ, 6/25/16, p.34)
2016 May 13, In Lithuania local
artist Mindaugas Bonanu adorned a barbecue restaurant in Vilnius
with a poster showing Donald Trump locking lips with Vladimir Putin
along with the text "Make Everything Great Again".
2016 May 13, A North Korean
coast guard ship detained a Russian yacht with a crew of five
people. Russia's Foreign Ministry sent a note to Pyongyang demanding
explanation for the cause of the detention. The yacht was released
on May 15.
(Reuters, 5/14/16)(AFP, 5/15/16)
2016 May 13, Portuguese
lawmakers voted to change the law on artificial insemination, which
previously was restricted to heterosexuals who were married or
living together for more than two years. The changes also brought
legal recognition for surrogacy, but only for women with health
problems preventing pregnancy. The measures are due to come into
force within weeks.
2016 May 13, In Russia three
key editors at the top media holding firm RBC said they have
resigned amid a flurry of probes and police raids around the
2016 May 13, In South Africa a
judge ruled that gold miners who got lung diseases while working
underground, as well as families of miners who died of such
diseases, can launch a class action suit against mining companies.
2016 May 13, In Spain a massive
fire broke out at a sprawling tire dump in Sesena near Madrid,
sending a spectacular billowing cloud of thick black smoke into the
air that was visible for at least 30 km.
2016 May 13, Suspected Syrian
government airstrikes in the northern city of Idlib killed at least
2016 May 13, In Turkey 6
soldiers were killed and eight were wounded in clashes with
militants in the southeastern Hakkari province near the border with
Iraq. A military helicopter sent to the area crashed due to a
technical fault killing 2 pilots. 6 PKK militants were also killed
in an operation in that region.
(Reuters, 5/13/16)(SFC, 5/14/16, p.A3)
2016 May 13, Turkish fighter
jets carried out nine airstrikes against Kurdish rebels in the
southeast of the country and northern Iraq. The warplanes reportedly
destroyed 98 targets of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party.
2016 May 13, Venezuelan
President Nicolas Maduro declared a 60-day state of emergency due to
what he called plots from within the OPEC country and the United
States to topple his leftist government.
2016 May 14, In the US state of
Georgia 5 people were found dead in a house fire in Colquitt County.
Investigators later said the 5 people had been shot dead and the
blaze was set to cover up the crimes. Jeffrey Alan Peacock (25) was
later arrested for murder and arson.
(SFC, 5/21/16, p.A5)
2016 May 14, Hundreds of
climate change activists in New York and Washington state mobilized
as part of a global protest against fossil fuels. The so-called
Break Free 2016 is a 12-day protest event seeking to call attention
to climate change and demanding a transition to clean energy.
2016 May 14, In Texas 8 people
were killed and 43 were injured after a charter bus heading to a
casino in the town of Eagle Pass rolled over on the highway.
2016 May 14, In Afghanistan at
least 3 policemen died after a suicide bomber detonated an
explosives-laden vehicle near a police training base in southern
2016 May 14, Bangladesh local
media said 64 people have been killed by lightning over the past two
days during tropical storms across the country.
2016 May 14, in southeastern
Bangladesh body of Buddhist monk Maung Shue U. Chak (75) was found
in a monastery with his throat slit.
2016 May 14, In Bosnia tens of
thousands of people rallied in separate demonstrations for and
against the regional Bosnian Serb government in the northern city of
Banja Luka, kept apart by police and barricades to prevent violence.
The pro-EU Alliance for Changes accused the Bosnian Serb government
of corruption and its leader Milorad Dodik of dictatorship. Dodik's
camp accuses the opposition of betraying Bosnian Serb national
interests, which according to him lie in seceding from Bosnia and
creating a new Serb country with close ties to Russia.
2016 May 14, Cameroon's
government said multinational joint forces fighting Boko Haram have
arrested five leaders of the extremist group earlier this month and
freed 28 children along with at least 18 women.
2016 May 14, In Egypt two Cairo
courts convicted and sentenced to five years in jail a total of 101
protesters for taking part in peaceful, anti-government
demonstrations last month. The sentences were passed hours after
another Cairo court sentenced another 51 protesters to two years in
jail for their part in last month's demonstrations.
2016 May 14, In Haiti
protesters marched in the capital demanding the departure of an
interim president who was supposed to leave office this weekend. The
demonstration of ex-President Michel Martelly's Tet Kale political
faction reached a peak of a few thousand in downtown Port-au-Prince.
2016 May 14, In southern India
a truck and an overcrowded motorized rickshaw collided in Telangana
state killing 16 people, half of them from a single family.
2016 May 14, In India an
overcrowded boat sank following a village fair in West Bengal state.
Rescuers soon recovered 18 bodies from the Hooghly river.
2016 May 14, Iran's Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the Internet was promoting
un-Islamic thoughts that should be promptly dealt with.
2016 May 14, Iranians staged an
international contest for cartoons depicting the Holocaust but
insisted the event was aimed at criticizing alleged Western double
standards regarding free expression and not at denying the Nazi
2016 May 14, In Iraq more 14
suicide bombers attacked a residential and government complex at
Amiriyat Fallujah, killing at least 6 people. Five of the attackers
blew up themselves while clashing with security forces, while others
holed up inside the buildings, and were later killed.
2016 May 14, Mexican
authorities issued a new smog alert for the capital after ozone
levels rose above 150 percent of acceptable limits.
2016 May 14, In Mexico 3 men
were gunned down in a tourist-hotel quarter of the Pacific Coast
resort city of Acapulco.
2016 May 14, In Nigeria
regional and Western powers gathered for talks on quelling the
threat from Boko Haram as the UN warned of the militants' threat to
African security and ties to the Islamic State group.
2016 May 14, In Peru at least
12 people died when a passenger bus veered off the road and crashed
along the country's northern coast.
2016 May 14, In Russia a brawl
at a cemetery involving up to 200 people has left two people dead
and 10 wounded. Police said the brawl was believed to have been
about control over providing burial services at the sprawling
Khovanskoye cemetery in southwest Moscow.
2016 May 14, In Syria the
Islamic State attacked a hospital in Deir al-Zor and seized
territory on the edge of the besieged city still partly controlled
by the government. The fighting killed at least 20 members of the
Syrian government forces and at least six Islamic State fighters.
2016 May 14, Tajikistan's
President Emomali Rakhmon signed a law to create a holiday honoring
his autocratic rule in a move that fuels fears of a burgeoning
personality cult in the Central Asian state.
2016 May 14, Turkey’s state-run
Anadolu Agency reported that Turkish military and US-led coalition
forces killed 45 Islamic State militants in shelling and an air
strike north of the Syrian city of Aleppo.
2016 May 14, Ukraine's interior
minister lambasted reporters who were accredited by pro-Russian
rebels to cover fighting in the country's east, after their details
were leaked by hackers.
2016 May 14, UN experts said
Congolese army officers and police reported receiving pistols from a
group of 30 North Korean instructors training their presidential
guard and special police forces, which would appear to be a
violation of UN sanctions banning Pyongyang from exporting weapons
or providing military training.
2016 May 14, Venezuelan
President Nicolas Maduro announced a sweeping crackdown under a new
emergency decree, ordering the seizure of paralyzed factories, the
arrest of their owners and military exercises to counter alleged
2016 May 15, San Francisco held
its annual Bay to Breakers race with some 40,000 registered runners
and thousands more freeloaders. The record for paying customers was
110,000 in 1986.
(SFC, 5/16/16, p.A6)
2016 May 15, Australians
cheered contestant and juries' favorite Dami Im for placing second
at the annual Eurovision song contest in Sweden.
2016 May 15, Colombian
authorities reported the biggest cocaine seizure in the history of a
country long plagued by traffic in the drug. 50 commandos backed by
helicopters seized about 8 tons of cocaine on a banana plantation in
the northwestern department of Antioquia.
2016 May 15, The Dominican
Republic held elections. Dominicans faced a dizzying array of
choices in one of the most complex ballots in recent history, with
eight candidates for president, all 222 members of Congress up for
re-election and thousands of people vying for local offices around
the country. Incumbent leader Danilo Medina was tipped to win
despite grinding poverty and widespread crime.
(AP, 5/15/16)(AFP, 5/15/16)
2016 May 15, German police said
they have arrested more than 100 people demonstrating against a coal
mining in eastern Germany. The protest was organized by the groups
Klimatecamp (Climate Camp) and EndeGelaende, which loosely
translates as "it's finished now." Their goal is to prevent the
mining and use of coal.
2016 May 15, Iran’s Tasnim news
agency said eight members of a modeling network have been arrested
and accused of publishing photos of women without the obligatory
hijab headscarf on the picture-sharing application Instagram.
2016 May 15, In Iraq Jihadist
suicide attackers broke into a gas plant north of Baghdad, killing
at least 14 people and setting fire to gas tanks. The Islamic State
(IS) group claimed responsibility for the attack on the Taji plant.
A string of attacks in or close to Baghdad killed 15 others.
(Reuters, 5/15/16)(SFC, 5/16/16, p.A4)
2016 May 15, Japanese banks
lost some 1.8 billion yen ($16.5 million) when fake overseas cards
were used at convenience store ATMs. Fake cards of a South African
bank were used. Police later arrested three suspects.
2016 May 15, In Nepal Hundreds
of minority ethnic group supporters scuffled with police in
Kathmandu, restarting protests against the government and the
Himalayan nation's new constitution.
2016 May 15, Russian sports
minister Vitaly Mutko apologized for the doping scandal that
threatens the athletic superpower's participation in the Rio
2016 May 15, A Turkish soldier
and six members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) were
killed in the largely Kurdish southeast. The Turkish military killed
16 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters in an operation backed by
air power near the Iranian border.
(Reuters, 5/15/16)(Reuters, 5/16/16)
2016 May 15, Turkish and US-led
coalition forces struck Islamic State targets north of the Syrian
city of Aleppo, killing 27 fighters. The United States and its
allies conducted 14 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
2016 May 15, Jubilant
Ukrainians erupted in celebration after Jamala won the Eurovision
Song Contest with a powerful tribute to her Tatar people's
deportation from Russian-annexed Crimea in 1944.
2016 May 15, In southern Yemen
a suicide bomber killed at least 25 new recruits and 6 guards inside
a police compound in Mukalla in an attack claimed by Islamic State.
(AFP, 5/15/16)(SFC, 5/16/16, p.A2)
2016 May 16, The United States
and its allies conducted 12 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
2016 May 16, The International
Federation of Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
pledged $110 million to a new initiative to help drought-stricken
southern African countries including Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique,
Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
2016 May 16, In Afghanistan
thousands of demonstrators from the Hazara minority marched in
protest through Kabul, accusing President Ashraf Ghani's government
of cutting them out of a multi-million dollar power transmission
2016 May 16, In Austria world
powers meeting in Vienna said they supported the lifting of an arms
embargo on Libya and were ready to supply weapons to the country's
new unity government to help it fight the growing threat posed by
the Islamic State group.
2016 May 16, The UN said more
than nine million people in the Lake Chad region are in desperate
need of food aid as the violent insurgency continues being waged
there by Boko Haram. Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger have
significantly weakened Boko Haram but have been unable to vanquish
the Islamists entirely.
2016 May 16, French energy
giant Total officially opened the Shetland Gas Plant in Britain's
northernmost outpost, which cost $5 billion (4.4 billion euros) to
2016 May 16, In western
Indonesia rescuers found the bodies of 17 people who were among 20
university students and two guides who went missing in
rain-triggered floods and landslides at a popular waterfall. One
student was found alive. 4 people remained missing.
2016 May 16, Iraqi security
forces and allied fighters launched an operation to retake the town
of Rutba from the Islamic State jihadist group.
2016 May 16, Kenyan police
fired tear gas and water cannon at stone-throwing crowds protesting
in central Nairobi against an election oversight body they say is
biased and should be scrapped. Police officers were seen viciously
beating an unresponsive fallen protester as they broke up the
demonstrations. At least 15 people were arrested and at least one
victim died. A day later Kenya's police chief ordered an internal
(Reuters, 5/16/16)(AFP, 5/17/16)(Econ, 5/21/16,
2016 May 16, In Nepal
supporters of ethnic minority groups demanding changes in the new
constitution clashed with police and blocked main streets near the
prime minister's office, as their newly started protests entered
their second day.
2016 May 16, Presumptive
Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he will reimpose the
death penalty, offer Cabinet posts to communist rebels, and move to
amend the constitution to give more power to the provinces. He also
said he will launch a major military offensive to destroy Abu Sayyaf
extremists on southern Jolo Island.
2016 May 16, Rwanda officials
said over 1,500 Burundians have been expelled in recent days, amid
worsening relations between the neighbors.
2016 May 16, Han Kang’s “The
Vegetarian" won the Man Booker Int’l. Prize (MBIP) for fiction. The
South Korean book was translated by Deborah Smith.
(Econ, 5/21/16, p.77)
2016 May 16, Swedish citizen
Claver Berinkindi (61), originally from Rwanda, was sentenced in
Stockholm to life in prison for his role in the 1994 genocide in the
2016 May 17, The Obama
administration announced changes to sanctions imposed on Myanmar.
The new measures took three state-owned banks and seven state
enterprises off its blacklist.
(Econ, 5/21/16, p.34)
2016 May 17, Eric Fanning was
unanimously confirmed as secretary of the US Army by the Senate,
making him the first openly gay leader in the United States
2016 May 17, In the SF Bay Area
the Oakland City Council approved laws to regulate the city’s
medical cannabis industry.
(SFC, 5/17/16, p.A6)
2016 May 17, It was reported
that an epidemic of crystal meth addiction on the remote Fort Peck
Indian Reservation in northern Montana has led to sex trafficking
amidst poverty, isolation, joblessness and violence. A federal Drug
Enforcement Administration report has said number of drug cases on
Indian lands nationwide rose seven-fold from 2009 to 2014, and crime
rates on some reservations are five times higher than national
2016 May 17, South Carolina
lawmakers passed a bill to restrict abortions beyond 20 weeks. Gov.
Nikki Haley (R) signed the bill on May 25 making South Carolina the
17th state with such a ban.
(CSM, 5/18/16)(SFC, 5/26/16, p.A6)
2016 May 17, The Algerian army
began a sweep through the d'Errich forest in Ain Turk in the Bouira
region troops. The operation killed 8 Islamist fighters.
2016 May 17, World and regional
powers meeting in Vienna agreed to try and turn Syria's shaky pause
in fighting into a comprehensive cease-fire as a step toward ending
the five-year war that left hundreds of thousands dead and fueled
the rise of Islamic extremists.
2016 May 17, An Azerbaijani
soldier and an ethnic Armenian fighter for the breakaway Nagorny
Karabakh region's army died in fresh clashes, hours after Baku and
Yerevan agreed to respect a ceasefire in the disputed territory.
2016 May 17, Dozens of Belgian
trade unionists and prison workers who have been on a three-week
strike to demand an end to austerity and better working conditions
broke into the justice ministry in Brussels and damaged part of the
building. Police pushed them back with tear gas.
2016 May 17, The International
Olympic Committee opened disciplinary proceedings against the 31
unidentified athletes from 12 countries who competed in Beijing and
were planning to take part in the Rio de Janeiro Games in August.
They were caught in the retesting of drug samples from the 2008
2016 May 17, Germany’s police
said they have received a total of seven complaints alleging sexual
harassment or assault at the Carnival of Cultures, an annual
festival in Berlin that ran from May 13 to May 16.
2016 May 17, In Greece a
ceremony marked the beginning of construction on a new pipeline
project bringing Azeri gas through northern Greece and Albania to
Italy, reducing Europe's energy dependency on Russia. The Trans
Adriatic Pipeline will run for 878 km (550 miles), from Greece's
border with Turkey to southern Italy, and includes a 105-kilometer
(65-mile) stretch under the Adriatic Sea.
2016 May 17, Iran's parliament
passed a bill requiring the government demand payment from the
United States as compensation for alleged damages Tehran suffered as
a result of American policies over past decades.
2016 May 17, In Iraq four
bombings killed at least 69 people and wounded more than 100 in
(Reuters, 5/17/16)(SFC, 5/17/16, p.A2)
2016 May 17, In Kosovo a few
hundred people from the gay and lesbian community held their first
ever pride parade, seeking acceptance and respect of their rights in
the conservative society.
2016 May 17, In Libya forces
allied to the Government of National Accord (GNA) captured the town
of Abu Grein as they advanced on Sirte.
2016 May 17, In Nigeria
teenager Amina Ali Darsha, the first of more than 200 schoolgirls
missing for over two years after they were kidnapped by Boko Haram
militants in Chibok, was found carrying a baby near the Sambisa
forest close to the border with Cameroon.
2016 May 17, In South Korea a
woman (23) was attacked and stabbed to death by a male stranger
early today in a building's bathroom near Seoul’s Gangnam subway
2016 May 17, Sri Lankan
disaster officials said flash floods and landslides, triggered by
more than three days of heavy rain, have forced more than 130,000
people from their homes. The death toll soon reached 92 with at
least 109 people missing.
(Reuters, 5/17/16)(AP, 5/18/16)(AP, 5/21/16)(SFC,
2016 May 17, Yemen's government
said it is suspending its participation in talks with Iran-backed
rebels, in a new setback to the UN-backed peace process.
2016 May 18, The United States
and its allies staged 17 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and
2016 May 18, In South Carolina
police in Simpsonville arrested 54 people in a 2-day prostitution
(SSFC, 5/22/16, p.A11)
2016 May 18, A fifth round of
four-nation talks (Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and
China) aimed at laying the ground for a negotiated end to the Afghan
war began in Pakistan, as hopes faded for bringing the Taliban
insurgents to the table quickly.
2016 May 18, In northern
Afghanistan at least 20 people were killed in flash floods that hit
the province of Sari Pul. The early morning floods hit the district
of Kohistanat in the remote south of Sari Pul.
2016 May 18, Chinese appliance
maker Midea made a $5.2 billion takeover offer for German industrial
robot maker Kuka, a move that it says would help it capture a larger
share of the "future service robots market."
2016 May 18, In Ecuador two
earthquakes at magnitude 6.7 and 6.8 struck in the early morning and
at midday leaving one person dead and dozens injured.
(SFC, 5/19/16, p.A4)
2016 May 18, Strikes by French
railway and port workers halved train services and prompted
cancellation of ferry links to Britain. French police staged
demonstrations in about 60 cities against a surge of "anti-cop
hatred" which they say they have suffered at a series of
anti-government protests in recent months.
(Reuters, 5/18/16)(AFP, 5/18/16)(SFC, 5/19/16,
2016 May 18, In Libya 32 people
were killed and 50 wounded in a car-bomb attack in Abu Grein
targeting the forces allied with the GNA.
2016 May 18, Human Rights Watch
released a report documenting atrocities by Libya's Islamic State
affiliate — including instances of "crucifixions" and shooting a man
to death for "cursing God" — in the coastal city of Sirte, a
stronghold of the militants.
2016 May 18, In northeastern
Mali 5 Chadian peacekeepers were killed and three others wounded
during an ambush in the Kidal region. Three suspects were captured
following the attack.
2016 May 18, The Dutch finance
minister said the country's national debt declined last year for the
first time since 2006 as the economy reaped the benefits of reforms
and recovered from the global economic turmoil of recent years. The
2015 national debt was 442 billion euros, 10 billion less than the
previous year. The debt equals 65.1 percent of gross domestic
2016 May 18, Norway awarded 10
new licenses for offshore oil and gas exploration in the Barents
Sea, including three in previously untouched waters near the Russian
border. The 13 companies awarded participating interests in the
licensing round included Statoil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and
2016 May 18, In Pakistan a twin
bombing killed a police officer and wounded nine people in the
northwestern city of Peshawar.
2016 May 18, In Pakistan 8
al-Qaida operatives and other militants were killed near the city of
Multan, Punjab province. Several of the accomplices managed to flee
but were traced to the district of Dera Ghazi Khan, where six were
killed in a firefight with security forces the following day.
2016 May 18, Somaliland, with a
population of approximately 4 million people, celebrated 25 years
since the region proclaimed independence from Somalia renewing calls
for international recognition of its self-declared independence from
2016 May 18, In central Syria a
regime air strike killed at least 13 members of the same family,
including eight children in Rastan.
2016 May 18, Turkish warplanes
hit PKK targets overnight in southeast Turkey and northern Iraq,
killing at least 10 fighters. 4 Turkish soldiers were killed and
nine wounded when a bomb was detonated as their vehicle traveled
past in the mainly Kurdish southeast of the country. Earlier today a
soldier was killed in Nusaybin, situated at the Syrian border some
500 km (310 miles) away, when militants opened fire on him.
2016 May 18, Uganda's
opposition leader Kizza Besigye was remanded to a maximum security
prison in the capital after being charged with treason for
organizing protests against the re-election of long-time President
2016 May 18, Yemen's PM Ahmed
bin rejected a unity government proposed by Iran-backed rebels whom
he accused of bringing the country's economy to the brink of
2016 May 19, Pres. Obama
recognized 17 leading scientists and innovators as recipients of the
National Medal of Science.
(SFC, 5/20/16, p.A5)
2016 May 19, The United States
and its allies conducted 17 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq
2016 May 19, In San Francisco
the police shooting of Jessica Williams (29), a young black woman,
proved the final straw for police Chief Greg Suhr, who resigned as
head of the department already weighed down by shootings and
racially tinged scandals. No charges were filed against the officers
(SFC, 5/20/16, p.A1)(SFC, 10/19/17, p.A1)
2016 May 19, Alan Young
(b.1919), an English-born actor who played the owner of the talking
horse “Mr. Ed" (1961-1966), died in Woodland Hills, Ca.
(SSFC, 5/22/16, p.C12)
2016 May 19, Morley Safer
(1931-2016), longtime journalist for “60 Minutes", died at his home
in Manhattan a week after announcing his retirement.
(SFC, 5/20/16, p.A4)
2016 May 19, In Afghanistan 8
policemen were killed by a colleague who turned his gun on them at a
checkpoint in Qalat, Zabul province. In the Dihrawud district of
Uruzgan province, two policemen were killed by a colleague in an
apparent personal dispute. A senior officer of the Afghan army's 205
Corps, Gen. Abdul Basir Sheerwand, was killed when a roadside bomb
exploded in the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar province.
2016 May 19, World Health
Organization held an emergency meeting on the outbreak of yellow
fever in Angola. Yellow fever has been raging since last December,
and especially in the capital Luanda, killing 293 people in the
country to date and infecting another 2,267.
2016 May 19, An EgyptAir Airbus
320 jet carrying 66 passengers and crew from Paris to Cairo
disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean south of Greece.
Athens said the plane swerved in mid-air before plunging from
cruising height and vanishing. Greek officials soon reported pieces
of plastic and two life vests found floating some 230 miles south of
Crete. On Dec 15 Egypt’s government reported that traces of
explosives have been found on some of the victims of an EgyptAir
(Reuters, 5/19/16)(AP, 12/15/16)
2016 May 19, Egypt’s official
gazette said Russia will loan Egypt $25 billion to finance building
and operating a nuclear power plant in Egypt.
2016 May 19, Indian PM Narendra
Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won power for the first
time in the northeastern state of Assam.
2016 May 19, In northern India
Phalodi wilted as the mercury reached a new high of 51 degrees
Celsius, equivalent to 123.8 Fahrenheit, beating a 60-year-old
2016 May 19, Iraq announced
that its forces have recaptured the western town of Rutba, which had
been held by the Islamic State jihadist group since 2014.
2016 May 19, NATO invited the
Balkan nation of Montenegro to become its 29th member, agreeing to
expand for only the seventh time in its history despite Russia's
2016 May 19, In western Nepal a
landslide swept into a mountain village, killing at least four
people and leaving three missing in Katwada village.
2016 May 19, In the Philippines
boxing great Manny Pacquiao was proclaimed as a winner of a Senate
seat, bringing him closer to a possible crack at the presidency.
2016 May 19, Russian
performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky, known for his radical,
politically charged performances, was convicted of vandalism for a
pro-Ukraine protest and sentenced to 16 months in prison. He won't
have to serve prison time because the statute of limitations had
expired. He remained in custody while awaiting trial in Moscow in a
second case after he set fire to the doors of the Russian security
2016 May 19, South African
media said authorities have arrested at least 30 students after the
torching of a building at the University of Fort Hare during
overnight protests. It was not immediately clear why the students
2016 May 19, In Spain the
Castile and Leon government outlawed the killing of bulls at town
festivals in a measure that likely will stop the animals being
speared to death at one of the country's goriest summer events.
2016 May 19, In northern Spain
3 French people were killed when the light aircraft they were flying
crashed in Arbizu after reportedly colliding with a vulture.
2016 May 19, Syrian government
forces and allied militias made a swift advance into Damascus's
rebel-held suburbs, threatening to disrupt a years-long stalemate in
the war around the Syrian capital.
2016 May 19, Thailand’s
Department of Land Transport put the brakes on motorbike-hailing
services offered by Uber and Singapore-based GrabBike barely two
months after they started.
2016 May 19, Turkey's ruling
party named Transport Minister Binali Yildirim, a loyal ally of
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as the new prime minister.
2016 May 20, The White House
was placed on lockdown for more than an hour and heavily armed
Secret Service agents deployed around the building after a man
brandished a weapon nearby. Jesse Oliveri of Ashland, Pa., was shot
once by a Secret Service agent and taken into custody.
(AP, 5/21/16)(SFC, 5/23/16, p.A6)
2016 May 20, Coca-Cola said it
is halting production in Venezuela of its namesake beverage due to a
sugar shortage brought on by the country's grinding economic crisis.
Last month, Empresas Polar, Venezuela's largest food and beverage
company, stopped production of beer because of a lack of imported
2016 May 20, Afghan Taliban
leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone strike in the
Afghan-Pakistan border area. US officials later said Mansour was
likely killed in an air strike on Pakistani soil.
(AP, 5/21/16)(Reuters, 5/22/16)
2016 May 20, In Bangladesh
Sanaur Rahman, a homeopath doctor, was hacked to death and his
friend critically wounded by men wielding machetes. The two were hit
by three attackers who fled on a motorbike in the western district
2016 May 20, The Chilean
government said it has reached a deal with small-scale fishermen who
had blocked access to the Chiloe archipelago after a toxic algal
bloom put their livelihoods at risk. They will get $1,000 in
compensation. The government aid also extends to other non-fishing
families who depend on the sea, including algae gatherers and
2016 May 20, China reported
that 135 people have been arrested in 22 provinces for illegally
buying and selling vaccines.
2016 May 20, In southern China
at least 8 people were killed and another four went missing in a
strong storm that hammered the city of Xinyi. Officials said the
storm brought the heaviest rainfall since 1954, when authorities
started to collect weather data.
2016 May 20, In Egypt a group
of Muslims set fire to seven houses belonging to Christians and
stripped a woman (70) naked in the southern province of Minya after
rumors that her Christian son had an affair with a Muslim woman.
2016 May 20, The European Space
Agency (ESA) said that a European satellite has spotted a potential
oil slick in the area of the eastern Mediterranean Sea where an
EgyptAir jet disappeared on May 18 with 66 people on board. The
Egyptian navy said earlier today it had found the personal
belongings of passengers and other debris floating in the
2016 May 20, Four French
gendarmes were killed when a helicopter crashed in a mountainous
area of southwest France.
2016 May 20, In India Masunda
Kitada Oliver, a Congolese graduate student who had lived in India
for over six years, hailed an auto rickshaw in New Delhi when three
men insisted they had hired the vehicle. The men beat him up and hit
him on the head with a stone, and he died later that night. India on
May 25 promised swift punishment.
2016 May 20, Iraqi forces
killed at least two protesters while defending Baghdad's Green Zone.
The two supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr were the first casualties of
the months-old protest movement started by the young cleric to push
for political change.
2016 May 20, Israel's defense
minister Moshe Yaalon resigned, saying the nation was being
taken over by "extremist and dangerous elements" after PM Benjamin
Netanyahu moved to replace him with a far-right politician in an
effort to strengthen his coalition.
2016 May 20, In Kazakhstan
attempts to hold demonstrations against a land-reform measure were
blocked. About forty activists were arrested for trying to organize
2016 May 20, Mexico approved
the extradition of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United
States after receiving guarantees he would not face the death
penalty, and the kingpin’s lawyers vowed to block the move.
2016 May 20, NATO foreign
ministers and alliance partners said they have agreed to extend the
Resolute Support mission that trains, advises and assists
Afghanistan's security forces and institutions beyond 2016.
2016 May 20, In Nigeria former
militants of the defunct Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger
Delta (MEND) called for a halt to a resurgence of attacks on oil and
gas facilities in Nigeria's Niger Delta, saying it is an unnecessary
distraction for President Muhammadu Buhari's administration.
2016 May 20, Peru's tight
presidential race took a surprise turn when prosecutors confirmed
they've opened a preliminary investigation against front-runner
Keiko Fujimori and her American husband for money laundering.
2016 May 20, In the Philippines
Christian missionary Sim Jae-jok (57) from South Korea was
bludgeoned to death with a spade and a cooking gas tank by a robber
who broke into his home southeast Manila.
2016 May 20, Portugal's finance
ministry said it is looking at ways of preventing government
departments from using tax havens after the Treasury debt agency was
found to have held an investment in Jersey.
2016 May 20, Moscow proposed
that Russia and United States, which have been flying separate
bombing campaigns in Syria, launch joint air strikes against
jihadists in the war-torn country from next week.
2016 May 20, South Africa's
Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed a government bid to keep a
seven-year ban in place on the domestic trade in rhino horn. The
decision had no bearing on a ban on international trade in rhino
2016 May 20, Sudan’s
independent Shorouk TV said clashes this week between two clans in
southern West Kordofan State left at least 37 people dead. The Awlad
Subaih and Jamaaniyah reportedly clashed over the theft of sheep.
(SFC, 5/21/16, p.A2)
2016 May 20, Taiwan’s new
President Tsai Ing-wen was sworn in with the country’s export-driven
economy on the ropes and China, which views the self-ruled island as
its own. She urged China to "drop the baggage of history" in an
otherwise conciliatory inauguration speech that Beijing's Communist
Party rulers had been watching for any move towards independence.
2016 May 20, Turkey's
parliament approved a bill to amend the constitution to strip
lawmakers of immunity, a move that paves the way for trials of
several pro-Kurdish and other legislators. The bill put 138
lawmakers, the vast majority of them from two opposition parties, at
risk of prosecution. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed the bill
on June 7.
(AP, 5/20/16)(AFP, 6/8/16)
2016 May 20, UN Secretary
General Ban Ki-moon appointed former Irish president Mary Robinson
and Kenyan diplomat Macharia Kamau as special envoys for El Nino and
2016 May 20, The United Nations
human rights office called on Mexico to properly investigate
large-scale extrajudicial killings and bring those responsible to
justice, including higher-ranking military officers.
