Timeline 2018 July - September
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2018        Jul 1, In Ohio Demetrius Pitts (48) was arrested for plotting a Fourth of July terror attack in Cleveland.
    (SFC, 7/3/18, p.A5)
2018        Jul 1, In Seattle, Wa., a law went into effect banning plastic straw and utensil in local bars and restaurants in an effort to reduce marine plastic pollution.
    (SFC, 7/3/18, p.A5)
2018        Jul 1, Britain's Met Office weather forecasting service issued its first thunderstorm alert in the agency's 164-year history for parts of southwest England and Wales as a long, dry heatwave persisted in much of Britain.
    (AP, 7/1/18)
2018        Jul 1, Choreographer Gillian Lynne (92), who worked closely for many years with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on some of his most famous works, died in London. Lynne's many credits included the phenomenally successful "Cats" and "Phantom of the Opera."
    (AP, 7/2/18)
2018        Jul 1, Notorious French criminal Redoine Faid (46), serving 25 years for murder, used a helicopter to escape from a prison south of Paris, igniting a huge manhunt.
    (AP, 7/1/18)
2018        Jul 1, In Germany a Vienna-based Iranian diplomat, identified later as Assadollah Assadi (46), was arrested over a suspected plot to carry out a bomb attack on an exiled Iranian opposition group. French police also detained a man of Iranian origin in France.
    (Reuters, 7/4/18)(AP, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 1, Hong Kong's annual pro-democracy protest saw one of the lowest turnouts in history, as thousands braved sweltering heat to protest against Beijing's tightening grip over the city on the 21st anniversary of its return to Chinese rule. Police stopped about 20 pro-democracy protesters from getting near a flag-raising ceremony marking the anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China.
    (Reuters, 7/1/18)(AP, 7/1/18)
2018        Jul 1, Police in India's capital found 11 bodies at a home under mysterious circumstances, including 10 that were blindfolded and hanging. The victims were all from the same family and most had lived in the home in Burari village in the northern part of New Delhi.
    (AP, 7/1/18)
2018        Jul 1, In India five men were bludgeoned to death in a remote, mountainous village in Maharashtra state. Villagers pounced on the men when one of them tried to speak to a child at a weekly market.
    (AP, 7/2/18)
2018        Jul 1, In northern India at least 48 people were killed when an overcrowded bus plunged off a mountain road into a gorge in Uttarakhand state.
    (AP, 7/1/18)
2018        Jul 1, Iran called for calm after protests in a southern city over water shortages turned violent overnight with reports of police shooting at demonstrators who attacked banks and public buildings. The semi-official Fars news agency reported that 230 people have been poisoned by drinking polluted water in the county's southwest.
    (AP, 7/1/18)
2018        Jul 1, In Iraq one person was killed in Kirkuk when a suicide car bomb went off near a storage site housing ballot boxes from a May national election.
    (Reuters, 7/1/18)
2018        Jul 1, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe called for an early conclusion of a regional trade pact that ensures free and rules-based commerce in the face of an increasingly protectionist US under President Donald Trump. At the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) meeting trade ministers and officials from 16 Asian countries agreed to speed up negotiations on outstanding issues and reach a basic agreement by the end of the year.
    (AP, 7/1/18)
2018        Jul 1, In northern Mali a car bomb attack on a military patrol killed four civilians and wounded four French soldiers in Gao. An al Qaeda-linked Islamist group in Mali soon claimed responsibility
    (Reuters, 7/1/18)(Reuters, 7/2/18)
2018        Jul 1, Mauritania hosted a 2-day AU summit in Nouakchott. It was attended by more than 40 African heads of state and government as well as French Pres. Emmanuel Macron. Thirty African leaders began a closed-door meeting to discuss ways to fight extremism and corruption at the 31st African Union summit.
    (AFP, 7/1/18)(AP, 7/1/18)
2018        Jul 1, Mexicans voted in a potentially transformative election that could put in power a firebrand vowing to end politics and business as usual in a country weary of spiraling violence and scandal-plagued politicians. Front-running candidate Andres Lopez Obrador (73) won a landslide election victory, getting more than double the votes of his nearest rival.
    (AP, 7/1/18)(Reuters, 7/2/18)
2018        Jul 1, Nigerian police found the bodies of 41 men with their throats cut in Zamfara state, a northern area that is notorious as a hideout for criminal gangs. Police soon arrested four suspects after searching the bush area and also found machetes and guns.
    (AFP, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 1, North and South Korea reopened a maritime communication channel, with vessels from the two countries making radio contact for the first time in a decade.
    (Reuters, 7/1/18)
2018        Jul 1, In South Sudan rebels reportedly attacked Maban in Upper Nile state in the far northeast near the border with Sudan violating the latest peace deal aimed at ending a nearly five-year-old conflict. Government forces responded. 18 civilians were reported killed and 44 wounded.
    (Reuters, 7/2/18)
2018        Jul 1, In Syria fighting reignited around Tafas, northwest of Deraa, along with heavy air strikes.
    (Reuters, 7/1/18)
2018        Jul 1, Several dozen Syrian refugees left Lebanon for neighboring Syria as part of returns coordinated between both countries. Peace talks in the town of Bosra al-Sham began again under the auspices of Jordan to help broker a ceasefire that would ease plight of displaced civilians.
    (AFP, 7/1/18)
2018        Jul 1, Turkey's military said eight Kurdish militants have been killed in air strikes in northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey this weekend.
    (Reuters, 7/1/18)
2018        Jul 1, In Turkey hundreds LGBTI activists gathered for a Pride march in Istanbul despite a local ban in effect since 2015.
    (SFC, 7/2/18, p.A3)
2018        Jul 1, In Uganda a new tax on social media took effect, angering many who see the revenue measure as an attack on free speech.
    (AP, 7/2/18)

2018        Jul 2, In northern California the County Fire spread to 60,000 acres in Yolo County. The Pawnee Fire in Lake County covered 14,800 acres.
    (SFC, 7/3/18, p.A9)
2018        Jul 2, In San Francisco Perlita Romero (62), a security guard at the Alice Griffith housing development, was shot and killed while speaking to his wife and daughter on FaceTime in the Philippines. Cardell Mason Coleman (24) was arrested the following day after being identified by video footage at the scene.
    (SSFC, 7/15/18, p.C1)
2018        Jul 2, SpaceX's Dragon capsule delivered nearly 6,000 pounds of supplies to the Int'l. Space Station. The supplies included the round AI robot Cimon, slightly bigger than a basketball, from the German Space Agency intended to assist German astronaut Alexander Gerst with science experiments.
    (SFC, 7/3/18, p.A7)
2018        Jul 2, The EU opened another rule-of-law procedure against Poland over what it sees as flaws in the country's Supreme Court law, intensifying a standoff that could threaten Poland's EU voting rights and funding. The move comes a day before legislation takes effect that will force the early retirement of 27 of 72 justices of the Supreme Court.
    (AP, 7/2/18)
2018        Jul 2, The EU slammed the Trump administration for considering tariffs on auto imports, saying they could lead to global retaliation against some $300 billion in US goods amid signs of a brewing trade war.
    (AP, 7/2/18)
2018        Jul 2, Police in western India said that they have arrested 23 people who took part in the weekend lynching of five men suspected of being members of a gang of child kidnappers.
    (AP, 7/2/18)
2018        Jul 2, Indonesia's Mount Agung volcano on the tourist island of Bali erupted this evening, ejecting a 2,000-meter-high (6,560-foot-high) column of thick ash and hurling lava down its slopes.
    (AP, 7/2/18)
2018        Jul 2, Amnesty International said Indonesia's police and military are responsible for at least 95 unlawful killings in the easternmost Papua region since 2010, including targeted slayings of activists.
    (AP, 7/2/18)
2018        Jul 2, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Switzerland for talks expected to focus on salvaging progress from the Iran nuclear deal after the Trump administration's walkout.
    (AP, 7/2/18)
2018        Jul 2, Israeli troops fired on four Palestinians who crossed the border from Gaza into southern Israel and attempted to attack a military post, killing one of them.
    (AP, 7/2/18)
2018        Jul 2, Libya's crucial oil exports from its production heartland ground to a halt in a financial showdown between the country's rival political administrations.
    (AFP, 7/2/18)
2018        Jul 2, Malawi's President Peter Mutharika faced a growing corruption scandal ahead of next year's election after a leaked report from the country's anti-graft body accused him of fraud.
    (AFP, 7/2/18)
2018        Jul 2, A Malaysian task force said more than 400 bank accounts have been frozen as part of a probe into a multi-billion-dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB. Riza Aziz, the stepson of former prime minister Najib Razak, was summoned for questioning.
    (Reuters, 7/2/18)
2018        Jul 2, Malaysian authorities said they are investigating the marriage between an 11-year-old Thai girl and a 41-year-old Malaysian Muslim, including elements of possible "sexual grooming" in the case.
    (AP, 7/2/18)
2018        Jul 2, Twenty-five people, including a woman, were rescued after the boat, believed to be carrying 44 illegal immigrants, sank early today off Malaysia's southern coast. 18 people were missing after the boat carrying migrants from Indonesia capsized, killing one woman.
    (Reuters, 7/2/18)
2018        Jul 2, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the landslide winner of Mexico's presidential election, said that he will aim to keep Mexico in the NAFTA trade pact and seek a frank dialogue and friendly ties with the United States. Obrador said he will put his presidency to a referendum in three years, giving the public a chance to have its say on whether he should continue his presidency half-way through his six-year term.
    (Reuters, 7/2/18)(Reuters, 7/3/18)
2018        Jul 2, Scott Donaldson (48) of New Zealand man became the first person to kayak solo across the daunting stretch of water that separates New Zealand from Australia.
    (AP, 7/2/18)
2018        Jul 2, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he would soon halt mining in the Southeast Asian nation because of the environmental damage it has caused, renewing his threat made nearly two years ago to shut down the industry completely.
    (Reuters, 7/2/18)
2018        Jul 2, In the Philippines Mayor Antonio Halili (72) of Tanauan city, known for parading drug suspects in public but also alleged to have drug ties himself, was shot and killed by a sniper in a brazen attack during a flag-raising ceremony in front of hundreds of horrified employees and village leaders in Batangas province.
    (AP, 7/2/18)
2018        Jul 2, In Romania a parliamentary committee approved a bill that would redefine official misconduct, a move criticized by the country's anti-corruption prosecutors. The draft law proposed lowering the maximum prison sentence for official misconduct from seven years to five years.
    (AP, 7/2/18)
2018        Jul 2, In Scotland the body of Alesha MacPhail (6), who was visiting relatives on the Isle of Bute, was found in woodland near the town of Rothesay. Extra officers were soon brought in from the mainland to hunt for the killer.
    (Reuters, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 2, Swiss-based Glencore Corp. received a subpoena from the US Department of Justice "to produce documents and other records with respect to compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and United States money laundering statutes." Glencore was being probed by the United States in a corruption investigation linked to its business in Nigeria, Venezuela and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
    (AFP, 7/3/18)
2018        Jul 2, Thai navy SEALS and two British volunteer divers helped find the "wild Boar" soccer team on an elevated rock after struggling for hours through narrow passages and murky waters. 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach went missing on June 23, after they set out to explore the caves in a forest park following a training session.
    (Reuters, 7/3/18)(AFP, 7/3/18)
2018        Jul 2, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he heard "unimaginable" accounts of atrocities during a visit to Bangladesh's refugee camps and called for Myanmar to be held responsible for "crimes" against the Rohingya.
    (AFP, 7/2/18)
2018        Jul 2, The UN refugee spokesman said the number of people forced to flee their homes in southwestern Syria as a result of the two week escalation in fighting has climbed to 270,000 people.
    (Reuters, 7/2/18)
2018        Jul 2, Yemeni government forces backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates bombarded rebel positions outside Hodeida over the last 24 hours after pausing their push into the strategic Red Sea port city. 11 civilians and 43 rebel fighters were reported killed over the last two days.
    (AFP, 7/3/18)

2018        Jul 3, It was reported that Kentucky's Gov. Matt Bevin's administration is cutting dental and vision coverage for nearly have a million state residents after his Medicaid overhaul plan was rejected in court.
    (SFC, 7/3/18, p.A5)
2018        Jul 3, A federal judge in Massachusetts extended an order blocking the federal government for three weeks from cutting off housing assistance to people who were forced to leave their homes in Puerto Rico because of Hurricane Maria.
    (Reuters, 7/3/18)
2018        Jul 3, In Australia Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson was sentenced to 12 months in detention for covering up child sex abuse and ordered to serve at least six months before being eligible for parole.
    (SFC, 7/3/18, p.A2)
2018        Jul 3, In Tunisia Souad Abederrahim (54) was elected by the Tunis municipal council to serve as the city's first female mayor.
    (SFC, 7/4/18, p.A2)
2018        Jul 3, Belarus authorities in Minsk thwarted the opposition's attempt to hold a rally and detained several activists.
    (AP, 7/3/18)
2018        Jul 3, The British government said it will ban gay conversion therapy as part of a $5.9 miilion effort to make society more inclusive for LGBT people.
    (SFC, 7/4/18, p.A2)
2018        Jul 3, British police arrested a female health care worker on suspicion of murdering eight babies and trying to kill six others at the Countess of Chester Hospital in Chester, northwestern England.
    (AP, 7/3/18)
2018        Jul 3, A Chilean judge sentenced eight retired military officers to 18 years in prison for the 1973 kidnapping and murder of folk singer Victor Jara and a government official at the start of the country's military dictatorship. A ninth veteran was sentenced to five years for cover-up.
    (AP, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 3, Comoros President Azali Assoumani and visiting Saudi interior minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef signed agreements worth $22 million to help finance water and road infrastructure in the poor Indian Ocean island nation.
    (AP, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 3, Human Rights Watch said at least 5,000 people have been killed in the Kasai region of Congo DRC over the past two years and more than 1.4 million displaced, while "only a few low-level criminal suspects have been prosecuted".
    (Reuters, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 3, A Danish appeals court increased the prison sentence of Frederik Oliver Schmidt (25), convicted of aggravated manslaughter for crashing his jet ski into a boat on May 6, 2016, and killing American students Leah Bell (18) of Madisonville, Louisiana, and Linsey Malia (21) of Easton, Massachusetts.
    (AP, 7/3/18)
2018        Jul 3, A judge in Ecuador ordered former Pres. Rafael Correa jailed for failing to appear in court as part of an investigation into the botched 2012 kidnapping of an opposiiton lawmaker. The judge also approved a request to seek Correa's extraditioon from Belgium.
    (SFC, 7/4/18, p.A2)
2018        Jul 3, The European Commission called on Belarus to develop an action plan "to ensure timely implementation of all safety improvement measures in accordance with their safety significance" for the nearly completed Astravets nuclear power plant.
    (Reuters, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 3, In France riots erupted in the western city of Nantes after news spread that a police officer had shot dead a 22-year-old man after stopping his car. Police said the young man's car had been under surveillance as part of a drug-trafficking investigation.
    (AFP, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 3, In France Greenpeace crashed a Superman-shaped drone into a wall of the spent-fuel pool building at EDF's Bugey nuclear plant to demonstrate its vulnerability to outside attacks.
    (Reuters, 7/3/18)
2018        Jul 3, In France Wang Jian (57), the co-chairman of HNA Group, a conglomerate that operates China's fourth-largest airline and finance, logistics and other businesses around the world, died in an accident while on a business trip. Wang fell a dozen or so meters (yards) while taking photos on a high wall in Bonnieux.
    (AP, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 3, In Germany Wiesbaden prosecutors said that Ali Bashar (20), who's in custody for the May slaying of Susanna Feldman, is believed to have raped a 11-year-old German girl in a refugee home in March in the western city. Prosecutors said Bashar and a 14-year-old Afghan boy also raped the 11-year-old together in May. The Afghan boy is accused of also raping her another time and was arrested a day earlier.
    (AP, 7/3/18)
2018        Jul 3, In Indonesia at least 31 people were killed and a frantic rescue operation was underway off the island of Sulawesi for passengers of a sinking passenger ferry. The captain steered the 48.5-meter-long (159-foot-long) vessel toward shore after it began sinking on a voyage from the port of Bira to Selayar island. Three people remained missing and believed drowned inside the vessel.
    (AP, 7/3/18)(AP, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 3, Iraqi authorities began recounting votes from May's disputed parliamentary election, officials said, a step toward forming a new government after weeks of delays.
    (Reuters, 7/3/18)
2018        Jul 3, The Israeli military said it had uncovered a plot by Hamas militants to spy on soldiers by befriending them on social media and luring them into downloading fake dating apllicatrions that gave Hamas access to their smartphones.
    (SFC, 7/4/18, p.A4)
2018        Jul 3, Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak was arrested in a stunning fall from grace following a shock election loss in May amid allegations of massive corruption and misappropriation at a state fund he founded.
    (Reuters, 7/3/18)
2018        Jul 3, In Mali local government administrators responsible for organizing July 29 presidential and legislative elections indefinitely extended a strike until demands for better safety and pay are met. Election organizers late today agreed to end a two-week strike over working conditions, lifting a threat to a looming vote.
    (Reuters, 7/3/18)(Reuters, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 3, In Pakistan torrential monsoon rains lashed many cities and towns across the country before dawn, flooding streets and killing six people in Lahore.
    (AP, 7/3/18)
2018        Jul 3, Palestinian leaders strongly condemned a new Israeli law that will freeze money transfers to the Palestinian Authority to punish the PA's payments to families of those jailed for attacks.
    (AFP, 7/3/18)
2018        Jul 3, In the Philippines Mayor Ferdinand Bote of northern General Tinio town was shot and killed by an unidentified man riding a motorcycle. He was the 2nd mayor killed in two days. The gunman escaped.
    (AP, 7/3/18)
2018        Jul 3, In the Philippines government troops clashed with 30-40 militants and drove them away from the small farming community of Mopac where they planned to launch an attack on the town center of Datu Paglas about a half km away.
    (AP, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 3, Poland braced for protests against judicial reforms that come into force at midnight despite strong opposition at home and an ongoing row between Warsaw and the EU. Malgorzata Gersdorf, the head of Poland's Supreme Court insisted that under the Constitution of Poland her term as the court's first president runs until 2020.
    (Reuters, 7/3/18)(AP, 7/3/18)
2018        Jul 3, Romania's upper house of parliament voted through a change to the criminal code that could overturn a prison sentence given to the leader of the ruling party. The vote came in the face of complaints and protests from opposition politicians and anti-corruption activists who have accused the government of allowing widespread graft.
    (Reuters, 7/3/18)
2018        Jul 3, Russian investigators said historian Yury Dmitriyev (62) has been charged with sexual assault and faces up to 20 years in prison, if convicted. Dmitriyev was accused of sexually abusing his adopted daughter between 2012 and 2016 and vehemently denied all the charges. He spent decades locating and exhuming mass graves of people killed under Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's rule. Activists said the case against him is an attempt by authorities to muzzle the outspoken historian.
    (AFP, 7/3/18)
2018        Jul 3, In Serbia Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met with President Aleksandar Vucic in a bid to boost ties with the Balkan country, a key Russian ally in Europe, as both states seek to join the European Union.
    (AP, 7/3/18)
2018        Jul 3, Swiss President Alain Berset urged all sides not to endanger the nuclear agreement between global powers and Iran, after meeting his Tehran counterpart, Hassan Rouhani.
    (Reuters, 7/3/18)
2018        Jul 3, Syrian rebel negotiators began a new round of talks with Russian officers over a peace deal in southern Syria that would hand over their weapons and allow Russian military police to enter rebel-held towns.
    (Reuters, 7/3/18)
2018        Jul 3, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said one of the Islamic
State's last pockets in the eastern Syrian province of Deir el-Zour came under intense shelling from the US-led coalition. At least 12 militants are believed to have been killed in Hajin. The Observatory also said at least 11 displaced Syrians fleeing the fighting in southwestern Syria were killed when they stepped on a land mine. The Islamic State group said the son of its top leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed fighting Syrian government forces. Their statement did not specify when he was killed.
    (AP, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 3, In Tunisia Souad Abederrahim (54) was elected by the Tunis municipal council to serve as the city's first female mayor.
    (SFC, 7/4/18, p.A2)
2018        Jul 3, In southern Turkey a gunman killed the deputy head of the Trade and Industry Chamber for the city of Osmaniye. The organization's president was wounded in the attack.
    (AP, 7/3/18)
2018        Jul 3, The United Arab Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority ordered firms to identify and freeze the accounts and assets of nine Iranian individuals and entities the UAE has placed on its terrorism list.
    (Reuters, 7/3/18)
2018        Jul 3, In southern Yemen 46 detainees walked free after months or years spent in detention in one of several prisons controlled by the United Arab Emirates.
    (AP, 7/3/18)

2018        Jul 4, In northern California the County Fire spread to 86,000 acres in the Yolo-Napa area and was 27% contained.
    (SFC, 7/4/18, p.A12)
2018        Jul 4, In southern California Laquisha Jones beat Rodolfo Rodriguez (92 in the face with a brick as he was talking a walk. In 2019 Jones (30) was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading no contest to elder abuse.
    (SFC, 3/2/19, p.A4)
2018        Jul 4, In NYC Joey Chestnut downed a record 74 wieners and buns at the Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest to win the coveted Mustard Belt for the 11th time. Miki Sudo held on to her title as the top women's contender eating 37 franks and buns to win for a fifth consecutive year.
    (SFC, 7/4/18, p.A9)
2018        Jul 4, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's and discussed issues including salvaging the Iran nuclear deal after the US decision to withdraw and reinstate sanctions on Tehran. Rouhani first met with Pres. Alexander Van der Bellen and then Chancellor Sebastian Kurz later in the day.
    (AP, 7/4/18)(AFP, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 4, Bangladesh officials said thousands of extra police are being deployed to Rohingya refugee camps in the south, after a series of mostly unexplained killings that have sown fear among hundreds of thousands of people who have fled from Myanmar.
    (Reuters, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 4, Police in Brazil searched the offices of Philips and executed arrest warrants for two people linked to the Dutch electronics company as part of an investigation into suspected fraud in the supply of medical equipment to the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedics and the Rio de Janeiro Health Department.
    (AP, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 4, British officials met to discuss the case of two people whose possible poisoning in Wiltshire is being investigated by counter-terrorism police. The pair were found on June 30 with police saying they initially suspected they had fallen ill after using "heroin or crack cocaine from a contaminated batch of drugs".
    (Reuters, 7/4/18)(AFP, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 4, British police said they are investigating six claims of sexual assault or assault by Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey, three more than previously disclosed.
    (AP, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 4, Colombia's ombudsman said a human rights activist has been killed every three days since January 2016 despite the peace accord signed with FARC rebels.
    (AFP, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 4, Creditors of Croatian retailer Agrokor, the biggest private company in the Balkans, voted to approve a settlement deal that includes giving two Russian banks a stake of over 46 percent.
    (AP, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 4, In ex-Soviet Georgia US couple Ryan and Laura Smith and their four-year-old son were killed. Police on July 9 said that a man (20) had been arrested in the central Georgian province of Dusheti, suspected of premeditated murder.
    (AP, 7/9/18)
2018        Jul 4, German authorities deported 69 Afghans whose asylum requests were rejected back to their home country.
    (AP, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 4, Greek authorities agreed to extradite to France Lasha Shushanashvili (57), the Georgian suspected head of an international crime ring specializing in robberies and burglaries.
    (AP, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 4, Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal ruled that the same-sex partner of a British expatriate is entitled to equal treatment under immigration law, marking a significant step for gay rights in the Chinese territory.
    (AP, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 4, India's government said it has asked WhatsApp to take "immediate action" to prevent the social media platform from being misused to spread rumors and irresponsible statements like those blamed for recent deadly mob attacks in the country.
    (AP, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 4, India's Supreme Court upheld the powers of Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, in a win for his Aam Aadmi Party, embroiled in a protracted fight with PM Narendra Modi's government that has compounded the capital city's problems.
    (Reuters, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 4, In eastern India a nun and another worker at a shelter for unwed mothers run by Mother Teresa's charity were over the last 24 hours for allegedly selling a baby.
    (AP, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 4, Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara dissolved the government, amid tensions with his party's partner in the governing coalition. PM Amadou Gon Coulibaly was re-appointed to form a new government.
    (Reuters, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 4, In Malaysia former PM Najib Razak was charged with abuse of power and criminal breach of trust in an investigation over billions of dollars missing from the 1MDB state fund.
    (Reuters, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 4, The rival Koreas began two days of friendly basketball games in Pyongyang in their latest goodwill gesture amid a diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea.
    (AP, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 4, A New Zealand watchdog office said that New Zealand's government spied for years on its South Pacific neighbors and passed collected information to the US and other allies. The Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) collected bulk data from satellites from South Pacific countries between 2009 and 2015.
    (AP, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 4, In Nigeria French President Emmanuel Macron called for Africa and Europe to reach a "win-win" solution to migration during an address to 300 young entrepreneurs on the second day of his visit to Lagos.
    (AP, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 4, In Pakistan suspected US drone strike killed militant commander Qari Abdullah Dawar and his associate near their mountain hideout in the Tor Tangai area of North Waziristan. The slain militants were from the Gul Bahadur group, which has carried out attacks inside Afghanistan.
    (AP, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 4, Palestinian protests broke out at a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank facing Israeli demolition in what rights groups have condemned as a bid to expand Jewish settlement in Khan al-Ahmar.
    (AP, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 4, In Poland a new law lowering the mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court judges to 65 from the previous 70 went into effect. First President Malgorzata Gersdorf (65) arrived for work as usual at the court in Warsaw, vowing to continue her constitutionally mandated term, which runs through 2020.
    (AP, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 4, In Russia a resident (63) was killed and three other people were hospitalized after a car mounted a pavement and hit pedestrians in the World Cup host city of Sochi. Initial signs suggested the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel.
    (Reuters, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 4, In Somalia at least 17 people were killed in fighting between militants from the al Shabaab group and clan militias in the country's central semi-autonomous region of Galmudug.
    (Reuters, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 4, In South Sudan one person was killed when unidentified gunmen attacked a convoy of humanitarian trucks belonging to a contractor of UN children's agency UNICEF north of Juba.
    (Reuters, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 4, The Swiss government said it aims to allow pilot studies on ways to relax its marijuana laws. Switzerland already permits low potency cannabis but bans most marijuana for recreational use.
    (Reuters, 7/4/18)
2018        Jul 4, Syrian rebel negotiators and Russian officers failed to reach an agreement that would end fighting in southern Syria by restoring state sovereignty over remaining opposition held towns.
    (Reuters, 7/4/18)

2018        Jul 5, Scott Pruitt, Pres. Trump's administrator of the EPA, resigned after months of allegations over legal and ethical violations. Deputy administrator Andrew Wheeler will take over as acting adminstrator on July 9.
    (SFC, 7/6/18, p.A1)(SFC, 7/7/18, p.A5)
2018        Jul 5, In northern California the Klamathon Fire broke out and within hours spread from an initial 1,000 acres to 8,000 acres (3,237 hectares). The County fire grew to 88,000 acres and was roughly 33% contained. On Aug. 23 authorities arrested John Colin Eagle Skoda (32) on suspicion of starting the Klamathon fire.
    (Reuters, 7/6/18)(SFC, 7/6/18, p.A12)(SFC, 8/24/18, p.D1)
2018        Jul 5, In Colorado In Colorado nine major wildfires have razed through more than 216,000 acres.
    (Reuters, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 5, Jean-Louis Tauran (75), a French cardinal and former Vatican foreign minister, died in the US. He helped improve ties between the Roman Catholic Church and the Muslim world.
    (Reuters, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 5, Boeing and the Brazilian jet maker Embraer said they will attempt to form a joint venture that would push the US aerospace giant more aggressively into the regional aircraft market.
    (AP, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, In Afghanistan Taliban attacks on security posts in Ghazni city killed two national police and wounded four others.
    (AP, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 5, A Brazilian Supreme Court justice ordered the suspension of labor minister Helton Yomura as part of a corruption investigation.
    (AP, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, Britain marked the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service — a battered but beloved institution facing an uncertain future.
    (AP, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, British officials investigating a second poisoning case with the nerve agent Novichok in southwest England said they suspect the victims were not directly targeted but sickened as a result of the March attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter.
    (AP, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, Djibouti's President Ismael Omar Guelleh launched the first phase of Africa's biggest free-trade zone, seeking to capitalize on its strategic position on one of the world's busiest trade routes.
    (AFP, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, An Egyptian court sentenced 14 people, including an adviser to an ousted Islamist president, to life in prison for membership in the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Out of the 14, eight were sentenced in absentia.
    (AP, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, Ethiopia fired its prisons chief and took three opposition groups off its "terrorist" list, the latest steps in PM Abiy Ahmed's bold push to shake the African giant from decades of security-obsessed rule.
    (Reuters, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, The European Union extended sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine for another six months.
    (AP, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, French film director Claude Lanzmann (b.1925) died in Paris. His 9½ -hour masterpiece "Shoah" (1985) bore unflinching witness to the Holocaust.
    (SFC, 7/6/18, p.A5)
2018        Jul 5, A Greek committee granted asylum to a Turkish soldier who fled to Greece with seven other officers after a failed coup attempt against Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in 2016.
    (Reuters, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, Yad Vashem, Israel's renowned Holocaust memorial and research center in Jerusalem, slammed an agreement between Israel and Poland over a Polish law on the World War II genocide of Jews, saying it contains "deceptions".
    (AFP, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, Japan ordered the evacuation of thousands of residents from the outskirts of its ancient capital of Kyoto after "historic" rains battered its western region, killing a man, with yet more rain forecast.
    (Reuters, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, Mahmoud Jibril, the head of one of Libya's main political movements alleged widespread fraud involving national identity cards, saying this could jeopardize elections that may be held late this year.
    (Reuters, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, Macedonia's parliament ratified a historic deal with neighboring Greece for the second time in two weeks, after the Macedonian president temporarily blocked the agreement.
    (AP, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, A Macedonian court convicted seven men of attempting to murder a lawmaker during a mob invasion of parliament at the height of the country's political crisis in April, 2017. Sentences ranging from 10 to 13½ years in prison were imposed on the defendants.
    (AP, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, In Mexico a horrific blast rocked the town of Tultepec, a place already notorious for deadly fireworks accidents. 24 people were killed including seven firefighters, police officers and civil defense workers when they rushed to the scene of a first blast, only to be felled by three subsequent explosions.
    (AP, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 5, It was reported that Mozambique has emerged as one of the world's key heroin trading hubs, with the drug now the country's second largest export as it is smuggled from Afghanistan to Europe.
    (AFP, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a second arrest warrant for Mahmoud al-Werfalli, a Libyan National Army (LNA) commander accused of executing dozens of prisoners.
    (Reuters, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, New Zealand's Court of Appeal upheld earlier court rulings that found internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his former colleagues were eligible to be handed over to US authorities.
    (AP, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, Norway invited companies to submit bids to use subsea reservoirs to store carbon dioxide near the country's largest oil and gas field, Troll.
    (Reuters, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, Pakistan's anti-graft body arrested Fawad Hassan, a former top bureaucrat who served as secretary to ex-PM Nawaz Sharif, over alleged links to a housing scam.
    (AP, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, Peru, in a joint statement to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, led more than 50 countries in urging Venezuela to restore the rule of law and open its doors to humanitarian assistance, as an economic crisis causes shortages of medicine and growing malnutrition.
    (Reuters, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, Federal authorities in Puerto Rico said they have arrested a mayor and two former government employees of the southwest town of Sabana Grande on charges of public corruption.
    (AP, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, Sierra Leone's former vice-president Victor Bockarie Foh and former mines minister Minkailu Mansaray were arrested on corruption charges, a day after a report alleged "rampant" graft in the previous regime.
    (AFP, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, Spanish police and Interpol said they have smashed an organized crime network stretching from the Caucasus to Spain and France. The arrests were made last week in Spain and France. 129 people, most of them Armenian, were arrested on suspicion of crimes including possession of weapons and stolen jewelry.
    (AP, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, Sudan's officials news reported that South Sudan's warring sides have reached an agreement on security arrangements amid talks on a peace deal to end a five-year civil war.
    (AP, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 5, The Swiss Federal Audit Office's (SFAO) review said the Swiss government must improve its measures to tackle corruption by federal officials and departments after steps taken were found to be inadequate.
    (Reuters, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, In Syria President Bashar al-Assad's Russian allies unleashed heavy air strikes and government forces sought to advance on the ground in the southwest. The bombardment targeted the southern parts of Deraa, a city long split between rebels and the army, and the towns of Saida, al-Nuaima, Um al-Mayadan and Taiba.
    (Reuters, 7/5/18)
2018        Jul 5, In southern Thailand two boats carrying more than 130 tourists overturned in rough seas off the island of Phuket. 93 of the passengers Chinese tourists. The sinking of the double-decker tour boat Phoenix left 45 Chinese tourists dead and two missing.in Thailand's biggest tourist-related disaster in years. Everyone from the smaller second boat, the Serenata, was rescued. The last body from the Phoenix was recovered on July 15 putting the final death toll at 47.
    (AP, 7/5/18)(AP, 7/6/18)(AP, 7/8/18)(AP, 7/10/18)(AFP, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 5, A Ugandan soldier was killed in clashes on Lake Edward straddling the border with Democratic Republic of Congo. One Ugandan and two Congolese were wounded.
    (Reuters, 7/6/18)

2018        Jul 6, The United States slapped a 25 percent tax on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports, and China retaliated with taxes on an equal amount of US products, including soybeans, pork and electric cars.
    (AP, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 6, On Scott Pruitt's last working day the EPA moved to effectively grant a loophole that will allow a major increase in the manufacturing of a diesel freight truck that produces as much as 55 times the air pollution as trucks that have modern emissions controls. Fitzgerald Glider Kits of Crossville, Tenn., has donated tens of thousands to Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., a candidate for state governor, who had asked Pruitt to reverse an annual cap on glider manufacturers.
    (SSFC, 7/8/18, p.A12)
2018        Jul 6, In California the Holiday Fire, one of more than three dozen in western US states, broke out near the beach community of Goleta late today before charring dried vegetation in the foothills south of the Los Padres National Forest. The first death attributed to local fires was announced, when the remains of an unidentified person were found in a home burned to the ground by the Klamathon fire, which broke out a day earlier near California's border with Oregon.
    (Reuters, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 6, In Colorado, a fire crew of 1,444, aided by local rains and higher humidity, continued to battle the Spring Creek fire north of the Arizona border, which has consumed 105,704 acres and is 35 percent contained.
    (AP, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 6, In Kansas City, Mo., Sharath Koppu (25), an engineering student from India, was fatally shot during a robbery at a restaurant. Koppu had already quit his part-time job at the restaurant and was working his last shift when he was killed. On July 15 police fatally shot suspect Marlin Mack (25) after he opened fire on officers with a high-powered semi-automatic rifle outside a motel and later at a home.
    (AP, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 6, In Afghanistan two roadside mines, possibly meant for later use against security forces, exploded in a residential area in Ghazni province, killing three children.
    (AP, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 6, Meeting in Vienna top diplomats from Germany, Britain, France, Russia and China reaffirmed their commitment to the 2015 deal with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
    (AP, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 6, Brazil, the five-time world champions, left the World Cup empty handed after losing to Belgium 2-1 in the quarterfinals in Russia.
    (AP, 7/8/18)
2018        Jul 6, In Cambodia 33 pregnant women hired to act as surrogate mothers were formally charged with surrogacy and human trafficking offenses. A Chinese man and four Cambodian women accused of managing the business were charged last week with the same offenses.
    (AP, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 6, In Cameroon at least 30 people were killed after a bus crashed on the road that links the political capital, Yaounde, with the western regional capital, Bafoussam.
    (AP, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 6, Thousands of Colombians gathered in cities across the country this evening to demand an end to a wave of activist killings that threatens to undermine a fragile peace process.
    (AP, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 6, Germany's top court ruling that files of unpublished documents about Volkswagen's emission scandal seized from a US law firm may be reviewed. VW had hired law firm Jones Day and advisory firm Deloitte to investigate the issue and look at who was responsible shortly after the dieselgate scandal broke in September 2015.
    (Reuters, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 6, In Greece Vassilis Papageorgopoulos, a former mayor of Thessaloniki (1999-2010), was convicted of money laundering related to the embezzlement of city funds and sentenced to eight years in prison.
    (AP, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 6, Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince and its environs stood paralyzed with major routes blocked by barricades, some made of burning tires, and some protesters even calling for a revolution. Late today the bodyguard of an opposition-party politician died in an altercation with demonstrators in central Port-au-Prince as he attempted to force a passage through a roadblock. His body was then burned in the road.
    (AFP, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 6, Police in eastern India arrested a school principal, two teachers and three students after a teenage girl blamed them and another 13 schoolmates for repeatedly raping her for the last seven months.
    (AP, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 6, Iranian state TV broadcast a video in which Maedeh Hojabri, an 18-year-old gymnast who posted dance videos on Instagram, acknowledged breaking moral norms while insisting that was not her intention, and that she was only trying to gain more followers. A local news website, said Hojabri and three other individuals had been detained on similar charges in recent weeks before being released on bail.
    (AP, 7/8/18)
2018        Jul 6, Japan executed doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara (b.1955) and six of his followers. Their 1995 poison gas attack on rush-hour commuters in Tokyo's subway killed 13 people and sickened more than 6,000.
    (AP, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 6, Dr. Kimishige Ishizaka (1925), an immunologist who identified the antibodies that trigger allergic reactions, died in Japan. His work included the book "History of Allergy" (2014).
    (SFC, 7/27/18, p.D2)
2018        Jul 6, Kenya's top prosecutor said corrupt judges are hampering an anti-graft drive, undermining President Uhuru Kenyatta's attempt to restore public trust in the government, national security and the economy.
    (Reuters, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 6, Macedonia's president insisted that he will not sign off on a deal with Greece to change his country's name, even after parliament ratified the agreement for a second time.
    (AP, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 6, Mexico's federal attorney general's office said that accused drug lord Damaso Lopez has been extradited from the border city of Ciudad Juarez to the US.
    (AP, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 6, In Nepal a truck carrying construction workers fell off a mountain road, killing at least 18 people and injuring 14 others.
    (AP, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 6, The Dutch Intelligence service AIVD said two Iranian embassy staff have been expelled. No further information was provided.
    (Reuters, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 6, Nigeria's Supreme Court dismissed all outstanding charges against Senate president Bukola Saraki related to alleged false declarations of assets.
    (Reuters, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 6, A Pakistani anti-graft tribunal announced a much-awaited ruling in a corruption case against former PM Nawaz Sharif, sentencing him to 10 years in prison and a fine of $10.6 million over purchases of luxury apartments in London. Sharif was in London with his ailing wife.
    (AP, 7/6/18)(SFC, 7/7/18, p.A2)
2018        Jul 6, Palestinians and their supporters marked a temporary victory in a Bedouin village in the Israeli-occupied West Bank after an Israeli judge halted demolition proceedings.
    (Reuters, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 6, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said he would not seek a second term under a new constitution, countering suspicions he might seek to overturn the single-term limit which will not allow him to stay in office beyond 2022. Duterte, who recently sparked outrage for calling God stupid, courted new controversy in his largely Roman Catholic country by saying he will resign if anybody can prove that God exists.
    (Reuters, 7/6/18)(AP, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 6, In Poland Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono held talks with his Polish counterpart, Jacek Czaputowicz, on global security and on intensifying cooperation in trade, business, science and clean energy.
    (AP, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 6, South Syrian rebels said they had agreed to lay down arms in a Russian-brokered deal that appeared to surrender Deraa province to the government in another major victory for President Bashar al-Assad. Syrian government forces captured the Naseeb crossing on the Jordan border. Rebels had seized control of the crossing in 2015.
    (Reuters, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 6, In Thailand Petty Officer 1st Class Saman Gunan, a former member of the Thai navy's elite SEAL unit, became the first casualty of the massive rescue effort during an underwater swim in a partly flooded cave. He had volunteered to help his old comrades in their risky mission to evacuate a dozen boys and their soccer coach.
    (AP, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 6, Turkey ordered the detention of 331 soldiers in two operations targeting alleged supporters of the US-based Islamic cleric who Ankara says orchestrated an attempted coup two years ago.
    (Reuters, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 6, In Turkey a court in Istanbul convicted six journalists of terror-related charges, sentencing them to lengthy prison terms in a case that had heightened concerns over freedoms of expression and media. The court acquitted five other journalists of the now-defunct Zaman newspaper.
    (AP, 7/6/18)
2018        Jul 6, Turkey's state-run news agency said authorities have arrested brothers Ayman Barzan and Hariam Barzan, both British citizens of Iraqi heritage, for allegedly engaging in "terror propaganda" on behalf of outlawed Kurdish rebels.
    (AP, 7/6/18)

2018        Jul 7, The Trump administration said it is suspending a program that pays billions of dollars to insurers to stabilize health insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act.
    (SSFC, 7/8/18, p.A11)
2018        Jul 7, Officials said US and Afghan Special Forces are completing an operation to clear Islamic State fighters from a remote district in Nangarhar, the eastern province where they have their main stronghold in Afghanistan.
    (Reuters, 7/8/18)
2018        Jul 7, In California the Klamathon fire, which broke out two days earlier near the border with Oregon, grew to 22,000 acres and was 20% contained.
    (SSFC, 7/8/18, p.A13)
2018        Jul 7, In southern Colorado firefighters contained about 45% of a 167-square-mile fire. In the southwest an 85-square-mile fire north of Durango was 50% contained.
    (SSFC, 7/8/18, p.A13)
2018        Jul 7, In Chicago thousands of anti-violence demonstrators marched along an interstate shitting down traffic to draw attention to the gun violence that has claimed hundreds of lives in some of the city's poorest neighborhoods.
    (SSFC, 7/8/18, p.A11)
2018        Jul 7, It was reported that researchers from half a dozen states in West Africa have joined together in a battle against what one expert calls a root crop "Ebola" -- a viral disease that could wreck the region's staple food and condemn millions to hunger. The Cassava brown streak disease (CBSD), a virus that strikes cassava, was first discovered in Tanzania eight decades ago. The root in some of the region's countries is consumed by as many as 80 percent of the population.
    (AFP, 7/8/18)
2018        Jul 7, In Afghanistan a district chief was killed in a roadside bomb blast in western Ghor province. In eastern Ghazni province Taliban fighters ambushed a police convoy, killing four police and wounding six others. Six insurgents were also killed and seven others wounded in the gun battle in Waghez district. The US-led coalition confirmed that a US service member has been killed in an apparent insider attack.
    (AP, 7/7/18)(SSFC, 7/8/18, p.A4)
2018        Jul 7, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and a contingent of Royal Marines joined tens of thousands of people celebrating Britain's LGBT community at a massive parade. The event was the first pride march that had uniformed Marines as official participants.
    (AP, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 7, In eastern Congo DRC ten people were burnt to death in ethnic attacks in South Kivu. In North Kivu the Ugandan navy fired on Congolese fishermen overnight and seven people were missing in Lake Edward.
    (AFP, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 7, Egyptian prosecutors ordered the country's top media regulator to be summoned for questioning over his decision to issue a gag order on corruption allegations made against a children's cancer hospital.
    (AP, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 7, A Cairo court sentenced Lebanese tourist Mona el-Mazboh (24), arrested last month, to eight years in prison for posting a video on Facebook complaining of sexual harassment and conditions in Egypt. An appeal was set for July 29.
    (AP, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 7, France's CMA CGM, one of the world's biggest cargo shippers, announced it was pulling out of Iran for fear of becoming entangled in US sanctions. Pres. Hassan Rouhani demanded that European countries to do more to offset the US measures.
    (Reuters, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 7, In Germany demonstrators marched in Berlin and several other cities in support of the private aid ships that rescue migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.
    (AP, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 7, Haiti's President Jovenel Moise called on protesters to "go home," saying the about-face on prices had "corrected what had to be corrected." PM Jack Guy Lafontant called for calm and patience from residents amid deadly protests in several cities over an unpopular fuel price rise.
    (AFP, 7/7/18)(AFP, 7/8/18)
2018        Jul 7, Indian police charged five people, including the brother of a lawmaker from the ruling party, in relation to the death of the father of a teenage girl raped last year. The rape victim's father died in April while in the custody of police in northern Uttar Pradesh state. Police arrested Kuldeep Singh Sengar, a BJP member of the state legislature of Uttar Pradesh, in April in connection with the rape of the teenager.
    (Reuters, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 7, Iran's oil minister accused US President Donald Trump of insulting OPEC by ordering it to increase production and reduce prices, adding that Iranian output and exports had not changed as a result of US pressure.
    (Reuters, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 7, Iran announced that it has executed eight men convicted over the June 7, 2017, Islamic State attack on parliament and the shrine of the Islamic Republic's founding ayatollah. Over a dozen others remained on trial over the attack.
    (AP, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 7, In Iraq two Filipina women were kidnapped after their car broke down on a road connecting Baghdad to oil city Kirkuk.
    (Reuters, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 7, In southern Italy Pope Francis led a summit of Christian leaders In Bari on how to promote peace in the Middle East and said building walls, occupying territories and religious fanaticism would not resolve conflict in the region.
    (Reuters, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 7, Japan's public broadcaster NHK said 49 people have been killed and 48 are unaccounted for in western and central Japan as torrential rain pounded the area, with more than 1.6 million evacuated from their homes.
    (Reuters, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 7, In Japan a 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit outside of Tokyo this evening, swaying buildings in the capital, but no tsunami warning was issued.
    (AFP, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 7, In Kashmir two young men and a teenage girl were killed when government forces fired at anti-India protesters who disrupted a military-led operation against rebels.
    (AP, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 7, In southeastern Libya suspected Islamist militants killed two workers and kidnapped two others at a water plant early today, the second attack targeting water facilities in two days.
    (Reuters, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 7, In Mexico a female US tourist (27) was killed by what appeared to be a stray bullet in a shooting at a restaurant in Mexico City.
    (SFC, 7/10/18, p.A2)
2018        Jul 7, North Korea said that high-level talks with a US delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were "regrettable" and accused Washington of trying to unilaterally pressure the country into abandoning its nukes.
    (AP, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 7, In Pakistan Serge Dessureault, the Canadian leader of an international mountaineering expedition, fell to his death on K2 mountain, often considered the world's most difficult to climb.
    (AP, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 7, In the Philippines van-riding assailants gunned down the vice mayor of a small city south of Manila, the third such brazen killing of a local official in the past week. Vice Mayor Alexander Lubigan of Trece Martires city and his driver were riding in a pickup van when they were shot and killed in front of a hospital in his city in Cavite province.
    (AP, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 7, A eastern Romanian air force MiG-21 Lancer fighter jet crashed during an airshow killing its pilot.
    (AP, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 7, Russia was eliminated in a penalty shootout after its quarterfinal match against Croatia in Sochi was tied 1-1 after regulation and 2-2 after extra time.
    (AP, 7/8/18)
2018        Jul 7, Thousands of South Korean women gathered in Seoul to demand stronger government action to fight the spread of intimate photos and video taken by hidden cameras.
    (AP, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 7, In Spain a man who was gored and three others who were trampled in the first running of the bulls of this year's San Fermin festival.
    (AP, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 7, In Somalia militants from Somalia's al Shabaab group set off two bombs in central Mogadishu and stormed a government building. A least nine people were killed in the attack on the interior ministry. Security forces killed all three attackers after a two-hour gun battle inside the ministry.
    (Reuters, 7/7/18)(AP, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 7, Thousands of displaced Syrians headed home after rebels and the government reached a ceasefire deal in the south following more than two weeks of deadly bombardment.
    (AFP, 7/7/18)
2018        Jul 7, The United Arab Emirates extended compulsory military service for Emirati men from 12 to 16 months, amid a three-year involvement in Yemen's war.
    (Reuters, 7/8/18)
2018        Jul 7, Yemeni officials said fighting over the last two days between a Saudi-led coalition and the Shiite rebels along the country's west coast has killed more than 165 people from both sides.
    (AP, 7/7/18)

2018        Jul 8, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking in Hanoi, appealed for North Korea's leadership to follow Vietnam's path in overcoming past hostilities with the United States. Pompeo called on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to replicate Vietnam's "miracle" of economic growth by improving ties with the US.
    (AP, 7/8/18)
2018        Jul 8, American film star Tab Hunter (b.1931) died in Santa Barbara. His films included "Battle Cry" and "Damn Yankees!" (1958). His recording of "Young Love" toped the Billboard pop chart in 1957.
    (SFC, 7/10/18, p.A6)
2018        Jul 8, In Williamsburg, Va., a helicopter crashed into a residence and ignited a fire. The pilot was killed.
    (SFC, 7/9/18, p.A4)
2018        Jul 8, British Brexit minister David Davis resigned late today and launched a no-holds-barred attack on PM May's Brexit plan, calling it "dangerous" and one which would give "too much away, too easily" to EU negotiators, who would simply ask for more.
    (Reuters, 7/9/18)
2018        Jul 8, British police announced the death of Dawn Sturgess (44) following an exposure to the Novichok nerve agent a week earlier in Amesbury.
    (AFP, 7/9/18)
2018        Jul 8, In England embattled Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya (62) said he will comply fully with court enforcement officers seeking to seize his British assets, but there was not much for them to take as his family's lavish residences were not in his name.
    (Reuters, 7/8/18)
2018        Jul 8, Canadian author Michael Ondaatje's "The English Patient," which won the British Man Booker Prize in 1992, was named winner of the Golden Man Booker winner, a special award to mark the Booker's 50th anniversary.
    (AP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 8, Eritrean President Isaias Afkweri met with Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed for a summit in Asmara for the first time in two decades as direct international telephone connection was restored between the two countries.
    (Reuters, 7/8/18)
2018        Jul 8, A French judicial source said judges have decided to block 2 million euros of state subsidies due to be handed out to Marine Le Pen's far-right party, leading Le Pen to say her party was "threatened with death".
    (Reuters, 7/8/18)
2018        Jul 8, In Haiti fresh looting broke out on the streets of Port-au-Prince, despite calls for calm after two days of deadly protests over ultimately suspended fuel price hikes.
    (AFP, 7/8/18)
2018        Jul 8, Iraqi police opened fire to disperse dozens of protesters near the southern oil hub of Basra as they demonstrated against a shortage of jobs, electricity, water and other basic services.
    (Reuters, 7/8/18)
2018        Jul 8, Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said the new government wants to prevent ships operating for "international missions" from bringing migrants rescued off Libya to Italian ports.
    (AFP, 7/8/18)
2018        Jul 8, In western Japan the death toll from torrential rain and landslides rose to 81 people, with dozens still missing after more than 2,000, temporarily stranded in the city of Kurashiki, were rescued.
    (Reuters, 7/8/18)
2018        Jul 8, In Kashmir police and soldiers fanned out across much of the Indian-controlled territory to enforce a security lockdown as separatists challenging Indian rule called for a shutdown and protests on the second anniversary of the killing of a charismatic rebel leader.
    (AP, 7/8/18)
2018        Jul 8, Kuwait's highest court ordered an opposition leader and two lawmakers imprisoned for 3 ½ years over the 2011 storming of parliament amid that year's Arab Spring protests, in a case involving nearly 70 politicians, activists and others.
    (AP, 7/8/18)
2018        Jul 8, Police in Pakistan arrested Mohammad Safdar, the convicted son-in-law of former PM Nawaz Sharif, after he resurfaced in the garrison city of Rawalpindi leading a rally of supporters.
    (AP, 7/8/18)
2018        Jul 8, South Sudan's the presidency said former vice president Riek Machar will be reinstated in his position as part of a peace deal to end a near five-year-old war following talks held in Entebbe, Uganda.
    (Reuters, 7/8/18)
2018        Jul 8, In Syria regime air strikes in the south killed four civilians. A rebel official said the evacuation of opposition fighters and their families to rebel-held areas in northern Syria was temporarily put on hold. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said tens of thousands have returned to their homes in southern Syria since a ceasefire deal between regime ally Russia and rebels to end more than two weeks of deadly bombardment.
    (AFP, 7/8/18)
2018        Jul 8, In Thailand rescue operations began for the 12 Thai schoolboys and their coach from a flooded cave as divers launched a daring and dangerous mission to free the children and their soccer coach who have been trapped underground for more than two weeks.
    (Reuters, 7/8/18)
2018        Jul 8, In Tunisia at least six members of the national guard were killed in an apparent attack by an armed group near the Algerian border.
    (AP, 7/8/18)
2018        Jul 8, Turkish authorities ordered the dismissal of more than 18,500 state employees, including police officers, soldiers and academics, ahead of the expected end of a two-year state of emergency this month.
    (AP, 7/8/18)
2018        Jul 8, In western Turkey 24 people were killed when a multiple cars of a train derailed in Tekirdag province.
    (SFC, 7/9/18, p.A2)(SFC, 7/10/18, p.A2)

2018        Jul 9, US Pres. Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, to succeed retiring Supreme Court Judge Anthony Kennedy.
    (SFC, 7/10/18, p.A1)
2018        Jul 9, In California the Klamathon fire at the northern Oregon border grew to 36,500 acres and was 40% contained.
    (SFC, 7/10/18, p.C2)
2018        Jul 9, San Francisco police raided an ICE protest camp on Sansome St. early today and arrested 39 people. Demonstratorts had pitched tents at the ICE headquarters on July 2 to protest Prs. Trump's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy..
    (SFC, 7/10/18, p.C3)
2018        Jul 9, In Minnesota Karen Christiansen (67) and her daughter Jena Christiansen (32) were killed in suburban St. Paul when an 800-pound boulder fell from a truck driven by Joseph Czeck (33), who was soon arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter.
    (SFC, 7/14/18, p.A6)
2018        Jul 9, Brazil's Attorney General Grace Mendonca said corruption scandal-tainted construction giant Odebrecht has agreed to pay a multi-million dollar settlement to the Brazilian government for bribing public officials. The deal gives Odebrecht 22 years to complete the 2.7 billion reis ($700 million) payment.
    (AFP, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 9, Lord Peter Carington (99), a long-serving British politician and former NATO secretary-general (1984-1987), died. He was the last survivor of PM Winston Churchill's government.
    (AP, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 9, British PM Theresa May's government imploded as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson followed Brexit minister David Davis in resigning over her masterplan for Britain's future outside the EU.
    (AFP, 7/9/18)
2018        Jul 9, A court in Chechnya ruled to keep human rights activist Oyub Titiyev in custody despite international criticism of his arrest. The head of Chechnya's branch of Russian human rights group Memorial has been in jail since his arrest in January on drug possession charges.
    (AP, 7/9/18)
2018        Jul 9, Eritrean and Ethiopian leaders formally restored relations, ending 20 years of enmity. Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed (42) and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki (72) also signed agreements in Asmara to open embassies in their respective capitals, restore flight services and use port facilities in Eritrea.
    (AP, 7/9/18)
2018        Jul 9, An Egyptian court ordered the release on bail of Adel Sabri, the editor of an independent news website. He was accused of an array of charges, including membership in the banned Muslim Brotherhood group.
    (AP, 7/9/18)
2018        Jul 9, Egypt's highest anti-graft agency, the Administrative Control Authority, said that Gamal Abdel-Azim, head of the country's customs authority, was arrested while taking bribes from an unnamed businessman.
    (AP, 7/9/18)
2018        Jul 9, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese PM Li Keqiang stressed their commitment to a multilateral trade system. German companies signed a raft of agreements with Chinese partners at their meeting in Berlin.
    (AP, 7/9/18)(Reuters, 7/9/18)
2018        Jul 9, Iranians on social media mocked clerical rulers after the hardline judiciary arrested a teenage girl for posting on Instagram videos of herself dancing in her room.
    (Reuters, 7/9/18)
2018        Jul 9, An Iraqi military spokesman said a US coalition airstrike has killed 20 Islamic State militants outside the northern city of Mosul.
    (AP, 7/9/18)
2018        Jul 9, Israel closed its only goods crossing with the Gaza Strip, except for humanitarian equipment, over weeks of fires at farms caused by kites and balloons carrying firebombs from the Palestinian enclave.
    (AFP, 7/9/18)
2018        Jul 9, In southwestern Japan rescuers dug up more bodies as they searched for dozens still missing after heavy rains caused severe flooding. More than 100 people were now confirmed dead in the disaster.
    (AP, 7/9/18)
2018        Jul 9, A court in Myanmar charged jailed Reuters journalists reporters Wa Lone (32) and Kyaw Soe Oo (28) with breaching the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison, moving the landmark press freedom case into its trial stage after six months of preliminary hearings.
    (Reuters, 7/9/18)
2018        Jul 9, Pakistan opposition leader Imran Khan, a former cricket star who hopes to become the next prime minister, unveiled his party's manifesto: "Road to New Pakistan," ahead of this month's July 25 parliamentary elections.
    (AP, 7/9/18)(SFC, 7/10/18, p.A2)
2018        Jul 9, Philippine Catholic bishops called for fasting and prayers after President Rodrigo Duterte called God "stupid" and questioned God's existence in profane remarks that set the foul-mouthed leader on a collision course with Asia's largest Catholic church.
    (AP, 7/9/18)
2018        Jul 9, Romania's chief anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi was fired over misconduct and incompetence accusations by her own government ministry, raising concerns at home and abroad about the country's commitment to fight corruption. Kovesi hit out at politicians who are currently passing laws that critics say will make it harder to punish graft.
    (AP, 7/9/18)
2018        Jul 9, In South Africa Duduzane Zuma (34), the son of scandal-hit former South African president Jacob Zuma, appeared in ankle shackles in a Johannesburg court on corruption charges before being released on bail.
    (AFP, 7/9/18)
2018        Jul 9, Spain's National Court convicted Ahmed Samsam (29), a Syrian-born Danish citizen, of being a foreign fighter with the Islamic State group in Syria and sentenced him to eight years in prison.
    (AP, 7/9/18)
2018        Jul 9, The Syrian army and allied troops laid siege to the rebel-held enclave in Deraa and were poised to gain complete control of the city where the uprising against President Bashar Assad's rule first erupted.
    (Reuters, 7/9/18)
2018        Jul 9, In Thailand four more boys were brought out of a flooded cave by divers bringing to eight the number extracted in the ongoing high-stakes rescue operation. Four boys and their coach remained inside the labyrinth cave.
    (AP, 7/9/18)
2018        Jul 9, In Thailand new information showed there were 89 tourists, 87 of them Chinese, on the boat that sank off island of Phuket on July 5, instead of the previous figure of 93. Five people reported to have been missing were reported alive.
    (AP, 7/9/18)
2018        Jul 9, In Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as the first president under a new governing system that gives him sweeping executive powers. Under the new system, Erdogan will run the executive branch and also lead his party in parliament.
    (AP, 7/9/18)

2018        Jul 10, President Donald Trump launched a weeklong Europe trip with harsh criticism for NATO allies and predicted the "easiest" leg of his journey would be his scheduled sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
    (AP, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, Pres. Donald Trump pardoned ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond, whose case sparked the 2016 armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon. The Hammonds were convicted in 2012 of intentionally setting fires on public lands.
    (SFC, 7/11/18, p.A7)
2018        Jul 10, The US State Department said it had designated al-Ashtar Brigades, established in Bahrain in 2013, as a foreign terrorist organization. It described the organization as an Iran-backed terrorist group.
    (Reuters, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, The Office of the US Trade Representative proposed 10 percent tariffs on a list of 6,031 Chinese product lines. The office will accept public comments and hold hearings on the plan Aug. 20-23 before reaching a decision after Aug. 31.
    (AP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 10, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said the state will no longer give jail food funds to sheriffs personally after some profited large sums by skimping on jailhouse meals. A 2008 state policy called for paying prisoner food service allowances directly to sheriffs.
    (SFC, 7/12/18, p.A10)
2018        Jul 10, California's third District of Appeal ordered the state to restore $331 million to a homeowner's fund that was designated for programs to assist homeowners harmed by abusive bank foreclosures. In 2012 California had received $410 million as part of a nationwide settlement with major banks accused of the abusive foreclosures. Gov. Jerry Brown then used $331 million to pay state agencies in housing and other programs to cover their deficits.
    (SFC, 7/12/18, p.C1)
2018        Jul 10, In South Carolina an 11-year-old Danish girl died one day after she was struck by a vehicle while walking with her parents in Charleston. Jeffrey William Wakefield (30) of Charleston, was charged with reckless homicide and driving under the influence resulting in death.
    (AP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 10, In North Dakota a tornado killed a seven-day-old baby and injured more than two dozen people when it ripped through a trailer park in the southwest part of Watford City.
    (AP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 10, Tesla said it has reached an agreement with Chinese authorities to build a battery and automobile factory in Shanghai, its first first plant outside the US.
    (SFC, 7/11/18, p.C1)
2018        Jul 10, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed at least 12 people, including several children, in an attack in the eastern city of Jalalabad claimed by Islamic State militants.
    (Reuters, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, An Afghan man (23) deported from Germany was found dead in a hotel room in Kabul after committing suicide. He was forcibly returned to Kabul on July 4 along with 68 other failed Afghan asylum seekers.
    (AFP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 10, In Azerbaijan two high-ranking police officers were stabbed to death while confronting about 200 demonstrators gathered outside the local administration headquarters in the western city of Ganja. One suspect was arrested the next day. Azerbaijani media said the protest was over the arrest of a man accused of attacking Ganja's mayor, Elmar Veliyev.
    (AP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 10, British PM Theresa May met with her shaken-up Cabinet as she tried to restore government unity after the resignations of two top ministers over Brexit.
    (AP, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, China allowed Liu Xia, the wife of dissident intellectual Liu Xiaobo, to fly to Berlin for medical treatment, ending an eight-year house arrest that drew international criticism and made the soft-spoken, chain-smoking 57-year-old poet with a shaven head a tragic icon known around the world.
    (AP, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, A Chinese court convicted a Japanese citizen of spying in China. Takahiro Iwase was sentenced to 12 years in prison with forced labor by the Hangzhou Intermediate People's Court in Zhejiang. Iwase was arrested in May 2015 near a military facility in the Zhejiang province on suspicion of spying.
    (AP, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, An official with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe defended the creation of a glossary that offers journalists on both sides of ethnically divided Cyprus alternatives to words that are deemed offensive or negative in their reporting of the island's long-standing conflict.
    (AP, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, Czech PM Andrej Babis signed a power-sharing deal with the far-left Communist Party in a move that will give the maverick party a role in governing for the first time since the country's 1989 anti-communist Velvet Revolution.
    (AP, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, Ecuador's highest court upheld a $9.5 billion judgement against Chevron for decades of rainforest damage. California-based Chevron no longer operates in the country.
    (SFC, 7/12/18, p.C4)
2018        Jul 10, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said Bulgaria has opened a new plasma melting plant that will treat and dispose of radioactive waste at its Kozloduy nuclear power plant.
    (Reuters, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, French firefighters found five people dead, including a toddler, after a suspected domestic dispute in an apartment in the southwestern city of Pau.
    (AFP, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, In France Airbus unveiled its new A220 aircraft, a rebranded Bombardier C Series plane that the company picked up in a deal last year.
    (AP, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, Germany-based BMW Group and the biggest Chinese SUV brand, Great Wall Motor, announced a partnership to produce electric MINI vehicles in China as global automakers ramp up development under pressure from Beijing.
    (AP, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, Indian police arrested seven people in Bihar state, including a school principal and a teacher, on suspicion of raping and blackmailing a teenage girl over several months. The girl (15) had told police she was raped by students in a school lavatory in December 2017 and that the abuse continued for seven months.
    (Reuters, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, Japan's top government spokesman says at least 155 people have been confirmed dead from the recent heavy rains, floods and mudslides that had struck western Japan. More than 50 people were still unaccounted
    (AP, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, In Indian-controlled Kashmir government forces fired at protesters, killing a teenage boy and wounding at least 120 more who had been trying to reach the site of a gunbattle in which soldiers killed two rebels.
    (AP, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, Ireland said it will introduce safe access zones around premises where abortion services will be provided and ensure cost is not a barrier to terminations as part of new laws following a historic referendum vote to repeal its strict abortion laws.
    (Reuters, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, Israel's navy seized a boat that had left from a Gaza port with wounded Palestinians aboard in a bid to challenge the blockade of the Hamas-run enclave.
    (AFP, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, In northern Mexico a drone carrying two deactivated grenades landed on a property owned by the security chief of Baja California state.
    (AP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 10, In Northern Ireland six shots were fired at police officers during a fourth night of disturbances in Derry. Authorities accused dissident Irish republican groups opposed to Northern Ireland's peace process of fueling the latest violence.
    (AP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 10, In northern Nigeria 26 people were killed over the last two days in violence blamed on cattle thieves.
    (AFP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 10, Norway's energy regulator said Norwegians enjoyed the warmest May this year since records began in 1900, but as rainfall has been unusually low, the treat will cost them about 2 billion euros ($2.34 billion) in higher power bills.
    (Reuters, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, In Romania two grandparents and their two grandchildren were swept away by torrents of water after their cart capsized in a flooded river in the village of Magurele.
    (AP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 10, In the World Cup semifinals in St. Petersburg French defender Samuel Umtiti's second-half headed goal led France to a 1-0 victory over Belgium.
    (AP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 10, A Russian cargo ship delivered a fresh load of fuel, food, and other supplies for the International Space Station, making it in record time. The unmanned spacecraft docked at the station in automatic mode less than four hours after the launch.
    (AP, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, Saudi state media said Saudi Arabia's air defense forces intercepted a missile launched toward the kingdom's southwestern Jizan region by Yemen's armed Houthi movement. The Houthi-run al-Masirah TV said earlier that a Badr 1 missile had targeted Jizan Economic City, where Saudi Aramco is building a 400,000-barrel-per-day refinery that is expected to become fully operational in 2019.
    (Reuters, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, The Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation began hosting a two-day conference to encourage peace talks to end Afghanistan's nearly 17-year war.
    (AP, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, South Korea suspended its summertime civil defense drills aimed at preparing against a North Korean attack to keep alive a positive atmosphere for nuclear diplomacy with the North.
    (AP, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, In South Sudan rebels reportedly ambushed and killed three government soldiers who had gone to look for wild cassava.
    (AP, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 10, Spain's Supreme Court ordered former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and five other separatists be suspended as regional lawmakers after concluding a probe into their secession bid.
    (AFP, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, Syrian government forces bombed villages and towns in the northwestern province of Idlib after a surprise attack by insurgents that reportedly killed two dozen soldiers.
    (AP, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, Taiwan braced for Typhoon Maria, prompting school closures and the cancellations of hundreds of flights amid warnings of landslides and floods on the island.
    (Reuters, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, In Thailand rescuers freed the last four of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach from the flooded Tham Luang Nang Non cave, ending a mission that gripped the world for 18 days.
    (Reuters, 7/10/18)(AP, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, The UN said at least 16,000 people have been displaced from their homes by armed conflict in the border region between Colombia and Venezuela.
    (AFP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 10, The UN human rights office said at least 232 civilians were killed and 120 women and girls raped in "scorched earth" attacks by South Sudan government troops and aligned forces in opposition-held villages earlier this year.
    (Reuters, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, The UN said more than 800 children as young as 11 years of age were recruited to Yemen's devastating conflict in 2017 alone.
    (AFP, 7/10/18)
2018        Jul 10, In Yemen Martin Griffiths, the UN envoy for Yemen, met with embattled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi in another round of talks aimed at brokering a truce between the government and rebels.
    (AFP, 7/10/18)

2018        Jul 11, President Donald Trump barreled into a NATO summit in Brussels with claims that a pipeline deal has left Germany "totally controlled" and "captive to Russia" as he lobbed fresh complaints about allies' "delinquent" defense spending at the opening of what was expected to be a fraught two-day meeting.
    (AP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, In San Francisco London Breed was sworn in as the city's 45th mayor. She became the first African American woman to lead the city.
    (SFC, 7/12/18, p.A1)
2018        Jul 11, A Nevada judge put the execution of two-time killer Scott Raymond Dozier on hold after pharmaceutical company Alvogen urged the judge to block the use of its sedative midazolam, saying the state had illegally secured the product.
    (SFC, 7/12/18, p.A14)
2018        Jul 11, Adult film star Stormy Daniels (39), who is locked in a court battle with President Donald Trump over their alleged affair, was arrested after allegedly "fondling" patrons at a strip club in Columbus, Ohio -- a move her lawyer calls a "politically motivated" setup. Daniels was released on bond early the next day and charges were dropped the same afternoon.
    (AFP, 7/12/18)(SFC, 7/13/18, p.A6)
2018        Jul 11, The boards of Broadcom and CA Technologies approved Broadcom's bid of nearly $19 billion to acquire CA Tech.
    (SFC, 7/13/18, p.C5)
2018        Jul 11, In northern Afghanistan a dilapidated dam in the scenic Panjshir Valley crumbled under the weight of heavy summer rains, killing at least 10 people. 13 people were missing in the Khinj district and may been swept away in the disaster.
    (AP, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 11, The Cameroonian government said it is investigating a video circulated online that appears to show men in military uniform shooting dead two women and two children for being suspected members of the Islamist group Boko Haram.
    (Reuters, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 11, The Bank of Canada hiked its benchmark interest rate to 1.5 percent, the first increase since mid-January.
    (AFP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, Canadian coffee shop chain Tim Hortons announced it will open more than 1,500 branches in China over the next decade.
    (AFP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, China's government vowed to take "firm and forceful measures" as the US threatened to expand tariffs to thousands of Chinese imports like fish sticks, apples and French doors.
    (AP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, China sentenced Qin Yongmin, a veteran pro-democracy campaigner, to 13 years in prison on vaguely defined subversion charges.
    (AP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, In Germany Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi, suspected of involvement in a bomb plot against an Iranian opposition rally in France, was charged with activity as a foreign agent and conspiracy to commit murder.
    (AP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, In Germany Beate Zschaepe (43), a member of a neo-Nazi gang, was jailed for life for her part in the murders of 10 people during a seven-year campaign of racially-motivated violence.
    (Reuters, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, Greece said it will expel two Russian diplomats suspected of meddling in the politically sensitive issue of Macedonia. Russia said it would respond in kind to the Greek move.
    (Reuters, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, in northeastern India a mudslide triggered by monsoon rains demolished tin-roofed homes on a hillside, killing at least eight children and one woman while they were sleeping in Tamenglong village, Manipur state.
    (AP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, In southern India a suspected carbon monoxide gas leak killed at least six workers at a steel mill in Padipari, Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AP, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 11, It was reported that dozens of water buffalo in Iraq's southeastern wetlands have died because of low water levels in the marshes, threatening the livelihoods of a community of marsh dwellers that has made the area its home for millennia.
    (Reuters, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Moscow to for talks with Damascus's biggest ally about a Syrian advance near the volatile frontier.
    (Reuters, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, Israel shot down a Syrian drone that penetrated its airspace. The drone had also overflown Jordan and appeared to have been unarmed and designed for surveillance.
    (Reuters, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, Japan's PM Shinzo Abe visited an evacuation center in the city of Kurashiki in Okayama prefecture, where more than 40 of the 176 victims died.
    (AP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, Libya's military strongman Khalifa Haftar, head of the self-styled Libyan National Army, ordered the re-arrest of commander Mahmoud al-Werfalli, wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes, after his escape from a military prison where he was detained.
    (AFP, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 11, Malaysian police said fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, a suspect in the looting of the state investment fund 1MDB, has fled Macau to an unknown destination.
    (AP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country's military commander opened a major conference with representatives of ethnic minority groups to try to move toward a lasting peace after seven decades of strained relations and armed conflict.
    (AP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, NATO members committed to spending at least two percent of their national income on defense by 2024, though the terms allow for stretching that in some cases to 2030. US Pres. Donald Trump told leaders he wanted them all to hit that target by January, prompting consternation.
    (AP, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 11, NATO leaders agreed to invite Macedonia to begin accession talks to join the Western alliance, extending its reach in the Balkans in defiance of Russia following a landmark accord with Greece over the ex-Yugoslav republic's name.
    (Reuters, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 11, The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for an overnight suicide bombing at a campaign rally killed secular politician Haroon Ahmed Bilour and 20 others.
    (AP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, In the southern Philippines two motorcycle-borne gunmen killed Al Rashid Mohammad Ali, the vice mayor of a Sapa-sapa, the fourth local official assassinated in a week.
    (Reuters, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, Over 400 Portuguese police, including the antiterrorism unit, detained several dozen members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club in raids on 80 homes and localities across the country.
    (Reuters, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, Romania's Superior Magistrates Council said that Laura Codruta Kovesi, chief-anti-corruption prosecutor, has been appointed a prosecutor at the anti-organized crime agency in the central city of Sibiu.
    (AP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, In Saudi Arabia more than 100 Muslim scholars from around the world meeting in Mecca issued an urgent appeal for peace in Afghanistan as they ended a two-day conference.
    (AFP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, Slovakia's defense ministry said it has agreed to a $1.9 billion deal to buy 14 US-made F-16 fighter jets to replace its ageing Russian-made MiG-29s.
    (Reuters, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, The Spanish fishing vessel Dornera sank off Argentina leaving one person dead and one missing. The Argentine Navy said 25 crew members have been rescued.
    (AFP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, The Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) called on Poland to "restore the independence of the judiciary", adding another voice to a row between Warsaw and the European Union.
    (Reuters, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, The Syrian government widened its offensive to recover the southwest, extending it to an enclave held by Islamic State-affiliated fighters as Russian warplanes targeted the Yarmouk Basin. The Committee to Protect Journalists issued a statement saying that at least 70 Syrian journalists are "trapped" in the country's southwest, where government forces have been on the offensive for the past three weeks.
    (Reuters, 7/11/18)(AP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, Syrian state media reported that rebels in Daraa had agreed to surrender their heavy and medium weapons.
    (AP, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 11, Turkish police detained controversial Islamic televangelist Adnan Oktar and were seeking hundreds of people linked to him for alleged crimes including forming a criminal gang, fraud, blackmail and sexual abuse.
    (AP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, Turkish authorities detained 16 people in the mainly Kurdish southeast for suspected links to terrorism. Three of the detained were French nationals.
    (Reuters, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 11, Uganda's PM Ruhakana Rugunda said the government will review a tax on the use of social media, after a protest against the controversial measure was broken up by police firing live rounds and teargas into the air.
    (AFP, 7/11/18)
2018        Jul 11, Zimbabwe's main opposition vowed to press on with demands for fair elections as thousands took to the streets to petition the electoral commission with a slew of grievances.
    (AFP, 7/11/18)