2016 May 20, Vietnam granted
early release from prison to Rev. Nguyen Van Ly, a Catholic priest
who is one of its most prominent dissidents. The move was widely
seen as a goodwill gesture before Pres. Barack Obama arrives on an
official visit on May 22.
2016 May 20, The World Health
Organization said that the Zika virus strain linked to surging cases
of neurological disorders and birth defects in Latin America has for
the first time been found in Africa.
2016 May 21, The Swiss-made
Solar Impulse 2 took off from Tulsa and landed at Ohio’s Dayton
Int’l. Airport on the latest leg of its around-the-world journey.
(SSFC, 5/22/16, p.A11)
2016 May 21, In Afghanistan 6
police were shot and killed by colleagues who turned their guns on
them at a checkpoint in southern Uruzgan province. Three officers
involved in the shooting escaped the scene, taking weapons and
vehicles with them.
2016 May 21, In Austria a
gunman (27) fired shots late today into a small crowd attending an
open air concert near the town of Nenzing, killing two people and
wounding 11 others before shooting himself to death.
2016 May 21, In Bangladesh
cyclone Roanu unleashed heavy rain and strong winds on the southern
coastal region, killing at least 11. About 100,000 people were
forced from their homes on Moheshkhali island in Cox's Bazar.
2016 May 21, In Bangladesh 3
workers were killed when fire engulfed a textile factory in
2016 May 21, Jan Fawcett (neé
Janet Caroline Hughes), WWII British codebreaker and savior of
Victorian buildings, died.
(Econ, 6/4/16, p.90)
2016 May 21, In Colombia
Spanish journalist Salud Hernandez (59) disappeared while reporting
a story in Norte de Santander province. She was known for opinion
columns highly critical of Colombia's insurgent groups.
2016 May 21, In India Apple CEO
Tim Cook laid out his company's plans for the vast Indian market in
a meeting with PM Narendra Modi, who in turn sought Apple's support
for his "Digital India" initiative focusing on e-education, health
and increasing farmers' incomes.
2016 May 21, In Indonesia Mount
Sinabung in North Sumatra province blasted volcanic ash as high as 3
km (2 miles) into the sky. At least 7 people were killed while
working on their farms in the village of Gamber.
2016 May 21, Italy’s PM Matteo
Renzi (41) launched his campaign to win an October referendum on
constitutional reform, staking his political future on an attempt to
finally give Italy stable governments.
2016 May 21, In Japan the Group
of Seven (G7) major economies showed a united front on fighting
terrorist financing and tax evasion in talks that ended today, but
shied away from coordinated action on policies to revive stalling
2016 May 21, In Japan World
Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced a new program to mobilize
funds quickly against virulent disease outbreaks after the world was
caught unprepared in the 2014 Ebola disaster in West Africa.
2016 May 21, The Church of
Scotland voted to let its ministers enter same-sex marriages, but
its clergy will not be allowed to conduct same-sex weddings.
(SSFC, 5/22/16, p.A6)
2016 May 21, In northeastern
Syria bombings suspected to have been carried out by the Islamic
State group killed at least 8 people hours after a top US commander
2016 May 21, Yemeni police
opened fire to disperse dozens of Aden residents protesting power
cuts, killing one person.
2016 May 22, US President
Barack Obama arrived on his first visit to Vietnam, a trip aimed at
sealing the transformation of an old enemy into a new partner to
help counter China’s growing assertiveness in the region.
2016 May 22, In Massachusetts
Jorge Zambrano (35) shot and killed Auburn Police Officer Ronald
Tarentino (42) during an early morning traffic stop. Zambrano was
killed later in the day in an exchange of gunfire at a small
residence in Oxford.
(SFC, 5/23/16, p.A6)
2016 May 22, In Afghanistan
rockets fired in the western city of Herat hit a wall of the
provincial governor's building and nearby houses, killing at least
2016 May 22, Austria held a 2nd
round of presidential elections. Far-right Freedom Party candidate
Norbert Hofer unexpectedly won the first round with 35% of the vote.
Left leaning candidate Alexander Van der Bellen collected 50.3
percent of the votes compared to 49.7 percent for Norbert Hofer of
the right-wing Freedom Party.
(Reuters, 5/22/16)(AP, 5/23/16)
2016 May 22, In Austria a
gunman (27) fired shots into a crowd at an outdoor concert killing 2
people and wounding eleven others before killing himself.
(SFC, 5/23/16, p.A2)
2016 May 22, In central China
some 500 people protested in Zhengzhou city in what they say is a
lack of university student placements in Henan province, in the
latest protest over education reform.
2016 May 22, Cypriots voted for
a new parliament amid public disillusionment with what many see as a
discredited political establishment.
2016 May 22, In France director
Ken Loach took the Palme d'Or in Cannes for "I, Daniel Blake," a
film partly funded by the European Commission.
2016 May 22, In France the
Iranian film "The Salesman" won two prizes at the Cannes film
festival. Lead actor Shahab Hosseini won a Palme d'Or for best actor
and director Asghar Farhadi picked up the award for best screenplay.
2016 May 22, In France Jaclyn
Jose (52), famous in the Philippines mostly as a soap opera star,
won best actress in Cannes for her mesmerizing performance as a
Manila slum matriarch who falls prey to corrupt police in acclaimed
Filipino director Brillante Mendoza's "Ma' Rosa".
2016 May 22, In northeastern
India heavily armed rebels ambushed and killed 6 Indian paramilitary
soldiers, including one officer. The soldiers were on their way for
rescue work after a rain-triggered mudslide hit Chandel district in
2016 May 22, Philippine
president-elect Rodrigo Duterte blasted the country's dominant Roman
Catholic church in an overnight news conference as "the most
hypocritical institution" and accused some of its bishops of
corruption for allegedly asking favors from politicians, including
2016 May 22, In Romania Dan
Condrea, the head of Hexi Pharma, was killed as his car slammed into
a tree. Condrea was due to be questioned May 23 and would have been
charged with aggravated fraud. His company was indicted this month
on charges that disinfectants it provided to hospitals and Romania's
troops in Afghanistan were highly diluted and ineffective.
2016 May 22, In Sudan Arab
tribesmen shot dead 8 ethnic minority villagers as they prayed in a
revenge killing in the war-torn Darfur region.
2016 May 22, In Syria Russian
warplanes hit a key rebel supply route to Aleppo in Moscow's first
strikes on Syria's battleground second city since a February
2016 May 22, Tajikistan held a
referendum on changing the Constitution to allow its authoritarian
President Emomali Rakhmon (63) to run for the office indefinitely,
effectively allowing him to rule for life.
2016 May 22, In northern
Thailand a nighttime fire at a dormitory of a primary school killed
18 girls, many of whom had been roused by a dorm-mate but went back
to sleep, thinking it was a prank.
2016 May 22, Turkey's Transport
Minister Binali Yildirim was formally appointed as head of the
ruling party and as the new prime minister, strengthening the grip
on power of his mentor President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
2016 May 22, Turkish
authorities lifted a long-standing curfew from parts of a historic
neighborhood in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir.
2016 May 22, The UN envoy for
Yemen said peace talks in Qatar aimed at ending fighting in the
impoverished Arab country are making "incredible progress" and that
a halt in fighting is largely holding.
2016 May 22, Vietnam voted in
once-every-five-year-elections for a rubber-stamp 500-seat
parliament whose membership has already been largely determined by
the Communist Party. Results of the parliamentary election on June 9
showed its members winning 96 percent of seats, and trouncing most
of the independent candidates it had approved to run.
(AP, 5/22/16)(Reuters, 6/9/16)
2016 May 23, Pres. Obama
announced an end to its embargo on sales of lethal arms to Vietnam
as he made his first visit to Hanoi. The historic step draws a line
under the two countries' old enmity and underscores their shared
concerns about Beijing's growing military clout.
(AP, 5/23/16)(Reuters, 5/23/16)
2016 May 23, US federal
prosecutors in New York said a Belize resident has pleaded guilty to
money laundering conspiracy for helping clients profit off illegal
stock trades and then laundering more than $250 million. Robert
Bandfield of IPC Corp. incorporated more than 5,000 shell companies
in Belize and the West Indies for securities and tax fraud schemes.
2016 May 23, In Hawaii 5 people
were killed when a small plane crashed on Kauai during a skydiving
(SFC, 5/23/16, p.A5)
2016 May 23, In Maryland
Officer Edward Nero (30) was acquitted of assault and other charges
in a non-jury trial related to the April 19, 2015, death of Freddie
Gray. He had died due to spinal injuries suffered in the back of a
police van on April 12. Four other officers still awaited trial in
(SFC, 5/23/16, p.A10)
2016 May 23, In Massachusetts
the 108-year-old Harvard Club of Boston elected Karen Van Winkle
(58) as its first female president.
(http://tinyurl.com/zezx7xa)(SFC, 5/26/16, p.A6)
2016 May 23, Boeing Co. said it
is selling 100 aircraft worth about $11.3 billion at list prices to
Vietnam's VietJet as the airline seeks to expand its international
and domestic flights.
2016 May 23, Brazilian federal
police arrested João Cláudio Genu, a former treasurer of one of the
parties in the country's ruling coalition, as part of a wide-ranging
graft probe centered on state-run oil company Petrobras.
2016 May 23, It was reported
that temperatures in Burkina Faso have hit as high as 111 degrees
Fahrenheit (44 degrees Celsius) in recent weeks, putting a strain on
a water system also challenged by a growing population. The short
water supply in Ouagadougou has increased the price of a barrel of
water more than 10 fold from just a few months ago.
2016 May 23, India said it will
invest up to $500 million in a deal to develop a strategic port in
Iran and both countries planned a number of projects they say are
worth hundreds of millions of dollars as Indian PM Narendra Modi
2016 May 23, In France petrol
shortages caused long tailbacks of motorists in parts of the
country, as protesters angry over government labor reforms blockaded
some of the country's oil refineries and fuel depots.
2016 May 23, Bayer of Germany
said that it has offered $62 billion to acquire St. Louis-based
Monsanto in a deal that would combine two of the world’s biggest
companies of crop seeds and pesticides.
(SFC, 5/23/16, p.D1)
2016 May 23, The Indian Space
Research Organization launched a small space shuttle on a rocket in
southern India and completed a successful 13-minute test flight.
2016 May 23, Israeli police
forces shot dead a Palestinian woman after she tried to stab a
police officer at a West Bank checkpoint.
2016 May 23, Private cement
deliveries to the Gaza Strip resumed after Israel lifted a six-week
ban it imposed over the alleged diversion of materials by an
official in the Palestinian territory.
2016 May 23, In Kenya at least
two people died when police shot, beat and tear gassed demonstrators
across the country who called for the electoral commission to be
dissolved due to allegations of bias and corruption.
2016 May 23, Iraqi government
forces fought Islamic State militants near Falluja and bombarded
central districts at the outset of an offensive to retake the
longtime jihadist stronghold on the western approaches to the
capital Baghdad. It was estimated that there are currently between
500 and 700 IS militants in Falluja.
2016 May 23, In Myanmar a
collapse at an illegal mine killed at least 13 people in northern
2016 May 23, Presumptive
Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he will allow the
immediate burial of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos at a heroes'
cemetery, and will support the release of former President Gloria
Arroyo, who is detained on corruption charges, in moves that are
likely to spark anti-government protests.
2016 May 23, In South Africa
the demolition of shacks north of Pretoria triggered riots that
continued into the night with 2 security guards were killed.
2016 May 23, Sudanese activists
Khalafalla Al-Afif, Midhat Hamdan and Mustafa Adam were arrested
after security agents raided their office in Khartoum. The three men
worked for the Center for Training and Human Development (TRACKS), a
group providing training in human rights issues.
2016 May 23, In Syria bomb
blasts killed scores of people in Jableh and Tartous and wounded
many others in the government-controlled territory that hosts
Russian military bases. 161 people were killed in attacks by at
least five suicide bombers and two devices planted in cars. The
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks. Those killed
included 43 people at the Jableh National Hospital.
(Reuters, 5/23/16)(AP, 5/24/16)
2016 May 23, In Thailand
twenty-one Rohingya men escaped from the Phang Nga Immigration
Detention Center in the early hours today after sawing through an
iron bar in their communal cell. One was shot dead and three caught.
2016 May 23, Tunisia's Islamist
Ennahda party voted to separate its political and religious work,
part of the group's effort to cast itself as a modern political
party in line with the North African country's secular heritage.
2016 May 23, In Turkey a new
fund which aims to raise more than $3.8 billion for children's
education in war zones and natural disasters was launched at the
first ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.
2016 May 23, At the Vatican
Pope Francis met the grand imam of Egypt's highest Islamic
authority, Al-Azhar, looking to heal Vatican relations with the
influential center of Sunni Muslim learning after dialogue was
frozen five years ago.
2016 May 23, In Yemen twin
bombings claimed by the Islamic State group hit two recruiting
stations in Aden, killing at least 45 people.
2016 May 24, The United States
and its allies staged 17 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and
2016 May 24, The Obama
administration defended a deal reached last September that would
resolve the 1983 environmental disaster in California’s Central
Valley by absolving famers of a $330 million debt to taxpayers,
among other benefits. The settlement would relieve the federal
government of $3.8 billion in potential liability to Westlands Water
District in the San Joaquin Valley.
(SFC, 5/25/16, p.D1)
2016 May 24, Belgian riot
police fired a water cannon at protesters after fighting broke out
at the end of a major anti-austerity demonstration attended by tens
of thousands of people in central Brussels. At least one policeman
and several protesters were injured.
2016 May 24, In Brazil an
official with the Landless Workers Movement (MST) promised a new
wave of farm occupations following President Dilma Rousseff's
suspension to stand trial in the Senate. One percent of Brazil's
population owns 45 percent of all the country's land, according to a
US government report.
2016 May 24, British media
reported that singer-songwriter Adele has signed a contract with
Sony worth up to £90 million (117 million euros, $131 million), in
one of the biggest ever record deals. Adele has been at London-based
independent label XL Recordings since she was a teenager.
2016 May 24, In Burundi gunmen
killed 3 people including a retired army colonel and a police chief,
in continuing violence associated with Pres. Pierre Nkurunziza's
extended time in power.
2016 May 24, Cuba announced
that it will legalize small and medium-sized private businesses.
(SFC, 5/25/16, p.A5)
2016 May 24, Czech PM Bohuslav
Sobotka berated members of ruling coalition partner ANO for blocking
a government-proposed anti-smoking bill in parliament, calling their
vote against a national ban a "disgrace".
2016 May 24, Officials in Dubai
announced a new, $270-million project to build homes and shops along
part of the under-construction Dubai canal.
2016 May 24, In Finland
American biochemical engineer Frances Arnold (59), whose discoveries
in "directed evolution" have helped produce medicines, including
drugs for treating diabetes, was awarded this year's euro 1 million
($1.2 million) Millennium Technology Prize.
2016 May 24, France's
government stepped up efforts to break blockades and strikes at
refineries that are threatening to paralyze the country just three
weeks ahead of the Euro 2016 football tournament.
2016 May 24, Greek police
started moving some of the 8,000 migrants and refugees stranded in a
makeshift camp on the sealed northern border with Macedonia to
state-run facilities further south.
2016 May 24, In Iran Ayatollah
Ahmad Jannati (89) was chosen to lead the Assembly of Experts, a
clerical body that picks the country's next supreme leader. The
hard-line cleric has been in the country's power structure since its
1979 Islamic Revolution.
2016 May 24, Kenyan troops in
Somalia killed 21 suspected al-Shabab extremists who were plotting
an ambush in southern Somalia.
2016 May 24, In central Mexico
a mob of Atlatongo villagers attacked people suspected of a
kidnapping, killing two of them.
2016 May 24, Nigeria’s
agriculture commissioner Manzo Daniel said the Tuta absoluta moth,
dubbed "tomato Ebola" by local farmers, has destroyed more than 80
percent of tomato farms in the northern state of Kaduna. Tomato
prices have been steadily climbing for months, caused by unrest in
northern and central states where the crop is grown and this has
affected farmers' ability to plant and harvest.
2016 May 24, South Korean
officials said an unspecified number of North Koreans working at a
Pyongyang-run restaurant overseas have escaped their workplace and
will come to South Korea. The announcement came after South Korean
media reported that two or three female employees at a North
Korean-run restaurant in China fled and went to an unidentified
Southeast Asian country earlier this month.
2016 May 24, South Sudan
authorities arrested an army major for allegedly trafficking
elephant ivory through the country's Paloich oil fields.
2016 May 24, Yehdego Mered, an
Eritrean man suspected of running a huge human trafficking network,
was arrested in Sudan.
2016 May 24, Switzerland's
market supervisor indicated that BSI SA helped transfer money to the
Alpine country connected to the Malaysian fund called 1MDB. The
Swiss attorney general's office opened criminal proceedings against
the bank, whose chief executive resigned.
2016 May 24, The Syrian
Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-Arab alliance, announced the launch of
a major assault against the Islamic State group north of the
jihadists' Syrian bastion of Raqa.
2016 May 24, In Vietnam
President Barack Obama pressed Vietnam to allow greater freedoms for
its citizens, arguing that better human rights would improve the
communist country's economy, stability and regional power.
2016 May 24, Ukraine’s
government said 7 soldiers have died from shelling in the war-torn
east over the past 24 hours, the biggest casualty toll in a single
day this year.
2016 May 24, In Yemen a bomb
hit a university campus in the rebel-held capital Sanaa killing 2
people at an event commemorating the country's 1990 unification.
2016 May 25, The US Commodity
Futures Trading Commission announced two settlements with Citibank,
part of the big Wall Street bank Citigroup Inc. Citibank will pay
$425 million to settle federal civil charges of attempting to
manipulate key benchmarks used to set interest rates for investments
in derivatives and US Treasury bonds as well as a range of consumer
2016 May 25, In Novato, Ca.,
three suspects attacked two high school students on a hiking trail
near the Marin Country Club killing Edwin Josue Ramirez Guerra (17)
and wounding the other. Two teenage suspects were arrested the next
day. Police later said all involved were from Novato High School and
that the incident was possibly tied to an earlier sexual assault.
Javier Guevara (19), a purported gang member, was later identified
as the 3rd suspect. He reportedly used a machete to slash the
(SFC, 5/27/16, p.A14)(SFC, 5/28/16, p.C2)
2016 May 25, In Vallejo, Ca.,
Pearl Pinson (15) went missing after she was dragged into a car on
an I-780 overpass. Suspect Fernando Castro (19) was fatally shot by
Solano County police as he shot at officers in a Solvang mobile home
park. Pinson was last seen bleeding as she was dragged into a
vehicle by her kidnapper.
(SFC, 5/27/16, p.A14)(SFC, 1/31/19, p.A7)
2016 May 25, Florida Rep. David
Jolly said the Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs had cut the benefits of
4,200 people nationwide between 2011 and 2015 after they were
wrongly declared dead. He had first raised the issue last November.
(SFC, 5/26/16, p.A6)
2016 May 25, In Pennsylvania
the Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 landed in Allentown 17 hours after
taking off from Dayton in the latest leg of its journey around the
(SFC, 5/26/16, p.A6)
2016 May 25, The Afghan Taliban
named Islamic legal scholar Haibatullah Akhundzada, one of former
leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour's deputies, to succeed him. Within an
hour of the announcement a Taliban suicide bomber attacked a shuttle
bus carrying court employees west of Kabul, killing up to 11 people
and wounding several others, including children.
2016 May 25, Prominent
Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova was released on probation
following a storm of international protests about her imprisonment,
which has been widely seen as an attempt to silence a critical
2016 May 25, Brazil's Congress
authorized a major increase in the budget deficit, handing interim
president Michel Temer a first victory in his bid to tackle the
Latin American giant's sickly economy.
2016 May 25, In Brazil a video
was posted featuring the girl (16) naked on a bed and apparent
rapists bragging that she had been raped by more than 30 men. They
were suspected of assaulting her on May 21 in Rio de Janeiro. Online
social networks quickly erupted with outrage over the video as
police launched an investigation.
2016 May 25, A Democratic
Republic of Congo opposition group, the Citizen’s Front, angered by
a court decision to let President Joseph Kabila remain in office
beyond his term, vowed to hold nationwide protests in defiance of
bans imposed in some regions.
2016 May 25, The European
Union's agency for judicial cooperation said a Portuguese national
and a Russian were arrested in Rome last week on suspicion of being
involved in espionage for hire.
2016 May 25, The French oil
industry federation said France has started using its strategic oil
reserves for the first time since 2010 to counter union blockades of
its refineries. The industry said it has been using the strategic
reserves for two days. Workers at the hardline CGT union voted for a
24-hour strike at Nogent-sur-Seine nuclear plant.
2016 May 25, Greek police moved
hundreds more migrants out of Idomeni, the squalid tent city where
thousands fleeing war and poverty have lived for months, on the
second day of an operation likely to last a week.
2016 May 25, Indonesian Pres.
Joko Widodo issued a regulation that provides tougher penalties for
child rapists, including chemical castration and the death penalty.
2016 May 25, Iraqi troops
concentrated artillery fire on Falluja's northern and northeastern
neighborhoods. A Falluja hospital source said that six civilians
were killed and 11 wounded on Wednesday morning, raising the overall
death toll since the May 23 launch of the government offensive to 35
- 21 civilians and 14 militants.
2016 May 25, The Italian navy
said a large wooden fishing boat overcrowded with migrants capsized
off the coast of Libya, with some 550 people rescued and five found
dead so far. An estimated 100 people were missing from the
(Reuters, 5/25/16)(AP, 5/29/16)
2016 May 25, Italy's Mount
Etna, Europe's highest and most active volcano, erupted spewing red
torrents of lava into the sky.
2016 May 25, Kenya's opposition
said it is suspending weeks of protests to allow for talks with the
government after a heavy police crackdown, but warned they would
return if no action was taken.
2016 May 25, Liberia's
Information Minister Eugene Nagbe said the Chairman of the ruling
Unity Party Varney Sherman, parliamentary speaker Alex Tyler former
junior mining minister Ernest Jones all face charges, along with
London-based Sable Mining in a massive corruption scandal.
2016 May 25, Anti-slavery
campaigners said the jailing of two slave-owners this week and the
release of two leading anti-slavery activists from prison could mark
a turning point in Mauritania’s fight to eliminate the practice.
2016 May 25, Polish authorities
said they have started chopping down beetle-infested trees in parts
of the Bialowieza Forest, the country’s oldest forest, saying the
move aims to eliminate dying trees and to ensure safety for
2016 May 25, In South Sudan an
airport sniffer dog unit found 10 kg (22 pounds) of frozen pangolin
meat in the luggage of a Chinese national upon his arrival in Juba
from Paloich where he works as an oil engineer.
2016 May 25, Spanish police
said they have arrested 30 people suspected of illegally
distributing pay television content and of laundering the proceeds
by investing in bitcoin "mining" centers for processing transactions
in the digital currency.
2016 May 25, Ukrainian military
pilot Nadiya Savchenko (35) arrived home to scenes of jubilation
after her release by Russia in a prisoner swap and she promptly
offered to fight again for Kiev in its conflict with pro-Russian
separatists. Russian State television showed Alexander Alexandrov
and Yevgeny Yerofeyev, descending the steps of an aircraft at
Moscow's Vnukovo airport after being handed over by Kiev.
2016 May 25, In Yemen a
suspected Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a mineral water factory
in Lahij. Security officials said death toll of a suspected
Saudi-led coalition airstrike that hit a family's house in the town
of el-Mahala, Lahj province. has been raised to 11, including four
children from one family.
2016 May 26, Donald Trump
reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican
nomination for president, completing an unlikely rise that has
upended the political landscape and set the stage for a bitter fall
2016 May 26, The US Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention said a US patient has been infected
with bacteria resistant to colistin, a last resort antibiotic. A
woman in Pennsylvania was infected with E. coli and carried a gene
(SFC, 5/28/16, p.A8)
2016 May 26, The Connecticut
Supreme Court upheld its landmark decision declaring the state’s
death penalty unconstitutional and abolishing capital punishment.
(SFC, 5/27/16, p.A7)
2016 May 26, Governor John Bel
Edwards signed a bill into law that expands the medical
accessibility of marijuana in Louisiana.
2016 May 26, Cambodian armed
security forces raided the headquarters of the main opposition party
and surrounded the car of Kem Sokha, its No. 2 leader, in an
apparent attempt to apprehend him, but left empty-handed after not
finding him in either place.
2016 May 26, In eastern Congo
DRC a protester and a police officer were killed in protests in Goma
against President Joseph Kabila over indications November's
elections will be postponed.
2016 May 26, A Congolese
official said at least 23 rebels have been killed in an operation
launched in May to combat rebels in the North Kivu province.
2016 May 26, In Cyprus UN envoy
Espen Barth Eide said he has asked Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa
Akinci to help "rectify" the new policy that reportedly limits
worship in any church to once a year.
2016 May 26, The European Union
issued a warning to Hungary about discrimination against Roma
children in the country's education system.
2016 May 26, In France 11 of 58
nuclear power plants were hit with unplanned outages after unionized
workers at utility EDF joined a rolling nationwide strike against
planned government reforms.
2016 May 26, In India a
powerful blast in a chemical factory located near a residential area
in a Mumbai suburb killed five people and left 92 injured.
2016 May 26, In Iran the Mizan
news agency said more than 30 college students have been arrested,
interrogated and given 99 lashes for attending a graduation party
that included men and women.
(SFC, 5/28/16, p.A2)
2016 May 26, Israeli aircraft
struck two Hamas militant sites in southern Gaza in response to
rocket fire toward Israel.
2016 May 26, Italian officials
said another migrant boat has capsized in the Mediterranean off the
coast of Libya. Some 20 bodies were spotted in the sea. Officials
said 88 people had been rescued. Later estimates by police and
humanitarian organizations ranged from around 400 to about 550
missing in the sinking of a wooden fishing boat being towed by
another smugglers' boat from the Libyan port of Sabratha.
(Reuters, 5/26/16)(AP, 5/26/16)(AP, 5/29/16)
2016 May 26, In Japan Group of
Seven (G7) leaders agreed on the need to send a strong message on
maritime claims in the western Pacific, where an increasingly
assertive China is locked in territorial disputes with Japan and
several Southeast Asian nations.
2016 May 26, In Kashmir 3
militants were killed after they were intercepted as they entered
the Indian side from Pakistani Kashmir.
2016 May 26, Authorities in
Mexico’s border state of Tamaulipas arrested four alleged cartel
assassins, ages 18 to 22, responsible for 11 executions between
March and May of this year in the state capital of Ciudad Victoria.
2016 May 26, New Zealand’s
government released a budget plan that included hiking tobacco
prices by 46% over the next four years raising the cost of a pack of
cigarettes to about $20.
(SFC, 5/27/16, p.A3)
2016 May 26, In Nigeria a bomb
attack forced US-based oil major Chevron to halt onshore activities
at its 160,000-barrel a day Escravos export terminal. Participants
in a stakeholders' meeting in Warri accused the government of a
heavy-handed military response and warned such a campaign will not
stop attacks that have cut oil production by more than 40 percent.
2016 May 26, In the Philippines
operations began against the Maute group in southern Lanao del Sur
province's Butig town. By May 30 intense fighting between troops and
the little-known Muslim group, apparently inspired by the Islamic
State, killed 54 militants and two soldiers, and were still
2016 May 26, South Africa's
public broadcaster said it would stop screening violent protests
involving the firebombing of public buildings -- a move condemned as
censorship ahead of crucial elections.
2016 May 26, Spanish police
said they seized 74 illegally hunted African elephant tusks worth an
estimated 200,000 euros ($222,000) and arrested a man who was trying
to legalize possession of them so they could be sold. The tusks were
found last month in a house in the town of Colmenar de Oreja,
2016 May 26, US-backed Syrian
fighters (SDF) and Iraqi forces pursued twin assaults against the
Islamic State group, but experts warned the battles will be drawn
2016 May 26, In southern
Thailand 3 foreign tourists were killed and a British man left
missing after a speedboat crashed and capsized in bad weather near
the island of Samui.
2016 May 26, In Uganda Issa
Luyima, the ringleader of the July 11, 2010, bombing by the
Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab that killed 76 people in Kampala, was found
guilty along with six accomplices of masterminding one of the
region's worst attacks in decades.
2016 May 27, President Barack
Obama became the first incumbent US leader to visit Hiroshima, the
site of the world's first atomic bombing. Obama paid tribute to the
"silent cry" of the 140,000 victims of the atomic bomb dropped 71
years ago on Hiroshima, and called on the world to abandon "the
logic of fear" that encourages the stockpiling of nuclear weapons.
2016 May 27, A US military
spokesman said coalition strikes supporting Iraqi forces in the
recapture of Falluja have killed 70 Islamic State militants
including the group's commander in the city. He said the coalition
had carried out 20 strikes in support of the campaign over the past
2016 May 27, US-led coalition
airstrikes and Turkish artillery fire against the Islamic State
group in Syria killed 104 militants.
2016 May 27, Record rainfall
and severe flooding hit hard parts of southeast Texas. By May 30
least 6 people person were reported killed.
(Reuters, 5/27/16)(SFC, 5/31/16, p.A5)
2016 May 27, The US National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted documents detailing
recalls by Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru,
Ferrari and Mitsubishi. More than 12 million vehicles in the US will
be recalled to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag
2016 May 27, Argentina's last
dictator Reynaldo Bignone (88) and 14 other former military
officials were sentenced to prison for human rights crimes, marking
the first time a court has ruled that Operation Condor was a
criminal conspiracy to kidnap and forcibly disappear people across
2016 May 27, Britain told the
G7 industrial powers meeting in Japan to do more to fight killer
superbugs as the United States reported the first case in the
country of a patient with bacteria resistant to a last-resort
2016 May 27, The International
Olympic Committee said that 23 athletes from five sports and six
countries had positive findings in retests with improved techniques
on 265 samples from the 2012 London Games, adding to the more than
30 already caught in retesting from the 2008 Beijing Games.
2016 May 27, A Cambodian court
convicted three military commandos of beating up two opposition
lawmakers outside the parliament last year, and sentenced them to
one year each in prison. The attack occurred in October 2015 when
the two opposition lawmakers from the Cambodia National Rescue Party
were confronted by a pro-government mob, which was demanding the
resignation of the party's deputy leader Kem Sonkha.
2016 May 27, In Colombia rebels
identifying themselves as members of the National Liberation Army,
or ELN, handed Salud Hernandez-Mora over to a delegation led by
Ramon Catholic clergy in the volatile Catatumbo region. Hours later,
two other journalists from Colombian network RCN were also freed by
2016 May 27, The European Union
said it is launching an effort to contain the so-called "grey
economy" of undeclared and untaxed work. Under its new plan, the EU
will seek to exchange best practices to combat undeclared work among
the 28 member states and boost common projects.
2016 May 27, The European Union
said it has committed to provide Colombia with a package of 575
million euros ($645 million) to help the nation recover from a half
century of civil war.
2016 May 27, A French transport
ministry spokesman said the fuel supply situation in the country is
improving after a week of disruption and shortages caused by strikes
and all but one of the country's fuel depot blockades has been
cleared. Union activists disrupted the Marseille airport and halted
activity at half of the country's oil refineries in protests over
changes to France's labor system, but nationwide gasoline shortages
eased slightly after government intervention.
(Reuters, 5/27/16)(AP, 5/27/16)
2016 May 27, The president of
the University of Guam said Chamorros must learn to speak their
language now if they want it to survive. The UN Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization has included Chamorro on its
list of languages in danger of extinction.
2016 May 27, In Guinea at least
59 people were injured when youths frustrated they were being kept
out of the opening of a new mosque in the town of Timbo clashed with
police. About 85 percent of Guinea's population follows Sunni Islam
and Timbo is a center of Islamic learning and the capital of the
Foutah branch of Islam in Guinea.
2016 May 27, Guinea-Bissau's
new PM Baciro Dja was sworn in with a fresh cabinet also
anticipated, but current ministers in the split ruling party have
declared they will not leave their posts.
2016 May 27, In Dharmsala,
India, Lobsang Sangay was sworn in for his second term as prime
minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile and said he will make
maximum efforts to achieve regional autonomy for Tibet during his
five-year term, but will prepare a strategy for the next 50 years if
2016 May 27, Indonesia's navy
fired shots at a Chinese trawler when it refused to stop fishing in
Indonesian waters, and then seized the vessel and its eight
2016 May 27, The Italian navy
vessel Vega rescued 135 migrants and picked up 45 bodies in the
2016 May 27, In Japan G7
countries expressed concern over China's increasingly assertive
activity in the East and South China seas, renewing their warnings
against one-sided attempts to change the situation, and stressed the
importance of peaceful resolutions.
2016 May 27, In Kashmir an
Indian soldier and a militant were killed. Two other rebels were
killed in western Khonshipora village after soldiers and police
launched a joint operation on a specific tip, leading to exchange of
2016 May 27, In northern Mali 5
soldiers were killed and four others wounded when their vehicles
were hit by an explosion.
2016 May 27, The IMF said it
has approved a new, two-year $88 billion flexible line of credit to
Mexico to bolster it against uncertainty in the global economy.
2016 May 27, In Nigeria
militants attacked the Nembe pipeline in the Delta region, hours
after the Niger Delta Avengers militant group claimed a strike on
2016 May 27, Romania's
President Klaus Iohannis said his government has ordered an action
plan for the country's beleaguered health service following public
outrage over the use of diluted disinfectants in Romanian hospitals.
2016 May 27, Romania's top
appeals court upheld an earlier decision and sentenced Dan Adamescu,
one of Romania's richest businessmen, to four years and four months
in prison for bribing judges to rule in his favor in court cases.
2016 May 27, Russian President
Vladimir Putin made his first trip to a European Union country this
year with a visit to Greece for a two-day visit expected to focus on
energy cooperation and Russian investments during talks with Greek
PM Alexis Tsipras.
2016 May 27, South Africa's
public broadcaster said it would stop screening violent protests
involving the firebombing of public buildings -- a move condemned as
censorship ahead of crucial elections.
2016 May 27, In Spain Slovakian
model Maria Kukucova (26) was found guilty of murdering Andrew Bush
(48), her millionaire ex-boyfriend, by shooting the Briton twice in
the head in his home on Spain's Costa del Sol on April 5, 2014.
Kukucova was sentenced to 15 ½ years in prison.
(AP, 5/27/16)(AP, 5/31/16)
2016 May 27, The IMF said it
will immediately disburse $81 million to Suriname as part of a
two-year deal. The South American country landed a $478 million loan
from the International Monetary Fund to boost an economic reform
program amid a drop in commodity prices.
2016 May 27, In Syria at least
100,000 people were trapped along the border with Turkey after the
Islamic State group swept through rebel territory in Aleppo
province. IS fighters captured territory from Syrian rebels near the
border and inched closer to a town on a supply route for
foreign-backed insurgents fighting the jihadists.
(AFP, 5/27/16)(Reuters, 5/27/16)
2016 May 27, Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights said warplanes from the US-led coalition have
pounded the Islamic State group with at least 150 strikes to bolster
a major offensive on the jihadists' Syrian stronghold of Raqa.
Coalition warplanes dropped leaflets encouraging residents to flee
2016 May 27, In Ukraine
Nadezhda Savchenko (35), the pilot who returned to a hero's welcome
after two years in Russian custody, declared she would run for
president if that's what Ukrainians wanted.
2016 May 27, The UN Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) said around 2.8 million people in
Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras need food aid after two
consecutive years of severe drought decimated crops and exacerbated
hunger among the poor due to prolonged dry spells since mid-2014,
linked to the El Niño weather phenomenon.
2016 May 28, The US military
announced a 30-day period of mourning at its bases on the southern
Japanese island of Okinawa, where the killing of a woman has
reignited resentment of the heavy US military presence in the
2016 May 28, NASA successfully
inflated its new Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) in an
operation that took three days to complete at the Int’l. Space
(SSFC, 5/29/16, p.A7)
2016 May 28, In Vermont Amos
Beede was fatally beaten at a homeless encampment in Burlingame
after he poured bodily fluids onto the tent of one of his
assailants. On June 2 four suspects were arrested in San Diego on
2nd degree murder charges following a nationwide manhunt.
(SFC, 6/4/16, p.A5)
2016 May 28, Albanian Democrats
said they would boycott Parliament for 10 days after Parliament
suspended former leader Sali Berisha for 10 days for accusing PM Edi
Rama of direct links to criminals.
2016 May 28, In Egypt a girl
(17) died while undergoing female circumcision. Authorities ordered
the hospital closed and referred doctors for prosecution after the
girl died. Female genital mutilation was criminalized in 2008 but
remains widespread in Egypt.
2016 May 28, Iran said eight
people producing obscene music videos, whose clips were broadcast on
a famous anti-revolutionary television channel, were arrested in
Tehran last week.
2016 May 28, Italian coast
guard and navy ships, aided by an Irish naval vessel, saved more
than 500 migrants from smugglers' boats in the Mediterranean off
Libya. 135 people were rescued in a shipwreck, 45 bodies were
recovered and an unknown numbers of migrants were still missing.
(AP, 5/28/16)(AP, 5/29/16)
2016 May 28, Mexican soccer
player Alan Pulido (25) was nabbed by four armed people on a highway
returning from a party in Tamaulipas state. Authorities soon found
him in safe house in the southern part of Ciudad Victoria, his
hometown, and one of his captors was arrested.
2016 May 28, In Nigeria
militants blew up strategic gas and crude pipelines belonging to
Shell and Agip in an increasingly fierce campaign that has chopped
Nigeria's oil production in half.
2016 May 28, Pakistani media
said the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has
banned advertisements for contraceptive products on television and
radio over concern that they expose inquisitive children to the
subject of sex.
2016 May 28, Philippine police
killed 3 drug suspects in a shootout on the tiny island of Banacon,
the latest such deaths after the election of tough anti-crime
firebrand Rodrigo Duterte as president.
2016 May 28, Spanish police
said seven people suspected of involvement in stealing five
paintings by the Irish-born painter Francis Bacon worth more than 25
million euros ($27.8 million) have been arrested.
2016 May 28, In northeastern
Syria heavy fighting between the Islamic State group and rebels
gripped the town of Marea.
2016 May 28, The World Health
Organization said there is "no public health justification" for
postponing or canceling the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of the
2016 May 28, Yemeni authorities
arrested seven Islamic State group suspects, including one
"Westerner", in second city Aden.
2016 May 29, In Florida the
Libertarian Party nominated former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson (63)
as its presidential candidate at the party’s convention in Orlando.
Johnson served as New Mexico’s governor from 1995-2003 and was the
party’s candidate in 2012.
(SFC, 5/30/16, p.A4)
2016 May 29, In Afghanistan the
Taliban launched string of coordinated attacks late today on police
checkpoints in the increasingly volatile southern province of
Helmand. 33 policemen were reported killed.
(AP, 5/30/16)(Reuters, 5/30/16)
2016 May 29, A Dubai court
sentenced American businessman Zack Shahin to 15 years in prison
after convicting him on theft and fraud charges. He was sentenced at
the Dubai Criminal Court over a 2007 Texas land deal. Three other
Americans received similar sentences in absentia. The defendants
were also fined 56 million dirhams ($15.3 million).
2016 May 29, An Egyptian
military court sentenced eight alleged Muslim Brotherhood members to
death on terrorism charges.
2016 May 29, German airline
Lufthansa said it is suspending its flights to Caracas, citing the
difficult economic situation in Venezuela.
2016 May 29, Indian police in
New Delhi said that they have arrested five people who assaulted six
Africans in the Indian capital last week, as African diplomatic
missions urged India's government to ensure the safety of Africans
living in the country.
2016 May 29, Iran said its
pilgrims would not attend the annual Muslim haj pilgrimage, blaming
regional rival Saudi Arabia for "sabotage" and failing to guarantee
the safety of pilgrims.
2016 May 29, Iraq's special
forces completed a troop buildup around Fallujah ahead of an
operation to retake the Islamic State-held city west of Baghdad, as
the militants attacked Hit, a newly-liberated town to the west.
Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga forces launched an offensive to retake
areas east of Mosul, the main IS hub in the country.
(AP, 5/29/16)(AFP, 5/29/16)
2016 May 29, In Italy Rome
student Sara Di Pietrantonio (22) died before dawn after Vincenzo
Paduano (27) first set her car afire. Investigators said her
attacker used a cigarette lighter to set her face on fire after
dousing her with alcohol.
2016 May 29, Jordan's King
Abdullah appointed veteran politician Hani Mulqi as caretaker prime
minister after dissolving parliament as its four-year term nears its
end, and charged him with organizing new elections by October.
2016 May 29, In central Mali at
least five UN peacekeepers were killed in an ambush by suspected
militants some 50 km out of Mopti.
2016 May 29, Nigerian President
Muhammadu Buhari vowed to keep and "re-engineer" a controversial
amnesty program for Niger delta militants designed to stem attacks
that have slashed oil exports but set to be scrapped.
2016 May 29, In Nigeria at
least 10 people were killed during protests by pro-Biafra
campaigners. Activists wanting a separate state for the Igbo people
in the southeast were commemorating the 49th anniversary of the
declaration of an independent Republic of Biafra on May 30, 1967.
2016 May 29, Syrian rebels
retook the villages of Kafr Shoush and Braghida from Islamic State
militants, expanding their buffer around the rebel-held town of
Azaz. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said thousands of
civilians have fled an offensive by the IS group against
non-jihadist rebels in the north into territory controlled by a
US-backed Kurdish-led alliance.
(AP, 5/29/16)(AFP, 5/29/16)
2016 May 29, Uganda and South
Korea signed cooperation agreements on the 2nd day of a visit by
South Korean leader Park Geun-hye. The memorandums of understanding
in areas such as health and education were signed at the State House
in Entebbe. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said his country would
halt security and military cooperation with North Korea.
(AP, 5/29/16)(Reuters, 5/29/16)
2016 May 29, Ukraine’s military
said 5 soldiers have been killed and four wounded in fresh clashes
with pro-Russian separatists in the country's east over the last 24
2016 May 29, In Ukraine 17
people died when an unlicensed home for elderly people caught fire
in the village of Litochky in the early hours.
2016 May 29, In Yemen fierce
fighting claimed the lives of 48 fighters in Bayhan, on the border
between Shabwa province in the south and Marib in the east. "Sniper
fire" from the Huthi rebels killed Yemeni journalist Abdullah Azizan
while he was covering the clashes in Bayhan.
2016 May 30, Verizon and its
unions said they have reached a tentative agreement and that almost
40,000 workers will return to their jobs on June 1.
(SFC, 5/31/16, p.A5)
2016 May 30, Afghan President
Ashraf Ghani dedicated an ambitious reconstruction project to
restore the ruins of historic Darul Aman palace, which was built in
the 1920s. The project is expected to cost $16.5 million to $20
million and take three to five years.
2016 May 30, In Afghanistan as
many as 24 more police were killed around Lashkar Gah, the
capital of Helmand province in the latest offensive by Taliban
2016 May 30, Scientists said
mass bleaching has killed more than a third of the coral in the
northern and central parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, though
corals to the south have escaped with little damage.
2016 May 30, A Bahrain court
more than doubled a jail sentence against opposition leader Sheikh
Ali Salman, in a ruling his bloc warned risked stoking fresh unrest
among the Sunni-ruled kingdom's Shiite majority.
2016 May 30, An Egyptian court
sentenced Mohamed Badie, the Muslim Brotherhood's leader, and 35
other people to life in prison over violent clashes after the army
overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. Badie has already been
sentenced to death and prison terms in other trials.
2016 May 30, European Union
ministers meeting in the Dutch capital endorsed a "Pact of
Amsterdam" aimed at improving living conditions in towns and cities
throughout the 28-nation bloc.
2016 May 30, Hong Kong activist
Ken Tsang was sentenced to five weeks in prison on charges related
to a confrontation with police in October 2014. A TV station had
videotaped police officers carrying Tsang away in handcuffs and then
punching and kicking him in a dark corner of a public park.
2016 May 30, Iraqi forces
started pushing into the city of Fallujah as a wave of bombings
claimed by the Islamic State group in Baghdad and nearby killed at
least 24 people.
2016 May 30, A Kuwait court
sentenced three members of the Al-Sabah ruling family and four
others to jail terms for insulting the emir and the judiciary on the
2016 May 30, Kuwait's supreme
court upheld the death sentence handed down to Abdulrahman Sabah
Saud, the main convict in the Islamic State group bombing of a
Shiite mosque that killed 26 people in June, 2015.
2016 May 30, Kyrgyzstan's Pres.
Almazbek Atambayev dismissed the police chief of the Central Asian
country after the arrests of politicians suspected of plotting a
2016 May 30, In Nigeria
protests by pro-Biafra campaigners, wanting a separate state for the
Igbo people in the southeast, commemorated the 49th anniversary of
the 1967 declaration of an independent Republic of Biafra. Amnesty
International later said at least 17 were killed and nearly 50
injured in Onitsha alone in violence linked to the commemoration.
2016 May 30, In Pakistan
schoolteacher Maria Bibi (19) was tortured, doused with gasoline and
set on fire for refusing to marry a man twice her age. Before she
died she had given a statement to police, saying five attackers had
stormed her house in the town of Upper Dewal. All five suspects were
2016 May 30, The Philippine
Congress proclaimed crime-busting Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as
president-elect and Rep. Leni Robredo as vice president-elect.
Duterte did not attend the ceremony at the House of Representatives,
telling reporters earlier he shuns such ceremonial proclamations.
2016 May 30, In Senegal former
Chad dictator Hissene Habre (1982-1990) was given a life sentence
for war crimes, crimes against humanity and a slew of other charges,
including rape. The verdict marks the first time a country has
convicted a former leader of another nation for rights abuses.
2016 May 30, In Thailand
wildlife officials began removing some of the 137 tigers held at a
Buddhist temple following accusations that the monks were involved
in illegal breeding and trafficking of the animals.
2016 May 30, In Tunisia 2
civilians were killed and one other injured by a landmine planted by
jihadist groups in a mountainous region near the Algerian border.
2016 May 30, Zimbabwean
officials say poachers killed 5 elephants by poisoning them with
cyanide. Rangers discovered the carcasses of the elephants with
their tusks removed in a western forest last week.
2016 May 31, It was reported
that a Connecticut commission has approved a $22 million package to
help Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, upgrade
and expand offices in the state.
(SFC, 5/31/16, p.D2)
2016 May 31, Jurors in Chester,
Ill., found former suburban police officer Drew Peterson (62) guilty
of trying to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who helped to
convict him in 2012 in the killing of his third wife. Peterson was
already serving a 38-year sentence for the 2004 murder of Kathleen
Savio. On July 29 Peterson was given an additional 40 years in
(SFC, 6/1/16, p.A8)(SFC, 7/30/16, p.A6)
2016 May 31, In Michigan
Deontae Mitchell (13) was kidnapped outside a market in Detroit. He
was soon found dead in a vacant lot. On June 4 Earnest Coleman (26)
was charged with the kidnapping.
(SSFC, 6/5/16, p.A8)
2016 May 31, In northern
Afghanistan the Taliban attacked several buses, forcing passengers
to disembark and killing 10 people and abducting at least 18 in
Kunduz province. Ten of the hostages were soon released. In the
eastern Ghazni province, a bomb blast killed a civilian and wounded
12. The Taliban also launched attacks in southern Helmand province
on the several districts and on the outskirt of the provincial
capital, Lashkar Gah.
(AP, 5/31/16)(AP, 6/1/16)
2016 May 31, A Bangladesh court
sentenced to death six militants from the banned Islamist
groups Jumataul Mujahedeen Bangladesh (JMB) and Ansarullah Bangla
Team, for the killing of 7 people during a bank robbery last year.
2016 May 31, In Belgium strikes
by public-sector employees across the country intensified, with
train and bus services disrupted along with schools, prisons and
mail delivery as workers protested against the government's social
and economic policies.
2016 May 31, In London the Walk
Free Foundation's Global Slavery Index said about 45.8 million
people around the world are trapped in modern slavery. India
reportedly had the largest number of modern slaves, 18.35 million,
followed by China with 3.39 million and Pakistan with 2.13 million.
2016 May 31, In Burkina Faso
unidentified gunmen killed 3 policemen at their station in Intagom
near the border with Mali.
2016 May 31, A Czech appeals
court ruled that Marek Dalik, a close friend and adviser of former
PM Mirek Topolanek, is guilty of fraud and sentenced him to four
years in prison.
2016 May 31, The government of
Denmark said it will punish preachers who encourage criminal acts
and blacklist "hate preachers," after a documentary about imams
advocating illegal acts sparked nationwide controversy in February.
The documentary showed hidden camera footage of imams in Danish
mosques advocating the corporal punishment of children, stoning and
whipping unfaithful spouses and requiring women to have sex with
2016 May 31, Dubai issued
notice informing hotels that alcohol slaes during Ramadan would be
governed by normal rules, as opposed to limiting their hours.
(SFC, 6/23/16, p.A3)
2016 May 31, In Egypt a
roadside bomb struck a military armored vehicle in the restive
northern part of the Sin ai Peninsula. 6 soldiers
were killed an six others wounded.
2016 May 31, The European Union
reached an agreement with some of the world's biggest social media
firms, including Facebook and Twitter, on ways to combat the spread
of hate speech online.
2016 May 31, French company
Technip signed a preliminary $500 million deal to upgrade a key
Libyan oil facility, along with Italy's Eni and Libya's state oil
2016 May 31, In Germany Rupert
Neudeck (77), the co-founder of Germany-based humanitarian aid group
Cap Anamur, died. The NGO helped to rescue more than 10,000
Vietnamese "boat people" in 1979. Following the Vietnamese crisis,
Cap Anamur expanded to provide humanitarian aid globally, focusing
on medical care and education.
2016 May 31, In western India a
fire broke out at a major ammunition depot, killing at least 17 army
personnel at the Pulgaon ammunitions depot, Maharashtra state.
2016 May 31, Indonesian police
detained more than 300 demonstrators who were demanding the release
of political prisoners in restive Papua province.
2016 May 31, Iraqi forces
battling their way into Fallujah repelled a four-hour counterattack
by the Islamic State group, a day after entering the southern part
of the militant-held city with the help of U.S.-led airstrikes. An
estimated 50,000 people remain trapped in the city.
2016 May 31, In Kenya South
Korea's President Park Geun-hye met Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
on the second day of her three-day visit.
2016 May 31, In Mali 4 people
were killed in two attacks on UN projects.
2016 May 31, Malaysia's
government said it has fired 15 immigration officers who helped
international syndicates sabotage online passport checks for years,
allowing some travelers to move freely in and out of the country.
The sabotage likely started in 2010 and was led by foreign agents.
2016 May 31, North Korea
attempted to fire a missile from its east coast but the launch
appears to have failed.
2016 May 31, Gaza's Hamas
rulers executed three Palestinians convicted of murder, defying an
agreement with the rival Palestinian Fatah faction.
2016 May 31, Philippine
president-elect Rodrigo Duterte (71) said he will pay bounties to
police or military officials who capture suspected drug lords “dead
or alive." He also told reporters there was justification for
killing journalists who took bribes or engaged in other corrupt
(SFC, 6/1/16, p.A4)(AFP, 6/1/16)
2016 May 31, A Singapore court
convicted four Bangladeshi workers of financing terrorism. They were
being held on suspicion of planning attacks linked to the Islamic
State group in their own country.
2016 May 31, In Syria a wave of
overnight airstrikes pummeled the northwestern city of Idlib,
killing at least 23 people, wounding dozens and trapping several
under the rubble of their homes. Russia denied the strikes.
2016 May 31, In Syria thousands
of US-backed fighters opened a major new front, launching an
offensive to drive Islamic State out of a swathe of northern Syria
it uses as a logistics base, and were reported to be making rapid
2016 May 31, In Turkey a court
convicted Merve Buyuksarac (27), a former Miss Turkey (2006), of
insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan through social media
postings and gave her a 14-month suspended sentence.
2016 May 31, Turkey's President
Recep Teyyep Edorgan arrived in Uganda to promote trade and tourism
opportunities between the two countries.
2016 May 31, Western Sahara
independence leader Mohamed Abdelaziz died of lung cancer. He was
the 3rd Secretary General of the Polisario Front and President of
the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic from 1976 until his death.
2016 May 31, In Yemen renewed
clashes between pro-government forces and Iran-backed rebels killed
at least 38 people during the past 24 hours.
2016 May, Louisiana became the
first state to pass a Blue Lives Matter bill. It treated attacks on
police as a hate crime.
(Econ, 7/23/16, p.22)
2016 May, It was reported DAO
(decentralized autonomous organization) has raised the equivalent of
$150 million in digital money to invest in startups, making it
biggest crowdfunding effort ever.
(Econ, 5/21/16, p.67)
2016 May, Albania's government
defied local and international opposition and granted initial
approval to a proposal by two Turkish firms to build a 25-meter
(80-foot),99.5 megawatt dam at Pocem on the Vjosa river, one of
Europe’s last wild waterways.
2016 May, Argentina’s INDEC,
the nation’s statistical office, launched a new inflation index
following directions from Pres. Mauricio Macri.
(Econ 5/27/17, p.34)
2016 May, In Brazil the police
of Rio de Janeiro killed 40 people this month.
(Econ, 7/30/16, p.25)
2016 May, A Chinese regulator
ordered Apple Inc. to stop selling two versions of its iPhone 6 in
Beijing after finding they look too much like a competitor. This was
only reported in mid-June by the Chinese press. Apple said sales are
going ahead while it appeals. Apple also suffered another setback
this month when a court ruled that a Chinese company is allowed to
use the iPhone trademark on bags, wallets and other leather goods.
Apple said it would appeal.
2016 May, India passed a new
bankruptcy law. It will allow banks from next year onward to
foreclose on insolvent firms.
(Econ, 7/16/16, p.56)
2016 May, In Libya a single
truck bombing killed 32 members of the Misrata brigades late this
month. Some 75 fighters were killed and more than 350 injured since
the beginning of May.
2016 May, Mexico passed
legislation creating special economic zones in the southern half of
the country to be up and running in 2018.
(Econ, 6/25/16, p.65)
2016 May, In Mozambique the
Renamo insurgent group carried out 18 attacks on the main road,
killing 7 people and leaving more than 30 wounded. Since 2013,
tensions have risen and Renamo fighters have again taken up arms in
a battle that it says is against a Frelimo elite who has enriched
itself at the expense of the country.
2016 May, In Nigeria annual
inflation jumped to almost 16%.
(Econ, 6/18/16, p.53)
2016 May, Dr. Grigory
Rodchenkov, the former head of a Moscow lab, told the NY Times of a
system of swapping out urine samples at the 2014 Sochi Olympics to
avoid positive tests.
(http://tinyurl.com/ja976aa)(Econ, 7/23/16, p.41)
2016 May, South Africa’s
parliament passed a bill making it easier for the state to force
whites to sell land for redistribution to blacks.
(Econ, 6/18/16, p.51)
2016 May, In Vietnam a woman,
identified only as L. T. N., checked into a Hanoi hospital with one
third of her left foot and one third of her left hand severed, but
doctors told her they could not reattach the limbs. State-run media
later reported that she had paid a friend to cut off her hand and
foot in a bid to claim a handsome insurance payout.
2016 Jun 1, NASA said
researchers in the United States and Canada have located 39
unreported sources of major pollution using a new satellite-based
method. The unreported sources of toxic sulfur dioxide emissions are
clusters of coal-burning power plants, smelters and oil and gas
operations in the Middle East, Mexico and Russia that were found in
an analysis of satellite data from 2005 to 2014.
2016 Jun 1, In southern
California engineering Prof. William Klug (39) was shot and killed
at UCLA’s engineering complex. Mainak Sarkar (38), an
Indian-American engineer, then killed himself. Sarkar had already
killed his estranged wife in Minnesota.
(SFC, 6/2/16, p.A6)(AP, 6/3/16)
2016 Jun 1, The Brazos River in
Texas surged to its highest in more than a century in an area
outside of Houston. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a
flash flood watch for large parts of the state and said storms
lasting until the weekend could send even more rivers over their
2016 Jun 1, Ford Motor Co. said
it is recalling nearly 1.9 million vehicles in North America to
replace faulty passenger-side front air bags made by Japanese
supplier Takata Corp.
2016 Jun 1, In eastern
Afghanistan Taliban gunmen disguised in women's burqas and wearing
military uniforms underneath stormed a court building in, killing
five civilians and a policeman in Ghazni. In the northern Balkh
province district police chief Bismullah Khan was killed when his
vehicle struck a roadside bomb. In the north 17 people were
kidnapped by insurgents in Sari Pul province. 2 Afghan men and a
woman working for an international aid organization were shot dead
in the Shekh Ali district of the northwestern Parwan province.
(AP, 6/1/16)(AP, 6/2/16)
2016 Jun 1, A special court in
Bangladesh sentenced a man to death and two of his associates to
life in prison after finding them guilty of killing two local
fighters during the country's 1971 war of independence against
2016 Jun 1, Mohamed Nasheed, a
former president of the Maldives now in exile in Britain after being
ousted from office and jailed in his country, formed an opposition
group aimed at toppling the government of President Abdulla Yameen.
2016 Jun 1, Egyptian and French
investigators said a French search vessel has picked up signals from
one of the black boxes of EgyptAir flight MS804, which crashed May
2016 Jun 1, Egypt opened its
border with Gaza for the second time in a month, giving Palestinians
a four-day respite from a closure stemming from friction between
Cairo and the enclave's Islamist rulers.
2016 Jun 1, The European Union
said Poland's government is not following the rule of law as
required by the bloc's membership and has taken a step toward
2016 Jun 1, Transport chaos hit
France, just nine days before the Euro 2016 football tournament, as
railway workers went on strike in the latest salvo of a months-long
battle between the government and unions.
2016 Jun 1, In France Paris
City Hall closed roads along the shore of the Seine from the Left
Bank in the east to the Eiffel Tower neighborhood in the west after
the Seine River overflowed its banks and floods hit towns across
2016 Jun 1, In Honduras Rene
Martinez (39), a leader in the gay community, was kidnapped in the
city of San Pedro Sula. His body was found two days later.
2016 Jun 1, PM Haider al-Abadi
said Iraq delayed its assault on the city of Falluja because of
fears for the safety of civilians, as his forces halted at the
city's edge in the face of ferocious resistance from Islamic State
2016 Jun 1, A Malawi court
banned witchdoctors from operating in the impoverished southern
African country following a spate of albino killings linked to
2016 Jun 1, In Mauritania 8
women were trampled to death in a stampede to receive alms being
distributed by a charity ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
2016 Jun 1, Dutch prosecutors
raided a string of locations and seized cash and hundreds of
thousands of fraudulent letters in an investigation into worldwide
mail scams. The next day US law enforcement authorities said the
scams had defrauded "elderly and vulnerable" Americans out of tens
of millions of dollars.
2016 Jun 1, Pakistan imposed
full border controls across the Afghan-Pakistan border at Torkham
near the Khyber Pass.
(Econ, 6/11/16, p.41)
2016 Jun 1, Police in Romania
detained 26 people, including a number of border police officers, on
charges of smuggling cigarettes and fake Rolex watches and helping
migrants illegally enter from Serbia.
2016 Jun 1, Thousands of
Romanian teachers demonstrated to demand higher salaries, rallying
outside the government's main offices in Bucharest then marching
through the capital.
2016 Jun 1, Russian social
media users voiced their outrage at Twitter's decision a day earlier
to suspend popular accounts parodying Pres. Vladimir Putin and other
2016 Jun 1, The Russian Defense
Ministry said that a temporary ceasefire, which it called a "regime
of calm", had taken effect for 48 hours in the Damascus suburb of
Daraya to allow for the distribution of humanitarian aid to
2016 Jun 1, Saudi Arabia
sentenced 14 people to death for terrorism after they were convicted
of attacks on police in the Shi'ite Muslim minority area of Qatif in
the Eastern Province. Another nine people were given jail sentences
of three to 15 years and one was acquitted.
2016 Jun 1, Somalia said
intelligence agents have killed Sheik Mohamed Mohamud aka Dulyadin,
who was the head of al Shabaab's intelligence wing, known as
Amniyat. The commander was suspected of organizing the 2015 attack
on Kenya's Garissa University that left 148 people dead.
(Reuters, 6/1/16)(AFP, 6/19/16)
2016 Jun 1, In Somalia Shabaab
gunmen stormed the Ambassador Hotel in central Mogadishu. Over the
next 12 hours they killed at least 15 people including two members
of parliament in the latest attack by the Al-Qaeda group. All the
gunmen were killed by the security forces.
(AFP, 6/2/16)(SFC, 6/3/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 1, In Spain American
bionic limb specialist Hugh Herr (51) won the Princess of Asturias
2016 scientific research prize in recognition of his work to improve
mobility for people with disabilities.
2016 Jun 1, In Switzerland
European dignitaries inaugurated the 57-km (35.4-mile) Gotthard
Railway Tunnel, a major engineering achievement deep under the Alps'
snow-capped peaks. It took 17 years to build at a cost of 12.2
billion Swiss francs ($12 billion).
2016 Jun 1, In Syria
Kurdish-led Syrian fighters launched a new advance on Manbij. The
US-led international coalition fighting the Islamic State group said
it had conducted 18 air strikes near the strategic town of Manbij in
northern Syria over the last 24 hours with at least 15 civilians
killed. The strikes destroyed an IS headquarters, six IS-used
bridges, communication towers, and eight IS fighting positions,
among other targets. The Kurdish militia also launched an offensive
to capture the IS-held Tabqa air base.