2018        Jul 12, Donald Trump claimed a personal victory at a NATO summit after telling European allies to increase spending or lose Washington's support.
    (AP, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 12, The Trump administration said all eligible small children separated from their families as a result of its zero-tolerance immigration policy have been reunited with their parents. Nearly half of the children under 5 remained separated from their families because of safety concerns, the deportation of their parents and other issues.
    (AP, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 12, San Francisco and San Mateo police arrest Orlando Vilchez Lazo (37), a suspected serial rapist. Police had matched his DNA to four rapes in SF assaults dating back to 2013 in which he posed as a driver for a ride-hailing company.
    (SFC, 7/14/18, p.A1)
2018        Jul 12, In California the Klamathon Fire was 75% contained at 36, 500 acres. The County Fire covered 90,288 acres and was 95% contained.
    (SFC, 7/13/18, p.A12)
2018        Jul 12, In Afghanistan the Taliban struck in northern province of Kunduz, leaving 15 soldiers dead there, with at least six Taliban fighters killed. In western Farah province the Taliban killed four policemen.
    (AP, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 12, Andorra, a favorite destination for smokers looking to stock up on cheap cigarettes, said that it would soon stop advertising the fact. The government said it had signed up to the World Health Organization's (WHO) anti-tobacco convention, which aims to encourage people to quit smoking and combat contraband sales.
    (AP, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 12, Western Australia state Police Commissioner Chris Dawson made an historic apology to indigenous people who are overrepresented in prisons and vowed to improve race relations.
    (AP, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 12, Britain's PM Theresa May published her blueprint for relations with the European Union after Brexit, hoping to keep close trade ties but dropping that goal for Britain's financial services industry in what the sector called "a real blow".
    (Reuters, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 12, London mayor Sadiq Khan said protests in London against the visit by President Donald Trump must be "peaceful and good-spirited," after the US leader landed in the British capital.
    (Reuters, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 12, In Cameroon a convoy transporting Defence Minister Joseph Beti Assomo was ambushed in the country's restive anglophone region, leaving several attackers dead.
    (AFP, 7/13/18)
2018        Jul 12, Chilean authorities arrested Oscar Munoz Toledo (56), a priest, on accusations of sexually abusing minors.
    (SFC, 7/14/18, p.A2)
2018        Jul 12, In southwestern China a blast at an industrial park in Sichuan province's Yibin city left 19 dead and injured 12 others. Authorities later detained "several" suspects in wake of the explosion.
    (SFC, 7/13/18, p.A2)(AFP, 7/14/18)
2018        Jul 12, Iran's state-run news agency reported that police killed a man while trying to disperse a protest over water scarcity. Protests have been held across southern Iran in recent weeks over water scarcity.
    (AP, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 12, Iraqi police fired into the air to disperse protesters demanding jobs and better public services at one of three demonstrations outside major oilfields in the southern oil hub of Basra.
    (Reuters, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 12, The Irish parliament passed a bill to force the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) to divest from fossil fuel companies, in a move intended to encourage other countries to withdraw public money invested in oil, gas and coal.
    (Reuters, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 12, Israel targeted Syrian military positions a day after an unmanned drone entered its airspace. Syrian state media said military positioons in Quneitra province suffered material damage.
    (SFC, 7/13/18, p.A4)
2018        Jul 12, Italian PM Giuseppe Conte said he had made no promises to increase Italy's defense spending after US President Donald Trump said he had won pledges from NATO allies to boost military expenditure.
    (Reuters, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 12, Japanese authorities raided the apartment of nurse Ayumi Kuboki (31), who's in custody on suspicion of fatally poisoning at least two elderly patients at a terminal care hospital. Local media have reported the woman confessed to police she poisoned about 20 patients.
    (AP, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 12, Kenyans voiced outrage as it emerged that a group of lawmakers had gone to the World Cup at the taxpayers' expense, even though the country had failed to qualify for the tournament.
    (AFP, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 12, Myanmar police arrested Ngar Min Swe, a prominent government critic, on suspicion of violating sedition laws.
    (Reuters, 7/15/18)
2018        Jul 12, In Nicaragua four police officers and a protester died in Morrito as clashes erupted between opposition activists and government forces and their paramilitary allies.
    (AFP, 7/13/18)
2018        Jul 12, Pakistani police detained scores of supporters of former PM Nawaz Sharif. His party, the Pakistan Muslim League, claimed it was an attempt to prevent them from staging a welcome-home rally upon the ousted leader's return from London.
    (AP, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 12, The Russian Foreign Ministry complained that Macedonia was being sucked into the NATO military alliance by force.
    (Reuters, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 12, South Sudan's parliament voted to extend President Salva Kiir's mandate until 2021 in a move likely to undermine peace talks as opposition groups have said the change would be illegal. The extension also applies to vice presidents, state lawmakers and governors. government troops attacked rebel positions in Kajo Keji in the country's northwest in fighting that killed five government soldiers and one rebel.
    (Reuters, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 12, Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir extended a unilateral ceasefire with rebels fighting in three states to overthrow the government until December 31, 2018.
    (Reuters, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 12, Syrian state TV said the government has raised the national flag over Daraa, the south Syrian city that was the cradle of the 2011 revolt against President Bashar Assad's rule.
    (AP, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 12, In eastern Syria an air strike, probably carried out by US-led international forces or Iraq, struck an Islamic State-held area, killing 54 people including 28 civilians as well as members of the jihadist group. Most of the civilians killed were Iraqis.
    (Reuters, 7/13/18)
2018        Jul 12, Turkey's new parliament elected as speaker former prime minister Binali Yildirim (62), a loyalist of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan whose post was abolished after elections last month.
    (AFP, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 12, A Turkish court sentenced 72 defendants to life in prison for their role in killing 34 people when rogue soldiers seized control of a suspension bridge in Istanbul two years ago during an attempted coup. Another Turkish court sentenced eight former managers of conglomerate Boydak Holding, once among Turkey's biggest firms, to lengthy prison terms for links to Fethullah Gulen.
    (Reuters, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 12, Ukraine's parliament approved an amendment to an anti-corruption court law in an effort to secure more funding under a $17.5 billion aid-for-reforms program from the International Monetary Fund.
    (Reuters, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 12, Vietnam's ruling Communist Party disciplined Truong Minh Tuan, the Minister of Information and Communications, for approving a mobile phone operator's purchase of a stake in a private pay TV provider, a deal that caused serious financial losses to the state. Tuan was given a warning and removed as head of the ministry's party organization.
    (AP, 7/12/18)
2018        Jul 12, A court in south central Vietnam sentenced six people to up to two-and-a-half years in prison after finding them guilty of throwing rocks, bricks and gas bombs at police in protests against a proposed law on special economic zones.
    (AP, 7/12/18)

2018        Jul 13, US President Donald Trump played down his extraordinary attack on Britain's plans for Brexit, praising PM Theresa May's leadership and insisting ties between the two countries "have never been stronger".
    (AFP, 7/13/18)
2018        Jul 13, A US federal grand jury indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers alleged to have hacked into Democratic party and campaign accounts in 2016. The charges were drawn up by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the former FBI director who is looking into Russian interference in the November 2016 vote. The indictment identified "Kate S. Milton" as an alias for military intelligence officer Ivan Yermakov, one of 12 Russian spies accused of breaking into the Democratic National Committee and publishing its emails in an attempt to influence the 2016 election.
    (AFP, 7/14/18)(AP, 8/1/18)
2018        Jul 13, In northern California the Ferguson Fire erupted in Mariposa County. Over the next two days it burned through 4,310 acres and was just 2% contained.
    (SFC, 7/16/18, p.C1)
2018        Jul 13, Nissan said it is recalling nearly 105,000 small cars to replace Takata passenger air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel at drivers and passengers.
    (AP, 7/13/18)
2018        Jul 13, Algeria deported 391 African migrants trying to reach Europe, sending them back over the Sahara desert into neighboring Niger.
    (Reuters, 7/15/18)
2018        Jul 13, Azerbaijan police located a second suspect in this week's fatal stabbing of two senior police officials . He resisted arrest and was shot and killed.
    (AP, 7/13/18)
2018        Jul 13, Tens of thousands of protesters demonstrated in London against US President Donald Trump, whose four-day visit to Britain has been marred by his extraordinary attack on PM Theresa May's Brexit strategy.
    (AFP, 7/13/18)
2018        Jul 13, British police said that scientists had confirmed the presence of the deadly nerve agent Novichok in a small bottle found during searches of the house of Charlie Rowley, but were still looking into how it got there.
    (SFC, 7/14/18, p.A2)
2018        Jul 13, Cameroon's President Paul Biya (85) said he would run for re-election in October, aiming to extend his 36-year rule and keep his place on the roster of Africa's longest-serving leaders.
    (Reuters, 7/13/18)
2018        Jul 13, In China Alibaba Pictures' special effects-heavy fantasy film "Asura" opened. The film cost 750 million yuan ($113.5 million) to make and only took in just over $7.3 million at the weekend. On July 15 the film's official social media account posted a statement declaring that it would be removed from theatres as of 10 pm that night. The estimated loss of $106 million would make it the fifth-biggest flop in movie history worldwide.
    (AFP, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 13, France said the United States rejected a request for waivers for its companies operating in Iran that Paris sought after President Donald Trump imposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
    (Reuters, 7/13/18)
2018        Jul 13, Germany deported a Tunisian man who allegedly worked as a bodyguard for Osama bin Laden, more than a decade after his asylum bid was first rejected. He was identified by German authorities only as Sami A. and by Tunis as Sami Idoudi, and had lived in Germany for more than two decades.
    (AP, 7/13/18)
2018        Jul 13, Berlin police provisionally confiscated 77 properties that were linked to a suspected organized crime clan during a money-laundering investigation. The raids were part of an investigation triggered by a 2014 bank break-in in which at least 9.16 million euros ($10.66 million) was stolen and never recovered.
    (AP, 7/19/18)
2018        Jul 13, A Greek court agreed to extradite to France a Russian cybercrime suspect who also is wanted on criminal charges in the United States and Russia. Alexander Vinnik (38), a former bitcoin operator, was arrested in Greece last year on a US-issued international warrant.
    (AP, 7/13/18)
2018        Jul 13, Activists in Hong Kong and Taiwan marked one year since the death in custody of Nobel dissident Liu Xiaobo on Friday, in stark contrast to an enforced silence in mainland China.
    (AFP, 7/13/18)
2018        Jul 13, In southern India eight policemen rushed to the village of Murki to try to control a mob of more than 200 that attacked the five friends, wrongly assuming they were child kidnappers. The mob armed with sticks and stones lynched Mohammed Azam (32), a call center employee, and wounded three men late today in Karnataka's Bidar district after rumors spread over WhatsApp that the victims were members of a gang of child kidnappers. All eight officers were injured. Nearly three dozen people were soon arrested for participating in the attack.
    (AP, 7/15/18)(Reuters, 7/15/18)(AP, 7/29/18)
2018        Jul 13, In Indian-controlled Kashmir three insurgents riding in a car fired at a patrol of Indian paramilitary soldiers at a marketplace, killing two in Achabal.
    (AP, 7/13/18)
2018        Jul 13, Indonesia's deeply conservative Muslim province of Aceh publicly caned 15 people found guilty of violating Shariah law, despite pledging not to carry out the punishment in public.
    (AP, 7/13/18)
2018        Jul 13, In Iraq about 100 protesters demanding jobs and better services from leaders closed access to Umm Qasr commodities port near the southern city of Basra.
    (Reuters, 7/13/18)
2018        Jul 13, The Israel military fired a Patriot missile at an unmanned aircraft that approached the country's border from Syria for the second time this week.
    (AP, 7/13/18)
2018        Jul 13, Kenya's government said eight critically endangered black rhinos died after being moved to a new reserve in southern Kenya, doubling the number of deaths from similar operations in the previous dozen years. Kenya's Tourism and Wildlife Minister Najib Balala ordered the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to immediately suspend the ongoing translocation of black rhinos.
    (AFP, 7/13/18)
2018        Jul 13, In Nicaragua a 24-hour opposition-called strike began against the government of President Daniel Ortega.
    (AFP, 7/13/18)
2018        Jul 13, In southwestern Pakistan a suicide bomber killed at least 128 people, including a politician running for a provincial legislature in Baluchistan province in the second election-related attack this week. Four others died in a strike in the northwest amid growing tensions over ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif's return ahead of the July 25 vote. The death toll later spiked to 149.
    (AP, 7/13/18)(AP, 7/14/18)(Reuters, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 13, Pakistan's former PM Nawaz Sharif returned from London along with his daughter Maryam to face a 10-year prison sentence on corruption charges. Maryam Sharif faced seven years in jail.
    (AP, 7/14/18)
2018        Jul 13, South Africa launched a set of limited edition bank notes and gold coins to mark the 100th anniversary on July 18 of the birth of Nelson Mandela.
    (Reuters, 7/13/18)
2018        Jul 13, All 193 UN member nations except the United States, which pulled out last year, approved the Global Compact For Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. On July 18 Hungary said it will quit the migration pact before its final approval, calling the agreement a "threat to the world." By early December right-wing European governments such as Austria, Hungary and Poland had dropped out. The pact was to be adopted mid-December in Marrakesh, Morocco.
    (Reuters, 7/18/18)(Reuters, 12/9/18)
2018        Jul 13, The United Nations Security Council imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan, nearly five years after civil war erupted in the country.
    (Reuters, 7/13/18)
2018        Jul 13, Zimbabwe state media said top prosecutor Ray Goba has been suspended for failing to prosecute high-profile corruption cases among other allegations.
    (Reuters, 7/13/18)

2018        Jul 14, It was reported that US federal officers seized more than 4,000 marijuana plants last week at a growing operation along the California-Nevada line in Death Valley National Park thanks to a tip from hikers.
    (SFC, 7/14/18, p.A6)
2018        Jul 14, In Chicago police shot and killed Harith Augustus as he ran from officers who questioned him about a bulge around his waistband. Augustus had a gun in a holster and was shot multiple times, sparking a clash with angry residents.
    (SFC, 7/16/18, p.A4)
2018        Jul 14, In western Afghanistan at least 11 soldiers were killed overnight when their checkpoint came under an attack by insurgents in the Bala Buluk district of Farah province. Nine insurgents were killed and 13 others wounded.
    (AP, 7/14/18)
2018        Jul 14, China's state media reported that heavy rain and thunderstorms are wreaking havoc across the country, with floods along major rivers destroying bridges, blocking roads and railways and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate.
    (Reuters, 7/14/18)
2018        Jul 14, In China a mobile exhibition of contaminated drinking water, created by "Nut Brother," an artist known for advocacy work on environmental and social issues, was derailed by Beijing authorities, who told the artist the vehicle was parked illegally.
    (AFP, 7/14/18)
2018        Jul 14, Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki pledged to resolve his country's dispute with Ethiopia in a historic visit to Addis Ababa aimed at cementing peace less than a week after the nations declared an end to two decades of conflict.
    (AFP, 7/14/18)
2018        Jul 14, France celebrated Bastille Day with a colorful military parade in Paris presided by President Emmanuel Macron, and hoped the party would continue the next day when the national soccer team meets Croatia in the World Cup final in Russia.
    (Reuters, 7/14/18)
2018        Jul 14, Embattled Haiti PM Jack Guy Lafontant resigned following deadly violence and looting sparked by a now-abandoned plan to raise fuel prices, triggering a fraught process to form a new government.
    (AFP, 7/14/18)
2018        Jul 14, In India a woman (35) was gang raped and burned alive in the northern city of Sambhal. A police case was soon filed against five men involved.
    (Reuters, 7/15/18)
2018        Jul 14, Indonesian anti-terrorism officers shot dead three suspected Islamic militants in the central Java city of Yogyakarta. The men were believed to be members of Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), a loose grouping of hundreds of Islamic State sympathizers.
    (Reuters, 7/14/18)
2018        Jul 14, In Indonesia a mob illegally slaughtered 292 crocodiles at a breeding ground in West Papua province in retaliation for the death of a local man.
    (AP, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 14, Iraq placed its security forces on high alert, in response to ongoing protests in the country's southern provinces over poor government services and corruption.
    (Reuters, 7/14/18)
2018        Jul 14, Israeli aircraft struck militant targets in the Gaza Strip and Palestinians launched dozens of mortar bombs and rockets from the enclave into Israel. Two Palestinian teenagers were killed before a ceasefire went into effect.
    (Reuters, 7/14/18)(Reuters, 7/15/18)
2018        Jul 14, Kenyan authorities said they had arrested Ben Chumo, a former chief executive officer of the state-run distributor Kenya Power, on suspicion of economic crimes and wanted to charge the current chief executive. Two other company officers were also arrested.
    (Reuters, 7/14/18)
2018        Jul 14, Libya's National Oil Corporation said unidentified assailants have abducted workers at a facility belonging to an oil field, hampering daily production. Two of four were soon released.
    (AP, 7/14/18)
2018        Jul 14, In northern Myanmar a landslide killed at least 15 people, with 45 others injured after the latest disaster in the Hpakant jade mining region.
    (Reuters, 7/14/18)
2018        Jul 14, In Nicaragua government forces shot dead two young men at a protest site in a church on the third day of nationwide demonstrations against Pres. Daniel Ortega. Three months of unrest have left around 274 people dead.
    (AFP, 7/14/18)
2018        Jul 14, Nigeria's ruling party won a governorship election in southwestern Ekiti state, unseating the opposition and giving President Muhammadu Buhari a boost ahead of national polls next year.
    (Reuters, 7/15/18)
2018        Jul 14, Norway recommitted itself to lifting its defense spending to meet NATO targets during talks with Trump's defense secretary.
    (Reuters, 7/14/18)
2018        Jul 14, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was in Moscow to meet Vladimir Putin, just days after the Russian leader hosted Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
    (AFP, 7/14/18)
2018        Jul 14, In Scotland thousands of people staged colorful, peaceful protests against Donald Trump as the US president played golf at one of his luxury retreats.
    (AP, 7/14/18)
2018        Jul 14, Somali security forces shot dead three extremists wearing soldiers' uniforms, foiling an attempted al-Shabab attack on the presidential palace that began with a car bomb exploding. Six people were dead in all including a suicide car bomber.
    (AP, 7/14/18)
2018        Jul 14, In northern Spain the final bull run of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona left six people injured in the fastest dash this year.
    (AP, 7/14/18)
2018        Jul 14, Syrian state media said rebels in the southern city of Daraa were surrendering their heavy weapons to government forces, under a deal brokered by regime ally Russia.
    (AFP, 7/14/18)

2018        Jul 15, In Massachusetts a bystander and police Officer Michael Chesna (42) died from wounds sustained when a suspect took the officer's gun and fired following a vehicle crash and foot chase. Suspect Emanuel Lopes (20) was taken into custody.
    (SFC, 7/16/18, p.A4)
2018        Jul 15, In Kansas City, Mo., police fatally shot a man suspected of shooting and wounding three police officers.
    (SFC, 7/16/18, p.A4)
2018        Jul 15, In New Mexico a collision involving a passenger bus and three other vehicles on I-25 killed three people. Authorities later reported that one of the injured passengers was carrying a backpack filled with almost $100,000.
    (SFC, 7/16/18, p.A4)(SFC, 7/23/18, p.A4)
2018        Jul 15, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber on foot struck outside the building of the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry in Kabul, killing seven people and wounding 15 as staff were leaving the office in the evening rush hour. The Taliban stormed a police checkpoint late today in eastern Nangarhar province and killed seven policemen. Five Taliban fighters were killed in the attack. A government airstrike left 20 Taliban fighters dead in the Khogyani district of Nangarhar province.
    (Reuters, 7/15/18)(AP, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 15, Cameroon arrested four soldiers suspected of shooting dead two women and two children in the country's far north where its army is battling jihadist group Boko Haram. A video of the incident emerged last week and provoked international outcry.
    (AP, 7/19/18)
2018        Jul 15, Congo DRC state television reported that Pres. Kabila has appointed General John Numbi to the role of inspector general of the Congolese Armed Forces. Numbi has been placed under sanctions by the US, EU and Switzerland for alleged killings of scores of civilians by forces controlled by him over several years.
    (Reuters, 7/15/18)
2018        Jul 15, Egypt's parliament backed a draft bill that grants foreigners citizenship if they deposit the sum of at least 7 million Egyptian pounds, or about $391,000, in a local bank, save it there for five years and reside in the country during that period. The bill still faced another parliament session and final approval by the president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, before it can become a law.
    (AP, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 15, Human Rights Watch accused Egyptian authorities of using state-of-emergency and counterterrorism laws and to unjustly prosecute journalists, activists and critics for their peaceful criticism.
    (SFC, 7/16/18, p.A2)
2018        Jul 15, In Finland about 2,500 protesters demonstrated in support of human rights, democracy and the environment in Helsinki, a day before US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a summit in the Finnish capital.
    (Reuters, 7/15/18)
2018        Jul 15, Germany said it had agreed with Italy to take in 50 of the 450 migrants aboard two EU border agency vessels, matching similar pledges by France and Malta.
    (AFP, 7/15/18)
2018        Jul 15, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban denounced EU sanctions imposed on Russia, during a visit to Pres. Vladimir Putin in Moscow ahead of the Moscow World Cup final.
    (AFP, 7/15/18)
2018        Jul 15, In eastern India Maoist rebels ambushed a unit of government forces, leaving two soldiers dead and another wounded in Chhattisgarh state.
    (AP, 7/15/18)
2018        Jul 15, Iraqis demanding better public services and jobs took to the streets for the sixth day in the southern oil-rich province of Basra, as authorities put security forces on high alert and blocked the internet in the country's Shiite heartland. Dozens of demonstrators were wounded. The internet was off service across the country for a second consecutive day and foreign airlines announced the suspension of flights.
    (AP, 7/15/18)(AFP, 7/15/18)
2018        Jul 15, In Indian-controlled Kashmir at least seven people were killed and 22 others injured when a boulder rolled down from a mountain and fell on local tourists bathing at a waterfall in the Jammu region.
    (AP, 7/15/18)
2018        Jul 15, Israel deported Ebru Ozkan, a week after indicting her for smuggling money and goods to the Palestinian Islamist militant group while visiting as a tourist. On July 26 The Washington Post reported that Trump had asked Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu during a July 14 phone call to let Ozkan go in what the White House envisaged as an indirect trade for Pastor Andrew Brunson. Ankara said it had not agreed to any Ozkan-Brunson swap.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 15, In Malaysia Manny Pacquiao (39) of the Philippines won a seventh-round knockout of Lucas Matthysse of Argentina to claim the World Boxing Association welterweight title.
    (AP, 7/15/18)
2018        Jul 15, In northeastern Mali gunmen shot dead 14 civilians in an attack on a village near the border with Niger.
    (Reuters, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 15, In north-central Mexico gunmen burst into a funeral home in Zacatecas state killing five people with 17 left wounded.
    (AP, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 15, In Nicaragua at least ten people were shot dead as police and paramilitary groups attacked roadblocks set up by anti-government demonstrators demanding the resignation of Pres. Daniel Ortega.
    (SFC, 7/16/18, p.A2)
2018        Jul 15, Two Palestinians, a man (35) and his son (13), were killed in a blast in a house west of Gaza City.
    (Reuters, 7/15/18)
2018        Jul 15, In Russia Croatia lost France 4-2 to in the World cup final.
    (AP, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 15, Syrian government forces unleashed hundreds of missiles on a rebel-held area near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Jets, believed to be Russian, bombed an opposition held town in Quenitra province in the first such aerial strike in a year. Rebel fighters began to leave the Deraa al-Balad neighborhood which had been under rebel control for years.
    (AP, 7/15/18)(Reuters, 7/15/18)
2018        Jul 15, In Syria suspected Israeli missiles hit a military position late today in northern Aleppo province where elite Iranian forces were stationed. Nine pro-regime fighters were reported killed in the strikes, at least six of them Syrian. State media denied any casualties.
    (AFP, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 15, Turkey issued presidential decrees reshaping key political, military and bureaucratic institutions as part of the transformation to a powerful executive presidency triggered by last month's election.
    (Reuters, 7/15/18)
2018        Jul 15, A United Arab Emirates court dismissed a criminal case against the head of embattled Abraaj private equity group over bounced cheques for millions of dollars.
    (AFP, 7/15/18)

2018        Jul 16, Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin held a historic summit vowing their determination to forge a reset of troubled relations between the world's greatest nuclear powers as they met in Helsinki, Finland. Trump's news conference alongside Putin, where he discounted US intelligence assessments that Russia meddled with the 2016 election, drew fire from members of both political parties, who said he put Russia above US interests.
    (AFP, 7/16/18)(Reuters, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 16, The Trump administration said it's filing a challenge at the WTO against China, the European Union, Canada, Mexico and Turkey for tariffs they imposed against the US in retaliation to earlier US actions.
    (AP, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 16, US federal prosecutors revealed that they have arrested Maria Butina (29), a Russian citizen living in the US, and accused her of working as a covert Russian agent.
    (SFC, 7/16/18, p.A6)
2018        Jul 16, In southern Afghanistan the Taliban attacked a police checkpoint in the Arghistan district of Kandahar province late today, killing nine policemen and wounding seven. 25 Taliban fighters were killed and 15 wounded in the ensuing battle.
    (AP, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 16, In Bangladesh a truck overturned in a refugee camp for Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, killing at least four refugees, three from the same family in Cox's Bazar.
    (Reuters, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 16, The BBC reported that the British government will accept four changes to its customs legislation proposed by eurosceptics within PM Theresa May's party, neutralizing a planned rebellion by lawmakers who reject her Brexit plan.
    (Reuters, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 16, Croatia rolled out a red carpet and staged a euphoric heroes' welcome for the country's national soccer team despite its loss a day earlier to France in the World Cup final.
    (AP, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 16, Egypt's parliament passed a law that could make senior military officers immune from future prosecution tied to violence which followed the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi.
    (Reuters, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 16, Egypt's parliament passed a bill targeting popular social media accounts that authorities accuse of publishing "fake news," the latest move in a five-year-old drive to suppress dissent and silence independent sources of news. The law reinforced the state's control over the internet, including social media accounts of organizations and individuals with more than 5,000 followers.
    (AP, 7/18/18)(AFP, 8/10/18)
2018        Jul 16, Equatorial Guinea began a "national dialogue" put forward by its autocratic leader President Teodoro Obiang Nguema in the absence of key opposition figures as political prisoners remained behind bars.
    (AFP, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 16, Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki reopened his country's embassy in Ethiopia, the latest in a series of dizzying peace moves after two decades of war between the neighbors.
    (AFP, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 16, In Finland activists used today's summit between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold a 2nd day of high-profile protests in Helsinki over a variety of grievances.
    (AP, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 16, France expelled Djamel Beghal, an Algerian-born man twice convicted in France on terror charges, to stand trial in his homeland. He has been a high-profile figure for years in the underground world of terrorism.
    (AP, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 16, The French Embassy said a decision to close the Business France office in Moscow was made because "operating conditions have degraded considerably" in recent months.
    (AP, 7/16/18)   
2018        Jul 16, In western Georgia four miners were killed and six injured when the roof of a coal mine collapsed in Tkibuli.
    (Reuters, 7/16/18)   
2018        Jul 16, India's government said it has ordered inspections of all centers run by Mother Teresa's charity following the arrest of a nun and a worker at one of its shelters for unwed mothers for allegedly selling a baby.
    (AP, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 16, In Indonesia the chief executive of electricity utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) denied wrongdoing after the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) searched his house for evidence in a power station graft probe.
    (Reuters, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 16, In Iraq protests continued into their second week following days of clashes. Since the daily protests began on July 8 in Basra eight people have been killed, with demonstrators rallying to put social problems in the spotlight.
    (AFP, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 16, An Israeli aircraft hit two Hamas posts in the Gaza Strip in response to balloons carrying firebombs over the border fence to burn Israeli farmland.
    (AFP, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 16, In Kenya former US President Barack Obama praised a rapprochement between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga but said they must do more to heal the rifts between Kenya's 40-odd ethnic groups. Obama was there to open a school in his father's home village of Kogelo.
    (Reuters, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 16, Libyan security forces said right migrants, mostly children, had suffocated to death trapped in a refrigerator truck carrying around 100 people in a vehicle just east of Zuwara near the Tunisian border.
    (AFP, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 16, In southern Pakistan a trailer truck has hit a parked passenger bus carrying wedding guests on a busy highway near the southern city of Hyderabad, killing at least 15 people in the town of Matiarai, Sindh province.
    (AP, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 16, In central Pakistan a gas cylinder exploded at a restaurant in the city of Multan and killed at least three people.
    (AP, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 16, The Philippine army said soldiers have arrested Nafisa Pundog, the wife of a top leader of a pro-Islamic State militant group, and killed suspected bomber Najib Pundog in separate raids in General Santos City. The two individuals were not related.
    (Reuters, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 16, Saudi Arabia said it's banning a long list of popular video games after allegations surfaced that two children killed themselves after being encouraged to do so in an online game. A girl (13) and a boy (12) had reportedly killed themselves after playing the so-called "Blue Whale" social media game.
    (AP, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 16, In Sicily about 400 migrants aboard two border patrol ships disembarked at the Pozzallo port after a half-dozen European countries promised to take some of them in rather than leave Italy alone to process their asylum claims.
    (AP, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 16, In Somalia a girl (10) bled to death in a hospital two days after her mother took her to a traditional circumciser in central Galmudug state. The UN says about 98 percent of women and girls in the Horn of Africa nation undergo female genital mutilation.
    (AP, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 16, Syrian regime forces backed by Russia made sweeping advances on against rebels holding out in the country's vital southern zone. Russian shelling killed 30 jihadists over the last 24 hours. An ambush by Al-Qaeda's former affiliate, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) left 12 regime forces dead.
    (AFP, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 16, In Syria award-winning Palestinian-Syrian photographer Niraz Saied (27) was reported to have died after nearly three years in regime detention. He had documented life in the Yarmuk refugee camp in southern Damascus.
    (AFP, 7/16/18)
2018        Jul 16, The political arm of the Syrian Democratic Forces militia said it would work to set up a unified administration to consolidate its authority in northern and eastern Syria. The Kurdish-led SDF holds around a quarter of Syria.
    (Reuters, 7/16/18)

2018        Jul 17, US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said he is willing to consider additional sanctions on Russia, and reiterated his support for US intelligence community findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
    (Reuters, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 17, Gary Beach, a Tony Award-winning actor, died at his home in Palm Springs. He won the 2001 Tony for best featured actor in a musical for "The Producers".
    (SSFC, 7/22/18, p.C8)
2018        Jul 17, In Hawaii Officer Bronson Kaimana Kaliloa was fatally shot during a shootout following a traffic stop near Hilo.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y97wgqru)
2018        Jul 17, Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son were convicted of extortion, wire fraud and bribery charges of pressuring business to give the son no-show jobs or else risk losing political support.
    (SFC, 7/18/18, p.A5)
2018        Jul 17, In NYC nurse Samantha Stewart was found dead in her Queens apartment. Danueal Drayton was later arrested in Los Angeles following the rape of a woman. He claimed to have killed at least five women in Connecticut and New York. A New York judge had freed Drayton on July 5 in a strangulation case not knowing he had a violent criminal history.
    (SFC, 8/4/18, p.A6)
2018        Jul 17, Astronomers confirmed that the moon count for Jupiter has reached 79.
    (SFC, 7/18/18, p.A7)
2018        Jul 17, In northern Afghanistan an Islamic State suicide bomber killed 20 people, including a Taliban commander. In southern Helmand province, a government commando unit freed 54 people from a Taliban-run jail.
    (AP, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 17, It was reported that Britain's official Brexit campaign, Vote Leave, has been fined and reported to the police for breaking spending rules in the 2016 EU membership referendum, boosting calls for a second vote.
    (AFP, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 17, Britain's United Utilities said a temporary ban on using garden hoses or sprinklers for watering gardens and washing cars will take effect on August 5 as dry weather affected millions of customers in the northwest.
    (SFC, 7/18/18, p.A2)
2018        Jul 17, Petr Krcal, the Czech Republic's labor and social affairs minister, became the 2nd member of the new government to resign because of plagiarism allegations. Justice Minister Tatana Mala stepped down last week amid similar allegations.
    (AP, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 17, The European Union and Japan signed a landmark deal in Tokyo that will eliminate nearly all tariffs on products they trade.
    (AP, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 17, The European Court of Human Rights ordered Russia to pay 20,000 euros ($23,442) in damages to relatives of murdered investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, saying it had failed to carry out an effective investigation into her killing.
    (Reuters, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 17, Amazon workers in Germany and Spain called for strikes over salary and working conditions to coincide with the online retailer's global sales event, Prime Day.
    (AP, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 17, India's highest court asked the federal government to consider enacting a law to deal with an increase in lynchings and mob violence fueled mostly by rumors that the victims either belonged to members of child kidnapping gangs or were beef eaters and cow slaughterers.
    (AP, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 17, In India a six-story building under construction collapsed onto an adjacent building east of New Delhi, killing at least three people and trapping several others under the debris.
    (AP, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 17, Indonesian police said they have killed 11 suspected petty criminals and shot dozens more in a heavy-handed campaign to free the capital, Jakarta, of street crime before next month's Asian Games.
    (AP, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 17, The International Court of Justice said Iran has filed a suit against the United States alleging that sanctions imposed by Washington in May violate a 1955 bilateral treaty between the two countries.
    (Reuters, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 17, Iraqi police wielded batons and rubber hoses to disperse about 250 protesters gathered at the main entrance to the Zubair oilfield near Basra as unrest across southern cities over poor basic services gathered pace.
    (Reuters, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 17, Israel's parliament passed a law that could see groups critical of government policies toward the Palestinians banned from entering Israeli schools and speaking with pupils.
    (Reuters, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 17, Israel placed new restrictions on its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip in response to continued Hamas hostilities, even after it agreed to a cease-fire ending 24 hours of intense fighting.
    (AP, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 17, Japan and the US extended their 30-year nuclear pact as Tokyo pledged to work to reduce its plutonium stockpile to address Washington's concern.
    (AP, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 17, Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill led some 100,000 people in a nighttime procession to mark 100 years since the Bolsheviks murdered tsar Nicholas II and his family, amid a simmering conflict between the state and the Church over their remains.
    (AFP, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 17, Russia's Defense Ministry said it's ready to boost cooperation with the US military in Syria, following talks between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
    (AP, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 17, Russia and Tajikistan began joint military exercises near the Tajik-Afghan border to prepare to ward off potential Taliban attacks.
    (AFP, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 17, Saudi Arabia executed seven people convicted of criminal offenses, including five men for the robbery and murder of a Pakistani warehouse guard in the western city of Jiddah.
    (AP, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 17, Slovak authorities extradited an asylum seeker from the Russian Caucasus region of Ingushetia to Russia, despite protests by rights watchdogs and a UN Human Rights Committee ruling. Aslan Yandiev had been held in custody in Slovakia since 2011 on a Russian warrant for involvement in a series of bomb attacks in 2006 in Vladikavkaz. Yandiev has said he had been tortured into confessing to terrorism-related crimes.
    (Reuters, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 17, In South Africa former US Pres. Barack Obama gave a speech to mark the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth and made clear the world is at a crossroads between Mandela's vision of tolerance and current "disturbed" times.
    (AP, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 17, Spain's Constitutional Court said it had blocked a motion approved by Catalonia's parliament to resume steps to declare independence of the wealthy northeastern region.
    (Reuters, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 17, Proactiva Open Arms, a Spanish rescue group, said it found one woman alive and another dead, along with the body of a toddler, amid the drifting remains of a destroyed migrant boat 80 nautical miles from the Libyan coast. The group accused Libya's coast guard of abandoning the three people in the Mediterranean Sea after intercepting 160 Europe-bound migrants a day earlier.
    (AP, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 17, Syrian state tv and rebels said the Syria army and its allies have taken control of a strategic hill overlooking the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. In the south air strikes killed 14 civilians in Ain al-Tina village on Quneitra's border with Daraa near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. It was not immediately clear whether the strikes were carried out by the regime or its Russian ally.
    (Reuters, 7/17/18)(AFP, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 17, The UN human rights office said police and authorities in Nicaragua have killed and imprisoned people without due process and committed torture. It called for an end to violence in which an estimated 280 people have died since April.
    (Reuters, 7/17/18)
2018        Jul 17, Yemeni officials said heavy fighting over the last two weeks along the western coast between pro-government forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and Shiite rebels has killed at least 30 civilians, including women and children.
    (AP, 7/17/18)

2018        Jul 18, US President Donald Trump insisted his summit with Vladimir Putin had been a success, despite the uproar over his apparent acceptance of the Russian leader's denial of election meddling and criticism of his convoluted efforts to explain away his comments.
    (AFP, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, It was reported that the US FDA has announced a voluntary recall of valsartan, a widely prescribed blood pressure medication made in China. The FDA said it might be tainted by N-nitrosodimethylamine, considered a probable human carcinogen.
    (SFC, 7/18/18, p.C3)
2018        Jul 18, In San Francisco, Ca., Amer Sinan Alhaggagi (23), an Oakland resident accused of plotting Islamic State bomb attacks in San Francisco and the East Bay, pleaded guilty to several felony charges.
    (SFC, 7/19/18, p.A7)
2018        Jul 18, California's Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park, which began July 13, has now burned through 17,319 acres in Mariposa County and was just 5% contained.
    (SFC, 7/18/18, p.A6)
2018        Jul 18, Burton Richter (b.1931), Nobel Prize winner in Physics (1976), died at Stanford Hospital. He had designed that Stanford Positron Electron Accelerating Ring (SPEAR) and cajoling the US Energy Dept. into financing $6 million to build it.
    (SFC, 7/25/18, p.D2)
2018        Jul 18, In Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts (20) disappeared while running in her hometown of Brooklyn. On August 21 suspect Christhian Bahena Rivera (24), a Mexican living in the US illegally, led investigators to her body in a cornfield 12 miles southeast of Brooklyn.
    (SFC, 8/22/18, p.A6)(SFC, 8/23/18, p.A6)
2018        Jul 18, Pennsylvania's highest court upheld Philadelphia's tax on soda and other sweetened drinks.
    (SFC, 7/18/18, p.A4)
2018        Jul 18, Adrian Cronauer, former US Air Force sergeant, died in Virginia. During his service in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966 he opened his Armed Forces Radio show with the phrase "Good Morning, Vietnam." He and Ben Moses coproduced the 1987 film "Good Morning, Vietnam," starring Robin Williams.
    (SFC, 7/20/18, p.D2)
2018        Jul 18, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk apologized for calling a British diver involved in the Thailand cave rescue a pedophile, saying he spoke in anger but was wrong to do so. There was no immediate public reaction from diver Vern Unsworth to Musk's latest tweets.
    (AP, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, Afghan officials said gunmen have abducted a team of 12 mine-clearing workers in eastern Kunar province.
    (AP, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, In northern Afghanistan 14 civilians were killed in an explosion in Kunduz province. The deaths resulted from a US airstrike on their home.
    (AP, 7/19/18)(SFC, 7/21/18, p.A4)
2018        Jul 18, Bosnia's prosecutor's office said police have seized 665 kg (1,466 pounds) of a potent form of cannabis known as skunk hidden inside a truck, and arrested one person in one of the biggest drug hauls in the Balkan country.
    (Reuters, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, British PM Theresa May said her government had begun negotiations with the European Union based on her hard-won Brexit plan, pressing on with a proposal criticized by both wings of her Conservative Party.
    (Reuters, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, British rock star Cliff Richard (77) was awarded $273,000 in damages after winning a privacy lawsuit against the BBC fir its coverage of a 2014 police raid over alleged sex offenses.
    (SFC, 7/18/18, p.A2)
2018        Jul 18, At Britain's Farnborough airshow European air giant Airbus unveiled a solar-powered drone called Zephyr that will fly at a high altitude and fulfil the same functions as a satellite.
    (AFP, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, Britons Christopher Lythgoe (32) and Matthew Hankinson (24) were jailed after they were found guilty at London's Old Bailey Court of being members of National Action, a neo-Nazi organization that claimed a race war was imminent.
    (Reuters, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, Hundreds of farmers from around Bulgaria rallied in the capital Sofia against the government-ordered mass slaughter of livestock following the first outbreak in the EU of the highly contagious Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR).
    (Reuters, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet ahead of a challenging 2019 election, stressing the need to diversify trade away from the United States while leaving key ministers in place.
    (Reuters, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, Democratic Republic of Congo's parliament passed a law expanding financial privileges for former presidents, a move seen as an incentive for President Joseph Kabila to step down following an election in December.
    (Reuters, 7/19/18)
2018        Jul 18, Nineteen people died when a boat carrying 150 migrants sank off the coast of northern Cyprus and rescuers were searching for 25 other people. 103 migrants were rescued by boats and helicopters of the Turkish and northern Cypriot coast guards.
    (Reuters, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, Eritrea and Ethiopia resumed commercial airline flights for the first time in two decades. Two flights left Addis Ababa within minutes of each other and an hour and a half later touched down in the Eritrean capital Asmara.
    (AFP, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, The EU hit Google with its biggest ever fine, imposing a 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) penalty on the US tech giant for illegally abusing the dominance of its operating system for mobile devices.
    (AFP, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, In Germany a Vietnamese man admitted in court that he helped his country's secret services to kidnap a former oil executive in broad daylight from a Berlin street and smuggle him back to Vietnam last year, where businessman Trinh Xuan Thanh has been jailed for life for corruption.
    (Reuters, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban arrived for a controversial visit to Israel as he and his counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu find common cause in their right-wing views.
    (AFP, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's atomic agency, said Iran has built a factory that can produce rotors for up to 60 centrifuges a day, upping the stakes in a confrontation with Washington over the Islamic Republic's nuclear work.
    (Reuters, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, Japan approved its first national legislation banning smoking inside of public facilities, but the watered-down measure excludes many restaurants and bars and is seen as toothless.
    (AP, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, The Nigeria Police Force said eight suspected members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram have confessed to involvement in the 2014 abduction of some 270 girls from the town of Chibok.
    (Reuters, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, Pakistani authorities reversed this week's controversial order that former PM Nawaz Sharif be tried on corruption charges in jail for security reasons.
    (AP, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, Romania's top court ruled that a gay Romanian-American couple is entitled to the same residency rights as other married couples in the European Union.
    (AP, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, Saudi Arabia intercepted a missile fired from rebel-held territory in neighboring Yemen, where a Riyadh-led coalition is fighting the insurgents.
    (AFP, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, In South Africa former US president Barack Obama advised talented young Africans to drive change at home rather than emigrating, and urged their governments to do more to curb a brain drain.
    (Reuters, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, In Sweden dozens of forest wildfires raged across Sweden the country, prompting Stockholm to ask for emergency EU help to fight the blazes, which broke out during an extreme heatwave in the Nordic region.
    (AFP, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, Syrian government forces unleashed an intense overnight bombing campaign, killing at least a dozen people and wounding over 100 in the densely populated town of Nawa.
    (AP, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, In northwestern Syria more than 100 buses arrived to evacuate thousands of people from two loyalist Syrian villages that are besieged by rebels, under a deal in which the government is expected to release hundreds of detainees.
    (Reuters, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan filed complaints against the main opposition party leader and 72 legislators accusing them of insults for posting and sharing a cartoon on social media that depicts him as a variety of different animals.
    (AP, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, Turkey's main opposition leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, was fined for defaming President Tayyip Erdogan and his family over claims about international money transfers. The ruling, ordering a 359,000 lira ($75,000) payment to the president and his close circle, marked the largest sum yet.
    (Reuters, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, A Turkish court decided to keep Andrew Brunson, a Christian pastor from North Carolina, in jail dashing hopes that he could be released during his trial on terrorism and spying charges, a case that has deepened a rift with NATO ally Washington.
    (Reuters, 7/18/18)
2018        Jul 18, A Vatican-approved journal launched its second major critique of American evangelicals, dismissing "prosperity gospel" theology as a "pseudo" faith dangerously tied up with the American Dream and President Donald Trump's politics. "The Prosperity Gospel: Dangerous and Different" was published in the current issue of the Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica.
    (AP, 7/18/18)

2018        Jul 19, US President Donald Trump said he wants a second meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin to start implementing ideas they discussed at the Helsinki summit.
    (AP, 7/19/18)
2018        Jul 19, In Florida Michael Drejka (47), a white man, shot and killed Markeis McGlockton (28), an unarmed black man, following an altercation at a Clearwater store parking lot. On Aug. 13 Drejka was charged with manslaughter.
    (SFC, 8/14/18, p.A5)
2018        Jul 19, Unexpected twisters hit central Iowa and flattened buildings in Marshalltown, Pella and Bondurant. At least 17 people were injured.
    (SSFC, 7/22/18, p.A11)
2018        Jul 19, In Missouri a "duck boat" sank in a storm on Table Rock Lake outside of Branson, killing 17 people. The amphibious vehicle was filled with 31 passengers. On July 29 a $100 million suit was filed on behalf of two of nine members of an Indiana family who died in the tragedy. On July 30 a suit for $125,000 was filed on behalf of three daughters of William and Michelle Bright of Higginsville, Mo.
    (Reuters, 7/20/18)(SFC, 7/31/18, p.A5)
2018        Jul 19, Electric prices in some US Western markets rose to their highest in more than four years as power generators compete for dwindling natural gas supplies to keep air conditioners humming as a heat wave bakes much of the region.
    (Reuters, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 19, Facebook said it would begin removing misinformation that could lead people to being physically harmed, largely in response to episodes Sri Lanka, Myanmar and India, in which rumors spread on Facebook led to real-world attacks on ethnic minorities.
    (SFC, 7/20/18, p.C1)
2018        Jul 19, The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company said it has awarded contracts worth AED 5.88 billion ($1.6 billion) to China's largest state-owned oil company to conduct what is says is the world's largest continuous 3D offshore and onshore seismic survey.
    (AP, 7/19/18)
2018        Jul 19, Australia's PM Malcolm Turnbull called on Pope Francis to fire Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson (67), who is the most senior Roman Catholic cleric ever convicted for covering up child sexual abuse.
    (AP, 7/19/18)
2018        Jul 19, Flight space over Belgium was closed due to a problem with a flight data processing system at Belgium air traffic controller Belgocontrol.
    (Reuters, 7/19/18)
2018        Jul 19, British police arrested Maarten Peter Pieterse (59) and Emile Adriaan Jeroen Schoemaker (44) after a Netherlands-registered boat that they were travelling on was intercepted by a Border Force cutter 120 miles (193 km) off the far southwestern county of Cornwall. Officers discovered an estimated two tons of cocaine, wrapped in plastic bagging.
    (AFP, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 19, At England's Farnborough airshow US aviation giant Boeing announced 676 orders, totaling $92 billion at list prices, while Airbus, its European competitor, unveiled 431 orders worth $70 billion.
    (AFP, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 19, The Press Association reported that British police have identified several Russians who they believe were behind the March 4 nerve agent attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
    (Reuters, 7/19/18)
2018        Jul 19, In Chad 18 people were killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram jihadists in the Lake Chad region near the border with Niger.
    (AP, 7/22/18)
2018        Jul 19, The European Commission stepped up a legal battle with Hungary over EU migration rules and denounced as illegal its "Stop Soros" law that criminalizes support for asylum seekers.
    (Reuters, 7/19/18)
2018        Jul 19, President Emmanuel Macron presented a distinctively modern face for Marianne, France's traditional symbol of its revolutionary values. Macron chose the Abidjan-based French-British street artist Yseult Digan, more widely known as YZ (pronounced 'Eyes').
    (AFP, 7/19/18)
2018        Jul 19, In western Germany Ahmed Massoud (32) was arrested in Duesseldorf after a standoff with police, who were alerted by the suspect's wife. The woman told officers that she had received a video call from Massoud in which he was seen holding their crying daughter (7) and threatening to hurt the girl. By the time police entered the apartment, the girl was dead.
    (AP, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 19, Greek police boats began searching along the Evros River on the Greek-Turkish border for a Turkish woman and her three young children missing since the boat they were using to cross the border capsized.
    (AP, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 19, In central India security forces killed eight Maoist insurgents, including four women, in an exchange of gunfire early today in Chhattisgarh state.
    (AP, 7/19/18)
2018        Jul 19, India's lower house of parliament approved a bill that would allow authorities to seize assets of fugitives accused of crimes involving sums over 1 billion rupees ($14 million). The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill law will go to the upper house and the president in the coming days.
    (Reuters, 7/19/18)
2018        Jul 19, In Indonesia a girl (15) who was raped by her brother was sentenced to six months in prison for having an abortion. The brother (18) received a two-year prison sentence for having sex with a minor.
    (AP, 7/22/18)
2018        Jul 19, Israel's parliament adopted a law defining the country as the nation state of the Jewish people, provoking fears it could lead to blatant discrimination against Arab citizens. The law also defined the establishment of Jewish communities as being in the national interest and downgraded Arabic from an official language to one with special status.
    (AFP, 7/19/18)(AFP, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 19, An Israeli airstrike against a Gaza crew launching incendiary devices killed a member of the militant group Hamas and wounded three others.
    (AP, 7/19/18)
2018        Jul 19, In Kazakhstan Denis Ten (25), a 2014 Olympic bronze medalist figure skater, was stabbed to death. Ten was knifed during a struggle with two men he had caught trying to steal the mirrors on his car in Almaty.
    (AP, 7/19/18)
2018        Jul 19, A Kenyan court sentenced Ruth Kamande, a 24-year-old jail beauty queen, to death for murdering her boyfriend by stabbing him 25 times, drawing criticism from rights groups who called the punishment "inhumane." She had slashed her partner Farid Mohammed (24) to death in 2015 and was convicted in May.
    (AFP, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 19, Macedonia's parliament adopted a declaration supporting the country's bid to join NATO, after the alliance formally invited it to join once it fully implements a deal recently signed with neighboring Greece changing its name to North Macedonia.
    (AP, 7/19/18)
2018        Jul 19, The independent group Fortify Rights said the Myanmar military systematically prepared for attacks on Rohingya Muslims, confiscating knives and other sharp-edged tools, arming and training non-Muslim civilians and forcing Rohingya families to remove protective fences around their homes.
    (AP, 7/19/18)
2018        Jul 19, Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega prepared to celebrate the anniversary of the leftwing revolution that first brought him to power in 1979, while cracking down on popular unrest demanding his ouster.
    (AFP, 7/19/18)
2018        Jul 19, In Niger French Defence Minister Florence Parly arrived for talks with her Nigerien counterpart Kalla Moutari and President Mahamadou Issoufou about boosting the G5 Sahel force's "operational dynamics".
    (AFP, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 19, The latest Global Slavery Index showed one in 10 people in North Korea live in slavery, with most forced to work for the state. The index listed Eritrea, Burundi, the Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Mauritania, South Sudan, Pakistan, Cambodia and Iran as the worst offenders after North Korea.
    (AP, 7/19/18)
2018        Jul 19, Two Palestinian families demolished the homes they had lived in for nearly two decades, saying they would rather destroy them than face the prospect of Israeli settlers moving in.
    (Reuters, 7/19/18)
2018        Jul 19, The Philippine immigration bureau ordered the deportation of Sister Patricia Anne Fox, an Australian nun, who has angered the president by joining anti-government rallies. Her lawyers called the move "persecution" and said they would appeal.
    (AP, 7/19/18)
2018        Jul 19, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused forces in the United States of trying to undermine the success of his first summit with US President Donald Trump, but said the two leaders had begun to improve U.S.-Russia ties anyway.
    (Reuters, 7/19/18)
2018        Jul 19, Russian lawmakers tentatively approved a hugely unpopular government plan to raise the pension age to 65 for men and 63 for women. The plan has led to protests and a record slump in Vladimir Putin's approval ratings.
    (AFP, 7/19/18)
2018        Jul 19, Saudi state news agency SPA reported that state-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) has signed an agreement with Spain's Navantia to set up a joint venture in the kingdom to build five warships.
    (Reuters, 7/19/18)
2018        Jul 19, A Spanish Supreme Court judge dropped extradition requests for six politicians wanted on rebellion charges for their roles in promoting independence for Spain's Catalonia region, including former regional president Carles Puigdemont.
    (AP, 7/19/18)
2018        Jul 19, In Sudan Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met with President Omar al-Bashir as well as other Sudanese officials at the start of a two-day visit. They vowed to set differences aside and bolster relations. They agreed to mend ties, frayed by repeated failures to reach a deal over an upstream Nile dam being built by Ethiopia, and the revival of a longstanding dispute over a border territory held by Cairo and claimed by Khartoum.
    (AP, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 19, Syrian rebels agreed to surrender a sensitive area bordering the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. The agreement followed another deal that saw thousands of residents evacuated from two pro-regime towns in northern Syria long besieged by hardline rebels. Over 7,00 people were evacuated from the Foua and Kfarya villages.
    (AFP, 7/19/18)(SFC, 7/20/18, p.A2)
2018        Jul 19, Turkish authorities formally arrested Adnan Oktar, a controversial Islamic televangelist and cult leader, on charges that include forming a criminal gang, blackmail and sexual abuse of minors. At least 168 of Oktar's followers were also formally arrested on the same charges.
    (AP, 7/19/18)
2018        Jul 19, In northern Vietnam a flash flood swept through a small village in Lang Chanh district, Thanh Hoa province, and carried away a dozen stilt houses. Flooding triggered by a tropical storm has killed at least 20 people and left over a dozen missing.
    (AP, 7/23/18)
2018        Jul 19, A boat carrying more than 160 African migrants capsized off Yemen's southern province of Shabwa. Twenty-five Ethiopian migrants were reported missing.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y9tt69an)(SFC, 7/21/18, p.A2)

2018        Jul 20, Pres. Donald Trump for a second day criticized the Federal Reserve, breaking with a long-standing tradition at the White House of avoiding any influence, real or perceived, on the independence of the US central bank.
    (AP, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 20, Cardiologist Dr. Mark Hausknecht (65) was fatally shot by a fellow bicyclist at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. Joseph James Pappas (62) was later accused of the killing. On August 3 Pappas fatally shot himself during a confrontation with authorities. Pappas' mother had died in April 1997 on the doctor's operating table.
    (SSFC, 7/22/18, p.A11)(SFC, 8/4/18, p.A6)
2018        Jul 20, A top CIA expert on Asia said China is waging a "quiet kind of cold war" against the United States, using all its resources to try to replace America as the leading power in the world.
    (AP, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 20, The Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook has suspended Crimson Hexagon, a Boston analytics firm, from its site and says it is investigating whether the company's contracts with the US government and a Russian non-profit violated policies.
    (AFP, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 20, California's Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park, which began July 13, has now burned through 22,892 acres in Mariposa County and was just 7% contained.
    (SFC, 7/21/18, p.C1)
2018        Jul 20, In Hawaii Justin Waiki was killed during a shootout with police three days after fatally shooting a police officer on the Big Island.
    (SFC, 7/21/18, p.A5)
2018        Jul 20, In Utah 10-month-old Alex Hidalgo Jr. was stabbed multiple times and found covered in blood in a garbage can. Alex Hidalgo (37) of Ogden was arrested the next day and charged with aggravated murder and obstruction of justice.
    (SFC, 7/23/18, p.A4)
2018        Jul 20, In Abu Dhabi Chinese President Xi Jinping, his Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and other Chinese officials held morning meetings with powerful crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, the crown prince of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktuom, and others at the presidential palace as China and the UAE seek to deepen economic ties.
    (AP, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 20, Afghan officials said battles between Taliban and Islamic State fighters in a remote district of northern Jawzjan province have caused heavy casualties and displaced thousands of people in recent days. Top NATO commander in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, estimated this year that Islamic State has around 1,500 fighters in Afghanistan, mainly in the east and in a "pocket" in Jawzjan.
    (Reuters, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 20, Human Rights Watch urged the Brazilian government to establish buffer zones nationwide when pesticides are sprayed and reduce the use of highly toxic products. Some 4,000 pesticide poisoning case were reported in Brazil last year.
    (SFC, 7/21/18, p.A2)
2018        Jul 20, A report by the consulting firm Oliver Wyman said quitting the EU could leave British households up to 960 pounds ($1,260) worse off each year.
    (Reuters, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 20, Bulgaria's parliament voted to bar the government from signing bilateral agreements with other European Union countries on readmitting migrants who arrived in Europe via the Black Sea state.
    (Reuters, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 20, Canada's government said the nation's annual inflation rate rose to 2.5 percent in June, its highest level in more than six years, on the back of higher fuel and food prices.
    (AP, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 20, Chile's archdiocese of the city of Rancagua said the Vatican has dismissed Chilean deacon Luis Rubio over sexual abuse accusations, amid a widespread abuse scandal gripping the country's Catholic Church.
    (AFP, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 20, China's government posted a cartoon video featuring a soybean on the website of China Global Television Network (CGTN), the overseas news network of state-owned China Central Television. It seemed to be designed to undermine support for the trade dispute from US farmers, key supporters of President Donald Trump, by highlighting the damage tariffs could have on American soybean exports.
    (Reuters, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 20, It was reported that Ethiopia has passed a law that grants amnesty to political prisoners who have been released recently and reverses decades of security-obsessed rule.
    (Reuters, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 20, French President Emmanuel Macron fired Alexandre Benalla, the head of his personal security detail, but faced criticism for failing to act sooner, after video was released showing the man posing as a police officer and beating a protester while off duty in May.
    (Reuters, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 20, France sent 50 tons of medical aid to government-controlled eastern Ghouta in Syria after Russia agreed to facilitate its delivery, raising hopes for future aid efforts.
    (Reuters, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 20, In Germany a man armed with a knife attacked people on a bus in the northern city of Luebeck, wounding at least 14 people, two seriously, before being arrested by police.
    (Reuters, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 20, German astronaut Alexander Gerst played a duet of Kraftwerk's 1978 song "Spacelab" with the band to cheers from an audience in Stuttgart.
    (AP, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 20, Germany-based Bayer, the maker of a permanent contraceptive implant subject to thousands of injury reports and repeated safety restrictions by regulators, said that it will stop selling Essure in the US, the only country where it remains available.
    (AP, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 20, The Israeli army struck 60 Hamas sites including weapon manufacturing sites, a drone warehouse and a military operations room following the death of an Israeli soldier shot near the border. Three Hamas militants were killed as air raids sent fireballs exploding into the sky over Gaza. A fourth Palestinian was shot dead in protests near the border.
    (AFP, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 20, Japan's PM Shinzo Abe warned the US that higher tariff on auto imports would backfire and harm not only America's jobs and economy but also devastate the global economy.
    (AP, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 20, Japan's parliament approved a contentious law allowing up to three casino resorts to open in this wealthy nation and possibly lure more foreign visitors.
    (AP, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 20, In Kazakhstan Nuraly Kiyasov "confessed his guilt in the presence of an attorney" while being questioned over the death a day earlier of figure skater Denis Ten. Police sought a second man, named as Arman Kudaibergenov, in the case.
    (AP, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 20, In Mexico 12 people were killed after a passenger van crashed on the outskirts of Mexico City.
    (AP, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 20, The Netherlands and Turkey said they were resuming full diplomatic ties for the first time since Dutch officials barred two Turkish ministers from attending an election rally in 2017.
    (AFP, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 20, Pakistani security forces killed Hidayat Ullah, the mastermind of the country's worst ever suicide bombing, in an early morning shootout in the southwest province of Balochistan. An official said Ullah was facilitator of Hafeez Nawaz, who carried out the suicide bombing last week which killed at least 149 people.
    (AFP, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 20, In Peru hundreds of villagers in the remote Sihuas province broke into offices of the local prosecutor and court, destroying thousands of criminal case files to protest corruption in the judicial system.
    (AP, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 20, In the Philippines radio commentator Joey Llana (38) was shot about a dozen times as he was leaving for work in a new fatal attack in a country with an alarming record of killings of journalists.
    (AP, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 20, Russian President Vladimir Putin said a plan to raise the retirement age would be reviewed, signaling a retreat from a reform that is needed to balance state finances but which has hurt his popularity.
    (Reuters, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 20, The official Saudi Press Agency said the kingdom "rejects and disapproves" of Israel's new legislation which it argued contradicts international law.
    (AP, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 20, Singapore's government said a major cyberattack on the government health database stole the personal information of about 1.5 million people, including PM Lee Hsien Loong.
    (Reuters, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 20, Somalia's Islamist militant group al Shabaab captured Af Urur, a small but strategic town 100 km (60 miles) south of Bosaso city in the semi-autonomous Puntland region. Puntland military forces had left the town a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 20, A South Korean court sentenced former President Park Geun-hye to an additional eight years for abusing state funds and violating election laws. She was already serving a 24-year prison term over a massive corruption scandal that led to her removal from office last year.
    (AP, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 20, Swedish PM Stefan Lofven said his government is working "every minute" to get necessary resources to the hundreds of firefighters and emergency workers fighting some 50 blazes mostly in central and western Sweden but also in the north, above the Arctic Circle.
    (AP, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 20, Syrian rebels began evacuating the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, leaving for the rebel-held north in a surrender deal that restores President Bashar al-Assad's control of the frontier.
    (Reuters, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 20, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a senior Roman Catholic bishop in Honduras, following allegations of financial and sexual impropriety against the cleric.
    (Reuters, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 20, A Vietnamese court convicted American William Nguyen of disturbing public order after he took part in a rare protest in June and ordered him deported. Nguyen, who is of Vietnamese descent, admitted to the violation and showed remorse, which resulted in a lenient sentence.
    (AP, 7/20/18)
2018        Jul 20, In Zimbabwe Samuel Undenge, a former minister who served under ex president Robert Mugabe, was found guilty of corruption and sentenced to four years in jail, the first conviction of a Mugabe-era official since he stepped down.
    (Reuters, 7/20/18)

2018        Jul 21, The Trump administration released a set of documents once deemed top secret relating to the wiretapping of Carter Page, a onetime adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Visible portions indicated that the FBI had told the intelligence court that Page had established relationships with Russian government officials.
    (AP, 7/22/18)(SSFC, 7/22/18, p.A15)
2018        Jul 21, US officials said the Trump administration has launched an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest and help pressure Iran to end its nuclear program and its support of militant groups.
    (Reuters, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 21, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that Pres. Donald Trump was not trying to put pressure on the Federal Reserve when he criticized its decision to raise interest rates.
    (AP, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 21, In Los Angeles Gene Evin Atkins (28) shot his grandmother seven times and wounded his girlfriend. He fled the scene and following a police chase ran into a Trader Joe's supermarket. TJ's employee Melyda Corado (27) was shot and killed by police fire. Atkins held hostages for hours before surrendering to police.
    (SSFC, 7/22/18, p.A12)(SFC, 7/23/18, p.A5)(SFC, 7/25/18, p.D7)
2018        Jul 21, Florida police Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller (29) was shot in the head by a fleeing suspect following a reported assault and theft at a Fort Myers gas station. Suspect Wisner Desmaret (29) was taken into custody after being shot by another officer. Jobbers-Miller died of his wounds on July 28.
    (SFC, 7/30/18, p.A5)
2018        Jul 21, In Worcester, England, a 3-year-old boy suffered severe burns on his face and arm during a suspected acid attack that investigators think was deliberate. A man (39) was soon arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm.
    (AP, 7/22/18)
2018        Jul 21, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Senegal for a two-day visit to sign bilateral deals beginning a four-nation visit seeking deeper military and economic ties. His stops will also include Rwanda, South Africa and Mauritius.
    (AP, 7/21/18)(Reuters, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 21, Egypt said a new Israeli law giving Jews the exclusive right to self-determination in the country undermined the chances for peace in the Middle East and the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes.
    (Reuters, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 21, Egypt raised natural gas prices for households and businesses by between 33.3 and 75 percent, the latest among tough austerity measures aimed at rebuilding the country's economy battered by years of unrest since a 2011 uprising.
    (AP, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 21, In western India Rakbar Khan (28), a Muslim man, was beaten to death by a mob overnight over allegations of smuggling cows in Rajasthan state. Vigilantes in Alwar district attacked Khan as he transported two cows. It took police more than 2 hours to take the victim to a nearby hospital, where he later died, opting instead to take his cows to a shelter first, some 17 km away. Police soon arrested three people in connection with the incident and were looking for a few more.
    (AP, 7/21/18)(Reuters, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 21, In central India a woman was found dead after being lynched on rumors that she was part of a gang that kidnapped children. At least 14 people were arrested in Madhya Pradesh state's Singrauli district following the killing.
    (AP, 7/23/18)
2018        Jul 21, Iranian media reported that at least 10 Iranian border guards were killed in an overnight attack by unidentified gunmen near the town of Marivan, a Kurdish area near the Iraqi border.
    (AP, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 21, In Italy Sergio Marchionne (66) stepped down following 14 years heading auto giant Fiat owing to serious health problems believed to be life threatening. Jeep executive Mike Manley was chosen to replace him.
    (AP, 7/22/18)(SSFC, 7/22/18, p.A6)
2018        Jul 21, Macau authorities took in 533 greyhounds abandoned following the closure today of Asia's only legal dog-racing track.
    (AP, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 21, Legal experts commissioned by Save the Children Norway said Myanmar violated its obligations to the UN child rights convention in its crackdown on the Rohingya that led to an exodus of hundreds of thousands of people from the minority community.
    (Reuters, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 21, In northeastern Nigeria military troops killed "scores" of Boko Haram fighters in Yobe state. Jihadists had been intending to attack and loot the market in the town of Babangida when they ambushed troops.
    (AFP, 7/22/18)
2018        Jul 21, Police in Pakistan said Mohammad Ahmed Mughal, an independent candidate for parliament from Faisalabad, has shot himself to death after his sons disagreed with his politics.
    (AP, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 21, Gaza's militant Hamas rulers said they had accepted a cease-fire ending a massive Israeli onslaught on militant positions after a soldier was shot dead, once again pulling the sides back from the brink of a full-fledged war.
    (AP, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 21, In the Philippines riot police used shields and a water hose to disperse more than 100 left-wing activists in front of the US Embassy in Manila.
    (SSFC, 7/22/18, p.A4)
2018        Jul 21, In South Africa gunmen opened fire late today on a minibus carrying members of a taxi drivers' association, killing 11 people and critically wounding four others in KwaZulu-Natal province.
    (AP, 7/22/18)
2018        Jul 21, Spain's conservatives elected Pablo Casado as their new leader, marking a swing to the right for the party that governed the country from 2011 until June.
    (Reuters, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 21, Syria's government continued targeting the Yarmouk Basin, the lower tip of the southwestern region where an Islamic State-affiliated group still holds territory. A new group of rebels and their families began evacuating from the southwest where the government has gained new ground in its ongoing offensive.
    (AP, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 21, Humanitarian aid sent by France and Russia arrived in Syria as the two countries' leaders discussed a joint mission to distribute much-needed relief supplies in a ravaged former rebel enclave.
    (AFP, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 21, The United Arab Emirates said it agreed to set up a "comprehensive strategic partnership" with China as President Xi Jinping wrapped up a three-day visit to the Gulf country.
    (AFP, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 21, Vietnam's rescue committee said Tropical Storm Son Tinh has killed 20 people, left 16 missing and injured 14. The tropical storm made landfall in northern coastal areas on July 19.
    (Reuters, 7/21/18)

2018        Jul 22, California's Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park, which began July 13, has now burned through 32484 acres in Mariposa County and was just 6% contained.
    (SFC, 7/23/18, p.C1)
2018        Jul 22, In Oakland, Ca., Nia Wilson (18) died after being stabbed on BART's MacArthur station platform. Transient John Lee Cowell (27) had stabbed Wilson and her sister, who was hospitalized, and escaped the scene. Cowell was arrested the next day. BART officials later acknowledged that this was the third possible homicide on the transit system in the last five days.
    (SFC, 7/24/18, p.A1)
2018        Jul 22, In Nevada John Kelley O'Connor (48) walked into his Mormon church in Fallon and opened fire killing one man and wounding another. O'Connor was charged with murder and battery.
    (SFC, 7/24/18, p.A5)
2018        Jul 22, In Washington state a Kent police officer was hit and killed by a police vehicle while attempting to deploy spike strips to stop a fleeing driver. The suspect also crashed and was taken into custody.
    (SFC, 7/23/18, p.A4)
2018        Jul 22, In Afghanistan 14 people, including both civilians and military forces, were killed in a suicide attack near Kabul's airport shortly after Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum landed on his return from abroad. Gunmen opened fire on worshippers inside a mosque in eastern Nangarhar province, killing four people.
    (AP, 7/22/18)(AP, 7/23/18)
2018        Jul 22, A new poll said PM Theresa May's plans to leave the EU are overwhelmingly opposed by the British public. More than a third of voters would support a new right-wing political party committed to quitting the bloc, according to a new poll.
    (Reuters, 7/22/18)
2018        Jul 22, In Canada Faisal Hussain (29) opened fire late today on a street in Toronto's Greektown filled with people in restaurants, killing two people and injuring 12 others. The suspected shooter (29) was soon found dead, but it was not clear if he killed himself or was killed by police.
    (Reuters, 7/23/18)(SFC, 7/24/18, p.A2)
2018        Jul 22, Chinese censors deleted articles and postings about the vaccine industry as an online outcry over the country's latest vaccine scandal intensified. Regulators said last week that they had halted production of a rabies vaccine at Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology in the northeast after finding fabricated records and other problems during an inspection.
    (AFP, 7/22/18)
2018        Jul 22, Typhoon Ampil hit Chinese financial hub Shanghai around midday, bringing heavy rainfall and disrupting transport and shipping. More than 600 flights from the city's two airports were canceled and high-speed rail services also impacted.
    (Reuters, 7/22/18)
2018        Jul 22, Comoros vice-president Moustoidrane Abdou escaped an assassination attempt early today when his vehicle was fired on days before a controversial referendum on constitutional reform.
    (AP, 7/22/18)
2018        Jul 22, In Germany thousands of people protested in the southern city of Munich against what they say is the "politics of fear" that is pushing public debate in the country to the right.
    (AP, 7/22/18)
2018        Jul 22, German soccer star Mesut Ozil announced his decision to quit the national team due to the "racism and disrespect" he faced over his Turkish roots. This triggered a bad-tempered public debate about the country's relations with its largest immigrant community.
    (Reuters, 7/23/18)
2018        Jul 22, India said people whose names are missing from a list of citizens to be issued by Assam state this month will not be detained, amid concerns that Muslims will be targeted under the guise of detecting illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
    (Reuters, 7/22/18)
2018        Jul 22, Human rights groups called for an independent investigation, after Indonesian police shot dead 11 men earlier this month as part of a security clampdown ahead of the Asian Games.
    (Reuters, 7/22/18)
2018        Jul 22, Iranian Pres. Hassan Rouhani told US Pres. Trump that hostile policies toward Tehran could lead to "the mother of all wars." Trump soon responded saying Iran risked dire consequences "the like of which few throughout history have suffered before" if the Islamic Republic made more threats against the United States.
    (AP, 7/23/18)
2018        Jul 22, Fresh protests hit southern Iraq as medical sources put at 11 the number of demonstrators killed in two weeks of unrest sparked by ire over corruption and lack of public services.
    (AFP, 7/22/18)
2018        Jul 22, Human Rights Watch called on Iraq's government to declare the number of detention facilities it maintains and not to hold suspects without informing their families.
    (AP, 7/22/18)
2018        Jul 22, Israelis demonstrated and held a one-day strike to protest a law denying surrogacy to gay couples, with some blocking a major highway in Tel Aviv.
    (AFP, 7/22/18)
2018        Jul 22, In Japan Chiyo Miyako (b.1901), the world's oldest woman, died.
    (SFC, 7/28/18, p.A2)
2018        Jul 22, In Kashmir three rebels were killed in a gunbattle with Indian troops early today in southern Khudwani village.
    (AP, 7/22/18)
2018        Jul 22, Malta's PM Joseph Muscat said his country will take in 19 migrants rescued after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean overnight.
    (AFP, 7/22/18)
2018        Jul 22, In Pakistan Ikramullah Gandapur, a candidate from the party of Pakistan prime ministerial hopeful and former cricket star Imran Khan, was killed in a suicide attack that wounded four others in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
    (Reuters, 7/22/18)
2018        Jul 22, Syrian and Russia jets stepped up their bombing of an Islamic State bastion along the Jordan-Israel border in southwestern Syria, as the militants pushed into areas abandoned by other rebel groups.
    (Reuters, 7/22/18)
2018        Jul 22, Some 422 members of Syria's "White Helmet" civil defense group and their families fled advancing government forces and slipped over the border into Jordan overnight with the help of Israeli soldiers and Western powers.
    (Reuters, 7/22/18)
2018        Jul 22, About 2,400 swimmers took part in the Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim, organized by the Turkish Olympic Committee, for the 30th race since the tradition began in 1989.
    (AFP, 7/22/18)

2018        Jul 23, The White House blamed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for inciting a war of words with President Donald Trump, who warned that verbal threats could escalate into military conflict with the US.
    (AP, 7/23/18)
2018        Jul 23, In New Mexico flood waters rushed through the streets in Santa Fe late today, destroying homes and businesses and trapping motorists in vehicles as more than 3 inches (8 cm) of rain fell.
    (Reuters, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 23, French police cleared 455 Sudanese and Eritrean migrants from a park in the western city of Nantes where they had been camping for more than a month.
    (AFP, 7/23/18)
2018        Jul 23, Oksana Shachko (31), one of the founders of the Femen feminist protest movement, was found dead in her Paris apartment with a suicide note next to her body. She was one of four feminist activists who founded Femen in Ukraine in 2008.
    (AFP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 23, In Greece a swift-moving forest fire burned through a mountainous area west of Athens, prompting residents to flee as smoke from the blaze turned the sky over the Greek capital a hazy orange. Hundreds of people were trapped in the eastern resort of Mati as flames whipped around them. The death toll reached 91 as another victim died on August 6.  In December death toll from the fire rose to 100 as another victim died of severe burns.
    (AP, 7/23/18)(Reuters, 7/24/18)(AP, 7/25/18)(Reuters, 7/28/18)(AP, 8/6/18)(AP, 12/15/18)
2018        Jul 23, In Greece a Pakistani man (29) was stabbed to death. He was with three compatriots heading illegally toward Greece's northern border with Macedonia. On August 3 police announced the arrest of eight migrants on suspicion of the murder. The eight, six Afghans and two Pakistanis, allegedly robbed the four near the border.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
2018        Jul 23, In Iraq three teenage gunmen stormed the governor's headquarters in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, opening fire and killing one employee before being shot dead by Kurdish security forces. The assailants' motives were unclear.
    (AFP, 7/23/18)(Reuters, 7/23/18)
2018        Jul 23, Israel launched its newest air defense system on the Syrian frontier, where Damascus's Russian-backed forces have been routing rebels. Israeli air defenses fired at rockets that approached its territory from neighboring Syria, where regime troops were advancing on opposition forces close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
    (Reuters, 7/23/18)(AFP, 7/23/18)
2018        Jul 23, Italy's foreign minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi said Rome will allow migrants rescued by a European Union naval operation to land over the coming weeks while EU nations figure out how to divide up new arrivals.
    (AP, 7/23/18)
2018        Jul 23, Japan recorded its highest temperature ever as a deadly heat wave continued to grip a wide swath of the country and nearby South and North Korea. Over the last two weeks more than 40 people have died in Japan and about 10 in South Korea.
    (AP, 7/23/18)
2018        Jul 23, In southern Laos hundreds of people went missing and several were feared dead after the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam under construction in Attapeu province collapsed, causing flash flooding that swept away homes. A least 27 people were killed when part of a newly built South Korean-built hydroelectric dam gave way. 131 people were listed as missing.
    (AP, 7/24/18)(AFP, 7/25/18)(AP, 7/25/18)(AP, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 23, Lebanon's army killed eight people and arrested 41 others in a raid in Brital to arrest Ali Zeid Ismael, a well-known drug dealer. Ismael was among those killed.
    (AP, 7/23/18)(Reuters, 7/23/18)
2018        Jul 23, It was reported that homicides in Mexico have risen 16 percent in the first half of 2018, as the country again breaks its records for violence.
    (AP, 7/23/18)
2018        Jul 23, In Myanmar small-scale miners who flouted repeated warnings in their search for jade at a defunct mining site were buried by muddy earth that slid off a cliff. 27 people were buried in a landslide.
    (Reuters, 7/25/18)
2018        Jul 23, In northern Nigeria seven people were killed in a suicide attack on a mosque in Konduga town.
    (AP, 7/23/18)
2018        Jul 23, The chief justice of Pakistan's Supreme Court appointed judge Tahira Safdar as the first woman chief justice to Baluchistan province's highest court.
    (AP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 23, In the Philippines former leader Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (71) was elected speaker of the lower house of Congress, following a dramatic move by lawmakers to replace a loyalist of President Rodrigo Duterte with one of his most influential allies.
    (AP, 7/23/18)
2018        Jul 23, Rwanda's Pres. Paul Kagame signed bilateral agreements with the visiting Chinese president, Xi Jinping, the first Chinese president to visit Rwanda. Kagame praised China's treatment of Africa "as an equal," calling it "a revolutionary posture in world affairs" and "more precious than money".
    (AP, 7/23/18)
2018        Jul 23, Somali military officer said troops have repulsed an extremist assault on a military base in Sanguni. 10 attackers were reported killed. A spokesman for al-Shabab claimed that its fighters managed to enter the base and killed 27 soldiers.
    (AP, 7/23/18)
2018        Jul 23, Diamond producer De Beers said it was relocating 200 elephants from its private reserve in South Africa to neighboring Mozambique, part of wider efforts to restore wildlife populations ravaged by conflict there.
    (Reuters, 7/23/18)
2018        Jul 23, In South Korea the body of Roh Hoe-chan (61), a prominent liberal lawmaker of the small opposition Justice Party, was found dead near a Seoul apartment building. He had been embroiled in a corruption scandal and left a suicide note of apology.
    (AP, 7/23/18)
2018        Jul 23, Sri Lanka's Pres. Maithripala Sirisena said the government will still end its 42-year moratorium on capital punishment despite requests by the European Union and other diplomatic missions not to do so.
    (AP, 7/23/18)
2018        Jul 23, In Syria Russian air strikes late today killed four civilians in the pocket held by the Islamic State group in the southern province of Daraa.
    (AFP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 23, Tunisia's Red Crescent said a Tunisian boat carrying around 40 African migrants has been stranded off the country's coast without aid for more than a week after authorities refused to let them disembark there.
    (Reuters, 7/23/18)
2018        Jul 23, The UN Int'l Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered the United Arab Emirates to immediately allow Qatari families affected by a dispute between the countries to reunite, imposing the measure before it hears the full case filed by Qatar at a later date.
    (Reuters, 7/23/18)
2018        Jul 23, A court in Vietnam jailed 10 people for terms ranging from two to 3-1/2 years after they were arrested in last month's nationwide June 10 protests against new economic zones.
    (Reuters, 7/23/18)