(AFP, 6/1/16)(SFC, 6/2/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 1, Thai authorities
found dozens of dead tiger cubs inside a freezer at the Wat Pha
Luang Ta Bua temple in western Kanchanaburi province.
2016 Jun 2, The United States
said it has sanctioned Burundi military commander Marius
Ngendabanka, security official Ignace Sibomana and rebel leader
Edouard Nshimirimana for engaging in actions or policies that
threaten the peace, security or stability of the East African
2016 Jun 2, The US attorney's
office said Martin Rhys-Jones (52) of the United Kingdom has pleaded
guilty in federal court in Buffalo to laundering money acquired in a
wire fraud conspiracy. He pleaded guilty to his role in operating a
Spain-based "boiler room" operation that conned about 250 investors
out of nearly $3 million.
2016 Jun 2, In the SF Bay Area
Santa Clara resident Gerald Villabrille Jr. (44) was found dead in a
Freemont home following an overnight exchange of gunfire with
police. The home was burned after police used tear gas, which likely
ignited the fire. The suspect had shot and wounded two officers a
day earlier following a traffic stop. His pickup was believed stolen
and two people who with him were detained as Villabrille fled.
Authorities on June 6 said Villabrille likely died of a
self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
(SFC, 6/3/16, p.A11)(SFC, 6/7/16, p.C4)
2016 Jun 2, In Tennessee a Blue
Angels F/A-18 fighter jet crashed in Smyrna. Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss
(32) was killed in the crash.
(SFC, 6/3/16, p.A8)(SSFC, 6/12/16, p.A6)
2016 Jun 2, In Texas a new
round of storms dumped more rain on flood-hit parts of the state,
threatening to aggravate already swollen rivers, deluge homes and
force more evacuations.
2016 Jun 2, In central Texas a
US Army troop carrier overturned in a swollen Fort Hood creek,
killing 9 soldiers.
(Reuters, 6/3/16)(AFP, 6/4/16)
2016 Jun 2, In western
Afghanistan an explosion at a market place in Laghman province
killed two civilians and wounded 16. A roadside bombing killed two
policemen and wounded two others in eastern Ghazni province.
(AP, 6/2/16)(AP, 6/3/16)
2016 Jun 2, In Brazil Italo
Ferreira (10), chased by police, stepped on the gas in a stolen car
until police stopped him with a bullet to the head in Sao Paulo.
Police said they fired in self-defense because Italo was armed and
shot at them from the car. Investigators later alleged the crime
scene was tampered with.
2016 Jun 2, The European Union
and United States signed a deal aimed at protecting personal data
shared by law enforcement authorities in the EU and US as they
tackle major crime.
2016 Jun 2, German officials
said at least 5 people have been killed in floods caused by
prolonged heavy rain in southern Bavaria state and thousands of
households were cut off from electricity. Earlier this week 3 people
were killed in floods in the southwestern state of
Baden-Wuerttemberg and a young girl was killed by a train as she
took shelter from the rain under a railway bridge.
2016 Jun 2, The Int’l.
Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala and local officials
arrested 25 people and issued warrants for 27 more as they unveiled
that former Pres. Otto Perez Molina’s entire political party had
been a mere front plan to capture and run the state for personal
(Econ, 6/11/16, p.36)
2016 Jun 2, An Indian court
convicted 24 Hindu men for their role in one of the many deadly
religious riots that swept across the western state of Gujarat for
three months in 2002, leaving more than 1,000 dead.
2016 Jun 2, Jordan's border
guards killed two suspected infiltrators trying to enter the kingdom
2016 Jun 2, Libya’s navy
retrieved the bodies of at least 117 migrants on a beach in the
western town of Zwara. By June 5 the number reached 133.
(AFP, 6/3/16)(SFC, 6/4/16, p.A4)(Reuters, 6/5/16)
2016 Jun 2, A top Libyan
commander loyal to the U.N.-brokered government said his forces have
pushed into an Islamic State stronghold in central Libya and are now
fighting militants on the streets of Sirte.
2016 Jun 2, Niger reported an
outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus among poultry
after the outbreak was confirmed at the end of May. The outbreak,
which killed all 86,000 poultry birds at the affected site, started
in late February, and followed a previous outbreak in the country
2016 Jun 2, Norway announced
that nine scientists have won this year’s Kavli Prize for their work
on gravitational waves.
(SSFC, 6/5/16, p.C8)
2016 Jun 2, A Romanian medical
helicopter crashed in southern Moldova, killing all four people on
2016 Jun 2, Sri Lanka performed
final Buddhist rites at the site of last month's massive landslide
and ended the search for some 100 people believed to have been
buried under the broken earth.
2016 Jun 2, In Geneva OPEC oil
ministers ended a meeting without reaching any kind of consensus on
regulating the price and supply of crude, a result that triggered an
immediate drop in energy markets. The OPEC oil cartel said that it
has appointed Nigeria's Mohammed Barkindo as its new secretary
(AP, 6/2/16)(AFP, 6/2/16)
2016 Jun 2, A Tajikistan court
sentenced two leaders of the Central Asian nation's banned Islamic
opposition party to life imprisonment over an alleged attempted
2016 Jun 2, Thai authorities
uncovered a trove of animal parts and intercepted a monk trying to
leave the controversial “tiger temple" with tiger skins and fangs,
the latest discovery to fuel accusations that the zoo is involved in
the illegal wildlife trade.
2016 Jun 2, Turkey recalled its
ambassador to Germany in protest against a parliament resolution
declaring the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a
"genocide" at a time when Europe is looking for Ankara's help in the
2016 Jun 2, Yemeni officials
said the country's Shiite rebels have retaken ground from forces
loyal to the internationally recognized government in two central
provinces, with at least 85 fighters killed on both sides over the
past three days.
2016 Jun 3, President Obama,
under Article II of the Constitution, commuted the sentences of 42
mostly low-level and nonviolent drug dealers, half of whom would
have otherwise died in prison.
2016 Jun 3, US boxing champion
Muhammad Ali (74) died in a hospital in Phoenix after a
32-year battle with Parkinson's disease.
(AFP, 6/4/16)(SFC, 6/4/16, p.A1)(Econ, 6/11/16,
2016 Jun 3, In southern
Mississippi two workers disappeared in a landslide at a gravel pit
in Crystal Springs. Their bodies were recovered on June 9 and 11.
(SSFC, 6/12/16, p.A6)
2016 Jun 3, In Oregon 16 of 96
tank cars of a Union Pacific train derailed near Mosier in the
Columbia River Gorge and an unknown amount of oil was leaked.
Mosier’s wastewater treatment plant and sewer system were left
inoperative. A fire in four of the cars was extinguished the next
(SFC, 6/4/16, p.A5)(SFC, 6/6/16, p.A6)
2016 Jun 3, In France the
Louvre and Orsay museums in Paris moved scores of art works and
precious artifacts to safety and soldiers evacuated residents
trapped in some outlying suburbs as the swollen river Seine hit its
highest level in 30 years.
2016 Jun 3, Volkswagen said it
has received regulatory approval for technical fixes on some models,
meaning it could now recall more than 800,000 of the 8.5 million
cars affected by its diesel emissions scandal in Europe.
2016 Jun 3, Four bodies were
recovered and 340 people rescued after a boat carrying migrants
across the Mediterranean Sea sank south of the Greek island of
Crete. Survivors later said 648 or 650 men, women and children were
on the ship. Some 320 migrants and refugees were feared to have
(AP, 6/3/16)(Reuters, 6/7/16)
2016 Jun 3, Indian officials
said overnight slashes between police and followers of a
revolutionary sect have left at least 24 dead after an operation
in Uttar Pradesh to evict thousands of people from parkland
erupted into violence.
2016 Jun 3, Rebels in the
Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir ambushed a convoy of Indian
paramilitary soldiers in a busy market, killing at least 3 and
injuring three others.
2016 Jun 3, In Indonesia about
a thousand members of hard-line Islamic groups marched in Jakarta to
denounce a government plan for an investigation into anti-communist
massacres in 1965, saying it would help revive communism in the
world's most populous Muslim nation.
2016 Jun 3, In Israel some
200,000 people joined the festivities of Tel Aviv’s annual gay pride
(SFC, 6/4/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 3, Libya’s UN-backed
unity government in Tripoli said it is uniting its various armed
factions and will be able to eradicate Islamic State militants on
its territory with its own forces.
2016 Jun 3, In Mexico Ernesto
Canales, the anti-corruption czar in the opposition-controlled
region of Nuevo Leon, ordered properties seized against several
officials, including ex-state governor Rodrigo Medina, for suspected
embezzlement, breach of office and other crimes that cost the state
3.6 billion pesos ($194 million).
2016 Jun 3, In Niger 32 troops
were killed in a clash with Boko Haram jihadists at Bosso on the
border with Nigeria. The dead soldiers included 30 from Niger and 2
2016 Jun 3, Poland's PM Beata
Szydlo announced a new program to provide cheap housing for families
on low income — the second project the conservative government has
launched to support large families.
2016 Jun 3, In Puerto Rico
nurse Elena Santos Agosto (59) died in her living room after being
struck by gunshots to the head and chest that were fired into her
residence from a passing vehicle. Her daughter, ex-Miss Puerto Rico
Alba Reyes, quickly called on the public to help police find those
responsible for the shooting death of her mother.
2016 Jun 3, In Somalia Turkish
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened a new Turkish embassy in
Mogadishu on his third visit to the country.
2016 Jun 3, Syrian regime air
strikes killed dozens of civilians in Aleppo and nearby areas as the
UN Security Council prepared to discuss emergency aid drops to
besieged areas. Heavy Russian air strikes hit Islamic State-held
territory in eastern areas of Syria's Hama province, near the
boundary of Raqqa province.
(AFP, 6/3/16)(Reuters, 6/3/16)
2016 Jun 3, A court in Turkey
sentenced a Turkish man, Erdal E. (29), to 108 years in jail for
sexually assaulting at least eight Syrian children while working as
a cleaner at the refugee camp in Nizip in the southern Gaziantep
province near the Syrian border.
2016 Jun 3, The UN accused both
the Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russian rebels of torturing
fighters and their sympathizers captured in the separatist east.
2016 Jun 3, Pope Francis signed
a declaration along with participants of a Vatican summit of about
100 judges, prosecutors and other public officials involved in
fighting human trafficking and organized crime.
2016 Jun 3, In western Yemen 17
civilians were killed and dozens wounded when rockets fired by
Houthi rebels hit a busy market in Taiz.
(SFC, 6/4/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 4, The United States
and its allies conducted a total of 23 military strikes against
Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
2016 Jun 4, The US government
said it has received information that terrorist groups are planning
to carry out attacks against places where its citizens congregate in
shopping areas in South Africa.
2016 Jun 4, Top US Navy Adm.
John Richardson said the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman has
begun launching airstrikes against the Islamic State group from the
2016 Jun 4, Afghan President
Ashraf Ghani and Indian PM Narendra Modi inaugurated a
multi-million-dollar dam in western Afghanistan that will bring
power and irrigation to vast tracts of the war-torn country. The
Afghan-India Friendship Dam in Herat province, which borders Iran,
was built with Indian aid at a cost of $300 million and was under
construction for about a decade.
2016 Jun 4, China said that it
will ignore the decision of an international arbitration panel in a
Philippine lawsuit against Beijing's sweeping territorial claims in
the South China Sea. The Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled last
year that it has jurisdiction over the case despite China's
2016 Jun 4, In southwestern
China a leisure boat capsized on Bailong Lake during strong winds,
killing one child and leaving another 14 people missing in Sichuan
2016 Jun 4, In France the Seine
River peaked early today around Paris, hitting its highest level in
nearly 35 years, almost 4.5 meters (15 feet) above average.
Authorities warned it could take up to ten days for the river to
return to normal.
2016 Jun 4, In Hong Kong tens
of thousands of people poured into Victoria Park to remember the
victims of the Chinese military's bloody June 4, 1989, crackdown on
student-led pro-democracy protests in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.
2016 Jun 4, In Iraq bombings
targeting a police checkpoint, a restaurant and two markets killed
15 people and wounded more than 40 in and around Baghdad. Iraqi
forces gained new ground from the Islamic State group in a key area
west of the jihadist bastion of Fallujah.
(AP, 6/4/16)(AFP, 6/4/16)
2016 Jun 4, In Myanmar over a
thousand hardline Buddhists gathered on the outskirts of Yangon for
the annual summit of their ulta-nationalist group, as the
anti-Muslim network looks to stay relevant under Myanmar's new
2016 Jun 4, Nigeria announced
that it has seized more than $10.3 billion in looted cash and assets
over the past year under Pres. Buhari’s anticorruption campaign.
(SSFC, 6/5/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 4, The Philippines'
president elect Rodrigo Duterte urged the public to join his
anti-crime crackdown, offering people huge bounties for killing drug
2016 Jun 4, In Poland two
former presidents were at the front of tens of thousands of marchers
in Warsaw to protest the right-wing government’s policies and mark
27 years since the ouster of communism. The march was led by Mateusz
Kijowski (47), founder of the Committee for the Defense of Democracy
(SSFC, 6/5/16, p.A4)(Econ, 6/11/16, p.55)
2016 Jun 4, Russian news
agencies reported that more than 40 people have been killed and
around a hundred injured by Al Nusra militants shelling in the
Syrian city of Aleppo.
2016 Jun 4, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said the Syrian army has crossed the
boundary of Raqqa province, home to the de facto capital of Islamic
2016 Jun 4, Turkey’s military
said cross-border shelling by the Turkish army and air strikes by
US-led coalition aircraft have killed 14 Islamic State militants in
2016 Jun 4, Turkish warplanes
struck Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq and southeast
Turkey and the army killed 27 fighters near its borders with Iraq
2016 Jun 4, UN and police
officials said criminal gangs are plundering the Earth's natural
resources faster than previously thought, with the value of
environmental crimes estimated to be as high as $258 billion
2016 Jun 4, Pope Francis
scrapped his proposed tribunal to prosecute bishops who failed to
protect their flocks from pedophile priests and instead established
new legal procedures to remove them if the Vatican finds they were
2016 Jun 4, The Vatican signed
an agreement with Qatar to digitalize Vatican manuscripts relating
to the Persian Gulf and other Islamic regions.
2016 Jun 5, In eastern
Afghanistan Taliban gunmen stormed a court building, killing 7
people, including a newly appointed chief prosecutor in Puli Alim,
Logar province. In Kabul lawmaker Sher Wali Wardak was killed in a
2016 Jun 5, In Afghanistan NPR
photojournalist David Gilkey and his Afghan colleague Zabihullah
Tamann were killed by Taliban gunfire on the first day of an embed
with local troops in Helmand province.
2016 Jun 5, In Australia
torrential rain and high winds battered the east coast, leaving up
to 26,000 homes without power while flooding forced hundreds of
people into evacuation centers.
2016 Jun 5, In Bangladesh
Mahmuda Aktar (33), the wife of a senior police official known for
battling Islamist militants, was stabbed and shot to death in
Chittagong. Machete-wielding assailants killed Christian grocer
Sunil Gomes (60) in a separate incident in the northern district of
2016 Jun 5, In eastern Belgium
a high speed train slammed violently into the back of a slow-moving
freight train that was traveling on the same track crash late today,
killing at least 3 people with nine others injured.
2016 Jun 5, India's PM Narendra
Modi and Qatar's ruler, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who visited
India in March 2015, signed seven agreements to strengthen ties.
Modi had arrived June 4 and met with Indian laborers that evening.
2016 Jun 5, In western India a
speeding bus struck two cars on the Navi Mumbai highway in a crash
that killed at least 17 people and injured 35 others.
2016 Jun 5, In Iraq Islamic
State militants reportedly shot and killed 7 civilians and 7 IS
defectors inside Fallujah as they attempted to flee the city.
2016 Jun 5, In Italy an
anti-establishment movement was the favorite as voters headed to the
polls to pick a new mayor in Rome, among a handful of city hall
contests in urban centers that tested the prime minister's governing
Democratic Party. Virginia Raggi of the 5-Star Movement took 35.3
percent of the vote in Rome, trailed by Premier Matteo Renzi's
Democratic Party candidate Roberto Giachetti, with just under 25
percent. Since no candidate took more than 50 percent in balloting,
the top two face a runoff June 19.
(AP, 6/5/16)(AP, 6/6/16)
2016 Jun 5, In Kazakhstan an
attack by gunmen on the north-western city of Aktobe left at least
25 people dead. This included 13 attackers, 4 civilians and 3
National Guard servicemen. Eight gunmen have been detained.
(Reuters, 6/7/16)(AP, 6/10/16)(Econ, 7/2/16,
2016 Jun 5, Mexico held
elections in 12 states. The ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party
lost four states it has never lost before, including the northern
border state of Tamaulipas.
(AP, 6/6/16)(SFC, 6/6/16, p.A5)
2016 Jun 5, Peruvians voted in
a tight run-off for the presidency, choosing between right-wing
populist Keiko Fujimori (41), the daughter of a jailed former
president, and former World Bank economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
(77). On June 10 Keiko conceded defeat as Kuczynski won 50.1% of the
(Reuters, 6/5/16)(SFC, 6/11/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 5, Qatar figures from
an April 2015 census showed almost 60 percent of the country’s 2.4
million population live in what the government calls labor camps.
2016 Jun 5, Romanians began
voting for local officials in administrations that are plagued with
corruption. According to Romania's anti-corruption prosecutors'
office, more than 100 mayors, deputy mayors, county council
presidents and vice presidents were indicted for corruption in 2015.
2016 Jun 5, South Sudan resumed
talks with Sudan on a raft of thorny issues, including borders and
oil revenues, still outstanding from its 2011 secession.
2016 Jun 5, Swiss voters
rejected a proposal to require state-controlled companies such as
Swisscom, Swiss Post or Swiss railway company SBB not to seek to
make a profit.
2016 Jun 5, Swiss voters flatly
rejected a radical proposal to provide the entire population with a
basic income, no work required.
(AFP, 6/5/16)(SFC, 6/6/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 5, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said dozens of Syrian regime strikes on
Aleppo killed at least 16 civilians. Nearly 40 strikes hit
rebel-held areas in and around Aleppo city in some of the heaviest
recent raids by Russian and Syrian government war-planes.
(AFP, 6/5/16)(Reuters, 6/5/16)
2016 Jun 5, A top Syrian
Kurdish commander died. Abu Layla, who commanded a brigade inside
the predominantly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, was hit by IS
sniper fire on the outskirts of Manbij, several days earlier during
a US-backed campaign to unseat the Islamic State group from its
de-facto Syrian capital, Raqqa.
2016 Jun 5, In Turkey more than
1,000 people attended a rally of a pro-Kurdish, opposition party in
Istanbul to protest against the abolition of immunity of some
Turkish members of parliament.
2016 Jun 5, In southern Turkey
a bus carrying school children, teachers and parents plunged into an
irrigation canal in Osmaniye province, killing 14 people including 6
2016 Jun 5, Pope Francis
proclaimed two new saints: Swedish-born Elizabeth Hesselblad
(1870-1957), a Lutheran convert, who hid Jews during World War II
and Stanislaus Papczynski (1631-1701), the Polish founder of the
first men's religious order dedicated to the immaculate conception.
2016 Jun 5, Police in Vietnam
forcibly removed people protesting in the capital Hanoi against a
perceived delay in government response to a mass fish death, just
days after US President Barack Obama chided the country on its human
2016 Jun 6, More than 450
groups called on the US Congress to reject the Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP) if it comes up for a vote this fall, saying the
trade deal would allow fossil fuel companies to contest US
environmental rules in extrajudicial tribunals.
2016 Jun 6, The US Navy banned
drinking and restricted off-base activity for its personnel in Japan
after a sailor was arrested a day earlier on suspicion of drunken
driving in Okinawa.
(SFC, 6/7/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 6, US VP Joe Biden
unveiled a public database for clinical data on cancer that aims to
help researchers and doctors better tailor new treatments to
(SFC, 6/7/16, p.D3)
2016 Jun 6, In New Hampshire a
predawn fire killed 2 adults and 2 children in a three-story
apartment building in Manchester.
(SFC, 6/7/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 6, In northern
Afghanistan a Taliban ambush killed at least 7 people, including a
district intelligence chief and his deputy in Sari Pul province.
2016 Jun 6, Millions of Muslims
around the world marked the start of Ramadan, a month of intense
prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts. Others will begin
fasting a day later, due to a moon-sighting methodology that can
lead to different countries declaring the start of Ramadan a day or
2016 Jun 6, Australian
authorities said 3 people were killed in floodwaters from a strong
storm that pounded the east coast over the weekend.
2016 Jun 6, A court in Britain
sentenced former schoolteacher Richard Huckle to 22 life sentences
for child abuse after using his position teaching English in
Malaysia to gain access to victims. He will have to serve a minimum
of 25 years for 71 offenses against children aged between six months
and 12 years from 2006 to 2014.
2016 Jun 6, In Egypt 12
Education Ministry officials were detained after answers to the
final nationwide exams for Arabic and religion were posted on
2016 Jun 6, EU nations refused
to back a limited extension of the herbicide glyphosate's use,
threatening withdrawal of Monsanto's Roundup and other weed-killers
from shelves if no decision is reached by the end of the month.
2016 Jun 6, In France a fire in
an apartment building near the national stadium in Saint-Denis
left at least 5 people dead and 11 injured.
2016 Jun 6, Iran arrested Homa
Hoodfar (65), a visiting Canadian-Iranian expert in gender and
Islam. This was at least the fifth detention of a dual-national
reported in recent months.
2016 Jun 6, In Jordan a gunman
apparently acting alone killed 5 intelligence agents in a daylight
"terrorist attack" on their office in the Baqaa Palestinian refugee
camp north of Amman. On August 4 Mohammad Masharfeh (22) was
sentenced to death for the attack. An accomplice who was charged
with "selling weapons for illegal use" was sentenced to a year in
(AFP, 6/6/16)(AP, 8/4/16)
2016 Jun 6, In Kenya one man
died and six were injured as police opened fire on an
anti-government rally in the western city of Kisumu.
2016 Jun 6, Palestininan Jamal
Dweika (20) died of wounds after being shot by Israeli soldiers in
clashes after stones at Jewish worshippers at the Joseph's Tomb in
2016 Jun 6, In the Philippines
militants of Abu Sayyaf, a small but brutal group linked to al
Qaeda, executed Robert Hall on the remote island of Jolo, the second
Canadian captive to be killed following John Ridsdel, after their
ransom demand went unheeded.
2016 Jun 6, The Saudi cabinet
approved a major plan to diversify the national economy away from
oil and to generate 450,000 non-government jobs by 2020.
2016 Jun 6, In Saudi Arabia a
road accident involving a bus and a truck killed 15 people and left
60 injured on the road between Riyadh and al-Qassim.
2016 Jun 6, Syrian regime
troops supported by Russia and US-backed fighters pressed twin
offensives against the Islamic State group as pressure built on the
jihadists' northern strongholds in the war-torn country. 17
civilians, including 8 children, were killed in air strikes on
Al-Shaara, an IS-held town in eastern Deir Ezzor province.
2016 Jun 6, In Syria Hadiyeh
al-Abbas (58), a woman who is a member of President Bashar Assad's
Baath party, was chosen as the new parliament speaker, becoming the
first woman to ever hold the post.
2016 Jun 6, Turkey’s state-run
Anadolu news agency reported that shelling by Turkey's military and
attacks by US-led coalition aircraft have killed 7 Islamic State
militants in Syria.
2016 Jun 6, Pope Francis named
a special administrator for the Catholic Church on the Pacific
island of Guam after its archbishop was accused of sexually abusing
young boys and of keeping church abuse policies weak to protect
2016 Jun 6, It was reported
that the parties to over a year of civil war in Yemen agreed to
release all child prisoners they are holding.
2016 Jun 7, A senior US State
Department official said North Korea has restarted production of
plutonium fuel, showing that it plans to pursue its nuclear weapons
program in defiance of international sanctions. The assessment came
a day after the UN nuclear watchdog said it had “indications" that
Pyongyang has reactivated a plant to recover plutonium from spent
reactor fuel at Yongbyon, its main nuclear complex.
2016 Jun 7, The last major
primaries of the 2016 White House race kicked off in California,
Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota hours
after US delegate counts showed Hillary Clinton clinching the
(AP, 6/7/16)(SFC, 6/8/16, p.A1)
2016 Jun 7, In Alabama former
astronaut James Halsell Jr. (59) was charged with murder following
an early morning car crash that killed two girls (11&13). Police
said alcohol and speed may have been factors in the crash.
(SFC, 6/8/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 7, Thomas J. Perkins
(b.1932), US venture capitalist and former husband of novelist
Danielle Steele, died at his home in Tiburon, Ca. He co-founded the
firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 1972.
(SFC, 6/10/16, p.A11)
2016 Jun 7, Washington DC
lawmakers approved a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Mayor Muriel Bowser
pledged to sign it.
(SFC, 6/8/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 7, Tropical Storm
Colin blasted torrential rain and winds across the US Southeast,
triggering a mix of floods, hazardous surf and other severe weather
conditions in a broad swath between Florida and North Carolina as it
moved out to sea.
2016 Jun 7, The members of the
Missile Technology Control Regime, a key anti-proliferation
grouping, agreed to admit India as a deadline for members of the
34-nation group to object to India's admission expired a day earlier
without any of them raising objections. Later today PM Narendra Modi
met with US Pres. Obama in Washington.
2016 Jun 7, The US Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention reported that 40% of US women are
(SFC, 6/8/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 7, America’s
Association of National Advertisers (ANA) published a report
accusing advertising agencies of accepting rebates, or kickbacks,
from media companies.
(Econ, 6/11/16, p.67)
2016 Jun 7, In southeastern
Afghanistan Taliban gunmen killed 12 people they captured in recent
ambushes, including policemen and soldiers, in Ghazni province. The
dead included 7 policemen, 3 soldiers and 2 officials with the
national spy agency.
2016 Jun 7, Albania's
prosecutor general's office said police chief Haki Cako has been
suspended from his post while being investigated for the illegal use
of wiretapping equipment.
2016 Jun 7, The Front for the
Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC), a rebel movement
seeking independence for Angola's main oil region, said its leader
Nzita Henriques Tiago (88) has died in France.
2016 Jun 7, In southwestern
Bangladesh unidentified bike-riding assailants shot and hacked Hindu
priest Anando Gopal Ganguly (70) to death amid a spate of similar
attacks allegedly by radical Islamist groups since last year.
2016 Jun 7, Belgian judges,
lawyers and court clerks throughout the country protested planned
government budget cuts they say will cripple an already overtaxed
2016 Jun 7, Chinese State
Councillor Yang Jiechi, the country's top diplomat, said China has
the right to uphold its sovereignty over the South China Sea, and
that it will respect freedom of navigation and overflight there.
2016 Jun 7, Egypt's former top
auditor, Hisham Genena, who exposed massive corruption in the
country went on trial before a court in Cairo, charged with
spreading "false news" and "disturbing" the country's security.
2016 Jun 7, The European Union
unveiled plans to seal agreements with African and Middle East
countries in an effort to persuade refugees to stay close to home
and to discourage people looking for jobs from heading to Europe.
2016 Jun 7, The European Union
warned Thailand to take "swift and determined action" by next month
to improve its fisheries and labor practices or face a serious
economic threat of an EU ban on Thai seafood.
2016 Jun 7, Hong Kong culled
4,500 birds after the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus was discovered in a
chicken at a local market.
2016 Jun 7, Hungarian lawmakers
approved a constitutional amendment granting the government extended
powers, including the possibility of deploying the armed forces, in
case of terror acts or threats.
2016 Jun 7, In Iraq a car
bombing in Karbala killed 7 civilians and wound almost two dozen.
(SFC, 6/8/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 7, It was reported
that Exporters are rejecting roughly half of cocoa port arrivals
from top producer Ivory Coast on quality grounds, adding to problems
that are already expected to result in a 180,000 ton global supply
deficit this year.
2016 Jun 7, Amnesty
International said albinos in Malawi are being targeted in an
"unprecedented wave of brutal attacks", blaming police for failing
to tackle a scourge fuelled by ritual practices.
2016 Jun 7, Norway's parliament
agreed on a goal to cut the country's net greenhouse gas emissions
to zero by 2030, moving the target forward by 20 years.
2016 Jun 7, Russian President
Vladimir Putin hosted Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu for talks
expected to focus on boosting bilateral ties and the situation in
2016 Jun 7, Russia's gas
monopolist Gazprom says it will resume selling gas to Ukraine,
following an official request from Kiev.
2016 Jun 7, In northern
Syria thousands of civilians fled Mambij, a key town along the
Islamic State group's supply lifeline, as US-backed fighters closed
in from three sides. Syrian government troops backed by Russian air
power moved to within 25 km of Tabqa, an Islamic State-held town in
(AFP, 6/7/16)(Reuters, 6/7/16)
2016 Jun 7, In Thailand police
raided a massage parlor and arrested 121 sex workers, including 15
who were under the age of 18. Five men running the brothel in
Bangkok were soon charged with human trafficking.
2016 Jun 7, In Turkey a
rush-hour explosion killed 11 people and wounded 36 others in an
attack on a bus carrying riot police in Istanbul. Police detained
four people in connection with the attack.
2016 Jun 8, In Michigan 5
bicyclists were killed and four injured when a pickup truck slammed
into a group of riders in Kalamazoo County. On June 11, 2018,
Charles Pickett Jr. (52) was sentenced to at least 40 years in
(SFC, 6/9/16, p.A9)(SFC, 6/12/18, p.A12)
2016 Jun 8, Ohio’s Rep. Gov.
John Kasich signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana in the state.
The program was expected to be fully operational in two years.
(SFC, 6/10/16, p.A7)
2016 Jun 8, Chad reportedly
sent some 2,000 troops to neighboring Niger, where Boko Haram
insurgents inflicted heavy losses in the town of Bosso last week. On
June 18 Chadian troops were reported to be in Nigeria but not in
(AFP, 6/8/16)(Reuters, 6/18/16)
2016 Jun 8, China said
Zeng Ziheng (44), a man on its list of 100 most wanted corruption
suspects abroad, has voluntarily returned from Canada where he fled
2016 Jun 8, Eritrea's
government rejected accusations of human rights abuses after a UN
commission of inquiry said Eritrea's "systematic, widespread" human
rights abuses should be referred to the International Criminal Court
as crimes against humanity that include enslavement of up to 400,000
(Reuters, 6/8/16)(AP, 6/8/16)
2016 Jun 8, The French
government released an emergency alert application intended to send
swift warnings to smartphone users in the event of a bombing,
shooting or other disaster.
2016 Jun 8, Germany-based
Volkswagen said it has received regulatory approval to fix another
1.1 million cars, raising the number of VW models cleared for
refitting to more than 2.5 million since the start of the year.
2016 Jun 8, In southern India
annual monsoon rains arrived at the Kerala coast, a day later than
forecast, easing fears over farm and economic growth after two
straight droughts hit rural income and agricultural output.