2018        Jul 24, US President Donald Trump's family business unveiled plans to invest 150 million pounds ($196 million) in the second phase of development at its controversial golf course in northeastern Scotland.
    (AP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, The feud between Pres. Donald Trump and his onetime lawyer Michael Cohen escalated when Cohen released an audio recording of their 2016 pre-election conversation about a Playboy model's silence.
    (SFC, 7/27/18, p.A5)
2018        Jul 24, The US Bureau of Land Management, which oversees about 388,000 square miles (1 million square km) of public land, announced that it would no longer use mandatory off-site compensatory mitigation on most federal land. The directive threatened to undermine a hard-won compromise aimed at saving the greater sage grouse, a beleaguered bird scattered across their western region.
    (AP, 8/13/18)
2018        Jul 24, The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled 2-1 that Americans have a constitutional right to carry guns. The case from Hawaii was expected to go to the Supreme Court.
    (SFC, 7/25/18, p.D1)
2018        Jul 24, The California State Lottery announced that the winning ticket of the $522 million Mega Millions drawing was bought at Ernie's Liquor in San Jose.
    (SFC, 7/26/18, p.A5)
2018        Jul 24, Heavy rains pummeled parts of the US Southwest and mid-Atlantic, swelling floods that have forced evacuations, disrupted air travel and cut power.
    (Reuters, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, California officials approved $2.7 billion of voter-approved bond money for new water storage projects.
    (SFC, 7/25/18, p.A1)
2018        Jul 24, In New Orleans two off-duty rookie police officers beat a Latino man whom they allegedly called a "fake American." Officers Spencer Sutton (24) and John Galman (26) were soon fired but maintained their innocence.
    (SSFC, 7/29/18, p.A9)
2018        Jul 24, The New York Post reported that Ivanka Trump's clothing company is shutting down and that all of tis employees are being laid off.
    (SFC, 7/25/18, p.A5)
2018        Jul 24, Pablo Villavicencio, an Ecuadorean immigrant who was held for deportation after delivering pizza to a Brooklyn Army installation, walked out of a New Jersey immigration detention center house hours after a judge ordered his immediate release.
    (AP, 7/25/18)
2018        Jul 24, British PM Theresa May said she would now lead negotiations with the European Union, shifting the focus of the Brexit department toward preparing for Britain's departure from the bloc.
    (Reuters, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, British police said they have arrested a fifth man in the July 21 suspected acid attack on a three-year-old boy.
    (AP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, Congo DRC officially declared the end of an outbreak of Ebola, bringing the curtain down on a 10-week re-emergence of the disease which claimed 33 lives. This was the country's ninth outbreak of Ebola since 1976.
    (AFP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, Egypt inaugurated several power generation projects, including three power plants built by the German conglomerate Siemens in a ceremony attended by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, government ministers and officials.
    (AP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, The European Commission offered to shoulder the cost of taking in migrants from boats in the Mediterranean, seeking to entice more governments to shoulder the burden after Italy's new government closed the country's ports to rescue vessels.
    (AP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, Some Tour de France riders needed eye treatment for tear gas when police intervened to disperse farmers protesting against funding cuts. Stage 16 resumed after a 15-minute delay.
    (AP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, Germany's domestic intelligence agency said the number of Germans who reject the legitimacy of the government has increased sharply over the past 18 months. the Reichsbuerger movement increased to about 16,500 people last year from about 10,000 in 2016. By July of this year officials estimated the movement had grown further to about 18,000 people.
    (AP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, German authorities arrested Yasmin H., the wife of a Tunisian man detained last month, over a plot to use the toxin ricin to carry out an attack, alleging that she was an accomplice. Her husband, Sief Allah H., was arrested on June 12.
    (AP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, Greek authorities said wildfires raging through seaside resorts near Athens torched homes, cars and forests, killing at least 74 people.
    (AP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, Hungary's PM Viktor Orban offered to help small Montenegro guard its borders against migrants, insisting that the Balkans should remain closed for people trying to reach Western Europe.
    (AP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, Indian PM Narendra Modi stopped in Rwanda, where he signed a number of bilateral agreements and visited a model farm to which he donated 200 cows.
    (AP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, Indian PM Narendra Modi arrived in Uganda for the second stop in his tour of Africa ahead of this week's summit of the BRICS emerging economies.
    (AP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, Indian police admitted they made a mistake in handling a deadly vigilante attack on a man suspected of cow smuggling by tending to his cows before taking him to hospital on July 21.
    (Reuters, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, Iran said it will react with equal countermeasures if Washington tries to block its oil exports, while the Islamic Republic's armed forces chief said US threats would draw an "unimaginable and regrettable" reaction.
    (Reuters, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu said Turkey was becoming a "dark dictatorship" as he hit back at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's harsh criticism of a "racist" new Israeli law.
    (AFP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet with surface-to-air missiles after the plane infiltrated airspace it controls.
    (AFP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, Israel partially reopened its only goods crossing with the Gaza Strip after a two-week closure prompted by border tensions and incendiary kites sparked fears of a severe fuel shortage in the blockaded Palestinian enclave.
    (AFP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, Japanese government officials said an "unprecedented" heatwave has killed at least 80 people in Japan over the last two weeks.
    (Reuters, 7/24/18)   
2018        Jul 24, In Kashmir a paramilitary soldier was killed and two others wounded in an attack by rebels fighting Indian rule.
    (AP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, In eastern Libya militants with links to the extremist Islamic State group killed two policemen at a checkpoint in el-Agheila. At least four people were reported missing after the attack.
    (AP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, In central Mali the Ambodedjo Airport near Sevare was hit by shells overnight, the latest unrest just days before the country votes for a president.
    (Reuters, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, In Mexico Ruben Pat Cauich, the director of a new site based in Playa del Carmen, was shot to death. He was the 2nd journalist of the news site killed in less than a month.
    (SFC, 7/25/18, p.A2)
2018        Jul 24, In Mexico the remains of endangered sea turtles began turning up at a wildlife sanctuary on the Pacific coast of Chiapas state. By August 13 some 113 turtles were found dead at the Playas de Puerto Arista Sanctuary.
    (SFC, 8/20/18, p.A2)
2018        Jul 24, In New Zealand 28 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, planted 17 trees to commemorate each of the students and staff members who were killed last February 14 at their school.
    (AP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, Fifteen Nigerian senators quit the ruling All Progressives Congress party, making it a minority in parliament's upper house and indicating worsening rifts in President Muhammadu Buhari's political camp months ahead of an election.
    (Reuters, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, The North Korea-focused 38 North website said commercial satellite images from July 20 to 22 indicate the North began dismantling key facilities at the Sohae satellite launch site.
    (AP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, In the Philippines Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, said six of the largest guerrilla camps in the south were being converted into "productive civilian communities" to help the insurgents return to normal life. He also said that 30,000 to 40,000 armed fighters would be "decommissioned" if an autonomy deal that is expected to be signed into law by the president this week is fully enforced.
    (AP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, Russian agencies reported that scientist Viktor Kudryavtsev (74) has been arrested in a probe into allegations that staff at from the Central Research Institute of Machine Building near Moscow, a top space research center, have been passing information on the country's weapons program to the West.
    (AFP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, Syrian and Russian aircraft pummeled a jihadist holdout in southern Syria bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights after deadly strikes overnight.
    (AP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, Taiwan accused China of dragging sport into politics after a multi-million-dollar international youth event due to be held on the island next year was suspended.
    (AFP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said an Israeli law declaring that only Jews have the right of self-determination legitimizes oppression and shows that Israel is a fascist and racist country where the spirit of Adolf Hitler has re-emerged.
    (Reuters, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, Turkey's currency tumbled amid growing questions over the central bank's ability to set policy without interference from the increasingly powerful office of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The central bank decided to not raise rates, defying broad expectations in the markets for an increase of at least one percentage point to its one-week repo rate, from 17.75 percent.
    (AP, 7/24/18)
2018        Jul 24, In Turkey a four-storey residential building in central Istanbul, built in 1994, collapsed into a cloud of dust in front of watching media, after several hours perching on a ledge following heavy rains that destroyed its foundation.
    (AFP, 7/24/18)
 2018        Jul 24, The UAE hosted the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea, lauding their "bold and historic" rapprochement as enhancing prospects for peace and prosperity.
    (Reuters, 7/24/18)

2018        Jul 25, US President Donald Trump hosted European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker as efforts to resolve a festering trade dispute between the two key economies seemingly deadlocked. Trump and European leaders pulled back from the brink of a trade war over autos and agreed to open talks to tear down trade barriers between the United States and the European Union.
    (AFP, 7/25/18)(AP, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 25, American companies were put on notice by the Trump administration that they could face steep fines, or even criminal charges, if their business involves North Korean workers anywhere in their supply chain.
    (AP, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 25, Arizona state Trooper Tyler Edenhofer was killed while responding to a reports of a person throwing rocks at vehicles on I-10 in a Phoenix suburb. The arrested suspect used the the trooper's gun during a fight and wounded another trooper.
    (SFC, 7/27/18, p.A5)
2018        Jul 25, In California the Carr Fire in Shasta County claimed the lives of two firefighters, a contract bulldozer and Redding fire inspector Jeremy Stoke.
    (SFC, 7/28/18, p.A8)
2018        Jul 25, Georgia lawmaker Jason Spencer said he will resign following racial slurs yelled out on the July 22 cable TV show of provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen.
    (SFC, 7/26/18, p.A6)
2018        Jul 25, Milwaukee police Officer Michael Michalski (52) was killed during an exchange of gunfire as police searched for a man suspected of drug dealing. The lone suspect was arrested after he rna out of bullets and surrendered.
    (SFC, 7/27/18, p.A5)
2018        Jul 25, Power prices in some US Western markets rose to all-time highs for a second day in a row as consumers kept their air conditioners cranked up to escape a brutal heat wave blanketing much of the region. Power prices soared to their highest on record at Palo Verde in Arizona and SP-15 in Southern California.
    (Reuters, 7/25/18)
2018        Jul 25, General Motors, facing rising commodity costs in a trade showdown with Europe and elsewhere, cut its outlook for the year. The rest of the auto sector was dragged down as well.
    (AP, 7/25/18)
2018        Jul 25, A study published in the journal Science said a huge lake of salty water appears to be buried deep in Mars, raising the possibility of finding life on the red planet.
    (AP, 7/25/18)
2018        Jul 25, Rescuers pulled people from inundated cars on flooded streets near Baltimore as heavy rain soaked the US mid-Atlantic coast for a fifth day. Authorities closed highways and roads in parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia because of flooding.
    (AP, 7/25/18)
2018        Jul 25, In southeastern Bangladesh heavy monsoon rains triggered landslides and flooding, killing five children and forcing a thousand people to relocate, including in the Rohingya refugee camps.
    (Reuters, 7/25/18)
2018        Jul 25, Britain launched a toolkit offering advice to companies employing EU citizens who wish to remain in the UK following Brexit.
    (AFP, 7/25/18)
2018        Jul 25, China applauded international airlines for bending to its demand that they stop referring to Taiwan as an independent country on their websites after the issue generated friction between Beijing and Washington. Many airlines now simply list Taiwan's capital, Taipei, as a destination while omitting Taiwan.
    (AP, 7/25/18)
2018        Jul 25, China's official Xinhua news agency said police have caught 82 suspects in a crackdown on an online pyramid scheme involving 10.2 billion yuan ($1.51 billion) and more than 220,000 investors.
    (Reuters, 7/25/18)
2018        Jul 25, The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said mutagenesis-based gene-editing methods such as CRISPR/Cas9, which can rearrange targeted bits of DNA, fall under rules that now apply to genetic modification via strands of DNA from a different species.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 25, Europe launched four more Galileo satellites from French Guiana, taking the number in orbit to 26 and moving a step closer to having its own navigation system, just as the program has become the latest flashpoint in Brexit negotiations. The satellites will be part of the EU's alternative to the US Global Positioning System.
    (AP, 7/25/18)
2018        Jul 25, A German court sentenced Long N.H. (47), a Czech-Vietnamese national, to nearly four years in jail for taking part in a brazen Cold War-style kidnapping ordered by Hanoi of an oil executive from a Berlin park.
    (AFP, 7/25/18)
2018        Jul 25, In Kashmir government forces killed two rebels in a gunbattle, triggering protests and clashes by residents against Indian rule.
    (AP, 7/25/18)
2018        Jul 25, In Japan a grueling heat wave drove temperatures to records in some areas hit by flooding and landslides, hampering clean-up and recovery efforts. Vegetable prices spiked as much as 65 percent.
    (Reuters, 7/25/18)
2018        Jul 25, In Mali armed protesters from the Arab community fired shots into the air, burned tires and torched vehicles in Timbuktu, bringing the desert city to a standstill days before an election seen as a test of stability across the country.
    (Reuters, 7/25/18)
2018        Jul 25, In central Mali clashes erupted between traditional Donzo hunters and Fulani herders near the town of Djenne. A number of civilians were killed in the ethnic violence, one of a long series of attacks before a hotly-disputed presidential election this weekend.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 25, In western Mexico assailants shot to death six people at a funeral in Uruapan, Michoacan state.
    (AP, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 25, New Zealand's parliament passed legislation granting paid leave to domestic violence victims, with supporters calling it a groundbreaking measure to help those trying to escape abusive relationships.
    (AFP, 7/25/18)
2018        Jul 25, Pakistan held general elections. A suicide bomber killed at least 31 people near a polling center in Quetta. The knife-edge general election pitted cricket hero Imran Khan (65) against the PML-N, the     party of jailed ex-PM Nawaz Sharif. Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party first place finish put him on the brink of becoming the country's next prime minister.
    (Reuters, 7/25/18)(AP, 7/25/18)(Reuters, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 25, Paraguay's agriculture minister and three other people died in the crash of a small plane. The dead included Agriculture Minister Luis Gneiting, Vice Minister Vicente Ramirez and the pilot and co-pilot.
    (AP, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 25, Dr. Richard Jarecki (b.1931), the scourge of European casinos in the 1960s and early 1970s, died at his home in Manila. He had develped a system to beat roulette wheels based on minute mechanical defects and reportedly accumulated more than $1.2 million before manufacturing techniques improved the wheels.
    (SFC, 8/10/18, p.D2)
2018        Jul 25, Romanian authorities said two people have drowned after heavy rain in the country's northeast. Thousands of emergency workers have been mobilized to help flood-rescue efforts.
    (AP, 7/25/18)
2018        Jul 25, Russia said it has sent working groups to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey to help coordinate the return of refugees to Syria.
    (AP, 7/25/18)
2018        Jul 25, In Russia Elena Yampolskaya, an ultra-conservative journalist and MP who once said only God or Stalin could save Russia, was appointed head of the country's parliamentary culture committee.
    (AFP, 7/25/18)
2018        Jul 25, In South Africa leaders of the BRICS emerging economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) began an annual three-day summit, with attention focused on the threat of a US-led global trade war. The meeting opened with a business forum.
    (AFP, 7/25/18)
2018        Jul 25, South Sudan's Pres. Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar initialed an agreement in Khartoum to once again share power. The initialed agreement will be signed on August 5.
    (SFC, 7/26/18, p.A4)
2018        Jul 25, In Switzerland Sergio Marchionne (66) died after unexpected complications from surgery in Zurich. The charismatic and demanding CEO had engineered two long-shot corporate turnarounds to save carmakers Fiat and Chrysler from near-certain failure.
    (AP, 7/25/18)
2018        Jul 25, In southern Syria more than 250 people were killed in coordinated attacks by Islamic State fighters in Sweida and surrounding villages. The violence also left 30 IS fighters dead, including the suicide attackers. IS jihadists also abducted 36 Druze women and children from one village. Four women soon managed to escape while another two died. Russia-backed regime forces pressed their heavy bombardment of the IS-held pocket in Daraa.
    (AFP, 7/25/18)(AP, 7/26/18)(AP, 7/26/18)(AFP, 7/30/18)
2018        Jul 25, Turkey's interior ministry revoked the cancellation of 155,350 passports following the end of two-year-old state of emergency.
    (Reuters, 7/25/18)
2018        Jul 25, A Turkish court ruled that American pastor Andrew Brunson be transferred from jail to house arrest, after nearly two years in detention on terrorism charges in a case which has strained ties between Ankara and Washington.
    (Reuters, 7/25/18)
2018        Jul 25, Speaking in Uganda Indian PM Narendra Modi pledged to "intensify and deepen" his country's engagement with Africa, saying his government will do more to support governments across the continent.
    (AP, 7/25/18)
2018        Jul 25, The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said it would reduce jobs in Gaza and the West Bank at the end of this month following US budget cuts. UNRWA employees demonstrated in protest of the sweeping pay cuts and dismissals.
    (Reuters, 7/25/18)(SFC, 7/26/18, p.A2)
2018        Jul 25, UN special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths arrived in Sanaa to meet with rebel leaders amid efforts to restart peace talks after a two-year hiatus.
    (AP, 7/25/18)
2018        Jul 25, Yemen's Houthis attacked a Saudi oil tanker in the Red Sea, causing slight damage. The Houthis' Al Masirah TV said earlier on Twitter that it had targeted a warship named the Dammam off the western coast of Yemen.
    (AP, 7/25/18)

2018        Jul 26, Pres. Donald Trump said the US will hit Turkey with large sanctions over detained American Pastor Andrew Brunson.
    (SFC, 7/27/18, p.A2)
2018        Jul 26, The Trump administration said 1,820 children separated at the US-Mexico border have been reunited with parents and sponsors but hundreds remain apart. More than 2,500 children were separated from their parents at the border amid a zero tolerance policy that criminally prosecuted anyone caught crossing illegally.
    (AP, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 26, The US Environmental Protection Agency's acting chief said the government will withdraw a decision to lift strict sales limits on remanufactured heavy duty vehicles known as "glider trucks".
    (Reuters, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 26, A US government report said China, Iran and Russia, along with their proxy hackers, are hard at work trying to steal trade secrets and proprietary information from the US. The report identified a Chinese cyberespionage group called APT10 and an Iranian hacker group called "Rocket Kitten".
    (SFC, 7/27/18, p.A3)
2018        Jul 26, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Shasta and Riverside Counties. Late today the fire entered the northwest side of Redding, a city of 90,000. On July 23 a mechanical failure of a vehicle sparked the Carr Fire in Shasta County. At least one person was killed in the rapidly moving wildfire. The Ferguson Fire near Yosemite Park now covered 44,223 acres and was about 27% contained.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)(SFC, 7/27/18, p.A7)(SFC, 7/28/18, p.A1)
2018        Jul 26, Bill Loud, the father of a California family captured on the 1973 PBS series: "An American Family," died Los Angeles.
    (SSFC, 7/29/18, p.C9)
2018        Jul 26, In Washington, DC, Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed oversaw the reunification of feuding wings of the Orthodox Tewahedo Church, one of the world's oldest Christian churches. The 2 Synods were reunited into one Holy Synod after 27 years.
    (AFP, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 26, Nashville, Tenn., police Officer Andrew Delke (25) shot and killed Daniel Hambrick (25), a black man who was running away from him. In September Delke was charged with homicide.
    (SFC, 9/29/18, p.A6)
2018        Jul 26, In Bosnia mayors and councilors from border towns staged a rare protest in Sarajevo, demanding the government do more to help them handle thousands of migrants camped out near their towns and cities.
    (Reuters, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 26, The British government said doctors will be legally be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis following a review, but insisted it was not a first step towards legalizing recreational use.
    (AFP, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 26, Britain's Royal Air Force led tributes to Mary Ellis, an aviation pioneer and World War II-era pilot who has died at 101. As a member of the Air Transport Auxiliary, Ellis flew over 1,000 Spitfires and bombers, bringing the aircraft from factories to airfields and afterward managed Sandown airport on the Isle of Wight.
    (AP, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 26, Authorities in Canada's easternmost province said they had reached a tentative agreement with Norwegian oil giant Equinor to develop a major oil field discovered off Newfoundland in the North Atlantic.
    (AFP, 7/30/18)
2018        Jul 26, China's state-controlled People's Daily posted a Ted Talks video about sexual assault on its Weibo account. Accusations of sexual assault spread across China's social media this week as the #MeToo movement took aim at prominent activists, intellectuals and a television personality.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 26, In China an explosion outside the US embassy in Beijing, described by the embassy as a bomb, wounded the lone assailant. Police described the weapon merely as a "firework device." A suspect from China's Inner Mongolia region, identified only by the surname Jiang, injured his hand and was taken to a hospital.
    (Reuters, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 26, Ethiopia's police said Semegnew Bekele, the construction manager of a controversial dam being built on the Nile River in Ethiopia, has been shot dead in Addis Ababa. The massive Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is now more than 63 percent complete.
    (AP, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 26, Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanese said Italian defense spending will come in at just 1.15 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) this year and will fall further in 2019, undercutting US efforts to boost military budgets.
    (Reuters, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 26, Police in Rome cleared nearly 400 people, including dozens of children, from a shanty camp inhabited for years by members of the minority Roma community, despite a European Union court ruling halting demolition.
    (AP, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 26, Ivory Coast pod counters and farmers said heavy rain in the cocoa-growing regions has damaged flowers and small pods on trees, raising concern for the development of the upcoming main crop.
    (Reuters, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 26, In Japan the last six members of a Japanese doomsday cult who remained on death row were executed for a series of crimes in the 1990s including a sarin gas attack on Tokyo subways that killed 13 people.
    (AP, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 26, Kenyan wildlife authorities said a tenth critically endangered black rhino has died after being moved from the capital to a new wildlife park and the sole survivor has been attacked by lions in what some conservationists have called a national disaster.
    (AP, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 26, In Morocco more than 600 African migrants reached the Spanish territory of Ceuta after storming a double border fence and attacking police with caustic quicklime and excrements. Moroccan police stopped around 100 of them, while 602 managed to climb over into Spain.
    (AFP, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 26, In southeast Myanmar floodwaters forced thousands from their homes, as authorities and volunteers scrambled to provide food and aid to the victims.
    (AFP, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 26, Pakistan's former cricket star Imran Khan declared victory in parliamentary elections marred by violence and allegations of fraud. He pledged to fight corruption and build a nation that bowed to no one.
    (AP, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 26, Teenage Palestinian attacker Mohammed Tareq Dar Youssef (17) snuck into the Israeli Adam settlement in the occupied West Bank by climbing a wall. He stabbed three people seemingly at random before being shot dead.
    (AFP, 7/27/18)(SFC, 7/28/18, p.A4)
2018        Jul 26, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he has signed a law which grants expanded autonomy for the mainly Catholic nation's Muslim south, a key step to ending one of Asia's longest and deadliest conflicts. The bill creates a new region to be called Bangsamoro.
    (AFP, 7/26/18)(AP, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 26, In the Philippines the six winners of this year's Ramon Magsaysay Awards, regarded as Asia's version of the Nobel Prize, were announced. The recipients included a Cambodian genocide survivor (Youk Chhang) who helped document the Khmer Rouge atrocities, an Indian psychiatrist (Bharat Vatwani ) who led the rescue of thousands of mentally ill street paupers to treat and reunite them with their families, a Filipino (Howard Dee ) who led peace talks with communist insurgents, a polio-stricken Vietnamese (Vo Thi Hoang Yen) who fought discrimination against the disabled, an East Timorese (Maria de Lourdes Martins Cruz) who built care centers for the poor amid civil strife and an Indian (Sonam Wangchuk) who tutored village students to help them pass exams.
    (AP, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 26, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales (77), the Philippines' top anti-corruption prosecutor and one of the few remaining critics of President Rodrigo Duterte in government, retired and was replaced by a loyalist of the leader.
    (AFP, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 26, Authorities in Poland banned swimming at over 50 beaches along its Baltic coast, after hot weather led to the toxic growth of bacteria in the unusually warm sea.
    (AP, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 26, Saudi Arabia said it was suspending oil shipments through a strategic Red Sea lane after Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis attacked two tankers in the waterway, underscoring the risk of an escalation in tensions in the region.
    (Reuters, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 26, In South Africa the leaders of the BRICS bloc of emerging economies, meeting in the wake of tariff threats by US President Donald Trump, signed a declaration supporting an open and inclusive multilateral trading system under World Trade Organization rules at their summit. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa agreed at the three-day meeting to fight unilateralism and protectionism.
    (Reuters, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 26, In Spain tourists arriving in Barcelona faced long lines and jam-packed buses and subways as the city's taxis went on strike for a second day.
    (AP, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 26, Syrian government forces raised the country's two-star flag on the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, four years since they were last deployed there.
    (AFP, 7/26/18)
2018        Jul 26, A Uganda court upheld a constitutional amendment scrapping presidential age limits. Opposition leaders warned that President Yoweri Museveni (73) is heading for a "life presidency".
    (AFP, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 26, Venezuelan opposition lawmaker and oncologist Jose Manuel Olivares, who led protests over the crumbling health sector, said he has fled the crisis-stricken country after his family received threats that they would be persecuted unless he quit politics.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 26, Yemen's Iranian-aligned Houthi movement said it had attacked Abu Dhabi airport in the United Arab Emirates with a drone, though it was not immediately clear if there was any damage or casualties.
    (Reuters, 7/26/18)

2018        Jul 27, President Donald Trump thanked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for "fulfilling a promise" to return the remains of US soldiers missing from the Korean War, as a US military plane made a rare trip into North Korea to retrieve 55 cases said to contain remains. Close to 7,700 US soldiers remain unaccounted for from the 1950-53 Korean War, and about 5,300 of those were lost in North Korea.
    (AP, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 27, In California the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite Valley was 29% contained after burning 46, 675 acres. The Ranch Fire broke out in Mendocino County. The River Fire broke out in Lake County. By July 30 the Mendocino Complex fire covered 68,487 acres and surged to within a mile of Lakeport before it was beaten back.
    (SFC, 7/28/18, p.A8)(SFC, 7/30/18, p.A8)(SFC, 7/31/18, p.A1)
2018        Jul 27, Massachusetts abolished from its books an unenforced abortion ban with roots dating to 1845.
    (SFC, 7/28/18, p.A5)
2018        Jun 27, In Texas inmate Danny Paul Bible (66) was executed for a 1979 rape and murder in Houston. He had been accused of at least four killings and nine rapes.
    (SFC, 6/28/18, p.A6)
2018        Jul 27, A Texas doctor was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in her 70s. Nigeria-born Dr. Donald Ozumba (45) had six other sex assault cases pending and could face a life sentence.
    (SFC, 7/28/18, p.A5)
2018        Jul 27, In Texas Richard Starry (60) fatally shot four relatives late today before killing himself in suburban Corpus Christi.
    (SSFC, 7/29/18, p.A9)
2018        Jul 27, CBS stock fell 6% after a New Yorker story detailed allegations of sexual misconduct by CEO Les Moonves.
    (SFC, 7/28/18, p.D2)
2018        Jul 27, An Armenian court ordered former President Robert Kocharyan (1998-2008) detained on charges of usurping power.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, Australian researchers said thousands of aborigines are estimated to have been murdered in 500 massacres across Australia from European settlement in 1788 until the mid-20th century.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, Bulgaria's top court ruled that a European treaty to combat violence against women violates the constitution, likely eliminating any chance the treaty can be ratified.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang ended a 3-day visit to Tibet. He said the region is an inseparable part of China's "sacred" territory, and religious figures should promote national unity and ethnic harmony.
    (Reuters, 7/29/18)
2018        Jul 27, Equatorial Guinea's lawmakers were banned from foreign travel unless authorized by Vice President Teodorin Nguema Obiang, the president's son. In June, the country's civil servants were hit with a similar ban.
    (AFP, 8/23/18)
2018        Jul 27, European firefighters battled forest blazes and authorities banned barbecues, warning citizens of near-record temperatures as a heatwave scorched much of the EU region.
    (AFP, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, A major fire in the Paris suburbs paralyzed traffic in and out of the city's Montparnasse train station, just as thousands of French travelers head off on their holidays this weekend.
    (AFP, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, The German government said it took a minority stake in electricity transmission firm 50Hertz for "national security" reasons, thwarting Chinese investors from buying into the strategic company. 50Hertz is one of four transmission system operators in Germany and ensures that 18 million people are supplied with electricity.
    (AFP, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras said he took full political responsibility for a devastating wildfire which has killed at least 87 people and led to opposition accusations over the government's failure to protect lives.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, Hungary's right-wing PM Viktor Orban welcomed the idea of Steve Bannon's new anti-European Union group, The Movement, saying it was time that someone from the United States came to Europe to spread conservative thinking instead of liberal values.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, The International Fund for Animal Welfare said the controversial hunt for minke whales in Iceland has come to end after declining profits led to the local industry closing.
    (AFP, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called for a government to be formed as soon as possible to tackle corruption and poor basic services. Sistani told the incumbent caretaker administration of PM Haider al-Abadi to respond to protesters' fears.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, Israel's Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said 400 new homes will be built in the Adam settlement in the occupied West Bank where a Palestinian last evening stabbed three Israelis, one fatally.
    (AFP, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, Israeli police closed the gates to Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound after masked youths discharged fireworks in the direction of Israeli police following midday prayers.
    (AFP, 7/27/18)(Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, An official of Macau's Yat Yuen, the company that ran the only dog-racing track in the world's largest gambling hub until last week, joined hands with animal rights group Anima to announce plans for a center to rehouse more than 500 greyhounds.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, Mauritius PM Pravind Jugnauth said Roubina Jadoo-Jaunbocus, the minister for gender equality, has stepped down, after an inquiry on the Indian Ocean island linked politicians, police, lawyers and prison guards to drug traffickers.
    (AP, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 27, In Mexico at least five people were killed and three others wounded in a late night shootout between police and criminals near the resort town of Cancun.
    (AFP, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 27, In Mongolia Turkish teacher Veysel Akcay (50) was allegedly kidnapped in Ulaanbaatar and taken to the city's airport. He was released after authorities temporarily grounded an airplane. Akcay, who has lived in Mongolia for 24 years, is associated with the network of US-based Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, which Turkish authorities hold responsible for a failed 2016 coup in Turkey.
    (AFP, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 27, North Korean soldiers, sailors and civilians gathered at a heroes' cemetery to commemorate their brothers in arms on the anniversary of the end of the Korean War. At the same time on the other side of the country, remains believed to be those of American servicemen killed in the war were being loaded onto a US aircraft for transportation to the South, in the first stage of their final journey home.
    (AFP, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, Thorvald Stoltenberg (87), Norway's highly popular ex-foreign minister, died. Stoltenberg was foreign minister 1987-1989, and again from 1990 to 1993. He also served as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the UN Special Representative to the Former Yugoslavia.
    (AP, 8/2/18)
2018        Jul 27, Palestinians Majdi al-Satari (11) and Ghazi Abu Mustafa (43) were killed by Israeli gunfire at a border protest.
    (AP, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 27, A Saudi-led coalition launched heavy air strikes on Yemen's main port city of Hodeidah, in an apparent resumption of military operations on the Red Sea city after the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement attacked two Saudi oil tankers.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, Spain's PM Pedro Sanchez lost a key vote over his budget plans as political allies who brought him to power last month decided to abstain, showing how fragile his minority socialist administration is.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, A court in Granada sentenced Spanish mother Juana Rivas to five years in jail after hiding with her sons, now 12 and 4, to avoid handing them over to their father, whom she accused of abuse.
    (AFP, 7/27/18)

2018        Sep 28, US Pres. Donald Trump signed an $854 billion spending bill to keep the federal government open through December 7.
    (SFC, 9/29/18, p.A5)
2018        Jul 28, In California some 3,400 firefighters on the ground and in helicopters and airplanes battled the 48,300-acre (19,500 hectares) Carr Fire as it ripped through Redding. The fire was just three percent contained. Nine people were reported missing. The death toll rose to five with the discovery of human remains on the outskirts of Redding believed to be those of a missing elderly woman and her two great-grandchildren.
    (Reuters, 7/28/18)(Reuters, 7/29/18)
2018        Sep 28, In San Francisco FDA inspectors raided the Juul Labs headquarters and seized documents related to sales and marketing practices, among other things. The e-cigarette manufacturer said it is cooperating with investigators.
    (SFC, 10/3/18, p.D1)
2018        Jul 28, In New Orleans two armed individuals opened fire at a strip mall killing three people and wounding seven others. The shooting appeared to be gang-related.
    (SFC, 7/30/18, p.A5)(SFC, 7/31/18, p.A4)
2018        Jul 28, In southwestern Michigan afire swept through the Cosmo Extended Stay Motel in Sodus early today killing five children and their mother.
    (SSFC, 7/29/18, p.A9)
2018        Jul 28, In eastern Afghanistan gunmen stormed a midwife training center in the city of Jalalabad, fighting security forces for several hours and killing three staff. One of the attackers died early in the operation after detonating a suicide bomb but a second held out for several hours before being killed.
    (Reuters, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 28, Australia's conservative government failed to win any of five by-elections, defeats widely seen as an indication PM Malcolm Turnbull faces an uphill battle to be re-elected in a national poll due by May 2019.
    (Reuters, 7/29/18)
2018        Jul 28, In Bulgaria tens of thousands of supporters of the opposition Socialist Party (BSP) rallied to protest poverty and corruption and demand an early election.
    (Reuters, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 28, China's anti-graft watchdog said Zhang Yongguang, a corruption suspect who was on the country's list of 100 most wanted overseas fugitives, has returned to China from the United States after giving himself up. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said Zhang is the 54th person on the list to have returned to China since the operation was launched in 2015.
    (Reuters, 7/29/18)
2018        Jul 28, An Egyptian court sentenced 75 people to death, including top figures of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, for their involvement in a 2013 sit-in. The sentences were subject to appeal.
    (AP, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 28, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras faced mounting criticism after wildfires that killed at least 88 people plunged Greece into grief just as it was healing from years of painful bailouts.
    (Reuters, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 28, Indian officials said at least 58 people have been killed in the past two days as monsoon rains in the north triggered house collapses and flooded wide swaths of land.
    (AP, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 28, In western India 33 people were feared dead after a bus fell into a deep gorge in Maharashtra state.
    (AP, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 28, An Iraqi a judicial official said five election officials will be put on trial in connection with fraud and vote buying, during the country's May legislative elections.
    (AFP, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 28, Israeli forces arrested two Italians and a Palestinian for drawing a giant mural of Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi, seen as a symbol of resistance, on the separation wall in the occupied West Bank. On July 25 a man drawing the mural had identified himself as Italian street artist Jorit Agoch.
    (AFP, 7/29/18)
2018        Jul 28, Heavy rain fell on parts of Japan and airlines canceled flights as approaching Typhoon Jongdari threatened to dump more rain on a region devastated by floods and landslides earlier this month.
    (AP, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 28, The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Council said it has agreed to work with the Syrian government on ending seven years of violence in the country and setting up a roadmap for Syria's future. The SDC is the political wing of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that controls wide swathes of northeast Syria.
    (AP, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 28, Lebanese environmentalists sank 10 old tanks and armored vehicles to the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea in a novel attempt to attract divers and create new habitats for marine life.
    (AFP, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 28, Thousands of Nicaraguans marched through Managua in a show of support for the country's bishops whom President Daniel Ortega has accused of aiding an attempted "coup" against him. Simultaneous marches of supporters and opponents of Ortega's government passed through the streets of Managua without incident.
    (AFP, 7/28/18)(AP, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 28, Norwegian authorities said a polar bear has attacked and injured a man leading tourists off a cruise ship on the most northern island of Svalbard. The man was taken by helicopter to Spitsbergen island and the bear was shot dead.
    (AP, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 28, Palestinian teen Moumin al-Hams (17) died of wounds sustained by Israeli gunfire at a border protest as thousands attended the funeral of an 11-year-old killed in that demonstration.
    (AP, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 28, In Russia tens of thousands took part in rallies across the country organized by Communists to protest against highly controversial plans to hike the pension age.
    (AFP, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 28, In Serbia Dragoslav Ognjanovic (56), a leading lawyer who defended former strongman Slobodan Milosevic on charges of war crimes, was shot dead in Belgrade. His 26-year-old son was wounded in the arm.
    (AFP, 7/29/18)
2018        Jul 28, Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed arrived in Eritrea for a 3-day visit, amid another diplomatic thaw in the restless Horn of Africa region.
    (AP, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 28, In Spain taxi drivers in Madrid went on strike in solidarity with Barcelona cabbies protesting against "unfair competition" from Uber and Cabify.
    (AP, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 28, Hundreds of Syrian refugees returned to their country from Lebanon in a bus convoy arranged by both governments, advancing an effort by Beirut to accelerate returns to areas where fighting has ended.
    (Reuters, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 28, In northern Thailand landslides, triggered by days of heavy downpours, killed seven people and left one missing.
    (Reuters, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 28, Uganda said it had sentenced 35 people from neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo for up to three years for illegal fishing on Lake Albert.
    (AFP, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 28, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko joined thousands on the streets of Kiev on an anniversary marking the start of the conversion of Ukrainians to Christianity, amid a push to remove what he says is a lever of Kremlin influence in Ukrainian affairs.
    (Reuters, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 28, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick (88), the former archbishop of Washington, D.C., who has been at the center of a widening sexual abuse scandal.
    (Reuters, 7/28/18)

2018        Sep 29, It was reported that the US Dept. of Education has suspended this year's $4 million installment to Chicago's Magnet Schools Assistance Program following allegations that the district failed to protect students from sexual violence.
    (SFC, 9/29/18, p.A5)
2018        Sep 29, It was reported that the Trump administration has completed its plan to roll back major offshore-drilling safety regulations that were put into place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster. The revisions will take effect Dec. 27.
    (SFC, 9/29/18, p.A6)
2018        Jul 29, In California the Carr Fire in Shasta County now consumed 95,368 acres and was just 17 percent contained. The Ranch Fire grew to 16,300 acres and the River Fire to 14,200 acres. Both were just 5 percent contained. The death toll in the state fires rose to eight.
    (SFC, 7/30/18, p.A8)
2018        Sep 29, In Pennsylvania a car exploded in Allentown leaving three men dead. Police called it a criminal incident. Jacob Schmoyer (26) was killed along with his son (2) and friend David Hillman (66). Police later said Schmoyer had sent letters indicating he used an explosive to kill himself, his son and friend.
    (SFC, 10/1/18, p.A4)(SFC, 10/5/18, p.A6)
2018        Jul 29, In Bangladesh protests began in Dhaka after two college students were struck and killed by a pair of buses. Protests by young people demanding safer streets followed for the next five days.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
2018        Jul 29, In Bulgaria Chinese dancer Sinuo Chang and Canadian ballerina Yuan Zhe Zi Xuan, also known as Jessica Xuan, won the top prizes at the Varna International Ballet Competition, the oldest ballet competition in world.
    (Reuters, 7/30/18)
2018        Jul 29, Cambodia held elections. The ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) said that it had won a general election that rights groups said was neither free nor fair due to voter intimidation and the absence of any significant challenger to PM Hun Sen. The National Election Commission said voter turnout was 80.49 percent.
    (Reuters, 7/29/18)
2018        Jul 29, Police in the northeastern Chinese city of Changchun said they had asked prosecutors to approve the arrest of 18 people at Changsheng Bio-technology Co Ltd, a vaccine maker at the center of a safety scandal.
    (Reuters, 7/29/18)
2018        Jul 29, It was reported that China has donated four 12-meter-long boats and 30 rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers to the Philippines, continuing the closer relations between the two countries under President Rodrigo Duterte.
    (Reuters, 7/29/18)
2018        Jul 29, In Egypt a train came off the rails on the Cairo-Aswan line, injuring a number of passengers and delaying trips. Hours later Sayed Salem, the head of Egypt's railway authority, was removed from office.
    (AFP, 7/29/18)
2018        Jul 29, In Egypt Bishop Epiphanius (68), the abbot of Saint Macarius monastery in Wadi el-Natrun, was found dead with head injuries.
    (AFP, 8/4/18)
2018        Jul 29, Greek fire services said three more people were confirmed killed by the wildfires that have devastated seaside resorts near Athens, bringing the death toll in the disaster to 91.
    (AFP, 7/29/18)
2018        Jul 29, In Indonesia a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the tourist island of Lombok. At least 14 people were killed, scores inured and thousands of homes damaged. More than 120 aftershocks were recorded.
    (AFP, 7/29/18)
2018        Jul 29, Iran's currency hit a record low of 100,000 rials to the dollar amid a deepening economic crisis and the imminent return of full US sanctions.
    (AFP, 7/29/18)
2018        Jul 29, It was reported that Iran's top security body has approved the release of opposition figures Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest for seven years for leading mass protests in 2009.
    (AFP, 7/29/18)
2018        Jul 29, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi suspended his electricity minister amid continuing protests over poor public services especially power cuts and rampant corruption.
    (Reuters, 7/29/18)
2018        Jul 29, Israel's navy intercepted a Norwegian-flagged activist boat trying to break its more than decade-long blockade of the Gaza Strip. The Norwegian-flagged Karstein ship had 22 people on board. The captain of the boat later accused Israeli authorities of violating the law by boarding the vessel in international waters and using violent force against its crew who were arrested.
    (AFP, 7/29/18)(AFP, 8/2/18)
2018        Jul 29, Israel released Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi (17) from prison after serving eight months for slapping two Israeli soldiers.
    (AFP, 7/29/18)
2018        Jul 29, Israeli Arab labor lawmaker Zuhair Bahloul said he can no longer serve in a country that officially marginalizes the 20 percent Arab minority he represents.
    (AP, 7/29/18)
2018        Jul 29, Tropical Storm Jongdari made landfall early today in central Japan after dumping heavy rain on Tokyo and other parts of eastern Japan the previous day.
    (AP, 7/29/18)
2018        Jul 29, In Japan Tiphaine Veron (36), a French teaching assistant, was last seen leaving her lodgings in Nikko.
    (AFP, 10/17/18)
2018        Jul 29, Malians voted to decide whether or not to give President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita a second term, amid widespread ethnic and jihadist violence that has dramatically worsened since he came to power five years ago. Attacks by gunmen or other violence disrupted around a fifth of the polling stations, with about three percent unable to function at all.
    (Reuters, 7/29/18)(Reuters, 7/30/18)
2018        Jul 29, A Myanmar official said rising floodwaters have killed at least 10 people and forced more than 54,000 from their homes across swathes of the country.
    (AFP, 7/29/18)(Reuters, 7/29/18)
2018        Jul 29, In Russia thousands protested in central Moscow against a proposed increase to the retirement age and the crowd chanted slogans critical of President Vladimir Putin whose approval ratings have been dented by the bill.
    (Reuters, 7/29/18)
2018        Jul 29, Pro-Syrian government forces advanced in an Islamic State pocket in southwest Syria, despite a threat to hostages the jihadists seized last week. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported air strikes against Islamic State positions east of Sweida, the city the jihadists attacked last week.
    (Reuters, 7/29/18)
2018        Jul 29, In Tajikistan a hit-and-run driver killed four foreign cyclists from the United States, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Security forces pursuing suspects in the attack killed four, including one as he was resisting arrest, and detained a fifth man. Islamic State jihadists soon claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 7/30/18)(AFP, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 29, Turkey's coast guard rescued nine people overnight, but six people including three babies died when an inflatable boat carrying 16 people capsized off the coast of western Turkey.
    (Reuters, 7/29/18)
2018        Jul 29, In Yemen Saudi-led coalition airstrikes killed at least 18 people in the port province of Hodeida.
    (SFC, 7/30/18, p.A2)

2018        Jul 30, US Pres. Donald Trump offered talks with Tehran without preconditions.
    (Reuters, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 30, The US suspended duty-free benefits for apparel from Rwanda due to tariffs imposed by the East African country on used clothing and footwear imports it blames for harming the local textile industry.
    (AFP, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 30, A senior US official said that US spy satellites had detected renewed activity at the North Korean factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.
    (Reuters, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 30, The US military confirmed that US forces started deploying armed drones in the west African country of Niger earlier this year to attack Islamist militants.
    (Reuters, 7/30/18)
2018        Jul 30, Ron Dellums (b.1935), former US Congressman (1971-1998) from California and mayor of Oakland, Ca., (2007-2011), died in Washington, DC.
    (SFC, 7/31/18, p.A1)
2018        Jul 30, A suicide bomber in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar killed at least four people, including prominent local militia commander Hayat Khan, considered a leading opponent of Islamic State fighters in the region.
    (Reuters, 7/30/18)
2018        Jul 30, London's Supreme Court ruled that doctors and families of patients in a permanent vegetative state will no longer need legal permission to end their treatment.
    (Reuters, 7/30/18)
2018        Jul 30, The ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) said it had won all 125 parliamentary seats up for grabs in a general election. The opposition and an analyst said more than half-a-million spoilt ballots in the general election represent a protest against the vote that critics have called a sham. As many as 594,843 votes, or 8.4 percent, of the 7.64 million votes cast, were invalid and spoiled.
    (Reuters, 7/30/18)
2018        Jul 30, Comoros held a referendum to extend presidential term limits and end a system of rotating power among the archipelago's three main islands, moves the opposition calls a power grab by President Azali Assoumani. An electoral official said voters overwhelmingly backed the controversial constitutional reforms. The referendum was boycotted by the opposition.
    (Reuters, 7/30/18)(AFP, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 30, Multimillionaire and political heavyweight Moise Katumbi (53) said he had sought permission to return to DR Congo this week to contest presidential elections in one of Africa's most volatile countries. The former governor of the mineral-rich province has been living in self-imposed exile in Belgium since May 2016 after falling out with President Joseph Kabila.
    (AFP, 7/30/18)
2018        Jul 30, The presidents of Eritrea and Somalia said they plan to establish diplomatic relations, the latest sign of thawing relations across the Horn of Africa following Eritrea's rapprochement with Ethiopia.
    (Reuters, 7/30/18)
2018        Jul 30, In France Geraint Thomas was labelled the "Perfect Poster Boy" after the British Team Sky rider deposed teammate and four-time champion Chris Froome to win the Tour de France.
    (AFP, 7/30/18)
2018        Jul 30, In India more than 4 million people were excluded from a draft list of citizens released by a census official for the northeastern border state of Assam, in a long-running campaign against immigrants. Thousands of Bengali-speaking Muslims worried about being sent to detention centers or deported.
    (Reuters, 7/30/18)
2018        Jul 30, In eastern India heavy rains flooded a hospital critical care unit in Bihar state, as annual monsoon rains destroyed homes in several parts of the country and forced others to flee to higher ground. More than 1,500 people have died so far this year across the country due to storms, floods and landslides.
    (Reuters, 7/30/18)
2018        Jul 30, Israel expelled Italian artists Jorit Agoch and Salvatore De Louise for their painting of a mural depicting formerly imprisoned Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamini.
    (SFC, 7/31/18, p.A3)
2018        Jul 30, Japan said it would spend some $4.2 billion over the next 30 years on installing and operating US radar systems to protect itself against North Korean missile threats.
    (AFP, 7/30/18)
2018        Jul 30, Japanese researchers announced the first human trial using a kind of stem cell to treat Parkinson's disease, building on earlier animal trials.
    (AFP, 7/30/18)
2018        Jul 30, In Kenya poachers killed a 12-year-old black rhino in Lake Nakuru national park days after the authorities announced that ten of the critically endangered animals had died in a bungled relocation.
    (Reuters, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 30, Myanmar officials said monsoon floods have killed at least 11 people and forced more than 100,000 to flee their homes, as rescue workers ferried stranded residents to safety by boat.
    (Reuters, 7/30/18)
2018        Jul 30, Philippine police vowed to revamp and intensify a fight against crime and drugs, a week after President Rodrigo Duterte promised no letup in a bloody crackdown that has alarmed the international community.
    (Reuters, 7/30/18)
2018        Jul 30, Russia's Pres. Vladimir Putin signed a presidential decree creating a new directorate inside the Russian army to promote patriotism. In the Soviet Union, a similar directorate worked to ensure that the army stayed loyal to the then ruling Communist party.
    (Reuters, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 30, Lawyers in Serbia started a week-long strike to protest the fatal shooting of their colleague Dragoslav Ognjanovic (57) who helped defend late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic and represented leading underworld figures.
    (Reuters, 7/30/18)
2018        Jul 30, A South African court ruled that former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe did not have diplomatic immunity when she allegedly beat a young woman with an electrical cord.
    (AFP, 7/30/18)
2018        Jul 30, Workers at South Africa's high-speed Gautrain went on strike over pay affecting services to the country's main airport, the capital Pretoria and commercial hub Johannesburg that caters for business commuters.
    (Reuters, 7/30/18)
2018        Jul 30, Spanish taxi drivers blocked major city streets including Barcelona's Gran Via and Madrid's Castellana in a protest to pressure the government to curb licenses to online ride-hailing services such as Uber.
    (Reuters, 7/30/18)
2018        Jul 30, The Vatican accepted the resignation of Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson (67), the most senior cleric found guilty of concealing child sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. The archbishop of Adelaide was convicted in May of failing to disclose to police abuse by a priest, Father James Fletcher, after being told about it in 1976.
    (Reuters, 7/30/18)
2018        Jul 30, In Vietnam a Hanoi court sentenced property developer Phan Van Anh Vu to nine years in prison for deliberate disclosure of state secrets following a one-day trial. The court also jailed two former police officials, Phan Huu Tuan and Nguyen Huu Bach, for seven and six years respectively for the same charge as Vu.
    (Reuters, 7/30/18)
2018        Jul 30, In central Vietnam 13 people were killed and four injured when a minibus carrying guests on the way to a wedding collided head-on with a large container truck. Three people, including the groom, died on the way to the hospital.
    (Reuters, 7/30/18)
2018        Jul 30, Zimbabwe held its first election since former president Robert Mugabe was ousted in a de facto coup. President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a long-time ally of Mugabe, faced opposition leader Nelson Chamisa in the vote.
    (Reuters, 7/30/18)

2018        Jul 31, The United States froze the assets of three Pakistanis it has linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba, the militant group blamed for the deadly 2008 attacks in India's financial capital, Mumbai. The US Treasury targeted Hameed ul Hassan and Abdul Jabbar, who it said were responsible for funneling money to Lashkar-e-Taiba and paying salaries to its members. The State Department added Abdul Rehman al-Dakhil to its list of "specially designated global terrorists," saying he was a senior commander of the group.
    (Reuters, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 31, A US federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order to stop the release of blueprints to make 3D-printed plastic guns. US-based Defense Distributed, founded by Cody Wilson (b.1988), planned to release blueprints on August 1, which anyone with a specialized 3-D printer could download online. In 2015 and 2017 Wired named Wilson one of the five most dangerous people on the Internet.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cody_Wilson)(SFC, 8/1/18, p.D6)(SFC, 8/2/18, p.A5)
2018        Jul 31, In northern California the Carr fire, now the seventh most destructive in state history, consumed 110,000 acres (45,000 hectares) of mountainous terrain near the city of Redding and was 27 percent contained. It is the biggest of 17 wildfires that raged across the state.
    (Reuters, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 31, In eastern Afghanistan at least 15 people were killed in Jalalabad when gunmen stormed a government building, trapping dozens inside after a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance gate. Unknown attackers seized 22 people from vehicles on a highway linking Kabul and Gardez, in the eastern province of Paktia. In the western province of Farah, 11 people were killed when their bus hit a roadside bomb.
    (Reuters, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 31, In Australia Agim Kruezi (25), an extremist who planned a suicide attack with Molotov cocktails after he was prevented from flying to Syria to fight, was sentenced by an judge to 17 years and four months in prison, with a non-parole period of 13 years.
    (AP, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 31, In Belgium a former soldier (65) walked to the middle of an empty soccer pitch in Verviers and blew himself up with a grenade in what authorities said was an act of despair.
    (Reuters, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 31, Central African Republic and Russian officials said three Russian journalists were killed in an ambush outside Sibut, CAR. Russian media said they were reporting on a private Russian security firm.
    (SFC, 8/1/18, p.A2)
2018        Jul 31, China's finance ministry said it will scrap vehicle and vessel taxes on new energy vehicles and ships powered by natural gas, as part of its efforts to encourage cleaner energy consumption.
    (Reuters, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 31, Egyptian rights attorney said a military court has sentenced poet Galal el-Beheiri to three years in prison for "disseminating false news" and insulting the country's security forces.
    (SFC, 8/1/18, p.A2)
2018        Jul 31, The EU expanded its sanctions against Moscow to include companies that helped build a bridge from mainland Russia to Kremlin-annexed Crimea, which it says violates Ukraine's sovereignty.
    (AFP, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 31, In Germany Ralf Spies (52) was cleared of 12 counts of attempted murder with a "racist" motive and with causing an explosion in the attack at a commuter rail station in the western city of Duesseldorf on July 27, 2000.
    (AFP, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 31, German farmers intensified calls for around 1 billion euros ($1.17 billion) in special aid after crop damage from a drought and heatwave, but Berlin said it would wait for an August harvest report before making a decision.
    (Reuters, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 31, In Greece port police said the bodies of two people thought to have fled into the sea to escape the wildfires that ravaged coastal towns near Athens last week have been recovered. Confirmation that the pair were victims of the fire would bring the disaster's death toll to at least 93.
    (AFP, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 31, Senior Iranian officials rejected US President Donald Trump's offer of talks without preconditions as worthless and "a humiliation" after he acted to reimpose sanctions on Tehran following his withdrawal from a landmark nuclear deal. Interior minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said: "The United States is not trustworthy. How can we trust this country when it withdraws unilaterally from the nuclear deal?"
    (Reuters, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 31, An Israeli court jailed Israeli Arab poet Dareen Tatour (36) for five months after convicting her of incitement to terrorism for a poem and remarks she posted on social media during a wave of Palestinian street attacks. She had published her poem "Resist, My People, Resist" in October 2015 as a soundtrack to footage of masked Palestinian youths throwing stones and firebombs at Israeli soldiers.
    (Reuters, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 31, Japan pledged to reduce its controversial stocks of plutonium, the world's biggest inventory of the highly toxic material held by a state without nuclear weapons, following pressure from the United States, China and other countries.
    (Reuters, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 31, A third party in Mali's presidential election claimed that its candidate had made it through to a run-off vote, further complicating a poll beset by violence that has stopped thousands from casting their ballots.
    (Reuters, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 31, In northern Mexico an Embraer E-190 plane operated by Aeromexico crashed in Durango state. All 99 passengers and four crew members made it off the plane, but the pilot was severely injured. One person died of injuries.
    (AP, 8/1/18)
2018        Jul 31, North and South Korea held military talks to build trust.
    (Reuters, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 31, It was reported that the Philippines has lifted a two-year moratorium on approving mining exploration permits, in a move that the government and industry hope will help determine the potential of some prospects in the world's No. 2 nickel ore exporter.
    (Reuters, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 31, In the southern Philippines a bomb exploded in a van on Basilan Island, killing 11 people at a military checkpoint in Colonia village in an attack officials blamed on militants with ties to Islamic State. The attack targeted a big public gathering but failed after the vehicle stalled and instead killed the suspect and 10 others.
    (AP, 7/31/18)(SFC, 8/1/18, p.A3)(AP, 8/9/18)
2018        Jul 31, In South Africa fifteen units were down at nine power stations, taking over 6,000 megawatts or 13 percent of Eskom's output off the national grid. The state-owned utility has been hit by labor unrest over wage talks as it tries to reverse a decade of financial decline by cutting costs.
    (Reuters, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 31, In Sweden thieves made off with two crowns and an orb worth about 65 million Swedish crowns ($7.1 million) from a hilltop cathedral in Strangnas, 60 miles west of Stockholm, before fleeing via on Lake Malaren near the capital city. In 2019 Police said they had recovered what they believed to be King Karl IX's funeral jewels in an area around Stockholm.
    (AP, 8/1/18)(Reuters, 2/5/19)
2018        Jul 31, In Syria dozens of Islamic State group fighters were cornered in a pocket of Daraa after losing all other territory there to a Russian-backed regime assault. Iranian-backed Hezbollah group's al-Manar TV said the Syrian army and its allies have taken full control of the Yarmouk Basin in southwestern Syria after routing Islamic State (IS) militants.
    (AFP, 7/31/18)(Reuters, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 31, Thailand's PM Prayuth Chan-ocha said Britain has been asked to extradite former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, overthrown in a coup in 2014 and sentenced in absentia to jail for negligence.
    (Reuters, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 31, The Turkish central bank sharply hiked its inflation forecast for 2018 to well over 13 percent, putting new pressure on the embattled lira and raising fears over the extent of price pressure in the economy.
    (AFP, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 31, A Vietnamese military court sentenced the first military official to go on trial in the communist-ruled country's ongoing crackdown against corruption to 12 years in jail. Former colonel Dinh Ngoc He, known by his nickname "Little Baldy", was convicted of "abusing power in performance of official duties" and "using fake documents".
    (Reuters, 7/31/18)
2018        Jul 31, Yemen's Houthi group said it is ready to unilaterally halt attacks in the Red Sea to support peace efforts, days after Saudi Arabia suspended oil exports through a strategic Red Sea channel following an attack on crude tankers last week.
    (Reuters, 7/31/18)
 2018        Jul 31, Zimbabwe's opposition MDC party claimed victory in the country's historic elections, setting the scene for a showdown with the ruling ZANU-PF that has held power since independence in 1980. The opposition alleged that results were not posted outside one-fifth of polling stations as required by law.
    (AFP, 7/31/18)(SFC, 8/1/18, p.A3)

2018        Jul, The US federal government approved $177 million in disaster supplemental funding to protect the south end of the San Francisco Bay.
    (SFC, 8/11/18, p.C1)
2018        Jul, The US federal Bureau of land management began rounding up wild horses in Nevada and Utah as drought threatened their livelihood. Volunteers in Arizona and Colorado were said to be hauling food and water to dried up grazing grounds. The region was home to some 67,000 wild horses.
    (SFC, 7/24/18, p.A10)
2018        Jul, San Francisco began rolling out a program, dubbed the One System, for logging information regarding homeless individuals. The entire system was expected to be running by early 2019.
    (SFC, 9/1/18, p.A1)
2018        Jul, In Michigan a search was conducted at the Rev. Jonathan Wehrle's luxury home in Williamston. Police discovered $63,000 hidden above ceiling tiles in his Michigan home. Wehrle has been charged with six counts of embezzling $100,000 or more from St. Martha Church in Okemos. Auditors say more than $5 million is missing.
    (AP, 8/2/18)
2018        Jul, The EU announced it had frozen a 100 million euro aid package to Moldova after a disputed mayoral election race in the capital Chisinau which critics say undermined the country's democratic credentials.
    (Reuters, 8/28/18)
2018        Jul, In Germany a woman (36) was stabbed to death on a street in Duesseldorf. Ali S. had stalked the woman and stabbed her 27 times. He was later arrested in Spain. In 2019 he was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 4/4/19)
2018        Jul, In Japan Mio Sugita, a lawmaker belonging to PM Shinzo Abe's ruling party, said in a right-wing magazine that the government shouldn't use tax money for LGBT rights because same-sex couples don't produce children and have "no productivity." The comment triggered outrage from sexual minorities as well as others, including the elderly and disabled.
    (AP, 8/31/18)
2018        Jul, The head of a Pakistani company convicted of bilking customers worldwide out of $140 million in online sales of bogus university degrees was sentenced by a court in Islamabad to 20 years in prison. Shoaib Shaikh, chief of software firm Axact, escaped but was arrested in late September.
    (Reuters, 9/26/18)
2018        Jul, In northern Tunisia sanitary engineer Mohamed Oussama Houij (27) set out to walk a 300-km (185-mile) stretch of coastline and clean up 30 beaches along the way. Nearly 150 km and 14 beaches later, Houij was astounded by the sheer volume of waste he's found along the shore. "We're talking tons of rubbish... The more you clean, the more you find. It never ends".
    (AFP, 8/14/18)

2018        Aug 1, President Donald Trump called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to put an end to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, a day after Trump's former campaign chairman went on trial.
    (AP, 8/1/18)
2018        Aug 1, The US White House announced that it will impose sanctions on two Turkish officials over the case of detained American pastor Andrew Craig Brunson.
    (SFC, 8/2/18, p.A5)
2018        Aug 1, The US Trump administration cleared the way for insurers to sell short-term health plans, but the new policies don't have to cover existing medical conditions and they offer limited benefits.
    (SFC, 8/2/18, p.A5)
2018        Aug 1, The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that Pres. Donald Trump acted unconstitutionally in an executive order he issued in January 2017, declaring that local governments that refused to provide information or access to federal immigration agents would be ineligible for federal grants.
    (SFC, 8/2/18, p.D1)
2018        Aug 1, San Francisco's newly-elected Mayor London Breed signed a record $11 billion city budget and ushered in a 3 percent pay bump for all city workers. This gave almost 800 city exectuves more income than California's governor.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yat7tst7)(SSFC, 8/5/18, p.C1)
2018        Aug 1, Mary Carlisle (b.1914), American film star, died in Los Angeles. Her films included "College Humor" (1933), "Should Ladies Behave" (1933), "Double or Nothing" (1937), "Doctor Rhythm" (1938) and "Dead Men Walk" (1943).
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Carlisle)(SSFC, 8/5/18, p.C3)
2018        Aug 1, In Kansas City, Mo., Xindong Hao, a Christian missionary from China who was visiting with his wife and four children, was shot to death after he crossed paths with Curtail Hudson (18), who was shooting at people while high on drugs. Two other people were wounded before Hudson was arrested.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 1, Wells Fargo agreed to pay a $2.1 billion fine to settle allegations it misrepresented the types of mortgages it sold to investors during the housing bubble that ultimately led to the 2008 financial crisis.
    (SFC, 8/2/18, p.C3)
2018        Aug 1, In northern Afghanistan more than 150 Islamic State fighters surrendered to government forces in the face of an onslaught by the Taliban in Jawzjan province.
    (AP, 8/1/18)
2018        Aug 1, In Brazil Caucher Birkar, a Cambridge University professor of Iranian Kurdish origin, was named one of four winners of the prestigious Fields medal, often known as the Nobel prize for mathematics at a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro. The other winners included: Germany's Peter Scholze (30), who teaches at the University of Bonn and is one of the world's most influential thinkers in arithmetic algebraic geometry; Alessio Figalli (34), an Italian mathematician at ETH Zurich who jokes that the one equation still baffling him is how to spend more time with his professor wife; Akshay Venkatesh (36), an Indian-born, Australian-raised prodigy who began his undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics at the University of Western Australia when he was just 13.
    (AFP, 8/1/18)
2018        Aug 1, British judges granted far-right activist Tommy Robinson conditional bail while he appeals a finding of contempt of court for live-streaming outside a criminal trial in violation of reporting restrictions.
    (AP, 8/1/18)
2018        Aug 1, It was reported that England's Freemasons are to admit women to their secretive society, but only if they were previously male masons.
    (Reuters, 8/1/18)
2018        Aug 1, Canadian model and artist Zombie Boy, aka Rick Genest (b.1985), was found dead of an apparent suicide at his home in Montreal. He used his head-to-toe tattoos to earn international notice, from the catwalks of Paris to a video for pop superstar Lady Gaga.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Genest)(AFP, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 1, China's government warned it will retaliate if Washington imposes new trade penalties, following a report the Trump administration will propose increasing the tariff rate on an additional $200 billion of Chinese imports.
    (AP, 8/1/18)
2018        Aug 1, In China officially recognized faith groups promoted the flying of national flags at religious events amid a push by the ruling Communist Party to extend its ideological control over religious life.
    (AP, 8/1/18)
2018        Aug 1, In China Prof. Sun Wenguang was speaking to the Voice of America network when he said half a dozen officers barged into his apartment in the eastern city of Jinan. He was heard exclaiming that "I have my freedom of speech" just before the line went dead. Sources later said he was being held in a military-run hotel in Jinan.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 1, Former DR Congo warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba returned home to huge crowds and police firing teargas, reflecting the country's high-voltage political mood.
    (AFP, 8/1/18)
2018        Aug 1, Congo's health ministry said at least four new cases of Ebola have emerged in the country's east, just a week after an outbreak in the northwest was declared over.
    (AP, 8/1/18)
2018        Aug 1, Cyprus' government said it is asking the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to help defend two Turkish Cypriot journalists investigated in Turkey over an article deemed "insulting" to that country.
    (AP, 8/1/18)
2018        Aug 1, Denmark's ban on the Islamic full-face veil in public spaces came into force, with anyone wearing a garment that hides the face in public risking a fine.
    (AFP, 8/1/18)
2018        Aug 1, French lawmakers voted to outlaw sexual harassment on the streets, leaving cat-callers and aggressively lecherous individuals facing potential on-the-spot fines of up to 750 euros as part of tougher legislation to fight sexual violence.
    (Reuters, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 1, German lawmakers approved the payment of a final bailout loan instalment to Greece worth 15 billion euros ($17.6 billion). Greece's third successive international bailout ends in late August.
    (AP, 8/1/18)
2018        Aug 1, Georgia's president denounced Russia for illegally occupying part of the country as it began two weeks of military exercises with the United States and several other NATO members.
    (Reuters, 8/1/18)
2018        Aug 1, Severe storms forced a French-American long-distance swimmer to suspend his attempt to become the first person to swim across the Pacific Ocean. Ben Lecomte (51) and the yacht accompanying him returned to a port in Yokohama, Japan, to wait out the weather.
    (AP, 8/1/18)
2018        Aug 1, In Hungary new management close to PM Viktor Orban took over a prominent news television channel, cementing his ruling Fidesz party's dominance of the media as it solidifies its hold on power.
    (Reuters, 8/1/18)
2018        Aug 1, Indonesia's Renewable Energy Director General Rida Mulyana said the use of biodiesel blended fuels will be compulsory for all vehicles and heavy machinery from Sept. 1, amid efforts to reduce the current account deficit.
    (AP, 8/1/18)
2018        Aug 1, The Israeli military carried out an air strike on the Golan late today, killing seven insurgents it believed were from the Khaled Bin Walid Army and en route to attack an Israeli target.
    (Reuters, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 1, The Jordanian army killed several Islamic State militants over the last 24 hours who approached its border as they fled a Syrian offensive that drove them out of their enclave in the southwest of the war-torn country.
    (Reuters, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 1, A Kazakh court freed a Chinese citizen who gave testimony on a secretive network of Chinese "re-education camps" during her explosive immigration trial. Sayragul Sauytbay (41), an ethnic Kazakh Chinese national, had told the court how she had been forced to work in a camp system in China's Xinjiang region where hundreds of thousands of people are allegedly held.
    (AFP, 8/1/18)
2018        Aug 1, Kosovo President Hashim Thaci rejected the idea of dividing the country along ethnic lines to resolve a dispute over its independence from Serbia. Thaci said there would be no "division but a correction of borders," with the possible inclusion of the Presevo Valley with Kosovo.
    (AP, 8/1/18)
2018        Aug 1, Myanmar's National Natural Disaster Management Committee reported that flooding has killed 12 people and forced more than 132,000 others to take shelter at nearly 300 temporary camps.
    (AP, 8/1/18)
2018        Aug 1, In northern Nigeria Sokoto governor Aminu Tambuwal dumped President Muhammadu Buhari's All Progressives Congress for the opposition, in the latest defection to hit the ruling party.
    (AFP, 8/1/18)
2018        Aug 1, Human Rights Watch said Saudi Arabia has arrested two more women's rights activists. HRW said authorities arrested Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Sadah in the past two days. Badawi's former husband is already in prison, serving a 15-year sentence for human rights activism, and her brother Raif Badawi, a prominent blogger, is serving a 10-year sentence for expressing controversial opinions online.
    (Reuters, 8/1/18)
2018        Aug 1, Serbian police said two migrants were shot dead on a road near the village of Dobrinci, around 45 km (28 miles) northwest of the capital Belgrade.
    (Reuters, 8/1/18)
2018        Aug 1, In Singapore top diplomats of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gathered for a 4-day meeting.
    (AP, 8/1/18)
2018        Aug 1, Tajikistan pledged to create a "tourist police" force to protect visitors after four tourists were killed in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
    (AFP, 8/1/18)
2018        Aug 1, In Zimbabwe people fled military and other security forces firing live ammunition to break up opposition protests in Harare over election results. A search warrant was issued opposition presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa and others, when soldiers in Harare fired live rounds to disperse opposition protesters, some of whom were rioting. Six people were killed after soldiers moved into Harare, firing live rounds and beating protesters.
    (AP, 8/1/18)(AP, 8/2/18)(AP, 11/13/18)

2018        Aug 2, The Trump administration proposed weakening Obama-era federal fuel efficiency standards and moved to revoke California's authority to set its own strict tailpipe emissions rules, setting up what will likely be a protracted legal battle between the federal government and US states. Some 19 states, including California, and Washington D.C. announced they intend to sue the administration to halt the rollback.
    (Reuters, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 2, The Trump administration rescinded an Obama-era ban on the use of pesticides linked to declining bee populations and the cultivation of genetically modified crops in dozens of national wildlife refuges where farming is permitted.
    (Reuters, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 2, The US military carried out an airstrike in Somalia that killed four members of the al-Shabab extremist group.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 2, In Alabama a toddler with blood-stained clothes led police to a home where an adult male and female were found dead.
    (SFC, 8/4/18, p.A5)
2018        Aug 2, In Afghanistan three foreign workers were abducted and killed in Kabul. A Taliban attack in northern Afghanistan left three policemen dead. In northern Faryab province seven members of the Afghan National Army were killed in a late night attack.
    (AP, 8/2/18)(SFC, 8/4/18, p.A2)
2018        Aug 2, The Bank of England raised its main interest rate from 0.50 percent to 0.75 percent, the highest level since March 2009 as it weighed conflicting signs about the economy and growing concerns about Brexit. This was its second raise since the 2008 financial crisis.
    (AP, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 2, China's foreign minister said that US threats to hike tariffs run against the trend toward globalization and will hurt US businesses and consumers.
    (AP, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 2, China's top diplomat said that an initial draft of a proposed pact with Southeast Asia aimed at preventing fighting in the disputed South China Sea was a "breakthrough," and that talks can accelerate without outside interference.
    (AP, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 2, China's religious affairs administration said it would investigate claims a high-ranking Buddhist monk sexually harassed nuns and coerced them into sex. Xuecheng, the abbot of the well-known Longquan Temple on the outskirts of Beijing, has denied the allegations.
    (Reuters, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 2, It was reported that X-Men actress Fan Bingbing (36) has disappeared from social media amid rumors she has been barred from leaving China during a tax evasion investigation.
    (AP, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 2, Comoros Pres. Azali Assoumani said figures from the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), showed that 92.74 percent of voters picked "Yes" to change the constitution, while 7.26 percent chose "No" in the July 30 referendum. The yes vote allows Assoumani to run for two more five year-terms starting with an early election next year, rather than being required to step down when his present term ends in 2021. Opposition parties and civil society organizations grouped under the Peace in the Comoros umbrella group disputed the figures.
    (Reuters, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 2, Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church said it will not be taking in new monks in monasteries nationwide for a year after the unresolved death of Bishop Epiphanius, the abbot of St. Macarius Monastery in the desert northwest of Cairo. Epiphanius was found dead in the monastery earlier this week.
    (AP, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 2, The European Commission said it would speed up payments to farmers hit by extreme drought and allow them to use fallow land that normally would not be used for production to feed their livestock. Searing heat has devastated wheat fields across northern Europe while a combination of dry conditions and extreme rain in the Black Sea have hit output estimates, with prices soaring on fears of further crop damage.
    (Reuters, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 2, In France three mountain climbers plunged to their death in the Domes de Miage of the French Alps.
    (AP, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 2, The Greek chapter of Medecins Sans Frontieres said more than 10,000 migrants and refugees arrived in Greece from Turkey through the northern Evros river crossing in the first half of 2018.
    (Reuters, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 2, Guinea-Bissau PM Aristide Gomes said public-sector workers have secured a pay increase. The strike, launched on July 24, ended after the government agreed to increase minimum monthly pay from 19,200 CFA francs ($33.91, 29.28 euros) to 50,000 francs from September.
    (AFP, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 2, One of Iceland's top whaling companies said it has stopped hunting minke whales this year, in response to a new government regulation that enlarged the protected area for baleen whales.
    (AP, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 2, In Iran scattered protests broke out in several cities over the dramatic drop of the country's currency and other economic problems ahead of the imposition of renewed American sanctions.
    (AP, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 2, In Iraq jihadists attacked a high voltage power line between Kirkuk and Diyala for the eighth time in two months. The attack plunged Kirkuk, Salaheddin and Nineveh provinces into darkness.
    (AFP, 8/5/18)
2018        Aug 2, Israel again halted shipments of fuel and natural gas to Gaza in response to incendiary balloons that have targeted southern Israel. senior Hamas officials said Egypt is trying to broker a broad cease-fire deal between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers that is to pave the way for Gaza's reconstruction and an eventual prisoner swap.
    (AP, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 2, Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel, who say they should receive a blanket exemption from military conscription, staged a sit-down protest at a major Jerusalem junction, prompting scuffles with police.
    (Reuters, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 2, In Israel thousands of people attended Jerusalem's annual Gay Pride parade under heavy police guard.
    (AFP, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 2, In Mexico an open pit mine in a locality known as Dengantzha in the Francisco I. Madero township partially collapsed over a road within the mine. Four of those killed were riding in a vehicle on that road. A 5th victim was a shepherd.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 2, Pakistan's top court barred Talal Chaudhry, the former deputy interior minister, from holding office for the next five years for insulting judges in a speech last March, in which he assailed the top court for dismissing PM Nawaz Sharif from office.
    (AP, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 2, Russia said it will deploy its military police on the Golan Heights frontier between Syria and Israel, after weeks of mounting volatility in the area.
    (Reuters, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 2, Swedish police shot dead a 20-year-old autistic man with Down Syndrome holding a toy gun in central Stockholm. Three police officers shot the man who, according to his family, had a three-year-old's intellectual capabilities and difficulties communicating.
    (AFP, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 2, Sweden said it will buy the Patriot air defense missile system from US arms manufacturer Raytheon, as it looks to boost its defenses amid growing tensions with Russia.
    (Reuters, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 2, In Syria the Islamic State killed a 19-year-old male student who was one of more than 30 hostages kidnapped on July 25 in Sweida.
    (AFP, 8/5/18)
2018        Aug 2, Turkey's Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said US sanctions imposed on Turkey over the trial of an American pastor accused of backing terrorism are unacceptable and will have limited impact on the Turkish economy.
    (Reuters, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 2, The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said that more than 160 people have been killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine since the beginning of the year.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 2, UN peacekeepers returned to patrol the frontier between Syria and the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. The peacekeeping mission had been halted in 2014 over security concerns amid the violence in Syria's civil war.
    (SFC, 8/3/18, p.A2)
2018        Aug 2, The Vatican changed its universal catechism, a summary of Church teaching, to reflect Pope Francis' total opposition to capital punishment. The Roman Catholic Church formally changed its teaching to declare the death penalty inadmissible whatever the circumstance, a move likely to be criticized in countries where capital punishment is legal.
    (Reuters, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 2, International aid group Save the Children said about 3,000 Yemeni children are fleeing every day from the port city of Hodeida as fighting between a Saudi-led coalition and Yemen's Shiite rebels continues to rage along the country's west coast.
    (AP, 8/2/18)
2018        Aug 2, In Zimbabwe opposition leader Nelson Chamisa claimed victory in the disputed presidential election as an anxious nation awaited an official announcement of the result three days after voting. A lawyer said police are investigating Chamisa and others for allegedly inciting violence. Police sealed off the headquarters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and 27 party employees carrying out voter tabulation were locked inside.
    (Reuters, 8/2/18)(AP, 8/2/18)