2016 Jun 8, Iraqi forces said
they had begun to make progress against Islamic State inside a
built-up district of Falluja, the militants' stronghold to the west
2016 Jun 8, Islamic State
insurgents have posted a video showing a 3,000-year-old temple being
blown up at the Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq, in their
latest assault on some of the world's greatest archaeological and
cultural treasures. The UN confirmed in a statement that satellite
imagery showed "extensive damage to the main entrance" of the temple
of Nabu, the Babylonian god of wisdom.
2016 Jun 8, Israel's army
locked down the Palestinian town of Yatta after Palestinian gunmen
shot dead 4 people at a popular Tel Aviv nightspot. One of the
attackers was arrested, while the other was wounded by gunfire. Both
were from Yatta.
2016 Jun 8, Italian officials
said Medhanie Yehdego Mered (35), an Eritrean man suspected of
running a huge human trafficking network that sent thousands of
migrants to Europe, leaving many to die on the way, was extradited
overnight from Sudan to Italy. A woman claiming to be his
half-sister said he was just a simple carpenter.
(Reuters, 6/8/16)(AFP, 6/10/16)
2016 Jun 8, Italian media
reported that a policeman has shot dead a migrant who stabbed him
during a brawl in the vast tent camp in San Ferdinando on the
outskirts of Rosarno.
2016 Jun 8, In Nigeria the
Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) militant group rejected a truce offer to
end attacks on key oil infrastructure and claimed another strike.
The Nigerian Navy said nine suspected militants blamed for previous
attacks around the port city of Warri had been arrested.
2016 Jun 8, In Pakistan a woman
in Lahore burned her 17-year-old daughter, Zeenat Rafiq, alive to
punish her for marrying against the family's wishes.
2016 Jun 8, Papua New Guinea
police opened fire on students protesting against the prime
minister, injuring almost 40 in Port Moresby. Students have been
locked in a month-long standoff with authorities and have been
boycotting classes as they demand PM Peter O'Neill step aside over
2016 Jun 8, Philippine
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte changed his stance regarding
journalists, vowing to protect them and pursue their killers after
being denounced by journalists' groups for a comment that news
people were not exempted from assassination.
2016 Jun 8, In Portugal former
CIA agent Sabrina de Sousa said she will be extradited to Italy to
serve a prison sentence for her part in the US extraordinary
renditions program after Portugal's Constitutional Court rejected
her final appeal. De Sousa was among 26 Americans convicted for the
kidnapping of terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, also known
as Abu Omar, from a Milan street on Feb. 17, 2003. She insists she
wasn't involved in the abduction.
2016 Jun 8, The Singapore
government's Infocomm Development Authority said it has begun
disconnecting internet access from the work stations of some
government employees, and will expand the removal to all public
workers by next June in an effort to make official information
systems more secure.
2016 Jun 8, South Africa's
department of environmental affairs said an on-again-off-again
moratorium on domestic trade in rhino horn had been reinstated after
it appealed to the top court in the land to render judgment on the
2016 Jun 8, In Syria airstrikes
on rebel-held districts of Aleppo, including one that struck near a
hospital, killed 15 civilians and wounded many others. Rebels backed
by Islamist groups launched simultaneous attacks from both Marea and
Azaz, squeezing IS jihadists out of the villages of Kafr Kalbin and
Kaljibrin and reopening the road.
(AP, 6/8/16)(AFP, 6/8/16)
2016 Jun 8, In Syria US-led
coalition airstrikes and Turkish artillery fire against Islamic
State group targets reportedly killed 18 militants.
2016 Jun 8, RIA news agency,
citing the Russian coordination center in Syria, reported that
Russia's Defense Ministry has spotted the movement of over 160 Nusra
Front fighters from Turkey into Syria to reinforce "terrorists"
around the city of Aleppo.
2016 Jun 8, In southern
Thailand two speedboats packed with 62 tourists crashed off the
coast, leaving at least two dead and more than 20 injured.
2016 Jun 8, In Turkey a Kurdish
rebel suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle outside a
police headquarters near the border with Syria in Midyat, Mardin
province. The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group claimed
responsibility for the bombing that killed six people.
(AP, 6/8/16)(Reuters, 6/9/16)
2016 Jun 9, Pres. Obama and
other leading Democrats backed Hillary Clinton as their party’s
nominee for president.
(SFC, 6/10/16, p.A1)
2016 Jun 9, The US White House
approved plans to expand the military's authority to conduct
airstrikes against the Taliban when necessary as the violence in
2016 Jun 9, Donald Trump's son,
Donald Trump Jr., met with Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia
Veselnitskaya after being promised damaging information about
Hillary Clinton. Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner and campaign
chairman, Paul Manafort, also attended the meeting at Trump Tower,
two weeks after Trump won the Republican nomination. Rinat
Akhmetshin, a Russian-American lobbyist, was also present. He had
served in the Soviet military in a unit that was part of
(Reuters, 7/10/17)(AP, 7/14/17)(SFC, 7/15/17,
2016 Jun 9, In Wyoming 3 German
motorcyclists were killed and three injured in a traffic accident
outside of Yellowstone National Park. Manuel Moreno Defuentes (61)
of Oregon was soon charged with misdemeanor homicide by vehicle
after his pickup crashed into a group of motorcyclists.
2016 Jun 9, In Afghanistan
Judith D'Souza (40), an Indian charity worker for the Aga Khan
Foundation, was kidnapped in Kabul.
2016 Jun 9, A bus in southern
Brazil veered off the side a highway and crashed, leaving 16 dead
and 30 injured on the outskirts of Mogi das Cruzes.
2016 Jun 9, The European Court
of Human Rights ruled that Bosnia is violating human rights by not
letting a Muslim Bosniak residing in the Serb part of the country
run for president. Bosnia has three months to appeal.
2016 Jun 9, El Salvador’s
Justice and Security Minister Mauricio Ramirez said that the
"extraordinary measures" El Salvador has employed "have managed to
reduce the crime rate by more than 50 percent."
2016 Jun 9, A French court
convicted and fined Uber and two of its executives for deceptive
commercial practices and illegal business activity over its
lowest-cost ride service. The court did not hand prison terms.
2016 Jun 9, In France Rifaat
al-Assad (78), Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's uncle, was charged
with corruption. He was suspected of using ill-gotten gains to build
a real estate empire in France. He had commanded Syria's notorious
internal security forces in the 1970s and early 1980s.
2016 Jun 9, In Iraq two suicide
bombings claimed by the Islamic State group killed 31 people with 78
2016 Jun 9, In northern Iraq
Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and other Islamic State
leaders were reportedly wounded in a coalition air strike on one of
the group's command headquarters close to the Syrian border
according to a local source in Nineveh province.
2016 Jun 9, A UN panel said
Ireland’s abortion ban subjects women to discriminatory, cruel and
degrading treatment and should be ended immediately for cases
involving fatal fetal abnormalities.
(SFC, 6/10/16, p.A5)
2016 Jun 9, The Israeli
military revoked permits for 83,000 Palestinians to visit Israel and
said it would send hundreds more troops to the occupied West Bank a
day after a Palestinian gun attack that killed four Israelis in Tel
Aviv. Collective punishment is banned under international law.
2016 Jun 9, Italian police
arrested two Ukrainians suspected of trafficking Syrians to Italy on
a sail boat, and launched a probe to find the criminal organization
2016 Jun 9, Japanese automaker
Honda said it is recalling 784,000 vehicles in Japan due to faulty
Takata Corp. air bag inflators for front passenger seats.
2016 Jun 9, In Kenya a national
commission announced the firing of 302 police officers who refused
to be vetted. So far at least 3,000 officers have been vetted with
close to 100 fired as part of a reform package.
(SFC, 6/10/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 9, Liberia said it was
free of Ebola, meaning there are now no known cases in west Africa
of the tropical virus that has left more than 11,300 people dead in
the region since late 2013.
2016 Jun 9, Forces aligned with
Libya's unity government were engaged in fierce clashes with Islamic
State in the group's stronghold of Sirte, but faced resistance from
snipers as they edged toward the city center.
2016 Jun 9, In Libya 12 people
were tortured a killed a day after their release from a militia-run
prison. The 12, who were tried on charges of killing protesters
during the 2011 uprising that ousted and killed longtime dictator
Moammar Gadhafi were found with bullet wounds to their heads and
bearing signs of torture in different parts of Tripoli.
2016 Jun 9, A court in Papua
New Guinea granted an injunction preventing students from protesting
on campus with the country on high alert after violent clashes in
the capital Port Moresby.
2016 Jun 9, Russian Maj. Sergei
Yeremenko, a pilot for the air force's elite aerobatic squadron,
died when his Su-27 fighter jet crashed near Moscow.
2016 Jun 9, In central Somalia
at least 30 Ethiopian troops were killed in a suicide bomb attack on
a base for African Union peacekeepers. The African Union AMISOM
force fighting in Somalia said its troops repelled an attack on one
of its bases by the al Shabaab Islamist group and killed 110
(AP, 6/9/16)(Reuters, 6/9/16)
2016 Jun 9, In northern Syria
US-backed fighters closed all major roads leading to Manbij, a
stronghold of the Islamic State group, and surrounded it from three
2016 Jun 9, Turkey suspended
the sale of fertilizers containing nitrate that are used to make
explosives following car bombings this week that killed 17 people.
(SFC, 6/10/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 9, Zimbabwean police
arrested 15 people, including a journalist and the brother of
missing political activist Itai Dzamara, while they were holding a
vigil in Africa Unity Square in central Harare calling upon Pres.
Mugabe to step down.
2016 Jun 10, The US Dept. of
Transportation gave permission to six airlines to resume scheduled
commercial air service from the US to Cuba for a total of 155
round-trip flights per week.
(SFC, 6/11/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 10, Alabama House
Speaker Mike Hubbard was convicted by a jury on 12 charges of
violating state ethics law. On July 8 Hubbard was sentenced to four
years in prison and another eight on probation. Hubbard began
serving his prison sentence on Sept. 11, 2020.
(SFC, 6/11/16, p.A5)(SFC, 7/9/16, p.A11)(SFC,
2016 Jun 10, In the SF Bay Area
the East Bay Express reported that a Richmond woman (18) said she
has had sexual relations with numerous officers from the Oakland,
Richmond, Livermore and Stockton police departments during her stint
as a sex worker. This followed the sudden resignation a day earlier
of Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent. On May 31, 2017, the Oakland
City Council voted 7-1 to approve a $989,000 settlement with former
sex worker Jasmine (19), aka Celeste Guap.
(SFC, 6/14/16, p.A5)(SFC, 6/1/17, p.E1)
2016 Jun 10, In San Francisco
construction site flagger Mitzi Campbell (58) was fatally stabbed by
homeless transient Lizette Cauich, who had tried to use a portable
toilet at the site. In 2018 Cauich (25) pleaded that she suffered
from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
(SFC, 1/24/18, p.A1)
2016 Jun 10, In Florida Kevin
James Loibl shot and fatally wounded singer Christina Grimmie (22),
a former contestant on the popular TV show "The Voice," at Orlando’s
Plaza Live Theater late today during a meet and greet with fans.
Loibl (27) shot and killed himself during a struggle with Grimmie’s
(AFP, 6/11/16)(SSFC, 6/12/16, p.A6)
2016 Jun 10, In eastern
Afghanistan 4 civilians were killed and around 40 wounded by a bomb
blast inside a mosque in Nangarhar province.
2016 Jun 10, In northern
Bangladesh suspected Islamist assailants hacked Hindu holy man Nitya
Ranjan Pandey (60) to death and fled without anyone witnessing the
2016 Jun 10, In Canada a female
German exchange student (18) and a female Canadian (17) were struck
by a train in the east coast province of Nova Scotia.
2016 Jun 10, Canada's beloved
hockey icon Gordie Howe (b.1928), a fierce competitor who finessed
his way into the record books on the ice but was a gentle giant off
it, died in Ohio at the home of his son Murray. The Hall of Famer
affectionately known as "Mr. Hockey" won four Stanley Cup titles
with the Detroit Red Wings in a professional career that spanned an
astonishing six decades.
2016 Jun 10, In China animal
rights activists calling for an end to the slaughter and eating of
dogs at a Chinese festival delivered a petition with 11 million
signatures to authorities in Beijing.
2016 Jun 10, EU countries
agreed on new measures to tighten gun controls in the wake of the
deadly attacks in Paris last year.
(SFC, 6/11/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 10, Berlin police
found 80 kg (176 pounds) of heroin worth an estimated 3 million
euros ($3.6 million). Two Lebanese men were arrested on narcotics
charges and a third was being sought.
2016 Jun 10, The Israeli
military said the West Bank will be closed off until the end of the
Jewish holiday of Shavuot on June 12, due to security concerns
following a Palestinian shooting attack this week that killed four
2016 Jun 10, In Kazakhstan 5
suspected militants were killed in gunbattles with police in Aktobe
that followed a series of recent armed attacks that have challenged
the stability of the energy-rich ex-Soviet nation.
2016 Jun 10, In eastern Libya
at least 7 civilians were killed and eight wounded over the last 24
hours by shelling Benghazi.
2016 Jun 10, A Maldives court
convicted the country's former vice president of masterminding a
plot to kill the president by exploding a bomb on his speedboat last
year and sentenced him to 15 years in prison. Ahmed Adeeb must serve
a total of 25 years after the same criminal court sentenced him
earlier this week to 10 years for possessing firearms.
2016 Jun 10, In Mexico two
gunmen marched into a remote mountain village and killed 11 members
of the same family, including two children, apparently over
"personal conflicts" in El Mirador, Puebla state. The prime suspect
in the slaying of 11 family members was an alleged rapist seeking
revenge against a victim whose complaint had him jailed.
(AFP, 6/11/16)(AP, 6/11/16)(SSFC, 6/12/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 10, In Mexico five
vehicles carrying 34 Central American migrants were apprehended
while traveling together between the northern states of Zacatecas
and Coahuila. Four of the vehicles were linked to the Uber
Technologies platform. The drivers said they weren't the owners of
the cars but worked as Uber chauffeurs.
2016 Jun 10, New Zealand PM
John Key ended a two-day visit to Fiji in an attempt to improve
relations following democratic elections in 2014.
2016 Jun 10, Nigeria fired
dozens of senior officers accused of corruption and the theft of
billions of dollars meant to buy arms to fight the Boko Haram
2016 Jun 10, In Nigeria the
Niger Delta Avengers militant group claimed responsibility for an
attack on a trunk line owned by Agip ENI.
2016 Jun 10, Northern Ireland
police commanders in Belfast unveiled a mammoth criminal
investigation into a former Irish Republican Army double agent
codenamed "Stakeknife," who was allegedly permitted by British Army
intelligence officers to interrogate, torture and kill IRA
colleagues to maintain his cover as the outlawed group's internal
security chief. The London-based investigation is expected to last
five years and cost 30 million pounds ($43 million).
2016 Jun 10, In Pakistan 5
worshippers were killed and five injured when a steel shed in the
courtyard of a central Karachi mosque collapsed.
2016 Jun 10, In Somalia Shabaab
jihadists publicly executed six men they accused of spying,
including one they claimed helped kill their supreme leader in a US
2016 Jun 10, A Swedish court
awarded 30,000 kronor ($3,700) each in damages to 11 Roma plaintiffs
who sued the government for discrimination, saying they were
registered by police due to their ethnicity.
2016 Jun 10, Syria's regime
bombarded Daraya, a rebel-held town outside Damascus, preventing
besieged residents from receiving food aid after its first such
delivery in years. US-backed forces seized control of the last route
into the IS-held city of Manbij, completing their encirclement of
the main target in a major advance against the militants.
(AFP, 6/10/16)(Reuters, 6/10/16)
2016 Jun 10, In Thailand a
passenger van overturned and caught fire on a highway in Chonburi,
killing 11 school teachers inside.
2016 Jun 10, Turkey's Justice
Ministry said it has sent dozens of cases involving 57 lawmakers to
public prosecutors after the president lifted their legal immunity.
Most of the lawmakers at risk of prosecution belong to the
pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party, HDP, or the opposition
Republican People's Party.
2016 Jun 10, In southern Turkey
a truck slammed into a van carrying agricultural laborers, killing
at least 10 people and injuring four others near the town of Eregli,
in Konya province.
2016 Jun 10, Uganda’s army said
at least 30 people with suspected ties to a shadowy rebel outfit
have been arrested over an alleged plot to topple Pres. Yoweri
2016 Jun 11, In New Mexico
Cynthia Villegas and her 4 children were found shot to death in
Roswell. Husband Juan David Villegas-Hernandez, identified as the
shooter, fled the scene and was arrested in Mexico the next day.
(SFC, 6/13/16, p.A4)(SFC, 6/14/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 11, The Swiss-made
Solar Impulse 2, on a globe-circling voyage that began more than a
year ago in the United Arab Emirates, reached a milestone,
completing a trip across the United States with a Statue of Liberty
fly-by before landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
2016 Jun 11, In eastern
Afghanistan 6 police officers, including a district police chief,
were killed early today by gunmen affiliated with the Islamic State
group in Nangarhar province. 15 IS fighters were killed and seven
wounded in the battle that followed.
2016 Jun 11, Citgo Aruba
announced it will invest $450 million to $650 million to reactivate
an oil refinery in Aruba that has been idle since 2012.
2016 Jun 11, Bangladesh police
said they have arrested 3,155 people in a sweeping nationwide
crackdown following a spate of gruesome murders.
2016 Jun 11, Bolivia officials
said five people have been arrested for allegedly coaching a boy to
pretend he was President Evo Morales' son, and paying his family, in
a soap opera-style scandal that has riveted the country. The
suspects are close to Gabriela Zapata, a former girlfriend of
Morales, with whom he had a son who died in 2009.
2016 Jun 11, In Congo DRC two
boats collided on Lake Maindombe capsizing one vessel and killing at
least 27 people.
(SFC, 6/13/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 11, Thousands of
people marched in colorful gay pride events in Croatia, Italy, and
Poland urging support for minority rights in the mostly Catholic
2016 Jun 11, About a quarter of
Air France pilots went on strike to demand better working
conditions. Up to a fifth of flights were canceled, both domestic
and international. Among those affected were flights carrying
spectators to cities holding matches for the European Championship
soccer tournament. Train drivers and garbage collectors continued
2016 Jun 11, Three senior
Guatemalan cabinet ministers were arrested on corruption charges and
authorities said they were seeking to detain two more as part of a
continuing crackdown that has already seen a former president
2016 Jun 11, In Hong Kong and
South Korea operators of the ACT college entrance exam canceled the
tests for some 5,500 students at the last moment over what they said
was a verified breach of test materials.
2016 Jun 11, Iraqi forces in
Fallujah secured a new exit route, known as al-Salam (Peace)
Junction. Over four thousand people used it to flee in the first day
it was open.
2016 Jun 11, Italy's coast
guard said it had picked up at sea 1,348 migrants in 11 rescue
operations between Sicily and North Africa, bringing the total
number of people saved over the past three days to more than 3,000.
2016 Jun 11, Italy’s
conservative Milan daily Il Giornal newspaper published Hitler's
political manifesto "Mein Kampf," angering Premier Matteo Renzi and
the country's tiny Jewish community. The daily is publishing volumes
exploring Third Reich history and defended its decision by arguing
that reading "Mein Kampf" is the "true antidote to the toxins of
2016 Jun 11, Forces allied with
Libya's unity government said they had recaptured the port in the
jihadist bastion of Sirte, advancing rapidly against Islamic State
group fighters encircled inside the city.
2016 Jun 11, In South Africa 8
people including three children died in a house fire in Cape Town.
2016 Jun 11, In Syria suicide
and car bomb blasts struck the Damascus suburb of Sayyidah Zaynab
near the Sayeda Zeinab shrine, the country’s holiest Shi'ite Muslim
shrine. At least 20 people were reported killed. The Islamic State
claimed responsibility. Sayyidah Zeinab was the daughter of the
first Shiite imam, Ali, and granddaughter of the Prophet Muhammad.
(Reuters, 6/11/16)(SSFC, 6/12/16, p.A5)
2016 Jun 11, In northern
Syria a siege by US-backed Kurdish and Arab forces of the key
jihadist-held city of Manbij left tens of thousands of civilians
trapped. At least 159 IS fighters and 22 SDF troops were reported
killed as well as 37 civilians, most of the last group in coalition
air raids, since the alliance launched its Manbij offensive on May
2016 Jun 11, Turkish warplanes
killed 13 suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in the
southeast province of Diyarbakir.
2016 Jun 12, In Florida 49
people were killed and another 53 were injured when a gunman opened
fire and seized hostages at the Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando,
making it the worst mass shooting in US history. The shooter was
soon identified as Omar Mateen (29) of Afghan descent from Port
Saint Lucie, Florida. Mateen was killed in a gunfight with police
officers. In 2018 it was reported that Mateen's father had been an
FBI informant at various points in time between January 2005 and
(AFP, 6/12/16)(AFP, 6/14/16)(SFC, 8/5/16,
p.A5)(SFC, 3/26/18, p.A7)
2016 Jun 12, In San Jose, Ca.,
the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup after Game 6 of the NHL
hockey finals against the San Jose Sharks, seven years to the day
after last holding the Cup.
2016 Jun 12, Bangladesh police
said they have arrested at least 85 militants as part of a broad
crackdown on Islamists after a wave of brutal attacks on minorities
and liberal activists. Since the crackdown began on June 9, police
have arrested 5,324 people.
(Reuters, 6/12/16)(AP, 6/12/16)
2016 Jun 12, In Brazil
indigenous activists from the Guarani-Kaiowa group set up a camp in
Mato Grosso do Sul state, in a push to have their ancestral land
claims formally recognized by the government. Two days later armed
farmers attacked the camp, killing one person and seriously wounding
2016 Jun 12, In China Liu
Xiaohua, a leading official in Guangdong province, apparently hanged
himself at his home in the provincial capital of Guangzhou. His
death came as the province's anti-corruption watchdog body has been
redoubling its probes of government and state industry leaders.
2016 Jun 12, Eritrea's
Information Ministry said Ethiopia has unleashed an attack against
Eritrea in the Tsorona Central Front.
2016 Jun 12, European soccer's
governing body, UEFA, launched disciplinary proceedings against the
Russian Football Union after violence marred the end of Russia's
Euro 2016 match against England in Marseille the previous evening.
2016 Jun 12, Iraqi forces
advanced towards Qayyarah, which lies south of the Islamic State
group's main hub of Mosul, reviving a weeks-old operation that has
made slow progress so far.
2016 Jun 12, In Italy at least
3 people were killed and several others injured in Milan when a
residential building partially collapsed following an explosion due
to a suspected gas leak.
2016 Jun 12, Kazakh security
forces detained three men suspected of being Islamist militants
linked to deadly June 5 attacks in the city of Akrobe. At least 25
people including 18 attackers died during the assaults on a national
guard base and firearms shops, and in the subsequent manhunt.
2016 Jun 12, In Lebanon an
explosion hit the Beirut headquarters of one of the country's
largest banks, leaving one person with minor injuries. Several
Lebanese newspapers said the attack was intended as a message to the
banking industry. Lebanese banks have been working to comply with a
2015 US law imposing sanctions on financial institutions that
facilitate significant transactions associated with Hezbollah since
2016 Jun 12, In Libya forces
allied with the unity government battled to retake the Islamic State
group's last redoubts in its stronghold of Sirte, facing fierce
resistance including three suicide car bombings.
2016 Jun 12, Police in Spain,
France and Paraguay have arrested around 14 people and freed up to
15 women as part of a 3-day joint operation against sex trafficking
that began on June 7.
2016 Jun 12, In Syria at least
12 people were killed when several airstrikes struck the
insurgent-held city of Idlib. Hundreds of civilians escaped the
besieged jihadist bastion of Manbij helped by a US-backed
Kurdish-Arab alliance surrounding the town.
(AP, 6/12/16)(AFP, 6/12/16)
2016 Jun 12, In Turkey an
explosion in central Istanbul killed one person and injured another.
A gas leak was suspected.
2016 Jun 12, In Uganda
attackers carrying machine guns attacked the main police station in
the remote town of Gulu killing one soldier before they were
2016 Jun 12, In Ukraine about
1,000 gay rights activists held the country’s first major gay pride
march through central Kiev amid an unprecedented security operation
in the ex-Soviet country where homophobia remains widespread.
(AFP, 6/12/16)(SFC, 6/13/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 12, A United Arab
Emirates military helicopter crashed into the sea, killing two crew
2016 Jun 12, Pope
Francis, addressing an audience of 20,000 sick and handicapped
people at the Vatican, decried the marginalization of those with
2016 Jun 13, The US Supreme
Court rejected an appeal from a group of American Samoans who say
the United States should grant full citizenship to people born in
the US territory.
2016 Jun 13, In Los Angeles a
dispute between homeless people led one of them to set a fire that
killed 5 others.
(SFC, 6/16/16, p.A6)
2016 Jun 13, Microsoft Corp.
agreed to pay $26.2 billion in cash for LinkedIn, a professional
social network company founded in 2002.
(SFC, 6/14/16, p.A1)
2016 Jun 13, Gregory Rabassa
(94), former Queens College professor and translator of Latin
American authors, died in Branford, Conn. His translations included
“Hopscotch" by Julio Cortazar and “One Hundred Years of Solitude" by
Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
(SFC, 6/15/16, p.D3)
2016 Jun 13, Bahraini security
forces rearrested leading human rights activist Nabeel Rajab (51) in
a dawn raid in the Gulf kingdom.
2016 Jun 13, In France Officer
Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and police administrator Jessica Schneider
were knifed to death in their home in the Paris suburb of
Magnanville by Larossi Abballa (25), who claimed allegiance to
Islamic State. Abballa was killed after a three-hour siege and
(AP, 6/14/16)(AFP, 6/18/16)
2016 Jun 13, In Germany the
chief editor of Turkish newspaper Hurriyet was presented with a
Freedom of Speech award by German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle
as concerns grow over press freedom in Turkey.
2016 Jun 13, Iran's state TV
reported that a firefight between Iran's powerful Revolutionary
Guards and Kurdish militants in western Iran has left 5 militants
dead. IRNA news agency reported a clash in the country's restive
Sistan-Baluchistan province near the border with Pakistan, saying
Iranian security forces killed 5 members of the Jaish al-Adl group.
An Iranian police officer was also killed in the clash.
2016 Jun 13, Iraq said it had
launched an investigation into possible human rights abuses against
civilians fleeing the Islamic State-held city of Fallujah as an aid
group said more than 4,000 more people had left the city over the
2016 Jun 13, In Iraq a suicide
attack carried out by Islamic State group fighters killed at least 5
members of the Iraqi security forces in the city of Ramadi.
2016 Jun 13, The Kosovo
government amended a draft law to prolong the European Union rule of
law mission, known as EULEX, for two years. Since 2008, EULEX has
supported Kosovo on its path to greater European integration in the
areas of rule of law and the fight against corruption.
2016 Jun 13, NATO's
secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg announced that the alliance will
agree this week to send four multinational battalions to the Baltic
states and Poland to boost their defenses against Russia.
2016 Jun 13, In Pakistan a
transgender woman suffered a gunshot wound to her thigh for refusing
to have sex with three attackers who broke into her home in Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa province, in the latest in a series of assaults on trans
2016 Jun 13, Qatar convicted a
Dutch woman (22) of adultery and gave her a one-year suspended
sentence after she reported being raped while on holiday in Doha.
Officials said was also fined 3,000 Qatari riyals ($800/710 euros)
and will be deported once she pays the fine. The male defendant,
said by a court official to be Syrian and named as Omar Abdullah
al-Hasan, was sentenced to 100 lashes for having illicit sex and 40
lashes for drinking alcohol.
2016 Jun 13, In Turkey a
car-bomb attack apparently targeting court officials in the
mainly-Kurdish southeast region injured at least 9 people in Ovacik,
2016 Jun 13, In Turkey Ahmed
Abdulkader, a Syrian journalist campaigning against Islamic State,
was shot in the head by two Islamic State militants riding a
motorcycle and is being treated in the intensive care unit of
Sanliurfa state hospital.
2016 Jun 13, In Uganda a senior
officer, wounded in an attack in Gulu a day earlier, died. Six
suspects believed to have participated in the attack were arrested,
including the driver of a pickup truck used in the assault, and two
2016 Jun 13, In Yemen a
suspected US drone killed 3 alleged al-Qaida fighters in an
overnight airstrike in the central Shabwa province.
2016 Jun 14, The Democratic
National committee said its computer network was hacked by Russian
government hackers who gained access to opposition research on
presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
(SFC, 6/15/16, p.A5)
2016 Jun 14, In Florida a boy
(2) was dragged into the water by an alligator while wading near
Disney’s Grand Florida Resort & Spa.
(SFC, 6/15/16, p.A5)
2016 Jun 14, In Nevada the
Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas was imploded. The Las Vegas
Convention and Visitors Center expected to spend $42 million to
level the 13-building campus with plans for expansion.
(SFC, 6/14/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 14, In New Mexico the
Dog Head Fire broke out about 6 miles (10 km) northwest of the town
of Tajique. It soon forced evacuations and by June 17 grew to about
16,000 acres (6,500 hectares).
2016 Jun 14, In Texas armed
Walmart worker Mohammad Moghaddam (54) was shot and killed by police
in Amarillo after he took two people hostage following a
(SFC, 6/15/16, p.A7)
2016 Jun 14, CEO Jack Dorsey
confirmed that Twitter is investing $70 million into SoundCloud, a
streaming music service.
2016 Jun 14, An Afghan border
guard was killed and five wounded in renewed clashes late today at
the Torkham Pakistani-Afghan border crossing.
2016 Jun 14, In Argentina Jose
Lopez, a former public works secretary under former Pres. Cristina
Fernandez, was arrested after he was discovered tossing bags
containing watches and $9 million in three currencies onto the
grounds of a monastery.
(SSFC, 6/19/16, p.A4)(Econ, 7/30/16, p.28)
2016 Jun 14, Australian
researchers said the Bramble Cay melomys, a rodent that only lived
on Bramble Cay in the Great Barrier Reef, has become the first
documented mammal to go extinct due to man-made climate change.
(SFC, 6/15/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 14, A Bahraini court
ordered the suspension of the country's main opposition group
al-Wefaq and seized its assets, in what appeared to be an escalating
campaign against dissent in the Western-allied Gulf Arab kingdom.
(Reuters, 6/14/16)(AP, 6/14/16)
2016 Jun 14, A Cambodian court
sentenced American businessman Brian David Naswall (53) to 10 years
in prison for sexually abusing nine underage girls.
2016 Jun 14, Chinese and
American officials said they're committed to bridging their
differences on cybersecurity and moving to implement recent
agreements, as they held talks amid complaints over China-based
hacking operations that the US says may have already cost US
companies tens of billions of dollars.