2018        Aug 3, The United States imposed sanctions on Moscow-based Agrosoyuz Commercial Bank, which it said had facilitated a transaction with Han Jang Su, a person blacklisted by Washington for involvement with North Korea's nuclear weapons program. The Treasury also added Ri Jong Won, the Moscow-based deputy representative of Foreign Trade Bank, North Korea's primary foreign exchange bank.
    (Reuters, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 3, US federal Judge John Bates upheld his previous order to revive the Obama-era DACA program shielding young immigrants from deportation. He gave the government 20 days to appeal.
    (SFC, 8/4/18, p.A7)
2018        Aug 3, The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a California requirement that new models of semi-automatic handguns stamp identifying information on bullet casings.
    (SFC, 8/4/18, p.C3)
2018        Aug 3, In Los Angeles Keith Walton (47), the leader of a robbery ring that stole some $6 million worth of watches from area jewelry stores, was sentenced to 55 years in federal prison.
    (SSFC, 8/5/18, p.A9)
2018        Aug 3, In northern California thousands more mountain residents were evacuated from the path of the state's biggest wildfire as fatigued firefighters battled gusting winds driving one of the state's worst fire seasons in a decade. The Mendocino Complex Fire grew to 157,450 acres (63,700 hectares). The Carr Fire was now 39-percent contained. It has destroyed 1,567 homes and other structures and blackened 133,924 acres (54,197 hectares), making it the sixth most destructive California wildfire on record.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 3, In Florida two former police officers pleaded guilty to framing a black teenager (16) in 2013 for burglaries he did not commit. They admitted to being part of a scheme to frame the teenager so that the police chief could claim a perfect rate of solving burglaries in Biscayne Park. In October they were sentenced by a federal judge to one year in federal prison.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yasjdqj8)(SFC, 10/18/18, p.A5)
2018        Aug 3, A new study published in Nature said tegu lizards from South America, that can grow up to four feet long (1.2 meters), have established a home in the Florida wild after being brought to the United States as pets, and that the reptiles could begin a voracious march across the US South.
    (Reuters, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 3, In South Dakota the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally got under way for a ten day run.
    (SSFC, 8/5/18, p.A9)
2018        Aug 3, In Virginia one of Paul Manafort's tax preparers admitted that she helped disguise $900,000 in foreign income as a loan to reduce the former Trump campaign manager's tax burden.
    (SFC, 8/4/18, p.A8)
2018        Aug 3, In eastern Afghanistan two suicide bombers disguised in women's clothing attacked a Shi’ite mosque, killing 29 people and wounding 81 in Gardez, Paktia province. In the south Taliban militants stormed a military base in Uruzgan province. Dozens of bodies of Afghan soldiers were later found in the military base in Chinartu district. 27 Afghan soldiers were reported killed and five wounded.
    (AP, 8/3/18)(SFC, 8/4/18, p.A2)(Reuters, 8/9/18)
2018        Aug 3, It was reported that Albanian has called for bids to build the Adriatic country's first solar power station, telling investors it would favor whoever committed to ramping up capacity and selling power more cheaply to its distributor.
    (Reuters, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 3, China announced a $60 billion list of US goods including coffee, honey and industrial chemicals for retaliation if Washington goes ahead with its latest tariff threat.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 3, Chinese and Southeast Asian naval forces ended their first computer-simulated drills so they can jointly respond to emergencies and build trust amid the long-seething disputes in the South China Sea. The two-day exercises involved more than 40 sailors from China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 3, China said it is carrying out national inspections on foam industries to crack down on illegal production of ozone depleting substances (ODS) widely used in refrigerators and air conditioners.
    (Reuters, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 3, Chinese authorities began razing the Beijing studio of artist Ai Weiwei. The studio in the northeast suburbs has been Ai's primary work space since 2006, although his has mostly been based in Europe in recent years.
    (AP, 8/4/18)
2018        Aug 3, Congo DRC barred opposition leader Moise Katumbi (53) from returning home to file a bid to run in the volatile country's presidential elections. The public prosecutor's office said Katumbi had been charged with "harming the state's domestic and external security" and would be immediately arrested if he returned.
    (AFP, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 3, In Crimea employees said US firm Best Western Hotels & Resorts, the last Western hotel chain still in Crimea, has pulled out because of sanctions imposed after Russia annexed the region from Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 3, Danish police were called to a shopping center in Horsholm, a city of some 46,000 inhabitants to confront a woman (28) wearing a niqab garment covering her face. The woman was slapped with a fine of 1,000 Danish kroner ($156) and requested to either remove the veil or leave the premises. She opted to leave.
    (AP, 8/4/18)
2018        Aug 3, Egyptian media reported that human remains were found on a beach in Marsa Alam. A Czech tourist was killed by a shark while swimming in the Red Sea.
    (AFP, 8/5/18)
2018        Aug 3, Police in Greece raided an office in the greater Atherns area and arrested four Bulgarian women after a criminal ring allegedly arranged to sell officers a 4-day old infant. Nine people were arrested on suspicion of running the criminal ring that sold newborn babies to childless couples.
    (SFC, 8/7/18, p.A2)
2018        Aug 3, Former Guatemalan president Alvaro Colom, arrested in February over corruption allegations, left preventative detention after his $133,000 bond was paid.
    (AFP, 8/4/18)
2018        Aug 3, An Indonesian fishing boat capsized in bad weather off the island of Java, leaving 13 people missing.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 3, In Italy an artificial beach along the Tiber was officially was inaugurated. But thunderstorms and uncompleted details kept Romans waiting until Aug. 3 for a full day of sunbathing and beach volleyball near Marconi Bridge. The Tiber River was too polluted for swimming and rats are often seen in the water.
    (AP, 8/5/18)
2018        Aug 3, Japan's government urged a medical university to promptly disclose the results of an investigation into its admissions process after reports alleged it had altered the test scores of female applicants for years to deny them entry and ensure fewer women became doctors.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 3, Latvia's government voted to fund the disposal of pig carcasses after a pork producer decided to exterminate all of its livestock when the animals contracted African swine fever. 15,570 pigs were to be killed via lethal gassing.
    (AFP, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 3, Netherlands-based Heineken, the world's second-largest brewer, said it has struck a deal to expand in China, the world's biggest beer market.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 3, In northern Pakistan eight girls' and four boys' schools, were attacked by bombs and set on fire overnight in Gilgit, where Taliban-linked militants opposed to girls' education are active.
    (Reuters, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 3, Palestinian Ahmed Yaghi (25) was killed by a sniper east of Gaza City. According to the Israeli army, some 8,000 Gazans had gathered at different spots along the frontier, attempting to sabotage the Israeli border fence.
    (AFP, 8/4/18)
2018        Aug 3, In southern Portugal blaze broke out near the town of Monchique, in rolling hills that extend back from popular beaches in the country's Algarve region. Some 400 firefighters and five water-dropping aircraft battled the wildfire. Eight places in the center, south and east of the country have broken their local temperature records amid a heatwave.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 3, Puerto Rico police said Pedro Marrero Diaz (33) was shot a dozen times as he lay in bed at the Hima hospital in the northern city of Caguas. Diaz was being treated for stomach pains. The shooter escaped the scene.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 3, Russia denied a report by the Wall Street Journal that said Moscow was allowing thousands of fresh North Korean laborers into the country and granting them new work permits in potential violation of UN sanctions. Russia said fresh documents had been issued to laborers already based in Russia who were working on old contracts.
    (Reuters, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 3, Spain's PM Pedro Sanchez announced that a new central operational command for migrant management will coordinate Spain's response to the thousands of migrants arriving each month.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 3, Tunisian authorities said they had arrested two suspects in connection with a biological bomb plot thwarted on June 12 by police in Germany.
    (AFP, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 3, A Turkish court jailed nine defendants for life for twin bombings in the capital Ankara in 2015 that killed more than 100 people.
    (AP, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 3, Official Turkish statistics showed that local inflation rose again last month to nearly 16 percent, increasing pressure on the central bank to hike interest rates.
    (AFP, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 3, UN experts said in a new report that North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs and is violating UN sanctions including by "a massive increase in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum products".
    (AP, 8/4/18)
2018        Aug 3, The World Health Organization said Yemen may be on the brink of a new cholera epidemic, with a heightened death rate due to widespread malnutrition. The UN hoped for a ceasefire in the north to allow for vaccinations.
    (Reuters, 8/3/18)
2018        Aug 3, Zimbabwe's opposition leader Nelson Chamisa lashed the results of the country's landmark presidential elections as "fraudulent" and "illegitimate" but signaled he would take the path of law to contest the outcome.
    (AFP, 8/3/18)

2018        Aug 4, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged to provide nearly $300 million in new security funding for Southeast Asia. Pompeo unveiled the figure on the sidelines of a meeting in Singapore of foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
    (Reuters, 8/4/18)
2018        Aug 4, In Alaska a small sight-seeing plane crashed on Thunder Mountain in Denali National Park. 4 people were killed and a fifth was missing.
    (SFC, 8/7/18, p.A4)
2018        Aug 4, In northern California a ninth person died in a wildfire, as a couple of other fast-growing wildfires in the state expanded by more than 25 percent overnight and continued to spread. The Carr fire, about 162 miles (261 km) north of Sacramento, claimed the life of a power company lineman. The Mendocino Complex burned in Mendocino, Lake and Colusa counties and covered 229,000 acres (92,600 hectares) and was considered 32 percent contained.
    (AP, 8/5/18)(SFC, 8/6/18, p.A1)
2018        Aug 4, Bryce Carlson (37) arrived at St. Mary's in the Isles of Scilly, off England's southwestern tip, late today, 38 days, six hours and 49 minutes after setting out from St. John's, Newfoundland, setting a record for a west-to-east crossing. The high school science teacher from Cincinnati, Ohio, rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The previous record was 53 days, eight hours and 26 minutes.
    (AP, 8/5/18)
2018        Aug 4, In Texas the estranged wife of Jean Pierre Ndossoka found their two children fatally stabbed at a Houston home. The next day police found Ndossoka (61) with a self-inflicted guinshot wound in his car. He was expected to survive.
    (SFC, 8/6/18, p.A4)
2018        Aug 4, Bangladesh police fired tear gas and used batons in Dhaka to disperse hundreds of protesting students angry over the traffic deaths of two fellow students, leaving many people injured.
    (AP, 8/4/18)
2018        Aug 4, In Brazil the Workers' Party named jailed former Pres. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as its nominee for the country's top job.
    (SSFC, 8/5/18, p.A4)
2018        Aug 4, It was reported that China plans to add a range of cancer drugs to medicines eligible for reimbursement from the government. Xinhua news agency added that negotiations on pricing with manufacturers should be finished by the end of September.
    (Reuters, 8/4/18)
2018        Aug 4, Ethiopian soldiers traded fire with members of local government security forces in the country's eastern Somali region after central authorities sought to arrest regional officials.
    (AP, 8/4/18)
2018        Aug 4, In France a spokesman said EDF has halted four nuclear reactors at three power plants because of the current heatwave affecting Europe.
    (Reuters, 8/4/18)
2018        Aug 4, In Germany Sahra Wagenknecht one of the country's most prominent left-wing politicians, launched a website for the "Aufstehen" ("Stand Up") movement, with a full official launch to follow next month. Wagenknecht is a divisive figure even within her own party, in part for taking a skeptical position on migration.
    (AP, 8/4/18)
2018        Aug 4, Indonesian police arrested Australian Brandon Johnson (43) and his Indonesian girlfriend at a rented room in the tourist hotspot of Kuta on Bali Island. Police reportedly found 11.6 grams of cocaine packed into 13 plastic bags. Johnson faced between five and 20 years in prison if found guilty.
    (AP, 8/9/18)
2018        Aug 4, In Iran sporadic protests took place in cities for a fourth day, with demonstrators attacking a Shi'ite seminary west of Tehran, as Iranians brace for a return of US sanctions.
    (Reuters, 8/4/18)
2018        Aug 4, Iraq's government said areas under cultivation have halved this summer compared to last year due to a drought that has led to a ban on water intensive crops.
    (AFP, 8/4/18)
2018        Aug 4, In Israel tens of thousands of the Druze minority along with their Jewish supporters rallied in Tel Aviv against a new law that critics say sidelines non-Jewish citizens.
    (SSFC, 8/5/18, p.A4)
2018        Aug 4, The Israeli navy said it has intercepted a Swedish-flagged activist boat bent on breaching its blockade of Gaza, the second in less than a week. The vessel, named Freedom for Gaza and carrying 12 people, was taken to the Israeli port of Ashdod.
    (AFP, 8/4/18)
2018        Aug 4, In Kashmir a young man was killed and two other people wounded when India's army fired at a funeral of a rebel in the suburbs of southern Shopian town.
    (AP, 8/4/18)
2018        Aug 4, Top Asian diplomats pressed North Korea to turn a pledge to completely dismantle its nuclear arsenal into reality amid concerns that it's proceeding with its programs.
    (AP, 8/4/18)
2018        Aug 4, Palestinian teen Muadh al-Suri (15) died of his wounds a day after he was shot by Israeli troops during clashes on the Gaza border.
    (AFP, 8/4/18)
2018        Aug 4, In southern Portugal more than 740 firefighters battled a forest fire as temperatures climbed to near record highs in the Iberian Peninsula amid a Europe-wide heatwave that has brought drought and wildfires from Greece to Sweden. Lisbon broke a 37-year-old record to notch its hottest temperature ever as an unrelenting heat wave baked Portugal and neighboring Spain. Heat records were set in 26 places around Portugal. The capital reached 44 degrees Celsius (111.2 F) this afternoon, surpassing the city's previous record of 43 C (109.4 F) set in 1981.
    (Reuters, 8/4/18)(AP, 8/5/18)
2018        Aug 4, Russia's Defence Ministry confirmed that it had proposed cooperating with the United States on Syrian refugees and de-mining in a letter sent to the top US general in July.
    (Reuters, 8/4/18)
2018        Aug 4, Russian police arrested 30 LGBT activists in Saint Petersburg during a coordinated demonstration defending the rights of sexual minorities.
    (AFP, 8/4/18)
2018        Aug 4, A Russian helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff in Siberia, killing all 18 people aboard, mostly oil workers.
    (AP, 8/4/18)
2018        Aug 4, Saudi Arabia said that it was resuming oil shipments through the Bab al-Mandab Strait, ending a 10-day suspension triggered by rebel attacks off the coast of Yemen.
    (AFP, 8/4/18)
2018        Aug 4, In South Korea tens of thousands of women staged a mass rally in Seoul to protest against spycam porn, urging tougher punishments for peeping Toms as anger over the growing scourge boils over.
    (AFP, 8/4/18)
2018        Aug 4, In Switzerland several people died after a small plane crashed in a forest this morning, causing a forest fire that completely destroyed the plane in the Rengg mountain pass of Nidwalden canton.
    (Reuters, 8/4/18)
2018        Aug 4, In Switzerland a small vintage trimotor Junker JU-52 aircraft crashed ion the west side of the Piz Segnas mountain, Grissons canton. Three Austrians and 17 Swiss were aboard aircraft when it crashed. The 1930s-era military aircraft was used by tourist flight operator JU-Air.
    (Reuters, 8/5/18)(Reuters, 11/20/18)
2018        Aug 4, In Syria Aziz Esber, a research director at a military agency linked to the country's chemical weapons program, was assassinated late today. Israel was suspected of carrying out the car bomb attack.
    (AP, 8/5/18)(Reuters, 8/5/18)
2018        Aug 4, Turkey's Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the assets of two US officials will be frozen in retaliation for US sanctions against Turkey's justice and interior ministers over the detention of American pastor Andrew Craig Brunson.
    (AP, 8/4/18)
2018        Aug 4, In Venezuela a drone blast hit during a military event where President Nicolas Maduro was speaking. Seven soldiers were wounded by explosive-laden drones during a military parade in Caracas A little known group called the "National Movement of Soldiers in T-shirts" soon claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 8/5/18)(AFP, 8/5/18)

2018        Aug 5, The White House announced that US President Donald Trump has declared that a major disaster exists in California. The state's Carr Fire in Shasta County now covered 160,049 acres. The Ferguson Fire grew to nearly 90,000 acres and was 38 percent contained.
    (Reuters, 8/5/18)(SFC, 8/6/18, p.A5)
2018        Aug 5, In southern California a twin-engine Cessna flying in from Concord, Ca., crashed in Orange County killing all 5 people on board.
    (SFC, 8/6/18, p.C1)
2018        Aug 5, Charlotte Rae (b.1926 as Charlotte Rae Lubotsky)), American TV and film star, died at her home in Los Angeles. She became a semi-regular on the "Car 54" sitcom in 1961 and played housemother Mrs. Garret to a brood of teenage girls in the TV series "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978) and "The Facts of Life" (1979-1986).
    (SFC, 8/9/18, p.D6)
2018        Aug 5, In Chicago at least 11 people were killed this weekend and about 70 others wounded in a spike of gun violence that police attributed mostly to gangs.
    (SFC, 8/7/18, p.A5)
2018        Aug 5, In eastern Afghanistan a Taliban suicide bomber killed three NATO forces on a foot patrol in an attack that also wounded a US soldier and two Afghan troops in Parwan province. The three killed were Czech service members.
    (AP, 8/5/18)
2018        Aug 5, Australia announced a A$190 million ($140.56 million) aid package for drought-afflicted farmers as much of east coast suffers the worst dry spell in living memory.
    (Reuters, 8/5/18)
2018        Aug 5, In Bangladesh thousands of angry young people again took to the streets of Dhaka to demand safer streets, facing police firing tear gas and pro-government activists who attacked some with sticks and clubs. Pro-government activists, members of a political youth league, attacked at least five journalists. Shahidul Alam, a well-known photographer and activist, was arrested by plain-clothed police after giving a television interview in which he said PM Sheikh Hasina had no credibility and was using "brute force" to cling to power.
    (AP, 8/5/18)(AP, 8/6/18)
2018        Aug 5, British children's entertainer Barry Chuckle (73), half of sibling duo the Chuckle Brothers, died. The brothers became icons to British children with their TV show "ChuckleVision," which ran on the BBC between 1987 and 2009.
    (AP, 8/5/18)
2018        Aug 5, In western Cameroon five police were killed in fresh violence, where English-speaking separatists have declared an independent state.
    (AP, 8/6/18)
2018        Aug 5, Egypt's army said troops and security forces have killed at least 52 suspected militants in recent days.
    (Reuters, 8/5/18)
2018        Aug 5, In Indonesia a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the tourist island of Lombok, killing more over people. More than 230 were seriously injured and thousands of buildings were destroyed. Different death tolls later ranged from 226 to 381.
    (Reuters, 8/6/18)(AP, 8/7/18)(AP, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 5, An Indonesian police official said a luxury yacht allegedly bought with funds stolen from a Malaysian state investment company is being returned to Malaysia after a months long legal battle. Malaysian financier Jho Low, who the US Justice Department alleges was a key figure in the theft and international laundering of $4.5 billion from 1MDB, protested the handover of the yacht.
    (AP, 8/5/18)
2018        Aug 5, Iranian news agency IRNA reported that IranAir has taken delivery of five more ATR turboprop aircraft, shortly before Washington imposes new sanctions on Iran after exiting a nuclear pact between Tehran and major world powers.
    (Reuters, 8/5/18)
2018        Aug 5, Iranian news agency IRNA reported that Saudi Arabia has agreed to admit an Iranian diplomat to head an office representing Iranian interests in the kingdom.
    (Reuters, 8/5/18)
2018        Aug 5, It was reported that Iraq's election commission ignored an anti-corruption body's warnings about the credibility of electronic vote-counting machines used in May's parliamentary election. The election was the first in which an electronic vote-counting system has been used in Iraq.
    (Reuters, 8/5/18)
2018        Aug 5, An Israeli drone attacked a Palestinian militant base in the northern Gaza Strip, moderately injuring two people. Aircraft fired at two targets in the strip's northern area, describing them as sites for arson balloons.
    (AFP, 8/5/18)
2018        Aug 5, Malaysian political leader Anwar Ibrahim won the presidency of the People's Justice Party (PKR), becoming next in line to take over as prime minister when current premier Mahathir Mohamad steps down.
    (Reuters, 8/5/18)
2018        Aug 5, In Malaysia a gang of thieves stole about 50 kg of narcotics, ketamine and heroin, from a customs storage facility. Police soon arrested two customs officers and three other suspects following the heist.
    (Reuters, 8/6/18)
2018        Aug 5, Pakistani police said gunmen killed one police officer and wounded another during an overnight search operation for suspects linked to the torching of nearly a dozen schools in Gilgit-Baltistan. One suspect was killed in the gunbattle and another 17 have been arrested in the ongoing operation.
    (AP, 8/5/18)
2018        Aug 5, Palestinians denounced reported US attempts to undercut a UN agency that serves several million Palestinian refugees and their descendants.
    (AP, 8/5/18)
2018        Aug 5, In the Philippines hundreds of mothers simultaneously nursed their babies in public, some of them two at a time, in a government-backed mass breastfeeding event aimed at combating child deaths.
    (AFP, 8/5/18)
2018        Aug 5, In Portugal a forest fire raged for a third day in the south, battled by 800 firefighters and 12 aircraft as flames consumed more than 1,000 hectares of forest.
    (Reuters, 8/5/18)
2018        Aug 5, In Somalia a suicide car bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle killing four people near the gate of a military base in Afgoye town, 30 km (18 miles) northwest of Mogadishu.
    (AP, 8/5/18)
2018        Aug 5, In South Africa Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille said she has quit, ending a bitter dispute within South Africa's main opposition party that has tainted its image ahead of elections next year. She has been a mayor of Cape Town since 2011. Her resignation is effective as of October 31.
    (Reuters, 8/5/18)
2018        Aug 5, South Sudan's Pres. Salva Kiir and rebel opposition leader Rick Machar signed a peace deal in Khartoum, Sudan, to share power in a transitional government.
    (SFC, 8/6/18, p.A2)
2018        Aug 5, Syria's government agreed to set up a committee to coordinate repatriating millions of its nationals who fled the country's seven-year conflict.
    (AFP, 8/6/18)
2018        Aug 5, In Venezuela investigators hunted for assailants behind a failed attempt to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro with explosives-laden drones. They raided hotels and seized vehicles while grilling six suspects for details of the plot.
    (AP, 8/6/18)

2018        Aug 6, The US ordered the restoration of sanctions against Iran reviving economic penalties that were lifted under the 2015 nuclear accord.
    (SFC, 8/7/18, p.A2)
2018        Aug 6, A shooting on the San Francisco Bay Bridge left Texas-based music promoter Darryl "Lil Pooh" Stinette (31) dead. The killer remianed at large.
    (SFC, 8/8/18, p.D5)
2018        Aug 6, In northern California the Mendocino Complex fire was 30% contained as it consuemd more than 283,000 acres north of Clear Lake.
    (SFC, 8/7/18, p.A6)
2018        Aug 6, In New Mexico authorities found the remains of a young boy after raiding a commpound on the outskirts of Amalia. On August 3 police arrested Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and four other adults after finding 11 hungry children living in filthy conditions. Wahhaj was suspected of having abducted his son from Georgia. Prosecutors later said Wahhaj was training yoiungsters to commit school shootings.
    (SFC, 8/8/18, p.A5)(SFC, 8/9/18, p.A6)
2018        Aug 6, Paul Laxalt (96), former Nevada governor (1967-1971) and US Senator (1974-1987), died in Virginia.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Laxalt)(SFC, 8/7/18, p.A7)
2018        Aug 6, In Virginia government witness Rick Gates testified that he embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager for Pres. Donald Trump, and that he and Manafort had committed crimes together.
    (SFC, 8/7/18, p.A4)
2018        Aug 6, In eastern Afghanistan the Taliban attacked a police checkpoint in Ghazni province late today, killing four police and wounding five.
    (AP, 8/7/18)
2018        Aug 6, Bangladesh police in Dhaka fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of demonstrating students. A prominent human rights group demanded the release of activist Shahidul Alam, arrested a day earlier for criticizing the government during more than a week of protests.
    (AP, 8/6/18)
2018        Aug 6, Brazil's Workers' Party announced that former Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad will become its presidential candidate if jailed ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who leads in national polls, is barred from running in the October election.
    (AP, 8/6/18)
2018        Aug 6, Britain's Asia-focused bank HSBC revealed a $765-million US fine over the lender's actions in the run-up to the subprime crisis, as it also logged rising first-half profits.
    (AFP, 8/6/18)
2018        Aug 6, In China hundreds of police patrolled the streets of Beijing's financial district as authorities thwarted a planned protest against money lost in risky peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms and a lack of government help.
    (AFP, 8/6/18)
2018        Aug 6, In Ethiopia Abdi Mohammed Omer, a former administrator of the Somali Region, was forced to resign. He was arrested weeks later after violence broke out in the provincial capital Jijiga.
    (Reuters, 10/19/18)
2018        Aug 6, A eurozone rescue fund said it has paid its final 15 billion-euro ($17.3 billion) bailout loan to Greece, after objections by Germany delayed the payment a few weeks.
    (AP, 8/6/18)
2018        Aug 6, In Hong Kong the Foreign Correspondents Club said it will defy the Chinese government and follow through with a planned speech by pro-independence activist Andy Chan of the Hong Kong National Party.
    (AP, 8/6/18)
2018        Aug 6, In northern India police rescued 24 girls and shut down a care home that had been operating illegally in Uttar Pradesh state, after a youngster living there fled and complained to officers about sexual exploitation.
    (AP, 8/7/18)
2018        Aug 6, Iran's Central Bank lifted a ban on exchange offices, allowing them to resume work in a move aimed at bringing in badly needed hard currencies. A first set of US sanctions, that had been eased by the Obama administration under the terms of the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal, were set to take effect the next day.
    (AP, 8/6/18)
2018        Aug 6, An Iraqi court sentenced Lahcen Ammar Gueboudj, a French man, and Nadia Rainer Hermann (22), a German woman, to life in prison on for belonging to Islamic State, forging ahead with the trial of hundreds of people captured after the militant group's defeat last year. Gueboudj said he had signed papers he had not understood were a confession during the investigation.
    (AP, 8/6/18)
2018        Aug 6, Italian lawmakers approved 10 new patrol boats and two larger ships for the Libyan coast guard, as part of measures by the populist government to control migration.
    (AP, 8/7/18)
2018        Aug 6, In northwestern Italy a huge landslide swept away several cars along a well-traveled road, killing a couple trapped inside one, in a scenic valley near the town of Courmayeur.
    (AP, 8/7/18)
2018        Aug 6, In northern Italy two trucks collided on a motorway near Bologna airport, sending a huge ball of fire and billows of black smoke soaring into the sky. At least one person was killed and around 55 were injured.
    (Reuters, 8/6/18)
2018        Aug 6, Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad thanked Indonesia's government and President Joko Widodo for returning the $250 million yacht, Equanimity, which was seized by Indonesia off Bali in February in cooperation with the US FBI.
    (AP, 8/6/18)
2018        Aug 6, Nepalese officials issued warnings of the risk of more landslides and flash floods due to torrential rain after a landslide over the weekend killed a woman and at least seven children.
    (Reuters, 8/6/18)
2018        Aug 6, In New Caledonia a worker died in an accident at the Doniambo nickel smelter in the capital of Noumea. The South Pacific country is one of the world's largest sources of nickel, and mining and metals processing plays a major role in its economy.
    (Reuters, 8/6/18)
2018        Aug 6, In Pakistan Imran Khan's party officially nominated the cricket star-turned-politician to be the next prime minister. To assume office, Khan will face a vote in parliament in which he will have to defeat a rival candidate fielded by the opposition.
    (AP, 8/6/18)
2018        Aug 6, Pakistani authorities launched a week-long anti-polio campaign touted as a 'final push' against the crippling disease.
    (AP, 8/6/18)
2018        Aug 6, Romanian authorities reported more than 500 separate outbreaks of African swine fever in pigs, mainly in the Danube Delta and near the Hungarian border. 48,000 pigs had been culled since June after they came down with the disease.
    (AP, 8/6/18)
2018        Aug 6, Saudi Arabia suspended scholarships to Canada and said it will relocate students already there, after the kingdom abruptly cut ties with Ottawa over criticism of its jailing of rights activists. More than 8,000 students from Saudi Arabia were reportedly enrolled in programs in Canada and were accompanied by more than 6,400 dependents.
    (AFP, 8/6/18)
2018        Aug 6, Singapore's immigration authority said it has started scanning travelers' eyes at some of its border checkpoints, in a trial of expensive technology that could one day replace fingerprint verification.
    (Reuters, 8/6/18)
2018        Aug 6, Switzerland said it will cut import tariffs on livestock feed and offer interest-free loans to help farmers deal with a drought, amid a heat wave that is killing off fish in the Rhine.
    (Reuters, 8/6/18)
2018        Aug 6, The Turkish lira hit new record lows against the dollar and euro as strains caused by a diplomatic spat with the United States compounded concerns over domestic economic policy.
    (AFP, 8/6/18)

2018        Aug 7, US President Donald Trump warned the world against doing business with Iran as he hailed the "most biting sanctions ever imposed", triggering a mix of anger, fear and defiance in Tehran.
    (AFP, 8/7/18)
2018        Aug 7, The Trump administration announced that it will go ahead with imposing 24 percent tariffs on an additional $16 billion in Chinese imports.
    (SFC, 8/8/18, p.A4)
2018        Aug 7, The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said the Mendocino Complex grew to span 290,692 acres (117,639 hectares) by this morning, with barely a third of it contained since two wildfires merged at the southern tip of the Mendocino National Forest. The Carr Fire, which has torched 167,000 acres in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region north of Sacramento, was now 47 percent contained. The Ferguson Fire was 43 percent contained.
    (Reuters, 8/7/18)(SFC, 8/8/18, p.A9)
2018        Aug 7, In Florida SpaceX used its newest style booster for a second time at Cape Canaveral to put a communications satellite into orbit for Indonesia.
    (AP, 8/7/18)
2018        Aug 7, Arvonne Fraser (92), a leading voice on women's issues in Minnesota, nationally and abroad, died in Hudson, Wis.
    (SSFC, 8/12/18, p.C10)
2018        Aug 7, A pharmaceutical company filed a lawsuit to prevent Nebraska from using lethal injection drugs next week in what would be the state's first execution in more than two decades. The federal lawsuit could delay the Aug. 14 execution of Carey Dean Moore, who was sentenced to death for killing two Omaha cab drivers in 1979. Germany-based Fresenius Kabi opposes the use of its drugs in executions.
    (AP, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 7, In Afghanistan a string of Taliban attacks killed 12 people overnight, including four women who died in the crossfire during a shootout between insurgents and soldiers. An errant NATO airstrike in Azrah, Logar province, killed nine Afghan police. Around 30 Taliban fighters were reported killed in the battle.
    (AP, 8/7/18)(SFC, 8/8/18, p.A3)
2018        Aug 7, An Algerian court convicted human rights activist Salim Yezza to a one-year suspended prison sentence and fined him 100,000 dinars (about $115.00) for inciting violence more than four years after his statements in support of a minority. Yezza, who lives in France, was arrested July 16 at the airport in Biskra as he tried to return home after attending his father's funeral.
    (AP, 8/7/18)
2018        Aug 7, New York-based Human Rights Watch said accused the Bangladesh government of using abusive measures in handling student-led protests calling for safer roads.
    (AP, 8/7/18)
2018        Aug 7, In China six people were imprisoned for up to four years for their part in a scheme to cheat on the national graduate school exam.
    (AP, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 7, Ethiopia's government signed an agreement to end hostilities with the Oromo Liberation Front, which it had previously declared a terrorist movement. The government signed a reconciliation agreement to end hostilities with the OLF's exiled leader Dawud Ibsa, who lives in exile in Asmara, Eritrea.
    (Reuters, 8/7/18)
2018        Aug 7, The European Union reiterated its "firm support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders" and lamented the Russian military presence in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Russia's PM Dmitry Medvedev said an attempt by NATO to incorporate the former Soviet republic of Georgia could trigger a new, "horrible" conflict.
    (AP, 8/7/18)
2018        Aug 7, In southwestern Germany a mother (48) and her partner were convicted and jailed for repeatedly raping the woman's young son, now 10, and selling him to pedophiles on the internet, abusing him for more than two years.
    (AP, 8/7/18)
2018        Aug 7, Greece's PM Alexis Tsipras said the demolition of 3,200 buildings will start immediately in the Attica region, which includes the capital Athens, in response to the death of dozens of people who were unable to escape a maze of poorly planned streets in the country's worst wildfire disaster.
    (AP, 8/7/18)
2018        Aug 7, In India Muthuvel Karunanidhi (94), a highly popular scriptwriter-turned-politician in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, died after a prolonged illness. He became the state's chief minister in 1969 and held that position five times for a total of 19 years.
    (AP, 8/7/18)
2018        Aug 7, Iranians awoke to renewed US sanctions that had been lifted by Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. The newly imposed American sanctions targeted US dollar financial transactions, Iran's automotive sector, and the purchase of commercial planes and metals, including gold.
    (AP, 8/7/18)
2018        Aug 7, An Israeli strike killed two militants of the Gaza Strip's ruling Hamas movement after shots were fired at soldiers. The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades confirmed in a statement that the dead men were its fighters, naming them as Ahmed Murjan and Abdel-Hafez al-Silawi.
    (AFP, 8/7/18)
2018        Aug 7, Italy's Senate approved a decree curbing temporary job contracts and penalizing firms that move production abroad, passing the first major legislation by the new government.
    (Reuters, 8/7/18)
2018        Aug 7, In Mexico Elba Esther Gordillo, the flamboyant former leader of the powerful teachers' union, was released from custody after a court determined there weren't sufficient grounds to proceed in a years-long money-laundering case.
    (AP, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 7, Authorities in Peru said at least nine people have died from food poisoning following a funeral ceremony. Another 20 people were hospitalized with stomach pains and vomiting after a wake the previous day in the Ayacucho region.
    (AP, 8/7/18)
2018        Aug 7, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to kill corrupt police, including those accused of involvement in illegal drugs and other crimes, in an expletives-laden encounter on live TV.
    (AP, 8/7/18)
2018        Aug 7, It was reported that Romanian and German archaeologists have discovered a prehistoric fortress dating back as far as 3,400 years in western Romania. Last week they completed a dig uncovering 55 hectares (135 acres) of the 80-hectare (198-acre) site, built between 1,400 BC and 1,200 BC, located near the town of Santana.
    (AP, 8/7/18)
2018        Aug 7, In Russia Maria Alekhina, an activist from the Pussy Riot punk collective, led a protest outside the headquarters of the state penitentiary agency in response to torture and slave labor in Russian prisons.
    (SFC, 8/8/18, p.A2)
2018        Aug 7, The lawyer for Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, hunger striking in a Russian jail for nearly three months, said that the prisoner has lost 30 kg from his original weight of 100 kg, his heart rate has slowed and he has very low levels of red blood cells. The 42-year-old was serving a 20-year sentence in the far north of Russia after being convicted three years ago of arson attacks in his native Crimea following its annexation by Moscow. According to Kiev's estimates, Russia is currently holding around 70 Ukrainian political prisoners.
    (AFP, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 7, Saudi Arabia began selling Canadian assets in an escalating row after Ottawa criticized the arrest of a female activist.
    (Reuters, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 7, Authorities in Spain said the death toll from a particularly virulent heatwave rose to nine in just one week, as the country suffered sky-high temperatures.
    (AFP, 8/7/18)
2018        Aug 7, Swiss army helicopters began airlifting water to thousands of thirsty cows who are suffering in a drought and heatwave that has hit much of Europe.
    (Reuters, 8/7/18)
2018        Aug 7, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he has chosen former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to be the world body's new human rights chief.
    (Reuters, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 7, A Zimbabwe court freed on bail 27 opposition supporters arrested last week on accusations of fomenting violence in the aftermath of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's election victory over Nelson Chamisa.
    (Reuters, 8/7/18)
 2018        Aug 7, Joint statement by the heads of mission of EU states in Zimbabwe along with the US, Canada and Switzerland condemned the "violence, attacks, and acts of intimidation targeted at opposition leaders and supporters," saying such violations have no place in a democratic society. New York-based Human Rights Watch said Zimbabwean security forces and unidentified gunmen have beaten and harassed dozens of people in a crackdown on the political opposition following a disputed election.
    (AP, 8/7/18)

2018        Aug 8, The US announced it would impose new sanctions on Russia for illegally using a chemical weapon in an attempt to kill former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain earlier this year.
    (SFC, 8/9/18, p.A6)
2018        Aug 8, US customs officials arrested an American woman (81) and seized 92 pounds of heroin found in the rocker panel of a car driven by the woman at the Tecate boder crossing in San Diego County.
    (SFC, 8/11/18, p.A6)
2018        Aug 8, A large US federal law enforcement operation targeted businesses in Minnesota and Nebraska that knowingly hired and mistreated illegal immigrants. 17 business owners and managers were indicted for fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.
    (SFC, 8/9/18, p.A6)
2018        Aug 8, New York state Republican Rep. Christopher Collins (68) was arrested on charges of insider trading. He allegedly used information acquired as a board member of Inate Immunotherapeutics Ltd. to sell shares before a public announcement of a failed clinical trial.
    (SFC, 8/9/18, p.A6)
2018        Aug 8, Robert Danzig (85), a former chief of the Hearst Newspapers, died in a Cape Cod hospital. He became publisher of Albany's Times Union and two other Hearst papers in 1969. He served as president of the Hearst Newspapers for two decades.
    (SFC, 8/10/18, p.A7)
2018        Aug 8, It was reported that Wells Fargo filed a disclosure last week revealing that bank errors caused more than 600 people in foreclosure to be incorrectly denied mortgage modification to make loans more affordable and that some 400 of that group ultimately lost their homes.
    (SFC, 8/8/18, p.C1)
2018        Aug 8, A Bangladesh court acquitted a British man detained without charge for two years on suspicion of involvement in the July 1, 2016, attack on a cafe in Dhaka that killed 22 people. Hasnat Karim was in the cafe at the time of the attack for his daughter's 13th birthday party.
    (Reuters, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 8, A spokesman said Congo's President Joseph Kabila will not stand in the election scheduled for December, finally agreeing to obey a two-term limit but picking a hard-core loyalist under European Union sanctions to stand instead.
    (Reuters, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 8, CongoDRC began Ebola vaccinations in the country's latest outbreak of the deadly virus that has already claimed at least nine lives in North Kivu province.
    (AP, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 8, Costa Rica's supreme court voted to make same-sex marriage legal and gave the country's legislature 18 months to change the law or it would automatically become legal.
    (SFC, 8/10/18, p.A2)
2018        Aug 8, Germany said it has reached an agreement with Spain for that country to take back previously registered migrants who show up at the German border, a first step toward implementing a deal to defuse a domestic political dispute over migration.
    (AP, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 8, In India a stampede among thousands of mourners at the funeral of a powerful southern Indian politician killed two people and injured 47.
    (Reuters, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 8, Iran’s Minister of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare, Ali Rabiei, was sacked by parliament, the latest shuffle in top economic posts as the Islamic Republic struggles to stabilize its economy.
    (Reuters, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 8, Italian police said gangsters dropped 25-kilo (55-pound) weights on the limbs of drug addicts, alcoholics and other indigents in an insurance fraud racket that faked car accidents to obtain hundreds of thousands of euros in claim payments. Police said 11 persons, including a nurse suspected of procuring anesthetics, were arrested in the crackdown on two Palermo-based criminal organizations.
    (AP, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 8, In southern Italy hundreds of crop pickers and labor union activists marched from a shanty town to protest what they say is the exploitation of migrant farmworkers. 16 farmworkers were killed on Aug 4 and Aug 6 while riding in vans that collided with trucks.
    (AP, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 8, Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo was released from detention after being granted an amnesty for her part in a short civil war in 2011.
    (Reuters, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 8, In Japan rain lashed Tokyo and dozens of flights were canceled as Typhoon Shanshan headed toward the capital.
    (AP, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 8, In Japan Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga (67) died of pancreatic cancer. He had led an anti-US military base movement on the southern Japanese island.
    (AP, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 8, Kenya's national wildlife service said authorities have arrested a suspected poacher linked to the killing of a 12-year-old black rhino last month in Lake Nakuru national park.
    (Reuters, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 8, Kenyan runner Nicholas Bett (28), who won the 2015 world championship title in the 400-meter hurdles, was killed in an early-morning car crash in the country's famed high-altitude training region.
    (AP, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 8, Malaysia's former PM Najib Razak (65) pleaded not guilty to money laundering charges slapped on him, as the country's new government looked for answers to how billions of dollars went missing from a state fund 1MDB during his term.
    (Reuters, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 8, Malaysia's minister of Islamic affairs said he had ordered the removal of portraits of two lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists from a public photography exhibition, as they promoted LGBT activities.
    (Reuters, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 8, Workers seized partial control of the headquarters of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees in Hamas-run Gaza, accusing their union of "mutiny" over job cuts.
    (AFP, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 8, Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte said there would be no new casinos set up during his presidency, a day after abruptly shelving Landing International's $1.5 billion integrated casino project in Manila.
    (Reuters, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 8, Saudi Arabia said there is no room for mediation in the kingdom's deepening diplomatic dispute with Canada, and that Ottawa knew what it needed to do to "fix its big mistake".
    (Reuters, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 8, Oil giant Saudi Aramco said it will buy out the other 50-percent stake in a joint chemical venture in the Netherlands in a deal valued at 1.5 billion euros, or $1.7 billion.
    (AP, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 8, Saudi Arabia said it executed and crucified a man from Myanmar convicted of killing a woman and carrying out other crimes. In Saudi crucifixions the condemned is usually beheaded and the body then put on display.
    (AP, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 8, South Korea-based Samsung Electronics said it plans to spend a whopping $22 billion over the next three years on artificial intelligence, auto components and other future businesses as the company maps out its strategy under the restored leadership of Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong.
    (AP, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 8, A Sri Lankan court sentenced hard-line Buddhist monk Galagoda Atte Gnanasara to six years in prison for contempt of court. Gnanasara was found guilty of interrupting a court hearing in 2016 for military personnel accused of involvement in the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda. In June, the monk was sentenced in a separate case to six months in prison for harassing and intimidating the journalist's wife.
    (AP, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 8, Thailand granted citizenship to three young soccer players who were trapped with other team members for almost three weeks in a cave in northern Thailand along with their 25-year-old coach. All four had been stateless, and their lack of citizenship deprived them of some basic benefits and rights, including the ability to travel outside of Chiang Rai, the northern province where they live.
    (AP, 8/8/18)
2018        Aug 8, Venezuela's Supreme Court ordered the arrest of opposition leader Julio Borges and called for the prosecution of opposition lawmaker Juan Requesens (29), who police detained a day earlier, in connection with the recent alleged assassination attempt against Pres. Maduro.
    (SFC, 8/9/18, p.A2)

2018        Aug 9, US VP Mike Pence announced ambitious plans to create the US Space Force as a sixth, separate military war-fighting service by 2020.
    (SFC, 8/10/18, p.A12)
2018        Aug 9, A US federal appeals court ordered the Trump administration to ban the widely used farm pesticide chlorpyrifos within 60 days, citing long-standing evidence that its presence on food can harm children.
    (SFC, 8/10/18, p.D1)
2018        Aug 9, California's Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for an area In southern California where more than 21,000 people were evacuated in and around Lake Elsinore. Flames and billowing smoke rose into the sky at the edge of the city of 60,000 as the blaze, dubbed the Holy Fire, burned nearby in the Santa Ana Mountains. The Orange County District Attorney Office said Forrest Clark (51) was charged with setting the fire. In Northern California, a mechanic helping to fight the Carr Fire, burning around Redding, was killed in a traffic collision. The 181,000-acre Carr Fire was 51 percent contained. The Mendocino Complex Fire has now burned 307,000 acres in three counties north of San Francisco.
    (Reuters, 8/10/18)
2018        Aug 9, Tennessee executed its first inmate since 2009. Billy Ray Irick (59) was executed by lethal injection for the 1985 rape and murder of a girl (7) in Knoxville.
    (SFC, 8/10/18, p.A6)
2018        Aug 9, In Texas federal prosecutors said Dwayne Caraway, the Pro Tem mayor of Dallas, had accepted more than $450,000 in kickbacks and bribes. Caraway pleaded guilty to two federal charges and has resigned from the Dallas City Council.
    (SFC, 8/10/18, p.A6)
2018        Aug 9, Argentina's Senate rejected a bill to legalize elective abortion, a defeat for a grassroots movement that came closer than ever to achieving the decriminalization of the procedure in the homeland of Pope Francis. Lawmakers debated for more than 15 hours and voted 38-31 against the measure that would have legalized abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.
    (AP, 8/9/18)
2018        Aug 9, An Australian minister said five former dual nationals have been stripped of their citizenship due to their involvement with the Islamic State group overseas. A total of six people have now lost their Australian citizenship since the law was changed in 2015 to enable dual nationals to lose their citizenship rights for actions contrary to their allegiance to Australia.
    (AP, 8/9/18)
2018        Aug 9, Belarus' Investigative Committee confirmed the detention of six journalists, including Deutsche Welle's Paulyuk Bykowski. DW lodged a protest. Authorities said the journalists are charged with getting unsanctioned access to state news agency BelTA, and failing to pay for its information.
    (AP, 8/9/18)
2018        Aug 9, A British inquiry concluded that sexual abuse at two leading Roman Catholic schools in Britain was considerably higher than is reflected by conviction figures, with monks hiding allegations to protect the church's reputation.
    (AP, 8/9/18)
2018        Aug 9, Former El Salvador Pres. Tony Saca (53) pleaded guilty to embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars in public funds during his 2004-2009 government. Under the plea agreement prosecutors asked for a 10-year sentence.
    (SFC, 8/10/18, p.A2)
2018        Aug 9, The Council of Europe's anti-corruption group said Macedonia's performance on preventing corruption is "clearly disappointing" and called on authorities to take action.
    (AP, 8/10/18)
2018        Aug 9, In Greece the death toll from the July 23 fire at the seaside resort of Mati rose to 93, after a 78-year-old woman in intensive care died of her injuries.
    (AP, 8/9/18)
2018        Aug 9, Indian authorities arrested Neeraj Singhal, a former managing director of Bhushan Steel Ltd, over an alleged fraud, after a probe found billions of rupees had been siphoned off by the firm's founders from funds borrowed from state-run banks.
    (Reuters, 8/9/18)
2018        Aug 9, In India torrential monsoon rains killed at least 26 people in flooding, landslides and house collapses in the southern state of Kerala in the last 24 hours with more than 15,500 people taking shelter in state-run relief camps.
    (AP, 8/9/18)
2018        Aug 9, The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week as the official death toll from the most powerful of the quakes topped 300.
    (AP, 8/9/18)
2018        Aug 9, Iraq's anti-graft Commission of Integrity said it had succeeded in "recovering and preventing the waste" of public funds to the value of $322 million in the first six months of the year. PM Haider al-Abadi has sacked a number of electricity ministry officials, his office said, in the latest attempt to quell public anger at chronic power cuts.
    (AFP, 8/9/18)
2018        Aug 9, In southern Israel a long-range rocket fired from Gaza struck an uninhabited area outside Beersheba, hours after a Palestinian official said an end to a surge in cross-border fighting could be near. The military said more than 180 rockets and mortar bombs were fired from Gaza overnight. Seven people were wounded. The Israeli military said its aircraft struck more than 150 facilities belonging to Hamas. Israeli warplanes struck dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip and three people were reported killed there.
    (Reuters, 8/9/18)(AP, 8/9/18)
2018        Aug 9, Italian police said they found 20 tons of hash worth as much as 200 million euros ($232 million) in the fuel tanks of a Panama-flagged ship that was stopped in international waters and escorted to Sicily. Italian finance police seized the vessel in international waters on July 31 and escorted it to Palermo. There the fuel tanks were drained and the hash was discovered wrapped in sealed brown bags.
    (Reuters, 8/9/18)
2018        Aug 9, Typhoon Shanshan brought rain and strong winds to Japan's northeast coast, but no major damage was reported as the storm did not make landfall.
    (AP, 8/9/18)
2018        Aug 9, In Mali the third and fourth-place finishers in the first round of presidential elections declined to endorse opposition leader Soumaila Cisse in the August 12 run-off, dealing a blow to his hopes of defeating President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
    (Reuters, 8/9/18)
2018        Aug 9, Mexican authorities said 20 bodies have been found in two clandestine graves in Jalisco state. One of the dead was identified as the leader of the local cell of the Jalisco New Generation cartel.
    (SFC, 8/10/18, p.A2)
2018        Aug 9, Myanmar said a request by the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor to seek jurisdiction over suspected deportations of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh was "meritless and should be dismissed".
    (Reuters, 8/9/18)
2018        Aug 9, In southern Nigeria armed robbers killed at least 10 people, including a policeman, when they raided a police station and two banks in Igarra, Edo state.
    (AP, 8/10/18)
2018        Aug 9, In Nigeria 13 people burnt to death when a bus burst into flames after a head-on collision with a digger near the oil hub of Port Harcourt.
    (AFP, 8/10/18)
2018        Aug 9, It was reported that Puerto Rico is now estimating that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people, far more than the official death toll of 64, in a report to Congress seeking billions to help the island recover from the devastating storm. The government said were 1,427 more deaths from September to December 2017 than the average for the same time period over the previous four years.
    (AP, 8/9/18)
2018        Aug 9, Russia condemned a new round of US sanctions as illegal after news of the measures sent the ruble tumbling to two-year lows and sparked a wider asset sell-off over fears that Moscow was locked in a spiral of never-ending curbs by the West.
    (Reuters, 8/9/18)
2018        Aug 9, The Russian punk collective Pussy Riot said its member Maria Alekhina has departed for Britain for a performance at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, despite being banned from leaving the country.
    (AP, 8/9/18)
2018        Aug 9, Swedish home furnishings giant IKEA opened its first store in India in the southern city of Hyderabad.
    (AP, 8/9/18)
2018        Aug 9, Syrian regime forces shelled rebel and jihadist positions in the northwestern province of Idlib and dropped leaflets warning of an impending assault.
    (AFP, 8/9/18)
2018        Aug 9, In Thailand former Buddhist monk Wirapol Sukphol, infamous for a jet-set lifestyle, was sentenced to more than 100 years in prison in connection with funds he fraudulently raised from followers.
    (AP, 8/9/18)
2018        Aug 9, In Yemen Saudi-led coalition air strikes killed dozens of people, including at least 40 children traveling on a bus as it drove through a market of Dahyan, Saada province. Health officials later said 54 people killed including 44 children.
    (Reuters, 8/9/18)(Reuters, 8/13/18)(SFC, 8/17/18, p.A3)
2018        Aug 9, Senior Zimbabwean opposition figure Tendai Biti was in police custody after Zambia rejected his asylum bid and deported him, as fears grew about a government crackdown following Zimbabwe's disputed election.
    (AP, 8/9/18)

2018        Aug 10, US President Donald Trump said he had authorized higher tariffs on imports from Turkey, imposing a 20 percent duty on aluminum and 50 percent one on steel. The Turkish currency quickly plunged further against the dollar.
    (Reuters, 8/10/18)(AP, 8/10/18)
2018        Aug 10, A California jury ordered the US agrochemicals giant, which was taken over by Germany's Bayer in June, to pay $289 million in compensation to groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson (46), who was diagnosed with cancer after he repeatedly used Monsanto's weed killer, Roundup. In October Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos cut the award to $78.5 million. Johnson soon agreed to the reduction in an effort to achieve a final resolution.
    (AFP, 8/11/18)(SFC, 10/23/18, p.A9)(SFC, 11/1/18, p.A11)

2018        Aug 10, In California Sean Matthew Walker (36) struck and killed a CHP officer and another man at a traffic stop on I-80 in Fairfield. Walker was on his cell phone and distracted at the time of the accident and was arrested on August 16.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y74686pj)(SFC, 8/16/18, p.A5)
2018        Aug 10, In Washington state a young mechanic (29), described as suicidal, stole an empty twin-engine turboprop Q400 belonging to Horizon Air from Seattle-Tacoma Airport, took it on an hour-long flight that included a hair-raising loop as F-15 fighter jets gave chase, then crashed on Ketron Island, killing himself.
    (AFP, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 10, It was reported that Minnesota-based Calyxt Inc, an eight-year-old firm co-founded by a genetics professor, has altered the genes of a soybean plant to produce healthier oil using the cutting-edge editing technique rather than conventional genetic modification. Relatively unknown firms including Calyxt, Cibus, and Benson Hill Biosystems are already advancing their own gene-edited projects in a race against Big Ag for dominance of the potentially transformational technology.
    (Reuters, 8/10/18)
2018        Aug 10, The Taliban launched a multi-pronged attack in attempts to overrun a provincial capital, hiding inside people's homes before slipping into city streets overnight. At least 14 Afghan policemen were killed and 20 wounded in the assault on Ghazni. Afghan forces launched a clearing operation, searching for Taliban fighters following a major assault on, after US air strikes targeted insurgents trying to overrun the city.
    (AP, 8/10/18)(AFP, 8/10/18)
2018        Aug 10, Ryanair pilots in several European countries staged a strike over work conditions that prompted the budget carrier to cancel 400 flights. Walkouts called by German and Belgian unions accounted for many of the cancelations, with strikes also called in Sweden and Ireland.
    (AP, 8/10/18)
2018        Aug 10, Brazil's security minister Raul Jungmann said politicians and public servants have been linked to the murder of high-profile Brazilian lawmaker and black rights activist Marielle Franco.
    (AFP, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 10, In Britain an explosion at the Chemring Countermeasures factory, a military hardware factory near Salisbury, Wiltshire, left one person dead and another seriously injured.
    (Reuters, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 10, In London Muslim convert Lewis Ludlow (26) pleaded guilty to plotting an Islamic State group-inspired van attack on crowds in London's busy Oxford Street shopping district. Lewis was arrested on April 18 and has admitted to preparing terrorist acts and funding terrorism.
    (AP, 8/10/18)
2018        Aug 10, In Canada four people, including two police officers, were killed in a shooting in the eastern city of Fredericton, New Brunswick. One person was taken into custody. Police the next day charged Matthew Vincent Raymond (48) with four counts of first degree murder.
    (Reuters, 8/10/18)(Reuters, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 10, In in northwestern China thousands of Muslims gathered at a mosque in the town of Weizhou to protest its planned demolition in a rare, public pushback to the government's efforts to rewrite how religions are practiced in the country.
    (AP, 8/10/18)
2018        Aug 10, Colombia's state-run oil company Ecopetrol SA halted pumping on its Cano Limon-Covenas pipeline because of a bomb attack late today. The pipeline has been attacked nearly 60 times this year by the National Liberation Army (ELN), the country's remaining active guerrilla group.
    (Reuters, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 10, In northeastern CongoDRC suspected rebels killed seven civilians in a late night attack in the Beni territory. The attack attributed to Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels.
    (AP, 8/11/18)(AFP, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 10, Reporters Without Borders said it had restored its website in Egypt, exactly one year after it was blocked by the authorities. RWB said it was unblocking its site through a website "mirroring" technique, which involves copying content and switching servers.
    (AP, 8/10/18)
2018        Aug 10, German police detained former cyclist and Tour de France champion (1997) Jan Ullrich (44) for attacking and injuring a prostitute in a Frankfurt luxury hotel.
    (Reuters, 8/10/18)
2018        Aug 9, In India torrential monsoon rains killed at least 26 people in flooding, landslides and house collapses in the southern state of Kerala in the last 48 hours with more than 15,500 people taking shelter in state-run relief camps.
    (AP, 8/9/18)
2018        Aug 10, Indonesian officials said the death toll from the huge 6.9 magnitude earthquake on Lombok island on August 5 has climbed to more than 320, even as relief efforts picked up pace.
    (Reuters, 8/10/18)
2018        Aug 10, Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard reportedly killed 10 militants late today in a Kurdish region near the border with Iraq.
    (AP, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 10, Iraq's electoral commission said nationalist Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr's alliance won the May parliamentary election according to a manual recount, paving the way for a government to be formed nearly three months after the vote. Sadr's joint list with communists will retain all 54 seats it won to become the biggest bloc in Iraq's 329-seat parliament.
    (AFP, 8/10/18)
2018        Aug 10, Japan launched an unprecedented probe into gender discrimination at all the nation's medical universities after a Tokyo medical school admitted to altering the entrance test results of female applicants to exclude them.
    (AFP, 8/10/18)
2018        Aug 10, In Japan a search and rescue helicopter crashed into the central mountains of Gunma prefecture. All nine people aboard were killed.
    (AP, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 10, In Jordan a bomb went off late today in an area where a police vehicle usually stops during an ongoing music festival in the town of Fuheis. One policeman was killed.
    (AP, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 10, Malian authorities arrested three jihadists who said they were preparing to carry out an attack during the vote in Bamako.
    (AP, 8/12/18)
2018        Aug 10, Two Palestinians were killed and 307 wounded during protests on the Gaza border. The wounded included two journalists and five medics.
    (AFP, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 10, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said a heat wave in North Korea has led to rice, maize and other crops withering in the fields, "with potentially catastrophic effects".
    (Reuters, 8/10/18)
2018        Aug 10, In northern Pakistan gunmen killed three police in late night attack. One of the gunmen was killed in the ensuing shootout.
    (AP, 8/11/18)   
2018        Aug 10, Romanians who live abroad flocked to an anti-government protest in Bucharest. More than 450 people were hurt and around 30 arrested during the huge anti-corruption protest that urged the left-wing government to resign and called for an early election. On August 20 a man (62), who sustained injuries during the protest, died in a hospital where he was being treated for internal bleeding.
    (AP, 8/10/18)(AFP, 8/11/18)(AP, 8/20/18)
2018        Aug 10, Russia's PM Dmitry Medvedev sternly warned the United States against ramping up sanctions, saying that Moscow will retaliate with economic, political and unspecified "other" means.
    (AP, 8/10/18)
2018        Aug 10, The Saudi-led coalition announced a probe into an air strike on a bus that killed at least 29 children a day earlier in northern Yemen. The armed Houthi group said at least 40 children were killed in the strike.
    (AFP, 8/10/18)(Reuters, 8/10/18)
2018        Aug 10, South Korea said a total of 35,000 tons of North Korean coal and pig iron worth $5.8 million illegally entered its ports last year, in possible violations of UN sanctions.
    (AP, 8/10/18)
2018        Aug 10, Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan told his citizens to exchange gold and dollars into lira. The currency dove more than 18 percent on the day and more than 40 percent this year to a new record low after Trump took steps to punish Turkey in a wide-ranging dispute.
    (AP, 8/10/18)
2018        Aug 10, The UN gave unanimous approval for former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet as the next UN human rights chief.
    (AP, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 10, A UN anti-discrimination committee raised concerns over China's treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority, citing reports of mass detentions as it considered Beijing's record over recent years.
    (AP, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 10, Zimbabwe's main opposition party filed a legal challenge to the July 30 results of the country's first election without Robert Mugabe on the ballot.
    (AP, 8/10/18)

2018        Aug 11, The CEO of the California Building Industry Association said tariffs on imported lumber and other construction materials could increase the cost of building a typical home by $20,000.
    (AP, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 11, Hawaii Gov. David Ige won the Democratic primary in his bid for a second term in office, defeating US Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.
    (AP, 8/12/18)
2018        Aug 11, US Rep. Chris Collins ended his re-election bid, days after his indictment on insider trading charges, a move that raised questions about how the Republican Party might replace him with another nominee in one of New York's most conservative districts.
    (AP, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 11, Afghan forces were still battling the Taliban in parts of Ghazni, a day after the insurgents launched a multi-pronged assault on the city. At least 25 security forces were reported killed and wounded since the assault began the previous day.
    (AP, 8/11/18)   
2018        Aug 11, Albanian police caught a man who killed eight of his relatives, following a 12-hour hunt during which the fugitive challenged PM Edi Rama on Facebook to find him. Ridvan Zykaj (24) confessed to shooting cousins and other family members with a Kalashnikov gun after they had accused him of being a thief.
    (AP, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 11, British author V.S. Naipaul (85), a famously outspoken Nobel laureate (2001) who wrote on the traumas of post-colonial change, died in London. His more than 30 books included "A House for Mr Biswas" (1961), which looked at the almost impossible task for Indian immigrants in the Caribbean of trying to integrate into society while keeping hold of their roots.
    (AFP, 8/12/18)
2018        Aug 11, In Burkina Faso five gendarmes and one civilian were killed between the rural communes of Boungou and Ougarou in the nation's far east when their vehicle hit an explosive device late today while gendarmes were escorting mining workers to their extraction site.
    (AP, 8/12/18)
2018        Aug 11, A newspaper of China's ruling Communist Party said that no religion is above the law in China, urging officials to stay firm while dealing with a rare protest over the planned demolition of a massive mosque in the northwest.
    (AP, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 11, Egyptian security officials said a man wearing an explosives belt attempted to attack a Coptic Christian church north of Cairo but failed to enter before blowing himself up in Mostorod district, Qaliubiya province.
    (AP, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 11, Egyptian prosecutors said a detained and recently defrocked monk, identified as Isaiah, has confessed to collaborating with others to kill Bishop Epiphanius, abbot of St. Macarius Monastery. The bishop was found dead on July 29. A day later authorities detained another monk as part of their investigation into the murder.
    (AP, 8/12/18)
2018        Aug 11, In France Bui Tin (b.1927), a Vietnamese former colonel and revolutionary war hero, died. He became disillusioned with the communist regime and defected in 1990, becoming one of its most vocal and influential critics.
    (AP, 8/12/18)
2018        Aug 11, Greek health officials said the death toll from the July 23 fire at the seaside resort of Mati has risen to 94 after a woman (57) in intensive care died of her injuries.
    (AP, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 11, In southern India more than half of the 14 districts in Kerala state were put on high alert, as the death toll from one of the worst floods in the state reached 34.
    (Reuters, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 11, Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency said that 387 people died in the August 5 earthquake on Lombok, jumping from the 321 it reported a day earlier. Scientists said the powerful earthquake lifted the island it struck by as much as 25 centimeters (10 inches).
    (AP, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 11, In eastern Indonesia a light commercial aircraft with nine people on board was reported missing near Oksibil airport in a mountainous region of Papua province. A 12-year-old boy was the only survivor.
    (AP, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 11, In Indonesia a 12-year-old boy was the only survivor from the crash of a light commercial plane that left eight other passengers dead near Oksibil airport in a mountainous region of Papua province.
    (AP, 8/12/18)
2018        Aug 11, Iran's Guardian Council, a top constitutional body, approved measures passed by parliament to bring the country more into line with global money-laundering norms, as Tehran tries to attract investments despite the reimposition of US sanctions.
    (Reuters, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 11, The Israeli army carried out four drone attacks, targeting Palestinians who were flying balloons carrying incendiary devices across the border into Israel.
    (AFP, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 11, In Israel thousands of protesters rallied in Tel Aviv against a new law declaring Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people, legislation that has angered the country's Arab minority and drawn criticism abroad.
    (Reuters, 8/12/18)
2018        Aug 11, In Japan tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Okinawa vowing to stop the planned relocation of a US military base on the southern island.
    (AP, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 11, Japan's government said that it is looking into reports that a Japanese citizen was detained this month in North Korea. The man (39) was supposed to return to Japan on August 13 but was reportedly arrested in Nampo city.
    (AP, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 11, Jordanian forces laid siege to a building in a residential part of Salt late today in search of those responsible for a bomb attack on a police van a day earlier. Four security personnel were killed during the operation after the suspected militants sought sanctuary in a multi-story building. The bodies of three suspected militants were pulled the next day from the wreckage of a building.
    (Reuters, 8/12/18)
2018        Aug 11, It was reported that Kenyan authorities have arrested the head of the agency that manages public land and the boss of the state railway on suspicion of corruption over land allocation for the new $3-billion flagship Nairobi-Mombasa railway. 18 officials, businesspeople and companies were named in a statement listing arrests that was posted on the prosecutor's office's Twitter feed.
    (Reuters, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 11, In Kenya a Chinese tourist died after he was attacked by a hippo as he was taking pictures on the shores of Lake Naivasha in the Rift Valley.
    (AP, 8/12/18)
2018        Aug 11, In Nicaragua a supporter of Pres. Daniel Ortega was shot to death in the northern city of Matagalpa as anti-government protesters marched past the city hall. The victim was identified as Lenin Mendiola, the son of a longtime leader of the ruling Sandinista Front. Managua was the scene of rival marches for and against Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo.
    (AP, 8/12/18)
2018        Aug 11, In Pakistan a suicide bomber in a parked car blew himself up and wounded three Chinese engineers and three paramilitary near a bus carrying the engineers from Baluchistan to Karachi.
    (AP, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 11, A Palestinian (40) hit by Israeli fire on the Gaza border died of his wounds, taking the death toll from protests the previous day to three.
    (AFP, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 11, In western Poland the final of this year's edition of Mr Gay Europe took place in Poznan. Enrique Doleschy (30) of Germany beat six other finalists to win the title.
    (AFP, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 11, Spanish police warned of a massive blackmail campaign to expose web users' supposed visits to porn sites unless they pay up, a technique police called 'sextorsion'.
    (AFP, 8/11/18)
2018        Aug 11, In Tunisia thousands of people demonstrated in front of parliament against any changes to inheritance rules.
    (Reuters, 8/13/18)
2018        Aug 10, Uzbek and Taliban officials ended four-days of talks in Uzbekistan that included meetings with Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov as well as the country's special representative to Afghanistan Ismatilla Irgashev.
    (AP, 8/12/18)
2018        Aug 11, In Vietnam around 200 drug users escaped from a rehab center in the southern province of Tien Giang, the latest breakout attempt from the country's controversial treatment facilities. About half the escapees were soon captured.
    (AFP, 8/11/18)

2018        Aug 12, The United States urged Britain to ditch its support for a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and instead join forces with Washington to counter the global threat it says Tehran poses.
    (Reuters, 8/12/18)
2018        Aug 12, In Washington, DC, a white supremacist rally outside the White House fizzled out after only a handful of neo-Nazis showed up and were massively outnumbered by hundreds of counter-protesters.
    (AFP, 8/12/18)
2018        Aug 12, San Francisco's new $2 billion Transbay Transit Center officially opened.
    (SSFC, 8/12/18, p.A13)
2018        Aug 12, In San Francisco the 3-day Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival ended in Golden Gate park with more than 200,000 people attending.
    (SFC, 8/13/18, p.E1)
2018        Aug 12, NASA blasted off its first-ever spaceship to explore the Sun, the $1.5 billion Parker Solar Probe, on a strategic mission to protect the Earth by unveiling the mysteries of dangerous solar storms. The car-sized probe was launched aboard a massive Delta IV-Heavy rocket early today at Cape Canaveral.
    (AFP, 8/12/18)
2018        Aug 12, Afghan security forces battled the Taliban for the third straight day after the insurgents' massive attack into the key city of Ghazni.
    (AP, 8/12/18)
2018        Aug 12, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan agreed in principle how to divide up the potentially huge oil and gas resources of the Caspian Sea.
    (Reuters, 8/12/18)
2018        Aug 12, In Ecuador at least 12 people were killed and another 30 injured when a bus carrying fans of the Ecuadorean soccer team Barcelona SC overturned on a highway after a game.
    (AP, 8/13/18)
2018        Aug 12, The head of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, and other leaders of the banned group were sentenced to life in prison, on charges of incitement to murder and violence during protests five years ago. This was the latest of several life sentences for Mohammed Badie, who has also been sentenced to death in separate trials since his 2013 arrest.
    (Reuters, 8/12/18)(AP, 8/12/18)
2018        Aug 12, Egyptian state news reported that security forces have killed 12 suspected militants in raids on their hideouts in north Sinai.
    (Reuters, 8/12/18)
2018        Aug 12, It was reported that a French theme park has trained six rooks to pick up cigarette butts and other rubbish dropped by visitors in return for food.
    (Reuters, 8/12/18)
2018        Aug 12, In southeastern France a small glider plane crashed despite "excellent" weather, killing two Austrians onboard on the mountainous Roche Rousse sector of Orcieres in the Hautes-Alpes region.
    (AP, 8/13/18)
2018        Aug 12, Iran's judiciary said that 67 people have been arrested in recent weeks as part of a corruption crackdown approved by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
    (AFP, 8/12/18)
2018        Aug 12, Malaysian media said two women have been charged under Islamic laws forbidding lesbian sex at the Shariah High Court in Terengganu, a conservative state ruled by the Islamist opposition party Pan-Malaysian Islamist Party (PAS). They were sentenced to six strokes by caning for having sex and fined 3,300 ringgit ($806).
    (Reuters, 8/14/18)
2018        Aug 12, Malians voted in a second round presidential election between incumbent Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and opposition leader Soumaila Cissewill.
    (AP, 8/12/18)
2018        Aug 12, In Nigeria hundreds of soldiers protested in the airport of Maiduguri, the capital of restive northeast Borno state, for several hours, shooting into the air and disrupting flights. They were furious about a planned redeployment to a battlefront in the remote Lake Chad region after fighting Boko Haram jihadists for years without relief.
    (AFP, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 12, Pakistani police detained eight Chinese nationals who tried to enter a power plant with weapons in the eastern Punjab province. The eight men were stopped at a checkpoint outside the Qadirabad power plant in Sahiwal after a pump-action gun, a handgun, a rifle and ammunition were found in their vehicle.
    (AP, 8/12/18)
2018        Aug 12, In northwestern Pakistan a collision between a bus and a truck left five members of the security forces dead and 12 injured in the Dara Zinda area.
    (AP, 8/12/18)
2018        Aug 12, In Pakistan a coal mine caved in late today after a methane gas explosion. At least 8 workers were killed in the village of Sanjdi, Baluchistan province.
    (AP, 8/13/18)
2018        Aug 12, In northern Syria an explosion brought down two five-story apartment buildings and killed at least 69 people, including 17 children, in the village of Sarmada. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an arms depot in the basement of a building had detonated.
    (AP, 8/12/18)(AP, 8/13/18)
2018        Aug 12, In Tajikistan a helicopter carrying climbers crash-landed in the Central Asian nation's Pamir Mountains, killing five of the 18 people on board.
    (AP, 8/13/18)

2018        Aug 13, US President Donald Trump signed a $716-billion defense policy act that authorizes military spending and waters down controls on US government contracts with China's ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.
    (AP, 8/14/18)   
2018        Aug 13, US Pres. Donald Trump lashed out at his former adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman, who is promoting a tell-all book of her White House experience. Newman said: "There's a lot of very corrupt things happening in the White House, and I am going to blow the whistle on a lot of them".
    (SFC, 8/14/18, p.A5)
2018        Aug 13, A US lawyer for Peter Strzok, a senior FBI counterintelligence agent, said Strzok has been fired for violating bureau policies. Strzok had disparaged Pres. Trump in inflammatory text messages and helped oversee the Hillary Clinton and Russia investigations.
    (SFC, 8/14/18, p.A5)
2018        Aug 13, In California the body count in the Golden State Killer's alleged reign of terror increased to 13 when prosecutors in Tulare County filed charges linking suspect Joseph James De Angelo (72) to the 1975 murder of college teacher Claude Snelling (45) in Visalia. De Angelo has also been accused of being the East Area Rapist and Original Night Stalker.
    (SFC, 8/14/18, p.C1)
2018        Aug 13, In northern California Ricardo Gardcia Lopez (39), on probation for domestic violence and failing to register as a sex offender, shot and killed three of his children before killing himself early today in Clearlake, Lake County.
    (SFC, 8/14/18, p.C3)
2018        Aug 13, In northern California a firefighter from Utah was killed while battling the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex. The 300,970-acre Ranch Fire was 59 percent contained. The associated River Fire was fully contained at 48,920 acres.
    (SFC, 8/14/18, p.C4)
2018        Aug 13, In Utah Duane Youd flew a small plane into his own house hours after being arrested and released on bail for assaulting his wife. Youd died in the crash, but his wife and child survived.
    (SFC, 8/14/18, p.A5)
2018        Aug 13, The West Virginia House of Delegates impeached all four justices of the state Supreme Court on charges of extravagant spending and other misconduct. Democrats have described the whole process as a partisan power grab.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y9alekkd)(SFC, 8/15/18, p.A5)
2018        Aug 13, Tesla chief executive Elon Musk said he was in talks with Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund and other investors to take the electric automaker private.
    (AFP, 8/13/18)
2018        Aug 13, Afghanistan's defense minister said four days of ferocious fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban over Ghazni has claimed the lives of about 100 Afghan policemen and soldiers and at least 20 civilians. A suicide attacker detonated explosives near the office of the election commission in Kabul where dozens of protesters had gathered. At least one police official was killed and one officer was wounded.
    (AP, 8/13/18)(Reuters, 8/13/18)
2018        Aug 13, In Armenia an appeals court in Yerevan released former Pres. Robert Kocharian on the grounds of constitutional immunity for actions as president. Kocharian was jailed July 27 on charges of violating constitutional order for sending police and soldiers to break up a demonstration in Yerevan in March 2008. Eight demonstrators and two police died in the clash.
    (AP, 8/13/18)
2018        Aug 13, A court in Azerbaijan freed human rights activist Ilgar Mammadov after he had served five years of a seven-year jail sentence. The European Court of Human Rights has described his sentence "an unjustified restriction of freedom".
    (Reuters, 8/13/18)
2018        Aug 13, Influential British publisher John Calder (b.1927) died in Edinburgh. He championed avant-garde authors, battled censorship and published such European writers as Anton Chekhov, Leo Tolstoy and Emile Zola, as well as newer authors, notably Samuel Beckett, and edgy Americans including Henry Miller and William S. Burroughs.
    (AP, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 13, China insisted there is no "arbitrary detention" and there are no "re-education centers" in its western Xinjiang region, rejecting concerns raised by a UN human rights committee that more than 1 million ethnic Uighurs may be being held in camps.
    (AP, 8/13/18)
2018        Aug 13, Egypt's interior ministry said security forces have killed six suspected militants in a raid on a house on the outskirts of Cairo.
    (Reuters, 8/13/18)
2018        Aug 13, Indonesian authorities said the holiday island of Lombok suffered damage running into more than 5 trillion rupiah ($342 million) from last week's 6.9 earthquake as the death toll climbed to more than 430.
    (Reuters, 8/13/18)
2018        Aug 13, Indonesian prosecutors demanded an 18-month prison term for a woman who was charged with blasphemy after she complained about the volume of a mosque's loudspeakers. The ethnic Chinese defendant, Meiliana (44), was arrested on May 18, about two years after her case triggered a riot in Tanjung Balai.
    (AP, 8/14/18)
2018        Aug 13, Iran unveiled a next generation short-range ballistic missile and vowed to further boost its capabilities.
    (AFP, 8/13/18)
2018        Aug 13, Malaysia's PM Mahathir Mohamad said he is looking to cancel multibillion-dollar Chinese-backed infrastructure projects signed by the previous scandal-tainted government as the country digs itself out of debt.
    (AP, 8/13/18)
2018        Aug 13, Norway's rightwing Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg (58) quit after breaching security protocol when he went on holiday to Iran in July with an Iranian-born former beauty queen (28), in a major media scandal.
    (AFP, 8/13/18)
2018        Aug 13, A presidential spokesman said Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has fired 20 people, including colonels and a general, over accusations of fraud and graft in purchases of military medical supplies.
    (Reuters, 8/13/18)
2018        Aug 13, Poland used its powers as a European Union member to ban human rights Ukrainian activist Lyudmyla Kozlovska (32) from all 26 countries in Europe's Schengen area. Kozlovska was stopped at the Brussels Zaventem airport after arriving from Kiev, held overnight and put on an early flight back to Kiev the next morning. Belgian authorities acted after Poland entered her in the Schengen Information System, a database aimed at ensuring security in Europe's passport-free Schengen Area.
    (AP, 8/20/18)
2018        Aug 13, Workers at South Africa's high-speed train service that mainly caters for business commuters ended a two-week strike over pay after reaching a 12-month agreement with their employer.
    (Reuters, 8/13/18)
2018        Aug 13, Sudan's Red Crescent Society said at least 23 people have been killed in heavy flooding since July 23. More than 8,900 families have been left homeless.
    (AP, 8/13/18)
2018        Aug 13, In Taiwan a fire at a hospital early today killed nine people and injured 15. An investigation was launched into the cause of the blaze.
    (Reuters, 8/13/18)
2018        Aug 13, Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi proposed giving women equal inheritance rights despite protests from thousands of people objecting to any challenge to Islamic law.
    (Reuters, 8/13/18)
2018        Aug 13, Turkey's central bank took action to free up cash for banks as the country grapples with a currency crisis sparked by concerns over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's economic policies and a trade and diplomatic dispute with the United States.
    (AP, 8/13/18)
2018        Aug 13, Ugandan police arrested three opposition lawmakers and scores of others after stones were thrown at the convoy of President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled the country since 1986.
    (Reuters, 8/14/18)
2018        Aug 13, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro announced that from now on dirt-cheap fuel will be available only to people with a special government aid card that the opposition has denounced as a tool for controlling people.
    (AFP, 8/14/18)

2018        Aug 14, Nebraska carried out its first execution since 1997. Carey Dean Moore (60 was executed with a drug combination that included the powerful opioid fentanyl for killing two cab drivers in Omaha in 1979.
    (SFC, 8/15/18, p.A5)
2018        Aug 14, Pennsylvania officials released a grand jury report that identified more than 300 "predator priests" who molested children in six dioceses since the 1940s.
    (SFC, 8/15/18, p.A6)(SFC, 8/16/18, p.A4)
2018        Aug 14, In northern Afghanistan the Taliban overran the Camp Chinaya base in Faryab province, killing 17 soldiers. The Taliban said 57 Afghan soldiers had surrendered and 17 others were captured in battle. Afghan forces battled the insurgents for the fifth straight day in the eastern provincial capital of Ghazni. The assault in Ghazni has killed about 100 Afghan security forces and 20 civilians. A Taliban attack on checkpoint in northern Baghlan province killed 30 soldiers.
    (AP, 8/14/18)(SFC, 8/15/18, p.A4)
2018        Aug 14, In Australia Newcastle Magistrate Robert Stone ordered former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson, most senior Roman Catholic cleric convicted of covering up child sex abuse, to be detained at his sister's house for at least 6 months before he is eligible for parole.
    (AP, 8/14/18)
2018        Aug 14, The Bosnian Serb legislature revoked support for a 2004 report that acknowledged the 1995 massacre of thousands of Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica.
    (AP, 8/17/18)
2018        Aug 14, In London a car plowed into pedestrians and cyclists near the Houses of Parliament during the morning rush hour, injuring three people in what police suspect is the latest in a string of attacks in the British capital that used vehicles as weapons. The driver, soon identified as Salih Khater (29), a British citizen of Sudanese origin, was arrested on suspicion of terrorism offenses.
    (AP, 8/14/18)(Reuters, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 14, Chilean authorities raided the headquarters of the Catholic Church's Episcopal Conference as part of a widespread investigation into clerical sex abuse in the South American country.
    (AP, 8/14/18)
2018        Aug 14, Chile's Supreme Court sentenced 24 former police agents to prison from four to 13 years for the disappearance of Jorge Arturo Grez, who was detained and tortured in 1974 before vanishing.
    (SFC, 8/15/18, p.A2)
2018        Aug 14, In southern Chile a fire swept through a nursing home, killing 10 elderly women at the Santa Marta nursing home.
    (AP, 8/14/18)
2018        Aug 14, China blasted a US military spending bill that calls for development of plans to help self-ruled Taiwan improve its defenses and warned of possible damage to cooperation in other areas.
    (AP, 8/14/18)
2018        Aug 14, In China the deputy governor of Jilin province and the mayor of Changchun were fired as the ruling Communist Party tried to defuse public outrage over revelations of misconduct by major vaccine producer Changsheng Life Sciences.
    (AP, 8/16/18)
2018        Aug 14, CongoDRC's health ministry said its latest Ebola outbreak has spread from North Kivu province into neighboring Ituri province.
    (SFC, 8/15/18, p.A2)
2018        Aug 14, In Ecuador a bus carrying travelers from Colombia and Venezuela crashed early today near Quito, killing 24 people and injuring 18 others.
    (AFP, 8/14/18)(SFC, 8/15/18, p.A2)
2018        Aug 14, Egypt's Interior Ministry said police have arrested 13 alleged Muslim Brotherhood members accused of inciting protests on the fifth anniversary of the violent dispersal of two mass sit-ins.
    (AP, 8/14/18)
2018        Aug 14, Ethiopia in an open letter published today asked dissident marathoner and Olympics silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa to come home, promising a "hero's welcome". Lilesa has lived in self-imposed exile in the US since 2016 when he raised his arms in a gesture against government repression while crossing the finish line in second place at the Rio Olympics.
    (AFP, 8/14/18)
2018        Aug 14, Malta said it agreed to let the Aquarius humanitarian ship dock in one of its ports. The European Commission said France, Spain, Germany, Portugal and Luxembourg have agreed to take some of the 141 migrants on the humanitarian ship.
    (Reuters, 8/14/18)
2018        Aug 14, A Hong Kong pro-independence activist decried Beijing's rule over the city as modern-day colonialism in a speech to a foreign journalists' association that defied the Chinese government's demand that the event be canceled.
    (AP, 8/14/18)
2018        Aug 14, The Indian rupee fell to an all-time low against the US dollar amid worries that Turkey's growing financial crisis could spread to other developing-world economies.
    (AP, 8/14/18)
2018        Aug 14, An explosion struck the MT Desh Vaibhav in the Gulf of Oman while it was en route to Fujairah on the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates. The explosion on the Shipping Corporation of India crude oil tanker caused "two casualties" and injured one sailor.
    (AP, 8/15/18)   
2018        Aug 14, Indonesia deployed 100,000 police and soldiers to provide security for the Asian Games, the biggest event ever held in its terror attack prone capital Jakarta. Some 11,000 athletes and 5,000 officials from 45 Asian countries were expected for the August 18 to September 2 Games.
    (AP, 8/14/18)(AFP, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 14, In Iraq at least three people were killed in an explosion at a market in Baghdad, including a woman and child.
    (AFP, 8/14/18)
2018        Aug 14, In Italy at least 39 people were killed by the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in the port city of Genoa. Authorities later lowered the confirmed death toll to 38 from 39. On August 18 the death toll rose unofficially to 42 with the discovery of four more bodies.
    (Reuters, 8/14/18)(AP, 8/15/18)(AP, 8/16/18)(AP, 8/18/18)
2018        Aug 14, Malian presidential spokesman Bocary Treta told reporters that Pres. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has won a second-round election runoff "comfortably", according to a provisional vote count by his own camp.
    (Reuters, 8/14/18)
2018        Aug 14, Nigerian reporter Samuel Ogundipe was arrested for refusing to reveal the source of a letter, which identified who was blamed for a blockade on parliament last week by members of the Department of State Security. His article cited a confidential letter from the chief of police. On August 17 he was released on bail.
    (Reuters, 8/17/18)
2018        Aug 14, Eduard Uspensky (80), legendary Soviet children's writer and creator of the USSR's most popular cartoon characters, died in his home in the Moscow suburbs. He was most famous for his iconic cartoon characters Gena the Crocodile, a friendly crocodile who works at a zoo and plays the accordion, and Cheburashka, a strange brown-haired creature with large ears.
    (AFP, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 14, People in South Korea and Taiwan unveiled monuments and staged protests to mark Japan's wartime use of "comfort women", a euphemism for girls and women forced to work in Japan's wartime brothels.
    (Reuters, 8/14/18)
2018        Aug 14, In Sweden masked youths set ablaze about 80 cars overnight, chiefly in the second largest city, Goteborg, and nearby Trollhattan, an industrial city. Fires were also reported on a smaller scale in Malmo, Sweden's third largest city. No motive was yet known. One man suspected of the arson was arrested as he tried to enter Turkey. Two others, aged 16 and 21 and living in Frolunda, a suburb of Goteborg where of some the fires took place, were arrested on suspicion of arson.
    (AP, 8/14/18)(AP, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 14, Turkey's Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country would boycott US electronic goods like the iPhone in retaliation for punitive sanctions from Washington, as the Turkish lira finally clawed back some ground after going into a tailspin over the tensions.
    (AFP, 8/14/18)
2018        Aug 14, Turkish police arrested Ilhami A. (46), a German citizen, while he was visiting his mother in her home town Saribasak in a largely Kurdish region of eastern Turkey. Public broadcaster ARD later said the man had been accused of "terrorist propaganda" after criticizing the Turkish government on social media. There were currently seven other German citizens arrested in Turkey on political grounds.
    (Reuters, 8/16/18)
2018        Aug 14, Ugandan musician and opposition lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine, was arrested after an incident in which security officers shot his driver dead. Kyagulanyi was arrested in the northwestern town of Arua where he was campaigning for opposition candidate Kassiano Wadri, who was also arrested.
    (AFP, 8/14/18)
2018        Aug 14, UNHCR spokesman William Spindler said Libya's Misrata militia ran 370 families, originally from the western city of Tawergha, out of their homes in the Triq al-Matar camp last week. The militia forced 1,900 displaced people out of their refugee camp in the capital, Tripoli.
    (AP, 8/14/18)

2018        Aug 15, The United States imposed sanctions on a Russian port service agency and Chinese firms for aiding North Korean ships and selling alcohol and tobacco to Pyongyang in breach of US sanctions.
    (Reuters, 8/16/18)
2018        Aug 15, Pres. Donald Trump revoked the security clearance of John Brennan, the former CIA director under pres. Obama, citing what he called Brennan's "erratic behavior".
    (SFC, 8/16/18, p.A4)
2018        Aug 15, In New Haven, Conn., a number of people began experiencing synthetic marijuana overdoses. John Parker (53), of New Haven, was arrested as one of the people dealing K2 on the New Haven Green.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ya4k9xu2)(SSFC, 8/19/18, p.A8)
2018        Aug 15, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber targeted students preparing for university exams in a Shiite neighborhood of Kabul, killing at least 48 people and wounding 67 in an attack blamed on the Islamic State group. Authorities the next day revised down the death toll to 34 from 48.
    (AP, 8/15/18)(AP, 8/16/18)(Reuters, 8/16/18)
2018        Aug 15, Australian senator Fraser Anning was condemned for his speech in Parliament advocating reviving a white-only immigration policy and using the term "final solution" in calling for a vote on which migrants to admit into the country.
    (AP, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 15, British Dr. Peter Fisher (67), who worked as a physician to Queen Elizabeth, was killed after colliding with a truck as he cycled through central London.
    (Reuters, 8/16/18)
2018        Aug 15, An announcement by Cambodia's National Election Committee showed that the Cambodian People's Party had swept the July 29 polls winning all 125 seats in the National Assembly, ensuring that Hun Sen, who has held power for 33 years, will receive another five-year term.
    (AP, 8/15/18)(SFC, 8/16/18, p.A2)
2018        Aug 15, Constellation Brands, the maker of Robert Mondavi wine and Svedka vodka, announced that it had invested $4 billion in Canopy Growth, a publicly traded Canadian cannabis producer.
    (SFC, 8/17/18, p.C1)
2018        Aug 15, The Buddhist Association of China said its president Xuecheng had passed his duties to a deputy following reports of sexual misconduct.
    (AP, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 15, Denmark's Environmental Protection Agency said it had approved the outline for a steel fence along the German border, which will be up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) tall, to keep out wild boars, in the hope of preventing the spread of African swine fever, which can jeopardize the country's valuable pork industry. Pigs outnumber people in Denmark, with 215 pigs to every 100 residents.
    (AP, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 15, It was reported that Egyptian authorities are demolishing a historical 19th century neighborhood in Cairo to make way for high-end housing and business development a stone's throw from the Nile, angering residents who say they have not been properly compensated. The Maspero neighborhood was named for French Egyptologist Gaston Maspero who helped found the Egyptian Museum.
    (AP, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 15, Germany's Cabinet approved a third gender option for official records that will allow people to be registered as "diverse," complying with a ruling from the country's highest court.
    (AP, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 15, German authorities deported 46 Afghans whose asylum requests were rejected to their homeland. German authorities have sent 349 people back to Afghanistan since December 2016.
    (AP, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 15, Greece hailed a "day of joy" as two Greek soldiers held in a Turkish prison for more than five months on espionage charges were released in a surprise move by Ankara.
    (AP, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 15, Guyana said it will set up a temporary settlement for hundreds of people who have fled the economic collapse in neighboring Venezuela. An estimated 500 Venezuelans have crossed into Guyana in recent months.
    (AP, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 15, PM Narendra Modi said that India will send a manned flight into space by 2022. The announcement was made as part of India's independence day celebrations.
    (AP, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 15, Indian officials said torrential monsoon rains have disrupted air and train services in the southern Indian state of Kerala, where flooding, landslides and bridge collapses have killed at least 67 people in the past week.
    (AP, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 15, Lawyers for Iran's award-winning human rights advocate Nasrin Sotoudeh (55) said that her five-year sentence on spying charges was unlawful as she was never charged or given the chance to appear in court.
    (AP, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 15, Israel allowed commercial goods back into the Gaza Strip, in a sign of an easing of tensions as neighboring Egypt pursued a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian enclave's dominant armed faction.
    (Reuters, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 15, A Libyan court sentenced 45 people to death by firing squad over killings during the 2011 uprising that evolved into civil war. Another 54 suspects in the case were sentenced to five years in prison while 22 people were acquitted.
    (AP, 8/16/18)
2018        Aug 15, Mexico's the attorney general said a 30 million peso ($1.56 million) reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of drug lord Nemesio Oseguera, whose cartel is blamed for driving heroin shipments to the United States.
    (Reuters, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 15, New Zealand banned most foreigners from buying homes as it tried to tackle runaway housing prices.
    (AP, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 15, Pakistan's parliament elected Asad Qaiser, an ally of Imran Khan, as its speaker, paving the way for the former cricket star to become the next prime minister.
    (AP, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 15, Shipping industry sources said that some Russian shipowners not subject to sanctions have now stopped shipping to Ukraine for fear of losing their cargo. The Mekhanik Pogodin oil tanker, under the Russian flag, has detained in the port of Kherson since August 10, and prevented from offloading because its owner is on a list of sanctions imposed by Kiev.
    (Reuters, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 15, In Sudan at least 22 children drowned on their way to school when their boat capsized in swollen waters of the Nile river in Bouhayra, Nile State, 750 km north of Khartoum.
    (AFP, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 15, Turkish officials said Qatar has pledged $15 billion of direct investments for Turkey as it struggles with a currency crisis.
    (AP, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 15, Turkey doubled tariffs on some US imports including alcohol, cars and tobacco in retaliation for US moves, but the lira rallied further after the central bank's liquidity moves had the effect of supporting the currency.
    (Reuters, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 15, A Turkish court ordered the release from prison of Taner Kilic, the local honorary chair of Amnesty International.
    (Reuters, 8/15/18)
2018        Aug 15, In Yemen heavy fighting between pro-government forces and Shiite rebels in the north and around the Red Sea port of Hodeida has killed at least 18 civilians over the last 24 hours.
    (AP, 8/15/18)

2018        Aug 16, US newspapers big and small hit back at President Donald Trump's relentless attacks on the news media, with a coordinated campaign of editorials highlighting the importance of a free press.
    (AFP, 8/16/18)
2018        Aug 16, The Pentagon late today said that a show of US military prowess, originally scheduled for November 10 in Washington, was being pushed back to a possible date in 2019, after it emerged costs could soar as high as $92 million.
    (AFP, 8/17/18)
2018        Aug 16, In Arkansas a group called the Satanic Temple temporarily placed a a bronze statue of a goat-headed, winged creature called Baphomet at the state capitol during a rally calling for the removal of a Ten Commandments monument mounted on Capitol grounds in 2017.
    (SFC, 8/18/18, p.A7)
2018        Aug 16, In Colorado Christopher Watts (33) was arrested on suspicion of killing his pregnant wife and two daughters. The body of Shannan Watts (34) had been found on property owned by Anadarko Petroleum, Where Mr. Watts used to work. The bodies of the two girls, ages 3 and 4, were still missing. Watts told police his wife had strangled the girls after being told he wanted to separate. Police later learned Watts was having an affair with a co-worker. On Nov. 19 Watts was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 8/17/18, p.A5)(SFC, 8/20/18, p.A5)(SFC, 11/20/18, p.A6)
2018        Aug 16, The journal Science reported that the complex wheat genome, five times longer than the human genome, has been sequenced.
    (SSFC, 8/19/18, p.A20)
2018        Aug 16, Aretha Franklin (76), the music legend, icon and Grammy-winning singer celebrated as the "Queen of Soul," died at her home in Detroit. She influenced generations of female singers with unforgettable hits including "Respect" (1967), "Natural Woman" (1968) and "I Say a Little Prayer" (1968).
    (AFP, 8/16/18)
2018        Aug 16, In Afghanistan two gunmen besieged a compound belonging to the Afghan intelligence service in a northwestern Kabul neighborhood early today, opening fire as Afghan security forces moved in to cut them off. The standoff lasted for nearly six hours before police killed the gunmen and secured the area.
    (AP, 8/16/18)
2018        Aug 16, In Australia Paul Bradshaw (74), a man with terminal cancer, said he could die happy after reaching a 1 million Australian dollar ($727,000) landmark settlement against the Catholic Irish Christian Brothers for sexual abuse he suffered more than 50 years ago at the hands of Brothers Lawrence Murphy, Bruno Doyle and Christopher Angus, who are all dead.
    (AP, 8/16/18)
2018        Aug 16, In Austria authorities in Vienna decided to ban passengers from eating in the capital's subway trains. But they don't plan to punish offenders, at least to start with. The blanket ban will be introduced Sept. 1 on the U6 line and extended to the other four lines on January 15.
    (AP, 8/16/18)
2018        Aug 16, Bahrain's government rejected the findings of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, saying that offences by Nabeel Rajab did not relate to his political views and that his trials had been independent and transparent. Rajab was sentenced to five years in prison in February for criticizing Saudi Arabia's air strikes in Yemen and writing tweets accusing Bahrain's prison authorities of torture. He was already serving a two-year term over a news interview in which he said Bahrain tortured political prisoners.
    (Reuters, 8/16/18)
2018        Aug 18, In Chile, Argentina and Peru false bomb threats caused up to 11 commercial flights to take emergency measures. Chilean authorities soon arrested Franco Sepulveda Robles (29) for making false bomb threats in anger over an airline not returning his suitcase.
    (SSFC, 8/19/18, p.A4)
2018        Aug 16, Air France-KLM was tipped to name its first non-French chief executive, with Ben Smith, chief operating officer at Air Canada, set to be unveiled. Nine out of 10 Air France unions opposed the selection.
    (AP, 8/16/18)
2018        Aug 16, Former Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee (93) died after a prolonged illness. The Hindu nationalist had set off a nuclear arms race with rival Pakistan but later reached across the border to begin a groundbreaking peace process.
    (AP, 8/16/18)
2018        Aug 16, Iraq's air force carried out two airstrikes targeting Islamic State group inside Syria, killing at least 28 IS militants.
    (AP, 8/17/18)
2018        Aug 16, Malaysia's new government repealed a widely criticized law prohibiting "fake news," in a move hailed as a landmark moment for human rights by a group of Southeast Asian lawmakers.
    (AP, 8/16/18)
2018        Aug 16, The Malian government said President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won a landslide victory in a run-off against opposition rival Soumaila Cisse, giving him a second term to try to turn back a surge in ethnic and Islamist militant violence.
    (Reuters, 8/16/18)
2018        Aug 16, Mexican marines seized a record 50 tons of crystal meth from a drug lab in the state of Sinaloa.
    (AFP, 8/17/18)
2018        Aug 16, In Myanmar the Independent Commission of Enquiry held its first formal meeting in the capital, Naypyitaw, a day after holding talks with the country's leader, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
    (AP, 8/16/18)
2018        Aug 16, Pakistan's foreign ministry confirmed the suspension of a US military training program for Pakistani soldiers.
    (AP, 8/17/18)
2018        Aug 16, Qatari broadcaster BeIN said it has "irrefutable evidence" that a pirate channel illegally showing hundreds of live European football matches is being carried on the Saudi-based satellite provider Arabsat.
    (AFP, 8/16/18)
2018        Aug 16, Peter Morgan, a Scottish man with far-right views, was sentenced in Edinburgh to 12 years in prison for attempting to build a bomb that prosecutors say could have caused carnage.
    (AP, 8/16/18)
2018        Aug 16, A Thailand environment ministry official said imports of 432 types of scrap electronics will be banned within six months. Southeast Asia nations fear they are the new dumping ground for the world's trash after China banned the entry of several types of waste as part of a campaign against "foreign garbage".
    (Reuters, 8/16/18)
2018        Aug 16, Turkish officials said four soldiers have been killed in violence in the southeast where troops are battling Kurdish rebels, three of them as a result of a friendly fire in Adiyaman province.
    (AP, 8/16/18)
2018        Aug 16, Three Ugandan lawmakers, critics of President Yoweri Museveni, were charged with treason for their suspected role in the August 13 stoning of his convoy. Lawmaker, pop singer and government critic Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, whose stage name is Bobi Wine, was charged with unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition in a military court for his alleged role in the stone throwing.
    (Reuters, 8/16/18)(AP, 8/16/18)
2018        Aug 16, Uganda police arrested Jimmy L. Taylor, an American man who in video footage is seen attacking a hotel worker with punches and racial insults. CCTV footage of the incident was posted on social media, angering some Ugandans who demanded his arrest.
    (AP, 8/19/18)
2018        Aug 16, Ukraine's Prosecutor General's office said had it demanded a 15-year prison sentence for ousted ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, accused by Kiev of "betraying his nation" to Russia.
    (AFP, 8/16/18)
2018        Aug 16, It was reported that Venezuela's opposition-run supreme court in exile in Colombia has sentenced President Nicolas Maduro to 18 years in prison over the infamous Odebrecht corruption scandal, a move dismissed by the regime.
    (AFP, 8/16/18)
2018        Aug 16, A court in central Vietnam sentenced activist Le Dinh Luong (53) to 20 years in prison and five years of house arrest after finding him guilty of attempting to overthrow the Communist government.
    (AP, 8/16/18)

2018        Aug 17, US President Donald Trump said he would attend a November celebration in Paris marking the end of World War I, hours after the Pentagon announced it was postponing the much-maligned military parade that Trump had ordered.
    (AFP, 8/17/18)
2018        Aug 17, The US government hit four Myanmar military commanders and two military units with punitive sanctions, accusing them of "serious human rights abuses" and "ethnic cleansing" in violently expelling minority Rohingya from their homes.
    (AFP, 8/17/18)
2018        Aug 17, The United States said it had secured $300 million from coalition partners to help stabilize parts of Syria retaken from Islamic State, after President Donald Trump demanded that allies help carry the costs of the war.
    (Reuters, 8/17/18)
2018        Aug 17, US prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller recommended that George Papadopoulos, who served as a foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump's campaign during the 2016 presidential race, spend at least some time incarcerated and pay a nearly $10,000 fine. His recommended sentence under federal guidelines is zero to six months.
    (AP, 8/18/18)
2018        Aug 17, A US federal judge approved a plan to reunite hundreds more families who were separated by border officials after they entered the US from Mexico.
    (AP, 8/17/18)
2018        Aug 17, In Arizona the sales and marketing director of Backpage.com pleaded guilty to conspiring to facilitate prostitution, acknowledging that he participated in a scheme to give free ads to prostitutes in a bid to draw them away from competitors and win over their future business. Dan Hyer was the second Backpage.com employee to plead guilty in cases in which the site has been accused of ignoring warnings to stop running prostitution ads.
    (AP, 8/18/18)
2018        Aug 17, California Gov. Jerry Brown announced the pardon of three former prisoners facing the threat of deportation to Cambodia, including one who became a youth pastor after serving six years in the 1990s for murdering a rival gang member. The three were among 36 pardons granted by Brown within the past week.
    (AP, 8/18/18)
2018        Aug 17, In the SF Bay Area Berkeley poet Tom Clark (77) was struck while walking in Berkeley by a hatchback sedan and died hours later at Highland Hospital in Oakland.
    (SFC, 8/20/18, p.C1)
2018        Aug 17, A Google employee confirmed that more than a thousand Google employees have signed a letter protesting the company's secretive plan to build a search engine, nicknamed Dragonfly, that would comply with Chinese censorship.
    (AP, 8/17/18)
2018        Aug 17, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani congratulated his armed forces in Ghazni for their victory over Taliban insurgents in the strategically important city after clashes that killed at least 150 soldiers and 95 civilians.
    (Reuters, 8/17/18)
2018        Aug 17, In Belize Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen thanked the government for backing Taiwan's claim to independence from China for 29 years. Belize is one of 18 countries that still recognize Taiwan.
    (Reuters, 8/18/18)
2018        Aug 17, Chilean miners at the world's biggest copper mine, Escondida, signed an agreement with Anglo-Australian owners BHP to avoid a strike announced two weeks ago when unions rejected as insufficient a proposed salary hike.
    (AFP, 8/17/18)
2018        Aug 17, The German government said Greece has agreed to take back migrants who apply for asylum there and later turn up at Germany's border with Austria.
    (AP, 8/17/18)
2018        Aug 17, Indian authorities said the death toll from floods that have triggered landslides and sent torrents sweeping through villages in Kerala state trebled to 324. Rescuers moved quickly to take those marooned by floods to 1,500 state-run camps.
    (AFP, 8/17/18)
2018        Aug 17, In Indonesia veiled children dressed head-to-toe in black carrying wooden guns in a street parade in the East Java city of Probolinggo. A video of the event sparked an outcry in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation. A kindergarten principal, who organized the Independence Day parade, was soon dismissed and reduced to an ordinary staff member in the education office.
    (AP, 8/23/18)
2018        Aug 17, Amnesty International said Indonesian police fatally shot dozens of petty criminals in a deliberate campaign of "unnecessary and excessive" force ahead of the Asian Games.
    (AFP, 8/17/18)
2018        Aug 17, Israeli fire killed two Palestinians and injured another 60 at a protest along the Gaza border.
    (SFC, 8/18/18, p.A2)
2018        Aug 17, Japanese media said several government ministries may have been inflating for decades the number of disabled people they employ in order to meet quotas, even as the government imposes levies on private companies that fail to meet theirs.
    (Reuters, 8/17/18)
2018        Aug 17, Pakistani lawmakers elected former cricket legend Imran Khan (65) prime minister. He pledged to bring to justice "all those who have robbed this country" through corruption.
    (Reuters, 8/17/18)
2018        Aug 17, In Pakistan a transgender woman, who went by the name Nazo, was shot dead and dismembered in the suburbs of Peshawar. Police arrested two men who were taking the body parts to dispose of them.
    (AP, 8/20/18)
2018        Aug 17, Military forces of Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region said they have retaken a strategic town from Islamic militant group al Shabaab.
    (Reuters, 8/17/18)
2018        Aug 17, Saudi Arabia pledged $100 million to reconstruct areas of northeastern Syria formerly held by the Islamic State group, in a move sharply criticized by President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
    (AFP, 8/17/18)
2018        Aug 17, Serbian authorities ordered the closure of a controversial "patriotic youth camp," run by Serbian and Russian veterans, where teens were handling fake weapons and dressing in army uniforms as part of military-style training on Zlatibor mountain.
    (AFP, 8/17/18)
2018        Aug 17, Slovenian MPs approved center-left candidate Marjan Sarec, a former comedian, for the post of prime minister, putting an end to weeks of political uncertainty after inconclusive elections in June.
    (AFP, 8/17/18)(AP, 8/17/18)
2018        Aug 17, In eastern Syria the Islamic State group attacked barracks late today housing American and French troops. US-backed forces repelled the raid which continued into dawn the next day. Seven jihadists were killed in the attack.
    (AFP, 8/18/18)
2018        Aug 17, In Uganda the wife and lawyer of Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine, said that security forces framed and beat the popstar-turned-politician. He faced a military trial for weapons possession as protests at his arrest continued.
    (AFP, 8/17/18)
2018        Aug 17, The UN Human Rights Committee ruled that Brazil's imprisoned leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva cannot be disqualified from upcoming presidential elections because his legal appeals are ongoing.
    (AFP, 8/17/18)

2018        Aug 18, In San Francisco Lance Silva  (39) was arrested in connection with the case of Brian Egg (65), who had disappeared in July. A day before Silva's arrest a headless corpse was found at Egg's home at 228 Clara St. DNA testing later identified the body of Brian Egg, found in a slurry of water and household chemicals on Clara St. Egg's hand had also been removed and were missing.
    (SFC, 8/28/18, p.A1)(SFC, 9/28/18, p.D4)
2018        Aug 18, In Afghanistan Taliban leader Maulvi Haibatullah said there will be no peace in Afghanistan as long as the foreign "occupation" continues, reiterating the group's position that the 17-year war can only be brought to an end through direct talks with the United States.
    (AP, 8/18/18)
2018        Aug 18, Hundreds of people gathered in Buenos Aires to oppose the influence of religion on Argentine politics and encourage people to quit the Roman Catholic Church in the wake of a Senate vote not to legalize some abortions.
    (AP, 8/19/18)
2018        Aug 18, Belarus press reported that Pres. Alexander Lukashenko (63) has dismissed the country's prime minister and other top ministers. Lukashenko named Sergei Rumas, the head of the country's Development Bank, as new prime minister. He also named four new deputy prime ministers, as well as new ministers of the economy, communications and industry, among other posts.
    (Reuters, 8/18/18)
2018        Aug 18, Brazil's "queer museum," forced to close last year after conservatives attacked it for allegedly promoting pedophilia, blasphemy and bestiality, reopened in the shadow of Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. A crowdfunding campaign raised more than a million reais ($275,000) allowing it to reopen for a month, with free admission, at the School for Visual Arts in Rio de Janeiro's Parque Lage.
    (AFP, 8/18/18)
2018        Aug 18, In northern Brazil a local merchant was robbed and severely beaten in an incident blamed on Venezuelan suspects, in Pacaraima, where an estimated 1,000 immigrants are living on the street. Dozens of locals then attacked the two main immigrant makeshift camps and burned their belongings, leading Venezuelans to cross the border back into their home country. Brazilian federal police, in charge of immigration, estimated that about 500 Venezuelans cross over to Brazil every day.
    (AFP, 8/18/18)
2018        Aug 18, British investigators found a "sophisticated" illegal gun factory in Sussex, southern England, and made three arrests as part of an inquiry into the criminal production of firearms.
    (Reuters, 8/22/18)
2018        Aug 18, China said it has sacked six senior officials at its food and drug regulator after a safety scandal at vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology Co Ltd revealed failings at the government body including inadequate supervision.
    (Reuters, 8/18/18)
2018        Aug 18, In China Malaysia's PM Mahathir Mohamad courted Chinese e-commerce investment in his country at the start of his first trip to China since his stunning electoral victory three months ago.
    (AP, 8/18/18)   
2018        Aug 18, CongoDRC's government said deadly Ebola outbreak has now claimed 49 lives since the start of the month. A day earlier the World Health Organization said it expects more cases.
    (AFP, 8/19/18)
2018        Aug 18, Cyprus extradited Seif Eddin Mustafa, an Egyptian man who hijacked a domestic EgyptAir flight in March, 2016, and ordered it to land in Cyprus. He was transferred to Egyptian custody and flown to Egypt after giving up a drawn-out legal fight.
    (AP, 8/19/18)
2018        Aug 18, In India thousands of stranded people were waiting for rescue and officials pleaded for more help as relentless monsoon floods battered the southern state of Kerala, where more than 190 have died in a little over a week.
    (AP, 8/18/18)
2018        Aug 18, In Indonesia the 18th Asian Games officially opened in Jakarta.
    (AP, 8/18/18)
2018        Aug 18, Iran said it would resist the pressures of US sanctions by relying on its natural and human resources, as Washington pushes allies to cut economic ties with Tehran.
    (Reuters, 8/18/18)
2018        Aug 18, Iranian police detained human rights lawyer Ghasem Sholeh-Saadi (64) after he appeared outside parliament in an "illegal gathering." A day earlier and on his Instagram account, Sholeh-Saadi posted that he will stage a sit-in protest in front of parliament to demand free elections.
    (AP, 8/19/18)
2018        Aug 18, Namibian President Hage Geingob (77), who is hosting a summit of southern African leaders, strongly rejected criticism of Africa by the West saying there was undue pressure on the continent. The two-day Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit ends today.
    (AFP, 8/18/18)
2018        Aug 18, Pakistan's cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan was sworn in as prime minister despite protests by opposition parties, which accuse the security services of intervening on his behalf in last month's elections.
    (AP, 8/18/18)
2018        Aug 18, Qatar accused Saudi Arabia of barring its citizens from this year's haj, something Riyadh denies, saying a diplomatic dispute is not stopping Qataris from making the pilgrimage to Mecca. Saudi Arabia has said Qatari pilgrims can arrive on any airline other than Qatar Airways.
    (Reuters, 8/18/18)
2018        Aug 18, Kofi Annan (80) of Ghana, a former UN Secretary-General (1997-2006) and Nobel peace laureate (2001), died in Switzerland. He was the first black African to assume the world's top diplomatic post.
    (AP, 8/18/18)
2018        Aug 18, Defense experts said Taiwan is responding to China's arms buildup by developing missiles and interceptors of its own that could reduce Beijing's military advantage over the self-ruled island.
    (AP, 8/18/18)
2018        Aug 18, Tanzania's ruling party (CCM) said Tanzania is an "independent" country and will not be "intimidated", after the US expressed concern about the conduct of 70 recent by-elections.
    (AFP, 8/19/18)
2018        Aug 18, Uncertainty reigned in Venezuela after President Nicolas Maduro unveiled a major economic reform plan aimed at halting the spiraling hyperinflation that has thrown the oil-rich, cash-poor South American country into chaos.
    (AFP, 8/18/18)

2018        Aug 19, In California the Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County was declared 100% contained. The fire had consumed nearly 100,000 acres and shrouded the Yosemite Valley in smoke for much of the summer.
    (SFC, 8/20/18, p.C1)
2018        Aug 19, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a ceasefire with Taliban insurgents from August 20 to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, despite heavy fighting seen over recent days in the central city of Ghazni.
    (Reuters, 8/19/18)
2018        Aug 19, China's official Xinhua news agency reported that police have busted a 7.8 billion yuan ($1.1 billion) online gambling ring and arrested 56 suspects. Fifty suspects in the online gambling case were arrested in Shanghai, Fujian, Zhejiang and Guangdong, while another six returned to China from the Philippines and handed themselves in.
    (Reuters, 8/19/18)
2018        Aug 19, China's Ministry of Public Security said 26 suspects have been arrested and 646 cultural relics have been retrieved that were stolen from the from the Dulan tombs, an ancient burial site in northwestern Qinghai province.
    (Reuters, 8/19/18)
2018        Aug 19, A deep, undersea earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 struck Fiji and small tsunami waves have been observed but no damage reported.
    (AP, 8/19/18)
2018        Aug 19, Indian officials said some 800,000 people have been displaced and over 350 have died in the worst flooding in a century in southern Kerala state.
    (AP, 8/19/18)
2018        Aug 19, In Indonesia a strong earthquake jolted the tourist island of Lombok, causing landslides and damaging buildings. At least 12 people were killed as the island strived to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people.
    (AP, 8/19/18)(AP, 8/20/18)
2018        Aug 19, Iranian journalist Mir Mohammad-Hossein Mir-Esmaili was sentenced to 10 years in prison for "insulting" an imam from the ninth century on Twitter. He planned to appeal.
    (AFP, 8/20/18)
2018        Aug 19, In Iraq a member of the US-led military coalition fighting Islamic State militants was killed and several injured when their helicopter crashed on a counter-terrorism mission.
    (Reuters, 8/20/18)
2018        Aug 19, Israel closed its only crossing for people with the Gaza Strip except for humanitarian cases after weekend border clashes.
    (AFP, 8/19/18)
2018        Aug 19, Israel's Supreme Court doubled the sentence of Ben Deri, a former border policeman, convicted in the death of Nadim Nuwara (17) a stone-throwing Palestinian teenager in 2014. Deri's imprisonment was extended from nine months to 18 months.
    (AP, 8/19/18)
2018        Aug 19, In Italy the search operation for those missing after the Morandi bridge collapsed in the port city of Genoa ended overnight after the last three bodies were found, bringing the official death toll to 43.
    (Reuters, 8/19/18)
2018        Aug 19, In New Zealand Lauren "Kimi" Worrell (28) died while preparing to descend a challenging 120-meter (400-foot) rock face at Castle Rock, near the town of Whitianga on North Island. She had just finished a master's degree at the University of Auckland.
    (AP, 8/24/18)
2018        Aug 19, The Palestinians said Israel has withheld delivery of post shipments to the Palestinian territories through its national postal service since 2010. In recent days the Palestinian postal staff in Jericho has been sorting through tons of undelivered mail in a room packed with letters, boxes and even a wheelchair. The one-time release of the ten and a half tons of mail was a "gesture".
    (AP, 8/19/18)
2018        Aug 19, Russia's top investigative agency said it has detained a deputy head of the nation's top space corporation on fraud charges. The Investigative Committee said Alexei Beloborodov, a deputy director general of the state-controlled RKK Energiya company, has been detained along with his two associates.
    (AP, 8/19/18)
2018        Aug 19, In Saudi Arabia more than two million Muslims from around the globe started the hajj pilgrimage.
    (AFP, 8/19/18)
2018        Aug 19, In South Sudan the UN World Food Program dropped food supplies in Nyal, an opposition-held town in the war-ravaged region. The WFP said it expected 30,000 people will have come by the time it has delivered the final drop on August 21. The UN has been dropping food supplies in Nyal every three months since 2014.
    (Reuters, 8/20/18)

2018        Aug 20, In Arizona a homemade airplane crashed in Phoenix killing the pilot Theodore Rich (54) and passenger Elaine Carpenter (49).
    (SFC, 8/21/18, p.A5)
2018        Aug 20, Massachusetts-based BishopAccountability.org, an int'l research group, launched a database of Irish clergy convicted or credibly accused of sexually abusing children in hopes of pressing Pope Francis to disclose the names of all the priests and brothers deemed guilty by the church.
    (AP, 8/20/18)
2018        Aug 20, In North Carolina a Confederate statue nicknamed "Silent Sam" was yanked down at the Univ. of North Carolina. On Aug. 25 seven people were arrested at a rally calling for the statue, dating back to 1913, to be returned.
    (SSFC, 8/26/18, p.A10)
2018        Aug 20, In South Carolina Cassandra Cline (45) was attacked and killed by an 8-foot alligator while walking her dog at Sea Pines Resort.
    (SFC, 8/21/18, p.A5)
2018        Aug 20, Microsoft Corp charged that hackers linked to Russia's government sought to launch cyber attacks on the US Senate and conservative American think tanks, warning that Moscow is broadening attacks ahead of November's congressional elections. Russian authorities quickly denied the allegations.
    (Reuters, 8/21/18)
2018        Aug 20, Afghan forces rescued nearly 150 people, including women and children, hours after the Taliban ambushed a convoy of buses and abducted them. The militants escaped with 21 captives following the battle in Kunduz province.
    (AP, 8/20/18)
2018        Aug 20, In Brazil at least 14 people were killed in Rio de Janeiro during operations by soldiers and police against drug gangs in impoverished favelas and a suburb.
    (AFP, 8/20/18)
2018        Aug 20, In Brazil the government of the northern state of Roraima asked the country's supreme court to halt the entry of Venezuelan immigrants, as the border state struggles to cope with a flow that has already sparked violent confrontations.
    (AP, 8/20/18)
2018        Aug 20, Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni pardoned Tep Vanny, a prominent leader of the land rights movement, along with three activists who were sent to prison with her.
    (AP, 8/20/18)
2018        Aug 20, In Chechnya armed assailants injured several policemen in attacks in three locations in the Russian republic, as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility. Five assailants, ages 11-16, were killed and several police officers wounded.
    (AP, 8/20/18)(SFC, 8/21/18, p.A2)
2018        Aug 20, China said it will continue to provide aid to Tonga and other countries in the Pacific to help them achieve sustainable development, amid a mounting debt problem in the region.
    (Reuters, 8/20/18)
2018        Aug 20, In China Malaysia's PM Mahathir Mohamad said that he hoped China would sympathize with his country's fiscal problems as he met with the country's leaders after suspending multibillion-dollar construction projects financed by Chinese loans.
    (AP, 8/20/18)
2018        Aug 20, A Comoros court formally charged former president Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi with corruption and embezzling public funds in connection with a scheme to sell his country's passports.
    (Reuters, 8/21/18)
2018        Aug 20, The EU welcomed the end to Greece's 8-year bailout program and said it hopes it is the beginning of a new era for the debt-laden eurozone member state. One in five Greeks remained unemployed, with few receiving state benefits.
    (AP, 8/20/18)
2018        Aug 20, France told its diplomats and foreign ministry officials, in an internal memo, to postpone indefinitely all non-essential travel to Iran, citing a foiled bomb plot and a hardening of Tehran's attitude towards France.
    (Reuters, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 20, In southern India floodwaters receded in Kerala state, leaving rescuers the grim task of retrieving bodies as the death toll from the worst monsoon rains in a century rose above 400.
    (AFP, 8/20/18)
2018        Aug 20, Israel announced a change in its gun regulations to enable hundreds of thousands more civilians to apply for licenses, a move authorities said will increase security but others argued will stoke violence.
    (AFP, 8/21/18)
2018        Aug 20, Israeli troops apparently shot and killed Hani al-Majdalawi as he opened fire at soldiers and threw a bomb while trying infiltrate Israel from Gaza. Al-Majdalawi had worked as a nurse for the aid group Doctors Without Borders.
    (AP, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 20, In Italy sudden heavy rain created a wall of water downstream from a gorge that swept away tourists in the southern region of Calabria, killing at least 10 people.
    (Reuters, 8/21/18)
2018        Aug 20, Four Japanese basketball players apologized for bringing "disgrace" to their nation after they were kicked out of the Asian Games for paying prostitutes for sex.
    (AFP, 8/20/18)
2018        Aug 20, Mali's constitutional court confirmed the re-election of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to a second five-year term.
    (AP, 8/20/18)
2018        Aug 20, Dutch cyber security expert Arjen Kamphuis (47), a WikiLeaks associate, was last seen in Bodo, Norway. On Sept. 12 a fisherman found some of Kamphuis's personal belongings floating in the waters about 50 km (30 miles) east of Bodo.
    (AFP, 9/13/18)
2018        Aug 20, The Pakistani government said it will bar jailed former leader Nawaz Sharif from traveling abroad, in one of the first decisions taken by new PM Imran Khan's cabinet.
    (Reuters, 8/20/18)
2018        Aug 20, In northwestern Pakistan dozens of transgender people in Peshawar held a protest demanding more protection after a transgender woman was shot dead and dismembered last week. 478 attacks transgender people have been reported this year.
    (AP, 8/20/18)
2018        Aug 20, About 200 South Koreans and their family members crossed the border for three days of meetings with their North Korean relatives.
    (AP, 8/21/18)
2018        Aug 20, In Spain a police officer shot dead a man armed with a knife as he tried to attack a police station in the northern region of Catalonia, in what authorities are treating as a "terrorist attack".
    (AFP, 8/20/18)
2018        Aug 20, In Turkey shots were fired at the US Embassy in Ankara early today. Two people were detained and confessed to the shooting.
    (SFC, 8/21/18, p.A4)
2018        Aug 20, Ugandan police fired tear gas to disperse a demonstration in Kampala as protests against the beating of detained lawmakers continued for a second day.
    (Reuters, 8/20/18)
2018        Aug 20, The UN's World Health Organization said the number of measles cases in Europe jumped to more than 41,000 during the first six months of 2018 and at least 37 people have died. Half, or some 23,000 cases, occurred in Ukraine.
    (AP, 8/20/18)
2018        Aug 20, The UN nuclear watchdog said it did not find any indication that North Korea had stopped its nuclear activities, adding to doubts about the country's willingness to abandon its arsenal.
    (Reuters, 8/21/18)
2018        Aug 20, Pope Francis, facing sexual abuse crises in several countries, wrote an unprecedented letter to all Catholics, asking each one of them to help root out "this culture of death" and vowing there would be no more cover ups.
    (Reuters, 8/20/18)
2018        Aug 20, Venezuela began to launch dramatic reforms announced by President Nicolas Maduro to rescue a downward-spiraling economy, including a new currency and a more-than-3,000 percent hike in the minimum wage.
    (AP, 8/20/18)

2018        Aug 21, The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released plans to replace former Pres. Barack Obama's regulations governing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants with a looser system that gives states more leeway in controlling emissions.
    (SFC, 8/22/18, p.A1)
2018        Aug 21, Prosecutors in six California counties filed 13 new charges in the high-profile Golden State Killer case and announced that they will jointly prosecute Joseph James DeAngelo (72) in sacramento.
    (SFC, 8/22/18, p.D1)
2018        Aug 21, Hawaiian Airlines announced that nonstop service between Honolulu and Beijing will end in October, citing low demand. The service, launched in 2014, flew three days a week between the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport and the Beijing Capital International Airport.
    (AP, 8/23/18)
2018        Aug 21, A Virginia court found Paul Manafort, the longtime political operative who for months led Donald Trump's successful presidential campaign, guilty of eight financial crimes in the first trial victory of the special counsel investigation into the president's associates. The jury deadlocked on ten other charges.
    (AP, 8/22/18)(SFC, 11/27/18, p.A12)
2018        Aug 21, In New York, Pres. Donald Trump's longtime fixer, the attorney Michael Cohen, admitted to charges that included making illegal campaign contributions. In addition to two counts of violating campaign finance laws, Cohen pleaded guilty to five counts of tax fraud and one of bank fraud during the hearing.
    (AFP, 8/22/18)
2018        Aug 21, It was reported that Orchard Supply Hardware, a unit of Lowe's, will permanently shut its stores nationwide by the end of this year. Lowe's had acquired the OSH chain in 2013.
    (SFC, 8/22/18, p.C6)
2018        Aug 21, In Afghanistan rockets were fired toward the presidential palace in Kabul as Pres. Ashraf Ghani was delivering his holiday message for the Muslim celebrations of Eid al-Adha. An Islamic State affiliate soon claimed responsibility. Afghan forces killed four out of nine insurgents who launched the mortar attacks The Taliban released more than 160 civilian passengers a day after they were kidnapped from three buses in northern Afghanistan but kept at least 20 soldiers and policemen as captives.
    (AP, 8/21/18)(Reuters, 8/21/18)
2018        Aug 21, Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull called on his government to unite behind him after he survived an internal leadership challenge.
    (AP, 8/21/18)
2018        Aug 21, Bahrain's interior ministry said that it would stop issuing new visas to Qatari nationals, escalating measures against Qatar more than a year into a diplomatic row.
    (Reuters, 8/21/18)
2018        Aug 21, The British government apologized to 18 long-term UK residents from the Caribbean who were deported or detained because they could not produce documents to prove their right to live in the country.
    (AP, 8/21/18)
2018        Aug 21, Cambodian journalists Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin, charged with espionage for filing news reports to a US-funded radio station, were freed on bail in a move seen by a rights group as a government bid to improve its image weeks after a disputed election.
    (Reuters, 8/21/18)
2018        Aug 21, In China Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad told reporters on the final day of a visit to Beijing told reporters that multibillion-dollar China-financed projects in Malaysia have been canceled because they aren't needed and will saddle the country with an unsustainable amount of debt.
    (AP, 8/21/18)
2018        Aug 21, CongoDRC said it has approved four more experimental treatments against the deadly Ebola virus as the health ministry raced to contain an outbreak in its violence-torn east. The total number of deaths rose to 59 and confirmed cases to 75 since last month.
    (Reuters, 8/22/18)
2018        Aug 21, The leader behind an insurgency in the Republic of Congo accepted the principle of laying down arms in his first public appearance since he agreed to a ceasefire last December. Frederic Bintsamou, also known as Pastor Ntumi, headed the powerful militia called the Ninjas which launched a revolt in April 2016 in the southern region of Pool, prompting more than 138,000 people to flee their homes.
    (AFP, 8/22/18)
2018        Aug 21, Czechs and Slovaks marked 50 years since Soviet tanks crushed the "Prague Spring" democratic reform drive, while protesters used the anniversary to rail against the current Czech government's ties to the Communist Party.
    (AFP, 8/21/18)
2018        Aug 21, In Egypt John Cooper (69) and his wife Susan Cooper (63) who worked for the Thomas Cook holiday company in Britain, died within hours of each other while staying at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel at the popular Red Sea resort of Hurghada. It later emerged that 13 other customers had food poisoning among guests at the hotel and Cook evacuated 301 of its guests.
    (Reuters, 8/24/18)(AP, 8/26/18)
2018        Aug 21, El Salvador's president, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, announced in a nationally televised speech that his government had broken off diplomatic relations with Taiwan and instead established ties with China.
    (AP, 8/21/18)
2018        Aug 21, Ethiopian Airlines said it is teaming up with four African airlines and has inked a deal to set up a fifth, as it continues its expansion on the continent.
    (AFP, 8/22/18)
2018        Aug 21, Germany, citing its "moral duty", took in Jakiw Palij, a 95-year-old former guard at the Trawniki Nazi labor camp where more than 6,000 people were killed in 1943, after he was stripped of his US citizenship.
    (AFP, 8/21/18)
2018        Aug 21, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras said the country had good reason to expect better days ahead after formally exiting its last financial bailout, putting an epilogue to a dramatic nine-year debt crisis.
    (Reuters, 8/21/18)
2018        Aug 21, An Indonesian court sentenced Meiliana (44), an ethnic Chinese woman, to 18 months in prison for blasphemy. She had complained about noisy mosque loudspeakers. Mobs burned and ransacked at least 14 Buddhist temples throughout Tanjung Balai, a port town on Sumatra, in a July 2016 riot following reports of Meiliana's complaint.
    (AP, 8/21/18)
2018        Aug 21, Iran unveiled its first domestic fighter jet, with President Hassan Rouhani insisting that Tehran's military strength was only designed to deter enemies and create "lasting peace".
    (AFP, 8/21/18)
2018        Aug 21, Israel's military said it would launch a criminal investigation into two incidents in which its troops shot dead Palestinian teenagers taking part in protests along the Gaza border. The inquiry into the deaths of Abed Nabi (18) on March 30, and Othman Helles (15) on July 13 was the first announced by the military into its use of lethal force in the border demonstrations that began five months ago.
    (Reuters, 8/21/18)
2018        Aug 21, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi defended her government's actions in Rakhine state, where about 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled from a brutal counterinsurgency campaign to neighboring Bangladesh. She said terrorism, not social discrimination or inequality, triggered the crisis.
    (AP, 8/21/18)
2018        Aug 21, Pakistan's newly installed PM Imran Khan offered to start a dialogue with archrival India to resolve conflicts between the two nuclear armed nations, including the long-standing dispute over the Kashmir region.
    (AP, 8/21/18)
2018        Aug 21, Romanian hunting officials shot dead a brown bear after it rampaged through an empty high school and scared residents in Miercurea Ciuc. There are believed to be more than 6,000 brown bears in Romania.
    (AP, 8/21/18)   
2018        Aug 21, Moscow and the Central African Republic signed a military cooperation agreement, less than a month after three Russian journalists were killed in the strife-torn CAR while probing alleged Russian mercenaries.
    (AFP, 8/21/18)
2018        Aug 21, In Saudi Arabia Muslims celebrated Eid al-Adha as over 2 million pilgrims carry out the final rites of the hajj.
    (AP, 8/21/18)
2018        Aug 21, Serbia's air force took the delivery of two Russian MiG-29 fighter jets, part of an arms purchase that could heighten tensions in the Balkans and increase Moscow's influence in the region.
    (AP, 8/21/18)
2018        Aug 21, Taiwan vowed to fight China's "increasingly out of control" behavior after Taipei lost another ally to Beijing when El Salvador became the third country to switch allegiances to China this year.
    (Reuters, 8/21/18)
2018        Aug 21, Venezuela's streets were quieter than normal but many businesses remained open despite an opposition call for a national strike to protest economic measures announced by socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
    (Reuters, 8/21/18)

2018        Aug 22, The US State Dept. said it has rejected an invitation to join Russia-led talks on Afghanistan because they are unlikely to help bring peace. Russia said the Taliban will be joining the Sept. 4 talks in Moscow along with representatives of several neighboring countries.
    (SFC, 8/23/18, p.A2)
2018        Aug 22, Bulgaria's government approved an action plan that envisages the country entering the "waiting room" for euro membership and also joining the European Union's banking union by the end of June next year.
    (Reuters, 8/22/18)
2018        Aug 22, Cambodia's Supreme Court denied a bail request for Kem Sokha, the leader of the now-dissolved main opposition party who has been detained for nearly a year without trial on a treason charge.
    (AP, 8/22/18)
2018        Aug 22, Thirty Cambodians who had been living in the United States arrived in Cambodia after being deported under a 2002 bilateral agreement and US law that allows the repatriation of immigrants who have been convicted of felonies and have not become American citizens.
    (AP, 8/22/18)
2018        Aug 22, In Croatia some 4,500 workers at the country's largest shipbuilding group Uljanik went on strike and called for management to step down in protest over late payment.
    (Reuters, 8/22/18)
2018        Aug 22, The German government said it will compensate thousands of farmers whose harvests have suffered as a result of this year's extreme drought, which many experts have linked to climate change.
    (AP, 8/22/18)
2018        Aug 22, A man (26) in Germany died after a AA battery-charging device exploded, firing an object into the man's chest.
    (AP, 8/23/18)
2018        Aug 22, Athens-based Lotus Shipping said a tanker vessel has gone missing off the coast of Gabon in West Africa, an area notorious for piracy, and no word has been heard from its crew for a week. The Georgian government said 17 of its citizens were on board the Pantelena serving as crew.
    (Reuters, 8/22/18)
2018        Aug 22, In India a fire in the financial hub of Mumbai killed four people and injured 16, as the blaze spread quickly through a tall, residential building.
    (Reuters, 8/22/18)
2018        Aug 22, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said it will continue increasing the country's defensive capabilities, and will not surrender to pressure over its missile program.
    (Reuters, 8/22/18)
2018        Aug 22, Islamic State group chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called on Muslims to wage "jihad" in a purported recording released late today.
    (AP, 8/23/18)
2018        Aug 22, An Israeli watchdog group said the government has advanced plans to build over 1,000 new homes in West Bank settlements.
    (AP, 8/22/18)
2018        Aug 22, In Morocco 116 African migrants managed to force their way into the Spanish enclave of Ceuta when some 300 hundred tried to storm the highly fortified border. More than 3,800 migrants have crossed the Moroccan border into the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla so far this year.
    (Reuters, 8/22/18)(AP, 8/22/18)
2018        Aug 22, A Pakistani official said at least two anglers drowned and five others were missing after their boat sank in rough waters in the Arabian Sea off the coast of southwestern Baluchistan province.
    (AP, 8/22/18)
2018        Aug 22, Singapore's government said the author of the book that inspired the hit film "Crazy Rich Asians" failed to register for national service as required. According to his bio, writer Kevin Kwan was born in Singapore and left when he was 11, living in the US since then.
    (AP, 8/22/18)
2018        Aug 22, The head of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), Syria's leading jihadist alliance, warned opposition factions in Idlib against taking part in any talks with the regime towards a government takeover of the province.
    (AFP, 8/22/18)
2018        Aug 22, In Ukraine intense fighting killed four troops and injured seven in the east of the rebel-held Luhansk region. The defense ministry said the fighting erupted when the rebels began to shell government troops with mortars The rebels accused government troops of attacking them first.
    (AP, 8/23/18)
2018        Aug 22, A court in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City sentenced James Nguyen and Angle Phan, both Americans of Vietnamese descent, to 14 years in jail after finding them guilty of attempting to overthrow the government. Ten local members of the California-based Provisional Central Government of Vietnam were convicted on the same charges in the two-day trial and sentenced to between five and 11 years in prison.
    (AP, 8/22/18)
2018        Aug 22, In Zimbabwe crowds gathered around screens outside the top court to watch a legal showdown challenging Pres. Emmerson Mnangagwa's July 30 election victory.
    (Reuters, 8/22/18)

2018        Aug 23, It was reported that US immigration authorities had coerced dozens of parents separated from their children at the border to sign documents they did not understand. A complaint was filed with the Department of Homeland Security by the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Immigration Council.
    (AP, 8/23/18)
2018        Aug 23, A US federal judge sentenced former US intelligence contractor Reality Winner (26) to more than five years in prison after she admitted leaking to a media outlet a top secret report on Russian interference in US elections.
    (Reuters, 8/23/18)
2018        Aug 23, The San Francisco Superior Court announced that it has started waiving administrative fees going back to early August.
    (SFC, 8/23/18, p.D1)
2018        Aug 23, American composer George Walker (96) died in Montclair, NJ. He was the first black composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for music (1996).
    (SFC, 8/29/18, p.D5)
2018        Aug 23, In Afghanistan the Taliban raided three villages on the outskirts of Ghazni late today, destroying some newly built checkpoints and cutting off power to some parts of the city.
    (Reuters, 8/24/18)
2018        Aug 23, In southern Bosnia two freight trains collided head-on early today, killing two people and seriously injuring one more in the town of Jablanica.
    (AP, 8/23/18)
2018        Aug 23, Britain published 25 so-called technical notices advising companies and people how to prepare for any disruption that might arise from a disorderly Brexit where there is no deal with the European Union. The government called for drug makers to build an additional six weeks of medicines stockpiles to cope with potential supply disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit - a target the industry said would be challenging.
    (Reuters, 8/23/18)
2018        Aug 23, British Airways said it is suspending flights between London and Tehran because they are not commercially viable.
    (Reuters, 8/23/18)
2018        Aug 23, Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov pledged to ban human rights activists from the Russian region, after being repeatedly accused of overseeing systematic rights abuses.
    (Reuters, 8/24/18)
2018        Aug 23, The European Commission unveiled a first tranche of 18 million euros ($21 million) to help bolster Iran's flagging economy — 8 million for the private sector, 8 million to cope with environmental problems and 2 million for drug abuse.
    (AP, 8/23/18)
2018        Aug 23, The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said Hungary must provide food to asylum seekers held in detention camps on its border with Serbia whose applications have been rejected by Budapest but who are appealing the decision.
    (Reuters, 8/23/18)
2018        Aug 23, Europol, the European law enforcement agency, said police in Mallorca have seized around 1,100 turtles and 750 eggs, including specimens of 14 of the 50 most endangered species in the world. Europol also said Spanish police have shut down what they believe to be Europe's biggest illegal turtle farm, selling endangered species worth 10,000 euros ($11,500) each.
    (AP, 8/23/18)
2018        Aug 23, In France a man (36) stabbed his mother and sister to death and seriously injured another person in a town near Paris before being shot dead by police. The man had serious mental health problems and had been on a terror watch list since 2016.
    (AFP, 8/23/18)
2018        Aug 23, In Germany a wildfire southwest of Berlin forced the evacuation of residents in three villages.
    (SFC, 8/25/18, p.A2)
2018        Aug 23, In India the ruling party in Kerala state, run by the Communist Party of India (Marxist), protested the central government's refusal to accept $100 million in relief offered by foreign governments.
    (AP, 8/23/18)
2018        Aug 23, In Iran British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe left the Evin prison for a three-day furlough, a breakthrough in the case that her family hopes will lead to permanent freedom. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested during a holiday with her toddler daughter in April 2016.
    (AP, 8/23/18)
2018        Aug 23, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Lithuania for a Baltic summit saying he hoped to deepen ties with eastern EU nations as Brussels blasted Israel's plans for fresh settlements in the West Bank.
    (AFP, 8/23/18)
2018        Aug 23, In western Libya militants suspected of links to the extremist Islamic State group killed at least four people, including security forces, at a checkpoint outside the town of Zliten.
    (AP, 8/23/18)
2018        Aug 23, In Pakistan a roadside bomb killed one soldier and wounded another three in the northwest near Dand Kalay in North Waziristan.
    (AP, 8/23/18)
2018        Aug 23, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said he and his US counterpart John Bolton have broadly agreed to re-open communication lines between their respective foreign and defense ministries.
    (Reuters, 8/23/18)
2018        Aug 23, The Russian Central Bank said it will halt foreign currency purchases, a move that helped the ruble to recover from its lowest level against the dollar since 2016.
    (AP, 8/23/18)
2018        Aug 23, Mount Etna in Sicily roared back into spectacular volcanic action, sending up plumes of ash and spewing lava.
    (AP, 8/24/18)
2018        Aug 23, Tunisia’s coast guard recovered the bodies of five migrants whose boat sank as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to the Italian island of Lampedusa.
    (Reuters, 8/23/18)
2018        Aug 23, Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (36), also known as Bobi Wine, a Ugandan pop star-turned-lawmaker who opposes the longtime president, was charged with treason in a civilian court, minutes after a military court dropped weapons charges.
    (AP, 8/23/18)
2018        Aug 23, The United Nations refugee and migration agencies called on Latin American countries to ease entry for Venezuelan nationals fleeing economic hardship and a deepening political crisis.
    (Reuters, 8/23/18)

2018        Aug 24, US President Donald Trump abruptly canceled his top diplomat's planned trip to North Korea, publicly acknowledging for the first time that his effort to get Pyongyang to denuclearize had stalled since his summit with the North's leader.
    (Reuters, 8/25/18)
2018        Aug 24, US President Donald Trump's administration cut more than $200 million in aid for the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
    (AFP, 8/25/18)
2018        Aug 24, In San Francisco major technology firms including Facebook, Google and Twitter met as part of an effort to coordinate the battle against misinformation campaigns by foreign agents. Microsoft, Snapchat and other tech firms were expected to participate in the gathering called by Facebook cybersecurity head Nathaniel Gleicher.
    (AFP, 8/24/18)
2018        Aug 24, In southern California a tanker truck crashed and burned on a highway near Los Angeles Int'l. Airport, killing two people and causing a massive traffic jam.
    (SFC, 8/25/18, p.A5)
2018        Aug 24, Torrential rains pummeled Hawaii as Hurricane Lane swirled toward the island state, triggering landslides, "catastrophic" flooding and prompting stark warnings from authorities.
    (AFP, 8/24/18)
2018        Aug 24, Robin Leach (b.1941), British-born TV host of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" (1984-1995), died in Las Vegas.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ybb2tmo8)(SSFC, 8/26/18, p.C1)
2018        Aug 24, Former Afghan banker Sher Khan Fernod, found guilty of embezzling millions of dollars and co-conspiracy in a theft of almost $1 billion from a private bank that led to a fiscal crisis in 2010, died in prison in Kabul.
    (Reuters, 8/25/18)
2018        Aug 24, In Australia disgruntled government lawmakers forced PM Malcolm Turnbull from office, arguing that most had lost faith in his leadership. New PM Scott Morrison promised a stable government. The push to oust Turnbull, led by fellow lawmaker Peter Dutton over four chaotic days, was inspired by a feud between hard-right conservatives and moderates.
    (AP, 8/24/18)
2018        Aug 24, Former Afghan banker Sher Khan Fernod, found guilty of embezzling millions of dollars and co-conspiracy in a theft of almost $1 billion from a private bank that led to a fiscal crisis in 2010, died in prison in Kabul.
    (Reuters, 8/25/18)
2018        Aug 24, Influential British dancer, choreographer and mime artist Lindsay Kemp (b.1938) died at his home in Livorno, Tuscany. He was known for tutoring singers David Bowie and Kate Bush during his career.
    (AP, 8/25/18)
2018        Aug 24, In China a ride-sharing passenger (20) in the eastern city of Wenzhou was raped and killed by a driver for Didi Chuxing, China's largest ride-hailing firm. Police found and arrested the suspect, a 27-year-old driver called Zhong, early the next day.
    (Reuters, 8/25/18)
2018        Aug 24, CongoDRC's election commission ruled out the candidacy of Jean-Pierre Bemba on the basis that he had been "convicted by the International Criminal Court" in March 2018 for bribing witnesses. He was handed a year-long prison term and a 300,000 euro fine. But the Hague court had overturned Bemba's conviction for war crimes.
    (AFP, 8/25/18)
2018        Aug 24, In central Finland a bus plunged about 10 meters (33 feet) from a bridge onto railway tracks in Kuopio, killing four people and injuring more than 20.
    (AP, 8/24/18)
2018        Aug 24, Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu asked Baltic state leaders for help in convincing the EU to step up pressure on Iran and slammed a Brussels aid package for Teheran at a news conference in Vilnius with his Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian counterparts.
    (AFP, 8/24/18)
2018        Aug 24, Many of the 150 migrants stranded aboard a coast guard ship for a ninth day began a hunger strike out of frustration that Italy won't let them disembark in Sicily unless fellow European Union nations first pledge to take them.
    (AP, 8/24/18)
2018        Aug 24, In Mexico seven people were killed in an armed confrontation between gunmen and army troops in El Naranjo, Guerrero state.
    (AP, 8/24/18)(SSFC, 8/26/18, p.A4)
2018        Aug 24, Mexican authorities captured gulf cartel leader Hector Adrian Lucio Benavides in Monterrey, Nuevo Leone state.
    (SSFC, 8/26/18, p.A4)
2018        Aug 24, In Nepal one person was killed and dozens injured when police opened fire on protesters demanding action over the rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl. Schoolgirl Nirmala Panta went missing in late July and her body was found the following day in a sugar-cane field.
    (AFP, 8/25/18)
2018        Aug 24, Dutch PM Mark Rutte distanced his government from a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest being organized later this year by anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders.
    (AP, 8/24/18)
2018        Aug 24, In Papua New Guinea a volcano erupted early today, forcing 2,000 villagers to flee from lava flows on Manam Island.
    (Reuters, 8/25/18)
2018        Aug 24, A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Peru, close to its borders with Brazil and Bolivia.
    (AP, 8/24/18)
2018        Aug 24, Human Rights Watch said the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen failed to redress civilian victims and conduct credible investigations into alleged war crimes committed there.
    (AP, 8/24/18)
2018        Aug 24, In Serbia a poisonous gas leak killed two men at the National Library in Belgrade. Carbon dioxide leaked as the two victims, both maintenance workers, were testing the building's firefighting capabilities.
    (AP, 8/24/18)
2018        Aug 24, A South Korean high court extended the 24-year prison sentence of former President Park Geun-hye for corruption in office. The Seoul High Court handed out a 25-year prison sentence after concluding Park took more money in bribes than initially believed.
    (AP, 8/24/18)
2018        Aug 24, More than 300 South Koreans traveled to the North's Diamond Mountain resort for three days of meetings with their long-lost relatives in a second round of temporary reunions of family members separated for decades by the Korean War.
    (AP, 8/24/18)
2018        Aug 24, Spain's Socialist government passed a decree allowing the exhumation of the remains of Francisco Franco from his vast mausoleum, a decision that divides Spaniards and has opened old wounds.
    (AFP, 8/24/18)
2018        Aug 24, Tajikistan freed prominent human rights lawyer Shukhrat Kudratov as Western governments and rights groups stepped up pressure on the authoritarian Central Asian country. He had spent nearly four years behind bars on embezzlement charges.
    (AFP, 8/24/18)
2018        Aug 24, Ukraine marked 27 years of independence with its biggest ever military parade in central Kiev, as war continued against Russian-backed separatists in the country's east.
    (AFP, 8/24/18)
2018        Aug 24, The UN migration agency said the exodus of migrants from Venezuela is building towards a "crisis moment" comparable to events involving refugees in the Mediterranean.
    (Reuters, 8/24/18)
2018        Aug 24, Zimbabwe's constitutional court unanimously upheld Pres. Emmerson Mnangagwa's narrow victory in last month's historic election after the opposition alleged vote-rigging, saying "sufficient and credible evidence" had not been produced.
    (AP, 8/24/18)

2018        Aug 25, Arizona Sen. John McCain (81), a legend in American politics, died at his home in Sedona.
    (AP, 8/26/18)
2018        Aug 25, Democratic party officials meeting in Chicago agreed to sharply reduce the influence of top political insiders known as superdelegates.
    (SSFC, 8/26/18, p.A10)
2018        Aug 25, In southern Indiana four teenagers were killed late today and four others injured when a vehicle struck them as they pushed a stalled SUV to a birthday party in Cortland.
    (SFC, 8/28/18, p.A4)
2018        Aug 25, Torrential rain continued to pound Hawaii from Tropical Storm Lane, as officials warned that a foot or more of precipitation was still possible.
    (AFP, 8/25/18)
2018        Aug 25, In eastern Afghanistan a suicide attacker killed at least three people by detonating explosives near the office of the election commission in Jalalabad, where dozens of protesters had gathered in support of a parliamentary candidate who electoral officials had disqualified over his suspected links with illegal armed groups.
    (Reuters, 8/25/18)
2018        Aug 25, The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Sayeed Orakzai (aka Abu Saad Erhabi), was killed late today in a strike on the group's hideouts in Nangarhar province. Nine other members of the militant group were also killed in a joint ground and air operation by Afghan and foreign forces during raids on two Islamic State hideouts.
    (Reuters, 8/26/18)(AP, 8/27/18)
2018        Aug 25, British coastguards searched for two missing fishermen in the North Sea after three others from their capsized boat were rescued by a passing cruise ship.
    (AP, 8/26/18)
2018        Aug 25, In Bulgaria a tourist bus flipped over on a highway about 50 km (30 miles) north of Sofia, killing at least 16 people and leaving 18 injured.
    (AP, 8/26/18)
2018        Aug 25, Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni granted Um Sam An amnesty from his jail term. He was sentenced in October 2016 to 2 1/2 years in prison for making comments on the politically sensitive topic and implying that Prime Minister Hun Sen's government failed to counter land encroachment by Vietnam.
    (AP, 8/25/18)
2018        Aug 25, China lashed out at President Donald Trump for accusing Beijing of not being supportive in efforts to denuclearize North Korea, while South Korea called the US decision to call off a trip to the North by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "unfortunate".
    (AP, 8/25/18)
2018        Aug 25, In northeastern China at least 19 people were killed in a fire at the four-story Beilong Hot Spring Hotel in Harbin's Sun Island recreation area.
    (AP, 8/25/18)
2018        Aug 25, CongoDRC authorities said an outbreak of Ebola has killed 67 people this month, as they rolled out a battery of new drugs to tackle the virus amid concerns it has spread to a rebel-encircled area. Congo's health ministry said two of the first 10 people to receive an experimental treatment for the Ebola virus in the latest outbreak have recovered.
    (AFP, 8/25/18)(AP, 8/25/18)
2018        Aug 25, Egyptian security forces foiled an attack on a checkpoint west of the city of al-Arish, and killed four militants while other fled. The privately owned al-Masri al-Youm newspaper reported that four policemen had died. The Islamic State's Amaq news agency reported the next day that 15 soldiers were killed or wounded in what it described as an infiltration operation.
    (Reuters, 8/26/18)
2018        Aug 25, In Germany searchers found the body of a Canadian man who went missing in the Bavarian Alps on August 2. The remains were found by a fellow Canadian, a police climber and friend of the man's family who had joined the search.
    (AP, 8/26/18)
2018        Aug 25, Iran said it has resumed talks with Russia to build a new nuclear power plant capable of generating up to 3,000 megawatts of electricity.
    (Reuters, 8/25/18)
2018        Aug 25, In northeastern Iran ten people were killed and five wounded after a boiler exploded in a residential area of the city of Mashhad.
    (Reuters, 8/25/18)
2018        Aug 25, Irish PM Leo Varadkar addressed the pope as Francis began the first papal visit to Ireland in nearly four decades. A small group of protesters demonstrated against the pope's visit outside Dublin Castle. Pope Francis said he shares the outrage over the failures of church authorities to punish the "repugnant crimes" of priests who raped and molested children.
    (AP, 8/25/18)
2018        Aug 25, Italy allowed 16 of the 150 migrants stranded on board a coastguard ship at a Sicily port to disembark, as government officials face questioning over the refusal to let all passengers off.
    (AP, 8/25/18)
2018        Aug 25, Peru closed its borders to Venezuelan migrants without a passport, as thousands holding only identification cards reached the border in a last minute crush, some beating the deadline with special assistance from Ecuador.
    (AFP, 8/25/18)
2018        Aug 25, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (42) was detained in Moscow.
    (AP, 8/25/18)
2018        Aug 25, In South Africa two lion cubs, a male and female, were born by means of artificial insemination -- the first such pair anywhere in the world.
    (AFP, 9/30/18)
2018        Aug 25, Turkish authorities banned a protest vigil marking the forced disappearances of hundreds of people in the country's southeast decades ago. The Saturday Mothers activist group was set to hold its 700th meeting in Istanbul. The group has gathered since 1995 to demand justice for those who disappeared during the ongoing conflict between Turkish security forces and Kurdish insurgents.
    (AP, 8/25/18)
2018        Aug 25, In Yemen officials and tribal leaders said senior al-Qaida leader Ghalib al-Zaidi was killed a week ago in the central province of Marib while fighting alongside the government forces battling Shiite rebels.
    (AP, 8/25/18)
2018        Aug 25, Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa refused to accept a Constitutional Court ruling that upheld Emmerson Mnangagwa's win in presidential elections last month.
    (AFP, 8/25/18)