2016 Jun 14, An Egyptian court
acquitted 52 protesters charged with taking part in anti-government
demonstrations in April denouncing the president's decision to hand
over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.
2016 Jun 14, In France tens of
thousands of people rallied in Paris under heavy police presence for
a protest against a planned change of labor laws that would make
hiring and firing easier. Masked troublemakers hurled paving stones
and other projectiles at businesses and the Necker Hospital. Some 30
police officers and protesters were injured.
(Reuters, 6/14/16)(AP, 6/15/16)
2016 Jun 14, Justice Minister
Heiko Maas in an interview with Bild daily said Germany will not
recognise polygamy or marriages involving minors, as concern rises
over such cases amid a record influx of refugees, many from Muslim
2016 Jun 14, In northeastern
India a passenger bus skidded off a mountain road and fell into a
gorge in Meghalaya state, killing at least 25 people near Sonapur
2016 Jun 14, In Iraq Brig.
Ahmed Badr al-Luhaibi, the commander of Brigade 71st of Division 15,
was reported killed by a sniper during an operation to retake a
village south of Mosul.
2016 Jun 14, Eight Kenyan
politicians were arrested on suspicion of hate speech in the latest
sign of rising political tensions a year ahead of elections and were
remanded in custody until June 17.
2016 Jun 14, In Libya 9
pro-government fighters were killed and 50 wounded in latest
fighting for the Islamic State group's bastion of Sirte.
2016 Jun 14, In northern
Myanmar a military helicopter crashed in the jungle, killing 3
officers on board.
2016 Jun 14, In Pakistan
Maj. Ali Jawad Khan, wounded in cross-border clashes near
Afghanistan, died of his wounds at a military hospital. He was the
second fatality from the artillery exchanges at the Torkham crossing
on the Afghan-Pakistan border that erupted late on June 12.
2016 Jun 14, In Venezuela
dozens of bakeries, supermarkets and hardware shops were looted in
the eastern city of Cumana after gangs of looters on motorcycles
raided trucks transporting food as the country's food crisis
continued. More than 400 people were arrested, including three
suspected gang leaders. Over the next few days at least 5 people
were reported killed in food related disturbances.
2016 Jun 14, A Russian-made
Vietnamese fighter jet was missing after disappearing off the radar
during a training flight along the central part of the country's
South China Sea coastline.
2016 Jun 15, Pres. Obama met
with the Dalai Lama (80), the spiritual leader of Tibet, for the 4th
time. China condemned the meeting, which was closed to news media
(SFC, 6/16/16, p.A3)
2016 Jun 15, California
lawmakers approved a $122.5 billion state spending plan.
(SFC, 6/16/16, p.D2)
2016 Jun 15, In California the
Sherpa Fire started this afternoon in Santa Barbara County and
burned 250 acres. It then quadrupled in size over the next day and
by June 18 burned an estimated 12 square miles and was 45%
(Reuters, 6/17/16)(SSFC, 6/19/16, p.A7)
2016 Jun 15, American surgeon
and author Richard Selzer (b.1928) died in Connecticut. His books
include “The Doctor Stories" (1999) and “Mortal Lessons: Notes on
the Art of Surgery" (1996).
(SFC, 6/17/16, p.D3)
2016 Jun 15, In Kentucky local
detectives arrested Bill Birchfield (67), aka Harold Arnold, who had
escaped from prison in Georgia in 1979. He had been jailed for
fatally shooting his wife on July 5, 1973 in Dalton, Georgia.
(Econ, 7/2/16, p.26)
2016 Jun 15, In Bangladesh
Hindu mathematics teacher Ripon Chakraborty was attacked and
seriously wounded this evening by three knife-wielding assailants
when he answered the doorbell at his home in Madaripur. A student
(22) of a college in Dhaka, Ghulam Faijullaha Fahim, was caught by
people who came to the rescue of the screaming teacher. Fahim told
police the attack had been planned by members of the banned militant
group Hizb ut-Tahrir.
(Reuters, 6/16/16)(Reuters, 6/18/16)
2016 Jun 15, Bangladesh police
arrested Mohammed Sumon Hossain, a suspected member of the banned
Ansarullah Bangla Team. He was suspected of participating in an
attack against publisher Ahmed Rashid Tutul in his Dhaka office last
2016 Jun 15, A Chinese court
jailed the wife and a son of Zhou Yongkang, a former senior
politician sentenced to life in prison a year ago for corruption
amid an ongoing anti-graft campaign. Zhou's son, Zhou Bin, was
sentenced to 18 years in prison for taking 222 million yuan ($34
million) in bribes and running an illegal business trading in
restricted commodities. Jia Xiaoye will serve nine years for taking
bribes. She was fined 1 million yuan ($150,000).
2016 Jun 15, In Congo Rep.
General Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko (69), a former army chief and
candidate in the presidential election earlier this year, was
detained overnight. His supporters said the president is trying to
2016 Jun 15, French leaders
told the hardline CGT labor union it would be denied permission for
further street rallies unless it rooted out troublemakers, a day
after violent battles between masked youths and police during
protest marches in Paris.
2016 Jun 15, President Francois
Hollande signed a bill formally ratifying the Paris climate
agreement reached last December by nearly 200 countries to limit
global warming. The agreement will become binding when 55 countries
representing 55 percent of emissions of greenhouse gases ratify it.
17 states have done so already.
2016 Jun 15, The WHO's research
arm issued a report downgrading its classification of coffee as a
possible carcinogen, declaring there isn't enough proof to show a
link to cancer. The Lyon-based International Agency for Research on
Cancer (IARC) also announced in a report that drinking "very hot"
beverages of any kind could potentially raise the cancer risk, and
it classified them as "probably carcinogenic" to humans.
2016 Jun 15, In Guam Roland
Paul L. Sondia (54) said that he was a 15-year-old altar boy when
Archbishop Anthony Apuron sexually abused him during a sleepover in
a church rectory in summer 1977, when Apuron was a parish priest.
Apuron was convicted this year in a secret Vatican trial and
(AP, 6/15/16)(SFC, 8/9/19, p.A5)
2016 Jun 15, In Indonesia more
than 30 pilot whales began stranding themselves during high tide on
the coast of Pesisir village in Probolinggo district in the province
of East Java. At least 10 died as a mass rescue operation managed to
pull most of the stranded whales into the deep sea.
2016 Jun 15, Iran's
Revolutionary Guard battled armed members of an insurgent Kurdish
group, leading to fatalities near Oshnavieh, a predominantly Kurdish
town in West Azerbaijan province.
2016 Jun 15, In Japan Yoichi
Masuzoe, the governor of Tokyo, resigned following a scandal over
his use of public funds.
(Econ, 6/18/16, p.40)
2016 Jun 15, Jerusalem's city
hall approved the construction of a new building for Jews in the
heart of an Arab neighborhood of east Jerusalem, a move that quickly
drew rebuke from the Palestinians, who say encouraging settlement in
the area is an obstacle to peace.
2016 Jun 15, In Libya the
operation room of the unity government lost contact with a
six-member scouting unit inside Sirte. Hours later, IS posted
pictures online of the bodies of young men in uniform in the back of
a pick-up truck, and described them as members of the Misrata
2016 Jun 15, NATO
Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO allies will maintain
troops across Afghanistan, as the US considers whether to reduce its
2016 Jun 15, NATO chief Jens
Stoltenberg demanded that Russia withdraw its forces and military
hardware from Ukraine, and halt its support for pro-Moscow
separatists battling Kiev.
2016 Jun 15, Pakistani troops
fired heavy artillery at Afghan forces at their main Khyber Pass
border crossing, an escalation after days of clashes at the Torkham
crossing that have killed four people and stranded thousands on both
2016 Jun 15, Poland said will
not meet the European Union's deadline of today to respond to
concerns about the country's political crisis.
2016 Jun 15, In Spain US writer
Richard Ford, author of the widely acclaimed novel "Independence
Day," won the prestigious Asturias prize for literature in
recognition of his contribution to American letters.
2016 Jun 15, In Syria at least
70 fighters were reported killed in less than 24 hours of fierce
clashes between pro-regime forces, jihadists and rebels in Aleppo
2016 Jun 15, The United Arab
Emirates said war is over for its troops in Yemen after a nearly
15-month intervention as part of a Saudi-led coalition in which
around 80 lost their lives.
2016 Jun 16, US Senate
Democrats claimed a small victory, forcing the upper house to
consider legislation to help keep guns out of the hands of terrorism
suspects following a filibuster of over 14 hours led by Senator
Chris Murphy of Connecticut.
2016 Jun 16, It was reported
that the Koret Foundation has selected twelve Northern California
colleges and universities to share $50 million for scholarships,
improved technology and research expansion.
(SFC, 6/16/16, p.D3)
2016 Jun 16, Philadelphia
became the first major US city to approve a soda tax. The City
Council gave final approval to a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sugary
and diet beverages with collections to begin next Jan 1.
(SFC, 6/17/16, p.A15)
2016 Jun 16, An Albanian court
dropped charges against police chief Haki Cako for allegedly illegal
use of wiretapping equipment. The Tirana Appeals Court ruled that
Cako had committed no offense, leaving him free to resume his job.
2016 Jun 16, British opposition
Labour Party lawmaker Jo Cox (41) died after she was shot and
stabbed as she intervened in a scuffle between two men in Birstall
near Leeds. Thomas Mair (52), who had a history of mental illness,
was arrested by armed police. On Nov 23 Mair was sentenced to life
(Reuters, 6/16/16)(Reuters, 6/17/16)(Reuters,
2016 Jun 16, In China the new
$5.5 billion Shanghai Disneyland opened with a lavish celebration.
(SFC, 6/17/16, p.A3)
2016 Jun 16, Croatia's
government fell after PM Tihomir Oreskovic lost a confidence vote in
parliament, in a serious blow to the country's nationalist rulers
after only five months in power.
2016 Jun 16, A search team
recovered the cockpit voice recorder from the EgyptAir plane that
crashed on May 19 into the Mediterranean last month hours after a
deep-sea robot located pieces of the main body of the plane.
2016 Jun 16, The European
Commission said Iran's state airline, which has just reached an
agreement with Boeing Co to purchase new jetliners, can resume
flights in the EU.
2016 Jun 16, France sentenced
three Russian fans to prison and planned to deport 20 others next
week for their role in the violence in Marseille that marred
Russia's opening soccer match against England.
2016 Jun 16, In Greece the Holy
and Great Council of Orthodox Christianity convened in Crete and
continued to June 26. The Churches of Antioch, Russia, Bulgaria, and
Georgia did not participate.
(http://tinyurl.com/jcuptso)(Econ, 6/18/16, p.57)
2016 Jun 16, Indonesia's
central bank cut its benchmark interest rate again by a quarter
point to 6.50 percent amid slow and uneven recovery of the global
2016 Jun 16, In Kashmir 4
militants who had crossed into the Indian-controlled side from the
Pakistani side were killed in fierce fighting that also left one
soldier dead in the Tangdhar sector.
2016 Jun 16, Kurdish official
Masrour Barzan said that once the Islamic State is defeated, Iraq
should be divided into three separate entities to prevent further
sectarian bloodshed, with a state each given to Shi'ite Muslims,
Sunnis and Kurds.
2016 Jun 16, In Libya Islamic
State group jihadists, pinned down in Sirte, stepped up suicide bomb
attacks on forces of the unity government who suffered 10 dead.
2016 Jun 16, A Mexican woman
(32) was found dead after apparently falling from a border fence
about 20 to 25 feet high about three miles east of Arizona’s Morley
Port of Entry.
2016 Jun 16, Niger authorities
said 34 people, including 20 children, have died while attempting to
cross the Sahara Desert in an effort to reach Europe.
(SFC, 6/17/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 16, In northeast
Nigeria Boko Haram militants opened fire at a funeral, killing 18
mourners including many women and children in the Madagali area of
Adamawa state near the Sambisa forest.
2016 Jun 16, In central
Pakistan Monil Mai (32) was arrested hours after she allegedly threw
acid on her boyfriend Sadaqat Ali for refusing to marry her in the
Mukhdoom Rashid neighborhood of Multan. She had been having an
affair with Ali for several years and wanted him to marry her so
that she could divorce her husband. Ali died of his wounds on June
(AP, 6/17/16)(AP, 6/21/16)
2016 Jun 16, A judge in Peru
banned First Lady Nadine Heredia from leaving the country while
she's being investigated for allegedly hiding undeclared campaign
2016 Jun 16, Russia floated out
a new nuclear-powered icebreaker, said to be the world's biggest and
most powerful, to be used for hauling liquefied natural gas from its
2016 Jun 16, The Russian
Defense Ministry said a 48-hour cessation of hostilities has been
declared in the divided northern Syrian city of Aleppo and activists
reported a relative calm in the city. Barrels bombs hit Aleppo just
hours after a temporary truce came into effect in the war-torn city.
Russian warplanes struck at rebels battling Islamic State militants,
including forces backed by the United States, in southern Syria.
(AP, 6/16/16)(AFP, 6/16/16)(Reuters, 6/17/16)
2016 Jun 16, In the Solomon
Islands scientists on World Sea Turtle Day tagged hawksbill sea
turtles in a key South Pacific breeding ground, hoping that
information fed to satellites will help them better understand the
endangered species' nesting, feeding and migration patterns.
2016 Jun 16, Thai police raided
the Wat Dhammakaya Buddhist temple complex to arrest a popular abbot
accused of accepting $40 million in embezzled money but were
thwarted by thousands of his followers who said he is too ill to be
taken into custody. Phra Dhammachayo was accused of money laundering
and links to embezzling 1.4 billion baht ($40 million) from a
now-defunct credit union.
2016 Jun 16, United Nations
investigators said the Islamic State is committing genocide against
the Yazidis in Syria and Iraq to destroy the religious community of
400,000 people through killings, sexual slavery and other crimes.
2016 Jun 16, A Vietnamese
search plane carrying nine people went missing while attempting to
locate a pilot from a crashed fighter jet.
2016 Jun 16, In Zambia 19
Ethiopian migrants suffocated to death along the border with Congo
inside a container truck, where survivors inside banged on the sides
until border officials opened it. A total of 95 Ethiopians were
aboard the truck.
2016 Jun 16, Zimbabwe's
cash-strapped government announced it will delay paying June
salaries for the military and police by up to two weeks. Zimbabwe
has been delaying pay dates for its employees for nearly a year due
to revenue problems, but this is the first time the salaries have
been delayed so long.
2016 Jun 17, It was reported
that 51 US State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo
critical of US policy in Syria, calling for military strikes against
President Bashar al-Assad's government to stop its persistent
violations of a civil war ceasefire.
2016 Jun 17, The United States
expelled two Russian officials in response to an attack by a Russian
policeman on a US diplomat in Moscow earlier in the month. On July 9
Russia said it had expelled two US Embassy staff members in June
after a similar 'unfriendly' move by Washington.
2016 Jun 17, Police in Michigan
confiscated 25 dogs and arrested five people in an investigation
into dog fighting in the Detroit suburbs of Inkster and Westland.
(SFC, 6/18/16, p.A5)
2016 Jun 17, A hacker siphoned
around 3.6 million ether digital money, valued at about $55 million,
from the Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO), which had
raised $160 million in the form of ether, an alternative to the
digital currency bitcoin. The attack likely put an end to the
(SFC, 6/20/16, p.D1)(Econ, 6/25/16, p.66)
2016 Jun 17, Brazil's
Environment Ministry said it has fined mining company Samarco 142
million reais ($41.6 million) for damages to three protected areas
resulting from a tailings dam burst in November.
2016 Jun 17, In the Central
African Republic a local driver for Medecins sans Frontieres was
killed during an ambush on a convoy by unidentified gunmen.
2016 Jun 17, Chinese President
Xi Jinping arrived in Serbia for a visit meant to boost relations
with the friendly nation and assert China's intention to increase
its presence in the Balkans and Europe.
2016 Jun 17, China’s product
quality agency announced that Honda Motor Co.'s Chinese joint
venture is recalling 1 million sedans and SUVs to replace possibly
faulty air bags made by Takata Corp.
2016 Jun 17, It was reported
that China has ordered at least 255 Shanghai-based industrial
facilities, including part of a major oil refinery operated by
Sinopec Corp, to shut for 14 days to reduce pollution ahead of
the Aug. 24 - Sept. 6 G20 summit.
2016 Jun 17, In China police
swept in late today to surround sensitive government buildings and
take away Lin Zuluan, the democratically elected leader of Wukan
village in Guangdong province. He had planned protests on June 18
against illegal land grabs.
2016 Jun 17, Dagestan police
said that at least 4 officers and 6 militants have died in a series
of clashes in three regions.
2016 Jun 17, Denmark police
conducted raids in Copenhagen against organized hashish sale at the
famed Christiania hippie neighborhood and arrested at least 17
2016 Jun 17, Egyptian
investigators said a second flight recorder has been retrieved from
the crashed EgyptAir flight MS804, containing data from aircraft
systems which could shed light on what brought the plane down last
2016 Jun 17, The EU rolled over
for another year sanctions imposed to protest Russia's 2014
annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, which the bloc deems illegal.
2016 Jun 17, Finland police in
Vihti, northwest of Helsinki, dispatched several officers to a
property late today. They were targeted by gunfire as they
approached the house and one shot fatally wounded a policeman (30)
and seriously wounded another. The shooter (73) committed suicide.
2016 Jun 17, In Germany a
94-year-old former SS sergeant who served as a guard at Auschwitz
was found guilty of more than 170,000 counts of accessory to murder
for helping kill 1.1 million Jews and others at the Nazi death camp.
The Detmold state court sentenced Reinhold Hanning to five years in
prison, though he will remain free while any appeals are heard.
Hanning died on June 1, 2017.
(AP, 6/17/16)(SFC, 6/2/17, p.A2)
2016 Jun 17, In Hong Kong more
than 100 activists marched on China's liaison office to protest
against the detention of five booksellers. A day earlier Lam
Wing-kee told reporters he had been arrested and detained in China
for more than eight months, and that one of his colleagues, Lee Bo,
a British national, was abducted from Hong Kong by mainland Chinese
(Reuters, 6/17/16)(Econ, 6/25/16,
2016 Jun 17, In India the film
“Udta Punjab" was released. It dramatized the state’s struggle with
drugs. A recent study found that 20% of the young men in Punjab use
opioids. Injectable heroine appeared about five years ago and
quickly became the drug of choice.
(Econ, 6/25/16, p.34)
2016 Jun 17, Indian PM Narendra
Modi and Thailand’s PM Prayuth Chan-ocha agreed in New Delhi to
increase cooperation in tackling terrorism, threats to
cybersecurity, narcotics, transnational economic offenses and human
2016 Jun 17, An Indian court
sentenced 11 people to life in prison for murder in one of the many
deadly religious riots that swept across the western state of
Gujarat in 2002 and left more than 1,000 dead.
2016 Jun 17, Iraqi special
forces entered the center of Fallujah city early today, taking over
a government complex and a neighborhood that served as a base for
the Islamic State group militants after intense fighting.
2016 Jun 17, In Kenya eight
politicians were charged with hate speech and incitement to violence
following public comments and calls to supporters made in recent
2016 Jun 17, Mexico's Congress
passed a package of anti-corruption bills, including stiffer
penalties for graft, but the legislation was stripped of a provision
that would have required public officials to make public their asset
2016 Jun 17, Thousands of
Mexican teachers from a radical union marched in Mexico City to
protest an education reform and the arrest of two of their leaders.
2016 Jun 17, Mexican federal
police said they have seized more than 1,300 pounds (600 kg) of
cocaine in eight suitcases at the capital's international airport.
Three people were arrested when they claimed the suitcases from a
flight that originated in Caracas, Venezuela.
2016 Jun 17, In Pakistan a
mother and son slit the throat of 22-year-old Muqadas Tofeeq in the
village of Butrawala in Punjab province for marrying against the
wishes of her family. Tofeeq was the mother of a 10-month-old
2016 Jun 17, In central Romania
4 people were killed when a bus carrying children and teachers
traveling to a folklore festival overturned near the village of
2016 Jun 17, Russia's track and
field athletes were banned from competing for their country at the
Rio de Janeiro Olympics because the country has failed to do enough
to clean up a deep-rooted doping system that tainted athletes who
may be clean.
2016 Jun 17, Russia said that
at least 4 officers and 6 militants have died in a series of clashes
Dagestan region in the North Caucasus.
2016 Jun 17, In South Korea a
civilian light plane crashed in Muan, killing all 3 people on board.
2016 Jun 17, Sri Lanka welcomed
a European Union decision to remove it from a list of countries that
fail to control illegal and unregulated fishing, ending a ban on
imports of fish caught by Sri Lanka-flagged vessels.
2016 Jun 17, In Syria the
Islamic State carried out two suicide attacks and five car bombings
in the southwestern suburbs of Manbij. 6 members of the same family
were killed when they were targeted by jihadists while fleeing.
2016 Jun 17, In Taiwan Tyrel
Martin Marhanka (41), American man, killed himself by slashing his
neck with a scissor blade inside a courtroom after being given a
four-year sentence for growing opium and marijuana at a rented site
in Changhua county.
2016 Jun 17, Activists in
Taiwan called on the island's largest industrial group, Formosa
Plastics, to investigate recent mass fish deaths in Vietnam, near
where the company has a steel plant.
2016 Jun 17, In Turkey the
governor of Istanbul banned gay, lesbian and transgender individuals
from holding pride parades at their usual venue, citing security
2016 Jun 18, In San Francisco a
fire destroyed six buildings at Mission and 29th streets in Bernal
Heights that included a Cole Hardware store and the El Gran Taco
Loco restaurant. 58 people were left homeless. In 2017 El Gran Taco
Loco reopened in the Excelsior district.
(SFC, 6/20/16, p.A1)(SSFC, 6/18/17, p.L2)
2016 Jun 18, in Mississippi
Tupelo police Officer Tyler Cook shot and killed Antwun Shumpert
(37) following routine traffic stop and a foot chase. Cook later
said he believed his life was in danger.
(http://tinyurl.com/jwar77p)(SFC, 5/17/17, p.A6)
2016 Jun 18, In Virginia 6
people were killed early today when a van carrying 16 people
overturned multiple times on I-95 in Caroline County.
(SSFC, 6/19/16, p.A7)
2016 Jun 18, Adel Mohamed
Sallam (30) left the Albanian port of Durres with an Albanian
captain and another fisherman. The Egyptian man claimed he is owed
70,000 euros ($79,000) in back pay and threatened to sink the boat
together with the two fishermen. The boat owner said he owes no
money to Sallam. On June 29 Albanian authorities said fisherman Luan
Mema was found "in stable health" but that captain Dhimiter Malja
was still missing. Local media said Adel Mohamed Salam was arrested
in Alexandria while three other Egyptians were found at the boat
which he had allegedly sold for 100,000 euros ($110,000).
(AP, 6/23/16)(AP, 6/29/16)
2016 Jun 18, In Bangladesh
Ghulam Faijullaha Fahim (19), who was in police custody, was shot
when officers took him with them to help capture his associates. On
June 15 Fahim had critically wounded a Hindu college teacher.
2016 Jun 18, Belgian police
detained 40 people for questioning and 12 among them were arrested
in connection with a criminal investigation concerning terrorism.
2016 Jun 18, Protesters rallied
outside the French embassy in London after an aid convoy intended
for migrants was turned back by French border police. A 38-ton truck
full of aid was allowed through.
2016 Jun 18, Colombian
authorities said that farmer Jaime Ivan Martinez (44), being
investigated for the disappearance of a woman, has confessed to
killing 20 people, including the missing person.
2016 Jun 18, An Egyptian court
sentenced ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to life in prison
in an espionage trial. The court also sentenced six people,
including two Al-Jazeera employees, to death for allegedly passing
documents related to national security to Qatar and the Doha-based
TV network during the rule of Pres. Morsi.
(AFP, 6/18/16)(AP, 6/18/16)
2016 Jun 18, A French
prosecutor announced terrorism charges against Charaf-Din Aberouz
(29) and Saad Rajraji (27). They were charged with having links to a
terrorist group, but were not found to have any connection to the
June 13 IS-inspired murder of the police couple carried out by
2016 Jun 18, France expelled a
Russian far-right leader of a football supporters group, Alexander
Shprygin, and 19 other fans after the troubles with England soccer
fans at Euro 2016.
2016 Jun 18, In Hong Kong over
4,000 people marched to protest against China's detention of five
booksellers whose shop published gossipy books about Chinese
leaders, including President Xi Jinping.
2016 Jun 18, The Indonesian
navy opened fire at a Chinese fishing boat in the South China Sea,
injuring a fisherman and detaining its seven-man crew, for illegally
fishing in Indonesian waters.
2016 Jun 18, Iraqi forces
hunted down holdout jihadists in Fallujah after retaking the city
center and trained their sights on Mosul, the Islamic State's last
remaining major hub in the country. Iraqi authorities arrested
Iran-backed Shiite militia fighters accused of executing 49 Sunni
men fleeing Fallujah.
(AFP, 6/18/16)(SSFC, 6/19/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 18, In Kazakhstan Tim
Peake, the first British astronaut on the ISS, Russia's Yury
Malenchenko and NASA's Tim Kopra parachuted down onto the Kazakh
steppe in their Soyuz capsule at 0915 GMT after spending 186 days in
2016 Jun 18, In Libya fighting
erupted south of the coastal town of Ajdabiya between military units
loyal to Libya's eastern government and a group calling itself the
Benghazi Defence Forces. At least three people were killed and 10
2016 Jun 18, In Malaysia PM
Najib Razak’s United Malays National Organization retained the
Sungai Besar seat in central Selangor state and Kuala Kangsar in
northern Perak state in parliamentary by-elections.
2016 Jun 18, In southeastern
Niger witnesses said Boko Haram extremists killed 7 military police
in an attack on a barracks in the Diffa region.
(SSFC, 6/19/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 18, In Russia at least
11 children and their adult instructor died in a storm while boating
on a lake in the northwestern region of Karelia.
2016 Jun 18, In Serbia China’s
President Xi Jinping signed a declaration on strategic partnership
with Serbia's President Tomislav Nikolic and oversaw the signing of
21 agreements and memorandums ranging from economy, infrastructure,
energy and finance to defense industry, technology, culture and
2016 Jun 18, In Syria at least
7 people died in rebel shelling of a neighborhood of Aleppo held by
the Kurdish YPG militia. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a
four-day offensive by different militant groups, including the
al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, killed 86 troops and pro-government
gunmen, including 25 members of Lebanon's Hezbollah group. Militants
now controlled the villages of Zeitan and Khalsa, south of Aleppo
(Reuters, 6/18/16)(AP, 6/18/16)
2016 Jun 18, In Syria US-led
coalition jets and Turkish artillery killed 13 Islamic State
2016 Jun 18, At least 8 Syrian
refugees, including four children were allegedly shot dead by border
guards while trying to cross the frontier into Turkey’s Hatay
2016 Jun 18, Turkish fighter
jets hit 16 PKK targets early today in the district of Lice,
including shelters and ammunition depots.
2016 Jun 19, In Oakland, Ca.,
the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in
game 7 of the NBA finals.
(SFC, 6/20/16, p.A1)
2016 Jun 19, In southern
California a fire at a stable outside Los Angeles killed 10 horses.
(SFC, 6/20/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 19, In Texas the Blue
Origin space company completed its fourth successful unmanned rocket
launch and safe landing using the same New Shepard vehicle.
(SFC, 6/20/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 19, The US attorney’s
office issued a warrant for polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs, who
fled home confinement in Salt Lake City pending trial on charges in
a multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud scheme.
(SFC, 6/21/16, p.A6)
2016 Jun 19, Algerian troops
killed 8 Islamist armed fighters and captured weapons in an
operation south of the capital. Four other suspected militants were
also arrested during the operation in Rouakeche area of Medea.
2016 Jun 19, In Brazil five
armed men stormed the Hospital Souza Aguiar in Rio de Janeiro to
free a suspected drug trafficker. One patient was killed.
(SFC, 6/20/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 19, In southern China
residents of Wukan, where police have been deployed, took to the
streets to protest the detention of the village's democratically
elected leader and historic seizures of land.
2016 Jun 19, Indonesia reported
that at least 35 people have been killed by landslides and floods on
Java island this weekend with many others missing. By the next day
the death toll rose to 47.
(AP, 6/19/16)(AP, 6/20/16)
2016 Jun 19, Iran said it has
reached an agreement with American aerospace giant Boeing to
purchase 100 aircraft to renew its ageing fleet, though the deal
must still be approved by the US government.
2016 Jun 19, The Israeli
government approved $18 million in extra funding for Jewish West
2016 Jun 19, Italians began
voting for mayors of their largest cities in a ballot that will test
PM Matteo Renzi's popularity. The anti-establishment M5S, founded by
comic Beppe Grillo, triumphed in the mayoral runoff elections.
Virginia Raggi (37), a lawyer from the 5-Star Movement with a
three-year stint as a city councilwoman, took 67.2 percent of the
vote in a two-person runof to become the first woman to head
Rome’s City Hall.
(Reuters, 6/19/16)(AP, 6/20/16)
2016 Jun 19, In Japan tens of
thousands of people on the island of Okinawa protested against the
presence of US military bases there, many wearing black to mourn the
rape and killing of a local woman in which an American contractor is
2016 Jun 19, In southern Mexico
8 people were killed, including journalist Elidio Ramos Zarate (45),
and more than 100 injured when unknown gunmen opened fire during
clashes between police and teachers in Asuncion Nochixtlan, Oaxaca
(AFP, 6/20/16)(Econ, 7/9/16, p.27)(SSFC, 5/21/17,
2016 Jun 19, Russia said it had
reached an agreement with the United States to improve coordination
between their military operations in Syria, where they are backing
opposing sides of a civil war and launching air strikes.
2016 Jun 19, Syrian media
reported that a government jet bomber crashed just after take-off
from Hama airport after it encountered a technical problem.
2016 Jun 19, In Syria a suicide
blast targeted the entrance to a park in Qamishli, which is shared
between government and Kurdish forces, killing three people, an hour
after a memorial was held there for victims of the 1915 Armenian
2016 Jun 19, In Turkey riot
police in Istanbul fired rubber bullets and tear gas to prevent a
"Trans Pride" event taking place during Ramadan.
2016 Jun 20, The US Supreme
Court effectively upheld Connecticut and New York state bans on
military-style assault weapons, declining to hear a challenge to
bans on guns like the one used to kill 49 people in Orlando earlier
(AFP, 6/20/16)(SFC, 6/21/16, p.A6)
2016 Jun 20, In southern
California two wildfires erupted near Duarte. On July 7 the bodies
of hikers Jonathan Pardo (16) and cousin Carlos Perez (31) were
found burned to death in the Angeles National Forest.
(SFC, 7/9/16, p.A11)
2016 Jun 20, Chicago reported
55 shot over the weekend, 13 fatally. The city counted 306 people
killed this year by shooting, stabbing or other means.