2018        Aug 26, In Florida David Katz (24) opened fire at a video game tournament in a Jacksonville mall killing two people and then fatally shooting himself. Nine other people were wounded by the gunfire.
    (SFC, 8/27/18, p.A4)
2018        Aug 26, In southwest Chicago a fire early today killed eight people including six children in the Little Village area.
    (SFC, 8/27/18, p.A5)
2018        Aug 26, American playwright Neil Simon (b.1927) died at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He is the only playwright to have four plays running on Broadway simultaneously: "Barefoot in the Park," "The Odd Couple," "Sweet Charity" and "The Star-Spangle Girl" all played in the 1966-67 season.
    (SFC, 8/27/18, p.C1)
2018        Aug 26, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani rejected the resignations of the intelligence chief and the interior and defence ministers, as the government faces fierce criticism over an increasingly deadly insurgency.
    (AP, 8/26/18)
2018        Aug 26, Austria said it will no longer allow asylum seekers to take up apprenticeship opportunities while their claims are being assessed, a policy reversal by the country's anti-immigration government criticized by the opposition.
    (AFP, 8/27/18)
2018        Aug 26, In Bosnia BNTV reporter Vladimir Kovacevic was hospitalized following a beating attack late today by two masked assailants outside his home in Banja Luka as he was returning home from reporting on an anti-government rally.
    (AP, 8/27/18)
2018        Aug 26, China's transport ministry slammed Didi Chuxing's safety lapses as the ride-hailing giant said it would suspend its Hitch service after the rape and murder of a passenger, the second such killing this year.
    (AFP, 8/26/18)
2018        Aug 26, Colombians voted on seven anti-corruption measures in a referendum, including a reduction in lawmakers' salaries and term limits for public posts, as graft scandals continue to spark outrage. Colombians failed to approve the rules that hardened punishment for corrupt officials.
    (Reuters, 8/26/18)(AFP, 8/26/18)
2018        Aug 26, In France Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred (33) was arrested on suspicion of committing a rape in the town of Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera. Lamjarred was previously arrested in October 2016 for having assaulted a French woman in a luxury hotel on the Champs-Elysee avenue.
    (AP, 8/27/18)
2018        Aug 26, The European Society of Cardiology, meeting in Munich, discussed new research indicating that aspirin fails to avert first strokes or heart attacks in people at moderate risk. Research also indicated that aspiring did not help prevent cancer as had been hoped.
    (SFC, 8/28/18, p.A10)
2018        Aug 26, A German man was stabbed after a street festival early today in Chemnitz, Saxony state. Police soon arrested a Syrian (22) and an Iraqi (21) on suspicion of manslaughter. Prosecutors later said the killing was preceded by a verbal confrontation that escalated.
    (AP, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 26, German journalist Mesale Tolu, who was on trial in Turkey on terror-related charges, returned to Germany after a Turkish court ruled that she could leave the country.
    (AP, 8/26/18)
2018        Aug 26, Indonesia detained Jakub Fabian Skrzypski of Poland as a suspect in a conspiracy to smuggle arms to separatists in Papua. He was later charged along with three Papuans under the law governing treason, which carries a maximum sentence of life in jail.
    (Reuters, 9/10/18)
2018        Aug 26, In Indonesia a crew comprising South Koreans and North Koreans won the 500-meter dragon boat final at the Asian Games co-host city of Palembang. This was the first gold medal by a combined Koreas team at a major multi-sport event.
    (AP, 8/26/18)
2018        Aug 26, Iran's defense minister said his country will continue its support of the Syrian government to ensure improved security in the region.
    (AP, 8/26/18)
2018        Aug 26, Iran's parliament sacked Masoud Karbasian, the minister of economic affairs and finance, amid a sharp fall in the rial currency and a deterioration in the economic situation.
    (Reuters, 8/26/18)
2018        Aug 26, A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck western Iran's Kermanshah province early today, killing two people and injuring more than 250. There were three apparent aftershocks until sunrise, all at least magnitude 4.
    (AFP, 8/26/18)(AP, 8/26/18)
2018        Aug 26, An Iranian F-5 fighter jet crashed in southern Iran killing its pilot. Iran bought its F-5 fighters from the United States before the 1979 Islamic revolution and still has 48 in service, according to the latest estimates by Jane's IHS Markit.
    (AFP, 8/26/18)
2018        Aug 26, In Ireland Pope Francis asked for forgiveness for the "scandal and betrayal" felt by victims of sexual exploitation by Catholic clergy as he toured he country where years of abuse scandals have shattered the Church's former dominant role in society.
    (Reuters, 8/26/18)
2018        Aug 26, In Ireland hundreds of protesters marched through the town of Tuam, reciting the names of the 796 babies and young children who died while residents of the former church-run Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway. Most were buried in the 1950s.
    (AP, 8/27/18)
2018        Aug 26, North Korea's state-controlled newspaper accused the United States of "double-dealing" and "hatching a criminal plot" against Pyongyang, after Washington abruptly canceled a visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
    (Reuters, 8/26/18)
2018        Aug 26, Spanish police arrested Joseph Brech (55) in a mountainous area near the town of Castelltercol some 50 km (30 miles) from Barcelona for the brutal 1998 rape and killing of Dutch boy Nicky Verstappen (11). The boy vanished two decades ago on August 9 at a summer camp in southern Limburg province.
    (AFP, 8/27/18)
2018        Aug 26, Nearly 140 migrants who had been stranded on a boat at a port in Sicily were allowed to disembark after Ireland and Albania agreed to take some of them in. The migrants, mainly Eritreans and Somalis, were rescued in the Mediterranean on Aug. 15 but waited 10 days while Italy's anti-immigrant government refused to let them disembark, until Ireland, Albania and the Vatican agreed to accept them.
    (AFP, 8/26/18)(Reuters, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 26, In Tajikistan 10-12 men armed with a hand-held grenade launcher and automatic rifles opened fire on three forest rangers, killing two of them and injuring one as they crossed the Panj River separating the country from Afghanistan. An air attack followed the clash in the Durqad district of Takhar province. Eight Taliban were killed and six wounded in the air strike.
    (AP, 8/27/18)(Reuters, 8/27/18)
2018        Aug 26, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan vowed to bring peace and safety to Iraq and areas in Syria not under Turkish control and said terrorist organizations in those areas would be eliminated.
    (Reuters, 8/26/18)
2018        Aug 26, Yemen's Houthi group said it fired two Zelzal-1 missiles in the direction of Saudi Arabian provinces alongside the joint border.
    (Reuters, 8/26/18)
2018        Aug 26, Zimbabwe inaugurated President Emmerson Mnangagwa (75) for the second time in nine months. He faced the mammoth task of rebuilding a worsening economy and uniting a nation divided by a vote that many hoped would deliver change.
    (AP, 8/26/18)

2018        Aug 27, The Trump administration reached a preliminary deal with Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Canada still had significant issues with some of pres. Trump's demands
    (AP, 8/28/18)(SFC, 8/28/18, p.A5)
2018        Aug 27, The United States told the World Trade Organization it would block the reappointment of one of the WTO's four remaining appeals judges next month, leaving the bare minimum of three on what is effectively the supreme court of trade.
    (Reuters, 8/27/18)
2018        Aug 27, Seth Frotman, the US government's top officials overseeing the $1.5 trillion student loan market, resigned in protest citing the White House's open hostility toward protecting the nation's millions of student loan borrowers.
    (SFC, 8/28/18, p.A5)
2018        Aug 27, Rain fell across Montana and slowed the spread of a fire burning near the US-Canada border. The 3-square mile fire in the northern part of Glacier National Park was suppressed but not extinguished.
    (SFC, 8/28/18, p.A4)
2018        Aug 27, A US federal judge in Seattle blocked the Trump administration from allowing a Texas company to post online plans for making untraceable 3D guns. Company owner Cody Wilson began selling his blueprint plans online the following day.
    (SFC, 8/28/18, p.A10)(SFC, 8/29/18, p.A5)
2018        Aug 27, Facebook banned Myanmar's powerful military chief and 19 other individuals and organizations from its site to prevent the spread of hate and misinformation.
    (AFP, 8/27/18)
2018        Aug 27, In Afghanistan three Afghan army soldiers were killed and five others wounded after their convoy was ambushed by Taliban insurgents in northern Faryab province. Two military pilots were shot and killed by unknown gunmen in Kabul.
    (AP, 8/27/18)
2018        Aug 27, Nissan's first electric sedan designed for China began production at the start of a wave of dozens of planned lower-cost electrics being created by global automakers for their biggest market.
    (AP, 8/27/18)
2018        Aug 27, In Croatia hundreds of workers from two major shipyards protested in Zagreb over unpaid wages and working conditions.
    (AP, 8/27/18)
2018        Aug 27, Egyptian police forces killed five suspected Islamic militants in a shootout 390 km (244 miles) south of Cairo. The fighting broke out when police raided a suspected militant hideout in the Akhmim district of Sohag province.
    (AP, 8/27/18)
2018        Aug 27, Ethiopian air traffic controllers began a strike after disputes over pay and calls for more employment benefits. Their average monthly salary was around $540.
    (AP, 9/1/18)
2018        Aug 27, In France a man was detained on suspicion of assaulting a 22-year-old student who released a shocking video of an attack last month outside a Paris cafe which went viral online. Surveillance footage of the incident shows a man hurling an ashtray from a table outside the cafe at Marie Laguerre, allegedly after she told him to "shut up" following lewd comments. In October Firas M. (25) was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $2,300.
    (AFP, 8/28/18)(SFC, 10/6/18, p.A2)
2018        Aug 27, In Germany at least 20 people were injured as pyrotechnics and other objects were hurled by both far-right demonstrators as well as anti-fascist counter-protesters in the eastern city of Chemnitz. This 2nd day of protests followed the fatal stabbing of a German man (35) allegedly by a Syrian and an Iraqi.
    (AFP, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 27, In Indonesia a 15-year-old girl jailed for six months for terminating her pregnancy after being raped by her brother was cleared by a higher court. The girl's mother was still being investigated over whether she had helped her daughter to have the abortion.
    (Reuters, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 27, Iran's Revolutionary Guards top General Alireza Tangsiri said Iran has full control of the Gulf and the US Navy does not belong there.
    (Reuters, 8/27/18)
2018        Aug 27, Iranian lawyers asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to order the United States to lift sanctions imposed by the Trump administration against Tehran, but Washington described the suit as meritless. Iran claimed the US policy is "plainly in violation of the 1955 Treaty of Amity."
    (Reuters, 8/27/18)
2018        Aug 27, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported that Iran and Syria have signed a deal for military cooperation in a meeting between the defense ministers of the two countries in Damascus.
    (Reuters, 8/27/18)
2018        Aug 27, Israel reopened its only crossing for people with the Gaza Strip, a week after shutting it over violence along the border with the Palestinian enclave.
    (AFP, 8/27/18)
2018        Aug 27, In central Japan four elderly patients at the Y&M Fujikake Daiichi Hospital died over the last 48 hours after the air conditioning failed in their rooms.
    (AP, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 27, In Libya at least five people were killed and nearly 30 wounded in fighting between militias in Tripoli.
    (Reuters, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 27, Pakistan's senate passed a resolution condemning an anti-Islam cartoon contest planned by a far-right Dutch lawmaker, in one of the first actions taken by the assembly since last month's elections.
    (AP, 8/27/18)
2018        Aug 27, In the Philippines Roman Catholic Rev. Amado Picardal, who was one of the earliest critics of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly crackdown on drugs, said he has gone into hiding due to signs of being targeted by motorcycle-riding hitmen.
    (AP, 8/27/18)
2018        Aug 27, A Russian court sentenced opposition leader Alexei Navalny to 30 days in jail after convicting him of breaking public protest laws, a move that will prevent him from leading a planned anti-government rally against pension reform next month.
    (Reuters, 8/27/18)
2018        Aug 27, In South Korea a special counsel said Kim Kyoung-soo, a close political ally of Pres. Moon Jae-in had conspired with a team of online bloggers to illegally influence public opinion before Moon's election last year.
    (SFC, 8/28/18, p.A3)
2018        Aug 27, In Switzerland a weeklong gathering opened in Geneva to discuss ways to define and deal with "killer robots," futuristic weapons systems that could conduct war without human intervention.
    (AP, 8/27/18)
2018        Aug 27, A Ugandan High Court granted bail to 33 people, including popular songwriter Robert Kyagulanyi, who have been charged with treason over their alleged role in the stoning of President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy this month.
    (Reuters, 8/27/18)
2018        Aug 27, UN investigators said Myanmar's military carried out mass killings and gang rapes of Muslim Rohingya with "genocidal intent" and the commander-in-chief and five generals should be prosecuted for the gravest crimes under international law.
    (Reuters, 8/27/18)

2018        Aug 28, The US Navy seized arms from a skiff and a dhow in the Gulf of Aden near war-torn Yemen and netted over 2,500 Kalashnikov assault rifles. The origin and intended destination of the skiff was not yet been determined.
    (AP, 9/5/18)
2018        Aug 28, California's Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law to let people leave jail before trial without having to post bail, largely leaving pretrial release decisions up to local judges.
    (SFC, 8/29/18, p.A1)
2018        Aug 28, US federal immigration agents raided Load Trail Trailers in Sumner, Texas, and arrested 160 workers following a tip that the company was hiring illegal workers.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y9t5wpmh)(SFC, 8/30/18, p.A5)
2018        Aug 28, C40 Cities, a global network dedicated to fighting climate change, said 23 global cities and regions representing 150 million people pledged to significantly cut the pollution-causing garbage they generate by 2030.
    (AFP, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, More than a dozen human rights groups sent a letter to Google urging the company not to offer censored internet search in China, amid reports it is planning to again provide the service in the giant market.
    (AP, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 28, Judges in Austria said a lower court's authorization for police to raid the offices of the country's domestic intelligence agency on Feb. 28 was illegal.
    (AP, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, Bosnia's journalists held protests for a second day to express solidarity with a reporter from an independent Bosnian Serb television station who was badly beaten by unknown assailants.
    (AP, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, It was reported that Brazil's Cerrado, a vast tropical savanna, has seen about half of its native forests and grasslands converted to farms, pastures and urban areas over the past 50 years. Farmers continued to plow under vast stretches of the biome, propelled largely by Chinese demand for Brazilian meat and grain.
    (Reuters, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, In Burkina Faso seven soldiers were killed by a blast after they were sent to the town of Pama as reinforcements when a police station there came under attack.
    (AP, 9/1/18)
2018        Aug 28, Fourteen Cambodian opposition activists were freed from long prison terms, their pardons coming as the latest in a series of releases engineered by PM Hun Sen after his party's election sweep last month. Those freed were serving prison terms for the July 15, 2014, protest in Phnom Penh.
    (AP, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, Danish police said a 43-year-old man has been charged with illegally smuggling 1.3 tons (1.4 short tons) of amphetamine and about 13.8 tons (15.2 short tons) of hashish into Denmark, in one of the country's biggest cases. Police said the man smuggled the drugs between February 2015 and June 2017.
    (AP, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, An Egyptian court sentenced six people to death for their roles in a 2016 militant attack on a security checkpoint north of Cairo that killed a policeman.
    (AP, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot resigned in frustration over sluggish progress on climate goals and nuclear energy policy, dealing a major blow to President Emmanuel Macron's already tarnished green credentials.
    (Reuters, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, Fishermen from rival French and British fleets banged their boats in ill-tempered skirmishes over access to the scallop-rich waters off France's northern coast. French law prevents French boats from fishing for scallops during the summer months before Oct. 1, to help preserve the stocks. But British ships can still fish for the prized delicacies in international waters off the French coast.
    (AP, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 28, Greek police said authorities have arrested two aid workers and are investigating a total of 30 from the same organization on the island of Lesbos on suspicion they smuggled migrants into Greece, spied and laundered money.
    (Reuters, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, In Hong Kong university Prof. Cheung Kie-chung (53) was arrested after his wife's decomposing body was found inside a suitcase in his campus office. Cheung had reported that his 52-year-old wife walked out after an argument on August 17.
    (AP, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 28, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban and Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini launched an anti-migration manifesto, namechecking French Pres. Emmanuel Macron as their adversary. Macron has blasted Italy and Hungary for maintaining an uncompromising stance on migrants while readily accepting EU development funding.
    (AFP, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 28, In India police raided the homes of at least half a dozen activists, writers and lawyers across the country, known for supporting resistance movements and marginalized groups, or for speaking out against the government.
    (SFC, 8/31/18, p.A4)
2018        Aug 28, Indonesian police said they have arrested more than a dozen people suspected of starting forest fires that have killed four people in the past month in West Kalimantan.
    (AP, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, Iran's parliament declared its dissatisfaction with President Hassan Rouhani, voting to reject his answers after grilling him over the deteriorating economy.
    (AFP, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, Iran's intelligence minister boasted on state television about his country's successful recruitment of a former Cabinet-level official from a "hostile" country, signaling Tehran's first acknowledgment of compromising an arrested Israeli official.
    (AP, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 28, The Israeli military forces demolished the home of a Palestinian who killed an Israeli in a West Bank settlement last month. The attacker, Muhammad Tarek Ibrahim Dar Yusuf, was shot and killed at the scene of last month's attack.
    (AP, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, Tomoyuki Sugimoto arrived back in Japan after being released by North Korea. Sugimoto, who was arrested in early August, had been in North Korean custody during an investigation into an unspecified crime.
    (AP, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, Kenya’s deputy chief justice Philomena Mwilu was arrested on suspicion of corruption, failure to pay tax, and improper dealings with a local bank now in receivership.
    (Reuters, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, In Nigeria eight people were killed in the Barakin Ladi district of Plateau state in a long-running resource conflict between farmers and herders.
    (AFP, 9/4/18)
2018        Aug 28, Protesters demanded Northern Ireland's feuding political parties get back to governing, as the region matched a world record for the longest peacetime period without a government. Belgium spent 589 days without an elected government between 2010 and 2011.
    (AP, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said the number of Somalis left homeless has surged this year as thousands who had already fled war, drought and floods were forcibly evicted from mostly makeshift homes. Its report said one of the main factors driving people out of their homes was property developers requisitioning land, often without warning, during a building boom in Mogadishu.
    (Reuters, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, Relatives of several people slain in the Philippine president's anti-drug campaign asked the International Criminal Court to prosecute him for alleged crimes against humanity, in the second such request for a ruling on thousands of deaths that have occurred during the crackdown.
    (AP, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, In the southern Philippines a bomber killed two people and wounded 35 at a town festival in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat province. The bomber fled on a motorcycle.
    (AP, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 28, Poland's government unveiled details of a voluntary pension program intended to encourage many Poles to start saving and to protect low-earners from post-retirement poverty.
    (AP, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) said an expropriation bill passed by parliament in 2016 enabling the state to make compulsory purchases of land to redress racial disparities in land ownership has been withdrawn.
    (Reuters, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, In South Africa British PM Theresa May Tuesday launched her three-nation African tour by pledging to make Britain the biggest investor in Africa from the developed world. May confirmed that Britain intends to carry over the EU's current partnership with six southern African countries: Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique.
    (AP, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, South Sudan rebel chief Riek Machar refused to sign a final peace deal with the government, in a setback for a regional drive to end nearly five years of brutal civil war. Officials said the rebel groups had differences over the functioning of a proposed transitional government, how many states the country should be divided into and on the writing of a new constitution.
    (AFP, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, Ten of the more than 600 migrants who forced their way into the Spanish territory of Ceuta last July 26 by violently storming a heavily fortified border fence with Morocco were arrested. Spain's Guardia Civil said they are accused of belonging to a criminal organization, assaulting a police officer and causing damage.
    (AFP, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, A Swiss court sentenced Pascal Collard to an 18-month suspended prison term for corruption related to Congolese oil contracts. The former Gunvor employee said he paid bribes to the president of the Republic of Congo via a presidential aide and Belgian firm Semlex to win the contracts. Collard said managers at Gunvor knew about the payments and approved them to win the deals between 2009 and 2011.
    (Reuters, 9/26/18)
2018        Aug 28, Thousands of Syrians began returning to Daraya for the first time since government forces clawed back the Damascus suburb from rebels two years ago.
    (Reuters, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, Thailand's military junta announced it will ease some restrictions on political parties to let them conduct basic functions and prepare for elections set for early next year, but campaigning will still be forbidden.
    (AP, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, In Thailand more than 160 asylum seekers from hill tribe ethnic minorities in Vietnam and Cambodia were rounded up in a northern suburb of Bangkok and charged with immigration law violations.
    (AP, 8/30/18)
2018        Aug 28, Uganda's army said soldiers involved in the beating of Ugandan lawmakers and civilians over their alleged role in the Aug. 13 stoning of President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy have been arrested.
    (Reuters, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, Three experts working for the UN's top human rights body said the governments of Yemen, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia may have been responsible for war crimes including rape, torture, disappearances and "deprivation of the right to life" during 3½ years of battling Yemeni rebels.
    (AP, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, A court in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City sentenced a South African man to death after finding him guilty of trafficking nearly 1.5 kg (3.3 pounds) of cocaine. Coetzee Tyron Lee was convicted in a half-day trial. Lee told investigators that he was hired by a Nigerian man to transport the drug for $3,500, which would be paid after his arrival.
    (AP, 8/28/18)
2018        Aug 28, In southern Yemen a suspected al-Qaida attack on a checkpoint in Abyan province killed five soldiers and wounded four others.
    (AP, 8/29/18)

2018        Aug 29, The US military said US forces conducted an air strike in coordination with Somalia's army that killed three al Shabaab fighters.
    (Reuters, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 29, The US Int'l. Trade Commission nullified tariffs put into place for imported newsprint by finding that American producers were not harmed by imports from Canadian paper mills.
    (SFC, 8/30/18, p.A5)
2018        Aug 29, It was reported that Maryland-based Emergent Solutions has agreed to pay $735 million in cash and stock to Ireland-based Adapt Pharma.
    (AP, 8/30/18)
2018        Aug 29, Marie Severin (b.1929), longtime artist for Marvel Comics, died in Amityville, NY. In 2012 Dewey Cassell Aaron Sultan authored "Marie Severin: The Mirthful Mistress of Comics."
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Severin)(SFC, 9/5/18, p.D5)
2018        Aug 29, Choreographer Paul Taylor (b.1930), a towering figure in American modern dance, died in NYC.
    (SFC, 8/31/18, p.E1)
2018        Aug 29, Stan Brock (b.1936), former British cowboy and cohost of the long-running "Wild Kingdom" TV show, died in Rockford, Tenn., at the offices of the Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic service, which he had founded in 1985. His books included "Jungle Cowboys" (1969).
    (SFC, 9/7/18, p.D5)
2018        Aug 29, In Afghanistan a van hit a roadside mine in northeaster Kunar province, killing three people and wounding 16 others.
    (AP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 29, Britain's Theresa May landed in Nigeria's capital on the second leg of her maiden Africa tour aimed at drumming up post-Brexit trade deals outside the EU. Britain said it would open new embassies in Chad and Niger to boost its diplomatic presence in Africa's troubled Sahel region.
    (AFP, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 29, British endurance athlete Lewis Pugh (48) completed his 330-mile (530-km) swim along the length of the English Channel from Land's End to Dover — the first swimmer to do so.
    (AP, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 29, It was reported that cocoa firms operating in Cameroon have moved staff out of the Anglophone region of the country and farmers are abandoning their crops in the area, as violence between separatists and security forces intensifies.
    (Reuters, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 29, China denied an accusation from Pres. Donald Trump that it had hacked the emails of Hilary Clinton during the 2016 US elections.
    (SFC, 8/30/18, p.A2)
2018        Aug 29, Shanghai police said that they were investigating a possible data breach at Huazhu Group after state media said nearly 500 million pieces of customer-related information from the hotel operator had emerged in an online post.
    (Reuters, 9/19/18)
2018        Aug 29, Turkish Cypriot media reported that smugglers attempted to use a drone to fly illegal drugs over the frontier separating Turkish Cypriot northern Cyprus with the rest of the island, one of the most heavily guarded areas in Europe.
    (Reuters, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 29, Egypt said its security forces have killed at least 20 suspected militants in recent days in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula and along its porous border with Libya.
    (AP, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 29, Germany announced a new agency to fund cutting-edge research on cyber security and to end its reliance on digital technologies from the United States, China and other countries.
    (Reuters, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 29, In Germany a golden statue of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that was installed at an art festival whose motto is "Bad news" was taken down after authorities in the city of Wiesbaden said it was becoming a security issue.
    (AP, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 29, India's Supreme Court ordered police to put five prominent rights campaigners suspected of links to Maoist guerrillas under house arrest as outrage grew over their detention a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 29, Indian police arrested Bangladeshi monk Bhante Sangh Priya on suspicion of sexually abusing children at the Bodh Gaya Buddhist shelter and meditation center in Bihar state.
    (AP, 8/30/18)
2018        Aug 29, In western Iraq a suicide bomber killed at least seven people in an attack on the outskirts of Al-Qaim. IS said in a statement that it carried out the attack, which it claimed had left 50 people dead or wounded.
    (AFP, 8/29/18)(SFC, 8/30/18, p.A4)
2018        Aug 29, In Kashmir rebels fighting against Indian rule ambushed a group of police officials and killed four of them. Separately, two Kashmiri rebels were killed in a gunfight with government forces, triggering clashes in which at least 40 people were injured.
    (AP, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 29, The corruption trial of Kenya's deputy chief justice Philomena Mwilu, the country's second-highest judge, was suspended amid a barrage of legal petitions at various courts.
    (AFP, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 29, Kenya's military said five soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb blew up the vehicle they were travelling in southeastern Lamu County.
    (AP, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 29, In Mexico off-duty cameraman Javier Rodriguez Valladares of the Canal 10 TV station in Cancun was shot to death this evening along with another man. He was the third journalist killed in Quintana Roo state this year.
    (AP, 8/30/18)
2018        Aug 29, In central Myanmar more than 50,000 people evacuated their homes after part of a dam failed, inundating communities and damaging a bridge on a major highway.
    (Reuters, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 29, A Namibian delegation in Berlin took possession of the remains of 27 countrymen whose bones were taken by German colonial forces more than a century ago for pseudo-scientific racial experiments.
    (AP, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 29, Nigeria's central bank ordered South African telecoms giant MTN to refund $8.13 billion (6.96 billion euros) that it allegedly illegally repatriated and fined four banks involved in the transfer.
    (AFP, 8/30/18)
2018        Aug 29, In Pakistan thousands of Islamists launched a march toward the capital to protest a far-right Dutch lawmaker's plans to hold a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest later this year. The Tehreek-i-Labaik Islamist party called for the expulsion of the Dutch ambassador as it launched the protest.
    (Reuters, 8/29/18)(AP, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 29, Tens of thousands of Palestinian children returned to United Nations-run schools after the summer holidays, though major US cuts have thrown their funding into jeopardy beyond next month.
    (AFP, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 29, In the southern Philippines a bomb concealed in a bag went off near a night market in Isulan, leaving three people dead and 35 wounded.
    (AP, 9/2/18)
2018        Aug 29, Russia's Pres. Vladimir Putin proposed measures to soften a pension reform deeply unpopular among Russians, in an apparent attempt to stem a major fall in his approval ratings.
    (AFP, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 29, In Slovenia five moderate parties signed an agreement to form a center-left government, sidelining a right-wing group that won most votes during an inconclusive election in June.
    (AP, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 29, In South Africa one person was shot dead and foreign-owned shops were looted as violence erupted in the township of Soweto.
    (Reuters, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug 29, The UN reported that Nicaragua's government turned a blind eye while armed mobs rounded up protesters, some of whom were later raped with rifles and tortured in detention. Managua rejected the report as biased.
    (Reuters, 8/29/18)

2018        Aug 30, Pres. Donald Trump informed Congress that he is cancelling pay raises due in January for most civilian federal employees, citing budget constraints.
    (SFC, 8/31/18, p.A6)
2018        Aug 30, The US State Department said it had decided to extend by a year its ban on US citizens' travel to North Korea, citing continued concerns about the threat of arrest and long-term detention of US nationals there.
    (Reuters, 8/30/18)
2018        Aug 30, A US federal judge temporarily blocked the opening of grizzly bear hunting two days before Idaho and Wyoming prepared to open the first grizzly bear hunting season in the lower 48 states since 1974.
    (SFC, 8/31/18, p.A9)
2018        Aug 30, In New Mexico at least seven people were killed and others seriously injured in a head-on crash involving a Greyhound passenger bus and a semi-truck along I-40.
    (SFC, 8/31/18, p.A6)
2018        Aug 30, Afghanistan's Islamic State affiliate detonated a roadside bomb in eastern Nangarhar province killing five border police and wounding four others.
    (AP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 30, Argentina's Central Bank announced it has raised its benchmark interest rate from 45 to 60 percent in a bid to arrest a slide in the value of its currency.
    (AFP, 8/30/18)
2018        Aug 30, A court in Bosnia sentenced Jovan Tintor, a former high-ranking Bosnian Serb official, to eleven years in prison for war crimes during the 1992-95 war, including imprisonment, torture and murder of non-Serb civilians.
    (AP, 8/30/18)
2018        Aug 30, British PM Theresa May became the first UK leader to visit Kenya in 30 years, bringing security and development funding to East Africa's commercial hub.
    (AP, 8/30/18)
2018        Aug 30, Canada and the United States opened their third day of negotiations aimed at getting the pact done by the end of the week.
    (AFP, 8/30/18)
2018        Aug 30, China said that US lawmakers were wasting taxpayer money by urging President Donald Trump's administration to impose sanctions on Chinese officials allegedly tied to the mass internment of ethnic minority Muslims in camps in the far west.
    (AP, 8/30/18)
2018        Aug 30, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi appointed a string of new governors to key regions, the latest shake-up since winning re-election in March. The majority of the new appointees were drawn from the senior army and police ranks. Manal Mikhail in Damietta province, became the first Christian woman ever appointed to such a position in the majority Sunni Muslim country.
    (AFP, 8/30/18)
2018        Aug 30, An Ethiopian military helicopter crashed in the Oromia region and killed all 18 people on board, including two children.
    (AP, 8/30/18)
2018        Aug 30, German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Ghana during a three-nation West Africa visit aimed at boosting investment in a region that is a major source of migrants heading toward Europe. Merkel first stopped in Senegal, another of Africa's fastest-growing economies, and will continue on to Nigeria.
    (AP, 8/30/18)
2018        Aug 30, India's main opposition Congress party lashed out at PM Narendra Modi after central bank data showed that his shock 2016 move to ban high-value notes failed to meet his key objective of flushing out money hidden from the tax man.
    (Reuters, 8/30/18)
2018        Aug 30, A district in Indonesia's deeply conservative Aceh province banned unmarried couples from sitting at the same table in restaurants, cafes or coffee shops. The regulation also prohibits restaurants and coffee shops from hiring lesbians, gays, or bisexual or transgender people as waiters or waitresses.
    (AP, 9/5/18)
2018        Aug 30, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pardoned or reduced the sentences for 615 prisoners, according to Mizan, the news site of the Iranian judiciary.
    (Reuters, 8/30/18)
2018        Aug 30, A lawsuit, filed in a Tel Aviv court, carried a claim from five Mexican journalists and activists who allege they were spied on using software made by Israel-based NSO Group. A second suit, filed in Cyprus, added Qatari newspaper editor Abdullah Al-Athbah to the list of plaintiffs.
    (AP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 30, Japanese electronics giant Panasonic became the latest company to announce plans to move its European headquarters out of Britain ahead of Brexit.
    (AP, 8/30/18)
2018        Aug 30, International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Council member David Okeyo of Kenya was banned from track and field for life for his role in diverting hundreds of thousands of dollars of sponsorship money from Nike for his and others' personal use.
    (AP, 8/30/18)
2018        Aug 30, In Libya at least 27 people have been killed and 100 wounded in several days of fighting between rival militias near Tripoli. UN and aid sources said hundreds of migrants in Libya have been relocated from government-run detention centers in Tripoli after getting trapped by clashes between rival groups.
    (AFP, 8/30/18)(Reuters, 8/30/18)
2018        Aug 30, A Malaysian amnesty program for illegal immigrants that began in 2016 ended today and the Philippine government advised Filipinos, especially those without immigration permits, to expect a crackdown as early as tomorrow.
    (AP, 8/30/18)
2018        Aug 30, Mexican authorities rescued 39 Cuban migrants who had been held for ransom by four Cuban men in the resort city of Cancun.
    (AP, 9/1/18)
2018        Aug 30, A human rights group said Myanmar has deliberately obstructed aid deliveries to civilians in war-torn Kachin and northern Shan states, actions that may amount to war crimes.
    (AP, 8/30/18)
2018        Aug 30, In Nepal a two-day summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation began in Kathmandu. Leaders of seven South and Southeast Asian nations (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand) met to discuss regional trade, economic cooperation, security and peace.
    (AP, 8/30/18)
2018        Aug 30, Far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders said he had canceled a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest following death threats and concerns other people could be put at risk.
    (AP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 30, The government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega ended a United Nations human rights team visit a day after the body published a report blaming it for the violent repression of opposition protests.
    (AP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 30, In Nigeria an attack by suspected members of Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), on a base in Zari village in the north of Borno State, killed up to 30 soldiers. The known death toll of Nigerian troops soon rose to 48, but state media quoted an official army spokesman as saying such reports were wrong.
    (AFP, 9/1/18)(Reuters, 9/3/18)
2018        Aug 30, In Pakistan thousands of hard-line Islamists angered over a far-right Dutch lawmaker's plans to hold a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest marched toward the capital after police briefly stopped them because of security reasons.
    (AP, 8/30/18)
2018        Aug 30, A Senegalese court upheld a five-year jail term against leading politician Khalifa Sall (62), the mayor of Dakar, in a ruling that bars him from running in presidential elections due next February. He sentenced in March on charges of fraudulent use of public funds.
    (AFP, 8/30/18)
2018        Aug 30, South Sudan said it will resume oil production in northern Unity State for the first time since the fields were destroyed in late 2013.
    (SFC, 8/31/18, p.A2)
2018        Aug 30, Syria's foreign minister said government forces will "go all the way" in the rebel-held northern region of Idlib and that Damascus's main targets were al-Nusra militants.
    (Reuters, 8/30/18)
2018        Aug 30, Ugandan lawmaker Francis Zaake, who has been hospitalized with undisclosed injuries, was blocked from traveling abroad for treatment because he had no clearance from police. Zaake was allegedly tortured while in detention.
    (AP, 8/30/18)

2018        Aug 31, The US announced that it will no longer support the 68-year-old United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).
    (AP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, Samuel Patten, an American who is the business partner of a Russian national accused by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller of having ties to Russian intelligence, pleaded guilty to unregistered lobbying for a pro-Kremlin political party in Ukraine. Patten (47) also agreed to cooperate with Mueller's probe.
    (AP, 9/1/18)
2018        Aug 31, The White House notified Congress of its "intent to sign a trade agreement with Mexico -- and Canada, if it is willing -- 90 days from now." Talks with Canada were hung up on the mechanisms used to resolve disputes among partners, and on Ottawa's strictly controlled dairy sector.
    (AFP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, Coca-Cola said it will buy the British Costa brand from Whitbread for 3.9 billion pounds ($5.1 billion) in cash. Costa is Britain's biggest coffee company.
    (AP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, Former Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull resigned from Parliament, triggering a by-election that could bring down the unpopular conservative government.
    (AP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, The Catholic church in Australia said it would oppose laws forcing priests to report child abuse when they learn about it in the confessional, setting the stage for a showdown between the country's biggest religion and the government. Two of Australia's eight states and territories have introduced laws making it a crime for priests to withhold information about abuse heard in the confessional.
    (Reuters, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, NATO established a new cyber operations center at its military hub in Mons, Belgium to deter computer hackers. The United States, Britain, Estonia and other allies soon offered their cyber capabilities.
    (Reuters, 10/16/18)
2018        Aug 31, A supporter of the Islamic State group who plotted to kill British PM Theresa May received a prison sentence of at least 30 years from a judge who called him "a very dangerous individual." Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman was convicted last month in London of planning to bomb the entry gates to the prime minister's residence at 10 Downing Street.
    (AP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, In Cambodia Australian filmmaker James Ricketson, arrested after flying a drone to photograph an opposition party rally last year, was convicted of spying and sentenced to six years in prison.
    (AP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, Chile's chief prosecutor's office said the number of cases of priestly sexual abuse of minors it was investigating had soared to 119 as more victims came forward.
    (AP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, Colombian authorities said that two former rebel leaders of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) have abandoned their camps, raising fears they could abandon a fragile peace process that ended five decades of internal conflict.
    (AP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, Colombian prosecutors said that they have traced payments made by a local Chiquita affiliate to a paramilitary group that operated in Colombia's volatile Uraba region from 1996 to 2004. Some of the money was allegedly used to buy hundreds of machine guns. 13 Chiquita Brands International employees were charged with aiding a right-wing death squad that murdered hundreds of people.
    (AP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced that he is shutting down a crusading UN-sponsored anti-graft commission that pressed a number of high-profile corruption probes, including one pending against the president himself over purported illicit campaign financing.
    (AP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, In Indonesia Australia's new PM Morrison met President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in his first trip overseas since becoming leader. He said they would sign an agreement by the end of the year that aims to boost trade and investment.
    (AP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, Iran's foreign ministry dismissed a French call for more negotiations with Tehran over the international nuclear accord and said some of France's partners are "bullying and excessive," a seeming reference to the United States.
    (Reuters, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards clashed with militants in the southeast of the country, killing four and wounding three.
    (Reuters, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, Israeli security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at rock-throwing Palestinians protesting against land seizures for Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, Mexico's Navy said it has seized over 2.2 metric tons of cocaine from a boat in the Pacific and detained eight crew members, including a Canadian man and three Colombians.
    (AP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, Myanmar's armed forces released 75 children and young people from military service. Myanmar has now discharged 924 underage recruits since signing up to a joint action plan on child soldiers with UN agencies in June 2012.
    (Reuters, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, In Nepal an agreement to study the feasibility of a rail line linking India and Nepal was signed by officials during a meeting between Nepal's PM K.P. Sharma Oli and Indian premier Narendra Modi on the sidelines of a regional summit of seven South and East Asian countries.
    (Reuters, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, In the Netherlands two visiting American citizens were wounded in a knife attack at Amsterdam's busy main railway station. Police shot and wounded a 19-year-old Afghan man immediately after the attack and questioned him as a suspect.
    (AP, 9/1/18)
2018        Aug 31, New Zealand authorities said that convicted secrets leaker Chelsea Manning can enter the country for a speaking tour, a day after tour organizers said she couldn't enter Australia.
    (AP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, In Nigeria German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari wrapping up a three-day Africa visit with a meeting that focused on migration.
    (AP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, In Northern Ireland two journalists who worked on a documentary about a mass killing were arrested in Belfast on suspicion of stealing confidential documents. Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey had worked on the 2017 documentary "No Stone Unturned," about a 1994 massacre in the village of Loughinisland.
    (AP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, A Pakistani court convicted and sentenced two men to death over the 2013 murder of politician Zahra Shahid (60) from PM Imran Khan's ruling Tehrik-e-Insaf party in the southern city of Karachi.
    (AP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, Thousands of Pakistan's hard-line Islamists dispersed peacefully after ending their protest march near Islamabad following the cancellation of a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest sponsored by an anti-Muslim Dutch lawmaker.
    (AP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, In the Philippines six people were honored as this year's winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, known as Asia's version of the Nobel Prize.
    (AP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, In Russia three people were killed in a blast at the Sverdlov plant, one of the country's largest makers of explosives and ammunition, in the city of Dzerzhinsk.
    (AP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, Syrian opposition fighters blew up bridges linking areas they control to government-held territories in northwestern Syria in anticipation of a military offensive against their last stronghold in the country.
    (AP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, Tunisia's PM Youssef Chahed sacked the energy minister, Khaled Kaddour, and four other senior figures linked to that ministry over corruption accusations.
    (Reuters, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, Turkey designated the insurgent group Tahrir al-Sham as a terrorist organization, according to a presidential decision published today, as Damascus prepared for a military assault in northwest Syria where the group holds sway.
    (Reuters, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will buy some of Russia's highly-sophisticated air defence systems "in the shortest time" -- a purchase that has alarmed Ankara's NATO partners.
    (AFP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, Turkey raised tax on foreign currency deposits in a bid to prop up the tumbling lira, in a presidential decision published in the official gazette.
    (AFP, 8/31/18)
2018        Aug 31, In Uganda protests erupted in Kampala after police blocked Robert Kyagulanyi, a popular musician known by his stage name Bobi Wine, from leaving for the United States for treatment after alleged torture while in detention. The government accused hospital workers of refusing to help police take his statement. Kyagulanyi left for the United States late today to seek medical treatment.
    (AP, 8/31/18)(AFP, 9/1/18)
2018        Aug 31, In Ukraine Alexander Zakharchenko (42), the chief of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, was killed in a bombing at a Donetsk cafe in broad daylight, becoming the four-year conflict's most prominent victim from the Moscow-backed side. His bodyguard also died and 12 more people were injured.
    (AFP, 9/1/18)

2018        Aug, In Virginia Beverly Page Bourgeois (59) was struck by a car while doing yard work. Osmaira E. Mendez-Urdaneta (48), who is from El Salvador, was later charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Bourgeois. Mendez-Urdaneta missed an October court date and a prsecutor said she may have fled the country.
    (AP, 11/9/18)
2018        Aug, Chile's water regulator imposed a rare ban on new permits to extract water from an aquifer that is a critical water supply for BHP´s Escondida, the world´s largest copper mine. Small pockets of water trapped beneath the salt flats of the Salar de Atacama feeds the world's biggest copper mine and holds in suspension more than one-third of the world's current supply of lithium.
    (Reuters, 8/29/18)
2018        Aug, In Colombia three victims associations delivered 2,000 documented cases of sexual abuse during five decades of civil war to the Special Peace Tribunal (JEP).
    (Reuters, 9/20/18)
2018        Aug, Vladimir Lyubishin Jr. and Sr. were flown to Moscow and jailed pending investigation and trial. They had been in a Hungarian jail, charged in an elaborate plot to ship weapons to Mexican drug cartels and cocaine to the US.
    (AP, 12/7/18)
2018        Aug, In Morocco a dozen suspects, aged 17 to 28, were remanded in custody on charges including human trafficking of a minor, rape and torture. Teenager Khadija (17) said members of a "dangerous gang" in her town had abducted and held her prisoner for two months, raping and torturing her.
    (AFP, 10/10/18)
2018        Aug, Chechen refugee, Azamat Bayduev, was deported from Poland. A day later, Bayduev was arrested and hasn't been heard from since.
    (AP, 1/7/19)

2018        Sep 1, The Pentagon said it is seeking to reallocate $300 million in assistance to Pakistan due to Islamabad's lack of "decisive actions" in support of regional American strategy.
    (AP, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 1, In Arizona Oralia Nunez (24) and renter Omar Gonzalez were found dead at Nunez's home in Phoenix. Nunez was seven months pregnant. Police sought her estranged husband, Dimas Coronado (47), who fled with their two boys.
    (SFC, 9/3/18, p.A6)
2018        Sep 1, Two boats collided head-on on the Colorado River in a region of Moabi Regional Park marking the border between the Arizona and California. At least 4 people were missing.
    (SFC, 9/3/18, p.A6)(SFC, 9/4/18, p.A5)
2018        Sep 1, In Indiana four people were killed in a crash on I-90 involving wrong-way driver Tiara Davis (25) of Indiana.
    (SSFC, 9/2/18, p.A10)
2018        Sep 1, In Michigan the body of Brica Flores-Rivera (42) was found in Buel Township, 85 miles (135 km) north of Detroit. Leobardo Torres-Castillo and his sister, Francisca Vargas-Castillo, were later charged with murder. The three Mexicans worked at a dairy farm and did not have permission to be in the country.
    (AP, 9/12/18)
2018        Sep 1, In Minnesota the founder and chief executive of Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com Inc, Richard Liu (45), was released after being arrested on a charge of criminal sexual conduct. The charge against Liu was made the previous evening just before midnight local time.
    (Reuters, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 1, Randy Weston (b.1926), award-winning jazz pianist, died at his home in New York City.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Weston)(SFC, 9/5/18, p.D2)
2018        Sep 1, Brazilian justices voted 6-1 barring former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from the October presidential election. Da Silva's left-leaning Workers' Party issued a statement vowing to appeal, but there appeared to be scant chance it would succeed.
    (AP, 9/1/18)
2018        Sep 1, A Chinese state news agency said torrential rains in southern China killed at least two people and forced 127,000 to evacuate.
    (AP, 9/1/18)
2018        Sep 1, A bus crash in Ecuador's Andes mountains left 11 people dead, bringing the country's death toll from such accidents to 46 in the past three weeks.
    (AP, 9/1/18)
2018        Sep 1, Egypt's official gazette said President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ratified a law granting authorities the right to monitor social media users in the country as part of tightening internet controls.
    (AFP, 9/1/18)
2018        Sep 1, In Germany 18 people were injured as the anti-migrant far-right and counter-protesters held opposing rallies in the city of Chemnitz, which was hit by xenophobic demonstrations last week. Police brought an early close Saturday to the anti-migrant march that far-right activists hoped would launch a nationwide movement to challenge the political establishment.
    (AFP, 9/1/18)(AP, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 1, In Germany Hesse state police arrested a 17-year-old on suspicion of preparing a serious act of violence. The suspect was reportedly planning to attack a gay nightclub in Frankfurt and a Catholic church in the city.
    (AP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 1, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said Indonesia will bid to host the 2032 Olympics following the success of the Asian Games held there over the past two weeks.
    (AP, 9/1/18)
2018        Sep 1, Mauritania, a frontline state in the fight against Islamic extremism, voted on in legislative, regional and local elections that will test head of state Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz's record seven months before a presidential vote.
    (AFP, 9/1/18)
2018        Sep 1, Mexico's Federal Electoral Tribunal revoked a $10 million fine imposed on the political party of President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for the allegedly fraudulent use of a trust fund raised for victims of the September 19, 2017 earthquake that devastated central Mexico, killing 360 people.
    (AFP, 9/1/18)
2018        Sep 1, Several thousand Moldovans gathered in the capital Chisinau to call for reunification with Romania. Moldova united with Romania in 1918 and was annexed to the Soviet Union in 1940. It gained independence in 1991.
    (AP, 9/1/18)
2018        Sep 1, Dutch former defence minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert (45) was appointed as the United Nation's envoy to Iraq, to head a mission which plays an essential role in the country's political and economic spheres.
    (AFP, 9/1/18)
2018        Sep 1, In Russia a supervisor at Sochi airport died during an emergency response early today after a landing plane careered off the end of the runway into a riverbed and caught fire. 18 people were injured in the accident.
    (AP, 9/1/18)
2018        Sep 1, A car bomb killed at least one person in a region of north Syria controlled by Turkey-backed Syrian rebel groups.
    (Reuters, 9/1/18)
2018        Sep 1, In southeastern Syria an air strike near a US base killed at least eight pro-government fighters near Al-Tanf base. Four Syrians, one Iranian national and three other non-Syrian fighters were killed in the strike.
    (AP, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 1, The United Nations human rights mission left Nicaragua after being ordered out by a government it criticized over its heavy-handed response to anti-regime protests.
    (AFP, 9/1/18)
2018        Sep 1, Pope Francis called for people to work together to stop the world's oceans filling up with plastic waste.
    (Reuters, 9/1/18)

2018        Sep 2, Sen. John McCain was laid to rest at the US Naval Academy after a five-day procession that served as a final call to arms for a nation he warned could lose its civility and sense of shared purpose.
    (AP, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, In Afghanistan US Army Gen. Austin Scott Miller assumed command of the 41-nation NATO mission in a handover ceremony in Kabul.
    (AP, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, An Afghan official said a foreign pilot and two Afghan soldiers were killed when a helicopter contracted by NATO crashed inside an army base near the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.
    (AP, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, Brazil's National Museum in Rio de Janeiro caught fire and at least part of its collection of 20 million items was destroyed.
    (AP, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 2, In central China police detained 46 people who were part of a protest against a government plan to address overcrowded classrooms that escalated into violence in the city of Leiyang, Hunan province.
    (AP, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, China's agriculture ministry said more than 38,000 hogs have been culled as of Sept. 1 due to African swine fever outbreaks.
    (Reuters, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, Egypt's Antiquities Ministry said a Neolithic site has been discovered in Tell el-Samara, about 140 km (87 miles) north of Cairo. Chief archaeologist Frederic Gio said his team found silos containing animal bones and food, indicating human habitation as early as 5,000 BC.
    (AP, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, In India there were nearly 200 confirmed cases of what is locally called rat fever in Kerala state following the worst flooding in a century. The waterborne disease leptospirosis is transmitted via the urine of infected animals, with symptoms including muscle pain and fever.
    (Reuters, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 2, In Indonesia the Asian Games closed in a ceremony emphasizing the country's diversity and the ties linking the 11,000 athletes who competed for 45 nations. The 2-week-long games ended with Indonesia fourth on the medal table behind China (289), Japan (205) and South Korea (177).
    (AP, 9/2/18)(AP, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 2, Iraqi police used tear gas to disperse around 150 protesters at the main entrance to the giant Nahr Bin Omar oilfield, amid growing unrest in southern cities over poor public services and corruption. Oil exports from Basra account for more than 95 percent of Iraq's state revenues.
    (Reuters, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, In Libya some 400 prisoners escaped from the Ain Zara prison in Tripoli, as fighting between rival militias that has killed dozens of people forced the UN-backed government to declare a state of emergency in and around the capital.
    (AP, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 2, In central Nigeria gunmen shot dead 11 people in an attack suspected to be part of ongoing communal violence in Lopandet Dwei Du village, Plateau state.
    (AP, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 2, Philippines's Pres. Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Israel for a four-day visit, the first presidential visit since the countries established diplomatic relations in 1957.
    (AP, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, In the southern Philippines suspected Muslim militants detonated a second bomb in less than a week, killing at least one and wounding 15 in Isulan town, Sultan Kudarat province.
    (AP, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, Thousands of people across Russia protested against a deeply unpopular pension reform despite President Vladimir Putin's announcement of several concessions this week.
    (AFP, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, A Russian state-owned television channel began a new weekly current affairs program devoted to President Vladimir Putin. The first episode of "Moscow. Kremlin. Putin." aired this evening, stressing the Russian president's work to address various crises and stay in touch with ordinary Russians.
    (AP, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 2, In Somalia at least six people were killed, including two children, after a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle outside a district headquarters in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, In Syria at least two military personnel were killed and 11 wounded in overnight explosions caused by suspected Israeli strikes on a military airport on the edge of Damascus. State media later quoted an unnamed Syrian military official as saying the explosions were caused by an electrical malfunction in a munition depot nearby.
    (AP, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, It was reported that Swiss company Climeworks AG has received a $31 million investment to suck carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in an expensive process that uses high tech filters and fans.
    (SSFC, 9/2/18, p.B14)
2018        Sep 2, Tens of thousands of mourners gathered in Ukraine's rebel stronghold of Donetsk to pay their final respects to separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko, while an aide to the Russian president praised him as a "brother" and a "hero".
    (AFP, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, In Yemen hundreds of demonstrators protesting against the deteriorating economic situation and weakening currency blocked major roads and burned tires in the southern city of Aden, with shops and government offices closing. The Yemeni rial has lost more than half its value against the US dollar since the start of a civil war in 2015.
    (Reuters, 9/2/18)
2018        Sep 2, A boat carrying at least 150 African migrants capsized off Yemen's southern Shabwa province, killing at least 30 people including five women and children.
    (AP, 9/4/18)

2018        Sep 3, In Afghanistan Jalaluddin Haqqani (71), founder of the much-feared Haqqani network and a former US ally turned fierce enemy, died. Haqqani's network has been led by his son Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is also deputy head of the Taliban.
    (AP, 9/4/18)
2018        Sep 3, In eastern Afghanistan the Taliban attacked a district police headquarters late today in Paktia province, killing four police and wounding six. More than 20 insurgents were reported killed in the battle. An American service member was killed in an apparent insider attack.
    (AP, 9/4/18)(Reuters, 9/4/18)
2018        Sep 1, Two boats collided head-on on the Colorado River in a region of Moabi Regional Park marking the border between the Arizona and California. At least 4 people were missing.
    (SFC, 9/3/18, p.A6)(SFC, 9/4/18, p.A5)
2018        Sep 3, Argentina's Pres. Mauricio Macri announced new taxes on exports and the elimination of several ministries in a bid to halt economic turmoil.
    (SFC, 9/4/18, p.A2)
2018        Sep 3, Scientists in Australia warned that a superbug resistant to all known antibiotics that can cause "severe" infections or even death is spreading undetected through hospital wards across the world. The bacteria, known as Staphylococcus epidermidis, is related to the better-known and more deadly MRSA.
    (AFP, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 3, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $60 billion in financing for projects in Africa in the form of assistance, investment and loans, as China furthers efforts to link the continent's economic prospects to its own.
    (AP, 9/3/18)     
2018        Sep 3, China's agriculture ministry said new case of African swine fever has been confirmed in Wuxi in eastern Jiangsu province.
    (Reuters, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 3, The ruler of Dubai announced the names of two astronauts from the United Arab Emirates who will be heading to the International Space Station next year, a first for the Gulf nation.
    (AP, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 3, Estonian officials arrested former military officer Deniss Metsavas (b.1980) and his father Pjotr Volin (b.1953) on suspicion of treason and spying for Russia.
    (AP, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 3, In Germany a migrant was convicted of murdering his 15-year-old German ex-girlfriend in Kandel in December 2017 and was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison.
    (AP, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 3, Greek ships remained docked at the country's ports as seamen started a strike to demand the restoration of wages and labor rights, following the expiry of Greece's third bailout program last month. The strike has left tens of thousands of travelers stranded on the country's popular island destinations.
    (Reuters, 9/3/18)(AP, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 3, Iran called for militants to be "cleaned out" of Syria's Idlib province, as it prepared for talks with Syria and Russia about confronting the last major enclave held by rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad.
    (Reuters, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 3, The Iranian rial hit another all-time low against the US dollar in spite of central bank efforts to stem the decline.
    (AFP, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 3, In Lebanon UN schools for Palestinian refugees started the new school year on time, despite the US decision to cancel funding to the international body's Palestinian relief agency.
    (AP, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 3, In Malaysia two Muslim women convicted under Islamic laws of attempting to have sex were caned in a rare public whipping that was slammed by lawmakers and rights activists as a form of torture. The women, aged 22 and 32, were seated on stools facing the judges and given six strokes from a light rattan cane on their backs by female prison officers.
    (AP, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 3, Mauritius tried to persuade judges at the World Court to find that it was illegally stripped by Britain of another Indian Ocean archipelago, the Chagos Islands, now home to a major US air base. Britain apologized for the "shameful way" it evicted residents of the disputed Chagos islands but insisted Mauritius was wrong to bring the increasingly bitter dispute to the UN's top court.
    (AP, 9/3/18)(AFP, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 3, Mexico's outgoing Pres. Enrique Pena Nieto gave his last state of the union address and blamed state and local police for the surge in violent crime.
    (AP, 9/4/18)
2018        Sep 3, In Myanmar journalists Wa Lone (32) and Kyaw Soe Oo (28) were found guilty of breaching the Official Secrets Act and sentenced to seven years in prison.
    (Reuters, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 3, In northern Niger some 347 people from 13 countries, including Mali, Guinea and Senegal, were found in Assamaka after arriving on foot overnight. A further 92 were rescued the next day.
    (AFP, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 3, In Nigeria eleven people were shot dead in the Lopandet Dwei Du area of Plateau state in a long-running resource conflict between farmers and herders.
    (AFP, 9/4/18)
2018        Sep 3, Rwandans voted in parliamentary elections that are expected to shore up the power of President Paul Kagame's ruling party a year after he was re-elected with 98 percent of the vote.
    (AFP, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 3, Spain's PM Pedro Sanchez proposed holding a referendum in Catalonia on greater autonomy for the wealthy region but ruled out allowing a vote on independence as demanded by Catalan leaders.
    (AFP, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 3, In South Africa workers from the mainly-white Solidarity union staged a go-slow protest at the petrochemicals firm Sasol over a share scheme offered exclusively to black staff, and said they would begin a full strike on September 6.
    (AP, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 3, Turkey reported its highest inflation rate in 15 years fuelled by a spectacular drop in the Turkish lira, as analysts predicted that worse is probably to come.
    (AFP, 9/3/18)
2018        Sep 3, Zimbabwe's wildlife authority said it is donating 10 white rhinos to Democratic Republic of Congo to re-establish a population driven to extinction by poachers a decade ago.
    (Reuters, 9/3/18)

2018        Sep 4, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he will name Zalmay Khalilzad to be special adviser for Afghanistan.
    (AP, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 4, The EPA office of the Inspector General concluded that the Environmental Protection Agency had no proper justification for spending more than $3.5 million on round-the-clock security for former head Scott Pruitt.
    (SFC, 9/5/18, p.A5)
2018        Sep 4, The Ninth US Circuit court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that cities cannot make it a crime to sleep on a public street or sidewalk when no homeless shelters are available.
    (SFC, 9/5/18, p.D1)
2018        Sep 4, A US federal judge in San Francisco signed off on a $480 million class-action shareholder lawsuit over Wells Fargo's unauthorized accounts scandal.
    (SFC, 9/7/18, p.C3)
2018        Sep 4, An early copy of Bob Woodward's new book "Fear: Trump in the White House," set off a firestorm in the White House with descriptions of current and former aides calling Pres. Trump an "idiot" and a "liar". 
    (SFC, 9/5/18, p.A5)
2018        Sep 4, In Texas the body of Melissa Ramirez (29), a mother of two, was found dead with a shot to the head in rural Webb County. Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz (35) later admitted to having shot her a day earlier.
    (SFC, 9/17/18, p.A5)
2018        Sep 4, Seattle police found the bodies of two Univ. of Washington female law students from Thailand in an apartment. Medical examiners later ruled murder and suicide. Kornkamon Leenawarat (25) died from multiple stab wounds. Thithi-on Chotechuangsab (32) died of a single stab wound.
    (SFC, 9/8/18, p.A6)
2018        Sep 4, Nike announced that former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be the face of its 30th anniversary "Just Do It" campaign. His kneel down protest against police brutality has split America roughly down the middle.
    (SFC, 9/5/18, p.A1)
2018        Sep 4, In northwestern Afghanistan insurgents attacked a security checkpoint in Badghis province. Two police officers were killed and four others were wounded in the attack near Qala-i-Now. 11 attackers were reported killed and 16 wounded in the battle. NATO said that a US service member died in a non-combat related incident in eastern Afghanistan.
    (AP, 9/4/18)
2018        Sep 4, Elephants Without Borders said ninety elephant carcasses have been discovered in Botswana with their tusks hacked off, in what is believed to be one of Africa's worst mass poaching sprees.
    (AFP, 9/4/18)
2018        Sep 4, Former DR Congo warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba denounced a long-delayed December presidential election as a "parody" after he was banned from contesting and accused President Joseph Kabila of trying to hand pick a successor by eliminating serious rivals. Bemba was one of six presidential hopefuls who was excluded by the election commission from the December 23 vote.
    (AP, 9/4/18)
2018        Sep 4, Danish police say prosecutors have given them permission to issue a nationwide ban on the Loyal to Familia (LTF) criminal gang, even before a court case aimed at dissolving it.
    (AP, 9/4/18)
2018        Sep 4, Egyptian Abdullah Ayman Abdel-Sameea (24) was arrested outside the US Embassy in Cairo after chemicals in his backpack caught fire, in what authorities said was a botched attack.
    (AP, 9/4/18)
2018        Sep 4, In Germany lawmaker Sahra Wagenknecht, whose Left Party grew out of the former East Germany's communist party, and two members of the Greens and the Social Democrats said more than 100,000 people have pledged online to support a new movement called "Aufstehen" (Stand Up) with the aim of reviving the fortunes of the country's ailing left by attracting like-minded people across party lines.
    (AP, 9/4/18)
2018        Sep 4, Greek ferry crews have ended a strike that left tens of thousands of travelers and islanders stranded for more than a day after ferry operators offered them a 2-percent pay increase after an eight-year freeze because of Greece's debt crisis.
    (AP, 9/4/18)
2018        Sep 4, In India a highway overpass collapsed in the crowded city of Kolkata, and some injured people were being treated at a nearby hospital.
    (AP, 9/4/18)
2018        Sep 4, President Hassan Rouhani announced that Iran is to move its main oil export terminal from the Gulf to the Oman Sea, sparing its tankers from using the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
    (AFP, 9/4/18)
2018        Sep 4, Iranian authorities arrested the husband of detained human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has campaigned for her release.
    (Reuters, 9/4/18)
2018        Sep 4, In Iraq hundreds of protesters clashed with security forces in the southern oil hub Basra for a second day, after a protester died from injuries sustained during demonstrations.
    (Reuters, 9/4/18)
2018        Sep 4, Israeli jets struck at targets inside Syria killing at least one person. Syria's SANA state news reported strikes on the Wadi Ayoun area in western Hama province and on the town of Baniyas in Tartous province.
    (SFC, 9/5/18, p.A2)
2018        Sep 4, In Israel Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte praised his country's close security ties with Israel as dozens protested Israeli arms sales to his government. At a meeting with his Israeli counterpart, Duterte said he considers Israel a key strategic partner and weapons supplier.
    (AP, 9/4/18)
2018        Sep 4, Italy's Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said the government will draw up new rules for the concession of the nation's motorways, obliging the company running the toll highways to reinvest most of their profits in renovating the network. Toninelli reiterated that the cabinet was determined to revoke concessions held by Autostrade per l'Italia to operate toll highways after a bridge it managed collapsed last month in Genoa.
    (Reuters, 9/4/18)
2018        Sep 4, Typhoon Jebi slammed into western Japan, causing heavy rain to flood the region's main international airport and strong winds to blow a tanker into a bridge, disrupting land and air travel and leaving thousands stranded. The storm left at least 11 people dead.
    (AP, 9/4/18)(AP, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 4, Libyan authorities said the death toll from more than a week of fighting between armed groups in Tripoli has climbed to at least 50 people, including civilians. The United Nations brokered a truce after a week of violence between local fighters.
    (AP, 9/4/18)(Reuters, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 4, In Libya hundreds of migrants fled a detention center in Tripoli as fighting raged nearby. An aid official working at an international organization said as many as 1,800 might have left the facility located near airport road.
    (Reuters, 9/4/18)
2018        Sep 4, Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (73) was been sworn in to a new five-year term in the presence of former rebels and several other personalities although the opposition continues to dispute his election win.
    (AP, 9/4/18)
2018        Sep 4, Nauru hosted the Pacific Islands Forum, which is being attended this week by leaders from 18 member nations and delegations from other countries including the US and China.
    (AP, 9/4/18)
2018        Sep 4, Dutch prosecutors said bank ING has paid 775 million euros ($897 million) to settle a huge money laundering case in the Netherlands.
    (AP, 9/4/18)
2018        Sep 4, Pakistani lawmakers elected Arif Alvi, a nominee from PM Imran Khan's party, to the ceremonial office of president.
    (AP, 9/4/18)
2018        Sep 4, It was reported that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the arrest of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, his fiercest critic in Congress after revoking the senator's amnesty for involvement in unsuccessful military uprisings years ago. Trillanes condemned the move as arresting officers waited outside the Senate in a looming standoff.
    (AP, 9/4/18)
2018        Sep 4, A new Amnesty Int'l. report accused authorities in South Sudan of torturing people to death and letting many others languish  behind bars since the civil war began in late 2013.
    (SFC, 9/5/18, p.A3)
2018        Sep 4, The Spanish Defence Ministry said Spain has halted the sale of a shipment of bombs to Saudi Arabia amid concerns about their use in the conflict in Yemen. Spain said it has cancelled a 2015 deal to sell 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 9/4/18)(AFP, 9/4/18)
2018        Sep 4, In Syria Russia resumed its air strikes against insurgents in Idlib after 22 days, following weeks of aerial bombardment and shelling against rebels by pro-Syrian government forces in an apparent prelude to a full-scale offensive. The next day the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said the Russian strikes killed 13 civilians, including children, but no fighters.
    (Reuters, 9/4/18)(Reuters, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 4, Turkey told the United States that Kurdish militants must completely abandon Syria, as violence in the rebel-held northern Syrian enclave of Idlib escalated.
    (Reuters, 9/4/18)
2018        Sep 4, In the Ukraine Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (32) held talks with President Petro Poroshenko and afterward said "I speak not only as Chancellor but also as President of the EU Council, we need a clear reaction to the Russian aggression" in eastern Ukraine.
    (AFP, 9/4/18)

2018        Sep 5, The United States told the UN's top court it had "a duty" not to take a position on a bitter dispute over the British-ruled Chagos islands, home to a strategic joint US military base. London split off the remote islands from Mauritius in 1965.
    (AFP, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 5, Government data released today showed that the US trade deficit surged in July on record imports that created burgeoning gaps with trading partners in the crosshairs of President Donald Trump's aggressive policies. With US goods facing retaliatory tariffs in many countries, exports dropped sharply that month.
    (AFP, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 5, Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, announced that it is making a $3.4 million grant to Pittsburgh-based Harm Reduction Therapeutics to help develop a low-cost naloxone nasal spray, an overdose antidote.
    (SFC, 9/6/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 5, Tropical Depression Gordon weakened as it swirled over central Mississippi. The storm was blamed for the death of a Florida baby.
    (SFC, 9/6/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 5, A plane was quarantined at New York's Kennedy Airport when about 10 passengers became ill aboard a flight from Dubai. The double-decker Emirates aircraft held 520 passengers.
    (AP, 9/5/18)(SFC, 9/6/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 5, In Afghanistan twin bombings in Kabul killed 21 people. Taliban insurgents overran a security outpost in the northern Badghis province and then ambushed reinforcements, killing a total of 10 soldiers.
    (AP, 9/5/18)(Reuters, 9/5/18)(AP, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 5, Bosnian police used pepper spray to disperse hundreds of veterans of the 1990s Bosnian war protesting in Sarajevo to demand a law be adopted granting them more benefits.
    (Reuters, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 5, Britain charged two Russians in absentia with the attempted murder of a former Russian spy and his daughter, and said the suspects were military intelligence officers almost certainly acting on orders from high up in the Russian state. British authorities identified the suspects as Russian nationals traveling on genuine passports under the aliases Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov.
    (Reuters, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 5, In Colombia one engineer of Canadian miner Continental Gold died and another was wounded after they were shot at while traveling near the company's Buritica mine.
    (Reuters, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 5, Congo health officials said that a case of Ebola has been discovered in Butembo, a city of 1.4 million people in the country's northeast. Since August 1 the current Ebola outbreak has seen 93 confirmed cases which have caused 54 deaths.
    (AP, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 5, Eritrea's state television said reported on plans to improve its transport connections with Ethiopia by upgrading a road that stretches from its port in Assab to a town across the border with its neighbor. The road has not been used for two decades since a two-year war broke out between the two countries in 1998.
    (Reuters, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 5, Ethiopian, Eritrean and Somalia leaders met in Eritrea's capital Asmara, furthering the diplomatic thaw in the strategic Horn of Africa region.
    (AP, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 5, In India thousands of farmers and laborers paralyzed central New Delhi in a protest against what they called the anti-people policies of PM Narendra Modi's government, as opposition parties step up pressure ahead of key elections.
    (Reuters, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 5, In India police searched for 22 people who were missing after a motorized boat capsized in the flooded Brahmaputra River in the remote northeast. Three bodies were recovered and 11 people were rescued.
    (AP, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 5, Iran's rial fell to a record low as worried residents of Tehran lined up outside beleaguered moneychangers, part of a staggering 140-percent drop in the currency's value since America pulled out of the nuclear deal only four months ago.
    (AP, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 5, Israel's top court cleared the way for the demolition of a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank whose fate has drawn international concern and Palestinian protests.
    (Reuters, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 5, Students at Mexico's largest university went on strike to protest a campus attack against protesters earlier this week. Thugs had beat up protesters from a university-affiliated high school who were demonstrating on September 3 against fees and for free speech.
    (AP, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 5, It was reported that Nigeria's two main political parties have asked election hopefuls to pay huge fees for the chance to stand at next year's general election, in a move criticized as favoring the rich and well-connected. According to newspaper adverts the All Progressives Congress (APC) wants 45 million naira ($125,500, 108,000 euros) per presidential primary candidate.
    (AFP, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 5, Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund said it wants companies in which it invests to follow stricter guidelines on global sustainability and strengthen efforts to combat plastic pollution of the oceans.
    (Reuters, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 5, Paraguay reversed its May decision to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to the contested city of Jerusalem and said it will move it back to Tel Aviv. This prompted Israel to shutter its embassy in Paraguay and warn that ties between the countries would be "strained".
    (AP, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 5, In the Philippines Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV told reporters after staying overnight in the Senate that his lawyers would file a petition to the Supreme Court to challenge the legality of Duterte's proclamation voiding his amnesty.
    (AP, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 5, The Russian Defense Ministry said that four jets struck targets linked to an al-Qaida-linked group, including a weapons depot and a launch pad for drones that Russia says have targeted its military bases in Syria.
    (AP, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 5, Russian athletes Tatyana Lebedeva and Maria Abakumova were stripped of three world track championship medals because of doping. Abakumova had her javelin results from August 2008-August 2012 erased, stripping her of her world championship bronze from 2009 and gold from 2011. Lebedeva had her results from August 2008-August 2010 erased, including a silver medal from the 2009 worlds.
    (AP, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 5, In Saudi Arabia 26 civilians were wounded by shrapnel when the Saudi military shot down a missile fired across the border by Yemen's Houthi rebels. The rebel-run Al-Masirah TV said the missile targeted a Saudi military camp, hitting it "accurately."
    (AP, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 5, In Sri Lanka tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched in Colombo to demand the government step down, accusing it of corruption and selling national assets to foreign nations.
    (AP, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 5, The Syrian military shelled the last stronghold of active rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad. A war monitor said insurgents blew up another bridge in anticipation of a government offensive.
    (AP, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 5, A Ugandan music festival was reinstated following a public outcry after the country's ethics minister banned the Nyege Nyege music festival a day earlier as an orgy of homosexuality, nudity and drugs akin to "devil worship".
    (AFP, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 5, UN investigators warned that crimes against humanity and other serious rights violations were continuing unabated in Burundi, blaming in part President Pierre Nkurunziza's repeated calls to hatred and violence.
    (AFP, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 5, Yemen's Huthi rebels said they were stranded in the capital Sanaa on the eve of United Nations-sponsored peace talks in Geneva with their government rivals.
    (AFP, 9/5/18)
2018        Sep 5, Yemeni security forces in western Hadramawt province dispersed hundreds of protesters rallying against the government and a Saudi-led coalition over the deteriorating economy in the war-torn country, wounding at least seven of them.
    (AP, 9/5/18)

2018        Sep 6, A US officials said the US Justice Department is poised to charge North Korean hackers over the 2017 global WannaCry ransomware attack and the 2014 cyber attack on Sony Corp.
    (Reuters, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, President Donald Trump's administration warned the Maldives of possible sanctions if it doesn't reverse democratic backsliding and ensure free presidential elections on Sept. 23.
    (AP, 9/8/18)
2018        Sep 6, California's insurance commissioner reported that the insured losses from the Carr  and Mendocino fires have reached $845 million.
    (SFC, 9/7/18, p.C1)
2018        Sep 6, In the SF Bay Area the owners of six residential care homes were arrested. Four members of the Gamos family were charged with human trafficking and grand theft. The family had exploited hundreds of Filipino immigrants over nearly a decade at the Rainbow Bright care centers in South San Francisco, Daly City and Pacifica.
    (SFC, 9/8/18, p.C1)
2018        Sep 6, American film star Burt Reynolds (b.1936) died at a hospital in Jupiter, Florida. His over 100 films included "Deliverance" (1972),  "The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing" (1973), "The Longest Yard" (1974), "Smokey and the Bandit" (1977), "The Cannonball Run" (1981) and  "Boogie Nights" (1997).
    (SFC, 9/7/18, p.A12)
2018        Sep 6, Thad Mumford (b.1951), EmmyAward-winning African-American writer and producer for "M.A.S.H." and other hit television shows, died in Silver Spring, Md.
    (SFC, 9/20/18, p.D2)
2018        Sep 6, American billionaire Richard DeVos (b.1926), co-founder of the direct-selling giant Amway, died at his home in Ada, Michigan. He was the owner of the NBA team Orlando Magic and father-in-law of US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_DeVos)(SFC, 9/7/18, p.D2)
2018        Sep 6, In Ohio Omar Enrique Santa Perez (29) killed three people and wounded two others at the 30-story Fifth Third Center in Cincinnati before he was shot dead by police. No motive was yet known.
    (SFC, 9/7/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 6, Rhode Island signed a reciprocal driver's license agreement with Taiwan.
    (AP, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, Dallas police Officer Amber Guyger (30) shot and killed neighbor Botham Jean (26) after she said she mistook his apartment for her own. Guyger was arrested on Sept. 9 on a manslaughter charge. On Nov 30 a grand jury indicted Guyger for murder.
    (AP, 9/7/18)(SFC, 9/10/18, p.A10)(SFC, 12/1/18, p.A7)
2018        Sep 6, Entrepreneur Elon Musk sipped whiskey and puffed a little weed while musing at length about artificial intelligence, colonizing space, and the need to give love a chance during a podcast with comedian Joe Rogan that lasted more than two hours. Musk's endeavors included electric carmaker Tesla; private space exploration enterprise SpaceX; tunnel-drilling Boring Company, and a Neuralink operation working on augmenting human brains with artificial intelligence.
    (AFP, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 6, Afghanistan's ambassador to Beijing said China will train Afghan troops on Chinese soil, describing the military cooperation as an effort to fight al Qaeda and Islamic State militants bent on attacking China from its western neighbor. Ambassador Janan Mosazai said Afghanistan has also requested that China provide Afghan security forces with combat helicopters.
    (Reuters, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, In Afghanistan a local police official in the northern Takhar province turned his weapon on his colleagues early today, killing all eight. The gunman escaped.
    (AP, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, A Brazilian Supreme Court judge rejected an appeal by jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to overturn his ban on running in next month's elections.
    (AFP, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, In Brazil Congressman Jair Bolsonaro (63), the far-right front-runner, was in serious condition after he was stabbed at a rally in the southeastern city of Juiz de Fora, just a month before the vote, raising fears of increased violence in the wide-open race. The suspect, identified by authorities as Adelio Bispo de Oliveira (40), was arrested within seconds.
    (AFP, 9/7/18)(AP, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 6, China reported four new cases of African swine fever, bringing the number of outbreaks to 13 since the virus was discovered in the country just over a month ago.
    (Reuters, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, Ethiopia reopened its embassy in the Eritrean capital, the latest step in restoring ties after the two nations ended decades of conflict.
    (AFP, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, India and the United States signed an accord on secure military communications that both sides hailed as a breakthrough. The Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) had been stalled for years because of India's concerns that it would open up its communications network to the US military.
    (Reuters, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, India's top court scrapped Section 377, a colonial-era ban on gay sex, in a landmark judgment that sparked celebrations across India and elsewhere in South Asia, where activists hope to push for similar reform.
    (Reuters, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, Iraq's main seaport closed down following violent clashes between protestors and security forces in the southern city of Basra in which one demonstrator died and 25 more were injured the previous night. Hundreds of protesters late today set fire to a government building in Basra as well as the offices of Shiite militias. At least three people were shot dead in confrontations with security forces.
    (Reuters, 9/6/18)(AP, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 6, Israeli Brig. Gen. Eran Ofir, the commander in charge of Israel's border wall projects, said around seven miles of an 80-mile (130-km) barrier on the Lebanese border has been built. The $450 million project is slated for completion in two years.
    (AP, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, An Italian judicial source said prosecutors have placed under investigation the top executives of Autostrade, the firm operating a bridge that collapsed last month killing 43 people.
    (Reuters, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, In northern Japan a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck the island of Hokkaido triggered dozens of landslides that crushed houses under torrents of dirt, rocks and timber, prompting frantic efforts to unearth any survivors. The death toll  soon rose to 18. In one small town two dozen people remained unaccounted for after an entire mountainside collapsed on their homes.
    (AP, 9/6/18)(AFP, 9/6/18)(AP, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 6, Speaking in Jordan Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte offered to send troops to Jordan to help combat Islamist militants, after agreeing to deepen military cooperation with the Middle Eastern nation to fight extremism.
    (Reuters, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 6, Mexican investigators said they have found 166 skulls in clandestine burial pits in Veracruz state. The bodies were buried at least two years ago.
    (SFC, 9/7/18, p.A3)
2018        Sep 6, The Hague-based International Criminal Court said it had jurisdiction to probe the forced exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar as a possible crime against humanity.
    (AFP, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, Northern Ireland minister Karen Bradley said the British government is to cut the pay of members of Northern Ireland's parliament in its latest attempt to break a political deadlock that has left the region with no government for almost 20 months.
    (AP, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, Seoul officials said North Korea's Kim Jong Un has given his first time line for denuclearization, aiming for the end of US President Donald Trump's first term, prompting thanks from Trump who said they would "get it done together".
    (Reuters, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said severe flooding in North Korea has killed at least 76 people with nearly the same number missing and thousands left homeless by the destruction.
    (Reuters, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, In the Philippines Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who has taken refuge in the Senate to avoid an arrest order by President Rodrigo Duterte, asked the Supreme Court to declare the order illegal and called on the military to defy it.
    (AP, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, Polish prosecutors said they have indicted a former employee of the EU member's economy ministry with spying for Russia's GRU intelligence agency, the latest case in a string of espionage allegations in the region.
    (AFP, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, Romania's justice minister nominated a little-known regional official, Adina Florea, for the post of national anti-corruption prosecutor, following the controversial removal of Laura Codruta Kovesi from the post in July. To become official, Florea's appointment will have to be approved by President Klaus Iohannis.
    (Reuters, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, Russia's head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said Vietnam has placed orders for Russian weapons and military services worth more than $1 billion.
    (AP, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 6, In Saudi Arabia American trainer Paul Reddy was killed and a Saudi trainee injured in a helicopter crash at Khashm Al-An Airport in Riyadh.
    (AP, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, Slovenian police arrested two people for paramilitary activity after video footage and photos surfaced on social media of a group of armed, masked men led by Andrej Sisko, a right-wing former presidential candidate.
    (AP, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa ramped up an anti-corruption drive, authorizing an investigation of alleged wrongdoing in the national water department's dealings with German software firm SAP.
    (AP, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, A South Sudan military court found 10 soldiers guilty for their role in an attack on a Juba hotel in which five foreign aid workers were gang-raped, and a journalist was killed in July 2016.
    (AFP, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, Sri Lanka's newly-established Office of Missing Persons said President Maithripala Sirisena should act to end the practice of keeping accused officers in service and allowing them to be promoted through the ranks.
    (AFP, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, In Geneva, Switzerland, scheduled peace talks between Yemen's government and Huthi rebels hung in the balance as both sides traded ultimatums and a UN envoy scrambled to mediate. The rebel delegation, still in Sanaa, insisted the UN must meet a list of conditions before it will travel to Switzerland, prompting government representatives already in Geneva to give the Huthis a 24-hour deadline or it "will leave".
    (AFP, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, In Syria the political wing of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces announced the start of a unified administration for its territory, a move that would consolidate its authority in northern and eastern Syria. The SDF wants the seven-year war to end with a federal system that secures minority rights, including for Kurds.
    (Reuters, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, Rescue workers in Syria's northwestern Idlib province said they were forced to halt operations in a rebel-held town after Russian air strikes damaged their center there. Warplanes, believed to be Russian, struck the southern countryside of Idlib and a village in nearby Hama province.
    (AFP, 9/6/18)(Reuters, 9/6/18)
2018        Sep 6, It was reported that police in Thailand have arrested 12 people who shared a Facebook post about a British tourist's allegation that police had refused to accept her rape complaint on the island of Koh Tao in June.
    (AP, 9/6/18)