(SFC, 6/21/16, p.A6)
2016 Jun 20, The Solar Impulse
2 aircraft took off from New York's JFK airport and soared over the
western Atlantic, one of the most difficult legs of its
record-breaking bid to fly across the globe using only solar energy.
2016 Jun 20, In Afghanistan a
Taliban suicide bomber killed 14 Nepalese security guards in an
attack on their minibus in Kabul. A second Taliban bombing in Kabul
killed a civilian and wounded five people. A bomb rigged to a
motorbike killed 10 Afghan civilians during morning rush hour in a
busy market in a province in the northeast.
2016 Jun 20, In Armenia Jirair
Sefilian, a leader of the opposition group Founding Parliament, was
arrested and charged with illegal acquisition and possession of
weapons. Investigators said he and his supporters were planning to
seize government buildings and the television transmission tower.
2016 Jun 20, Bahrain said it
has revoked the citizenship of Sheikh Isa Qassim, the Sunni-ruled
kingdom's top Shiite cleric, accusing him of sowing sectarian
divisions. The move sparked fresh protests among the majority
2016 Jun 20, Belgian police
detained six people in connection with a foiled attack last August
21 on a high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris.
2016 Jun 20, In Brazil Oi
telecom operator made the largest bankruptcy in the country’s
history. The company was $19 billion in debt.
(Econ, 6/25/16, p.59)
2016 Jun 20, China’s government
said severe floods in the south have killed at least 22 people and
left 20 missing June 18, with the rains expected to continue for the
next three days. Three days of heavy rain last week had already
killed 14 people.
2016 Jun 20, Croatian lawmakers
voted to dissolve Parliament, paving the way for early elections
after the government fell in a no-confidence vote last week.
2016 Jun 20, In Cyprus a
large forest fire continued to rage out of control and so far has
scorched 15 square km (5.8 sq. miles) of trees and countryside.
2016 Jun 20, Indonesia,
Malaysia and the Philippines agreed to designate a transit corridor
for commercial vessels crossing a maritime zone hit by a spate of
hijackings by Islamist militants in the southern Philippines.
2016 Jun 20, Iran's
intelligence ministry said it had thwarted a major jihadist plot to
carry out bomb attacks in the capital Tehran and other parts of the
2016 Jun 20, In Iran the
Ghanoon newspaper said in a statement on its website that Tehran's
prosecutor ordered it to halt operations based on allegations of
"libel and spreading lies to create public anxiety," following
complaints from the Revolutionary Guard.
2016 Jun 20, An Iraqi military
commander said his forces are battling Islamic State militants in
the northern neighborhoods of Fallujah days after most of the city
was declared liberated.
2016 Jun 20, Kenya Forest
Service rangers and police began a 2-day eviction of more than 200
families of Ogiek hunter gatherers on the wooded slopes of Mt.
Elgon. The indigenous people have suffered repeated expulsions since
being moved by the British colonial government in the 1930s.
(http://tinyurl.com/zz37v4q)(Econ, 7/16/16, p.37)
2016 Jun 20, Nepalese police
said they have arrested 53 people for allegedly working as doctors
with fake credentials or false education certificates and that more
suspects would be arrested this week as part of "Operation Quack."
Another 17 had been arrested in February when authorities began the
2016 Jun 20, The Nigerian naira
depreciated 30% as the government allowed the currency to float,
with business welcoming the move as an overdue step towards reviving
Africa's biggest economy. The central bank released the naira from
its peg of 197-199 to the dollar.
(AFP, 6/20/16)(Econ, 7/9/16, p.62)(Econ, 3/4/17,
2016 Jun 20, Al Fatihin, an
online newspaper published in the Indonesian language and linked to
the Islamic State militant group, was launched in the southern
Philippines. It was soon distributed in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia,
Singapore, and southern Thailand.
2016 Jun 20, Russian
investigators announced they had completed a first probe into the
February 27, 2015, murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov,
describing the killing as a hit ordered by a low-ranking Chechen
official and other "unidentified" suspects. Five suspects currently
in detention had been reportedly offered 15 million rubles (about
$235,000) for the murder by Ruslan Mukhudinov and other individuals.
2016 Jun 20, A Serbian court
sentenced Miroslav Miskovic (70), one of the richest businessmen in
the Balkans, for helping his son evade paying about $3.4 million in
taxes linked to his road construction business.
(SFC, 6/21/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 20, Somalia's al
Shabaab militants killed 5 police officers in a border region in
2016 Jun 20, The UN said the
number of refugees and others fleeing their homes worldwide has hit
a new record, spiking to 65.3 million people by the end of 2015.
2016 Jun 20, In Yemen an air
strike by the Saudi-led military coalition reportedly killed and
wounded 8 civilians in Lahj province.
2016 Jun 21, The US FAA
announced new aviation rules designed for drones weighing less than
55 pounds. The new rules allow commercial operators to fly drones
without special permission. A set of rules known as “part 107" were
issued in August.
(SFC, 6/22/16, p.A8)(Econ 6/10/17, TQ p.4)
2016 Jun 21, Pacific Gas &
Electric Co. announced it will close California’s last nuclear
plant, Diablo Canyon near San Luis Obispo, in 2025.
(SFC, 6/22/16, p.A1)
2016 Jun 21, A federal judge in
Wyoming set aside new regulations for hydraulic fracturing on public
lands that were vehemently opposed by oil and gas producers.
2016 Jun 21, In Afghanistan the
Taliban ambushed a series of buses and cars in southern Helmand
province, forcing people out of the vehicles and abducting around 60
passengers. The insurgents later said they released all but 27 of
2016 Jun 21, A rescue plane
from a British base on the Antarctic peninsula landed at the South
Pole to evacuate sick workers from the remote US Amundson-Scott
science station. The two sick workers were transported to Chile.
(AP, 6/22/16)(SFC, 6/23/16, p.A3)
2016 Jun 21, Central African
Republic police said 16 people have been killed in two days of
clashes between Fulani herdsmen and the mainly Muslim Seleka
2016 Jun 21, In southern China
Yulin city went ahead with an annual dog-meat eating festival
despite heavy criticism and protests from animal rights activists.
2016 Jun 21, In Cyprus 2
firefighters were killed and a third was critically injured in the
foothills of the Troodos mountain region while tackling one of the
largest forest fires in Cyprus in years.
2016 Jun 21, An Egyptian court
rejected a border agreement that would have transferred two Red Sea
islands to Saudi Arabia, and which had sparked street protests in
Cairo. The government has 10 days in which to apply for an
injunction against the ruling and 60 days to appeal it.
2016 Jun 21, The European
Union's Brussels envoys agreed to extend until the end of January
the energy, financial and defense sanctions on Russia over the
conflict in Ukraine, but formal approval is still pending.
2016 Jun 21, India's PM
Narendra Modi joined a crowd of 30,000 schoolchildren and other
residents of the northern city of Chandigarh for a mass yoga session
as millions of people twisted their bodies in complex positions in
celebration of International Yoga Day.
2016 Jun 21, In Japan Tokyo
Electric Power Co. President Naomi Hirose acknowledged that TEPCO’s
delayed disclosure of the meltdowns at three reactors was tantamount
to a cover-up and apologized for it.
2016 Jun 21, Israeli troops
shot dead Mahmoud Rafat Badran (15), a Palestinian teenager, and
wounded four others as they returned from a swimming pool after
apparently mistaking them for stone-throwers, sparking outrage and
drawing renewed attention to open fire rules.
2016 Jun 21, A car bomb
exploded on the Syrian-Jordanian border early today, killing seven
Jordanian border guards. The blast went off close to a makeshift
tent encampment where more than 70,000 Syrian refugees are stranded,
awaiting entry to Jordan. Soon after Jordan's army chief of staff
announced that the country's northern and northeastern borders with
Syria were closed military zones.
(AP, 6/21/16)(Reuters, 6/21/16)(Econ, 7/23/16,
2016 Jun 21, In Libya
fierce clashes between pro-government militiamen and Islamic State
militants in the city of Sirte and an explosion at a depot near the
capital, Tripoli, left more than 60 dead.
2016 Jun 21, In Malaysia Bill
Kayong (43), an indigenous land rights defende, was murdered in the
city of Miri, Sarawak state. On Juy 15 two men were charged with the
murder and abetting in the murder of Kayong.
2016 Jun 21, At The Hague the
International Criminal Court handed down its toughest sentence yet,
ordering former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba to serve
18 years in jail for "sadistic, cruel" rapes and murders by his
troops in Central African Republic.
2016 Jun 21, Nigeria said it
has agreed a one-month ceasefire with militants behind recent
attacks on oil facilities in its southern Niger Delta, as efforts
continue to end the unrest that has pushed crude output to 30-year
2016 Jun 21, A Polish court
convicted and handed a suspended prison term to Gen. Pawel Bielawny,
a former deputy head of government security, over the 2010 plane
crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others.
2016 Jun 21, South African
rioters blocked roads, looted shops and burned vehicles in several
areas of the country's capital, Pretoria, in a show of anger over
the selection of the ruling party's mayoral candidate ahead of local
elections. Police shot dead two people suspected of looting shops in
(AP, 6/21/16)(Reuters, 6/22/16)
2016 Jun 21, In Serbia a bus
carrying Slovak tourists swerved off the road, killing 5 people and
2016 Jun 21, Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights said government forces have lost all the territory
they gained in Raqqa province since launching their offensive on
June 2. It also said 40 troops were killed over the past two days,
raising to 93 the number of troops killed since the offensive began.
It added that 126 IS militants have been killed in the area so far,
including 21 since June 19.
2016 Jun 21, In Syria warplanes
bombed the Islamic State group's de facto capital Raqa, killing at
least 18 civilians, after the jihadists drove pro-government forces
out of their bastion northern province.
(AFP, 6/22/16)(SFC, 6/23/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 21, In Yemen a
Saudi-led military coalition said it intercepted a missile fired
2016 Jun 22, Pres. Obama signed
a major overhaul of toxic chemicals rules rewriting the 1976 Toxic
Substances Control Act.
(SFC, 6/23/16, p.A6)
2016 Jun 22, The US government
said fraud sweeps across the country have led to charges against 300
people including doctors, nurses, physical therapists and home
health care providers accused of bilking Medicare and Medicaid.
(SFC, 6/23/16, p.C2)
2016 Jun 22, The Pentagon said
a Yemeni man who had been held at the US military prison at
Guantanamo for 14 years has been transferred to Montenegro. The
transfer of Abdel Malik Ahmed Abdel Wahab al-Rahabi (36) left 79
detainees remaining at the base. He was brought to Guantanamo in
January 2002, accused of being a bodyguard for the late al Qaeda
leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.
2016 Jun 22, In San Francisco
bicyclist Heather Miller (41) was killed in a hit-and-run in Golden
Gate Park. A male driver fled the scene in a white Honda, that that
been stolen. On July 15 police announced the arrest of Nicky Garcia
(SSFC, 7/17/16, p.C2)
2016 Jun 22, Twilio, a San
Francisco company that makes mobile and Web applications, raised
$150 million in an initial public offering of 10 million shares at
$15 each. Trading under the symbol TWLO began the next day.
(SFC, 6/23/16, p.C2)
2016 Jun 22, In Louisiana a
pedestrian shot and killed sheriff’s deputy David F. Michel Jr.
after being stopped by the officer in a New Orleans suburb. One
suspect was in custody.
(SFC, 6/23/16, p.A5)
2016 Jun 22, In Afghanistan a
roadside bombing in the country's east killed a traffic policeman
and a civilian in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province.
2016 Jun 22, US, European and
Chinese regulators in Beijing said they will jointly enforce product
safety in online commerce.
2016 Jun 22, Cameroon’s
parliament voted to change the country’s penal code to criminalize
adultery for men. The Senate and Pres. Paul Biya, who proposed the
revision, were expected to endorse the change.
(SFC, 6/23/16, p.A3)
2016 Jun 22, In China a
six-nation security forum opened in Beijing as a multilateral forum
involving high-level policymakers, defense ministry officials,
military officers, and researchers from China, Japan, North and
South Korea, Russia, and the United States.
2016 Jun 22, The Chinese
fishing village of Wukan staged a fourth straight day of protests
against what residents say was the unlawful arrest of the village
chief. The village of 15,000 once again united to march for the
release of Lin Zuluan.
2016 Jun 22, The Colombian
government and leftist FARC rebels announced that they have reached
a deal on a bilateral cease-fire that would be the last major step
toward ending one of the world's longest wars.
2016 Jun 22, A Danish court
convicted Hamza Cakan (24) a pizzeria owner, of joining
Islamic State militants in Syria, dismissing his claims that he had
gone there to work as a cook. He faced a maximum seven years in
2016 Jun 22, The European Union
agreed to set up a new border and coast guard agency to better
manage migrant arrivals after more than a million people came to the
EU in search of jobs or sanctuary last year.
2016 Jun 22, Hong Kong flag
carrier Cathay Pacific said it will ban carrying shark fin on all
its flights, a victory for conservationists concerned for endangered
species of the predator.
2016 Jun 22, Indian officials
said lightning has killed 74 people, mostly farm laborers working in
fields, across eastern and northern India over the past 24 hours.
2016 Jun 22, In southern Iran a
road accident in killed 19 people when a bus plunged into a ravine
2016 Jun 22, Iraqi forces
hunted jihadist fighters in their last Fallujah redoubts as tens of
thousands of displaced civilians massed in overcrowded camps around
2016 Jun 22, Italy's highest
court confirmed a lower-court decision making it easier for gays to
adopt a partner's biological child but the decision did not give
long-sought automatic recognition to the families of same-sex
2016 Jun 22, Moldova's foreign
ministry called on Russia to stop recruiting its citizens to the
Russian Army. It said the alleged recruitments violate bilateral
2016 Jun 22, It was reported
that the Dutch Ocean Cleanup Foundation has developed floating
barriers to try to collect trash from the world's oceans, and will
launch a 100 meter-long prototype in the North Sea this week to see
how it fares during storms. Chief Executive Boyan Slat (21) first
had the idea for the system as a teenager.
2016 Jun 22, In Nigeria gunmen
kidnapped a group of construction workers in an ambush that killed
their driver. All seven were on assignment for Australian mining
contractor Macmahon Holdings.
(SFC, 6/23/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 22, North Korea took a
significant step in the development of a powerful ballistic missile
intended to reach US bases in the Pacific, launching one of the
weapons about 1,000 km (620 miles) high after five failed attempts
in recent months.
2016 Jun 22, Norway said it
might send troops into Syria, including special forces after
parliament authorized it to do so.
2016 Jun 22, In Pakistan gunmen
killed famous Sufi singer Amjad Sabri in the southern port city of
Karachi. Islamic extremists reject Sufi traditions and have targeted
Sufis in past attacks.
(AP, 6/22/16)(Econ, 7/2/16, p.82)
2016 Jun 22, Romania's
parliament said lawmakers can't be prosecuted for hiring close
relatives to work in their offices before it became illegal to do
so. A law that came into effect in 2013, made it illegal for
lawmakers to employ close relatives to work in their parliamentary
2016 Jun 22, In South Africa
rioting continued on the outskirts of Pretoria as looters targeted
shops in neighborhoods belonging to immigrants.
(SFC, 6/23/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 22, Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad named electricity minister Imad Khamis (54) as the
new prime minister and tasked him with forming a cabinet.
2016 Jun 22, The UN
Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Accord panel
was awarded Spain's Princess of Asturias award for international
2016 Jun 22, Zambia’s tax
authorities shut down the Post, the country’s biggest independent
media organization. A week later editor Fred M’Membe was arrested
(Econ, 7/16/16, p.39)
2016 Jun 23, In southern
California two fires in the Angeles National Forest and foothill
communities were 15% contained after burning more than 8 square
miles over the last four days.
(SFC, 6/23/16, p.A5)
2016 Jun 23, In central
California the Erskine Fire broke out in the foothills of Kern
County about 42 miles (68 km) northeast of Bakersfield. By July 26
it charred some 68 square miles, destroyed 200 homes and killed 2
(Reuters, 6/25/16)(SFC, 6/27/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 23, In southern
California as much as 29,400 gallons of oil spilled from a pipeline
operated by Crimson Pipeline LLC and flowed down a ravine.
(SFC, 6/23/16, p.A5)
2016 Jun 23, It was reported
that Walt Disney Co has had more than 240 "nuisance" alligators
captured and killed over the last 10 years at its Florida theme park
2016 Jun 23, In Maryland police
officer Caesar Goodson was acquitted of 2nd degree murder and six
lesser charges in the case of Freddie Gray, who died on April 19,
2015, from injuries suffered while shackled in a Baltimore police
(SFC, 6/23/16, p.A5)
2016 Jun 23, Ralph Stanley
(b.1927), a patriarch of bluegrass music, died in Matoaca, Virginia.
He and his brother had formed the Stanley Brothers and their Clinch
Mountain Boys in 1946.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Stanley)(SFC, 6/23/16, p.A8)
2016 Jun 23, West Virginia Gov.
Earl Ray Tomblin issued a state of emergency for 44 counties in his
state. By the next day the deluge of rain destroyed or damaged more
than 100 homes and killed at least 23 people.
(SFC, 6/25/16, p.A5)
2016 Jun 23, American writer
Michael Herr (76) died. His work included the classic
non-fiction novel “Dispatches," which documented the ravages of the
(SSFC, 6/26/16, p.C10)
2016 Jun 23, The World Health
Organization (WHO) said if will carry out emergency yellow fever
vaccination campaigns along the border between Angola and Congo.
Since last December there were 347 suspected deaths from yellow
fever in Angola and 75 deaths in Congo.
(SFC, 6/23/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 23, In Bahrain
hundreds of people continued protesting outside the home of Shiite
Sheikh Isa Qassim's home in Diraz, a mark of growing unrest sparked
by the government's new crackdown on opposition groups.
2016 Jun 23, Britons voted to
exit the European Union. Scotland voted decisively to stay in the EU
by 62 to 38 percent in the referendum, putting it at odds with the
United Kingdom as a whole, which voted 52-48 percent in favor of an
exit from the EU, or Brexit. 17.4 million people voted to leave.
(Reuters, 6/23/16)(Reuters, 6/24/16)(Econ,
2016 Jun 23, It was reported
that schools across China have been ordered to remove running tracks
made from toxic materials that have been blamed for sickening
students, in the latest in a long line of product scandals blamed on
corruption and weak oversight.
2016 Jun 23, In eastern China a
violent storm and freak tornado killed 98 people and injured
hundreds as it flattened power lines, overturned cars and ripped
roofs off houses in Yancheng, Jiangsu province.
(Reuters, 6/24/16)(AP, 7/1/16)
2016 Jun 23, In Cuba FARC
leader Timoleón Jiménez signed a cease-fire pact with Colombian
president Juan Manuel Santos, seen as a final step before sealing a
permanent peace and disarmament deal in coming months.
2016 Jun 23, Cyprus finally
brought a massive wildfire under control after a five-day battle
that saw two firefighters killed and five foreign governments send
aircraft to help. The blaze destroyed at least 15 square km (six
square miles) of orchards and forest in the Solea valley in the
northern foothills of the Troodos mountains.
2016 Jun 23, In Cyprus 4 people
were killed in a shootout outside a packed restaurant in the resort
of Ayia Napa that had the hallmarks of a gangland vendetta.
2016 Jun 23, Egyptian hijacker
Seif Eddin Mustafa told a Cypriot court that he hijacked the
domestic EgyptAir flight in March intending to seek asylum in Italy
in order to "point the finger" at the Egyptian military regime.
Mustafa claimed he saw Giulio Regeni being interrogated in a
2016 Jun 23, Hundreds of
Eritrean refugees and dissidents in Ethiopia demonstrated against
alleged human rights abuses committed by their government back home,
expressing support for a new UN commission report that accuses the
government of crimes against humanity, including enslavement, rape
and torture, over the past 25 years.
2016 Jun 23, In France tens of
thousands of people marched in Paris to protest planned labor
reforms, gathering for a demonstration that authorities had
initially considered banning due to the violence that has
accompanied similar recent events. Police arrested around 100
(AP, 6/23/16)(AFP, 6/23/16)
2016 Jun 23, A French court
ordered the extradition of US rapper Freddie Gibbs (34) to Austria,
where he is accused of rape.
2016 Jun 23, In Germany a
masked man (19) was shot dead after taking 18 hostages in a movie
theater in Viernheim and firing blank rounds into the air. He
was found armed only with a harmless replica rifle, a pistol and
2016 Jun 23, Gibraltar citizens
voted 19,322 to 823 to remain in the EU, a margin of 96%.
(Econ, 7/2/16, p.50)(Econ, 7/16/16, p.43)
2016 Jun 23, Iraqi forces
focused on removing roadside bombs and booby traps after having
retaken more than 80 percent of Fallujah from the Islamic State
2016 Jun 23, In Italy
Virginia Raggi, Rome's first female mayor, took office pledging to
raise more than a billion euros a year for flagging public services
with a crackdown on waste, mismanagement and corruption.
2016 Jun 23, In Kenya human
rights lawyer Willy Kimani, his client Josphat Mwenda and taxi
driver Joseph Muiruri were abducted while coming from court where
Mwenda had been charged with possession of narcotics. Mwenda, a
motorcycle taxi driver, had been shot by a plainclothes police
officer on April 10, 2015, without provocation. Rights groups later
said that in an attempt to cover up the shooting an officer charged
Mwenda with drug possession.
2016 Jun 23, Northern Ireland
citizens voted to remain in the EU by a margin of 56%. The
Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) under leader Arlene Foster supported
(Econ, 7/2/16, p.50)(Econ, 3/11/17, p.57)
2016 Jun 23, A Romanian court
sentenced Dumitru Dragomir, the former chairman of the Romanian
Professional Football League, to seven years in prison for tax
evasion, embezzlement, and money laundering.
2016 Jun 23, The Solar Impulse
2 landed in Spain after completing a 71-hour flight from New York in
the first "magical" solo transatlantic crossing in a solar-powered
2016 Jun 23, In Syria US-backed
forces fought Islamic State militants inside Manbij for the first
time since they laid siege to the militant stronghold near the
2016 Jun 23, The Yemeni
government said that Shiite rebels must withdraw from all territory
they have seized since 2014 and hand back control of state
institutions ahead of any political settlement. Iran-allied Houthi
fighters shot dead seven farmers while searching for the leader of a
(AFP, 6/23/16)(Reuters, 6/23/16)
2016 Jun 24, Pres. Obama
created the first national monument to gay rights designating the
site of the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan as Stonewall National
Monument anchored by Christopher Park across from the Stonewall Inn
(SFC, 6/25/16, p.A5)
2016 Jun 24, P-Fund keyboardist
Bernie Worrell, aka “Wizard of Woo," died at his home in Everson,
Wa. His keyboard sounds helped shape the Parliament-Funkadelic
musical empire of the 1970s and 1980s.
(SSFC, 6/26/16, p.C10)
2016 Jun 24, In Afghanistan
fighting began late today in the Kot area of the Rodat district in
eastern Nangarhar province after a contingent of IS fighters
attacked police check posts.
2016 Jun 24, Brazil’s acting
Pres. Michel Temer renewed a bilateral automotive arrangement with
Argentina for four years.
(Econ, 7/2/16, p.29)
2016 Jun 24, Britain’s PM David
Cameron said he would resign to make way for a new leader by early
October after voters opted to exit the 28-nation alliance in
defiance of his predictions of economic disaster and isolation.
2016 Jun 24, Cambodia deported
39 suspected criminals to mainland China, including 25 Taiwanese
whom Beijing insists it has jurisdiction over despite protests from
2016 Jun 24, EU chairman Donald
Tusk said European Union leaders are determined to keep the unity of
the EU after Britain voted to leave the 28-nation bloc, noting the
EU had been prepared for such an outcome. Britain's vote to leave
the EU fired up populist eurosceptic parties across the continent,
giving fresh voice to their calls to leave the bloc or its euro
currency. Global financial markets plunged as results from the
referendum defied bookmakers' odds to show a 52-48 percent victory
for the leave campaign.
(Reuters, 6/24/16)(AP, 6/24/16)
2016 Jun 24, Germany imposed
limits on fracking, dealing a blow to efforts to develop shale gas.
Under legislation passed by its lower house of parliament, fracking
will be banned in clay formations, which typically lie between 1,000
and 2,500 meters deep.
2016 Jun 24, Iranian security
forces clashed with Kurdish separatists who infiltrated a
northwestern village to stage "terrorist and propagandist
operations." Later reports said 5 armed rebels linked to
counter-revolutionary groups were killed.
(AP, 6/25/16)(AFP, 6/26/16)
2016 Jun 24, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed a Palestinian woman who rammed a vehicle into a
parked car near an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank,
injuring two people sitting inside.
2016 Jun 24, In Libya a car
bomb detonated outside a hospital in Benghazi late today killing 5
people and wounding fourteen.
(SSFC, 6/26/16, p.A5)
2016 Jun 24, Moldovan
businessman and mayor Ilan Shor was arrested on suspicion of money
laundering connected to the disappearance of $1 billion from three
Moldovan banks in 2014.
2016 Jun 24, Geert Wilders, the
leader of the Dutch anti-immigrant PVV party, said the Netherlands
should hold its own referendum on whether to leave the European
Union following Britain's vote in favor of exiting the bloc.
2016 Jun 24, The Russian
parliament adopted a set of controversial counter-terrorism
amendments which have sparked alarm among rights activists. The
amendments included introducing prison sentences for failure to
report a grave crime and doubling the number of crimes that Russians
as young as 14 years old can be prosecuted.
2016 Jun 24, In Russia Nikita
Belykh, the liberal minded governor of the Kirovsk region, was
arrested. He was accused of receiving a $445,000 bribe and faced 15
years in jail. Belykh claims he was set up. The next day a
Russian court ordered that Nikita Belykh be taken into custody for
(Reuters, 6/25/16)(Econ, 7/2/16, p.46)
2016 Jun 24, In Saudi
Arabia a police officer working on a traffic patrol was shot
dead in the kingdom's predominantly Shiite east.
2016 Jun 24, Spain said it will
seek to jointly govern Gibraltar with Britain following the British
vote to leave the European Union.
2016 Jun 24, Sri Lankan
lawmakers unanimously approved a law giving citizens the right to
demand public information, a move many hope will restore
transparency and good governance to a nation long plagued by
corruption and misrule.
2016 Jun 24, Uganda's military
chief said the country plans to withdraw its more than 6,000 troops
from the African Union force in Somalia by December 2017. The
Ugandans are the largest troop contingent in the AU force trying to
protect the Somali government from the extremist group al-Shabab.
2016 Jun 24, Pope Francis set
off for a three-day visit to Armenia, just over a year after he
enraged Turkey by using the term genocide to describe the mass
killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire.
2016 Jun 25, President Barack
Obama declared a major disaster in West Virginia.
2016 Jun 25, In Afghanistan the
US military carried out its first air strikes against Taliban
targets under the newly approved rules, which mean US troops can now
work more closely with local fighters in striking the Taliban.
2016 Jun 25, In Armenia Pope
Francis issued a rallying cry to protect memory at the genocide
memorial in Yerevan, on day two of his trip there.
2016 Jun 25, The Chinese
government said it had stopped a communication mechanism with Taiwan
because of the refusal of the self-ruled island's new government to
recognize the "one China" principle, in the latest show of tension
between the two.
2016 Jun 25, The six founding
members of the European Union sent a clear message to Britain to
leave the bloc as soon as possible after Britons voted to quit in
the biggest blow to the project since World War Two.
2016 Jun 25, European
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a statement that VP
Valdis Dombrovskis, a former PM of Latvia, will take over the EU's
financial services portfolio, following the resignation of Britain's
2016 Jun 25, In southern France
2 men were killed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a 14-year-old
girl seriously wounded in a shooting early today in Marseille, which
is known for its high crime levels.
2016 Jun 25, Iceland voted in a
presidential election expected to see newcomer Gudni Johannesson
waltz to victory with voters angry at the establishment. History
professor Gudni Johannesson won the election after riding a wave of
anti-establishment sentiment. Johannesson has never held public
office and has no party affiliation, as he celebrated his 48th
birthday on June 26.
(AFP, 6/25/16)(AP, 6/26/16)
2016 Jun 25, In the Indian
portion of Kashmir four suspected rebels killed at least 8 Indian
paramilitary soldiers and wounded another 20 in an ambush of their
convoy on a highway. Two of the attackers were killed and two
(AP, 6/25/16)(SSFC, 6/26/16, p.A5)
2016 Jun 25, In Iraq a US
airstrike in Mosul killed the Islamic State's deputy war minister,
Basim Muhammad Ahmad Sultan al-Bajari, and a military commander
named Hatim Talib al-Hamduni.
2016 Jun 25, A Kurdish official
and opposition activists said hundreds of Kurds fleeing villages
controlled by the Islamic State group in northern Syria have come
under fire that killed and wounded several of them, amid mass
abductions by the extremist group. Over the past three weeks some
900 Kurdish civilians have been abducted in Aleppo province. At
least 26 were reported killed for refusing to follow Islamic State
(AP, 6/25/16)(SFC, 6/25/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 25, In central Mali 14
people were killed in a clash over land between residents of two
villages in Djenne, in the Mopti region.
2016 Jun 25, Myanmar soldiers
rounded up dozens of men in the remote village of Mong Yaw, Shan
state, an area riven by a long-running ethnic insurgency. They led
five men away and a few days later the bodies of the five were found
in a shallow grave. On July 20 the military promised to prosecute
2016 Jun 25, In Papua New
Guinea a student was killed and several buildings torched in
violence at the Papua New Guinea University of Technology campus in
2016 Jun 25, Slovakia's far
right People's Party launched a petition for a referendum on the
country's EU membership, the latest state to see a challenge
following Britain's vote to leave the bloc.
2016 Jun 25, Somalia's al
Shabaab Islamist group launched a suicide bomb attack on the
Nasa-Hablod Hotel in the center of Mogadishu before militant
fighters stormed the building. A junior minister was among 15 people
killed in the attack. 4 attackers died in the assault.
(Reuters, 6/25/16)(AFP, 6/26/16)(SFC, 6/27/16,
2016 Jun 25, In South Sudan at
least 43 people were killed in two days of fighting between armed
groups and government forces around the northwest South Sudanese
town of Wau. A church official later said he had seen 50 bodies at a
mortuary in Wau.
(Reuters, 6/28/16)(AP, 6/29/16)
2016 Jun 25, Syrian and Russian
warplanes pounded rebel-held areas of divided city Aleppo as
government forces closed in on the rebels' sole remaining supply
2016 Jun 25, The Thai air force
lost contact with a helicopter and three crewmen during heavy rains
while on a mission to resupply a radar station in Chanthaburi
province. Searchers on June 28 found wreckage of the helicopter and
the bodies of the crewmen.