2018        Sep 7, US District Judge Randolph Moss sentenced George Papadopoulos, a former advisor to US President Donald Trump, to 14 days in prison for lying to the FBI.
    (AFP, 9/8/18)
2018        Sep 7, The US Army Europe said it's expanding its troop presence by adding 1,500 solders to its forces in Germany.
    (AP, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 7, Rapper Mac Miller (26) was found dead at his Los Angeles home. An autopsey later showed his death was due to an accidental overdose of drugs and alcohol.
    (SFC, 11/6/18, p.A6)
2018        Sep 7, In Cameroon hundreds of women gathered in Bamenda city for an angry protest in against abuses committed in months of fighting between the government and Anglophone separatists.
    (AP, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 7, In Colombia ELN guerrillas abducted a girl (15) from her home in Orupa, in the jungle region of Choco.
    (AFP, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 7, Prosecutors in Comoros issued an international arrest warrant for Jaffar Ahmed Said Hassani, a former vice president, who opposed a series of constitutional reforms enabling President Azali Assoumani to extend his term in office.
    (AFP, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 7, In the Czech Rep. Indian President Ram Nath Kovind called on Czech defense firms to come to India to create joint venture companies after meeting his Czech counterpart Milos Zeman in Prague.
    (AP, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 7, An Egyptian colonel was killed in central Sinai after explosives inside an empty vehicle he was inspecting detonated.
    (AP, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 7, Eritrea and Djibouti agreed to normalize relations after a decade of diplomatic stalemate.
    (SFC, 9/8/18, p.A2)
2018        Sep 7, In France jewels, worth an estimated 800,000 euros ($930,000), were stolen from a Saudi princess at the five-star Ritz Hotel on Place Vendome.
    (AFP, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 7, Speaking in Germany Qatar's emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani said in Berlin his country would invest some 10 billion euros ($11.6 billion) in Germany, as he battled a policy of isolation by neighboring states.
    (AFP, 9/7/18)   
2018        Sep 7, In Greece workers at a camp for migrants on the island of Lesbos said they will go on strike to protest overcrowding, as the government conceded conditions were "near impossible." More than 8,300 people occupy the Moria camp, which has room for only 3,100.
    (AFP, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 7, The Hungarian government granted ownership of a new Holocaust museum, called the House of Fates, to the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation (EMIH), one of the three registered Jewish groups in Hungary. PM Viktor Orban's right-wing government planned to open the museum next year to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the deportation of Hungarian Jews to death camps in German-occupied Poland. The new museum has divided Hungary's Jewish community and triggered international concerns that it will downplay the wartime role of Hungarians in the persecution and deportation of Jews.
    (Reuters, 10/19/18)
2018        Sep 7, Meeting in Tehran the presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia failed to agree on a ceasefire that would forestall a Syrian government offensive in rebel-held Idlib province. They agreed in a final statement that there could be no military solution to the conflict and it could only end through a negotiated political process. But as Syrian government and Russian warplanes mounted air strikes in Idlib, Putin and Rouhani pushed back against Erdogan's call for a truce.
    (Reuters, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 7, In Iran a 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook the southeast, killing at least one person and damaging houses in several villages.
    (AP, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 7, Iraq's parliament called an emergency session after a curfew was imposed in the southern city of Basra following a fresh outbreak of deadly protests over poor public services and as shells were fired into Baghdad's fortified Green Zone. Iraqi security forces launched a search operation to determine the source of three mortar shells that landed inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone.
    (AFP, 9/7/18)(AP, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 7, In Iraq protesters broke into the Iranian consulate in Basra, shouting condemnation of what many perceive as Iran's sway over Iraq's political affairs, and set it alight. Three protesters died and 48 more were wounded.
    (Reuters, 9/8/18)(SFC, 9/8/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 7, Starbucks opened its first Italian café in Milan.
    (SSFC, 9/9/18, p.D2)
2018        Sep 7, It was reported that two companies in the Lesotho's tiny capital Maseru are now using one of the world's first commercial 5G networks on the long-awaited 3.5 GHz spectrum.
    (AFP, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 7, The Maldives hit out at the United States after the US warned of possible sanctions against key officials of the island nation if upcoming elections are not free and fair.
    (AP, 9/8/18)
2018        Sep 7, Myanmar's government rejected an International Criminal Court ruling that it has jurisdiction to investigate allegations that its security forces violated international law by driving hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from their homes.
    (AP, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 7, In Nicaragua many shops, banks and gas stations were closed in a 24-hour strike called by the opposition in protest at "political prisoners" and the rule of President Daniel Ortega's government.
    (AFP, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 7, In northern Nigeria Boko Haram extremists overran Gudumbali, a key crossroads and military outpost. In June the government encouraged displaced people to return to the town in Borno state.
    (AP, 9/8/18)(Reuters, 9/8/18)
2018        Sep 7, North Korea and South Korea asked the United Nations to circulate the "Panmunjom Declaration on Peace, Prosperity and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula" as an official UN document.
    (AP, 9/8/18)
2018        Sep 7, It was reported that Pakistan's new government has canceled the appointment of Atif Mian (43), a renowned Princeton economist to its Economic Advisory Council, after a strong backlash by the emergent ultra-right Tehreek-e-Labbaik party against the choice of a member of the Ahmadi religious minority.
    (Reuters, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 7, Hundreds of Palestinians took part in protests along the border, burning tires and hurling objects at troops on the Israeli side. A teenager (17) was killed and 45 others were wounded. Ahmad Abu Tuyur (16) was wounded from a single gunshot in the southern Rafah region and died the next day.
    (AP, 9/8/18)(SFC, 9/8/18, p.A2)
2018        Sep 7, It was reported that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has decided not to seek the arrest of opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who has taken refuge in the Senate, without a court warrant after the defiant lawmaker asked the Supreme Court to declare Duterte's order illegal.
    (AP, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 7, In Sri Lanka a leak occurred late today in a pipeline carrying oil from tankers to a storage facility on land, releasing about 25 tons of furnace oil. The leak occurred off Uswetakeiyawa, a town about 14 km (9 miles) north of Colombo.
    (AP, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 7, Hundreds of Syrians took to the streets in the country's last major rebel bastion of Idlib, calling on neighboring Turkey to help prevent a regime assault on their region. Air strikes targeted positions belonging to rebel groups in the northern Hama and southern Idlib provinces. Russian air strikes killed five people in Idlib.
    (AFP, 9/7/18)(Reuters, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 7, Speaking in Thailand on the sidelines of a six-day climate conference Amjad Abdulla, the head negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), warned that island nations like Fiji and the Maldives are almost at the "point of no return" because of rising sea levels.
    (AFP, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 7, Turkey's foreign ministry said the country and the Netherlands have taken a further step in normalizing relations by re-appointing ambassadors to each other's capitals.
    (AP, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 7, A court in Istanbul has convicted a former co-chairman of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish political party of "engaging in terror propaganda." The court sentenced Selahattin Demirtas to more than four years in prison after finding him guilty.
    (AP, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 7, Turkish filmmaker Ali Avci was convicted of membership of a terrorist group for a feature film that portrayed President Tayyip Erdogan having a gun pointed at his head as his family lay dead all around him.
    (Reuters, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 7, The Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate said it is sending two bishops to Ukraine "within the framework of the preparations for the granting of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine." The patriarchate's leader is considered the "first among equals" of Eastern Orthodox clerics.
    (AP, 9/8/18)
2018        Sep 7, The United Nations-mediated peace talks on Yemen stalled pending the arrival of the Shiite rebels to Geneva, who said they didn't attend because they were not guaranteed safe return after the discussions.
    (AP, 9/7/18)
2018        Sep 7, Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed former banker Mthuli Ncube as finance minister and kept Winston Chitando in charge of mining, placing two technocrats at the helm of plans to rescue the country's battered economy.
    (Reuters, 9/7/18)

2018        Sep 8, It was reported that the United States has recalled its envoys to the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Panama after decisions by those nations to cut ties with Taiwan in favor of diplomatic relations with China.
    (AP, 9/8/18)
2018        Sep 8, Engineers set to sea from San Francisco to deploy a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world's largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. The system was created by The Ocean Cleanup, an organization founded by Dutch innovator Boyan Slat (24).
    (AP, 9/9/18)
2018        Sep 8, In New York City Japan's Naomi Osaka (20) defeated Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 in the women's final at the US Open in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
    (AP, 9/9/18)
2018        Sep 8, In Afghanistan the Taliban attacked a district headquarters west of Kabul late today, killing 10 police officers, including a district chief, and setting off a gunbattle. Dozens of insurgents were killed in retaliatory airstrikes by the air force. In a separate attack, militants targeted a checkpoint in the western Herat province, killing nine security forces and wounding six others. In northern Baghlan province, Taliban fighters attacked security check points, killing 5 army soldiers.
    (AP, 9/9/18)
2018        Sep 8, In Afghanistan at least 16 people, including women and children, were killed in a traffic accident in southern Kandahar province when a passenger bus collided into a tanker truck in Zhari district.
    (AP, 9/8/18)
2018        Sep 8, In Angola Jose Eduardo dos Santos (76) stepped down as leader of the ruling MPLA party. At a party congress, delegates moved to elect President Joao Lourenco as the new chief of the MPLA, which has led oil-rich Angola since independence from Portugal in 1975.
    (AP, 9/8/18)
2018        Sep 8, An Egyptian court sentenced 75 people to death, including top leaders of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, for their involvement in a 2013 sit-in protest by Islamists that was broken up by security forces in an operation that left hundreds dead. The court also sentenced to life in prison the head of the Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, and 46 others.
    (AP, 9/8/18)
2018        Sep 8, In France more than 18,000 people marched in Paris as part of an international mobilization to show popular support for urgent measures to combat climate change in advance of a Sept.12-Sept. 14 summit in San Francisco.
    (AP, 9/9/18)
2018        Sep 8, In Greece US Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross opened a trade fair in Thessaloniki. An estimated 6,000 people attended a rally near the international trade fair in opposition to an agreement with neighboring Macedonia to end a long dispute over the latter's name. Eight people were arrested.
    (AP, 9/9/18)(SSFC, 9/9/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 8, In Indonesia 21 people were killed when a tourist bus plunged into a ravine on the main island of Java.
    (AP, 9/8/18)
2018        Sep 8, Iran's Revolutionary Guards launched deadly missile strikes against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq. Fifteen people were killed in the rare cross-border attack on the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran.
    (AFP, 9/9/18)
2018        Sep 8, Iranian media reported that authorities have hanged three Kurdish prisoners after years in prison.
    (AP, 9/8/18)
2018        Sep 8, Iraq's Basra airport was targeted by rocket fire after another night of protests against the political elite. Iraqi officials imposed a curfew on Basra starting at 4pm local time (1300 GMT).
    (Reuters, 9/8/18)
2018        Sep 8, In Japan the Hokkaido government said that 30 people are dead or presumed dead and nine remain missing from the Sept. 6 earthquake. All but three of the victims are in the town of Atsuma, where landslides crushed and buried houses at the foot of steep forested hills.
    (AP, 9/8/18)
2018        Sep 8, It was reported that Nauru has effectively kept journalists away by charging $5,750 to apply for media visas.
    (SFC, 9/8/18, p.A3)
2018        Sep 8, In Nepal a helicopter flying in bad weather crashed in mountainous terrain, killing five of the seven people on board and left one person missing.
    (AP, 9/8/18)
2018        Sep 8, Palestinian Ahmad Abu Tuyur (16) died of wounds sustained from a single gunshot the previous day along the Israeli border in the southern Rafah region.
    (AP, 9/8/18)
2018        Sep 8, In the southern Philippines an earthquake of 6.4 magnitude struck the east coast of the island of Mindanao.
    (AP, 9/8/18)
2018        Sep 8, The Russian Orthodox Church denounced a decision by Orthodox Christianity's leading body to send two envoys to Ukraine as a step toward declaring ecclesiastical independence for the church there.
    (AP, 9/8/18)
2018        Sep 8, South Korea's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said a South Korean man (61) has been diagnosed with the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) after a business trip to Kuwait. The infectious disease swept South Korea in 2015 leading to 38 fatalities.
    (Reuters, 9/8/18)
2018        Sep 8, Sweden's PM Stefan Lofven denounced the Sweden Democrats, an increasingly popular far-right party, as racist and a threat to the nation's European values as political candidates made their final pre-election pitches to voters.
    (AP, 9/8/18)
2018        Sep 8, Syrian government and Russian warplanes targeted the southern edge of Idlib province. Rescue workers said at least four civilians were killed, including two children and a woman, most of them in Abdeen, a village west Khan of Sheikhoun, Idlib province.
    (AP, 9/8/18)
2018        Sep 8, In northeastern Syria clashes erupted between US-backed Kurdish fighters and Syrian troops in the center of the city of Qamishli. Kurdish forces said seven of its fighters and 11 Syrian military were killed in the clashes.
    (Reuters, 9/8/18)
2018        Sep 8, Yemen peace talks collapsed after three days of waiting for the Houthi movement delegation, but the UN envoy vowed to press ahead with diplomacy.
    (Reuters, 9/8/18)

2018        Sep 9, In Michigan three young men were shot to death in a White Castle on Detroit's west side.
    (SFC, 9/10/18, p.A5)
2018        Sep 9, In North Carolina police in Greenville, responding to a reported fight in an alleyway, shot dead a gunman who was firing into a crowd of people early today.
    (SFC, 9/10/18, p.A5)
2018        Sep 9, Leslie Moonves, longtime chief executive of CBS Corp., stepped down following new sexual harassment allegations against him.
    (SFC, 9/10/18, p.A5)
2018        Sep 9, In Afghanistan at least seven people were killed and 25 wounded when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated explosives near a procession in Kabul commemorating the death of former anti-Soviet mujahideen commander Ahmad Shah Massoud. Another suicide attacker was shot dead earlier today by police in Kabul before he could detonate his explosives. Taliban insurgents captured the Mangalha army base in northern Baghlan province killing at least 22 and as many as 40 security force members.
    (Reuters, 9/9/18)(AP, 9/9/18)(SFC, 9/10/18, p.A3)
2018        Sep 9, Australian police found up to five dead people including a woman and children in a suburb of the western city of Perth. In 2019 Robert Harvey (25) pleaded guilty to murdering his three children, wife and mother-in-law in Perth.
    (Reuters, 9/9/18)(AP, 4/24/19)
2018        Sep 9, Bangladesh's PM Sheikh Hasina urged the global community, including the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), to increase pressure on Myanmar to ensure the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown.
    (Reuters, 9/9/18)
2018        Sep 9, In Cameroon armed Anglophone separatists burned buses and blocked traffic into and out of the capital of the English-speaking northwest region.
    (AP, 9/9/18)
2018        Sep 9, In Egypt two security officers were killed and four others injured when an armored vehicle exploded late today in the border town of Sheikh Zuweid.
    (Reuters, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 9, In Germany a 22-year-old German man died overnight in the eastern town of Koethen and two Afghans were detained on suspicion of killing him.
    (Reuters, 9/9/18)
2018        Sep 9, German pop singer Daniel Kueblboeck (33) went missing at sea after going overboard from the cruise ship AIDAluna off the coast of Canada.
    (AP, 9/9/18)
2018        Sep 9, In India five men asphyxiated by toxic fumes while cleaning a septic tank at a housing complex in New Delhi. Four men were declared dead on arrival at a nearby hospital, and the fifth man died at the hospital the next day.
    (AP, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 9, Japan's agriculture ministry said it had confirmed the country's first outbreak of swine fever in 26 years and suspended exports of pork and wild boar meat. The fever, a different kind from the African swine fever that has broken out in China, was found in a farm in central Japan's Gifu city.
    (Reuters, 9/9/18)
2018        Sep 9, Japanese authorities said the death toll has hit 39 from the September 6 earthquake that struck the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
    (AP, 9/9/18)
2018        Sep 9, Kosovo Albanians blocked roads and burned tires on a planned route by Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic in the former Serbian province, further fueling tensions between the two Balkan foes.
    (AP, 9/9/18)
2018        Sep 9, North Korea rolled out some of its latest tanks and marched its best-trained goose-stepping units in a major military parade to mark its 70th anniversary. North Korea brought back one of its most iconic art forms — mass games performed by tens of thousands of people working in precise unison — to mark its 70th anniversary.
    (AP, 9/9/18)
2018        Sep 9, Thousands of Russians turned out to protest deeply unpopular pension reforms as the country voted in local elections. Police arrested 1,018 people who were taking part in nationwide demonstrations called by jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The ruling United Russia party suffered a major blow in several regions as Russians voted to elect governors and local lawmakers in a nationwide day of polls. Sergei Sobyanin, mayor of Moscow since 2010, won a predictable victory with 70.02 percent of the vote. Turnout stood at 30.8 percent.
    (AFP, 9/9/18)(AFP, 9/10/18)(SFC, 9/11/18, p.A2)
2018        Sep 9, In central South Sudan 20 people were killed when a small plane crashed into a lake in Yirol. An Anglican bishop and four foreigners among the dead. Three people survived.
    (AFP, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 9, In Spain a few thousand people marched in Barcelona in favor of national unity and against the separatist movement in northeastern Catalonia.
    (AP, 9/9/18)
2018        Sep 9, Sudan's Pres. Omar al-Bashir dissolved the cash-strapped administration and slashed the number of ministries by a third to tackle a deepening economic crisis. Bashir named a new prime minister, Motazz Moussa, and asked him to form a tighter government of 21 ministers instead of 31 as part of efforts to cut costs.
    (Reuters, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 9, Swedes voted in an election dominated by fears over asylum seekers and welfare, with the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats vying to become the biggest party in a country long seen as a bastion of liberal values. The far-right made gains in legislative elections whose result makes it tough to form a functioning government. The final tally later showed PM Stefan Lofven's Social Democrats getting 28.3 percent, the center-right Moderate Party 19.8 percent and the Sweden Democrats 17.5 percent.
    (Reuters, 9/9/18)(AFP, 9/10/18)(AP, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 9, Syrian government forces bombed the village of Hobeit in Idlib province, killing an infant girl and wounding several other civilians. Russian and Syrian government airstrikes struck the towns of Latamneh and Kafr Zeita in neighboring Hama province.
    (AP, 9/9/18)
2018        Sep 9, In Thailand a six-day international meeting in Bangkok fell short of its aim of completing fruitful preparations to help an agreement be reached in December on guidelines for implementing the 2015 Paris climate change agreement. A top UN official said good progress was made on drafting a 'rule book' for the implementation of the 2015 Paris accord before a summit in Poland this December.
    (AP, 9/9/18)(Reuters, 9/9/18)
2018        Sep 9, Vietnam refused entry to the Secretary General of the International Federation for Human Rights, Debbie Stothard, to attend the World Economic Forum on ASEAN to be held in the country on Sept. 11-13.
    (Reuters, 9/9/18)
2018        Sep 9, In Yemen clashes and air strikes have left 84 people dead around the Red Sea port city of Hodeida since the collapse of UN-brokered peace talks a day earlier.
    (AFP, 9/9/18)

2018        Sep 10, US national security adviser John Bolton said Washington would not cooperate with The Hague-based International Criminal Court investigating war crimes allegations in Afghanistan and threatened it with sanctions, saying it put US sovereignty and national security at risk.
    (AP, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 10, The United States imposed sanctions on Nikola Spiric, a Serb deputy in Bosnia's national parliament, over what it said was his involvement in "significant" corruption, just weeks before the country holds parliamentary and presidential elections.
    (Reuters, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 10, Pennsylvania's state prisons resumed normal visits 12 days after officials imposed restrictions while they addressed a spate of illnesses linked to synthetic drugs.
    (SFC, 9/11/18, p.A5)
2018        Sep 10, In northern Afghanistan security forces clashed with Taliban fighters in four locations, with at least 57 police officers and soldiers killed and the city of Sar-e Pul threatened by insurgents. In Jawzjan province at least eight members of the security forces were killed in Kham Ab district and 13 wounded. In Samangan province, at least 14 police and civilians were killed in fighting in Dara-e Suf-e Payin district. In Kunduz province 15 police were killed and 10 others wounded in attacks on security checkpoints in Dasht-e Archi district overnight.
    (Reuters, 9/10/18)(SFC, 9/11/18, p.A3)
2018        Sep 10, In Afghanistan three US strikes hit Sar-e Pul, Baghlan province, as American advisers were on the ground supporting Afghan troops. At least 30 Taliban fighters were killed in the joint operation.
    (Reuters, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 10, A Cambodia court granted Kem Sokha (65), the leader of a now dissolved opposition party, bail due to health reasons. The court's release order was so restrictive that it amounted to a form of house arrest.
    (AP, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 10, China announced a reorganization of the National Health Commission that creates a new single department called the Division of Population Monitoring and Family Development responsible for "establishing and perfecting a specialized system for supporting families," a further sign the government may be planning to scrap long-standing limits on the number of children its citizens can have.
    (AP, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 10, China rolled out new rules on religious activity on the internet amid an ongoing crackdown on churches, mosques and other institutions by the officially atheist Communist Party.
    (AP, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 10, Djibouti escalated a dispute with the Dubai-based global port operator DP World by nationalizing the majority shares in the Doraleh Container Terminal.
    (AP, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 10, Egypt's state news reported that security forces have killed 11 suspected militants in an exchange of fire in the North Sinai town of al-Arish.
    (Reuters, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 10, In France a man wielding a knife and an iron bar injured seven people, including three tourists, in Paris, in an attack that bystanders tried to stop by throwing petanque balls at the assailant.
    (AFP, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 10, Italian authorities unveiled the "epochal" discovery of hundreds of Roman-era gold coins that were found last week during excavations to build a new apartment building in the northern city of Como. Some 300 coins were believed to date from 474 B.C.
    (AP, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 10, In Libya suicide bombers suspected of being from the Islamic State group stormed the headquarters of the National Oil Company and killed at least two people.
    (AFP, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 10, Campaigning officially began in Macedonia for a Sept. 30 referendum on changing the country's name, a move which would allow the Balkan country to qualify for NATO membership and also pave its way toward the European Union.
    (AP, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 10, In Nigeria at least 18 people were killed and more than 40 others were burned in a gas explosion at a gas station in Lafia.
    (SFC, 9/11/18, p.A2)
2018        Sep 10, Tens of thousands of North Korean students rallied in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square this evening in the final major event of the country's 70th anniversary.
    (AP, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 10, Pakistan's army chief confirmed death sentences for 13 "hardcore terrorists" after military courts found them guilty of carrying out attacks that killed 202 people including 151 civilians.
    (AP, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 10, Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said US has notified the Palestinians it's closing their mission in Washington.
    (AP, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 10, In Poland Europe's largest human rights conference, organized by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), opened in Warsaw. Turkey's government was the only country not attending because it was not allowed to prevent the participation of non-governmental organizations.
    (AP, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 10, A Romanian court ruled that a hacker known as Guccifer should be extradited to the US to serve a 4½-year prison sentence. Marcel Lazar Lehel (46) will be extradited after completing a seven-year sentence in Romania.
    (AP, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 10, In Somalia at least six people were killed after a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gate of a district headquarters in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 10, South Africa's Cape Town, battling its worst drought in 100 years, announced that it would ease severe water rationing after significant rains in the region.
    (AFP, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 10, Interpol said police in Sudan have rescued 94 victims of human trafficking, including 85 minors, from open-air gold mines near Khartoum and the city's international airport among other places. Interpol coordinated the operation late last month and said 14 people, 12 of them women, have been arrested.
    (AP, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 10, Swedish prosecutors said they will charge a medical doctor who is suspected of sexual violence, misconduct and child rape in a case involving 52 minors and 18 adults. The crimes, which also include sexual misconduct and child pornography, took place between 2015 and 2017.
    (AP, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 10, In Geneva new UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet criticized the Italian government for refusing entry to migrant rescue ships in the Mediterranean operated by private charities. Hours later Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who heads Italy's anti-immigrant League party, threatened to cut Italian funding for the UN.
    (Reuters, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 10, The Balzan Foundation announced that Swiss-based Terre des Hommes will receive 1 million Swiss francs ($1 million) for a project in the African nation of Mali to save infants during childbirth and help their mothers.
    (AP, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 10, In Syria Islamic State jihadists killed 12 Syrian regime fighters in an ambush southern province of Sweida as the group faced separate assaults on its last desert strongholds. Eight jihadists were also reported killed. 21 pro-government gunmen were killed late today in clashes with the Islamic State group in the Safaa region of Sweida province.
    (AFP, 9/11/18)(AP, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 10, Police in Thailand shut down a forum organized by foreign journalists to discuss whether senior military officers in Myanmar should face justice for alleged human rights abuses committed by their forces against Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities.
    (AP, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 10, A wildlife monitoring group says research it has conducted since 2016 has found a sharp increase in the number of people belonging to Facebook groups in Thailand where endangered animals are bought and sold.
    (AP, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 10, A United Nations official said more than 30,000 people have fled their homes in northwest Syria since Syrian government and allied forces resumed air and ground bombardments there last week.
    (Reuters, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 10, Vietnam refused to let a campaigner from Amnesty International attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) set to be held in the southeast Asian nation this week, the second such refusal in as many days.
    (Reuters, 9/10/18)
2018        Sep 10, Zimbabwe's newly sworn-in finance minister said he planned to reintroduce the Zimbabwe dollar and accelerate plans to repay the country's debt, in a bid to revive the battered economy. Zimbabwe abandoned its currency after it spiraled out of control between 2008 and 2009 during the rule of Robert Mugabe.
    (AFP, 9/10/18)

2018        Sep 11, In Massachusetts Bogdan Viorel Rusu (38) of Romania pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft in an ATM skimming scheme that resulted in the theft of nearly $900,000 from bank customers in Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey.
    (AP, 9/12/18)
2018        Sep 11, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered as many as one million coastal residents to leave their homes ahead of the projected arrival of Hurricane Florence on September 13. The governor of neighboring North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks.
    (AFP, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 11, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed at least 32 people and wounded more than 120 others at a demonstration on the highway between the eastern city of Jalalabad and the main border crossing into neighboring Pakistan.
    (Reuters, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 11, Brazil's Worker's Party said former Sao Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad will replace jailed former Pres. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as its candidate for October's general election.
    (SFC, 9/12/18, p.A2)
2018        Sep 11, Brazilian prosecutors said police have arrested Beto Richa, former governor of Paraná, as part of an investigation into wrongdoing involving a government program aimed at bolstering policing in rural areas of the state.
    (Reuters, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 11, Fenella Fielding (b.1927), a British actress who was the glamorous, velvet-voiced star of two "Carry On" comedies, died in England following a stroke.
    (AP, 9/12/18)
2018        Sep 11, Dubai's global port operator DP World said it will pursue all "legal means" to defend its claim to a Djibouti terminal after the African nation nationalized the facility.
    (AFP, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 11, The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea re-opened crossing points on their shared border for the first time in 20 years, cementing a stunning reconciliation and giving Addis Ababa a direct route to its former foe's Red Sea ports.
    (Reuters, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 11, The European Union condemned death sentences passed on 75 people in Egypt, saying there were "serious doubts" over whether the defendants had been given a fair trial.
    (AFP, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 11, The European Commission backed a European Parliament report condemning Hungary for abusing human rights and for the mistreatment of Roma communities, Hungary's PM Viktor Orban rejected European Parliament efforts to impose sanctions on Budapest over accusations of corruption, rights abuses and authoritarianism, saying he had the right to ban migrants from the country.
    (Reuters, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 11, In southern India a bus carrying pilgrims from a Hindu temple in the hills of Telangana state plunged off a road, killing at least 55 people including four children.
    (AP, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 11, The Hague-based International Criminal Court said its work would continue "undeterred" after Washington threatened to prosecute its officials if Americans are charged with war crimes committed in Afghanistan.
    (AFP, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 11, Kulsoom Nawaz (68), the wife of former Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif's and one of Pakistan's most well-regarded politicians, died after months of lying in critical condition at a London hospital.
    (AP, 9/14/18)
2018        Sep 11, The Palestinians announced a fresh push against Israel at the International Criminal Court, a day after the United States said it was closing their Washington mission partly over the campaign.
    (AFP, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 11, Russia's largest war games in recent history kicked off in the Far East. The Vostok 2018 exercises, the largest military drills since the end of the Cold War, will involve about 36,000 tanks and 300,000 troops at sea and on the ground.
    (AP, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 11, In Russia Viktor Zolotov (64), President Vladimir Putin's former bodyguard and chief of the National Guard, challenged opposition leader Alexei Navalny to a duel. Last month Navalny published an investigation alleging that at least $29 million had been stolen in procurement contracts for the National Guard.
    (AP, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 11, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa said there was no reason to believe that any country would impose sanctions on South Africa over the government's plans to redistribute land to address racial disparities in ownership.
    (Reuters, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 11, South African official statistics showed that the murder rate rose again last year, with over 20,000 killed across the country -- about 57 a day -- as police admitted they were struggling to keep control.
    (AFP, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 11, In Spain Catalan separatist took to the streets of Barcelona in the first of a series of mass mobilizations demanding independence and the release of several high-profile secessionists from jail.
    (AP, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 11, The Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance, advanced inside Hajin, east of the Euphrates River near the Iraqi border. Over the last 24 hours 27 jihadists and 10 SDF fighters were killed in the fighting for the Hajin pocket.
    (AFP, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 11, In Geneva the UN envoy for Syria hosted key diplomats from Iran, Russia and Turkey to discuss work toward rewriting the country's constitution, amid concerns about a possibly devastating military offensive on rebel-held Idlib province.
    (AP, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 11, The legal aid group Thai Lawyers for Human Rights said Thailand's military government has arrested alleged sympathizers of a tiny political movement advocating the abolishment of the constitutional monarchy, seizing as evidence T-shirts bearing the group's logo of a red and white flag. At least five people have been detained in the past week and four charged with sedition.
    (AP, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 11, Hanoi Vice Mayor Nguyen Van Suu said in a message published on the city's website that slaughtering and consuming dog and cat meat are disturbing to foreigners and "negatively impact the image of a civilized and modern capital." Officials say there are 493,000 dogs and cats in Hanoi, of which more than 10 percent are raised for commercial purposes.
    (AP, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 11, Speaking in Vietnam Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said that his country and Vietnam have agreed to cooperate more in fighting illegal fishing and hope to boost two-way trade.
    (AP, 9/11/18)
2018        Sep 11, Zimbabwe declared a cholera outbreak in the capital Harare after 20 people died from the disease and more than 2,000 were infected by drinking contaminated water.
    (Reuters, 9/11/18)

2018        Sep 12, Pres. Donald Trump signed an executive order authorizing sanctions against foreigners who meddle in US elections.
    (SFC, 9/13/18, p.A10)
2018        Sep 12, The US Treasury Department said it has targeted Ibrahim Jathran, the leader of a Libyan militia with sanctions for directing attacks on oil facilities in the country.
    (Reuters, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 12, US lawmakers Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Chris Smith urged the extension of tougher American export restrictions to prevent sales of equipment that could be used in China's massive security clampdown targeting the Xinjiang region's native Muslim population.
    (AP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 12, The US Food and Drug Administration launched its largest coordinated enforcement action in the agency’s history, aimed at the marketing and selling of e-cigarettes to teenagers in an effort to protect teens from becoming addicted to nicotine. The FDA said e-cigarette makers have 60 days to tell federal regulators how they plan to reduce sales to teens.
    (CSM, 9/13/18)(SFC, 9/13/18, p.A1)
2018        Sep 12, A federal court in Washington, DC, ruled against Education Sec. Betsy DeVos over her 2017 decision to suspend rules meant to protect students from abuse by for-profit colleges.
    (SFC, 9/14/18, p.A6)
2018        Sep 12, The FBI arrested Puerto Rico Sen. Abel Nazario, who has been indicted by a federal grand jury on corruption charges. The case is related to funds Nazario received when he was mayor of the southwest town of Yauco.
    (AP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 12, In Bakersfield, Ca., Xavier Casarez (54) shot and killed five people, including his wife, and then killed himself as he was confronted by a sheriff's deputy.
    (SFC, 9/13/18, p.A11)(SFC, 9/15/18, p.A8)
2018        Sep 12, The San Francisco Board of Appeals voted unanimously for the removal of the "Early Days" statue in the Civic Center. The statue depicting a vaquero and a missionary standing over a fallen American Indian was one of five that make up 800-ton Pioneer Monument shrine.
    (SFC, 9/13/18, p.A11)
2018        Sep 12, In southern California Dr. Grant Robicheaux (38) of Newport Beach Cerissa Riley of Brea were arrested after being charged with rape by use of drugs, oral copulation by anesthesia or controlled substances, and other crimes. The two men later denied allegations that they had preyed on two intoxicated women and then drugged and raped them.
    (SFC, 9/20/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 12, In Michigan Tanaya Lewis (17) fatallystabbed classmate Danyna Gibson (16) at Detroit's Warren Fitzgerald High School in an alleged dispute over a boy.
    (SFC, 12/22/18, p.A5)
2018        Sep 12, In Brazil countries on both sides of the whaling divide voted to renew quotas for limited whale hunts for indigenous communities in Alaska, Russia, Greenland and the Caribbean -- taking into account their cultural and subsistence needs.
    (AFP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 12, In central China an SUV crashed into a crowd at a public square, killing at least 3 people and injuring more than 40 others in the town of Mishui, Hunan province. The suspect jumped out of the SUV and attacked victims with a dagger and shovel. He was soon identified as Yang Zanyun (54) and had served several prison sentences for convictions including arson and assault. The death toll soon rose to 11 with another 44 people hospitalized
    (AP, 9/12/18)(AP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 12, DR Congo's navy accused Ugandan troops of killing four Congolese fishermen, whose bound and bullet-riddled bodies surfaced a day earlier on Lake Edward, which is shared by the two neighboring countries.
    (AFP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 12, Egypt's chief prosecutor said tests showed that E.coli bacteria were behind the August 21 deaths of two British tourists in a hotel in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada.
    (AP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 12, An Egyptian court suspended a ruling that allowed the return to work of policemen with beards which are usually reserved for pious Muslims.
    (AFP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 12, In El Salvador former Pres. Tony Saca (53) was sentenced to 10 years in prison for corruption after pleading guilty to diverting more than $300 million in state funds. His former private secretary, Elmer Charlaix, was also sentenced to ten years.
    (SFC, 9/13/18, p.A2)
2018        Sep 12, In Ethiopia an agreement, brokered by regional bloc the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), was signed late today by South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar in Addis Ababa.
    (AFP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 12, The European Parliament voted 448-197 to sanction Hungary for flouting EU rules on democracy, civil rights and corruption in an unprecedented step that left PM Viktor Orban isolated from powerful allies.
    (Reuters, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 12, France-based Algerian singer Rachid Taha (59) died overnight after suffering a heart attack at his home in the Paris suburbs.
    (AP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 12, Germany's Catholic Church said it was "dismayed and ashamed" by decades of child sex abuse by priests, after a report was leaked showing that thousands of minors were assaulted. The report said 3,677 people were abused by clergy between 1946 and 2014.
    (AFP, 9/13/18)(SFC, 9/13/18, p.A2)
2018        Sep 12, In northern India three men reportedly drugged, kidnapped and raped a teenage girl while she was on her way to a test-preparation course. The girl was able to name the suspects.
    (AP, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 12, Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency reported that a court has sentenced Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, a close ally of former hard-line president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to six-and-a-half years in prison for plotting and conspiring to commit crimes against national security and for propaganda against the Islamic Republic system and for insulting officials.
    (AP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 12, In Iraq jihadists attacked a restaurant north of the Iraqi capital with a car bomb, killing five people and wounding more than 30 near Tikrit city.
    (AFP, 9/12/18)
2018        Sep 12, Irish budget carrier Ryanair was defiant as dozens of flights were disrupted in a walkout by German pilots and cabin crew, the latest flare-up in a bitter Europe-wide battle for better pay and conditions.
    (AFP, 9/12/18)
2018        Sep 12, Libya closed the only functioning airport in the capital Tripoli after rockets were fired in its direction, only five days after flights had resumed following a previous shutdown forced by fighting among rival armed groups.
    (Reuters, 9/12/18)
2018        Sep 12, President Vladimir Putin said Russia had found the two men accused by British prosecutors of trying to murder ex- Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Britain, but that there was nothing criminal about them.
    (Reuters, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 12, Russian news media reported that Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the Pussy Riot punk protest group, was been hospitalized in grave condition for what could be a possible poisoning.
    (SFC, 9/13/18, p.A2)
2018        Sep 12, Spain's El Periodico newspaper said Spain will go ahead with the sale of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, a contract it had decided to halt last week because of the Saudis' role in the war in Yemen. Saudi Arabia had reportedly threatened to cancel a 1.8 billion euro contract with Spain to buy warships if the bomb sale did not take place.
    (Reuters, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 12, Rebel sources in Syria said Turkey has stepped up arms supplies to help them stave off an expected offensive by the Syrian army and its Russian and Iran-backed allies in the northwest near the Turkish frontier.
    (Reuters, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 12, Thailand enacted laws that set in motion a countdown leading to new elections by next May.
    (AP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 12, A Turkish security official said Turkish intelligence has seized Yusuf Nazik (34) in Latakia, Syria. He has reportedly confessed to coordinating the May 11, 2013, bombing that killed 53 people in the southern border town of Reyhanli.
    (AP, 9/12/18)
2018        Sep 12, A court in central Vietnam sentenced activist Nguyen Trung Truc (44) to 12 years in prison after finding him guilty of associating with the Brotherhood for Democracy, an outlawed dissident group.
    (AP, 9/12/18)
2018        Sep 12, The World Health Organization's cancer research arm estimated there will be about 18 million new cases of cancer globally this year and more than 9 million cancer deaths.
    (AP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 12, In Yemen a Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes on the outskirts of the port city of Hodeidah as heavy fighting resumed days after UN-sponsored talks between the warring parties collapsed.
    (Reuters, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 12, Zimbabwe banned public gatherings in the capital Harare following a cholera outbreak which has claimed at least 21 lives and left hundreds of people ill over the past week.
    (AFP, 9/13/18)

2018        Sep 13, President Donald Trump rejected the official conclusion that nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico from last year's Hurricane Maria, arguing without evidence that the number was wrong and calling it a plot by Democrats to make him "look as bad as possible." The mayor of Puerto Rico's capital said Trump is "delusional, paranoid, and unhinged from any sense of reality."
    (AP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 13, The United States imposed sanctions on two North Korean-controlled information technology companies based in China and Russia. The sanctions are intended to stop the flow of illicit revenue to North Korea from overseas IT workers hiding behind front companies and aliases.
    (AP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 13, Paul Manafort, the former chairman of US Pres. Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, reached a tentative plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller.
    (SFC, 9/14/18, p.A7)
2018        Sep 13, California's Gov. Jerry Brown signed an array of bills to confront climate change including efforts to put more electric vehicles on the road.
    (SFC, 9/14/18, p.A5)
2018        Sep 13, In Massachusetts a series of gas explosions ignited fires in at least 39 homes in the towns of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover north of Boston. One teengaer was killed and at least ten people were injured.
    (SFC, 9/14/18, p.A12)
2018        Sep 13, In Montana US district Judge Dana Christensen delayed for two more weeks the first grizzly bear hunts in the lower 48 states in almost three decades.
    (SFC, 9/14/18, p.A6)
2018        Sep 13, In Texas Claudine Anne Luera (42) was found shot and left in a road. The mother of five died later in the day at a hospital in Webb County. Her killing was later attributed to Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz.
    (SFC, 9/17/18, p.A5)
2018        Sep 13, In Afghanistan Taliban attacks killed at least 10 soldiers and two policemen as Taliban fighters tried to overrun the army base in Pusht Road district of Farah province. Three policemen and 22 Taliban were killed in another Taliban attack on a police security post in Bala Buluk district of Farah province. A car bomb exploded in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, wounding two civilians.
    (AP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 13, In Brazil the International Whaling Commission (IWC) voted to back a proposal which would safeguard whales in perpetuity, after a bitter debate. The biennial meeting of the 89-nation body passed the host country's "Florianopolis Declaration" which sees whaling as no longer being a necessary economic activity.
    (AFP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 13, Two journalists were detained by Bulgarian police after they found burning and shredded documents while working on a story about suspected fraud involving European Union funds.
    (AP, 9/14/18)
2018        Sep 13, Chadian army helicopters med bombing runs over a gold mining town along the Libyan border, where government forces have clashed with a fledgling rebel movement. Two civilians died the next day from their wounds. The rebel movement, the Military Command Council for the Salvation of the Republic (CCMSR), founded in 2016, has fought Chadian forces several times near the Libyan border since last month.
    (Reuters, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 13, Colombian drug kingpin Victor Hugo Cuellar-Silva was extradited from Colombia to the US to face federal trafficking charges. Prosecutors said he was a high-ranking member of the drug ring headed by Mexican fugitive Angel Humberto Chavez-Gastelum, one of the most-wanted drug traffickers in the world.
    (AP, 9/14/18)
2018        Sep 13, Egyptian authorities deported Mona el-Mazbouh (24), a Lebanese woman who was jailed for insulting Egyptians in a video she posted online, days after she was sentenced to a suspended one-year sentence.
    (AP, 9/14/18)
2018        Sep 13, Europe's top rights court ruled that Britain's program of mass surveillance, revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden as part of his sensational leaks on US spying, violated its citizens' basic rights.
    (AFP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 13, The European Central Bank pushed forward with its plan to gradually phase out its monetary stimulus, saying it is confident in the region's growth.
    (AP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 13, French President Emmanuel Macron formally recognized the responsibility of the French state in the death of a dissident mathematician in Algeria in 1957, admitting for the first time the French military's "system" that included torture during Algeria's independence war.
    (AP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 13, German activists, living in treehouses to protect the ancient Hambach Forest from being razed for a nearby coal mine, vowed to resist as police began evicting them, in a major escalation of the long-running environmental battle.
    (AFP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 13, Volkswagen announced it would end production of its iconic "Beetle" cars in 2019 after adding a pair of final editions of the bug-shaped vehicles.
    (AFP, 9/14/18)
2018        Sep 13, Hungary said a European Parliament vote to launch an action that could ultimately strip Budapest of its EU voting rights was "invalid" and vowed to mount a legal challenge.
    (AFP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 13, In India a group of Indian Catholic nuns staged a rare street protest in the southern state of Kerala demanding justice after an alleged sexual assault of a nun by a bishop. The protest, now in its sixth day in Kochi, Kerala's financial hub, gathered momentum as the locals, activists, writers and politicians came out in support.
    (Reuters, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 13, Indian health authorities rushed medical supplies to northern towns and villages where at least 50 people have died from fever over the past two weeks in the Rohilkhand region of Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 13, An Indonesian court sentenced Islamic militant Wawan Kurniawan (43) to 11 years in prison after finding him guilty of conducting training in preparation for a terrorist attack. Wawan was the local leader of Jemaah Anshorut Daulah, an Indonesian militant network affiliated with the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 13, Archaeologists reported finding what they believe is the world's oldest site for alcohol production in the Raqefet cave south of Haifa in today's northern Israel. The location also served as a burial site for the Natufian people. Their beer-like beverage may have been served in ceremonies some 13,000 years ago.
    (AFP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 13, In Malaysia Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, top lawyer for former PM Najib Razak, was charged with receiving 9.5 million ringgit ($2.3 million) in ill-gotten wealth from his client, who is himself accused of money laundering and corruption.
    (AP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 13, Philippine authorities began evacuating thousands of people from the path of Typhoon Mangkhut, the most powerful typhoon this year.
    (AP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 13, Spanish lawmakers voted to remove the remains of dictator Francisco Franco from a mausoleum where tens of thousands of victims of the 1936-39 civil war that brought him to power are also laid to rest. The bill passed with 176 votes in favor, but there were 165 abstentions and two against.
    (Reuters, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 13, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had recorded the deaths of 364,792 people, nearly a third of them civilians, since protests erupted in March 2011 against President Bashar al-Assad.
    (AFP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 13, Thailand police seized 917 kg (2,020 pounds) of marijuana and arrested six people.
    (AP, 9/18/18)
2018        Sep 13, Turkey's central bank raised its key interest rate sharply, from 17.75 percent to 24 percent, to contain inflation and stem the currency crisis that has been destabilizing the country this summer.
    (AP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 13, Turkey sent in military reinforcements to beef up its positions inside Syria's last rebel bastion Idlib.
    (AP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 13, The UN Security Council extended its political mission in Libya for a year but did not endorse a December 10 date for elections that was agreed during a Paris meeting four months ago.
    (AFP, 9/13/18)
2018        Sep 13, Yemeni forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition seized the main road linking the port city of Hodeidah to the capital Sanaa, blocking a supply route for the Houthi group that controls both cities. At least 10 civilians were killed and 19 wounded in the latest bout of fighting. 16 rebels died in a coalition air strike in the far south of port city of Hodeida. Three pro-government fighters were killed when a military vehicle was hit by a shell to the east of Hodeida city.
    (Reuters, 9/13/18)(AP, 9/13/18)(AFP, 9/14/18)

2018        Sep 14, Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, reached an extraordinary plea agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller's office that requires him to assist the Russia investigation and converts him into a potentially vital government cooperator.
    (AP, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 14, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Russia of actively working to undermine international sanctions on North Korea and said the enforcement of the steps was essential to convince Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.
    (Reuters, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 14, The US government imposed sanctions on a Thailand-based company it says provides services to an Iranian airline that Washington accuses of supporting terrorist activities directed by Iran's government.
    (AP, 9/14/18)
2018        Sep 14, Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane but was soon downgraded to a tropical storm, even as it continued to wreak havoc along the East Coast, downing trees and power lines and forcing 20,000 people to flee to shelters. The storm eventually left 39 people dead. Damages in the state were later put at nearly $17 billion.
    (AP, 9/15/18)(SFC, 10/3/18, p.A7)(SFC, 11/2/18, p.A6)
2018        Sep 14, Texas police disrupted the robbery of patrons in a bar in Fort Worth. Undercover police officer Garret Hull (40) was shot in the head and one of the robbers was killed in an exchange of fire. Hull died the next day. Two suspects were arrested.
    (SFC, 9/15/18, p.A5)(SSFC, 9/16/18, p.A12)
2018        Sep 14, In Wyoming hunting guide Mark Uptain (37) and client Corey Chubon were attacked by a bear. Chubom escaped with injuries. Uptain's body was found the next day.
    (SFC, 9/17/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 14, In western Afghanistan at least five army personnel, all crew members of a military helicopter, were killed late today when their aircraft crashed and caught fire in Farah province.
    (AP, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 14, In Austria six men were hospitalized with serious injuries after setting alight the mattresses and bedding of the deportation cell in which they were being held.
    (AP, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 14, China made no mention of new funds for Venezuela's struggling government after President Nicolas Maduro visited his key foreign financier in hopes of securing new loans. Maduro was on a four-day trip to China to discuss economic agreements.
    (Reuters, 9/14/18)
2018        Sep 14, In China a driver (23) for the ZTO Express delivery service was arrested for attempted rape in the eastern city of Wenzhou.
    (AP, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 14, In Costa Rica a labor strike that went into its fifth day with no apparent end in sight. The government was struggling with a deficit estimated at 7.1 percent of GDP this year, which has pushed up the public debt load and increased its need for revenue.
    (AP, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 14, Prosecutors in El Salvador filed an extradition petition for former Pres. Mauricio Funes and three family members on corruption charges for the alleged embezlement of $351 million in public funds. Funes and his family have been living in Nicaragua since 2016.
    (SSFC, 9/16/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 14, The European Commission said the EU will scrap the twice-yearly seasonal clock change across the bloc from October 2019, leaving member states to decide by April whether they will stick permanently to summer or winter time.
    (Reuters, 9/14/18)
2018        Sep 14, PM Edouard Philippe said France plans to boost cycling with better bike lanes, financial incentives for bicycle commuters and measures against bike theft.
    (Reuters, 9/14/18)
2018        Sep 14, In France about 15 Kurdish activists burned the Iranian flag in front of Iran's embassy in Paris and broke some windows with stones. Some of the attackers were arrested.
    (Reuters, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 14, Greece's supreme court approved a Russian extradition request for Alexander Vinnik (38), a bitcoin fraud suspect. The Greek supreme court also has accepted an extradition request from the United States, where Vinnik is accused of allegedly laundering billions of dollars with bitcoin.
    (AP, 9/14/18)
2018        Sep 14, An Indian court ruled there is enough evidence to send former UN climate chief Rajendra Pachauri to trial on sexual harassment charges in a case filed by a former female colleague in New Delhi. Police registered the case against Pachauri after the 29-year-old female colleague accused him three years ago of sexual harassment and criminal intimidation.
    (AP, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 14, Muslim militants freed three Indonesian men they kidnapped at sea early last year off Malaysia then brought them to their jungle hideouts in the southern Philippines.
    (AP, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 14, Iranian media said that the reformist "Sedayeh Eslahat" newspaper was ordered shut down on charges of insulting the Shiite religion for publishing an article on female-to-male gender reassignment surgery. Prosecutor Mohammad Jafar Montazeri also ordered the editor be punished.
    (AP, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 14, In Israel American law professor Frank Romano (66), who reportedly also has French citizenship, was detained in the embattled village of Khan al-Ahmar, along with two Palestinian activists, for allegedly trying to block Israeli troops in a West Bank village slated for demolition.
    (AP, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 14, Japan's determined bid to return to commercial whale hunting was blocked by anti-whaling nations in a tense vote at the International Whaling Commission meeting in Brazil.
    (AFP, 9/14/18)
2018        Sep 14, In the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir a bus fell off a road into a deep gorge, killing 16 people and injuring 16 others.
    (AP, 9/14/18)
2018        Sep 14, In Mexico City gunmen dressed as mariachi musicians killed five people and wounded eight in Garibaldi Plaza, an iconic square where the bands serenade tourists.
    (Reuters, 9/15/18)(AP, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 14, In the northern Mexico state of Sonora six severed human heads were found in a plastic cooler on a roadside near Ciudad Obregon.
    (AP, 9/14/18)
2018        Sep 14, In the Netherlands four people who say Tibetan Buddhist teachers abused them physically or psychologically presented the Dalai Lama with written accounts from 12 alleged victims and appealed to him to address the problem.
    (AP, 9/14/18)
2018        Sep 14, Nigerian finance minister Kemi Adeosun (51), accused of forging a document to avoid compulsory national service, said she was quitting to protect government integrity.
    (AFP, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 14, North and South Korea opened their first liaison office near their tense border to facilitate better communication and exchanges ahead of their leaders' summit in Pyongyang next week.
    (AP, 9/14/18)
2018        Sep 14, In southwestern Pakistan a roadside bomb exploded near a security convoy, killing three security personnel near the town of Pashi, Baluchistan province.
    (AP, 9/14/18)
2018        Sep 14, Palestinian Shadi Abdel Aal (11) was fatally wounded during demonstrations east of Jabalia in northern Gaza, becoming one of the youngest Palestinians to be killed in months of unrest along the frontier.  Two other Palestinians were killed during the weekly protest by Israeli live fire.
    (AFP, 9/15/18)(Reuters, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 14, Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall on the northeastern tip of Luzon island in the Philippines with top-of-the-scale Category 5 winds of 165 mph.
    (AP, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 14, Russia's Central Bank hiked its key interest rate for the first time in nearly four years, moving to shore up the ruble amid increasing risks of US sanctions. It raised the rate to 7.5 percent from 7.25 percent.
    (AP, 9/14/18)
2018        Sep 14, The Russian Orthodox Church announced a rebuff to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the leader of the worldwide Orthodox community, saying it would not participate in events headed by the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate due to a dispute over control of the church in Ukraine.
    (AP, 9/14/18)
2018        Sep 14, In South Sudan clashes erupted in Central Equatoria state when government troops stormed bases in Lainya and Kajo Keji counties. Eight government troops were killed in the battle in Lainya county. Another attack took place in Mangalatore, near the site of the first attack, where four government soldiers were killed. This came two days after the warring sides signed what the government called a "final final" peace agreement to end the civil war.
    (AP, 9/14/18)(Reuters, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 14, Swiss authorities said that the Netherlands arrested and expelled two suspected Russian spies earlier this year who allegedly tried to hack a Swiss laboratory that conducts tests for the UN-backed chemical weapons watchdog.
    (AP, 9/14/18)
2018        Sep 14, In Syria residents In cities and towns across the last opposition-held province of Idlib, poured into the streets to demonstrate against President Bashar Assad's government in defiance of an expected offensive to retake the territory.
    (AP, 9/14/18)
2018        Sep 14, In Syria Islamic State gunmen took advantage of a sandstorm and killed 20 SDF fighters in the country's east.
    (AP, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 14, In Thailand a special order issued by the prime minister became law following its publication in the Royal Gazette. It allows political parties to gather funds to operate and, with the ruling junta's permission, recruit party members and choose new leaders.
    (AP, 9/14/18)
2018        Sep 14, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reproached the central bank for sharply raising interest rates, saying the country would "see the results" of the bank's independence.
    (AP, 9/14/18)
2018        Sep 14, Turkish security forces fired tear gas at construction workers at Istanbul's new airport who were protesting dangerous working conditions at the site as it prepares to open for business next month.
    (AFP, 9/14/18)
2018        Sep 14, Uzbekistan's first electronic music festival ever, an event, called Stihia or Element in Russian, was staged at Muynak, an area of desert caused by one of the world's largest man-made environmental catastrophes, the shrinking of the Aral Sea.
    (AP, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 14, In Yemen sporadic fighting took place in various areas around Hodeida. Two Saudi pilots died when their helicopter crashed due to a technical fault in Mahra province.
    (AFP, 9/14/18)(Reuters, 9/14/18)
2018        Sep 14, Zimbabwe's opposition MDC party called off plans to hold a mock inauguration to name its leader Nelson Chamisa as the country's president after public gatherings were banned due to a cholera outbreak.
    (AFP, 9/14/18)

2018        Sep 15, US authorities warned residents displaced by a killer hurricane against returning home, as storm Florence dumped "epic amounts of rainfall" across the eastern United States, resulting in life-threatening flooding. Five deaths were officially confirmed in North Carolina.
    (AP, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 15, Officials in Arizona said Christopher Matthew Clements (36) has been indicted in the kidnappings and killings of two girls who went missing in 2012 and 2014. Mercedes Celis (6) was last seen in her bedroom in Tucson on April 20, 2012. The body of Mirabel Gonzalez (13) was discovered in Tucson in June, 2014..
    (SSFC, 9/16/18, p.A10)
2018        Sep 15, NASA launched a satellite, designed to measure changes in Earth's ice sheets, into orbit from southern California's Vandenberg Air Force Base.
    (SSFC, 9/16/18, p.A10)
2018        Sep 15, California Gov. Jerry Brown announced a sister-state relationship with the German state of Baden-Württemberg that furthers strengthens climate and economic ties between the two entities.
    (AP, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 15, In Massachusetts Arthur Medici (26), boogie-boarding off Newcomb Hollow Beach at Cape Cod, was attacked by a shark and died soon after at a hospital.
    (SSFC, 9/16/18, p.A14)(SFC, 9/17/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 15, Jean Briggs Watters (92), World War II British codebreaker, died in Nebraska. She was among about 10,000 people, mostly women, who participated in the Allied effort to crack German communication codes throughout the war and was buried on Sept. 24 with British military honors.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 15, In Texas US Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz was arrested in Laredo for the murder of four women, believed to have worked as prostitutes. Erika Pena managed to escape from him on Sept. 14 and notified authorities. Two other victims were killed after Pena ran off. In December Ortiz was charged with capital murder.
    (SSFC, 9/16/18, p.A14)(SFC, 9/17/18, p.A5)(SFC, 12/6/18, p.A6)
2018        Sep 15, The Australian state of Queensland offered a A$100,000 ($71,500) reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for sabotaging strawberries with sewing needles.
    (Reuters, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 15, In Australia a man (23) and a woman (21) died after collapsing at the Defqon.1 music festival in Sydney. A dozen more were hospitalized and hundreds others sought medical assistance after suspected drug overdoses.
    (Reuters, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 15, In Burundi hundreds of people took part in government organized protests in Bujumbura against a UN report that blamed President Pierre Nkurunziza for fuelling hatred and violence.
    (AFP, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 15, Egyptian police detained the sons of former president Hosni Mubarak along with three others in connection with insider trading charges for which the five are on trial.
    (AP, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 15, Ethiopia's exiled leadership of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), which had previously been declared a terrorist movement by the government, returned home, marking another step in political reforms driven by the new prime minister.
    (Reuters, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 15, In Ethiopia shops were looted and people attacked by mobs of Oromo youth who stormed through streets targeting businesses and homes of ethnic minorities. At least 23 people were killed in violence targeting minorities in the ethnic Oromo heartland near Addis Ababa.
    (Reuters, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 15, In France four men allegedly raped a woman (19) outside a nightclub in Toulouse. Images of the apparent attack soon circulated on social media. The alleged victim later told police that she had been attacked in the nightclub's car park and that she believed she had been drugged.
    (Reuters, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 15, Iraqi lawmakers elected Mohammed al-Halbousi (37), an Iran-backed Sunni Arab, as speaker of parliament, the first step in forming a new government four months after national elections.
    (AP, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 15, In Indian-controlled Kashmir a young man was killed and more than a dozen other people were injured when government forces fired at anti-India protesters after soldiers killed five rebels in fighting.
    (AP, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 15, Israeli missiles late today targeted Syria's Damascus international airport.
    (AFP, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 15, In northwestern Pakistan the roof of a mud and brick house collapsed amid heavy rain killing four members of a family and injuring another.
    (AP, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 15, Palestinian Saheeb Abu Kashef (16) died late today after being shot on August 3 east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.
    (AFP, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 15, In the northern Philippines Typhoon Mangkhut slammed ashore before dawn and left at least 12 people dead, mostly in landslides and houses that got pummeled by the storm's fierce winds and rain.
    (AP, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 15, In eastern Romania US basketball players Darrell Bowie (24) and Joseph McClain (25) were stabbed late today in a club and Bowie was in a serious condition.
    (AP, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 15, Pyotr Verzilov, publisher of a Russian online news outlet and affiliated with the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot, arrived in Berlin from Moscow late today on a medical transport plane. The anti-Kremlin activist lost his sight, hearing and his ability to walk in a suspected poisoning last week.
    (Reuters, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 15, In Rwanda prominent opposition leader Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza walked free after the government approved the early release of more than 2,100 prisoners with little explanation. She quickly urged Pres. Kagame to release all other political prisoners.
    (AP, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 15, Pope Francis appealed to Mafiosi to renounce their quests for power and money as he visited Sicily to honor a priest slain by mob henchmen for trying to protect youths from the evil clutches of organized crime.
    (AP, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 15, Sudan's new 21-member cabinet was sworn in, with PM Moutaz Mousa Abdallah also assuming the finance portfolio in a bid to revive the country's ailing economy.
    (AFP, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 15, The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Force entered the eastern village of Bagouz held by the Islamic State group where intense clashes were ongoing.
    (AP, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 15, In Thailand police arrested three people and charged them with possession of 2,060 grams (73 ounces) of crystal methamphetamine bought from a gang of Africans in Thailand.
    (AP, 9/18/18)
2018        Sep 15, Turkish unions said hundreds of workers on the construction site of Istanbul's third airport, one of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's mega development projects, have been arrested for protesting at the number of work-related deaths and poor conditions.
    (AFP, 9/15/18)
2018        Sep 15, Turkey freed 160 workers late today out of almost 600 who were arrested following a protest over work-related deaths and poor conditions at the construction site for Istanbul's third airport.
    (AFP, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 15, In Yemen a court in Sanaa, controlled by the Houthi rebels, charged 24 Baha'is and put them on trial for apostasy and espionage, which carry the death penalty.
    (AP, 10/30/18)

2018        Sep 16, Christine Blasey Ford (51), a San Francisco Bay Area clinical psychology professor, came forward with explosive allegations that Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers more than three decades ago.
    (SFC, 9/17/18, p.A1)
2018        Sep 16, Marc Benioff, chairman and co-CEO of San Francisco-based Salesforce.com, and his wife Lynne, said they will buy Time magazine for $90 million from owner Meredith Corp.
    (SFC, 9/17/18, p.D1)
2018        Sep 16, Flooding from Hurricane Florence spread across the Carolinas as the death toll climbed to 17.
    (SFC, 9/17/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 16, In Kansas Deputy Robert Kunze (41) was fatally shot after a fight erupted during the arrest of supected vehicle thief Robert Greeson (29) in a rural area near Wichita. Greeson was pronounced dead at the scene.
    (SFC, 9/18/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 16, London mayor Sadiq Khan called for another referendum on Britain's EU membership, saying the prime minister's handling of Brexit negotiations had become "mired in confusion and deadlock" and was leading the country down a damaging path.
    (Reuters, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 16, In China "Kinky Boots", whose music and lyrics were written by pop veteran Cyndi Lauper, wrapped up its two-month -- a long run for a country where censors often frown upon gay entertainment.
    (AFP, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 16, In southern China Typhoon Mangkhut barreled into Guangdong province, killing two people after lashing the Philippines with strong winds and heavy rain that left at least 64 dead and dozens more feared buried in a landslide.
    (AP, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 16, Egypt's Antiquities Ministry said a sphinx made of sandstone has been found in the Temple of Kom Ombo in Aswan during work to protect the site from groundwater. The ministry said the statue probably dates back to the Ptolemaic time, 320BC-30BC.
    (AP, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 16, Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed signed a "peace agreement "during a summit in Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 16, In Ethiopia overnight ethnic-based attacks in the outskirts of Addis Ababa killed several people and caused hundreds to flee their homes. Police said 70 suspects were arrested.
    (AP, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 16, In western Germany some four thousand people protested against the expansion of a coal strip mine that would entail the chopping down of the ancient Hambach forest.
    (AP, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 16, In northern Germany a Polish man (20) received a fatal stab wound after an altercation with an unknown man who then fled the scene in Neumuenster.
    (AP, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 16, Greek police reported that the number of migrants detained for entering Greece illegally has risen sharply so far this year.
    (AP, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 16, In India four police officers were suspended, three days after a mob beat a Muslim business-school graduate to death near Imphal. A video showed armed policemen standing around the man as he lay on his side in a field.
    (AP, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 16, At least 100 Myanmar youth activists and journalists called for the release of two jailed Reuters journalists, warning that the seven-year prison terms handed to the pair this month threaten the public's right to information.
    (Reuters, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 16, A weekend report by respected Dutch daily NRC linked 20 of 39 bishops and cardinals to (sexual) abuse. The paper reported that four bishops committed abuse and a further 16 senior clergymen transferred priests who had been accused of abuse to new locations.
    (AP, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 16, A Palestinian (17) fatally stabbed Ari Fuld (45), an American-born Jewish settler, in the occupied West Bank then was himself shot and seized by armed civilians who gave chase.
    (Reuters, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 16, In Russia up to thousand protestors demonstrated in Saint Petersburg against a plan to raise the state pension age which has sparked public anger.
    (AFP, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 16, Syria held its first municipal elections since 2011, amid tensions with the country's self-administered Kurdish region, which refused to allow polls.
    (AP, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 16, In northern Thailand a landslide at a refugee camp left one person dead and seven missing at the Mae La Oon refugee camp, which houses about 9,000 people, mostly members of the Karen ethnic minority from Myanmar.
    (AP, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 16, Thai police discovered 10 million methamphetamine pills and 37 kg (81 pounds) of heroin hidden under sacks of chicken manure.
    (AP, 9/18/18)
2018        Sep 16, In Yemen Saudi-led coalition fighting alongside the Yemeni government against Shiite Huthi rebels carried out an air raid on a radio station tower in the port city of Hodeida killing at least three people. At least 32 insurgents were reported killed and 14 others wounded in clashes and air strikes over the last 24 hours.
    (AFP, 9/16/18)
2018        Sep 16, Zimbabwe state media said the death toll in the cholera outbreak in Harare has risen to 28.
    (AFP, 9/16/18)

2018        Sep 17, President Donald Trump declassified a trove of documents related to the early days of the FBI's Russia investigation, including a portion of a secret surveillance warrant application and former FBI Director James Comey's text messages.
    (AP, 9/18/18)
2018        Sep 17, US officials slapped the tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports, but skipped consumer electronics like smartwatches and Bluetooth devices, in a reprieve for firms like Apple and fitness tracker maker Fitbit.
    (AFP, 9/18/18)
2018        Sep 17, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Russia of "cheating" on UN sanctions on North Korea and said Washington has "evidence of consistent and wide-ranging Russian violations."
    (Reuters, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 17, In central Iowa Collin Daniel Richards (22), a homeless man, attacked and killed Celia Barquin Arozamena, an Iowa State student and top amateur golfer from Spain. She had been playing a round near her university campus. Richards left her body in a pond on the course and was soon arrested.
    (AP, 9/18/18)
2018        Sep 17, In Afghanistan the Taliban launched multiple attacks on Afghan checkpoints as well as police and military bases in different parts of the country, killing at least 27 members of the security forces.
    (AP, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 17, Angolan President Joao Lourenco welcomed Portuguese PM Antonio Costa to Luanda for the first visit by a leader of the former colonial power in seven years. Costa arrival kicked off a two-day trip designed to improve ties between Luanda and its former colonial master.
    (AFP, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 17, Public fears about sewing needles concealed inside strawberries on supermarket shelves spread across Australia and New Zealand. Needles were reported found in strawberries in all six Australian states.
    (AP, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 17, The Bosnian parliament approved long-delayed changes to a criminal code aimed at bolstering the rule of law and the fight against crime and corruption, which is expected to speed up the country's progress toward EU membership.
    (Reuters, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 17, In Ethiopia demonstrators flooded Addis Ababa, blocking roads and shutting businesses in an explosion of anger following the killing of 23 people on the city's outskirts over the weekend. State affiliated Fana Broadcasting said Ethiopian police have detained 200 people in connection with the violence.
    (AFP, 9/17/18)(Reuters, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 17, In northern CongoDRC at least 27 were killed after a passenger boat capsized overnight along the Mongala River.
    (SFC, 9/20/18, p.A2)
2018        Sep 17, The International Criminal Court sentenced Congolese politician Jean-Pierre Bemba to a 300,000 euro fine and a 12 month sentence for witness tampering, but his sentence was reduced to zero due to time already served.
    (Reuters, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 17, The European Central Bank unveiled new versions of the 100- and 200-euro banknotes with updated anti-counterfeiting features and a slimmer size that should make them easier to fit into wallets and purses.
    (AP, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 17, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Algeria to promote bilateral ties and discuss migration and the situation in neighboring Libya.
    (AP, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 17, Israel targeted a facility of the Syrian Armed Forces from which systems to manufacture accurate and lethal weapons were about to be transferred on behalf of Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
    (Reuters, 9/18/18)
2018        Sep 17, The Israeli military attacked a group late today suspected of tampering with the border fence. Two people were found dead near the site of an Israeli missile strike at the Gaza border.
    (AP, 9/18/18)
2018        Sep 17, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa (42) said that he plans to blast off on the inaugural private commercial trip around the moon and will invite six to eight creative people on the weeklong journey via the SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket scheduled for 2023. Maezawa is the founder of Japan's largest retail website.
    (SFC, 9/18/18, p.A5)
2018        Sep 17, Libyan authorities closed Tripoli's only functioning airport, diverting traffic to another one at the nearby militia-controlled city of Misrata after the UN-backed Tripoli government handed control of the facility from one militia to another, prompting the Transport Ministry to order its closure on security concerns.
    (AP, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 17, The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) announced that one of its employees, midwife Saifura Khorsa, had been killed in Nigeria after more than six months in captivity by Boko Haram.
    (AFP, 9/18/18)
2018        Sep 17, In North Korea an international trade fair opened in Pyongyang and included more than 320 companies, with many Chinese entrepreneurs taking part.
    (AP, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 17, Pakistan's PM Imran Khan pledged to grant citizenship to Pakistan-born children of Afghan and Bengali refugees who have been living in the country for decades. UN reports say Pakistan has the largest refugee population in the world, mostly from Afghanistan.
    (AP, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 17, Pakistan's new government began auctioning off about 100 government-owned vehicles as part of new PM Imran Khan's highly publicized cost-cutting drive.
    (Reuters, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 17, Typhoon Mangkhut was confirmed to have killed 66 people in the Philippines and four in China, where it weakened to a tropical storm as it churned inland. In the Philippines 40 to 50 miners and their families were believed killed inside a chapel in Benguet province.
    (AP, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 17, Romania began hosting a two-day Three Seas Initiative Business Forum, aiming to boost connectivity in Eastern Europe and improve ties between the region and the US and EU. Romanian PM Viorica Dancila met a top Chinese official, saying Romania wanted to export more to China and attract more investment from there.
    (AP, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 17, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Sochi to try to come to an agreement over the Syrian rebel stronghold of Idlib. Russia and Turkey announced they would create a "de-militarized zone" ringing Syria's Idlib province.
    (AFP, 9/17/18)(AFP, 9/18/18)
2018        Sep 17, A Russian Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft, with 15 Russians on board, was shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft systems. Russia accused Israel of indirectly causing the incident, saying Israeli jets nearby had put the Russian plane in the path of danger.
    (Reuters, 9/18/18)
2018        Sep 17, Hundreds of Russian Communist Party supporters took to the central square of Vladivostok to protest against what they said was the brazen rigging of a regional election in favor of a politician backed by President Vladimir Putin.
    (AP, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 17, Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund said it has secured its first ever international loan, boosting the kingdom's diversification drive after its flotation of state oil giant Aramco stalled.
    (AFP, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 17, Church officials in northern Spain said the Vatican has suspended priest Jose Manuel Ramos for 10 years over allegations that he abused schoolchildren. An internal investigation concluded that Ramos had sexually abused minors between 1981 and 1984.
    (AP, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 17, It was reported that Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan has defended his decision to accept a luxury plane from Qatar at a time of economic hardship, saying it was a gift, not a purchase, and that it had been donated to the Turkish state, not to him personally.
    (Reuters, 9/17/18)
2018        Sep 17, Turkish activists and the opposition expressed outrage after a court jailed 24 workers ahead of a trial over their actions in protests against labor conditions at Istanbul's giant new airport.
    (AFP, 9/19/18)

2018        Sep 18, The US-China trade war escalated further, with China announcing retaliatory tax increases on $60 billion worth of US imports, including coffee, honey and industrial chemicals.
    (AP, 9/18/18)
2018        Sep 18, The internet watchdog Citizen Lab said it has used an internet survey technique to identify suspected spyware infections linked to the Israeli company NSO Group in 45 countries, including the United States, Britain, France, India and Turkey.
    (AP, 9/18/18)
2018        Sep 18, The Wall Street Journal said that the Xinhua News Agency and CGTN, the international arm of state broadcaster CCTV, had been told in recent weeks to register as foreign agents amid growing scrutiny of efforts by overseas media organizations to influence US.
    (AP, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 18, The UC San Diego's Center for Medicinal Cannabis announced that the US Drug Enforcement Administration has approved the importation of marijuana extracts from Canada for a clinical trial in treating tremors.
    (SFC, 9/19/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 18, Delaware signed a final 50-year agreement with a private Emirati port operator to privatize the Port of Wilmington. The state will receive yearly concession payments of around $10 million.
    (AP, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 18, Lawrence Martin-Bittman (b.1931), former Czechoslovakian Cold War spy, died at his home in Rockport, Mass. He had defected to West Germany in 1968 and sought asylum in the US, where he changed his name to Lawrence Michael Martin and later added Bittman to his surname. His books included "The Deception Game" (1972), and "The KGB and Soviet Disinformation: An Insider's View" (1985).
    (SSFC, 9/23/18, p.C9)
2018        Sep 18, It was reported that millions of animals trapped inside of North Carolina’s factory farm operations died from drowning during Hurricane Florence.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y8ekdjej)
2018        Sep 18, Philadelphia announced an agreement to overhaul its civil forfeiture laws limiting what law enforcement officers can seize and what proceeds from the confiscated property can fund.
    (SFC, 9/19/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 18, In South Carolina two women being transported to a mental health facility drowned after deputies drove their van into flooded waters in Marion County near Little Pee Dee River. On Dec. 4, 2019, officers Stephen Flood and Joshua Bishop were charged with reckless homicide and involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of Wendy Newton (45) and Nicolette Green (43).
    (SFC, 9/20/18, p.A6)(SFC, 1/5/19, p.A7)
2018        Sep 18, Cybersecurity firm FireEye said an Iranian government-aligned group of hackers launched a major campaign targeting Mideast energy firms and others ahead of US sanctions on Iran.
    (SFC, 9/19/18, p.A2)
2018        Sep 18, It was reported that Burkina Faso authorities have jailed more than 30 adults after they carried out botched female genital mutilation on nearly 60 infants and girls who have been hospitalized. Burkina Faso had outlawed the procedure in the early 1990s.
    (SFC, 9/19/18, p.A2)
2018        Sep 18, French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled plans to make France's health care system, considered one of the best in the world, more efficient and sustainable for the next 50 years.
    (AP, 9/18/18)
2018        Sep 18, In Germany Hans-Georg Maassen, the head of the BfV intelligence agency, was ousted from his post but then made deputy minister — with a hefty pay rise. He had been criticized for appearing to downplay anti-migrant violence and for his contacts with a far-right party.
    (AP, 9/21/18)
2018        Sep 18, Bollywood actress and former porn star Sunny Leone (37) appeared in New Delhi for the unveiling of her wax likeness at the city's Madame Tussauds museum. She made a name for herself in the porn industry before breaking into Bollywood in 2012, starring in the sequel to the hit movie "Jism" (Hindi for body).
    (AP, 9/18/18)
2018        Sep 18, Italian prosecutors said the far-right League can repay some 45 million euros ($53 million) it owes the state over the next 75 years, saving the governing party from possible bankruptcy.
    (Reuters, 9/18/18)
2018        Sep 18, Liberia's Information Minister Eugene Nagbe said several shipments of freshly printed Liberian dollars ordered from abroad by the central bank have been unaccounted for since they passed through the country's main ports in November 2017 and August this year. The government sought US help in investigating the whereabouts of the cash, equivalent to nearly five percent of Liberia's GDP.
    (Reuters, 9/21/18)
2018        Sep 18, Lithuanian authorities said Walmart has agreed to remove shirts with Soviet emblems from its online shop after three Baltic countries complained about the clothing.
    (AP, 9/18/18)
2018        Sep 18, A Dutch firm started building the country's first recycling plant to turn plastic from used nappies into household items like garden furniture or flower pots.
    (AFP, 9/18/18)
2018        Sep 18, Niger said an Italian priest was kidnapped overnight in a region where a number of extremist groups are active. Rev. Pierluigi Maccalli, a member of the Society of African Missions religious order, had promoted initiatives to encourage an end to the cultural practice of female genital mutilation.
    (AP, 9/18/18)(Reuters, 9/18/18)
2018        Sep 18, It was reported that rainy season flooding across Nigeria has killed more than 100 people.
    (SFC, 9/18/18, p.A2)
2018        Sep 18, In North Korea South Korean President Moon Jae-in began his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. A 52-member "special" civilian entourage accompanied Moon Jae-in to promote civil exchanges and engagement with younger Koreans.
    (AP, 9/18/18)
2018        Sep 18, Pakistan's new PM Imran Khan arrived in Saudi Arabia as part of his first official overseas trip.
    (AP, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 18, President Vladimir Putin, standing next to Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, said that the Russian state atomic energy firm Rosatom would start the construction of two new reactors at the Paks power nuclear plant in Hungary soon. Orban told reporters that they had agreed on gas supplies for 2020.
    (Reuters, 9/18/18)
2018        Sep 18, South Africa's largest trade union federation elected a woman president, a first for the 33-year-old labor movement that helped lead the fight against apartheid. Zingiswa Losi (42) was nominated unopposed at an annual meeting of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).
    (AFP, 9/18/18)
2018        Sep 18, UN-backed investigators who examined a bloody crackdown by Myanmar security forces that caused hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh issued a searing critique of the United Nations' own response to the human rights crisis. The members of a fact-finding mission on Myanmar fleshed out preliminary findings and recommendations released in a shorter version three weeks ago.
    (AP, 9/18/18)
2018        Sep 18, Pope Francis decreed that ordinary Catholics should be consulted about issues facing the Catholic Church and that bishops gathering for periodic meetings can make binding decisions on church teaching.
    (AP, 9/18/18)
2018        Sep 18, Impoverished Venezuelans reacted with fury after videos of President Nicolas Maduro gorging on succulent pieces of meat in a restaurant owned by a celebrity Turkish chef went viral. Maduro had a stopover in Istanbul where he was invited to dine with Turkish authorities.
    (AFP, 9/18/18)
2018        Sep 18, Zimbabwe's new Pres. Emmerson Mnangagwa ruled out an early return of the Zimbabwean dollar, toning down remarks by his finance minister that backed reintroducing the currency.
    (AFP, 9/18/18)