(AP, 6/26/16)(AP, 6/28/16)
2016 Jun 25, Yemen’s former
Pres. Ali Abdullah Saleh said he would not recognize Pres. Abed
Rabbo Mansour Hadi's government and that he had presented an
initiative to solve Yemen's crisis to both parties to the peace
talks taking place in Kuwait.
2016 Jun 26, In Colorado an
Amtrak train collided with a van outside Trinidad killing 5 people
after the van failed to yield right of way to the train.
(SFC, 6/27/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 26, Afghan officials
said heavy fighting between government forces and Islamic State
fighters has killed dozens of people in Nangarhar province, raising
fears the militant group is staging a comeback months after Kabul
said they had been defeated.
2016 Jun 26, A lawyer for
Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab said Rajab will face
trial in July for tweets condemning the Gulf Arab kingdom's prison
system and its involvement in the war in Yemen. Rajab was arrested
earlier this month on unspecified charges.
2016 Jun 26, Eight members of
Britain's opposition Labour party said they had withdrawn support
for the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, plunging the party into crisis
in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European Union.
2016 Jun 26, China recovered an
experimental probe launched aboard a new generation rocket, marking
another milestone in its increasingly ambitious space program that
envisions a mission to Mars by the end of the decade.
2016 Jun 26, In central China
at least 35 people, including two children, died after a tour bus
crashed and caught fire in Hunan province.
2016 Jun 26, A senior Iraqi
commander said the city of Fallujah was "fully liberated" from
Islamic State militants, after a more than monthlong military
2016 Jun 26, Ernesto Fazzalari
(46), Italy's second most sought-after fugitive, was captured as he
slept in his bed in a hideout in the Calabrian mountains after 20
years on the run. Prosecutor Federico Cafiero De Raho described
Fazzalari as "a merciless killer" and a protagonist of the 1991-1992
turf feud between 'ndrangheta clans that bloodied the Taurianova
(AP, 6/26/16)(SFC, 6/27/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 26, In Madagascar a
grenade exploded in the Mahamasina stadium, killing two people and
injuring more than 80 as the country marked its 1960 independence
from France. Authorities describe it as a terrorist attack.
2016 Jun 26, Mexican
authorities said they have arrested three members of a drug gang in
connection with last week's slaying of three federal police officers
in Chilapa, Guerrero state.
2016 Jun 26, In Morocco about
30 people forced their way into Spain's North African enclave of
Melilla, one of few successful attempts to storm the border so far
this year following increased patrols and security.
2016 Jun 26, Pakistani
counter-terrorist police raided a building in Lahore and arrested
three men affiliated with Islamic State who were planning to attack
2016 Jun 26, Panama formally
inaugurated the newly expanded locks of the Panama Canal. The $5.25
billion project was initially scheduled for completion in October
2014, but was delayed by slow approvals for concrete to use in the
locks, labor strikes and leaks detected late last year.
2016 Jun 26, Spaniards headed
to the polls for an unprecedented repeat election that aimed to
break six months of political deadlock after a December ballot left
the country without an elected government. Caretaker PM Mariano
Rajoy’s center-right People's Party (PP) was the only one to make
gains in another hung parliament as voters flocked back to
mainstream parties and abandoned newcomers that did well in
December. The PP won 33% of the vote and wound up with 137 seats, up
from 123 in December. But 176 are required for a majority to govern
(AP, 6/26/16) (Reuters,
6/27/16)(Econ, 7/2/16, p.5)
2016 Jun 26, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said at least 82 people including 58
civilians were killed in Russian and regime air strikes on an
Islamic State group-held region of Al-Quriyah, southeast of Deir
2016 Jun 26, Talks between
Turkey and Israel to normalize relations advanced in talks as
officials said a deal had been reached to end a rift dating back to
2016 Jun 26, Yemeni security
and health officials said two days of fierce fighting between Shiite
rebels and forces loyal to the internationally recognized government
has killed at least 55 people from both sides.
2016 Jun 27, First Lady
Michelle Obama landed in Liberia with her daughters and mother for
an overseas trip promoting education for girls. The trip includes
stops in Morocco and Spain.
(SFC, 6/28/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 27, The US Supreme
Court voted 5-3 to strike down Texas’s widely replicated rules that
sharply reduced abortion clinics in the state.
(SFC, 6/28/16, p.A7)
2016 Jun 27, The US Supreme
Court voted unanimously to overturn the bribery conviction of former
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonald, sending the case back to lower courts to
decide whether prosecutors have enough evidence to try McDonald
again. The court voted to narrow the scope of a law that bars public
officials from taking gifts in exchange for official action.
(SFC, 6/28/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 27, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown singed a $122 billion budget plan that added $3.3
billion into the state’s rainy-day fund, bringing the reseve to $6.7
(SFC, 6/28/16, p.D1)
2016 Jun 27, In Oakland, Ca.,
the City Council voted unanimously to block the handling of and
storage of coal effectively halting developer Phil Tagamio’s plans
to export coal from a terminal near the east end of the Bay Bridge.
(SFC, 6/28/16, p.A1)
2016 Jun 27, In California
ex-Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka was sentenced to five
years in prison as part of a federal corruption investigation.
(SFC, 6/28/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 27, Silicon Valley’s Y
Combinator, a startup accelerator and investment firm, announced
plans to eventually produce a prototype city with reduced housing
costs and simplified law codes.
(SFC, 6/28/16, p.D1)
2016 Jun 27, Former Afghan
warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar announced that a much-touted peace deal
between his militant group and the Kabul government was effectively
“dead." Hekmatyar called Afghanistan's government illegal and said
he would not recognize it.
2016 Jun 27, Afghan officials
said the Taliban have killed at least five people from a group of
eight abducted earlier this month from a bus in northern Kunduz
2016 Jun 27, A wave of British
lawmakers from the opposition Labour Party resigned in protest from
leader Jeremy Corbyn's team, including his most senior business
policy chief who said Corbyn was partly to blame for last week's
vote to leave the EU.
2016 Jun 27, Bahrain's state
news agency said a court has stripped five people linked to radical
Shiite groups of their citizenship and ordered them jailed after
convicting them on terrorism charges.
2016 Jun 27, Hundreds of
Egyptian students protested in front of the Education Ministry in
Cairo over the cancellation of some high school exams after the
answers were leaked.
2016 Jun 27, Egypt banned
prominent female activist Mozn Hassan from travelling to a human
rights meeting in Beirut, the latest step in a crackdown on free
speech and dissent.
2016 Jun 27, The Paris-based
International Energy Agency (IEA) warned that each year about 6.5
million deaths worldwide are linked to air pollution, a number that
could grow in coming decades unless the energy sector steps up its
efforts to slash emissions.
2016 Jun 27, Georgia abolished
conscription, becoming one of the first former Soviet republics no
longer to require men to serve in the military.
2016 Jun 27, Hong Kong called
for an end to local ivory trading within five years, a move
activists hailed as significant given the financial hub's reputation
as a wildlife trafficking blackspot, while calling for this ban to
be speeded up.
2016 Jun 27, In Iraq a suicide
bomber detonated explosives at a Sunni mosque in Abu Ghraib, killing
at least 9 people and wounding at least 28.
2016 Jun 27, Italian police, in
a crackdown on the Lo Russo crime clan, arrested 24 suspects in an
alleged extortion scheme targeting bread sales in grocery stores,
supermarkets and street vendors.
2016 Jun 27, In northeastern
Lebanon 8 suicide bombers detonated their explosives' vests in the
predominantly Christian village of Qaa near the border with Syria,
killing 5 people and wounding at least 15. Most of the bombers
reportedly came over the border from Syria.
(AP, 6/27/16)(Reuters, 6/28/16)
2016 Jun 27, A Moldovan court
sentenced former PM Vlad Filat (2009-2013) to nine years in prison
on charges of taking bribes and influence trafficking. The sentence
was connected to alleged bribes he gave businessman and mayor Ilan
Shor. Filat was arrested last October in a separate case which has
not gone to trial.
2016 Jun 27, NATO appointed the
highest-ranking woman in its history, naming US Under Secretary of
State Rose Gottemoeller as its next deputy secretary-general. She
will take up her new position October 1.
2016 Jun 27, Palestinians and
Israeli police clashed at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound for a
second day straight, with Islamic officials accusing Israeli
authorities of breaking a tacit agreement on access during Ramadan.
2016 Jun 27, Philippine
president-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he would aggressively promote
artificial birth control in the country even at the risk of getting
in a fight with the dominant Catholic church, which staunchly
opposes the use of contraceptives.
2016 Jun 27, Russia said
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has written to Russian leader
Vladimir Putin to apologize over the shooting down of a Russian air
force jet by Turkey's military last November.
2016 Jun 27, South Africa’s
National Treasury said President Jacob Zuma should pay back $500,000
of public funds used to upgrade his private residence with
facilities including a chicken coop and swimming pool.
2016 Jun 27, Spanish caretaker
PM Mariano Rajoy said he would reach out to rivals in a bid to
quickly form a government after his conservative party strengthened
its lead in elections, though still far short of a majority.
2016 Jun 27, Negotiators said
Yemen's warring parties plan to suspend talks on ending more than a
year of conflict after failing to reach a breakthrough. The two
sides were drafting a joint statement to announce that they will
return to talks mid-July, following the Muslim holiday of Eid
2016 Jun 27, Zambian President
Edgar Lungu defended the tax collection agency's decision to shut
down a newspaper critical of the government, saying the revenue
service did so to recoup unpaid taxes. The Zambia Revenue Authority
(ZRA) shut down the Post newspaper last week, demanding $6 million
in unpaid taxes. Managing editor Joan Chirwa accused the ZRA of
trying to silence it head of general elections in August, and
claimed that the outstanding bill was in dispute.
2016 Jun 28,
Massachusetts-based World Against Toys Causing Harm presented its
annual report and cited toy guns, kiddie pools, hover boards and
backyard trampolines in its annual list of hazardous summer toys.
(SFC, 6/29/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 28, Guitarist Scotty
Moore (84) died at his home in Nashville. He virtually created the
rockabilly style and helped launch the career of Elvis Presley.
(SFC, 7/1/16, p.D3)
2016 Jun 28, In the Texas
Panhandle three Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway workers were
missing after two freight trains collided.
(SFC, 6/29/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun 28, Bosnian
authorities said they have arrested Darko Jeremic, a key suspect in
a banking scam in which nearly 140 million euros ($155.4 million)
were embezzled through a now-defunct private bank. Ten other
suspects have already been arrested for the Bobar Bank scam.
2016 Jun 28, British Labour
leader Jeremy Corbyn lost a vote of no confidence among Labour MPs
by a vote of 172-40.
(Econ, 7/2/16, p.49)
2016 Jun 28, British
researchers reported a huge helium gas field in Tanzania amid a
global shortage for the gas.
(SFC, 6/29/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 28, China’s first
locally produce regional jet made its debut flight carrying 70
passengers. The ARJ21 initiative was launched in 2002 and was
scheduled to deliver its first plane in 2007, but that was pushed
back due to technical problems.
2016 Jun 28, The Czech
Constitutional court overturned a law that banned individual gays
and lesbians living in registered partnership from adopting
(SFC, 6/29/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 28, Denmark police
arrested two men and three women at Copenhagen's airport for using
forged passports. They carried dollars and euros worth a total of
about 129,600 kroner ($19,300). Under new legislation police seized
79,600 kroner ($11,860). Each person was allowed to keep 10,000
2016 Jun 28, Lilian Daoud, a
prominent dual British-Lebanese journalist who hosted a talk show
critical of the government of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah
el-Sissi, arrived in Beirut after authorities in Cairo briefly
detained her and then deported her.
2016 Jun 28, European Union
leaders began plotting a future without Britain, urging the island
nation and economic powerhouse to disentangle itself as fast as
possible from the other 27 nations in the bloc to avoid extending
the turmoil that has been roiling European and global markets.
2016 Jun 28, It was reported
that German automaker Volkswagen AG has agreed to pay more than
$15.3 billion in a settlement with US regulators over pollution
caused by its diesel vehicles.
2016 Jun 28, In India Isak
Chishi Swu (87), a militant leader of the Naga tribal insurgency,
died in New Delhi without being able to see his people reach a
long-negotiated peace accord with the Indian government.
2016 Jun 28, Israeli police
banned non-Muslims from a contentious Jerusalem holy site until the
end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan following two days of
clashes with Palestinian rioters at the site.
2016 Jun 28, Lebanese troops
detained 103 Syrians for illegal entry into the country in a
security sweep, a day after a series of deadly bombings struck a
village near the Syrian border.
2016 Jun 28, In Malaysia a
grenade blast at a bar outside Kuala Lumpur injured eight people.
Police later said this the first attack in the country by the
Islamic State militant group, and that 15 people have been detained.
On Aug 13 police said they have arrested nine militants, including
two suspected of carrying out the grenade attack.
(AP, 7/4/16)(Reuters, 8/13/16)
2016 Jun 28, Mexican officials
said supplies of gasoline, food and other goods were running out in
the southern states of Chiapas and Oaxaca because protesting
teachers have blockaded key highways.
(SFC, 6/30/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 28, Amnesty
International released a damning report saying Mexico's police and
armed forces routinely torture and mistreat women, sometimes using
sexual violence during arrest and interrogation.
2016 Jun 28, A Myanmar court
laid additional charges against Nyi Nyi Lwin (aka Gambira), a former
monk and leader of the 2007 "Saffron Revolution" anti-junta
uprising, accusing him of trespass and "mischief" committed four
years ago. Lwin was arrested in January for illegally entering
Myanmar from neighboring Thailand.
2016 Jun 28, A Dutch court
ruled that Aydin Coban (38) can be extradited to Canada to face
charges of using a computer to harass and blackmail teenager Amanda
Todd. She committed suicide in October 2012, a month after releasing
a widely-viewed YouTube video in which she detailed her suffering.
2016 Jun 28, In Pakistan
militants ambushed a police patrol in Quetta, killing 4 officers.
2016 Jun 28, A Singapore court
sentenced the founder of a website that published anti-foreign
content to eight months in jail after he pleaded guilty to sedition.
The court said Yang Kaiheng (27) had set up "The Real Singapore"
website together with his Australian wife, Ai Takagi, and helped
distribute accounts from visitors, some of which contained
2016 Jun 28, Spanish
investigators arrested 14 people in raids over suspected fraud
relating to construction work linked to a high-speed rail connection
between Madrid and Barcelona. The 621-km high speed train line cost
around 9 billion euros.
2016 Jun 28, Sweden-based
Ikea said it would recall its hugely popular Malm model of chest of
drawers in North America after six children were crushed to death
when the chests tipped over.
2016 Jun 28, In Syria the
US-led coalition carried out eight air strikes near Albu Kamal and
five near Al-Qaim, on the Iraqi side. The New Syrian Army (NSA)
advanced overnight on IS territory near the Albu Kamal border
crossing and adjacent town, but IS recaptured it by the following
2016 Jun 28, Turkey and Israel
signed a deal to restore ties after a six-year rift. Terms of the
deal included the transfer of $20 million by Israel to a
humanitarian fund that will compensate families of Turkish nationals
killed and wounded during a 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.
(Reuters, 6/28/16)(SSFC, 7/3/16, p.A6)
2016 Jun 28, A Turkish official
said military rules of engagement have been adjusted to allow NATO
allies to carry out more patrol flights along its border with
northern Syria. NATO was told about the move around three weeks ago.
2016 Jun 28, In Turkey three
suspect Islamic State suicide bombers killed 41 people with gunfire
and explosives at the Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. Turkish Airlines
resumed services in and out of Europe's third-busiest airport within
12 hours. The death toll soon rose to 44 as some of the wounded
died. The suicide bombers were later identified as Russian, Uzbek
and Kyrgyz nationals.
(Reuters, 6/29/16)(AP, 6/30/16)(Reuters, 6/30/16)
2016 Jun 28, In Turkey a police
officer was killed and seven people were wounded in the southeastern
province of Diyarbakir when a bomb exploded as an armored police
vehicle was passing.
2016 Jun 28, In southern Yemen
an airstrike early by a Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels
in Taiz province killed 25 people, including 15 fighters and 10
2016 Jun 28, In Zambia Post
editor Fred M’Membe claimed to have a court order declaring seizures
of the newspaper to be illegal. He was arrested for trespass and
using false documents.
(Econ, 7/16/16, p.39)
2016 Jun 28, Zimbabwe's
wildlife authority said it has suspended its director general and is
investigating the disappearance of 228 kg (500 pounds) of the
agency's stored rhino horn. Edson Chidziya was put leave with full
pay to facilitate the investigation.
2016 Jun 29, The US Senate
passed a financial rescue package for Puerto Rico, two days before a
$2 billion debt payment on the island’s $70 billion debt. Pres.
Obama signed the measure on June 30.
(SFC, 6/30/16, p.A5)(SFC, 7/1/16, p.A6)
2016 Jun 29, The US said it has
extended a $2.7-billion credit facility to Iraq for the purchase of
military equipment amid the ongoing fight against the Islamic State
2016 Jun 29, Firefighters in
central California contained 60% of the Erskine wildfire ranked as
the biggest and deadliest of several blazes raging across the state
in an early summer heat wave.
2016 Jun 29, In Vallejo, Ca.,
Elvira Babb (57) was kidnapped and held for ransom. On July 8 police
arrested four suspects, but Babb remained missing.
(SSFC, 7/10/16, p.A16)
2016 Jun 29, The Univ. of
Connecticut revoked an honorary degree awarded Bill Cosby saying he
engaged in conduct incongruent with the university’s values.
(SFC, 6/30/16, p.A5)
2016 Jun 29, In Montana a
grizzly bear attacked and killed mountain biker Brad Treat (38) at
Glacier national Park.
(SFC, 6/30/16, p.A5)
2016 Jun 29, In Cameroon a
young male suicide bomber belonging to Nigerian jihadist group Boko
Haram killed at least 11 people when he blew himself up close to a
mosque near the Nigerian border.
2016 Jun 29, In Canada Pres.
Obama met with PM Trudeau and Mexico’s Pres. Enrique Pena Nieto for
their annual North American Leaders’ Summit. All agreed to focus on
closer economic ties.
(SFC, 6/30/16, p.A3)
2016 Jun 29, Xinhua News Agency
reported that China has replaced its internet regulator Lu Wei, the
hard-liner responsible for leading the government's efforts to
tighten control over domestic cyberspace and export the ruling
Communist Party's philosophy of web control. His successor will be
his deputy, former propaganda official Xu Lin.
2016 Jun 29, Dubai's transport
authority announced it had awarded a French-led consortium a $2.88
billion contract to extend its metro network to the site of the Expo
2020 world trade fair.
2016 Jun 29, The European
Union's executive Commission gave the go-ahead for the popular weed
killer glyphosate to be used for up to 18 months longer amid
concerns about its possible links to cancer.
2016 Jun 29, Indonesia's Pres.
Joko Widodo ordered an expansion of offshore oil exploration and
commercial fishing in the waters near the Natuna Islands, the latest
in a new campaign to assert sovereignty over the area in the South
2016 Jun 29, In Iraq more than
20 helicopters took part in a mission that destroyed more than 138
vehicles described as a convoy of Islamic State fighters fleeing the
western city of Fallujah. The US-led coalition also conducted
airstrikes on two large concentrations of Daesh vehicles and
2016 Jun 29, The Italian navy
said it has recovered the migrant ship that sank off Sicily April
18, 2015, with an estimated 700-800 people aboard in one of the
worst known tragedies of the Mediterranean migrant crisis.
2016 Jun 29, Japan-based Toyota
announced it is recalling 1.43 million vehicles for defective air
bags and another 2.87 million vehicles for faulty fuel emissions
2016 Jun 29, In Luxembourg two
whistleblowers in the "LuxLeaks" tax scandal were given suspended
jail sentences for leaking thousands of documents that exposed
Luxembourg's huge tax breaks for major international companies.
Former PricewaterhouseCoopers employees Antoine Deltour and Raphael
Halet received 12-month and nine-month sentences respectively while
journalist Edouard Perrin was acquitted of all charges. In March
2017 the sentence for Antoine Deltour (31) was reduced to six months
suspended with a 1,500-euro fine. Raphael Halet (40) received a
1,000-euro fine instead of a nine-month prison sentence.
(AFP, 6/29/16)(AFP, 3/15/17)
2016 Jun 29, In Malaysia
influential opposition politician Lim Guan Eng, chief minister of
northern Penang state, was arrested on allegations of corruption. He
has strongly criticized financial scandals involving PM Najib Razak.
2016 Jun 29, Mongolians voted
in parliamentary elections against the background of a sharp
downturn in the mining sector, vital to the landlocked nation's
economy. The opposition Mongolian People's Party (MPP) won a
decisive victory with 65 of 76 seats.
(AP, 6/29/16)(AP, 6/30/16)
2016 Jun 29, North Korea
convened a meeting of its national parliament that is expected to
follow up on the first congress of its ruling Workers' Party in 36
years, which was held last month.
2016 Jun 29, In Pakistan gunmen
ambushed an army vehicle in Quetta, killing 4 soldiers.
2016 Jun 29, A rights lawyer at
the European Court of Human Rights said Romania was paid millions of
dollars by the CIA to host secret prisons from 2003-2005.
(SFC, 6/30/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 29, Scottish First
Minister Nicola Sturgeon made a dash to Brussels to tell the EU that
Scots were intent on staying in the bloc, hours after David Cameron
told a summit that Britain was pulling out.
2016 Jun 29, In Syria a joint
convoy of UN, the Red Cross and Syrian Red Crescent trucks carrying
medical and food aid entered two blockaded towns near Damascus.
2016 Jun 29, In Syria a car
bomb killed at least 10 people in Tal Abyad town, held by US-backed
Kurdish-led forces, near the Turkish border.
2016 Jun 29, In southeast
Turkey a roadside bomb planted by Kurdish PKK militants ripped apart
a military armored vehicle, killing 2 soldiers and wounding three
2016 Jun 29, In eastern Ukraine
Wassyl Slipak, a former baritone opera singer, was killed by sniper
fire. He had performed in French opera productions for nearly two
decades before joining a volunteer battalion fighting Russian-backed
(SFC, 6/30/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 30, The United States
placed Myanmar on its list of worst human trafficking offenders for
failing to do more to curb widespread abuses, and upgraded Thailand
from the lowest grade for what was deemed to be an improved record.
2016 Jun 30, The US Pentagon
said transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the
(SFC, 7/1/16, p.A9)
2016 Jun 30, A US federal judge
blocked a Florida law that places restrictions on abortion clinics
hours before it was scheduled to take effect.
(SFC, 7/1/16, p.A6)
2016 Jun 30, A US federal judge
blocked an Indiana law prohibiting abortions sought because of a
fetus’ genetic abnormalities because the state does not have
authority to limit a woman’s reasons for ending a pregnancy.
(SFC, 7/1/16, p.A6)
2016 Jun 30, The Iowa Supreme
Court ruled 4-3 that felons may be stripped of their voting rights
for life unless those rights are restored by the governor.
(SFC, 7/1/16, p.A6)
2016 Jun 30, In Afghanistan
Taliban militants launched a twin suicide attack targeting a convoy
of buses carrying police cadets outside Kabul and killing 37 people,
mostly policemen, and wounding 40.
2016 Jun 30, In Bahrain a woman
was killed in an explosion near her car south of Manama. Police the
next day described it as a "terrorist bombing" in the village of
Eker. Opposition activists on social media said that witnesses
reported seeing security forces fire on the woman's car after it
accidentally neared a royal convoy. Two suspects were soon arrested.
Suspect Hassan Jassem Hassan al-Hayki (35) died in prison on July
(AP, 7/1/16)(Reuters, 7/31/16)
2016 Jun 30, Bosnia published
the results of its 2013 census. It showed the population had shrunk
by nearly a quarter to 3.5 million over the past 25 years, a period
marked by the devastating 1992-95 war that took 100,000 lives and
turned almost half of the population into refugees either within the
country or abroad.
2016 Jun 30, Brazil's federal
police raided the offices of at least 12 builders to seek evidence
of a cartel handling railway projects.
2016 Jun 30, British American
Tobacco (BAT), the world's second biggest cigarette company, vowed
to investigate some of its supply farms in Bangladesh after a
Swedish campaign group uncovered the use of child workers to grow
and process tobacco.
2016 Jun 30, English Poet
Geoffrey Hill (84) died.
(Econ, 7/30/16, p.74)
2016 Jun 30, Colombian, Italian
and US police seized 11 tons of cocaine and arrested 33 people today
and over the last few days from a mafia-linked ring which refined
the drug in the jungles of Colombia and smuggled it out in
containers of tropical fruits.
2016 Jun 30, In Egypt Islamist
militants in the Sinai Peninsula gunned down Father Rafael Moussa, a
Christian priest, as he was fixing his car. In a separate attack in
Arish, one policeman was killed and three wounded when an improvised
bomb exploded as their convoy drove near a police station. An
armored vehicle escorting an ambulance to el-Arish was ambushed by
militants leaving one soldier dead.
(Reuters, 6/30/16)(AP, 6/30/16)
2016 Jun 30, Italian
authorities significantly lowered the estimated number of migrants
who died in the April 18, 2015, shipwreck that spurred Europe to
beef up Mediterranean rescue efforts, suggesting the final death
toll could be around 500 rather than 800.
2016 Jun 30, Italy’s coast
guard said 10 women died in a sinking boat packed with migrants off
the coast of Libya today and hundreds of other people were rescued
in two separate operations.
2016 Jun 30, In Italy Wisconsin
student Beau Solomon (19) disappeared in Rome a day after arriving
there. On July 4 police discovered his body in the Tiber river in
Rome. A suspect identified as Massimo Galioto (40), who lived in an
encampment under a bridge near where Solomon was last seen, was soon
arrested and accused of pushing Solomon in the river after a fight.
(AP, 7/4/16)(AP, 7/5/16)(AP, 5/8/18)
2016 Jun 30, In Kashmir Indian
forces killed two suspected rebels in a clash, and dispersed
hundreds of protesters who took to the streets to show their
solidarity with the rebels in the southern Pulwama area.
2016 Jun 30, Libya's UN-backed
unity government sacked four of its ministers just three months
after it set up office in the capital Tripoli. The dismissed
ministers were absent from their work and refused to take up their
duties in the Government of National Unity for over 30 days.
2016 Jun 30, Mexico introduced
a 500-peso note featuring the image of a jaguar.
(Econ, 7/9/16, p.27)
2016 Jun 30, Nigerian officials
said authorities in Lagos have shut down dozens of churches, mosques
and hotels in a bid cut noise pollution.
2016 Jun 30, Palestinian
Mohammed Nasser Tarayra (19) fatally stabbed American-Israeli Hallel
Yaffa Ariel (13) in her bedroom in the occupied West Bank settlement
of Kiryat Arba. Israeli guards shot the attacker dead. On August 15
the Israeli army destroyed Tarayra’s home.
(Reuters, 6/30/16)(AFP, 8/15/16)
2016 Jun 30, In the Philippines
Rodrigo Duterte (71) was sworn in as president. Leni Robredo (52)
was sworn into office as vice-president.
2016 Jun 30, Doctors Without
Borders said tens of thousands of Syrians are stranded on the
Jordanian border and face starvation and dehydration.
(SFC, 7/1/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 30, Turkey's
parliament approved sweeping plans late to restructure the high
courts, in a victory for President Tayyip Erdogan that critics say
will allow him to remove troublesome judges and tighten his grip
over the judiciary.
2016 Jun 30, Vietnam's
government announced that Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corp., a
Taiwanese-owned steel plant, was responsible for massive fish deaths
along the central Vietnamese coast and said it has pledged to pay
$500 million in compensation.
2016 Jun 30, UN special envoy
Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said Yemen’s waring sides have freed more
than 700 prisoners in an apparent goodwill gesture amid peace talks.
(SFC, 7/1/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun, US health officials
warned clinicians to be on the lookout for Candida auris, a deadly
and highly drug-resistant emerging pathogen. By March 2017 nearly
three dozen people in the US were diagnosed with the fungal
infection first found in a patient in Japan in 2009.
(SFC, 3/11/17, p.A10)
2016 Jun, In Utah an elderly
man infected with the Zika virus died late this month. He was the
first Zika-infected person to die in the continental US. A relative
who cared for the man was soon diagnosed with the virus.
(SFC, 7/19/16, p.A4)
2016 Jun, In Brazil a chilly
snap in the first days of the southern hemisphere winter claimed the
lives of at least six people this month in Sao Paulo, home to an
estimated 16,000 homeless population.
2016 Jun, The China-based Asia
Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) held its initial annual
meeting in Beijing and approved its first $509 million worth of
(Econ, 7/2/16, p.66)
2016 Jun, The OPPO R9, price at
around $400, overtook the iPhone as China’s best-selling handset.
China’s BBK Electronics started the OPPO firm in 2009.
(Econ, 2/4/17, p.58)
2016 Jun, In the Czech Rep.
there were an estimated 10,000 hard-core injecting drug addicts in
Prague. Drug contact centers were unable to keep up.
(Econ, 6/18/16, p.56)
2016 Jun, In western Denmark
seven Viking-era (800-1050) bracelets, weighing a total of almost
one kg (2.2 pounds), were discovered near Vejen by people using
metal detectors. A gold chain was found in the same field in 1911.
2016 Jun, Gambia’s Pres. Yahya
Jammeh announced that child marriage is now banned with immediate
effect, punishable by 20 years in prison for both the husband and
parents of the girl being married. Gambia became the 13th nation in
Africa to join the African Union's (AU) campaign to end child
2016 Jun, Indonesian
authorities broke up a drug-counterfeiting ring that had been
operating for more than a decade. At least 28 health care facilities
throughout the country, including Jakarta and the tourist resort
island of Bali, were suspected of buying fake booster vaccines for
hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough.
2016 Jun, Morocco ranked 88th
in the world in Transparency International’s corruption perceptions
(Econ, 6/11/16, p.49)
2016 Jun, Interpol and
Nigeria's anti-fraud agency arrested a Nigerian, identified as Mike
(40), accused of scamming $60 million from companies around the
world through fraudulent emails after months of investigation. He
was arrested along with a 38-year-old accomplice in Port Harcourt.
2016 Jun, Russia decriminalized
battery. The Duma exempted domestic abuse and made it subject to the
same two-year maximum sentence as racially motivated offences.
(Econ, 1/28/17, p.46)
2016 Jun, Saudi Arabia lifted a
two-year ban against Guinean pilgrims for the haj in September and
allotted the country 7,200 places.
(Econ, 9/3/16, p.43)
2016 Jun, Spanish authorities
arrested half a dozen Russian citizens with alleged ties to
high-ranking Russian officials and Colombian drug cartels.
(Econ, 7/2/16, p.46)
2016 Jun, In Sri Lanka an
explosion at the Salawa army camp, 35 km (22 miles) east of Colombo,
killed one soldier. Eight others, including seven civilians, were
injured. The explosions sent shrapnel and munitions flying into the
surrounding area, damaging 2,031 houses.