2018        Sep 19, FIFA's ethics committee has imposed life bans on three officials for bribery and corruption after they pleaded guilty in the US Department of Justice's investigation of international soccer.
    (AP, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 19, The World Bank said that 10 percent of the world's population lived on less than $1.90 a day in 2015 — the last year for which numbers were available — down from 11.2 percent in 2013.
    (AP, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 19, David Wong Louie (63), American writer, died at his home in Venice, Los Angeles County. His books included the novel "The Barbarians Are Coming" (2000). His stories explored identity, alienation and acceptance.
    (SFC, 9/28/18, p.D7)
2018        Sep 19, In Rhode Island senior military representatives from over 100 countries gathered for the 23rd Int'l. Seapower Symposium at the US Naval College in Newport for a three day meeting on cooperation and shared challenges.
    (SFC, 9/22/18, p.A6)
2018        Sep 19, In Utah Wanda Barzee (72), the woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart (14) in 2002 and stood by as the girl was sexually assaulted by her then husband Brian David Mitchell, was released after serving 15 years in prison.
    (SFC, 9/20/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 19, In Wisconsin a heavily armed man opened fire on co-workers at the WTS Paradigm software company. He wounded three people before being fatally shot by police in Middletown.
    (SFC, 9/20/18, p.A5)
2018        Sep 19, Bangladesh's parliament passed the Digital Security Act, combining the colonial-era Official Secrets Act with tough new provisions such as allowing police to arrest individuals without a warrant.
    (Reuters, 9/30/18)
2018        Sep 19, Burkina Faso banned night-time use of motorcycles in an eastern region plagued by hit-and-run raids by jihadist rebels.
    (AFP, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 19, China unveiled a slew of changes under mounting pressure from US President Donald Trump over technology. Beijing promised to cut tariffs, open its auto industry and buy American exports. But none of that was what Trump wanted: An end to development policies Washington says are based on theft of know-how and might erode US industrial leadership.
    (AP, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 19, Chinese police said they had arrested a 30-year-old man in connection with the theft of client information from Shanghai-based hotel operator Huazhu Group.
    (Reuters, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 19, Cyprus and Egypt signed an agreement paving the way for the Mediterranean’s first subsea pipeline to carry Cypriot natural gas to the Arab country for re-export to Europe.
    (AFP, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 19, The chief executive of Denmark's largest bank, Thomas Borgen, resigned after an internal report into allegations of massive money laundering via an Estonian subsidiary showed that "the vast majority" of transactions were deemed to be "suspicious."
    (AP, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 19, Amnesty International accused Egypt's government of mounting a crackdown on freedom of expression that had turned the country into an "open-air prison" for critics. The rights group said authorities had arrested at least 111 people since December for criticizing Pres. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Egypt's human rights situation.
    (Reuters, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 19, EU Council President Donald Tusk issued a stark warning to Britain that its Brexit position must be "reworked", as PM Theresa May prepared to address European leaders at a key summit.
    (AFP, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 19, A French court of appeals upheld a Sept. 2017 ruling that two directors of French celebrity magazine Closer should be fined a maximum 45,000 euros ($52,500) for breaching the privacy of Kate Middleton, when publishing topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing back in 2012.
    (AP, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 19, India's government approved an ordinance to implement a top court ruling striking down the Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce.
    (AP, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 19, Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir fired tear gas and used batons to break up religious processions marking the Muslim month of Muharram.
    (AP, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 19, Indonesia's president signed a three-year moratorium on all new palm oil plantation development, in a move hailed by environmentalists.
    (AFP, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 19, In Ireland a woman died after a caravan she was sleeping in was blown off a cliff in Galway County as the British Isles were battered by a heavy storm. The storm, dubbed Ali, also left around 55,000 homes and businesses without power, mainly in the southwest of Ireland. An engineer working for the Northern Ireland Water utility was killed in an incident involving a tree.
    (AP, 9/19/18)(Reuters, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 19, Human Rights Watch said Kyrgyzstan has convicted hundreds of people for extremism by using an excessively broad definition of the crime, and it urged the largely Muslim Central Asian nation to review such cases. The Bishkek government said that such cases would be reviewed after legal reforms next year.
    (AP, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 19, Malaysia's former PM Najib Razak was arrested and will face further charges of abuse of power over the multimillion-dollar looting of a state investment fund.
    (AP, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 19, Malaysian officials said police are investigating a case of alcohol poisoning that killed at least 21 people, with dozens more hospitalized, most of them citizens of Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar and Nepal.
    (Reuters, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 19, The leaders of North and South Korea announced a wide range of agreements which they said were a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula. North Korea agreed to permanently dismantle a launch pad and an engine-testing facility at its northwestern rocket-firing center in the presence of international experts.
    (AP, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 19, Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son in-law, were released from a prison in the garrison city of Rawalpindi after a court suspended their prison sentences while they appeal.
    (AP, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 19, Palestinian protests escalated after the failure of Egyptian-led efforts to broker a deal between the Islamic militant group Hamas and Israel to ease the Gaza blockade. Thousands of employees of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees protested in Gaza against forced redundancies as a result of US funding cuts.
    (AP, 9/19/18)(AFP, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 19, Russia's election commission recommended re-running a key regional poll, an unprecedented move triggered by claims of vote-rigging in favor of a candidate backed by Vladimir Putin.
    (AFP, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 19, In southern Somalia an overnight air strike reportedly hit an al-Shabab training school and nearby hospital in Sakow. Several senior officials in the extremist group were reported killed or wounded.
    (SFC, 9/20/18, p.A2)
2018        Sep 19, In Spain a man (63) who owned an "arsenal of weapons" was arrested in the northeastern city of Terrassa in Catalonia for threatening to kill PM Pedro Sanchez. The man wanted to kill Sanchez because he was furious at the prime minister's move to exhume late dictator Francisco Franco from his high-profile resting place near Madrid. The story was only made public on Nov. 8.
    (AFP, 11/8/18)
2018        Sep 19, In eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) riot police and water canon trucks dispersed several hundred trade union protesters over low wages in the second city of Manzini.
    (AP, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 19, Syrian opposition activists said thousands of people who were recently displaced by violence in northwest Syria have returned home following a Russia-Turkey deal that averted a government offensive on the last major rebel stronghold.
    (AP, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 19, In southern Thailand suspected insurgents killed one person and wounded four others in a roadside ambush in Yala province. Police suspected the assault was carried out by Muslim separatists.
    (AP, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 19, Turkey's Court of Appeals changed the conviction charge for Serkan Golge, a Turkish-US citizen and former NASA scientist arrested on terrorism, charges, to aiding, rather than being a member of, a terror organization, and reduced his 7-1/2-year prison sentence to five years. Golge denied both charges and planned to appeal.
    (Reuters, 9/21/18)
2018        Sep 19, In Ukraine the legislature in the Lviv region voted to "impose a moratorium on the public broadcast and use of Russian-language content" until Russia withdraws all of its troops from Ukraine.
    (AP, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 19, The UN said more than 500 people have died from cholera in the Lake Chad region since the start of the year, representing the worst outbreak to hit the area in four years. The Lake Chad region straddles parts of Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, which are also grappling with a jihadist insurgency.
    (AFP, 9/19/18)
2018        Sep 19, A new UN report indicated that Colombian coca cultivation increased 17 percent in 2017.
    (SFC, 9/20/18, p.A2)
2018        Sep 19, Zambian President Edgar Lungu fired a cabinet minister in charge of social welfare funds after Britain and Finland froze aid over suspicions that $4 million of funding may have been misused. Olipa Phiri was made Community Development and Social Welfare Minister, replacing Emerine Kabanshi.
    (Reuters, 9/19/18)



2018        Sep 20, The United States blacklisted 33 Russian nationals and three entities in a new round of sanctions for the Russian interference in the 2016 election. One of the companies is an aircraft-making factory in Russia's Far East. The US also imposed sanctions on a Chinese military agency over the purchase of Russian weapons.
    (AP, 9/21/18)
2018        Sep 20, The US National Book Foundation announced that Isabel Allende will be given a medal for "distinguished contribution to American letters." The Peruvian native is the first Spanish-language author and first since Saul Bellow (in 1990) born outside the US to receive the prize.
    (AP, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 20, In Arizona eight people, including four illegal immigrants wee killed in a head-on collision near Florence.
    (SFC, 9/21/18, p.A5)
2018        Sep 20, California's Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that as of January 1 bans dine-in restaurants from handing out plastic straws unless a customer asks for one.
    (SFC, 9/21/18, p.A1)
2018        Sep 20, In the SF Bay Area Roy Charles Waller (58) of Benicia was taken into custody in Berkeley after being linked to DNA evidence from crimes by his family lineage. Waller was suspected of being the NorCal Rapist, a serial predator accused of sexually assaulting women over a span of 15 years beginning in 1991. On Jan. 7, 2019, Waller was charged with 28 new crimes.
    (SFC, 9/22/18, p.A1)(SFC, 1/8/19, p.C4)
2018        Sep 20, In Maryland Snochia Mosely (26) used a handgun to kill three workers at a drugstore warehouse in Aberdeen and then killed herself. Several others were wounded. Mosely had been diagnosed with mental illness in 2016.
    (SFC, 9/21/18, p.A7)(SFC, 9/22/18, p.A6)
2018        Sep 20, In Nebraska about 500 Myanmar refugees were relocated from an apartment complex in Omaha after units were deemed unlivable.
    (AP, 9/22/18)
2018        Sep 20, Texas woman Yanette Rodriguez Acosta (35) was sentenced to 88 months in federal prison for her role in what investigators called a "virtual kidnapping" extortion scam with ties to Mexico. Prosecutors say there were no kidnappings.
    (AP, 9/21/18)
2018        Sep 20, It was reported that Bank of America has paid $30 million to settle charges that it attempted to manipulate global interest rates and knowingly filed false reports over six years from 2007-2012.
    (SFC, 9/20/18, p.C5)
2018        Sep 20, Nissan recalled more than 215,000 cars and SUVs in the US due to a fire risk and advised people to park the vehicles outdoors in rare cases.
    (AP, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 20, Botswana rejected claims of a surge of elephant poaching made by a leading conservation charity and put on display carcasses of animals allegedly slaughtered for ivory -- some with tusks still intact.
    (AFP, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 20, British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt called for justice on the Rohingya crisis after his visit to Myanmar's Rakhine state, telling embattled leader Aung San Suu Kyi the world "won't let it rest".
    (AFP, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 20, Toronto marketing company AHLOT said it has received more than 500 applications for six part-time positions for cannabis enthusiasts" to test strains of pot and report back on their characteristics. Recreational-use pot becomes legal in Canada on October 17.
    (AFP, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 20, China's state television said the government will strengthen the coordination of supervision over "systematically important" financial institutions, citing a central government meeting at which President Xi Jinping presided. The meeting also decided that China would reform and improve vaccine production and management, after recent vaccine scandals.
    (AP, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 20, In Colombia three geologists of Canadian miner Continental Gold were killed in the northern Antioquia province in an armed attack attributed to dissident members of the former FARC rebel group. More than 1,200 former FARC fighters did not lay down their arms and instead founded new groups dedicated largely to drug trafficking and illegal mining.
    (AP, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 20, A Congolese woman (32), who refused an Ebola vaccination and then disappeared, died of the virus near the heavily traveled border with Uganda, which is preparing to begin vaccinations as needed.
    (AP, 9/22/18)
2018        Sep 20, An Egyptian court ordered the release from detention of former president Hosni Mubarak's two sons who are on trial on insider trading charges.
    (AP, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 20, EU leaders meeting in Austria called for more intense talks with Egypt and other North African countries to take further steps against illegal migration to Europe, particularly by fighting those who smuggle and traffic them.
    (AFP, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 20, In France dozens of farmers and lawmakers stormed out of a meeting with the new environment minister after he confirmed that two more bears would soon be released into the Pyrenees mountains. Some 40 brown bears currently roam the range between France and Spain after France began importing them from Slovenia in 1996 after the native population had been hunted to near-extinction.
    (AFP, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 20, In Germany a man (23) killed his baby son by throwing the infant from the 7th floor of a high-rise building before jumping to his death in Berlin.
    (AP, 9/21/18)
2018        Sep 20, Iran hit back at a US offer of negotiations, saying Washington had violated the terms of the last big deal they agreed, the 2015 nuclear accord.
    (Reuters, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 20, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe was re-elected as head of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a landslide, paving the way for up to three more years as the nation's leader and a push toward a constitutional revision.
    (AP, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 20, Malaysian prosecutors charged former PM Najib Razak with 21 counts of money laundering and four counts of abuse of power over hundreds of millions of dollars received in his personal bank account. The charges bring the total number against Najib to 32 as investigators ramp up a probe into how billions went missing from scandal-plagued 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) state fund.
    (Reuters, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 20, Malta's PM Joseph Muscat signaled unexpected support from EU leaders for a second referendum on Brexit in Britain, boosting a growing campaign for a new poll despite the British government's trenchant opposition.
    (AFP, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 20, In northern Mozambique 12 villagers were killed and 14 injured in an attack late today by suspected jihadists in the village of Paqueue. Separately a military convoy came under attack near the Tanzanian border north of Paqueue, killing a senior army officer.
    (AFP, 9/21/18)
2018        Sep 20, In the Netherlands a train slammed into an electric cargo bike in the southern town of Oss, killing four young children and leaving two other people critically injured.
    (AP, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 20, A Pakistani official said PM Imran Khan has written to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, seeking to resolve outstanding disputes between the two nuclear-armed nations, including the issue of the divided region of Kashmir.
    (AP, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 20, In the central Philippines a landslide triggered by heavy rains killed at least 21 people on the fringes of Naga City, Cebu province. Security forces and rescue workers raced to uncover dozens more feared trapped. The tally of missing stood at about 50.
    (Reuters, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 20, Russian election officials in the Far East cancelled the results of the Sept. 16 gubernatorial election following reports of blatant vote rigging and said they will hold a new vote.
    (AP, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 20, The World Anti-Doping Agency WADA) reinstated Russia despite a wave of protests, ending the nearly three-year suspension of the country's drug-testing program because of a state-sponsored doping scheme.
    (AP, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 20, South Korean President Moon Jae-in returned home from a whirlwind three-day summit with Kim Jong Un. Moon said the North Korean leader wants the US secretary of state to visit Pyongyang soon for nuclear talks, and also hopes for a quick follow-up to his June summit with President Donald Trump.
    (AP, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 20, A Sudanese military jet crashed near the city of Omdurman, killing the two pilots on board.
    (AFP, 9/21/18)
2018        Sep 20, Taiwan said it is looking for Cody Wilson, the owner of a Texas company that sells blueprints to make untraceable 3-D printed guns, wanted on an arrest warrant tied to an accusation that he had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500 afterward.
    (AP, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 20, in Tanzania the ferry MV Nyerere, carrying more than 300 people, capsized just a few meters from the dock on Ukerewe, Lake Victoria's biggest island. At least 136 bodies were retrieved after the ferry sank.
    (Reuters, 9/21/18)
2018        Sep 20, Turkey's Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak presented the government's economic plan, which estimates 2.3 percent growth in 2019 and 3.5 percent in 2020. The previous forecast was 5.5 percent for both years.
    (AP, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 20, Uganda's pop star politician Bobi Wine, aka Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, vowed to continue his fight for more freedom in the country "or we shall die trying," shortly after security forces took him into custody on his arrival from the United States after treatment for alleged torture.
    (AP, 9/20/18)
2018        Sep 20, The Vatican accepted a request from a bishop in India to be temporarily relieved of his pastoral duties as police questioned him for a second day. A nun from the southern state of Kerala has accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who heads the Diocese of Jalandhar, of raping her repeatedly over a period of two years.
    (Reuters, 9/20/18)

2018        Sep 21, Pres. Donald Trump reversed himself and said he was no longer demanding that documents related to the Russia investigation be immediately declassified and released to the public.
    (SFC, 9/22/18, p.A6)
2018        Sep 21, Residents in communities of North Carolina and South Carolina were still being forced to flee to higher ground eight days after Hurricane Florence hit with nearly 3 feet of rain. The death toll reached at least 42 people.
    (SFC, 9/22/18, p.A7)
2018        Sep 21, Fabrizio Stabile (29) of New Jersey died of a rare "brain-eating amoeba" after visiting the BSR Cable Park and Surf Resort in Waco, Texas. In 2019 his mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit seeking more than $1 million.
    (SFC, 4/18/19, p.A5)
2018        Sep 21, Texas authorities in Freeport found 540 packages of cocaine in 45 boxes of bananas donated to a state prison.
    (SFC, 9/24/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 21, Cody Wilson (30) officially resigned from his Texas company that sells blueprints for making untraceable 3-D printed guns.
    (SFC, 9/26/18, p.A6)
2018        Sep 21, In Afghanistan at least eight children were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in northern Faryab province.
    (AP, 9/22/18)
2018        Sep 21, British fashion model George Koh (24) was sentenced to at least 25 years in prison for murdering Harry Uzoka (25) a more successful rival during a fight over a love interest.
    (AP, 9/21/18)
2018        Sep 21, Cambodia granted a royal pardon to Australian filmmaker James Ricketson, who was sentenced last month to six years in prison on spying charges in a trial widely criticized as unfair.
    (AP, 9/21/18)
2018        Sep 21, Canada began hosting a two-day summit bringing together more than half of the world's top female foreign ministers in Montreal.
    (AFP, 9/22/18)
2018        Sep 21, In Canada a tornado sparked chaos near the capital Ottawa, injuring dozens as homes were damaged, cars flipped over, and over 130,000 people left without power.
    (AFP, 9/22/18)
2018        Sep 21, China said it was "outraged" over US economic sanctions against a Chinese military agency and its director over the purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missile equipment, and demanded the US cancel the measure.
    (AP, 9/21/18)
2018        Sep 21, It was reported that Chinese authorities are placing the children of Uighurs and other ethnic minorities into dozens of state-run orphanages across the far western Xinjiang region, as around 1 million adults in their families are sent to internment camps.
    (Reuters, 9/21/18)
2018        Sep 21, China placed Nur Bekri, one of the country's most senior ethnic Uighur officials, head of the energy administration and a former governor of the restive region of Xinjiang, under investigation for suspected graft.
    (AP, 9/21/18)
2018        Sep 21, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi inaugurated his country's embassy in the Dominican Republic almost five months after the two nations established diplomatic relations.
    (AP, 9/21/18)
2018        Sep 21, An appeals court in Denmark said Wenceslas Twagirayezu (49) can be extradited to his native Rwanda where he is suspected of committing crimes against humanity in 1994.
    (AP, 9/21/18)
2018        Sep 21, The International Criminal Court at The Hague decided not to open a formal probe into claims of violence in Gabon after a disputed 2016 presidential poll in the country ruled by the same family for nearly 50 years.
    (AFP, 9/22/18)
2018        Sep 21, India called off a planned meeting between its foreign minister and her Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York this month following the killing of an Indian border guard in Kashmir and Pakistan's glorification of insurgents fighting Indian rule in the Himalayan territory.
    (AP, 9/21/18)
2018        Sep 21, A Japanese spacecraft released two small rovers on an asteroid in a mission that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system. The two Minerva-II-1 rovers were lowered from the unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa2 to the asteroid Ryugu.
    (AP, 9/21/18)
2018        Sep 21, In Kashmir nearly two dozen anti-India rebels stormed the homes in two southern villages, took away three off-duty officers and a fourth person who had resigned from the police days earlier. The three were shot dead and the former officer was released unharmed. Indian government forces killed five suspected militants, ending a two-day gunbattle in the northwestern Bandipora area.
    (AP, 9/21/18)
2018        Sep 21, In Libya the latest bout of fighting between rival militias in the capital Tripoli left 10 people dead and 18 people missing. The fighting further strained a cease-fire that has been in force since September 4.
    (AP, 9/22/18)
2018        Sep 21, In Malawi several hundred anti-graft activists took to the streets to protest against alleged corruption in the government of President Peter Mutharika.
    (AFP, 9/21/18)
2018        Sep 21, In Mexico gunmen killed a journalist who had received threats after reporting on corruption in the southern state of Chiapas, in what was at least the ninth murder of a reporter in the country this year.
    (AFP, 9/22/18)
2018        Sep 21, Mexican authorities released photos of victims from a mass grave in Veracruz state where 174 human skulls have been found in recent weeks. It was confirmed that children were among the victims.
    (SFC, 9/24/18, p.A2)
2018        Sep 21, The Norwegian Police detained a Russian citizen on suspicion of illegal intelligence activities. The man had attended a seminar this week on digitalization in the Norwegian Parliament.
    (Reuters, 9/23/18)
2018        Sep 21, Women's rights groups in Portugal reacted angrily to a court's suspended sentence for two men found guilty of sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman who had passed out drunk at a night club in 2016.
    (AP, 9/21/18)
2018        Sep 21, In Somalia US forces acting in self defense called in an airstrike on al Shabaab militants in the southern province of Lower Juba, killing an estimated 18 Islamist extremists. Somali government troops accompanying the US unit killed two other fighters of the al Qaeda-linked group with small arms fire during the clash.
    (Reuters, 9/22/18)
2018        Sep 21, A top Turkish official said Turkey will soon conduct joint patrols with US forces in the strategic northern Syrian town of Manbij, once a stronghold of the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 9/21/18)
2018        Sep 21, The Vatican said Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of two more Chilean bishops, in his latest move to confront a widening worldwide sexual abuse scandal.
    (Reuters, 9/21/18)
2018        Sep 21, Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang (61)(, the country's No. 2 after the ruling Communist Party's leader, died after a serious illness.
    (AP, 9/21/18)
2018        Sep 21, The World Health Organization (WHO) said more than 3 million people died in 2016 due to drinking too much alcohol, meaning one in 20 deaths worldwide was linked to harmful drinking.
    (Reuters, 9/21/18)

2018        Sep 22, In eastern Afghanistan women and children were among 9 members of a family reportedly killed after an "aerial ordnance" hit the home of a teacher in the Tagab district of Kapisa province. Afghan ground troops involved in a gunbattle had been forced to call in US air support. US Forces assessment showed 9 militants killed.
    (AFP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 22, Hundreds of marchers demanded better protection for British wildlife at the People's Walk for Wildlife in Hyde Park.
    (AP, 9/23/18)
2018        Sep 22, A Chinese navy hospital ship docked near Venezuela's capital as the OPEC nation's deepening economic crisis garners the attention of the US and other world powers. The stop by the People's Liberation Army Navy's ship is the latest in an 11-nation "Mission Harmony" tour.
    (AP, 9/22/18)
2018        Sep 22, In eastern CongoDRC at least 14 civilians and four soldiers were killed in a six-hour attack by rebels on the town of Beni. Local officials warned the unrest could hamper efforts to quash an Ebola epidemic in the area.
    (Reuters, 9/23/18)
2018        Sep 22, Egypt's highest appeals court rejected a motion by former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons to overturn their conviction on corruption charges.
    (AP, 9/22/18)
2018        Sep 22, In Germany the 185th Oktoberfest got under way in Munich.
    (SSFC, 9/23/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 22, Hong Kong opened a new high-speed rail link to inland China that will vastly decrease travel times but also raises concerns about Beijing's creeping influence over the semi-autonomous Chinese region.
    (AP, 9/22/18)
2018        Sep 22, In Iran gunmen shot dead at least 29 people including women and children in an attack on a military parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz. Three attackers were killed at the scene, and a fourth died later of his injuries. The Ahvaz National Resistance, an umbrella organization of all armed movements, claimed responsibility. Five attackers were killed in the attack on a military parade in southwest Iran that killed 25 people.
    (AFP, 9/22/18)(Reuters, 9/22/18)(Reuters, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 22, In Iran nine men convicted of raping a woman were hanged. The woman had withdrawn her complaint but that authorities carried out the punishment anyway.
    (AP, 9/23/18)
2018        Sep 22, A boat with 39 Syrian refugees aboard sank off the coast of Lebanon as it sailed illegally for Cyprus and most were rescued by the Lebanese army but a five-year-old boy drowned.
    (Reuters, 9/22/18)
2018        Sep 22, Lithuania's Pres. Dalia Grybauskaite welcomed Pope Francis and expressed gratitude for paying tribute to Holocaust victims in the Baltic nation. Francis said at the start of a four-day trip to the Baltics that Lithuania should see its painful past under Soviet and Nazi domination as an impetus to promote tolerance in Europe.
    (AP, 9/22/18)(Reuters, 9/22/18)
2018        Sep 22, Police in the Maldives raided the main campaign office of the opposition presidential candidate on the eve of an election viewed as a referendum on whether democracy will survive in the country.
    (AP, 9/22/18)
2018        Sep 22, In southwestern Nigeria voters in the state of Osun went to the polls to elect a new governor amid growing concerns about free and fair voting, six months ahead of a presidential election.
    (AFP, 9/22/18)
2018        Sep 22, Pirates off Nigeria's coast attacked the MV Glarus early today as it sailed from Lagos to Port Harcourt with a load of wheat. The next day Geneva-based Massoel Shipping said 12 of the ships 19 crew members had been kidnapped.
    (AP, 9/23/18)
2018        Sep 22, Pakistani PM Imran Khan labeled India arrogant for cancelling what would have been the countries' first high-level talks in years.
    (Reuters, 9/22/18)
2018        Sep 22, Thousands rallied across Russia to protest the government's plan to raise the eligibility age for retirement pensions by five years. Communist Party chief Gennady Zyuganov called for rolling back the proposed changes, arguing that the government should redistribute resources to avoid raising the pension age.
    (AP, 9/22/18)
2018        Sep 22, South Africa's largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA) launched its campaign ahead of highly contested elections due next year.
    (AFP, 9/22/18)
2018        Sep 22, In Tanzania a survivor was found inside a capsized ferry two days after the disaster on Lake Victoria, while coffins arrived for at least 209 victims and counting.
    (AP, 9/22/18)
2018        Sep 22, Severe floods struck northeastern Tunisia, killing at least four people and damaging homes, bridges, roads and fields.
    (AP, 9/23/18)
2018        Sep 22, The United Nations said a cholera outbreak in north-eastern Nigeria has claimed nearly 100 lives over the past two weeks.
    (AFP, 9/22/18)
2018        Sep 22, The Vatican signed a landmark agreement giving it a long-desired say in the appointment of bishops in China, though critics labeled the deal a sellout to the Communist government. The provisional agreement was signed in Beijing by deputy foreign ministers from both sides.
    (AP, 9/22/18)

2018        Sep 23, In Texas Cody Wilson (30) was booked into Harris County Jail in Houston early today and was being held on $150,000 bond after being arrested in Taiwan on Sept. 21, where police say he flew after learning he was being investigated for allegedly having sex with an underage girl.
    (AP, 9/23/18)
2018        Sep 22, US cable giant Comcast outbid Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox in a blind auction for the European TV operator Sky that all but settled a titanic battle between the two media empires. Comcast offered to pay £30.4 billion ($39.7 billion, 33.8 billion euros). Fox's highest offer was worth £27.6 billion.
    (AFP, 9/23/18)
2018        Sep 23, In Armenia an election was held to replace Taron Margaryan, an influential member of the former ruling Republican Party, who resigned as mayor of Yerevan in July. The My Step Alliance, which includes PM Nikol Pashinyan's Civil Contract Party, won 81.05 percent of the vote. That means its candidate Hayk Marutyan, a comedian who plays a harried father and shop owner on a sitcom on Armenian television, will become the mayor.
    (Reuters, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 23, In Australia a Fisheries Queensland spokesman said four large sharks have been killed after a woman and a 12-year-old girl were attacked in separate incidents just a day apart last week at the Whitsunday Islands of the Great Barrier Reef.
    (AFP, 9/23/18)
2018        Sep 23, British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would back a second Brexit referendum if his Labour Party votes to pursue the move, heaping pressure on PM Theresa May whose plans for a divorce deal with the EU have hit an impasse.
    (Reuters, 9/23/18)
2018        Sep 23, In Burkina Faso three miners -- a Burkinabe national, an Indian and a South African -- were seized by armed men between Djibo and a local gold mine. Hours later, three police officers deployed to help search for the trio were killed in a clash with armed men at Tongomael, about 30 km (20 miles) away.
    (AFP, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 23, An Egyptian court sentenced 64 people to varying prison terms and one man to death over violence in 2013 when the military overthrew the elected Islamist president. The ruling can still be appealed.
    (AP, 9/23/18)
2018        Sep 23, Sports car maker Porsche said it would become the first German auto giant to abandon the diesel engine, reacting to parent company Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal and urban driving bans.
    (AFP, 9/23/18)
2018        Sep 23, In Hong Kong Charles K. Kao (84), who shared a 2009 Nobel Prize in physics for pioneering work in optical fiber technology, died. Kao was a researcher at ITT Corp. when in 1966 he and a colleague published a paper that showed pure glass fibers could be used for communication.
    (AP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 23, India's PM Narendra Modi launched the world's biggest health insurance scheme, dubbed "Modicare," promising free coverage for half a billion of India's poorest citizens ahead of national elections next year.
    (AFP, 9/23/18)
2018        Sep 23, In India at least 40 Maoist rebels were involved in the fatal shooting of lawmaker Kidari Sarveshwara Rao, an Andhra Pradesh state assembly member from the ruling Telugu Desam party, while he visited with constituents of a tribal area about 700 km (435 miles) northeast of Hyderabad. His supporters attacked two police stations in anger over the killing, setting fire to one and vandalizing the other.
    (AP, 9/23/18)
2018        Sep 23, In Lithuania Pope Francis paid homage to Holocaust victims who perished in the Vilnius ghetto, 75 years to the day after the Nazis liquidated it, and warned 100,000 Lithuanians gathered for mass against "pernicious attitudes" leading to genocide.
    (AFP, 9/23/18)
2018        Sep 23, The Maldives held its third multiparty presidential election. Strongman President Yameen Abdul Gayoom lost the election to his challenger, longtime lawmaker Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (56).
    (AP, 9/23/18)(AP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 23, In Nigeria the governorship election in southwest Osun state ended in a stalemate when the nation's electoral body failed to declare a clear winner. A run off between Gboyega Oyetola from President Muhammadu Buhari's ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Ademola Adeleke of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is expected to be held on October 27.
    (AFP, 9/23/18)
2018        Sep 23, In Pakistan gunmen attacked the base camp of a pro-government militia early today, killing four of its members in the Dasht-e-Goran area of Baluchistan.
    (AP, 9/23/18)
2018        Sep 23, Panama's maritime authority said it has begun procedures to remove the registration of Aquarius 2 after Italy complained the boat's captain failed to follow orders to return rescued migrants to Libya. Humanitarian groups described Panama's move as shameful.
    (AP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 23, Swiss voters decisively rejected more help for farmers in two referendums today, heeding the government's warnings that the measures would send food prices rocketing and hurt the economy.
    (Reuters, 9/23/18)
2018        Sep 23, Swiss voters in St. Gallen approved by a two-thirds majority a ban on facial coverings such as the burqa, becoming the second Swiss canton to do so.
    (Reuters, 9/23/18)
2018        Sep 23, It was reported that two insurgent groups in Syria have rejected a deal reached this month between Russia and Turkey to establish a demilitarized zone in Idlib region.
    (AP, 9/23/18)
2018        Sep 23, In Tanzania burials started of the 224 people who died when a ferry capsized on Lake Victoria. No one is sure how many people were on the overcrowded ferry, which officials said had a capacity of 101.
    (AP, 9/23/18)

2018        Sep 24, Donald Trump arrived at the UN for a meeting on the global drug trade, ahead of a sit-down with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who comes bearing a personal message to Trump from Kim after their inter-Korean talks last week. Some 129 countries at the UN signed on to a US-drafted pledge to fight the global drug problem.
    (AP, 9/24/18)(Reuters, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, The US State Department approved the sale to Taiwan of spare parts for F-16 fighter planes and other military aircraft worth up to $330 million.
    (Reuters, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 24, The US and China officially put new tariffs on each other's goods. China also reportedly pulled out of a meeting to discuss trade. Oil prices jumped after OPEC decided not to produce more oil.
    (AP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, In Montana a US judge in Billings restored protections to grizzly bears in the Northern Rocky Mountains and blocked the first hunts in the lower 48 states planned in almost three decades.
    (SFC, 9/25/18, p.A6)
2018        Sep 24, The New York-based Open Society Foundations (OSF) said in a statement that it had submitted a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, calling on it to "defend Hungarian democracy" and urge a repeal of Hungary's controversial "Stop Soros" laws adopted last June.
    (AFP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, In Texas the Dallas police chief dismissed Officer Amber Guyger, who was charged with manslaughter in the Sept. 6 shooting of Botham Jean (26).
    (SFC, 9/25/18, p.A7)
2018        Sep 24, A federal judge in Texas sentenced John Portillo (59), the national vice-president of the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Prganization, to two consecutive life terms  and another 20 years for directing a violent racketeering and drug trafficking enterprise.
    (SFC, 9/26/18, p.A6)
2018        Sep 24, Two Saudi Arabian sisters, Tala Farea (16) and Rotana Farea (22), were last seen in Virginia, where they lived. Police later said they appeared to have traveled to NYC. On Oct. 24 their bound bodies washed up on NYC's waterfront.
    (SFC, 11/1/18, p.A7)
2018        Sep 24, Brexit advocates unveiled a new economic plan for Britain's departure from the European Union as official figures emerged showing the country's increasingly deteriorating trade in goods relationship with the bloc.
    (AP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, ELN Marxist rebels in Colombia said they will not suspend their insurgency until President Ivan Duque names a new team of peace negotiators to restart Cuban-hosted talks.
    (AP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, In CongoDRC the death toll from a weekend attack in the restive east rose to 21, with the violence prompting aid groups to suspend their Ebola work in the area.
    (AFP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, In Costa Rica American businessman William Sean Creighton Kopko  was kidnapped. On Jan 12, 2019, police in Costa Rica and Spain said they have arrested 12 people alleged to have been involved in the kidnapping. The victim was still missing.
    (AP, 1/12/19)
2018        Sep 24, The EU referred Poland to its top court for an alleged breach of the independence of its supreme court, the latest showdown between Brussels and populist member state governments.
    (AFP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, Authorities in Hong Kong took an unprecedented step to quash separatist voices by banning the Hong Kong National Party, led by Andy Chan (27).
    (AP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, India's army said five suspected militants and a soldier have been killed in two days of fighting near the highly militarized de facto frontier that divides the disputed region of Kashmir.
2018        Sep 24, Italy tightened criteria for migrants receiving humanitarian protection as its populist government deepened its crackdown on those seeking asylum.
    (AP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, Kenyan police charged Migori province Gov. Okoth Obado with the murder of a university student who claimed he had impregnated her in an extramarital affair. Sharon Otieno was kidnapped along with journalist Barack Oduor last month when they were due to meet with the governor. Otieno's body was later found in a forest.
    (AP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, Kenya's military said it's killed 10 rebels from the al-Shabab extremist group in an ambush in the south where several soldiers have died from roadside bombs.
    (AP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, Pope Francis traveled to Latvia and praised Latvians for persevering through the horrors of Soviet and Nazi occupation, persecution and exile.
    (AP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, Moldova's Constitutional Court temporarily stripped the country's pro-Moscow President Igor Dodon of his duties for refusing to endorse new ministers in a political standoff.
    (AP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, Myanmar's army chief warned against foreign interference as world leaders gather at the UN to find ways to hold the country's powerful generals accountable for atrocities against Rohingya Muslims last year.
    (Reuters, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, In Norway a man (51) was convicted of terror offenses for providing online instructions on how to carry out attacks and sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison. The man had denied calling for acts of terror, adding that he had wanted to infiltrate IS to destroy it from the inside.
    (AP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, Staff at the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees went on strike in the Gaza Strip to protest against job losses and US funding cuts.
    (AFP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, Russia announced it will supply an S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria in two weeks against strong Israeli objections, a week after Moscow blamed Israel for indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military plane in Syria.
    (Reuters, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, Swedish authorities said they had temporarily halted the deportation of Muslim minority Uighurs to China due to concerns over the situation there.
    (AFP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, The UN World Food Program took its campaign to fight world hunger to a global cinema audience with an innovative, interactive advertisement.
    (AFP, 9/24/18)
2018        Sep 24, A court in southern Vietnam sentenced activist Doan Khanh Vinh Quang (42) to 27 months in prison for Facebook posts that judges said insulted the ruling Communist Party and government and called for anti-government protests.
    (AP, 9/25/18)

2018        Sep 25, The United States imposed new sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's wife and key members of his government, including the vice president and defense minister, accusing them of plundering the country's wealth and helping Maduro maintain his grip on power.
    (Reuters, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, The Washington-based World Bank said it has approved $80 million in grants to Somalia to fund public finance reforms, marking the first disbursement to the government of the conflict-ridden country in 30 years.
    (Reuters, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 25, In San Francisco the discovery of a cracked steel beam forced the abrupt closure of the new $2.2 billion Transbay Transit Center.
    (SFC, 9/26/18, p.A1)
2018        Sep 25, Sydney Goldstein Goldstein, founder of the onstage City Arts and Lectures series in the SF Bay Area, died in Los Angeles. She founded the program in 1980 and ran it for 37 years.
    (SFC, 9/26/18, p.D1)
2018        Sep 25, New York-based Human Rights Watch accused Yemen's Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, of committing abuses including hostage taking, torture and enforced disappearances of people they hold in detention.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, It was reported that NY-based Michael Kors is buying the Italian fashion house Gianni Versace in a deal worth more than $2 billion.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, The president of Argentina's central bank, Luis Caputo, abruptly resigned after just a few months in the position, amid a volatile economic crisis as a 24-hour general strike paralyzed the country.
    (AFP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, Bahrain charged 169 people with being part of a militant group they referred to as the "Bahraini Hezbollah," the latest mass prosecution in the kingdom amid a years long crackdown on all dissent.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, British boxing authorities fined WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders 100,000 pounds ($131,000) after video footage showed him appearing to offer drugs to a woman.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, British PM Theresa May lobbied for the release of detained British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe during a meeting on Tuesday with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
    (Reuters, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 25, A beluga whale was spotted in the River Thames estuary outside London, far from its natural Arctic habitat.
    (AFP, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 25, China warned that the US move to sell to Taiwan spare parts for F-16 fighter planes and other military aircraft jeopardized Sino-US cooperation. Taiwan's Presidential Office thanked the United States for its support.
    (Reuters, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, Interpol chief Meng Hongwei was reported missing after traveling from France to his native China. His wife was soon placed under police protection after receiving threats.
    (Reuters, 10/6/18)
2018        Sep 25, In CongoDRC four pro-democracy Filimbi activists were sentenced to 12 months behind bars for insulting the president. Seven activists from a pro-democracy movement called Congolese Stand Up! remained in secret detention.
    (AFP, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 25, Pope Francis arrived in Estonia and wound up a trip to the Baltic states. He said that nations should not measure their strength by their military capability to prevail over others. Estonia has only about 4,500 Catholics, or about 0.4 percent of the population of 1.3 million.
    (Reuters, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, A news report said European Commission inspectors have found widespread irregularities in EU-financed projects in Hungary raising the risk that the EU could withhold development funds worth $1.8 billion.
    (Reuters, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, A German court said it could not enforce a Chilean prison sentence for Hartmut Hopp (74), a German former member of a Nazi pedophile sect, for complicity in child sex abuse because the evidence the Chilean court had provided against him fell short of that required under German judicial standards. Dr. Hopp was the right-hand man of convicted pedophile Paul Schaefer, a former Wehrmacht soldier and lay preacher who in 1961 founded the "Colonia Dignidad" commune that indoctrinated residents and kept them as virtual slaves.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, The head of the Catholic Church in Germany apologized "for all the failure and pain", after a report spanning a 70-year period ending in 2014, found indications of sexual abuse by 1,670 clerics, with more than 3,700 possible victims.
    (Reuters, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, In India the relatives of thousands of workers who died cleaning sewers protested in New Delhi, aiming to stop the practice of workers entering underground conduits to unclog drains and remove waste with their bare hands.
    (Reuters, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, In Indonesia Greenpeace activists scaled storage tanks at a palm oil refinery along with a popular rock band which played pro-environment songs, protesting against a commodity found in everything from soap to biscuits. The protest ended after 12 hours.
    (AFP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, In Iraq gunmen killed activist Soad al-Ali in Basra. He had organized protests demanding better services and jobs and decried the growing influence of Iran-backed Shiite militias in the area.
    (SFC, 10/4/18, p.A3)
2018        Sep 25, Israel opened a high-speed rail link between Tel Aviv's international airport and Jerusalem, part of a $2 billion project that has drawn Palestinian complaints over its route through small parts of the occupied West Bank.
    (Reuters, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, Lebanon's parliament ratified the 2014 international Arms Trade Treaty, angering Hezbollah legislators, some of whom walked out in protest.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, In northern Mali at least 15 Tuaregs were killed when armed men from a rival ethnic group attacked their village.
    (Reuters, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 25, Morocco's navy opened fire on a speedboat carrying more than two dozen migrants. A migrant (22) studying law died before reaching a hospital. Three others were wounded. Two Spanish captains were arrested.
    (AP, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 25, Medical charity Doctors Without Borders warned over unprecedented levels of child mortality in southern Niger during the past month, with 10 children dying per day. Most of the deaths were linked to surging cases of malaria or malnutrition.
    (AFP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, It was reported that Pakistani businessmen, whose wives and children are trapped in China's restive Xinjiang, are traveling to Beijing to lobby their embassy, in hopes that the south Asian nation's new government will pressure its ally for their release.
    (Reuters, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, In the Philippines Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, President Rodrigo Duterte's fiercest critic in Congress was arrested, after the president revoked his 2011 amnesty for a failed coup attempt and revived rebellion charges against him in an unprecedented legal move the senator called a blow to democracy. Trillanes posted bail.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, Portugal said that it would take in 10 of 58 migrants from the Aquarius rescue ship, as European countries battled to defuse a fresh row over asylum seekers picked up in the Mediterranean. France and Spain also agreed to take in migrants from the Aquarius.
    (AFP, 9/25/18)(Reuters, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, Portugal's attorney general's office said authorities have detained military police investigators and members of the country's paramilitary National Republican Guard in connection with last year's theft of weapons from the national armory.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, Saudi Arabia's King Salman inaugurated a 6.7 billion euro ($7.87 billion), high-speed, 450-km (280-mile) Haramain Railway linking Mecca and Medina, the two holiest cities in Islam.
    (Reuters, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, A new study said South Sudan's civil war has caused the deaths of at least 382,900 people, far higher than previous estimates and more than the conflict in Syria. The statistical research was carried out by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and was published after being commissioned by the US Institute for Peace in partnership with the US State Department.
    (AFP, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 25, Sweden's center-right opposition and the far right ousted PM Stefan Lofven in a vote of no-confidence, as the left and right blocs wrangle over who can form a new government after neither won a majority in September 9 elections.
    (AFP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, Sweden's public broadcaster said it regretted that a satirical show it aired about China offended some — but stressed that it would not apologize to Beijing for the sketch.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, Police in northern Thailand said they have discovered the buried bodies of a missing British expatriate and his Thai wife, and have arrested the woman's brother for allegedly ordering their murder. The dead couple, who had been together for 30 years, had been dead for about a week.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, Thai police handed over around 100 kg (220 pounds) of seized marijuana for medical research, as officials seek to produce pot-based medication.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, A Thai court convicted nine young Muslim men from southern Thailand of planning to set off a car bomb in the capital, in a case in which many of the defendants said they were tortured into making false confessions.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, The United Nations and individual donors rushed food to a desperate corner of northern Yemen where starving villagers were found to be living off leaves.
    (AP, 9/25/18)
2018        Sep 25, The UN said Afghan and US air strikes have killed 149 civilians in the first six months of this year.
    (SFC, 9/27/18, p.A2)

2018        Sep 26, The Wall Street Journal, citing US military officials, reported that the US will pull four Patriot missile systems from Jordan, Kuwait and Bahrain next month.
    (Reuters, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 26, The US Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate by a quarter point to a range between 2 and 2.5 percent. This was the third raise this year.
    (SFC, 9/27/18, p.C6)
2018        Sep 26, It was reported that San Francisco's lawyer fees to the Jones Day law firm, related to the tilting Millenium Tower, had reached $15.7 million. The structure was completed in 2008 at a cost of $350 million.
    (SFC, 8/1/16, p.A1)(SFC, 9/26/18, p.D1)
2018        Sep 26, San Francisco officials reported a 2nd cracked, steel beam in the new Transbay Transit Center.
    (SFC, 9/27/18, p.A1)
2018        Sep 26, In southern California Ramon Escobar (47) of El Salvador, deported from the US six times, was charged with the three counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder for recent attacks involving homeless men. In December Escobar confessed to killing his aunt and uncle in Texas before fleeing to California. 
    (SFC, 9/28/18, p.A12)(SFC, 12/24/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 26, Comedian Bill Cosby (81) began serving his three to ten year sentence for sexual assault at he SCI Phoenix state prison in Collegeville, Pa.
    (SFC, 9/27/18, p.A6)
2018        Sep 26, Texas executed drug dealer Troy Clark (51) for drowning his former roommate Christina Muse of Tyler in his bathtub in May 1998.
    (SFC, 9/27/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 26, In Afghanistan an air strike killed a woman and two teenage girls in Kunduz province.
    (SFC, 9/27/18, p.A2)
2018        Sep 26, Albania police said Vincent "Dominic" De Caro and Arber Isaku, both 29-year-old New York residents, have been arrested while trying to flee Albania at the Morine border crossing. They were allegedly trying to produce and sell synthetic drugs through the internet.
    (AP, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 26, An investigative group in Britain named Bellingcat said one of the two suspects in the March poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK is in fact Col. Anatoliy Chepiga with the Russian military intelligence agency GRU, who in 2014 was awarded Russia's highest medal.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 26, In northern Burkina Faso eight soldiers were killed by a blast in Soum province.
    (AFP, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 26, In northwestern Cameroon separatist militants raided a prison and freed about 100 inmates, as the rebels vowed to block next month's presidential election in English-speaking regions.
    (Reuters, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 26, The Leaders of Chechnya and Ingushetia signed an agreement to swap what they described as small plots of agricultural land. About 100 people rallied in the capital of Ingushetia against the decision.
    (AP, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 26, China announced more tariff cuts on construction machinery and other goods but no action on US complaints about its technology policy that are fueling an escalating trade battle.
    (AP, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 26, The Czech Republic's central bank raised its key interest rate for the third time since June, by a quarter point to 1.50 percent.
    (AP, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 26, In Denmark two people were arrested in Copenhagen and charged with attempting to supply Islamic State with drones, which the organization has used to carry out attacks.
    (Reuters, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 26, In Egypt Coptic monk Zeinoun al-Maqari died a day before he was scheduled to testify for the prosecution in the trial of two monks — one of whom has been defrocked — charged with the killing of the abbot. An autopsy showed clear signs of poisoning. He had until recently belonged to a monastery northwest of Cairo where Bishop Epiphanius was killed.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 26, India's top court upheld the government's policy of issuing a 12-digit identification number to every citizen, but said it can't be made mandatory for services such as bank accounts, cellphone connections and school admissions.
    (AP, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 26, A critically endangered Sumatran tiger pregnant with two cubs was found dead in the Indonesian province of Riau after being caught in a pig trap. The tigers are estimated to have dwindled to about 400.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 26, Libya's internationally recognized government announced a new ceasefire deal to end a month of fighting between rival militias south of Tripoli that has left more than 100 dead.
    (AFP, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 26, Norway's Borgarting Court of Appeals said there was evidence that Mikhail Bochkaryov of Russia had collected information from computer and wireless networks at the parliament last week, upholding a decision by a lower court that he can be held for two weeks.
    (Reuters, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 26, Two Pakistani men went to their embassy in Beijing to lobby for help in reuniting with their wives, who they say are ethnic Uighurs blocked from leaving China.
    (AP, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 26, Amnesty International reported that a contractor involved in building infrastructure around the marquee stadium for Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup did not pay its workers, leaving them stranded thousands of miles from home.
    (AP, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 26, In Romania Ion Ficior (90), an ex-prison chief serving a 20-year sentence there for crimes against humanity, died He was incarcerated in 2017 for the deaths of 103 political inmates while in charge of a communist-era labor camp.
    (AP, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 26, The Russian parliament's lower house passed a controversial pension reform bill, after President Vladimir Putin announced concessions to try to dampen widespread public anger over plans to raise the state retirement age. The bill, which still has to go through the formality of a third reading and a senate hearing, would see Russian men retire at 65 instead of 60.
    (AFP, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 26, A court in Thailand gave a second life sentence to Xaysana Keophimpha, a drug kingpin from Laos, whose social connections to various celebrities were exposed by his arrest.
    (AP, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 26, A court in Vietnam jailed 15 people for terms ranging from two to 4-1/2 years after they were arrested during mass protests in June against plans for special economic zones.
    (AP, 9/26/18)
2018        Sep 26, In Zimbabwe an elephant trampled a German tourist (49) while she was trying to take photos of it in Mana Pools National Park.
    (AP, 9/27/18)

2018        Sep 27, Speaking before members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee University Prof. Christine Blasey Ford (51) said she believed she was going to be raped or accidentally killed during an alleged assault 36 years ago by Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump's embattled nominee for the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh (53) furiously refuted the testimony of Ford.
    (AFP, 9/27/18)(AFP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 27, The magazine of the Jesuit religious order in the United States publicly withdrew its endorsement of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice following testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee by the Jesuit-educated Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexually assaulting her decades ago.
    (AP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 27, The US Justice Department announced that US and Brazilian authorities have fined Brazil's state oil giant Petrobras more than $853 million for covering up a massive bribery scheme involving Brazilian politicians and political parties. Brazil will receive 80 percent and the other 20 percent will be divided between the US Dept. of Justice and the SEC.
    (AP, 9/27/18)(SFC, 9/28/18, p.A2)
2018        Sep 27, US Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke said 76 people have been arrested over the last few weeks on drug charges in a sweep of traffickers on reservation land in western North Carolina of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
    (AP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 27, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said police have busted a group of 17 people responsible for a series of Apple store robberies in 19 state counties.
    (SFC, 9/28/18, p.D1)
2018        Sep 27, Marty Balin (b.1942), co-founder of the San Francisco-based Jefferson Airplane rock group (1965), died in Florida.
    (SFC, 9/29/18, p.A1)
2018        Sep 27, It was reported that the Atlanta-based CDC has estimated that 80,000 Americans died of flu last winter.
    (SFC, 9/27/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 27, North Carolina police said search crews have found the body of Maddox Ritch (6). The autistic boy had disappeared Sept. 22 after running after a jogger.
    (SFC, 9/28/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 27, US Maj. Gen. Sidney Shachnow (b.1934) died in Pinehurst, NC. He had escaped a Nazi labor camp in Lithuania as a boy and rose through the ranks of the US Army. His 2004 autobiography, "Hope and Honor," was written with Jan Robbins.
    (SFC, 10/15/18, p.C12)
2018        Sep 27, In Tennessee Philip Trenary (64), president of the Greater Memphis chamber of Commerce, was shot and killed near Beale St. Three people, ages 22, 18 and 16, were later charged in the shooting.
    (SFC, 10/1/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 27, Texas executed Daniel Acker (46) for fatally running over his girlfriend, Marquetta George, in 2000.
    (SFC, 9/28/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 27, The chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corp. resigned over allegations that he pressured the independent national broadcaster to fire two political journalists because the ruling conservative government disliked them.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, Burundi's government suspended the operations of non-governmental organizations for three months, saying that "many of them do not respect the law."
    (AP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 27, Beijing urged the United States to stop slandering China after President Donald Trump accused the Asian giant of trying to interfere in upcoming American congressional elections.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, Mustafa el-Nagar (38), a former Egyptian lawmaker, went missing. His wife later said he may have been detained by security forces.
    (AP, 10/17/18)
2018        Sep 27, The European Union said it has approved 100 million euros ($116 million) in its first-ever budget support to Somalia's government in the latest sign of confidence in a country long shattered by conflict.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, In France Pascal Filoe, a city hall official in the southern city of Rodez, was stabbed to death in a daylight attack. A suspect was arrested. Local media reported that he acted out of vengeance days after his unregistered attack dog was confiscated.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, German steel company and industrial equipment maker Thyssenkrupp said it plans to split into two separate entities that will be run as independent, listed companies.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, India's Chief Justice Dipak Misra and the rest of the five-member court struck down a 158-year-old law that treated adultery in certain cases as a criminal offense punishable by up to five years in prison. The court called the law unconstitutional and noted that a "husband is not the master of woman." The law did not allow wives to prosecute adulterous husbands.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, Anti-India protests and clashes erupted in several places in disputed Kashmir after Indian troops killed a young shepherd who was tending his sheep. An Indian soldier and three rebels were killed in two separate gunbattles.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, In Iraq Tara Fares (22), a former beauty queen, was shot and killed at the wheel of her Porsche on a busy Baghdad street. The fashion model and social media star had expressed outspoken opinions  on personal freedom.
    (https://primalinformation.com/tara-fares-wiki/)(SFC, 10/4/18, p.A3)
2018        Sep 27, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu described to the UN General Assembly what he said was a secret atomic warehouse in Tehran and accused Europe of appeasing Iran as he sought to rally support for US sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
    (Reuters, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 27, Israel's defense minister said the country's Quneitra border crossing with Syria is reopening for UN personnel and will resume operating as before the civil war erupted next door.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, Mexican prosecutors said that Javier Duarte, the former governor of the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, has pleaded guilty to charges of organized crime and money laundering. Duarte got a nine-year sentence and had 41 properties seized as part of the plea deal.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, Mexican officials said two detectives have been shot to death in Puebla state while trying to detain a suspect in the 2012 slaying of a youth soccer coach in New York City. Orlando Orea is accused of slashing Michael Jones (25) to death in Manhattan's Union Square. Jones worked in the New York Red Bulls system.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, In central Mexico a mob of about 100 people in the town of Metepec, Hidalgo state, doused a detective with gasoline and burned him to death. Three other men were beaten. The mob was reportedly roused by rumors that the men were planning to abduct children.
    (AP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 27, In the Netherlands anti-terror units found a large quantity of bomb-making materials including fertilizer likely to be used in a car bomb following the arrest of seven terror suspects in the cities of Arnhem and Weert.
    (AFP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 27, The UN said the cholera outbreak in Niger has killed 67 people since July out of thousands of recorded cases.
    (AFP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, Nigerian authorities said the death toll from large-scale flooding in recent weeks has jumped to nearly 200 people.
    (SFC, 9/28/18, p.A2)
2018        Sep 27, Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad selected a new leader for the first time in more than 20 years. Syria-based Ziad al-Nakhala (b.1953) will take over as the movement's secretary general from Ramadan Shalah, who has been suffering from serious health issues for months.
    (AFP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, In the Philippines Pres. Duterte said in a speech to government executives that he had told the military they could remove him if they were unsatisfied with his rule, and asked what "sins" he had committed. "Did I steal even a peso?" he said. "My only sin is the extrajudicial killings."
    (AP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 27, Polish Catholic Bishop Romuald Kaminski apologized to those who were sexually abused by priests in his Warsaw diocese and vowed to take steps to win back their trust.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, Romania's education minister resigned over a political dispute involving the teaching of the Romanian language in schools serving the country's ethnic Hungarian minority. Valentin Popa said he disagreed with a demand by the party representing the interests of Romania's 1.3 million Hungarians to allow Hungarian-speaking teachers to keep teaching Romanian.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, In Rwanda a new law took effect making the drawing of cartoons or producing writing that "humiliates" a government official a criminal offense.
    (AP, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 27, The Swiss-based World Trade Organization lowered its global trade growth forecasts, citing increased trade tensions between large economies and heightened uncertainty.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, A court in Thailand convicted a local businessman of fraud for selling fake bomb detectors to the Thai government, five years after a court in the United Kingdom sentenced the British head of the company that supplied them to seven years in prison in a scandal that was worldwide in scale.
    (AP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Germany for a controversial three-day state visit that both sides hope will help rebuild relations that have been battered in recent years.
    (AFP, 9/27/18)
2018        Sep 27, The UN's top human rights body agreed to set up a team to collect evidence of alleged crimes committed in Myanmar since 2011 that could one day be used to prosecute violators in court.
    (AP, 9/27/18)

2018        Sep 28, US Pres. Donald Trump signed an $854 billion spending bill to keep the federal government open through December 7.
    (SFC, 9/29/18, p.A5)
2018        Sep 28, US President Donald Trump ordered a new FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against his Supreme Court pick, as the Senate delayed a vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to make way for the probe.
    (AFP, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 28, The Trump administration pressed ahead with plans to create an "Arab NATO" that would unite US partners in the Middle East in an anti-Iran alliance, but Qatar said the crisis among Gulf countries must be solved first.
    (AP, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 28, The United States announced it will effectively close its consulate in the Iraqi city of Basra and relocate diplomatic personnel assigned there following increasing threats from Iran and Iran-backed militia, including rocket fire.
    (Reuters, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 28, A US diplomat said the United States, Japan and Australia are cooperating on a domestic internet cable proposal for Papua New Guinea as an alternative to an offer by Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant that the United States regards as a cybersecurity threat.
    (AP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 28, In South Carolina a Marine F-35B crashed with the pilot ejecting safely near Grays Hill community. The jet costs about $100 million.
    (SSFC, 9/30/18, p.A10)
2018        Sep 28, Facebook said it has discovered a security breach that allowed attackers to to steal data they could then use to take over people's accounts. The breach reportedly affected nearly 50 million FB users.
    (SFC, 9/29/18, p.D1)
2018        Sep 28, Two Afghan police officers were gunned down by a fellow policeman in southern Kandahar province late today, the latest in so-called "insider" attacks in the war-battered country. Three other policemen were wounded in the attack.
    (AP, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 28, The Belgian defense ministry said it will sue Google for not complying with its requests to blur satellite images of sensitive military sites.
    (Reuters, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 28, In southeastern Brazil a teenager (15) entered a school and fired on students, leaving two injured in the city of Medianeira, Parana state.
    (AP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 28, Jenny McDonagh (39), a finance worker with Kensington and Chelsea local authority, was jailed for five and a half years for stealing more than 67,600 euros ($78,000) intended for the survivors of London's 2017 deadly Grenfell tower disaster.
    (AFP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 28, In CongoDRC the latest Ebola outbreak had 124 confirmed cases, including 71 deaths. The World Health Organization said risk of the deadly virus spreading from Congo is now "very high" after two confirmed cases were discovered near the Uganda border.
    (AP, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 28, In Ethiopia violence erupted after four local officials were killed during a visit to the Oromiya region. Ethnic Oromos living in Benishangul-Gumuz were attacked by members of other groups, and many fled into Oromiya.
    (Reuters, 10/2/18)
2018        Sep 28, The European Union issued a stern warning to Italy's populist leaders following their defiant pledge for increased spending and a sizeable budget deficit that risks putting Rome on a collision course with Brussels.
    (AFP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 28, The European Union said it's offering an extra 40 million euros ($46 million) to the UN Palestinian refugee agency to help educate children and provide health care in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 28, In Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to rebuild strained relations after a two-year crisis despite remaining differences on civil rights and other issues. President Tayyip Erdogan called on Berlin to extradite what he said were the hundreds of supporters of the cleric Fethullah Gulen residing in Germany.
    (AFP, 9/28/18)(Reuters, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 28, Germany's financial capital of Frankfurt unveiled its new "Old City" — 35 buildings reproduced in part an area that was destroyed during World War II bombings. The 7-hectare (17-acre) site was previously occupied by a 1970s concrete building that housed part of the Frankfurt city administration and was demolished in 2010.
    (AP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 28, India's Supreme Court lifted a temple's ban on women of menstruating age, holding that equality is supreme irrespective of age and gender. The historic Sabarimala temple had barred women age 10 to 50 from entering the temple, one of the largest Hindu pilgrimage centers in the world.
    (AP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 28, In Indonesia a magnitude 7.5 earthquake rocked the island of Sulawesi, triggering a 3-meter (10-foot) -tall tsunami that an official said swept away houses in at least two cities. At least 384 people were killed in the hard-hit city of Palu alone. The death toll soon jumped to more than 1,200.
    (AP, 9/28/18)(Reuters, 9/28/18)(AP, 9/29/18)(AP, 10/2/18)
2018        Sep 28, Iranian media said 11 people have died after drinking tainted homemade alcohol in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas. A man and his wife who made the liquor and their main dealer have been arrested.
    (AP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 28, Dublin-based Ryanair canceled scores of European flights, but downplayed the impact of the strike. Unions hoped the strike would be the biggest in the airline's history. A key complaint of workers based in countries other than Ireland is the fact that Ryanair has been employing them under Irish legislation.
    (AFP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 28, Lebanon newspaper Al-Anwar said its publisher was suspending its print version, as it became the latest victim of the country's media crisis. The publisher's eight other publications -- including popular cultural weekly Al-Shabaka -- would also cease to be printed.
    (AFP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 28, In Micronesia a flotilla of small boats reportedly rescued all 47 passengers and crew from an Air Niugini flight that crashed into the sea short of the runway at the Chuuk Island Airport at Weno. The body of one man, later said to be missing, was recovered on October 1.
    (AP, 9/28/18)(AP, 9/29/18)(AP, 10/1/18)
2018        Sep 28, Pakistan's army chief confirmed death sentences for 11 Taliban fighters, "hardcore terrorists" convicted by military courts for attacks in recent years that killed 69 people, including 20 soldiers.
    (AP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 28, Thousands of Palestinians rallied near the border fence, with hundreds breaching it in one area. Amateur videos showed protesters kissing the ground on the Israeli side amid sound of repeated gunshots. Nasser Musabeh (11) was among seven protesters reportedly killed by Israeli troops.
    (AP, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 28, The Philippine military said its joint defense and security activities with US forces, including annual combat exercises, will increase next year in a show of the treaty allies' continuing robust relations.
    (AP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 28, Romania's top court ruled that gay couples should have the same family rights as heterosexuals, a judgment that comes before a national referendum seeking to ban same-sex marriage.
    (AP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 28, Slovakia's police say they have charged three suspects with murder in the slayings of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova on Feb. 21.
    (AP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 28, In South Sudan at least 10 people died and dozens others injured after a hand grenade exploded late today in a night club in the western town of Yambio.
    (Reuters, 10/1/18)
2018        Sep 28, In Thailand General Apirat Kongsompong (58) took command as the new chief of the army. The royalist general will oversee a return to barracks to make way for a civilian government after nearly five years of military rule.
    (Reuters, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 28, The United Nations Human Rights Council voted to extend an international probe of alleged war crimes committed in Yemen despite strong opposition from Saudi Arabia and several of its allies.
    (AP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 28, The Vatican said Pope Francis has defrocked Rev. Fernando Karadima (88), the Chilean priest at the center of the global sex abuse scandal rocking his papacy, invoking his "supreme" authority to stiffen a sentence originally handed down by a Vatican court in 2011.
    (AP, 9/28/18)
2018        Sep 28, In Vietnam authorities at Hanoi's airport found 805 kg of pangolin scales as well as 193 kg of ivory and ivory-derived products in two dozen boxes.
    (AFP, 9/30/18)

2018        Sep 29, It was reported that the Trump administration has completed its plan to roll back major offshore-drilling safety regulations that were put into place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster. The revisions will take effect Dec. 27.
    (SFC, 9/28/18, p.A6)
2018        Sep 29, It was reported that the US Dept. of Education has suspended this year's $4 million installment to Chicago's Magnet Schools Assistance Program following allegations that the district failed to protect students from sexual violence.
    (SFC, 9/28/18, p.A5)
2018        Sep 29, In Mississippi two police officers were shot and killed early today following a confrontation in Brookhaven. Suspect Marquis Flowers (25) was wounded and taken into custody.
    (SSFC, 9/30/18, p.A11)
2018        Sep 29, North Dakota's Bismarck Tribune reported that 67 male students at the National Power Academy in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, have enrolled in a three-year energy training program run by BSC, after months of negotiations.
    (AP, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 29, It was announced that Tesla and CEO Elon Musk have agreed to pay a total of $40 million and make a series of concessions to settle an SEC lawsuit alleging Musk had duped investors with misleading statements about a proposed buyout of the company. Musk will remain as CEO but must relinquish his role as chairman for at least three years.
    (SSFC, 9/30/18, p.A13)
2018        Sep 29, In Brazil tens of thousands of women took to the streets, protesting what they see as the misogynist ways of one of Brazil's most divisive presidential candidates in years: right-wing Congressman Jair Bolsonaro.
    (Reuters, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 29, Bulgarian customs officials said they have seized 712 kg (1,566 pounds) of heroin found in two Iranian trucks entering Bulgaria from Turkey.
    (AP, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 29, Cameroon's president said Boko Haram has been defeated in the country, the first such announcement since he declared war on the extremist group four years ago. Pres. Paul Biya warned Far North residents to remain vigilant despite recent progress including the re-opening last month of 40 schools along the border.
    (AP, 9/30/18)
2018        Sep 29, Chad's security and army sources said six people, including two soldiers, died in an overnight Boko Haram attacks near Lake Chad. Chadian troops reportedly killed 17 assailants in a counter-offensive.
    (AP, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 29, An Egyptian court handed down a suspended two-year sentence against Amal Fathy, a female activist convicted of insulting employees at a bank and using abusive language to criticize state institutions. Fathy won't walk free, however, as she is still held on other charges, including membership in an outlawed group and misuse of social media networks to spread material that could hurt security and public interest.
    (AP, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 29, In Germany Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened one of Europe's largest mosques in Cologne as he wrapped up a controversial 3-day visit, with police deploying in force to manage rival rallies.
    (AFP, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 29, In India Vivek Tiwari, a sales manager for Apple, was shot dead early today by a police constable in the Gomti Nagar neighborhood in Uttar Pradesh state. State police soon arrested two constables over the shooting.
    (Reuters, 9/30/18)
2018        Sep 29, In Kosovo thousands of people marched in Pristina against a possible territory swap with former war foe Serbia. The Serbian government put its troops on alert after special police were deployed to Kosovo's Serb-dominated north.
    (AP, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 29, In Mali at least 25 Tuareg civilians were killed over the last 24 hours in Amalaoulaou on the restive frontier with Niger.
    (AFP, 10/1/18)
2018        Sep 29, Nigeria's women's affairs minister submitted her resignation in a letter to the president, becoming the second cabinet member to step down this month and adding that she would leave the ruling party. The minister said she was resigning and leaving the leader's ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party because she had been barred from running for governor of eastern Taraba state.
    (Reuters, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 29, A Pakistani court found a former judge and his accomplice guilty of killing the young son of another former judge and sentenced them to death. Sikandar Lashari and Irfan Bengali had been charged with murdering 19-year-old Aqib Shahani, the son of former judge Khalid Shahani, on Feb. 19, 2014, in the city of Hyderabad.
    (AP, 9/29/18)
\2018        Sep 29, In Spain director Isaki Lacuesta's film "Between Two Waters" won the top prize at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, the biggest film festival for Spanish-language films.
    (AP, 9/30/18)
2018        Sep 29, In Spain six people were arrested in Barcelona as protesters for and against independence scuffled with police, two days before the first anniversary of a vote on secession that polarized the Spanish region.
    (Reuters, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 29, Syria's foreign minister, speaking at the UN, demanded the immediate withdrawal of all foreign troops from Syria who are there in the country "illegally." He cited US, French and Turkish troops who are in Syria without invitation from the Syrian government.
    (AP, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 29, In Syria the Raqqa Internal Security Forces, set up by the Kurdish-led SDF, killed two members of an Islamic State sleeper cell and detained five others.
    (Reuters, 9/30/18)
2018        Sep 29, In Thailand 4 ministers from the military government launched a new political party, amid speculation they will back PM Prayuth Chan-ocha to remain in power beyond a general election promised by May. The Palang Pracharat party will be led by Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana, who vowed to help Thailand overcome its political divide.
    (Reuters, 9/29/18)
2018        Sep 29, In Ukraine three people were injured in an explosion in the rebel stronghold Donetsk, including a candidate for the post of the self-proclaimed republic's leader. The explosion happened near the local communist party's offices as the last participants of a party congress were leaving the building.
    (AFP, 9/29/18)

2018        Sep 30, An investigation by the NY Times found that Pres. Donald Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s in cluding ionstances of outright fraud. Trump and his siblings had set up a sham corporation to disguise millions of dollars in gifts from their parents.
    (SFC, 10/3/18, p.A8)
2018        Sep 30, Tennis superstar Serena Williams caused an internet sensation by posing topless for a video while singing "I Touch Myself" to raise awareness for breast cancer. The song was co-written by Divinyls Australian vocalist Chrissy Amphlett who died of breast cancer five years ago aged 53.
    (AFP, 9/30/18)
2018        Sep 30, California's Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to restore Obama-era regulations barring the telecommunications industry from favoring certain websites. The US Dept. of Justice sued California minutes after net neutrality rules became law, saying states do not regulate interstate commerce.
    (SFC, 10/1/18, p.A1)(SFC, 10/2/18, p.A1)
2018        Sep 30, In Florida a police dog nmed Fang was fatally shot in Jacksonville while chasing an armed carjacking suspect. The suspect was apprehended by another K-9 at the scene.
    (SFC, 10/1/18, p.A4)
2018        Sep 30, Afghan security forces killed three bodyguards of a parliamentary candidate during a raid on a house near his residence in the eastern Kunar province. Two suspects were arrested during the raid.
    (AP, 10/1/18)
2018        Sep 30, Britain announced that it is banning the use of combustible materials on the outside of high-rise buildings in response to the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 71 people.
    (Reuters, 9/30/18)
2018        Sep 30, Britain's defense secretary said the government is preparing a "defense Arctic strategy" that would deploy 800 army and marine commandos to Norway in 2019 and establish a new military base there amid concerns about increasing Russian aggression.
    (AP, 9/30/18)
2018        Sep 30, Canada agreed late today to a revamped North American free trade deal with the United States and Mexico after weeks of bitter, high-pressure negotiations that brushed up against a midnight deadline.
    (AP, 10/1/18)
2018        Sep 30, Greek authorities reported three missing people on Evia island after a rare and powerful Mediterranean storm dumped heavy rain on the region.
    (AP, 9/30/18)
2018        Sep 30, Indonesia's disaster agency said the death toll from the Sept. 28 7.5 earthquake and tsunami more than doubled to 832, and nearly all of those were from the hard-hit city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi.
    (AP, 9/30/18)
2018        Sep 30, Iran's official IRNA news agency said the country's special courts have sentenced three to death over financial crimes and corruption.
    (AP, 9/30/18)
2018        Sep 30, Iran's state emergency services said at least 27 people have died and more than 300 poisoned after drinking bootleg alcohol.
    (Reuters, 9/30/18)
2018        Sep 30, Israel released Salah Hamouri (33),a French-Palestinian lawyer held without charge for the past 13 months over unspecified allegations. More than 5,500 Palestinians were currently held in Israeli jails, including approximately 450 in administrative detention.
    (AFP, 9/30/18)
2018        Sep 30, In Japan Denny Tamaki, who campaigned criticizing the American military presence on the southwestern island of Okinawa, won the election for governor, defeating a ruling party-backed candidate pushing the status quo.
    (AP, 9/30/18)
2018        Sep 30, Typhoon Trami ripped through Japan, forcing cancellations of flights and trains, including in the Tokyo area as authorities warned of strong winds and torrential rain.
    (AP, 9/30/18)
2018        Sep 30, Kurds voted in a parliamentary election in their semi-autonomous region in northern Iraq. On October 21 authorities said the Iraqi Kurdish party behind last year's ill-fated independence referendum won the most seats in parliamentary elections held in the autonomous Kurdish region. The Kurdistan Democratic Party won 45 seats, 12 short of an outright majority in the 111-seat body.
    (Reuters, 9/30/18)(AP, 10/21/18)
2018        Sep 30, Macedonians voted on whether to accept a landmark deal ending a decades-long dispute with neighboring Greece by changing their country's name to North Macedonia. A 36.9 percent turnout failed to hit the 50 percent turnout required for the referendum result to be valid.
    (AP, 9/30/18)(AP, 10/1/18)
2018        Sep 30, The Maltese authorities finally took 58 migrants from the Aquarius to Valletta after they had waited for days in rough seas on the rescue ship that can no longer go to port after its flag was pulled. The UN refugee agency UNHCR said that it had not yet been decided where which of the migrants.
    (AFP, 9/30/18)
2018        Sep 30, A Niger a parliamentary source said a tax on international calls will be reintroduced in 2019 and accused telecom companies of failing to honor commitments to improve services.
    (AFP, 9/30/18)
2018        Sep 30, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 18,000 people, nearly half of them civilians, have been killed in Russian air strikes on Syria since Moscow began its game-changing intervention three years ago.
    (AFP, 9/30/18)
2018        Sep 30, Failaq al-Sham, one of the main Turkey-backed factions in northern Syria, said it would not pull back its fighters from front-line positions in the contested northwestern province of Idlib, where Russia and Turkey agreed to set up a demilitarized zone this month to avert an all-out offensive by Syrian government forces.
    (AP, 9/30/18)
2018        Sep 30, Turkey reported that a boat carrying migrants has capsized off its northern Aegean coast, killing at least five people.
    (AP, 9/30/18)

2018        Sep, US federal appeals court judges ruled that Missouri can enforce a requirement that doctors must have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals before they can perform abortions.
    (SFC, 10/4/18, p.A7)
2018        Sep, China's trade surplus with the United States widened to a record $34.1 billion this month as exports to the American market rose by 13 percent over a year earlier despite a worsening tariff war.
    (AP, 10/13/18)
2018        Sep, In France divers and a specially equipped boat with lifting gear began fishing out hundreds of the old loops of rubber about 500 meters (1,600 feet) from an exclusive coastline between the towns of Cannes and Antibes. A 1980s experiment saw 25,000 car tires dumped into the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean to create a sanctuary for sea life off the French coast. The experiment was found to be polluting.
    (AFP, 9/23/18)
2018        Sep, Qatar approved legislation to scrap the "kafala", or sponsorship, system which required that foreign workers obtain permission from their employers to leave the country. In October it went into force for all but five percent of a company's workforce.
    (AFP, 4/26/19)
2018        Sep, Two sisters (18 and 20) from Saudi Arabia fled the conservative kingdom and arrived in Hong Kong from Sri Lanka. They did so to escape beatings at the hands of their brothers and father.
    (Reuters, 2/23/19)

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